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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

by Wilburn and Wilburn

 

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

 

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Destroy the Family, Destroy a Society

I will share devotions over the next several days about how the destruction of the family unit, therefore our children, gives our land over to satan. We let the few squeaky wheels win when they took prayer out of our schools, and many more of our Godly values are going down today because we hide our heads under the covers and go on about our lives as if it is of no consequence. We remain complacent while forsaking the teaching of God’s truth and bringing our children up in the admonition of the Lord; they are left to their own devices, killing each other in our streets,  while parents strive to earn the almighty dollar to pay for their material stuff, or stay stooped in their addictive lifestyles. “Cause and effect of taking God out of everything.”

“Elisha’s Encounters with Children”

“…and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him,…” II Kings 2:23b

The mantle of Elijah has just been solemnly placed on the shoulders of Elisha, who had used it to part the waters of the Jordan, and with a cruse of salt he had healed the waters of Jericho. Now, heading toward Bethel, the man of God is met by some wild, undisciplined children. This incident is the first of five encounters Elisha had with children in the early days of his ministry.

The wild, undisciplined children are well evidenced in our neighborhoods, at the grocery store, the restaurant and sad to say, in many of our churches today. These unrestrained rebels have been raised by unprincipled parents or are the suffering of offspring of broken homes and absentee parents. They are educated in the “war zones” of our public schools, where discipline is down-graded and despised. I pity most state school teachers and believe they earn every penny of their salaries for the most part, and especially if they even try to teach! Regrettably, many church schools are not much better.

The children in Elisha’s day (42 of them) had no respect, no reverence, and no restraint. They mocked the man of god and two momma bears came out of the forest and resolved the issue. In our day, the tattooed and body-pierced problem kids are being devoured by the devil, demons, debauchery, delinquency and disgrace at an early age. This destruction is unprecedented in the history of mankind. They are the end result of a nation and a people who have rejected God, His Word and His righteousness! –Dr. Tim Green

Please, let us join Christ in the battle for our families and our children!

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2016 in God's Truth

 

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Mealtime/Family Time

Descriptions of food are found throughout the Bible from the fruit of the Garden of Eden in Genesis 2:16 and 3:3, to the elements of the Lord’s Supper in the New Testament in 1 Corinthians 11:23-26. Careful dietary laws are given in Leviticus 11:1-47. Mealtimes were often celebrations:

Luke 15:11-32

11 And he said, A certain man had two sons:
12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.
13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.
14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.
15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.
17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,
19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:
24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
25 Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing.
26 And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.
27 And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.
28 And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him.
29 And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:
30 But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.
31 And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.
32 It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

As in Solomon’s day, so it is in today’s high-stress society: peaceful mealtimes aid both the digestion and the disposition. Perhaps the most meaningful and effective way to bring an air of peace and grace to mealtime is to make a habit of inviting God to be present. To offer a prayer of thanksgiving together before you begin to eat creates an attitude of gratitude and peace:

Psalm 100:4, 5

4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

1 Thessalonians 5:18

18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Turning off distracting noises creates an air of calm and allows conversation to focus on building relationships, generating peace, expressing love, and providing encouragement:

Proverbs 15:17

17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.

James 3:18

18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

Even when dining alone, mealtime can be a time to rest, to reflect on God’s blessings, or to enjoy scenic beauty.

Women have long been associated with mealtime in a special way. For example, the virtuous wife or woman of strength described in Proverbs 31:10-31 is willing to expend great effort to provide physical nurture for her family.

10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
14 She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

Scripture also emphasizes that food must be shared in a regular and timely way:

Psalm 104:27 – “These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give them their meat in due season.”

Matthew 24:45 – “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?”

There is no more beautiful time to nourish the family and others than in those regularly appointed gatherings that provide physical sustenance and spiritual nurture.

Brother Lawrence, a member of the humble barefooted Carmelite monks in the 1600s expressed the special opportunity in service at mealtime in his prayer: “Lord of all pots and pans and things…make me a saint by getting meals and washing up the plates! The time of business does not with me differ from the time of prayer, and in the noise and clatter of my kitchen…I possess God in as great tranquility as if I were upon my knees at the blessed sacrament.”

In this hustle, bustle, instant gratification world we live in, the family mealtime has gone by the wayside in many homes. What a great loss that is. It would behoove us to bring it back and have great quality time with our children and each other.

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2015 in Godly Women

 

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