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Straight Talk, Light and Truth… Rodna Epley

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , , , , on May 22, 2019 by paulthepoke

John 11:16 So Thomas, called the (Didymus) Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”

The disciples didn’t want to go back to Judea because they didn’t want to die along with Lazarus (hence Thomas’ sarcastic comment in John 11:16). The Jews had just recently tried to stone Jesus there. But Jesus wasn’t worried because He could see perfectly all the way to the end of God’s glory being revealed when Lazarus would rise from the dead. He was called to go to Lazarus by the Father and nothing could stop that from taking place. Jesus didn’t need to know everything He would encounter along the way, although He probably did know beforehand. He only needed to see God’s glory being revealed at the end of it all. Jesus could see by the light of the glory, which is the Father who was always with Him.

The Father is what made Jesus the light of the world as long as He was in the world. Jesus gave us this same light to walk in as long as we are in the world, because He gave us the Father’s glory, the same glory Jesus had before the world was. Jesus restored us to our Father by making us One in Him (in Christ).

John 8:12 “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

The “light of life” is the Father of glory. It’s that “in Christ” position. It means His glory is awakened in us and we are the light of the world. This opens our eyes upon receiving, which even His glory causes us to receive so we don’t have to work at it. It’s already ours. We simply open our eyes by receiving this knowledge of His glory that makes us One with our Father and gives us His sight.

John 8:32 “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

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Straight Talk, Access Spiritual Light… Rodna Epley

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , , on May 15, 2019 by paulthepoke

This transforming “light” is the glory of the Father which resides within each of us upon putting our faith in Christ but it lies dormant (we are blind to it even as believers) until we know that it is in us. When we know…our eyes begin to open and we can see from within in a way the world can’t see. We know things we aren’t supposed to know from the world’s perspective. Yet we are supposed to know them from the Father’s perspective.

In John 11:1-7, after Jesus learned Lazarus was sick, He waited 2 days to make sure he died so that the glory of God would be revealed in Him (in Christ) by raising Lazarus from the dead.

Sometimes God waits until we think the worst has happened and there’s no turning back before He sends His answer by telling us He can turn it back, so that His full glory will be revealed in any given situation. Don’t ever think death (or sleep) is the end of anything. God will wake that person up if you trust in Him to do so and cause all who witness to believe in Him. Nothing is impossible for our God and for those who are in Christ.

Jesus said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” The disciples said to Him, “Rabbi, lately the Jews sought to stone You, and are You going there again?” Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. “But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” (John 11:8-10)

Because the light is not in him – that’s why he stumbles. Not because it’s dark outside. But because he’s spiritually blind. There’s no light in him. When Christians stumble too it’s because no light is in him – same as the world. Sight isn’t automatic even upon putting our trust in Christ. God’s glory must be awakened from lying dormant within us. The potential for sight is always there. But our eyes still must be opened. So the Holy Spirit is teaching us all things.

“Awake, O sleeper, arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you.” (Ephesians 5:14, ESV)

Straight Talk, Get Up Lazarus… Rodna Epley

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , , on May 8, 2019 by paulthepoke

Jesus had just found out His friend Lazarus was sick and purposely waited 2 more days before responding to the call by Lazarus’s sisters to come and heal him. He waited so that Lazarus would surely die before He got there and the glory of God could be revealed in Him, proving that God sent Him and that He was the resurrection and the life. People would place their trust in Jesus, and the Father would receive glory through Him.

Jesus said He was going to wake Lazarus up because he was asleep. Waking from sleep for a believer is a metaphor for rising from the dead to a new life. That is for someone who goes to sleep having put their faith in Christ. Only those who die “in Christ” get to participate in this new creation life.

Those who have this new life also have a light residing within them that the rest of the world doesn’t have. It’s a transforming and informing light. This light is the glory of Father for anyone who is positioned “in Christ”. This “in Christ” position gives us the power of the throne of glory. Because we are sons of glory.

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:” (John 1:12)

“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4)

“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:4-7)

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Straight Talk, Expecting God’s Glory… Rodna Epley

Posted in Rodna Epley with tags , , , on February 20, 2019 by paulthepoke

John 15:7-8 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask (declare) what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

These are the “greater works” Jesus said we would do in John 14:12 which we are now able to do under the New Covenant because Jesus went to the Father of glory – the source of all healing and miracles.

John 14:12 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.

All glory has been restored to Jesus and Jesus is pouring out to us now the very same glory He received before the world was, from glory to glory (John 17:5,22; 2 Corinthians 3:18).

“Peter directed this man’s attention to that glory within him (Peter). He declared it was something that he possessed. This glory was about to be released through his spoken words that were given to him by the Holy Spirit. It would then be known that it was the glory that would transform this lame man’s condition he had since birth.” -Larry Thompson

Expect it.
Receive it.
Enjoy it.
Release it. -Larry Thompson

Expect it!
Acts 3:4-5 And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, ‘Look at us.’ So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them.

Receive it!
Acts 3:6-7 Then Peter said, ‘Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.’ And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.

Enjoy it!
Acts 3:8-9 So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them walking, leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God.

Release it!
Acts 3:9-10 And all the people saw him walking and praising God. Then they knew that it was he who sat begging alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

Just believe the Word and know that healing and the answer to whatever you need is available to you today. Have that hope within you (Colossians 1:27) until you receive the manifestation of His glory in your life.

Colossians 1:27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

It’s coming! Don’t give up! God loves you way more than you could ever imagine and He is perfecting everything.

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“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be (is soon to be; about to be) revealed in us.” (Romans 8:18)

“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5)

“Awake, my glory! Awake, lute and harp! I will awaken the dawn.” (Psalm 57:8)

“Awake, O sleeper, arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” (Ephesians 5:14)

Straight Talk, Streams of Glory… Rodna Epley

Posted in Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 7, 2019 by paulthepoke

Need a miracle today? Jump into the stream of God’s glory! Here’s how this works…

In Acts 3, Peter speaks to and heals a lame man who was begging at the Gate called Beautiful. But what was also beautiful about this true story is that Peter gives us a clear example of how any son (or daughter) of God is supposed to operate in His kingdom and glory which is now on earth as we live. This is supposed to be the norm for all of us who are “in Christ”. It is not the exception, but the rule. It is not only for those who first knew Jesus Christ, but for us. The atmosphere of the kingdom of heaven is saturated with the glory of the Father. This is the same glory we are being transformed into every day more and more.

2 Corinthians 3:18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

Only those who are “in Christ” may operate in His glory. Without Christ we can do nothing.

John 15:5 I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.

But with Christ nothing is impossible.

Matthew 17:20 He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”

The flow of Father’s glory passes through Jesus Christ (the Door) and then through us. Glory’s flow brings healings and miracles like a Living Stream or River that never stops flowing from one person to another.

John 7:38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water. -Jesus

Our Father (our Creator) transforms everything He touches back into His image of perfection and beauty. God’s glory flows from the Father.

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Follow the flow of glory. The LORD is the source of glory. Just ask Moses.

Exodus 33:18-23 Then Moses said, “Please show me Your glory.”

“I will cause all My goodness to pass in front of you,” the LORD replied, “and I will proclaim My name—the LORD—before you. I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” And He added, “You cannot see My face, for no one can see Me and live.” The LORD continued, “There is a place near Me where you are to stand upon a rock, and when My glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft of the rock and cover you with My hand until I have passed by. Then I will take My hand away, and you will see My back; but My face must not be seen.”

The Father gives glory to the Son…

John 17:5 Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. -Jesus

The Son gives glory to Peter and believers…

John 17:22 The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one…

From Peter to the lame man…

Acts 3:6 But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!”

From the lame man to all who witnessed his healing…

Acts 3:8 And leaping up, he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.

Then by all who witnessed his healing, expected and received their own healing…

Acts 3:10 and recognized him as the one who sat at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, asking for alms. And they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

And to whomever witnessed and jumped into the flow of all the streams of those healings…

The stream became streams and kept on flowing down through the generations to us living today. We are to keep the stream of His glory flowing just the same. The pattern of the flow is so easy that anyone can receive their miracle right now. Just expect to as you read this. It was written for you. Your miracle doesn’t have to be healing. It could be “whatever you ask” or declare as you remain in the Word. And the Word remains in you.

Straight Talk, Creation v. Random Chance… Rodna Epley

Posted in Creation, Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 31, 2019 by paulthepoke

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Francis Crick (Scientist, Biologist, Physiologist and outspoken Atheist (1916-2004) who is credited with co-discovering, along with James Watson, the double-helix structure of the DNA strand, made the following statement.

“Biologists must constantly keep in mind that what they see was not designed, but rather evolved.”

Photo: IStock

Really? A Darwinistic Evolutionist telling the science community that they must constantly remind themselves that the things they see are not created but have evolved. So why do scientists purposefully go against what common sense tells us is true about life? Everything that has life in it reveals that only a Designer could make such complex mechanical systems.

Reminds me of what Paul the Apostle once said a couple thousand years ago…

Hebrews 11:3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.

And what the said Apostle John about Jesus…

John 1:3-4 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.

How about atheistic scientists stop reminding themselves to continually hold a presuppositional view that is philosophical in nature and stubbornly wants to deny God. The evidence continually reveals a Designer in literally everything living that is studied under a microscope or in a lab!

Who can watch this video and still believe there’s no Designer behind life? Randomness didn’t create the complexities of life. Randomness could create nothing but chaos.

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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