Saturday, July 10, 2021

July 10

It wasn’t until yesterday that I noticed a pattern in the purchases for my yard. Lining the sidewalk near the entry, I have solar-powered lanterns hanging on shepherd's hooks; it’s a well-lit path. I also have lanterns on my porch hung on a bracket similar to a shepherd’s hook. Then, of course, my two bird feeders, one in the front yard and one in the back; they also hang on shepherd's hooks. What is my obsession with these? So I asked the Holy Spirit to fill me in on the details of what he’s trying to tell me. It makes sense that I have them because the shepherds use them to guide the sheep, catch them, help fend off predators, and assist them in balancing in rough terrain. 

As Christians, we receive our guidance from the Good Shepherd, but we are also shepherds. We guide others toward Jesus, correct their path, bring them in close, and help them fend off predators. It’s part of our mission as Christ-followers to help guide and direct the course of the people that God has given us as our mission. Because of this mission, it is vitally important to follow Jesus closely and avoid misrepresentation. We don’t want our sheep wandering off; ungodly predators are waiting to devour them.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalms 23:4

Friday, July 9, 2021

July 9

We live relatively close to a train track, not right on it, but close. If the wind is right, you can hear it coming in the distance. It begins with a low rumble, and as it gets closer, you begin to hear the horn as it crosses the side streets warning the oncoming traffic. When it nears, the weight of it causes the ground to shake and the pictures on my walls to rattle.

As Christ-followers, I feel we are beginning to hear him in the distance, like the low rumble of the train. We’re not the only ones who are getting the warning; the powers and principalities of this world are stirring in anticipation. It’s like their last-ditch effort to convince the weak to come over to their side. Now is the time to put some distance between you and the devil; draw closer to Jesus. Think about him, talk to him, turn your heart to him in every way possible. He is the only way you will make it through these trying times. As he gets closer, the ground will shake, the horn will blow, and the unbelievers will run and hide. The rest of us will be waiting for him at the train station!

praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, Ephesians 6:18

Thursday, July 8, 2021

July 8

My favorite type of plant is the bromeliad. They are easy to grow, and they give an extra pop of color in a shaded area when other flowering plants don’t do well. There are several drawbacks to growing them; most have razor-sharp edges, and they spread beyond where you plant them; if you are an orderly person, you may find this aggravating. However, the biggest drawback is that they attract mosquitoes! There are several things you can do the remedy these drawbacks. First, you wear long protective gardening gloves that reach to your elbow. Then, for the orderly person, once the new pup begins to grow and the adult dies off, you dig it up and reposition it; sometimes, they produce several new plants that you can share. To combat the mosquito problem, you fill their cups every other day or so to wash the larvae out. 

Our life of following Jesus can be similar. We are the pop of color in the darkness; we are easy to grow and spread beyond our boundaries as we bring others to salvation. That razor-sharp edge is the Sword of the Spirit that we carry, which is the Word of God. Yes, we attract mosquitoes (the flaming darts of the evil one); they try to throw us off, but we fill our cup with the Holy Spirit, and it washes away their pesky larvae.

In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, Ephesians 6:16-17

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

July 7

As usual, the mainstream media created a mountain out of a molehill; the hurricane that they kept touting was just a thunderstorm with minor gusts of wind; at least that’s what it was at my house. They had their reporters stationed at every beach along the Gulf coast, creating fear. We have to continue to be vigilant even though they cry wolf all the time; it could be the enemy setting us up for devastation at a later date, and we know they work for the enemy. We have many new residents in Florida who have escaped the tyranny of the blue states up north, and if they think what we went through was a hurricane, they will become complacent and utterly unprepared for one that may prove to be destructive. If this type of behavior doesn’t wake up the sleepers to the media's lies, I don’t know what will. You wouldn’t expect them to lie about the weather, but how else can they keep the news going? 

In the same way, the enemy will distract you from your mission, causing you to turn your head to the left or right, rather than keeping your eyes on the purpose Jesus has given you, which is to focus your attention on him. The enemy doesn’t change. He uses the same tactics over and over again because they work. Don’t let him win! Keep fighting the good fight!

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Ephesians 6:13

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

July 6

I’ve been encouraging everyone to get into the fight against the evil of this day; however, we are not responsible for the results. Our weapons are not like the arsenal of war; they are spiritual. 

If your eyes are glued to the mainstream media, you probably don’t know that Bill Gates, and others, have been using their massive wealth to purchase farmland all over the world. Whether this is true or not, it is cause for concern. Though it makes perfect sense; they want us to buy their chemical-laced, fake meat; I know you’ve probably seen the advertisements for it. I’ve tried it, and it doesn’t taste like meat. Their plan could be more sinister; we’ll have to wait and see. Whatever the case may be, we have to use our spiritual weapons to combat the enemy's evil plan.

I feel like we are helpless concerning what is happening worldwide and constantly ask Jesus, “How much longer must we wait for you to rescue us?” He is not unaware; pray that his plan falls into place very soon. If we must endure, he will give us strength.

 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Ephesians 6:10

Monday, July 5, 2021

July 5

There is a lingering haze over our house today because of all the “bombs bursting in air” throughout our neighborhood last night. We knew what we were in for during the 4th of July celebration because years ago, we lived across the lake from this neighborhood and could hear the exuberant commotion coming from here, but what I didn’t know was how petrified my dog would be from all the uproar. I guess because we’ve never been up close and personal with firecrackers and quarter sticks of dynamite, I’m not sure if that’s what they had, but it was deafening. He will probably sleep more than usual today. 

Imagine the celebration we will have once Jesus makes known his authority over this world, and the devil is locked away; it will be glorious! I’m looking forward to the day when worry and dread are no longer a part of our emotions, and those words disappear from our vocabulary. I don’t contend with those words because I trust in the LORD, but some people do, and I would like to see them comforted. No matter how loud the devil makes his presence known, as followers of Christ, we can relax in Jesus. Take comfort in knowing that today.

Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians 5:17

Sunday, July 4, 2021

July 4

As we celebrate Independence Day from the tyrannical clutches of England, we must remember we are not truly free; it’s an illusion. Our country is overrun by the federal reserve bank, big food, big pharmaceutical, the medical industry, the news industry, filthy politicians, and the entertainment industry; they are now our rulers! If you don’t believe me, watch where most of your money goes. Until we are released from the bondage of these harlots, we are not truly free. There is someone more sinister than these, the ones who rule over them, the puppet master, the New World Order cabal! But of course, they bow down to Satan, their ultimate ruler. 

How do we fix this? We must wake up the masses. There are few of them compared to the many of us. We must expose them. We cannot let a few financial elites make us slaves, but they will because they have paid the many to help them take over the world. The sad thing is, the cabal will cut off the strings of the puppets once they receive the power they want, leaving them lying in the dust and headed to hell. 

Now, here we are on Independence Day, fighting to become free again. We love our country and will still celebrate our people and the red, white, and blue, but we need everyone to take up the Armor of God and get in the fight. With our dependence on God’s plan and his control, the servants of Christ will always be independent of earthy cares. You can take that to the bank!

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-16