The Wrath Mindset vs Inheritance 

In recent months, I’ve been meditating on what the Bible calls “the wrath of God” and how this picture fits with our understanding of a good Father in heaven.  We do see some pretty graphic pictures in the Old Testament of God seemingly pouring out His wrath on people who violate His laws of holiness.  Even the New Testament speaks of the wrath of God coming against the “sons of disobedience” in Ephesians 5:6-7 while encouraging the reader not to be partakers with them.

Does our good Father and Creator of us all really desire to pour out His wrath on those He loves, especially when we know Jesus came to take away the sin of the world?  In my mind, this seems to be very confusing…or could there be another way to look at this?

First, we need to look at some of the words and context used in these verses so we can have a clearer understanding of what is really being said here.  

Ephesians 4 and 5 goes through a whole litany of what appears to be “dos and don’ts” in the kingdom of God, but with a little more enlightening, one can see that this is really more a list to help the reader recognize some unwholesome fruit reflecting incorrect thinking on their part.  We all know that salvation is a free gift, not something we can earn.  Along with this gift comes our supernatural inheritance and destiny for our lives.  Again, this cannot be earned by our self efforts, but rather occurs very naturally as our minds are renewed.

The whole issue of sin has really been an problem with our minds and how we think.  Planting wrong thinking in the minds of man has been the plan of our enemy from the very beginning.

Proverbs 23:7 tells us that as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.  So if we consider our Father to be a wrathful, angry, and punitive God, then the enemy will make sure we see stealing, killing, and destruction in our lives, a naturally occurring result of partaking in the lies of our enemy.  He loves to do this and then get man to blame it on God.

Let’s look at verse 6 of Ephesians 5 again.  It says, “Let no one deceive you with vain words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.”

The key to all this is the deception of vain or worthless words which some have chosen to believe.  The word “disobedience” is really defined as disbelief.  So again, what or who we believe affects how we live in this world…and the next world as well!

Part of the definition of “sin” itself actually means to be without a share in or to miss out on a part assigned to one…our destiny!  

From the beginning of time, each of us have been created with unique and amazing gifts, an impartation from our Father.  These gifts were designed for us to use and enjoy within our Father’s kingdom for all eternity.  As we grow and mature on earth, the beauty of these gifts was intended to bless and encourage others in their own maturity process.  

Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life we were all intended to participate in.  The choice always has been ours.  My prayer for you today is that you join me in choosing to believe all that we have been promised in the Kingdom of God while basking in the love and favor of our Father!

A Lifestyle Aligned with Heaven

While finishing up my dinner preparations the other evening, I suddenly heard the screeching of brakes and the sickening sound of crushing metal. One neighbor and myself ran up the hill behind our homes to see two cars with smashed front ends and steam flowing from the damaged vehicles. In one car the airbag had deployed leaving the stunned driver dazed and in a bit of shock as he helplessly walked around surveying the damage. One neighbor reported hearing him remorse over the fact that his actions would now directly impact the lives of six others (at least!).

Having experienced several unfortunate accidents myself throughout my years both as a passenger and as a driver, I can totally understand the pain he felt and the wisdom of his words. It is very true that when we are somehow involved in an accident, there are always many more lives around us that will somehow be impacted, whether it be family members who had need of the ruined vehicle or the driver of the other vehicle and her family. Insurance companies, police, and tow truck drivers will all have their part to play as things are cleared up and the debris is swept away. Attempting to replace the ruined vehicles and any necessary medical care will involve a whole new set of dealings and negotiations.

Not fun!

As I meditated on all the many ways our lives are impacted by the actions of others, the Holy Spirit reminded me of how choices we make on this earth can have the same type of implications and impact upon others. I recall a time in my teenage years when, as a brand new Christian, I still struggled with the desire to be better accepted by my peers.

One Friday, after a drama performance, I was invited to a party for all the cast and crew. Though the Holy Spirit was screaming in my head not to go, I decided to heed the much inferior counsel of my friends who insisted I would have a “good time.” That night, my own ignorance led to the consumption of alcohol and some rather foolish behavior. When I woke up the next morning, I was overcome with guilt and shame. Though I knew I was loved by The Lord, my poor choices in mimicking the cheap thrills of the world opened the door to an onslaught of spiritual attacks against me that lasted quite a while.

In addition to my own personal pain, I soon found that others who had seen me that night at the party suddenly became convinced that all my talk of Jesus was a lie and I was nothing more than a hypocrite! The agony of knowing that I had not only hurt myself, but seriously wounded the fragile hope in those who were looking for a way of escape set me in a downward spiral of depression.

Yes, many lives were impacted by my own foolishness.

The discipline of The Lord was painful at the time, as He simply allowed me to suffer the consequences of not heeding His voice, however, the pain from that valuable lesson granted me the wisdom and conviction to not make that same mistake again! I began to learn how to live in joys of heaven by copying the pattern of life established in the Bible.

It took me many more years to finally understand that it was not my good behavior that brought me the real peace and joy I was seeking, but rather understanding the goodness and grace extended to me through Jesus. When I look upon His goodness, then my behavior changes as I become aligned with heaven.

In returning to the recent car accident, I’m sure the decision to turn when he did made perfect sense as that young man felt very confident in his own abilities to avoid oncoming traffic…up until the moment of impact. I also felt very confident in my own decision to ignore the counsel of the Holy Spirit that night of the party. I felt sure I could have fun and become more popular…until the whole thing backfired on me.

There truly is a way that appears to be right at the moment, but then there is a way that is eternally right and leads to an overflow of benefits both now and in the ages to come!

The Truth – does it really matter?

In these last several months, I have been grappling with the notion that our Father in heaven is an amazingly good and benevolent God towards us, His favorite creation…but exactly how far does His extravagance go? There are those who say that because God loves us so and is not willing that any perish, He has demolished the concept of hell for all people and everyone is now included in His invitation to come to heaven when they die. As lovely as that might seem at first, this is not the picture Jesus gives us time and time again as He taught the multitudes about heaven and His kingdom.

In John 10, Jesus clearly states that there is a door that one must enter into in order to enjoy the wonders of this gift He calls salvation.

I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. (‭John‬ ‭10‬:‭9‬ NKJV)

The book of Romans is another place where the process of entering into this gift is clearly stated. By looking upon the sacrifice made by Jesus, we realize that guilt for our sin and rebellion has been taken care of. The veil over our minds is removed and by confessing with our mouths that we agree with all of heaven in declaring the Lordship of Jesus Christ, we have entered into a new life called salvation.

…that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (‭Romans‬ ‭10‬:‭9-10‬ NKJV)

From the Father’s perspective of this, we can see His love and desire for all of mankind to come into the fullness of His love, but before man can truly comprehend His goodness, the veil which has darkened our minds and understanding must first be removed by something the Bible calls “repentance” or a change of mind. This can only happen when we look upon the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross for us individually. It is for this moment that the Father excitedly waits for in our lives!

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. (‭II Peter‬ ‭3‬:‭9‬ NKJV)

There is a definite moment when we make the choice to turn from darkness and death to life through Jesus Christ. Only when this occurs in our lives can we freely declare with all of heaven, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, who is now ended our dark lives! In Him we live and move and have our being! Hallelujah!”

The Key of David

I love it when I hear the responses of people listening to me teach, especially when I am able to demonstrate how some key verses have been either overlooked or misunderstood because we had not yet put on the lenses of God’s grace. Please understand that I am relatively new to this new covenant understanding of the gift of grace, so everything is appearing new and exciting to me as well!

One might ask, what verses have we overlooked or misunderstood? I am sure there are many to be rediscovered, but my newest revelation has come surrounding the message behind the key of David and the keys Jesus has given us to use here on earth.

If you are anything like me, I have heard numerous teachings on the key of David mentioned in Isaiah 22:22 and in Revelation 3:7.

“The key of David refers to his exuberant worship of God,” I’ve been told. “We must worship as David did, with all his might.” And what about the keys Jesus referred to in Matthew 16:19? Is this the same thing?

My search to uncover a deeper understanding of all this led me to another prophetic word given in Amos 9:11 saying, “On that day I will raise up the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down, and repair its damages…” So, could this key of David really have something to do with the type of tabernacle he set up rather than how he responded in worship to the Presence of God? My hunt was on!

To really understand everything about David, one needs to first examine everything we know about this man after God’s own heart. We know David as the humble shepherd, the valiant giant-killer, the passionate worshiper, the courageous leader, the rejected king, and…a notorious rule-breaker of the old covenant!

What??? I can feel the shudder of romantic David-lovers everywhere! Now, hold on just a moment and allow me to explain.

There are several accounts of things David did in the time of the old covenant that were in direct conflict with rules and directions clearly given by God to Moses. The first thing that is mentioned in three of the gospels is the fact that David and his men ate the shewbread found in the Jewish tabernacle that was clearly for only the priests in the tribe of Levi to eat. (1 Samuel 21:6) David (and his men) broke the rules and lived to tell about it!

Another thing David did was when Israel was finally able to retrieve the ark of the covenant from the house of Obededom, we’re told that instead of setting up the entire tabernacle of Moses as clearly instructed by the law, David only set up a simple tabernacle in his residence, Zion, the city of David, just outside Jerusalem, while the rest of the tabernacle furnishings were still in Gibeon. (1 Kings 3:4,15)

What was he doing?

The other thing David did that was, I’m sure, a continual frustration to those around him still trying to follow all the rules, he worshiped freely in the Holy of Holies as if he were one of the priests in the tribe of Levi. In fact, there was no curtain to separate anyone who entered before the ark of the covenant in the tabernacle of David!

So how come he lived and others who tried that were killed or rebuked?

The key, I believe, has to do with the relationship David had with the Father before he became rich and famous. David discovered the love and heart of God while still just a shepherd boy all alone in the fields with the sheep. This humble man did not find God in a fancy temple or in the elaborate tabernacle of Moses. He learned to feast upon the love of his heavenly Father and it was this confidence that allowed him to kill giants, lead in battle, and eventually become a king over the land.

David did not care about the rules! He only cared about his love relationship with the Father. Does that sound a lot like the relationship Adam and Eve had with God in the garden?

This type of tabernacle is what Amos 9 says has been raised up and repaired through the sacrifice of Jesus! We know this because Isaiah 22:22 speaks of this future event to be accomplished by the coming Messiah and Revelation 3:7 describes it as finished.

So back to the keys. Jesus clearly tells Peter that he WILL give him the keys to the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 16:19) and then tells him that whatever is bound on earth will be bound in heaven and whatever is loosed on earth will be loosed on heaven. Why weren’t the keys given yet? Jesus hadn’t yet paid for them by His death on the cross!

How many of you, like me, were told that the binding and loosing had to do with binding demons and loosing people from them? Oh yeah! That was me! However, when I really started to examine those verses with my new glasses of grace on, I realized that this understanding did not line up.

When you look at the verse carefully it says whatever we bind on earth will be bound in heaven. If this verse is talking about binding demons, are there any demons in heaven? NO! They were all cast out from heaven down to the earth! (The accuser of the brethren described in the book of Job as standing before God was before the shed blood of Jesus which has freed us from all accusations of the enemy!)

Another thing I had been taught was that the word “heavens” in this verse was referring to the heavenlies where the principalities of the air reside. Oops! Wrong again. The word here for heaven refers to the place where God dwells and that is obviously heaven where our eternal home will be.

So when I started actually looking up the meaning of those other words, I discovered something. Bind means “to be in bonds, obligation, duty, begging God, to be in lack, wanting, forbid, prohibit.” Loose means “to loosen, break up, dissolve, put off, destroy, to rend, break asunder, break through, joined together as in a marriage, break forth into joy.”

When you put all that together, it becomes very clear that the keys Jesus was speaking of were designed for those who accepted Jesus to have the authority to open a door to full privileges and benefits of the kingdom of heaven. However, the keys only work when we have loosed ourselves from that old covenant view of a cruel, harsh God and begin to understand the true character of our loving Heavenly Father who has claimed us all as His seed…just like David did!

The choice is ours!

In John 10:9 Jesus cleared stated that He was the door and if we will go through Him, He said we could go in and out and find pasture. Do you know what that means? “Go in” says we have access to heaven’s benefit package right now here on earth! We have that privilege to enter into the Father’s presence boldly to receive all that He has for us and then “out” indicates we are to take these gifts and treasures from heaven and distribute them abroad on the earth! “Find pasture” tells us that if we rest in what Jesus did for us, we will always be nourished and cared for in this life.

Isn’t that exciting?

I love what Hebrews 4:9-11 says. “There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered into His rest has himself also ceased from his own works as God did from His. Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall…”

Our “works” has to do with trying to please God by striving or trying rather than just receiving the gift of righteousness from Jesus and resting in the Father’s unceasing love for you. How you think about God will affect how you receive from Him. Our diligence comes in the form of keeping our minds locked into the new covenant of freely receiving His gifts rather than trying to perform in order to earn them. Performance binds up the flow of gifts from heaven while resting in the goodness and perfection of Jesus in us allows the manifestation of the Father’s love to flow in our lives.

We have been so blessed by this revelation. I pray that the eyes of your understanding will be opened by this as well!

Bless you!!!!

Freedom from Broken Peace

How many of us are saved through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ but do not see all the benefits described in the Bible functioning in our lives? I was one of those!

Through the Holy Spirit, I came across a verse opened up a whole new understanding and appreciation for what Jesus did for me. Let me explain by starting with the narrative found in Numbers 25.

Israel has been lured into whoredom by the temple prostitutes of Moab. Some even joined themselves to baalpeor, a false god. Their actions released a plague that caused 24,000 to die.

The Lord instructed Moses to have the judges kill all those who had joined themselves to this pagan god. (No deliverance ministry in the old covenant days!). One of the Israelites grabbed his prostitute and in defiance, came before Moses to mock the command of God. Phineas, grandson of Aaron, grabbed a spear and killed both the man and his prostitute. His quick response stopped the plague from taking any more lives.

Scripture tells us that because of his zeal for God, was given 2 things: the promise of an everlasting priesthood in his family line and a covenant of peace with God. However, there is something very unique about the writing of this Hebrew word “shalom” used here. This shalom is the only place in whole Old Testament where one of the letters, the vav, is a broken vav.

To understand the significance of this, we need to understand how carefully Israel has guarded the accuracy of their Torah. Scribes have 4,000 rules they follow in making copies of the Torah. If one error is found, the scroll is buried in a special graveyard!

According to tradition, the vav as the 6th letter of the Hebrew alphabet, represents man. Man was created on the 6th day, etc. So, this broken vav is no mistake, but a message to us!

Phineas was unable to keep this covenant of peace and lost the promise of the everlasting priesthood. How? Phineas means “mouth of brass”. Brass is a mixture of metals. Phineas was a broken man (like all of us without Jesus!). He spoke in mixture of blessing and cursing. He was unable to uphold his part in this covenant with God. (A covenant requires at least 2 agreeing parties.)

In John 2, we are told of another man of zeal who drove out merchandisers and upset tables in the temple. His zeal was against that which was destroying God’s people – religious works seeking righteousness with God.

This man, however, was NOT broken. He was perfect. He, as our perfect vav, stood in our place and accepted His Father’s covenant of peace for us becoming our everlasting priesthood (intercessor). Once peace with God had been established, Jesus tells us in John 14:27 that He was leaving this gift of peace here for us to use on earth.
What does shalom (Hebrew) and eirene (Greek) mean?

Safe, well, happy, friendly (with God), welfare, health, prosperity, and peace. My favorite meaning though is: Set at one again. Because of this gift, we can see our love relation with our Heavenly Father restored!

Jesus continued His gift by dying on the cross so that we would never have to be guilty or condemned for our sin, if we would accept and believe His sacrifice! Wow!!! That is amazing! Don’t you agree? So why do so many Christians suffer from a lack of shalom in their lives?

The answer is found in Romans 4:13-15. Abraham, we’re told, was declared righteous not based upon what he did, but upon his belief in what God had told him. Verse 14 tells that if we are still trying to earn God’s favor by our “righteous acts” we have nullified our faith and made all the wonderful promises of God of no effect in our lives!!!

To inherit the promises of God, we must once again position ourselves simply as a receiver of His goodness and become absolutely convinced of His love and favor towards us, not based upon anything we do, but simply upon how we think!

There is so much more I could say about this, but to learn more on this gift of peace and the favor that belongs to the children of God, go to my website: or pick up either of my books: The 12 Gemstones of Revelation or Weapons of Peace.

Mary Trask

An Untroubled Heart

In John 14:27 Jesus made a most astonishing announcement to His disciples. After discussing the gift of the Helper (Holy Spirit), He states that He was leaving His peace here on the earth for each of us. Now in our natural reasoning we might be tempted to think that this peace only meant at times we might experience a temporary relief from the pressures of this world.

Nothing could be further from the truth!

When Jesus bequeathed us His peace, He was referring to both shalom and eirene peace which mean complete wholeness and prosperity in every area of our lives. He is declaring that by this gift we are now set at one again with the Father who created us. All the benefits described in Psalm 103 belong to us as direct heirs.

The inheritance is ours!

The only stipulation Jesus gives us to be enabled to walk in this peace (and joy) that surpasses all earthly understanding is this: Don’t let your hearts be troubled nor afraid.

Easily said, but how does one actually do that?

The answer lies in fully understanding the great mystery of all the ages. Our Father God in heaven takes no joy in seeing judgment, death, and destruction on this earth. The enemy is the one who brings that into the world by using the law against us. Condemnation opens the door and the enemy rushes in.

The Father hated this so much that He devised a plan to eradicate this reign of terror against His children. He sent His Son to pay for every sin, failure, curse, and judgment brought against us by the law.

Once this was paid for, in its place Jeaus left the promise of peace within and peace without by coming in full agreement and entering into His gift. The only thing left for us to do is guard our thoughts!

When things around us don’t appear to be the blessings of God, we meditate on His truth and thank Him for His goodness. In time, if we continue to believe what God has said, we will see and experience exactly what He has promised!

When a lie comes into our minds, we must aggressively cast it down declaring that all sin and destruction was placed upon the body of Jesus when He died on the cross. We are now guiltless before the Father. The lying voice of condemnation must be silenced by declaring the truth.

Mercy has triumphed over judgment!

Even while still on earth, Jesus invites us to partake in the goodness of our Father. Taste and see that the Lord is good!

Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Law vs Grace

I recently had some rather intense exchanges with a friend who had come to believe that the establishment of the new covenant did not change the requirements of the old covenant. Instead she believed that we must continue to fulfill the law to show our obedience to God.

As passionate and honorable as that might seem, I had to explain to her that our best efforts in law-keeping will always fall short of the perfection our holy God requires. That is why Jesus came. The ministry of condemnation as Paul calls the old covenant had to be fulfilled by Jesus so we could step into this new covenant of grace.

Once our judgment was fulfilled and completed upon the body of Jesus, we were extended the grace and favor of God. All we have to do is believe what Jesus has done and accept this amazing gift of God.

It’s that easy!

Jesus became our sin so we can become His righteousness. Jesus took our judgment and condemnation so we can walk in grace and favor.

The Father is not mad at us! He loves us and is excited to see us rule and reign here on earth as well as in heaven. This is who we were created to be. It is our heritage to grow into the image of Christ by believing and agreeing with all He is!

This revelation of Jesus has reignited my life and my joy. This truth can do the same for you!

Let it be, Lord!