“STAR”

 

“When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshiped him: and when they opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”

That wondrous star that led the kings to the Messiah. Think how many times they were probably discouraged by those around them as they sought out the most ancient of signs from the most ancient of prophecies.

But they were being drawn by the divinely magnetic force of the universe, the same divine force that placed that heavenly light in the sky for all to see, but only these three understood the significance of it all, but the “pay off” for them, in the form of all the hopes, dreams, and diligence being rewarded as they were among the first allowed to worship the King.

How could they help but rejoice? And they rejoice they did, and that joy would have truly been beyond comprehension.  I am sure many go through that process of seeking, as Abram sought for a city whose builder and maker is God, many others sought out the path predestined and purposed deep inside their hearts long before birth, even placed there BEFORE the foundations of the world. The longing of their souls driving them to seek deeper and deeper into the knowledge and treasures of God as the world around breathes “delusional” and “brainwashed by religion.”

And as the “Christ” in Christmas grows harder to recognize in this world, even in churches with many now no longer holding “traditional” services, but these days were always honored for very good reason.  They are referred to as THE HOLIDAYS in reference to celebrating the HOLY DAYS. With all that goes on around us and all who try their best to discourage us that we are seeking pipe dreams and fairy tales, it is ever pressing to remember what the wise men sought.

I know it can be argued and argued as to the origins of the holiday season, but a couple of things remain true, the day was adopted as the celebration of the birth of Christ, the greatest event spanning time, universe, and all that is or ever will be.

When God overshadowed Mary with His glory, majesty, and everything that He is and placed in her the seed of Himself because humans had been tainted at the fall of Adam and even though we had been created in His image. The health, longevity, peace that God had intended they enjoy would now  through two people, at the badgering, beguiling voice of the serpent had now become tainted and polluted with sickness, sin, and death and the beautiful mercy and grace that should have been in us turned to wickedness and violence as the seed of the enemy was introduced into the human equation.

So on this beautiful, blessed night that heaven would kiss the earth and angels would proclaim the lullaby to end all lullabies mingled with humans HEARING the songs of heaven itself as they sang “GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST”, the breach was repaired by the same means by which it had been destroyed when the absolute Holy of Holiest came through a vessel of purity and would allow the spiritual birth of a new kind, first fruits of the Father and of the Son, and those to be of the Kingdom yet to come.

Secular shows with their ideal of “comedic” nods to the nativity that actually are blasphemous, songs written in churches long ago as praise and glory now have parodied lyrics and among the parties, gifts, and feasting of our present day, the shepherds who stood in awe, the  angels whose heavenly appearance and song would have melted even the hardest heart, the obedient but ever rewarded wise men, and the glorious star who shone with incredible splendor are being quickly forgotten and are no longer welcomed in our popular society.

So as Christmas approaches think about that star, think about what has been seeded inside of YOU as a believer, think about what YOU can bring to the King in adoration and worship to Him when He has opened YOUR treasures, (secret there, HE IS the one who has given you the gifts that you give back to the Kingdom) His Royal gold, pure, tried and true word of God. His Myrrh, purification for our souls and His dying that IN HIM we live. His frankincense in intercession for all the world and all those created by Him and for Him.

And that glorious star that burns ever so brightly STILL today if you will only choose to see it. His glory that still visits earth, His glory that will ONE day be revealed to all. “ARISE, shine; for thy light IS come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.” ISAIAH 60:1

Let HIS light SHINE on you and through you this season and all year. Remember it is about LOVE, COMPASSION, MERCY, and CHARITY to our fellow-man, not necessarily fellow family members.

“But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more (brighter and brighter) unto the perfect day.” PROVERBS 4:18

As we KNOW HE IS that light that leads us as it led the others over two thousand years ago. And it will lead us into the ways of the Lord and it will lead us into that truly perfect day.

REVELATION 21:22-25: “And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb ARE the temple of it. And the city had NO NEED of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: FOR THE GLORY OF GOD DID LIGHTEN IT, and THE LAMB IS THE LIGHT THEREOF.

And the nations of them which are saved SHALL WALK IN THE LIGHT OF IT; and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: For there shall be NO NIGHT THERE.”

Don’t let the world steal your Christmas cheer with all the materialism that Christmas should cost a fortune, and if you can not afford the latest this or that, your family will be disappointed. Remember gifts are from the heart and the true price for Christmas was not paid for until Calvary and that was a gift none of us could have afforded to purchase.

Reports show that depression is at its height and the greatest numbers of suicides occur during the holidays, why? Because we have bought the lies of a Norman Rockwell family Christmas and lost sight of the TRUE meaning, we have made it a celebration for US and completely forgot about HIM. And I am not talking about people who have recently lost loved ones or been through some other horrific event, this is in reference to seasonal depression because we allow commercials and story books to convince us of the illusion of a holiday that nothing could ever measure up to.

No celebration in this world will ever live up to the true JOY and the true MEANING of REJOICING EXCEEDING, they were REJOICING in finding HIM! Shouldn’t we also? Once you have experienced the glory of the Lord in person and beheld the King in all HIS Majesty, and stood in His presence, (well, for the period that you are ABLE to stand) there WILL NEVER BE any event or reason to seek anything other than HIM.

So keep your head up, your ears deaf to the whispers of the merchants, your eyes turned away from all the “must have” gifts of the season and please, by all means FOLLOW THAT STAR!

May the Lord Bless you with a wonderful Christmas filled with His love, mercy, grace and that His peace will be with you and yours!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Related posts: Two turtledoves     Abiding in the fields     Hope        Golden      Mothers Love

My all time favorite Christmas song, it is not just the nativity story, it also details his RETURN!

Φλογιζω NBJ

 

Thinking thankfully

Psalm 118:24-29: “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will be glad and rejoice in it.

Save now, I beseech thee, O Lord: O Lord, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.

Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the Lord: we have blessed you out of the house of the Lord.

God is the Lord, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.

Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever.” 

Americans are all gearing up for Thanksgiving tomorrow, myself included, and as we all know this day was set aside for us to gather together and give thanks to God for what we have and most certainly who we have. I personally believe that the Pilgrims were keeping feast days.

But for the present time we can be thankful for the relentless persistence of a lady named Sara Hale who finally convinced President Lincoln to make it a national holiday. The first “recognized” Thanksgiving was November 26, 1863 and everyone eagerly embraced it.

Of course over time it has become more about the turkey and the next day shopping for the secular world and for all, especially in season of difficulty, it can be lonely and painful,and a time of mourning for those we no longer have.

And I understand that completely.

I know many, just in my circle who have lost mothers this past year, myself included again, and one beautiful sister who lost her Mom last December, who will be having her first Thanksgiving without her Mom, and for many of us the wounds are fresh.

I have a niece and nephew who lost BOTH Grandmothers two months apart and another family member who has been hospitalized for over thirty-five days and counting, fighting for her life, and her family fighting alongside her, absolutely exhausted. And I am NOT saying all that to be negative, I am saying that actually to be HOPEFUL.

We are never so reminded of those losses as we are during the holidays and it doesn’t matter if it has been two months or twenty years, the loss of a loved one or friend will ALWAYS hurt. But most still have so much to be thankful for.

God blesses us each and every day we wake up.

If you are healthy and live in safety today you ARE blessed. So many the world over and also here in America do not have food, they do not have a place to live or any where to sleep.

So many who live in fear and have no sense of safety or security for one day to the next and so many suffer with loneliness and abuse, depression and physical illness. But we all have something to be thankful for, even if we are hurt, devastated, lonely, or rejected.

We can be thankful for what we have and especially who we have today. And if not for “today”, we can be thankful for past experiences, memories and happier times and seasons in life.

Thankful for love, and joy that we have known. Thankful for the people and  friends, pets, and all the joys of yesteryear.

We can be thankful for the future, seasons change and rain doesn’t last forever.

Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts OF peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end (a HOPE and a FUTURE).”

And the future in the future of eternity.

Revelation 21:1-4: “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away: and there was no more sea.

And I John saw the holy city new Jerusalem COMING DOWN from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

And I heard a great voice our of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God IS with men, and he WILL dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God HIMSELF shall  be with them, and be their God.

And GOD SHALL WIPE AWAY ALL TEARS FROM THEIR EYES; and there shall be NO more death, NEITHER sorrow, NOR crying, NEITHER shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”

If we have even ONE thing to be thankful for and we all do, we can rejoice in even that one thing.

But don’t miss out on the others in your life, the ones who still live, every single day, ever single moment and second of those days are precious and once they are gone, those days will never be ours again.

Don’t miss out on opportunity to take what may feel like broken nothingness today and allow God to teach you how to use the brokenness you have endured yesterday or today to help someone else along the way tomorrow.

Don’t ever give up on the future he has promised you, that future of hope and most of all NEVER lose sight and hope of that eternal future. 

Be thankful for his enduring mercy, mercy he shows before we even know him because he has known us from before the foundations of the earth and it is by that mercy that we have not be destroyed, again yet another reason to be thankful.

Thankful for his never-ending, never expiring offer of salvation.

Thankful that the loss of our lives and those of our loved ones is precious and tender in his sight.

Psalm 116:12-18: “What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits toward me?

I WILL take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord. I will pay my vows unto the lord in the presence of all his people.

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.

O Lord, truly, I am thy servant, and the son of thine handmaiden, thou hast loosed my bonds. 

I WILL offer to thee the SACRIFICE OF THANKSGIVING, and I will call upon the name of the Lord.” 

Sometime we just need to think about thinking thankfully and we will find a thousand reasons to thank him for yesterday, today, and tomorrow, and the tomorrow that will never end. 

Love & peace till next time, and I want you all to know how truly thankful I am for you!

God bless you and I pray that you have a blessed Thanksgiving and if your sick that you will be healed, if you are lonely that God will comfort you, and if that if you are hurting I pray that God brings you into a season of rejoicing and peace.

Psalm 126:5,6: ” They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again rejoicing, bring his sheaves with him.” 

Praying for those who have shed more that their share of tears this year, that your harvest of joy is coming soon.

Φλογιζω NBJ 2018

This is such a true song and it always reminds me of my late Aunt Evelyn, who always dedicated to me on a radio ministry.

 

Love… sweet love

1 Corinthians 13: “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity (love), I am become a sounding brass, or a tinkling (clanging) cymbal.

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

Charity (love) suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vauneth not (does not brag on)  itself, is not puffed up (arrogant).

Doth not behave itself unseemly (rudely), seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil (keeps no record of wrong);

Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 

Charity (love) never faileth; but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail (cease) whether there be tongues they shall cease; whether there shall be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

For we know in part, and we prophecy in part.

But when that which is perfect (complete) is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

When I was as a child, I spake as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

For now we see through a glass (mirror) darkly (dimly); but then face to face; now I know in part; but then I shall know even as I am known. 

And now abideth (remains) faith, hope, charity (love), these three; but the greatest of these is charity (love).”  

LOVE CONQUERS ALL  Jesus taught us this.

John 15:10-13: As the Father hath loved me, so have I have loved youcontinue (abide) in my love.

If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. 

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

Jesus desires us to grow into that same level of love that He has, of course, being human that is a pretty tough assignment.

But when you really look at all Jesus went through and all that He dealt with, it really isn’t that much different, that is why he is our High Priest, who can understand and sympathize with what it is like to reach out and reach out to someone only to be cursed and rejected by them.

They laughed him to scorn when he announced that Jarius daughter wasn’t dead but only asleep.

When freeing people from the demons who were controlling them, he was accused of using the power of satan to cast out satan.

When he healed on the sabbath, he was accused of breaking Mosaic law. His healing of the man whom had been blind from birth so enraged those of the temple that they put not only the man but even his parents through an inquisition under the threat of excommunication, A interesting way to rejoice with one who had just receiveth sight!

His own people rejected him because they knew his family and had watched him grow up and refused to believe that “that the boy next door” could possibly be the Messiah. The more kindness he showed them, the more most wanted to kill him.

Just as he said, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin (relatives) , and in his own house. 

And we know that even at his arrest, in the face of those who hated him, and would beat him, torture him, spit in his face, and eventually crucify him, he still displayed perfect love.

Matthew chapter twenty-six tells that Peter, thinking that he was defending Jesus against arrest, cut the ear of a solider and Jesus restored the mans ear, and Jesus said this in verse fifty-three: “Thinketh thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me (provide me with) more than twelve legions of angels? But how then shall the scripture be fulfilled, that thus it must be?  

EVERYTHING had to happen exactly as it had been prophesied. Luke 24:44: “And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that ALL things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.”

Jesus could have aborted the mission, he could have called down over seventy two thousand angels and he could have destroyed this entire planet and he could have left ALL of mankind  never to be reconciled back to God and eternally lost and separated from the very one who created them.

But he didn’t and he didn’t because Jesus IS perfect love and he loved us enough to hold our souls in higher value than his life.

And that love comes just what Paul was describing to the Corinthians.

When we are not yet matured in Christ or when we are yet in the world, we react with what is considered a “normal” reaction. A response kinda like,” If you hate me, I’ll hate you, you strike me and I’ll strike you harder” and think of some of our worldly “advice”, such as the quote, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” everything we are taught by this world is contrary and backward to the word of God.

So we must mature in love, we all start out with Christ the same way, we all are on “the milk” of the word and are gradually graduated to that “solid meat” and that “food” does get pretty hard to chew sometimes but we must grow in Christ, and as Paul stated it, when he matured in Christ, he put away those reactions and that enabled him to do the will and work of God in the face of those who hated him.

We have to mature into that love so that we can be the lights he called us to be because his word, again has to be fulfilled and this is what he said concerning that.

Matthew 6:43-48: ” Ye have heard that it hath been said, THOU SHALT LOVE THY NEIGHBOR, AND HATE THINE ENEMY.

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for  them that despitefully use you, and persecute you;

That ye may be called the children of your Father which is in heaven; for he maketh the sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the the just and the unjust

For it ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans (tax collectors) the same?

And if ye salute (greet) your brethren only, what do ye more than the others? do not even the publicans so?

Be ye therefore PERFECT, even as your Father which is in heaven IS PERFECT.”

Keep your mind on PERFECT for a bit. And REMEMBER this reference to PERFECT MEANS COMPLETE.

I do want to point out that I do NOT think that Jesus meant for us to live in the same house with batterer and those who physically hurt us because again, he TOOK those stripes and being beat beyond recognition for us, so we would NOT suffer that.

Pray for those people WHEN your heart is healed enough to allow for that but don’t let anyone twist this scripture on you, to make you think God wants you to stay in abusive situations.

I tell ya, I have struggled so much in this area, even as recently as the passing of my mother, I had so much static to work through and  I think once we understand why and just trust God we have won at least half the battle.

But I think the best advice I ever received was from my husband, I had been hurt so bad by someone and it was just so illogical and never was I given any kind of reasoning, even to this day. I was so devastated, I could not figure out what I had done to make them just absolutely reject me, really to the point of shunning that I may as well have not ever existed to them and it damaged my ministry and honestly it damaged what little self-confidence I had at the time to the point of almost shutting me completely down, and I look back now and I can see just how much that my reaction to that cost and how much it still costs.

But my husband told me that had that “testing” came through anyone else it would not have been effective, if a random stranger is cruel to us we can blow it off, still hurts but not like someone whose opinion matters can hurt us, BUT that is how we grow, we grow through forgiveness and we grow through depending on the love Jesus has for us being greater than the need we have for the approval of any person, and being made painfully aware that you do NOT have that approval makes the lesson of dependency on God’s approval that much easier to learn, didn’t say not a painful, but definitely easier.

And that is what Jesus was teaching us with his words, followed by his reaction to those others would have hated.

Now WHY do we need that?

We need that to effectively touch others for Christ and sometimes the grouchiest, meanest, orneriest of the bunch could be the very God has sent you to.

Remember the story from Acts 9:10-20 concerning the conversion of Saul to Paul, Ananias actually had to have a little extra assurance from God before he would go pray for Paul, because he wasn’t quite sure he wanted to tangle with who Paul had been until God convinced him that who Paul had been was gone and that now Paul was in the process of becoming a chosen vessel. 

Love has to be shown and taught, and Jesus required it of us to show others what he is about, what his kingdom is about.

People are often hateful and contrary because they have bitterness, for whatever reason, and eventually it just takes over and it can happen to anyone.

Galatians 6:1,2: “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also been tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so FULFIL the law of Christ.

We have to have that meekness, that humility of love to effectively help another as we would want someone to help us.

1 Peter 4:8: “And ABOVE ALL things have fervent  charity (love) among yourselves; for CHARITY (love) COVERS A MULTITUDE OF SINS.”   

And that love is not the earthly love, that is the love that only comes from a relationship with Jesus and the love that he loves us with and that he commanded us to love others with, even those who make it extremely hard, because they have been hurt, wounded, and are AFRAID of letting anyone or anything in, especially God because often people become convinced that God could not possibly love them or that their sins are unforgivable, or they feel that god has abandoned them and this is why we are commanded to RESTORE, bring them back to the sheepfold, remind them of that love, and shine that light.

Because if something can be RESTORED that means it is ALREADY there and had been active at one time.

REMEMBER perfect, the PERFECT love, the complete love Jesus spoke of, and that Paul told us would change everything when it became active?

And this the power of that love. 1 John 4:18:”…but perfect (complete) love casteth out fear

Perfect love, the complete love that only comes to us and through us for God himself, restores, heals, delivers, makes all things new, conquers all, can not and will not ever fail.

Have a wonderful evening! God bless you till next time.

φλογιζω Σαλπιζω NBJ 2018

Shepherding the black sheep

 

“Baa baa black sheep have you any wool?”

Familiar nursery rhyme there, but I got a new one, 🙂

“Baa Baa black sheep have you any where to graze?

No Sir, No sir, been quite spiritually famished,

finding myself in a bit of a daze,

Not an earthly shepherd will have me,

without guidance to help me find my way,

this grass has all dried up and turned into a helpless maze.”

How many can dig that feeling?

Of course, I’m sure the title makes this post quite obvious, it is about and for the “black sheep” and I can write this from more than enough experience at being one!

 W.O.M.E.N. of Ministry can vouch for that.

We’ll look at the term itself, most know it to mean of course someone who for whatever reason is considered a disgrace to their family, church, group, whatever “flock” they were supposed to belong in.

But the good news there is that it also has an urban meaning, that being a black sheep  is caused by a person being a little too different.

Black sheep, I have learned, suffer what is treated as a “fatal flaw”, they tend to bleat and question while all the other lambs are busy munching they are busy looking over cliffs, seeing what is in that valley.

Black sheep run amok climbing up the mountains because they just know there is so much more if they could just reach the top. They question others, Why? How? and the deadliest question of all, Why not?

Runs people crazy when you have questions they don’t want to waste their time answering.

Maybe too different in their thoughts, their beliefs, their clothing, their style, and even their actions when they feel is worth fighting for, all this combined can make them seem to much like a hassle to for the shepherds to deal with.

Different makes others uncomfortable and for most sheep it is easier to concede to the thoughts and actions of the masses than to risk being labeled black and left stranded in a field of wolves alone.

And being different is NOT always bad and being black does NOT make them any less of a sheep. I also found that in certain places it was considered “good luck” for a shepherd to have at least one black sheep in his flock, of course we know there is NO such thing as luck.

And the other really neat thing is that they are considered LESS valuable because their black wool CAN NOT be dyed and there is some serious symbolism in that.

For all you Black sheep out there, take that as a compliment!

Think about that…their wool can not be dyed or changed, they don’t conform, they are what they are and they are what they were created to be… DIFFERENT!

But that is where the pain, hurt, and solitude comes in for so many people who either have been labeled “black sheep”, or have labeled themselves “black sheep” because they feel that way.

And to find out what becomes of lost sheep and black sheep, shepherd less sheep, we’ll look at Ezekiel 34:5: “And they were scattered because there is NO shepherd; and they became meat (food) to ALL the beast of the field, when they were scattered.” 

And I have written quite a bit about that over the years, because so many have told me that they just do not feel loved or cared for by the “church” world and many people do feel like they “just don’t belong”, they want to be in a church and they want fellowship, and they do love and try to serve God, but they have been in churches that they felt unwelcome because of their differences, such as how they dress, or shyness, or even feeling like others looked down on them because of financial differences and this problem has always been.

Many scriptures address these issues encouraging all to think of others and speak of dressing modestly and even considering jewelry and hairstyles, considering  others so that all would feel “equal” in all our conduct so that no one would feel left out when in the house of God.

Again this has been different people, different churches and denominations, so this is not “aimed” at any group, I just don’t think people realize HOW common it is and how badly we need to fix it.

So there are true black sheep and there are those who just FEEL like black sheep but either way, how are they supposed to be fed spiritually?

I kept hearing the term and as I said at the beginning I can certainly understand being one, so I started thinking that there must be OTHER sheep who are struggling finding “food” to keep them going up those mountains and through those valleys until they do truly happen upon the place of rest that the Lord had prepared for them to find all the while.

Ever think about that? We do all NEED to feel that we belong and I promise you DO belong when you belong to the Lord but sometimes the road to that place can be rocky, rough, and very lonely and if you are having problems finding a “leader”, have ever considered that God may be calling you to be one? 

Buildings cost a lot of money, basic utilities for buildings cost a lot of money, in order to have a traditional church, COSTS A LOT OF MONEY but you know, if you are feeling lead to so something, if you have thoughts and ideas and revelations on scripture that you want to share, if you have an outreach or a certain crisis group that you feel led to minister to, may I suggest that you keep doing what black sheep do best, be yourself and use those difference, those questions, those answers and instead of agonizing over not fitting in, just embrace that difference and share it with others who don’t fit in either.

Thanks to the internet and social media, (most absolutely free with endless possibilities) we can witness and minister to the world in multi ways and use every resource God has given to spread his word with those who don’t have a spot to “graze”.

And even ministering in music, if we have no talent of our own we have access to the greatest talents in music and when you think of all that, you don’t need a building, or a choir, or the latest gimmick to get them in the door.

If you feel God leading you and you have a call on your life, a heart for God, and the desire to feed His flock, and those of His flock that are often left unattended and uncared for, you ALREADY have ALL you need to fulfill that call.

God has given every single one of us a gift and in some cases multiple gifts (hoping to do a post on that soon) and His Spirit enables us to use those gifts for the Kingdom and His word also tells us that “without a vision, my people PERISH” and that is what often happens, no vision, no one to help us understand the path we need to take, and no one to help us find answers to our questions and people give up, they PERISH.

This post is to explain the new direction this blog will be going. I have been wrestling my own ministry and I have tried a few different things and wrestled keeping this blog, but finally decided embrace it differently.

So if you are a black sheep or just feel like a black sheep, please “stop by” on Sunday and Wednesday, my original post day when this all got started back in the day was Saturday, then I tried daily, and then I tried keeping up with two separate blogs, then I tried live social media, but it is hard to keep up with, but I believe in trying and trying 😉 until we find the niche.

So this is mainly going to be twice a week, hopefully teaching and prayerfully sharing hope, scripture, and love with ALL His sheep, but especially the “black” ones. I don’t claim to know anything, I don’t propose to have all the answers but I will share with you the Word of God and his love, his mercy, and all sheep will be equal!

We do have a shepherd, even when you may feel alone, you are not, when you need to talk and you need answers and no one is there or no one willing to be there, talk to YOUR Shepherd in heaven.

John 10:11: I AM the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.”

Because Jesus Christ loves all of us the same and He IS our Shepherd and maybe there are some that are not meant to have an earthly Shepherd, but know that no matter what you have a heavenly one and if He is calling you, I want to give you a some things to ponder.

Jesus broke every traditional mold ever held. And as I heard pointed once, John the Baptist did NOT follow in his fathers footsteps and become a priest.

He HAD been filled from his mother’s womb with the Holy Ghost and lived in the wilderness, others considering him a”wild man” and went on to preach and baptize which was until then unheard of. And we all know he was doing exactly  what he had been born to do, it just didn’t look quite like what everyone else was doing.

The disciples left all they knew to follow Jesus as their spirit within them KNEW that He was the one, no earthly ordination needed because God himself  had CHOSEN and ordained each and every one of them  before the foundations of the earth.

All who have went on to greater works did so by absolute faith in God for those greater works leaving all tradition and typical mindsets behind.

With NO expectation of what that work should look like or how it should come to pass.

They had NOTHING to base it on, it was all new and sometimes we need to not look at how others are things, but seek how God wants us to get things done.

Maybe that is the bright side to being “black”, if you are used to feeling isolated it will be easier to face those who are NOT going to like you, your ministry, or anything you touch, but they aren’t even who matter.

“Listen” to what Jesus said from John 8:16-20: “Ye have NOT chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained (appointed) you, that you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

These things I command you that ye love one another. 

If the world hate you, KNOW that it hated me before it hated you. 

If ye were of the world, the world would love his own; but BECAUSE ye are NOT of the world, but I have CHOSEN you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. 

REMEMBER the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord, if they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; IF they have kept my saying, they will keep your’s also.”

IF they hear him they will hear you.

So let them hear you, feed the black sheep, they must be fed even if the other black sheep are doing the feeding! 

Have a blessed night! Join me tomorrow and we’ll have a little lesson on love!

Thanks for reading!

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Suited up

‘And I brethren, when I came to you, came NOT with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.

For I determined NOT to know any thing among you save (except) Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

And I was with you IN weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.

And my speech and my preaching was NOT with enticing (persuasive) words of man’s wisdom, BUT in the demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

That your faith should NOT stand in the wisdom of men, BUT IN THE POWER OF GOD.” Corinthians 2:1-5 

I love how Paul points out for us that he never bothered hiding his own personal weakness and his fears and that he never once let anyone believe that he had a life of rainbows and roses, quite the opposite and you know that is what made him such an inspiration, as I have often written about him and this post will probably be very similar to one past but it is on my heart, so that I will obey.

THE WISDOM OF MEN.

We got into that a few posts back, how this world and all that we are taught is completely contrary to GOD and to his teachings and his word. Just as we are taught to be proud and willful, self-sufficient, solve your own problems, and of course the one that has the sole (read that as “SOUL”) purpose of getting our heads so thick and our hearts so hardened that we refuse to accept the Gospel.

The world view teaching of “you made your bed, you lie in it” and that is what people buy into when the refuse forgiveness because they feel that they don’t deserve it, BUT no one deserved it! Not the sweetest little Grandma, not the most wonderful volunteer, not one who risked their lives saving others, not the best moral person who gives half of all they own to the homeless.

Not a one, because no one DESERVED the gift God gave us when he gave his only begotten Son as a sinless sacrifice to cover all the sins of all mankind. Because we are even BORN into sin, so no matter how good, how sweet, even how gentle, or kind we are, we STILL must be under the blood.

The blood is proof positive that we do indeed BELONG in the kingdom of God and we only belong there because Jesus wants us there and by cleansing us and changing us, from the blood that we are born into as our mother’s birth us, we undergo a second birth, born again, born of him and instead of covered in the blood from our mother’s wombs we are covered in the blood of the Lamb.

And that is a foreign idea compared to what we have been taught in this world. This is why we are so reminded all through scripture that it IS BY FAITH. And FAITH is simply BELIEVING.

And as I have often heard others in the past expound on the definition of faith, one thought stand out, we DO have faith, even carnally, we flip a switch we EXPECT a light to come on, we turn a key we EXPECT something to open, we take a course we EXPECT some sort of result. The same is true for eternal faith, only difference is that we have been conditioned to EXPECT these reactions for certain actions in the natural BUT we must LEARN to EXPECT reactions to our invisible faith. 

And God already told us that we are ALL given a measure of that faith. So we have it, we just have to learn to develop and exercise it and by doing so it will increase and we CAN believe for the impossible in a world that through conditioning limits us to only its human possibilities. And that is why we must learn to completely block the sound of the wisdom of men.

Meaning, there will always be someone who have a don’t for your do and a why you can’t when God says you can. There are always going to be those who give you one hundred reasons why you can not believe or expect  the outcome you are praying for.

Corinthians 3:18,19: “Let no man deceive himself; If any man among you seemeth to wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God…” 

So know that the only support we will get during times of standing in faith and believing for what may seem impossible, is the from other believers, this is also one reason I personally believe that it is also important to limit what information you give and who you give it to because if you are telling someone in the world or that just flat-out does not believe in God at all, and you tell them what you are having faith for or a special prayer you have, then they are only going to view that with contempt and negativity and satan loves nothing more than to send people to spew doubt all over your faith.

Sometimes people want as many as possible praying because they doubt their own faith but I’m telling you often it is better to be like the man who asked Jesus to “help mine unbelief” and just ask God to strengthen your faith, of course you grown faith like you grow patience and we know NOT to ask for patience because they only way we learn patience is by having our patience TESTED and so I always feel better praying for help instead of asking for more patience, because LIFE gives you more than enough problems that WILL exercise your patience WITHOUT asking for more. But again everyone has to pray HOW they feel lead.

So now to my main point, Now is a good time to thank you for your PATIENCE in my ramblings there 😉 Some of our toughest moments as soldiers of Christ come in the battle against the wisdom of this world.

For some reason when I think of standing against the wisdom of this world, I get the the story of David in my head, you know when Goliath was taunting Israel, and David asked WHO was this uncircumcised philistine that should DEFY the armies of the LIVING GOD.

You know it may be considered socially unacceptable to call a doctor, lawyer, or teacher or whomever it may be that is belittling you and your faith, an”uncircumcised philistine” out loud but we could probably certainly think it while they are attempting to crush our hope with their worldly wisdom.

Try thinking that next time :), while you block out their rattling! It would certainly give your fight a boost! (So glad a church is NOT responsible for my writings! Don’t need a disclaimer that the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and do not reflect blah, blah, you know like the infomercials) but I do seriously think that would be a good tactic to keep the right frame of mind.

Now that we got that took care of, I want to remind us all of our armour, again I have written a lot on it and I do not want to be repetitive so without dragging it out here is a basic refresher. It will REMIND us of the faith we stand in and in the POWER of our God. Ephesians 6:10-18: “Finally my brethren, BE STRONG IN THE LORD, and IN THE POWER OF HIS MIGHT.

Put on the WHOLE armour of God,that ye may be able to stand against the wiles (schemes) of the devil. for we wrestle NOT against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of THE darkness of THIS WORLD, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Wherefore take unto you (take up) YOUR whole armour of God that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and HAVING DONE ALL TO STAND.

STAND therefore, having your lions girt about with the truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; and ABOVE ALL, TAKING THE SHIELD OF FAITH, wherewith ye shall be able to quench ALL the fiery darts of the wicked.

And take the helmet of salvation, and THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT, WHICH IS THE WORD OF GOD; Praying ALWAYS with ALL prayer, and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with ALL perseverance and supplication for ALL saints.

Notice with all list that he also told us to pray for all our brothers and sisters also as they battle and if you are new to this, your best asset is going to be a King James Study Bible, you will find a list of “go to” scriptures for virtually every need you have. They are usually found in the back and are such a blessing, because the WORD of GOD IS POWER and His word stands forever and IS the supreme weapon and NOTHING on earth and certainly nothing of hell can ever defeat one word of it. So get suited up and you WILL stand by the power of God and by faith in him!

Thanks for reading and whatever battle you are facing and whatever your special prayer is today, I pray that God blesses you and keep you and rewards your faith with victories from the realm of impossibility!

As always, love & peace to you till next time!

For a little more on these subjects: SHIELD & SWORD   BEHIND THE SHIELD PART 1

BEHIND THE SHIELD PART 2      Jehovah God IS THERE

and for the battle of losing a loved one      “With these words…” 

 

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Simply Saved

Romans 10:11: “For scripture saith, WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH ON HIM SHALL NOT BE ASHAMED (put to shame).”

Why do we make salvation so much harder than it has to be?

It is really inside of us or is it the forces of the world, is it the devil whispering lies in our ears, or could it be fear, fear of what will others think, fear of having our minds “taken over” and being “turned into a fanatic”, what exactly is the reason that some many do BELIEVE and yet have such a battle ACCEPTING what they already believe?

I myself. know  a little something about that kind of thinking. It took me forever to accept Christ’s completely FREE and no strings attached offer of salvation.

After I came under conviction, I started trying to “clean up” my life, I had worked in sin, lived in sin, and every single thing about my life only referenced back to one word, sin. And I was very aware of that.

Anyone under conviction knows that they are in sin, they know that they are in mortal danger of a very eternal hell, so anyone who is under TRUE conviction does not need us to state the obvious.

I do think this is where most of our candy coating comes from, I don’t think that it is always maliciously intentional (although some of it truly is) Sometimes the Gospel gets so watered down but those watering seeds that have been planted a little too sparingly and what should have been bloomed to be increased of God, doesn’t even make it out of the ground.

And we do this because we don’t want to run people farther away and we want them to come to Jesus, so sometimes preachers can go a little too easy with the belief that if they hear it,it will eventually sink in.

But it doesn’t work that way because in order to be saved, a person must be under conviction by the Holy Spirit. 

This is why Jesus said “that if he be lifted up, he would DRAW all men unto to him”, so if a person feels that conviction and God is drawing them and they are sent to us to teach them what they must do to be saved and we just pat them on the head and hope IT sinks in, we are then failing not only that person but we are also failing God.

Every single life God allows us to come into contact with is for the purpose of the kingdom and to help those who are lost find the path of God.

Romans 10;13-15: “FOR WHOSOEVER SHALL CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD SHALL BE SAVED.

HOW then shall they call upon him in whom they have not heard? and HOW shall they hear without a preacher? 

And HOW shall they preach expect they be sent? as it is written, HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THEM THAT PREACH THE GOSPEL OF PEACE, AND BRING GLAD TIDINGS OF GOOD THINGS!

See those are things that can not be separated.

God sends preachers to preach.

He sends preachers to those who are in the valleys of this world, that is why another passage refers to those same feet as being upon mountains and it is the Gospel of peace, God sending an invitation to that person of peace with him, peace in their hearts, souls, and minds and peace that no matter what tomorrow holds that they have assurance that their sins are covered, their pasts are dead and gone and they have a PROMISE of eternal reward in the kingdom of God FOREVER.

And those are the glad tidings of hope, joy, and fellowship with God himself. How good are those promises!?

So this is how it is supposed to happen, God sends that conviction draw and then he sends someone to you or you to them who will preach, which just means PROCLAIM to you all the wonderful plans that God has for YOU!

That is the beauty of it all, we were created BEFORE the foundations of this earth, GOD CREATED YOU and he created you with a purpose and plan FOR YOUR GOOD and all you got to do is accept it! How wonderful is that?

GOD INTENTIONALLY CREATED YOU!

But if you don’t hear the Gospel, if you don’t hear his plan and just how SIMPLE salvation truly is, then HOW could you possibly ever know that? HOW could you have peace, and joy, and HOPE if you never heard that there is one who fashioned you and breathed life in you that wants nothing but the best for you?

To get back to my opening thought, my personal take on this is sometimes WE get it in our heads that it just could not be that easy. 

How can we just accept something that we did not earn or did not work for? How can we just be forgiven for all the wrong we have done? Nothing is that easy in this world, right?

Actually with God IT IS that easy!

Here’s a story of some guys who were feeling that conviction power that pull on their hearts and souls as Peter had PREACHED the Gospel to them, expounding on the word of God and explaining the mystery of just who was this Jesus that had been crucified.

Acts 2:36-42: “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.

Now when they heard this they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren what shall we do? 

Then Peter said unto them,Repent, and be baptized, every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission (forgiveness) of sins, and YE SHALL RECEIVE THE GIFT OF THE HOLY GHOST.

For THE PROMISE is unto you and to your children, and to all that is afar off, even as many as the Lord Jesus shall call.  

And with MANY other words did he testify and exhort (teach and encourage), saying, SAVE yourselves from the untoward (perverse) generation.

Then they GLADLY RECEIVED his word, and were baptized; and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

And they CONTINUED steadfastly in the apostles doctrine and fellowship, an din the breaking of bread, and in prayers.”

There is no special skills, dance, or ritual required. No minimum education level that you must have, nothing we can or have done to get “cleaned up”, no amount of “good deeds”, no amount of “self-sacrifice” or any other possible human action. 

Just simply ACCEPTING his offer and continuing with fellow believers in fellowship and in prayer because we NEED that. We NEED each other and I love that it points out that they GLADLY received all the wonderful things God wanted them to have.

Which brings up a couple of more quick points, we are all different, God calls us to be different so don’t ever feel pressure that in order to be saved you have to live or think like someone else, no matter how honorable that person is.

It is good to have those we can look to for advice and good Godly help when we need it and it is certainly fine to use older brothers and sisters as a “guide” BUT only look to God for your salvation and for his plan for your life because he wants us different for a reason.

And we all feel and think differently but ALL that God requires of us to be saved, is  repentance, which is simply asking God to forgive all our past wrong. Asking Jesus to come into our heart and be the Lord of our life and then ACCEPTING that wonderful freedom and resting in one thing, that HE LOVES YOU, and he wants fellowship with you, a REAL relationship and to reassure you that you are clean and the past is dead.

The next step is sharing YOUR good news with someone else.

Romans 10:9,10:“That if thou shalt confess (acknowledge) with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, THOU SHALT BE SAVED

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

And then LIVE, BE HAPPY AND ENJOY your new freedom! And get in a good church and just REST in your Saviour and if you stumble, GET BACK UP, no one is perfect, we will never be!

And keep his commandments, which are so simple and for our own good.

We find them in Exodus 20, but the breakdown goes like this:

#1 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. 

#2 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.

#3 Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.

#4 Remember the sabbath day to keep it holy.

#5 Honor thy father and thy mother.

#6 Thou shalt not kill.

#7 Thou shalt not commit adultery.

#8 Thou shall not steal.

#9 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.

#10 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbors goods.

And then Jesus told us that he also desires this, John 13:34,35:

“A new commandment I give unto, That ye love one another; as I have loved you. that ye also love one another. By this ALL men shall know that ye are my disciples, (followers) if ye have love one for another.”

He saves us SIMPLY because he created us and he loves us and wants us to safely swell with him in eternity. just like if you have a child or loved one that you want nothing more than to see them happy, healthy, and well and when things are not well, you will do everything in your power to change those things.

The same goes for God, only more so because humans are NOT capable of the level and perfection of love that God holds for us.  SIMPLY ASK HIM!

Check out what Jesus said about it, Luke 11:9: “And I say unto YOU, ASK, and it SHALL BE GIVEN YOU; seek and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you.

For EVERY ONE that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 

If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? OR if he ask a fish, give him a serpent?

Or if he shall ask for an egg, will he offer him a serpent? 

If ye then being evil, KNOW how to give good gifts unto YOUR CHILDREN; HOW MUCH MORE SHALL YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER GIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT TO THEM THAT AK HIM?”

He means it! and when I got saved I was just overwhelmed with the thought of had I only KNOWN what I had been missing and how different I would feel in just a flash!

I wished someone had told me years ago, (of course they had tried to! 🙂 and I thank them now!) But when you realize all the wasted time and what all could have been different with the Lord it is just overwhelming.

And you never want to waste another moment without him.

The moment we accept Jesus ALL of our shame, guilt, hurt, and pain IS completely washed away! 

I promise it is seriously that simple that fast and that profound!

 

Jesus told us that us being evil, in the world, and sin laden and yet we STILL can give good things when those who love us ask, how much more with the Creator of love and LOVE HIMSELF give you?

And just as Peter told them, it is for our families and all that we have contact with, and that love we can share because a greater LOVE lives inside of us.

As written in Psalm 95:7: “…to day IF  you will hear his voice..”

Classic altar call going on here, very familiar verse but I KNOW He is sending his voice out to someone today, so if you WILL HEAR, with your heart, your soul, and your spiritual ears.

Revelation 3:20: ” Behold I stand at the door and knock: IF any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in unto him, and sup (dine) with him.”

Have a beautiful evening! Love & peace until next time!

And if you need a little more insight into just how awesome HE IS, check out these posts:               Majesty

*Undeniable* On Earth as in Heaven

He IS… “The I AM that IS”

EL ROI….. The well in our wilderness

Sister Nina

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This Generation

“Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” Matthew 24:34

When Jesus spoke this He was warning us, to watch and notice all the different things that would proceed His second coming.

He told us of false Christs, false friends, father against child, and child against parent. He warned us of natural disasters, great varying earthquakes, and tsunamis as the “sea waves roaring” and He told us of the iniquity (sin) that would spread and be rampant and destroy the love and goodness of many as their hearts turned against God because of these things rather than turning to him. 

And I have written numerable posts dealing with all the varying degrees of all those things and troubles and pestilences that were told to come and have come and are here and are not going to let up but are going to actually grow more severe.

And now I just want to hit a little on the term “this” generation. Have you ever really thought about it?

The troubles did start before the end of the lives of the disciples, they were hated, arrested, tried, and murdered for the Gospel.

But the New Testament that was given to us as part of “this” generation and the words, despite being written almost two thousand years ago, are STILL so alive, so timely and their instructions and their warnings are even NOW being fulfilled because they were written for those of us who are here NOW.

And just as those of the past could not quite understand just how the entire world would be able to see the dead prophets of Revelation chapter eleven, lying in the streets or how the entire world could see and chose to worship the Antichrist or how those without the mark of the beast could be forbidden to purchase food, shelter, or medicine. I had even wondered at this, once upon a time, but I never doubted that it would happen.

Now we ALL know that through technology what once seemed impossible is now virtually a piece of cake.

And with that same technology no generation has actually passed away.

ANYTHING you want to know, ANY period of time, ANY ancient artifact or pagan deity you chose to research can all be found at your fingertips.

Bombarded with times, and seasons, styles, and much worse THOUGHTS and DOCTRINES of devils, SEDUCTION of spirits that logically should have long passed away. 

People were once influenced mainly by their own personal cultures and those of their community but now that influence is worldwide and this accounts for much of the hatred and squabbling we see now and the media is more than glad to spread it.

And many have probably see the latest media”commentaries” on the latest tragedies to hit our country that echo the no prayers sentiment and as I listened to the hosts of a CBS morning show yesterday morning, I just could not believe my ears. 

The show hosts just took it and ran with it to further to express their opinion that prayers are NOT needed and adding what they felt was needed instead, now we will have a new movement of backlash against even the act or OFFER of prayer for another person.

And that is a scary proposition and again I want to be clear that I am in no way minimizing the tragedy or feelings of those who experienced it.

I am trying to shed light on what many have known for a very long time, these thoughts an attitude are intentionally spread by those who have their own agendas and just exploit the latest news story to influence societal thinking, spreading it far and wide, and soon everyone is echoing that same thought.

And it is so hypocritical especially considering the fact that prayer and “spirituality” comes and goes like fashion with the media and entertainment industry and for a brief bit a few years back stories of heartache were often ended with statements such as “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.”

During one such major natural disaster a certain mega famous reporter ended his live update by requesting prayer for the victims, HOWEVER, this man is openly gay and that is another big problem with this generation. WHO exactly are they praying to? What is the criteria to allow access to that place of prayers being heard?

Christianity has become a social club with rules and regulations varying based on what “club” you CHOOSE to attend.

“Ministers” have watered down the Gospel and candy coated scripture to appease virtually ANYONE and to suit ANY lifestyle with no repentance or salvation required. It has become about the numbers, the pressure, and the NEED to fit in, look good and ATTRACT the world to get “them in” but the funny thing is, when the WORLD DOES GET IN, the world does NOT change, but the church DOES.

And not for the better.

Maybe popularity and the “respect of men” and  larger crowds and certainly a bigger treasury but when the time comes and all work is tried by fire the leaders of these place will be left behind with nothing more than piles of ashes.

So if people aren’t changed, aren’t converted to Christ, WHO are those prayers being addressed to? WHO is going to answer them? 

The church contorts itself to appeal to the world when actually the word tells us to NOT conform to the world but that we must conform to the image of the Son of God.

1 Timothy 4:1:”Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times ( last days, NOW) SOME shall DEPART from the faith, giving heed to seducing, and doctrines of devils.”

It is easy to see how that happened also, every generation coming down, going deeper and deeper into sin and farther and farther away from God until now we have millions who truly believe that God is some sort of fairy God father and that somehow He owes them something and they should do and say and LIVE exactly how they want, (whether it violates His word or not) and two things happen, you have those who pray and pray for others, while NOT EVEN SAVED THEMSELVES and those who get mad at God and hate him because he did not answer those prayers.

Jesus told us that there are even that things that “only go by fasting and praying”, now that was to his children, those who know Him and yet somehow people who don’t even serve Him think that they are entitled to ask him for whatever they desire, and become ANGRY and OFFENDED if that wish is not granted, that is what it is, acting like God is some “sort of three wish genie” that they can access when needed.

He hears us when we ask for forgiveness and he does love us and watches over us when we are “lost” but being in the world and NOT living for him or serving him or honoring and then to be so vain and self-possessed to believe that we have a right to his promises is just crazy.

Your not going to hear that preached on though, now are ya?

WITHOUT repentance and the acceptance of Jesus Christ there is NO forgiveness for sins and there is NO access to the Father and there is NO way anyone will get to heaven.

They want the promises, they want the security but they do NOT want the Son nor do they want to LIVE by His rules, because they are completely taken over by that same spread rebellion, and it is not that they do not believe in God, it is that they do not want to live by his word or live to his standards in dying to their own desires and sins.

Can’t have both and if anyone truly wants God, they WILL ask Him to save their sins and save their soul and then they WILL live for him and serve him to the best of their ability.

But as long as these attitudes are spread and those who know the truth refuse to speak that truth, it will only get worse, the violence and hatred ARE spreading but they are spread BECAUSE of the lack of God, not because of the inefficiency of prayer.

Again every sick act imaginable fed through the internet and video games depicting graphic violence and rewards for killing and ENTIRE television channels DEDICATED to twenty-four hour a day, seven days a week, three-hundred and sixty-five day a year murder, rape, and violence, complete with REAL crime scenes REAL photos of victims and not one standing up to point out the fact that NO ONE should subject there mind to these things because ALL things also carry spiritual implications.

People are in effect allowing that horror, and fear that someone else faced and the evil, demonic possession that took hold of someone in order for them to commit these crime to be broadcast into their home, their environment and influence their mind. That is what causes violence and we as a society can lay the blame on anything and everything but until we find those old paths and change what we are willing to allow and willingly limit, even if only ownselves, what we spread, the blame still lies on us as a society.

It’s just like Face Book and other social media, people will say and post the most hurtful things, words they’d never dare say to someones face and post every ounce of anger or injustice and share posts containing the thoughts and opinions of others, others they often do not even know, but hey if it sounds good, monkey see, monkey do, whatever happened to common courtesy and showing grace? 

What we “feed” is what we will grow, and the Bible tells us in Philippians 4:8 to ONLY think on good things, beautiful things, holy, honest and with virtue. We are also told in Isaiah 26:3, that we will be KEPT in perfect peace if we keep our MINDS upon God. And we are TOLD in Proverbs 4:23, to GUARD our minds.

We are told seven times in the Book of Revelation “to hear what the Spirit” says to the churches and the word has been repeated several times to the scripture to “Humble ourselves” and  pray and that the Lord will hear us and he will HEAL our land but instead we are continuing to allow all these influences in our homes and in our hearts and turning from God rather than to God in failing to point the cause of all our woes, we are responsible for our own actions, each and every one of us and we can choose to honor God or we can choose the world but at no time should we stand in silence while the world is hating on God and the very act of praying is held as worthless contempt.

 

Those before cared for their fellow-man and the rule of the day was two things were not to be discussed, politics and religion, the lock is off that cage and we are getting a taste of what is coming out and it is truly sad, and you can see the smoke rising and now is a good time to just kinda watch “play out” because that hatred and that self-willed self-centered arrogant hatred is now giving birth to the true God haters. And this is only the beginning, as Jesus also told us that we would be HATED for his name.  

God commanded us to pray for them, I guess we just better do it very secretively unless we want smacked with protest sign and our faces spat in.

This new-found contempt for prayer, I personally believe is going to help “seal the deal” on this passage from Revelation 18:2b: “… and IS become the habitation of devils (home to demons), and the hold of EVERY foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.” 

So keep on your guard because already warned us, THIS generation will not pass until ALL that he spoke comes to pass and that includes his return. And KEEP PRAYING!

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“Stringing mustard seed pearls”

“Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest thy trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.” Matthew 7:6

This was just on my heart this morning and it yesterdays post, we looked at the verse that tells us that the preaching of the cross, the retelling and proclamation that Jesus was real and was everything the Bible says that He is and that to those whose minds have been trained and saturated by this world, it is just too much for them to believe.

So they don’t.

And when you think about it, everything we are taught in this world is completely contrary to the Word of God.

We are all born EQUAL, we are all created by the same Creator and as babies we know nothing but basic needs and as we grow we become toddlers and we all can remember being children and even in terrible upbringings most can still look back and remember that feeling in your heart and your soul that you are connected to something so much greater than yourself.

And that trust, trust in something that you can’t see but you know in your heart that there is more, that is why as children we have that faith and trust that allows tears to dry and laughter and joy to spring forth out of even the smallest of things, what may seem silly to  an adult is a source of endless merriment for a child.

We can fall down, get scraped up, maybe cry for a second and then in an instant get right back up on our feet and take off running again. No fear because we have just recently learned how to run.

Jesus also said a little something else, Matthew 18:3: “And he said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted and become as little children,ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” 

And this is the condition we suffer from that He was warning us against in this verse. It is as we grow and as we develop and our minds are influenced by everything we hear and everything we see, we start to learn some very damaging lessons, lessons that we’d be far better off had they been left untaught.

But life does not work that way, it is not meant to work that way, at least not here.

When we begin to be taught fear, when we begin to be taught that we are not invincible, when we begin to be taught that if we are different, we will be rejected and when we begin to be taught that those who question and those who rock the boat will be  labeled, isolated, and made to stand in the corner alone and separated from the “rest of the class” until they can conform to the popular and expected thoughts.

That is the fear, that is the destruction that leads to the loss of the faith that we are born with, as we are told in Romans 12:3(c):”…according as God hath dealt every man (human being) the measure of faith.”

So we know  the faith is there, we just need to a little help sometimes in remembering where we hid it when we had to hide it from the world, when we cast our pearls and the swine ran over them and then attacked us for having that faith in what we cannot see.

The warning Jesus gave us means exactly that.

And I think sometimes even in our zealous attempt to win others to Christ, we will just throw those pearls out there.

And they represent wisdom and the holy things unto dogs means close to the same. If a person is NOT feeling conviction for their sins, if they are not coming under the prompting of the Spirit and we try to witness to them and we give the scriptures that they will NOT understand without divine revelation, the enemy and their flesh immediately kick into action.

They feel “judged” they feel like we are hypocritically accusing them and then they resort to exactly what they world has taught them, they attack, they attack us, they attack the word of God, and it only drives them further from the cross.

And what you are trying to share with a pure heart and sincere caring can actually cause a stumbling block for you.

Once we have been hurt while trying to witness, we feel dejected and question sometimes our own testimony, but remember you ARE right in trying to reach out to them but this can only been done by shining His light.

Being that light to them and praying constantly and standing in the gap through intercessory prayer for them and then as God draws them to Him, you can be there to answer questions only as that person opens the door and God always takes care of the rest.

We do get worried and often as we have been enlightened to the truth, we can become horrified, I know I was, when I realized just how real God is and just how His mercy had kept me and how close when we are not saved ARE truly standing over the mouth of hell.

Anyone who is saved HAS that testimony and when we will only remember who ministered to us and what events led us to the cross, when we think about who was effective in showing us the love of Christ

And to recover from the influence of this world, remember from our last post, this world referring to the teachings that are against God, making it declared an enemy of God, requires faith and faith is described as this:

Hebrews 11:1:”Now faith IS the substance (REALIZATION) of things hoped for, the evidence (CONVICTION) of things NOT seen.”

And THIS  is the kind of faith that Jesus refers to when He said this from Matthew 17:20: “…IF ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and IT SHALL BE REMOVE; and NOTHING SHALL BE IMPOSSIBLE UNTO YOU.”

And of course, yonder place just means telling the “mountain” to go and it WILL go.

And I know that this verse is classically taught dealing with the fact that a mustard seed is tiny.       

                                                                   

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But I want to look at it from a different perspective, how about IF think of ourselves AS mustard seeds?

How about if we just have faith and know that we are exactly what Jesus says we are and that we do have that access to Him and every promise in His word and not be afraid because the world has taught us that is foolish to actually believe that He could have possibly came to earth through a virgin, been the only Son of God, died and even harder to believe that He rose from the dead and that if we believe  that He did all these things, that one day we will also raise from the dead.

The world says that IS impossible, but God said IF we will BECOME like a little child (again in our thinking and innocence of heart) and be CONVERTED.

Which literally means, being changed, adapted for a NEW purpose and accepting that new purpose in Him and for His kingdom and then become a mustard seed in our FAITH in HIM and KNOW that He will do the miraculous simply because we believe that He will because as His child and Him as our Father, we have asked .

Be a mustard seed and just grow and hold onto those pearls, they serve a much better purpose displayed as a symbol of the love God bestowed on you when He gave you that precious strand, never take them off, certainly not to please this world and most definitely not to be thrown down and trampled.

If you have not accepted Jesus as the Lord of your life and you are feeling that pull, Him drawing you into a relationship with him, don’t be afraid of what others will think, what your friends will say or how you could possibly be shunned and ridiculed, you are where ALL of us who are saved have been.

We all face certain fears when we make the decision to break out of the mold this world shapes us in, so here is one last verse, I have used many times and have prayed it for MYSELF many times:

Romans 12:29(a,b): “And be ye NOT conformed to this world; but be ye TRANSFORMED by the renewing of your mind…” he does NOT expect us to be perfect or even close, He just expects us to at least make an effort!

Thanks for reading! Have a great week, love & peace till next time!

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