I Can’t See

By Teresa Poucher

  Saul of Tarsus, also known as Paul of the New Testament, was very much a God-fearing man.  He was well educated, taught by Gamaliel, a Pharisee doctor of Jewish law. 

Saul persecuted the new Christian faith. “…How that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God and wasted it:” (Galatians 1:13) He was sincere, yet sincerely wrong.

In Acts, chapter nine, Saul is on his way to Damascus to arrest more Christians and bring them back to Jerusalem when suddenly he is struck down. A light shines brightly upon him and he hears a voice: “Saul, why are you persecuting me?” He gets up off the ground. He prays and fasts for three days. Now he is humbled and groping in darkness. He is depending on a servant to lead him. Directed and prayed for by a Christian that he would have had arrested. As Ananias prays, he receives his natural vision, as well as a revelation that Jesus, is both Lord and God. He is filled with the Holy Ghost and is baptized in Jesus’ Name.

He had to become blind to realize he couldn’t see Truth. “Where there is no vision, the people perish…” (Proverbs 29:18) Strong’s Concordance equates the word “vision” (H2377) to “revelation.” Since the last book of the Bible is the Revelation of Jesus Christ, shouldn’t the end -time revival be one of revelation?

Dear Lord, give us a revival of revelation in 2020 that we might have 20/20 vision for the end-time.

Get The Axe

Teresa Poucher

The word “seed” is mentioned 48 times in Genesis alone. We plant a seed in the earth and from there the root springs forth. The root system is the foundation of the plant.

That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,” (Ephesians 3:17)

Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.” (Colossians 2:7)

The root must have enough water and good soil to grow strong and healthy. The amount and quality of fruit depend on the health and quality of the root.

“… The seed is the word of God.” (Luke 8:11)

We are begotten by the Word of God: “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God,” (I Peter 1:23)

This seed being incorruptible will never die. It can be idle for years, yet the life is in the seed. Everything that seed needs to bring forth life is within itself. This seed is perfect, without any flaws.

When we try to modify the Word (the seed) to fit our lifestyle we are corrupting the seed. We end up with a plant that is like a Genetically Modified Organism (GMO.) The reproduction of the plant has been altered and we are modifying the seed. GMOs are affecting our health. Go ahead and look it up; it’s kinda’ scary: https://responsibletechnology.org/10-reasons-to-avoid-gmos/

GMO’s make a larger, stronger, disease-tolerant plant. Sounds good,huh? We know everything reproduces after its kind. They have engineered these plants to withstand Roundup and other chemicals. They take DNA from other plants and make a new, “better” plant. I took a seed from an overripe cantaloupe and planted it. It produced a fruit that looked like a cross between a gourd, pumpkin, and cantaloupe. Because it was not its kind, I did not get the same fruit. The seed had been perverted or adulterated.

Satan has perverted the seed by adding to the Word of God or by taking away from His Word, sometimes by taking just one word out of context. He sows his seeds of discord and perversion. We MUST destroy the root.

And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.” (Luke 3:9)

See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.” (Jeremiah 1:10)

But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.” (Matthew 15:13)

It is high time we bind that root of bitterness. “Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;” (Hebrews 12:15) and curse the root of deception, discord, and perversion. “And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.” (Mark 11:20)

Let’s Get The Ark Back

Teresa Poucher

  And she named the child Ichabod, saying, The glory is departed from Israel: because the ark of God was taken, and because of her father in law and her husband. And she said, The glory is departed from Israel: for the ark of God is taken. (1 SA 4:21)

  The Ark of the Covenant was gone for 20 years.

 

  David tried to bring it back to Jerusalem which was a journey of nine to eleven miles. He was unaware of how to handle it and Uzzah died because he touched the Ark. David was very upset. He returned home and studied how to transport the Ark. He realized he must be obedient to God’s direction as well as worship.

 

  The priests were then instructed to carry the Ark with poles upon their shoulders and David worshiped and sacrificed: “And so it was so, that when they that bare the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, he sacrificed oxen and a fatlings.” (II Samuel 6:13) This was a journey of nine to eleven miles so, you figure the math, steps, and how many sacrifices were made.

 

  David wanted to bring the Ark back because he wanted to bring God’s presence back to Jerusalem.

 

  I would say God’s praise was continually on his lips. Why? To get the presence of God back.

 

  “By him, therefore, let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” (Hebrews 13:15)

 

  “I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”  (Psalms 34:1)

 

  If we want God’s presence, it will come by obedience and the sacrifice of our praise. Isn’t it time we get the ark back?

Breach In Revival

Teresa Poucher

Last week we heard of two dams giving way in Michigan and causing 10,000 people to evacuate. Where to? With COVID-19, this caused a tremendous amount of stress.

It brought me back to August 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. There was a breach in the levy. This was a disaster, to say the least since New Orleans is under sea level.

To live in south LA at this period was quite an emotional season. So many lost loved ones as well as all they ever owned. Many were displaced from their homes, loved ones, and pets. The effects of this hurricane for some would prove to last a lifetime. All because of a breach…

2 Samuel 6:3 And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drave the new cart.
4 And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab which was at Gibeah, accompanying the ark of God: and Ahio went before the ark.
5 And David and all the house of Israel played before the Lord on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals.
6 And when they came to Nachon’s threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it.
7 And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for hiserror; and there he died by the ark of God.
8 And David was displeased, because the Lord had made a breach upon Uzzah: and he calledthe name of the place Perez–uzzah to this day.

According to Strong’s Concordance, the name Perez-Uzzah means “breach of Uzzah.” The ark had been stolen from Israel by the Philistines. The Philistines were plagued and sent the ark away. It stayed at least 20 years with Abinadab. Now David is King, and he wanted the ark back. He has 30,000 leaders rejoicing and it all came to a halt when Uzzah touched the ark, and God made a breach. This started as a great day, a day of revival. Then it all comes to a halt. Because of a breach.

David searches how to bring the ark back. The ark symbolized God’s mercy, presence, and power. Do we really think we can have this glorious presence and power if we have a breach?

David did bring the ark back. Only by obedience many sacrifices and praise.

Why am I In The Valley Again?

Teresa Poucher

Every life is filled with mountains, valleys, wilderness, and plains. A valley is a place between two mountains or hills, which makes it a depression. Remember, it was in the valley, in the brook in the lowest part of the valley, that David found the smooth stones to slay Goliath. When you are in the valley, look around and ask the Lord, “What am I supposed to pick up while I’m here?”

There are many references to valleys in the Bible.The 23rd Psalm might be the most familiar:1. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.2. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.3. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.4. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.5. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.6. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

In the first three verses, David is talking about the Lord. He then realizes, although the valley is dark, he is not alone. In the remaining three verses, he is talking to the Lord. A rod and staff require us to grasp hold (of His strength, comfort, and provision.)

According to Strong’s Concordance, this table is a king’s table. It provides not just bread and water as to a prisoner, but anything and everything we will need. 

David found the stones to kill Goliath in the Valley. And it was in the valley of Elah that he took the sword from Goliath and beheaded him. David will also benefit from this sword later in his life.

Perhaps you are in a place of depression. Maybe you want to isolate yourself; bury your blues in ice cream or chocolate. Instead, ask yourself, “What’s in this valley?” What’s at God’s table that I need to pick up?” 

It’s in the valley where you will find what you need to win your next battle!

A New Chapter

Has God ever given you a promise? Oh, it’s so wonderful, your heart flutters, you sing and rejoice. You are so delighted. If you’re like me, you have it all figured out. You pretty much know what He’s gonna do — Not!

God has never done it my way. The Word tells us His ways are not our ways. His ways are always better. It seems like He isn’t in a hurry. After all, God made time, including all the days and seasons, for us.

Now the excitement is faded… months, years, maybe even decades have passed. You may wonder if you heard from God or not. Perhaps you heard it wrong. ‘Seems to me like things are getting worse instead of better.

You’ve been used, abused, and falsely accused. Surely this wasn’t what God planned: The job played out, the car broke down, the kids or the spouse is strung out. Perhaps you’re still waiting on a significant other, or your first child.

Let me ask you, have you been faithful to God? Are you striving to walk in His ways? If you are, don’t fret. This isn’t the end. It’s just a new chapter. God is faithful and true. He is a God who can be trusted. It will come to pass even greater than you imagined. I do understand, I’ve been waiting on a promise for 37 years.

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, (for He is faithful that promised;)” (Hebrews 10:23)

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,” (Ephesians 3:20)

The only impossible thing is for God to lie — He’s got this!

Is All That Crying Necessary?

By Teresa Poucher

There are three different types of tears. Emotional tears are made in response to joy, sadness, or other intense emotions. Basal tears are produced to keep the cornea lubricated. Reflex tears are caused by chemical irritants in onions, tear gas, and so on.

The chemical structure of each of these tears is different. I saw images of each kind of tear under a microscope and they did not look the same. While each type of tear was unique, I was taken aback by the tears of grief. The San Mateo Daily Journal posted an article 1 explaining how the emotional tear contained a protein called prolactin. This is known to control breast milk production. The other chemical found in emotional tears is leucine-enkephalin, an endorphin that reduces pain and works to improve mood. So, is all that crying necessary?

A professor at the University of Kassel in Germany conducted close personal interviews with many volunteers to see if people who seldom cried differed significantly from those who cried more frequently. 2 He found that non-crying people were more withdrawn and their relationships were more distant. They also experienced more negative emotions, like anger and hatred, and were more aggressive than people who cried. So, is all that crying necessary?

Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools. They go from strength to strength… (Psalm 84:6-7)

When we look up the word “Baca,” it means “weeping.” Many parents raise their children to not cry: “I’ll give you something to cry about!” But here, we see that crying is going to turn into a blessing: “…make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.”

History says they would pass through Baca to go to Jerusalem to the house of God. The journey there was extremely hot and dry. They would dig small pits and God would send the former rain to fill them making pools. The former rain was always considered a blessing.

“…put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?” Psalms 56:8

I was once working through some difficulties I was facing in my life. While trying to get healing and working through it all, I sought the Lord with repentance and tears. He spoke to my heart some of the sweetest words I’ve ever heard: “I still have your first tear.”

1) Laraia, B., (2006, Jan 12). Gender Differences and the Benefits of Crying. San Mateo Daily Post, Retrieved from https://www.smdailyjournal.com/opinion/gender-differences-and-the-health-benefits-of-crying/article_ccff1ce1-20c4-5f47-99dd-83a99c80f2d8.html2) Oaklander, M. (2016, March 16). The Science of Crying. Time, Retrieved from https://time.com/collection/guide-to-happiness/4254089/science-crying/

Fight or Flight

“…and I will entreat the Lord that the swarms of flies may depart from Pharaoh… but let not Pharaoh deal deceitfully any more in not letting the people go to sacrifice to the Lord.”(Exodus 8:29)

We used to have a round pool.  The jets would make the water go in a circular motion. Thus, it would bring the debris to the skimmer basket.  It always amazed me how a bug that ended up in the pool would fight swimming against the flow.  Did this bug know it was going to end up in a basket?  Not!  Yet it knew to fight what was coming against it.

Then there is the flying insect holding on for dear life to your car’s windshield wiper.  I know I was going 35 mph before it lost its grip. 

Both were fighting for their lives; their instincts advising them, so to speak. One was fighting for his life, the other fighting against his God-given liberty to fly.   

Hmmm…

Am I fighting for, or opposing the flow of God’s word and plan? 

Perhaps I’m fearful to take flight because I might have to…

Muscle Memory

My mom was a Glenn Campbell fan. We grew up listening to his music. In case you don’t know who Glen Campbell is. He began playing guitar at 4 years of age. By the time he was six, he played at local radio stations. This man released 64 albums spanning five decades, sold over 45 million records, had twelve gold albums, and four platinum albums. Not only did he play with some of the greatest in his career. Alan Jackson acknowledges him for his first break. As well as being an inspiration to Keith Urban.

He really strikes a chord with me. He was born the same year and month of my stepfather which I call Dad. They died 8 months apart. Both of them due to Alzheimer’s.

Glen Campbell did a tour while he had Alzheimer’s with three of his children. Dale (my husband ) and I watched his documentary “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me”, after my dad passed away.

We were amazed to watch him play guitar and sing. He didn’t miss a note. Nor did he forget the words. He still wowed his fans with his talent and charm.

Never having to think, for he had done this thousands of times. Much Like a good typist, this was more than a habit. It was like muscle memory.

What would happen if we put this same discipline to work with living for God? I have a season every morning for prayer. Then in the afternoon I have a time of devotion for reading or studying His word. I have a fixed fast day as well. Not because I’m holy, or near perfect. I need God, not just every day but every second. He is the giver of life, I can’t make it without him, and don’t want to try. If I only prayed when I felt it, I wouldn’t be praying much. Most of the time after I start praying is when I feel His Spirit. I don’t know if I would ever fast if I waited until I felt it. I praise God when I feel it, I praise him when I don’t. He is always worthy no matter how I feel. It has become muscle memory.

When the way gets rough we will pray. Yet most of the time we spend our life in the plains. Things aren’t great, but they are not terrible either. That’s when we need to make sure we continue…

Acts 26: 22 Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great…

2 Timothy 3: 14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;

15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

While I enjoyed Glen Campbell he never inspired me to kneel in prayer, or worship God

Wack-a-Mole

By Teresa Poucher

Have you ever played whack-a-mole? If not, you ought to. It’s a silly game. There are a bunch of holes where moles are hiding. They randomly pop up and you have a hammer to knock them back down. 

Well, I think my back yard is a playground for moles. Those pesky varmints turn up dirt, make little mounds and tunnels everywhere. It’s like an enemy army surrounding a fortress.

I’m tired of playing whack-a-mole in my yard. They have a main highway so to speak and then make little side roads everywhere. If you can find their highway you can put a trap and catch them. Good luck! They seem to pop up everywhere.

Let’s quit knocking them in the head so to speak. Let’s eradicate them.  This is war!

See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.”

(Jeremiah 1:10)

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;”

       (2 Corinthians 10:5) 

Whack-a-mole is just a silly game. Don’t let the enemy toy with your mind! 

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Notes: 

From Strong’s Concordance:• Nations (H1471) A foreign nation; hence Gentile • Kingdom (H4467) dominion