My Journey through Romans 8

No Condemnation – A Pardoning of the Lord?

Let me begin by sharing a few scriptures that speak about condemnation. I’ll start with the three most important verses (KJV) first to give us the Root that oversees the act of condemnation.

John 3:17- For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
John 3:18- He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
John 12:47-48- And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
  • 1 John 3:20- For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
  • James 5:12- But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.
  • Psalm 103:12-As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
  • Isaiah 55:7-Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

In Romans 8:1, we will find three (3) requirements necessary for Believers to receive “no condemnation”: (1) one must be in Christ Jesus, (2) one must not walk after the flesh, (3) one must walk after the Spirit; of which a daily practice of these requirements will be advantageous to us for our walk with God.

With that being duly noted, we can better understand this fact. Not all Believers walk after the Spirit. We all experience unexpected wrestling matches because of the law and sin against the spirit and the flesh.  But, then there is God’s grace and mercy. Per Peter, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)  And, John tells us that “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)  We should look at these two verses as encouragement for the Believer when Satan tries to set us upon the pedestal of condemnation as he tried with Job. Thank you Holy Spirit!

Thank you Jesus! And why should we thank Jesus?  Because what was a mystery to the people in the OT is no longer a mystery to those of us today.

Knowledge Moment – Thomas asked Jesus what was the way and “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:5-6) Paul confirms this in his letter to Timothy concerning the “knowledge of the truth”: “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” (1 Timothy 2:5-6)

Please read the full chapter to understand the depth of the glory to come. I close here with the knowledge Paul shared with us: “Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.  (Hence, a good reason for us to follow the three(3) requirements listed above- that’s just my view.I’m working it! 😛 )

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:34-39)

The Final Proof of No Condemnation and that there will be A Pardoning of the Lord – (Revelation 22:3-4)-And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. Now that’s very encouraging, ya think? And you say, “I agree with you Shelia in Jesus name. Yeah!”

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Plain and Simple – God’s Message Is!

Great Saturday Morning Beloved Ones! I’m not sure why this song (lyrics below) was laid on my heart this morning. For some reason I started humming it as I was walking out the church doors as I was leaving our  Pray Without Ceasing Ministry at church. Lord have mercy!  The Holy Spirit have some simply fun messages for me. I’m sure there is a message here, outside of my life being “pretty plain”- and just now I  received a message.(TYHS) The video shows a little girl wanting to fit in. We all need a place to fit in. The message is really plain and simple- God wants His people to love one another, to be worthy of fitting in His kingdom. No excuses! See below and shout!  😛
Romans 1:17-20For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” 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.  
 

No Rain

By Blind Melon

All I can say is that my life is pretty plain,
I like watchin’ the puddles gather rain
And all I can do is just pour some tea for two
And speak my point of view but it’s not sane
It’s not sane

I just want someone to say to me, oh, oh, oh
I’ll always be there when you wake, yeah
Ya know I’d like to keep my cheeks dry today
So stay with me and I’ll have it made

And I don’t understand why sleep all day
And I start to complain that there’s no rain
And all I can do is read a book to stay awake,
And it rips my life away but it’s a great escape
Escape, escape, escape

All I can say is that my life is pretty plain,
Ya don’t like my point of view,
Ya think that I’m insane
It’s not sane, it’s not sane

I just want someone to say to me, oh, oh, oh
I’ll always be there when you wake, yeah
Ya know I’d like to keep my cheeks dry today

So stay with me and I’ll have it made
I really wanna really gonna have it made

I’ll have it made, I’ll have it made
Oh oh oh

 

***Lessons From Ecclesiastes Series *** *** Life In General ***

Good Day, Lord willing, I have plans to share lessons learned from the book of Ecclesiastes. Please accept my apologies for brief disappearance.  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! 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.

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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.

(Read Amos 6)

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

 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.

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 3:6But 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, people, 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.

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.  

Be aware of your sins and be very careful how you treat others. Don’t let others keep throwing up your past. They are not God ordained judges.Your nakedness will be revealed at some point and time by God, 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

Anger Issues… Who Me? Who You? – Jonah 4

Jonah 4

But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry. 2 And he prayed unto the Lord, and said, I pray thee, O Lord, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil. Therefore now, O Lord, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live. Then said the Lord, Doest thou well to be angry?So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city. And the Lord God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd. But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered. And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself to die, and said, It is better for me to die than to live.And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death. Then said the Lord, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night:

And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?

Psy 101- (courtesy of Wikipedia.org) Three types of anger are recognized by psychologists: The first form of anger, named “hasty and sudden anger” by Joseph Butler, an 18th-century English bishop, is connected to the impulse for self-preservation. It is shared between humans and non-human animals and occurs when tormented or trapped. The second type of anger is named “settled and deliberate” anger and is a reaction to perceived deliberate harm or unfair treatment by others. These two forms of anger are episodic. The third type of anger is called dispositional and is related more to character traits than to instincts or cognitions. Irritability, sullenness and churlishness are examples of the last form of anger. Please read more at your convenience- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anger

 

We learn in this last chapter why Jonah chose to flee from God. (vs.2) Oh my word! (TYHS) Doesn’t this remind you of the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30)? Key words- “I knew… ”

** Main lesson learned- When it comes to God, it’s best that you KNOW, not “Knew” **

We also learn that Jonah became angry with God. After all that he went through…Who Jonah? He had the nerve to become angry with God? He is the one who took a chance to flee from his destiny, pleas with God; gets saved by God; is released from the belly of the great fish, i.e. blessed by God to serve Him as originally asked; chose to serve Him, and then have the nerve to become angry with God after serving Him? Whoa! Pull that reel back in before you fish for an answer! 😛  Step back and spell Mississippi the old fashioned way before you answer. For those who are not aware of the old spelling technique taught to some toddlers reared in the South. Here goes…

M- I- crooked letter(s), crooked letter(s)- I, crooked letter(s), crooked letter(s)- I, hump back(p), hump back (p)- I.. Mississippi. Put ourselves in Jonah’s wet clothes for a sec. We’ve all been there.

Now get in front of a mirror and ask self…Anger issues-Who Me? (pointing to self) Who You? (pointing to the mirror)

Lesson- God understands when we become displeased or angry with Him and with others. Don’t go sit your bottom in a corner, away from others, or under a tree sulking in anger because you thought you knew the mind of God. I used to think being angry period was such a terrible sin. Is there such as thing as righteous anger? (Spell Mississippi break)   I was reminded that several others became angry with God throughout the bible. Most are familiar with Moses’ anger. I was also reminded…Anger is one of God’s attributes. Many verses tell us that He is either “slow to anger” or “became angry.” We were made in His image…eh?

We have a tendency to overlook this verse that tells us who God actually becomes displeased and angry with. (Psalm 7:11 God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day. )This proves to me that anger is indeed one of God’s attributes, and that there is only ONE category of people that angers Him “every day.” You choose the correct answer… Wicked or Righteous? What’s intriguing is that we have either been in this category and/or some are still in it and deny it to self.

I have learned on this journey through Jonah that I did not know ME as well as ME thought I KNEW. Whenever you read The Book of Jonah, substitute your name for his. (TYHS) It is one of the books of the bible that place focus on the sole attitude and actions of a messenger God chose and called. It’s an “about me” book.  As Popeye would sing …“I yam, what I yam cause I…” Do you really know who you are? I also learned why my Papaw spent a lot of time with me showing me that God worked through him, teaching me that God Is, and training me to write his Sunday school lessons beginning at the age of 4.  PTL!!! As they say hindsight is 20/20.

I am glad that a challenge was put forth to our congregation for each individual to focus on their walk with God, Jesus, and The Holy Spirit for 40 days. I also pray that others discovered who they are and how their actions as an individual affect the Body of Christ. I pray that those who are reading this make the same discovery when you choose to seek God and walk with Him. Leave NOTHING to chance, Choose GOD. If  more than 120, 000 can repent and be saved within a 40 day period, what do you think the odds are of 1 person repenting and being saved who can’t discern their right hand from their left? Look to self and choose God.

Lesson Goals

  • To KNOW God. Rend your hearts, it’s the only way.
  • To KNOW what The Lord’s Will for us is as an individual and to Do it. Only then, as a congregate on the ONE, will the Body of Christ be glorified. Do your part.
  • Be not angry at God and learn to accept His decision when He decides to spare the wicked. Keep your judgments of others to yourself, let go, let God. For it is He only who can prepare a gourd, a worm and a wind in a blink of an eye to teach YOU that His Will supersedes your anger issues and that He is ALWAYS in control. (Jonah 4:9-10)

Besides, who best of all would know to ask you, “Doest thou well to be angry?”

We have a lot of work to do with self ahead of us. I hope you have gained some insight through my journey with Jonah, just how great the Lord works period. Amen. Jonah knew not the hour of the Lord’s appearance (Jonah 4:5- So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city) We will not know the hour when Jesus returns (Matthew 24:42)  We know as Jonah did, He is coming.

Are you swallowed up in the big fish of Anger? Call out to God. Please pray with me Psalm 7, which I prayed as I closed out my Lent 2014 journey through The Book of Jonah.

 

Popeye: Hey, I wants me girl!Sindbad the Sailor: Oh, yeah? Popeye: Yeah!

Sindbad the Sailor: Who are you?

Popeye: [sing-song] I’m Popeye the Sailor Man! Who are you?

Sindbad the Sailor: Who am I?

Popeye: You heard what I said.

Sindbad the Sailor: WHO AM I?

Popeye: That’s what I said.

Sindbad the Sailor: Who’s the most remarkable extra-ordinary fellow?

Everyone: YOU! Sindbad the Sailor!

Sindbad the Sailor: Who’s the most phenomenal extra-special kind of fellow?

Everyone: YOU! Sindbad the Sailor!

Sindbad the Sailor: I’m afraid of nobody under the sun/ All I say is “Boo!” and my enemies run! Who’s the most remarkable extraordinary fellow? (Who Me? Who You?…LOL) 

Popeye: Popeye the Sailor! You got a long way to go, young fellow… (I love this response…ha ha ha. We can all relate)

Sindbad the Sailor: [enraged, grabs Popeye] Well, let’s see how brave you are!

[throws him into the talons of the roc] ”

Are Ya Stuck In Stench? Cast, Closed, Compassed & Corrupt? God Has Mercy – Jonah 2

Jonah 2 (KJV)
Then Jonah prayed unto the Lord his God out of the fish’s belly, And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice. For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me. Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple. The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head. I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O Lord my God. When my soul fainted within me I remembered the Lord: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple. They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy. But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord. And the Lord spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.

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KJV Dictionary
CAST, v.t. pret. And pp. cast.- To throw, fling or send; that is, to drive from, by force, as from the hand, or from an engine.
CLOSED, pp.- Shut; made fast; ended; concluded.
COMPASSED, pp.- Embraced; surrounded; inclosed; obtained; imagined.
CORRUPTION, n. L.- The act of corrupting, or state of being corrupt or putrid; the destruction of the natural form of bodies, by the separation of the component parts, or by disorganization, in the process of putrefaction; a changing from good to bad.
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The words listed above are the words that were focused on during my journey through Jonah 2. Folk’s we’re about to get out of this wet journey with Jonah and on to dry land at the end of this blog.  

When we are put in time-out by God or stuck in our stench, have nowhere to go, or no one to turn to, we as humans either cry out to other gods or the one true living God because of our affliction. When we who are Christians cry out to the Lord with our heart, He does hear us. Even those who are like the passengers that were on the ship with Jonah will eventually call out to our Lord God when they become stuck in a stench. What’s that revelry call when a bar or club is about to close…”last call for alcohol”?

When the Lord God Almighty makes His revelry call, will you still be stuck in a stench?

Who else is able to hear the silent cries of your heart? Many people can see when you are hurting and many people think that they know your heart. The reality of it all is that they really don’t know the depth of your heart’s pain or desires.  It was St. Augustine  that said …”if the heavens and earth could speak they would cry out, “We did not make ourselves, we were made by him who abides for eternity.”  When it comes to others, we think we can read between the lines in a minute flat, but God reads the line before the line is made in your mind.  Your actions may be seen by many. However, it is only God who knows why the heart truly prompts one to do what it does. It is God, no one else that gives you the desires of your heart per King David in Psalm 37:4.  In the OT, Pharaoh took delight in seeing what God could do, but not delight in God.

Who has the power to cast, close, compass, and give you over to your own corruption? Yes corruption, who gave Pharaoh over to a hardened heart and men over to their sinful desires?   From the beginning of time in my mind, I have always wondered why God allows His people to endure hardships, i.e. stuck in stench.  Here comes the Holy Spirit moment of insight. He reminds me… think from the beginning to the end, the people of God, the heart of people corrupts and the heart of God compasses (embraces). The Creator has never forced Himself on anyone, even though it is He who gives life and rules over death. God informed us through the prophet Ezekiel in Ezekiel 18: 4 “Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.” (TYHS)
***Lesson LearnedJonah had a heart problem even though he feared and loved God. His heart was disobedient to God’s will. We, you and I as Christians have the same… a heart problem even though we confess Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.  ***

It’s the TRUTH.  The heart problem is manifested in every country, every city, every county, and in every state as racism, hatred, idolatry, division in the Body of Christ, and disobedience. There is a heart problem in every school system, every church, and every place of employment. Now I really SEE and have experienced what happens when the heart is not rendered over to God. When the weeds are wrapped around your head and you are sinking down so far in your hell, that your soul faints, will you too remember the Lord as Jonah did? Will you “rend your heart” to let your prayer come “in unto thee, into thine Holy temple?” or will you forsake the mercy of God?

Ezekiel 18:31 tells us- Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?  My beloved darlings, we will have to cast ourselves away from all of those things that have us stuck in a stench, you know… pride, greed, backbiting, jealousy, anger, slander, bigotry, sexual immorality, hypocrisy, lust, impurities, leading sheep astray, etc., not just one transgression, but “cast away from all your transgressions.”  We have to stop letting closed hearts to God put us in a compassed position of corruption.

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 Daniel, Benaiah, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, were stuck in normal situations per say, during their time and triumphed because of God’s mercy. Even today in various areas on this Earth, someone somewhere is being thrown into a den full of lions, thrown in a furnace, and fighting off lions and other beasts they so happen to come across. Now, Jonah’s event was not the norm for that time or any other time, nor were the events about Jesus’ three days and three nights. Those two events are very important messages about God’s love and His mercy for His people. Yet to this day, there are still skeptics concerning both events. (TYHS) Why? Because there are still quite a few people that refuse to believe and are unaware that “Salvation is of the Lord.” (Jonah 2:9, Psalms 37:39)

I am here to tell you that if you are Stuck in Stench, God Has Mercy. If you have been Cast, Closed, Compassed, and Corrupt, rend your heart to God for He will have mercy. Follow in Jonah’s footsteps when he was cast upon dry land. We too must “sacrifice unto the Lord with the voice of thanksgiving.”

And I close with a few quotes from St. Augustine
“God knows all things before they happen; yet, persons act by choice in all those things where you feel and know that you cannot act otherwise than willingly.”
”Don’t you believe that there is in man a deep so profound as to be hidden even to him in whom it is?”

Has God Ever Put You In Time-Out? – Jonah 1:17

Let’s continue on with my Lent season journey through the book of Jonah. I intentionally left out verse 17 in the first post. https://talkativeangel.wordpress.com/2014/05/17/fleeing-from-your-destiny-are-you-going-in-the-opposite-direction-jonah-1-1-16/

The Holy Spirits message to ME was in the same manner. I could not understand why I was stuck on this verse for approximately 3 days, 1 hour and 46 minutes. The hour and 46 minutes is how long it took me to put the thoughts to paper. Do you sometimes feel like the Holy Spirit is communicating too much to you at one time and it’s hard to keep up? But God!  I needed quiet time-out per the Holy Spirit to think on this one verse…hence the title…Has God Ever Put You In Time-Out? (TYHS)

Jonah 1:17 – Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

Courtesy of Wikipedia.org
Time- Out!
Time-out is a term for a form of punishment that involves temporarily separating a child from an environment where inappropriate behavior has occurred, and is intended to decrease positive reinforcement of the behavior. It is an educational and parenting technique recommended by some pediatricians and developmental psychologists as an effective form of child discipline. Often a corner (hence the common term corner time) or a similar space where the child is to stand or sit during time-outs is designated.
Effectiveness
While some proponents of time-outs insist on silence and stillness from the child during the time-out, it is easier to use a “release-contingency,” such that the requirement is only that the child is sitting peacefully at the end of the time-out period. Those who use time-out for children to get anger and frustration “out of their system” or for children to think about their behavior, are using time-out in a way that is different than those basing it on operant behavioral principles (that time-out from positive reinforcement may reduce recurrences of the unwanted target behavior).
Disadvantages
Critics of time-out include Thomas Gordon, Alfie Kohn, and Aletha Solter, who claim that the approach may lead to short-term compliance but has the same disadvantages as other forms of punishment.[7][8][9][10][11] According to these authors, the use of time-out does not enhance moral behavior or teach children useful conflict-resolution skills, and it fails to address the underlying cause of the behavior. Furthermore, they claim that the parent/child bond can be damaged by forced isolation and withdrawal of love in an effort to control a child’s behavior, and this can lead to feelings of insecurity or anxiety in children. Another argument is that time-out, like all other methods of coercive control, eventually stops working as children grow older and begin to rebel against their parents’ authoritarian approach to discipline.

So beloved for three days, I was in thought of events that have happened in my life. It was as though I was watching a movie on my closet wall with my Winnie the Pooh friends and bibles. You’d be amazed at what God shows you when you sit quietly in a closet communicating with Him. He can take you back to conversations you have had with people to show you something you missed in the interpretation of the conversation. God is so good to me. God is truly the best at getting our attention to focus on things in our lives, isn’t he?

We as people, as Christians, and everything else are too busy running our homes without any order, running our churches as a profitable business (aren’t churches a 501 (c) (3) non- profit entity?) running to be on different boards within the church and community, running businesses into chaos, running to do this and that to keep ahead of everyone else, running from our enemies, running up behind others to please them, running from our past, etc. etc. We have ran into lion’s dens, brick walls, and  even head on with each other. So, ok, you get the gist of us running, right? We are a running race of people are we not? We run so much so, that we don’t stop to take notice of God in our lives and the direction He wants us to go in.

Like Jonah, we too are running from God, and we are too darn toot’n busy running to notice that we are running from the direction in which He has destined for us. I was thinking as I was writing down my thoughts…why is God bent on me placing focus on the word “running”? The Holy Spirit guided me to turn the pages to Hebrews 12:1-2 ..See here! –

Hebrews 12:1-2(NKJV)

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

By George, I think she’s got it! My life was/is so busy with others, that I did not have a personal life of my own. I was always doing, giving to whomever God led me to give to, worrying about, running three households, and being there for others, especially family, and those in need per God, that I came across. My daughter-in-law has been telling me for years… “woman, get YOUR life!” My reply is always “I can, when you all get out of it.” I think it finally hit the brain during the rending of my heart to God while focusing on Jonah 1:17.

This was the “effectiveness” (read above) portion by me being put in time-out by God. During those three days, I had to visually recognize and lay aside every weight and sin that easily ensnared me. For 3 days I did not communicate with anyone other than God and Winnie the Pooh and friends. Now you know that took a lot out of me, to both be still and quiet. My focus had to be solely on those matters and to use them as memory guidelines why I needed to practically stop running basically in circles when it came to others, and why my behavior and thoughts were as they were.

Let me tell you about the grace of God and what He does for me…on the fourth day while sitting in church on that great Sunday, our pastor spoke about “guideposts in our lives”… “Ebenezer posts” (aka Ebenezer stone-Read 1 Samuel 7) Yes, we ALL have checker boarded and dot-to-dot pasts and passes, hallelujah, amen! God indeed relays messages through others, it can be the same sermon, but a different message to those who receive in via the Holy Spirit.  I received God’s grace, a confirmation of what direction I needed to take.

Let me also tell you – there is NOT one earthly person alive or dead who does not/ did not have something in their life that they are /were ashamed of. But God’s grace! Forget about others, they don’t determine whether you get to live eternally in the Kingdom of God or Hell.

For some of us time-out may have its “disadvantages” (read above). There was a time when people would forget what God’s penalty was for disobedience. (Israelites…need I say more?) There are and will be times Christians forget as well. (We are repeat offenders of sin due to our forgetfulness…need I say more?) So how can we avoid the disadvantages beloved? By focusing on the goal to be an overcomer in Jesus Christ and rending our hearts to God. (TYHS) That’s what I have learned on this journey from Jonah 1:17 and am sharing the good news with you my beautiful loves.

Lesson Points – So beloved when it comes to God putting you in time-out, the first thing you should do is put up for yourself an Ebenezer stone to remind you of three very important things per the Holy Spirit’s message to me:

(1) God forgives you when you repent and rend your heart to Him. His mercies are forever flowing.

(2) You have chosen a new direction not in the opposite direction of God’s will for you

(3) Just as God made a covenant with Abraham, He has made one with you through your unyielding faith in Jesus Christ

Now, even though I thought I was running wholly for God, He showed me something else during time-out. I study His word every day, hours at a time. He is always on my mind and heart. I would praise Him even when I would get upset and when things would go wrong. I try to live right and I often tell people, if Jesus were to return today, I’d be ready. But God, showed me differently during my time-out, aka my days of separation from my environment:

Amen! It’s not about me thinking I’m ready…it is about Him knowing I am ready. (TYHS)

God temporarily separated Jonah from his environment to get him going in the right direction. God had to send a big fish to swallow and keep Jonah in his belly for three days and three nights in time-out for him to think about his actions; recognize his sin against God; to repent; and to ask for mercy. If you notice, when God spoke to the prophets to get a message of His will to be done, he would do so when it was just Him and them…time-out away from everyone else to focus on Him and the message. God does not want us delivering a wrong or false message. Do you understand that? You can’t figure out what God is saying or doing when you are running too much and running in the wrong direction away from Him. What does he tell us in Psalm 46:10?- Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! (TYHS)

Beloved, if it takes God putting you in time-out for three days and three nights in order for you to be still and know that He is God, so shall it be done. Trust and believe that Jesus is indeed the author and finisher of our faith for sure. Treasure the moment when you are swallowed up in the belly of a fish per the will of God! Comprende

          LadybugHeart

Fleeing From Your Destiny- Are You Going in the Opposite Direction? ( Jonah 1: 1-16)

Per my promise, you are about to embark on a journey that I took during this past Lenten season through various books in the Bible. Although Jonah was next to the last book during the journey, I shall begin sharing the things I learned here first and work my way backwards and then finish up with the end. You know me… I take the less traveled winding road to gain a better insight. So let’s start from mid-end.    😛

Most of us have heard the story as a child. God tells Jonah to deliver a message to the city of Nineveh. He flees from God by boarding a ship going to Tarshish, which was in the opposite direction of Nineveh. While aboard the ship, he sleeps below the deck and a sea storm is raging. Sort of like on Gilligan’s island when the “tiny ship was tossed”…. God sent a storm raging in the sea that tossed the ship to and fro. The other passengers on the ship became afraid and started praying to their gods. No such luck in stopping the storm until they asked Jonah to pray to his God to save them. Lots were cast and the lot fell on Jonah. Jonah was cast into the sea and the sea became calm. He ended up in the belly of a great fish, was spit out upon land after 3 days, repented and delivered the message from God to the people of Nineveh.

Key Words

  • Compass- (n) – a device that is used to find direction by means of a needle that always points north: something that helps a person make choices about what is right, effective, etc.
  • Destiny – (n) – : what happens in the future: the things that someone or something will experience in the future: a power that is believed to control what happens in the future
  • Rend- (v.intr) – to perform an act of tearing or splitting: to become torn or split: to come apart

Lesson 1 – We allow our compass (our heart and mind) to direct us according to our will, not God’s will. We as Christians cannot travel two different roads at the same time when serving God. The Holy Spirit revealed to me something deep. Every event in the bible gives us an example of people choosing between two roads (paths)….one towards God and one away from God. There are no in between roads my beloved ones. Let your compass direct you to take the road less traveled to God and make all the difference in your life and others when it comes to serving God.

We as children of the Lord have a habit of fleeing in the opposite direction when we receive direct instructions from God. In this day and time, God speaks to us directly via the Holy Spirit. You know the Helper and Comforter that Jesus sent?  He that translates our prayers to God?   Yeah…that Holy Spirit!  We have a habit of taking the more traveled road leading away from God and are easily led to follow the directions of others. We…yes you and I, have a wobbly directional destiny compass. Think about this before going in an opposite direction leading away from your destiny. As a Christian, we are supposed to stand out from the rest. People should be able to see a distinction between those who serve God the Creator of all beings and things, and those who do not serve Him. Amen?  Weren’t the people on the ship who prayed to their gods able to make the distinction between their gods and Jonah’s God? (v. 6) (TYHS)  Why do you think God refers to you, me, we, they, as “My People”?  As a Christian, do you think God wants you to live an eternal life in hell?  Those who are faithful and that reverently fear Him have nothing to worry about when traveling the road towards His destiny for you.

Here’s proof in the pudding, if you can’t find an answer from deep within and be sure of where you will end up.

Exodus 11:3-8(NIV) 

(The Lord made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and Moses himself was highly regarded in Egypt by Pharaoh’s officials and by the people.)  So Moses said, “This is what the Lord says: ‘About midnight I will go throughout Egypt.  Every firstborn son in Egypt will die, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sits on the throne, to the firstborn son of the female slave, who is at her hand mill, and all the firstborn of the cattle as well.  There will be loud wailing throughout Egypt—worse than there has ever been or ever will be again. But among the Israelites not a dog will bark at any person or animal.’ Then you will know that the Lord makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel.

Malachi 3:16-18(NIV)

Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored his name. “On the day when I act,” says the Lord Almighty, “they will be my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as a father has compassion and spares his son who serves him. And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.

Lesson 2 – I have learned that it takes others (both Christians and Non-Christians) seeing God in action with others in order for them to “rend” their heart to Him. I use to think that seeing Him work in my life through answered prayer was enough for me. I guess I didn’t pay close attention to the effect it not only had on me, but on others also. Now I know. God is The Master at getting your attention to turn towards Him in order for you to receive what He desires for you, i.e. life more abundantly. (Read Jonah1:6-16) Storms, regardless of its tenure or endurance are necessary to get our attention. Take Noah for example, and he was a righteous and blameless man per Genesis 6:9. (TYHS)

My entire journey revolved around me rending my heart to God. (Joel 2:12-13)  My heart needed to be torn apart to get to the inside of all matters concerning me and how I relate to various people in the Body of Christ, family, enemies, and friends; to understand what I truly needed to do concerning self and my relationship with Him. My desire was for Him to have mercy on me; to remove me from certain situations, tasks, and job; to let me know what my destiny is according to His will and to prepare me both mentally, emotionally, and financially; to see through others more clearly by their actions (not judge) so that I may unyoke myself away from and pray for those more zealously who practice fake-I-tis while claiming to be a Christian; to be more honest in my communication with others and not leave anything out that cause me to appear as telling lies( I’ve learned that lies of omission are still lies even if it is not intentional or information shared is misunderstood); teach me how to deal with non-communicative people when communication and feedback is needed from others in order to accomplish tasks or to know where one stands concerning me; and to listen and hear more clearly when the Holy Spirit is speaking through others who have put their destiny in His hands and those that faithfully desire to serve Him.

The truth is that we don’t pay much attention to the paths we choose, even those who are followers, shepherds, leaders, or teachers of the WORD.  Nor do we realize most of the time beloved, that WE are indeed fleeing God when choosing a path not destined for us. God doesn’t just choose you to follow a path to benefit just you. His desire is for others to turn to or return to Him. He desires ALL to be saved upon His return. Sometimes it involves you being the messenger.

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The Old Testament Daily News

Joshua 24:14-16(NIV)

“Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.  But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

Then the people answered, “Far be it from us to forsake the Lord to serve other gods!

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Our Heavenly Father I pray for myself and those who are reading this. Let it be far from us to forsake YOU. When we flee from our destiny and go off in the opposite direction, forgive us and put us back on the right road. From this journey shared, I pray that we now realize we are serving other gods and not you when we choose to flee. Have mercy on us in the comforting name of Jesus. Amen

Before I close, allow me to share with you a poem by Robert Frost that came to mind. I think it’s quite comparative to this lesson.

 The Road Not Taken
TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.         
Two road diverged in a wood, and I

I took the one les traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.