Trials

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I was watching news and they had some coverage about a man being on trial. The talked about the charges against him and such. Wellllll…..my mind working as it does I had a couple different thoughts. One was that with all the evidence God has against me due to my human frailties and from that I have sinned. I am guilty and even though I am guilty with no defense, I was forgiven. The charges against me were dropped and my record expunged. Christ paid my “attorney fees and court costs” with His pain, suffering and death on the cross. He bought me my freedom, forgiveness and salvation and paid for my place in Heaven when He defeated death and was resurrected. I didn’t deserve it, but He did. I’ve said it before, what an amazing God!

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.   Isaiah 53:5

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

The other thought was about trials. Not court cases but difficulties we deal with throughout our lives. Problems at work, with family or other relationships, financial, any number of trials. Sometimes people think those trials are punishment for our sins. But that isn’t the case for those who seek Christ and acknowledge He is the son of God who suffered and was crucified for us. If we do that and confess their sins, ask God to forgive us He does so. And the sin exists no more. God won’t punish us for something that doesn’t exist. We become new creatures who are blameless in His eyes.

Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  2 Corinthians 5:17

He does allow us to go through, and sometimes puts us through trials. Not as punishment but as a means to improve our walk with Him; to help our faith grow, to teach us to lean on Jesus and not ourselves, to strengthen us spiritually so we are better able to withstands all the enemy throws at us. He rewards our faithfulness during those trials through spiritual growth. Oh, He rewards other ways at times but the most precious reward is the one that has no monetary value but pays tremendous dividends in Heaven.

3 And not only [so], but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

Romans 5:3-5

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle [you].  1 Peter 5:10

12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

1 Peter 4:12-13

Lord, I come to you and ask again for the forgiveness You offer for my sins. Though I try to not sin I know that I fail at times. I praise Your name and thank You for the gift of Your own Son who suffered and died in my place and who arose and defeated the death I earned. I pray in the name of Jesus that people see the message You try to give us and that You draw them to You. I pray that those going through trials remember to look to You and seek You in the difficult times that You deliver them from their sins and strengthen their faith during the hardships. Bring us all closer to You that we may know Your true grace and mercy.

Amen.

I hope all are safe and God is with you as you go about your days. If you don’t think He is, look into your hearts to see that He is there, waiting for you to reach out to Him. I hope all are blessed and that you are able to be a blessing to someone else as well.

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Thanksgiving

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Well, it’s almost Thanksgiving when we here in America celebrate the “founding” of the nation. To be honest that part is not a fond thought for me as I have Native American ancestry and in some ways it is bothersome. But it is a time when we should all stop and reflect back on the past year and think on what we should be thankful for at this time. For Christians, we have something for which to be thankful all day, everyday. The redemption Christ bought for us with His blood.

But, as I reflect on the past 12 months I do have that for which to be thankful; and I am thankful indeed. But in some ways it was an extremely trying year. I had some losses that weren’t easy to bear. I was betrayed by people from whom I would have never expected it. I saw the majority of my parents possessions sold. But regardless of those things I rejoice in the Lord! He is my Redeemer, my Savior, my Hope in seemingly hopeless times. I am thankful for those who, through their actions, I learned or relearned lessons on human nature and that I need only trust Him and not people. I realized that through Him I can overcome amazingly difficult times. Jesus showed me that He was there for me to lean on during those difficult times. The strength He gave me m helped me learn to where I must turn in all things, the good and the bad.

Rejoice in the Lord alway: [and] again I say, Rejoice.  Philippians 4:4

1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

Romans 5:1-5

 

7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

Ephesians 1:7-12

 

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.   Romans 15:13

I endured suffering yet as much heartache and pain as I dealt with I did endure. Not because of me but because of Christ in me. And no matter how bad I thought I was suffering I know that the worst I went through and the worst I could ever go through pales in comparison to what Christ suffered on the cross on my behalf. He did so willingly and out of love for us all. He took the burden from me and gave me a lighter load.

God has taught me so much in the last year and even though He has I know I have much more to learn about living for Him. I’m definitely still a work in progress.

 

Lord,  I praise Your Holy Name and come to You today to thank You for the many blessings, some I knew were blessings and some I only realized we’re blessing after you taught me some truths. I thank You for the good and the bad that has. One my way. Through Christ all things work for my benefit. Even the things I don’t realize are benefitting me. I pray in Jesus name that You bless us all and use the good and bad to draw us too You.  Heal and comfort those who are sick, show those living in sin and outside of Your plans for them how to become reconciled with You through Jesus.  Help all learn the true path You wish is to follow. Thank You again for all the blessings.  Mercy. Forgiveness. And grace.

Amen

 

and to those who managed to get through my drivel. Thank you for your time. Have a blessed day and try to be a blessing to someone else today.

The Thief!

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While working at the parents house, today and in past, I have come across a lot of things that aren’t really valuable but have sentimental value or that trigger memories. I came across a strawberry shortcake thermos today that did not sell. It made me think about one night that the family was my parents when I got off work. I went there to get them and we ended up staying for dinner. Then, a Strawberry Shortcake Christmas show was coming on and our oldest, at the time only, daughter loved Strawberry Shortcake and wanted to stay and watch it, so we did that and another Christmas cartoon after that, then we finally headed home. But, when we got there we noticed the living room was a mess and realized that it was cold in there but could hear the furnace running. Then, we realized that someone had been in there, but the door had been locked. We looked, and found that someone had broken a window in the back of the house and come in that way. Apparently going out the same way or locking the door behind them when they let. We started looking and found that 2 rifles, my good 35mm camera and a shotgun had been stolen. None of the gifts had been taken. Now, we were not really financially stable at that time so any loss was significant. But the biggest loss of all was the shotgun, a bolt action .410 that had been my grandfather’s. It wasn’t a valuable shotgun by any means, other than the sentimental value made it irreplaceable. Thankfully we had good homeowner’s insurance and everything was replaced and because it was theft, there was no deductible. But, that still did not replace the actual shotgun, first, I could not find one like it, and second, a replacement would not have been Pop’s shotgun. Due to that, I was still pretty upset about it being stolen.

Thou shalt not steal. Exodus 20:15

Well, 3 or 4 years later, one of my wife’s brothers admitted that he knew who had broken into our place and stolen my things, it was one of the other brothers. Even worse was I found out that he knew it the very next day but said nothing. I was betrayed by two family members. Now, the fact that one knew, but said nothing was shocking and hurtful, but what was truly hurtful was the one that had stolen the things. There are a lot of things that one can do to another that are wrong but stealing involves several things at the same time: stealing obviously, but also involves a lot of other sins against someone else: lying and deceit, greed, assault (mental,) jealousy, destruction of one’s property. And, even worse was that I also eventually learned that he traded everything for about $50 worth of drugs. There were multiple family functions over the time between when that happened and when I learned about it and both the brother that stole from me and the one that concealed the facts never acted like they had done me wrong. No sign whatsoever that they had done me so wrong. Both had been present that Christmas, probably 2 weeks after the robbery, and another brother asked if the sheriff had found out anything and asked a bit about things and I mentioned that the one thing that bothered me most was Pop’s shotgun. The two guilty brothers offered sympathy and said things like: “I can’t believe how some people are.” and the one that had stolen my things said, “That kind of person is the lowest of the low.” Looking back, I am stunned that one could do someone that wrong and act so innocent. Stealing from me something of a value that no one could replace and pretending to be concerned and that they were innocent of any wrong doing.

Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another.  Leviticus 19:11

As I said, it was bad enough just having it happen, but then later to discover that not one, but two, family members were in one manner or another involved. I had a hard time forgiving either of them, I have now, but it took me a very long time. I still struggle to understand how one person can intentionally wrong a family member, steal from them and then pretend to be innocent of any wrong doing. While not my siblings, I had been married to their sister for over 6 years at the time and considered them as close to me as my own brother and they pretended the same towards me. If they actually did have any consideration of family ties, it is obvious that they have no loyalty to family. To steal from, lie to, cheat, deceive and intentionally hurt a relative totally shocks me beyond words. Any person that would try to steal from family is far worse than a stranger stealing from a person in my mind.

Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death.  Proverbs 10:2

Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.  Mark 10:19

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly.  John 10:10

 

I harbored hard feelings against all those that were aware and complicit in the theft of my things, much more so than had they had been strangers. I felt betrayed in addition to the personal affront of being stolen from since it was family that had done so. It took me a long time to forgive. Oh, I shan’t forget what they did and I do not think I will ever trust them again, but I do forgive them.

Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also [do] ye.  Colossians 3:13

If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 1 John 4:20

 

Lord,  I thank You for teaching me to forgive, despite the wrong treatment by others. Showing me how Christ would have me respond. I thank You for the mercy and grace that You show me, despite my unworthiness. I thank Jesus for the sacrifice He made on the cross to redeem me. I pray for those who have done me, and others, wrong and that they be shown the error of their ways. Show them Your truths. Somehow Lord, lead them to You. Draw us all closer to You and show us that riches from sin are never going to be enjoyed. I pray that all loved ones learn to honor You and come to You asking for Your forgiveness. Help me see any manner in which I have sinned against others, help them be able to forgive me and help me to not sin against others or You again.

Amen

 

I appreciate those who find their way to my blog. I hope that you all have a blessed day, and that you are able to be a blessing to someone else as well.

Did you choose wisely or poorly?

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I was watching a movie with my grandson the other day. He loves the Indiana Jones films and we happened to be watching Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. That’s the one where he and his father are searching for the Holy Grail. When they get to the place, the German agent and Indiana Jones are with a knight that was guarding the Grail since the Crusades. He told them to choose and gestured towards an area with many different cups. The German spy looked over the different cups and picked one that was highly polished gold and encrusted with jewels and said, “THIS is the cup of a King.” and drank from the cup and died. The old knight said, “You chose…….poorly.” at which point the German started to age rapidly and in seconds had turned to dust. Indiana Jones looked at the cups, and after a few moments picked up a plain looking cup and said, “This is the cup of a carpenter.”  Then, he drank from it, waited to see if he suffered the same fate as the German. Then, the knight said, “You chose……wisely.” Then, Indiana used the cup to save his dad. The wrong choice brought death, the right choice gave life.

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Watching that, it made me think about the times I made choices; how many times I chose poorly; how many times did I choose wisely? Sadly, I realize that I chose poorly more often that I chose wisely. I saw the bright, shiny objects, the “good times,” the pleasing things. Rather, the things I thought would be pleasing only to find that the joy those choices brought was fleeting, lasting but a moment, and then ended up facing the destruction that came with the bad choices. I have chosen wisely at times and saw the truth, that things that at first don’t offer the immediate rewards and “satisfaction” were in fact the things that offered long term rewards. But, out of all the choices, the best one I made was when I was dealing with the consequences of the bad choices was when I chose life everlasting. I made the decision to, rather than run from God and seek the things that in the human mind seem to be the beautiful things, turn to God, I asked Christ to provide the forgiveness I needed and He did so. I realized that I finally, truly chose wisely. I chose to seek God, to serve Him and am living a better, more rewarding life that also carries a promise of eternity in Heaven with Jesus.

Yes, I finally chose wisely, thankfully He helped me see the truth and brought me to the place that I did make the right decision and I praise God that He is so merciful and graceful and rewards me daily for that choice.

I would invite anyone reading to take a moment and consider your choices in the past and ask yourselves if you had chosen wisely or poorly. If you chose wisely, then great however if you find yourself questioning your wisdom in the choices, wondering if or knowing that you had chosen poorly, seek Him and His wisdom and guidance. If you realize that you made bad decisions then seen Him for help on how to make them right. Find what you need to do to correct your path to bring you to the place He wants you to be in life.

And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.   Joshua 24:15

19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, [that] I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:

20 That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, [and] that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he [is] thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

Deuteronomy 30:19-20

More importantly, for those facing choices, and we all do everyday, seek Him for the knowledge on how to make the right choice. Those who do  it know Him I tell you that the choice you have before you is simple, choose Christ and life eternal or choose that which may seem an option for something shiny, bright and encrusted with what seems to be riches but which brings sorrow and leads to eternity in Hell. If you choose wisely, confess you have sinned and are lost then ask God to forgive you for those sins. He will, Christ paid the price with His blood so you can have the forgiveness and redemption that is waiting.

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

 

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  Romans 10:9

 

Lord,  I praise Your Holy name and thank You for showing me the right choice. That despite all the wrong choices I have made You still cared enough to send You Son Jesus to suffer for those sins and pay the price for me. I worship You for your mercy and grace. I ask in the name of Jesus that You speak to those struggling with bad decisions or who are at a point of trying to make a decision that you help them make the right choice. Help them choose wisely. I ask that You draw my loved ones to You and show them the right paths and help them accept a You as their Savior.

Amen

 

thank you once again to those who take the time to read my ramblings. I hope all have a blessed day and please try to be a blessing to at least one person today.

 

The Flood

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It’s starting to get to the rainy season around here again, storms in the Gulf are pushing weather systems with a lot of moisture in the air up into our part of the country and the rains have come and there has been LOTS of rain at times. Yesterday there was so much that a lot of the creeks were full and some overflowing with flash flooding in some areas. Seeing the flooding; how it causes erosion the fields; the debris that is washed away; how despite damage from the fast flowing water there is benefit as well. The flood waters  deposit new soil that is usually very rich in nutrients and beneficial to crops; they wash away the dead, fallen trees and branches. The flooding both cleans and renews. It destroys and builds.

And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein [is] the breath of life, from under heaven; [and] every thing that [is] in the earth shall die. Genesis 6:17

Thinking on this, I also thought on how God has used flooding to serve Him. We always think about Noah and the ark; how God destroyed and cleansed the Earth to get a fresh start for humanity. He has used it to help enrichen the soil in the river plains so man could farm and the crops would thrive. He has used literal floods often but he also uses what could be considered spiritual or figurative floods as well. In my life He has used the rains and floods of life to bring joy, to purge my life of some debris, at times the rains have done things I thought were hurtful like loss of my parents. Sometimes the flood waters were slow rising, initially I was able to keep the waters at bay, but eventually the walls I built to try to keep the waters out failed or the waters kept rising, slowly but faster than I could build up the walls to try to keep them out. Other times the floods came fast and furious, sweeping over me before I could try to build up any defenses to try to minimize the damage. But, He also used the flooding, the “damage” or emotional hurt left by the ravages of what had been “washed away” to bring me to Him. God used the floods of life to lead me to Christ so I could have the forgiveness and salvation that He wanted to give me.

During the floods, when I became overwhelmed with a lot of things going on; He used that to wash away the bad things in my life and to make my heart a fertile place for His word to grow. He cleansed me of my sins with the flood of forgiveness and mercy. Oh, there was some debris left behind, but like in literal floods, that was primarily due to obstacles I had held on to that allowed some debris to get trapped, just as bits of trash get trapped in tree branches. But, even though there was some clean up to be done after the floods, I could see what I needed to remove to better prepare me for His way in my life. He washed my spirit and flooded my heart with His love, mercy, and grace that He shows me even though I was unworthy. When I repented, asked for forgiveness, He was faithful and true to give it and to allow the flood waters to recede. He left behind a cleansed landscape and has done so much in my life since then. What a mighty and gracious God we serve.

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.      1 John 1:7

 

4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,
5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Titus 3:4-7

 

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.    Romans 12:2

 

God used the floods of life, the various pains and sorrows we all face to one extent or another, to show me that I needed Him to withstand the torrents so I could understand I could not do it alone. He used the floods to purge me of things that kept me away from Him. He used those events to prepare my heart so I was ready to seek His forgiveness and mercy. Then, when I did, He washed away the sins, pains, sorrows. He forgave me showed me mercy and kindness, then He and filled me with His love and peace.

 

Lord, I worship You and praise You for all that You are to me. You showed me I needed You to withstand the difficulties of life. You used the hardships to break me down and prepare my heart. You used the floods of life to wash away things not needed and then washed me with the blood of Christ to make me a new person in Him. I thank You for the salvation, kindness, grace, mercy and forgiveness. In Jesus name I ask that You take the fertile ground You prepared to help the spiritual crops thrive that I may better serve You and be an example of Christ to others. I ask that You continue to bring me to better understanding of Your will for me. That I see the path that You want me to take in life to better glorify You. Draw my loved ones nearer to You, show them that they need You as well and show them Your will and way for them. Show us all what we need to do, what we need to have washed out of our lives in order to follow You and Your plans for us. Thank You for the forgiveness and redemption that was given to me through the sacrifice of Your Son Jesus on the cross.

Amen

 

Thank you all for your time today. I appreciate those who take stop to view my ramblings. I hope that they are a blessing to someone and that in some way I have been used to help others. Please have a blessed day and pass the blessing on to others.

 

 

Trust?

The most expensive thing in the world is trust, it can take years to earn and just a matter of seconds to lose.

 

 

I saw a poster thing on social media earlier that really made me realize that trust is something that is valuable, but once someone loses trust in someone, it is very difficult to regain. I thought about ways I had lost others trust, sometimes, I did something or said something that disappointed them. But, the times it has been most bothersome to me is when someone loses trust in me because of actions or were lied to by others. People who said and did things to shatter others’ opinions of me because of their jealousy or other reasons. I have had to deal with some problem coworkers that for some reason want to create discontent and have made significant effort in many ways to put not just myself, but others in difficult circumstances. Interaction with department chiefs has been difficult at times, and they should have known better, but took the information as accurate. After they did look into things, they realized that it was not true but the trust was damaged and it I taking effort to get it back to the place it belongs.

Yet, one thing I realized is while I may have lost some peoples trust, those people have lost mine and have made me see them for much different than I had once thought about them. But, they who went to such extremes to cause the loss of trust lost any and all credibility and trust I once gave them as well. Oh, I have forgiven all and do not hate, but definitely have learned valuable lessons about people and future interactions will be only business like and that is all.

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?  Jeremiah 17:9

 

I really wish that verse was not so true. But, the human heart is deceitful and wicked. So many people you think are being honest have ulterior motives. Contending with multiple people like that throughout my life has made it seem unwise to trust, but I still do and that applies to those who have betrayed my trust. Does that make me: Gullible? Naïve? Hopeful?  Perhaps, but I try hard to turn the other cheek, regardless of how much frustration or hurt they have caused me. I forgive, continue to have the love of Christ for them and pray for them to seek forgiveness from God for their actions.

27 But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,
28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.
29 And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also.
30 Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again.
31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
32 For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.
33 And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same.
34 And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.
35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.
36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:
38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

Luke 6:27-38

It isn’t easy, and I would not able to follow Christ’s instruction if it were not for Him and the assistance He gives me to do things against human nature. I love my enemies, I bless and pray for those who use me, I turn the other cheek despite people telling lies, twisting words, other more extreme actions to try to impune my character I don’t fight when they try to fight, I don’t harass people though I have been harassed repeatedly for no reason other than hatred, I try to help others, I do my best to show mercy and kindness yet when I have done so, instead of appreciating what is done, people seem to blame me that I didn’t do more. I don’t judge, I observe others actions and may not agree but I don’t judge or condemn it is only for God to judge and condemn. I continue to turn the other cheek and pray that one day people will see the truth and realize I was the one being judged and judged extremely unfairly.  I give of myself and one day God will be sure to repay that many times over.

I wish I could say I was blameless, but even though I did not lie, I made harsh comments about others in the past, true, but harsh. I have sinned in many ways, but Praise the Lord, He forgave me and Christ redeemed me and even the harsh statements have stopped as well as other sins. Oh, I slip at times, I try not to do that, but I do, and I daily ask Him for forgiveness of my short comings.

Yes, it is difficult to keep the human self out of the way and let God work through me. But, He gives me the strength and determination to not do unto others as they have done to me and instead, to forgive them and pray for them. While people may violate the trust they were given, God does not, EVER, we can trust in Him and His word.

And, I had started this post a few days ago, but finished it today, when I went to kingjamesonline the verse of the day was an obvious message he wanted me to finish this and get it ready to publish.

 

But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. Psalms 5:11

 

Lord, I praise You and thank You for teaching me patience, helping my faith and showing me the way to react to others. While my actions may not change them, Your work in me has changed me so that I have the ability to respond in the ways Jesus teaches us and not how my human self would have responded in the past. I give You the praise and glory for that as it is not of me but Christ in me that it is possible. I pray for Your forgiveness and mercy for me for any sins I have committed and that You continue to show me the way Christ wishes for me to behave and think. I ask in Jesus Name that You work in my heart to better have the heart of Christ and the love of Jesus for all, especially those that did me wrong. Help me have the trust in You that I will continue to forgive and turn the other cheek. Strengthen my faith even more. I pray You show us all Your true will and way for our lives. Draw all closer to You.

Amen

 

Thanks for stopping by and taking time out to read. Some days, the trials of life are tough, but Christ makes it possible to not only get through them, but to triumph over ourselves.    Oh, and remember, try to be a blessing to someone today.

Okay  a confession  after I had written this I was shopping  paid and realized I forgot something and saw some people I did not wish to see as one had repeatedly antagonized me  I wasn’t going to do or say anything  but, once again antagonism by calling me a name. I should have ignored as I have repeatedly but i stopped and asked  he stop antagonizing.  More name calling, I said those aren’t true and started to leave  but yet again, more names. I turned back and asked what but did not reciprocate  passed a moment and then left despite his continued harassment. I will forgive and pray for that person. And, hopefully I will be forgiven for not just walking and not asking to not be bothered more. So, will pray about that.

 

Lord, I ask for Your forgiveness for my failure to keep walking. I believe I was not wrong to ask the person to stop, but also know I should have confronted privately. I thank You for Your mercy and ask You help me keep walking if similar circumstances occur again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Antibiotics aren’t the cure

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I mentioned before that my job is helping people, well, I am a physician. And, at times at work I often have patients come in and say, “I need antibiotics.” When I ask them why, they have sometimes searched the internet and tell me that on google it says they need the antibiotics. Other times, they say, every time I get something like this if I don’t get antibiotics I am sick for 2 weeks. But, when you talk further with them, they admit that every time they get sick they run to get antibiotics. Far more often than not, they either have a cold or allergies, neither of which respond to antibiotics. Colds, are cased by viruses, viruses and allergies are from dust, pollen and other irritants. Bacterial infections are the only ones that improve with antibiotics. I try to explain to them the normal process for a cold, what we call disease progress, that it takes about a week and a half to two weeks to run it’s course and taking antibiotics won’t change it, they are going to be sick for 10-14 days. Now, since they have Dr Google they are sure they are right. Or, they argue, you don’t know my body, I know how I am. Well, no one has a body that is different than others. Viral infections take a certain time period to go through all the phases. No matter what one does, it takes a certain amount of time. While we can treat the symptoms, the disease doesn’t behave differently. Taking antibiotics when you don’t need them exposes a person to risks of reaction or developing resistance to the antibiotic so it doesn’t work when you need it.

But, there are those that “know” they need it, mostly because they say they NEED to get better quickly. So, they pester the doctor, or if the first one won’t give them the medicine they want, they doctor shop until they get the antibiotics. Preferring the easy way, rather than take care of things as they should. Since the antibiotics don’t work to actually treat viruses, the only benefit is if they have a placebo effect, but it still isn’t a cure and the cold won’t get better faster. All they did was waste money on the medication and expose themselves to risks of drug reactions and other complications. Finding themselves, after the cold is done, exactly where they would have been had they taken the right steps to begin with anyway. But, some KNOW it was the antibiotics, regardless of the actual cause of the illness. The antibiotics they demanded were of no more benefit than placebo (sugar pills.) Funny thing about placebo is that up to 40% or more patients if having pain, say from a broken bone, when given a placebo, have reduced pain levels shortly after taking the fake medication.

I see that in the way some people approach their lives. They decide they need something to make it better, maybe they want to eat, go shopping (when they don’t need anything,) get a new car, move to new house or apartment, or many other thins, but when they get that, they may be feeling like their life is better temporarily, but soon they often realize that they aren’t really better off. The initial benefit is a placebo effect, what they did had no effect on the situation, they just deceived themselves into thinking it helped. Why would that be so? It is because the problem cannot be fixed with something, often people are unhappy with themselves and using other things, food, shopping, cars, and such are only bandaids, placebo items and the problem is within and failure to fix oneself will result in feeling the same in the end.

What is the best method to improve ones self? Seeking God, praying, studying the Bible, learning how to live the way Christ wants us to live. Those not saved, need to confess that Christ is the Son of God that died for our sins and confess their sins to Him.

1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
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.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

John 14:1-7

 

We only need believe in Jesus and we can find the true cure for our problems, illnesses, financial, loneliness, marriage problems, whatever is causing one to not be happy with their lives. He will give us what we need and what we ask for in His name.

 

12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

John 14:12-14

 

Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. Matthew 10:32

 

9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

Romans 10:9-11

 

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

 

What a mighty, merciful and gracious God we serve. He allowed His son to be crucified to give us redemption and life eternal.

 

Lord, I praise Your glory and majesty. I thank You for the gift of salvation through Your son Jesus. I pray in His Name that You continue Your work in my life, make me into the servant You have planned and guide my steps as I follow You. I ask that You work in the hearts and minds of others, guide them into Your will and Your way for their lives. Draw the unsaved to You that they may have redemption as well. Show them that Christ is the cure for the problems of human existence and not possessions. The most precious possession of all is redemption and salvation from sin, with life eternal with You and Christ.

Amen

 

Thanks for the time today. I know that everyone has a lot going on and the moments of your time are appreciated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Praying for a crop failure?

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I have a small acreage, very small, only 40 acres, some is trees, some is yard, a few acres in hay and the remainder was in wheat and it’s time to start harvesting wheat in the area and I was talking with the neighbor about yield on my land. I never expect to make a lot, but I do want to make expenses and hopefully, get enough to pay property taxes. Sometime I do, sometimes, I barely make expenses. Now, for city folks, 40 acres might sound like a lot, but most of the people in my area have way over 600 acres, sometimes 3 or 4 times that, so my farmette isn’t too much. But, the money from the crops is nice. As we were talking, he told me the yield so far, but the better crop land is not quite ready to harvest and I hope that it will be even better, regardless of how good the upper fields do for me. When the fields are planted, I always pray for good crops, the right amount of sunshine, proper temperatures, plenty of rain (but not too much) and no bad weather such as hail or high winds that would destroy the crops. There is too much invested to not get a return.

As I thought about sowing and planting, waiting for the harvest and hoping for reaping large amounts of what was sowed, I also thought about seeing people that seem to be praying for a crop failure. They have sinned, against God or against a person or persons in some way and they fear the harvest of their sins. Perhaps they are afraid that someone will do them the same way that they did others, or maybe even their harvest will be even GREATER than what they sowed. At first they do wrong, feel good about their misdeeds until they start to think about the “reward” for the sins. Fearing the sins will be revisited on them by those they sinned against or others. I would hate to live that way, essentially like a criminal that has escaped jail, always looking over their shoulder, waiting for the police to come and take them back to their prison. Actually when thinking on that, living in that kind of fear and stress is definitely it’s own type of prison and maybe worse than a physical prison. Sadly, many people know what they are planning is a sin, but then still do it and should know that sins are repaid upon the sinner, then, dread when the sins do come back to them.

But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out. Numbers 32:23

While one can confess their sins to Christ and be forgiven, depending on the sins, they may not be forgiven by man or society. A car thief can confess to Christ, be saved and have forgiveness, but that doesn’t carry over into the legal system and they will still have to face the courts and punishment.

1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.

4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.

5 For every man shall bear his own burden.

6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.

7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

Galatians 6:1-8

 

I know Christ has forgiven all my sins and redeemed me to the Father for them. I know that there are no legal, medical, business or other issues like that of which to be concerned, although there may be some personal issues that could always possibly create issues but those hopefully won’t. I know since I have been saved, there are no areas of my behavior or actions for which I should be persecuted by man or God. Well, I should say, if there have been sins against God, they were unintentional and not known to me. I have seen Christians sin intentionally, thinking that it is okay if they do wrong to someone and after they have gotten whatever benefit for those sins, they plan to ask God for forgiveness. The man I worked for after high school would do that, intentionally overcharging people for materials by buying far more supplies than needed for the actual project, charging them for all and taking twice as much as he used when the project was done, doing less work than promised because he said they won’t see it anyway and it wasn’t really necessary, and promising to have something completed by a certain date, but not make any effort to work on that particular project because others would have a better profit, among many things. Then, he would later make comments about how he shouldn’t have done that and say he was going to pray for forgiveness. Yet, within a few days at most, he would be doing the same kind of things again and, yet again, after it was done and he had the money for the project and the extra materials he would seek forgiveness. God finds that insulting and, I suppose one could possibly consider it blasphemy.

 

My Heavenly Father, I praise Your Holy name and thank You for forgiving my sins. I am trying hard not to sin again, I ask for Your help that I not do so. I ask that any in the past that I sinned against forgive me as I have forgiven those who sinned against me. I pray for those who sin others intentionally and then pray for forgiveness and hope for no repercussions from their sins that they not do that in the future and that they earnestly seek forgiveness from you and then not sin against You again. I ask that You work in my heart and help me have the heart of Christ, that You work on me to make me the servant that You wish me to be and that You draw loved ones to You and show them Your truth, the only truth, that salvation is there through Jesus. Thank You for all the blessings and mercy You give me.

In Jesus Name, Amen.

 

Since this started out talking about crops, the next time you eat, that is due to the hard work of farmers. I don’t do that work on my land and glad I don’t, the dirt, dust, heat are all more than I care to contend with from a job. Have a blessed day, and be a blessing to at least one other.

 

 

JUNE

 

 

Well, it’s June, and in years past, it was always a good month, school was out, my birthday is in June and things were good. Also my mother’s and grandmother’s birthdays were in June. On my mother’s birthday was the day we held my father’s funeral. So, bittersweet, but that was also the anniversary of the day they had met so it meant something to her to have it that date.  There have been other good things besides birthdays, Father’s Day as I got older. Medical School Graduation too. Some other things that were once happy, but now mostly painful. But, just a few years ago, I lost my dad in June, minutes after midnight, the day after my birthday. And, some other situations at the time have made it far more painful than anything else. But, regardless of the pains, sadness, some happiness from those things, the thing I have now helps all the pain. He is my comforter in painful times. He is my light in the darkness. Christ is my Redeemer and Salvation.

 

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. John 14:26

 

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

 

Lord, I praise and worship You. I thank You for sending the comforter for me, for filling me with Your Holy Spirit and for the sacrificing Your own Son that I might have the comfort, redemption and salvation. I pray You keep working in my life and in the lives of loved ones, especially those that are lost. Show us all Your way in our lives. In Jesus Name I pray for these things and for continued help with better learning how to seek Christ and help becoming a better servant of You.

 

Amen

 

I appreciate your time reading my posts. Please be a blessing to others today.

I bless all they who did me wrong and thank God for the trials and tribulations.

I preface my post to say that this is a post Of joy, salvation, mercy and grace of Christ’s love for me and the redemption He gave to me.

Over the last few years I have had many things happen. Some of excruciating pain; some of joy I’d never known and others throughout the spectrum between those extremes that were primarily emotional but some physical. I fell while climbing in mountains and severely injured my neck and had pain, numbness and weakness in my hands and I had to have surgery for that. The fall also aggravated pain from spinal fractures lower in back I sustained in Iraq. I lost my mother and father in less than a years time. I was emotionally abandoned on more than one occasion by more than one person at times I needed them most. One of which I truly never thought would do so. I had sudden horrid pain in one ear and then lost all hearing in that ear which required several difficult treatments that did not help and underwent cochlear implantation surgery to have some hearing returned. I have been lied to, lied about, had false accusations made about me, later to learn through a mutual friend who did not know it was I that was the victim of the sick ploy that my accuser was almost 100% certainty the one that accused me had done so and bragged about setting the idiot up to take a hard fall in a twisted plan to assasinate my character, had my words twisted to discredit me, seen those who should have not believed those lies accept them as truth, I gained and lost things that had more value to me than life itself. I have seen the destruction of my marriage and other relationships through actions of others. I have seen family and loved ones become hateful and bitter towards one another. I have seen those same people steal from my mother in the last weeks of her life as she lay sick and dying. I have had siblings manipulate her at the same time and through deceit stole things of tremendous emotional and some monetary value from me and other siblings.

In the last 8 months I had transferred every dollar I could from my inheritance and other assets that were not mutual property into a joint account and changed beneficiaries on my life insurance policies which was exceeded my income for over 5 years. I was all but guaranteed a job in the area that I had planned to move that, due to significant stress in my life at the time and an inability to focus on the questions due to distracted thinking, the final interview did not go well and the offer was withdrawn. I had gotten legal counsel during this time so that the next steps would happen without any anticipated complications. But, I had not told those impacted yet as I wanted all the pieces in place so things would go as smoothly as possible and to avoid disappointment if there were problems with the job that would not permit the steps to be taken immediately. I planned to tell all those involved of my decision and plans on a particular date and literally 2 days before that day I was given devastating news that shattered those plans and caused the problems at the interview.  I have spoken hard truths in an attempt to help protect others caused they I wanted to protect to have hard feelings towards me. I have had more sorrows as well that are far too numerous to mention.

I have had joys as well. My neck issues are resolved; my back pain is improved markedly; I have had hearing restored in my deaf ear; I had love that was beyond anything I had experienced before (until returning to Christ which is absolutely a perfect love,) I had many more joys as well also too numerous to mention.

As I think on all these things, I realize I have lived a human existence, filled with the spectrum of emotions, events, trials, tribulations, joys and pains that all experience at one time or another, not exactly the same, but very similar.

Due to all these things I have been through the gamut of human emotions. I was at times happy, sad, ecstatic, in the depths of dispair all of which are difficult to fully explain as there are some things for which I have no words.  Many of these experiences were due to actions of and maltreatment from others. But I do not only fault others, in fact I thank others and fault myself as during those times I was far from blameless in my actions and am equally or more culpable for many of the negative things I experienced and my behavior was very wrong to myself and others.

I do not say these things looking for pity or glory. Most the things I experienced, as I said directly or indirectly,  occurred from my actions that were wrong and for that I have confessed those sins to Christ and been forgiven. He has redeemed me and I have my salvation. I have a relationship with Jesus that is far deeper than years ago when I had was walking with Him. I have the love, joy and peace only Christ can give.

I also do not say these things to point fingers at others or with intent to cause others to feel guilt, shame or sorrow. Those who made decisions to do as they did and treated me wrongly need forgiveness from the Lord need only address those issues with Christ. I bear no ill will, hate, anger or contempt for those people. I have the love of Christ for them and long ago forgave them their actions and hope that any that I did wrong or feel I did will forgive me.

All these experiences and many experiences over my entire life had left me bitter, angry, filled with sorrow, self pity and with all manner of other negative emotions. Yet, not inspite of these things but rather because of the trials, tribulations, pain and suffering I came to Christ and am saved. Unfortunately, there is no sinner of which I know that does so in times of joy. No, but as did I, they come to Him for help in times of need and dispare.

I did not enjoy the unpleasant and painful situations and had bad feelings towards many, some guilty of wrong deeds, others not. But, for those who did me wrong and inflicted pain and sorrow beyond my human ability to bear I thank you and bless you. I praise God for the hard times, trials and tribulations. For had those things not occurred I would not be in the relationship with Christ I am at this time.

Some of the most vicious and hateful actions occurred after my salvation by those used by the enemy to try to rob me of my redemption. To those who were used in that way I DOUBLY BLESS YOU! For through those times rather than fall victim to Satan’s attacks my faith and relationship with Jesus was strengthened tremendously!

 

PLEASE, do not think this is a Oh pity me story. Do not think it to cause others pain or frustration. It is not a self pity party. NO IT IS NOT!

This is a post of JOY and LOVE! I am joyful in my salvation and have been filled with Christ and his love for me and all others!!!!! It is a post of PRAISE for God and His endless love and mercy and for all He is!

4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 2:4-10

 

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17

 

 

21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.
28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

Romans 3:21-28

 

10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Matthew 5:10-12

 

38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.
41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.
42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Matthew 5:38-48

 

No, this I not a post of accusation, hate, pity, sorrow, misery, but of SALVATION through Christ, the Son of God. Through His sacrifice and suffering I am made whole, into a new creature. I am not yet perfect, but He is not through with me yet. PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME!

NONE of the ability to forgive or bless, NONE of the rejoicing, NONE of the comfort and peace is because of me. It is through Christ in me that it is all possible.

 

My Heavenly Father, I praise Your Holy Name and Your Son, Jesus. I thank You for my salvation, for all the trials and tribulations that lead me to You. I praise You and Christ for the sacrifice and mercy that gave me that salvation. I thank You for the ability to forgive and bless those who helped me get to the lowest place in the valley. I praise You for lifting me out of the despair, anger, pain, suffering and sorrow. I ask that You continue to help me learn how to seek You and to continue helping me learn to think with the mind of Christ. I ask that You draw all to You, especially my loved one. Show them all Your mercy and love and the path to salvation through Jesus. Show them all Your plan in their lives.

In the precious name of Jesus I pray and ask these things.

Amen

 

I will end noting that some of my posts have been misinterpreted, misunderstood and twisted by some. I do not believe that any of those to whom I referred very vaguely read this blog so I would hope all would see that I am not trying to cause anyone to feel guilt. No, it is about the healing power of Christ. I give the descriptions only so others may see His Mercy, Grace and Love. I do not attempt to say that any of this is of me but of Christ.

I thank you all for taking a few minutes to read this post. I pray that God will have something in there for someone besides me and that He use me to help others. Please do your best to be a blessing to at least one other person today.