PRAY – JUST PRAY

I have notice that for the past 7 years, between the months of May and September that  children, both youth and babies are being killed, abused, neglected, and/or left to fend for themselves.  While browsing the net today, the Lord’s Spirit put it on my heart to just pray for the children. I’m asking you my beloved readers to join me in prayer for all children. The day of the Lord is near.

http://news.msn.com/us/groups-allege-abuse-of-child-immigrants-at-border

http://news.msn.com/crime-justice/no-arrests-in-slaying-of-11-year-old-chicago-girl

http://news.msn.com/crime-justice/3-teens-held-in-albuquerque-homeless-killings

http://news.msn.com/crime-justice/kidnapped-girl-dead-after-kansas-shootout-between-police-suspect

http://news.msn.com/crime-justice/police-mom-grandparents-nearly-starved-boy-7-1

http://news.msn.com/crime-justice/mom-who-left-kids-in-hot-car-may-avoid-prosecution

http://live.huffingtonpost.com/r/highlight/fmr-israeli-ambassador-on-murdered-teen-nothing-can-justify-brutality/53bc2ec6fe344477dd00069d?cn=tbla

http://latest.com/2014/04/teen-mom-throws-newborn-in-trash-because-baby-looked-like-her-ex/?utm_source=Outbrain

 

To Love As Jesus Loved: “Charity Is Not Puffed Up”

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Charity Never Fails

Originally posted on SettledInHeaven.org Blog:

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And though I bestow all my goods to feed [the poor], and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

Charity suffereth long, [and] is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

Charity never faileth: but whether [there be] prophecies, they shall fail; whether [there be] tongues, they shall cease; whether [there be] knowledge, it shall vanish away…

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these [is] charity.

(1 Corinthians 13:3-8, 13)

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To Love As Jesus Loved: The Importance Of Love

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Truly, I Love You. Receive your blessings as you read this great post by Pastor Rob. Please follow the series on “To Love As Jesus Loved…”

Originally posted on SettledInHeaven.org Blog:

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(John 15:9-1
4) – As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and [that] your joy might be full.
This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

This lesson is the first in a series of devotionals entitled “To Love As Jesus Loved”. This series was suggested to me in the poll that was posted on SIH concerning future subjects that would like to be covered. The…

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Encouragement- Coat Yourself With The Full Armor of God

Coating Yourself With The Full Armor of God-

Courtesy of BC Comic

I couldn’t resist posting this cartoon. It’s a great message.  I could just visualize the smile on my face as the devil falls flat on his back while pecking on mine.   Just a post to encourage us all to coat ourselves using God’s Teflon coating! I Love You

Jeremiah 46:1-4 This is the word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning the nations: Concerning Egypt: This is the message against the army of Pharaoh Necho king of Egypt, which was defeated at Carchemish on the Euphrates River by Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon in the fourth year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah: “Prepare your shields, both large and small,and march out for battle! Harness the horses, mount the steeds!Take your positions with helmets on!Polish your spears,put on your armor!

Luke 21:34-36“Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. 
For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth.  Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.” 

Ephesians 6:10-18 - Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  n addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

 

 

Plumb-Line- Are You All Measured Up for God? – Amos 7

 

 

Amos 7:7-9

This is what he showed me: The Lord was standing by a wall that had been built true to plumb, with a plumb line in his hand. And the Lord asked me, “What do you see, Amos?” “A plumb line,” I replied. Then the Lord said, “Look, I am setting a plumb line among my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.

Plumb-line – A cord weighted with lead that is used in building to check that vertical structures are true. It is used symbolically to refer to the divine standard against which God, the builder of his people, tests and judges them. It also symbolises the standards by which God will rebuild his people.

A plumb line marks a vertical reference line in construction work. From the Latin “plumbum,” meaning “lead”, a plumb line is made of thin cord or string suspending a heavy plumb bob, or plummet. The force of gravity causes the string to trace an exactly vertical line, ensuring that things measured are vertical or “plumb” with respect to gravity. Plumbers, masons, surveyors, carpenters and landscapers all use plumb lines to build things that must be vertical in order to function or simply look right. A plumb line is a line that is perfectly vertical. Builders need to find a plumb line when they build so that they can be sure that nothing is leaning to one side or another. (http://www.ehow.com)

hundred and eighty degree turn -noun 1. a reversal of direction. 2. a complete reversal in thinking or behavior.

 

Knowledge Moment

180 degree rule

 

The 180° rule is a basic film editing guideline that states that two characters (or other elements) in the same scene should always have the same left/right relationship to each other. If the camera passes over the imaginary axis connecting the two subjects, it is called crossing the line. The new shot, from the opposite side, is known as a reverse angle.

 

In Amos 7, Amos is given three visions from God. My lesson learned placed a focus on the third vision in verses 7-9, as I was taking a look at my life through Jesus’ eyes, ears, and heart. God does not always extend mercy to those with a hardened heart. Now before you disagree with me and go jump off a bridge hanging yourself. Hear this. Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, was it not? Did God extend mercy to spare Pharaoh’s son? Did God not destroy Sodom and Gomorrah? Who are those that will be thrown into the lake of fire per Rev 21:18, refusing to change because of a hardened heart?

Once the Lord sets the plumb line, He will spare us no longer as well if we don’t make a 180 Grad drehen; if we lean to one side or the other, i.e. lukewarm; and if we’re not too high to get over,(like the high places of Isaac…vs.9) too low to get under(like the sanctuaries of Israel, vs 9), you’re stuck in the middle (like Israel going into exile..vs17) and the pain is thunder,( “with My sword…”vs 9) you’re a vegetable (like Israel, “Your land will be measured and divided up, and you yourself will die in a pagan country”… vs 17) like MJ’s song “Wanna Be Startin’ Something.”

 

There are too many examples in the Holy Bible that gives us a picturesque Kodak moment of how the Lord works. The Good News is that we don’t have to be stuck. Amen. If you “wanna be startin’ something”, start making a 180 degree turn in your life if you’re not measuring up for God. Avoid the devil’s force of gravity.

 

To personally answer the question- No, I am not. Even though I thought so before starting my Lent walk with Jesus, I was shown during the walk that I really did not measure up for God. Now I KNOW. I know that I am currently in the process of measuring up for God. I KNOW there is definitely a Right way to walk in the His ways. I know that it is not an overnight process. I know that it is a 180 Grad drehen in a 360 degree realm. If one makes a 360, they are right back where they started from. NO 360 turn folks.

 

During my Lent 2014 walk with Jesus, I was shown how to set a plumb line in my dealings with others. It has really gotten through to me, not to waste my time, i.e. shake off the dust with those that ignore and avoid things that I share with them to operate or be more Christ like in their doings and to stop being an enabler (Luke 9:5) I am no dictator, I just share with others what the Spirit of God has shared with me, for the Glory belongs to God, not me. Like it or not, in the end time, the church will be tested and we are a part of the church (Read the Book of Revelation)

 

Allow me to share some verses I received (TYHS) with you in line with being measured up for God. According to many bible verses, the plumb-line represents justice and righteousness, i.e. uprightness with the Lord. A line is set to make sure that your works meet the measurements set by God w/o crossing the line.

 

Lamentations 2- Kodak moment of what happens when you’re not measured up

Ezekiel 40-44 – (Focus on 44:9) & Acts 7 -Those who have an uncircumcised heart, and those that choose to continue to swim in the filthiness of the flesh

Ezekiel 16- A google street view of crossing the plumb-line

1 Corinthians 3(Focus on vs 6-18) & Ephesians 3– God’s eye view of worldliness lines concerning the Body of Christ and its leaders

 

Remember my beloved dahlings! I Love You and that “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”(Ephesians 3:4-6) It is His plumb line that does ALL the measuring. There is no reason not to measure up because we will find in Romans 1: 18-20:

The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

If the Lord were to set a plumb-line today, will you or your church measure up? Are you following the 180° rule? If not, what is your excuse?

Smile and Walk Upright…You’re on Gods’ Candid Camera.

At One’s Wits’ End? “Seek the Lord and Live.” Amos 5-6

 

A Dictionary Moment
At one’s wits’ end- to be very worried or upset because you have tried every possible way to solve a problem but cannot do it; at the end of one’s ideas or mental resources; perplexed; utterly confused

Most are familiar with the idiom. Dare I say that most of us have been at our wits’ end? With God as your RESOURCE, you will never be at wits’ end. Let’s take a journey.

 

Continuing on this Lent journey through the book of Amos I was a bit confused of the message received. I prayed before the study and was ready to hear what words the Lord had for ME. This is MY journey, my heart rending time. But the Spirit of God put someone else on my heart and mind. I asked not why. I was reminded once again that I am not God; I cannot do everything for everyone and that the choices and mistakes that others make are not my boundaries. I hear you Lord. I finally HEAR you I shouted out. I’m not sure if this can be labeled as a lesson learned for me, therefore I’ll just pass on the message received.
The reason most of humanity end up at one’s wits’ end is due in part to a lack of individual preparation and complacency. Yep! C-o-m-p-l-a-c-e-n-c-y!

 
As you may recall, in Amos 4:12, God warns the house of Israel to “prepare to meet thy God.”
I’ve noticed that when one is at one’s wits’ end, it happens when one is NOT hearing the advice of others that are very close to them. One is stuck in the moment(s) of their doings and fails to recognize crouching sin. Remember what God said to Cain (Genesis 4:6-7) “…sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”  How many times has God said “Hear” in the Holy Bible? How many times has God said to you “Hear”?  Catch these my sweethearts!!!!!  Did you hear (syn. – perceive, receive, get) or did you listen (syn.-eavesdrop, snoop, attend)? ((((((TYHS))))))

 
So then I ask God, while reading Amos 5 and 6, what do you do when you know someone very dear to you is at their wits’ end? What do you do when you are so spiritually bonded to them, feeling and knowing their every ache without them saying a word? What do you do Lord, please tell me, when they are so broken, words and deeds of others go unnoticed by them? What do you do when that person feels like they have been a burden on those who help them? ((((((JESUS)))))) I looked up from writing my questions down and in the right hand corner of my closet, Tigger was staring at me.  I burst out with laughter.   Smiley

 

 
In the Winnie the Pooh stories, you know Tigger just bounces everywhere on his tail. Occasionally, you would see him walking through the 100 acre woods. Bouncing on his tail was his signature move. Bounce~~~ bounce~~~bounce!  In bounces the message from the Holy Spirit. The person that was put on my heart has been bouncing around for 14 years, here to there, there to here, never finding peace, fearful of doing by and for self, i.e. laziness, verbally abused and disrespected in her marriage. Without a doubt, she is at her wits’ end. This person, per the Holy Spirit did not prepare herself with all the bouncing around; her faith was/is in the wrong people; she has to stand on her own two feet and choose to walk with God again. While bouncing around, she has become complacent with the life she is living and is dependent on false words and actions being fed to her by many devils. (Read Amos 6)

 

Yep! C-o-m-p-l-a-c-e-n-c-y! Tigger … a great messaging tool! (TYHS)

 
Oh Lord, I cried, PLEASE, have mercy, help her! I HEAR a strong voice “She has to COME TO ME, read Amos 5:2 and 5:4 again.” I was again led to read over Amos 5 verses 18 and 19. She has “fled from” lions “only to meet” bears; lived in many homes and “rested” her “hand on the wall only to have” snakes “bite” her over and over again. “She is OPPRESSED.” “She has to COME TO ME.” I thanked God for receiving the message to pass on.

 
I jumped up from my prayer closet, called the person and told them to just repent, get rid of the fear, say yes to God, and to read Matthew 11:28-30- “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” 

 
My Darlings, whatever situation you have fallen into or when you are at one’s wits’ end, hear this!

You

• Must Prepare yourself to meet thy God
• Must Seek Him and Live
• Must Rend your heart and Repent
• Must Reform self
• Must Put ALL Faith in God for His will to be done in your life

One cannot “HEAR this word” when the Lord is speaking, when one is always bouncing around like Tigger, or never standing still long enough on one’s own two feet to prepare one’s self to live as God intended. I tell ya! Lifesight (my new word) is nothing like hindsight.

I Love You! Here’s one of my favorite Tigger quotes.

 

“Excuse me a moment, but there’s something climbing up your table,” and with one loud Worraworraworraworraworra he jumped at the end of the tablecloth, pulled it to the ground, wrapped himself up in it three times, rolled to the other end of the room, and, after a terrible struggle, got his head into the daylight again, and said cheerfully: “Have I won?”

(With God, you can win, just say YES to Him)

Let this song minister to you- (parts 1 & 2) I love singing this song, very powerful.

 

 

 

Did You Remember Your Girdle Today? If So, You Will Be Sincere In Your Service!

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Putting on the Ritz! Put On Your Girdle- Another enjoyable post reblog from Pastor Rob!

Originally posted on SettledInHeaven.org Blog:

SIH HALTAL ICON(Eph 6:14) Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth,

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Different Paths and Different Ways

Originally posted on The Abuse Expose' with Secret Angel:

Different paths…
and different ways…
For God’s plan for some…
may allow them to stray.
Cause it’s only when some fail…
getting immersed in sin…
that they get broken…
and turn hearts to Him.
For no one can learn…
from others’ mistakes…
and their own brokenness…
is sometimes what it takes.
Cause God’s way is not our way…
and His path is never straight.
For it is in our struggles…
that we increase in faith.
So never judge others…
and never criticize.
For they may be on God’s path…
and this we need to realize.
Just like Rahab made mistakes…
and Sampson’s family thought he failed…
God had a plan and purpose…
and His Plan will always prevail.
So keep your eyes on God…
not looking to the left or right.
And don’t compare your paths…
just keep walking to the Light.

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An interesting article I came across.  What do you think?

Nakedness- Be Aware of Your Sin(s) Amos 1-4

 

Please read Amos 1-4 or perhaps a commentary. Word Up! It is best to read it for self to grasp what the Holy Spirit wants you to see. Remember, these are my thoughts in spending time with the Holy Spirit of God. I would also encourage you to read Hebrews 3.

This is my first encounter with studying (not just reading) the Book of Amos. My study began on 3/14/14 with prayer to have mercy on me and show me the message I needed to heed. Of course, the repeated theme of “for three sins, even for four” was sort of annoying to read at first. First thing I noticed is that the Lord was not slack in showing the nakedness of the people of Israel.  Can you imagine being pulled aside by someone and them reminding you all the wrong you have done?  My thought- It is a rather convicting book. It shows just how Sovereign the Lord is and it taught me about the benefits of rebuke, correction, and being fully aware of my sins…something a lot of Christians, both shepherds and sheep, shy away from when dealing with self and others. Most importantly, it taught me more about Hope. Hebrew 3:6- But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.

If you are not aware of your sin(s), how can you correct them? I found that an answer lies within the Book of Amos. (TYHS!!!) I Love You.

Key Points Received

Amos 1-2

We will all be judged by God. Each and every one of us will be stripped naked. Amos 2:16-And he that is courageous among the mighty shall flee away naked in that day, saith the Lord.  It is clear in these chapters that God reminds the people of Israel and us that He is always watching us. He has the sole right to remind us and judge us of our sins against Him.

I prayed on this day that the Lord would show me the nakedness of those at the workplace, church, and myself in the coming days. I continued in daily prayer for Him to remove me from the workplace. I prayed that He would break me down to pieces and raise me up in His Glory. Hallelujah! There isn’t anything like being made fully aware of His Sovereignty and being convicted by God. And I’ll leave it at that. Something we should remember “for three sins, even for four.” Be aware folks!

Amos 3

We Christians, who share in the heavenly calling, are a chosen people just as the Israelites were. We are just as guilty of our sins against God. There were seven questions the Lord asked Israel, that I found intriguing for us to ponder today.   Amos 3:3-6(KJV)

  • Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
  • Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey?
  • Will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing?
  • Can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth, where no gin is for him?
  • Shall one take up a snare from the earth, and have taken nothing at all?
  • Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid?
  • Shall there be evil in a city, and the Lord hath not done it?

Amos 4

We have a tendency to forget what the Lord has done for us. Too many times we are skydiving off into our own desires thinking we’re on top of the world and wishing for more for ourselves, our businesses, churches, and families. We suffer from a disorder called I did this when we feel we are responsible for our success. Just like the Israelites, we rarely think about being favored and blessed by God. We people, you and I forget where to return sometimes; where our Hope is rooted and from whence all things come. (Psalm 121)

The Lord reminded Israel of their past sins and Who their HOPE comes from. Hear this beloved!-(vs 11-13) I have overthrown some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and ye were as a firebrand plucked out of the burning: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord. Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel. For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The Lord, The God of hosts, is his name.

Before heading for church on 3/16, two days after beginning this study, I prayed that the Lord would have a word for me via whatever the sermon was to be that morning. Lo and behold, the message was about “From the Pit to the Palace.” I believe it was Genesis 37 and 39, the story of Joseph. Pastor spoke of the difference of being blessed vs. being highly favored by God. I wanted to break out with the Electric Slide dance when he said “When your house and your car are paid for, that’s being highly favored by God.” He spoke about “parents showing favoritism” and how it affects siblings.  The message hit home. You know most Methodist’s pew sitters like for others to sit quietly, so I just laughed and shouted out yes in agreement.    

On, this Sunday out of other Sunday’s it seemed to me that more men were filled with the Holy Spirit and shouting out praises to God. I hadn’t seen that many men praising in person since I was a child in the Baptist church. I thanked the Lord for His Spirit being there. I shared this event to say, that if I had not rendered my heart to God and placed all HOPE in Him, I would have not received a confirmation message via another messenger 2 days later reminding me of my journey and being aware of the sins(s) that are interfering with my destiny God has for me.

Through Amos in these first 4 chapters, God was making them aware of their sins, against Him. They were reminded of their history with God, going back and forth. They had been back and forth “from the pit to the palace” and from the palace to the pit. However, beloved darlings, if you remember nothing else about the book of Amos, please remember this. Be aware of your sin(s) and Know that there is HOPE in God. The day is upon us when there will be no back and forth between the pit and the palace. We will become lifetime inhabitants of The Palace aka The Kingdom of God.  

Although, my study was from a different book than the Pastor’s sermon that Sunday, the message was clear to me…Be aware of your sins and be very careful how you treat others. Your nakedness will be revealed at some point and time so “prepare to meet thy God…”

 

Ezekiel 16:36-37- Thus saith the Lord God; Because thy filthiness was poured out, and thy nakedness discovered through thy whoredoms with thy lovers, and with all the idols of thy abominations, and by the blood of thy children, which thou didst give unto them; Behold, therefore I will gather all thy lovers, with whom thou hast taken pleasure, and all them that thou hast loved, with all them that thou hast hated; I will even gather them round about against thee, and will discover thy nakedness unto them, that they may see all thy nakedness.

 

Quotes

 

“Perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add but when there is no longer anything to take away, when a body has been stripped down to its nakedness”- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“I have seen three emperors in their nakedness, and the sight was not inspiring.” – Otto von Bismarck

“Identity would seem to be the garment with which one covers the nakedness of the self, in which case, it is best that the garment be loose, a little like the robes of the desert, through which one’s nakedness can always be felt, and, sometimes, discerned.” – James Arthur Baldwin

“Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting. Not in entire forgetfulness, and not in utter nakedness, but trailing clouds of glory do we come.” – William Wordsworth

 

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