Opportunities To Breathe

After a day of eating gluten in various meals and snacks combined with winds blowing knee-high fields of ragweed, I recently suffered all night with gasping nasal congestion, an ongoing battle that I’ve been trying to discern the source. For months, while suffering from such consequences not understanding what I am allergic to, whispers within said things like “gluten” and “stop eating bread”, much to my dismay. While I realize there are many things I most definitely are allergic to here in Texas, namely their large bladed grass and fields of ragweed for sure, I could not image bread being an adversity. Nevertheless, neither essential oils, allergy pills, nasal spray, nor any other remedy relieved the pain and inconvenience this particular night nor many others in the past.

While trying to breath and hopefully drift off to sleep those wee small hours of the morning, that still small voice of Abba Father instructed me to intercede in prayer for “your country”. He said, “Pray for President Trump, California, New York, Mexico”, at which time I almost interjected informing God Mexico is not technically my country, but decided to not interupt my Heavenly Father when He is speaking – something my Earthly father taught me well. Abba concluded with interceding for “Alabama” in addition to the previous mentioned states though I know not why. He also lovingly informed me I need to educate myself about national and political matters so I will be able to more effectively pray this nation. I confess I avoid following politics unlike my husband who seems obsessed with such affairs. After praying, I managed to drift off asleep briefly, but have learned sleepless nights are opportunities to listen and pray or perhaps to listen and obey. So the next time you find yourself sleepless unable to breathe, consider it may be a good time to let God breathe something in and through you instead.

Another Big Earthquake Coming Soon To California? Get Ready To Love!

Our #California brothers and sisters should ‘get ready to love’ one another (even more). Likewise, we are preparing to go #serve as well should another large #earthquake manifest like we think it will in the near future. Please share this video with friends and family you may have in CA.

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Shabbat Shalom

“Barch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melch ha-olam Asher kideshanu bemitzvotav vetzivanu liheyot or la-goyim ve-natan-lanu et Yeshua Meshicheinu Or ha-olam.””Blessed are You, O LORD, ruler of the universe, Who sanctifies us with His commandments and commanded us to be a light to the nations and who gave to us Yeshua our Messiah the Light of the world.”

TX Tropical Storm Imelda While Living And Working on Yachts

(Recorded Sep 17 – 19, 2019) In just 3 hours, Imelda went from an invest to a tropical storm dropping approximately 40 inches of rain in the Houston, Galveston, Beaumont, Texas region. Carrie and Jerry share with you a day in the life of living and working on yachts during this harrowing tropical storm. In this lengthy video covering three days, you will find some concerning moments mingled with Christian principles as well as comical relief.

Are You Praying?

If it doesn’t directly impact them, many people will not remember to pray for others, but just continue on in their busy lives. As #Hurricane #Dorian continues to threaten our coastlands, our people, our brothers and sisters in Messiah, may we love Abba and others, by interceding with our prayers, resources, and time as His Spirit of Holiness prompts.

Hurricane Dorian Prayers

As Hurricane Dorian approaches the Southern East Coast, may we earnestly intercede in prayer to Abba (Father God) to show mercy! In this short episode, Carrie shares some insights on intercessory prayers and implores viewers to do so on behalf of all those in Dorian’s path – especially the Carolina’s, where Carrie & Jerry recently moved from.

Hook ‘Em & Cook ‘Em

(Recorded June 23, 2019) Carrie shares an update on how the LORD is using them lately in Texas and what is being revealed about purpose, operating in the prophetic, deliverance…

Dear God, Can You Hear Me Now?

Many strive to hear the voice of God for themselves, but haven’t considered the fact that God may not be hearing their voice either.  In order to effectively communicate and produce positive results both parties need to be able to hear one another. In this article, we’ll investigate the possibility that God may not be hearing you and why.

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Believers are familiar with the famous verse found in James 5:16, which reads:

Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

Notice the Apostle James connects being aware of one’s trespasses and confessing them to others for the prayers of one who is considered ‘righteous’ evidently gets their prayers answered. This verse also speaks to the importance of being sensitive to the Holy Spirit or Spirit of Holiness as He strives to make us holy by revealing to us our offense (trespass/sin). After being made aware of our offense to God, by confessing our trespass/sin/guilt to others, it also helps keep us accountable.

But before we can really dig into what spiritual truth the Apostle James is revealing to us, we must remember, in order to appropriately interpret any Scripture, we need to understand the background of the author and the culture of the author’s intended audience while letting Scripture define Scripture.

http___scrolls4all.org_scrolls_wp-content_uploads_sites_6_2014_09_lithuania.clearJPGSo where did James or any of the Apostles learn these important truths they conveyed to others? What many refer to as the “Old Testament”, was referred to by Jesus, or Yeshua in His actual Hebrew name, and His Apostles as the “Law ” or the “Law and Prophets”(Matthew 5:17-19; Matthew 7:12), which were the only Scriptures they had access to at that time (Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:14-18; 1 John 2:7). After all, the “New Testament” was still in the process of unfolding and being penned through letters much less translated and packaged together for all the world to read like we have it today. So we can see from those verses (Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:14-18; 1 John 2:7), the law and prophets, the Scriptures they had from the beginning, are useful for instruction, reproof, and revealing what is right – also spoken of in the word as “righteousness”.

Now that we know Jesus / Yeshua and His Apostles’ teachings are founded on the law and prophets, or what is labeled today as the “Old Testament”, let’s look at similar verses found throughout the law and prophets, which correspond with James’ statement in James 5:16.

  • “Then they will cry out to the LORD, but He will not hear them; He will even hide His face from them at that time, because they have been evil in their deeds.” Micah 3:4 (NKJV)

Wow, so we see in Micah 3:4, the prophet Micah explains God won’t hear people who cry out to Him in their time of need because of their evil deeds. That sounds like what James was getting out when he encouraged the reader to confess their evil deeds, their guilt, their trespasses to others. Meanwhile, the “righteous” will get their prayers answered.

Check out how the Apostle Paul defines the “righteous”, or those right with God, or put another way, those who do what is right according to God:

  • “Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and LAWLESSNESS, or what fellowship has light with darkness?” 2 Corinthians 6:14 (NKJV)

Note the antithesis to being right with God (righteousness) is lawlessness (not obeying God’s laws) or being in the light verses continuing to live in darkness blinded by sin. For 1 John Chapter 3 reveals to us to sin is the same as lawlessness or being without God’s laws, or even more straightforward, those who don’t “practice righteousness” or God’s laws is one and the same as being without God, but rather being of the devil!

  • “Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.” I John 3:4 (NKJV)
  • “Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. He who sins is of the devil..” I John 3:7-8 (NKJV)
  • “In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.” I John 3:10 (NKJV)

Now that we know to sin or being unrighteous is being without God’s laws or not obeying God’s commands or being in the dark or of the devil, verses a person who practices God’s laws is considered righteous, being in the light, and of God, because they are demonstrating their belief in God and His Son, let’s take a look at some other verses in both the Old and New Testaments that correspond with James message in James 5:16.

  • One who turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.” Proverbs 28:9 (NKJV)
  • “But your iniquities (trespasses against God’s laws) have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.” Isaiah 59:2 (NKJV)
  • “Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.” 1 Peter 3:7 (NKJV)
  • Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers; but the face of the LORD is against those who do evil.” 1 Peter 3:11-12 (NKJV)
  • Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will (His law/His Torah), He hears him.” John 9:31 (NKJV)

http___www.gospelherald.com_data_images_full_5965_the-power-of-prayerMany verses throughout both the “Old Testament” and what was said and scribed by Jesus and His Apostles later collected as the “New Testament” reveal God doesn’t hear the prayers of those who intentionally sin or intentionally break God’s laws. (To learn more about the difference between intentional and unintentional sins, read “Will We Again Perform Sacrifices? If So, Why?”)

Notice, this concept of God not hearing our prayers due to our sins is even after Jesus bled to death on a cross for our lawlessness…even after the cross and after His gift of grace. (For further reading, check out “What Exactly Did You Repent From?”)

Conversely, Scripture reveals God rewards those who hear God’s laws and obeys them. Here are a few examples:

  • “And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.” I John 3:22 (NKJV)
  • “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My  name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. If you love Me, keep my commandments.” John 14:12-15 (NKJV)
  • “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” John 15:7 (NKJV)
  • “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” 1 John 5:14 (NKJV) {read Romans 2:18; 12:1-2, to discover God’s will …His Torah)
  • Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly…But his delight is in the law of the LORD and in His law he meditates day and night…and whatever he does shall prosper…For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish.” Psalm 1:1-6 (NKJV)

In other words, dear believers in Jesus, the spiritual truth we can glean from James 5:16 as well as these other Scriptures listed above is this:

If you say you believe in Jesus / Yeshua and His Father, but refuse to hear and submit to the way and the will (see Romans 2:17-18) of Abba (Father God) found in His commandments, His law, His Torah, which is His Voice (Deuteronomy 30 ; John 10), then you should expect He will not hear your voice either. Rather, be obedient in whatever the Spirit of Holiness is teaching you through His word today and in doing so, may your prayers be heard.

Shalom and Amen,

Carrie R. Turner

4.30.19

Vlog: Serving God & Others Has It’s Perks

(Recorded Mar 1, 2019) Carrie and Jerry are amazed at all Abba (God/YHVH) has done..providing for their needs yet again in this foreign new land! While on a walk in this video, they not only explore a new-to-them neighborhood, but have the opportunity to pray for someone. Through it all, they once again discover serving God and others has it’s perks! Abba takes care of His kids by providing not only for their needs, but blessing them with extra perks too. As reported in previous videos that Abba said to Carrie a few weeks ago, “Just do what I tell you do, and I’ll do the rest.” He’s a good, good, Father! Have faith in whatever He asks YOU to do!