Friday, December 26, 2014

Sampson loved Delilah

Sampson loved Delilah, she asked him repeatedly for the secret to his strength... 3 times he tricked her. Delilah means languish, keep that in mind as you continue... 


Finally she says, "...How canst thou say, I love thee, when thine heart is not with me? thou hast mocked me these three times, and hast not told me wherein thy great strength lieth. And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, so that his soul was vexed unto death;" Judges 16:15-16


She did this & brought him to his death for money. He was so blinded by his own love that he couldn't see her 1st three attempts to weaken and hand him over to the enemy. After continually manipulating him, he caved; inevitably costing him his life. 

(Read Judges 16 for the whole story)


True love doesn't have a secret agenda, doesn't put "self" over the other, it's not jealous but is kind. For a genuine definition of love, read 1 Corinthians 13. Her love was of her own, and used & abused this man for her own gain. 


Careful y'all, there are many "Delilah's" still out there today. Without Holy Spirit discernment, the same fall Sampson took is quite possible! Can you recognize love on a 2-way street? 



Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Condemnation or conviction?

"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." Romans 8:1


Conviction or condemnation... 


Are you walking after the flesh - "For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting." Galatians 6:8


OR walking after the spirit - "This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would." Galatians 5:16-17


Condemnation is a guilt trip granted by Satan. Conviction is correction given by God to keep us in line with His Will. Who are you aiming to please? Self or Christ... Receiving condemnation or conviction... Feeding into fleshly desires or spiritually growing in grace? 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Tis the season to celebrate... Parallels!

A few interesting tidbits... Maybe even unnoticed connections!?! 


Winter solstice is where the sun is closest to us. It's also around Christmas time, when the Son of God, who came to earth in HUMAN form. 


"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." John 1:14


During this time, NOT at His birth, He was met by the wise men as a young child; who bowed down and worshipped the Messiah; also bringing Him gifts! (Matthew 2:10-11).  


Think about that! God's perfect gift given to us, His only begotten Son (John 3:16) Hanukkah or Chanukah is the Jewish holiday (One of Jehovah's Holy Days) or the Feast of Lights. Jesus IS the Light of the world!   


"In him was life; and the life was the light of men." John 1:4


"And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." John 3:19


So, is it really any wonder paganism as well as materialism would be such great distractions!?! Satan loves to TWIST everything God given & perfect! I love lights, they remind me of Christ, being the Light & Life sent to seek & save the lost in this dark world. I also love giving! 


"We love him, because he first loved us." 1 John 4:19 What better reason to share the HOPE within us and continue to GIVE as the Father 1st gave to us as well as His Son!?! 


It's not about material things, they are fading. It's about eternity with the One who forgives and grants life everlasting to all who BELIEVE, repent, count the cost AND follow Christ! 


Some of us have a deeper reason for doing what we do; far more than what may seem seen on the surface. Whatever your cause to celebrate the season, may it be one that brings the Father in Heaven glory! 


Friday, December 12, 2014

Perfecting Patience

"Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing." James 1:3-4


Ahhh, the testing of patience! Seems to be one of the many lessons for me lately. If you're asking The Lord for an increase of patience, know it comes by experience... Patience is good-natured TOLERANCE of delay or incompetence. 


Nearly every "short" appointment for me this month has ended up taking double or triple anticipated time, affecting nearly every aspect of my life... dealing with non-understanding people and short attention spanned children with high energy levels (lol). Such as life, right?


While I do not understand the "why's" to these just yet, I do KNOW my God is using these things to create me to be who He desires me to be instead of my fleshly knee-jerk reactions and attitudes. 


There are countless things we must wait for in life. The question is, where's our focus in the process? Me, me, meeee, "poor lil ole me" or Christ,  who is using it for His and our good in the long run? 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Antagonizing & Answers...

Last night my kids were antagonizing each other. Lol, yeap, they're normal! 


Anyway, my daughter kept coming to me with, "Mom, he's doing it again. Please make him stop!" The only problem is, each time she came and told me something as I would begin to say something, she would cut me off and attempt to correct her little brother herself. 


After several times, I stopped my daughter and said, "If you want me to correct him, let me be the Mom." After a bewildered stare I told her, "it doesn't do any good to come to me if you were going to keep trying to handle it on your own."


Bam! As I though about this a lil while ago, The Lord brought this scene to my memory again. Kinda like a condensed mental replay of last night. He gently whispered to me, "When you take things into your own hands, you are saying "I can do better than you" only to repeat and repeat. When you're ready to let Me step in, simply let go and trust Me."


Ok, how often are we all guilty of this SAME thing!?! Eventually my daughter let me be the Mom without her added two-cents and there was peace once again. If you've been acting like this, and taking things into your own hands, will you let God be God and the Loving Father He is by taking a step back and granting Him full control? 


He's able where we are not and sees not just one side but the whole situation. Will you let go and let God...? 


"Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth." Psalm 46:10

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Vain efforts & great lessons!

Have you ever tried your absolute best at something, completely applying yourself with all diligence only to find out you didn't NEED to do it at all!?! 


While hooking up my computer (Yes, PRAISE GOD I got it back! \o/) I noticed a cord that I thought needed plugged into it. After going great lengths to "make it work", I realized it wasn't even necessary! 


The Lord used this tiny adventure to speak to my heart. He said, "My child, this is precisely what so many people do everyday. They try so hard in their own efforts to please Me, yet reject My Son. He is My PERFECT GIFT; My gift of Grace. If only they could see such Love I have for them through Him, and BELIEVE, they would not exhaust themselves by vain human effort. Apart from My Son, there is much rejection, displeasure and heartache."


Simple, yet profound! Jesus said, "...The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel." Mark 1:15


Religion exhausts but repentance through relationship heals... Are you exhausting your efforts unnecessarily  over accepting God's great salvation plan through Christ; grace, through faith?

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Fading Fancy or Robes of Righteousness?

Fading fancy verses robes of Righteousness ... Choices made now, endure for eternity!


Dolce & Gabanna, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Armani, Bertelli and the like with all their riches & desired high end fashions and quested designs ain't got nothin' on them Holy robes of Righteousness granted only in Christ! 


Think about this a moment... 

"But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away." Isaiah 64:6


There ain't no amount of worldly riches that can compare to what Heavenly royal grandeur awaits those who willingly lay down the sensuous desires of self for a cross of sacrifice and life of humility above worldly glitz, glam and fading glory!


"I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels." Isaiah 61:1


With all that said, where are you storing up treasures and will they fade or endure? 


Jesus said, "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." Matthew 6:19-21

Monday, December 1, 2014

3 Sisters mountains and my full plate

(Photo curtesy Oregonkiaking.net)


When I was younger my Dad took me sight seeing through the beautiful state of Oregon. He was very well educated. As we journeyed on our trip he pointed out these mountains. "Those over there are known as the 3 sisters", he said. I thought to myself, well they aren't very big. Especially after seeing Mt. Rainier flying in and Mt. Hood from his residence. 


Truth is, if we were to endeavor to climb these 3 sisters, my perspective would've changed drastically. 


Considering all I have to do today, I've asked The Lord to order my steps for what could easily become overwhelming & discouraging. He reminded me of this trip with my dad. There are things we go through in life that others may see as "no big deal" but could seem treacherous to us. 


Let us be reminded of these truths whether The Lord grant our life's mountains to be removed or we be granted strength to climb them... 


Cast away doubt and believe! 

Jesus said, 

"For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith." Matthew 11:23


In Christ, we do not journey alone! 

"Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness." Isaiah 41:10


If God has brought us to it, He WILL bring us through it! 

"For with God nothing shall be impossible." Luke 1:37

Friday, November 21, 2014

Out of the mouthes of babes

My daughter is allowed to take her tablet to school for their reading time. She doesn't really have books on hers, but she does have the Bible app. 


Yesterday, I was having kind of a cruddy day after receiving bad news. I checked my email (as usual) only to find she had emailed me this...


"Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance." Psalm 42:5


How amazing my God is using my 7 year old daughter!!! Yes, refocused! Thank YOU Jesus! 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Radiant heart or vexed vanity?

What is "beauty"?


"Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised." Proverbs 31:30


By definition beauty is:

• the qualities that give pleasure to the senses 

• a very attractive or seductive looking woman 

• an outstanding example of its kind


It is said, "beauty is in the eye of the beholder". While this is true our society sets a "standard" by which is nearly impossible for the average female to meet or withhold. 


However ridiculous these pressed upon images may be, it's important to stress true genuine beauty far exceeds the outward appearance. I've met many beautiful women on the exterior but when they open their mouths, pure filth falls out. Remember, how/what we speak reveals the content of our hearts. 


Others who meet worldly standards of beauty have no regard to life's finer things such as kindness, gentleness, meekness or even life itself! 


A godly woman will shine from the inside out. The exterior may be a bonus but even the most comely and humbled woman will reflect the most inferior qualities of whom she follows because the Love of Christ far exceeds the many material attempts to  please the eye. 


The modest brightness these women carry puts temporary beauty to shame. So, you may not meet the world's expectations of lust infused beauty. Be okay with that! 


Unfeigned beauty will attract a heart, soul and mind; resulting in being treated as we were made instead of trash that's tossed after it's use. 


In essence, temporary beauty fades and leaves one left with a false facade of who they truly are. What's your take on beauty? Vexed vanity or a heart that radiates?


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Receive or reject the Lord's prophet

How often have we rejected those whom The Lord has placed in our lives for His purpose & our own good? 


As Jehoshaphat King of Judah & Ahab King of Israel discussed uniting in war, Jehoshaphat desired to hear from a prophet who genuinely heard from The Lord God (vs 4-6); he truly wanted His direction but King Ahab only wanted to hear that which was in agreement with him. 


Ahab knew of only one true prophet yet had surrounded himself with many false because they fed his own desires over truth. For this reason, the King of Israel hated the Lord's prophet. Why? Miciah was not afraid to go against this king's self-serving agenda! He spoke only with the words given Him by God Himself and for this he was HATED! 


"But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD besides, that we might enquire of him? And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, by whom we may enquire of the LORD: but I hate him; for he never prophesied good unto me, but always evil: the same is Micaiah the son of Imla. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so." 2 Chronicles 18:6-7


King Ahab saw the prophet as one who was against him; speaking "evil". He refused to hear the truth in each message and same was true in this case. The prophet exposed the false prophets (vs 20-21) and called out the lying spirits that fed the King as he wished. He warned the King that those he surrounded himself with spoke in error against the Living God (vs 22). Yet, this King chose to heed lies over truth and inevitably cost his life (vs 33-34). 


If God has placed someone in your life who speaks His Truth, LISTEN! Choosing only what we WANT to hear is both dangerous & deadly. If The Lord is giving you direction, will you heed Him? 

Touch not, take not... What's buried in our hearts?

Disobedience begins in the heart, and when left to itself & it's desires reaps death & destruction. Not only physically but spiritual separation from God. 


Going against His Word brings a curse upon ourselves. Yet if rejecting His Son completely, it's then chosen to live accursed! 


Achan saw what he desired, rejected the warning of The Lord and took what wasn't his, then hid these things under his tent buried underground. This is a portrait of what we have buried in our hearts. 


Self examination: Have we hidden in our hearts that which The Lord has said, "touch & take not"? If so, confess it and turn from it. Give it to Him so that we are in right standing with Him. 


The Lord told Joshua, "neither will I be with you anymore, except ye destroy the accursed from you". 


Is that which we desire worth forsaking His presence? 


"Israel hath sinned, and they have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them: for they have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled also, and they have put it even among their own stuff. Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies, because they were accursed: neither will I be with you any more, except ye destroy the accursed from among you... And Joshua said unto Achan, My son, give, I pray thee, glory to the LORD God of Israel, and make confession unto him; and tell me now what thou hast done; hide it not from me. And Achan answered Joshua, and said, Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done: When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it. So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran unto the tent; and, behold, it was hid in his tent, and the silver under it.

Joshua 7:11-12, 19-22

Friday, November 7, 2014

THE BEGINNER & THE BALANCE BEAM

Have you ever watched a beginner on a high balance beam? Uncertain, wobbly and slow, right. Where do they keep their eyes? On the beam! 


The more they practice, the more stable they become! Eventually even being able to do cartwheels and backflips still landing on it too. 


Wherever you are in your walk with Christ, keep your eyes on Him. The more you trust Him in every new adventure, trial & tribulation; you will see He stabilizes you, strengthens & upholds you! 


In Christ you can, if your eyes are FIXED on Him! 


"Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens. Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us." Psalm 123:1-2


Monday, November 3, 2014

I am second

I am second

I've though much lately about my "positioning" in life. Not that of my own doing, but rather where my God has placed me. 


I'll share a bit of what I mean. 


* In my walk with Christ; He leads, I follow. I am second. 

* In my marriage, my husband is before me. I am second. 

* In the gift of motherhood, I care for my children first. I am second. 

* In our business, my husband is President and I am Vice. 

* In our church, others are esteemed first. I am second. 

* In the realm of missions, the missionary is first, by prayer or gift, I am second. 

* In Child Evangelism Fellowship of Lincoln, the children are first, them and the committee which I serve. I am second. 

* In my friendships, they are first. I am second. 

* My hired help for filing, cleaning & organizing; I value their time & input. I am second. 


I'm sure the list could go on and on, but in essence contrary to how the world operates & mandates: I am second and I'm okay with that! It's an amazing thing to be a child of God. Misery looms in always trying to be first or pridefully ahead of everyone. 


Jesus said, "And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted." Matthew 23:12


If you want to be a better leader, first become a better servant! Do you know your position? Are you okay with that? 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Odd how God knows

Odd how people will "like" a pretty Scripture photo quote but won't dare pick up that big Book. 


Odd how they like all the "uplifting love" but when shared as a whole, they say "that's enough". Living a lie yet "living it up". 


Odd how they claim only what's "good" but reject what hurts, cuz they're "not in the mood". 


Comparing Scripture to veggies, confronting wrongs are like getting wedgies and yet recite the Lord's Prayer while actin' all sketchy. 


Odd how so called Christians today wanna sing & dance like they're performing a play. As though they'll convince God with a crazy side show. 


Odd how they can't see God looks past the superficial things. He looks deep in the heart and sees sin that tears Him apart. 


Odd how one speaks Truth from His Word is often laughed at, rejected and slanderously slurred. 


Odd how when Jesus walked this earth, He faced these same things. Some say it's a new generation, it's time for a change but in all this "gospel editing" it humanity that's shortchanged! 


Comparing  real with the fake, Jesus called them by another name, the "wheat and the tares", often they look the same, but when it comes to the end He will know who were True followers and who were phony pals. 


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Let's talk Sin

Sin sin sin sin siiiiiin! All this talk about S*I*N... Why? People wanna deny it, neglect it, negate it, defend it, wallow in it, enjoy it, indulge in it, repeat it, recreate it... Whew! And another thing too. "I" is the center of it! 


It's in our nature. Our humanness cannot fix it. Alone we cannot stop it and worse of all majority sees nothing wrong with it! 


On the flip side... God hates it, can't stand it, won't settle for it and won't look at it! SO, He sent THE CURE for it: JESUS 


By the shed blood of His Only begotten Son, He washes it, cleanses it, forgives it and resets our focus from "I" in sin and places it on HIM! Plus restores us to Him. Life becomes all about Him. In this He delights! 


Sin sickens Him, grieves Him and REPELS Him! Self & SIN or Christ & spotless?

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Wasted words or Words that prosper?

"Know now that there shall fall unto the earth nothing of the word of the LORD..." 2 Kings 10:10


"So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." Isaiah 55:21


"God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?" Numbers 23:19


Wasted words... Our humanness grants plenty opportunities to waste or words in unprofitable or vain conversations but not true concerning the Living God. His words waste not, they are not barren nor desolate! He means what He says & does it... ALWAYS! 


His promises are without fail both to His Beloved and those who rebel against Him. May we cling to Him and His Word. "Let God be true and every man a liar..." Amen! 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The dreary dreaded drive & my test of faith

Some who may not know me in person may not know that while driving I suffer from PTSD- post traumatic stress disorder. This is something The Lord has brought me a long ways in! 


Yesterday while driving home from my Mom's, it was a rainy drive. High anxiety due to Heavy downpours & strong gusts of wind. Situations like this make me tense up, especially high speeds and passing vehicles; namely semi trucks. 


With each one came another opportunity to trust The Lord to see me through. Over and over I prayed as I white-knuckle gripped the steering wheel. Each and every time The Lord reminded me, "I am with you always". It's true, He is near. 


Countless times I wanted to turn around and just stay one more day, but every time I entertained the thought, He would gently remind me to push that has pedal, Cling to His promises and to trust Him to see us home. 


After 2 hours, stiff hands and countless prayers, we made it past the down pouring rain and were nearly home. On the horizon we saw sunshine! Still a little ways from home, there was HOPE! The rear view mirror revealed the dark, damp, dreary scene the enemy tried to paralyze me with fear but how gracious My Lord held my hand, heart & mind through it all. What a tremendous blessing! 


Today I learned the area my Mom lives in (including the interstate it takes to travel that way) is under a "high river warning". We wouldn't have made it home today had I let my fears conquer me! Which means my daughter would've missed a day of school tomorrow! 


Over all, long story short... We all encounter situations that disrupt our comfort zones. The question is: Do we trust The Lord enough to see the greater picture, keep our BEST interests in mind and to see is through? 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

All we like sheep have gone astray

All we like sheep have gone astray


"All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all." Isaiah 53:6


Think on that. I've wondered too, in my youth. Can you recognize your wonderings; the times you've veered off the Lord's track, stepping OUT of His Will into a painless journey of your own desires? 


Jesus said, 

"How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?" Matthew 18:12


Praise be to the Risen King & Great Shepherd who dares wonder with the self seeking inquisitive soul. 


I love how Charles Spurgeon breaks this down. He says, " The going after the sheep is a part of the parable which our Lord meant them to observe: the shepherd pursues a route which he would never think of pursuing if it were only for his own pleasure; his way is not selected for his own ends, but for the sake of the stray sheep. He takes a track up hill and down dale, far into a desert, or into some dark wood, simply because the sheep has gone that way, and he must follow it until he finds it. Our Lord Jesus Christ, as a matter of taste and pleasure, would never have been found among the publicans and sinners, nor among any of our guilty race: if he had consulted his own ease and comfort he would have consorted only with pure and holy angels, and the great Father above; but he was not thinking of himself, his heart was set upon the lost ones, and therefore he went where the lost sheep were; "for the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost." The more steadily you look at this parable the more clearly you will see that our Lord's answer was complete. We need not this morning regard it exclusively as an answer to Pharisees, but we may look at it as an instruction to ourselves; for it is quite as complete in that direction. May the good Spirit instruct us as we muse upon it."


It's grievous to watch one choose their own path. Knowing in one way or another their choices will lead to disappointment upon disappointment causing pain often beyond any expectation. Why is this so painful to witness? 


Spurgeon later goes on to say, "To a tender heart a lost sheep is a painful subject of thought. It is a sheep, and therefore utterly defenseless now that it has left its defender. If the wolf should spy it out, or the lion or the bear should come across its track, it would be torn in pieces in an instant. Thus the shepherd asks his heart the question—"What will become of my sheep? Perhaps at this very moment a lion may be ready to spring upon it, and, if so, it cannot help itself!" A sheep is not prepared for fight, and even for flight it has not the swiftness of its enemy. That makes its compassionate owner the more sad as he thinks again—"A sheep is lost, it is in great danger of a cruel death." A sheep is of all creatures the most senseless. If we have lost a dog, it may find its way home again; possibly a horse might return to its master's stable; but a sheep will wander on and on, in endless mazes lost. It is too foolish a thing to think of returning to the place of safety. A lost sheep is lost indeed in countries where lands lie unenclosed and the plains are boundless. That fact still seems to ring in the man's soul—"A sheep is lost, and it will not return, for it is a foolish thing. Where may it not have gone by this time? Weary and worn, it may be fainting; it may be far away from green pastures, and be ready to perish with hunger among the bare rocks or upon the arid sand." A sheep is shiftless; it knows nothing about providing for itself. The camel can scent water from afar, and a vulture can espy its food from an enormous distance; but the sheep can find nothing for itself. Of all wretched creatures a lost sheep is one of the worst. If anybody had stepped up to the shepherd just then, and said, "Good sir, what aileth you? you seem in great concern;" he would have replied, "And well I may be, for a sheep is lost." "It is only one, sir; and I see you have ninety-nine left." "Do you call it nothing to lose one? You are no shepherd yourself, or you would not trifle so. Why, I seem to forget these ninety-nine that are all safe, and my mind only remembers that one which is lost.""


Think of the true helpless state we are all in, hence a grace reality only a broken sheep can humbly come to admit! We are stubborn in our humanness to THINK we can handle this life and it's cares apart from the One who knows all, sees all and understands our limitations far greater than we can comprehend! In this, it is the Love and compassion of the Shepherd to go, to reach and to touch the lost. 


Spurgeon continues, 

"He has a deep sympathy with each stray heart. He knows the sorrow that sin brings, the deep pollution and the terrible wounding that comes of transgression, even at the time; and the sore heart and the broken spirit that will come of it before long; so the sympathetic Saviour grieves over each lost sheep, for he knows the misery which lies in the fact of being lost."


Jesus said, "And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance." Luke 15:5-7


Knowing the pain the lost sheep endured, Jesus takes the burdens and CARRIES the sheep, brings it back home and calls for a celebration! It's in His presence healing is granted, restoration begins and a relationship of trust & hope begin. 


Be not discourage when you witness one go astray. Though I know the seemingly endless pain that accompanies. Knowing where you've been and how far The Lord has brought you; trust Him, for He is faithful to those whom Jesus considers His! 


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Frustrating 4's and the Father's Love

When my son has his own agenda that goes against what's good for him, he's told "no". When he wants to do something ahead of time, he's told, "not yet". When he defies the rules, he's told, "now you've lost privileges". 


My son is 4, so he rebels in his own way... Often, kicking & screaming or clinging to what isn't good or right at the time. I completely understand why it's called "frustrating 4's" lol! 


Let's look at this from a spiritual aspect. In Christ, regardless of our age or maturity, admit it, we act like my son! Either we want what we want and reject the Lord's leading & correction in love or we accept it, trusting He knows what's best. 


Here's what the Word has to say on the matter... 


"My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:" Proverbs 3:11


Over and over it is His LOVE that redirects us. Sometimes even giving us a "big kid time out"- over all, for our good! 


"Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die." Proverbs 15:10


Choosing to push away His Love, results in spiritual decay and ultimately leads to death. Now remember, 


2 Peter 3:9 (KJV)

The Lord is... longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." 2 Peter 3:9


He wills us to live- to repent, turning from our ways TO HIM! 


"Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him." Proverbs 22:15


The "rod" here: in the Hebrew is not a beating stick! It is 

stick for punishing, writing, fighting, ruling, walking, etc. Designed & used for leading & redirecting. 


"Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby." Hebrews 12:11


Accept or reject? Rebellion equals destruction but acceptance leads to godliness. We all have choices. Moment by moment, will we reap reward or bring about His needed correction in love? 


How will you act, react to the loving limitations set before us for our own good by the Father who is the giver of life? 

Monday, September 15, 2014

The PERFECT Peach

The PERFECT Peach


Over this last week I've picked, peeled & sliced countless peaches. At times it seemed cumbersome and mundane but from time to time I would grab one from the bowl which seemed absolutely PERFECT! 


By perfect I mean, not a bruise, no evidence of bugs, no holes or even a drop of sap. The coloring was bright reddish orange and as a whole was soft yet firm. 


No more do I cut it in half to discard the pit and behold at the very core was mushy, brown and in some cases, molded! Gross! I might add also, these carried a foul smell from within. Of course, right, because the inside was rotten! 


Thankfully, there weren't many like this. But throughout the process The Lord reminded me of the Scribes & Pharisees... Oh how the outside looked good but the inside, well, detestable! 


"And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness." Luke 


Moral of the story... We can do many things to make ourselves seem perfectly presentable from the outside, just as the Pharisees did. They cared not for what was down deep, the heart. 


Beauty is only skin deep apart from Christ. Why? He takes out our heart of stone; which is rotten to the core, mushy, foul smelling and He gives us a NEW heart. One that's pleasing to Him, able to feel and pierceable! 


His beauty radiates from the inside and by His perfection and covering, we become perfectly imperfect. In the flesh we are not, in Christ- we are! 


"Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart." Psalm 44:21


No matter how we "think" we are or what others may perceive, He knows the heart, the innermost depths and cannot be fooled. 


After all, Jesus said, "For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known." Luke 12:2


It's what's on the inside that counts. Ask yourself, am I rotten to the core or am I perfectly made new in Christ; new heart, new spirit, bearing good fruit? 


Pleasant or poor representative?

A week or so ago I met a very well kept and seemingly proper and pleasant young lady. Quiet, quaint & reserved but different in some way. At first I couldn't put my finger on the oddity but after being around her a second time for several hours true colors showed through. 


Though she seemed to carry herself quite well she was very dismissive to many (including myself) around her, almost snobbish and judgmental. 


This morning I stumbled across her fb page and the first thing I saw was a Scripture photo. Very cool I thought, but was this a true representation of "who" she is? 


Very true we can't judge a book by the cover but our actions and attitudes speak greater volumes than the words we say and even the Scriptures we quote. Had I not ran across her page, I never would've known she "believes" in God. 


This encounter puzzled me. It really caused me to prayerfully examine myself, my walk with Christ and the way I act, speak, my attitude and my demeanor in general. 


I honestly want people to know I walk with the living Christ I claim without having any social media verification or in that sense only. 


I desire this life I live to be a reflection of Christ like the moon reflects the sun! I hope this causes you to consider the same as it did me. 


I know I've failed Christ a million times, I've probably caused others to see me as I saw this young lady which makes me that much more grateful for my Father's love, grace, mercy and forgiveness. 


Baseline truth, we all have room for improvement. Let us be intentional in WHO we represent. Are we being His hands and feet, drawing others to Him or selfishly pushing those He came to save away?

Monday, August 18, 2014

Be a Fruit Inspector!

"Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners." 1 Corinthians 15:33 


In the Greek, "communications" is companionship or intercourse. Think about this in this context. The company we keep will influence us either for good or bad! 


If you had to choose between 2 strawberries to eat, one is freshly picked, bright, sweet smelling and the other is brownish grey, foul smelling, smooshy and molded. Which would you choose to satisfy your taste buds. More than likely the fresh one, right? 


We are to be picky about those we surround ourselves with too! If that rotten strawberry, described above is left with the fresh fruit; it's spoiled juices will rot the whole container! 


In the same manner, so will bad company or "evil communications"! 


Jesus said, "Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither [can] a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them." Matthew 7:16-20


In essence, be wise in your choosing. Be a fruit inspector! There's a major difference in witnessing to the lost, broken, blinded & corrupted people verses choosing to indulge in their lifestyles. 


Remember, if you're in Christ, we are IN this world but NOT of it! Be careful with the company you keep. It's rewards or consequences could be detrimental to the soul! 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Prostrate submission

"And he said unto me, Son of man, stand upon thy feet, and I will speak unto thee. And the spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me." Ezekiel 1:1-2


Not once but TWICE was the Glory of the LORD so captivating & powerful that it HUMBLED Ezekiel. He literally FELL TO HIS FACE! 


"Then I arose, and went forth into the plain: and, behold, the glory of the LORD stood there, as the glory which I saw by the river of Chebar: and I fell on my face. Then the spirit entered into me, and set me upon my feet, and spake with me, and said unto me, Go, shut thyself within thine house." Ezekiel 3:23,24


Did you catch that? It took the Spirit of the LORD to set Him on His feet again. Such overwhelming awe at His Splendor humbled Ezekiel to the ground! On his own, he could NOT stand. Can you imagine? Where is this awe-inspiring REVERENCE today?


Ezekiel didn't "think" about it but automatically displayed prostrate submission! Do you respect the Living God enough to humble yourself in His presence?  

Friday, July 18, 2014

Danger in misplaced anger

"For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry..." 1 Samuel 15:23 


Did you know rebellion stems from bitterness? Bitterness & resentment walk hand in hand. All 3 - rebellion, bitterness & resentment stem from anger! Stubbornness means the trait of being difficult to handle or overcome and a resolute adherence to your own ideas or desires. 


Is it all about you? Do you want what you want despite what's good for you? Despite what The Lord says is best? 


"Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;" Hebrews 12:15 


Misplaced anger causes us to sin greatly. Priority check, who are you living for? 


Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Great Exchange


I once had a heart of stone, until Love bid me to the Royal Throne. 


A river of Love overflowed, where I saw the Blood once shed. All done for me, so Christ could be my Lord, Master, Savior & Friend. 


A sight so deep, it enamored my heart. A great exchange I humbly then made. I laid it all down but was afraid to let go. 


I knew this heart and what to expect. See with that heart it was easy to be cold and to others neglect. 


I laid it down, once and for good. No more misery and pain misunderstood. 


My heart of stone was crushed along with my sin, my will, desires and all fleshly lusts. 


It is painful to feel, it is painful to see, the person I thought I was; wasn't at all as He saw me. 


New life has been given, my sins now forgiven; I've stepped out of the darkness and consumed with His Light. 


A great change He's made with that cold heart of stone, to which I did cling; now let go and my heart sings! 


Such peace His Love brings. Casting away worry, doubt and fear; it's amazing now how things are so very clear. 


I've tasted His Love and the freedom of sin within, He's forever embraced me as His Beloved and I Him, my Lord, my Master, Savior and friend! 


Have you experienced His great exchange?  






Wednesday, July 16, 2014

SERIOUS WARNING & CALL FOR SELF-EXAMINATION

 


"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him." 1 John 2:15


"Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?" 2 Corinthians 13:5


"Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God." James 4:4


"Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you," 2 Corinthians 6:17


"He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad." Matthew 12:30


"No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." Matthew 6:24


"For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:" Exodus 34:14


"So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth." Revelation 3:16


"And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD." Joshua 24:15

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Coach bags & Christianity

As I've watched an online auction this afternoon for the high end "Coach" bag products, I initially thought I was wasting my time. See, name brand has never been an issue for me. Much less could I afford to feed such desires. 


As I watched the numbers soar in short amounts of time for countless styles, colors and sizes The Lord spoke these things to my heart... 


"There's only one "Coach" brand but many impostors. These handbags come at a high cost not many desire to spend. They desire the appeal of wealth without the cost it takes to achieve & attain such craftsmanship. Look at the state of My church. Many impostors have come in offering a replica of my Son, yet require 1/2 the cost. Many cannot see or do not realize accepting the imposter will damn their souls."


How true is this!? So many have accepted a "knock-off" version of Christ. He "feels good", looks good and seems affordable! 


Without correction & conviction of sin, we cannot have a genuine repentant heart to turn from our hearts desires, fleshly desires & our own will. Hence, we cannot have a life change that will lead us to life everlasting by and IN Christ! 


The imposing knock-off will come packaged in a form suitable to our wants, our "needs" and our Will. The true genuine Christ WILL challenge every fiber of your being! He requires a high cost; your heart of stone for a heart that's pierce-able and your old life in exchange for His everlasting life. 


Look closely at the Christianity you claim and keep these things in mind. Have you settled for a soul damning knock-off or are you willing to consider the cost of Christ and the cross? 


"For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect." Matthew 24:24


"But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction." 2 Peter 2:1


"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world." 1 John 4:1


Remember a good sales person can sell anything despite need, value, quality or  integrity. Test it all by prayerful digging in the Word of God. Consider the cost... 


Friday, July 4, 2014

Lord please...

Dear Lord, please keep me in your Love, hold me in Your arms and saturate me in Your embrace. All I wanna do is seek Your face. Seems the whole world has gone to waste. 

Lord God, please fill me with your love and cover me in Your grace. I don't wanna seem selfish - but without You, life would be pointless. Stuck in this evil world, I gotta keep Christ first. 

Dear Lord, How can people know, how can the people see, if I don't display You? Let them feel Your Love, grace & forgiveness. Help me be Your witness. 

Lord God, There's so much wicked going on in them crazy streets. Countless looking for hope but everything apart from You, leads deeper than 6 feet. Use me Lord and help me see as You see, so I can be Your hand that'll stretch out and reach. 

Dear Lord,  I'm just a pilgrim in this foreign land. Grip my heart and help me hold Your hand. I wanna bear Your countenance, so this world can plainly see all You have & hold could be theirs too, in an instant. 

Father God, You gave all when You gave up Your Son. Use me to tell them all, the battle's already been won. They don't have to pretend the darkness of the world is fun. Father God, thank You for the cross and for Christ who paid the cost, so I can freely bring this humble plea. In Christ's name, I ask and seek Thee. Amen!


Friday, June 27, 2014

Messy Manasseh

"Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign... But did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, like unto the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel... also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger. And the LORD spake to Manasseh, and to his people: but they would not hearken. And when he was in affliction, he besought the LORD his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, And prayed unto him: and he was intreated of him, and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD he was God." 2 Chronicles 33:1-2,6,10,12-13

Sometimes affliction is necessary to get our priorities back in order. Manessah had to learn the hard way. Taken captive & left to only to himself & God. There in his barren & stripped state he humbled himself and sought The Lord. 

Nothing escapes His sight & His Sovereignty demands all of us or nothing.  At what lengths will The Lord God have to go to attain our full attention? 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Message from the mess

Earlier today my daughter was making her own lunch. Yeah, she thinks she's grown. Lol! 😜 Let's just say things didn't quite go her way. 😳 She comes to me distraught, crying, disappointed & in a panic. 😭 She dropped her bowl on the floor and it was EVERYWHERE! 😱


I calmed her down. Told her it was ok, accidents happen. I told her to do what she could and I would help her clean it up. 


The Lord spoke to my heart in her moment of despair. She thought the mess was too big and there was no hope or help. We do the same thing from time to time. Truth is, LIFE IS MESSY! We weren't made to endure things alone. We were made to NEED One greater than ourselves! 


It may take rock bottom before we realize we can't clean up our lives on our own but if we are willing to SURRENDER to Christ, turn from our vain ways and embrace Him, He HELPS clean us up! 


Moral of the story:

LIFE IS MESSY BUT CHRIST CAN CLEAN US & OUR MESSES UP!!! Not without repercussion of our choices though but with the healing & helping Hand of God!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Blessed or cursed?

BLESSING OR CURSED

"Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance." Psalm 33:12


AMERICA:

"But thou shalt say unto them, This is a nation that obeyeth not the voice of the LORD their God, nor receiveth correction: truth is perished, and is cut off from their mouth." Jeremiah 7:28


"Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof." Matthew 21:43


THE REMNANT SAINTS:

"Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man." Psalm 43:1


"So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man." Proverbs 3:4


"That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;" Philippians 2:15

Friday, June 13, 2014

Happy Friday... The 13th

Happy Friday... The 13th! 


A word to the superstitious: 

"Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:" Colossians 2:8-10


Superstitious by definition means: "showing ignorance or the laws of nature and faith in magic or chance". 


Magic is sorcery and is severely frowned & condemned upon by the Living God. 


"And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts." Malachi 3:5


"And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life." Revelation 21:27


Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil." Proverbs 3:7


"Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore." Psalm 37:27

Friday, June 6, 2014

Serious Mistake. God use it for Your good!

If I had 1 regret & serious apology to make it is those those I've known before I surrendered to Christ. 


Living like the world and still claiming Christ was a horrible misrepresentation of who He is & represents. So to all y'all who were thankful I wasn't "that kind of Christian", meaning one who didn't care about sin or the slew of derogatory names true followers of Christ are called... My deepest apologies! 


I pray my false masquerade doesn't send your soul to hell! Jesus has real requirements! More than "head knowledge" of Him...


1- Deny yourself - Put Him 1st, keep Him there... Separate yourself from those who entice you to live opposite of His Word! 


2- Carry your cross daily - Truly death to self must take place by His grace! Live in a new abundant life that doesn't end after your final breath here on earth.


3- Follow Christ - To follow Him means surrendering your own ambitions, desires, lusts and trading who you are to be His disciple; His disciplined student. 


It's so much more than praying a prayer one time or saying "I believe in Jesus", even the "demons believe & tremble". I had to endure many hard trials in order for Him to truly captivate my heart, mind, body & soul... My complete being! 


I'm still under construction & definitely not perfect. I make mistakes, I'm as human as you. The only difference is unless you've come to the foot of the cross in complete surrender, you still face eternal damnation; a place called hell created for satan & his demons. 


If I could send this to all I've once known I would. Y'all knew "I believed in Jesus" but even I didn't know I must live for Him too. Please accept my apologies and of not already, have that serious "Come to Jesus Meeting" today! 


Time is not promised, it's a gift. Don't delay, it may be too late!  I know I'm forgiven, I've been washed by His blood. I no longer face damnation, condemnation or eternal punishment... My heart wants the same for you!  

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Confidently Confident in Christ

Confidence in Hebrew means: 

a refuge, security, or assurance:--confidence, hope, sure, trust.


Have you found these comforts in Christ? Have you placed your confidence in Him?


"And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming." 1 John 2:28


"Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God." 1 John 3:21


Is your confidence in Christ? Oh I pray it's not been placed in man. What shall that hope be but broken? 


"It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man." Psalm 118:8


"Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint." Proverbs 25:19


There is none faithful so much as the only One, the Messiah who died & rose again. The opposite of hope is fear. What is the gain of where your confidence is laid?

Monday, May 12, 2014

Follower or Pharisee

Follower or Pharisee 


Can we really say we love Christ and skip the pain this brutal world holds?

All in all, they're reachin' out but so many church people are too busy handlin' "God's business" that they cain't take 2 minutes to stop and witness. 

How dare we call ourselves the church, while we're lookin' out for our own. Money, clothes, fancy wheels; sure to pay the tithe thinkin' God's riches will here & now unfold. Folks, this goes against the Gospel Jesus told! 

Whose willin' to touch the "dirty" hand and pull these people buried in their sin. After all, to who was Jesus speakin' when He drew the line in the sand? Was it not the well dressed "religious" men?

It's time to get your heart right, put down self and step into the Light, that's the real reason Jesus sacrificed His life. 

The world will always love it's own. Feedin' into all the lust, mistrust & the lies. Backbiting, self gain, drug dealin' all in a "legal" way.

Do what you do, but don't claim Christ if you can't see the pain others are goin' through. Remember Christ died for more than just you. 

He came to set all captives free, healed the lame and gave sight for the blind to see. Do you really follow Him or are you just another Pharisee?

For the "stunna's"

For all them "stunna's", that's all about them flashy rings, latest toys and the finer things. 

Stack it up, stack it up, stack it up tall. Enjoy it now cuz soon it'll fall. This things is most certain of all!

You can have everything that money brings and all that stuff that'll make ya sing. 

But when death has it's final sting, to hell with the soul for whom the bell tolls. 

You may be fly now, but what about that eternal sound? Without the blood of Christ, you will be hell bound. 

So when your people see you 6 feet deep, what will be the legacy you leave?

Will they have comfort in all you achieved or will they be bitter knowing you died a sinner? 

Naked you came in and naked you'll go, so what price have you paid to sell your soul?

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Christ OWNED it!

Name calling? If it fits... OWN IT! 


If you ...lie, you're a liar... 

If you ...steal, you're a thief...

If you ...hate, you're a hater...

If you ...murder, you're a murderer...

If you ...cheat, you're a cheater... 

If you ...lust, you're an adulterer...

If you ...slander you're a destroyer...

If you ...gossip you're a gossiper

If you ... Say 1 thing & do another yours a hypocrite 

If you ...deceive another, you are a deceiver 

If you ...manipulate you are a manipulator

If you ...push others around you are a bully... 

If you ...want what others have you are a coveter...

If you ...stab others in the back you are a backstabber  


If you're HUMAN, you're a SINNER... OWN IT! 


"For all have sinned & fall short of the glory of God."  There's MANY names we ALL fit. Admit it, we've done one or more & not only broke God's laws, we've BROKEN HIS HEART! 


Though there are *many* ways we fall & fail, many names we could/should be called... There is ONE WAY to be restored to the Living God. 


In our place, though undeserved, CHRIST OWNED IT! He paid it all, the sin debt we couldn't afford, it's not accepted by mere words or by works, but rather a FREE gift to ALL who come with a REPENTANT heart & believe! It's the gift of forgiveness, grace, healing, acceptance, mercy & love. 


In Christ, there is RESTORATION, if... By Grace, you OWN it!!!