How long would you wait?

How long would you be willing to wait for something you really want? This past week I passed by a small hole in the wall restaurant and there were people standing outside and lined up all the way to the street waiting to get in! I bet it was a two-hour wait, but they were willing to wait because the food in that place was worth the wait! When you get pregnant the baby develops and you wait for nine and a half months for it to be born, and then you suffer a lot of pain to get it here, but you wait! We wait to find the perfect mate, you wait years to get the best education, hours to get the particular hair stylist you want, but somehow when it comes to waiting on God, we are so ready to give up, just quit! I know a person that has been a person of faith for many years and God has been faithful to this person in so many ways, but because they are facing a trial that is difficult, they have begun doubting God!

1 Kings 18:21 Elijah challenged the people: “How long are you going to sit on the fence? If God is the real God, follow him; if it’s Baal follow him. Make up your minds!” You don’t want to live with a person who can’t make up their mind whether they love you, or someone else, do you?

Revelation 3:15-17 “I know you inside and out, and find little to my liking. You’re not cold, you’re not hot—far better to be either cold or hot! You’re stale. You’re stagnant. You make me want to vomit. You brag, ‘I’m rich, I’ve got it made, I need nothing from anyone,’ oblivious that in fact you’re a pitiful, blind beggar, threadbare and homeless. God was speaking to the church of Laodicea. He wanted them to make up their mind to serve Him alone, and then He pleads with them in verses 20-22 “Look at me. I stand at the door. I knock. If you hear me call and open the door, I’ll come right in and sit down to supper with you. Conquerors will sit alongside me at the head table, just as I, having conquered, took the place of honor at the side of my Father. That’s my gift to the conquerors! “Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches.” When you need something from God, ask Him and then wait!

Luke 18:1-10 Jesus told them a story showing that it was necessary for them to pray consistently and never quit. He said, “There was once a judge in some city who never gave God a thought and cared nothing for people. A widow in that city kept after him: ‘My rights are being violated. Protect me!’ “He never gave her the time of day. But after this went on and on he said to himself, ‘I care nothing what God thinks, even less what people think. But because this widow won’t quit badgering me, I’d better do something and see that she gets justice—otherwise I’m going to end up beaten black-and-blue by her pounding.’ “Then the Master said, “Do you hear what that judge, corrupt as he is, is saying? So what makes you think God won’t step in and work justice for his chosen people, who continue to cry out for help? Won’t he stick up for them? I assure you, he will. He will not drag his feet. But how much of that kind of persistent faith will the Son of Man find on the earth when he returns?”

That last phrase brings me back to thinking about the person who God has helped immeasurably, but have decided it just wasn’t enough.

Isaiah 41:30 “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint.”

Wait!

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Do you agree with me?

What is more pleasing to your eyes, no right or wrong answer, a bouquet of single color flowers or one with a mixture of colors? I love a bouquet with a mixture of white daisies, baby red carnations with little blue flowers and always baby’s breath it just makes my eyes happy. What is more pleasing to your ears, a soloist or a choir? I love all kinds of music from country to opera arias and would love to be right in the middle of a huge choir! Is there anyone that likes exactly everything that I do? Even eating pickled beets right out of the jar (no one is sharing here)? No, and wouldn’t this be a dull world if we were all alike? When my daughter married her husband, I changed the way I cooked certain things because he has an aversion to onions, garlic and, basically, anything that makes food good! If we all started saying out loud the things that we don’t like about each other, such a cacophony would be raised around the world you wouldn’t be able to stand it! There is one thing however that all of us need to agree upon, that is love of God, and our Nation. When I see someone disrespect the flag it makes my blood boil in my half-Armenian veins! My grandfather and my grandmother came to this country to escape being killed for claiming Jesus as the Christ, as did a lot of other families at that time. I can’t sit still and see people try to give way to the very people who would cut their throat, if push came to shove, over their beliefs. If they can be so staunch, why can’t I? You can say we should all love everyone, OK, I agree that we have to love everyone’s soul and pray they don’t go to hell, but when they don’t even believe there is a hell, and they make it impossible for you to say a simple prayer in public or at the funeral of a soldier, then I take offense at that! It’s like trying to be friends with the devil himself. It’s not possible, he may cajole you and make you believe he is helping you but as soon as you have served your purpose in his plan, you are his next meal! God told him he would eat dust for the rest of his days, as a snake, we are made from the dust of this earth, The only thing that can make you unappetizing to him is when the blood of Jesus, that dripped from His body on the cross, gets mixed into that dust and we are covered with it. He can’t stomach that! Yes, we are all different, have different tastes in music, food, flowers, even types of people that we want to befriend or love, but we cannot befriend one who does not believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God! Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, unless they are agreed? The Message says, “Do two people walk hand in hand if they aren’t going to the same place?” I hope everyone makes heaven their home, but I will not pretend that they are serving the same God if they do not claim Jesus. Matthew 10:32-22 “Stand up for me against world opinion and I’ll stand up for you before my Father in heaven. If you turn tail and run, do you think I’ll cover for you? We must take a stand! We must continue as One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all it is our responsibility, our right, and our privilege!

 

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Kenneth Williams, to remind you

I walked into the emergency room afraid of what I would see but I had been called, so armed with the Word I straightened my shoulders and asked to see the young man who had called for me. He had run through a glass door and was seriously injured. This is an event I had not thought of in a long time, until today. His daughter, who was in the room as he was being put to sleep in preparation for surgery, recounted it to me. As he was being put into a state of sleep that to me resembles death, he began telling the story of how I came to see him and pray for him, his life was changed in that emergency room that night, then he began to sing “Precious Lord, take my hand” and succumbed to the anesthesia. It would have been easy the night that I was called upon to just say I had a small child and couldn’t come out so late, to just say I would pray for him for the comfort of my home, and thinking back on it, I could easily have done that, but it was a divine encounter and a soul was saved that night.

When Jesus walked on this earth with His band of men, He did not have a grand church with an oak pulpit nor even a tent, complete with sawdust and fans from a funeral home, He just walked from place to place and ministered to those people that crossed His path or would call out “Rabbi, heal me!” There were times He spat on the earth and put the mud on someone’s eyes, or told them to pick up their bed and walk, He offered living water to a woman that no decent man would be seen talking with alone and protected another caught in adultery by stooping and writing on the ground words that people have speculated about for centuries. Whatever He said must have been powerful because all of her accusers dropped their stones and walked away. The compassion/virtue flowed out of Him to the woman who crawled through the crowd and touched the hem of His garment and she was healed! He didn’t want them to tell what had happened, but they did, John 21:25 And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen. There are times when it isn’t as dramatic as someone at the point of death calling for you, maybe they need a loaf of bread, a tank of gas, or just a friend, a helping hand, someone to listen to them vent without saying anything except “I will pray.” Acts 10:38 And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. If you want to be like Jesus, face each day asking God to make “divine appointments” for you.  Psalms 37:23 The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. You will begin to notice that opportunities for helping people will be there and you will have to choose how you “minister” to them. You never know when that someone you help will give their heart to God; it is so good to know you have helped. Meeting God in the emergency room surfaced in the mind of this man, now middle aged and on life support, possibly facing death and his Creator. I am so glad I took the time to go in the name of Jesus and pray for him. Ask God to make divine appointments for you today and you may make the difference in someone’s life!

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Thoughts on Immortality

Having just talked with a woman facing the fact that her brother will die within a few hours I started thinking about our Mortality. I saw a little of a program about XTreme sports and the things they do is enough to frighten me sitting right here in my own house! Change the channel and you can see men riding big angry bulls, cage fighters, the Jack Ass crew, the guys I have seen on 1-20 going through Atlanta on the back wheel of their motorcycle at high rates of speed, and then there are those of us who take life in our hands by mixing all the relatives on Holidays! The definition of “mortality” is ‘the condition of being mortal or susceptible to death, the opposite of immortality.’ There are people in hospital rooms facing their own mortality, and the immortality of the soul, not by playing dangerous games but because their own bodies have become the enemy they are fighting for the control of their life. When a doctor makes you feel that your loved one might be facing death on a schedule, that’s when the flesh becomes frightened. If you are afraid you don’t need to be, there are some comforting scriptures, 1 Corinthians 15:51-57 But let me tell you something wonderful, a mystery I’ll probably never fully understand. We’re not all going to die—but we are all going to be changed. You hear a blast to end all blasts from a trumpet, and in the time that you look up and blink your eyes—it’s over. On signal from that trumpet from heaven, the dead will be up and out of their graves, beyond the reach of death, never to die again. At the same moment and in the same way, we’ll all be changed. In the resurrection scheme of things, this has to happen: everything perishable taken off the shelves and replaced by the imperishable, this mortal replaced by the immortal. Then the saying will come true: Death swallowed by triumphant Life! Who got the last word, oh, Death? Oh, Death, who’s afraid of you now? It was sin that made death so frightening and law-code guilt that gave sin its leverage, its destructive power. But now in a single victorious stroke of Life, all three—sin, guilt, death—are gone, the gift of our Master, Jesus Christ.

I want my soul to be ready to die, but we shouldn’t dwell too much on that, God put us here to LIVE!

Philippians 1:21-26 I’m Christ’s messenger; dead, I’m his bounty. Life versus even more life! I can’t lose. As long as I’m alive in this body, there is good work for me to do. If I had to choose right now, I hardly know which I’d choose. Hard choice! The desire to break camp here and be with Christ is powerful. Some days I can think of nothing better. But most days, because of what you are going through, I am sure that it’s better for me to stick it out here. We have been given a work to do, first is to love God with our heart, soul and mind, and our neighbor as our self. We shall be changed; we will put off our mortal body become immortal! We have an immortal soul that will live throughout all eternity, we need to make sure that we can stand before God and tell Him that we have done out best to run the race set before us with courage, perseverance and faithfulness to His heavenly cause.

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Have I told you lately?

I had a little “self-pity” recently, the kind that makes you want chocolate, with nuts! Luckily I didn’t have any on hand, except the dark chocolate dipped strawberries someone had sent to me and being totally selfish at that moment I ate three before I offered to share with the family! In this same mood, I got into my car and plugged my phone into my sound system to soothe myself by listening to some old favorites. I have a lot of favorites but the one I chose today was Have I Told You Lately That I Love You, by Van Morrison. It set off a flood of memories and thoughts. A memory from when I was very young came up first, I remembered playing in a little sandbox using cups to make buildings, I had an old billfold that daddy had given me to play with and to my surprise I opened the wallet and there was a twenty dollar bill in it! I took it in the house to daddy not understanding his reaction as he burst into tears and started thanking God for answering his prayer! Seems that he needed that amount of money for something important, and was at that point, penniless! I can’t explain how it happened, but knowing that God created us from the dust of the earth, I like to think He created that twenty-dollar bill from the sand! OK, so it was probably in some hidden fold to save, and then forgotten about, but it’s my memory.

One day Jesus was discussing paying taxes with His disciple, Peter. Jesus had asked Peter, “Who pays the taxes the King levies?” Peter answered, “The subjects”. Jesus said, “Then the children get off free, right? But so we don’t upset them needlessly, go down to the lake, cast a hook, and pull in the first fish that bites. Open its mouth and you’ll find a coin. Take it and give it to the tax collectors, it will be enough for both of us.” (Matthew 17:26-27) That memory tucked away I thought of the last time I saw my grandfather Mushegan. I cannot write this without crying as I think of his words of wisdom to me. I wish I had paid more attention, listened a little closer, did I tell him that I loved him? The same with my Uncle, always telling me things I needed to do with my life, did I say, “Uncle Harding, I love you?” My Uncle Nap, my dad’s last remaining sibling, called me today and I told him I loved him over and over again just to make sure he knew how happy I was to hear from him.

It’s easy to think of things like this, after the fact, isn’t it? Hearing a song that dredges up feelings can help you bring them to the surface and deal with them. For all the times I have fallen on my knees and cried out to God with only “Help me” being audible, times He has given me direct answers, have I told Him that I loved Him?

John 14:21 “The person who knows my commandments and keeps them, that’s who loves me. And the person who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and make myself plain to him.”

The reality test on whether or not we love God’s children is this: Do we love God? Do we keep his commands? I guess the point is in the old adage “Actions speak louder than words.” If we love Him keep His commandments and love even His unlovable children!

 

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To do or Not to do ?

That is the question! I was thinking about how hard I try to keep myself disciplined. I diet and exercise, take my vitamins and feel really good, then, I sabotage myself! I feel so bad, get in a slump and feel I have totally let myself down. I apologize to God for not being a better steward of the Temple that He gave me, and I start all over again.  I talk to a lot of people and it seems that we all have the “sabotage” problem, in one way or another. Some swear they will give up xxxx, or never do xxxx again. They are going to start going to church faithfully, pray everyday and read the Bible, then before you know it, you don’t see them for months and it is because they fractured their routine in some minor way and it gave them the excuse needed to just give up, all over again! So as I walked my sore, over exercised legs up the stairs I remembered that someone who wrote most of the New Testament had the same problem! Romans 7:14-20 I can anticipate the response that is coming: “I know that all God’s commands are spiritual, but I’m not. Isn’t this also your experience?” Yes. I’m full of myself—after all, I’ve spent a long time in sin’s prison. What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise. So if I can’t be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do it, it becomes obvious that God’s command is necessary. But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time.

If the Apostle Paul had this problem then whom do we think we are that we have to feel we have utterly failed when we break the smallest, or biggest, law of God. What is better, to get up and start over, or give up completely and lose all the ground you have gained spiritually? With a diet, you can go off of it altogether and next thing you know Richard Simmons will be at your house crying and calling the Fire Department to come and cut you out of the wall because you’re too big to fit through the door, or you can diet and put your sneakers back on to run, jog, treadmill, spin, whatever your choice of exercise is! We see from this letter to Timothy, the Apostle Paul was not discouraged, but was finishing his race in a wonderful way! 2 Timothy 4:6-8 You take over. I’m about to die, my life an offering on God’s altar. This is the only race worth running. I’ve run hard right to the finish, believed all the way. All that’s left now is the shouting—God’s applause! Depend on it; he’s an honest judge. He’ll do right not only by me, but by everyone eager for his coming.

We won’t compare ourselves to the Apostle Paul, but it does help to see that some of our fore fathers in the faith had the same struggles that we do! It should encourage you to pick up “the rags of your life, and lay them at the Cross”, allowing God to “make something beautiful out of your life!” Now go find your sneakers!

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Through the eyes of a child

In listening to someone, on morning TV, today, I learned that my memory is more of a “gift” than I thought! I know, for sure, that I remember as far back as being 18 months old. In reading a page called “You might have a heritage in the Church of God if…” I listed the places my parents had pastored, among them the little town I mention in this article and someone responded that they were celebrating the church’s 75th Anniversary! I mentioned something that I remembered and it was as plain and real as the day it happened. I wanted to share it with you! When I was a little girl I thought my daddy was the biggest, strongest man there could ever be, Superman certainly had nothing on him! When I was five we lived in Lockhart, S.C. It was a “Mill Village”, which meant that everyone who lived there worked for the mill. I don’t remember what they made, may have been sheets, towels, I am not sure. The street we lived on had a dead end and the church my dad pastored was at the end of that street. Little identical houses lined both sides of the street; we lived in one of those small houses. The Superintendent of the Mill took a liking to the “preacher” and when one of the foreman’s moved, he decided to let us move into that larger house, it was high on the side of a hill. There was no refrigerator in that house so we were to take our old one there. No one was available to help move it so daddy wrapped a big leather strap around it and somehow attached it to his back.  I can still see the ladies and young boys standing with wide, unbelieving eyes watching my super dad hoist that big fridge on his back and walk it up that hill, sweat pouring off that big, crooked, Armenian nose. My dad was still powerful in a lot of ways until he died, not physically but spiritually he was still a giant! Psalm 34:2 My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; the humble shall hear of it and be glad. As a child we are convinced of our daddy’s greatness and will say, “My dad can do anything”; then we realize that he is indeed human. However, for the child of God the opposite is true as we grow in understanding of the greatness of our Lord. As growth increases our awareness of His greatness we will become increasingly more dependent on Him to direct us and enable us. That defines “walking in the Spirit”. Then we increase in our desire for childlike worship-ready praise that is vocal and visible in our celebration of Him! Psalm 131:1-3 Lord my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty. Neither do I concern myself with great matters, nor with things too profound for me. Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me. …hope in the LORD from this time forth and forever. In this Psalm David describes himself as a small child, looking to God for everything in the way a child looks to its mother. True maturity looks less and less to our own wisdom for answers or to our own earthly strength for results and trusts the Father entirely. Then when God moves on our behalf you will want to brag about Him to anyone who will listen! It is important to ask yourself if people know who our “Daddy God” is. My Daddy God has been so good to me, He answers all my prayers, yes ALL, sometimes He has to tell me no but even when He does I always end up understanding why, that’s how good He is. Sometimes it seems that He looks down the road and “knows before I call” and “answers while I am yet speaking!” (Isaiah 65:24)

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The Rock!

If I said, “The Rock is going to be here in a few minutes,” would you expect to see Dwayne Johnson? Or if I said, “That floor is as solid as a rock,” would you expect it to feel strong and solid under your feet? If I said about a man, “He’s a Rock”, you would expect to see a man with ripped abs and big, muscled arms, right?

Tonight, two hymns were going through my mind, I closed my eyes and could see and hear my parents singing, it was so real that tears fell as I listened to,  “Oh Rock of Ages, hide Thou, me, there is no other refuge can save but Thee.” Then I thought of the song, “Rock of Ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in Thee.” I knew there were many references to the word rock in the Bible so I looked and found 128 references to it.

Last night I lay in my bed, which is on the top floor, and listened as the rain and wind whipped against my windows I wished for a place to hide. I prayed and asked God to put a hedge around us and to protect the stray dog I have been feeding as I wondered where he was hiding from the storm. I thought of the illustration, I have heard about the bird safely tucked into her nest, which was built into the cleft of a rock, while the storm raged around her, and how the rock represented strength and protection.

Psalm 18:12 I love you, God—you make me strong. God is bedrock under my feet, the castle in which I live, my rescuing knight. My God—the high crag where I run for dear life, hiding behind the boulders, safe in the granite hideout. 18:31 “For who is God, except the Lord? And who is a Rock, except our God?”

There are many Psalms that refer to God as our Rock, our defense and our salvation. Do you remember the little song we used to sing in Sunday school, “The wise man built his house upon the rock, and when the rains came down and the floods came up, the house on the Rock stood firm.”? It goes on to say, “The foolish man built his house upon the sands, and when the rains came down and the floods came up, his house came tumbling down”. Another favorite hymn says, “How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord, Is laid for your faith in His excellent word!

1Corinthians 10:4 For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. That Rock is still Christ.On Christ the solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand.

Jesus made a promise to us, Hebrews 13:5 He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. He is your Rock of salvation.

I choose Jesus over Dwayne Johnson any time to be my Rock!

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What would you give?

What would you give in exchange for your soul? With Eve it was simple, she wanted a taste of the forbidden fruit, for Adam maybe he just wanted to please Eve. Cain let jealousy rule his actions and the exchange was the life of his brother. Esau took a bowl of beans in exchange for his: Hebrews 12:14-17 “Work at getting along with each other and with God. Otherwise you’ll never get so much as a glimpse of God. Make sure no one gets left out of God’s generosity. Keep a sharp eye out for weeds of bitter discontent. A thistle or two gone to seed can ruin a whole garden in no time. Watch out for the Esau syndrome: trading away God’s lifelong gift in order to satisfy a short-term appetite. You well know how Esau later regretted that impulsive act and wanted God’s blessing—but by then it was too late, tears or no tears.” Samson is more known for exchanging his eyesight and eventually his life for the woman Delilah than for being a good judge over Israel for twenty years. King Saul had been chosen and anointed by God, he had walked with the prophets and himself prophesied, yet he gave up his life for jealousy of the Psalmist, the future King, David. We are given many examples of this type of exchange in the Bible. Why do you think those examples are there? It is to teach us by reading examples from people who should have known better, what NOT to do, and yet it seems to me that we continue to rush headlong into situations that could ruin our life. Why? Maybe we think we could be the exception, not get hurt, and not get caught. Like teens, which seem to have no sense of their own mortality, we go at high speeds toward danger and when the tragic end comes we wonder why “God let this happen to me!”

When I was four I remember one day when my mother was ironing I stood and watched the iron going back and forth across the material, steam was raising and it intrigued me.  I kept putting my hand under it, as mother would bring it down, she warned me not to do it or I would get burned, did that stop me? No, what DID stop me was putting my hand under it as it came down and she grazed my knuckles with that hot iron, it burned me, only then did I, with my little fingers wrapped in ice, get away from the heat of that iron. Why did I have to be burned rather than listening to the authority? We push ourselves to the very edge of danger and then are surprised when we fall over the side. We slip-slide along and think that everything will continue as it always has, until one day it is too late to bring it back! 2Peter 3:4 First off, you need to know that in the last days, mockers are going to have a heyday. Reducing everything to the level of their puny feelings, they’ll mock, “So what’s happened to the promise of his Coming? Our ancestors are dead and buried, and everything’s going on just as it has from the first day of creation. Nothing’s changed.” I don’t want to be caught not looking, giving my soul to the devil in exchange for a momentary sweet that turns bitter in my stomach. I want to be found doing His work, giving my best effort. Is it easy? Matthew 7:13-14″Don’t look for shortcuts to God. The market is flooded with surefire, easygoing formulas for a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time. Don’t fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do. The way to life—to God! —Is vigorous and requires total attention.

When faced with a compromising situation just say, “I am not for sale”!

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Playing in the dirt!

Do you feel like dirt? Really? Somebody said you are just “dirt”, well yes, we all are! Now do you wonder why you have so much trouble and it seems like the devil is always “nipping” at your heels, trying to eat you alive? There are 102 references in the Bible to dust; I want to give you a few of them so you can understand what’s going on! Genesis 2:7 Then the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person. The most important use of dust EVER! God made US from it! Genesis 3:14 So the LORD God said to the serpent: “ Because you have done this, You are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, And you shall eat dust All the days of your life. Has it hit you yet? I often hear people say “If God was so good, why is there (you fill in the blanks)? God gave man dominion over the earth, all the animals on it and in the sky and in the water. We (man) were in charge of it ALL! Then came the big temptation and when Eve got weak in the knees and succumbed to the temptation, she gave away the power God gave to her and Adam to the serpent Himself. We are dust and God told Satan he would EAT dust for the rest of his life. When that hit me I had to sit and think on it, a real Selah! So in one respect we know that if we are dirt God can form us into anything, Isaiah 45:11-12 Thus God, The Holy of Israel, Israel’s Maker, says:” Do you question who or what I’m making? Are you telling me what I can or cannot do? I made earth, and I created man and woman to live on it. I handcrafted the skies and direct all the constellations in their turnings. On the other hand, we have become the Devil’s main source of food! So what do you need to do to keep from being his next meal? I would say standing around the Cross of Jesus and getting soaked in His atoning blood is a good way to become very unappetizing, he can’t eat us when we are covered in the blood of Jesus! James 4:7-10 So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. (KJV says Resist the Devil and he will flee from you) Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.

Let’s get out of the “I’m no better than dirt” mentality, and know that God’s own breath breathed life into our mortal bodies! Don’t be tempted to trade the birthright of your salvation to the dust eater!

If you find yourself playing in the dirt, make mud pies and throw them at the one trying to get you to eat them!

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