It’s difficult to put into words the longing I have in my being for others to know and understand the truth of the gospel. The truth I write about is belief and trust in Almighty God. Sin is in the world and the ultimate deceiver is roaming about seeking whom he might devour. The Bible quotes those very words. Satan is alive and well, folks. He is as much alive today as he was in the Garden of Eden tempting and calling into question the truth of God’s Word. And he seeks not only to get a foothold into any doubt you might have concerning God Almighty, he wants to devour that belief and extinguish it from your heart and mind. He wants to rob you of your soul and the hope of a secure eternity in heaven with the One who created you.
If only the worldly blinders of self-knowledge and lies were removed and the Light of our Lord displayed so brightly those carnal beliefs and deceit would be clearly revealed. Blinders taken off revealing the presence, passion and peace only God can radiate into our lives.
I am continually amazed at the growing unrest of those who appeared to have placed their trust in God in times past. Since I don’t know a person’s heart or the commitments he/she made before committing their lives to God, maybe there wasn’t a true conversion of faith to profess Jesus Christ as God’s Son. But to have heard God’s Word preached, to have sung the songs of praise, attended the Sunday School lessons taught and memorized scripture, to have allowed the deceiver to wiggle himself into a life and so completely turn it against the things of God is beyond anything I can describe. And Satan sits back and laughs, taunting Christians with, “What are you going to do or say that will make a difference?” “I have them believing in facts, not faith. People need to see, to know, to have it written down and shown to them. Not all this understanding by faith stuff.” “Where’s God now?”
God is alive and well. He sits on the throne of grace and mercy and it is through the blood of Jesus and the mercy that flows strong that prevents the storm of judgment from raining down on us. The Lord is waiting for as many as possible to turn from those sinful, carnal ways and return to Him or come to Him for the first time. It’s like the ark…yes, Noah’s ark. Noah worked on that ark for a very long time all the while trying to get others to come to God. But they laughed and made fun of Noah and his family. Noah continued working diligently day-by-day building an ark when rain was no where in sight.
Then one day, when the ark was complete and the animals were safe inside, God closed the door. And when God closes a door, it’s done. No more chances, no more sermons, no more wooing of those who love you and have prayed for your return to Christ. The door of opportunity has forever closed.
My husband, Gary, and I recently toured a replica of the ark in Williamstown, Kentucky. It stands 510 feet long, 85 feet wide and 51 feet high. It has been built to the specifications outlined by the Lord for Noah. This structure is massive. Among the three decks located inside there is an actual door that symbolizes the door that was shut to keep Noah, his family and all the animals from being destroyed in the flood.
I will be writing more about the doors of the Bible at a later date, but for now I would like to pose two questions:
First, if you are having a problem with believing in God, the Bible, Jesus as God’s Son, Creation, or anything at all. Would you begin a dialogue with me? Just share with me your thoughts and concerns, questions or items that factually you are having trouble believing. This is not to start a debate or anything of that nature. This is for my information and if you desire, I will respond to the best of my knowledge.
Second, research information and just don’t take others’ viewpoint without fully understanding the subject matter. Not only research the sites of those who support what you are now believing that is contrary to the Bible, but include Creationists, Archaeologists and Historians who give supporting evidence for the “other side of the coin”, if you will. I have come to believe that if I don’t understand what others are thinking and holding onto in the way of belief, how will I ever be able to fully defend my own faith?
May God illuminate our minds, keep us from harm and anoint us with wisdom. The Bible has yet to be disproved. If you have evidence to the contrary, I would appreciate your sharing that information with me.
To God be the Glory….may the door stay open until all have come to Christ, or come back to Him.
“By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.
"O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water."
"Wilderness experiences are good for you, for they teach you an important truth: You draw satisfaction from blessing on the inside, not from circumstances on the outside."
My dear friends....what are your current wilderness experiences?
Dear Father in heaven, please watch over and protect your children who want to witness with all their being and belief in You. Help us to be able to overcome the present worldly knowledge that is penetrating every facet of our life style. Give us strength to endure, wisdom to speak the truth and the armor of God to Light our way....one day at a time.
In Jesus' precious name, Amen!
As I debate what to write about today, I find myself glancing upwards at the bulletin board hung above my desk. There are so many memories and bits and pieces of people and "things" that I have accumulated over the years. Let me give you a tour of what I am remembering through these little tidbits of my life.
1. Pictures of Gary the first time he held both our children after they were born.
2. Notes my dad wrote to me on scraps of paper that he left laying around for me to find after he and mom had visited us in Pittsburgh and were headed home to Virginia.
3. Beautiful handmade birthday cards from a dear friend.
4. Anniversary and wedding napkins from my grandparents' 50th; my mom and dad's 35th and one from our wedding in 1980.
5. Poems about the beach...one of my favorite vacation spots.
6. Pictures of our Compassion and Feed the Children kids.
7. Family group pictures; a vacation picture from Disney with Lucy; a picture of the kids with Gary on his birthday when they were young....and, one of my favorites....A Wish Poem that Kimberly sent me a long time ago.
8. A mustard seed....
9. A newspaper announcement when my father-in-law and his brother-in-law (now both deceased) went to Washington to attend the funeral of John F. Kennedy!
10. A calendar that Kimberly gives us each year that catalogs our year (especially hers and Lucy's) in memorable pictures/events.
11. Messages of faith on measuring spoons!
12. A lovely crocheted cross to be used as a bookmark.
So many blessings, so many memories....I am blessed beyond measure and it's a great time for reflection! Thank you, Jesus, for giving yourself as a sacrifice so that I might live eternally....and thank you to my heavenly Father for the gift of life this side of heaven.
The Wish Poem
I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough "Hello's" to get you through the final "Good-bye."
This particular scripture was listed on my daily devotional this morning, June 1st. As I opened my Bible to this selection, I saw that my Dad (to whom I gave this Bible) had marked the very same scripture. In fact, two other selections from this Psalm were underlined by Dad. Of course, my interest being piqued, I read these verses several times asking myself, why would Daddy underline and leave for those who followed these words from God's book?
Psalm 37: 16 "It is better to be godly and have little than to be evil and possess much."
Psalm 37: 18 "Day by day the Lord takes care of the innocent, and they will receive a reward that lasts forever."
Psalm 37: 23-24 "The steps of the godly are directed by the Lord. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will not fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand."
I can only surmise why my earthly father underlined these words from my Heavenly Father. Seems to me Dad wanted me to know that 1) it's okay not to accumulate a lot of wealth, because having Jesus in your heart and follow the things of God is more than riches. 2) God will watch over and take care of us rewarding us with eternal life. And 3), all our paths are directed and orchestrated by God; every single detail, so don't worry about perfection or stumbling and falling because God's got you!
Thanks Daddy and my Heavenly Father for a great lesson! God bless!