Put Down Your Fear. I AM!

Lord, there are hard things. You know. Speak. I am listening. Help me to be in this space. As Guide and Love I know You will show me the way forward. One true God, Savior and Lord all trust is in You. Speak, Lord, Your servant is listening. In Jesus' name, Amen
Lord, there are hard things. You know. Speak. I am listening. Help me to be in this space. As Guide and Love I know You will show me the way forward. One true God, Savior and Lord all trust is in You. Speak, Lord, Your servant is listening. In Jesus’ name, Amen

This is what is called a prophetic word.  I hear it as if the words are being spoken into my mind and write it down as I “hear” it.  Please always pray before and as you read.  By definition I am human and imperfect.  In addition, when the Holy Spirit “downloads” a word, it will either resonate with you or it will not and that’s okay.  No one prophetic word is for every person.  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

Humbly written out as “heard” January 9, 2016 Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2016

Put it down. Put it down. Put it down. You picked it up again and it is too heavy for you. I am all that you want or need. I see. I know. I have not forgotten. I have not been overwhelmed or overcome. I am still here and have not changed. I know. I am not finished. I have not left. I am still about my business. Look to Me.

Where you are there is danger. You have correctly discerned. This can destroy you or through it I can make you stronger in Me (for Me and by Me). The choice is yours. I desire to make you stronger for with Me you will overcome. Will you let Me?

I know what you are facing is difficult. I am well aware you have neither been this way before nor is it a way you would have chosen for yourself. Even though that which you face seems so much larger than any obstacle or enemy faced in the past—even though you know it is not within your control—it is I who am with you always even to the end of the age. I have not left. My arm and reign remain supreme. NOTHING changes that. Nothing—not even that which causes such fear in you now.

This fear is not from Me. No fear is from Me. I am the One to be feared—the only One. This is not because I will harm you, but because I am Supreme, above all, the Most High! Everything else is less. Everything. I am Creator. I am the only Creator. I laugh at every other entity which seeks to exalt its own power for it shall not be. I am to be revered in My place. Fear of anything else is not from Me and cripples. Do not allow it to have this power. Look to Me and rely on Me instead. Trust ME. There is no other one trustworthy and I am faithful.

You realize you are not in control. You know that which comes against you is greater than you are. Indeed! It is! Yet I AM Greatest! This is not large to Me. It is as nothing. I already know what I will do with it. More importantly, I already know what I will do through it. Nothing thwarts My purposes. Nothing. Never. Ever. Nothing. I AM GOD. Remember this. Engrave it on your mind and heart. Look to Me and don’t look away and I Myself will do the engraving and you will be able to stand strong.

Even though suddenly this is before you, it is not new to Me. I have known. I have the plan and I remain the same. I AM Emmanuel, God With Us, so God with you now and even now. I have not changed. My power continues to be almighty. I remain Conqueror. I am ever Victor. Even in this. Especially through this.

You cannot see the way forward, but I can. Do the same as I have always asked of You: look to Me, worship, listen and obey with complete abandon. You are right. This is out of Your control, but it is not out of Mine. You have never been in control. Any sense of control which you thought you had was really illusion. I have always been in control. Surely the adversary acts as if he can, but in the end I win for My people, always and eternally because of My zeal for every person, because of My love.

Set down your need to know and understand. This is critical if you are to receive My peace in this place. There will be much in this season which you will not know in advance. I am the One Who knows. That is all that is required. Look to Me and let go of your fear. You fear because you know you have no power in this. You can make nothing happen. Your fear is unhelpful for you and it is an obstacle between you and Me and all I want to do for you and those you love.

Where have I ever told you to fear what you see in the world? Where have I told you the enemy is worthy of being feared? You are giving glory and credit to him which belongs only to Me. I am the One to be feared with a reverential awe and awareness for nothing is greater! I am the One with all power. I am the One who can change all things in a moment in ways you cannot anticipate. I am the One who knows what I am about and what I will accomplish through this. Yes, the enemy is evil and has reared his head. And I am greater or I am not God. Do you believe in Me? Then put down your fear of the unknown which lies before you. The enemy is indeed crouching near, lying in wait and whispering lies that he is more powerful and will win. Why do you listen? Stop listening. Do you believe in Me? Then believe in My power and My promises. Put down your fear of what you cannot control. I AM. Lift your eyes to Me and remember. Worship Me. Choose to receive My peace where it does not make sense (it is there for you) and I will guide you and those you love through this.

I will be glorified. I am victorious. I will be exalted in the earth. People will see and know I am God because of what I will do through this and through it all and it will be great. Fear Me alone.

PRAYER:  Lord, You are right. This is too heavy. I cannot carry it and am breaking under it. Trying to hold this up before You is even causing me to be sick. I am so thankful that this is not Your will for me. Thank You for inviting me to be Your child where I can simply sit at Your feet and play until You tell me what to do next. Thank You that I don’t have to figure this out, but only have to trust You and Your sovereignty over all things. The growing awareness of Your dominion helps me to receive Your peace. How thankful I am for your kingdom. I choose to seek Your kingdom and Your righteousness understanding that when I do, I need fear for nothing else for there You are with me and those I love even to the end of the age. It doesn’t matter how the adversary rears his ugly head or the threats or whispers of lies made. You are the only One with Supreme power, ever-Victor, Savior and Lord. You are the only One whose plans are not thwarted and can see the best and the good and the right not just for the moment but from here to eternity. How I love You! Thank You for this freedom which I have in You. You are my hope. You are my shield. You are my Mighty Warrior. You are just. Your Way is Supreme. You are love. I will take up my rest in You again today. You beckon me and I am thankful. I am thankful Lord. I am thankful for this place for You are in it. Thank You, Lord that You ever and forever are. In Jesus’ name, Amen

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NUGGETS OF GOD’s WISDOM

God’s Wisdom is more precious than gold.
This blog by Elizabeth Fulgaro helps readers discover God’s way versus the world’s one “nugget” at a time. 
http://www.ascendinworship.wordpress.com
 

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 more information on books, worship albums, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit  www.elizabethfulgaro.com . Music can be purchased and audio clips heard at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro and on itunes.

Elizabeth also posts brief devotions and prayers on Facebook on her page: Spiritual Armor and Ammo where you will find more posts of God’s truth and His way to help you stand strong against the battles of this life in which we all find ourselves.

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.    For information email elizabeth@eaglesnestfoundation.org or visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org  

 

 

There is Enough Time For His “Enough”

Holy magnificent God, You reign. Mighty and awesome Your plans are superior to ours and only Your plans bring Your result. Lord God, we no longer want our plans but only Yours. Holy Spirit, we lay down our will. Lead us and guide us. Usher us into Your life, LIFE everlasting and peace. Our trust is in You. Our wholeness is in You. All life is in You. Teach us to hear Your voice. We long to follow. In Jesus' name, Amen
Holy magnificent God, You reign. Mighty and awesome Your plans are superior to ours and only Your plans bring Your result. Lord God, we no longer want our plans but only Yours. Holy Spirit, we lay down our will. Lead us and guide us. Usher us into Your life, LIFE everlasting and peace. Our trust is in You. Our wholeness is in You. All life is in You. Teach us to hear Your voice. We long to follow. In Jesus’ name, Amen

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2015

Easy does it. Are you in a rush? Is there more to be done than time to do it? Stop. Pause. Breathe. Listen. Yes, there will always be more to be done than time to do it. Such is life. However, what does our Lord want you to do? Jesus never rushed anywhere. He stayed perfectly in Father’s will only doing what the Father told Him to do. In this way, by setting a side His own will, His life was a perfect reflection of Father. We could see Father in it—in Him!

We will never be the perfect reflection of Father God. But we are to be followers of Jesus, thus setting aside our own will to do the will of God (empowered then by Him for His effect) that others might get a glimpse of Him through us.

And….Jesus never rushed anywhere. He never ran to get there faster. He walked.

Consider when He received word that Jairus’ daughter was dying and chose to accompany Jairus to go to her in order to heal her. In the intense urgency of the moment, Jesus stopped to deal with the woman who had had a problem with bleeding for 12 years. He did not say, “I’ll be back. Wait for me here.”, or “Not today. Try me another time.” He did not dismiss her or only give her a trite greeting. He was present to her in the most formidable, transformative way! While he was present to her word came that it was too late. Jairus’ daughter was already dead. However, Jesus had been in the Lord’s will not to rush and in Father’s will not to make it to Jairus’ daughter seemingly in time. The purpose of the miracles of Jesus was to reveal God the Father and the coming of the already-here, but not-yet-fully-manifested Kingdom of God.   The will of Father was for the greater temporal miracle of raising her from the dead.

Jesus did not get caught up in hectic. He did not run to get there faster or get more done. He simply did what the Father told Him to do and He was only in ministry 3 short years. Yet….according to what Father wanted, Jesus completely finished the work. He came with a global ministry. He never left the Middle East. He never even fully travelled around the Middle East. None of us would dispute that Father’s work was accomplished.

Hmmmm….We are to be followers of Jesus, so what about us? On the streaming, seemingly unending list of to do’s, He knows what you actually need to do in what order because He knows the actual consequences of each and what He wants to accomplish through it. No one else does. There is only One who knows the future and so He knows the present and where your priorities need to be for His glory manifesting in your life.

Dare to listen interiorly for His soft, quiet, gentle voice. Dare to trust and obey, doing the step HE lays before you in this moment, letting the rest go—for now. He may bring it back as a task for later.

Come to rest in His enough. Receive the peace, contentment and unabashed wonder of simply doing that which He lays on your heart as He does so. His plan is perfectly enough.

 ” For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.”  (John 6:38 NIV)

21 When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. 22 Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. 23 He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” 24 So Jesus went with him.

A large crowd followed and pressed around him. 25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.

30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”

31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’

32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

35 While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?”

36 Overhearing[c] what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”

37 He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. 38 When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. 39 He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” 40 But they laughed at him.

After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41 He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). 42 Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. 43 He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat  (Mark 5:21-43 NIV)

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NUGGETS OF GOD’s WISDOM
God’s Wisdom is more precious than gold.
This blog by Elizabeth Fulgaro helps readers discover God’s way versus the world’s one “nugget” at a time. 
http://www.ascendinworship.wordpress.com
 

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.    For information email info@eaglesnestfoundation.org or visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org  

True Treasures From Trusting God

Oh, Lord God, Your sovereignty causes us to drop to our knees in awe. How inscrutable Your ways. Your superiority is supreme! There is no one and nothing greater than You. Majestic, all-holy One, thank You for Your good plans. Thank You for how evil is and remains conquered. We are so grateful. We cannot find our own way. There is no true purpose beyond Yours. Take our lives once again and have Your beautiful way through all circumstances with us. How we desire each moment of our lives to have Your eternal effect. We love You.  We are lost without You and so, dear Shepherd, lead us and we will follow wherever You go. We are Yours. In Jesus' name, Amen
Oh, Lord God, Your sovereignty causes us to drop to our knees in awe. How inscrutable Your ways. Your superiority is supreme! There is no one and nothing greater than You. Majestic, all-holy One, thank You for Your good plans. Thank You for how evil is and remains conquered. We are so grateful. We cannot find our own way. There is no true purpose beyond Yours. Take our lives once again and have Your beautiful way through all circumstances with us. How we desire each moment of our lives to have Your eternal effect. We love You. We are lost without You and so, dear Shepherd, lead us and we will follow wherever You go. We are Yours. In Jesus’ name, Amen

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2015

This morning was an ultrasound to check on the status of lymph nodes in my neck 6 month post-radioactive iodine treatment and 8 ½ months post thyroid cancer surgery. It is the first of a number of appointments to check whether the surgery plus treatment have indeed addressed last year’s thyroid cancer in a way they can state I am “cancer-free” and healed.

I was not stressed going to the scan. Yet I did not look forward to it. More than anything it was one more reminder of the brevity of life, which doesn’t cause me to fear death but sometimes makes me sad because I enjoy working for our Lord here so much and sometimes cannot quite fathom heaven. (Sometimes I have to apologize to our Lord. Do I love Him more or the work He gives me to do?! Oh, Lord, help it to be all simply for love of You!)

No question, this calm in the face of tests which have the possibility of bringing unwelcome news was due solely to my faith in God. Though He can heal every disease, the calm I experienced was not because I was sure He would miraculously heal me of everything which came my way. Certainly, He can and does miraculously heal. However, eventually every one of us will face physical death. Even those Jesus healed (about whom we read over and over again in Scripture) eventually died physically. Our bodies are not made for eternity. They will wear out. It is simply a matter of how and when.

This is not a negative mindset. I don’t dwell on it. It does not depress me. It is reality. As a Christian, I know death may be the end of our temporal physical lives, but it is the door from life to the eternal all-good Life with God for which we were created.

Thus though our Lord provides for us and heals us in answer to prayer many, many times, I have no expectation for our Lord to constantly deliver me from illness. He will for as long as it is His will. On the contrary, clearly at some point (it may be earlier or later) we will each die, and there will be suffering along the way. Such is the condition of this life in this world, which will never be heaven.

Jesus is our perfect example. Where the Father wanted miraculous healings to reveal the reality of who He is, these occurred. However, even Jesus died at the hands of evil and in the eyes of worldly wisdom His physical life was abbreviated grossly from that which might have been considered a normal lifespan. Yet through this sacrifice, our Lord ushered in salvation for the world. Unspeakable goodness worked through evil! He will work goodness through us as well.

Rest assured I do not seek early physical death. (One of my grandmothers lived to 100. Lord, may I live till 100 too?) I am blessed here. Indeed I would mourn if evidence showed likelihood my physical life would be over soon. There are people here I love and there is such good, purposeful work to be done for our Lord here in addition to unabashed worship of Him. But I am not afraid.

No, the reason for my calm in the face of tests is that I trust Him, whether I am physically healed or not. I trust His plan and His will, no matter what it is—death to Life, longer life here, sickness, or health—whatever!

This is my mindset lying on the table as the sonogram begins. The technician clicks and clicks again over and over, scanning places which are beyond the scope of the area I had expected. Why is she marking so many areas? Fear tries to begin to creep in. What if she found something? Oh ugh! Really?! My trust is in the Lord, and yet there is still such a mental battle! Really?!

I realize in that moment, that once again I have a choice. I can let myself fall into anxiety or I can receive this as one more reminder God is in control, He alone knows what is to come from today until the day He takes me home. I do know and believe He will use all in my life for eternal good in the lives of others and my own –even cancer—if I will let Him. Jesus went to the cross that we might live FOREVER. If He allows more cancer, then He can use it as a vehicle through which more people He loves can be helped to choose His kingdom. I need to trust Him and be at rest in it.

I don’t believe there is more cancer, but I do in this moment want to be reconciled with the possibility and in His peace no matter what. I do not want to feel anxiety. I do not want to feel fear. These are not constructive to my Lord using me in this place and oh, how I want to be used by Him in all places at all times!

“God, to You alone I give once again my life. Lord, I have given you my life before to do with as You will, but here I am turning it over to You again, and this time I mean it on a deeper level. Where before there has been a part of me which has wanted to ask You not to cause my life to have to go through the dark spaces and places as You use me, this is no longer the case. My life is Yours, Lord. It has never been my own. Lord, use me for whatever days I am here for whatever you want. Put me wherever I can have the greatest God-effect for You. There are many dark places which would not have been my choice, but I lay all those at Your feet and bow to You. Use my remaining life according to Your perfect will and I will glorify Your name forever.”

In the face of authentically offering myself to Him once again, the inkling of fear loses its power and leaves. A blanket of His peace descends upon me there on the table in the sonogram room—a gift from Him in the midst of what is not earthly fun. I am swathed in His peace and even joy. Bliss. True contentment. Purpose. Love. I am blessed there in that place without measure (as He blesses us every place that we let go and let God).

I am in His will. It is right. It is good. The prayer was good. I meant it. I am at such peace in Him, through Him, by Him and for Him.  True riches this side of heaven!

And undoubtedly there will be future moments where I will have to turn myself over to Him yet again. *Sigh* The humility of our humanity. Lord, how great Thou art!

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NUGGETS OF GOD’s WISDOM

God’s Wisdom is more precious than gold.
This blog by Elizabeth Fulgaro helps readers discover God’s way versus the world’s one “nugget” at a time. 
http://www.ascendinworship.wordpress.com
 

   

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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 albums, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org  Music can be purchased and audio clips heard 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.    For information email elizabeth@eaglesnestfoundation.org or visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org  

It Was Evil and I Will Heal

You bring life and goodness out of that which was meant to kill and bring death. It is the victorious way of Your cross.

Dear Reader: Lately the prophetic words have been more frequent than usual.  I apologize for a full Inbox!  But He wants these words released for the ones for whom they are intended.  Use discernment.  His Spirit will guide you.~ Elizabeth

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

I know you cannot make sense of it.  Evil is not something which can be reconciled with good.  It does not make sense.   It will never make sense, for evil has no place in My Kingdom.  And yet it has happened.

Evil is.  Evil will always exist during this life – not where you will be with Me in eternity – but here, now.  Adam and Eve made a choice.  Evil has a certain dominion in this world and certainly a power greater than yours because of Adam and Eve’s choice.  I use it for good, for I allow this to give you a choice – a clear choice.  You decide whether I will rule in your life or something less, something opposite.  You can choose clearly now for you recognize evil.  You have seen it in operation.  You have lived it.

Here will never be heaven.  Here will always be temporary with evil seeking to overcome My good.  But know I am victorious.  I have always been.  Nothing will thwart My good, eternal purposes, though in the moment you may see and experience things which make you ultra aware of the evil which is in your midst.

It sorrows Me that your circumstances have made you so aware of evil and so keenly aware that you are not safe on your own.  I do not delight in your pain!  I created you for beauty and inner peace!  But now that you are aware I am calling you closer.  I am your Dwelling Place and Refuge.  I am your Sanctuary and High Tower.

I do not promise you a life without end in your physical body.  There will be a time, when it is your time to die.  But do not fear.  DO NOT FEAR!  I am with you even until the end of this age.  I am with you at all times, if you will let Me in.  I am with you protecting and providing for you, enabling everything good until the day I call you home to Me forever.  DO NOT FEAR THE DAY OF YOUR PHYSICAL DEATH!  It is the beginning of your new life in eternity.  In heaven, the day I bring you home will be a day of celebration.  I am waiting to put a crown on your head and tell you personally how well pleased I am with you.

Will you believe in Me? Will you trust Me?  Will you trust Me to bring you through these dark valleys and to cause you to walk on My higher ground where there is safety?  Will you let Me teach you to deal with the memories of that which no person should ever have to see, hear or experience?

That which has come against you was fueled by supernatural evil which was greater than you, but less than I AM.  I was with you through it. I wept tears of love when I saw what was done.

Yet, My forgiveness is there for everyone who turns to Me and asks.  I forgive and forget and My mercy knows no bounds.  I comfort all who mourn and I AM faithful to fulfill My promise to bring eventual good with eternal consequences out of all of it.

You will find no way of reconciling that which has been except through Me.  My ability to use it all for purpose, redeeming that which should never have been is your only solution.

I am the only One who can heal your heart with a greater understanding of My Way. I do this in a manner which increases your compassion and the life and love for others which I desire to burn within you. All other manners of healing which do not include Me and a greater understanding of My way lead to inner death and petrify the love which could flow through you to touch the world.

You were created to love, not to hate.  You were created to rest in Me with the trust of a child, not to fear.  You were created to move in My mercy and compassion to bring the truth of My eternal, everlasting, infinite restorative power into the dark places.  You are not responsible whether they hear you.  You are not responsible for their choices and behavior. But I can use you with your wounds to love more, if you only will take courage, trust and press in for more of Me.

I am your answer. I will be here for you.  I will love you on good days and on bad.  I will be your Comforter and Healer.  I will never leave.  My love will not stop.  Will you come to Me and not stop coming?  My arms are ever open to you.

humbly written down as “heard” on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2012

  

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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  

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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!

Calling All Worshippers ~ part two

Lord, You are the only Truth & Way. Teach us to fear You alone, bowed down & worshipping You in thought word & deed with reverential awe for our lives are in You.

MINI SCRIPTURE SOAKING BIBLE STUDY ~ Part Two

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro   www.holyspiritpress.org   www.eaglesnestfoundation.org

We are re-considering the importance of an authentic attitude of worship, which reflects an understanding that God is in control and worthy of all trust by reading through one of the stories of Jehoshaphat.  We are focusing here in order to consider the importance of an attitude of worship in our own lives in response to God’s presence, remind ourselves of worship’s place in our day and how we can expect God to respond.

In Part One (https://ascendinworship.wordpress.com/2011/10/31/calling-all-worshippers), we read that when Jehoshaphat became king of Judah, he knew there was only one God.  He understood God’s sovereignty in all circumstances and  God’s promise to protect and provide for those who honored Him for His rightful position as supernatural, Supreme King over all.  Jehoshaphat immediately set about ensuring as much as he could that Judah was a “nation under God”.  Jehoshaphat knew that many others before him had declared Judah a nation under God because God had made promises to Judah.  But those promises were contingent on the people fulfilling one promise: to put God first in their lives, worshipping no other God but God.  Many of his predecessors had honored God in word only.  Jehoshaphat was different.  His reverence of God was more that words.  It was faith declared in word and manifested by action in every regard.  Jehoshaphat used his authority to have all altars to other gods torn down.  Next, understanding he could not expect the people who didn’t know God to revere Him (and knowing God did not want a forced reverence, but a turning of individual hearts toward Him whose reverence to Him was a free will offering, not because of a law), Jehoshaphat send those who knew God into every village to teach the people about Him.

We continue our study three chapters later in 2 Chronicles 20.  Some time has passed and now three armies are coming against Jehoshaphat and Judah.  It is more than they humanly can fight against and expect to win.  The odds appear impossible.

 2 CHRONICLES 20 (Amplified)

1AFTER THIS, the Moabites, the Ammonites, and with them the Meunites came against Jehoshaphat to battle.

     2It was told Jehoshaphat, A great multitude has come against you from beyond the [Dead] Sea, from Edom; and behold they are in Hazazon-tamar, which is En-gedi.

     3Then Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself [determinedly, as his vital need] to seek the Lord; he proclaimed a fast in all Judah.

     4And Judah gathered together to ask help from the Lord; even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord [yearning for Him with all their desire].

What two things did Jehoshaphat do when he was told a multitude represented by three separate armies was coming to attck Judah? (2 Chron. 20:3)

What did all of Judah do in response to the news of the impending attack and King Jehoshaphat’s call to fast?  (2 Chron. 20:4)

 When we “fear” God more than anyone or else, it means we understand that out of all that we face, God is the one with the supreme power to address our circumstances.   In Psalm 111:10 we learn:  10The reverent fear and worship of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom and skill [the preceding and the first essential, the prerequisite and the alphabet]; a good understanding, wisdom, and meaning have all those who do [the will of the Lord]. Their praise of Him endures forever. (Ps. 111:10 Amplified) 

“Fear” does not mean to be afraid, but to understand who He is enough to know that if God is with us, there is no reason to fear anything else because of His might, power, sovereignty and plan.  Because Jehoshaphat not only had the altars to the wrong gods torn down AND sent those who knew God out to teach the nation ahead of time, now when the attack came, the entire nation knew to seek God for the answer to their problems.  As a result, instead of crying out for God’s help in panic, 2 Chronicles 20 continues with Jehoshaphat leading his entire nation in worship of God:

     5And Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem in the house of the Lord before the new court

     6And said, O Lord, God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven? And do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations? In Your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand You.

     7Did not You, O our God, drive out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham Your friend?

     8They dwelt in it and have built You a sanctuary in it for Your Name, saying,

     9If evil comes upon us, the sword of judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house and before You–for Your Name [and the symbol of Your presence] is in this house–and cry to You in our affliction, and You will hear and save.

In these verses, Jehoshaphat was not asking for anything.  He was declaring to God who He was, honoring Him in the process.  This was worship!  He was adoring God and honoring Him by remembering to God the wonder of His past faithfulness.  (How many times do we thank God and remember what He has done before?  Most often when trouble comes we run to Him in fear for our current problem forgetting how He has helped us in the past.)  Jehoshaphat’s worship, not only gave God the credit (the glory) He was due, but it also reminded the people worshipping that they had been in bad circumstances before and God had taken care of them.  Thus one outcome of authentic worship is that it builds our faith!

Only after Jehoshaphat had led the people of Judah in worship, did he begin to intercede (pray) on behalf of his nation in the verses which followed:

10And now behold, the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, whom You would not let Israel invade when they came from the land of Egypt, and whom they turned from and did not destroy–

     11Behold, they reward us by coming to drive us out of Your possession which You have given us to inherit.

     12O our God, will You not exercise judgment upon them? For we have no might to stand against this great company that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.

      13And all Judah stood before the Lord, with their children and their wives.

How does Jehoshaphat describe their power & wisdom to address their own situation? (2 Chron 20:12)

Where does he see their answer?  (2 Chron 20:12)

What is the population of Judah doing?  (2 Chron 20:13)

Even as Jehoshaphat then prayed it was with an attitude of worship, not panic or fear.  Through worship and remembering what God had done, Jehoshaphat had effectively ascended above his impossible earthy circumstances, and confidently (without panic) brought before God what was yet to be done.  He feared God alone.  He knew if God was with them, it didn’t matter the size of the enemy or the seeming impossibility of their circumstances.  There was no question God was faithful; therefore they put their request before God and waited for a response.  And God answered.

To be concluded in the next Bible Study post…. Meanwhile Lord, help us to hold all these revelations in our minds and hearts until then, when we will learn how God responds when we worship because we have had a foundation of faith laid by those who know Him.

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

END

The song, “FULFILL YOUR PROMISES” on Elizabeth’s ASCEND IN WORSHIP CD was composed as direct result of learning from 2 Chronicles how to worship God by remembering all He has done and then interceding in confidence for what remained for Him to do. The song can be purchased via the CD at www.holyspiritpress.org, http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/fulgaro1, itunes and amazon.com

Christmas is coming.  A few years ago, the Lord whispered to my heart that He wanted to be worshipped at Christmas and He showed me how many of the songs we sing beautifully tell the story of His birth and why He came, but very few actually worship Him during this festive season.  As a result in December 2009 I was in the studio beginning to record CHRISTMAS WORSHIP, which includes 7 new, original Christmas worship songs, which the Lord had me compose specifically for this project.  Please consider giving the gift of CHRISTMAS WORSHIP this Christmas.  It can be purchased at www.holyspiritpress.org or amazon.com  http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Worship-Elizabeth-Fulgaro/dp/B004D9931G/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1320069144&sr=8-2  or CDbaby.com  http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/elizabethfulgaro3.  Music clips can be heard at the CD Baby or amazon.com links.  May God receive the honor and worship He is due this Christmas season.

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 For information on her work for the military and their families please visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org   Eagles Nest Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible.

Prophetic Word: Lift Up Your Head & Look At ME

Living Water, day by day You restore & heal; Spirit of God, You lead us in the Way we should go

for those who hurt……

Lift up your head and look at Me.  What you see is not all there is.  I am doing a new and grand thing.  I am using all things for good in the lives of those who love Me, in light of eternity.

What the adversary had meant for evil, I will use for good. Nothing can thward Me.  Nothing.  My love stretches from here to eternity.  Suffering here is but for a moment and then…forever with Me. Do not linger on the sad memories. Spend enough time with them to grieve and grieve freely when the waves of emotion come. But do not linger any longer there than you must.

Look forward.  I have plans for you.  These plans are good.  Certainly there have been things which have happened which were not your will; certainly, these have hurt.  I know the ache of your heart.  But if you will take My hand, I have places to lead you before I bring you home to Me for eternity.

What do you fear more?  What human beings can do to you or about pleasing Me by following Me?  Do not be afraid.  I am with you.  Be who I made you to be.  Do what I put you on earth to do and don’t worry about what any other person thinks or says.  Do the right thing.  Stand up for yourself and stand up for others.  Do it as I lead.  Do it in love.  Do it out of love for Me.

Trust and far Me alone.  Sacrifice the security you seek from others by looking for their approval and look only to Me.  You cannot fail Me; you cannot disappoint Me.  You are My child and I love you.

Yes, you may choose to walk away from Me and I will honor that, but I will never walk away from you.  I know your weaknesses and your strengths. I made you.  And I also know how I desire to have My Spirit fill, strengthen, empower and work through you that you might be healed and step with great joy and incomprehensible peace into the work I have for you.

The work is important.  It will spread the truth of My love. It will bring My encouragement.  It will open eyes to the truth of My superior, supreme Way.  It will cause others to see My majesty and glory and come seeking Me so I can be found by them.

I love them all. Will you help them find Me?  I will heal your pain.  I will make it bearable.  Press into Me and enter into your life’s purpose.  Take one step then another.  My work will fulfill you.  It will bring some sense of satisfaction.  It is your purpose.  Do you trust Me?  (Am I your Lord?)  Follow where I lead.  I love you.

Humbly written out as “heard” on October 6, 2011 by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2011

www.holyspiritpress.org    www.eaglesnestfoundation.org

PLEASE view the new music video for “RESTORE” (with choir) on youtube.  It is a picture of how God wants to restore every life and our land back to Him:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piQYnPY1vIA&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL     (Made by upcoming, Holy Spirit-filled film director, Olivia Mowry.) 

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 For information on her work for the military and their families please visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org   Eagles Nest Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible.