I was talking with the Lord this morning, and He reminded me of some people in my early life, and where everything they were, and everything they had, is now, and of what little eternal benefit it all was for them, because they lacked Him.
In retrospect of my early life, I can see that all those who treated me cruelly, those who refused me love and care, also those who I was envious of at the time, those who had families, who had each other, who had all that I did not have.
Many now are dead, and they died never knowing Jesus Christ, and all their education, and all their money, did them no good at all in the day of their deaths. Now they await judgment day, and I know on that day, God will let them know that although to them I was worthless, He loved me.
And then He pointed to the Miracles that He has done for me, even when I thought I was so alone, so insignificant to those of the world, so worthless, so wicked, so helpless, and hopeless. He reminded me of whom He comes after, the lost sheep, the wounded sheep, the needy sheep, the weak, those who have no strength, the hopeless, He comes after those considered “the black sheep” of their earthly families, those in need of Him.
I was the black sheep of my earthly family, I was lost and floundering and wicked and needy, but He found me, He drew me unto Himself and He washed me as white as snow in His precious blood... He created a new heart in me, He gave me of His strength, He gave me Hope, He gave me a future, He gave me Life, and He loves me.
This blog is designed to make you "think". Also to encourage,exhort,edify and "Warn" the saints of God as we see the day of The Lord on the horrizon.
Friday, January 18, 2013
Friday, January 4, 2013
This is a word I received from my son in law who is behind bars yet more free than most:
Wind and Fire ..
1 Peter 2:9-17
9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.
10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy
11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul
12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme
14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well
15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men
16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God
17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king
Sometimes when I want to start a fire, the wind puts it out .
But when I try to keep a fire burning, wind keeps it going.
So, in the first instance, I label wind bad, because it thwarts my plans, in the second instance, I label it good, because it helps me accomplish what I want to get done.
This paradox illustrates how we judge things by the way they effect us. We declare circumstances or people ''bad'' if they thwart our plans, or cause us inconvenience. We judge circumstances or people ''good'' if we agree with them and they support our cause.
But God is the One who determines what is good or bad, and He does so, not by how it effects our plans, but by whether or not it accomplishes His plan.
His plan is that we be a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people. His purpose for us, is to proclaim the praises of Him who called [us] out of darkness into His marvelous light. (v9)
To accomplish God's purpose, we are to respect all people, love other believers, fear God, and honor those who rule over us, even when some things don't seem good to us. (v17)
These kinds of actions, may fan a spark of belief, in those who observe our responses to bad circumstances, and most of all bring praise to God. When things look bad, remember God is good.
Your son in Christ - End quote