Times are certainly interesting. Be careful not to be so distracted by the chaos around that you miss probably things that are far more important in the end.
Where are we on the time-line. What’s coming?
In the days of my youth I thought truth was pretty clear.
Today, all I can say is WOW. The world is so messed up. Truth, something that should be easy to distinguish has become so twisted that most are totally clueless to what “truth” actually is.
How did it become so murky? Now I hear that “truth” is depending upon who’s truth you are speaking about. It can be different if it is my truth. If it is your truth it might be something else. Then your coworkers may have even another truth.
WHAT??? See how messy this has become? How senseless it sounds? How can you go into a court of law and swear to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth and in doing so expect for a jury to use each persons “different truth” to decide on a persons innocence or guilt?
When anyone asks a question of me and I know if I answer how I personally think I know it is time to say, let’s go to the word of God and see what the word tells us. Do the scriptures say anything about truth? Truth is mentioned in the KJV 237 times. Here are just a very few verses.
Jer 5:1 KJV Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth; and I will pardon it.
This next verse should cause each of us to open our eyes and look around. How fast has America gone down hill? How fast are we watching this nation transition from one horrid sin into yet one more and then one more and we are sitting in utter shock wondering what is going on. Is God trying to get the attention of any? Yet, are we refusing correction?
Jer 5:3 KJV O LORD, are not thine eyes upon the truth? thou hast stricken them, but they have not grieved; thou hast consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction: they have made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return.
This next verse pretty much sums it up.
Jer 7:28 KJV But thou shalt say unto them, This is a nation that obeyeth not the voice of the LORD their God, nor receiveth correction: truth is perished, and is cut off from their mouth.
Jer 9:3 KJV And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith the LORD.
Dan 7:16 KJV I came near unto one of them that stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things.
Dan 7:19 KJV Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet;
Dan 8:12 KJV And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered.
Dan 9:13 KJV As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us: yet made we not our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth.
Dan 10:21 KJV But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince.
Dan 11:2 KJV And now will I shew thee the truth. Behold, there shall stand up yet three kings in Persia; and the fourth shall be far richer than they all: and by his strength through his riches he shall stir up all against the realm of Grecia.
Then of course we have this. (Climate change? I don’t think so.)
Hos 4:1 KJV Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.
Hos 4:2 KJV By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.
Hos 4:3 KJV Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.
Blame? We only each have to look within ourselves. Stop blaming everyone. REPENT, turn to the LORD GOD now.
Hos 4:6 KJV My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
Jer 8:7 KJV Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the LORD.
Jer 8:20 KJV The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.
I pray with the help and guidance of the Lord God that I walk humbly before my God. He requires us to be humble.
What does it mean to be humble? Simple Webster definition is: Not to think of oneself as being better than anyone else. Not to have an attitude of being better or more deserving of anything.
In Daniel, King Nebuchadnezzar found out the hard way. He was king, he had a dream and Daniel explained that dream to him. We read that he soon forgot about what Daniel warned him about and was found boasting about how he made all of this ….I this, I that! He thought pretty well of himself and we read that IMMEDIATELY there was a voice from Heaven. What happened? He was humbled! This is only Daniel verses 4:34-35 so you get the full picture go and read all of chapter 4 if you haven’t already.
I think that the Lord God made His point to this King of Babylon. After, the king sang praises to the One True King of Kings!
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Humble yourself OR be humbled!
Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, for all his works are right and his ways are just; and those who walk in pride he is able to humble.
I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed: “Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, we have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away from your commands and laws. We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes and our ancestors, and to all the people of the land.
Daniel’s prayer begins with adoration and confession. This is an intense prayer and petition to God about understanding certain scripture: to gain a depth of insight and revelation. Daniel has the heart to confess not only his own sin, but the sin of all Israel. Doing this is right and good, because confessing and asking forgiveness of our sins acknowledges that we desperately need God. Only God is holy and He does not sin. Be on your guard and be honest with God: breakthrough awaits just around the corner of confession.
Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.
I am whipped….my husband decided yesterday to burn 24 + trees that we paid someone to cut down out of our front acre. They were in this gigantic pile. He had a Bon fire big enough to do sacrifices in….(WAIT…IT WAS A FULL MOON….MAYBE I WAS SUPPOSED TO BE SACRIFICED…OH WELL, I guess I came in too soon)…anyway I happened to go out there and I said one or two things in my woman way…I believe I was expressing my concern about all the fire flying in the air from this HUGE contained fire and “WHAT IF” those caught another tree on fire… (you know, we are usually right) … But (you know he was doing the HE-man thing)…he clearly wanted Me to go back into the house and do some laundry or some woman thing. I got the message, but happened to look up into one of the surrounding old BIG oak trees and noticed smoke….OH WAIT, WAS THAT ALSO A FLAME WHIPPING around the side WAYYYYYY up in the top of that tree that WAS NOT SUPPOSED TO BE BURNING? Oh, well yes it is and I do believe I was correct. (Yes, I did keep that little remark to myself.) So I said, “honey, is that tree on fire?” He began looking and calmly said, hmmm I believe it is. I wonder how that happened. (Hmmm, yes I wonder…again I thought that to myself.) of course then he began yelling at me about how if I had just bought him another chainsaw like he needed this would not be an issue. I was like….buddy, don’t even try to put this on me! I thought we decided to spend the $3,250 to have someone come out and CUT ALL THESE TREES DOWN FOR YOU instead of replacing your broken chainsaw, but you are right I should have spent the $300 on the chainsaw and saved the other and you could have simply cut them all down by yourself and we would not be having this issue right now! I said forget it…what do we need to do RIGHT NOW to fix this? Do you want me to go drag the water hose over here? (He did have it by the main fire.) He said it will not go any farther. Great! So, I said do I need to go and buy another one? Yes…ok, off I go… The rest of the story is way to long to even type out. The entire ordeal was exhausting. We had ladders perched up on top of massive logs (from other trees that had been cut but would be sold and not burned), yes, ladder wobbly perched on it trying to get higher so the water would actually hit the part of the top of the tree on fire….I yelled, YOU hold the ladder because you are stronger than I am and give me the hose and let me climb up. Good grief you would have thought he was a fireman and I was someone just wanting to hold the firehose. He did not want me to do anything. So he did finally say ok. ( Honestly, I think it was only because I threw in the YOU ARE MUCH STRONGER THAN ME comment that made him go with my plan.) I am climbing up this ladder (remember it is on top of this massive log that is on top of ground that is not exactly what you would call level AND it is getting dark outside), as I am climbing and he is trying to maintain control and not lose balance of himself, the ladder or me or even the log for that matter, I see the back leg is not stable on the log yet the ropes training we had taken at work made me say to myself….keep your mouth shut and you do your part and let him do his part. I thought oh my, if one of us old people go we will both go and there will most likely be some broken bones. Won’t be pretty. Ok, shut up mind and climb…climb…climb. Don’t look down and don’t think about it or complain. I actually did really well…..I was way up there and still just cannot get the water to really hit the fire. I said, can I go up anymore? (It was really iffy…) He said one or two….(ok, there was only 3 left IF you are also counting the very top which I know I cannot balance myself on that.). So, up two more I go….very wobbly, very high, DON’T think about it, just do it. Impressed myself when I realized I was holding that hose with my LONG arm stretched as far as I could AND balancing pretty good on top of this skinny ladder (again the ladder that was balancing on top of a round log on top of unleveled ground being held by an exhausted husband). Still just cannot quite do what we needed. Most of the water was hitting right below where we needed to hit. We did hit the fire a time or two but not even close to enough. I looked down and said now what?, and then the wobbling began….I was saying “whoa”and he began yelling get down now….get the f— down now! I was moving down as fast as I could! (His yelling at me like he did would normally have really hurt my feelings and ticked me off, but not this time. We both knew it was stress and we both knew if I did not get down with perfect timing the alternative was not going to end up very well. Ok…received a cut or two but jumping on the log was nice. Now what?
Ended up he decided he would simply watch it and he clearly did not want to call the fire dept. He clearly did not need me for anything after several suggestions and asking questions I decided I would simply go in the house and let him take care of it as any real man would. Right? I went in about 10:30pm. He finally came in between 12:30 and 2am. This Sunday morning we are both exhausted and sore and hurting all over. We both had some good laughter over the whole thing. He fell several times and got his foot stuck in the big fire once. He said he finally realized his other foot and weight were on the log that had trapped his other foot. Once he realized that it was an easy fix. Lol. That is what tired and stubborn will do to you. He said the tree finally burned down far enough and chunks fell off and so finally he was able to get the water on it and get it put out. He said he even began praying for God to just help him many times. He had the ladder propped up on a tree and was at the top of it and he said it was going over and he was really, really praying then. God did help him yet again.
I have to thank God because I know if it were not for the prayers being answered things would not have turned out so well. It was NOT the ropes class at work I took that helped me to trust and keep climbing. It was NOT my husbands great strength that held the ladder on the log on unleveled ground, not to mention with one leg partially off the log. It was NOT just good luck. It was NOT my awesome ability to balance myself at that height that kept us from falling and really getting hurt or just good luck that this fire did not spread and get worse.
While I would have loved for prayers to have been answered simply because we were able to reach the fire with the new water hose I ran to Lowe’s and bought at the beginning of the ordeal I still know God was right there the entire time. Again Daniel 3 comes to mind and this problem we had this time could not be anymore fitting with Daniel 3 being about being thrown into the fiery furnace and we were also dealing with a pretty overwhelming fire situation ourselves.
(These points should be considered in many things such as when faced with health issues or family issues or anything. We have quickly answered prayer, then things we have to pray longer and harder over and then things that after being prayed over for a longer time don’t turn out quite like we may have wanted but never the less you can know God was and is still there.)
As Beth Moore’s study on Daniel points out…page 46 of her study guide.
Consider three different scenarios when people of God face a fiery trial…
1. We can be delivered FROM the fire.
Example would be we pray and suddenly a rain open up and put the fire out or the hose I ran and bought helped us reach the flames right away and put it out. (Or, if it were health, maybe Dr did tests and after prayer you quickly found out it was not your worse fear and you are going to be fine.) WHAT WE RECEIVE FROM THAT ANSWER….It helps build our faith. The problem with the easiness of the fix is that over time we might question the seriousness of it. We might question if it were really God or simply because we bought the hose and He was not there at all.
2. We can be delivered THROUGH the fire.
Example is when you have to pray for an extended time. For our situation last night it did not feel like it would end. No matter what we tried it failed. God was there the entire time though, even helping us with our balance on the ladder….not once but several times. (If it were a health situation maybe you received the news it was cancer. Now you will have to have chemo and that is requiring you to step on into the furnace and and you will now have to be delivered through the fire.) WHAT YOU RECEIVE FROM THAT ANSWER…Our faith is refined. When you have to cry out to our God longer you must also rely on Him longer, trust Him longer. When our faith is refined we grow. We have some of the weak faith burned off, it becomes stronger. We have a stronger testimony. We know God was with us and over time you can hold onto that instead of as in the first point questioning if God were there at all.
3. We can be delivered BY the fire.
Example would be you prayed long and hard and yet it did not maybe go like you intended. When we are delivered by the fire we are delivered into His arms. Here on earth or for those left behind it often seems it is the worst case scenario. For those delivered by the fire (for those who put their faith and trust in our savior Jesus Christ), this is when we are no longer here to fight through the battles. WHAT YOU RECEIVE FROM THAT ANSWER…Our faith is perfected. Our race is over and we have crossed the finish line!
I believe last night we were between 1and into 2. Now, I say that knowing we simply touched into point 2, I have been through worse and know it could have been worse. It was not easy enough to have just been point 1. Today looking back on the many details of a long night I can see clearly how God taught us some things as He stayed by our side. Taught us maybe to even trust each other a little more.