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The Love of God

How I loved to hear George Beverly Shea sing to prepare the hearts of the listeners before Billy Graham would preach.

The Love of God truly is difficult for the human psyche to grasp. Over the last 55 years I have sat under a few different pastors, and God has taught me different things that He wanted me to know about Him and His love for me through each of those men of God.

Over many years I have read in God’s Word about how Jesus understands everything we go through because He has been through it too. I always had this question in my mind, “How could a sinless God know how I feel when I am feeling burdened and shameful of sin?”

God reminded me of another aspect of His love for me through Pastor Denson’s preaching of how it effected Jesus and how He must have felt when He was bathed in the whole world’s sin, from the beginning of time unto the end of days. Add to that the fact that He was separated from His Holy Father for the first and only time throughout all time.

I say reminded because this is exactly what led me to the Lord on Easter Sunday 1965. In my grandmother’s church, a Sunday School teacher taught on just that subject – how sad it must have been for Jesus when all of our sins were dumped on Him on the cross of Calvary, and how sad He must have been especially when His Holy Father had to turn away and could not look on Him because of all that filthy sin. It is so true that some of us who have been saved for a long time can forget some things about that miracle God did on our day of Salvation. I am thankful for this reminder.

This past Sunday Pastor Denson preached about the betrayal of Judas from John 13. Verse 21 says, “When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.” In times past when I have read or heard those words, my reaction has been to become angry at the thought that Judas, who had spent 3 1/2 years with our Lord and was one of His disciples, could so betray the Lord like he did. Anyway, there is a lot more to that verse that we can miss if we are not careful.

I always thought that the words, Jesus was troubled in His spirit, meant that Jesus was disappointed in Judas for what he would do. BUT, our pastor pointed out that the word troubled is very significant here. Jesus was feeling overwhelmed and sad for Judas because, number 1, He of course knew what Judas would do, He knows everything, and number 2, He knew how Judas would feel after he had done it. He knew that Judas would be so convicted that he would not be able to forgive himself and that he would end his own life. I am sure Jesus wanted with all His heart to spare Judas of all that pain. Did you get that? Jesus felt more sorrow in His heart for Judas over the grief He knew it would cause him than He did for being betrayed or even what Jesus knew He would have to endure to save a lost and sinful world.

For us parents/grandparents we can surely relate to this when we see our children/grandchildren heading down a path that we know will cause them much pain and heartache. We know because much of the time we have been on some of those paths ourselves, and we know how it feels when we come to ourselves and we realize our sin and are overwhelmed with the conviction of it. Like Jesus must feel when any one of us heads down a wrong path, we want to spare them of what they will experience for their choices. But we have to understand, as He assuredly does, everyone has free will and has to face the consequences of our actions, even though we would like to spare them such pain.

JESUS TRULY DOES KNOW AND UNDERSTAND HOW WE FEEL.

 
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Posted by on October 6, 2020 in God's Love

 

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“Occupy till I Come”

Occupy = consume all of one’s attention or time; keep busy with

There have been times of late that I have went before my LORD asking, “What am I to do? How am I to be? during these turbulent times?” Of course He reminded me what all of His children are to be doing, in all times, in His Word. I am of the personality of action and fixing things. But there are happenings that are out of my control; they are totally in God’s control. And this battle we are seeing is God’s battle. So the best and easiest thing to do is to be about His work until we hear the trumpet of the arch angel or slip up to meet Him face to face in death.

The following Scripture tells us very clearly what we are to be about, especially as we see the day approaching. The word occupy does not mean to just sit on our hands and wait. It means we are to be consumed with being about the LORD’s work. Because this earthly body I reside in does not allow me to do as I used to in serving the LORD, He has led me to other ways that are as much a blessing to me as they are to others. He has shown me ways to use the gifts He has blessed me with to help others. As long as there is breath in my body, He has use for me. What an honor and a privilege! If you are not sure of what to do just ask Jesus. He will show you and lead you!

Luke 19: 11-28 And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear.
12 He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.
13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.
14 But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.
15 And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.
16 Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.
17 And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.
18 And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds.
19 And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities.
20 And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin:
21 For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow.
22 And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow:
23 Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?
24 And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds.
25 (And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.)
26 For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him.
27 But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.
28 And when he had thus spoken, he went before, ascending up to Jerusalem.

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2020 in Call to Action

 

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Life as a Child of God can be Lonely

I have not had much to say here of late about all the things happening in our world. In my frustration of having to watch how so very many of God’s supposed saints are becoming sheeple right along with the lost world, I have not trusted myself to be kind. Since my strong spiritual gift is prophet, it is very hard to watch the evil seem to have the upper hand in this country with no one doing anything about it. I have a very difficult time with injustice.

This country needs a revival that must begin in the church. Many of God’s churches have let Him down terribly by catering to snowflakes so as not to hurt their feelings instead of preaching all of God’s true Word. They have become apostate and brought the world into God’s house. But, we are told in His Word that this would happen. It is just so very difficult to see. I know that I am not alone in these feelings, for there has always been and there will always be a remnant staying the course of the old paths for the Lord.

I have found the best thing for me to do is to stay faithful to God, His Word, and my time with Him. I am in no way saying that I am perfect! Far from it! I am just trying my very best to stay close to God and live for Him in this evil world. I thank Him many times each day for His grace and mercy in my life. I am very blessed to have a Godly husband to share a like faith with, as well as a church with a pastor who teaches and preaches the WHOLE Word of God.

Some of my very favorite time with God is reading works by people like A. W. Tozer. You can get this one for $.99 on Amazon Kindle. Sometimes they are free. I have just finished his work, “Man-the Dwelling Place of God.” The last chapter in it is titled, “The Saint Must Walk Alone.” Of course God’s timing for me to read this was, as usual, perfect. I, I am sure like many others, have been feeling very alone in this world lately. Part of that is normal for a child of God. We ought never feel comfortable in this world, as it is not our permanent home. But, part of it is very saddening because even many of our professed brethren are acting more like the world these days, and that makes it very uncomfortable being around them if you are one of God’s saints who is striving to live for Him and not of this world.

I will share and excerpt from this writing by A. W. Tozer in hopes it will also be an encouragement to others. It is a long read, but very beneficial to all the saints of God. If we have Jesus in our hearts, we are never truly alone, but as the human nature needs interaction with others it can be very lonely when trying to live for Him.

“The Saint Must Walk Alone” – A. W. Tozer

Most of the world’s great souls have been lonely. Loneliness seems to be one price the saint must pay for his saintliness. In the morning of the world (or should we say, in that strange darkness that came soon after the dawn of man’s creation) that pious soul, Enoch, walked with God and was not, for God took him; and while it is not stated in so many words, a fair inference is that Enoch walked a path quite apart from his contemporaries.

Another lonely man was Noah, who of all the antediluvians (those who lived before the flood), found grace in the sight of God; and every shred of evidence points to the aloneness of his life even while surrounded by his people.

Again, Abraham had Sarah and Lot, as well as many servants and herdsmen, but who can read his story and the apostolic comment upon it without sensing instantly that he was a man “whose soul was alike a star and dwelt apart?” As far as we know, not one word did God ever speak to him in the company of men. Face down he communed with his God, and the innate dignity of the man forbade that he assume this posture in the presence of others. How sweet and solemn was the scene that night between the pieces of offering. There alone with a horror of great darkness upon him, he heard the voice of God and knew that he was a man marked for divine favor.

Moses also was a man apart. While yet attached to the court of Pharaoh he took long walks alone, and during one of these walks while far removed from the crowds he saw an Egyptian and a Hebrew fighting and came to the rescue of his countryman. After the resultant break with Egypt, he dwelt in almost complete seclusion in the desert. There while he watched his sheep alone the wonder of the burning bush appeared to him, and later on the peak of Sinai he crouched alone to gaze in fascinated awe at the Presence, partly hidden, partly disclosed, within the cloud and fire.

The prophets of pre-Christian times differed widely from each other, but one mark they bore in common was their enforced loneliness. They loved their people and gloried in the religion of the fathers, but their loyalty to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and their zeal for the welfare of the nation of Israel drove them away from the crowd and into long periods of heaviness. “I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother’s children,” cried one and unwittingly spoke for all the rest.

Most revealing of all is the sight of that One of whom Moses and all the prophets did write treading his lonely way to the cross, His deep loneliness unrelieved by the presence of the multitudes. ‘Tis midnight, and an Olive’s brow The star is dimmed that lately shone; ‘Tis midnight, in the garden now, The suffering Saviour prays alone. ‘Tis midnight, and from all removed The Saviour wrestles lone with fears, E’en the disciple whom He loved Heed’s not his Master’s grief and tears. –William B. Tappan

He died alone in the darkness hidden from the sight of mortal man and no one saw Him when He arose triumphant and walked out of the tomb, though many saw Him afterward and bore witness to what they saw.

There are some things too sacred for any eye but God’s to look upon. The curiosity, the clamor, the well-meant but blundering effort to help can only hinder the waiting soul and make unlikely if not impossible the communication of the secret message of God to the worshiping heart.

Sometimes we react by a kind of religious reflex and repeat dutifully the proper words and phrases even though they fail to express our real feelings and lack the authenticity of personal experience. Right now is such a time.

A certain conventional loyalty may lead some who hear this unfamiliar truth expressed for the first time to say brightly, “Oh, I am never lonely. Christ said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you,’ and, ‘Lo, I am with you alway.’ How can I be lonely when Jesus is with me?”

Now I do not want to reflect on the sincerity of any Christian soul, but this stock testimony is too neat to be real. It is obviously what the speaker thinks should be true rather than what he has proved to be true by the test of experience. This cheerful denial of loneliness proves only that the speaker has never walked with God without the support and encouragement afforded him by society. The sense of companionship which he mistakenly attributes to the presence of Christ may and probably does arise from the presence of friendly people.

Always remember: you cannot carry a cross in company. Though a man were surrounded by a vast crowd, his cross is his alone and his carrying of it marks him as a man apart. Society has turned against him; otherwise he would have no cross. No one is a friend to the man with a cross. “They all forsook him, and fled.”

The pain of loneliness arises from the constitution of our nature. God made us for each other. The desire for human companionship is completely natural and right. The loneliness of the Christian results from his walk with God in an ungodly world, a walk that must often take him away from the fellowship of good Christians as well as from that of the unregenerate world. His God-given instincts cry out for companionship with others of his kind, others who can understand his longings, his aspirations, his absorption in the love of Christ; and because within his circle of friends there are so few who share his inner experiences, he if forced to walk alone. The unsatisfied longings of the prophets for human understanding caused them to cry out in their complaint, and even our Lord Himself suffered in the same way.

The man who has passed on into the divine Presence in actual inner experience will not find many who understand him. A certain amount of social fellowship will, of course, be his as he mingles with religious persons in the regular activities of the church, but true spiritual fellowship will be hard to find. But he should not expect things to be otherwise. After all, he is a stranger and a pilgrim, and the journey he takes is not on his feet but in his heart. He walks with God in the garden of his own soul and who but God can walk there with him? He is of another spirit from the multitudes that tread the courts of the Lord’s house. He has seen that of which they have only heard, and he walks among them somewhat as Zacharias walked after his return from the altar when the people whispered, “He has seen a vision.”

The truly spiritual man is indeed something of an oddity. He lives not for himself, but to promote the interest of Another. he seeks to persuade people to give all to his Lord and asks no portion or share for himself. He delights not to be honored but to see his Saviour glorified in the eyes of men. His joy is to see his Lord promoted and himself neglected. He finds few who care to talk about that which is the supreme object of his interest, so he is often silent and preoccupied in the midst of noisy religious shoptalk. For this he earns the reputation of being dull and over-serious, so he is avoided and the gulf between him and society widens. He searches for friends upon whose garments he can detect the smell of myrrh and aloes and cassia out of the ivory palaces, and finding few or none he, like Mary of old, keeps these things in his heart.

It is this very loneliness that throws him back upon God. “When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.” His inability to find human companionship drives him to seek in God what he can find nowhere else. He learns in inner solitude what he could not have learned in the crowd that Christ is All in All, that He is made unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption, that in Him we have and possess life’s summum bonum (the highest good; ultimate importance or end a human ought to pursue).

Two things remain to be said. One, that the lonely man of whom we speak is not a haughty man, nor is he the holier-than-thou, austere saint so bitterly satirized in popular literature. He is likely to feel that he is the least of all men and is sure to blame himself for his very loneliness. He wants to share his feelings with others and to open his heart to some like-minded soul who will understand him, but the spiritual climate around him does not encourage it, so he remains silent and tells his griefs to God alone.

The second thing is that the lonely saint is not the withdrawn man who hardens himself against human suffering and spends his days contemplating the heavens. Just the opposite is true. His loneliness makes him sympathetic to the approach of the broken-hearted and the fallen and his sin-bruised. Because he is detached from the world, he is all the more able to help it. Meister Eckhart taught his followers that if they should find themselves in prayer as it were caught up to the third heavens and happen to remember that a poor widow needed food, they should break off the prayer instantly and go care for the widow. “God will not suffer you to lose anything by it,” he told them. “You can take up again in prayer where you left off and the Lord will make it up to you.” This is typical of the great mystics and masters of the interior life from Paul to the present day.

The weakness of so many modern Christians is that they feel too much at home in the world. In their effort to achieve restful “adjustment” to unregenerate society they have lost their pilgrim character and become an essential part of the very moral order against which they are sent to protest. The world recognizes them and accepts them for what they are. And this is the saddest thing that can be said about them. They are not lonely, but neither are they saints.

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2020 in To be Christ-like

 

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Evil Forces and Evil People are Hard at Work!

For those who want to believe that what is happening in our country is about racism, you are being deceived and manipulated. There once was a black movement that started because of injustices done to people of color. Things have changed so much for the better over the years so that the racism narrative is not what it once was.

But there is an evil force and evil people like George Soros and the Clintons who want control and to turn our country into a socialist/communist country, and they are willing to start a race war to do it. They care absolutely nothing about any of the people in this country no matter the color. They play on our emotions to keep a false narrative going. They have indeed infiltrated the black movement and are using some kind-hearted and some simple-minded people to accomplish their agenda. If you do not want to believe this, do your research.

Remember Dinesh DeSouza and what they did to him when he tried to get the truth out? Go check out his movie, Hillary’s America if you want to know what’s really going on here and now, and you will put two and two together.

Satan knows his time is short and there seems to be a whole lot of people letting him use them. Does it really have to be this way? Killing, burning, rioting in the streets while these people who will do anything to gain control sit back and watch gleefully because you’re playing right into there hands!

Jehovah God, we your children know not how much we will have to endure before You catch us up or just take us home at our appointed time. Until that time, please cover us in Your grace and help us to persevere in telling as many as we can what Your Son did for EVERYONE on the cross of Calvary. YOU are what this country really needs! Amen, Anna 😢

 
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Posted by on June 5, 2020 in Truth and Common Sense

 

Sunday Morning Coffee: Palm Sunday

Definitely lots to think on here.

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Palm Sunday: 9 Things to Know and Share!

If we had been there. . . .

Would we have worshiped Him?

Would we have believed He was the Son of God?

Would we have shared the intense hope the He was Messiah?

Would we have joined in the celebrating throngs, shouting “Hosanna!” as He road into Jerusalem on that humble donkey?

Would we have observed His facial expression?

Would we have been caught by His eyes? I think they were both joyful and sorrowful. We would not have known what was coming, but He did.

Would we have been shocked when He was arrested in Gethsemane?

Would we have stood by, wondering and watching?

Would we have begun to doubt Him?

Would we have turned our backs on Him just days after spreading our cloaks before Him and waving palm branches in celebration?

We weren’t there, but people today are not so different from people then. We have…

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Posted by on April 6, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

Enter Evil

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Okay, we know how God created Eve out of Adam’s side and placed her in the beautiful garden paradise to be Adam’s help meet. Everything was provided for them and they walked and talked with God daily. They were pure and innocent until – Enter Evil!!

This entry will show the character of the serpent and what he may have looked like, and the consequences he and Adam and Eve would face because of their actions. It will include the first time God commanded wives to submit to their husbands. I will also give suggestions as to how Eve could have done differently, and how we can avoid giving in to temptations today. Let’s have some fun and do a little imagining as well.

Genesis 3:1-3 “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman…

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Posted by on March 30, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

Marriage Between Man and Woman is a Picture of our Relationship with God

All through Scripture we find how the marriage union between the man and woman is a picture of the relationship between God and His children. In the Old Testament, Israel is pictured as the wife of Yahweh. When Israel became adulterous and worshiped other gods, she was described as a harlot – Jeremiah 3:1 “They say, If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man’s, shall he return unto her again? shall not that land be greatly polluted? but thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, saith the LORD.” ( See also Ezekiel 23)

Israel’s spiritual unfaithfulness became so disgusting in God’s eyes that He issued a writing of divorcement – Jeremiah 3:8 “And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.” This was actually more of what we might call a separation, because God in His great love for His chosen people could not bear to cut Israel off without a promise of renewal – Hosea 2:14-20; 5:15 “Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her. And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt. And it shall be at that day, saith the LORD, that thou shalt call me Ishi; and shalt call me no more Baali. For I will take away the names of Baalim out of her mouth, and they shall no more be remembered by their name. And in that day will I make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field and with the fowls of heaven, and with the creeping things of the ground: and I will break the bow and the sword and the battle out of the earth, and will make them to lie down safely. And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies. I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the LORD.”; “I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.”

The Book of Revelation and the Epistles, describe the church as the Bride of Christ. The experience of taking a bride is similar for both Adam and Christ–Adam was put to sleep; Christ was laid in a tomb. When Christ came to earth in human form, He left His Father. When He began His earthly ministry and ultimately died on the Cross, he left his mother. This was for the purpose of cleaving to the object of His love–His people. As each sinner receives Jesus into their heart, they become one flesh. – Genesis 2:24 “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” 1 Corinthians 6:15 “Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.”

The entire focus and course of a life is changed both by marriage and a personal experience with Jesus Christ. Marriage – 1 Corinthians 7:3 “Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.”, and becoming a child of God – Mark 8:34 “And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”; 1 Corinthians 6:20 “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”; 1 Corinthians 7:23 “Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.”

Both marriage and becoming a child of God demand death to self and accountability to God and to others. A wife or husband cannot be faithful to more than one partner, just as a Christian cannot serve any other God – Matthew 6:24 “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”

When we become believers, we ought have no hesitation in giving ourselves completely and totally to God, because of the high price He paid for our souls – 1 Peter 1:18, 19 “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:” God has given ALL He has to give; He now rightly expects our ALL in response – Romans 12:1, 2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

In marriage two hearts are grafted together, making them dependent on each other for life. This is illustrated in John 15, with Jesus as the vine and believers as the branches. Through the in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit, and His control in the life of both partners, this picture of marriage and the parallel relationship of Christ and his Bride come into focus. The Holy Spirit fills and fulfills both.

When we compare our relationship with our LORD to the marriage relationship, it makes it so much easier to understand His great love for each and every individual soul and life of the human race.

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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