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The wilderness experience isn’t always an enjoyable one, especially if you don’t want to be in it. The wilderness is usually dry and hot or humid, with many extreme and unpleasant conditions.

Israel Wilderness

Wilderness in Israel, photo credit maxpix.

Yet Moses and countless others endured it, learned valuable lessons in it, and came out with new purpose because God schooled them through it.

What’s your wilderness experience?
How can you see your Heavenly Father with you in it?
How can you endure the extreme and unpleasant experiences?
How can you emerge more knowledgeable, spiritually stronger and wiser?
What new or renewed purpose can you discover from it?

TRUST your HEAVENLY FATHER; He has a bespoke (uniquely tailored) plan for YOU in the wilderness experience.

Blessings ALL

SM for EM



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Here is an easy way to really understand what the Holy Bible is saying. You don’t have to be a theologian. Trust God! (^_^)

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Many people rely on others to interpret scripture for them because they think it is a challenge to study and understand the Holy Bible. The problem with this is that they run the risk of getting an interpretation that serves the interest of a particular theologian, religious body, or group.

Some theologians explain the text in a way that says what they want as opposed to what God the author intended. In some cases this is not due to outright maliciousness but due to ignorance. The direct result is that many people end up with a human opinion quite different from God’s intent.

One has to understand the origin of the Holy Bible as a starting point in one’s approach to Bible study. What we now have as the Holy Bible was originally written in three (3) languages: Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek. It has been translated from these…

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What is the definition of a true MINISTER?

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What is the mark of a true #minister of #God? Is there a blueprint? Find out here. https://epignosisministries.com/2011/06/20/what-is-the-definition-of-a-true-minister/

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What is the definition of a true MINISTER?

I shouldn’t have to ask this question but here I am asking and requiring all (including myself) to continue to look deeper into scripture to find out what the Word of God says about our commission.

St. Paul. Mosaic in the Archbishop's Chapel, Ravenna, 5th century AD The Apostle Paul. Mosaic, the Archbishop’s Chapel, Ravenna, Italy, 5th century AD

Ministers, God set specific operating procedures for all who carry and dispense His Word. Look at what the scripture says about ministers:

“Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient…

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People need to hear the truth contained in the Word of God, to the edification of their souls.

nail cross & thorns

It is enervating to see, in present day, the continued trend inherent in the church’s style-of-preaching (and teaching).

There is this seduction of feeling (though not in ALL) that draws souls away to the slumber zone; to destruction and not to edification.

Paul had to communicate similarly to the Corinthian Church three times:

“Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction.” ~2 Corinthians 13:10, AuthorizedKJV

Today’s messages feel good and appeal to the soul, but do little to change the soul or transform the mind to the mind of Christ. We are supposed to have the mind of Christ, ARE WE NOT?

“For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.” ~ 1 Corinthians 2:16, AuthorizedKJV

The mind needs to be renewed to take on the mind of Christ. Renewal comes by being edified from the Word of God. The scripture urges us to be transformed by renewing our minds and to NOT be like the world system.

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” ~ Romans 12:2, AuthorizedKJV

The feel-good gospel is like a Sunday pill that wears off on Monday. People go back to the carnal weekly routines and pine for next Sunday’s fix.



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I quoted the following scripture in yesterday’s post PLAYING CHURCH but when I re-read the post a few minutes ago the scripture seemed to stand out on the page. Let’s examine it.

“Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:” Isaiah 29:13 (KJV)

God says the people approach Him with their mouths and talk an abundance of honorable things, but they have thrust away their inner being, mind, will, heart and understanding have become distant from Him. The part that really stands out is the part that says:

“…their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:” 

This is a terrifying assertion by God. God speaks from a point of fact not assumption. He says here…

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FAST & PRAY (for the best way through enemy territory)

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FAST & PRAY (for the best way through enemy territory)

Imagine you’re a ten year old who has to walk to and from school everyday. Now imagine that twice daily on this journey you have to literally tiptoe downwind past a yard of vicious dogs. Wouldn’t you consider this enemy territory?


In our daily lives we travel through “enemy territory” regularly. Our experiences may be different in context and severity but we can all relate to having to pass through “hostile territory” fearing getting mauled and robbed.

So how can we ensure that we are completely protected when we have to navigate through enemy territory? Consider this, Ezra wanted to return to Jerusalem and had finally persuaded some of the exiles to leave Babylon and go home with him. He also had a lot of temple treasures to carry.

Ezra knew the journey (from Babylon through Palestine to Jerusalem) would be dangerous because of robbers and enemies along the way, and he didn’t want to ask the king of Babylon for soldiers, so he proclaimed a fast to seek God’s provision specifically for the journey.

“Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance. For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king, saying, The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him; but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him. So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was intreated of us.” Ezra 8:21-23 Auth.KJV

Here is something to consider: Ezra didn’t want to ask the king for help because during his time in the king’s court he had preached about God’s protection over those who seek Him. Asking the king for help, instead of trusting God, would be denying the power he had preached about.

It would have been a two-fold denial: 1. denying God before men; and 2. denying God to God’s face. Ezra had to walk the talk not just talk the talk so he went to the source: his Heavenly Father.

Ezra’s fast was very specific. The purpose was to seek “a right way” for three specific things: the grown ups, the children, and all their property.

This right way was literally an even way, specifically referring to an unobstructed way. Ezra asked God for the unobstructed and most fortunate way through the territory of his enemies and God granted his request because he had prayed and fasted for it.

Then we departed from the river of Ahava on the twelfth day of the first month, to go unto Jerusalem: and the hand of our God was upon us, and he delivered us from the hand of the enemy, and of such as lay in wait by the way. Ezra 8:31 Auth.KJV

FAST & PRAY (for the best way through enemy territory)

PST (Prayer Supplication Thanksgiving)

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PST (Prayer Supplication Thanksgiving)

Life is full of trials, challenges and difficulty. This is the reality especially for the children of God. We get daily fights from our enemy Satan and his agents.


The Holy Bible tells us to take nothing for granted but to consult our Heavenly Father about EVERYTHING, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving. It’s a simple thing to consult God about every aspect of our lives.

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” ~Philippians 4:6 AuthorizedKJV

What does this mean? In the context of Greek text, the word translated as careful literally means “to be anxious or troubled with cares“. The word translated as nothing literally refers, in this scripture, to “not at all, in no respects“.

This scripture is telling us, believers should NOT be anxious about anything, for any reason whatsoever, and should NOT be troubled, in any respect, about ANYTHING at all.

The scripture is also telling us to do something else. We must let our requests be made known to God, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, FOR EVERYTHING.

The words translated as every thing literally refer to “any and all things, in every extent, in every condition, in every matter“. The word translated as supplication refers to “seeking, entreating and asking God directly” about “personal needs, wants, essential things and anything lacking in one’s life“, for one’s self, or for others. The word translated as thanksgiving refers specifically to “the act of showing gratitude to God” using “actively grateful language, with an attitude of worship.”

In this scripture, prayer is not just talking. It’s much more than just talking anywhere you are. The word translated as prayer refers to earnest prayer and worship, addressed directly to God Himself, in a place set apart, devoted to and suited for the offering of prayers.

In summary, this scripture is telling us to NOT be anxious or troubled for any reason; to set apart a special place for earnest, direct, worshipful prayer to God; to talk to God about ALL aspects of our lives; to ask Him to make provision for each and every aspect; and to do this with an active attitude of worshipful gratitude.

When God showed me this, the movie War Room by the Kendrick brothers and Ms. Clara’s closet came to mind.

PST (Prayer Supplication Thanksgiving)

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