THE SALVATION OF THE LORD…

10 And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the Lord.

11 And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt?

12 Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.

13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.  -Exodus 14:10-13

14 The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.

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As a kid growing up, I always marveled at this story!  It was one of my favorites.

I have to admit, that yesterday…I felt a bit like the children of Israel as they faced the Red Sea before them, and Pharos army closing in from behind!   Something greater than fear gripped my heart and I questioned “Why?” I had taken on a task, become attached, and now, in all likelihood, this wonderful journey would end and the thing I loved most  would be snatched away from me.

The clock slowly ticked away as I waited for things to unfold, and I kept on thinking…It would have been easier to stand on the side lines and cheer on someone who was much younger than myself to do the job…seize the task at hand; but God spoke to me and said I was the one to do the task…I was the one to get in the race and run it with all my heart, all my mind, all my soul.  So, I did; yet here we stood with the possibility of this race being cancelled.

I don’t think I’m alone in this boat.  When the road following Jesus gets steep, rocky and rough, I believe that we question “Why?” we didn’t take the easy path…even if it’s but a passing thought!    But Jesus said in Matthew 7:13-14

Enter in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: But strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that find it.

Following Jesus is not for the faint of heart!  It takes real courage…guts, to look the devil in the eye,  stand your ground and fight-even when it looks hopeless.  And  not for a medal or a purple heart…or any recognition from the world, but just because it’s the RIGHT thing to do!

So…I stood my ground and fought, even when it looked hopeless…and then it happened!  God opened up the way…right through the middle of all the mess; he performed the miracle that we needed,  and swept the enemy away right before our very eyes!  Thank you Lord!  I’m so glad I was able to see the Salvation of the Lord!

WHAT AN AWESOME GOD WE SERVE!

Anita

 

 

READ IT. BELIEVE IT. TRUST IT!

I awoke this morning with much apprehension and anxiety.  I know this is wrong of me, for Jesus said in  Matthew 6:26-34New King James Version (NKJV)

26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

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But today, we have a very important meeting…hence, the anxious feeling of wanting it all to be over.  All of you that know me well, have learned that I am not a patient person; So,   I would ask that all of you pray for God’s Will to be done in this matter, and that I would allow God to take over.

As I thought about my recent prayers regarding this situation, Jesus gently reminded me of the twenty-third Psalm.  I just need to put all things in His hands, and allow Him to LEAD me…REST in Him…because He IS with me!  He will make my enemies be at PEACE with me…He will even give me FAVOR with them.

I read this in a commentary I found on Google,  and I quote: “God is in the business of refining and guiding us to a greater and better future but our journey takes us through dangerous and perilous terrains. However, those who place their trust in Him can rest assured that His eyes can see through the dark valleys and his powerful hand will carry us through our pilgrimage journey so that we emerge more obedient and approved of God….” Concerning the rod and staff mentioned in the Psalm, he says:  “They both symbolize the authority and the presence of God and His reign over us…. The two are indispensable to our victory over sin and evil and the source of our spiritual guide to the green pastures for our souls.  –Ezekiel Kimsop

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So…if you are facing a problem today that looks insurmountable, I leave you with the following passage.  Read it.  Believe it.  Trust it!

Psalm 23King James Version (KJV)

23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

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Anita

BLESSED…

On Resurrection Sunday (Easter), our pastor wrote this short play and Sarah Roark acted it out.  It was amazing!  As a mother myself, I could feel the anguish of Mary as she watched her son…Gods Son, hang on the cross. The portrayal of Mary, I believe, was  accurate.   If you missed it…you missed a real blessing!  But, here is your chance to read it.  As you do, put yourself in Mary’s place; can you imagine seeing your child die?  Especially when you take into account the WAY He died, and the people He was dying for thought it was a joke.  Vulgar words were spat at Him, they cast lots for His clothes, they purposely  made Him hang naked – in humility before all to see….  Put yourself at the scene….  This will break your heart, and hopefully bring you closer to the Cross.  -anita

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Blessed.  A short play by Daniel Leavitt

[no props or sets, maybe just a head covering, you can take a lot of time and go slowly, part of the anguish is reflected in the inability to put thoughts together. At times it should seem like you can’t find the words to say.]

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Mary:

Blessed?

She said I was so blessed among women? She said her own baby jumped in her belly when I walked into her house. Where is my cousin now? They killed her son first. And now my Son has been beaten and ripped apart.

 

How can I be blessed? This is more of a curse. They cheered You when You entered the city just a few days ago.. They shouted,  “Hosanna”  and waived branches. Everyone was so happy. I was happy and yet I will never forget the look on Your face. Were You crying? What did You know? Is this what You saw? Did You see those nails?

 

My Son, I hardly recognize You. You did nothing wrong, You healed so many people. They loved You when You fed them. Where are they now?   I saw blind people, people who could not even stand and You healed them.  Why did they whip You? You are bleeding so much!

 

People came from all over the world when You were born, even though we couldn’t find a place to stay. Where are they all now. Where are the kings and Wisemen?

 

John is here. He is true to You.  But… where is Peter? Where is Bartimeaus?

 

I will never forget when You taught the Rabbis, when You were a child. We were scared to death when we couldn’t find You. I think it was Passover, just like now, so many people in Jerusalem… and we finally found You in the Temple. Everyone was astonished by Your teaching from the Torah but your father and I were so upset with You. You said You were doing your Father’s work. We didn’t understand… I am so sorry…

Please come down…

 

Please!   Come down…

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I am so glad that Jesus didn’t come down!  He died for me…for you.  WAS THAT THE END? ……………………. NO!  Three days later, He was resurrected!  IT WAS JUST THE BEGINNING OF OUR SALVATION!  -anita

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Written by: Daniel Leavitt

Performed by:  Sarah Roark

Fish Food or Fisher of Men? – Sermon by Danny Leavitt

 

2 Timothy 3:16

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness

 

Ecclesiastes 12:13 (MSG)

But regarding anything beyond this, dear friend, go easy. There’s no end to the publishing of books, and constant study wears you out so you’re no good for anything else. The last and final word is this:

 

Fear God.

Do what he tells you.

 

Luke 2:9

…Just then, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid! For behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: 11Today in the City of David a Savior has been born to you. He is Christ the Lord!…

 

Matthew 4:19

And he said to them, “Follow me, and…

I will make you fishers of men.”

 

 

Jonah 1:1

The word of the LORD came to Jonah son of Amittai

 

2 Kings 14: 25 Jereboam II was the one who restored the boundaries of Israel from Lebo Hamath to the Dead Sea, in accordance with the word of the Lord, the God of Israel, spoken through his servant Jonah son of Amittai, the prophet from Gath Hepher.

 

The setting of Jonah

 

 

 

The Assyrian Army was strong and ruthless. They discovered that iron was stronger than bronze and could be made into weapons much quicker.

 

 Incredible_Assyrian_Army_Facts_Ancient-770x437

One of the carvings found in Mozul shows an underwater breathing devise.

 scuba divers

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDbnwFbd14o

 

Mankind Is Accountable to the Lord

2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.”

 

3 But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord.

 

4 Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up. 5 All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god. And they threw the cargo into the sea to lighten the ship.

 

But Jonah had gone below deck, where he lay down and fell into a deep sleep. 6 The captain went to him and said, “How can you sleep? Get up and call on your god! Maybe he will take notice of us so that we will not perish.”

 

7 Then the sailors said to each other, “Come, let us cast lots to find out who is responsible for this calamity.” They cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah. 8 So they asked him, “Tell us, who is responsible for making all this trouble for us? What kind of work do you do? Where do you come from? What is your country? From what people are you?”

 

9 He answered, “I am a Hebrew and I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.”

 

10 This terrified them and they asked, “What have you done?” (They knew he was running away from the Lord, because he had already told them so.)

 

11 The sea was getting rougher and rougher. So they asked him, “What should we do to you to make the sea calm down for us?”

 

12 “Pick me up and throw me into the sea,” he replied, “and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you.”

 

13 Instead, the men did their best to row back to land. But they could not, for the sea grew even wilder than before. 14 Then they cried out to the Lord, “Please, Lord, do not let us die for taking this man’s life. Do not hold us accountable for killing an innocent man, for you, Lord, have done as you pleased.” 15 Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm. 16 At this the men greatly feared the Lord, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows to him.

 

Psalm 67 (NKJV)

An Invocation and a Doxology

To the Chief Musician. On stringed instruments. A Psalm. A Song.

 

God be merciful to us and bless us,

And cause His face to shine upon us, Selah

That Your way may be known on earth,

Your salvation among all nations.

Let the peoples praise You, O God;

Let all the peoples praise You.

Oh, let the nations be glad and sing for joy!

For You shall judge the people righteously,

And govern the nations on earth. Selah

 

Jonah’s Prayer

Jonah 2

“In trouble, deep trouble, I prayed to God.

He answered me.

From the belly of the grave I cried, ‘Help!’

You heard my cry.

You threw me into ocean’s depths,

into a watery grave,

With ocean waves, ocean breakers

crashing over me.

I said, ‘I’ve been thrown away,

thrown out, out of your sight.

I’ll never again lay eyes

on your Holy Temple.’

Ocean gripped me by the throat.

The ancient Abyss grabbed me and held tight.

My head was all tangled in seaweed

at the bottom of the sea where the mountains take root.

I was as far down as a body can go,

and the gates were slamming shut behind me forever—

Yet you pulled me up from that grave alive,

O God, my God!

When my life was slipping away,

I remembered God,

And my prayer got through to you,

made it all the way to your Holy Temple.

Those who worship hollow gods, god-frauds,

walk away from their only true love.

But I’m worshiping you, God,

calling out in thanksgiving!

And I’ll do what I promised I’d do!

Salvation belongs to God!”

10 Then God spoke to the fish, and it vomited up Jonah on the seashore.

17 Now the Lord provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

 

Matthew 12:38-40 (NLV)

Then some of the teachers of the Law and the proud religious law-keepers said to Jesus, “Teacher, we would like to have you do something special for us to see.” 39 He said to them, “The sinful people of this day look for something special to see. There will be nothing special to see but the powerful works of the early preacher Jonah. 40 Jonah was three days and three nights in the stomach of a big fish. The Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the grave also.

 

 

Matthew 12:41New King James Version (NKJV)

The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed a greater than Jonah is here.

 

 

You cannot run from God or His plan

 

Isaiah 46:9-10 (NLV)

Remember the things of long ago. For I am God, and there is no other. I am God, and there is no one like Me. 10 I tell from the beginning what will happen in the end. And from times long ago I tell of things which have not been done, saying, ‘My Word will stand. And I will do all that pleases Me.’

 

Romans 15:4-6The Message (MSG)

That’s exactly what Jesus did. He didn’t make it easy for himself by avoiding people’s troubles, but waded right in and helped out. “I took on the troubles of the troubled,” is the way Scripture puts it. Even if it was written in Scripture long ago, you can be sure it’s written for us. God wants the combination of his steady, constant calling and warm, personal counsel in Scripture to come to characterize us, keeping us alert for whatever he will do next. May our dependably steady and warmly personal God develop maturity in you so that you get along with each other as well as Jesus gets along with us all. Then we’ll be a choir—not our voices only, but our very lives singing in harmony in a stunning anthem to the God and Father of our Master Jesus!

 

1 Samuel 15:22 (NLT)

But Samuel replied,

“What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice?

Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice,

    and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.

 

2 Thessalonians 3:5 (NLT)

May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ.

 

John 14:23

Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them.

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXd9crzBsQI

 

 

 

“I HAVE OVERCOME!” -Jesus

In the world, you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33

Here is the little poem that went along with the above verse on the Promise card:

“God understands your weakness, He knows the tempter’s power; and He will walk beside you, however dark the hour!” – Unknown

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I’ve heard this verse quoted since I was a little kid, and since becoming an adult, I have experienced it…literally; so I should not only know it’s words…but I should at this point in my life realize the truth…the power, in this verse!

Yet, here I am again, going through some stuff; and while my boat is hurled about upon the waters of life’s troubled sea, I find myself doubting – once again.  When you’re in a storm, holding on for dear life, it’s difficult to “be of good cheer.”

But…the only way to have peace…to stay comforted in times of trouble, is to KNOW who the Captain of your boat is.  To realize He is guiding your ship.  To remember He walked on water! To be certain that He commands the winds and waves…He calms the storm!

If you KNOW Jesus as your Lord and Savior, yet you  find yourself worried, fearful of the outcome regarding a certain situation- remind yourself WHO pilots your boat…WHO has His hands on the wheel…WHO is at the helm and in control.  It’s JESUS!  And like the song says,

” There are some promises in a letter

Written a long, long time ago

They’re not getting older,

They’re getting better

Because He still wants us to know

He didn’t bring us this far, to leave us

He didn’t teach us to swim, to let us drown

He didn’t build his home in us, to move away

He didn’t lift us up, to let us down

He didn’t lift us up, to let us down

Never use the word defeat

Claim His promises, every one of them

Every spoken word He’ll hear

Because we’re everything to Him!”

It is unclear who wrote this song, but it is believed to be a Tim Shephard song.  It has been performed by many artists, including the Imperials

Whoever wrote it, or has sung it in the past, we must remember the words, and take them to heart!

GOD IS IN CONTROL…so let go of the wheel, raise your hands in Praise…and trust the Master to safely guide you through your storm!

Anita
 

PRAYER ON ANGELS

Here’s a good on by Ben Murray.  Enjoy! -anita

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Mighty Creator,

As we look throughout the Scriptures,

we see odd and magnificent creatures.

These creatures are spiritual beings

And their sole duty is obedience.

They are almost incalculable in name,

In duty, and in religious fame,

Yet their sole joy is in humble service.

How magnificent to see this perseverance.

A perseverance since the day of their creation;

A diligence that is without cessation.

Yet why would any of them rebel?

Surely eternity with You is better than Hell!

How could these beautiful creatures fall

And roam about opposing your purposes in all?

They had the choice to sing “Holy, Holy, Holy!”

But some determined to oppose You fully.

They know full of your great might

Yet each and every command of yours they fight.

Satan and his innumerable grotesque horde

Causes in us fear, confusion, and discord.

But all of this gives an even greater question.

Is it the path of obedience or rebellion

That we walk each and every day?

Today we gather, repent, and pray

That You would let us decide worship

With those angels with the blessed lip

That gets to cry “Holy, Holy, Holy!”

May we be determined to obey you fully.

And may each and every choice made

Be one that shows that your glories never fade.

Ben Murray

WHO AM I…REALLY?

Here’s a really good one for you to ponder on today!  It’s from our own Lee Pierce.  Really think about this when you read it…I believe we can all agree with Lee on this one!-anita

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Do you ever wonder about yourself? Ever think of something you’ve said or done in a particular situation that rather surprised you? Said or done something that seemed completely out of character with the “normal” you?

When I think about myself, I feel like a chameleon sometimes. Depending upon who I’m with, my demeanor, my language and choice of words or topic, seem to change to “fit in” with the person or group I’m encountering at a given moment. If I’m with business people, I work hard to sound business-like, whatever that means. When it’s music people, I want to be sure to talk music. Of course, when it’s people in the church, I want to make sure I sound holy enough. Bible savvy. I’m well aware that part of this is simply circumstantial; I want to be relevant in the situation. Talking about a new effects pedal I just tried out on my guitar while I’m a participant in a business meeting probably will not go over well. But there’s more to it than that, I believe.

There’s an element of acceptance driving much of this in our day-to-day encounters. I want to be accepted. I want to be liked. I’m a bit afraid of what people might say about me, I guess. Author John Eldredge puts it this way: “What people think of me is a very powerful motivator…It shapes our theology, our politics, our values.” He goes on to question whether we even go through a day being totally true to who we really are. Eldredge then asks, “Do you even know the true you? Is there a true you?” His point is that our personality has a motive behind it. Some motives are good, others not so much so. Some motives are born out of love, others out of cunning or manipulation. If I’m true to myself, my actions will align with my self-image. But how seldom is that alignment present I must admit.

So who is the true me; who do I want myself to be? These are very large, philosophical questions of life but very important nonetheless. And, by the way, very hard to answer. As I’ve grown older, both in age and in my walk of faith, I find myself more and more wanting to please the Lord. To do and say things that will make Him happy for me. And for reasons that have nothing to do with fear. No, my motives—when I really stop and think about them—are more driven out of love and, especially, out of gratitude. He has done so much for me in my life…and I want to show Him my thanks every single day. In every single encounter with any other person. Am I able to always do that? Unfortunately, the answer is no, at least not yet. Like the old song says, He’s still working on me.

Of course, I want my wife and family to love me. I want my associates in music and business to think well of me. But I believe I’ve discovered that, in most situations, if I try to do/say what I think will please my Lord, the people to whom my words/actions are directed will be pleased and blessed very well, also. I think the bottom line here is this: consistency. If my love for the Lord and my desire to please him colors each encounter I have with another person, I’m pretty sure I’ll be much less of that chameleon I referred to earlier. Better yet, I will be more of the person both He and I want me to be. Where love and a servant’s heart guide both my words and actions, I’m convinced this will make me someone others can trust and enjoy encountering. As I see it, that’s not a bad outcome!

Lee Pierce

What If All of Them Actually Showed Up? (Preachers Preach and Teachers Teach)

Here’s another one from Hard Times Ministries.  Think about this as you read it… unfortunately, I believe Mr. Thompson is correct.  Look at the mega churches that already exist; full of people-but the pastor benefits the most.  Mansions, private jets, large estates, numerous cars, suits that cost thousands of dollars….  And the rest of the money in the coffers goes to a bigger building, more staff, and the like.  James 1:27 says: ” Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. -anita

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Suppose in the course of inviting thousands, perhaps even hundreds of thousands of people to church that they actually showed up?

Suppose the good guys, the bad guys, the hobos and bums and prostitutes and drug addicts and bankers and lawyers and doctors and policemen and the well-to-do and the homeless were all to show up for church seeking salvation—what would we do?

And there we have it in its totality.  If all the people who are down trodden and those seeking the ultimate in spiritual truths we would do—nothing any different than occurs now.

There would be music, a sermon, an offertory, altar calls and probably a high mention of a building fun to house all the new members.

All of the people would be categorized, rounded-up more or less for the married, the singles, the divorcees and overcomers and the women’s club and geriatrics, and toddlers and teens and the men’s bible study, etc.

You see, nothing would really change. The congregant would determine some mechanism, some type of apparatus to house the masses to simply continue what they were already doing.

There would be no discussion of rallying up this army to go OUT THERE where we should all be doing just as Christ commanded!

If they all showed up, we’d see nothing any different than what we see now.  There would really be no changes to society as society would not even notice as it would have mostly NO EFFECT on or in our communities.

With our masses assembled, we’d possess our armies, our crusaders, the laborers that are all indeed needed, but nothing would change. Nothing would change and that’s probably why the army fails to appear among our churches.  Our churches are passive.  They sit idly by and pay the staff to perform the word that Jesus requires us to do.

The idea of harvesting resources and dividing it out among those who need it would elude the leadership.  NO, they’d want it for more staff and once again, for an inanimate building. The concentration of energies and resources for the nurturement of people would be eclipsed by the vanity of sheer numbers. For the truth of this is we already possess some of these armies, these spiritual warriors among our mega-churches and we know where they gather.  They gather not in the communities that need them, but in large, massive buildings that soak up all the monies that could be serving those who need it most.

So in answer to the question about what would we do if thousands upon thousands of people assembled at the doorways of our churches?  We’d really do nothing, nothing really at all for our world would be exactly the same as before.

T. F. Thompson

SPEAKING IN RED PRINT

 

Here’s a good one from Hard Times Ministries.  Search your heart…is this you?  I see myself in there, unfortunately! -anita

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Matthew 6:31-34

31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Nothing can be more American than self-sufficiency. On the whole, Americans are extremely independent and actually boast about not only self-rule, but autonomy from others.  No one in this country likes to be servant to another or dependent upon them for subsidence. No, Americans are proud and love to go it alone.

As Christians who profess to be Bible Believing, these bible thumpers don’t exactly express what part of the bible of which they believe.

When we awake in the morning, we awake to an alarm clock that represents all of the authority of the industrialized corporate world.   Many punch into a clock that records their presence, while others are monitored via their behavior as their performance is measured piecemeal.  The commonality we all share as Americans is that we ‘snap to’ it when our Employers demand attention.

My question is:  how well can we say that about Jesus and His words.  Some Bible emphasize his words emphatically by casting them in Red Print so as to stick out.  And in like manner, we seem to avoid His words as they are so easily detected to be shunned.

We shun his words as we are certain to avoid the consequences.  The fact is: we love mammon, money more than we do God’s kingdom.

I am sure, that if you are as I am, you’ll lie about it and ascertain that you are a firm, committed Christian. And even though we utter the words, the actions speak differently. The truth be known, we love our comforts, status, position, wealth far, far more than we love Jesus.  No, we are not about to give up all the things Jesus Commanded us to as he spoke in Red Print. Jesus preached that we had to lose our life in order to gain it.  As true, dedicated Americans, we are too busy working, losing our life to our jobs to give it to Jesus.

I don’t judge those who struggle for a living.  However, I do believe we should be careful about those values we say that we profess.  Much of what we say about Jesus insomuch as to how we believe is false. I don’t believe it is a wanton lie, but on the other hand, it is poke by man for us to believe as if it were in Red Print rather than the words of Jesus.

T. F. Thompson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANOTHER DAVID…

Our Worship service at the Mission on Saturday was such a blessing!  Praying for folks with all kinds of requests.  I was amazed when I realized that none of them asked for prayer regarding their homeless estate.  They were praying for others-family members, friends, strength to witness…it was a real eye-opener to me.

We that are not homeless, usually ask prayer for our “miserable” situation such as a job change because we hate the one we have, a better place to live, a more reliable car,  ….and the list goes on.

These folks however, are homeless.  They have no job-but wish they did…ANY job; they live in the street, sleeping in door-ways, or beside dumpsters…or maybe a cardboard box; they have no car-reliable or otherwise…yet they were not asking prayer for themselves-only for others!

As happened last time we went, my little “Prayer Warrior” Joe, was standing next to me in the battle against Satan and his demons that seemed to overwhelm the room at times.  I prayed for the last person in line, and when I opened my eyes-Joe was already out in the crowd of people praying for those that didn’t have the courage to get in line and ask for it.

I saw him walk up to someone and presumably ask them if he could pray for them.  They shook their head no, so he patted them on the shoulder, and went on to the next row.  He was undaunted in his quest to pray for those in need.  The man who had been sitting next to the person that refused prayer, called Joe back to pray for him.  He was a big biker looking dude.  Joe grabbed both of his huge hands, knelt before him, and prayed.  I wish I knew what he said in his prayer, for when he was finished, he rose, shook the mans hand, patted him on the shoulder, and went looking for another person to pray for.  As Joe walked away, I saw this rough-looking biker begin to wipe the tears from his eyes.  He was sobbing now, and could not control the tears as they ran down his face.  His countenance had changed.  My “little David” had struck at least one of the giants in this mans life with his prayers!

We as adults need to have that kind of faith.  The kind of faith that believes NO ONE is beyond God’s grasp…that NO ONE is beyond redemption.

When we become adults, something happens to our innocence, our belief that ALL things are possible with God.  We begin to reason, and think logically, but forget that miracles still happen if we’ll only believe.  We forget that prayer changes things!  Jesus said, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16    Are we righteous within ourselves?  NO!  We are righteous, or, in right standing with God because of what Jesus did for us on the cross of Calvary.  Because we are washed in the blood of Jesus, God hears our prayers and answers them for Jesus’ sake!

Let’s stop offering obligatory prayers to God.  Instead, let us call on Him, in faith, believing that He will answer our prayers!  Let’s put on the whole armor of God, and walk into the battle unafraid…undaunted by what we see; let’s look with the eyes of a child, and like the little shepherd boy of the Bible-little David…and like my little Joe,  let’s go slay some giants in people’s lives!

Anita