1 Thessalonians 4:16 says For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God. The dead in Christ rise first. The “dead in Christ” are Christians who died before return of Christ. They will rise first and return with Him in 2 Corinthians. 5:8. They are in Christ, because they are saved so the Children of God. Redeemed by Jesus the Son of God boldly enter God’s Presence through the Blood of the Lamb of God in eternal life. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and so we will always be with the Lord. COMFORT one another with these words from 1 Thessalonians 4:17-18. And in resurrection all who rise first have glorified bodies, meet with those alive and so will rapture together into heaven.And the Lord Jesus Christ Himself will descend from heaven with thousands of angels. At the last trumpet call, the dead in Christ will arise first. The Lord Jesus Christ Himself comes from heaven in the clouds with loud command the dead rise in Christ in 1 Thessalonians 4:16 guaranteed so come back to life. And together with those still alive will go in rapture to heaven as part of our hope in the eternal life. Eagerly waiting for the resurrection knowing RETURN of Christ reunites our families in heaven in the PRESENCE OF GOD. Those who died in God in Christ through salvation of God arise first at the TRUMPET call. All eyes on earth will SEE Jesus SHINING bright as the Sunshine. All in Christ will rejoice exceedingly at this COMING of Christ in rapture and celebrate in Jesus Name.
Ezekiel 11:19-20 Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh and give them heart of flesh, 20 that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their Elohim. Scripture helps us to establish faith to understand the righteous standard of God and hear the Word as doers. Yet remembering to focus on the Word of God is a challenge in a too much information highway life. But it means diligently study His Face to deliver us from slavery of sin. The Holy Spirit implants in our new hearts God’s living sermon making us Ambassadors of Christ representing Kingdom of God in our heart to world. The distractions of life and difficulties of everyday life cause the word of God to drift from our minds and hearts if we are not alert. A season of hardships becomes times of trials testing our faith in God to remain Faithful in adversity. Often people say ” do not lose heart” meaning confidence in God can be shaken by circumstances of life. Though shaken but not stirred by fear to give up on God. That is the time to run to God to embrace His Love more than ever before. Feeding our mind and Spirit with encouraging words of God builds up faith to be strong in the LORD and to live in the POWER of HIS MIGHT. Jesus literally carries us in His footsteps when heavily weighed down. The Holy Spirit hears our groanings so takes over to intercede with Jesus on our behalf to God. Jesus is anointed by God to heal all the broken-hearted people hurt, abused offended, disappointed in the Church. It is the Holy Spirit that brings the comfort and healing into damaged hearts. Many trials and traumas have caused pain in our hearts but Jesus can heal us if we let Him. We are not to depend, rely on our own minds because the Bible warns us not to lean on our own understanding. A perfect time to examine your spiritual health and recalibrate your heart is use a safe facility centre to reflect on your life. Personal revival is the key to open your heart and soul to Jesus away from a busy world distractions. Tough times affects focus not to remember Goodness of God. Issues of life become bigger than they are so we need places of retreat to regenerate recharge our life batteries. A Sanctuary away from rat race becomes useful time to reflect, seek help from the trained counsellors if necessary. Others take time out from hustle bustle of work life to think through circumstances and make better choices and decisions. This helps a person recover from emotional, physical or psychological traumas. And a choice to seek help may depend on the resources and funding available to each person. The heart is subject to change of experiences encountered and personal attitude towards life. Believe in God and confidence in HIS Words feeds the mind and Spirit with soul food. It is essential to treat emotional and physical heart as the effects of trauma can affect both if a person is predisposed to any symptoms. The spiritual heart requires the regular check up with the word of God to keep fit as part of an emotional exercise. The believing heart is softened towards God and His Words but message of the Cross is foolishness to those perishing. A foolish man says there is no God is what the Bible says. Without a heart for God in Christ it is hard to believe in God. The heart is exposed to many different ideas and adverts so it can make it difficult to know what to believe. The manual for life is the Bible to guide us to know how to respond to circumstances in life. The human heart is deceitful and can be evil without knowledge and understanding from God. And going to Church does not a person a believer just as if sleeping in garage does not make you a car. This is why we guard our hearts from what we hear, see or watch. World events impact thought process stored in subconscious mind. The heart replays and relays such ideas to the mind to filter and to express how we feel about situations in life. The processes happens so automatically we may not realise it’s happening. We are to guard our hearts because out of the heart proceeds evil. Jesus said that what proceeds from the heart defiles the man so be careful what you store in mind or your heart. God over rules the heart to direct and control when necessary but gives freewill choice to make decisions.A heart of a king is in the hands of God says Proverbs 21:1 to be turned where God wants to turn it to do HIS bidding. Proverbs 21:1 says the king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD like the rivers of water turns when HE WILLS. Pharaoh’s heart was hardened to accomplish God’s purpose in Egypt for the Exodus. So the rebellious heart becomes insensitive to the Spirit and Word of God until there is a time God is forced to intervene. As the end time events happen its important to call upon God for HIS Grace, Mercy and Compassion. All need Jesus now more than ever before to Remind God of HIS Promises to give HIM no rest for HIS ANSWERS to prayer to restore or bring changes in the world. At times God’s Grace seems delayed than expected but it does not mean its forgotten. Timing is necessary to know that the anticipated expectations are from God according to HIS plans and purposes for our lives. At times our thoughts are not in line with desires of our hearts. God’s thoughts are Higher than our thoughts and the plans or purposes of our hearts. Congruence with the word of God in important to be living within these Biblical will of God.
Stop dreams of swimming, drowning in floods of water struggling to keep afloat to survive in the sea, flashfloods, rivers. This types of dreams shows disturbance by the water and the marine spirits that are oppressing your life to attack you. The marine spirit through evil covenant of the person by an occult means, initiations, ancestral rituals and mind bending spells sent to try to enter your life to sabotage you. The ancestors perform river rituals affecting family or villagers who drink or wash in the river with taboos and totems to live by not to offend the gods and idols. The network of satanic bondage subjects the people’s spirit under their control. The moment swimming or drowning in the dream, it is an indication you are under soul tie covenant with water spirit relationship with spirit spouse. Families offer annual sacrifices to marine powers at riverside to reinforce covenant idol worshippers made. The evil spirits are invited to take good success and good fortunes away to destroy people. Unknown that they are being deceived to seek their ‘protection’ and wealth hidden under water. So the rituals of ancestors guarantee families to the devil to experience difficulties in business, career, no promotion progress in life. Dreams warn of such an attack if you decide to reject evil covenant as a result of salvation in Jesus Christ. The devil fights the person leaving to follow Jesus so thinks a spirit spouse dedicated from birth divorced them. So sabotages progress at the edge of breakthroughs. These dream causes anger, frustration, discomfort, affliction and bondage. The dream means difficult battle to prosper in whatever they do. Some have series of marital problems and marine spouse and children under the sea or in river. God rescues people in a flood drowning in their dreams by angels sent to save and deliver people’s glory caged to limit good success through dreams. So cannot pray or attend church becomes problem they must overcome. To prosper with a money is a big threat to their financial lives. If clothes carried away by a river or left by river it means a water spirit retrieved your garment of favour. This dream activates hardships, depression spiritual attack in key areas of your life. Rivers take away valuables shows loss from the devourer are after your glory and finance. When a dream is about a child taken away by water it means child dedicated to water spirit so child needs deliverance in Jesus Name. Child covenanted by an ancestral river or sea becomes stubborn and struggles with marriage and finances as an adult. If no child, it means a spirit child blocks natural human child so a problem with marriage or child-bearing. Washing the clothes in a flowing river/sea symbolises spiritual cleansing purification by God’s deliverance. It is shows you are washing dirts or curses placed on your garments. Disappointments or rejections by people replaced by new garment of restoration blesses your life to cooperate with your destiny. If in a dried water/river bed, its spiritual wilderness desert dryness so a disturbing dream. It means your plans will not work as planned except by your prayer and fasting to stop the dryness in your life and be revived in Jesus Name.
Supernaturally overcome if in a dream of floods or a river dried in the process or water stopped flowing towards your direction it means wrath of God descent on the water performs your deliverance to set you free from bondage. If dreamt something enters river or met, you need serious deliverance. All your hopes and endeavours captured in dreams dashed in real life so everything crumble before you. If waterspirit lives in you long time without spiritual alertness is threatened with eviction notice after salvation you became spiritually discerning. A wicked spirit controlling your life, possessions, progress in the water hates deliverance to cast it out. So this dream means seek deliverance pastor in Jesus Name to do powerful battle through Jesus to set you free to take you from grass to Grace in Jesus Name. Reject, renounce, break all evil covenant ties with satan, study and meditate on the Bible daily to remain in New Covenant with Jesus. If in dream a flood enters a room its sign of spiritual attack to waste people with troubles or problems. That wicked spirit does not want you to experience joy or comfort in your home. Pray God raises standard against them in Jesus Name. Fetching a clean water from the tap is purification by Jesus, LIVING Water. Your life will flourish to bring stability of mind, peace in your heart to do your responsibilities. Fetching water from stream or river is a sign struggling with various hardships of financial progress to rebuke in Jesus Name. Fast 3days, pray from 6am-6pm. PRAYER POINTS: O LORD God, Forgive all my sins and have Mercy on me in the Name of Jesus Christ. Break backbone of witchcraft against us, burn territory of marine spirit, break ancestor covenants affecting our lives. In the Mighty Name of Jesus We Command the spouse spirits to jump out and escape back to the cage of marine kingdom. We bind spirits of stagnation and shall not borrow to eat. We cover ourselves with Jesus BLOOD.
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Bible verses on fasting help decide the kind of fast and purpose of fast. In Luke 4:2-4 Jesus Fasted and Prayed 2 for forty days and was then tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days so was hungry. 3 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God then turn stones into bread.” 4 Jesus answered, “It is written man shall not live bread alone.’ Jesus told His disciples in Matthew 17:21 and Mark 9:29 in the Bible evil spirits of that kind is only driven out by prayer and fasting. Power of prayer and fasting enables intense time of prayer with God to focus more to seek the Face of God to become more empowered and receive God’s direction to take action. Except by prayer, answers and miracles from God are unattainable, hindered by spiritual wickedness in high places. Fasting is a Biblical normal part of Christian life in obedience for God to hear and answer prayer when HE wants to do so. People fast for various reasons in Bible, based on circumstances God is sought after. Prayer for breakthrough breaks barrier through power of the Holy Spirit’s outpouring. Fasting is part of God’s warfare strategy to defeat the demons of rebellion, pride, witchcraft, poverty and lack. When evil witchcraft spiritual attacks unfold God’s POWER manifest to destroy it in the Mighty Name of Jesus. The evil curses and witchcraft spells are broken and removed in the Name of Jesus to get solution to live in peace and experience healing from God in Jesus Name. Before starting a fast if you have any health or medical problems check with a doctor if on medication. A person starting fast, if first time, especially the young children fast half a day drinking water or fruit juice praying from 6am-12 noon is more than enough for God to answer prayer. If there are no health problems the next level is a full day fasting with water or fruit juice, to help the body to cope with withdrawal of food. If prayer or fasting lasts for three days it is wise to drink water or fruit juice to ensure the body is healthy and coping well. Jesus the Son of God’s body lasted without food for 40 days. An ordinary human body must be careful because the body lasts from two days to a week without liquids but the person’s health, weather and individual physical activity levels help determine how long a person lasts without water. Estimating how long bodies do without food or water tends to depend on weeks worth of reserve energy from food in the body already. Water regulates body temperature, digestion, waste disposal, hydration, 7 days is the maximum limit the body can cope. God’s General Robert Liardon once said, if prayer and fasting is not heard or answered by God within three days something is seriously wrong so join prayer agreement with matured mentor prayer warriors to deal with the root of persistent problem. If one defeat a thousand and two defeat ten thousand then to see value of corporate prayer in Jesus Name. Stop fasting immediately to seek deliverance and Godly direction to overcome challenges. Never start a dry fast without water and food more than three days unless trained Biblically first to know and understand the reasons for fasting. Do not fast for 7 days without any water or fruit unless you are under the authority and guidance of seasoned pastor among other believers for help or support. Do not copy people bragging of fasting: 10, 14, 21, 40, 70 days to think God will answer your prayer too. There is special reason long fasting is required in group fasting for the religious rituals. Children or sick people must never be forced to fast because you fast on behalf of family. The Bible allows intercession prayer on behalf of family household so everyone cannot be forced to partake in it before God HEARS. A personal prayer Jesus says, go into private closet to pray so God will hear to openly reward you.
Matthew 6:16-18 Fast in Secret
16 “When you fast, do not look sad like hypocrites to disfigure faces to show others you are fasting. Truly I tell you, you will not receive reward from God. 17 When you fast put oil on your head, wash your face 18 so it’s not obvious to others you are fasting, but only Father Goprayerssecret prayers to reward you.
Luke 18:1-12 Persistent Prayer
1. To prepare for ministry. Jesus spent 40 days and nights in wilderness fasting and praying before He did God’s work on earth. He spent time alone preparing for His Father’s work in Matthew 4:1-17; Mark 1:12-13; Luke 4:1-14.
2. To seek God’s wisdom. Paul and Barnabas prayed and fasted for elders of the churches before committing them to the Lord for His service in Acts 14:23.
3. To show grief. Nehemiah mourned, fasted, and prayed when he learned Jerusalem’s walls broke down, leaving the Israelites vulnerable and disgraced in Nehemiah 1:1-4.
4. To seek deliverance or protection. Ezra declared corporate fast and prayed for safe journey for Israelites as they travelled 900 miles to Jerusalem from Babylon in Ezra 8:21-23.
5. To repent. After Jonah’s judgements against Nineveh city, the king covered himself with sackcloth and sat in the dust with people to fast and pray for 40 days. In Jonah 3:10, “God saw how they turned from their evil ways so forgave
6. To gain victory. After losing 40,000 men in battle in two days, the Israelites cried to God for help. In Judges 20:26 the people went to Bethel, “sat weeping before the Lord.” They “fasted that day until evening.” The next day the Lord gave them victory over the Benjamites.
7. To worship God. Luke 2:37 says that 84 year old prophetess Anna never left temple but worshiped God night and day, fasting and praying, devoted to God and fasting expressing love for God.
Despite biblical examples throughout.
1 Corinthians 7:5 Spouse Agrees
1 Samuel 7:7 Fighting Battles
2 Samuel 1:12 During Grieving
Acts 13:2 Choosing The Leaders
Acts 14:23 Appointing Elders
Daniel 10:3 God’s Intervention
Esther 4:16 Seeking God Favour
Exodus 34:28 Seek God’s Face
Joel 2:12 During Repentance
Luke 18:12 Godly Duty To Fast
Nehemiah 1:4 For Intercession
Psalm 69:10 Personal Prayer
Psalm 35:13-14 God’s Healing
Joel 2:12-13 God’s Forgiveness
Acts 13:3-4 To Go On A Mission
Daniel 9:3-5 To Return to God
2 Samuel 12:15-17 To Save Lives
1 Kings 21:25-27 Godly Humility
Ahab sold himself to do evil in the eyes of the LORD, urged on by Jezebel his wife. 26 He behaved in vilest manner by going after idols like Amorites the LORD drove out before Israel. 27 Ahab heard God’s words from prophet Elijah, tore his clothes, put on sackcloth fasted, lay in sackcloth and went around humbly.
Ezra 8:21-23 For Travel Mercy
Jonah 3:5-9 To Stop God’s Anger
I remember taking walks on clear nights with friends and family pointing out to the stars in the sky and telling me their names. I learnt about the various shapes and names of these stars and still fascinated to see as many as possible when there are no clouds blocking our view. Another thing is because I am excited to see these stars at times I literally dream watching these stars and pointing them out to people. A particular favourite star is regularly seen more than 11 times in my dreams. Orion is pointing in various directions in the sky on recent locations according to different seasons and ecliptics. I read more on NASA sites about astronomy and people interested in stars as hobby. Much is written about stars but feel the joy strolling and looking out to discover star patterns and laughing so fascinated with others I discuss it with. Amateurs with powerful telescopes take amazing photos they discovered and is well-documented so seen by millions all over the world online. Also the teaching materials in schools and colleges and universities. Clouds sometimes prevent enjoying fresh air out and about under the stars pointing to the stars. There are 88 officially recognized constellations in the sky with astronomical patterns with a fascinating long history. Forty-eight of the constellations are known as ancient or originally named by Greeks and probably by Babylonians and other earlier people. After the 15th century, an age of great discoveries and worldwide navigation the southernmost parts of the sky became known to man and charted. Across entire sky large gap filled in dim stars between them. Recent astronomy grouped the constellations in gaps after more powerful telescopes has revealed outer space. The evening sky, between bright star Capella and Big Dipper’s bowl are two examples of modern constellations. The first is “camel-leopard,” Camelopardalis, which in Latin means giraffe. The other Lynx, one of two animal constellations with identical Latin and English names is Phoenix. This celestial feline is dim hard to visualize by naked eye. The paintings of artists reveal indepth detail of constellations and featured paintings teach people the shapes and symbols of constellation. These makes it easier for younger ones to learn about stars and adults remember the Constellations of the Northern Sky.
Johannes Hevelius (1611-1687) a 17th century Renaissance man placed it in the sky. Aside from being astronomer, Hevelius was an artist, engraver, well-to-do man of affairs and a leading citizen of Danzig, Poland. Interestingly, the old astronomy books and sky charts, which depicted the constellations as allegorical drawings, placed the lucida (brightest star) of Lynx in the tuft of its tail. From these drawings it would seem that nearby Leo Minor, the Smaller Lion, is about to provoke a cat fight by biting Lynx’s tail.Although the telescope was just coming into general use during Hevelius’ time, he openly rejected the new invention. In star atlas of 1690, he actually tucked a cartoon into a corner of one sky chart showing a cherub holding a card with the Latin motto “The naked eye is best.In creating Lynx, Hevelius chose a cat-like animal that possesses excellent eyesight. Lynx itself is a region devoid of bright stars, Hevelius openly admitted that you would have to have the eyes of a lynx to see it. A faint star pattern now no longer recognized is Felis, the Cat, a creation of 18th century Frenchman, Joseph Jerome Le Francais de Lalande (1732-1807).“I am fond of cats,” he said, explaining his choice. “I will let this figure scratch on the chart. The starry sky has worried me quite enough in my life so now I can have my joke with itAlthough this celestial feline does not exist today, cat fanciers will be consoled by that there are three other members of cat family Leo (the Lion), Leo Minor (Smaller Lion) and Lynx well situated and close together in current evening sky. I’ve always wondered if Felis might later inspired the New Jersey cartoonist Otto Messmer to create curious, such a the mischievous and inventive and little character Felix, the Cat.Nicolas-Louis de Lacaille (1713-1762) is considered the pioneer in astronomy. Between 1751 and 1753, a hardworking French astronomer was stationed at the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa, he catalogued positions of 9,766 southern stars in 11 months. Is best remembered for inventing 14 constellations he added to southern sky. Although they are all still officially recognized today, they are composed mostly of very faint stars, which formed patterns that generally are dim and pointless. Unlike the larger, brighter constellations based on myths and legend, Lacaille chose to honour inanimate objects. NASA graphics offer an introduction to these constellations in Southern Hemisphere evening sky. Antlia Pneumatica, Air Pump, created by Lacaille around the year 1750. Despite dim, faint stars officially recognized today as constellation. Its name is shortened to Antlia, the Pump. Above Pump is Felis the Cat no longer recognized. The Lacaille’s constellations include the Sculptor’s Chisels (Caela Sculptoris). Compasses (Circinus), a Chemical Furnace (Fornax Chemica) Pendulum Clock (Horologium) a Carpenter’s Square (Norma), Hadley’s Octant (Octans Hadleianus), aj Painter’s Easel (Equuleus Pictoris).Also Mariner’s Compass (Pyxis Nautica), and others Rhomboidal Net (Reticulum Rhomboidalis) Sculptor Workshop (Apparatus Sculptoris), the Microscope (Microscopium), Telescope (Telescopium), Table Mountain (Mons Mensae), was overlooked by Lacaille’s observatory. Heber D. Curtis (1872-1942), director Allegheny Observatory in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania saw chart depicted director’s creations and said: “It looks like somebody’s attic!”
Joe Rao is an instructor, guest lecturer at New York’s Hayden Planetarium. He writes about astronomy for The New York Times and other publications, and he is also an on-camera meteorologist for News 12 Westchester, New York.