Saturday, February 28, 2015
"...Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke: turn thou me, and I shall be turned; for thou art the LORD my God. Surely after that I was turned, I repented; and after that I was instructed..." Jeremiah 31:18-19
Wow, think of that first yoked bullock! The resistance it must've 1st given now being confined. Relate this aspect to ourselves. Many have been drawn unto the Living God by His lovingkindness, yet our humanness still desires to thrive in our own will, in our own ways and in our own strength and He gently puts His yoke upon us to teach us reliance upon Him, to share the weight of our burdens, trials and cares, as well as to give us good direction in the way we must go.
Think again of the bullock, once free, self reliant, self determined now tied to another. Now, it can be lead, ordered & directed for its protection and can be taught and tamed.
Is this not a portrait of us, in Christ? Jesus said, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30
PRAISE HIM for His patience with us! How often we resist & rebel, yet His "yoke is easy and His burden is light". Have we learned... Are we learning still; teamwork with Christ? Trusting Him, His Word, His ways and His Will far exceed anything we could possibly do in our own strength apart from Him?
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Woah! Check this out!
Jesus said, "For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows." Mark 13:8
Let's break down a few of these words to the original meanings...
Kingdom - from 935; properly, royalty, i.e. (abstractly) rule, or (concretely) a realm (literally or figuratively):--kingdom, + reign.
Nation - a race (as of the same habit), i.e. a tribe; specially, a foreign (non-Jewish) one (usually, by implication, pagan):--Gentile, heathen, nation, people
Troubles- disturbance, i.e. (of water) roiling, or (of a mob) sedition:--trouble(-ing).
Sedition - an illegal action inciting resistance to lawful authority and tending to cause the disruption or overthrow of the government
Matthew 24:7 days, "For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places."
Let's Breakdown a lil more verbiage ...
Pestilences - notice this is PLURAL! Meaning of uncertain affinity; a plague (literally, the disease, or figuratively, a pest):--pestilence(-t).
I always understood this as the pestilence used in Exodus where the Lord used Moses to free the Israelites from Pharaoh's slavery, bondage & oppression.
There were 10 plagues the Living God used to free them... Water to blood, frogs, lice/gnats, flies, livestock disease, boils, thunder/hail, locusts. darkness, death to the firstborn.
Not that all these plagues are evident but to show a vast array of them are active currently! Easy to see from that list, pestilence is also included in this!
Okay, we know I'm no rocket scientist but the Holy Spirit is making it clear, these are all evident TODAY!
The Word of God is alive! Deep calleth into deep... He's speaking, are we listening???
Can anyone else see an intentional dividing of America?
•There's racial tensions thicker than pre 1965.
•There's pinpointed religious differences, backed by false evidences.
•There's a rising hatred for law enforcement.
•As well as increased dependence upon a broken government system.
•There's minimal respect for adults and elderly.
•There's countless proofs of moral and spiritual decay.
• Abortion is applauded & pushed.
• Gay agenda embraced and forced upon those who disagree.
•There's an imminent threat to those who lawfully abide by their right to bare arms.
That's a "small" list. Y'all think these things aren't pre-planned? What's worse is many, countless many, are feeding right into it!
Remember what Jesus said, "And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand." Mark 3:25
How long do y'all think this nation will last? You take away the solid foundations in Christ and His Word and you've taken away the moral compass that made this country so great! Implosion is inevitable... Are you ready?
Let's take a snapshot of current events globally. All lining up with Ezekiel 38, Psalm 83 and Matthew 24.
- The acceleration of natural disasters around the world, warning the world of the Wrath of Yahuah that is about to be poured out on earth
- The degeneration of the Christian Church into a worldly-minded, pleasure/prosperity-seeking, apostate church.
- The rise of a "beast" nation - modern, prophetic, Babylon the Great - who will "devour" the other nations of the world in its attempt to establish a global empire
- The collapse of the world's economies, resulting in revolutions, wars, rule of the wealthy elite through martial law, and the impoverishment and servitude of the masses
- The amalgamation of nations of the Middle East and North Africa against Israel
- First, the takeover by Islamists then annihilation by "fire" (a commetary explosion?) of the last great superpower nation - modern, prophetic Babylon - opening the door to the invasion of Israel by nations of the Middle East and North Africa. (Source indexed is: revelation understood commentary.com)
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Cinderella Cinderella, night and day it's Cinderella... Do the laundry, do the dishes, night and day it's Cinderella... It's a beautiful gift to be a wife and Mommy, yet it's also quite demanding at times.
I had the pleasure of going grocery shopping alone today. Super excited about studying prices, looking out for my family and not being rushed. Yet over and over the cashier and lady behind me at the checkout repeatedly said, "You have a long ways to go (speaking of bagging), "You have to load & unload it still then put it all away, by YOURSELF."
On and on their negativity went. All the while, I just smiled and said, "It's ok, I know." I'm just grateful for the Lord's provisions!
When I got home, I walked in my empty house and our dogs joyfully greeted me. Unbenounced to me, our pup shredded anything & everything she could get her chops on. LOL! As I started cleaning up the mess, switched laundry and began reordering our home from the remnants of 2 (no school) snow days and a computer work day in between, these ladies negativity started coming back to mind.
I said, "Lord, I'm thankful for my children to take care of. I'm thankful for the groceries you've provided. I'm grateful for the business you've given my husband and I."
On and on I went just praising God and giving Him thanks! Though I still have tons of work to do, I know by HIS STRENGTH and HIS LEADING, "I can do all things in Christ Jesus who strengthens me"!
So, I'm casting aside the "Cinderella" mentality and pushing through the mental "to do" list! Life is so much better when you've got your PRAISE on!