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And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25

Monday, August 14, 2017

Good morning Zebras,

Am I the only one who thinks this situation would be a whole lot better if some humility was introduced?

Under the heading of “Practical Warnings” or “Warnings Against Folly” depending which version you are reading Solomon gives this advice: “if you have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth, then do this, my son, to free yourself, since you have fallen into your neighbor’s hands: Go and humble yourself; press your plea with your neighbor!”  (Proverbs 6:2-3)

And then he goes on to list the things God hates: There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers. (Proverbs 6:16-19)

God hates lies, pride and people who stir up dissension, to me that sounds like both sides.
I believe this is God’s “war” orchestrated for His honor and glory, for a goal I cannot see, because I believe the Bible teaches God is sovereign, which means nothing happens He does not allow.

 “God’s sovereignty means that if there’s anybody in this wide world of sinful men that should be restful and peaceful in an hour like this, it should be Christians.  We should not be under the burden of apprehension and worry because we are the children of a God who is always free to do as He pleases.” A.J. Tozer

However, for your peace of mind, it doesn’t matter what I believe, and it doesn’t matter what Tozer believes, it matters what God says and what you believe.

If you believe God is in control of all things and you know that He is both loving and good, then you can be at peace even if the world goes to war.

If you don’t, but you think you would like to, there are four videos on YouTube under “Zebra Ministries” that might help. 



Saturday, August 12, 2017

Good morning Zebras,

If you need more encouragement about the situation in North Korea, I recommend clicking on the link below and reading  Oswald Chamber’s  because God has told me write about something else. 

In hindsight, I guess it is rather funny that I would start my “speaking career” with Moses’s last address.  (Dt. 30:11-20) I was so excited.  I rented a “Moses” costume and memorized the whole passage.   I was so sure if people knew what the choice was-follow God with your whole heart or die-they would choose life. I was wrong.

Joshua was more realistic. 

After his famous declaration “As for me and my house we will follow the Lord” he told the Israelites: “You are not able to serve the Lord, for he is a holy God. He is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions or your sins.”  But of course, they insisted they could and they became witnesses against themselves by making a promise they could not keep, a promise to serve God and obey Him. 

None of us can do that, none of us can live a life that pleases God without the power of the Spirit because the life that pleases God, is a life like Jesus’s, a life that does not care about itself.

Luke 14:26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple.”

Every day you have to choose who you are going to serve, yourself and your own concerns or God, the two cannot coexist because Jesus said everyone can only have one master. 

Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.

You have to choose, the lukewarm sit the fence.    

Joshua 24:15 “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

If dying to self seems undesirable to you, or impossible, be honest, don’t be an Israelite and become a witness against yourself making promises you can’t keep. Or worse a Pharisee that only looks good on the outside but on the inside, is full of hypocrisy and wickedness.

Matthew 23:27–28 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.”

Instead acknowledge to God the truth He already knows and beg Him to change you. 


Friday, August 11, 2017

Good morning Zebras,

Yesterday in a situation unrelated to what is going on in North Korea God prompted me to pray the lies that were being told would be revealed because a person’s life was at risk if the lies remained hidden.  Immediately God told me that is what I needed to be praying for this current world crisis as well.

Truth is in short supply everywhere, which is heartbreaking because truth is God’s language, and it should be the language of His people as well, along with love, kindness, forgiveness and patience. Everything else gives Satan a foothold. 

Ephesians 4:25–32 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need. Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

I love you Zebras, and I believe with my whole heart this is God’s war to free His people from Satan’s lies, here and abroad, therefore be at peace and pray. 



Thursday, August 10, 2017

Good morning Zebras,

I love you.

Oswald Chambers: The saint who satisfies the heart of Jesus will make other saints strong and mature for God.  But the people used to strengthen us are never those who sympathize with us; in fact, we are hindered by those who give us their sympathy, because sympathy only serves to weaken us.

It was once said about me, that if you wanted sympathy, don’t go to Jill.  At the time it hurt my feelings, but not anymore, because that is not my job.  People don’t need more sympathy they need more faith.

When Jesus saw a man laying by a pool making excuses He did not lay down with him, He told him to get up and walk. 

John 5:6–9 When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”  “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.

American Christians can’t afford to be lazy and self-focused anymore.  The world is on the brink of a nuclear war but God can stop it for His honor and glory.   

Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

Some people believe there is going to be a world-wide revival before Jesus returns, personally I am praying this is the beginning. 

Oh, Dear Heavenly Father, please let people see that this is not a battle between the U.S. and North Korea.  “Our” honor is not at stake, Yours is because a nuclear war would allow man to destroy all that You have created.  Lord, I refuse to believe You would allow that to happen.  When You destroyed the world in Noah’s time, everyone knew it was from You and I believe You have said the same thing will happen again.  You will destroy the world, by Your hand, when You choose.  Lord, I love You so and I pray for the sake of all Your people everywhere, You have chosen this time to reveal Your majesty to the world.  And, Heavenly Father, just like when You parted the Red Sea so that the Israelites could walk to freedom on dry ground, I pray You are planning a miracle not only to stop this war, but also to set Your people in North Korea free.  Amen. 



Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Mark 13:7 When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.

Good morning Zebras,

Please look at current events as God’s opportunity for His people to show the faith we claim to have.  God is in charge.  Nothing that happened yesterday changed that.

John 14:27 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.

I love you Zebras and pray you choose to have God’s peace.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid…it is a choice. 


Saturday, July 1, 2017

Good morning Zebras,

Yesterday a zebra sister sent me this.  Maybe I was supposed to post it yesterday but I needed time to process what God wanted me to say.

After the last post, people think I am decluttering my house, which is not really true.  My house is pretty clutter free, I like organizing, it comes easily and I find a disorganized and cluttered environment “disturbing.”  I am a “place for everything and everything in its place” kind of girl.

According to this picture the Japanese style of decluttering is to hold everything in your hand and get rid of anything that doesn’t cause you joy, which seems consistent with how American’s function.  If it makes me happy I’ll keep it.

But what God is asking me to do is to hold everything in my hand and get rid of everything that doesn’t cause Him joy, a reminder that my life isn’t about me.  

I love you Zebras, Happy 4th.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

God morning Zebras,

One more trash story. 

The reason Gary and I have so much trash is because God has given us the directive to prepare the house for ministry.  With that in mind we are going through every room, looking at everything through “God’s eyes” and getting rid of anything that can’t be used for His glory.    

Which means we need to get rid of anything that was a past obsession, as well as anything that has served its purpose and needs to be passed on.  He is telling us that to be ready to embrace what’s next we need to get rid of “what was.”

But since He gave us all this stuff, we also have the obligation to get rid of it in the way that honors Him.

On Sunday, I found something that I knew I should shred, but I was lazy so I balled it up and threw it in the trash.  Of course, God gave me no peace about the situation until I went outside yesterday and dug it out of the trash.     

If God gives me no peace until I dispose of trash in a way that honors Him, why do we think we will ever have peace until we treat with the honor and respect the greatest gift God has given us which is gift of the Holy Spirit?

2 Timothy 1:6–7 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.  For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

We could have everything, the power of the living God directing and guiding our every step, watching over us, protecting us, providing for our every need, but instead we settle for baubles and trinkets and the dubious honor of independently providing for ourselves.

American’s are proud people, stuff rich and Spirit poor and that isn’t going to change until we change what we value.