To do the will of my Father… Does anybody know what time it is?

Galatians 3:28 (KJV)

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

These days there is much controversy over words, terminology, doctrines, etc… Everyone seems to be a false teacher, preacher and such. Seems believers can’t agree on who is a true messenger of God. Some that have been identified are from the Word of Faith movement, others popular evangelicals, and mega-church pastors, some obscure names as well.  Are popular Christian authors just in it for the money? Is anyone capable of teaching, and preaching the simple truth? Even the simple message of the gospel is disputed? Repentance, confession, acceptance..

John 3:16 (KJV) is the scripture that probably led most people to believe in Jesus.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God (John 3:17-18 (KJV).

Believing in Jesus seemed to be the only requirement for salvation. For God so loved us. Yes… God so loved us that He gave up His only Son so that He could be reconciled with us, His creation. Believe on Him that’s it. If we do that, He does the rest. 

“I grew up hearing everyone tell me ‘God loves you’. I would say big deal, God loves everybody. That don’t make me special! That just proves that God ain’t got no taste. And, I don’t think He does. Thank God! Because He takes the junk of our lives and makes the most beautiful art.”
― Rich Mullins

If we can believe that the living God loves us, that He sacrificed His Son for us, He does what no man could ever do in his own power.

Words, words, words, but not the Word. Seems to me what man has to say about the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Bible and the things of God is more important and gets more attention than what the Word says about Jesus Christ, God and all things of God.

2 Timothy 4:3 “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.”

Matthew 12:37 – For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

Psalms 19:14 – Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

Matthew 12:36 – But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

What is that? We will be held accountable for every word that comes out of our mouth. Let those words not lead another into darkness. 

To do the will of my Father… that is the only mission on this earth for Christians. Time is short. While Americans are crying make America great again! God is unraveling His perfect plan for His chosen few. Yes. Few. Because many are called, but few are chosen, says Matthew. Choose ye the narrow road. “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”

Why are God’s people concerned with the moral state of this land? Did not the Lord say to expect this in 2 Tim 3? Did He not say it was only going to get worse in the last days? Are we in the last days? It sure feels like it.

Romans 13:11 “And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.”

I asked myself if anyone knows what time it is? Does anybody really care?” Then I remembered a song from my youth, that my favorite group, Chicago sang – “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” I hadn’t heard it in decades so I looked up the lyrics.

As I was walking down the street one day
A man came up to me and asked me what the time was that was
on my watch, yeah
And I said
Does anybody really know what time it is
I don’t
Does anybody really care
care
If so I can’t imagine why
about time
We’ve all got time enough to cry
Oh no, no
And I was walking down the street one day
A pretty lady looked at me and said her diamond watch had
stopped cold dead
And I said
Does anybody really know what time it is
I don’t
Does anybody really care
care
If so I can’t imagine why
about time
We’ve all got time enough to cry
Oh no, no
And I was walking down the street one day
Being pushed and shoved by people trying to beat the clock,
oh, so I just don’t know,
I just don’t know
And I said, yes I said
Background Vocal:
People running everywhere
Don’t know the way to go
Don’t know where I am
Can’t see past the next step
Don’t have to think past the last mile
Have no time to look around
Just run around, run around and think why
Does anybody really know what time it is
I don’t
Does anybody really care
care
If so I can’t imagine why
about time
We’ve all got time enough to die
Oh no, no

Seems like the hour has come upon us and we are still running around like chickens … well you know how the rest goes. If we don’t know what the will of God is … we need to find out and quick!

Be blessed. If you are ready…like Rich Mullins used to sign…Be God’s!

Thanks for reading.

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The Coming King Sculpture at The Cross at Kerrville Texas. Jesus Christ returns in glory Revelation 19:11. 

 

Where do you get your confidence?

“I want to know if the life we have in Christ is really true.”  asks the pastor.

I recently read where a pastor made this comment to an author/speaker. Have you ever wondered about this? Are you asking yourself the question.. Is the life we have in Christ really true? It appears this person/pastor needs confirmation as to the reality of the life in Christ. I wondered why a pastor would need such confirmation.

Do you lead a flock and ask yourself this …? How do I know if the life we have in Christ is really true? Are you free in Christ?

2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.

It's impossible!
Hebrews 11:6

I have to ask. Considering the size of this country… the current population at 329+ million people, how many evangelicals, teachers, preachers, authors, bloggers, etc. would you say have a real influence (the act or power of producing an effect without apparent exertion of force or direct exercise of command) on how we think, our beliefs, and how we live our lives. Book shelves are filled with books on the Christian walk.. how to do this and that, how to live a blessed life and so forth. I am of the opinion that the Bible, the word of God as it stands, is not the great influencer as it should be, but that the interpretations (2 Timothy 4:3-4; Matthew 7:15-17; 1 Timothy 1:3-4;  Romans 16:17-18; Colossians 2:8; 1 John 4:1) of those accepted as an “authority” (a convincing force) in the things of God are what we accept as truth.

“Authority” can be determined by any number of factors. The church is the most accepted authority on the things of God. Thus those associated with a church body, a religious organization, and their leaders that author books, these guys are automatically considered an authority.

Now as to the more recent authority of the church – well, I won’t even go there. Nevertheless, how many people in today’s churches, actually read the Bible? There is research data on the high percentage of Bible illiteracy. Many churchgoers don’t even take their Bible to church. True. We now have digital Bibles we can carry. Instant access would indicate users would likely read more often, but do they really?

Other than the church, where do you find your authority(s), or who do you consider an authority on the things of God? And how do you know they are an authority? By their title? Their profession? Their education? Experiences? Revelations? There are thousands of people that influence every moment of our life. And we give them that power over us. It’s how we live and function as a society. 

When you read an article on some blog, or online magazine, a book title from a new author, listen to a podcast… how do you test the veracity of the messenger? I don’t consider myself an authority on anything. What I know I learned through experience, education, my own research. Does that make me an authority? Perhaps, I know more than the average person in certain areas, but anyone can come along and say they know more…and again… 

I like to write. I am compelled to write. And if anything, Scripture tells us that in the last days… 

Joel 2:28 “And it shall come to pass afterward. That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions.

Peter in addressing the crowd… Acts 2:14-21

But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams.

And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy.  I will show wonders in heaven above and signs in the earth beneath: blood and fire and vapor of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.

And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

 

So… seriously, who is God speaking through? It could be anyone. But… do we listen to just anyone?  Well, maybe. Will you, or I believe just anyone? Probably not. Hopefully, we are knowledgeable in God’s word that we can discern the truth. Consider the great deception that is upon us – at this moment.

Matthew 24:24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.”

I like to write about my experiences and some of what the Lord has shown me in my walk with Him. Will anyone read what I write? It really doesn’t matter. It is the Lord who reveals. In the last days, no one will necessarily be an authority. In the OT the prophets were the authority. In the NT, the Apostles. He or she will be/could be you, or me. 

I’ve read some of the stuff that so called authorities write on the things of God and they are as false as can be. How do I know? Because their interpretations/rantings do not align with Scripture. I would not want that on my conscience.. misleading people.

Genesis 3:1 “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said… ” (feel free to fill in the blank.)

Teachers and such are held to higher standard according to Scripture (James 3:1-2)

I write not to influence others, not to create a following, certainly not to attract spammers. I write to share. I write because it’s very cathartic. And if one person finds comfort, encouragement, or finds a kindred spirit of sorts then that’s great. Because we are not alone in our experiences. We are not alone in our walk with Christ. What does it say in Amos… “Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?” Of course not. Yet, so often we agree to disagree and we wind up in tepid waters. We have to know what we believe in… otherwise, we might wind up chug-a-lugging the Kool-Aid, or Flavor Aid.

We have the Holy Spirit. We have the Bible and that is the only authority we need. We need to read it, meditate on it, so we can learn to discern whether something is of God or not. 

I believe in God, in His Son, Jesus Christ. If we accept that Jesus came to save, that He died for our sins, rose on the third day and then went up and sat at the right hand of the Father, that He came to set us free … then John 8 – tells us that … Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

Galatians 5:11 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

Ephesians 3:12 Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.

If you are a believer in Christ, knowledgeable in the things of God, if you teach others about God and Jesus and you’re curious to know …

“I want to know if the life we have in Christ is really true.” 

If someone said that to you…how would you respond?

Where do we get our confidence that the life we have in Christ is really true? The Scriptures … not from the latest bestseller, the man on the pulpit, or any of the popular motivational speakers filling our mind with their new or latest revelations, or some meme.

Romans 8:16 “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God…”

Thanks for reading. Be blessed. A video worth watching. Words of wisdom from the late great Rich Mullins.

Do not be caught unaware…

The Lord uses any and all situations to drive home a message. On Friday, my husband and I were on our way downtown to meet our daughter and her fiance for dinner. We had left early (75 min. early) giving us plenty of time to get to the restaurant, find parking and such. Well, it was Friday afternoon, peak traffic and it was backed up something horrible – unusually heavy. We could not believe it. Nevertheless, we figured, even with the heavy traffic we would still arrive on time. We were expecting traffic, so entering a congested highway was no big deal. We were not expecting a fatal traffic accident.

We had been sitting in traffic for over an hour when I got an alert on my phone about a fatal accident… on the highway we were on, about 3 exits up. Apparently, two trucks were involved in an accident and one rolled over, killing the driver. The news reported the accident had occurred before we entered the highway, less than an hour before.

Sitting in traffic is never convenient, never pleasant, never merciful. Did everyone else get the alert that afternoon? If they had news alerts set up on their phone, they probably did. I imagined not many had, just because of the impatience of the traffic. Traffic never considers why it’s backed up. It only thinks about finding a way around, jumping in front of cars, cutting people off… finding a way off the highway other than the exit ramp, etc. Traffic just wanted to keep moving. So emergency crews had to close the highway to deal with the aftermath, but no one (law enforcement) was directing traffic off the highway. It was every man for himself.

For drivers that are accustomed to traffic, they find ways to deal with the frustration. They are talking on the phone, not paying attention, perhaps complaining to person on the other side, or texting. The reason for the back up is irrelevant. Drivers just want to get to their destination.

Where are we going?

A young man, loved by family and friends died that afternoon (May he rest in peace.), and it was an inconvenience to many. He was a son, a husband, a father, and perhaps a man of God. How will his loved ones deal with their loss? No compassion from the traffic. As we moved ahead, at a snails pace, I couldn’t help but consider my own mortality.

I do not know when or where the bell will toll for me. But in an instant I will be gone. I can imagine a portal from heaven opens up and I will be snatched up and set in the presence of the Lord. Wow! To behold my Savior. I was telling my husband that I have talked to my daughters about this topic. He does not like to talk about it much, death that is. It worried me more when my daughters were young. If I died, I didn’t know who was going to take care of them? Their dad didn’t even try to keep in touch with them. Would he step up to the plate? Or would he continue to reject them? God was merciful to us. These days it’s about my grand kids. Will my daughters be able to protect them? Death can be very inconvenient! It leaves a big hole behind. Who will fill it? Gosh! Trusting in God in life and in death – is all about faith. 

A death disrupted many lives that afternoon. A wife cried out in disbelief. A child couldn’t understand why dad was not coming home. And the traffic was merciless. That’s what happens when we are not prepared for death. But we are never prepared for death, not our own, or that of a loved one. Even when we expected it and plan for it – we are not ready for it. In this case, 

According to police, the man was indecisive about whether he wanted to travel on the highway or get off, making in-and-out changes of direction.

There was no allowance. Do you know where you are headed? Is there a place waiting for you on the other side? So this man could not decide if he wanted to stay on the highway. I hope that before he passed that he had decided to trust in Jesus for his eternal destination. Because when it’s time to get off – there’s no changing lanes. 

So, I considered my own mortality that day. The best way to prepare was to make myself right with the Lord. I have to examine myself moment by moment, so when the time comes, when the Lord calls me home… when the sun sets on my life… everyone will say…”All she wanted was to go home.” And she’s finally home! Praise God!

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Ecclesiastes 9:11-12 Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all. For man does not know his time. Like fish that are taken in an evil net, and like birds that are caught in a snare, so the children of man are snared at an evil time, when it suddenly falls upon them.
James 4:14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.
James 4:13-15 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” 
John 14:2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
Revelation 16:15 “Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.”

What if they Lord were to return overnight, or tomorrow. Would I be ready? I pray that I will be ready when He calls me home, or that I will be found faithful should He return this day. And I pray that my death will not be an inconvenience. But – if the Lord should return and I be taken up – it’s every man for himself on the highways.

I know where I am going after I take my last breath on planet Earth. I pray the reader does too.

Mathew 24:36-44

“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

 

Woman…sin has consequences…

A woman I’ve known for many years posted this on Facebook. She has a teaching ministry for people that struggle (in and out of marriage) with abusive relationships.

“I will tell the Lord …I do regret one thing …in staying in an abusive relationship…and keeping my children in that environment…use to tell father, we are setting our children for failure! He didn’t listen! Forgive me my children again! Children get it too..PTSD!!!! The post was accompanied with a quote on how emotional abuse can cause PTSD.

That’s one “plus” to Facebook – people only post what they want others to hear. I am a victim of abuse ~or~ I am an adulterous woman. Which would you post? (I wish she was the only woman I’ve known who was, or is in an adulterous relationship with an abusive man.) Granted she was simply acknowledging her responsibility for her children’s emotional struggles. But her post brought to mind the destruction she caused by taking up with a married man. In thinking about it…two marriages were destroyed, a church was divided, the abuse this man inflicted on his wife at the time – was transferred to her and the children that came out of that relationship. She claimed she had been seduced by the pastor, so she was just another victim – for ten years and two children – and subsequent divorce and remarriage. At any point she could have put a stop to it.

So when we get a peek into the lives of others via social media – you get to see information specially selected for public viewing – good or bad. It’s manipulation at its finest.

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I have to admit I was troubled by her post, because I knew her history. How do you tell a Christian woman that has suffered at the hands of an abusive man that her experience was the result of outright rebellion against God? Or do you? Do you say anything? We can try to help and support victims of abuse, but surely, as Christians we should examine ourselves when we enter into all relationships. We should be honest, if not with others, with our self. In her own words, she was a victim of physical and emotional abuse. The fact that she had an affair with a married man – is irrelevant. In the years that I’ve known her she has never confessed that she did anything wrong (by taking up with a married man).

Psalm 44:21 Would not God search this out? For He knows the secrets of the heart.

Getting honest… I wondered if the “…” meant other than the fact that her children were conceived in an adulterous relationship. I wondered if she had repented of her obvious sin. Had she been honest with her children about her twisted – stinking thinking in getting involved with a married man. He was the pastor of the church. She paraded around church, Bible studies and social gatherings – married to one man and sleeping with another.

I wanted to desperately tell this woman that her experience, her children, their subsequent experiences were direct consequences of her adulterous relationship. Yes. She had an affair with the pastor of the church we attended. This was happening back in the 80’s and early 90’s. In later years, the pastor’s ex-wife was my friend – through more than twenty years of suffering in silence, never-ending various abuse, infidelity, and other sins of the pastor she never lost faith in God. When she cried out for help – her family and friends advised her to suck it up. I believed her because that was the same advise I received in trying to deal with my ex. (And let me tell you, God gave her grace beyond measure to accept this woman as a friend – to forgive her and her ex-husband. After all was said and done…she listened to her (this woman) as she shared her horrid stories of the abuse she she endured at the hands of this man …)  The other woman continued her adulterous behavior. Oh my! The details here are very sordid.

This woman had a ten year affair with this pastor, had two children by him while she was still married and living with her husband – and tried to pass the children of as her husband’s.

My friend shared her story of abuse, before she married, and after. Years later – she still recalled certain events with vivid detail. She lived in feared for many years. My ex and I were out of the country when the scandal broke at our little church. I held back the tears, the horror and anger as she shared many disturbing details. I asked my friend if this woman had ever asked for her forgiveness. I was shocked when she said – never. She did say that her ex did eventually seek her forgiveness.

How do we as believers, wrong somebody, and subsequently exposed – never seek forgiveness of those we wronged? Something is wrong with this picture.

And I guess it’s easy to ignore the sin of adultery and shift the focus to the subsequent effects, because even a promising relationship can have bad consequences – as was the case for this woman. She was taken by surprise when her husband began the abuse. As believers in Christ if we learn anything – we learn that God hates adultery. We also learn the consequences of sin and still we react in utter disbelief when we suffer.

Luke 6:46 “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?”

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’  But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:27-28).

“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? … (1 Cor. 6:9-10)

Isn’t thou shall not commit adultery a commandment? (Exodus 20:13)

It’s been bothering me. I guess because as Christians we tend to roar when it comes to certain atrocities – like abortion. Yet we stand idly by – silent – as we watch fellow believers being pulled down into the abyss. Into total darkness they go in their rebellion. Liars, cheaters, abusers, lovers of evil – those attributes – well, we prefer to turn a blind eye rather than confront a brother or sister in Christ.

My friend had spoken to this woman often about her lifestyle choices. My friend told me that she was convinced that God was directing her steps. God had given her a peace about being in a relationship with a married man. I cannot describe his vileness without soiling your soul.

I was only twenty-two years old when all this happen in my little church. I was a new Christian. I too got caught up in a bad relationship, despite warnings. Yes – in my rebellion, which was easily rationalized – I was young and stupid –  ignorant of the things of God. Sure. But how long can we claim ignorance?

There are many published authors, writers, bloggers, some well known, others not so much, many more writing in obscurity just like us here – that share stories of faith and insight into the things of God. They share their interpretations of Scripture. Some we trust, others we take with a grain of salt. Still others we can confidently say pervert the gospel of Christ for personal gain. They are men and women, young and old.

“And it shall come to pass afterward
That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
Your old men shall dream dreams,
Your young men shall see visions. Joel 2:28

These days there is so much information out there to be found about how to live the blessed Christian life, how to name it and claim it, and how God will give you the desires of your heart if you seek Him first – tons of topics – with everyone being some kind of authority on the topic. So, how important is it to know Scripture? Extremely important!

There are too many Pied Pipers out there trying to seduce weak minds to follow the path that leads to destruction.

Even as believers, many of us are hard-pressed to believe that sin has consequences. And here I only refer to the obvious sin of adultery and entering into a wrong relationship. But sin comes in many flavors, big, little, bold or subtle with varying degrees of consequences, but consequences nonetheless. Sin reaches into the deepest part of the soul. It hides in the recesses of the mind.

Isn’t the Lord so merciful… to reach deep down into the abyss to pull out the soul that cries out for forgiveness…

Yes, woman…sin has consequences. For me, it’s about considering my role in the body of Christ and act, respond – by faith – in meekness – in total surrender to the One that calls me by name. It’s about recognizing sin – when it crouches at the door. Calling it what it is –  sin- rebellion against God.

Matthew 7:5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

It’s time to learn about the God that sacrificed His only Son for our sin. Jesus, who loved us and died for us – that went to His Father’s house to prepare a place for us. We are His. 

Thank you for reading. Be blessed.

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Who are we in Christ?

We are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation. We are God’s special people. We are sojourners in this land. We were called out of darkness into the light of His glory…for a purpose. His purpose.

Praise His holy name. Be blessed.

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God’s mercies are new everyday. What an awesome God we serve!

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.

Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation. 1 Peter 2:9-12

Dying denying God

Most of us know someone, or know of someone who has died never having accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Today, many people will die denying God. They will defend to the end their rejection of a Supreme Being, of a risen Savior, of forgiveness of sin, of salvation and eternal life, or any such nonsense. They may also try to convince you that your faith is foolish and misplaced. And they will also try their hardest to make you feel silly for believing in such nonsense.

In November, a dear friend went home to be with the Lord. She served the Lord through the hills and the valleys of this Christian life. To me she was blessed by God tremendously, but as she said…it came at a painful price. A life filled with pain and sorrow, disease and abuse, she lived never taking her eyes of the Comforter. Even in her darkest moments she would not deny her God. Sure, sometimes it was difficult to keep the faith, but she marched on. Now she is with her Lord and all that went before her, singing praises to the one and only true God.

Adversity is something we face at some point in our lives. And honestly, some of us have more than our share and some handle it better than others. Adversity can bring one closer to the Lord, or draw one completely away and still others teeter-toter. It’s about where we draw our strength.

Last weekend a family member, a former believer in God, passed away. Sadly, his faith had gone by the wayside and he passed fully persuaded there was no proof of a living God. And it was not so much that he died rejecting God and His Son, but that on his deathbed he boasted of the fact that he had trained his grandchildren to believe otherwise…in themselves, their own abilities. His children already seem to share his sentiments toward a Supreme Being. I knew he was once a believer, so I encouraged him to reconsider his choice. There was still time, I said. We don’t know the exact hour the Lord will call us home.  His response was so nonchalant. Nah! He took a great deal of pride in his accomplishment. “I trained them! I created them! I stood next to his bed listening to his rant and I could not help but think that truly … this “former Christian” had actually rejected Christ, but that was not enough…he had to teach his future generations that all that God stuff was nonsense. And the only thing we could rely on was ourself.

He knew I was a believer and acknowledged as much, but out of the corner of his eye he gave me this look and said…I would also encourage you to reconsider your belief.

Truly, as a believer in Jesus Christ…how do you respond to such rejection? I prayed for him and talked to God about him for a while. It was sad. Unfortunately, people… people that we love, people that we grow up with, people that we admire…will leave this physical existence completely persuaded there is no God. What a surprise they will get when they get to the other side. While it may be too late for those that died without Christ, the children…they still have hope… We need to pray for our children.

The enemy is walking about…waiting…seriously…

Ephesians 6:12 (NKJV)

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

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