Sometimes when you’re not sure…..


This fire on January 25/26th hit very close to home. It was virtually a “where do we go from here” frame of mind. God used this awful circumstance to help change attitudes and minds and hearts in the way Darlene and I do things. As I watched the smoldering at first, then later on the following morning the licking flames threatening to engulf the entire block. We stood across the street, praying, holding hands and praising God in this “storm” We were at peace somehow. (some people call it shock)
God had a special lesson for us to learn through this…

1) TRUST HIM!


2) Seek His face ALWAYS!

Yesterday’s message on our reader board was “Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.” Proverbs 18:12. A message later on today I got via text was “The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.” Proverbs 18:10… hmmmm
Pretty much the context of that passage from verses 10 through 20 say that, (Paraphrase)”Don’t elevate your status because you CAN BE knocked down. If you do something because you think God wants you to do it, you are mistaken because you are not putting God in that equation.” and a bunch of other juicy tidbits. God is always trying to talk to us, but we are too busy to listen. Sometimes God uses these bad, awful things to bring you to a realization that you can not do it WITHOUT HIM! As we walked into the bookstore this morning after taking a nap, we looked around, nothing damaged, no super bad odor, and we sat down and wept. We remembered all the times when we didn’t have money to pay rent, utilities threatening to get shut off, water damage at the old store, eviction notices, and the list goes on. We are almost 2 years old, as we realized that the hand of God is on this place. For HIS Glory…

 

HUMBLE YOURSELF IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD AND HE WILL LIFT YOU UP!!!

How’s your walk?

Life sometimes hits us head on and we don’t know if we’re coming or going, but God has already been there!  Why do we struggle with day to day things if we are living as Christians?  We are to be a light unto the world

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.

Ephesians 5:8-10

If we live daily, pleasing God, doing HIS work, as HE commands, we are walking in the “LIGHT”, and the world will know us by HIS light.  Are we just sitting around, staring at four walls, worrying about how we’re going to pay our bills, start the car, put food on the table?  Or we in our own selfish desires that we forget our brother or sister in Christ, or even our OWN families???

Jesus said, “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?” and then “Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? For your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

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

Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

(Read Matthew 6:19-35~because it is powerful words of Christ)

Christ delivered us from all of these things that burden us, worry us, CONDEMN US!  As Christians, we are to put on the “Whole Armor of God”, put on Christ, and live with joy in our hearts to the LORD!!

So THROW off that “old man”, put on the ‘NEW MAN’…..

Rebuke Satan in the name of JESUS and move on to greater things.

“I can do all things through Christ which strengthenth me”!!!

He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? …  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:32-39

Are we putting on the “Whole Armor of God”?

We read in Ephesian 6:9-18:
And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening:
knowing that your Master also is in heaven;
neither is there respect of persons with him.
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to
stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities,
against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able
to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth,
and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit,
which is the word of God:
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit,
and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;