Yes, my mind was wide awake to these thoughts this morning. Not just mindful of how *GOD* functions in my life, but in the world around me. The more I become aware of the arguing and bantering going on within the presidential race, the more I realize how far we’ve not come. What a wonderful blessing it would be to *GOD* if we finally did decide to agree to disagree and show the world, as Bible Believers we are fully awake to our function in this world, and how *GOD*, despite all the evil we see happening, is in full control. Now I know lots of people spout that off all the time. They say it sort of flippantly. That’s what has to stop. The other day I said to someone that our actions truly do speak louder. If they do, what does *GOD*’s approval rating look like, when we represent Him?
~To Show *GOD* We Are Listening~
*GOD*: *GOD*Almighty, Creator, Redeemer, Father, Savior, Lord,Spirit.
There is a difference in each one of these Names of *GOD*. At each point of our life many people view Him differently. Some it’s a view from a distance, and He is far, far away. Other may just have begun to get to know Him, and discover Him as Almighty. The very Maker of the worlds, and most importantly, you and I. In discovering this, we discover how wonderful it is to be fully awakened to Who He is in our life on a personal level.
What a Blessing When God Corrects You!
I’d throw myself on the mercy of God.
After all, he’s famous for great and unexpected acts;
there’s no end to his surprises.
He gives rain, for instance, across the wide earth,
sends water to irrigate the fields.
He raises up the down-and-out,
gives firm footing to those sinking in grief.
He aborts the schemes of conniving crooks,
so that none of their plots come to term.
He catches the know-it-alls in their conspiracies—
all that intricate intrigue swept out with the trash!
Suddenly they’re disoriented, plunged into darkness;
they can’t see to put one foot in front of the other.
But the downtrodden are saved by God,
saved from the murderous plots, saved from the iron fist.
And so the poor continue to hope,
while injustice is bound and gagged. 17-19 “So, what a blessing when God steps in and corrects you!
Mind you, don’t despise the discipline of Almighty God!
True, he wounds, but he also dresses the wound;
the same hand that hurts you, heals you.
From one disaster after another he delivers you;
no matter what the calamity, the evil can’t touch you—
2 John 1
1-2My dear congregation, I, your pastor, love you in very truth. And I’m not alone—everyone who knows the Truth that has taken up permanent residence in us loves you. 3Let grace, mercy, and peace be with us in truth and love from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, Son of the Father!
4-6I can’t tell you how happy I am to learn that many members of your congregation are diligent in living out the Truth, exactly as commanded by the Father. But permit me a reminder, friends, and this is not a new commandment but simply a repetition of our original and basic charter: that we love each other. Love means following his commandments, and his unifying commandment is that you conduct your lives in love. This is the first thing you heard, and nothing has changed.
Don’t Walk Out on God
7There are a lot of smooth-talking charlatans loose in the world who refuse to believe that Jesus Christ was truly human, a flesh-and-blood human being. Give them their true title: Deceiver! Antichrist! 8-9And be very careful around them so you don’t lose out on what we’ve worked so diligently in together; I want you to get every reward you have coming to you. Anyone who gets so progressive in his thinking that he walks out on the teaching of Christ, walks out on God. But whoever stays with the teaching, stays faithful to both the Father and the Son.
10-11If anyone shows up who doesn’t hold to this teaching, don’t invite him in and give him the run of the place. That would just give him a platform to perpetuate his evil ways, making you his partner.
12-13I have a lot more things to tell you, but I’d rather not use paper and ink. I hope to be there soon in person and have a heart-to-heart talk. That will be far more satisfying to both you and me. Everyone here in your sister congregation sends greetings.
1 John 4:6-8
4-6My dear children, you come from God and belong to God. You have already won a big victory over those false teachers, for the Spirit in you is far stronger than anything in the world. These people belong to the Christ-denying world. They talk the world’s language and the world eats it up. But we come from God and belong to God. Anyone who knows God understands us and listens. The person who has nothing to do with God will, of course, not listen to us. This is another test for telling the Spirit of Truth from the spirit of deception.
For This Very Reason: Jesus Christ as Savior
When people come to my blog, and they do. I know this because stats show it, my goal is not to make myself known. I don’t need to be the who’s who. My heart desire is to present Jesus Christ to someone who comes here and reads. My prayer is that maybe, just maybe because of something I said, or something from the Bible they read here, or even sought out further, they accepted Christ.
I’ve shared before that my favorite role at my last job was that of leading children to Jesus. All the yuck and muck of the day would pass away in a moment of seeing a child come to understand the Word of GOD. I never just taught a child to memorize a verse. That has never been, nor will it be my style. I’ve watched, known and met a lot of students who were some of the top notch memorizes at school, all to throw it all away, because what it represented was an A,for a grade. The teacher so thrilled with doing their job, was accepting of such a thing. Now I know we can’t know the heart of someone, but if we aren’t really teaching from a heart of wanting a child (and by child–I mean anyone on earth we are presenting Christ to), we ourselves are missing the mark for Christ.
There is a quote by Mother Teresa that says something or another about longing for Heaven, but having the power from *GOD* to be with Him while living right here. I can only think she was talking about having that happiness that comes from being able to open all the doors He desires for us to walk through. Finding strength in the happiness of obedience to the Word. Yet we’ve muddled it up.
~The Holy Spirit~
We muddle it all up when we show the world that we have banquets and awards that we’ve earned. We on one hand tell them our reward is in Heaven, yet we share how we received this or that award for doing this or that. Now I’m again, not wanting to be accused of being against awards. I know on a personal level that I like to know that I’m doing a good job at something. I don’t need an award though. I know it because the Holy Spirit lets me know it.
they stumble all over themselves;
But when they attend to what he reveals,
they are most blessed.
1 I yell out to my God, I yell with all my might, I yell at the top of my lungs. He listens.
2-6 I found myself in trouble and went looking for my Lord;
my life was an open wound that wouldn’t heal.
When friends said, “Everything will turn out all right,”
I didn’t believe a word they said.
I remember God—and shake my head.
I bow my head—then wring my hands.
I’m awake all night—not a wink of sleep;
I can’t even say what’s bothering me.
I go over the days one by one,
I ponder the years gone by.
I strum my lute all through the night,
wondering how to get my life together.
7-10 Will the Lord walk off and leave us for good?
Will he never smile again?
Is his love worn threadbare?
Has his salvation promise burned out?
Has God forgotten his manners?
Has he angrily stalked off and left us?
“Just my luck,” I said. “The High God goes out of business
just the moment I need him.”
11-12 Once again I’ll go over what God has done,
lay out on the table the ancient wonders;
I’ll ponder all the things you’ve accomplished,
and give a long, loving look at your acts.
13-15 O God! Your way is holy!
No god is great like God!
You’re the God who makes things happen;
you showed everyone what you can do—
You pulled your people out of the worst kind of trouble,
rescued the children of Jacob and Joseph.
16-19 Ocean saw you in action, God,
saw you and trembled with fear;
Deep Ocean was scared to death.
Clouds belched buckets of rain,
Sky exploded with thunder,
your arrows flashing this way and that.
From Whirlwind came your thundering voice,
Lightning exposed the world,
Earth reeled and rocked.
You strode right through Ocean,
walked straight through roaring Ocean,
but nobody saw you come or go.
20 Hidden in the hands of Moses and Aaron,
You led your people like a flock of sheep.