Category Archives: Christian Faith-Bible-Character Building

Closer Than Before

Are we are closer than before to the return of the Son of God?

I think we are.

When he was asked about his return, he had a lot to say.  Some of his words about his return can be found in the book of Matthew.  There are also many other verses in the bible that talk about his return too, especially the book of the Apocalypse also called Revelation.

Matthew 24:6-30

And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.
All these are the beginning of sorrows.

“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.
And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.

Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.
And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
But he who endures to the end shall be saved.

And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.

Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes.

But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.

And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.

“Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it.  For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.  See, I have told you beforehand.

“Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it.  For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.  For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.

Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”

There is so much going on in this world that points to his soon return.  This generation is truly in a high watch time.  I encourage you to read and re-read the scriptures, especially about his return, as the time is now closer than before.

I hope you are waiting and watching with expectation.

Be blessed!

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The Craziest 24 Hours!

This event happened a few years ago.  I wrote this story in my journal, but never published it.  I was recently looking back at some of these old stories I wrote and thought it was about time to share this one.  It was a doozy of a 24 hours.

 

It has been a crazy 24 hours!

Yesterday we had a thunderstorm that brought some much needed rain, but knocked out the power to the homestead. No power means no water, no flushing toilets, no lights, no digital technologies (TV, Wii, Computers, Internet, etc), no stove to cook on, and generally no happy kids! Oh they are happy for a bit, if you distract them with games and snacks, but they are not so happy without their favorite meals and modern conveniences.

We had just finished the main part of our day and our school work when a major thunderstorm hit.  I called my husband and asked him to drive carefully coming home as the storm was producing high winds and lots of lightening.  He got home safely and we had supper, and  we were cleaning up just as the thunderstorm knocked out the power.  We did not prepare for being without power and the repercussions. I had a few individual bottles of water on hand in the pantry, but otherwise I did not have enough water that would last for more than a few sips for 8 people.  We contacted the power company who said the power was expected to be back on by 10 pm. That was good news as I thought we could survive for a few hours and would have water and power by the time we were headed to bed.

We went outside to play for a bit and get some energy out. The kids played tag, rode bikes, and played Frisbee until dark. Dad and I sat on the porch and enjoyed sitting together and watching them play.

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At dark, there was no moon to speak of, and soon the mosquitoes became horrendous! They were biting viciously and eventually we couldn’t take the pain anymore and we had to go inside. The house was stifling hot and humid, but at least it stopped the sting of mosquitoes.

We lit some candles. I didn’t have very many candles though.  At this point, I really missed my Amish style lanterns I used to have. They operated by using oil and a wick. They would be perfect on a night like this. But they broke in the last move, and I haven’t been able to replace them yet.

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Thankfully we had these few scented candles to get us by and they lit up the rooms just enough. They actually gave off a surprising amount of light and we were able to read, draw, and play games by candlelight.  Eventually, one by one, daddy and kids dropped out of the games to fall asleep on the couch.  I think daddy might have fell asleep first though.

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After the younger kids were asleep, my oldest challenged me to a game of Chess. Oh boy. I love playing with him, but I am no good at Chess, and HE KNOWS IT!  He didn’t take advantage of my lack of skills though and just wanted to play with me and that was really special. 10 pm came and went. No electricity returned.  11 pm came and went, and still no electricity.  Finally even the two of us couldn’t hold our eyes open any longer and we also went to sleep.

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The house was so hot and humid. I could not hardly stand it.  I was drifting in and out of a sleep wake state and eventually gave up waiting for the power to come back on and went to bed.

But in the heat of the night, I could not sleep well. I drifted in and out of a miserable unrestful dreamy state. 2 am came and went. 3 am came and went. Each time I woke back up, I would pray “Please God, help me to go to sleep and stay asleep”. Finally, at 4 am the power came back on and my body relaxed from exhaustion and I drifted off to sleep to the soothing sound of a fan blowing hot humid air around the room. I was so greatful!

I don’t know when the dreams came in the night, but at some point I had two different dreams.  I dreamed of a tornado headed my way. In my dream the kids came to get me and told me there were “twisters” outside. I was not sure why they said “twisters” until I had looked out the window and seen 10 tornadoes spinning right next to my house and family. Amazingly, the twisters never caused damage. They just spinned nearby. The sky was completely dark, except for these tornado twisters that stood spinning.  Then in a second dream, I thought I was a secret agent, (maybe for the FBI agent or something) taking down a drug cartel. I have never dreamed anything like that before in my life.

I didn’t get to sleep for long though.  My husband woke me at 4:30 am. He needed to get ready for work, as he usually leaves the house by 5:30 am, and he couldn’t get ready today because though we finally had power, we still had no water.  We are on a well and live in the country, and something must have happened to the well when the lightning storm took out the power yesterday.  I told him about my dreams as they were so vivid and seemed so real.

My husband wanted to wait until it was light outside to figure out the well problem, because he didn’t want to trek through the yard in the dark at 4:30 am and climb down into a dark damp dingy well house to figure out what was wrong.  We didn’t have the money to hire a plumber for an emergency call either. Their emergency rates are outrageous!  So he decided to wait until daylight to try and figure out the problem.  We didn’t have much choice, and it wasn’t safe to try to solve it in the dark, and he couldn’t go to work until the problem was solved.

All I wanted to do was go back to bed. But that wasn’t going to happen. My head was pounding from a lack of sleep. Then the youngins started waking, up and needing their needs met.  By now, I felt desperate for water.  Even though it was dark, we needed to get some water from the stream to try and flush the toilet before one more person added their gift to it this morning. With 8 people using the toilet the night before, and it sitting over night, the room next to the bathroom was not smelling to good this morning. I was so grateful that there was a stream of water from all the rain from the storm. I didn’t mind getting it even in the dark. My husband actually got the water while I (had the easy job) held a flashlight for him to see, and held the door for him to carry the water in.  We made two trips of five gallons of dirty stream water at 5 am.  What a blessing it was to get the toilet to wash down the contents and rid the room of the smell. It was time to light another candle!

Next we did a bible study, and waited for it to get light outside.

We studied James 2 and the verses that really spoke to my heart this morning were verses 1-17

My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality.

For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes,
and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him,
“You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor man, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here at my footstool,” have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?

Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? But you have dishonored the poor man.

Do not the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts? Do they not blaspheme that noble name by which you are called?

If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well; but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors.

For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.”
Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.

So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty.
For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?

If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?

Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

Soon it started getting light outside.  It is amazing how it can go from complete darkness, to a dimly lit sky, and then to a sun rise where you can clearly see all around.  With renewed hope and determination, my husband and I went to the well house.  He removed everything in the little house/shed (his tools and various items stored in there), and then lifted the trap door in the floor. My job was then to hold the flashlight for him.   There is a hidden room down there under the ground that houses the well pump.  While I pointed the flash light for him, he was able to climb down in the dark and damp little room and work on the pressure switch that had shorted out during the power outage, and he finally got the well running again. Then he had to come in the house and prime all the faucets and flush air out of the lines. Finally after 10 hours of no power, and 13 hours of no water, we finally had water again! Yeah!

Now to really start the day.  My husband quickly got his shower and headed off to work.  The kids and I had breakfast, and began our schoolwork.  I was really glad our electrical power was restored so the rest of our day could return to normal.

I was looking forward to an easier day now that the crisis was over: normal meals, normal baths, normal toilet flushes, and just a normal day of our schoolwork because some of the homeschool curriculum the older kids have is on the computer, so electricity was a necessity today if we were going to make progress.  I also caught a few minutes of the news and learned there were tornado sightings during the storm last night.  Wow, so my dream about “twisters” actually happened.

About 11:30 we took a break and headed outside to play while I prepared lunch. I was so happy about this break. I desperately needed a break.  The stress of the storm, power outage, water outage, and lack of sleep was really catching up to me.  I couldn’t get my headache to go away, I just needed a few minutes of peace and quiet and to get lunch made.

Within minutes of playing outside, the children were running to me that a police officer was coming up the driveway.  It is a really long driveway and we are up on a hill so you can see from the yard when a car pulls onto the drive.   I ran outside to see what was going on.  My heart began too pound so fast, I couldn’t imagine why a police car would be coming up the driveway to my house.  I actually felt faint after all of the stress we had just had.  Things certainly were not turning out normal today.  I hoped it wasn’t anything to do with my husband traveling to work and I couldn’t imagine anything else it could be.

The officer pulled up the long driveway and got out of his car.  The kids were excited, but I wasn’t.  He carefully came up to the kids and I in the yard, then stuck out his hand for a handshake and introduced himself to us as a state trooper all while he glanced around.  I thought this was very odd, but it soon became apparent why.  He informed me that there was a fugitive on the loose.  He was with the drug task force and they were in the middle of taking down a drug ring and while making arrests one man had got away and ran through the woods and fields and they expected him to be near by our farm.  The police officer asked if the children and I would go inside, and stay inside and lock the doors until the police had him apprehended and let us know it was safe.

I could not believe all this was happening.  I was exhausted and had no energy for another crisis.  I gathered all the kids back inside, locked the windows and doors.  After several hours went by, and watching several police cars come and go as they tracked the drug fugitive, I realized that my second dream had come to pass.  So I called my husband at work and said “You are not going to believe…”

It was the craziest 24 hours ever!

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Hurricanes Floods Fires and Earth Quakes 2017

There are devastating hurricanes, floods, fires, earthquakes, massive animal and fish deaths, and violent storms brewing all around the world in 2017.

Several countries have been dealing with massive devastating disasters for several months this year already.

The USA was just hit by many earthquakes, fires, flooding, and then Harvey on 8/25 and Irma 9/11 and more massive storms are on the way.

Please remember folks in the path of these storms and the aftermath of flooding, fires, tornadoes, and deadly circumstances that are spawned.  So many will loose all their material possessions and some will also loose loved ones and maybe loose their own life too.

Now more than ever we need to pray for Father God to protect and heal the people of the nations.

 

 

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Happy Memorial Day

I hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day filled with joy!

I hope you are able to spend this day with Family and Friends and time to reflect on those who gave their lives for preservation of freedom and justice.

There are many families around the world hurting at this time following World Wide Flooding and the Hurricane that recently hit Texas, USA. More hurricanes and floods are expected.  Several locations around the world are also dealing with massive forest fires, mudslides, and earth quakes.  Please remember these people in your prayers and help where you are able.

Whatever you do to day, also remember Father God (Yahuah) our Creator, and his only begotten son (Yahusha) our savior.   Some call Father God’s name Yweh or Lord.  This was the name of Baal in biblical times.  Some call the Son of God’s name Yeshua, and most people today call him Jesus.  I grew up calling him Jesus and that is what I have known him by for 40+ years.  But I have now learned this is not his true name.  What others like myself may not know and will be surprised to learn is that many years ago (1628 A.D.), those in powerful positions changed his name to “Jesus” in the bible writings when they reprinted the bible scriptures to confuse people and call him by a pagan god’s name.  They are calling him son of Zeus, or Baal, who goes by many pagan names.  This truth was very upsetting to me when I learned this, to know this lie had been done and people have been deceived for the past 400+/- years.  Up to this time in history, his name was written as Yahuah and Yahusha and everyone who followed Father God knew this as the name of the Father and the Son.  The true name can still be seen in the earlier print additions of the bible. However, once the name was changed in the reprinted editions, the deception has remained ever since.

Father God signed his name, his true name signed with his own finger, in stone on the Ten Commandments so we would know the truth.  Father God’s name is Yahuah.  His son came in his Father’s Name Yahusha (Yahuah Saves).

Keep your light shining bright and stay ready for his return.  He told us in the gospels written in the bible to be watching and he told us what the world would look like when his return is near.  He gave us several things to watch for including the similarities between the days Noah, Lot, Daniel, and Jonah lived on the earth.  His message is woven throughout the scriptures, but we can see clearly the details we must watch for in the bible books of Genesis, Daniel, Isaaiah, Jude, Matthew, Luke, Thessalonians, and Revelation.  His return is now closer than ever.

If you don’t know him yet, pray to Father God to show you the truth about his son.  Call on him and he will answer you.  Seek and you will find. Repent of your sins, believe in his name because he has been given the power to overcome everything in heaven and earth.  He can deliver and save and he can also cast souls into hell for eternity.  Fear his name.  Call on him.  He came in his Father’s name and he will freely give eternal life to all who call on him, believe who he is, repent of sins, forgive those who have done you wrong, and obey his instructions.

His instructions are to love Father God with all your heart, love your neighbor as yourself, and keep the 10 rules his Father gave us to live by, and produce good fruit with your life.  He will give you the Holy Spirit to help you live by these rules and produce good fruit.

The 10 Rules the Father gave us consist of 2 things to “do” (YOU WILL) and 8 things to “not do” (SHALL NOT).   When we violate these basic rules, we go beyond the boundaries our Creator set for us, and we loose our peace that he freely gives to all who will come to him and obey.  Be sure to read more in my post on Perfect Peace.

  1. You shall not have other gods before Me.
  2. You shall not make idols. Do not make any images of anything above the earth, in the earth, or below. Do not put your trust and affection in any man made thing.
  3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
  4. You will keep the Sabbath day holy. 6 days you will labor and the 7th day is blessed and belongs to Father God. (The 7th day pattern begins each month at the first sighting of the moon. There are 4 -7th day Sabbath rests each month. The 7 day pattern cycles again for the next month at the first sighting of the moon. This is our Heavenly Father’s weekly and monthly calendar.)
  5. You will honor your father and your mother.
  6. You shall not murder.
  7. You shall not commit adultery.
  8. You shall not steal.
  9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
  10. You shall not covet. Do not desire your neighbor’s house. Do not desire your neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant. Do not desire your neighbors ox, nor his donkey, nor any thing that belongs to your neighbor.

Producing good fruit means that through love for Father God, and love for your fellow man, you reach out and help those in need by feeding the hungry, visit the orphan and widow, shelter the homeless, showing kindness to the stranger, heal the sick, visit those in prison, cast out demons from the oppressed, and set the captive free.

Yahusha said that when you do these things in love for the least of people (those who go unnoticed), that you have done it unto him and he will remember.  He also said others would know you are his follower by your love.  This is pure worship of Father God and what he truly desires from us. Pure worship is not religion, not politics, and not vain or pride.  He said he gave each of us “A Spirit of Love, Power, and Sound Mind“.  He also said “The Truth Will Set You Free“.  He will show you the way when you seek him first in your life above all else.

For more information about his Name Above All Names:

Promote the Truth

Yahuah Kingdom

Fossilized Customs

For more information about the 10 Rules To Live By:

Exodus 20

For more information about Pure Worship Of Father God:

Isaiah 58

 

Be wise and be blessed!

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Perfect Peace

What is perfect peace?

With all the turmoil in the world today, I wanted to know more about finding perfect peace.

I think perfect peace is a state of contentment, calm, and total trust in Father God, no matter what turmoil is going on around us.

The opposite of peace is strife, fear, anger, covet, struggle, argue, fight, control over others, and war.

How do we reach and stay in a state a state of perfect peace?

The bible says the person who trusts in, and keeps their mind focused on, Father God will have perfect peace.

  “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”  Isaiah 26:3

What do you place your trust in?

Do you ONLY place your trust in Father God?

Or do you trust in other gods???

What is your mind focused on?

A god is anything you place your trust in, your hope in, your affection and focus attention in.

People tend to have many little gods they trust in and idols in their life:

Money, job, home, land, vehicle, education, investments, retirement, social media, NEWS, music, TV, movie stars, doctor, pharmacy, pastor, church, sports, hospital, police, military, government, politics, etc.

When we place our trust in these, to save our life or better our life, they become gods and idols in our life.

Father God gave us 10 rules to live by and he signed them with his own name, YAHUAH.

We call these 10 rules the 10 Commandments.  These are found in Exodus 20:2-17.  Father God wanted us to think about them all of the time, morning and night, and to tell them to our children where ever we may journey throughout our day too.

When we violate these rules, we go beyond the boundaries our Creator set for us, and we loose our peace that he freely gives to all who will come to him and obey.

  1. You shall not have other gods before Me.
  2. You shall not make idols. Do not make any images of anything above the earth, in the earth, or below.  Do not put your trust and affection in any man made thing.
  3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
  4. You will keep the Sabbath day holy. 6 days you will labor and the 7th day is blessed and belongs to Father God.  (The 7th day pattern begins each month at the first sighting of the moon.  There are 4 -7th day Sabbath rests each month. The 7 day pattern cycles again for the next month at the first sighting of the moon.  This is our Heavenly Father’s weekly and monthly calendar.)
  5. You will honor your father and your mother.
  6. You shall not murder.
  7. You shall not commit adultery.
  8. You shall not steal.
  9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
  10. You shall not covet.  Do not desire your neighbor’s house.  Do not desire your neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant. Do not desire your neighbors ox, nor his donkey, nor any thing that belongs to your neighbor.

In these rules he commanded, he gave us 8 things not to do, and 2 things we must do.  Folks find it hard to follow these 10 rules.

When we break one of these 10 rules, we have sin in our life.  Sin is wickedness.  Father God will not fellowship with us when we are walking in sin, because he is Holy and there is no sin in him.  He asks us to walk in a holy life because he is holy and he is our father in heaven.

Father God sent a part of himself to help us overcome the temptation and punishment of sin. He sent his only begotten son into the world to live as a man, and teach people about the kingdom of Father God, to show people how to live and obey these 10 commands, avoiding deception, loving and helping others, and defeating the temptations of the flesh and Satan.

He had perfect peace.  He said “my peace I give to you.”  He told the people that he came fulfill the law and covenant all the law of God and the prophets could be summed up in this:

  1. Love Father God with all your heart mind and soul.
  2. Love your neighbor as you love yourself. Go about meeting their needs, forgive them, heal them.  When you take care of others and meet their needs with the power of the Holy Spirit of God in your life, you are honoring your father in heaven.  He said when you do this unto the least of these people, you are doing it unto me.

Then he chose to lay down his life as a perfect sacrifice for mankind to Father God so that everyone who believes in him, confessed their sins, and accepted him as Lord of their life, would not die in their sins, but would be forgiven by Father God be born again and have eternal life and eternal fellowship with him.

If you love him, you will trust in him only, repent of any sin, keep all of his commands, keep the 7th day Sabbath, and take care of others.  He will reward you on judgement day with eternal life because you believed in him, you trusted him as Lord God of your life, and you took care of the real needs of others and did not turn away.

That is our perfect hope! Our PERFECT PEACE is Yahuah (Father God our Creator) and through the gift of his son Yahusha (Yahuah Saves) we have eternal life, healing for our body, and perfect peace in every situation we face in this life.  Hallelujah!  Praise his holy name!

Be wise, be in perfect peace, and be blessed!

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Blessed Is He Who Comes In The Name Of The Lord

Blessings to you dear friends!

Blessed Is He Who Comes In The Name Of The Lord!

Yahusha Our Redeemer! Yahuah Is Our Savior!  Hallelujah!

The true name of our Father in Heaven is Yahuah and his only begotten son’s name is Yahusha and means Yahuah is Savior!  Praise his holy name!

I hope you are spending time with Him, praying, reading your bible, seeking him and his truths.  “Ask and he will answer, seek and ye will find.”   He will not withhold any good gift to those who seek him and ask.  He knows what you need even before you ask.

Come before Yahuah and repent of your sins, and believe in his son Yahusha and his shed blood that was freely given for you if you would believe the truth. Ask Yahusha to come into your heart and live with you as your king and Lord of your life and thank him for what he has done for you. Confess with your mouth that you are saved by his blood, born again by his spirit, and you are a new creature in him.

Obey his commands to LOVE Yahuah with all your heart-soul, mind-spirit, and physical body and to love others as you love your self, caring for their needs.  When you care for their needs, you are also caring for him.  Obey the 10 commandments of Yahuah with the help of the Holy Spirit, because Yahusha has given you new life in him and he will help you do what is right and true and he wants you to honor his father by honoring the 10 rules to live by that he signed his own name to.

Stay on the path of Yahusha because it is narrow and leads to life.  Few find it, but Yahusha is the only door to enter into the relationship with Yahuah for eternity.  He is your passport to enter and your shepherd that will lead the way.

Hallelujah!

Praise his name forever!

Blessed is he who comes in the name of Yahuah!

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Everything You Need

Do you know that God created you to bring him glory with your life?

He alone is Father God, the Creator of Life, and He wants us to acknowledge him and trust him for everything.

I was reading in Luke chapter 12 today and wanted to share a few of the verses with you.  If you have time, go read the entire chapter.  May it bless you today.

 

“Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God.” Luke 12:8-9

 

“And he said unto them, “Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.” Luke 12:15

 

“And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.
Life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.

Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?

And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?
If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?

Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?

And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.

But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;” Luke 12: 22-35

 

May everything you and I do today and everyday bring Father God glory. May we trust him in everything, for everything we need, and seek his face and his heart each day. May we each give him praise for he alone is worthy of our praise.  In Jesus name, Amen.

Be blessed!

 

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You Are The Temple

Why worship God in temples made by human hands?

As I have gotten older, and hopefully wiser, I have come to understand that the scriptures in the Bible point to the human body as the true temple of our Heavenly Father, not the church building or any other building.  We are instructed to care for his temple, our body, and care for others because they are also his temple.

“God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;

Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;

That they (men of all nations in the earth) should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:

For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.”  Acts 17: 24 – 25; 28-29

 

“Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.

Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?

But he spake of the temple of his body.”   John 2:19-21

Buildings made by human hands might impress people, but they don’t impress God our Creator, our Heavenly Father.  Money donated (or taxed) to build buildings (or anything else) doesn’t impress him either.  He said a poor widow’s penny offered is more impressive than a rich man’s offering.  He also said it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.

From the scriptures we can clearly see that HE wants an intimate daily walk with us and for us to recognize a special day each week that we acknowledge him, and do good to others in his name, that special day he calls the Sabbath.  The Sabbath means the 7th day when God our Creator rested from his work.  He has asked us to do the same and keep it special for him.

The day of the week the Sabbath is on changes each year and sometimes even during a certain month of the year.  How you find the day is to learn when the barley is ready for harvest in the spring and the correlation with the first sighting of the moon during that season.  This then begins the year, and the Sabbaths of that year are on the seventh day and every seventh day there after.  This pattern of seven days should follow a 28 day rotation, with the full moon falling on the second Sabbath of the month.  Every once in a while it will be on a 29 day rotation with an extra day added at the end if the next sliver of the moon wasn’t seen until the following night.  If the month had 29 days, then the next pattern of “first day” and “seventh day” will shift forward by one day and then continue forward on 28 days again with each month having 4 Sabbaths and then repeating.   Today in our modern society, few people keep the true Sabbath of Father God, but instead they set a certain day such as Sunday or Saturday or Friday as their day of worship when they go to temples made with human hands.

What blesses Father God is pure worship and love for him from our heart and caring for the needs of our fellow humans.

Check out these verses from Isaiah 58 about what pleases God the Father:

“Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.

Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God.

Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours.

Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high.

Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the Lord?

Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?

Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?

Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy reward.

Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;

And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day:

And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.

If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:

Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.”   Isaiah 58

May we have the desire to draw near to HIM, our Heavenly Father, through faith and forgiveness found in his only begotten son Jesus who has shown us the truth and the way, and seek his face and learn his ways, and obey and be found faithful.

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4th of July

I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July with family and friends!

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.”   Psalm 33:12

May the Lord God bless you and keep you and make his face to shine upon you and give you peace.  In Jesus name, amen.

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Where Are You Going?

Have you ever considered where your spirit will go when your physical life on earth has ended?

There is only one way that leads to eternal life with Father God.  It is through faith in Jesus as the only begotten son of God.  He asks us to repentant of our sins and offenses, and give obedience to him by loving Father God with all our heart, love our neighbor as we love ourselves, meeting the needs of our neighbors and family, and confessing our faith in Jesus before men and forgiving any offense.  Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.  No man comes to Father God unless he has come through faith in Jesus and made him Lord and Savior of his heart.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:16-18

I recently heard this song Wayfaring Stranger recorded by Sounds Like Reign.  The song is about traveling through this life as a stranger, redeemed by Jesus and looking forward to heaven and being with Father God.  It is a beautiful song.

“Then said Jesus unto his disciples,  If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?  For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.”  Matthew 16: 24-27

Give your life to Jesus today.  Believe Jesus is the son of God who died and paid for your salvation with his own life, and rose again defeating the powers of sin and death.  Accept him as Lord of your life, confess your sins to him now and be saved.  The choice is yours.  Chose this day whom you will serve.  I pray you will chose life in Jesus.

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