The Picture that Comes to Mind

May God have mercy on us all.

We all see and hear of the terrorism spreading across the world at a rapid rate.  I  think it is natural to get angry and to spout off our opinions of what we must do to protect our nation’s and our family and friends and even ourselves against this sad ideology.  We read the plans behind the ideology.  Plans to dominate our entire world and to force their religion on any who think differently than they do. Plans are already in action even here in America.  Our colleges, our high schools,  our government and even our workplaces. Men, women and even their once innocent children are trained to hate and to kill and to take down anyone who believes differently.  Most want Sharia Law.  If they came to America and really wanted to live in freedom then Sharia Law wouldn’t be what they want to see.  They would go to a country in which that lifestyle is dominant and they could live very happily.  They have a large choice of places to do that.  So we must ask why do they insist on living in a nation with a completely different set of laws?  Why is our government trying to change our way of life ?  Why is our government not call it what it is?  Why do we see people speaking at our National Day of Prayer, against Christians?   Putting the Christian faith down?   It is a matter of time brothers and sisters.  So, we must make up our minds.  Be ready.  This isn’t going to change.  This isn’t going to get better.  I  believe this will continue at a rapid pace.  As the scripture in Leviticus states, we need to prepare to love them,  yes, even when they want to kill us.   Be ready to share the gospel with each one.  I cannot help but to think of the book of Acts  when Stephen was sharing the gospel and they all began to stone him.  As he was being stoned he cried out for our Father in Heaven to forgive them.  He then died.  You may ask, why not fight them back?  My thoughts first of all are we will only continue to fight and kill but we will not win this war here on earth.  When it truly hits in America we will be far out numbered.  Especially when you can clearly see our government is already infiltrated by plan and will therefore not be here to help the Christians.   We all know we only live here a short time.  The Lord wishes none to perish but to have eternal life.   When we are faced with this terrible time, I would say to each one (myself included), to share as many words of the gospel and ask the Lord to forgive them and have mercy on them just as He has given each of us.  You may die regardless, but one heart just might be penetrated and sofened and might then cry out to the one true God.  The one who has the power to give life and take it and power to raise one from the dead.  Has the power to change the heart of the corrupt.  That might begin with love that we can show to one who only wants death to us.  We are only able to love because God first loved us.

Leviticus 19:33-34
“‘When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them.  The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.

Commentary
I can’t help but think of “love your neighbor as yourself” when I read this verse. Here nestled in the Old Testament law is a verse that commands love for all who “reside in our land”. Because Israel was once slaves and strangers in the land of Egypt, the command is to treat foreigners in their land better – much better than they were treated by the Egyptians. God can and will do amazing things through loving relationship and community. The command to Israel, and to us today, is of love – because God Himself is love.

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

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It seems to be the way many are headed today.  What?  Down the wrong path.  Pastors are leading many to eternal damnation and not eternal life.  In the book of Jude we read in verse 4  that many will be in the churches that will try to tear the children of the Lord apart and cause division and lead many in the wrong way. (I PARAPHRASED THAT).  I find it interesting that it says, long ago many were designated for this condemnation.  God warned us about everything.  We have to pull ourselves away from the things of this world and make time for Him and His word so that we are not deceived and we know the truth when we hear it.

We seem to have a huge movement saying there are many ways to get to Heaven.  There is more than one way to God. NO, THERE ISN’T!  

We must be careful and not go with the flow.  We are responsible too. We cannot blame not knowing the truth is the fault of someone else or because of our pastor.   They WILL answer to the Lord themselves for leading the flock the wrong way.   We will also have to stand before the Son of Man and we will have to answer why we didn’t know we were being deceived.   You see,  if we are reading the Bible,  the words of the Lord God, and we are following its instruction and are praying to our Father in heaven and are seeking Him and His righteousness and His divine wisdom.  IF we are doing these things will we not know the truth when we hear it?  Will we not know when we are hearing lies from the pulpit?   Yes, it means you may have to separate yourself from friends and family who are following false doctrine. Sometimes the path to the Lord God feels lonely.  God is with us and you are not alone.  You will find others along the path, it simply seems a path less traveled.  That is because it is. 

REMEMBERthere’s but one way to the Father in heaven and we are each responsible to know when we are on the wrong path.  We each must choose whom it is we will serve.   If you are unsure then cry out to God and ask Him to reveal Himself to you,  to reveal His truth to you.  To open your eyes and ears to see and hear the truth according to Him and not man.  He will not withhold the truth,  or His wisdom from any who seek Him and pray and ask for His guidance.

Am I Strong or Weak?

I have had a day that seemed to simply start bad and get worse. Honestly, I had no one to blame my myself. Sure the “things” came along and I allowed them to add to my already cranky self. Did I pray on the way to work for the Lord to help me to be the person He created and desired me to be? I prayed for His mighty help because I knew (already) that it was going to be a struggle.

I dislike myself so much when I am like that. Such a battle going on within me. Tonight I read this. Jesus says the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.

I felt a sense of relief for how I felt for myself. I felt relief that my Savior spoke that. I then felt great sorrow for the context that He felt it. Great sadness. I feel he was speaking of himself because he had said “my soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death” . Therefore, He prayed. I feel He was speaking to the deciles for not staying awake as he asked, but also as he needed. Then I feel He is speaking it to each one of us. Yes, even my day. I needed God very much today. I know he was teaching me something and maybe it was simply so that I would look deeper at these verses and their meaning to me.

Matthew 26:36-42
Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”

THE BELOW IS COPIED FROM A COMMENTARY ONLINE
He who made atonement for the sins of mankind, submitted himself in a garden of suffering, to the will of God, from which man had revolted in a garden of pleasure. Christ took with him into that part of the garden where he suffered his agony, only those who had witnessed his glory in his transfiguration. Those are best prepared to suffer with Christ, who have by faith beheld his glory. The words used denote the most entire dejection, amazement, anguish, and horror of mind; the state of one surrounded with sorrows, overwhelmed with miseries, and almost swallowed up with terror and dismay. He now began to be sorrowful, and never ceased to be so till he said, It is finished. He prayed that, if possible, the cup might pass from him. But he also showed his perfect readiness to bear the load of his sufferings; he was willing to submit to all for our redemption and salvation. According to this example of Christ, we must drink of the bitterest cup which God puts into our hands; though nature struggle, it must submit. It should be more our care to get troubles sanctified, and our hearts satisfied under them, than to get them taken away. It is well for us that our salvation is in the hand of One who neither slumbers nor sleeps. All are tempted, but we should be much afraid of entering into temptation. To be secured from this, we should watch and pray, and continually look unto the Lord to hold us up that we may be safe. Doubtless our Lord had a clear and full view of the sufferings he was to endure, yet he spoke with the greatest calmness till this time. Christ was a Surety, who undertook to be answerable for our sins. Accordingly he was made sin for us, and suffered for our sins, the Just for the unjust; and Scripture ascribes his heaviest sufferings to the hand of God. He had full knowledge of the infinite evil of sin, and of the immense extent of that guilt for which he was to atone; with awful views of the Divine justice and holiness, and the punishment deserved by the sins of men, such as no tongue can express, or mind conceive. At the same time, Christ suffered being tempted; probably horrible thoughts were suggested by Satan that tended to gloom and every dreadful conclusion: these would be the more hard to bear from his perfect holiness. And did the load of imputed guilt so weigh down the soul of Him of whom it is said, He upholdeth all things by the word of his power? into what misery then must those sink whose sins are left upon their own heads! How will those escape who neglect so great salvation?

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