Psalm 34:7-8 KJV
The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
 O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
 O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
So, it is so amazing when someone can point out things in the Old Testament and show you convincing correlation to present days. You listen to similarities of Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat and of Jezebel (over the years). You certainly do not have to agree but I found it to be incredibly interesting.
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?
I really don’t even know what to say.
Pray for me please.
Hatred stirreth up strifes:
But love covereth all sins.
What does ALL THINGS really mean? Are the two words complicated? Can they mean more than one thing? Can they really mean SOME things? How about a FEW things?
I know this has been a favorite of mine for years. When you read it and hold it and sit with it for awhile. Pray about it. You begin to see the deep things if God.
When things are going well and the way we like then to go it is easy to quote this verse and throw it at others as you mean well but maybe you haven’t really absorbed the flip side of it for yourself. When things really stink, when God isn’t answering the way you desire, when your life seems like it is completely falling apart. When this is happening and you can read this scripture and pray it back to the Lord God. Believe that even though right now while hurting and while you cannot see how anything good can come from this horrible thing that is happening. Read it, believe it and trust the Lord God Almighty with all of it. Ask Him to help you to see that even this thing He can use for good and in the end to bring glory to Himself.
Give Him ALL THE PRAISE! We thank You in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. ..our Lord and Savior. Amen
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)
1 Peter 3:15
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the HOPE that is in you with meekness and fear:
How can we have hope. I know more days than not it is tough to find it and hang onto it throughout the day. Holding onto it simply for your own sanity without trying to put a smile on your face and convincing others you have hope! Right? Can anyone relate to what I am saying?
Well, first off we have NO HOPE if we are looking to this messed up world to provide it for us. This place gets more hopeless by the day! We first must know God! We must know His word and seek Him daily.
Let’s see what the infallible word of God has to say regarding hope.
1 Thessalonians 2:19
For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?
I find it interesting that in the verse just before 19, the end of verse 18 it says….
But Satan hindered us.
Paul is telling his brothers and sisters that he would have come to them to continue to encourage them and help them but he has been hindered by Satan and that this was temporary and he cannot be with them in presence but HE IS WITH THEM IN HEART.
THEN, he asks for what is our HOPE, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? THEN he asks, are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?
I glean from this that our HOPE is not in our ever changing circumstances of our lives where we may find ourselves or those we love being hindered by Satan for a brief time. NO, NO, our HOPE is in KNOWING we will be in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming.
Do you believe He is coming? If you do then that is certainly our hope. If you don’t believe it then you need to begin by asking the Lord to help you in your unbelief. Ask Jesus Christ to show you, to teach you, to reveal Himself to you as only He can.
Let’s see what else the word of God has to say.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have NO HOPE.
For IF we BELIEVE that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Wherefore COMFORT one another with these words.
YES…YES, brothers and sisters! Now that is the HOPE I am talking about! We cannot expect to have hope in the things we see around us in this world, but if we keep our minds on the things above we can have hope knowing the Lord God WILL do what He has said He would do!
1 Thessalonians 5:8-11
But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the HOPE of SALVATION.
For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to OBTAIN SALVATION by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
p style=”font-weight:bold;”>Wherefore COMFORT YOURSELVES TOGETHER , and EDIFY ONE ANOTHER, even as also ye do.
ENDING WITH THESE WORDS.
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
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.
In the book of Daniel we read how our enemies beef is really against God, Jesus Christ. They hate that we believe the laws of our living God. The principles we stand on, the foundation is what they despise. John 2:22 When therefore He was risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this unto them; and they believed the SCRIPTURE, and the word which Jesus had said.
p class=”text” style=”color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:medium;line-height:normal;”>Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him. Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.
Remembrance of those who fought for you and I! Those who died for our freedom! Who are still fighting for the rights of all Americans.
Many it seems are so disrespectful of what it even means. They say take the flag down. So many are ignorant of just what this nation once stood for. God was the foundation. Many will disagree with that and you have the right to do so. It doesn’t change the fact that once the moral fiber was still grounded in God Almighty. This administration has lifted a couple of things that have opened the flood gates wide open. Calling good evil and evil good. We know it. We can feel it. It is in the very pit of our stomachs. This president has spoken blasphemy against the very Creator. He hasn’t just done this horrific thing behind closed doors but he has done it in speeches across the world. When doing this he has not only shown the world who he is and what he believes but he has also said in a loud and clear voice that the evil is welcome to come on in! Satanism can come on in full force! He will back the evil agendas of everyone out there and call it freedom and rights for all. He will at the same time tell ALL Christians to get off your high horse. Regardless of what he is pushing through he will slam the people who believe in Jesus Christ and have accepted Him as their Saviour. Maybe he just wants to be sure we don’t stand up. He wants to put some fear in us before we get any bright ideas about opening our mouths. We certainly don’t want to be called bigots or haters. Brothers and sisters we are no such thing!
As far as I know the United States of America Flag STILL FLYS! God is STILL ON THE THRONE!
It might look dark. It might be dark. God may have already began judgements. Why wouldn’t He? He is a just God and this nation, thanks in part to what the leader of this nation has allowed, has said it a clear voice they want to do whatever they FEEL like doing and no one better oppose us or we will destroy you. It seems there is an evil spirit that has been given freedom. Maybe God has said, let them have what they want and now given those thinking evil things over to depraved minds.
For now, we need to continue to fight the good fight! Don’t stop until the good Lord comes and makes a new government. We know who is just and who we serve. God bless all my brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus!
You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.” I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion, whoever that may be, will have to pay the penalty. Brothers and sisters, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished.
The Galatian church has fallen away from obeying the truth of the gospel. They have been deceived and the place of circumcision (part of Old Testament law), has been twisted into something it was never meant to be. The danger is, if they believe this lie, another subtle lie is sure to follow; and the more lies we believe the more difficult is to stop falling farther and farther away from the truth of the gospel. Jesus alone has saved us. It is the blood of Christ alone that makes us right before God. Holy Spirit, lead us and produce a working, fruitful and unwavering faith in all of us!
Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.
I say it is true. Regardless if you believe or not we each will have an expiration date. Car wreck, a disease, a heart attack. Murdered by a robbery. A rapist who maybe only murders your spirit. People being kidnapped and chained up in darkness for sex slaves. Maybe you are living where Christians are being persecuted, beheaded, crucified on crossses, stoned, burned alive, fed to dogs. I never would have dreamed this world would have went so far back into the dark ages. People who have said the Holy Bible is out of date might want to read it and take another look at the sickness going on around the world and right here in America’s own backyard.
Crazy? Don’t want to hear about this? None of us like this but we have to face the truth. The darkness that is all around us. THE end is going to come for all at once or on day by day timing. Not one of us know exactly when but we do all need to face the fact that it will come one day and one way or another regardless of what you believe. Be ready mentally and spiritually. I pray you seek God, the One True God who sent His son Jesus Christ to shed His own blood as He was crucified on the cross but was perfect and sinless but took on all of the horrific sins of mine and yours and everyone’s in the world. Why? So that we might live in the presence of a Holy God and not be thrown into an eternal pit of hell. Hell is real. I cry when I think of tge horrific things going on right here in the here and now. It is heartbreaking. He’ll will be far worse than any of us can imagine. The worse day here no matter how grotesque or violent or sickening, worse than the craziest horror movie you may have seen, will not be able to compare to the burning hell that awaits ALL of us! All who haven’t called upon the name of Jesus Christ for the salvation He freely offers. We each make our own decision. You aren’t a bad person? If hell is a real place then it is for the truly evil such as Hitler and others that we catagorize as being bad in our eyes and not for the person who really is not so bad you say? Not true, God is Holy and no one can be in the presence of His Glory unless they have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ. Jesus died to make ATONEMENT for our sinfulness so that we could go to heaven and be with the Lord God who created each of us. He loves us but cannot allow the filth of sin that is in and on each one of us to enter into eternity. He is a just God and don’t we want to live in a place free from the evil that is here now? We deceive ourselves if we think we don’t have sin. That is self righteousness and is a huge sin itself. It isn’t about what we can accomplish on our own and by our own works and good deeds. It is ONLY about what Jesus Christ did on the cross for us. He did the work that is required. We should do good things once we are saved but doing those good things or just being a good person will not…”repeat”, WILL NOT be able to get your name in the book of life at the entrance of Heaven. You will certainly be welcomed with open arms into Hell. They take everyone. All who walk the broad road will not even need to have a book checked to see if your name is in it. Too many will be storming in to keep track of the names. The evil will torment even the evildoers on earth. I wonder if Hitler would chanel how he lived if he could? I think of Luke 16:19-31, which explains very clearly how a man in hell desires urgently for someone to go and warn his brothers and family so they do not end up being tormented eternally as he was. He begged for someone to just touch his tongue with a drop if water. If he could only have told his brothers, if he had only realized himself! But the passage goes on to say that his family should listen to the prophets as they have all been warned and yet no one listens and no one cares so why would it be different if he told them? They would laugh and scoff just as they still do today. Read the passage in Luke noted above. Pray on it. Seek God concerning it. You say you don’t believe? What IF it IS TRUE and you are wrong? Do you really want to take that chance? Your choice and mine. I say, REPENT today and turn to God Almighty while you still have the chance to. Seek Him with all your heart and soul. He is faithful to finish the work in you. To change you and make you more than you ever dreamed you could be. We may not know how the things we do have affected someone else for the good while we are here. If you choose life and not death, if you choose Jesus Christ then one day in Heaven we will then truly see everything God wants us to know and see about the trials and struggles we are seeing or going through ourselves. We can see how coming through them allows us to comfort someone else going through the same.
1 Peter 4:7
The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.
Do you have an hour and a half you can give to listen to this? Are you busy watching your favorite TV show right now?
If you call yourself a child of God then I beg you to listen to this first and then you can watch your television show.
By Pastor Cooley
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?
6 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— 7 not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. 8 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.
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.
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
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.
Things are really getting crazy out there and seems darker by the day. Yet….God is still on the throne and He is still working!
INSERTION===(The morning I wrote this I emailed to a group of ladies I work with and we had been doing a bible study at work at lunch one day a week. I thought they would all agree how wonderful this was but instead I saw quite the opposite and it really broke my heart. Again, I guess it just goes to show that you never know who may be sitting next to you in church or wherever and claims to be a believer in Jesus Christ, well lets just say they might be deceiving themselves.) Now, back to my story.
So, this morning while getting ready for work a verse came to my mind. I put 3 of my favorite versions below.
Habakkuk 1:5 (NIV)
“Look at the nations and watch— and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.
“Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told.
“Look among the nations! Observe! Be astonished! Wonder! Because I am doing something in your days– You would not believe if you were told.
So, while thinking about these I asked the Lord….”hmmmmm , So are You about to do something utterly amazing so that Your name might be glorified for all to see??? “
On my drive into work this morning the radio station I listen to KLRC read this news article. (After hearing it I thought…”How amazing! Thank you Lord for the town that is trying to be a light in the darkness!” John 1:5 (NIV) The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. Matthew 5:16 (NIV) In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:15 (NIV) Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand and it gives light to everyone in the house. I could not help but think back to when I was getting ready for work this morning when the Habakkuk verse came to my mind. I gotta give it to this town for doing this KNOWING they will surely end up getting some grief for it. I will say that after all the police drama these days and how everyone seems to under appreciate them and what they do for us daily with the exception of a few bad apples that I was amazed this town is pulling together and taking a stand! Praise the Lord!!
People Positive Over Bible Verse On Pottsville Police Car By STEPHANIE SHARP | email@example.com Published 09/30 2015 10:19PMUpdated 09/30 2015 11:51PM
POTTSVILLE, Ark. – A small police force in the river valley is getting some new decor. In addition to sirens and lights, you’ll see a bible verse on one of its cruisers. In the small town of just about three thousand, Pottsville Mayor Jerry Williams says you can find a common theme across the community. “[We have] four churches on one block,” Williams said, “We have a religious based community, and that’s shown in what we do around here.” When the police department came to him asking to put a bible verse on the back of a cruiser, he agreed. “I felt like this was a very good thing, and I went ahead and gave my okay for it,” Williams said. The verse is Matthew 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” “There is a lot of good feedback from it. A lot of people have mentioned that this is a good thing,” Williams said. People who live in Pottsville are glad it’s there. “It shows respect to the people we let take care of us and protect our community,” Brandy Price. Williams and Prince say they believe some people may not agree with it. “They have their own options and they have their right to that,” Prince said. “There is going to be opposition, there is opposition in about everything you do,” Williams said. Williams says, for now, it’s here to stay. “You may not believe like we do, you may not live like our community does, but this is something our community believes in,” Williams said. The verse is only on one vehicle now, but the department hopes to expand. A spokesperson for the ACLU says since the verse comes from the New Testament it is favoring one religion over another and could become a first amendment establishment of religion case. However, it has to be brought forward by a citizen in the community.
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