Saturday, August 26, 2017

Take Heed

I heard THE most ridiculous statement this morning.  So as not to cause a firestorm of debate, I will not name the show or person who made the statement.  My bedroom alarm is set to go off at 0445 so I can listen to the news.
In the closing minutes of the previous show the guest was making this bold response to a call-in question.  "The prophet Elijah taken from this earth on a fiery chariot, which took him to a spaceship which took him up to heaven."  WHAT!!!!!  I almost fell out of my bed when I heard that.
Wait there is more.  "That is actually in the biblical account", he goes on to finish.

Elijah did go into heaven on a chariot of fire.  Anything this guy said after that is pure hooey.  (Politely speaking).  I reached over to the radio and hit its snooze button to silence the noise.
All i can think of  is "How many people are listening to this show and may actually be believing this?"
No bible that i know of mentions spaceships.  So where did he get that bit of information from?
In Matthew 24 as Jesus was speaking to his disciples, he responded to a question asked of him by saying, "Take heed that no man deceive you." The meaning of Jesus' statement is very clear and there are other scriptures that also follow suit.  Deception of this nature comes about by one of many ways yet two immediately stand out.  Lack of knowledge and not being rooted in the word of God.
Over the past couple of days i have had many talks with friends and coworkers and i am glad that the knowledge of God has been planted within me.  Sure there are times where i may think extra hard about a point or two; i may not have a ready reply or find an answer within myself for something i hear.  That is not the issue.  Personal desire is the issue.  Just in my sphere of influence i have seen so or heard of many falling away and losing their fire for God.  The voices in our ears can be just as bad as the voices within our own head.

God has given us the Holy Spirit to be our teacher and guide during our spiritual walk.  But how can we discern his voice from so many others?  Luke 14:16-17 "And i will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; even the Spirit of Truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but you know him; for he dwells with you and shall be in you."  Just as something within me told me that the gentleman speaking of spaceships in the Bible was false, that same something gives me peace and comfort to know that the Bible is truth.  Yes, many people interpret it differently, but the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth gives me understanding of those things when the time comes.    
The only way to combat the assault of our spiritual enemy Satan is to know the Truth.

Jesus says that the truth shall set you free.  It is this truth that Satan used on Adam and Eve in the garden to deceive them.  It is this truth Satan tried to use on Jesus in the wilderness. However, Satan's version of the truth was purposely misleading.  Please my brothers and sisters in Christ be rooted in the Word of God.  Know the power and authority we have as His called and chosen children.
I shall continue to pray for you and please do likewise for me.

God bless.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Still...episode 1

In a world that has sooo many moving parts, so many people and so many requirements on our time, how can we simply be still?  

Be still?

It seems as if life will not allow it.  There is a constant bombardment on our senses to think, to plan, to worry, to do the opposite of  being still.  To be still means to halt movement or activity and just be.
We are not going forward nor are we going backwards.  That would put me and you in the perfect position to get knocked over and trampled to death by society.  Why go against the tide of life?
Because the LORD commanded us to.

One of the greatest examples of the power and greatness and supremacy of God can be found in Joshua chapter 10.  Looking at verses 12 & 13 Then said Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, "Sun stand thou stillnupon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon."  And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies.  Is it not written in the book of Jasper? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hosted not top go down about a whole day.

 During this time Joshua and the mighty men of Israel have been called to the aid of Gibeon, an ally of Israel.  In the ensuing battle Joshua spoke those words , in the preceeding verses, to the LORD.
God listened to Joshua and granted it.  Israel was victorious.  (Jaw dropping stuff is it not?)
In Psalm 46:10  we read "Be still, and know that I am God: i will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth."  How timely are these words when we hear them?  Quite so.
Just as Joshua gained victory during the battle, so to can we have the victory over being constantly on the go and the weariness of life.  We are commanded to be still so God can refresh us.

How can a cellphone be recharged unless it can be put in a stationary place for a certain amount of time? It cannot.  Being still does not mean we are totally inactive, it just means we are being prepared to continue going forward with the right perspective.  The perspective of God.
Remember, Be still and know that I am God.

God bless.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Still...episode 2

I decided to name each part of the "Still" posts
as episodes.  Why?  Not sure but it is different. 
Enjoy this great reminder.

God Bless


Good morning everyone.  It has been some time since I posted an actual post and I do apologize.  Furthermore I would like to ask you all to forgive me for not replying to your posts more than I have.  My priorities have gotten mixed up. 

Just to give you an update I am currently working on a series of post titled, no not titled, but relating to the word still.  Come to think of it the word "still" has held a lofty spot within my blogs over the years.  There has to be a lesson there somewhere.  Getting back to my point. 
This past Sunday during our evening service this word kept playing in my mind and I made a note on the back of the bulletin to flesh out any ideas I may have.  Well, wouldn't you know I have three posts and two videos.  The posts are still (pun not intended) in the early stages.  Hopefully within the next week or so I shall have them ready for the public.

What caused me to reflect on the word was something my pastor said about us as children of God.  Despite our weaknesses, failures and sin, we are still God's children.
Isaiah 41:10 says Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
Why would the Almighty do that?  Because He loves us.  Another verse in the same chapter God tells me "I have chosen thee and will not cast thee away." 
If God is making that promise, then you better believe I am trusting Him to keep it. 
Jesus his son, reconfirms this love covenant with us in John 10:29 My Father, which gave them to me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.

Unlike myself and many people we all know, God is person of His word.  The holy scriptures bear that out.  Well, that is all for now and I need to get in some bible reading.  I cant say that being up a 0134 is my idea.  Definitely not.  So God must have called me aside to do some reading and praying. 
Have a good day and as always God bless.