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Saturday, June 1, 2019

Are You Willing...




If a prisoner who was convicted of murder, wrote you and said that he was given instructions from the Lord for you and your ministry, would you read what was given and hake heed?

If a young man who had never been to seminary school, never had been ordained by any pastor, and wasn't even a member of a church, approached you and said, "Thus Saith The Lord...", would you cringe? Would raise an eyebrow? Or would you just walk away?

Or what if a woman, who you knew had an history of prostitution and possession, knocked on your door and said that the Lord sent her to given you a message, could you receive it?

For the majority of the so-called church, the answer is no.

But let me enlighten you...

These are the ones that God is raising up and sending out in these last days. These are the people that the Lord is anointing and equipping to do exploits for the Kingdom of Heaven.

The Spirit of the Living God is walking through the streets, the alleys, the byways, abandon buildings, the fields, caves, homes, basements, attics, and the secret places.

He's not looking for the well-known
He doesn't care about how educated you are
He doesn't care about which church you belong to
He don't care about how many books you've written and sold
He doesn't care about your past credit, criminal activities, abuse, or secret sins
He doesn't care about how old you are
He doesn't care whether you are a man or a woman

All the Spirit of God is asking is. ARE...YOU...WILLING?

Are you willing to lay it ALL down and serve Him?

In the 21st century, the western church would have never accepted a modern-day Paul, Mary Magdalene, or even Jesus, Himself.

You know why? Because NONE of them would have fit into your category of what a "man of God" or "woman of God" is suppose to look like.

But let me ask you a question: "What was the Messiah suppose to have looked like?"

See, the majority of the Jews missed that one! How could a young, uneducated, poor, child of a now single-parent home be the Son of God?

The church of Jesus Christ began with a remnant of "nobodies" sent with a message into the world. And those nobodies ignited a fire that spread across cities, cultures, and continents. And in the end, NOBODY could stop the message.

And as it began...so it shall end.


Spiritual Food For Thought

Shalom
Mena Lee Grebin
Faithful Walk Healing Ministries

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Spirit of Babylon...



I would like to share a revelation that my husband received the other morning...

While he was in prayer he heard,

"The stars of Babylon are fools in heaven. And those that are considered fools in Babylon are the stars of heaven."

When we first read this, our initial thought is attributed to the unbeliever, or even the "stars of Hollywood." But this doesn't just apply to those who are of the world, this also applies to those who are in the church that seek earthly promotion and man's approval. And although they may claim with their lips "not so", their actions reveal their inner most desires and motives.

Even some who claim to be watchmen find themselves involved in an eternal hustle for popularity, subscribers, "likes" on social media, purchasers of their products, bookings, platforms, and offerings.

But when we look at the life of Christ, we see that He lived the complete opposite of what the majority of the church promotes today. Jesus lived simply, loved simply, served simply, and more importantly, He gave all honor to the Father, and made no reputation for Himself (Philippians 2:7).

In biblical times, Babylon was known for its power, riches and beauty. The most prominent king of ancient Babylon was Nebuchadnezzar, who is mentioned in several old testament accounts from the Book of Daniel, to Ezra and 2 Chronicles. However, in the Lord's eyes, Babylon was a place full of idolatry, vanities, pride, and immorality. A disturbing fact is that when we view most of the western church today, we find some of the same characteristics within.

Revelation  chapter 18 talks about the judgement and destruction of a woman called Mystery Babylon. There is much debate as to whether or not the scripture is referencing an actual place, or a spiritual system and mind set. The scriptures tend to argue both sides. In verse 4, we read that John hears a voice from heaven saying, "Come out of her my people, that you be not partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of her plagues."

As we draw closer to the end of this dispensation (age of grace), we as the true Bride of Christ need to make sure that we are not partaking in the sins of spiritual of Babylon. In a day and age where pretty much everything is at our fingertips, just one click away, we need to use wisdom and make sure our flesh is disciplined and subjected under the spirit of truth, and not falling into the temptations of the evil one. We also need not to look for man's approval of us, but God's. Remember, the world will hate you because it hates Christ and the spirit of truth.

Let us humble ourselves and find contentment (and our identity) in Christ.

Spiritual Food For Thought

Shalom
Mena Lee Grebin
Faithful Walk Healing Ministries

Monday, December 24, 2018

Hearing His Voice In The Chaos...



Over the years I've obtained the discipline of being still in the presence of YHVH-God, knowing His voice and understanding what He requires.

Although Yeshua had visited me since I was a child, my adolescent years of rebellion that ran into my mid-twenties allowed my flesh to harden. So upon returning to the Lord after a ten-year wilderness trip, the first thing that had to be killed was my flesh.

I went through an intense two-year stripping, where my flesh had to be disciplined so that my spirit could come into daily prayer and feeding on the Word. Then after being told to sell everything, and move to Charlotte, NC where I knew no one, I was then placed in an additional three-year spiritual boot camp (as I like to call it), where now my faith and obedience was stretched, refined, and then refined again, before I was finally allowed to walk out in my calling as a prophet.

I'm sharing all of this to say that after years of operating an established ministry, I felt as though I had the "hearing God's voice" thing down pat. I had mastered keeping the fruit of peace in my home, I had my prayer closet, my own schedule of prayer time, or the freedom of whenever the Lord chose to speak, being able to be still and listen.

However, a few years ago, my household went through a major shift, and I found myself being thrown into a chaotic state. It seemed as though I could no longer reach the peace that I once had before. Now, my extra time was focused on household chores, bills, marriage, teenagers, and then to top it all off, I still had to run a ministry.

I was upset. I found myself looking to place blame on one particular event, or person. I had become spoiled. Well, perhaps "spoiled" isn't the right word. But I was use to being able to bathe in the presence of my Bridegroom whenever I wanted. Now that seemed to be a distant memory.

So I petitioned the Lord for an answer. Deep within my soul I was worried about somehow falling off the straight path because I simply had too much on my plate. Suddenly, the Apostle Paul's words became charming when he said, "I'd rather that you be like me.." in referencing to staying single so that one's focus can be only on the Lord.

But the answer I got from the Lord, I was not expecting...

He said, "You've learned how to be still before me; you've learned how to quiet your spirit so that you can hear my voice. You've done well. But now I am teaching you how to hear me in the chaos, so that you don't loose focus in the storm that is coming."

I was stunned. I remember pondering on this for many days. But I knew I was being challenged on a new level, spiritually, and I was determined to come out victorious.

Part of maturing spiritually is going through continuous seasons of refinement. We must remember that no one has "arrived" until we are in heaven sitting at the marriage supper of the Lamb. Until then, we will be faced with daily challenge of killing our flesh, and allowing the Lord to cultivate our souls as He molds us into what He has called us to be.

2018 has been a challenging year for many. The Lord gave me a word in January that this would be a year of mourning (the loss of life), refinement and separation. And just in my personal life alone, and within our ministry, this has held true. But within it all, I've not lost my ability to hear the Lord, or to find peace, even in the midst of the storm.

2019 will bring more challenges, trails, persecution, and unforeseen events that will cause some to loose faith, and even perish. But we as the Body of Christ must make sure we are rooted (deep-rooted) in our relationship with Christ and not loose hope. We must remember, these things are written, therefore they must come to pass.

I've watched many fall away this year. The most frightening part is that many are unaware that they've fallen. Great deception is everywhere, as Yeshua warned it would be in the last days. But we have to remember that we are not citizens of this life, therefore we cannot allow ourselves to get caught up in the things that we see before us, or even what what don't see. We must buy our gold, linen, and oil from on high. That way we won't be shamed in nakedness, our eyes will be anointed to see (that which He has called us to see), and our treasures are placed where the moth, nor the rust can consume it.

In this season remember do not follow the crowd; follow YHVH-God. Discipline your flesh so that you can learn to hear Him as the still, small voice (as the prophet Elijah had to learn), but also be rooted enough to hear Him in the chaos, and not panic as the disciples did when the storm came upon their boat. They didn't realize that because Yeshua was in the boat with them, everything was going to be alright.

And He said unto me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I would rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. - 2 Corinthians 12:9

Spiritual Food For Thought



Shalom
Mena Lee Grebin
Faithful Walk Healing Ministries

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Unto Everything There is a Season



In parting ways with an acquaintance a few years ago, I was asked if there was any final advice I could give. I pondered the question for a moment, and then looked directly at them and said, "Find God in everything." 

Although it is true that there are many festivities observed during the winter months, it is also a statistical fact that there is an increase in mortality. Death, respectfully, during a season of death. Why do I say this? Well, winter is the season when nature becomes dormant or dies. In fact, according to vital statistics, there are fewer babies born during the winter months than any other season. It is a season of slumber. This is why we find that even in the midst of celebrations, there is always great sorrow. 

However, we must remember that even in darkness and death, we can find the true light. 

In Isaiah 45:7 the Lord says, "I formed the light and created darkness, I make peace [Shalom] and command the chaos [Ra]; I, the Lord, do all these things."

Simply put; YHVH-God is in control of it all. 

So if He is in control of it all, then that means that we can find Him in it all. God is all around us; He is the very air that you breathe. He is a perfect God, searching through an imperfect world, knocking on the doors of hearts; even the ones full of despair. He is Hope. He is Light. He is the Love that heals all wounds, and fills every void. 

The Preacher, that is, King Solomon, said in Ecclesiastes 3:1, "To everything there is a season, a time and a purpose under heaven."

There is a meaning and a purpose for every season in our lives. There is an order of things, with every cycle, even when it seems chaotic. God is ever present. He is the still, small voice that can be found when we quiet ourselves before Him. And although during the time of lost it may seem as though the Lord is the furthest, it's actually the opposite; it is when He is the closest. 

"The Lord is near to those who are broken-hearted, and saves such as have a contrite spirit." - Psalm 34:18

And just like the dark, dormant months of winter will eventually pass, so too will sorrow. And this will make way for life to spring forth: a new day, a new song. In the beginning YHVH-God calls light out of darkness, life out of a void. The evening and the morning were the first day. Before a child is born, it is knitted in the darkness of it's mother's womb. Then the child comes forth into the light. So it is with the children of the Most High. But we have something even more promising than any earthly encounter; we have the promise of eternity with Him. 

"And God shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." - Revelation 21:4

Dedicated to all those who have lost loved ones...


Spiritual Food For Thought

Shalom
Mena Lee Grebin
Faithful Walk Healing Ministries 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Share My Life...




A few years ago I began what I call my "Love Journey." It began with a forty day fast I was led into, in order to obtain the fruit of Love.

At the end of my fast, I received a visitation from the Lord. At one point, Jesus was sitting on a chair, and I was sitting on the floor, at His feet. It was a very intimate moment, yet my mind was racing with a thousand questions to ask Him. In the end, I asked the Lord was there anything I could do for Him. He studied my face for a moment, then responded with this one phrase, "Share my life." 

In Matthew 16:24, Jesus says, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me." 

In order to understand what Jesus is requiring of us to follow Him, we must first take a look at how He lived. Christ thought nothing of Himself. Although He came as God in the flesh, He took no glory, but gave all glory to the Father. He lived a life of a servant; always willing to give, and bestowing mercy and grace at every chance given. And though He was a man of sorrow, He was not passive. He portrayed truth even unto His death. He fed the hungry, healed the sick, delivered the possessed, defended the helpless, and forgave the sinner. He denied Himself, so that those who believed in Him, would be resurrected in Him.

Yet when we take a look at the average Christian today, most do not even begin to reflect the life of Christ. We become Christians to only later become self-centered and self-righteous. We find ourselves willing to go above and beyond for earthly pleasures and necessities, but will sacrifice only the bare minimum for the edification of our souls. We'll work overtime on a job, because we want the extra money, or to impress our boss, but we won't work overtime to submit to prayer and supplication. We'll spend thousands of dollars on a carnal education, but we won't be humble enough to allow the Holy Spirit to teach us the Word, which is free. We will run around all day fulfilling the duties of man, but when it comes to the things of the Lord, we'll say we're too tired.

Again, Jesus said anyone who is to follow Him, they must first become selfless by denying themselves, and then take up their cross. Yet the church is full of selfish people who only pick up their crosses when it's convenient for them. But have you ever stop and asked yourself; was the time when Christ was afflicted and bore His cross a convenience for Him? 

Jesus looked at me and said, "Share my life." And immediately, I was filled with the understanding that I must suffer that the world should not live in me.

We need to ask ourselves, are we truly taking up our crosses to follow Christ at all cost. This commitment means a total denial of self, so that the Spirit of the Living God is glorified in you. And the Spirit of the Lord being glorified through you means that you, like Christ, become the salt of the earth, and the light in the midst of darkness. You are now baring witness to the truth, that Christ is alive, and living in you. This is how we bear fruit. And this is how we begin to obtain the greatest fruit of all; Love.


Spiritual Food For Thought


Shalom
Mena Lee Grebin
Faithful Walk Healing Ministries

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Wailing Wall...



I recently had an encounter with the Lord that I would like to share with you...

I found myself at the wailing wall in Jerusalem. It was a busy, bright day, and I noticed that I was on the side where the men prayed. Directly in front of me, about ten or eleven yards, stood Jesus. He was at the wall praying. His back was turned towards me, but I recognized Him immediately. He was dressed in a simple linen robe, and wore leather sandals on His feet. Across His shoulders and back, draped a huge tallit (prayer shawl). To His right and left stood Jewish men; some rabbis. They were all praying, some rocking while cupping little prayer books in their hands.

Full of excitement, I called out to the Lord and began walking towards Him. But I was quickly quieted at the thought that someone would notice a woman was on the wrong side of the wall. My walk turned into a light jog as I made my way through the crowd towards Jesus.

As I drew closer, I noticed that a rabbi began to shout to another rabbi about the fact the Jesus' head was not covered with a kippah. The rabbi seemed irritated, and looked around asking for someone to give him a spare kippah for Jesus' head. To the rabbi, Jesus was just a man who had was not properly dressed for prayer. I realized that no one recognized Him.

Finally, a man tossed the rabbi an overly large purple kippah, with a golden Star of David embroidered at the center. The rabbi walked over towards Jesus and slapped the kippah onto His head. Jesus never moved.

I made my way through to the Lord, and stood next to Him at the wall. I was still very excited to see Him. Jesus turned towards me, and I saw great despair on His face. He looked as if He had been crying. Instantly, I connected with His spirit, and I knew He was saddened because no one recognized Him, yet still, a great love radiated from His core. He had been praying for His people, Israel.

Jesus reached out His hand, and we both turned to walk away. As we walked through the crowd, people passed to our left and our right, but no one seem to pay us any mind. I looked at Jesus and asked, "Lord, why do you appear differently to people?"

Jesus took a few more steps, and then turned to me and said, "I reveal myself to people according to their hearts..."

Many times we can get so caught up in the religious routines of life, that we end up missing our core purpose. So many Christians have a preconceived notion of who God is and how He's suppose to manifest Himself in our lives. Some base this on how they grew up, or what their parents taught them, or even what they heard in church. But truly, what man can contain God? How can one mortal being know all the ways of Elohim?

The Pharisees thought they were prepared for the Messiah. They thought they knew what He was supposed to look and sound like. After all, they had studied all the writings of the prophets, and were awaiting the coming King. Yet when He came, they were blinded by their own religion and bias; therefore they missed Him.

The rabbi at the wailing wall did not recognize Jesus; all he saw was a man who did not have proper attire...

In the latter days, the Spirit of the Lord wants to visit us in ways we've never experienced. He wants to expand our walls and reveal the hidden mysteries of His existence. But we must be willing to die to our preconceived notion of who He is and how He's suppose to manifest. We must let Him be the I AM in our lives.

Think about that statement: YHVH said "I AM," not "I was," which means He no longer is; nor did He say "I will be," which means He has yet to come into existence. No, He is the I AM; the ever present God. He is everything, because He owns everything. Your life is already written out. It is already done. He's just asking that you walk with Him in the now, and let His will be done in your life. Now is the time to open your heart so that the Son of Righteousness can reveal Himself to you.


Spiritual Food For Thought

Shalom
Mena Lee Grebin
Faithful Walk Healing Ministries

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