Is This a Word From the Lord? You Decide.

            There are so many things I can choose to write about, and Lord willing, I shall. One is the first chapter of Ephesians, chock full of great promises from God for believers.

            I’ve been going through the HCSB version of the Bible: Reading God’s Story: A Chronological Daily Bible, compiled by George H. Guthrie and copyrighted in 2011 by Holman Bible Publishers, Nashville, TN.

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            Sometimes, I get a little behind. So, today I caught up by reading Isaiah 63-66, then onto 2 Kings 21, 2 Chronicles 33, Nahum 1-3 and then snuck ahead to the next day’s reading. I chose to do a chapter only—Zephaniah, Chapter One.

            The Old Testament tells the relationship of God to His chosen people, the Israelites. In the New Testament, we are told the Old Testament is an example for us today. It also foretells the future.

            Some of the prophesies have been fulfilled—for example, the suffering Messiah in Isaiah 53, Jesus Christ. He will return as the Warrior to defend Israel, also prophesied in Isaiah.

            I digress. To return to the stories of Israel in Isaiah and the other books: God entreats His children to seek Him and to follow His commandments. The promises: He will pour out blessings and protect His people from the evil one. If they serve demonic gods—casting their children in the fire, seeking fortune tellers or in our day, psychics; worship the hosts of heaven; love idols: power, money, possessions, food, sex outside of marriage, status, etc.; God promises judgment.

            Yesterday, when I watched a television commercial for medicine to help with HIV/AIDS in the middle of a hot summer day when children may be influenced, men kissed each other full on the mouth. Women held hands and looked with longing at each other. God says homosexuality is an abomination to Him.

            As I sat quietly this morning, trying to hear from God after reading warnings and seeing redemptions from God our Father, this is what I believe He downloaded to my spirit:

            “Feed My sheep, the good and the bad. For bad is coming to the United States for polluting her ways. She was a bride and I was her bridegroom, but she has become a great harlot, polluting the world. Unless the people rise up and cry out against the wickedness and repent and turn from their wicked ways and seek My face, I will destroy the United States as I destroyed Nineveh and that great city, Babylon.”

            As I pondered this and hesitated, I sensed God’s impression, “Feed My sheep.”

            At the bottom of my journal where I wrote this prophetic statement out, I underlined Ephesians 1:7: “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.”

            God longs to shower His love upon us, but as a Father, He also brings discipline.

            I told my husband, “I am not watching television anymore. “Lord, help me to follow through with that declaration, I ask in the mighty name of Jesus! Amen.”

            May God bless you.

What is the Point of Reading Scripture?

Years ago, when our house was up for sale, a realtor asked, “Why do you have Bible verses taped to your kitchen window and hanging on the walls?”

“They help me to live my life.”

Once, I taped a verse to the kitchen window and I told a close friend of my husband’s I felt it was for him. After he read it, he said it pertained to him and his wife. I had no idea.

Sometimes, I read the Bible out of duty or because I’ve set a goal to read so many chapters. Other days, I put on the tea kettle and picture myself having tea with our invisible God. Later, I read the Bible as I sip, and anticipate learning more about the Creator, the joy giver, the author of my faith, the God Who possesses Wisdom, according to (Proverbs 8:22, NKJV).

(John 10:10, NKJV) says: “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

The real Jesus came to watch over His sheep, His followers. The thief, the anti-Christ comes to steal, kill and destroy people. Sometimes, I don’t want to read the book of Life, God’s Word which nourishes my spirit and my soul because of spiritual warfare-which I’m not always aware of.

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I read Proverbs this week, chapter 1-12 so far. Wisdom is telling us in (Proverbs 8:30-31, NKJV) that during the creation of the world, “Then I was beside Him as a master craftsman; And I was daily His delight, Rejoicing always before Him, Rejoicing in His inhabited world, And my delight was with the sons of men.”

Wisdom is always with God. So, God’s Word is filled with wisdom, which I need every day. When I rejoice and am grateful it changes my attitude, the brain develops healthier memories and releases dopamine-a pleasure hormone. For more insight, check out “Neuroscience Reveals: Gratitude Rewires Your Brain to be Happier,” a blog from goforthrecovery.com at https://goforthrecovery.com/articles-news/addiction-recovery-neuroscience-gratitude…

God says we are fearfully and wonderfully made in Ps. 139:14. So many encouragements, so many promises, so many warnings and incredible truths in the Bible. To me, that is the point of reading Scripture: to know God better and His ways for us.

All-powerful God and His Truthful Word

Hi! I hope this finds you well and coping in a positive manner during this COVID-19 pandemic.

                   I have to admit, I’ve had a couple of times when I felt panicky for a minute or two, which felt longer since I rarely panic. I immediately turned to activities that decompress stress.

                   One time, my husband was at home, so I told him my fear. He has a calming type of personality and he gave me a hug. Words of assurance accepted, big breath, I regained equilibrium.

                   The second time, he wasn’t home, so I spoke out loud (2 Timothy 1:7, NKJV), “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 

                   The Bible says in (Rom 10:17, NKJV), “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

                   Speaking God’s Word over whatever I’m dealing with does something in the supernatural realm that I can actually feel in the earthly realm that I’m inhabiting. My anxiety lifted after I spoke 2 Timothy 1:7.

                   When I hear other people’s angst over the phone, I’ll mention something that helped me and God’s perfect peace that passes all understanding envelops me so I don’t take on their distress. I’m able to pray for them or share a Scripture and then rest in God afterwards.

                   My mother-in-law’s favorite Psalm was Psalm 91 and last night I read it out loud, as Marilyn Hickey suggested back in 1986, when I was in the midst of a trial and she was speaking via the radio. This is the gist of what she said, speak Scriptures that pertain to your predicament and see God move according to His Word. The Bible says God can’t lie. If He spoke it through His Word, it comes to pass in the context of the Scriptures.

                   Malachi 3 tells of God scolding the Israelites for stealing from Him by not paying their tithes. He said to prove Him now in this. Give to God’s work and He’ll open the windows of heaven and have man pour into your bosom.

                   Having re-dedicated my life to follow Jesus in the early 1980’s, I read this Scripture and then said, “God, You said to test You in this,” so I put $15.00 in an envelope and then in the mailbox to send to a televangelist. The mailman hadn’t picked up the mail yet when my youngest sister pulled into our driveway. She loved to give gifts to people. She beeped the car horn and called for me to come outside. Her trunk lid was open and a large television set was inside.

                   “Look at this color television set I just won at Sears! I’m giving it to you!”

                   We owned a smaller black and white television set. “Why don’t you keep it for yourself?”

                   “I just bought one and it’s nicer than this one, but only by a little bit. Don’t you want it?”

                   “Sure,” I said. “Thank you!”

                   Then it hit me, Malachi 3 said to give unto God and He would have people give to me! Oh, hallelujah! What a blessing!

                   Over the years, I’ve experienced God’s Word is true. When I worry about health, immediately I pray to thank God for His Word that says, “I am the LORD Who heals you,” (Exodus 15:26c, NKJV).

                   I am practicing safe distances from folks, washing my hands, staying home way too much for an extrovert and actually getting things done that have been weighing me down. I’m also imploring God to let this pandemic disappear as soon as He wants it to, the sooner the better from my perspective.

         Last night, I prayed the “Our Father” as taught by Jesus and found in (Matthew 6:9-13, KJV):  “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 

Mat 6:10  Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 

Mat 6:11  Give us this day our daily bread. 

Mat 6:12  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

Mat 6:13  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” 

“God’s will be done and deliver us from evil!”

May God bless you and yours!