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“Cinderella Released, Take My Hand!”

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This morning during prayer I began to be anxious, and feeling like I wasn’t doing “enough” to get things moving the direction the Lord would have me to go.  He told me to, “stay seated.” When the time was right He said, “I will come and take you by the hand.” He then reminded me of a portion of the book Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge called Take My Hand, There is a scene near the end of the film Anna and the King I wish I could now play for you.  Let me describe it.

The setting is nineteen-century Siam, a tiny but beautiful Asian country still in the grips of its ancient past.  Anna, an English woman living in Siam as a tutor to the king’s many offspring, has helped King Mangkut prepare for a state dinner.  He wants to show the British that his country is ready to enter into the affairs of the world, so the dinner is given in the English style — silverware, tablecloths, candlelight, and, at the end of the meal, ballroom dancing.

When the east is over and it comes time for the first dance, the king stands and extends his hand to Anna.  He invites her to dance with him.  He fixes his gaze upon her and is distracted by nothing and no one else.  He waits for her response.  She is clearly surprised, taken aback, but has the grace to respond and stand.  As they walk past the long table, the king’s eyes never stray from hers, a smile playing on his lips.  Others are upset that he has chosen her.  Some watch with contempt, others with pleasure.  It is of no consequence to the king or to Anna.

Anna came to the ball prepared.  She was beautiful in a striking gown that shimmered like starlight.  She spent hours getting herself ready — her hair, her dress, her heart.  As they reach the dance floor, Anna expresses her fear of dancing with the King before the yes of others.  

“We wouldn’t want to end up in a heap,” she says.  

His answer to her questioning heart? “I am King. I will lead.”

Jesus is extending his hand to you.  He is inviting you to dance with him.  

He asks, “May I have this dance… every day of your life?”

His gaze is fixed on you.  He is captivated by your beauty.  He is smiling.  He cares nothing of the opinion of others.  He is standing.  He will lead.  He waits for your response.

My lover spoke and said to me,

“Arise, my darling,

my beautiful one, and come with me.” (Song2:10)

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In the service of the King,
Marlene Baggs-Hoenig
Trauma, Stress and Joy Recovery Specialist

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Buried Lies – Milky Bath – Cinderella’s Released

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In a Dream….

 

The Lord had me go down, swim down into a deep cave under water, and I began to dig out rocks which represented buried lies.  (Years ago I went to a class taught by Missionary Marty Delmon.  She wrote a book “Buried Lies” which goes into great detail about how buried lies affect our souls.)

 

The first rock I found was a rock representing unforgiveness, then fear, doubt, unbelief, abandonment, rejection, hopelessness and finally anger.  As I dug them up it was too much for me to carry alone.  I looked up and saw a man, “Peter” who took off his towel that was wrapped around his waist and jumped into the water.  He brought me down nets for each one of the rocks.  He helped me bring them up to Jesus who was now standing above by the pool of water.

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He crushed the first stone of unforgiveness with one hand, the powder disintegrated into the clean pool, turning it into a milky white color.  Jesus said, It’s milk – you are bathing in it and the water immediately turned warm.  (Later I felt as if He were saying it is time to let go and grow up.  “Get over it!” would be what my Pastor would say.

                                                                                                 

Next Jesus took a bat and began to hit each rock out into the depths of eternity never to return.  He knocked every buried lie out of the earth and then I handed Him one last stone – Disappointment.

 

He said, “No more will you be disappointed.  I cherish you, you are my pleasant one, my darling.  Others might misunderstand you, but I know you, I created you, to be strong, strong enough to wait faithfully.  Strong enough to weather the storms of disappointment and to love those that are embittered, even toward you.

 

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but you are not hopeless, for I have created you for such a special time, just wait.  I WILL to supply and finish every dream I STARTED in you, and if the dream was not from ME, then discard it, don’t count on it for it is only meant to DISTRACT and DISARM you from the tasks I have for you. 

 

I WILL PUT MY STRENGTH IN YOU AND remember those lies are finished, destroyed, diminished and cast into outer darkness.

 

NO MORE shall oppression and grief have a hold on you (ISAIAH 54).  I do not wish to destroy you, but only to build you up in MY most HOLY FAITH.  Receive MY WORD, Receive MY WORDS.  Receive and let your faith flourish.  Look to me and none other.

 

Don’t let the enemy deceive you for I have released you, MY CINDERELLA RELEASED…  Go forth in the name of the LORD and preach MY WORD.  Be strong and of good courage!

 

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Are you “set” for the end times?

I was studying Psalm 2 this afternoon and came across the word “set.”  It is an interesting word.  Image

In this Psalm it speaks of rulers or kingdoms setting themselves up… Wow there is a lot of this happening in our society today…

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Further along in the Psalm it speaks of setting God upon His proper throne… for Christians this means putting God on the throne of our hearts…  Read the Psalm and then read the definition…

Psalm 2

King James Version (KJV)

2 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying,

Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.

Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.

I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.

Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.

Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.

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One definition says to stand up against God… kingdoms will come agains God, but then later…it speaks of putting God in the proper place which is also a definition… to stand up for stand by… in this case God….

The closing part of this Psalm speaks of the wisdom and intimacy that will come from seeking the Lord….

10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.

11 Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

The following is  a poem I wrote titled: King of Creation:

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King of CreationI am His Queen – The King of Creation kisses me full on my mouth with His passionate love.

It’s better than wine, and is worth more than oil.
When He says my name – Creation stops to see….
if I will run into His arms.

Though others scoff me loving the King of Creation, I adore Him.
He ordained me to plant His fields,
to be darkened by the rays of His SON,
to watch over the flocks of the earth.
They are in my tender loving care.

Though I seek Him and sometimes grow weary awaiting His coming,
He desires me to make myself ready for His appearing.

Though He tarry, I must not wane,
in preparing myself to meet Him.

He will come — “Suddenly” to get me.
He loves me, he’ll never leave me alone or forsake me.
I’m His beloved and He is mine.
He is the King of Creation and I am His Queen.

In closing, the Lord spoke to me and said, “Have I not told you I WILL deliver you?  When Daniel realized the 70 years of captivity was almost over he SET his face (standard) with MORE FERVENCY than ever before to SEEK THE LORD!  Daniel 9:2-3