Early August musings

IS GOD REAL?  This is the latest book published that I’ve had a hand in proofing/editing. I highly recommend this to those seeking an intelligent view on Christianity among other religions. Gary included some pretty amazing facts I hadn’t known in this book; I highly recommend it! You can find it at: https://olivepresspublishers.com/index.php?seo_path=all-books&_a=category&sort[date_added]=DESC

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This has been a busy week with family, friends and loved ones. I’ve been picking blueberries and Tuesday found if I pick two pails of berries for the winery, I get to keep a third I fill for payment. It takes me about an hour to pick about a gallon of berries. If you’re anywhere near, you can find this deal and MUCH more at https://www.tughillvineyards.com/ scroll down to the You-Pick section. It’s an amazing place just outside the small village of Lowville, New York!

Good thing the motel is not busy this week; I’ve finally got time for my 8 year old granddaughter Nataleigh to spend a long weekend with me. She just did a great job in her first show with the Super Stage summer program at Lowville Central School: Madagascar Jr. I’m so thankful for the things they offer for elementary students in the summer. My publisher just gave me another book to edit, so I’ll try and remember to let you know when this one’s published; it’s a novel based on the author’s life. This posting is late because the berries and my own garden are demanding attention and I’m so glad my granddaughter is here to help today. Tomorrow we’ll go to Henderson’s Heritage Day at the Historical Society grounds. After that, our Life Group from church is having a BBQ get-together.

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I’ve been listening to a  lot of Dan Mohler’s short teachings today and he’s always a challenge, encouragement, and good for me to hear! His messages and insights are so simple and so profound at the same time. I encourage you to look up his videos on YouTube.

I leave you with another amazing photo of God’s billboard; Heaven touching earth!img_20190713_201328560

Part Two: How to Handle Sexual Desires as a Single Christian Woman

I couldn’t have said it better; truth for young, single men as well!

Justified And Redeemed

There is a part two to this “How to Handle Sexual Desires as a Single Christian Woman,” type post, and if you want, you can read part one here, but you most certainly can continue reading this one regardless of reading the first one; however, I highly suggest reading it, for I do believe that we need to begin talking about how to handle sexual desires in the Christian women community, for I believe that sometimes, we can shut off these conversations without speaking about the importance of it.

As I began in part one, sex was created by God for married couples, and sex is only bad when it is done outside the confines of marriage. However, we sometimes, unintentionally, slip into the thinking of “let’s never talk about the good. and only focus on why we should not have sex until marriage,” and while I do agree…

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Opposing Views

NODesiderata

GO PLACIDLY amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
By Max Ehrmann © 1927
Original text found at https://www.desiderata.com/desiderata.html
Desiderata was written in 1927 by Max Ehrmann, a poet and lawyer from Terre Haute, Indiana. In that time period, it was avaunt guard to look to the virtues found in man and the world instead of the universal truths found in the Bible (I highlighted the parts that go off track). Forgetting that there is only one way to God and His name is Jesus Christ, “learned men” were starting to espouse doctrines of men which the Bible warns about, with many nods to other religions and “tolerance”. About this time, my mother remembers her grandmother had a Buddha statue on her dressing table and a Methodist prayer book by her bed. Indian and oriental things were the rage.
Matthew 15:8 ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth,
And honor Me with their lips,
But their heart is far from Me.
And in vain they worship Me,
Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’  
pianistI remember singing You are a child of the universe… as someone recited this poem when our chorus sang for our high school’s National Honor Society induction in the late 1970’s (our chorus director who chose this song was also choir director at our Presbyterian church). This poem/song has about as much in common with the Bible as the Koran does; a little Bible truth mixed with a lot  of universalism.
At this time, Keith Green was on the scene calling people back to the Bible and a deep relationship with the true God of the universe, along with Rich Mullins and his Ragamuffin band. His song Creed (from The Apostle’s Creed) brings into focus what’s wrong with Desiderata:
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I believe in God the Father almighty
Maker of Heaven and Maker of Earth

And in Jesus Christ
His only begotten Son, our Lord

He was conceived by the Holy Spirit
Born of the virgin Mary
Suffered under Pontius Pilate
He was crucified and dead and buried
Chorus:
And I believe (that) what I believe
Is what makes me what I am
I did not make it, no it is making me
It is the very truth of God and not
The invention of any man

I believe that He who suffered
Was Crucified, buried and dead
He descended into hell and
On the third day he rose again
He ascended into Heaven where
He sits at God’s mighty right hand
I believe that He’s returning to
Judge the quick and the dead
Of the sons of men
Repeat chorus
I believe in God the Father almighty
Maker of Heaven and Maker of Earth
And in Jesus Christ His only begotten Son, our Lord
I believe in the Holy Spirit
One Holy Church, the communion of Saints,
The forgiveness of sins
I believe in the resurrection
I believe in a life that never ends
https://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/r/rich_mullins/creed.html#!
Be cautious of anyone who tells you to “find the god inside of you” or get in touch with the life force” in your core. TM (Transcendental Meditation) or yoga or guided meditation tells you to clear your mind and use a word like ‘om’ to meditate on or to listen to your breathing or visualize…meditation in the Bible is not emptying your mind, but filling your mind with the Word of God/things of God. The Hebrew word actually includes muttering or speaking out loud.
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1 Chronicles 16:9 Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; meditate on and talk of all His wondrous works and devoutly praise them! (AMP)
Psalm 1:2 His delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night. (AMP)
Psalm 145:5 I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, And on Your wondrous works.
Philippians 4:8 [ Meditate on These Things ] Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

 

Is the Lord your God testing you?

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Deuteronomy 13:1 “If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, 2and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods’—which you have not known—‘and let us serve them,’ 3you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams,

for the Lord your God is testing you to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul…

I share a YouTube video a friend sent me: https://youtu.be/jrYWaFaXITE -if you can’t access the video by clicking on this link, go to YouTube search: Best sermon about The Baptism of Fire and The Holy Spirit-Bill Johnson…

Pastor Bill shared from his heart a very convincing/convicting message and then went into this spontaneous song:

Dove

Pour out Your Spirit 

Answer by fire

show forth Your mercy

Your heart is my desire

Your heart is my desire

Is the Lord God’s heart your desire? Have you thought lately about how much you love the Lord your God? Is it with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind…with your whole life? Are you holding back, wanting to keep a part of yourself separate from the Lord? The first of the “Ten Commandments” is:  Exodus 20:3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.”

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“You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God…

King Solomon searched his own heart to try and fill his desires:

Ecclesiastes 2:3 searched in my heart how to gratify my flesh with wine, while guiding my heart with wisdom, and how to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was good for the sons of men to do under heaven all the days of their lives. 

 King David asked God to search him: 

Psalm 139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
24 And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.

This is what God tells us:

Jeremiah 29:12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

I encourage you to spend time waiting on the Lord. Humbly come before Him, ask Him to search your heart. When the Holy Spirit reveals your anxious thoughts and any wicked ways in you, renounce them(repent)and don’t let them cling to your heart and soul anymore. Apply the blood of Jesus, then let The Holy Spirit lead you in the way everlasting. Seek Him and find Him by searching with all your heart. 

At the end of the video you can join in this meditative Psalm:

  1. My Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine; For Thee all the follies of sin I resign; My gracious Redeemer, my Savior art Thou; If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.

  2. I love Thee because Thou hast first loved me, And purchased my pardon on Calvary’s tree; I love Thee for wearing the thorns on Thy brow; If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.

  3. I’ll love Thee in life, I will love Thee in death, And praise Thee as long as Thou lendest me breath; And say when the death dew lies cold on my brow, If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.

  4. In mansions of glory and endless delight, I’ll ever adore Thee in heaven so bright; I’ll sing with the glittering crown on my brow, If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.

https://library.timelesstruths.org/music/My_Jesus_I_Love_Thee/Call on the Lord

 

What a week of filling with Jesus!

img_20190629_204329305I begin with this quote from Billy Graham I found on this week’s Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s Summer Soul Refresher: What a Friend We Have in Jesus

Billy Graham once said, “Even sorrows turn to blessings when they make us less attached to the earth and more attached to God. Then more than ever we discover that Jesus truly is our friend—‘All our sins and griefs to bear.’”

Do you know Jesus that way—as a friend you can turn to and confide in? Someone who accepts you, has compassion on you and gives you wise counsel?

I hope you have a personal relationship with the One who gave all He had to make a way for us to have a relationship with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

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I have been watching Kevin Zadai’s videos on YouTube this week and am learning a lot about how the Supernatural realm works as we connect with it from here on earth. [Taking Off The Limitations @BCFC July 7 019]One thought that stuck out is: failure is a product of doctrines of men and the way we’ve been raised in this fallen world. God has no thought of failure, neither do Jesus, Holy Spirit or the angels sent to help us. If we truly have died to ourselves, taken up our cross and are following Jesus, success is ours! In other words, the God who made you did not program failure into your life plan; humans did. We must understand what Christ has provided for us through the ultimate sacrifice in order to walk in the love of Christ and minister to those He connects us with. [you can find more about Kevin at: https://kevinzadai.com/%5D

From what I’ve heard recently, 1 John is a book of the Bible many pastors and teachers are shying away from teaching on these days . Could it be that we love the world and ourselves so much that the love of God through Christ is not in us? Is this book too convicting for us to venture trying to read and truly understand? I challenge you to join me as I read through 1 John [and maybe 2nd and 3rd] and ask The Holy Spirit to interpret and help us apply the truths in these passages to our lives. I no longer want to be as sounding brass or a clanging cymbal trying to defend/prove myself right.

1Corinthinans 13:1 [ The Greatest Gift ] Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.

Another video I watched on YouTube is Dan Mohler-Live by the Spirit@Without Walls Church-June 2019. I am reminded if we’re really truly dead to our flesh and alive in Christ, “Nobody owes me anything”. Let those who have offended you off the hook for your sake as well as for theirs. As Apostle Paul reminds us:

Pressing Toward the Goal

12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do,forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

I hope I’ve put in words a small portion of what I’ve absorbed this week. I’ve broken out in holy laughter and holy clapping in the Spirit several times and prayed/sung in tongues of men and angels. I’m starting to recognize angels in the clouds and heavenly portals open in the clouds that bring heaven down to earth with no separation. Do you realize heaven’s already inside us as believers? We can walk in it daily when we realize we’re hidden with Christ in God, high above all principalities and powers of the air. Also, I’ve been reading Psalm 139 in the Passion translation of the Bible since I heard Kevin Zadai using it. I’m gaining deeper understanding of how close the Lord is and how thin the separation between heaven and earth is getting these days.  I’ll leave you to ponder!

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Amazing Grace!

amazing graceGrace has been the theme for me today! (June 28, 2019) First, Amazing Grace was played at my sister-in-law’s funeral this morning. On my way home I heard Dr. Charles Stanley   “Walking Worthy of Your Calling” https://www.marshillnetwork.org/shows/charles-stanley/ the first of two sermons about”Our God of Grace”. Just now, I got an email from Billy Graham Evangelistic Society that was ALSO about grace; the hymn Amazing Grace in particular, ending with video of ‘Bagpiper plays “Amazing Grace” at Billy Graham’s funeral in March 2018. THEN I checked out a video post on GODINTEREST https://godinterest.com/2019/05/13/its-not-gay-to-straight-its-lost-to-saved-one-lesbians-journey-to-salvation/

Defining Grace

You’ve probably heard “grace” described as God’s unmerited favor. This common definition is accurate, but a deeper study into the word reveals grace as a gift that embodies the entire relationship between God and man.

[excerpt from Summer Soul Refresher: Amazing Grace BGEC June 27, 2019]

The entire relationship between God and man? What thoughts come to mind when you see someone that’s a professing homosexual, witch, druggie, prisoner, etc.? Do you immediately see their blatant sin and turn away? Castigate them? See them as an evangelistic project/target? Make a point to tell them the Bible calls that lifestyle sin? WELL, the sin is just a symptom of their lost-ness which we’ve ALL had in our own lives to differing degrees. By the way- these are all “noticeable” sins.In The Lord’s Prayer we recite: Forgive us our sins/trespasses as we forgive those who sin/trespass against us. We MUST choose to forgive and we MUST choose to be forgiven. We must realize what grace and mercy we’ve found at the foot of the cross and extend that grace to others. Let’s look at the end of  Jesus’ parable of the unforgiving servant found in Matthew chapter 18:21-35

Matthew 32 Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. 33 Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’ 34 And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him.

35 So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.”

Speaking of grace, I’m not referring to the “cheap grace” that’s a popular Christian theme these days: “His grace is sufficient! Sin all you want! Jesus will forgive you no matter what!” In the book of Romans the Apostle Paul does a full discourse on why this is a wrong view of the doctrine of grace. What shown for me in the GODINTEREST post is the woman pointing out she wasn’t saved by church people touting Bible verses about sin; she wasn’t saved out of lesbianism, she went from lost to found by Jesus because of the compassionate, loving actions of women who invited her to a Bible study and showed her what true love is. We are coming into a time where conviction is falling on people and we’re coming into contact with them. They are quite messy for the most part; looking for love in all the wrong places and wondering how to get out from under their sins. Have I mentioned I was recently reconnected with a cousin who’s been practicing Reiki for 30 years and met a niece at the funeral who’s been taken under a witch’s tutelage as a daughter to pass her wisdom on to? I have a friend who’s been connected with a Jehovah’s Witness who’s questioning and trying to figure out the trinity? These people are all around us and we don’t need to look to hard to find them. They don’t want to be told blatant truths their sins exposed; they probably are already feeling their burden of sin. They are searching for what we have in Jesus Christ by grabbing hold of whatever supernatural avenue they can stumble on. We need to be guided by Holy Spirit and filled with the love of God in Christ and use wisdom to minister to these broken spirits. It is not natural for us to love people unconditionally while we hate the sin, but as we live and grow in the fruits of the Spirit by living in Christ’s love we will become more like Christ. He showed all of these fruits by walking in the Spirit and doing the will of the Father and nothing outside that.

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth)[Ephesians 5:9]

I leave you in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, learning to walk in Him in Whom we live and move and have our being. Treat others-those in the faith and those not yet in the faith- as we’re instructed in Galatians 6:1 Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.

Remember we’re ending the second week of the 90 days of summer prayer for our nation (Hank and Brenda Kunneman’s 4th of July prophecy on YouTube) Lift up our nation in prayer and proclamation! May God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Amen!

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July 4th Prophetic Word!

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My dear friends, the Spirit just alerted me that Lucifer and his minions are planning a major attack on our country, especially the North East. I prophetically call you all to symbolically apply the blood of Jesus to your door posts and lintels as the Israelites did on the first Passover when the angel of death passed by their houses.

Remember God’s days begin an hour before sundown the evening before, so I’m getting this message to you ASAP! Check out Hank & Brenda Kunneman’s prophecies on YouTube if you want to learn more.