The fish bites.

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Well, sometimes after travelling and time off work I have a hard time getting back into the regular swing of things, particularly so when I have been essentially off the grid while visiting somewhere with minimal to no internet. Belief it or not there still are a few places like that out there. I was up in Nome, Alaska and while I know it would not be everyone’s cup of tea, I love the place. I must confess, my visits have been in the summer time and I seriously doubt I would ever want to visit in the winter. But, as they say, there is no place like Nome. But, as I said, trying to get used to the time change, get caught up on things at home and work and deal with whatever other issues came up while I was away makes it difficult to get back into the normal flow of life. I am finally caught up, mostly…..I think. But, on to the post of the day.

During my visit in Nome I had the chance to do some salmon fishing and the silver salmon were biting GREAT! One problem I found is that salmon have bigger and sharper teeth than most of the fish I have caught in the past. And, I found out the hard way. Someone, tried to remove a hook from one fish’s mouth before LOOKING and was bitten. A salmon’s teeth are not shark huge, but they are fairly big and very sharp. I had several little puncture wounds from the bite and was foolish enough to have had fingers on both hands in the fish’s mouth. After I finished finding needle nose pliers and removing the hook I washed off my fingers and tried to avoid those teeth on the rest of the fish. As time went I find that I did not wash as well as I should have and some ended up getting infected. I tried washing them better, scrubbing out the wounds, and that sort of helped, but some still got more infected and I ended up needing to start antibiotics and some of the spots needed to be lanced and drained. NO FUN! Now they are getting better and I thank God for that.

I deal with similar issues with patients frequently where the develop cellulitis, basically infection in the skin. Other times where they develop abscesses where pockets of bacteria and white blood cells collect (pus.) Well, some abscesses are small, like the ones I had but others get pretty large. All of these skin infections require some type of damage to the skin, cuts, scrapes, puncture wounds from bug bites, spider bites, thorns, etc. One thing I have noticed, and to me it is interesting, is that the big wounds usually do not become infected. Some is due to a larger amount of bleeding that washes dirt and bacteria out of the wound but a lot is that people tend to take larger wounds more seriously and wash them carefully, try hard to keep them clean, and thereby avoid infections. But, the smaller wounds, well people tend to not worry as much about those but they are the ones that normally get more infected, the infection spreads, and can get very severe. Once treated the infection resolves and the person heals fine but even small areas of infection, if not treated, will get worse and cause loss of tissue and if let go too long, result in death.

SO…..nice you are thinking, he got some fish bites on his hands, gave us a little lesson on skin conditions and such. BUT WHAT IS THE POINT?

I got to thinking how my spiritual life is similar. The big trials, the big temptations, the BIG EVILS when they show up are much easier to deal with for the most part. They are easier to deal with in a way. One can recognize the dangers to one’s spiritual well being when they are the big issues, the temptations and hardships are much more quickly recognized and dealt with by most. Avoid those things, or if a significant hardship is encountered most of us take time to look to the scripture and pray about things for God’s help in dealing with the difficulty at hand and He helps us. But, the little things, the tiny small trials we sometimes ignore and smaller sins are the say way. We sort of ignore the little things sometimes, let them go without addressing them. Now, I realize, sin is sin.

For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. James 2:10

If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee [shall be] his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.    Genesis 4:7

 

There really are no big or small sins, but most of us consider some things as lesser sins. Maybe it is a little white lie, make a promise we don’t intend to keep; we make little mean comments about others, nothing TERRIBLE, but still negative comments that do not please God, treat others poorly but not really badly. Many ways we make these small sins and we ignore them. But, the small sins still impact our spiritual well being. These acts put barriers between us and God and human nature is such that once one thing is there we justify slightly more significant sins. The effects of these small sins, the progressively worse sins and the person’s ignoring them is they begin to fester. Maybe one fails to forgive someone, not forgiving someone causes the feelings of hurt and anger to remain, eating away at the person holding on to the hurt, creating more intense anger and bitterness. That anger and bitterness builds, it spreads into other areas of one’s spiritual life. It creates a spiritual infection and eventually needs dealt with in a more aggressive manner to rid one of that disease. One must drain the infection and treat it. Spiritually that requires looking to God and His guidance. Read the scripture to see what He wants us to do. As with any sin He wants us to recognize the sin, confess to Him that we have sinned and ask for forgiveness. God is good and faithful to forgive us of those sins and cleanse us. He and His word are our spiritual scalpel that drains the infection from us and the antibiotic that rids us of the sins.

But, as I said, interesting to me is that the more obvious, bigger so to speak, sins are in many ways easier to deal with overall because we more quickly recognize them but the smaller things slowly creep in, spread and cause more problems in the long run. Avoiding completely and seeking His protection can prevent problems, just like vaccinations that protect us from diseases.

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Ephesians 6:10-11

 

Using protective devices, gloves when dealing with sharp items or getting vaccinations to protect ourselves are a couple examples on how to avoid infections, but spiritually we need to constantly seek the Lord and try to think with the mind of Christ, put on our spiritual armor and let God protect us.

Yeah, sin is sin, big or small, and sin is a spiritual infection, avoiding is best, but when it is present, it must be dealt with and when we deal with it, He will take care of us, forgive us, He redeems us.

16 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.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

John 3:16-17

 

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

 

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. John 3:16

 

Lord, I praise You and thank You for helping me understand Your desires for me to avoid sin and if I fail to avoid it, recognize it and deal with it as You wish me to deal with sin. I know I have sinned in many ways and I ask Your forgiveness of those sins. I thank You for Your sacrifice of Your Son Jesus Christ who died for my sins. I thank You for your grace and mercy. I pray in Jesus name that You continue to help me grow spiritually, that You continue to help me in my walk and help me better have the mind and heart of Christ. Please show me how to improve myself for You and how to better serve You. Help my loved ones see their own sins, show them they need to confess the sins to You and ask Your forgiveness. Help them walk away from the sins in their lives so they may better serve You and know You and Your will in their lives. I worship You for your grace, mercy and for all that You are.

Amen

 

Thanks for the visit today. I apologize for the absence and I pray all have been well. Try to be a blessing to others today. He will bless you for your efforts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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He protects me!

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I am going to be taking a trip for a week and will to a large extent be off the grid so to speak, with little or no internet access so may not make any posts for a few days. I hope that anyone that happens by my blog will look through older posts and hopefully find something of interest and benefit to them in the meanwhile. I will post some photos when I get back to the real world. I pray all are well and that He blesses you.

But, before I go, I have to run through the hometown, do a few things around folks house, fun stuff like mowing. Well, not fun, but needful. After that, heading to airport this evening. I know He will protect me and I am hoping as I go on my trip He finds a way to use me to bless others.  How do I know He will protect me? He promises to do so. And, He also says He will use me. The only thing that may be any problem is if I am smart enough and sensitive enough to allow Him to use me how He wishes.

 

Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble. Proverbs 3:23

 

For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. Psalms 91:11

 

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

 

But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence. John 14:31

 

There are so many passages and verses that talk about how God will protect us, many other verses about Christians going forth into the world. I am not one of those that stops people, witnesses to them and such, it hasn’t been my way. Oh, there are some who do that and do it well, I just have not been one to do such. What I try to do, hope to do, is through my actions, as I go about my day, show the love of Christ and when the opportunity presents itself I will share about how Jesus has worked greatly in my life. So, I hope, as I go hence, that I hear Him when He tells me to speak, that I behave in a manner that glorifies Christ and that all I do helps show others the love Jesus has for us.

 

Lord, I praise You and stand on Your promises that You will protect me, be with me and guide my steps. I pray in Jesus Name that You help me show the love of Christ through my actions, that my words and deeds show Your grace and mercy. That if You wish me to speak with others I hear You and am sensitive to Your Holy Spirit on when and what to say. Help me shine Your light. I pray for loved ones that You protect them and comfort them as I travel and that You draw us all closer to You.

Amen

 

Thanks for the visit today. I hope to be able to post some while gone. I hope He uses me someway to bless others and that you all are able to be a blessing to others as well.

The Salesman

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I remember going to shop for a car, the salesman was quick to greet, was extremely friendly, tried to chat me up to get me to like him. That’s his job, to get people to like him because it is easier for him to sell us a car if we like him. It’s harder to say no to someone you like. Now, with salesman, maybe they are friendly people by nature, but for most, it is a show, a game, a ploy. Because, they have an agenda, they want to make money by selling you a car. Well, DUH! But, did you ever think about some of the tactics they use? Like I mentioned, they like to make you think they are your friend. Try to find out things about you that they can use later to help them, ask about family and such for example. Then, of course, they start showing you cars and they seem to prefer showing the more expensive models, with all the extra features. They want you to want the extras, that means a bigger commission for them. Then, the test drive, they make sure to emphasize the good features, and minimize any bad. Then, afterwards, if they sense hesitation, sometimes they encourage you to take the car home for the night, drive it to the store and such. A couple reasons for that is that it can make you want it more, sort of talk yourself into it and also that it makes most people feel some obligation. They guilt you into being more likely to buy it.

THEN, the negotiations begin, they tell you all the stuff they recommend, try to get you to agree to a lot of options, talk about possible trade in, then, the list price. They always have different discounts to throw on there, then, ask about financing. Then, finally they show you a price, sort of, because a lot will actually say how much your payments will be, not the actual cost. They obscure information that you should have to make the right decision for yourself. Eventually, if you really want to buy, then make an offer, they will have to go talk with a manager, then, eventually come back with a minimal reduction. This goes on for a while and maybe a price is agreed on. Then, they want to add extended warranty, treating the interior, rustproofing, etc all to bump the price back up again. If you say no to something, they start getting a little condescending and will talk down to you. Personally, THAT is when the negotiations stop and I walk out, but that’s me.

If you start to seem like you are getting cold feet, then your “friendly car sales person” often becomes a bit hostile. Hmmm, what happened to the buddy, buddy stuff? Maybe instead of that they get even more chummy than they were previously. They all have a little different tactics they use, but all to get your money into their pockets.

So many ways they manipulate people, they are taught to do so. Try to find a weakness and exploit it. I think about people that I know and know of, that are that way too. They look for a vulnerability and exploit it. All the while acting like a friend to the person they are dealing with at the time. All the while, having their own agenda that they are concerned about, not the person they are supposedly helping. At times, they try hard to ingratiate themselves to the persons family or friends who then support the person’s agenda.

There are others in the world, believers (maybe I should say some that claim to be believers) and nonbelievers, that are selling things; false believes, pushing their own agenda for self gain or in other ways seeking to manipulate others for their own benefit. Sometimes through smooth talking, sometimes through giving gifts or donations. Unfortunately, there are people that are sometimes deceived by the “salesman” and end up suffering one way or another in the long run. Temporarily they may obtain, of feel they have obtained, some sort of benefit from the “purchase” they made. Perhaps they do benefit in one manner, but the benefit comes at a tremendous cost. If a false prophet, then they risk losing their souls. But there are many other ways these people lose when they fall prey to the person “selling” them whatever it is they are using to manipulate them.

I suspect all have been deceived in one manner or another by this type of person. I know I have been naïve and bought something I either didn’t need or had a true cost far more than I realized at the time. Does anyone remember the tape of the month clubs? You would get a bunch of cassette tapes for a penny, but the fine print says that after that you have to buy a certain amount of tapes at regular price in a year. If you didn’t return a card they sent by a certain date they would ship the next month’s tape and you were billed. Well, the notice usually came less than a day or two before the tape would ship and there was no way that one could mail the notice back in time if they didn’t want that particular tape. So, the tape arrives, something you don’t want and it was higher priced than you could have bought at a local record store.

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1

 

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

 

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Matthew 7:15

 

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead [men’s] bones, and of all uncleanness. Matthew 23:27

 

There are many other verses that discuss deceivers, those who would manipulate and use for their own personal gain, with no regard for those they trick. There are churches that teach false doctrine (thankfully where I go this is not the case.) There are individuals that use others in different ways. We must be ever vigil to avoid falling into these peoples traps. I have fallen victim at times but have learned. I suspect I have other lessons to learn as well, but I will be more diligent in the future and hopefully avoid such situations.

10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
12 Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.

2 Peter 10-12

 

Lord, I thank You for the wise teachings You give me. I praise You for the guidance You give and how You give me tools to help me avoid falling into various traps in life. And, helping me avoid worse damage if I do fall victim. I pray in Jesus name that You continue to help me with these things and help me not succumb to those who would use me and cause me suffering. I pray that You help others see the truth about things so they make wise decisions as well. Lord, please draw us all to You and give us the heart and mind of Christ.

Amen.

 

I hope all have a great day. Thanks for the visit. And, of course, try to be a blessing to someone.

 

 

Happy Birthday!

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Well, tomorrow is not just my birthday, but a fellow blogger and I want to be sure to wish Unconquered Faith a Happy Birthday!  I would encourage all to take a moment and check that blog. The author does some outstanding work!

But, as I think about my birthday and what it means to me. Well, obviously, the day I was born, but I have to admit, I don’t remember it so must trust that I was born since, here I am. Other than that, lots of special birthday memories, too numerous to remember, let alone list at my age. Some very wonderful moments, started a great friendship on one birthday that ended far too soon. My birthday was also the last day I spent with my father as he was barely hanging on for a large part of the day, I sat with him and told him it was okay, he didn’t have to suffer and it was alright if he went to Jesus. But, the stubborn guy waited and minutes after midnight he passed. I still miss him after 4 years.

1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

 

Other than that, well, praise the Lord I am here to count off another year. There were many times I never thought I would make it anywhere near this age and some days, I think back and truly amazed that I did make it. Given how, well to be honest, STUPID I was when I was younger, or, perhaps wreckless but more likely some of both  (mostly stupid,) I have no doubt God was watching out for this fool.

The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. Psalms 34:7

 

I praise God and thank Him for protecting me, at times due my actions and other times, the action of others. He has been there for me, watching over me, protecting me even at time I did not realize He was protecting me from physical or emotional harm. I have questioned Him at time, thinking He was punishing me, but later realized what He was doing wasn’t for punishment, but for my well being. I praise Him for being so much wiser than I!

 

Lord, I praise You and thank You for all the blessings, protection, comfort and guidance You have given me. All the mercies You show from Your love and grace. I ask in Jesus Name that You continue the work in me and help me become the Christian that You wish me to become. I pray for my fellow blogger, work mightily in that person’s life as well. I ask that You work in the lives of loved ones and draw them to You. Many of those I love are not following Your will in their lives and I pray You show them what You want for them and help You.

Amen.

Thank you all for stopping by and, if anyone is looking for a gift for me, I just ask that you pay it forward to someone else today, be a blessing to someone in some way. A kind word, a smile, a comforting hug, time to talk or listen, call, email or text someone you know wants to hear from you or from anyone that needs to know there are people out there that care, whatever you feel God leads you to do for another. He will bless you for your efforts as well.

Horror Movie

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I am not a big fan of horror movies. One reason is I don’t like being frightened, life is plenty frightening at times already and I figure why try to get frightened just because. The biggest reason though, is knowing that something bad is going to happen to someone and I hate seeing that. Of course, life isn’t the movies and you don’t always have the “bad stuff is gonna happen music” playing to warn you. But, that doesn’t mean one can’t see something bad in the future for people. Sometimes, on of the other characters tries to warn them not to go into a cave, building, room or whatever; not to open a box; not to do something because something bad will happen. AND……they don’t listen and in they go into the basement or wherever and just as expected, something bad happens.

I have at times had “that feeling” that something bad is going to happen, for me or others. If I can figure out what it is, and do something to avoid it, I do if it is me. When it has been others, I try to warn them of the danger, whatever it may be, and hope they take heed. Sadly, many times I haven’t listened to myself and other times, others have not listened either. Then, its sort of a waiting game, just knowing it will happen, sometimes not even knowing what the IT is that is coming. It isn’t easy. There were times in Iraq that while on a pattil or mission I knew something was going to happen. God was telling me and I would try to prepare if I could and everytime I felt that we would be attacked. Thankfully God watched over me. I think about times I have been driving somewhere and feel lead to take a different route then find out there had been a multiple vehicle accident that I could have easily been involved in had I taken the normal route. There were times I got the same feeling when driving and never hear about a wreck but maybe that was because I listened when I felt Him tell me to go a different way.

When the feelings, burden you might say, are about others and I try to warn them to no avail, I worry and, if it seem to be a certainty, I feel some hurt for what they are going to be experiencing. Whether it be some sort of loss of a family member due to death, loss of a job due to the economy from a plant closure, soldiers going into extremely dangerous areas or other personal or emotional tragedy. I pray for the Lord’s protection and comfort for them when the time comes, but that doesn’t ease my pain. It causes sorrow for me to see people go through heartache or suffer harm. Sometimes, the people you try to help not only don’t listen, but get angry at you for caring enough to warn them. Sometimes, one cannot help others but one has to try.

17 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.
18 When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
19 Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.

Ezekial 3:17-19

 

2 Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman:
3 If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people;
4 Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.
5 He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.
6 But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.

Ezekial 33:2-6

 

14 I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you.
15 For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.

1 Corinthians 4:14-15

 

We are expected to warn others of danger. One does that out of concern, love, kindness. We cannot, however, make them take heed. When one warns of dangers and is not listened to, it still causes pain to see others suffer in whatever manner but God will comfort we who warn and are not heeded. I pray for those who have not listened in the past, I pray for those who will not listen in the future. I have been he who has not listened to warnings about circumstances, jobs, people, car, houses, and more times and things than I can remember. Knowing me, I will be that guy again in the future at some time or another. It’s a human frailty, at least one or me, that I trust too much and try to believe the best about things. Unfortunately, that has cost me money, time, heartache and more. But, I will continue to trust in the Lord and seek Him and His guidance but try to listen better to Him in the future.

Lord,

I praise Your holy name and worship You for all you are and have done. I thank You for the mercy and kindness You give me. More than anything I thank You for my salvation. In Jesus name I ask that You help me learn to listen better in the future and hear You when you try to warn me, not to deny me things, but to protect me from harm. I ask that You work in my heart to help me better seek You and know the heart of Christ. I pray You work in the hearts and minds of loved ones. Draw us all closer to You.

In Jesus Holey Name, Amen

 

thanks for coming by and taking the time to read my blog. I hope something blesses someone else as much as it did me sorting through thoughts in prayer and study of the scripture. Try to bless someone else today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The fender is there for a reason.

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Every now and again I see vehicles, usually off road vehicles such as jeep, pick ups and SUVs, with the fenders cut down or removed or sometimes they put HUGE, WIDE tires on them for driving in the mud and such with the tires protruding far past the fenders. Sometimes I see them driving on wet streets and they are throwing water and such everywhere. It gets all over the sides of their vehicles and throws the dirt, water, mud and other stuff onto other cars as well. I always sort of shake my head, at least in my mind, and wonder why they do such things. I wonder why they don’t have the fenders in place or put extensions on to protect their car and other vehicles from damage as well. It also creates safety concerns. If they are throwing water and mud onto their windshields and onto other cars it can cause issues with visibility and that can contribute to accidents. The fenders are there for a reason.

Well, as I thought on that, I realized that we need spiritual fenders too. We have them, but a lot of folks won’t use them or they try to, but do things that extend beyond the protection of the fenders. I have at times had my fenders off and years ago, when I was walking with Christ started slowly pushing things with my actions that would be like putting progressively wider and wider tires on a vehicle. Each step was a little further and further beyond the protection of Christ, not because He wouldn’t have forgiven me, but because I pretended what I was doing “wasn’t that wrong” so did not ask for forgiveness. Eventually, I “removed the fenders” and wasn’t following Him. I placed myself where I suffered the consequences of sinning. Mud thrown onto my windshield such that my visibility was impaired and I further lost my way. Every little rock and pebble that was in the road I travelled was thrown onto my spiritual vehicle, chipping the paint and damaging the windshield.

After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. Genesis 15:1

 

Happy art thou, O Israel: who is like unto thee, O people saved by the LORD, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency! and thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon their high places. Deuteronomy 33:29

 

Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy gentleness hath made me great. 2 Samuel 22:36

 

But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. Psalms 3:3

 

Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.  Ephesians 6:16

 

But, I didn’t need to deal with all those issues. God is our fender, our SHIELD, against all the things the world and enemy throw at us. When I stopped trying to be as I was, confessed my sins to Christ, the Son of God who died for our sins and was risen, I was forgiven. He put my fenders back on, He gave me a shield to protect me. Not only that, but he restored the finish and made me like new. What a MIGHTY and MERCIFUL God we serve!

Lord, Praise You for Your love, mercy and grace. For all that You are. I thank You that I have been made as new, that You gave me back my spiritual fenders when I received salvation. I pray that You continue to work in my life and help me better seek You, seek Your way in my life. Help me keep the fender in place and to not foolishly extend beyond the protection of those fenders. Help me better know the mind of Christ and the love He has for us all. I pray in Jesus name that loved ones be drawn closer to You and Your truths and that You show them all Your will and plans for them. Help us all to better learn to hear You when You speak to us and not be deceived by the enemy. Give us all the shields we need to be protected. I ask that You be with me today at work that I may be a blessing to others and I show You through me words and actions.

Amen

 

Thanks for the visit. I hope someone gets some benefit from my thoughts. I wish they were deep profound thought and words, but little things help remind me of what I need to do in my walk with Christ. I hope all have a blessed day and are able to be a blessing to at least one other person.

Sudden Concern?!?!?!?

I published this a while back, but got the same feeling of concern for a friend that I know is not in a good situation. I pray that God works mightily in my friend’s life and gives them exactly what they need.

 

 

Have you ever been just going about your business of the day, not really thinking of anything other than work issues and SUDDENLY get a sense of worry or impending doom for a friend that you haven’t heard from in quite a while? No idea why, exactly what they have been doing, just that something suddenly made you have concern, worry, fear, how ever you wish to explain it. Just that whatever is going on, they may be in some sort of physical, emotional or spiritual danger. A sudden, inexplicable, undeniable burden to pray for that person? No idea what to pray about, but the definite need for prayer is present.

I had just that happen, I don’t know why but it suddenly hit me to pray for them. I say hit because it was like a ton of bricks being dumped on me. Well, I tried to shrug it off. They are fine, it’s just a weird notion and they are not in any type of danger. I tried to not think on it, but I could think of nothing else for a few minutes. SO, I prayed for their safety and protection from whatever it may be that caused my feeling of concern.

I sometimes worry about this or that, but have never had that type of feeling about someone or something. And, well, I dunno. I may or may not hear about some sort of close call, some spiritual battle, some very distressing emotional event, but I followed what I felt to be Jesus telling me I needed to pray for my friend.

I have been praying gifts of the Holy Spirit, the other day, I felt much more faith than I have ever had, but this was different. I had no vision or idea of why I felt that need so the gift of visions still is not what I think the gift is but maybe another gift is just an increased sensitivity to His will and leading in my life. I don’t know for sure, I just know I could not shake that feeling and until I prayed, I just started to get worse and worse feelings about the situation, whatever it may be.

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4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

I Corinthians 12:4-12

 

And the firstborn of the poor shall feed, and the needy shall lie down in safety: and I will kill thy root with famine, and he shall slay thy remnant. Isaiah 14:30

 

Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.  Proverbs 3:23

 

The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.  Proverbs 18:10

 

Heavenly Father, I pray in the name of Jesus that You put a ring of protection around my friend, send guardian angels for safety and protection from whatever harm may be on the horizon. Send a spirit of peace and comfort regardless of what may be going on, so that no harm befalls them. I praise Your Holy Name and stand on Your promises that they will be protected.

Amen.

 

Thanks, just had that feeling and I had to pray. Hopefully someone derives some benefit from this post. Be sensitive to His Spirit and guidance.

 

 

 

God is my Sidearm

 

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So, an interesting thing I noticed today. I’m not sure when exactly, but a change in my behavior came to my attention today. While there have been a lot of changes since I came back to Christ, some I notice, some others notice, this one though, I did not realize until today. I have been carrying a side arm, a pistol, since I returned from Iraq, unless it is not allowed. Oh, it’s all legal and such, and though it was necessary for me to use my sidearm there, I have not needed to do so since I got back. Well, then why carry one if you don’t really need to carry it? That comes down to the pistol being a security blanket of sorts. I was so used to carrying one that I felt uncomfortable without one. I would get nervous, antsy without one. There was something about feeling the weight of it, knowing IF I needed it, I had it. Without it, I felt naked, exposed, vulnerable. I know a lot has to do with my experiences at war, but I am certain there are other factors involved as well. But, today, I got to work for the day, reached to take my weapon and secure it as I can’t carry it in at work. AND…..it wasn’t there! I did not get nervous, I did not feel insecure, at risk, vulnerable or any other term you can use to describe how I felt without one before. I was fine, just sort of shrugged it off and went about my business. As the day progressed, I thought about it a bit more a time or two. I didn’t really dwell on the thought, but I would puzzle on why the change in my attitude. As I thought on it some, I realized that many times over the last several weeks I have left home without it and hadn’t given it a thought. That is a HUGE change for me. The sidearm was my security blanket if you will, my protection, my safety in case of danger. As I thought about it, I realized that now, God is my Sidearm, my Shield, my Security, my Protector from danger. Without realizing it consciously I had given up the firearm and replaced it with God.

I want to tell you, this replacement is SO MUCH BETTER! I don’t feel nervous, I don’t feel anxious, I don’t feel vulnerable or exposed. I have peace that He will take care of me.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Psalms 23:4

 

Thou shalt increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side. Psalms 71:21

 

16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

John 14:16-18

 

26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
27 And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.

John 15:26-27

 

 

There are many more references to comfort. Yes, He has comforted me in regards to many things. This just happens to be the one I noticed today. Praise Jesus. What a mighty God we serve.

Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great. Psalms 18:35

 

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. Psalms 28:7

 

Yes, He is my shield, my protection. Again, WHAT A MIGHTY GOD WE SERVE!

Lord, I praise You and thank You for the comfort, for being my shield, for making so many changes in me. I pray You continue the work You have begun. Make me the servant for You I should be. I ask that You help me better understand Your plans for me. That I submit to Your will for me. I pray that loved ones be receptive and understanding of Your plans in their lives as well. Draw those not saved to You, so they may have the salvation You offer through the sacrifice of Your Son, Jesus. I ask You teach me to seek You more every day.

Amen

 

Thanks for the visit. Small thing I know, but after so long, feeling naked and alone without a sidearm, it is amazing to me that He has made such changes.

I gotta say it, I do love my Christ and He loves me too, or He sure wouldn’t do all He is doing in my life.