LIFT UP HOLY HANDS


Letter to the End Time Bride of Christ.
LIFT UP HOLY HANDS

Greetings BELOVED, in the name of the Jehovah and Yeshua Hamshia!

I pray you are seeking His presence more and more each day. Because of the late hour, I write this most urgent letter to you. Husband Mark and I’ve been closely watching the spiritual, social and political landscape, especially what is occurring in Israel and the middle east. We are at the precipice of decision and Abba God compels us to draw closer. He calls some of us to mobilize his saints for the great spiritual battle ahead. We are less than three weeks to the election and the saints pray and intercede with trepidation.

I’ve had many sleepless nights weeping and praying on behalf of our America, my brethren, (The Bride/The Elect) and unsaved loved ones. Jesus seeks a bride without spot or wrinkle and carrying lamps filled with oil, (the Holy Ghost). Let us not be casual about our love walks. Let us not be empty handed and wearing wrinkled or stained garments for we shall not sit with him at the banquet table.

St. Paul tells us to lift up Holy hands, without wrath or doubting. God is looking for a people who hungry for Him and who want more than anything to please Him. I keep hearing “Come out from among them…and be ye separate” The closer I get to my Abba father, the less drawn I am to things even from things I loved from a year ago. I’m becoming more sensitive to profanity and nudity on TV, thus narrowing programs I feel comfortable watching. Music I loved and listened to last year, I have little interest in. I Pray my hands and heart are pure before Him as I lift up my hands. Are you lifting up holy hands?

Many of God’s people perish for lack of Knowledge. Secularism, (worldliness), pornography and profanity has infiltrated our senses so much that the line between holy and profane has been blurred. The way to get back to the basics of holiness is to get beck to Gods word as during the times of Jehoshaphat, Ezra and Nehemiah’s reforms. The law was presented before the people and they were transformed. This is what the churches and pastors of America need today. Many Pastors of many churches have neglected to feed their sheep the bread of life, the pure Word of God. Many accept Jesus as their Savior, but they lack knowledge of what their Lord asks them to do. Jesus said, if you love me you will keep my commandments. Are you keeping God’s commandments?

Going back to the Pentateuch and studying God’s commands will lead us back to the Holy of Holies. God has called us to be His chosen generation, royal priesthood, peculiar, (special treasure) and Holy nation. How can he walk with us and bless us if we embrace the things, habits and lifestyles of the heathen and profane? Often, we are not guilty of doing wrong, but for not doing right…when we should? Everyday, God’s people ask, what is my calling? Do what’s before you. be faithful in the small things. Make it a habit to do random acts of kindness at every and at any opportunity. There are countless things we can do each day to live a life of holiness, godliness and love.

Here is a checklist of things and areas that you may want to pray about with the Holy Ghost.

Duet 8:9 Abominations to the Lord

!. Sending children into the fire, sacrificing, killing. (abortion, child porn, child abuse/neglect).
2.Practicing any form of the occult; who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. New Age & higher forms of consciousness also apply as well as Ouija boards, Wicca/witchcraft, going to psychics and tarot cards. all these open up doors to the kingdom of darkness.

God’s people also should not go to movies, watch TV programs or read books about the occult, (such as Harry Potter) and Christian parents should not allow their children to dabble with these types of movies. Parents should also not allow their teens wear clothing or articles with demonic or death metal styles and pentagrams.

God also talks about the seven deadly sins he hates.

!. Are your eyes haughty?
2. Do you habitually lie?
3. Do you shed innocent blood?
4. Does your heart devise evil schemes.
5. Are your feet quick to run into evil
6. Are you a false witness? (do you gossip and spread lies)
7. And do you stir up conflict in the community. (Do you enjoy stirring up trouble in your home, church or community)
Disobedience

Are you Disobedient? Disobedience can seem nebulous and vague, but God has given us a conscience and if red flags go up, that’s something to investigate.

1. !Has God called you to spend more time in His presence?
2. has he called you to read and study his word more?
3. Are you spending way more time doing secular activities than praying, interceding and devotional time?

a. Computer games
b shopping sprees.
c. sports and other activities

Tithes tithes and Offerings.

Many of God’s people groan and complain about wanting a financial blessing, but they think nothing of throwing in a couple of dollars in the offering plate!The law of sowing reaping applies here. If you sow sparingly, you will reap the same.

Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it. Mal 3:10

VOTING is also a perquisite to being blessed. If we vote for a candidate based on flesh, the color of his skin or more entitlement programs, we err. God gives us specific directions about administering justice.

Duet 16 18-20
18 “You shall appoint for yourself judges and officers in all your [a]towns which the Lord your God is giving you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment. 19 You shall not distort justice; you shall not [b]be partial, and you shall not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and perverts the words of the righteous. 20 Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue, that you may live and possess the land which the Lord your God is giving you.

Exodus 23 6-9

6 “Do not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits. 7 Have nothing to do with a false charge and do not put an innocent or honest person to death, for I will not acquit the guilty.

8 “Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see and twists the words of the innocent.

9 “Do not oppress a foreigner; you yourselves know how it feels to be foreigners, because you were foreigners in Egypt.

Yahweh invites us into the Holy of Holies through His son, Yeshua, but we had better be sure we are lifting up holy hands.

“I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.” 1 Tim 2:8

God is calling His people in these end times to be an excellent people and His special treasure. We must stop living sloppy, careless lives. WE should always be accountable and scrutinize our lives before The Holy Spirit. No masterpiece was ever finished quickly. You are God’s masterpiece, His exquisite work of art. Wouldn’t you love to let Him show Himself through your life? It’s can be very hard and painful at times, but if you allow Him shape you on His potter’s wheel and you are patient, you will soon see the miracle He makes of your life!

WHAT’S In A NAME?


Burqa-clad women walk around like silent ghosts without voices.  To us women in the developed countries , especially America,  they languish quietly as second class citizens with few choices. I’m grateful to live in such a wonderful country and that my beloved father brought me over to America as a young baby from Stuttgart, Germany. I couldn’t imagine traveling through life with a stifled voice, intellect and ability to contribute to my world.

We American women have ample opportunity to aspire to and reach the highest pinnacles of expression, education and spiritual enlightenment.  I’m also blessed to have had a father who instilled in me the virtues of independence, resourcefulness, high intellect and resilience in the face of great hardships. These are the staples of my character and integrity.

Papito was born on the island of  Puerto Rico in 1929. Though, the Depression held America in its grip, my grandmother would not allow poverty to affect her family.  She was fiercely independent. When my grandfather fell ill with  a lung ailment and had to be separate from the rest of the family, she fired her shotgun into the air each night to let prospective suitors know that she was not a pushover, didn’t need their assistance and had her family under control!

As a youngster, Papito was a very special and aspiring boy who sold enough produce from their farm to support his mother and 8 brothers and sisters.  Even at that age, he was an entrepreneur and his great skill at painting and lettering earned him a prestigious position with a local business man also surnamed Ferrer.

When Papito came to America, he joined the army and ended up stationed in Germany, where he met a beautiful, engaging blond. I was born nine months later followed by my younger sister, a year and a half later.  Papito was a serious and very disciplined man and decided to move to a more suburban area in New Jersey. He didn’t want to raise his girls in an urban environment like Paterson where most of his siblings settled.

Papito ended up buying a starter home in Long Branch. When I was six, another sister was added to the family and when I was ten, my last and youngest sister was born.  Papito stayed true to his religious roots and we were enrolled at Star of the Sea Catholic School.  He wanted us to have a quality education and  marry doctors and lawyers.

Catholic school was a fertile place for me to develop confidence in myself.  The nuns recognized my special talents in illustration, poetry and speaking and I was often chosen to read to the class. When Papito could no longer afford tuition, we were transferred to public schools. There, I retained my passion for the arts and discovered I also had a great creativity for fashion design and seamstressing.  I was asked to design and sew all the costumes for our medieval plays. By the time I was in seventh grade, I knew I was going to be a rock ck star/fashion designer when I grew up.

Eventually my parents irreconcilable different forced our family apart and I ended up in foster care. My world crashed, but somehow, I maintained a fierce dignity to survive. Papito’s  mentoring brought me through the storms.

After flailing and struggling for several years, a friend invited me to his church and I ended up committing my life to Jesus Christ.  A supernatural change came over me. I was told that God had a wonderful plan for my life and I was a new person. I couldn’t wait to finally explore my life.  Storms once again, interrupted my forward momentum in the guise of financial hardship, sickness and being hit by a car.

A break came through receiving a brochure in the mail from  Brookdale Community College and I welcomed the though of dreaming again.  I enrolled for fall semester and that began my upward climb to normality. Through malnutrition and poverty, I received grants and a full scholarship offer to Boston University. I managed to stay on the Deans list with a 3.85 GPA, graduating four years later with my Associates degree. My identity was now fully established and I was elated to  soar in my aspirations.

Several more storms assailed me, (including a violent and abusive failed marriage) and later an immune system breakdown from  a LYME Disease diagnosis.  The stress of my husband’s  emotional abuse and deportment threats caused me to break down physically and I was so weak I couldn’t work  I fell into a deep depression, but clung to my faith, knowing that I would ride out the latest storm in God’s strength. My recovery was very slow, but I gradually regained my strength and vision.

God opened up a door of opportunity through a childhood girlfriend who had been praying for me for many years. Diana called me, urging me to apply for a Christian non-profit organization, Love in the Name of Christ, that she worked for part-time.

Though I had no professional clothing for an interview, I made a strong impression on the executive Director, Carolyn Eyerman and Operations manager, John Hodem. Joan was a warm, yet professional woman with decades of experience in the social and healing services.  She saw something in me that I thought I had lost so long ago.  I was hired as program coordinator of my own business clothing and mentoring program!

Only God could have  orchestrated such an event and I was exhilarated that I was called to network with such inflectional professionals. My six-year tenure with Love Inc turned out to be the most supportive and joyous time of my life with me helping disconnected women, domestic violence victims and welfare women entering the work force for the first time! Many wonderful relationships were established because of Joan’s belief in me and I learned much from these professionals in the areas of ministry/outreach, education  and the social services. My confidence grew as other opportunities continued to present themselves.

My talent in singing and music also came to fruition with recording projects and performing in very upscale restaurants. I met many influential business people, pastors and CEOs as well as an MTV CEO, who hired me to do a private event at his mansion in Belmar.

Storms have continued to assail me with greater intensity. My faith has been stretched and God continues to give me glimpses of higher spiritual intuition and His  miraculous workings through me.  I’m continually inspired to chronicle my life and faith journey through new songs, books  and my photography. Most passionately though, is my desire to see broken people from all over the globe healed and transformed whether through personal or via my internet connections.

When God brought a wonderful man into my life, I was yet to experience an ever more relevant journey balancing two different perspectives, traditions, habits and decisions. I married my wonderful husband, Mark and we talked about my desire to be called by my family name. He had  no problem at all.

Strangely, the ones who adamantly refused to honor my request to be addressed at Anita Ferrer, were family members, Marks male friends and our church family!

Times have changed, people. In 2011, many women are keeping their family names, or hyphenating. It’s a personal choice now and some of us just don’t believe in a rigid, thoughtless tradition  borne in the 1800’s when women were their husband’s possession.  To each woman her own,  but I proudly wear my family name like a badge of honor. The name Ferrer is synonymous with my many weighty struggles, blood, sweat and tear lessons and victories. I’m a  phoenix who God himself has reconstructed and sculpted from the funeral pyre, a once almost disintegrated tangled mass scattered to the winds of tragedy.

This name, Ferrer was borne out of a great legacy, the struggle and the fruits of my grandmothers, father’s and my life skills,skills, history, successes and creativity. The jewels of my spiritual crown continue to bring forth fruits of creativity, deep intellect and empathetic passion and compassion for my fellow-man. Teofilo Cepeda Ferrer, Papito’s legacy encompass every part of me, the musical, literary artistry and intimate communication and friendships to a subliminal level.

I wear my father’s name with honor and will not cancel it out because tradition says I must. It epitomizes the extent of my commitment and faithfulness to an extra-ordinary life of leadership, civic and social contributions and also a lifestyle that is excellent and pleasing to my Heavenly Father.

I hope you all now understand my deep and personal reasons to be addressed and known by my family name.

I also hope younger women all over the world will think deeply about what their family name means to them as they prepare to unite with their soul mates. May they ponder the contributions and inheritances of their relatives, fathers or grandparents as I have pondered and cherished the depth and beauty of what my father and grandmother have passed down through me.

Wear your family  name proudly, young woman. It’s a brave new world! !