Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Flutter By ...

Butterflies have predators!
As lovely as the butterfly is, there are other little creatures out there that prey on it. There are wasps, birds, snakes, and frogs to name just a few.

When we have that new life in Christ, we have a predator too. Just like the butterfly needs to be aware of his surroundings and how its predators can attack him, so do we as Christians. The devil is out there and he is seeking us out. He's our "adversary".

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.   1 Peter 5:8


 
Butterflies Need The Sun.
Butterflies can't fly if their temperature is less than 86°  They cannot produce heat on their own and butterflies must rely on the sun to heat up their wings in order for them to move about. They have strong muscles but they can't fly without the sun to warm their bodies first.

I used to wonder why I'd see butterflies sometimes sitting on a branch, just sitting there, almost not moving for a very long time, with maybe just a slight movement of the wings. Apparently they were soaking up the sun in order to take flight.

Wow!  That is how we are as Christians. We can't do things on our own. We need the "Son" to warm us as well. We don't move along very well in our own strength, do we? We have to rely on the Lord's strength and guidance before we can accomplish anything.

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.  Philippians 4:13




Butterflies Can See Ultraviolet Light.
Did you know that the butterfly has the ability to see things we humans cannot see? They have the ability to see ultraviolet light which helps vividly guide them so they can find nectar to drink.

As Christians we have a special eyesight as well and we can see things others don't. Sometimes those without Christ just don't understand us Christians. We have the ability to see with the eyes of faith.

I think of all of those heroes of faith in Hebrews chapter 11 and all the things that happened because of their faith.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

 
[Julia Bettencourt of Creative Ladies Ministry ]


 

 
2 Corinthians 5:17 ... Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.❤

Monday, June 29, 2015

Lover of My Soul

For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.

[Judy Garland]




 
Song of Solomon 1:2 ... Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine.
 


Song of Solomon 6:3 ... I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine: he feedeth among the lilies.
 
 
 
Hosea 2:19 ... And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Best Preacher

He is not the best preacher who tickles the ear, but who breaks the heart.
 
[Thomas Brooks]
 
 
 
 
 
Jeremiah 23:29 ... Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?
 
 
 
Ezekiel 36:26 ... A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
 
 
Psalm 34:18 ... The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

The Rainbow Symbol

In the book of Genesis, the bible speaks about how the people of the earth had become so evil, wicked, and perverse, that God was sorrowful that he had ever created mankind. It was in this time that God decided to flood the earth, but there was one man on the planet who found favor in God’s eyes … Noah. (Genesis 6:5-8)

When Noah and his family were off the ark, God made them a promise that he would never again flood the earth no matter HOW evil humanity became. So to ensure that all of humanity remembered his promise, God gave us a ‘Token’ (gift). The purpose of this token was to remind us of his promise whenever we see the rain fall upon the earth and that gift was the Rainbow. (Genesis 9:12-17)

The rainbow is a contract from God to mankind. In this contract, God gives humanity his Word that he will never again flood the entire earth, no matter what.

Therefore when we see Thousands of homosexuals marching in the streets with the Rainbow as their flag, they are essentially implying that they are proud of their sexual immorality whether God likes it or not while simultaneously reminding God of the contract that he made with humanity never to flood the earth again.

But whether they realize it or not the masses who gather together to celebrate their sexual immorality, and those who carry these colorful flags are essentially provoking God to wrath in their Ignorance.

[Deon vs. Earth]





Deuteromony 9:7 ... Remember, and forget not, how thou provokedst the Lord thy God to wrath in the wilderness: from the day that thou didst depart out of the land of Egypt, until ye came unto this place, ye have been rebellious against the Lord.
 
 
 
Hosea 4:6 ... My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

 
 
 
Romans 1:21-24 ... Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
 
 
 
Jude 1:7 ... Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

#LoveWins

There is precedent found in the Word of God where Christians have not only the right to dissent from the law of the land, but to resist it completely when it goes against our religious beliefs.

This is found in Acts 5:28-29 "We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name," he said. "Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man's blood. But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men."
 
I encourage every believer to resist to the best of their ability to what's occurring in this nation.
 
[Christopher Gregory]




 
 
 
 
James 4:7 ... Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
 
 
 
Romans 12:9 ... Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
 
 
 
1 Peter 5:9 ... Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
 
 
 
2 John 1:6 ... And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.❤

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Church's Task—Entertainment or Evangelization?

Jesus pitied sinners, pleaded with them, sighed over them, warned them, and wept over them; but He never sought to amuse them! When the evening shadows of His consecrated life were deepening into the night of death, He reviewed His holy ministry, and found comfort and sweet solace in the thought, "I have given them Your Word."


As with the Master, so with His apostles; their teaching is the echo of His. In vain will the epistles be searched to discover any trace of a gospel of amusement. The same call for separation from the world rings in everyone, "But not conformed to this world, but be you transformed," is the word of command in the Romans. "Come out from among them. and be you separate and touch not the unclean thing." It is the trumpet call in the Corinthians. In other words it is come out - keep out - keep clean out - for "what communion has light with darkness, and what concord has Christ with Belial?"
 
[Archibald Brown]
 
 
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Romans 12:2 ... And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
 
 
2 Corinthians 6:17 ... Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
 
 
 
Ephesians 5:11 ... And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

We Need ...

There's one thing we need above everything else; it's something we don't talk about these days. We need a mighty avalanche of conviction of sin.

[Leonard Ravenhill]
 
 
 
Acts 17:30 ... And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
 
 
 
Luke 13:5 ... I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
 
 
 
John 16:8 ... And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
 
 
 
Hebrews 4:12 ... For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Christian Life

The Christian life is a life that consists of following Jesus.

The first step toward a daily following of Christ, is the denying of self.

Many suppose they are followers of Christ, and yet ignore the path which He traveled. They imagine that may decline the unpleasant tasks of denying self and cross bearing and yet enter Heaven when they die. What a delusion!

The one who disregards God's commandments is not walking as Christ walked; instead, he is walking as the world walks.

[A.W. Pink]

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Luke 9:23 ... And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
 
 
 
John 3:30 ... He must increase, but I must decrease.
 
 
 
Galatians 2:20 ... I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.



John 10:27-28 ...  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:  And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I Will Arise and Go To My Father!

I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, Luke 15:18

This is a child's cry! It is full of meaning. It is full of love. It is full of comfort. It is a title which the Lord loves to hear us use!

Lord, give us the Spirit of adoption, and let us know and feel, that we are Your children!

Believer! To whom will you repair in trouble? To whom will you look in difficulty?  To whom will you cry in danger? From whom will you ask when in need? Surely I hear you say, "My Father!"

Who speaks to you in the Bible? Who tries you by His providence? Who chastens you with His rod? Who purifies and cleanses you? Who humbles and reproves you? Again you will say, "My Father!"

Who supports the world? Who controls the nations? Who chains up Satan? Who comforts the believer? Who pardons the backslider?  Again you reply, "My Father!"

Then I exhort you to trust your Father's Word,  abide in your Father's heart,  expect from your Father's hand,  and say in every trial: "I will arise and go to my Father!"
 
[James Smith]



Monday, June 22, 2015

A Kingdom ...

A home is a kingdom of its own in the midst of the world, a stronghold amid life's storms and stresses, a refuge, even a sanctuary.
 
[Dietrich Bonhoeffer]
 
 
 
 
 
Nahum 1:7 ... The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.
 
 
 
Philippians 3:20 ... For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
 
 
 
1 Thessalonians 2:12 ... That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.
 
 
 
Romans 14:17 ... For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
 
 
 
2 Corinthians 5:1 ... For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.