Therefore I say unto you, Take no
thought for your life, what ye
shall eat, or what ye shall drink;
nor yet for your body, what ye
shall put on. Is not the life more
than meat, and the body than
raiment?
Behold the fowls of the air: for
they sow not, neither do they
reap, nor gather into barns; yet
your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
Which of you by taking thought can
add one cubit unto his stature?
And why take ye thought for
raiment? Consider the lilies of
the field, how they grow; they
toil not, neither do they spin:
And yet I say unto you, That even
Solomon in all his glory was not
arrayed like one of these.
Wherefore, if God so clothe the
grass of the field, which to day
is, and to morrow is cast into the
oven, shall he not much more
clothe you, O ye of little faith?
Therefore take no thought, saying,
What shall we eat? or, What shall
we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we
be clothed?
(For after all these things do the
Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly
Father knoweth that ye have need
of all these things.
But seek ye first the kingdom of
God, and his righteousness; and
all these things shall be added
unto you.
Take therefore no thought for the
morrow: for the morrow shall take
thought for the things of itself.
Sufficient unto the day is the
evil thereof.

Matthew 6:25-34

The Lord’s Jewels 

Then they that feared the LORD
spake often one to another: and
the LORD hearkened, and heard it,
and a book of remembrance was
written before him for them that
feared the LORD, and that thought
upon his name.
And they shall be mine, saith the
LORD of hosts, in that day when I
make up my jewels; and I will
spare them, as a man spareth his
own son that serveth him.
Then shall ye return, and discern
between the righteous and the
wicked, between him that serveth
God and him that serveth him not.

For, behold, the day cometh, that
shall burn as an oven; and all the
proud, yea, and all that do
wickedly, shall be stubble: and
the day that cometh shall burn
them up, saith the LORD of hosts,
that it shall leave them neither
root nor branch.
But unto you that fear my name
shall the Sun of righteousness
arise with healing in his wings;
and ye shall go forth, and grow up
as calves of the stall.
And ye shall tread down the
wicked; for they shall be ashes
under the soles of your feet in
the day that I shall do this,
saith the LORD of hosts.
Remember ye the law of Moses my servant,
which I commanded unto him in Horeb for
all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet
before the coming of the great and
dreadful day of the LORD:
And he shall turn the heart of the fathers
to the children, and the heart of the
children to their fathers, lest I come and
smite the earth with a curse.

Malachi 3:16-18, 4

Thou, which hast shewed me great and
sore troubles, shalt quicken me again,
and shalt bring me up again from the
depths of the earth.
Thou shalt increase my greatness,
and comfort me on every side.
I will also praise thee with the
psaltery, even thy truth, O my
God: unto thee will I sing with
the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel.
My lips shall greatly rejoice when
I sing unto thee; and my soul,
which thou hast redeemed.
My tongue also shall talk of thy
righteousness all the day long:
for they are confounded, for they
are brought unto shame, that seek
my hurt.

Psalm 71:20-24

Thus saith the LORD concerning the
prophets that make my people err, that
bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and
he that putteth not into their mouths,
they even prepare war against him.
Therefore night shall be unto you, that
ye shall not have a vision; and it shall be
dark unto you, that ye shall not divine;
and the sun shall go down over the
prophets, and the day shall be dark over
them.
Then shall the seers be ashamed, and
the diviners confounded: yea, they shall
all cover their lips; for there is no
answer of God.
But truly I am full of power by the spirit
of the LORD, and of judgment, and of
might, to declare unto Jacob his
transgression, and to Israel his sin.
Hear this, I pray you, ye heads of the
house of Jacob, and princes of the
house of Israel, that abhor judgment,
and pervert all equity.

They build up Zion with blood, and
Jerusalem with iniquity.

The heads thereof judge for reward, and
the priests thereof teach for hire, and
the prophets thereof divine for money:
yet will they lean upon the LORD, and
say, Is not the LORD among us? none
evil can come upon us.

Therefore shall Zion for your sake be
plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall
become heaps, and the mountain of the
house as the high places of the forest.

Micah 3:5-12

A lamentation for the day of the LORD

Hear ye this word which I take up
against you, even a lamentation, O
house of Israel.
The virgin of Israel is fallen; she shall no
more rise: she is forsaken upon her
land; there is none to raise her up.
For thus saith the Lord GOD; The city
that went out by a thousand shall leave
an hundred, and that which went forth
by an hundred shall leave ten, to the
house of Israel.

For thus saith the LORD unto the house
of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live:
But seek not Bethel, nor enter into
Gilgal, and pass not to Beersheba: for
Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, and
Bethel shall come to nought.

Seek the LORD, and ye shall live; lest he
break out like fire in the house of
Joseph, and devour it, and there be
none to quench it in Bethel.

Ye who turn judgment to wormwood,
and leave off righteousness in the earth,
Seek him that maketh the seven stars
and Orion, and turneth the shadow of
death into the morning, and maketh the
day dark with night: that calleth for the
waters of the sea, and poureth them out
upon the face of the earth: The LORD is
his name:
That strengtheneth the spoiled against
the strong, so that the spoiled shall
come against the fortress.
They hate him that rebuketh in the gate,
and they abhor him that speaketh
uprightly.
Forasmuch therefore as your treading is
upon the poor, and ye take from him
burdens of wheat: ye have built houses
of hewn stone, but ye shall not dwell in
them; ye have planted pleasant
vineyards, but ye shall not drink wine of
them.
For I know your manifold
transgressions and your mighty sins:
they afflict the just, they take a bribe,
and they turn aside the poor in the gate
from their right.

Therefore the prudent shall keep silence
in that time; for it is an evil time.
Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live:
and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall
be with you, as ye have spoken.
Hate the evil, and love the good, and
establish judgment in the gate: it may
be that the LORD God of hosts will be
gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.

Therefore the LORD, the God of hosts,
the LORD, saith thus; Wailing shall be in
all streets; and they shall say in all the
highways, Alas! alas! and they shall call
the husbandman to mourning, and such
as are skilful of lamentation to wailing.
And in all vineyards shall be wailing: for
I will pass through thee, saith the LORD.

Woe unto you that desire the day of the
LORD! to what end is it for you? the day
of the LORD is darkness, and not light.
As if a man did flee from a lion, and a
bear met him; or went into the house,
and leaned his hand on the wall, and a
serpent bit him.
Shall not the day of the LORD be
darkness, and not light? even very dark,
and no brightness in it?
I hate, I despise your feast days, and I
will not smell in your solemn
assemblies.

Though ye offer me burnt offerings and
your meat offerings, I will not accept
them: neither will I regard the peace
offerings of your fat beasts.
Take thou away from me the noise of
thy songs; for I will not hear the melody
of thy viols.
But let judgment run down as waters,
and righteousness as a mighty stream.
Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and
offerings in the wilderness forty years,
O house of Israel?
But ye have borne the tabernacle of
your Moloch and Chiun your images, the
star of your god, which ye made to
yourselves.
Therefore will I cause you to go into
captivity beyond Damascus, saith the
LORD, whose name is The God of hosts.

Amos 5

Sow to yourselves in righteousness,
reap in mercy; break up your fallow
ground: for it is time to seek the LORD,
till he come and rain righteousness
upon you.

Hosea 10:12

Therefore turn thou to thy God: keep mercy and judgment, and wait on thy God continually.
Hosea 12:6

Dream: Grassy Mountain

06/05/2016
I was outside with my sister and it seemed as though we were on a mountain and standing on large grassy hills. Down the mountain was a cliff side which overlooked some water. The water people commonly swam in but there were no people around. I ran down this mountain (more like running down a grassy hill) and jumped off of the cliff side to jump into the water. Tracy did not follow but was up still where we both previously stood.

I then could see in my point of view the cliff side, the blue colored water, and then a darker area of the water that was black. This was referred to as ‘deep sea’ in the dream. When I jumped off the cliff and headed toward the water I was going too fast and made it to the ‘deep sea’ not too far below the blue waters safe for swimming.
While there I didn’t panic, I didn’t even move. I knew that I was in danger being in the ‘deep sea’ area of water. The ‘deep sea’ was black and you could see almost a line where it ended and the safer waters began. From the perspective inside my body everything was black all around me and I silently prayed to the Father in Heaven to help me come out of this. I was perfectly content, with no fear, and I was in faith that the Father would bring me up out of these dark waters and back to safety.

I remember the feeling of holding my breath and wondered later if I held it also in my sleep. I knew the Father would get me out of the deep sea and bring me back up. I don’t think I was able to move my body and the thoughts of trying to swim never entered my mind. This was an area the LORD Himself had to help me come out of and it was dangerous for anyone to be in it. I don’t think I could have swam if I tried, I just remember thinking I knew the Father would get me out of this and I would be safe because I am His Child. I prayed to Him much like a child who was in some sort of trouble but not panicked knowing their Father would come and help them. That was the end of the dream.

This dream felt very light and very simple which is unusual for my dreams. I realized this as I awoke from it. I’m not sure how much of it was a gentle way of giving me a dream. Recently I confessed to the LORD how terrified I was to have dreams from Him as I just had some things revealed about my past that I’m still having trouble coping with and digesting.

I’ve been trying to rewrite this dream some to explain it in better terms and thought I would include this from one of my first attempts of trying to portray this the right way:

“I wasn’t even trying to swim and I wasn’t panicked either, all I did was pray to the Father and told Him what happened and asked Him to bring me back up as I couldn’t do it. I don’t remember exactly what I prayed but I had faith in Him and that He would bring me out of the ‘deep sea’ and back to the normal water above me and then back up out of this water as I think I would have been exhausted to swim, but also so I could breathe again. Then I woke up.”

There were more dreams after this and I’ve been having them steadily again since this one. Things continue and there are many things to be revealed.

The day after I had this dream, one of the blogs I follow called “a call to the remnant” (bro Frank) had written something that really struck me. I thought I would also share what he wrote that reminded me of this dream and you’ll see why.

“…People are vastly complicated, God much more so. The door to the deeper walk with Jesus is the unexplained. When you come to the end of yourself, when your dogma fails you, when you cannot explain or understand your situation, then you are at the door. And the password? “Yet though He slay me, even then I will trust Him.” If you want to go deeper with God, allow Him to search you. Join Him in the journey that goes beyond what you understand, into the deeper waters, and beyond the horizons of your understanding.”
The Unexplored Heart of the Father

I find myself questioning two things:
1) did I run too fast getting myself into trouble again causing me to call out to the Father to ‘bail me out’? (I’m always worried about this. about ‘getting into trouble’ when it comes to the LORD and my walk with Him, or anything in life really.)
or
2) am I in a place I am supposed to be, by His Will, where I completely need to depend on the Father to get me through the dark, ‘deep sea’?

I guess in other words, did I cause trouble for myself or am I supposed to be there? Those are the kinds of questions I find myself asking and I suppose I’ll find the answer someday.

The Levites shall bear their shame

And thou shalt say to the rebellious,
even to the house of Israel, Thus saith
the Lord GOD; O ye house of Israel, let it
suffice you of all your abominations,
In that ye have brought into my
sanctuary strangers, uncircumcised in
heart, and uncircumcised in flesh, to be
in my sanctuary, to pollute it, even my
house, when ye offer my bread, the fat
and the blood, and they have broken my
covenant because of all your
abominations.
And ye have not kept the charge of mine
holy things: but ye have set keepers of
my charge in my sanctuary for
yourselves.
Thus saith the Lord GOD; No stranger,
uncircumcised in heart, nor
uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter into
my sanctuary, of any stranger that is
among the children of Israel.
And the Levites that are gone away far
from me, when Israel went astray, which
went astray away from me after their
idols; they shall even bear their iniquity.
Yet they shall be ministers in my
sanctuary, having charge at the gates of
the house, and ministering to the house:
they shall slay the burnt offering and the
sacrifice for the people, and they shall
stand before them to minister unto
them.
Because they ministered unto them
before their idols, and caused the house
of Israel to fall into iniquity; therefore
have I lifted up mine hand against them,
saith the Lord GOD, and they shall bear
their iniquity.
And they shall not come near unto me,
to do the office of a priest unto me, nor
to come near to any of my holy things,
in the most holy place: but they shall
bear their shame, and their
abominations which they have committed.
Ezekiel 44:6-13

Sheep, Cattle and Cattle

For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I,
even I, will both search my sheep, and
seek them out.
As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in
the day that he is among his sheep that
are scattered; so will I seek out my
sheep, and will deliver them out of all
places where they have been scattered
in the cloudy and dark day.
And I will bring them out from the
people, and gather them from the
countries, and will bring them to their
own land, and feed them upon the
mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in
all the inhabited places of the country.
I will feed them in a good pasture, and
upon the high mountains of Israel shall
their fold be: there shall they lie in a
good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they
feed upon the mountains of Israel.
I will feed my flock, and I will cause
them to lie down, saith the Lord GOD.
I will seek that which was lost, and bring
again that which was driven away, and
will bind up that which was broken, and
will strengthen that which was sick: but
I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will
feed them with judgment.
And as for you, O my flock, thus saith
the Lord GOD; Behold, I judge between
cattle and cattle, between the rams and
the he goats.
Seemeth it a small thing unto you to
have eaten up the good pasture, but ye
must tread down with your feet the
residue of your pastures? and to have
drunk of the deep waters, but ye must
foul the residue with your feet?
And as for my flock, they eat that which
ye have trodden with your feet; and they
drink that which ye have fouled with
your feet.
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD unto
them; Behold, I, even I, will judge
between the fat cattle and between the
lean cattle.
Because ye have thrust with side and
with shoulder, and pushed all the
diseased with your horns, till ye have
scattered them abroad;
Therefore will I save my flock, and they
shall no more be a prey; and I will judge
between cattle and cattle.
And I will set up one shepherd over
them, and he shall feed them, even my
servant David; he shall feed them, and
he shall be their shepherd.
And I the LORD will be their God, and my
servant David a prince among them; I
the LORD have spoken it.
And I will make with them a covenant of
peace, and will cause the evil beasts to
cease out of the land: and they shall
dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep
in the woods.
And I will make them and the places
round about my hill a blessing; and I will
cause the shower to come down in his
season; there shall be showers of
blessing.
And the tree of the field shall yield her
fruit, and the earth shall yield her
increase, and they shall be safe in their
land, and shall know that I am the LORD,
when I have broken the bands of their
yoke, and delivered them out of the
hand of those that served themselves
of them.
And they shall no more be a prey to the
heathen, neither shall the beast of the
land devour them; but they shall dwell
safely, and none shall make them afraid.
And I will raise up for them a plant of
renown, and they shall be no more
consumed with hunger in the land,
neither bear the shame of the heathen
any more.
Thus shall they know that I the LORD
their God am with them, and that they,
even the house of Israel, are my people,
saith the Lord GOD.
And ye my flock, the flock of my
pasture, are men, and I am your God,
saith the Lord GOD.
Ezekiel 34:11-31

Ye Shepherds

Son of man, prophesy against the
shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say
unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD
unto the shepherds; Woe be to the
shepherds of Israel that do feed
themselves! should not the shepherds
feed the flocks?
Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with
the wool, ye kill them that are fed: but ye
feed not the flock.
The diseased have ye not strengthened,
neither have ye healed that which was
sick, neither have ye bound up that
which was broken, neither have ye
brought again that which was driven
away, neither have ye sought that which
was lost; but with force and with cruelty
have ye ruled them.
And they were scattered, because there
is no shepherd: and they became meat
to all the beasts of the field, when they
were scattered.
My sheep wandered through all the
mountains, and upon every high hill:
yea, my flock was scattered upon all the
face of the earth, and none did search
or seek after them.
Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word
of the LORD;
As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely
because my flock became a prey, and
my flock became meat to every beast of
the field, because there was no
shepherd, neither did my shepherds
search for my flock, but the shepherds
fed themselves, and fed not my flock;
Therefore, O ye shepherds, hear the
word of the LORD;
Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am
against the shepherds; and I will require
my flock at their hand, and cause them
to cease from feeding the flock; neither
shall the shepherds feed themselves
any more; for I will deliver my flock from
their mouth, that they may not be meat
for them.
Ezekiel 34:2-10