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Ain’t No Rock Gonna Cry Out For Me!

Field Rocks

All we want and all we need
Is found in Jesus
All we ask is more of you
Nothing else can satisfy our hearts desire
All we want is more of you
For the Lord is good
And His love endures
Yes the Lord is good forever
And I’ll shout it out
From the mountain tops
Yes the Lord is good forever
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Mountain Top Rocks

You can’t stop lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano with water, bombs or walls. Here’s why. Read Entire Article

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There is a lava flow in Hawaii that isn’t stopping. The wind blew an avalanche of rocks into the road today. The Lord said, “The earth is crying out in travail, it is praising a God that can’t be stopped.

God created mankind to praise and worship him. Let your soul and spirit cry out in travail, cry out in praise and overcome the darkness wherever you go – wherever your feet may tread.

Psalm 33

Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him.
Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.

Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.

For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.

The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth. He gathers the waters of the sea into jars; he puts the deep into storehouses.

Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the people of the world revere him
For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.

The Lord foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.

But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever,
the purposes of his heart through all generations.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance.

From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind;
from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth—
he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do.

No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength
A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save.
But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,
on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death
and keep them alive in famine.

We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.

In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.

May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you.

Road Rocks

God sent His Son, the Holy One of Israel, Yeshua (Jesus) to redeem mankind from their sins and from the evil one. He will deliver those who will follow Him from the darkness and into His marvelous light!

The Lord God says,

“You who are His voice, You who are His people, You who are His followers and disciples, go now into all the earth and declare His salvation, deliverance and healing to those who are lost and broken and it is I who will deliver them!

Don’t let a rock, a mountain, a volcano, a wind, or an earthquake cry out for you!”

Solid Rock Road Sign

The Lord is my solid rock,
    my fortress, my rescuer.
My God is my rock—
I take refuge in him!—
        he’s my shield,
        my salvation’s strength,
        my place of safety.

Psalm 18:2

butterfly rock

And Jesus headed to Jericho with his disciples, and met Zaccheas the tax collector and told a parable about sowing and reaping and the rewards for those who hold back; giving a charge to those servants to

OCCUPY UNTIL I COME! (Luke 19:13)

And as He told the disciples where to get a Colt for him to ride on those who were following him began to cry out in praise.

Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.

And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.

And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.

And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,

Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.
Luke 19:38-42

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“We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.” Romans 8:22

As we praise, worship and intercede for the nations the Lord is faithful to inhabit the praises of His people.

We know as trouble and difficulties arise, this is a call for God’s people to stand firm and Occupy until He comes again.


Searching for God’s Treasures,
Marlene

Marlene has been called to go and serve others
wherever God calls her.

She combines teaching, prayer, worship
with the prophetic, words of knowledge and
wisdom to bring salvation, deliverance &
healing to those who are lost, hurting & sick.

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Claressa ~ A very fruitful woman!

 

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Claressa with her two children 2017

 

Story and Testimony written with Clarissa’s permission

I first met Claressa while I was working as the manager of a shelter for homeless women. She came seeking a place to live and to get back on her feet.  She had two little children but they were with her sister. In our interview she didn’t tell me why.

Like myself, and so many others I’ve come to know, counsel and love over the years, the world was not her friend, it never would be, and thinking it can be is foolish. There is a god of this world and he is our enemy. He hates God, and he hates God’s children. Like in the story of the Good Samaritan, Claressa had been robbed, beaten and left on the side of the road for dead. The enemy counted Claressa out.

The human spirit can endure in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?
 Proverbs 18:14

I remember her like she was a frightened little child who had just fallen off her trike and was still in shock. Of course she felt to blame because she was riding where she probably knew she shouldn’t be riding, but after all what other option does a woman of her background do in her situation? Here she was, homeless, childless, husbandless and hopeless (well not quite totally hopeless).

During the course of our conversation, she never cast blame on anyone else for her current homeless  and dark situation. She claimed, “It was all her fault she should have done better. I’m trying to trust the Lord! I just don’t understand why He isn’t helping me. All I want is my children back and I will do anything to make that happen.”

It wasn’t until later when we were helping build her case for court that she mentioned she was the only one employed with a baby, a son who was paralyzed from the waist down, caring for an abusive brain injured husband, walking to work, dropping off her baby girl to daycare every day, cooking, cleaning and attending church regularly. It is obvious then and it is even more obvious now, Claressa was suffering from fatigue, burn-out and most likely PTSD and Complex Stress disorder. She was also spiritually abused.

To make matters worse her husband’s family who were also her spiritual leaders; had given her ill advice regarding the care of both her handicapped husband and son which ultimately made matters worse on her. Until you here the rest of the story, it is hard to imagine how any good could come out of this!

That first day she was trying to convince me she was worthy of a place in our home. When Claressa gets nervous she has a similar habit much like my self. I try to convince people I’m worthy of their love when in fact, that is or never will be the case. People are flawed, read the story of the Good Samaritan. Yet, I understood her brokenness and shattered heart. She didn’t need anything other than a place where God could touch her, and tell her how special she was, and that “she was worthy… worthy enough to die for.” This is how Jesus feels about us all!

I recognized her need for someone to “listen” and “hear” the desires of her heart, “To love God, serve others and be a part of a community that would love and respect her for who she really was.” One of the main issues as with many of the men and women I counsel, was Claressa’s need to recognize her identity in Christ.” After our meeting I was determined that God had called me to respect Claressa and help her no matter what it cost me.

Below is a portion of Claressa’s testimony; one I’m proud to be part of…

November 5, 2007 changed my life forever trusting God was absolute. I called my mom that morning and told her I loved her. That was the last time I ever talked to her!

I was at work and I felt disturbed all day. I received a call from a State Trooper. I met them downstairs I saw my sister and I was quite shocked. The trooper gently but right away said our mom was dead from a car accident. We cried hysterically but the Holy Ghost gave me utterance and I prayed in the Spirit!

The Holy Spirit comforted and calmed me down. God said you have to trust me!
I stopped crying and then told my sister and she pushed me away. People hugged us. This particular guy hugged me and he too felt the Holy Ghost. They said my son and dad were in the hospital.They were in critical condition, but steady. I saw my dad on blood stained the sheets by his broken legs. He was lying there, but God gave me strength.

My son became paralyzed from the injury. The doctors told me he had swelling but he would walk again. I was relieved. I went to church and prayed. Through the course of the week the Lord told me I could call Him my friend.

Satan tried his best to depress me and blame God. In the midst of his attack,

“I said no God is with me. Then God said to me, Now I can call you my friend!”

My son was in so much pain. They transported him and I to Jacksonville to Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital. They said, “He will never walk again.

But even today I am standing on the promise God told me. The Holy Spirit woke me from sleeping. I prayed and the Holy Spirit said, “Hear me, don’t listen to man, Matthew will walk again.”

The next day his uncle came over and if God has not healed him by now he would never heal him. I said no! It’s been over 10 years but I’m believing God to make my son Matthew Kevin Johnson whole. Two months after the accident my father died.

The moral of the story regardless how painful and dark God will walk with u every step of the way. I never thought in a million years that my parents will die at 60 and 61 years of age. I literally trusted God. My parents were my backbone and my everything. I prayed with my mother everyday. She was accepting of the calling. I loved her and our relationship.

Today I can say the Lord is my light and salvation whom shall I fear the Lord is the strength of my life of whom shall I be afraid.

Five years after this tragedy, in 2010, I lost my children to the state system for three years! My son was home alone with his father, and in another accident. I was held responsible because of my husband’s condition. He and his family abandoned us and left us for dead. No one ever thought I would get them back in full custody. That is another long story.

I lost my job, my husband and my friends.

Nevertheless the Proverbs 21:1 came alive in my life,  “The heart of king is in the hand of the Lord; he can turns it like rivers.”

I went to jail for 72 days, to complete the order the first judge gave me. I had no contact with my ex family. I stayed at the Chelsea house for six months before I went to jail.

That was an experience I will never forget. God gave me a place to stay. I was in an argument with my sister. I fasted the next day. God dealt with Marlene and opened the doors to the Chelsea house. I can remember the day like yesterday. I tried to fix myself up in conversation.

She stopped me and said you are in. I could not believe it. God used me in jail to pray for others and even though my life has been challenging God has seen me through.

Today, I have full custody of my children, an apartment, and a 2 year degree from Tallahassee Community College and waiting to be accepted into Florida A and M University.

God can turn your life around from betrayal and broken heart.

Trust God with all your heart and lean not to your understanding. Proverbs 3:4-5.

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Claressa Wilson

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Claressa is a very fruitful woman!  Not only has she finished her two year degree, she has a culinary degree and wants to own her own restaurant one day. I love her cooking! She is also taking seminary training for her ministry degree. Claressa is one fruitful mom!

Searching for God’s Treasures,

Marlene
Marlene ministry combines teaching, prayer, and worship
with the prophetic and words of knowledge and wisdom.

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2018 ~ Dave Wottle Kick & Year of Your Second Wind

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“Recently I felt the Lord say, Marlene, 2018 will be a year of acceleration, fruitfulness and you will catch a second wind if you don’t give up!”

This was confirmed recently by a prophetic word from Gale Sheehan : 2018 Open Doors in the Eye of the Storm,

Just like the “eyewall” represents the strongest wind, many times the last step to victory may seem the hardest. Just like a long-distance runner needs to break through the “wall” to receive a “second wind” to finish a race, we will need a spiritual “second wind” in our spiritual races to finish. The “second wind” brings a time of refreshing and renewal. 2018 is a year appointed for the “second wind” from the Lord. Gayle Sheehan – Read Full Article

In 1972 there was a famous collegiate runner who won the 1972 Olympic gold medal in Munich Germany for the 800 meter race. His finish time was 1:44.3.  He was also well known for two other things;

1) He would run wearing a tattered old golf hat to hold back his long hair and;
2) His sudden burst of energy, speed and second wind ~ known as the:
Dave Wottle Kick!

It is this Dave Wottle Kick or second wind which overrides a person’s desire to give out and into defeat or exhaustion. Striding for and finding this invigorating and refreshing second breath or kick of wind enables runners and athletes to go the extra mile, two or more.

It is not only athletes who need or may find this second wind. There are those whom often find themselves in the middle of emergencies, trauma, crisis or even “normal life today.”  I know I often need the mind set of Dave Wottle telling myself,

I’m not going to give in or up till I’ve crossed the line!”

Dave Wottle was a determined 22 year old in spite of opposition. Wottle married just six days after the Olympic trials started.  Being a newlywed worried his coach. Wottle (still married 40 years later spoke about his coach in a 2012 interview:

“He was old-school, and I’m trying to think how to put this tactfully,” Wottle said, “but he thought women weaken legs.”

He also  injured his knee in training just before these games. Dave had two very good reasons to “give in or up,” but  as I see it, he did just the opposite, he pressed in harder.

The writer in Hebrews 12:1-2 tells us as Christians not to give up or in when we feel like it, but to press onward,

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

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When we are running our race for the Lord; when the net of sin trys to surround us, let’s fix our eyes on Jesus, accelerate our pace toward the track, the Lord has already paved before us, trusting that He will give us the wind of the Holy Spirit and the “Dave Wottle Kick” to finish our race!

Searching for God’s Treasures,

Marlene
Marlene ministry combines teaching, prayer, and worship
with the prophetic and words of knowledge and wisdom.

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What is that to you? Follow Me

Imagine yourself to be the Apostle Peter. You have cried, prayed, fasted, fished, all night, and caught nothing. And then suddenly a voice cries out from the shore and tells you to cast your net again, just one more time. The fish come from nowhere and are practically jumping into the net.  You look back to the man who called out from the shore and realize it is Jesus!  You realize it is going to take some time to haul in this catch and you just can’t wait. So you put on your robe and jump out of the boat to get to shore to embrace Him. In the midst of the excitement, you forget your sorrow and that denied Him ~ three times.

Because…. just a few short days ago, you were in the upper room with everyone and like the rest, swore your allegience to always follow this man you believed to be the Son of God. Then just when you thought you would never do what you did…

 

So when he had washed their feet, and taken his garments, and [e]sat down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call me, Teacher, and, Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, have washed your feet, ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye also should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto you, A [f]servant is not greater than his lord; neither [g]one that is sent greater than he that sent him.

If ye know these things, blessed are ye if ye do them.
John 13:12-17

Jesus washed each of the disciple’s feet individually. He then said to them, “do this to one another.”  I believe he was saying, “Don’t compare yourself to one another, but serve one another as I have served you.” Peter, John and the other disciples lived, loved and worked with Jesus, yet each one had their individual assignments in the Kingdom of God.

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What is next, Lord?

What is next Lord

At the end of 2016, the Lord gave me a vision, “The Tsunami Is Coming. Where Will You Be and What Will You Be Doing?” At that time, I had no idea where I would be going and what I would be doing. You can read this on my blog at  The Coming Tsunami.

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In 1985 the Lord came into my office and spoke audibly to me at the moment my one-year-old had stopped breathing and turned completely blue. He spoke three words to me, “Marlene, it is time,” then my knees buckled and I hit the ground in a repentance prayer. Deliverance came from many things I’m not proud nor ashamed to share with others.

Six years later, God truly rescued me from things that only He and I know. I was called to serve and share the Gospel with the lost, broken, and hurting; and since then, I have been committed to this. Seasons of visible fruitfulness have come and gone over the years, and the Lord is continuing to teach me that walking by faith doesn’t always mean that we will see the impact we are making or that we won’t have times where the enemy has appeared to have won the battle, at least in our minds.

My pastor recently preached on “Listening.” Of course, my ears perked up because I had just recently read this quote by Beth Moore in her book, The Quest, An Excursion Toward Intimacy with God:

To unplugged ears, the New Testament testifies with deafening volume to the role of adversity and the demand for endurance in the lives of disciples on their sure way to happily ever after. Sometimes God Himself sets up an obstacle course to develop and test the runner’s discipline, stamina, and agility. With His eye around every blind curve in our road ahead, He seeks “to supply what is lacking in (our) faith” (1 Thessalonians 3:10, ESV), so we can run triumphantly. 

Satan also attends to our marathon with unanticipated patience, biding his time, studying our patterns and weaknesses. He tempts runners nearby to go rogue and trip us.

I have been so humbled by even the hard places the Lord has allowed me to walk through because now that I am older, I can see clearly the miracles He has done over and over again. He is a supernatural God, and He wants us to be supernatural people.

I don’t have any regrets for the choice I made to choose a Christ-centered life.

In 2013 I joined Globe International in Pensacola, Florida, and started working as administrative support for Missionary Sandy Britnell in the Humanitarian Aid & Child Sponsorship Department. I was blessed to be part of the Globe team, working alongside and getting to know so many wonderful mission minded people. I was also able to take my first overseas missions trips to visit children in crisis and trauma Children of Destiny in Nicaragua, Central America, and Challenge Farm in Kenya, Africa.

In 2016 I felt it was time for me to make a change to go from being a support person in order to pursue full-time ministry/missionary work. I’ve always had a ministry, but the Lord reminded me this latter season would be different. In the Tsunami Vision in 2016, the Lord spoke very clearly, “Marlene, your talents aren’t any good if they are buried, or you are not using them for My purpose and plan. In order to be fully satisfied, you must be willing to be obedient to My leading.”

My passion has always been evangelism and missions work, which includes pastoral care; teaching; and praying for the sick, wounded, and afflicted, particularly women. I’m not your typical foreign field missionary and am more like the discipleship and missionary worker you read about in the New Testament. For the past year, my work was in Alaska working with church leadership, pastors, and students from many different cultural backgrounds, and traumatic situations. There were times I felt shipwrecked, like Paul, but I would not trade the past year for anything! And I do plan to return as the Lord leads.

For the first time in my life since I was a child, I am not working a full-time job. I rely totally on the Lord and others’ support to pay for my travel and ministry expenses. This has been difficult because shifting from being self-sufficient to totally God sufficient is weighty. I have to constantly remind myself to stop looking at the job advertisements.

 “Therefore, we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:1-2, ASV).

And so I’ve asked God the question, “What is next, Lord?” As this is probably my last season of life that I am entering, I feel led to look for a place to live and study. When I am there, I will, equip, train, and encourage those He sends my way; and from there I will go to the places where He leads, taking others with me as I go.

There is no lack of crisis and trauma in the world, and plenty of disasters. So, with whatever time, I have left on this earth, I feel it is critical in this season for all of us to ask God the question, “Where do I go from here?” Then to GO!

Walking by total faith and seeking God’s direction in this hour of trouble is not easy for anyone.

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Being alone at times for me is difficult. If you have a group of women or young people who need to be prayed for and encouraged, I would love to come and speak to them.

I also believe there are many individuals who are discouraged, (especially during the holidays and the traumatic times we are currently experiencing). I want to encourage you to draw near to the Lord, get back into the battle, and to fulfill what the Lord created you to do! If this is you, I would love to hear from you, so I can add you to my vision board and pray for you! My cell is (850)-661-6104. My email is CinderellaReleased@gmail.com.

Again, please consider helping by praying or asking the Lord how you can support me by fasting, praying, or giving financially. Please consider this ministry for your end of the year giving, and/or asking your company or business to consider this ministry as one of your charitable organizations to support in 2018.

Whatever you do, please do it as unto the Lord, and may He get the glory! He has done such great things in our lives.

Searching for God’s treasure,

Marlene

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Do I have a Pharisee’s Heart? A Word about Yom Kippur

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Do I have a Pharisee’s Heart?

“Yes, sometimes!”

You may never have heard of Horace Pitkin. He was a missionary to China in the early 1900’s. He wrote to his freinds and basically said, “It definately won’t be long until we (he and his family) find out whether we can serve Him better above or here.” Shortly after the gates of his compound were stormed and he defended two women and was beheaded. His head was offered at a shrine to foreign Gods and his body was thrown into a pit with nine other Christian believers. His wife and baby returned home and his death won many souls to Christ in China.  9/28 Day by Day by Billy Graham

Hopefully, most of us in America will never face this type of persecution, but it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t live for Christ with this kind of fervor. Are we ready to give an account for who and what we believe; ready and whole heartedly willing to stand up (and even die) for our faith in Jesus?  With factions increasing around us, it isn’t hard to see wickedness increasing.

Matthew 24:12 says it best,

“Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold.

How can I keep from growing cold and having an unrepentant heart?

We can’t do this on our own without the help of God. I’ve found the best way to cleanse my soul is to study scripture, pray and then be quiet and listen. This morning I felt the Lord directing me to the story about Jesus’ mother and brothers coming to disrupt his meeting.

 In Matthew 12:47-48, we read:
Someone told Him, “Look, Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to You.” But Jesus replied, “Who is My mother, and who are My brothers?”  Pointing to His disciples, He said, “Here are My mother and My brothers.…

who are my brother

Jesus’ mother and brothers were obviously there to do an intervention on Jesus and perhaps “get him out of there.” I have to laugh because after having four sons, I’ve seen myself in this situation many times. Mary probably thought, “He needs my help!”

Any time we think we know better than God we put ourselves where many of the Pharisees in Jesus’ time were. We should only be doing and saying, “What the Father tells us to do and say. This takes building a listening ear and obedient heart. Repentance is about knowing the truth about ourselves, and the truth about who God is. It is understanding our identity in Jesus, but moreso about our relationship with Jesus.

True repentance is a heart issue. This is what makes true disciples.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow concerning his promise, as some regard slowness, but is being patient toward you, because he does not wish for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

Matthew 12 is all about Yom Kippur and the importance of true repentance. Check out the subheadings in this passage of scripture. They are:

  1. Jesus is LORD of the Sabbath, (Don’t deny our Creator and His Commandments)
  2. Jesus healed on the Sabbath, (Don’t deny helping others who are lost & sick)
  3. A disciple is God’s Chosen Servant, (Don’t deny God’s Lordship)
  4. Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit (Don’t deny the Holy Spirit is God)
  5. A Tree is Known by It’s Fruit (Don’t deny the Word of God – Remember what Adam and Eve did?)
  6. The Sign of Jonah (Don’t deny Jesus’ resurrection)
  7. Return of the Unclean Spirit (Don’t Deny to repent totally)
  8. Jesus’ Mother and Brothers (Don’t deny the covenant & familial relationship with Jesus)

Yom Kippur – Begins Evening of September 29th and Ends Evening of September 30th

The Talmud (Yoma 73b) lists the five obligatory “afflictions” (i.e. forbidden pleasures) of Yom Kippur:

  1. Eating and drinking
  2. Bathing
  3. Anointing
  4. Wearing shoes- Read Full Article
  5. Marital relations

Listed above are some of the practices Jews abstain from on Yom Kippur in order to memoralize this time of repentance.

Below are some of the thoughts I had regarding these practices from a heart perspective:

  1. Eating and drinking – Jesus was led into the wilderness for 40 days where He fasted. I believe He did this to set an example for discipleship.  He was tested by the enemy and knows we too will be tested. In Matthew 4:1-11 Jesus spoke to Satan, “Man shall not live by bread alone.” Keeping God as Lord of the Sabbath. Verse 10: Then Jesus said to him, Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve. Jesus is reminding us, you will perish if you don’t eat or drink but you will also starve to death without the bread of life.
  2. Bathing – As sinful man we can not cleanse ourselves. Job asked this question, ‘Can mankind be just before God? Can a man be pure before his Maker? Job 4:17 ESV Jesus through the cross made a way for us to have hope that our impure hearts may be clean. “And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.” I John 3:3 ESVThe like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: I Peter 3:21 KJV

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  3. Annointing – Abstaining from annointing reminds us that we can’t annoint ourselves.  Jesus ascended to the Father after His resurrection and then they sent the Holy Spirit to anoint and teach us.“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper,[a] to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be[b] in you. John 14:15-17 ESV
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  4. Wearing Shoes – There are many examples of the importance of shoes and the covenant and respect it holds Biblically.Holiness:Put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.” (Exodus 3:5)
    Promise: And his name shall be called in Israel, The house of him that hath his shoe loosed” (Deuteronomy 25:9–10) and
    Marriage Covenant: “Now this was the manner in former time in Israel concerning redeeming and concerning changing, for to confirm all things; a man plucked off his shoe, and gave it to his neighbour: and this was a testimony in Israel. Therefore the kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for thee. So he drew off his shoe” (Ruth 4:7–8).

    In the following two examples we see where bare feet are present and a sign of true repentance, humility and relationship:

    1) His disciples in John 13, He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” 10 Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet,[a] but is completely clean. And you[b] are clean, but not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “Not all of you are clean.), and

    2) Luke 7: 36-50, A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.

    I see this woman performing an act of repenting, annointing, bathing and fasting before Jesus, while He has formed a covenant with her by removing His shoes. How humbling this is and what a great woman of faith! How she kept His commandments!

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5. Marital Relations – This was a difficult one for me at first because I’m not married. But after prayer, this is what I felt the Holy Spirit saying to me. Go back to the beginning and look at scripture.

All of the five conditions for Yom Kippur deal with the heart, humility and true repentance and relationship.

Genesis 1:27-28

 So God created man in his own image,
  in the image of God he created him;
  male and female he created them.

 

And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

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In the beginning God created everything including man and woman. In verse 28 God blessed Adam and Eve with the ability to create life and have dominion over every living thing.  God also gave Adam and Eve freewill of when to have marital relations. As an act of worship and denying the flesh, abstaining from intimate marital relationships on Yom Kippur is an act of worship to God.

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices–mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law–justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. Matthew 23:23 NIV

“Brothers, do not grow weary in doing good” (2 Thessalonians 3:13).

But in your hearts set Christ apart [as holy—acknowledging Him, giving Him first place in your lives] as Lord. Always be ready to give a [logical] defense to anyone who asks you to account for the hope and confident assurance [elicited by faith] that is within you, yet [do it] with gentleness and respect. I Peter 3:15 AMP

 Jesus was posing this question to everyone in the room that day and to each one of us today; “Who is my brother, (sister) and mother (father)?

Searching for God’s Treasures,

Marlene
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God’s Treasures – Patricia & Marcus Winchester

I recently included a testimony in my newsletter from Patricia Winchester who shared with me, “I don’t ask God Why, I say Why Not Me?” She recently shared her personal trial and testimony at her church! My Enews included the entire sermon…but, for just Patricia’s testimony Click Here. It is a message of HOPE and is very worth sharing with those who are in a battle of any kind and of course those who have never received the hope of an eternal home with Jesus Christ.

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God’s Treasure – Revivalist Barbara Weeks Spayd

My good friend Barbara Weeks Spayd packed her bags and went home to be with the Lord, this past May. Her church Lifepoint prepared a wedding banquet as a celebration of her life. Barbara taught on becoming the Bride of Christ and was passionate about this topic.

So thankful for mom’s church family at Life Point – the memorial service was set up like a wedding banquet – so appropriate for a woman who was so in love with her Bridegroom – absolutely sure she would have LOVED it 😊. Jeanine Post

I was able to spend time with her just before I left last November for Alaska. Our last meeting together she prayed over me, and said in her always affirming voice… You WILL finish your race strong!

A friend wrote about her memorial service…

Went to the beautiful celebration of life for this dear friend this morning. As usual, I left feeling better than when I went in. It was always the case when being with Barbara. I’m so thankful she was in my life. I’m also a little jealous that she gets to be in heaven right now. Also thankful that we will see her again. Can’t wait.

Her last trip to Israel she began a blog which may be viewed here.

Barbara and I met whenever we could when she was home from Israel. She would email or write to me over the span of  over two decades and was always a source of strength, encouragement and spiritual mother.

On Sun, Dec 15, 2013 at 3:05 PM, Barbara Spayd <> wrote:

Marlene

I pray for you regularly because I know you are so talented and have a great anointing on your life and destiny arranged by God for you before the foundation of the world.
I can only tell you what I am doing, and Richard confirmed this morning that I am right on.
Devour the Word Marlene, I read all of the Book of Revelation yesterday and Hebrews this morning. I don’t ever remember devouring the Word like I am this last few weeks.
Just read until God gives you a Rhema Word and then cling to that Word for dear life. Jesus is the Word and He is our Bread, the Bread of Life.
What’s happening is that our faith is being stretched like never before. We are no longer in the boat and what that means to me is that if He doesn’t rescue us, we’re lost. I’ve been in such pain with my leg this week, but remember Moses was on the backside of the desert when God called him to deliver His chosen people.

Richard had a word this morning that we can only go on as high a mountain as we have been prepared for through our testings and experiences.

And you my dear friend have had more than your share of problems.

Command that depression to get off you right now. You have the authority. Encourage yourself in the Lord and review every promise He has given you. I pray for a witty invention for you. This is a trial of your faith, but because Jesus is interceding for you you will find your destiny.
This morning he said, “We can call our future in right now because God has already finished it.” So I say to you, “NO MORE DELAYS. NO MORE DETOURS. YOU ARE GOING INTO YOUR PROMISED LAND!”
 
Talk to you soon.
 
Barbara

 

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God’s Treasure – Evangelist Naomi Moore    I’m So Glad You Prayed for Me!

A third woman God brought my way almost thirty years ago is Naomi Moore. She has been praying for me and my sons ever since.  We were able to sit, laught and share God’s goodness together!  You can listen to a special testimony about a phone that was dead and came to life…just in the nick of time! I’ve titled it The Resurrected Phone!

These are just three amazing women God has put in my life that I would like to honor and share with you today!

There so many men and women in my life who are so very special to me. I am reminded each day how we all need one another, and how important it is to stay connected with those God brings our way!

Looking forward to us all finishing the race well!

Searching for God’s Treasures,

Marlene
from ashes to beauty…
Cinderella Released for such a time as this!

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