This is a few years old and I believe I have posted it here before, BUT, this never fails to stir my soul! It never fails to encourage me, lift me, give me a renewed hope! It always moves me to tears and moves me to praise my King of Kings! Hallelujah!
The scriptures are clear. How easily we can kid or should I say lie to ourselves not to mention others. Scripture tells us that our very own hearts deceive us. We cannot be trusted even to ourselves. Put your trust in the only one that has the power to save you. Jesus Christ is His name! So EASY for us (I have been guilty too), for us to throw stones at Kathy. I mean she makes it so easy. She needs Jesus Christ, she needs to repent and we do too. We should all be praying for ourselves AND for Kathy Griffin. Instead of stoning her. Yes, she needs to be called out for her actions and that’s been done. Now let’s all pray for her and pray she comes out of the darkness and sees herself for what she has become. Pray she stops making excuses to others but is first honest with herself. Right now she is being deceived by her very own heart as most of us from one degree or another. It is a heart issue.
Proverbs 16:9 (flesh leads us our way but the Spirit of God leads us to life)
A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.
Jeremiah 17:9-10 (we are easily deceived unless we stay in the word of God to be able to know and discern the truth even in our hearts)
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.
Deuteronomy 30:6 (tells us the why)
And the LORD thy God will circumcise (means to cut away all the wickedness ) thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.
Matthew 22:37-38 (backs up old testament law)
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38- This is the first and great commandment.
For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.
Today we see again that God is writing the “requirements of the law” on the hearts of people. This is the Holy Spirit of God transcribing on our hearts how we ought to live – by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. A day is coming when God will judge people’s secrets through Jesus Christ, and there will be absolutely no excuses on that day. We will not be able to say, “but Jesus, I…” and talk our way out of what is already plainly known. None of us are without conscience, which according to this verse bears witness impacting judgment. The Holy Spirit is not going to lead us down a path that lives a life “secret” from God (as if that is even possible). The power of God is at work showing your life for what it is, and we have choices of how we will respond to those revelations. Will we choose the light, or will we choose the shadows?
Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’
Before watching this one in-particular I had told a friend that the 6 day war suddenly reminded me of how God created the world and all in it in 6 days and then rested on the 7th. That suddenly came to my mind and then after I watched this and it mentioned the same. I could not help but to cry as I heard the shofar blow after they reached the wailing wall.
Are you watching? Are you reading the word of God? It is time for much more to happen!
You don’t like Israel you say? You have a list of reasons?
I would say that we each need to pray that the Lord God would show us where we are wrong in any way we think. Pray for God to circumcise (cut away) our hearts of anything wicked, of anything not in line with the will of our Father in Heaven. You see, it really does not matter what we think but only matters what God Almighty desires. His way is perfect, ALWAYS. One day we will see that.
3 That then the Lord thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the Lord thy God hath scattered thee.
4 If any of thine be driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven, from thence will the Lord thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee:
5 And the Lord thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers.
6 And the Lord thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.
7 And the Lord thy God will put all these curses upon thine enemies, and on them that hate thee, which persecuted thee.
8 And thou shalt return and obey the voice of the Lord, and do all his commandments which I command thee this day.
9 And the Lord thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good: for the Lord will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers:
10 If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.
11 For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off.
12 It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
14 But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.
15 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;
16 In that I command thee this day to love the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.
17 But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them;
18 I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it.
19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
20 That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.
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.
Are you waiting on the right time?
Do you need to get things right first?
Do you need to stop the sin first?
How about starting the conversation with our Savior first. Get to know Him. Talk to Him. Read His word and keep asking Him for His help. Draw near to Him and He will draw near to you. He loves you already. He knows you now. Come to Him just as you are and have faith that He will do just as He said He would.
Because He Lives
God sent his son, they called him Jesus,
He came to love, heal and forgive.
He lived and died to buy my pardon,
An empty grave is there to prove my savior lives.
Because he lives
I can face tomorrow
Because he lives
All fear is gone
Because i know he holds the future
And life is worth the living
Just because he lives
How sweet to hold a newborn baby,
And feel the pride and joy he gives,
But greater still the calm assurance:
This child can face uncertain day because he lives.
And then one day I’ll cross the river,
I’ll fight life’s final war with pain.
And then, as death gives way to vict’ry,
I’ll see the lights of glory and I’ll know he reigns.
Is it all hype?
Is there any truth to it?
Is there any problem with trying to create peace?
Can we believe the word of God?
Should we believe God when He said those who bless Israel will be blessed and those who curse Israel will be cursed? (That was a paraphrase but you can look it up to find God’s words exactly.)
Remember, there will NEVER be peace, not true peace until the Lord God Almighty returns and puts a stop to the evil in all the world.
Yes, we ALL must vote! One day we may not have the ability. You say it is rigged? I will say I am certainly not disagreeing with that. So why should we vote if it is rigged?
BUT GOD! He has the final word. What will God’s people do? God can do anything and nothing is impossible with God. Does God require to see action from His people? Remember, God does not force himself into our lives. So, how much do God’s people care?
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Dear Lord God, my Creator, my Sustainer, my King, my Savior, my EVERYTHING! Write thy words on the tablets of my heart. Hide thy words within my heart. Help me Lord to keep my eyes upon You. You and You alone will keep me safe.
(Psa 119:9) BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.
(Psa 119:10) With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.
(Psa 119:11) Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
(Psa 119:12) Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes.