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2/23/18 #2 God’s Alternate Plan
God knew His enemy would try to ruin His long-range plan, and indeed it did. Adam (first man) was told by God ~
15 So the Lord God took the man [He had made] and settled him in the Garden of Eden to cultivate and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may freely (unconditionally) eat [the fruit] from every tree of the garden; 17 but [only] from the tree of the knowledge (recognition) of good and evil you shall not eat, otherwise on the day that you eat from it, you shall most certainly die [because of your disobedience].”
That was the enemy’s entrance. He first caught Eve (first woman) and cunningly deceived her saying “Can it really be that God has said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees of the garden, 3 except the fruit from the tree which is in the middle of the garden. God said, ‘You shall not eat from it nor touch it, otherwise you will die.’”
Eve listened to the enemy lies and implications that God was holding out on them. If she ate she would be like God. She saw the fruit looked good and took a bite. And when Adam came she beguiled him into disobedience as well. Their inner eye to evil was opened, and they saw that they were naked, so tried to cover themselves with leaves. When they went to the Garden to meet God, they hid from Him.
Genesis 3:9-12 But the Lord God called to Adam, and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 He said, “I heard the sound of You [walking] in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.” 11 God said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten [fruit] from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12 And the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me—she gave me [fruit] from the tree, and I ate it.”
Now began the blame game. . . He said, she said, the serpent said. .. but the truth is they had disobeyed God and there was no excuse! God would not allow them to remain in the Garden so they were made to leave.
Genesis 3:23-24 So God expelled them from the Garden of Eden and sent them to work the ground, the same dirt out of which they’d been made. He threw them out of the garden and stationed angel-cherubim and a revolving sword of fire east of it, guarding the path to the Tree-of-Life.
That betrayal against God, that sin of listening to satan’s words, trusting and following them. instead of God, was a sin ingrained in the genes of Adam; thus it was passed down to all future generations ~ us.
See #3 God's Plan to Redeem His Kids
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2/21/2018 #1 God’s love and the first man.
Ephesians 1:5-10 (AMPC)
For He foreordained us (destined us, planned in love for us) to be adopted (revealed) as His own children through Jesus Christ, in accordance with the purpose of His will [because it pleased Him and was His kind intent]—
6 [So that we might be] to the praise and the commendation of His glorious grace (favor and mercy), which He so freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. (Jesus)
7 In Him we have redemption (deliverance and salvation) through His blood, the remission (forgiveness) of our offenses (shortcomings and trespasses), in accordance with the riches and the generosity of His gracious favor,
8 Which He lavished upon us in every kind of wisdom and understanding (practical insight and prudence),
10 [He planned] for the maturity of the times and the climax of the ages to unify all things and head them up and consummate them in Christ, [both] things in heaven and things on the earth.
Our Triune God’s love is so grand, we in our human understanding cannot fully comprehend it! God in all His magnificence wanted to share His love; He wanted an eternal family to live and love together. So He first created a marvelous world where He put a great variety of critters and insects and plants that all would regenerate and increase. Then He created man in His image and likeness breathing the breath of life into him. He put this first man in charge of the earth and gave him dominion over it. But this was not quite the last thing required, for it is not good for man to live alone.
Genesis 2:20-23 And Adam gave names to all the livestock and to the birds of the air and to every [wild] beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found a helper meet (suitable, adapted, complementary) for him.
21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam; and while he slept, He took one of his ribs or a part of his side and closed up the [place with] flesh.
22 And the rib or part of his side which the Lord God had taken from the man He built up and made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.
23 Then Adam said, This [creature] is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of a man.
God saw that it was good. This was the first marriage, and God blessed it. Then came evil in the form of a snake to bring corruption into God’s wonderful plan.
God’s alternaive plan See # 2
2/20/18 Why Does Evil Come?
We have a good man for president, not perfect, but God’s man. He’s been compared to King Cyrus found in 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Daniel, and Isaiah in the Bible. Cyrus was a king used of God~
“This is what Cyrus king of Persia says: “‘The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah.
“This is what the Lord says to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations before him and to strip kings of their armor, to open doors before him so that gates will not be shut:
I believe that God sent President Trump to us to restore our Godly heritage that has been leaked away and stolen in the past 15 years. With God’s leadership we will recover. So we lift up POTUS asking God’s protection, wisdom, and strength to always be with him.
It is only through God’s hand that the world will recover. Our children have had false teachings in school, so many have grown up not believing in God. Makes me sad and angry that the enemy has been allowed so much progress.
t’s not really a big surprise that that a major station allowed a program where a forum was permitted to denigrate our Vice President and our faith. They said ~it was one thing to talk to Jesus, but when one claims to hear Jesus talk to them, that’s called mental illness~ hearing voices.
Now if someone had made that kind of statement putting down Mohammed, there would be violence and mayhem resulting. That station would not dare do that. See, they do not understand that they are dealing with the The God who created the universe, the mighty God Jahova! And it certainly indicates the disrespectful attitude of celebrities and the station that allowed it. How long will God put up with it before His wrath escapes? How long will we?
The horrible school shooting in Florida is an example of the results of dishonoring the powerful God Jahova, not ‘gun control’. If evil wants to use a gun they will find one no matter the law, and it is evil that caused this horrendous slaughter of our children.When we return to honoring God, He will return to protecting us. History recorded in the Bible shows us this clearly. As I watched the parade of students marching quickly out of the building with hands over their heads, my gut reaction was a tearing, an anger. It was Columbine repeated. That shooting was close to our church; many families were parishioners, and hearing about it, I went there immediately to see how I could help. We had 7 of the funerals at our church. We had letters from all over the world grieving with us.There is one good thing God brought out of it. Rachel Scott, the first child murdered was an extraordinary your woman with an amazing gift. Her life story has lifted many to recognize their wrong attitudes. There is a program called Rachel’s Challenge that goes around to schools and meets with students. Rachel always was the one who favored and loved the kids who were ignored or taunted by other students. She befriended them. This program teaches love, and changes attitudes of
students. There is a book from Rachel's Journal that is excellent and also a well done movie about Rachel’s life called “I AM NOT ASHAMED”. Highly recommend it!
Romans 8:28 (NIV)
28 We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, who have been called according to his purpose.
Please Lord, wake up Your people who have been sleeping through the travesty done to You through evil’s work. It is satan who is responsible, but our lack of prayers and speaking out have contributed. And it will get worse if we do not return to our God.
We can gather a group of friends together weekly or biweekly to fast and pray for the nation. Let us go before God in thanksgiving for who He is and all He has done for us, and in petition for our nations. We can still turn the world around if we bow down before our mighty God and worship Him. He's not just mighty, He is also love.
God saw Israel did not worship and honor and esteem Him as Jehovah God Almighty:
Hosea 2: 2-8,12-15,23 Plead with your mother [your nation]; plead, for she is not My wife and I am not her Husband; [plead] that she put away her [marks of] harlotry . . . Lest I make her as a wilderness and set her like a parched land and slay her with thirst. 6 Therefore, behold, I [the Lord God] will hedge up her way [even yours, O Israel] with thorns; and I will build a wall against her that she shall not find her paths. (God so wants her to return to Him)
Is not our nation also being led to/or already has ceased it’s reverence for Jahovah God as the One who has made us wealthy and great? Instead we have become as whores worshipping the god of self, of greed, and power. Murder a baby, because it will be inconvenient or embarrassing to give it birth. We worship the god of lust as we engage in homosexual behavior, and adultery, and fornication, because it feels good, and we don’t want to wait for nor believe in God's perfect plan.
We watch courts remove recognition and honor from God Almighty by removing Him from our nation one step at a time, demoting Him to one of many gods.
Our government officials used misinterpretation of “church and state” to cast out all recognition of our God from government meetings, events, buildings and schools. The result is evident as God spoke in Hosea, even the children raised in harlotry will not have mercy. 4 Yes, for her children I will have no love nor pity nor mercy, for they are the children of harlotry. School shootings are resulting, increased diseases in children like autism and childhood diabetes, cancer, children shooting other children, etc.
Job 9:4 (AMPC)
No one, not for long.
It saddens my heart. Our nation once honored our God and became rich with His blessings. Now we will reap the rewards of our harlotry, if we do not repent. [there’s another no-no word]. The Bible tells us that God punished Israel, His special people, why would He not do the same to us? We think we are immune to His displeasure. "This God I have in the box on my shelf would not do that. After all: "He is a loving God and understands the lies I accept: that it’s just a fetus not a baby, I was born homosexual, purity is old fashioned, other religions worship gods and should have equal standing with Jahovah God."
14 Therefore, behold, I will allure her [Israel] and bring her into the wilderness, and I will speak tenderly and to her heart. 15 There I will give her her vineyards and make the Valley of Achor [troubling] to be for her a door of hope and expectation. And she shall sing there and respond as in the days of her youth and as at the time when she came up out of the land of Egypt.
Hosea 2:23 And I will sow her for Myself anew in the land, and I will have love, pity, and mercy for her who had not obtained love, pity, and mercy; and I will say to those who were not My people, You are My people, and they shall say, You are my God!
God loves us. We enter His eternal family when we accept the gift of His Son Jesus. We are transformed and God will begin changing our evil nature into Jesus' righteous nature. Come my friends, and choose your new life! Even the angels rejoice when new children are added to God's eternal family. Ask Jesus to be the Lord of your life! Be part of the true solution, not the problem!!
2/14/2018 The First Valentine
GOD IS LOVE! He sent the first Valentine to us~ His eternal family. In the beginning of beginnings as humans were birthed, God's evil enemy tried to hijack us capturing us in his dungeon of evil. He succeeded with first man, Adam and Eve, and their betrayal and disobedience of Almighty God cost them paradise Mary's heart brok when she watched her beloved son's tortured and whip shredded body hung on a cross to die. Jesus took on this agony for you and me. It was the only way that the betrayal could be redeemed~ for an innocent God-man [One was the offended] [one was the offender] to suffer and die. It was an awful mission, but because of Jesus great love for us, He was willing to go through it.
God Himself allowed this to happen for His tremendous love and affection for you and me. What greater love. . .
My friends, choose to accept Jesus' great sacrifice for yourself; tell God you are sorry for your sin and want Him to be the Lord of your life! Enter into the eternal family and discover who you were truly born to be. I love you!
2/9/2018 AN Answer to Depression, Frustration . . .
My friends, let 2018 be the year your life sets out on a brand new road to victory! God made you an overcomer, and He will lift you up to become a new warrior in life; fight for Him and His righteousness as He enables His supernatural power to build in you. It's a glorious life, my friends; it’s not without battles and storms, but He is always with you as a helper. The word Paraclete fits here.
Paraclete: The word for paraclete is passive in form, and etymologically (originally) signified "called to one's side". The active form of the word, parakletor, is not found in the New Testament but is found in Septuagint in Job 16:2 in the plural, and means "comforter".
Looking at a wet sponge that is so saturated that it can hold no more~ I’m thinking I may have you at this point, so I will say, “Be blessed my friends! Seek Him! Become a new creation!"
Remember what the Bible says as in James 4:8 above.
O God, I want only full truth between You and me.
Holy Spirit, I call upon You to help me. I desire only full truth to be communicated between Your heart and mine. Now, I’m aware that You know full truth from fake words that seek to impress. HO! HO! As if my God would not know every nuance of every word. Lord, I desire the very substance of each word to be full truth from my heart. I love You, my God, and the deepest desire of my heart is to have full deep relationship with You.
You have purpose for my life. You created me at this period in the end times for a specific task, and I truly want to fulfill that goal. Holy Spirit reveal to me the purpose and how I can be obedient to obey You in it.
1 Corinthians 2:7-11 (AMPC)
We, of course, have plenty of wisdom to pass on to you once you get your feet on firm spiritual ground, but it’s not popular wisdom, the fashionable wisdom of high-priced experts that will be out-of-date in a year or so. God’s wisdom is something mysterious that goes deep into the interior of his purposes.
You don’t find it lying around on the surface. It’s not the latest message, but more like the oldest—
long before we ever arrived on the scene.
The experts of our day haven’t a clue about what this eternal plan is. If they had, they wouldn’t have killed the Master of the God-designed life on a cross.
AMPLIFIED CLASSIC version: of the same Scripture:
10 Yet to us God has unveiled and revealed them by and through His Spirit, for the [Holy] Spirit searches diligently, exploring and examining everything, even sounding the profound and bottomless things of God [the divine counsels and things hidden and beyond man’s scrutiny].
(MSG) 10-13 The Spirit, not content to flit around on the surface, dives into the depths of God, and brings out what God planned all along. Who ever knows what you’re thinking and planning except you yourself? The same with God—except that he not only knows what he’s thinking, but he lets us in on it.
God offers a full report on the gifts of life and salvation that he is giving us. We don’t have to rely on the world’s guesses and opinions. We didn’t learn this by reading books or going to school; we learned it from God, who taught us person-to-person through Jesus, and we’re passing it on to you in the same firsthand, personal way.
I love the way the Message version says “The Spirit, not content to 'flit around on the surface', dives into the depths of God, and brings out what God planned all along. Then Holy Spirit personally shares it with us. God’s Word is so awesome! It teaches, encourages, reprimands, and generously expounds His love.
Indeed the Bible is the living breathing Word of God. We can all share in the love that Holy Spirit brings to us though it. Once we have accepted our Savior’s incredible gift of salvation and asked for the Holy Spirit’s presence and guidance, we can have the
Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free!
He (God) thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth.
Yes, Jesus blood poured out on the altar of the cross. In accepting the call to sacrifice Himself, He paid the debt freeing you and me from satan’s domination. Now when we accept Jesus' gift of freedom, and choose Him to be our King, our whole nature is altered. The devil is no longer our sire; God becomes our Father. We live life now with His DNA inside of us, so we can freely choose righteousness as our dominant way of life. We walk God’s highway now, and it leads to His heart.
It’s all because God arranged it long ago before the world was formed. He knew satan would attempt to steal the hearts of His children, so way back then Jesus volunteered to be our Savior. In the book of Romans in the Bible, Paul explains it. Way back then God put forth the call in our hearts to live for Him.
God set His affection on us. He is creating an eternal family for Himself modeled on His unique Son, Jesus. This concept exploded in my soul when I “got it”! It’s all part of His long range plan. Remember Jeremiah 21:11?
. . . and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.
Indeed the best possible future is His promise, and our future starts NOW! God’s plan for your life and mine is in process now. He is active even if we don’t see Him working or understand what’s happening. When we give our life to God, we can know and trust that Almighty God, our Lord and Savior, is working in our life! He loves us so much! Now that we are born again, we are destined to live within His glorious atmosphere! Because we are a member of God’s eternal family, and God has translated us into Jesus' Kingdom with the Holy Spirit to guide us from here into eternity:
Colossians 1:13 (NKJV)
He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,
In this life we fight battles because the enemy does not want us serving Jesus as King. It works tirelessly to drag us astray, deceive us, blind us to truth. However, God gave us weapons that have power to defeat the enemy; they are found in Ephesians 6:14-17 in the Bible.
Sometimes its fun to look at how the Message Version puts it into everyday words:
(MSG)13-14 God rescued us from dead-end alleys and dark dungeons. He’s set us up in the kingdom of the Son he loves so much, the Son who got us out of the pit we were in, got rid of the sins we were doomed to keep repeating
[A Fight to the Finish ]
And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.
Ephesians 6:12-16 NIV
Put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
We have been given all we need for a successful life; we have asked Holy Spirit to live in us ~ God Himself indwells us. So we keep our focus on God and confidently march ahead on His highway.
Prayer: Lord God,
You are our Father Who reigns supreme over everything. Your will be done! You are love. You love us as Your children~ tenderly, softly, closely, and with gentle laughter enjoying our relationship. You are also the source of all power, and that power is exhibited often in the earth.
Like the wind was roaring all night long! (Didn't sleep that well, so I know) The winds can exhibit Your tremendous strength, Lord, as in tornadoes that bring an unimaginable force that can drive a toothbrush through a telephone pole. Or one can see hurricanes that seem to boil the seas like a gigantic caldron. With Your supreme authority You raise the dead back to life. You are the Creator, You are the Master of Life!
You bring joy to life even in death. In the spirit I saw my Mom dance in a daisy filled meadow when death freed her from an Alzheimer ravaged body. Her music and happiness was a ballet of freedom and joy. Even in sorrow, it made my heart smile. Have you ever received such a gift from God when a loved one died? I've learned to pray this for friends who are about to go through a death experience with one they love. There is such comfort when you encounter a special blessing as a loved one walks through death's door. There will be a season of emptiness for a while; their going creates a hole inside where their 'being' use to reside. , . but we understand it's not the end for a believer, for we will join them in heaven when we ourselves pass through the door.
Brenda was almost halfway to the top of the tremendous granite cliff She was standing on a ledge where she was taking a breather during this, her first rock climb.. As she rested there, the safety rope snapped against her eye and knocked out her contact lens. 'Great', she thought. 'Here I am on a rock ledge, hundreds of feet from the bottom and hundreds of feet to the top of this cliff, and now my sight is blurry.' She looked and looked, hoping that somehow it had landed on the ledge. But it just wasn't there.
She felt the panic rising in her, so she began praying.. She prayed for calm, and she prayed that she may find her contact lens.
When she got to the top, a friend examined her eye and her clothing for the lens, but it was not to be found. Although she was calm now that she was at the top, she was saddened because she could not clearly see across the range of mountains. She thought of the bible verse 'The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth.'
She thought, 'Lord, You can see all these mountains. You know every stone and leaf, and You know exactly where my contact lens is. Please help me.'
Later, when they had hiked down the trail to the bottom of the cliff they met another party of climbers just starting up the face of the cliff. One of them shouted out, 'Hey, you guys! Anybody lose a contact lens?'
Well, that would be startling enough, but you know why the climber saw it? An ant was moving slowly across a twig on the face of the rock, carrying it!
God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called.
Yes, I do love GOD He is my source of existence and my Savior. He keeps me functioning each and every day. Without Him, I'd be a sad soul, but with Him. . . I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. (Phil. 4:13)
1/26/18 A Little Life Sharing
It is almost the end of January; 2018 is speeding by with wings on its feet. Yet the other day, as I deliberated on future plans I was reminded of my parents. It brought a smile to my face~
Floating back through time for a good number of years I recall New Years Eve as a party time. I remember my Mom and Dad would get all dressed up for entertaining at our house. Our parents were experts at hosting. There were about 6 couples that were long time friends, and when they got together, laughter echoed through the house. Sometimes I would invite a girlfriend over and we would enjoy the fun atmosphere. Then midnight came and with Mom at the piano, we would all sing and welcome in the new year together. Next we would sit at the table to enjoy the first meal of the New Year. It was a fun celebration!
As time flew by, a deeper more serious note entered in at midnight. The old year was gone never to return, and a new year began. Envisioning future life with new goals became an important note. Truthfully I do not recall the goals I set at midnight any year, but what grew in importance was to have goals and visions and live life to bring them forth. Mom and Dad were role models and helped us kids set goals and attain them. How fortunate I feel!
We still set goals for ourselves individually and together, and God is a main focus. We know Him and thank Him for His teachings and His protection over our lives. Accompanied by our Lord, hand in hand we continue to walk our path in the delights and in the storms through the continually progressing years. Picture our silhouettes walking into the sunset? No, picture that hand in hand silhouette walking toward the morning sunrise with lots of life yet to live and much to accomplish. Reminds me of a favorite poem~
Robert Frost; (the last verse)
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
God has given us a beautiful world to live in, and whether it offers a peaceful ride trough a snowy wood, or a raging hurricane of power, life goes on and we choose how to live it. If we invite Jesus Christ to be Lord of our life, His love will guide us through it all on a highway to fulfillment. It's what our Lord wishes. Hear His Word:
Go through, go through the gates,
Build up, build up the highway,
1/24/2018 Additional Thoughts on the New Year
Writing goals and making resolutions all go with new beginnings~like, ok beginning a new year. Being a diligent person, I began ‘the process’. In looking at the past year for things accomplished and things missing.
I’ve seen that my first goals have to be for my spiritual life, for the success of every other area does depend on my ever deepening relationship with God. I looked at one of the Meditations from the book Cast Up A Highway and came across a favorite Scripture. I'll share it from the Message Bible:
This is God's Word on the subject: ". . ., I'll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I'm doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.
And it is so true! God tells us He has good plans for our life, He’s taking care of us. If we can get this fully into our heads, it will be a time of peace and rest. we'll continue to live our day to day life knowing He is working everything out for the best. Then we can relax through trials. Ok, that is the plan. But like the father asking Jesus for healing for his son, if needed, we can also pray, “Lord, help my unbelief! Help me to trust You more!” The truth is if
you are like me~ I know I can trust God, but sometimes the stress of a situation seems to block that out, and I need to re-place my focus on God and not the situation. Do you ever find that?
Your Word is truth, Lord, and in this new year of 2018 we can choose to live our life by it. We can make an appointment each day to build our relationship with God and trust in Him by spending time with Him and in the Word. Then I know with absolute certainty God's good plans for our life will come to fruition!
Our God is so perfect! He is God and therefore we will find mysteries and things we don’t understand. He is God, and if we could understand everything about Him~ could He really be God? Many think God should fit the box they want to put him in. He would be a pretty small God then wouldn’t He? Well, my friends, He won't fit in any container of our choosing. We just have to know He is God and we will never fully understand Him and His ways.
Isaiah 55:8-9 (AMPC)
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.
My son, give me your heart and let your eyes observe and delight in my ways,
Once we give Jesus our heart, commit ourselves to Him, we will know His love and more of His ways; and the delight comes.
Above I spoke of the Holy Spirit who is God Himself, and many do not understand the Trinity~ Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; I saw this explanation, and thought it was good, so I share it with you:
There is one God in three eternal and equal persons. The personhood lovingly relate in perfect unity and peace as the Godhead. They share exactly the same attributes and power. The persona are distinct, yet indivisible. This means their roles are different, but they always work together communicating with one mind and will in all things. The Triune God enables us to enjoy His presence forever through His work of salvation.
We can have conversations with God~ talk to Him and know His response. This creates a personal relationship with God. Did you know you can have this? If not, I encourage you to ask Jesus to come and be King of your heart as you dwell in His Kingdom, our true home.
1/17/2018 Nature's Temper Tantrum
freezing temperatures and snow storms, killer mud slides, tsunamis. You have my attention. What have You got for us next Lord?
Those things were for the world, but Lord what import do these happenings also have for Your true interest~ the hearts of Your people? I believe You are calling Your children to stand up and begin to obey you, and to work with You in saving the lost. You're calling all of us who know You. I hear You Lord. My goal for the new year is to be more active in bringing people to truly know the love of God. It is such a glorious experience! Will you join with me in sharing this awesome salvation message? It is God's heart!
My heart loves people and desires that all should be blessed with the promises of God! His love sent His only Son, Jesus, to enter our world as a human being (one of us) so that we could relate to Him. Our hearts could see Him and His love for us. His words were understandable to our ears. He came to teach us about the wondrous love of God. Since we were all born with a sin nature, due to "Adam's" disobedience, [giving satan authority over the earth including mankind], Jesus was our only answer. God sent Jesus to pay the sin debt "Adam" incurred against all mankind; Jesus' unjust crucifixion paid the debt in full. It is His gift to us. If we accept this gift and ask Him to be Lord of our life, we are transformed with God’s DNA becoming His kids.
Without this transformation we remain children of the devil:
John 8:44 (Amp) You are of your father the devil, and it is your will to practice the desires [which are characteristic] of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks what is natural to him, for he is a liar and the father of lies and half-truths.
Indeed, by accepting Jesus as Lord of our life, that transformation occurs thru our Creator Father where we become His children with His DNA. Our lives are new, our desires are new, our future is new, our eternity is new. Holy Spirit guides our lives from here on out until we pass through death’s door into forever life with God.
1/12/18 GOD SPEAKS TO US
Must share something amazing with you! Sometimes things that occur make a profound statement from God Himself! We were sent pictures that made just such a presentation. So I wanted to share this sequence of pictures from the ferocious California fires. It was at a World War Two Memorial in the midst of the raging blazes.
An amazing picture in itself! The flames curling around threatening the cross! Seems to be saying "I got you now! I'm the powerful one!" Ha!
The next one tells a story about the crucifixion:
But Jesus, our Savior, defied death, rose from the dead in total victory! He is our Redeemer! We accept Jesus as Savior and Lord of our life, and His power and protection will be the strength within us.
In the cross we find our victory! Not even the fires of hell can overcome our Lord! Invite Him to come live in your heart and be the King of your life, ruling, guiding, you to your total victory in Him! Accept His invitation to live in His Kingdom:
The Father] has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,
[Even the fire fighters who were near the cross as it was surrounded with flames, said it was going to be destroyed. The next day, Gene Blevins (photographer) went back to the scene to get some more shots. He saw that the cross was not even touched or scorched from the heat.]
1/10/18 Like A Play
Good morning Lord! This is the day You have made! We shall rejoice and be glad in it! Awesome and full of majesty and wonder You are. We're exhilarated in Your presence!
We can count on You! So we greet the morning with joy no matter what the day holds. We bow before You, Mighty God, and worship You! You created this world and all the planets and all the mysteries in the universe. You arranged for everything to work together. You made all things good. You designed man and woman in all our intricacies. You created us to live together in love and harmony and righteousness.
1 Peter 5:7-9 (NIV)
8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith,
Now note verse 7 above:
7 Cast all your anxiety on Him (Jesus) because He cares for you.
Jesus, You agreed from the time before time began to rescue us, to allow Your blood to be sacrificed for us, to cleanse the original sin from our nature, our souls, our bodies. Once forgiven and shriven of sin by You, we exist in a new paradigm where freedom opens heaven’s doors to us. Now the enemy’s conniving schemes, his plans for our destruction, are not able to cause us worry, because we know our God, Who is in control, walks with us. He calls us to do our part ~ and He will reveal to us what that is, and He will support us in any undertaking He calls us to perform.
So, my friends, worry not about anything. Just invite Jesus into your heart to rule and reign; trust in our mighty Creator God with all your heart, follow the "Scriptures and you will receive the peace our Savior provides.
You responded, “Say the great I AM sent me.” You, God, are not hemmed in by time. For You there is no ‘was, will be’, there is
Before You, I bow down my heart, my 'who I am' I submit to You; help me become who You created me to be.
Exodus 3:13-14 (AMP)
Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness—trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].
Therefore My people shall know what My name is and what it means; therefore they shall know in that day that I am He who speaks; behold, I Am!
Indeed my God! You are the great I AM! This measures so deep and so high and so wide. You revealed Your staggering magnificence to David, and it comes out here:
and know everything about me.
You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
You know everything I do.
even before I say it, Lord.
5 You go before me and follow me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
I can never get away from your presence!
if I go down to the grave, you are there.
if I dwell by the farthest oceans,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
You are always with me. You will guide me.
upholds me, protects me, supports me.
1/3/2018 The Crystal Ball
While indulging in a favorite endeavor, listening to a talk by an excellent teacher, my soul received an insight. It became like a dream story and went something like this:
There once lived a boy who was given a precious crystal ball more beautiful than anything he had ever seen; it glowed with refracted lights in bright rainbow colors. It came with instructions to take precious care of it and it would bring joy forever. He carried the ball everywhere, until one day the boy became fascinated by a new electronic game he got for his birthday; and he set the ball on a shelf and went off with his new toy. The lovely crystal ball became dusty and gradually its lights dimmed.
The powerful inner light of God, (Who is the Holy Spirit), was now living within the parents, and they began to pray for their son and for a way to deliver him. Only God can change a heart, and as He heard the inner pleading of the Mom and Dad, He began to soften the boy’s heart, so when the boy saw the crystal ball shining in beauty, his early memories of love began to flood his mind, until he desired to have the ball again. The video games and electronics faded away into the past. His joy returned.
The dream of the crystal ball was of course a metaphor for the Holy Spirit Who is God’s gift to us. Holy Spirit indwells us:
(Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), to be with you forever—
[and take to its heart] because it does not see Him or know Him,
(the Holy Spirit) remains with you continually and will be in you.
We have the Holy Spirit, third person of the Trinity, indwelling us~ we have God Himself living in us. God Himself with His power, His love, His fire, His wisdom, to help us live as the complete person He created us to be. He helps us accomplish the purpose for which we were designed. He guides our journey through life keeping us safe and holding us firmly in His love. What an amazing gift!! Are you experiencing the inner joy of Holy Spirit of Jesus making His home in Your heart? If not, make it a goal for 2018! It'll be your best year ever!
12/29/17 Jesus, Our Superhero
Seems there’s a lot of evil in television shows like the walking dead and vampires, and cruelty, anger, and violence. The enemy is laughing at us setting ourselves up for defeat by allowing his junk to lodge in our thoughts, especially in the heads of our youth. Meanwhile, he has worked to eliminate Jesus from minds, again, especially of our youth; yet look what Jesus has done for us: And guess what~ because of Him, you and I have too. Jesus looked at us and said come on up out of that prison and meet the Father Who loves you! We escape satan’s prison by accepting Jesus’ gift of salvation and choosing to live in His Kingdom, following Him as our guide through life. And in the end death is merely a door we walk through into our eternal life in heaven with our God and the magnificent love that permeates our new forever home.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
Then again look at the magnificent Lion of Judah, who is Jesus the Christ. Jesus will chase the enemy away when we call on Him. Jesus is a thought away. When we read His Word, spend time getting to know Him, we will meet the God of the Universe face to face and joy will be our path.
I know, because I have met Jesus. I now journey with Him through my life. We talk and walk together daily. I love my Superhero Jesus and He loves me. I invite you, my friends, to build a close intimate relationship with the God who created you and loves you truly and deeply. You will be awed by the paradigm shift you will experience in your life!
Jesus showed His love for you and me by what He suffered on the cross. Let your eternity start here and now. If you have not yet done so, begin this New Year by asking Him to come into your heart.
Year For Exuberance
This cold weather reminds me of growing up in the Mid West. In the cold of winter, the dark of night would fall early. Sometimes Freddie’s Dad would build a bonfire in their back yard. It drew us kids like a bear to honey. As the blaze grew hotter we would run home to beg a potato from our Moms. Have you ever eaten a fire roasted potato? Yum! Good! We would drop it into the flames and roll it around with a stick so it cooked all over. As the dancing flames kept the cold at bay, our mouths would salivate waiting for our treat to be ready. Nothing seems to excite children like a fire. It’s a pretty mystery when kept in control. I remember the feelings that surrounded those nights, and the eager anticipation of our potato treat. It seems not much compares with it as an adult. Then I think about the gift of relationship our God offers us. There is nothing to compare with being in His Presence, at peace in quiet joy. True there is not always the exuberance of childish glee, but the smiles of our God and the resulting joyful feeling knowing He is with me and loving me, brings a big smile to my face!
Will remain secure and rest in the shadow of the Almighty
My God, in whom I trust [with great confidence, and on whom I rely”]
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12/27/17 Thinking About a New Year Plan?
The New Year is almost here! As I sit before a blank calendar, each little square is full of potential. Three actually did have an appointment in them planned a month in advance. So what will fill in the other little boxes? What are my priorities for this New Year? One thing I have resolved: God is number One; since I've chosen to commit my life to Him. each day must be planned out as He designs it. So each morning I establish an appointment with my God.
Hiding back stage somewhere is God’s not yet revealed plan for me. Truthfully I am so eager to find it and move out in it, but I know I must wait for God’s timing in all things. My tendency to hurry out ahead of God can have me following a path right over a cliff instead of learning the territory and walking with His protection and receiving all the blessings.
The Lord will perfect that which concerns me;
As it turned out that model had a battery warranty, and they replaced her entire phone with a new one, no charge. "See" I told her, "that's what happens when you trust God with situations. He will always cause them to come out the best way they can."
Once again God came through as He is ever faithful to do. That is my reminder too, as I look at 2018. One thing I do recognize is that while in waiting mode, I must move on doing what God has already set up in my daily life. He will bring His perfect will and timing about. Meanwhile, I wish to see His plan moving on, so I ask Him:
What is Your biggest goal, Lord? Holy Spirit pointed me once more to the Scriptures:
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
My friends, will you join me in looking carefully at your options for the New Year~ what God may be calling you to=
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12/22/17 Enemy Attacks Christmas
Hallelujah! It's the time we celebrate Jesus redeeming work in our world. It's plain to see how hungry the enemy is to spread its evil especially at this time. He’s attacking everything in the world and everyone, including you and me as individual believers! If it were not for a loving Father who is ever ready to help us see the correct perspective, I could become sad and morose. However as the enemy comes with his weapons of depression and discouragement, my indwelling Holy Spirit always takes me back to the Word where His promises reign and bring peace.
Again this morning I awoke in a negative frame of mind, but before I got out of bed I asked God for help, and He gave me Scripture to defeat the demon. So my morning progresses as He brings to me His promise:
Hebrews 13:5 (AMPC)
The Word Became Flesh
When the enemy spoiled God’s first plan of creating human beings to fellowship with Him; God knew He had plan 2 already prepared. It was Jesus who came to free us from the enemy’s hold on us. Indeed we celebrate Jesus’ birth as our emancipation proclamation. By Jesus life, death and resurrection, we were released from sin’s imprisonment. We were given the right to choose Jesus’ answer to satan’s enslavement, for Jesus paid the punishment our sin had earned. We are now able to break the chains sin uses to hold us captive, and live in grace, forgiveness and power with God Almighty!! It's a choice.
What a joyful gift Jesus has given us! I invite you to celebrate our liberty with me! Let’s praise God joyfully for His magnificence! Let the light of Christmas brighten your life this year!. Release God’s love for you to shine through you!
Artwork by well known artist
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12/20/17 I Won't Allow a Blue Christmas!
Christmas is just days away and the spirit of Christmas eludes me. Where is my usual joy? Am I going to allow happenings of my personal world to steal my rejoicing at the birth of my Savior? Jesus You came to bring Your peace into a tumultuous world. You taught us who we can trust for all our problems. That is You. Holy Spirit, how do I regain my joy? Feels like a thief has come in and stolen the golden light from my soul. A veil of dull grey has covered my mind; only a whisper of light penetrates. Breaking News reveals how ravenously the enemy is spreading its evil ideology . News says China is going against President Trump’s declaration that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, and declaring that East Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine. God Almighty I am so happy that nothing is a surprise to You, and You know how it is to work out. The liberal Dems seem to be against anything that is godly and Christian. Father God I pray that Your people will stand up and proclaim Your glory, that You will lift up Your people and declare the victory Christ has won for us. The battle is heating up. Call Your people to arm themselves with the Word, O Lord!
Holy Spirit, call me also. I am feeling beaten down like a load of manure has been dumped on my head. The key word here is “FEEL”, because emotions are one area where the enemy loves to destroy us. I CHOOSE to request Your help, my Lord, because You never fail me! You have put a shield around me, so the dumping of the enemy cannot get to me for very long.
Isaiah 43:1-2. . .
I have called you by name; you are Mine!
2 “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
When you walk through fire, you will not be scorched,
You were thinking of me personally, caring about me and my challenge; knowing that, Lord, I never could be defeated by any manifestation of the enemy!
After He called them by name, he set them on a solid basis with Himself. And then, after getting them established, He stayed with them to the end, gloriously completing what He had begun. Thank You my God! You did establish me on a solid base~ You are my foundation , and You will always be with me completing Your will in my life! Thank You!
Lord, I lift my hands in thanksgiving for Your protection and Your power! Your plan will win in the end! Lord I pray for all those who do not know You. I ask Jesus that You bring Your people into their path to share the truth so that they will come to believe!
and (if) My people, who are called by My Name, humble themselves, and pray and seek (crave, require as a necessity) My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear [them] from heaven, and forgive their sin and heal their land.
Thank You Lord, the enemy attack has been defeated again!
Like a child’s innocent love ~ open, grinning, light shining in the eyes, joy radiating, accepting love. . .
What vastness of love envelops us when we are in relationship with You Jesus. Since I am not a theologian, it is difficult to grasp the full truth, but somehow, Holy Spirit, a special bond travels with love here. It’s like when He left earth, Jesus sent You, the personification, the embodiment of Himself and His love, to now indwell us. From this such a gentle compassionate caring flows engulfing our whole being.
As we accept Jesus’ tremendous gift, we become new. As You enter us Holy Spirit, a joy bubbles up from inside. It’s not a pollyanna thing, it’s a permanent truth thing! Your joy strengthens us. In touring our life path we meet mysteries, stumbling rocks, mountains to climb, rivers to cross, hurricanes to survive, and through every step Holy Spirit You are there. Your love carries us through the rough emotional seas, over the high mountain challenges, protecting us in the tempests. Your wisdom in us becomes a light guiding us in making the tough decisions.
And be thankful.
And we [have seen and] know [positively] that the Son of God has [actually] come to this world and has given us understanding and insight [progressively] to perceive (recognize) and come to know better and more clearly Him Who is true; and we are in Him Who is true—in His Son Jesus Christ (the Messiah).
Another formidable gift of God is our protection. Our Father knows us so well, and He is aware of the enemy’s hold on this world in which we live. He knows without help we could fall victim to the schemes of the evil one. Knowing us and loving us so strongly, He provides protection from temptation and from deliberate harm from evil. He places a shield around us as we journey in this world. He has provided Holy Spirit to indwell us, so He is always within us. And further. . .
1 John 5:18-19
19 We know [positively] that we are of God, and the whole world [around us] is under the power of the evil one.
We are blessed to be a blessing, and this is our call: as we grow in our understanding, we share the truth with others! Never fear. God lives within us and He will help us always to perform His commands!
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arrival of a notable event~
the arrival of Jesus! It’s a special time of year to focus more on God and His love for us.
Look what He did ~ loved us enough to send His Son Jesus with a human nature. Why? So we could develop a relationship God and man. Yes He loves us so much He wanted us to know Him so we could establish a love relationship together.
There is a story you may have heard of a man who did not believe in Jesus' divinity. He did not believe in Christmas: why would God want to become a man? So he refused to go with his wife to midnight mass one bitter cold snowy Christmas Eve. They lived close enough to the church that he could hear the music. Oh, he thought if only I could be a bird, I could lead them into the warmth. . . Boing! He got it~ why did God send His Son as a human man? Of course, God sent His only Son so mankind would understand what Jesus taught; He would be able to lead them to the Light and the warmth of God's love. My Lord, You are a marvelous God! You love us so well! I come to You this morning in total thanksgiving and love for all You have done for us. You gave us life and the way to make it a great life full and complete! You provided Jesus and the Person of Holy Spirit to indwell us and be our constant companion and guide through life in all its smooth and rough places. You opened the door into Your light and warmth so we can choose to be loved and helped throughout our earthly lives with the guarantee of an eternity in love and joy.
Thank You, Almighty Lord God, King of Kings! My friends, the world can be a dark cold place. Let this season be your time to answer "Yes" to the call of Jesus to come into the light.
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12/6/2017 In Pain? Trust God's Love
Amidst the joy of this season, there are some who have painful memories or losses that cause deep sadness at this time. I lift them up no for comfort and healing..
Hearing of the the death of her husband, Sandra collapsed in tears. The love of her life was gone forever, the friend, buddy, love since high school would never again laugh together with her. She'd never again feel the warmth of his strong arms hugging her. Grief ripped at her soul. A scream began deep within and barrelled out of her mouth filling the room with anguish as she crumbled to the floor. . . can there be words to help Sandra, to comfort the ripping away of a chunk of her heart?
Who can help? No earthly words can salve the pain. No person can fill the hole left by this bleeding gouge within. Only God. Only God who loves us all, Who knows everything about us, Who mourns with our hearts in the devastation left by bad news. Only He can bring comfort to her soul, but will she reject Him? Will she blame Him? Or will she trust Him with her pain?
"to blame", and the anger that comes with grief often demands someone to blame. The enemy puts thoughts in the mind, and God is an obvious scapegoat. After all He could have stopped it; He could have kept Him alive. Why did He not protect her beloved? God is blamed many times for tragedy; some even walk away from God, because He did not do what seemed right to them. In their grief their God is seen as uncaring and they believe they can judge His actions without really knowing Him.
Father, Son and Holy Spirit: how awesome is our God! He answers all our needs when we let Him. He surrounds us with His love and protection and we can count on Him to always do the best for us, to bring us the best solution to any situation. Our God’s love is so powerful it encompasses us every day in every way. . . when we allow it and accept it. Trust God's love in all things.
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Have You ever been out somewhere that was devoid of city lights and looked up in awe to see God’s love for us in the vastness of stars in the sky? I have, and I recorded it in the book Cast Up A Highway~
I remember one summer night in Canada by the St. Lawrence River. The exquisite beauty of this night absolutely compelled us to take the boat out onto the river. We drifted in the silent darkness mesmerized by the sparkling canopy above. Awesome! There is no better word to describe the infinite blackness with those endless pinpoints of glittering diamond lights covering the sky. The word, ‘sky’ seems too trivial, as it was more like the infinity of the universe revealing itself. It felt like I was breathing in the awesomeness of God. It entered my being totally filling me head to toe, as we drifted in silent reverential awe.
As we think about these beautiful memories of the Creator’s grand expressions, we don’t want to miss the fact, that He also holds a tender love for us. As we open our eyes in awareness and look around, we can see more of the beauty God created for our enjoyment. Artists put themselves into their work; their creations reflect an aspect of who they are. So it is with our Creator, God. The earth is His creation, and it reflects aspects of Who our God is. . .
There is nothing the world offers that can compare to the endowment a Christ follower receives
. Discover why people would choose to die rather than give up the sonship of God, or why a Christ follower loves God so much and would obey His commands always. Eyes are blind to truth and ears are deaf without understanding. How I want to help people see and hear truth; then they will understand and be able to choose Christ as Lord of their lives. There is nothing the world offers that can compare to the endowment a Christ follower receives.
The enemy is trying to run roughshod over our world. He has spread the greed and hatred throughout the nations. God is so wonderful to give the United States a good man as our President; he is working hard to return us to the godly country God birthed here in America. Because the devil is directing a campaign against him, we pray:
And we know President Trump will be protected by Almighty God, and Lord we lift our hearts in confident thanksgiving to You! Across our world the enemy is hurling his weapons against every nation causing poverty, chaos, death, and destruction throughout. We bow our heads to Your Sovereignty and love asking that Your Name and will shall be a blockage to the evil and a covering over every nation of the earth.
Lord we gather together as seekers of You and Your will. We desire truth to be shown, questions of doubters to be answered, and blessings to be poured out everywhere they are needed. Lord we come to You as little children wanting to climb up in Your lap and feel Your loving arms around us, sitting peacefully contented with Your love surrounding us, perhaps for a brief respite? We ask that the persecuted Christians and other sects that are suffering from hatred will be led to You in trust; that You will mitigate their pain and bring swift justice against the enemy.
11/23/2017 GIVING THANKS!
It’s Thanksgiving week. Lotsa preparation going on. . . buy a turkey and all the fixings; see how many of the family will be in town and coming for dinner and celebration, get house cleaned, etc. . . . And while we are doing this are we including special prayers of thanksgiving to God?
Unfortunately it seems the bird has become more important than the provider. Now some call it ‘Turkey Day’ , and the guys especially are looking forward to the game (if they don’t mind the unthankfulness of those players who choose to disrespect our flag and our vets). In truth it use to be about families getting together to celebrate their blessings and thanking God for giving us this marvelous country and all the favors and grace He provides us. It’s a special time to reverence, honor and exalt Him. We no longer seem to have gratitude for the gifting of our Almighty God and those who came and built this nation under God.
Seems God barely gets a passing thought as time whizzes by. I’m hoping those who inhabit our nation will stop time long enough to feel thankful to God and praise and worship Him today! Lately I find myself thanking God for color. We take it so for granted. Yet as I awake in the morning and watch the sky turn orange and gold and eventually blue, I just have to thank God the number one, He created the science that causes that to happen, and number two, He gave us eyes that see colors. He did not have to do this, but He has always loved us so much, He wanted to give us treats like this. Now there are a lot of them, but this week, I’ve really been enjoying color. Of course, I am also thankful for our family. We are blessed. That goes ditto for our friends as well. We have some long time friends who truly bless our lives. And I’m thankful for my on line friends and wishing them many blessings along with a Happy Thanksgiving. I could go on and on, but this blog would be much too long.
Thank You my Lord and my God! Thank You for loving us so much and well!
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11/24/2017 NOAH II
(Noah Blog continued.) My friends, we can no longer sit and think others can take care of us. We must unite and stand together to fight the enemy, satan, as he gathers his forces together. Our first place is on our knees, praying for wisdom and protection and victory for our President and other leaders. Then wherever we have influence, we must speak out first with the Gospel and then with encouragement to be active in this battle.
Our directions are~
2 First of all, then, I admonish and urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be offered on behalf of all men,
3 For such [praying] is good and right, and [it is] pleasing and acceptable to God our Savior,
We like to think of God as this loving deity who is the perfect Father symbol of kindness. In truth He is that. However, He is also a Father who knows discipline is necessary to raise a child successfully. If a child gets into a rebellion so deeply that he allows satan to take him over, it is difficult to reform him~ unless he can be brought to know Jesus. For Jesus can do all things, except go against man’s will. God will not force His will on anyone, even if it is for their good. We all have the ability to choose, and God will do everything possible to encourage and give chances to His children to make the good choice for their life. But in the end it is up to the individual. We choose our eternal destiny; it’s either heaven or hell. Our loving Father desires us to choose Him and His beautiful way, but our rebellion against Him is our choice to live eternity in torment rather than joy. IT IS OUR CHOICE. We cannot blame God for our own choices.
These are the records of the generations (family history) of Noah. Noah was a righteous man [one who was just and had right standing with God], blameless in his [evil] generation; Noah walked (lived) [in habitual fellowship] with God.
So, Lord, You chose to try again by destroying the earth and all mankind except Noah’s family (and a pair of each critter on earth) with a flood.
God said to Noah, “I intend to make an end of all that lives, for through men the land is filled with violence; and behold, I am about to destroy them together with the land.
[ The Flood ] Then the Lord said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you with all your household, for you [alone] I have seen as righteous (doing what is right) before Me in this generation.
When the deluge came Noah and his family and all the critters set out on the Ark. It rained for 40 days and nights until there was only water and no land left.
Genesis 7:11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month, on that same day all the fountains of the great deep [subterranean waters] burst open, and the windows and floodgates of the heavens were opened. 12 It rained on the earth for forty days and forty nights.
Can you imagine what it must have been like for Noah and his family? They had this limited area to live in knowing it was total devastation outside, but they were caged in. Their faith and love for God must have been very strong. And God was taking care of them in every way; He would not abandon them.
8 And God remembered and thought kindly of Noah and every living thing and all the animals that were with him in the ark; and God made a wind blow over the land, and the waters receded. . . 2 Also the fountains of the deep [subterranean waters] and the windows of the heavens were closed, the [pouring] rain from the sky was restrained, 3 and the waters receded steadily from the earth. At the end of a hundred and fifty days the waters had diminished. 4 On the seventeenth day of the seventh month [five months after the rain began], the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat [in Turkey]. 5 The waters continued to decrease until the tenth month; on the first day of the tenth month the tops of the mountains were seen.
After the earth had dried, God spoke to Noah:
15 And God spoke to Noah, saying, 16 “Go out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives with you. 17 Bring out with you every living thing from all flesh—birds and animals and every crawling thing that crawls on the earth—that they may breed abundantly on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.” 18 So Noah went out, and his wife and his sons and their wives with him [after being in the ark one year and ten days]. 19 Every animal, every crawling thing, every bird—and whatever moves on the land—went out by families (types, groupings) from the ark.
12 And God said, “This is the token (visible symbol, memorial) of the [solemn] covenant which I am making between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations; 13 I set My rainbow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth.
17 And God said to Noah, “This [rainbow] is the sign of the covenant (solemn pledge, binding agreement) which I have established between Me and all living things on the earth.”
Why the story of Noah now?
Even though sometimes I seem to get fixed on my personal problems, before long I am realizing there are huge concerns beyond my own, that make mine shrink in comparison. Just look at the world's troubles, and then consider our nation and how enemies within seem to be systematically tearing it down. The blood of so many men and women heroes have built the foundation of our country, our lives. Strong Bible believing Christian people, whose writings bless us with their wisdom, sacrificed much that this nation be born. Since then many have died to protect that freedom. However, termites of liberalism have been eating away at our foundations and left us with a weak worn down humanism that is slowly destroying what our founders built. But God. . . But, God was heavily involved in creating our great nation, and He’s not finished with us yet. He brought us a unique president to restore our country. Thank You my Father; You are so good to us. You sent Jesus, Your Son, to pay for our sins. Thus we all can know Him and have His aid in our lives here on earth, and enjoy His blessings of eternity when we die. The Father's greatest goal is to bring more of His children to know His Son, Jesus, so they will not spend eternity in hell.
[We're invited to join with God in this endeavor. Are You willing?]
Jesus declared an end to separate man’s religious striving to build a ladder back to God, for God Himself has donned flesh and bone and blood and condescended to fallen men and willingly lain down on a cross.
“It is finished!” we hear Him cry aloud. Then He slowly, reverently, and with victorious humility bows that thorn-pierced head. Yes, of course, He bows now. There is nothing left to do but exhale a prayer ~ “Into Thy hands I commend my spirit.”
Jesus sent Holy Spirit as our helper, mentor and guide.
The Holy Spirit is not just a force or a power. He is the third Person of the Trinity. He is co-equal with the Father because He is the Spirit of the Father. All that the Father is, He is, for He is the essence of the Father. He is co-equal with Jesus, the Son of God, because He is the Spirit of Jesus. There is no attribute of the Father or of Jesus that is not found in the Person of the Holy Spirit. All the love, grace, mercy, kindness, wisdom, knowledge, and power of the God-head is invested in Him. Do you know that Holy Spirit loves you?
My friends, if you have not yet accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do so now. Just repent of your sins, and ask Jesus to come into your heart and be your Lord and King! Life itself becomes so much more rewarding and your eternity is assured!
I wanted to start with the prayer we pray for President Trump and America. My friends in other countries, pray this with us and over your nation too! Nations of the world, let us join together in prayer!
Father, in the name of Jesus and according to your Word, we pray for those in authority in our nation. We lift up President Donald Trump, his family, his staff, and cabinet members. Let Your Word cling to them, and let them not depart from Your plan. Strengthen them with mighty power by Your Spirit to stand against wickedness, lies, and deception. Guide President Trump’s decisions; let Your light shine upon his path and show him the path of reversal for every evil way. Continually surround him with godly men and women who impart wise counsel to him. Cause the way of the wicked to be set to confusion and come to nothing. Deliver us from the traps and snares the enemy has laid for us, and let the wicked be caught in their own devises and be brought to shame. We take authority over the plots and plans of the enemy against this nation. Let prideful and lying lips be silenced in Jesus’ name. Slanderers will not be established in America. We pray for our congress, our supreme court, our military leaders, and our intelligence agencies. Let the wisdom that is from above reign in this nation and be constantly speaking to our leaders.
We exercise the authority You have given us to tread down all the power of the enemy. We cast down and demolish imaginations and arguments that exalt themselves against the knowledge of God, and we bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. We bind spirits of strife and division, civil wars and tumults, spirits of hostility, lawlessness and blasphemy, and fires from hell that have burned in our cities.
Rescue in the Midst of the Storm
The Book of Psalms in the Bible has some of the most powerful lessons; perhaps it's because Psalms seem to connect more to the emotions and so our hearts and spirits can grab onto the truths and relate to them.
For He commands and raises up the stormy wind, which lifts up the waves of the sea. 26 [Those aboard] mount up to the heavens, they go down again to the deeps; their courage melts away because of their plight. 27 They reel to and fro and stagger like a drunken man and are at their wits’ end [all their wisdom has come to nothing].
28 Then they cry to the Lord in their trouble, and He brings them out of their distresses. 29 He hushes the storm to a calm and to a gentle whisper, so that the waves of the sea are still.
Our God rescues us from our own mistakes, if in repentance we go to Him.
31 Oh, that men would praise [and confess to] the Lord for His goodness and loving-kindness and His wonderful works to the children of men!
Our heavenly Father loves us so much, that He has mercy on us and desires for us to step out and grow closer to Him, but He knows we do not always choose wisely, and so He has made a way to help us.
When we trust in our almighty God, and the promises of His Word, our life will continue to find the right tools for building a successful highway from our heart to God’s heart. And joy will pave the road as our relationship with God deepens. We praise our God on high for His goodness and loving-kindness and His wonderful works to the children of men!
Will you allow your trust in God to grow and deepen? It is a rewarding choice!
LIFE. In His mighty love God created life. He gave life to trees, to all animals great and small, even yucky bugs. He created them to live and reproduce and die at the appointed time.
God breathed His life into us making us in His image and likeness.
Genesis 2:7 (NKJV) And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life;and man became a living being.
Genesis 1:27 (AMP) So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him;
In times past it seems as though this was understood, but since we began trying to miniaturize God and denigrate His Word, denying His magnificence, His beauty and love have been stealthily stolen from our culture. He has always been our foundation and our nation has grown strong and powerful because of it.
Now in our ignorance and greed we’re sinking more and more into the muck of evil and lust. The enemy is working hard with much apparent success to drag us into its hellish darkness.
Our life has value.
That baby’s God-given-life in its Mother’s womb has value. To arbitrarily decide it’s only tissue and unworthy of life is travesty. Yes, I’m back to saving infants from a torturous bloody death in a womb. Won’t you help me by speaking out about it? Sign petitions! Look a baby in the eyes and see the awe-inspiring eagerness for life.
Champion life! Speak out against the evil harvesting of babies and their body parts by abortionists like Planned Parenthood. Speak out against letting your tax dollars support them.
Choose life! Value life! Esteem life!
As I sit at the feet of my heavenly Father, Jesus rises and takes my hand. “Mary come walk with Me.” Suddenly we are flying through the universe among the stars and the other beauties of space;
He’s showing me the wonders it contains. The magnificence is overwhelming. Jesus looks at me, smiles and says, “All this was created by Me, yes, by Me, Holy Spirit, and My Father, by Us~We are One. I bring You out here today so you can experience my glory.
“Now Mary what is it I cannot do for you when you ask?”
Jesus, so often I seriously underestimate You! You are Savior~ the greatest act of love. You are warrior conquering the enemy, overcoming death. You did these things for us, Your creation, Your kids. This overwhelming love I know, I feel, yet being out in the universe with You, Jesus, seeing the immensity of Your creation, gives me a whole different perspective of Who You are. Wow! Your question for me, “What is it that I cannot do for you?” is true~ there is nothing You cannot do for me!! That realization hit me square in the knowing!
When I come in prayer to You, I come with total knowing that You can do all things. Healing takes just a thought from You. I lift up people to You asking You to heal, to help, to save; all this You can do. Thank You Jesus. You, Father, said You are our Healer, and nothing is impossible for You. You said it in Your Word; Your Word is truth. Any situation, any worry, any concern given to You to handle Jesus, will always come out good. You say:
Psalm 138:8 (AMP)
Romans 8:28 (AMP)
It’s Your guarantee Lord! When I make You a partner in all I do~ business, family, my social life~ all things work together ~ fit into Your plan for good. ALL THINGS~ problems, successes and failures You turn them out for good.
Grand and glorious Jesus, thank You for teaching me this morning!
My friends, what causes you to know or doubt how immense is the loving power of God for you?
Reality check! Life is so busy now that once my quiet time with the Lord ends, time takes over~ sometimes feels like I’m a robot with time as the controller. How to redirect that? OK. Pressure is off for a little while. Lord, I open myself to Your guidance; please help me re-sort my life. . .
Holy Spirit You are getting underneath the surface to the real guts of who I am~ showing me the unpretty thoughts in my soul. Prideful attitudes are leaking out. . . like 'I already know that Scripture, I've been there done that'~ as fellow Bible study mates reveal their hearts. My love had hardened; my empathy shut down; my ears of understanding blocked. Tears come as I realize my love was curled up in a ball somewhere. Oh, yes, Holy Spirit, come and do surgery on my soul. I want to have Your love and understanding flow freely through me always.
Oh God! You want me to open that room of misery and heartache I’ve worked so hard at sealing up~ in Your hands? You want to unseal the door so You can do surgery on my soul. You tell me Your love can heal if I permit You to scrape off the calluses and scabs? You ask me to submit to You and to trust You.
OK, my God, I agree to submit to You, and if You tell me this is the next step, then fearful tho I am, I’ll give my permission to You. It’s scary, but I know if You say it is necessary, and this is the time, then it is. I bow down before You and worship You.
What vulnerable places in you require cleansing and scraping? Are you ready to allow God to heal inner hurts? Are you prepared to forgive?
God delights in helping us and He does not leave us to go through challenges alone. He is always there for us, and He has an answer. My friends, do not allow the enemy’s roar to frighten you, because our God does not fail us. If you are faithful, the enemy’s roar becomes a “mew”.
1 Peter 5:8-10
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Walk out of the gates. Get going!
Build the highway. Get at it!
hoist high a flag, a signal to all peoples!
Any who die without accepting the free entrance will go to hell; that 'stamp' on the wrist is a cross~a "get out of hell free stamp" Jesus died on the cross for us; He took our punishment for our sins. Admit it, we are sinners! When we feel true sorrow for our sins, and accept Jesus as Lord of our life, we receive many rewards, and not just entrance into heaven instead of hell when we die. But He will guide our lives to become all that He created us to be~ fulfillment of purpose in every area of life. God’s wrath is real and is brought on by sin. He is GOOD, not as an adjective, but He is goodness itself; no evil can come near Him without burning up~ like paper near a flame. God is also perfect Justice. In perfect justice sin requires punishment.
God is also love, and He knew His precious children would sin, because satan perverted man in the beginning, causing him to have a sin nature; yet the Word says. . .
Romans 3:8 But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. 9 There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil:
In His love, God had a plan to redeem His kids (us):
Jesus, God’s Son, volunteered to become human and, as the ‘sacrificial Lamb’, to carry the sin of the world and pay the cost. It was a hefty price full of pain of every kind~ mental anguish, emotional abuse, extreme physical agony, spiritual separation from His Father. But in His love He chose to do it for us, so our sin debt would be cancelled, our soul freed from sin and its hold on us, cleansed.
Because of God’s love, and Jesus' gift, we can get a free pass for life, but we need to recognize and choose to accept it. That pass is Jesus Christ and His gift of redemption. In our repentance and acceptance, the wrath of God is abated and we are cleansed of all sin. The debt was paid by Jesus; we can be recreated from a sin nature to God’s DNA, enabling us to live with Him as He loves and works inside of us; yes! in us! He assists us through every life situation we encounter. Dying becomes a simple passing from earth into the arms of Jesus. Like Paul said . . .
Philippians 1:21-23 (NKJV)
10/20/17 How He Loves Us
Cruising along the driveway, trees stand tall showing off their new Autumn attire. Their bright beautiful colors inspire my spirit to burst into praise and thanksgiving to God for creating this gorgeous scene for my eyes to enjoy. We break free from the captivity of the enemy’s destructive influence; we are liberated to live with exuberance and vigor. Truth becomes clear causing the falseness of devil lies to stand out. We come to know the purpose for which we were created and the path to develop all God made us to be. Not only knowledge, but He indwells us so the connection is close and viable. He guides and accompanies us on our journey. Life can get very exciting!
Oh, let me reach the depths of my spirit and allow the peace and quiet joy of Your presence to fill the wounds left in my soul by harsh encounters of yesterday. As I bide in the stillness and glean a word, a thought, a way, a feeling of Your love, it infuses me with new strength and contentment. Every moment I spend in stillness, listening, always brings communion with You. My heart so hungers for more of You, an ever deepening touch with You, a true union of hearts. I so need Your consolation, word of strength, the assurance of Your love! Without You I am desolate, so when I hear Your whisper calling me to Yourself, I eagerly close out the world to just be with You. Your love is so all encompassing. . . so filling, words cannot fully render meaning to its intensity. But as I am engulfed with Your love and breathe it in, my heart spirals in purest joy! I dance in jubilation!
My friends, if you have not yet developed this relationship with our loving God, i urge you to seek it. There is nothing better in life than to live with a constant connection to Him and His love for you!
My despondent emotions were getting in the way.
God is spirit [the Source of life, yet invisible to mankind], and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Oh, Father, I am so sorry; my stubborn will forgets Who You are. I can't command, demand, even request from my heartless head; the connection is by my spirit, and so to get true help and answers, my spirit humbly comes before Your throne, my God, trusting in Your love for me. Father, help me find the answer to my frustration.
I remember that trusting is a key piece.
Our Creator knows us so well! Our goal is to also know Him well, and because He desires it, He makes it possible. As I slip meekly down into my spirit, I experience Your presence, Lord, and just want to stay here. It is from this place of love, I ask my questions, and faithful Father that You are, my answers come. You are my comfort and my peace.
How I need Your presence, Lord! It brings that quiet joy. Going from glory to glory, as the Bible says, learning more about my God and my relationship with Him every day, creates a flowering of ever deepening love. Seeking You Jesus, my Lord, brings true satisfaction, completeness and desired answers.
Is this your experience too? If you do not have this relationship with God, I pray you will seek His face and discover it. Nothing is better!
Original Blog from April 2011
His Life, His Sermons, His Boldness of Faith
I'm sharing from a book about a man of formidable faith! See these few powerful excerpts taken from this book:
The Lord is my strength and my [impenetrable] shield;
Therefore my heart greatly rejoices,
We have the ability to lead lives lion-strong and complete with joy and victory!! Do you believe it? And what do you think of his comment at the end of the first excerpt. . . “The greatest and the strongest and the noblest is always the humblest.” What does it mean Thanks to YSRMK for great picture!. to you? I’d really like to know h how you see this concept.
What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now! God is keeping careful watch over us and the future. The Day is coming when you’ll have it all—life healed and whole.
I like this Scripture! ‘how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus!’ This Father, that is Father God. He raised Jesus from the dead. That resurrection gave us the promise of a new life; it means when we accept His Son Jesus, and His gift, our life is changed; with Him as the Lord of our life were transformed into new creatures. It’s like going through a paradigm shift. I remember that. Seemed like everything was seen in a new light. And it’s never returned to the old. Jesus has a hold on me now for all eternity. His hold is love, pure love, strong and bold. It consumes me; it’s a strong magnet that never releases, just continues to draw me ever closer to His heart, guiding my soul, ever purifying, and sometimes with fire.
Father God sent Holy Spirit to indwell me and keep me on the right path, instructing me, giving me a light to follow in the darkness. Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Holy Trinity, loves me. I am enfolded in His love. It is soft, almost cloud like, without aroma, just filled with contentment and quiet joy.
This is different from His work in me, because sometimes Holy Spirit is a fire and like processing gold, it draws the dross to the top so it can be eliminated. That can be harsh and hard, because purification is not easy on us. However, He is always with me helping me through the hard; nothing can overwhelm me, because His Presence holds me up, and thus I am able to go through the hard successfully, coming out stronger and better. Thank You for loving me Lord!
October 6, 2017 New Blog #3 No Greater Joy
“Oh God, where are You tonight?
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
Tears run down his swarthy cheeks. God’s goodness is overwhelming. The candle sputters and goes out. He smiles, for the darkness is no longer a threat; he has found his God once again.
Seems weather often affects people’s moods. Perhaps this is true for me too, as there seems to be a lifting of a burden today. Maybe it’s not the weather so much as it is the reminder from Holy Spirit that God is not surprised by the challenges happening right now in my life. I have given them to Him, and I am waiting~ not exactly patiently, but with the reminder that “God is in the waiting”, my spirit settles down to a new calmness and trust.
How beautiful it is to know my God intimately, and trust Him implicitly. My God is good, faithful, loving and kind. He makes me smile. My friends, if you do not Know our marvelous Lord God; if you have not yet established a personal relationship with Him, I highly recommend that you do so.
There is no higher goal in life, no greater joy!
Lord there is no way I can do anything to live a supernatural life on my own. It is only possible with YOU. You indwell me. When I open myself to You being the boss, the leader the guide, then my journey becomes supernatural, and nothing that You ask of me is impossible.
I know the percolating inside of me is You preparing me to see what You will ask of me next. Life becomes exciting when You share Your will with me. Sometimes Your 'speaking' appears as “hunch’, a feeling, then other times it comes at prayer with Your Words in a Scripture, or sometimes in Your still small voice. No matter how You choose to share it with me, I love Your personal communication!
Now look at the natural disasters worldwide: Huge hurricanes, floods, tidal waves, earthquakes, mud slides, raging forest fires. Yes the shadow of evil is moving faster than ever across this land and the world. What can we do? What will we do? As an indiviual what are you willing to do? As for me number one is to pray. Praying with the power of God who indwells me brings supernatural results: Remember how hurricane Harvey was a number 5 until people began to pray? It was a number 1 as it traversed up Florida. Remember, my friends, this is not a time to shrink in fear. God is more powerful than anything the enemy can do. Stand strong in His might!
October 2, 2017 Sorry my friends that there have no been new blogs posted for ten days. My Vistaprint friends have been unable to fix a technical glitch. This is a temporary resolution. Enjoy
1My son, if you accept my words
and applying your heart to understanding—
3 indeed, if you call out for insight
and search for it as for hidden treasure,
5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord
When the journey seems too difficult, believe His Word; His promises are true! Sometimes the pressure can seem too much to bear, severe enough to even challenge my faith. Always go to His Word and His promises to be revitalized.
The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
#3 When growing weary of the struggle, be determined to reach the goal;
Be passionate about following God’s will! Know my own heart to find His heart.
There’s more: God’s Word warns us of danger
Otherwise how will we find our way?
Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh!
from thinking I can take over your work;
scrubbed clean of the grime of sin.
Ps 55:16 (MSG) As for me I will call upon the Lord and He will save me.
#4 Trust in the Holy Spirit to lead me along the path He set out for me. Continually seek Him.
These lessons are basic to living in God’s will and gaining wisdom to know Hs purpose for our life! Trusting Him is paramount! Having purpose gives meaning to every day! Thank You Lord! Put Your Life into us!
Do you know the purpose for which God gave you life? If not, go to Him! He brings strength and joy!