Wednesday, October 19, 2016

“You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.  This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand....Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”

1 Samuel 17:45-47 

I welcome you all to choose your own Scriptures to go along with this picture. I'd love to read them all! It was fun to do that last week. :-)


Monday, October 17, 2016

The key to empowering your faith!

So often we read about all the great heros and heroines in the Bible and we wish we could be like them. Why can't we have the faith of Noah or Abraham? Gideon, Joshua, Elijah? Paul?  Why do we always fall so short? I was reading Hebrews 11 the other day, the famous chapter that lists all the great faith warriors in the Bible. I've read it a thousand times, but this time, something really stuck out to me that I think will help us all with our faith.

In the beginning of the chapter, it says the following
By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible

Normally, we'd just browse over that..  yes, yes, we believe God spoke the world into existence. But pay attending to how He made things we see from things that are not visible. 

As we read further, we learn of Able, who by faith offered an acceptable sacrifice, Enoch whose faith was so exemplary, God took him home without death, Noah, who though he'd never seen rain, built an ark. 

The Scripture goes on to talk of Abraham who left his home and family and went to a new land and lived in tents like a nomad. Why?   ... for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.   His hope was in an eternal city.

Joseph died in Egypt without ever seeing the promised land

By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward

What reward was Moses looking for? 

It then lists what these great men and women of God did through their faith  (vs 33-38)

  • Subdued Kingdoms
  • Worked righteousness
  • obtained promises
  • stopped the mouths of lions
  • quenched the violence of fire
  • escaped the edge of the sword
  • out of weakness were made strong
  • became vigilant in battle
  • turned to flight the armies of aliens
  • women received their dead raised to life again
  • Others were tortured  not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection.  
  • Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. 
  • Stoned
  • Sawn in two
  • Tempted   
  • Slain with the sword
  • Wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins
  • Destitute
  • Afflicted
  • Tormented

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him

But what is that reward? What would possess these people to give up everything in this world to submit to a difficult life and receive nothing in return by the world's standards. NONE of these great patriarchs of faith ever saw the fulfillment of what God had promised them on earth, at least not in its totality. 

These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth

Do you see what I'm seeing? What made these peoples' faith so strong? 

Their hope in eternity!

Their reward was not of this world and they knew that. They knew there was something far greater awaiting them after death, an eternal paradise with God. They saw it in visions, dreams, heard God whispering about it in their ears, felt it written on their very souls. It was the hope of eternal glory that gave them the power to go on, to do great feats in the name of God. 

Yet, I can't help that feel that somewhere along the way, we've lost that hope, that faith in eternity., that dream of heaven.  Christianity has become nothing more than a social club of moral people who are more focused on their comforts in this life than on the next. Why?

  • Honestly, I think it's because many Christians aren't really sure there's a heaven. They hope there is, but they really don't give it much thought. So, why not live it up on earth?
  • Many Christians also have the wrong idea about heaven. They may picture it a totally boring place where we float around and sing songs all the time. SO NOT TRUE
  • The church rarely teaches anything on Heaven.  In fact, I've never heard a sermon in a church on heaven. I've heard teachings on it from Bible teachers, and of course there's Randy Alcorn's great book on Heaven, but it's never taught in church. So most Christians don't even think about it. 

Yet, from what I'm reading in the above Scriptures, it was the hope of HEAVEN which empowered each of these great mighty men and women of God to do the faithful acts they did.  

But if you're too heavenly minded, you won't be any earthly good.

If there ever was FALSE DOCTRINE that Satan incorporated into the church, it as the above statement. Yet, I've heard countless Christians say it as if it were Gospel. Nothing could be further from the truth.

If any of us had a clue, even the slightest hint of the rewards waiting for us, of what God has planned for those who love Him...  we, too, would step out in faith and do the same mighty works, if not greater ones, than these people.  Why?  Because this temporary world would no longer hold any pleasure for us. It pales in comparison to eternity.

Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him  1 Cor. 2:9

while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal  2 Cor 4:18

So, it's my encouragement to you today to be extremely heavenly minded, and then go out and do much earthly good!



Friday, October 14, 2016

Friday's Mad Mad World

Wars and Rumors of Wars

Russia and the USA prepping for Doomsday
Russia deploying Nuclear capable missiles on NATO doorstep
Russia threatens to shoot down any US airstrike attempts
Lightning strikes the top of the Vatican as Russia moves missiles into contested German territory
Germany is creating its own EU military force. War is coming
Commander of US Pacific Fleet tells troops to be ready to fight 
North Korea is racing toward nuclear finish line 
The US, who has already basically given Iran the go head to create nuclear weapons, has now secretly lifted sanctions on Iran to make their task even easier (Important to note here that Iran is one of the countries who attack Israel in the Gog-MaGog war of Ezekiel 38)

Israel - very important to keep our eyes on Israel. They are God's time clock.

Will Obama divide Jerusalem and seal the fate of the US?
Jerusalem terrorist attack: 2 killed four wounded. 
UN backs resolution ignoring Jewish ties to the temple mount

Christian apostasy.

Most Christians don't know basic Christian theology
False church making inroads in Europe. You wont believe this

Christian persecution

Pakistani Christians refused Asylum
Transgender bathrooms coming to a church near you


Woman says God raised her from the dead to evangelize Muslims

The downfall of the USA

12,578 Syrian Refugees admitted to USA in 2016, 68 Christians, 24, Yazidis
Governor of Iowa warns there are Islamic terrorists in every state and they could strike anytime
Former Christian Miley Cyrus proudly declares she's PanSexual. Huh?
America is facing the greatest crisis of its history (If you read any article here, read this one. Global collapse, the church in decline, the coming WWIII, take over by the global elite)


Mark of the Beast coming to a town near you

These are matters for prayer, not fear. Rejoice because your King is coming!


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

I ran out of time yesterday, so I'm challenging you all to come up with a verse from the Bible that fits this picture...  What say you?


Monday, October 10, 2016

Your name is spoken before the throne of God!

I've been thinking a lot about love lately. Well, I guess I would be since I'm a romance novelist.  Of course in a novel or movie, people fall in love and everything always works out. They sail off into the sunset to live out their dreams in wedded bliss. Real life isn't that way, is it? Even the best of relationships have their difficulties. The rest sort of muddle through in mediocrity.  Why? Because human love is flawed, deeply flawed. The love of even the most wonderful person is, at its core, selfish. If you disagree with that, then you haven't a clue about human nature. God tells us that our best actions, our finest acts of love, are like filthy rags.

I'm not saying that people can't sometimes commit unselfish acts of love. Of course they can, and they do. All I'm saying is, that if we are honest with ourselves, most of the time there is a selfish motive lingering behind the love. The only human love on earth that even comes close to being unselfish and unconditional is the love of mother for her children. It really wasn't until I had kids that I began to get a glimpse of God's love for me.

People who love us will sometimes let us down. They will sometimes put themselves ahead of us. They will hurt us and disappoint us, and we will do the same to them. It is inevitable with our fallen selfish human natures.

God is not like that. The trouble is, most of us have a hard time not relating "human" love to how God loves. I'm guilty of this every day. I think God must surely be disappointed with me. Things aren't going well in my life, so He must not love me. He's grown tired of my faults and has moved on. I don't measure up. He's bored with me, tired of my rambling prayers and whining, sick of me repeating myself. Surely there are others who He'd rather focus on, better Christians, prettier Christians, younger Christians who are exciting and who don't make so many mistakes. Isn't that what the world teaches us? That if we want love, we have to look, act, and be a certain way?

Why is it so hard for us to really grasp the love of God? We all know that He loved us so much that He sent His Son to suffer and die, so that we could have a relationship with Him.  I don't know a single person who would put their child through such torture to save a bunch of rebels.

That's why we must think of God's love as something extraordinary and not of this world. It is so far above our human thinking, that we can't fathom it. We must only feel it. And believe it.

A pastor was riding on a train and it stopped at a busy station. As he was looking out the window at all the people hurrying here and there, he asked God, "What do you think of all these people?"  And God replied. "Some are wicked, some are ignorant, and others are exceedingly precious."

I don't know about you, but being called "exceedingly precious" by the God of the universe really touched me. The truth is, we are exceedingly precious to Him. We are bought and paid for with a Huge price. No no pays such a huge price for junk.

I could list a bunch of Scriptures here that tell you that God knows the number of hair on your head, keeps all your tears in a bottle, commands angels to watch over you, formed you in your mother's womb, never leaves you, protects, provides, heals, delivers, listens, loves, cares, nurtures, but you probably already know that in your head. It is our hearts that need to believe it

Let me leave you with something a friend of mine said recently. He said to picture the throne room of the Creator of the Universe, the hosts of angels standing around singing praises, the 24 elders, the cherubim and seraphim, the sea of glass, the golden throne on which the Almighty sits, and beside Him, Jesus sitting on another throne. Picture angels  reporting on the business of the Kingdom and God issuing orders and sending them forth. 

Now picture Jesus turning to God and saying. "I want to talk to you about _(Insert your name here)__ . She's having some trouble lately." God replies. "Yes, I've heard her prayers."

And then the two of them continue talking about you, consulting on the best way to answer your prayers, the best way to help you, to keep you walking in the light. Angels are listening and a hush comes over the throne room while your name is spoken.

You think that can't happen? Of course it can! And it does. (Biblical example found in Job) 
You are valuable! You are a child of God. And like a loving parent, He is concerned about every detail of your life. Yes, your name is indeed spoken in great love in the throne room of God. You are discussed, your life, your struggles, your successes, your needs. Why? Because you are precious to Him. His love is not dependent on anything you have done or anything you will do. He will never leave you, turn His back on you, reject you, hurt you, or disappoint you.. He is never too busy, too late, or too distracted. He always listens and never interrupts.

Satan's biggest lie is that God doesn't love you and that you are a nobody. If he can convince you of that,even a little, he'll keep you down, depressed, and anxious, unable to fulfill your God-given call.

Next time you feel unloved, picture the throne room of God and listen for your name. Listen to the loving tone of God Himself discussing how He can best answer your prayers. It's happening! Listen hard and maybe you'll hear how much your Father in Heaven loves you. 



Friday, October 7, 2016

Friday's Mad Mad World

Greetings everyone!  I hope this post finds you all well and filled with joy. Not joy because of what is happening in this crazy world, but joy because you are children of the Most High God!

Here's the latest blast of end-times news.


Religious Apostasy and One World Religion

Pope Francis:  Spreading the Gospel is no different than waging Jihad
The Pope issues a call for the church to embrace transgenders and homosexuals
Most Christians Don't know basic Doctrine


Israel and Hamas exchange rockets.
A list of eligible Jewish priests compiled in preparation for building of third temple

America in decline

Alabama chief justice fired for his stance against gay marriage
Homofascist Mob drive Christian Business owners out of business
Forecast of complete collapse of Christianity in America
Obama orders military to pay for gender reassignment surgery for transgenders


Emergency need for exorcists as more people are dabbling in the occult


God created storm to protect new converts!  


Religions persecution begins anew in Russia. Man arrested for holding Bible Study
France may soon become an Islamic State
Russia amassing troops on border of Ukraine
40 Million Russians head to bunkers for a drill while US general warns of war with Russia

Natural Disasters

Hurricane Matthew - Cat 4, heading for Eastern US Coast
Southern CA on High Alert for major quake

Christian persecution

Current Administration treating Christians like criminals

Personal Update:
I'm feeling much better. Thanks for your prayers!  I'm about halfway completed with my Regency novella and hope to finish it by the end of the month. What's next?  I've got two ideas burning to get out. (see Coming Soon) Plus, there may be an opportunity for a contracted book. I'm in prayer about that one.  Will let you know when I know. 
In the meantime, stay in prayer always, even it means whispering prayers to your father as you go about your day. Stay in the light as He is in the light and never forget how much you are loved.

Have a great weekend!