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God, why is this taking so long?


 

As I imposed that question to the Creator he reminded me of a few Biblical characters that waited and waited and waited for the dream he placed inside of them to come true.

Noah spent 120 years building the ark. I award him the greatest “builder” award in history.

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Abraham and Sarai waited for 20 years to have that child God promised.

Moses herded sheep for 40 years before God gave him the worst job on earth; putting up with the Israelites.

David ran from Saul and hid in caves for months at a time.

We know how Paul suffered multiple injuries and beatings, starvation, getting shipwrecked, imprisoned who knows how many times and for how many years….

Were these people slow learners?

Were they lacking faith in believing what God had promised them?

Did they waver in doubt and anxiety that maybe, just maybe what they thought they heard was a figment of their wild imagination?

I admit the struggle here for me has not been fun, easy or at all what my life would be at this point in time. Then I realize God’s sustenance.

My next big questions for God are, “as these great men of yours were pursuing this dream, destiny or what ever it was did you give them updates? Did you speak to them daily? or were you silent for months, or years on end without a word of encouragement?”

120 years to build a boat that entertained laughter from your friends about how crazy you are for thinking for one moment God told you to do it?

And that burning bush idea? Yeah, right.bush

“Abraham, you will be the Father of many nations….” Sure. Go tell your friends that one especially since you are what, 80 years old?

My point here is the test. God gives us a dream, a purpose or the destiny for which He created us for our time on this ugly, mean earth. Why? Because there has to be good in the midst of all the evil.

All of a sudden I received a download of revelation about why I’ve spent the last 19 years in and out of weird health issues. And I’m still dealing with them but now I know what’s taking so long; why this is happening and possibly my future in it. 

Not that I am Moses, Abraham or David or any resemblance but they possibly learned some of the same things I have while “waiting.”

We first learn how much God loves us which brings us to humble ourselves before Him in ways we never thought we would. 

We learn how to discern the truth from the devil’s lies. 

We are taught in the process how other’s feel going through their “seasons of waiting.”

We learn rejection and abandonment either brings us closer to God or further away.

Comparing ourselves to others only demeans the destiny and damages our character; therefore stop doing it.

Embarrassment becomes a non-issue so that persecution, being laughed at and bullied are the least of our worries.

We find out what is really important, and who is really in charge which results in total dependence on God for everything.

We are tested for our faith so that when God allows us to enter our “Ark” we are ready. That’s right. God often allows the fiery furnace to burn to make sure we can handle what will happen once that door of heat flies open letting us out into the world of wolves dressed in sheep’s clothing.

Years ago God gave me Isaiah 40:43 “Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.”

God qualifies the unqualified. And if I have the idea of what He is qualifying me to do, I  respond as Moses did when he said to God, “why me? I am the most unqualified person to do what you are asking. Please get someone else!”

Graduation is always a great reward. God wants to make sure we are ready before He fits us for that golden cap and gown waiting in our closets.

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The Trials of Testing


Do you feel beat up by life?

Do you feel your world is crashing around you only to engulf you with its demise?

Well, you’re not alone.kneel

Many of us are being tested to the hilt.

Many of us are barely holding on to the next second.

Many of us are weary, worn out and sad.

Getting slapped over and over not only becomes old but it hurts.

And we who believe in God wonder, “Where are you?”

For me, it has been the last 6 years especially.

My father became very ill and then passed away in 2014. I was very close to him.

My mother has Alzheimer’s. She will be 87 on August 31.

It was time to move mom out of the house I grew up in. I had no idea receiving some of her prized furniture and possessions would make me so sad.

The lack of close family and friends has been partly due to where I live; otherwise it’s just the way it is.

And then my allergies to dust have been at times debilitating to say the least. If it’s not the reaction itself that makes me miserable, the meds make up for it. I have jokingly blamed my mother for making me grow up in an immaculate house.

This is a short list of my life and its deteriorating factors.  Add to that the surrounding world mess and it’s been a recipe for depression and anxiety.

The truth is I wouldn’t be writing this if God wasn’t pulling me up every second out of this grief.  Finally admitting to myself how sad I have been over the many different kinds of losses was a step God wanted me to make because without a doubt it led me to understand how He is in control and manages everything.

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The Lord your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.”

Arriving at this conclusion erased most of the past 61 years of thinking. In other words, my mind is being renewed to a constant awareness of His presence and that I really can’t do anything without Him.

Our dear friend Paul wrote in 2nd Corinthians 1: 9
“Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.”

I feel Paul’s pain.

I feel his words ripping through me like a sword.

I feel his gripping fear of the next move.

But as he found out, so am I that God is faithful.

I may not have arrived, but I left only because God is with me to make the next step or the shift into the next minute.  In the literal sense, God is holding me together.

Jesus is our hope.

Jesus is our future.

Jesus is the answer to our misguided efforts to get through anything.

Jesus is.

 

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I can hear God’s heart breaking…


 

It wasn’t my intention to take a break from blogging but I have been dealing with an ear infection from hell. Thankfully the medication has worked but mostly I give God the credit for my recovery. I’ve only had one other ear infection this bad and that was almost 20 years ago. Don’t recommend it.

This is a break from my last post which I will pick up later.

America is in a mess we created ourselves.  

God is aching over the loss of lives lately.

God is hurting over the divisiveness of his people.

God is sad over the fact people blame Him for their own sin.

God’s heart is broken.

Most of my days I spend in conversation with God.

He listens very closely. He is always available and his phone line never shuts down.

It’s so wonderful for me to keep His words flowing because it gives me His presence.

Sometimes I hear Him tell me to just stop and listen.

Many days now, I ask Him, “God, what is on your heart today?”

That’s how I know He is hurting for our country.

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Besides the senseless loss of life recently, evil appears to be highlighted with such a large yellow marker you’d think Americans would wake up. Other countries see what’s happening here but our own people don’t.

Social media has become a sport for some and others use it to simply bully the innocent.

If you disagree it’s an all-out cyber fist fight. Never mind the truth, if it filters the lives of what others don’t want to hear, you become a gutless, mentally unstable fdkdgnlnglknglgng. 

Or at least that’s what numerous facebook commenters labeled me.

What they don’t know is I don’t get offended anymore. God beat that out of me years ago.

What they also don’t know is, I’m praying for them now and they can’t stop me.

What they don’t know is how they’re damaging themselves with their vile obscenities and harassing intimidations.

What they don’t know is how the devil has taken over their lives and is eating up their soul.

This sheds light on the heart condition of America as we have seen it played out in our streets of so many cities. Violence, persecution, hate, racism and division have plagued this country for too long.

I dare say what would happen if people could reach through their laptop or phones to strangle anyone who disagrees with them. It may not be a physical hit, but the representation of how so many are thinking is ever so evident.

But God is getting ready to pick up the piece of America and put it back together.

God is awakening the world to His truth that the secular media won’t reveal.

God is moving, shaking and stirring the pots of evil sifting the good from the bad.

Even in the midst of what appears to be “war” on our home turf, God is still here and very much in charge.

He is making sure we all know whose side we are not on.

He is making sure we all know those who are serious about God and those who aren’t.

He is making sure the church rises again but this time on His terms.

As my heart aches for the country I have lived in for 61 years, I believe God in His great mercy still loves America and wants to rescue us from ourselves.

I also believe as it darkens, He is raising up armies of all kinds to defeat this raging battle and be the light of Jesus everywhere.

It’s always darkest before the dawn.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Henny Penny said what?


 

Chicken Little and Ducky Lucky were running around like chickens with their heads cut off when they heard the news.Chicken_Little____the_sky_is_falling

The “sky is falling! The sky is falling!”

Flying around the corner came Henny Penny screaming, “Did you hear? Did you hear the news? What are we to do?”

Fear gripped them like a slaughter house.

Panic swept over them so that each breath seemed to be their last.

Cocky Locky and Ducky Daddles flew in to the meeting.

“All the others are coming too. We don’t know what to do now or what this means for our future.”

Once all the fowl gathered, feathers were flying like dandelions in the wind.  The quacking, crowing and cockadoodledooing were so loud you could hear it down the street.

“How will we live? Where will we get money? What about healthcare and benefits? And do we allow other fowl to join us now?”brexit

The questions were endless. The answers seemed even further away.

But the biggest one of all was, “Who do we turn to now?”

The hen house overnight became an open door to the unknown.

And that’s the way it was last week when the UK left the EU.

You’d a thought the world had joined the chicken coop.

Researching the EU, their founders and the history involved was my next move and here are some of the highlights of what I found.

  1. The EU was set up after WWII aiming to end bloodshed and war. A noble effort for everyone to get along with each other. 
  2. An all-inclusive system of countries was established in areas of trade, economic stability, and communal advancement. In other words, the birth of Socialism.
  3. Currency, called the Euro was set up where each country involved would pool their funds to aid the necessary benefits.
  4. The Treaty of Paris in 1951 set up an authoritarian rule to govern and control the people.

So who was the EU? What countries were involved and who would lead this unified, let’s get along with everybody declaration?

The European Economic Community was: Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands and Germany. Many others have joined but these were the founding nations.

The leaders of the this group were made up of 11 white men who were Prime Ministers, Foreign Ministers, Economic advisers, Diplomats and Chancellors.  Winston Churchill was one of them.

Reading their history it is apparent the majority based their platforms on a left winged, liberal ideology which became the foundation for the EU’s agenda.

For over 7 decades, the EU has become Europe’s guide, controller and administrator. Never mind that it doesn’t nor did it ever really work.

Margaret Thatcher said, “The problem with socialism is eventually you run out of other people’s money.”

Go figure that one.

You can only take for so long what people have to give. Once it runs out, there is nothing left.

Now the UK has voted to leave the EU of course the panic is “where will the money come from to do anything?”

The bottom line is also immigration. The people of the UK finally got fed up with the Muslim terrorist invading and killing their own. So much for “let’s all get along.”

So how did a system like this last for so many years? Or why hadn’t anyone figured it out before now the evil that lurked within it would finally rear its ugly head?

And last but not least, what happens now?

To be continued….

Psalm 33:10 The LORD foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.


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The Line in the Sand


 

Right before I sat down to blog this morning, the Holy Spirit told me to write about
“The Line in the Sand.”

So I asked him, “What do you mean? What are you talking about?”line-in-the-sand1

As I went around the house tidying up after the weekend I ventured to my phone to connect on Facebook which I do off and on all day long. My Facebook preferences are set up with Bible connections, pastors and daily devotionals. Along with the varied postings of our elusive felines I gain much knowledge about God from it. Don’t get me wrong, Facebook isn’t my source but a great connection to God. It’s all in how you set it up.

Jennifer LeClaire is a prophetic voice who often writes about the present times and how to follow Jesus as we walk through them. Charisma magazine had just posted what she’s written about Orlando. Having just written about that last week, it has weighed heavily on my mind so I believe God wants to continue this conversation.

She writes about the wicked spirits over places such as Orlando. The Jezebel spirit, witch craft and Satanism are in obvious cities over this nation. Chicago, Las Vegas, San Francisco, New York City, Detroit are a few that seem trapped by evil.

As I wrote before, demons tend to migrate and stay in one place. Their obvious position here is to keep anything Godly out.  They simply can’t stand the presence of Jesus near them.

I agree with Ms. LeClaire that the church has given a pass to these demonic strongholds. Instead of standing on God’s word and casting them out, mainstream preaching for decades has avoided the confrontation of getting involved.  My 61 years of living has shown me two different Americas. The one I was born into and grew up in and our present day wickedness.

Getting to this “line in the sand”, I believe the Holy Spirit is telling me, it’s time for this to change. God is ready, moving and shaking things up to eliminate that which has “grounded” itself in humanity. He knows life can’t go on without it.

Divisiveness has become hatred.

The written word is the next person we can destroy.

Killing each other is an everyday event.

Secular religion claims humanitarian efforts as the answer. While those are needed, it won’t heal the land or the hearts that dwell within it.

Oswald Chambers says our belief in God has been for his cause, projects or the next go to meeting. The idea of altruistic causes becomes exhausting.

We are to be completely, sold out and abandoned to the person of Jesus Christ. In that relationship, love, mercy, grace, forgiveness, joy, peace, healing and the list goes on and on that we become the heart of God. Out of that secret place He teaches us who we are in Christ so that we can be that to others.

I believe the heart of God is the line He wants us to draw in the sand.

John 21:16

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Seeds of Deception and God’s Intervention


 

Orlando has had a rough week to put it lightly.

My heart aches for the loss and pain. My prayers are for God to show up and love those left behind. God’s word says in Psalm 34: 18-19

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This works because it has in my own life.

The loss of so many souls to a 2 year old child dragged away into a lagoon, one has to wonder when it all will go away.

Psalm 34 revealed the crushed heart of David. His cries to God were of one who had been pierced by such grief he felt he couldn’t bare life anymore. Unfortunately, many are in that same place. Part of David’s depression was from his own sin. The guilt had overtaken his spirit. The failures had become overwhelming. The desire to make it right again with God, had become his future. He knew though, he couldn’t do it alone.

America needs to be in that future that David fought for.

I have read where demonic forces tend to migrate to certain areas where evil waits openly and without much resistance. Mark 5 speaks of the demonic man who lived among the tombs, chained and subdued only to break them with his bare hands. “Legion” was the demons name and fell down before Jesus as he approached.

You heard that correctly. The demon spoke to Jesus.

“Legion” was afraid of Him. He knew his fate at the hands of the Savior. Jesus cast “Legion” out of the man and told him to go and tell the people what God had done for him.

The scene is explicably evil. A graveyard. Tombs. Chains. Screaming. He even cut himself with stones. What was missing?  Jesus Christ.

The townspeople stayed away. They feared the evil would grab them and do a repeat performance.

Evil breeds evil just as it did with this man. Who knows how he had gotten to this point. Who knows how this demon entered his soul and lived there? Who knows how long he had been demonically possessed.

The slippery slope of deception is one that contains evil where the demonic forces can live without being bothered by Jesus. If they feared Jesus so much they begged him to send them into a bunch of swine instead of into the abyss, then what does that say about today?

It says Jesus can and will do the same today as He did then.lewis

But, we are expected to avoid evil at all costs.

The townspeople avoided going to the graveyard.

The townspeople didn’t want to live like this demon possessed man.

The townspeople knew the end result was death.

We should heed this story.

Don’t go where evil lurks. That is not to say that bad things don’t happen to good people but don’t open the door for the devil to simply walk in and take over.

God expects us to be wise and use common sense in what we do, where we go and what and who we involve ourselves with.

If God tells his people to go into evil then He protects because He has a plan.  “Doing it our way” is rebellion and God is limited in guarding us.

For those of us who know Christ as personal Savior and Lord, we are to be Jesus to those who don’t know Him. 

We are to walk in love yet speak the truth.

We are to exhibit His character along with standing firm in and on His word.

We are to extend mercy and grace, since He certainly extends it to us but with the sense to live knowing the difference between right and wrong.

We are to walk in humility as a light to shed on the darkness surrounding so many.

We are to be compassionate, caring and concerned for those in need and are hurting offering to pray for them for an intervention from God.

The one thing I have never found in the Bible, is that Jesus was not a doormat.

John 14:27 (Amplified)

Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]


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Are you dreary or weary? (Part 1)


The last few days, we here in South Carolina have been pummeled with rain from Tropical Storm Bonnie. And we are 2 hours inland from the beach!bonnie

So much for needing to add water to the pool.

I’m not complaining but some sunshine would be nice. It’s actually been dreary for about 2 weeks leading up to the holiday weekend when the skies unloaded.

The dreariness adds to the all-around mood of the world at large and especially our nation. Technology is great but add to it the miserable actions going on in the world and you’ve got a recipe for depression and discouragement.

BTW: are you feeling down yet? Have I succeeded in filling your mind with negativity? 

In all of my life with its crisis and attacks I can’t remember when I have ever felt that literally everything seems to be falling apart. From my personal life to stepping outdoors to the nation and its political circus, the atmosphere is full of sadness, hopelessness and fear.

I am in the worst season of loss I’ve ever experienced.  Hey, I know other people have been through much more hardships and difficulties than I’ve ever been through, but it doesn’t lessen the emptiness when it happens to you. Honestly, I don’t know how anyone lives without a closeness to God.

Now that I have established my forgoing miseries, my relationship with God has never been better. How could that be?

Well, he’s the reason I can get out of bed.

He’s the reason I breathe.

He’s the only way I am moving forward because looking back is simply too painful.

Years ago I would never have dreamed that my worst time on earth so far would spring into action by God himself as the forerunner for each moment.  Yes. Each moment is only given to us by God. I now know what it’s like to live crying out to Him to get through the next moment and the next one after that. It’s a process of learning total dependence upon Him.

Believe me, I have not mastered this at all. The more I try and learn the more I know I don’t know. God has to be the author of patience because I am sure I am jerking His around. He has dealt with more of my whining, grumbling and bleating more than I would like to admit. However He does tell us to come with Him with everything so I let loose with a barrage of emotions I can’t even describe myself in the hopes He will.

To be very honest, I am weary of the constant pruning, refining and clipping. A few months ago God showed me this scripture which defined what He’s been doing with me for a very long time.

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Isaiah 48:10 “See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.”

Well, God how much longer is this going to last? So much for me learning patience.

If God prunes or refines anything else there won’t be anything left of me. He has stripped me of everything I have leaned on, depended on or felt some sense of safe security. So guess what verse God gives me when I delivered all that to Him?

2 Corinthians 1:9 “Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.”

Yep. He wants me to completely and totally depend on Him.

Paul was announcing to the world that facing death led Him to lean on God.

My question now is, “God how did I get through so many years depending on anything other than you?”

To be continued….

 

 

 

 

 

 

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