My Journey through Romans 11

God’s Remnant To Remain Through It All – An Olive Tree Lesson

Romans 11:1-6- I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew. Don’t you know what Scripture says in the passage about Elijah—how he appealed to God against Israel: “Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars; I am the only one left, and they are trying to kill me”?  And what was God’s answer to him? “I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace.  And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.
(vs. 24) After all, if you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more readily will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree!

When we read about the olive tree in the bible, we probably think of it as being a big tree or don’t give a thought to it until we read the book of Revelation. Surprisingly, I’ve learned it is a rather small tree.  Per Wikipedia : The olive tree, is an evergreen tree or shrub native to the Mediterranean, Asia and Africa. It is short and squat, and rarely exceeds 8–15 m (26–49 ft) in height.  The silvery green leaves are oblong, measuring 4–10 cm (1.6–3.9 in) long and 1–3 cm (0.39–1.18 in) wide. The trunk is typically gnarled and twisted.  Olive trees are not native to the Americas. Olives like hot weather and sunny positions without any shade while temperatures below −10 °C (14 °F) may injure even a mature tree. They tolerate drought well, thanks to their sturdy and extensive root system. Olive trees can live for several centuries and can remain productive for as long if they are pruned correctly and regularly. (Bingo! News for the year.)

Bible facts that I noted and four lessons learned while studying this chapter:

I. The olive tree stood through the great flood. (Gen.8:11)It is the tree the dove picked a branch off of.

Lesson learned: We are a small people regardless of our stature or status in today’s world. We as believers in Christ should have much faith to endure great floods that come upon us and encompasses us round about. We can stand through it all and watch the Lord rescue us TODAY.  And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. (Exodus 14:13)

II. The oil has to be beaten out of the olive. (Lev 24:2; Num. 28:5; Grapes were smashed.)

refiners-fireLesson learned: We as believers in Christ must go through a beating with fire and a wash with fuller’s soap to be separated from the crap that grew within us and on us before the return of the Lord. But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap.  He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the Lord will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness,  and the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the Lord, as in days gone by, as in former years. “So I will come to put you on trial. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud laborers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive the foreigners among you of justice, but do not fear me,” says the Lord Almighty. (Malachi 3:2-5)  Let us not be forgetful of what Jesus went through for us. What we go through is just a dead limb falling off of the olive tree. The place where the limbs break have the opportunity to reshoot(new growth) once it receives the proper nutrition(the knowledge and love of God). May the Holy Spirit give you wisdom concerning that thought as He gave it to me in writing this thought upon my mind and heart.

olive-treeIII. The olive tree is wild by nature (Rom. 11:17)

Lesson learned:  Like the olive tree we are gnarled and twisted at times, yet we are still capable of producing good fruit. (TYHS) We go through many stages in life of disobedience to God due to our wild sinning nature. We need to grasp the truth, NONE of us as shepherds and sheep’s are perfect.  When we have been refined in God’s fire and stood through floods what we should not do is let what others think of us and our past keep us in a position of disobedience like the Israelite’s did because the word says “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. (Ephesians 2:1-3)

I think the olive tree is so representative of our personal family trees (ancestry listings) and church family trees(membership listings). It gives me an understanding of our similarities. Some of us have a sturdy trunk and extensive root system. All are twisted and even as mature adults we get injured. We are not as holy as we think we are with our falling leaves and broken branches. However, we can tolerate a drought with the help of the Holy Spirit. We can stand through floods; we will be beaten to smatterings and we are wild by nature. We need and we should desire correction from the Lord. The word from the Holy Spirit- “Shelia, it’s about the pureness of the oil.” (TYHS) (Read Romans 11:11-24)

storm-calmBreak Time: Have you ever noticed how quiet things are after a storm? Can you imagine the quietness Noah experience after the storm?  Imagine the quietness of the Israelite’s when God opened up the earth to put thousands in check. (Read Numbers Chapter 16 & 26) When we believe and receive correction – in the end we need to remember this: But now, this is what the Lord says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; (Isaiah 43:1-3)

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IV. Heed the voice and teachings of God. For of him, and through him, and to him are all things; to who be glory for ever. Amen. (Romans 11:36)

Lesson Learned: Listen for the Lord’s voice when He calls you and be obedient, Wherefore COME OUT from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.(2 Cor. 6:17)

Beloved, with this new year that is upon us,it is my prayer that we work to make this a true verse representative of who we are in Christ before His return, for we shall be God’s Remnant To Remain Through It All – Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.( 1 John 3:9)

Note 2 Self- There ain’t nothing wrong with being God’s leftover (remnant)

 

What Is Your Nail?

 

 

Today is my 3 year anniversary here. Yahoo! All praise belong to my Heavenly Father.  I came across the following last evening and I wanted to share it with you wonderful people that visit this blog. If you know who penned/nailed this, let me know. 😛

There was once an insurance salesman who would go door to door selling insurance. Well one day he happened upon an old farmer. As he approached the farmer to make his sales pitch he noticed an old hound dog laying on the porch to the right of the farmer. As the salesman began to speak the hound dog bellied out as if something were wrong. The salesman at first ignored the dog, but every time he tried to say something to the old farmer the dog moaned out louder and louder. Finally the salesman asks the old farmer.

“Sir what is wrong with your dog”

The old farmer replied

“He is laying on a nail”

To which the the salesman responded

“Why doesn’t he just move to get off the nail”

and the farmer said

“I guess the nail does not hurt bad enough for him to move yet”

The Point: We all have our own nail that we may complain about on a daily basis. Your nail could be financial issues, employment problems, spiritual confusion, family drama, relationship woes, etc. Whatever your nail is KNOW that you will not move until the hurt is bad enough to make you move. Thing is you don’t have to wait til the pain gets unbearable.

I read up on nails here.—–> Nails

Bible Verses about the significance of nails:

The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.-Ecclesiastes 12:11

 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.-John 20:25

Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; – Colossians 2:14

 

nail bed torture

Thank God today for not allowing you to be nailed to that cross. In Jesus name, let us get rid of our nails (issues/relationships) that are hurting us, making the pain “unbearable.” Amen. God gave us time for a reason. Stop wasting God’s time. Get off of the nail bed. Get Up!

 

 

Shake off those nails…Listen

 

 

 

 

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.

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.

Rain-One of God’s Many Treasures – My Thoughts

Deuteronomy 32:1-3 – Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass: because I will publish the name of the Lord: ascribe ye greatness unto our God.

Last night, there were heavy rain and thunderstorms with high winds in my area. I am a thunderstorm lover, rain, wind, tornadoes, hurricanes, you name it, I love it because it reminds me of how powerful God is.  Although storms can be damaging, they are so beautiful.  Did you know that storms produce both faith and fear within us? As for me, storms give me more faith to move forward, without looking back. They said even the wind and the sea (water) obey Him…Huh?  Matthew 8:23-27-And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.  And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.  And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.  And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.  But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!

I often associate certain rains with a joyful cleansing from heaven for a beloved saint or child of God’s who was just buried. The thought of a friend’s mother, came to mind when I heard a loud thunder.   Ring! Ring! It’s 9:45 p.m.  My grandson Elijah called, and said “Grandma, our lights went out, are yours out?”  I told him “no, get your flashlights I gave you and pray.”  He said, “Ok, but I called you first and I wanted to tell you we love you.”  Emanuel was in the background saying “ask her to come over here”, while their mom was yelling in the background “get off the phone, go to bed, it is lightning.”  I told them to get to sleep because the Lord wants them to rest so that they could go to school tomorrow. We both said “I love you” before hanging up.  I am glad the Lord has instilled in them through my actions, that they can rely on their grandmother for protection and comfort, if from no one else on earth. TYHS!  🙂  

2/21/14- It is Friday morning, I woke up (PTL) and the sun was shining brightly and the weather was nice after such a horrific storm all night til the wee morning hours.  I began to sing…There’s got to be rain in your life by Dorothy Norwood.  Thank you Holy Spirit for ministering to me via that song! I’ve got to learn how to play that song on guitar. Help!

http://youtu.be/tNOPNSjvYc0

http://youtu.be/QA2SUMuv1mo  (live video)

My heart was thinking about rain and I was led to write a post about this majestic element of God.  I could be wrong too, but rain is spoken about more in the OT than the NT, but that’s because I live and breathe the OT and I love Jesus.  This verse came to mind Matthew 5: 45-That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

Most of us look at rain as an inconvenience. Rain can cause a change in plans and attitudes.  It can cause fear and joy. It is necessary for things to grow. It is the number one chemistry element H20 used to put out fires and is used for the building up of many structures. Rain can replenish oceans, ponds, and seas. Rain can cause destruction by rising into a heavy flood washing away graves, homes, trees, buildings, remove paved roads, and can cause death.  I look at RAIN as a way for us to reevaluate things in our lives. Read Genesis 6-9. I think of this as being one of the most important events in the bible that make us aware of how powerful God really is. He said I AM, Amen.

Matthew 7:25-27- And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it 

Oh yeah!  Rain saves lives too. Look here… Isaiah 55:10 – For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:

Rain opens the eyes and hearts of many and can cause one to respect the Lord and His will. See here… Samuel 12:17-18- Is it not wheat harvest to day? I will call unto the LORD, and he shall send thunder and rain; that ye may perceive and see that your wickedness is great, which ye have done in the sight of the LORD, in asking you a king. So Samuel called unto the LORD; and the LORD sent thunder and rain that day: and all the people greatly feared the LORD and Samuel.

Now let’s take a look at a few more bible verses about rain, apply them to your life, and let the verses minister to you:

Genesis 7:4 – For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.

Isaiah 45:8 -Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the LORD have created it.

Jeremiah 5:24 – Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear the LORD our God, that giveth rain, both the former and the latter, in his season: he reserveth unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest.

Amos 4:7 – And also I have withholden the rain from you, when [there were] yet three months to the harvest: and I caused it to rain upon one city, and caused it not to rain upon another city: one piece was rained upon, and the piece whereupon it rained not withered. 

Hebrews 6:4-8 -For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, if they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God:  but that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned. (Rain as Renewal)

Psalm 68:8-9 -the earth shook, the heavens also dropped at the presence of God: even Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God, the God of Israel. Thou, O God, didst send a plentiful rain, whereby thou didst confirm thine inheritance, when it was weary.

Jeremiah 10:13– When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens, and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures.

Deuteronomy 28:12 -The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.

Acts 14:17-Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.

1 Kings 8:35-36-When heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against thee; if they pray toward this place, and confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou afflictest them: Then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants, and of thy people Israel, that thou teach them the good way wherein they should walk, and give rain upon thy land, which thou hast given to thy people for an inheritance.

Genesis 9:14-16 – And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. (Rain is even part of His promise. RAINBOW…get it?)

It’s just water, you say.  Think again. As we go about in our busy day-to-day lives, do we ever stop to think about how powerful and essential RAIN is?  It is the first element used by God to make man take notice of His power.  Correct me if I am wrong in that thought. Rain comes and goes according to the Word of God. Scripture tells us that RAIN is one of the Lord’s many treasures.  It is a gift from God. To end this, I ask that each and every one of us deeply think about the significance RAIN (i.e. tears, water, snow, floods, storms, death, joy, feeling lost, etc.) plays in our lives, whether it is the lack of or an abundance of it in our daily lives. What does your Doppler Storm Radar look like?  Look nigh to Him who controls ALL Rain.

For it is so in the bible that even Jesus Wept!

 

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