Passed Your Tests

The following is a prophetic word from Sandy Warner. Her contact information is at the bottom.

This is a great explanation of why God lets us go through trials and testing.

The first part is a prophetic encouragement that I believe God has for those of us who have been going through an extensive time of testing – like the past ten years – and I believe we will be receiving the promises of our own land (physically and spiritually) very soon. I believe we have passed the tests of waiting on Him many times.

Here is what Sandy wrote:

RHEMA 4/12/11 PASSED YOUR TESTS

HEARD: You landed on your feet, you passed all your tests. I’m so proud of you. Every one of them? Yes all of them.

[Lord how does one pass a test?]

HEARD: Wait on Me.

Ps 105:19-22

Until the time that his word came to pass, The word of the Lord tested him. The king sent and released him, The ruler of the people let him go free. He made him lord of his house, And ruler of all his possessions, To bind his princes at his pleasure, And teach his elders wisdom.

HAVING BEEN TESTED:

Until the time that Your Word comes to pass, Your Word has tested me.

My foot has held fast to Your steps, my foot has not been moved.

I have kept Your way and not turned aside.

Like gold and silver is tried in the fire, I shall come forth as gold.

The genuineness of my faith You find even more precious than gold.

For even when I do not see You, I love You.

I call upon Your Name and You hear me as I abide in Your consuming fire.

In humble wanderings, You know what is in my heart.

You know whether I will keep Your Word or not.

I have learned that I can not live without Your Word.

You have chastised me and prepared me to possess the land You have promised.

I have learned that You alone give the power to prosper.

There is no strength in me to gain anything by my own hand.

You withdrew from me to manifest what was in my heart.

Upon You alone do I lean and trust oh Lord.

I rejoice when I see the maturity of patience, which is

The fruit of various trials and tests.

I have learned to suffer long as I have waited upon You to

Perfect faith, hope and love.

TO BE TESTED IN SCRIPTURE

Job 23:8-11

“Look, I go forward, but He is not there, And backward, but I cannot perceive Him; 9 When He works on the left hand, I cannot behold Him; When He turns to the right hand, I cannot see Him. 10 But He knows the way that I take; When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold. 11 My foot has held fast to His steps; I have kept His way and not turned aside.

Ps 66:8-12

Oh, bless our God, you peoples! And make the voice of His praise to be heard, 9 Who keeps our soul among the living, And does not allow our feet to be moved. 10 For You, O God, have tested us; You have refined us as silver is refined. 11 You brought us into the net; You laid affliction on our backs. 12 You have caused men to ride over our heads; We went through fire and through water; But You brought us out to rich fulfillment.

Ps 81:6-7

“I removed his shoulder from the burden; His hands were freed from the baskets. 7 You called in trouble, and I delivered you; I answered you in the secret place of thunder; I tested you at the waters of Meribah.

Ps 105:19-22

Until the time that his word came to pass, The word of the Lord tested him. 20 The king sent and released him, The ruler of the people let him go free. 21 He made him lord of his house, And ruler of all his possessions, 22 To bind his princes at his pleasure, And teach his elders wisdom.

Zech 13:9

I will bring the one-third through the fire, Will refine them as silver is refined, And test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, And I will answer them. I will say, ‘This is My people’; And each one will say, ‘The Lord is my God.'”

1 Peter 1:6-9

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, 8 whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 receiving the end of your faith — the salvation of your souls.

Gen 22:1

Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!”

Deut 8:1-10

“Every commandment which I command you today you must be careful to observe, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers. 2 And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. 3 So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord. 4 Your garments did not wear out on you, nor did your foot swell these forty years. 5 You should know in your heart that as a man chastens his son, so the Lord your God chastens you.

6 “Therefore you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to fear Him. 7 For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, that flow out of valleys and hills; 8 a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey; 9 a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing; a land whose stones are iron and out of whose hills you can dig copper. 10 When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land which He has given you.

NKJV

Ex 16:3-8

3 And the children of Israel said to them, “Oh, that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat and when we ate bread to the full! For you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”

4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not. 5 And it shall be on the sixth day that they shall prepare what they bring in, and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily.”

6 Then Moses and Aaron said to all the children of Israel, “At evening you shall know that the Lord has brought you out of the land of Egypt. 7 And in the morning you shall see the glory of the Lord; for He hears your complaints against the Lord. But what are we, that you complain against us?”

Deut 8:13-19

13 and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold are multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied; 14 when your heart is lifted up, and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; 15 who led you through that great and terrible wilderness, in which were fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty land where there was no water; who brought water for you out of the flinty rock; 16 who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end — 17 then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’

18 “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

Deut 13:1-5

13 “If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, 2 and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods’ — which you have not known — ‘and let us serve them,’ 3 you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the Lord your God is testing you to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice; you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him.

2 Chron 32:30-33

This same Hezekiah also stopped the water outlet of Upper Gihon, and brought the water by tunnel to the west side of the City of David. Hezekiah prospered in all his works.

However, regarding the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, whom they sent to him to inquire about the wonder that was done in the land, God withdrew from him, in order to test him, that He might know all that was in his heart. 32 Now the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and his goodness, indeed they are written in the vision of Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, and in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.

Prov 17:3

The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the hearts.

James 1:2-8

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

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Words from the The Quickened Word are excerpts from the journals of Sandy Warner. To better understand how God speaks, read Sandy’s book, “101+ Ways God Speaks, And How to Hear Him.” Website: www.thequickenedword.com Email: swauthor@usa.net
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Highlights from South Carolina Trip

My kids love the ocean!  The darker-skinned boys are our new sons, Daren and Tyler.  We adopted them while we were there, since Patrick had already adopted them as his brothers.

Daren likes to act like a beached whale.

Emma loves the sand.  I like the beach – except for the sand.

Sandy girl

Clean girl!  Much better.

We celebrated Kelsey’s birthday there.

All 12 of us plus 2 more in a 2 bedroom apartment.  Can you say “crowded”?  Not really.  The more the merrier.

All the boys

Most of the girls

Daren is… not shy.

I love this fountain.  The little girl with her foot up is so cute!

Charleston is a beautiful city!

Fort Sumter was out there in the harbor –  along with several other forts.  We need to go back so we can go out to see them.  We pretty much followed the path the Confederate army took to Gettysburg when we drove back home.  Next field trip – Gettysburg!

South Carolina is the Palmetto State.  I’m glad Kelsey got a picture of one.  Kelsey got a 3DS for her birthday, so she took some great pictures with it.  She also did some funky things to some of her pictures!

Feeding turtles at the apartment complex’s pond

Getting ready to go back to PA

All of us except Daren, who’s not shy.   He was kind enough to take the picture so I could be in it.

 

We loved being all together again and are looking forward to the time that the Lord puts us all together again in one place.  Where will that place be???  He knows.

Morgan Tries His Hand at Journalism

Morgan, 10, is at it again! He gets an idea and runs with it. He came to me with a news report that the second floor had quickly cooled down after it started raining, and he said it like a reporter would. That got him thinking. Next thing I knew he was asking for some paper and a pencil. He started writing a newspaper with all the interesting news of the day in it. This is what he came up with.

Then (just like the Mouse with the cookie) that led him to want to make it look more official on the computer. So I told him to have Shawn help him with the columns and placement, since he’s so computer savvy.

This is what they came up with together.

Douglas News Journal Issue 1

If you have trouble seeing that for some reason, here’s the less fancy version of it.

Douglas News Journal

Monday, July 25, 2011 Issue #1

Writer and Editor Morgan “Morgastar” Douglas

Lead Story: Severe heat wave over in second story

Just last night it was up to 98ºF in the second floor of the Douglas house in York, PA. This morning, it dropped to 83ºF. A sudden rainstorm was the cause.

Animals Under Deck!

In wake of the severe heat wave, stuffed animals upstairs have started to molt due to record high temperatures.

The Flowers Are Happy

It finally rained after three weeks resulting in an increase of plant growth. Plant life such as corn, tomatoes, and carrots are growing very nicely. A new tree is growing in the right part of the lawn even after close examination its type remains a mystery.

In Other News
Kelsey ironed a patch on damaged pair of pants without any help!. All systems must be on for shorter times than usual due to extreme heat in upstairs area.

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Oh yeah, if you’re wondering why it was 98 degrees in the second floor of our house, our air conditioner quit working while we were in South Carolina last week. The temperatures here were in the 100’s during that week. When we walked upstairs after returning home at 11:00 PM, we thought someone had left the furnace turned on! Lo and behold, the air conditioner had given out and our upstairs became an oven.

So Morgan was writing about how much cooler it became when the temperatures outside cooled down. But it’s still HOT up there. A technician is supposed to be coming soon.

Never a dull moment around here!

I hope you enjoyed Morgan’s first newspaper. He plans to do it every Monday, if he can come up with enough news.

This was all his idea, and I was so proud of him for carrying it out.

Should We Do School at Home?

Should we be using the same methods of instruction in our homes that are used in institutional schools?

I always guard against burn-out. For me and for the children. I see institutional methods being used at home, and I see bored kids and mothers. I see myself trying to check things off a list and getting impatient and irritated and rushing through to get things done.

I believe learning should be more natural and flowing, a part of life. There is a place for textbooks and workbooks, but the main form of education should flow from our relationships with God, with each other and with what the Spirit leads us to learn more about. Drill and memorization have a place, but they are not what education is really about. Playing with cute manipulatives and learning games is a great way to learn, but they can be overdone if they’re forced and the children are only tolerating them because mom insists on them playing them.

We need discipline, and we have to learn to do things that are difficult and unpleasant just because they need to be done, but our whole educational experience should not consist of those types of things. There should be times of discovery and exploration. There should be lots of time for creativity and learning about what the children themselves are interested in.

I am concerned that former public and private school teachers may be bringing some institutional methods into their homeschools and sharing them with other homeschoolers who latch onto them and bring the same mindset of the classroom and the spirit of the world into their homes unintentionally. And I see a danger in overworking our kids and giving them so much to do that they get burned out or bored with the same activities day after day with no break to process on their own – no time to just think about the things they’ve been learning.

What is the spirit of homeschooling?

Is it about providing our children with an excellent academic education so they can compete in this world and be successful in the eyes of the world?

Is it about protecting our children from false teaching and passing our faith and values to them?

Is it about building a warm, loving, nurturing family?

The family is the building block of society.

What will we do if the foundations are destroyed?

I often heard Dr. Dobson say, “Values are caught, not taught.”

So building a strong family is an important reason for homeschooling.

There’s something that’s even more important, though.

I believe the spiritual element is the most important part of homeschooling. I believe that if we miss that, we’ve missed the main reason the Lord told us to homeschool in the first place.

And I believe that God has established a way for us to teach our children so that our values and our faith are transferred to them. And it has nothing to do with traditional academic subjects. Our children must see that we have a living, vital relationship with God ourselves. They must see that we truly believe the Bible is the Word of God and that we are living by it. We must talk to them about what the Lord is saying to us. We must pray with them and for them, and model for them a life built on prayer that not only talks to God but listens to Him and obeys Him. We should be sharing our spiritual experiences with them. We should be praying for them, in their hearing, to have a close relationship with their Father God and to have experiences with Him that will draw them closer to Him and cause them to have all that He wants them to have in their spiritual lives.

We should pray that God will reveal to our children the height and depth of His love for them so that they will never want to walk away from Him. Who wants to walk away from the Person who has the greatest love in the universe and who cares about every little detail of their lives? But they have to experience His love for themselves. And we need to facilitate that happening for them by talking about our experiences with the Presence and love of God and leading them to Him when they have problems and encounter hurtful situations, even when the person who has hurt them is their own mom or dad. We need to teach them that God is always there for them even when we can’t be.

We need to turn the education of our children over to God. They are His children. He knows their needs and their futures. He will give us ideas of how and what to teach them. He will direct us to the right books to read to them or have them read. He will lead us to fun and interesting ways to teach them information that they will need in the future so that the learning will really stick.

So I don’t believe that we should do “school at home”.

I don’t believe we should cram anything down our children’s throats, even instruction in the Bible or spiritual disciplines.

For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept,
Line upon line, line upon line,
Here a little, there a little.” Isa. 28:10

“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” Deut. 6:6-9

I see this as a naturally, supernatural way of teaching our children. Letting the Spirit of God lead us in teaching them and saying the things He would have us say to them as He brings them to us throughout the day. It’s not all planned and organized, but they learn the things that really matter and they learn how to have a living, vital relationship with God. Jesus taught in parables, and He helps us to teach the same way when we’re listening to Him. He helps us to see things in the created world that relate to spiritual life and explain them so that our children develop a deep faith in God that is real and is their own.

He gives us revelation as we read the Bible that we can share with our children so that they see that the Bible is a living book that God speaks to us through, and they will want to hear Him speak to them in the same way.

He will also lead us in the correct way to teach the academic subjects, the way that is right for each child. If we ask Him, He will give us the answers we need. He promises to give wisdom to us when we ask for it (James 1:5).

Everything in life is about God. Everything that happens is intended to draw us closer to Him.

Let’s keep our focus on Him in the education of our children.

I’ve linked this post to the Big Family Friday link-up at Holy Spirit-Led Homeschooling.

Holy Spirit-Led Homeschooling