Into the Arms of God

There’s this longing in my soul, which no one understands…
It’s more than just a feeling, more than I can stand
Deeper than the ocean, I will hold God’s hand…
Life is more than a happy dance, or, success with fellow-man…
It’s something that only those who’ve walked
And lived and sought and beheld and talked…
More than a book, more than a look,
It is…
Surrender of the outer life, where Angels live and trod…
Into the invisible place, falling into the arms, of a loving, caring, God…
Cloak removed and all revealed…
Time no more, time is still…
Soul received in glorious fill…
Into the arms of God.
Into the arms of God I live…
Spirit free, Spirit filled…
No more worries, no more pain…
Life forever…death is gain
Under heavens window sill
Waiting for His perfect will…
Enter the arms of God!
–Marla Shaw O’Neill April 10, 2017
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21 New International Version (NIV)

The Rebel

Entering into the most unusual time of history…
A man walked the streets in a cloak of mystery…
Not famous…not even known to his people…
Son of his mother…she knew who he was…
His purpose became known; listen to what he does…
An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth…
Not on my watch, hear the truth…
People will come to persecute you, but here this, and do what I do…
Teachers, Professors they think they are right…
They have secret meetings, their hearts black as night…
I’ve come to show you the way, the truth, and the life…
You strain at a Nat and swallow a camel…
I haven’t chosen you; to sit on my panel…
You can’t even see that God has arrived
He’s right in your midst, you won’t survive…
You are tools of dishonor and pride
You who wear robes of evil and who hide
Beneath religion
Lies and deceit
Your words are lifeless, you face defeat…
Quoting the law as if you are the author…
Empty words that do not prosper…
Proverbs and Parables misunderstood…
All your preaching will come to no good…
If you had known my Father God,
You would have known the road I trod…
Is love not hate, both sides of heaven’s gate…
You’re an enemy, enemy of the state…
I see your hearts made of solid steel
The father of lies, I’m here to reveal…
I don’t fit into your wooden box…
For I’m the one you will hang on the cross…
I say love, you say hate,
I say live, you say wait…
I say give and you say take…
I’m the Savior
You don’t believe
Holy Spirit His heart you grieve…
I will not follow your rules you’ll see…
For God in heaven is waiting for me…
I’ll cry it’s finished when all is done…
New life for mine will be finally won.
All your crying won’t save you then…
Son’s of the devil, cast in hell, with him.
I am the Rebel…
–Marla Shaw O’Neill – April 10, 2017
Matthew 23New Living Translation (NLT)
Jesus Criticizes the Religious Leaders
Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees are the official interpreters of the law of Moses. So practice and obey whatever they tell you, but don’t follow their example. For they don’t practice what they teach. They crush people with unbearable religious demands and never lift a finger to ease the burden.
“Everything they do is for show. On their arms they wear extra wide prayer boxes with Scripture verses inside, and they wear robes with extra long tassels. And they love to sit at the head table at banquets and in the seats of honor in the synagogues. They love to receive respectful greetings as they walk in the marketplaces, and to be called ‘Rabbi.’

The Meek

Do not fear
Do not be afraid…
Bow your head, come to me, and pray…
Lift your eyes to the hills and know
I Am is here no matter where you go…
Wars will come, and wars will cease
Times of woe and times of peace…
Still your heart and learn of me…
Don’t let your heart be troubled but see…
I’m not in the wind; I’m not in the quake
I’m not in the fire…I quietly speak
Stand on the mountain-top at attention
See with your heart and then you’ll know…
The earth belongs to the meek.
–Marla Shaw O’Neill April 10, 2017
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5 KJV

 

Live in the Moment

Daily manna
Daily bread
Daily faith, my soul is fed
Only God, can fill my empty soul
Only God, can make me fully whole
The sun comes up once per day
All that’s needed, we’re on our way
Light bearer
Song of Songs…
Advocate for our daily wrongs…
Faith renewed again and again
As we look to God’s guiding hand…
No more, no less…he gives me rest
As I pour out my heart I’m blessed.
Cup overflows
But none is lost…
His blood forever, poured out from the cross
Promise given, the Holy Ghost…
Power extended into each host…
We will walk day by day…
In His light and Him obey.
Given what’s needed, there is no waste…
Patiently pursued, not in haste
Moment by moment…
Face to face…
Faith runner, run your race
Saving souls they take their place
Cloud of witnesses, applaud your pace
Unmerited favor, God’s love, God’s grace…
Moment by moment legacy traced…
God’s time…God’s mind…God’s will not mine!
–Marla Shaw O’Neill April 9, 2017
“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. Matthew 6:34The Message (MSG)

Faith Comes By Hearing The Word of God

I would like to share with you a little testimony and hope that it will encourage you and increase your faith to read God’s word out loud. Healing is for today. God still heals. We have to do our part and God always does His part.
My own personal Testimony, to God be All the Glory: After coughing for over a year and I mean to tell you it was chronic. We had gone to my doctor for one thing, but he found something else. He listened to my chest and he told me I needed a chest x-ray because of he heard something unusual in my lungs. When he saw the x-ray, he said he saw something. He also said we will keep an eye on it and in a month we’ll take another x-ray to be sure it’s nothing. Of course there was concern. Many of you were praying, thank you.
God gave me a dream about the blood of Jesus. When I woke, my coughing is all but gone. A friend (Misty Moon) also told me about a lady that had an incurable condition how she began to read every scripture on healing and after years of horrible suffering, Jesus healed her. The doctors had given up on her. But in one last desperate deed she reached for her unread Bible and began to read the word of God and Jesus healed her. She marked every scripture on healing in her bible.
Why is it, that we always “try,” Jesus last? Maybe it’s just that we really don’t believe, until we see that nothing else is going to work. At any rate…praise the Lord we do reach out to him…and He is always faithful.
After reading her story, I Googled scriptures on healing and found the following website. It is a list of scriptures on healing. I sat at my computer and read every one of these scriptures out loud and my faith began to come alive in me. As I kept reading chill bumps ran up and down my whole body. I was strengthened and renewed. I was filled with new faith, more faith. God was giving me His assurance by hearing His word, that, I am healed in Jesus name.
Sometimes Jesus heals instantly and sometimes it is a process. I know by His word that He put His confidence in me, that I am healed. Amen.
Print the following scriptures and read them out loud. As we know, Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God! When you read out loud your ears hear what is being said and Faith comes alive.
It is not magic, or mind over matter that heals us. It is the Anointed Word of God being heard and received into our being that heals us. Jesus spoke the Word. Jesus is the Word. Believe and do not doubt. Simply read the words out loud and let his Word heal you. Amen!
God is not a microwave God. Read and keep on reading. Read with purpose and determination and conviction. Read His Word out loud every day until the words get down deep into your heart and soul and you know without a doubt you are healed. Let Faith come alive in you in Jesus name.
Jesus, I ask that as we read your word and let it go deep within our spirit that Faith will come alive and quicken us, so that we will be healed in your name, I ask. Amen!
–Marla Shaw O’Neill April 9, 2017
http://www.kcm.org/real-help/healing/believe/faith-building-healing-scriptures
Read these scriptures, print them out and put them into practice!
(I didn’t read the Book, chapter and verse all I did was read each verse one after the other. It is amazing!!!)
(These are taken from the King James Version and may sound a little strange to some. You can look up another translation if preferred. The most important thing is that you read them out loud.)
  • Exodus 15:26: If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.
  • Exodus 23:25-26: And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee. There shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in thy land: the number of thy days I will fulfill.
  • Deuteronomy 7:14-15: Thou shalt be blessed above all people: there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle. And the Lord will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that hate thee.
  • Deuteronomy 30:19-20: I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.
  • 1 Kings 8:56: Blessed be the Lord, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant.
  • Psalm 91:9-10, 14-16: Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation.
  • Psalm 103:1-5: Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
  • Psalm 107:17, 19-21: Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted. Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses. He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
  • Psalm 118:17: I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.
  • Proverbs 4:20-24: My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.
  • Isaiah 41:10: Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
  • Isaiah 53:4-5: Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
  • Jeremiah 1:12: Then said the Lord unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it.
  • Jeremiah 17:14: Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise.
  • Jeremiah 30:17: For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord.
  • Joel 3:10: Beat your ploughshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.
  • Nahum 1:9: What do ye imagine against the Lord? he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time.
  • Matthew 8:2-3: And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
  • Matthew 8:16-17: When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.
  • Matthew 15:30-31: And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus’ feet; and he healed them: insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel.
  • Matthew 18:18-19: Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
  • Matthew 21:21-22: Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
  • Mark 9:23: Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
  • Mark 10:27: And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.
  • Mark 11:22-24: And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
  • Mark 16:14-18: Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
  • Luke 6:19: And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all.
  • Luke 9:2: And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.
  • Luke 13:16: And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?
  • Acts 5:16: There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.
  • Acts 10:38: How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
  • Romans 4:16-21: Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, (as it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; and being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
  • Romans 8:2, 11: For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
  • 2 Corinthians 4:18: While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
  • 2 Corinthians 10:3-5: For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
  • Galatians 3:13-14, 29: Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
  • Ephesians 6:10-17: Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
  • Philippians 2:13: [Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.
  • Philippians 4:6-9: Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them]. Practice what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and model your way of living on it, and the God of peace (of untroubled, undisturbed well-being) will be with you.
  • 2 Timothy 1:7: For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
  • Hebrews 10:23: Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised).
  • Hebrews 10:35-36: Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
  • Hebrews 11:11: Through faith also Sarah herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.
  • Hebrews 13:8: Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever.
  • James 4:7: Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
  • James 5:14-16: Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
  • 1 Peter 2:24: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
  • 1 John 3:21-22: Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
  • 1 John 5:14-15: And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
  • 3 John 2: Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

JUMP

Remember a time in your life when you were maybe two or three years old and you’re standing on the edge of a swimming pool or on the edge of your bed and standing in front of you is someone you know you can trust? And they say, “Jump!”
You get your bearings and without hesitation you, JUMP!
That’s what our Heavenly Father is saying today… “Jump, you can trust me, I’ll catch you.”
Troubles come to our lives in all kinds of different ways…
Some sickness, some financial, some relational, some addiction, some abandonment, some death, some life…
All these things are part of life…
We may be alone, or in a crowd…we may be the CEO of a company, or a Street Person…race or gender makes no difference. God is no respecter of persons…He loves us all the same.
But the thing I want to talk to you about today is this… “Reckless Abandonment” to a God you cannot see…the invisible world where He lives but with our eyes and ears we cannot see or hear…I want to talk to you about a King who wants to bless you more than you deserve and love you more than you can imagine!
This morning I was troubled in my spirit about some things, God knows all about it. He reminded me to get His Word and speak it Out Loud…because Faith really does come by hearing…
When I was finished declaring God’s word to me…I JUMPED…into the arms of my Heavenly Father and He caught me…He caught me…All I know is that I have an assurance I didn’t have before…I know beyond a shadow of a doubt…not even the shadow of doubt, that God’s got me and I have nothing to fear. Praise God. Not in a haughty way or self-confident way but God’s way. Not just words to read and hope they are real…They are real…like someone I heard once say, “I know in my knower that I know.”
Jesus wants you to have that assurance too. All you have to do is, JUMP…He’s right there and He will catch you. God does not lie and, He, can be trusted!
–Marla Shaw O’Neill April 7, 2017 (AMELB)
And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.
And they came to Elim, where were twelve wells of water, and threescore and ten palm trees: and they encamped there by the waters. Exodus 15:26-27 King James Version (KJV)
The words of Jesus…
Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. Matthew 21:21-22 King James Version (KJV)
 

 

Rise Spirit Rise

First light, of day breaks through
The sky is pink and orange and blue
Standing in a field of green
This morning brings, new life, its spring…
Chirping in a nearby tree
I find ‘tis sweet, the melody…
My soul is lifted by the breeze
To wonders far beyond the trees…
Into heaven’s courts I bow
Bow before the maker of all of these…
Humbly, meekly, I fall upon my knees…
The scepter of the King reveals…
Rise spirit, rise and sing…
Oh Holy Majesty I hear, and I see, a host of angels singing with me…
A song that’s never been heard before…
I rise to heaven’s portals before the Lord…
Heart completely given to thee…
My Abba!
My ALL!
Majesty!
For who but thee can save my soul, and take me to this place of rest…
Who can turn my eyes but thee, and bow my head upon your breast…
Who can make the streets so gold?
Who but thee can make me bold?
Who can turn water into wine?
And bid me come, come and dine…
None, none but thee…
–Marla Shaw O’Neill April 6, 2017
Psalm 96:1-6 New King James
Oh, sing to the Lord a new song!
Sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, bless His name;
Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.
Declare His glory among the nations,
His wonders among all peoples.
For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised;
He is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the peoples are idols,
But the Lord made the heavens.
Honor and majesty are before Him;
Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.

 

Good News

The thing I want to write to you today is this…a few days ago I was thinking about the commission Jesus gave to his disciples before he ascended into heaven.
The thing that struck me was, Jesus didn’t tell the disciples to go pray…he didn’t tell them to run and hide…he didn’t say now that you’ve seen me you can go about your business as usual and he didn’t say, “Hi guys didn’t I tell you I’d be back?”
No. Jesus, even though he was upset with them for their lack of faith for not believing him when he told them he’d come back, and even though he rebuked them for their unbelief for not believing the others he sent to tell them he was alive. He loved them. Even Peter, who had denied him three times. He made special mention to tell Peter. He knew Peter’s heart, he knew all their hearts. He knows your heart too, and mine.
His final instructions were to commission them.
Jesus, now ruler of all creation had finished what His father had sent him to do. Now he is commissioning his disciples, those he had spent three years with, training and leading and guiding, showing them the supernatural manifestations of God for the glory of God. He had prepared them for this specific duty at this specific time.
Jesus said…Go into all the world and PREACH the gospel (good news) to every creature…Mark 16:15
  • Jesus told them that all who believed and were baptized would be saved but those who do not believe will be condemned. He told them that signs would follow those who believe. He said, “In my name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” Mark 16:16-18
  • Start right where you are…
I believe that speaking with new tongues in this reference Jesus is telling them that because some will go into foreign lands and not know the language that the Holy Ghost will give them the ability to speak the language even though they were never taught that particular language, so that they would understand and accept Jesus’ salvation message. I also do not think for one minute that we are to play with snakes. But like Paul, if a viper happens to bite you it will not kill you. Nor do I believe that we are to go and drink poison just to see if God will protect us, but, if by accident or on purpose because of evil intent, if we drink poison as a follower of Jesus on our commission, it will not hurt us. It is one of the supernatural manifestations of the commission. And as a sign to unbelievers we will lay hands on the sick and they will recover.
Then Jesus is taken up to heaven in a cloud and he sits down, a position of rest, to the right hand of the Father, now to rule.
Christ Ascends to God’s Right Hand
  • So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen. Mark 16:19-20 NKJV
This is not a game…this is not make believe. This is the word of God. He is real…He is ruling and prays for us continually. He is coming again.
I dare you to read the Bible…I double-dare you to believe what it says…search it out for yourself…and let The Holy Ghost and Fire reveal Jesus to you.
  • Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. Revelation 19:11-16 New King James Version (NKJV)
–Marla Shaw O’Neill April 6, 2017

God Will Pass By

Are you running because you think you have no one to help you?
Are you tired of the enemy’s attacks and you feel as if you are the only one standing for the LORD?
Is your life being threatened? Either by some health issue or literally someone wants to kill you?
Have you looked for God but you can’t hear him through all the noise and chaos in your world?
Are you sleeping? Are you afraid? Do you want to just give up?
That’s how Elijah felt because of evil Jezebel, the wife of Ahab, King of Israel. She said she was going to kill him. So Elijah ran and hid in a cave.
God knows right we are and what we are dealing with even when we run away and are so exhausted on the journey that we seek a hiding place to fall asleep.
We can’t hide from God!
An angel came to Elijah shook him and said, “Get up and eat.” So Elijah saw bread that was baked on some hot coals and there was a jug of water left for him. He ate some of the bread and drank some of the water and went back to sleep. God always gives us what we need, but what do we do? We go back to sleep. (Spiritually speaking) But God doesn’t leave us asleep. It’s interesting to me that Elijah ate and just went back to sleep. God doesn’t give up on us. We want answers from God, but it’s God who seeks us out. God will shake us awake to get our attention. He gives us provisions and He will tell us exactly what to do if we will just, WAKE UP!
So the angel came back again and said, “Get up and eat some more, you’ve got a long journey ahead of you.” Then Elijah gets up, eats, and is able to run 40 days and nights until he comes to the mountain of God, to Horeb. He got there and what did he do? He went to sleep. God didn’t let him sleep long.
The word of God came to him and said, “So Elijah, what are you doing here?” As if God didn’t know. I guess he wanted Elijah to tell him.
I  can just see Elijah after running all those days and nights…he’s sweaty and he needs a bath. He’s tired but he says to God…“I’ve been working my heart out for the God-of-the-Angel-Armies,” said Elijah. “The people of Israel have abandoned your covenant, destroyed the places of worship, and murdered your prophets. I’m the only one left, and now they’re trying to kill me.”
Poor Elijah. O woe is me…I’m the only one…and now they’re trying to kill me. It wasn’t to many days before that, that Elijah called down fire from heaven…and God sent fire and lapped all the water and the sacrifice…to show the Baal worshippers that He is God. Elijah must have had  some kind of temporary short-term memory loss…because when Jezebel told him she was going to kill him, he ran away like a chicken with his tail-feathers on fire…What? Wait a minute, didn’t he know  that God would help him? Sure he did but fear got the best of him…and fear does the same to us all the time. That’s one reason we need our brothers and sisters in Christ, when we are weak another will lift us up.
So Elijah was told, “Go, stand on the mountain at attention before God. God will pass by.”
Stand at attention sounds like a military command. God wanted him alert and listening and watching.
Are we willing to stand at attention on top of the mountain and wait on God? Would you believe God when He says He’s going to pass by? I’ll give it to Elijah, he did do as God said.
And will we know Him when He does? When we hear the voice of God will we recognize it?
A hurricane wind ripped through the mountains and shattered the rocks before God, but God wasn’t to be found in the wind; after the wind an earthquake, but God wasn’t in the earthquake; and after the earthquake fire, but God wasn’t in the fire; and after the fire a gentle and quiet whisper.
God asked, “Why are you Here, Elijah?”
When Elijah heard the quiet voice, he muffled his face with his great cloak, ( I think it finally dawned on him what he had done. He was ashamed so he covered his face.) He went to the mouth of the cave, and stood there. A quiet voice asked, “So Elijah, now tell me, what are you doing here?” 
Did God not hear Elijah when he told him the first time? Yes he did hear him, but he wanted Elijah to tell him again. Maybe because he wanted to reinforce why he ran in the first place. At any rate God was getting reading to tell him to go back the way he came. Go back to Damascus.
He may have thought, “Really God? Didn’t you hear what I said? Didn’t you listen to my story? They want to kill me. They’ve killed all your prophets and I’m the only one left!”
But Elijah didn’t say that, he knew the still, quiet, voice of God, and when God said I have reserved seven thousand souls whose knees haven’t bowed to the god of Baal, the mouths who haven’t kissed his image. He knew then that God was with him.
Is God with you? If you are born again, if you’ve asked Jesus to come into your heart and be the Lord of your life and you are seeking Him with all your heart, all your strength and all your mind…God is with you!
He is saying to you today, Get up and go…In the days of Elijah the Holy Ghost would come on the prophets and they would tell the people what God was saying…but today the Holy Ghost lives inside you and He is telling you how to live for HIM, how to serve HIM, how to follow HIM. He tells you in reading HIS word. He tells you by His Spirit and Truth and He leads and guides you all the way. We are not born into this world simply to do “our own thing.” No, we are born to serve the LORD! As the Church, the called out ones, the ones Jesus has called His own and has put His Holy Spirit inside of…you are the ones to serve the LORD…
How do you serve HIM? When you love others more than yourselves…when you talk to the LORD and He answers you in that quite voice…when you deny your flesh and you take up your cross and follow Him…not man, not religion, not self, not ego, not each other in the fleshly desires…But when you say, Yes LORD, I’ll live my life for You! I’ll love like you love. I’ll return good for evil. I’ll give and not take. I’ll surrender my dreams to your dreams. Jesus make me more like you. To build your kingdom so that peace and joy and gentleness and meekness and faith and long-suffering and self-control is given to others. I will not lie or steal or covet…I will not kill. I will not commit adultery or worship other gods. I’ll remember your Sabbath day and keep it Holy. . I will love you first with all my heart, mind, body and soul. And I’ll love my neighbor as myself. These are your commandments. I will obey You Lord!
If you’re running today, stop running. If you’re playing, church; stop playing, church. If you’re anxious and confused and full of doubt…stop it! Humble your heart before the Living God and ask him to forgive you.
That is, if you want to serve the LORD.
God is saying to us today, by His Spirit, “So, John/Mary Doe, what are you doing here?”
“Go, stand on the mountain at attention before God. God will pass by.”
He has seven thousand in reserve that will not bow the knee to the god of Baal, or kiss the image.
Will you be one of the seven thousand? I pray you will.
See the following Scripture regarding Elijah the Prophet, The King of Israel, Ahab and the Evil Jezebel.
1 Kings 19:1-18 The Message (MSG)
Revenge from Jezebel 
Ahab reported to Jezebel everything that Elijah had done, including the massacre of the prophets. Jezebel immediately sent a messenger to Elijah with her threat: “The gods will get you for this and I’ll get even with you! By this time tomorrow you’ll be as dead as any one of those prophets.”
When Elijah saw how things were, he ran for dear life to Beersheba, far in the south of Judah. He left his young servant there and then went on into the desert another day’s journey. He came to a lone broom bush and collapsed in its shade, wanting in the worst way to be done with it all—to just die: “Enough of this, God! Take my life—I’m ready to join my ancestors in the grave!” Exhausted, he fell asleep under the lone broom bush.
Suddenly an angel shook him awake and said, “Get up and eat!”
He looked around and, to his surprise, right by his head were a loaf of bread baked on some coals and a jug of water. He ate the meal and went back to sleep.
The angel of God came back, shook him awake again, and said, “Get up and eat some more—you’ve got a long journey ahead of you.
He got up, ate and drank his fill, and set out. Nourished by that meal, he walked forty days and nights, all the way to the mountain of God, to Horeb. When he got there, he crawled into a cave and went to sleep.
Then the word of God came to him: “So Elijah, what are you doing here?”
“I’ve been working my heart out for the God-of-the-Angel-Armies,” said Elijah. “The people of Israel have abandoned your covenant, destroyed the places of worship, and murdered your prophets. I’m the only one left, and now they’re trying to kill me.”
Then he was told, “Go, stand on the mountain at attention before God. God will pass by.”
A hurricane wind ripped through the mountains and shattered the rocks before God, but God wasn’t to be found in the wind; after the wind an earthquake, but God wasn’t in the earthquake; and after the earthquake fire, but God wasn’t in the fire; and after the fire a gentle and quiet whisper.
When Elijah heard the quiet voice, he muffled his face with his great cloak, went to the mouth of the cave, and stood there. A quiet voice asked, “So Elijah, now tell me, what are you doing here?” Elijah said it again, “I’ve been working my heart out for God, the God-of-the-Angel-Armies, because the people of Israel have abandoned your covenant, destroyed your places of worship, and murdered your prophets. I’m the only one left, and now they’re trying to kill me.”
God said, “Go back the way you came through the desert to Damascus. When you get there anoint Hazael; make him king over Aram. Then anoint Jehu son of Nimshi; make him king over Israel. Finally, anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet. Anyone who escapes death by Hazael will be killed by Jehu; and anyone who escapes death by Jehu will be killed by Elisha. Meanwhile, I’m preserving for myself seven thousand souls: the knees that haven’t bowed to the god Baal, the mouths that haven’t kissed his image.”
A bit of Jezebel’s back story…
(According to the Hebrew Bible, Jezebel incited her husband King Ahab to abandon the worship of Yahweh and encourage worship of the deities Baal and Asherah instead. Jezebel persecuted the prophets of Yahweh, and fabricated evidence of blasphemy against an innocent landowner who refused to sell his property to King Ahab, causing the landowner to be put to death. For these transgressions against the God and people of Israel, Jezebel met a gruesome death – thrown out of a window by members of her own court retinue, and the flesh of her corpse eaten by stray dogs. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization.)
–Marla Shaw O’Neill April 5, 2017

Gentle Dove

O Gentle Dove, how blessed, how loved
Filled to overflowing within your tender embrace…
Anointed by the Oil of Grace…
Poured out from the Savior’s dying face…
But with the death of my Sweet Dove,
Light and Spirit is born…
Sent from God’s Holy throne…
Spirit, to spirit, home!
Tongues of fire upon each head…
Foreign Languages are told what’s  said
Bride and Groom say vow’s and they’re wed…
Honeymoon spent in the Portals of Heaven…
Children conceived on Earth with new birth…
Complete the revelation…
Holy Ghost and Son of God, Abba’s explanation…
Souls bring souls…to their final destination…
New life…
His creation!
–Marla Shaw O’Neill April 4, 2017

 

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