creation awaits it’s turn for redemption. Can you imagine that day?! I think
about it a lot. The more and more wicked this world gets, the more I think
about it. Perhaps you do too, or perhaps you’ve not given it any thought at all.
You may not even know the truth about creation through the Word of God. But
regardless we are all excuseless when it comes to the Creator.
unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and
hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat
of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it
all the days of thy life;
there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall
be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
Between Genesis 3 and Revelation 22 is a whole lot of history. A whole lot of sin and praise God! a whole lot of grace for those of us who know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. But one thing there is not, is an excuse.
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are
clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal
power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
morning as I sit in my little office at the back side of my house, I hear the
rain pouring down outside. It’s replenishing the ground, filling the rivers and
doing what nature does. Taking care of us. It’s also making my White Silky
chickens, tan, but that’s a part of nature too, even if I don’t like it.
not a big fan of Hell either. Neither is God. It was never His design for us.
And yet there it is, looming at the end of a life who denies the Lord Jesus
Just like the end of time when the curse will be lifted from off this earth, so
will it be lifted from the souls of men when we spend eternity, forever and
ever in a curse free, perfect place with the Lord Jesus. We can do that because
He redeemed us by His blood sacrifice on the cross. He died for you, and for me
and for all others and that is why we are excuseless.
you gave your child, that you love more than life, for the redemption of a
nation, would you be willing to accept anyone who wouldn’t confess what your
didn’t think so.
Yet, the world expects the Lord to. Even though He gave us not only His Son, but all of Creation that testifies of the Creator. It’s all written in His book, even science can’t deny it. But men can.
We can deny it because unlike creation we’ve been given free will. God wants those who want to be apart of His family. It’s that simple. Why would you invite someone into your home who didn’t want to be there?
extending an invitation to all who read my blog, to join me in Heaven when it’s
our turn. You have received your invitation. If you don’t come, you’re excuseless.
like to say you’ll be missed. But truthfully, I don’t think so; because there’s
no sadness in Heaven. But there will be a great sadness, pain and separation in
greatest road anyone will ever travel: Romans Road of Salvation
ACKNOWLEDGE YOU’RE A SINNER
Romans 3:23 KJV “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory
REALIZE THAT SIN DESERVES PUNISHED
KJV “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through
Jesus Christ our Lord.”
UNDERSTAND THAT CHRIST HIMSELF TOOK THAT PUNISHMENT ON THE CROSS
Romans 5:8 KJV
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us.”
BELIEVE THE TRUTH OF THE WORD OF GOD AND CONFESS IT
KJV “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
PRAY AND ASK GOD TO SAVE YOU. TALK TO HIM…
Romans 10:13 KJV “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the
Lord shall be saved.”
UPON THAT CONFESSION THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL MOVE INSIDE YOUR HEART
AND STAY THERE UNTIL ETERNITY. AT WHICH TIME YOU’LL BE WITH THE LORD HIMSELF!
Romans 8:1 KJV “There is therefore now no condemnation to them
which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”
BUT WHILE YOU’RE HERE, YOU’LL NEVER BE OUT OF HIS PRESENCE!
Romans 8:38-39 KJV “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor
life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor
things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to
separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
DID YOU TAKE THAT STEP? PLEASE MESSAGE ME AND LET ME KNOW! I WANT TO CELEBRATE WITH YOU 😀
There is nothing routine about God! We like things neat,
tidy and wrapped with a bow… but God’s not on a schedule, and there’s no such
thing as time in Heaven.
Text: Ephesians 3:16-19
16 That he would
grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might
by his Spirit in the inner man; 17 That Christ may
dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what
is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the
love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the
fulness of God.
Four verses, one sentence and a lot of goodness that we need
to understand. And by the way, nothing common, ordinary or routine. Because
just when we think we have God figured out, He goes and does beyond anything we
could ever imagine.
When we think we can’t take anymore, He allows more. Just to
prove to us that we’re stronger than we think, and that we need Him more than
Exercise routines are good… I’m lousy at them, but they’re very
good. They strengthen the body the same way trials strengthen our spirit when
our faith is exercised. It builds faith muscles when we’re pushed outside our
comfort zone. Praise God it’s not routine. They don’t happen every day, if they
did, we’d likely give up. God never puts things on us to cause us to quit, He
wants us to understand how far His love extends and how far He’ll go down this road
with us. All the way to the end of this road, when eternity begins.
Paul said that the love of Christ “passeth” our knowledge. We
can’t imagine the depth of it. It’s like the bible school song many of us sang,
“Deep and wide, deep and wide, there’s a fountain flowing deep and wide.” And remember
the second verse, when we’d add the Mmmm… in place of the words. I thought a
lot about that today, and how the writer of that song may have been inspired by
the fact that the depth and width of God’s fountain of overflowing love is indescribable.
After this weekend, where 30 people were killed by the wicked
devices of this world, we need to remember that love. Those people were just
living life, not waging war, and yet they were killed. That is a level of evil
most of us, praise God, cannot understand either. We can’t imagine the frame of
mind of those murderous individuals. But it’s not hard to understand the
feeling of hopelessness that many people in this world face because they’ve
never experienced the “fullness of God.”
Our church just came out of revival. Our annual tent
meeting. A yearly scheduled event we call revival. But that’s not the revival
God wants. Paul lived in a state of revival, not because life was roses, but
because he was constantly under persecution and threat of death. That will
cause you to get your priorities in check, quickly! A look around us should remind
us of our need for bold exercised faith.
I kind of figure there was a time the very disciplined Paul
lived a routine. But when Jesus blinded him along the road, Paul’s routine life
went right out the window. And he became a man who lived in the moment.
In the last two verses of Chapter 3 of Ephesus Paul writes
20 Now unto
him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think,
according to the power that worketh in us, 21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout
all ages, world without end. Amen.
He reminds us all
that God can and will do far more than we ask or think, but He just won’t do it
and hand it too us on a silver platter; He does it through us and through our
church body. And He does it for His glory!
What are you
going to do this week for the cause? Are you in revival, or are you a walking corpse
waiting for the upper taker. Be alive in Christ Jesus and working for His
cause. He is worthy!!
used to say “There are no atheists in fox holes.” I don’t think that’s true
anymore; the arrogance and pride of man is shockingly ignorant.
in the second night of tent meeting at Victory Baptist Church, in Grantsville,
WV and while the church in the holler is feeling the Spirit of God move in a
mighty way, the world around us goes on, oblivious to the truth of God, that He’s
coming back. And you’d better be ready!
hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done
abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
2 The Lord looked down from heaven upon
the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek
The context of this scripture
does not speak of men in general, but rather a specific group (Sennacherib’s
invasion of Judea) to which David is writing and directing this Psalm. Well, I
too could write and direct a Psalm toward specific groups of people that I feel
fall into the category of fools. But I won’t. They will not listen and my words
would offend and do little for the cause of Christ. So I’ll direct my thoughts
to those who perhaps will listen, the children of God.
While we would never say there is
no God, we will skirt on the issue of foolishness by pretending His return is
far, far in the future. So I pose these questions for you and I today.
If Jesus phoned you personally
and said, “I’ll be leaving Heaven in 15 minutes to call my children home,” who
would be your first call? I have to ask myself that question too. And why haven’t
I been more persistent about their salvation?
Would there be any materialistic
thing that you’d look at and say, “This is worth staying for?” Mmmm…. Not when
I got a mansion there waiting! However, you’d think that some of the things for
which I put great value on were worth staying for, because I sure waste enough
time on them.
My third and final question is
this… “How soon after reading this will we forget the questions?”
I would tell you not to tell the preacher on me, but I literally
set just a few feet away from where he stands preaching on Sunday evening, so I’m
pretty sure he knows. My attention span is only as disciplined as my
imaginations allows. It is the boss of me so often. I’ll begin my note taking
with the greatest of intentions. His sermons are packed full wisdom that I long
to remember, but then… the Shari of constant chaos engages with my brain, and
my pencil has a life of it’s own. My notes turn into doodles and quick jot and
before long of got an entire page of nonsense. Well, to anyone who dares to
look at it. But to me it’s the sweetness of God’s word saved to the page for me
chew on later like a fine piece of licorice!
Sunday night it was that Coke can that caused my mind to go
amuck. Pastor Steven was preaching on one of my favorite topics, the Holy
Spirit. And the difference between the thirst quenching power of the world (which
is fake) and the thirst quenching of the Spirit, which of course is the Real
Thing! I know it all too well!
It was at that point the Coca Cola jingle from my childhood
began playing in my head. I had learned it in the 5th grade
Grantsville Elementary School Choir. We all stood on the playground and sang it
at a special event for which I don’t remember. But I remember the day, and I was
excited, because that day had music, and music has always made me happy. Just
like many things in the world do, for a while. But it never lasts.
But the day I felt the Holy Spirit move in my soul for the
first time, I wasn’t trading it for anything in the world. I knew I’d found the
real thing! How did I know? I’m glad you ask!
A Real Peace
That was the most significant thing in my life. Because I’d
never had it. From my earliest memories my soul was in turmoil and fear of
eternity. But the day the Holy Spirit moved in, the day I said yes to Jesus as
Savior, was the day that peace arrived on the scene of my heart and hasn’t
left. I may have moments of insecurity or uncertainty, but it’s quickly
followed by assurance and steadfast confirmation that my world is in God’s
control. That’s the Real Thing!
A Real Place
With real people. Not perfect ones, but ones like me who
made mistakes and let me know it was okay to not be okay, but it wasn’t okay to
stay that way. A place where the altar was more than a step to the platform,
but it was a step to getting your life together. Sunday after Sunday I wept at
that altar, trying to figure salvation out for myself, thinking I could fix my
life. Because that’s what the world wants us to believe. That’s a lie.
Salvation is through our belief in Christ
and His finished work on the cross, alone. But being in a place to grow
and learn is how you keep on going and winning the real battles that come in
life. Those are a real thing too!
A Real Passion
When I discovered the love of God, and began to understand
what He did for me, there was a passion that began welling up in my soul and
God sent person after person to add fuel to it. Preachers, musicians, singers,
mentors… so many people of talent and a like passion that I couldn’t get enough
of serving the Lord! That’s all I wanted to do. It’ was the first time in my
life that I was doing something that I knew for certain, beyond a shadow of a
doubt, made a difference. An eternal difference.
I’d done a lot of
great things in my life to help folks out, but all of it was going to
burn up on the last day of earth, and I knew it. But now I had a purpose that
would last all of eternity. And that passion is still alive and well today. It’s
the real thing!
Is it real in your life. Do you have real peace, a real
place of acceptance and love and real passion make a difference in this world.
I pray so. If not, please, please shoot me a message on Facebook, or in the
comments below and I’ll get back to you ASAP! Let’s get this matter taken care
of! We have places to go and people to see, and an Eternity to spend together.
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…
I’ve watched them with their metal detectors; searching the
sand in hopes of unearthing treasure. It’s how I read the word of God. Sifting
a verse, just a few words, in hopes if discovering something that will sparkle
in my soul.
A treasure to be desired…
Matthew 6:21 says For where your treasure is, there will heart
Proverbs 4:23 says Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out
of it are the issues of life.
I have plenty of issues… believe me!
I search the scriptures for wisdom and I’m not always wise
with what I find. Sometimes I’m like a beach comber, except when I find gold, I
cast it aside and pick up a seashell. Enamored more by its beauty than the
value of the gold. I warned you I had issues. I know it doesn’t have any value,
but it’s pretty.
Matthew 6:20 says of treasure that we should lay
up for yourselves treasure in heaven… I need to desire eternal rewards
by focusing on the spiritual not the carnal. It’s not easy for me, this world
is like a giant candy store and my carnal state is alive and well. I love all
things shiny and tasty. I could say it’s how God created me, but I don’t think
so. He created me with a desire to serve and a heart of compassion. But I
choose to let the bling of this world blind me.
A verse that caught my attention this morning and pierced my
heart was Proverbs 21:16
The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in
the congregation of the dead.
It’s those who are not seeking at all. They’re just
wandering around on the beach. Oblivious to eternity. They stay in dead
churches because the Pastor’s preach pretty sermons without substance. Not
gold. Just seashells.
Don’t get me wrong. God’s creation is to be marveled. But we’re to worship the Creator in spirit and truth. Those seashells are going by the wayside when this earth is destroyed by fire. But not the things that we’re laying up in Heaven. Today we should be combing the beach for souls that need saving. We should be encouraging ourselves with His word and looking for an opportunity to share what we’ve found.
I know I’m anointed, but deed… some days I don’t think I
even uncap the bottle of oil God gives me.
days of Fibromyalgia kicking my tail and I am so appreciative of the sun shining
outside my windows today. It’s humbling how the feeling of hopelessness can
kick in so quickly and that defeat can consume the mind. Oh did I feel the
drama queen coming out of me during that time! It’s not something I let the world
see, or anyone other than the hubs usually. But it’s a very real side of my
personality. Or should I say “personalities.”
God! for the steadfastness of Jesus Christ. From the Old Testament to the New
Testament God is still God! Somehow or another as I read in Daniel this morning
it lead me to the book of Hebrews.
with me, I promise in my “drama mama” way, this road will lead to discovery, at
least it did for me.
6:26 ~ I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men
tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and
stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his
dominion shall be even unto the end.
King Darius made that decree after Daniel was
delivered out of the Lion’s den. And Daniel wrote in the following chapter
(7:14)“And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a
kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his
dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom
that which shall not be destroyed.
same steadfast God of Daniel is the same steadfast God of the writer of Hebrews
who wrote in Hebrews 6:17-19 ~ Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of
promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: That by two
immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a
strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set
before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast,
and which entereth into that within the veil;
Glory to God that stirs this girl’s soul this morning!
I made the mistake of tuning into a Fox newscast on Facebook this
morning of the church bombing in Sri Lanka that killed 300 people on Easter
Sunday. The day after I lay whining on the couch on Saturday.
It put my days into perspective.
What a wicked world we live in. Another thing that has not changed
from the garden is the evil of Satan and his intention of destroying this world
and taking as many souls with him as he can. He is the original drama king of
this world. His focus is on destruction. But Halelujah! He cannot touch our
world… you know… the one we’re headed to, not the one we live in. He’ll have
his day down here, but not there.
knew and shared with Darius what I know and share with my readers. We serve a
living God! That is reason to get dramatic on the side of good news!
Heirs of the Promise
Wherein God, willing more
abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel,
confirmed it by an oath:
Pain won’t last forever! My fibro-weekend wasn’t fun, but today is Tuesday, and
I’m feeling so much better. Can you imagine how much better I’ll feel in that Promised
Land! Glory to God let’s get dramatic!
Lay hold of His Hope
That by two immutable
things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong
consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:
For a split second, okay, maybe several hours I lost hold of that
hope on Saturday. The pain over took my mind and I was not in the mindset that
I should have been in. I have no doubt that it’s for a reason, and one such
reason is, it gives me a greater understanding of those who suffer. If I didn’t
suffer too, I could never say “I understand, and really understand.” But praise
God, I can share the hope He provides and the promise of a better day.
That hope is what brought Daniel through the lion’s den, because he knew that one way or the other there was a day Darius didn’t control. And so it was with the faith of the writer of Hebrews.
That Hope was Anchored at the Cross
Which hope we have as an
anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within
just celebrated the splitting of that veil that day of the cross when our
Savior died. We now have that anchor to the soul ready and waiting for us to come
to Him, not through a priest but personally, and it’s not going anywhere! From
here to eternity our Lord is Alive and so will we be with Him one glorious day.
may have many “fibro days” ahead of me. Or not… I still pray and believe my
Lord can heal. But if He chooses that I go through instead of out, I’ll live
for Him because He died for me.
I hope these words encouraged you today, because they sure did me… Let the Son Shine!
who are saved know there is power in the Word of God. But we sometimes forget
that the power is literal, not figuratively speaking. Just by speaking it out
loud, things can happen.
not magic. It’s understanding that the Holy Ghost is within us and when we
speak what He tells us to speak, there is power in those words. The key word
there is what “He” tells us to speak. When people put the power in incantation
(chanting or reciting something over and over in religious discipline) then
they’re actually saying that they have the power. Examples are: Reciting the
Lord’s prayer without thought of what those words mean, reciting the prayer of
Jabez for the purpose of greed. Those scriptures are not evil, they’re the word
of God. Us reading and studying and even reciting those prayers aren’t evil. They
can stir the soul and cause you to draw nearer to God through the testimony of
those writers. What’s wrong is putting the power in the word (little w) and not
the Word. (big W!)
of my favorite mental images is that of Christ blowing people down with His
words. Wouldn’t that be a great ability for the child of God? J
What biblical super power would
you like to have? (Elijah’s fire) (Moses’ staff)
can’t blow people down, but sometimes the Word of God blows me away; especially
when it reveals things to me and causes me to think about the Word like I hadn’t
before; like Doug Rowe did in Sunday School class last week. It causes me to
search deeper into the word of God to discover what God wants me to know during
this Easter season that will help me appreciate Him more.
1When Jesus had spoken these
words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a
garden, into the which he entered, and his disciples. 2 And Judas also, which betrayed him, knew
the place: for Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with his disciples. 3 Judas then, having received a band of
men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with
lanterns and torches and weapons. 4 Jesus therefore, knowing all
things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye?
5 They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth.
Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with
them.6 As soon then as he had said unto them, I
am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.7 Then asked he them again, Whom seek ye?
And they said, Jesus of Nazareth.
There’s not always safety in numbers, as
Judas thought because God doesn’t control things from a human perspective. Judas
knew somethings about Jesus, but he didn’t know Jesus.
What are some things we know about Jesus
that the unsaved wouldn’t know or understand?
Where do you see people of the world thinking they’re in control?
When searching your life during this
special week before Easter, where do you see places in your life that you
“think” you have control or you’re taking control when you shouldn’t?
The Power of His
who had seen the Power of God at work and believed that He was the Messiah,
missed the mark as a child of God on several occasions. This was one of them.
He attempted to “fix” the problem.
Peter missed God’s directive.
8 Jesus answered, I have told
you that I am he: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way:9 That the saying might be
fulfilled, which he spake, Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none.10 Then Simon Peter having a
sword drew it, and smote the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear.
The servant’s name was Malchus.
How many of
us are guilty of that?
Some of us
have that personality. I’m a fixer. I want to fix everyone’s problems. But
sometimes that makes me the problem. There are some things that from the
surface look bad, but the end result is a great victory. That was this
circumstance. Peter was trying to remove the cup from the Lord, and which one
of us wouldn’t want to do that from a human perspective, but from God’s
perspective, all of these circumstances lead to the end result of eternal
security for us.
just said, let
these go their way:9 That the saying might be fulfilled,
which he spake, Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none.
He wasn’t going to lose any in the garden by the battle, and He’s
not going to lose any out of Heaven because of the cross.
What was Peter focusing on?
Heaven in view, while Peter had this earth in view.
For my thoughts are not
your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
always have his focus on the wrong thing. When Jesus asked in Matthew 16:15 15 He saith unto them, But whom
say ye that I am?
Verse 16 says And Simon
Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
He knew God
like Judas did not. Simon proves again and again that he’s not perfect. Why do
you think God may have put someone like Simon in so many places of prominence
in the Bible? What is there about his character that God wants us to
relate to Peter on many levels. His jump and the net will appear attitude is
who I’ve been all my life. When looking at the Apostles, do you see yourself in
any one of the characters and why? (back page list)
The Power of His
Peter didn’t understand at that time.
11 Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy
sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink
it?12 Then the band and the captain and
officers of the Jews took Jesus, and bound him,13 And led him away to Annas
first; for he was father in law to Caiaphas, which was the high priest that
same year.14 Now Caiaphas was he, which
gave counsel to the Jews, that it was expedient that one man should die for the
didn’t understand the truth of those words the way that we understand them
Only one Man could die for the
people. All the people. And that Man was
Jesus had to drink from that cup, because He was the only One that could have.
Without the sacrifice that He made there would have been no hope for mankind.
That part Peter didn’t understand, but there would come a time that he would.
What About My Cup Lord
came a time that Peter would understand the cup of Christ, and the fact that he
too would have a cup. He would also learn, not to worry about what someone
else’s cup is filled with.
15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to
Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto
him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my
lambs. 16 He saith to him again the
second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord;
thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.17 He saith unto him the third
time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said
unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou
knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed
my sheep.18 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When
thou wast young, thou girdest thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but
when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall
gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not.19 This spake he, signifying by
what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto
him, Follow me.20 Then Peter, turning about, seeth the
disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper,
and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee?21 Peter seeing him saith to
Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do?22 Jesus saith unto him, If I
will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.23 Then went this saying abroad
among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not unto
him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that
to thee?24 This is the disciple which testifieth of
these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true.25 And there are also many
other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I
suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be
Peter would be crucified like the Lord, although it is said that
he was crucified upside down by his own choice. John wasn’t crucified, but his
life wasn’t a piece of cake either; he was boiled in oil and banished to the
isle of Patmos where he wrote the final book in the Bible.
Peter’s conversation with Christ helps us to understand that we’re
to look at no other persons walk with Christ and judge it, or compare it to
ours. We each have our cup to bear if we’re doing anything for the cause of
Examine your life this week. Draw and Write inside your cup the things (both good and bad) that God has allowed you to go through because it made you a better child of God.
– quick to speak and act, crucified upside down
– Soul winner (Peter) Often in the background.
– Inner circle, one of the Sons of Thunder, First martyred. Brother to John
– Loyal, fiery temperament, leader, last of the apostles to die. Brother to
James, the other of the Sons of Thunder
– quick soul winner (Nathanael) died a martyr.
– skeptic but loyal
–Left everything and devoted himself to Christ.
– doubter, risk taker and prone to extremes.
For God doth know that in the day ye eat
thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good
don’t want to scare you but I have a 22 point message. And before you tune me
out, they’re actually sub points of a __ point message and they’ll only briefly
be mentioned, and in a manner I think you’ll come to appreciate regarding the
tree of good and evil from Genesis 3.
think often about that doggone tree in the garden that started it all when it
comes to sin and mankind. If it hadn’t been for that tree, life would have been
so much different for each one of us. And Then I think of who I’ve become
because of many the evil things in my life, and it makes me ponder the tree a
little deeper today.
The Fallacy of the Fruit
God created the fruits of the tree, it says in Genesis 2:9 And out of the ground made the
Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for
food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of
knowledge of good and evil.
doesn’t say there was any difference,
with the exception that in verses 16-17, God said And the Lord God commanded
the man, saying of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the
tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the
day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
were all good for food, but one was forbidden, and yet it wasn’t entirely evil.
It was the tree of good and evil. That’s where some confusion on my part comes
in. How can a tree be filled with both. And why was it even there? Why would
God put something so tempting in the garden that He knew would reap such destruction
for all of mankind?
there’s one thing that I have figured out in my 56 years of life on this earth,
it’s that “Nothing just happens.” God has purpose for every single thing on and
in this earth. And while it was not ever God’s intention for man to sin; God
still knew the story before it happened. He also knew Satan’s starring role in
the story and how Satan twisted the words of the Lord to confuse Eve.
shall not surely die:” he said.
so Eve ate of the tree and the rest, as they say, is history. But what Eve set
in motion isn’t just history, its future as well. There are things that have
happened and things that are going to happen that are horrible because of the
circumstances of the original sin.
the fruit of the garden was good, and Eve could have had any one of them and
been satisfied. But it says that upon the temptation of the Serpent’s words,
6 … saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to
the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit
thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. 7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they
were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
Something happened when they discovered evil. They already knew
good, but now they’d discovered the opposite of good, which is evil.
They knew they were naked.
For the first time they experienced fear, shame and guilt. They no
longer had confidence in who they were. Where they had once looked forward to
the arrival of the Lord in the garden, now they were hiding and covering their
bodies up because of that doggone fruit of the garden. And we’re still doing it
today, even though it’s no longer necessary.
I created the drawing and used all the words I could think of that
began with “D.” But there’s a thousand others that start with many other
letters that could fit on the branches as well. All things that cause our
relationship with the Lord to suffer. That was Satan’s goal. He was jealous of
Adam and Eve and what they had with the Lord. He was out to destroy it. And
he’s still destroying it today. He hates our relationship with God. How many of
us are suffering one of the afflictions I’ve listed on the tree, or multiple. And
how many times do they drive us away from God because Satan convinces us that
we’re unworthy of God’s love. That’s what Adam and Eve discovered that day.
That they were unworthy. Shameful. They didn’t know that before they discovered
evil. But from that one act of disobedience, look at how many problems came.
When I think about how many offshoots of sin came from the seeds
of that one forbidden fruit I realize how very important it is to get to the
Root of the matter. Pun totally intended.
The Foreknowledge of the Father
What happened in the garden did not catch God off guard.
9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none
else; I am God, and there is none like me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the
things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all
“Why” God created the tree in the garden isn’t as
important as the fact that He “created it.” He spoke it, and it came to be. We
want to question everything, rather than acknowledge that God is just amazing!
He knew everything that would happen and he allowed it to happen because
everything has purpose.
For certain Satan is to blame and there will come
a day that he’ll be taken care of. But what the fall of man proves is that man
and woman need God. The very thing Satan didn’t want. Every single bitter fruit
on the tree does one thing, it causes us to search for hope and hope is found
at the root of the tree.
I’ve experienced every single
thing on that tree. But I’ve also experienced everything at the root of that
tree. And because Christ is, (and this is the final point)
of our Faith
He is the Root of all we need in Life.
10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which
shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his
rest shall be glorious.
We can find rest in His knowledge that is provided to us through the Holy
Spirit because of His sacrifice.
All of the evil that Eve unleashed on that tree is covered by the blood
of Jesus. Adam and Eve tried to use fig leaves to cover it up. Something else
from a tree. But that wouldn’t do it, only the blood sacrifice would cover up
what they’d done.
What I came to realize from this study, is that all of the things on the
tree that I thought were evil, God used it for His good. That’s why I believe
it’s called the tree of good and evil. Satan could only see the evil. The
destruction, death, doubt, depravity of man. But God, who knew the ending would
see what His Son would offer in its place. Devotion, deliverance, defense, our
Too many other good things to count. But we have to take responsibility
for our part of the evil. And then God’s shows us the goodness of His
We are the good fruit of someone. God handpicked us for a purpose.
I pray today you’ll remember that when Satan tries to show you the bad
fruit in your life. And you’ll remind him of the good that’s come out of it.
There is some.
And I pray you’ll never lose sight that we’re going to get to see that
perfect garden someday when it’s redesigned by God.
Is there not an appointed
time to man upon earth? Are not his days also like the days of an hireling? As a
servant earnestly desireth the shadow, and as an hireling looketh for the
reward of his work.
a soul on earth has likely ever felt the frustration of ministry work like Job.
Here he was, a man who the scripture described as “Perfect and upright and one
that feared God,” ~ Job 1:1, and because of that he was targeted by Satan and
tested by God. There is a vast difference between Job and I. Yet it doesn’t
stop the ministry frustrations at times and the feeling that my eternal
difference making is sparse. The only difference, I’m not worthy of the right
to complain. Still
doesn’t stop me from doing it though.
morning Job 7:1-2 gave me the kick in the pants that I needed.
The Appointed Time
have not felt well lately. Mainly because I’m not taking care of myself. My
friend Gloria has told me that she is having a difficult time raising me. This
damaged knee of mine has me feeling like I’m a rebellious teen ager who has
just been told they’re grounded. I’m sneaking out at every turn, but
unfortunately I’m closer to being a senior citizen than a senior in high
school, and sneaking out means that I’m walking and working more than I should around
the house. That’s sad isn’t it?
But my ministry work suffers because my psyche suffers. If I sit, I feel worthless. Imagine how Job felt. It literally makes me nauseous to think what that man went through. It’s why his words carries weight. He earned that right.
knew that there was an appointed time to die, and that unfortunately this wasn’t
it for him. He was wishing for death.
am wishing for life! If there is an appointed time to die (and there is) there
is also an appointed time to live; and by live I mean serve. Until we draw our
last breath there is work to be done. This is our appointed time. What are we
going to do with it?
you’re not dead, God’s not done!
The Appointed Work
work for that time in his life was to be a witness. He didn’t realize. He didn’t
know we’d be writing, talking and preaching about him for thousands of years
later. And we don’t know what our tough times will mean either on the other
side of eternity.
think God has some reading for us to do when we get to Heaven.
56:8 says “Thou tellest my wanderings:
put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?”
we’re serving, they’re talking about us in Heaven. Our tears are in a bottle
and there is a book of our story! I don’t
want my book covered in dust because it’s never written in. (not that they’ll
be dust in heaven.” Maybe angel glitter. But I want my book to be a best seller!
The Appointed Reward
And, behold, I come quickly;
and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
forget that God’s idea of quickly and ours is two separate notions. But “quickly”
just might mean before this day is through, and the opportunity to collect
those rewards are limited.
rewards are those I love. I have a house full of kids today, I’m believing that
they’re going to make my life easier. Yeah…. I didn’t believe that any more
than you do. But, it’s an opportunity for them to see Noni serving God in hopes
that they too will have that desire. And that will be reward enough!
Writer, Speaker, Singer… but most of all, Servant of Jesus Christ