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Help, Lord…

Oh, God of heaven, Lord of all the earth, hear the prayers of Your people today. We are a people who are in need of Your great mercy. We have gone so far from You and Your righteousness and we are deserving of Your judgement.

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You gave us this nation. You gave us a land of freedom to worship You. But now, the ungoldy rule in our government, in our culture, and in the marketplace. We, your people, are like grasshoppers in the sight of the giants of unbelief. You established our nation as a light to the world, and that shining light has become a flicker. Those who hold to Your righteous precepts are being overtaken by the onslaught of the proud and haughty who laugh in the face of the One who created them.

Where is Justice, Oh God? Where is justice for the unborn? Where is justice for the children? Where is justice for the innocent?

The land is filled with ravenous wolves, who, if allowed, would devour the sheep of Your pasture until it was laid bare. The filth of sin and perversion flows like open sewage in the streets.

Honoring Your name is not allowed in our military, yet, when we are attacked, people pretend to pray. To whom do they pray?

Some say they love You, but they don’t even know You. They do not know of Your sorrows, they are not acquainted with Your wounds. They speak Your Holy Name without reverence, in rebellion, and they mock the One who holds their very breath in His hand.

So, Lord, we cry out to You, our Hope, our Joy, our Life. Forgive Your people, Lord, for our sins. Forgive the indifference of Your church toward those that are currently on the road to everlasting destruction. Forgive us, Your people, for neglecting to honor You in our ways.

Many houses of worship are cold with no fire of God. No repentance, no brokenness for our sins and for a dying world. Your word speaks of those that have a form of godliness but deny the power thereof. The saints are in a dangerous place, for the more they allow their hearts to be repeatedly exposed to this form of religion, the colder they grow. 

It seems that in our day, some people gather in the sanctuary to see and be seen, to be honored themselves. They forget Your admonition to sit at the foot of the table.  (When Jesus noticed that all who had come to the dinner were trying to sit near the head of the table, He gave them this advice:  “If you are invited to a wedding feast, don’t always head for the best seat. What if someone more respected than you has also been invited?  The host will say, ‘Let this person sit here instead.’ Then you will be embarrassed and will have to take whatever seat is left at the foot of the table!  Do this instead — sit at the foot of the table. Then when your host sees you, he will come and say, ‘Friend, we have a better place than this for you!’ Then you will be honored in front of all the other guests. For the proud will be humbled, but the humble will be honored.”)

In our gatherings we sing songs about what God can do for us. Songs that have no convicting power, no anointing to break the stony heart. We think worship is singing the same words over and over and making a certain sound on the instruments. Ha! I have heard a bird’s song with more anointing.

We preach about how great we can become, as if the God of heaven were created for us, instead of us acknowledging Your awesomeness. In some circles, You have been reduced to some effeminate, earthly type father, who runs around playing silly games and speaking silly things to delusional minds. It’s like being in the land of magic, with fairies and sparkles all around. Where is the Great God Jehovah?

When do we take the time to be silent before You? And wait. Wait. Wait. Upon YOU. Wait for Your Spirit. How many leaders actually step back and wait long enough for God to touch His people? How many lead by example through humility? Sadly, it seems, many think of themselves as celebrities, although most are not well known. How many put aside their clever sermons to say nothing in Your Presence unless it is the Spirit speaking?

Is the New Testament pattern old now? Are the gifts of the Spirit outdated? There is no time, and no anointing for the word of prophecy, especially from the layman. Lord, I thought the saints were supposed to be trained to do the work of the ministry. Those that lead are responsible for the condition of the flock. Are their leaders training them to grow up, get up and get out of the house and take the gospel into all the world, or are they more concerned about keeping them in the house for their own purposes?

Oh, how selfish and ungrateful we are! We want, want, want. We have forgotten to be content with what we have. The world allures us to have more of what is passing away. We are, it seems, an “All About Me” generation of believers. Many believers in this nation have no idea what it is like to do without. We are rich and increased with goods and have no need of anything. We need a fresh baptism of love for our Savior, of humility and of  gratitude. You said, “Don’t rejoice that devils are subject to you, but that your names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”

Oh, Lord, do not let us go down in history as the self righteous generation  who ‘seeing did not see and hearing did not hear.’ We need You, Lord, more than ever before.

“Lord, I have heard of Your fame. I stand in awe of Your deeds, O Lord. Renew them in our day. In our time,  make them known.                                  In wrath,  remember mercy.” Habakkuk 3:2

 

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I Saw Jesus

In 1978, I was sitting in a little church in Gulfport, Mississippi having just had communion. Clay McClean was playing piano and singing the hymn “Fairest Lord Jesus”.

The song faded into the background and suddenly I was IN a vision. At the time, I didn’t know there was such a thing as a vision. I was just sitting there listening to the song, when suddenly I was IN a vision. I wasn’t looking at something, like watching a movie. I was in a different place.

I saw Jesus!

There he was, standing right in front of me. I couldn’t see His facial features because shining out from Him were bright rays of light that I recognized as LOVE. He communicated with me from His heart to mine and assured me of His great love for me without speaking.

Then, He spoke and said, “They, (meaning His people) don’t know how much I love them and I’ve done all that I can do to show them. Greater love hath no man than this: that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13

This Jesus that I was looking at and who was speaking to me of His love for me and for His people and the world, is Lord of all the earth and Creator of all!  “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.” Col 1:15,16

I saw Him as the Majestic King of Glory, Ruler of all, Son of God and Son of Man!

At the very same time, and equal to His majesty, power and authority, was the greatness of His humility! It goes beyond description. I know that it sounds strange to talk about His humility in this way, but it was so beautiful that I have to tell about it when I tell of this vision. 

It was not just that He is humble, but that He is humility itself. The word is full of Scripture that refer to Him humbling Himself. “He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” Phil 2:8

Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Phil 2:9-11                       

This humility is the secret to being great in the Kingdom of God. “Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Mt 8:4

Listen to Andrew Murray as he instructs us…

“Just as water ever seeks and fills the lowest place, so the moment God finds the creature abased and empty, His glory and power flow in to exalt and to bless. He that humbleth himself—that must be our one care—shall be exalted; that is God’s care; by His mighty power and in His great love He will do it.

Men sometimes speak as if humility and meekness would rob us of what is noble and bold and manlike. Oh, that all would believe that this is the nobility of the kingdom of heaven, that this is the royal spirit that the King of heaven displayed, that this is Godlike, to humble oneself, to become the servant of all! This is the path to the gladness and the glory of Christ’s presence ever in us, His power ever resting on us.

Jesus, the meek and lowly One, calls us to learn of Him the path to God. Let us study the words we have been reading, until our heart is filled with the thought: My one need is humility. And let us believe that what He shows, He gives, what He is, He imparts. As the meek and lowly One, He will come in and dwell in the longing heart.”

This experience, very early in my Christian life, is still fresh to me. I am forever grateful to Jesus, the One who sought me out and showed me the greatest love of all.

If you don’t know this Jesus, the One who gave His life for you, all that is needed, is that you humble yourself, pray, and give Him your heart and life. He is real. He will come to you in unexpected ways, maybe in a vision, maybe not. But, when you are born of the Spirit, there will be no doubt that a change has come.

Let me know if I can help you or pray for you.

By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, But by the mouth of the wicked it is torn down. Proverbs 11:11

Father, I speak a blessing over the United States of America.

I bless this nation with a hunger and a thirst for righteousness. I pray that Americans who love this nation and value the freedom and the blessings that You, oh Lord God, have so richly bestowed on us, would rise up and speak up and take back what the enemy has stolen. I bless this nation with a heart of repentance, a longing to return to the ancient paths of Your wisdom, a desire to breathe the fresh, clean air of Your holiness.

I pray that You would so pour out of Your Spirit on the people of this land that they would begin to desire Your word. They will say to themselves, “I want to read the bible. I am tired of ungodliness, tired of lust, tired of violence. I am weary of living life with no eternal purpose. I want to know Truth, I want to know God. I will not allow my country to be destroyed from within by the forces of evil.”

They will say, “I volunteer freely and raise my hand to You, Lord, to fight against the enemy of the soul of our nation, to be Your instrument of prayer. I will get on my knees every day and pray for this nation and believe that nothing is too hard for You, our miraculous God.”

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But, Father, may we all be aware that faith without works is dead. Everyone who wants to see this change must be ready to stand strong for what they know is right. They must speak with boldness and go into every sphere of life with confidence. When injustice presents itself, I pray that we will unify, rally together and cry out for justice.

Lord, give America a new heart and put a new spirit within her. Remove her stony heart , and give her a heart of flesh. Put Your Spirit in us and move us to follow Your decrees and keep Your law.

Give us leaders after Your own heart that will lead us with knowledge and understanding, with great strength, but with great humility.

Father, I pray this not for our sakes, but for the sake of Your holy name which we have profaned among the nations.

Forgive us, oh Lord, and revive us once again.

 

My Backyard Bliss

I’ve been sitting in my backyard listening to the symphony of the beautiful birds, including the woodpecker drummer.

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The momma and baby deer came by to have a snack.

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The faint scent of magnolias, the cool breeze that refreshes every few minutes, blue sky, white clouds….

Get outside! Away from computers and cell phones, ipads and pods, television and movies, and go see what’s happening outside.

If you don’t have a backyard like this, find a place to go and soak in God’s creation. It’s like a cleansing shower for the brain.

My Father has created a wonderful world…for me and for YOU.

Go enjoy!

The Great Exchange

By Judy A. Pink

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Isaiah 61: 1-2

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.

Isaiah prophesied this amazing word 700 years before the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. Then, Jesus stood up in the temple, read this passage and declared that He was the fulfillment of it that day. He is the only person in human history who qualifies to speak that of Himself.

This word spoken by the prophet Isaiah as a future promise and fulfilled in Yeshua as a finished work, is one that I call, “The Great Exchange”. This is not just a nice bible passage to be read and passed over. This is the essence of what our precious Lord and Savior offers to “whosoever will”.

He says,

1.  You give Me your ashes and I’ll give you beauty.

We may not actually put ashes on our heads these days, although some still do, but because of train wrecks in our lives, whether of our own making or not, many people, in and out of the church, might as well have a big ole bucket of ashes on their heads. I’ve been there when I felt as if I were carrying on my back a load of sorrow, regret, loss, shame, and a sense of worthlessness. But, as the song says… When Jesus Comes….You’ll go from, ” You’re not looking very good, honey.” to “Shining in the light of His love!”  He says, “I will give you a beautiful headdress, a crown, a tiara.”  People will look at you and say, “Wow, what’s that’s crown for? ” And you’ll say, ” It’s for casting at His feet”. 

2.  Give Me your mourning and I’ll give you the oil of joy.

Mourning can be more than grief over the death of a loved one. Sometimes we mourn over losses in ours lives, loss of years gone by, lost opportunity, loss of friends and relationships, lost marriages, lost possessions.

The Lord wants to pour oil on your head and anoint you with joy. Not just “a little dab’ll do ya”, but the whole jar of the oil of gladness right over your head, dripping all over you! This that I speak of is a spiritual thing! It cannot be accomplished by trying to turn over a new leaf, trying to do better, etc.

If the devil ever gets his fangs of depression into you, you are hard pressed to break out of that. But, in one instant, the Spirit of God can set you free! You will go from mourning to dancing, from despair to delight, from depression to deliverance!

3.  Give to Me your spirit of heaviness and I’ll give you a garment of praise.

It IS possible to experience an exchange in an instant that transforms your life…from heaviness to praise! And I’m not talking about a temporary emotional fix that wears off later on. It’s a work of the Person of the Holy Spirit; not something we can conjure up.

Now I ask you, Where else can you get a tradeoff like this?

If you are one who needs to encounter for the first time the One who can give you this “Great  Exchange”, I encourage you to set aside time to go before Him, with all of your heart. You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13)

If you have never come to know Him, go into a room, find a place, sit down, quiet your mind, discipline your thoughts, turn your heart toward Him, and call upon Him. His name is Jesus. Oh, and don’t stop until you have met Him. Whether it’s hours or days or weeks, it’s worth the investment of your time to reap the reward of eternal life. The ROI is outta this world! Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.” (Isaiah 55:6)

Religion without relationship (with Him) is dead.  So many are trying to have an understanding of God through only an intellectual process. God is supernatural and He acts in a supernatural way. If you don’t start with that premise, you are missing the boat altogether.

Listen, He has already done what He intended to do. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:16, 17) But whoops! Wait a minute… There’s this verse: “Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” (John 3:18)  And what about verse 19 and 20? Oh, just go ahead and read the whole chapter!

He’s not the poor Jesus standing outside the door, hoping and praying that you will give Him the time of day. We are talking about The One who created you (and everything else ) and gave you life and holds your very breath in His hand.  “And you have praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood, and stone, which do not see or hear or know, but the God in whose hand is your breath, and whose are all your ways, you have not honored.” (Daniel 5:23)

So, you just might want to acknowledge your “undoneness” in His Holy Presence and go ahead and bow before Him. Let go of the pride that separates you from Him and slay the arrogance that pretends to know something. Lay it all down at His feet, pour out your heart to Him, and please do remember to listen for Him to speak. In His Presence, you will find all that you could ever need or desire. You’ll take a drink of a fresh new wine that satisfies. I promise you…it does a body good! 

 

 

Medford AGLOW Meeting

I am greatly anticipating sharing with the Medford, Oregon chapter of AGLOW International about the freedom that is available through what I call “The Great Exchange” described in Isaiah 61. Here is the announcement they have sent out. Hope to see some of you there!

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“…to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness” Isaiah 61:3

Judy will speak about “The Great Exchange.” Judy was born again in a Baptist Church in 1973.

At age 7, she had lost her father to cancer, and days after her 18th birthday, her mother succumbed to cancer as well. She obeyed the voice of the Lord to break the curse of cancer off her life and felt the power of God go through her body and the symptoms never returned.

She has been active in Aglow at both the local and state board levels for over 10 years. She has served in leadership for various ministry boards, and has ministered in Russia, Israel, Turkey, and Greece. In 2010, after being single for ten years, she married and works with Michael Pink. Michael Pink Innovations consults for many businesses, revealing God’s ways as they apply to business. She is blessed with knowledge of the word of God and prophetic anointing; the Lord uses her in the gifts of the Spirit with boldness. Her passion is to see the lost saved and to minister life to God’s people. Please invite the unsaved and those who need physical healing.

See her website under construction at http://www.JudyPink.com

When: Tuesday, March. 11th, 2014, 6:30 PM

Where: Medford First Church of the Nazarene, (The Naz)
1974 East Mc Andrews Road, Medford, OR. 97504
For Info please call Elizabeth Gomberg at 1 (951) 220-2809.

LIGHT REFRESHMENTS SERVED

Aglow Vision Statement: “To carry the truth of the Kingdom that:”

• Restores people to a radiant place of relationship with God and one another.
• Breaks the tyranny of oppression.
• Brings freedom and empowerment.

‘Twas the Night

‘Twas the Night

December 23, 2013

By Michael Q. Pink

Without a doubt, the most creative artist, illustrator I have ever met is Mark Herron. I cannot recommend him highly enough. With clients like Delta Airlines, Rush Limbaugh, Rusty Humphries and yours truly, he is a proven entity with integrity and skill. If you need or want any illustration or graphic work done, email him at mrherron.com OR visit his Facebook page.

He just completed an illustrated retelling of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” (as told by the keeper of the Bethlehem Inn) which is his humble attempt to bring the focus back to Christ, while giving kudos to our Jewish brothers and sisters. This, like all of his books are exceedingly well written and illustrated, while carrying a very serious and important message. This is a must read.
Merry Christmas to all.

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What Shall We Do?

By Judy Ann Pink
The writer of Hebrews asks, “How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?” Our country and our world is reeling with uncertainty. Men’s hearts are failing them for fear.
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 Many people don’t know who to trust anymore. Remember the day when Americans felt that, by and large, we could trust our political leaders to do what was right?  Well, maybe that was naive, even then, but now the darkness has been brought to light and where do we stand?  We stand on shaky ground, for sure, if we are trusting in government.
It seems that the days are racing toward more and more confusion. Those who do not acknowledge The Righteous One do evil and call it good. Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”  Isaiah 5:20. 
 
Violence and moral decay have come in like a flood. Our children don’t get the chance to experience the joy and purity of childhood. They are inundated with the evils of this world all around them.
 So, Christian, what can we do? Work to increase His Kingdom! How? How do we increase the Kingdom influence? By increasing the numbers of citizens of the Kingdom! If we want our nation to be more righteous, we need more people to be made righteous.
Only one way….only one answer. God’s plan.  Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15 

“Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit:  teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”  Matthew 28:19, 20

It’s Testimony Time!

By Judy Ann Pink

My intention in this ongoing blog will be to lift up the name of Jesus, proclaim His word, and hopefully be a blessing to someone who reads it.

What is on my mind, and in my heart today to share with the saints of God and, for that matter, anyone? There are so many opinions about God…who He is, what He does and what we can believe about His will.

How do we, in the year 2013, even know there is a God? Well, I can tell you without reservation, that He is real. He is not a figment of my “religious” imagination. If anyone will become desperate enough to want to know Him, He will not disappoint.

I will never forget the day I was born again in a Baptist church in December of 1973. The preacher preached and I responded to the invitation to be saved by going forward to the altar. I did not know at the time what that was all about, but I was aware that God was calling and I was responding. I was experiencing the most mighty miracle of being transformed in an instant.

My sins were washed away as I chose to give my life to Jesus Christ. I physically felt the weight lifted off me and I felt lighter. As all this was happening, this encounter with a living God, the people in the church told me to sit down and fill out a form. LOL. That was their method. No problem. I did so, as I was trembling and quietly crying. Later that day, after witnessing to my neighbor about what had happened, I knelt down beside my bed and prayed that a headache that I had would go away. I knew nothing of healing. When I prayed, it left instantly.

I have had so many experiences with the Lord since then. He is not a distant God that requires some religious system for us to communicate with Him. It’s not a belief system. It’s a personal relationship. If you are born of the Spirit, you are alive unto God. You will know Him, you’ll have a desire for the things of God and His word will be alive to you. I remember being shocked at how suddenly I could read the bible and understand it. If you aren’t experiencing these things, seek Him…just pray and surrender your heart to Him. It’s not something to be afraid of. He’s your Father and He has always loved you. I can tell you that you will never regret it. In fact, you will realize that you have just come alive and your life will never be the same.

I went back to church that night and was baptized in water. I will never forget that glorious day. That was the start of my journey with my Lord Jesus.

What about you? I would love to hear your story of salvation, the greatest miracle of all.

C’mon..it’s testimony time!

Finding Joy

By Judy Ann Pink
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This was me yesterday, while I was praying for God’s people, a song coming from my spirit like this:
“You’ll find your joy in the presence of the Lord…”

A lot of people know what it’s like to worship God with abandonment, but if you’ve never experienced that, try it sometime…alone in your bedroom, or in the bathroom or where ever you are. Just lift your hands to Him and sing a song of worship or talk to Him from your heart.

I remember the first time that I lifted my hands to the Lord about 35 years ago. I was timid to do it, a little embarrassed, but then what freedom! Whether or not you know it, you belong to Him and when you find the joy of worshipping freely, you’ll never be the same!
Try it, you’ll like it! I promise.

Ps. 134:2  Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the LORD.

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You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. — feeling happy.

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