Get Out

Teresa Poucher

Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee…” (Genesis 12:1)

 

  I can imagine what may have gone through Abram’s mind:

“Say what? Are you sure, God? You want me to leave my Daddy’s homeland? I’m 75 years old, and Dad is up in age; shouldn’t I be caring for him?”

 

  “I know some of his income is from making idols.  He is a general* to Nimrod and has always provided for me.  Sure, he worships the idols. Yes, Dad tried to get me to sell them.  Nimrod even wanted to kill me because I refused.  Perhaps Nimrod saw I was nothing like my Dad.”

 

  “I’m not sure I’ll make it. What if the people hate me? Where will I live, and how will I provide?  I feel like I’m walking blindly without direction.”

 

  No wonder Abraham is called the father of the faithful.  God had confidence in Abraham.  He wanted to make a great nation out of him.  However, Abraham had to get out of his comfort zone.  

 

  Maybe we, too, need to get out of our comfort zone.  Surely things aren’t like they used to be.  We need change.  ‘Reminds me of the disciples; they followed Jesus for 3 1/2 years.  After He was crucified and rose from the dead, he told them, “Go ye into all the world…” 

 

  Let’s leave our comfort zone. No, Jesus is not physically walking with us, but He is in us. It might require a different job, a move, or getting away from some folks that want to hinder your advancement in the kingdom. The need is everywhere.

 

  If God is speaking to you, go ahead and take the plunge. Get out and do whatever He is dealing with you to do.

*Jewish tradition. See: Who Was Terah? – Jewish History (chabad.org)

Waiting on your Lazarus Miracle

Teresa Poucher

You have heard a word from God or received a promise.  How long has it been?  A couple of weeks, perhaps months?  A few years, possibly decades?  

 

  Okay, I  know you have prayed, or you wouldn’t have heard from God.  It’s only been a few weeks, and I know you have praised and thanked Him. The years are passing, and I’m sure you’ve been fasting.  Now it’s been decades. What else do you have to do? You’re at your wit’s end.

 

  It’s just too simple: Believe!  I say I do believe, then why am I questioning?  Why am I like a yo-yo?  Up and down, sometimes I feel like the “Around the World”trick.  

 

  I’ve been reading the story of the siblings Mary, Martha, and Lazarus.  Jesus leaves his dear friends.  Lazarus gets sick.  They send for Jesus, but He tarries.  Now Lazarus is not only dead but has been in the grave for four days.  Talk about a grave situation!  I feel for Martha and Mary.  They had to watch their brother suffer, all the while knowing Jesus could heal him had He been there.  Lazarus dies, and they are left to make arrangements and bury their brother. Pretty sad.

 

  Jesus always has a plan:  “…This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby…. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; [talking to his disciples] ….  

Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? [speaking to Martha] …. but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they [the multitude] may believe that thou hast sent me.”  

(John 11:4,15, 40, 42)

 

Jesus is quite upset that those He loved, Mary and Martha, and His disciples and others, didn’t believe Him.

 

  “When Jesus saw her weeping and saw the other people wailing with her, a deep anger welled up within him, and he was deeply troubled.”​​ ​​​(John 11:33 NLT)

 

I believe He was upset about their lack of belief. Hebrews 11:6 says, “he that cometh to God must believe that he is.”

                                                 

  “And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.”

(Mark 9:24) 

 

  “…But when the Son of Man comes again, will he find people on earth who believe in him?” ​(Luke 18:8 ERV)

“…Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further? As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.”(Mark 5:35-36)

Wounded Warriors

Teresa Poucher

 The valley of dry bones — talk about an adventure!  So in the valley lay a multitude of very dry bones.  They are scattered abroad.  Was the whole army destroyed?  How many survived?  I wonder why this exceedingly great army wasn’t buried?  In ancient times, the burial of the dead was considered very important. 

 

  When we are born again, we become soldiers of the cross.  We are in spiritual warfare.  Ephesians chapter six speaks of the armor of God 

 

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12)

 

So what happened to this army? Something went wrong. They were in a valley; were they ambushed? Did they fall asleep?

 

  We have warriors who have been overcome in battle.  Some were weary in the fight; others received and believed a lie.  Perhaps they were ambushed or fell asleep.  Is this why they didn’t get a burial?

 

Still, they were warriors. What happened to “leave no man behind?” Ezekiel prophesied to this army, and God brought them back to life. Shouldn’t we also prophesy to the backslider who lost a battle? Wounded warriors are all around us. They have covered their wounds, but they haven’t been healed. Some have buried themselves in devastating lifestyles. It’s time to speak life to those wounded in the battle.

 

“Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord God; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon this slain, that they may live.” (Ezekiel 37:9)

 

  This wind is likened to the breath God breathed on Adam when he became a living soul in Genesis 2:7, as well as the mighty rushing wind (or breath of God) on the day of Pentecost when men were born again. (Acts 2:2)

 

Breathe on me, oh God, breathe on the backslider, restoring and healing him to be made whole, ready to fight the good fight of faith.

Choose your Weapon

Teresa Poucher

 You have a nice bank account, you say? Got money in stocks, bonds, or rental properties? Maybe you have a great job with good benefits, excellent health insurance, a boat, four-wheeler, jet ski, and so on.

    

  Perhaps you lost your job, and the company downsized. Maybe your health is failing, and you just learned you have a life-threatening illness or disease. Life can be difficult.  What are we to do in our midnight hour? How do I fight these feelings of depression, fear, and anxiety?

 

  Quit focusing on the negative — God is still in control.  

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ...” (II Corinthians 10:5)

 

  Paul and Silas were in their midnight hour, wrongfully beaten, and thrown into prison.  What did they do?  God, I’ve been faithful, given my tithes, and preached your Word, and this is what I get?  No!  They prayed and sang praises.  It doesn’t say what they prayed for, but I think they prayed for those who had committed crimes.  The earth shook, ALL the bands were loosed, and the doors opened.  Do you think we could stand to pray and sing praises?

 

  Let’s not forget Jehoshaphat in II Chronicles 20:20-22, and how the Israelites sang and praised the beauty of holiness, and how God set up an ambush against the enemy.

 

  When Jesus was in the wilderness, He didn’t use His miracle-working power to fight the enemy.  The Word of God was His weapon, the sword of the Spirit.  

 

  Let’s fight with the Word; speak to your mountain. 

Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:19)

 

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” (Isaiah 41:10)

 

When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.” (Isaiah 43:2)

 

  Use the armor of God as described in Ephesians 6:10-18.

 

Choose your weapon and fight

Fight Back

Teresa Poucher


Some people love to stir the pot; they are confrontational. You know the type: “Don’t go to bed mad; stay up and fight all night.” I don’t like to fight; I avoid fights and usually walk away. However, some things are worth fighting for.

 

And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him…But David tarried still at Jerusalem. And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself…” (II Samuel 11:1-2)

 

Most are familiar with the passage. If not,this is where King David makes a terrible mistake. He takes Bathsheba in and gets her pregnant. ‘Tries to cover it up by bringing her husband, Uriah, home from war. When that doesn’t work, he sends Uriah back to the battle with his death warrant to be killed. The baby he has with Bathsheba dies. Nathan, the prophet, pronounces judgment upon him. Sure enough, David paid a high price for this act. One of his sons rapes his sister; another son kills the brother that did so. Then another son sleeps with one of his wives and brings rebellion against King David. Why? Because he committed adultery? Possibly, or maybe it was because he chose to have an evening nap instead of going to fight.

 

If I choose not to fight this war, who all will die? Will it be the actual death of a person, or will it be a soul who will be lost for eternity? If the person I’m fighting for is healed of an incurable disease and goes on to win many souls to the kingdom of God, isn’t that worth fighting for?

 

Fight the good fight of faith…” (I Timothy 6:12)

I’ve Seen too Much

Teresa Poucher

  It’s all over the TV and the internet:  Gay Pride Month and “so-called” religious folks cursing, saying they deserve to go to hell. 

 

  I recall Sodom and Gomorrah in the book of Genesis.  I want to point out that Abraham had just heard from the angel that he would soon have his long-awaited, promised son.  He must have been super-excited. 

  

  Then the Lord told Abraham about Sodom’s imminent destruction.  He didn’t say, “Good, I don’t want my son growing up with them.”  Instead, he stood and pleaded with God to spare the city.  I didn’t read about Abraham calling out names, not even calling out his nephew Lot’s name, only asking God to spare the city for 50 righteous. Then he gradually moved down to ten righteous people. 

 

  This was the father of the faithful—the man who would later offer his long-awaited promised son. Abraham was a righteous man, willing to intercede for an entire city, not just for his nephew wholived there.

 

We seem to forget James 2:10: “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” We like to categorize sin in the same way we categorize illness. Oh, it’s easy for God to heal a headache, but cancer might be too hard. Murder is a big sin, but a white lie is a small sin. Sin is sin! “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags…” (Isaiah 64:6)

 

  According to the Word of God, we have all sinned.  We were born in sin; we have a sinful nature.  Let us be like faithful Abraham and plead for the struggling souls, offering them love and not condemnation.  

 

Remember the woman caught in the act of adultery? They brought her to Jesus and wanted to stone her according to the law. Jesus bent down and wrote in the dirt. It doesn’t say what He wrote. I think He was reading their mail: cheating, stealing, and so on. He said, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” (John 8:7) It wasn’t long until just the woman and Jesus were left there.

 

When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” (John 8:10-11)

I Wonder

Teresa Poucher

  While at Walmart the other day, I passed a young mother in the baby formula section.  I felt terrible for her.  I could tell by the look on her face, they did not have what her baby needed.  I wonder how many stores she had already been to.  Where is the wheat bread?  

 

Many things cause me to wonder: Why are we paying record-high prices on gas and just how high will it get? And, what has to happen before we draw nigh to God?

 

  It’s hard to imagine that even God wonders. So, what does God wonder about?

And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor…” (Isaiah 58:16)

And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.” (Ezekiel 22:30)

 

  God is still looking for someone to stand and intercede on behalf of His people.  I don’t want to get so caught up in the happenings of our world that I forget the purpose of our calling: reaching, praying, and ministering to the needs around us. 

 

“…Then said I, Here am I; send me.” (Isaiah 6:8)

Mission Impossible

  I remember watching mission impossible when I was a child.  Do you recall the intro to the show? Wasn’t it catchy? 

 

The special agent was given a tape recording of the mission and an opportunity to accept the assignment.  It was always dangerous and improbable.  However, they had great resources if they accepted the mission.  Then the tape would self-destruct. https://youtu.be/4y9NtHlJvbY

 

  Today, many missions are before us.  The impossible becomes possible when we have a burden. You will pray differently if someone’s fatal diagnosis becomes your soul’s burden. 

When it’s your child or loved one, your prayer becomes desperate.  You don’t care where you are, who will hear, or what they will think.  You will cry, scream, and fall to your knees or your face and cry out for healing.  You will lose sleep to pray and lose weight to fasting.  

 

Thank you, Jesus! “…all is well” (2 Kings 4:26), as He said. He answers your prayer. Why? So you can believe the same for someone else that hasn’t learned our God specializes in what we think is impossible. So He can get all the glory. So someone else can believe, pray and praise Him.

  

Will you accept the mission?  Or will your mission self-destruct?

 

And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.” (John 9:1-3)

A Door of Hope

Teresa Poucher

 Who couldn’t use a door of hope right now?  We have hopes things will get better.  Spiritually, we know God will pour out of His Spirit in the last days.  The former and the latter rain together.  

What has to happen first?  If we would read Hosea chapter 2, it will give us a good idea.

 

“…and she went after her lovers, and forgat me, saith the Lord.”(Hosea 2:13) God had been good to Israel and blessed her, yet she played the harlot.

 

Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her. And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt. (Hosea 2:14-15)

 

  The valley of Achor was where Achan was stoned, along with his wife, children, and animals.  Why? Because when Israel went to conquer Jericho, Achan disobeyed God.  He took some silver, gold, and a Babylonian garment.  This is why the valley is called Achor, the valley of trouble.

 

  Do you mean God is sending me trouble for help? 

Unfortunately, we tend to get slack when things go well.  We forget where our blessings came from.  Have you had a song of praise in your heart lately, like you did when you came out of Egypt (bondage)?

 

“It shall come about in that day,” says the Lord,
“That you will call Me Ishi (my husband)
And will no longer call Me Baali (my Baal).
(Hosea 2:16 AMP)

 

And I will sow her unto me in the earth, and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God.” (Hosea 2:23)

 

So if you feel trouble on every side, take heed. God is trying to draw you closer to him. He is giving us a space to repent and return to our first love.

False Alarm

Teresa Poucher

 Some 38 years ago, my husband and I and our children went to the DMV in Baton Rouge. My boys had to be around 2 and 4 years old.  I don’t know if they had computers then, so the lines were slow-moving and crazy long.  My husband got in line while I corralled my children in the lobby.  While I was managing them,the oldest pulled the fire alarm.  Oh my!  I thought there would be a great exodus with at least 75 people that I could see, but not a soul moved.  When I looked inside, no one was even looking around.  I was surprised, but thankful no one had lost their place.  Does one have to see flames or smell smoke to respond to a fire alarm?

 

   Today we have alarms, earthquakes, wars, pestilence, food shortages, illegal immigrants by the millions, the economy off the chart, and all-time high gas.  One can see the one-world currency in the making.  Good is being called evil and evil good.  

 

  This is one alarm we don’t want to ignore.  We must not be deceived. The sad thing about deception is that many don’t even know when they are being deceived.  

 

  I know our righteousness is as filthy rags, but that doesn’t mean we can live any way we desire.  

 

Where is genuine repentance? Not just saying, “I’m sorry,” but turning oneself around? Yes, we all fall short, but are we striving to enter in? We must have an intimate relationship with Jesus if we will be His bride. I want to draw closer. I want to hear his voice. I surely want to hear the alarm.

 

But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” (Matthew 24:37-39)

 

Stand in a gap — it’s time to intercede. This is not an alarm you want to ignore.