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Either or Yay or Nay


God has already given his say.

The tone or rhetoric is substantially self inclusive.

The outburst against that which is Godly has evolved into a noticeable shout.

When it comes down to asking the questions of authority and who is  really in charge you would think we would be going to “hell in a hand basket.”

The divisiveness has ruined relationships.

The elevated sub conscious ideology that we are being told repeatedly we are better off than before is humorous but sickening.

How can a nation be better off when attempting to retire God by a vote?

God is not an option. Whether you believe in him or not, makes no difference.

Just because a person wakes up one morning and decides to become an atheist doesn’t mean God is going to run away.

Just because one decides to “come out of the closet” as if to announce a gay/lesbian lifestyle hasn’t changed the gender God created you to be.

Just because a nation decides God, the Bible, or Israel isn’t politically correct or acceptable anymore, hasn’t changed God’s ordained word.

Just because some think a woman should be given a right to choose, doesn’t give us that right. After all our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit which belongs to God.

Just because me, you or this nation has opinions isn’t going to change a thing. God is not sitting on a throne waiting to hear what we have to say.

The defining lines of life are spelled out clearly in the Bible and apply whether you believe them or not or choose to abide by them or do otherwise.

God is not a line of a political platform used as a piece of information to vote on. (Acts 16:31)(Ecclesiastes 3:14)(2 John 1:9-11)(Colossians 1:17)

God is not related to any political party or group. (Romans 13:1-2, 4, Romans 12)

God is not running for office. He is the Office. (Exodus 20:3)(Romans 13)(Exodus 17:19-21)

God hates and is against abortion. (Exodus 20:13)(Proverbs 6:17)

God hates lying and dissension. (Proverbs 6:17)(Proverbs 10:18)(Proverbs 24:8)

God abhors laziness. (Proverbs 19:24)(Proverbs 19:15)(Proverbs 10:4)

He, who does not work, shall not eat. (2 Thessalonians 3:10)(Proverbs 28:19)

God expects his church to care for widows and orphans. (James 1:27)(Job 31:16)(Proverbs 31:20)

Jesus went where he was celebrated, not tolerated. (Luke 4:30)(Luke 9:5)

God will not allow deception in his leadership. (Proverbs 15:34)(Proverbs 11:14) (1 Kings 8:32; Ps. 9:8; 1 John 3:4).

Homosexuality is an abomination in his sight (Leviticus 18:22) (Leviticus 20:13) (Romans 1:26-28)

God set up marriage to be between one man and one woman. (Genesis 1:26-28)(Genesis 2:18)(Hebrews 13:4)

God expects financial restraints and stewardship (Proverbs 13:11) (Philippians 2:3) (1Timothy 6:10) (Deuteronomy 28:12)

God hates war, but tells us to be militarily prepared because we have a known enemy.
(2 Chronicles 20:17)(Proverbs 24:5-6)(Psalm 108:13)(Romans 13:1-5)

God will not tolerate other gods or idols taking his place. (Exodus 20:3)

God will not tolerate leaders who say, “I am in charge.” (John 19:11)(Mathew 16:18)
(1 Peter 2:9)(Proverbs 16:12)

All authority, power and rule are from God alone. (Romans 13:1)(Ephesians 1:21)(Matthew 28:18)

Any nation that wants the blessings of God must support Israel 100%. (Deuteronomy 41:2)(Genesis 12:2 & 3)(Luke 19:41)(Numbers 24:9)(Malachi 3:6)(Romans 11:1)

He did not give us rights, we are his right.

He does not force his rights on us; it is our privilege and honor to receive them.

http://samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/god-does-not-repent-of-his-call/

http://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/a-nation-that-has-forgotten-god/

http://samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/expressing-faith/

http://longingsend.com/2012/09/08/saturday-psalm-psalm-27/

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The Golden Calf Party


Peace and quiet are two cornerstones of life. Focus requires it. Success needs it.

In this society you have to fight to get it. It is worth it once you do.

The person, who doesn’t have it, is the one who treasures it.

Running around, kids screaming, bosses arguing, families fighting is not the life God intended for his people.

It is impossible to fulfill your calling if you are constantly plagued with unnecessary distractions or disorder.

Moses’ job as the “Deliverer” wasn’t his choice of a career. He was unqualified he thought but God qualified him. No wonder God gave him 40 years in the desert. Once he returned to Egypt to deliver the Israelites, he maybe wished he could go back to the quiet, peaceful life as a Sheep herder. At least the sheep didn’t complain.

The Israelites were not easy people to hang out with. Moses played many roles besides the “Deliverer.”

Chief Judge, Marriage Counselor, Leader, Prophet, Author, Party Pooper are a few to mention.
It is evident by the tone of the people, their constant complaining and in-fighting they were not the easiest crew to deliver.

Moses had to keep his focus not only for God to use him but for his sanity!

Can you imagine what he thought when he came down the mountain after 40 days to an all out Golden Calf Party? Let’s just say he and God were un-happy campers.

Exodus 34:28 “Moses was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights without eating bread or drinking water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant–the Ten Commandments.”

His job was hard enough without the Israelites playing around the campfire. Talk about losing your focus. Forget peace and quiet; and running away was not an option.

Leading a bunch of ornery people out of the desert, through a river to the “land of opportunity” is not my idea of a good time. Ornery people?  Maybe Moses looked for the nearest Library where he could hide between the book shelves.

Besides their contrariness, they thought Moses was, well, a little off? Maybe a little obsessed with this God thing?

Think about it. Who in their right mind would choose to deliver anyone, much less a few million who had been cooped up for 400 years?

Moses had to fight for his solitude.

Moses had to get quiet to hear God speak.

Moses had to remain focused on the journey; the goal he was anointed for.

A remote removal from losing his focus could have cost him.

The Israelites didn’t share his focus. Why would they? They thought he was a crackpot giving them a way out of Egypt.

After 400 years of bondage to what appeared to be some rather unyielding and demented lunatics for Pharaoh’s, they didn’t care if Moses only had one wheel in the sand. At least he was doing what no one else showed up to do.

It is imperative as a disciple of Christ to know your calling, keep focused on it and remove whatever needs to be removed. When you keep your focus, wrong relationships will die, and new right relationships will be born.

The Israelites were God’s chosen people. He removed them from the Egyptians who were going against everything God chose for them. And….if you remember in the Book of Exodus, the Pharaoh became even more hostile, and angrier the more Moses kept his focus on delivering the people.

When you keep your focus, wrong people will fall away because they can’t bear to be around you. You represent everything they are not.

When everything around you is falling apart, keep your focus on your calling.  Like Moses, leaders are born out of an obsession for their goal.

And like Moses, he maybe fell out of the “Family Tree” but he still became the “Deliverer.”

http://goldenbible.wordpress.com/2012/09/03/beauty-in-misery/

http://samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com/2012/09/02/archaeology-and-the-bible/

http://iambecomingme.wordpress.com/2012/09/03/exhausted/

http://thewayeverlasting.com/2012/09/03/quote-illegitimately/

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“These Shoes Were Made for Walkin”


These shoes were made for “walkin” and that is what they’ve done.

Some shoes are meant to last. As you can see from this picture, this pair is as old as our cat and she is 10.

This pair of tennis shoes were designed especially for my weakened ankles. After a bad sprain, I splurged on this expensive investment.

However no one can say I haven’t gotten my money’s worth out of this pair of beat up, worn out, and torn shoes.

As dilapidated as they appear, I can’t seem to dispose of them. Like a fixture, these shoes hold more than years of wear and tear.

In their day they were quite sharp looking. Still quite comfortable and supportive, these shoes have more than done their job. It is apparent by their creases, wrinkles and loss of color I have worn them a great deal.

Besides the fact these shoes have been worth the extra cost; attached to them are memories; trips, people, places and hardships.

How long do I hold on to them? Until they fall apart? Or when they no longer support my ankles?

One reason to keep them is finding shoes to fit me is not easy. Wearing a size 6 medium or 5.5 are hard to find. Shoemakers don’t make as many as the larger sizes so fewer are made in the smaller ones.

Another reason to keep them is they still have some life left to bum around in.

If for no other reason, keeping them reminds me of lessons learned.

For instance. The person who bought these shoes 10 years ago is completely different than the one wearing them today. And that is a good thing. Isn’t that strange? When I walk down EasySpirit memory lane, my spiritual journey took off during year 4 of their usefulness.

The time frame is recognizable.

The left shoe had no hole in it.

There were few creases or wrinkles.

EasySpirit walked me through getting to know God.

Just as these battered and broken down shoes had a life of their own, it is a vague remembrance of the first few years of wearing them. Fresh and new,
I wouldn’t recognize them now.

And so it has become with me.

As tennis shoes are made for “walkin” so are we made for a purpose. Everyone has assignments from God. It is up to us to discover it. Uniquely planned, early on glimpses are revealed.

One thing is for sure. No one will ever understand what God has told you to do with your life. No one.

There is no need for explanation. There is no need for clarity.

Our particular assignments, should we wish to accept them, will intimidate, anger, infuriate and cause discomfort in those who have never found their destiny.

The general public cannot wrap their minds around the bigness of God and the future he lays forth for those who seek him. Yet, it is there, hiding in the background of every conversation and action.

In the purpose arises disappointment due to a lack of approval from those around us. Disappointment makes us reach for God because it breaks the dependency on another human being.

God knew we would need to depend solely on him to survive. False security is found elsewhere.

So….as these shoes continue walkin’ in their shabby, frayed state, the destination is now clear.

These shoes were made for walkin’ behind a brand new pair of brown sandals; the sandals of the King.

http://samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com/2012/09/02/daily-triumph/

http://theteentheme.wordpress.com/2012/09/01/behind-the-scenes/

http://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/2012/09/02/find-comfort-in-gods-word/

http://www.poetseers.org/the-great-poets/misc-2/footprints-in-the-sand/

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What you think about the “King” matters…..


Many in the Christian community sound confused or perplexed about their faith.

Reconciling the differences between groups of people and their belief systems has become volatile.

Eating chicken on August 1, at Chick fil-A became a hate filled sandwich. Anyone who darkened the doors of those restaurants was labeled a bigot, prejudiced or politically intolerant.

Truly understanding the Christian faith is based solely on knowing Jesus; and knowing who we are as individuals in Jesus.

The enemy is doing a number on us to create divisions, hostility and scorn. What appears to be vile and distorted hatred is simply disagreement.  The devil has blinded people into believing Jesus was an oppressor, against women and anyone who didn’t agree with him.

That is a lie from the pit of hell.

Maintaining a Biblical view gives the answers we need.

Without the authority of Jesus, we would all want to live our own way. Talk about the “Clash of the Titans.”

Christianity is not a religion. It is a personal relationship with Jesus.

Jesus just works. The Bible is his handbook.

He is the cornerstone by which we need to live by.

Our Pastor spoke it unequivocally and quite eloquently. He said,

“What you think about the King, matters.”

What place if any does the “King of Kings” hold in your life?

5th?

3rd?

2nd?

10th?

First?

John 8:31-32 “To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

In our endeavors to understand Jesus, we have it backwards.

Christians are trying to figure out how to fit Jesus into their lives, when it should be the other way around.

We should be trying to fit into Jesus’ life; searching for him and seeking his presence.

We should be climbing the hill of Golgotha.

Once you start this process, God will open up his heart to you. Little by little he reveals who he is; his character, personality, and his redeeming love.

Understanding begins in his presence; knowledge and wisdom become prevalent through his word. The Cross becomes more than the pendant you wear around your neck, it is what defines you.

Proverbs 2 is the best explanation of resolving the issues of right or wrong.

The world view is setting the stage for our thoughts and behaviors when we should be speaking forth the wisdom of God. Questions like,

“How can Christians line up to eat chicken when Dan Cathy has intolerantly spoken out against Gay marriage?” He supports the Biblical view of Marriage. The fact that he backed up the Bible is what people screamed about. 30 years ago Gay Marriage was never mentioned, much less deemed a political statement or an acceptable lifestyle.

So if the Bible has never changed its stance on marriage, then what right do we have to do so?

Or

“How can the general public not understand the President’s desire to help the poor and needy?” Well, you don’t rob Peter to pay Paul. God provides for his church who then provides for the poor and needy.

Answers are floating around in the world of media translated by those who know nothing of Jesus, don’t care to know him and desire to live a life without him. Only Jesus is the basis for all answers.

There is the world’s way of doing things and then there is God’s. Discerning his will is the only way we will succeed.

Each one of us must decide how to fill the voids in our lives. If it ain’t working, then maybe you took the wrong turn.

Once you learn who Jesus is, who you are in his life, the answers to these deep seeded questions become clear.

The questions don’t require asking everyone on the block or reading the latest news for their opinions.

Your relationship with Jesus gives you the wisdom, knowledge and understanding to clarify decisions according to his will and teachings.

Some issues are derived from a “knowing” Jesus gives you. Like an automatic door, you “just know” if you should walk through the door or not.

When we allow Jesus to change us, we become more like him.

As you grow in Christ, your thought process will reflect his.

What you think about the “King,” matters.

Photo by Randy Harrison
http://www.pbase.com/jrandyh

http://theriverministries.net/2012/08/18/school-of-the-word-discernment/

http://samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com/2012/08/18/the-greatest-power/

http://jesuscarriesme.com/2012/08/18/christ-in-the-common-things-in-life/

http://justmyfaithtalking.wordpress.com/2012/08/18/something-i-was-given-philippians-419/

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Righteous Advice


Don’t tell me what to do. I have a brain you know. I can think for myself;
I don’t need you hovering over me examining every detail of my existence to fit your perfect schedule.
If I wanted a boss I would get a job.”

Sound like anyone you know?

The art of unsolicited advice is often unwelcome and resented.

There are certain people, who just can’t seem to help themselves with giving directions, ordering the cleaning of the toilet done their way or standing over your shoulder while you are cooking.

God gave us unique qualities. We all have our own ways of cooking pot roast, driving to the store or cleaning the house.

Just because we may not cook like Paula Deen or Emeril doesn’t make us wrong.

Just because we don’t drive like Danica Patrick doesn’t mean we don’t know how to get to the store.

And if we don’t clean toilets like Mr. Clean doesn’t mean we don’t know how to use Scrubbing Bubbles.

Thank the good Lord we are not all alike. God knew that wouldn’t work. Can you imagine everyone cooking pot roast the same?

Now we need good counsel from time to time; even the Bible says that.

Proverbs 11:14 “Where no wise guidance is, the people fall, but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.”

The key is to get advice from Godly people who live by the word of God. But what about the person who knows everything and intends on sharing even when it is unwanted?

The Bible addresses that also.

Proverbs 12:5 “The thoughts of the righteous are just, but the advice of the wicked is deceitful.”

Or

Proverbs 16:22 “Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.”

In other words, don’t listen to a fool. Or one who claims over and over to be Albert Einstein’s nephew.

Studying the Bible is the best avenue for counsel. Allowing the Holy Spirit to guide you is the best learning tool available to mankind.

John 16:13 “When he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”

Jesus wasn’t one to go around telling people how to cook and clean or give driving directions.  He did make a pretty good bread and fish dinner ASAP for a multitude of people. He also had a special family recipe for turning water into wine at weddings. But he had better lessons to teach such as:

The Beatitudes
The Ten Commandments
The Parable of the Sower
And catching people throwing stones.

Jesus is our best example as far as giving advice, taking advice and knowing when to be silent. He didn’t seek people out to control them or give them step by step directions on the latest “how to do” anything. That doesn’t mean he isn’t interested in every area of our lives: he is, but sometimes he chooses to wait for us to ask him when we need help.

The best guide is the Holy Spirit along with knowing the word of God. The Holy Spirit convicts us when we are chopping the tomatoes incorrectly or if we are driving down the wrong road.

Do you think God has an open door policy for advice?

http://theriverministries.net/2012/08/06/gods-work-and-holy-pants/

http://thewayeverlasting.com/2012/08/06/caution-bloggers-are-not-your-counselors/

http://butchdean.wordpress.com/2012/08/06/not-qualified/

http://highlyfavored74.wordpress.com/2012/08/05/god-is-in-the-waiting-room/

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Shoulders For Free


Shoulders are needed for more than just connecting arms to our bodies.

Roads have shoulders.

Cows give us the Shoulder Roast.

Of course you have a “cold shoulder.”

Who can live without “Head and Shoulders” shampoo?

Shoulder Patches are worn to identify a unit a soldier belongs to.

The most important use of a shoulder is one used for someone else to lean on or for “crying on one’s shoulder.” Having said that it does help for the shoulder to be connected to a body; otherwise it would be quite painful.

Thoughts began running through my energized brain.

Meaningful thoughts such as who do we lean on when there are no shoulders around?

What do we do when life hits us with a swinging bat and no one is there to stop it?

How do we cope when our corner of the world becomes a backboard?

How do people who don’t know Jesus survive?

There comes that time in every person’s life when no human can fulfill us.

There comes that time when there are no options; just a brick wall.

There are times when we are left alone. Completely alone.

When there is nothing left, where do you go?

“I need You Jesus
To come to my rescue
Where else can I go
There’s no other name by
Which I am saved
Capture me with grace
I will follow You.”

Jesus lends his shoulders when the bats are flying and the brick walls stop us.

When no one is around, he is.

When we think it is all over, he has just begun.

When life hits back, he catches us.

When we have nowhere to go, he offers his cross.

It is one thing to not know Jesus exists. It is another to reject him.

Really, honestly, imagining how the lost get through one day is incomprehensible.

Not having him to go to would be a life of total meaninglessness.

If you aren’t going to him on a regular basis, then where else can you go?

Romans 10:9If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (NIV)”

http://highlyfavored74.wordpress.com/2012/08/05/2774/

http://diasolifeontheborder.org/2012/08/04/god-shows-up-again-our-move-to-san-diego-tijuana/

http://theteentheme.wordpress.com/2012/08/04/god-past-present-future-2/

http://samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com/2012/08/05/a-holy-joy/

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All is right with the world….


It is rather remarkable that we are here now; on this earth at this time.
We are a chosen few to live in these days.

Our world is in famine, war, cultural adversities, and moral decay,
natural disasters gone wild and evil dictators who kill their own people.

Media bias, crime and violence, job loss, sickness, depression, terror,
hate filled protests and a government that believes money
grows only to spread the wealth.

Drugs are running rampant, alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, no money, bankrupt cities,
divorce at over 50%, infidelity, scandals and a Vegas party in a hot tub using your
hard-earned tax dollars to fund their fun.

Movies and television couldn’t get much worse (or could they)
Christian persecution on the rampage, boycotting chicken and children starving.

Dysfunctional families, wasteful spending, divisions among friends, political fights,
assault on free speech, educational decline, and neighbors who hate cats.

Offenses, overextended expectations, fraudulent government programs,
civil unrest, religious debates, social media frenzy,
and parents who spar at their kids sports events.

There are countries with nuclear weapons, gun control, and assaults on the family,
church attendance decline, movie theater massacres,
and a government who believes in everyone getting their fair share.

Economic collapse, debilitating diseases,
drought, lack of integrity, loss of truth,
healthcare mandates, homosexuality and
a nation that has fallen from grace.

2 Timothy 4:3-4 “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.”

All is wrong with the world gives precedence to God showing up and showing off.

When you think it can’t get any worse God will perform outlandish miracles,
signs and wonders, and send an army of angels.

While it all appears to be falling apart is God’s cue to come rushing in
to save the children, rescue the lost and appoint leaders.

Jesus will appear in dreams, cultivate the needy, send shepherds to his worn out flock.

Diseases will disappear, families will re-unite, and crime and violence will be defeated.

Provisions will be dispersed as bread and fish, Tim Tebow’s will be born and the lame will walk.

Hearts will be changed, prisoners freed and the homeless given shelter.

Holocausts will end, dictators will die and addictions will be delivered.

Enemies will become friends, God will go back to schools, and persecutions will diminish.

Marriages will be saved, churches will be filled with the Holy Spirit, and healthcare unnecessary.

Perversions will cease, veils removed and truth will emerge like the rising sun.

Hollywood will be still and know that God is God and Michael Moore will beg for Jesus to be his Savior.

Greed will cease to exist and scandals will be written in the sand; justice will be served.

Prejudicial favoritism will be silenced, gardens and farms will flourish with abundance and chauvinistic governments will be removed.

God will blow in like a mighty wind chasing evil out in a word.

We, people are living these days. History repeats itself. Persecution and revival arriving in parallel time.

As Christians are beaten, shut out and deemed intolerant, we also become victorious. In times of hate filled bigotry toward God’s people, the church will rise up acquiring a fresh filling of the Holy Spirit.

As in the past, it is during these miserable eras the lights begin to flicker. Cold hearts melt as Jesus instills his truth. Lost souls are gathered into his fold receiving the wealth of his love.

Acts 17: 26-27 “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.”

If you feel as if the world is caving in, hang on. Realize you were chosen for this time and place specifically by God. Out of all the past generations, you have been selected to live during these last days.

Yes. All is right with the world.

Photo by John Harrison
http://www.pbase.com/jrandyh

http://godspeaks-i-listen.com/2012/08/01/people-need-the-lord/

http://samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com/2012/08/01/the-fair-distribution-of-misery/

http://diasolifeontheborder.org/2012/08/01/gods-healing-work-readytobelieve4petra/

http://goldenbible.wordpress.com/2012/08/01/loving-sinners/

http://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/2012/08/01/eden-restored/


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The Monopoly of Persecution


It comes with the territory.

The passion to pursue has to come from somewhere else.

The endurance isn’t a piece of cake.

It isn’t like losing your houses or hotels on Park Avenue or the Boardwalk.

You don’t get to pass go and forget collecting $200.00.

Your treasure won’t be found in the Community Chest.

Persecution is the name of the game. But we weren’t the first to play it.

Out of the muck and mire we are stationed on this board game called life.

Jesus knew it all too well.

The disciples were forced to join in.

Joan of Arc died for it.

Why should we escape the foils of the game? Why should we get immunity from Chance?

We don’t. The slashing of words, the hatred of chit-chat, and the look of gall are part of the game.

Only the game is a dastardly deed for all involved.

Chiseled out of conversation, we all do it. Or have done it at one time or another. I am certainly guilty.

Moses. Was yelled at. Laughed at. Thrown out.

King David. Hid in caves. Chased. Hunted down for kill.

Daniel. Mocked. Betrayed. Thrown into a Lion’s Den.

Mother Mary. Ridiculed. Belittled. Misunderstood. Ignored.

John the Baptist. Lived in the desert. Ate locusts. Was beheaded.

Apostle Paul. Beaten. Starved. Shipwrecked. Imprisoned more than once.

Matthew 10:22 “All men will hate you because of me,
but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.”

And I thought I had a bad day.

Talk about throwing in the towel. Talk about quitting.

Was it all worth the pain, agony and disdain? Was it worth losing everything?

Must have been.

They didn’t give up. They didn’t stop.

The blows, the smacks, the punches didn’t keep them from their goal.

The emotional landslides, double-crossing brouhaha’s and uproars didn’t sway them.

They kept on believing what they were pursuing was the key to life.

They kept on traveling from door to door.

They kept on singing in a rat infested prison dungeon.

Persecution comes in many forms.

Standing for Jesus will get you slapped.

Endorsing his name you will be mocked.

Making the effort to follow him will open doors of ridicule, provocation and mercilessness.

Unfortunately it is almost expected.

Learning the methods of enduring it can be through a process of a daily dose of battering. God never said it would be easy.

Just know as it shows up, it means you must be doing something right.

You must be getting your point across even if you don’t know who they are that are persecuting you; even if you have never met them.

Across the internet lines of defense they will make their comments.

Sending you emails of their intolerant opinions.

Posting messages on social media to juggle your emotions.

Don’t be offended. Don’t be hurt. Don’t be angered.

Pray for them. Bless them. Allow God to work through your forgiveness to reveal his love for them.

Isn’t that what Jesus did on the cross?

Romans 12:14 “Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them.”

http://terry1954.wordpress.com/2012/07/24/this-is-what-god-led-me-to-last-night-to-read/

http://godspeaks-i-listen.com/2012/07/24/your-troubles-aint-nothin-really/

http://thefaithbook.wordpress.com/2012/07/23/my-testimony/

http://diasolifeontheborder.org/2012/07/24/gods-reminders-of-his-love/

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Not Only are we Chained, they are Backwards and Upside Down


CHAIN, CHAIN, CHAIN,

CHAIN, CHAIN, CHAIN, (Photo credit: marc falardeau)

Break the chains. Allow God to break your chains. Not only are we chained to so many evils they have begun to get twisted, turned around, backwards and upside down.

We have chained ourselves to walls of bad habits and lifestyles so much the walls of Jericho won’t fall down.

Habits such as “oh don’t worry, just charge it.” (Right, another credit card! Great answer!)

“We don’t have a budget.” ( I guess not since you charge everything.)

“Why should I have to budget my money. The government doesn’t.” (whoops!)

“Who cares if you live with someone outside of marriage? It’s just a piece of paper.” (Great idea..when the going gets tough you can walk out the door with no accountability.)

“Why work when I can live off of you?”(Oh! You must be a member of a Union?)

“I can’t seem to drop this habit of smoking even though I know it is bad for me.”  (duh…)

“Let’s go party. There will be girls, booze and weed. We won’t get caught.” (Yeah, right. Neither did John Edwards.)

“Me? I don’t go to church. I don’t need God.”( Sure you don’t. There’s always that other guy…Satan?”

“That new vampire movie that just came out, let’s go see it. It’s just a movie.” (Sorry….it’s not just a movie. It is demonic in nature.)

Along the way of the “Summer of Love” in 1967 (http://larrywho.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/why-california-why-san-francisco-why-now-part-3/ ) the infamous “Woodstock” in 1969, and the third wave of the feminist movement in the early 1990’s we took a detour and ended up in a landfill.

Guess what folks? God is moving. God is working unraveling the chains of illiterate vices and habits of depraved behavior.

He may be behind the scenes but in my view I see him as clear as day. Desperation has hit the peaks of those who sang at Woodstock or crudely treated our soldiers when they came home from war. Fear of losing what they thought they had gained is rampantly unfolding before their eyes. The mockery of that which is right in the eyes of God is flying backwards in the faces of the enemy’s attendants.

God has allowed the chains tied to those who ignore him, reject him and thrust him aside to get caught in a web of deceit they created themselves.

If you think for one minute you are fooling yourself into getting away with anything ungodly, think again. Given enough chain you will wrap it around your amoral lifestyle and habits until it constricts so much you can’t breathe.

God is good in that he will allow us to keep our chains as long as we want them. Or as long as you can stand the choking. Or until you get caught?

Volunteering to remove our chains of fiendish plots, self-destruction or lack of accountability is so much easier than getting to the point of desperation you beg God to do it. Only there has been very little volunteering.

We reap that which we sow while God watches and waits for the call from the police station.

Guess what? The police have arrived.

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36

http://theriverministries.net/2012/06/06/the-vision-part-2/

http://goldenbible.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/examination-of-fruit/

http://thewayeverlasting.com/2012/06/06/quote-believe/

http://lifeofafemalebiblewarrior.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/spiritual-growth/

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A Flying Lesson


This morning I had a nature lesson in taking it one step at a time.
God
’s timing is perfect.

Ducks

He allowed me to observe and learn from his 2 legged creatures.

Only God could use the unpretentious and immature to captivate my attention for almost 2 hours.

In my swivel chair in the mornings with a cup of coffee and God I ponder his words while enjoying a simple and endearing view. Only this morning offered a little action.

The house next to us sits a marsh. As I have posted before, we live in a Bird Sanctuary. I am intrigued as I watch a Great Blue Heron that must live in the marsh make his daily perch on the dead tree in the distance. Egrets, ducks,  hawks, and many others brighten our area with their stopover visits.

This morning gave me a show of a baby dove taking what appeared to be his first flight. With mom/dad nearby the little one evidently flew next to them over our fence but landed in our pool. As I watched in horror the parent dove landed on the side hopelessly observing this child floundering in the water.

Before I jumped to rescue the little bird, I watched as the parent dove walked around
in circles letting the little one know he/she was right there. The pool sides are too slick
as the baby dove tried and tried to climb out but couldn’t.

Being the soft hearted mush I am when it comes to wildlife I could not sit
there any longer and watch this dove die in my pool.

Great Egret

As I quietly walked over and retrieved the net, the parent dove remained until I got too close and it flew away. Praying to God this little dove was not hurt, I gently lifted it onto the net and sat it on the cement. Scared and cold, it shivered. It sat. It didn’t move.

The Holy Spirit prompted me to let nature take its course and leave. As I continued reading the Bible the little bird just sat there. Resting for almost 30 minutes it finally moved. All the while the 2 parents were flying back and forth and sitting on the rooftops
“cooing” to let the little one
know they were not abandoning him.

Matthew 6:34 “”So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”

The little dove slowly crept over to the Palm tree where it appeared to be fluttering its wings as if to dry them off. Relieved, I observed one of the parent’s fly into the yard right next to the baby dove. Flying to the top of the fence about 5 feet away, the parent dove was showing the little one the next step.

After a few minutes when the little dove didn’t follow their lead, the parent dove flew back down next to the baby. The two marched around each other like they were having a conversation. Words like,

“You can do this. I have raised you and trained you to fly. Now get up and fly.”

Red Tailed Hawk

Again, the parent dove flew to the top of the fence as if showing the little one what to do.

Waiting and watching for almost 15 minutes, the little dove finally took off and landed exactly where the parent dove had perched on the top of the fence.

After resting awhile, the baby dove flew away following the parents.

One step at a time, the parents coached and led the baby dove to fly. As he hit a stump in the road by falling into the pool, the parents stood guard on the roofs nearby.

Like the Good Samaritan, God used me to aid in his rescue.

Isn’t this like God the Father? He stands by, sends help and coaches us along the travels of despair and errors?

We all need guidance, but we have to decide to fly on our own.

Great Blue Heron

In other words, what appeared as a failed flight was a step in learning to get up again.

How many times do we fall in the water? How many times do we get up again?

As often as it takes to reach for the extended hand of the Father who is always waiting to pick us up.

Matthew 6:26 “Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?”

http://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/hopelessness-without-christ/

http://highlyfavored74.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/past-experiences-revealed-or-concealed/

http://samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com/2012/06/02/rising-to-dignity/

http://goldenbible.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/fulfillment/

Photo Credits by Randy Harrison http://www.pbase.com/jrandyh

Guardian Dove