At any year’s end it is a positive to shed (pounds) of residue from our lives. Some may actually join a gym or begin a regiment of exercise. Equally beneficial are ridding our imperfections from the “remains” we were born with, attained or attached ourselves to over the years.
God is always seeking those who will allow him to remove the stains of pain and wounds. He yearns to eradicate the ills and deceptions causing us to sin. He pursues the heart so terribly broken to seize the smallest pieces leftover which resonate from past cruel recollections.
We are not born perfect.
Tragic are the people of God who depend on that very instinctive nature to serve him. If God didn’t ordain it, we shouldn’t be doing it. We are not all called to keep the nursery, teach or follow in the footsteps of our ancestors. Anything unplanned by God cannot be fulfilled by unintentional birthrights.
Our natural qualities will never come close to filling the desires of Christ. We were not created to be managed, altered or reformed.
Genesis 1: 26 “Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness.”
We are to trade in our scraps of emotional misery for the peace that passes all understanding.(Philippians 4:7”
The merciful “Counselor” (Isaiah 9:6) will take each crumb we have made of ourselves and replace them one by one with the intrinsic nature of Christ resurrected.
If we voluntarily give the fragments of our pathetic lives to the great “Physician” (Luke 4:23) he will form them, one piece at a time into the likeness of the Savior. (Luke 2:11)
The “Writing is on the Wall” or in the news, social media and TV.
The word is God was raising up another Joseph, but in the Middle East. Somehow he must have missed his flight and landed in Louisiana.
Only this time, his brothers aren’t the betrayers; he is a marked man from political insiders, Gay activists and a TV network gone awry.
Who knew he would arrive as a bearded swamp man who loved calling ducks. A man of principal waving his Bible in front of the world as a message of hope, joy and love.
The difference in Joseph of the Bible and the latest copy is the beginning of their lives. One grew up in the family of God; the other veered off the track into sex, drugs and rock- n- roll. Transformation comes in all forms. His was the kind of conversion that shaped the rest of his life.
Who knew what God was planning?
Who knew God was raising up this “swamp man” and his family for the last almost 7 decades to remind America he never left; he hasn’t changed his mind and his word is the truth.
Like Joseph, what began as a work of the devil became one of the greatest stories of forgiveness, grace and vindication.
Who knew God would create a family of long haired, bearded duck callers to become an “industry” within themselves and rock the entertainment world to the core?
Who knew a greedy TV network would contract this family of Louisiana Duck Callers with the plan to get the nation to laugh at them for their religious convictions?
Who knew God had given the hearts of his people the resources to raise up and fight for his religious beliefs?
Who knew the people of God would rally around this family of God by the multitudes in support of his Biblical stance?
And who knew God would allow it to backfire on the greedy in such a big way it would aid in changing the direction of this nation back to Jesus?
Isaiah 49:25 “I will contend with those who contend with you.”
The following is an updated photo of the Duck Dynasty family. Look Closely.
Bob Dylan wrote that song in 1963; it was released in 1964. Times were a-changin but not for the better.
Did Bob Dylan know the Supreme Court would outlaw prayer in public school as he wrote those lyrics in 1963?
Around the corner in August of 1969 arrived Woodstock. As a student in high school the rumors were “who is going to Woodstock?” It was the hall-talk, locker-jargon and classroom disruptions. The festival was the “place” to go according to the druggies and rock-n-rollers.
Looking back Woodstock was a festival made in hell organized by Satan himself. His deceptive influence had ushered in a generation of hippies who drank, smoked anything that could burn, free sex and ugly clothes. In the last few years those ugly clothes made it to our stores once again bringing back the memories of that mud filled event.
I didn’t understand what could be so great about going to an outdoor sing-a-long on a dairy farm with no showers, few outhouses and 3 days of simmering heat. The smell must have been rank. The trash was probably piled high of used drug needles, empty beer bottles, cigarette/weed butts and leftover ugly clothes from those who ended up naked. And attendees left announcing they had been a part of the greatest music event in history.
Was God there? Did he attend this music fest of youth subculture?
Probably. But for different reasons.
He was there answering prayers of many parents of those who went.
He brought his angels to ward off demons of death.
He made his presence known to the devil himself as a warning.
2012 marked 42 years since that 3 day bacchanalia.
And the times they are a-changin once again and it has nothing to do with Woodstock.
Sept of 2009 marked a major era of what the Jewish calendar calls the Ayin Season.
There are shifts occurring in the atmosphere. We will be given new vision or open doors that were not there before. God will give us the ability to see above that which we have not seen before.
What have we experienced over the last 12 months? A barrage of corruption gone wrong.
Do you think these fraudulent and dishonest accounts came to light all by themselves?
And what about the men who died in Benghazi? Or Fast and Furious?
As the devil turns up the heat, God is pouring on loads of Holy Spirit fire to stamp him out.
Psalm 34: 15 “The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry.” The shift is almost tangible. The air is filled with a new kind of warfare; a battle of supernatural proportions with the “Commander” (Isaiah 55:4) of all humanity leading the way.
According to this Jewish era, this season will bring with it a fresh guidance from God. He will mark the ground before us with his own steps. He will release power unknown before by bringing his people to doors of opportunity.
We will come to closed doors of our faith, health or strength only to be told to open it. On the other side will be strength, might and authority unleashed upon those who follow the “Power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1: 24)
Could it be the “Rewarder” of the faithful has heard our cries? (Hebrews 11: 6)
Could it be the “Spirit of Truth” (John 14:1, 15:26, 16:13) is blowing a wind so forceful people will be knocked over by the love of God!
On the heels of A & E suspending Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty for speaking the truth, I would like to reflect on this decision.
He spoke his opinion to a magazine interviewer that had nothing to do with the network Duck Dynasty is a part of. For his opinion he has been relieved of his job.
This is more than a direct violation of Free Speech. It is the bias of many in the entertainment industry to spin off any who don’t agree with their beliefs. As this mushrooms, it will be interesting to see if A & E truly support the Gay community when it comes to losing this show and all the money it makes for them.
The divisiveness is due to misunderstanding of what we who follow Jesus believe and the perception of those who disagree with it.
The Bible has a clear stance on homosexuality. It is an abomination to God; it is a sin. (Leviticus 18:22)
The Bible is gender created; male and females. No one is or was born homosexual. No one evolves into a different state of being or humanity. It is a choice one makes.
The choice is no different than choosing to drink alcohol, smoke, lie, cheat, gossip, etc.
The perception has been that those who choose to live such a lifestyle believe that we who disagree with it are bigot hate-filled intolerant hypocrites. A few bad apples in any group doesn’t speak for the majority.
Not only do I have friends and family who have made this choice, I have treated them with respect and shown them nothing but love. I do not agree with their lifestyle, but they are people created by God just like I was.
However, due to this Biblical commandment anyone choosing to become Gay don’t want to be considered wrong or to be sinning. Like other sins, having to dis-avow homosexuality would require change most do not want to accept.
Throughout history homosexuality has occurred but resulted in devastating consequences.
The person who chooses to drink alcohol or smoke on a daily basis will at one point have to decide whether to continue. It comes down to how much they value their life because both are death wishes. But this occurs with any sin.
The alcoholic or drug addict, the compulsive liar or gossip will reap the penalties of their abuse. Whatever the sin, there will be costs to endure.
As far as choosing to be gay, one must first realize it is a sin. Denial isn’t a “river in Egypt” and won’t give anyone a free ticket to do anything against the will of God.
The Bible is the core of determining the difference between good and evil; right and wrong. Whether a person believes in it or not, doesn’t matter. It is kind of like saying, “I don’t believe in war.” That doesn’t mean it won’t happen.
It is the same with God. Just because a group of people choose not to believe in God or do his will doesn’t mean it doesn’t apply to them. It does.
The truth is the Gay community or those who support them have taken what the Bible says and turned it around to make Christians appear to be that which we are not.
The “Phil Robertson’s” of the world who speak the truth are actually the ones who are sharing love.
He represents many of us who are willing to risk losing everything to tell the truth if it means one person finds Jesus.
1 Peter 4: 8 “Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.”
The unmerited favor of God; his divine assistance or kindness given to us as a gift. We have done nothing to deserve it. Grace is favor with God through his son Jesus.
If you are like I was, the term “grace” wasn’t in my daily vocabulary. Not because I didn’t like the word, but understanding its true meaning had not been on my to-do list.
But once it is understood, humility takes on a whole new meaning.
The feeling is indescribable. Smallness becomes reality with a covering of unearned affection. Truth becomes a shield through the helplessness we suffer daily. Acceptance releases the strings tied to our sin. Independence is once and for all a thing of the past.
Grace is taking that walk down the Via Dolorosa.
Grace is following his blood stained steps as he carried his own cross.
Grace is believing Jesus did what no one else could ever do.
Grace is the mystery of God, namely Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (Colossians 2:2-4)
We are no longer judged by the law. We are viewed by the “Eternal God” our “Everlasting Father” through the pain and sweat of the one he sent to redeem us, past, present and future.
Grace is an overwhelming love that God established in each of us through Christ. He is rooted and established in our hearts through faith giving us power and strength from Heaven above.(Ephesians 3:14-19)
– You’ve posted an incredible article about introverts, all of which pertains to me. However, with my insecurities combined with my introverted-ness results in a very quiet member of the church, which is considered bad. This makes me ashamed of being introverted, and even more insecure about being insecure. What’s the line between remaining who I am (an introvert) and developing myself into a passionate follower and advocate of Christ? How do I regain confidence in myself?
– I’m not the outgoing type of introvert and I struggle a lot with helping out the fellowship that I am in. I often feel inadequate and that I’m not contributing as much as I should. What’s a good way to get involved? Or what’s a good way to make use of being an introvert? Any advice would help!
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