This was a pretty humbling interview. I’m not a sports fan, but I was led to listen to this when I saw the words sleeping in the streets and thankful.
Take a look. He realizes humbleness comes from the heart.
And here’s some wiki info for those who are not sports minded like me. Interesting.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manny_Pacquiao
Think About It!
Originally posted on Pastor Joe Quatrone, Jr.:
When our circumstances are difficult, we may find ourselves complaining against God, questioning His love, and resisting His will. At this point, Satan provides us with an opportunity to escape the difficulty. This opportunity is a temptation. There are three facts we must consider if we are to overcome temptation. In Part 1, we saw the first fact: God’s Judgment. Today, we will consider the next two facts.
God’s Goodness (James 1:17)
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly Lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
One of the enemy’s tricks is to convince us that our Father is holding out on us, that He does not really love us and care for us. When Satan approached Eve, he suggested if God really loved her, He would permit her to eat from the forbidden tree. When…
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Don’t put your head on my shoulder
Sink me in a river of tears
This could be the best place yet
But you must overcome your fears
In time it could have been so much more
The time is precious I know
In time it could have been so much more
The time has nothin’ to show we got
Time won’t give me time
Don’t make me feel any colder
Time is like a clock in my heart
Touch, we touch, was the heat too much
I felt I lost you from the start
When we think about time, most of us think about a mechanical or solar powered clock or watch to see what time it is, and we use a calendar to see dates in time. Not today my loves! Today, we are going to go out there- expand our thinking with the Spirit of God.
When studying this chapter, the old eighties tune by Culture Club was singing in my head. A lot of us don’t pay too much attention to the words of a song, some just love the music. I love both. I always find something else in the words that are relative to my time with God. This was a favorite song of mine during that TIME, yet the words ring so true to me at this TIME.
The words “Clock of the Heart” was laid on my heart during this time with the Holy Spirit. We or at least I have never thought about time being a clock of the heart. I must now agree that it is indeed that.
On a medical note…when our heart stops, we have learned through scientific evidence that major internal organs IN our bodies began to shut down like a domino effect and then there is death. In some cases, the heart can be revived and there is some damage done to the other organs. In some cases, when the heart can’t be revived, nor replaced, time as we know it stops…death. This blog is not about death, so I won’t place any focus there. However, in death, there is only ONE that can resurrect in His time. (TYHS)
Beginning in this chapter Solomon goes over a listing of “a time to” everything that happens in this world. We have all experienced, seen, or have heard of these things beginning with verses 1 thru 8. We also know that time “is precious.”
The title borrowed from the Culture Club song came more into view when I was reading verses 10 thru 14. The key verse 10(NIV): “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”
(TYHS) Let’s rewind… He has also set eternity in the human heart;
Rewind Again… He has also set eternity in the human heart;
I found the perfect synonyms for eternity: time without end; forever.
Are most of us even aware that God has set time without end in our heart? (Whoa! PTL! TYHS! ) This was a powerful message to me to share with you. Excuse me while I dance and shout! Ok, done.
Solomon goes on to say in verse 14: “I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will revere him.” (Ok, let us all dance and shout !)
In between verses 10 thru 14, he reminds us of two things we should already know or have experienced: (1) there is nothing better for us than to be happy and do good (well) while we live; (2) that we all may eat, drink and find satisfaction in our toil- for it is the gift of God. Wow!
So you see beloved, as Boy George said: (Let’s sing again!)
In time it could have been so much more
The time is precious I know
In time it could have been so much more
The time has nothin’ to show we got
Time won’t give me time
Even though Solomon “thought” in his “heart”, we know in our hearts that God will, “In time” AND IN His time ONLY “bring into judgment both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a TIME for every activity, a TIME to judge every deed.”(Ecc.3:17) During our judgment time, most of us might start singing “In time it could have been so much more”, my time “has nothin’ to show” I “got” because “time won’t give me time”
If we take a look back at things and people who have pass through in our lives, some will discover that there was a “lost” connection “from the start.” I believe this to be, because God did not want the clock of our heart to be wasted on anything or anyone that was not going to be beneficial to us for whatever reason he deemed fit at that time.
Not to mention, God knew that those things and people were not beneficial to His Kingdom. So, count your blessings for those things and people who were not a connection that have come and gone at a moments notice in your life.
So beloved, now that you have been notified via Culture Club’s song, Time (A Clock of the Heart)- might I add…A Clock of the Heart that God has set time without end in, I must put forth Solomon’s question to you “…For who can bring them to see what will happen after them?”
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:” from birth to death.
Insight – We are ALL on God’s time. It is NOT “Our time.”
Blessed Hope and Peace
Read 1 Kings 9-11 along with Ecclesiastes 2. Even though Solomon discusses pleasure, wisdom and toil in this chapter, pleasure is the only word that the Spirit laid on my heart while studying.
Have you ever been in deep thought about the word pleasure? Is it possible to have everlasting pleasure? It is a mind thingy…a temporary mental state for most or for all of us lacking_______. (Where’s the rest of this sentence?…Shelia says I don’t know…you complete it.)
I arrived at a mindset almost eight years ago that pleasure for most things and the presence of or lack thereof of people in general were too temporary for me. Yes, things and people come and go in our lives. Perhaps one day. Personally, I try not to attach myself to temporary things or people anymore…my boots are the only exception. When you become closer with the Spirit of God, you begin to SEE up firsthand what vanity is. Things and people can have you dangling on a sky high tight rope as though you were born a professional tight rope circus performer with “lions, tigers, and bears, Oh My!” waiting below to tear you apart.
Our heart and eyes don’t work too well together sometimes. Solomon states in verses 10-11- “And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labour: and this was my portion of all my labour.” However, “Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.
I did not realize that the word PLEA + SURE (PLEASURE) has such an array of meanings.(see below) I don’t think we constantly think about its meaning . I do think that it is thought about according to whatever is being done or seen at the moment that gives us pleasure. Sometimes we try to think wisely of some way(s) to make it last. But get this…(TYHS) Jeremiah 9:23-24: Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: but let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.
Pleasure- gladness, delight, delectation, sensual gratification, frivolous amusement, kicks, euphoria, turn-on, contentment, joie de vivre.
I’ve discovered that when you are in Christ Jesus and you love the Lord God with all of your heart and mind, pleasure comes regardless. Regardless of us being ill, in pain, having disabilities, faults, regrets, and other debilitating issues, there is pleasure to be found permanently in God.
If you study the acts of Solomon closely with the Holy Spirit as your guide, you may come to the conclusion that I came too. Solomon was a complicated man lacking something, somewhere. He was definitely a wise administrator. As wise as he was during the affairs of others and of building the temple, he had pleasure principle issues. (TYHS) He had to be complex in nature, having almost 700 wives and 300 concubines and setting up places of worship to heathen gods for his women (1 Kings 11:1-4).
Notice in Ecclesiastes 2:1-9 is where he places focus on the word “I” did. To put it bluntly, this man who asked God for wisdom and got it, was unable to practice what he preached due to the his delights.
Listen beloved, not only was Solomon unable to do so, we who live in this world are performing in the same circus. There has been something or someone that came into our lives that provided us with temporary pleasures leaving us unable to practice what we preach when it comes to us living for God. Solomon’s father David tells us in Psalm 37:4 to delight ourselves in the Lord to receive the desires of our heart. Do you think he taught this to Solomon?
I encourage all to find the Pleasure Principle that is in the Lord, and hold on tight. I also encourage you to listen to your grandchildren.
I leave you with these words from Isaiah 58:9-14 and a conversation that took place between my grandson and I.
Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity; And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday; And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not. And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in. If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
Personal Moment- My grandsons have been spending some time with me lately to “take care of me.” I seem to have experienced having severe lower back pain that left me bed ridden for almost two weeks. I’m sure it’s the after-effects from my auto accident this past June.
This past Friday, after we said bedtime prayers, Emanuel who is 10, said “Grandma, you need a new husband to love you and take care of you when you are sick. Can I ask you something? Why don’t you have a boyfriend yet?”
I said Oh Lord, here we go. Why do you think that when I have my grandsons to take care of me and why should I have a boyfriend? Wait for it…. Emanuel said… “Old people are supposed to be married and take care of each other until they die. Grandkids have to live too, but I will take care of you no matter what, ok Grandma? But you still need a husband when we are not around. I will get you a boyfriend so you can marry him, ok?” I was wise enough to limit my response and utter nothing but “Ok Manny, if you say so, you know best.”
Peace To You Beloved
Three things are clear concerning life experiences in the human race. (1) Humans learn from experience. (2) Humans learn from the experience of others. (3) Humans have a hard time breaking form or habit. There are four things that stood out to me as I studied Ecclesiastes on this go round with the Holy Spirit. Let us remember, He is our helper. Amen. The four things done under the sun are:
- We toil
- We die
- Generations come and go
- The earth remains
I’ve become more conscious of these four facts and how it relates to our life experiences. It occurred to me that these are spiritual events that take place in life. Most of us accept these events as just being physical events. Even through global warming, wars, damaging storms, life and death, and disobedient man…the earth remains through it all. It had never crossed my mind that the earth remains when I read or hear so much about the earth being “slowly destroyed.”
Realization Point- What the Lord, Our God formed first is what remains…”the earth”. (Genesis 1) The four things listed above takes place while the sun, wind, and water continue to do its circuitous tasks assigned by God. Why is it so hard for us to do our tasks assigned?
Vanity Point- excessive pride in one’s appearance, qualities, abilities, achievements, etc.; character or quality of being vain; conceit: lack of real value; hollowness; worthlessness: something worthless, trivial, or pointless.
Taking these points into deep spiritual consideration, we should understand what King Solomon was sharing from his life experiences throughout the verses in Ecclesiastes 1. Take a real look at your life, both physically and spiritually while reading these verses:
|5 The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.6 The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits.
7 All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.
Did you notice the pattern? The sun, wind, and water works according to God’s will. It’s a never-ending cycle until God commands it to end. I also noticed according to the KJV, the sun and wind is referred to as being male …“his” and “he”. Never noticed that before?
If one is a believer in Christ Jesus, each day should begin and end with His circuitous presence. Yes we have to work. No, every day will not be hunky dory. No, we do not need to think daily about death. No, we cannot control the weather. Moses, Job, & Elijah can confirm that.
I had to ask myself…Is there anything that I can do over the sun that is done under the sun? No. Why not? I ask myself. Beloved, we have been given dominion only over the earth. (Genesis 1:26) Needless to say it is dominion that has run amuck. Running amuck is vanity and it is something most of the human race excels in doing. As the group Queen use to sing… “another one bites the dust.”
Another important thing to realize is found in verse 15: That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.
Wow! We can only say, we’re sorry for messing up or putting a bend in things with others and with God. We cannot go back and make anything the way it was. Women cannot go back and enter a child into their womb once it is born deformed or sickly in some way hoping to make the child come out as a healthy child; divorced people cannot go back and change events that took place that caused the divorce; people, in general, cannot go back and relive a moment to change something done or said in the wrong way that affected others. Even in accounting, an accountant has only the power to erase, re-insert some number to make things look good on paper. If you go behind the scenes of accounting, it is then you will find many “crooked” things that could not be made straight by a person trying to go back, back and back to straighten it out. Got it?
Wanting means there is a lack or absence of something and/ or a not measuring up to standards. Let us ask self….Self what is “wanting” in my life? Make your list and talk to self in the mirror a lot. It works. When the day comes that self is face to face with God, will self be tried and found wanting?
To realize what vanity in our lives is, one must reevaluate ones priorities. Those who are believers must align their priorities with God’s will. I know and I don’t know what has come over me this last year and a half, but things and some people I use to consider important are not important at all. I have finally realized that you can’t help with, do for, nor please everyone. God is glorified best when you deal with the fish He has allowed you to bait.
The Lord has allowed me to share His messages in many ways with others these last three years. If not received by others, I’ve learned to keep smiling and shake the dust from my feet as instructed in Matthew 10:14. My mind and heart set has become an “I don’t care” attitude in a good way with the help of the Holy Spirit.
I’ve reached the spiritual phase in realizing the vanity of it all and the time wasted. Solomon’s thinking is right on the mark. We learn from experience. I recall what my pastor had said once “…fish or cut bait.” I’ve learned the art of cutting bait and suggest that others cut bait as well when the fishing is past your season.
Yes, there is some value among all these things that take place in our lives. However, some of us fail to realize that the value increases when God is ever-present in our lives.
Solomon has put forth some serious issues about life in this first chapter. Just as God has a circuitous pattern for the sun, wind, and waters to work on one accord… He also has a circuitous pattern for us to all be on one accord. We backslide and fail to see and do according to His purpose. Even Solomon backslid and failed God…But God’s Grace!
Personal Moment- I’ve always wanted to live in a log cabin on a mountain, writing books, living as God wants me to live helping others in need, getting around on a horse named Pegasus, and live off the land God gives me. I’m sure the Lord will put me there soon enough, because this is something He has not removed from my heart. He knows best. I’ve always had hermit like tendencies, and only a few people knew that about me. Oops, now you know. :-P
When I would read Revelation, I would be envious of John being exiled on the Isle of Patmos. It is said, that God’s people are a peculiar people. (1 Peter 2:9) I share this because I have realized the importance of spending time alone with the Spirit of God to be more attentive of the four things listed above. As King Solomon stated, all is vanity and even wisdom has its limits.
I also want to encourage those here to spend time with the elderly and homebound. They are a forgotten group. If your area has Christmas trees set up in various venues to buy presents for the elderly, please take a name or two from the tree and make the purchases for them. They do not ask for much at all. Purchasing toiletries, adult diapers, sweaters, and socks will not break your pockets. Get your church to sponsor a few people. Isn’t that what the church is for, helping others with their needs? I repeat… the value increases when God is ever present in our lives, especially when we are helping others with basic needs.
Please realize that no matter what is going on in life, the “earth remains” and God is in control. May you become inspired to avoid wasting time on worthless things and realize the vanity of it all.
I LOVE YOU
Good Day Beloved Ones, Lord willing, I have plans to share lessons learned from the book of Ecclesiastes. Please accept my apologies for brief disappearance, for life has been really busy like most of those breathing. Although it has been really busy, I have spent a lot of time in the Word and time with God revealing things to me from this great book. I love the Lord! I also wanted to share with you some great news. I’ve completed my Christian Life Coach Certification. It’s been an exciting and time-consuming journey. God has been with me all the way and I am so thankful that He was and will be a part of this ministry on loan to me to do His will. Please check out my website that took me a bit over six months to complete. ( http://shespeaks4.wix.com/ss4u ) I am slow when it comes to technology and there is more work to be done. Praise God, for giving me true patience this past Lent season. He truly answers prayers when His Will is being done. We did it! Thank you Holy Spirit. Bear with me, as we travel through the book of Ecclesiastes weekly for the coming twelve (12) weeks. Thanks for your support and visits here. I leave you with this thought. Enjoy!
Proverbs 31: 30-31
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
I Love You
I Will Always Love You
This great morning I was reading Isaiah. The word hills was mentioned a lot. The Spirit laid on my heart “weakness”, which led to this blog. From quick research gathered, “hills” are mentioned more time in Isaiah than any other book in the bible with an exception to the book of Psalms. That David sure KNEW about “hills”. Remember, he had to hide from Saul in a cave built within the hills. (1 Samuel) I think Bathsheba aka Bat Sheva (Hebrew) was his most familiar Achilles’ heel.
|Achilles’ Heel- n: a fault or weakness that causes or could cause someone or something to fail.(Courtesy of Merriam Webster)
Achilles’ Hill- n: a hill that blocks the Believer’s view of God’s will that causes or could cause the Believer to remain dead in faith, become weak, and to fail.(Courtesy of Shelia)
The Myth (Courtesy of WikiAnswers)
An Achilles heel is a deadly weakness in spite of overall strength, which can actually or potentially lead to downfall. While the mythological origin refers to a physical vulnerability, idiomatic references to other attributes or qualities that can lead to downfall are common.
In Greek mythology, when Achilles was a baby, it was foretold that he would die young. To prevent his death, his mother Thetis took Achilles to the River Styx, which was supposed to offer powers of invulnerability, and dipped his body into the water. But as Thetis held Achilles by the heel, his heel was not washed over by the water of the magical river. Achilles grew up to be a man of war who survived many great battles. But one day, a poisonous arrow shot at him was lodged in his heel, killing him shortly after.
The Human Body
Achilles’ Heel- The Achilles is the tendonous extension of 2 muscles in the lower leg: gastrocnemius, and soleus. In humans, the tendon passes posterior to the ankle. It is the thickest and strongest tendon in the body. Bilateral Achilles tendon vibration in the absence of vision has a major impact on postural orientation. Vibration applied to the Achilles tendon is well known to induce in freely standing subjects a backward body displacement and in restrained subjects an illusory forward body tilt. The vibrations stimulate muscle spindles in the calf muscles. The muscle spindles alert the brain that the body is moving forward, so the central nervous system compensates by moving the body backwards.
I have always loved reading Greek Mythology. In many ways akin to the myth of Achilles, as Believers, we are a people who have fought many battles and won by the Grace of God. We have all had our weak moments in spite of our strength. One difference, when we become Believer’s baptized in the name of Jesus, we are spiritually dipped in the Blood of Jesus, head to heel and not in the River Styx. (TYHS)
What amazes me is that our Achilles’ Heel is the thickest and strongest tendon in the body and it communicates with the brain(paraphrase). It is also a very vulnerable part of the human body. When injured , it can make one experience a great deal of weakness for some time. Per research, the Achilles’ Heel if injured can take up to 12-16 months to heal. It takes some of us longer than that to set foot at the bottom of our Achilles’ Hill. Some of us get too comfortable being inside of a cavity(cave) in the hill, beside and beneath the hill. We need to put into effect the Hokey Pokey dance and dance our way up and over our hill. You know …put your right foot in…. http://youtu.be/QfPg_GzC-HA
When I first purchased the lot to have my house built, it was flat as a pancake. To my surprise, when the builders begin building and when my house was completed, my house was sitting on a small hill with one STEEP side on the east side. My first thought was how am I going to mow the hill and where am I going to put a privacy fence. I immediately headed to Lowe’s and purchased thirty evergreen trees to plant on the sides and back. I dug the holes and planted them by myself thinking that would save me from mowing that side of the yard. It did give me a natural privacy fence. Well, this old farm gal was wrong for once…and forestry is supposed to be in my blood. Obviously, I didn’t listen attentively to my Pawpaw and dad when they would talk to me about planting trees.
After many episodes of pulled leg muscles and twisting of right ankle, one fall rolling down the hill, and one foot just froze while the lawn mower rolled down the hill, I can say that I have had a fun learning experience with a small hill. Clumsy hard-headed me. :-( Pray. Some of us have larger hills in life that need weed eating, climbing to cut back the grass, or just plain removed.
Here’s something for you to ponder beloved…If we were like Jack and Jill, (http://youtu.be/lsbFIYSK26E) and the hill was the ONLY place for us to get water, how hard would we try to climb that hill to get to that water? BTW, vinegar and brown paper does help with a headache.
Let us not suffer from Bilateral Achilles tendon vibration. Those who suffer from an Achilles’ Hill syndrome in life, must remember what “The Lord, The Lord God” has spoken about hills:
I encourage you my darling loves and myself to meditate on Psalm 121 as
a reminder of where help comes from for any Achilles’ Hill we are finding difficulty in climbing.
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.
I LOVE YOU
Horton Hears a Who- Dr. Seuss
The book tells the story of Horton the Elephant, who while splashing in a pool, hears a small speck of dust talking to him. Horton surmises that a small person lives on the speck and places it on a clover, vowing to protect it. He later discovers that the speck is actually a tiny planet, home to a community called Whoville, where microscopic creatures called Whos live. The Mayor of Whoville asks Horton to protect them from harm, which Horton happily agrees to, proclaiming throughout the book that “a person’s a person, no matter how small.”
In his mission to protect the speck, Horton is ridiculed and harassed by the other animals in the jungle for believing in something that they are unable to see or hear. He is first criticized by a sour kangaroo and her little kangaroo in her pouch. The splash they make as they jump into the pool almost catches the speck, so Horton decides to find somewhere safer for it. However, news of his odd new behavior spreads quickly, and he is soon harassed by a group of monkeys. They steal the clover from him and give it to Vlad Vladikoff, a vulture (formerly a black eagle). Vlad flies the clover a long distance, Horton in pursuit, until the eagle drops it into a field of clovers. (Courtesy of Wiki)
YOU ARE IMPORTANT TO GOD. No matter how small you are to self or to others. No matter what others think of you or say about you, YOU are still the person that God created. YOU are still the person that God has a will for you to do. He hears and sees everything that you do. He is our Heavenly “Horton Hears A Who” that vows to protect those who are in Christ Jesus…You.
(Courtesy of God’s Word)
- Genesis 1:27
- Isaiah 48:(Focus Verses- 17); 49:5-26
- Matthew 10:28-31
- 2 Timothy 2:19
- 1 John 4:10
- Acts 14:17
- Romans 6:23
- Psalms 8:4-8
- Revelation 20:12-13 (Some of us don’t know a fourth of our relatives names) :-P
http://youtu.be/K0xQsleqNyQ – Horton Hears A Who
You too can find many revelations about self, others, and life in quite a few old children’s books. Take a day or two out of your busy life and just be a child, or just take 25 minutes to watch the movie above. There are a lot of Horton’s around that the Lord has placed in your life, some you know and some you don’t know. Praise the Lord! It pays to have big ears! :-P
Enjoy The Day Beloved!
I Love You
Great Saturday Afternoon to you Sweethearts! I was listening to a sermon on line the other day while riding the train through Genesis again. I just seem to never get enough of reading Genesis. Every time I read it, I am excited about new spiritual messages received from God. Ok, so the preacher was asking… “Who do you say that you are when you profess to be a believer?” He went on to say that “many inside the church do not know who they are in Christ…even so, after many years of attending church, there are some of you sitting here in these pews that don’t know who you are, nor do you know who God is.” I thought wow, that’s a harsh and sad truth. Of course that got me to thinking about Who does God say that He is? Not, who do the people in the bible say that He is. I decided to research. Boarding train…Toot! Toot! Reflective Vocabulary Words
|profess-1. To affirm openly; declare or claim: 2. To make a pretense of; pretend:|
|proclaim-1. To announce officially and publicly; declare.2. To indicate conspicuously; make plain:3. To praise; extol.|
Lord-1. a person who has authority, control, or power over others; master or ruler. 8. the Supreme Being; God. 9. Jesus Christ. 10. Archaic. husband.
I remember thinking back to a time (dinosaur age) when my Pawpaw was telling me about and teaching me how to read the Holy Bible. I remembered me asking him, how did God just poof out of nowhere in the beginning and the first part of the story doesn’t tell who He is, but it tells what He does and say. My smart and quick thinking Pawpaw said…”Little Question Mark, ( I don’t think he ever called me by my birth name) the way that you get to know anyone is usually by spending time with them to see what they do and say. King David said in the book of Psalms that The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. Oh! the verses he quoted were from Psalms 19:1 and 14 which I found out later on.
Do you have any more questions?” Of course, I had more questions about why this and why that about my parents. He said “I teach children how to do and say things when speaking with grown folk. I have never known any child to change the subject when asking questions about grown folk like you. All you will need to know is that “In the beginning and there is an ending.” I truly miss him and his odd answers.
You know, the Holy Spirit brings to remembrance who my Pawpaw was in Christ and who he was to me when I go through things he left me. As I have aged, I’ve come to know the answers to the many questions I used to ask him as a child, even those that I “change the subject” on.
Ok, so here is what I found about Who does God say that He is. It wasn’t much written,. However, either through our experiences or through reading the Holy Bible, we know about what He has done, who others say that He is, and what He says He will do.
- Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
- Exodus 3:13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? 14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. 15 And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.
- Exodus 34: 4 And he hewed two tables of stone like unto the first; and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up unto mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tables of stone. 5 And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. 6 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,
Have you ever heard the wind speak? I sing with joy, sing with me my loves(TYHS)…Said the night wind to the little lamb: Do you see what I see? ‘Way up in the sky, little lamb, Do you see what I see? A star, a star Dancing in the night,: With a tail as big as a kite. : I see that God “proclaimed” that He is “The Lord, The Lord God”. He is not just God, but “The Lord, The Lord God.” Do you see it?
- He is Alpha and Omega (Rev 1:8;22:13)
- He is Mercy, Grace ,Patience, and Good(Exodus 34:6) See it!
- He is Truth (John 14)
- He is Light (John 12:42-48)
- He is The Door (John 10:7-10)
Without prolonging this message, let me sum up what the Holy Spirit has shared with me. I have NO doubt about Who God says that He is. Remember in Genesis where He says “Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness…?” I profess that He is the Lord God. He is Jesus. He is the Holy Spirit. He is also our Heavenly Father(Matthew 5:45;48).
The book of John is one of many informative books in the Holy Bible listing the many words of Jesus. Please read or reread until the Spirit shows you Who God says He is and not what His characteristics are. I know, it’s hard to separate the two. All we have to ever do is go back to the beginning to know who God is because He never changes. My darlings, three words… “In the Beginning”, say a lot more to us than some of us know or think. (TYHS)
I am reminded while writing this, of some old video I saw ages ago, when all these people were standing outside of this big white mansion with a huge door. The door bell rings and the guy inside opens the door, sees all the people standing outside, waves them in and shouts out “It’s gonna be a party y’all” and somewhere near the end of the song he keeps repeating “If you don’t know, now you know.” Where in the world did that come from Holy Spirit? I asked, laughing out so loud while ending this blog, because now I remember what the song was. Hmm, talk about odd messages from the Spirit! The Spirit said to me “Overcoming in the End.” Do you know Who Does God say that He Is?
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Childhood Story Time- After church services, our grandparents would serve dinner to Rev. English and his wife before they headed back to Selma, Alabama. During dinner, me, the inquisitor would ask questions about what he meant when he said certain things in a sermon. After dinner my sisters and I were “dismissed to go out” on the side porch to play. We would set up a podium using a card board box, take some pennies out of Papaw’s register, and use his coin tray for a collection plate to play church. One sister would be the choir and Mrs. English playing the organ; one would act as the usher; one would act out the behavior of others in church on that day. Guess who I would be? Rev. English of course! Remembering this, I nearly fell over with joy and laughter.
I guess the point of me sharing this was to show that we were all attentive to what was going on with everyone in the church, worshipping together and doing their part. I already knew what the grown folk were talking about in Sunday school because I had helped Papaw, the day before prepare his lesson. It is also how I already knew the answers while in the children’s Sunday school class. What was the advice Paul gave Timothy? “Study to shew thyself approved…” (2Timothy 2:15) :-P
After hearing the Sunday school bell ring, all the classes gathered in the sanctuary and a person was chosen from each class to discuss briefly what was learned. I remember saying out loud on one occasion, “It looks like we all know the same thing. Y’all keep saying the same thing over and over.” I recall the quick slap across the lip from my grandmother and that eyeball technique. After the discussion of the lesson, a report was given on the attendance and of the funds received. Remember those old Sunday school cards in the 60’s?
Thank you for your patience. Forward March!!!
Division- Part 3
Satan’s division has occurred within the church when you play a part in or see the following:
Generational Difference- As far back as I can recall, I did not see generational issues while attending church as a young’un to about the age of thirty-four. The newly birthed through the elderly all had to listen to the same sermon and worship together in the sanctuary. Yes, I agree, times change and the way that people do things change. GOD DOES NOT CHANGE. (Exodus 3:15; Malachi 3:6) I don’t recall the children being separated from the older folk in the bible stories when it came to worshipping and listening to God through His messengers. Did God instruct Moses to deliver His message according to the people’s age difference?(TYHS)
In some churches, children and youth are led to sit in a different area from the older generation. When the disciples tried to separate the children what did Jesus tell them? Read Matthew 19:13-15. In some of today’s churches the family is divided during worship service. Children and youth are not privy to the same sermon as the older generation. Some churches have babysitting, children, and youth church in another area of the church. Some churches can’t make up their mind on whether to cater to the youth, middle-aged, or the elderly. Yes sir/ma’am, old Satan is busy dividing generations in some churches by age grouping. I believe worship services should be designed by the Holy Spirit with all in mind from the music to the message.
All need to be blessed and worship as one in spirit regardless of their age. It’s not a hard task. We ought to learn from one another. (Ephesians 4:13-14) gives us a perfect example of including children in the worship service and teaching children along with the older group. It’s ok if some disagree. I am standing on the Word as an example to include the children with the adult.
Quiet Wars- These are wars that members fight by the looks that they give each other in the church. When members are very short with their words spoken to another member and can’t make eye contact, are pew hoppers, and door dippers to avoid others in the body of Christ. I’m curious…Why do people fear each other and not the Lord when they worship together? What does Malachi 3:16 tell us? Yeah that’s a better way of stating it! What has happen to people being open heartedly confrontational? I can take a guess… Satan has already divided the two so that they will not be in agreement in the Lord’s house. Quiet wars are more damaging to the body of Christ, because division has taken place.
Self-Quo- Whoa! (Psalm 75:7) This happens when some members in the church judge others when self thinks self is better than another member because of their finances, employment, good looks, couture, personality, certification, education, and their self-spiritual status. Division has already taken place because self has put self above others who are in the body of Christ. Christ is the Head and we are the many parts of His body. (Colossians 1:18) Therefore let us remind self of three things:
(1) God breathed and a living soul was formed (Genesis2:7)
(2) Upon death the soul belongs to and returns to God who gave it (Ezekiel 18:4; Ecclesiastes 12:7; 8:8; Luke 23:46)
(3) Revelation 6: 15-17- And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? (Luke 18:1-14)
How’s that self-quo looking now?
My D-I-V-I-S-I-O-N posts have been about some churches, not all churches. Yea,no church is perfect. As with the seven churches mentioned in the book of Revelation, there is nothing new under the sun concerning the present day church. We were given an example of these churches in Revelation to use as a guide as worshippers in the body of Christ. We are to end the distractions and diversions that lead to divisions in the church, are we not?
I pray that this series remove the blinders and open stubborn hearts and minds. I pray that it makes all aware of the three steps Satan takes to move the church away from the Word of God. My posts are not meant to bring down the church. They are meant to build up the church and self in Jesus name. They are for us to see both spiritually and physically the work of Satan that divides the church. We are a special breed when we are rebuked and convicted by the Holy Spirit.
Let us all be attentive to Ephesians 4 and Romans 12. We need not play act any longer. Let us work together as one to end Satan’s steps of division. Let us, the church, leave not our First Love.
Ephesians 6:10-12- Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
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