Outside Your Comfort Zone
It's TIME! Tomorrow is a new day, nothing but future written on it.
Each tomorrow and every day thereafter—fresh.
It is time to challenge yourself. Time to step out of your comfort zone and prevail toward the future with self determination; not selfish deterrence.
We live in a world that says: “What’s in it for me?”
We live within a church body that says: “What can I do for you?”
Yes, there is a fear in stepping out of “the comfort zone”.
However; how did you feel before the most amazing life altering event in your life? Was that fear? Was it worth it? Think about it; before the baby was born, before the raise was given, before you said “I do.”, before you were baptized and received the Holy Ghost. Your life was changed. Fear of the unknown. But that fear coupled with positive reinforcements resulted in life altering events.
There are other life altering events that happen that we have thrust upon us. Yes, those times when we are put upon with: Illness, personal grief, great needs, persecutions and distresses.
We hardly see it coming and we are in no way welcoming it to stay, yet it lingers until our very souls are changed. If we will allow it, it will create in us a willingness to help others. To have compassion and care for other people. Those hard times weed out the bad stuff that is in us.
Step out of your comfort zone and say "Hey!, This is good for me Lord! Help me to see what you would have in my life. Take me through this, show me understanding so I can apply it to my life and then, in turn, help others." Allow the Lord to create great works in your life.
What will you do tomorrow that will change your life for the better, or better yet, change someone else’s life for the better? Will you be willing to step out a little further? Allow God to be Lord in your life, creating in you what He sees is for the best?
My prayer today is that the Lord will use His Word to change our lives for the better. Not only for ourselves but for others as well. Change us Lord, let us not leave your presences the same way we came. Thank you Lord for giving us the time to change.
“For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.“
~ 2 Corinthians 12:8-10
When delivering papers for some friends in church
some time back I came to a unique realization.
You see, part of the route was in Amish country. This beautiful scene was delightfully primitive. I passed several horse and buggies on my newspaper route. I was amazed when I passed the horses, with my vehicle, that they didn't get spooked, nor stop, nor change their direction. I did notice a set of blinders on them; which I had assumed were the reason for the calm manner. The blinders curtail the horse's side vision so all they can see is what is straight in front of them.
As I was praying one Saturday with a group of saints, I noticed that I really had to struggle in my prayer because I couldn't concentrate. My peripheral vision also seemed to pick up on several different distracting things each time I opened my eyes to read from my prayer list; causing my thoughts to wonder. When I realized this was creating a problem for me, I cuffed my hands around my eyes for a blinder effect. Therefore whenever I opened my eyes to read, all I saw was my list.
This prompted me to consider my walk with the Lord. Several times I had to put my blinders on spiritually. Whenever things got close to distracting my thoughts from God I had to put on my blinders and look straight ahead, not even to consider what was on the other side. When I keep my blinders on I stay in the right direction.
Putting spiritual blinders on myself at first was very difficult and bothersome for me. Once I got used to the blinders I didn't really notice them. They fit like the parts of the whole armor of God. When I have my spiritual blinders on I can look ahead to God's will and listen to His directions without the distractions the world offers.
"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."
~ Philippians 4:8
My Mom's Name
My mom never liked her given name. She always went by Jenny. However, I have always loved my mom’s name, as it was a unique name. Whenever I heard it, when I was a kid, I got this warm feeling inside. Whenever I read it, I would get all excited. Of course, out of respect I would never use my mom’s name. I have always called her Mom. Even still to this day, my heart does a little jump by just the mere mention of her name, even when I know they are not referring to my mom.
A name defines. A name signifies who you really are. Names are important to everyone. You look for your name in various instances. You listen for your name. You define your name. You look for names you may recognize in the obituaries. If you seen your name you would question immediately if you were really deceased.
Then I get to thinking about another name; JESUS. There is just something about that name.
If I would have had to guess, I think Jesus liked His name from the beginning. After all, Jesus named Himself. No one else could do that. The name “Jesus” means; self-existent. That name in itself is of itself. Jesus, our God. Our God is Jesus.
Jesus wasn’t selfish at all with His name. His name was given to us as a gift, a means to salvation, a means for comfort, and a means for help.
"Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." ~ Philippians 2:9-11
We bow at that name, we exalt that name, we worship that name. That name is the perfect name. That name saves. That name delivers. That name comforts, leads, guides, forgives, and grants peace. That name, by the mere mentioning of it, can change a life. That name can turn catastrophe to contentment, that name can turn frustration into fulfillment, that name can move mountains, and get you through valleys. That marvelous name JESUS.
Therefore, when I speak the name of Jesus, I am more than excited; my faith becomes lifted tremendously. When I hear the name of Jesus, I am more than content; I feel mercy and grace. When I read the name of Jesus, I have much more than warmth; I gain comfort and peace.
Yes, I loved the name of my mom. However, it could never come close to equaling that of my Lord and Savior; Jesus Christ.
Oh yes, and my wonderful mom’s name? I am proud to say, “Geneva.” : )
My Dad never liked his given name either, but that is another story . . .
"But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name."
~ John 20:31
Did Jesus Call You Last Night?
Why is it that I can’t sleep? What is this heaviness in my heart? What is this feeling that is overwhelming me? I want to weep. Everything in my life seems to be fine. I don’t have any problems that are too extreme that I can’t see God helping me through. I know He is in control. I don’t quite understand this feeling stirring up within me. Something is softly tugging on my heart strings. I just can’t explain it.
“Lord? Is that You?”
“Jesus, You have all the angels praise You right now and yet You want me? With so many people more worthy for You to commune with, any one of millions in this world, why would You pick me? Couldn’t You get them out of bed? Couldn’t You reach them? Or did You visit with them already?”
“Well, yes, when I pray I decide when and where I want to talk with You, usually when it is most convenient for me.”
“Oh, so this is Your time isn't it Lord? This is the time You have chosen..”
“Yes Lord, yes. Anytime, anywhere I will commune with You. Lord, anything You want; I love You. And Lord . . . Thank You for choosing me.”
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” ~ Revelations 3:20
Bacon Tree Lesson
A Simple Man
“Bear ye one another's burdens,
and so fulfil the law of Christ.”
~ Galatians 6:2
Jesus had been beat on, ridiculed, spat upon, mocked and was flogged prior to the carrying out of His sentence to be crucified. Jesus, weary and worn from the torture, couldn't finish the task that would save the world. His body was too weak to fulfill the monumental sacrifice. As they led Him away to be crucified they saw a man, a simple man, walking along, minding his own business, and they compelled him to carry Jesus’ cross. Well, moreover they demanded that he carry the cross.
His name was Simon. He was a Cyrenian; Alexander and Rufus’ father. You see, Cyrene is in Africa, which is quite a distance for a man to travel in those days. It says in the Bible he was coming out of the country. So we probably can surmise he just got to Jerusalem. He didn't just wonder to Jerusalem, obviously he purposed to be there.
One innocent bystander ordered to carry our God’s cross. A simple man named Simon.
So, why him? Why was the fact that Simon carried Jesus’ cross such a big deal? Why put Simon’s name in the Bible? Was he just someone who carried Jesus’ cross? Was he some nobody doing something that didn't matter much? No. God had a plan from the beginning. Everything Jesus had done, or not done always has a reason.
We, too, are told to carry our cross. Jesus knew from the beginning that we could never carry it alone. In life, we deal with a variety of situations and issues; hard times that would burden us down. Just as Simon helped Jesus, we too need to help one another. I am there for you and you are there for me.
When life can be too much to bear, we are there for each other. Scripture tells us to pray for one another, love one another, teach one another, support one another, take care of one another. We don’t have to wait to be told by our Pastor. You see someone in need, be moved by compassion to help them. Pray for them, help them carry their cross; their burden.
So how can we carry Jesus’ cross for Him? Care for each other, pray for one another, intercede in our prayers for each other, give of ourselves, nurture those, teach others, have compassion upon our fellow man, uplift our brethren, sympathize, empathize, use wisdom, use knowledge, use understanding etc. . . do these things for others. Not to be noticed, but by the simple fact that we all need help.
It’s up to you, will you help carry Jesus’ cross?
"Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head. And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him. And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross. And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull,"
~ Matthew 27:27-33
You really know a subject when you can teach it.
Well, it's back to school time, and there are teachers and students both busily preparing for that first day. Many college goers are already in their dorms ready for class to start, thinking about that first day and what it would be like. They are prepared for a season of focused schooling. Local schools are a buzz with new teachers and changes. Youngsters are bored, and, although they won't admit it, they can't wait until school starts. Parents are quite ready as well.
School is important and is needful for job opportunities in the world we live in, however, there is a much greater higher learning that is absolutely necessary. I implore you not to forget your Lord God, Jesus. Don't forget what is essential. The most important education you can ever get is learning the Word of God. The most important school is the House of God. The most important teacher is the Preacher, with whom God uses.
We can forget about God just by the busyness in our lives. Things will suffocate the Spirit of God and leave room for the not so welcomed guests - those spirits that are evil.
Mary and Martha had a dispute. Martha was working hard because Jesus came to visit, and there was so much cooking and serving to do, and yet Mary just sat at Jesus' feet and listened to Jesus. Well, that exasperated Martha. Martha beckoned Jesus to tell Mary to do the right thing and help her serve. However this was Jesus' response:
And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:  But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. ~ Luke 10:41-42
Put God first.
There are things to be done, and tasks to be taken care of, school to go to, to learn, however, don't forget the blessings of God. God's teaching is truth, God's school is open, God's teacher is anointed.
Remember - Don't forget "One Thing Is Needful".
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God,
and his righteousness; and all these
things shall be added unto you."
~ Matthew 6:33
"And when they came to Nachon's threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it.  And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.  And David was displeased, because the Lord had made a breach upon Uzzah: and he called the name of the place Perez-uzzah to this day.  And David was afraid of the Lord that day, and said, How shall the ark of the Lord come to me?"
~ 2 Samuel 6:6-9
David loved the Lord. David so desired for the Ark of the Covenant to be in Israel where it belonged. With the good intentions, David and his men set out to transport the ark of the Lord. They even made sure that there was a new cart to tow the ark on.
Because the ark of God had been through so much and it had been away from the children of Israel for too long, David went after the Ark of God. He was so motivated by the fact that they finally were going to have it home. Truly excitement was in the air as they traveled home. Yet, David didn't pay close enough attention to the Word of God and what it had to say about the transportation of the Ark.
Has there really been too much time passed since he heard those laws in which God detailed the account with specific instructions in the transportation of the Ark of the Lord?
Uzzah perished just because he placed his hand upon the ark.
David, shocked at the fact that he truly meant well, his heart was right, and they were celebrating God, but yet, doing a good thing by keeping the Ark of God from falling, Uzzah was killed, instantly, just by touching the Ark. David was displeased by what God done and he stashed the Ark at the home of Obed-edom until he could figure out where he erred.
The whole time that the Ark of God was with Obed-edom, he and his house was blessed abundantly.
Now, God doesn't allow just anyone to touch Him. There are specific instructions when it comes to approaching God and how we treat HIM. Uzzah 's intention in his heart was pure, he was just wanting to help out. But because the rules weren't followed, he had to die. Obedience is better than sacrifice. if they moved the Ark the way it was supposed to be moved, Uzzah would have been alive at the arrival of the Ark in Jerusalem.
So then, David, after three months of studying and preparing, he and his sanctified Levites and the chosen multitude, went back to collect the ark of the Lord from the home of Obed-edom. As they traveled home, King David meticulously made sure the move was made with specific motions, slow, but worth every step. They would travel 6 steps and then worship with dance and sacrifice, they celebrated God like He is supposed to be celebrated. Six steps and Worship. As they returned to the city of David, they not only moved the ark the correct way, David also worshiped God with sacrifice and dance with all the strength that he had.
We all have good intentions. We could be just as guilty as David being ignorant to the Word of God; forgetting how much the Word of God is very specific. We go about our lives overlooking the Word of the Lord. Not intentionally, but neglectfully. The Word of the Lord is true and pointed. And, if we are not careful, we will lose sight of those things which should be Holy and Sanctified, thus treating them in a casual nonsensical way.
"This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness." ~ Ephesians 4:17-24
This is just one passage of scripture of many along the lines of ignorance. Has too much time pass that we forgot all the Lord requires of us? Being human we tend to think God's Word no longer applies if we haven’t heard it lately. Just remember: Truth reigns forever.
In the New Testament we put off works of the flesh. Obviously if it is a work of the flesh it couldn’t please God. And so in our endeavor to please God we need to strive to remember those things in which God wants us to do as well as those He doesn’t want us to do so we can remain righteous and holy.
"Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee."
~ Revelations 3:3
My Space, My Choice
"Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse;
A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day: And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known."
~ Deuteronomy 11:26-28
What would you do if you have a special piece of paper, to put anything you want on it, for the whole world to see? Would it have your favorites, or perhaps your not so favorites? Maybe your personal information? Your family? Would it be informative on a subject that is dear to you? Would you go all out for a sport’s team? Would you decide to tell about your job?
Just like a clean sheet of paper in the typewriter waiting to be written on, or perhaps an empty web site waiting for construction, when you start a new year, it is a vacant time waiting for you to create something in it. As the clock strikes midnight on December 31, that year will cease to exist. The time spent that year is gone.
The new year will escort in new beginnings full of hope and intrigue. You will have a choice whether to treat January just as another ordinary month, an ordinary day, or seize the moment and decide to make a difference. Perhaps change your life for the better?
Choice is what the Lord allows us to do. It is our choice that manifests our destiny. In our own lives we make choices based upon experiences. Whether right or wrong we move on and make choices based upon those choices and so forth.
We have an important choice coming; the year is wide open for progress. What will we choose to use in our own space? We can choose to be selfish or we could do more for others. We can choose to seek out God or we can choose to say there is no God. (however foolish Psalm 14:1) We could choose to ask God for direction in every thing we do; and then we could finally obtain the understanding that the main thing Jesus wants is a relationship with us! We could decide that worshiping Jesus is better than not worshiping Jesus. We all have room for improvement somewhere in our lives.
No matter what day in the year it is when you read this, NOW would be a good time to ask Jesus what you should do with your “space”. Your choice. Either way, whether you choose to do something or not do anything at all; that, my dear friend, is still a choice.
"This is the day which the Lord hath made;
we will rejoice and be glad in it."
~ Psalm 118:24
She Didn't Know
Why do we think it unusual to have a problem. When a problem rises up,
we are in so much dismay, we even question the Lord, “Why me?”
Why do we do that when life, in its very essence, is full of trouble.
"Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." ~ Matthew 6:34
Pain, sorrow, struggles, they are designed to reconnect us to our Creator.
"I cried unto thee, O Lord: I said, Thou art my refuge and
my portion in the land of the living." ~ Psalm 142:5
"Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?  For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.  He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.  But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.  He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.  He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.  And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. ~ Isaiah 53:1-12
This passage of scripture talks about Jesus. He wasn’t desired, He wasn’t the popular one, He wasn’t the one the masses would have chosen. He was lowly. He was alone. He was broken. He was contrite. He was human.
He knew, oh, He knew. Brokenness is the way. Brokenness is the way.
Notice the repetition in these verses? Anytime anything bad happened to the Lord, something good came out of it for others.
He was perfect and going through trials and tribulations for us. How much more shouldn’t we go through trials and tribulations for Him to help others?
So, this is how it went . . .
They both went to the altar. One woman was all alone, seeking God, no one was around her.
The other woman had the attention of the church. Not sure why no one thought to pray with the other woman. Perhaps this woman was more popular or perhaps everyone thought that this other woman was more able to get the Holy Ghost. It may never be known what those people were thinking. But that other woman was clearly the people’s choice that night.
But God had a plan. No one there knew what God was doing. Strange how the Lord’s plans were not revealed to those in company. Oddly enough, yes, God had many things going on at the same time. When the people were seeking God, God was seeking them.
I remember my Sister telling me about this event. I remember the dismay in her voice that those people didn’t gather around her to help her pray through to the Holy Ghost. My Sister was disheartened as she too was new to the truth.
Not that she was bitter as she went through all of this. On the contrary, if anything, my Sister knew she was set apart from the others for a reason. She just didn’t know why. Like anyone, when you have been pushed aside and set apart from the others, and you keep your spirit right, you will be used of God in a unique way. God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.
My Sister was left to herself to seek the Lord and be filled with the Holy Ghost; just her and Jesus. She didn’t have the fanfare that the other woman had. She sought the Lord, and knowing my sister, she was weeping: Weeping because she realized that no one cared about her, weeping through the brokenness, and ultimately, weeping because her Creator was seeking her because He cared for her. In the midst of her tears an intimate relationship with Jesus was being birthed.
My Sister received the Holy Ghost without anyone around her, for a reason. Years, years, and more years later, the Lord revealed unto me the understanding why she was left to herself and no one came to pray for her: It was for the other woman.
God needed brokenness to move in that church. He needed brokenness to allow His Spirit to move upon that other person. The people around her supported her, cheered her on, and coached her. But, she wouldn’t have been able to get the Holy Ghost without the Spirit of God being drawn into that situation. With the help of my sister, that other woman received the baptism of the Holy Ghost with her.
You see, God knows what we need. That is why there is no one around when you feel as if you need them the most. During those dark hours where you wish you had a friend to talk to, that is when Jesus is seeking you. He wants you to talk to Him. Jesus wants your brokenness. Jesus wants you to be broken to grow, broken to your self will and broken to your personal dreams to realize God’s plans.
"O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.  For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.  The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise." ~ Psalm 51:15-17
There is life in brokenness. Brokenness is healthy. Brokenness is humility.
"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."
~ 2 Chronicles 7:14
"And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted." ~ Matthew 23:12
"Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up." ~ James 4:10
That day my sister was broken, and she didn’t know why.
My sister went on to be with the Lord. . . yes, now, she knows.
"My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing."
~ James 1:2-4
Food for Thought
I ate a waffle today.
I like to put my waffle in the toaster until it is burnt on the edges. Then I smother butter on it, and topped it off with syrup. Oh, my, it is the best! But as I was eating, I thought about everything that I was eating and it occurred to me that perhaps that waffles weren’t as healthy as I lead myself to think.
I tried to justify that butter was a dairy product, but actually, I used margarine. The kind that is mostly artificial with a few hints of real dairy product. I thought for just a mere moment on the syrup, no longer is it made from the sap of a maple tree. Artificial. Yes, there wasn’t any nutrition there. Not really sure what waffles are made out of except a lot of fluff.
So, my breakfast wasn’t even food. It was a heaping plate full of genuine artificial flavors and preservatives. Then somebody has the nerve to call it food. Actually I called it food. I used it to sustain life. I used it to carry me to my next meal.
Now, think about being fed spiritually. Do we eat healthy food for our spirit? Are we actually eating those things that will help us to grow, or do we succumb to those things which are easy and fast so it will appease the soul? Do you create in your life quick fixes to smooth over conviction? Didn’t we all do that at one time or another?
Don’t believe everything you hear or read. Study with the proper tools and prove what others say is true. It is your soul. Don’t read junk. Make sure what you read lines up with the Word of God. And that God would approve it. Lean on those things that are 100 % pure. The next time you sit down to feast upon the Word of God, make sure it is the real deal, and it will create in you a strong person that you can be.
It does matter how you are baptized. Being baptized the right way will matter how you read the Word of God. Being baptized the wrong way will deliver you up to false teachings. Make sure you are Baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins.
If you have no idea what is good and pure, ask of God. He knows your heart and deliver you into that which your heart desires. Or ask a minister of the Word of God that you know has a good relationship with Jesus and teaches truth.
When you take the time for a healthy relationship with Jesus, the scripture is meat and veggies. It is tasty, something you can sink your teeth in, and vitamin enriched to give spiritual growth. Sometimes we just want to go straight to the dessert. Going to church just for the fellowship. Perhaps we just go for the hype. We get so full of dessert and we don’t want what is good for us. The Holy Word of God and prayer.
We all want to live healthy. But the temptation of dessert is sooo good! Don’t allow dessert to rule our lives. Yes, have dessert, but make sure you are feasting on the Word of God.
"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness."
~ 2 Timothy 2:15-16
AGOG: Very curious or eager
to hear or see something:
"I'm all agog to hear that band".
Okay, now think about 'agog' in what God has for us.
There are two different ways where we read about people very eager to hear or see something in the scriptures.
Let us focus right now on the negative side: those who have an eager ear and is ready to hear rumors and gossip. They look to see the bad in others, just so they can talk to others about it, it makes them feel better about themselves. Running to this person and that person just to spread the mess and create controversy. This tale-bearing is pure wickedness. It places people in boxes and ruins their character. It takes years to build character, it take a talebearer one time to ruin that character.
“The words of a talebearer are as wounds,
and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.”
~ Proverbs 18:8
“The words of a talebearer are as wounds,
and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.”
~ Proverbs 26:22
Do you ever wonder why the writer put this in twice? Probably for the admonition of the talebearer, and then, moreover for the admonition of the listener.
A talebearer would not have any grit if it wasn't for the other person to listen. The listener, most likely, are those who are quick to hear. It says those words will burn and stay within the body. Meaning the listener will not forget those words. Those words will change you, and to top it all off, whether those words are the truth or not, the listener will put those poor people into a box, and those victims of the talebearer will never get out of that box because they have no idea what was said about them to be able to defend themselves against the slander.
The listener is in a very dangerous place when they listen to a talebearer(gossiper).
“These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,  A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.” ~ Proverbs 6:16-19
I dare say that all these six things have these three things in common:
1.) They are a matter of the heart.
2.) They all could be started with evil communications.
3.) They all can be corrected through true repentance
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” ~ 2 Timothy 4:3-4
Itching ears means they only want to hear what makes them feel better. Make me feel better pastor, preach only those things that does not bring conviction. Preach those things that cause my flesh feel better; that strokes my pride.
Now, let us focus on the positive side: those who are eager to hear the Word of God and look to hear about the miracles that were prayed for, honest before God. Those listeners who go from person to person to tell them the good news they heard. They spread the Gospel to help other people realize the truth. They testify about the great works of Jesus Christ. As well as those who cannot wait to hear from God.
“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.” ~ Galatians 5:13
There will be some who just want to hear what they decide is the truth, and then there are those who want to hear the total truth.
“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." ~ John 4:23-24
You see, when you are honest with your communication and honest when guarding your ears from listening to evil communications, and then you are doing right. Couple that with true worship and see what God has in store for you!
“Blessed are they that keep his testimonies,
and that seek him with the whole heart.” ~ Psalm 119:2
“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after
righteousness: for they shall be filled.” ~ Matthew 5:6
“But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that
hear the word of God, and keep it.” ~ Luke 11:28
Mistakes are made every day, we are human, but what are you drawn to?
Be drawn to the goodness of God! And repent if you were living otherwise.
So, the ultimate question is: “What you are all agog about?”
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.“
~ Philippians 4:8
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."
~ Genesis 1:1
Today, first day of school for my sons. Although they were so excited to go, the bus was late for one of them. And come to find out my son wasn't where he was supposed to be. There must have been a mix-up in the communication. I don't think I was notified where my son was supposed to wait. I assumed because his brother was picked up in front of the house, so would he. So the directions were a little sketchy.
Then there are rules in order for my son to have the privileged to ride the bus. When they stand waiting for their bus they are to stand by the road and not on the road, wait for the bus to stop, then move to get on the bus, sit down and behave. Theoretically.
There are instructions and directions applied in every facet of our lives. From entertainment to working, from hobbies to emergencies, from living to dying. There are rules and guidelines to help us along our way. It would be ciaos if there weren't any instructions and directions. Our houses would be turned upside-down if it weren't for common courtesy guidelines. Thank the Lord, we have respect one for another.
In any civilization there must be order. And everything that is done right, has a process and an order to it. Thus the directions, instructions, rules.
Today, in our lives, think about that order. For what purpose were we born? Did the big bang occur and we just happened to be born? Do you think you were here by happenstance? Do you actually think, all of a sudden you came to be?
Let's think about that. The only way there would be no reason for you to be born, would be if there were in fact a big bang and micro-organisms just began to build and monkeys were formed first then humans evolved from them. Then you would have no purpose. You just happened to be.
Now, for that to be true, we should be able to test it. So you blow something up, did you create something? No? Okay, so you blow more things up; You can really use your logic on this one. Never has anyone blew something up only to create something, except for in cartoons.
Let's go to the next step. Now, have we ever seen any monkey who was part human? Evolving into human? Surely the process wouldn't stop. If it had, in fact, been true, the process would continue. There would be no way for the process to stop as humans are born everyday, monkeys are born everyday. We don't see any evidence of evolution, because it didn't happen.
So if that didn't happen, then we must have been made with some sort of purpose in mind.
Now that we established that there is a reason why you were born, let us go on to investigate why we were born.
There is one book, well, a series of books inside of one book which has survived persecution, disputes, ages, and critics. All history books are written with a bias view. But this history book is written by several writers, through the time of thousands of years, from different backgrounds, inspired by one Author. All 66 books of this one book agrees with each other.
This book is, in fact, the truth, and you can base your whole lifetime on this book. You can look up things in this book that scientist are still learning today. This book is alive and is just as current today as it was three thousand years ago.
The directions in your life can be found in this book. It tells of how to live a great life; The Holy Bible!
Many people today live their lives into the ground because they have no idea where to find the directions for their life. Look it up. God is good and His Word is everlasting. We can bank on the Word of God. We can Shout it from the tree tops that the Word of God is TRUE and we can rejoice!
The Holy Bible is for everyone. KJV Holy Bible is the closest version to the original transcripts that English speaking people can find. Get a KJV Holy Bible and read it.
You say you tried and didn't understand it. Read Acts 2:38. Repent, recognize your need for a Lord and Savior in your life. Then get baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission (forgiveness) of your sins. And receive the Holy Ghost. That will help you to read and understand the KJV like never before.
When you read the KJV Holy Bible it comes alive in your soul, your spirit, and your mind. That one true KJV Bible. Your Soul will be blessed by it.
The direction that is challenging you right now is proven to be the correct way. Chose One: One way, One God, One Baptism, One . . .
"There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;  One Lord, one faith, one baptism,  One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all."
~ Ephesians 4:4-6
There is no dispute, no trinity, no big bang, no evolution, no other way.
Choose that ONE WAY.
The preacher says it best when he tested every part of life, seeking out why we are born. Let us read:
"I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem.
And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom
concerning all things that are done under heaven: . . ."
~ Ecclesiastes 1:12-13
"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:
Fear God, and keep his commandments:
for this is the whole duty of man.
For God shall bring every work into judgment,
with every secret thing, whether it be good, or
whether it be evil."
~ Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
You have a purpose! Worship Jesus! :)
In the beginning God created . . .
24 Hours in a Day
"And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.
And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not. And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven. And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it. And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first. And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, So that I come again to my father's house in peace; then shall the Lord be my God: And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee."
Jacob truly was blessed by his dream and recognized that the Lord had a special anointing on him. He understood the need to give, at the very least, a tithe(10%) back to God. Read the about the tribute to the Lord in Genesis 28:22 He is tithing to God's house, part of the family of God.
Jacob seen the need to tithe coupled with blessings. I see your blessings Lord, and I vow to tithe to you back what you give me. And he does.
Malachi 3:8-12 ~
"Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts. And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts."
It is very important for everyone to tithe to the Lord. Because God has allowed you the whole; one hundred percent of anything, God just requires ten percent to be given back to Him.
So, I have been thinking . . .
Have we considered our days the Lord gives us? Do we tithe 10% of your day to God? Think about it. If we tithed our day to God, then we can actually do all the things that God wants us to do. All the things that would enhance our walk with Jesus. Everything.
So, let's say we tithed our day to God. That would mean to give back to Jesus two hours and twenty-four minutes. we pray for an hour. Read your Bible for an hour and the remainder we could spend meditating on God's Word and allowing God to speak to us.
It doesn't have to be divided that way, use it how ever we decide to use that tithe. I could see how God would bless the day. Perhaps, with less problems., making correct decisions.
After tithing 2 hours and 24 minutes, you would still have 21 hours and 36 minutes to yourself. Although, if you decide to give an offering of part of your day . . . .
"Give, and it shall be given unto you: good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. for with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
~ Luke 6:38
A Virtuous Woman
"Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar. She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates."
I have always thought a virtuous woman is a woman who is nice, kind, sweet, worker that never sleeps, smart and wise, beautiful, gorgeous, multitudes of friends, everybody loves her, she never does anything wrong, never did anything wrong. She is perfect in every way. I went on to think, here she's done all these things in one day, thus the candle not going out. Mighty Woman! Super Woman!
So, I figured I would never attain a high standard as this virtuous woman. I can clearly see that in others, but, me? Nope, not me.
Then it says that no one person is perfect save Jesus. Hum? no one is perfect, then obviously I read this in a poor light.
After studying the word virtuous. Virtuous: Force. Power.
So really, a virtuous woman is a woman who is full of power or force.
How does a virtuous woman get that power?
Let's look at the virtue that was pulled from God:
Luke 6:19 ~ "And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all."
The force is specially of a miraculous power, by implication, a miracle itself.
Then look further into power in women and look at this scripture:
1 Corinthians 11:10 ~ "For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels."
The word "power" here means: in the sense of ability, privilege, force. authority, liberty, jurisdiction, power, right, strength.
And so, at the beginning. If a woman wanted to be a virtuous woman, she would posses power, force. On her head. In the aspect of a privilege by her dedication of keeping her hair long. Uncut.
With that power a woman can obtain authority over evil spirits and deliver multitudes from the evil that plagues their lives. Just a Virtuous Woman.
A virtuous woman, prays, has been baptized in Jesus' Name, and has the Holy Ghost. A virtuous woman desires the things of God, compassionate to others and looks to help wherever she can.
A virtuous woman isn't perfect, but looks to be perfected.
I just love my hair. The Lord has blessed me with beautiful hair. I love it. One day, I happened to look at my hair and it actually looked like peacock plumage. It layered, and it was so cool, I couldn't help but admire it. I thanked the Lord over and over for my hair.
But more than beauty, my hair is my glory for Jesus. Protection for my family, a holy umbrella that overshadows me and my family. grants me power over evil and power with the angels.
So when you read Proverbs 31 about the virtuous woman. Keep in mind, the amount of dedication for the Lord: she wasn't perfect. . . . . . . just obedient.
"For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power."
~ 1 Corinthians 4:20
"But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." ~ Acts 1:8
Am I Driving You Nuts?
I am a child of the King. I am royalty.
I am a princess.
I am a child of my dad and my mom.
I have a last name. I am me.
I am spiritual. I love my God and Savior.
I love Jesus
I am carnal. I love playing video games.
I love food.
I am soul-ed out to Jesus. I am totally convinced
the Bible is True. I love truth.
I am not soul-ed out to food nor video games.
I allow video games only so much leeway.
I love my family and I try my best to help in any way I can.
But I am only me.
And there are needs that I have as well.
I will help in anyway I can but you must understand
I am only me. I can only do so much. I do run out of steam.
I am flesh.
Trust me when I say I can only do so much. I love you and I will pray for you, but if you are not willing to be sold out to Jesus, if you are not willing to go that extra mile with the Lord, who am I that I can help you?
Who am I that I can pray my way to help your situation?
I cannot walk with the Lord for you.
I cannot praise the Lord for you.
I cannot fast in your place.
I cannot pray in your place.
You must do this for yourself.
Don't ask for prayer if you are not willing
to believe that it will work.
Don't point your finger at someone -
you have faults of your own.
Don't bother me with petty things when there
are monumental things to be considered.
Am I driving you nuts?
It is time for those who consider themselves to be
"Christians" to stand up and be accounted for.
If it is your fault then own up to it. Don't point the finger.
You are your own man. Own up to it and take the punishment.
The blame game, as I call it, is weak. It started with Adam then with Eve. That old serpent had no one to blame. Adam said Eve gave him and he did eat. Well, if he wasn't standing around to see what would happen, then he wouldn't have eaten. Eve said the serpent beguiled her and she did eat. Well, if she wasn't checking out that tree in the first
place she wouldn't have eaten.
Own up to your own faults. I got myself into a pickle once because I listened to bad advice. I fell into the pit of bad advice and I acted upon it. I couldn't blame them for talking to me. I cannot blame them for deceiving me. I couldn't only blame myself for following their lead. It lead me down a terrible road that I would never want to go down again.
I felt betrayed. I felt badgered. I felt stalked all year.
I felt the judgments of others as I shouldered the blame for things that I was ignorant of. I was attacked through emails. I was attacked at meetings. Just because I was ignorant. But I refuse to point the finger back to my accusers. I refused to play the blame game.
I was the leader, regardless of my surroundings.
I was the leader regardless of what people thought.
I was the leader trying to do what was right.
I didn't have anyone to support me. I didn't have anyone to sit with me at meetings. I didn't have anyone, available, on my side. But I knew I was in the right and I chose not to go down the blame game side.
Well, to go into a much needed explanation; Later I became bitter to those people who caused me a hard time. I had to forgive them. As forgiveness is a process, the process was longer than what I thought it would be, but I forgave them. And I refused to blame them. I refused to play those games in which they were playing.
I prayed that my leadership helped others.
Today, I am still so glad I owned up to my responsibilities. I realize I should never take on a position in any organization unless I actually know what is required of me.
That was my downfall.
So don't blame. Don't require of someone else something that you are not willing to do yourself. Don't take on more than you can chew. And most importantly: Own up to your own responsibility.
Praise God and Pray. Fast and Study the Word of God.
The rest will fall into place.
I am Me, I am a child of God, and I am not perfect . . . .
"Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall
my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times:
but, Until seventy times seven."
~ Matthew 18:21-22
Praise in the Park
Today me, my son and four others went throughout the park to hand out business cards and water from our church. The temperature was in the eighties and many were warm sitting and walking about and the water was refreshing for them. Thus granting us opportunity to reach out to our community and compel them to come to the house of God.
As we were about to leave, we got into a discussion about how many people feel as if they need to get good to get God. They feel as if they have to be a particular way before coming to the house of God. Might I add, they feel they have to be perfect before meeting the One True God.
I know, because I felt that way.
When I finally threw up my hands and went to church, no one told me I must be this way or do this or that. They were happy I came to church. which puzzled me. Then when I heard a sermon about how the church members need to work at getting their life right; I remember thinking to myself, yes, go get them, and leave me alone. LOL Radical, wasn't I? But it gave God a chance to work in my life as I went back to visit many times after that. And eventually I heard what Jesus wanted me to hear.
The same goes for you today. If you are not attending church or perhaps are looking for a church, keep this in mind: You don't have to purchase fancy clothes to attend, you don't have to change your life in order to visit, you don't have to put on any airs, meaning, you don't have to pretend like you are so prim and proper.
Jesus says, just come as you are. Yes. Just come as you are. If and when God deals with you, at that time will God change you and show you what you need to know. You will be ready when God shows you. Your mind will be renewed. Jesus isn't going to make you do something you are not willing to do, until you are ready be the signifying of a desire to be closer to Him.
When you are willing to live for Him, at that time Jesus will show you what is required, but He will treat you as gently as gentleman should.
So. YOU. Yes, YOU! Don't worry about the little things, the only thing Jesus wants from you right now is a relationship and you will never have that if you put many things in the way. Get to know Him. Hear the preached Word of God and let Him draw you closer to Him.
"For the promise is unto you and to your children,
and to all that are afar off, even as many
as the Lord our God shall call."
~ Acts 2:39
But go ye and learn what that meaneth,
I will have mercy, and not sacrifice:
for I am not come to call the righteous,
but sinners to repentance.
~ Matthew 9:13
In two days I went to two different hospitals. My friend took ill and in my desire to see her get well, I provided her with transportation and fellowship during these two hospital visits. She is one of my best friends so there wasn't any hardship there, except to see her in pain just broke my heart. There wasn't anything I could do about it. I knew God had His hand upon her, yet my heart was sad for her.
Yesterday we visited the 1st hospital, it was a bust.
The results in my friends problem wasn't resolved.
So, today when we visited the 2nd hospital, we got to talking. She wasn't sure about this hospital because of the age of the building and how things wasn't refined as the 1st hospital. The 2nd hospital had paper notes to direct you, whereas the 1st hospital had professional looking signs. The 2nd hospital had worn carpeting and worn fixtures, whereas the 1st hospital was brand new, recently been built so everything was fresh.
But one thing we noticed between the two. The 2nd hospital we got results. The 1st hospital just put a band-aid on the symptom. The 2nd hospital sought and executed a solution to the problem.
When contemplating the comparisons between the two, I have come to realize that we too, in many times in our lives, see things not for what they are, but by the face they portray. We judge people by what they wear. We judge people by the appearance they present. We judge people the way they talk. When, in fact, if you give anyone a chance, and get to know them, you would probably be good friends. Great people who, given a chance, can become a blossoming beautiful flower, by just a chance encounter.
I have found out that people I thought were my friends were not my friends at all, but wolves in sheep's clothing. And I still would have given them a chance. Those who were my best friends, are still great friends. Even when there was two incidents that Satan orchestrated. I recognized what those little devils did and my relationship with them are still going strong.
So, the next time you reserve judgment towards
someone who is angry, stop and consider what
they may be going through.
And the next time someone showers you
with flattery, stop and consider the flattery.
Jesus said we are known by our fruit.
. . . . . . . take the time, not to judge,
but to help others see that they
too can produce good fruit.
Either make the tree good, and his fruit good;
or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt:
for the tree is known by his fruit.
~ Matthew 12:33
In this technology age we are captured by the bells and whistles of electronics. Plug and play devices. Download and Update software. We are ever after a new game that captures our attention. The words slow and/or crash is not the words we want to use when referring to our devices. Yet it happens. Then, fixing those devices . . . either you have to be a computer tech or you have to pay for a techie. So then you are looking at so much time to drop off your device and repair it or you repair it yourself just to find it has taken too much time from you that you could have spent on other things.
Time Vortex. That is what I call this evil cycle. Technology is sucking our time from our lives. Quality time we could be spending with our family, reading, relaxing, but instead, our eyes are fixated on devices that don't mean a hill of beans. Going on vacation we should be looking around, seeing the sights. Instead we are watching a video we could have watched at home when we had absolutely nothing to do, but to watch a movie.
Fixing devices that are broke or hooked on a game or app that won't lose it's hold. Time Vortex. The aggravating updates they have for your device only to crash the drivers on your device to the point where it is unusable. Time Vortex. You find that perfect app that absorbs hours out of your day. Time Vortex.
Time vortexes are designed to do just that, suck your time away from you so that you cannot do the things you are meant to do. If Satan steals your time, then you won't have time to pray, read your Bible, teach Bible Studies, etc.
In accomplishing that, he accomplishes
the fact that you become a lukewarm Christian.
"And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;  I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.  So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.  Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:"
~ Revelation 3:14-17
WE MUST guard ourselves against time vortexes. We must recognize the need to give our Heavenly Father our time. He desires for us to sit at His feet and listen to His Word. He desires for us to read His Word. Learn, understand, and gain knowledge from His Word. Jesus really doesn't ask too much from us. What He wants is simple.
We Should Give Him That.
A devout man of God reached out to his community with fervency.
He was a great friend and help to this community.
He loved his church and his community.
One Night he had a dream about his congregation. In this dream, he watched as one by one various members of the church would get up during the preaching and walk out the door marked by the exit sign. These exit signs were clearly marked with florescent red letters. As these people would walk out the door, they would disappear.
Disturbed by his dream this man of God went seeking for answers to his dream. A week went by, alas no one approached him to interpret him is dream. So this man of God realized that the Lord wanted him to seek Him for the answer; the nature of this dream was of extreme disturbance.
So the man of God sought the Lord by fasting and prayer. Come about the third night the Lord showed him another dream. In this dream he saw the same church and the same pews, this time there were nobody in the pews except for strangers. You can tell by their clothes they were all from various walks of life. As he preached they just sat and stared at him. He could tell that they didn't know what to do.
Of course when the man of God woke, he wasn't anywhere close to knowing the answer. So he fasted and prayed more days. Then about the third night night he had another dream. In this dream God granted him the understanding.
The first dream was members of the Church who needed something, but wasn't receiving it and eventually left the church. The second dream was all the people the church reached out to and have now occupied the church.
God showed the man of God that there wasn't any balance to the two dreams.
The man of God repented that he didn't recognize the needs of the saints and how he poured out so much of himself into the community that he forgot the whole.
The next Sunday at church during the service the man of God watched his saints. The Holy Ghost revealed various needs that no one mentioned. He allowed the knowledge of God to direct him to help those who wouldn't otherwise receive help. Many were renewed that night.
The next morning the man of God had yet one more dream. This dream was both his saints and strangers, well, new friends, siting among each other and all of them praising God. When he awoke, he came to the conclusion that the Lord healed his church and his thinking.
"Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as they soul prospereth. For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth.
I have no great joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers: Which have borne witness of they charity before the church: whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well: Because that for his name's sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles. We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth. " ~ 3 John 1:2-8
As I walk in the mist, the darkness closes in. I can barely see a few feet ahead of me. I take a step and wait. I am not sure of my location, but I know the direction where I want to go. The path fades away and I am disillusioned momentarily by fear and pain. I wait.
Of course my initial feelings are to stop. Don’t go any further. Don't get hurt. However my heart says to press on. My drive, my will tells me that I must press on. And then, in the midst of the gray area in my life I receive an understanding from the Lord in which lights up my path once again.
Lord, You lead and I will follow, I chose Your way. And His gentle hand nudges me to the accurate path. I go. And soon I walk out of the forest into an open breeze. I can see all around me and I also can see what Jesus delivered me from.
He delivered me from me.
You would be amazed how many people are bound by their thoughts, their predetermined ideas, their traditions, and their routines. I was one. You may be also. Sometimes we get caught up in the moment. But then Jesus grips our heart and directs us with a gentleness that cannot be described and we press on.
You see, Jesus does all of that for you. There will be times in your life when all you can do is walk by faith and not by sight. Maybe keeping your eyes open may be scary and frightening, it may also be painful, so it is okay to close your eyes and press on while you let Jesus be your Guide. Allow Jesus to erase your pain and fear while you just press on.
Jesus knows exactly what we need . . . . .press on.
~ Truth4Eternity 4/11/13
Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way. Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.
~ Psalm 119:104-105
I was just reflecting on how God is moving in one particular aspect of my life. I didn't have a desire to head the media portion of the church, nor did I know exactly what was required of me. It seemed so overwhelming.
I prayed for someone to be able to run the media, no one was available.
When I was asked by my pastor to step up and take care of things needed to be done, I was quite reluctant. I asked if there was not someone else to do the job. Because I was the only person available, out of obedience, I did what needed to be done.
For months, I didn’t particularly care to spend most of my services in the sound room. I so wanted to be free to worship the Lord. Yes, I could worship in the sound room, but my attention was divided. I just wanted to focus on Jesus.
But then, the Lord spoke to me in that still small voice and told me that I was placed there for a purpose.
Naturally that totally threw me. I thought I was just placed there because I was the only person available to do the job.
So my thoughts were totally misaligned. Disposition was bent. And I should have been content in just knowing I was doing God’s service in the first place.
Feeling sheepish, I repented and straightened myself. I felt for the first time that I had purpose in the media department. And as I nurtured this thought, I came to realize how much I had learned for the purpose of this department in the months prior to this time.
God's plan is interesting, as my dad recently taught me how to solder electronics. I am 48 years old and I just recently learned to solder. Now how crazy is that? You can teach an old dog new tricks.
Also, I have picked up an ear to hear the smallest of sounds that happen during the service. Then, I was privileged enough to learned so much from a Sound Tech my pastor hired to tweak our sound system.
At first I was overwhelmed, but then, as time went by, I could bring back to my memory what he had said about various things on the sound board. (That is God! Because lately I really couldn't remember much of anything)
What had overwhelmed me at the beginning doesn’t now. I have gained so much knowledge that only by miracles could that happen: “That’s God!”
Thus, just another example of how God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.
Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of
ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; Who also hat made us
able ministers of the new testament not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the litter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
~ 2 Corinthians 3:5-6
Amos 8:1-3 ~
Thus hath the Lord God shewed unto me: and behold a basket of summer fruit.  And he said, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A basket of summer fruit. Then said the Lord unto me, The end is come upon my people of Israel; I will not again pass by them any more.  And the songs of the temple shall be howlings in that day, saith the Lord God: there shall be many dead bodies in every place; they shall cast them forth with silence.
Summer fruit. They had their chance to grow. They had their chance to get what they needed before the day of harvest. They had plenty of chances to get the nutrients and strength to get taller, bigger, stronger.
When the harvest is come, it is too late to grow. They cannot go back to the ground or to the tree, it's the time to die. You cannot gain the nutrients you need after the harvest. What is done is done.
In this scripture, the Lord is saying; “Look, you had your chance to change to do what is right and grow in My Word. You had your chance, now, I am done. I will no longer allow you to feel My Spirit. And because you will not be able to find me, you will have great sorrow.”
Then it occurred to me . . . there must be an exact time when someone loses out with God.
I mean, just like there is a time when you made that decision to turn to Jesus. There must have been a turning point in your life where you knew you were never going back to the world. And God knows you will never go back to the world. You have decided to be with Jesus to the end.
Could there be a time when God is just done? He knows the beginning from the end and the end from the beginning. He knows exactly when a bad decision is made for a life. That decision created in a soul’s destiny. That precise moment can be the determination that will last an eternity in the lake of fire; a soul - lost forever. God knows this. God knows there is nothing else He can do.
So, obviously this does happen. Unfortunately there are people all over the world who turned from the truth. But at that moment when God acknowledge the decision that determines the outcome for a soul, at that moment, is there a great weeping? Is there a great sorrow in Heaven for the loss of one soul?
Do the angels cry? Does the Lord put great sorrow upon us so that we will weep for Him? For them? Those whose soul is lost forever?
We may never know the precise moment that determines our destiny. Only God Knows. The best we can do is listen and learn when the Lord directs us. Grow when you get a chance. Allow those trials to create character not bitterness. Allow God to move in your mind, heart and soul. We need the growing. We need God.
It is not the end of summer . . . . yet.
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. and not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope; And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. for when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. ~ Romans 5:1-6
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