Here’s a story that just blew my heart to pieces with JOY. May the Lord bless this young man who obviously looked passed his pain and did for children in need of medical care.
Man helps others after wedding is called off
by WTAE – Pittsburgh Videos 1:58 mins
Phil Laboon’s wedding reception was already paid for so when he and his fiancée split, he decided to turn a negative into a positive to help children. Laboon kept his reservations for the event — including the food, alcohol and music. He is selling tickets at $75 apiece and donating 100 percent of the proceeds to Surgicorps International, a Glenshaw-based nonprofit composed of physicians who provide free surgeries and other medical care for mostly children in developing countries. Click here for more information: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/lemonaid-a-fundraiser-for-surgicorps-international-tickets-6873688387
Job 1:21 And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.”
I am certain that I never did grow in grace one-half so much anywhere as I have upon the bed of pain. ~ Charles Spurgeon
God never allows pain without a purpose in the lives of His children. He never allows Satan, nor circumstances, nor any ill-intending person to afflict us unless He uses that affliction for our good. God never wastes pain. He always causes it to work together for our ultimate good, the good of conforming us more to the likeness of His Son (see Romans 8:28-29). ~ Jerry Bridges
I am finishing up the Amos 9 part of my Lent journey. Yeah!!! Beloved, we all know who the “I AM” is in the Holy Bible, the “I AM” of the Beginning and of the End. While journeying through Amos 9 with the Spirit of God, lightning bugs, mosquitos and Lord knows what else was flying around outside at 2 in the morning on my back porch, I was reminded that He is not only “I AM.” He is also the God of “I Will” and “He that”. There are several themes in the bible that tell us about His ability to destroy and/or restore. In the book of Amos, we see what the Lord’s plan is for those inhabitants of the Northern Kingdom of Israel that mistreated the poor and those that lived a life (God-given life, might I add) of selfishness.
Questions…Are you or have you been an eyewitness to the mistreatment of the poor and to the selfish lifestyle of others? Are you or have you been a criminal when it comes to the mistreatment of the poor and have lived or living a selfish lifestyle? Dig deep within your heart for THE truthful answer. If you don’t, may I remind you that “He that” already know the answer will be the “I will” to destroy and/or restore you. (TYHS) It has been said many times before and shown throughout the Holy Bible that God, Our Father and Creator promises are all about His Glory and our salvation. Say what? (TYHS) As for me, it wholly manifested itself while on my journey with Amos, the “burdenbearer” prophet.
According to Amos 1:1, Amos prophesied/forecasted to Israel what the Lord showed him 2 years before the earthquake. I must ask another question here. If you were given 2 years to get your life in order for the Lord, our God, would you do it? Majority of the time we are given warnings and most ignore those warnings until the fly hits the fan. I repeat from the Amos 1-4 blog (http://talkativeangel.wordpress.com/2014/06/14/nakedness-be-aware-of-your-sins-amos-1-4/) “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.”
Ok, so here we are with Amos and his 5th vision of the Lord standing by the altar and speaking. He confirmed through Amos and confirms through His many signs today, that no matter where you try to run and hide, you cannot hide from or escape from His final decision to destroy and/or restore. If you are anywhere in the vicinity of His atmosphere, you will not escape it, especially those wasting time and money building spaceships to travel to and live in space. It’s not prudent. Now, that’s syrup for your pancakes. Get your milk, to help you swallow that down while reading a brief Godtific aka scientific study about God’s atmosphere.
|Troposphere- the 1st and lowest level and is half of the Earth’s atmosphere( this is where God put us to live)|
|Stratosphere – the 2nd level ( this is where flight takes place along with the flying inhabitants of the skies)|
|Mesosphere- the 3rd level (this is where space meteors and rocks burn…oooh Hot!!! Cold!!!) It is also the layer that scientists know the least about.|
|Thermosphere- the 4th level (this is outer space, where you are NOT meant to live due to low air density and the high activity of the Sun) God allows the space industry to orbit this atmosphere.|
|Exosphere- the 5th level (this is the thinnest layer where things (atoms and molecules) escape into space. It is high above the 1st level. Only God will and can allow you to live here.|
Wow! Now I hope and pray that you can discern who is in charge of the atmosphere. He is the “I AM” God of “I will” and “He that.” Hallelujah Jesus!
Ok Sweet Birds…back to my time with the Spirit in Amos 9… Let us all be reminded as Israel was of the Lord’s power in the following themed verses which began in Amos 1:
- “…I will slay the last of them with the sword…”
- “…thence will I bring them down”
- “…I will search and take them…thence will I command the serpent”
- “…thence will I command the sword, and it shall slay them: and I will set mine eyes upon them for evil, and not for good.”
- “…he that toucheth the land, and it shall melt, and all that dwell therein shall mourn…”
- “…is he that buildeth his stories in the heaven, and hath founded his troop in the earth; he that calleth for the waters of the sea…”
- Praise Remembrance Break- Are ye not as children of the Ethiopians unto me, O children of Israel? saith the Lord. Have not I brought up Israel out of the land of Egypt? and the Philistines from Caphtor, and the Syrians from Kir?
- “…I will destroy it from off the face of the earth; saving that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob…”
- “…I will command, and I will sift…”
- “…will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build…”
- “…the Lord that doeth this…”
- “…I will bring again the captivity…”
- “And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the Lord thy God.”
My 2 cents…When the Spirit of God sends a messenger or message your way…”shut the trap and hear me please” as my grandson Elijah would say, you can not continue to run and hide from the Lord’s destruction and restoration plans.
I dearly Love each and every one of You. This quote concludes my journey with The GOD of “I Will” and “He That” in the Book of Amos. I can’t wait to see what next years Lent journey has in store for me. Can you? :-)
“God never made a promise that was too good to be true.”- D. L. Moody
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Thus hath the Lord God shewed unto me: and behold a basket of summer fruit. And he said, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A basket of summer fruit. Then said the Lord unto me, The end is come upon my people of Israel; I will not again pass by them anymore.
Ripe – Fully developed; mature: fully prepared to do or undergo something; ready: sufficiently advanced; opportune:
Sanctification – the state of proper functioning; To sanctify someone or something is to set that person or thing apart for the use intended by its designer.
I had stopped by my mom’s to drop off some things earlier on this day during Lent. I had asked her why she doesn’t can food like grandma used to. She said “…here is a book if you want to do it, I don’t have time.” Talk about God working in mysterious ways. As I was studying Amos 8, I sat outside on my back porch from about 7 p.m. til a little past midnight listening to Jesus is Alive and Well, another oldie (http://youtu.be/3Z4CXLX_aGY) There is no one that I have heard since the mid or late 90’s, sing this song like R. Martin, a member of my old church. When my kids were younger in those days, we all used to dance and praise the Lord in spirit on this song during praise break.
As I sat there, I reminisced about my childhood, watching my grandparent’s plant gardens and a group of grandkids helping pick vegetables from the earth and fruit from the trees and off the ground. I love how God can take you back to times in your life. Times that are so clear as if it is happening at that moment. I could still smell the aroma of dirt, trees, and ripe fruit and hear my granddaddy yelling at me as I was telling jokes and not working. Lord, have mercy! Thank you Jesus!
After this session with the Lord, I’ve become interested in canning and freezing items for the winter. Maybe I’m interested in canning some things in life that need to be put on the shelf never to be taken down again??? Something we should all perhaps consider when going through a transformation.
I remember the sweet and earthy smells coming from Grandma’s kitchen and helping her put items in the pantry. She would keep one to two jars out for us after canning, but the other jars didn’t come off the pantry shelf until winter was approaching. Can’t you just smell the aroma of peach, apple, and grape jams? Oh my God, and the essence of preserved figs. OK, now we have all gained 5 pounds just thinking about it. This too, is why I am an old country gal at heart and have no doubt about who I am to God.
According to my present received from my mom earlier, Circular HE-01 Food Preservation in Alabama, canning is the process of sterilizing and sealing foods in airtight containers to preserve them. It is a good economical way to keep foods so that they may be used in seasons when not available fresh. For canning purposes, foods are divided into two groups: acid and low-acid. The amount of acid in a food determines how it is to be processed. (TYHS- this is your shouting moment) Also note, that high acid content boiling temp should be 212 °F and 240 °F for low acid content to destroy bacteria in food.
In Amos 8:1-2, I was reminded that summer is the time fruit, as you know IS at its ripest. There is a mystery hidden in this verse for all Christians to know. May the Spirit reveal to you as He revealed to me what it is.
The Holy Spirit was sent to us as what?(Johns 14:26) His fruits dwell within us. Here are the questions that the Spirit laid on my heart and mind to share with you my loves concerning the process of fruit canning and sanctification. I remind you that you must let the Spirit speak to you the reason for the referenced verses as He did me. I can assure you that He Speaks when you Rend Your Heart to God.
- Are you at a stage in your life that you know that you are or will be fully prepared for the Lord’s return?( Romans 9:21-23)
- Have you settled any current or past issues with others, or have you just put them on a shelf to be resurrected or settled at a later date? (1 Peter 3:15;James 3:9-10)
- Is the time ripe for you to make changes in your life to be in alignment with God’s will? (Numbers 20:12)
The Message- Take a look at the news headlines and events surrounding the four corners of this earth. The season is upon us to choose this very day, this very second, whom we will serve. The time is coming that the Lord will tell some of us that we are no longer an economical way. He will “not pass by” some of us anymore. He will have reached His boiling point and will destroy those who are not in the book of life. (Rev 20:15) Get your canning skills in check and preserve what is in line with the Lord’s will. Sanctify yourselves as the Lord has told many before us, by living according to God’s purpose for your life. When you fall down, keep getting up until you are standing solely on the Word of God and His promises. Sanctification is indeed a deeper boiling stage used by God. It is His way of pruning out impurities through His fruit canning, i.e. transformation process. (TYHS) You are made in His image. In the beginning God created me and you. Determine your amount of acid so that you know how it needs to be processed to be in line with the Lords’ will. Get to know your Designer. Be thankful of what the Lord let other’s do for you in His name.
Here’s the prayer that I prayed after reading Amos 8 that I will share with you, my beloved readers. Yes, I write everything down, so that I don’t forget. And now you won’t forget either. :-P
Father, have mercy on me. Begin in me the sanctification process. I am a sinner. I am your child. Reveal to me what your will in my life is. Show me the ripened fruit in my life that is approaching its rotting stage. If I am controlling or micromanaging, being judgmental towards others in the body of Christ, or possessing any other unfruitful behavior, deal with me in your way. Set me apart from those who think they know it all, are non- communicative, and are self-centered. Transform and preserve me in an airtight container so that evil can’t break the seal. Preserve me so that I may be among those that you do pass by again. I love you Lord. Lord, have mercy on me in the powerful name of Jesus Christ, my Savior. Thank you for this lesson about Amos which you have shared with me to share with others. Amen.
I Love You
Deuteronomy 8:3 – And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every [word] that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.
“Think how nature makes things compared to how we humans make things.” We talked about how animals don’t just preserve the next generation; they typically preserve the environment for the ten-thousandth generation. While human industrial processes can produce Kevlar, it takes a temperature of thousands of degrees to do it, and the fiber is pulled through sulfuric acid. In contrast, a spider makes its silk – which per gram is several times stronger than steel – at room temperature in water.”
“The first law of nature is self-preservation. Cut off that which may harm you. But if it is worth preserving, and is meaningful, nourish it and have no regrets. Ultimately, this is true living and love of self…from within.”
I’ve been hearing this song by Avicii (Lead Vocals- Dan Tyminski) all week on the radio. It really speaks to me. I love bluegrass type music too. For those who just happen to wander here, for my special group of followers in Christ and to those who serve our country, I’d like to dedicate this song to you. May the Lord our God continue to have mercy on us all.
From my heart to yours, please enjoy.
Hey brother, there’s an endless road to re-discover.
Hey sister, know the water’s sweet but blood is thicker.
Oh if the sky comes falling down, for you, there’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t do.
Hey brother, do you still believe in one another?
Hey sister, do you still believe in love I wonder?
Oh if the sky comes falling down, for you, there’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t do.
What if I’m far from home?
Oh brother I will hear you call.
What if I lose it all?
Oh sister I will help you out!
Oh if the sky comes falling down, for you, there’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t do.
1 Peter 4:8
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
I Love You
Hello My Loves. My apologies for being away! Sometimes a healing process takes up quite a bit of one’s time. Nevertheless, I am here to share with you more spirited thoughts/insights on the subject -The Power of Satan. The series will begin in September. Wait for it!
For the Spirit as my guide and helper, it will be an exciting journey, I promise. I know that I sure can’t wait to see what’s in store on this subject. It was put on my heart while in church this past Sunday and on my mind after having a dream about various group division in the Body of Christ later during my evening nap.
Today, August 12th , while reading Mark 1 and listening to a sermon about angels , I am totally ready to delve more into what the Holy Spirit has in the offing for me to share with you.
My 1 cent thought- Most as a child and even as an adult has either had or have a hard time with multiplication (add to) and division (take away). In this series we are going to “Do the Math” (TYHS) concerning the Big D. Break out your calculators!!!
adjective – 1.being the last in a series of infinitely decreasing or increasing values, amounts, etc. 2.(of an item in a series of occurrences, planned events, things used, etc., that is thought of as being infinitely large) being the latest, or most recent.
Idiom- the nth degree /power – (a) a high degree or power (b) the utmost degree or extent.
I will be finishing up my Lent season blogs in the coming days. In the meantime, please enjoy the following quotes and scriptures. May the Spirit be with you and move you! Boom sha-ka-la-ka !!!
Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an evil spirit cried out, “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are–the Holy One of God!” “Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!” The evil spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek. The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching–and with authority! He even gives orders to evil spirits and they obey him.”
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.
1 Corinthians 1: 10-13
Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and [that] there be no divisions among you; but [that] ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them [which are of the house] of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?
Romans 16: 17-18
Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
“Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.” – Henry Ford
Can you guess who else is riding high on this quote by Ford? (TYHS)
“The purpose of terrorism lies not just in the violent act itself. It is in producing terror. It sets out to inflame, to divide, to produce consequences which they then use to justify further terror.” – Tony Blair
“One of the main tasks of theology is to find words that do not divide but unite, that do not create conflict but unity, that do not hurt but heal.” – Henri Nouwen
“Nothing has done more to separate and divide human beings one from another than exclusivist organized religion.” – Neale Donald Walsch
“Divide and rule, the politician cries; unite and lead, is watchword of the wise.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Hope and Change has become Divide and Conquer.” – Marco Rubio
“The big divide in this country is not between Democrats and Republicans, or women and men, but between talkers and doers.” – Thomas Sowell
IS ALLAH THE SAME GOD AS THE GOD OF THE CHRISTIANS AND JEWS ? “MUSLIMS, JEWS AND CHRISTIANS WORSHIP THE SAME GOD”
Know that YOU Know that YOU Know God.
Exodus 10:1-2 – And the Lord said unto Moses, “Go in unto Pharaoh; for I have hardened his heart and the heart of his servants, that I might show these My signs before him; and that thou mayest tell in the ears of thy son and of thy son’s son what things I have wrought in Egypt, and My signs which I have done among them, that ye may know that I am the Lord.”
Joel 1:3 -Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation.
Originally posted on Ancient Paths:
The title above is straight from America’s World History Books taught in every public school. It is also spoken by Muslims so we would, as they request, worship no other god but Allah, but is this the same God? Are the words we hear true? We will go straight to the source to discover the truth. No opinions, no theories, no lies. We will go straight to the quran/koran and the bible and see if these words are true.
Not knowing the truth is detrimental to your life, the generations to come and the future of your country. The masses are told and the children are taught that Allah of Islam is the same God of the ‘People of the book’ aka Christians and Jews. It is important that you make sure you know the truth because lack of knowledge can destroy your very soul. Please tell your children, your…
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Please take time to listen to the sermons below.
http://www.oneplace.com/ministries/the-alternative/player/a-fathers-love-410423.html ( I just love this view concerning what we call the Prodigal Son)
I’ve heard a lot of sermons on the portrait of a real man and fatherhood. I must say these are the best I’ve heard to date. I just love it when the Spirit speaks through others that don’t bite their tongue when it comes to communicating the TRUTH, the Word of God, especially when it comes to the role of man.
The word of God to me today…a POWERFUL TRUTH when spoken through a messenger of God. Therefore I share these sermons with you if you have not already heard. Hmmm!!! I had never heard of Dr. Evans until today. (TYHS)
True Communication has fallen by the wayside because most don’t like to hurt the sensitive side of others, that can also be labeled the weak side in many. Hence the division in churches, homes, schools, and life period. Communication of the truth to another is NOT about being mean. It is about delivering the Word of God in a way that it cuts through to the heart. (TYHS)
I think that one should be spiritually prepared by God to deliver heart-rending sermons/messages that tear through “joints and marrow.” I guess this is why so many shy away from “telling it like it tis” from behind the pulpit, in the pews, in the home, and in the workplace. It brings to mind that drunk driving advertising campaign of old …Friends don’t let friends drink and drive. And as Bill O’ Reilly said “Friends don’t let friends forget where they came from.” We came from God. Man exist because of God. Man was given life before woman. (Genesis 2:7 )
Let me share one more saying beloved flowers…”A place for everything and everything in its place” meaning things should be kept in order.
God is very orderly. ( Genesis – Revelation)
We must remember that the Word of God is like a two-edged sword. It cuts deep, it hurts, but get this my beloved flowers, through the pain the Word of God heals.
Read Isaiah 49:1-7. Sharing verse 2
Isaiah 49:2 – He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver.
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
May the Spirit of God bring a message to you as He did to me today via these sermons, during my worship time with Him. Men don’t forget the role God has gifted you with. It is so clear in the bible. Don’t shoot me!
I LOVE YOU
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:
(John 15:9-14) – “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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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.
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.
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.