L. Kathleen Cline's Blog
I teach a 9th and 10th-grade girls' Sunday school class with one of my dear prayer warrior friends. Our Church has it, so each child's class has two adults present. My partner and I have both been feeling an extreme urge just to call it quits. Sunday was an extremely rough spiritual battle. It was odd that when I shared my overwhelming temptation, my partner also got the same message, which was self-pity. See, as I entered that sanctuary, everyone was having a great time socializing. Immediately I heard, "Because you teach in another building, no one knows you, and you are missing out. You could have fun like them if you quit because, look, it's like they are at a party and you are not invited." Crazy message, huh. Because my friend and I have been doing this for years, we are missing out on things, but joining the social fun would mean we would have to quit the calling of God.
This morning when God and I were mulling over the crazy temptation, God quickly reminded me mamas hear this same temptation all the time. Motherhood is one of the most critical ministries God can assign. It is also one of the most misunderstood, overlooked, underestimated, and belittled ministries. While you may feel like quitting and chucking your responsibilities, let me encourage you to hang tight. You, mama, are nurturing our nation's future. No wonder Satan wants you to feel left out and isolated. Remember, Satan came to kill, steal and destroy. Ask yourself, is it your future Satan is trying to kill or your child's? Stand firm and know God equips the ones He calls. So ask God for everything you spiritually and physically need to complete your mission of motherhood. You are the backbone of society. Pretty special calling if you ask me.
I have the most interesting story from my prayer partner. Miss Frances has allowed me to share. Two Fridays ago, she was up at 4 a.m. preparing to teach several chapters from the book of Daniel. Suddenly she heard piercing screams coming from outside, which sounded like her outdoor cat being torn apart. Miss Frances being a tiny woman and knowing a panther was spotted on the property, she went to get her husband to go outside. He quickly turned down this request since it was early and stated he would check when the sun came up. The screams were so intense that the dogs busted from their pen to chase whatever was making the noise. In the morning, the chickens were plastered to the back of their coop in sheer fear. Odd thing, though, they found no hair or blood, but kitty would not respond to the usual call. Saturday went by; then Sunday till Monday Miss Frances decided to pick up the cat’s bowls. My friend was confused and felt violated because she faithfully walked the property in prayer, covering the animals and land in God’s protection. How could this happen? Then suddenly, kitty comes running up as if nothing ever happen. After my friend rejoiced, the Holy Spirit had an interesting conversation with her about the event.
See, Miss Frances reacted to what she perceived in the natural. The screams stirred up fear, which in turn led her to come to the worse conclusion. Evil always tries and interprets what is going on around us. We all have heard it. “Things will never get better.” That’s it, evil won, and you lost.” “You might as well stop praying because there is no use.” My least favorite is, “Things will never get better till Jesus comes, so stop fighting.”
The story of Lazarus is a perfect example that it’s not over till God has His say. It may appear evil is winning at this very moment, but God has not made His move yet. He hasn’t engaged yet because He always gives people ample time to choose and repent. Times up, though, and when God moves, evil will try and interpret what you are seeing. Don’t allow it. We serve the one true living God. Don’t be like the chickens plastered against the wall. Praise God through the storm because the scream you are going to hear is evil going down. Photo by Hello I'm Nik on Unsplash
#praisegodinthestorm #cryouttogod #whoisyourgod #warriorsforchrist #nofearwithGod
The fear of the Lord is a good thing. You may ask me why. Well, Isaiah 11 teaches us many reasons why. First, the fear of God acknowledges the good intentions of God and motivates and delights even Jesus. When you read God’s word, it produces the fear of God. You know someone is walking in the fear of God because their life displays God’s wisdom. The fear of God restrains people from sinning along with giving confidence to the one walking by faith. Rulers and judges will act justly when they fear God. Here is my favorite benefit, it can result in rest and good sleep. When applied with humility, the fear of God can lead to riches, honor, and life. Finally, when we honor and obey God, His displayed protection will remind the enemy to fear God. So, the fear of God is a good thing. #whoisyourgod #livewithintent#faithoverfear #keepfaith
Free will prevents God from randomly acting in your life. You must invite God by your faith that He will. If you are a visual person, look at faith as a trigger. There is power within your grasp, but it's nothing more than an expensive paperweight until you set off the device and pull that trigger. God paid a high price through His son Jesus so that anyone could call upon His name and be saved. Until you pull that trigger of faith and proclaim Him God of your life, then He is nothing more to you than a pretty thought or wishing star. The mamby pamby approach to God makes God appear weak. Stop waving His name around in vain while you seek other means to follow. Rise up, siblings and boldly pray in faith and declare Who God is by standing in the power of His name. The world is watching, and some of the church does not look much different than the world. Sad because the God of the universe is inviting you to exercise your faith and watch Him set the captive free, heal wounds and call into being that which did not exist. Your choice! #faithingod #faithinspired #trustgod #godisfaithful #faithjourney
Please stop for a moment. If your voice has joined the secular choir, then what does that message say about God? When you do anything to please man but won’t risk getting your feelings hurt for God, what does that say about your faith? When your sentences are full of justification for your choices or actions, who are you trying to convince? These questions are for you and God to encourage a deep conversation of what is going on? I asked God, and he answered me with 1 Samuel 8. Israel rejected God and wanted a king, so God gave them what they wanted. So God’s yes to your prayer may not be because He happily granted your request but instead because you rejected His authority! It May sound like crazy talk to you, but these questions are worth investigating either way.
Please note, I wrote this post for my fellow followers-in-Christ. My middle sister has retired in a community that is set up specifically for older citizens. The one-story-brand-new home has everything you would need to provide safety and convenience. They have made many friends with the same interest and most of all; they feel safe. Last night I had a dream my sister and her husband decided to sell this home. They bought a dilapidated home. As I walked up to the house, the yard was grown up past our head. You could barely see it had a fence around the yard. When I went in, the walls were filthy and worn. Everything in the home was so old it was falling apart. Here is the funny part. They were so happy and proud of this old home and kept referring to the brand-new home as disgusting. In my mind, I was pleading, “Please tell me that you did not sell your home; you will not be happy with this old house.” Suddenly I woke up, very upset. Immediately God spoke to me to tell me what the dream meant.
I have been asking God why people I love that have COVID antibodies have gotten the vaccine. God showed me through this dream what is going on. People are choosing man’s corrupt version over what God has built in us. God has made us beautifully with antibodies that remember how to fight all versions of viruses once the body is exposed. These words have been said to me repeatedly. “The vaccine is better than my antibodies, which do not last.” COVID does not defy science, it does not defy critical thinking, nor does it defy morals. But for some reason, one by one, I am watching my loved ones falter. Right now, I know some of you want to send me the scientific information that proves that last statement wrong. That is the point. Experts are telling you that COVID has somehow broken the rules of antibodies, so much so they have changed the default test showing that people have antibodies. I know this for a fact.
In my dream, my sister's pride in the filthy home shocked me, especially that she despised the safe, beautiful home. God must be so insulted by His children flocking to something that requires force, manipulation, deceit, and shame to be implemented. All the finer qualities of evil. Get the vaccine, don’t get the vaccine; it’s your choice. But if it is required of you to insult your God by saying man’s ways are better than His, then you seriously need to do a spirit check. I have not seen bigotry like this in medicine since AIDS in the ’80s. If you question whether the unvaccinated should be triaged or expelled from health care, then hold on, they are coming for you next. How about the obese diabetic, the smoker, casual drinker, fast food eater, or those that do not exercise? Bigotry is hate, and it comes in all forms.
My friend and I have a funny phrase we say to each other when we see someone choosing to harm themselves or others. “Stop it! Just stop it!!!” I can’t yell at you. It is wrong, and it won’t change anything. But, I can plead with you to stop allowing yourself to listen to the constant lies. You seek what you love. If you added up the hours you listen to man’s opinion versus the number of the hours spent with God, which one is the loudest voice in your life? So now you know who you love.Photo by Austin Kirk on Unsplash
Putting on the Armor of God using Judah’s Battle
2 Chronicles 20:1-25New American Standard Bible (NASB)
20 Now it came about after this that the sons of Moab and the sons of Ammon, together with some of the Meunites, came to make war against Jehoshaphat[LC1] . 2 Then some came and reported to Jehoshaphat, saying, “A great multitude is coming against you from beyond the sea, out of Aram and behold, they are in Hazazon-tamar (that is Engedi).” 3 Jehoshaphat was afraid and turned his attention to seek the Lord[LC2] , and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. 4 So Judah gathered together to seek help from the Lord; they even came from all the cities of Judah to seek the Lord[LC3] .
5 Then Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord before the new court, 6 and he said, “O Lord, the God of our fathers, are You not God in the heavens? And are You not ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations? Power and might are in Your hand so that no one can stand against You. 7 Did You not, O our God, drive out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel and give it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever? 8 They have lived in it, and have built You a sanctuary there for Your name, saying, 9 ‘Should evil come upon us, the sword, orjudgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house and before You (for Your name is in this house) and cry to You in our distress, and You will hear and deliver us.’ 10 Now behold, the sons of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir, whom You did not let Israel invade when they came out of the land of Egypt (they turned aside from them and did not destroy them), 11 see how they are rewarding us by coming to drive us out from Your possession which You have given us as an inheritance[LC4] . 12 O our God, will You not judge them? For we are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on You[LC5] .”
13 All Judah was standing before the Lord, with their infants, their wives and their children.
Jahaziel Answers the Prayer
14 Then in the midst of the assembly the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah[LC6] , the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, the Levite of the sons of Asaph; 15 and he said, “Listen, all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: thus says the Lord to you, ‘Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s[LC7] . 16 Tomorrow go down against them. Behold, they will come up by the ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the valley in front of the wilderness of Jeruel. 17 You need not fight in this battle; station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out to face them, for the Lord is with you[LC8] .”
18 Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell down before the Lord, worshiping the Lord. 19 The Levites, from the sons of the Kohathites and of the sons of the Korahites, stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel, with a very loud voice.
Enemies Destroy Themselves
20 They rose early in the morning and went out to the wilderness of Tekoa; and when they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, O Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, put your trust in the Lord your God and you will be established. Put your trust in His prophets and succeed.” 21 When he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who sang to the Lord and those who praised Himin holy attire, as they went out before the army and said, “Give thanks to the Lord, for His lovingkindness is everlasting.” 22 When they began singing and praising, the Lord set ambushes against the sons of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; so they were routed. 23[LC9] For the sons of Ammon and Moab rose up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir destroying them completely; and when they had finished with the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another.
24 When Judah came to the lookout of the wilderness, they looked toward the multitude, and behold, they werecorpses lying on the ground, and no one had escaped. 25 When Jehoshaphat and his people came to take their spoil, they found much among them, including goods, garments and valuable things which they took for themselves, more than they could carry. And they were three days taking the spoil because there was so much.
[LC2]Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Eph. 6:10
[LC3]Gospel Shoes: Are you spiritually prepared?
[LC4]Breast Plate of Righteousness: right standing with God
[LC5]Putting on the Belt of Truth. What do you know about God?
[LC6]Helmet of Salvation: Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the World. 1 John 4:4
[LC7]Sword of the Spirit: Use the word of God and put Satan to flight.
[LC8]Shield of Faith: Advance in faith
A phrase I say to the ladies I teach is “Follow your actions to the end.” What I am trying to teach is for them to stop and ask themselves, “What am I trying to achieve, and will my actions help bring it about?” So, today I will ask you, the reader, to do the same concerning your words, prayers, and proclamations. Do your words line up with the Word of God? Do your prayers sound like words of faith or fearful cries of pity? Are you proclaiming God’s ability or your fears?
Our faith that God can is the shield that will protect us against Satan’s attempts to distract, defeat and destroy us. If you don’t know what God’s word teaches, how can you have faith in God’s abilities? If your prayers actually sound like doubt, how can God move on your behalf? If fear affects every decision you make in your life, then fear has become the god of your life.
Our military understands their mission and stands firm in what they are doing to achieve that mission. But, unfortunately, God’s army seems to follow the media leaders or the latest woke movement so they can proclaim cheap self-serving righteousness. It is time to walk away from the voices of deceit and come back to the God you claim to know. If you truly know God, then you have the Spirit of self-control, a sound mind, and God’s steadfast love.
God is about to move, and your faith will determine how things will work out for you. No matter what your eyes are seeing, proclaim God’s word and all His benefits. Praising God in the storm is not being thankful for the chaos but praising the God that can intervene during the chaos, so you do not need to fear. Prepare now for the storm with verses, so when your world starts feeling like the bottom is dropping out, you are ready to declare Who your God is.
Exodus 15:26, Isaiah 41:10, Jeremiah 30:17, 2 Chronicles 7:14-15. John 14:27, Isaiah 40:29.
· We decree: You are the God Who heals and resurrects!
· We believe and decree God will guide, strengthen and protect His own while crushing the spirit of fear.
· We decree: all comfort, prosperity, and peace is a gift from the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit will revive all physical and spiritual needs of those that seek God. God will restore health and heal all wounds.
· We decree: repentance for seeking man, allowing fear to overcome, and insulting our God!
· We decree: God has heard and has forgiven and is healing.
· We declare: God’s gracious healing mercies over (proclaim names)
· We decree: God’s ability to neutralize the Covid spikes.
· We decree: God’s ability to heal all residual effects from Covid.
· We decree: Holy Spirit will guide us concerning the needs of each individual brought into our care.
· We Decree: only God’s wisdom and power will produce results, and we renounce self-reliance or a lazy approach to God’s missions.
· We decree: we will not grow weary or lose heart because all things are possible with God. Therefore, we will not let our hearts be troubled or afraid.
· Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all His benefits Who forgives all our sins and heals all our diseases Who redeems our life from the pit and crowns us with love and compassion. Psalms 103:2-4
1. He said, “If you listen carefully to the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.” ~ Exodus 15:26
2. "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." ~ Isaiah 41:10
3. But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the LORD" ~ Jeremiah 30:17
4. if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place." ~ 2 Chronicles 7:14-15
5. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not be afraid." ~ John 14:27
6. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak." ~ Isaiah 40:29
People always tattle on themselves. I have no idea why, but if you just sit long enough and listen, people will give insight into what they believe and what they are capable of doing. How are you verbally displaying God concerning the events occurring in your life, community, and the world? Do people hear about the power of God, or are they discovering how downright scared you are?Numbers 13 is a story of twelve leaders that were sent out to spy out the land of Canaan. Understand these were leaders, not random people. God had given them the authority and privilege to guide their tribe. Only two, Caleb and Joshua, gave a good report that if the people trusted God for the victory, they would be able to take possession of the land. In fact, in verse 30, Caleb said, “For we will surely overcome it.” The rest of the “leaders” stirred fear in the heart of their tribes and proclaimed, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are too strong for us.” Fear is the number one driver of people’s decisions at this time. People fear losing their job if they don’t get the jab or fear dying alone. They fear rejection from so-called loved ones along with fear of standing alone in their beliefs. Fear divides people into camps of the dos and don’ts with great judgment and condemnation spewing desperate words to justify. Let’s not forget to proclaim a few verses and “for the love of God” clichés to impact the importance of the claim. We all have to choose, and we all will answer in some form for those choices we make. We reap what we sow is a godly standard for all, not just His own. If you sow fear, you will reap the consequences of fear. If you sow God, you will reap the outcome of God’s will. It is that simple. Here is God’s punch line and not mine. Joshua warns God’s people not to fear the people and obey God. But, unfortunately, the people didn’t and walked outside of God’s protection and paid for their stubbornness. “How long will this people spurn Me? And how long will they not believe in Me, despite all the signs which I have performed in their midst?” Unfortunately, the teaching of cheap grace and prosperity has taught “followers” nothing of endurance, perseverance, or even suffering for God. We are literally fat and malnutrition in both our physical and spiritual life. A virus has been able to overcome us because our bodies do not have the vitamins to fight off the sickness and our spirits are full of fluff and hollow words. Do you believe God gave you your job and can provide you another? Do you think God can heal, and He still does it today? Are you seeking God, or are you playing church and socializing? You need to ask yourself these questions and make a choice. My advice is to seek God with the understanding you know nothing, and He understands all. Stop pretending to pray when you already decided. God does not look kindly on you, proclaiming God guided you to a decision when it was all you—resulting in others thinking you had an answered prayer from God and blindly following your deception. Fear of the Lord, please, walk in it!