The Porch Light

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I like to find similes, ways that real life experiences can help me better understand the Bible and how to apply it to my spiritual life. Maybe sort of like parables that Jesus used to teach people things. It just makes the concepts easier to understand for me. Some of these concepts, thoughts, should be and often are, things I learned as a child. Maybe similar lessons in Sunday School, maybe the same concepts taught other ways. Regardless if the lessons He teaches me are the simple ones, the more complicated, or if He is reteaching me things that I know, but sort of put way in the back of my mind and He wants them brought more to the front; He does remind me, teach me and I praise God that He is able to use so many things to show me what He wants me to know and think about.

And, the most recent of many lessons.

 

 

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The other night I went outside after it was dark and as I went out the door I turned on switch for the porch light, but it didn’t come on. So, I step back inside because, well, maybe I only thought I turned it on, but nope, switch was on and realized the light bulb had burned out. I went inside, got a new bulb and using a flashlight to see I replaced it. When the new bulb came on I noticed the cobwebs in the fixture as well as all the bugs that had been trapped and consumed. First thought was that I needed to clean it, but decided to wait until it was light outside so I could see better. Then, I went about what I was going to do initially (which sadly when I get distracted by one thing, I forget what I was doing to begin with and end up not getting it done, is that age? Naw, always been that way, maybe some attention deficit. BUT, I digress.) I finished and as I was going back inside I noticed that the new light was surrounded by insects, moths, gnats, flies, mosquitoes and whatever else. I thought about how many had been attracted to the light before and ended up consumed. As I thought about it more, I thought about my recent post on spider webs.

I thought about how the insects were attracted to the light. I always wondered why they do that. Why do moths fly to and into flames sometimes? Is it for warmth? Security? Do they for some reason think the colors are some sort of flower and as such food for them? I may have learned in school what instinct draws moths to the flames, but I can’t recall why at this time and as I think about it, I don’t believe they have definitive proof of why, only different theories. But, they are attracted to the light, the flame, and once there, despite what, they often find themselves either in a flame, trapped in a web or in some other way consumed and destroyed by what attracted them.

Further thoughts and the analogy of humans being drawn to what we think is light often leads to our destruction. Why are we lured by the false light of the world? What is it about the human psyche that makes us want things that, from a different perspective, one should know would lead to our spiritual demise? Why do we worry so much about the things of this world such as money and the things it can buy like fancy clothes, new cars, fancy houses and such? What instinct or desire is it that inexplicably lures us into destruction? All over media whether that be television, radio, magazines, billboards are advertisements that promise so much and cause us to want those things. Cars, clothes, perfume, alcohol, and endless other things. Trying to obtain these things, or obtaining and proceeding in the lifestyle necessary to obtain and “enjoy” all the things promised in the ads takes us down paths that in the long run are not in our best interests.

I see others lured into situations and lifestyles that as I look from a distance it is easy to see is going to be harmful to them in the long run. I know in hindsight I have taken the wrong path while seeking a false light. One gets so fixated on things that one is not able to see what is truly happening. We are being lead to our destruction. We compromise ourselves, our values, knowing initially that something is wrong, but somehow we justify our actions as we seek whatever we are seeking, whatever light is attracting us at the time, that we ignore the dangers until we are pulled in too closely and either get consumed by the flames, trapped in a spider’s web close to the light or some other way are destroyed as we try to move as close to the light as possible. Maybe we think we will only “almost get burned” and can enjoy whatever benefit we think we can derive from whatever light we are focused on at the time. But, it ends up the closer we get, the harder it is to resist and we realize too late we are unable to escape. Things that for whatever reason held such promise for us end up causing our destruction.

Well, as I think further, part of the lesson He was teaching me is that one needs to be ever vigilant, to be on the look out for possible traps, for things that may attract us and lure us into the flames.

13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

2 Corinthians 11:13-15

 

But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.   1 Timothy 6:9

 

Of course, it would even be better if, rather than get trapped or nearly trapped, we watched and avoided the temptations of the world that is not always the case.   But, if we remember that there are many perils and temptations, watch for them and constantly seek Him, those things are easier to avoid.

Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.  Matthew 26:41

 

But, being warned, sometimes we still fall victim. When we find ourselves in these situations, where we thought we were proceeding to something good, when we realize maybe it isn’t so good for us but that we can still escape without harm but then too late find we are not so easily able to escape, when we are first tempted by something, we have someone that WILL BE THERE to help us escape and save us from our foolishness. Regardless of how close we get, when we know we need Him, He will save us.

 

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.   1 Corinthians 10:13

 

Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.   Revelations 3:10

 

He is there to help us fight temptation and to deliver us from the temptations that we find ourselves too weak to resist. When we are lost because of that, He will deliver us. What an amazing Lord!

 

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

 

It is far too easy to get attracted to “the porch lights” of the world and then it can be difficult to escape but He can help us avoid those things and should we not avoid them He will save us from whatever trap we find ourselves in. All one needs do is ask Him. Such a simple concept but at the same time difficult for humans and that’s why we need Him. I have been caught up in things and very nearly destroyed by them but He has saved me from them and is working to save me from others. Praise God for His faithful dedication to me and all of us.

 

 

Lord, I praise You for all the life lessons, the simple things that You use to help me better unsderstand what You want me to learn. I praise You for the grace, mercy and forgiveness You give me. I pray in the Name of Jesus that You continue to teach me, help me understand, use me to help others see You. Help me better understand the heart and mind of Christ. I pray that You help me know the temptations in life that will draw me away from You and lead to my destruction. Help me recognize that the lifestyle I as a human may want is the wrong thing and will only serve to harm me and my Christian walk. Show me what things I am allowing me to move towards the fire, towards damnation and eternal death. Help me walk away from those things and know how to seek the true Light of Christ. Thank You for my salvation and the forgiveness that Jesus earned for me. Please, draw us to You and teach us all the mercy You have for us.

Amen

 

Thank You all for the visit and time to read my post. I hope something is helpful and blesses someone. Sometimes, He teaches me things in strange ways. But, I do hope that all are blessed somehow today, and are a blessing to others in the process.

 

He said it, and it was so.

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Looking out the front window at the sunrise this morning I got to thinking about how God created everything. He said, “let there be light and there was light.” is really a powerful statement. He just said it, and it happened. I am amazed at what a mighty and powerful God He is and how He did all He did for us. He had a plan for creation and a plan for us all. He HAS a plan for all of us I should say. Sadly, we sometimes get in the way of His plans. The most amazing thing (although, it really should not be amazing)  I have noticed in my life is that when I stop trying to be in charge and give things to Him, He makes things better and leads me as He wants me to go. When I follow God and seek Christ all things are better. Oh, there are challenges at times, but those challenges are so much easier to face when He is with me and in control.

But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. Luke 12:31

 

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. John 8:12

 

Just amazing that God created all He did and then, when mankind did not do as we should have done, He sent His Son to lead us, to sacrifice Himself and to redeem us.

 

Lord, I praise Your Holy Name and thank You for the creation of all. I thank You for the sacrifice Christ made for me that I may have salvation. I pray in Jesus Name that You continue to help me seek His light, and that I seek You first. Help me continue to grow in Christ. I glorify You and ask that You draw us all closer to You and teach us how to better seek Christ and to know the true light that You wish us to have so we can see our paths in life better and know that we are following You as You want us to follow. Help us all be the servants You desire us to be for Your glory.

 

Amen

 

Thanks for the visit. I hope all are able to bask in the glory of the light He made for us. Have a blessed day.

 

 

 

The hole in the clouds

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The other day it was overcast when I got up. Not storm clouds, but lots of clouds. You could tell the sun was rising, but couldn’t see it. Then, a hole in the clouds. The kind where the sun shines through and it has like beams of white surrounding it. I see that and I imagine  Christ coming back. I probably saw a picture like that in Sunday school or something some time in the past. I don’t know, but that morning, the place where the sun was in the sky, the hole in the clouds and all, it shined straight into my window. I had been praying about work situation, life in general, concern about kids, grandkids, all the normal life things we all have to deal with most everyday. Plus, wanting to learn to seek Him better and have more faith. I am getting much better at both, but some days, it is more difficult than others.

Now, I don’t know exactly which area He was telling me this about, maybe all of them, but I felt that He was telling me, “Don’t worry my child, I have heard your prayers. I have it all in my hands. Things will be perfect for you and you will have all you ask for and more.”

25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Matthew 6:25-26

 

 

Then, after a couple minutes, the hole closed for a while and eventually, the clouds dissipated or the rest of the day. But, that moment, I felt Him reassure me all will be as He plans for me.

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Romans 15:4

 

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:1

 

28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Isaiah 40:28-31

 

But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. Deuteronomy 4:29

Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. John 15:16

 

22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

Mark 11:22-24

 

He will be there for me, strengthen me, bless me, protect me when needed. I have all the strength, blessings and comfort I need in Christ. He will magnify my faith, He promises so much, none of which I deserve, but I praise His Holy Name that He is gracious beyond human ability to comprehend.

 

Lord, Thank You for the reassurance that You hear my prayers and the promises that You will answer my prayers. I ask in Jesus Name that You continue to help me increase my faith and teach me more on how to seek You. Help me have the words to help others find You as well. I pray that You reach out to my unsaved loved ones and draw them too You. Use me to help them find the salvation You offer.

Amen

 

I truly appreciate all that stop by and take time to read my blog. I hope all have a blessed day and that you do your best to bless someone else.

 

 

 

 

My Mother’s House

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Well, not this house, but you gotta use the photos you can find. But, here I am, back at my Mother’s house again. God smiled on me and instead of me ending up in Texas for 2+ weeks, I am doing my annual training with the National Guard about 30 minutes from my home town. That allows me to stay at her house, try and get some work done on sorting through my parents things to get ready for an estate auction. So, that is a good thing. Now, sometimes, it kind of is a little upsetting, I get to missing them and all, but while there is some bitter, there are so many, special, wonderful memories from marvelous times spent with loved ones in this place. So, I have the happy memories to shift my focus to and that helps a lot. I also find some interesting things at times. My mom loved gadgets. She sometimes liked some of them so much she had to get one for all the kids but forget where she put them and now I sometimes find duplicates of things. It gives me a smile thinking about her being that way.  Some of them are kind of neat, today I came across a crank up radio, still in the package. One of those emergency, in case the power goes out sort of radio with weather stations and such in addition to the normal stations. You crank it a few times to get it charged, it works a while, then will eventually need cranked again to get more power.

As I was messing with the radio a little bit ago, I got to thinking how our faith is a lot of times like that, no matter what, we sometimes need recharged. But, the marvelous thing about faith is all one needs do is pray, study in the Bible a little, listen to some Christian music, go to church. A lot of ways to recharge ones spiritual batteries. But, the magnificent thing about it all is that our spiritual power source never goes out because of storms. In fact, the power available to us in those times of emotional or spiritual storms actually delivers more power, we just need to plug in to the power of Jesus and bang, things get better. Oh, the troubles may or may not go away, but they sure are easier to deal with when Christ is by our sides!

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Matthew 28:18

To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. Luke 1:79

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

 

I especially like the last one, strength is like power, and when our power is drained, our batteries are weak, His strength is made perfect, and He will then strengthen us. What a glorious God we serve!

Lord, I worship You and glorify Your name. I thank You for being our power and our strength when we are weak. That we have an eternal power source available, all we need do is to worship, praise, pray to You and You give us all the power and strength we need. I ask You to continue Your work in me, strengthen me to continue Your work. Give me the words, and the wisdom with which to use them. Show me Your will and Your plan for my life. I pray You work in the hearts of loved ones to draw them to You, show them Your plans for them as well. I thank You for all the blessings and mercy.

Amen

Thanks so much for reading my blog. Some messages are a little simpler, but in some ways, the simple ones really show me a lot of things I know, but somewhat forgot. I hope someone else gets a blessing from this and want to remind you all to be a blessing to someone, every chance you get.

 

 

 

Sometimes the darkness tries to return.

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Some days, due to one frustration, challenge or difficulty, I feel myself  start to let the darkness back in.  I start to feel angry, bitter, hostile, harassed, mistreated, or any number of emotions. Oh, I feel it, and sometimes one wants to let themselves go there. Even if a bad place to be, there is a certain familiarity, you know how to act or react and if you don’t know exactly how you just do with little or no regard. Combat is like that at times.  In a strange way a lot of soldiers who have been in combat look forward to it. No matter how terrifying there is a comfort. But, not good for one to go into such places. No, the darkness is not where I want to or need to be EVER! I spent too long in the darkness. I did not like being there, or like myself as I was then.

Well now, what should I have done and do I do now? I turn on THE LIGHT! I pray and seek Christ. I look to His word. His presence lights my world, it eases my suffering, Christ brings me what He knows I need. His hand on me and my life.

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.
6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.                    I John 1:5-7

 

To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. Luke 1:79

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. John 8:12

 

Yes, Jesus is THE light I need, the salvation, forgiveness and mercy I badly needed. He continues to work on me, to better light my way. Now, there is light and not darkness. Christ is SO GOOD!

 

Lord, I worship You and praise Your Holy Name. I thank You for bringing Your light into my darkness, showing my Your path and way for me. I thank You for my salvation. I pray You continue to show me Your light, Your way, Your truth and that You draw me closer to God. I pray that You continue to work in the hearts and minds of love ones that they feel You in their lives as well and find themselves in Your light and presence. Show them Your way Jesus that they will walk in the path You have for them.

 

Thanks for stopping by, I pray that all are blessed today and are a blessing to at least one other person.