“Open the BLINDS!”
“Don’t tell them julie, show them!” I have heard these words time and again but never more profound, then the first time. The words still echo in my ears and heart. The One who said them lives where my heart is and treasure resides.
From here on out I purpose to ‘Show’ you where I’ve been, introduce you to Who I know, and highlight Where I’m going… from here.
“Open the BLINDS!” These are words I heard plainly after my petition… “What does this mean Lord” having witnessed a vision of horizontal slats with beams of light peering through the cracks. I cannot, and desire not to, speak and interpret for anyone else… unless, of course, ‘God says’. So when I am given [blessed], I wait, trusting…
I know and trust from where I have been, that the blinders on my eyes will be opened. It is the time of occurrence that remains the mystery, to me now. Not only will I find answer once, but many times… “For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance”… [Matthew 25:29] And also… “For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.” [Luke 12:48]
I have come to understand that the Lord always supplies His daily provision, that I may learn and where possible, help others. [Luke 12:48]. Over and over again I’ve prayed to “see”, “hear”, and prayerfully “do” what is expected from the received messages, interpretations, visions, and words… He provides. God often, brings to me people and situations [some whose hearts even bleed like mine for Him] that I think “maybe this word is for them?” Y_E_S… What I receive is always for me, and often for… you. “Don’t tell them julie, show them.” It is not my job to tell you what to do or educate you in the way of Jesus [that’s His job], but to lay down my life before you that you may see Him for yourself [that’s my job].
I am not in the saving business [again, HIS job]. I am in the leading you to the One who saves ‘profession’. So to stand up in front of a congregation and tell you… all of those I talk Jesus to or have led to be ‘saved’… to me is like sounding a trumpet to announce “my job well done”. This also grieves me because my reward then would be from you and not from the One I so love… to hear it from. When I hear others do this, I say to myself “S_h_u_t U_p! That’s our job.” I apologize for my critical words. I am in no position to throw stones or lay down judgment. “Christ Jesus came into this world to save sinners, of whom I am chief…” But when I hear testimonies of oneself, I fear for the storytellers. Oh how satan must delight in their fanfare. I pray deliverance…
“For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect… So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near–at the doors!” [Matthew 24:24… 33] These Scriptures were the first given to me by God in the late spring of 2007. After a long and desperately seeking prayer for His guidance, wisdom, and direction on that day… I heard “Stand and Proclaim”. I asked Him “What! What do You want me to stand and proclaim?” And after a short silence there was “Matthew 20” [‘no’ from my spirit]… “Matthew 24 24 24 33”.
In my own understanding I sought spiritual leaders for discernment or followers who I thought might take the lead, but found and created only disappointment; for myself and the others. I have said that most people [probably a gross underestimate] ‘don’t get me’ or ‘know what to do with me’. I use to find this troublesome and heart-breaking, but have now found peace in the knowing why. I have learned on this journey that it is not for man to define me, but God alone. Part of His definition of me, and your misunderstanding, is found in how He gives [gifts and talents] to me, ‘even me’.
The message I show you from Matthew 24 is… if you elect from your heart the profession of JESUS, by His election you are His [“even the elect”]. We all need to be in constant prayer [for self and others] and supplication, with thanksgiving in all things… to God, that HE “deliver us from evil” that we may withstand the fiery darts of the evil one(s) and the temptations from one of our worst enemies… ourselves. When we go out and speak on our own behalf, without the Spirit, are we not operating under FALSE pretenses? When we give testimonies of our own great things, are we not embezzling the credit due to the TRUE source? [24:24] “So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near–at the doors! [24:33]”
“Open the BLINDS” leaves much to one’s interpretation. So I leave you with the One who is to interpret. I will show you by telling, that I now ‘open the BLINDS’ that you may see through me to the One who walks with me. It is HE who makes the blind see. His name is above all others… Jesus Christ.
“For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect… So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near–at the doors!” [Matthew 24:24… 33]
“The kingdom of God is… NOW!” [in worship @SBC 3-13-2011] No longer is the kingdom just near, but now! Whether He comes and gathers His people one at a time or rapture… Today is the day of the Lord. ‘Behold… Jesus stands at the door and knocks, anyone who hears His voice and opens the door, He will come in to them and dine with them and they with HE.’ [Rev. 3:20] Are you ready? Jesus is coming to dinner… don’t be late [another message, another day– Lord willing].
Open the BLINDS! And, “Let your light so shine”… through. [Matthew 5:16]
FYI… [If you don’t have a Bible and want one, lmk… I know somebody who provides]…
(Matthew 24:24-33) “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. “See, I have told you beforehand. “Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it. “For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. “For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together. “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. “Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. “And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. “So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near–at the doors! (NKJV)