Walk This Way Only

 

Deuteronomy_5:33, (KJV): Ye shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess.

I went to visit my sister in the hospital on Thursday and some of this Scripture popped into my mind for her. Something about when the Lord directs her, she should turn to the left. When the Lord directs her, she should turn to the right.

She was a bit disoriented because of a fall. High blood sugar caused her to get dizzy. She fell into the bathtub and bruised her forehead and stayed knocked out for a while. When I arrived with my daughter, those whispers of words came into my head, indicating she should listen to the Lord and follow the pathway He sets for her.

She kept nodding off, so I intend to write down what I remember for her. In the meanwhile, as she recovers I thank God that she is recovering.

I don’t understand insulin and why blood sugar can change so dramatically depending on her eating habits and the amount of stress in her life. All I know is she can’t do it alone. That’s why God gave her family and good friends and professionals to safeguard her when the diabetes gets out of whack.

We went to a church to visit another pastor and his wife and family and the congregation. We missed out on the singing but stayed for the fellowship. A meeting ran longer than we thought it would, so we were late.

This church believes as we do that the Holy Spirit still heals people. One of the young ladies welcomed us and said that she found this church after praying to God for a church where the Bible is preached from. Then the pastor told us one weekend he and his wife were away for the weekend and she prayed at the altar by herself and sometime later she realized she was pain free. She’d been suffering from fibromyalgia for twenty years. What a vibrant smile she had on her face tonight.

My sister came out of her coma before twenty-four hours passed. She’s still tired and drops off to sleep suddenly, but her bruise is significantly smaller. Her blood sugar was over 600 and now it’s over 100, so she’s on the mend. So many people said they’d pray for her! To God be the glory, great things He has done.

God bless you all!

Fresh Power

 

I read the last book in the Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire; Fresh Faith; and Fresh Power series.

The photo is from Christian Book Distributor and the book is copyrighted in 2001 by Jim Cymbala and published by Zondervan. Jim Cymbala and Dean Merrill wrote it.

A friend of mine from out-of-state recommended his books. What a treasure those tomes became to me.

At times, I didn’t want to finish the last one. It was either because I didn’t want the insights to end or because the enemy of my soul didn’t want me to finish reading it. There’s lots of meat in those books. The last one reiterates what I’ve felt for years.

The Holy Spirit wants to empower Christians if we’ll only take the time to seek God, to repent of our sins, to ask Him to lead us and help us to obey.

There’s probably four verses in that last sentence: 2 Chronicles 7:14, Matthew 10:28, John 15:16, and John 15:4.

Anyway, God is able to deliver us from evil and help us through difficult times.

There seems to be lots of Christian songs lately talking of holding onto God during hard times.

Laura Story, Crowder, and Mercy Me are just a few of the artists portraying God’s love in the midst of hardship.

Jesus said in John 15:20, (ASV): “Remember the word that I said unto you, A servant is not greater than his lord. If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they kept my word, they will keep yours also.”

I hope you’re reading some great books.

May God bless you.

 

 

Third

In writing blogs about The Ten Commandments I’m up to the third commandment from Exodus 20:7:

“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.”

I don’t think I comprehend the name of Jesus, and God the Father, and the Holy Spirit as God does. There’s power in the name of Jesus.

Jesus said to His disciples in John 14: 13,14: “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the father may be glorified in the Son. If you will ask anything in My name, I will do it.” (NKJV)

I helped in Children’s Church a few weeks back and we spoke of this commandment. I said, “What if every time someone got mad they screamed your name out in anger? How would that make you feel?”

To take it even further, if you could possibly imagine that you are the God of everything and everybody and you hear it when thoughts and utterances of your name comes up as derogatory cuss words, over and over again. How would you feel?

A perfect God, a righteous God deserves honor and respect.

On Christian radio yesterday I heard a fleeting comment by Pastor James McDonald referencing a past teaching. He said if we bear Jesus’ name inaccurately that’s taking His name in vain.

I’m writing a Young Adult novel and I had it critiqued last summer. My character said, “Oh, Lord!”

The editor posed the question, “Is this a prayer or is she taking the Lord’s name in vain?”

I was startled. Do I take the Lord’s name in vain – casually tossing it around?

In Proverbs, verse 18:10 (NKJV), it says, “The name of the Lord is a strongtower; The righteous run to it and are safe.”

“Help me to understand Your name and know You better, I ask Lord, in the name of Jesus, Amen.”

 

May God bless you!

 

 

Wrestle or Surrender?

Ephesians 6:12 (KJV): For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

I love being a Christian for many reasons: one is experiencing God’s love as He shows Himself to me as I read the Bible. Today I read in Romans 8 that nothing will ever separate me from the love of Christ. Not principalities, nor powers, nor tribulations, and I’m paraphrasing here. I’ve been running into some difficulties lately, which feels like spiritual warfare. Some of the stress is because I need to let go of things and give them to God. So when I read Romans 8 today and then Ephesians 1, which reminds me that God predestined believers to come to Him before time began, I experienced such peace, which is the second reason I’m glad to be a Christian.

In 2 Peter 3:9 it says that God does not want anyone to perish, but all to come to repentance. In Romans 3:23 it tells us that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. So, we all need a savior to make it into God’s holy heaven.

I wonder if everyone is predestined to go to heaven if only they will choose. I guess that doesn’t make sense. Someone once told me that they thought everyone’s name is written in the Book of Life until they reject Jesus Christ, God the Son, or the Father, or the Holy Spirit, and then their name is blotted out. So I guess they believe everyone is predestined until they say, “No thank you.”

The third thing I enjoy about Christianity is leaving the guilt behind. Once I repent, if I need to every ten minutes, God says our sins are as far away as the East is from the West in Psalm 103:12. He remembers them no more.

The fourth thing that I enjoy is that God wants what’s best for me and for all of mankind, so He tells us in the Bible to fear not. My daughter said it tells us that 365 different places in the sixty-six books. Which is why I’ve been willing to face rejections when I send manuscripts out to publishers. I ignore the fear and try to do the best writing and follow the writers’ guidelines and choose topics the editors actually want to see and send them out.

So, do I wrestle against flesh and blood when things go bad in my life and people act against me? According to God, when terrible things come my way I have to consider the source. Satan comes to kill, steal and destroy, Jesus said in John, chapter 10. Jesus came to give life and that abundantly, according to John 10:10.

I write because I really like to write. I surrendered my life to God many years ago so I will never have to surrender to the enemy of my soul, who only wants to inflict pain, and keep me from what I like to do. When things get bad, I turn to the word of God and He fights my battles for me. Jesus spoke the word against the devil and the power of that word sent him scurrying. I speak the word and it changes the atmosphere. To God be the glory.