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|Tuesday, June 28th, 2011|
|R -E -S -P -E- C - T
Yesterday, while I was doing some ironing, I flipped on TBN and a couple of preachers that I liked happened to be on. Both of their messages were really good so I want to jot down the gist of them so I can remember them (old age)
They kind of went hand in hand.... the first message being about self worth and knowing that we have value, and purpose. That we need to look to God to see what He has created us for... then do it. I think too many people set goals for themselves and if, and when they fail, feel bad about themselves - even worthless. BUT when we seek God's will and see His goals for us... we can have assurance that we will meet , and probably surpass the goal. And we will see our value and worth to our Creator... and we will receive honor and respect from others. And as long as we remain humble and grateful to our Lord for it all... it just keeps getting better.
So that was one message...
The other was about having respect for, and honoring others. Specifically, it was about honoring those in authority over us. We all seem to have a problem with that these days.
The preacher pointed out that "back in the old days" if a parent told us to do something... we did it. Like it or not. And with respect. If we had a pout or sneer on our face, it might earn us a slap in that face. This wasn't child abuse. This was "correction". But usually a slap wasn't required, because most kids would do what they were told. That was how it was.
Now I know all the child raising theories... so lets not go there. But from respect of parents, we go to respect of others in authority over us - teachers, police, pastors, governing authorities... on up to the president. When I think about the lack of respect that most of us give these people... I am sad.
Now we can justify our disrespect by listing all the shortcomings of these other human beings that have been put in authority over us. And come to the conclusion that they don't deserve our loyalty. HOWEVER.... if we check out the Bible we find... in Romans 13 the following : "EVERYONE MUST SUBMIT HIMSELF TO THE GOVERNING AUTHORITIES, FOR THERE IS NO AUTHORITY EXCEPT THAT WHICH GOD HAS ESTABLISHED. CONSEQUENTLY, HE WHO REBELS AGAINST THE AUTHORITY IS REBELLING AGAINST WHAT GOD HAS INSTITUTED, AND THOSE WHO DO SO WILL BRING JUDGMENT AGAINST THEMSELVES."
Plus... when we DO honor authority, we receive a blessing. (The pastor read the story of Noah... where after they arrived on dry land Noah god drunk and naked. One son, Ham, disrespected his father by telling his brothers that he had seen their father in that condition. His brothers showed respect by backing into his room with a blanket over their shoulders to cover his nakedness. Ham was cursed, the others blessed)
I know I have done my share of disrespectful grumbling against authority. I am ashamed, but moreover I now realize that I need to stand on what I believe... which is that GOD IS IN CONTROL. That nothing is going on that God isn't aware of, or hasn't allowed to happen and will use to bring about His will and His plan. So, actually it is a very peaceful place to be - trusting God's word and obeying it. We are called to respect and honor the office of those in authority over us... and to pray for them. So - I am going to work on that. :-) Current Mood: peaceful
|Friday, May 13th, 2011|
|Awakening a Lion
Years ago the Lord gave me an illustration that has recently come to mind. I just wanted to jot it down. I probably have written about it before, but it is a good one to remember:
In life we all have our "ups and downs".... good days and bad days. In the Christian lingo we call it "mountain top and valley experiences". And usually that is in reference to spiritual highs and lows. The mountain top when we are experiencing the Lord's presence very powerfully. We hear Him, we know, that we know, that we know His arms are around us, and all is going super well. Then there is the valley - where it seems the Lord has left the building, and everything stinks. (which isn't entirely a bad place to be as we know that is "where we grow" )
Many times these valleys are caused by Satan's "fiery darts" as the bible calls them. His attacks are usually to keep us from something or someplace God wants for us. Usually satan leaves us alone. Especially if we are going along in our daily, self-centered human lives. But when God calls us into a ministry, or some kind of service for Him. "Old Luci" (as a pastor friend of mine used to call Lucifer) will get involved to try to stop or distract and discourage us.
We need to remember this, and not be surprised when difficulties come in the middle of doing good stuff for God. And not to give up ( Galatians 6:9 reminds us "let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up")
Now.... the lion illustration that I was getting to:
In the jungle, when one steps on a twig, it causes a lion to look in the direction of the "snap" and to check out the possibility of a meal.
When we do something that God has inspired us to do....especially if it involves bringing someone to the Lord, we cause satan to look in our direction and to mess with us in some annoying or horrible way.
Just remember - if God calls you, He will empower you, and protect you to do what he calls you to do. And stand on Gal 6:9.
|Friday, April 22nd, 2011|
|Are You a Polishing Rock, or a Stumbling Block?
I was talking to an old friend the other day. I don't see him often, but whenever we get together it is always a great visit. Jesus is the main focus for both of us, and our conversation is always about what God is doing in our lives. We agree on the "main points", but sometime we disagree on certain issues. So we talk it out. We challenge each other , learn from each other,and it helps to grow our faith. This is the case with many of my brothers and sisters in the Lord. Our relationships with the Lord, and each other are secure enough to be able to do this... and also to "agree to disagree" on things that we still see differently.
Actually there is a scripture about this... Proverbs 27 verse 17 " As iron sharpens iron, one man sharpens another". When we challenge one another to defend our faith and what we believe, we help strengthen each other's faith. I was thinking about that verse the other day and the rock tumbler analogy came to mind. You know those ones you may have had as a kid. Where after days of tumbling around together... bumping into each other... the rough edges come off and there is a beautiful shiny surface on each rock. In our discussions and friendly arguments, we actually actually "polish" each other. :-) (Kind of the same as being "sharpened")
There are also scriptures about "stumbling blocks". I don't think that needs much explanation. A stumbling block is something (or someone ) that trips you up, and possibly causes you to fall. There are many ways to cause others to stumble and fall. But in the case of disagreements, if we don't have a secure relationship with God and others... our arguments can cause doubts or fears. A "babe in Christ" can turn away from the Lord if they are "tripped up" by thoughtless words of someone who calls themself a "spiritually mature" Christian.
So.... Are you a polishing rock, or a stumbling block?
|Wednesday, April 13th, 2011|
|You Go Peter!
Back in the early 70's, when I was baptized in the Spirit... filled with the Spirit... or whatever you want to call it... one of the favorite scriptures of the "Born-againers" (along with John 3 ) was the second chapter of Acts. Because it described the excitement of being filled with the Holy Spirit that we were all going through during the "Jesus Movement Revival". Those were exciting times! To experience the filling of the Spirit , and the "warm fuzzy" of feeling the arms of God around you, plus speaking in a spiritual tongue was a better high than any of the drugs that I was using at the time. And, I am sure that the disciples had the same feeling.
But.. the really neat thing that happened in Acts 2, was the 3,000 people that were "born again" as a result of Peter's explanation of what was going on. (Remember Peter... the one who was afraid to say he was a follower of Jesus in public?) Now he was giving a speech in front of the same people he was afraid of! And 3,000 of them became followers of Jesus when they heard his testimony!
And, the really neat thing that happened to me was that the "high" of the Holy Spirit has been with me ever since. Sometimes in a very intense way during praise and worship, sometimes in a very practical way when I need guidance (which is most of the time!)... and in a very peaceful way when problems, and concerns close in (which also is most of the time lol ) God is always literally at my beck and call. It is always amazing to me and it never gets "old" that the Creator of the Universe loves to be alone with me. And all of us!
We need another "revival".... because there are so many people who are missing out on this experience. (And the Lord is missing out on a relationship with them!) We need not to be ashamed or afraid to "explain" the reason for our joy ... no we are not drunk or crazy... misled or naive.... We once were blind, and now we see! Pastor Ann preached on that scripture last week, and she has been encouraging people to give personal testimonies of times the Holy Spirit has given them "peace that passes understanding" - God hugs that they have had. Who knows... may be there will be thousands who come to the Lord if we step up to the plate like Peter did. (It can happen :-)
|Tuesday, April 12th, 2011|
|The Body and it's armor
Lately I have been thinking about Spiritual warfare, and how so many people are unaware that it is even going on. I know I have written about this subject numerous times... but it keeps popping up in my head because I see the battles all around me.
I remember one time I wrote about the "invisible war". How most people are wandering around on the battlefield, and when they get broadsided by some situation... they wonder "What in hell is happening?" (and that is exactly where the hits are coming from... hell.) The Bible calls it "fiery darts from the devil, or flaming missiles of the evil one" depending on what version of the Bible you are reading.
Ephesians (chapter) 6: (verses)10 - 18, Points out who our enemy is, and what we are supposed to do about it.
Anyway, I was thinking about how "The Church" is supposed to be the Body of Christ (I'm sure I have written about this subject many times too) And the members of "The Church / body " are supposed to work in harmony... get along.... have each others backs etc. And not be envious of other "body parts". And... appreciate what the other parts can do.
What happens so many times is.... the "body parts" get fighting among themselves (which is exactly what the enemy wants) and in doing that weakens the Body.
We HAVE TO remember who our enemy is....... pick our battles , and fight the enemy - not other parts of the body..... and use the armor that is described in Ephesians 6. (You need to study the bible to find out what each piece of armor stands for, and how to get it)
You will also note as you read it, that the only weapon we are given is The Sword of The Spirit... the Word of God. So it is of the utmost importance to study the scripture (the Word of God) so that we can recognize and fight off Satan.
It is also important to study scripture so that we know how God wants us to live... what to do and not do. Because all bad stuff that happens to us isn't always from Satan. Sometimes we cause our own problems by how we live. Current Mood: annoyed
|Sunday, March 27th, 2011|
|Get to know your weapon
I was thinking about the "armor of God" the other day. This is a scripture I think we all have studied many times. (Ephesians 6:10-17) My thoughts were on the "Sword of the Spirit"- the Word of God. When studying this scripture, it is obvious that this is the only part of the armor passage that is a weapon. All the rest being armor of protection.
So my thoughts led me to compare the sword...the word of God... (the bible) to the rifle that is issued to our service men, and women. I have been told that in boot camp your gun is to become your best friend. They are to "get to know their weapon". I think that trainees are required to take apart, clean, and study their guns. To be able to name each part and what it does... to almost become one with the gun.
Should we not be as acquainted with our "weapon" ? Should we not study the bible to the point of being able to "use" scripture every time we are under spiritual attack? I'm not talking about memorizing bible verses. I am talking about knowing what it means so we can apply the truths to all situations in our lives.
In case you haven't noticed.... there IS a battle going on. And it's not in the Middle East. There are quite a few "Mom's musings" about spiritual warfare. I may just write some more. It is really pretty important.... a matter of life and death actually. Current Mood: hopeful
|Thursday, March 17th, 2011|
|That's it I quit! ..... Oh really?
I think that most of us that follow Jesus come to times where we say, "This is too hard " or "I'm tired, I just want to rest" or "Give me a break!" or "I can't do it any more" or the famous "It's not fair!"
I could go on... and so could you. But twice this week, once in my daily devotion with my husband, and then this morning in my personal bible study, was the reading from John 6 Where many of Jesus followers left because they were having trouble understanding and believing what He was saying. The 12 disciples were still with Him and He asked, "Do you guys want to leave me too?" And Peter said, "Where would we go?! We know you are the Holy One of God and that you have the words of eternal life!"
God's Holy Spirit gave them that truth..... He hadn't spoken to the hearts of the ones that walked away.
I am so grateful to God for speaking to my heart whenever I get weary and want to quit this Christian business. I always know there is no place to go ... but to the Lord. There is only one way, truth and life. And Jesus is it.
We are given the freedom to choose..... but it is kind of a no brainer (God says in Deut. 30:19 - "I set before you life (blessings) and death (curses) , choose life.") Duh
And although I am weary, I can assuredly say, "as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord" Current Mood: exhausted
|Friday, March 11th, 2011|
|Those wild and crazy (and stupid!) Kings!
In my daily bible readings I have been in kings for quite a while now. Every time I read those chapters I see our present world ... and hear a warning.
There is a pattern that is evident of ups and downs. The "ups" - prosperity, success, happiness, etc. happened with those kings that worshiped ONLY Jehovah - God, and listened to His prophets, and followed His instructions. The "downs" - destruction, sickness, defeat, etc. happened with those kings that either worshiped false gods... OR who allowed worship of false gods in their land. (see , sometimes these guys were good guys... they loved the Lord and worshiped Him.... and I guess they figured that what other folks do with their life is up to them, so if those other people (even their wives ) wanted to worship stupid things made out of wood or stone what the heck... right? Wrong.
It seems that a little idol, and false god worship ruins the whole cookie. (have you ever used salt instead of sugar? Or I guess a better illustration would be.... every used a tablespoon of salt instead of a teaspoon?) It either draws "innocent" (ignorant) people into practicing that religion.... or it causes worship of the one true God to be "watered down" (you know, like when the ice melts in your margarita :-) sorry... that's what came to my mind. :-)
I don't think I have to explain why this reminds me of our world today. But I will :-)
The events described in kings happened over generations. The "infection" of practicing evil spread slowly over years before people realized what was happening. They were eating , drinking and being merry, and all of a sudden... "urp!" (I don't know what that means exactly... just popped into my head.... to describe a oh oh! moment)
I see an "urp" moment coming up for us too. I heard a "joke" once that said " Where are we going, and what am I doing in this hand basket?" Well.... I don't think that is really a joke any more. There are a whole bunch of people... it even looks like the majority these days... traveling down the "wide road that leads to destruction" (Matthew 7:13) and because the "infection" has been spreading over generations, we have been eating , drinking and being merry. The blind are not seeing, the deaf are not hearing and the Churches have too many ice cubes in their margaritas so the word of God is being watered down and in the name of tolerance, we are failing to be "salt and light".
So.... those crazy kings are not much different from us are they : - (
Guess I'll go turn the tv on and see where the tsunami is now,and if there were any more quakes. hummmm Current Mood: frustrated
|Thursday, March 3rd, 2011|
|What are you doing?? and Where are you going??
I wasn't planning on writing so soon, but when I was driving along in my prayer closet - my car :-) ( My prayer closet used to be my laundry room... I was ALWAYS alone in there, and that was the first place I heard God's voice inside ) ... as I was saying, as I was driving along so much stuff kept coming to me, I figure I had better write before they go away. (These days it is not so easy to keep thoughts in my mind!
By the way... Iain... I don't have much to write about texting and computers as of yet. I am just a bit uneasy about the "hold" electronics have on us these days. (I say this as I hear Nate playing Mario Cart Racing and I am typing away on the computer lol ) But when I have to collect cell phones at rehearsals because texting is going on in between lines :- ( - And when I am having a conversation with someone that also has a cell or blackberry in their hand clicking away.... and when every other driver on the roads (including me) have a cell phone at their ear.... well may be I DO have something to say lol.... but not now.
The title WHAT ARE YOU DOING? AND WHERE ARE YOU GOING? is because God asks folks in the bible questions like these, and I always take it that He is asking me too. Once we had a couples bible study at my house where we discussed the questions God asks in the bible. (I went through the bible before the gathering, and jotted down scriptures with question marks :-) Then we read the questions as if God was saying them to us. It was quite an interesting study!
That was brought to my mind today because when I flipped on Bridge Radio there was a preacher talking about God's questions. :-) The questions he mentioned were when God spoke to Adam.. "Where are you?" (Gen 3:9) and to Elijah when he was hiding from Jezebel... "What are you doing here? (1 Kings 19:13) And they are two of the questions I always think about as if God were asking me. The "funny" thing is, of course, is that God KNOWS THE ANSWER ... and sometimes we have to think about it. Both of the above mentioned questions were asked when these guys were "hiding". Adam was hiding from God... duh! And Elijah was hiding from a woman (an evil one granted).. but hiding after God had done such a wonderful miracle to prove that He was on his side. (another duh )
But when we apply those questions to ourselves.... with our fears and failures so "big" in front of us... I guess we try to kind of hide as well.
(lol this brings something to my mind... a time when the pastor said from the pulpit , "we all try to hide from God" and I broke in "I don't try to hide from God!" and Todd (the pastor) said "what do you mean?" and I said, "Well it is foolish to think you can hide from God... when He sees and knows what you do and what you think!" (oh brother.. talk about being cocky!)
Now I realize that my way of trying to hide from God is by kind of ignoring what I hear from Him... kind of like putting my fingers in my ears and saying "la la la la can't hear you":- (
So, I think before I make any major decisions... I am going try to think of God asking me, "what are you doing?".... and... "and why are you doing it?" And if it isn't something that is pleasing to Him, or to help people know Him better... then I guess I should think twice. :-) Current Mood: contemplative
|Tuesday, March 1st, 2011|
|My Smoke Alarm
First of all let me say... It is good to be back writing again! And when I get some free time I plan on checking out the writings I did before. I am really feeling my age lately. My kids get mad at me when I say that... but it's true. I don't have the energy to do as much as I used to... but the Lord still gives me thoughts and "parables" (analogies) that I probably should write down.
So... what's with my title? "My Smoke Alarm" ? Well... the other day I made up my mind to take more "still time" with the Lord. Because when we slow down our bodies and still our minds, we can hear that still small voice of God within. So I was giving God some still time as I drove to the bank, saying, "Lord I'm just going to be quiet and listen to you" And at that point my seat belt alarm went off (because I was only going to the bank :-) So.. I laughed, "Is that you?"
"Yes" was His reply. :-) So, I listened to the thoughts He put in my head about "Alarms"...
Just like I didn't pay attention to my seat belt alarm, and didn't fasten my seatbelt, I don't pay much attention to our smoke alarm at home. That annoying blast usually comes because I am , frying something or mom is. Or if the wood in the fireplace is smoldering and the smoke wanders into the livingroom. Whatever, we don't pay much attention to it. And, how many times do we hear someone's car alarm going off in a parking lot and don't even turn around because we are always setting them off by mistake.
But, what if.... someday one of those alarms are "the real thing". And we don't pay attention to them? And THAT is what the Lord wanted me to think about. Not smoke alarms, and car alarms so much... but they ARE warnings... and they could be warning us of a problem.
God has given us many warnings, But His are more like the warnings on cigarette labels "warning! Cigarette smoking can cause cancer and heart disease" (we don't pay much attention to that either) But it is the kind of warning that says... if you do "A" then "B" will happen.
I call these warnings in the bible, the IF / THEN factor. :-) Too many people think that God should be a good guy all the time, doing only good for them. Well.. He IS good... all the time, but He is also just. He can't and won't go against His promises... even if they are promises to punish or discipline. We should really listen when God says "IF"...... and then see the wonderful "THEN".
God also has given us many, MANY warnings of the "end times". We should not be surprised at the stuff happening, or be afraid... but recognize what God's word says. But since most of this generation has turned a deaf ear to everything in the bible, these warnings aren't being taken seriously, if thought about at all. I can see that satan has done a good job blinding and deafening! I guess that is why the scripture says "those who have ears, let them hear" These days people aren't only blinded, they have their ears plugged too! It is amazing to me that some of the most "intelligent" and "educated" people have such a lack of wisdom!
I am glad that I can say.. "I once was blind but now I see!" Hallelujah!
I have some thoughts about computers, cell phones (texting). and all the technology that wastes peoples time and keeps them from thinking. But that is another day. Current Mood: peaceful
|Tuesday, August 14th, 2007|
|A BATTLE MAP FOR A CHRISTIAN WALK
I was cleaning my den yesterday, and I found this little paper that has been in my possession since the 70's (when I became "born again" :-)
It contains a lot of "Christianese" and a little "hokey", but it is very true. It was written on a page that had a little diagram of "the walk" on the "narrow road" - Hope you can understand it and maybe even "heed" it. :-)
The Natural (unsaved) “man” CAN NOT live a Christian life because he is DEAD in sin . Most people are NATURAL (unsaved) and on the BROAD ROAD to destruction ...
In contrast, few people take he NARROW ROAD. This is FAITH IN THE SHED BLOOD (DEATH) OF CHRIST ON THE CROSS. as the ONLY payment for their sins. Salvation is not even by a combination of faith in Christ and good works. I must be by FAITH IN CHRIST ALONE! Good works should follow as our “thank you” to God for our salvation.
(Corinthians 2:14; Matthew 7:13, 14, 21-23; 1 Peter 1:18, 19; Ephesians 2:8-10)
When we trust Christ ALONE as our Savior, we are God’s “children” by spiritual birth . This establishes our eternal “RELATIONSHIP” with God which is permanently guaranteed by God’s written Word. Christ is our Savior FOREVER (Galiations 3:26 ; John 5:24; Hebrews13:5).
In addition to saving us from the “penalty” of sin (the lake of fire) God also wants to save us from the “power” of sin in our present daily life. Our life after we trust Christ as our Savior, can be a daily “WALK” with God. Every day can be OVERFLOWING with the “JOY THAT JESUS GIVES”
Satan will fight our daily “WALK” with God to steal this JOY . This study explains that “BATTLE” and is a MAP for out victory (John 10: 10 ; 15:7-11)
THE BABY CHRISTIAN has trusted Christ as his Savior, but is still IMMATURE in his WALK with God and his understanding of Spiritual truths. He must learn how to WALK BY FEEDING HIMSELF from the Bible, God’s Word. All new Christians are BABES at birth which is normal.. However, to REMAIN a BABE beyond the normal time of BABYHOOD will lead to a CARNAL WALK (1 Corinthians 3:1-3)
JOY, PURPOSE, and FULFILLMENT in life comes to the child of God only as he GROWS from “Spiritual Immaturity” (Babyhood) toward “Christlikeness” This is God’s goal for us. “Spiritual growth” is a gradual development just like “physical growth” As a BABE we should desire the “milk” of God’s word (simple truths). Then, as we grow we CAN take on a diet of the “strong meat” ( deep truths) (Romans 8:29; 1 Peter 2:2; Hebrews 5:13, 14)
The WISE baby Christian will make an EARLY DEDICATION of his LIFE to Christ. As he had previously committed his soul to Christ, trusting Him as Savior, he will also YIELD his LIFE to Christ trusting Him as Lord (ruler). The WISE baby Christian will want God’s very best for his life. Therefore, he will PRESENT HIS BODY to God for HIs use and glory, AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AFTER SALVATION. To make the most of his life he will immediately seek to understand and obey the will of the Lord for his life from God’s Word. The indwelling HOly Spirit can then fill (control) his life (Romans 6:13; 12:1, 2; Eph. 5:15-20)
THE GOAL : Our growth toward Christlikeness
THE METHOD: Learning and obeying God’s word
THE REWARD: Our joy and God’s glory.
THE VICTORIOUS CHRISTIAN has trusted Christ as Savior AND “LORD” (ruler). His WALK with God is growing from IMMATURITY TOWARD CHRISTLIKENESS. The victorious Christian learns and claims the promises of God’s Word for VICTORY over sin and Satan. His life will ‘SPARKLE WITH EXCITEMENT AND JOY UNSPEAKABLE” as he EXPERIENCES this victory (Romans 6:12, 13 ; John 13:17; 1 Peter 1:8)
We will all have “BATTLES” with the “WORLD”: We can overcome the world by a strong faith, which comes from knowing and believing God’s Word (1 John 5:4; Romans 10:17)
THE “FLESH”: We should recognize the fact that our OLD SIN NATURE WAS CRUCIFIED with Christ on the cross and we need not be a slave to sin. (Romans 6:6; 11-13; Galations 2:20; 5:16, 24)
THE “DEVIL” : We should realize that the Holy Spirit lives in ALL of God’s children and is MORE POWERFUL than Satan! Therefore, we can RESIST the devil and God says he will flee! (1 John 4:4; Ephesians 6:10, 11; 1 Peter 5:8,9; James 4:7).
Just think - YOU AND I CAN actually know, live harmoniously, and have daily fellowship with the God of the Universe and His Son, Jesus! WE CAN have a fruitful life for His glory as we “walk worthy of the Lord” and “grow up into Christ to all things” This would allow God to give us HIS BEST in “all areas” of our lives - our leisure, school, church and social life, or love, marriage, sex and family life, our college, work and financial life (1 John 1:1, 4; Colossians 1:10; Ephesians 4:11-15)
THE DEFEATED CHRISTIAN has trusted Christ as Savior, but he is NOT ALLOWING Christ to be the LORD (ruler) of his life. He is remaining Spiritually “immature”. His daily WALK is CARNAL (fleshly) and controlled by his old sin nature. His diet has not progressed from MILD to MEAT Bible truths (1 Corinthians 3:2, 3; Heb. 5:12 )
The religious life of the carnal Christian is shallow and self-centered! Satan USES carnal Christians to bring division and confusion into the church to ruin its testimony of love and unity (1 Corinthians 3:3,4; 14:33; Ephesians 4:1-3)
The defeated Christian has little (if any) genuine, lasting, JOY. His life is empty of real PURPOSE and FULFILLMENT. He is a “SLAVE” to his sinful desires and habits. He is a DELIGHT to the devil, but he GRIEVES the Holy Spirit of God within him., ( Romans 6:12; Ephesians 4:30)
A “delayed dedication” and WALK WITH the Lord would bring SOME growth, joy and fruitfulness for God’s glory. However, the more delay, the more loss and shame for the carnal Christian both now and when he meets Christ face to face (Romans 14:12; Corinthians 3:13-15; 1 John 2:28) Which Represents Your Present LIfe?
1. Natural (unsaved, trusting good works) ___
2. Baby (saved, but immature) ___
3. Victorious (saved, growing, and fruitful)___
4 Defeated (saved, but not victorious)___
I am trusting Christ as my SAVIOR. I now trust Him to also be the LORD (ruler) of my daily life.
|Tuesday, April 17th, 2007|
|SEEDS, SPARKS (AND CHOICES)
SEEDS - you plant them - they grow. (or not) There are different kinds of seeds, and different kinds of conditions that effect their growth.
SPARKS - they are little "pieces" of fire that can, under certain conditions, cause flames and either something positive and useful, or destruction.
Our thoughts, our beliefs, our convictions are "seeds" and "sparks".
Think about that..... think about what is going on around you - and in our country, world and universe.
Let your mind dwell on how our thoughts, beliefs, and convictions are effecting it all. Where are you planting "seeds" and what kind of seeds are they? Where are you causing "sparks" and are they useful or destructive ? ( to others or yourself)
CHOICES - conscious decisions made over options given us.
Make wise ones when you plant seeds, or spread sparks.
And remember..... yesterday is gone (and forgiven) .... tomorrow isn't here yet (but hope is) ...... what you do and think TODAY AND NOW counts. Current Mood: hopeful
|Thursday, April 12th, 2007|
|"We are the X-Men!"
Well! I think I just figured out how to get back into my journal page! So, I won't waste the opportunity. I always can think of something to say!
So lets talk about the X men! How neat that they each had a super power unique to each one of them. I think there is another show that is coming on this season with the same "theme". I heard my daughter talking about it.
What if you could pick a "super power" that would be your own special power - what would you choose? To be able to become invisible? Or to fly? To read minds?
Well the fact is, we all HAVE been given our own special "super powers". The bible calls them "gifts". We are all gifted by our Creator with talents, and abilities that are unique to us.
And when we learn to appreciate our gifts , and appreciate other people's as well - when we learn not be envious of others talents, and not to sell ourselves short - Then we find that those gifts and talents are given to us to be used to love, help, and enjoy each other.
And that my friend is what life is all about - loving, helping and enjoying one another. :-)
Pretty simple isn't it.
So why aren't we doing it ? :-/ Current Mood: sick
|Tuesday, February 27th, 2007|
|Easter is not a Christian Holiday !
I mention this every year in my "musings"... but it probably should be mentioned again. Since Easter is coming, and we are now in the season of "Lent" (which by the way I don't think is very Christian either!)
What am I talking about? Well - just as with all religious traditions, the celebration of Easter is really based on something other than what we think it does. It is actually comes from the pagan celebration of Ishtar - the babylonian and Assyrian "goddess" of love and fertility. (who supposedly "hung out" with Baal the "god" worshipped in the ancient East.)
The use of all the cute little bunnies and colored eggs have pagan roots as well.
So to all my pagan friends...... "Happy Eastre..... or "Ostara"..... or "Astere"
But to my Christian friends... those who say they believe that Jesus lived, died, rose from the dead, and is coming back..... to you I say - "Get with the facts!" :-)
I'm not trying to be flip here... but for crying out loud, the most important fact in our faith... the fact that Jesus defeated sin and death is celebrated with marshmello bunnies, colored eggs, and chocolate candy... and all representing pagan rituals.... give me a break!
And lent! Give me a bigger break! First on "Fat Tuesday" using up all the stuff you aren't supposed to have the next day! That is so much like I have heard people say... "well I am going to sin now, while I am young and can enjoy myself... and then when I am close to dying, I may "get right" with God."
Then for lent everyone usually gives up stuff that will benifit them anyway... like chocolate, or drinking , or cigarettes. (But just like New Years resolutions, they usually don't go the whole nine yards)
So what am I saying... get the facts! Know the truth! Don't take what someone tells you (even me) check things out. Use your mind, and listen to your heart. I know the one who made that heart... and I know He loves you. You know it too.
Happy resurrection day! Jesus is Alive!
|Friday, February 16th, 2007|
|Back in Action?
Well I'm not sure, but it seems I can get back in my "live journal" to so mom's musings again. I don't know what happened, but for some reason I couldn't get in here. I guess other people could, but I couldn't.
So this is just a test to see if I can post it... and then maybe I will be back to writing in here. I must say my life has been so busy lately that I haven't had time to sit down and write much anyway. But when I get the chance I have been writing in my MySpace blog. I don't know if anyone sees that, but that was the best I could do.
So I'm going to see if I can put this up now. Current Mood: hopeful
|Friday, January 19th, 2007|
|Who we are supposed to be and Who we think we are
Lately I have been thinking of how "watered down" we have become. I mean those of the faith.... the so called believers of Christ. I hesitate to say Christians because I have noticed that that title is misunderstood by most everyone - even those who call themselves by it.
I have posted many messages that refer to being "children of the King" and the different possibilities that brings. But it seems that we just don't get it.
I consider myself very blessed. If I began to count my blessings here , it would sound like bragging - so I won't. But I know that these blessings are showered on me because of my relationship to my Lord - and I have a taste... just a taste of what it means to be a child of my Father God, the King. And when I let Him, God pours His love all over me. (notice I say - when I let Him)
As I said above, who we think we are is not who we are supposed to be. We are far away from taking the full role of "beloved" . Loved because we are, not because we earn it.
We get so hung up on either thinking we don't deserve something, or that we deserve more. We have the mind set that we have to do something to earn God's love and blessings..... to be good enough to get a tidbit from God.
Or - we think that there is no God , because He hasn't shown Himself in a way that we think he should. We say "If there is a God, why does He allow all the pain in the world?!"
If you enjoy studying History, you know that there is the cycle of Golden age followed by dark age. If you study the scriptures that parallel the historical events, I think you will find that it applies spiritually as well. People turn their backs on God.... dark age. People worship praise and obey God ..... Golden age. Then in the middle of the "golden times" they get into themselves and forget God...... back to a dark age.
This doesn't happen over night. But it happens. It happens in the government, in the religious institutions (churches), in the home, and in people's hearts.
I am sad to say, but it seems we are living in a dark age right now. So dark that people are blind to the truth that is right in front of their eyes. But, as the scripture says.... Jesus is the "light of the world" and those of us who know Him are supposed to be too.
Sometimes, I just feel like a match in a windstorm. :- (
|Tuesday, January 16th, 2007|
|History Repeats Itself
I have been reading the book of Judges in the bible. The "judges" are the leaders that God raised up for His people to follow. God never intended for people to have another person to lead them.... but they asked for it - so He started providing leaders for them.
Well the leaders sometimes did things God's way, and sometimes they didn't. Some of them started out following what the Lord said to do in the hard times, and when things got easy took the "reigns" themselves. (and usually ended up in trouble again - needing God again :-/.
One of the biggest "no-nos" they did in these bible accounts, was to follow other gods. They either would marry into false religions, (and do what the wife wanted! ) - or just take up worshiping false gods because people in that religion threw some pretty good parties or something. Whatever the reason.... it was wrong, and always got them in trouble! And they always ended up apologizing to God and getting back into worshiping the Father.
I think the worse thing was that in mingling with other god worshipers, their became "watered down". They lost the excitement, the power, the joy and strength of a close relationship with their loving Father God. They became religious.... but didn't have relationship.
The thought that hit me this morning was that these stories of each leader cover many years. One judge could be in "office" for 20 years or so. And if the Lord delivered the people through the leader, and things were going along just fine, then people kind of let their guard down. They got in a "comfort zone" - they got lazy. The got "in with" the other gods... and weren't struck by lightening... and were having fun. But they were still in trouble because they were out of God's will.... they just didn't know it - yet.
They just kind of slid into not honoring God... or even knowing God. The next generation didn't know about the Creator because no one told their kids about the wonderful things God had done for them. And so the kids didn't expect Him to do anything for them because they didn't think He existed. And as more time went on , it seemed as if He didn't! Their love grew cold. (ever have that happen with a someone you loved?)
So... as I said above, this seems to be the state we are in today. Most of us have food to eat, a place to stay, two cats in the yard..... two cars in the driveway! Those of us who don't believe in God aren't getting struck by lightening. But there is unrest and "bad stuff" happening. The leaders are not all listening to the one true God, or pointing us to Him. In fact, as you know, they have been pointing us away from Him.
So.... if you check out the book of judges..... we probably should start turning our eyes upon the Lord.... both eyes. If we don't.... we are in for a surprise. :-/ Current Mood: restless
|Saturday, December 30th, 2006|
|New Year's Resolution Suggestion
Here we are at the beginning of another year. And people usually make "new year's resolutions". Usually it has something with dieting, or organizing, or exercising. And it is a good time to kind of "regroup" and start out the new year with a plan to not make the same mistakes we made in the past year.
But I have a suggestion for this year - and I am certainly going to try to put it into practice myself. Try blessing yourself instead of cursing yourself.
"How, "you may be saying, "Can we bless or curse ourselves??? Isn't that God's job.... or the devil's? "
Yes, blessings come from God. But..... guess what? We can cause them..... as well as curses to come to us by what we say!
"What you say is what you get" so to speak. And that is biblical. And it is also something most people aren't aware of.
If you go around saying you are sick, or ugly, or fat, or stupid etc ..... guess what?
On the other hand, if you speak health, happiness, success etc. you will begin to see the blessings flow.
You could say that's just being optimistic or pessimistic....... yup, that's true. But there is also a spiritual side to it. As I said, "what you say is what you get".... the bible says, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue" (proverbs 18:21)
The bible also says (and you have heard me quote this often) "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge" (Hosea 4:6) So if you think the bible is a fairy tale...or just a bunch of stories written by men, you will not get the "knowledge" about what you say with your mouth.... and you will more than likely be "destroyed"
Unfortunately, we tend to be more pessimistic than optimistic.... so what comes out of our mouths are usually negative comments. I am including myself in this. How many times have you heard me say that I'm old.... or tired.... or ditzy. (not that I'm not :-) But..... my mom is 86 and she NEVER says she is old.... that's why she bops around like a teenager.
I am proposing... that for the new year we all try to say nothing but good - about ourselves... and others.... and situations......and our abilities. And lets stifle our mouths when the negative stuff starts to barf out. (I think it will be quite a shock to see how often we have to "stifle")
And I know, if we keep at it..... the blessings will flow - to us and to others. Current Mood: excited
|Thursday, December 21st, 2006|
|To believe or not to believe
This morning I have been thinking about the story of the conception and birth of Jesus. And how far fetched the whole thing sounds. Just as most of the stories of the miracles of Jesus sound. Of course not much was written of the times He was just hanging out with His friends and relatives in between the miraculous stuff. (But does the Herald or the Gazette write about the "boring" normal stuff?)
I was also feeling bad about all the people that I know who don't believe that Jesus is the "Messiah". They don't believe the stories and are waiting for God to "show Himself" today and "prove Himself" to them. I can't tell you how many people I have talked to who say something like, "well if God wants me to believe in Him, then He will have to speak to me Himself"
I usually tell them that He will, if they really want Him to. That He will show them in a way that they will understand. But - this morning as I thought of Jesus on trial before the religious people, and before the Roman government - He never spoke up to defend or prove Himself. And when He was in his home town and they were making fun of Him - He never did or said anything to show them that He was the son of God.
Which brings me to something I read that said "There's a profound difference between people who are hard to convince and people who refuse to believe. And we may not be able to tell the difference, but God can - He reads hearts"
And that gives me great comfort, even though it makes me sad, to know that God will speak to those who He knows will hear Him. And that it is not up to me to convince anyone that He love them. I just have to tell them He does.
I pray that you are not one who refuses to believe... if you are I guess that is why you haven't heard from God. :-( Current Mood: sad
|Thursday, December 14th, 2006|
|My Christmas Message to You
First of all MERRY CHRISTMAS! ( I want to say that while I still can. ) The way things are going, I don't think it will be long before it will be against the law to say. But also, the way things are going..... it seems like very few people will care. :-(
Over the last few years , a part of me has become progressively sadder at Christmas time. And not for the usual reasons people get depressed during the holidays.
I AM NOT SAD because I don't have enough money to spend on all the presents, and have maxed out credit cards, and can't pay my bills............. Our business has been blessed and we have more money now than we ever have... lots to spend and to donate with lots left over. So that's not it.
I AM NOT SAD because of lack of friends and family to celebrate with............. we are blessed with an overflow of friends and family and laughter. We barely fit into our house at holiday parties.
I AM NOT SAD because I am getting old and missing "days gone by" (although a little nostalgia is good for a heartfelt tear or two :-) I am excited about all the new things that come along to add to the Christmas family traditions.
I AM SAD because the season that is supposed to be the celebration of Jesus birth (even though we don't know when He was born ) is becoming "diluted" a little more each year in the name of "political correctness".
Well...... what is really going on... is the "law makers" playing into Satan's hands. And most people don't even notice.
God said, "my people parish for lack of knowledge" - He didn't mean physical death and He didn't mean a college education.
I AM SAD that the world is filled with such intelligent people - who know nothing! ...... and the (spiritually) "dead and wounded" are all over the place!
I AM SAD that the ones who represent Jesus (those of us who call ourselves by His name) - Christians - are included in the "my people" that God is referring to...... actually we ARE the "my people" And the reason those who don't know the Lord . . . . . dont know the Lord, is that many of "His people" haven't been telling them.... because THEY don't know! What very poor witnesses we are for the Lord ! I can see why people who don't know Jesus..... don't want to.
Satan has done his best work making the Christian community look like fools.
Yet ......... in the midst of the mess.........Jesus is our rock. And He will blast back into our world like the phoenix ..... at a time when we least expect Him....... to once and for all clean up the mess. Those who know Him will be in on the "clean up detail" and it will be a glorious job!
Then , those who know Him will get on with "everlasting life" (whatever that will be) in "the new heaven and new earth" (wherever that will be) And we will be in the presence of God....... forever.
You may or may not have known this.... and you may think it a fairy tale. Believe what you want.....
But IT MAKES ME SAD to think you don't understand it because if you don't... then you don't know God.
So...... as odd as this "Christmas message" may seem..... this is what is in my heart. I will probably BE SAD every year that I can't help introduce someone to the Lord.
But, I thank God for knowing me! I thank God that even though I am "sad"... the joy and peace that He gives me "overrides" it. So I am content.... and excited to know that He has a plan for me...... and for you.
So my Christmas "wish" for you is... and hopefully it is a blessing too... that this year, you will let God "find you" .... that His Holy Spirit will guide you to a peaceful life here and now, and to an amazing life later. Current Mood: sad