Saturday, September 12, 2020

September 12

Finding out that an evangelist you once trusted has been accused of filthy misconduct can be devastating. Isn’t there anyone we can trust? Protect yourself, and remember that the enemy is waiting for anyone who speaks the Word of God to mess up so that he can shout it from the rooftops. He knows we are only human, and continues to push sin in our faces, and exploit any weakness we might have. We don’t know what lies beneath the surface, or what evil is hidden in the darkness of other people. What must we do? Ask for wisdom and stop relying on evangelist and preachers to feed you. You’re an adult; it’s time for you to begin feeding yourself. Everything we need to know is in the Bible. If you need help to ensure that you hear the Holy Spirit correctly, get a Bible commentary to use as a guide. A free source that is accessible to anyone online is called biblehub. It has several commentaries; you can use them all or select the one you like the most and use it to follow along with your daily reading. You need to get used to studying for yourself because the world is chipping away at our freedom of religion daily. The only way to be sure you are getting fed is to pick up the fork and eat!

I put the link to biblehub in the comments.

For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil. Hebrews 5:12-14

Friday, September 11, 2020

September 11

Many of us remember this day like it was yesterday. We remember the emotions of fear and panic as we watched our country come under attack. I ran from school to school, gathering my children like a mother hen gathering her chicks, and rushed them home, hoping we would be safe there. Here I am, years later, wishing I could gather them up again and rush them to a place where we would all be safe, but they are all grown, and some have children of their own, and where would we go? Every country has its own set of problems. The terrorists of today are domestic. Who are these people destroying us? They are spoiled children who don’t know what it’s like to go without, so they cry like babies because of their overwhelming feelings. We need to force them to live in the mess they are making; then maybe they will know what it’s like to survive with nothing. One day we will stop paying so much attention to our feelings and recognize the truth. My only hope is that my children and grandchildren will all be fleeing with me when we hear the trumpet call to be gathered to our Savior. He is our only hope and our only safe place. It will be Jesus gathering us like a hen gathering her chicks, covering us, and protecting us from the brutality that exists all over the world today. Until that day comes, continue to trust in him, and hold on to your faith, because that’s all we have.

Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth. I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown. Revelation 3:10-11

Thursday, September 10, 2020

September 10

I think God has a sense of humor. We are made in his image, and I imagine our minds are like his in some ways. Yesterday, I woke up with a song in my mind, not just any music, but an old Jerry Reed song that I haven’t heard since I was a child, and that’s a lot of years! I had just finished reading Joel the day before and had probably glanced at the next book coming up, but had not dwelled on it. The song was Amos Moses! Here’s why it’s humorous:

Now Amos Moses was a Cajun

He lived by himself in the swamp

He hunted alligator for a living

He'd just knock them in the head with a stump

The Louisiana law gonna get you, Amos

I think the Holy Spirit was excited for me to get up and start reading this book and woke me up to this tune. I didn’t understand that until today. From humor to seriousness, and a call to pray and mount up to help if able.

We have forgotten our fellow countrymen in Louisiana and Texas who are still dealing with the aftermath of hurricane Laura. We are at ease in our air conditioning and refrigeration, while many are still suffering in this oppressive heat. The media is so fixated on the coronavirus that nothing else matters, so our attention is not given to the disaster of these two states. If you can help, please help; if not, please pray.

The following verses were in my reading for today and are similar to what Louisiana and Texas are dealing with, but may not be entirely in context because this was a prophecy against Zion. However, indeed, we should not rest easy while our brothers and sisters suffer from disaster.

O you who put far away the day of disaster and bring near the seat of violence? “Woe to those who lie on beds of ivory and stretch themselves out on their couches, and eat lambs from the flock and calves from the midst of the stall, Amos 6:3-4

The photo is of my friend Suzy’s niece. She’s doing all she can to help. My friend is from Louisiana.

September 9

With all that’s going on in the world today, it’s easy to get caught up in the desire for Jesus’s return. Those of us who are saved are waiting for the call to meet him in the sky, which is different from his return; these are two other times. I imagine, when he calls us to meet him, and all his followers are brought home, mass chaos will break out on the earth. The Holy Spirit will be going home with us, which means that anyone wanting to receive Jesus as Savior will need to be prompted by their own conscience because his works will have ended. 

I learned a lot by reading part of Amos today. One particular thing that was brought to my attention was lamenting. Did you know that there are people skillful in lamenting? Sure you do! We all know people who cry over everything; we call them empaths. In biblical times, they would have had a job. You can see how weeping and mourning could cause you to desire Jesus to come now, but there is a “woe” that goes with that desire. 

Woe to you who desire the day of the LORD! Why would you have the day of the LORD? It is darkness, and not light, Amos 5:18

Continue to pray, and get past your discomfort of living at the end of the end times. Do what you were called to do, and spread the word about salvation through Jesus. Our misery is nearly over, but the rest of the world will face much hardship; do not desire their hardship because, at that time, everyone will be skillful in lamenting, but it will have teeth!

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

September 8

Praise him when you’re stressed. Praise him when you’re anxious. Thank him for what you have, knowing what you’re going through is just a minor blip on the timeline of your life. You will get past this current dilemma, it is not here to stay, but it will serve to strengthen your character. Let me assure you, at your weakest moment; you will see the power of God. When you have nothing left, that’s when he can show you he has you wrapped up in love. Because of him, we hold the advantage, and even when it doesn’t seem to be working in our favor, I can assure you that it will, but we must wait on his timing. Guaranteed, we will win because of our faith in him and his faithfulness to us. Stand firm in your faith, but weak in yourself, because we are nothing without him. He holds us up when we are about to buckle and gives us the strength to carry on. Don’t worry about what tomorrow will bring, but trust that God has your back. 

As practical advice in troubled times, look outside of what you are expecting. Sometimes he helps you in other ways that push you along and keeps you afloat.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Monday, September 7, 2020

September 7

A while back, my grandson and I were swimming at the beach, while Richard watched from the shore. We had gone out to a sand bar that was a little ways out. Richard began motioning that there was something big coming our way, but he couldn’t tell what it was. I love the beach, but the creatures that reside in the water freak me out! I tried not to overreact because I didn’t want to scare my grandson, so I remained calm and looked to see what it was; thankfully, it was just a manatee because it came within five feet of us!

Just yesterday, I was wading out to cool off from the heat of the sun; I was in water up to my neck; the further I went out, the colder the water became. Suddenly I was surrounded by tiny fish, which always causes me concern because I’m sure something big is chasing them. I stopped worrying about it and moved toward the shore. As I was enjoying the coolness, without noticing my surroundings, a fish ran into me! What the heck! I’ve never had that happen, but before I got out of the water, it had happened to me two more times! Not only was that a surprise, but I saw a fish that was about 5 feet long jump out of the water, and it wasn’t a dolphin! I think it was a tarpon. 

Just like there are great wonders in the ocean that we cannot see, there are wonders within our atmosphere that are hidden. We are surrounded by heavenly beings that are our allies. Though the enemy is among us, there are more that are on our side. Only one-third of them are against us, which means two-thirds are for us. Rest easy, though the scary ones make a lot of noise, the heavenly hosts are watching and protecting.

His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it. Revelation 12:4

Sunday, September 6, 2020

September 6

After trimming back my palm, I realized that the reason it may be dying is that it has a fungus, a white powdery substance, which I’m sure is some type of mold. There wasn’t much left after I cut off all the dead; there were only a few green branches. Hopefully, I caught it quickly enough to keep it from killing the whole tree. One of my friends mentioned that it might have wet feet, which I agree with. When we leave for a week or so, we add extra water to the bottom tray to keep it from drying out completely, and I believe this may have contributed to its potential demise. 

Are your roots sitting in stagnant water, drinking in the same old poison that keeps causing you grief? Dig deep, and get to the root cause of why you do what you do that brings sin into your life. Are you repeating a family tradition, which is not in line with God’s word, or have you created your own new habit that is outside of the nature of Jesus? Talk to Jesus, employ the Holy Spirit to help you see what you are missing. Whatever you are struggling with, may be causing you to have wet feet and moldy branches, making you slowly lose hope. Jesus is the solution; exposure to him will help you focus. Cut off the dead, so you can improve your spiritual progress.

and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled; Hebrew 12:13-15