God is Watching

I felt like I needed to shift gears here for a little while. There is so much going on in our nation right now and so much needs the light and truth brought to it, so many need to be warned!  I never expected to get as deeply as I have in this health care issue.  But that is usually how it happens, isn’t it?  We look back later and say – wow.

I would like to focus for a moment or two on the Lord.  I get much peace in knowing just a few scriptures and so I wanted to share them here with you.  So let’s take a moment for a freshened and more Godly perspective.

I love that God is One Who Sees  – as Hagar called him in Genesis 16:13. Then she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, You-Are-the-God-Who-Sees; for she said, “have I also here seen Him who sees me?”

God is watching.

Psalm 33:13-15

The Lord looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men.  14 From the place of His dwelling He looks on all the inhabitants of the earth; 15 He fashions their hearts individually; he considers all their works.

He sees you, He sees me, He sees all that goes on and knows the intent of all hearts! 1 Samuel 16:7b For the Lord does not see as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.

Ecclesiastes 5:8-9  If you see the oppression of the poor, and the violent perversion of justice and righteousness in a province, do not marvel at the matter; for high official watches over high official, and higher officials are over them. 9 Moreover the profit of the land is for all; even the king is served from the field.

Those who look to do  evil are watched by those higher than they.

It is God Who is King!

Psalm 47:7-9 7 For God is the King of all the earth;  Sing praises with understanding.
8 God reigns over the nations; God sits on His holy throne.
9 The princes of the people have gathered together, the people of the God of Abraham.
For the shields of the earth belong to God; He is greatly exalted.

We are told to watch over and warn each other!

1Thessalonians 5:14 14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. 15 See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.

Remember it is Jesus who is our great Savior and Lord, whose kingdom will reign forever!

Luke 3:31-31 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. 3233 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.

So as we go along, hearing bad news, warning others, remember to pray for those in high places. For many of them are lost, and though they speak against us, their only hope is the same as ours, Jesus the Messiah. Without Him, they have no hope and will be eternally lost.  Revelation 20:15 Anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

Remember to take a moment for encouragement as it is much needed and to encourage those around us. We cannot find ourselves bogged down in the mire of bad news.   Revelation 2:10 “Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer.  Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death and I will give you the crown of life”.

Remember, to look up for THAT DAY is closer than it has ever been!  Revelation 7:9-11 9 After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” 11 All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying;  Amen!  Blessing and glory and wisdom, thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever Amen.”

Jesus is coming back as His own words remind us as many times as we care to read them of that truth and Who He truly is: Revelation 22:12-13 “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to everyone according to his work. 13 I am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”

If you are a Christian, find encouragement in these words, and strength to continue your work. Let your light shine!

If you are not, repent!

There is no other hope for the lost, and no other way we can find salvation but through Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who came to earth in  bodily form as a man, suffered and died as a man, and rose again proving he is God to bridge the gap between sinful man and a righteous holy God, restoring our relationship as His children.  Repent and turn from your sinful ways, turn to the Lord for forgiveness, strength and hope. Choose Him, for He is life.

The time is coming when all that we have may be taken from us, and we just may be seeing that unfolding before our very eyes!  No one can separate us from the love of God as His children.  In Jesus we find salvation for our sins and hope for tomorrow because He who has promised is faithful to never leave us alone. No man, or other religious belief, or system of government can do what only the Son of God can.  John 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace.  In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

Psalm 33

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Psalm 33

1 Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous!

For praise from the upright is beautiful. 

 2 Praise the Lord with the harp;

Make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings.

3 Sing to Him a new song;

Play skillfully with a shout of joy.

4 For the word of the Lord is right,

And all His work is done in truth.

5  He loves righteousness and justice;

the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

6  By the word of the Lord the

heavens were made,

  And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.

7  He gathers the waters of the sea

together as a heap;

He lays up the deep in storehouses.

8  Let all the earth fear the Lord;

Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.

9 For He spoke, and it was done;

He commanded, and it stood fast.

10  The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing

He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect.

11  The counsel of the Lord stands forever,

The plans of His heart to all generations.

12  Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,

The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.

13  The Lord looks from heaven;

He sees all the sons of men.

14  From the place of His dwelling He looks

On all the inhabitants of the earth;

15  He fashions their hearts individually;

He considers all their works.

16 No king is saved by the multitude of an army;

A mighty man is not delivered by great strength,

17 A horse is a vain hope for safety;

Neither shall it deliver any by its great strength.

18  Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him,

On those who hope in His mercy,

19 To deliver their soul from death,

And to keep them alive in famine.

20  Our soul waits for the Lord;

He is our help and our shield,

21  For our heart shall rejoice in Him,

Because we have trusted in His holy name,

22 Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us,

Just as we hope in You.

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Pics taken near Heceta Head Lighthouse in Oregon

The Lesson of the Frogs

I pulled this from www.apprising.com

THE LESSON OF THE FROGS

By Ken Silva pastor-teacher on Jun 15, 2009 in Devotions

Back when I was still coaching high school football I received the following sermon illustration from Grady Vigneau, who was at that time anyway, the director of the All-Star Football Camp in Burlington, VT. In the times I was talking with him Grady never gave me any indication of being interested in spiritual things, so I don’t believe he had any real idea of the deeper truth he was speaking. During a short lecture to the young men, and young woman on my team, concerning making good choices in life, Grady then asked the players a great question using a riddle:

“There were 5 frogs sitting on a log. And suddenly 4 of them decided to jump off that log. How many frogs are left on that log?” Grady paused; and then he pointed out, “The answer is all 5. You see, making a decision to do something, is not the same as doing that something. Because to actually accomplish something requires an effort.”

Now here is that illustration applied to the spiritual life; making a decision to follow Christ, is not the same as actually following Him. Making the decision to be born again, is not the same as really being born again. And if you haven’t seen your life change since you made your “decision,” then you do have every reason to question whether you simply made some decision, or whether you were actually regenerated and placed into Christ’s hands.

For it is written — Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test? (2 Corinthians 13:5). While not a blanket endorsement of all he taught, consider the oft-quoted words from A.W. Tozer below. I ask you to pray and ponder, if you will, while considering the fact that Tozer is preaching this sermon around the mid-50’s. I’d also like to ask you to carefully think about something else as well as you read.

Do you really think that the visible church of our Lord Jesus Christ here in America is stronger now than it was then? Do you think that we are seeing the radically changed lives of God’s true people, which we read about in the Bible, and have seen down through the ages in Church history? And are we turning the world upside down like Christians did in the New Testament? The truth is that Tozer put his finger right on the problem when he said:

The old cross [killed] men; the new cross entertains them. The old cross condemned; the new cross amuses. The old cross destroyed confidence in the flesh; the new cross encourages it. The old cross brought tears and blood; the new cross brings laughter. The flesh, smiling and confident, preaches and sings about the [old] cross; before that cross it bows and toward that cross it points with carefully staged histrionics— but upon that cross it will not die, and the reproach of that cross it stubbornly refuses to bear.

I well know how many smooth arguments can be marshaled in support of the new cross. Does not the new cross win converts and make many followers and so carry the advantage of numerical success? Should we not adjust ourselves to the changing times? Have we not heard the slogan “New days, new ways?” And who but someone very old and very conservative would insist upon death as the appointed way to life?

And who today is interested in a gloomy mysticism that would sentence its flesh to a cross and recommend self-effacing humility as a virtue actually to be practiced by [so-called] modern Christians? These are the arguments, along with many more flippant still, which are brought forward to give an appearance of wisdom to the hollow and meaningless cross of popular Christianity. (The Pursuit Of Man, 53, 54)

But in the end men and women, what are we to make of these Words spoken by our Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth — Then He said to them all: “If anyone would come after Me, He must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me” (Luke 9:23). Today, shall we pray — My Lord and my God, please help me to deny myself, take up my cross, and to follow You. No matter what; to the end…

Chew the Meat; Spit out the Bones

Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the ditch?  Luke 6:39

In others’ support of false doctrine and worldly, and occultic practices, I’ve had this said to me, “chew the meat; spit out the bones”.  I’ve heard it, read it, had it explained to me like a child, and have listened to or have read it as explained to others.  Or more simply said, take only what you can use and leave the rest. But my fav – “if there is a little truth it is okay”.

Oh really?

2 John 8-11
8 Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward.

9 Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the son.

10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him in to your house nor greet him;

11 for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.

Why, oh why are we as Christians taking such a complacent attitude towards those who teach falsely the things of our Lord? Aren’t we admonished to discern and to judge those who teach, who prophesy and to warn others accordingly?

Is “spit out the bones” the attitude of Jesus when He spoke of leaven regarding the crazy beliefs and teachings of the Pharisees and Sadducees? (Matthew 16:12, Matthew 23) Did He allow merchants to continue their ungodly gain in His Father’s house of prayer? Did He not drive them out, order them away? (Mark 11:15-17)

Consider this in Act 18, the story of Apollos, a man mighty in scripture, yet not complete in his understanding. 26 So he began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. 27 and when he desired to cross to Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him, and when he arrived, he greatly helped those who had believed through grace” 28 for he vigorously refuted the Jews publicly, showing from the scriptures that Jesus is the Christ.

Much of the teaching today is not sound doctrine. They do not go to the scriptures to show Jesus is the Christ as Apollos was taught. Instead the teaching is based on strange interpretations, supernatural experiences or feelings. Much of the world has crept in to our churches in the areas of psychology and philosophy. Some are beginning to borrow and teach methods of meditation and prayer “borrowed” from other religions such as Catholicism, Buddhism, and Hinduism. Many are lead astray, trusting their leaders with eyes wide shut, not seeing the trap laid before them. We cannot follow a false Christ and expect Father God’s reward.  It will not happen.

Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness.  Luke 11:35