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Quote – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

30 Nov

God does not give us everything we want, but He does fulfill His promises…leading us along the best and straightest paths to Himself.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 

Thank the Lord that we don’t get everything we want.  Those who get even quite a bit of the worldly things they were hoping for end up in a mess.

God will always provide our needs.  Those needs point to His Kingdom and His love for us. 

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Israel’s Quest For Peace – Are They Looking To The Right Place?

26 Nov

Israel lives to just have peace.  This isn’t just the religious Jews but the non religious as well.  The Jews believe that Messiah will come and the most important thing is He will bring peace.  That is why they are ripe for antichrist.

The Messiah came and Him they did not accept.

John 5:43 – 43 I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him.

Right now there has been a cease fire between Israel and Gaza.  The only reason there was a cease fire is because the terrorists were running low on weapons and rockets and Israel was getting ready to go in with the ground forces to clean up.

Israel is ripe for antichrist.  It just wants someone to enforce peace.  Is that all the Christ was supposed to do?

No.

The Christ was to come and take away the sins of the world.

John 1 :29 – 29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

They have never looked for that Messiah and still aren’t.

In a couple of days we’ll keep on that topic.

 

Thankful

22 Nov

I’m still grateful that we can freely worship the Truth and our God in this country.  The day is coming where we will not be able to do this in Truth I fear.

But we are still able to do it to date and praise our Lord for that.  I am very thankful.

I’m not just grateful for what I have on this earth, but what we get to look forward to with our Lord.

Hebrews 12:28 – 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe,

I am so thankful that He has died for me and that I do have an unshakeable Kingdom that He has allowed us to enter.  That is if we accept His sacrifice and call Him Lord.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Whoever Finds Their Life Will Lose It

19 Nov

Matthew 10:39- 39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.

If somebody finds their life, they’ll lose it.  What does it mean?

It means they are selfishly doing everything the way they way want to.

What’s wrong with that Pat?  All the self help books told me to think positively and create my own destiny.  Take the bull by the horns.  SELF help.  SELF.  It’s about you and what you can accomplish.  Life is a ticking beat the clock game and we need to control our own destiny and make it happen.

Is that how we are told to live?

There is the ultimate help book.  It’s a love letter from God and it doesn’t encourage you to live life the fullest for you.  This help book knows you better than you know you.  It tells us how we were supposed to be before the fall.  Who we were created to be.

Whoever loses their life for My sake will find it.  Those are the words of our loving Savior.  Do we have to be martyred?  If we are in the name of our Lord, we will get a crown and it will not go unnoticed.  However, one can lose their life for His sake and still live.  It’s called serve the Lord and not yourself.

What’s the scripture right before the one above?

Matthew 10:38 – 38 Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me.

The Lord wants us.  God wants us to worship Him.  Not just to acknowledge Him.  WORSHIP!

Exodus 34:14 –   14 Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.

That includes ourselves or the things we do.   He didn’t create us to serve ourselves.  He created us to serve Him.

I’m 100% sure He’s worthy!

 

Quote – D L Moody

15 Nov

There is no better evangelist in the world than the Holy Spirit.
Dwight L. Moody

 

The Holy Spirit is part of the Trinity and part of God.  He has nothing contrary to say about the Word or God.

If someone does something or is teaching something other than the Word of God and says it’s from the Holy Spirit, they’re being deceived.  Jesus went to be with the Lord so he could send back the Comforer.

John 16:7 – 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.  KJV

John 16:7 – 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.  NKJV

John 16:7 – 7 But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.  NIV

Counselor, Helper, Comforter, the Holy Spirit is all those things and our communication line to the Lord.  There is no better evangelist.

 
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Don’t Harden Your Heart

12 Nov

Proverbs 28:14 – Blessed is the man who always fears the Lord,
but he who hardens his heart falls into trouble.

Hard hearts can’t be penetrated.  They have to soften up.

What can soften them?  Only the individual letting down his stubborn ways can soften their heart.

I’ve seen movies in which a character will say God hates me.   Then the other character says hate Him back that’s what I do.  Bad idea.

You don’t want to be an enemy of the Creator of yourself and the whole universe.  Especially when you’re a fallen creature and God actually loved you so much He died for you.  That is, if you’re not too stubborn and hard hearted to turn it down.

Fear the Lord!  Love the Lord!  He is God!  He is Worthy!

If someone has a problem with God wanting to be worshipped and thinks He’s being a power monger, it’s probably because they have so much pride in wanting to be the God of their own life.

Be blessed, fear and love the Lord, and open your heart to God.

 

Lover’s Of Pleasure; Lover’s Of Self

07 Nov

2 Timothy 3:1-5 – 3 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.

Quite an election Washington State had.  Do you think people look to God before voting or to self?

The above scripture is amongst us in this country and growing stronger every day.

However we have the Blessed Hope.

Titus 2:11-15 – 11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.

15 These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.

Keep in  the Word so you may not get swept away in the river that is getting more swift in these last days.

 

E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G

05 Nov

That’s what the Lord is supposed to be in our lives.

He is supposed to be our focus.  He is supposed to be our main love.

We have an election coming up tomorrow.

Do you know what the percentage of social issues and values is at?   It’s 15%.  All other categories have nothing to do with morals or values.  The rest have to do with money, benefits relied upon from the government, and foreign policy, etc.   Which one do you think is most important to the Lord?

Do you know what the percentage of Americans believe it should be illegal under all circumstances to have an abortion?  It’s 20%.  That’s actually up over the last 5 to 10 years.  I really believe the technology that allows people to see how quickly they form has changed the hearts of a few.  How do you think the Lord feels about the subject?

How many Americans care first and foremost about the Lord instead of serving their own interests and needs?  It’s all about the heart.  I don’t know the exact number, but these two polls with a few others will get you pretty close.

Make the Lord first.

Matthew 6:33- 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.