Archive | June 2015

Please God!

Please God

In Galatians, is a wonderful account of the Apostle Paul’s conversion. He was an extremely religious man, who thought He was as close to God as He could be, until the Lord revealed Himself in a blinding light, and with an audible voice.

Before Paul’s conversion, he persecuted Christian believers, and even approved of them being killed.

At first Christians had a hard time believing Paul’s conversion, and thought he would persecute them, but finally they accepted that he was a Christian too.

But they had heard only, that he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed. And they glorified God in me. Galatians 1:23

The life of Paul is an amazing story! During his missionary travels, he was shipwrecked, beaten, put in prison, whipped, bitten by a poisonous viper, and more!

To the church in Galatia, Paul wrote about the comparison between the flesh and the Spirit:

Galatians 5:

 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Dear God, we are seeing the effects of people living in the flesh. People are separated from You. I wish there were a revival, and that people would repent, and turn to you. However, I see that people are lovers of themselves, rather than lovers of God. They cannot know You, unless You make Yourself known to them. Some people are like Paul, who think they know the right way, and they are doing what they’ve been taught, but in the end it will lead to destruction.  Shed Your light and truth in their lives, that they might fully and truthfully know You. Help my faith to grow too, and keep me from being deceived! I pray especially for Your will. I know that You will come in judgment, and that pride goes before a fall. I leave this all in Your hands. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

-Dawn-

Take Heed!

Trust

Matthew 10:16

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

Jesus, while addressing His followers, said many times ‘to take heed’. It means to ‘pay careful attention to’.

And he said unto them, Takeheed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.

And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod.
And Jesus answering them began to say,Take heed lest any man deceive you:

But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.

But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.

Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
In summary:
  • Pay attention to what measure you are using, and to what you are listening to.
  • Be careful of the ‘leaven’ of the so-called religious people, and of people in leadership (rulers).
  • Be careful not to be deceived.
  • Pay careful attention, that you will be delivered up to councils, and in the ‘churches’ you will be beaten, and brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.
  • Pay careful attention to the fact that Jesus has already foretold these things. (It is to be expected.)
  • Take notice that Jesus tells us to watch and pray; for we know not when the time is.

There are many wolves is sheep’s clothing, and the devil is like a ‘prowling lion’ waiting to devour us. We have many enemies as Christians. Be aware, be on your guard, put on the full armor, and do not be afraid. You are in God’s hands, and you are worth very much to Him.

Dear God, this is a time for us to encourage our brothers and sisters in Christ, to keep their faith and stand firm in You, and in Your mighty power. You foretold us that things would happen, because we love You. Help us to remember Your warnings and words. Many in the world will not listen to us, because they choose darkness, rather than light, but help us to be faithful ambassadors for You, and send workers for the harvest. Keep us from being deceived. Your will be done.

In the Precious name of Jesus, Amen.

-Dawn-

Photo, with verse,  from free collection of Dr. Johnson Cherian:

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A Christian’s Experience:

Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. Revelation 5:10

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33

This summer, I took a job at a convenience store, nearby, to earn extra money for my son to go to Missionary Aviation Training Academy.

On Friday, a woman’s car broke down on the freeway ramp, next to our gas station. She had her seven-year-old son with her. Some strong young boys helped push her car off the road into a dirt parking area near our store.

She came to our counter, and asked, with tears, if I knew of a local mechanic? I tried a few phone numbers, but couldn’t get an answer. I told her she could sit down, have a cup of ice water, and I would help her when I had a chance. I waited on customers in-between helping her find someone to look at her car.

A towing company that helped me when I had trouble once, helped her find a roadside mechanic.

This woman was so poor. Her husband was a migrant worker, who picked fruit in an orchard about two-hundred miles from where I live.

She was on her way back from another state, visiting her sick mother.

The family bought this broken down car, a month ago, with hopes that they would have dependable transportation. After the roadside mechanic looked at it, she found out that the car’s intake had been JB-Welded, and that it had given out, and the motor was damaged.

God spoke to me in that store, and told me to offer this woman a ride home.

I told her that I would get off work in the evening, and that I would drive her home. She took me up on the offer, and waited several hours for me to get off work.

Where I live, it is very remote, with limited services. She had the only car that the family owned, and no money, except the gas money she had to make it home. She had no credit cards.

I drove the woman, and her son, home, and the tow truck company, with a Christian who works there, told the woman he would keep her car for free for a week, and tow it to his yard, until they figured out what to do.

The mechanic, who looked like he could be in the movies, with his tan skin, wavy black hair, and sunglasses, was suppose to charge $60 for coming out to look at the car, and only charged her twenty dollars! He also told me after he looked at it, that he hated to see that happen, and it made him sorry that she bought a car that was bound to go out.

He offered to assist her with repairing it, and told her where she could get cheap parts.

She was so thankful! Her concerns about being in a strange place with her young son, were overwhelming. She was heart-broken, tired, and worried.

I got her home about midnight, and she really did live in poverty, exactly where she had stated. Her husband gave me a large bag of Ranier Cherries he had picked that day, to thank me. (I shared some with the towing company owner, and my boss.)

I got home a little after three in the morning, but had a few hours of sleep, before I had to go to work.

While I was writing my devotions, yesterday, my boss called. She advised me that the girls I worked with, didn’t like me helping out this lady, and that I should have just given her the phone book. — Strange thought.– Temperatures in the hundreds, a little seven year old, a woman with no money and no means, in a remote place where she didn’t know anyone? Maybe they could give her a phone book and look the other way, I couldn’t,

Persecution is bound to follow doing what you know is right. The store made money, as I bought seventy dollars in gas, to bring her home, and the job got done. No customers complained about their service, and the woman and her son were safely home.

If you are persecuted for doing the right thing, rejoice! I honestly felt good, even though the young girls refused to even speak to me, yesterday.

I saw a lot of kindness from the people who helped this woman, the boys who pushed her car, the mechanic, the towing company, all of them helped in ‘doing the right thing’. They showed me a slice of beauty and sacrifice in this self-absorbed world.

Dear God, there is so much opportunity in this world to put our faith in action. I pray that you would send workers for the harvest. Thank you for the people who are willing to make sacrifices that make this world a better place. I know that there will be persecution and tribulation in this world, but you have overcome the world! I pray for Your presence and protection and help, and for Your will to be done.

Thank You! In Jesus’s Wonder Name, Amen!

-Dawn-

Who knows that maybe God had me work at this store, for just this reason?

Total Destruction:

2 Thessalonians 2:1-4

 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,

That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

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I agree with IB, and her post condemning WordPress for decorating our website.

However, we also need to remember that the rainbow is a symbol of hope to Christians everywhere. God put it as a sign in the sky to show Noah that He would not destroy the earth with a flood ever again.

Noah experienced what it was like to live in a totally sinful generation. Every human being except for eight were completely destroyed, and the earth was washed clean for a time!

Noah had a first-hand account of what it was like to see every human being destroyed by God’s wrath. That is an enormous concept for us to grasp.

We want to think of God as all love. The truth is that God hates sin! He will punish sin. The only thing that will save us is to be ‘washed clean’ by the flood of Jesus’s own blood, that washes over our sins and purifies us from all wrong.

As long as I have a voice, I will choose to let the gospel of salvation be made known. Part of the gospel message is to recognize sin, so that we can repent, and turn to God for forgiveness!  I do not support the gay agenda. Homosexuality is a sin with severe consequences. Sodom and Gomorrah are just one example. In the book of Judges is another terrible example of what this behavior does to a community.

Oh God, I am sorry for my sins, and pray that people would repent, and turn to you! You are love, and love hates sin! Help us to be bold, courageous, filled with Your power and presence at this time, in this generation! Help us to put on Your armor daily, and help us to put Your word in our hearts, so that we will not sin against you.

In the name of Jesus, Amen!

-Dawn-

PS: My post for Yesterday, was not able to be published to WordPress because of ‘some error’.

“Thanks be to God, Who Delivers Me Through Jesus Christ Our Lord!”

Thanks to God!

One of the things I love to do, is to read and hear the testimonies of how people came to know the Lord. They are ‘love stories’ of sorts. I am encouraged by people who have realized the extent of their sins, and who have found redemption and forgiveness through Jesus. That is God’s great love story. He is willing to take the sinners of this world, and redeem us.

In the book of Hosea, there is an analogy using a horrible love story.– Hosea marries a promiscuous woman. She is not faithful to him at all. She has his children, but she keeps going back to her former way of life. She represents Israel, and their unfaithfulness toward God. As this woman is being sold as a slave, Hosea buys her back. He still wants her after all she has done! Even though she has not been faithful to Hosea, Hosea still cares for her!

We are all like that woman. All our righteousness is as filthy rags. The good we want to do, we don’t do. What we don’t want to do, we do. Paul tells us why this is:

So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. Romans 7:21-23

Maybe you’ve shouted out what Paul’s next words were, “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?”

Paul then tells us, “Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

That is why a testimony of salvation means so much! There is much rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents! I, too, feel like leaping for joy, and thanking God, because a slave to sin has been made free! A dead man has been raised to life!

Let us boldly proclaim the gospel, and go forth and preach the good news of salvation!

Dear God, sinners need to find their way to You. Please send workers for Your harvest! We have all sinned and fallen short of Your glory. Without salvation through Your Son, Jesus, we have no hope. Make this world hungry to hear Your words! I pray that the world would see its need to repent, turn from their sins, and seek You. Oh, that they would find salvation and Your great love and mercy! Help me to be a good ambassador, filled with Your Holy Spirit, and Your truth. In the Wonderful, saving name of Jesus, Amen.

-Dawn-

If This Is Your Last Day On Earth

In this short article from https://wordpress.com/read/blog/id/71657965/ (The Kings Kid Chronicles), Aleta Kay gives us some things to consider. What do we believe about death, and if this is our last day on earth, how are we going to live it? As Christians, will our meager efforts make a difference for good? Aleta ends with her personal response to the question, ‘ what if this were her last day on earth’. Thanks Aleta for the article, and for spreading the gospel message!

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“Death Comes As The End” is the title of one of Agatha Christie’s novels. It’s a catchy title but it isn’t true. I know: there are many different beliefs around the world about death. Most of them are comforting and untrue. Some people believe we just keep coming back to life in another form or as another person, until we finally get it right, and earn our way to the blissful, peaceful wherever.

Others believe that everyone goes to heaven when they die. They reason that a good God would never really send anyone to hell. Since these folks believe in a celestial grandfather who never does anything about bad attitudes, bad behavior or sin, we will all magically be perfect and be allowed entrance into heaven.

Many people believe that when we die, that’s it. It’s over. You lived your life and there are no consequences good or bad…

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God’s Will, Purpose, and Design:

purpose

Yesterday, I wrote about God’s will, purpose, and plans, regarding David, and the kingdom of Israel. David had many faithful, valiant men who joined forces to help him defeat his enemies. They made his army strong. God helped David to gain control of the kingdom of Israel.

It is a different story with Jesus:

God’s will for Jesus was that He would die for our sins, and that He would conquer death.

When we read the story of Jesus’s betrayal, and about how His close disciples deserted Him and fled, we would have thought the story was over for Jesus. Again, we see God’s plan and purpose fulfilled, not as our human minds can think or imagine it being fulfilled,–but by God’s design, by His planning, timing, and purpose.

Usually we read this story at Easter, and see it as part of the ‘climax’, just before Jesus’s trial and crucifixion. God’s amazing plan, –how could it involve a close friend who betrayed Jesus, and close friends who ran away? How could it involve the death of His wonderful Son? It did!

Jesus explains when he is being taken by a large crowd that is carrying swords, that He could have called out to God, and He would have sent more than twelve legions of angels at Jesus’s disposal! During the Roman Era, a legion could mean 6,000 troops,  or the entire Roman army! Jesus was not defeated. He had the ability to call many fighting angels to His rescue! He willingly gave His life to fulfill God’s plan of salvation for man, –the good news is that Jesus defeated death and hell, and took our sins, so that we could be reconciled to God. Jesus sits at the right hand of God, and is interceding for us even now! Not only that, but He is preparing a place for us!

If you think your life is not going as you planned, maybe it’s because it is going as God planned, so that He can bring about a greater purpose in your life, that maybe you can’t even comprehend right now? Maybe your close friends have abandoned you, and you’ve been betrayed by those you love? God uses even those things for His good purpose.

God’s ways are higher than our ways, His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. His purpose and plans will prevail. There is no doubt about it!

Dear God, I am amazed at how You design Your plans and purpose in our lives. We can’t always see the big picture, and to us, things might look dismal and bleak. However, You have a plan in all of this, and the big picture is Your Kingdom, eternity with You, a place where there will be no sorrow, or death, or anything ‘bad’. The big picture is Your forgiveness, love, and mercy. In Your timing, everything will be as You have spoken. Your words will not fail! Thank You! In the Precious Name of my Savior, Jesus, Amen.

-Dawn-

Below is the account of Jesus’s betrayal:

Jesus Arrested  (Matthew 26)

47 While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people. 48 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.” 49 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him.

50 Jesus replied, “Do what you came for, friend.”[d]

Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. 51 With that, one of Jesus’ companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.

52 “Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. 53 Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?

55 In that hour Jesus said to the crowd, Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I sat in the temple courts teaching, and you did not arrest me. 56 But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.