I know. You’ve missed me sharing “My Thoughts”. :-P :-)
Please read Exodus 32- 34. I’ve been studying the Books of Exodus and Genesis once again over the last month or so. I had and still have so many questions proliferating within my cranium and heart. I’m positive that when God is ready to reveal more to me, He will in His time. He loves talking to me and I love talking with Him. His strong suit is dealing with the hard headed, talkative, and inquisitive ones. Lately, He has been revealing a lot to me about people wearing veils in His presence.
As a child I use to envy the people in the bible who were in God’s presence and those who spoke directly with him. I did not understand how or why people would behave so badly by worshipping other gods or possessing a less than righteous behavior when they knew God was right there, like next door, face to face, back to face, etc. He was there in the Garden of Eden speaking directly to and with Adam, Eve, and the Serpent. He spoke to and with Cain, Noah, Abram, Job, Moses, to name a few. Even Enoch “walked with God.”
Judging from the biblical events I’ve read, I’ve concluded two things about God’s Presence. Some of the beings in the bible were somewhat conscientious and some were wholly conscientious about His presence in their lives. And yet…the majority of beings were not perfect but found ______ in His sight. (Fill in the blank)
Let’s wobble back to Genesis. “Get in there”… In Genesis 4:26, it says that Seth (the appointed seed instead of Abel, who Cain slew-vs.25), to him was born a son named Enos and it was at this time “then began men to call upon the name of the Lord.” (AKJV) Truly amazing! Let’s call!
Here is where we skedaddle on to Exodus 33: 1-22. No Veils Allowed! First some key pointers and definitions:
- With – used as a function word to indicate a participant in an action, transaction, or arrangement; in opposition to.
- God told Moses to “Depart, and go up hence”(away; from this place) Notice how he said it twice using different words…(Get= go up; Skeedaddle= depart)
- God told Moses that He would not be in their “midst” (the interior or central part of a point) because “thou are a stiffnecked people.”
- The stiffneckers believed God’s message via Moses to them to be “evil tidings.”(news) They mourned.
- Consume- to do away with completely; destroy
- Dung- Used as manure (Luke 13:8); collected outside the city walls (Nehemiah 2:13). Of sacrifices, burned outside the camp (Exodus 29:14; Leviticus 4:11; 8:17; Numbers 19:5). To be “cast out as dung,” a figurative expression (1 Kings 14:10; 2 Kings 9:37; Jeremiah 8:2; Psalms 18:42), meaning to be rejected as unprofitable. Note- you’ll understand why this was used below.- Courtesy of Easton’s Bible Dictionary
I love Moses, for he pleaded his case for his people to God. He reminds God, that these are His people too. I also love it when God is direct and communicates effectively. What would you do if God told you to depart? What would you do knowing He is waiting to make a decision based on your “stiffnecked” behaviors? How would you feel if He told you that He would not be in your presence or “midst”? How would you feel if He told you, ok, I’ve definitely decided I am going to “consume thee”?
It seemed that God had become fed up with the Israelites and their she-nanigans and he-nanigans, and decided to just send them on their way, while keeping His promise to Abraham. You know how we get with friends, family, church members, and children, when they get on our last pulsating nerve. We remove ourselves from their presence, we tell them to “get outta my face”, “go to your room”, or we simply take the silent or ignore him/her approach putting on a veil thinking that it cannot be seen through.
People have forgotten how to communicate with each other to eliminate division amongst the body of Christ and to eliminate the stench of ignorance floating around in homes, businesses, and churches. I have learned from my inquiries and from an observance of everyday life, we as people and as Christians are lacking more and more in patience and communication with each other. We have begun to ignore each other more because of feelings and hearsay.
Who are we? A “stiffnecked people” who quite often forget whose presence we are in which is why we behave the way we do WITH one another. We can’t seem to talk to each other one on one anymore. That allows 1 of the top 5 sins from Shelia’s List to grow and cause more division among us on our jobs with co-workers, in church with our members who claim to be on one accord with Christ, and in our homes with family, we so dearly claim to love. I have penned it as Micro-Managed Gossip or MMC if you prefer.
Personally I don’t have a problem with any person approaching me if they have an issue with me, for I realize I am not perfect but in the works of being about my Father God’s business. I am not easily hurt by any person’s words or thoughts. Let me tell you beloved, when you keep going through fires, being tested and overcome test after test, you are on a whole other level that people not in His presence don’t understand. Job’s friends didn’t understand him. Thank you Holy Spirit!
FACT- Unless one is reprimanded and convicted by the Spirit of God, one does not really pay attention to being in His presence.
If I am correct in my study, after being reprimanded by God, the Israelites temporarily paid attention to His presence. Throughout the bible, they were a backsliding people, forgetting whose presence they were in, until warned again and again. Well, hit me with a hammer! Isn’t this the same thing we do to this very day? Exodus 33:7… And it came to pass, that every one which sought the Lord went out unto the tabernacle of the congregation. Before this, what were they doing? You guessed it! They were line dancing, boot scooting, and worshipping false gods all the while, while in His camp.
Beloved, we need to be more aware of our presence with others mainly in a body of Christ setting or within His camp. Ask self…How can I put and keep myself in God’s presence? What does it take for me as an individual to be conscientious about the presence of God in my life? Do I realize I am in God’s presence when I avoid speaking to or greeting others while in His house, aka church, at work, or with family?
The Ashtoreth poles, i.e. some individuals, need to be removed from church pews and pulpits. A limbless tree trunk without roots have no use but of that to be burned to ashes. Of all places, nowadays, with so many claiming to be Christians, the devil should not have to be rebuked inside the church. I guess he will get in where he feels he can fit in though. His days are definitely numbered. “Dung” belongs outside of the church, not inside.
A Heated Moment- In the bible “dung” is referred to as being unclean, evil, falsity, a nakedness fully clothed and styled with a stench…you know….NOT CHRISTLIKE.
The spiritual gift of seeing through others is a beautiful gift when you know you have planks as well being removed.
For what it is worth I’ll share what has been shown unto me by the Holy Spirit for my understanding while studying the bible.
Spend time with God alone and just focus on Him. Do as the Israelites did. Seek Him. You are not perfect. You’ll stumble quite often, but you have to get back up and go hence. Beloved, find out what will distinguish you “as His people from all the other people on the face of the earth?”- (Ex 33:16) He will bring Himself into your presence. I know this to be so true, along with some witnesses.
- Be very aware that God knows you by name out of zillions of names.
- Be very aware that it is God who finds the ultimate grace in His sight, not men, friends or foes.
- If you are chosen to do His will, ask God to show you His ways, so that you too may “know thee” and partake of His glory.
- Ask God for forgiveness, plead your case before Him, not just for you but for others so that you all will find grace in His sight and know it.
- Be determined, be prepared, and be expecting God to do something. This, in my opinion is called having FAITH.
Moses was determined to move God’s people from bondage. He prepared himself with the help of God to do God’s will. He expected God to do something, when they came to the Red Sea; when they were left wandering for 40 years; when he came face to face with God. Go ahead and SHOUT! Expecting God to do something?…PAUSE…. Ok, that’ enough shouting Hallelujahs! After all, He did decide and told Moses. “My presence shall go with thee and I will give thee rest.”
Moses asked Him to show him His Glory. God did, did He not?
Ask Him to show you His Glory. He will. He will communicate with you one on one. If your heart is not hardened, it will help you communicate better with others and help you be more about our Father God’s business and status instead of your own business and status.
Let’s close it. I am very conscientious about His presence in my life and how He has placed others in my presence this past year…definitely these past three months. Others…that believe in Him who are relying on His promise that we will on one day be glorified and be face to face with Him. But first, beloved you should practice being more conscientious about His presence.
As of this moment, are you conscientious about His presence being in your work life, in your church, and in your home? If not, remember what He told Moses (Exodus 34:20)…. “And none shall appear before me empty.” Remove the veil when you are in His presence. Now is not a good time to be suffering from FAKE-I-TIS. Don’t be “dung” which is also used as fuel that burns to ashes, waste away, and defiles. Read Ezekiel 4:12-15. It’s 4:30a.m., Sunday morning, on this 1st morning of Dec 2013, and I am now sleepy and too tired to type it out. Ciao!
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LOVE COVERS A MULTITUDE OF SINS
Watch this video please of a homeless Veterans’ makeover. Be Blessed and Count Your Blessings!
Notice how the stressful look was leaving him as he was being pampered. We all were somebody’s child at one point. We all desire just a touch from someone who cares. We all go through hard times, some not as hard and we can’t seem to get back up. But God.
In any country, especially this country, USA, there should be not 1 reason whatsoever that a Veteran(a person who has served in a military force, especially one who has fought in a war) should be homeless and uninsured. There are veterans who fought for this country and are living on the street. HUH? What’s wrong with that landscape? Now I’ll shut it before I get long-winded. I have only one request in this post.
Whenever you can help others, please do it in the name of Jesus. Don’t just hand out money. Don’t be a goat loving green paper eater.
Matthew 25:31-46 (NIV)
The Sheep and the Goats
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
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Great Day to you beloved one! Forgive me for being away.
As I was studying 1 John thru 3 John, I decided to use another tool to assist in my study as well as being led to open up my dictionary. I used The Biblical Expositor, Consulting Editor, Carl F. Henry. The commentary on 1 John was written by Fred L. Fisher. There were several statements that Fred made required me to think deeper after reading all three books of John. I shall share them with you. According to Fred, “The author (John) does not consider these themes merely as ethical requirements, but as religious realities based upon the Christian revelation of God and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore Christian doctrine lies at the root of the book, and one is tempted at times, to think of it as a doctrinal exposition of the reality of the incarnation of God in Christ. If we are to follow the mind of the writer, however, we must avoid this temptation, since he is primarily concerned with the quality of the Christian life of his readers.”
“The plan of the book does not follow a logical order. The writer thinks and writes intuitively with constant repetition of recurring themes. The book defies outlining and one must be satisfied to follow the course of the author’s thoughts as he deals with the great cluster of ideas which, to him, constitute the essence of the Christian life.”
I prayed as I always do before studying His Word, that I would be following the mind of the Holy Spirit before beginning the study, and I guess it is a worthwhile thing to follow the mind of the writer at times and let the Holy Spirit guide you to an understanding of how it applies to self. Now with that being said, isn’t it like us when we have a lot of ideas, more than much to say, when our mind and heart are overflowing with reverberations of things we have seen, heard, and experienced? We get anxious to share words about urgent matters and we just fly to the moon and back in a day with what we want to say before giving it more thought. We are a people, most, who like to share with others what they have learned and experienced especially if it is a joyful experience.
I’m not sure on how I arrived at the blog title, but I’m guessing the Holy Spirit was/is trying to show me the light concerning a relationship I was in the midst of that was heading to the altar. After all a light reveals ALL that is in the dark, right? I know I say this all the time, but it just amazes me how often the Holy Spirit leads, protects, and reminds me that I am not a material or selfish person. I had another title I wanted to use, The Quantity of Light Determines the Quality of Life. For now we shall ride with the title I used. Ok? Alrighty then!
While I was studying, the Holy Spirit threw a dictionary in front of me. Well He didn’t actually throw it, He more so guided me to pull it from my nightstand while I was reading 1 John. I had not planned on writing anything on this study. Sometimes we read things over and over and are instinctively unaware of a word’s true meaning, even the simplest of words like I, and, am, is, have, etc. I am a dictionary addict by birth though. I’ll be using definitions from my reliable old Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary. You know how the meanings of some words appear to change over the years! For example, for years a blackberry was a black or dark purple juicy but seedy edible fruit of various brambles. Now if you look up the word in a dictionary it also has another meaning ….Blackberry- is a line of wireless handheld devices and services designed and marketed by BlackBerry Limited, formerly known as Research In Motion Limited. See what I mean?
So my beloved ones, you will find a lot of simple words with definitions within this blog. I promise you, that it will give you deeper thoughts about what John is trying to relay in his messages as it did me. You will find many blessings and learn what God desires of you as an individual when it comes to self and others. 1 John thru 3 John opened my eyes, my mind, and my heart to some truths about some Christians truly caring for the destiny of others. I will admit openly, it has never been a worry of mine to care about whether one went to heaven or hell outside of friends and family. The reason being was that I was not knowledgeable about how a person lives their life that I do not know, and I’ve always believed each individual have to answer for him/herself to God alone without my assistance. I believe there is always light in each and every one of us that let us know how important it is to be in line with God’s Will. It is the individual who needs to find that true source of true light within them with the help of the Holy Spirit. It’s there! Let us keep in mind that John’s message was to all those who follow Christ or at least were trying to follow his teachings, both children and adults, both men and women. I haven’t a clue as to who “we” are. Help!!!!!
This, to me is one of the most encouraging books of the bible when it comes to being a light for others and self to find The Way out of the darkness. I suppose this study has changed my thought above on others I do not know. It is my belief that John put himself on a level with each listener or reader of his words. He/they definitely spoke from experience. John also was concerned for the joy of others in the “Word of Life.” AND, John informs us that “We write this to make our joy complete.” He was also excited about the audience attaining joy by receiving their quantity of the True Light due to his experience. Just think to share the joy of Christ with others must be a wonderful feeling. I guess I do it at times by blogging. I’m thinking that in order for joy to happen one must reach out to others to bring them into knowing the light they can have in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ who is JOY.
Joy- the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires; a state of happiness; BLISS. :-) I decided to put the definition here so you can associate the two words as being in one …….Christ = Joy.
Now on to the blog at hand! I will be using the KJV bible verses and hopefully complete this message within 2 blogs. Don’t yell at me or become impatient while reading. Just suck it up and breathe in some light. Consider it quality time with Shelia and God. These are the words the Holy Spirit led me to look up and write down as I was reading even when I kept asking God “why look it up? I know what the words mean.” So when you study 1 John 1 again below with me or for the first time, don’t ask why either, just do it. I learned something new and you will too.
1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
While reading those passages above, please place focus on the words below and experience a deeper meaning of what John is stating about the “Word of Life”. Yes, he appears to be anxious and repeats the same message using several techniques in these 10 verses.
I found the word “have” to be a key word in John’s message to his/their experience about the Word of Life;
- Have- to hold or maintain as a possession, privilege or entitlement.
- have heard (perceived by their ears gaining knowledge)
- have seen ( perceived with their eyes)
- have looked upon (highly regarded)
- have handled (touched, felt)
- Manifested- made evident or certain by showing or displaying; readily perceived by the senses, esp. the sight; easily understood or recognized by the mind. (TYHS!)
- Declare- to make clear; to make evident; to show
- Fellowship- community of interest, activity, feeling, or experience; the quality or state of being comradely (friendly, brotherly)
- Full-containing as much or as many as is possible or normal; complete in detail, number, or duration; not lacking in any essential; complete
- Light- something that makes vision possible; spiritual illumination; pure; Truth
- Darkness- devoid of light; not receiving, reflecting, transmitting, or radiating light; arising from or showing evil traits or desires
- Cleanse- purify; freed from dirt or pollution; having no interior flaws visible
- Deceive- ensnare; to fail to fulfill; cheat; to cause to accept as true or valid what is false or invalid
- Confess-to tell or make known(as something wrong or damaging to oneself);admit
- Faithful- full of belief and trust; LOYAL; firm in adherence to promises or in observance of duty; binding promise
- Unrighteousness-sinfulness; wickedness; unjust; not righteous
Finally, my summary of thoughts on this chapter…. In Christ Jesus, you will not be lacking in anything and you will be privy to receive joy and more quantities of light in your life which will one day allow you to physically hear, see, look upon, and eventually handle(touch) our Heavenly Father when the Word of Life, returns for His bride. Living in darkness makes one unable to see the TRUTH to experience successful bliss which leads to a poor quality of life. Well, my loves we are done. Have you discovered the quantity of light that you have in your life? If it’s not much, what are you going to do about it?
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Love Covers A Multitude of Sins
Great Saturday to you! It started out as a great morning in His word and will end as a great night, because my God loves me, regardless. Today’s thoughts and blog title jumped out from the book of Romans early morn. Yeah! Yeah! Rah! Rah! Praise God! I’ve been meditating and praying for several months now to get a better understanding of when the Holy Spirit works within me making me more aware and wise concerning ALL things and ALL people that I am around and those I communicate with. With that being said, it brought to remembrance a quote made by Henry Varley in a book I read titled Moody: A Biography by John Pollock .
Henry Varley ~ “The world has yet to see what God will do with a man who is fully and wholly consecrated to the Holy Spirit.”
I so agree with that statement. I was looking through some old papers of Papaw’s and found a note with a name….Bishop C. Mason. Inquisitive me!!!….I took to the net and lookie what I found. Per Wiki, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Harrison_Mason I began reading about him and pulled these two quotes concerning The Holy Spirit.
“The Spirit came upon the saints and upon me…Then I gave up for the Lord to have His way within me. So there came a wave of Glory into me and all of my being was filled with the Glory of the Lord.”
“So when He had gotten me straight on my feet, there came a light which enveloped my entire being above the brightness of the sun. When I opened my mouth to say Glory, a flame touched my tongue which ran down me. My language changed and no word could I speak in my own tongue. Oh! I was filled with the Glory of the Lord. My soul was then satisfied.”
There is a reason for the above quotes at the end of this blog, I think. Now we shall move on to our subject at hand. The One Commonality…Paul states it best in Romans 3:22-23 (KJV)
22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
I repeat……….The One Commonality within the Human Race is that we…
“All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
You know what this means, right? I am no better than you. You are no better than me. We are no better than the next person. Regardless of race, age, choice of religion, the house we live in, the car(s) and carts we own or drive, worldly titles and positions we hold, the truth Paul stated by far outweighs the dissimilarities of the human race. This is a very humbling statement.
Who better to relay this truth to us ALL than the Apostle Paul? Saul of Tarsus, a Jewish man also with Roman citizenship that persecuted and killed Christians without batting an eye. He tried diligently to destroy the Christian church. Lo and behold on a road to Damascus, he was made blind by the will of God, heard the voice of Jesus and obeyed, converted and later began using the Latin form of his name Paul. Of course you can read about it in the Book of Acts. (Side note, most Jews had two names in the form of Hebrew and Latin or Greek. Amazing eh? As they say Reading is Fundamental….you can learn a lot from reading just about anything.)
Get this! Paul presented the evidence before stating the truth that we have all sinned and come short. It has become the norm for most of the human race to present a statement then back it up with the evidence that it is the truth. For example, one might say “The earth is square. I shall prove it from the research I’ve gathered.” Just from reading Paul’s word, I’ve always seen a slight similarity between us. Such is life for a backwards writer and that of a humble speaker who will yell out loud if need be to make a point.
The Evidence – In Romans 1- 3:1- 21. Please read at your leisure! I am going to just present some of his truer points about the human race that he was “obligated” to speak to “other Gentiles, Greeks and Barbarians, both to the wise and unwise, and Jews.”
• Human beings suppress the truth by their wickedness
• Humans are filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
• Humans are “backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
After proving several points we move into Chapter 3: 9- What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; Paul makes that statement before quoting the Old Testament in Romans 3:11-18. (Please read) My belief is that he proves to them in those verses that sin operates at innumerable levels within the human race, and that arrogance makes one unable to detect the truth about sin.
Sin is like a chain that enslaves and restricts us. (Oh! Jesus! Thank you Holy Spirit for that deep insight! ) Nowadays, we even dress sin up and hide it behind the words – freedom and rights, and call it something else believing that God will not judge us for it. I won’t go into detail there, just take a look at the things going on in the world today by biblical standards that are indeed sin. Yup! We’re all in the same boat. Some of us are trying our darndest to get off the boat and swim to a Godly shore, plant ourselves, nourish and grow in the word of God, and take on a strong root in Christ. We will get there and at that time we will overcome.
We can carry out this plan with the help of the Holy Spirit teaching, moving, and guiding us to do God’s will in our lives. The reason I posted the Holy Spirit quotes is because I believe the Holy Spirit to be a manifestation of God and His Glory within us, and when we submit to Him from the heart, we are able to fight against sin, we get a glimpse of and can feel His presence; therefore seeking honor, glory, immortality and to have life eternal with our Heavenly Father in the place Jesus has prepared for us. We need to remember that He is our Helper; that He can help us in many ways to stop coming up short of the Glory of God. ~Romans 2:7 -To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:
J.R. Miller said “It is a great deal easier to do that which God gives us to do, no matter how hard it is, than to face the responsibilities of not doing it.” I have been IN AWE and HUMBLED while studying these three chapters this morning, and Gasp! Lord have mercy, now it’s almost 7PM…..God really loves me. God really loves you. God really loves us ALL. Still the fact remains that we all have this one Commonality within the Human Race……“All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” And for that reason my love bird’s we shall all be judged by Him…“For there is no respect of persons with God.” (Rom 2: 11)
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Oh my word! I could just be kicked twice over. I was reading the book of John after meditating on some Psalms earlier. I came across something I boldly admit to you all, that I’ve NEVER paid attention to in all these years of spending time in His word. Many thanks to my Comforter for bringing this to my attention!
Aren’t you just dying to find out what it is? In previous readings of John, my focus has always been on verses 1-20. Ok, ok… John 14:27. My heart when troubled recites the end of His statement He made to His disciples. Lord I don’t know how I overlooked the beginning of that verse. I’ll include verse 26 just for the JOY of it.
“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
***“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”***
Peace aka Ceasefire; Reconciliation; Harmony; Amity (not Amityville Horror); Goodwill; etc. etc.
I suppose we all get lost in scripture sometimes, and it truly takes the Holy Spirit to reveal its secrets and understanding to us individually in God’s time. The Lord has been telling me for a while now, that I can have peace within by saying no to things that He Himself showed me was not His will for me to do. Sometimes we get caught up in the problems of others and their attitudinal behaviors which make us lack peace within. We all need to be aware of the differentiation between a learned talent and a spiritual gift. Sometimes we get caught up in doing things we think are our gift to share with others. Sometimes He will put up a roadblock sign for us NOT to ignore “one last time” even if it’s doing something within the church and workplace. PEACE!
It’s ok that people get upset with us for not doing things that they want us to do. We too can give the gift of peace to others by saying either I’m sorry or I forgive you when there is tension flying around like fog with wings. :-P We are all called to serve temporarily and differently in some stages of service for the Lord both inside and outside of the church. It was brought to my remembrance while reading John 14, Jesus didn’t stay in one place teaching, performing miracles, feeding others, and sharing the word of God.
The Spirit of God kept telling me via signs, via dreams, via situations in my life, via the human negative attitude towards me lacking the presence of behaving as God would have them behave, and via a great brother in Christ who encourages me beyond measures (I AM BLESSED), to step out with peace. I have the faith and am not afraid. I just felt things (mainly sickness) warring against me to not find joy/peace in doing what He wants me to do. I still believe, I am a puzzle to most ( “an enigma” as my blessed brother sez), but God’s got me figured out and covered as one piece of His puzzle placed right where He wants me. I now realize this gift was something I had not even thought of as being given unto me from Jesus. Now I know.
Reading this verse before bedtime was no accident… that I’m sure of. God has given us so many things (gifts) and have placed so many people in our lives, of which we are thankful and some of us are not so thankful and should be thankful. Jesus suffered and was thankful. Jesus was a gift from God. The gift that Jesus left us is HIS PEACE. Allow me to repeat what Jesus said:
“Peace I leave with you, MY PEACE I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto YOU…”
It appears the world has not accepted His gift he left. It is my opinion that this is why the world as a whole cannot and will not have peace until Jesus’ return to clean up this mess. BUT, as an individual you can accept His gift of peace given unto you. You’ll just have to decide in your heart to accept His gift of peace given unto you. Anything not accepted from God, Jesus, and The Holy Spirit leaves the human race living in chaos. As for me and being made aware via my Comforter, I accept His gift of “Peace” left with and given unto me.
It is as clear as the River of Life aka Rio de Vida to me now; the world cannot give me peace like Jesus can. Still growing in His Word and in the name of Jesus! May you be blessed by this blog and let no one person on this earth, take His gift of peace away from you. It is my prayer that you REALIZE who the gift of peace comes from when your heart is troubled and afraid. To be left with and given peace from the Lord, oh what a blessed gift! TYHS!
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However, I do have peace whereas Papaw is concerned because I know he lived for God while on this earth through his faith, his words, and his actions. I am so blessed to be sharing my thoughts with you from my time with God and Papaw in spirit this morning while reading from 1 Peter 4:1-11.
Let’s meditate and ask ourselves…Self how do you know that God lives for you? As for me, my answers are simple and faithfully believed in by His words and actions. Let me share them with you.
- I was given life by Him and I am made in His image. (Genesis 1:26, Genesis 2:7)
- Not to mention, He grew weary of sending messages through others, so much so that He sent Himself in the flesh to live with me(Isaiah 9:6, Matthew 1:20-22, 1 Timothy 3:16, and Colossians 1:9) Side note to self, I need to practice more of face to face reconciliation with God so that my sins are revealed directly to me.
- He suffered and died for my sins when He was sinless, so that I might have life everlasting to live with Him eternally in the same place that He lives and have prepared just for me for He is a living God.( John 10:27-30,Luke 20:37-38, 1Peter 3:18 and POW- John 14:1-3… This is the Knockout Punch –Revelation 21:3-4 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”)
Now that’s some powerful stuff I was led to meditate on this morning, while spending time alone with God and thinking about my Papaw. TYHS!
I’m going to post the scriptures here from 1 Peter 4, so that you do not have to jump back and forth from your bible. Enjoy this meal!
|1 Peter 4|
|New King James Version (NKJV)|
|Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, 2 that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. 3 For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles—when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. 4 In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you. 5 They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. 6 For this reason the gospel was preached also to those who are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.|
|7 But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. 8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” 9 Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. 10 As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11 If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.|
Peter made some great points about SIN in verses 1-6. How can I put this in kindergarten terms? If you continue to live in Sin, you will not live with God, nor are you living for Him. To my beloved ones who are reading this, know this ONE fact about SIN and think about how you have not lived for God. In order for us to personally overcome SIN, we need to acknowledge, accept rebuke, and repent of those sins and be obedient to the will of God in the name of Jesus Christ. Right? My thoughts are definitely from my experience with SIN. Using Peter’s verses, I’ll sum up the ONE fact I’ve come to believe in 6 words:
SIN IS A WASTE OF TIME (Verse 3)
Peter also made it CLEAR to us that there is ONE thing we can do to live for God. Do you know what it is? Huh, do ya do ya? My beloved ones, if you have studied the Holy Bible, then you know that it has NEVER been kept as a secret from us within the books of Genesis through Revelation.
Proof 101- Luke 24:27 - And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.
ARM YOURSELVES ALSO WITH THE SAME MIND AS CHRIST(Verse 1)
Let us first take a look at this word:
ARM -intransitive verb: to prepare oneself for struggle or resistance.
In verses 7-11 tells us just how to arm ourselves:
- Be serious and watchful in our prayers. Jesus tells us to do such in Luke 22:40- When He came to the place, He said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.”
- Have FERVENT love for one another, not just love. That means to love from the heart and soul. Warning!!!!! If you can’t love fervently you have been disarmed by Satan.
- Be hospitable to others and ditch the argumentative stage and back biting.
- Use the gift God gave you to minister to others that you come in contact with. It is my opinion that even a genuine smile towards another can be a blessing to others.
- Speak as Jesus spoke when He spoke about the Kingdom of God. Speak up the truth to all that you have conversations with. Yeah or Nay, no maybe.
- God has got your back and front and will be (not should be) glorified in all things that you do through and in the name of Jesus Christ. He is ARMED, and so you should be too.
Allow me to throw in one more bible verse.
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
With that being noted, I shall end my post with this thought for you to think seriously about: Since we were made in His image, why is it so hard for us to kowtow to His will? Think about it and start Living For God by letting Him live in you BECAUSE He Lives For You.
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As I was studying the Book of James in the bible, I became inquisitive about other verses that states “Consider….” I shall list a few of the verses for your reading pleasure.
Judging from the bible and history books, we are a nation quick to act without giving things much thought. We are a people quick to point fingers, and criticize before giving others a careful examination. Yes, there is some good done here and there. I have been guilty of being inconsiderate. Gasp! I know, it’s a shocker. :-) We have become a nation of self-appointed judges. This world is being run by King Tongue who dictates to and happens to rule over Queen Heart.
Consider this, who has the power over his or her tongue and heart; who is in control of every breath you take; how is it the norm that the mind makes decisions w/o the heart and how do we distinguish if whether decisions are made with the mind or the heart or w/o any thought at all. (TYHS)
Consider this, who is to blame and who will account for their actions before God. From some of the verses that I’ve read I’ve come to a conclusion that consideration is also a form of encouragement and love and by no means should you worry when considering this or that. I’ve learned through research and experience that considering something can even keep one from sinning.
Consider the power of consideration. I want to encourage all, including self, to consider taking another look at our own mind and heart and to “Think on These Things” as one of our great fellow bloggers here states in his posts.
Now my loves, let us take a look at the word CONSIDER.
My simple definition —-> to fix the mind upon using the heart as your guide to do what is right.
From the American Heritage Dictionary- Consider (verb)- con·sid·ered, con·sid·er·ing, con·sid·ers verb, transitive
1. To think carefully about.
2. To think or deem to be; regard as.
3. To form an opinion about; judge: considers waste to be criminal.
4. To take into account; bear in mind: Her success is not surprising if you consider her excellent training.
5. To show consideration for: failed to consider the feelings of others.
6. To esteem; regard.
7. To look at thoughtfully.
I’ll be sharing verses from the NIV. I love the first words James writes out to “the twelve tribes scattered among the nations”….
- James 1:2-3 – Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
- Luke 12:24-26 – Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
- Luke 12:27-29 – “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it
- Hebrews 10:23-25- Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
- Hebrews 13:7-8 – Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever
- Deuteronomy 32:7 – Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past. Ask your father and he will tell you, your elders, and they will explain to you.
Hear me, you heavens! Listen, earth! For the Lord has spoken: “I reared children and brought them up, but they have rebelled against me. The ox knows its master, the donkey its owner’s manger, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand. Woe to the sinful nation, a people whose guilt is great, a brood of evildoers, children given to corruption! They have forsaken the Lord; they have spurned the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on him.
Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens. Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
My beautiful beloved ones, even if you give no consideration to anything written in this post, I pray that you consider this:
2 Peter 3:8-9
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
Lastly, let us remember and consider what the Lord saw happening among His people and still sees going on today. :-( He still Considers and Loves Us regardless of our back turning ways and inconsiderate actions. He indeed is a considering God. Thank God For GRACE.
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Wow! I went in search of a picture of a threefold cord and came across the pic below courtesy of rkentsmith.blogsite.com. Isn’t it Truth?
The Value of a Friend
Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; But how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
I was working on my Ecclesiastes study and the Holy Spirit moved my eyes from verse 1 to 12 in Ecclesiastes 4 several weeks ago. I had forgotten all about starting this blog until today. I only had the title. I shall not ask why, but we will figure it out when this blog is finished, amen? This message is so clear to me. “Shelia, you cannot do it all alone and you’re NOT alone.” Thank you Holy Spirit! I’ve been moved to finish this blog. Here we go!
What does a threefold cord and submission have in common? Quite a few times it escapes our mind that Jesus did not go it alone. Even though there were times he spent alone to himself, He was never alone. We, or maybe it is just I, forget that Jesus was submissive as well.
That’s the way it is with us stubborn folk. We think we are alone, and we think we can do things alone. We think that we don’t need to be submissive to others on this planet. BUT GOD!
Let me give a few examples both in and out of the bible stories that show the power of three or more.
Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit
Three Little Pigs Story
Three Blind Mice
Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego
Elijah, Elisha, and God + Whirlwind
Ruth, Naomi, Boaz
These stories are great examples of a body having to rely (be submissive to) on another body in order to do.
While listening to a sermon last night, I have figured out today why I feel the need to do things alone and that every burden that hits home, I feel I can physically, mentally, and emotionally handle it alone.
My Conviction - It is because I now know in my heart that I am not a submissive person to others because I don’t believe in and trust others readily enough when I should at least try. I feel that I do not need others outside of my children and grandchildren. I need to let go fully of being in control of our lives. I have just been convicted by the Holy Spirit. Thank You Lord Jesus!
My Confession - In the past when I’ve asked people to do something minor, I didn’t get a response, I was avoided contact, or my inquiry was avoided, I would be irritated for a while because I lacked patience with others outside of my children and grandchildren. There were times when people respond, but do it wrong in my eyes. That really irritated the goodness out of me, when a person did not give a response or goes about the wrong way of doing things as asked to do (not told). There is a BIG communication GAP going on with The Body of Christ, within the workplace and within our homes. The golden coin I hold in my favor is that I know that I have grown and continue to grow in Christ like behavior against such things because I don’t get angry about it, nor am I a rebellious person going on 3 years now. Hallelujah! I do lose some respect for that person that ignores, pray for them and continue to love them, because it is NOT about me, nor them. It’s about us being a living stone in Jesus, my CHIEF cornerstone, and I have no control of what others build in their lives for themselves.
When things go awry with my family and self, I do not trust others to help because of past experience with asking others, other than a few that I may ask to pray for family and self. I have never been one to rely on another even as a child. People are too quick to remind you of things they do for you and brag to others about what they did for you. I’ve never thought much of people who want glory for themselves. I was always an “I’ll do it myself then” type of child, which grew into the same type of adult.
I do know that I don’t want recognition for doing anything for self and others. If I have ever come across as wanting glory for self to others, please forgive me. It is not who I am or have ever hoped to be. When people say “Thank You”, I often wonder why because in my mind, (I seriously think too much) I just did what I was taught to do, be kind towards and do for others regardless. I guess I never understood which leaves me as being misunderstood by most. I truly have been selfish in not relying on others to get things done. I’ve been selfish in not letting others have authority over me, in church, in the work place, and in my life.
My doctor said to me last week, “You like way too much order in your life and the way things are done. You need to start letting others do for you and not give instructions….” “Really? Ok.”….. I said with a smile. A friend of mine said on yesterday ….“You are not a people person like most think you are just because you smile a lot and do for others. You really think that you can do everything alone and you can’t.” Now that I think back on both comments, both are correct. In so many ways God spoke to me through them. I guess this is where the message of “a threefold cord” hits me. I need to become a part of such a cord, and to be submissive. I cannot do it alone. Let me go write this down a hundred times. “I CANNOT DO IT ALONE.”
Ya know, what’s funny to me, is people who barely know me, say it most of the time if I am conversing with them. “you like to much order and you expect too much…” I must come across as being demanding, pushy, and being a loner. I will be changing that today after being convicted. Thank you Jesus!
So with that brief admission of my sins, I ask that my fellow beloved readers be in prayer for me to learn and practice submissiveness only to those in my best interest in the name of Jesus. I listen to Pastor Adrian Rogers’ sermons daily from the Love Worth Finding Ministries website. Praise the Lord for tape recorded sermons. One sermon recently hit me hard 2 nights ago. The title of the sermon was Godless Government, Bad Bosses & Mean Mates, 1 Peter 2. Several truths hit me about what he said about the “mightiness of meekness and the strength of submission.” He spoke of why some mothers do not have authority over their children because they are “rebellious to their husbands and why some pastors do not have authority with their congregation because they are not submitting to the authority to the word of God……”
“Only when you’re under will you be over.”
“Submission and Authority are heads and tails of the same coin, and real authority flows out of genuine submission. And if you have a rebellious spirit, God will never ever give you the authority that you ought to have.”
Gasp! Jesus was submissive and He has authority. I could just kick myself for not remembering this.
So now it is near the end of this blog, and I have figured it out. In order for more of God’s will to be done in my life, I need to be submissive to and be in agreement with others not just in prayer. I must be a participant as part of a threefold cord in the name of Jesus. Even the Lone Ranger had Tonto. Never understood why he was called the Lone Ranger either. I plan to be included in the grooms wedding party when He returns for His bride. It is my understanding that the bride consists of the body of Christ, those who believe and have faith wholly in Him and does His will for them. The Body of Christ does not consist of one person. (TYHS!) That alone is proof and reminds me that I can do nothing alone and I need to put togetherness in doing with others into practice. I’m going to practice meekness in a strong Christ-like way. In the words of Abraham Lincoln- “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” I’m tying my knot with others in the name of Jesus and hanging on until His return.
The Perfect Three Cord Strand that will never be broken….God, The Holy Spirit, and Jesus. The proof is shown throughout the bible and especially within the book of Revelation.
Thank you Holy Spirit for this remembrance and convicting heart opener! See, I’ve told ya before…I’m a work in progress in the name of Jesus and growing right before your reading eyes. May we all bring to remembrance the following:
Philippians 2:5-11 (NKJV)
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
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LOVE COVERS A MULTITUDE OF SINS
Good Morning Great People. Happy August to you!
As I was catching up on news this morning, I came across this article to share with you.
It brought to mind the story in Matthew 15:1-9
Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked, “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!”
Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’ and ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’ But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is ‘devoted to God,’ they are not to ‘honor their father or mother’ with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition. You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: ”These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.”
Where is the heart of the church member(s) who forced such a choice upon a “Christian School” employee? They are definitely operating via “human rules.” I realize the state of Alabama is a football haven for sports fan, but this is taking sports a bit too far.
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.
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- The Heart of Man (Mark 7) (theheartman.wordpress.com)