I was outside after midnight tonight crying out to The Lord. I told Him I could not hear Him and I have made a mess of things right now that I can’t fix but I knew His Hand was on me. Before I could finish saying that His Hand was on me, I saw a shooting star!!! Oh, how He loves us! God does speak, just not always the same way every time! Glory to The Most High God in Jesus’ Mighty Name! †
THEN…to top it off, He sent me a little message on a tee shirt poster that my Brother in Christ shared on Facebook.
I love You, LORD! Thank You! You really blessed me with this tonight!
No matter what, YOU ALONE ARE WORTHY and WORTHY TO BE PRAISED!
Inner peace. Rest. Healing. Comfort. Restoration. Transformation. All things are possible with God. Jesus can do it for you. This clip is of proof of His love and Power. Amen.
Come to the fountain of Living Water today and never thirst again.
Are you tired of the same old thing? Are you frustrated with your relationships, your job (or lack of)? Are you depressed and living in despair? All is bleak, you’re broken and worn. Can’t take it anymore… What’s the point of it all?
The world is hurting right now. So many people are currently facing these dead-end type of situations and obstacles in their lives. More people than you can imagine are at their wits end right now. These problems are just monumental! They are like giant walls. We cannot get around nor climb over.
It’s no coincidence. Everything has gone haywire, but the world is too busy and spinning so fast that nobody can see what’s happening before their very eyes and in their very lives. And face it. We are distracted on every side with the smart phones, tablets, all sorts of electronic gadgets. Social Media..keeping up with everyone…spending lots of time online…movies, T.V. and all…
The point is that most people don’t want to deal with it. The truth isn’t always friendly. We don’t like being told we’re wrong-at least I know I don’t. But I was wrong about it all. Then I woke up to reality and saw the world for what it really is. And what a rude awakening is was when I realized how deep the pit was. The rut that I found myself in. I couldn’t cut it with today’s world and I was self medicating.
Making changes in our lives is quite uncomfortable. But one day I answered the door when The Lord Jesus Christ, The Son of The Living God Jehovah (The God of The Bible) came knocking. I could have ignored Him as many times before, but He came to me at a time when I just couldn’t make it anymore. I couldn’t do this thing called life. He set me free from the bondage of sin. The old me is gone forever and I’m forgiven, reconciled to God by the Blood our Lord Jesus shed on The Cross. He saved a wretch like me. If I can trust Jesus to get me out of the pit, you can too. It’s more than a decision. It’s a new way of life!
We come to God just as we are with our dirtiness and brokenness and open wounds. Then God makes us clean, BRAND NEW through Jesus Christ! You don’t come to God perfect. He accepts us as we are and erases the past!
Things are growing darker in this world today-and if you seek to know God through His Son Jesus, you will be able to see with spiritual eyes for yourself. Friend, things are only going to get worse and coming to Christ, belonging to God is the only way out. Jesus is going to come and take those that are His away from the looming 7 year Tribulation written of in the Bible, The Word of God. The New World Order is complete but cannot be implemented until The true followers of Christ are taken out of the way. The new one-world government, currency, Mark of The Beast (in the right hand or forehead…see Revelation Chapter 13) and revealing of the Antichrist (most likely Barack Obama, see Bible Verses About The Antichrist), Right now it’s considered “not cool” to stand for God through Jesus Christ, the ONLY WAY to God, unlike what Oprah and many other deceivers are teaching. It is considered hate speech to stand for an absolute right and believe in an absolute wrong. Nobody wants to offend anyone…
The Time is NOW. We aren’t guaranteed another breath. Choose Jesus and eternity in Heaven this moment BEFORE The Rapture!
Those who are left behind after the Rapture of the Church (When we are caught up with Jesus) will be faced with an excruciating choice—accept the mark of the beast in order to survive or face starvation and horrific persecution by the Antichrist and his followers. But those who come to Christ during this time, those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life (Revelation 13:8), will choose to endure, even to martyrdom.
A new video has just been released in which Pope Francis very clearly expresses his belief that all of the major religions are different paths to the same God. He says that while people from various global faiths may be “seeking God or meeting God in different ways” that it is important to keep in mind that “we are all children of God”. This is the most recent example that shows that the Pope has completely abandoned any notion that a relationship with God is available only through Jesus Christ. As he has done throughout his papacy, he continues to lay the groundwork for the coming one world religion.
It’s all coming together everyone. Time’s about up NOW!
Jesus is the ONLY WAY to The Father GOD. No man should be called Holy Father (like The Pope).
IF YOU ARE READING THIS NOW, It’s Not too late! While you are breathing, and hopefully right now before the Tribulation begins (7 years of hell on earth) you will accept Jesus, Salvation is FREE for all! Jesus Christ, The Son of God, died for you and me and He arose, defeating death, hell and the grave. Seek Jesus today. I encourage you, precious one. No matter what you are going through or how you feel right now..you matter to God.
Via End Time Headlines, Ricky Scaparo
“In this Segment We discuss the following Headlines:
– The Nation’s First State-Sanctioned Satanic Ceremony Performed At The Michigan Capitol.
-Maine School Bans ‘Hello Kitty’ Christmas Tree
-Man Sues Video Game Maker Claims Addiction To ‘Fallout 4’ Cost Marriage And Job
-More rare venomous snakes washing ashore
-Students Sign Petition To Ban Racist Classic Song “White Christmas”
-New York City Has Received ‘Credible’ Threat
-Franklin Graham Abandons Republican Party
-Tornado Outbreak Likely, Destructive Storms Expected
-Astronomers Warn That Giant Comets Could Threaten Earth
-Dengue Fever Is Spreading Around The World
-Greek Parliament Votes To Recognize Independent Palestinian State
– Streak Of Light Seen Over Northern California, Visible In Las Vegas
-Britain Faces Hottest Christmas Ever Recorded, Dust Storm And Blood Rain Forms
-Dozens Of Industrial-Sized Propane Tanks Stolen From Northeast Philadelphia Facilities”
Signs of the Times…What next?
Jesus is coming. Are you ready?
Salvation is free for all. Don’t be left behind for the Tribulation!
So…today I heard somebody speaking in excitement, saying “RFID!!!” on the television in my mom’s living room. I had to look back and make sure it was real. This was the FIRST time I’d ever heard that on regular television. It was an ad for a magnetic wallet.
I am very much in the know with world news and what’s up…but I guess I was absent that day concerning RFID blocking wallets.
For example, check out this one on Amazon.com
Ohuhu® Aluminum Wallet Credit Card Holder With RFID Protection, Pink
One of its key benefits:
- Blocks RFID scanning of your cards by thieves, and excellent protection of data chips in the cards from electro-magnetic radiation
This wallet is barely over the price of a fast food Value Meal.
I have seen that there are human beings that have already had an RFID chip implanted in their bodies (hands) to make life easier and what not…
According to idstronghold.com
“Radio Frequency Identification, is the technology that lets you simply wave your credit, debit, transit, identification card, passport or license in front of a nearby scanner instead of having to slide the magnetic stripe through it. It’s a fairly simple concept. The electronic scanner sends a signal that an antenna in the card receives and uses to activate the RFID chip. Unfortunately, criminals with minimal technical skills can construct their own RFID readers with a few simple supplies. These devices can steal your private financial information quickly and silently—all the perpetrator needs to do is come near your wallet with the hidden card reader. And the worst part is the cards don’t have an off switch.”
There’s a security risk with these cards…so maybe the actual implanting of the chips will soon be pushed on the public for true security or whatever?
Growing up in the nineties I recall rumors of some chip being implanted in the human body as the future Mark of The Beast (as referred to in Revelation in the Holy Bible).
Revelation Chapter 13
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number [is] Six hundred threescore [and] six.
I’m just amazed! I see Bible Prophecy jumping right off the pages! Most of the world is spiritually asleep or unaware of what’s taking place right now and what’s coming. The story of Man and God’s Creation on earth is coming to a close.
Do you know Jesus?
“Pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.” Proverbs 4:20b-22 (NIV)
|Do you ever get overwhelmed when you sit down to read your Bible? There are so many books, deep thoughts, spiritual insights and life-altering truths … where do we begin for today?
My sticky farm table and I have a long history of early mornings together. I gather up my Bible and my computer. I push past the sleepy feelings begging me to go back to my bed. And I look at the well-worn book as my love letter from God.
I don’t say that in a syrupy, flowery way. Truly, His words are a lifeline to me. A whisper from my God. A personal note. A treasure.
But right now I’m in a season where I don’t consume chapters at a time. Some days it’s just one or two verses that I tuck into my heart so I can live out our key verses (Proverbs 4:20-22) and pay attention to what God says.
I want to really pay attention. I need to listen well to what God is saying. I look for one verse that I can savor word by word, letting it sink in deeply … interrupting me, rearranging me, redirecting me.
And I pray …
“God, what plans have I made for today that this verse needs to interrupt?
“God, what thoughts did I bring in from yesterday that this verse needs to rearrange?
“And God, what heart attitudes have I been carrying that this verse needs to redirect?”
His Word is the protective covering over my plans, my mind and my heart. To let me run free without it, will surely find me tripping over my own selfishness, insecurities and weaknesses. So, with His love letter, He reminds me to pause, pause, pause.
Pause and let the Holy Spirit intervene in my natural flesh response.
Pause so I don’t make the conversations all about me.
Pause and remember I’m not always right.
Pause to see the blessings, so many blessings, and say “thank you” at least once an hour.
Pause to serve, pause to give, pause to encourage when everyone else rushes by.
“My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding — indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding … then you will understand what is right and just and fair — every good path,” (Proverbs 2:1-3, 9, NIV).
Don’t get overwhelmed with the enormity and depth of the Bible.
It’s okay if we read just a verse or two today.
But more importantly than reading His words, we must choose to receive them. And even more importantly, we must live them.
Dear Lord, help me to see You today in a single word or in a single verse. You are all powerful and anything is possible through You. May Your words and Your truth seep into the plans I make and every thought I think today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Luke 11:28, “[Jesus] replied, ‘Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.’” (NIV)
REFLECT AND RESPOND:
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|“See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!” 1 John 3:1a (NLT)
Standing on the risers in my grade school auditorium, the girl next to me scanned the audience, desperately looking for her father. Her parents were divorced and her dad had let her down more than once. He said he’d show up this time. But as the director’s hands signaled our final note, and there was no father in sight, my friend’s face revealed her pain.
My dad wasn’t in the audience, but I didn’t expect him. My mom was there. And my dad? Well … he was home, probably reading a book. But compared to my friend’s sadness, my disappointment was minor, I thought.
For so many years, I compared my growing up experience to others’, and thought, I’ve got nothing to complain about. Surely, I must be “fine.” Others had it so much worse than I did.
Sure, my dad never attended any of my choir concerts or saw me sing (from third grade through high school), but my mom never missed one.
Although my dad wasn’t involved in my day-to-day life, my mom was my number-one problem solver.
And even though my dad never said he loved me, I didn’t think I needed to hear those words. After all, my mother’s love more than made up for it.
Other friends had missing or cruel fathers. They’d been openly rejected. Their parents divorced. Their house was chaotic. Not mine. I’d just had a quiet overlooking. One that I accepted as normal.
And I really did believe my father loved me in his own way. I held no bitterness. His own father had died in an accident before he was born. Even as a child, I knew he didn’t have any father examples.
I was fine.
Yet over time, an independent streak took root. A hardness grew that kept me isolated from needing or wanting help. I developed a “pull yourself up by your boot straps” mentality that impacted my opinion of others who needed help, and my own weaknesses.
I never connected it with my father’s passivity. I genuinely thought I was doing fine. Until someone challenged me to consider the impact my human father had on my relationship with my Heavenly Father.
Only then did I consider the impact of all I had missed. No tender moments, no champion, no confiding of worries or requests for help. No father-daughter dates or advice on a boyfriend.
The honesty caused a pain that surprised me. And I struggled with that same feeling of guilt as I compared myself to others and the truly hard lives they had. I didn’t want to dishonor my father. But I’d opened a door I knew God wanted open. So I pressed in to the honesty.
My little-girl heart had tried to heal itself by developing an inner strength. Only that “strength” built a wall, instead of a bridge, to God’s heart.
My independence had kept me from a deeper relationship with God. I loved God, but I didn’t really trust Him with my heart or my problems. He was a distant Father to me, more like a king on a throne than a Daddy holding my hand.
Yet once I allowed the door of my heart to open, it started to soften as I forced myself to admit that in reality, I wasn’t fine. I did need help, and in a way my independence simply couldn’t provide. I confessed the hurt and pain that I had covered up in fierce self-sufficiency.
And God whispered words of truth. He reminded me …
… I never missed a choir performance.
… You can come to Me for help; I’ll be there before you finish your request.
… I started saying “I love you” thousands of years ago.
Today’s key verse tells us God loves us as His children. So as an adult, I had to learn what it was like to have a Daddy who loved me perfectly.
As God continues to prove Himself faithful, I’ve admitted this truth: Sometimes the pain from what didn’t happen is as real as the pain from what did.
The healing I initially didn’t know I needed has made me a better person. But it’s still a work in progress. I still struggle to admit any weakness. And yet every time I do, I experience the realness of God’s love anew. My heart is becoming more merciful, gracious and kind … to others and myself.
If you’ve dismissed your pain as insignificant compared to others, I invite you to experience the same healing I’ve received. God wants to fill in all those missing pieces and be your perfect Father.
Heavenly Father, thank You for loving me so perfectly and seeing that my heart needed Your tender healing. And thank You for being the perfect Father for me for eternity. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
TRUTH FOR TODAY:
1 John 4:16, “So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.” (NRSV)
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REFLECT AND RESPOND:
Present that pain to your Heavenly Father, and allow Him to fill in all the missing pieces.
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“When the queen of Sheba heard about the fame of Solomon and his relationship to the LORD, she came to test Solomon with hard questions.” 1 Kings 10:1 (NIV)
Anytime my mother wanted to put me in my place — let’s say I was flouncing around the kitchen in some dime-store costume, wearing borrowed makeup and putting on airs — she shot me a stern look, one eyebrow arched: “Who do you think you are? The queen of Sheba?”
If she meant to scold me, it didn’t work. Sorry, Mom. Being the queen of Sheba sounded positively delicious. To my way of thinking, she was Delilah, Nefertiti and Cleopatra all rolled into one — an exotic beauty from a foreign land with wealth, power and appeal beyond anything a small-town girl could fathom.
Is that how you’ve imagined her too? Then it’s time to meet the real queen of Sheba and leave the Hollywood version behind.
A leader of uncommon boldness and vision, this real-life queen traveled from the ends of the earth to seek wisdom, drawn to King Solomon’s doorstep because of his bond with the One true God, who was wisdom Himself.
This remarkable woman journeyed for two months across an unforgiving desert — on a camel. All we have to do is cross the room, reach for our Bibles and God’s wisdom is ours for the taking.
Maybe that’s the problem. His Word is so convenient, it’s conveniently forgotten. I’ll read it later. I’ll start tomorrow.
Or we wait until we’re desperate for answers, then don’t know where to find them. We aimlessly flip from one chapter of the Bible to another, looking for a verse that will magically solve everything.
The queen of Sheba took a different route. As we see in our key verse, she put her royal life on hold and made seeking wisdom her number-one priority. Here’s what she teaches us about wisdom by her good example:
1. Wisdom requires time.
We say, “Time is money,” but the truth is, time is worth more than money. It can’t be bought, sold or bargained with. Each minute ticks by, never to be seen again. If we can spend 10 minutes each morning bathing in a hot shower, we can spend at least 10 minutes being cleansed by His Word. “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12, NIV).
2. Wisdom requires sacrifice.
When I first embraced the grace of God, He clearly instructed me to unplug my television and start reading the Bible. Do what?! It was hard at first, but as the months went by, I forgot about what I was missing and rejoiced in what I was learning. “The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding” (Proverbs 4:7, NIV).
In case you’re curious, the television eventually returned, but with greatly diminished appeal. God’s plan, absolutely!
3. Wisdom requires humility.
I hate admitting I don’t have all the answers, yet that’s what seeking wisdom is all about. It’s saying, “Lord, I haven’t a clue, but You do.” Admitting, “I don’t know, but I know the One who does.” Only then will God’s wisdom be revealed for what it is: His and His alone. “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom” (Proverbs 11:2, NIV).
As the queen of Sheba discovered, information is interesting and facts are fascinating, but wisdom is world-changing. Wisdom is the resource we bring to the workplace, the encouragement we offer to our friends, the gift we give to the body of Christ, the legacy we leave for our children.
However full our schedules, adding just one more line to our to-do list can make all the difference: Open God’s Word. Find wisdom there today.
Father God, help us never take Your Word or the wisdom it contains for granted. Give us a passion for learning and a thirst for Your Truth. Fill us with the courage to ask hard questions and seek wise answers from You alone. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Proverbs 2:6, “For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” (NIV)
Colossians 1:28, “He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ.” (NIV)
Liz Curtis Higg’s new book, It’s Good to Be Queen, explores how you can become as bold, gracious and wise as the queen of Sheba. Pre-order your copy today and receive an exclusive collection of 4×4 Queen Cards that will put God’s wisdom front and center in your life.
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REFLECT AND RESPOND:
More than 3,000 years ago, the queen of Sheba sought the wisdom of King Solomon and discovered its Source, making her a worthy role model for her modern sisters. Solomon likely penned most of the book of Proverbs in the Bible. Consider reading one chapter a day, starting today. If you do, you will have read the entire book of Proverbs in a month.
Of the three needs mentioned here in our quest for wisdom — time, sacrifice, humility — which one is the most challenging for you? What step could you take this week to help you begin to overcome that obstacle and grow in wisdom?
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