God’s Day Tuesday, Apr 11 2017 

Some believe that everyday is God’s day. When defined as a set 24 hours, this is certainly true, but I’ve been pondering the fact that we know that God lives outside of time and yet he does everything within its’ proper time. This blog post just might blow your mind as I take you to a place you may have never been.

You may have never thought about this in exactly the way I intend to spell it out to you here. Oh, I know, “there is nothing new under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1:9 What has been will be again,
    what has been done will be done again;
    there is nothing new under the sun.

But I also know that, ” with the LORD a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years is like a day”,  2 Peter 3:8  But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.

So imagine for a moment that you could understand the concept of one day stretching out into a thousand years. This is one of those impossibilities that is possible with God. Just like the camel through the eye of the needle.

I can’t help but think that God takes great musings about this pondering of His awesomeness.

Back to “a day”. The best way to understand this is back at the beginning. Genesis 1:4-5

God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

Here we see exactly what God is doing. It is the essence of who He is that comes out so clearly. God “sees” what is good and separates it from darkness. Only God is good. Mark 10:18 18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. ”

Why do I attempt to explain God to you? Every attempt I make fails miserably. I digress at every turn unable to put forth the meaning my mind so eagerly clings to in this expansion called “today”.

The point I’m trying to make is that every day is important, valuable, priceless, irreplaceable, unwavering in its’ capacity to glorify the God of the universe within the actions of His called and beyond the circumference of His chosen. We cannot contain all that God’s “Day” encompasses.

Only God can truly know his day and what it will be. Will it be full of gentleness, meekness and peace; absent of any need or want or worry? Or, will it be a “Day of Reckoning”? You decide.

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God’s Light Thursday, Jan 19 2017 

When I graduated from the eighth grade, our neighbor across the street gave me a bible. It had a white cover, a zipper, and it was a red letter addition of the KJV. I remember the excitement of finally having my own bible. Up to that point, I had been using the family bible which was also my mother’s bible.

Right away, I started reading my bible, memorizing verses, so excited about what God had to say. The more I got into it the more I loved it. In a few short years that bible began to fall apart so I made a new cover for it out of a floral print fabric and used the same zipper. It wasn’t until I was in my forties that I finally got a new bible and yes it too is falling apart. I still have the old one on the headboard in my room.

Jesus tells us in the book of John that he is the “light of the world”:

John 8:12 12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

The enemy goes about blinding unbelievers to this light.

2 Corinthians 4:3-5 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.

God made this light to shine in our hearts.

2 Corinthians 4:6-7 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,”[a] made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.

The enemy masquerades as an angel of light.

2 Corinthians 11:14-15 14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 15 It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.

We are the children of light.

Ephesians 5:8-9 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth)

God’s Fire Tuesday, Jan 3 2017 

When my husband and I were first married, we went camping a lot.  The very first time we went, it rained all night long.  I was amazed at how dry we stayed in that little tent.  We didn’t have all the gear we have now back then, so we set up a big blue tarp over a picnic table and our propane lamp and stove.

In the morning, everything was drenched and there was a river of water flowing down the hill behind our tent from all the rain.

Finding dry wood for a camp fire wasn’t happening. Everyone else that had been there had packed up and left.

Have you ever tried to start a fire outside even with a little wind or rain?  Every time you light a match you have to protect the flame with your other hand until the fire “catches”. You’re limited by the time it takes to catch and the length of your match.  You might waste two or three matches before you figure the direction of the wind and can huddle your whole body against the wind to protect the flame.

That is how it is when you attempt to share Christ with someone who has been unchurched. It is important to get your own fire going before you attempt to light the fire of others. But that same joy that comes when you are finally able to get the fire going comes when you lead a soul to Christ.

When you tip your candle into their candle and there is a sudden crackle and blaze as their candle lights up.  The light shines and they begin to “see” what you’ve been talking about.

When you have the Spirit of God in you to help, it is like having a propane tank at the ready to light up the whole area. People come, even from a distance to share the fire of God.

2 Corinthians 4:4-6 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,”[a] made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

 

Light Source Wednesday, Aug 12 2015 

Light has long been a symbol for good and darkness for evil.

About the time that God was commanding Moses regarding the plagues of Egypt, there is one particular plague in Exodus 10 where darkness falls upon Egypt for the space of three days.

21 And Jehovah said unto Moses, Stretch out thy hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt.

22 And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days;

23 they saw not one another, neither rose any one from his place for three days: but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.

Notice that “All the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.”

If Egypt was so dark that the darkness could be “felt”, then where was this light source the Israelites had?

Many times when we read scripture, we fail to see what is in plain sight. The people of Egypt were polytheists. They had a god of the river, a god of the cows, and a god of the sun for example. None of these false gods had the “power” to stop the darkness from falling on Egypt. But the Israelites’ one true God was “all-powerful.” He alone was worthy of worship as the living God.

Even in this day and age, we must continue to allow the God of heaven to be our light source. Whatever good we do, we do through and by Him, by His power, and in His strength.

In 2 Corinthians 11 we are warned of false teachers:

13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, fashioning themselves into apostles of Christ.

14 And no marvel; for even Satan fashions himself into an angel of light.

15 It is no great thing therefore if his ministers also fashion themselves as ministers of righteousness, whose end shall be according to their works.

Here, once again, we find the truth hidden in plain sight. Even the devil may appear to do good in order to be highly spoken of by others. Remember that Satan is the father of lies.

Satan and his servants can deceive us by appearing to be attractive, good, and moral. Many people are led astray into cults by bible-quoting leaders. Don’t be fooled. We are to test the spirits whether they be of God. Your power gage should be scripture. Acts 17:11, 1 John 4:1-3, Matthew 12:33-37.

11 Now these were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of the mind, examining the Scriptures daily, whether these things were so.

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but prove the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

and every spirit that confesses not Jesus is not of God: and this is the spirit of the antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it cometh; and now it is in the world already.

33 Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree corrupt, and its fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by its fruit.

34 Ye offspring of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

35 The good man out of his good treasure brings forth good things: and the evil man out of his evil treasure brings forth evil things.

36 And I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.