Tag Archive | Life

Carnal or Spiritual; Death or Life:

 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Romans 8:6

Definition of CARNAL from Merriam Webster Online Dictionary:
a :  relating to or given to crude bodily pleasures and appetites
b :  marked by sexuality <carnal love>

God’s Word stands. It is a promise to us. In this verse, we are advised that a carnal mind is death. A mind filled with crude sexual pleasures and appetites is death.

We are bombarded in the news, in movies, in the various forms of media, with people sporting a carnal mind. Even in politics, the message that is forced upon us is that we should live a carnal lifestyle, and accept it. Maybe politicians don’t read or react to God’s Word, but it is clear that this nature and mindset is death.

What is life and peace?—To be spiritually minded.

Here are some of the definitions for spiritual:

1. Of, relating to, consisting of, or having the nature of spirit; not material; supernatural: spiritual power.
2. Of, concerned with, or affecting the soul: spiritual guidance; spiritual growth.
3. Not concerned with material or worldly things: led a spiritual life.
4. Of or belonging to a religion; sacred: spiritual practices; spiritual music.
The Words of Jesus in Matthew 4:4: 
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoeverthings are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoeverthings are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8

It is important what we think. It leads to life and peace, or death.

Let us be Spiritually minded, and have life and peace!

Dear God, I pray that You would help me to think on good, lovely, honest, virtuous, praiseworthy, and ‘just’ things. Fill my mind with spiritual songs. Help me to meditate on Your Words. Keep me from evil thoughts and a carnal mind. Thank You for Your forgiveness, love, and mercy. In the name of Jesus, amen.

-Dawn-

I am going to be gone for a week, but will return, God willing, with some stories of my adventures.

May God be with you all and may He encourage you in your faith.

Eternity in a Bottle:

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For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night. Psalm 90:4

Just think how time for God is so different! Our lifetime might be seventy or eighty years on average, but that is like a breath to God.

This verse makes me think of the lyrics to the Jim Croce song “Time in a Bottle”.

We cannot save time. It continues to press on and change things. Nothing really stays the same. We need to make every opportunity to ‘save in our eternal bottle’ the things that are really important.

The things that are lasting and beneficial,are faith, hope and love!

“Time In A Bottle”

If I could save time in a bottle
The first thing that I’d like to do
Is to save every day till eternity passes away
Just to spend them with you

If I could make days last forever
If words could make wishes come true
I’d save every day like a treasure and then
Again, I would spend them with you

But there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you want to do, once you find them
I’ve looked around enough to know
That you’re the one I want to go through time with

If I had a box just for wishes
And dreams that had never come true
The box would be empty, except for the memory of how
They were answered by you

But there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you want to do, once you find them
I’ve looked around enough to know
That you’re the one I want to go through time with

Know what really matters, and don’t waste a second of this life God gave you!
Dear Lord, thanks so much for everything. We are not guaranteed of our time on this earth. Help us not to waste one second on things that don’t matter. Help us to know what is important, and spend our time preparing for eternity with You.
In Your precious name, Amen.
-Dawn-

Clothed in Fine Linen at the ‘Best Wedding Ever’:

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Our eternal home is so different from our current earthly home that it is described by what is missing rather than by what is present—no tears, sorrow, death, crying, or pain. “The former things” of this earth will be no more. (read Rev. 21:4)

I read a devotional from Our Daily Bread. It was about ‘the best wedding ever!’

The woman who wrote the devotional is now with the Lord, as the website explains, after a lengthy battle with cancer, Julie Ackerman Link passed away on April 10, 2015.

It would be such a beautiful world if ‘the fruit of the Spirit’ was active in everyone’s life. What would the world look like if it was full of love, joy peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control? It would be almost perfect.

However, it can only be a good dream, because our world is virused with sin. One day, though, we can look forward to being with the Lord. When God’s Kingdom is ushered in, we will experience that great wedding, the best ever!

Revelation 19:6-8

Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:

“Hallelujah!
    For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and be glad
    and give him glory!
For the wedding of the Lamb has come,
    and his bride has made herself ready.
Fine linen, bright and clean,
    was given her to wear.”

(Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.)

Dear God, I pray that You would fill me with Your Holy Spirit. These spiritual gifts and righteousness comes from You. I want to make a difference for good, to be an ambassador for You. I pray that You would make me strong in the Lord, and in Your mighty power. I know that You provide so generously, and I pray also for the full armor, that I can extinguish the fiery darts of the evil one. Thank You! In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

-Dawn-

In the Blink of an Eye:

Going through the news on One News Now, I saw the story of a young couple in their 20’s, youth pastors of a church in Washington State. They were instantly killed today, when a slab of concrete fell on their truck from a construction project on a bridge above them. Their little eight month old baby also died.

This was a sad story about Josh and Vanessa Ellis, and  baby Hudson. When you read their story, and see their pictures, you understand that they have reached the goal that they were pressing on towards. They were actively living their Christian life.

The Day and Hour Unknown (Matthew 24)

36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.

42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.

Jesus was talking about the end times.He reminded us to be ready for Him whenever He would come.

This couple was preparing for that day. They knew their Savior, and shared the gospel with others as youth leaders at EastPoint Foursquare Church in Washington State.

Their Pastor, James Ludlow, said, “It’s a tragic event, in the blink of an eye, inhale and exhale, and they’re in the presence of God.”

Just a reminder of how this life does not last forever. We could be gone in an instant, as this couple was. Be ready, be prepared, be saved, with your lamp full of oil, ready for the return of the bridegroom!

(Matthew 25)

 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.

And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.

But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.

10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.

11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.

12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.

13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

Dear God, help us to be ready for Your kingdom. Prepare us, help us not to be deceived. I pray that we would not be distracted with the cares of this life. Keep us from temptation and sin and evil. Help us to press on toward the goal ahead. I am sorry for this young family, but also happy that they are in Your presence. I pray for comfort for their family and friends. I thank You for their lives, that they were able to spread the gospel, that they lived, loved, and laughed, and made a difference for good, in their short lives. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

-Dawn-

Tomorrow?

Punchbowl National Cemetery

Punchbowl National Cemetery

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

This was my second visit to Hawaii. Seeing Pearl Harbor, and the Valor of the Pacific Memorial, always makes me contemplate about how mortal we are.

In December of 1941, soldiers were just going about their business like usual at Pearl Harbor. The next day, nearly two thousand men lost their lives, and many were wounded, or burned severely, when the Japanese bombed the ships in the harbor.

Pearl Harbor is unique in that it looks like paradise, with its beautiful water, plants, flowers, and sunny, warm air. Yet, it was the setting for such a destructive force that took the lives of many people.

I wanted to enjoy the peace of the ocean, the scents of the flowers in the air, and see the pretty birds, but the pictures of grizzly deaths in the museum area, reminded me that the lives of many young men were cut short in one day. Some were only in their teens. They jumped into the fiery oil-filled sea to escape the hot burning metal and explosions of their ship, only to be badly burned before they could be pulled out of the water or reach shore.

In a previous post, I wrote about my husband’s relative who was a survivor of the Arizona attack in 1941. He never dreamed of the tragedy that one day could hold.

One of the inscriptions at the Punchbowl National cemetery said:

“In these gardens are recorded the names of Americans who gave their lives in the service of their country and whose earthly resting place is known only to God.”

In the cemetery, there are over thirty thousand names of men who were missing in action.”

Punchbowl National Cemetery, Oahu, Hawaii

Punchbowl National Cemetery, Oahu, Hawaii

This verse in Proverbs tells us not to think so much about tomorrow, because we do not even know if we will be here to enjoy it. Life is uncertain.

John 3:16 says that God loved us so much that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.

That verse gives us a future and a hope that we can think about when we believe in Christ.

Dear Lord, life is very uncertain. I think of the Twin Towers and ‘911’, the Titanic, the ships in Pearl Harbor, World Wars, and foreign conflicts, the building up of nuclear arms by terrorist nations, volcanoes, tornadoes, and tsunamis, deadly diseases, and other calamities, and I am propelled to You for refuge and strength. I pray for those who do not know You, that You would send workers for the harvest. Thank You for Your peace and presence, and for promising us that You would be with us always-to the end of the world. Keep me from temptation and deliver me from evil. Forgive me of my many sins, and help me to stand before You some day. In Jesus’s name, Amen.

-Dawn-

He gives us the Victory:

When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

“Where, O death, is your victory?
    Where, O death, is your sting?”

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:54-58

I had a good friend who once told me the saying, “Only one life, will soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last!”

These verses in Corinthians are a reminder that life is perishable and mortal.

With Christ though, we have been clothed with immortality, and we are imperishable, because he has had the victory over death.

Jesus was also victorious over sin, and has the power to forgive us our sins! He has already won the ultimate victory, and if we have Christ in us, we are victorious too!

These verses tell us that whatever we do for Christ is not in vain, and we should give ourselves fully to the work of the Lord!

Dear Jesus, help us to live for You, giving ourselves fully to the work You have prepared for us. You are victorious, and with You, we too, have victory! Help us to realize Your awesome power and love. Amen.

-Dawn-

No Other Way!

John 14:

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

There is only one way to God, and no other.

Jesus revealed who He was to His disciples through action and through words. Belief and Confession go together:

Romans 10:

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

When Jesus says something, like in the verse in John 14, we can believe it. He is the truth, and there is no other way to God, except through Him. He is the Way, He is Life, He is the truth!

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Dear Jesus, these scriptures have been in my mind for a long time. Yet, I still need to hear them over and over, to remind me that You forgive, You restore, You have mercy, and You love me. I have always had a hard time with that. These verses remind me that I can believe what You say. Thank You! Amen.

-Dawn-