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John the Baptist was a burning and shining lamp; inwardly burning with love and zeal, outwardly shining in all holiness.
~Jesus said, “Among those born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist.”
~ The angel told his father, Zacharias, that he would be filled with the Holy Spirit from the womb and that he would go in the spirit and power of Elijah.
~The Holy Spirit revealed to John the Baptist that the One whom He descended upon would be the Messiah. John witnessed this with his own eyes at Jesus’ baptism. (John 1:32-34)
Yet, when Herod imprisoned him in the awful, putrid dungeon for days upon end with no relief, we read in Luke 7:18-28 that John the Baptist sent his disciples to ask Jesus if He was indeed the Coming One or if they should look for another? Can you imagine?… Oh my goodness, I can’t! John the Baptizer, who was called the forerunner to Jesus, who was filled from the womb with the Holy Spirit, the burning and shining lamp- falling prey to doubt and despair!!
To answer John’s questions… Jesus told his disciples, “Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”
John’s entire life was lived to foretell the coming of the Messiah. And he lived his calling to the fullest. He lived his life as a burning and shining lamp… But his current circumstances made him tremble. I LOVE what he did! When in doubt- he sought Truth. Truth always frees us. You can imprison a body but not the spirit. As long as we know the truth- the truth will set us free.
Jesus says to us all, “Blessed is he who is not offended” when circumstances are hard and answers are not in sight. He loves us. He loved John the Baptist. Many times we’ll never know the answers to why things happen.
John the Baptist lives on as a memorial and example for other burning and shining lamps- to seek Truth when circumstances make us doubt.
How we respond in those times are of the highest importance to God. He watches to see whether in our darkest hour, if we will respond to Him who is invisible- more than to the visible around us. For faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward! For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise!
When a trial comes, confront it with truth like John the Baptist did and it will free you. When this life is over we want Jesus to say that we were a burning and shining lamp; inwardly burning with love and zeal and outwardly shining in all holiness-who sought TRUTH at all cost.
Here are a few things I do when I’m faced with a trial:
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Once upon a time, in a land far away, there lived two humble servants in the kingdom reigned by the King, the One called the Great I Am. The King entrusted this couple with five of His most priceless gifts- His princesses. The humble servants bowed before the King in thanksgiving, that He would trust them with such a royal honor.
From the time of their conceptions, the weight of raising this Kings’ Daughters became all-encompassing. The couple prayed night and day for them. They prayed that the daughter’s hearts would be enthralled by the King- and for their future princes. For they knew, that their time of raising them would be pivotal in their future in the kingdom.
The daughters grew up to be beautiful princesses. The King impressed upon the servants’ hearts the necessity of each daughter to only choose the prince whom He had groomed- specifically for them. The intensity was great, for there were many in pursuit of the royal ones.
One by one, the daughters started to present potential princes to the servants for approval.
As each suitor was presented, the King would immediately speak to the inner chambers of the couples’ hearts. The answers were quite clear. It was either “Yes” or “No”- but never “maybe.”
Three out of the five daughters received their prince and married him. These three received the prince that the King had groomed especially for them. It was quite a fairytale, except for the fact that one of the daughters was missing her prince. He was nowhere to be found. The servants questioned the King and begged him for knowledge of where this prince might be found.
The King spoke to the inner chambers of their hearts, “the prince is still being groomed.”
Then the day that the servants had prayed for all the days of her life- came to be. The prince arrived!
The princess presented him before the servants of the King, to ask if he indeed was the one that the King had selected.
The King (the One called the Great I Am) spoke in the inner chambers of their hearts and said, “Yes, this is he.” The servants smiled at Jennifer and gave her His approval.
On March 2, 2014 in a land far, far away (NYC), the prince, Alex Craig proposed to Princess Jennifer Glasgow. She cried, “Yes, I will marry thee.”
The consummation of this fairy tale will take place in June of 2014 at the home of the humble servants of the Most High King, Dale and Sharon Glasgow. The King gave this precious princess to them, and now they will give her hand in marriage to the one He ordained for her.
The humble servants, her parents- haven’t stopped crying for joy. For you see, every day (since the time that they knew she was conceived) have prayed for this little princess- that one day she would find her prince in shining armor. What an honor to be entrusted with a child of the King.
We bow before Him today, thanking Him for this honor and weeping with grateful hearts.
The youngest of the five princesses, remains, and the servants pray for her night and day. . .
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TODAY is monumental. After 40 LONG days- Dale’s kidney stone finally left his body!
Why in the world did it take so long? Thousands of people prayed for him. Some even fasted while praying. He was anointed with oil by our elders. We had great faith. We believe nothing is impossible with God. We’ve seen Him work miracles many times… Why did it take so long?
Job was a righteous man who loved God and lost everything. In his desperation, he too wanted to know why. Why God? (Job 6:26-27).
David was crowned king and immediately had to run for his life- for YEARS. In his desperation, he too wanted to know why. Why God? (Psalm 44:23-24).
Jeremiah was an amazing prophet of the Lord. No other prophet quoted the words of previous prophets any more than him. He was tortured and ridiculed. In his desperation, he too wanted to know, why. Why God? (Jeremiah 20:2, 38:6).
When Job, David, Jeremiah and Dale were desperate- they all did the same thing. They sought God with all their heart. And it was there that they encountered God in a way that they couldn’t have before. Sometimes the purposes of our desperation are to usher us into the secret place of God’s heart. When Dale was at his highest level of pain, his spirit was so drawn to Jesus- that he couldn’t not keep his gaze on Him. He encountered Jesus on a level that he had never experienced. He said he wouldn’t take the last 40 days back for anything. Job, David and Jeremiah said the same thing.
When God makes you desperate for Him and you have beheld His Glory in the secret place… everything in life changes. You are changed.
One night when Dale was in his worst pain, intermittently he would talk about Jesus and the pain He endured for us. At 2:00 in the morning, while Dale was in writhing pain, we took the Lord’s Supper together (I’ll never forget that night). It was a terrible night and a glorious night. Our eyes were fully on Him and we beheld His glory in middle of the pain. Desperate circumstances brought us into another level of glory that was unspeakable!
Dale said he’s a different man than he was before. His glory changes us.
Jacob said, “I will not let You go unless you bless me.” (Genesis 32:26). What that says is, “I’m going to come after Jesus. I’m going to chase after Him with everything that is within me and I’m not going to give up—ever. I’m going to hold on to the promise. I’m going to stay in His face. I’m going to seek His resurrection power in this circumstance that isn’t resolving. I don’t understand why this hasn’t been answered but I’m not giving up until it is. As long as I have breath in my carcass, I’m coming after Jesus with every ounce of strength I’ve got. I must gain Christ!
“That’s the unrelenting determination of the saint who is embracing the Job crucible properly. This kind of tenacity makes for what is called a dangerous Christian. This is the kind of saint that causes the minions of hell to tremble in fear and trepidation- for they are beholding another Job. They are beholding a man or woman determined to persevere in the face of God until He completes His purposes in their life.” Bob Sorge
Once a saint emerges from the crucible, an unstoppable warrior rises from the ashes. Oh my goodness… God is our shield and there is no fear. In our desperation, we find the entrance into the secret place of God’s heart. (Psalm 91). The shaking and pruning seem torturous but without it, we rarely find that entry way to the most secret place of the Most High.
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Lemon peel is one of the most amazing healing foods in the world. It is said to be an effective remedy in treating arteriosclerosis. It is believed to be the richest source of vitamin P. Lemon peel also is said to help to regulate high blood pressure, fight cancer, shrink tumors, cysts. . .it can help with depression, fungal and bacterial infections and reduce cholesterol levels due to the polyphenol flavonoids.
Lemon peel benefits are endless, add them to anything and everything! Included- treatment for kidney stones! Hence this blog post, we’re eating them twice a day now!
Here are just a few summaries of articles on the benefits of lemon peel.
Encyclopedia of Healing Foods:
Lemon peel consists of two layers: the outermost layer (“zest”), which contains essential oils (6 percent) that are composed mostly of limonene (90 percent) and citral (5 percent), plus a small amount of cintronellal, alphaterpineol, linayl, and geranyl acetate. The inner layer contains no essential oil but instead houses a variety of bitter flavone glycosides and coumarin derivatives. Lemons are an excellent source of vitamin C. In addition, they are a good source of vitamin B6, potassium, folic acid, flavonoids, and the important phytochemical limonene. The phytochemical limonene, which is extracted from lemons, is currently being used in clinical trials to dissolve gallstones and is showing extremely promising anticancer activities.
Recent research has focused on the biological activity of compounds found in citrus species, including compounds called flavanoids, carotenoids and limonoids, especially in terms of their effects on citrus palatability and anti-cancer activity. Citrus flavonoids have potential antioxidant (prevents aging), anti-cancer, antiviral, anti-inflammatory activities, effects on capillarity, and cholesterol-lowering ability. The principal carotenoids in pink grapefruit are lycopene and beta-carotene. Lycopene-containing fruits and vegetables have been shown to contribute to a significant reduction in prostate and mammary cancer risk. Recent studies have further shown that limonoids inhibit the development of cancer in laboratory animals and in human breast cancer cells as well as reducing cholesterol. Researchers have also suggested that, if ingested, limonoids may not be absorbed in the large intestine, and therefore could be distributed throughout the body, with beneficial effects.
Likewise, from University of California Davis on “The Potential of Citrus Limonoids as Anticancer Agents” observed that:
Vitamin C and flavonoids are antioxidants, substances that neutralize active oxygen species which can damage body cells and contribute to chronic diseases including cancer. Carotenoids, colored pigments in fruits and vegetables such as beta-carotene, lycopene, and lutein, also provide some antioxidant protection, but have other beneficial actions involving cell growth and vision. Folate is a B vitamin that is needed for the synthesis of DNA, and therefore is important for the integrity of genetic material in cells and the healthy growth of tissues. Recent information indicates that mild folate deficiency alters the structure of DNA in a way that may decrease the expression of tumor suppressor proteins. A survey of food folate sources showed that orange juice is the largest contributor to the food folate intake in the U.S. population. Recent research suggests that U.S. consumers may be getting another health benefit from orange juice and other citrus products — phytochemicals called limonoids — which appear to possess substantial anticancer activity.
A 2004 ScienceDaily article reported on similar research:
Research by Texas Agriculture Experiment Station scientists has shown that citrus compounds called limonoids targeted and stopped neuroblastoma cells in the lab. They now hope to learn the reasons for the stop-action behavior and eventually try the citrus concoction in humans. Neuroblastomas account for about 10 percent of all cancer in children, Harris said, and is usually a solid tumor in the neck, chest, spinal cord or adrenal gland. The finding in citrus is promising not only for its potential to arrest cancer, but because limonoids induce no sideaffects, according to Dr. Ed Harris, Experiment Station biochemist who collaborated on the study with Dr. Bhimu Patil, a plant physiologist at the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Citrus Center in Weslaco. ”Limonoids are naturally occurring compounds,” Harris said. “Unlike other anti-cancer drugs that are toxic, limonoids apparently do not hurt a person. That’s the beautiful potential.” Patil calls citrus fruit “a vast reservoir of anti-carcinogens.” As a plant physiologist, he has succeeded in isolating and purifying a number of limonoids from citrus so that the biochemists could evaluate and compare their anti-cancer abilities at the molecular level. ”Limonoids are unique to citrus,” Patil said. “They are not present in any other fruits or vegetables. My goal is to find the direct benefits of citrus on human health.”