Seasons of Life Tuesday, Nov 7 2017 

Seasons of Life

A Time for Everything

3 There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every [a]event under heaven—

A time to give birth and a time to die;
A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.
A time to kill and a time to heal;
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to weep and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn and a time to dance.
A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.
A time to search and a time to give up as lost;
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear apart and a time to sew together;
A time to be silent and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate;
A time for war and a time for peace.

Righteous
1. A time to give birth
2. A time to plant
3. A time to laugh
4. A time to embrace
5. A time to search
6. A time to keep
7. A time to love
8. A time for peace
9. A time to speak
10. A time to sew together
11. A time to gather stones
12. A time to dance
13. A time to build up
14. A time to heal

Wicked

1.       A time to die

2.       A time to uproot what is planted.

3.       A time to weep

4.       A time to shun embracing

5.       A time to give up as lost

6.        A time to throw away

7.        A time to hate

8.       A time for war

9.       A time to be silent

10.   A time to tear apart

11.   A time to throw stones

12.   A time to mourn

13.   A time to tear down

14.   A time to kill

 

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God’s Grace Friday, Aug 25 2017 

Now here we have a topic of the utmost importance. Understanding the working’s of God’s grace in our lives is to possess the keys to the kingdom.

In order to fully explain the meaning and implication of this topic it is imperative that I use some form of analogy or word picture. His grace is like the oars of a rowboat. Without the oars, the rowboat wanders aimlessly driven by the wind and weather.

In fact the strength to row the boat comes from God as well. Philippians 4:13 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

It is by grace that we have been saved through faith-Eph2: 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

God provides the map of the voyage as well. Proverbs 19:21 21 Many are the plans in a person’s heart,  but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

He provides the purpose of the voyage. Ephesians 1:8-10 With all wisdom and understanding, he[a] made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.

He provides the means and the wherewithal. 1 Timothy 6:17b but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.

He built the rowboat, “our bodies”.  Colossians 1:16-17

16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

His Word is our lamp. Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp for my feet,
    a light on my path.

His grace is glorious, free, and rich. Ephesians 1: to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding,

He has given me grace to share with you this blog about His attributes.

 

 

 

 

 

God’s Unity Wednesday, Jul 12 2017 

I would like to draw your attention to a very important fact and that fact is this; if you being a Christian are in unity with “the world” you’ve got a problem. Indeed you have a problem that you may not even be aware that you’ve got. You may be asking me, “How do you know that this is a problem? What proof have you of it?”

The Word is my proof. Paul says in his second epistle to the Corinthians in Chapter 6 verse 14: 14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?

Jesus himself said it in John 17 verse 16: 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.

What does all of this have to do with God’s Unity?

Before we can discuss this topic you need to know what you are to be in unity with. So let us now get on with it, the topic at hand, God’s Unity.

It is and always has been God’s overall purpose for man. It says this in the book of Ephesians chapter 1 verses 9-11: he[a] made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.

11 In him we were also chosen,[b] having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will,

So there you have it. Proof. Right there in black and white. God’s whole plan is unity. He is weaving a tapestry of our lives together as Christians thread by thread. With great carefulness, skill, intricacy he is weaving each thread. And we are the threads. You are a part of something bigger than yourself. You are God’s workmanship. It says so in Ephesians chapter 2 verse 10: For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

You’re not in this alone. I am in it with you. And you are in it with me. We together “in unity” working to will and to do his good pleasure. That is the mystery of God’s plan. That he is able to conform us. It says so in His Word in the book of Jude last verse: 24 To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.

When God finishes his work, He intends to be glorified in it and by it.

God’s Reason Monday, May 22 2017 

 

Psalm 118: 24 This is the day which the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

1 John 3:7 Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

David prayed, “Psalm 61:6-8New International Version (NIV)

Increase the days of the king’s life,
his years for many generations.
May he be enthroned in God’s presence forever;
appoint your love and faithfulness to protect him.

Then I will ever sing in praise of your name
and fulfill my vows day after day.

God is in control. David knew it. I know it. And, you know it.

He did not just make the world and then just walk away. He walked with man in the garden. He talked with man in the garden. He walks and talks with us today. God is never changing. He is the same, yesterday, today, and forever.

2 Corinthians 9:7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written:

“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;
their righteousness endures forever.”

He has created us to do his will. Now, tell me this, how are we going to do what God wants us to do if we don’t ask him? And if we do ask him, do we expect to get an answer? When you pray, it had better be a two-sided conversation or you’ll never “get it.”

Jeremiah 29:11New International Version (NIV)

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

God’s Revelation Tuesday, Jan 24 2017 

If you go in your bible to the very last book in the bible you will find the book of Revelation. In the very first chapter of the book, in the very first verse it states where the revelation comes from… Jesus Christ and the purpose of the revelation…to show his servants what must soon take place.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I love getting a heads up on stuff. I mean isn’t it easier to handle a situation if you know what is coming?

In the morning, I listen to the weather report so that I know what to wear and what to expect for the coming day or week. I listen to the report of a meteorologist. This individual is an expert on the weather.

There is no better prognosticator of what is about to take place than Jesus Christ himself when it comes to the kingdom of heaven.

In the first three chapters of the book of Revelation you will find the letters to the seven churches.  In each letter he reminds the reader: “Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

When what you are saying is important you usually begin with, “Listen up! Everybody!”

This message is for all of us.

Proverbs 1:5 New International Version (NIV)

let the wise listen and add to their learning,
    and let the discerning get guidance—

His brother admonishes us to listen and do what He says.

James 1:22 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

We are the sheep of His pasture.

John 10:26 26 but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.

God himself tells us to listen to Him.

Luke 9:34-36 34 While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35 A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.” 36 When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept this to themselves and did not tell anyone at that time what they had seen.

God’s Creation Wednesday, Jan 11 2017 

I just love the smell of lilacs. Oh and lavender is wonderful too. Roses are so sweet and full of fond memories of years gone by so long ago. Set aside for a moment all that we see in God’s universe and just concentrate on our sense of smell. The smell of food cooking sends us to the kitchen to see what it is that smells so good. What a wonderful part of God’s creation!

Before God created the universe and everything in it was the Word.

John 1:1-4 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.

God created all things.

Psalm 33:6-9 By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
    their starry host by the breath of his mouth.
He gathers the waters of the sea into jars[a];
    he puts the deep into storehouses.
Let all the earth fear the Lord;
    let all the people of the world revere him.
For he spoke, and it came to be;
    he commanded, and it stood firm.

Until we understand that God spoke the universe into being we will never learn the power of the tongue.

Hebrews 11:3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

When our purpose is at odds with God’s purpose for his creation then his intervention supersedes ours.

The Tower of Babel

11 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As people moved eastward,[a] they found a plain in Shinar[b] and settled there.

They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”

But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”

So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel[c]—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.

It is within our desire to make a name for ourselves that we drift off the path of our true purpose and calling. It is by His grace, His glory, His purpose that we live and move and have our being.

 

 

God’s Synchronicity Tuesday, Jan 10 2017 

Remember when you were a kid and you just couldn’t wait for things to happen? You couldn’t wait to start kindergarten so you could go to school like the big kids. You couldn’t wait for first grade because then you’d be in “real” school. You couldn’t wait to have a birthday and would even count half years to make it appear that you were even older.

We would count the days until Christmas, or birthdays, or special events. We began to ask about time. What time is it? Are we there yet?

Then it was being tall enough to ride on the rides at the carnivals, and before you knew it was graduating from high school, getting married, college, having kids of your own, career goals and retirement.

Whew that went fast.

We didn’t always get to do the things we wanted but had to wait. That is how it is with “God’s perfect timing”( Kairos time).

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

A Time for Everything

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

    a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.

God has a plan for every single person on the planet. And every single person on the planet is connected. We all come from somebody.

So, if you are feeling like you wish your life would just move on already then maybe it is time for you to take a deep breath, bow your head, and thank God Almighty for his perfect timing. Hindsight is always 20/20.

We can’t rush time. God has his reasons for timing things the way he does. The word time is in the bible 888 times. Timing is important to God.

Until we get to that point in time when we realize that this journey we are on is not about us and our desires but is about God’s plan and His purposes, we will never accomplish what it is that God foreordained for us to do  with the life he gave us. We will never accomplish our anointed purpose. My prayer is that your purpose may be fulfilled in Christ Jesus our LORD.

God’s Design Saturday, Jan 7 2017 

God’s design is so unique. Even though every snowflake is unique, they all have six points.

The star of David has six points too.

The earth was created in just six days. Man was created on the sixth day.

Every man has unique finger prints and unique irises.

If God is so exact about the matters of creation, would he not care about our needs as well? God created the earth as a place for us. The earth is full of the reminders of his constant care and provision.

Matthew 6: 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.

We serve an awesome God. He is worthy of all praise.

He gave us each five fingers and five toes but then doubled our blessings by giving us two arms and two legs. We have five senses. There are five books in the Pentateuch which means “five tools”. He changed Abram (5 letters) (meaning exalted father) with the Hebrew for five (ha) into Abraham (meaning father of nations). There is purpose to every little thing. Every time we tell others our name, we have to say His first, “I am”.

He used 5 barley loaves to feed 5,000 people. A repentant person had to pay 5 times retribution in the old testament. There were 5 priests that served in the Tabernacle, Aaron and his 4 sons. There were 5 animals brought as sacrifices.

There are the five names of God-“And he will be called
    Wonderful, Counselor, Almighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

There is order and purpose in the universe that God designed.

God’s Purpose Thursday, Jan 5 2017 

When we go about our days there is a purpose to our actions. We set goals and then go about doing what we must do to achieve those goals. At the end of the day, we get a sense of satisfaction from our accomplishments and we can rejoice in a job well done. Now, imagine for a moment if everything you did depended on the actions of other people? Your entire purpose was to accomplish things through the lives of other people.

God has a unique purpose for you.

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.

God knows that some people will refuse his plan.

30 But the Pharisees and the experts in the law rejected God’s purpose for themselves.

God also sets the time of your demise so you will be able to fulfill his purpose.

“Now when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep. (falling asleep in the bible means he “died.”)

God also sets the place you will live.

24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.

God has “elected” us for his purpose.

10 Not only that, but Rebekah’s children were conceived at the same time by our father Isaac. 11 Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad—in order that God’s purpose in election might stand: 12 not by works but by him who calls—she was told, “The older will serve the younger.”[a]

Notice that even the order of our birth is directed by God, as well as how many kids are in each family.

God works through people.

He is able by his Almighty power to accomplish his purposes through us and in us.

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

 

I Am a Platelet Wednesday, Nov 12 2014 

God may choose to use us in the body of Christ, (His Church) for his purposes. Recently, I had two separate women call me to say they were leaving the church. I felt an immediate clenching of my chest, a stabbing pain, and then a sickening feeling overwhelmed me just at the thought of them leaving.

As I was speaking with them, both times, the Holy Spirit said, “Tell them you are a platelet in the body of Christ, in the vein of the Church.”

I didn’t even know what a platelet was. I thought it was the part of the blood that carried nutrients around to the various “vital organs.” This was my pride rearing its’ ugly head again.

Anyway, I told them I was just a little platelet. How little, I had no idea.

It turns out there are hundreds of thousands of platelets, they are very small disk shaped, and they don’t even have a nucleus. Their whole purpose in the blood is to cause clotting to prevent bleeding.

I was very excited to discover that I wasn’t’ as important as I thought I was but still vital to the “life” of the Church. You see bleeding to me was symbolic of losing church members. Our pastor told me that we indeed had lost 25 families who were forced to move away to find work or for other job related reasons.

Platelets cause clotting which is a sort of clumping of the blood cells. The clumping to me represented community groups and their vital function in the “life” of the church.

So now before God I sit astounded at his analogy. I am humbled yet refreshed. I am glad that I did what the Holy Spirit prompted me to do. That I was able to listen and hear their heart’s cry. That I had dedicated myself to be here for them if they should ever need a friend. Knowing full well that whether they stayed or left that God still had them in the palm of his hand and would place them under the wing of a pastor that could love and guide them in a way that they needed.