To Love Others As We Are Loved

 

Though we are like grass-here today and gone tomorrow-there is no escaping your infinite love and care. You do not treat us as we deserve but love us gently, perfectly and always with what is best in mind. Thank you, Lord!

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2012     www.holyspiritpress.org    www.eaglesnestfoundation.org

37And He replied to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (intellect). 38This is the great (most important, principal) and first commandment.  39And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as [you do] yourself.  40These two commandments [f]sum up and upon them depend all the Law and the Prophets.  (Matt. 22:37-40 Amplified)

The Lord’s clear mandate to love others as we love ourselves can seem narcissistic at initial glance.  And how are we to love ourselves anyway when so much of God’s message to humanity is that we are sinners?

It is true we are sinners.  None of us can live completely God’s way without stumbling.  But if we are to stop there in our understanding, we have missed the entire point.  When we come to faith in Jesus Christ we are set free not just from physical death but from emotional debilitation and potential emotional death as well.

God knows we are sinners.  He made us able to seek holiness, defined as consecration and dedication to God, but unable to attain His perfection.  It is through God’s own sacrifice of Himself for us that we receive the right to draw near to Him who alone is fully perfect. Through Christ we no longer are rejected, but accepted.  Thus, we are freed from wrong, often crippling perceptions to see ourselves as God sees us.

As a result of Jesus’ complete obedience to the Father unto death, regardless of our imperfections, God sees us through the eyes of His Son and His Son’s sacrifice on the cross.  This sacrifice atoned for everything we would ever do wrong, because Christ already endured the justifiable punishment for our shortcomings (our sins, our ways of being and doing which do not mirror God’s way).  God sees us through merciful eyes filled with unconditional, unwavering, infinite, everlasting love. God sees us as the ones for whom He has yearned, longing for us to return to Him like the father of the prodigal.

Through Jesus we not only are redeemed from certain death now and forever, we also are adopted and made joint heirs with Christ, who is forever the only begotten Son of God.  Immediately we are seated with Christ spiritually in the heavenly realms by our faith in His salvation and decision to follow Him, and given infinite authority through the power of His name (which represents all that He is) for we belong to His family.  We are exquisitely beautiful to Him because we are made in His image – the image of the one true Supreme, Sovereign God.  And when we consider how and why He saves us from eternal death – not because it is what we deserve, but because of who He is – He offers us the gift of freedom from condemnation and rejection as we internalize the truth of His acceptance and love.

Thus it is through Jesus we finally can choose to love ourselves.  This is not because we have become perfect in any way, but because we have not become perfect, yet we know God loves us infinitely regardless.  This reality sets us free from living out our earthly lives emotionally crippled by deceptive, wrong, self-perceptions.

We love ourselves not because we are self-made and great but because we know we are nothing compared to Him.  We have no power or perfection and yet we are redeemed.  We love ourselves because we are in awe of what He has done.  If He can love us as we are, then how can we not?  We do not become proud in this love, but humble, realistic and grateful for we know we have done nothing to deserve it.

Loving others follows learning to love ourselves in light of God’s love.  Only when we begin to see ourselves as God sees us, and drop to our figurative and physical knees in awe of the astounding revelation of this love can we begin to love others like ourselves, which is what He asks of us.  It is out of this recognition He empowers us to begin to gaze upon the imperfections of others with His merciful, forgiving, tender loving view, forgiving their trespasses against us because we know what it is like to need forgiveness and be completely forgiven.  We intercede for others from our spiritual position with Jesus at the right hand of the Father, not because we are better than anyone, but because we know we are not.

We choose to love and not hate even in instances where we must set boundaries of protection between some individuals and ourselves because of their choices.  This is because even when others are at their ugliest and far from God, He still loves them.  We love them because He first loved us and still does.

Choosing to love others out of the love we have found for ourselves in Christ is a way of celebrating how the Lord sees all of us and loves us eternally and at all costs.

Selah! [Pause, and calmly think of that!]

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Eagles Nest Foundation , Inc.
www.eaglesnestfoundation.org

Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist.  She is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way. 

For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org  Worship music audio clips can be found at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro and on itunes.

Elizabeth is the Founder of Eagles Nest Foundation which provides spiritual support & encouragement to military and military families as well as those in physical and emotional battles (such as cancer, long-term illness) as well as those grieving a loss.  (A current outreach is The Japan GRIEF Project.)  For information email info@eaglesnestfoundation.org or visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org  

Eagles Nest Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible.  Thank you for your prayers and support!

From Dry Wasteland to Land of Promise and Harvest

You alone cause waters to flow in the desert wasteland so that Your crops can grow and flourish and be nurtured to Your harvest. Come, Holy Spirit, renew the face of the earth.

PROPHETIC WORD

Please remember, when the Holy Spirit “downloads” a word, it either will resonate with you or it will not.  No one prophetic word is for every person. But there are some for whom God had intended this.  I am human and imperfect.  Please always pray before you read and as you read. And this is my prayer for you: ”LORD, please lead each reader perfectly and cause them to receive and remember, only that which is from You for them.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.” ~ Elizabeth

It is My spring!  Awaken, awaken!  I am calling My Bride!  Awaken, awaken!  Look and see that I AM!  Look and see how much I love you!  My love is never-ending!  My love is all encompassing!  My love is merciful, compassionate and on fire for all whom I created.  Like the father of the prodigal son, this is who I AM.  So many who I created for intimacy have walked away from Me for generations gone by and today their children do not know Me.  This does not mean that I love them less.  My love remains infinite and everlasting.  Yet, I will not force them to come to Me.  It must be their choice.  But how I long for them to choose to turn and see Me – to see all that I AM and to begin to experience all I have for them.  My heart is consumed with creating opportunity for them to turn.  My heart is consumed with loving them.

Will you who love Me, love them with Me?  While they are still in darkness and far away will you partner with Me in prayer for them?  Will you go into the dark places and be with them as My flickering light of Truth as I lead you for as long as I ordain it?  Would you see this as My blessed work and not punishment?  Would you carry Me to them?

What would you give that they might turn and know Me?  I gave My life.

And I will pour out My Spirit on you and through you like a river – My River of Life, so that if you press into Me and seek Me alone…if you listen for My voice and walk out My will, focusing on drawing nearer to Me with eyes for Me alone….if you will lay down hate, anger, division and jealousy….if you will give the critical, judging, condemning spirit no opening to move within you, then I will rush through you with great force.  I will put My power on your words and though your words and actions in obedience to My promptings may not seem great to you, they will have My kingdom effect for My glory.

I will do heart surgery.  I will mend hearts.  I will give them My heart and transform their lives as they seek Me and keep on seeking for they have encountered Me through you.  I will open their eyes so they are no longer blind.  I will open their ears to hear My truth and know My voice. And I will lead them as a loving Shepherd beside beautiful waters of refreshing, which do not end.  I will plant them by My river – My River of Life – and there they will flourish in Me, bearing My fruit to feed the many who are starving for Me until they too have their eyes opened and ears unstopped and are satisfied.

The prodigals of the nations will turn, see Me and bow because you seek to do My will.  I have ordained it.  We are at the point of breakthrough. The winter is passed.  It is My spring. The fruit is not yet visible, but the blossoms have appeared for I have ordained it. The fruit will follow and the harvest will not fail for I have ordained this seasons’s planting to be fed directly from My River of Life – the Living Water of My Spirit.  I will cause My Spirit, the Living Water, to bubble up from beneath the ground, which was thought to be a dry and ongoing wasteland.  I will cause this wasteland – this spiritual desert waste – to be a wasteland no more, for I will be there where they thought I could never be and all will see it.

humbly written down as “heard” on March 22, 2012 by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2012 while praying for the Middle East (though applicable beyond the Middle East as well)

  

Eagles Nest Foundation , Inc.
www.eaglesnestfoundation.org

Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist.  She is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way. 

For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org  Worship music audio clips can be found at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro and on itunes.

Elizabeth is the Founder of Eagles Nest Foundation which provides spiritual support & encouragement to military and military families as well as those in physical and emotional battles (such as cancer, long-term illness) as well as those grieving a loss.  (A current outreach is The Japan GRIEF Project.)  For information email info@eaglesnestfoundation.org or visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org  

Eagles Nest Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible.  Thank you for your prayers and support!

Pruning Often Follows the Prophetic

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Beloved Master Gardener, You prune us to be fruitful for You. Thank You, Father God for Your perfect care and constant loving kindness

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2012     www.holyspiritpress.org      www.eaglesnestfoundation.org

God knows the plans He has for us and sometimes He gives us whispers, partial knowledge or vision of what these plans are through what is known as the “prophetic”.  The prophetic is supernatural for it comes from God through the power of His Holy Spirit and speaks of what is to be, but is not yet.  The prophetic is very different from seeking to know the future through alternative sources such as fortune telling, astrology or other forms of divination, which strictly are forbidden by God.

The reason the Lord forbids seeking information in any other way but through Himself is simple.  By definition, God is Supreme.  He is the Source of all knowledge, wisdom, power – all things.  Only He is Truth.  As God and Lord, He is to be respected as the only viable Source. We are to go to no other power within or outside ourselves to seek knowledge.  If we do, it dishonors God and puts us off God’s path outside His will, for who or what we have chosen to follow is not Him.  Our actions have elevated other sources above Him.  In so doing, we have chosen to remove ourselves from under His leadership and put ourselves outside the boundaries of His kingdom.  As a result, we are no longer under His covering of promised protection and provision.  When we say, we believe in God, the Lord requires an authenticity in our actions which confirms what we say we believe. We are to seek God alone.

God’s purpose in revealing to us a sense of our future through the prophetic is manifold. Frequently this information is provided in order to encourage us to keep going during the difficult times which often occur between the release of the prophetic word and its fulfillment.  Additionally, having an idea of our direction, also helps us to recognize when God puts His next steps before us and gives us the courage to step forward into them!

When a prophetic word is spoken or the Lord gives a vision or whisper of what is to come, often it feels like water flowing into dry land.  Suddenly we are refreshed, for that which has been revealed touches us on a deep, intimate, personal level. This is because what God has planned for each individual is that for which He created us.  When we are doing that for which He created us, we are fulfilled completely!  Thus the prophetic affirms God sees us and knows us, and it awakens a longing deep within for that which He foreknew as His plan.  We know we want what is coming.  We become excited.  We wait expectantly.  We declare, “We are ready, Lord!”

However, the prophetic cannot be walked out without simultaneous, ongoing seeking of holiness.  To seek holiness is not to seek perfection, but to dedicate our lives fully to God (which by default requires an ongoing inner process of transformation more and more into His way of living and outlook).  Without a life consiciously, minute by minute consecrated to Him (devoted to Him and His way), He cannot grant fulfillment of the prophetic.  It will not honor Him and it will destroy us.

Remember everything God does is about the Great Commission.  He is the loving Father and devoted Bridegroom who wants as many of us as will choose Him, with Him for eterntiy!  Everything God does is about greater revelation of Himself to others, so more and more can have opportunity to make that choice.

We are God’s instruments, the tools and vessels through which He reveals the invisible reality of who He is.  Thus, our prophetic destiny is not all about us, but about the Lord putting us in position so more can come know Him for who He is.

So long as we are seeking fulfillment of our prophetic destiny for our own sake, our Lord cannot allow that which has been prophesied to come into the fullness of what He intends.  It would not accomplish His purposes.  In fact, it would accomplish the opposite.

Not only would He not be revealed through it, but to allow us to think we have “attained” that which He has promised, instead of rejoicing in our service to Him no matter the result for us, is not to have our best interest at heart.  He loves us too much for this!

To allow the prophetic to be fulfilled before we have made His purposes our own, is for Him to allow us to live for human success and He knows there is no lasting joy or peace to be found on that path.  He created us to be His bride – lovers sold out to only Him – walking out lives which serve eternal good purposes, not chasing success which is deceptive because it is both empty and fleeting.

Our Lord loves us and created us for more, so as Master Gardener, frequently once we receive His vision for our future, we enter a season of winter and pruning where all seems to have died and we wonder if we heard the Lord accurately about our future at all.  The storms we encounter can be violent.  God uses these to soften the soil of our hearts for the His plowing which will enable the new planting.  He uses these to build our spiritual muscle that we will be stronger in Him and by Him.  We will not get through these storms without a greater understanding of His Truth.  And so in the storms we have a tendency to seek to know the Lord more.  The result is that we find the foundation of Christ beneath us, growing more and more firm.  He is our Rock!

As we begin to stretch and grow into His plans, the Master Gardener loves our enthusiasm and heart for the work and yet, He sees where we still are not growing right and so with great love He prunes us, cutting away that which cannot grow as part of His Vine (Jesus), so we can be even more fuitful.  What joy! Thank You, Lord that You prune us, for we all want to bear more fruit for our King!

While the idea of Him lovingly pruning us to produce more greatly for His harvest initially paints a beautiful pastoral scene, the reality is harder to endure.  When we consider the season and process of pruning with which we are familier in the visible, natural realm, it gives us a picture of how God prunes in the supernatural, spiritual realm.

When a vine or fruit tree is pruned, pieces of it are severely cut off.  It is reduced in size.  It is shaped, not according to its own will, but as the Gardener decides is best.  As human beings to have pieces of our inner selves cut off can’t feel good!

Most pruning also occurs in winter before signs of spring. Therefore already with the appearance of life gone, the vines and fruit trees are further reduced in size by pruning, humbled as it were to look even more insignificant and vulenrable.

Hmmm….this is what God does in our lives as well….and it is good.  For despite the outward appearance in winter (perhaps especially in winter) and after pruning life continues.  Death is not the end result. Spring is!

Growth begins anew beneath the surface, and in the better, more fruitful and right direction according to the Gardener’s touch.  Out of the pain of pruning, grow new, healthier branches attached to the Vine which indeed will bear His fruit.

There is nothing better than to be used by Him for His purposes.  Nothing!

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.  5 I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”  (John 15:1-5 NIV)

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness and self-control…  (Gal. 5:22-23 NIV)

Selah! [Pause & calmly think of that!]

Lord, do not fulfill our prophetic destinies for our own sake, but for Yours.  Help us to embrace whatever pruning comes, trusting in You through it and seeking what You would like to teach us through it. Gives us ears to hear, eyes to see and hearts to embrace, that which You would have us learn.  Lord, we do bow down and give You our lives.  We do commit our hearts and all that we are to You for Your purposes for Your glory.  Have Your way, Lord. Have Your way.  Our trust and hope are entirely in You.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Eagles Nest Foundation , Inc. 
www.eaglesnestfoundation.org

Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist.  She is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way. 

For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org  Worship music audio clips can be found at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro

Elizabeth is the Founder of Eagles Nest Foundation which provides spiritual support & encouragement to military and military families as well as those in physical and emotional battles (such as cancer, long-term illness) as well as those grieving a loss.  (A current outreach is The Japan GRIEF Project.)  For information email info@eaglesnestfoundation.org or visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org  

Eagles Nest Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible.  Thank you for your prayers and support!

You are Already Famous to ME

Lord God, You give us our reason for being. You give us life. Our purpose is found in You. Use us to spread Your fame throughout the earth in the way which pleases You. We wait for Your Word - bowed, listening...

PROPHETIC WORD

Do not seek fame.  You do not need it for you are already famous to Me.

I know you and I love you with all your shortcomings and faults.  You are beautiful and loved infinitely.  I could not love you more.  (And no one could love you more than I already do.)

The fame of this world is deceitful.  You seek to be known.  Yet what the world builds up it also delights to wrongly judge, rip down and destroy.  There is no love in it.  It is not Me.  It is not My way.  It does not represent My Kingdom way.

Worship God and do not seek to be worshipped.  Only God is to be exalted.  The Father is exalted by the Son and the Son by the Father.  However, true value of the individual is in considering others better than oneself. True value is the valuing of others without the de-valuing of self.  True value is to know you are of infinite value to the Lord whether you are seen by the world or not!  Be in Me! Seek Me!  Revel in My love.  It is the only love which will not disappoint.  With Me are eternally lasting good consequences.  The fame of this world is of no lasting value and gone in an instant.

You have no need for this fame.  There is great burden which fame (and even wealth) brings with it, for fame is not the blessing it seems.  If I allow it to come to pass as part of your service to Me, then I also will provide you with the strength for it, but in order to survive its manifaceted onslaught, you must take nothing for granted.  You must cling to Me daily, moment by moment and ongoing as never before.

There is great risk for now and for eternity in the fame society dangles before you like a priceless jewel.  Its value is fake.  It is not as it seems.

Do not look to the right or left to see who is watching or if they are watching.  That is the wrong focus.  I see you.  Look only to Me or anything which is built will be destroyed and washed away because it was not built on Me, the Rock.

Seek only the wealth that lasts. Seek Me and My Way.

True treasure is to be in Me and for Me.  I provide everything else you need and I provide it perfectly.  What I provide will not always look like you think you want or how you expect because I AM and I am infinitely superior to you.  My ways are not your ways.  Neither are my thoughts your thoughts.  As high as the heavens are above the earth, so much higher are my ways, my thoughts, my perfect plans and strategies.

I know your needs.  I know your wants.  Fame is not the answer.  I AM.  Your delight will never be full or complete, there will be no true joy or peace until you know I AM and can rest in it.  Look to Me, for in Me you need to look no further.  You are made complete by Me, in Me and through Me.

Success defined as you have been taught is a lie.  It is no success at all. True success is to  be Mine and it is to be in Me with Me in you as I am in the Father and  the Father is in Me, joined together for My purposes throughout the earth.

I came on a mission of love.  Money did not matter and money does not matter.  It is a mere tool.  It can be used for great good if you steward as I direct!  (And it is MINE not yours anyway.)  However, I promise to provide all that you need, therefore you do not need to seek money, you need to seek Me!

Do the work I set before you and I will enable you to have enough.  Trust Me; seek Me – not wealth and fame. The joy and inner peace you seek is not in it.  It is found in Me alone.

Humbly written down as “heard”  on March 14, 2012 by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2012

Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist.  She is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way. 

For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org  Worship music audio clips can be found at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro

Elizabeth is the Founder of Eagles Nest Foundation which provides spiritual support & encouragement to military and military families as well as those in physical and emotional battles (such as cancer, long-term illness) as well as those grieving a loss.  (A current outreach is The Japan GRIEF Project.)  For information email info@eaglesnestfoundation.org or visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org  

Eagles Nest Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible.  Thank you for your prayers and support!

Know That I Love You

Lord, there are seasons of winter where all seems dead & yet because of the rain & snow which come with the storms, You bring forth new life in the spring! Lord, use us. We are yours. Produce a harvest from our lives which grows Your Kingdom for Your glory!

PROPHETIC WORD

When the Holy Spirit “downloads” a word, it either will resonate with you or it will not.  No one prophetic word is for every person. But there are some for whom God had intended this.  I am human and imperfect.  Please always pray before you read and as you read. And this is my prayer for you: ”LORD, please lead each reader perfectly and cause them to receive and remember, only that which is from You for them.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.” ~ Elizabeth

I am the Lord.  I am Your God and I have been watching you.  I have seen how difficult it has been.  I have seen the struggles, the hardships which seem to never end, the temptations which some days seem to lurk around every corner, and yet know I am pleased with you.  You are My child and I love you.

Sometimes you might be tempted to think My love is dependent upon your choices.  Know that it is not.  I love you infinitely and unconditionally at all times. There is nothing you can do to increase My love for you, for My love already is. There is also nothing you can do to lose it.

Do you know My Son, Jesus?  I sent Him to earth to live and die for you. By My power, He also rose from the dead for you.  He paid the price.  I know you can never be perfect.  I created you, remember?  I created you to reveal My glory – that all would know the incomprehensible wonder that I am – so that they in turn would choose Me as Savior and Lord, so that we can be together again for eternity.

You see, that is the product of My love.  I made you in My own image, knowing you would not be perfect, knowing I would have to save you, providing the way back home to Me, because I wanted to demonstrate to you and for you the depths of My love.

I am the God of restoration. There is nothing so broken that it cannot be restored by Me.  I delight to restore!  How I rejoice to walk beside you in your restoration process.

Persevere. Though the path be rough, do not give up.  I will never leave you or forsake you.  I love you infinitely already, remember?

There are gifts for you from Me for each step forward you take.  Do not worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow has enough worry of its own. Do not worry and do not fear.  There are those who can harm your body, but they cannot touch your destiny in Me and for Me.

Look to Me alone.  I will never leave you or forsake you.  I say it again, because I want you to never forget  the truth: I will never leave you or forsake you.  Remember the path of Jesus.  It was not easy either.  He encountered evil and was persecuted and oppressed.  Yet, through His suffering I brought great, eternal victory for many.  I can turn all things for eventual eternal good because I alone am GOD, Lord, Sovereign, King.  And I alone am good, filled with mercy and abounding in loving-kindness.

No matter how dark it may get here on earth, look to Me.  I am your Light in all darkness. Come to Me when you are weary and I will refresh you.  Lay your head on My lap, rest in Me and let Me carry your load.  These burdens were not meant for you.  You must walk them out, but I carry them (if you will let Me), just as I carry you.

Seek to hear My voice.  I am gentle, humble and all loving.  I do not condemn or reject, but invite, include and accept, so long as you choose Me and My way as Lord.  Seek to hear My voice and I will be Your Shepherd. Each moment of each day I will lead you in the way you are to go.  I will refresh you.  Seek Me and My way minute by minute, day by day.  Obey in the seemingly ordinary and seemingly illogical and I will pour My Spirit into you and through you that when people see you they will see Jesus Christ – not by your power, but by Mine.  For you were created to reveal My glory.

That is your job – to let Me shine through you wherever life takes you.  You are to reflect me as the moon reflects the sun on good days and bad, on hard days and delightfully easy ones.  Look to Me alone in all things and your joy will be complete. Trust Me and your days will be days for rejoicing because you will know I am with you and make all things new.  You will know I am with you and when you obey what you hear (for you will have learned to recognize My voice), it is then you also will experience the overflowing abundance of how I provide perfectly for you.

There are consequences to choices, but I am Victor over all of them and I can and will turn all things for good in light of eternity in the lives of those who love Me and follow Me.

Will you follow Me? Will you seek Me beyond anything else?  Will you let Me lead you through every moment of your day? I am the Lord who heals you.  I am the Lord who loves you.  I am the Lord who knows the way. Will you let Me use you on hard days and on good days?  Will you be the lamp carrying My light on dark days that others might see and know I am Lord?  I love them all – every one of them.  I want them all with Me forever, but first they must see Me in order to choose whether or not they will acknowledge Me and bow to Me and in so doing find their way home.  My heart aches until they are with Me even as it has ached for you.  Will you let Me use you in all your circumstances, in all your feelings of inadequacy to be My love to them, so they will see and know I am Lord?

I love you.  Never forget.  I love you as you are and you cannot lose My love. Simply turn to Me and keep on turning.  Come to Me daily and repeatedly in honesty and contrition. Come to Me and celebrate what I have done and will do!  I know it is not easy.  I will always forgive when you ask and what I wipe away is forgotten!  I always will heal you day by day by day.  I am your Refuge and strength.  In Me is your great and never-ending purpose.  In Me is mercy, love, abundance and rest.  Never forget, I will always love for you are My beloved child and I am well pleased with you.

Humbly written down as “heard”  by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2012, the evening March 13, 2012 when in response to a request I asked the Lord if He had a message for those in the Salvation Army’s rehabilitation program. However, it is not just for them, but for all who are hurting and recovering from different life challenges.

Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist.  She is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way. 

For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org  Worship music audio clips can be found at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro

Elizabeth is the Founder of Eagles Nest Foundation which provides spiritual support & encouragement to military and military families as well as those in physical and emotional battles (such as cancer, long-term illness) as well as those grieving a loss.  (A current outreach is The Japan GRIEF Project.)  For information email info@eaglesnestfoundation.org or visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org  

Eagles Nest Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible.  Thank you for your prayers and support!

I AM Waiting for You

There is no other God. There is no other Lord. You are the One for whom we hunger & thirst. Only life in You satisfies now & in eternity. We seek Your face. We seek Your will. We bow, pledge allegiance and adore.

PROPHETIC WORD

Sometimes the Holy Spirit “downloads” a word.  As always, it either will resonate with you or it will not.  No one prophetic word is for each person. But there are some for whom God had intended this.  I am human and imperfect.  Pray before you read and as you read. And this is my prayer for you: ”LORD, please lead each reader perfectly and cause them to receive and remember, only that which is from You for them.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.” ~ Elizabeth

I AM.  I AM.  I AM.  I AM.  I AM.

I AM and there is no other. There is no other God.  Your life is in Me and nowhere else.  Your purpose is through Me and no where else.  Your destiny is from Me.  There is nothing else which will satisfy.

Why do you spend so much time chasing after that which will not satisfy?  I AM.   The streets of the home I have prepared for you are paved in gold.  Gold is not precious. It is common.

Yet, here you chase after it as if it could give you everything you need.  You dig and dig and dig and dig, but find nothing of lasting worth.  You are never satisfied.  You never will be satisfied.  It is never enough because no matter what you find, it is not that for which you thirst.  I made you.  I know.

I created you for intimacy with Me.  I created you because I love you.  I am the only One who will always love you, always understand you, always want what is best for you and work to give it to you.  I have the power to provide and I provide perfectly for those I love, who seek Me in return.  I will never envy or reject. I will not condemn, but will accept all who turn to Me with a heart to repent – a heart to change their ways in recognition that I AM and that they now want relationship with Me.  I sent My Son Jesus to die, so that in taking the punishment for all you have done and will do, My Door is open to you through Him.

I AM. There is no other.  You do not ordain and decide the times and seasons.  I do. It is not for You to decide when life begins or ends. That is My job.  I enable all things.  It is all by My power.  You have no power on Your own.  I AM.

If I were to remove Myself completely, you would be no more.   In Me, all things live move and have their being.  Those who believe they can exist without Me are fools.  And yet….I love them, too.

But even though you mock Me, turn your backs on Me and pretend I am not there, I remain.  I AM.  You will pass away.  Your physical life will end and though I want you with Me for eternity (I yearn for it so deeply that I gave My only Son), the choice is yours.

I AM the answer to everything you seek.  When you finally choose to walk in My way, I have so many gifts for you.  In addition to victory over death (forever!), I remove the need for all your worry and all your anxiety. I give you good purpose no matter what your circumstances.  My Spirit fills you until you are overcome with joy, thanksgiving and a deep abiding peace which cannot be rocked.  And there is no need for rushing, for my plan is perfect.  Jesus, My Son, rested in My will.  He did not rush. It is My gift to you, too.

This does not mean you will always get your way.  I know better.  I AM Your Father. I AM Your Savior.  I AM Your Guide and Comforter.  I know what is best for you and the rest of the world.  I will give you no less.

This does not mean there will be no evil. Evil is because Adam and Eve chose to obey the serpent, trusting him over Me.  There will be evil here. But in the end, I will use it all for good.  Consider the cross! I will bring a harvest out of all of it, for nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing can stop My love or My plans.

I extend My hand to you as a loving Father.  I am waiting for intimacy with you.  I invite you into the quiet where I will share My heart.  Climb up onto My lap in the Spirit and I will tell you the greatest story there has ever been. It is the story of how much I love you.  I will carry you and show you My view.  What has caused you distress need not distress you anymore.

If you will but seek Me as much as you seek after gold and worldly riches, after fleeting fame and celebrity, after position, title and power which have no lasting effect or fulfillment, then I will teach you My voice.  You will hear My voice. My thoughts will resound within you.  You will enter more deeply into My peace and contentment.  I will lead you in the way you are to go and it will be good.  Your heart will be mended and your inner wounds healed.  I will pour out My Spirit on you.  He will teach you. You will learn to hear My voice.  I will teach you My way of love. I will pour My Spirit through you to love others in ways you do not know but I do.

It will not matter whether anyone else notices you for I AM and you will be in Me.  It will be enough because I AM. You are My lily in the field. You are beautiful to me.  I will tend to your needs.  You will grow and change because I ordain it.   You have no power on your own.  You will be in My will for My glory!  And know, that even when no one else sees it (especially when no one else sees) that I see and I know and I will be well pleased with you.  Consider it.  There is nothing better.  There is nothing else which matters.

I AM the LORD and there is no other.  I AM the one true God.  I am He who loves and He who saves.  I am Almighty and Sovereign and the destiny of all is in Me, if they will but turn, know I am God, bow, listen and follow.

I am waiting.  Will you give up pursuit of what you think is right and seek after Me.  I will be found by you and your delight will be never ceasing?  Will you let Me lead you through your days instead of deciding for yourself what you think is right and asking Me to follow?

You are one of My precious ones. They all are.  Like the father of the prodigal son, I wait for you to turn and see that your true life’s purpose is in Me and for Me.  I desire to use you through whom to love them all!

I am building up My army.  It is an army of love.  It is an army of righteousness.  Your orders have been issued.  I am waiting.  Will you accept them?

Look no longer for the approval of the world.  Look only to Me.  They do not know. They are passing away even as you are and they have limited vision and understanding.  Only I AM.

You are beautiful to Me.  I made you in My own image.  I made us to work together – Me working through you even though I know you cannot do it perfectly for you are not God – that they all might know I AM God.

Will you hear my call?  Will you turn and know I am God?  Will you lay down all the other prioritites which are less (but which have become as gods you hope will save) and find your hope in the plans I have for you and the world?  Will you choose to love Me as I love you?  I am waiting.  You are beautiful to Me.  I have good work for you.  I love you as you are. I love you for how you will be in Me as you submit to me, seeking Me and let Me transform your heart even more.  It will be for your joy and mine will be complete as well for I love you.  I AM your Father.  I AM your God.  I AM your answer. I am waiting.

Humbly written down as “heard” March 12, 2012 at 6:15am by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2012

Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist.  She is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way. 

For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org  Worship music audio clips can be found at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro

Elizabeth is the Founder of Eagles Nest Foundation which provides spiritual support & encouragement to military and military families as well as those in physical and emotional battles (such as cancer, long-term illness) as well as those grieving a loss.  (A current outreach is The Japan GRIEF Project.)  For information email info@eaglesnestfoundation.org or visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org  

Eagles Nest Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible.  Thank you for your prayers and support!

Slow Down….

Lord, Your magnificent ways are not ours. We bow to You. We are listening. Your Spirit teaches us to walk in Your Way. We rejoice.

PROPHETIC WORD

Sometimes the Holy Spirit “downloads” a word.  As always, it either will resonate with you or it will not.  No one prophetic word is for each person. But there are some for whom God had intended this.  I am human and imperfect.  Pray before you read and as you read. And this is my prayer for you: ”LORD, please lead each reader perfectly and cause them to receive and remember, only that which is from You for them.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.” ~ Elizabeth

Slow down!  Do not run through life.  Walk in balance.  I did not run.  I walked.  No matter how urgent what you are facing looks, the time I provide will be sufficient for it. I say it again: slow down and walk in balance.

Part of your worship is to trust Me for My timing, and not to force your own.  Worship is more than a song.  It is not an arbitrary action, but a heart-attitude, which like a fountain springs forth from deep waters under the ground where no one can see.  Worship springs forth out of an increasing knowing of Me as revealed by the Holy Spirit flowing down from My throne and infiltrating the quiet depths of your soul.  My Spirit knows Me and teaches you about Me. He is there ready and waiting to give you more until you are filled to overflowing (and overflowing) with all that I AM to everyone around you.  It is your blessing; it is your gift from Me; it is your refreshment, your revival and your new life…It is also My purpose.

My Son only did as He saw Me doing.  My Son did not have Hiis own plan which He chose to execute on earth.  He executed Mine.  Who do you think you are to decide your own life?  Are you are follower of Jesus or are you not?  That your decision.  No other.

Do not say I cannot be heard. I can. It is my promise and I do not lie. But I must be sought. What are you seeking each day?  Are you seeking a job promotion as your answer? A spouse? A relationship with a friend?  More leisure or a bigger home, or celebrity?  Are you seeking to be known and recognized and honored by people? Are you seeking to receive great wealth.  What is it that you yearn for?

These are not bad, but they are not your answer.  I AM. They are less than what I AM.  They are immeasurably less than what I offer.  Seek Me and I will carry you so you soar like an eagle which will be your blessing, but is for My glory. Seek Me and I will show you the view of life from My perspective for My ways are not yours.  Mine are supremely higher and better.

I have such  profound, eternal purpose for you each day and not just where you think you yearn to be, but also where you currently are.  But you must let Me direct you. I long to flow through you like a river.  I long to use you more as My vessel than ever before – not just to choose to love others by your power, but to allow My love to pour through you to them in the way I desire, which is not just to refresh them for a moment, but to usher them into the depths of eternal intimacy with Me.  I long to breathe My life into them – to heal their hearts and place them into My purpose.

How I long for more of them to learn to be in Me as I am in the Father and the Father is in Me, for I am the Dwelling Place.  I am the Refuge.  I am the Safe Tower.  In Me all things live and move and have their being.

Be silent and stop moving so hurriedly for a moment.  Seek Me.  Listen.  All creation is declaring My glory by how it is. The tree does not rush to grow nor the flower to bloom. They are all in My perfect timing. They move in harmony with Me so that the sound resounds to My glory in the deepest, most intricate, melodic way.  All creation beyond humanity rests in Me and has My peace because all creation besides you must.  They have no choice to attempt to reject My way or pretend that I am  not in control.  I AM.

Know that I am God and there is no other.  Seek Me and I will be found.

I cannot be found in the hectic.  You must choose to move in a different way.  This does not mean you are to stop everything at all times for I also created You for work and the need to do work through which I provide for you.  But stop rushing.  Trust.  Worship. Drink in My Spirit. Abide.  It is your spiritual act of authentic worship to put Me first.  It is where I am and where I belong. And I will be found by you.

Humbly written down as “heard” on a walk Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 6:15am by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2012

Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist.  She is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way. 

For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org  Worship music audio clips can be found at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro

Elizabeth is the Founder of Eagles Nest Foundation which provides spiritual support & encouragement to military and military families as well as those in physical and emotional battles (such as cancer, long-term illness) as well as those grieving a loss.  (A current outreach is The Japan GRIEF Project.)  For information email info@eaglesnestfoundation.org or visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org  

Eagles Nest Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible.  Thank you for your prayers and support!

It is My Spring: Seek Me, Listen to Me & Follow Where I Lead

Lord, You are! You are the Son - the perfect, brilliant Light which shines in the darkness. You use us to be Your reflection as the moon reflects the sun. Rise in us, oh Lord. Your purposes are glorious and our trust is in You all day long.

PROPHETIC WORD

Sometimes the Holy Spirit “downloads” a word.  Either it will resonate with you or it will not.  No one prophetic word is for each person. But there are some for whom God intended this as an encouragement.  I am human and imperfect.  Pray before you read and as you read. And this is my prayer for you: “LORD, please lead each reader perfectly and cause them to receive and remember, only that which is from You for them.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.” ~ Elizabeth

Look around you.  Spring is coming.  It is almost here.  It is a new season.  I have done it.  I have done it again. This is by My hand, so that no person may boast.

This will be a season like no other. That which I have said I will do, I will do.  But I am calling you deeper. I am calling you higher:  deeper in Me – into My heart, into My purposes, into My rest; and higher up to where I am, where you finally will have more of My overview.

It is time to stop groveling in the dirt.  Look up and see that I have made you a little lower than the angels and when you bow to Me and call Me, Lord, I scoop you up and call You child – My beloved adopted one – and My beloved bride to whom I have always been faithful even when you were not faithful to Me.

Many of you have been looking for the wrong thing.  I know you love Me, but you have not understood.  You have been looking at your life from a lesser human perspective instead of Mine.

You have been looking for money and worldly wealth as the answer to many of the problems you see before you, but money is not the answer.   I AM.    I am the Provider of all you have and will have. I am the enabler.  I alone know what you need, how much and when to accomplish My purposes and faithfully I provide it.

What is it to you if I desire to move you?  Will you not trust Me as I close one door and open another?

At the same time you still must learn that everything you have is not yours, but Mine. Stop deciding on your own how to spend your time, and how to allocate the resources.  I have provided these things to work through you, what I want accomplished!  Yes, you will be blessed by the process, but it is not just about you.

Do you remember why I saved you….why I gave Myself for you before you even knew Me?  It is because of My great, everlasting, infinite and unfathomable love for you.  I love each and every one just as I love you and I will not stop, will not stop, will not stop until every one of them has had the opportunity over and over to choose Me (or not).  My heart is breaking until they turn and find their true destiny in me!  I am their Father!

When you chose Me as your Lord I thought that you would seek My heart so that together we could love them.  You have been distracted by too many things.  You have worried and fretted, allowing your mind to be consumed by that which I already have promised to provide.

Do you believe in Me? Then why don’t you believe in what I have promised?

You do not have to worry about your finances.  I will provide.  It will be enough and in time for what I desire to work through you, where I want you.

You do not have to worry about your healing.  I will heal.  I will heal as it is in My perfect will to use you for My purposes, to shine My light of truth about the eternal nature of life as My ambassador until I bring you home into My intimate heavenly presence for eternity.

Pray. Pray. Pray. Lift it all up to Me.  Partner with Me for My power to be released that My purposes would be accomplished on the earth: that multitudes would find Me and find their true home – their forever home with Me, through Me and in Me.

You are looking for this world to be the perfect place.  It will never be that.  It is your valley of decision. Am I Lord or am I not Lord?

I have treasures for you, but you have not recognized them.  The treasures which I offer you are greater than anything you have ever sought before.  Nothing compares to Me –nothing. You have sought that which has value for an instant, which can provide material things which in the end have no value at all.  I am offering you all that I am, My wisdom – the secrets of My heart.  I offer you these treasures in response for seeking Me.

Dig for Me as you would for gold, rubies and pearls! Search until you find more, more and more of Me.  I am not hiding.  I merely need to be sought and I will open My treasuries of true riches to you!

In exchange for focusing on seeking Me, you do not have to strive.  I even have removed the need to worry.  All you have to do is seek more of Me – more understanding and to hear My voice.  All you have to do is become as a child and take My hand, following as best you can where I lead.  I will take care of everything else.

Yes, there will be work, for I created you for work!  But you are called to rest in Me throughout.   You are called to be at rest in Me, trusting Me as I lead.

This is My gift to you and you do not take it!  Consider the young child asleep in his or her bed. Consider how because of their innocent, blatant, subconscious, all-encompassing trust in their parents, they rest in complete and utter peace. This is My gift to you for every day regardless of your age and you reject it because you worry about what you want.  Do you think what you want is greater than what I will give you? Do you not know that I love you? Do you not know that what I provide will be better than what you could want?

No, you will not always get your way and there will be those you love who suffer. There will be those you love who die.  But you have forgotten why Jesus came!  Death is not the end, but the entry into the fullness of everything I promised.  Yes, you will grieve, for I created you to love and I created you to miss those you love and it will hurt.  I know this hurt.  I gave My Son…  Yet, do not forget My victory over death and the great, great promise of what lies ahead.

Regarding suffering, remember that though suffering will remain a part of this physical existence until I bring each of you home, I can and do use this suffering for great, great good if you will let Me.  I AM JESUS.  I KNOW SUFFERING.  Through suffering wrought by the enemy, the Father and I redeemed the world.  As a result of My suffering and death, the gates of heaven opened for you, I remain on the throne and the Holy Spirit – My Great and Awesome Spirit – was released for you to guide, direct and counsel you.  What the enemy means for evil I use for good for I am Conqueror and Victor always.  I am Almighty and Supreme and all the enemy’s plans are thwarted and turned for My glory.

Choose to rest in Me in this new spring. Choose to pursue Me and My plans for you by listening before you act (and only doing as I lead you to do – nothing else).  Worship and be in My presence at all times where I can address you more clearly as I inhabit your praise and am enthroned by your right placement of Me in your life through worship.

Let Me lead!  I know what I am doing!  Stop worrying about things which I have promised to do and trust Me.  Receive the freedom, peace and joy.  Become My child.  Listen to My Spirit. Dare to walk in the way of eternity – the way of My kingdom – instead of groveling on the ground in despair.

Hope, hope, hope in Me!  I do not disappoint. What I have said I will do I will do.  I link the here of now with the continuum of eternity and My purposes are never thwarted, no matter what it looks like.  Yes, there are many, many tares planted in My beautiful fields of wheat, but I care not.  I will let them grow with the wheat for if they so choose I can transform them to wheat as soon as they turn to Me, repent and ask. But they must choose it and I give them time, for I love them and want none to be lost. May My fields be filled with wheat before the harvest!

Tend to yourself in Me and for Me at all times, ready to love and forgive others by My power for there will be offense and you must work at getting along. Listen to My Spirit. Do what I say. I weave together the lives of all for My victory.  You are not responsible for all of them and their choices.  You are responsible to Me for your response – to do your part as I lead, not as you decide.  Remember to do all things in love – not love as humanity describes it, but sacrificial love as I show you to do.  You cannot love this way without My power and direction.  You cannot.  You cannot.  You cannot.  For it is beyond your power.  But it is Who I AM.

Love and do not judge.  Judgment is Mine!  I know when and how.  I alone know the hearts and what I desire to accomplish.  As much as it depends on you be at peace with one another.  Love your enemies and do good for those who hate you – even those who persecute you – even those who were of your camp, but where now there is a season of misunderstanding, confusion and discontent.  Agony of agonies!  I know this is not easy.  You will not always see the “success” for which you had hoped.  But I am there.  Do it for Me.  Do it for My result.  I am not done.  BOW. LISTEN. OBEY.

Do not make up your own mind. Always seek Mine!  You are not safe in Your own decisions.  I am your refuge when you are in Me and I am in you – when you have chosen to follow and go My way and not your own.  Remain in Me at all costs at all times!

This new spring is to be your blessing and My victory for this generation. I am calling them all near.  I will reveal Myself to those who do not yet know Me.  I desire to use you for this purpose.  It will bring you greater joy than you have ever known, for you were created and birthed into this world for such a time as this.  I have chosen you and put you in place for just such a time.

But you must give up your worry and seeking of the world’s answers to the problems and obstacles you see.  You must make Me your hope for I am your trust.  It will take self-control and repeated effort, but I will take you through it all and build your spiritual muscle so you can stand stronger in My strength and in My will at all times.  And your joy will be complete.

Rest in Me.  Listen to Me. Do as I say. Soak in the Word. Let it be your food – the only True Food, which nourishes you and sustains you.  Revel in the intimacy which results from authentic worship when you abandon yourself to Me – choosing to adore instead of worry, fret or seek your own wisdom.

I am raising up a planting to produce a harvest.   My harvest is to grow My kingdom for My glory.

Spring is coming.  It is here.  I am bringing the shoots of life forth in the darkness.  Soon what I am doing will become visible and seen.  You are a part of this, if you will rest in Me, listen and look up and let Me show you your life and purpose from My perspective and if you will trust that I am truth, cannot lie and will fulfill all My promises.

Seek Me and My kingdom and everything else you need will be provided for you in exactly the right measure.  Seek My way!  I AM!

Humbly written down as “heard” on March 8, 2012 by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2012

Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist.  She is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way. 

For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org  Worship music audio clips can be found at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro

Elizabeth is the Founder of Eagles Nest Foundation which provides spiritual support & encouragement to military and military families as well as those in physical and emotional battles (such as cancer, long-term illness) as well as those grieving a loss.  (A current outreach is The Japan GRIEF Project.)  For information visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org  

Eagles Nest Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible.  Thank you for your prayers and support!