Are we living as though we really believe God, not just believe IN Him?

This meme has been going around FB for the last couple of days, and it has helped me get the right perspective on the hard things that have happened since Tuesday night. I am reminded that God created everything from nothing. If He can do that, He certainly can heal the child He gave me to love.

Seven to ten years ago I decided that I needed to start living and acting like I really believe that God IS Who God says He Is, and that He can do what He says He can do. My walk changed forever.Today, I want to give Satan no power over me. I Praise God for what He allows in our lives because He is in control, and it is ALLL to HIS GLORY! We must deny Satan any victory, no matter how small!God is ALWAYS with us, beside us, and for born-again Christians, inside us. The purpose of His angels is to minister to us! We need to see through born-again eyes into the Spiritual realm, God’s Kingdom, and thank God for every breath He chooses to lend us.

Amen…

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Lovely Version of Amazing Grace

I love this version of Amazing Grace!

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As the deer panteth for the water…

I finished Revelations a week ago. Since then I’ve been “reading” Ecclesiastes and The Song of Solomon.

First of all, I started at Ecclesiastes because I thought I’d go back through the Prophets, but decided to start w/Ecclesiastes, and move forward from there. I was surprised to find that this is the first time I didn’t get depressed by going through Ecclesiastics. It’s always been depressing to me because everything is “vanity.” No matter what we do, it’s “vanity.” And yet, in other parts of the Bible, I am promised that all Christians have Hope, through, and because of, Jesus. So, maybe someday I’ll actually understand Ecclesiastes. Jesus will explain it to me, somehow.

And now, The Song of Solomon. I am reminded that I’ve never thought of God the same way I’ve ever thought about any man with whom I thought I was falling in love. This includes my husband, of course. When I would think about these people, I would devote most of my thinking every day to memorizing how they looked, their eyes, their hair, the way they carried themselves, projecting their character into the probable future, etc. I would read and re-read their notes, cards and letters. I would gain more insight into their core being by analyzing every move, every comment, written and verbalized.
I have Never thought of God that way. It seemed too carnal. And yet, now I realize, it’s not carnal when it is pure love for God. No, it is PERFECT LOVE. Nothing else matches it. Nothing else matters. And I have His Love Letter to me (and you), His Bride. I need to concentrate on His Word and His Creation, and all the creatures He has brought into being, because THESE are the things that reveal His nature and His Great Love for me (and all of us as His Bride)!

Holy, Holy Father…. as the deer panteth for the water, so my soul shall pant after Thee….

Amen!

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The Death of America

A few of my friends have been sweetly and generously encouraging me to the “reality” that America is not dead. These are people I care deeply for, but I completely disagree with them.

The truth is that this country, as we’ve known it since the days of the Pilgrims, exhaled its last breath on November 6, 2012. If you cannot see that, then it’s probably true that you don’t consider The Bible to be true, the Inspired Word of God. Because that book begins with a very familiar (I hope) story that involves just the kind of death I’m talking about.

Remember the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden? Those were the only two trees from which God forbade Adam and Eve to eat. Why? Because if they ate from them, they would surely die. But after they ate from the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, they were still alive for hundreds of years. So, did they really die from eating that forbidden fruit?

Yes. They died, not once, but twice. The first death was the instantaneous death of the sinless spirit that God had put in them when He created them and breathed life into them. The second was their bodily death, which took much longer because they had been perfectly made in bodies that were supposed to last forever. But the moment sin entered into them, the corruption began until it finally put them in their graves.

Like Adam and Eve this nation was blessed by God from its inception. By the 1600’s, all of Western Civilization had been shaped by the very strong Judeo-Christian ethic that has been transformational from the time of Jesus. Christians from European countries were the first foreigners to land on the shores of this continent, settle it, and devote it to The Lord. Their faith permeated every aspect of their lives, so it’s no surprise that the new nation was built with much attribution to The Creator, God Almighty. The very first book to be published by the new nation was the Bible. And it was the new government itself that commissioned it to be printed, at government expense, expressly to be handed out to the citizens and schools of that day in order that they might teach the children how to grow up to be good and Godly citizens.

While this country was officially “born” at about the time of the Age of Reason, the Judeo-Christian ethic was predominant within. We obviously weren’t a perfect union, but God’s blessings were still on us. However(imho), the seeds (ideas) that resulted in the deadly harvest that we saw on Nov. 6, 2012, were produced between the late 1800’s and the 1960’s. The watering and tending of those seeds began in the ‘60’s and have culminated in a culture that is the complete opposite of the republic that was formed by the founders of this nation. Now the Spirit with which God blessed this nation has been removed. That is so obvious that it’s hard for me to understand how people can NOT see this.

It’s just a matter of time before we reap the “physical” death, as a nation. But it is coming, folks. The oppressive policies against the freedom of Life should be the most obvious for anyone to see. Since 1972 we have been allowing, by law, the unGodly shedding of innocent blood to the tune of more than 55,000,000 babies! And as far as our freedom of Religion is concerned? Well, within days or weeks we will see an increase in the government oppression of Christians and Christian organizations over things related to Obamacare mandates that require everyone to pay for abortion, abortifacients, etc., regardless of our religious consciences. The issue of gay marriage is another issue that assuredly will result in oppression of Christians. It’s already happening, so with this last election, the “winners” have become hardened, and now emboldened to do more against us than they have done up to now.

The real HOPE AND CHANGE that this country needs is Jesus. May His people fall on their faces and petition Him for the healing of this nation!

Amen.

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Fear God, Not Man

Fear God, not man. The worst man can do is destroy this body and kill it. But the wrath of God goes far beyond that, and can last for eternity. Eternity….

E.TER.NI.TY.

The only way to avoid His wrath is for your name to be written in The Lamb’s Book of Life. Is your name written there? If it’s not, it can be. You must acknowledge Jesus to be God, you must acknowledge that you are a sinner, then you must repent of your sins and ask His forgiveness. When you ask to be born again, The Lord will make you a new creature in Christ, write your name in the Lamb’s Book of Life, and adopt you as His beloved child.

Then…tell someone you’ve been born again, while the angels are still rejoicing over you!

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America Gives up The Spirit

I believe that we have witnessed the last days of what was once a great country. We see this because we have finally reached the point where those who value celebrity and entitlements more than Truth or good character outnumber those who are responsible and productive citizens. Without a doubt, this is the full bloom of the post-Christian era, in the last stronghold of the Christianity-shaped Western world. The majority in this country has made us slaves in our own Babylon overnight.

The most evil of all the evils available on the ballots has been proclaimed the chosen. And with that proclamation, evil has been given permission to become more hardened, and to increase.And this was aided and abetted, sadly, imho, by those who voted under the cover of not wanting to “waste their vote.” I am really curious what the actual numbers of third party votes were cast nation-wide. Now we don’t have the lesser of two evils….we have the most evil option…still in power. Worse, actually, because now he is emboldened and empowered, more than ever.

While this could be the foundation on which Christians might feel defeated, I want to encourage the Bride of the King of Kings. Jesus is the same, yesterday, today, and forever. Jesus is with you, and He WILL NOT leave you. Jesus is your HOPE, the OBJECT of your affection, your KING…

Hebrews 10: 1-12 ESV
“You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning,
and the heavens are the work of your hands;
11they will perish, but you remain;
they will all wear out like a garment,
12like a robe you will roll them up,
like a garment they will be changed.#
But you are the same,
and your years will have no end.”

He has not abandoned His people, nor will He. And only Christians have the assurance of the following:

ik Romans 8:28 ESV
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,[a] for those who are called according to his purpose.”

Right now it looks to me as though He has decided to give the rebellious (those who rebel against Him) over to Satan. Let them satisfy all their fleshly passions and appetites. They are not doing that in a vacuum.

But WE need to continue to follow Him, pursue HIS approval and NOT the approval of any man (or woman…for those who need to hear this). We need to continue to stand for what is RIGHT, not what has been “approved by a vote.” We need to continue to speak out and fight for the rights of the the weak, the unborn, the infirm, the suicidal, the poor, the real widows and orphans! And we need to do all this out of our love for HIM, not for the desire to be written up in our local newspapers so that all may see how “Christian” we really are!

There are several bright spots in this. The biggest one is that as people are more and more oppressed, revival tends to break out, folks. So I am looking to The Lord and the coming REVIVAL! God’s got ALL the evil covered!
Amen!

Titus 2:11-15 ESV

11For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

15Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.

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Back to Church!

Even though the date is past, this is certainly a fun video!

Sooooo, are you going?

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