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.