Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Illusory Truth - Good vs Evil

They will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. 2 Timothy 4:4 ESV

How many know we are in a war over our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ?   The absolutes of Truth is blurred.  Truth has become offensive and considered hateful.  Being offended is the new normal.  If you disagree with someone, it now means you must hate them.  

My heart is grieved by what I see and hear.  

The old adage says if you hear something over and over you begin to believe it.  For example - if while you were growing up you heard from your parents, you won’t amount to anything, you’re lazy, you’re a bum, you eventually believe it and your life follows suit.  Conversely, if you have a teacher in school that believes in you and is your best cheerleader telling you how great you are at writing, you most likely would grow up to be a great author.

Wikipedia says this:  The illusory truth effect (also known as the validity effect, truth effect or the reiteration effect) is the tendency to believe information to be correct after repeated exposure.

What we are being exposed to through Main Stream Media and Social Media is in direct opposition to real Truth!  Biblical Truth!  This is very serious.  If you watch media, you are being exposed to half truths which are really lies!!  That may sound harsh but it’s true.  Even Satan knows the word of God and twists it just enough to lead us into deception.  

Our home group just started watching a DVD Series by John Bevere, called the Bait of Satan.   I read this book early in my Christian walk which laid a great foundation of Truth in my life and something I strive to walk out daily.  The Bait of Satan is all about being offended.  Offense turns into bitterness, bitterness into anger and anger into murder.   I just read something the other day that says it this way; “offense is the baby of murder.”   John Bevere says:  “An offended heart is the way to being deceived.”   Let me say that again - “An offended heart is the way to being deceived.”  

For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. Matthew 24:24 

The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 
1 Timothy 4:1

Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don't believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don't understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God. 2 Corinthians 4:4

When I heard that offense breeds deception, it put the fear of God in me in a new way.  If we are in offense, then we are setting ourselves up to be deceived.  When we are deceived, we are completely oblivious to the Truth.  When we are oblivious to the Truth, we fall into all sorts of deception.  It’s a vicious cycle and one I don’t want to be in.  Do you?  The problem is when we are being deceived, we DON'T KNOW that we are being deceived!  

HURT PEOPLE - HURT PEOPLE ....... HURT COMES FROM OFFENSE. 

This war we are in - between good and evil - its about truth vs deception.  It is not against flesh and blood.  Eph 6.   It is a battle that we must fight on our knees and on our faces.  It must start within our own hearts and minds.  We need to seek the Lord and ask Him to reveal any hidden offense.  Ask Him what are our blindspots?  Where are we being deceived?  When He tells you, then do whatever it takes to get out the gray and get aligned with the Word of the Lord.  Forgive and pursue love!   Don’t minimize this.  We will get offended.  There is no doubt there.  What you do with the offense will dictate your future.  



HEALED PEOPLE - HEAL PEOPLE.....HEALING COMES FROM THE LORD. 

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10

The only One we should be worrying about being offended is the Lord!

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you and lead me along the path of everlasting life.  
Psalm 139:23-24

Let me share a quick story and then I’ll tie it back in.   When we used to go out to eat and a waitress would come to the table in an obvious bad mood, we used to say, wow what’s eating her?   Fast forward to our Christian walk - now when we have a waiter or waitress come to our table upset or rude, we stop and take the time to ask them how we can pray for them.  9 times out of 10, they didn’t even realize they were in an “attitude”.   And often they will share something personal they need prayer for.  This also sets us up to ask the Lord for something specific to encourage them. 

So, my point in all this - is this.  There are many many hurting people out there.  There are angry, broken and lost people out there.  There are quite a few that are being deceived in some way or another.  Some might be in your family, your neighbor, co-worker or even those in MSM.  They may have been told all their life or more often than not, that they should believe a certain way.  The wrong way may be all they know.  

Our role as believers is to pray for them.  Love our enemies and bless them.  Ask the Lord to open their eyes and ears to see and hear Truth.   Our job is to speak the Truth in LOVE to them and allow the Holy Spirit to convict and change their hearts.  You know the song, they will know that we are Christians by our love!!  

Our response to their words or actions should always be in love.  Speak the Truth in love, but don't argue with them.  It's the Lord's kindness that leads them into repentance.   

You attract more bees with honey than vinegar.
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1 

Media has done enough damage using illusory truth.  Maybe Christians should use the same illusory truth, but with a different approach.  What if we were the ones who were consistent in showing the truth of God's love to a hurting world? What if we spoke only words of encouragement and blessing.   Don't use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.  Ephesians 4:29   WHAT KIND OF IMPACT WOULD WE LEAVE ON THEM!  

I end with a song that is coming to mind…. Great reminder for us all. 

https://youtu.be/M9BNoNFKCBI
We are the World - Michael Jackson & Lionel Richie 
Lyrics 
There comes a time
When we heed a certain call
When the world must come together as one
There are people dying
Oh, and it's time to lend a hand to life
The greatest gift of all
We can't go on
Pretending day-by-day
That someone, somewhere soon make a change
We're all a part of God's great big family
And the truth, you know, love is all we need
We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day, so let's start giving
There's a choice we're making
We're saving our own lives
It's true we'll make a better day, just you and me
Oh, send them your heart
So they know that someone cares
And their lives will be stronger and free
As God has shown us by turning stones to bread
And so we all must lend a helping hand
We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day, so let's start giving
Oh, there's a choice we're making
We're saving our own lives
It's true we'll make a better day, just you and me
When you're down and out, there seems no hope at all
But if you just believe there's no way we can fall
Well, well, well, well let us realize
Oh, that a change can only come
When we stand together as one, yeah, yeah, yeah
We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day, so let's start giving
There's a choice we're making
We're saving our own lives
It's true we'll make a better day, just you and me
We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day, so let's start giving
There's a choice we're making
We're saving our own lives
It's true we'll make a better day, just you and mee
We are the world (are the world)
We are the children (are the children)
We are the ones who'll make a brighter day, so let's start giving (so let's start giving)
There is a choice we're making
We're saving our own lives
It's true we'll make a better day, just you and me
Oh, let me hear you!
We are the world (we are the world)
We are the children (said we are the children)
We are the ones who'll make a brighter day so let start giving (so let's start giving)
There's a choice we're making
We're saving our own lives
It's true we'll make a better day, just you and me, come on now, let me hear you
We are the world (we are the world)
We are the children (we are the children)
We are the ones who'll make a brighter day so let's start giving (so let's start giving)
There's a choice we're making
We're saving our own lives
It's true we'll make a better day, just you and me, yeah
We are the world (we are the world)
We are the children (we are the children)
We are the ones who'll make a brighter day so let's start giving (so let's start giving)
There's a choice we're making
And we're saving our own lives
It's true we'll make a better day, just you and me
We are the world (are the world)
We are the children (are the children)
We are the ones who'll make a brighter day so let's start giving (so let's start giving)
There's a choice we're making
We're saving our own lives
It's true we'll make a better day, just you and me
We are the world, we are the world (are the world)
We are the children, yes sir (are the children)
We are the ones that make a brighter day so let's start giving (so let's start giving)
There's a choice we're making
We're saving our own lives
It's true we'll make a better day, just you and me, ooh-hoo!
We are the world (dear God) (are the world)
We are the children (are the children)
We are the ones that make a brighter day so let's start giving (all right, can you hear what I'm saying?)

There's a choice we're making, we're saving our own lives


Blessings,



Ken & Michele Cole
ken@wantinsight.com, michele@wantinsight.com

We are thankful and blessed by those of you who support us financially from time to time.  Would you please pray for us to have consistent, regular donors to help fund what God is doing in us and through us?  Any amount is truly a gift from the Lord.  Thank YOU!   

Here are three ways you can give:

1.  Non tax deductible donations can be made to:
     Ken & Michele Cole, PO Box 371, El Dorado Springs, MO 64744.
     This is the only way currently we can use funds for our personal needs at this time.

2.  Tax deductible options:

     Checks payable to Sonlit Fields, PO Box 371, El Dorado Springs, MO 64744
     This goes into our ministry account to be used for outreach and saving towards our vision.

     Donor Fund - The Signatry - Ken & Michele Cole - listed under Want InSight Fund.
     7171 W 95th Street, Suite 501, Overland Park, KS 66212
     Phone 913 310 0279
     www.thesignatry,com
     This is an option to keep gifts anonymous - again for outreach and savings toward our vision.


Vision
God has given us a vision to build a retreat property along with ministry equipping center.  
The retreat portion of our ministry is to provide a safe place for pastors, lay leaders & other ministry folks to come and be refreshed & encouraged through prophetic ministry (if wanted).  We will offer private cabins with kitchens & full bathrooms, and plenty of places to roam on the property to get quiet with the Lord. 
We will offer other specialty retreats - marriage, healing, prophetic teaching & activating people into the world & health and wellness retreats and more.  

The Lord has graced us with the desire to come alongside the Church - to bring healing, deliverance & freedom to new/newer believers.  We are not wanting to replace their church, but better help them be ready to serve in their church. 
In our community building - we will eventually have a 24/7 prayer room, healing & prophetic rooms and a place for community worship services for those on the property.  

Our passion is to minister to a lost & hurting world.   To equip the saints to do the same and to be a blessing to our community and surrounding areas.  Our hopes are that we can pour out God's love in a mighty way to bring more and more souls into the Kingdom, get them discipled, called into their purpose & destiny and released to do God's business!!!!  We also have a passion to give generously to help those in need and to help others launch into their God given destinies.  

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Enough is Enough

We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God  Acts 15:22b

Have you been experiencing an unbelievable amount of trials recently?  
Are you feeling the heaviness of the load?  
Is your cross becoming overwhelmingly daunting to carry?
Can you take one more disappointment? 
Have you found yourself saying “enough is enough”? 

idioms.TheFreeDictionary.com defines Enough is Enough  
1.  This situation needs to stop
2.  That is enough, and there should be no more.; Stop! 
3.  People say enough is enough when they think that something, usually something bad, should stop.
4.  No more will be tolerated.

Last night we received an email - and to say the least it was a door slamming shut.  It brought discouragement, hopelessness, confusion, doubt and much second guessing ourselves.  

This morning in my quiet time, I found myself grieving, weeping, and crying out to God, enough is enough. I told the Lord I don’t know how much more disappointment I can take.  After several minutes of this, I found myself travailing for many others who are in this similar place.  I was naming them one by one and saying Lord - enough is enough!  

I’ve shared this before - but years ago when I was at my worst - I was in my bed, lethargic and near death, unknowingly.  I was crying out to the Lord and before my eyes, I saw Jesus kneeling at my bedside.  He had his hands folded in prayer and was weeping.  He looked up to heaven and said Father, enough is enough.   I was sure at the moment, I would be healed. I wasn’t.  I was devastated.  Why would Jesus cry out to the Father and they are one - and not honor that prayer?  Why would the Lord allow me to continue in health issues?  

Why is it that a significant number of Christians are finding themselves under incredible intense pressure and circumstances?  Why is it that one thing after another continues to “attack” a good number of the Body of Christ?  Health - sickness, chronic pain, chronic insomnia, lack of finances, the inability to find work, family issues, things breaking down or wearing out, strife, divorce, death,  These are just a few of the long list of “trials” a bunch of our friends and acquaintances are going through.  Many are “all of the above”.   It’s unbearable!!!   

Why does one experience so much hardship?  Here are just a couple of reasons that come to my mind.  
  1. The enemy is doing everything in his power to turn us against our beliefs and even try to turn us away from God. If he can be successful in either of these, we become useless to the Kingdom of God.  That is Satan’s plan!! End of story. 
  1. The Lord may be allowing our circumstances to shape us and grow us into a mighty army, a fortress and also ultimately the pure spotless Bride of Christ.  Our sufferings are for the good of the Church and the glory of God if we look at from an eternal perspective. 
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

If our eyes are fixed on Jesus we can rise above our circumstances and persevere. 

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5:3-5

This evening, I saw this by Matt Gonzales on Facebook and it strikes a chord.
”One of the marks of our maturity as sons and daughters of God is not how much scripture we can quote, how many miracles we have seen come to pass, or how well we can prophesy, but rather how much pressure or resistance can we be under before we abandon our core beliefs and convictions?”

Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart.  Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. 2 Corinthians 4:1-2

I believe the only thing we can do is keep our hope in Jesus and draw near to Him.  He is beckoning us into a deeper intimacy and relationship.  He is preparing us through the fires of affliction.  

Are you willing to carry the cross He has chosen for you?  
Will you stay committed to the Lord despite the intense pressure?

Ask the Lord for extra grace and mercy so that you can endure to the end!  

Quitting is not an option!  (Though it is often a temptation) 



But he who endures to the end shall be saved.  Matthew 24:13 


A friend wrote this poem for Ken & I in June last year.... continues to be applicable.....still waiting, still weary...but wanted to share with you..... 
I love you dearly
For your hearts I see
I know the roads been weary

Just hang on to me.
Michele and Ken this message
It is heartfelt, that is true
Just keep looking upward
For my promises are true
The wait is nearly over
Your journeys to begin
Those dreams held deep inside you
It was I who put them in.
Just hold on a little more
The wait is nearly through
The three of us hand held in hand
Are walking out the door
This new life is a starting
With smiles upon your face
I see the mountains straight ahead
Go! Help my human race


Prayer Requests - 
Ken - find additional work - peace while finding peter to juggle peter to pay paul - LOL  
Michele - sleep, healing - peace and continuous reminder that God is faithful
Ministry - we are seeing some amazing fruit from our work here - continued connections to minister to.  

Also - Tuesday there are about a dozen of us getting on a video conference call to pray for us - for our ministry - for breakthrough - and whatever the Lord leads.  Would you also if you're available around 630pm = please be in prayer.  Thank YOU!  


Blessings,

Ken & Michele Cole
ken@wantinsight.com, michele@wantinsight.com

We are thankful and blessed by those of you who support us financially from time to time.  Would you please pray for us to have consistent, regular donors to help fund what God is doing in us and through us?  Any amount is truly a gift from the Lord.  Thank YOU!   

Here are three ways you can give:

1.  Non tax deductible donations can be made to:
     Ken & Michele Cole, PO Box 371, El Dorado Springs, MO 64744.
     This is the only way currently we can use funds for our personal needs at this time.

2.  Tax deductible options:

     Checks payable to Sonlit Fields, PO Box 371, El Dorado Springs, MO 64744
     This goes into our ministry account to be used for outreach and saving towards our vision.

     Donor Fund - The Signatry - Ken & Michele Cole - listed under Want InSight Fund.
     7171 W 95th Street, Suite 501, Overland Park, KS 66212
     Phone 913 310 0279
     www.thesignatry,com
     This is an option to keep gifts anonymous - again for outreach and savings toward our vision.



Vision
God has given us a vision to build a retreat property along with ministry equipping center.  
The retreat portion of our ministry is to provide a safe place for pastors, lay leaders & other ministry folks to come and be refreshed & encouraged through prophetic ministry (if wanted).  We will offer private cabins with kitchens & full bathrooms, and plenty of places to roam on the property to get quiet with the Lord. 
We will offer other specialty retreats - marriage, healing, prophetic teaching & activating people into the world & health and wellness retreats and more.  

The Lord has graced us with the desire to come alongside the Church - to bring healing, deliverance & freedom to new/newer believers.  We are not wanting to replace their church, but better help them be ready to serve in their church. 
In our community building - we will eventually have a 24/7 prayer room, healing & prophetic rooms and a place for community worship services for those on the property.  

Our passion is to minister to a lost & hurting world.   To equip the saints to do the same and to be a blessing to our community and surrounding areas.  Our hopes are that we can pour out God's love in a mighty way to bring more and more souls into the Kingdom, get them discipled, called into their purpose & destiny and released to do God's business!!!!  We also have a passion to give generously to help those in need and to help others launch into their God given destinies.  

Thursday, November 22, 2018

A Change of Perspective

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.  Colossians 3:2 

Perspective:  a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view.

Have you ever had a situation in your life that no matter what you did, nothing seemed to change?  The circumstances are unrelenting difficult and there is absolutely nothing you can do to change them?  What happens to your thought life when you are stuck in this rut?  If you're anything like me, you can't seem to focus on anything but the need.  It's  not really a joyful or fun place to be.  Sometimes you just need a good Holy Spirit kick in the pants to get you back on track.  

I am going to be more thankful and less worried about provision, lack of sleep, etc.  
I am going to be more thankful and trust that God is ALWAYS faithful.
I am going to be more thankful and appreciative of what God is doing now through us.
I am going to be more thankful and live in the moment instead of what's to come. 

I am THANKFUL for friends like YOU - who encourage and pray for us!
I am THANKFUL for the Lord's kindness and mercy!
I am THANKFUL for a roof over my head and food on the table!
I am THANKFUL for those of you who send financial support from time to time. 
I am THANKFUL for God's sustaining my health.  It could be worse!
I am THANKFUL for being able to WORSHIP AND PRAISE GOD! 













This past week, we had a car repair that needed to get done.  Instead of freaking out on how in the world we would take care of it, I simply entered into a time of thanksgiving and praise that God would provide.   And... He did!  He showed up as He always does.    I don't know why I worry about this... I guess because I'm weary of not having the ability to just pay for something.  I guess because when we had good paying jobs, we may have taken it for granted?  It's very wearying to have to rely on "God" for every need, and our flesh would prefer a job that provides sufficient income....but those doors don't seem to open.  The only door that is open is God's faithfulness to provide ALL our needs.   I find it ironic that when I first got saved and learned about having a life verse..... I chose.......

Philippians 4:1And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

Little did I know that I would be walking this verse out - needing to, having to and getting to trust God would provide ALL our needs!!!  I always say, be careful what you pray for.  LOL!!

My prayer is that I simply can change my perspective by going before the Lord with PRAISE and THANKSGIVING and KNOWING that HE will provide whatever the need is instead of going into fear or worry.  I believe, help my unbelief Lord! Mark 9:24. 

If there is anything I've learned in these past 5+ years of the wilderness season we've been in, is that God is FAITHFUL, even when we are not.  He loves when we enter into Praise &
Thanksgiving because He is worthy of all Praise!!   He loves when we come to Him with faith like a child and trust that He is a good daddy.  This has been a hard concept for me to grasp..... my head knows it, but getting it into my heart is challenging because of growing up with an absentee father.  So my perspective of the Father above has been skewed.   

Maybe the reason He hasn't changed our circumstances (yet) is because He wants to change our hearts to be in line with who He is, what His heart is for us?   In order to fully walk into and be prepared for the calling He has on us - to be a refuge for those in need, we need to know how to receive His provision.   I remember years ago, the Lord speaking to me.  He said "you have learned how to give well, now I want you to learn how to receive well."    And now today, He is telling me, "well done, my good and faithful servant.  You have passed the test."  Praise GOD!   

Today on Facebook Al Mack wrote this:
"I thought it was darkness trying to overtake me. But it was your shadow."
It's easy to misinterpret things according to our expectations. For that reason (if no other), we must steward our expectations carefully.

Perspective is so valuable.
I love this because it's confirming that when others think we are missing the boat somehow, it may be God all along "overshadowing" us.   This has been my sense for sometime.  It's God that opens and closes doors!  

So today, especially, but every day - enter His gates with THANKSGIVING and His courts with PRAISE and your entire perspective will instantly be changed!  

I'll end with a fun testimony! 

GOD STORY: 
Earlier this month a friend of ours was heading to Africa for a missions trip. I told him we would be praying for him. Just before he left, I got a word of knowledge for him. 
I just had a vision of you praying over a woman. You're holding her hands like her hands are out in front in receiving position. Not inappropriate. And as you hold her hands I see years of heartbreak in her life healed. I sense you're to pray a father's blessing over her that will speak volumes. She's short and a tad heavy. Maybe 40's -50's in age. Her hair is pulled back. Kind of homely looking. But her countenance will change from oppressed to life and she will have a big smile before you get done praying. Not sure but hear name Carletta?? 


I just heard breaker anointing. Just your presence and prayer will cause much breakthrough
--------
Here's his response 2 weeks later when he arrived home from Africa!! 
I met Carletta . . . .it was profound to say the least . . . Jesus healed a broken heart!
Her name is Corlett . . .but her husband calls her Corletta as an affection term, thats why the Lord called her by the same name to show his affection for her!

Blessings,

Ken & Michele Cole
ken@wantinsight.com, michele@wantinsight.com


We are thankful and blessed by those of you who support us financially from time to time.  Would you please pray for us to have consistent, regular donors to help fund what God is doing in us and through us?  Any amount is truly a gift from the Lord.  Thank YOU!   

Here are three ways you can give:

1.  Non tax deductible donations can be made to:
     Ken & Michele Cole, PO Box 371, El Dorado Springs, MO 64744.
     This is the only way currently we can use funds for our personal needs at this time.

2.  Tax deductible options:

     Checks payable to Sonlit Fields, PO Box 371, El Dorado Springs, MO 64744
     This goes into our ministry account to be used for outreach and saving towards our vision.

     Donor Fund - The Signatry - Ken & Michele Cole - listed under Want InSight Fund.
     7171 W 95th Street, Suite 501, Overland Park, KS 66212
     Phone 913 310 0279
     www.thesignatry,com
     This is an option to keep gifts anonymous - again for outreach and savings toward our vision.



Vision
God has given us a vision to build a retreat property along with ministry equipping center.  
The retreat portion of our ministry is to provide a safe place for pastors, lay leaders & other ministry folks to come and be refreshed & encouraged through prophetic ministry (if wanted).  We will offer private cabins with kitchens & full bathrooms, and plenty of places to roam on the property to get quiet with the Lord. 
We will offer other specialty retreats - marriage, healing, prophetic teaching & activating people into the world & health and wellness retreats and more.  

The Lord has graced us with the desire to come alongside the Church - to bring healing, deliverance & freedom to new/newer believers.  We are not wanting to replace their church, but better help them be ready to serve in their church. 
In our community building - we will eventually have a 24/7 prayer room, healing & prophetic rooms and a place for community worship services for those on the property.  

Our passion is to minister to a lost & hurting world.   To equip the saints to do the same and to be a blessing to our community and surrounding areas.  Our hopes are that we can pour out God's love in a mighty way to bring more and more souls into the Kingdom, get them discipled, called into their purpose & destiny and released to do God's business!!!!  We also have a passion to give generously to help those in need and to help others launch into their God given destinies.