I’ve spoken of it on many other occasions: the fact that my upbringing causes me not to say what’s on my heart and mind because it’s seemingly impolite. Never mind the fact that it’s the truth. And especially never mind the fact that everyone else is intitled and can ram their opinions down my throat, in my face and stick it to my heart with a dagger, but I should smile and say, “thank you, have a nice day, please come again.”
Did that sound bitter? It’s really not. It’s just frustrating.
And so today as I study my way through Romans, God laid the deer image on my heart. I hesitated to publish my words. I could just use this as my own personal study; keeping my thoughts to myself rather than risking the chance at offending. But then I thought of Paul. Who was martyred for the Word of God and most of all Jesus Who died for me. Why should I keep silent about the angst in my heart and my desire to see the lost come to the saving grace of Christ. The fact that I want them in Heaven with me. The only way to do so, is through the word of God.
I had just heard Paul say, only a few verses before. “For
I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ.” Verse 16 of Chapter 1.
And so in love, I share my heartfelt plea to those who have made homosexuality their life style. And my honest opinion that the use of the rainbow for the pride agenda is a slap in the face of God, for which someone will stand accountable for.
The rainbow was a covenant symbol between God and man in
11 And I
will establish my covenant with you, neither shall all flesh be cut off any
more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to
destroy the earth. 12 And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I
make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for
perpetual generations: 13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token
of a covenant between me and the earth.
We don’t speak in that phraseology today. “Covenant” isn’t a
word you often hear. Even by definition, it doesn’t mean in man’s terms what it
meant in God’s. Because God’s covenant’s will stand the test of time.
This weekend is mine and David’s 39th wedding anniversary. It’s hard to imagine that those two kids who walked across my parent’s lawn on August 16, 1980, and said their vows have survived what we have. It’s not been easy, and it’s only been by the grace of Almighty God. Divorce would have been easier at times than fighting through the battles we did. But we made it because we both believe in the covenant of marriage.
That bow (rainbow) God placed in the sky was a promise that God’s wrath toward sin would not come through in the flood again. God’s grace would flow through Noah to a world who didn’t appreciate it and God would offer His Son, Jesus Christ, as atonement one day for all of mankind. It did not however, promise that judgment would not come. It will.
I am sad to say that I will not buy anything with a rainbow
on it. I just can’t. The pride agenda has tarnished that beautiful image of God
for me. But every time I see one in the sky, I think to myself, “They can’t do
that.” They cannot place a beautiful arch in the sky.” Not like my Lord!
And so today I took back the rainbow, and placed it over my
husband’s favorite critters. (although for him he likes them seasoned and
smoked on the grill.) For me I love the fact that they cannot change the fact
that nature knows and obeys God’s design.
And so I shar His word. In truth and love. ~ Shari. The Jesus Chick.
Questions? feel free to message me. Let’s talk about it.
Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be
an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,
And that’s all the further I made it before my mind started reeling. Thinking about Paul, who he was, who he became, and the fact I’ll meet him some day in glory! And the absolute fact that I am so not like Paul. He was so very committed to everything he did. It reminds me of the children’s rhyme:
There was a little girl who had a little curl Right in the middle of her forehead And when she was good, she was very very good. But when she was bad, she was dreadful!
Sorry! But that’s how my mind works. And that’s
kind of how Paul was. When he was a Jewish Pharisee, he was very good at being
very bad to the Christians, but when he became a Christian, oh my stars!!! that
same zeal that he used to persecute and kill saints of God, he used to spread
the gospel every where he went. He sowed seeds that would no doubt harvest a
mighty crop of kids for the Kingdom. Oh, that that would be said of me… or you!
We are people of purpose, but we tend to
forget it; or at least I do. Maybe you’re better.
As we continue reading Paul gives us more
insight on our purpose as he scribes his letter to the children of Rome.
he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)
1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven;
and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day
that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave
them neither root nor branch. 2 But unto you that
fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings;
and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.3 And
ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your
feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts. 4 Remember
ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all
Israel, with the statutes and judgments.5 Behold,
I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful
day of the Lord: 6 And
he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the
children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
whole chapter, just 6 verses, but my what a kick in the pants and a reminder
that this story wasn’t new in Paul’s
day, and it isn’t new in ours, but what it is the prophecy fulfilled, for what
the old testament revealed. And Paul’s reminding the church of that very thing.
And there in those
6 verses we see the reminder of why we should be far more diligent at getting the
Gospel out. Just as Christ came the first time, He’s coming again; but this
time He will not be the gentle man that the world loves to view Him as. He’s
coming as King of all and Lord of all and He’ll judge the earth in righteousness.
And those who do not know Him as Savior, our chance to see them saved will be
gone. Who are we going to meet today that we’ll not see in Heaven? That’s a
The Good News
The good news is that though His
return is imminent, for the time being we still have time. So, what will you
and I do with it? I’m asking myself that question in all seriousness.
his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to
the flesh;4 And declared to be the Son of God with
power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:
5 By whom we have received grace and
apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:
6 Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:
If you’re saved, you’ve been
called. And unlike the iPhone, you can’t pretend you didn’t see it. You can
reject the call, as many of His children do, but somebody is going to suffer
the consequences of our disobedience. That’s the bad news.
Thank God for it, I’m going to
need an abundance.
To all that be in Rome,
…or Mt. Zion, West Virginia
Well, you get the picture.
beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace
to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Even in our failures, we are still His beloved.
He didn’t die for perfect people, else there would have been no reason. He died
for folks like us who failed before we were saved, and we’ve failed afterwards.
But the difference is, we now know the whole story. It’s been revealed to us
through His word that there is a purpose for us on this big ball of dirt! It’s
to tell the world about the wonderful news of Jesus. And that the evilness of
this world will be overcome. We will win the victory. But only those who know
so I feel like I should apologize for whining yesterday. It’s not that it’s not
in my character, it’s just not in my character to do it out loud. I always do
it in my head so the world thinks I’m super spiritual. Just kidding… they don’t.
But I like to think myself super spiritual sometimes; because then I don’t feel
so bad about myself when I realize I’m an epic failure. Now that I’m done with
that, let me tell you what I really want to do. I want to Psalm 13:6 it today!
I will sing unto the Lord, because he hath
dealt bountifully with me.
So in case you missed my whining session
at the end of my vlog (video blog) yesterday, I was a tad emotional about the
fact that temptation in this world is hard. Everyone faces it, and I’ve had my
share lately when it comes to wanting to escape the will of God. That sounds
bad. I should want to be in the will of God, right? Well, I technically do,
until it’s a struggle. Like in the world of my finances and then I want to jump
this ministry ship and get a “real job.” I get in that mode because that’s what
the world tells me I should do. So this morning as I went merrily on my way, bible
journaling through Psalms I came upon David’s whining session. However in his
defense, his own son Absalom was trying to kill him. That really trumps my
reasons to whine.
1How long wilt thou
forget me, O Lord? for ever? how long
wilt thou hide thy face from me?
Forever? Have you
ever felt that way? When God does not answer immediately, especially in the
microwave society for which we live, the feeling of despair can take over
quickly. I want an immediate resolve so I can move forward. I want God to fix
this mess! But with that cry I have to realize that God didn’t make my mess. I
Just like David. While
he didn’t cause his son to become his enemy, he caused himself to lack the confidence
that he had earlier experienced (before the sin with Bathsheba). Failing in our
walk with Christ causes the feeling of abandonment, not because God moved, but
because we’re not as close as we once were.
long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long
shall mine enemy be exalted over me?
The worst thing I can do is ask myself
Taking counsel in my own soul will just
add insult to injury. I’m a little too close to the situation, don’t you think?
And yet when I don’t hear from God, rather than being still and waiting, I
talk. And talk. And talk some more. I’m
such a slow learner.
3 Consider and hear me,
O Lord my God: lighten
mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death; 4 Lest
mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me rejoice
when I am moved.
Can you not hear the
whining heart of the Jesus chick? It’s pretty loud. “I’m dying here Lord!” that’s
what David said and that’s what I have a tendency to say. Because of my struggles
I don’t have the ability to get the things accomplished that I want to get
done. And because of that, I too feel like the enemy is rejoicing in my
failures and I’ve been moved out of the place I long to be in.
So here I am sitting in my office this morning and God reminds of a pumpkin that’s sitting at the edge of my yard in a pumpkin patch that I didn’t even plant. I had pumpkin décor last fall and it stayed in front of David’s wood shop on a few bales of hay, until it decayed and David as he often does, he cleaned up my mess. He threw the hay, pumpkin and all at the edge of a field. The seeds from those pumpkins made it into the ground and bore fruit. It was so exciting when David discovered our unexpected blessing and showed it to me.
So this morning I
hear… this mess too will bear a surprising fruit. Be Still.
5 But I
have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.6I will
sing unto the Lord, because he hath
dealt bountifully with me.
So let me unwind and
un-whine. God is good. That pumpkin is far from the only blessing in my life. I
received such sweet encouragement from a few friends yesterday.
I shall not be moved! Because the Lord has more than dealt more than bountiful with me. How about you? Do you have a pumpkin in your patch? Praise God for it. And run the enemy off the porch of your dreams. Thank You Jesus.
Many of the conversations I’ve had, both inside my head,
and with other people, have recently been around the discussion of end times.
It’s a topic not everyone desires to discuss. For me, from the standpoint of
myself, I get excited! But then I begin to think of family and friends who aren’t
prepared. It’s at this point that those who are not prepared, or those who are
uncertain turn me off. And it’s when I begin to worry and stress about how much
I’m doing for the cause of the Kingdom. I need to find ways to reach more
people. I need to find a way to reach my people! You know… the family who “think”
they’re okay, and those who just don’t think about it all, but would rather
live in ignorance, not knowing that Jesus could be ready to step out on the
cloud at any moment and call His church home.
Are you ready? Do you know that you know? I knew that I
knew last year when I had open heart surgery. Only the Lord Jesus Christ can
afford that peace. When I see that people don’t have an understanding of the
end times, and really don’t care to know, I’m more than a little alarmed. But I
guess that’s because I know. So in reading Jude, which by the way reads like a
book specifically about 2019, I feel compelled to share the news I discovered
about the news!
Jude vs. 16-18
These are murmurers,
complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great
swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage. But,
beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord
Jesus Christ; How that they told you there
should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly
Wow. How accurate is that?
According to a poll from
Axios last year, 72% of 4,000 Americans polled, believe “traditional major news
sources report news they know to be fake, false or purposefully misleading.”
Other polls say it’s less; but then again, how do we know if even those who do
the polls are reporting honestly. It’s just a sad state of affairs that we live
in. Jude didn’t need the internet, a poll, or the evening news to tell him what
the prognosis was for mankind. He heard it straight from Heaven. He walked with
the Creator of all, and his words give an outline of modern times.
How not to Mistake the Fake
Stop watching all mainstream
television. There are none that truly don’t have an agenda. I fully believe
that. And in so doing, they’ll do they’re very best to persuade you in to
believing what they say, even if it’s only in part. And it’s not only the news
outlets. You can’t watch a good comedy without an agenda in it! If there’s such
a thing as a good comedy. The dark side is found in almost every show I’ve
attempted to watch over the past years. Wholesome television is almost nonexistent.
And if you think children’s television is any different, think again. I’ve had
to ban complete children’s channels off my television with the grandkids
because they promote homosexuality, violence, and disrespect. It’s insane! So
what’s the answer? Are we going to stop watching entertainment? Probably not,
but we need to take Jude’s advice to heart before turning it on.
Never Trust Their Lusts
I’m not just trying to
rhyme. It was a fact I learned about myself in our Sunday sermon at Victory
Baptist Church. I covet stuff. Shiny stuff. I have a serious issue of wanting
things I don’t necessarily need, and much of it comes from all the time I spend
on social media. There’s always something shiny and new waiting for me on the
web. Just ask Amazon.com. They’ll show you your shiny desires too, because they
follow your networking trends. But it’s not always your lusts that are the issue.
Their lusts can be come your lusts if it’s entered into your information
gatherer enough times. That’s why I can’t watch shows who push the liberal
agenda. Because I know their design is to mess with my conservative brain.
Don’t Fluff up the
don’t take their efforts lightly. They’ve got it down to a fine art on how to
manipulate the American mind. They use people and things that appeal to us. It’s
why the celebrities are pushing every product and agenda out there. Because if
we love their shows, music and movies, we’ll be easy marks to love their
mindsets too. Which if you’re not careful will lead you down a pathway far away
from the Lord Jesus Christ.
you where I stand. I’m a pro-Jesus, pro-life, Baptist conservative that makes
no apologies for rolling my eyes at liberal brats who want my children and
grandchildren to be corrupted by the notion that they are entitled to a world
of shiny things that will take their minds to places God never intended His
children to go. I hear it in their voices every time they get upset because
life treats them unfairly or a commercial comes on with the latest and greatest
and they want it, or a show or song plays that has garbage throughout it and
they repeat it. And yet, when I praise God, or bow my head to pray I’m the one
viewed as a fanatic.
Jude makes it clear that if you want the truth there is only one place to find
Take a look at the
So how do we deal with the Mainstream Mayhem? We measure everything we see and hear by the words of Jesus Christ. It is the only absolute truth in this world.
It’s why I love writing and working for FGGAM.org. Because Pastor Dewey Moede views the world through a biblical lens, and before he publishes it, it has to meet God’s standards. We know we’re accountable for what we say. The Bible is clear on that! We’ll stand before God and give an account of the words we speak and write. We’re not the only ones. That liberal bunch of liars that’s out there, they’ll have their day when they’re mockery comes to an end.
The book of Jude is one chapter from the end of the Book.
I feel like that’s where we are on the time line of eternity. And this chapter is coming to an end quickly…
23 For it was the king’s commandment concerning them, that a
certain portion should be for the singers, due for every day.
35 Lod, and Ono, the valley of craftsmen.
I realize that those two scriptures may or may
not mean much to you this morning, but for me as an artist, singer, creative
person often less than extraordinaire they meant a great deal.
When I tell people that I struggle. That’s not a
lie and it’s not said for pity or pride. It’s just reality. I get up way too
often in the morning feeling like a failure and that what I do doesn’t amount
to a hill of beans in the scope of eternity. So when I read in Nehemiah this
morning, as I’ve read at other times (but too often forget), God truly cares
about the creative. That brought such
joy to my heart.
While people enjoy music and art; unless you’re
an honest to goodness “professional” your value is often viewed as less. It’s a
hobby or a past time, not a career because it doesn’t come with a paycheck. And
while I have people in my life that more than value me, I don’t value myself
enough it seems.
So today I thought I’d post this short thought for those dealing with “feeling less.”
God made the moon the lesser light… and yet how
many nights have we sat marveling at it. (Genesis 1:16)
The mustard seed is less than all the seeds on
the earth… yet birds find rest and lodge there. (Mark 4:32)
There are parts of the body that we view as less
important, and yet, we dare not want to live without them. (1 Corinthians
Paul thought of himself less than all the saints
(Ephesians 3:8) … but look at the difference he made in eternity.
David, King of Israel was the least of his brothers
and not even considered by family in contention for the position, but God had
other plans! (1 Samuel 16)
I reminded myself of these scriptures today, in
hopes of encouraging my soul that lesser is often as it is, so that God can do
the greater and receive the glory He deserves.
You and I are valuable members of the body of
Christ. We are irreplaceable by anyone else.
He cared so much about me this happy Thursday morning that He showed me in His word and through friends how much the God of all creation, cares about the creative.
Honey has been a staple in my breakfast this week at the
complimentary Holiday Inn Breakfast. Honey and butter on wheat toast just fits
the bill for my taste buds. I seldom consider it at home even though there’s a
tasty bottle of honey in the cupboard. It must have been a part of Solomon’s
regular diet too. He mentions it multiple times and uses it as an illustration
My son, eat thou honey because it is good, and the honeycomb which is
sweet to thy taste; so shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when
thou has found it, then there shall be reward, and thy expectation shall not be
We don’t study by accident. And blessings don’t come that
CHEW ON IT
Like the waxy comb, pondering the word of God and
considering His message in every word, jot and tittle. Every verse is like a
Nothing is so sweet is as the word of God, and it’s amazing
how a word that’s been read by millions of people was written just for you.
CHALLENGE YOURSELF WITH IT
Read it with the expectation that God going to show you something
amazing. He always does!
The king’s wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the grass.
This is the third day of journaling in the Holiday Inn Hotel dining room. Just as I’ve done in many, many places across my travels. Used to be my open bible was always an introduction to conversation with passer by’s. If for no other reason curiosity. But no more. Perhaps it’s our sense of privacy, but I don’t think so.
I don’t think the people around me fear the wrath of God or desire His blessing. But rather are believing in their own power, humblerise.com. Enjoying their own world. But whether or not they believe…
He’s still the Lion
And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
I’m not saying they’re not saved or that they’re not good people. I’m not judging. Just observing. No one bowed their heads to bless their food or took note that I studied the Word of God. They just went merrily on their way, enjoying their breakfast. But whether or not they took notice…
He’s still the Lion
I won’t judge. But Jesus will. He’s coming again. And this time He will not be meek as a Lamb; no, this time they’ll know and understand that He is the Messiah. They will know
He’s still the Lion
Meanwhile, I’m enjoying the dew that falling on me this morning.
It’s true. As I wrote the outline for this blog, I
arrogantly thought, “Oooo that’s good, I didn’t deserve that.”
And then I heard in my soul… “No. You didn’t.”
And I knew in my heart that this was going to be a
teachable moment between me and the Lord. As a “Father and child. Go to your
room and I’ll be in later.” Kind of moment.
And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord,
that is wisdom; and to depart from evil
is understanding. ~ Job 28:28
I’d lost it. The (fear). I’d grown selfish in my walk
with Christ as I grew weary from responsibilities. And not overwhelming responsibilities,
just your ordinary, everyday life kind of duties. I’d finish doing what had to
be done and I’d think, “I deserve a break.” And that break would consist of
mindless television (Netflix) or a game on my phone rather than going to the
word of God or simply having a conversation with Him.
This morning I came to my desk knowing what was on
my heart and before me was a bluegrass song I’d been working on the chords for,
and lo and behold I got out the guitar and figured them out. Knowing that the
Bible was laying there beside me and the Lord wanted to talk.
So… when I finally decided that I could spare a few
moments for Him, the conversation turned very serious. I had been disrespecting
I don’t believe that God wants me to set with the
Bible every second of the day, He knows that life happens and that I need to be
with people, else, how will they see Jesus. But there comes a time that He and
I should be conversing along the way.
When He speaks, regardless of what’s going on around
me, I should pause to listen. Unfortunately the world was too loud in my ear
because I had opened that door.
After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father
which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Note that Hallowed is capitalized. It’s
a part of God’s name, meaning Holy. Separate (depart) from the world.
There comes a time when God expects us to shut the
door to the world and be separate from those things that draw our minds away
from Him. Things that when we see them we know in our heart of hearts, this isn’t
good for me. This takes my mind to places it should not be.
For example. Netflix.
I’m not talking R rated movies but just the average
sitcom is filled with content not fit for the mind of a child of God.
I love to laugh. It allows me to forget about the
cares of the world and escape reality for just a bit. But that bit can turn
into hours on Netflix because it literally doesn’t stop. And I get wrapped up in
it and ignore the calling of God. I forget that God said, Be ye holy; for I am Holy. ~ 1 Peter 1:16
To be holy is to separate ourselves from everything
worldly. Including the mindset that “I deserve this.”
I don’t deserve anything more than God. That’s a
A Heavy Reliance
A reliance is a belief and dependence (understanding)
on the Lord Jesus Christ for every breath of life. After all, He holds it all
in His hand, does He not?
THAT IS WISDOM
Job was so much wiser than his friends who looked at
life from a very human perspective. As if they could see inside the mind of Job
and know who he was in the secret hours of the days and nights before that
dreadful day when he lost it all.
To them, it was surely because of sin. But it was
not. It was because God knew the inward strength and character of Job.
We’re not God to know the hearts of other men and
women. It’s our own hearts that we have to be concerned about. I’m not Job. I
doubt my character would stand the testing and trials he experienced. I don’t
want to know if it would. I can’t even resist Netflix. How on earth would I
submit to the level of testing that Job did?
This morning God needed me to understand that I was
not submitting to Him as I should be. Not even close. I want Him to fix all of
my life’s woes: take care of my family, fix my finances and make me healthy,
wealthy and wise. And yet when He call on me, I turned a deaf ear.
Forgetting that He gave His all, so that I could
have life and have it abundantly.
A note I scribbled on a scrap piece of paper in my office
said “More of an attack on my heart than the actual heart attack, has been the
spiritual attack on me.” In recent months it’s been very, very real. The final
icing on that well decorated cake was a hacker tearing down my web site on
Tuesday. Years of labor disappeared into the oblivion of cyber space and I was
a mess. I don’t understand the mentality of people who live to do something
like that, but I understand their source of evil. Satan and his minions I’m
sure had a huge laugh at my expense.
I don’t have a web designer or personal tech support.
Everything I do is on my own through programs designed to make it easy, mainly
by paying for godaddy.com hosting. I know just enough to be dangerous to my health
when something like this happens. Three days, and a $120 poorer my site is back
up but I am drained emotionally and physically.
It’s not been just the website issues. My overall health has
been on the decline since the knee injury, another of those fiery darts meant
to bring me down. Okay, I’m done whining, now onto lifting you and I up
Get me a Water Gun!
For the record, Satan only has the control that God allows
him to have. An idiot tearing my website down did not catch God off guard.
Satan never has one over on God. It’s why God has me in the book of Job right
now. If He can bring Job through the heartache he went through, He as me
covered too. I have no doubt.
is Wisdom in the Water
I love Job’s response to his friends in Job 12:15
Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up: also he sendeth
them out, and they overturn the earth. With him is strength and wisdom: the
deceived and the deceiver are his.
Water is one of those biblical words that has great
spiritual meaning and depth. Just in saying that God is the Water of the Word
is like drinking a cool glass of water on a hot day. It soothes the soul, just
like it does the body. How wonderful to understand that it is God who control
such an amazing substance. The substance that will put out the fire of Hell
that try to heat up the life of a child of God.
Satan will never see us in Hell, but he can try to make our
lives Hell here on earth. He and his minions can tear down websites, families
and even bodies, but they cannot have the Spirit of man. God control them all. Glory
to God, I just wrote myself happy again! I love when that happens. I hope you
read yourself happy too!
The Water Gun is loaded. And the fire is about to go out!
is Life in the Water
Dead things are formed from under the waters, and the inhabitants
thereof. Hell is naked before him, and destruction hath no covering. He
stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon
Verse number 7 is one of my all-time favorite verses. But
the words of Job leading into it cause me to ponder greatly. And then from the
depths of my soul I heard this response.
“Water creates life, and fire causes death. God is water,
Satan is fire. Nothing is concealed from God, even those who believe their
destruction is hidden in the world wide web. God knows them. Personally. And
they should fear. If he can hang this ball of dirt in the midst of space and
keep it there, one web hacker is nothing.”
My knee pain is not too hard for God to fix or to work
through it. My heart is fixable. Both the physical and the spiritual. God is in
is No Water without God
Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters
may cover thee?
God’s response to Job was a reminder to us all that we
better understand Who it is that’s in charge of every aspect of our life. The
good, the bad and the ugly is under God’s thumb.
I found a warped humor in verse 3 of Chapter 38, because I
think I too have had this conversation with God.
Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer
It almost felt like I heard God say, “Put on your big girl
pants and answer me Shari, who did you think was in control?
In my ignorance I gave credence to the destructor of my
website and forgot who had destroyed this body by not taking care of the
temple. We have the power of destruction, but through God we can have the power
of life. But only through Him.
We can pray for rain, but the final decision is His.
God asks Job in chapter 41, verse 1:
Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? Or his tongue with a cord
which thou lettest down?
Leviathan was a sea creature, whale and even Satan is
referred to it in the scriptures. Something larger than life. We cannot control
it on our own. It would literally be like fishing for a whale with a Walmart
rod. How long would that last before we too were destroyed by the beast?
Satan and his minions are not to be taken lightly. They certainly have destruction powers. But not when God intervenes. The question is have we given God full control to hand the situation before us. Or are we still trying to catch a whale with a $2.00 hook? or shoot Satan with a water gun.
“The BRANCH” is a Bible Lesson that I composed for the teens at Victory Baptist Church. There are questions within the lesson that, although it was written for teens, I consider them young adults and treat them as such. Feel free to read and enjoy or use it for your ministry if you so desire.
Spring branches are a visible reminder of the new life we celebrated on Easter Sunday. The same God that the Jews longed to meet in the Old Testament, but refused to submit to in the New Testament was the BRANCH. Listed in scripture in all capital letters, which for me is like God shouting His name! It makes me want to know more about why it was listed that way, and what information God wants me to know.
speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The Branch; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the
temple of the Lord:
The BRANCH is what caught my attention,
but the context of the scripture begins in verse 9:
9 And the word of
the Lord came
unto me, saying,10 Take of them of the
captivity, even of Heldai, of Tobijah, and of Jedaiah, which are come from
Babylon, and come thou the same day, and go into the house of Josiah the son of
Zephaniah;11 Then take silver and
gold, and make crowns, and set them upon the head of Joshua the son of
Josedech, the high priest;12 And speak unto him,
saying, Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The Branch; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the
temple of the Lord:
Joshua. A name we’re
very familiar with, and a named that is translated from Hebrew Joshua to the
English, Jesus. Joshua is also the common alternative form of Yeshua.
So Zechariah is being
told by God to tell Joshua the Priest that he is a figure of the one to come.
Jesus, the Messiah, now being referred to as “The BRANCH.” And just like the
branches of this season come to life, The BRANCH was going to be born (come to
life) in Bethlehem, but raised in Nazareth. And just like the spring branches
that we have in view now, Jesus was going to spring forth, full of life and
glory for God.
There are two roles
of Christ that we’re going to talk about by unpacking the scripture references
in Zechariah and those two roles are Priest and King.
We too are referred
to as priests and kings in Revelation 1:5-6
5 And from
Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead,
and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us
from our sins in his own blood,
6 And hath
made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion
for ever and ever. Amen.
So how does it make
you feel to know you are considered a priest or king?
Is that a position
you’re comfortable with now, or is it something that you think you’re going to
grow into? At what age, or state of mind do you suppose you’ll arrive there?
Jesus grew up just
like kids of today. He may not have had an iPhone, but He had family, friends,
siblings, and all the common things of that day, and things that we’re used to
having as a family unit.
When you think of
growing up in biblical times, what do you think the cultural differences and
likenesses of that day were in comparison to ours?
What would teens have
done for fun?
What would church services
have been like for teens?
The scripture says
that Jesus was going to grow up out of that place, the place called Nazareth.
That was His place. Nazareth or Netzer, means “The branch from a multitude of
plants that grew there.” Another branch in our story
Our place is where we
live now. Far from a kingdom view. But so was Nazareth during that day. It was
said to be an “insignificant village.” Even the religious of the day said “can
anything good come out of Nazareth?”
Have you ever had
that feeling about our small town?
While Nazareth wasn’t
a big city of that day, it’s now the largest Arab city in the country of
Israel. And clearly something Amazing did come from the Nazareth. So why can’t
God do something amazing here?
Pastor John Powell of
Wadsworth, Ohio was born and raised in Calhoun County, West Virginia. But like
many of his era who were born in the 30’s, he left our area to find work. But
before that he had a back story. He had a Nazareth village.
When he was just a
few months old he got pneumonia and his mother had no money to buy medicine, so
she went to her father to borrow it. But instead she had to give John to him at
the age of 5 in exchange for the medicine. He was used for child labor and
treated very poorly. But even in that state he rose above others as an athlete
and in popularity. God called him into the ministry while in Akron, Ohio and it
was there that he graduated Bible College and became a man of great means
through investments. But the most important thing to know about John Powell was
that he reached thousands for Christ and was known for his generosity and
kindness all over the world.
The man from Calhoun
Jesus grew up in
Nazareth and didn’t travel very far in the lifetime of His ministry. One study
said about 90-120 miles. In this day and age, that’s not many. But we have to consider
His travels were by foot. But look at the impact He made in those 100 miles.
What’s the furthest
you’ve traveled, and where do you desire to go?
Jesus’ time on earth
was spent preaching the Kingdom, and building a temple not made of hands. What
temple has Jesus built?
When Jesus prophesied
of His resurrection He said in three days I’ll rebuild the temple, which made
the religious of the day angry because they thought He spoke of a building.
Which was not so.
We too are considered
a temple, how?
There are three ways
to build the temple we’re in charge of building
We listen (preaching
We learn – (Study to
show ourselves approved)
We live (Sharing the
word of God)
That is how we build
the temple, ours and the body of Christ.
It’s the same thing
that Christ did as a young person. When Christ disappeared from His parents and
was found three days later it says in Luke 2:46
And it came to pass,
that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of
doctors, both hearing them, and asking questions.
That’s how we grow in
the Lord, we ask questions. If we want to grow and feel worthy of our royal
positions of priests and kings, we need to do what Jesus did.
If a child never ate
physically they would die. They’d also die of boredom if they ate the same
thing over and over again. The same is true of our spiritual lives.
Eat. Work! Because as
we grow we also need to build.
The new temple that
Christ said He was going to build in three days wasn’t what they expected or
wanted. They wanted it on this earth. That was not the plan. They wanted the
royalty to be here. That was not the plan either. And that’s why it’s hard for
us to comprehend that we are priests and kings. Because we live in red neck
country. Not Jerusalem.
Just as Joshua was
active in the building of the temple, Jesus was going to be the Master Builder
of the Spiritual Temple that we call the church today.
13 Even he (The
BRANCH) shall build the temple of the Lord; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his
throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace
shall be between them both.
for the Glory of God.
what are the responsibilities of priests and kings?
view it as one governs and the other guides.
what do we govern, and what do we guide on this earth.
27 Now ye are the body
of Christ, and members in particular.28 And God
hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly
teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments,
diversities of tongues.
Not everyone is a
prophet, teacher, etc. but everyone has a purpose. And every one of us are a
part of the body of Christ if we’re saved. So we are overseeing the business of
the Lord until His return. We are in charge of guiding others. We truly are a
part of the Royal Family. And not the one in England, but the one in Heaven.
14 And the crowns shall
be to Helem, and to Tobijah, and to Jedaiah, and to Hen the son of Zephaniah,
for a memorial in the temple of the Lord.15 And they that are far
off shall come and build in the temple of the Lord, and ye shall know that the Lord of hosts hath sent me unto you. And this shall come to pass,
if ye will diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God.
There were earthly examples like Adam
and Joshua that God put on earth as examples of Christ. We are to be the
examples of the Lord set before the generation we’re now a part of. We are the priests and kings of this
generation, even if they don’t know it, or want it.
When someone is born into a royal
family, only the head of that royal family can kick them out. God’s the head of
this family, and He says that none shall be lost. (John 18:19)
That the saying might be fulfilled, which
he spake, Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none.
So whether the world likes it or not, we
are the royal family. The BRANCH’S government. Not a branch of the government.
We will have our day of sitting with the royal family in person, but today
we’re ambassadors in this foreign land.
So the question is, to who, where and
how are you an ambassador? Pray and seek the Lord’s will for the land the Lord
wants you to cover. And don’t ever think that He can’t take a kid from Calhoun
County, and do something amazing for the Kingdom. Because you are children of
Don’t forget …
Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy
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