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Not sure what is wrong.  Seems a little worse than normal.  When I read the picture I posted I think people who have battled depression might actually be able to look back on a time when they were happy.

I read it and I immediately thought that I don’t remember when that might be.  I remember when I was 11 and sitting on my bed in my room alone and thinking there was something wrong with me and I just wanted to sit in there all alone.  I am 52 and I still feel like that most of the time. 

Happy days?  I have had them.  One here, one there.  Days I have spent crying or simply lonely even though people are around are far more easy to remember.

I am happier left to myself.  Is that ok?  It seems like the world tells you that you must be surrounded by others to really be happy.  Then again, why listen to this world?  I cut myself off from this world because I do not feel apart of this horrible and wicked place.  I don’t see a future for myself.  No family around.  Most people my age are wrapped up in grandchildren.  Mine live far away and don’t even know me with the exception of hoping for $$ from that lady who always sends it at my birthday and at Christmas. 

I know…I know….don’t go quoting scripture.  I won’t go and kill myself.  I have hope in Jesus Christ.  If I had no hope then I certainly would not still be here.  I assure you it would be pointless.  I have hope.  I am currently having a really hard time showing that hope right now.  That distresses me even more because I don’t want to disappoint God.  I know this is not His desire for me.  Yet, this world is sick and it sickens me.  It vexes my soul to the core.  Should I not be full of joy of the Lord? 

Sorry guys.

I really don’t even know what to say.

Pray for me please.

Shhh… Did You Hear?

Even so come…Lord Jesus come! 

Spinning Out of Control 

Psalm 141:8
But my eyes are fixed on you, Sovereign Lord; in you I take refuge—do not give me over to death.

COMMENTARY 

Our Father in Heaven wants us to depend upon Him! Recognize that it is the Lord who protects us from danger, it is the Lord who is our refuge, strength, and strong tower. The very sovereignty and prerogative of God is good, even if the results of that sovereignty do not prevent a loved one from dying, or heal a sickness of a close friend. Our God is not a stranger to our struggles and the real pain we feel in this life, He is with us. Lord God, hear our prayers as we go through terrible pain and troubles! Holy Spirit, intercede for us and teach us to trust the Lord! Amen!

Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.

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Who is this God You Speak of?

Oh, to worship the One true God!
To honor the only One true God!
To glorify God!
He is holy!
Hear and SEE the voice of God!
His power is unmistakable!
Do you know Him?

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Psalm 29
A Psalm of David.

Give unto the Lord, O ye mighty,
Give unto the Lord glory and strength.
Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name;
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
The voice of the Lord is upon the waters:
The God of glory thundereth:
The Lord is upon many waters.
The voice of the Lord is powerful;
The voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
The voice of the Lord breaketh the cedars;
Yea, the Lord breaketh the cedars of Lebanon.
He maketh them also to skip like a calf;
Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn.
The voice of the Lord divideth the flames of fire.
The voice of the Lord shaketh the wilderness;
The Lord shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh.
The voice of the Lord maketh the hinds to calve,
And discovereth the forests:
And in his temple doth every one speak of his glory.
The Lord sitteth upon the flood;
Yea, the Lord sitteth King for ever.
The Lord will give strength unto his people;
The Lord will bless his people with peace.

I Need You Father

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Psalm 140:7
Sovereign Lord, my strong deliverer, you shield my head in the day of battle.

Commentary
If you are a Christian, battles are coming your way. You will experience trials that tempt you to sin and renounce your faith in God. The spiritual realm is at war for your soul, and this impacts the decisions you make every day. All of these battles belong to the Lord and it is our job recognize this truth and live accordingly. Live like God will deliver you. Live like He works to protect you from harm. Cry out to him and put your hardships on display before the Lord. Crisis does not come to your life only to steal and cause pain, it is also a birthplace of the miraculous.

Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.
http://www.verse-a-day.com/Apps

Created or Evolved? Which are You?

WARNING. ..WARNING. ..WARNING

Are you a proclaimed atheist?   What will you say when you stand before your Creator?   7 minutes…watch,  listen,  take a chance. Ask God the Father in Heaven to lift the veil from your eyes if He is real! 

What have you got to lose if I  am wrong? 

What will you gain if I am right?

Just as I cannot see or know your good or your bad thoughts, there is one who already knows everything about you.  More than even you know yourself.

Why does God open our eyes on one day and yet you cried out many times before and got crickets?   I asked that same question many times in my own life.  Sometimes we don’t know that answer.  I don’t fully understand it concerning my own life.   Maybe I really wasn’t ready when I cried out in need before.  Maybe for me it was more of a process of getting to the place where you know that you know that you know. Some people seem to just be changed immediately and others like me need a slower molding process.  Mold put on the fire and heat me up and mold me a little more and heat me up and mold me a little more.

I don’t have to know why because I trust the Lord God knows way more about what He is doing than I do. I clearly screw things when left to my own devices.

You Get to Choose!

No one can do it for you.   No one can force you. No one  an brainwash you into believing.

You can be a pretender but God knows.

Joshua 24:15

And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

Where Do I Begin?

Dear Father in heaven,
I am so sorry for the ugly that is consuming this world. I am even more disturbed with the church in this late hour.  Yet we cannot blame the church buildings filled with the believers that allow and accept the disgust and lack of real biblical truth creep onto the pews with each one.  We are each to blame in one way or another.  I pray Your word back to You Lord.  I  humbly ask You to have mercy on us, on this nation. We are not deserving of it.  Begin a new work in each one of us who are your children,  don’t give up on us but take us by the hand and raise us up.

Our Eyes Look to the Lord Our God
Psalm 123 A Song of Ascents.

To you I lift up my eyes,
O you who are enthroned in the heavens!
Behold, as the eyes of servants
look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a maidservant
to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the Lord our God,
till he has mercy upon us.
Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us,
for we have had more than enough of contempt.
Our soul has had more than enough
of the scorn of those who are at ease,
of the contempt of the proud.

Hear our prayers oh Lord and have mercy. In the precious name of Jesus I pray. Amen

What is Truth? Many are Searching and Many are Confused.

I am afraid that no matter what I say here I could have an argument with many. Why? I suppose because so many are lost and confused. That is because of the evil that is in this world. Not all lost people are evil people. Not all unbelieving people are evil people. All lost people are unsaved people.

Some will agree with me and some will say, “saved from what?”
Truth to me may not be truth to another. In that case then just what is truth? Is there even such thing as truth?

Galatians 1:6-8

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.

John 8:31-33

31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”

So, I say to seek the Lord with all your heart and soul and He will reveal the truth to you.  The evil one has come to steal and kill and to destroy.  Don’t be fooled by smooth words.  Measure everything by the word of God.  When you hear those who lead this world and say that we are all following the same God and we should all come and worship together I pray that you will really look at and listen to what is being said.  One group may believe Jesus was a man and a prophet but not believe that He is God and that He came and He died for you and me and for our sins so that we might have life.  So that cannot be the same god that I worship and believe in.  We must be on guard.  We must seek truth.  Be careful and be not deceived.

I will end with what I know to be my truth.

John 14:6

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Matthew 7:13-15

13 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14 For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

15 “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.

Surrounded By Water and Sleeping Well…

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Something that most of us have felt here in the good old United States of America.  We have always had a terrific military we could count on to fight for our freedom and to keep us safe.  We were always far enough from all those we deemed as lunatics and we (until we hit a certain age?) usually felt like we could trust our government to do the right thing for us.  Ok, so I felt that way until a few years ago.

So what has changed?  Well besides EVERYTHING…I suppose a better question to ask is why has everything changed?

I know much of it is me who has changed.  I have a different idea of what is good and right than maybe I did when I was younger.  As I have grown closer to the Lord much of my views have changed.  I used to not be any better than the younger generations today at watching the things happening in the world.  I get frustrated with them now.  I think….dear Lord, and they are voting?  Yikes….that is scary when they are voting because of the color of someone’s skin and they want to just be able to say they were a part of it.  Next will be they just want a woman president and want to be a part of that.  I have nothing against either view as long as they are voting because they agree with the issues.  The thing is that most of the youth or a lot of the youth are not any different than I was at that young age.  They are young adults that are clueless and only want to know who might put more money in their pockets.  Thing is that I did not vote then.  Glad I did not.

So, back to my point.

Oh yes….we can sleep soundly at night because we are in America.  We are surrounded by big bodies of water and we have a big military.  We can sit and play video games all day and teach our children to do the same.  We can legalize pot and tell everyone it is no big deal.  Don’t smoke a cigarette though….(really?  think about it…good grief).  Then lets let out thousands of felony drug dealers and say, it is no big deal.  Then lets bring in 100,000’s of refugees, not the Christian ones, but the ones who would love nothing more than come here and have many children and over power us and or simply just kill us from the moment they arrive.  After all, how hard is it to kill a nation that is high on legal pot and while stoned they sit and play video games.

What about the so called Church?  Not saying I am much better, but we all are such push overs.  This group that runs this nation has us so afraid to open our mouths for fear we will be called bigots or that we might offend someone or that we are on a watch list because we believe in one true God!  We believe in Jesus Christ!  Our King of Kings!  Because we believe in the word of God and that it is the TRUTH!  We are against this new “we all should unify, after all we all believe in the same god.”

When will we stand?  When will we say enough is enough?  When will we stop saying it is ok because we don’t want to ruffle any feathers.  What should we do?  I don’t know all the answers, I know if we do not begin to do something we may find ourselves wishing we had of after it is toooooo late.

So, in light of everything how well should we be sleeping at night?  How safe are we really?  I cannot remember a time when we were hated more and respected less in the world than we are right now.

Climb out of bed!  Wash your face!  Let’s pray!  We cannot fix this thing, but maybe God will hear our prayers and give us more time, give our children and family more time to open their eyes before it is too late.

God have mercy on us all….God please watch over us even though we as a nation have told you to leave….many of us want you hear with us.  Guide us Lord God.  Walk with us and teach us your ways and show us the light on the path to you.  Help us not to be frightened by the sounds we hear that are created to distract us and to take our eyes off of the one and only true God that can save us.  Thank you for loving us and for forgiving us.  Thank you for not forsaking us.  Help us to stand firm and to hold on to You and Your word and the hope that lies within our faith in our Savior, our King.  In the name of Jesus Christ I ask these things and I give thanks.

AMEN

Free to Believe What You Want

Yes, you can believe whatever you like in America.  We have freedom of religion. 

Even God gave each of us free will to choose what you want.  You certainly don’t want to force someone to love you and to live with you.  Have you ever been in a relationship where you felt like it was one sided? I have and can tell you it hurts.  Hurts deeply.  God allows us to choose.  We all know in life all of our choices have some sort of consequence or a final outcome or end. Good or bad, the path we choose to take WILL end at some point.  You may feel your path has been perfect and great.  Happy and lots of money and great job and family.  Is anything missing?  I  suppose some might say no, nothing missing.  Some might not know until they come to the end of the path.  Choose wisely.  Read the word of God in the Holy Bible and pray before you choose another god.  Don’t know Him?  Ask Him to reveal Himself to you.  Seek Him with all  your heart, mind and soul.

1 John 2:20-23
But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.  I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth.  Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son.  No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.
COMMENTARY
Recognizing Jesus is the Son of God (the Christ, the Messiah) is everything. Each person has the freedom to believe however and whatever they want to believe about Jesus. It is clear however that what you choose to believe about Jesus Christ means life or death…in the eternal sense. I pray that as we are engaged by the Holy spirit to introduce and share the gospel message with those we know, that we would respond and obey His leading! I pray that He would go before us and ready their hearts, and lead us in how to best live for Christ to show them the way.

Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.
http://www.verse-a-day.com/Apps

Is this Important?

Lately I’ve been going back and looking at wording in the KJV.   This morning as I was looking at some scripture the word CRIED leaped off my Bible page.

I went back and looked at the Greek text to get a better look at the original translation.   There were a couple of things mentioned.  Shout out, speak loudly or yell it out, or to croan like a raven.  What about when we today. …just you and I.  If we feel passionate about something important and don’t think those we love understand the importance of that which we are trying to get them to hear, do we then cry out?   Speaking only for myself I know I  do both, I cry out maybe with tears and a louder voice.  When I do this it is because of a sense of urgency!   Are you listening?   Please hear me because this is SO VERY IMPORTANT.   So, could the Lord Jesus Christ have meant this in such an urgent way?  I believe so.  

John 7:37-38
In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

We all ought to listen up when Jesus speaks but maybe pay even greater attention to when He, our King,  our Savior and our Lord of Lords CRIED out when He spoke certain things.  Search the scriptures for other instances when Jesus Christ cried out when speaking.  You might want to search the KJV first and then compare to another bible translation if it is easier for you to understand.  Just remember to keep in mind He cried out and the some translations might downplay that word with one not quite as urgent.

God bless each of you as you search the scriptures.

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What Have You Read Lately?