Wheat,Tares/Weeds & Faith? – Part 1 – My Thoughts

My Heart’s Moment– Before I begin this blog, I wanted to share with you, that I speak to self as well when writing about my thoughts. The Holy Spirit guides me much in sharing messages via my blog and dreams. I don’t write unless I am moved by Him, not pushed by scriptures or events pertaining to us all.  The Holy Spirit MOVES. I am being made aware, learning, and/or convicted just as much as those who are reading along.  I am growing and learning right along with you ridding self of my weeds daily if not hourly.

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Tares – n – : Any of various weedy plants of the genus Vicia, especially the common vetch. Any of several weedy plants that grow in grain fields.; An unwelcome or objectionable element.: The weight of a container or wrapper that is deducted from the gross weight to obtain net weight. A deduction from gross weight made to allow for the weight of a container. (mass, extra stuff that cost more money and added stress)- Chemistry Moment.

Weed –n – : a plant that is not valued where it is growing and is usually of vigorous growth; especially : one that tends to overgrow or choke out more desirable plants: an obnoxious growth, thing, or person.

Weed – v – : to clear of weeds <weed a garden> : to free from something hurtful or offensive : to remove the less desirable portions of:

Our Agriculture Moment

Weed – noun (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any plant growing where it is not wanted. On land under cultivation, weeds compete with crops for water, light, and nutrients. On rangelands and in pastures, weeds are those plants that grazing animals dislike or that are poisonous. Many weeds are hosts of plant disease organisms or of insect pests. Some originally unwanted plants later were found to have virtues and came under cultivation, while some cultivated plants, when transplanted to new climates, escaped cultivation and became weeds in the new habitat.  (Gasp!)

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Wow, I learned something new about weeds…have virtues and came under cultivation…hmm? You know by now…..I love studying definitions to find a deeper meaning of words. I investigate to find an answer with the help of the Holy Spirit and quite often have a colorful perspective to share with you.  🙂

As a child I hated having to help plant and dig up dirt. I did enjoy putting the seeds in the holes, pulling the weeds and sometimes the flowers on accident when the plants grew. I loved looking at my grandparents lawns.  It was at that time, I was taught how to tell the weeds from the flowers.  I also became fascinated with clovers. Although we consider them a pest and they only look good in a field afar, it is something special about those wild growing plants that we call weeds. And….Even though it looks pretty together, can you spot the difference in the wheat and tares in the above photo, courtesy of photo bucket?

Here we go! So as I was reading Matthew 13 last night, I had my thoughts floating on verses 24-30.  Jesus’ parables are messages to us giving us a description of the “Kingdom of God”. Most of us are familiar with Jesus’ parable of the weeds and the wheat. If not, here it is.

 Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way.  But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared.  So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’  He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”

Are you ready to do yard work and learn a little chemistry and agriculture?  Grab your container of Roundup or Preen (it works better) a hoe, and some Holy Ghost matches. We are going to set ourselves on fire and rid ourselves of weeds through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Fancy that! “The weight of a container or wrapper that is deducted from the gross weight to obtain net weight”  ahem! Let’s go inside my thoughts here.

Our body is the container. We are wheat at birth. Oh! Let me throw in the definition of “wheat” here. Thank you Holy Spirit! Pay close attention to the words in bold, please.

Wheat – /noun – the grain of any cereal grass of the genus Triticum,  especially T. aestivum,  used in the form of flour for making bread, cakes, etc., and for other culinary and nutritional purposes: the plant itself.

We have been planted for a purpose. That purpose is to do the will of God. We have been formed for His making to glorify Him. We do NOT come into this world with weeds.  Weeds/Tares just happen to be planted and even cultivated along the way when our guard is down. Tares/Weeds are in competition with the Wheat as stated above. They are snares, no matter how pretty some may seem. Our problem is that we feed them, forgetting that we have the power to also stunt a weeds growth and even kill them. Talk about us being lax. If animals dislike weeds and know that they are poisonous, shouldn’t we as humans be more advanced in knowing the hazard of weeds? Note what the scripture stated above in the parable, it is the ENEMY who plants weeds. I repeat…It is the ENEMY who plants weeds and He does it when we are sleeping, i.e. being lax. Jesus said it. Sometimes we miss that in reading the parable. Do you see it now? I see it. Thank you Holy Spirit!

We have been naturally given a net weight by God. What is net weight you may ask?  A great example would be our bodies. The net weight is the weight of our body without any piece of clothing (remember Adam and Eve before). Gross weight is the weight of our body with clothes or anything else we add on it.(Remember Adam and Eve after) Have you ever given any thought to weighing yourself before you eat and after eating to see if your weight remains the same?  Since the thought just popped up, I think I’m going to try a scientific experiment. I’ll let you know the outcome. 😛

Hebrews 12:1-2

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.

I’ve realized over the years that I/we carry added weights/weeds within our hearts and our minds. What are those weights? Gosh! Is this becoming a questionnaire post, self said to self. YES, since you asked. Thank you Holy Spirit!  Using my partial (3 college credits Psy 101) psychology background, I will dare to  fly out and say that unmanaged stress is the biggest weight/weed we add to our hearts and mind. Great examples of our unmanaged stress are anger, anxiety, bitterness, fear, guilt, hostility, and moroseness (aka moodiness). All of these descriptions are a form of one word- Sin. That’s my belief.  Did you know that we have the given ability to deal with and rid/weed ourselves of such extra weeds through our lifeline, Jesus? I’ll prove it. –

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Philippians 4:6-7

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;  and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 4:30-32

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.  And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

Galatians 5:19-21

Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 

Now back to our regularly scheduled blogging….. All of those things mentioned in Galatians 5:19-21 are tares/weeds, gross weight of which we carry within our being. Those of us that believe in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit know in our hearts and minds that we cannot enter the kingdom of God with such weeds. Somewhere in the bible it is stated that the kingdom of God is within us. If we believe so, we know that there are neither tares, neither weeds, nor gross weight within us. We need to work on deducting the gross weight (tares/weeds) from our body to get back to our natural net weight. An exercise in futility is not an option. An exercise in humility will work it out.

Are there any weeds or tares in your life? What is undesirable in your life? What are you going to do to arrive back at your net weight? Do you realize what your net weight is worth to God? I challenge you as well as myself to recognize when it is time to reap and harvest in your day-to-day life. A time will come for us to set aside the tares, the weeds and burn them to ashes.  Let us start gardening, ridding ourselves of the weeds. Let us bring to remembrance what the garden was like before Adam and Eve (Genesis 2-3) sinned and what it will be like when Jesus returns to get our tare/weed free bodies (Revelation  2:7 and 22) Isn’t that a stress-free thought?

Sometimes it takes you removing yourself from those who carry the weight/weeds that can rub off and grow on you.  This goes for those who experience negative vibes from those in your work place, in your church(yes even there), and in your family and perhaps some relationship you have with another.  Sin, i.e. tares/weeds from the enemy does not care or “give a rat’s tail” (my grandma’s words) who or what it embodies as long as it finds a good growing place. Having Faith in Jesus and what you can do through him, with him, and for God can rid self of the tares/weeds in your life. Amen.

 I found it! Here it is—Read what Luke said about the Kingdom of God-

Luke 17:20-21

And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary”(stress weeds…my thought), “they will walk and not be faint”( have faith). –Isaiah 40:28-31

An interesting read I came across- http://www.snopes.com/religion/soulweight.asp

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God Speaks To Things- My Thoughts

A Little Light Shines Through

A Little Light Shines Through

While reading Ezekiel this morning I felt a lightning bolt aka Holy Spirit. I know we read and read AND read the stories in the bible several times over and receive different enlightening messages via the Holy Spirit. I want to share with you beloved ones, my lightning bolt from Ezekiel 36(NIV).

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Fun to know per Wiki:

On Earth, the place where lightning occurs most often is near the small village of Kifuka in the mountains of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, where the elevation is around 975 m (3,200 ft). On average, this region receives 158 lightning strikes per 1 square kilometer (0.39 sq mi) per year. Other lightning hotspots include Catatumbo lightning in Venezuela, Singapore, Teresina in northern Brazil, and “Lightning Alley” in Central Florida. (Talk about God speaking to things, that’s a lot of talking!    🙂 )

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Hmm, I wasn’t in any of those areas, so I know I was struck by the Holy Spirit concerning this message to see His grace and love for His people from an inanimate angle. Let’s ride and read! Let me begin with verses 6-15 in Ezekiel 36, the place I was struck.

Riding the White Horse

  

Therefore prophesy concerning the land of Israel and say to the mountains and hills, to the ravines and valleys: “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I speak in my jealous wrath because you have suffered the scorn of the nations. Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I swear with uplifted hand that the nations around you will also suffer scorn.”

“But you, mountains of Israel, will produce branches and fruit for my people Israel, for they will soon come home.  I am concerned for you and will look on you with favor; you will be plowed and sown, and I will cause many people to live on you—yes, all of Israel. The towns will be inhabited and the ruins rebuilt.  I will increase the number of people and animals living on you, and they will be fruitful and become numerous. I will settle people on you as in the past and will make you prosper more than before. Then you will know that I am the Lord.  I will cause people, my people Israel, to live on you. They will possess you, and you will be their inheritance; you will never again deprive them of their children.”

“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Because some say to you, “You devour people and deprive your nation of its children,” therefore you will no longer devour people or make your nation childless, declares the Sovereign Lord.  No longer will I make you hear the taunts of the nations, and no longer will you suffer the scorn of the peoples or cause your nation to fall, declares the Sovereign Lord.”

My Lightning Bolt- God speaks to things to provide for and protect His people. After all the destruction of wars past and more wars and tribulations to come, God has never given and will never give up on His people coming home to Him. He and ONLY He will provide. The scriptures I read this morning were pure and as clear as the River of Life and even more confirmation to me that God Loves Me.  He Loves You. The reminder to me this morning with things weighing so heavy on my heart, was in a clear quiet voice.  God said to me after the bolt… “My child, I Got this.”  Thank you Holy Spirit for the reminder!

Before Adam was formed, “God said” to things. Read Genesis 1. Sometimes I forget, don’t act like you don’t…. that He spoke to things in the Book of Genesis to provide for our coming into the world. We often get lost in the creation of man.  Of course, throughout the ages and still so today, we are not so thankful for His provisions given to us on this earth, things that He chose to speak to, things He knows we need for survival. Now if He spoke to money( a thing) and said money jump in that wallet or purse, we’d be more than thankful, right? 🙂  Just putting it out there!

Isn’t He the greatest Father? We surely need more earthly fathers as He. (that’ll probably be another blog)  Let me ask…..As a parent, does one not make provisions ready for their children they are bringing into the world with things? If we don’t know by now or if it is hidden somewhere in our cerebrum (you have one unless you are a jellyfish or sea sponge) God is the best example of how and what a parent should be and do. The bible is your best source of info on parenting.

Ok, back on sub…..I decided to look up Matthew Henry’s commentary on these verses, it was pretty neat. Let’s take a read. Ezekiel 36:1-15

“Those who put contempt and reproach on God’s people, will have them turned on themselves. God promises favour to his Israel. We have no reason to complain, if the more unkind men are, the more kind God is. They shall come again to their own border. It was a type of the heavenly Canaan, of which all God’s children are heirs, and into which they all shall be brought together. And when God returns in mercy to a people who return to him in duty, all their grievances will be set right. The full completion of this prophecy must be in some future event.”

Because God will speak to things, to me, five additional wings of the lightning bolt flew out…… We, His people, in the near future:

  1. We will have a place prepared for us, a HOME, not a house, where there will be no more wars and tribulations
  2. We will be well fed and dressed ( Lord I hope I can still wear boots)
  3. We will be fruitful and multiply as children of the Almighty Living God ( so will the animals)
  4. We will be prosperous in whatever we do in the name of Jesus
  5. We will be in the most beautiful and serene landscape of things that God speaks to

And to the things, mountains, hills, rivers, desolate ruins, deserted towns, and ravines, in order for them to provide for His children He says: “No longer will I make you hear the taunts of the nations, and no longer will you suffer the scorn of the peoples or cause your nation to fall, declares the Sovereign Lord.”  It’s all about HOPE for these things and LOVE for His people. These things are alive in God.

God Speaks To Things just for us. He has ALWAYS PROVIDED and PREPARED THINGS just for us, His children. And I’ll ask it again.  Isn’t He the Greatest Father ever? Hmm, perhaps this should have been a Father’s Day post????? Enjoy your lightning bolt!

MY GOD is AWESOME. Listen to where the Spirit directed me.  I typed in Brain on God looking for a jpeg, and this came up.   🙂  It appears that the Spirit sometimes drives in the left lane. 

I don’t know of this person, but He sounds good , it’s my testimony, and I was truly blessed

       —-> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVj7ITOBKIk

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BECAUSE OF and BY FAITH- Our Reminders

My morning reading partner, the Holy Spirit, shared with me a reminder from the Book of Hebrews this morning Dec 8, 2012. Yep, you’ve guessed it! Hebrews 11, one of the biggest faith chapters in the bible. Don’t need a dictionary here, the writer makes sure we are aware of what FAITH is.

Hebrews 11:1- Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

A verse that really had the boomerang effect this morning. Let me share verse 13 with you: All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.

Do you realize that this verse is telling us who are Christians that because of faith, God‘s promise to us will never be void, even unto the grave? What a great reminder and eye opener! Lord have mercy Jesus!

Let’s take a look and read along in your bible the verses relating to each found throughout the bible, as to what happened because of and by faith. Ok, lovebirds, pull out the bible or read along online.

  • The universe was formed
  • Abel had a better offering for God, and by faith Abel still speaks even though he is dead.
  • Enoch escaped the death experience. Because of his faith, he pleased God
  • Noah by faith heeded God’s warning and lived with all kinds of animals on an ark.  😛
  • Abraham by faith obeyed God without hesitation
  • Sarah by faith, was able to bear children past the given childbearing age. (A reminder that  with faith , ANY and EVERYTHING is possible with God.)
  • Abraham, because of faith offered his son Isaac as a sacrifice to God. Is this something you could ever bring yourself to do, offer up your child as a scarifice to God? Do you have that much faith?
  • Isaac lived because of faith, and by faith he blessed his son’s Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.

Note to self-  Noticed faith appears to be generational and a big concern for the future of their children.

  • Jacob, by faith on his deathbed blessed each of his grandchildren born of Joseph, and  worshipped the Lord.
  • Joseph “when his end was near” because of his faith spoke aforetime about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. (Hmmm, do you have this type of faith?)
  • Moses‘ parents by faith hid him and was not afraid of the king’s ruling during that time.
  • Moses by faith refused to be recognized as the son of a pharoah, chose to be treated as a  slave, left Egypt, kept the Passover, regarded disgrace in the name of and for God, and was able to give the commandments of God to God’s people.
  • The walls of Jericho fell (Can you imagine tons of stones broken only because of faith and never touched?)
  • Rahab the prostitute, because of faith, she helped people of God and I just know her name is written in the Book of Life.
  • Because of faith, there were those who “conquered kingdoms, administered justice, gained what was promised, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, escaped the edge of a sword, weakness became strength,received back their dead ” and even survived being in the belly of a big fish, and it goes on and on folks.- Reference all books of the bible.

And I want to add, that by faith, Joseph stayed with Mary, knowing he wasn’t the “biological father” of our greatest Believer and Trustee of Faith, our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Closing Verses

Hebrews 11:39-40 – These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.

Hebrews 11:6 –  And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

And now my beautiful people  in Jesus, may you all have a blessed and faith filled Saturday.  Off to shoe hunting I go.  By faith I shall find the perfect shoe within 30 minutes time that I can walk around in and praise the Lord while I’m living in the Holy City.  Faith prepares you.

The writer of Hebrews reminds us of two caveats (possibly caviar for you seafood lovers…wink wink) concerning faith;

“BE SURE” and “BE CERTAIN”.

Thank you for spending time with me and the Lord this morning on the great reminder of what happens Because of and By Faith.

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NOT PERFECT, BUT WILLING, GOD’S DETERMINATION- MY THOUGHTS

There are so many stories about people in the bible who were not perfect, but willing and determined. We are a people today….not perfect, but willing and some not so willing.  However my subject focus will be on those that are not perfect, but willing and God’s determination.

I believe the heart is the foundation of our will and it is the main organ that contributes to our attitudinal behaviors, along with our minds. There are a lot of us who will not admit to others “I’m not perfect”, even though it is evident in our lives so much so like that of a whale swimming in one of those kiddie blow up pools sitting in the kitchen sink. Now that’s a site for sore eyes that can’t be missed!  😛  😛

While reading this, keep this very statement in mind: God knows our heart and He too knows it is not perfect. Now allow me to present a few bible verses to confirm my belief.

1 Chronicles 28:9– “And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.”

Hebrews 4:13-14– 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. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Jeremiah 17:9-10– The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?  “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct,
according to what their deeds deserve.”

Acts 1:24-Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen

Romans 8:27-And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.

This blog is just a reminder that we are not perfect and it is ultimately God’s will for us to become so. I’ve listed a few people of the bible below, who were not perfect, but willing and once willing became determined. These are people who had to humble themselves to be willing.  While thinking of these people, I ask that you think about yourself and others, focusing on just how loving, powerful and all-knowing He really is from the beginning of the bible to the end. I want you to think about how willing  and determined are you to do the Lord’s will?

It took me some time to let it soak deep into my marrow that God knows I’m not perfect and that He loves me in spite of me regardless of what anyone else say or think. SIN is like a chess piece in the mind moving here and there making you doubt how much God loves you. In order for anything to change in anyone’s life, that person has to be willing.

I’ve come to realize that old adage…….. “I’m set in my ways” is the most selfish attitude, excuse, and worthless thought, that anyone utters from their lips.  Go ahead! get upset, that’s how I feel about people when they make that statement.    😦   I would kick myself even if I perhaps happen to utter those 5 miserable words. What in the world do you think God can do with a “set in my ways” determined person? He’ll leave you to your own to be setting in your ways like the fallen star in the lake of fire.  Now we ALL know the story of that fallen star that was so determined to stay set in his ways walking to and fro on the earth, never restless, causing havoc, and tempting all. We need to be more set in Jesus’ ways. That will cure the “ME” syndrome.

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Well! Well! lookie here.  What does God tell us in the Book of Isaiah?

Isaiah 55:8-9 (KJV)

8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways”, saith the Lord.

9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

God have always been determined to return us back to perfection as things were before Adam and Eve sinned. If you haven’t already, you can read all the examples in the bible of a hard headed, hard hearted, and set in their ways nation.

If nothing else, that proves to us all, just how patient and loving He really is. He is THE GREAT FATHER that truly loves His children. His determination is a great lesson and reminder for us as earthly parents and all people. He is determined for you, for me, and for all of those who come to Him through Jesus to be permanent inheritors of His Kingdom, forever.

Focus Words

  • Willing-adj- disposed or consenting; inclined; cheerfully consenting or ready.
  • Determination-n- the act of coming to a decision or of fixing or settling a purpose.
  • Perfect-adj- lacking nothing essential to the whole; complete of its nature or kind.

Please read the bible stories if you are not already familiar with the following people who were not perfect but willing. If you have others I’ve not included, feel free to share.

  • Saul————————— Acts 9
  • Rahab————————  Joshua 2
  • Zacchaeus——————- Luke 19:1-10
  • King David—————— 1st and 2nd Books of Samuel
  • Matthew——————— Matthew 9:9-13
  • Mannasseh—————— 2 Chronicles 33
  • Me —————————- God’s Scroll

 

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Interesting Books To Read- My Shareware

Number 1- The Bible  🙂

Hello Beloved Ones!

I just finished reading The Islamic Antichrist by Joel Richardson.

It was a very interesting book. You can download an ebook from Amazon for about 8 peonies. I found a website with more info on the book. I learned some new words like Mahdi(their savior), Ad-Dajjal( their anti-christ, liar and deciever), munafiq ( hypocrite), and inshaallaahi (I hope by the will of Allah) and about the 5 types of Jihad. This was a mind opening book for me, because I have very little knowledge about the Islamic religion only because I wasn’t interested in anything but Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.  I believe the Lord led me to read this book after my 4th study on Revelations, so that I am made aware period. When I went a hunting for books to read on the subject, this book was at the top of the ebook listing for Christianity readings at my local library

http://archives.joelstrumpet.com/?p=2197

Another book I loved and completed last year is  Boundaries, When To Say Yes, When To Say No To Take Control of Your Life by Henry Cloud and John Townsend. It is a great self-help assistance outside of the full self help reading book, ie The Bible. The title caught my eye while browsing in the local bookstore while I was thinking about this bible verse:

Matthew 5:37 NKJV

But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.

Here’s a excerpt from a book review published by this website: http://www.bpdresources.net/peer_book_reviews/henry_cloud.htm

The premise of this book is that you cannot control what other people say and do, but you can control how you react and make your own choices  – and it explains in simple terms how to go about that. It helps put relationships into a prospective that is healthy and also nurturing.  According to the authors, “Physical boundaries help us determine who may touch us and under what circumstances. Mental boundaries give us the freedom to have our own thoughts and opinions  Emotional boundaries help us deal with our own emotions and disengage from the harmful, manipulative emotions of others.”

Other books I love and have read with and to my beautiful grandkids are:

The Old African by Julius Lester and Jerry Pinkney

Washington The Making of The American Capital by Fergus M. Bordewich

Lost Cities by Paul G. Bahn

The True Story of The Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka

And here is a free website for Children Bible Activities and Stories:

http://www.essex1.com/people/paul/bible.html

The Power Of Faith- My Thoughts

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Wow! November is almost over. This year has flown by as time normally fly in and out each blessed given day. I was reading my Seeking God study plan tonight from the Book of Matthew, Chapter 9.  I was slapped outta the wild dark sky with full moon light, the Faith Spirit took over. Thank you Jesus!

It’s amazing how I find and/or how we find things that have been there all along, even after reading it over and over again. We have to be totally engulfed in the Spirit to know its true meaning and how it applies to one’s life, when diving and swimming into the Word of God. The Bible, duh!  I felt like a red shiny apple thrown into a warm melted bowl of caramel, just covering me all over, ready for eating enjoyment when reading these scripture reminders about FAITH.  For the love of Christ, let’s call it the wisdom growth stage that we experience as we crawl, walk, run, jump, climb, and swim more with Him.

Ok, ok, so I was reading about FAITH. And it occurred to me, that FAITH is a thing very powerful, dominant, governing, and prevailing. Lord, have mercy Jesus, what a noun!  Nouns are a person, place, or thing….correct? Before I go a ranting, let’s just look at the definition of FAITH for faith’s sake.

faith n.

1. Confident belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing.

2. Belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence. See Synonyms at belief, trust.

3. Loyalty to a person or thing; allegiance: keeping faith with one’s supporters.

4. often Faith Christianity The theological virtue defined as secure belief in God and a trusting acceptance of God’s will.

Here we go now!

In Matthew 9:18-33, we read about 4 beautifully written episodes of faith. I’ll just break it down here.

  1.  The woman with the issue of bleeding for 12 years. What did she do? Reached out and touched in FAITH and was healed at that very moment. Let’s shout it together.  FAITH IS POWERFUL.
  2. The synagogue leader who went to Jesus and said “My daughter has just died, But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.”  What did the leader do? He believed before taking Jesus to his daughter. Shout! FAITH IS GOVERNING.
  3. The two blind men following Him, just a calling out for Him to have mercy on them. They went in behind closed doors and (watch this) Jesus asked them “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” What did they say? “YES LORD.” Shout it on out! FAITH IS PREVAILING.
  4. While the two newly bright eyed and joyful tattlers were going out, someone brought in a man who was demon-possessed AND could not talk, to see Jesus. Hold on beloved to that horsey bridle!  Here is the wild ride. (a)He can’t speak to tell Jesus what he desires. (b)He is possessed by a dominating demon.(c) He is face to face with Jesus…..he is no longer possessed by a demon AND he can speak. Shout it out! AND “Ride like the wind Bullseye!” (Woody from Toy Story) FAITH IS DOMINANT.

Ride like the wind Bullseye!

In these 4 events I’ve chosen, I hope you noticed as I did with the help of the Holy Spirit, these individuals either came to Jesus or Jesus was taken to the place after being sought out. You have to have faith in Him in order for Him to be pleased. Why would anyone do anything for you if they were not pleased with you in a Christ like manner? Think on it! <————–ITALICIZED BOLD  IS HERE   🙂

And here’s moi summary which proves 2 major FACT’S about FAITH from that author unknown who brews and also knew a lot about FAITH.  If you need a reminder on the lesson of Faith, read the entire Book of Hebrews.

1.      Hebrews 11:1-Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

2.      Hebrews 11:6-But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Now, my faithful and faith believing beloved one’s, skip back up to my words in italicized bold.  Do you see where I’m coming from by presenting these two FACT finding scriptures about FAITH?

Aside from it being the will of God, because of their FAITH in Him, Jesus was able to heal a sick woman, raise a dead girl, heal two blind men, and cast out a demon and He gave a mute man the gift of speech. He must have been giving a 2 for 1 special for the demon possessed one on that day. His faith must have been immeasurable.  I’m sure it wasn’t like  “Black Friday” after Thanksgiving.  😛

And might I add FAITH is a protective coating for us. It is a part of the whole/full armor of God. Let’s read about it:

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:8 (NIV)-But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.
  • Ephesians 6:10-18 (NIV)——-The Armor of God

    10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 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. 13 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. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

    18 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.

Closing It!  🙂  😛

FAITH PLAYS A BIG PART IN MAKING IT TO THE HOLY CITY THAT’S A COMING DOWN! That’s my belief. Keep The Faith! It’s your JOY in the Lord. It’s your SHIELD.

Never, ever, ever, let anyone steal YOUR JOY and DON’T you take JOY away from others.

 

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Saying The Right Words – My Thoughts

Thank you Holy Spirit!  I was studying my “Wisdom Study Plan” tonight. The plan for the day were, three chapters from the Book Of Job….. Chapters 4, 5, and 6.  I never thought of the book as being a wisdom guide until the last three days of studying it. It is a great feeling to study and spend time with God over and over again with the same stories.  Those milk stories turn into meat stories as you grow in faith and love for Him. As I was studying again in Chapter 6, I started thinking, oh Lord, that Job is full of questions and answers, and feisty in the Lord with his words, like I am at times. I was also thinking that he and his friends must have been very close to talk to each other that long. Phew! talk about long winded. How many of us will sit with a friend nowadays for more than an hour or two to carry on a conversation without looking dumbfounded or speechless? Not many, I don’t think.

Any who!  After Eliphaz had his say without catching his breath, I came to verses 25 thru 27, with special attention to verse 25.. Whoa! Hold on horsey! I was thrown off my horse.

Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! Horsey!

Chapter 6 begins with Job’s response to his friend Eliphaz. Let me share the verses here.  “How forceful are right words!   But what do your arguments prove? Do you intend to rebuke my words, And the speeches of a desperate one, which are as wind?  Yes, you overwhelm the fatherless, And you undermine your friend.”

 

Job’s firm statement and question led me along with the Holy Spirit to write this quick message for sharing. I’ll try to make it short. 🙂

Have you ever really thought about how forceful it is to say the right words? Have you ever thought about in day to day situations, and at the end of the day if you have been in an argument, what did the argument prove? Have you ever thought about what is ever accomplished when you are forced to say the right words and/or prove a point because of an argument?-Thought Candy!

When we know in our being without a doubt we have not the right words to say, this is a moment  for us to meditate quietly before opening our yapper and think to self, ‘well self  they say’ “Silence Is Golden. We’ve all experienced a moment with friends, family members, and others when they are grief stricken, hurt by someone or some other event, where it is hard for most to find the right thing to say. It’s even harder, if that person snaps back at you when you’ve felt you said the right thing. For most that turns into an argument unless you just walk away. Saying the wrong things can also put distance between you and another.

…. see! sometimes I know when to keep my mouth shut.

Zip It!

For me there are one or more of four things I say and absolutely mean from my heart when one is sad or grieving:

  • I’m sorry for your pain.
  • I will be in prayer for you.
  • If you need me, you call me.
  • Jesus loves you and I love you.

What I am trying to convey is that through ordeals, sometimes you just let go and let God. A loving hug; an “I’m sorry”; an “I’m here for you”; and/or a “trust in the Lord and be strong” will suffice. If you really don’t know what to say, just hold the person and pray quietly to self for them. This, my loves is where SILENCE is very golden and actions speaks louder than words.  Even though we are experiencing sadness for that person, we need to go outside of self in such moments and just rely on God’s still voice. Because believe it or not, Job hit on the truth with his statement “How forceful are right words!” Sometimes we ramble on until we say the wrong thing which is more hurtful and doesn’t make sense in the end.  What’s that saying, “talking out the side of your neck”?

I shall close here with the message. May you be blessed and say the right things to others in need when the Lord prepares your heart and mind to say them. Otherwise, sit quietly and wait upon the Lord. May you too find some wisdom when studying the Book of Job as I did tonight.  I now understand why it is a book filled with wisdom and whoever prepared the lesson plan online did a wonderful job. I am now wise in knowing that words are indeed like the wind and the wrong words (per Job, “desperate words”) are like undermining another when that person has a personal relationship with God.

 

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Quotes I Love About Heredity

“The laws of genetics apply even if you refuse to learn them.” ― Allison Plowden

“There were three things sought by invaders who crossed oceans to discover America. Those were gold, gospel, glory. There are four things sought by aliens who crossed heavens to discover planet earth. Those are gold, gospel, glory, gene.” ― Toba Beta

“It’s perfectly obvious that there is some genetic factor that distinguishes humans from other animals and that it is language-specific. The theory of that genetic component, whatever it turns out to be, is what is called universal grammar.” –Noam Chomsky

“A man’s rootage is more important than his leafage.”  – Woodrow Wilson

“Heredity is an omnibus in which all our ancestors ride, and every now and then one of them puts his head out and embarrasses us.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

“The best blood will sometimes get into a fool or a mosquito.” (LOLOL) – Austin O’Malley

“A genealogist is one who traces your family back as far as your money will go.” – Anonymous

“A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.” – Matthew

“Clever father, clever daughter; clever mother, clever son.” – Russian proverb

“Heredity is a strong factor, even in architecture. Necessity first mothered invention. Now invention has little ones of her own, and they look just like grandma.” – E.B. White

“I do not believe we can blame genetics for adultery, homosexuality, dishonesty and other character flaws.” – Jerry Falwell

“With our knowledge of modern-day genetics, we realize that it was possible for God to place the potential for all people throughout history into the genes of Adam and Eve when He created them”. – Walter Lang

“I don’t have a lot of respect for talent. Talent is genetic. It’s what you do with it that counts.” – Martin Ritt

“The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born – that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.”

Warren G. Bennis

“Christians need to take the lead in educating people that children are gifts, as my autistic grandson most surely is. By going down the path we’re currently on, we might one day get rid of genetic diseases, but only at the cost of our own humanity.” – Charles Colson

“Our character is not so much the product of race and heredity as of those circumstances by which nature forms our habits, by which we are nurtured and live.” –Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Heredity is what sets the parents of a teenager wondering about each other.”- Laurence J. Peter

“The man of the future may, and even must, do things impossible in the past and acquire new motor variations not given by heredity.” –G. Stanley Hall

“It’s perfectly obvious that there is some genetic factor that distinguishes humans from other animals and that it is language-specific. The theory of that genetic component, whatever it turns out to be, is what is called universal grammar.”- Noam Chomsky

Romans 5:12 – Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

Ezekiel 18:20 The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.

John 9:2 And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

1 Corinthians 15:22 – For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

Hebrews 2:14 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil,  (The Best Thing About Heredity is Knowing This-Jesus has power over that heredity sting we inherited via Adam)   😛

Read the most indepth book in the world about heredity to fully understand- The Bible. It’s where it all began and enlightens you on where it ends.  Be Blessed Beloved Ones!

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