Monday, November 30, 2015

Do you know His voice?

"To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” John 10:3-5

I love this illustration Jesus gave of Himself as the great Shepherd. It brings me such comfort to know that He is constantly watching over me. Our world today is in such mayhem and people are running to and fro like sheep gone astray, lost and afraid. But those who've given their lives to the Shepherd needn't fear or worry because He watches over us. 

However, I'm struck by the phrase "for they know his voice". It makes me wonder how many of His sheep actually know His voice?  How do you get to know someone's voice? When my husband or one of my kids call me from somewhere else in the house, I don't have to guess who it is. I can tell from their voice. Why? Because I've spent countless hours with them. I know them. I would go so far as to say that I could tell from a text message who was speaking to me, just from the words used, the content, the way it was phrased. This familiarity comes from hours on end of spending time with someone.

Yet, I wonder how many of us truly hear the voice of God? I'm not talking about reading your Bible, though that is immensely important. I'm talking about the living Word of God that bubbles up within your spirit and is meant just for you, those intimate directions, comforts, the wisdom given for a certain task, the Words of love needed when you're feeling down.  Do you know that you should be hearing from God daily?

In Luke 4:4, Jesus said “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’”

The Greek meaning of the word "Word" here is Rhema, which means the active spoken word of God, not the written word.  In other words.... it seems to me that Jesus is saying that hearing from God daily should be as crucial as our need to eat food. And it should be as frequent as our need to eat. But how do we actually hear God's voice? I know I don't hear Him as often as I'd like.  I believe God speaks to us all day long, giving us directions and comforts and wisdom and encouragement. But most of us never hear Him.  

We live in a culture that is afraid of silence. At any moment, most of us are listening to or paying attention to multiple distractions: TV, Radio, MP3s, CDs, DVD, IPhone, IPad,  etc... We are plugged in, plugged to, and plugged up! We are terrified to just sit in the quiet and reflect. Afraid of what we might have to face or learn about ourselves. Yet, I guarantee you, that's the only way you will hear God. Stop doing and sit still. Meditate on Him and learn how to open your spiritual ears. It takes practice, it takes time, but oh, what a reward!! To hear from God Almighty Himself!  

Why is this important? For a number of reasons. 

  • To get direction/guidance
  • To learn who God is, His character, His faithfulness, His goodness... and that you can trust Him
  • To feel His love for you and feel your love for Him grow
  • To receive a promise
  • To receive comfort and hope
  • To protect against deception

The last benefit most people don't think about but it is extremely important for the days we are living in. Here what Jesus says:

"Yet (my sheep) they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” John 10:5

Jesus warned us that many false prophets and false saviors and messiahs would arise in the end times, performing signs and wonders, 

For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. Mathew 24:24
This deception will be so great, the entire world will fall for it, including, I believe, many Christians.  That's why it's so important that you know the voice of God. Because when you do, you will never follow another voice! 



Friday, November 27, 2015

My Black Friday Sale will start Dec 1st

Hi Everyone. I hope and pray you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. If you're like me, you're probably still stuffed with Turkey!  I went to my son's house and we had a fabulous time.
I can't help but brag about my grandson Jack. He is amazing. 8 months old and such a sweet disposition. All you have to do is say "Hi Jack" and he gets this huge smile on his face!  These were his first ever mashed potatoes!


I'm one of those people who cower inside my home on Black Friday. I hate crowds and I'm not much for shopping either (Yes, a weird quality for a woman!)  Here in No. Cal, the crowds are even worse everywhere you go. And forget going out to dinner!   Anyway, I am planning on putting THREE of my Ebooks on sale, but that sale will start December 1st. Why?  Because I like to be different!  The sale will last ALL of December.  Those books ARE:

Remember, the Charles Towne Belles Series is THREE books in one for only 99 Cents!
These would make Excellent gifts to the readers on your Christmas list!!

Note Regarding Paperbacks: Many of you have asked me if I'm going to reduce the prices of my paperbacks for Christmas, and believe me I wish I could!  Unfortunately, I have ZERO say in the price of those. I'm truly sorry.

If you haven't already joined my Book Club/email newsletter, please do so now. I'll be sending out an email with all the links to the above books as soon as they go on sale!   You can find the signup form on the right side of this blog or click on the link above where it says "Join the MaryLu Tyndall Book Club!"

And if you're out shopping today, you are much braver than I!   Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

A day early, but hey, I'm sure everyone will be busy tomorrow.

Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving anyway? Well, it all started on a tall ship!!  How about that?

The ship was called the MayFlower. It set off from England on September 6th 1620, but it was not an easy voyage, for they encountered storms in October that made them fear for their lives. They had to lower sales and drift off course or risk capsizing beneath the heavy winds. All in all, they sailed for 66 days until on November 9th, they spotted what is now Cape Cod. They anchored in ProvinceTown Harbor and spent the next month exploring the land before they decided to settle in Plymouth.

Who were these people and why did they make the long, arduous voyage? There were an estimated 102 passengers from England and the Netherlands. Most of them were fleeing religious persecution,
but some were farmers, hired hands, or servants hired by London merchants destined for the colony of Virginia.  Two wives on board were pregnant – Elizabeth Hopkins gave birth to a son Oceanus while at sea and Susanna White gave birth to a son Peregrine in late November while the ship was anchored in Cape Cod Harbor.

The ship was a 17th century English merchant ship with three masts and high castle-like structures fore and aft.  The passengers slept in very cramped, thin-walled, low-ceilinged cabins. No one over 5 feet tall would be able to stand up below decks.

The first year on land, including a harsh winter, was extremely difficult for the pilgrims, causing them to lose 46 out of the original 102.  But the following year provided a bountiful harvest, due in part to the help of local natives, so the pilgrims decided to have a feast to celebrate. 91 natives joined them in the celebration and hence, our Thanksgiving tradition began!

I pray you have a fabulous Thanksgiving with family and friends, because, I know we all have much to thank God for this year!


Monday, November 23, 2015

Would you wear rags to your own wedding?

Purity is not a term we hear often in our culture today. The dictionary says that something that is pure is free from anything of a different, inferior, or contaminating nature. Purity itself is defined as a freedom from evil, guilt, pollution, or immorality.  No wonder our culture doesn't talk about purity!

Yet God has much to say about purity. A simple search of the Scriptures reveals dozens upon dozens of references, some of which I will list here. Before you click away thinking this is a boring topic, let me tell you why purity should be our number one concern today (Aside from saving others from hell)

But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure  1 John 3:3

The world is falling apart. Wars, terrorists, famines, disease, earthquakes, greed, corruption, immorality is all around us. It's easy to get caught up in it all and live in fear and confusion. We don't even know who we can trust anymore. The media is bought, Most TV shows and movies have an agenda, politicians have no compunction in lying to our faces. What's going on?  The truth is Jesus will one day come for His church, His bride and snatch us out of this mess before it gets much worse. And in light of that, I've been asking Father God what should I be doing? Should I be stocking up emergency supplies? Should I stand on the street corner with a big "Repent, the end is near" sign?  Do you know the answer I keep hearing.....  Purify yourself. 

We are the bride of Christ. Someday (soon, I think) we will attend the Marriage Supper of the Lamb in which we will be presented as the bride to Jesus. What does a bride wear?  She wears white, pure undefined white. 

And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Revelation 19:8

Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Revelation 19:7

Sounds like we have some part in preparing ourselves!!??  We don't just say a prayer, "receive Jesus" and then move on. We have a role in getting ready for our prince.  From the above 3 Scriptures, we can deduce that we should be getting ready by purifying ourselves and we purify ourselves by righteous acts. This is what I believe Abba Father wants us to focus on in the midst of all the turmoil.

So, how do we do that? What are these righteous acts? I did a search on Pure and Purity in the New Testament and came up with some great examples.:

Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. James 1:27

Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart,   1 Peter 1:22

Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.  2 Tim 2:22

Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:8

Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God  2 Corinthians 7:1

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

Are you purifying yourself??  Are you making yourself ready for your upcoming wedding??  If not, I encourage you to think seriously about doing so. I doubt Jesus wants to marry a bride dressed in rags.

“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city."   Jesus, Rev 22

Friday, November 20, 2015

Paris victims sing Praise to Satan seconds before their death

When I first read this, I didn't believe it could be true. But apparently, after investigation, it is. I thought this would be a good addendum to my post last Friday about the evil that was unleashed in Paris.

You may have heard that one of the deadliest attacks that night in Paris happened at a concert. You may not have heard who was playing at that concert, and more importantly, what song they were singing. The band was called The Eagles of Death Metal.  And the song?  Kiss the Devil

Here are the lyrics

Who'll love the Devil?
Who'll song his song?
Who will love the Devil and his song?
I'll love the Devil
I'll sing his song
I will love the Devil and his song
Who'll love the Devil?
Who'll kiss his tongue?
Who will kiss the Devil on his tongue?
I'll love the Devil
I'll kiss his tongue
I will kiss the Devil on his tongue
Who'll love the Devil?
Who'll sing his song?
I will love the Devil and his song
Who'll love the Devil?
Who'll kiss his tongue?
I will kiss the Devil on his tongue
Who'll love the Devil?
Who'll sing his song?
I will live the Devil and sing his song


Why am I telling you this? Because so many people today have no understanding of the spirit realm, the existence of Satan and of all his demon-warriors. We are so flippant in what we say, what we sing, the places we go, that we have no idea the danger we are dabbling in. Now, I'm not saying these people caused the attack or are in any way to blame. (Read last Friday's post)  This tragedy was perpetrated by evil men, inspired by Satan, intent on destroying life.  But I can't help but wonder if as they worshiped Satan and God was forced out, if a door wasn't opened somewhere...or protection wasn't lifted.

The Scriptures say there is great power in the tongue, and we are held accountable for every idle word we speak. With our tongues we curse and bless. With our tongues we praise and worship the thing or person or being we choose.

In our quest to be accepted, cool, one of the in crowd, what are we willing to give up, what things are we willing to compromise on? And how many people actually stop and ask the most important question they could ever ask this side of eternity. "Is there a God, and if so, how do I know Him? And what does He expect of me?"   Some may actually ponder that question for a minute or two and then shrug and walk away, thinking there's no way to know or if there is, it would take too much work to find out. Or even worse, people would look down on them for even asking.

The truth is, God loves all of His children. His heart breaks for every lost life, for every act of violence, every tragedy they suffer. He longs for them to turn to Him, to receive the sacrifice of Jesus, to be set from from the trap of the Devil and gain eternal life.

The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8

Satan is our enemy and his goal is to kill you. God wants to give you life, and give it to you abundantly. How do you find God?  IF you seek Him with all your heart, you will find Him right where He said He would be.

At the cross of His Son. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

For in the time of trouble
He shall hide me in His pavilion;
In the secret place of His tabernacle
He shall hide me;
He shall set me high upon a rock

Psalm 27:5 


Monday, November 16, 2015

Unfathomable Evil - The Paris Attacks

Like many of you, I spent hours watching the aftermath of the horrific attacks in Paris over the weekend. Like some of you, I asked myself the same question over and over. How could someone do something like this? How could one human being stand above a crowd and fire randomly at people below, killing them brutally, without even knowing them or anything about them? Or how could someone drive by a restaurant and open fire on people causally eating dinner on a Friday night? What goes through the mind of someone like that?  Do they feel any pain or remorse at all? Even a flicker?   Because I'm the type of person who even cries at a touching Hallmark commercial, I really can't understand this at all.  It baffles me completely. It baffles me even more when these terrorists do this in the name of their god, a god who orders his followers to murder anyone who doesn't believe like they do, a god who then orders his followers to kill themselves afterward. It would seem to me that this "god" hates all mankind, even the useful idiots who follow him.

Sorry, I'm not being politically correct and I really don't give a flying fig. Can you think of any other "god" or spiritual being who hates all mankind, who desires to kill all of us?

But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short  Revelation 12:12

The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy.  John 10:10

It's that old serpent from the garden, that familiar deceiver, just playing the same old game and using the same old lies that he has for thousands of years. And yet, we humans keep falling for them.

"Did God really say? ...
"Can you really trust God?..
"Does God even exist? ...
"If you worship me ....
     I'll make you a god
     I'll give you wealth and fame
     I'll give you 70 virgins after you die (personally, I wouldn't be that thrilled about this one)

He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:24

One thing, among many, I really love about Jesus is He wasn't politically correct. :-)  

Let's face it, there's evil in the world, and his name is satan, the devil, lucifer, allah, or whatever you want to call him. He comes in many disguises, has many names, and masquerades as a good guy, a nice guy, a friend most of the time

for even satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11:14

His job is to fool you, lie to you, trick you, deceive you, ruin your life, and if possible, drag you to hell before you turn toward God. He has no conscience, no morals, no heart, no feelings, and nothing is too evil or low for him to commit. He hates God with a passion and he hates mankind just as much because we are made in the image of God. Oh, and he has an army of demons and fallen angels to help him. His plan is to deceive the world and bring everyone to hell to suffer along with him, but also to worship him. He craves worship. He wants to be God.

For you have said in your heart:
I will ascend into heaven,
I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;
I will also sit on the mount of the congregation
On the farthest sides of the north;
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
I will be like the Most High.  Isaiah 14:12-14

Satan is the origin of pure evil, the kind of evil that we witnessed in Paris on Friday. The kind of evil we've seen all kinds of people of all "religions" enact through the ages (Crusades, Inquisition, Hitler.... etc Yes, I'm saying that worshiping Satan is not just limited to Muslims. He has infiltrated organized "Christianity" as well throughout history.)  The kind of evil we will see more and more of as the end of the age closes. Why? Because our enemy knows his time is short and he still hasn't achieved his goal.

But I can't close with that morbid thought. Be encouraged. If you are a true follower of Jesus, you need not fear satan. The Bible is clear that God's Spirit living within us is greater than satan. God also says He has already won the victory for us, and all we need to do is say the name of Jesus and demons will flee.  But that doesn't mean we should let our guard down. Walk in the light, stay in the light close to our Lord. And always be on the alert. We are in a war, folks, whether you like it or not, and it's time we get serious.