Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Determination Can Be Wonderfully Beneficial!

1Sa 1:2  and he had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of other Peninnah: and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.

1Sa 1:5  but unto Hannah he gave a double portion; for he loved Hannah, but Jehovah had shut up her womb.

1Sa 1:10  And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto Jehovah, and wept sore.

1Sa 1:12  And it came to pass, as she continued praying before Jehovah, that Eli marked her mouth.

1Sa 1:16  Count not thy handmaid for a wicked woman; for out of the abundance of my complaint and my provocation have I spoken hitherto.

1Sa 1:17  Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace; and the God of Israel grant thy petition that thou hast asked of him.

1Sa 1:20  And it came to pass, when the time was come about, that Hannah conceived, and bare a son; and she called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of Jehovah.
Hannah was in a predicament many women and men have known and she determined to bring this issue to God for resolution. She was fixed in her course, with respect and humility and God gave her a son.

Rth 1:12  Turn again, my daughters, go your way; for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say, I have hope, if I should even have a husband to-night, and should also bear sons;

Rth 1:16  And Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave thee, and to return from following after thee, for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge; thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God;

Rth 1:17  where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: Jehovah do so to me, and more also, if aught but death part thee and me.

Rth 1:18  And when she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her, she left off speaking unto her.

Rth 4:11  And all the people that were in the gate, and the elders, said, We are witnesses. Jehovah make the woman that is come into thy house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build the house of Israel: and do thou worthily in Ephrathah, and be famous in Bethlehem:

Rth 4:12  and let thy house be like the house of Perez, whom Tamar bare unto Judah, of the seed which Jehovah shall give thee of this young woman.

Rth 4:13  So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife; and he went in unto her, and Jehovah gave her conception, and she bare a son.

Rth 4:14  And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be Jehovah, who hath not left thee this day without a near kinsman; and let his name be famous in Israel.

Rth 4:15  And he shall be unto thee a restorer of life, and a nourisher of thine old age, for thy daughter-in-law, who loveth thee, who is better to thee than seven sons, hath borne him.

Rth 4:16  And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it.

Rth 4:17  And the women her neighbors gave it a name, saying, There is a son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David.
Naomi went with her husband and sons away from Israel. She remained faithful to God and her husband and when they died, she determined to return to Israel. Ruth was a young woman married to one of Naomi’s sons and had determined to stay with her mother in law till death. Her strength and humility led to another husband, fine home and inclusion in the blood line of Jesus.

1Sa 14:6  And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armor, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that Jehovah will work for us; for there is no restraint to Jehovah to save by many or by few.

1Sa 14:7  And his armorbearer said unto him, Do all that is in thy heart: turn thee, behold, I am with thee according to thy heart.

1Sa 14:12  And the men of the garrison answered Jonathan and his armorbearer, and said, Come up to us, and we will show you a thing. And Jonathan said unto his armorbearer, Come up after me; for Jehovah hath delivered them into the hand of Israel.

1Sa 14:13  And Jonathan climbed up upon his hands and upon his feet, and his armorbearer after him: and they fell before Jonathan; and his armorbearer slew them after him.
The Philistines(Palestinians) were camped next to Saul’s army but he displayed no interest in fighting them. Jonathan felt like this was the time and place to move and secured the support of his armorbearer. They discussed a plan and determined to carry it out with God’s support. They won a great victory which encouraged Saul to act.

Act 15:37  And Barnabas was minded to take with them John also, who was called Mark.

Act 15:38  But Paul thought not good to take with them him who withdrew from them from Pamphylia, and went not with them to the work.

Act 15:39  And there arose a sharp contention, so that they parted asunder one from the other, and Barnabas took Mark with him, and sailed away unto Cyprus;

Act 15:40  but Paul choose Silas, and went forth, being commended by the brethren to the grace of the Lord.

2Ti 4:11  Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee; for he is useful to me for ministering.
John Mark apparently did not have the stamina to complete a previous trip and Paul wasn’t in a coddling temperament, at this time in his life, but Barnabas saw potential and determined to keep Mark as his partner. This worked to the favor of both because John Mark matured to the place that much later, Paul requested Mark come to his aid.

History is full of individuals taking a stand for personal, social, economic, moral grounds and altering their lives, the lives of others and often affecting the policies and  future of nations. What is the difference between a Hannah and another barren woman, a Jonathan and another soldier, a Barnabas supporting Mark and a Paul rejecting him? Only God knows.
Hannah had her husband.

Batman has his butler.
Iron Man has his secretary.

A blessed Husband has his wife.

A President with integrity has a close associate of the same quality.
God puts people into this life on this Earth to accomplish his will and purposes. Each Hero and Heroine needs a backup and it appears God is the arranger of each case. The one component every successful person MUST have is a supporting partner/companion/friend.

Notice with me, he did not put Christians, he put people that may become Christian but do not have to for God to use them. I have observed that this point drives many Christians crazy but GUESS WHAT, HE DOESN'T CARE. God uses whomever it pleases him.

Presidents and Kings,
Mothers and Fathers,

Plumbers and Electricians.
Each person has a God given talent, path to walk, goal to achieve and option to choose. We humans not ONLY honor people of accomplishment, we often deify them.

When you determine to accomplish your goals as directed by God, and these may take a lifetime, you are “doing the work of God”. All of us will encounter Walls of Obstruction WOO which are people that have chosen the path of most resistance to anyone not doing things their way. These “gifted people” feel it is their inspired duty to subtly and with great efficiency harass, slowdown and misdirect others going against the main stream thought.
What I finally determined, in my 60s, was to stop finding my job and let God lead me to the career he intended for me, all my life.

I have read about people, in the Winter of their years, writing great works, creating magnificent works in wood, teaching, traveling, singing, and inspiring others with their determined attitudes. We all have our time to blossom with each event of each day preparing us for "our time". One person is awarded a Masters in their twenties, another in their nineties. Each in their time. A theme statement among these people is,"after I fulfilled all my duties, requirements and met all demands, I decided to follow my dream." Rarely were those dreams destructive.
A young writer posted a thought recently, which I considered well worth passing around. The question or thought was about raising children to love God. My opinion is there is no better determined goal than to point your or a child toward God in a healthy, mentoring manner.

In approximately 50 years of living with and without God, asking opinions of those that appeared to put time in thought, observing people choosing to include and exclude God, I became convinced by the evidence of the distinct advantages of loving and serving God than not.
I conclude with her link. I encourage you to read, meditate and add your comments. Thank you.
Let her and her readers know your thoughts.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Being Determined Can Be Catastrophically Costly!

Gen 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat; and she gave also unto her husband with her, and he did eat.
Eve became convinced the product of this tree was what she wanted. Adam chose to join her in death and ate. Read the beginning results of their determination to disobey.
Gen 15:4 And, behold, the word of Jehovah came unto him, saying, This man shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.
Gen 16:1 Now Sarai, Abram's wife, bare him no children: and she had a handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar.
Gen 16:2 And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, Jehovah hath restrained me from bearing; go in, I pray thee, unto my handmaid; it may be that I shall obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.
Gen 21:1 And Jehovah visited Sarah as he had said, and Jehovah did unto Sarah as he had spoken.
Gen 21:2 And Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.
God agreed that Abram and Sarai were childless but informed him they were going to have a child. Sarai wants a child before it is too late and pressures Abram to FIX THE PROBLEM. Abram yields and the product of that determination caused thousands of years of misery that we see today.
God's determined to have his way and blesses Sarah with her child, as he said.
Gen 27:11 And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man.
Gen 27:12 My father peradventure will feel me, and I shall seem to him as a deceiver. And I shall bring a curse upon me, and not a blessing.
Gen 27:13 And his mother said unto him, Upon me be thy curse, my son. Only obey my voice, and go fetch me them.
Rebekah determines her favorite son WILL have the father's best blessing and accepts a curse on herself. She had no idea of the cost of that curse.
Throughout history, we have records of people deciding they will have what they want, when they want and how they want. God is an equal reporter of his people and their actions. Christians fight God, resist his voice, disobey his Word, lie, cheat each other, commit just about every sin listed and typically justify themselves.
In the process of a Christian lifestyle, children are born and raised with the intention they will be Perfect-Good-Better-Best or at least socially acceptable in the Christian community.  Too often, the children turn out like their parents and the other prominent local Christians. Involved in this mess is an ever faithful caring God calling to every tender heart and drawing them to the Truth in Him and His Word by His Spirit.
Now those children will have the natural carnal nature of humankind to resist, while trying to refine their understanding and obedience to the Word and Spirit of God working in their hearts. God will lead and guide them to truthful living and woe to the person or persons hindering their progression.
Allow me to get personal about my experiences. I am carnal with a desire to be Christian/Christ like. I understand now that many of my hardships in my Christian life were due to my stubbornness, determined mind, ignorance of the genuine correct way of obeying. They were not Trials meant to perfect me, they were hardships from bad decisions and severely costly ones.  This covers the first 66 years of my life.
Recently, I was enjoying fulfilling my insatiable curiosity and felt the Spirit nudge me to quit and go a different way. I enjoyed what I was doing and explained all was okay. Two times, three times and THEN my computer locks up and a full screen message tells me I am in the Twilight Zone and it will cost me $200.00 USD to get out and have my PC back.
Quick call to the FBI and they explained I was being scammed with a high grade program virus. I confess my sin, asked for forgiveness and help. Mercy was granted and I only had a minor spanking with the PC restored in about one half hour.
This was one of my minor violations but was able to emphasize a long standing lesson. There are specific times when God determines his path for my life and it is important I respond correctly and timely and willingly. It is important enough, that any variant will bring immediate discipline, sometimes harsh discipline.
I have written about this before and by doing so, admitted I understand the many ways of communication between God and I. Each of us has experienced that communication in some form. Eventually, as with any lesson, the teacher is expecting the students to learn and respond correctly. In this case, the teacher knows the students are learning and choosing whether to obey or not.
God is integral to everything. GET OVER IT!
Angels are created beings that chose to serve him and minister to us.
Whatever we need to know or desire to know that is moral, ethical, righteous, and holy and in accordance with his will, we will be told or taught. If God gives a verse or a word to use for guidance or help with a choice, fine. We need to STOP picking a scripture we like and using it for our purpose. People get in a LOT of trouble doing this. Learn the context of your scripture and what the verse actually meant when it was written.
We can do (are able) what is immoral, unethical, unrighteous, unholy but we may not (do not have permission). Each of us WILL be disciplined for these types of actions. Divorce, jail, beat up, destroyed reputation, children gone.
We are designed/wired to God and certain other people he chooses. What this means is each of us hears him every day, all day. As this dispensation comes to its end, each of us desiring to receive help, from God, to endure and live; better pull our individual heads out of the ground and unplug our spiritual ears and wipe clean our spiritual eyes.
Heaven or Hell. First we will account for our actions before Him and then receive our next permanent residence orders.
I prefer you NOT believe me and get into your Bible with God.
Amen and amen.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Is It an ELEPHANT or a DUCK?!?!

I read it on the Internet, so it's true!
Seen that commercial? You can't put anything on the Internet that isn't true!
My parents, aunt, uncle raised me to believe!
The subject was on the (Radio, TV) news, I know it's true!
I read it in the News Paper!
Mr., Mrs. Ms., Senior, CEO, Reverend, Pastor, Father, Mother,
told me and I believed...
and then they DID the opposite.
what do i do now?
  • Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Divorce
  • Foul speaking, acting, living
  • Turn back on God, walk away and stay far away
  • Fix mind and heart on God, look on him, listen to him and stay clean
How do We separate God from...?
If he is so powerful...!
i tried praying and fasting...
i don't believe anymore.
Joh 18:38  Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find no crime in him.
Agree, with yourself, Truth does exist.
Trust yourself and gradually another person.
Be open to and search for Truth - Patiently and Continuously.
I won't insult you by saying that all will be perfect after finding Truth, because life and people are NEVER perfect, just acceptable. Knowing Truth will be and feel more secure and your confidence in God will mature. As your confidence matures, your relationship with Him will improve, with understanding that He is not responsible for everything we do.
So, what's the answer? Is It an ELEPHANT or a DUCK?!?!
With all the misinformation, lies, 1/2-1/4-1/8 truth is still a lie, photo shop abilities, special affects and confusion, it can be hard to know. NOT impossible but hard. So what do we rely on?
Mat 22:16  And they send to him their disciples, with the Herodians, saying, Teacher, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, and carest not for any one: for thou regardest not the person of men.
Mar 12:14  And when they were come, they say unto him, Teacher, we know that thou art true, and carest not for any one; for thou regardest not the person of men, but of a truth teachest the way of God: Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?
Mar 12:32  And the scribe said unto him, Of a truth, Teacher, thou hast well said that he is one; and there is none other but he:
Luk 4:25  But of a truth I say unto you, There were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when there came a great famine over all the land;
Luk 4:26  and unto none of them was Elijah sent, but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow.
Luk 4:27  And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.
Joh 3:20  For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, and cometh not to the light, lest his works should be reproved.
Joh 3:21  But he that doeth the truth cometh to the light, that his works may be made manifest, that they have been wrought in God.
Joh 8:32  and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Joh 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no one cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Joh 14:17  even the Spirit of truth: whom the world cannot receive; for it beholdeth him not, neither knoweth him: ye know him; for he abideth with you, and shall be in you.
Joh 16:13  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he shall guide you into all the truth: for he shall not speak from himself; but what things soever he shall hear, these shall he speak: and he shall declare unto you the things that are to come.
Joh 17:17  Sanctify them in the truth: thy word is truth.
The doubters of Jesus time still detected and acknowledged Jesus taught the Truth. The morons of his time still knew what truth was.
Luke records Jesus reminding us when God sent a person to one other person in need.
You may be that ONE person with help on the way to you.
Knowing the Truth will free us to act accordingly.
I have always believed many scriptures were meant for everyday use, in our careers and other endeavours. John 16:13, for example, has helped me with plumbing, electrical wiring, carpentry and thousands of ordinary functions necessary, at the time.  I am one of MANY that believe in praying for and about everything. Some prayers are months long, others minutes or seconds and SOME are OMG, what do I do now.
Not sure 'bout this?
Try Him not Me.

You may be thinking, "Who cares whether it's an Elephant or a Duck?".
It could mean the difference between living or dying.
Have each one STEP on you and let me know if the difference is important.
I have experienced indifferent thinking and watched my career, dreams, reputation die. We all have watched others choose death over life and seen careers, talents, health, marriages, reputations die and some went down with them.
Choosing Truth to live by here will carry us and others to Life in Eternity.

3Jn 1:2  Beloved, I pray that in all things thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
3Jn 1:3  For I rejoiced greatly, when brethren came and bare witness unto thy truth, even as thou walkest in truth.
3Jn 1:4  Greater joy have I none than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.
3Jn 1:5  Beloved, thou doest a faithful work in whatsoever thou doest toward them that are brethren and strangers withal;

 Our lives influence - intended or not - like it or not.

Elephant or Duck?

What Are YOUR Dreams-Thoughts-Wants?

This week had some good days and others were great. The dentist I visit is sensitive to his patients needs and mine are NO pain. He installed a crown and did a little cleaning, then we scheduled me for a DEEP cleaning. I didn't argue and planned to disappear after my release. I DON'T do deep cleaning or the agony associated with it. The PA found out what I thought about the event and convinced me there were options, so I agreed.
Now God has this thing about when we step forward, he does too and they happened to have an opening that afternoon. I went home for lunch and told Connye I was getting a cleaning.

She responded quickly.
Back to the office and into the cleaning room. This time turned out way different from all the previous years of visits. The Hygienist LISTENED and not only answered my questions but suggested options. I consider these moments water to wine episodes.
On my way out, I stopped, at the front desk, for the future paper work and was basically invisible, as the staff did their work. SOOOO, I decided to tell them of my previous morning visit to Zadok jewelers and the watch of my attention.
...and the watch they had was $45,000.00...

Suddenly, I was visible with audio.
One asked, how much?
Another, did you get it?
No, I don't have the money yet and it wasn't the one I preferred.
The one I want is $650,000.00.

Picture, with me, all five people are looking at me, as if I just stepped through a wall into the room. Even the lady filing papers stopped and was staring at me.

One asked, will you buy me a house?
Another asked if a Unicorn came with the watch.
I explained this watch is an art form and is designed to be passed on for the next five generations. It's not the money, its the workmanship. Yeah, Riiiiigggght!

Well, we had a time for several minutes as I suggested they treat themselves to visiting:
a million plus dollar model home,
a private plane showing. Walk in it, sit down, ask questions.
Motor home, RV,
A commercial reminded me of the dreams and passions of children as each child said, I want to be a:
Friends and acquaintances experienced challenges but kept moving toward their dreams and are now traveling, pilots, happily married, living in their dream home, retired and affording it. Some have stopped dreaming and stopped moving. Ed and I made appointments to attend a private plane Invitation Only event.

It is very comfortable, affordable, possible for rent, lease, or purchase ($5,000,000.00).
Mat 19:26 And Jesus looking upon them said to them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
Mat 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
Mat 7:11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father who is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
Mat 18:19 Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father who is in heaven.
Mat 21:21 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do what is done to the fig tree, but even if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou taken up and cast into the sea, it shall be done.
Mat 21:22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
Mar 11:24 Therefore I say unto you, All things whatsoever ye pray and ask for, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.