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My heart is somewhat sad right now because of circumstances in my world.  Not me or my husband, beyond that.

I have a friend who is beyond the 80 years mentioned in Scripture that we can have as humans on planet earth, actually I have a few friends that age.  This friend has recently gone through a bit of a hard time.

She developed a physical problem that worsened over the period of a few days and she ended up in the hospital.  Going through several days there, it was recommended that she go to a rehabilitation facility for a week.

She lost something through this experience.  She is not the same and it bothers me.

I know her to be full of zest for life.  Always one to be ready for an adventure, she would be ready to go at the drop of a hat if any of her friends suggested doing something.

She liked to talk about what was going on in the world, both secular and Christian.  And she longed to contribute something to the world, she wanted to do something, to be involved.

When I visited her at the rehab place she was searching why she was there and came to the conclusion that she was there to bring a smile or some joy into an otherwise dark place.  This she did by visiting people in their rooms and saying,  “Hi!” in the halls as she met people, and always with a smile.

She came “home” to a messy place, but together we made short order of picking it up so she would feel comfortable to welcome her family members who were coming the next day for a visit.

She reported being happy with the way the visit went.

So, what is my problem?  A part of the person that she was is gone, I can’t put my finger on exactly what, but I am sad.  I pray that it will come back, but if it doesn’t I need to accept that.

The consolation, and there always is a consolation with God, is that no matter what happens to my friend or any of us for that matter, who we really are in the spirit will never change, never die and if we are believers we will be together as whole persons forever throughout all eternity, and I praise God for that!

One of my children has gone through a divorce this year.  Never easy and always painful, divorce rips apart two people who made a covenant before God and witnesses to be together in sickness and health etc. “until death do us part”.

The relationship died before the people did.  It did not happen overnight.  It died by increments.  Hurts, wounds, expectations not met, offenses taken and more. Like knives being plunged into flesh, blood flowed, life left and death came.  The  covenant was broken, the end came…separation…then divorce.

Loneliness begins to set in like cold on a 20 degree below zero day and it chills the soul.  All one wants is to be warm again, to feel good again, to be loved again.  It is written:  “It is not good for man to be alone.”  Especially, a young man.  Each man is to have his own wife.  Each woman is to have her own husband.  That is what the Bible says.

Something will fill the void.

My child has chosen a “relationship” that will not lead to marriage.  This is very acceptable in today’s world, it is not acceptable in the Kingdom of God.

The worldly person wants to be accepted, as we all do, but they want you to accept what they do as well.  This a believer cannot do when it disagrees with the Word of God.  Jesus never did that, no one He ministered to left His presence untouched.  Only those who were in rebellion against God were not touched or changed by being in His presence.   He is our example.

How then do we walk this out?

Change is not easy for anyone.  Some accept it more readily than others.  But, change comes to all and many times over a lifetime.

My child is my child.  Nothing will ever change that, not what they say or do, nor where they go, whether alive or dead, they are my child.

Some children choose to walk away from their family.  Others choose to stay in relationship but not walk closely.  Others choose to continue on their pathway, expecting their family to accept who or what they have become.

There are some children who respect and honor their parents to the degree that they will ask for and consider the advice the parents give.  That is called honoring your Father and Mother, a command in the Word of God.

As a friend what do I do?  As a parent what do I do?

Love, unconditional love…first and foremost.  Then “watch and pray” as the Bible says we are to do.  Ultimately though, each of us is responsible to God for himself or herself.

If we are committed to Jesus, then we are to be led by His Holy Spirit.  Being led by the Holy Spirit means that we will be led into what we are to do in each and every situation.  He leads, we follow.  Sometimes that is through the written Word, sometimes through circumstances, sometimes through other people etc.  God is not limited by how He speaks to us.

We have an additional advantage as believers and that is that we are all part of the Body of Jesus Christ.  Therefore, we can turn to another believer for counsel when we cannot see the way.   Our Father, is so good to us.

We do not need to ever second guess our actions when they come from a pure heart of love because God will make sure that all things work together for good because we love Him.  He is a good, good Father!

We do not need to ever receive guilt, accusation or condemnation.  God is not in any of that.  It is a work of the kingdom of darkness.  God is love and in Him is no darkness at all.

The Word of God tells us to Submit to God and resist the devil and he will flee from us.

Stand strong on the Word of God, stay in faith that God is involved in everything that pertains to you and your life because He loves you so much.

When it is all over here on planet earth, there is Life, Love and Laughter for all eternity for those who love God, for those who have received what Jesus did at the cross for them…It is personal.

Amen, praying for you today…. God bless you, Joy

 

 

 

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Restoration

Restore.  Re Store…it presents the picture of a store that is empty and it is being stocked once more, made ready for business.  To”Re” anything is to do it again.

I am thinking of the natural disasters that have taken place recently.  The hurricanes, the floods, the wild fires, the volcanic eruptions and the earthquakes that have taken place in recent months have been called “disasters of Biblical proportions”.  The earth, quite possibly, is groaning under the weight of the sin of mankind.  I think that the Bible indicates this possibility.

It is written in Romans 8:22, the New King James version of the Bible:  “For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.”  It is possible that the birth pangs are growing stronger because the birth it alludes to is coming close.

Going back to verse 21 of the above passage, we read:  “Because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the sons of God.”

The earth and mankind were made subject to the curse spoken by God to Adam as recorded in Genesis 3: 17-19.  It was disobedience to God’s Word that caused the curse to come upon the earth and it is obedience to God’s Word that will cause the restoration of mankind first and then the earth.

Restoration can have many faces.  Damage can be done to a marriage by wrong choices or decisions.  When people are selfish the only thing considered is, “What is in it for me?”  Self at the center is a huge black hole and everything is sucked into it.

I was speaking with a friend yesterday about how easy it is to throw a “pity party”.  The problem is that the emotion of self pity is part of the process leading into that big black hole.  The end is death, relationships die because no one wants to attend a pity party.

At this time most of the Body of Christ is praying for revival or awakening.  Most are aware how evil seems to have arisen in every quarter.  The intent of the mastermind of evil is to take over and obliterate anything that is of God.  It has been said that good and evil are manifesting at the same time now, but evil seems to be prevailing.  Some are wringing their hands and worrying.  But God has lifted the cover off it all and everything will be seen for what it truly is.

Many years ago I saw a graphic that depicted what I think is relevant to where we are today.  I saw a perpendicular arrow, an arrow on the right side of it called, “Religion” and an arrow on the left side called “New Age”.  The trajectory of the two side arrows was at a forty-five degree angle.

I was given to understand that the middle arrow represented the Kingdom of God on the earth and its people.  The two side arrows were movements on earth that would persecute the true church of Jesus Christ.  We surely are seeing the movement of the New Age in the political realm.  The Globalists are anti-Christ in their thinking and doing.

The religions of the world, in general, are anti-Christ, though there is an emergent group, called “Crislam” which sees Chritianity and Islam as serving the same God and they strive to bring the two together.  Most true Christians disagree that the God of the Bible is the god of Islam.

I think it is worth noting that nothing on this earth is static.  There is always movement and it is always toward God and His Kingdom or away from God and His Kingdom, and there are always consequences for every choice made.  It is also worth noting that making no choice at all is a choice.

I have considered the “ites” of Biblical times and the “isms” of today.  As far as I can see both were and are anti-Christ.  Communism was huge in the news when I was young.  People in Hollywood were suspected of belonging to the Communist party and were black-balled because of it.  A couple, the Rosenbergs, was tried for treason against America for their suspected Communist activity.

In recent years when Russia opened up and people began to come and go, those who came out were mostly atheists, because people of faith were driven underground when the Communist party took over.  The leaders lived high on the hog and the common man stood in lines to get a loaf of bread or a piece of meat, this was the result of Communism.

I just thought of a commercial I heard years ago:  “Promise her anything but give her Arpege.”  It was a perfume that was being touted.  The isms of the world promise many things, but in the end, what they deliver is never what was promised.

Today in Communist China there is an active underground church.  The Chinese leaders allow a certain amount of religion in the official church, but if anyone rises up with true faith to preach the true gospel, he is removed, jailed and worse.  Such is the “freedom” of Communism and its close kin, socialism.

Bernie Sanders is a self-proclaimed Socialist.  He interrogated someone recently for a post in the Trump government.  He has been accused by Pastor Robert Jeffres of crossing a line and violating the constitution in that examination because he focused on the persons Christian faith.  At issue is the intent and purpose of the founding fathers of America as written in the Constitution of the United States of America respecting freedom of religion.

The so-called separation of church and state has been wrongly interpreted and the American people have been brain-washed to believe that Christians have no place in the government and if they are there, they need to leave their faith at home.  It is a compartmentalized view of religion.  However, the true Christian faith is not an addition to a person’s life, it is his life.  He is transferred from the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of God.  It is life-changing.  This is why it is referred to as being born-again, for literally it is like being born anew.

I want to point out that the true church of Jesus Christ is made up of people from every denomination.  I have known Catholic people and Baptist people who loved God with all their hearts and had a real relationship with Jesus.  The same can be said of every part of the Body of Christ, whatever the label applied to them.

A word of caution…the denominational organization itself is not sacrosanct, whatever the label, it is the people who are sanctified by the blood of Jesus who make up the true church.

To bring this to a close, it is my sense that God is sifting, weighing each person, giving them every opportunity to choose to follow Jesus.  I do not believe that He is judging anyone at this time.  I believe that He has souls on His heart.  It is written that Jesus died to bring many sons to Glory.

He wants people to know that He loves them and has a good plan for their lives.  His invitation is:  “Come to me if you’re weary, if you have labored long and hard and you’re tired of the world, tired of sin, yes, even tired of yourself.”  He will accept you just as you are, no preconditions.  The Bible tells us that God is love.  We cannot know that kind of unconditional love unless we turn from sin and receive what Jesus did at Calvary for us.

Today, if you hear His voice calling you to come, won’t you respond?  He is waiting for you.

 

 

 

 

From Confusion to Consecration

Confused..Chaos..Commitment..

Conversion..Consecration..Changed.

This process is what happens to a person who comes to the end of himself and finds Jesus finding him or her.

“The life I now live I live by faith in (and of) the Son of God.”  “Without Him I can do nothing.”

“He came, He saw, He conquered” and because He did, I can.  His life, His death, His resurrection, His defeat of God’s enemy is imputed to me by faith, my faith.  I believed and I received and He changed me.  I did my part, He did His…the result? Conversion.

Now I can face life, whatever it brings, I am not alone any more, I belong to Him.  He has promised to be with me always.  He has promised never to leave me or forsake me.  I take Him at His word.  I have found Him to be one who keeps His word.

I have become a stranger and an alien to the world that I once knew.  I now have a destination, a place prepared for me.  I live with that in mind. Some day I will go home.

I want to tell others about this one who changed my life in hope that they too will meet Him.

I have never known love like this, acceptance like this…unconditional.

Amazing!  I am accepted in Him. God, who is love, accepts me as I am and still…He invites me to grow and tells me that He will help me.  I am not on my own.

In fact, He sent His Spirit to live in me to do just that.  He calls Him the Helper, the Teacher, the Comforter, the Counselor. That is pretty much what I need to traverse the darkness that I see around me.

I pray this prayer:  “All of you and none of me.  Live big in me.  Let me be that light set on a hill so that others may see and come to Him.”

How about you friend, are you tired of the darkness, tired of yourself, tired of striving?  Are you ready now to “taste and see that the Lord is good?”

You too can enter into His rest.

You too can find peace with God, the peace of God that surpasses human understanding.  He is our peace who became the bridge to God, to Heaven, to Home.

Who am I talking about?  “The Word” the creator, who was with God and was God and became flesh that we might have a way to “Our Father who art in Heaven”.  His name is Jesus.

Have you ever noticed that no one swears using the name of Buddha or Mohammed or any other god?  Have you ever considered why?  Who lives having died?  Only one man.

“For behold,the darkness shall cover the earth and gross darkness the people, but the Lord shall arise upon thee and His glory shall be seen upon thee.”

His glory is coming.  He promised. Ready or not it will come.

“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh.”

Most of us have never seen His Glory, nor have we felt His presence.  But if you ever have, you will never be the same.

Come, come to the Father.  He wants you to know He loves you so much He was willing to suffer for your sake. Jesus is the way to the Father, there is no other way to get to God or to Heaven.

There are good people in Hell, because being good or living a good life will not take you to Heaven.  It is not the right road.

There are church people in Hell, because going to church, being involved in church or even being the pastor or priest of a church will not take you to Heaven. It is not the right road.

Jesus said:  “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father except by me.”

Either Jesus told the truth or He is the biggest liar that ever walked the planet.  You have been invited.  From this point on you cannot say you never heard.  The decision is now up to you.

“Choose this day whom you will serve, as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.”

Amen!