Fun on a Sunday

Sunday morning we went to a picnic spot with a pond and a pavilion. We enjoyed a beautiful sunshiny day and lots of pleasant company accompanied by some tasty food. I got to know some of the people better that visited this year.

IMPROVEMENTS TO THE POND(photo from: (www.timberlandbait.com)

 

Usually we cancel our evening service the day of the picnic because people are tired. I tried to rest a little and then it was time to choose worship songs. Not that I had much of a voice left. 🙂

 

After singing, my husband left the sound booth so we could pray. Seven folks gathered and he didn’t feel like a sermon was the right route to go.

 

“If we keep canceling Sunday night service, people will stop showing up.”

 

Then he gave us some direction. “Let’s pray like Jesus taught the disciples – starting out with ‘Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.’”

 

He went on to explain that hallowed denotes honor and praise. “How can you show God the respect due His name? What words can you describe Him with in the form of a prayer?”

 

We began talking to the Lord and when someone asked for needs to be met, my husband told the person that we’d get to that, but now is the time to exalt our Savior. A bit later, we did pray for personal requests with the addition of the phrase, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

 

Jesus said in the New Testament, in Matthew 18:20, (KJV): “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

 

We didn’t linger a long time, but as we left each face exhibited peace and contentment.

 

Then, my husband and I began our Sunday night ritual: “Where should we eat?”

 

Sometimes I cook on a Sunday night, but if I’m tired and we’re able to, we eat out. There’s not a lot of restaurants open at that hour of the day.

 

I told my hubbie I was going to pray about it. We have a number of small towns around our little home spot and I’m not familiar with them all.

 

I felt impressed to head north and he was okay with it. We found a new restaurant, to us, that we both enjoyed and hope to visit again sometime.

 

I said, “What a nice day we had,” and he agreed.

 

This is the second Sunday night we’ve prayed at our church over the last thirty days and the people really liked it. Both times it was spontaneous and I missed the first one for a family member’s milestone birthday party in a nearby city.

 

I’m glad I made it for lots of reasons but when I saw the glow on one of the ladies’ faces outside of the church after the meeting, I thought, Aw, wish I’d been there.

 

God gave me the desire of my heart this last Sunday.

 

I hope this finds you well. May God bless you.

 

 

 

 

 

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Gideon, an Example

The Israelites had a forty year rest after Barak and Deborah fought against the Canaanites in the book of Judges chapters 4-5. Deborah prayed – she fought by spiritual means.

Judges 6:1 says in the NKJV: Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord.

Throughout the book of Judges, the Israelites served God under a judge and then after the judge died, the people turned to the gods of their neighbors. God didn’t chase them down. He let them serve the false gods and their enemies began to treat them badly. Sometimes it was many years of hardship and then they’d realize they’d turned their backs on God and then they’d call out to Him and repent and ask for help.

Gideon said he was the least of the tribe of Manasseh, and the least of his family. He tried to thresh wheat in the wine press because the Midianites kept destroying their food as soon as they grew it.

The Angel of the Lord which I believe is the pre-incarnate Christ talked to Gideon about going to war against the Midianites. He told him to go in his strength because God is sending him. When Gideon realizes he’d seen God face to face and hadn’t died, he was terrified. Judges 6:23 says, “Then the Lord said to him, ‘Peace be with you; do not fear, you shall not die.’”

Gideon was directed to tear down the altar of Baal and to present an offering to God with the wood of the image which he will cut to pieces. He was so afraid of the men in the area that he took ten servants of his father’s and destroyed the altar of Baal at night.

Gideon’s father was a Baal worshipper, but when the men arose to harm Gideon after he removed the idol, Gideon’s father said to let Baal contend for himself if he is a god. I’ll bet that encouraged Gideon. Maybe that’s why Gideon turned from God. Even though he saw God face to face and was able to destroy thousands of soldiers with only three hundred Israeli’s so God could get the glory, he still turned to idolatry. After the soldiers plundered their enemies Gideon asked for the gold earrings and he kept the pendants of gold from around the camel’s necks and made himself a golden idol.

Even though he got elevated in the eyes of the people, so that they asked him to rule over them, which he declined to do, and said that God is their ruler, he led the people astray by providing them an idol to bow down to.

It’s not easy to follow God some of the time, but not following God causes all sorts of problems. One of Gideon’s sons, a child of a concubine, decided he wanted to be the leader of the Israelis. Gideon had seventy other sons from his many wives and Abimelech went to his mother’s relatives and got help. He killed sixty-nine of his brothers. One hid himself to rise up against his half-brother as soon as he could. What a mess.

I don’t take my faith for granted. It says in 2 Timothy 2:15, (Webster): “Study to show thyself approved to God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

I continue reading the Word of God and praying for understanding even though it’s been many years since I first began. There is wisdom and direction and hope to name a few blessings in God’s Word that I keep finding. A Rhema word is a Scripture that practically jumps off the page at a believer which is God’s highlight and insight for the reader according to Pentecostal believers. I looked up Rhema online and found this link: http://www.biblestudy.org/beginner/definition-of-christian-terms/rhema.html

May God bless you.

 

 

 

The Lord Rejoices

A friend of mine loves the Jewish people and her husband does, too. One of her favorite verses is Zephaniah 3:17:

Zep 3:17, (KJV):  The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

When I went to the Bible to read Zephaniah 3:17, I glanced at the verses above and the ones below verse 17. They seem to be saying what I was mentioning in yesterday’s blog. The Jewish people will come under the rule of God at the end of the age and be glad to do so, at least a remnant of the Israel nation.

Zep 3:13  The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.

Zep 3:14  Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem.

Zep 3:15  The LORD hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy: the king of Israel, even the LORD, is in the midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more.

Zep 3:16  In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack.

Zep 3:17  The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

Zep 3:18  I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly, who are of thee, to whom the reproach of it was a burden.

Zep 3:19  Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee: and I will save her that halteth, and gather her that was driven out; and I will get them praise and fame in every land where they have been put to shame.

Zep 3:20  At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the LORD.

After all these years of reading God’s Word, the idea of God rejoicing over people, resting in His love for them, and showing joy over the ones that follow God and seek Him with singing – it stretches my thinking. I’ve heard God wants relationship with His followers and I know He loves me, He proves it often. I’m humbled by His love. To think He will sing over those He saves, over those He loves and delivers. This is the God of the Universe, the Great I Am.

It boggles my mind that God loves imperfect mankind.

Have a wonderful evening or day, depending on your time zone and the time of day you read.

May God bless you!

God is on the Move

I’ve noticed that God accomplishes all that He wants to accomplish despite economic downturns, drought, troubles of any kind, and people’s predictions. He put Babylonian visitors inside the king of Israel’s home. King Hezekiah showed them every bit of riches he’d accumulated. The Babylonians were not close to Israel in proximity. God knew He was going to use the Babylonians to punish the Jews for their idolatry and also to strengthen them through adversity so as to draw them closer to Him.

2Kings 20:12, (KJV),  At that time Berodachbaladan, the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present unto Hezekiah: for he had heard that Hezekiah had been sick.

2Ki 20:13  And Hezekiah hearkened unto them, and shewed them all the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armour, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah shewed them not.

2Ki 20:14  Then came Isaiah the prophet unto king Hezekiah, and said unto him, What said these men? and from whence came they unto thee? And Hezekiah said, They are come from a far country, even from Babylon.

2Ki 20:15  And he said, What have they seen in thine house? And Hezekiah answered, All the things that are in mine house have they seen: there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shewed them.

2Ki 20:16  And Isaiah said unto Hezekiah, Hear the word of the LORD.

2Ki 20:17  Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store unto this day, shall be carried into Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the LORD.

2Ki 20:18  And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.

2Ki 20:19  Then said Hezekiah unto Isaiah, Good is the word of the LORD which thou hast spoken. And he said, Is it not good, if peace and truth be in my days?

Hezekiah used to pray to the Lord when he was sick or in trouble. Then he changed and turned to other kings for help in time of war or went to the physicians when he was sick. He lost his way with God. He was not concerned for his offspring.

I get concerned when I learn that a king whom God healed turned to the physicians and ignored God altogether. I know God doesn’t object to doctors. Yet, I remember a time when I had a sinus infection from November until February, going to the doctor every time the antibiotic ran out because I wasn’t healing up. I was younger then, maybe in my thirties. Finally, after three months I cried out to God. Within a couple of days the sinus infection cleared up. I learned my lesson. I pray first and do natural healthy things, like drink more water, eat an apple, try to get more vitamin C in my body, exercise, rest and sometimes drink Echinacea tea. If those don’t work, I ask God if He wants me to go to the doctor.

I don’t always hear from God, so then I’ll make the decision to go. All I know is that we have an enemy of our souls that’s been caricatured in cartoons and publications so people don’t believe he’s real.

The apostle Peter wrote to the followers of Jesus:

1Peter 5:5, (KJV),  Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

1Pe 5:6  Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

1Pe 5:7  Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

1Pe 5:8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

1Pe 5:9  Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

1Pe 5:10  But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

1Pe 5:11  To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

God knows who will be president of the United States of America and which nations will align with other nations. He’s got everything under control. Everything. We’re to do our part and He will do His part and we can rest and be at peace. He’s calling more believers into His kingdom in these end times, and unfortunately, many believers will leave the faith in end times because of the wiles of the enemy. That is why Peter tells us to beware of the evil one and to resist him and to draw close to God.

Jesus defeated the devil with His death on the cross, but He also warned His disciples that some would hear the word of God and believe and then leave Him when times get rough, in the parable of the seeds and the sower:

Luke 8:4, (KJV),  And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable:

Luk 8:5  A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.

Luk 8:6  And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture.

Luk 8:7  And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.

Luk 8:8  And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Luk 8:9  And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be?

Luk 8:10  And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.

Luk 8:11  Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

Luk 8:12  Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.

Luk 8:13  They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.

Luk 8:14  And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.

Luk 8:15  But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

I’d rather go through hard times here on earth than to suffer for all of eternity in the lake of fire that was designed for Lucifer, the fallen angel and the angels that followed him instead of remaining with God.

Isa 14:10  All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us?

Isa 14:11  Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee.

Isa 14:12  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

Isa 14:13  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

Isa 14:14  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Isa 14:15  Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

Isa 14:16  They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;

Isa 14:17  That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?

And in Matthew 25:41, Jesus said,   “Then the king will say to those on his left, ‘Get away from me! You are under God’s curse. Go into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels!’”

2Peter 2:4, (KJV),  For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;

2Pe 2:5  And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;

2Pe 2:6  And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;

2Pe 2:7  And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:

2Pe 2:8  (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)

2Pe 2:9  The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

God is on the move and I believe He wants us to be on the move for His righteousness sake as well as for the welfare of others.

May God bless you.

Sacrifice of Praise

 

Psalm 118:24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it, (KJV).

 

Philippians 4:4  May you always be joyful in your union with the Lord. I say it again: rejoice!

Php 4:5  Show a gentle attitude toward everyone. The Lord is coming soon.

Php 4:6  Don’t worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart.

Php 4:7  And God’s peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus.

Php 4:8  In conclusion, my friends, fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honorable.

Php 4:9  Put into practice what you learned and received from me, both from my words and from my actions. And the God who gives us peace will be with you, (GNB).

 

I am choosing to praise God today after hearing some bad news. A lady that mentored me a little, with a love for God and for her husband and for her family and for her friends had two brain surgeries. The first seemed to go well and then lately they decided something was wrong and so they went in again. Last night my husband told me she was in Palliative care and not expected to live. I prayed for her and midway through I got the distinct impression that her time here on earth was over.

So, I prayed more in case I was mistaken. I prayed more for us than for her. Heaven is a wonderful place from what I’ve read in the Scriptures. There are more warnings about hell than there are descriptions about heaven in the Word of God. I’m thinking if God put too much about heaven in there, we may get so homesick we could hardly function down here. He wants us to be joyful even in the midst of hard times.

 

Jer_33:11  The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say, Praise the LORD of hosts: for the LORD is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD. For I will cause to return the captivity of the land, as at the first, saith the LORD, (KJV).

 

Jeremiah was a prophet to Israel warning them of the upcoming takeover of their land and their people by the Babylonians. They didn’t believe him and they persecuted him. In the years to come, he turned out to have preached the true Word of God. Israel got punished for turning to the gods of the other nations that practiced things that God hated: Offering their babies to a false god by putting them through the fire, enjoying the temple prostitutes of these other faiths, and telling God they would release their Israeli slaves and soon after putting them back into slavery, etc.

The verse of Jeremiah 33:11 tells the Israelites that they will be returned to their homeland. My husband is teaching the book of Daniel on Sunday mornings. Daniel prayed near the end of the seventieth year of their captivity because it was prophesied that they would return after seventy years. Daniel prayed humbly and beautifully to remind God of His promise. Indeed, God rose up a king that wanted to bless the Israelites and help them be restored to their land, as Jeremiah had said.

Our God is a God of justice and a God of hope. Those who may think God is too kind to punish someone have not taken the time to read the whole Bible. He rewards those who obey Him and love Him; He punishes those who disregard the sacrifice of His Son for our sins and live selfish lives.

I’m so glad my friend knew Jesus, God the Son. I plan on seeing her again.

Be blessed.

Psalms to Live By

Psa 84:1, (JPS)  (84:1) For the Leader; upon the Gittith. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.   (84:2) How lovely are Thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts!

Psa 84:2  (84:3) My soul yearneth, yea, even pineth for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh sing for joy unto the living God.

Psa 84:3  (84:4) Yea, the sparrow hath found a house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young; Thine altars, O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God – .

Psa 84:4  (84:5) Happy are they that dwell in Thy house, they are ever praising Thee. Selah

Psa 84:5  (84:6) Happy is the man whose strength is in Thee; in whose heart are the highways.

Psa 84:6  (84:7) Passing through the valley of Baca they make it a place of springs; yea, the early rain clotheth it with blessings.

Psa 84:7  (84:8) They go from strength to strength, every one of them appeareth before God in Zion.

Psa 84:8  (84:9) O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah

Psa 84:9  (84:10) Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of Thine anointed.

Psa 84:10  (84:11) For a day in Thy courts is better than a thousand; I had rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.

Psa 84:11  (84:12) For the LORD God is a sun and a shield; the LORD giveth grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly.

Psa 84:12  (84:13) O LORD of hosts, happy is the man that trusteth in Thee.

Not only did I get blessed by reading this psalm this afternoon, but then I read Psalm 86:11 – 13, (NKJV) and I had to write it in my notebook for a chance to read it again. So, here it is:

Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name. I will praise You, O Lord, my God, with all my heart, And I will glorify Your name forevermore. For great is Your mercy toward me, And You have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

Then in Psalm 92: 12 – 15, (NKJV), it says, “The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those who are planted in the house of the Lord Shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing, To declare that the Lord is upright; He is my rock; and there is no unrighteousness in Him.”

Oh, hallelujah! What wonderful words preserved for us over thousands of years.

I read a book by Patricia MacLachlan, which I hope to write about Monday night. This book is entitled, Baby. I’ve read a few more of her titles. What a gift her writing is to me, and I would assume to many others.

I hope you can make it to your place of worship this week. You never know who might need to see your face. Be blessed!

The First

The first of the Ten Commandments in Exo 20:1, (KJV) says: “And God spake all these words, saying,

Exo 20:2  I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

Exo 20:3  Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”

 

My grandson asked me to blog about the Ten Commandments, which I mentioned yesterday. So, here goes.

 

In the book of Exodus, the people of Israel had lived in Egypt under a benevolent Pharaoh while Joseph was alive. When Joseph died and the people prospered and multiplied, another Pharaoh came along that became concerned over the multitudes of foreigners living in their land. He decided to enslave them.

 

In Exodus 2, Moses is born, the child that would grow into the man God chooses to deliver His chosen people out of bondage.

 

By Exodus 20, God has performed miraculous signs that convinced the Pharaoh to let the Israelites go free. He tells them commands He wants followed, Ten Commandments to live by.

 

The First Commandment tells the Israeli people that He alone is their God and they are to have no other gods before Him.

 

According to the Gentiles, their god demanded things the God of Abraham would never ask – that babies be burned in the fire as a praise offering to him – one such god was Molech.

 

King Josiah decided to follow God and pull down the strongholds of the false gods. 2Ki_23:10, (KJV)  “And he defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of the children of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter to pass through the fire to Molech.”

 

God knows what is best for Hebrews and Gentiles and so He tells us to keep Him as the only God in our lives. Something to think about.

 

God bless!

Commit Your Works

Commit your works to the LORD, and your thoughts will be established. Proverbs 16:3 (KJV)

 

I have this written on a 3” x 5” index card attached to the file cabinet near where I write, so I can see it.

 

Proverbs 16:9 (NKJV) says, “A man’s heart plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps.”

 

I planned to write for four hours today and clean house for four hours today. I flip flopped my choices. I’m at the library writing and will clean four hours after the library closes. They offer shorter hours of operation on the weekend.

 

I dropped into K-Mart on my way to the library for a quick purchase – one personal and one for organizing some of my files. As I headed home I prayed: “Library to write or home to clean, Lord?”

 

The library seemed best and I’m writing this blog entry early in the day because of the choice. I also ran into a lady that started her business – something about being a helper while people are at work – running errands, waiting for repair people to show up at the house, helping to close down summer cottages, a “Jane of all trades,” about the same time I decided to write professionally.

 

She asked for my business card. I gladly found one tucked in my wallet and handed it over. One never knows.

 

She’s crazy busy in the summertime, but in the Fall her business drops off. So she has other irons in the fire.

 

I, too have busy times and less busy times, so as a freelance writer I look for opportunities. I sent my fiction contest entry in on the fourteenth of the month and today I’m working on the Chicken Soup of the Soul story to submit before June 30. I’m thinking I’ll send two stories about teachers and teaching.

 

I pray this finds you well. God bless.

 

 

Money, Money, Money

1Timothy 6:10, (KJV)  For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

 

I’ve heard many say that money is the root of all evil, but God’s word says, “The love of money is the root of all evil,” as noted above.

 

It’s when money becomes all-encompassing, like a god to a person that trouble brews.

 

As I read the fantastic account of Lynda Resnick’s journey in her book, Rubies in the Orchard, with co-author Francis Wilkinson, I need to guard my heart. She’s worked hard with her husband in business and marketing and to find products with value for others.

 

The research costs in dollars and time and heart boggle my mind. She shows the steps forward and the hold ups. I’m half way through this tome published by Doubleday Publishers, New York; London; Toronto; Sydney, and Auckland. It’s copyrighted in 2009.

 

Lynda’s and Stewart’s increase in sales is so beyond my lifestyle, it’s almost hard to comprehend. I need to be careful not to covet their bank account and their savviness.

 

In the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:1-17, (NKJV), which I’ve edited for brevity, the first commandment says: “I am the LORD your God… you shall have no other gods before Me.”

The second one says: “you shall not make 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…”

The third commandment says: “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold you guiltless who takes His name in vain.”

The fourth commandment: “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God.”

The fifth commandment says: “Honor your father and your mother.”

The sixth commandment: “You shall not murder.”

The seventh: “You shall not commit adultery.”

The eighth: “You shall not steal.”

The ninth: “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”

The last commandment, number ten says: “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife; nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”

 

So I may choose to read a book that teaches how to prosper if I’m willing to work hard and make changes and sometimes take a risk of losing everything.

 

I need to remember that money is a tool. I will not worship money or anything it can buy. I will not covet anything I see or touch or hear about that belongs to others.

 

The Ten Commandments are great guideposts for life and for a healthy society. It comes down to choice. Do I believe God gave Moses the Ten Commandments? Do I follow them or not?

 

Our decisions impact life here and life in the hereafter according to the Bible.

 

Something to seriously consider.

 

God bless.

 

 

 

Light of the World

Sunday morning before leaving for church, I grabbed a few moments to get into the Word. Matthew 5: 14-16 grabbed my eye.

 

This is Jesus speaking in Mat 5:14 (ISV)  “You are the light of the world. A city located on a hill can’t be hidden.

Mat 5:15  People don’t light a lamp and put it under a basket but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.

Mat 5:16  In the same way, let your light shine before people in such a way that they will see your good actions and glorify your Father in heaven.”

 

At the end of his sermon, my husband began quoting from this same verse. I love how God lines things up.

 

A friend gave me the book, Audacious, by Beth Moore, copyrighted by Elizabeth Moore in 2015. It’s published by B & H Publishing Group in Nashville, TN.

 

On page twelve, when speaking of Jesus she says, “He’s in a class by Himself. Call me crazy but, for the life of me, I can’t find a lot not to like about Him. Who else in the entire human experience is incapable of doing you wrong or leaving you stranded or betraying your trust or wasting your time? Who else never recoils at the sight of the real us? Or gets bored with us? Who else never makes a promise He doesn’t have the power to keep? Who else can perform a wonder in a wasteland?”

 

Why does Jesus want people to find Him and get in a right relationship with Him? So He can love them and provide for them and deliver them from sin and guilt and give them a mansion in heaven one day. New believers in Christ are often told to read the book of John first because John explains things so clearly. In John, chapter fourteen, Jesus tells us not to worry.

 

Joh 14:1 (KJV) Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

Joh 14:2  In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

Joh 14:3  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

 

Here is a great quote from John 8:12(KJV):  Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

 

So many wonderful promises in the Bible; if you haven’t read it yet, why not give it a try?

 

God bless!