Saturday, June 18, 2022

June 18, 2022

You meet some interesting characters when selling real estate. It takes a lot of different kinds of people to make up God’s kingdom. I say this because two people who made offers on my listing were Christians. I’m relatively calm, but when a Christian is overly evangelical, I tend to start assessing their motives. I have every right to judge you if you tell me you’re a Christian! The one started spewing something that sounded nothing like the gospel and kept going even after I told him of my salvation. It was not a conversation but some incomprehensible lecture. It was as if he had found some higher form of spiritual knowledge, throwing in a few scriptures here and there to cement his credibility. If I was unsaved and he came at me with this malarkey, I would have rejected him altogether. 

The next buyer that came in was calm and genuine; he didn’t open his mouth about Jesus, but his demeanor and mannerisms reflected him. His hat gave him away; it said, “I love Jesus.” I told him that I loved his hat and that I loved Jesus too. He told me it came from a Christian retreat in New York that he owned and sold to move here. The discussion was much different; we were two real people holding a conversation without highfalutin ideas. 

Some people may buy into the behavior of the first guy, but it’s not likely. Make sure you are clothed in Jesus when you share him with others; it can make the difference between bringing someone in or pushing them away.

“Shower, O heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain down righteousness; let the earth open, that salvation and righteousness may bear fruit; let the earth cause them both to sprout; I the LORD have created it. Isaiah 45:8

Friday, June 17, 2022

June 17, 2022

My dad had cattle scattered on a large property, some of which he hadn’t seen in a long time. He decided to gather them to sell or move to another pasture. They were wild from lack of human contact. When he finally saw them, they were fat and healthy. The funny thing is, they had not been dewormed or had any human intervention. It makes you wonder how much better off we would be if we didn’t have doctors probing and injecting us with chemicals. We have become science experiments; they use one treatment to correct another treatment that has gone bad. We have allowed the government, doctors and their pharmaceutical reps, and television commercials to convince us we are sick and need that particular drug to heal us. Maybe we need to stop eating garbage like processed foods touted as healthy by the advertisers; that may be the first step to better health. We must eat right and run away from the mad scientist, like my dad’s wild cows!

Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, who formed you from the womb: “I am the LORD, who made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself, who frustrates the signs of liars and makes fools of diviners, who turns wise men back and makes their knowledge foolish, Isaiah 44:24-25

Thursday, June 16, 2022

June 16, 2022

After many years of feeling unsettled, I’m finally home and now have some room to plant fruit trees. The other day, after many years of longing to have a mango tree, I planted one. Before that, I planted a banana, pecan, and mulberry. The property already has two avocado trees, a couple of types of citrus, and muscadine grapevines that are already producing grapes. I have a list of a few others that I plan to add to the collection. One day I will rejoice that heaven poured out a bountiful harvest. If you notice, you will see that God uses examples of cultivation as a comparison to harvesting souls for his kingdom. The Holy Spirit helps plant seeds; you carefully water, pull out the weeds, fertilize, and eventually, with patience, you will harvest a blessing bound for heaven through salvation in Jesus. If you pay attention, you will begin to see how God shows you his glory through everyday experiences. Once you see it, you can’t unsee it, and you will be blessed by living and knowing that God’s hand is in everything you do.

For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. They shall spring up among the grass like willows by flowing streams. Isaiah 44:3-4

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

June 15, 2022

My father-in-law's main home sat vacant for many years; it may have become overwhelming because it was a lot to maintain for one person. Now that Richard and I have moved in, I can understand his frustration; I can work all day, and it looks like I've barely made a dent. However, little by little, we are making progress. Now that we are comfortable, it's nearing the time to start the remodeling process, which includes digging up and replacing pipes. I'm insistent that we not move off the property; I've grown attached, so I've been fervently cleaning an accessory building as a temporary dwelling. I'm finally beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel! It will not be easy, but nothing good is ever easy. 

If you are overwhelmed by your situation, don't give up; keep moving forward. God's plan for you is beyond your comprehension. Seek his guidance. There are no humans or other gods that can help you. He alone is your provider, and nothing you do will be worth the effort if you don't put him first in your life. Sometimes progress is slow, but if you want to stall it forever, try focusing on something other than God. He expects you to acknowledge him in everything you do, whether large or small. Don't forget who gave you the breath of life!

“You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after me. I, I am the LORD, and besides me there is no savior. Isaiah 43:10-11

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

June 14, 2022

“Hear, you deaf, and look, you blind, that you may see! Who is blind but my servant, or deaf as my messenger whom I send? Who is blind as my dedicated one, or blind as the servant of the LORD? He sees many things, but does not observe them; his ears are open, but he does not hear.” Isaiah 42:18-20

God's chosen are sitting in pews still unaware, with their eyes and ears closed. How long will we sit idly by and continue to feed those who plunder us? Some are beginning to wake up and see the truth, but many are still very drowsy or deny what is boldly before us. God is using the economy and this mixed-up world to show us. Some of the words explained away as gaffes from the politicians are the devil's way of telling you what he's doing. The truth is out there, but we're having a hard time figuring it out because the people explaining it are liars. God has given us a way to know, yet most do not crack it open, or they believe it's not for all of us. I feel like I'm trying to describe something that seems obvious, but I know that not everyone comprehends. The entire word of God is unfolding before us; it's simple, the enemy's tactics are crumbling, and Jesus is coming to rule and reign. Stay ready!

Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life. Isaiah 43:4

Monday, June 13, 2022

June 13, 2022

Once you see it in the scriptures and begin to believe it, you will stop worrying about tomorrow and how things will turn out in these evil times. God gave us the prophecies so we could prepare, but we shouldn’t be afraid. Fear of the unknown seems to grip some people and pull them down. But God, in all his glory, has sent us word through Isaiah and other vessels throughout the Bible that he is the one who helps us. We will not be left alone; God is with us always. Anyone fighting against us should fear; he says they will be as nothing. I’ve included the famous verse Isaiah 41:10, but I’ve also included some supporting verses that give insight into what will happen to our enemies. I’m looking forward to the day when they perish. Imagine living in a world where we peacefully exist. It’s coming! Wait for it! 

If you get a chance, read all of Isaiah 41; it’s a light in the darkness and encouragement for this time in history.

fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Behold, all who are incensed against you shall be put to shame and confounded; those who strive against you shall be as nothing and shall perish. You shall seek those who contend with you, but you shall not find them; those who war against you shall be as nothing at all. Isaiah 41:10-12

Sunday, June 12, 2022

June 12, 2022

I have all kinds of footstools in my house, and not one of them is shaped like a ball. When you imagine God’s feet on the earth as his footstool, do you see them contouring to the shape of the globe? I do. We can all agree that Isaiah was a prophet; the Bible makes that known to us. If the earth is a sphere, as we are told, why wouldn’t he know this information? God told him all kinds of stuff; why wouldn’t he have cleared up that misunderstanding if it’s genuinely a misunderstanding? I know what you’re thinking; you’ve seen the satellite photos, but seriously, who’s feeding us those photos? NASA. Who are they? A government agency. 

This thought is not a hill to die on; all in all, it doesn’t matter. However, we are to believe the entirety of the God-breathed word, and according to these scriptures, God sits above the circle of the earth; it has a foundation, corners, and an end. Just a bit of food for thought for an inquiring mind looking for a bit of truth in a world full of lies.

It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in; Isaiah 40:22

you whom I took from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest corners, saying to you, “You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off”; Isaiah 41:9

He set the earth on its foundations, so that it should never be moved. Psalms 104:5