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The Untouchables

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 posted by Diana Pulliam

December 16, 2016

During my study and prayer time this morning, thoughts of the intense spiritual warfare ahead for the Saints came heavy upon my spirit. Sure, spiritual warfare is a constant factor in the lives of Saints, but it was impressed upon me that we haven’t seen anything like what’s heading our way.

I saw in the spirit the darkness descending, similar to what I’d seen months ago and posted in the article titled ‘The Light Will Rise Above the Darkness.’ But this time I saw the descending darkness from where I was sitting. It was coming down as a cover, blanketing everything all around me.

As I watched, the Lord said, Yes, sin will abound, but My Grace will MUCH MORE abound in you! The same Power that raised My Son from the dead lives in you. Stay close. Abide in Me, and you will be untouchable.”

What Do the Blood Moons Mean to You?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 posted by Diana Pulliam

                If you’ve listened to the news recently, you’ve probably heard a lot of talk about the “Blood Moons.” I know when I first heard the term, I paid no attention whatsoever. But as I heard it talked about more and more, I quickly learned the term didn’t come from religious extremists spouting some fanatical theory, but is actually a non-scientific term originally coined “Blood-Red Moon” by NASA.  A Blood Moon is the total eclipse of the moon and happens when the earth comes in a straight line between the moon and the sun.  All the solar rays are blocked, and as the sun shines through the Earth’s atmosphere, a red shadow is cast on the surface of the moon.

          Most of us have likely seen a partial lunar eclipse, because they happen every once in a while. But TOTAL lunar eclipses are rare, with only 4 to 5 TOTAL eclipses appearing any place on Earth in a decade.  But a lunar tetrad is even rarer.

Lunar Tetrad

                A lunar tetrad is a series of four TOTAL lunar eclipses in a row with intervals of 6 months in between.  They’re so rare that the 21st century (from 2001 to 2100) will only have 8 tetrads. And there were absolutely no tetrads in the 1600’s, the 1700’s, or the 1800’s!  But what’s making the tetrad we’re in the midst of right now of such importance is the fact that each of the eclipses are occurring on a “Moed” (appointed time) of God’s Sacred Calendar. This has only happened eight times since the time of Jesus.  In addition to the series occurring now, there have only been three others within the last 500 years! There are several reasons the lunar tetrads landing on God’s sacred calendar dates should demand our attention. Read the rest of this entry »

I’m An Alien!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 posted by Diana Pulliam

                While getting ready for work one morning, I was listening to a minister on TV as he talked about Jesus’ admonition to Martha. Jesus was speaking words of life to those gathered around, while Martha was consumed with the preparation of the meal. She was upset that her sister Mary wasn’t helping. Instead, Mary was sitting at Jesus’ feet listening to His every word. But when Martha asked Jesus to have Mary come help her, Jesus said, “Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” The minister’s question was, “What if Martha had also chosen to sit and listen to Jesus? Who would have provided dinner for the group?” The minister maintained they could have eaten from the banquet table of heaven – just like the feeding of the five thousand. Now that is totally out there, and completely foreign to our humanly way of thinking.

              But if you think about it, most of what Jesus said is foreign to our way of thinking.  Were we to really believe what Jesus said, and live as Jesus lived, we’d appear as aliens to the world around us!

              If you’ve ever seen an episode of the ‘Mork and Mindy’ show, it’s similar to the dilemma in which a true Christian finds himself. Mork was from another planet, and in order to function on the Earth, his old way of thinking and doing had to change. The entire series was about him adapting to the earth’s way of doing things, just so people wouldn’t know he was an alien. Although there are similarities between Mork’s situation and that of a Christian, there are vast differences.

             Mork was told to conform and fit in with this world, Christians are told not to do so.  Read the rest of this entry »

His Place of Provision

Thursday, July 11, 2013 posted by Diana Pulliam

This world is full of trouble. There’s danger on every side, whether it be wars or rumors of war between nations, or terrorism in our cities.  It’s as if the world’s gone mad. And the violence is not far from home. Parents are killing their children, and children killing their parents. Let’s face it; most of us wouldn’t dare go for a walk alone after dark. If that’s not enough, even the earth itself, and the atmosphere around it, seem to be reeling in turmoil and agony. Every day there’s something in the news about another earthquake, hurricane, flood, or tornado that’s wrecked havoc in the lives of many. Tragedies in themselves are bad enough, but the fear and anxiety felt in the aftermath of such events is just as devastating.

Listening to television interviews, or just standing in line at the grocery store, reveals the panic and sense of dread many people feel over what’s happening in the world. Everyone is anxiously trying to figure out what to do to protect themselves, whether it’s finding a job, having sufficient retirement, health care, or just providing for their family’s basic needs.  If they could just find a shelter, a safety net of some kind, to see them through the storm they’re going through, or the one up ahead they fear may come their way.  But there is good news. Shelter and safety is available. There’s a place where all your needs will be met, a place to ride out any storm that may come your way.

Where Do You Live?

 

God promises His people protection and provision all through the scriptures. That protection is based on where you live – on where you dwell.

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High will rest under the shadow of the Almighty.” This person will say, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust” (Psalm 91:1-2).  Notice, there is no panic. The individual who dwells in the presence of God knows and trusts that his safety and provision come from God. He knows he’s not dependant on any person, weapon, or earthly government. It doesn’t matter what war breaks out, or if a terrorist decides to attack his city. It doesn’t matter if a sickness or plague sweeps over the earth, or if the biggest storm ever known to man begins heading his direction.

The Christian who dwells in the secret place of the Most High knows God will deliver him from any trap, disease, war, or destruction of any kind (verse 3-6). Even if a thousand fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; it will not come near you (verse 7).  Why is this? What’s the difference between those who are protected and those who are not?

Because you have made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, your habitation; there shall no evil befall you, neither shall any plague come near your dwelling” (verse 9). It’s the individual that looks to God as his refuge and defense, and dwells with God night and day.  He lives and walks in the presence of his creator.  He doesn’t just visit God on Sunday, but lives and communes with Him daily.

Because he has set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high…he shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honor him” (verse14-15).

Yes, there is a place of safety and shelter. There’s a place where all your needs will be met, a place to ride out any storm that may come your way. It’s available to all who live in the safety shelter of God.  No need to fear anything – ever again!  And the best news of all – EVERYONE is welcome to come to this shelter! No one will be turned away.

ToHimBetheGlory

 

Feeling Reckless

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 posted by Diana Pulliam

While listening to a song recently, it occurred to me that it feels extremely reckless in the natural sense to fully live for the things of God. To fully live for God means to say and do things that are diametrically opposite of the way of this world.  It’s more than a little scary to put yourself out there on the line, vulnerable to ridicule and rejection. But at the same time, we’re told in scripture there is no middle road. You’re either all in, or you’re out.

Actually, the reckless thing to do is be a lukewarm Christian. First, God says He’ll spew them out of His mouth, because He says He would rather you be hot or cold – one or the other. God says in Heb. 10:38, “But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.” Secondly, there is a devil, and Christians need to remember that he walks around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.  Being a follower of Jesus is not something that should be done half-heartedly, because unless you’re walking in the full power and authority of Jesus, you take the risk of being eaten alive!

Jesus told his followers in Luke 17:33, “Whoever tries to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake, the same will save it.” 11 Tim. 3:12, “All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.”

Have you suffered any persecution lately? If not, then maybe you’re holding back. Jesus said he only said what he heard his father say, and did what he saw his father do.  And 1 John 4:17 says, “…as He is, so are we in this world.” We’re to walk as Jesus walked. If you start saying what you hear your Father say, and doing what you see your Father do – better be ready for all hell to come against you! You see, only those Christians who walk as Jesus walked can destroy the devil’s work. And that’s what Jesus came to do (1 John 3:8). Those are the ones Satan fears, and he’ll do whatever he can to shut them down. It definitely would be reckless to be one of those – unless you know your true identity and who’s backing you.

Those reckless Christians that dare to walk as Jesus walked, they know the devil is now a defeated foe. He’s a toothless lion. Because Jesus totally disarmed the devil! Colossians 2:15 says, “And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” The devil can only defeat you if you let him, if you don’t know who you are in Jesus. In Luke 10:19, Jesus says, “I give you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” The Christians that walk in the power and authority of Jesus have nothing to fear. If they stay in the secret place of the Most High, they abide in His presence, and nothing can even touch them.

In these last days, the Church, the body of Jesus on the earth, will accomplish the plan of God – to deliver men from the power of darkness by the power of the Holy Spirit. As these seemingly reckless men and women of God yield themselves fully to the Holy Spirit, God will have the vessels needed to fully manifest Himself on the earth.

I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling reckless today! I say to my Father, “Lord, use this vessel to bring glory to your Son, Jesus. Take this life and do something with it. Use my mouth, my hands, my feet – I give myself fully to you. I hold nothing back. Use this life, as part of the glorious Body of Christ, to shine the light of your gospel into the earth; to bring many souls into the Kingdom of God. Come soon Lord Jesus!”

 

2HimBeTheGlory

Standing on the Rock

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 posted by Diana Pulliam

While listening to a song recently about Jesus Christ being the solid rock upon which we stand, a vision came to mind that I cannot get out of my head. I saw a large statute of a man with one of his arms held up, and the palm of his hand open. The entire statute was made out of solid rock. And there I stood, right in the middle of the palm of his hand.

As I stood in his hand, strong winds came and nearly knocked me off my feet. But when the winds abated, I was still standing. Then the winds came again, but this time harder than ever, and with it rain and hail. I wasn’t able to withstand the force and fell face-down on the rock. I got back up, and was knocked down again. But each time I got back up, it seemed I was stronger and able to stand for a longer period of time, withstanding a lot more force before going down again.

I sensed the rock was providing me with all I needed to stay in the palm of his hand. No matter what came against me, even if the adversity was so strong it knocked me off my feet, when I did fall – I landed on the rock. And I was still in the palm of his hand! I realized that the rock I was standing on was Jesus Christ! One by one, the promises of God began to flood my mind, and as they did, I became stronger. Soon I was immovable. The most fierce wind could no longer knock me down.

Jesus said in Mathew 7:24-25, “Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.” We are told in scripture that Jesus is the Rock that His Church is built upon. John 10:29, Jesus said, “My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.” Peter said in Romans 8:35, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?…No, in all these things we are more than conquerors…neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons…nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Once we become a begotten child of God, and understand who we are, and the promises given to us, nothing can defeat us. We are more than conquerors! We are told the actual armor of Almighty God is available to us, and once we put it on, WE WILL STAND in the day of adversity. Ephesians 6:10-13 says, “Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes…when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”

Hallelujah, God has given us the victory through Jesus! Once we are in His hand, absolutely nothing can take us out. What an awesome God we have!

2HimBetheGlory

 

Heaven Will Back You!

Saturday, March 23, 2013 posted by Diana Pulliam

Don’t be afraid to speak the truth of God. We have full assurance in His Word that He’ll back us up. I often find myself holding back from speaking the truth about a matter, whether it be with friends, family, or even casual acquaintances, because I’m afraid of what they’ll think.  Every time I feel the Holy Spirit leading me to say or do something, and I back away from doing it, it’s because I know it goes against the grain of popular thinking. I’m afraid of how it’ll make me look, concerned about what people will think. We’re all concerned about our reputation. But since Christians are to be imitators of Christ, we need to know how Jesus handled this.

First of all, scripture says in Philippians 2:7, that Jesus made himself of no reputation and took upon himself the form of a servant.  In John 4:34, Jesus said his mission was “….to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.”  Jesus wasn’t concerned about his reputation. If you read through the gospels, it’s apparent Jesus said and did things that people found odd, disagreed with, and downright thought were crazy. He was accused of being possessed of the devil, a drunkard, hanging around undesirables – you name it.  Mark 3: 21 shows that even Jesus’ own family began to think he was out of his mind. It’s obvious Jesus didn’t concern himself with what people thought. He said he only spoke and did as the Father showed him. And he said his followers are to do the same.

Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these……….” (John 14: 12).  And 1 John 4:17 says, “Love has been perfected amoung us in this …… because as He is, so are we in this world.”  The first century church followed the lead of the Holy Spirit, saying and doing as God led. Jesus promised that signs would follow those that believe. In Mark 16:17-20 he said, “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”  After Jesus was taken into heaven, the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.  In Acts 4:29-30, the church asked God to enable them to speak with great boldness, to stretch out His hand and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of Jesus. And God answered that prayer. Throughout the New Testament, we are told of the great miracles that accompany the preaching of His word. Acts 14: 4 says that the Lord confirmed the message of his grace by enabling them to do miraculous signs and wonders! 

 The God of all creation says that signs shall follow those that believe! If we’ll be bold, saying and doing as the Spirit leads, God will back it up.  He’ll confirm the message of his grace. Our job is to yield to Him, allowing Him to use our hands, our feet, our mouth, to be a blessing where ever we go. Just as Jesus is, so are we to be in the earth.  We’re not to be afraid of what people think, because this world desperately needs the Word of God spoken in it as never before. Can we imagine what it would be like if the BODY of CHRIST rose up and were Jesus Christ in the earth today?  That’s our calling! That’s who lives in us! 

Let’s pray the same prayer our fellow believers prayed; Enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Lord, stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” Amen!

ToHimBetheGlory

 

Our Source

Thursday, February 7, 2013 posted by Diana Pulliam

This is the day The Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it (Psalm 118:24). The Bible tells us that the way to be joyful is to spend time in the presence of God. Psalm 16:11 says, “In His presence there is fulness of joy.” So take some time today to get alone with God, to spend time in His presence. And soak up that joy!!

The Day That Changed My Life Forever

Thursday, July 12, 2012 posted by Diana Pulliam

I would like to say that the day started off like any other, but it certainly did not. It was Sunday, and I woke up around 8:45 am. I knew we needed to leave by 10:30 to get to church on time.  I made a big mistake that day, I decided to go back to sleep. I remember NOT wanting to get up. I stayed in bed for another hour or so, then made coffee, as I began to start my day. I heard my dad yell “We missed church!” He was somewhat upset, and told me he thought it was 10:00 – instead of 11:00.  I’ll regret my lousy decision to procrastinate for the rest of my life. Little did I know then, but I would need that sermon later in the day. Read More >>>

As He Is, So Are We In The World

Sunday, June 26, 2011 posted by Diana Pulliam

We’ve all seen the WWJD (What Would Jesus Do) shirts and bracelets.  I’ve found it very helpful to ask that very question when faced with various trials and life’s difficult decisions. But when I look at the life of Jesus, there’s a sharp contrast between what He did, and what I do.  This shouldn’t be the case.  Instead, when people look at followers of Christ, they should be looking at the express image of Jesus.

Being imitators of Christ should be the essence of our Christian walk. “Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ…..” (Eph 5: 1-2).  And 1 John 4:17 says, “Love has been perfected amoung us in this …… because as He is, so are we in this world.”  My question is this: What would it look like if we lived as He lived in this world?

Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these……….” (John 14: 12).  In this chapter Philip had asked Jesus to show them the Father.  Jesus said if they had seen Him, they had already seen the Father.  He said the words He spoke were not His own, but the Father living in Him doing His work.  So the works He did, and even the very words He spoke, were the Father’s – not His!

Throughout the New Testament, the Church is called the Body of Christ. Jesus is the head, we are His body. We are to be His hands, feet, and mouth here on the Earth. He directs, we follow.  When Jesus walked the earth, He comforted those that mourned, healed the sick, cast out demons, and many other miracles.  Before He was taken up to heaven, He gave His followers their marching orders.  In Mark 16:17-18, Jesus gave the signs that would follow those that believe:  In His name they would drive out demons; they would speak in new tongues; they would not be hurt by deadly things; they would place their hands on the sick, and the sick would be made well.

We have to ask ourselves if we believe Jesus was serious when He made these statements. If we are followers of Jesus, and believe as He is, so are we in this world,  but at the same time acknowledge that our lives do not look like His – then where are we missing it?

Why is it, that there just doesn’t seem to be much contrast between professing Christians and the world in general today? Let’s face it – unless you venture out and actually ask someone if they’re a Christian, oftentimes it’s hard to tell.  I know myself, I’ve had thoughts about various individuals, thinking, “I’m not positive, but I think they’re a Christian.”   If what Jesus said about His followers was evident, it should be the easiest thing in the world to spot a Christian.

The Christian in the group will be the one that stands out.   There’s no way a follower of Jesus is going to blend in with this world.    As a matter of fact, a Holy Spirit filled, begotten child of God, walking in the power and authority of Jesus Christ, doing what Jesus said His followers would be doing (John 14:12), is going to be hard to miss!  As a matter of fact, they may even be looked upon by the world as aliens, oddballs, and despised.  What is it about a true Christian that causes the world to see them this way?

Jesus said in John 15:18-19, “If the world hates you, you know that it hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of this world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”   So, according to scripture, the more you’re like the world, the more the world will love you. And the less you are like the world, the more you are hated…….

That may explain why most Christians are hard to spot. We so fear being disliked, and viewed as “different” that we do our best not to stand out. We like to stay under cover, trying not to say, or do, anything that might draw undue attention.   What a contrast today’s church is from that first century church,  when the powers that be did everything they could to shut the mouths of the faithful followers of Jesus.   Although we all desire to be loved and accepted, we need to be satisfied that we are already loved and accepted by our Father.  We need to stop trying to gain the acceptance of this world, and remember the mission we have been given. Jesus told his followers to “Occupy until I come.”  He has already won the victory for us, and we are now to stand in that victory.  So what does God intend for His followers to be doing – exactly what is our role today?

To be continued………….

To Him Be the Glory!