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Thankful to Be Alive!

God saved my life yesterday, as I was heading to work.

I was heading up a hill on my road when a truck, coming from the opposite direction, veered road, corrected itself and came into my lane. This was the only time they were driving straight and they were headed straight for me.

I watched in amazement.

It was so surreal that I didn’t react. I braked and glanced to the side but there was nowhere to go, as I was heading up hill and it dropped off on my side. The truck came within just a couple of yards, at most, and then lurched into their lane.

As they drove past I could see it was a couple of young guys. So I thought they were maybe playing a game of chicken with me; but as they came into my rear view mirror, I watched them run off the road again; and then again they got into my lane and continued on, now veering all over the road.

I called 911.

My worst thought of the whole thing was after I called 911. I thought that they might kill themselves and others. I really didn’t have fear, no emotion at all except to watch it happen like a movie.

It seems at the worst of times, the Lord gives His calm.

In my past, a man came at me with a loaded gun; after he had just beaten me severely. At the time, I had no fear. I had a concussion and at one point was only half conscious, but the Lord gave me strength; and I was able to talk him out of the bullets. It was afterward that I went into shock, but at the time I was able to do what I had to do and not be afraid.

The Spirit of God spoke through me and he broke down, crumpled to the floor and sobbed. God then gave me immediate forgiveness for him and I was able to comfort him. I am not saying that anyone should stay with a violent person. I was not in relationship with this man; I had just started working for him, and barely knew him. He needed help and he got it, but his help began with the love of God, and His forgiveness in my heart.

In the midst of this, actually when he ran for the gun, the Lord told me the man had demons. After he had broken down and I had the bullets in my hand, I confronted him with this information. He admitted it and told me that they had been telling him to kill himself since he was 13 years old.

I prayed deliverance over him. I wasn’t experienced, but acted in faith with what little I knew. What I knew was how much I didn’t know, but God’s Spirit was on me to bring to light the root of that man’s behavior.

But God doesn’t just expose sin; He then poured His Compassion, Forgiveness and Comfort through me, to this man. That is how great our Jesus is! He brings to light, He delivers and He heals; and He uses us, even in our weakest moment, because IN HIM, we are strong!

I believe my Angel acted on my behalf to make that truck veer at the last minute.

I am learning of the Angels through their activities in my life. This morning I wasn’t looking for it but the Lord led me to a scripture referring to Angels, Psalms 103:20.

“Bless the Lord, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, hearkening to the voice of his word!” Psalms 103:20

I hadn’t seen that when I was searching through the scriptures, regarding my last post, ‘Partnering with Angels.’ So now I see this and wonder . . . Might we command the Angels, when we speak God’s Word?

I would think so. God sends them on behalf of our prayer in faith to His Word; and they come to act in our behalf, in accordance to the Word. When we speak His Word, and pray in line with His Word, we are ‘giving voice’ to His Word.

Thank you for learning with me.

God has used me in many ways, and I have experienced many amazing and miraculous events from God in my life; but I am just beginning to learn. It seems that I have only “scratched the surface.”

We all are learning, aren’t we?

There is just so much more!

So I rarely write on this blog from my own perspective. The messages you read come from God. I receive a message in 5 minutes, maybe 10 if it is a really long one. They are not my words. But occasionally I write from me. This is one of those occasions, because I wanted to say,

Thank God I am ALIVE!

Happy 4th of July everyone!

For those in the USA, it is our celebration of freedom! For everyone who knows the Lord, we celebrate FREEDOM in Him, no matter where you live or what day it is!

For those who don’t know Him, you don’t know TRUE FREEDOM!

Won’t you ask Him today to come into your heart, and let Him show you what I mean?

You will never regret it.

It will be the greatest day of your life!

“For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. He who believes in him is not condemned; he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” John 3:17-18

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Notice the title. This book was written in dedication to care-givers; created and printed in 2019 before anyone had ever heard of Covid 19. I had a different title planned for the book, but the publisher rejected my title and suggested this title, that the Lord had spoken to her. We didn’t know what was coming, but He did! This book wasn’t written to sensationalize a current event. It was spoken by God in provision for a time to come and that time is now!

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These books are not my words; other than testimony pages, they are all His messages. Listen as He speaks to your heart and takes you on a journey to bring healing and wholeness to your spirit, soul and body. These messages speak His heart, but they are not to replace the Word; they serve to amplify the Word with practical application and insight.

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Scriptures are included with every message. Take the time to look them up and study the Word. It is the Word that Saves, Delivers and Heals. Jesus IS the Word, and He chooses to have relationship with YOU!

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Human nature tends to shoot their best supporting foot, just because it steps a little different than the other. May we all take on the ‘nature’ of God and receive His peace and understanding for one another!

Thank you and God Bless You,

Lori J. O’Neil

Choose Life

An attitude of praise and thanksgiving should be your way of life, and the fruit then will be evident on your lips–for your mouth is the fountain of your heart.

If your mind thinks negatively–even just a little, it is enough to poison a sweet fountain, and your words will follow through. A little leaven will leaven a whole loaf,  and so a seed or start of bitterness will eventually poison the heart.

Being thankful and speaking praise will eradicate bitterness from your life, and it all begins with setting your mind.

You have a choice to be happy or sad

The decision in your mind will eventually fill your heart, so be aware, right from the start, of what you would choose.

Choose life

Negativity, criticism and strife are works of death.

I put an end to death–Choose Life!

“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, indeed it cannot, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh, you are in the Spirit, if the Spirit of God really dwells in you. Any one who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.” Romans 8:5-9

“Keep your heart with all vigilance; for from it flow the springs of life.” Proverbs 4:23

“A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.” Galatians 5:9

“For ‘He that would love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking guile; let him turn away from evil and do right; let him seek peace and pursue it.'” I Peter 3:10-11

“Strive for peace with all men, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one fail to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” spring up and cause trouble and by it the many become defiled.” Hebrews 12:14-15

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience, forbearing one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as you teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, and as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:12-17

“I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse; therefore choose life, that you and your descendents may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice, and cleaving to him; for that means life to you and length of days–” Deuteronomy 30:19-20a

 

 

Many Thanks!

Acknowledgment is important along your path; thanking those who have taught you along the way.

It takes many, many teachers in the life of a saint to bring him to maturity–a strong citizen prepared for the Kingdom. But very few of those involved in your process will be known to you until you see them in My Kingdom. How much more valuable then, it is to acknowledge those you know who have taken the time to teach, admonish, and lend a hand up. Their time is valuable–as is yours.

In My eyes, all time is measured in souls won; a price so high, no limit is set.

Acknowledgment keeps you humble; for you realize, in giving thanks to another, that it is not by your ‘good deeds’ that you have reached the level you have obtained, but by the…

Blood, that I shed for you

the

Sweat, of others that have toiled for you

and

Tears, you have cried along the way

None were without price and not a drop of any was lost.

It is all regarded as righteousness–all claimed in thankfulness–

Claim that today. Be ye thankful, and in your thankfulness…

Give Thanks!

“Teach me thy way, O Lord, that I may walk in thy truth; unite my heart to fear thy name. I give thanks to thee, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify thy name for ever. For great is thy steadfast love toward me; thou hast delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.” Psalms 86:11-13

“Let not the foot of arrogance come upon me, nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.” Psalms 36:11

“Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, of which I became a minister according to the divine office which was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now made manifest to his saints. To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we proclaim, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man mature in Christ. For this I toil, striving with all the energy which he mightily inspires within.” Colossians 1:24-29

“For I want you to know how greatly I strive for you, and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not seen my face, that their hearts may be encouraged as they are knit together in love, to have all the riches of assured understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, of Christ, in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I say this in order that no one may delude you with beguiling speech. For though I am absent in the body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ.” Colossians 2:1-5

“He who brings thanksgiving as a sacrifice honors me; to him who orders his way aright I will show the salvation of God!” Psalms 50:23

“Love one another with brotherly affection; outdo one another in showing honor.” Romans 12:10

“I have taught you the way of wisdom; I have led you in the paths of uprightness. When you walk, your step will not be hampered; and if you run, you will not stumble. Keep hold of instruction, do not let go; guard her, for she is your life.” Proverbs 3:11-13

“As therefore you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so live in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:6

“Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God; consider the outcome of their life, and imitate their faith.” Hebrews 13:7

“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as you teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, and as your sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:15-17

 

 

A Dedicated Heart

Sing praises to Me. Think of Me as a dedication to your heart, for when a heart is truly dedicated to Me, I return the honor, in honor to them.

Do not trample on your brother’s heart for that belongs to Me.

Do you see?

His heart belongs to Me, and yet, so many think nothing of slandering, on a regular basis, the heart and life of another. He might not hear–may not even be near, but still the damage is done.

He and I are one, as are you and I, and yet so easily the words flow; bringing harm to another soul, as if I were not standing by.

Why?

Why do you not think before you speak?

Your words must be sweet. I repeat–your words must be sweet! Slander is sinful and divides you and I. You receive My love, will you receive My correction? For sometimes it must be. I will defend the one, before more damage is done–to the brother you do not see. For he is mine–as are you, My Bride, and these wrinkles must not be.

Speak kindness and love, words are gifts from above–speak ever so wisely to Me. The praises on your lips, are offerings you bring, to the One who gives good gifts to men. But when you bring your gift to the altar, be it an offering or praise, if things are not right, please settle it tonight–go to him and see it through.

Now Come

Bring your gift–be it a sacrifice of praise, from lips bearing the pain, of continuous restrain, of slandering those that I love. Make this your habit, and your requests will be granted, with no hesitation on my part…

For such a gift to receive, is an honor I believe, from one with a pure and true heart.

Well Done My Bride

Well Done!

“You give your mouth free rein for evil, and your tongue frames deceit. You sit and speak against your brother; you slander your own mother’s son. These things you have done and I have been silent; you thought that I was one like yourself. But now I rebuke you, and lay the charge before you. ‘Mark this, then, you who forget God, lest I rend, and there be none to deliver! He who brings thanksgiving as his sacrifice honors me; to him who orders his way aright I will show the salvation of God!'” Psalms 50:19-23

“So if you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” Matthew 5:23-24

“Do not speak evil against one another, brethren. He that speaks evil against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy.  But who are you that you judge your neighbor?” James 4:11-12

“So the tongue is a little member and boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire! And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is an unrighteous world among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the cycle of nature and st on fire by hell.” “From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brethren, this ought not be so.” James 3:6, 10

“He who heeds instruction is on the path of life, but he who rejects reproof goes astray. He who conceals hatred has lying lips, and he who utters slander is a fool. When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is prudent. The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; the mind of the wicked is of little worth. Proverbs 10:17-20

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you once walked, when you lived in them. But now put them all away; anger, wrath, malice, slander, and foul talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old nature with its practices and have put on the new nature, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.” Colossians 3:1-10

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience, forbearing one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as you teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, and as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:12-17

“–as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her by the washing of water with the word, that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.” Ephesians 25-27