Are we Supposed to be Embarrassed to be Christians?


Writing is a joy, knowing I’ve touched a readers heart is a greater joy.

Christian shaming came into the limelight when Joy Behar, the co-host on ABC’s The View, mocked Vice President Mike Pence’s faith in Jesus. I just want to ask a straight out, blunt question…Are we supposed to be embarrassed to be Christians? Because I’m not.

I’m thankful. That’s what I am. And I’m optimistic about the future because of the continuing positive impact that Christians are having in my nation and around the world.

Let’s assume that Vice President Pence said that God speaks to him. Should he be ashamed of this? No! Absolutely not.

His own belief that the Lord hears his prayers and that the Lord sometimes replies is normal. Let’s look at it this way: we don’t think it’s bizarre for children to hear their father speak to them. It’s expected. We’re the children of God. What good Father doesn’t speak to his kids?

In reference to Vice President Pence’s faith, Ms. Behar said, “It’s one thing to talk to Jesus, it’s another thing when Jesus talks to you.” She plowed ahead: “that’s called mental illness, if I’m not correct. Hearing voices.”

Vice President Pence isn’t crazy. He’s normal. And believing that God speaks to someone who is God’s child isn’t anything to be ashamed about.

One of the amazing things about Christianity that sets it apart from religions is this confidence that we are guided by God’s Spirit, that we hear Him in our hearts, and that He reveals His wisdom personally to us.

Christians throughout history believed that God spoke to them. And, throughout history, there have been people like Ms. Behar who accused Christians of being mentally ill because their claims sounded far too wild to be reality.

Anyone who reads the Bible will see that the claims of hearing God’s voice, made by modern day Christians, aren’t strange at all. The modern day believer’s testimony of their experiences with Jesus are actually quite bland and sedate in contrast with what some of our forefathers of the faith experienced and wrote about. By the way, those forefathers (Ezekiel, Isaiah, Jesus, Peter, John and Paul to name a few) weren’t ashamed, either.

I will not be ashamed. I’m thankful.


7 Keys to Help you Hear Your Heavenly Father… He Wants to Speak to You

Today, I was on Facebook live, teaching on the exciting topic of our Heavenly Father speaking to us. I had a great time with a wonderful group of people.

I first “heard” the Lord when I was eight years old. At that time, because He warned me, I escaped extreme danger. And because He warned me, I grew up with an unshakable faith in Him. This doesn’t mean that I never asked the hard questions. Such as, “Lord, where were you when…happened? Lord, why did that happen to me? Lord, I know you didn’t cause that person’s accident, but did you allow it?”

You know, asking these types of questions is okay. I believe that it’s healthy to ask them and to sincerely seek the Lord for resolution, which might not include an answer to your inquiry but provides you with a helpful revelation.

For instance, someone I greatly love and cherish became ill and died. After his death, I had a big question in my heart. Why did he dramatically improve when we prayed for him, but days later he spiraled downward?

It just didn’t make sense to me. Really, it didn’t. I accepted his passing, but in the back of my mind I wondered, “Why? Why? Why?” One night in a dream, clear out of the blue, revelation came to me and my big question was answered.

I understood that there was far more going on with my dear one than I had previously known. I learned this in a dream in answer to my “Why” question.

Through dreams is one example of how the Lord speaks to us. (By the way, I’ll be teaching on dream language in the next class, Thursday, January 18th at Noon, PST. You might want to write down the date and time. Then on 01/18 at noon go to my FB page and look for the live video at the top of my page.)

Over the years, I’ve learned that our Heavenly Father speaks to us more often than we’re aware. I know this because many times I’ve heard mature believers say that God doesn’t speak to them. But I’ve observed times in their lives when He actually had told them something. The issue here is not, “Why doesn’t God speak to me?” But it’s more like, “Why aren’t you recognizing when He speaks?”
The answer may be that even mature believers haven’t yet learned how to recognize His “voice.”

The Bible states an emphatic truth–It’s an absolute certainty that the Lord speaks to every child of God by His Holy Spirit. But not everyone knows how He speaks to them or how to discern between their thoughts and His words.

Just as with many facets of the Christian walk, “hearing” God is something that can be taught and learned. Through the free Facebook live classes, I’m teaching my brothers and sisters in Christ how to “hear” His voice. It delights my heart to pass on to others what He’s taught me.

Over time, as we continue in the Lord, we learn to recognize when He’s speaking to us. We learn that certain actions can hinder our relationship with Him and certain actions can assist us in intentionally drawing closer to Him. And we learn that we can actually develop the ability to “hear” and receive from Him.

There are certain actions that I’ve found to be particularly meaningful in my walk with God. I’m sharing seven of them here with you. Put them to use to contribute to a vibrant, flourishing relationship with your Heavenly Father. Of course, this includes “hearing” Him speak to you.

1. Seek the Lord God to personally and deeply know Him.
2. Read any of the four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke or John. Prior to reading scripture, ask the Lord to reveal to you your Heavenly Father’s heart and His nature through Jesus’ life and teachings.
3. Embrace the unconditional love that God has for you. Read scripture and think about what’s revealed in it about His love. Suggestions are: Romans 8, First Corinthians 13 and all of 1 John (1 John is only a few pages long.)
4. Value God’s words, the Bible, when He speaks directly and personally to you, and when someone gives you a word from Him. Write them down in a journal or in a notebook. (By the way, all such words should never produce fear or shame, and they should never lead you into sin or bonadage. Words that are supposedly from Him that do so are not from your Heavenly Father.)
5. Sincerely desire a walk that includes talking to Him and hearing Him speak to you.
6. Make a space and a place in your life to be with your Heavenly Father. This could include: reading scripture and talking to Him about it. Worshiping Him. Asking Him to come especially close to you and expecting Him to do so. Asking Him a question and waiting for His answer. The answer might come in a dream. He might speak directly to you while you wait. He might speak to you through someone else. He might speak to you through an event, or through some other way. The key here is to make a space and place in your life to be with Him and Remember to add some quiet pauses when you listen with your heart for His voice.
7. Know the ways that He communicates. If you’re expecting a voice in your physical ear, you will be waiting a long time. Most often, He communicates deep within your heart and His voice is “still,” not noisy or loud.

Next Thursday, January 18, 2018 from noon – 1:00 PST on my Facebook page.

Next week’s class, Sleep Talking or When our Father Speaks to us while we Sleep will be instructional, helpful and super fun. It’s not all about dreams, but I will talk about dream language and I’ll share about some famous people who received instruction and ideas from the Lord while they slept. Surprisingly, the information that God gave them didn’t always come in dreams. Next Thursday at noon, tune into my Facebook page to learn more.

One more thing…the video from today’s lesson will remain on my Facebook page. Feel free to enjoy it, and share it to those you feel will be interested. Let me know if you’d like me to teach on a certain aspect of the prophetic and I’ll try to include it in one of the classes.

God bless you,


Where are you going?

public-domain-images-free-stock-photos-black-white-vintage-suitcase-girl-railroadtracks-walking-1Scripture shows us that the plan of God for you was set into motion before you were born (Jeremiah 1:5). Can you accept this?

This is a very exciting fact. It means that you were a planned pregnancy. Whether or not your parents intended to conceive you, God planned for you. Since this is true, then He also prepared you for a special purpose.

I want to ask some questions–Where are you going?

Are you following God’s leading? Are you headed in another direction? Or are your travel bags stowed away in your closet because you have decided to stay put?

Read the Bible and you soon discover that God really likes His people to get up and get going. He sends them packing, leaving home to worship Him and to learn from Him in a congregational setting, traveling through new territory, taking land, helping people in need, establishing godly communities, and advancing His kingdom.

Scripture shows us that sometimes spiritual forces of darkness try to stop God’s people from obeying His instructions to get up and get going.

My situation is an example of this.

I knew it was coming–my sister was the organizer of an annual retreat set in a gorgeous location, overlooking Lake Tahoe. In my heart of hearts, I hoped that she wouldn’t invite me because, while some mom’s savor the idea of three days away from their little darlings, I relished the thought of cuddling up each night with my children, husband and the latest book that we were reading as a family.

The invitation finally came the day my sister phoned me. “Yes,” I told her. “I think I’d like to attend.” As soon as I hung up, contradictory thoughts assailed me. What am I doing leaving my children? Why did I tell her yes? I will hate it. My husband doesn’t want me going. My children will miss me. Blah, blah, blah.

During the few weeks between my sister’s invitation and the retreat, I went back and forth between attending and canceling my reservation. Nightly, I had anxiety and sleep escaped me. But when I arrived at the retreat center, all the emotional-mental junk vanished, and my soul was at peace.

That retreat changed my life. The first night, the minister gave me a word from the Lord which set me into my ministry. No wonder my mind had been a battlefield.

There’s a principle here that applies to many situations. When God says go, you might experience negative thoughts and emotions contradictory to His will. If you decide to stay home where you’re safe and comfortable when you’ve been given directions to put on your traveling shoes, you’ll miss the supernatural door that’s standing open before you and the blessing will be either postponed or entirely forfeited.

Over the years, my friend Brenda Peters has imparted wisdom to me that has stuck like honey to a bee. Once while ministering at one of our special events in Lakeview, she told the congregation to “Keep saying ‘YES’ to God.” This one statement has encouraged me to be brave and walk through the many doors that were opened to me.

My “Yes God. I’ll go” lead me out of my comfortable home into places where I felt awkward, vulnerable and inadequate. For instance, sharing my testimony on the radio and in other secular arenas. Once I spoke to a large gathering of wealthy business owners and notable persons as part of a fundraiser for a foster child advocacy organization. I’m telling you I was uncomfortable, and this is an understatement. But my words impacted hearts and thousands of dollars were raised to help foster kids.

I’ve ministered in Christian events hundreds of times. What people don’t know is that I often overcame my own personal storm in order to step through some of those open doors. For instance, serving in Mexico, traveling to Texas to prophesy over youth at Pastor Steve Hill’s church, and going to Colorado where my friend and I were asked to prophesy over leaders of a well known mega-church. Each of these opportunities took me out of my comfort zone and stretched me in big ways. Yet in each scenario, I was blessed beyond words by the miracles that God gave.

Where are you going? Has God opened a door to you? I hope you will answer, “Yes, Lord. I will go.”

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future,”–Jeremiah 29:11

Scripture for your personal study: Romans 12:2; Proverbs 3: 5-6; Matthew 26:41; 1 Peter 4: 12-13; Psalm 18:32; Philippians 4:13; Ephesians 6:11-17; Matthew 13:19; Joshua 1:9.

May the Lord bless you on the journey set before you.

Pamela Koefoed