Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Thank You, Fairest Lord Jesus

  Thank You, Lord Jesus, for saving my soul!   Thou, the Creator of the heavens, earth, and all creation, desiredst to know me and redeem my soul!  I cannot comprehend the love Thou hast for me, nor the depths of Thy beauty and power.
LORD GOD, I desire to thank Thee for Thy loving kindnesses to me:  Thy humble child and servant.  I know that I have not lived a perfect walk for Thee in times past, but great is Thy faithfulness to me!   Thank You for chastising me to bring me back in right fellowship with Thee!
Thank You for igniting a fire in my soul to know and love Thy Holy Word!  Thank You for teaching me how to obey Thy Word!  Thank You for preserving my soul!
Thank You for reminding me of my lowly stature, and Thy perfect holy magnificence.  Thank You for answering my prayers, according to Thy will and not mine.  Thank You for Thy blessings in my life:
    Our salvation through You, by Thy rich grace, mercy, love, and namesake; our Bibles and study material, which provokes us to love Thee, unto good works, corrects us when wrong, consoles us when sad, and guides us into life everlasting; my husband that I prayed for nine years ago, and have been blessed to be married to for five years; our church family that works with us to stay faithful to Thee, praying for, exhorting, encouraging, and loving one another; our family You allowed us to be born into, to love, honor, and pray for; our beautiful home, filled with many items given freely by charitable hearts, and with the wonderful view of Your creation; our van, freely given and blessedly cared for by Thee; our clothing; our food; our doctors and nurses; our senses well cared for by Thee; our health; our finances that allow us to give back to Thee and meet our needs.

Lord Jesus, there is indeed much more that I could thank Thee for, and that right well known.  I love Thee Lord, but need to love Thee even more, for Thou deservedst it!  I pray that my heart would be knit with Thine above all others, and that my lips would continually thank Thee and praise Thee.  Thank You for never forsaking me.

Friday, September 18, 2009

God's Creation

     I am simply overwhelmed by the complexity of God's creation.  Since attending the sermons delivered by creation scientist Dr. Pat Briney, I have come to fear God even more.  There are many facets to creation, but to realize just a smidgen of the biology and mathematics behind some of it, is staggering to the human mind.  What a magnificent, awesome, wonderful God is He!
     Through these presentations, I have been left realizing that I do not fully appreciate Christ.  He deserves much more love and devotion than I have been giving Him.  My heart repents of that neglect to my Saviour, and prays that He will help me love Him more.
     If ever any of you get a chance to hear him deliver a message, take the opportunity.  He presents creation science in a clear, humble, matter-of-fact way.  He does not attack the evolutionists, but rather delivers the evidence in science that point to the validity of the creation model.  It would be well worth it to listen to him.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Remember When

     I, like so many others, cannot pass the day without once remembering something about this day eight years ago.  All across our nation news stations, newspapers, blogs, conversations, et cetera, are talking about the atrocities we faced when terrorists attacked our country.  It is not easy for me to remember, but today I have a different perspective than I did then.
     I was at work when a coworker called me over to listen to her personal radio.  She had just heard of the first plane crashing into the first tower, so I listened on one earbud, while she another.  It was not long before we were all called together for an impromptu employee meeting with our bosses, and we were informed of the seriousness of the situation.  It was very overwhelming.  One minute we are all working in the warehouse, doing our daily orders and such.  Then, not even two hours go by. and everything gets in an upheaval.  It was very emotional.
     I was concerned, because by the time of the meeting, there was the attack in Washington, D.C.  I have family that lives very close to that place, and at the time we were not sure if there would be any more attacks there.  They were letting folks leave who were going to be too distracted to work, so I left.   I went to M.B.'s house, and watched the news with her for a few hours.  I tried getting in touch with my family members, or those who knew how they were doing.  It took a little bit of time, but by the time I got home I knew that those I loved were safe.   However, that uneasy, vulnerable feeling had not gone away.
     I kept up with the news for a while, and after some time it all blurred together, because everyone was reporting the same thing.  I stopped trying to stay up-to-date on the news regarding the attacks, and eventually stopped thinking about them.  Yet every year when that date passed, I would remember.
Today, though, is much different than the previous years.  Today as I watched a video on, I cried.  It was difficult not to cry, watching the devastation, the loss, the confusion, the sheer terror of it all.  I was extremely burdened over the spiritual conditions of those folks.  We will never really know what went on in those moments, whether folks were saved or got saved before perishing.  It is sad.
     What I can do today, though, is be a faithful witness.  If ever a time comes similar to that one, when there is such devastation, confusion, and terror, may I be faithful to have at least prepared some by the hearing of the Gospel that removes all fear of Hell.  Since Christ suffered our penalty and then rose from the grave, we can have hope of eternal life with Him!  If ever a time comes when we die on earth, we can at least know that our soul is with Him!  Please, dear fellow Christians reading this, be a faithful witness, for we never know what may happen.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Be Careful!

     I have noticed that this world is becoming more and more dangerous, spiritually, for Christians.  There is an immobilization going on in serving Christ:  deception by way of false teachings; unwillingness to repent and live according to the will of God, but content to stay carnal; and much, much seduction by devils.  It concerns me, for as Christians we know that Christ can return in an instant.  What are we doing with our time?
     I am guilty of watching wicked Hollywood movies; eating things I should not eat, and eating too much; listening to music that is worldly (even if it is under the guise of being spiritual), instead of holy unto God; gossiping; being idle--the list can go on and on.  Yet, God has been working in my life to fix these areas, thanks be to Him who grants repentance, a contrite heart, and a desire and ability to perform His will!  It is all too easy for me to do what my flesh wants if I am in control, so I thank God every day for being in control!
     What does the Bible say, though?  I do not want anyone to take my word for it.  God asks us to live holy, which means separated unto Him:

"But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy."
I Peter 1:15, 16

     What is God separated from?  He is separated from all the ways of the world.   A clear verse indicating this fact is in James 4:4:  "Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God."  James wrote this to believers in Christ, seen in verse two of chapter one, where he calls them "brethren."
     As Christians, are desire ought to be that of the Father's.  We should not get clouded up in our own will, which undoubtedly can lead us astray from God.  If we are in His Word as we should be, praying diligently, faithfully attending church, fellowshipping with the saints, He will guide us in His will.  It is much harder to do His will when we are doing our own.
     So, that show we are watching, would Christ be sitting there enjoying it with us?  How about that song we listen to, would He love to listen to it, too?  How about those activities we spend a lot of our time on, would He join with us?  What about that movie, would He like it as well?
     What of that conversation we had, would He have joined in on it?  What of our attire and appearance, would He dress that way, (or have His sister arrayed as such)?  What of the books we are reading, would He enjoy them?  The questions can continue, but it all boils down to this one:  "What Would Jesus Do?"
     We must test all of our doings, thoughts, feelings, sayings upon the precious Word of God.  If there is anything about it that makes us sin against Him, we should not be a part of it.  If we are enjoying the works of darkness or flesh, we need to repent and forsake them.  No compromise with the world can be made, otherwise we will slip into sin.
     What are the works of darkness, of flesh?  They are: "...Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like..."--Galatians 5:19c-21e.  We must be careful--no matter how enjoyable it is, if it causes us to sin, we must depart from it.
     The problem in the world is that it glorifies these works of the flesh.  It makes it palatable to the taste buds of our emotions, and if we are not on guard we will be deceived in thinking it is okay to partake in them. We are wrong, and if we belong to God He will make that apparent.  Watch out for deceit.
Please, let us not get caught up in the seduction of the world and the flesh.  All these are for nought.  Let us fill ourselves with the goodness of God, whereby we will assuredly be most pleased and refreshed.  We can have good, clean fun with our brothers and sisters in the Lord without sinning.  We can read to the edification of the spirit, and not be constantly entertained by the world.  Please, be careful.

"Be careful little eyes what you see./Be careful little eyes what you see./For the Father up above is looking down in love,/So be careful little eyes what you see./
Be careful little ears what you hear./Be careful little ears what you hear./For the Father up above is looking down in love,/So be careful little ears what you hear./
Be careful little mouth what you say./Be careful little mouth what you say./For the Father up above is looking down in love,/So be careful little mouth what you say./
Be careful little hands what you do./Be careful little hands what you do./For the Father up above is looking down in love,/So be careful little hands what you do.
Be careful little feet where you go./Be careful little feet where you go./For the Father up above is looking down in love,/So be careful little feet where you go./
Be careful little mind what you think./Be careful little mind what you think./For the Father up above is looking down in love,/So be careful little mind what you think./
Be careful little heart what you feel./Be careful little heart what you feel./For the Father up above is looking down in love,/So be careful little heart what you feel./"
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