Posted by: angelnotes | March 19, 2019

Be Still and Know He is God

You know. When I heard this, I thought of the quiet relief that i should be still and know that He is God. In the depression and anguish, I should be still and know He is God. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is God. The truth is that YES, in fact He is God. He is the God that created the heavens and the earth. He is the God that brought Isra’el out of the land of Egypt. He is the God that parted the Nile. He is the God that destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. He is the God that was in the fire with Shadrach, Mischach, and Abeddnego. He is the God that shut the mouth of the lions. He is the God that was born in a manger in Bethlehem. He is the God that healed the sick and rose the dead. He is the God that died for us. He is the God that rose from the dead. He is the God that Paul met on the way to Damascus. He is the God that many Christians die for. He is the God that promises to save us from our sins. He is the God that will bring us a new heaven and a new earth. What can my God do that your god cannot do? Everything. So you see my friends, be still and know HE IS GOD.

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Posted by: angelnotes | January 22, 2019

American Persecution

I look across the world today and see how our fellow believers are persecuted.  They  are beaten to death, burned to death, beheaded, disfigured, threatened, and many many other horrific things.  It makes me thankful that I am able to be a believer in Christ here in America.  There is still the question of “Are Christians persecuted here in America?”.  The answer is “YES!”  Sure, we’re made fun of, insulted, belittled.  On that note, who really cares as long as we are free to make that stand. Still, we don’t recognize how deep the persecution is.  While there are still some elements of physical persecution and martydom such as Columbine and other tragedies that you don’t hear about that much, American persecution is much deeper. In fact it’s much darker as well.  It’s emotional.  It’s psychological.  It’s spiritual.  People in church trolling other believers that don’t fit the mold or disagreements and causing division.  Supposed Christian leaders getting caught up in scandals.  Radicals acting ungodly in the name of God while more radical religions are now being seen as more friendly.  And of course the media and entertainment through shame and desensitization.

Look, the Lord Jesus had said in His Word that we would be hated.  The question is what are we doing about it.  Are we doing everything we can to still take a stand regardless of everything?  Are we willing to sacrifice everything?  Jesus said take up your cross and follow Him.  He told the rich man to sell everything and follow Him.  Here in America it is so much more difficult isn’t it?  Our ears and eyes are being titillated with sights and sounds that make us question our belief.  We have such a craving to belong in a world that will never accept us.  We, including me, need to remember that Yeshua said that HE has overcome the world.  HE is OUR SAVIOR.

So ask yourself, what does this world really give you?  Truth?  NOTHING.  This world takes.  It takes your innocence, it takes your time, it takes your mind, it takes your soul.  This world does not want you to be truly happy.  The Lord does.  Your happiness makes HIM happy.  Do you realize that? Think of it this way.  Your kids get mad at you.  They think you want to steal their fun.  You, as a parent know, what’s down the road and you want them happy.  You love them so much that that’s what you want for them.  Their happiness, their success, their joy, their love.  Think about it how much love you have for someone.  What do you want for them?

Face it.  We are being and are going to be persecuted as followers of Jesus.  What are we going to do to withstand that persecution?  Truth, our Savior went to the cross – the most brutal form of death FOR ALL OF US.  He died.  With all of His Power and Might and Love.  He laid down HIS life for US.  What can we do in return?  He only asks for one thing – Stand with Him, Love Him, Trust Him.  Hey He did all the work.

Are you feeling overwhelmed?  Call out to Him.  He still says cast all your cares upon Him for HE CARES FOR YOU!!!!

There’s a Bible app called Through the Word.  You can download it on your phone.  It’s a great start to get to know God and who HE is.  Go on YouTube and listen testimonies of those that dropped everything to follow Jesus and how they have no regret even under persecution and rejection because they know HIM and who HE is.  Listen to Steven Bancarz, Nabeel Querishi (who is no longer with us), David Wood, the ONE FOR ISRAEL channel.

May the Lord bless you and keep you.  May the Lord make His face shine upon you.

Still feeling down.  Psalms 23, 91, and 92.  Come as you are.

Posted by: angelnotes | October 15, 2018

Last Chance

So, how many times do you say no to God? How many times would you say no to His free gift? Free? Really? Or do you think you will figure it out? Or that there are many ways? If so, tell me this…if we can work our way what was the point of the crucifixion? Why did Jesus come at one of the most brutal times in history instead of a time in history when death was merciful or even why die at all?

Does that really make sense? Isn’t much simpler to accept Him? Isn’t much simpler to accept His gift of love and salvation? And guess what? When you love someone, you usually want to do your best by them and be the best you can be for them.

So just do it. You can say the prayer of salvation. Remember it’s not the prayer that saves you. It’s the meaning behind the prayer. Come to His Kingdom. I’m talking to all of you.

Love in Christ

Till next time

Posted by: angelnotes | July 2, 2018

Why Jesus? Is He Real?

There are so many things out there that about Jesus and whether or not He existed and whether or not He is the only way to God.  Honestly, it’s really frustrating.  Okay, it’s irritating.  Why?  Because He is Jesus the Messiah,  Jesus the Savior, Jesus the Creator.  That has been proven over and over and over. So here goes:

Did a man named Jesus exist? Of course He did.  Many who have tried to take the time and not make fun of their research have found this is absolutely true.  It is important that you are well informed.  Unfortunately, the more famous ones such as Josephus and Tacitus who did not even believe in Jesus as the Messiah are being debunked.  I have never heard of a historian be debunked.  However, there are non historian sources as well from scholars.  Why wouldn’t those be included?  Did only historians write about Columbus and George Washington?  I challenge you to watch “A Case for Christ”.  Watch it often.

Also, do not be afraid to use Biblical sources.  People try to say that the Bible should be discounted.  Not only did the disciples and his followers write about someone they knew, but also wrote within the same generation of His existence.  So why should they be discounted.

  • Matthew – a Tax Collector – one of the 12. You can tell this is true by how he wrote the book of Matthew.  It was detailed and very statistical.
  • Mark – a Follower – he grew up under Jesus’ teachings.  It is believed that he began following Jesus at an early age. He is a witness of Jesus’ ministry from a “crowd” perspective
  • Luke – a physician – another follower and obviously an intellect.  Like Matthew, you can tell this is true by how he wrote the book of Luke.
  • John – a fisherman – one of the 12.  In fact his closest one.  John was known as the beloved.  He was there.  If you wrote about someone you loved, wouldn’t you want to make sure the truth about their life was spoken?

So we have 4 different people who had 4 different relationships with Jesus.  Yes, even though Matthew and John were apostles, I’m sure their relationships were different.  Even we have different relationships with our friends that we are close with.  These books coincide with each other based on those perspectives.  They do not differ.

Another Biblical author who should in no way be discounted is Paul.  Paul was a true scholar, an attorney, a Pharisee.  Even more, he hated Jesus and his followers.  He had a pretty good life.  He dropped everything and I mean everything to follow Jesus.  He risked his life to follow Jesus.  In fact, all of Jesus’ apostles and many followers risked everything including torture to follow this man Jesus.

To say Jesus does not exist is to say these men do not exist.

Did you know that Jesus was spoken about in the Old Testament?    Here are just a few:

Born in Bethlehem the City of David – Micah 5:2

  • But thou, Beth-lehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

Born of a virgin – Isaiah 7:15

  • Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

From the line of David – II Samuel 7:12-16

  • 12 And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.

    13 He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.

    14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men:

    15 But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee.

    16 And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.

Seed of a woman – Genesis 3:15 – (men carry the seed)

  • And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Healer – Isaiah 35:5-6

  • Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.

    Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.

There are over 300 prophecies about Jesus our Savior.  The likelihood of just these few being fulfilled is extremely high especially because these are different men from different times from different backgrounds.

This last thing I’m going to approach quickly.  Many of our young people try to follow the zeitgeist theory of how Jesus was same as many ancient mythical gods.  First of all, zeitgeist has been debunked so often that they had to remake it.  And it only approaches a few things about Jesus – born of virgin and Son of God.

Know Jesus.  Know who He is.  Ask Him to show Himself to you.  He absolutely will.  Study His word.  And don’t let a few people on Google or YouTube tell you.  YOU find out for yourself.  Whether or not you listen is up to you.  I pray wholeheartedly that you will.

 

Posted by: angelnotes | May 28, 2018

Precedence of the Lamb

April 1st the celebrated day of Yeshua’s Resurrection.  We need to celebrate Yeshua DAILY.  Personally, because of its Pagan origins I do not celebrate.  However, I do celebrate Passover.  Why?  Because the Passover is the precedence of our salvation.

Let’s look in Exodus at the original Passover:

Exodus 12 

1And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt saying,

This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.

Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:

And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.

Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:

And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.

And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.

…continue

12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord.

13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.

14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.

What is one of the names of you Yeshua (Jesus)?  The Lamb of God.  John the Baptist in John 1 calls Him that:

29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.

31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.

32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.

33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.

34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.

35 Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples;

36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!

So how is this the same?

Yeshua came to earth as the sacrificial Lamb and shed His blood to be placed on the door of our hearts so that what we may live.  When we accept Him in our hearts and believe on Him with our whole heart we are covered under His Blood.  Our doors are painted.  I am sure many have noticed how the celebrated resurrection often come at the same time as Passover.  While I recommend that you look at how you celebrate, I’m not going to argue about your celebrating His coming and His resurrection.  You’re celebrating Him and that is the most important thing you can do.  Celebrate Him everyday, every moment, every second.  You don’t need a designated day to do that.

Last thing I want to state is that God does not flip the script.  There are many precedences set throughout the Bible that shows God’s plan for our salvation.  Yeshua fulfilled those promises.  Come to Him…Call out to Him.  Let Him paint the door of your heart so that you can live.

Posted by: angelnotes | March 4, 2018

Uninvited Thoughts

For several days, I have been having horrible thoughts about my past.  I have been consumed with things that I’ve done wrong, embarrassments, hurtful acts, etc.  In fact, it was consuming my head so bad that I have had many sleepless nights and a heaviness that had weighed me down deep.  So deep that I felt as though my chest would burst.

It would also happen to me while driving.  All I could think about were the laughs, the people I might have hurt and the people who may have hurt me.  I asked the Lord to please forgive me.  I found myself constantly asking for forgiveness.  Before I lay down to sleep, I asked the Lord to clear my head for the night…to relieve the oppression, depression, worry, anger, contempt, etc.  I would have a good night sleep only for it to happen the next day.

I kept wondering what did I invite in my life for this kind of attack.  This morning, I woke up.  My mother looked at me and asked me if I was okay.  I told her what was going on.  She reminded me that I was covered under the blood.  The enemy has no power over me but would continue to attack.  She told me that the blood was my protection…like at Passover (next blog).

So, I prayed in matchless name of Yeshua.  I asked the Lord to rebuke the evil and the attack of the enemy.  I stated that I am covered under the blood of my Savior Yeshua Hamashiach (Jesus the Messiah) that the enemy has no power over me because I belong to Him.  Instantly, my head cleared.  Instantly, the heaviness on my body lifted.  It was a relief.

So don’t let the enemy weigh you down.  You are a threat.  You are covered by the blood so that you can be as white as snow.

If you are not, invite Yeshua into your heart and claim the power of the His Blood and His Resurrection.  Let His Spirit fill you so that oppression, depression, doubt, darkness can be removed.  As a result, you will never be alone and you have a Someone with you to protect you.  The enemy will make you feel like you’ve been deserted.  The Lord will never leave you or forsake.  That is His promise.  Keep reminding yourself that the enemy has no power over you.

Till next time and Thanks Mom for reminding me of what you and Dad taught me.

Posted by: angelnotes | February 3, 2018

Oppression and Generational Curses

When you give your life over to the Lord, when you accept Yeshua as your personal Lord and Savior, you become the enemy.  You become the target.

Ephesians 6:12 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.

Don’t get me wrong, we were always the target, but prior to salvation there is possession and oppression of the dark evil forces of this world.  Losing you to the Almighty Father and His Son Yeshua makes your a target to get the possession back.  Too often the oppression continues and gets stronger so that the possession can be taken back.

First and foremost, let me state that possession can never be taken back if you’ve truly given yourself over to Him.  That just means the oppression will double.  Too often it’s whatever evil that had oppressed you in the first place.  Oftentimes, it’s a spirit that has been linked to your family for generations.  That spirit thinks it can claim ownership on your line – you, your parents, your grandparents, and so own.

I’m not only talking about the daily oppression of worry, doubt, anger, depression, which are included, I’m talking a deeper oppression.  You see my great great grandmother and great grandmother practiced the dark arts.  They talked to the dead and performed rituals.  Have I seen it? No, am I attacked?  Absolutely.  I have given my life over to the Lord.  Am I still being attacked?  Absolutely.

Sometimes, that spirit is such a part of you that it seems like your friend.  Seems like your best friend because it does not want to leave.  For years, I thought something was wrong with me.  I thought I was going nuts.  I always heard things inside my head that wasn’t me.  That thing was pretending to be my friend.  That thing was pretending to help me get myself out of desperate situations.  That thing was pretending to help me get me through my loneliness.  That thing had me believing that I was something that I wasn’t.  That thing had me opening my eyes to things I should never see and experience.

So what did I do?  I confided in a friend what was happening to me and she told me about spiritual oppression and generational curses.  She said pray to the Lord to remove those spirits and break that curse.  I got down on my knees with tears and asked the Lord to remove this oppression and break this curse.  What happened next?  I had this hole in my life.  This hole of loneliness.  This hole of emptiness.  I was so depressed that I didn’t know to do.  I just knew that I couldn’t allow whatever it is back in.  I talked to my friend the following week and she told me that I needed to ask the Lord to fill it up and make me whole.  Simple huh?  I thought the Lord was already there. hahaha  So I asked the Lord to fill up that hole and seal it with Him and His Spirit the Ruach Hakodesh (Hebrew for Holy Spirit).  Look, I’ve done things that I am so ashamed of and keep remembering it till this day.

You see Satan will attack you with everything he has, whether you belong to the Lord or not.  He will attack you through temptation.  He will attack you with promises of power.  He will attack you with promises to feel good.  He will even attack you with supposed love.  Call on the Lord.  Call on His Son.  Come to Him.  Ask Him to remove the oppression…ask Him to break the curse…ask Him to the rebuke the evil that is attacking you…ask Him to surround you and keep you safe…ask Him to fill you up and be Lord of your life.

Revelation 3:20 BeholdI stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the doorI will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us

You’re not alone my brothers and sisters.  With Love until next time.

Posted by: angelnotes | December 10, 2017

Tis the Season

Every holiday, there is hustle and bustle.  Buying gifts, spending time with family, food, friends, Christmas parties, work holiday parties…it almost feels like it never ever ends.    In fact, it’s exhausting.  At age 48, I am asking what is this all about?  What is this really all about?

For several years, the running joke is that is no Christ in Christmas.  My question is was there ever?  No, I’m not talking the pagan traditions of “winter solstice” or the real meaning behind Christmas.  I’m asking if there was ever a Christ in Christmas.  Sure, we hear the story.  We go to church and sing songs.  But where is Christ?

When I was a young girl, about age 11 or 12, my parents stopped giving me gifts.  They said it was not right to give someone else a gift on someone else’s birthday.  So for a few years, we listened to the nativity story on LP (vinyl for you young folks).  And, Christmas for me was resentfully quiet.  I would see all of the awesome stuff my friends got for Christmas.  I would save gifts from friends and neighbors so I would have some things to open on Christmas morning.  I was angry at my parents.  Now that I am older, I realize that part of it came from a good place and the other part was simply because my parents could no longer afford the holidays and it was easiest to celebrate Christmas for what it was intended to be…a celebration of Christ’s birthday.

As I grew older and had kids of my own, I made sure that my kids had a Christmas, whether I could afford it or not.  Layaway, starting in summer, and running around just to see the 5 minutes of happiness on my kid’s faces.  Do you know what started happening?  My youngest would count the number of gifts he received and my oldest would have a serious attitude because I didn’t get the exact model of the toy he wanted.  Then my parents, a day or two later, would take him to the toy store and get him the one he wants. At the end, he had two.

So fast forward, I got remarried and felt it was my duty to make Christmas the most wonderful time of year.  Food, festivities, friends, family.  We decorated the tree together.  Everyone had to take a shower and put on their new jammies Christmas Eve so that we can have that beautiful Christmas morning.  My husband, in my mind, always ruined Christmas morning because my kids and I were anxious and he wanted to wait until he had his coffee, something to eat, and, oh, yeah, wake up.  I had to have that perfect Christmas .

Fast forward again to my oldest son’s late teenage years…He lost his everloving mind.  And 10 years later it’s still lost, but I digress.  I reached the point that continued for several years of dreading Christmas.  My family was/is breaking apart and I no longer have that Christmas I longed for.

Today, I ask, what is the Christmas I long for?  Yes, I’m still preparing for the day by getting gifts, grocery lists, and preparing for family.  But what am I really longing for?  I’m longing for what I should have longed for all along.  A deeper relationship with the Father and His Son, Yeshua Jesus.  It sounds cliche right?  No, it’s something that we should long for daily.  The fact is Christmas is just another day to long for something and Someone that we should long for every single day, every single hour, every single second, every single minute.  Put the Christ in your everyday not just in Christmas.

So my friends, celebrate the season, celebrate with your friends, family, and coworkers.  Celebrate HIM everyday of the year.

Till next time.

I love you everyone.

Posted by: angelnotes | November 26, 2017

Letters to the Lord

Praying often is something I try to do throughout the day.  Unfortunately, I get so caught up I forget to pray as often as I should.  I get frustrated with myself because the most important thing in your life is communication with the Father.  Many of us treat it as a ritual…repeated prayers like a mantra.

One thing that the Lord pointed out to me is that I love to write.  It is a talent that He has given me.  One of the things I do with that talent is write letters to Him.  Sometimes, that’s my prayer time.  It’s unconventional but that is how I am able to pour my heart out to Him.  When I was a little girl and would so often get in trouble, of course my mom and sometimes dad would punish me.  If I thought they were wrong (hahahha), I would write a letter and plead my case.  Sometimes, I would tell them what I thought was really happening and sometimes I would tell them I thought they were being unfair.  No, I don’t do that when I write to the Lord.

WHY do I write these letters? Well, writing allows me to be more candid.  I helps me talk to the Lord about praising Him, thanking Him, talking to Him, and expressing how I feel about things that are going on in my life.  Oftentimes, I shut down and hold it in.  Writing these letters help me let it out to the one person I should and need to.   After all, the Lord communicates to us in His written Word.  So why is so unusual for me to talk to Him this way? Writing these letters is my prayer closet.

The Lord is our family.  We call our human family.  We talk to them.  We write to them.  We spend time with them.  So, spend time with the Lord.  Use the talent you have been given for Him, for yourself to draw closer to Him, and for others to draw closer to Him also.  Whether you paint, knit, draw, or write.  Whatever talent the Lord has given you.  Give back and share with Him.  He loves you so much and wants to share with you.  He has given you gifts.  To oftentimes, we ask what is our gift?  Preaching? Missions?  Evangelism?  What we do not recognize is that we already have those gifts.  That is our mission to spread His Word and His Love.  You may not have the booming voice of a preacher, but you can take beautiful pictures of His majestic creation or blog or write songs.

You see.  I used think that praying to Lord and sharing the Lord had to be loud and boisterous.  Nothing wrong with that.  We are all called.  What I now understand is that even the smallest voice is heard by the Lord.

My brothers and sisters, I invite you to talk to the Lord.  Find your pray closet.  If it’s playing your instrument in worship and prayer, if it’s painting a picture while talking to the Lord, if it’s knitting a blanket while talking to the Lord….JUST TALK TO HIM.  Well, my friends, I love you in the Lord.  Talk to Him and Share Him.

Posted by: angelnotes | October 9, 2017

Obeying the Lord

Obeying the Lord should be easy because you love Him so much that you want to do everything for Him.  So what’s so hard about obeying the Lord?  Life…that’s what so hard about obeying the Lord.  We work full-time. We have people depending on us.  The expectation is be a good son/daughter, good spouse, good parent, good sibling, good relative, good neighbor, good employee, good friend, good church attendee, good steward, good good good good.

What is happening?  MY life is taking away from obeying Him.  He is supposed to be number one.  He is supposed to be the Love of my life.  He is the reason that I am that good daughter, good wife, good mom, good sister, good friend and so on.

We need to take that time.  That quiet time.  Talk to the Lord.  Spend time with Him whether it’s during your morning drive or while you’re cooking dinner.  Set time aside to listen to what He is telling you so that you can be obedient.  Obeying the Lord is not for Him…it’s for you.  The Lord knows better.  Obeying the Lord gives you the purpose in life that you are truly looking for.

Till Next Time

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