PROMISED LAND

By Annie Borger (An Omi)

We all long to belong to someone, to be loved, and to have a country you can call home.

Last night, I watched Andre Rieu and his orchestra perform, “This Land is Mine”. The Lord told me to look up the lyrics and then I saw it was a song from the movie Exodus. (Means going out; a departure or emigration, usually of a large number of people)

The Lord led me to these Words:
Whenever you feel unloved, unimportant or insecure, remember to Whom you belong. They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary and they shall walk and not faint. For you will go out with joy and be led forth with peace; The mountains and the hills will break forth into the shouts of joy before you and all the trees of the field will clapp their hands. I am with you and will watch over you where ever you go and I will bring you back to this land. Call upon my name and my sovereign hand will be your guide. I will guide you and lead your feet into the Land I have promised you. Nothing can stop God’s plan for your life. You belong to God, you are His Beloved, Important and secure in Him!

Scripture references: Ephesians 2:19-22, Isaiah 40:31, Isaiah 55:12, & Genesis 28:15

Andre Rieu – This Land Is Mine

THIS LAND IS MINE aka THE EXODUS SONG
From the Film “Exodus” (1960/1961)
(Ernest Gold / Pat Boone)

This land is mine
God gave this land to me
This brave and ancient land to me
And when the morning sun
Reveals her hills and plains
Then I see a land
Where children can run free
So take my hand
And walk this land with me
And walk this lovely land with me

Tho’ I am just a man
When you are by my side
With the help of God
I know I can be strong

To make this land our home
If I must fight, I’ll fight
To make this land our own
Until I die, this land is mine

Well Oiled Feathers

By Annie Borger (An Omi)

Put the trumpet to your mouth.
Beloved do not stay quiet, do not be silenced.
Give out my Words of comfort, Love, and encouragement.

Revelation 21:4 ” He will wipe all tears from their eyes, and there will be no more death, suffering, crying, or pain. These things of the past are gone forever.

God said He will command his angels to protect you wherever you go. They will carry you in their arms, and you won’t hurt your feet on the stones.

After your season of suffering, God in all His Grace will restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.

His promises to you:

to bring you back to His perfect, original design.
To strenghten you to overcome your problems.
To make you stable and firm and to make sure you won’t fall.
To make you unmovable and steadfast no matter what the devil will do in your life.

Keep you lamp filled with oil, in that way you will keep your “feathers” well oiled and the “water” of criticism and hurt will run off you as from a ducks back.

Scriptural references:  1 Peter 5:10 and Psalm 91:11-13

Nicknames

by Annie Borger (An Omi)

The Lord spoke today to me about nicknames.

Wikipedia describes it like this.
A nickname is a substitute for the proper name of a familiar person, place, or thing, for affection or ridicule.

The (small) village I grew up is well known for using nicknames and most were not uplifting or affectionate, most of the nicknames were used to ridicule and humiliate that person.

In this time of games and facebook, etc. you can, if you want to, choose your own nickname, I chose An Omi, Omi (grandma) of my first granddaughter Naomi.

We all have our sweet names for our little children, these are used in a loving way. Only when I was cross when they were being naughty, then I used their full name including surname to correct them.

We all gave our children their names when they were born. Sometimes they were named after family, sometimes inspired by the Bible and sometimes the names are chosen because they are popular. God has written all of them in the palm of His Hands. (Isaiah 49:16)

There is also a promise from God in the Bible that He will give us a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it. (Rev.2:17)

We can be sure that that name will be beautiful, uplifting, and edifying, perfectly fitting to the one who receives it, our God is a good Father!

Our Heavenly Father has many names:
El Shaddai (Lord God Almighty)
El Elyon (The Most High God)
Adonai (Lord, Master)
Yahweh (Lord, Jehovah)
Jehovah Nissi (The Lord My Banner)
Jehovah-Raah (The Lord My Shepherd)
Jehovah Rapha (The Lord That Heals)
Jehovah Shammah (The Lord Is There)
Jehovah Tsidkenu (The Lord Our Righteousness)
Jehovah Mekoddishkem (The Lord Who Sanctifies You)
El Olam (The Everlasting God)
Elohim (God)
Qanna (Jealous)
Jehovah Jireh (The Lord Will Provide)
Jehovah Shalom (The Lord Is Peace)
Jehovah Sabaoth (The Lord of Hosts)
The meaning behind the names of God reveal the central personality and nature of the One who bears them.

God knows us by our name, shouldn’t we know Him by His?

Heavenly Father, 

We thank you for revealing your personality and nature to us.

I thank you father for my name Annie, that means Grace and in Hebrew Prayer.

I rebuke the names that are spoken over me and my family that originate from the enemy.

Father You give good gifts and names to your children, we rejoice in these name you have given and we thank you, that you hold us in the Palm of your Hands.
In Jesus’Name, Amen

Conquering the Enemy

By Annie Borger (An Omi)

When I was drinking my cup of coffee outside, I was bugged by a wasp. He was trying to find a place to make a wasps-nest. I never panic but a wasp’s sting is very painful and can be dangerous too and I don’t want
them to close to my home, he is not welcome.

If they are to close for comfort or even in the house we use repellants to get them out and keep them out, they are unwelcome guests.

I like birds, in wintertime we extra feed the birds to attract them to stay at our place and get them through the winter, they are welcome guests.

The Lord reminded me it is the same with our neighbors. Most of the people around you, you love to spend time with, they are welcome anytime at our table and in our home.

Unfortunately, we also have people we want to keep as far away from us as possible, because they are a danger for us, for our children’s and grandchildren’s safety. As a “repellant” we had to put camera’s up.

We are not afraid because we know what enemy we are up to. I have faith in my unfailing God to protect us. But I am sad this is needed though.

What can we do against our enemies:
We must pray.
We are to attack the enemy by the power of the Holy Spirit.
We are to knock the enemy down by the strength of God.
We are to step on the enemy by the authority of Jesus.

Psalm 3:5-6
“I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the Lord was
watching over me. I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies who surround me on every side.”

Ephesians 6:12
Our fight is not against people on earth. We are fighting against the
rulers and authorities and the powers of this world’s darkness. We are fighting against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly places.

Deuteronomy 20:4
The Lord your God is going with you to help you fight against your enemies. He will help you win!’

Luke 10:19
He is the enemy, but know that I have given you more power than he has. I have given you power to crush his snakes and scorpions under your feet. Nothing will hurt you.

Prayer:(Psalm 84:11)
For the Lord God is a sun and shield.
The Lord will give grace and glory,
no good thing will He withhold
from those who walk uprightly.
In Jesus’Name, Amen!

Ready for Battle

By Annie Borger (An Omi)

God will give you strength for every battle, wisdom for every decision you have to make, and a peace that goes beyond your understanding.

Deuteronomy 31:6 says “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you”

There is a saying “Fear can keep us up all night long, but faith makes one fine pillow”. This is so true, the battles in your own mind can keep us imprisoned in defeat and you have already lost the battle. Especially at night, things seems to get worse, problems seem to magnify. You have to battle these strongholds, Pray, Worship, change your thinking pattern, and God carrying you will bring you through it.

Bring it to the Cross (leave it there) and the evil one will have no grounds to stay and accuse you.

It is so important that we choose to think positive thoughts of hope, faith, and victory! “Feed” your mind the Words of the Lord, “feed” it faith, truth, and “feed” it Love.

Heavenly Father, 

I thank You for empowering me to overcome every enemy. I choose to magnify You over every problem and obstacle I have to face. 

Thank You Father for feeding me and giving me Victory in every area of my life in Jesus’name.

Amen

Victory Is Ours

Written by Annie Borger (An Omi)

Sometimes you see failure, but God sees Victory.
God sees in you what you are not able to see in yourself!

Phillippians 4:13 says, I can do everything through Christ who give me strength.
When you are hit hard by life’s struggles it is very difficult to see your Victory.
I had days that I wanted to know the timeframe when it all would get better.
God’s Mercy got me through, if I would have known the duration of the struggle I would have lost hope. The Lord took me by my hand and guided me through it all step by step, day by day. One day, He highlighted a framed poem in a thriftshop called “Footsteps In The Sand”. I bought it and hung it on the wall as a reminder of His care and Love for me ❤️.

⚜️Footsteps In The Sand⚜️

One night I dreamed a dream.
As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one to my Lord.

After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
there was only one set of footprints.

This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.
“Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
You’d walk with me all the way.
But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me.”

He whispered, “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you
Never, ever, during your trials and testings.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you.”

He always gives me regularly little reminders of His overwhelming Love for me and my family. The Lord stood with me and gave me strength through the storms of Life!

Thank you Lord for standing next to me and carrying me through when it was to hard for me to go on. Thank you for your Blessings and strength you gave me. Amen!

References: 2 Timothy 4:17 and Phillippians 4:13

Oh Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. (Psalm 139:1)

No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. (Romans 8:37)

Waiting on God

By Michelle Adams

How long, LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? Psalm 13:1

I’m so glad this is recorded in the Bible, it tells me I’m not alone. Surely, it’s human to question the wait. It’s normal to feel forgotten. It’s common to think God doesn’t see where we are.

All that being said, why don’t we acknowledge these things? Why don’t we talk about them honestly? Why don’t we discuss waiting on the promises of God?

The wait gets long & tiring. It hurts to feel as if something you desperately want is being withheld from you. It’s hard to grasp that a kind, loving Father isn’t answering the plea of your heart.

It’s hard to watch life pass you by. It’s painful to see others get everything you long for while you remain empty handed. This is true honesty. Its something we need to share & lift each other up in.

Most everyone I know is waiting for something from the Lord. Their wait gets long just like mine. Their wait is also painful & hard to understand. We are going through the same type of thing yet we endure alone rather than open up and share.

Feeling as if God has forgotten you during the wait does not demonstrate a lack of faith. It doesn’t make you less of a Christian. If you’re struggling with waiting on His promises then you’re in the company of King David.

Do I believe God will come through? Do I believe He will fulfill every promise? Yes, a thousand times, yes! Does that remove all sorrow? No, unfortunately it doesn’t. Some days are great days & faith soars. Some days are hard, painful, & long. On those days seek encouragement from your friends. Be honest about where you are & surround yourself with people who will pray & not judge.

Every one of us will face the wait. During the wait we can still flourish. We can grow & develop the character of Christ. We can trust that ALL His promises are yes & amen.

When the waiting get longs & you grow weary, lean into the One who made the promise. The One who holds you in the palm of His hand can never forget you. He will be faithful. He will turn His face to you.
He will come through. What is today will not be tomorrow.

Father, the wait gets long & my eyes strain to see your promises. I have this vision in my heart of a future with you. I don’t know where it is or when it’s coming. I only know your faithful. Help me to lean into you, to trust you, to always believe you will come through. You will be true to your word. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

1/18/2017

Safe Travels

Written by Annie Borger (An Omi)

My mother (78) has a personal alert button clipped to her clothing, day and night. She is wheelchair bound and still lives in her own house so if there is something wrong with her, she can push on that button and help will come swiftly.

Last month, she went on a holiday and at the airport she found out she still had the button attached. The lady of the customs had a good laugh about that (so did my mother) and said; “you can push on that button but no help will come for you here”.

The Lord spoke to me about that today.
God is very close to his children, the Holy Spirit lives in you and you can always call on Him and He will answer you. Not only in your familiar surroundings, but also on your holiday, in the plane, car, in the shops, swimming pool…everywhere.

Some people think He will only meet them in church. The Lord says I am Omnipresent, I meet you wherever you need Me. Wherever you are, you can
call on Me, talk to Me, ALWAYS! The Lord wants to be involved in every aspect of your life.

The Lord declares: “Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? Do I not fill heaven and earth? I will be with you in your home, when you pass through the waters, and rivers you will not be swept away, when you walk through the fire, you will not be burned, the flames will not set you ablaze.

In Exodus 23:20 He says: “See, I am sending an angel before you to protect you on your journey and lead you safely to the place I have prepared for you.

My mother is back from her holiday, (full of stories 😊) and she clipped back on her personal alert, it gives her and us a safe feeling. But my mother also knows we are safe and secure in His arms.

Dear God, Please keep our family, friends, and loved ones safe. Please watch over them always, and let good health, happiness, and Blessings befall them. in Jesus’ name – Amen!

References: Jer. 23:24 & Isaiah 43:2

Compare Yesterday’s Vision

By Alan Bowman

I had a dream about an enthusiastic, active group of people. I was not fully included in the group. One day, a leader asked them a simple question that not one of them could answer honestly. Some employers use it in interviews to reveal the heart of the interviewee. I believe God dearly wants you to be honest with Him and yourself when you answer this: I dreamt the question was, “What do you want to do?”. In the dream no one could answer it and needed to remember when they could pour out several exuberant answers (I want to go to the university and study French history. I want to start my own catering business. I want to be a photographer and travel Europe). Business managers interviewing candidates ask, “Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years from now?”. Some people already know and have a clear ambition (or dream). Others scramble around for a quick fictitious reply. The people in this dream could not answer the question because their dreams and visions had been plundered. The devil is a thief and a killer (John 10:10). This subject needs us to put all our cards on the table so we can be honest with ourselves. When I dreamt this, I knew it was meant to be a “wake up call” even if your visions, hopes, ambitions, and dreams from the past have not been stolen from you, they may have a slow puncture.

Life can throw up all manner of situations that remove the life out of life-imparting dreams from God. A parent is diagnosed with a heart problem and family life changes to support. There is a shift in focus, an adjustment. A relative has a drug problem and there is all manner of impact and stress on the family, his/ her culture risks their lives. A desperate situation sends a tremor through peoples lives. A wrongly timed change of job brings stress on a family. All these things can bring us to a point where instead of holding onto our dreams, we shift our life vision and change can cause us to accommodate crisis as the new life focus. We can encamp around a problem instead of going for gold.

Mark 4:18-19 “Still others, like seed sown amongst thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word making it unfruitful.” It sounds finite, but the Holy Spirit is a prophetic Spirit who can point to an underlying problem and reveal a solution. At the same time, Jesus declares “I am the Resurrection”. He can resurrect anything including dreams and visions. Proverbs 29:18, reminds us about the consequences of NOT having a vision. In the turmoil of my own life, I felt the devil kicked out every dream and turbo-charged vision I had for the kingdom of God. I began to live my life around failure and turmoil and adjustment. It’s no circus trick, believe me. Knowing that faith is the substance of things hoped for (Hebrews 11:1), we see that hope is vital to have faith. If you have no hope you can get new hope because faith comes by hearing the word of God. Even just reading the word of God will plant fresh hope and faith in you.

People near me put their hopes in a big church and obtained great dreams and vision for their lives. But the church crashed and the devil plundered their dreams and plundered them. 1 Samuel 3:1 tells us that because of the poor state of the local ministry there were not many visions. We need a burning vision and we do not have to rely on a church to obtain it. Jesus knows that the condition of our hearts determines whether or not we can receive a vision (Mark 4). Are you “battle weary”. In a crisis, encamping your life around someone else, sometimes wondering if God has more for you, whilst the devil tries to say, “this is your lot in life”.

Whatever your status … we have a MESSIAH!! Who could turn the hopes and attentions of all people to Him. Who could cause an uproar of excitement when He walked into town. Who sits on a throne and reads out a Messianic promise from all of Isaiah 61 (which basically says He is anointed to fix any problem you have and then raise you up). If your dreams are plundered don’t stress. Let Jesus tell you where He sees you in the future. Believe Him. The devil cannot plunder His dreams for you. Believe that every life situation you are in now cannot kill your dreams. Joseph held on, you can too. Receive afresh the Messianic input of the Spirit of God and reinvigorate your hopes with what God’s word has to promise you. Our God is actually loving you enough to say “I am at your service”.

You will change from one being plundered of dreams, to one who plunders he who tried to stop you. Plunder the gold!!!

With God You Can “Weather” Every Storm!

Written by Annie Borger (An Omi)

Come my daughter, walk with Me over the deep waters where I will stand with you.

I called out your name to come to Me, I have chosen you, I wanted you, I appointed you, and I placed you where you are, you are Mine.

I will hold you above the waves when the waters rise, Your soul will be safe in My Arms.

I have drawn you out of the deep waters. Only fear will cause you to sink back. Hold on to Me, keep your eyes fixed on Me and I will keep you safe in the storms of your life. I promised you to make something good out of the storms that brings devastation to your life.

I already lifted you up from the ruins of your life, lifted you up from the ashes of your past to fulfill your beautiful destiny. My plans for you is to give you a future you hope for.

Do not look to others, they have their own destiny to fulfill, look only to Me, your Creator. I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in My book.

Don’t be afraid. I am with you always, there is no need for fear. I’ll give you strength and I’ll help you through it.

I, your God, will hold you firmly and I am not letting go!

Mightier than the waves of the great waters is My Love for you. With Me, you can “weather” every storm!

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Jesus Walks on the Water (NIV Matt. 14:22-32)

Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.

Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

References: Isaiah 43:2, John 15:16, Psalm 18:16, Romans 8:28, Isaiah 41:10-13, Jer. 29:11, Jer. 1:5, and Psalm 139:15.