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Sometimes the darkness of night tries to creep into our light of day. The gray as I like to call it, is hovering clouds of change, depression, stress, and anxiety. People do not realize that they have a way about them when they reach a point in life things start changing. They have no control over not only certain situations but they are losing control over their body which is the aging process. They have a tendency to make that problem yours. This is where that fine line of gray that has been plaguing them is creeping into your life as well. As a Christian, I try to do as the Lord states we are to carry each other's burdens. Galatians 6:2 states: Carry each other's burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ

We are to lean on each other for strength and guidance. This is imperative in our relationship with each other. Lean on each other, what does this really mean? When we are at the point we cannot carry on because the burden that is on our shoulders is heavy this is where you come in and help lift the load make it a little lighter for them. Give them guidance to whatever caused them this burden to get it off and never return to it. Strengthen and guide with the word of God. Sometimes people have a tendency to glorify busy, being busy just for the sake of being busy can be dangerous it can cause all sorts of problems in your life. If you always seeking reassurance, praise, and knowing that you matter in every situation and person in your life. There has to come a time as a Christian that you do not need any of that from the world or others. Because if this is all your are striving for then you will never understand who you truly are and it can hinder your growth and relationship with God.

For 20 years I thought I had it all figured out, and in a blink of an eye, my whole life changed. From those that were in it, to all that I believed, to all that I thought was right, in a split second everything was wrong. It took years for God to clean out all that I was brainwashed with. The masks I wore was removed, the veil of all the lies I once believed was shown to me. It was almost like the skin was removed and there was nothing but bare-bones. God removed everything in my life that was wrong and he put me back together. This time I was re-built with the truth. This was not forced by God, I asked him to remove the denial in my life. This is why I said there was nothing but bare-bones. That building process was painful, it was not fun to see all that I believed was the truth was nothing but lies. I tried really hard not to see what was happening in my life as a curse, or a burden. I honestly did not see years wasted I saw the truth and I embraced it no matter how hard it was. I think where I could have made it a little better on myself was I should have let those around me lighten the load a little. Once the truth was there what seemed like a gray cloud hovering to the world over me I saw the truth as a ray of light. A chance to move forward in His love and grace, a chance to embrace a real relationship with our King. I learned real quick that denial and living in it, is Satan’s number one tool in keeping you where he wants you not where God needs you to be.

When things in your life are changing, whether it is people in and out, your health, your job, this is life. It will change till we hit the grave, and the key is we can accept the change and embrace it, learn how to deal with that change and problems. Can change be a burden? Sure it can if we allow it and make it one. We can let that gray cloud become dark allow Satan to place a burden on our shoulders then turn it around and place it on others. We can accept the change for what it is, change. Or we can fool ourselves and think that we can glorify busy and be on the merry-go-round of life going up and down, round and round, never getting off, nothing ever changing and never moving forward.

Or we can get off embrace the change move towards the light of God grow in his light remove the darkness of those gray clouds and be who God needs us to be not only for him but be strength and guidance to others. Stop placing unwanted burdens that should never be there in the first place. Do not stay in denial and not accept the growth that God so desperately desires for you.

As a child of God, you can not dwell in the darkness so do not let the darkness of the night where Satan clings creep into your light of day. Stand in the Son, the everlasting light that wants to infiltrate your soul. Let the light of Yeshua blind all that is hindering you in your relationship and growth with him.

Amen.

Shannon Wendler

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Matthew 6:9
 "This, then, is how you should pray: 
" 'Our Father in heaven, 
hallowed be your name, 

Praying in Reverence

When it comes to prayer, attitude is very important. Some people approach God in a demanding mindset.  Often in desperation, they demand that God will answer their prayer in order to prove that He is real and that He loves them.  While God may still respond to such a prayer, it is not because He is threatened by a demanding tone or feels the need to prove Himself. There are so many ways that people approach Him, anger, sadness, joy, sorrow, pain, happiness, etc. Whatever our mindset you have to remember that He should always be approached with reverence. God longs to be worshiped and loved. Not accused of abandoning you, yelled at or ignored. However, God knows our emotions, He too has them. After all, we are created in His images which means what we feel He feels. Just like your children, when they are happy, you are happy. When they hurt, you hurt, when they cry, you cry. It is the same way with our Eternal Father. The difference is with our kids we have to find out what is wrong. With God He ALREADY knows.

We have to always remember when we approach God we are communicating with our Almighty Creator. A being that does not live in time, we have a beginning and end He does not. He lives in eternity. He sees everything our beginning and end He knows our future so why are we shuffling our feet shrugging our shoulders, wondering if He hears us?

If you approached your boss or parents in a bad tone or a bad attitude would you do well? Absolutely not. With God, this idea is multiplied many times over. When we speak to God, we need to remember that He is holy and we are not.  Even the greatest Christian is still saved only because of God's forgiveness. We have no right to demand anything and should come to God with an attitude of thankfulness. We have to remember God's knowledge is infinite our is limited. In our prayers, we should always thank Him for His most precious beloved Son. Without Him, we would all be condemned and lost. We would always be separated from God, we would not have the privilege of even remotely approaching the throne in prayer.

When we remember who God is “Our Father in heaven” and who we are in comparison, it is easier to pray properly with ease and comfort, asking for what is best for us rather than just what we want. Many think that when we do not get what we want means God did not hear our prayer. That is so far from the truth. God heard you and gave you His answer and it was no. Again His knowledge is infinite so we have to trust in His answers always whether we got what we prayed for or not. We should show reverence for an all knowing God and His will for our lives.

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When I was born again it was the most amazing moment in my life. Here I was this broken, broken, broken woman. I had been betrayed, lied to, and when I learned the truth it was heart-breaking. I had no idea how I was going to make it not one day from the next but one second to the next. To be quite honest falling to my knees that day was not an impulse. I had no other choice, it was either go to my knees or fall into a dark pit with no way out. I was in this small office in my home, and when my knees hit the hard-wood floors the pain was not only mentally but physically. Still I remained, I remained on my knees, in pain physically and emotionally. I did not cry out I SCREAMED, I screamed out to “JESUS” I begged, I pleaded. If you were standing outside that office you would have seen the most pitiful human being in need of a Savior and that was exactly what I needed. I do not need any more weight of judgment from the world. I needed grace, I needed mercy. I knew there had to be a better way than this world’s. I found that way at the foot of the cross.

If you notice I have put His name in all caps. Why? Because that is the name I called upon and I was saved. Why am I putting so much emphasis on this because I have seen so many people on social media argue about the names of God.

First of all, if those that are going to keep arguing about what the proper name of God is understand ancient Hebrew contained no written vowels as distinct letter forms.

RABBI NEAL SURASKY States:

Most scholars will agree that the Hebrew name for Jesus is the name spelled yod-shin-vav-ayin. The way it appears in English will depend on the method of transliteration. Some will write Yeshua, others will write Y’shua. These are simply attempts at writing in the English language a word that, when pronounced, will sound like you are reading it in Hebrew. It has a specific meaning, salvation. Other names that have been suggested have different meanings. For example, Joshua, or Yehoshua, means God saves. However, none describe Him as clearly as Yeshua, which was a popular name back then. There is no correct Hebrew name for God. He calls Himself, “Asher eh-h’yeh asher.” I am that which I am. The Tetragrammaton, the four-letter Name that is used in the Scripture, is yod-hey-vav-hey. It has no vowels, and therefore cannot be pronounced. Words like Jehovah are attempts to put vowels into the Tetragrammaton. However, there is no “J” in Hebrew, so that cannot be a real Hebrew name.

So as many argue over the correct names, we come to find out that in all our human knowledge NONE of us truly know the real name of God even when we so surely throw out his name is YESHUA among many other ways to pronounce it. So if there are no vowels in the ancient Hebrew why are people ready to argue when what they are stating could not possibly be His real name either? Maybe we should ponder why that is? This is my opinion and only mine. I believe that His name is so holy that we in our human sinful flesh have been given all that we are allowed to have in this life.

Romans 8:26 states: “But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groaning’s that cannot be expressed in words”

In Exodus, we learn, God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ So when you pray why do you not pray “Great Heavenly “I AM” ?

What do I call him? “FATHER” Jesus earned that right for me to call him Father once again.

So when I fell to my knees that day years ago, I called on Jesus, not the list of a 101 that so many have been so assuredly given out on the internet. So why was I saved if I was calling on a false name? I have grown up in Christ, I started reading the Bible and understanding it. I became strong in faith, I was able to endure the most tragic time in my life and come out stronger than I ever had before. I moved forward on the foundation of the Gospel, my marriage became stronger. Because of the faith, God had given me my husband, son, and mother-in-law was born again a year after me. I am not arguing that Jesus is his only name I call him Yeshua sometimes  too. God knew our language would change over centuries, do we or do we not in the English language place vowels in His Hebrew name?

I have seen so many people argue about His name rather than following His commandments. I see more arguing than I do testimonies, I do not see that much encouragement, nor do I see very many reaching those that are lost with the message of the Gospel.

I started reading a book Blood on the Altar: The Coming War Between Christian vs. Christian and as I flip each page I see everything that is written in this book become more and more true as I flip through social media. I am not here to prove another Christian wrong I am not here to show my light shines brighter because I have more knowledge than you. Because in all honesty it is not US it is HE that resides in us and he gives each one of us what he deems we should have and know. We as his children are only given what HE allows us to have. I do not know how long we were in the Garden of Eden before we screwed it up but the fact is we did. God cannot trust us we have from the beginning of time given him every reason not to. However we can trust Him, we can rest assure that we will as long as we are in this world residing with Satan we will never know everything. He holds the secrets of heaven...just that secret.

What is in the Bible is all he has deemed us to know. When Christian starts fighting Christian know you are yielding to Satan’s will and doing exactly what he wants and that is turning us against each other. He will try and tear down what God is building up.

When my knees hit the earth that day I was saved, I was saved by the grace of God. The blood cleansed me, I was accepted and adopted into the Kingdom of Heaven. No one can take that away from me because I know the power it has yielded in my life and how it has also changed lives around me. Whether it was Yeshua or Jesus I know he would have answered me no matter what. Because my dear brother and sisters, He ANSWERS THE HEART. He heals the broken-hearted and that is EXACTLY what he did for me that day.  I have been on an amazing journey ever since. It has been full of test, trials, and yes still pain. The truly, truly amazing revelation I have had is every single thing God has placed in my path has made me stronger, his word has come alive in my life. Whether it was The King James Bible, Hebrew Bible, New Living Translation the word came alive in my life and each one has given me the ability to do as Paul stated; Philippians 4 11-13. Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.…

Amen.

© Shannon Wendler

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True Christians that follow the signs of the times know that we are in perilous times. The world is changing and it is changing fast. One of the things that are taking control is technology it can be a blessing but it is also a curse. Technology is not bad, people are. It can be used for good or it can be used for evil.

The other day when I was headed to an appointment I noticed the flags in our community entrance was at half-staff. I thought they really need to raise those Nancy Reagan's death was a few weeks back. Then I thought, Brussels, it is almost as if our flags are constantly lowered. Every week it seems they are down it is hard to keep up with the reasons as to why. If you turn to any news channel you will find out the reasons.

I thought in that moment as I drove by, God what if we went to our knees as fast and as often as we lowered our flags. I know it will not change the future we all know from the book of Revelation this world is in serious trouble. There is no stopping what is coming, the only thing we can do is prepare not just ourselves but also others. Things will get far worse before the return of His Son. The point is we go to our knees not to avoid the coming fate of this world. We go to our knees for strength, encouragement, discernment, to endure what is coming. We can all go through the debate of the rapture..etc. But this is not where I am heading with this. We should always prepare for anything when it comes to God. No matter how hard we try to figure it all out bottom line is God does not trust you or me. He gave us everything in the Garden and we handed it all over to Satan. So, we really cannot blame him for being careful when handing us any information from the Kingdom.

Just for a moment think about when you read the Bible. How often do you think WOW I read that passage a month ago and did not see that! This is God giving you wisdom to what He wants you to know when He wants you to know it. When you give it all up to God and stop trying to control everything including knowledge it is amazing how easier things become. I know when I was in my early 20’s and when I read the New Testament I was like HUH? I knew Yeshua walked the earth I knew He lived and died for my sins and God raised him from the dead. However, I was not truly born again. Even though I believed, I did not understand. The difference between the two you might ask? Well, the difference is knowing and believing are two different things. Accepting Yeshua as Lord over your life means giving up your old self and allowing him into your life and giving him complete control. Thus, the new you is born, you are born again. Shedding the past and becoming new in the future. Let's get back to the point I was making, as born again Christians we all know the time is near correct? Just because we know the time is near does not mean that we know the hour for it is written;

Therefore, keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour. Matthew 25:13
What is God saying to you here? He is telling you to keep watch, not to try and figure out the day or the hour if you try you will be spinning your wheels. Missing the mark. He is only telling you to keep watch, watch the signs the time is near. Prepare in a way, not of the world but of the Kingdom. So instead of lowering flags weekly to show respect, lower yourself to your knees hourly. Pray for wisdom not to change things or to know them for great conversation starters or to show the world you are intelligent. But to accept them. Do not get me wrong there is nothing wrong with lowering flags for respect but when we do that more as a nation than bowing in prayer this is when we are setting our sights more on below rather than above.