About Kajsa Huckaba

"But as you abound in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us—see that you abound in this grace also." [2 Corinthians 8:6-8]

It is my earnest desire to stand before the Lord to be called "good and faithful servant". I see my life as a walk of sacrifice that I only get one chance at. My prayer is to be found full of Truth, love, faith, humility and a minister of peace; Speaking Truth in love at all times; Never to be found haughty, abrasive nor guilty of leading young ones away from the Lord.

“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea." [Matt 18:6]

As I firmly believe that the written word carries great power, much is lost in translation- in tone and implied meaning, if you will. I much prefer the spoken word and ministering directly to further the Lord's Kingdom. Many great works are accomplished this way.

"For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake." [1 Thess 1]

Peace and grace,
Kajsa Huckaba

Marriage: How to be married and protect it

When we first become engaged to the woman or man of our dreams, we envision a certain amount of perfection that will follow in our marriage. We see our life filled with smiles, laughter, passionate kisses, maybe some children. We don’t dare imagine life without a few little bumps in the road, because after all we are trying to be honest with ourselves.

What happens after we say “I Do” is where the rubber meets the road. All of our hopes and dreams we have separately, jointly and even unspoken ones… all join together. The brightness of a newly married life and romantic adventure wears off a bit. After years it may fade away completely.

Why would this happen? Why is it accepted as part of the way things are when you get married? We should automatically reject that lie and also then understand that marriage is a life long romance that requires us to be vigilant to guard it and our hearts. [Proverbs 4:23] The enemy of our souls is seeking to kill and destroy and our marriage, Christian Marriage, tops his list of things to destroy.

There are a lot of reasons why he does this. Mainly because marriage is holy before God and he hates everything called holy. Another big reason is that when we are married before the Lord, we are blessed, strong and bonded in unity. Literally that must make the devil’s skin crawl. When we remember all these things, we should stand a bit taller and be ever more committed to protect and strengthen our relationship with our husband or wife.

We know that satan prowls about like a hungry lion and breaking a godly marriage is pretty delicious to him. So, how can we strengthen and protect our marriage from that?

It takes a hard and focused stand on the issue. We must eliminate everything, yes every thing, that comes between the husband and wife relationship. If our marriage is full of bickering there is a struggle for power in the marriage. That will take some serious denying of your flesh and giving God control. If we are spending too much time or too much money on “things” or “hobbies” then cut that out too. Sensual movies, sensual books, victorias secret (soft porn!) have no place in your marriage. Ever. Don’t fool yourself if you think you are not affected by it. Your eyes & heart should only be for your sweetie. God’s word is clear on the matter.

Our children, according to scripture, are NOT ahead of our spouse. The Biblical order to your priorities is

1. God
2. Husband/Wife
3. Ourselves
4. Children
5. Other family, Friends, Serving in Church
6. Exterior world

When we are at worship practice 3 nights a week, playing video games or out with friends frequently, shopping for kicks, on the net chatting or facebooking, texting, at soccer practice & games, pta meetings, television, netflix and so on… we are spending way too much time NOT being married or a family. We have our priorities out of whack.

Of course then, the result is we will have a cascading failure of our marriage and family.
If we take the time to prioritize our walk- God first, Our husband or wife second- then our life will shift back into proper focus. No longer will chaos, busyness, fighting, power struggles, passive aggressive remarks and behavior, sexual problems in the bedroom and our children’s behavior plague us. All of these things do straighten out if we genuinely turn all of this over to the Lord. Sometimes it takes more time than we prefer, but that is part of healing oftentimes.

On the subject of our bedrooms, it is a taboo topic for some reason in the Church. Secret sin abounds in this area and many are hurt and broken-hearted. It is not a place to manipulate, coerce or avoid and make excuses. The marriage bed is pure and holy and good and safe. A place of trust and intimacy. God says so in Song Of Solomon, “Drink deeply!” Passion and romance are very good and He wants us all to have it. When we begin to treat our husband or wife like they are a treasure to us, with honor, with adoration, we will see a change. Make an diligent effort and do it regularly. Progress may be slow at first, but keep praying and keep up the good work. Your marriage is worth it. Every little step counts. If you need help, a fantastic book “The Love Dare” is a good resource.

Wolf Whispers: Know Your Enemy satan

Just like a wolf in sheep’s clothing, satan prowls deceptively among the people of God. He spreads dangerous lies and his doctrines of demons have infiltrated the Church. Satan never relents in his quest to lead the sheep away from the Great Shepherd Jesus. His methods are crafty, surreptitious and often imperceptible. We need to know what the enemy is speaking into the hearts of the sheep.

John knew. He was keenly aware of the false gospel being industriously promoted within the church. John spent a great deal of time noting and correcting the false teachings being systematically circulated. He knew exactly what was being said and he worked to undo the damage (1 John 2:18-23, 1 John 2:26, 1 John 3:4-10, 1 John 4:1-3, 1 John 4:6, 1 John 5:1-13, 2 John 1:7)

But what is the enemy speaking to the “modern” church?

We must go back to the beginning to know satan’s slimy methods– From Genesis 3 we see the primary tactics satan uses against us. He lingered by the tree waiting for his chance. Aside from putting for thoughts of doubt regarding God’s motives for His people, satan begins rewording what the Lord had said. He took a bit of truth and wrapped it in a lie. He has not changed his methods with the modern church. His methods work so why bother with a new way of deluding?

Imagine a mousetrap. You choose a certain location, put a tempting treat to bait it with and then set the trap very carefully. It looks good and smells good. You know that you will catch the unsuspecting mouse that is looking for a nice meal. The trap is perfect because the mouse thinks it has won the prize. He is oblivious to the truth and dies in his happy delusion. False doctrine and false teaching is the same thing. Our enemy knows us well and satan sets the trap with a yummy piece of truth. (With Adam and Eve it was fruit from the “Tree Of The Knowledge Of Good & Evil”) Common offerings of truth from the Bible are set right into the middle of a false teaching to make the lie palatable. An example of some true statements used all the time wrapped inside a false teaching: “God is loving”, “God is forgiving”, “God wants us to be in unity”, “Love your neighbor”, “Do not judge”, “God has set you apart”, “God wants to bless you”, “God has a great inheritance for you”, “You are a priest”, “You can move mountains”, “You have authority”, “Flee from religion”, “The Pharisees are out to get you”, “We wrestle not with flesh and blood”. I am sure you have heard them, too. People hear these, recognize the truth in it and then trustingly & naively swallow the whole thing that was preached along with it. The truth masks the false teaching that ran clear through. Snap! The trap has caught it’s victim.

We should become familiar with major new teachings and fads that the church flocks to. If that means listening to a sermon or reading their book, then we need to do that.

How else are we to adequately unravel the works of the enemy? However, I think it is important that I say, and to stress, that we should not devote large portions of our time studying the messages of false prophets and teachers.

Some examples of material that has infiltrated the Church-

The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

Seven Mountains by C Peter Wagner

Prayer Of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson

Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller

Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell

and anything by Bill Johnson of Bethel in Redding CA

False teachings always have a portion of truth to entice and convince the audience. The convinced people then internalize the false teaching and it becomes part of them and their perceptions. Their internal doctrine, if you will. This is clearly very dangerous. Many times we try to reach this group of people by making broad sweeping gestures with our hand and proclaim it is all lies. But what fruit comes of that method? What good have we done? Nothing good, that is for sure. By taking an attacking stance and armed only with hearsay, we accomplish almost nothing. We only alienate the hearer of our words, instead of pointing them toward the Lord and away from a false Gospel. We must be able to delineate. We must know specifics.

A serious consequence of not really knowing the specifics in a false doctrine or teaching is that our response to it is, as a result, nonspecific. The mistake also comes when we have no real details and then pair it with coming down very hard on the individuals or group. Instantly the walls have gone up with these deluded people. They will not listen. They label you a Pharisee. That is not good, my friend. If you are hearing “Pharisee” in reply to your statements, then I challenge you to rethink your approach. Of course, there are always those that will cry “Pharisee” or something similar to anything said to them that might call attention to their mistake in following a false teaching. You cannot do a whole lot to help them- they are stiff-necked. But it is important to see that often WE are too quick to label everyone stiff-necked instead of reevaluating our own approach.

 

 

The Coming Revival and The Church

The following is a word given through a vision I received.

~~ It was a beautiful sunny day outside and I was not at my own home but rather at the house of my family. They were preparing for a baby shower reception. They were very far behind in the preparations. I was the one expecting (pregnant), but there was no baby bump on my tummy. I expressed great concern to my family about how far behind the duties and prep was. In fact, they were so far behind that my helping my family get this thing ready was not making much of a dent. I then discovered that they were going to have this party in the living room. Not only was it extremely dark in there but it was too small for all the invited guests. When I suggested that this was not a good idea and explained why, they were doubtful, dismissed me and proceeded anyway. I went to the window and saw carloads of people arriving and getting out of the cars. The guests were dressed and ready. My family declared they themselves would not be ready for everyone for another 1 1/2 hours. At this point, I exclaimed that this event needed to be moved outdoors in the sunshine in the fields. Reluctantly, they decided to move it outside. When I went outside to where we were going to put the party, the weeds and grass were so tall, up to my hips. No one could really walk through this overgrown mess very easily. I told my family they needed to trim the weeds down, which they also reluctantly did. A time skip and panning back to see the scene- Now I could see the guests enjoying themselves seated at nice tables in the sunshine. ~~

This vision is about the Church not preparing quickly enough for the coming revival… a great move of the Lord. The baby being “expected” by the prophets is that revival. The revival brings in the harvest. The guests are the harvest that come because of the revival. The family represents the Church. Their lateness and slowness in getting ready for the harvest is self explanatory. The sunshine represents the Day of The Lord. The fields represent the harvest fields. The Church’s reluctance to make haste, think differently, think bigger and think better- even when chastened and prodded over and over- is a picture of the complacency, apathy and faithlessness of the Church. Even when the Church finally agrees to move the whole thing outside (out of the church walls) they still are like slow dull mules unable to be prodded to move quicker. Eventually the family, the Church, has completed the tasks needed for this revival and harvest- but it is well after the guests have shown up.

The message is clear: The time for making preparations for the harvest is NOW. The Church is not heeding the words of the Lord through His prophets. The Church is moving at an alarmingly slow rate to get ready for a massive influx of new believers. Great urgency is required. As soon as possible, these changes need to be made in the Church to make ready.

Lawlessness and The Church

Though there are plenty of important discussions debating the semantics of whether or not Christians are subject to the Law, as given by Moses, that is not my subject today.

Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; But happy is he who keeps the law.

Proverbs 29:18

When you think of someone who does not keep the law, what do you see? Is it a stereotype you imagine, a rough looking individual? Does the phrase “cast off restraint” make you think of Mardi Gras in New Orleans? At its most basic definition, lawlessness means without law. That does not necessarily mean against the law. It is a very important distinction we must see. 

The spirit of lawlessness has borders that might surprise the average believer and there are some very interesting ways this spirit affects people. In fact, it may shock you to hear that most people today have it. A spirit of lawlessness has paved the way in the hearts of men to think and do a myriad of appalling things.

The subject of lawlessness goes deep and has far reaching ramifications. The distance of which, we as the Church, underestimate.

To begin with, God makes the rules. He set the laws of nature, of what is love, what is holy and so on. He set them all, regardless if we accept them as true or not. We cannot rewrite the laws, the standard, that God set into motion. But that is exactly what we try to do. We are ridiculous and head strong.

Each of us has our own personal concepts and our personal defining of what is right and wrong, even in light of scripture we do this. We actually put our individual self on the scale of righteousness. Like a shade of gray on the spectrum from black to white. If Adam did that and shifted the awareness of his own sinfulness and need for the Lord and then next generation shifted that a notch down the ladder? Multiply that from generation to generation further on the scale away from holiness. Our “perceptions” are so far off the mark now that we are standing neck deep in sin and claim we are barely up to our ankles.  

“And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.”

Matthew 24:12

This personal standard (pure invention) of right and wrong sets up an entire panorama of justification for sin and perception on who is in error. Yes, it means hating God’s law in many cases (some would argue “all cases”), but this lawless spirit goes farther. Some of it is along the lines of ‘what is right for you is not what is right for me’ but that is way over simplified. Really that is just the first layer. The foundation being- we as creatures are steeped in sin and we refuse to conform or obey ANY standard unless we ourselves judge it to be acceptable. By doing that- we are setting our own laws– not conforming, but instead copying portions of a premade set of standards. Creating our own new set, and because these new laws are our own, we can flex them and bend them to allow ourselves to still be “sinless” in our own eyes and therefore above judgment. What a set up! We are fooling ourselves. It is exactly as if we are plugging our ears and singing “Free To Be You And Me” as loudly as we can, all the while believing that butterflies and sunshine await us when we die. Denying truth and embracing the lie.

Jesus said, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!”

Matthew 7:23

 

“Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”

Matthew 13:40-42

We cannot reject God’s law without consequence. We are not above judgment. We are not sinless. We do not set the standard. So then, what can we do? Can we correct this gross distortion our society (and the Church) is entrenched with? Perhaps. I believe we need to start within each of ourselves and teach our children as well. We must pull in the reigns on our ideologies. Correct our vision. We must get on our faces before the Most Holy and pray for revelation:

Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; But happy is he who keeps the law.

Proverbs 29:18

When we receive revelation FROM GOD, we see clearly. The false perceptions we have fall off like scales from our eyes. Restraint becomes very important suddenly… Righteous living, or rather living within the standard that God has set, has enormous significance as a result. Therefore, our personal relationship with the Lord will intensify and deepen. One by one, we raise the societal standard of righteousness and holy living… OR one by one we each lower that standard.

Today, the Church has a choice.

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Will they know you belong to Jesus?

Will the world know you belong to Jesus? Surely the sweet temperament we have, our prayer at meals and the fact we go to church every week tells people. Right? That is not what we see when we look to scripture. People should have no doubt if we are His disciple. We should stand out. Our lives should be without hypocrisy, an undimmed light, a constant pouring out of the words of Jesus. Is your life becoming of Christ? Do others raise an eyebrow at you and think you talk too much about righteous living, the Bible, Jesus and His soon return? If they do, you may be on the right track. If they don’t, it is time to check yourself.

Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ. [Phil 1:27]

What does it mean to have conduct that is worthy of the gospel?   

Our conduct means our behavior, attitude, thoughts and actions- in short, our whole life. Therefore, our whole life has become a daily laying down of our own flesh, obeying and all that doing that entails. Understanding what our flesh is and learning how to put our flesh at the foot of the cross can be a long agonizing road. We must do so to the best of our ability as we ever increase in our understanding in how to do it.

When our conduct becomes worthy of the gospel, it is because it represents what Jesus did for us. He gave all. Jesus is the complete gospel. He is the Good News. Our whole life becomes worthy of the gospel of Christ when we endeavor to strip off the “old man”, to crucify our own ways and thoughts and become more like Jesus. We can only go through this ongoing process with His help. 

The more we conduct ourselves worthy of the gospel, the more we will not look like the world around us. The changes that have been taking place cause us to say and do things that inevitably draw attention. We choose to embrace the cross rather than be ashamed of it.
 
Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. [Matthew 5:15-17]

This attention we invariably draw is usually either very negative or very positive. If we continue to lay our flesh down then we care less and less about what the world has to say about it. There certainly will be those excited about what God is doing in your life, but there will be plenty of people who will not “glorify the Father” when they see the light spoken of in this verse. As horrible as it may sound, they may even begin to hate you. That’s a good sign.

By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. [John 13:35]

Would the world have known the gospel, if Jesus lived as you do? Ouch. Let’s each diligently seek the Lord to gain better understanding, revelation, on what Love is. The lessons on Love never seem to end, but they are critical in every way when it comes to knowing the Lord and reflecting Him to others.

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. [John 10:26-28]

Jesus is telling us volumes in such a short sentence here. Right now we are just going to touch on a bit. If we belong to Jesus, we have relationship with Him. He knows us and we know Him. If we love Jesus: we follow Him, we obey His commandments (John 14:21). Jesus makes an important statement first: He says that if we belong to Him, we hear His voice. We should hear His voice.

How will the world know that we are His? By conducting ourselves worthy of the gospel, by our obedience to Jesus’ commandments, by the brightness of our light shining, by the way we love Jesus and one another, and because we look and sound like Him. Let’s put our focus to become more like Him and let the world know who Jesus is.

Where Did Jesus Get It? …Plagiarism in the Church

 When I sought the Lord about this topic He plainly said to look up Mark 6. Right from the first couple sentences is:

Then He [Jesus] went out from there and came to His own country, and His disciples followed Him. And when the Sabbath had come, He began to teach in the synagogue. And many hearing Him were astonished, saying, “Where did this Man get these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to Him, that such mighty works are performed by His hands!”

Where did Jesus get the material for His teachings?

Most simply speaking, Jesus got it from scripture and the Father God.

Jesus did not try to pawn off someone’s teachings as His own- word for word or regurgitated with some new revelation spun on it. Jesus got His stuff straight from the source.

Of course, we could all say that what we sing, pray or write is our own if it originated with the Bible. That is saying, we could legitimately claim that it was our own IF that was where we actually got inspired. Today though, it is more often than not that we read something somewhere, heard a song, or whatever and had an “Aha!” moment where we wanted to spread this idea or revelation and then take credit for it. Granted there are the cases of inadvertent credit taken, but that is -not- what we are talking about here. We are talking finding a great thing and turning it out as our own or flat out trolling the internet or books and so on for material to rehash as our own.

It’s plagiarism. It’s deception, it’s self-promotion, it’s sin. It gets particularly sticky when we are talking about spiritual things, as we are today. After all, everyone can read the Bible and get the same message out of a portion of scripture then teach about it.

For example: We hear someone give a sermon and it inspires us to share it. That is good to do if we say we heard a sermon and so and so person said such and such. It is plagiarism when we are inspired by someone’s sermon and then re-fabricate it and share it as our own revelation.

What is the difference? Motive. 

Why is this happening in the Church?

In a nutshell, the hard truth is that the Church is not going to the source: the Lord. The Church is complacent and out of shape. She does not know how to talk to God or listen to Him. She never reads her Bible anymore. How can she hear if the Church rarely or never converses with the Lord or seeks His face? We already know the answer. She cannot.

How have you seen this issue play out in the Church?

Have you made this mistake before?

Is this Jesus?

 



Is this the Jesus of the Bible?
Is it accurate?
Are we to pray to Jesus like he says?
What do you think?

Edited to add the link to whole sermon:

http://marshill.com/media/easter/easter-celebration-2011

Chutes And Ladders – How to advance in a lose-a-turn world

 
 
How to advance in a lose-a-turn worldDo you ever wonder why there are so many people heavily burdened with pain and crisis all around you? People with the same types of problems they had five years ago? Something is wrong. Where is the freedom and victory that is supposed to be in the Church?
 
But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: “A dog returns to his own vomit,” and, “a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.” 2 Peter 2:22
Here is the deal. Each day we wake up it is a new day full of fresh challenges. Quizzes and tests, if you will. That should not be cause for alarm if we know the material, if we studied. We might know what the Bible has to say about this and that, IF we listened during a solid Bible preaching church service or IF we actually read the Word for ourselves, but we have not taken it to heart. We have not made the Word of the Lord and His instruction part of who we are, part of how we think. How can we pass the pop quiz if we have not learned the material?
 
“Do not fear; for God has come to test you, and that His fear may be before you, so that you may not sin.” Exodus 20:20

Growing and learning from our mistakes and trials -knowing full well we will be tested again on the same issue but on a different level of difficulty- is what we are supposed to be doing. You must learn and grow. The same issue will always come up again to check you, but this time it will be wearing a different dress. If we are being thrown a test on the same basic level, for example lying about who was on the phone, we must consider that we are most likely still not passing the most rudimentary of tests. Ouch. We have been unfaithful in the small things, therefore how can we ever hope to “attain” the larger things? We can’t. As frustrating as it may sound, we will stay on square one until we pass. If you indeed pray for those larger things- things such as great faith, authority, discernment, to heal- you WILL be put through all the training and testing to get there. What about “Ask and it will be given to you”? Don’t be misled by common feel good quoting of scripture like that. People who chant those kinds of verses are lost in a Mayberry fantasy and will keep struggling with the same problems. Count on this: it will not be simply just given to you like a birthday gift you unwrap. It will be earned and learned step by step. That is how it will be given to you.Chutes & Ladders - how to advance in a lose-a-turn world

Are you finding yourself still on the same space of the game board drawing “lose a turn” or “go back 2 spaces”? The Israelites walked circles in the desert for forty years. This is a clear message we are usually too frustrated or angry to see.

Time to turn to the Lord. Run to the tower, the name of the Lord. Repent for doing things your way. Start doing things His way. Ask Him to forgive you. Ask Him to teach & train you. All in Jesus’ name.

I know also, my God, that You test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of my heart I have willingly offered all these things; and now with joy I have seen Your people, who are present here to offer willingly to You. 1 Chronicles 29:17

 

Peace, Safety and Destruction

“I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.” [Psalm 4:8]

While we anxiously wait for the Lion of the Tribe of Judah to return, we have found a nice soft place to sit, put our feet up and watch the clouds drift by. Life rolls along while we take our kids to soccer and mow our lawns. We can easily see events that are signs of the times, even if we try to hide our head in the sand or plug our ears and sing. There are critical things going on all around us that, as much as we may try, still cannot be brushed away. [Read more...]

Worship: What It Is and What It Isn’t

And so it begins…

The lights were half dimmed as a drummer positioned behind ten other musicians began to play a loud militant beat. The sound increased with fervency as the other band members joined in one by one. Finally the lead guitar begins a riff to which the dancing crowd shouts out and claps along. The stage lights change up when the lead singer begins to sing a song about the power of love. People stream down to the front to dance and hug their friends on the way down. Clasping their hand and bringing them along, the stage area fills up with dancing, jumping, spinning, clapping and whooping. The band plays on. [Read more...]