Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Faith

I'm thinking about faith this morning. Hebrews 11:1 tell us "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." (ESV)

I have a friend who has been under an unusual amount of trial and tribulation mostly pertaining to money and her child but also a few other things that challenge her on a daily basis as well....things like organization or lack thereof and fear. She sent me an email yesterday morning outlining the things that had particularly been causing her a great deal of stress and hurt, and I offered to assist her in a couple of things. We talked on the phone a few minutes yesterday, but for some reason we got cut off. I had settled it in my mind and heart (with God's prompting) how I was going to help her, so I went on about my day. I got another email from her this morning talking about "childlike faith". Which is how I started thinking about faith.

Everyday we get up taking for granted that the sun will rise and set, the earth will revolve around the sun for another complete day, the birds will chirp or sing, the fish will swim, the rains will fall when we need them. We learn that from birth, from everyday seeing that God has made the world in a way that repeats itself daily and so we can have assurance that it will keep on doing it just that way. To me, it is evidence that we have the Great Creator watching over all that He made. He is keeping it in line with His plans for the day. Child-like faith.


Childlike..assurance of things hoped for.....conviction of things not seen (the KJV uses the word "evidence" of things not seen). And so, with all the things that are not going in a manner that has always heretofore been known, how can my friend to keep the faith, the assurance that God is for her and not against her? What might be evidence to her of the fact that God is watching over her and therefore convict her of His presence in her life? Me, doing His Will. If I listen to His voice and hear what He has to say to me about what I am supposed to be doing to help her. I can help her keep the faith.

Okay, so that's childlike faith. How does one increase their faith to, say, the level of faith of the martyrs? I received a Voice of the Martyrs newsletter just before Christmas, and I found myself crying, sobbing actually, as I read about a group of Christ following mothers who had been captured by the North Koreans. They were given a chance to renounce their faith in Christ, but would not do it. They were given another chance to renounce their faith or their children would be hanged. The newsletter tells of how one mother reached down to her "small" child and told her that today she would see her in Heaven. The children were all hanged. The mothers were given one last chance to renounce their faith, and they were then all run over by a steam roller! Can you imagine it? I can't. I'm asking, Oh, Lord, how do I build my faith to the point that I can trust you and love you so much that I put my child's and my life in your hands so completely -- even to the point of death -- that I can stand against anything knowing that you are there with me?

James 1:3 says that the "testing of your faith produces steadfastness". Has your faith ever been tested? I don't really think mine has, but I think it's coming, and all I can do is trust God's Word which tells me that he will give me strength when I am weak and give me power when I am powerless. (Again, ...faith!)

Romans 5:3 tells us that "...we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance (4) and endurance produces character, and character produces hope (assurance of things hoped for and conviction of things unseen).

And finally, in the book of James we are told:

Jam 1:2 KJV - "My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;"
Jam 1:3 KJV - "Knowing [this], that the trying of your faith worketh patience."
Jam 1:4 KJV - "But let patience have [her] perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing."
Jam 1:5 KJV - "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all [men] liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him."
Jam 1:6 KJV - "But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed."

Faith that Jesus is/was who He said He is/was is the foundation of our walk with Him. We know that faith in Jesus brings on worldly trials and tribulations which makes us choose to endure for the sake of our faith, and that endurance of trials and tribulations causes us to be patient and be steadfast in our faith which produces more faith, and on and on and on....

James says it exactly as it should be said, "Count it ALL joy," when you are tempted and tried.....

So let's put these two things together. We need to help each other build our child like faith by being there for each other and doing what we can to be the hands and feet of Jesus for our brothers and sisters. This builds their faith (and ours). If we are all true to the calling of God, it's a continuous circle and we are all touched by it. When we have the company of our like minded brothers and sisters to help us through the rough patches, our faith is strengthened. So when trials are coming at your constantly; first, rejoice in the Lord; then ask Him to help you: endure, be patient, and for an outpouring of His wisdom.

2Tim 1:12 ...nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

If we truly know him that we have believed on, then there is no way that we can't also know that He is faithful and true to keep our lives that we have committed to him against that day when we see Him face to face.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Did You Have a Merry Christmas?

I sincerely hope you did, but if you did not and you live in the USA, there is something horribly wrong. To date, in America, we still have more freedom than most places on the earth, and there is more assistance in the form of aid from the kindness of people available than you would ever believe (based on the actions of our governmental representatives).

What do I mean? I, personally, saw ministry to the masses in action in my own community and church. As a member of the National Association of Realtors, my local board of Realtors took part in the US Marine Corps. Toys for Tots program. In my office of employment, approximately 38 colleagues and my husband and myself supported two local families with gifts, toys, food and money to pay utilities. In my church, the message of living simply so that others can simply live was brought again for the sixth year as UMCOR and Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church encouraged sacrificial giving to help educate, feed and provide water to the people of Darfur, Sudan, Africa as they fight genocide and crimes against humanity that are ongoing in the area. And last, but certainly not least; personally, my family supported all of those entities and more for Christmas this year giving more to charitable organizations than we gave in gifts to our family, friends and loved ones.

Yes, there's something rotten in Washington, D.C., but there's still plenty of people of who love God and want to share His love and overflowing goodness with those less fortunate. I know it. I saw it. Are there those who were without this year. Of course, there was, and we just have to work harder to find them - those who are without not because of laziness or wanting to have something without working for it but truly because they are widows, orphans or people who have been unwillingly side swiped by the world and its economy.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that when you consider how the government in this country is rushing to implement its "programs" for the masses, you would think that people in this country are so stingy that if the government didn't step in, there would be no one would step up to help the under privileged However, I believe if enough people would give their hearts and lives to Jesus, we could get to the place where we all take care of each other!

As this Christmas passes, I will remember it with great appreciation and fondness because this is the Christmas where God opened the door to the stable and showed me the reason for this season (even though it more than likely was not the true date of Christ's birth) and allowed me to draw close to the baby born that day. Oh, how I praise Him for that!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Try Jesus!

I've seen that bumper sticker and/or T-shirt around for years and it never really had an impact on me. I just didn't think much about it. This morning, though, as I sat talking to the Lord, an analogy came to me that I think the Lord wanted me to share.

There are many trials and troubles in this life. If you're older than five years old, then you know that as well as I do. For most of us, when trials assail us, we begin a relentless quest of how to overcome. Most specifically, I think about illness. As a person who suffers from imperfect health, I know this for a fact. We begin with the general practitioner, exhaust that person's knowledge; proceed with intensive testing and then begin seeing a specialist. We try one medication and then another, and we add one here and another there. It's a neverending spiral into this, that, and the other to see what benefits us the most in at least preserving the appearance of health.

So, too, it is with our spiritual life. We know we're sick, separated from the spiritual perfection that God created in the garden when he walked with Adam and Eve, and we're dying from it. We do things that we don't even really believe we would do if we were presented with an opportunity. And so, we begin to try to heal our soul sickness. There are so many ways to try to heal ourselves that I don't know if I can even begin to list them but here are a few that specifically come to mind: we choose a friend to confide in and ask for their opinion, we then progress on to counseling, sometimes, depending on the sickness, we might have to progress to a de-tox if you're dependent on or addicted to something, and it seems like almost always we progress to the point where the healing of our soul comes down to a "religion" so to speak whether it be "Buddha", "the inner physician" of the New Age Movement (old), and on and on and on.......

Well, why not try Jesus? His yoke is easy and his burden is light. He is the great physician and besides, His word proclaims Him to be the creator of all, so it stands to reason if He can create it, He can fix what's wrong with it. The world and its lies and deceptions can overcome just about everything but that singular name of Jesus. It is a hated name by many just because of what it stands for, or maybe it's because of what that name stands against.....soul sickness, sin, rejecting God the almighty creator of all that is, the things we know about and the things we don't know about.

Mankind is so cocky. We think we know better than the Almighty what is good for us. I know this from personal experience. He has a purpose for putting restrictions and limitations on us - it's for our own good. But ever since that day in the garden when tempted with the chance to be "as God", we have thought to know better than Him what is best for ourselves. Jesus taught about being at one with the Creator, to let Him live in us and direct our lives. We don't have to try, we just let Him BE in us and He shows us the right way which restores the balance of good (doing what is good and righteous) and bad bacteria (using an emotion or thought that is "bad" in nature for good - like mourning over sin, or righteous anger) in our souls and eliminates sickness and restores us to spiritual health and prosperity.

I say, Try Jesus, because if He is, indeed, who He says He is, isn't it worth it? I mean, isn't it worth it to have spiritual health and rightness with God? And if He wasn't who He said He was, His teachings are still teachings that lead to wholeness and spiritual health. You win either way. Interestingly enough, there have been many through the 2,000 years since Jesus' birth who have decided to give Him a try and ended up devoting their entire lives to Him because they have found Him to be exactly who He said He was, i.e. our provider, our restorer, our salvation, our righteousness, our healer, the prince of peace, Emmanuel, Lord of Lords, King of Kings, Alpha, Omega, Beginning and the End.

For years I sought medical help for my physical problems and I had a friend who kept telling me that I should try natural medicine because allopathic medicine only covered up the symptoms and did not treat the root cause of the problem. I wouldn't listen, just kept limping along the road of what is well known and taught as science and truth until I reached a critical point where I had to re-evaluate my thinking. Once I began the trip down the "natural" road the one most in tune with nature and the creation, I became more and more convinced of its reality and truth. So it is with Jesus and soul sickness. He told us that He is the way, the truth and the life, but we want to make sure we wear our the ways and the truths that man has to offer before we reach that critical point of reaching out and trying Him.

Hey, what do you have to lose.....except your soul to soul sickness and death if He is, indeed, who He says He is.

Friday, November 13, 2009

The Road Less Traveled vs. The Path of Least Resistance

The Road Less Traveled vs. The Path of Least Resistance


The road less traveled is the road that Jesus called us to walk. You know it, it’s the one that’s narrow and the opening to the road is hard to find because it’s been covered over by vines and leaves and tree branches and all the things that have grown up for lack of use (also known as television, booze, books, computers, drugs, movies – whatever it is you use to escape life through). The road is a difficult road and according to Jesus, few ever find it. However, the rewards are great and the education priceless.

The road less traveled is like walking along the edge of a cliff. You must tread very carefully so that your foot does not slip from the path. There are wild animals, evil people and unearthly rulers and powers on each side of this road who want to show you how to get over to the easier path, the path of least resistance. So, you do not stop to get a drink or a meal by the side of this road – it’s much too dangerous to do so. It’s like walking up a very steep hill that causes you to breathe hard and sweat harder. You dare not take your eyes off of your destination lest you turn around and run down the hill in the other direction. The name of the road less traveled is Die-to-Self Street.

On the other hand, we have the path of least resistance. You know that road, too; it’s the one that is well worn because so many have walked it. The gravel has long since been driven deep into the dirt so that you can barely see it. The dirt almost has a “swept” look to it because all the leaves, vines, branches and roots have been worn down by the many that have walked along this road. The name of this road is Pleasure Myself Boulevard.

If you are walking the path of least resistance, it’s very hard to step off of this road because it is SO wide with a lovely green space in the middle, but should you step off, you would again find yourself in very dangerous company. You are in the company of those who are choosing to follow the Messiah and would help you to find the path less traveled. You might then find yourself having to carry a cross, a Bible, or another person, and you can’t just sink down into the depths of yourself with a book, a computer, a television, a bottle, a bag, a needle or anything else that people use to escape life.

But the path less traveled will lead you to an eternal destiny without comparison. This destination has been lovingly prepared with only you in mind, with neighbors who will love and accept you like you’ve never been loved and accepted; with peace and safety like you can’t imagine and all the best things that you can imagine (and I’m not talking about stuff like cars, furniture, clothes, shoes and boats)! You will walk where angels tread and the lion and the lamb lay down together and where bears graze!

On the other hand, the path of least resistance leads to an eternal destiny of pain and suffering, gnashing of teeth and living forever with neighbors of evil people, evil spirits, and demons. Needless to say, not the kind of neighborhood that goes up in value ever!

I, personally, prefer the long hard road that gets me to a place of rest and restoration to the easy road that gets me to a place where I can never be satisfied, never rest, and never know peace, safety, contentment or love.

When you look at these roads as compared to living life daily, the path less traveled is that road where you stop living for yourself and your pleasure to spend more time with your child, you drive a friend to the doctor even when you don’t want to because you have your day all planned. It’s the road you take when you have worked hard all day and all you want to do is veg out in front of the television with a drink in your hand but instead you go spend some time serving food to the hungry, or fix a good meal for your family, or you read the Bible with your daughter, or play pass with your son, or you talk to your wife or husband, or spend time with God in prayer. Basically, you learn, while traveling down this path that life is not about you at all. It’s about what you freely give to God and others for their pleasure; for their enrichment. If every person on earth were traveling this road, think of what it might be like. (If every person were looking out for the needs of others, there wouldn’t be political conversations, for one thing! Hallelujah!!)

It would a loving, generous, unselfish world.

There’s only one place you can find the opening to this path. This path begins with Christ in you, and you won’t find Christ on the path of least resistance. (Well, you might, because you can find Jesus anywhere, but it so much more difficult because of the distractions, and if you're finding solace in anything but Jesus, you will be less likely to call out to Him for help.) So turn off the TV, put down the bottle, book, bag, food or whatever, and pick up your Bible. Pray for the Holy Spirit of Jesus to come join you, to remove the blinders on your eyes, and remove the plugs from your ears and ask Him to open your spirit to Him and His Word. Do these things as often as you would turn on the TV, pick up the bottle, book, computer, bag, etc., and you will be amazed at how quickly you find yourself walking on the road to His eternity.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Nesting

All mothers know what I'm talking about when I write that word. It's something you just cannot explain to anyone who has never given birth. It's this totally subconscious motivation to get your house in order that an expectant mother experiences, generally, in the last few weeks (sometimes days) of her pregnancy.

It's very hard to explain what motivates a woman, having a body heavy with baby and all that entails, to move furniture, wash, dry, put away, stock up, etc., like a mad woman just prior to her baby arriving.

That's the way I've been lately, but thank the Good Lord, I am not expecting a child (again, at my age (52) since I just had one at age 42)! But there seems to be an unseen hand moving me around. I feel compelled to read as much Scripture as I can, I constantly feel the need to look for signs in the skies, I want to be well informed of what's happening in the news, I want to pray more, I feel the need to tell others what I know about the Lord and trusting Him. I feel pregnant at the expectation that The Lord is coming back.

Do you feel it, too? I believe the world, at large, is pregnant with expectation for something. Some people know what it is they're expecting; others haven't got a clue. It's sort of like that old expression, the "pregnant pause". An expectant mother rushes around maniacally putting her nursery together, stocking her kitchen, cleaning her house, stocking up on diapers, baby supplies, and on and on and on, and then wham. She stops what she's doing, exhausted and rests, and the pregnant pause starts. The next thing you know she's in labor and the baby arrives.

The chaos in the world is multiplying every day. The US is not the only country where problems are abounding and multiplying at exponential rates. But there is a sense that the level of fear, noise, hatred, unease, distrust and disbelief are growing louder and stronger daily. People are running to and fro, they are stocking up on food, water, guns, ammo, Bibles, and getting their homes and lives prepared for the unknown. When that pregnant pause occurs, what happens then?

Just as in the delivery of that precious baby, when the pregnant pause happens, stop all that busyness, put yourself at rest in the hands of God and watch the miracle that He has planned and prepared for unfold before your very eyes.

Trust Him to have your best interests at heart, ask Him to show you your sin, ask for forgiveness and then don't let go or look back. Walk forward into each new day in confidence knowing that God has a plan and a purpose for everything that happens.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Isaac Watts

Each morning as I do my time with God, I spend a little time entering information into my gratitude journal. One of the headings is: I am Grateful for:

here's what I wrote today: God's Holy Spirit. Just when I get down on myself, the Spirit reassures me of that which I need to acknowledge daily...greater is He that is IN me than he that is in the world, and I can do ALL things through Him who gives strength to the weak and power to the powerless.

Writing that brought to mind a hymn I used to play in church (20 years as a church organist)....O, God, Our Help in Ages Past. The first verse reads:

O, God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our Shelter from the stormy blast,
and our eternal home.

The words are divinely inspired. It is unfortunate that in today's church pastors are inclined to minister to the masses by incorporating rock and roll and secular music to services which are supposed to be held to worship God, lift up His name and give blessings to Him and not to give man what he wants,....rock and roll and a good show.

O, God, our help was written by Isaac Watts, known as the father of English hymnodie. His parents were "dissenters" (not members of the Anglican Church) and therefore faced severe persecution in their day.

What kind of a man was Isaac Watts? To quote from his biography: "We can form some idea from an essay written after a violent thunderstorm in which he wrote the following words: "Happy the soul whose hope in God composes all his passions amid these storms of nature, and renders his whole deportment peaceful and serene amid the frights of weak spirits and unfortified minds.""

Isaac Watts wrote many hymns that bring a smile to this old organist's face; such as:

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
Am I Soldier of the Cross
Abide With Me
All for Jesus
All Glory, Laud and Honor
And Can It Be
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

AND

America the Beautiful
Away in a Manger
Angels We Have Heard on High
Christ the Lord is Risen Today

This is just to name a few, there are many, many more. Isaac wrote over 600 hymns. He has a fabulous history and is one of those people we and our children should be reading about today. His inspirational biography is on line and can be read FREE! HERE.

I believe we are living in days when we will need to be inspired by those who have gone on before us and our children even more so.

Here are the rest of the words to O, God, Our Help in Ages Past.

So, today when you read about all the difficulties that are happening around us, remember Isaac Watts and his method of dealing with the madness: Put all your hope, thoughts, and dreams in the hands of the Lord of Our Righteousness, Jesus Christ.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Psalms 15 and 16

When I prepared to have my quiet time with God this morning, my Bible opened to Psalms 15 and 16.

Psalm 15 (NLT):

Who may worship in your sanctuary, Lord?
Who may enter your presence on your holy hill?
(1) Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere hearts;
(2) Those who refuse to gossip or harm their neighbors or speak evil of their friends;
(3) Those who despise flagrant sinners, and honor the faithful followers of the Lord, and keep their promises even when it hurts;
(4) Those who lend money without charging interest, and who cannot be bribed to lie about the innocent.
Such people will stand firm forever.


Psalm 16: 2, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11

.....You are my Master! Every good thing I have comes from you....
Lord, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing......Lord, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing. I know that the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me. No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice. My body rests in safety. For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your holy one to rot in the grave. You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.

First of all, notice who is able to worship the Lord in His santuary on His mountain: the blameless, those who do right, those who REFUSE to gossip about their neighbors and friends and family members, those who hate flagrant sinners and keep their promises no matter what and those who don't charge interest and can't be bribed.

Possibly, this could be interpreted as: the innocent, those who know what sin is and hate it, those who guard their tongues, the ones who have turned to God, the promise keepers, the generous and the honest.

For most of us walking the earth at this very moment, we are not innocent, we don't want to recognize sin and call it out, guarding our tongues sounds like a personality defect, ....what's a promise?, generosity, who me, I don't have any money to help you with, and truth, what's truth...we all see things differently.

Yes, as we stand in the world today, there is none who can enter God's santuary and worship. But as we continue in the Word, we come to Psalm 16, we see that when we run to God for help, He responds, and when He does, we can't help but understand the way God planned for creation to be.

He is our master, he gives us every "good" thing. And yes, God can bless us materially if He so chooses, but his Word tells us that there is only one thing that is "good".... (Mark 10:18) And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? [there is] none good but one, [that is], God.

It is through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ that we receive His inheritance to us, everlasting life in heaven with Himself and the one true God, Yahweh, Jehovah, the Lord of the Spirits. He is, indeed, our cup of blessing.

He stays by our side day and night, guarding us and protecting us so that we can sleep well and work hard. We don't have to be shaken by every wind that blows or trouble that shows up on our door step. He shows us the way of life and living in His presence and the joy of living with Him forever.

If you have not had a personal encounter with the Lord, Jesus Christ, you are not living life to its fullest. You are not experiencing life the way the Creator planned it. Stop for just a moment, clear your mind completely, and sincerely ask that He reveal Himself to you. Whether it be that moment or an unexpected moment, keep your eyes focused and your ears open. Each day, take one moment and ask Him. Persevere, be patient and be open. He promises that if we seek Him, He will come.

When He does come, don't hesitate, don't procrastinate, don't speculate. Your heart will recognize Him. After all, He knit you together, He knew you before you were born. But, He is not always on our time schedule, and you must wait for Him. He knows your heart; He knows when you're serious, so don't do it unless you mean it.

May He Bless You Today With His Presence.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

I have been sensing God calling me to a deeper walk with Him through the removal (cutting out of my flesh) of all things that are more important to me than He is.

1 Kings 18:22-24 tells the story of how the prophet Elijah confronts the prophets from King Ahabs's court by challenging them to a contest. Two bulls were sacrificed (cut) and the altar was set up accordingly. At the evening sacrifice, the prophets who were worshipping Baal were given an opportunity to call down the power of their "gods" to set the bull on fire. They called and called, to no avail. It's proof of God's sense of humor to see how Elijah mocked these so-called prophets when they did not produce the requested proof of their existence. Verse 28 relates how they danced, shouted and "cut themselves with knives and swords until blood gushed out, but their gods failed to show up. Elijah, however, only had to call upon the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob once when lightning came from heaven and not only burned the bull, but all the water surrounding it.

Genesis 15:8-15 tells the story of God establishing His blood covenant with Abraham and how the flesh of all the sacrifices were cut with the exception of the birds. God walked through the pieces of the sacrifice and made a pact with Abraham that God says he will keep forever.

And, so, we arrive at Romans Chapter 12, verses 1 and 2, which admonish us to "give our bodies to God because of all he has done for us. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice, the kind that He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him. Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for yourself, which is good and pleasing and perfect".

The pattern is set throughout the Bible showing how the flesh must die in order to be an acceptable sacrifice to God. Dying to our flesh while still walking around in these disease-ridden bodies is quite a task. It's hard to refuse the flesh when it wants something to eat or drink, or when our eyes want to look on something that is not to God's liking. ... and what about those movies that we want to watch that surely God disapproves of, and maybe, just maybe, that still, small voice that we turn off in our heads is correct when it says, "don't buy that, you don't need it, use that money for someone else's good, and don't ever doubt the power of the mouth to have its say".

When I read the opening verses of Romans this morning, it hit me: I must offer up my body/flesh (read: die to the things I want) to God so that He can transform me by changing the way I think. This is my sacrifice to Him. Only then can I take another step to becoming "good and pleasing and pefect" to Him.

Lord, today I humbly approach your throne (even though your word tells us that because of Jesus' perfect sacrifice, that we may "boldly" approach you and ask for anything in His name), and I ask you to help me do as you require of me. Fill me with your Holy Spirit, Lord; give me the desire to do as you want, and the wisdom to know when you have spoken to me whether it be through a word or through a message that I have seen. Purify my heart, Lord, so that I can run this race with integrity. When I have completed this life, Lord, God, I want to hear those words, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant". Show me what it is that you want me to cut out of my flesh today so that I can be more like you. I ask this in Jesus name.

Are you being sought by God to begin walking with Him or for a deeper walk with Him? Don't run away. He loves you more than you can imagine, and He wants the very best for you. He deserves our praise and adoration. Open your heart to his guiding spirit today.

Kim

Sunday, September 20, 2009

The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry

Perhaps you've heard of this movie, but more than likely; you haven't. This is a Christian film from the makers of "Fireproof". My son and I went to see it today.

I am so tired of movies that are filled with immoral behavior, killing, swearing, wizardry, vampires, aliens, etc., so it was quite refreshing for me to watch a movie which showed the interaction of wise senior adults and children and what can happen when one shares their faith.

The story line revolves around three youngsters, approaching their teens in 1970. I could really relate to that storyline as I, myself, was 13 in 1970. The set was very authentic, the clothing quite representative of what people wore then, and I was surprised that even the meals they ate looked familiar to me.

There is, of course, a bully, a girl, somewhat of a mystery and a healthy dose of the Gospel in the movie.

My 10 year old son loved the movie and asked if we could buy it when it comes out on video. I won't tell you the whole premise of the movie so you can enjoy it, too. I basically wanted to post this to encourage you to see it. It's worth your time and you money and it teaches lots of excellent lessons in faith, forgiveness and salvation.

God Bless,

Kim

Friday, September 11, 2009

9/11

Wow, 8 years since that day. Some things are so big that you never forget what you were doing when they happened. September 11 is one of those days. I'll never forget what a perfect day it was in southwest Ohio....bright blue skies, comfortable low 70's temperature, the leaves just beginning to change from green to their beautiful, red, gold, orange, and brown. It was one of those days when you just wanted to be outside. I was driving to a whole house inspection when my cell phone rang, and my (now) husband called and said that a friend had called him that some planes had hit the world trade center buildings. So I flipped on the radio and listened, aghast, as the buildings fell.

I became transfixed with the news, watching it endlessly, scared about what might happen next. I lived about four miles from the airport, and it was really unsettling to lie in bed and not hear planes going over after all flight was suspended. I had read about the muslim extremists in Time and Newsweek and other magazines, but now I learned about them in earnest. I remember one news reporter I greatly admired was Ashley Banfield and how she went to Afghanistan, into the wild, so to speak, and did a wonderful job reporting about what it was like there.

So many things have been said since that time and now there are many who believe that 9/11was the work of our own government to accomplish its own purposes. I hate to say it, but it makes sense. I hate to think that it's true, though because if it is, there's no stopping the government. It will do what it wants to do with all of us with the exception of the Lord's intervention.

I read in the book of Amos this morning about how God would judge the nations that had treated Judah and Israel badly throughout time and how God would judge Judah and Israel for their disobedience. Even though God had determined to judge these countries, he says, through Amos, that it is possible that (Amos 5:15) ....perhaps even yet the Lord God of Heaven's Armies will have mercy on the remnant of his people.")

As the body of Christ, we must be in constant prayer these days that God will be merciful to our country for the way we have turned from Him and his righteousness.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Who is in Charge of Life and Death?


According to Mr. Obama, President of the United States, we are all "partners" with God in life and death.

I will agree with him to a small extent.... in that we all experience life and death, but God is in charge of both. His word states that: children are a gift from God; God gives us the breath of life and God has determined the number of our days.


I believe that God creates us, knits us together within our mothers, breathes the breath of life into our nostrils each and every day, makes our hearts beat, and determines the number of days we will walk the earth. In that way are we partners with God, and only if Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. Because.....partners work together.

God's Word also says: He who is not with me is against me .... (Matthew 12:30).

Would a holy God partner with carnal mankind about things as solemn as life and death? Only God has the wisdom required to deal with life and death. People take those things way too lightly. It's so easy to "clone" something or "abort" something.

There was a song I sang as child,....oh, be careful little hands what you do, clap, clap. Oh, be careful little hands what you do,..... Mankind had better be careful what they allow their hands to do with regard to life and death. God will not deal lightly with those who feel they are as wise as God is and who begin to make moves toward making life and death under the control of man.
Read It and Weep!

We see that so often and it's used jokingly; but I am not joking. This blog post will, hopefully, bring tears to your eyes.

I have been praying that God would break my heart for the things that break His heart (thank you to Kay Arthur and her great Bible study, Lord, Only You Can Change Me), and this post did, indeed, break my heart. I am ashamed of man kind. I am sick at heart thinking that I gave my children vaccinations that probably contained human cells. May God forgive me for my complicity in this. I pray that God will change me from a toy on a string that can be lead around by anyone with a purpose into a woman of God who investigates what I am about. I pray that God will give me his mind, his heart and his spirit. And I pray that he will do the same for you.

http://parablesblog.blogspot.com/2009/08/hells-pharmacy-part-two.html

If you can, you should read part one as well.

My only hope is in the mercifulness of God, but when Jesus comes again, He will come as a Judge, and this Judge will be 100% just. We will reap what we have sowed.

Kindly and With Deep Remorse for my sin.

Kim

Thursday, August 6, 2009

I am a birther. Yeah, add that to the list of descriptions for me: right wing extremist, birther.



Watch these videos. Maybe you'll become a birther, too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMUiLjBRIao

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h68zmj726x0&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBK4wlqFdeg&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1H7nIB9WNc&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UB18bnN5sS0&feature=related



God's in control, so all is well. Still, I think He wants us to stand up and be counted in situations where right is right and wrong is wrong. This is wrong.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

John Newton wrote the following:


I asked the Lord that I might grow
In faith, and love, and every grace,
Might more of His salvation know,
And seek more earnestly His face.

Twas He who taught me thus to pray,
And He, I trust, has answered prayer:
But it has been in such a way
As almost drove me to despair.

I hoped that in some favoured hour
At once He'd answer my request;
And, by His love's constraining power,
Subdue my sins, and give me rest.

Instead of this, He made me feel
The hidden evils of my heart,
And let the angry powers of hell
Assault my soul in every part.
Yea, more, with His own hand He seemed
Intent to aggravate my woe,
Crossed all the fair designs I schemed,
Blasted my gourds, and laid me low.

'Lord, why is this' I trembling cried,
'Wilt Thou pursue Thy worm to death?'
'Tis in this way' the Lord replied,
'I answer prayer for grace and faith.
These inward trials I employ,
From self and pride to set thee free,
And break thy schemes of earthly joy,
That thou may'st seek thy all in Me

Friday, July 31, 2009

Lovest Thou These More Than Me?

This morning as I took my walk, I had a very good conversation with God. You see, the Lord has been speaking to me for, oh my gosh, quite some time now, about fasting. I had a dream that if I fasted for 3 days, I would be healed. I made it about 2 2/3 of the way there and failed. Since then, God has been dogging me about it off and on. I fast for a day, or a day and half or I start the morning and end up with toast and coffee before I even think about it.

So this morning as we walked, the topic came up again, and I start hedging with I've not been successful at this, I can't seem to complete it,.... and I thought what if I made lasagne (which I love) and God said, "you would look at it and say, 'do I love this more than God?'" What if I prepared steak and God said, "you would look at it and say, 'do I love this more than God?'" and ice cream.....? Same thing. It washed over me then, and I had to say in all honesty to God that that was exactly what I've been saying about food and so many things in my life. I love them more than Him. That's an awful "wash over". I love God. I thought I was doing so well in my desire to love Him most. I've given up shopping except for necessities, I don't have to leave my house looking like $500 any more. I don't have to be recognized as one of the best in my profession. I am striving to become less and less, and I've been asking Him for more of Him and less of me.

So I asked God how long I was to fast, and He told me, "until you know in your heart that you love me more than you love food". Food, people. I mean, food! Something that will go into my body, be digested and disposed of within 24 hours! Come on. Jesus died for me. He took scoffing, smirking, disbelieving, a tortuous beating, hanging on a cross (a horrendous death that sometimes took 3 or so days to accomplish) and "conquered" hell (I don't know what that implies but knowing that He's God and He had to conquer it doesn't make it somewhere I'd like to go and have to live with for eternity) so that I might live an abundant life here on earth and eternal life with Him in heaven. Love food more? I don't think so.

And if food is something I love more than God, what else is there that I take for granted, that, really, I am worshiping?

I am hoping as I begin my fast, that I will be able to ask myself this question about everything....how I treat my husband, my son, my family, my friends, my home, the internet....., everything must come under the Lordship of God.

Amen

Thursday, July 30, 2009

As a child of the Lord Jesus Christ, I come before you today to offer you this white flag of surrender. I do not want this war to continue. You are my sister, and while I cannot say "I love you", I can say, "I care about you", "I remember good times together as well as the hurtful times". I only want to be your sister, not your enemy. We don't have to be best friends, we don't have to visit every month or even every couple of months. I just want to be able to "be" with you in the same room, in the same house, place, event....whatever. I know I've hurt you somehow. Please forgive me. Maybe it was done in anger (which God's word says "does not produce the righteousness that he desires", maybe it was done accidentally, maybe it was on purpose. And maybe, just maybe it was a misunderstanding. I am sorry. You do not have to forgive me, but God is requiring me to ask you for it. Please forgive me. I say this from the bottom of my heart.

Confucius (who had some wisdom, said):

To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.

The desire of my heart is to be right with God. His Word says:

Mat 5:23 ESV - "So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you,

Mat 5:24 ESV - "leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

Sister, may we be reconciled? If so, Praise God. If not, I pray that God will go with you, protect you, bless you and complete the work He began in you.

Amen.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

I was just thinking this morning while I was on Facebook about people I went to school with who were the most popular kids. I look at them now and think about how they're most just average people like me who haven't done anything spectacular just because they were popular.

So how important is popularity. I know that while we are in high school, we all think that is a status to be acquired by whatever means. Some people are willing to do "anything" to be in the popular crowd. I can remember always being on the outside looking in. I had plenty of "friends" if that's what you want to call them. Where are they now. I can think of two or three I would genuinely enjoy having a conversation with now. I think of young people today I have read about in the news who have committed suicide over what things their peers have done or said about them.

What a difference it would make if we, as parents, would bring our children up in the fear and admonition of the Lord. The Lord is the Great Equalizer. Look at some of the advice given in the book of Proverbs:

Chapter 12

Verse 1: ....It is stupid to hate correction. (have you listened to your conversation with your children lately?)

Verse 8: A sensible person wins admiration, but a warped mind is despised (I can think of a lot of warped stuff going on with the "popular" crowd in government, hollywood and high school right now.)

Verse 18: Some people make cutting remarks, but the wise bring healing (think about Sarah Palin, who has been cut to the quick and while not "popular" still gives wise advice to a nation who needs healing.)



Verse 22: The Lord detests lying lips, but He delights in those who tell the truth.



I know Barack Obama is popular and Sarah Palin is not, at least in the eyes of the people in the majority, but which one (after watching these videos) do you really believe?

Think also about these verses:

Chapter 11, Verse 14: Without wise leadership, a nation falls;....

Chapter 13, Verse 2 Wise words will win you a good meal, but treacherous people have an appetite for violence.

Do you think BHO is wise or do you think he is as treacherous and arrogant as God's word shows him to be?

I'm just saying......

Think about it.

Monday, July 27, 2009

The WORLD is being lead down a dark path with regard to this "Swine" flu, and it's is not the narrow path. It is, no doubt about it, the wide path, that the unsuspecting, uninformed majority will walk down. Being a person who doesn't like to be injected with anything, I have some real reservations about a flu vaccine that has been tested for all of 5, FIVE, yes, 5, days. From everything I've read, I believe deep down, that this is a man-made, genetically modified flu. I also have an aversion to anything genetically modified by man.

TPTB are saying that .... "As many as 2 billion people could become infected over the next two years — nearly one-third of the world population." (World Health Organization as reported by the Western media, July 2009)

Read the full article HERE.

The Bible tells us that in the end days there will be many things come against the earth that will decrease the population on the earth, including....pestilence.

Now Read This:.

I don't know if we are in the last days, but when I allow my mind to think that men would purposefully make a flu like this one to eradicate portions of the population simply for population control purposes, I say, even so, Lord Jesus, come. I don't want to live among men such as these.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Friday, July 24, 2009

Faith is the foundation of our salvation. We are saved by the grace of Jesus Christ through faith in him and his redeeming act of dying on the cross, defeating death with his resurrection and his ascension into heaven and He is even now seated at the right hand of the Father there. Faith helps us to love, persevere, endure, hope and accomplish God's purpose in our lives. Here is a little story about Faith that I hope you will enjoy.



This dog was born on Christmas Eve in the year 2002. He was born with 2 legs -

He of course could not walk when he was born. Even his mother did not want him.


His first owner also did not think that he could survive and he was thinking of 'putting him to sleep'.
But then, his present owner, Jude Stringfellow, met him and wanted to take care of him.
She became determined to teach and train this little dog to walk by himself..
She named him 'Faith'.



In the beginning, she put Faith on a surfboard to let him feel the movement.
Later she used peanut butter on a spoon as a lure and reward
for him for standing up and jumping around.
Even the other dog at home encouraged him to walk.
Amazingly, only after 6 months, like a miracle,
Faith learned to balance on his hind legs and to jump to move forward.
After further training in the snow, he could now walk like a human being.



Faith loves to walk around now.
No matter where he goes, he attracts people to him.
He is fast becoming famous on the international scene and
has appeared on various newspapers and TV shows.
There is now a book entitled 'With a Little Faith' being published about him.
He was even considered to appear in one of Harry Potter movies.






His present owner Jude Stringfellow has given up her teaching post and plans to take him around the world
to preach that even without a perfect body, one can have a perfect soul'.

In life there are always undesirable things, so in order to feel better you just need to look at life from another direction.
I hope this message will bring fresh new ways of thinking to everyone and that everyone will appreciate and be thankful for each beautiful day.
Faith is the continual demonstration of the strength and wonder of life.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

You know how we all think that certain sins are worse than others. Did you know that in God's eyes all sin is equal.

That means that:

You're Gay................I'm a Gossip.................We're Equal in God's Eyes

She Steals................He Lies......................They're Both Equal in God's Eyes

Murderer..................Adulterer....................Equal

Pedophile.................Drug Addict/Alcoholic........Equal

Greed.....................Lust/Jealousy................Equal


These things are all things that we put before Him which makes them idols or false gods. God's thing is that He wants to be first in our lives. He wants to be the main attraction in our lives. The things listed above are named in the Bible as things that God considers to be sin (there are many more) and they are all things he hates or considers to be an "abomination". He won't stand for anything taking first place in our lives, period.

But, as far as you and I go, I'm no better than you, and you're no better than me. We've all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, and our very best efforts are as dirty rags to Him. We would have no hope whatsoever of ever being able to meet God's expectations of holiness, purity and sinlessness without Jesus Christ. He is the perfect, sinless, blemishless "lamb" of God who takes away the sins of the world. Once you allow Christ access to your whole heart, your whole body, your whole soul, your desire for sin becomes smaller and smaller and smaller as you allow His prsence in you to become bigger and bigger and bigger. I will not cast the first stone. You are my brother or sister. God loves us the same.

Kim

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Waiting

The Lord wants to use all things to bring us closer to him. So many times we don't even stop to try to see his face in the crowd. We just look down and make our way through the crowd in our single-minded determination to get through the crises and get our life back to normal.

But what He wants is for us to take our time; stop, take a deep breath, sit down and think for five or ten minutes about what has happened, what might happen, what will happen and what our choices are in regard to each of those scenarios. He most definitely wants us to consult Him for his input and opinion on what has happened and what we should do. I tend to be a bull in a china store and go charging off in to the wild blue yonder to work my magic without a look back.

There's so much more room for change if you can do the more restrained version of those options, more room for growth in our maturity levels. And so, we can see how vital it is to be able to be PATIENT.

For lots of reasons, I have become one of those people who is longing for the end of this life and for the implementation of God's kingdom and rulership over the earth; and sometimes, I have to admit, it is not easy to be patient.

You ask, why in the world would anyone want this world to end? Well, as I go through my days, I am learning about the darkness of mankind's heart. There are so many things I could post on here about what is transpiring right in our midst that would break your heart. Things like: child prostitution, sex slaves, pornography, gambling, lying, stealing, murdering, abortion, militant gay and lesbian behavior, deception of the masses in churches throughout the world, genetically modified food, poisonous medication, enforced vaccines, genetically modified flu viruses, chemical warfare, nuclear warfare, terrorism. These are just the tip of the iceberg. I haven't done it, (and I'm not going to) but I'd bet $5 if I were to google the word bestiality, I'd come up with some pretty unpleasant proof that that's not just a "word", it is a deed.

The Bible says that just like in the days of Noah and Lot, life will be going on as usual and in the blink of an eye, the few who have been faithful to Him will be taken out of harm's way and the judgment of God will come. When you look at all the crummy, disgusting things going on in the world, you can't help but think it could be today; and I am trying my best to be patient so that the Lord can bring in all that he can before it's too late. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Tongue

Have you ever found it impossible to be quiet? My son, who is 9, has from the day he could talk, always had to have the last word. It is maybe one of the most trying characteristics a person can have, the inability to know when to shut up. The Bible tells us that:

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. (KJV) or

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love to talk will have to eat their own words. (God's Word Translation)

About two weeks ago, I began trying to impress upon my son the importance of learning to control his tongue. The Bible is very clear that the tongue is a very powerful weapon. Jesus Christ, the living word of God, will return at the end of this age, and Satan and his followers will be defeated by the power of his tongue:

Rev. 19:15 From his mouth came a sharp sword to strike down the nations. (NIV)

But as I have been teaching him, it has come to me that I have much to learn about harnassing the power of my own tongue.

The book of James 3:2-9 says:

Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way. We can make large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. and a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong. In the same way, the TONGUE is a SMALL thing that makes GRAND speeches. But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. And the tongue IS A FLAME OF FIRE. It is a WHOLE WORLD OF WICKEDNESS, corrupting your ENTIRE BODY. It can set YOUR WHOLE LIFE ON FIRE, for it is set on FIRE BY HELL ITSELF. People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and fish, but NO ONE CAN TAME THE TONGUE. IT IS RESTLESS AND EVIL, FULL OF DEADLY POISON.

If I could control my tongue, I would be perfect? Wow, wait a minute....think about that....and then think about......IT IS SET ON FIRE BY HELL ITSELF.

That's the one place it's so easy for Satan to trip us up...hearing ourselves speak. We're so proud, so boastful, so full of ourselves that it's easy to just let it pour out of our mouths; to the detriment of our whole body and whomever it is that we're speaking to, and for most of us, like my beautiful, adorable, wonderful son, it begins at a very young age. There were so many times when he was little that I wanted to tell him to just close his mouth, shut up, think before you speak, don't just keep talking to hear yourself speak. But the truth is that our world today blasts us when we talk that way to our children. We're living in the age of respect for all. Everyone gets to have his or her say and it seems like from the moment our children are born, we're encouraging them to speak up.

Since we're told that no one has the power to control the tongue, what do we do? What I'm noticing is that it's not until we're dead serious about our relationship with God that we begin to even want to control it, and so as we begin to see the fruit of the spirit living in us, we begin to want more and more to keep our tongues from evil. It's one of those daily things that we have to pray for....the wisdom of God in knowing when to keep our mouths shut, when to speak and what to say when we do.

Proverbs 15:2 tells us that the tongue of the wise makes knowledge appealing but the mouth of a fool belches out foolishness. When we pray for wisdom and self-control in the use of our tongues, others begin to see the effects of harnessing our tongues and we become an appealing example to them. They see that we're not constantly in turmoil with others because of something we said. They see that we're gently spoken. They see that we think before we speak. We use wisdom and care in addressing others and we don't seek to hurt anyone.

When we: stop trying to hear the wisdom of our own words; listening to how beautiful our voice sounds; and stop trying to convince ourselves and others of our great knowledge, we improve our chances of hearing that still, small voice deep inside and we increase the likelihood that we will do and/or say exactly what God wants us to do or say.

What I'm seeing in my walk is a continual need for God to replenish his spirit in me through prayer and reading the word. It is then that I can do all things through him who gives me strength and boy, do I need his strength to control this less-than-a-pound-dragon in my mouth.

Kim

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Trouble = Joy ????

James 1:2-8
...when troubles comes your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, but sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.

James, the half brother of Jesus, is telling us here that instead of sitting around crying in our soup when we have troubles, we need to get out and jump for joy. Well, maybe not jump for joy, but we should consider it as a chance for spirtual growth. It's never easy accepting sickness or death, or hurt feelings or any of things we consider "trouble" in our lives, but when trouble comes, that is where we learn to lean on the strength and comfort of our savior. Many times during times of trouble, we just would not even be able to "make it through" if we didn't have his strong arm to lean upon.

I have learned through my struggles as a 52 year young woman diagnosed with parkinson's disease that because of my trouble I've had an opportunity to slow down and just sit in the presence of God. I've been afforded a chance to read his word, study, meditate, pray and worship him like I never would have done had I not had to sit down and be still. Each day my faith has grown because he's shown me how to resist the illness, and how to rebuke satan from using illness as a way to bring me down. Instead, I've learned how to put the full use of the power of God to use in my life in prayer and loosing God's will on earth as it is in heaven and binding the things on earth that are bound in heaven. It truly is a powerful formula that God has given us when we accept the gift of salvation from his son.


If you think you can't do this, you should ask God for help and then fully and completely trust him to show you how to do it. If you ask and then think oh, well, he's not really there or he won't help me, then for sure, you are setting yourself up for failure. But God has shown me that if I ask and then TRUST him, he becomes more and more "visible". In other words, the more I ask, the more he gives, and he works more and more often in ways that I can see. If I keep asking for more and more of him, he is faithful to give me more and more of his spirit.

I've been praying that God will fill me with more and more of him, that I will disappear and that only he will be seen by the world....c'mon, Lord, give me more of you, I want all of you that you trust me to have, and let me use it for your glory and benefit here on earth, and please give me your wisdom to know how and when to use it.

Take it from me, an ordinary nobody; every day I ask God to clean out my body closets, throw away all the junk, get rid of stuff I've saved that no longer has meaning, incinerate the garbage, and store some of the stuff I may need later so that when the day is done, I know in my heart that he is restoring a right spirit in me. He is making my heart pure. And then I can ask him to help me make it through the day in his power, and you know what? I am filled with so much joy that I just want to jump and dance and twirl and do a cartwheel!

Praise the Lord! He is good and wise and kind and loving and my father who only wants the very best for me.

Kim

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Mayonaise and............Mustard (Seed) Please

What does faith mean? According to www.dictionary.com, it is a:

1. confidence or trust in a person or thing: e.g., faith in another's ability.

2. belief that is not based on proof: e.g., He had faith that the hypothesis would be substantiated by fact.

There is not very much left in the world that we can have trust in or believe is there? It seems like all the things we believed in or trusted as children and as we were growing up have gone by the wayside: a government by the people, for the people and of the people; a lifetime in a whole, undivided family; physical and/or mental health; good food grown sustainably and in accordance to God's original plan (read, NO GMOs). In other words, "happily ever after" is gone - not that it ever was really there, but we, at least, believed it did. I really believed that when I grew up, I would graduate (high school, college, whichever), get a job, get married, have children, love my spouse forever, spend our lives together happily and die.

Thank God that there is one thing left in this world that we can have faith in. God is still in heaven and He is still in control. Isa 44:6 says: Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I [am] the first, and I [am] the last; and beside me [there is] no God. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Did you know that the Lord questioned whether or not there would be any faith when he returns to the earth? (Luke 18:8) Of course, God knows everything, so he knows whether or not there will be faith when he returns. Remember that song "Let There Be Peace of Earth? Change the words to:

There Be Faith On Earth,
and let it be - gin with me._____
Let There Be Faith On Earth,
the faith that was meant to be._____

With God as our Fa - ther,
broth - ers all are we,____
Let me walk with my fa-ther,____
in per-fect har - mo - ny.____

Let faith be - gin with me,
let this be the mo - ment now,_______
With ev-'ry step I take,
let this be my sol - emn vow,___

To take each mo - ment and live each mo - ment
with faith e - ter - nal - ly.____
Let There Be faith On Earth,
and let it be - gin with me._____


The Word of God tells us that: (1) we are saved by the grace of God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; (2) with faith in Christ (the size of a mustard seed)we can move mountains; (3) with faith in Christ, we can walk on water; (4) with faith in Christ, we CAN be healed; (5) with faith in Christ we live without fear; (6) with faith in Christ, we can have ALL of our needs met, etc., etc., etc.

I have been praying that God will fill me to my limit with the faith that the Lord Jesus, himself, had. I want to walk on water and move mountains, don't you? You'd have to admit, that would add a new dimension to you life, wouldn't it?

So how do we increase our faith? Spending time in God's presence and in his word will increase your knowledge of him, who he is, what he has said and done through all time of record keeping. Get familiar with the Bible, really familiar, and your faith with no doubt increase. Faith comes by hearing the word of God and is one of the three greatest things: faith, hope and love.

And now, one more definition of faith:

3) Hbr 11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.


Lord, please grow my faith. Give me a desire to spend time with you and to read your Word. I want you to find lots of faith when you return. In Jesus' name I pray.

Kim

Monday, May 18, 2009

1 Corinthians 2:7-16

...the wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God - his plan that was previously hidden, even though he made it for our ultimate glory before the world began. But the rulers of this world have not understood it; IF THEY HAD, they would NOT have crucified our glorious Lord. 9) That is what the scriptures mean when they say, "no eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him." 10) But it was to US that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God's deep secrets. 11) No one can know a person's thoughts except that person's own spirit. And we have RECEIVED GOD'S SPIRIT (not the world's spirit) so WE CAN KNOW THE WONDERFUL THINGS GOD HAS FREELY GIVEN US.......16) For, "who can know the Lord's thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?" But we UNDERSTAND THESE THINGS, FOR WE HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST.

This secret which no man knew of, for it was hidden by God since before the world began, was revealed to Paul and made known to the nations. Not just that the Gentiles were to be included in the family of God, but that everyone who believes in Jesus gets eternal life and that life is, ‘Christ in you, the hope of glory.’

This is an incredible gift and an astounding revelation. So the astounding revelation of this sacred secret is this, "if the rulers of this world
had known of it, ‘they would not have crucified our glorious Lord.’"

When the Holy Spirit revealed this secret to me, the core of my soul was touched. Take a minute here and think about this....if satan and his followers had known that Christ would live in us, they would not have killed Christ on the cross. He was one lone man filled with the Holy Spirit and he performed many great things but because of his death, burial and resurrection, his spirit is available to ANYONE who believes that God raised him from the dead and accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior. After Peter received the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the Bible says that 3,000people were added to the number of believers. Think of the thousands more that have accepted Christ as savior since that time!

In the Old Testatment, a few were chosen to receive the holy spirit "upon" them, but now as a result of our having accepted Jesus Christ as savior, his spirit lives within us and makes us sons and daughters of God, a gift that cannot be taken away, and so the mystery that only God knew is that Christ lives in US, the hope of glory, forever, and we empowered to do the same works as Jesus, to teach, to preach, to heal, to cast out demons. Is it any wonder then that Satan wouldn't have crucified Christ if he had known this secret? All we have to do is step out in faith with Christ's spirit and begin to act upon the promises of His word to bring about his perfect will. How powerful. Think of what can be accomplished when God's sons and daughters work together in one accord.

That should put a spring in your step today as you walk out your door. Rejoice in the Lord today for you Are a highly favored family member of the Creator of the Universe.

If you haven't accepted Christ as your savior, I encourage you to bow before him and humbly confess your sins to him, ask him to forgive you and repent (turn the other direction). Ask him to fill you with his spirit and to pour out his spirit upon you and then go and tell this "Secret" to all you encounter.

Kim