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And we Wonder Why?

There have been times in my life that I, too, have wondered why God allows some things to happen. I have come to understand more as I have raised children and watched them grow to be their own persons, like myself, they all must learn by making their own choices. Many of us older saints know what it feels like to see our grown children and other family members stray toward the pleasures of this world and sometimes shun us because of our hard-earned, strongly held, Biblical beliefs and lifestyles. And just as we ignored our parents when they tried to share the whys for not becoming such close friends with this evil world, they ignore our warnings. Sadly, too many of us must find out for ourselves I guess.

I have come to the conclusion that all I need do is continue to work on me and pray for God’s work in the lives of my loved ones, as I do my best to be a better example than I may have been in the past and love them and pray for them no matter what. God’s timing is always perfect!

There is a gospel song that I have been hearing for some time now that brings me to tears every time I hear it. Tears as I remember some of those times in my life when I have asked God to leave, and tears as I watch others do the same. I thank God for leading the writer and I thank the writer for obeying God. My heart aches for God and how He must feel since our country, even some of His children, have ‘asked Him to leave.’ Over the history of this world we see where God’s children have time and time again chosen this world over Him and He always steps back and lets us face our own consequences for doing so. Usually they are very dire consequences, sadly.

You Asked Him to Leave

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Posted by on June 26, 2017 in God's Love

 

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Pride Cometh Before a Fall!

Yes indeed, pride comes before we fall; we see it over and over as we read through God’s Word, how so many could have continued on in God’s blessings, but because of pride, they were brought low.

I am still reading Kings and Chronicles as they are meant to go together. I find that Chronicles has a bit more detail than Kings. I guess that is why we see repeatedly in Kings, “Now the rest of the acts of King such and such which he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings…”

I get so excited when I read, “And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD…” And there were some who continued doing right, but there were so many kings who turned to the ways of the world and God had to smite the whole country because of it.

I also notice each time I read about the Kings in the Old Testament that God always mentioned the Kings’ mothers’ names. That shows the importance God places on mothers. ūüôā

Recently I read 2 Chronicles 26 about Uzziah, who was only 16 years old when he began to reign and he reigned 52 years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jecoliah of Jerusalem. “And he did¬†that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Amaziah did. And he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him to prosper.”

Then we read how he won wars against God’s enemies and became strong and made Jerusalem strong and built high towers. And here it begins in verse 16 that “when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction: for he transgressed against the LORD his God, and went into the temple of the LORD to burn incense upon the altar of incense. And Azariah the priest went in after him, and with him fourscore (80) priests of the LORD,¬†that were valiant men:” Now we all know that only God’s high priests, who had been consecrated could burn incense to the LORD, for He is Holy.

Oh, but Uzziah had become so full of himself that he thought he was so great and could do that whatsoever he chose because he was the king. This happens to so many, especially when we make the world our friend. Do we not understand that to be friends with the world means we are enemies of God?

Well, just as there are always consequences to our sin against God, we see that there were consequences for Uzziah as well. Beginning in verse 19 “Then Uzziah was wroth, and had a censer in his hand to burn incense: and while he was wroth with the priest, the leprosy even rose up in his forehead before the priests in the house of the LORD, from beside the incense altar. And Azariah the chief priest, and all the priests, looked upon him, and behold he¬†was leprous in his forehead, and they thrust him out from thence; yea, himself hasted also to go out, because the LORD had smitten him.¬†And Uzziah the king was a leper unto the day of his death, and dwelt in a several house,¬†being¬†a leper; for he was cut off from the house of the LORD: and Jotham his son¬†was¬†over the king’s house, judging the people of the land.”

What a broken heart Uzziah’s mother must have suffered. If only he had stayed strong in God’s law (Word) and close to the LORD, he would have had many more wonderful years as king. Not only did Uzziah have to face the dire consequence of leprosy, God also had to call another to do His work in His Kingdom.

If you are running from God’s call to do His Work for His Kingdom today, because you find the things of the world more enticing, I urge you to turn back and follow God’s will. The things of this world are only fun for a season. I ask you to consider that the LORD will have to call someone else to do the work He initially called you for. How sad it will be in that day when you see Him face to face and give account of why you chose the world over Him.

2 Chronicles 26

1 Then all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen years old, and made him king in the room of his father Amaziah.
2 He built Eloth, and restored it to Judah, after that the king slept with his fathers.
3 Sixteen years old was Uzziah when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty and two years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name also was Jecoliah of Jerusalem.
4 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Amaziah did.
5 And he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him to prosper.
6 And he went forth and warred against the Philistines, and brake down the wall of Gath, and the wall of Jabneh, and the wall of Ashdod, and built cities about Ashdod, and among the Philistines.
7 And God helped him against the Philistines, and against the Arabians that dwelt in Gurbaal, and the Mehunims.
8 And the Ammonites gave gifts to Uzziah: and his name spread abroad even to the entering in of Egypt; for he strengthened himself exceedingly.
9 Moreover Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the corner gate, and at the valley gate, and at the turning of the wall, and fortified them.
10 Also he built towers in the desert, and digged many wells: for he had much cattle, both in the low country, and in the plains: husbandmen also, and vine dressers in the mountains, and in Carmel: for he loved husbandry.
11 Moreover Uzziah had an host of fighting men, that went out to war by bands, according to the number of their account by the hand of Jeiel the scribe and Maaseiah the ruler, under the hand of Hananiah, one of the king’s captains.
12 The whole number of the chief of the fathers of the mighty men of valour were two thousand and six hundred.
13 And under their hand was an army, three hundred thousand and seven thousand and five hundred, that made war with mighty power, to help the king against the enemy.
14 And Uzziah prepared for them throughout all the host shields, and spears, and helmets, and habergeons, and bows, and slings to cast stones.
15 And he made in Jerusalem engines, invented by cunning men, to be on the towers and upon the bulwarks, to shoot arrows and great stones withal. And his name spread far abroad; for he was marvellously helped, till he was strong.
16 But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction: for he transgressed against the LORD his God, and went into the temple of the LORD to burn incense upon the altar of incense.
17 And Azariah the priest went in after him, and with him fourscore priests of the LORD, that were valiant men:
18 And they withstood Uzziah the king, and said unto him, It appertaineth not unto thee, Uzziah, to burn incense unto the LORD, but to the priests the sons of Aaron, that are consecrated to burn incense: go out of the sanctuary; for thou hast trespassed; neither shall it be for thine honour from the LORD God.
19 Then Uzziah was wroth, and had a censer in his hand to burn incense: and while he was wroth with the priests, the leprosy even rose up in his forehead before the priests in the house of the LORD, from beside the incense altar.
20 And Azariah the chief priest, and all the priests, looked upon him, and, behold, he was leprous in his forehead, and they thrust him out from thence; yea, himself hasted also to go out, because the LORD had smitten him.
21 And Uzziah the king was a leper unto the day of his death, and dwelt in a several house, being a leper; for he was cut off from the house of the LORD: and Jotham his son was over the king’s house, judging the people of the land.
22 Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, first and last, did Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, write.
23 So Uzziah slept with his fathers, and they buried him with his fathers in the field of the burial which belonged to the kings; for they said, He is a leper: and Jotham his son reigned in his stead.

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Posted by on May 27, 2017 in God's Truth

 

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God’s Plans Always Win

Isn’t it something how we finite humans tend to think that we are all wise and are able to make our own plans in this life without God’s direction. Why must we insist upon going our own way without truly consulting our Father’s will for us? He only wants what is best for us and He knows our every thought and what will be the result of our actions. If we trust Him enough to save us from hell-fire, why do we not trust Him with every other aspect of our lives? He will not force His will on us, and He will allow us to flounder in our own, best-laid plans. Then when we stumble and fall enough to bring us back to ourselves as His servant and child and repent, He is always there with His unlimited grace to heal us from our self-inflicted wounds and lead us according to what was His will and His plan in the first place. We could truly save ourselves from much worldly harm if we would just let God be God in our lives. That means spending time in His Word each and every day (in His true incorrupt King James Word that does not leave out consequences of sin). It also means spending time in our quiet and confidential prayer closet with Him each day and listening to his still small voice inside us, and being fed in a true KJ Bible believing and teaching church where we can truly come to know Him and grow in Him.

There was a time in my life when I came to my senses after having gone my own way in this world. I realized that I had made a huge mess of my life and that I had hurt many others in the process. I repented and finally decided to trust God in every area. As I looked back over the wasted years I spent in futility trying to go my own way, there was much sorrow and remorse. But my Heavenly Father wrapped His loving and forgiving arms around me and has since gotten me back on track for His glorious will for my life. I am ever grateful and sometimes still amazed at how I messed up so much, and yet He turned it all around and is still accomplishing His perfect will in my life. Am I perfect at giving him my all? No, of course not. But at least I have learned to truly ask and listen for His will. Sometimes I do not like what His will is over mine, but I am ever learning to trust that He knows best and He will always win and accomplish His perfect will when I am doing my best to live righteously for Him.

The Lord led me to a few verses this morning in regards to us making our plans, but how it is God who is truly in control.

Proverbs 16:9 “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.”

Proverbs 19:20, 21 “Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end. There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.”

Proverbs 16:2, 3 ” All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits. Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.

Psalm 37:23, 24 “THE STEPS OF A GOOD MAN ARE ORDERED BY THE LORD:¬†and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.”

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Posted by on May 9, 2017 in God's Love

 

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God Never Changes!

That’s right! God never changes! Why do we limit Him and go our own way without Him until trials come and then fall on our knees calling out to Him? He is with us every day in every way. One of the greatest lessons I have learned over my lifetime is to talk with God every day, or the “little days” when everything seems okay, not just crying out to Him in the midst of trials when I have strayed too far from Him or life just happens. God is the same every day, no matter what goes on in my life. He never changes. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow, forever!

I recall being very young and thinking I was invincible, as we all do at that point in our lives. I went my own way, which was the way of the world, but after a time my Lord let me find out the hard way that the world’s way is the devil’s way, and hence we face trials that bring us back to our loving and merciful God Jehovah. But, just as God was forgiving time and time again with the children of Israel, so He is with us. When we humble ourselves and repent from our sin of turning away from Him, He always welcomes us back with open arms and withholds our much deserved wrath and punishment. I find such great joy in my golden years as I spend precious time with Him each day and grow so fond of His presence.

As I look back over trials in the past few years such as loss of loved ones and straying adult children and grandchildren, I am amazed at how the Lord has bathed me in His grace and peace that passes understanding. He tells me “Peace be still” and “Pray. Leave it with me and let me be God.” When we spend time with our Lord every “little” day, He gives us His strength through those bigger, badder days of trial. I love Mark Bishop’s song about this. So very true! Enjoy!

 

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2017 in God's Love

 

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All is Vanity

Towards the end of his life Solomon wrote the book of Ecclesiastes as the “Preacher” to teach us what he had learned with all the wisdom and knowledge God blessed him with. As I read Chapter 2 this morning, I became aware of the greatest thing we can learn from him, and that is that anything and everything of this world is vanity and cannot bring true happiness. The only way to true happiness is to know and grow in our LORD and the things He teaches in His Word. I like the comments from Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary for added thoughts.

Ecclesiastes 2

1 I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity.

2 I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it?

3 I sought in mine heart to give myself unto wine, yet acquainting mine heart with wisdom; and to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was that good for the sons of men, which they should do under the heaven all the days of their life.

4 I made me great works; I builded me houses; I planted me vineyards:

5 I made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits:

6 I made me pools of water, to water therewith the wood that bringeth forth trees:

7 I got me servants and maidens, and had servants born in my house; also I had great possessions of great and small cattle above all that were in Jerusalem before me:

8 I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces: I gat me men singers and women singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments, and that of all sorts.

9 So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me.

10 And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labour: and this was my portion of all my labour.

11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun. (Solomon soon found mirth and pleasure to be vanity. What does noisy, flashy mirth towards making a man happy? The manifold devices of men’s hearts, to get satisfaction from the world, and their changing from one thing to another, are like the restlessness of a man in a fever. Perceiving it was folly to give himself to wine, he next tried the costly amusements of princes. The poor, when they read such a description, are ready to feel discontent. But the remedy against all such feelings is in the estimate of it all by the owner himself. All was vanity and vexation of spirit: and the same things would yield the same result to us, as to Solomon. Having food and raiment, let us therewith be content. His wisdom remained with him; a strong understanding, with great human knowledge. But every earthly pleasure, when unconnected with better blessings, leaves the mind as eager and unsatisfied as before. Happiness arises not from the situation in which we are placed. It is only through Jesus Christ that final blessedness can be attained.)

12 And I turned myself to behold wisdom, and madness, and folly: for what can the man do that cometh after the king? even that which hath been already done.

13 Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness.

14 The wise man’s eyes are in his head; but the fool walketh in darkness: and I myself perceived also that one event happeneth to them all.

15 Then said I in my heart, As it happeneth to the fool, so it happeneth even to me; and why was I then more wise? Then I said in my heart, that this also is vanity.

16 For there is no remembrance of the wise more than of the fool for ever; seeing that which now is in the days to come shall all be forgotten. And how dieth the wise man? as the fool.

17 Therefore I hated life; because the work that is wrought under the sun is grievous unto me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit. (Solomon found that knowledge and prudence were preferable to ignorance and folly, though human wisdom and knowledge will not make a man happy. The most learned of men, who dies a stranger to Christ Jesus, will perish equally with the most ignorant; and what good can commendations on earth do to the body in the grave, or the soul in hell? And the spirits of just men made perfect cannot want them. So that if this were all, we might be led to hate our life, as it is all vanity and vexation of spirit.)

18 Yea, I hated all my labour which I had taken under the sun: because I should leave it unto the man that shall be after me.

19 And who knoweth whether he shall be a wise man or a fool? yet shall he have rule over all my labour wherein I have laboured, and wherein I have shewed myself wise under the sun. This is also vanity.

20 Therefore I went about to cause my heart to despair of all the labour which I took under the sun.

21 For there is a man whose labour is in wisdom, and in knowledge, and in equity; yet to a man that hath not laboured therein shall he leave it for his portion. This also is vanity and a great evil.

22 For what hath man of all his labour, and of the vexation of his heart, wherein he hath laboured under the sun?

23 For all his days are sorrows, and his travail grief; yea, his heart taketh not rest in the night. This is also vanity.

24 There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.

25 For who can eat, or who else can hasten hereunto, more than I?

26 For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit. (Our hearts are very loth to quit their expectations of great things from the creature; but Solomon came to this at length. The world is a vale of tears, even to those that have much of it. See what fools they are, who make themselves drudges to the world, which affords a man nothing better than subsistence for the body. And the utmost he can attain in this respect is to allow himself a sober, cheerful use thereof, according to his rank and condition. But we must enjoy good in our labour; we must use those things to make us diligent and cheerful in worldly business. And this is the gift of God. Riches are a blessing or a curse to a man, according as he has, or has not, a heart to make a good use of them. To those that are accepted of the Lord, he gives joy and satisfaction in the knowledge and love of him. But to the sinner he allots labour, sorrow, vanity, and vexation, in seeking a worldly portion, which yet afterwards comes into better hands. Let the sinner seriously consider his latter end. To seek a lasting portion in the love of Christ and the blessings it bestows, is the only way to true and satisfying enjoyment even of this present world.)

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Posted by on April 25, 2017 in God's Love

 

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Praise Ye the LORD!

 

Psalms 146

1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul.

2 While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.

3 Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.

4 His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.

5 Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God:

6 Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever:

7 Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The LORD looseth the prisoners:

8 The LORD openeth the eyes of the blind: the LORD raiseth them that are bowed down: the LORD loveth the righteous:

9 The LORD preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.

10 The LORD shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the LORD.

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2017 in God's Love

 

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Holy Unto God

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What does God’s Word say about being Holy? First let us look at how God is Holy.¬†1 John 1:5 “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” There is no sin in God at all. He is totally separate from anything evil. For us to have fellowship with Him, we must strive to be Holy. When we live in sin, we break fellowship with Him. Understand that we cannot be perfect as He is until we go to be with Him. But we must, with all our hearts, live each day trying to live separate from sin so that we may have fellowship with God. My devotion this morning touched on daily cleansing ourselves of sin so that we may have fellowship with God. The cleansing comes from examining myself each day and confessing and repenting of my sins, as well as asking God to show me of any un-confessed sin that I need to bring before Him. Since I am born with a sinful, fleshly nature, I am bound to commit some sin every day of my life. So, I need a daily cleansing. This is part of trying to be holy unto God.

1 Peter 1:16 “Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” Quotes¬†Leviticus 19:2 “Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy.” We see that because God is holy, He calls us to be holy. If we are living under the influence of this world, we are apart from God and cannot be holy. The only way we can live holy unto God is by the power of His Holy Spirit. Therefore, we must first be saved by the blood of Jesus and filled with His Spirit to be able to even try to live a holy life. God reveals any un-confessed sin in our lives through His Holy Spirit. If we try to just “be good people” we are doing things on our own. Being good does not get us to Heaven.¬†John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

Once we are saved, then the Holy Spirit’s power aids us in living holy or righteously for God.¬†1 Peter 1:14-16 “As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; (not just in our speech, but in how we live our lives) Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” We can be holy by being obedient to God in ALL areas of our lives. To be able to obey God, we must KNOW God –¬†Psalm 119:9-12 “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.¬†With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.¬†Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes.” To know God’s Word, is to know God.

If we are truly spending time with our Lord each day and in His Word and hiding it in our hearts, it will show outwardly and some in this world will see and possibly come to know Him too. Our speech will change, our faces will probably smile more because our hearts are smiling more. Our dress when we come into His house will change as well. When we first start walking with the Lord, we may not understand that how we dress in His house and in His Service reflects where we are in our walk with Him. It is the Holy Spirit’s job to convict a child of God of things in our outward appearance as to where we are in our holiness. If we are dressing like we are going to a back yard B-B-Q instead of wearing our best to His house, we still need work in our hearts. Only the Holy Spirit can do that. That is why we pray for each other in these areas. As we grow closer to Him, we understand that, and are happy to show Him respect by giving Him our best when we come to His house, or when we serve Him. That comes with time. I have always pondered how some can have no problem whatsoever dressing nice and respectful for a friend’s wedding, for example, but coming to the house of our Holy God Jehovah in disrespect and immodesty. But, that is something I leave to the Lord. It is my responsibility to act according to God’s direction and set an holy example for Him. I have to remind myself that children are not being taught, as I was, that when we come into God’s house, we show Him respect, by dressing in our best.

Psalms 99

1 The LORD reigneth; let the people tremble: he sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved.

2 The LORD is great in Zion; and he is high above all the people.

3 Let them praise thy great and terrible name; for it is holy.

4 The king’s strength also loveth judgment; thou dost establish equity, thou executest judgment and righteousness in Jacob.

5 Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy.

6 Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among them that call upon his name; they called upon the LORD, and he answered them.

7 He spake unto them in the cloudy pillar: they kept his testimonies, and the ordinance that he gave them.

8 Thou answeredst them, O LORD our God: thou wast a God that forgavest them, though thou tookest vengeance of their inventions.

9 Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the LORD our God is holy.
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Posted by on March 18, 2017 in God's Truth

 

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