On Sunday, November 27, 2016, I had a dream that I believe shows us as believers what we should focus our attention to as we ‘Watch’ for the Lord’s return. In Matthew 24 we read from verse one; Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call His attention to the buildings. “Do you see all these things?” he asked. “I tell you the truth, not one stone here will be left on another; everyone will be thrown down.” As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” Continue reading…
Do you want to know how to stay on God’s good side? I have learned through the years that God has certain things He doesn’t tolerate in my life. He hates when I judge people and has told me on more than one occasion to get my act straight. Let me show you how He has taught and corrected me over the years to keep me on the straight and narrow.
Mt 7:1-5 says “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of you eye, when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.’
Recently, God gave me a scripture found in Ps 19:14 which says, Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord my strength and my redeemer. At the time it wasn’t a great revelation as I knew this verse from past studies but I knew that God wanted to take me deeper into this verse of scripture. I have found that when I get a verse like this that I need to meditate on it. This means to say it over and over until it God reveals what it means.
I do morning devotions to start the day off. I haven’t always done this but as of late I have become more consistent and been Blessed by God as He has shown me as I pray and commune with Him that I can hear that still, small voice that can get me through a rough day that would have been unbearable without Him. God impressed me to start saying this verse out of my mouth when I start my devotions and so I did.
I found that whenever I was having an iffy conversation or letting my mind drift into areas it shouldn’t be I would hear this verse come into my mind and it would lead me back to where I needed to be. If I got angry at work and stay with me too long it could hurt my relationship with God as it could lead into unforgiveness, a dangerous place to be with God. I began to see how this could keep me out of falling into one of the devil’s traps.
One evening I got into a disagreement with Joni and it got pretty heated. While I felt I was the one in the right I didn’t reconcile myself with her and went to bed without dealing with it. The next morning I got up and was doing my devotions and as I went to quote Ps 19:14 out loud I heard these words coming out of my mouth. “Let the words of my mouth and the bitterness of my heart…. I stopped talking about this point and said, “That’s not right” and tried to say it again with the same result. I literally could not remember what the correct words to the verse that I said every morning when it dawned on me that God was using this verse to correct me. I immediately repented and went back to doing my devotions.
The correction of God is never pleasant but the Word says in Proverbs 3:12 For whom the Lord loves He corrects, Just a father the son in whom he delights. Sometimes we need our hand slapped to keep us out of trouble and while it was no fun I was grateful that God did it.
Some of you might be saying to yourselves; “Do I really want to let God show me my faults?” The answer should be ‘Yes’ for while no one likes to be told what they are doing wrong God’s perfect will for your life may start with pruning some of those dry, dead, limbs off of your life. So how do I know when God is trying prune some of those dead limbs. The first step is to set aside a time to spend with God every day.
I begin every morning with reading at least 5 Psalms and a proverb and I read them out loud. Romans 10:17 says, Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. This is one of the best ways to renew your mind (Romans 12:1-2) and build up your spirit man.
I recite the Lord’s Prayer something like this: My Father who art in heaven. Hallowed be your name. Give me this day my daily bread and forgive me my trespasses as I forgive those who trespass against me and lead me not into temptation but deliver me from any evil.
The bottom line is this: If you will spend time with God you will learn to hear that still, soft voice and walk in the victory He has ordained for your life.
Do I Believe God Will Heal My Autistic Son?
This is a question may of us have been asked, but do we believe it? Will God give us a miracle? Yes He will! He does it every day.
Today as I was taking a shower, Robert came to the door yelling “Mamma, the button on my navy blue shorts is broken!” I of course told him to change into a new pair of shorts. Simple, right?
Then God reminded me of a conversation I had with the ladies in my prayer/bible study group a couple of weeks ago. The question was brought up, “Do I have faith that God will heal Robert of his Autism?” And I answered, “Yes, I do. I see his healing every day.”
Today was a perfect example of that because 30 years ago, Robert could not wear pants with buttons or zippers because he didn’t know how to work them. And 25 years ago, he would have just screamed at me and I would have had to play the guessing game of “what is wrong now?” to try and figure out why he was screaming and flapping his hands because he didn’t talk. Then 15 years ago, he would have just worn the broken shorts until I noticed them in the laundry because he still didn’t understand how to tell someone when something was wrong. But today, at age 39, he said in a complete sentence, that anyone could understand, “Mamma, the button is broken on my navy blue shorts!”
Do I believe God will heal Robert of his Autism? Yes I do!
He has been doing it little by little every day for the past 39 years.
Is He doing it the way I think it should be done? No, if I had my way, Robert would be 100% right now. But what I do understand is that maybe what is going on with Robert’s healing is not just for Robert, but also for me.
Would I be the same woman I am today if God had healed Robert all those years ago when I first asked?
Would I have the same compassion for others?
Would I have the patience I have with tough situations?
Would I have the strength to go through the fires I’ve had to walk through, if I hadn’t gone through the challenges I have gone through with Robert?
Would my other children be the men and women they are today?
Through the years I have had my fair share of dreams about storms. In the early days I realized that this meant that there was trouble coming my way in the near future. So what did they mean? In some cases the trouble involved problems with the kids while others involved parents getting sick. Some included the loss of those same parents. One actually involved a hurricane as we live on the gulf coast of Texas. I found out that first impressions about ‘storm’ dreams were usually wrong. God did not show me how long it would take for the storm to manifest or more importantly how long it would take to pass. But, just like in the natural, life’s storms do pass.
In one of these dreams I saw 3 F1 (small) tornados approaching me and after that I saw a huge tornado coming and it the last minute turned away from me and head another direction. The small tornados signified the number of family issues that Joni and I would go through while the large one was Hurricane Rita that was making a bee line for the Texas coast in 2005 and turned north at the last minute. Rita packed winds of 165 mph as it churned in the gulf and would have devastated Galveston but it turned north at the last minute and weakened. It hit the Beaumont/Port Arthur area near the Louisiana state line and while there was a lot of damage it could have been a lot worse. You might remember the news of how bad the traffic mess was as Houston and Galveston tried to evacuate at the same time. I will never forget. It was a very stressful time for Joni and myself.
So what do you do if you have a dream like this? In Luke 6:47 Jesus says; whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard it and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell and the ruin of that house was great. You see the ‘Rock’ is Jesus Christ and if you build your house on His foundation you can never be shaken. Storms in life come and go but if you have Jesus as your foundation and draw close to Him, when the storms in life happen your house will still be standing.
So why does God show us when trouble is on the horizon. Just as with natural storms we can prepare if we know they are coming. When God shows you that a storm is coming you may not be able to change its course but if you draw close to Jesus you will watch and see the storm pass as the sun will shine again. Don’t take it personal as all of us have storms come and go in our lives, but feel privileged that God would give insight that a storm in your life is approaching. No one is exempt from life’s troubles. Jesus said in John 16:33; These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
In my opinion there is no better way to prepare for life’s storms than to begin confessing Psalm 91 over you and your family. Read the “Post” that I have on this Psalm and begin confessing it over you and your family. I have heard the audible voice of God only a few times in my life and one of those was to “Pray Psalm 91”. Be Blessed!
Is Jesus God?
We have all heard that Jesus is the Son of God but is He God manifested in the flesh? There are many scriptures that talk about who Jesus really is. Come explore the bible with me as I will attempt to show you the truth about what the scriptures actually say on the subject of the Divinity of Jesus.
In the book of Hebrews 4:12 it says; For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
The bible is more than just a book of ‘how to’. It is a book inspired by the Holy Spirit that will change you!
As a young believer I thought my troubles were over. I was on a honeymoon with God and everything was wonderful. I soon came to realize that I had an enemy out there who was trying to make my life miserable and was succeeding on a regular basis as I did not understand the devil’s method of operation. Here is a biblical example of the devil’s persistence.
I write this for all Christians, especially those new to the ‘Body of Christ’ to help stand against the attacks of the enemy, find that peace of God that surpasses all understanding, and become grounded in God’s Word. Let the Word of God empower you to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Question: What happens when I die?
Answer: The bible (Hebrews 1:27) says that it is appointed for men to die once but after this the judgement. If you have accepted Jesus as Lord you will be at the judgement seat of Christ (2 Co 5:10) as a believer, while those who are lost without Christ will be sentenced to the ‘Lake of Fire’ to be tormented day and night forever. (Revelation 20:10-15)Continue reading…
There is a cliff that surrounds all of us on every side. We know it is there but most of us refuse to talk about it because there is nothing we can do. Or is there? This cliff is called “death”. We all understand that each of us will face it one day. We go through life with a blindfold on and hope today is not the day we stumble into eternity. It is a fact of life and for the most part we have very little control of when death will happen. Oh, we can sometimes delay it but death is inevitable. We must ask ourselves this question. Am I prepared to face eternity?Continue reading…