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Corona Virus Whaaat??? Rodna Epley

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , , on March 25, 2020 by paulthepoke

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

“Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.” (John 9:1-3)

All suffering is meant for one thing: God’s glory to be revealed NOW. Which means whatever dark or negative situation exists that we face is going to be exposed to the light as God’s glory is released out of us and into the situation where it is transformed into light (health etc).

We can’t blame God for suffering. We can technically only blame ourselves for not releasing God’s glory. But God doesn’t even want us to blame ourselves. He just wants us to know, so that we can release Him into our situations.

As widely spread as corona virus is, it tells us one thing: that God wants His glory widespread throughout the whole earth. If a single blind man’s condition was meant for God’s glory to manifest (by giving him eyes that see) then just think how much the Father wants His glory manifested where corona virus is concerned.

God didn’t created the virus, the devil did. But God is going to use it to reveal His glory. Yet He chooses to reveal His glory through His sons and daughters of glory. That’s you and me and all who are called by His name. The Father will gladly and willingly wipe out corona, but are we willing to let Him? Are we willing to do our part of the equation? He cleans the whole house but as His children we have to clean up our one bedroom. The blind man was healed by Jesus. Corona victims are cured and corona is wiped out by those Jesus sends.

“Jesus said…Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves. Most assuredly, 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 My Father.” (John 14:11-12)

“For the earth will be filled
With the knowledge of the glory of the Lord,
As the waters cover the sea.” (Habakkuk 2:14)

“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)

Thank You Father for Your wisdom. Thank You Father for Your favor. Thank You Father that Your glory spreads eternally faster than any virus the enemy can make. In Jesus’ name, so be it and let it be so.

Real Friends in Times of Need… Christine McDonald

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Christine "Clarity" McDonald with tags , , , on March 13, 2020 by paulthepoke

What makes the simple act of shaming or blaming people complicated is the knowledge that they each had a specific history, and the more we know about it, the easier it becomes to understand why they did what they did. —Richard Holloway, Godless Morality

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One of God’s greatest gifts to us during times of crisis, struggle, or tragedy is the “family” He places in our life to walk with us. Family isn’t always our blood relatives. Proverbs 17:17 says it best: “A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.” (NLT)

There are some who use emotional withdrawal as a means of correction or to demonstrate displeasure with a loved one’s actions or choices. Some might think of it as a shunning. If you don’t conform or comply, then you are refused the affection, concern, help, or attention you desire and we all crave.

This mentality raises the question: Is it real love if it so easily and willingly manipulates? Isn’t love unconditional in its gift? This isn’t to say that all actions are approved or all choices are overlooked. But doesn’t real love look like something altogether different than a conditional carrot we dangle and make available only for those who comply?

When Christ laid down His life for this world, it was a free gift. It was given for any who would accept it. He never asks us to get our act together before we accept His love. In fact, His love is what changes us. It shapes and molds us, conforming us more and more to His image. The only condition placed on His love is that we accept it. In fact, if we ignore it, He pursues us still.

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If we view love as something that can be taken advantage of, then perhaps we’re going about it all wrong. Love should be so free that it can’t be stolen. Love is the most renewable resource we have. It is priceless, powerful, conquering—it is all the things an evil world would love to harness and put a price on. But it is also incorruptible. The best the world can do, then, is mimic real love. It is this pseudo love that controls, extorts, destroys, dominates, and demands submission from others.

Let’s take a minute to think about those tougher relationships in our lives. Proverbs 18:24 says, “There are ‘friends’ who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.” (NLT) What kind of friend are we to the world around us, particularly to those who are hurting? Are we willing to get a little mud on our shoes by hanging in there with someone on their worst days? Are we willing to be their voice? To speak their last words and tell their story?

“Love your neighbor, all of ’em.” -Christine Clarity McDonald

Contact Information:
Christine C. McDonald
636-487-8986
Christine.CryPurple@gmail.com

https://crypurplemovie.com/

Dear Bride of Christ: Resurrection… Rodna Epley

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Resurrection, Rodna Epley with tags , , , , on March 11, 2020 by paulthepoke

rodnalightJesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live (Resurrection Christian—he dies and lives again). And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die (Living Christian—he lives and never dies). Do you believe this?” – John 11:25-26

Are you a Resurrection Christian who dies and lives again? Or are you a living Christian who lives and never dies?

jesus resurrection“Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written:

“Death is swallowed up in victory.
O Death, where is your sting?
O Hades, where is your victory?” – 1 Corinthians 15:51-55

We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed.
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All those who are in Christ are in the activated state of the Father’s glory. That’s what “in Christ” means. From this perfect position in the Father, who is the perfect one in us, the Bride is also made perfect. She is transformed (transfigured) into the image of the glory of her Lord Jesus Christ. All of these images (and more) throughout the Bible are the same thing—the activated state of the Father’s glory:

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• Put on Christ
• Put on the armor of light
• Put on the robe of righteousness
• Put on the garment of praise
• Put on the wedding garment
• Put on the coat of many colors
• Put on immortality

Expect the activated state of the Father’s glory in you and on you because Jesus restored us to the Father in Himself NOW… not some day after we die.

Christ is in us—the hope of glory. We all believe that. But how many people know we also must step into Christ—where He is our Lord of glory? We do that simply by knowing Jesus went to be with the Father. We now have access to greater works. Christ (the activated state of the Father’s glory) is in us and we are in Christ. We have the “shine on”! We are the light of the world as Jesus said we are. From the position of the Father we have access to “greater works”. Our minds are transformed from this position.

Without knowing this we don’t grow very quickly at all. We still act like the world because we aren’t connected to the transforming power of Christ which puts to death the old nature and brings to life the new.

“The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” – John 3:8

Well whoever is born of the Spirit DOES know where the wind comes from and where it’s going. It comes from the Father of glory and it goes back to the Father of glory! So does everyone born of the Spirit!

Jesus said, “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture” – John 10:9

In and out of what? In and out of the Father’s Presence as we release His glory in the earth realm through our words and works we say and do that match the Father’s! Technically we speak and do what the Holy Spirit says and does, because the Holy Spirit declares to us all that Jesus has and all that Jesus has is everything the Father has, because the Father gave everything He has (which is Himself and all things possible, including the resurrection and the life) to Jesus, the Son of His love. But the Father loves us in the very same way He loves Jesus (John 17:23). Now we’re all sons of His love, and “it’s time to wake up” and “shine”!

Blessings to you Bride of Christ. Come out of darkness and into His glorious light…the Father and Jesus love you as ONE and there is absolutely no condemnation for those who are in Christ.

(“It’s Time to Wake Up” is a prophetic command phrase given to Larry Thompson by the Holy Spirit to wake up the body of Christ. I borrowed it. The Holy Spirit gave me the command “Shine!” along with a vision that prompted this writing.)

Return Home! -Joshua of Ghana

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Joshua Ghana, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on March 6, 2020 by paulthepoke

“Then she arose with her daughters in law, that she might return from the country of Moab: for she had heard in the country of Moab how that the LORD had visited his people in giving them bread.” (Ruth 1:6).

Joshua of Ghana @beholy404 on Twitter

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At one time or the other, a natural man undertakes a dangerous journey since he is not being guided by the Spirit of God. But what makes a difference is the ability of those who may have embarked on such journeys to return to their original point. Man was made in God’s image but he deviated and took a journey into sin; but it takes the shed blood of Jesus Christ to cause man to return to his Maker. Hence, the plea, “Return, O backsliding Israel”.

There are many people today who have strayed and wandered away from God into a strange land but have no intention to return home. They may have embarked on such a dangerous journey in search of pleasure and freedom. But in the process, they lost everything and are ashamed to return home. Naomi decided to return home. She knew that home must always be home. The prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32) knew that there’s a difference between home and strange land. He decided to return to his father, even though he had messed up.

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Dear friend, wherever you may be outside God’s embrace, He expects you to return. There is still room for you in your Father’s house.

Jesus is calling all prodigal sons and daughters to return home for there is now abundance in our Father’s house. Naturally, when a prodigal son returns, some would make jest of him and wonder why he decided to return. But those who commend the decision to return are always in the majority. When a sinner or backslider returns to the fold of God’s children, Satan and his agents are not always happy. But there is always joy in heaven and among brethren that a sinner has come home.

*THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:* Why not return to the Lord now?

Jesus, The Way to The Father -Rodna Epley

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Rodna Epley with tags , , , , on March 4, 2020 by paulthepoke

rodnalight“Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves. Most assuredly, 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 My Father.” – John 14:11-12

He who believes (aka whosoever) in Jesus will do the works we see Him do. Imagine all the works Jesus did in the Bible—we are to be doing those; AND greater works. The greater works come from the Father where Jesus went and where we are seated in Him.
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“I came forth from the Father and have come into the world. Again, I leave the world and go to the Father.” – John 16:28-30

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Jesus started with the Father and ended with the Father. He didn’t sit down on the ground outside the tomb after the resurrection. He sat down on the throne after He ascended to the Father’s right hand of glory where we are seated in Him NOW. Our perspective must change to where we sit now. Not from the earth as a victim looking up with only a hope of glory. But we are seated in Christ now in the Father looking down with all principalities and powers and rulers of darkness under our feet, victorious and able to go in and out of the Father’s Presence taking “home” with us everywhere we go in the realm Jesus has assigned us to operate in on earth. We do the works Jesus did and greater works (which is way more than saving people’s souls but it does include that) because The Father loves us in the very same way He loves Jesus. The words we speak and works we do are powered by the Father so they manifest and prosper where He sends them.
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“And raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,” – Ephesians 2:6

Where is Christ Jesus? In the Father! We are seated with Christ as joint-heirs.
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Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. – John 14:6

Jesus is the Way to what? He is the Way to the Father. And He leads us there NOW, not after we die. He does lead us there after we die if we want to be a “Resurrection Christian”—Christ in us, the hope of glory. But if we want to be a “Living Christian” then we can go to the Father now—us in Christ, He is our Lord of glory. That’s what it means to be “in Christ”.
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Rats!!! -Christine McDonald

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Christine "Clarity" McDonald with tags , , on February 28, 2020 by paulthepoke

Leviticus 11:29 “And these are unclean to you among the swarming things that swarm on the ground: the mole rat, the mouse, the great lizard of any kind…”

The fact is, those years just ran together. Often, I didn’t even know the date until I was arrested again and asked what the date was—or even what year it was. I remember police officers over the years sometimes driving by and yelling, “Hey, Ellie, do you know it’s Thanksgiving?” or “Hey, it’s Christmas!” Otherwise, I would have had no clue at all. I gauged the time of day by the traffic, by the tricks’ cars, by the “set,” but was otherwise unaware of time. Funny, huh?

Anyway, that night in the abandominium, I remember the pain as I woke up screaming, in fighting mode. I thought I was about to be raped, attacked, or robbed. I knew there could be one or many attackers. If we prostitutes fell asleep in the street, on a sidewalk, in the park, or in an abandoned building like this one, we often became victims of rape while we were asleep, totally unaware and unable to wake up, sometimes for two or three days at a time. Often junkies would have their way with us when we were in that state, men who knew we were prostitutes. Somehow they justified the rape to themselves because we were prostitutes and were asleep. Some of us prostitutes would never wake up at all.

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But nothing like that was happening this time. As a gleam of light came in through the missing bricks, I saw that my attackers were rats. One of them had bitten my face. I had fallen asleep in mid–chew of the lunch meat. I’m sure the winter months were hard on the rats, too.

Screaming, I squeezed myself through the hole left by the missing bricks. Back on the block, I hastily sneaked into a backyard and found a water spigot. I splashed water on my face, rinsing off the warm blood that was still running down my cheek, cleansing my dirty, blackened hands. I then drank from the cool, clean water.

All the horror seemed to stop for just a moment as my hungry, thirsty, used–up body savored the taste of the water. I often wonder if those people had a clue how many times they may have saved me, and who knows how many others, just by having that spigot there.

Being bitten by rats in my sleep sounds like something out of a horror movie, yet it was a reality of the world in which I lived. As with each nightmarish experience, I somehow survived this too. This was just another one. I shook it off, telling myself that this was just how life was for folks like me. I jumped on a corner, figuring that if I got high, I could shake off the heebie–jeebies from seeing those rats, and all would be well.

Humans and rodents alike seemed like my nemesis. Could there ever be life for someone like me outside of this darkness? Could one ever make it to the shore after being submerged into a life of prostitution? At that time, I dared not entertain such thoughts.

John 4:13-14 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

Contact Information:
Christine C. McDonald
636-487-8986
Christine.CryPurple@gmail.com

“Love your neighbor, all of ’em.” -Christine Clarity McDonald

https://crypurplemovie.com/

Dear Bride of Christ: It’s Time to Wake Up! And Shine! -Rodna Epley

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , on February 26, 2020 by paulthepoke

wake upDear Bride of Christ:

It’s Time to Wake Up! and Shine!

“Wake up O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” – Ephesians 5:14
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“Wake up My glory! Wake up psaltery and lyre! I will awaken the dawn.” – Psalm 57:8
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“Be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” – Matthew 5:48

The perfect one is the Father.
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“When that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.” – 1 Corinthians 13:10

The perfect one is the Father.
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“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear…We love Him because He first loved us.” –1 John 4:18-20

The perfect one is the Father.
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You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. – Isaiah 26:3

The perfect one is the Father.
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“And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was…And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.” – John 17:5, 22-23

Jesus gave us the same glory He had with the Father before the world was. Wow!
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“As Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.” – Ephesians 5:25b-27

Right now, the bride/church is old and wrinkly with lots of blemishes, still struggling with sin, and still dying off. She’s in covenant relationship so she will live again someday. But if she wakes up NOW instead of someday, Christ shines on her and she is able to put on immortality just as easily as she puts on her wedding garment.
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“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed (transfigured) into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” – 2 Corinthians 3:18

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The word transformed in the Greek is Strong’s 3339 metamorphoō, which is the same word transfigured found in Jesus’ transfiguration. This is the image we are being transformed into. Notice the glory of the Father present and how Jesus brought two men (Moses and Elijah) from heaven’s realm into earth’s realm momentarily, which is one of the “the powers of the age to come” from Hebrews 6:5.

Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. – Matthew 17:1-3

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