The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings
The Lord looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men. From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth. He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works.
COMMENTARY —-Knowing our own hearts isn’t really our strong suit, though we often think that it is. In fact, there are those who take pride in the fact that they know themselves well, some even reject counsel because they conclude that others cannot possibly know them well enough to give sound advice. Apart from God, we cannot possibly know our own hearts well enough to make choices that reflect our faith. Part of the process is learning how to accept that He knows better, will always know better, and to trust Him completely. If we are willing to face that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, our challenge becomes surrender. We are met with forgiveness, and empowered by grace to see our world differently, and cast aside the idols of our heart. Life cannot be more than when Jesus, the Master, is at the helm.
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Even so come…Lord Jesus come!
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.
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.
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.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul:
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;
Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Isaiah 61 :1-2
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me;
Because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek;
He hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
The 2nd verse was cut in hslf. The remaining has not come to pass yet.
2nd half of the 2nd verse.
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all that mourn;
And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all. And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.