Head’s UP! Where are You Looking?

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.

Matthew 10:28 (below)

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. 

Watch Yourselves

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. 

Word of God Speak

I need comfort today.  I have had a sadness about myself lately.  Maybe it is the world that tries to suffocate us. Maybe work is consuming us.  Maybe so.  When we seek comfort from God and we are desiring to draw near and we hope to find an encouraging word, just maybe we hear a word that is a gift if understood.  Sometimes we need to STOP and take a look within, take an internal audit.  Yes, the Lord God speaks to us in many ways.  Dear Lord God, I give thanks unto You for all of the ways You choose to speak to me.  Your ways are always the best.

But where are thy gods that thou hast made thee? let them arise, if they can save thee in the time of thy trouble: for according to the number of thy cities are thy gods, O Judah.
Jer 2:28 KJV

Wherefore will ye plead with me? ye all have transgressed against me, saith the LORD.
Jer 2:29 KJV

In vain have I smitten your children; they received no correction: your own sword hath devoured your prophets, like a destroying lion.
Jer 2:30 KJV

O generation, see ye the word of the LORD. Have I been a wilderness unto Israel? a land of darkness? wherefore say my people, We are lords; we will come no more unto thee?
Jer 2:31 KJV

Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? yet my people have forgotten me days without number.
Jer 2:32 KJV

Why trimmest thou thy way to seek love? therefore hast thou also taught the wicked ones thy ways.
Jer 2:33 KJV

Also in thy skirts is found the blood of the souls of the poor innocents: I have not found it by secret search, but upon all these.
Jer 2:34 KJV

Ever Ask “Why Me Lord?”

Why Me Lord

Why me Lord, what have I ever done
To deserve even one
Of the pleasures I’ve known
Tell me Lord, what did I ever do
That was worth loving you
Or the kindness you’ve shown.

Lord help me Jesus, I’ve wasted it so
Help me Jesus I know what I am
Now that I know that I’ve need you so
Help me Jesus, my soul’s in your hand.

Tell me Lord, if you think there’s a way
I can try to repay
All I’ve taken from you
Maybe Lord, I can show someone else
What I’ve been through myself
On my way back to you.

Lord help me Jesus, I’ve wasted it so
Help me Jesus I know what I am
Now that I know that I’ve need you so
Help me Jesus, my soul’s in your hand.

We All Have a Favorite Part of the Body, but All Parts Are Needed.

  • Do you like your legs?
  • Maybe you say your hands have always looked young so that is your favorite.
  • I have always been told I have perfect toes and therefore my feet are something I thought looked good in sandals.:-)
  • Are you someone who always enjoyed a good session at the gym? Then maybe it is your biceps, great arms you like.
  • My point here is in our day to day worldly lives we tend to think about our body parts or those of the opposite sex.  “I am a leg man”, “oh, would you look at his strong arms”.  As we drawer closer to the Lord God, we begin to understand the spiritual side of the parts of the body.  God used some by their feet as they walk all over and share the gospel.  Some by their hands and arms as they reach out to strangers and lend help in times of need to those hurting and it is done in the name of Jesus Christ, and bringing glory to the Father. Maybe you don’t feel you do anything significant and think I only go to work and home again.  Yet maybe by an action of obedience to God those around you have seen Jesus even though you might have been unaware. I try to bring encouraging words to those around me.  Sometimes they don’t want to hear a positive spin but as they have time to think about it they do appreciate it. We show compassion, we show grace, we show mercy.  Most of all we are to show love.  By showing all these things we are showing love.  We can only show mercy and grace and compassion and love because our saviour Jesus Christ first loved us and had mercy on us and extends grace to us.  Without His loving us first not one of us could begin to be a functioning part of the body of Christ.  The man and woman who are leaving America to work in a part of the world to share Jesus Christ with those who have never heard of Him may seem to be the most important part of the body.  Is it not obvious that without the encouraging words of those in our everyday workplaces, and without those who help by extending compassion to those in a homeless shelter or a battered woman’s shelter. Without those who stop to give money to the man or woman with a sign who in standing on the corner of a busy street or standing at the end of the parking lot at Wal-Mart with a sign. Without those who stop and take a minute to simply speak a kind word to an elderly man or woman eating alone in a restaurant or maybe surprising them by secretly picking up their tab.  Maybe the person you took a minute to just speak a kind word to is a veteran from long ago and fought for our freedoms and just maybe they have no one now and just maybe you are the only one they might have the opportunity to interact with today.  
  • If you are still reading this then you and I can both see how vitally important every part of the body of Christ is.  Just as our human bodies have different parts and some you never think about unless you hurt it and then you realize it plays a very important part.  So your heart seems really important and it is, but if you break even a little toe or a little finger you begin to learn how important that little part of your own body is. That little toe that you never thought twice about. We take for granted all the parts of our bodies when we feel great! Those times when we feel great is only because all parts of the body are functioning well.  I can’t help but think maybe when the bible speaks about how judgement will begin in the church, aka the body of Christ.  Maybe the body of Christ needs a Dr.  and Jesus is the great physician.  Maybe some of the body is not working well and that is some of why we see so much anger in the world.  I am certainly not saying that is totally why.  We know because of what the word of God says that these things will and are going to come to pass.  We also read that they will hate us but not because of us but because the world first hated Him.  Because we love Him they will also hate us.  Back to the body…We each play an important part regardless if you are a little toe or you are the heart.  Let’s all use the gift we were given. You might only have one gift or maybe 10.  If we are going to another nation or simply going to work everyday we each need to realize the importance that each one of us can play in the lives of those around us. WE ARE THE BODY!

Romans 12:4-8
For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:  So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.  Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;  Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;  Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

Commentary

Each of us who has come to believe in Jesus is a member of the body of Christ. Jesus is the “head” of His own body, so for those who were hoping for that role – it is already taken. This passage says “each member belongs to all the others”. Today I would like to you consider, in a very personal way, what that means. As we read on we find mention of various gifts being offered in service to the body of Christ, a direction that implies responsibility for each and every one of us. God has masterfully gifted each one of us in compliment to bring the body of Christ to completeness. Did you get that? The gift(s) you are given, those revealed to you and empowered by the Holy Spirit, those gift(s) have great purpose. Use them, and give God the glory!

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

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JD Farag – January 2017

 “New Years Eve Bible Prophecy Q&A” JD Farag 

2017-Those Who Have Ears to Hear and Eyes to See…

​Isaiah 42:5-9

Thus saith God the Lord,

He that created the heavens, and stretched them out;

He that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it;

He that giveth breath unto the people upon it,

And spirit to them that walk therein:

I the Lord have called thee in righteousness,

And will hold thine hand, and will keep thee,

And give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;

To open the blind eyes,

To bring out the prisoners from the prison,

And them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.

I am the Lord: that is my name:

And my glory will I not give to another,

Neither my praise to graven images.

Behold, the former things are come to pass,

And new things do I declare:

Before they spring forth I tell you of them.

Why? Oh Lord God, Why?

I so want to go home.  First I have watched this world go into the unimaginable places I honestly never gave thought to.  I never dreamed of seeing such things happen here in America or the things around the world to our brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus. As I have watched and went from a range of emotions from shock, to anger to frustration.  I would hope that things would begin to get better and would see things only grow worse.  I have to only look to the Lord God,  our Father in Heaven.   I am glad Trump won. It feels good to at least see many brothers and sisters from all over the world praying for our new worldly leader and the values he says he has.   Now we need to put that focus back where it belongs,  on our Creator and Sustainer,  the love if our lives. Dear Lord God show me what You would have me do for You.  Thank You that You have  allowed me to see such evil so that I might see clearly that I have nothing here.  I do not want to hold on to a thing here.  My soul thirsts for You. 

Psalm 84:1-2

How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts!  My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.

Commentary 

Lord God, please create in me a heart that longs for You always. Help us to seek You every day in the details and circumstances of our everyday lives! Reveal Yourself God, and draw us close to You. Bring about repentance and restoration; heal our hearts and minds from the damage that constantly barrages us. May we always remember Your unfailing love and return to You: the only One worthy to be our first love.

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

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What We Need 

Proverbs 10:12

Hatred stirreth up strifes:

But love covereth all sins.

Excitement of a Gift!

Soon the season of gift giving and receiving begins! Some love the shopping and some not so much.   I am in the not so much catagory.  

As most of us get older I think we tend not to really need a lot.  Need love of our family and friends more than things.  So giving is so much more than receiving.   

Even for children I think they receive something and are super happy and then within a week they have forgotten all about it and moved on. 

Have you received the gift of eternal salvation from the Lord Jesus Christ?   Just as Christmas comes once a year, we also live in a time when we still have the ability to accept the free gift of salvation.   No it is not only available at Christmas BUT,  it will not be available forever.   When you are shopping you look for the sales.   You want to get a good deal.   When you see the sale on the hottest ticket item of the year then you hurry in so you do not miss the opportunity!   If you haven’t received the gift of salvation yet I urge you to look at it closely for a moment. 

Several things might happen.   You might die tonight or tomorrow.   The age of grace might end.   The church age ends and tribulation begins.  Either way the free gift is no longer available.   The Christmas sale is over, so to speak.

Don’t take the chance!   Hurry into the arms of our Saviour Jesus Christ!   Accept His gift and ask Him to show you and teach you all that you don’t know.   Don’t think you need to know everything about the word of God first.  Don’t listen to the lies.  Our God is the greatest teacher of all.  He won’t leave you nor forsake you.  He is love.  He us everything.   But, the window will not be open forever.  Just as a sale ends, so does the age of grace. 

Luke 19:9-10

And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.


Accept the Gift of Salvation Before It’s No Longer Available  

Not Fitting In?

1 Peter 2:9-10
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;  Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

COMMENTARY 

Hearing that you are chosen, and “God’s special possession” (NIV), should bring courage and peace to your heart. As we consider the impossible move from no mercy, to mercy; the gospel is designed to ignite a response of praise and worship to God, glorifying Him among all people. Matthew 28:18-20 (NLT) says, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

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

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Watch Out!

​We easily beat ourselves up for not being perfect enough.   For falling short of God’s standards.   One day when I realized that I was able to forgive others when they fell short but couldn’t seem to forgive myself for the smallest short coming, the Lord brought this verse to my mind.  Don’t think more of yourself than you ought to.  I was somehow thinking I should be way above others as I walk through this life.

Romans 12:3-5 

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