A Warning For All!

From https://www.bible-studys.org/Bible%20Books/Amos/Amos%20Chapter%204.html:

“Verses 6-11: Past warnings were futile, a fact repeatedly emphasized by “Yet you have not returned to Me” (verses 6, 8-11).

Before confronting sinners in final judgment, God has often used drastic measures, in this case, famine (4:6), drought (4:7-8), the devastation of crops (4:9), plague (4:10, and warfare (4:10); in an effort to get people’s attention and bring them to repentance. Still, Israel would not return to Him. Every person must “prepare to meet … God”, either as loving father or as divine Judge (Heb. 10:31; Rev. 20:15).”

We love messages of God’s Mercy, and this, believe it or not, is a Great Mercy. Because God loves us, He warns us. We must turn back to Him or face the consequences…

For a list of some of God’s previous warnings, read Amos 4.  Although this happened in the Old Testament, that does not mean it will not happen today.

While we can’t control what others choose, we can control what we choose.

“And as for me and my house-we will serve the Lord.  I hope you to choose to do so too 😊

Taking Our God-Given Freedom Back: The First Step!

In Portland, they are burning Bibles. There are some in California that would rewrite the Bible. There are a number of countries where people are persecuted for having a Bible.

The first step to taking back our God-Given Freedom is to read God’s Word. And we can’t do that if we don’t have an accurate Bible.

So buy one, or better yet-buy two-so you can give it to one to someone who needs one. Be sure each of your children has an accurate Bible. An inexpensive place to purchase Bibles is Christianbook.com. Or order one or more from your favorite Christian Store! But be sure you have an accurate Bible, because the time may be coming when they are hard to purchase.

Hide God’s Word In Your Heart!-Pslam 119:11

“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” -Pslam 1119:105

Preparing for the Last Days: Forgive Everyone!

Much has been written about forgiveness, because forgiveness is often harder than it looks. And we can’t always change how we feel, fortunately for us, forgiveness is not about how we feel, but about what we choose to do.

Family hurts, friend hurts, fellow Christians who are killed or who suffer for their faith… And perhaps hardest of all, forgiving a hurt when anger is truly justified.

Sometimes the only way to forgive someone is to recognize that it’s a choice. I love the story that Carrie Ten Boom told about forgiveness. Someone had hurt her badly and she kept a letter that they had sent that proved their guilt in that particular matter. She had thought that she had forgiven that person, but then realized that by keeping that letter-she had not. And so she threw the letter away. She chose to let it go. She chose to forgive that person, even though she was clearly justifiably hurt and angry.

There’s something else that may help us, if we remember. It’s a tough life. We may encounter someone who is having their worst day (or worst season lol) and they may behave badly, sometimes very badly. But I would hate to be judged for my worst day, and only for my worst day. Because let’s face it-we all have bad days. And if we want others to have forgiveness and compassion for us, we need to give it to others as well.

Lastly, there is something else than can help us to forgive. If we remember that Jesus not only forgave us, but He died so that we might be forgiven. I don’t know about you, but I know I look at myself and at my own sins and wonder that some one, any one, could love me that much!

And at the same time, I can’t help but think that if Jesus forgave me, how can I not forgive another?

Don’t Let Satan Steal Your Joy-Or Your Faith!

22 So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.”-John 16:22

Sometimes during difficult times, people turn to God for strength and comfort. But sometimes, people turn away from God. The heart break, the job loss, the virus, the race riots …are just too much. Sometimes it is as simple, as to much has changed. For example, in many cases, there is no school. Eating out in many cases is a thing of the past. Going shopping, going to the beach or movies-all on the no-no list. But God has NOT changed! He is the SAME as He has always been and He loves you!

But it is when we feel the worst, when we don’t want to pray, when we feel that God is not listening-that we need to pray the most and keep praying. Don’t rely on how you feel in this type of situation, instead rely on God Himself. For He is ever faithful-no matter what!

And if we do, we will come out the other side. We will re-find the joy we once had. We just have to keep praying, even when we don’t feel like it!

God IS Merciful!

Sometimes, perhaps always lol, the Bible just says it better 🙂

“For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward them that fear Him.

As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

Like as a father pities His children, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.

For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.

As for man, his days are as grass; as a flower in the field, so he flourishes. For the wind passes over it; and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know no more.

But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear Him, and His righteousness unto children’s children.

Pslam 103 11-17 KJV

Freedom & Choices!

A friend of mine sent this, just had to share 🙂

“ALL of God’s Children are given choices between good and evil. This IS the way that God created us. Our Heavenly Father did not want “robots” to perform without thoughts or feelings.

He made us in His Own Image. He feels what we feel. He knows EVERYTHING about us, every intricate detail. He IS our Maker and each of us made to be unique. He also knew that giving us the ability, to make our own choices, would eventually take us to sin. God’s Mercy and Grace gave His Only Son, Jesus Christ to be our choice of Redemption, our Salvation, our Hope, through His Suffering, death, and Resurrection! Truly, His Love for His Children knows no boundary!

By accepting Jesus Christ, as our personal Lord and Savior, asking Him to come into our hearts, receiving His Holy Spirit and being Born Again, what does this really allow us? FREEDOM! Freedom from worry, fear of tomorrow, evils, and the material wants of the body.

Does this mean evil will no longer try to tempt and bombard us with fiery darts of doubt and pain? NO! Truly, it means we have a choice to attempt to take on all these things on our own (i.e. which we will surely fail) OR give our trials and tribulations to our Father in heaven to combat with us. 

Worry means being drawn in different directions, distracted, anxious, disturbed, and upset in spirit. Jesus had warned against this very thing in the Sermon on the Mount. “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’….. For your Heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6:31-34) Jesus was trying to show His people the true secret of a quiet mind, freedom from anxiety and unnecessary worry. Tomorrow’s evils were not to be considered. Our Lord was teaching the great lessons of complete and childlike trust and confidence in God.

Before we make choices on this earth, would it not be wise to take them to our Lord in fervent prayer and ask Him to send His Holy Spirit, to Guide and Direct us in His Will and Purpose? OH, how much grief and evil this would lift from us!!