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The future is uncertain, and in a moment can become lethal, as was the case with Lazarus, a close friend of Jesus. Lazarus died because Jesus did not return as soon as He was told that Lazarus was dying. Why didn’t Jesus come sooner? Because He wanted to show Lazarus and all of us that He holds all power, and specifically in this case, the power of life and death. Even though we may have to wait for a time as Lazarus did, Jesus can restore everyone and everything that is lost to us in one moment in time. He does this in More Miracles which I hope will bless you in the fall, but I believe you are already blessed. If something or someone in your life is dead, you can start praying for restoration now. You don’t have to wait to read anyone’s book to get it. Love, Cris
I saw Jesus in a dream. I was twelve years old. I was hiding behind some big boulders outside of a rock walled tomb. Suddenly He appeared in His brilliant white robe and stretched out his arms to call me. He knew I was hiding nearby. I was hiding because I didn’t think I could come to Him the way that I was. Are you hiding because you don’t think you can come to Him the way that you are?
Adam & Eve hid from God for the same reason. They didn’t think that they could come to Him the way that they were, but God took care of that by sending Jesus to pay for their sins, your sins, and the sins of the whole world. Along with this forgiveness for sins through Jesus, God’s desire is to bring healing to all manner of sicknesses and diseases, and these sicknesses and diseases include all of the worst kinds of torments that occur in the spirit, the mind, the will, the emotions, and the body. God’s intention is to end every kind of torment. He wants to do this now by bringing divine intervention into your specific situation. He will bring this divine intervention in the way that will help you the most, so don’t hide and suffer alone another moment.
One of the best things about Jesus is that you don’t have to hide from Him. He knows each and every thing that you are afraid of. He completely understands each and every detail that you are too terrified or too ashamed to tell anyone else about far better than you do. Get the divine hug you need today! See what God will do when you say this prayer —Jesus, here I am, help me! Then come out from behind the rocks near the tomb and run into His arms.
There is a section in the Bible called Revelations. It is called Revelations because here God is revealing supernatural truths which can save our lives. Tonight I specifically want to share Revelations 3:20. Revelations 3:20 says this: Behold I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. This implies that we must open the door of our hearts to let the Lord in. What will happen if we open the door?
If we open the door, we will sit down with God and have supper at a wonderful table. This supper will occur in the presence of our enemies. (Psalm 23) These enemies may be internal, something inside of us, or external, something attacking us from the outside, but all of our enemies will foam at the mouth while our needs are being supernaturally met. Do you need help that can only be supplied in a supernatural way? You may not believe that God exists, or that Jesus is the Lord who has come to save you, but if you want to find out, invite Him into your life. You will quickly see that God really wants to help you. All you have to do is open the door.
Once Jesus and his friends needed some money to pay the taxes with. His friends did not know what to do to fill the need. They had no money, but Jesus knew exactly what to do. He told one of his friends to go down to the water and he would find a fish with a coin in its mouth to pay the bill. Like you, there are many times when I do not know what to do or where to find the exact help I need. To get this help, do what we all do when we want to enjoy a movie— suspend disbelief. Then while you are still suspending disbelief, go some place private and ask Jesus to fill your exact need. Whether it’s the kind of money needed to pay taxes with or something impossible by human standards, Jesus wants to help you and He can do whatever it takes. If you are reading this today, please know it is not an accident or a coincidence. Give God a chance to provide the coin in the fish’s mouth.
Do you need help right now? You are not reading this by accident. The Lord is good to all! He is plenteous in mercy to all those who call upon Him. To all who call. To all who call. To all who call! It doesn’t matter what kind of help you need, whether or not you think you deserve it, or how far gone you think you are. It’s never too late for God to speak. When God speaks, He causes the words that come out of His mouth to happen. What an awesome experience to see and feel God speak to your storm. When you experience this complete calm you will know He has said Peace! Be Still!
Have you ever watched a movie called The Game? In this movie a young boy is sent into the wilderness to prove he is a man, but his Dad has already gone out into this exact same wilderness ahead of him, killed a deer, and left it in a place where his son will find this provision and live. In the game we call life, we all go into some kind of terrifying wilderness, and when we are there we think we will die, but God doesn’t play games. Like the great Dad in this story, God has already gone out ahead of us into every lethal landscape to supply all of our most unique needs through His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Call on Him now. You have nothing to lose & everything to gain because He longs to answer you. God wants to rescue you. He wants you to find out what a wonderful Father He is, even if you never had a father you could call Dad.
There are many kinds of storms. A storm might be a physical tempest with towering waves drowning us, or it might be gut wrenching bodily suffering that carries a terminal sentence. The storm might be emotional. We might be sinking in grief caused by the loss of a loved one, or some other loss. It might be a storm that involves the human will and we are terrified because human willpower cannot overcome the deadly habits, addictions, phobias, thoughts, and lies that want to destroy us. The storm might be spiritual. We might believe that God does not exist, though deep down inside we want Him to, and we want Him to be the almighty and wonderful God that can do anything and would do anything to rescue us. We want to believe that He will forgive us for everything & will help us forgive ourselves. We need to know that He would not forsake us or fail us in any internal or external storm. No matter what kind of storm you are in, put your physical or your mental finger on the map where the Sea of Galilee is, think about the fishermen who were about to drown there, and ask God to come for you the way He came for them. In the final analysis the words I have written here will not convince you, God will. While you listen and watch God will say Peace be still, take you through the storm, and put you safely down on the other side.
Are you in some kind of a hellish, painful place, a place where despair beats you up every day, a place from which there seems to be no escape, and from which no rescuer can save you? If you are, if you want someone to find you, & get you out, what I am writing today is for you. Let me tell you how I came to write this blog and why I say it’s for you.
While I was wondering what I should blog about, I saw a movie called The World Trade Center. In this movie directed by Oliver stone, Port Authority Police Officer, Will Jimeno, was miraculously pulled to safety from the twisted wreckage of the World Trade Center where he was buried for 13 hours.
In addition to being hurt and buried alive, Jimeno survived fireballs of burning jet fuel and exploding bullets from a dead policeman’s gun. Near him Sgt. John McLoughlin was also hurt and buried alive. While entombed in the concrete vault of debris that created his hell, Jimeno was fighting the urge to give up, & he was thirsty. In this moment of despair and thirst, Jimeno had a vision of Jesus holding what he thought was a water bottle for him.
Although Jimeno did not hear the voice of the Lord while he was in hell, (please watch this movie yourself & see if you agree), he recognized the form of the Lord holding that water bottle & lived to tell about it. Two marines heard his cries for help and he and McLoughlin were pulled to safety.
Jimeno’s hell was unique, and so is yours, but the kind of hell you are in is not the issue. Hell is hell! Your hell might be a spiritual hell. You might be riddled with agony, guilt, condemnation, and self-condemnation. Maybe you feel you let people down. You might be in a hell that is of the soul. This kind of hell involves all levels of the mind, will, & emotions. It includes hopeless addictions, burning rages, uncontrollable, gut-wrenching circumstances, & the unrelenting grief of lost loved ones. You might be in the hell of unendurable bodily pain.
Again, hell is hell! It exists in a way that is unique to every one who passes through it, & it often exists in the spiritual realm, the mental realm, the emotional realm, the will realm, and the bodily realm all at the same time, (I think Jimeno’s did), but the message I hope to send you via this blog is not how horrible hell is. You already know! The message is that like Jimeno, you can be liberated from hell even if you are so trapped that you cannot move to look for a way out yourself, even if you are an atheist, an agnostic, not a Christian like I am. The truth of God’s mercy cannot be changed: God loves all people and wants all people to escape from hell.
To escape from hell, do what you do to enjoy a movie that takes you to an unbelievable time, place, & experience, a movie like Star Wars. When it comes to Star Wars, or any other far out movie, you must suspend previous disbelief or unbelief. Movies last for two hours, but you only need to suspend unbelief & pray for five minutes. For five minutes, believe that you are not reading this blog by accident. Believe that I am not the one speaking to you.
Believe that God speaking to you & that I am only one of his many scribes. The personal healings, deliverances, & escapes that I have experienced by God’s grace, I am now passing on to you. Believe and you will see that what I have written here is true. I wrote this blog, but God is the true author. He, not me, will give each and every one reading this a very personal answer and a way of escape if asked. Whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved, is what He said, but He is the same yesterday, today, and forever, so He is speaking in the past tense, the present tense, and the future tense. Believe that God does not want you to be in hell. Believe that God will find you and get you out.
I remember a Christmas when I could barely walk. I was exhausted from work and traveling in & out of Boston to The Brigham & Women’s Hospital to visit my husband. It didn’t feel like Christmas. I didn’t have a tree, and I didn’t have the energy to get one, but I had a little girl who deserved to have one! Out of nowhere, my sister, Carolyn, and my brother-in-law, Bob, came to the house, put up a tree, and decorated it for me. Now some would say it was a coincidence. Not me! My prayers had always been simple. Every night I would pray for God’s help and every day and night He sent some kind of help. After experiencing this continuing help, I told a friend in trouble that we serve a living God, and that we could go to him at any moment and get help. At any moment! If you are reading this today, it is not an accident or coincidence. Believe this and you will see what I am talking about. I only want to play forward the help that God has given to me.
If you need God’s help, go some place private and pray for it right now! Luke 4:40 paints a true picture of God, the God who will answer you no matter what you have done or haven’t done up to this point in your life. Just before this passage, Jesus had rebuked a fever and healed it. Following the healing of the fever you read these words: Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them. I notice that Jesus didn’t ask any questions about anyone’s past life, whether or not the people who flocked to him at sunset had led good ones. Just the fact that they came at sunset is not accident. Sunset is always a prelude to the darkest moments in your life, but God is good to all; His tender mercy is over all His works. He is plenteous in mercy to all who call upon Him. Approach God now! You will see that He is Good, and in Him there is no darkness nor shadow of turning! Something will happen after you pray. Whether or not you have believed in God up to this point, or have believed in something or someone else, doesn’t factor in to your answer. After all is said and done, it will not be these words that convince you. It will be what God does when you approach Him. He is the ever present help in all times, but especially in times of trouble! God bless you! Love, Cris
I am looking forward to the special seminar and book signing event at which Rhode Island Authors will be meeting with educators!