Hindered from Blogging

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I’m beginning to wonder if God wanted me to take a break from blogging. Every time I thought I’d take time to blog, my computer acted up. And I almost quit tonight when Word stopped responding.

 

I got a new computer in August and soon after setting it up, it malfunctioned. My son, an IT guy, told me to erase everything and set it up with the CD that came with it. Scrub it clean and start over. Months later, I read on the internet that the manufacturer warned new owners that they may have to empty the new computer and imprint it again with the enclosed disc. I was not impressed.

 

For the last four days, every time I started this computer, it froze. So, I closed it up and walked away. I’m using patience on real life events and the computer was low on my list of priorities. Until tonight.

 

My life is moving along without a lot of hitches, although everybody and their brother has been sick in one way or another. My husband and I have battled low grade fevers, and then coughs, etc. for at least three weeks. We’re at the end of it and my schedule allows for rest easier than his.

 

I know some folks fighting Stage 4 cancer and God is answering prayer on their behalf, others battling debilitating diseases and people are praying for them as well.

 

So, I can’t complain and I’m learning more and more that God doesn’t like bitterness and complaining. It hurts our soul and it’s telling God He’s not helping us. Yowza!

 

In Numbers 21: 4-6, the people told Moses their soul loathed the manna God provided and that they didn’t have water and food. Then God sent fiery serpents to kill off the murmurers until they cried out for forgiveness in verse 7. Sometimes I think we’re the same today. We take God’s blessings for granted and when things don’t go our way, we start carrying on – at least, I do at times. Then I wonder why I’m suffering some direct results of the negative conversation. It may be unanswered prayer, or some previous blessings melt away.

 

Then I, like the Israelis, get on my face and tell God I’m sorry and He turns things around. Praise God for His mercy!

 

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

Time is of the Essence

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Last Sunday at church, I felt as if the Holy Spirit was saying to be ready for the end of life for one or more of the attendees there. That they should be ready or as my husband says, “Keep short accounts with God.”

We all mess up. So, immediately make it right with God by repenting and then if possible, make it right with the person that got hurt by your actions, if that’s the case. I was considering God’s characteristics yesterday, and one of them is that He is a merciful God. He’s a loving God, as well.

Today at the nursing home Bible study we read Matthew 19 and then Matthew 20. Somehow, the conversation came up about God’s forgiveness. I think it was around the passage where the landowner hires workers at the beginning of the day, the earlier part, the middle part and at the end of the day. He paid the last workers first and they received a denarius. The workers that bore the heat and toil of the day expected the landowner to pay them more. He said, “Didn’t you agree to the wages I offered? Why are you jealous over my generosity?”

I got talking about the fact that the Jewish people knew God and were loved by God for many years before He reached out to the Gentiles in a bigger way. The Jewish people received the benefits from God: love, provision, acceptance, mercy and direction. They also experienced discipline, attacks from the devil because of them being God’s chosen people, self-sacrifice through obedience to God which is not always easy but makes for a better life, and occasional chastening when His people followed the Gentile’s gods and ways.

So, as we spoke about these things God’s response to repentance came to mind.

Isa_1:18, (KJV):  Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Isa_43:25  I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.

Isa_44:22  I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.

Mic_7:19  He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

I thought the Scripture that says God forgives our sins and throws our sins into the sea of forgetfulness was in the book of Isaiah. 🙂

When King Hezekiah was very sick, he said in Isaiah 38:17, (KJV):  “Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.”

After this, God healed King Hezekiah.

God amazes me. He loves us unconditionally, but He is a judge and we must believe on Him and His Son and repent and let Him be our Master. That’s what He says in His Word, especially in the book of John. I think that’s why when people become born again, they are often directed to read the Bible and to begin in the book of John.

I hope this finds you well. This earth is only ours to visit for a short time and then we have the opportunity to live in heaven for all of eternity. That’s the promise in John 14:

John 14:1  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.

winter walk near biltmore house photo from: http://www.goodsearch.com/search-web?utf8=%E2%9C%93&keywords=Biltmore+mansion

Of course, God’s mansions will far outdo any mansion man can build. Just look at creation and His animals and His people!

May God bless you.

 

Why Do We Do What We Do?

 

While we had devotions last night, my husband began reading Romans 7.

Rom 7:1 (RV) :Or are ye ignorant, brethren (for I speak to men that know the law), how that the law hath dominion over a man for so long time as he liveth?
Rom 7:2 For the woman that hath a husband is bound by law to the husband while he liveth; but if the husband die, she is discharged from the law of the husband.
Rom 7:3 So then if, while the husband liveth, she be joined to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if the husband die, she is free from the law, so that she is no adulteress, though she be joined to another man.
Rom 7:4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also were made dead to the law through the body of Christ; that ye should be joined to another, even to him who was raised from the dead, that we might bring forth fruit unto God.
Rom 7:5 For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were through the law, wrought in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.
Rom 7:6 But now we have been discharged from the law, having died to that wherein we were holden; so that we serve in newness of the spirit, and not in oldness of the letter.
Rom 7:7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Howbeit, I had not known sin, except through the law: for I had not known coveting, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet:
Rom 7:8 but sin, finding occasion, wrought in me through the commandment all manner of coveting: for apart from the law sin is dead.
Rom 7:9 And I was alive apart from the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died;
Rom 7:10 and the commandment, which was unto life, this I found to be unto death:
Rom 7:11 for sin, finding occasion, through the commandment beguiled me, and through it slew me.
Rom 7:12 So that the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and righteous, and good.
Rom 7:13 Did then that which is good become death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might be shewn to be sin, by working death to me through that which is good; ––that through the commandment sin might become exceeding sinful.
Rom 7:14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
Rom 7:15 For that which I do I know not: for not what I would, that do I practise; but what I hate, that I do.
Rom 7:16 But if what I would not, that I do, I consent unto the law that it is good.
Rom 7:17 So now it is no more I that do it, but sin which dwelleth in me.
Rom 7:18 For I know that in me, that is, in my flesh, dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me, but to do that which is good is not.
Rom 7:19 For the good which I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I practise.
Rom 7:20 But if what I would not, that I do, it is no more I that do it, but sin which dwelleth in me.
Rom 7:21 I find then the law, that, to me who would do good, evil is present.
Rom 7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
Rom 7:23 but I see a different law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity under the law of sin which is in my members.
Rom 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me out of the body of this death?
Rom 7:25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then I myself with the mind serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

The Apostle Paul thought he was all that when he sat at the feet of Gamaliel – one  of the Pharisee leaders and one of the best teachers in Israel.

After Paul fell off his mount when Jesus spoke to Him from heaven, he changed from a religious zealot, a legalistic law follower without mercy and compassion to a devout follower of Jesus. He made a total transformation. Paul went from gathering up Christians so he could have them killed, to becoming a chief speaker for the deity of Jesus Christ. God enabled Paul to preach the gospel effectively, and to lay hands on the sick or the dead so they could be made well. The book of Acts shows God at work in the people who chose to be disciples of Jesus Christ.

When Paul calls himself the chief of sinners in 1 Timothy 1:15, (RV) “Faithful is the saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief:”
and laments that he doesn’t do the right things he wants to do, and he does the wrong that he abhors, my husband proclaims, “This is the Apostle Paul! The man who wrote half of the New Testament. If he’s a sinner relying on Jesus Christ to wash him and to help him to walk right, how much more do I need Jesus?

Romans 7 gives my husband hope. I love Romans 8 as well. The first verse says: “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”

I just stopped following a blog tonight because it started showing pictures I didn’t need to see. It was a writers’ blog and I knew the author didn’t mention faith, but I don’t always see it, and I didn’t realize the content was changing.

Our friends reminded us on Monday night that we’re always in a battle with the enemy of our soul and as 1 Peter 5:8 reminds us, The devil, our adversary roams about seeking whom he may devour and we need to be on the alert.

So, I take comfort in God’s mercy and I pray He’ll help me to do my part to stop sinning and to repent immediately when I do. Then I don’t have to deal with a guilty conscience and be dragged down. Another thing my husband says is that in heaven we won’t have to worry about sinning anymore. Won’t that be incredible!

Because we all struggle with choosing to do good instead of evil. That’s who we are. God is great and He has our best in mind. Just read Ephesians 1 for encouragement. God bless!

Time Flies

I wrote a blog a day or two ago, and then I went to edit it. It was four days ago!

Where does the time go? They say the older you are, the faster time goes.

I want to shout, “Wake up, spend time doing what’s important, because the time is moving right along.”

Who should hear this message? Me first. Then anyone else frittering their lives away that wants to hear that they were put on this earth for a reason; yet they’re couch potatoes or totally self-absorbed and their families are floundering as they’re being neglected. Also, for people like me that have a dream they are pursuing and then they stop for just a moment to play a game on their computer or phone and find that two hours have zipped away and their creativity got spent on a non-essential choice. As Charlie Brown would say: “Arrgh!”

Is that how Charles Schultz spelled it? 🙂

Anyhow, do you feel as though the days are speeding by? Are you watching movies and reality shows and entertaining yourself to avoid stress in life or self-medicating with chocolate or hopefully legal substances like an espresso or talking to friends to get by and not doing what you were made to do?

Ah, I’m telling you, sometimes I’m right there with you and then I wake up and say, “What am I doing?”

“What am I hiding from?”

I’d love to hear how you focus, how you stop procrastinating, how you rest when you should and connect at appropriate times and how you say “No,” when need be.

We’re all in this together. Thanks.

I let this “rest.” For twenty-three days! God have mercy.