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Monday, May 1, 2017

He That Beareth Good Fruit...



One night I was taken in the spirit, and found myself in a beautifully lit place. I was seated at a wooden round table that could fit, at the most, four people. At the center of the table was a wooden bowl, full of fruit. This particular bowl had all sorts of lush berries in it.

I looked up and saw Jesus sitting directly across from me.

I was so excited to see Him! I then began to look around, and saw that the place was full of other wooden round tables, and they too all had bowls full of fruit, various in type, and all placed at the center of the tables.

I got really excited, and thought to myself, "This is it! We've arrived!" 

I stood up as my eyes searched the room looking for familiar faces. Jesus knew my thoughts.

"Sit down" the Lord said in a gentle voice. But my excitement overtook me.

"Lord! This is it!  I exclaimed. I need to go get this person, and that person..." I rambled off names of those who I knew and were dear to me.

Again, the Lord spoke, this time with a more stern tone.

"Sit down Mena" He said.

My focus shifted back to Him. I slowly sat back down, never taking my eyes off of Him again. The Lord continued;

"There's no need to go and get anyone. If they bear good fruit, they will be here." 

The tone in His voice then shifted and I could see the look of concern on His face.

"The problem with my children is that they are not bearing good fruit. They are seeking that which is earthly, and building their treasures there. Many are only seeking the gifts (1 Cor 12:1-11), which are bound to the first life. They cannot bring it here because there is no need. Only the fruits can be brought into eternity; and the good fruit is the manifestation of my Father's character in their lives."

"Tell them...go and tell my children, that in order to sit at my table, they must bear good fruit." 

"And how does one begin to bear that fruit Lord?" I asked almost in a whisper.

"They must first learn to dwell with Me" Jesus answered.

Jesus told us in Matthew 7:19 that the tree that does not bear good fruit is axed down, and thrown into the fire. This represents eternal separation from God, which happens in hell. In Matthew 21:18-22, we find that Jesus cursed a fig tree because it bore no fruit at all, which the scriptures tell us withered away and died.

Jesus uses several illustrations in comparing us to fruit or fruit trees because inside of each fruit lays a seed; and the seed represents salvation.

Once we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, the seed of salvation is planted in us. In due time that seed is expected to take root, spring forth, and bear fruit in its season. But for those who become stagnant in their walk with Christ (by allowing their flesh to rule), the fruit either is rotted, or is not produced at all.

Later, in Galatians 5:16-26, the Apostle Paul lists the lusts (desires) of the flesh, which we are to avoid, and then he lists the Fruit of the Spirit, which we are to walk in, and therefore live by.  Here is the scripture below:

I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and do not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 

Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murder, drunkenness, revelries and the like; of which I told you beforehand, just as I told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God. 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such, there is no law. And those who are in Christ, have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.  -NKJV

So with this, we need to evaluate ourselves. So many of us that profess to be "Children of God," lack the very characteristics of Him. Children are a reflection of their parents; whether in image or likeness (character), or both. As it is written, If we live in the Spirit, let us walk in the Spirit, meaning that we are not subjecting ourselves to the desires and temptations of this life, which cause us to sin. But we are led by the Holy Spirit; which is the Spirit of the Lord who anoints, convicts, and leads in truth.


Spiritual Food For Thought


Shalom
Mena Lee Grebin
Faithful Walk Healing Ministries

Thursday, March 2, 2017

For Everything There Is A Season...



Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us that for everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.

One of the dilemmas I have come across many times in ministry, is the church's error of season.

Many Christians miss out on breakthroughs, blessings, deliverance, and even spiritual promotion simply because they didn't know the season.

Satan's plot from the beginning has been to distract us so he can rob us. And unfortunately for many, this has been an accomplishment: all the way down to the very calendars we follow; so that we miss our appointed times and seasons.

So many in the church today are caught up with the carnal things surrounding them, that they fail to realize, or merely underestimate the spiritual battle hoovering over their heads. We are fighting when we need to be still, feasting when we need to be preparing, fasting when we need to be sowing, harvesting when we need to be praying, and slumbering when we need to be watching.

And the distractions are growing...

In Hosea 4:6 the Lord states, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge". 

Notice that the Lord says "My" people.

In order to understand the season, we must first learn how to be still and listen. This is beyond your regular church services on Sunday, or Saturday, or your prayer meetings, or weekly bible studies. No, I'm talking about learning to dwell in the secret place of the Most High. I'm talking about building your intimate relationship with YHVH-God, and recognizing the voice of The Shepard so that you won't lack.

In Jeremiah 33:3 the Lord says,"Call unto to me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things that thou knowest not". 

Many quote that scripture, yet don't live it. In fact, we'll quote many scriptures with our mouths, and will even be quick to correct others with it, yet lack the very fruit that should be produced from living it.

Most only cry out when they're at wits ends, or are in desperate need of something. But if you're in school, and only show up for class once a week, do you really know what's going on? How can one expect to pass the test if you have no depth of what the teacher has taught and prepared the class for in that time frame, or season?

If you don't know the season, you will fail the test.

Because the Israelites didn't recognize their season, a three and a half days' journey turned into a forty-year chastisement, and a whole generation died in the wilderness.

We are in the season when the remnant will rise. But not everyone who is in the church, is a part of the remnant. Not every preacher/prophet/teacher/evangelist/apostle you see on television, listen to on the radio, watch on YouTube, or who wrote the book you read, is a part of the Bride. Remember, even out of the ten virgins who were awaiting the Bridegroom, only five entered in.

Seek the Lord this day, so you will know the season that you're in, and prepare accordingly. Do not get so caught up in the things and cares of this life, or even its blessings, that you end up missing being caught up to meet the Lord in the air.


Spiritual Food For Thought

Shalom
Mena Lee Grebin
Faithful Walk Healing Ministries

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The Idol...



One night while in prayer, the Lord spoke to me and said, "My children treat me like an idol."

It was odd to hear this, considering that it had nothing to do with what I was praying about at that moment. I thought of the first two commandments, and then tried to ponder what He was saying. I then proceeded to ask the Lord how was this possible.

"Think of an idol" the Lord continued.

I thought of an idol. The first thing that came to mind was Buddha. It seemed to be an easy one. After all, I always saw statues of this dude in the nail salons.

"How do people pray to Buddha?" the Lord asked.

"Well, I've seen them use food, and incense, and candles, and all sorts of stuff, Lord." 

"When they are finished praying to it, what do they do?" 

"Um....they leave?" I answered, perplexed at the Lord's questions.

"Why do they leave?" the Lord asked.

"Because they said Amen? Um...because they're finished?"

"Why do they leave?" the Lord asked for a second time.

"Because the person is finished with their prayer or request?" I said, doubting my own answer at this point.

A third time, He asked "Why do they leave?" 

By now I knew I was answering wrong. So instead of continuing, I decided to reverse the question.

"Lord, I don't know! Why do they leave?"

"They leave because they never expect the idol to answer them" He responded.

The Lord continued; "My children treat me like an idol made of wood, stone, or metal. These things are dead. They have no life. They cannot respond. But I AM life. Yet, my children pray at me, instead of to me. Once they are finished, they quickly leave because in their heart, they don't expect me to respond."

I was immediately convicted. I knew that I was guilty of this in my own life. I began to repent to the Lord of treating Him as such.

Too many times, we don't consider that although God is spirit, He has feelings. We even more forget that Christ is a person, who again, has feelings. In fact, the very reason why you feel is because we, as mankind, were created not just in the image of God, but also after His likeness - which means; His character and personality.

In Psalm 40:1, the psalmist, David, said; I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry.

Here, the key note is that he waited patiently. So often we are not patient with the Lord. We live in a society where we want everything now; we've been conditioned to only follow our senses. Yet, in this process, we fail to realize that this form of living goes completely against faith.

Faith is the substance of things we hope for, and then becomes the evidence of what we can't see. And without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:1,6).

Understand this: it takes faith just to believe in God, and to build a relationship with Him. It takes faith to believe that the God who created all things, the God who called you by name before the foundations of the earth, the One who knitted you together in the secret of your mother's womb, is the same God who will answer you...IF, you wait patiently for Him.


Spiritual Food For Thought

Shalom
Mena Lee Grebin
Faithful Walk Healing Ministries

Monday, November 21, 2016

He Who Dwells...



A couple of nights ago I was taken into the spirit. I found myself sitting in a doorway. This doorway was ancient and actually didn't contain a door. Before me was an radiant light that brought forth peace, but I was well aware that behind me laid darkness.

A voice came from the light and began to speak to me; it was the Lord.

He said, "He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High..."

He paused.

I then responded with, "Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." 

The Lord continued; "The key word is dwell. The problem with the church is that they are not dwelling. I chose to become flesh, and dwelt among flesh for the purpose of redemption. But the church will not dwell with me. They will come to me, they will ask of me, but they will not dwell with me." 

I pondered on what the Lord was saying, and began to evaluate my own self.

"The only way I can protect the church from the accuser and from judgement is that they abide in my presence. I cast no shadow. The shadow mention by the psalmist is my presence. A shadow covers. I cover, protect and comfort those who abide in my presence. But one cannot know my presence if they do not first dwell with me." 

The vision ended.

The word dwell in Hebrew is "yashab" meaning to live, to remain, to inhabit.

So in other words, we must live and remain with Him; we can't just be visitors. But many in the church today, only visit the Lord. We stop by here and there, when it's convenient, or when we are in need of something. We ring the doorbell of heaven, stand in the doorway and make our requests, saying a few hallelujahs and amens, and then be on our way. But the Lord is seeking more. He is seeking those who want to live with Him on a continual basis; those who never want to leave His presence, His will, His truth, His shalom. Many of us claim that this is what we want, and others dare to claim that this is what they have; but ask yourself; "Do I truly live in His presence?"

Psalm 91 is called the "Covenant of Protection". It is the promise that God will cover us during times of trouble; that in Him we will find refuge. But the promise of this psalm opens up with a requirement: the call to dwell with Him.

Spiritual Food For Thought


Shalom
Mena Lee Grebin
Faithful Walk Healing Ministries

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Spirit of Jannes & Jambres



Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so these also resist the truth; men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; but they will progress no further, for their sin will be manifested to all, as theirs also was. - 2 Timothy 3:8-9

Jannes and Jambres are known as the two magicians that contended with Moses and Aaron in Egypt. When Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh, it became a serpent, just as the Lord had spoken. Pharaoh had his sorcerers to also cast down their rods, and they too, became serpents. But the bible tells us that Aaron's serpent swallowed up the sorcerers' serpents as a sign to all, that the God of Israel was above all gods (Exodus 7:10-12).

Today, Jannes and Jambres represent the spirit of the false church; and leading the false church are false teachers and false prophets. It is a spirit of sorcery.

In Matthew 24:24 Jesus tells us that in the last days, many false teachers and prophets would arise and would preform signs and wonders. He lets us know that the signs would be so close to the real thing, that even the elect would be deceived, if it were possible.

We live in a society, especially here in the west, where we thrive off of signs and wonders; in fact, we've become dependent on it. This is not to say that signs and wonders are not of God; this is not true. But many in the church are always looking for a sign or a prophecy to be given to them, instead of seeking the face of the Lord, knowing His voice for themselves, and obeying Him. Jesus told the Pharisees that a wicked and perverse generation looks for a sign, but none would be given to them (Matthew 16:4).

One of the things the Lord told me a couple of years ago, is that we are busy looking for God in man, who is flawed, instead of actually seeking God Himself. And because of this, people flock to every prophetic conference, impartation, and healing service, like an after-Christmas sale at Wal-Mart. This gives way for the false spirit to be employed in the churches. And because many have not spent time dwelling in the secret place of the Most High, to recognize His true presence and anointing, they are succumbing to the spirit of Jannes and Jambres.

In the midst of church meetings and conferences today, there are three types of spirits: first there are those who are true men and women of God, anointed, and led by the Holy Spirit. Next, there are those who started off walking by the Spirit of truth, but because of the lure of profit, power and popularity, they've fallen away, and are now led by familiar spirits. Finally, there are those who are wolves, serpents, and foxes in sheep's clothing, that have been assigned by Satan to divide and destroy the church.

We must learn to discern the familiar spirit; the spirit of Jannes and Jambres, so we are not deceived. The only way to do this is to test the spirit by the Holy Spirit, and to draw nigh unto the Lord so that He will purify your mind, heart and soul. The time is coming where the Lord will remove the scales from the eyes of the blind and uncover the plans of the enemy. This will manifest through a great shaking that is coming (and has already begun), and through this shaking, only the unshakable things will remain; those who are in the perfect will of the One who is unshakable; Christ.


Spiritual Food For Thought

Shalom
Mena Lee Grebin
Faithful Walk Healing Ministries

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

As The Days of Noah...




Thus says the Lord of hosts, "Behold, evil is going forth from nation to nation, and a great storm is being stirred up from the remotest parts of the earth." - Jeremiah 25:32

When a meteorologist sees a storm coming in the near future, they begin reporting to the public so that the people can prepare. And as the time for the storm draws closer, the data becomes more and more precise. Within that time, it is advised to take the proper precautions to make sure that the people are safe; whether it's stocking up on food and water, gas, batteries, or candles; or maybe it's advised to evacuate all together. But we know that the closer it gets to the storm's arrival, the less time you have to prepare. Then there comes a point where the storm has arrived, and the alarms begin to sound. Wherever you're at, that's it! No more time to prepare...it's time to go!

America, the alarm is sounding...

Jesus said in Matthew 24:38-39, that the last days would be that of the days of Noah. He said, "For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them away. So shall the coming of the Son of Man be."  

The Lord, in His mercy, gives us signs as warnings, and even confirmations of the seasons which we are in. Have you noticed all the historic flooding that has taken place in 2016?

I found it interesting that in the beginning of 2015, the Lord gave me a word titled, The Storm is Coming. I began to warn America of impending judgement due to our refusal to repent. Several weeks ago, the Lord gave me a vision; this time He said, "The Storm is Here..." 

Since last Rosh Hashanah (Sept. 2015), until now, God has searched the hearts of those who claim Him as Lord. He has searched our motives to see if we are truly eager for His return, and awaiting, or is the desire of our hearts merely earth bound.

The truth is, many in the church have fallen asleep. They have crawled into their coffins, fluffed their pillows, and closed the casket doors. Many were expecting cataclysmic events to unfold last September, as was foreseen in dreams and visions. But when things did not unfold as expected, many began to attack and curse those who had sounded the alarm. Months later, that same majority began to place their faith and hope in a new election. Two-thirds of the church began a near full-blown worship of a presidential hopeful, believing that good times would return once again, despite our continual decay of truth and morality. And it seemed as though all the warnings from the modern-day Jeremiahs, Ezekiels, and Elijahs had faded into the distant horizon.

Oh foolish church, hast thou forgotten the parable of the wicked servant, who because his master had delayed, began to mistreat his fellow servants? Did not the master of the house return at an hour that he least expected? (Luke 12:45-46) It is not also written that when they say, "peace" and "safety" that sudden destructive would fall upon them? (1 Thessalonians 5:3) And just like the people in the time of Noah, judgement will come at an hour that you least expect.

Saints, the door to the ark is closing. The lukewarm are being vomited out of the Body of Christ. The time has come when you are either for Him, or you are against Him. No more gray areas. No more building your treasures in this life. To be a friend to the world, is to be an enemy of God (James 4:4). Understand that God is Holy, and He requires you to live Holy (1 Peter 1:16). It's not a suggestion, it's a must. Christ is only coming for the pure in heart; for those who have washed their robes and made them clean before Him.

There will be a final awakening in America; but it will be parallel with catastrophe, not good times. And only those who have remained faithful, those who have been refined, will be the front-runners in the final move. God will preserve His own, so that they can lead others through the darkness, and into the light.

Be ready. Stay Alert. Look Up.

Shalom
Mena Lee Grebin
Faithful Walk Healing Ministries

Friday, June 10, 2016

Are You An Inbred Christian?



One of the things that has plagued the church today is what I call the "Inbred Christian". What is meant by this? It happens when a church, congregation or an individual believer has no more relation to the outside world, but instead has its own "Christian Churchy Culture". When believers do this, they end up segregating themselves from the very world that needs their influence the most. And what one doesn't know is that you can get so into the "Christian culture", that you can actually lose your connection with the Spirit of the Lord, miss your purpose, and eventually become weaker.

See, if you’re not stepping out and taking new ground for the Lord, advancing the Gospel and sharing it with unbelievers, you are at risk of becoming an inbred Christian. Why did YHVH-God eventually ban inbreeding in the Torah? Because genetically it led to weakened immune systems, which made one to be more vulnerable to diseases, and if you're diseased, you cannot survive.

If you keep a child in a dirt and germ free environment for years, what will happen once that child visits the outside world? They will become deathly ill because their body will not know how to cope and fight off infection. The same thing happens with us the spirit realm. The Lord did not call us out of darkness, into the light to only stay in the light. What's the point? Do you go home at night and turn on every light in the house to see? What is the benefit of a hundred lights being in the same room? None. But if you turn on one light in the midst of the darkness, well then, now it's worth goes a long way. When you only hang out with the light, you can forget where you came from and what the whole point was. Jesus tells us that the whole point of being the light of the world is so that our light shines before men that the Father will be glorified (Matthew 5:14-16). See Christ was the light that shine in the darkness (John 1:4-5); this was His purpose of coming. But the Pharisees couldn't comprehend this, and they criticized Him for mingling with the poor, the sick, whores, tax collectors, murders, drunks and the Gentiles. They missed the point; it was for the sick that He came; for those who had lost their way in the dark. He was and is the light that shines in the darkness so that those who are lost can now see their way. It’s the fallow ground that bears the most fruit. Fruit trees next to fruit trees are not going to get picked. The fruit will eventually rot and fall to the ground; a waste.

It's time to come out of our "inbred" state of mind. Instead of sitting around the table debating about denominations, feasts, Sabbaths, my church, my pastor, race, which you should eat or drink, or how should you clothe yourselves, we should be out in the field, reaping the harvest; reaching "The Least of These" mentioned in Matthew 25:31-46. Get out of your comfort zone and begin transforming the areas that have not been touched yet. The Spirit of the Lord cannot be exercised to its fullest in your life while in a comfort zone.

Spiritual Food For Thought
Mena Lee Grebin
Faithful Walk Healing Ministries