Just passing it on

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Passing notes is a notorious action. The brother of my boyfriend sat next to me in our geometry class. In the lull between assignments, I sometimes thought of a message I wanted to give my boyfriend. So, when the teacher wasn’t looking, I would pass a note to his brother, to give to him (who later became my husband).

Revelation starts out with GOD our Heavenly FATHER giving a message to JESUS, who was sent to give it to John HIS disciple, John sent it in written form to the messengers to the churches, who then read it to the church, who in turn, went out as lights in the darkness to give the message to the world (Revelation 1).

GOD gave Moses a message to tell to Aaron.   Now, thousands of years later, that message is still blessing believers (Numbers 6:22-26). Which proves, “Heaven and earth will pass away but MY (GOD’s) words will not pass away (Luke 21:33).

I got a message this morning as I was reading in Psalms. It is a simple message, yet, I believe I am supposed to give it out. It is a message about the unseen spiritual battle raging.   Fear not, it is an encouraging message.

The battle we are in is a spiritual battle, for we fight not against flesh and blood but against ranks of spiritual forces in the heavenlies (Ephesians 6:10-13).

The battle, is not a battle of equals, for GOD is on our side (Psalm 124:1-3, 6-8).

1-The LORD looks from heaven; HE beholds all the sons of men (Psalm 33:13). But Satan must roam to and fro throughout the whole earth to see what men are up to (Job 1:7-8, Job 2:2-3).

2-GOD was in the beginning, and all things have been and are created by HIM. Nothing is made that HE did not make (John 1:1-3).  Satan, on the other hand, was created (Ezekiel 28:14-25).

3-Nothing is impossible to GOD (Matthew 19:26, Luke 1:37).  But Satan is limited, and can only do what the LORD allows him to do (Luke 22:31-32, Job 1:12, 2:6).

The weapons of our warfare are not earthly, but mighty through GOD (2 Corinthians 10:4).

In a careful reading of the Word of GOD, we find that GOD uses Satan to develop us in righteousness (2 Corinthians 12:7-10, Job 42:5).

This battle is a great mystery that is spoken of in Revelation 10. “But in the days (notice this is plural) of the voice 7th angel (with the 7th trumpet), when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of GOD should be finished as is declared to HIS servants the prophets (Revelation 10:7). At that time Satan, although he was dethroned before (when he left his 1st estate to rebel against GOD), is completely barred from heaven, cast down to earth. It is the 3rd woe spoken of in Revelation 8:13.

This battle is a battle to show what is true.   GOD’s wisdom is being manifested through it, in HIS interrelationship with us, HIS children. HIS wisdom is being shown to the heavenly spiritual forces-(both good and bad) in the heavenly places, as superior to Satan’s (Ephesians 3:10).  It is not a matter of GOD proving who is right- HE or Satan, but rather, of HIS revealing HIMSELF, and HIS wisdom.  For the very nature of GOD is light, and the nature of light is to reveal.

We are in a battle but, remember GOD is on our side. Run to HIM and HE will deliver you.

There is no king saved by the multitude of an army; a mighty man is not delivered by much strength. Behold the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear HIM, upon them that hope in HIS mercy; to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waits for the LORD, HE is our help and our shield.     (Psalm 33:16, 18-20).

Our enemy Satan, is living and well.                                                                                      His plans and his projects leave quite a clear trail.                                                            To some he gives powers, open worship is one price,                                                Others ne’re know they’re bound for they think he is CHRIST.                                   He’ll disguise who he is to avoid a fight                                                                               So his seditious conniving have the semblance of right.                                                But saddest of all is the story needs told                                                                               Of his blinding and binding within JESUS CHRIST’s fold.                                            Though believers are purchased from out of his realm                                                  His sneaky devisings oft put him at their helms                                                          When he can’t push us in to some great big sin                                                                 He will nag and he’ll nitpick our lives from within.                                                              To get us to doubting GOD’s immutable claims                                                                   So well fret and we’ll worry or want worldly gain.                                                               He’ll make us feel guilty, the accuser is he,                                                                         To draw our attention from Calvary’s tree.                                                                        Or get us to fighting within our own ranks                                                                           To quench all our power so we’re shooting with blanks.                                                       Satan’s quick and he’s cunning, prepared to devour.                                                         And we’re easy prey if in our own power.                                                                        Our GOD is the only one stronger than he.                                                                      Submit to GOD, resist Satan and you’re promised – he’ll flee.     /Sharon                 James 4:7

Looking unto and awaiting JESUS, the Author and Perfecter of my faith.

Hugs

Sharon

What is the difference?

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Have you ever stepped on something in the dark?   Ouch! Walking on a sandy beach at night, you can easily, unintentionally, step on a little shell, like the one in the picture. It happens simply because you don’t see it. Life is like that. Often we don’t see things as they are.

GOD is light, and in HIM is no darkness at all.   The very nature of light is to reveal, to show what is in the darkness. Our magnificent Almighty Creator’s very nature is to reveal.   Throughout nature and HIS word, HE progressively reveals HIMSELF through HIS awesome wonders.

HE also, exposes what lies in the darkness.   Since we have very comparative natures, when we look at GOD, we see that we fall short of HIS glory (Romans 3:23).   We are exposed as lacking. That is why those who do not believe in JESUS, or HIS matchless power, refuse to come to the light. They know, though denying it is true, that they do wrong and don’t want it exposed.

Sitting in my back yard, in the cool of the shade of early morning, enjoying and praising GOD for the beautiful and peaceful setting HE has given me. Suddenly my thoughts went back over my life, and I was amazed anew at how patient the LORD has been with me through the years when I wanted this and that and chased after foolishness, looking this way and that to fill the longings within me.   Slowly, one by one, the good LORD exposed that my seeking out people’s good opinion of me, or fun, or productivity, all that I chased after, was mere chasing after the wind. Through these disclosures, HE began to reveal HIMSELF to me, and to fulfill my longings.

But I know many, who also got caught up chasing after the empty, yet bedazzling enticements that this world offers, it seems they have emptied themselves out (2 Kings 17:15). Now, they feel hopeless, and live in despair, while I have peace and joy. What is the difference? We both sought after the things of this world.

The answer is simply JESUS. I came to believe in JESUS, and asked HIM to save me (Acts 2:21, Romans 10:13). Now, Satan would corrupt us from the simplicity that is in CHRIST JESUS (2 Corinthians 11:3). Don’t let him get away with it.

GOD has decreed certain things. When HE speaks, it is done, when HE commands, it stands fast (Psalm 33:9).

Just to name a few:

1-         GOD has decreed that whosoever believes in JESUS should not perish, but has eternal life (John 3:16). But whoever believes not, the wrath of GOD abides on him still (John 3:18, 36). You see GOD wrath was poured out on CHRIST on the cross so all who have CHRIST JESUS are delivered from the wrath of GOD.

But what is it that we are to believe? GOD the Son in heaven, laid down HIS rights and privileges, took on a human body, lived on earth as a man, he suffered temptation in all ways like us, but never sinned. JESUS willingly died on the cross to carry all of your sins and mine (all sins of the world past present, and future- Hebrews 9:15), HE is now risen and at the right hand of GOD the FATHER in heaven, and coming again (Philippians 2-5-11, Hebrews 1:3, John 14:3).

Another way to say it is, JESUS died and took the punishment for your sin and mine. But, only those who look to HIM are covered by HIS sacrifice. In John 3:14, the LORD JESUS refers to an episode in the old Testament when snakes were biting the people an everyone who was bitten died.   Well, GOD had Moses put a bronze snake on a tall pole and put the pole in a place everyone could see. If a person was bitten and looked at the snake, they would live. But, if a person didn’t accept the truth and believe that it would help, (perhaps thinking it was ridiculous that simply looking to a snake would do anything, let alone heal anyone), and thus refused to look to the snake on the pole, they died (Numbers 21:5-9). JESUS said, it was the same with HIM (John 3:14-15). If anyone looked to HIM to be saved, they will be saved from the wrath to come.

2-         GOD has decreed that all who believe, and look to JESUS are given the Holy SPIRIT to seal us as GOD’s own, to teach us, to remind us, to lead and guide us, and show us more and more of JESUS, changing us into HIS likeness little by little (Ephesians 1:13. John 14:26, 2 Corinthians 3:18).

3-         GOD has decreed that all who believe, and heed the call to come to JESUS will be transformed into the image of JESUS (Romans 8:29). GOD is the Potter, and HE is changing all who believe in JESUS, through the work and power of the Holy SPIRIT. Little by little as we see HIM as HE is, we are changed into that likeness, until that great day when we see HIM face to face. No longer will we know in part, or see in part, but will become like HIM in nature, for we will see HIM as HE really is (Romans 8:28-29, 2 Corinthians 3:18, 1 John 3:2).

 

To GOD be the glory!

My question is, have you come to JESUS?

Looking unto, and awaiting JESUS, the Author and Perfecter of my faith.

Hugs

Sharon

Tell it

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This is my grandson, resting up so his mind is clear to develop the game he is working on.

Praising the LORD as I pondered the implications of some awesome truths I had just read in 1 Corinthians 15, and of the glorious, though temporary gifts GOD has bestowed on us in this world. I decided to reread the section, and maybe pick up something I had missed on the 1st go around. But, before I even got into what had so excited me, I came to a halt,  when I read 1 Corinthians 15:34

for some have not the knowledge of GOD: I speak this to your shame (1 Corinthians 15:34).

Now if that isn’t a motivator to keep speaking out about JESUS, I don’t know what is. It shouts at me. Sometimes, I don’t want to give out the message He gives me to share with you all.   But, this verse tells me, I need to regardless of how I feel.

What about you? Are you ever hesitant to speak out? Is there someone in your sphere of influence, or even general interaction that needs to hear of our marvelous GOD?

One of my grandsons has been duped by the lies of this world to think that there is no GOD. He is really into computers and gaming, though young, he develops games on his own. The other day he was telling me some the challenges about creating the opposing armies of turtles in it. After telling some of the differences, such as color, he mentioned that they will destroy their enemy by merely opening their mouths.

It was the perfect opening, I couldn’t help myself. I said, “that reminds me of the battle of Armageddon, where JESUS, riding a white horse with HIS armies behind HIM on horses, simply opens HIS mouth, in which is the two edged sword, which we know is the Word of GOD (Hebrews 4:12, Ephesians 6:17). My merely opening HIS mouth HE slays the nations and all the multitudes that oppose HIM.   HIS armies don’t have to do a thing, they just look on in wonder at their KING, and see the glory of the LORD and the power of HIS word (Revelation 19:11-15)., the very word that created the universes” (Genesis 1).

Then I told my grandson, “Boy, I want to be in those armies behind HIM, and not the ones before HIM! What about you?” My grandson shook his head affirmingly up and down.

So you see, GOD will open up opportunities to witness of our marvelously Awesome GOD. Take those opportunities and then you will not need to be ashamed of neglecting your assignment.

Looking unto and awaiting JESUS, the Author and Perfecter of my faith.

Hugs

Sharon

 

 

Mace

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In these days of uncertainty and senseless anger, as seen in rode-rage and drive-by shootings, muggings, trafficking, and the like, fear is rampant. Two gals, feeling the dangers, picked up some Mace to carry on their key chains, for personal defense if accosted. They also picked up some for me. I, as graciously as I could, refused it stating, “I don’t need it, I have GOD.”, One gal began to mock, while the other, in an attempt to persuade me that I did need the Mace, retold an experience we had all shared many years ago.

The girls were with me as I drove through an especially dark section of a town, on the way home from camp. Just before we had to stop at a red light, I sensed danger. I told them to lock the doors, and make sure all the windows were up. As we stopped, seemingly out of nowhere, a big burly man rushed at our car. He tried to open the doors. Just then the light turned green, I floorboarded the gas pedal, and off we sped into the darkness.

“Remember?” she asked, “You need protection!”

I replied, “Yes, I remember. And we must be aware. But that incident proves my point. The LORD showed me that there was danger, and instructed me in what to do. HE protected us (Psalm 32:8). Now, do you remember the time you innocently got in your grandmother’s Mace. Oh the pain.   I don’t want that in my house, where perhaps my grandkids could accidently get hurt. I am perfectly comfortable with GOD protecting me!”

There is a song taken from scripture that goes, “Some may trust in horses, and some may trust in chariots, but we will trust in the name of our GOD, we will trust in the name (character) of our GOD.” I won’t trust in Mace, I will trust in the name of my GOD.

…fear not what they fear, nor be afraid, set the LORD before your eyes, let HIM be your dread, let HIM be your fear and HE will be for you a sanctuary…(Isaiah 8:12-14).

This is an example of what it looks like to walk in the Spirit.   You become aware of a need, and know what you should do. You don’t ignore or push away that knowledge, but follow the directions GOD has placed within you.

For it is GOD who places in you the awareness of HIS will, and capability to do it (Philippians 2:13).

For this commandment that I command you this day, is not hidden from you, neither is it far off, (Deuteronomy 30:11) But, the word is very near you, in your mouth, and in your heart, that you may do it (Deuteronomy 30:14).

Insight and blessings be yours as you consider these things.

Looking unto JESUS, the Author and Perfecter of my faith

Hugs

Sharon.

Promises, promises, promises

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Has someone ever told you they would do something, but didn’t do it? How did you feel?

Promises are casually broken by many. And even making them with the full intent to do something, things can come up that hinder us from doing what we said. GOD warns against making statements of what we will do, without adding, if the LORD wills, I will do this or that (James 4:15).   This stems from the simple fact that we don’t know what will happen next, we are not in control of our situations.   GOD is in control, and HE knows everything that will ever happen, therefore, HE is able to keep every promise that HE gives.

GOD promised the Jews a land flowing with milk and honey. When we speak of it, we say the Promise Land. After ALMIGHTY GOD delivered the Jews from the bondage of Egypt showing mighty miracles, parted the Red Sea for them so they could pass through on dry land, and then drowned the pursuing Egyptian army as HE closed the Red Sea over them. HE led them to the banks of the Jordan river.   Now there was over a million Jews.   Before crossing the Jordan, GOD had Moses select a leader from each of the 12 tribes to cross over and scout out the land.

Then the people gathered as the spies told of what they found in the promise land. It truly was a land flowing with milk and honey. All the people were amazed to see some of the fruit of the land.   One single bunch of grapes had to be carried between two men. Now eight of the men, told of the glories of the land but then said, we cannot take it for there are giants in the land as we are as grasshoppers before them Caleb, on the other hand, refuted their claim by urging the people to go at once and possess the land, for we are well able. (Numbers 13:27-33).

When the people sided with the eight men giving a negative report, Caleb and Joshua tore their clothes and cried out to the people saying, “the land is an exceedingly good land. If the LORD delight in us, then HE will bring us into this land, and give it to us; a land flowing with milk and honey. Only rebel not against the LORD, neither fear the people of the land.. their defense is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not! (Numbers14:7-10).

The 12 spies were all warriors, honest men of valor, what made the difference in what they told the people?

They were leaning on their own understanding and their limited abilities and power,. They left the LORD of hosts (armies) out of the picture. They were not trusting the LORD’s instructions or power (Proverbs 3:5-7).

The people rejected Caleb’s words, and followed the counsel of the eight men. That so angered the LORD, that HE decreed that they would wander in the wilderness for 40 years (Numbers 14).

But this did not break GOD’s promise to the Jews, which HE first gave to Abraham for his descendants.  GOD was still giving the land to the Jews, but due to their rebellion, it was their children who would go in, not them.  For they didn’t choose to go in.

Woe to the rebellious children, says the LORD, that take counsel, but not of ME…(Isaiah 30:1).

Though the Jews were sentenced to 40 years of wandering in the wilderness, GOD promised Caleb the land he had searched out.   Well, 40 years later, all the men 20 years old or older when the decision was made to rebel against GOD’s word and follow the advice of the 8 spies were dead, except Joshua and Caleb. The two who gave a good report. Moses was also dead, and Joshua was leading the Jews.   They crossed over the Jordan and after 5 years of battles, successfully took the land just as GOD had said. Joshua, at the word of the LORD, was ready to give out inheritance to the people by lot (now remember that although the lot/ dice is cast in the lap its every decision is from the LORD Proverbs 16:33). Just then Caleb spoke up. Remember what GOD promised me! So Joshua gave Caleb the land GOD had promised him.

“Now all these things happened to them as examples, and are written down for our learning (1 Corinthians 10:11).

So what are we to learn?

1-Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge HIM and HE will direct your path. Be not wise in your own eyes…(Proverbs 3:5-7).

Obey what the LORD says, or nudges you, to do, even when it doesn’t make sense, or even look possible. HIS ways are not ours, but they do work (Isaiah 55:8-11).

2-Cast not away your confidence, which has great recompense of reward. For you have need of patience, that , after you have done the will of GOD you might receive the promise (Hebrews 10:35-37).

When GOD gives a promise, HE keeps it.  Caleb had to wait, but in the end he received what was promised.

3-For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it will speak, and not lie; though it is delayed, wait for it; because it will come and will not tarry (Habakkuk 2:3).

All is in GOD’s timing. HE has preset the exact times things will happen (Acts 1:7, Acts 17:26, Psalm 139:16). Often, other things must be done before you are able to receive the promise. So wait, I say wait on the LORD, and you will be blessed.

Looking unto JESUS, the Author and Perfecter of my faith.

Hugs

Sharon

Reminder

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Today was a hot one, so the moment I got into the truck, even before I put my seat belt on, I turned the key to start the truck up, so I could get the ac going. Immediately, a loud shrill beep-beep-beep began blaring. My truck was just telling me to put my seat belt on. It’s reminder is good motivator for me and the passenger who forgets to click it.

The alarm sounding off today, reminded me of the built-in alarm system that GOD has given each believer to remind them of important things.

“But the Comforter, which is the Holy SPIRIT, whom the FATHER will send in MY name, HE shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance whatsoever I have said to you” (John 14:26).

Although I have studied the Bible for years and years, I still need HIM to teach me. And there are times I need to be reminded. If the stress of the moment, and the badgering lies of the evil one, gets my focus tunnel vision onto a problem, and off GOD’s presence and promises, I need a reminder.

It was the habit of many a mom to tie a string on her child’s finger to help him remember something. While in the Old Testament days, GOD had HIS people sew blue tassels on their clothes to remind them of what GOD said. But now, in GOD’s wisdom (knowing I am but dust) HE was faithful to me (I Thessalonians 5:24) has given me (and every other believer in the LORD JESUS CHRIST) what was required by sending the Holy SPIRIT (Ephesians 1:13) to remind me of what I need to know.

Just when I need it the most, the Holy SPIRIT nudges me, by whispering a piece of a verse into my mind. It is the very thing needed to remind me of GOD’s ways, and promises so I am able to cope with my now situation. My focus becomes reestablished, and I know the next step to take.

Please note: the Holy SPIRIT is faithful to remind me, but, then the ball is in my court. I must choose whether to believe HE knows what HE is talking about, or do things my own way. If I go with HIS reminder, I am walking in the SPIRIT. But, should I not trust HIS leading, I have turned to lean on my own understanding, and walk in the flesh.

I am so glad I have a built-in alarm system, cause I do get distracted, and even at times forget.

Looking unto JESUS, the Author and Perfecter of my faith.

Hugs

Sharon

 

 

When won’t GOD listen?

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Does GOD really say HE will not hear us (be willing to listen to our prayers, with the intent of answering them) if we refuse to listen to HIM and either turn from a sin HE has convicted us of, or do something HE asks of us?

If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened (Psalm 66:18); This verse speaks of holding on to a sin that GOD has told us to let go of, via conviction that it is wrong.

We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly man who does his will (John 9:31). That means he turns from focusing and holding on to his sin, or refusing to do what he knows he should.

When GOD has shown us something in us that is not right or even asked us to do something for another, HE is asking us to deal with it.   When we refuse, we are refusing to do HIS will, and thereby have turned away from HIM. This doesn’t mean that we have to be perfect, just obedient Obedience to conviction and nudges, is what is called, walking in the SPIRIT.  

Now GOD doesn’t show us everything we do wrong, or ask us to take care of all the problems of the world. But, one by one HE reveals areas where HE wants us to act.   When HE shows an area, but we refuse to even listen to HIM, than means we have turned out back to HIM. Almighty GOD, though a loving Heavenly FATHER, generally will not answer any other questions for us, until we turn back around to face HIM, by following HIS instructions in the area HE pinpointed.

There is no reason to tell us more, when we refuse the instructions HE has already given, we are not ready for any more.

Stop bringing meaningless offerings! Your incense is detestable to me. Your New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations— I cannot bear your evil assemblies. Your New Moon festivals and your appointed feasts my soul hates. They have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them. When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide MY eyes from you; even if you offer many prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are full of blood; wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight! Stop doing wrong, learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow. “Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land; but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.” For the mouth of the LORD has spoken (Isaiah 1:13-20).

In other words, coming to church and singing the songs are hateful to GOD, if your heart is not honoring HIM, by following HIS instructions. When you love someone, you desire to make them happy. Sin hurts us so it grieves GOD. When we set out to do our own will, we grieve GOD for HE knows the outcome. Why would HE listen to our requests when we won’t follow HIS counsel?   Shocking as it seems, even our prayers, our gathering together in church and songs then become a burden to HIM. But, when we seek HIM with all our heart, even if there is something wrong, HE will hear. HE wants to help us, to show us the way to go, or give us the help we need.

The Lord is far from the wicked, but HE hears the prayers of those who (want to) do right (Proverbs 15:29).

If anyone turns a deaf ear to (refusing to hear the instructions of) the law (what is right), even his prayers are detestable (Proverbs 28:9).

So, if you want help, or directions in the way to go, turn back and do the one thing you know you should do. When you do that, you are turning back to your GOD, and HE will honor you by showing you the next step.

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Looking unto JESUS, the Author and Perfecter of my faith.

Hugs

Sharon