Sunday, December 27, 2015

JESUS TODAY - REVELATION 19: 11-19

Christmas is over and the New Year begins.  We have been reminded of Jesus, born as a fragile babe into a pivotal time of World History.  And Mary...  And she gave birth to her first born son; and she wrapped Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn (Luke 2: 7).   

God announced the birth of His only Son to the lowly shepherds.  Not to kings or in the high courts of the law; nor in cathedrals or the bastions of opulence and power.  Jehovah God chose, as He often prefers, the least of these, those through whom His power and grace is best glorified.  And, God the Father selected a lonely hillside where the Shepherds kept watch over their flocks.  Fitting that Jesus calls himself our Shepherd; protecting us in the same way from predators.  

The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake (Psalm 23: 1-3).  

I can't imagined how overwhelmed by love and the light of the Father the Shepherds were.  And especially when the angel presented himself, physically and visually present in their midst.  
And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened.  And the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born, for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord" (Luke 2: 9-11).    

The Shepherds were forever changed and could not keep silent about what they had experienced and seen.  I imagine that throughout their adult lives they continually proclaimed what God had chosen them to first see, then hear.  And finally what was given them as very great privilege to share with all who would listen.  

We have been given ears to hear, eyes to see, and hearts to understand.  Jesus, in the coming days we pray... please give us an increased passion for conversation with You.  For prayer and for leaning into the Kingdom of God that we might hear, see, and understand.  Give us a special anointing of heart and mind to know You Father, Your Son, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit more fully; as we never have before. For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2nd Timothy 1: 7).

And God the Father provided a way of escape.  He sent the wise men whose costly gifts would underwrite the expense of the flight to Egypt where Mary and Joseph would stay with baby Jesus until it was safe to return home.  Remember... whatever battle you are in... Your loving Father has already designed for you the gift of provision, the means of escape.  Ask and pray for that gift and that means. Pray about everything: tell God your needs, and don't forget to thank Him for His answers.  If you do this, you will experience God's peace... (Philippians 4: 6,7).  And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even to death (Revelation 12: 11).  
  
The Prophet Isaiah predicted the coming of Jesus Christ and told us a bit about the everlasting impact he would have upon mankind.  
For a child will be born to us, a Son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9: 6.  

Before the cross Jesus was foretold.  A word picture was imagined for us as the suffering Servant; Isaiah chapter 53.  

Speaking for Father God, Isaiah prophesied.  Behold My Servant, whom I uphold. My chosen One in whom my soul delights.  I have put My Spirit upon Him. He will bring forth justice to the nations.  He will not cry out or raise His voice, nor make His voice heard in the street.  "A bruised reed He will not break and a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish.  He will faithfully bring forth justice.  He will not be disheartened or crushed, until He had established justice in the earth.  And the coast lands will wait expectantly for His law" (Isaiah 42: 1-4)

Jesus was called a bond-servant which is to say, "a servant by choice." Jesus willingly went to the cross that death and Hades would be defeated.  By faith in Christ the sentence of death that came at the fall in the garden of Eden was exchanged for the future reality of eternal joyous life; life ever-lasting.  You and I together with Jesus Christ forever in that place called Heaven.  Following is a verse I often quote when praying for deliverance.  I find that these words penned by Paul both prepare me and also lends Holy Spirit power to my prayers. Satan hates the reminders stated in these words. When proclaimed and prayed in a spirit of warfare against life consuming evil, no demon will hang out for long.  
Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking on the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.  Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE SHOULD BOW, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2: 5-11).  

Also:  But thanks be to God, who always leads us in His triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.  For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; To the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life.  And who is adequate for these things? (2nd Corinthians 2: 14-17).  Only Jesus.

Since then the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is the devil (Hebrews 2: 14).  

...and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.  These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in the one to come.  And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all (Ephesians 1: 19-23).

Jesus always prepares us for what is coming.  He prepared His disciples for his coming death and told them them that in temporal life on planet earth they would enter into the fellowship of His suffering. "The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up the third day" (Luke 9: 22).  

Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.  He who loves his life loses it; and he who hates his life in this world shall keep it to life eternal (John 12: 24, 25).  
  
Just as the prophets and saints of old looked deep into the Hebrew scriptures for wisdom to read the signs of the age...  And wondered at the many predictions of the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ.  Even as we look back at the cross and celebrate the birth of our Savior...  Even now our hearts and our minds yearn forward... as if drawn by a divine hand.  More and more of us feel and acknowledge this call to study and look deeply toward that future picture of the coming Messiah.  What it all means.  Just as Jesus prepared His disciples for His coming death and resurrection... that same Jesus is preparing us for His second coming. Look deeply into scripture and embrace that picture of Jesus today.

And I saw heaven opened; and behold, a white horse, and He who sat upon it is called Faithful and True; and in righteousness He judges and wages war.  And His eyes are a flame of fire, and upon His head are many diadems; and He has a name written upon Him, which no one knows except Himself.  And He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood; and His name is called The Word of God.  And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean were following Him on white horses.  And from His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may smite the nations; and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty.  And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written.  KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.  (Revelation 19: 11-16).  

Just as the saints of old studied the Hebrew Prophets through whom God spoke to the nations.  This may be the time for you to embrace a fresh study of His second coming.  If you love and serve Jesus, and if you pass to heaven before that, "day of the Lord," you'll be returning with him to planet earth...  clothed in fine linen, white and clean... following Jesus Christ the conquering Messiah, following Him on white horses.  And I love this last.  And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written.  KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

Today, right now, it is Jesus... Who pardons all your iniquities; Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from the pit; Who crowns you with loving kindness and compassion; Who satisfies your years with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle (Psalm 103: 3-5).  

It is a trustworthy statement, deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all (1st Timothy 1: 15).  

Friday, October 16, 2015

The Big AM 380 and Host Ron Rosen

Monday, I'll be chatting with Ron Rosen at the Big AM 380  / 2PM central time / 3PM Wisconsin Radio time.  

I'm looking forward to sharing and hope you'll call in or listen later.  www.tuneln.com 

It is so very beautiful today.  Sun shinning, trees turning and in my prayer time this morning with Marj and Ray...  wind rustling through the trees like taffeta skirts trailing over a church threshold; near by cords of wind chimes reminiscent of bells tolling over the landscape from a church steeple. There is no better place to worship.  

As an update I've not been good to keep up with this blog.  I'm working on a "project" which some of you know about and are lifting up in prayer. Thank you.  I'm hoping it will be finished soon so that I can get back to writing the third book in the Wood's End series.  
    
And let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us; and do confirm for us the work of our hands; Yes, confirm the work of our hands (Psalm 90: 17).  

Thursday, July 9, 2015

God's Love and Protection / "EVEN FROM ETERNITY I AM HE" Isaiah 43: 1-13 and Saint Patrick's Breastplate Prayer

I try and read the Bible everyday.  If I miss I just feel this hunger for the nourishing, inspiring, comforting, and yes, even the correcting word of God.  At the moment I'm reading 2nd Samuel, but I flipped forward and came to Isaiah 43: 1-13.  Here God gives us a picture of who He is.  

Heaven is My throne, and earth is the footstool of My feet... (Acts 7: 49a).  

And to quote from one of my favorite morning prayers.  St. Patrick's breast plate prayer:   

I arise today through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity.  Through belief in the threeness; Through confession of the oneness of the Creator of Creation.  St. Patrick: missionary to pagan Ireland in the 4th century AD.  

You can read all of the passage in context in Isaiah chapter 43 yourself.  I'm just going to quote bits of what is revealed of God in relationship to His people Israel.  And also in relationship to all believers wherever we may live; regardless of the denomination in which we worship.  If we have trusted Jesus Christ we have been grafted into the vine; we are all one in the Lord and King, Jesus Christ; the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  

In loving communion with His servant, God speaks through His Prophet, Isaiah.  In these passages we see how important we are to God.  Important enough that the Father sent His Son to be a sacrifice for our sins and in Jesus we are redeemed.  Lastly this passage, only 13 verses, reveal hints of the sovereign mystery and supernatural substance of who our Father is.  

God is "He who formed you" (1a)
By supernatural revelation God speaks these words to us.  
"I, even I, am the Lord; and there is no savior besides Me." (11)
It is I who have declared and saved and proclaimed, and there was no strange god among you; So you are My witnesses, declares the Lord, and I am God." (12)

By the words, "no strange god among you," (little 'g') the Father is saying that there are no demons being worshiped as a counterfeit god, via evil, satanic constructs.  

We are witnesses:  The above verse reads: So you are my witnesses...  
And also: You are my witnesses," declares the Lord, "And my servant whom I have chosen, in order that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He, before me there was no God formed.  (10)

The father knows His own.  As believers we are sealed and we carry this seal as a candle in a dark place.  

For thou wilt light my candle: the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.  For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God I have leaped over a wall (Psalm 18: 28, 29).  

In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.  And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it (John 1: 4, 5).  

Jesus therefore said to them, "For a little while longer the light is among you.  Walk while you have the light, that the darkness may not overtake you; he who walks in the darkness does not know where he goes.  While you have the light, believe in the light, in order that you may become sons (daughters) of the light." John 12: 35, 36

Our status as believers in Christ.  
"Do not fear for I have redeemed you" 
Each of us has a divine calling.  God speaks to us.  "I have called you by name; you are Mine!" (1b)

"Since you are precious in my sight, Since you are honored and I love you, I will give other men in your place and other peoples in exchange for your life.  
Prophetic pronouncement from God about the reunification of the Jews into the promised land after World War 11.   
Do not fear, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and gather you from the west.  I will say to the north, 'Give them up!'  And to the south, 'Do not hold them back.'  Bring my sons from afar, and My daughters from the ends of the earth... (4,5,6)

And then, as always, the application of prophecy that includes all believers whoever we may be.  
Everyone who is called by My name and whom I have created for My glory, whom I have formed, even whom I have made." (7)

As believers, Holy Spirit carriers, sealed by the Father, redeemed under the blood in the absolute victory of the resurrection.  
St Patrick, missionary brother through faith, in his breastplate prayer articulates this theme.  

I arise today through the strength of Christ's birth with His baptism.
Through the strength of His crucifixion with His burial,
Through the strength of His resurrection with His ascension,
Through the Strength of His descent for the judgment of Doom.

I arise today through the strength of the Cherubim;
In the obedience of angels, 
In the service of archangels, 
In the hope of the resurrection to meet with reward, 
In the prayers of patriarchs, 
In the prediction of prophets, 
In the preaching of apostles, 
In faith of confessors, 
In innocence of holy virgins, 
In deeds of righteous men.

And in a widely quoted verse of scripture from Isaiah 43.  
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you.  When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you.  "For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior... (2, 3b) 

Job said: But He knows the way I take; When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold (Job 23: 10).  

Back to our passages in Isaiah 43: 1-13.
"Even from eternity I am He; and there is none who can deliver out of My hand; I act and who can reverse it." (13)

"You are my witnesses declares the Lord, and My servant whom I have chosen in order that you may know and believe Me and understand that I am He.  Before me there was no God formed (10). 

I like the translation of the Breastplate Prayer from old Irish by Kuno Meyer.  This prayer of protection is very applicable for us today.  I suggest you get a copy of the full prayer and make it your own... from your heart to God's throne.  I'm quoting it here in part.  

I arise today
Through God's strength to pilot me,
God's might to uphold me,
God's wisdom to guide me,
God's eye to look before me,
God's ear to hear me,
God's word to speak to me,
God's hand to guard me, God's way to lie before me,
God's shield to protect me, 
God's host to save me, 
From snares of devils, 
From temptation of vices,
From every one who shall wish me ill,
Afar and anear, 
Alone and in a multitude.

I summon today all these powers between me and those evils, 
Against every cruel, merciless power that may oppose my body and soul,
Against incantations of false prophets,
Against black laws of pagandom,
Against false laws of heretics,
Against craft of idolatry,
Against spells of women (witches) and smiths and wizards, 
Against every knowledge that corrupts man's body and soul,

Christ to shield me today, 
Against poisoning, against burning, 
Against drowning, against wounding,
So there come to me abundance of reward.
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left.
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me, 
Christ in the mouth of every one who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me, 
Christ in every ear that hears me.

I arise today 
through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the threeness,
Through confession of the oneness
of the Creator of the Creation.  

How God described Himself to Moses:
Then the Lord passed by in front of him and proclaimed, "The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in loving kindness and truth (Exodus 34: 6).  

Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols?  For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said,
"I will dwell in them and walk among them; and I will be their God and they shall be My people.  Therefore come out from their midst and be separate," says the Lord.
And do not touch what is unclean; and I will welcome you.  And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to Me," Says the Lord Almighty.  (2nd Corinthians 16-18)  
Paul quotes Isaiah 52: 11  

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Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works within us (Ephesians 3: 20).  

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

http://truthsquad.podbean.com/e/episode-13-alexandra-clair-and-discerning-spirits/\

Very nice interview with Eli from the Truth Squad.  I do quite a lot of interviews and don't have to agree with everyone who is willing to speak to me about my books.  I'm grateful to get the word out.  But especially enjoyed Eli who made me think of one of my own sons and is a gifted host.  

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

START WITH A POEM

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If you've read the first two books in the Wood's End Series you may have noticed that I began each with a poem.  Why?  I guess because I occasionally write poetry and much appreciate better poetry - King David, Robert Frost, T.S. Eliot.    

Using a poem to open the first book was accidental.  I came across something I'd written long ago at age twenty three and thought it fit what the fictional character of Andrea was going through.  The second book opens with an excerpt from a much longer poem.  

Below is the poem I plan to open the third book with; The World in the Wood.  Unless, of course, I write something else or stumble on some long forgotten verse between now and completion of the third in the Wood's End series that seems to fit better. 


Will open the third, yet uncompleted book in the series,
The World in the Wood   


AMBIVALENT VICTOR
by, Alexandra Clair
I could not go on.
An avalanche of minutes passed through blackest wood,
Splintered twig mercy to the tempest whim.
No foot fixed,
No life in compass,
I would not go on. 
Until the hand that loosed the comet on a path;
Throne to Spirit,
Spirit to heart God spoke.
"Ambivalent victor you shall be.
Go on."

This excerpt opens the second in the series,
The Year Between the Wood

IN THE CLEARING
by, Alexandra Clair
Dressed for the occasion, 
I'll lean over the casket,
Thinking of those who've known you as I have,
I'll slip this poem into the breast pocket of your human disguise,
Then I'll go back to where I am today,
In the clearing,
Free of you, 
It's warm.

Opens the first book in the series - Wood's End

MICHAEL
by, Alexandra Clair
I'm leaving, she said, I have to go,
And he looked out the window and watched the wind blow,
The grass about and make of the trees,
Frantic dancing dolls dressed in green.
Okay, he lied and she left,
But not without taking a piece of him,
In exchange for quite a lot of her.

ANOTHER POEM
TEA ON TIME
by, Alexandra Clair
I would choose sedate colors, 
starched collars,
tea on time.
He brought me a glittering pink phone singing, 
"I ain't com'in home."
The melody I did not change.
He brought me gardenias in winter, diamonds, and cake.
 I the guest - a breath o'er the stippled pool,
He the tide - never at ease,
Starring down the greedy eye of life stealing risk.
Oh, for gardenias,
The mystery to read,
Fuel to the observer and tea on time... 
with every window wide,
held me spell bound by account, 
That flowers die.


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Monday, January 26, 2015

WOOD'S END SERIES at the BOOKSELLERS in MEMPHIS, TN / DROP BY AND PICK UP A COPY.

WHERE TO BUY THE WOOD'S END SERIES IN MEMPHIS


I'm happy to share that THE BOOKSELLERS at Laurelwood Shopping Center in Memphis, TN is now carrying both WOOD'S END and the second book in the series, THE YEAR BETWEEN THE WOOD.   Please drop in and let this helpful staff point you in the right direction.  You can also call them - 901-683-9801 - and ask them to hold you a copy until you arrive.  Additionally, I'm happy to sign any book purchased from there in advance of you picking it up. 

The Wood's End Series at: THE BOOKSELLERS at Laurelwood

387 Perkins Road, Ext. / Memphis, TN 38117


PS:  if it's been awhile since you've read Wood's End you might want to buy both books.  In the last edition of Wood's End I added a chapter and made some additional changes.  Mainly inspired by readers' comments and questions.  (I love hearing from you!)  One question, obviously from dog lovers... "What happened to Andrea's dog, Charlie, after she was placed back in lock-up?"  I'm currently working on another writing assignment, but will soon get back to the third book in the Wood's End Series called: THE WORLD IN THE WOOD.  If a few of you in Memphis want to meet and discuss the book series let's have lunch.  Where?  At the BOOKSELLERS!  Happy to meet you there.   

If you are not in the Memphis area order the books from Amazon, Create Space, or from any book store in your area.    



Tuesday, November 4, 2014

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/54575935 Dr. Ravi Chandran - thanks for the interview!

Had a very nice interview with very thoughtful host Dr. Ravi Chandran. 




Interview with Steve Acheson very worth listening to.  This is my second interview with Steve who has a ministry of Deliverance and Counseling with a focus on domestic violence.  

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lifequestchristiannetwork/2014/12/05/the-unseen-world-with-alexandra-clair-and-special-guest-steve-acheson