Saturday, May 14, 2022

May 14, 2022

We will know when Jesus returns. He warns us not to be deceived by those claiming to be him. His appearance will be spectacular, and there will be no way you could ever miss it. He said, “For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.” His angels will gather us from the four winds and heaven. He will gather the people from heaven too! But why, if we were all being taken there? Let the scriptures guide you, and the Holy Spirit be your teacher. Much of what we are taught is out of order, maybe innocently, but not sound. Jesus will reign on earth for 1000 years; I’m excited to see him take over. Perhaps it’s after his earthly reign that we are raptured. I’m okay with that, aren’t you? I desire to be with him wherever he is, whether in heaven or on earth. Imagine how peaceful it will be. I get stuck on certain verses now and then that make me ponder. It’s good for us to meditate on his Word. 

And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Matthew 24:31

Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. Revelation 20:4

Friday, May 13, 2022

May 13, 2022

When you live among the trees, there is no such thing as quiet; the birds sing their melodious songs, and crickets and cicadas fill the air with their sounds. There is light, but the sun hasn't come up as I'm writing this. I threw a bunch of seeds onto the sidewalk, and I watched from my porch to see the birds fly in for a bite to eat, but they were not finished singing; not even one had stopped to munch. It's the morning praise session! They are not eating until they praise God! If only humans would take advice from the birds, their potential in the Lord might be fulfilled. It's almost ridiculous how noisy it is. I love it, so I know God loves it. Imagine the sound of God's children offering him praise, and worshipping him before the sun comes up, then imagine his delight. Finally, the sun broke through, and a squirrel, a cardinal, and a woodpecker came to feast. God's creatures know the order of things. It's time for God's children to learn that valuable lesson. He feeds the birds and animals; he will also provide for us. Order your day, but put God first.

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Matthew 6:25-26

Thursday, May 12, 2022

May 12, 2022

Many things are happening that lead us to believe that we are at the end of the "end times." Still, some people have their minds shut to that possibility. Those of us who see are preparing and will not be caught off-guard. I've had the little cartoon character that I post daily, dressed in fatigues for quite a while, representing my preparedness for battle. We are in the middle of the fight. If you don't believe me, look at the fuel prices, and empty food shelves. Now, there's a baby formula shortage! The current administration is a participant in manufacturing these shortages and isn't working in the best interest of the American citizens or the world. They are part of a sinister plot to control the people. Many are beginning to see that the "conspiracy theorist" got it right. I wouldn't want to be on the wrong side of this issue because we know that God is in control of the outcome, so we can rest assured that things will be okay. Keep praying and eating your popcorn because we are watching a movie, and the good guys in white hats always win and are doing what God called them to do for such a time as this!

Many shall purify themselves and make themselves white and be refined, but the wicked shall act wickedly. And none of the wicked shall understand, but those who are wise shall understand. Daniel 12:10

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

May 11, 2022

Jesus gave us clear instructions before he ascended to sit at the Father's right hand. We are to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit. My mission is the same, but I have a targeted mission to capture those who consider themselves saved but continue to live worldly lives. I'm particularly concerned about those who identify as Christian because of their heritage rather than their relationship with Jesus. That's why I address it "To the followers of Christ." My mission is also to help Christians unload their burdens because that helps us live free in this world where Satan runs amok. Jesus's instructions were not for only a few of us but all of us. However, each assignment will look different depending on who God wants us to reach. There is a lot of low-hanging fruit right now, and we need to be picking it! Our world is sick and full of perversion, and people are searching for answers. We know the answer is Jesus, and they need us to tell them. Their eternity depends on it.

And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. Daniel 12:2-3

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

May 10, 2022

Over the past several days, I began to notice some torch ginger emerging from the ground. This particular variety dies back during the winter. My goal was to remove the weeds from around them and give them room to blossom, but I ended up cleaning the whole area. What I had thought was a large flowerbed turned out to be part of the driveway. It was hard to believe how many plants were surviving and flourishing on top of the concrete. Some of the plants had their roots in the soil and had spread, but some of them were bromeliads that didn’t need to be rooted in the ground and could grow nearly anywhere. As Christ-followers, we are like the bromeliads and do not need to be rooted in this world. If you are, be careful. When the enemy hears of your two-timing ways, he will cut you off from his supply, and you will die. Let God be your only source so you can grow anywhere, and the world will have no power over you. 

The following is part of Jesus’s prayer for us. 

I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. John 17:14-16

Monday, May 9, 2022

May 9, 2022

Thirty-three percent, or 1/3 of the angels who were part of Satan's minions, were removed from heaven. That means that 66%, or 2/3, are on the good side and are fighting for the Christ-followers every day. Jesus is in charge of the angel army. My point is that we are part of the majority! Though the 33% try to make us think they are in control, they aren't. They control our means of communication and public information, but that's all they've got. Remember that bit of data while watching and listening to the media; they control the information; therefore, it will always be slanted toward their evil causes. They manipulate the news we see. There are many videos of weather events where the newscasters pretend they are in storms to sensationalize it and cause panic. If they are willing to do that with the weather, rest assured they are ready to lie about anything, and to prove their lie, they will use actors and actresses to dramatize their lies. Never forget that we have the power of heaven's army on our side, and most of what we hear are only rumors. We will be delivered; you can count on it!

“At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book. Daniel 12:1

Sunday, May 8, 2022

May 8, 2022

My new favorite place is on the dock over the pond. I feel secluded, like I’m the only one around for miles. But because of years of neglect, walking out to it is scary because many of the boards are rotten, and I must carefully determine every step. Once I get to the gazebo, the planks are in good condition because they’ve always been undercover, and I can move around freely without fear of falling through. The boards going out to the gazebo are like being in the world, but we become free and safe once we get there. The same is true about our life in Christ.

Many of the steps we take in our lives are determined by whether we choose to accept Jesus’s free gift of eternal life or not. In most cases, a faithful Christ-follower would not decide to go against the urging of the Holy Spirit. Being the message of choice is back in the media, you must carefully determine your steps because this is a worldly issue; life is of Jesus. We are not of this world; we are already in the gazebo. If you don’t believe in life, you don’t have the Holy Spirit, which is a sure sign of whether you have Jesus. The Holy Spirit is our proof of salvation, and he helps us do the right thing, even if it’s not a pleasant choice. Thankfully, your mother chose life for you.

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. John 16:13