& 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, & Thoughts Shared by Elizabeth Wolfe

The Lord Is Our Helper

“If it wasn’t for the Lord helping us stand when we can barely walk

we’d all be a royal mess when going through the death of a loved one.” ~  EEW

 

 

“If it wasn’t for the Lord helping us stand when we can barely walk we’d all be a royal mess when going through the death of a loved one.” ~ Elizabeth Evans Wolfe 8/8/2018

 

copyright  by Elizabeth Evans Wolfe

& 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.”

& 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 

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

A Problem Larger Than A Pile Of Dishes

A friend from grade school asked me to come visit her after school.  I got permission from my parents to visit my friend then I visited my new friend.

She was a cheerful person.  I got to her home finding things in her home were not the same as things at my home.  

I don’t know what prompted us to walk into the kitchen but I was surprised when we got there.  The kitchen had dishes piled up higher than I had ever remembered seeing dishes piled up before.  I also don’t know why I made a decision and had time to start washing those dishes but I did that.  I’m pretty sure that from that day forward I disliked seeing dirty dishes piled up on the counter.  Dishes are a lot harder to get cleaned up if there are so many dirty dishes lying around that there is hardly any space to get the sink clean and cleared out to add clean water.  The job is also more difficult if there is hardly any room to rinse the dishes once they are washed.  Finding a spot to put the cleaned dishes can be another problem.  It can take hours to get a kitchen looking spiffy once the dirty things are put in a large pile.  One of the other problems with dirty dishes that are piled up is created when the dirty dishes sit too long before they get cleaned.  It takes a lot more work to clean dishes that have had food dried or hardened on the surface.   Pots and pans used to be a lot harder to clean, too.  

My friend’s Mother must have told my Mother that I had done the dishes at their home.  Instead of saying anything nice about what I had done my Mother sort of scolded me for doing dishes at someone else’s home because she felt I should do the same thing at our home.  I did share the work of doing the dishes at our home.  My Mother didn’t realize that our home was a lot different than my new friend’s house. 

How could my Mother understand what it was like for a single woman to take care of several children, go to work five days a week, and have to live in an apartment?  How could my mother know what it was like for a woman that may have been abandoned by her husband? 

My Mother was blessed with four children who had been taught to help with the dishes and we were encouraged to share the responsibility of doing those dishes.  Mom had my Dad in the house to help back up some of the rules.

When I grew to be a teen I was given some babysitting jobs.  Almost every time I was placed as a babysitter for a single parent something was piled up somewhere.  If it wasn’t dishes piling up it could have been laundry piled up.  There may have been laundry and dishes piled up in some homes. 

I didn’t understand until I got older that the problems that some of the single women had were problems that were larger than a huge pile of dishes. 

The women I was meeting were women who were surviving the best way they knew to survive even though they didn’t have a lot of support.  They may have had people bombarding them with blame because of the position they were in.  They definitely had to carry a heavy load.  They didn’t have the comfort of a husband that was dedicated to helping them have a home.  They didn’t have a husband that was going to listen to them and help them figure out the best way to deal with problems they may have had with the children, the schools,  or at the workplace.  It’s quite possible they suffered a divorce because their former husbands were abusive, neglectful, or busy with other women.  

I looked at my tiny pile of dishes today as I placed them in the dishwasher.  My memory went into that mode of seeing a large pile of dishes sitting all over the counter at a friend’s house when I was quite young.  Then my mind went from thinking of those soiled dishes to pondering on how many problems women who get things piled up have. 

I also recall that the friend who invited me to her home didn’t seem to be bothered by the multitude of dirty dishes.  That’s how things were in her home.  She was friendly, she was kind,  she invited me to her home.   She was also very fortunate because her mother did find the funds to get things cleaned up at the laundry.  The whole family had clean clothing to wear and everything else was organized at their home.  I was sad when their family moved to another area. 

I asked the Lord how this memory from the past could be used to share a good message that needs shared.  

One thing that seemed to stand out to me after I pondered on this story from my past was to recall how God wants us to help one another. Our hands are meant to be used to do good things.  We are not supposed to stand idly by doing nothing when there is something good we can do to help other people. 

I also realized that my Mother was trying to make sure I didn’t neglect my responsibilities at home if I was going to visit other people.  She was right to remind me of my duties at home.  It wouldn’t have harmed anything if she had taken a moment to remind me that God does want us to do good things for other people, too, if we’ve taken care of things in our own home.  Maybe my Mother was too worn out to talk more about the subject at the time.  Even though Mom had more support and help than my friend’s Mother had my Mother did work outside of the home a lot, too.  My Mother did talk about the importance of getting priorities straight.  She may not have used those words but she was right to teach us that each person has their own responsibilities to tend to.  It isn’t right for a family to neglect their own family members while they take care of other people.  

Doing nice things for others is doing something greater than picking up some dishes and washing them.  It’s also nice to try to understand what the other person is going through.  It’s wrong to step in and start putting people down who are basically forced to live differently than you live because they don’t have the same advantages that you have.

I’ve also found that some people who are less fortunate can get offended if you try to give them things because it may make them feel as though you are belittling them.  They could have had severe experiences with neighbors or peers that said harmful things to them about their situation in the past.   When you see a need it’s probably best to begin asking the Lord what he wants you to do to be helpful.  Be willing to do whatever you know is the right thing to do.  It’s also wise to understand that there may be times when God wants you to pray because he plans on using a group of people to help those who are in need of help.  

I am convinced that no matter how much you do you will never be able to give more than God gives you. I am also sure that every Christian  needs to recall that we are not saved by works.  Remain humble and let all you do be done to give glory to God.  It’s wrong to do things just to get some sort of kudos from other people.  It’s nice when people say thank-you and they let you know they appreciate kind things you’ve done but definitely wrong if you’re motivated to do good things just so men can know you’ve done good things.  God sees everything.  God’s favor should be desired.

There are other ways that people have been put down by their fellow man.  Some people do not get the luxury of attending college for various reasons.  It is very sad to report but it is a true report.   I have heard and seen how some highly educated people look down upon people that have not attended college.  They really should not be so high minded about their own education.   Looking down on anyone that has less wealth or education than you have is an ugly thing to do.  

James Chapter 2 speaks of how favoritism is forbidden.

James 2  (NIV)

My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism.  Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in.  If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,”  have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?  But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court?  Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong?
If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right.  But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.  For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.  For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,” also said, “You shall not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker.
Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom,  because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?  Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food.  If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?  In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.  You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless?  Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar?  You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.  And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend.  You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.
In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction?  As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.”

  

 

 

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

It’s Not Good To Live A Double Life

We can see several examples in the Bible that shows sibling rivalry began with the first two children that were born from a woman.

Cain killed his brother, Abel.

Joseph was treated harshly by his brothers & even though God used the situation for good those brothers did not ever seem to fully understand how great God’s love is or how much different they were than their brother, Joseph.

I love the story of Joseph because it reminds me that doing what is right in the eyes of the Lord is much more important than being a people pleaser or a family pleaser.  It also reminds me that there are siblings who cannot be trusted to show care to their own family members. 

Let’s face it.  Some people are just very selfish.  They always have been and if they don’t get right with God they always will be. 

Selfish minded people can walk in a church and they may even serve in some way at your local church but they are found wanton.  

You see, the Bible tells us that selfishness comes from the devil.  It is an earthly trait that needs to be destroyed in the life of each person that comes to the Lord.

Any time a person does something to steal from their parents, their siblings, or their fellow man they are proving that they do not care about the love of God. 

Those who walk with God may some times call one another brother or sister even if they are not close blood relatives.  

When you walk with the Lord and you have made him the Lord of your life you are adopted into the kingdom of God.  When you are able to call God   “Father”   you are also able to call your God fearing church family members brother or sister.  

I believe the good Lord wants us to remember those special words that remind us to do unto others as we would like them to do unto us.  

If you truly want to follow Jesus it’s time to pray that you can prove it by your actions.  God is watching.  Even if no one else sees the kind things you do God sees it.  

On the other hand it’s also known that each person that gives pain or trouble to a child of God will one day be held accountable for those actions.  God’s Word makes it clear that one day those who do what is wrong will have to answer to God.  Look at what it says here in 2 Thess. 

 

2 Thessalonians 1:6-9 (NIV), 
“God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you  and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels.  He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.  They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might.” 

I believe there are some people who claim that they love the Lord who will one day find out that they have a  need to really get right with the Lord or they will not be among the Godly.  You see, they may claim they know the Lord but the Word of the Lord says we will know people by the fruit they bear. 

God’s people will not be the type of people that steal from other people.  God’s people will not be using tricks of the trade to line their pockets with more money.  God’s people will not be treating other people in ways that they themselves would not like to be treated. 

You can tell who really loves the Lord by seeing how those people really act.  This is one reason that I am delighted to know that God is the final judge.  God sees everything.  God knows when a person secretly and selfishly does things for their own personal gain.  God knows when a person is just saying they love Him and when that person is really walking with him. 

A person that does not fear God may say and do awful things that only God can see.  No one, absolutely no one will be rewarded in a good way if they continue to walk in sin doing awful things. 

A person that is saved by grace may slip and they may do something that is wrong.  We  all get our feet dirty while we walk on this earth.  I am thankful that God gives us time to turn away from things we have done that are wrong.  Some of us may take longer to get that closer walk with God than others.    It is important that God’s people learn to stop acting like the Sadducees, the hypocrites, and the Pharisees.   We have the opportunity to accept the Lord into our hearts and we can choose whether or not we will truly allow God to be our #1. 

Some people put themselves on the pedestal instead of allowing God to be their first love.  Walking in the church door doesn’t make you a Christ follower.  Going to the altars made by human hands doesn’t mean you’ve done all you need to do to get right with God.  There is something called “getting right with God” that each person needs to do.  It’s a spiritual thing.  We can’t earn the way to get right with God.  We must choose that walk by faith.  The just shall live by faith. 

Salvation is truly a free gift from God.  The same grace of God that saves us is the same grace of God that helps us begin to live for the Lord.  It is very important to recall that we cannot earn salvation.  Jesus paid that price.  It is also important for a lot of people that say they love God to know that God’s Word is true and he says that there will be certain people that will not be in heaven.  I have written and talked about those passages before.  Those who claim to love the Lord may be given thousands of opportunities to be convicted by God’s Holy Spirit of anything wrong they have done.  Every person gets the freedom to decide if they are going to be those who do what is right or if they are going to be the type of people that only speak about doing what is right.  

THAT’S THE GRACE OF GOD, TOO!   If you live on this earth long enough to be convicted of your sins in such a way that you turn away from your sins you can truly be called a member of the family of God.   God will not contend with man forever though.  A man may or may not get a 100 or more years to get things right with God.    

I feel sad when I think of the people who continue to declare that they know God & that they follow God yet they are still following the devil when they speak lies, or when they con other people out of money, or they do other evil things.    

We can pray for those type of people asking God to help them turn from their wicked ways.  God may also call those who have been delivered of evil doings to gently speak to those who are still walking in darkness.  It is sorrowful to hear someone say they love God and to then see how their actions do not prove they have made God their highest priority.  

We can also live our lives doing what we know is right and remembering that we should not be boastful or proud of anything about us. 

Those who are saved are saved by God’s grace so that no person can boast.   

 

~ EEW

 

Some so-called brothers and sisters who say they love the Lord need to repent.

Yes,  I have met people that sit in a church regularly & they may even pay tithes regularly but some of those same people do awful things.

God can save anyone from their sin.  Those who are walking with the Lord are supposed to pray for those who do what is wrong.

Remember God is the one who takes vengeance.

One day the good Lord will take vengeance on all who do not repent.  It will happen just like God’s Word says it will happen so keep on praying for those you know who are living a double life.

 

Matthew 7:21-23  (KJV),  
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

Revelation 22  (KJV),
“And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.
Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.
And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.
Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.
And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.
He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”

 

 

 

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

Is Your Church Just A Social Club?

I have heard several Christian people share their concern about some of the churches that seem to thrive. 

The sad thing these people have told me is  how some of the churches are thriving as social clubs rather than thriving as sanctuaries.

I have seen what they were talking about.  

The buildings we build for places of worship should be holy  places. 

Devotion to God should be the goal of each person that walks into a church.

Each church leader should probably ask themselves if they want a simple social club or if they want to lead people to worship the Lord in spirit and in truth. 

It is the truth that sets people free.