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“I am not permitted to let my love be so merciful as to tolerate and
endure false doctrine. When faith and doctrine are concerned and
endangered, neither love nor patience is in order…. when these
are concerned, neither toleration nor mercy is in order, but only
anger, dispute, and destruction — to be sure, only with the Word
of God as our weapon.” – Martin Luther.

“It is our solemn conviction that where there can be no real spiritual
communion there should be no pretense of fellowship. Fellowship
with known and vital error is participation in sin.”  -Charles Spurgeon.

“Showing mercy to the wolf is showing cruelty to the sheep.” – Puritan.

“Knowing God without knowing our wretchedness leads to pride.
Knowing our wretchedness without knowing God leads to despair.
Knowing Christ gives the balance.” – Blaise Pascal

“Let us think often that our only business in this life is to please
God. Perhaps all besides is but folly and vanity.”
– Brother Lawrence

“The greatest need we have is not to do things, but to believe
things.” – Oswald Chambers

“Growth is not more knowledge or increase of years; it is simply
more of Him and less of me. He increases as I decrease. This is
what it means to be a disciple.” – Chip Brogden

“Worldliness is what any particular culture does to make sin look
normal and righteousness look strange.” – David Wells

“Some say that faith is the gift of God. So is the air, but you have
to breathe it; so is bread, but you have to eat it. Some are wanting
some miraculous kind of feeling. That is not faith. ‘Faith cometh by
hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Rom 10:17). That is
whence faith comes. It is not for me to sit down and wait for faith
to come stealing over me with a strong sensation, but is for me to
take God at His Word.” – D. L. Moody

 

‘Always room for more’: Adopting 15 children has made life one giant adventure

Everywhere we go, we attract attention. Maybe it’s because there are so many of us (17 when we are all together). Maybe it’s because there are so many races represented in our family. Maybe it’s unusual to see so many boys with hand differences or a family with two children who use wheelchairs. Maybe it’s just the fact that we travel everywhere in a big ol’ rattling shuttle bus!

The staring used to bother me. Now I see it as an opportunity. I smile nod, and will usually attempt to start up a conversation with the ones who stare. Most people want to ask questions but don’t want to offend or embarrass us. I would prefer questions over stares, and I think most of our children would agree. 

The question that my husband Dale and I are asked most often is “Why?” People don’t understand why we would want 15 children (two biological and 13 adopted). They don’t understand why we would give up the life we could have to be parents to all these kids. Most people in our age group are busy traveling the world, pursuing interesting hobbies, or enjoying an empty nest. People don’t understand why we would willingly choose to adopt/parent children who will need lifelong care and constant medical attention. They don’t see or understand the beauty in serving and obeying. They feel like we are missing out on what the world has to offer us. 

An older photo of the McKinney family (some family members not pictured)

READ: Daley was predicted to die before her first birthday, but this family adopted her anyway

Dale and I have several answers to that “why” question. First of all, we do love children. They bring us joy (except when they all have homework at the same time) and we truly love the constant interaction and activity of a large family. We don’t ever have to worry about being bored in our household! But the biggest reason our family looks the way it does is that it represents an act of obedience to our Lord Jesus. We truly believe that each child in our family was destined to be with us. God called us to step out in faith and pursue these children. Our family would not be complete with even one of them missing.

Adopting so many children has stretched our faith, tested our patience, and pushed our perseverance to the very limit. And it certainly has put a strain on our budget! But the realization that our crazy family is pleasing to the Lord is reward enough, and the smiles and joy our children bring us is a bonus.

Our family, the family God created, has given us the opportunity to share Christ with total strangers. It has encouraged others to adopt, and many orphans have come home to forever families because of the influence of my beautiful children.  And because of our family — considering the places we have been and the activities in which we have participated — our life has been one giant adventure. My life is fuller and more exciting than I ever dreamed it would be. I should also add that I have done more laundry and changed more diapers than I ever thought was humanly possible! But I’ve enjoyed (almost) every minute of it!

My prayer is that all Christians would seek God’s will for their lives in regard to the children without a family.  I challenge you to seek information about how many orphaned children are in our world. Look up the staggering statistics. I also recommend the video, “Hope is Fading.” It will wreck you, but it is truth. The orphaned children in this world don’t just need your donations, your hand-me-downs, your short-term mission trip visits — they need a FAMILY. 

Will you hear the cry of the orphan? Will you step out and be a family to those without one? I promise you the Lord will smile upon you as you take that step to love a child who is alone, abandoned, in need. He has certainly smiled upon my family!

“Together, we can build amazing families and put a dent in the orphan crisis. Together, we can change the world, one child at a time. Nothing would make me happier than if my story was not unique, but instead, it was common.  Can you even imagine?!” ~ A quote from my book, “Always Room for More

Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.  (Psalm 68:5)  

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.  (James 1:27)

Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from Him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court. (Psalm 127:3-5)

Always Room for More,” written by Ann McKinney

Editor’s Note: You can purchase Ann’s book about her family’s adoption journey, “Always Room for More,” here and read more about her family on the Always Room for More Facebook page. See previous Live Action News coverage about the McKinney family here

Author bio: Ann McKinney and her husband, Dale, are parents to 15 children, 13 of them through domestic and international adoption. Ann is a team leader and board member with In His Hands Orphans Outreach (Inhishands.org) and also serves as the Haiti Team Coordinator where she manages trips to the IHH Orphan Home in Grand Savanne, Haiti. She was the original founder and director of Treasured Adoption Foundation, where she helped dozens of orphaned children find forever families. She has devoted her life to advocating for orphans and vulnerable children and enjoys sharing her experience through speaking engagements and conferences.

 

The ‘most dangerous country’ to be a Christian: North Korea and its war on faith

Ethnic Korean Christians sing hymns in their half-finished church in the town of Yanji in Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture on the China/North Korea border on Oct. 13, 2006. (PETER PARKS/AFP via Getty Images)

By Jocelyn Neo   April 6, 2021

The “hermit kingdom” of North Korea has willfully walled itself into isolation, making it difficult for other free societies to know what is happening inside the secretive state sitting on the east coast of communist China.

It is often through defectors that the world gets glimpses inside a country ruled by a totalitarian regime, including the harrowing accounts of its citizens and people of faith being persecuted.

The Central Committee [of the Korean Workers’ Party] says that Christianity is like opium or drugs and has harshly punished [Christians]. Now that Falun Gong is here, people are watching closely to see how the authorities will respond.
— Anonymous source told Radio Free Asia

Persecution of Christians

North Korea has been ranked number one in the world for persecuting Christians, according to the 2021 World Watch List published by Open Doors, a watchdog organization that supports persecuted Christians. In an interview with an Open Door’s secret worker, the organization called the reclusive communist nation “the most dangerous country in the world to be a Christian.”

It estimated that out of the approximately 400,000 Christians in the country, 50,000 to 70,000 of them are detained in prisons and labor camps, the report said.

Another detailed 2020 research (pdf) by Korea Future Initiative (KFI), a nonprofit that reports on human rights violations in North Korea, documented various accounts of Christians being subjected to horrific persecution while detained or imprisoned over the period of 1990 to 2019.

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Ethnic Korean Christians sing hymns in their half-finished church in the town of Yanji in Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture on the China/North Korea border on Oct. 13, 2006. (Peter Parks/AFP via Getty Images)

The KFI report, “Persecuting Faith: Documenting religious freedom violations in North Korea,” is based on 117 interviews of survivors, witnesses, and perpetrators. The investigation also identified 273 victims—ranging in age from 3 years old to over 80 years old—of whom 215 are Christians.

Detainees often face “extreme violence” as a form of punishment for practicing their faith. Apart from physical and sexual assault, routine torture methods include deprivation of food and sleep, being tied up, being beaten while forced to hang on steel bars, being made to do “squat-jumps,” having a red pepper powder solution poured into the nostrils, being forced to eat “polluted food,” and being forced to witness the execution of other detainees, according to the report.

One Christian believer, who was held at North Pyongan Provincial Ministry of State Security (MSS) pre-trial detention center, recounted how “men were beaten like dogs” and they “screamed like crazy” due to the pain.

“Even though women were beaten less, I was hit in the face and my skin ruptured and I bled a lot. [MSS officers] told me to wipe the blood, so I cleaned it … I wept a lot when they hit me again,” the woman said, according to the KFI report.

The report noted that women and girls accounted for almost “60 percent of documented victims” and confirmed 32 incidents of forced abortions and sexual violence.

Citing one incident, a detainee recalled that a pregnant woman gave birth to an alive baby after being forced into an induced abortion, but MSS officials at the North Hamgyong Provincial detention center suffocated the baby using a plastic bag. The report said dead bodies of the aborted infants were usually stored on-site in a closet used for keeping maintenance tools before they were buried. Women weren’t allowed any rest period and were forced to resume labor work the next day after undergoing a forced abortion.

Sexual violence is another commonly employed torture method. The report stated that female detainees are often addressed as “bitches” and are forced to undergo “nude invasive cavity searches of their vaginas and anuses,” even girls as young as 3 years old are not spared from this humiliating physical exam, according to the KFI report.

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A man cycles past an ethnic Korean Christian church in the town of Yanji in Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture on the China/North Korea border, Oct. 13, 2006. (Peter Parks/AFP via Getty Images) 

Often, religious believers and their family members are sentenced together to “political prison camps” after one is found to be practicing faith or in possession of religious items. The report said that these prison terms are “known or understood to be life sentences.”

In one case, the parent of a soldier was executed for smuggling a Bible from China into North Korea. The soldier was reported to the Border Security Command squadron and later sent to a political prison camp with remaining family members.

According to the report, Christian believers who went to China and came into contact with any local churches or religious practices are often arrested based on the details provided by MSS informants and China’s Ministry of Public Security.

Christians also revealed to investigators how China’s Ministry of Public Security marks refoulement documents “with a black stamp,” which indicates that the victim was involved in practicing Christianity in China.

Persecution of Falun Gong

North Korea, like its communist neighbor China, is also involved in the suppression of Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline that is based on the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance.

While this peaceful meditation system flourished overseas, with over 100 million people worldwide openly practicing its five gentle exercises, the Chinese communist regime has been persecuting its followers since July 1999. To date, in the 21-year-long persecution, tens of thousands of adherents have been detained, tortured, and killed.

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Falun Gong practitioners doing the fifth set of exercises in Central Park in Manhattan, on May 10, 2014. (Dai Bing/The Epoch Times) 

In 2019, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported that the authorities in Pyongyang, North Korea, began the suppression of Falun Gong after noticing an increase in the number of people practicing it.

“The judicial authorities are struggling because the spread of Falun Gong among citizens of Pyongyang has surged beyond their expectations,” a source told RFA, adding that the police issued proclamations ordering citizens who are practicing Falun Gong to voluntarily report to the authorities or risk “harsh punishments” if caught later.

However, instead of deterring people from practicing Falun Gong, the suppression aroused people’s curiosity, as more people became interested in the practice and it has even spread to “high-ranking government officials and their families.”

“After the proclamation and subsequent crackdown, people are suddenly very interested in Falun Gong, which had already been spreading in [Pyongyang’s] underworld,” the source told RFA.

The report also said that 100 Falun Gong practitioners were arrested in the city in the first round of suppression and many who were arrested would be “sentenced to hard labor or correctional labor depending on the severity of their crimes.”

Another source compared North Korea’s suppression of Falun Gong to “a war on the religion,” reported RFA.

“The Central Committee [of the Korean Workers’ Party] say that Christianity is like opium or drugs and have harshly punished [Christians]. Now that Falun Gong is here, people are watching closely to see how the authorities will respond,” according to the second source.

Arshdeep Sarao contributed to this report.

 

‘Football messed him up’: Dad of ex-NFL player Phillip Adams who killed doctor, his wife and two grandchildren before turning gun on himself insists his son was a ‘good kid’ as it’s revealed the 32-year-old suffered at least two concussions as a cornerback

Former pro-NFL player Phillip Adams suspected of carrying out a mass shooting in Rock Hill, South Carolina, that killed five. Victims named as Dr. Robert Lesslie, 70; wife Barbara, 69; grandchildren Noah,5, and Adah, 8; James Lewis, 38, who worked at Lesslies’ property, was also killed. The sixth person, Lewis’ co-worker, was shot multiple times but survived
Adams took his own life after midnight with a .45 caliber gun. Adams’ parents live next to the Lesslie family, and Dr. Lesslie used to be the football player’s physician. Adams suffered multiple injuries during his six seasons in the NFL, including concussions and a broken left ankle.

Former pro-NFL player Phillip Adams (left) has been identified as the gunman who allegedly carried out a mass shooting in Rock Hill, South Carolina, that killed five, including two children

The gunman who killed five people including a prominent doctor, his wife, and two grandchildren in South Carolina, was former NFL pro-Phillip Adams, who took his own life early Thursday, it was revealed.

A source who was briefed on the investigation, speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly, said Adams’ parents live near the doctor’s home in Rock Hill, and that he had been treated by Dr. Robert Lesslie.

Adams, 32, a cornerback who played six seasons in the NFL and suffered multiple concussions, killed himself after midnight with a .45 caliber weapon.

Adams’ father, Alonzo Adams, confirmed to WCNC that his son was the gunman, and blamed the tragedy on his son’s being a football player.

‘I can say he’s a good kid,’ the father told the station. ‘I think the football messed him up.’

Adams is suspected of shooting dead Lesslie, 70, and his wife, Barbara Lesslie, 69, along with grandchildren Adah Lesslie, 9, and Noah Lesslie, 5, and James Lewis, 38, from Gastonia, who is unrelated to the family.

The Lesslie’s were found inside their home and pronounced dead, while Lewis, who had been working at the property, was discovered outside.

Dr Lesslie was a well-known medic in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and was even the doctor of York County Sheriff's Office's spokesperson Trent Faris

This map shows the location of Lesslies' home where Robert, Barbara and their grandchildren were found dead; their property where James Lewis was killed, and the home of Adams' parents a short drive away
  • This map shows the location of Lesslies’ home where Robert, Barbara, and their grandchildren were found dead; their property where James Lewis was killed, and the home of Adams’ parents a short drive away

Police were called to the home in the Rock Hill area at around 4:45 pm after gunshots were heard. Pictured above are some members of the victims' family, including Dr Lessie (center) and wife, Barbara (pictured by his side)

Police were called to the home in the Rock Hill area at around 4:45 pm after gunshots were heard. Pictured above are some members of the victims’ family, including Dr. Lessie (center) and wife, Barbara (pictured by his side)

Adah and her brother, Noah, were the children of Dr Lesslie's son, Jeff (pictured above)

Lesslie is pictured playing the piano with his granddaughter Adah, who was among the people killed on Wednesday

A SWAT vehicle is seen at the scene of the mass shooting on Marshall Road in Rock Hill, South Carolina

Robert and Barbara Lesslie lived in a spacious home on a large tract of land with an estimated value of more than $1million (pictured)

A sixth person, who has not been named, survived the shooting despite being shot multiple times.

WSOC reported that Lewis worked at Gaston Sheet Metal Services in Gastonia and that the person who was wounded in the massacre was also an employee at GSM Services.

The company shared a post on its Facebook page on Thursday morning, addressing the shooting.

‘Both men involved in this incident are long-standing, beloved members of our family at GSM. These men embody the values we strive to achieve at GSM and are family-focused, up-beat, and wonderful team members who cared about all the people they encountered,’ read the status update.

The sheriff’s office spent hours searching for the ‘armed and dangerous suspect, later identified as Adams, before finding him at his parents’ home on Marshall Road, about a mile away from the Lesslies’ residence.

Alonso Adams, Phillip’s father said of his son that he was ‘a a good kid’ and that ‘football messed him up.’ He also revealed that Phillip had only recently relocated to Rock Hill, South Carolina

Alonso Adams, Phillip’s father, said his son had recently moved to Rock Hill from Fort Mill.

‘I don’t think he ever did anybody any harm,’ he said of his son. ‘He didn’t talk much and he didn’t bother anybody.’

Alonso added that he knew the Lesslie family and that Robert had treated him in the past.

‘All I can say is we pray for the family,’ Alonso said. ‘He used to be my doctor a long time ago. I know they were good folks down there. We’re gonna keep them in our prayers.’

Alonzo said officers came to his house on Wednesday night and led him out of the residence, where Adams killed himself.

Faris said deputies were called to the home in the Rock Hill area around 4:45 pm.

‘We are shocked that this type of incident happened here,’ Faris said.

Police used helicopters and drones to look for the shooting suspect on Wednesday

An ambulance is seen at the scene, where one person was found with serious gunshot wounds

‘None of us can figure out why,’ Faris said.

He added: ‘It doesn’t happen here. It’s one of those strange things that a lot of people are going to have a hard time understanding and we just hope that everybody understands that we’re going to do everything we can to try to figure out why this happened here in Rock Hill, South Carolina.’

Faris said Dr. Lesslie was a prominent figure in Rock Hill.

‘I’ve lived in Rock Hill my entire life and Dr. Lesslie was my doctor growing up,’ Faris said. ‘Dr. Lesslie has been one of those people that everybody knows. He started Riverview Medical Center in Rock Hill and it’s been a staple in Rock Hill for years.’

Phillip Adams (24) of the New York Jets reacts to breaking up a pass intended for Emmanuel Sanders (10) of the Denver Broncos during the second quarter of action at MetLife Stadium

Atlanta Falcons defensive back Phillip Adams arrives for an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, in Nashville in 2015

Adams (left and right) was a football cornerback who played in the NFL. He was drafted in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers

This photo shows the $170,000 home on Marshall Road belonging to Adams' parents

Adams, a cornerback out of South Carolina State, was a seventh-round NFL Draft pick in 2010. Although he was never a standout in the league, he did play in 78 games over five seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders, New York Jets, and Atlanta Falcons.

His best seasons came in his two years in Oakland, where he appeared in 31 games and recorded a pair of interceptions.

Rarely a starter, Adams finished his career with the Falcons in 2015.

Adams earned just over $3million over parts of his six NFL seasons, according to Spotrac.com.

Adams suffered multiple injuries over the course of his football career, including a pair of concussions, which he sustained while playing for the Oakland Raiders in 2012. Despite that, he only missed one game that season.

Raider’s spokespeople in Las Vegas did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment on Thursday.

As a rookie late in the 2010 season, Adams suffered a severe ankle injury that required surgery that included several screws being inserted into the leg. He never played for the 49ers again, getting released just before the 2011 season began and signing with New England. Only in 2013 with the Raiders was he on a roster for a full season.

Adams had a criminal record, which included an arrest in 2009 on charges of misdemeanor assault and battery, although he was not convicted. He was also arrested in Charlotte for carrying a concealed gun in 2016.

Robert and Barbara had been married for more than 35 years

Lesslie described himself in his bio as, among other things, a caretaker of donkeys and goats

Lesslie authored several non-fiction books, including Angels in the ER

The Lesslie family lived on a large property with an estimated value of more than $1million, according to Zillow.com. They bought the home in 2002.

Phillip Adams’ parents reside in a home located just a 2 minutes drive from the Lesslie’s. That property has an estimated value of just over $170,000.

A biography page of Dr. Lesslie stated he and his wife of 35 years raised four children, including son Jeff, who is the father of Adah and Noah. He works as an administrator at his father’s practice, Riverview Hospice and Palliative Care.

He described himself as a ‘believer, husband, father, grandfather, physician, friend and caretaker of golden retrievers, donkeys, ponies & goats, gardener and lover of the outdoors, bagpiper, golfer (significantly handicapper), author.’

Lesslie had been practicing medicine in Rock Hill since 1981

He and wife Barbara are survived by their four children

Lesslie (left and right) had been practicing medicine in Rock Hill since 1981. He and wife Barbara are survived by their four children

This photo showing Dr Lesslie, his wife and their two grandchildren who perished in the massacre on Wednesday (circled in red)

Dr. Lesslie had been practicing in Rock Hill since 1981, according to the Riverview website.

He received his degree at the Medical University of South Carolina and had worked in the surrounding Rock Hill area and in emergency rooms in Charlotte, North Carolina.

He founded Riverview Housecalls and Riverview Hospice and Palliative Care.

He was the author of several non-fiction books about stories from the emergency room, including Angles in the ER.

In that book, he wrote: ’25 years in the ER have taught me a lot of things. I know without a doubt that life is fragile.’

Rock Hill is a city in northernmost South Carolina about 25 miles southwest of Charlotte, North Carolina. Boasting a population of more than 66,000 people, Rock Hill is the largest city in York County.

Rock Hill is a manufacturing city that offers scenic riverfront views along the Catawaba River, and it is home to three colleges, including Winthrop University.

According to the latest data, Rock Hill’s crime rates were 61 percent higher than the national average.

 

 

A Word of the Lord in the Time of Captivity

King-blinders

In Jeremiah 32, we find the prophet Jeremiah imprisoned by Zedekiah, King of Judah, for speaking the word of the Lord to him concerning the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem and the impending captivity of the Israelites. At this point in time, the Babylonians have closed in on the city of Jerusalem and in a short while will take control of it and burn it down.

Jeremiah, however, in his imprisonment receives a word from the Lord that he is about to be approached by his uncle Hanamel with an invitation to buy a piece of land, and he should purchase it when the moment comes. Shortly after, Jeremiah is indeed visited in the prison by Hanamel, who asks him to buy the land as expected, and Jeremiah agrees to do so according to the Lord’s instruction.

The Times and Seasons of the Earth Are in the Hands of God

In discerning the word of the Lord to us today, it is important for us to pay attention to the timing of these events. At the time when Jeremiah receives the word of the Lord, he is imprisoned and under the guard of a compromised leader who has allowed the nation to be breached. The land is about to be seized and destroyed by the violent Babylonians, yet it is at this very time that Jeremiah is instructed to buy a piece of land.

With all that was going on, everyone around Jeremiah would have said that the land was worthless and should not be bought. And this is exactly how it would appear to someone without the revelation and insight that comes through the Word and the Spirit of God.

The times and seasons of the earth, however, are truly in the hands of God, and He knew that although the immediate outlook was bleak for Jerusalem, there was yet to be a time of hope and restoration. The people of Judah would eventually return from their captivity. His instructions to Jeremiah were a sign of that foreknowledge and hope, and were in themselves a prophecy for a future beyond the one that was now in view. Jeremiah’s obedience was an act of agreement and investment in God’s promises for the future, and so when the request came for him to buy the land, he found the money.

Today, there are certain situations taking place in the world through which it might seem as though the enemy is in a position of power, and there are many who feel that they are in a type of bondage or captivity. It is these things rather than the voice of God that has dictated to these people as to what they should do.

What is needed instead, however, is for God’s people to really hear His voice and to make informed, faith-filled choices based on His promises—and not simply on the sight of the natural eyes. Jeremiah had a right to inherit the land that he bought, and as kings and priests, we too have an inheritance in God that is ours to claim. But too often, the claims are not made due to unbelief and disobedience.

Now is a time to be alert, because if you do not lift your eyes to see what He sees, you will miss the moment to act decisively. If you are looking for his deliverance, you will see the keys when they appear. If not, you will remain in captivity and be dictated to by circumstance.

Pray for Understanding

When the word of the Lord comes to you with instructions like those that came to Jeremiah, pray for understanding. As Jeremiah sought God and discussed with Him his act of obedience, the Lord provided dynamic insight into the situation, including the reasons why Jerusalem was on the brink of ruin, besieged by the Babylonians. It is clear the people of Jerusalem had taken God’s goodness, mercy and grace for granted and had become insensitive to Him and to the requirements of a godly life.

Many believers today have likewise taken much for granted and have become insensitive to the Holy Spirit, used to the ways in which they operate and thinking almost nothing of what they do. A believer may consult a horoscope, intentionally undermine another person’s relationship or business or carry out an abortion and see nothing wrong with it. And when calamity comes, they are unable to perceive how or why it came about.

God’s revelation of the reasons behind a negative turn of events is a sign of His mercy and goodness. Once the stumbling stones are identified to us, they can then be removed and the curses broken. We are in a season where we can dream with God from a place of promise and truly recover all if we are humble and sensitive to what He says and does.

I feel that many have already received instructions from the Lord for the times to come, but there are issues to be addressed and blockages that must be removed. As you read this word and look over the Scriptures, pray for understanding. Ask the Lord what He is pointing out to you. Once you’ve got it, hit the reset button by applying the Passover blood of Jesus Christ, calling on His name and acknowledging Him as Lord and Savior over all the areas of your captivity and in whichever areas you feel bound. Look to the Lord to set you free from addictions, toxic habits, attitudes and compromises. He truly is a Passover Lamb without blemish.

In ourselves we have nothing to offer Him, but He has made a way for us to see the truth and put things right. When God gave Jeremiah understanding, it came with a promise of restoration. I believe the Lord is doing such a work of restoration with His people today. Recognize where you have been bound, and let the truth set you free and into the liberty He’s promised us. There are so many good reasons to be in His Word today, and this is one of them. He is bringing you out and taking you through into the new season!

Prayer

Father, you alone fully know the times and seasons of the earth. You know the plans that You have for us, to prosper and not to harm us, to give us a hope and a future. Let the eyes and ears of Your people be opened to Your instructions, so they will agree and obey regarding all You have set in motion for their deliverance. Shower Your people with understanding and shine Your light on the stumbling blocks that have caused bondage, so they can be removed. We thank You for freedom! We thank You for liberty! We celebrate You today Jesus, because You are our Passover Lamb! Take us into our new season! Amen.

Rev. Betty King is a world-renowned speaker and prophetess. She is a true embodiment of the Father’s love and compassion. Her passion to fulfill God’s call has seen her travel to all the continents, moving in the prophetic, touching and transforming many lives, and rekindling hope. She is a woman full of love, wisdom, kindness, hope, compassion, and grace.

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