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If I Get to Heaven

Sisters Summer Child Girls Childhood Cute(photo from: https://pixabay.com/en/sisters-summer-child-girls-931151/)

 

One of the nice things about my sister living near me is that sometimes we get alone time to talk about things. On Saturday, on our way to one of her favorite stores, she asked me about by last blog. “Why did you write, ‘if I get to heaven’? Do you think you’re not going to heaven when you die?”

I told her I should have explained what I was thinking.

I believe that God keeps those believers in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who asked Him to be their Lord and Savior, and repented of their sins. In Ephesians 1 it tells us that God seals His followers forever and calls them heirs of His kingdom.

So, realistically, all born again Christians sincerely loving God and obeying His commands are secure in their relationship with Jesus. Colossians 1 tells us we are already seated in heavenly places. The Gospel of John shows us Jesus’ words about belief in Him.

I’ve read the Old Testament time and again. Believers in God, including Solomon, got off track and began worshiping other gods. In Ecclesiastes, it appears that Solomon got through the depression of leaving God and returned to the faith of his father, King David.

So, even though I’m secure in Christ, I’m also aware of letters from the Apostle Paul in the Epistles of the New Testament. He told disciples of Christ to work out their salvation with fear and trembling. He warned the believers in 1 Corinthians 6:9,10 not to be deceived. Neither covetous people, neither those having sex outside of the marriage of a male to a female, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, nor men behaving like women will inherit the kingdom of heaven. I would imagine women acting masculine fall into the same category.

Paul, speaking to Christians warns them if they’re living in the aforementioned manner, they will not go to heaven.

I believe Christians have free will to walk away from God, because one of the prophecies of end times is that a multitude of people will come to Christ and a great number of believers will find their love growing cold and will walk away.

The only reason I said, “if I get to heaven,” is because if I get persecuted, I don’t know if I would wimp out and reject Jesus.

I don’t think I’d do that because of God’s promises to keep His own and because I backslid once and I was miserable without God and I promised Him I’d never turn away from Him again. I understand the consequences better now-hell is worse than anything that I’d suffer on earth. Also, I’ve experienced ups and downs in life, and going through many experiences with Jesus makes the joy sweeter and the sorrow bearable.

I shouldn’t have said, “if I get to heaven,” I suppose, but my dad used to say, “only God knows who’s going to heaven.”

He said that because he saw some phonies in his lifetime. I don’t trust myself, but I do trust Jesus. If I get weak I call out to Jesus and that’s not going to change.

“I hope this helps,” my sister.

May God bless each reader!

Favorite Things About Christmas

Do you have favorite things about Christmas?

I got some Christmas cards in the mail today. I really enjoy sending and receiving cards because we’ve moved enough times that I have friends I don’t hear from like I used to. At Christmas time, as I write out the cards, my mind gets flooded with fond memories of family and friends.

I love hearing the Christmas story in Luke and in Matthew. I try to picture how Mary felt and I feel awe for Joseph’s brave stances to buck society’s standards and follow God’s directions.

Mary On Donkey With Joseph Figurine  - Photo found at: https://www.christianbook.com/mary-on-donkey-with-joseph-figurine/pd/590021?dv=%7Bdevice%7D&en=google&event=SHOP&kw=ornaments-and-holiday-decor-0-20%7C590021&p=1179710&gclid=Cj0KCQiAg4jSBRCsARIsAB9ooatRNZxPJngIzobXSX6LPMcYuyMbtDHh0oGZ0qR6-U0vzUjqwuCLlsQaApIWEALw_wcB

 

This is the first year our church didn’t do the Christmas Eve candlelit service because of Christmas falling on Monday. My husband thought families would want to spend time together at night since they went to church in the morning. I always cherish the time listening to the people share their blessings. Seeing the expectant faces in the shimmering candle light with the overhead lights extinguished is precious. And beautiful.

Shopping for gifts for my loved ones is fun when there’s money in the budget. We always limit the amount and tell our family not to expect extravagant items. Some folks go into debt, we don’t go for that. To us, Christmas is about the Savior’s birth.

I think it’s fun to get presents, my husband doesn’t. So, our kids respect that and either give to charity in their dad’s name, or just say “Merry Christmas,” and leave it at that. His dad didn’t want us to spend money on him either, but an occasional small antique item, like salt and pepper shakers and a magnifying glass caused a smile to light up his face. I don’t expect anything from my children, but if they choose to get something, they know I prefer an inexpensive gift.

I’ve been more sentimental lately, and when my husband told the Christmas story from Mary’s point of view, her willingness to listen to the angel and then her obedience to the privilege of being mother to the Son of God, with all the unanswered questions she pondered over, well, I almost cried in church.

As my husband said, she really didn’t know what she was getting herself into, but she never hesitated. She trusted God. When I read Daniel a day or so before the sermon, I noticed that Daniel fainted when the angel spoke to him. The angel told him not to be afraid. When Daniel said his strength left his body, the angel supplied strength to Daniel’s body, mind and spirit. When the heavenly being told about end times, it kind of scared me, because so much of what was said seemed like it could be current events. Other things, I couldn’t make sense of. I wish I had my youngest son nearby because he graduated from college with a degree in History, and I thought he might be able to interpret some of the military battles. Some of the verses might have been referring to the conquests of Alexander the Great.

Mary heard the same thing from the angel that visited her, “Be not afraid.”

She also was called “highly favored among women.”

She is never called extraordinary. It doesn’t say anywhere in the Bible that she should be prayed to. I think she did her best to follow and honor God. I also assume she was one of the best moms ever, imperfect but gentle and wise is how I imagine her.

Christmas carols prevail on the radio at this season of the year. There are so many beautiful tunes and choruses. I’ve heard some new ones this holiday time that touched my heart.

Well, those are some of my favorite things. Nice meals, Christmas cookies, and family and friends gathering for games need to be included as well.

I tried to write Merry Christmas and include a picture of a creche, but my computer kept freezing up, so I decided to let it rest for a day or two around the twenty-fifth. That’s how life goes sometimes, smooth as whipping cream or bumpy like a topping of walnuts.

May God bless you!

 

 

Prophesies for Now and the Future

Sundays tire me out sometimes, even though worshiping God and praying with other believers refreshes my spirit.

This afternoon, it caught up with me so I took a short nap and then I heard a sound alerting me to a message on the phone.

A friend wanted me to watch a YouTube video of Jonathan Cahn, warning America of 10-31-17, but the online site said it’s not available. So, I got on “Prophetic Warning to America 13 Oct, 2017 – Jonathan Cahn – The Apostasy of America [Friday 13th].”

Then my friend directed me to Kim Clement’s prophesies beginning in 2014 and they continued, one after another.

We, in America dedicated our country to God when the Puritan’s came to the eastern shore. When I was a child in the 1960’s, I literally saw values shifting as people acted out with drugs, less sexual restraints, rebellion towards adults and against authorities.

Now, I pray for revival in America because as an adult I am concerned for the next generations and for the welfare of this country.

Years ago, I prayed for God to send missionaries to us with accents because American’s love foreign accents and He answered my prayer. I’m praying for revival because when I read the Old Testament I see that when Israel turned from God, He sent judgments to get their attention so they wouldn’t end up depraved and eventually separated from Him for all of eternity.

America is choosing other gods, atheism, etc. and we are being punished by God. God’s word says if My people who are called by My name, will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. That’s found in 2 Chronicles 7:14, (NKJV).

The Israelites worshiped Baal and put thousands of children through the fire. Americans have worshiped self and killed over 60 million babies. God forgive us!

 

 

Peace

 

 

 

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Isa 26:3  You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.

The Mountain of the Lord

Isa 2:1  The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.

Isa 2:2  Now it shall come to pass in the latter days That the mountain of the LORD’s house Shall be established on the top of the mountains, And shall be exalted above the hills; And all nations shall flow to it.

Isa 2:3  Many people shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

Isa 2:4  He shall judge between the nations, And rebuke many people; They shall beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war anymore.

Isa 2:5  O house of Jacob, come and let us walk In the light of the LORD.

This is a prophecy concerning the end times here and again in Micah:

The Mountain of the Lord

Mic 4:1  Now it shall come to pass in the latter days That the mountain of the LORD’s house Shall be established on the top of the mountains, And shall be exalted above the hills; And peoples shall flow to it.

Mic 4:2  Many nations shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion the law shall go forth, And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

Mic 4:3  He shall judge between many peoples, And rebuke strong nations afar off; They shall beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war anymore.

Mic 4:4  But everyone shall sit under his vine and under his fig tree, And no one shall make them afraid; For the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken.

Mic 4:5  For all people walk each in the name of his god, But we will walk in the name of the LORD our God Forever and ever.

The Lord Shall Rescue Zion

Mic 4:6  “In that day,” says the LORD, “I will assemble the lame, I will gather the outcast And those whom I have afflicted;

Mic 4:7  I will make the lame a remnant, And the outcast a strong nation; So the LORD will reign over them in Mount Zion From now on, even forever.

Mic 4:8  And you, O tower of the flock, The stronghold of the daughter of Zion, To you shall it come, Even the former dominion shall come, The kingdom of the daughter of Jerusalem.”

I’m reading in the book of Isaiah, sixty-six chapters, as there are sixty-six books in the Bible. I’ve heard it said that if a person reads Isaiah, they will read a synopsis of the entire Bible.

In Isaiah 53, the Messiah is described and Jesus fits that description. How I needed a savior when I was young. Now that Jesus is my Lord and Savior, how I need the Holy Spirit to comfort me in the middle of the sorrows that come upon me and all of mankind when evil has its way.

So, I pray for those close to me and for those that I may never know, when I hear tragedies in America and around the world. The only way to avoid being cast into despair is to cast my cares upon God Who cares for me, as directed in 1 Peter 5:7. Not only does He comfort me, but He comforts whomever calls upon His name.

He promises that those who call upon the name of Jesus will be saved, in Act_2:21, (NKJV),  AND IT SHALL COME TO PASS THAT WHOEVER CALLS ON THE NAME OF THE LORD SHALL BE SAVED.’

Having Jesus love you and call you His very own imparts peace, and fills the longing of the heart that searches for more.

I hope that you are well. May God bless you!

“The King is Coming”

 

 

I sat in a recliner reading Proverbs the other day and the song, “The King is Coming” popped into my brain out of nowhere. I sang that at a Christmas play four years ago or more.

 

From what I understand, Gloria Gaither wrote it in 1972, so I went to YouTube to copy the video link for it if you’d like to hear it.

 

I went to the nursing home for our weekly Bible study and after going through Mark 11, one of the younger women, sitting in a wheel chair and needing oxygen, asked about heaven. So, we read Rev. 21 and 22 for her. The end of chapter 22 tells us that the King is coming soon, be ready and tells us what type of sins will keep people out of heaven.

 

My daughter told me recently that the stars and planets are lined up as they were when Jesus arrived as a newborn over 2,000 years ago and so, many Christians are saying that Christ is coming back tomorrow. Her pastor asked her if she’s ready for Saturday. She said, “If people are saying Jesus is coming back on Saturday, September 23, 2017, He’ll come on another day because He said no one will know the day and the hour.”

 

He did tell us that we should be looking up because our redemption draws near. That we would know by the hurricanes, rumors of war, the love of Christians growing cold, people going to and fro over the earth, and earthquakes, etc.

May God bless you!

“Left Behind” Movie

I went to see a friend today to visit and she told me she watched a movie about the Rapture with Nicholas Cage and that it was biblically based. So, I researched it on the internet and eventually came up with the movie, “Left Behind.”

Left Behind film poster.jpgThis photo is from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Left_Behind_%282014_film%29

The word “Rapture” is not in the Bible, but the concept is. It is the belief that Jesus calls the ones believing on His name and repenting of their sins and asking Him to save them, at a set time in the future, to their heavenly home. Believers leave this place and leave others behind that don’t believe Jesus on the earth. The reference chapter is Matthew 24 in the New Testament.

As she recommended it, I tried to remember if I’d seen it before. It’s based on the books of the same title written by Jerry Jenkins and Tim La Haye. Vic Armstrong directed “Left Behind,” which was written by Paul La Londe and John Blatus.

The film’s theatrical release date of 10/3/2014 occurred via Stoney Lake Entertainment according to Wikipedia.org. and they said the critics didn’t care for it. I’ll have to check it out and make up my own mind. It’s been a while since I saw it at the movie theater.

I’ve liked shows in the past that writers discounted, so I take reviewers’ opinions lightly if I don’t know them and their philosophies in life.

I’m keeping it short tonight because I’ve been away from home a lot lately, so I’m tired.

I hope you are doing well. May God bless you.

Write Now!

 

Book & DVD   (these photos were copied from: http://www.theharbinger-jonathancahn.com)

I worked on the garden today adding perennials and watering because we’re headed for 90 degree days. One section of my body got hurting and I felt sure the Lord was saying to stop gardening. He wants me writing. So, I’ll have to hire someone or ask family to weed and water.

Tonight my husband and I listened to Jonathan Cahn on Right Now Media. He’s a Messianic Jewish author of Harbinger, published in 2011, copyrighted by Jonathan Cahn and published by Frontline, Charisma Media/Charisma House Book Group, Lake Mary, FL. More recently, The Book of Mysteries was written by Jonathan Cahn and copyrighted by him in 2016, published by Frontline, Charisma Media/Charisma House Book Group, Lake Mary, FL, www.charismahouse.com

Rabbi Jonathan Cahn has a website: http://www.hopeoftheworld.org which looked intriguing. I started reading the Harbinger on

https://smile.amazon.com/Harbinger-Ancient-Mystery-Secret-Americas/dp/161638610X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1497149720&sr=8-1&keywords=harbinger+by+jonathan+cahn

and it’s a story about prophecy and the future of America with reality in the prose.

On Right Now Media’s broadcast, Pastor Jonathan said if God is asking you to do something, do it now. Don’t wait! What might God be asking you to do?

May God bless you!

David Versus Goliath

 

My husband and I watched a movie on Netflix tonight about young David when he first became anointed by the prophet Samuel to become king of Israel. The producer wrote at the outset that the movie was not historically accurate for dramatization effect. They gave the biblical reference for this event and the fight against Goliath. He fought for the Philistines. The information is recorded in 1 Samuel 17 in the Old Testament of the Hoy Bible.

I have to admit that it made me realize what a lowly position David was in as a shepherd. To go from shepherd to king is quite an adjustment to make. The story line got changed quite a bit. We thought the biblical account showed conflict and determination and violence. The television movie upped the ante even more.

David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17:47) Bookmarks, 25(photo from https://www.christianbook.com/david-and-goliath-bookmarks-25/pd/123443?event=ESRCG )

Lately, some of the biblical movies are not only historically inaccurate, but some are so altered as to be offensive. I saw that the film, “Noah” is available on streaming on Netflix. That show radically changed Noah’s life and perspective enough that a pastor at our church left the theater. She said it’s blasphemous. To portray Noah, a godly man, thinking of killing his only grandchild, the only child left after the worldwide flood, shocked me. The rest of the events were bad enough, but that was right in line with people that believe the planet should be worshiped, animals should be protected at all costs, and human kind needs to be catastrophically eliminated so the number of persons is about a third of the number we have today.

God is for life and not for death. It must have broken His heart to start over by punishing mankind with a flood. The Word says the violence and the worst kinds of sin filled the earth. Noah was the only person on the planet whom God called righteous. Even his wife and sons and daughters-in-law did not honor God. After the flood, God made a rainbow as a promise that He would never destroy the earth by water again. The account is found in Genesis 7 in the Old Testament.

The signs of a worldwide flood can be found underground in oil deposits, on top of the earth in mountains, in the Grand Canyon in Arizona – which shows layers of various deposits of soil and minerals. Fish skeleton fossils are found on top of the mountains. Tree fossils are found with the roots on top and the rest of the remains pointing down or laying sideways.

In the book of Job it sounds as if dinosaurs, called dragons back in the day, were on the planet at the same time with man. If Tyrannosaurus Rex walked the land with humans imagine the terrifying violence that would occur when the creature got mad or afraid and decided to lash out. Consider Michael Crichton’s book and the movie version of it, by Steven Spielberg in 1993, “Jurassic Park.” Talk about scary.

To think that God never intended sin or death to be part of our existence here on planet earth, according to Genesis 1. He gave vegetables and fruit for the animals and humans to eat. It wasn’t until after the worldwide flood that God told Noah to eat meat. All the vegetation was washed away.

Later, it wasn’t too long after Noah’s ark landed on dry land that the family’s sinful choices got recorded for all of us to read. I know I’m a sinner. It’s not easy to admit it some days. So God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit decided to make a plan for salvation. One God, three separate persons – like an egg is one egg but there’s the shell, the yolk and the egg white. It’s a mystery that’s hard to fathom.

Jesus, the Messiah, came to earth once to take on the sins of the world so the wrath of God would fall on a willing perfect scapegoat. The Word of God calls Jesus the Lamb of God, the sacrificial unblemished offering. After He died, Jesus got resurrected from the dead by God the Father.

When He comes again, every person on earth will see him and if they’ve ignored Him or rejected Him, they will be terrified. This time He is coming as a warrior to defeat the Evil one and to punish sinful mankind who didn’t repent and accept His free gift of salvation.

I don’t understand it all. Teachings on the end times are in Thessalonians in the New Testament and in Revelation. His commands and prophecy for the future are scary. He came in person, his life story is historically proven, and He wrote a book for us. In 2 Peter 3:9 it says that God is patiently waiting for people to repent, because it’s not His will that any should perish – suffer in hell with the devil. The lake of fire was made for Satan and his demons.

When we choose to reject God, we’ll suffer consequences. Once someone is dead, their fate is sealed. I try not to think about people I know that wouldn’t even listen, and now they’re gone. It’s too heartbreaking.

I didn’t know I would write about this tonight. I asked God what should I write and this came to mind. Many prophesies in the Word of God about Jesus returning are being fulfilled. Certain things have to happen first and most, if not all have already happened. I hope you are ready for Jesus’ return. If not, please look into the Bible before it’s too late. Pray and ask God to show you, if you’re unsure.

May God bless you.

 

Disappearances

My husband called to see if I could find a necessary receipt to prove we’d paid for something. Then I got online so I could let the agency know we’d paid. I looked at the clock and two hours had slipped away.

I went to the library today and got rewarded with a dark chocolate candy today because I “got caught” reading. While my friend dished out the sweet morsel, she got serious. I waited a moment and then she said, “*Marcy passed away at the end of April.”

“I’m so sorry to hear your mom is gone. I loved your mom.”

“Me, too,” she said.

I’m invited to her memorial service at the place where her mom worked because she loved it there and it seemed appropriate to her daughter and Marcy’s  boss is all for it. They had a lot in common.

Later in the day I did some typing for someone and the last time I worked, I put the info from the flash drive onto my computer. I thought, I don’t really need to do that, but there’s no harm in it and I think I have lots of room on the hard drive to save it.

Tonight I decided to type for at least an hour and when I searched for the thumb drive it was gone. I didn’t search high and wide because I didn’t want to waste time, but I couldn’t believe it wasn’t where I normally store it. After I post this, I’ll look slowly and thoroughly and if my husband is up I’ll ask him to check. He’s been known to find things that are in plain sight that I’ve not been able to see when it was right in front of me.

Sometimes I get ideas to do things that don’t make perfect sense to me and then I realize that it saved me stress and I thank God that I did that.

Well, I need to cut this short because I’m busier than normal because I prayed for work and God answered that prayer the very next day. Now, I have a commitment to do the work.

Speaking of commitments, I usually attend a Bible study on Fridays, but my husband’s cousin who has been sick for a long time now, gave up the fight and he’s no longer with us. I’d like to attend the funeral. I guess I’ll have to see if someone is willing to fill in for me on short notice or I’ll have to stay home and send my condolences with my husband.

A friend of mine tried to find me once and I was missing from all the normal places I might have been. Finally, I was able to answer her voice mail. She said, “I thought you got raptured and I missed out on it.”

I laughed and told her I was pretty sure if I got raptured, she would too. If there truly is a Rapture, when it occurs, there’s going to be lots of folks disappearing.

At the second coming of Christ, Jesus said to be aware and to be ready, for He is going to return like a thief in the night in Matthew, chapter 24.

May God bless you!

* Not her real name