Cast Up A Highway
|Posted on November 25, 2019 at 3:15 AM||comments (623)|
Jesus was speaking of the last days
Matthew 24:5-12 (NKJV)
5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for [a]all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, [b]pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
Love of life is already growing cold. Babies are being murdered anytime now. Some states want this to take place anytime before they are born into this world. They call it “a woman’s right to her body” But it is not just her body, it is the infant growing inside of her also has a body and the right to life. Some justify it by saying the baby is better off dead. God gave that child life, and who are we to judge an infant's right to being?
A TRUE STORY:
I recently learned what real love is. My friend chose right out of high school to be a “care giver for the severely developmentally disabled. These are children that do not grow mentally more than a baby, need care of all bodily functions, and cannot walk or talk. How many would say, “surely they are better off dead, they have no purpose. Why should they live?”
My friend has lovingly cared for nine and cherished them until they passed on.
However there were two special twins that were her heart-children. One passed some years ago, but the other passed days ago. I’ll call her Pammie. She was with my friend 38 years. Pammie was special to my friend; she loved Pammie as a daughter ~ she was her heart-mother. Her eyes saw Pammie as her beautiful daughter, a companion, a source of joy that helped her through many difficult times. My friend told me “She was my rock!.”
Pammie could not speak and I asked how she knew she was happy? My friend’s eyes glowed as she answered me, “Pammie smiled, her eyes sparkled, and she had her own little laugh". My friend 'admired Pammie by the way she tolerated her life'. I thought about that ~ what an awesome statement! It brought to mind a verse from Scripture~
Eph 3:21 NLT Now all glory to God, Who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.”
This verse was not conditional, did not say, “if you had a certain IQ, or physical ability, or a job, or a becoming appearance…”, no, it says “ Who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. God was at work within Pammie: He helped Pammie to fulfill her purpose in life for my friend and that of her family.
Pammie had very little vision due to cataracts, but her hearing was good. She knew when my friend was there and if she would stumble or drop something, Pammie would laugh. Sometimes they would watch TV together. It seems Pammie loved Star Wars and they watched many episodes. My friend and Pammie were bonded. My friend said, “She was such a wonderful person.”
Yes, she was a lovely kindred spirit come to bless my friends’s life.
At her passing, many of all ages spoke with tears about fun times together and life lessons learned thru Pammie’s life. My friend will miss her terribly!
Jesus promises us gifts through life, and Pammie was my friends gift!
This is true love as Jesus designed it.
John 13:4-10 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
9 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”
10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s. (Jesus was doing a servants job.)
Then in Luke 10:29-35 (MSG)
29 Looking for a loophole, he asked, “And just how would you define ‘neighbor’?”
30-32 Jesus answered by telling a story. “There was once a man traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho. On the way he was attacked by robbers. They took his clothes, beat him up, and went off leaving him half-dead. Luckily, a priest was on his way down the same road, but when he saw him he angled across to the other side. Then a Levite religious man showed up; he also avoided the injured man.
33-35 “A Samaritan traveling the road came on him. This man did not see anything except a hurting human being, and immediately began helping him. When he saw the man’s condition, his heart went out to him. He gave him first aid, disinfecting and bandaging his wounds. Then he lifted him onto his donkey, led him to an inn, and made him comfortable. In the morning he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take good care of him. If it costs any more, put it on my bill—I’ll pay you on my way back.’
These two Scriptures were 2 of Jesus messages about love.
My friend’s life is about love.
Question: How do i fit in?
|Posted on June 30, 2017 at 8:20 AM||comments (17)|
Yesterday I learned Steve McQueen had become a Christian later in his life. This star who excited many hearts a few decades ago died from cancer with Billy Graham’s Bible clutched in his hands. Steve’s childhood was tragic; his mother was a raging alcoholic, and he grew up with 'fathers' abuse rather than love (except for a heavenly Father he didn’t know back then, but who watched over him), yet he became a famous movie icon!
From early on, motorcycles and fast cars delighted his heart! He had such a spirit in him, and You saw it, Lord, and grew it to fill his life. He accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. At his death, the "King of Kool" said his one regret was that he could not share with others what a tremendous grace it was to have Jesus in his life.
God brought Steve through all the abuse he suffered. The enemy preys on children, but we need to be determined to do all we can to protect our kids and grandkids. It is God who looks over them, and so I call upon His protection by declaring a prayer quote from Bro Hagin: a confession of faith:
My children, my grandchildren are growing up in the nurture and instruction and the protection in the care of the Most High. Everyone of them will live free. Everyone will serve God. Everyone will be faithful in the things of God. Our children are faithful to God. They’ve been raised up and they shall fulfill what they’ve been called to fulfill.
Steve McQueen was abused as a child, but he was “saved” by a kindly uncle who loved him. Love is so powerful! Steve returned to his uncle's farm several times as a child. When his mother came to claim him after each remarriage, he was in and out of trouble until he decided to reform. He became a marine and learned discipline managing to successfully overcome at least some of his rebellious traits of the time.
I cannot imagine deliberately abusing a child. How someone can intentionally cause hurt to any age kid is beyond my understanding. The cruelty is so demonic, and the affects of childhood abuse can be devastating. It travels in victim's souls all through their lives. Usually the pain and hurt is buried deep, and it seeps out at different times. At some point, if it is not healed, it will erupt causing drastic changes in behavior; it can promote addictions to drugs, alcohol or dangerous hobbies. Anger comes from hurt, and that old pain will boil out as anger; but God’s grace can heal it.
Remember that smile and charm of the irresistible man of action? A good looking man was Steve McQueen. Later in his life, Jesus was able to remove the negative effects of his challenging youth, replacing fear and anger with His love. Do you live with the effects of abuse? Jesus can heal you too!
|Posted on June 21, 2017 at 7:00 AM||comments (2)|
I felt a heaviness in my quiet time this morning. It seemed as though God was telling me about His care and concern for the kids today. His heart was on the young ones, the preteens and teens. Indeed it is the time in our maturing process which is most difficult. All the hormones are changing, physical bodies are developing, attractions to the opposite sex is growing with it. Challenges in school are increasing, and moral values are not taught. These years are hard.
If a child has had a loving home with Mom and Dad both caring for and supporting them during younger years and that is continuing, they are fortunate and their path is easier. Unfortunately, the “Leave it to Beaver” age is rarely found these days. The enemy has been busy during the last decade attacking families and getting at the kids. Suicide rates are increasing. There is a girl being prosecuted for encouraging a boy friend to kill himself; he is dead.
it is time for the enemy to be shut out, for churches to be speaking truth, not tickling ears with what some want to hear. Kids these days can see through and are tired of ‘fake’ teaching. They want a truth to hang on to, and God has that. We as adults must bow before our God in humility to seek His heart.
As parents we can influence our children, but it must be with the ‘real’ and truth, and with enduring love through everything that nothing can change; no behavior can stop it. Youth must know that they are loved, worthy of love, just because of who they are. Parents who show this kind of love to their children will be the strength and foundational support for them.
Our Father God has that kind of love for all of us. Jesus came and suffered and died for us, not because we were worthy of it, but because we are God’s kids. He loves us just as we are, and He wants us to accept the gift that Jesus brought: salvation, so we can spend eternity with Him. That’s not all, He wants to live our earthly life with us, empowering us, guiding us, enjoying it with us. When kids get this, they will have supernatural help to march through these hard years as well as the rest of their lives.
How can I explain the wonder of a divine connection? Look at Hubble pictures of space; they are amazing and beautiful. This is just our universe, and many more exist. The huge grandness of this God creation is so far above us, we barely understand it. Our minds seek to grab onto it and ‘know’ it. So boundless it is!
Think of the Creator God and how vast He also must be! This immeasurable God is the divine Creator who brought us forth and Whose love for each one of us is individual and infinite. To truly have this planted in our soul brings peace, joy, confidence, and strength. My friends, let us shout out this true reality of life with God!
|Posted on May 24, 2017 at 6:35 AM||comments (6)|
Some time ago there was a Star Trek episode where a couple of the crew had vacationed on a planet. They brought back to the ship a new game. You put a device on the head and the eye got pulled by it and a signal went to the brain which sent a pleasure signal to the body. It became quickly addictive until almost all the crew was trapped by it. All they wanted to do was play the game.
One young member managed to escape it and got Data, the android, awakened and together they freed the crew. It seems the whole ‘game’ was to capture the ship after all were seduced by it. Compares to how the enemy works~ he wants to capture our hearts and souls and uses things of the world to do it. Read on~
Proverbs warns us about protecting our heart:
Proverbs 4:23 (Amp)
Watch over your heart with all diligence,
For from it flow the springs of life.
A documentary we saw on 20/20 last night reminded me of it.They interviewed people from young teens to adults who were addicted to their cell phones or to gaming. They did MRI’s of their brains and noticed a drastic negative change. What was created for good can also create great evil. The enemy is licking his chops over this one.
. It becomes their life as some stay up all hours of the night to be connected to “friends”. One girl said, “without my phone I am nothing.” The teen years are a rough road to navigate, and it seems the cell phones have not always been a good addition.
We know the 'world' is controlled by the evil one:
1 John 5:18 (The Message)
We know that none of the God-begotten makes a practice of sin—fatal sin.
The God-begotten are also the God-protected.
The Evil One can’t lay a hand on them. We know that we are held firm by God;
it’s only the people of the world who continue in the grip of the Evil One.
And we know that the Son of God came so we could recognize and understand the truth of God—what a gift!—and we are living in the Truth itself, in God’s Son, Jesus Christ. This Jesus is both True God and Real Life. Dear children, be on guard against all clever facsimiles.
Gaming has also become addictive to others. They live to play computer games and these games often involve killing and cause them to become insensitive to life. I did not grow up with them, so I do not have the personal experience, but I have seen the results. Some extreme results were brought out after the Columbine shooting where the two murderers were addicted to violent gaming. Others were exemplified on the 20/20 documentary. Kids can become so enamored they lose interest in all else in life; they are captured by the game. They refuse to respect parents, wanting only to return to the 'game. Like the Star Trek episode the enemy is capturing their hearts and souls.
Even adults can get addicted to gaming, where they sacrifice kids, wife, and family life to the screen in front of them. It becomes their god that leads their life. The the devil loves it!
I am writing to you, fathers [those believers who are spiritually mature], because you know Him who has existed from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men [those believers who are growing in spiritual maturity], because you have been victorious and have overcome the evil one. I have written to you, children [those who are new believers, those spiritually immature], because you have come to know the Father.
We have one God. It is He we worship! Gaming has become a false god, an idol that many bow before, making it first in their life. Please my friends, watch your children and be aware of the dangers a cell phone or computer game can create. If you have a chance to see this 20/20 documentary, by all means, watch it; I suggest watching it as a family.
1 Peter 5:8
Be sober [well balanced and self-disciplined], be alert and cautious at all times.
That enemy of yours, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion [fiercely hungry], seeking someone to devour.
Our God loves us so much, but the enemy is out to capture and devour every soul it can trap. This is an area that the enemy is vigorously stalking. Be aware! Be wise! Ask God’s guidance and wisdom. Talk with your kids about this and be mindful of their reactions; pray protection over them.
Know that Jesus loves us and will fill us with more joy than any game can hope to give! Jesus wants to give us joy and delight~ see the prayer to His Father just before His capture:
John 17:13 (AMP)
But now I am coming to You; and I say these things [while I am still] in the world so that they may experience
My joy made full and complete and perfect within them [filling their hearts with My delight].
|Posted on April 7, 2017 at 7:05 AM||comments (2136)|
Easter and Good Friday are fast approaching. It is the time when our Savior, Jesus Christ, suffered excruciating pain of a cruel whip tearing His flesh apart, of being stripped and unjustly vilified, of being dragged from place to place, a crown of thorns painfully pushed into His skull. Our Jesus was betrayed by one of His own apostles for thirty pieces of silver. As I meditate on what happened to Him, I am picturing also the babies who are undergoing excruciating pain as they are murdered in the womb. They too are sold for blood money at Planned non-Parenthood.
Why is it still continuing? Are we so shallow that we convince ourselves to believe the lies of the enemy rather than the truth? God created a miracle, a new life, and we are so jaded as to not just deny it, but to murder it? We are so selfish to not want the inconvenience of a child, so we kill it?
My heart breaks for the women who have had abortions in the past and are suffering for it now. They believed the lies of the enemy. Know, my friends, that Jesus died for you; He has forgiven you, now you must forgive yourself. Accept Jesus gift of redemption, and ask Him to be Lord of your life now, if you have not done it before. His grace will be with you to help put your life on track for fulfilling the potential God placed in you at birth.
Ephesians 1:7 AMP
In Him we have redemption [that is, our deliverance and salvation] through His blood, [which paid the penalty for our sin and resulted in] the forgiveness and complete pardon of our sin, in accordance with the riches of His grace
Easter is the time of new birth. The whole earth rejoices! Flowers are peeking their heads up through the ground. Baby bunnies and other new born creatures are appearing. It is also the new birth for our souls and spirits. Jesus sacrifice brought you and I the opportunity to accept His redemptive grace and become new people.
2 Corinthians 5:16-18 (NKJV)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation,
When we embrace Jesus and His Lordship over our lives, we do indeed become new creations. This is a great time my friends to choose a new life of grace and love. God loves us so much, He sent His Son to endure much so we could gain eternal life. That begins the second we turn to Him and embrace His heart's love for us. It is a wonderful life indeed! Come, my friends, choose love now.
|Posted on April 5, 2017 at 6:10 AM||comments (3)|
I read an article about abused animals and people crying out to stop the killing of baby seals or whales, or. . . people are up in arms for animals. Articles on interspecies communication, sharing love with animals. I love animals and value their life too. BUT are the advocates crying too for the abused human babies?
I remember cuddling my first grandchild; newly born warm and precious. What joy filled my heart! Life. God created life, a miracle where God breathed His life into him. How precious is life!
Yet today we have fallen to the deceptions of the enemy regarding life having only value of what money it brings in. Millions of babies have been killed, aborted out of their mother’s wombs. They are being retailed out for their body parts. Even that if aborted babies are born alive, they are killed for the value of body parts. Babies are torn apart by the procedures or cut apart like a chicken after birth. All this for money.
When I read in the Bible about children killed as sacrifice to the God Molech, it made me ill, How could they?
Leviticus 18:21-22 (AMP)
21 You shall not give any of your children to pass through the fire and sacrifice them to Molech [the fire god],
nor shall you profane the name of your God [by giving it to false gods]. I am the Lord.
Once again human children are being sacrificed now to the god of greed. It’s only tissue the deceivers say; yet the heart is formed and beating and body parts are sold for money~ not tissue but livers, lungs, kidneys, brains, muscles.
What the heck are we doing folks? If we continue to sit by doing nothing, we are just as guilty! Can your heart hear the silent painful cries of the unborn child being ripped apart or burned to death with salt? Oh please my friends, speak up for the unborn! Do not sit by and allow political correctness to intimidate you! God’s children are being horribly killed and for greed. Planned Parenthood is being enriched by blood money. And our taxes are paying them for it!
Can your heart sit passively while this is being done? Or will you choose to speak up, write a letter, sign a petition, donate to those who are fighting the legal battle? Please, just do not be silent!
Originally written in 9/11/2015, but still going on.
|Posted on March 31, 2017 at 7:25 AM||comments (31)|
Came downstairs this one morning to see what my window would tell me about the outside world. It was yellowy foggy and weird looking; and suddenly the wind came with a terrific force and tiny snow pellets were sent swirling. Trees branches were bending this way and that. It almost had a malevolent feel to it.
The day before I had read that witchcraft has been brewing, and wants with its’ diabolical thinking to do evil to our nation and our government and overcome God’s love.
I pray, Light of Love, shine upon our nation and all Your people in it. Bring Your power to cleanse all evil away; protect our President and His family. Protect our government as only You know how to do. As the demons are called to wreck havoc in our country, send, O Lord, Your warrior angels to do battle. You know how to handle this situation, Lord. Show me how to pray Holy Spirit.
And now I commend you to God [placing you in His protective, loving care] and [I commend you] to the word of His grace [the counsel and promises of His unmerited favor]. His grace is able to build you up and to give you the [rightful] inheritance among all those who are sanctified [that is, among those who are set apart for God’s purpose—all believers].
I read that witches all over the world had been called to curse President Trump and our leaders. It keeps getting more bizarre. This is a spiritual battle and with the viciousness of the enemy’s attacks against our President, the more convinced I am that he is indeed God’s chosen leader for this time. We gather and pray; we speak out when called to do so, but we have no fear, because this battle is the Lord’s. It’s like:
2 Chronicles 20:12
For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you. . .
14 Then the Spirit of the Lord came on Jahaziel son of Zechariah, . . . descendant of Asaph, as he stood in the assembly.
15 He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.
Indeed the Lord was totally victorious in the battle. Jehoshaphat and his people were saved from a vast enemy seeking to destroy them, but they trusted in God; now we too must trust that God’s will shall be done for us too.
Father, God of Love, we bow before Your throne in confidence and obedience. We lift our arms in thanksgiving! You are our Almighty faithful God! Thank You for enhancing our President with Your wisdom and courage.
So, my friends, fear not. However, I do thank you for continuing to pray God’s will over our nation.
|Posted on January 20, 2017 at 9:45 AM||comments (2)|
Last week I went with a friend to see a marvelous program that was established out of the Columbine tragedy where 12 students and one extraordinary teacher were shot to death. The first one killed was Rachel Joy Scott who was eating lunch outside the school with a friend. Rachel was a mostly normal teenager who loved life, people, and her God. She exemplified kindness and compassion.
There was a day when she saw 2 jocks picking on a young man with disabilities, knocking books out of his hands and throwing him up against the lockers. She was so angry, little Rachel ran up and stood between the boy and the bullies, shook her fist in their faces and said , “if you touch him one more time, you’ll have to fight me.” They turned around and walked off. Rachel helped the young man and asked all her friends to befriend him every day talking to him and encouraging him.
Rachel would make friends with the lonely kids, the new kids having a hard time fitting in, the imperfect in features kid~ anyone that she noticed was hurting. At her funeral many fellow students got up and testified how she had helped them and some admitted they were ready to commit suicide until she came along and shared her love and compassion with them.
This beautiful little teenager had a gift from God. She knew things most do not. This prophetic picture was drawn by Rachel in her class the day she died. She told her friends she would die young, and from this beautiful child’s diaries, programs grew. They were begun by her Mom and Dad and stepmom . One program called Rachel’s Challenge has spread all over the world. It is an amazing program that changes kids' lives. It brings the love and compassion of Rachel’s heart into the very atmosphere of a school. Please check it out for yourself for your school connections! Also be watching for the movie that her Mom has been working on about Rachel’s life.
My friends, my heart is filled with compassion for the lonely kids who are going through school these days bullied and shunned with broken hearts and wounded souls. I know this program has aborted at least 150 teen suicides. Lord, I lift up our children to You today, asking for Your love and compassion to surround them and show them Your loving way out of their pain. Send a Rachel to every school Lord!
|Posted on January 20, 2017 at 6:20 AM||comments (2)|
In March of 2011 I discovered evil in a new place that made my heart weep. This blog was then posted, but a recent twitter post by psychologist Barbara Wilson on the connection between pornography and the sex slave trade was so revealing, I want to share it at the beginning of my original post: www.familylifecanada.com
Shocked! Horrified! It was not quite believable. Guess I am not jaded enough yet! There was an article I read this morning in the Mission Network News that talked about "child trafficking in the sex slave trade". I thought I would be reading about Africa or a third world country. Imagine my shock and horror when I realized it was talking about the child sex slave trade in the USA. There are, according to the article, between 100,000 and 300,000 children enslaved in the US and raped for profit each year.
Not only is the degradation climbing higher in sheer numbers, but the ages of victims seem to be getting lower by the year. "We're definitely seeing an evolution in the United States not only in terms of the raw numbers, but also in terms of the appetite for young flesh," says Moore. "It's very disturbing."
We look at our nation and stories like this demonstrate how low we have fallen. This country was founded as a Christian nation and based on godly principles. I grew up in the '50's which seems to be the last of the years of innocence. Do you remember those times? If you are too young to remember, then know that it was an age of honoring parents, and respecting teachers, and those in authority. Many of our moms stayed at home to raise the kids and be a wife to their husbands and were very fulfilled in that job. Most of us were raised to honor God. We had little fear.
York Moore with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship says, "We're all seeing the evolution here in the United States. Ten years ago, when we talked about human trafficking, we were primarily talking about a phenomena that existed outside of the United States. "The average age of entry into child prostitution in both Phoenix and across the U.S. was 13 years old, and that's according to the Department of Justice statistics.
Pat McCalla, founder of a ministry to sexually enslaved minors known as "Streetlight" in Phoenix, Arizona says the problem in the U.S. has grown to "anywhere from 100,000 to 300,000 underage women being trafficked every year."
So how have we come to this point? How do we cherish our children and protect them? We spend time with them, loving them, teaching them about our loving God. How can we help return this nation to a "God fearing" nation that honors and seeks relationship with the Almighty? In this stage of development, the only answer is God. He alone can turn our nation around. He even promises in His Word:
II Chronicles 7:14
If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves,
pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways,
then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.
So we have our answer. We need to repent and pray. How old fashioned that sounds,"repent". Have we gotten too prideful to repent and acknowledge that we have sinned and need forgiveness?
I challenge you to meditate and think on this.
|Posted on November 23, 2016 at 10:45 AM||comments (1287)|
Good morning Lord! I lift You up and praise Your glory! You are awesome and beautiful, more glorious than the sunrise that brightens the morning sky with vibrant oranges and pinks, and shades of red. You are brighter than the full moon shedding light to us earthlings at night.
Your love warms our hearts like the sunshine after a storm refreshes and warms our souls. You are perfect in Your knowledge of us and all our needs; we might not always agree at the time, but it always turns out that You are right. Thank You Lord!
I bow down to You this morning, my Lord, head to the ground in obeisance, pledging obedience to Your will as my God Whom I love with all my heart. You fill me up Lord; I am brimming over with joy at Your smile and the approval I’m feeling in Your gaze upon me. Thank You Lord! I so want to please You and bring honor to Your name! Holy Spirit please always guide my thoughts and my actions.
My friends, I was just thinking again about our kids and their relationship with God, with Jesus. This relationship is critical to bringing them through this time in their lives, these preteen and teenage years. The enemy is so after our children and they are very vulnerable to his lies and deceits. When they hit emotional troubles and hearts are hurting, where do they go?
The enemy is right there to highlight negative feelings and thoughts. Often in this time the natural “fight for independence" brings conflict with parents, so this avenue can be cut off. They may have a good friend, or not. They may have a mentor at school, but they probably won't get a Christian view there. Perhaps a youth group leader at church could help, OR , thankfully, if they have a connection with Jesus, they can go there for sure help anytime.
Now this ‘connection’ must be real. Do they have an ongoing relationship with Jesus where they converse together? Do they hear His voice speaking to them? They can, you know. Remember what Jesus said:
John 10:27 (AMP)
The sheep that are My own hear My voice and listen to Me; I know them, and they follow Me.
We are able to hear His voice. We are the sheep of His pasture; He is our Shepherd. He loves us and cares for us. He laid down His life on our behalf. What more can we ask? Thank You Jesus for enduring such terrible torture for us.
Jesus desires a one on one closeness so we are able to sit and chat together. We can bring our questions, our troubles to Him. He will answer and help us. We can trust Him, but as humans, it is sometimes easier said than done. Trust comes with experience, so we speak about God and introduce Him to kids at an early age when possible; but any age is a good beginning in building a heart connection with Almighty God.
Have you yourself established a heart connection with God? Do you speak with Him and hear His still small voice in return?
|Posted on November 18, 2016 at 8:30 AM||comments (1059)|
My heart is breaking! Just been told that a young friend of my nephew committed suicide. His note said he couldn’t live up to all the expectations put on him. He evidently didn’t know the Lord, or he would have a place to take his frustrations. Our society and it’s attack on Christianity has kept these youngsters from having a resource of strength that should be available to them. This death takes a toll not only on his family, but also on all those close who care about him and are now suffering too!
Our society has been breeding a culture of death. Abortion gives no value to innocent babies except financial profit to sell body parts of aborted babies. Now laws are being passed to make suicide legal if someone might have to suffer pain. God's timing on all things is the best, and that includes dying. We do not know Almighty God's plans and thoughts, but they are always higher than ours.
Isaiah 55:8-9 (AMP)
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts higher than your thoughts.
I heard of a man in Oregon where an insurance company would not pay for a his cancer treatment, but would pay for his death by assisted suicide. Where are our values?
It's time, my friends, for everyone of us to step up and step out in telling people about Christ and His love for them; this is especially needed by our young people.
Remember when you were preteen and teenagers? Besides all the physical and hormonal changes, they are also trying to begin their higher education challenges. Thus not just studies, but all the other challenges like bullying, or making new friends and trying to be accepted, fitting in, parental approval, independence. God knows how to help them, but we need to introduce them to Jesus, who loves them and will never let them down. It’s time, and it’s a responsibility we all share!
With the attitude change in our new government, perhaps we now have a more open chance to help these kids and teach them about spiritual truths. Some have absolutely no concept that they have a spiritual side at all, or that it matters and is a good thing. Dear ones who have young children, please be there for your kids and teach them Christian truths and Christian principles! Don’t depend on the school because until now the schools were negating Jesus and spiritual concepts. Hopefully that will change, but it will take time. Meanwhile it’s up to parents and mentors, grandparents, and other believing members of the family to keep close to these precious children and see the truth is sown into their spirits.
God has a plan for their lives; they can get through this time!
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.
Take them by the spiritual hand and gently guide them to the beautiful Christ who gave up His life for us, who suffered terribly so we could be free. Don’t let this gift be wasted by denying the evil machinations of the devil who captures our children by lies and deceptions. Give kids the weapons they need to get through this troubled time in their lives.
And pray for them daily! Lift them up and put supernatural protection around them, angels to watch over them and lead them on the true path. Jesus is the light in the darkness and their ever present help in storms. He is always close by. Teach the children how to pray, how to have a personal relationship with God. Let's save our children!
|Posted on October 12, 2016 at 5:35 AM||comments (758)|
The other day I was with my pre-teen grandkids, and they wanted to watch Harry Potter. So never having seen one, I sat down with them. I’d heard negative things and now I know why. The kids reaction was “I wish I could go to a school like that and learn magic.” My response was, “You have Jesus, the God Creator of the Universe living inside of you. Thats real! This magic is made up fiction and not real. Now satan can cause supernatural things to happen, but do you really want to be a part of evil magic?” Even the thought makes me feel icky inside.
Now I know why the draw of Harry Potter is demonic. On the surface it is well written fiction, but underneath it dismisses the power of God. Kids do not have the discernment to see it, so they get sucked into thinking of the wonders of flying through the air on a broomstick, instead of having Holy Spirit living inside of them empowering them. Scripture says,
Mark 10:27 (NIV)
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”
Life gives us many situations that magic could never handle, but God can. Building relationship with God gives us access to His mighty power which He makes available to us when we trust in Him. Whether our problems involve relationships, mistakes, work, or feelings, whatever, God has the answer and will help us in any situation.
Unfortunately youth often live in the past or the present only and their future is far from their minds. When they face a challenge or a hurt, they have even been known to turn to suicide, because no magic can help them; and they have not come to know God who could help them.
So if you have kids who are hooked on Harry Potter or films like it, I recommend that you either steer them away from them, take it away from them, or have a serious talk with them. It is deceptive and insidious invasion of evil into the minds of our young ones. As I said, it causes them to look for magic answers, desire magic abilities instead of knowing God and His immense power that is truly available to them. This is what their hearts should be focusing on.
The devil’s attack is focused on our young, as they are most vulnerable. We can counter it by also focussing on our children. Watch carefully what they see and hear and read, and provide family time to do good encouraging things together.
It may be watching good movies, going to Christian concerts, sending them to Christian youth groups and camps when and if available, attending faith filled church services together, or youth groups connected with them. You can know what is available to you in your place and situation.
God is the answer. Pray for our children. Bless our kids when you put them to bed at night. Take a little time to pray with / for them. Ask God to help you to know the best way to work with your kids, especially teens and pre-teens who are so vulnerable! Holy Spirit is also available to us if we have invited Him into our life when we accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior. Having God Almighty as a Guide in life is a powerful force for the successful training of our kids.
The Word of God is also a authoritative and forceful source of strength in life. Obedience to it brings God’s formidable authority into play, and accomplishes great feats in our lives. God’s Word tells us how to be obedient:
Deuteronomy 13:4 AMP
You shall walk after the Lord your God and you shall fear [and worship] Him [with awe-filled reverence and profound respect], and you shall keep His commandments and you shall listen to His voice, and you shall serve Him, and cling to Him.
Cling to Him, my friends, and experience a blessing filled life!
|Posted on March 2, 2016 at 6:15 AM||comments (4)|
A small child walks through the woods carefree and happy, just skipping along the path. When suddenly from behind a bush jumps the big bad wolf. She screams and begins to run as she hears the wolf laugh. She comes to a place where the sun is able to shine through the branches and make a room of light.
Oh, she sighs, I do not need to be afraid; my God is with me. She turns and notices that the wolf will not enter into the light. Instead he stalks around the circle of light staring evilly at the child.
In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [draw your strength from Him
and be empowered through your union with Him]
and in the power of His [boundless] might.
11 Put on the full armor of God
[for His precepts are like the splendid armor of a heavily-armed soldier],
so that you may be able to [successfully] stand up against all the schemes
and the strategies and the deceits of the devil.
12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood
[contending only with physical opponents],
but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces
of this [present] darkness,
against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places.
Meanwhile, the child is soaking up the light and growing in strength and courage. She is being armed with a shield of protection, a vest of righteousness, a covering of truth, a sword of the Word of God~ spoken truth defeats the big bad wolf. So armed she walks confidently on down the path as the wolf slinks away to find a weaker unarmed victim.
16 Above all, lift up the [protective] shield of faith
with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit,
which is the Word of God.
Many of the old fairy tales involve children~
Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Grettel, to name a few. These stories have naive kids doing silly things, like going in a bear’s den, not immediately recognizing a wolf dressed in Grandma’s clothes, being drawn by sugar and sweets. Our children today are being tempted in the same ways. They go into a den of “friends” who are very dangerous to their physical, mental and emotional health. There are wolves everywhere often disguised as teachers, counselors, bosses, babysitters, mentors. They try to drag vulnerable children into evil ways with lies, deceptive smooth tongued enticements, or ‘sweet’ tasting drugs.
It is our job to prepare young ones for the evil that is growing stronger in the world every day. Parents please be vigilant in watching your kids; establish and maintain an openness with them watching constantly for little signs that may indicate a hiding or holding back in them. Begin early to educate them in the ways of the Bible at home and at church. Teach them by your example and words how super life can be when one knows and follows Jesus’ ways. We live life on a whole new level having a divine Helper around all the time to guide us and protect us. Also pray for your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and their friends.
Deuteronomy 6:6-7 AMP
These words, which I am commanding you today,
shall be [written] on your heart and mind.
You shall teach them diligently to your children
[impressing God’s precepts on their minds and
penetrating their hearts with His truths] and
shall speak of them when you sit in your house and
when you walk on the road and when you lie down and when you get up.
Those old fairy tales tell truths even today~ the danger is out there stalking our kids, especially when they are all alone or feel like it. Be wise and be vigilant. We must take quality time to spend love on our children. It is life blood to them. Cover them in prayer always. They are a precious treasure!
|Posted on December 4, 2015 at 8:35 AM||comments (649)|
In this season celebrating the birth of Jesus, God’s own Son, born upon the earth as a human baby, I am drawn to childhood memories of our family’s Christmas celebrations. They were a time of excitement and love and happiness. Love seemed a spirit that floated through the air permeating every taste, smell, word, and touch. On Christmas Eve songs colored the atmosphere with a sweet love as my family would sit around the tree all sparkling with lights drinking egg nog. There was a little bell and each person would go and get their gifts, ring the bell warning the rest to hide their eyes, then distribute the gifts beneath the tree. When done we’d open our eyes and “ooo and ahhh!” at the colorfully wrapped packages. With six of us, the packages would mount and excitement would gleam from our eyes. Then we would sit and talk about the greatest gift of all, the gift of our Savior whose birthday we were celebrating.
Jesus came in a humble condition, yet a great light shone upon Him and led eastern royalty to Him, and joy from heaven spilled over unto earth in angel song to humble shepherds in the fields. Jesus came that all men might know the truth and be saved. He was formed in His mother’s womb begun there by Holy Spirit, nestled there for 9 months, then as a babe was He born. What joy His earthly parents must have felt! What blessing to all mankind, for this is the babe Who would save the world. This tiny helpless child would one day speak the messages of truth and hope that would reach down to our day and beyond.
I keep picturing this sweet baby warmed by animal breaths whose first cradle was a manger.
When Jesus was a toddler, King Herod sought to kill him, and in the processed murdered every male child age two and under. Did that fact offend your senses? Are we offended by the mass murder of innocents here today as well? My heart cries seeing where sweet babies are killed in the womb before they even get to breathe their first breath. There are millions of children murdered, and my heart aches for the mothers, some young, some older who have chosen the route of abortion. They end the life God began in them. Even more tragic is the recent discovery that these poor innocent baby's bodies are cut up in sections to sell piecemeal for profit. Thousands are murdered daily, and we condemn these atrocities. This Christmas pray for the mothers to choose not to make this choice to end their baby’s life; and pray for our nation that participates in this mass murder, for it is not unknown to God.
As our world sinks in moral decay, we can see the enemy strategizing his next attack. This Christmas I join the call for the Body of Christ to rise up and condemn the abortion factories. pray for our nation to return to righteousness!
And also let us reach out to friends, family and even strangers who do not know the Savior and share His message of redemption! Let us spread life not death!
|Posted on October 21, 2015 at 11:55 AM||comments (2)|
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. But mankind He lifted up as superior. 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;
male and female He created them.
The sacredness of life cannot be denied, when we understand what our God did. Each of us is so unique and exceptional. God gave us life in the womb according to His amazing design. And He has a plan and a purpose for each human being.
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, we have stolen His beauty and love from our culture. He has always been our foundation and our culture 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.
However, Our God is light and calls us all to walk in His light, to be saved out of satan’s schemes and deceptions. Jesus died a torturous death of crucifixion to pay our sin debt, to cleanse the muck out/off of us, so we can live a joyful life here and in eternity. 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.
This picture of a newborn child struggling for its life is a beautiful example of the preciousness of life as the infant reaches out to hold its mom’s finger asking her not to give up hope.
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!
|Posted on August 29, 2015 at 5:30 AM||comments (3)|
A dream: Walking down the street, minding my own business, when out of the blue a deep voice calls my name. I turn around to see who it is. Nada! No one was there. I look up~ only blue sky not even a bird was close. I’m puzzled and a little nervous, so I continue walking. Next I hear a baby crying. Again it seems to just come out of thin air. . . no baby, but there are suddenly a multitude of painful cries. Sadness invades my heart.
God, You have created life in a beautiful baby with a design and purpose as it’s forming in its mother’s womb. Such wonderful potential! But alas, the enemy has instilled fear into the young mother, and deceives her into believing it's not a baby, just some unformed tissue, so she can get rid of it and fear will leave. . .
Then i see blood, men bowing down, a rain of gold coins falling into the blood. Ok, Lord, this must be You. What are You telling me? A blood sacrifice to an ancient god, Bael? A today sacrifice to a modern god? Greed is its name? A blood sacrifice to the god of Greed. Ok. Now its clear we are talking abortion here. Human babies are being ripped or cut apart, and their bodies and body parts are harvested to sell to the highest bidder. Oh God! We are a fallen people! The devil has blinded us; open our eyes to see!
Holy Spirit, You indwell me, and so
all good things are possible for me to do through Christ who gives me His strength. (Philippians 4:13)
But there is also more. You my God have put a purpose in my life, You did not just accidentally allow a person, me, to form and have no purpose; and if you put purpose in my life, what about all those babies that have been murdered by abortion? Their poor mothers are missing out on such joy! Who knows what purpose never got fulfilled because of a baby’s murder? Perhaps a cure for cancer? A person with the wisdom of peace for all nations? What potential was wiped out by the god of Greed?
In the Word of God is a prayer Apostle Paul wrote for the early church. I pray it for all of us:
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father,
may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation,
so that you may know him better.
18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened
in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you,
the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,
19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe.
That power is the same as the mighty strength
20 He exerted when He raised Christ from the dead
and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms
Lord, empower us all to know Your will and to do what You designed us to do. Show us how to expose to more people the sickening truth about Planned Parenthood and their evil work. Show us how to help more young mothers receive counseling and true help.
|Posted on August 14, 2015 at 7:30 AM||comments (17)|
Good morning Holy Spirit! I praise You and lift You up high, and higher and higher! For You are my God, Third Person of the Holy Trinity! You are the Lord of all. Your glory fills the heavens and I recognize it especially at sunrise and sunset; I recognize it in the clouds blown by mighty winds; I recognize it in a single wildflower growing on a mountain ledge, or in a hoard of weeds and dead plants.
I recognize Your glory in my spirit when You come to visit me.
You are always with me, and when I take a moment to stop and seek You, it never misses, You are there. When I ask for help, You are there. Even when there is not time to ask, You see the need and fulfill it. You protect me. You, Holy Spirit, are not a force or a power. You are the third Person of the Trinity. You are co-equal with the Father because You are the Spirit of the Father. All that the Father is, You are, for You're the essence of the Father. You are co-equal with Jesus, the Son of God, because You are 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 You. You are my Lord and God and I bow before You in humble adoration.
Some dismiss it as crazy talk~ "the world is ending"! It's been said too many times before. But Jesus admonished us to read the signs of our time. In these days more and more of the well known evangelists and teachers are getting the message that America’s time is short. If we do not repent, we will be punished. if we continue to promote sin, we will fail. It is time, past time, for us to listen to God and fight back against the enemy’s plans.
Abortion is an abomination to God; it is the murder of innocents. Now the sin is being compounded as Planned Parenthood sells the body parts of murdered babies for profit. Some later term aborted babies are sold as complete babies for the buyers to cut apart for experimentation. My heart cries out to those deceived women who have had their babies stolen from the womb. The sorrow must be intense; many never recover from it.
How long will we stand silent and not rise up en masse against this atrocity? Yes, I admit, my sorrow for the blood sacrifices of our babies to the gods of greed and convenience is intense. Their blood cries out to God as with Cain:
Genesis 4:8-11 (AMP)
8 And Cain said to his brother, Let us go out to the field.
And when they were in the field,
Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.
9 And the Lord said to Cain, Where is Abel your brother? And he said,
I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?
10 And [the Lord] said, What have you done?
The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to Me from the ground.
11 And now you are cursed by reason of the earth,
which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s [shed] blood from your hand.
If we do not repent of this evil and stop it, we will be cursed. Our nation which is already slipping down will not be saved. We must repent as a nation and cease doing evil in the sight of our God! Awake oh beautiful nation God has favored! Awake from your slumber of laziness and ignorance. Open your eyes to see, your ears to hear. Rise up while there is still time!
Have the atrocity of our ways not crushed your heart? Can your spirit hear the urgency? Please, my friends, hear the warning and pray about what you might do to proclaim righteousness in our nation, in the world!
|Posted on July 29, 2015 at 5:20 AM||comments (3)|
Sitting here thinking of my beautiful grandchildren! A couple are adopted, and I love all of them with all of my heart! Today there is a lump sitting in my stomach. Sick. Just saw the video of Planned Parenthood bargaining for baby’s body parts. How much money for a liver? a heart? They slaughter babies and then make money by selling their organs? Life has lost value in our world. How far will we sink?
Bad enough that unborn babies are torn apart in their mom’s womb, or murdered during the birth process, now their organs are sold for profit. Come on people! How long will we allow this to happen? Lord God, I ask You to open the eyes of our nation and of all to the great sin that is being committed. Babies are being sacrificed to the ‘god of convenience’ or to fear, or greed.
Do you remember reading in the Bible how neighboring tribes sacrificed their children to Molech, the sun-god, who demanded human sacrifice? Did that not sound unhumane to you? You remember what God thought of it?
You shall not give any of your children to pass through the fire and
sacrifice them to Molech [the fire god], nor shall you profane
the name of your God [by giving it to false gods]. I am the Lord.
We serve different gods today~ god of convenience, god of fear, god of greed; none the less, we have sacrificed millions of our children in abortion to these false gods as well. How can we ask our good God to bless our nation when we make human sacrifices to false gods? Do we really kid ourselves into thinking we will not pay a price for it?
Moreover, you shall say to the Israelites, Any one of the Israelites
or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel
who gives any of his children to Molech [the fire god worshiped with human sacrifices] shall surely be put to death;
the people of the land shall stone him with stones.
3 I also will set My face against that man [opposing him, withdrawing My protection from him, and excluding him from My covenant]
and will cut him off from among his people,
because he has given of his children to Molech,
defiling My sanctuary and profaning My holy name.
Planned Parenthood is funded by our tax dollars. We are paying them to commit atrocities. They say, oh it’s just tissue, and that is a lie; baby hearts start beating at 3 weeks. They feel pain as they are torn apart, but we can’t hear ‘the tissues’ crying out so they are not human. Does nobody else feel sick at that knowledge?
If we were speaking of dogs or cats or even rats being brutally murdered, people would be up in arms!! We are speaking of human babies!!
Yes, PP calls them ‘tissue’, but they sell the ‘tissue’ as heart, lung, livers, kidneys~ when it comes to money the 'tissue' becomes a human being.
There are some girls who sinned and became pregnant and through fear had an abortion. They will pay a personal price for it; but if this is you, know that if you repent and go to Jesus, He will forgive your sin. Seek forgiveness if you are suffering today. God is our Father and loves us dearly. Do not be afraid to go Him.
My friends, pray with me that this great sin of our nation will be stopped all over the world. Thank you!
|Posted on May 6, 2015 at 9:15 AM||comments (2)|
The phosphorous grenade exploded just as he was about to let go of it. The destruction was horrifying. The soldier lost his ear, his eye, flesh from his face and body. Yet by sheer will and the support of a loving wife, he survived to begin a retreat for wounded warriors.
Each spoken or written word is a grenade of potential power that can be used for building up or for destruction. This potential can be used for or against self or others. When one sees a grenade, they're aware of the forcefulness of its capability. Now I say, examine each word before it leaves your mouth for its direction and influence. In war sometimes explosive devices can maim and murder defenseless children. It happens. Words can maim and destroy a child as well, perhaps not physically, but emotionally. Just as deadly.
Words also contain power to heal and to enlarge. The grenade explosion of goodness and healing goes off in the heart. Speak words to all of love and endearment. Let the flow from your mouth be light, a gift. Lift up. Let your words be containers of smiles and joy.
God’s Word is nuclear in power with the ability to entirely change the nature of a person. Have you consumed His Word yet? He says,
Isaiah 55:11 NKJV
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
Hebrews 4:12 AMP
For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.
Since words from our mouths are like electrical energy ready to flash out, what about the Word from God’s mouth? Its potential is mighty to create magnificent outcomes when we speak it in faith. It’s sometimes called “prayer”.
My friends, have you recognized the incredible power of words? When have you experienced their positive or negative affect?
|Posted on May 30, 2014 at 6:50 AM||comments (3)|
Jesus, As we walked through the streets of poverty, the children came running to You, needing to get to You; it was almost desperation. “Children ‘know’ things often hidden from the wise,” He said.
Matt 11:25 (NLV)
25 At that time Jesus said, “Thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
because You hid these things from the wise and from those who have much learning.
You have shown them to little children.
“It’s time to teach the young truth; they know instinctively many truths, but the world tries to seduce them into lies; satan hunts for their weaknesses and uses them to lure my children into the fleshly ways of the world. My enemy is pouring more and more evil in small and hidden ways into this planet, casting his net to catch the unaware. Its time for my ministers of truth to stand up and speak My truth and save the children.”
Lord, pour Your passion into my heart and show me how to respond to it!
Precious children, jewels of innocence and tenderness of heart! My apostles did not always appreciate the high esteem in which children are held by the Father.
Matthew 18:2-4 (AMP)
2 And He called a little child to Himself and put him in the midst of them,
3 And said, Truly I say to you, unless you repent (change, turn about) and become like little children [trusting, lowly, loving, forgiving], you can never enter the kingdom of heaven [at all].
4 Whoever will humble himself therefore and become like this little child [trusting, lowly, loving, forgiving] is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Seeing the sickness of evil in the realm of children puts a gnawing in the pit my stomach; armor my spirit to fight for them. Seeing the children of poverty cries out to me.
"Mary, you feel a touch of My heart pain. The pictures of physical lack can be transposed into what’s being perpetrated on spirits of children who are even well fed but suffer spiritually. Lack of truth, hope and love leaves an impoverished spirit, plants the world in their flesh leaving destitution behind. These children grow up hopeless. Why so any young suicides? Why are kids killing kids? They are crying out for truth to believe in. Truth~their Father loves them.
Those who teach lies to the children, who dishonor them and lead them astray, will be punished.
Matthew 18:6 (NLV)
6 But whoever is the reason for one of these little children who believe in Me to fall into sin,
it would be better for him to have a large rock put around his neck and to be thrown into the sea.
Jesus I can see Your passion for the little ones. Symptoms of starvation on the body can be seen with the eye. Symptoms of spiritual starvation are often hidden behind a mask and later the pain bleeds out.
Can you read the thoughts behind the masks of our children?
SEARCHING FOR A CLOSER WALK WITH GOD
SEARCHING FOR A CLOSER WALK WITH GOD
Sometimes the terrible awesomeness of God hits me and sends me reeling into deep meditation. It always carries its reward of a new closeness with my God. It happened this morning. In the beginning I was distracted with my mind wandering here and yon. Then I ‘woke up’ and commanded it to return. God is so good! Holy Spirit began to lead me in prayer.
Sorry, my Lord. I come to our meeting this morning with scattered thoughts; help me, Lord, to rein them in. That You even desire to meet with me is so amazing! Deep breath. Moses asked God, “what shall I say when they ask 'Who sent me’?” 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 only I AM. 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)
13 And Moses said to God, Behold, when I come to the Israelites and say to them, The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they say to me, What is His name? What shall I say to them? 14 And God said to Moses, I Am Who I Am and What I Am, and I Will Be What I Will Be; and He said, You shall say this to the Israelites: I Am has sent me to you!
- Footnotes: Exodus 3:15 To know the name of God is to witness the manifestation of those attributes and apprehend that character which the name denotes.
Can you feel the depth of that name? 'I AM' signifies so much ~ timelessness, absolute love, supreme power, unimaginable expansion ~ an incomprehensible being, totally surrounding. There simply are not words to express the grandness of Who our God is. HIS LOVE FOR US S SO APPARENT IN HIS WORD!
Psalm 91:14 (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].
Isaiah 52:6 (AMP)
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:
O Lord, you have examined my heart
and know everything about me.
2 You know when I sit down or stand up.
You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
Even when it’s my mind traveling on tangents.
3 You see me when I travel and when I rest at home.
You know everything I do.
4 You know what I am going to say
even before I say it, Lord.
5 You go before me and follow me.
You place your hand of blessing on my head.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too great for me to understand!
7 I can never escape from your Spirit!
I can never get away from your presence!
8 If I go up to heaven, you are there;
if I go down to the grave, you are there.
9 If I ride the wings of the morning,
if I dwell by the farthest oceans,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
and your strength will support me.
You are always with me.
You will guide me.
You will always be my support. Your strength
upholds me, protects me, supports me.
Lord, You are so good! What a privilege to know You! Thank You that You continue to grow me closer to You. Thank You! I love being together with You, my Lord.