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Straight Talk, The Holy Spirit Has a Word… Rodna Epley

Posted in Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , , , , on December 19, 2018 by paulthepoke

Anyone experiencing depression, fear, anxiety, or condemnation right now? If so, the Holy Spirit has a Word for you.

“Fear not, for I (am) with you; Be not dismayed, for I (am) your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’” – Isaiah 41:10

Now read it again and emphasize the pronoun “I” in the command, “Be not dismayed, for I…am your God”. Depression broke off of me after I read it that way because it separated light from dark. It separated in my mind who God is from who the enemy is and caused me to know that God is not the one making me afraid.

Here is the Scripture again with all the meaning The Holy Spirit gave to me after I did more research in the Hebrew behind the words. This is my version with revelation intact…

Do not be afraid, for I am right beside you and in you; Do not look away from me or steadily gaze at that thing in front of you to receive anxiety or fear or condemnation or depression from it, because I…am your God, not that thing in front of you, and I don’t give you those things. I give you opposite things. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

Our Father in Heaven didn’t create us for depression and fear, etc. He created us for glory and honor. He formed us and He made us in His image. God loves us and He isn’t the one condemning or accusing us. Not at all. God isn’t punishing us. He punished Jesus instead of us. So any time we feel condemned, judged, accused or that God has abandoned us, we can be 100% certain the devil is the one telling us that. God is teaching His children how to separate light from darkness, and how to say “no” to the enemy, and “yes” to God’s promises.

“Everyone who is called by My name, whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him.” – Isaiah 43:7

“For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions…”- Titus 2:11-12

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus…”- Romans 8:1

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach the good news 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 comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.” – Isaiah 61:1-3

Blessings to everyone who has struggled with fear, depression, anxiety, condemnation, and feeling abandoned by God (you are not abandoned by Him at all and never will be; feelings are deceiving). I am praying for you. ❤️

“I will never leave you, nor abandon you.” – Hebrews 13:5

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor abandon you.” – Deuteronomy 31:6

“If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect…Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” No!

“…we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us (and still loves us and will always love us). For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:31-39

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Straight Talk, Born Again… Rodna Epley

Posted in Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 28, 2018 by paulthepoke

Rodna LightHello Saints!

I had someone ask me this morning as she was reading in John 3:1-21.

“Rodna, Jesus speaks of some things in the Bible that I don’t understand. 1. He says unless we become like a child we can’t enter heaven. 2. Unless we are born-again we can’t enter heaven. Which one is it?”

I thought I would share my revised 😉 answer here in case anyone else needs to know!

We don’t have to understand everything we read. God will give us understanding for the things we need this day. That’s why Jesus prayed “Father give us this day our daily bread”. He didn’t say give us every days’ bread all in the same day. However, when we begin to receive knowledge on the glory, understanding of the Word comes in much higher and easier. The whole Bible begins to make sense as if a veil has lifted from off its pages. So, seek knowledge on His Glory above all things, which can only come through Jesus Christ.

“How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?” (John 5:44)

 

Both statements that my friend asked me today are true.

1) We have to become like a little child to enter heaven where we believe all things are possible, we look to God (our Father) with wonder expecting from Him. As we grow, we learn how to release to others what we receive from Him, which brings glory back to the Father full circle. As a child in spirit we look to Him to meet all of our needs. We believe everything He tells us and that everything is possible. We have hope always and look forward to a day when He will make all things new. But that day begins here today, not after we die. Because hope deferred makes the heart sick, but glory revealed through answered prayers, and through our declarations that the Father backs up, makes our joy full.

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.” (Proverbs 13:12)

“…you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you. And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” (John 16:24)

In this intimate relationship with our Father who always hears us and responds, as we hear and respond to Him, we know our Father has our backs. And He loves us in the same way He loves Jesus. We don’t have to worry if we don’t look like a child in all areas yet. His glory is making us one by restoring our innocence and childlike wonder to totally trust God and trust His glory in everything… without fear. We know only His love.

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2) We must be born-again by His Spirit to enter the kingdom of heaven. Both ideas happen together. When one is born-again, He begins the process of becoming a little child again haha! We go backwards in innocence and forward in the knowledge of God! It’s like a backwards birth LOL. Inside out! Right-side up! God is flipping everything around! Imagine taking a long-sleeved sweater off the floor and flipping it inside out. Born again! Who we are in Christ is working its way to the outside where we are transparent and His glory is revealed completely in every aspect of our lives!

It isn’t stoic religion. It’s a living reality of Christ revealed through us. Christ in us coming out with our personalities where we become the light of the world like He is.

Our relationship with our Father in heaven becomes dynamic and authentic. This is where His power to transform all things into light comes out through us (in the flip) as His sons and daughters of glory are revealed! We then have the “Midas Touch” where everything we touch turns to gold! Haha! We work with Him by saying “no” to wickedness and “yes” to His promises and His Word.

“For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope–the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,” (Titus 2:11-13)

“For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” (2 Corinthians 1:20)

We become a child in innocence and mature in the knowledge of His glory. This is knowledge of the Father and the power and light from His throne, which Jesus Christ occupies. It transforms our entire lives as we learn that we are seated with Christ as joint-heirs, and sons and daughters of glory. Remade in His image! Transformed by the power of His glory! And not by our own efforts.

“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 3:18)

Blessings to everyone! Love and grace and glory to y’all!

Rodna

 

Straight Talk, God’s Glory Is Limitless… Rodna Epley

Posted in Rodna Epley with tags , , , , on November 7, 2018 by paulthepoke

Rodna LightEverything in the imagination becomes possible in Christ as our minds are being transformed into His glorious image. It means learning to access the new nature as we put to death the old nature in Christ. This activates the glory of the Father on us and makes us the light of the world where we can turn all darkness into light by simply walking into a room.

As an apprentice of glory, He will teach us all kinds of really cool science experiments to do on earth. Jesus walked on water, turned water to wine and raised the dead. He defied the physical created laws of the universe because He operated out of the Father’s glory which has no boundaries or limitations. You could say God operates in the realm of imaginary numbers. If you can imagine it and believe it, then you can do it.

Jesus brought the Kingdom of Heaven to earth, which brought the glory of the Father to earth, and that was the difference between Jesus and us. The really cool thing is (and the part that everyone misses) is that Jesus gave us very same glory the Father gave Him before the world was (John 17:5,22,23).

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The glory of the Father is the key ingredient to us doing all the works Jesus did…and greater works. This is eating at the Father’s table (John 4:31-34). The reason we don’t see many, if any, doing these works is because through man’s watered-down protein shakes and meal replacements the glory of the Father went to sleep. We became blind to the knowledge of His glory (2 Corinthians 4:4). But in Christ, the Father’s glory wakes up and gives sight to the blind, and raises the dead.

So, time to wake up His glory (Psalm 57:8) since it is the very image we are being transformed into (2 Corinthians 3:18). God is awakening our imaginations as a child’s, just as we awaken His glory which permeates Scripture from the first page to the last.

“This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” (Ephesians 5:14)

If you read this to the end…to you it has been given (Matthew 13:11, Mark 4:11, Luke 8:10)

 

Straight Talk, Directions and Instructions to the Father’s Glory Kitchen… Rodna Epley

Posted in Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , , on November 1, 2018 by paulthepoke

Directions and Instructions to the Father’s Glory Kitchen:

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  1. Download the GPS app which is Jesus – the Way.
  2. Put on the proper clothing on, the wedding garment, which is Christ in you and you in Christ, a covenant relationship and a two-way street. This is a commitment to Him forever and is the activated state of God’s glory where you are the light of the world and all things literally become possible to you.
  3. Come through the Door, which is also Christ, but avoid the temptation of propping up against the beautiful Door (or the Gate called Beautiful) as a lame man begging for change, or just being satisfied with being “saved”, because you can’t taste the food from the Door. You can only smell it wafting your way from the Kitchen. Walk inside and take a seat at the Table!
  4. The Usher, the Holy Spirit, will navigate you to the Glory Dining Room and show you what to do. In fact, He will be with you through the whole process. He’s your access to the entire operating system of the Father’s glory which can only be obtained in Christ (2 Thessalonians 2:14). You will find your name already on the Table with your plate waiting to be filled by you.
  5. It’s also an All-You-Can-Eat Buffet. The food is already hot n ready and on the table so be sure to pile your plate up high and ask for a doggie bag to take home for others! Father is really generous! The Buffet is so delectable that this world cannot imagine the deliciousness of it all. Papa is a meat and potatoes kind of Man. He also likes to fish and grill out sometimes. He is also the true Master Chef (Gordon Ramsey can’t compare) of whatever your taste palate becomes set for, but if you like only Veggies – He has those too. Ever heard of the Tree of Life? (Proverbs 3:13-18). You could also live on the Bread and Wine alone (John 6:53-58) so try to remember…there is much more on the menu. But you won’t find protein powder in the Glory Kitchen.
  6. If you need help deciding, there’s a menu in the form of Word tablet floating in the air in front of you so just scroll down or up through the promises of God and tap on the ones you want then the food miraculously appears in front of you. Anything He’s ever promised anyone in the Bible is available to you off the menu. If you don’t see something on table you want then scroll to one of these menu items and tap it. It’s a blank check for kingdom children who are learning to operate in the Father’s glory. (Matthew 18:19; 21:22; Mark 11:24; John 14:13; 15:7; 15:16; 16:23–24; James 1:5-6, 1:17; 1 John 3:22, 5:14)
  7. After dinner, Father will teach you how to cook and serve from His own kitchen so you can be a master chef too. This is anything you want to do in life, Him working with you, tag-teaming with the Holy Spirit.

Straight Talk, Glory Kitchen Menu Specials… Rodna Epley

Posted in Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , , on October 26, 2018 by paulthepoke

Rodna LightNow imagine for a minute if any of us in the church could only do the first part of what Jesus said in John 14:12 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in Me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.

Just think of anything Jesus ever did. And that’s what He said we would do. After grasping that, we could move onto better understanding the greater works which should sufficiently blow your imagination wide open if you consider the menu list of the former. While I could have made a separate menu for the greater works, for this example I simply added it as the last item on the menu. I wanted to focus on the easier stuff first, like raising the dead and walking on water.

Remember, items on this Menu are all things that you will be able to do. Doing is eating in the Father’s House at the Father’s table. Pick out your favorite choices so the servers in heaven can have them on the table for you when you sit. Doggie bags are available so you can take food home for others who have nothing prepared.

Nehemiah 8:10 Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.

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Glory Kitchen Menu Specials:

  1. Turn water to wine (John 2:1-11)
  2. Heal the sick / oppressed (Matthew 8:14-15, Mark 1:32-34)
  3. Cast out evil spirits (Mark 1:21-27, Luke 4:31-36)
  4. Catch fish miraculously when no fish are around (Matthew 5:1-11)
  5. Make the paralyzed walk (Matthew 9:1-8, Mark 2:1-2)
  6. Stretch out withered hands (Luke 6:6-11)
  7. Calm raging storms on the sea (Mark 4:35-41)
  8. Heal blood issues (Matthew 9:20-22)
  9. Raise the dead (Matthew 9:18,23-26)
  10. Make the blind see (Matthew 9:27-31)
  11. Make the deaf hear, the mute speak (Matthew 9:32-34, Mark 7:31-37)
  12. Feed way over 9,000 people with only a few fish and several loaves of bread (Matthew 15:29-39; John 6:1-15)
  13. Walk on water (John 6:16-21)
  14. Pull money out of a fish’s mouth to pay taxes (Matthew 17:24-27)
  15. Heal dropsy, leprosy, being crippled (Luke 13:10-17; 14:1-6; 17:11-19)
  16. Anything else you want! A blank check! The greater works! (Matthew 18:19; 21:22; Mark 11:24, John 14:13, 15:7, 15:16, 16:23-24; James 1:5, 1:17; 1 John 3:22, 5:14-15)

 

Disclaimer: All ingredients and spices used in all recipes are totally organic, non-allergenic, non-racist and all that stuff. They include: peace, joy, love, hope, faith, favor, willingness to yield, treating others above ourselves, humility, wisdom, revelation, knowledge of God (aka, knowledge of the glory), et al.

Straight Talk, A Diet of Works… Rodna Epley

Posted in Rodna Epley with tags , , , , on October 17, 2018 by paulthepoke

Rodna LightJohn 4:32-34 But He said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work…”

Now let me tell ya about the food! You will forget protein shakes ever existed once you taste the food! Food in the kingdom of heaven is a full course meal where the kitchen is always open 24/7 for anyone who is hungry and knows how to GPS the location. FYI: the GPS location is very similar to the wedding garment because once you put it on…you’re there.

The Father’s kitchen has a name too. Well it does now that I named it. It’s called the “Glory Kitchen”. The food in the Glory Kitchen has already been paid for by the King (Jesus) and it’s anything you want.

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Photo: Revati Upadhya

Food in the Glory Kitchen is doing the Father’s works. Don’t slap the menu away just yet. That may not sound tasty to you until you hear what those “works” are. Jesus showed us what they are when He was on earth.

John 14:12-13 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in Me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

 

 

 

Straight Talk, Tag You’re It!!! Featuring Rodna Epley

Posted in Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , , , on October 10, 2018 by paulthepoke

Rodna LightThe Kingdom of Heaven is a Family first, and then a Family Glory Business with an open-door policy allowing anyone in who agrees to put on proper shoes (Matthew 6:15 But if you do not forgive others, your Father will not forgive you your sins.) and shirt (Matthew 22:11-12 But when the king came in to see the wedding guests, he saw a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ But he had nothing to say.) to come and dine at the Father’s table where there is much laughter, joy, peace, healing, and life.

The world might call it: No Shoes, No Shirt – No Service

But our Father in heaven calls it: Here’s some clothes kids. Come on in. Dinner’s ready and I love you!

As we enter, we are assigned a private Tutor (the Holy Spirit again) who will show us the ropes. We get to pick what we want to do in the Family Glory Business. The Holy Spirit works with us in a type of tag-team intimate relationship where He assigns us a realm or a sandbox to play in. He gives us the Father’s tools that Jesus used. The Spirit teaches us how to use them in the world to help others, flipping all darkness into light, just like Jesus.

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Either one of us can tag first. We can start or we can let Him start, depending upon our level of confidence. We build what we can. When we don’t know what to do, we say, “Tag, you’re it Holy Spirit.” So, He takes a turn building. When He’s done, He says, “Tag, you’re it _______”.

We go back and forth with Him until our individual assignment in the Family is revealed and we know how to do things. If we make a mistake it is okay. We can just tear down that side of the sand castle and build it up stronger. Or crash the whole thing and start over.

Ephesians 1:13-14 In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.

 

 

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