A Message from the Lord: Rest and Recuperate!

The Lord is My Shepherd

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I have been busy since after publishing the last article on March 18. After my son’s graduation on April 2, I was eager to resume writing especially about the dream I wanted to share, but it was even more impossible to do because the children are all home as the school year ended. The situation also affected much of my personal time with the Lord and so I struggled to concentrate on spiritual matters. As I sought God, He seemed quiet. I wanted Him to help me concentrate on writing the things I thought I had to. I sought for confirmation and inspiration to write again. After much prayer, confident that He heard me, I expected to receive what I was seeking about. Instead, just before I fell asleep on April 6, the Lord gave me this message, “R & R, His swift army.” Without opening my eyes I asked, “What does that mean, Lord?”

I went to sleep wondering what the R & R message means. I never heard of that. I said I would check it out in the morning but I forgot. Persistently I prayed again and still God didn’t give me anything until I remembered the above message two days later. I checked what could God be saying though I was not really sure what to find out and if I would find anything at all. To my surprise, however, there is indeed the term ‘R & R’ in the US military which means ‘Rest and Recuperation.’

R&R, military slang for rest and recuperation (or rest and relaxation), is a term used for the free time of a soldier in the US military or International UN staff serving in non-family duty stations. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R%26R_%28military%29

From the US Army site, this is what they say among others:

http://www.armyg1.army.mil/randr/faq.asp

What is the Rest and Recuperation Leave Program?

The U.S. Central Command Commander established the Rest and Recuperation Leave Program in the Central Command Area of Operations to provide the opportunity for U.S. service members and Department of Defense civilians who are deployed in the combat theater for 1 year to take up to 15 days of leave during their deployment.

Why was the program instituted?

The program provides respite from the stresses associated with the combat mission and allows participants to focus on family and friends when they return home. This is seen as an investment in the well being of our forces that will improve mission performance.

The purpose is to provide relief to servicemen and servicewomen and DoD civilians and enable them to get away form the stress of the combat mission – if only for a little while. (all emphasis mine).

When I saw it I could only tell God, “Truly you are amazing, Father.” While I thought of going to work immediately as I could get the break, He was telling me to rest and recuperate. That morning before I remembered to check on the message after receiving no confirmation and inspiration to write, I already decided to just relax in Him, read the Word, pray consistently and wait patiently. And I did just that especially after seeing the meaning of the message. So for those who are wondering where I am, this is the reason for my silence.

The Lord gave this message not only for me, but also for His army. This is for His people, His spiritual army. I was not only seeking for confirmation and inspiration to write on my dream but I was also asking Him for further revelation as to what happens next after last month’s events. I could see that people are likewise seeking as I often see the search terms which lead many to this blog. We are curious, eager to know what the next big event is, never wanting to miss anything, never wanting to be taken by surprise. But our faithful Father knows we need more than just knowing what comes next and when for He has already given us so many revelations. We know where the world is headed for He has warned us in the Scriptures and through dreams and visions. He knows we need strength both physical and spiritual to face the perilous days ahead. So, this is what He wants His army to do: Take time to rest and recuperate. Let us refresh ourselves in Him. Dig His Word, take in the spiritual nutrients, drink of the Living Water and be strengthened. Above all, enjoy quiet moments with our Shepherd, reconnect with Him heart to heart. He wants our precious time, our fellowship.

Love in Yeshua,

Cynthia

 

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A Message for the Filipinos: They Who Worship Mary

Update February 8, 2013

Please see at the end of this article what the Lord gave me this morning concerning the queen of heaven.

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Writing and sharing this message is very difficult. I had this prophetic dream on August 12, 2012 but it was only recently that I felt strongly to write about it. My 12-year old son said to me when I told him of my dilemma, “Mommy, do you rather fear man than God?” I assured him that, of course, I fear God than man. I am not afraid or worried of people’s opinion for I am not writing to be appreciated or approved. I am writing to tell and warn about the things that are leading people astray, away from the truth, away from God. It is that the message in this dream is very sobering that kept me from writing which is actually wrong. I just thank the Father that He is patient with me and didn’t punish me for not immediately sharing the message; instead in my prayer this morning the Holy Spirit again reminded me gently to write and send the message out, so here I am, sharing this revelation with you.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marian_devotions

For those who are sincere in their devotion to Mary, the message is difficult to swallow yet it is the truth so I pray that this will open your eyes and cause you to consider seriously the terrible deception that you are in. I would like to tell the readers especially Filipinos, that I am not speaking out of ignorance for I was once in your shoes before I came to know the Lord Jesus Christ with my whole family in 1981. As a testimony, I came from a very religious family. My maternal great great grandfather was a very devoted and religious Church singer. Such religiosity was passed on to us and I was the most religious among my siblings. I was a member of the Legion of Mary at an early age and I intended to take my mother’s unfulfilled vow to follow the Lady of Lourdes in due time. I recited the Novena as I saw my mother doing; and as early as I can remember I was trained to lead the Rosary at home which we faithfully did everyday. My sister and I always joined the “Flores de Mayo” every year. All these religious activities continued on until things changed. Please see my testimony here: https://thetrumpetsound.wordpress.com/new-life/

My calling the dream a revelation is not because I didn’t know of the deception before, rather it is because God called my attention to this particular issue that affects people’s eternal destiny so that they will be warned and avoid the consequences. Without the dream I would have contented myself to simply keep on praying and interceding about the matter, leaving it up to Him to show to the people what they are doing wrong and following erroneously. As mentioned I came to know the Lord Jesus Christ in 1981 but I could only remember directly telling one friend about the wrong belief of following and worshiping Mary. She listened because she was my best friend. I have witnessed for the Lord many times but I avoided touching the topic unless asked, for I know how sensitive it is and how die-hard the Roman Catholics are to their belief as again, I was once in that situation. Even as I was in grade school I would stand up to defend my ‘erroneous belief’ against those who speak negatively even if they might have the good intention. I would take any comment contrary to my belief as personal attack and an insult and blasphemy to God for I used to be so convinced that worshiping Mary is doing honor and favor to God and synonymous to worshiping God Himself. I understand fully well what Marian devotion means. I know its defenses and alibis. I was once deceived into believing that this is right and God is in it. Unconsciously I believed Mary was a deity like God and equal with Him and so worshiping her was right until He opened my eyes. My sharing this dream to you is to open your eyes that to worship Mary is nothing but IDOLATRY, an ABOMINATION which God so strongly condemns.

The Dream

In the early morning of August 12 last year, I dreamed that my brother and I were in the living room on the second floor of a two storey house. Suddenly I felt a very strong evil presence and instantly knew that the devil was there. On the left corner of the living room I saw a moving slimy green thing on the wall which I knew was the devil. On the floor in the other end of the living room  was fire coming from below that I knew was hell. Then I knew that the devil would spew venom with his deceptive words to confuse my brother so I told him that we must leave at once. My brother hesitated, didn’t quite understand until the devil laughed aloud. I could see the confusion on my brother’s face as he heard the voice, but as if coming out of spell, he quickly followed me when he heard me calling out to him and saw me running downstairs. I could hear the devil still laughing and heard clearly what he said as we were going out of the house into the street. He was laughing, boasting of his deception. He said in a loud voice, loud enough for us to hear that those people in the big house across the street are actually deceived and are all going to hell with him. I saw the house across the street filled with people both on the second and ground floors, spilling over to the front yard while many more were walking towards the house. I knew what they were doing. They were Marian devotees and were there to worship and pray to Mary. As I saw them I felt a very deep sadness in my heart as I could still hear the devil laughing at those people who so believed that they were doing God favor for worshiping and praying to Mary. Those people were my countrymen. They were Filipinos.

As in the dream, I feel such deep sadness for the people who so believe that devotion to Mary is devotion to God. Mary was the mother of the Lord Jesus Christ when He came in the flesh. She was a chosen vessel, yes, favored among women as the Angel announced and greeted her. The Christians, true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ don’t deny the importance of her role in rearing up the Messiah when He was growing up as a man. We respect Mary as we also respect the Lord’s disciples and apostles in the Bible, but we do not esteem and honor her as we esteem and honor God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, for doing so is making her equal with God which she is not. She was as human as we all are. She was the Lord’s servant as the disciples and apostles were, and as we are now. If Mary were to come, she would certainly rebuke everyone who bows to her as the Angel in Revelations rebuked John, as Peter rebuked the man who bowed to him when he was healed through Peter in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Mary is with the Father now just as all the disciples, the apostles and all the believers in Jesus Christ who have died. She’s safe in God’s presence but those who died embracing the wrong belief about her are in hell.

The Roman Catholic Church teaches that Mary is the queen of heaven. True, the Bible mentions the queen of heaven but in the passage, the queen of heaven is a false deity which the Lord God condemned the people of Israel for worshiping. The Catholic Bible even titled the passage in Jeremiah 44, “Denunciation of Persistent Idolatry.”

Jeremiah 44 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah%2044&version=RSVCE)

Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)

Denunciation of Persistent Idolatry

44 The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the Jews that dwelt in the land of Egypt, at Migdol, at Tah′panhes, at Memphis, and in the land of Pathros, “Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: You have seen all the evil that I brought upon Jerusalem and upon all the cities of Judah. Behold, this day they are a desolation, and no one dwells in them, because of the wickedness which they committed, provoking me to anger, in that they went to burn incense and serve other gods that they knew not, neither they, nor you, nor your fathers. Yet I persistently sent to you all my servants the prophets, saying, ‘Oh, do not do this abominable thing that I hate!’ But they did not listen or incline their ear, to turn from their wickedness and burn no incense to other gods. Therefore my wrath and my anger were poured forth and kindled in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem; and they became a waste and a desolation, as at this day. And now thus says the Lord God of hosts, the God of Israel: Why do you commit this great evil against yourselves, to cut off from you man and woman, infant and child, from the midst of Judah, leaving you no remnant? Why do you provoke me to anger with the works of your hands, burning incense to other gods in the land of Egypt where you have come to live, that you may be cut off and become a curse and a taunt among all the nations of the earth? Have you forgotten the wickedness of your fathers, the wickedness of the kings of Judah, the wickedness of their wives, your own wickedness, and the wickedness of your wives, which they committed in the land of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? 10 They have not humbled themselves even to this day, nor have they feared, nor walked in my law and my statutes which I set before you and before your fathers.

11 “Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I will set my face against you for evil, to cut off all Judah. 12 I will take the remnant of Judah who have set their faces to come to the land of Egypt to live, and they shall all be consumed; in the land of Egypt they shall fall; by the sword and by famine they shall be consumed; from the least to the greatest, they shall die by the sword and by famine; and they shall become an execration, a horror, a curse, and a taunt. 13 I will punish those who dwell in the land of Egypt, as I have punished Jerusalem, with the sword, with famine, and with pestilence, 14 so that none of the remnant of Judah who have come to live in the land of Egypt shall escape or survive or return to the land of Judah, to which they desire to return to dwell there; for they shall not return, except some fugitives.”

15 Then all the men who knew that their wives had offered incense to other gods, and all the women who stood by, a great assembly, all the people who dwelt in Pathros in the land of Egypt, answered Jeremiah: 16 “As for the word which you have spoken to us in the name of the Lord, we will not listen to you. 17 But we will do everything that we have vowed, burn incense to the queen of heaven and pour out libations to her, as we did, both we and our fathers, our kings and our princes, in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem; for then we had plenty of food, and prospered, and saw no evil. 18 But since we left off burning incense to the queen of heaven and pouring out libations to her, we have lacked everything and have been consumed by the sword and by famine.” 19 And the women said, “When we burned incense to the queen of heaven and poured out libations to her, was it without our husbands’ approval that we made cakes for her bearing her image and poured out libations to her?”

20 Then Jeremiah said to all the people, men and women, all the people who had given him this answer: 21 “As for the incense that you burned in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem, you and your fathers, your kings and your princes, and the people of the land, did not the Lord remember it? Did it not come into his mind? 22 The Lord could no longer bear your evil doings and the abominations which you committed; therefore your land has become a desolation and a waste and a curse, without inhabitant, as it is this day. 23 It is because you burned incense, and because you sinned against the Lord and did not obey the voice of the Lord or walk in his law and in his statutes and in his testimonies, that this evil has befallen you, as at this day.”

24 Jeremiah said to all the people and all the women, “Hear the word of the Lord, all you of Judah who are in the land of Egypt, 25 Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: You and your wives have declared with your mouths, and have fulfilled it with your hands, saying, ‘We will surely perform our vows that we have made, to burn incense to the queen of heaven and to pour out libations to her.’ Then confirm your vows and perform your vows! 26 Therefore hear the word of the Lord, all you of Judah who dwell in the land of Egypt: Behold, I have sworn by my great name, says the Lord, that my name shall no more be invoked by the mouth of any man of Judah in all the land of Egypt, saying, ‘As the Lord God lives.’ 27 Behold, I am watching over them for evil and not for good; all the men of Judah who are in the land of Egypt shall be consumed by the sword and by famine, until there is an end of them. 28 And those who escape the sword shall return from the land of Egypt to the land of Judah, few in number; and all the remnant of Judah, who came to the land of Egypt to live, shall know whose word will stand, mine or theirs. 29 This shall be the sign to you, says the Lord, that I will punish you in this place, in order that you may know that my words will surely stand against you for evil: 30 Thus says the Lord, Behold, I will give Pharaoh Hophra king of Egypt into the hand of his enemies and into the hand of those who seek his life, as I gave Zedeki′ah king of Judah into the hand of Nebuchadrez′zar king of Babylon, who was his enemy and sought his life.”

Mary was a woman of God. She loved and feared Him, otherwise, she would not be chosen for the role of conceiving and giving birth to the Lord Jesus Christ. She knew God condemns the worship of the queen of heaven and she would have nothing to do with it, much more put herself into that abominable position. She would not turn herself into a deity nor would allow anyone to attribute it to her if she only could tell us now. She is not coming, however, nor will she appear to anyone to refute the false teaching about her for that is the role of the Lord Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit. All truth is found in the Lord Jesus only, and only in accepting Him as your personal Lord and Savior will you understand this thing.

I pray then that as you read this article, may you welcome the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord and let Him speak to you and convict you and cause you to see and understand the truth. Remember what God says to the Israelites in Exodus 20:1-6 which He is also saying to us who believe and say that He alone is God. The verses below are from the Catholic Edition:

Exodus 20:1-6 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus%2020&version=RSVCE)

And God spoke all these words, saying,“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.“You shall have no other gods before me.“You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them or serve them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.
Much love in Christ Jesus,

Cynthia
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UPDATE:

Around 3:00 a.m. this morning the Lord woke me up with this message: “Queen Semiramis” strongly impressing to me the queen of heaven spoken of in Jeremiah 44 as quoted in this article. A few hours later during a quick nap I dreamed reading of an article about Semiramis then suddenly woke up to this: “Mary, the servant of God is not the queen of heaven but the abominable Semiramis.”

Semiramis was the wife of Nimrod, the world’s first powerful leader after the flood. He was the great grandson of Noah by his son Ham. I won’t go on discussing the story of Nimrod and Semiramis for there are books and so many articles written about them across the internet. Suffice it to say the she was the wicked queen of Babylon from whom proceeded all kinds of abominable religious practices, turning herself into a goddess and her son/husband Nimrod into a god. This abomination evolved and became the world’s religious foundation seeping through different cultures taking on different names for these false deities. Here is one video about Semiramis:

Listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying. You are worshiping not Mary but the wicked queen of Babylon Semiramis who called herself the queen of heaven. Mary, the mother of the Lord Jesus Christ is not the queen of heaven, never will she be and never will there be queen of heaven.

My Heart’s Cry

English: Deuteronomy 8:18, Thou shalt remember...

Deuteronomy 8:18, Thou shalt remember the Lord thy God, 1901 Bible card published by the Providence Lithograph Company (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This article is different from all the rest I have written because this is not about anything that the Lord is showing me prophetically. This is about my heart’s desire, my daily burden- the burden to know my God and King more and more deeply; the burden to please only Him and to glorify Him regardless of anything; and the burden to be the best that I can be in Him and for Him, for the glory of His name!

I am writing this down to share what my heart is so preoccupied with every single day. I pray that everyone reading this will be blessed. I believe that every true child of God can say amen to what I am sharing here.

Another reason I bare my heart is to make it clear that what I write in this blog is from my heart as the Lord puts the burden and guides me so that only what the Father wants written shall be written; for I am not seeking praise from men but Him alone. Only the Father’s affirmation really matters.

From the time I open my eyes in the morning till the moment I sleep at night, nothing fills my thoughts more than the thoughts of Him. This is not to say I don’t move about normally for I am perfectly normal, doing my chores regularly, taking care of my children and interacting with all house members as any normal person does. But when I am not talking to anyone, not reading or writing my thoughts again rest on the Lord even while doing something with my hands. My heart often speaks to Him and longs for Him. My heart aches with longing for my God and Father. My heart is restless for my desire for more of Him is so deep. The thirst seems unquenchable that I always long to be alone with Him in prayer and worship.

The fear of the Lord is very real to me.  I fear that my heart isn’t pure for that would certainly obscure my vision of Him and block my ears from hearing Him; for according to the Lord, only those with pure heart will see God. I fear that my heart may deceive me as He said that “the heart is deceitful above all, who can understand it?”, thus, I always ask Him to examine my heart. I know that I cannot trust my heart/self so I yield to Him completely and always ask Him to remove anything and everything that He sees may separate me from Him.

I am not perfect and falter from time to time. But sin to me is such a horrible thing that I cannot live with it a minute longer. I do not hide anything from the Lord for I know that there is nothing I can hide from Him. The issues of my heart are ever before Him. My struggles are known to Him. I do not pretend to be alright when I am not. I simply cry out to Him when things look unfair.

I don’t want to be separated from my God. My everyday prayer unto the Lord is that He would draw me deep into His fullness. I know I cannot fully know Him for His infiniteness is beyond human wisdom but that doesn’t deter me from wanting to know Him as much as my finite nature can grasp. So my desire is to be soaked in Him, submerged deep into His heart; and if I should be lost, I want to be lost only in His presence so that when I turn to the right or to the left, I would still find myself in Him.

When I think of my life, where I am now and what I have accomplished so far, I know that I am nothing and have nothing to boast and brag about. I have no accomplishments to display to the world because I was not created for this world. I am not intellectually poor but I have not achieved success in the world’s definition of success for every time I was headed for success, I withdrew and backed down. The reason is one and the same – fear that success would lead me deep into the world and away from God.

This thing has puzzled some of those who have known me, especially my family. I have been misunderstood and many times I tried to give in just to fit in. But every time I gave in, no one would see my struggle and I suffered in silence. This was what happened when I backslid. While everybody thought I was doing well with my career, my inner person suffered deeply. When I gave up my career, people were wondering.

The Lord bound me in Him but this is the kind of bondage that I never want to be freed from. He created me for Him. Even when I was a child and before the Lord revealed Himself to me in a very personal way, I always had the feeling that I was going to serve God. That feeling I believe is the reason I grew up with such goal in mind so that nothing in this world could ever distract me; that despite the backsliding and wandering, the Lord still brought me back to where I should really be in Him and for Him.

Excellence in this world is not my forte; but excellence for my God and for His Kingdom is what I am crying out unto Him every single day. My one desire is my God.

My Prayer

Father, I come to you. Again and again I come to you because my heart is crying out for more of you. My spirit constantly groans.  Daily my soul hungers and thirsts with deep longing for you. A glimpse of you is more precious to me than anything in this world.

I love you, Lord, you know I truly do. I know it is you who makes me love you with such love that binds me with you.

My life cannot fully express what you have done to me. You have drawn me close and constantly draw me closer; and the closer you draw me the more I long for you.

As you have drawn me deep into your heart, nothing else matters to me. This world loses all its attraction as your glory enfolds me in all its brightness.

I will forever praise you and worship you, my God and King!

Psalm 139

This Psalm by David is one my favorite chapters in the Bible for it expresses the heart of one who is so caught up in the love of God and His awesome, infinite wisdom and omniscience.

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalms%20139&version=KJV

139 O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.

Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.

Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.

For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.

Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.

Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?

If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;

10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.

11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.

12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.

14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!

18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.

19 Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.

20 For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.

21 Do not I hate them, O Lord, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?

22 I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:

24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

 

Much love in Yeshua,

Cynthia