Monday, September 29, 2014

Letter to President--Let the Nation Without Sin, Drop the First Bomb


Dear President Obama,

My prayers are with you. A New York Times journalist said regarding Iraq and ISSI, “The impossible is necessary.”  Yes.   “With God, nothing shall be impossible.” “If any lack wisdom, let him ask of God and it shall be given him.”

Let the nation without sin, drop the first bomb.  “We met the enemy and it was us.” Someone asks, “Why do we continue to deploy our military for unwinnable wars?” 

 How did we get into this “network of death”? A journalist on NPR, Fresh Air, said, “If we hadn't gone to war in Iraq, we wouldn't have ISSI.” I agree.   Also, Guantanamo Bay* plays a big part in the beheading of journalists--dressing them in orange for revenge.  It's so tragic that our actions have recruited more and stronger terrorists--all this suffering to do more harm than good.  And there they are with our weapons used against us. That’s the way it works. Jesus said, “Put up thy sword.  They that take the sword perish by the sword.”  Matthew 26:52

Taking Saddam out left a vacuum.  Jesus said if you take a demon out and leave a vacuum, the case is 7 times worse.   It's beyond heart breaking.  Eleven years of despair.  Iraq: a place to recruit terrorists.

 Before the war, September 2002, I read in USA Today:  US Aim in Iraq: Lightning Action.  I stood before that paper and the horror of what such a war would do came over me.  I wrote a book, Sometimes You Must be the Music.

No more war, Mr. President. Shall we with Military action pour more fuel on the fire and add to the confusion?    Please, Mr. President, don’t be a party to endless war and endless revenge.  There is another, better way.

Give humanitarian aid and, by prayer, follow the example of Elisha. Enlist the Invisible Host and those Chariots of Fire. (II Kings 6:8-23).  

Or send the praisers out as Jehoshaphat did.  Biblically, we’re told over 500 times to “Praise the Lord.”  Praise stills the enemy and the avenger.   .  . We don’t wrestle against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers of darkness.  Praise paralyzes the warlords—they can’t move.  

Or have one of those prayer meetings like they did when an angel loosed Peter from his chains and opened The Iron Gate.  

Or how about Gideon whose 300 men blew trumpets and broke pitchers?  

Remember when those ten lepers entered the city and God magnified their footsteps so that their feet sounded like a mighty advancing army and the Syrians fled in terror leaving all their food and provision? (II Kings 8) 

The Creator is creative.  Here’s a principle:  Sometimes seemingly “stupid” things work when hearts are right.  Here’s another: Little is much when God is in it. 

And Iraq.  In 1996, Justus du Plessis from South Africa came late to Kenneth Copeland’s Eagle Mountain Church.  Jesus had given him a vision for America. One strong admonition remembered:  Read the book of Daniel.   Why read the book of Daniel?  This book is set in Babylon—which is modern day Iraq.  What kind of a king was Nebuchadnezzar?  Impulsive, ruthless.  But change came--the king changed.  By sword and battle?  No, by prayer, vision and the interpretation of dreams.  Song words:  When will we ever learn?   Yes, we can!

 It’s past time “to beat our swords into plowshares and not learn war anymore.”   Sit at the feet of the Prince of Peace and get instructions.  No more fund raising madness.  Sometimes the best action is to stand still.                                                                                                

                                                                           Blessings, love, joy, peace,
                                    Shining River

Katherine Kuhlman—The Presence of God 

*See my two articles:  (1) What Shall We Do With the Prisoners of Guanatanamo? (2) Behind the Walls of Guantanamo Bay 1400 Old Bartow Eagle Lake Rd. #4110, Bartow, FL 33830 (863)904-7363

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Someone Will be There to Pick Me Up

Someone Will be There to Pick Me Up

When we lived in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, a lady from Alaska came to Beaches Chapel as a guest speaker.  In Alaska, she said that she and three other people were in a plane, which crashed into the side of a mountain in the wilderness.  Seconds before, the Spirit told her that she and this other lady would survive. 
She and her companion did live.  After the crash, she said they didn’t pray-- they didn’t need to.  The presence of God was so strong, they knew what to do.  There were direct instructions,  “Go around this tree, slip down here. . .etc.”  Big white polar bears came.  But the Inner Voice said, “You have authority over them.”  So they weren’t afraid.  And the bears did not attack.
 All the way they were saying, “Thank you, Lord, for the boat that will be in the clearing.”  Sure enough, when they got to the clearing, there was the boat.  They were rescued and taken to the hospital.  She said this strong Presence remained with them for a little while longer and then gradually dissipated.
Once I planned to visit someone on Saturday.  However, I was detained and couldn’t go until Sunday.  The person I was visiting said, “I can’t come to get you on Sunday.”
I said, “Don’t worry. Someone will pick me up.”
The person I planned to visit thought this was a sign of craziness.  However, I have often been in this space.  “Thank you for the boat that will be in the clearing.”  And the ride, the boat, the provision was there.  Many people on this earth right now have no computers, no phones, no ATMs no GPS—or whatever it is. What must they rely upon?  Is it possible that we in this country will ever be in a place where we lack these things?  How will you be guided?  Security is in the Secret Place.  We will have to know within.  Jesus said that the Holy Spirit “ will guide you into all truth and show you things to come”.  Whatever is in the future should not come upon us unawares (Luke 21:34).  We should know what to do. 
Sometimes when we’re led by the Spirit, we don’t know why we’re supposed to knock on that door, or pick up something off of the sidewalk or dance down a delightful lane led on by surprises. etc.  But we’ve  have learned to hear The Voice.  “My sheep hear My voice and another will they not follow.”   My friends, it is not crazy to say, “Someone will be there to pick me up.”
I have a friend, Elaine, who has gone on to be with the Lord.  She would hear a word, “Go to the airport and there will be someone there to give you a ticket.”
She would have no money in her hand, but there she would be going off to Israel or Indonesia.
Do our children know about this kind of guidance?   There is so much noise—it’s hard to hear the Spirit.
I heard a two-year-old say to her Mommy in Publix, “I don’t have time.”
Children are learning early. No time to hear TheVoice—too busy. Those ipods and phones and computers their little fingers move back and forth on are no substitute for the guidance of the Holy Spirit—the guidance that never leaves or forsakes us.
Song words:
Alabama—I’m in a hurry
I’m in a hurry to get things done
(oh) I rush and rush until life’s no fun
All I really gotta do is live and die
But, I’m in a hurry and don’t know why.
1.      Don’t know why
I have to drive so fast
My car has nothing to prove
It’s not new, but it’ll 0-60 in 5.2, oh
3.Can’t be late
I leave in plenty of time
Shakin’ hands with the clock
I can’t stop
I’m on a roll and I’m ready to rock oh,
4. I hear a voice
It says I’m running behind
I better pick up my pace
It’s a race and there ain’t no room for someone in 2nd place
There is a place of quiet rest
Near to the heart of God
A place where sin cannot molest
Near to the heart of God
O Jesus, blest Redeemer Sent from the heart of God,
Hold us who wait before Thee
Near to the heart of God
2. There is a place of comfort sweet
Near to the heart of God
A place where we our Saviour meet
Near to the heart of God.
3.There is a place of full release
Near to the heart of God
A place where all is joy and peace
Near to the heart of God.