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Image result for FREE photos or pics of a ship tossed by huge waves in a stormACTS 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind,

What the Church needs is spiritual renewal and a restoration of its core beliefs. The Church has been tossed and blown off course by winds of errant doctrine, and needs the compass of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God to help navigate her back to the sea of sound doctrine. The Scriptures have been modified to some extent with humanistic philosophy and New Age teachings, or they have been watered down and made ineffective to convict or equip. The Church is close to being shipwrecked on the rocky shores of disillusionment and failure – her leadership is being swept away in a riptide of idolatry and apostasy. One of the duties of a captain is to navigate his ship, to steer it in the right direction so it may reach its intended destination. He’s also responsible for the welfare of his crew and ship. If his capacity to function has been impaired, how can he protect either from danger? When church leaders defect to the world and its lusts, abandoning Christ and his words, how can they steer his members through the darkness of night to a safe haven?

Restoring the Vision: Isa 33:23 Thy tacklings are loosed; they could not well strengthen their mast, they could not spread the sail: then is the prey of a great spoil divided; the lame take the prey. (loosed – forsake, cast off, hang loose, let fall, let lie fallow, cease from)

Revival winds are blowing ~ set your sails to the Wind of the Spirit, and ride the waves of his bounty!A ship whose mast is unsteady, whose sails are unfastened, and whose tacklings (or ropes) are loosed, cannot be navigated and is therefore at the mercy of every ‘wind of doctrine’ – Ephesians 4:14. The Mast or vision of the Church is weak, for it’s been knocked off its base (the Scriptures); thus the Church is unable to spread her sails to catch the Spirit’s wind, and sits idly dry docked – Prov 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish……..(‘perish’ – let go, let loose, ignore, let alone, neglect, to show lack of restraint, to let loose of restraints; expose, dismiss; figuratively absolve, begin: – avenge, avoid, bare, go back, let, (make) naked, set at nought, refuse, uncover.

Restoring the Foundation: The Church needs to get back to teaching and preaching the foundational truths of the Kingdom and ‘cut the ropes’ of errant doctrines, wayward ministers, prophets, and teachers who contribute to her decay and ruin, and carry off her treasure as booty (cut away the ropes – Acts 27:32). For many, the ‘pearl of great price’ is being stolen by altered bible versions that have left out vast portions of Scripture, even removing evidence of Christ’s divinity, thereby making a mockery of his blood. These things should not be allowed – Mt 18:18 Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven. 2Co 10:5 casting down imaginations, and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ; 

Spiritual Renewal: Some members are discouraged and exhausted from much work, and need rest. Others are slack in their Christian duties, intoxicated with the wine of cheap grace choosing a life of ease and comfort. The latter are ill equipped to carry the Gospel to the world due to their deficiency of the knowledge of God’s Word and neglect of prayer. They need to forsake the idleness of their hands and become useful vessels – John 9:4 We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. Though we walk by faith, labor is involved in bringing forth the Kingdom of God and all hands are needed on deck!

Heb 12:12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; (hang down and feeble – neglect, disregard, omit, relax, loose, let go, weakened, exhausted)

Isa 62:10 Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people.

The Lord uses Spirit-led prophets and ministers to prepare the way (by removing whatever causes his people to stumble), lift up the standard, and guide his church back to the lighthouse of his Word. Who is our standard but Jesus Christ the LORD? – Isa 11:10 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the root of Jesse, that standeth for an ensign of the peoples, unto him shall the nations seek; and his resting place shall be glorious.

Arise then, Fair Lady! ~ Lift up the standard, strengthen your tacklings, hoist your sails, and launch out into the sea bearing God’s light to the nations!

standard means a flag or a sail – a signal; figuratively a token: – banner, pole, sail, ensign. From the root nâsas which means, to gleam from afar; through the idea of a flag as fluttering in the wind.

fair comes from the root yâphâh, meaning to be ‘bright’ by implication; beautiful, make oneself fair.

lady is a church whose children walk in the truth – 2 John 1&4. “Church” is derived from Greek “Kuriake,” akin to Kuria, or Kyria here; the latter word among the Romans and Athenians means the same as ecclesia, the term appropriated to designate the Church assembly.

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MY TESTIMONY  http://spirit-wind.org/home/my-testimony/

Thank you for visiting, and may you find the ‘Pearl of Great Price’ – Mt 13:46.  

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  6. I agree with Rita that it was a deep pleasure to read your insightful and incisive comments, Debra. They show deep study and wise understanding of God’s Holy Word and our Triune God revealed to us there. THANK YOU for taking so much time to open your heart and allow His Spirit to share these rich teachings and insights through you. Be blessed as you continue this journey, dear sister.

    1. Thank you dear Holly for blessing me with your encouraging words here, and over the course of many years. We have traveled far, yet we have just begun our journeys, which will continue throughout Eternity. May we keep encouraging one another in the Lord, as we see that Day approaching, Heb. 10:23-25. All praise be to God who generously and graciously gives spiritual sight to the blind, and showers his favor upon those who, like yourself, seek him with all their hearts. God Bless you my sister!

  7. It was a pleasure to take time tonight to read both your testimony and website, Debra. I have been blessed and pray many will read and come to know Jesus whom you have introduced to the world with such a heart of appreciation. I agree with you that we, the church, have not taught on sin and repentance and that is why the nation has taken this immoral turn. If there is one word in the Bible that Jesus said, John the Baptist said and Peter said when they began to preach is this most important word that you talk about and that is the word, “Repent!”
    Thank you for your exhortation in that and the one in not adding or subtracting to God’s Word. I pray many, as I, will take this seriously. Thank you, Debra.

    Rita

    1. Thank you Rita for your comments. I have met a few Christians who, contrary to the clear teaching of Scripture, felt that since they invited Jesus into their hearts, they never again needed to repent of sin. They quoted 1Jn 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

      While it’s true that the moment a believer confesses his sin he’s immediately forgiven, the Scriptures say a believer must also forsake his sins – Rom 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? Rom 6:2 God forbid. We who died to sin, how shall we any longer live therein? 1Jn 3:6 Whosoever abideth in him (Christ) sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither knoweth him. 1Jn 3:9 Whosoever is begotten of God doeth no sin, because his seed abideth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is begotten of God.

      These verses aren’t saying that sin committed after receiving Christ results in loss of salvation, but that one who abides in Christ walks in a continual state of confessing and forsaking sin. He doesn’t abuse the gift of grace (favor) by sinning it up, thinking that it doesn’t matter because he can just confess it and be forgiven – over and over. That kind of thinking is called “lascivious,” Jud 1:4 For there are certain men crept in privily, even they who were of old written of beforehand unto this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. In short, lasciviousness or licentiousness, is unbridled (out of control) sinning. When the Holy Spirit isn’t in control, a person’s behavior will reflect that – Gal 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 1Jn 2:6 he that saith he abideth in him ought himself also to walk even as he walked. To sum it up, it’s WILLFUL sinning that’s judged, Heb 10:26 For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more a sacrifice for sins, Definition of ‘willfully’- G1596 1) voluntarily, willingly, of one’s own accord; 1a) to sin wilfully as opposed to sins committed inconsiderately, and from ignorance or from weakness. [Thayer’s Greek Definitions]

      Similarly, Heb 6:4 For as touching those who were once enlightened and tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Spirit,
      Heb 6:5 and tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the age to come,
      Heb 6:6 and then fell away, it is impossible to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

      These warnings were written for those who treat the grace (favor) of God lightly and/or with contempt.

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