Archive | November 2014

Blessed to Read Revelation:

Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. Revelation 1:3

The sermon at our church was about the possibility of this being the last great generation before the end of the world.

If one pays attention to the words of prophecy, and hears the news today, it is possible that we are very close to the end.

Israel is surrounded by her enemies. Nations are at war with each other. There are signs and wonders in the heavens. Knowledge has increased. The word of God has been spread across the world, and is available to almost everyone through electronic and written means. The earth is groaning, disasters are increasing.

What is God saying to us?

God was so gracious in having John write the book of Revelation.

It starts with verse 1: The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John.

In other words, this is a believable account of what is to happen.

Revelation ends with the verses: He which testifieth these things saith, “Surely I come quickly.” Amen. Even so, come Lord Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

Jesus is coming quickly. We need to be ready,– spiritually, mentally, and physically.

Thank You for giving us the book of Revelation, Dear God, so that we can read of what is to come. I pray that You would send workers for the harvest, that many more might be saved. In Jesus Name, Amen.

-Dawn-

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God Chooses The Foolish, The Weak, and The Despised:

For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called; But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are. That no flesh should glory in his presence. 

But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:26-31

That the King of Kings and Lord of Lords should think of me, or want to save me, is a mystery!

I am not princess material by any standards.

I have been utterly and completely foolish at times and have been despised by many.

I am not mighty, but that is a good thing, because this verse says that God chooses the weak, the despised, the foolish. In our many faults, God can show His strength, His nobleness, His wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption.

I am one of those people, who because of my many faults, needed Jesus, and He did not disappoint me.

There is a parable Jesus tells about a wedding:

The Parable of the Wedding Banquet

22 Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.

“Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’

“But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business.The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.

“Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ 10 So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.

11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. 12 He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless.

13 “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

14 “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”


The Parable of the Two Sons (Matthew 21):

28 “What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’

29 “‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.

30 “Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go.

31 “Which of the two did what his father wanted?”

“The first,” they answered.

Jesus said to them, Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32 For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutesdid. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.


There is room at the cross for each one of us, the good and the bad.

We are saved by Jesus when we acknowledge that we are sinners, and that Christ died for us, and rose from the grave, and is interceding for us. When we are baptized, dead to sin, and made alive with Christ.

These parables that Jesus told have a lot of meaning. Our wedding clothes are Christ. When we are clothed with Him, God sees us as being worthy, not from anything we’ve done, but by Who we have clothed ourselves with.

Thank You so much, dear God, for seeing Jesus in me. I am not worthy, except for Christ being in me, making me white as snow, though my sins were as scarlet. Thank You Jesus! Please display Your wisdom, Your righteousness, sanctification, strength, and redemption in me. Amen.

-Dawn-

Prayers, Peace, and Pure Thoughts:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

….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. (Philippians 4:7,8)

I thought this was terrific advice to put in my mind before the Christmas season. It is easy to get busy and concerned, and to think negatively, to feel rushed, and anxious during the holidays.

However, we are not to be anxious, but prayerful and thankful, and to present our requests to God.

I am not sure why, but prayer sometimes is the last resort, when it should be the first.

What peace we have in knowing God will take care of everything. He will keep our hearts and minds peaceful through Jesus.

We are urged finally, to think on truthful, honest things, on just things, pure things, lovely things, and things that have a good report. We are to fill our minds with virtuous things, and with praise.

Prayers, Petitions, and good thoughts are all helpful in the peace process.

Thanks for everything, dear God, and for the ability to come to You in prayer! Help me to remember this advice daily. There is so much concern and anxiety in the world. I pray for the peace which surpasses understanding, through Christ Jesus, and for Your protection. Thank You! Amen.

-Dawn-

Preparation:

Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage — with great patience and careful instruction. 2 Timothy 4:2

Preparation, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is the action or process of making something ready for use or service or of getting ready for some occasion, test, or duty.

We prepare for all kinds of things, like–Thanksgiving.

It was late last night that I bought the turkey. It was early this morning that I put the turkey in the oven, and I prepared the other things that would go with it as the bird was cooking: the cranberry sauce, the stuffing, potatoes, and more.

Everyone enjoyed the final meal, and it only took minutes of eating, but the preparation time was hours long.

Have you noticed that when you take time to work out all the details and plan for a big event, the final product goes over pretty well? (Not always, but usually.)

We read in this verse, that we need to be prepared for that time when we will need the words to correct, rebuke, and encourage — with great patience and careful instruction those who need to hear the Word preached.

I need to work on that kind of preparation more diligently.

Happy Thanksgiving! May the Lord bless and encourage each one of you! I pray for God’s glory to shine in your lives, and help you through each new day! I am so grateful for salvation, so thankful that Jesus was willing to come to this earth, and take upon Himself the sins of the whole world! I am so grateful that God raised Him from the dead! I am so encouraged and hopeful, because Jesus is at the right hand of God, interceding on my behalf! I am Thankful for so many of God’s wondrous, abundant blessings!

-Dawn-

Thanksgiving to God

Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them: and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.   Hebrews 13:1-3 

Have a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

I think of this holiday as an opportunity to give a lot of thanks to God for everything He has done!

The world is in chaos, but we can go to God with all our troubles, and I am very grateful for that..

Dear Lord, thank You for mercy, for salvation, for loving the unloved. You are truly worthy of praise, glory, and honor. There is none like You!

-Dawn-

God’s Wings:

Psalms 57:1

Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee; yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.

My King James Bible says that David wrote this Psalm when he fled from Saul in the cave.

David had some real troubles in his lifetime. He needed refuge, strength, help, deliverance, forgiveness, and more. He wrote songs and poems about fear, war, bitterness, and usually ended them in gratefulness and acknowledgement of God.

David encourages me.

He prays for God to be merciful as he is being sought by King Saul. The King wants to kill David.

David tells God that he trusts Him, and will take refuge under the protection of the wings of God, until the situation passes.

Psalm 91:4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. 

Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

David was surrounded with real trouble, yet he knew the strength of the living God. He knew that he could rest under the shadow of His wings, and that His life was ultimately in God’s hands.

Oh God, You are so wonderful to protect us, to cover us, and to save Your people from so many calamities. Life is full of trouble, and we cannot escape that, yet we can take refuge in You, and find strength for each day. You forgive, heal, restore, and help us. How wonderful You are! Thank You! Amen.

-Dawn-

Today:

Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth. Proverbs 27:1 (KJV)

A while ago, my son watched the movie, “Kung Fu Panda”. I enjoyed the part where the Panda is told that yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift, and that is why it is called ‘the present’.

We’ve all probably heard the saying, “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.”

There are more sayings about thinking too far ahead, but the verse in Proverbs says it well.

There is a parable that Jesus told in the New Testament, about a man who was doing so well with harvesting grain, that he planned to build more barns, but that night, his life was required of him.

Luke 12: 

18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you.Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

Another favorite of mine:

Matthew 6:

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

i have been fasting and praying today. I read the first chapter in Isaiah, yesterday, it struck me how closely the United States currently parallels the actions of Israel during that time. I have been very saddened by the events happening in the world. I felt compelled to pray fervently for God to intervene in the affairs of our leadership and in our nation. We definitely have some problems in the USA.

Verses, such as this one in Proverbs, remind me to live my best today. I might not have tomorrow, and cannot do anything about my past. I have the gift of life today. I need to live it well.

Thank You, God, for this beautiful day that You’ve made. Thank You for Your forgiveness and mercy. I know that Your Kingdom will come, and Your will be done, You’ve provided me with the things I need, and I am thankful. Please forgive me of all my sins. I also forgive others who have sinned against me. Keep me from temptation, and deliver me from evil. Yours is the Kingdom, Power, and Glory, always, amen.

-Dawn-