What Does God Say About Being A Youth?

If you read much of the Bible, you might notice a that God used a lot of very young people! David, when he was anointed King of the Israelites by Samuel in 1 Samuel 16, was barely in his teens. He had a very interesting life, one worth studying for the goodness of it, but also for his failures. We all fail.  Timothy in the New Testament was very young as well when Paul appointed him as a pastor. He even reminded Timothy to not let others look down on his because of his youth! 1 Timothy 4: 12  Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct,, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.  I wish I had been willing to follow Him, just because of this verse!

So this takes me to the second post of today. I do remember well, what it was to be young. Really young, as a child, when my daddy wouldn’t let me do what I wanted to do, I’d tell him, he was a mean daddy! The audacity that I had! Where did it come from? Oh, the Bible is pretty clear about that:  Romans 3:23  says “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”   You might say,  Cindy, you were just a child! Yes, but I knew right from wrong! Like any child, I wanted my own way. Like any teen, any adult, we all want our own way. But usually our ways are God’s ways, nor His thoughts our thoughts-that’s in Isaiah, by the way.  I’ll put it another way. Do you have to teach a small child to lie? No, of course not. Children do it naturally and have to be taught to tell the truth. It’s our very nature to be this way. People are not basically good, again, it’s a taught or chosen way. This is why I get so very upset when I see teens and young adults or even older adults (who should know better!) who have obviously not been taught the whole truth, maybe all the history, or outright lies. No one should be manipulated to do any of these things we are seeing on any of the networks or in any publications of any kind.

I remember very well how it felt to be a teenager! You might say, that was a long, long time ago, Cindy and things are different now. Children and teens are different now. I would agree that some things are different. We have the internet, more channels than we need on TV, X-box or whatever video games-so many with great violence. And movies that are graphic in their violence and sex. I don’t think that means that morals, courtesy or faith had to change. IF, ANYTHING, THEY NEED TO BE STRONGER! I know how hard that is as a teen when all you want to do is just fit in, be a part of the crowd. In my case, the -in-crowd.  However, my mother was forever saying, “Be a leader, Cindy, not a follower.”  Still, I followed as closely as possible, to a point, admittedly, but mostly I was there. You see, in those days, I never asked God what I should do. I didn’t want to hear His answers.

I have already written how I came to know Jesus personally at age 20 in a previous post. I won’t go into the details here except to say if you think you have messed up your life, made impossible to forgive decisions, taken the wrong path, the wrong stuff, been abused or been the abuser, I can tell you without any doubt in my mind or my heart that there is nothing that He will not forgive your for, except if you don’t accept His Son and what He did in His Sacrifice for you. That’s it. It is so simple. How to come to God. A living God who loves YOU. Let Him put His Spirit in you and His arms around you, Today!!

Cindy

Life Hangs By a Thread

You know the Bible says our lives are like a wisp of smoke, but mine was brought home to me literally this morning as once again, I aspirated something I drank-coffee, this time. When this happens it triggers violent coughing, hopefully getting out everything that went into my lungs. My nose fills up too, making it very hard to breathe. I know if I can’t get it all up, and eventually get the coughing to stop, it’s another trip the ER. Oh, not on July 4th, please!! That was my prayer, in my mind…

Obviously, I got it all out and then did the nebulizer breathing treatment. Sore, not talking right now. But all along, I kept thinking how thin a thread it is that keeps any of us alive! A person can have great health, but slip and fall and get a severe concussion as my sister did a few weeks ago. Hitting just a little higher or lower on the stair and not missing the metal strip, was the key to no major damage. All in an instant! As was mine… When one is young, usually there are no thoughts about death. One thinks they will live forever. I remember thinking people over 35 were “old or past it” whatever “it” was! Oh what a comeuppance I’ve had as I’ve grown older! I guess I never expected to be 67 either! But as I have said before, the Lord God has plan for my life and the number of  my days written in His Book of Life and nothing can alter that.

Jeremiah 29:11-13   For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.   What a promise!! One of my favorites!

Revelation 17:8  …those on earth will wonder, whose name has not been written in the Book Of Life from the foundation of the world…

Revelation 21:27  (speaking of those who will enter heaven) And nothing unclean and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but ONLY those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

Remember here that I wrote that we are all made perfect in Christ and it is by HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS that we are made whole and perfect by accepting that sacrifice He made on the cross. Our God dying for us, to give us eternal life! What other god in any other religion has ever done such a thing for his people, much less his creation?

In Him we have freedom. Our country was founded on Christian principles. I pray God that we will celebrate that today of all days! Happy Birthday, America!

Cindy

My Thoughts on My God

This is a reply that I wrote to someone today about my thoughts on God. I thought I would share as I felt as if I had worshipped Him when I finished writing.

In the first chapter of the Book of John, verse 12, it says ” But as many as RECEIVED HIM, to them He gave them the right (the Latin word is power) to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name. So this is where I would say that the Lord God is in ME, because I’ve asked Him and the Holy Spirit to come and live in me (Rev 3:20)…so there is no separation between me and my Father God. In John 14:6, Jesus says I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. So that creation out there for the most part has rejected God or followed false gods as they have from the beginning. If you believe the creation story in Genesis (and I do) then you know that Adam and Eve wanted to have the knowledge that they were promised by Satan and turned from God’s direction to have it. People are still doing that today. I would tell you that besides my coming to faith, my life really took off when I began to study God’s Word. It truly changed my life. It is His love letter to His children. Certainly I read other things, but not about other gods or beliefs. They can do nothing for me. My God is Faithful always.  He says to seek Him with all your heart and you will find Him. He says to try Him, but not to test HIm. He will never fail you. He never lets you go once He has your hand. Sometimes I feel far away because of my actions or my words and when I come back and apologize, He says, “I never left you. I had you the whole time.” If you knew my whole story, then you would know the Truth about our God. He does miracles. He leads and I follow, He guides, He answers. He is not a THING up there somewhere, but a real, living God, Almighty in ALL things! I am proud to worship HIM!

Cindy

EVERLASTING LOVE

Isaiah 64: 8 says Yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are the work of your hand.

Isaiah 45:9 Woe to him who quarrels with his Maker, to him who is but a potsherd among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?’ Does your work say, ‘He has no hands?’

Psalm 139: 13-16 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

His love cannot be separated from us, His family and He allows events, health, our families, our jobs, affect/effect, knowing what His overall plan is. Wow that was a mouth full!

What our Lord wants us to do, He says is whenever anything happens, even if we aren’t already right in tune with Him, all we have to do is call out His name! Jesus!

He is Risen! He is Risen indeed!

RETHINKING THINGS…

I reblogged two posts tonight that I had written when I was in the hospital last summer with a pulmonary embolism. I had been reading through past posts of 2013 and kept going right into 2012 until I came to July. Not that I have ever forgotten that I wrote what I wrote about Hebrews 1 & 2, it’s just that I hadn’t gone back and read it since last July. As I read, it became very clear to me that God was writing both of those posts! I was very ill and pretty out of it with that embolism. I remember clearly Him telling me to read the scripture every morning and then He would put me to sleep and make those scriptures come alive in my dreams. Those,  I will never forget- I can still see them in my mind’s eye so fresh as if it were yesterday. So I thought the message needed to be repeated, perhaps even more now than then. God only knows who will read them now.

I pray it makes a difference in somebody’s life

Part 2 The Trials of Life

We left off with the notes from Dr Stanley’s wonderful sermon on the TRIALS of LIFE. I don’t pretend to be a preacher or to even get all my notes right but I do pray that what I write tonight would make you understand that everything you go through has a purpose. He further expanded on that today and I hope to get to it tomorrow.

  • First  question: What is the right thing to do in the light of my past circumstances?
  • Second question: What is the right thing to do in my present circumstances?
  • Third question: What is the right thing to do in the future as far as my goals?
  • Fourth question: What would God have me do in this situation?

We need wisdom to discern the source of our trials. If we don’t figure that out, then we won’t know how to respond. And it is so important to respond in obedience, recognizing His Lordship, recognizing His Character, etc. If we don’t respond correctly there can be negative results and we will miss the blessing of understanding who God is and how He operates. (Pretty heavy duty stuff, huh?)

  • The testing of faith is important because it is unreliable until it is tested and it grows as it is tested. Tested Devotion
  • Purifying our life is “what are you saying to me, Lord”. Pain purifies
  • Providing God an opportunity to show Himself strong in our lives. Is a Witness
  • Produce Christlike appearance and here is where my verse came in again. Comfort others as I was comforted

And then there was just a little more…I need wisdom to discern the proper response to my trials–which would be the result–the benefit. God says in James 1:5  If any of you lack wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. To do that, you need to know trials will upset you if you value comfort more than the comforter. That if you value material and physical things more, you won’t be able to count it all joy  (James 1:2-4)  Count it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking in anything. God is in control of time and intensity of the trial. He has special purposes for allowing it. It is designed for a special need in my life. All of this is part of His equipping me to do His work.

Now I just know that many, many of you are saying “Cindy are you not the girl who asks why sometimes? Who rails against the circumstances?” Absolutely I am. Why do you think I was so very compelled to go to hear this message?? And now as I look at my past year, even more, I see the heavy, heavy trials we have gone through, physically, financially, emotionally and I think I am so sorry that I am so stubborn and thick-headed that God couldn’t deal with me any other way to get me to where I am today. Not that I am through all my trials, I am not. I know that some things will be with me, life long. but this message struck deep into my heart. It was certainly my Father speaking to me saying “relax and let me really take over what’s going on! Remember I am the one in charge and everything comes through my fingertips before it gets to you!” You see the “giving over” is a daily, sometimes moment by moment thing. It is so easy to go, willy, nilly out on our own, just being caught up in the moment and suddenly, well, I do anyway, realize, I am out here on my own, doing my own thing, not HIS thing.

so that’s my story right now. I am excited about what God is doing in me, period. Because even though others might look at me and say “poor dear.”  I say, I am counting it all joy!!

POOL PARTY

Yesterday the complex where we live had a pool party. The management cooked hot dogs and hamburgers and they had all the trimmings for them. Overall it was also sponsored by AT&T U-Verse. All the people from AT&T were there trying to sign you up if you weren’t already with AT&T. They are so serious about this that they have a representative assigned to the complex. I am not going to go into detail about the service on the TV or the internet, but as far as the PHONE is concerned, the service has been outstanding. I was having a little problem with “hangers onto my line” like what we’ve heard about in Washington for Verizon users. So if it was happening for Verizon, it was happening to AT&T too. I was so shocked when I called after a month of pickups and click-offs, hoping I was paranoid, but when my line was checked, I was told I had some “interference” on it. The rep couldn’t tell exactly what it was, but he didn’t particularly like all of the stuff going on in Washington either, and this was soon after the Verizon fiasco surfaced, so he told me he was sending a rep out. You can’t believe my amazement when the tech guy said that yes, my line was tapped! He asked me what I talk about and who I speak with. I have had one Skype conversation with a candidate in London and one phone conversation with an attorney in London. But otherwise, I keep my LinkedIn contacts to professionals in what I would consider “safe” countries. Now as to my conversations, to any and all, there was a lot of discussion of all the stuff going on. That was when you could hear the “pick-up”  and when conversation went back to business, you could hear the “hang-up”. What  was important was that people I was speaking with could hear it too. Of course my family thought I was crazy. you, I am always talking about how the world is going toward that time that the Bible has predicted. The Rapture has to be close by in time, just based on what is happening in the Middle East and with Israel in particular. To me, this is very exciting. I have read and studied prophecy scriptures since my 20’s-yep 40 years! But back to my phone-the tech guy put a whole system filter on it since I write freely as well as use the phone. Yesterday my techie brother put out a notice to everyone that anything we write is subject to being read by Big Brother. So my phone was working fine for about 3 weeks, then it started up again. Thank goodness my original service guy had given me his direct number. I called and this time a little higher lever tech came out and put something different-I won’t say what- on our system and so far so good.  Well at least in terms of what I can hear. I know Big Brother has gadgets that they can use and they don’t need to tap a line to hear a conversation.  What is amazing to me is why me? Just because I am vocal about all the scandals in Washington and I was very vocal with the Gestapo state government that has a new state law about registering your car if you are a new resident–I did call the state senator, my local state legislator, the governor, the tax collector, the TV stations, the radio stations (talk) and posted to their Facebook pages, I still don’t see why anyone would do that. This is America! We are supposed to be able to speak our minds.  Certainly the far left does with impunity, so why shouldn’t I?   So that was the Oprah version of why At&T has my phone and internet service. We won’t talk about the TV service.

What I really wanted to talk about was the party and getting to know a few of my neighbors. I met a lovely woman, a teacher of reading and math to third graders. She had read the “Left Behind” series.  (By the way if you haven’t read the books, you should, it takes the prophecy scripture, puts it into novel form and allows the reader to see exactly what is going to happen to those who are left behind after the rapture of the church) I have read all 14 books twice. They are fantastic. Every time I would be reading one in public-when I was traveling or in a waiting room for instance-people would just come up to me and start talking about the book or the series. At any rate, we had a very wide ranging conversation over the course of the party about the books and what has happened since they were written-even more proof that they were “God-inspired. We talked about MR O in the White House. She had very different views than I on him and what’s happening there. I brought up another author, Robert Ludlam. He had written a book called the “Illuminati”. She had read that too. We did agree that it is very possible that such a group exists in our world and chooses who is in any government, who lives and who is assassinated.

I did talk about this blog, what God has done for me and what He has taught me through the path I have had to walk. I also told her about the book I am reading that I mentioned earlier God’s Astounding Opinion of You.  She said she thought that might make for some really good reading. I hope so. I hope I  have made a new friend.

In conclusion, I just want to salute the women who were serving on the jury in Florida. It was obvious that they took their jobs very seriously by the questions that they asked back of the judge. They took the time needed to go over what they had seen and heard in that courtroom for the last 3 weeks. And to a one they all agreed on a not guilty verdict.  That took some real gumption because everyone knew before this trial started just how much political power was being exerted to even have a trial and then to convict. SO I SAY THESE SIX WOMEN ARE TO BE CONGRATULATED FOR DOING WHAT WAS SO OBVIOUSLY RIGHT TO MOST OF THE WORLD WHO ACTUALLY WATCHED THE TRIAL VS THOSE WHO TAKE THEIR BELIEF AND BEHAVIOR CUES FROM PEOPLE WHO ONLY CARE ABOUT THEIR OWN AGENDAS-NOT WHAT MIGHT BE BEST FOR THEIR OWN PEOPLE.

 Now I rest my case as my words about this particularly poor example of our political system but hope that the world sees that when a true and honest court is held-even with a prejudicial judge-that our system works!! Hallelujah!