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Yes God is Still God in the Bad Times

Sigh…my thoughts this morning in my time with Jesus. I can’t help but feel a bit overwhelmed by recent events-Las Vegas, New York, and now this evil, senseless, heinous act in Sutherland Springs, Texas. My heart is breaking for the families and friends of those innocent victims. Like so many right now, my mind questions the reasons God would allow such a barbarous act. Of course, like many others, I cannot help but feel much anger and righteous indignation toward someone who would willfully and hatefully end innocent lives, and one so young as an 18-month-old baby. Speaking honestly, I actually had this thought that I hope this man was not saved so that he will spend eternity in hell for what he did. Lord forgive me. There just are no words! But I know that there is evil, pure evil in this wicked world and God gives everyone of us free will. When I see where groups of people whose lives have suddenly ended in our world, a part of me thinks perhaps God is little by little bringing His children home so as not to have to experience what is yet coming in our land. Just a thought…

My next reaction is to search God’s Word for comfort that only He can bring, as I pray sorrowful tears for those families left here with such broken hearts. I know that Jesus and His mighty arm of comfort and love and our outpouring of support and prayer are all that will get them through this tragedy. As I try to make sense of things, this Scripture comes to mind: II Timothy 3:1-5 “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” Though I find no comfort for my soul from those words, I am reminded that God does warn us of these days. We should not let these things surprise us as we are literally seeing Scripture being fulfilled before our eyes.

We can, however, take comfort in our great hope of the appearing of our soon coming Saviour as He meets us in the air right before things are at their very worst on this earth. Yes, they are going to get much worse for all those left who reject Christ. I thank my Holy and Merciful God that He will not allow His children to have to witness what is coming. We must share our hope in Salvation through faith in Jesus Christ our Lord more and more as we see the day approaching. God would that NONE should perish. Hell was not created for mankind, but for our evil enemy satan.

I Thessalonians 4:13-18 “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

This has gotten me through so many difficult times: Psalm 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.”

I Peter 3:8-12 “Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.

Romans 8:24-39 “For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

And, of course, this is for me the most difficult to do in these times. I Thessalonians 5:18 “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” God has grown me some in this area, and I have actually experienced His comfort and peace that passes understanding when I let myself thank Him most in these trying times. It is easy to give thanks for good blessings, but as human nature dictates, it seems almost impossible to give thanks during distress. When we can bring ourselves to do it, we can experience great blessings of grace and comfort and peace from our Lord.

And, finally, I take comfort in this: Revelation 20:10 “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” Yes, I do take much comfort in knowing that we will see our evil enemy cast into the lake of fire for eternity! I believe each and every one of us can say we and anyone we know has been wounded in one way or another by this evil entity. Many who know me have heard me say, “I would like it very much if God would allow us all to line up and give satan a big swift kick in the butt to help cast him into hell!”

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2017 in End Time Signs, God's Love

 

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Where Would I Want to Go?

Yes, where else would I even want to go but to the Lord? There is absolutely nowhere else we can go for refuge and strength. I really wonder how lost people make it through trials without Him. Enjoy Emmylou’s rendition of a great old hymn!

PSALM 46

1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.
4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.
5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.
6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.
7 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
8 Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth.
9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.
10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
11 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

 

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2016 in God's Love

 

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“The Peace of God OR Your Peace”

Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of “God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

“I have peace about what I’m doing,” is often the answer for anyone that is seeking to justify their wrong behavior or actions. After all, if one “feels” good about what they are doing it must be good or right! Yet, that which makes something wrong is Scripture. If the Word of God forbids or condemns something, it is sin, and thus wrong. How one “feels” is inconsequential to whether something is right or wrong. This peace that is being experienced is not the peace of God. One does not have the peace of God by doing what is contrary to God’s Word. The peace they have may be peace of mind. They possess this peace because they have thrown out the evidence of the Bible that would convict them of the sin they have done or are doing. They, therefore, are not convicted of their sin and are at peace with themselves. This is the peace the world gives, contrary to “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you;…” (John 14:27).

The peace of God comes from submission and obedience to the Word of God. Notice this peace is not understood by most folk. We are to let this peace of God rule in our hearts, not the peace of mind or of the world. “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.” (Colossians 3:15).” –Pastor Murray Douglas

The “peace of mind or of this world” comes when we turn away from church attendance, and soon to follow, searching His Word and spending time with our Lord. I know this because I have been “in the world” and experienced the peace of the world. That peace is nothing compared to the peace of God. Isn’t it something how we can be so easily taken in by satan’s lies and the lies some turn to in the corrupt versions of God’s Word which leave out and change much of God’s original Words that convict. God has preserved His true incorruptible Word in His KJV Word for centuries, and it is “quick” which means it is alive, and it convicts us to get us back on the right track with Him. So many are fooled by “feelings” and “feeling good.” That is just what our, and God’s, enemy wants. After having experienced God’s peace, I have no desire to ever again experience the “false peace” that this world offers.

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2015 in God's Truth

 

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“I Will Be With Him In Trouble”

Psalm 91:14-16 “Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.” (Part III of D.L. Moody’s Sermon “The Ninety-First Psalm”) (Notes in italics are my own thoughts that came to my heart as I went through this sermon.)

III. “I Will Be With Him In Trouble” Every heart knows its own bitterness. If the troubles that are represented by this audience could be written in a volume, it would take the biggest volume you have ever seen. We are apt to think that young people do not have any trouble, but if they haven’t, there is one thing they can make sure of, that they are going to have trouble later. “Man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.” Trouble is coming. No one is exempt. God has had one Son without sin, but He has never had one without sorrow. JESUS CHRIST, Our Master, suffered as few men ever suffered, and He died very young. Ours is a path of sorrow and suffering and it is so sweet to hear the Master say: “I will be with him in trouble.” Do not let anyone think for a moment that you can get on without Him. You may say now, “I can get on; I am in good health and prosperity,” but the hour is coming when you will need Him. (I am reminded as I type this of my teen years and the wrong choices I made. Though I have faced the consequences of those actions, looking back I can see God’s hand in protecting me from worse happening to me. Before I ever understood about what abuse and molestation does to young children and how it affects their choices as they grow, God knew, and as my Heavenly Father, I know without any shadow of doubt that He was merciful with me and that He was with me and protected me through those times. Things could have been so much worse for me with the bad decisions I was making. Anna)

Many a Christian could bear witness to this point, that He has been with them in trouble, that in some dark hour when the billows seemed to be rolling up around them, they cried to Him, and He heard their cry, He answered their prayer, and He brought peace. There was joy in their sorrow, there was a star that lit up even the darkest night. (After I was first married and became pregnant with my first child at age 18, I lost the baby. I was devastated and felt totally alone after my husband left me at the hospital so he could sleep some before having to get up for work the next day. My mother and family lived far away, I was alone. I still see the picture in my mind of the hospital room. I lay crying, “Why, Lord? My heart hurts so much, please help me.” Such a loss I felt. Then I opened my eyes and noticed the picture of Jesus, with His arms reaching out to me, hanging on the wall past the foot of my bed and instantly “The 23rd Psalm” came to my mind. I had not thought about it for many years, but had learned it at Vacation Bible School when I was 6 or 7 years old. I am not saying that I was instantly delivered of those painful feelings. Anyone who has lost a child knows that it takes time to overcome those intense feelings of sorrow. I went through the grieving process as we all do, over time. The loss will always be with me, but, when I needed a loving arm around me to comfort me and let me know that I was not alone, Jesus was there. With the passing of time, I have come to look forward to the hope I have of seeing that child in Heaven one day. Anna)

I remember being on that vessel, the Spree, when the shaft broke and a hole was knocked in her bottom out in mid-ocean, and the stem sank thirty feet. All my family but one was in Northfield, and I was making my way home, leaving friends in Europe. There I was in mid-ocean, pulled up, as it were, to look into my own grave for about forty-eight hours, without one ray of hope, humanly speaking. For forty-eight hours the burden was intense. My heart was like a lump of lead. The accident happened Saturday morning. Sunday afternoon we had a prayer-meeting, and after prayer I read this ninety-first Psalm. If it had been let down from Heaven, it could not have given more comfort. I went into my state room, and I fell on my knees, and I cried to the Lord: “It is a time of trouble; help me.” And God took the burden. It rolled off, and I fell asleep. I never slept sounder than I did that night, and all the rest of the time. If a storm had burst on us any time during the week, we would have gone down, but God was with us in the time of trouble, and the burden was lifted.

A great many people seem to embalm their troubles. I always feel like running away when I see them coming. They bring out their old mummy, and tell you in a sass voice: “You do not know the troubles I have!” My friends, if you go to the Lord with your troubles, He will take them away. Would you not rather be with the Lord and get rid of your troubles, than be with your troubles and without God? Let trouble come if it will drive us nearer to God. It is a great thing to have a place of resort in the time of trouble. How people get on without the God of the Bible is a mystery to me. If I did not have such a refuge, a place to go and pour out my heart to God in such times, I do not know what I would do. It seems as if I would go out of my mind. But to think, when the heart is burdened, we can go and pour it into His ear, and then have the answer come back, “I will be with him,” there is comfort in that!

I thank God for the old Book! I thank God for this old promise. It is as sweet and fresh today as it has ever been. Thank God, none of those promises are out of date, or grown stale! They are as fresh and vigorous and young and sweet as ever.

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2015 in God's Love

 

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Living for God

In the last post we shared about living each day for the Lord and some perfectly great reasons for doing so. But, how do we do that? Just saying we know God is not living for Him. Even the demons “know” God, but they do not live for Him. It is not enough to say, “I am Saved or I know God.” We must live our Salvation out and grow in Him more every day. Many who know me are familiar with a saying I have grown accustomed to, “I will never know everything about God and His Word, I learn more each day. The day I think I know it all, it is time for me to Go Home!” Even as I am led to share these posts, I ask His Holy Spirit to teach me what I need to learn from them.

Once we have trusted in Jesus’ deliverance from our sins, we must continue to grow closer to Him each and every day. Of course, we must enter into our prayer closets and share and listen to His sweet voice, but perhaps the most vital thing we can do is get into His teaching manual, His Word.

In my quiet time this morning as I was in His Word (my Women’s Study Bible-KJV), I read an insert by Stormie Omartian from “The Power of Praying” that I believe is helpful for us all as we grow closer to our Saviour. I trust this into God’s capable hands to get it where He needs it to go, and to do what He needs it to do in me. Words in () are mine.

“Ten Good Reasons to Read God’s Word”

1. To know where you are going.You can’t foresee the future or exactly where you are heading, but God’s Word will guide you – Psalm 119:133 “Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.”

2. To have wisdom. Knowledge of God’s Word is where wisdom begins to grow in you – Psalm 19:7 “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.”

3. To find success. When you live according to the teachings of the Bible, life works – Joshua 1:8 “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” (Wow, need I say more? God does not and cannot lie!)

4. To live in purity. You must live a life of holiness and purity in order to enjoy more of the Lord’s presence, but you can’t be made pure without being cleansed through God’s Word – Psalm 119:9 “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”

5. To obey God. If you don’t understand what God’s laws are, how can you obey them? – Psalm 119:33-35 “Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart. Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight.” (I so love the delight I feel in my soul when God is showing me something in His Word. Those who do not experience this are really missing out on a marvelous blessing.)

6. To have joy. You cannot be free of anxiety and unrest without the Word of God in your heart – Psalm 19:8 “The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.”

7. To grow in faith. You can’t grow in faith without reading and hearing the Word of God – Romans 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (It really is beyond my comprehension how so many today muddle through this life that is wrought with trials, without the guidance and strength that God has for us in His Word. I find my faith tested every day. I simply do not believe I could go through those tests without God’s help. He has taught and is still teaching me that my faith grows stronger with each trial I make it through. Unfortunately, I have had to learn some things the hard way. Mainly, that I really would have saved myself a lot of heartache if I had made it a habit to stay in God’s Word searching His Will and proving all things through it, earlier in my life.)

8. To find deliverance. You won’t know what you need to be free of unless you study God’s Word to find out – John 8:31-32 “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

9. To have peace. God will give you a peace that the world can’t give, but you must find it first in His Word – Psalm 119:165 “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.” (God’s peace far surpasses anything of this world. I have found that when I stay close to God and His Word, what others might mean as offense to me are not taken as such. Things just do not bother me when I stay in fellowship with Him, I am under His wing.)

10. To distinguish good from evil. Everything has become so relative today, how can you know for sure what is right and wrong without God’s Word? – Psalm 119:11 “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”

(There have been times in my life that I was more in the world than in God’s Word. When we choose to do that, sin becomes easier. We become numb to what our Holy Spirit is telling us about the sin in our lives. Wrong becomes right and right becomes wrong. One thing I can say is that I never felt peace while in those times. I would much rather live in as much of God’s peace which comes from His direction, than the upheaval I felt in my soul during my times of low self-worth and turning from Him. There is no high on earth that can compare to the peace and Joy from our Heavenly Father. He wants that for all!)

GOD HAS PRESERVED HIS SUPERNATURAL WORD FOR HIS CHILDREN. THERE IS NO GREATER LOVE THAN THE LOVE OF YAHWEH!

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2014 in God's Love

 

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