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Time to Clean this House!

You must not eat any yeast with it. Instead, for seven days eat bread without yeast—the bread of affliction—because you left the land of Egypt in haste. Remember the day you went out of the land of Egypt for the rest of your lives.

(Deuteronomy 16:3 ISV)

Operation Zero Chametz

Before Passover (Pesach) yeast or leaven (Chametz) must be removed from every crack and crevice. The homes of observant Jewish brothers and sisters are thoroughly examined, beginning weeks before Passover and rid of all Chametz. Today we know that leaven is likened to sin, read Galatians 5:7-9. Before the children of Israel were to prepare and eat the Passover Meal (Lamb), the children of Israel were instructed to apply the blood, from the lamb, on the door post of their homes and stay in the house until the death angel passed over.

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Proverbs 20:27 KJV

The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.

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Time to Clean this House!

 

Time to clean this house

Out with all the yeast

Leaven is the sin of man

That determines to the least

 

 

Show ourselves prepared

By examining every inch

Every corner and the cracks

Light of a candle, reveals even a pinch

 

We cannot be negligent

Nor overlook a crumb

Satan hopes we’re lackadaisical

Presuming we are dumb

 

We will take a feather

And dust this entire place

Whisk every crumb into a bag

Outside to burn leave no trace

 

For we are not surprised

By Pharaoh’s ploys and tactics

God said no time for yeast,

Leaving in haste, departure was climactic

 

We have witnessed every plague,

Now we know without a doubt

God is not slow nor is He slack

Making known His power while bringing us out

 

No longer slaves veiled or separated

Led out by the power of God

Taking us out of Egypt

Eye witness to His power, we’ve been awed

 

 

No moaning or complaining

May come across our lips

We do not want to be the ones

Left to die because we quipped

 

Give no provision to grumbling

Only believe and obey

He is going to takes us out

But why the longest way

 

Cleansing us from Egypt’s ways

Teaching us how to live as free

We are citizens of a different land

By faith created to have liberty

 

He will safely bring us out

With His righteous right arm

Into the land He promised

Safe from all of life’s harm

Poem written by laurette laster © 2018 March

 

Genesis, chapter 12

God makes covenant with Abraham. Fast forward to Exodus 12, we see God, who remembering His people, prepares to bring them out of Egyptian bondage.

Hebrews chapter 12 recalls the events at the Mountain of Sinai and how Moses quaked.

And so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I am exceedingly afraid and trembling.” (Hebrews 12:21 NKJV)

The children of Israel would be leaving in haste. God had given strict instructions, eat the meal standing up, their sandals latched, and belts tied. And with the blood applied to the door posts.

Genesis 12:11

And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD’S Passover. (KJV)

When you eat the meal, be dressed and ready to travel. Have your sandals on, carry your walking stick in your hand, and eat quickly. This is the Passover Festival in honor of me, your LORD. (CEV)

“On that night I will pass through the land of Egypt and strike down every firstborn male, both man and beast, and I will execute judgment against all the gods of Egypt. I am the LORD. The blood on the houses where you are staying will distinguish them; when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No plague will fall on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 12:12-13 Berean Study Bible)

Leaving in haste meant there was no time for the bread to rise, or be leavened, with Chametz. Their loins girded meant “not be exposed” or caught off guard. (God gives strict instructions about men having on undergarments going up to the temple. There is a whole other teaching in this. Remember Adam said to God, “we hid because we were naked and ashamed.” God ask Adam a question, “who told you, you were naked?”) This is for a later date.

We understand that a little leaven, leavens the whole lump. Describing a little sin corrupts the entire body (the ecclesia), bringing spiritual death, resulting in natural death also. Today, reading about removing the leaven, I learned something new. Each year it seems that something is highlighted, that pertains to a ‘now’ situation, one happening in our world. And some say the bible is outdated, or simply a history book. Not so! God isn’t trying to surprise us, and jump out, saying gotcha. He corrects, equips and teaches us.

Observant Jews are not required to remove baking powder or soda from their homes, prior to Passover. Baking powder and soda are considered leavening agents, but leaven by chemical reaction, not by biological fermentation. Can we say COVID 19? Hasn’t the virus become biological? It was a virus known to live in and infect animals. Somehow the virus mutated, transmitting animal to person, immediately mutated again, spreading person to person.

Recently I had a VERY strong impression, from The Lord, concerning the COVID scare. I felt impressed the reason we don’t fear and panic, with sin living next door, is because we do not understand how contagious, and deadly, sin actually is. Especially when ignored by the people of God. God has made a covenant with us, through salvation, by the blood of Christ. The people fear and panic COVID 19, knowing it is highly contagious, having mutated becoming transmittable person to person. Sin is in our carnal DNA or animalistic nature, not in our born again glorious spiritual DNA.

Are we receiving a warning? Is there a lesson to learn in the midst of this pandemic? Does God want us to realize we cannot sit with sin, in our midst (church and ecclesia), while pretending there are not consequences forthcoming, to any and all playing with sin. Or do we have a mask over our mouths, refusing to speak of the dangers of sin. Are we serving donuts and sickly sweet words, while poisoning our body? God loves and corrects, He warns and punishes, He instructs and holds accountable. This is the double edged sword Hebrews 4:12 speaks of.

Why do we seem to push the limits? Why do we struggle with understanding this? Why? Because like the children of Israel we are not fully understanding: God is not making a suggestion, He is commanding us. His commandments are not burdensome, but for our good. That we may live long and prosper, in the land where with He is sending us. Like He told the children of Israel, if you keep My commandments, I will be Your God and you will be my people, and I will take sickness out of the midst of you. There are many covenantal promises made to the people of God. As Gentiles, we are grafted in. We are the seed of Abraham, through Christ, and we have access to every promise and blessing of the Covenant, God, made with the children of Israel. Jews are natural born citizens; we are the spiritual born citizens of heaven, through faith in the Eternal Passover Lamb, who is Jesus Christ our Lord. But like devout Jews we have our side of the covenant that we are to keep. It isn’t works we keep our side because we are commanded to love God with our whole heart.

When ask which was the greatest commandment Jesus quoted from Deuteronomy “Hear O Israel, The Lord our God, The Lord is one. And you shall love The Lord your God with all your heart (kardia), all your soul (kardai), with all your mind (kardia), and all you strength (kardia).” Each of the four describes kardia. This is all that is within us. This description is describing a sacrificial love.This is loving God enough to say no to self and thus get the Chametz out, get the sin out of our house. Jesus said if you love Me you will keep my commandments.

If we truly love, can the church sit and hold hands with sin, make out in the back, in the booth, in the dark, and not expect to rouse Gods anger? Can we remain idle while we pretend there are no consequences? I’d like to offer a suggestion here. Read Ezekiel 33:7-9 before you answer the question.

I am not attempting to put us back under the law because the covenant was prior to the law. I am saying a little leaven, hidden away to take out later, in the back, in the booth, in the corner, thinking God won’t see is extremely dangerous. This is how the world acts not the church. Oh I thank God who is rich in [hesed] a forged and binding mercy, that in  Jesus Christ we may take refuge in His perfect atoning work, and receive grace and mercy, at the Throne of His mercy [hesed] seat!

As a watchman, I feel to warn you. It is time to clean the house. I am saying that God has kept His oath, He will not break His [hesed] covenant. Have we kept our part to enact this agreement? God’s covenant is unchangeable. Our right to access the covenant and insure we partake in the blessing, hinges on obedience and willingness. Jeremiah 1:19 tells us, If we be willing and obedient we will eat the good of the land. Willingness is a (kardia) internal, with our whole being decision. It isn’t easy it is essential.

If judgment starts in the house of God, is it time to clean house? How do we clean our house? Repentance is the key.

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

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Bundle of Two

We look away from the natural realm and we fasten our gaze onto Jesus who birthed faith within us and who leads us forward into faith’s perfection. (Hebrews 12:2 The Passion Translation)

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Bundle of Two

 

A bundle of flowers

Abiding in the vine

Understanding and rehearsing

Prophetic times

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As long as the earth remains

Seed time with assurance of harvest

We have this precious hope

Keep our sights fixed on The Artist

 

© laurette laster 2020 March

 

These blossoms seem fixed on something and to be standing at attention. Looking out the window, at the beautiful Jasmine blooms, something caught my eye. It seemed to me they have been summoned to hear, now positioned, intent on not missing a thing. With calm assurance they reach toward the sun. I’m reminded of the power of agreement in scripture. Jesus instructs, if any two of you agree…

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“Again, I give you an eternal truth: If two of you agree to ask God for something in a symphony of prayer, my heavenly Father will do it for you. For wherever two or three come together in honor of my name, I am right there with them!” ( Matthew 18:19-20 TPT)

My prayer is that we continue in faith and believe, believe in the power of prayer with calm assurance, with our faith fixed on God, The One who hears. Jesus is perfecting in us the God kind of faith. What a reason to bloom and pay attention.

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

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LOOK UP!

“Fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising Him always.” (Philippians 4:8 TPT)

LOOK UP!

Not sure how to feel

Covid 19 scare hovering

Making us rearrange

Causing panic and shoving

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Relax its okay

He said ‘Be Still’

Think on these things

If only we will

 

Whatever is lovely

Pure and kind

Honesty and truth

Forthright of mind

 

Know that He is God

And still on His Throne

His promises prevail

To His very own

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It’s time to enlarge

Grow the family

So go tell them all

Jesus offers amnesty

 

Safe and secure

A peaceful location

You don’t have to risk

Fear and isolation

 

 

Yes there is increase

A baby boom is near

But this one spiritual

So pray without fear

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Our heart His sanctuary

Holy praises pour forth

Look to the face of God

Our help is in the North

 

© laurette laster 2020

When writing this poem I have to admit it made me question (even more) my knowledge of the sides of the North. I’ve heard heaven is to the North. Reading scriptures and commentaries I’ve found the most interesting facts, but what I love the most is “UP”. North is always, always, always up. (Psalm 121 paraphrased) King David says I look UP to the hills or the mountains from whence cometh my help. As believers we know our help comes from The Lord. I’ve learned that what we cannot explain simply, we do not understand fully. I get it. Pretty simple huh? LOOK UP!

In light of the COVID 19 virus I’ve heard the “Even so come quickly Lord Jesus,” scripture quoted many times.

Are we ready? Have you shared the good news of the gospel with your loved ones and those you have a relationship with? Do you profess Jesus as Lord of your life? Or like The Lord explains in the book of Ezekiel do we have blood on our hands? I know that I am concerned for many who could possibly be left behind. You better believe this concerns me.

I believe many are not ready, and we haven’t told them. Not because we were not or are not willing, but because their hearts were not ready to receive the word of God. I believe hearts are being made earnest and praying, some maybe for the first time. We must be ready to give an account for the hope we have. Our hope is Christ.

I felt a strong prompting yesterday from The Lord. He sternly and strongly impressed to me, “I will bring this country together one way or another. I will have a people dependent upon Me. I will cause hardened hearts to bend. I will have a people who pray and humble themselves. I will show Myself strong and mighty on behalf of those whose hearts are turned to Me.” Like in Egypt, send famine, judge false gods. The god of career, jobs, portfolio’s, and savings accounts, 401K’s etc. In view of the COVID crisis, and in the eyes of eternity, what value do they truly have?

I do not believe this virus is judgment. I believe sin gives Satan access, leaving those outside of covenant unprotected. If you are in Christ, your judgment was rendered, paid in full at the Cross. We have His blood as our perfect atoning work. The precious blood of Jesus, taken into heaven and placed on the mercy seat. Those outside of the covenant suffer, yet there is mercy for all. Are we ready to snatch them from the fire as Jude warns?

“Rescue any who need to be saved, as you would rescue someone from a fire. Then with fear in your own hearts, have mercy on everyone who needs it. But hate even the clothes of those who have been made dirty by their filthy deeds.” (Jude 1:23 CEV)

 

Jesus said when these things begin to take place, stand UP and lift UP your heads because your redemption is drawing near. (Luke 21:28 NIV)

“The Spirit is God’s guarantee that He will give us the inheritance He has promised and the He has purchased us to be His own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify Him.” (Ephesians 1:14 NLT)

“Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory.” Ephesians 1:14 KJV)

Oh church what good news. It is indeed our finest hour. It is time to share the goodness of God with desperate fearful hearts. Stand up tall, figuratively to look up and be elated to rise. Lift up; basically hold your shoulders back because your ransom has been paid in full. Complete deliverance.

A scared world needs a fearless church.

Isa 14:13

“For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

Isa 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”

God says in Psalm 75:2-7, “when I shall receive the congregation I will judge uprightly…For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge.”

So reading these scriptures, they imply God’s throne, where He receives the congregation and judges uprightly, is in the north. It is not in the east, nor in the west, nor in the south. So it must be in the north. North is always UP-in the same direction from every Point on earth. Hallelujah!

So north is always UP! LOOK UP! Never give up. We’ve only just begun.

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

 

 

 

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Hello Spring-God’s Panoramic Calendar

Spring, the gentle season set by appointment, by God. A season that ushers in fresh fragrance, newness, a reminder of the promise of New Life through Christ. The fruit of His love. Spring is a gentle fragrant reminder of His Eternal Covenant. Passover, Pesach, the Blood of Christ on the door posts of our hearts. What a precious reminder of what is lasting, eternity with The Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, forever.  Spring officially begins tonight at 10:50.

Hello Spring-God’s Panoramic Calendar

Velvet buds and blossoms
Aromatic sweet fragrant smells
Soft pedals blowing about
Springtime’s show and tell

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Sweet smelling sights
Season of new birth
Welcome sweet springtime
What saith ye the earth

Worship only The Creator
Never the created
We are only a picture of
How to be liberated

The flowers do bloom
And life is all around
All springing forth
Rising Up out of the ground

What a picture
What a story
Spring is ‘The Telling’
Jesus Resurrection glory

Now do you get it
Can you see
Springtime comes
To remind you and me

He did rise
From deaths cold grave
Welcome springtime
No longer a slave

Death could not hold Him
The grave had no power
Springtime is earths celebration
Of His finest hour

So hello springtime
Tell us the story again
Jesus did arise
Yes it’s all a picture of Him

He left panoramic signs
So we would never forget
Take this lesson to heart
So you will never ever regret

The signs yes this season
Hello springtime glory
Thank you oh thank you
For Retelling The Story

Copyright © April 2019 laurette laster all rights reserved

‘The LORD your God who goes before you will Himself fight on your behalf, just as He did for you in Egypt before your eyes,” (Deuteronomy 1:30 NASB)

 

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

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In the Wintertime by the Tree

“I have come as you have asked to draw you to my heart and lead you out. For now is the time, my beautiful one. The season has changed, the bondage of your barren winter has ended… the season of hiding is over and gone.” (Song of Songs 2:10-11 TPT)

Look closely at these pictures. Do you see the difference?

They each look the same, yet one group of blossoms is from a previous season and the others from today. Because things seems familiar, maybe they are not. One season has passed and another is bursting forth. What is gone is gone, but life emerges season after season.

As I was out taking these photos, I had an illumination I would like to share. I was encouraged and hope you will be too. I felt a sudden life giving jolt in my spirit as I heard in my heart, “because it looks familiar it isn’t!”

These blooms and blossoms have never been here before. They look the same as previous seasons but they are not. Oh… what excitement as I stood close enough to see the details. If I had stayed at a distance I would have missed the delicate intricate details springing forth from the hard trunk of this tree. And worse I would have missed a God encounter and His word to me. I came in the house saying out loud, “I have a word! I have a word!” Do not stay at a distance. Jesus calls us to come near and to follow Him.

I perceived what The Lord was saying. In the wake of many setbacks, false starts, or hope deferred we become discouraged, unable or unwilling, afraid to hope again. We have a sense of familiarity believing it will be the same so why bother. We may think I know that, or I’ve seen that, or maybe the saying, “new season same ‘blooms’.” This simply isn’t true. This is new life. These blossoms and blooms have never seen His sunlight until now. The life is in this tree is bringing forth newness. Season after season; are any two exactly the same? No. Hope does not disappoint.

“What incredible joy bursts forth within us as we keep on celebrating our hope of experiencing God’s glory!” “And this hope is not a disappointing fantasy.”(Roman 5:2-5 TPT)

I’ve never lived this day before. I haven’t seen or experienced spring 2020 before. I find I am more excited about the blossoms today. The realization that winter has passed, and new life is emerging is captivating and invigorating, inviting me outside, up close and personal.

My prayer is that we may pause and look intently into the heart of our Savior. May we not miss one intricate detail. May we have new hope to offer when we speak to those our Lord is drawing to Him. At each encounter we can speak life.

Excerpt from poem-In the Wintertime by the Tree

Can we meet again
Another time
You’ll understand then
maybe you won’t be so blind

Just one more thing
If you can spare
Tell me about
This tree we share

You’ve seen it before
And you’ll see it again
It’s a lesson in hope
And there is no end

To all that The Lord
Will do and say,
If you’ll be patient
And walk in His ways

For just at the right time
When you least expect it
You will see new blooms
This tree is expectant
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See you in March
And bring your pen
We have so much to learn
My sweet, sweet friend

Glad you’re back
What do you see

The hope and the promise;
there is life in this tree!

The blooms, the fragrance
bursting with life
I do think you’re right
About my plight

I’m beginning to see
And I do have hope
I won’t give up
Not only no, but nope

I’ll speak the promises
And believe His word
And know He’ll answer
Because He heard

Thanks for the lesson
And thanks for caring
This tree taught me a lot
These truths I’ll be sharing

With any who’ll listen
and come sit with me
“In the wintertime
by the tree.”

Poem written by laurette laster © 2018 Jan

 

“Yet I am confident I will see the LORD’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living. Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD.”  (Psalm 27: 13-14 NLT)

 

 

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Yes these blossoms are new, they are bursting forth, this is a new decade, this is new life, and where there is life there is hope! My prayer is that we stop today and realize no matter the circumstances new life is coming forth, if we can believe.

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. LauretteOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Devotion

“I long to drink of You, O God, drinking deeply from the streams of pleasure flowing from Your presence. So I say to my soul, “Don’t be discouraged. Don’t be disturbed. For I know my God will breakthrough for me.” (Psalm 42:1,11 TPT)

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Devotion

Intertwined feelings

Dry untapped emotions

Quickly I am summoned

Captured by pure devotion

 

We may be stressed

Somewhat miffed

In the end what matters

Keep that upper lip stiff

 

A season of difficulty

Fear and panic spreading

We are told to keep the faith

We are not dreading

 

Drink from His cup

From the wells of His salvation

Pull away a little longer

Fast and sanctification

 

Drink deep from the wells

From whence salvation comes

Jesus Christ extends His scepter

Into His open arms we run

 

© laurette laster Purim 2020

 

We are not of those who turn back. In the midst of chaos and fear, offer hope. Bring light into darkness. Speak peace during the storm, comfort in times of stress.

Jesus called us the salt of the earth. Salt causes thirst. My prayer is that we walk in such a way others thirst for Him.

When they ask how you are so calm, take their hand and pray, saying only in His Name.

When they admit they’re fearful, take their hand and pray.

When they confess fear of the future speak His Name…

When they don’t know what to do, just say Jesus!

 

“Hathach came back and told Esther everything Mordecai had said. Esther talked it over with Hathach and then sent him back to Mordecai with this message: “Everyone who works for the king here, and even the people out in the provinces, knows that there is a single fate for every man or woman who approaches the king without being invited: death. The one exception is if the king extends his gold scepter; then he or she may live. And it’s been thirty days now since I’ve been invited to come to the king.”

 

Mordecai sent her this message: “Don’t think that just because you live in the king’s house you’re the one Jew who will get out of this alive. If you persist in staying silent at a time like this, help and deliverance will arrive for the Jews from someplace else; but you and your family will be wiped out. Who knows? Maybe you were made queen for just such a time as this.” (Esther 4:9-14 MSG)

 

Purim Blessings,

Resurrection power is breaking forth all around us. Drink deeply, stay a little longer, look more intently, don’t miss the intricate details of life emerging and breaking forth all around us.  We serve a Risen Savior and the earth is rehearsing the joy felt all those years ago. This joy no man takes from us. Restore to us the joy of Your salvation.

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time thank you for listening with me. Laurette