HE IS RIGHT HERE!

In my spirit, I was singing the song, My God Fights For Me.  I hummed it all day yesterday, and even in my sleep!  I woke up singing it too!  Then I thought of this verse…

 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” -Deuteronomy 31:6

This Song says it all.  Take a listen.  Remember these truths today, and be blessed! -anita

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More on ‘Adult’ Conversation…

Here’s a great one from Hard Times Ministries.  I know it spoke to me.  I’m guilty of sending my nine-year old out of the room and saying, “Sorry Buddy!  You can’t watch this…it’s not for kids!…”  Am I alone in this boat?  I rather doubt it!

Take a look…

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I recall one time many years ago where my dad yelled out of our car window to some teenagers, “Cut out that damn language”! And they did.

But, what all of this brings to mind is:  exactly what is Adult language?

I’m not sure, but I think it means language that should NOT be performed around a kid.  The same would also be true concerning ‘Adult’ entertainment.

My take on this is that there is NO SUCH THING AS ADULT ENTERTAINMENT OR LANGUAGE.  If it is words or acts that shouldn’t be said or done around a kid, then they shouldn’t’ be said or done at all.

Adults are to lead by example.  Hiding our words or actions doesn’t make them go away.  Kids are smart in that respect and there’ll simply going to copy either us or their peers when it comes to behavior.

So then, I’m going to say it again.  There is NO adult conversation or action per se.  We only have behavior and it is either Good or Bad.  I fail to see anything that separates one from another except by virtue as defined by God. If one mode or another were in fact to exist, then somehow I think I’d rather speak as a child.

-T. F. Thompson

LOVE IS NOT A FEELING…

Yesterday was Valentines Day.  Our church had a special service to celebrate this day.  The sermon was entitled, The Path of Love.

I would like to share a few points with all my readers out there…

The most important thing we all must remember about LOVE is this:

LOVE IS NOT A FEELING…IT IS A DECISION!

There are times that if you really love someone…you’d still like to slap them up side the head.  You really don’t like them in that moment…you’re not feeling love right then…but your love for them remains because you made a decision to love that person no matter what!

In the Greek, there are three distinct words to describe love.

The first is Eros.  The path of Eros means, a sexual or romantic attraction .  If you only have lust in your heart for a person, the path of this kind of love will only be Putting Another Through Hell.

The second word is Philia.  The path of Philia means, social love, as in brotherly love and love of a friend.  If you feel sadness for the homeless or the poor, the drug addicts, and so on, you will be compelled to reach out to them and try to heal their suffering. The path of Philia is Patronizing Another Through Healing.

The third word is Agape.  This is the kind of love that God has for us.  If you feel this kind of love for others, you have a commitment to do good to them and for them.  The path of Agape is Pointing Another To Heaven.  It is your end goal that all find salvation through Jesus Christ.

It doesn’t matter if you’re educated, are an acclaimed orator, a theologian, or are full of religious zeal…if you have all these things, but you don’t have Agape love in your heart…these things are of no value!

True Agape love has these attributes: Protects, Trusts, Hopes, and Perseveres.  These are Christ-Like attributes.  God is Love…and “Love never fails!”

1 Corinthians 13 New International Version (NIV)

13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails….

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Anita

HE fights for me!

 For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.” -Deutronomy 20:4 NIV

 

What are YOU fighting today?

Do you have Giants in your life that hold you back?  Things so big, you can’t seem to see past them?

Do you feel at times that the dogs of hell chase you relentlessly, lying in wait to devour your soul?

Have you committed a sin so grievous that you believe you are beyond God’s mercy?

These are all lies from the enemy.  Call on Jesus!  He is ready, willing, and able to fight ALL of your battles!

Anita

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AMEN…

We sang this song at church last Sunday.  It blessed my heart, and I could feel the presence of The Lord!  It was as if He was standing right next to me….

Take a listen.  Get this song in your spirit and you’ll feel Jesus all around you today!

 

Enough said!

Anita

WHERE THE BLOOD FELL…

As many of you already know, movies speak to me.  I can see Biblical applications in almost any movie I watch.  Having said that, I was watching a Star Wars movie the other night…for the umpteenth time, when a phrase I’d never picked up on fell on my ears.

Do you remember in the movie when Palpatine was trying to take over the senate and usher it into the dark side?  Padme stood by with a Jedi at her side and they listened as Palpatine, with words as smooth as silk, convinced the senate to do away with the Jedi Order.  There was thunderous applause as Palpatine finished his speech.

Then, Padme said: “So…this is how liberty dies-with thunderous applause.”

To bring it to a Spiritual meaning….I immediately saw the Cross.  I saw Satan and his angels applauding loudly when they heard Jesus say, “It is finished!”  They thought that the way to Salvation had died with Him.  They believed they now had free reign, regarding the souls of men.  But they were OH SO WRONG!

Jesus’ death, and the Liberty it provides did NOT die that day!  It had just begun!  Hallelujah!  When Jesus said, “It is finished!” ,  He was speaking of His sacrifice for our sins, and the redemption this sacrifice would bring to all mankind if they’d only believe!

LIBERTY grew where the Blood of Jesus fell!

Anita

 

THE LORD’S GARDEN

I love reading this blog!  If you want some true inspiration, check it out.  It’s called, Wilderness Joy.

Take a look at the following… -anita

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The Lord’s garden

The best place to find God is in a garden.
You can dig for Him there.~ George Bernard Shaw
For the LORD shall comfort Zion:
He will comfort all her waste places;
and He will make her wilderness like Eden,
and her desert like the garden of the LORD;
joy and gladness shall be found therein,
thanksgiving, and the voice of melody. Isaiah 51 v 3
The desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose,
with sweet perfume, with indescribable beauty
and with slowly unfolding grace.
The challenging times and places
slowly give way to wonder and joy.
Where there was only sadness, difficulty and pain,
there is now a garden of love, beauty and delight.
When I moved into my new home, I was very eager to start
a garden, and so I bought three plants from the garden centre,
and prepared to dig holes to plant them in my back yard.
I was beyond disappointed to discover that 6cm below the top soil,
there was an almost impenetrable layer of rock and clay.
I used a mattock which I had inherited from my  father,
and after over an hour of hacking and digging, I was able to
make three very unsatisfactory holes, and hesitantly planted
my three brave plants.

Before
Through a series of God’s amazing interventions and blessings,
now, ten months later, my garden looks like this.

After
From vegetable peels and scraps I had buried to enrich the soil,
I have unexpectedly grown water melons, butternut pumpkins, potatoes
and tomatoes.

Produce

Butterflies, bees and moths visit.

Butterfly
and my cat Izzy has found a place to hide.

Izzy
Even now I am amazed that God has transformed the wasteland
of my back yard into my favourite, most productive garden ever.
Surely this is a parable of how God often works in our lives,
transforming a seemingly hopeless situation into a garden of blessings.

 -Wilderness Joy

TALENTS…OUR GIFTS…OUR SKILLS

I found this little excerpt on the internet while searching for verses regarding ‘talents’.  Take a look…

A talent is something that you are instinctually born with that gives you unique skills and abilities. Talent is set apart from knowledge in that it is not a learned behavior, although it can be strengthened and practiced. The Bible tells us that we are all born with distinct talents and gifts that set us apart from each other. When you discover the talents that God has given you and you use them to glorify Him, you will experience a full life! Our loving Lord wants us to feel whole and complete, and it is through talents that we can find our unique calling in life! -Compiled and Edited by BibleStudyTools Staff on 2/4/2015

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The meaning of “talents” in the Bible is this:

An Egyptian talent was 80 librae. The talent as a unit of value is mentioned in the New Testament in Jesus’ parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30). This parable is the origin of the use of the word “talent” to mean “gift or skill” in English and other languages.  -Wikipedia

We all have a talent…or talents that we need to use for the Glory of God.  Take a look at these verses regarding our talents…

6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 
7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 
8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. -Romans 12:6-8
3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills—   Exodus 31:3
10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 
11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.  -1Peter 4:10-11
In Matthew 25;14-30, God explains what He will do with those that hide their talents, or don’t use them for His glory…

The Parable of the Talents

14 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. 15 And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey.16 Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. 17 And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. 18 But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. 19 After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.

20 “So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ 21 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’22 He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ 23 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’

24 “Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’

26 “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. 27 So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. 28 Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.

29 ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

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Your talents were not given to you to entertain the world…but rather to draw men to Jesus!  Use the talents God has placed in you to shine His light in their hearts, and bring them to Salvation!

THE MASTER OF THE HOUSE IS ABOUT TO RETURN!  WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH YOUR TALENTS?

Anita

YEAH…IT’S RIGHT, BUT THAT DON’T MEAN IT’S EASY!

Can I get an, “AMEN!” ??

Especially in this day and age, doing the ‘right thing’ is really difficult!  Back, when I was growing up, doing the ‘right thing’ was the norm.  But things have changed drastically!

God said in His Word, “How terrible it will be for those who call evil good and good evil, who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness, who substitute what is bitter for what is sweet and what is sweet for what is bitter!”  -Isaiah 5:20

Truth be told, this is exactly what is happening today in our world.  If you don’t believe it…take a look around you….

Drugs (Marijuana) is now legal…and if you’re into the hard stuff… now instead of having to ‘shoot-up’ in an alley way…there will be “safe sites” set up where drugs will be provided for you!  Abortion (murder) is legal, and encouraged as a good alternative.   Alcohol is rampant, with the age limit becoming younger and younger. Theft and robbery are on the rise with thieves being so open with their acts, they steal from your front porch.   Car jacking in broad daylight.   Shootings in any and every place imaginable, you name it…Walmart, McDonald’s, Concerts, Highways, Shopping Malls….  Human trafficking of both sexes, sold to the highest bidder.  …. And the list goes on.  Not to mention the foul language that fills the air!  You can’t watch a new movie any more without the F word being used at least 10 times within the first 30 seconds of the show…and it carries on throughout the movie!  Yet, people let their kids watch.  It’s like people can’t talk anymore without using curse words.

Now…if you happen to have the courage to stand up and say any of this in public…you are deemed a “Holier than thou”, a “Do-gooder”, “Old fashioned”, “Behind the times”, “Crazy” person for not joining in.  You become an outcast.  Thus making it difficult to do the ‘right things’.

But, Bob Jones Sr. said this…

DO RIGHT!  EVEN IF THE STARS FALL FROM HEAVEN…DO RIGHT!

The Bible puts it this way:

13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, (HELL) and many there be which go in thereat:

14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, (HEAVEN) and few there be that find it.

Yeah…it’s hard to ‘do right’…but do it anyway!  You’ll find Heaven at the end of the road…

Anita

“COULD WE WITH INK THE OCEANS FILL, AND WERE THE SKY OF PARCHMENT MADE…”

I woke up thinking of this song this morning.  As I searched for the lyrics to share with you, I ran across the story behind the song.  Amazing!  The third verse (stanza) was written nearly one thousand years ago by a Jewish songwriter!  I wonder if any of our words will be remembered that long.  I share the story with you now…   -anita
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~The Love of God 

Frederick M. Lehman, author and composer, wrote a pamphlet, in 1948, entitled History of the Song, The Love of God. It tells about the origin of this beloved hymn—

       While at camp-meeting in a mid-western state, some fifty years ago in our early ministry, an evangelist climaxed his message by quoting the last stanza of this song. The profound depths of the line moved us to preserve the words for future generations.

       Not until we had come to California did this urge find fulfillment, and that at a time when circumstances forced us to hard manual labor.

       One day, during short intervals of inattention to our work, we picked up a scrap of paper and, seated upon an empty lemon box pushed against the wall, with a stub pencil, added the (first) two stanzas and chorus of the song.

       Since the lines (3rd stanza from the Jewish poem) had been found penciled on the wall of a patient’s room in an insane asylum, the general opinion was that this inmate had written the epic in moments of sanity.

       Actually, the key-stanza (third verse) under question as to its authorship was written nearly one thousand years ago by a Jewish songwriter, and put on the score page by F.M. Lehman, a Gentile songwriter, in 1917.

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The Love of God

      

(1) The love of God is greater far Than tongue or pen can ever tell;

It goes beyond the highest star, And reaches to the lowest hell;

The guilty pair, bowed down with care, God gave His Son to win;

His erring child He reconciled, And pardoned from his sin.

 

CHORUS:

O love of God, how rich and pure!

How measureless and strong!

It shall for evermore endure

The saints’ and angels’ song.

      

(2) When years of time shall pass away, And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,

When men, who here refuse to pray, On rocks and hills and mountains call,

God’s love so sure, shall still endure, All measureless and strong;

Redeeming grace to Adam’s race-The saints’ and angels’ song.

      

(3) Could we with ink the ocean fill, And were the skies of parchment made,

Were every stalk on earth a quill, And every man a scribe by trade,

To write the love of God above Would drain the ocean dry.

Nor could the scroll contain the whole, Though stretched from sky to sky.