***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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To Perish or To Repent? ——————— The God of “Ands”- Jonah 3:9-10

Jonah 3- Conclusion

Jonah 3:9-10

Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not? And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.

 

Vocabulary Enrichment

Perish- vb- to become destroyed or ruined; die

Repent- vb- to turn from sin and dedicate oneself to the amendment of one’s life; to change one’s mind; (vt)- to cause to feel regret or contrition

I am not going to place a focus on whether or not the mind of God changes because of the verse stating that “God repented”. However I did want to wrestle with the Holy Spirit about that because it is in the bible more than once. When the Sprit says “no, don’t go that route and lose focus on rending your heart”, what do you do? You listen to Him. I didn’t take that chance and I chose to focus on what I do and don’t do that pleases God. You see, darlings, it’s not about God repenting. It’s about God’s repentance of the evil that lies within the hearts of men. It is a repentance of man’s heart that makes the change.-Forward March!

Lesson- During this study, it has become so evident to me that we only have two choices in this life per any given situation/event that determines an outcome. We are quick to look past the obvious. When your wickedness goes up before God as the Ninevites wickedness did (“…for their wickedness is come up before me”- Jonah 1:2) will you choose To Perish or To Repent?  I chose repentance. It has been shown from the beginning (Genesis) and will be until the ending (Revelation) of this life we now live.

Think about this…when you decide not to make a choice, whether you realize it or not, others will make choices for you which leaves you to chance based upon someone else’s decision. Would you choose to let someone else decide what is best for your life and you not rely on God? Many of us do, even those who are in our right mind. Jonah had the right mind, but the heart let him flee. Yes, I did go there. I Love You. Do you not have your own mind? Yes God sends messengers, but you are the ONE responsible for hearing the message with your heart…it’s your heart that is examined by God.( 1 Samuel 16:7) Each of those in Jonah 3:7-8, from the animals to humans had to account for their own heart issues, even though Jonah relayed the message. You may not agree, however that is your choice. Allow me to share with you scriptures received that are evidence of my lesson learned about making choices and leaving chance to God. (TYHS) Pull open your bibles!

  • Genesis 3:1-3To eat of the trees of the Garden, but not in the midst (middle) of the Garden.
  • Deuteronomy 30:19-20 – Life or Death
  • Leviticus 18:22 – Grace or Disgrace
  • 1 Corinthians 6:9-10/ Isaiah 55:6-7/ – Righteousness or Unrighteousness
  • Romans 6:16– Obedience or Disobedience
  • Matthew 12: 25-30/ Proverbs 16:19 – God or Satan/Togetherness or Division
  • Romans 12:21– Good or Evil
  • Isaiah 30:20-21 – Walk in God or Walk out of God
  • Revelation 20/Hebrews 11: 25 – First Resurrection or Second Death
  • Revelation 22:10-18– To Hear or Not To Hear

“Ands”

The Bang!!!… The God of “And” repents of the evil that we do. We always remember “but God”, and barely remember “and God”. This is in sync with my two choices message I received. Isn’t the Holy Spirit a great communicator? Yes or No?  Choose one. I used to love those multiple choice tests, because the right answer was there, you just had to choose it. I find it aching that Adam and Eve took the first multiple choice test knowing the answer and still chose the wrong answer by listening to someone else. We do that too, however, “And God” when He sees an improvement in our works and our hearts, He forgives and He has mercy according to the rending of our heart and cares over to Him. 

Jonah 3:9-10– …“And God saw their works…. AND God repented of the evil, that He said He would do unto them; And (God) He did it not.” It is your choice To Perish or To Repent? As the King of the Ninevites asked ….Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?” God chose you. Why not repent? Why not rend your heart to God? I’ll tell you why you should per John 15:16- Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

 

Quotes

 Eric Allenbaugh

“Every choice moves us closer to or farther away from something. Where are your choices taking your life? What do your behaviors demonstrate that you are saying yes or no to in life?” 

 Led Zeppelin

“Yes, there are two paths you can go by. But in the long run there’s still time to change the road you’re on.”

“Then as it was, then again it will be, and though the course will change sometimes, rivers always reach the sea.”

 Philippians 4:8

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things.

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.

Consider This –Taking Another Look At Our Mind and Heart

As I was studying the Book of James in the bible, I became inquisitive about other verses that states “Consider….” I shall list a few of the verses for your reading pleasure.

Judging from the bible and history books, we are a nation quick to act without giving things much thought.  We are a people quick to point fingers, and criticize before giving others a careful examination. Yes, there is some good done here and there.  I have been guilty of being inconsiderate. Gasp! I know, it’s a shocker.  🙂  We have become a nation of self-appointed judges. This world is being run by King Tongue who dictates to and happens to rule over Queen Heart.

Consider this, who has the power over his or her tongue and heart; who is in control of every breath you take; how is it the norm that the mind makes decisions w/o the heart and how do we distinguish if whether decisions are made with the mind or the heart or w/o any thought at all. (TYHS)

Consider this, who is to blame and who will account for their actions before God. From some of the verses that I’ve read I’ve come to a conclusion that consideration is also a form of encouragement and love and by no means should you worry when considering this or that. I’ve learned through research and experience that considering something can even keep one from sinning.  

Consider the power of consideration. I want to encourage all, including self, to consider taking another look at our own mind and heart and to “Think on These Things” as one of our great fellow bloggers here states in his posts.

Let us take a look at the word CONSIDER. 

My simple definition —-> to fix the mind upon using the heart as your guide to do what is right.

From the American Heritage Dictionary- Consider (verb)- con·sid·ered, con·sid·er·ing, con·sid·ers  verb, transitive

1. To think carefully about.

2. To think or deem to be; regard as.

3. To form an opinion about; judge: considers waste to be criminal.

4. To take into account; bear in mind: Her success is not surprising if you consider her excellent training.

5. To show consideration for: failed to consider the feelings of others.

6. To esteem; regard.

7. To look at thoughtfully.

  • James 1:2-3 – Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
  • Luke 12:24-26 – Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
  • Luke 12:27-29 – “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it
  • Hebrews 10:23-25- Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.  And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
  • Hebrews 13:7-8 – Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever
  • Deuteronomy 32:7 – Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past. Ask your father and he will tell you, your elders, and they will explain to you.

Isaiah 1:2-4

Hear me, you heavens! Listen, earth!  For the Lord has spoken: “I reared children and brought them up, but they have rebelled against me. The ox knows its master, the donkey its owner’s manger, but Israel does not know,    my people do not understand. Woe to the sinful nation, a people whose guilt is great, a brood of evildoers, children given to corruption! They have forsaken the Lord; they have spurned the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on him.

Psalm 8

Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens. Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.  When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?  You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.  Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Even if you give no consideration to anything written in this post, I pray that you consider this:

2 Peter 3:8-9

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

 

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A Father’s Role – Happy Blessed Father’s Day 2013

Our Wiki Answers Encyclopedic Moment  🙂

  • A male (♂) organism is the physiological sex which produces sperm. Each spermatozoon can fuse with a larger female gamete, or ovum, in the process of fertilization. A male cannot reproduce sexually without access to at least one ovum from a female.
  • A boy is a young male human, usually child or adolescent. When he becomes an adult he’s described as a man.
  • A man is an adult human male; the gender role to which men in most human cultures are expected to conform. ( pardonnez-moi!  I’d like to add a comment…. It is also a stage of the male role given by God)
  • A father (or dad) is a male parent or Individual progenitor of human offspring.  Fathers determine the gender of their child through a sperm cell which either contains an X chromosome (female), or Y chromosome (male) (note- a blessed position received from God)

More of Wiki Answers: Traditionally, fathers act in a protective, supportive and responsible way towards their children. Involved fathers offer developmentally specific provisions to their sons and daughters throughout the life cycle and are impacted themselves by doing so. Active father figures may play a role in reducing behavior and psychological problems in young men and women. The father figure does not always have to be a child’s biological father and some children will have a biological father as well as a step- or nurturing father. 

Now that our encyclopedic moment is out of the way, let us reflect on Our Heavenly Father in prayer.

Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For Thine is The Kingdom, The Power, and the Glory, For Ever and Ever. Amen.

My Thoughts …….Here we go!  🙂  😛

Because of God’s will, a human father has the power to provide a child’s daily bread, forgive a child’s trespasses, teach and show a child how to forgive, and guide them away from evil so that the child may avoid temptations.  Father’s remind yourselves of the power given to you over your child’s earthly life. Use God as your fatherly example.  Be a loving, supportive, protective, responsible, and correcting father. Be an obedient man of God. It is God’s will.  You will feel and see your blessings flow by passing the God-given and guided task on to your son(s). Son(s) who will one day possibly become a father. You are the one that holds the main key to putting procreation in place. For those wonderful, “Individual progenitor’s” i.e. FATHERS, who are doing your part per God’s will and instructions………..

Happy Father’s Day 2 U!

Ephesians 6: 4 – And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 -All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

Challenge– For the men that are just out there making babies and taking no part in their child’s life, please mark a spot in your mind and on your heart the meaning of the word PROVISION to stay in line with the will of God. If you feel yourself falling out of line, grab a dictionary and remind yourself of its meaning and pray for the Lord’s guidance. 

PROVISION- (N) – (a) the act or process of providing; (b) the fact or state of being prepared beforehand; (c) a measure taken beforehand to deal with a need or contingency : preparation.

Being a FATHER is a prestigious position to have in a child’s life.  

As my papaw used to tell the young men in church acting up boy you better straighten up and fly right, earn your wings, and own your flight.” If you find yourself unprepared for fatherhood, take a lesson from Onan, the son of Judah, spill your seed on the ground to avoid having to provide for an offspring. You can read the story in Genesis 38:1-10. If you have a living child or children, there is absolutely NO REASON, NO EXCUSE, whatsoever for you to avoid, nor lack in your fatherly duties.

If you are not going to spill your seed on the ground, in the trash, or wherever and impregnate a female.…The way I see it, the Lord gives you nine months to prepare for your gift He is giving you, unless it is a preemie.  Even then, you have months to prepare. You are to take care of ALL things the Lord gives you.  So……………

(((((Get Your Act Together)))))

In memory of my one and only father figure, my Papaw, Professor J.T. Banks, of whom I miss dearly every day. This is him at the age of 84. He used to brag about having all of his “real teeth” at that age.  Boy was he blessed, and look at that smile. I’ve also included a pic of him and grandma in their younger days. They were such a beautiful loving and caring couple. I was thinking, God puts at least one person in your life, that will forever be your guiding force, even if that person has died. Thank you Lord, for my Papaw, being that one person.

My Papaw..Professor Joseph T. Bankshttps://talkativeangel.wordpress.com/2012/06/16/fathers-day-a-good-father/

Joseph and Odessa

Joseph and Odessa

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Lord’s Prayer- Learning In French

 

I had a flashback to my 11th grade French class this morning, while preparing The Lord’s Prayer for my grandkids to memorize.  You know the class where you get a great exercise workout for the mouth.  🙂 I told my grandkids that can read that I wanted them to learn The 23rd Psalm, Lord’s Prayer, Ten Commandments, Beatitudes, and The Golden Rule.  I want to encourage all grandparents out there to teach these to your grandkids.  It will leave a lasting impression.  My Papaw thought them to me as a child and though I have not lived accordingly, however I continue to work on being more like Christ. 

So much for Memorial Day! I remember the time that my Papaw took out to teach me things in the bible to this very day, which has help me become the faith-based person that I am. I know storms are going to come and I need to remember in my weak temporary moments to Stand In Jesus’ name against them all so that I too may overcome.

So I am making 5 little booklets that includes the above scriptures in English and in French. I’ll have to make 4 more  in about 2 years for the other ones to learn and read.  I ‘ve always found it exciting to learn different languages. I came across the prayer in French.  Here’s some shareware from http://www.lords-prayer-words.com/ Enjoy My Beloved!

“Notre Père”

Notre Père, qui es aux cieux,
 Que ton nom soit sanctifié,
 Que ton règne vienne,
 Que ta volonté soit faite sur la terre comme au ciel.

Donne-nous aujourd’hui notre pain de ce jour.
 Pardonne-nous nos offences
 Comme nous pardonnons aussi à ceux qui nous ont offensés.
 Et ne nous soumets pas à la tentation,
 mais délivre-nous du mal,
 car c’est à toi qu’appartiennent le règne,
 la puissance et la gloire, aux siècles des siècles.
Amen.

 

‘Je t’aime’ (zhuh tem – I Love You)

Avant tout, ayez les uns pour les autres une ardente charité, car La charité couvre une multitude de péchés. (1 Peter 4:8)