I Love a Prisoner

 

I went to the library to return a couple of books and hopefully do some writing. I heard about an author I may like, so I took out one of her tomes, and as I reached the circulation desk I got a nice surprise. I ran into a young lady that started attending our church regularly and then stopped. I prayed I’d see her again. God answers prayer!

I said hello but backed off. She told me she’d call me tonight, so I said, “Okay.”

Just before going to the library, I wrote a letter to someone whom I love dearly. That person ended up in prison. As I jotted down my thoughts, I added a small amount of Scripture. Then I mentioned the verse from 1 Corinthians 2:12 (WEB): Now the natural man doesn’t receive the things of God’s Spirit, for they are foolishness to him, and he can’t know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

I had to hear over and over again that Jesus Christ, the Jewish Messiah, God the Son, came to earth for all mankind. He took on all the sins of the world – the spotless, sinless Lamb of God.

How could He stand it?

Now if we believe on Him, and repent, and receive His sacrificial gift of taking our sins, He’ll give us peace, freedom, heaven instead of hell, joy, love, kindness, goodness, meekness, strength and provision. He forgives us and asks us to forgive others so we don’t get bitter and poisoned inside. Once we make Him our Lord and Savior, the Bible becomes understandable to us. It may take us a lifetime to get through it over and over again. We may comprehend a lot of it. Yet, I’ll bet there are things I won’t get until I stand before my God and King in heaven and see what He wants me to see.

My husband and I got watching a movie tonight called “Hacksaw Ridge,” rated R for violence. It’s based on a true story of a Christian man who wanted to be in WWII as a medic as a conscientious objector and they didn’t know what to make of him.

My husband said, “War is ugly.”

When we go our own way and ignore God’s way, we are prisoners to self and the ruler of this world – Satan, even though we’re not aware of belonging to him. So Paul wrote in the New Testament.

After watching this movie, I know one of my duties as a Christian. I need to continue to pray for prisoners and for our troops and for my country and for folks around the world.

May God bless you.

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Is It Easy to Trust?

Is it easier to trust people and God if you had a “Leave It to Beaver” upbringing? “Leave It to Beaver” was a late 1950’s and 1960’s television family sitcom with no dysfunction in the family.

 

They always worked out problems with calm, rational discussions. Disobedience or other wrong behaviors merited consequences for the boys: grounded to home for two weeks, work to earn money to pay for the neighbor’s broken window, or told to apologize to an offended party and make things right.

 

The two boys learned to work from their chores around the house. All family members shouldered responsibilities for a well-functioning household. They never seemed to have money problems, which was a little hard to believe. Sometimes they visited Aunt Martha only because of their loyalty to relatives.

 

Rarely, they mentioned going to church. They treated each other with respect for the most part, within their circle of four people, especially the dad and mom.

 

Shortly after that time frame, Americans learned to trust in medicine and science and logic. The Theory of Evolution started being taught as fact in the schools and Creationism stopped being taught over the last few decades. According to Answers in Genesis, “Currently, evolutionary naturalism is the most widely taught view of origins in the West, and for the past half-century, evolutionists have strenuously opposed teaching competing theories of origins in public schools.” answersingenesis.org/public-school/education-in-america/teaching-creation-and-evolution-in-schools/

 

 

Prayer was outlawed in the public schools in the 1960’s. Now, even though there is religious liberty on the law books, there are more and more court battles against religious freedom in America.

 

When my youngest son went to Africa on a short term missions’ trip a few years ago, he discovered Otto Koning’s “The Pineapple Story.”

 

We watched it on YouTube. In the years that Otto Koning and his wife worked with tribes in Papau, New Guinea as missionaries, he learned to trust in God’s power because he had to. Some of the natives finally came to Christ after many years because they saw the evil spirits back away from Jesus’ power as Otto Koning learned about spiritual warfare.

 

That particular teaching occurred under “The Snake Story.”

 

In Mat 7:7, (CEV), Jesus said, “Ask, and you will receive. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened for you.”

 

When missionaries speak at our church we hear that the reason people in other nations are seeing their loved ones raised from the dead by the power of Jesus’ name and we’re not is because they believe in the supernatural. They’re hungry for God and tired of fear and violence and trying to please their “gods” to no avail.

 

Christianity is growing rapidly in non-Western countries, despite persecution and death. To God be the glory for the good He does everywhere.

 

 

Writing is a Joy

Writing for a few hours today took lots of concentration. I’m writing a chapter for a non-fiction book writing class. Although I’m under a deadline, I notice that thinking until my brain hurts and typing until my wrists ache doesn’t deter me from enjoying the process. Writing is fun, even when it’s hard to come up with ideas. Even when everything feels like it’s been said before. In Ecclesiastes, the wisest man in the world said, “There is nothing new under the sun.”

Writing books say, “You are unique. No one can say what you have to say because each person’s life is experienced in their own way.”

In other words, I am “new under the sun.”

Jesus said to repent and come follow Him. He came to give us life and that abundantly. He said the devil came to steal, kill and destroy. When I write, I feel the joy God intended me to have on this planet. When I read my Bible, pray, worship God, the devil tends to stay away. Yay!

I appreciate being able to write on WordPress.com and that Facebook allows it to be forwarded their way. I sent an editorial to our local free paper with my opinion that Jesus is returning soon. I gave my reasons. One of which is the tremendous number of prophecies that have been fulfilled. They chose not to publish it.

I’ve heard that the UN wants control of the internet. Post while you can. Read about Jesus while you can. Love God and others while you can. Thanks for reading, if you stuck with the post this far. Write with freedom, amen.