Saturday, December 16, 2023

December 16, 2023

My nephew is getting married today, and we are traveling to North Florida for the ceremony. Watching these young lovebirds come together in holy matrimony should be a joyful occasion and a delight to witness; my nephew is strikingly handsome, and his bride-to-be is quite lovely.

Did you know that part of God's commandments, through Moses, took into consideration newly married couples? It was prohibited to send a man off to war within their first year of marriage. The husband was to stay home and make his wife happy. God wants new couples to bond so their hearts grow strong and longingly and to prevent the possibility of them going astray while the man is at war. Never forget that God cares about all of us, so we should make it our joy to praise, worship, and elevate him as highly as our minds can lift him. God bless this new couple in our family. May they put God first in everything they do.

I lifted the picture from his mom's page. Thanks, Julie!

When a man hath taken a new wife, he shall not go out to war, neither shall he be charged with any business: but he shall be free at home one year, and shall cheer up his wife which he hath taken. Deuteronomy 24:5

Friday, December 15, 2023

December 15, 2023

God will eventually set us free so we can speak His word without censorship. There are uncomfortable things discussed in the Old Testament, yet God put them there for our training. To have such things covered up by social media only proves that our ability to speak freely has been severely hindered. Does God care about hurting our feelings? No, I don’t think he does. However, he wants us to try to live up to his expectations and follow his commands as best we can. My post from yesterday was seemingly excluded from the newsfeed because it was barely seen. Why was it suppressed? Because the words I used would hurt the feelings of those people who have been trained to believe they can change their gen#er by merely dressing differently. Deuteronomy 23 goes deeper and prevents anyone who has manipulated or cut off their body parts from entering the congregation! Some commentators believe this means they couldn’t hold a position of authority. Certainly, the New Testament church would never prohibit a person missing such body parts from entering the church. We are here to bring them all to Christ, regardless of their prior affiliation. We are all damaged somehow; Jesus came for all of us. However, we must make an about-face, turn away from our prior ways, and live for Him. 

He that is wounded in the stones, or hath his privy member cut off, shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD. Deuteronomy 23:1

Thursday, December 14, 2023

December 14, 2023

Men should not dress in women's clothes, nor women dress in men's clothes; it's an abomination to the Lord. This law was not repealed in the New Testament.

The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God. Deuteronomy 22:5

I'm pretty tired of people appearing to be someone they are not. It's confusing. It's to the point that I'm not even sure if many of the beautiful women portrayed in the movies and on television are actually women. I'm constantly looking for the Adam's apple. The enemy has tainted their minds into believing that they can be the opposite sex. These people are mentally challenged and are unaccepting of the person God created them to be. I think that their entire lives will change when and if they realize that Jesus came to save them, too, and that their sins are not so egregious that they can't be saved. What should we do? Pity them, pray for them, and reach out to them in love. Their minds are controlled and held strong by the enemy; tiny seeds of God's love gently planted could lead to their eventual salvation. It is our duty to share Jesus whenever the opportunity arises. 

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

December 13, 2023

We tend to think about Jesus the most during the celebration of his birth and his resurrection after crucifixion. One with jubilation because a new era gave way to our eventual redemption, but the other with great sorrow because we were riddled with so much sin that we should have been stoned at the gate of the city as the Law of Moses recommended for a rebellious child. I couldn’t believe what I read this morning because we love our children so much, but I guess there were parents who had tried everything they could to correct their child’s behavior to no avail, making their love grow cold. Look at this!

And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear. Deuteronomy 21:20-21

Yes, children can make you so angry that you want to tear them from limb to limb, but never a thought of dragging them to the city gate to be stoned to death! We are those rebellious children. Look at how we treat the Father, our God. We disrespect him daily, go against his commands, and fail to acknowledge his deity. Then there is Jesus, who came to us in human form as a baby, as he grew into a man, and taught us the truth of the law and commandments without ever sinning. He was crucified like a lamb for the remission of our sins, then hung on a tree, and the guilt of our sins was laid bare for all to see. Before knowing what Jesus would do for us, Moses wrote this:

And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be to be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree: His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day; (for he that is hanged is accursed of God;) that thy land be not defiled, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance. Deuteronomy 21:22-23

We are not worthy of what Jesus did for us, but I’m so grateful that he thought enough of me to sacrifice his life on my behalf. Aren’t you?

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

December 12, 2023

We watch as the powers and principalities stir the world, trying to cause fear so the people run and hide like cowards. Their tactics are to propagandize the people into submission and confuse the information so we don't know what to believe. Much of what we hear is false; it's part of the enemy's scheme to try and catch us off guard. We must stay vigilant! Our enemy is not regular everyday people; it is those trained to overpower us by force, possibly our current federal government's cronies. So much on television creates fear, but it is just a tactic to keep us submissive. However, they forgot one thing: God! His power is behind us every step of the way. Nothing is happening that wasn't part of His plan, but we must stay strong and not fear. Much of what I've been hearing in the back channels is that the loss of power and communications is part of the good guy's plan, so if those are gone, remember that God is in charge and he is standing with the good guys. Do your best to handle the situation, but don't panic out of fear, though that may be hard since we are so used to a cushy lifestyle. Remember, if it happens, it's only temporary. I don't know when or even if this will happen, but I want you to be prepared if it does; don't be caught off guard. 

God's timing is amazing because Deuteronomy 20 is about being fearless in war. Put on the whole armor of God and stand firm, mighty warriors! It is God who goes before us, and it is he that is our rear guard!

And shall say unto them, Hear, O Israel, ye approach this day unto battle against your enemies: let not your hearts faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified because of them; For the LORD your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you. Deuteronomy 20:3-4

Monday, December 11, 2023

December 11, 2023

Part of God’s law through Moses required that the Israelites create cities of refuge for those who accidentally kill someone so they have a place to run to for safety from their avengers. It was not for willful murderers. The Bible gives the example of cutting down a tree with the neighbor, and the axe head flies off and hits the neighbor and kills him. That person can flee and go to one of the cities of refuge to avoid the neighbor’s avengers. They were to make roadways and paths to those cities, so it was easy to get there quickly. However, if a willful murderer fled there, the elders of the city could send to have them brought back so they could receive their punishment. It’s like being extradited from one state to another for legal action. Here is the comparison:

Jesus is our city of refuge. The pathway is a clean and easy road without stumps or tree branches to get there. We get to stay in Jesus without fear of extradition as long as we are not willfully sinning. According to Hebrews 10:26, “For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins.” If you continue to sin, the protection you had in Jesus is gone, and you will have to face the consequences for your actions. That is certainly not a very good place to be. We all sin unintentionally; it’s nearly impossible to live sin-free, but if we sin intentionally, we lose the protective safety of Jesus’s refuge. 

Thou shalt separate three cities for thee in the midst of thy land, which the LORD thy God giveth thee to possess it. Thou shalt prepare thee a way, and divide the coasts of thy land, which the LORD thy God giveth thee to inherit, into three parts, that every slayer may flee thither. And this is the case of the slayer, which shall flee thither, that he may live: Whoso killeth his neighbour ignorantly, whom he hated not in time past; Deuteronomy 19:2-4

Sunday, December 10, 2023

December 10, 2023

If you are awake or beginning to awaken, then you are aware that fame and fortune, as we've seen in Hollywood, are not what they're cracked up to be. Many have fallen for evil practices; even some celebrities who seem innocent have crossed the line and have become one with Satan. One of my biggest concerns is every girl's dream: Taylor Swift. If you are a parent whose child is head over hills and a full-on "swiftie," you need to do a little digging to see the truth about who she is—anyone who draws in huge crowds and manages to get the parents onboard must be scrutinized by Christ-followers. We are to separate ourselves from any evil or any appearance of evil. Though Taylor seems innocent, she has shown you who she is by her behavior and her long list of former boyfriends, and that barely scratches the surface of the truth. Would you want your little girl to follow that example? I'm not trying to yank the rug out from under you or your child, but as a parent, we need to know the spiritual implications of our actions and protect them from spells cast by demons or witches. I'm not trying to give you a hard time; she's not the only one we need to be aware of; some sit under pastors who are also guided by evil intentions. Ask God to give you discernment and show you the truth. You may be surprised at what you find. Teach your children to make Jesus their celebrity; he is the only one worthy of that honor.

There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. Deuteronomy 18:10-12