Saturday, July 9, 2022

July 9, 2022

The other night, our cameras recorded a coyote crossing our property. Though the coyote is smaller than a wolf, it is a close relative and "was once referred to as the American jackal by a behavioral ecologist." I am not a fan of predatory animals and find them reprehensible. However, this young animal was only passing through, and though I don't like them, I enjoy seeing any wildlife. I have seen a few rabbits on the property and in our yard, but this one didn't look like it had recently eaten. It glanced at my door but kept going. I'm happy that it didn't stick around and left us alone. 

There is a lot of symbolism in this occurrence. The wolf is symbolic of Satan, and a coyote is as close as you can get to a wolf in our part of the country. The good news is that it crossed our path but kept going as it looked back at our house's doorway. Thankfully, I worship the Lord daily, and my home is full of his glory. The enemy looked but passed on by, only because of Jesus! Make a habit of filling your home with the glory of God daily, so the enemy finds his presence repulsive and passes by. There is good news for our future, and it is coming fast. Stay prepared.

Violence shall no more be heard in your land, devastation or destruction within your borders; you shall call your walls Salvation, and your gates Praise. Isaiah 60:18

Friday, July 8, 2022

July 8, 2022

We sat in the dark without air conditioning for four hours last night. A storm came through and blew out our transformer. Lightning struck close to the house; I know this because I heard it and saw it simultaneously. We sometimes take for granted the continuous supply of electricity until it’s gone. And of course, since I live in Florida and the heat is sweltering, it got hot inside fast! So today, I’m looking to purchase a battery-powered fan! 

Can you imagine living in a world where the Holy Spirit doesn’t exist? He is essential to our walk with the Lord and a continuous power supply. Where would we be today if we hadn’t received power from on high, the gift of the Holy Spirit? Would we have been able to hold onto our belief in Jesus, or would it diminish as the worldly lifestyle slowly seeps into our being? It’s not worth living in a world without the power of Jesus. The Bible says hell will be unbearable and hotter than a blazing furnace. Jesus won’t be in hell; he will be with us, maintaining a perfect temperature and showering us with his love.

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you. Isaiah 60:1-2

Thursday, July 7, 2022

July 7, 2022

I planted my seeds on July 4th, and they are already popping up! We had a heavy downpour on the 5th, and I thought it had washed away the seeds, but it didn’t, and now they are sprouting! It’s been so long since I planted a garden that I had forgotten how exciting it was to see the blessings of God come to fruition. If a food plot is this exciting, imagine how exciting it will be to see the fruits of our labor when God shows us the crop of people we’ve harvested for Jesus. Stay active, keep cultivating the soil and planting seeds, and like my garden, God will water it with rich fertile water from heaven. We are nearing the harvest time, and I expect it to be abundant. He said his word would not return void so let’s keep spreading its seed. 

“And as for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the LORD: “My Spirit that is upon you, and my words that I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth, or out of the mouth of your offspring, or out of the mouth of your children's offspring,” says the LORD, “from this time forth and forevermore.” Isaiah 59:21

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

July 6, 2022

Richard’s dad, God rest his soul, collected everything! He had a self-storage built for investment; however, he filled nine or ten units with his stuff. Now, it’s under contract and expected to close any day, which means those units had to be vacated. Our guys have spent a couple of weeks finding room elsewhere for everything. One of the units had a gorgeous dining room set with a table that seats 12. I’ve always longed to have a table that seats my entire family because, as a kid, I detested having to sit at the “kids table.” I have two dining room sets in my house now! However, when they started bringing in the table, I realized that it was more than the table; there was more furniture than I expected. Now my enclosed back porch is full. Thankfully, Richard’s sister is taking some of it. Still, my house looks like a used furniture storehouse. 

What is the spiritual significance of my situation? Here’s my thought, if you haven’t filled your storehouse, maybe it’s time, but I’m not talking about furniture; you may need a supply of food. The world is heating up, and evil cannot continue at the pace it’s going without facing the wrath of God, and we need to prepare so we don’t become collateral damage in his quest to rid the world of disgust. Make a plan and carry it out. Our hope is in Jesus, but we must be wise.

According to their deeds, so will he repay, wrath to his adversaries, repayment to his enemies; to the coastlands he will render repayment. So they shall fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun; for he will come like a rushing stream, which the wind of the LORD drives. “And a Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who turn from transgression,” declares the LORD. Isaiah 59:18-20

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

July 5, 2022

It’s late to be planting a garden, and this Florida heat is oppressive, but I thought I would grow a few things to see what happens. The worst-case scenario is that little or nothing pops up; however, I will have a plot prepared for the fall if I keep the weeds under control. As I was clearing the rest of the ground, I noticed that certain weeds would come out quickly, then others had deep roots that I struggled to pull up. It was just after 7 am; it was a little cooler, so I thought the bugs would leave me alone; I was wrong! As I tried to pull up those weeds with the long roots, gnats began aggravating me, almost to the point I was about to give up. I kept going, swatting away the gnats and digging deep to get the long-rooted weeds out. Knowing that lessons come from struggles, I prayed and told the Lord I understood what he was teaching me. Shortly after that, the bugs left me alone, and I finished clearing the garden. Here’s the lesson: when you are trying to come clean and stop sinning, the enemy will send a battalion of warriors to go after you, hoping you will give up, so he can keep you oppressed. Don’t stop! Keep moving forward; it may not be easy, but it will be worth every effort you put into it. The rewards for obedience to God are more significant than any agreements you might have with the devil.

but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear. Isaiah 59:2

Truth is lacking, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. The LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no justice. Isaiah 59:15 

Monday, July 4, 2022

July 4, 2022

It rained a couple of inches yesterday. After it stopped, I went outside to check on my newly planted fruit trees and see if the pond was filling. I noticed two drain pipes with water flowing into the pond. I traced them back to the driveway, where there was a large puddle. I couldn’t see the pipe but could see that the water from the puddle was flowing toward what might have been the beginning. I decided to dig out the roots and debris to see if it would help it flow faster; it worked! The puddle emptied in a matter of minutes, and the water quickly poured out the end of the pipe into the pond. 

Today is the perfect day to gain your independence! If you are having trouble hearing the voice of God, could you have some debris blocking the entry? Have roots and other things gathered prohibiting the Holy Spirit from flowing freely? Ask God to help you clear your mind of the encumbrances and set you free from the emotional bondage in which the enemy has you chained. Liberty and freedom are yours; all you have to do is ask, and the Holy Spirit will flow through you like a spring of water, and you will be like a watered garden.

“Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Isaiah 58:6

 And the LORD will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. 

Sunday, July 3, 2022

July 3, 2022

I can’t make this stuff up! Look at the headline in the second portion of Isaiah 56: ISRAEL’S IRRESPONSIBLE LEADERS

Here is one of the verses that go with that heading:

The dogs have a mighty appetite; they never have enough. But they are shepherds who have no understanding; they have all turned to their own way, each to his own gain, one and all. Isaiah 56:11

It’s like history is repeating itself, only it has spread like wildfire throughout the entire world. We have all seen some leaders we could swear are drunk while giving their television interviews. They aren’t’ even trying to hide it!

“Come,” they say, “let me get wine; let us fill ourselves with strong drink; and tomorrow will be like this day, great beyond measure.” Isaiah 56:12

It is imperative that we stay close to Jesus to get us through this challenging time and continue to pray that our government is replaced by people who sincerely trust in the Lord.