Head’s UP! Where are You Looking?

We all want to be a winner!   We all want to be the one to catch the ball! 

  • Are you prepared?
  • Are you dressed for the game?
  • Do you know all the rules?
  • Do you have a good coach?
  • Is your team ready?  Practiced up?

Are you and all your team-mates too busy playing around or squabbling over little things to be paying attention to what you should be?  Are you going to find yourself wondering what just happened AND it is only because you have been horsing around instead of WATCHING and LISTENING?

Are you too busy worrying about YOURSELF?  Too busy taking selfies to post on your favorite social media site so that everyone knows how GREAT YOU LOOK or so that everyone knows where you are and what you are doing, after all it IS all about YOU right?

These little ones are setting a pretty good example!  They are dressed!  They are watching!  Sun might be in their eyes but they are doing their best!

Our coaches, or our world leaders, or whoever it might be are figuring it all out for us.  RIGHT?  I mean we have nothing to worry about because our coaches will tell us when we need to worry or watch or be concerned.   Our news on TV will certainly be telling us the truth.  NO WORRIES!  CARRY ON…TAKE YOUR SELFIES….NO NEED TO KNOW THE RULES TO THE GAME…NO NEED!  Our leaders will tell you WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW WHEN YOU NEED TO KNOW IT!

So, you may be asking….WHAT IS YOUR POINT TODAY LADY?  I am not following…..

First point is that in case you have not noticed things are getting crazier by the day!  In the past we may have heard the beats of the war drums.  We may have found ourselves a little nervous or anxious at times. 

This morning I found myself thinking about the saying we all have heard.  “When they are trying to make you watch this ‘big silly thing over here’, then you might want to look a different direction because there is probably something else you need to be paying attention to.  They might be trying to distract you from what your concerns really should be over.

This morning I was trying to see if anyone got blown up during the night while I slept.  Did anything change on the world stage?  Lately every hour something new is happening!  I mean, it is hard to even know which direction to watch.  Who wants to wipe us off the planet?  I began to think about baseball.  I started thinking if you are in the outfield and you are not paying attention or not looking in the right direction when that ball is headed for you then you WILL NOT BE PREPARED!  We have something possible from many directions.  Is the ball going to be thrown at us by the Russians?  By the Iranians?  By the Chinese?  By North Korea?  Then we must ask…who is even on who’s team?  We have watched alliances form between Russia and Turkey.  Russia and China.  Russia and Iran.  Russia and Syria.  Russia and Israel.  There are many more but these seem to be the ones coming to my mind at the moment.  I really did not expect those to be the ones I thought of.  Since they did I have to say how interesting it is that Russia is a common denominator between the few I listed.

So, WHAT direction do we look?  Do we watch for the Russians?  Do we watch Syria?  Do we watch Iran?  Do we watch China?  Do we watch N. Korea?  How about all the evil ones sitting in Afghanistan? 

May I suggest that if you or myself or anyone else is asking this question then it is time to get out the rule book and figure it out and quick!

Yes, the Holy Bible is our only truth!  Our only rulebook!  This book of the word of God is really all we need.

Matthew 10:28 (below)

Mat_10:28  And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

First, this verse tells us to FEAR NOT.  Actually the phrase “fear not” pulled up 62 times in the KJV both old and new testament.

Luk 21:28  And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. 

What things?  When do we stop looking at everything coming at us and LOOK UP?

Luk 21:25  And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; 

Luk 21:26  Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. 

Is it just me or has everything gone haywire in the last few years?  So, we need to not listen to what the news tells us or what the leaders say or what the scientists say.  They all have an excuse for this or that.  Keep your eyes on the only ONE that matters!  Keep looking up!  Don’t let wars and rumors of wars cause you distress.  The world is freaking out.  Nature is freaking out.  The seas are freaking out.  It is enough to cause everyone to come unhinged.  We must repent and cry out to God!  Repent!  Admit we are sinners and in GREAT NEED for our Savior Jesus Christ!  Believe it as a child!  Accept His free gift!  Ask Him to begin to change you, clean you up, wash you up.  Give you new desires in your heart, desires that line up with His desires for us.  Ask Him to help us to love Him more and more every single day!  Seek Him with our whole being!

Jesus Christ is coming for His bride.  I do not know the day nor the hour.  I do know we are in the season.  The question should be….”Will we be ready?”

The Lesson of the Fig Tree

Luk 21:29  And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; 

Luk 21:30  When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. 

Luk 21:31  So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. 

Luk 21:32  Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled. 

Luk 21:33  Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. 

Watch Yourselves

Luk 21:34  And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. 

Luk 21:35  For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. 

Luk 21:36  Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. 

Middle-East Prophecy Update – September 11th, 2016, Pastor JD Farag 

Like a Family Quilt 

We cry out and we are saved and then what?

1 John 4:15 

Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.

Romans 10:9-13

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Colossians 3:16

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Galatians 6:1-2

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

1 Thessalonians 5:11

Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

Jude 1:22-23

And of some have compassion, making a difference: and others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

 

Comparison

I am a person who likes to quilt.  I am nor the best but I have made some pretty nice ones for a beginner who for the most part was self taught.   Thanks for you tube videos and the tips I have found from many who are professionals!

So we have the quilt that is so worn and soft and it is used often. Then we have the quilt that IS very beautiful but it seems to be stuck up in the top shelf of the closet and the closet that is located in the bedroom that is vacant and rarely occupied even for a night.

I wonder if Christians can define themselves as the quilt that is accessible and used often or as the one hidden in the top of a closet that is rarely even seen?

It is interesting how maybe we think we are doing well by putting the beautiful quilt away for that special guest that might stop in one day.  Ironically they would probably want the one that the rest of the family goes for.  The nice soft and comfortable and the accessible one.

The quilts might be likened unto two grandmothers.  One is accessible and one is not.  One is comforting and the other is not.   The one that is soft and accessible and often used for comfort, just to be wrapped up in love.  That one probably has much wisdom to share.  She has many family stories to share.  She shares family history.  The one that is rarely used is a little stiff.   Can it be likened to a person that makes you feel a little like you are intruding on them and therefore they simply feel they would do you a favor and fold you back up and put you back up in the dark top shelf of the closet?

God created both.  Both cried out to God that they might be saved.  God called both to go out and comfort many.  God desires both to be used for the glory of the Lord.

It may not be easy for the quilt in the dark closet.  Maybe it longs to share the warmth that God gave it to share.  Perhaps it was in a home for most of the folded years where no one wanted to see it or hear from it so opening up is not as easy for it.  Maybe the one that is so wonderfully used never lived a moment being folded up and stuck in darkness and therefore is confident and comfortable being around everyone.  The one in the closet might be yearning for someone to get it out and wash it a time or two help it, diciple it.

We may cry out to the Lord and He does hear our cry and He saves us but then what?   Most need someone who is able to take them out of the darkness and into the light and show them the ropes.   Soon that quilt might be comfortable and accessible too.  If you are saved and no one cares about you right after then you are more than likely going to go back into the darkness where you feel accepted.  It isn’t where we are called to be but for many of us we are still too vulnerable to be in the light without someone walking with us and showing us the next steps in our journey with the Lord.

As Christians we are all part of the blocks that are sewn together.  Together we can make that family quilt.  Do you see someone who might be gravitating back into the dark closet?  Are you standing around gossiping about them and saying how they must have never been saved?  Are you going to them and helping them feel accepted in their new walk so they don’t end up vulnerable and more comfortable in the place they first started.

Matthew 12:43-45

When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.
Jude 1:22-23

And of some have compassion, making a difference: and others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
I  will end with this praise to the Lord.

Jude 1:24-25

Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.