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

Gates Are Always Open

I just read passages from Revelation 21 where we are told that the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.

WOW!!! 

I love the light.  

I have watched a few loved ones of mine walk into the morning light as they start their day.  It always seems as if the daylight gives them energy to get up and go.

There will be no night in the HOLY CITY, the NEW JERUSALEM.  YEAH!! Did you know about these places?  

Did you know the gates will always be open? 

It’s all totally awesome, isn’t it?  Praise the Lord.

We are going to be able to live forever with the Lord in a place where there is always light and the gates will always be open.

Some people used to welcome friends and family by telling them that their door will always be open to them.  

God welcomes his people to come to the place where the gates will always be open and the light will always shine because God will be there.  

The glory of God will lighten our way. 

 

Revelation 21  (KJV),
“21 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.
10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;
12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
13 On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.
14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
15 And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.
16 And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.
17 And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.
18 And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.
19 And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;
20 The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.
21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.
22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.
25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.”
26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.
27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”

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

Let It Be Made Known

This evening my youngest daughter’s dog went outside but he was not so eager to come back in the house. 

The dog smelled a rabbit or saw something that captured his attention.  My daughter knew it may be a while before her dog would want to come back inside.  

She was tired so I told her  I’d let her dog in when he was finished running around the yard with excitement.

She told me to remember to let him in before I went to bed.

I let her know that he would let me know when he was ready to come inside.  

The words, “Let it be made known” were going through my mind a few times after I said that.

I was pretty sure there are some passages in the Bible that tell us God will let some things be made known.

I prayed asking the Lord to help me find a passage that helped me know at least one of the things he will make known to us. 

Here is the first passage I found about something God will make known to his people.   Can you see it in Ephesians Chapter 1?

Ephesians 1  (NIV), 
“1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
To God’s holy people in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus:
2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Praise for Spiritual Blessings in Christ
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, 9 he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.
Thanksgiving and Prayer
15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.”

I loved reading this whole Chapter from the book of Ephesians.  

God not only plans to make the mystery of  his will known to his children he is going to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ. 

We’re a chosen people.  We are predestined according to his plan.  When we believed we were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession – to the praise of his glory. 

Look at the words in the rest of Chapter 1 where Paul prays that people will be given a Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so they may know him better & he prayed that  eyes of hearts may be enlightened in order that people may know the hope to which he was called. . . incomparable great power for us who believe. That is said to be the same power that was exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at the right hand of God.  

I got a lot more than I expected when I began to search for one of the things God will make known to his people.  Do you see it all?  Do you get blessed when you read about how God inspired Paul to write and to pray that people’s hearts will be enlightened?  Doesn’t it bless you abundantly to see that prayer we can pray for one another to get to know him better?  It blesses me immensely. 

I want to know God better.  I want to pray that other people will know him better, too. 

I also believe that He will make himself known to those who truly want to know him.  Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.  Resist the devil and the devil will flee.

God is greater than the enemy.  The enemy is a defeated foe.

I was also extra happy to read about the deposit that has been made on our inheritance.  It is a deposit that guarantees our inheritance. 

For a moment or two I thought about earthly inheritances.  There are some people on this earth that will do almost anything to get that earthly inheritance and they may even do all they can to prohibit others from getting a fair share or they may do all they can to get it all for themselves.  HA!! Sad news for them if that’s all they care about.  An earthly inheritance is nice but the heavenly inheritance that God has in store for his people is an everlasting inheritance.  God has a new home waiting for those who take up their cross and follow him.  The righteous shall inherit the land.  There is a new heaven and a new earth.  Read about the new heaven and earth spoken of in Revelation 21 and also see the type of people that will not be able to live in that wonderful land.

Revelation 21  (KJV),
” And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.
10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;
12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
13 On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.
14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
15 And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.
16 And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.
17 And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.
18 And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.
19 And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;
20 The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.
21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.
22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.
25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.
26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.
27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”  

People that walk with God know they are saved by God’s grace and it’s a free gift given to us by God.  They also know that we will all be known by the fruit of our lives.  You can tell if someone is walking close to God by paying attention to how they really live their lives.  Some times you may not see if they are a liar or a thief.  You may not readily see if they are greedy especially if they wear a mask that makes them appear as though they are  one of the sheep in God’s household.   I’m sure that those type of people will not be able to deceive the Lord. God knows which ones are the wheat and which ones are the tares.  God knows who is wearing a mask.  No one has ever been able to trick the Lord.  No one will ever be able to deceive God.  God will not be mocked.   God tells his people to believe and to repent.  A person that repents of their sins also turns away from their sins.

If you read anything in God’s Word that causes you to realize that you have sinned and you need to get right with God get right with him now.  Don’t wait until tomorrow.  You really don’t know what will happen tomorrow.  If the sins that trouble you the most seem unsurmountable and you feel as though you cannot overcome the sinful life you’ve been leading turn to the Lord.  Call upon the Lord so he can save you and help you.  If you confess your sins he is faithful and he will forgive you and cleanse you of the evil things you’ve said and done.  See 1 John Chapter 1 especially verse 9.

God makes promises and he will fulfill every promise he has made to his people.  When he puts a deposit on something it will be granted.  You can fully trust in God to follow through. 

People on this earth may have made empty promises to you.  People on earth may not intend to break promises but some times things happen beyond their control and their former plans may fail.  Oh and some people are just jerks that continue to make empty promises because they are not honest people.  

Rest assured that God will keep all of his promises. 

God is the absolute best promise keeper.  

Thoughts shared by Elizabeth Wolfe, Christian writer sharing the truth in love whenever possible. 

"God's Gracious Gift" by Elizabeth Evans Wolfe, For Fellow Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, Prayers, Prayers Testimonies & Thoughts

Personal Prayer For Family

Lord, We praise you and give you honor & glory.
[We always pray to our Heavenly Father asking all things in the name of Jesus Christ, His Son]
Please forgive us of our sins (sins known and unknown to us) & heal us of our sicknesses & diseases. Help us forgive those who sin against us.
Help each of us draw closer to you & convict us of all sin in our lives.
Deliver us from all evil and the schemes of the devil & demons.
Protect us from the fiery darts of the enemy. Delilver us from wicked, cruel, and unreasonable people because we know that all people do not have faith. All people do not walk with you.
Help us unite with true believers who do walk with you in the light of your Word.
Order our steps aright. Steer us onto the right path that leads to life.
Meet our needs according to Your riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Help us serve you daily.

 

Prayer of my heart this morning by Elizabeth Evans Wolfe

 

Lord, Please let my children and grandchildren hear your call and obey you at all times.  AMEN

8/28/2018

 

 

For Fellow Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ

How To Keep Your Way Pure

Psalm 119:9  (KJV)
Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

Psalm 119:9  (NIV)
How can a young person stay on the path of purity?
By living according to your word.

Psalm 119 verse 9 stood out to me. 

What a wonderful set of words God has given to us to help us know that if we live according to His Word we can keep our way pure.

God’s Word tells us to live in  a righteous way.  We are told that few will be walking on the straight and narrow path that leads to life.

We should not be surprised by the way other people are doing their own thing instead of doing what God says. 

FEW PEOPLE WILL WALK ON THE STRAIGHT & NARROW PATH THAT LEADS TO LIFE.

We would like it if there were many people who are like minded with us but it may be wise to learn and accept the truth that many people will be walking on the wide road that leads to destruction.

Once a Christian begins to grasp that truth they can begin to walk on the narrow path with an understanding that few will be walking side by side with them.

That does not mean the Christian will be walking alone.  The Lord will be with you when you walk with him.  He will be on your side when you are doing what is right. 

There are other Christian people that seek to serve the Lord with joy in their hearts.  They also understand that we will find wolves that are wearing the clothing of sheep.  They will know that a few have lost their way.  

Do what you know is right and remember that pleasing God is more important than pleasing anyone else. 

 

For Fellow Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ

Be Wise – Follow Wise Counsel

I woke up today and soon heard a portion of Scripture go through my mind.

There is a Proverb that says, “Throw in your lot with us . . . “

Hear are the words found in Proverbs 1v14 shared in three different translations:

KJV
Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:

TLB
Come on, throw in your lot with us; we’ll split with you in equal shares.”
MSG
Pay close attention, friend, to what your father tells you; never forget what you learned at your mother’s knee. Wear their counsel like flowers in your hair, like rings on your fingers. Dear friend, if bad companions tempt you, don’t go along with them. If they say—“Let’s go out and raise some hell. Let’s beat up some old man, mug some old woman. Let’s pick them clean and get them ready for their funerals. We’ll load up on top-quality loot. We’ll haul it home by the truckload. Join us for the time of your life! With us, it’s share and share alike!”— Oh, friend, don’t give them a second look; don’t listen to them for a minute. They’re racing to a very bad end, hurrying to ruin everything they lay hands on. Nobody robs a bank with everyone watching, Yet that’s what these people are doing— they’re doing themselves in. When you grab all you can get, that’s what happens: the more you get, the less you are.

I read the MSG seeing that a person is encouraged to learn at their mother’s knee and they should pay close attention to what their father tells them.  

What is a person supposed to do if their parents or guardians didn’t give them wise counsel?  

Most people now know that all parents are not the same.

I don’t have to expound on every bad testimony I’ve heard on the television, radio,  over the internet, or directly from people I know where a child was finally able to expose the evil things their parent was involved with.  Some parents do not train their children to do good things.  

There are some parents who teach their children to be liars, greedy, perverted, and ugly spirited.  Some of those people sit in the church on a regular basis, too.  The children follow the ways of their parents unless the children grow up with a strong desire to turn away from those things that are wrong.

Christian friends,  If anyone tells you to throw in your lot with them and to do things that are against the ways of the Lord don’t listen to them.  

Each of us are held accountable for the things we say and do.  It is appointed for all men to die and then the judgment will come.

Listen to the Lord.

Be Wise – Follow Wise Counsel – Wise Counsel Comes From God

Obey the voice of God.

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.”

 

 

 

& 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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