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I read Eva Marie’s post and ended up thinking about how it takes discipline to give discipline.

Some parents seem to be rather lazy when dealing with their children.  

Children need to learn how to handle disappointment and they need to learn to accept NO as a final answer some times. 

 

 

For Fellow Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ

Separations, Deliverance, & Freedom

Years ago we met a young boy that wanted to demand his own way whenever he would visit our home.

The young man went directly to his mother to complain if my son wasn’t inclined to want to play with the boy outdoors.

I think the boy kicked our front door when he was not invited inside.  The boy had not been invited inside probably because my son had homework or chores to get done.  Whatever the reason was for the boy not being inside we did think it was quite odd for the young boy to kick our front door.   We weren’t always ready to deal with the youngster.  He quickly helped me know that it was probably best for him to stay at his own home if he didn’t know how to act right at other people’s homes.

I’m not sure he understood the rights of other people.

His family didn’t live next door to us for a long time.  He was near us long enough for us to discover that he was not the only one in his family that was demanding.  The boy tended to be rather rough at times.  He wasn’t very kind to the animals at our home either. He also was not the only member of his family that tended to forget that other people have needs, too.

The boy’s mother came to my door one day to complain.  Her main complaint that day was that her boy was not being invited to play with my son and my son’s other friend.  The other two boys had grown tired of dealing with a demanding young boy that expected everyone to do what he wanted.   My son and his other friend were also a bit older than the young boy that had a mother who was prepared to convince me that my son was apparently doing something wrong if we didn’t cater to her son.  I listened to her complain and then she said my son and his other friend had offended her because they heard her get after them and all they said was, “Whatever.”

I recall looking at her and saying something about the fact that I was relieved that the boys had not said anything awful to her.  She had been getting after the boys as if it that was okay.

It took me a long time to learn to stand up for my own rights and there were times when I still had to stand up for the rights of my children, too.  I do not feel it’s right to defend children when they are doing something that is wrong but I feel it is right to stand up for them if someone else is trying to take advantage of them.

That neighbor woman must have had some sort of sense of entitlement.  She acted as though she and her son were entitled to force their ugly spirited behavior upon us.

As Christians we are taught to love one another.  Loving one another does not mean we have to let other people walk all over us as if we are doormats.  When severe persecution hits us there is not much to do about it but deal with that with God’s grace but when you can peacefully get away from abusive people it’s normally good to get away from them.

My son and the friend he was used to spending time with were both willing to share kindness with the young boy that tried to constantly demand his own ways around them.   They boys had tried to be kind but the boy that was abusive did not seem to ever understand that he needed to show some kindness to other people.

His mother admitted a number of times that her son had a problem dealing with other people.  I had a deep desire to mind my own business and lead a quiet life and to somehow show those demanding neighbors kindness even if they didn’t seem to have the common knowledge needed to show us kindness.  I didn’t feel led to go out of my way to bother them especially since the woman was a very busy woman.  I had learned a decade before I met her that some parents expect other parents to become their child’s babysitter.  I was not inclined to quickly start becoming a part-time parent to her child.  God had given her children to tend to and I had my own children to care for.  Some people get their kudos out of babysitting everyone else’s children.  People that look for those free babysitters are usually neglecting their own responsibilities and I didn’t want any part of that.  I’ve known of parents that will try to become a parent to other people’s children and they don’t always take good care of their own children.

My son stood at our basketball hoop letting that demanding boy play basketball with him one day.   It seemed the boy was having a good day.  I think everyone was getting along just fine then the young boy announced that he had been sent home from school because he had head lice.   I asked his mother if her son’s statement was true.  She confirmed that her son did have head lice and she had not taken the time to use the shampoo that eliminates head lice on her son yet.  We were a bit surprised that she was allowing her son to go spend time with neighbors without making sure her son’s head was cleaned properly.  Their lack of concern for the welfare of other people was clear.

Our family used to recall the day the neighbor woman seemed to think she had the right to control other children in the neighborhood.  She apparently thought she had the right to scold children that didn’t play with her boy when he wanted to play.  She was upset when other boys said the word, “Whatever” to her when she took it upon herself to scold them.

I look back at those events today and thank the good Lord that my son and his friend both knew that they didn’t have to accept the scolding she gave them.  They knew they were not intentionally harming anyone else and they had the right to make the decision that they didn’t want to play with a young boy that acted aggressive toward them.

The demanding family was not completely unbearable to live around.  I had some nice talks with the woman of the household.  I sincerely desired to show her kindness even though she didn’t seem to understand the rights of others.  She overstepped her bounds several times and her son did the same thing.

I prayed that somehow God would allow us to have a peaceful break if either one of us were to ever move from that area.  They left the area before we did.  I recall that God did answer the prayer for a sweet moment of peace before they moved.  I think she was washing her auto one day when we happened to have time to chat.  I don’t recall the exact words we used but somehow I knew we were not going to hold unforgiveness against one another for misunderstandings.  My heart was overjoyed because I felt as though the good Lord answered the prayer for peace.

I had to ask the Lord if there is a reason I am to recall that story from long ago.  Could there be a set of things for me to ponder on and write about those events?

My favorite part of the whole story used to be the joy I felt when I realized that my son and his friend didn’t say anything ugly to the woman that scolded them.  We used to laugh a bit because it seemed so silly for her to complain that young boys said “whatever” to her when she had overstepped her bounds trying to get after them during her frustration.  I truly was relieved that my son and his friend didn’t curse at her.  The boys were respectful enough to refrain from cursing even though they were both old enough to have probably heard a few curse words at some time during their young lives.  In my opinion they did the right thing.  Sure they could have said nothing and walked away but then I wouldn’t have known that the woman had overstepped her bounds.  I don’t know what she thought I was going to do about her complaints.

Tonight I’m thinking about some things I would like  other people to do or to stop doing.

  1. I would like it if other people would stop operating with a sense of entitlement acting as if everyone else has to cater to their whims and wishes.
  2. I would like it if other people would stop demanding their own way.
  3. I would like it if some parents would stop expecting other people to take on the responsibility of training their children.
  4. I would like it if other parents would stop taking on another parent’s responsibilities.
  5. I would like it if other people would stop scolding children when they don’t have the right to do that & especially if they are selfishly just wanting the children to do exactly what they want done.
  6. I would like it if people would mind their own business more often.
  7. I would like it if people didn’t overstep their bounds. 

Yeah,  That’s just a few of the I would like it ifs I can think of when I think about what happened a couple of decades ago with those old neighbors.  I could come up with some different I would like it ifs if I were to think of other neighbors I met before or after those people.   I could also write some I sure did like its about a lot of other sweet kind neighbors I had.

The things I would like other people to do would be for them to do the exact opposite of what some of  them have been doing.

I think we’ve had more happy experiences with neighbors than we have had bad times with some of them but some of the ones that were nasty were extra nasty.  We knew of one entire family that wanted to rule the neighborhood.  No matter how many people complained to the local police about the unruly neighbors and their children those really nasty neighbors kept doing their ugly things.  The police would not stop them from trespassing on other people’s property.  For some reason the local police favored the bad spirited neighbors and those destructive neighbors ruled everyone around them.   The children were old enough to know better but since their parents were unruly the children just followed the example they had been given.  While we lived in the neighborhood we found out that their adult child and their grandchildren all had the same bad behavior we were seeing.  

What are Christian people supposed to do when they purchase a lovely home and discover their neighbors are not very kind?  What if you sign a lease to live in a home for a year and you discover the neighbors are the absolute worst neighbors to have nearby? 

There is one answer to those type of questions that always comes  to my mind.  

Jesus tells us that we are to pray for those that have harmed us and we are to bless them. 

I don’t think that means we are always supposed to let people walk on us if we have a way to escape the harmful situations but I do believe it means we are to keep on praying for those people that do mean things.

I even think it’s perfectly fine to pray for a way  of escape from the most trying situations.  God tells us that he will not give us more than we can bear without providing a way of escape.

When my youngest son heard a young married woman talking about her abusive husband he said something to her that surprised the rest of the people in our little group.  

The woman talked about how she hoped the abusive husband would just leave.  She may have based that idea on the fact that some abusive spouses do leave their mates and because of the Scripture that says to let the unbeliever leave.  I understood why she felt that way but I also felt my son had been given wisdom when he told her,  “Some times you have to take the trash out.”

He had heard about people going through divorce before.  He knew that God doesn’t like divorce but he also knew that there are laws that are made to help protect people that are involved in abusive marriages.  For some people getting a divorce is a way of them taking the trash out.  

I started off writing about a boy and his mother who had abusive tendencies.  People that are abusive expect everyone else to cater to their wishes.  They don’t care about other people’s needs.  They only know what they want and they’ll try to force everyone else to give them what they want. 

Some people that have those abusive tendencies gravitate toward people that will give them what they want.  They may also be like that other abusive family that passed on their bad behavior from parent to child and to grandchild.   

I have moments when I love to tell a friend about the need for us to have a proper balance in our lives.  

In order to live a balanced life we may need to be prepared to pray asking God what he wants us to do when we are around destructive and abusive people.  To try to live as if we always know exactly what to do in any given situation is not conducive with following the leading of God.  

I’ve met some Christians who felt led to minister to people that were extremely mean.  You can usually tell when someone is led to minister to people like that because the mean people end up turning their lives over to Jesus.  Their entire lives change and they ask the people they have harmed to please forgive them.  

I do believe there are times when we are to practice doing what we know is right even when those around us are not doing the right thing.  That means not cursing at those who curse at you.  It also means praying for those people that are very unkind.  It does not mean you are meant to stay somewhere if things get out of control.

This is why  learning about having balance in your life and learning to be led by God is so very important. 

God can and does provide ways of escape for people who need an escape from bad people.

In the first situation with neighbors I wrote about how  the Lord helped the neighbors move away from us.  In the second situation I specifically asked the Lord to bless those mean neighbors with a lovely home with a larger piece of property and bonuses they may like but guess what happened?  We found out that we were not going to quickly get any relief from those super mean spirited people as long as we lived in that home.  We are the ones that moved.  We are the ones that ended up getting a larger piece of property and a few bonuses that we like.   Our goal had been to live in a small home in a quiet neighborhood but that neighborhood was not quiet with those nasty neighbors next door.  We had been given a choice to stay where we were and live next to those mean people or we could move.  

It really didn’t seem fair what happened but we moved and we have accepted it all.  We will always hope and pray that we never end up with neighbors like that ever again.

The next thing we had to do was to start forgetting what lies behind us.  Those evil acting people are no longer our neighbors.  We have been able to enjoy walking on our own property and talking to new neighbors that treat us with great kindness ever since we left that other place.  

We can’t control other people.  We shouldn’t even try.  We can tell people how we’d like them to act but most people aren’t looking for our idea of how we want them to live.  

Some very evil people are so evil there is no sense in trying to confront them.   

We are supposed to speak the truth in love.  We are even supposed to try to work things out with people when it’s at all possible but some people are not peaceful people.  

If you meet some very stubborn people you will usually find that they are not willing to change for anyone especially because they stubbornly refuse to admit that they have done something wrong.  

There are some times when you may know greater joy and peace if you remain separated from certain people.

I have talked with several women that had to be separated from an abusive spouse, abusive friends, abusive parents, or even abusive siblings.  It’s sad when you have to separate from people that you once thought you could trust but there are times when you must separate in order to have peace and joy in your life.

Some separations can become a form of deliverance.

I had some dreams that reminded me of some bad things a couple of people had done to me in my past.   I called the dream a mini nightmare.  

I wasn’t physically harmed in the most recent dream but I was angry at the person that harmed me.  In that dream I spoke up and angrily told the person that what they did was very wrong.  

Minutes later I saw a car I had owned in the past having it’s wheels taken off of it and I saw the auto having the driver’s door dismantled before my eyes.  I was in the enemy’s territory.  I recall stating a fact that I  knew it wasn’t wise to visit areas where there is a high crime rate.  I also realized that the enemy had enough control in his own territory that when he got angry he could call on his minions to dismantle my auto.   I also think that old car being pulled apart represented what the enemy likes to do to people.  The enemy wants to keep people from getting out of his control.  The enemy wants to take the wheels off of your car so you can’t move forward. Yes, the enemy wants us to live in our past so we are trapped by the old memories and pain. 

Thankfully everything in that mini nightmare was something from my past.  I woke up and began to remember that I don’t need to confront the evil person who had harmed me.  That person can’t hurt me any more.   

The car from my past represented what my life was like when I was in the enemy’s territory.  In reality I am not trapped there any longer.  Spiritually I  don’t have to return to that place either.  

I have been delivered from the hand of the enemy.  I’m free to learn lessons from the past but I can continue to put all of that behind me now.

The memory of what was done to me in my past sort of haunted me for a few days after I had that mini nightmare.   I talked to a couple of Christian friends about the nightmare and kept it all in prayer.  

I continued to ask the Lord what I could learn from that dream.  I also asked him why he allowed me to remember something that upset me so much.   I forgave anyone I knew of that had harmed me.  I am asking God to forgive anyone responsible for sending trauma my way again even while I am typing this.  

I’m asking God to reach those who have done wrong if they will receive his deliverance then I pray that God will help me keep moving forward putting all those past memories behind me once again. 

That’s another form of being delivered or set free from the past.  I don’t want in the camp of the enemy.  I may have visited the enemy’s camp in my nightmare but it served to remind me that I am free now.  

The enemy had me bound but Jesus set me free!

God set me free from people who wanted to harm me or my family.  God helped me and he set my feet on good soil.  

God provided a way of escape even though there were times when I wondered how I’d ever be free of it all.

What God has done for me he can do for you, too.  

 

 

 

 

 

For Fellow Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ

Hallelujah Means Praise The Lord

I’ve been told that Hallelujah has  the same  definition in all languages.

It is said that the  word  “Hallelujah”  means  “Praise the Lord.”  

 

The Psalms tells us that everything that has breath should be praising the Lord. 

I’m happy to join the Psalmist in giving praise to God.  

 

Psalm 150 (KJV), 
“Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.
 Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.
 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.
 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
 Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.
 Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.”

 

 

 

Dreams God Pours Out His Holy Spirit On Mankind

D & V Notes

During the past few weeks I’ve received two different dreams that caused me to recall these things:

  • God will take vengeance when it is needed.
  • I don’t have to confront people that are doing things that are wrong.
  • It’s best to let the good Lord take care of those type of things unless the good Lord confirms to me that there is a time to refute a tongue that accuses or it’s time to defend the defenseless.
  • Forgive those who have done things that are wrong to you.
  • Don’t dredge up things from the past in order to confront evil people that did things that are wrong.
  • Some times it may seem right to run to help someone else but move with caution because some people don’t really want your help unless they can exploit you.
  • Warnings can come to you from God.
  • All people that say they are Christian are not necessarily Christ like.
  • There are wolves that will wear the clothing of sheep.
& Thoughts Shared by Elizabeth Wolfe, For Fellow Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ

Refrain From Anger

Have you ever wanted to TELL SOMEONE OFF! 

Telling someone off is what I heard children say when I was young.  If you were to tell someone off it is akin to giving them a piece of your mind or using your mouth to scold them because they harmed you or someone you wanted to defend.

There are times when we (Christians) may be called to refute a tongue that accuses us but there are also times when we are called to be silent even when someone is speaking against you.

I met someone years ago that would say that she would bite her tongue rather than speak up.  Unfortunately she was not very good at biting her tongue when it was best for her to be quiet.  I knew of times when she spoke up saying things she never should have said and she spoke up even if she didn’t have all the facts.  It is grievous when a child of God uses their words to harm people speaking with malicious words and lies.

There are times when we know it is good to speak up for what is right.  What about times when you know you’ve been wronged? Do you think it’s always right to tell someone off?

I used to read the passage that talked about how Jesus was silent before the shearers.  Almost every time I’d read that passage I’d tell the Lord that I sure did want to do what Jesus did but I felt that being silent when someone else was harming me would be rather difficult.

I want to give God glory and praise because God has helped me find out that when He gives us the ability to be quiet during difficult times it can be done.  His grace is sufficient during those grievous moments.

Now that I’ve experienced times of basking in God’s grace during some rough moments I now believe that is beneficial to refrain from anger.  It’s a good thing to turn away from wrath.

God says that he will take vengeance when it is needed.   See Romans 12:19 (KJV),
“Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”

In 2 Thessalonians 1v 6 (NIV)  we can read this:
“God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you.”

You don’t have to tell anyone off.  There is no need to give people who trouble you a piece of your mind, mentioning all the things you may wish you could say to them, when you’re really angry.  It’s not your responsibility to scold everyone that seems to deserve a good scolding.

Do you have faith in God?  Do you trust in the Lord?  Will you trust Him to take vengeance on those who are doing evil things & will you believe that He will handle all things in a just way?

I believe God is better at taking care of scoundrels, liars, criminals, deceivers, thieves, whisperers, slanderers, and rebels than any of us can be.

My prayer today is that God will help me remember what I’ve written here today and apply it in my life.   I also pray that I will have  God’s  strength to focus on good things instead of on nasty spirited people and the evil things some of them do.  There are plenty of people who call themselves Christians who do things that are wrong and they don’t always recognize their own wrong doing.  May the Lord open  our eyes when we need to see what we’ve done that is wrong.  May God bring us to repentance when repentance is needed.

My proclamation of faith concerning this subject is to say, “I trust God to take care of those who work iniquity.  I trust in the Lord to do exactly what He says He will do.  God will take vengeance on those who are waiting for their payback.  He’ll tend to them all at a perfect time and in perfect ways.  God is just.  God will pay back trouble to those who have dished out trouble.  I also trust God to be merciful.  God’s mercy endures forever. 

~ Written by Elizabeth Evans Wolfe

 

Psalm 37 (KJV), 
“Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.
2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.
3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
4 Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
5 Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.
7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.
9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.
10 For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.
11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
12 The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.
13 The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.
14 The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation.
15 Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.
16 A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.
17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the Lord upholdeth the righteous.
18 The Lord knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.
19 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
20 But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the Lord shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.
21 The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.
22 For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off.
23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.
24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.
25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
26 He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.
27 Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.
28 For the Lord loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.
29 The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.
30 The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.
31 The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.
32 The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him.
33 The Lord will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged.
34 Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.
35 I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.
36 Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.
37 Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.
38 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off.
39 But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: he is their strength in the time of trouble.
40 And the Lord shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.”

For Fellow Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ

They Swarmed Around Me Like Bees

I read from Psalm 118 today.

One of the favorite quotes from this chapter in the Bible helps a Christian recall that God made each day and we should rejoice and be glad in it.  That’s an awesome verse.

Today I took special time to meditate on some of the other verses found in Psalm 118.

We are told in verses 18 & 19 that it is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man &
it is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.

 There are many rulers of this earth but we know that none of those people can do the mighty things God has done for us. 

No ruler that ever has ruled can or ever will be able to shine brighter than the one true God of Israel.  

I come into total agreement with the Scriptures and declare that,  “IT IS BETTER TO TRUST IN THE LORD THAN TO PUT CONFIDENCE IN PRINCES.” 

It is rather easy for me to state that I firmly  believe that God is the only one we can fully trust at all times.  God is above all things. 

Psalm 118 Verse 6 gives us those precious words that tell us we don’t need to be afraid because the Lord is with us.  What can man do to us anyway?  Can a man separate you from God?  Will anyone or anything be able to take away your relationship with the Lord?  The only one that can separate you from God is you, if you choose to turn away from Him.  God’s people will continue to serve the Lord no matter what other people say or do.  God is with the believers. God is the one who helps his people so that they can look in triumph on their foes.  

Did you know that Ps. 118 also mentions things that make me think of war times? 

Verses 10-13 speak about nations surrounding the Psalmist and he tells of being surrounded on every side.  The NIV says, “They swarmed around me like bees, . . . ”  No one normally likes a swarm of bees surrounding them.  

Yet the Psalmist quickly lets it be known that the ones that were swarming around him died out quickly as if they were burning thorns.  He goes on to share those power filled words, “In the name of the Lord I cut them off.” 

Yes,  The Psalmist was surrounded by the enemy on every side.  He felt like bees were gathering around him and he felt as though he was about to fall but the Lord helped him.  

Before the writer of this Psalm declares the famous words about the day we can rejoice in he tells us why he gives God thanks. 

Just a few things he specifically noted as reasons to thank the Lord are being posted here:

 

  • The Lord helped me.
  • The Lord is my salvation.
  • The Lord delivered me from death.
  • The Lord is my strength.
  • The Lord is my song.
  • The Lord heard me.
  • The Lord has done marvelous things.
  • The Lord’s mercy endures forever.
  • In the name of the Lord the enemy is cut off.
  • The Lord Sets me free from moments of anguish.

No wonder we are told to “TASTE AND SEE THAT THE LORD IS GOOD.”  

Psalm 34:8 (KJV), 
“O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.”

I’m thankful the Lord led me to read this Psalm today.  There are times when I have felt as though a swarm of bees were around me.  I’ve had moments when the enemy seemed to be too close.  I can also give thanks to God because the Lord has helped me.  The Lord is my salvation.  He has saved me from death.  He is my strength, song, and he has heard me. The Lord has done marvelous things.

God’s mercy does endure forever.  I’ve repeated what the Psalmist said and it makes me glad to do this.  God’s Word strengthens me.

“The life giving power of the Word of the Lord sustains me.”  ~ Elizabeth Evans Wolfe 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Fellow Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, Scripture Reading

Psalm 118

Psalm 118  (KJV), 
“O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever.
2 Let Israel now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.
3 Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.
4 Let them now that fear the Lord say, that his mercy endureth for ever.
5 I called upon the Lord in distress: the Lord answered me, and set me in a large place.
6 The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?
7 The Lord taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me.
8 It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.
9 It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.
10 All nations compassed me about: but in the name of the Lord will I destroy them.
11 They compassed me about; yea, they compassed me about: but in the name of the Lord I will destroy them.
12 They compassed me about like bees: they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the Lord I will destroy them.
13 Thou hast thrust sore at me that I might fall: but the Lord helped me.
14 The Lord is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.
15 The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the Lord doeth valiantly.
16 The right hand of the Lord is exalted: the right hand of the Lord doeth valiantly.
17 I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.
18 The Lord hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death.
19 Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the Lord:
20 This gate of the Lord, into which the righteous shall enter.
21 I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation.
22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.
23 This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.
24 This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
25 Save now, I beseech thee, O Lord: O Lord, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.
26 Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the Lord: we have blessed you out of the house of the Lord.
27 God is the Lord, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.
28 Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee.
29 O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.”
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For Fellow Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, Study Scripture Challenges

April 2018 Scripture Challenge

The other day my youngest daughter challenged the people in our Bible Study & Prayer Group to begin writing out a Scripture each day then writing a special note about the Scripture.

She told us she wants to personally start doing this to help her recall to read the Bible daily.

I liked the idea.  I am going to post some of the Scriptures and notes I’d like to share on this website.

Psalm 118:24, “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Having this Scriptural reminder to rejoice encourages me.
Philippians 4:13,  “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Love this! This passage helps me gain strength knowing God helps us accomplish tasks we propose to do.
Psalm 50:10, “For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.” This one speaks to me about God’s ability to provide for us and it tells me God already has plenty.
Proverbs 17:22, “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” Let’s share happiness with other people. 
Matthew 21:22,   “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”. Three simple words can summarize what is found in this one: PRAY  BELIEVE  RECEIVE
Philippians 4:6-7, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Another set of Scriptures to bolster our faith about how the Lord wants us to make our requests known to Him.  Bonus: Obey the Lord by praying this way and you can receive the peace of God.
Hebrews 13:5-6, “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.  So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” More direction given here.  God’s Word is encouraging.
John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”. God gives us peace that is far greater than any peace the world serves us.
10 Scriptures are posted here.
For Fellow Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, Healing, Obedience - We Must Obey God Rather Than Men

Sometimes It Hurts To Do The Right Thing

Obedience to God is one of the most important things a person that wants to follow God should recall.

“Obedience to God is far better than sacrifice.”  We simplify the words that are found in 1 Samuel 15:22 when we say that.

God’s people will be blessed if they learn what it means to obey him in all things. 

Disobedience to God brings sorrow. 

 

There may be times when a person feels pain because they have to do the right thing rather than follow the ways of the world.  This type of pain is temporary.

Once the believer knows they are doing what God wants them to do it doesn’t matter what anyone else has to say about it.  

An immature Christian may not fully understand what it means when we say that is it better to obey God than to give sacrifices but those who have made a decision to obey God no matter what anyone else does understands it well. 

Anyone can give a bit of money to a righteous cause but everyone does not follow God in all things.  

I know of a Christian woman that was married to a man who once appeared to be a Christian man.  She later realized she had not been walking close enough to the Lord during that time in her life.  The Lord does not want His people to be unequally yoked.  Men and Women of God need to be very careful to make sure the person they marry is truly a servant of the Lord or they will surely suffer much anguish because of being connected too closely with a person that does not follow God.  Take heed to recall that just because a person says they are a Christian does not mean that person fully walks with God.  

The woman found out during the marriage that the man she married was a Christ pretender or a wolf that wears the clothing of sheep.  A time came when she heard that fraudulent man admit that he had committed an awful crime.  He confessed the crime to her and said he wanted to do what was right.  She found out that he only said those words saying he wanted to do what is right to try to keep her from leaving him.  She could not continue to live with a man that wanted her to join him in covering up the truth about the crime he committed.     A person that walks with the Lord knows it is wrong to take part in covering up serious crimes.  If she stayed with the man she had learned that the man would always want to control her and have her cover up things he said and did that were wrong.  A true person of God cannot follow the devil by living in darkness.  

She sought counseling from Godly pastors.  Each pastor she talked with told her it was right and good for her to leave the man.  No Godly person encouraged her to stay with a man that had threatened to harm her.   He was a man that proved to her that he was one that constantly lived a lie.  If he had chosen to turn away from his evil then there was a possibility they could have remained together but she had to accept the truth that he had chosen to walk on a very evil path. 

She felt as though the Lord opened her eyes to the truth about the man’s evil ways.  She also came to acknowledge the fact that she needed to seek God’s forgiveness because she had not been walking close enough to God to recognize the trap she had fallen into.  The enemy seeks to devour.  We know that is true.   Still the woman had to acknowledge her sin and she had to walk away from the bad situation she had gotten herself into before things got worse.  The man she married was so evil she began to realize that he constantly tried to make her second guess things she was seeing and hearing.  The truth that was always being exposed to her.  God was using the situation to work together for good.  The good Lord continuously exposed the ugly things to her to help her.   God was on her side.  The evil man consistently told lies.  He had threatened to harm her in several ways.  She also found that her sanity was at risk because living with a man that is unstable in all his ways brings forth lots of confusion. 

In order to have peace she had to go.   In order to feel safe again she had to divorce the man praying he would stay away from her and that she would be wise enough to stay away from him.  Once she got her eyes on the Lord the task became easier for her.  It was right and good to get away from the man that she was not equally yoked with.  Those two people were not walking on the same path.  

It has been said that liars continually have problems because of the lies they’ve told.  I’ve heard some people say that the liars tell so many lies that it’s hard for them to recall all the lies they’ve told.  Apparently they just keep telling one lie after another.  That must be an awful way to exist.  

Can you imagine how painful it would be for a wife to hear her husband say that he committed an awful crime?  I believe it is the same kind of pain a person would feel when they find out their parent or another family member did something awful.  

It’s wonderful that we know God will forgive people that have not committed the sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.  We know that any sinner can repent and turn from their wicked ways.  

What do you do when a close family member or a very close friend chooses to continue to do what is wrong rather than repent turning away from their sin? 

These are the type of situations that cause a Christian to see their need to sincerely call on God asking for God’s wisdom and direction.  

I am sure that God’s Word gives clear answers on the subject.

Acts 5 reminds us that  “We must obey God rather than men.”  The men of God who were told to stop telling the truth about Jesus knew that they must obey God rather than men.  The apostles were persecuted, placed in jail, and they were instructed to stop telling the truth.  The angel of the Lord told the apostles to share the gospel story.  We know that those apostles obeyed God rather than the voice of men.  

I believe the apostles knew that they would possibly face more persecution if they did what they knew was right but that didn’t stop them from obeying God.  

Those men of God clearly showed us how we are supposed to live our lives.  

Ephesians 5:11 tells us this:  “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”  Those words come from the KJV version of the Bible.  

I met more than one minister that failed to preach the truth from the pulpit.  Some of the people who claim to follow God are not being obedient to the Lord.  

Are you going to obey the Lord or follow the world?  

Will you be one of the chosen few? 

Ministers have shared a few things with me throughout the years.  One minister told me that he felt as though the money put in the offering plate was a way he had of knowing that his work for the Lord was appreciated.  Another minister told me that we can’t be led by wealth or traditions for we must be led by God.  You can follow the money or follow God.   Which one will you choose?  

Here are some Scriptures that may help you know which one to follow:

Matthew 6:24  (KJV), 
“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”

Luke 16:13 (KJV), 
“No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”

& words from 1 Timothy 3 (KJV)  give us some good things to recall for those who care to be servants of the Lord, bishops, deacons, or elders. This version speaks about bishops and deacons.  I believe any person that truly wants to serve the Lord would do well to read and obey the Lord concerning these things.    Verses 3 & 8  also speak against following the way of a greedy person.  

 

1 Timothy 3  (KJV),
“This is a true saying, if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.
 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;
 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)
 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
 Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;
 Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.
 And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.
 Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.
 Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.
 For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
 These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly:
 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”

 

Here are some other passages a Christian may want to study if they need help seeing that God wants you to expose evil deeds and to take a stand for righteous living.  There are many people who will stand against you if you stand up for what is right.  It can and will be difficult to take a stand for holiness.  Those who are walking in darkness hate the light. 

James 5:20, 1 Corinthians 6:2,1 Corinthians 10:20-21,  Psalm 94:16, Titus 1:10-13, Galatians 6:1, Matthew 18:15-17,  Ezekiel 3:18-19, Isaiah 5:20, 
James 4:4, “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”
1 John 2:15,  “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”
John 3:20, John 4: 1, Matthew 7:21-23

You will find many examples in the Word of God that prove that those who truly follow God say and do what they know is right rather than following the ways of mankind.  

The choice is yours whether you will be the person that fully obeys God or you will choose to follow satan.  Those who do their own thing are following satan because the enemy of God tells a person to do their own thing rather than to do the things of the Lord.

We find some lovely words in the book of James.  James tells us how we can receive wisdom from God.  The passages  also remind us that God’s people should expect to receive that wisdom if they ask for it in faith.  We also find these words from Chapter 3 of James:  “Wisdom that comes from above is not self serving, bitter, envious, or full of strife.  Ungodly words and thoughts bring forth confusion and evil.  Wisdom that does come from above is first pure, peaceable, gentle, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” 

I’ll end this writing with words from Matthew 6:33 (KJV), 

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

 

 

 

& Thoughts Shared by Elizabeth Wolfe, For Fellow Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ

Entering Into His Courts With Praise

My friend,  Genevieve Ambler,  called me and we talked for a while.

She recently told me two things that I just love thinking about. I’m hoping more of God’s people will enjoy thinking about these statements she shared.

She said she talked to the Lord about entering into his courts with thanksgiving and praise.

She knew what it means for us to be thankful but she wanted a better understanding of what we are to do when we give God praise.

This definition for the word praise came to her mind: “Praise is given in appreciation for a job well done.”

The other thing she shared with me was mentioned during a moment of prayer.

During prayer she said something about how we were entering into the courtroom. Then she said, “The courtroom is where the decisions are made.”

 

Ponder on that for a time. I pray it blesses you. It sure did bless me.

 

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.  Those words from the Psalmist are very fitting to think about when we recall that God always does his work well.  We will always have reasons for giving praise and thanks to the Lord.  ~ Elizabeth Wolfe