God Is Good…All The Time!

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Bless me Oh Lord, for I have barked up the wrong tree. Woof!

Yes, even Snoopy receives blessings from the Lord sometimes. This week, I thought I would blog about a little humor in print. Why? Because that is how the Lord has dealt with me all week. God is not only GOOD…he has a sense of humor, too.

For the past few days, I have found myself day dreaming or just plain wondering about the most mundane things in my life. In between washing dishes, dusting, making up my bed and sweeping, I would pause…lean on the broom handle I was holding and ask God a simple question; Lord, where did I put that book of stamps I bought on Monday from the Post Office? He didn’t answer me right then.

Much later, after I had finished tidying up my apartment, I decided to wash a load of clothes. I went into the laundry room, moved the laundry basket closer to the washer and started to sort the clothes into the machine. All of a sudden, a silent voice in my head whispered, the stamps are in there. What? Who said that? The stamps are in where? What stamps?

Suddenly it hit me…I was holding a pair of slacks…just about ready to toss them in the washer…when I found myself digging down into each pocket. Sure enough…there in one of the pockets, was the newly purchased book of stamps! I looked up and shouted…found them. Thank you, Lord!

Yesterday, I was thinking to myself, Lord, it is time for me to start thinking about what I will write about in my blog for this week. My posts are getting good reviews each day, but I was wondering why my readers do not add their comments. Again…suddenly…I heard a still small voice that whispered the name of a good friend of mine. About an hour or two later, I said to myself…Let me call Dorothy and see how she is doing. Honestly, I did not connect my actions at that time to the earlier thought I had experienced.

As my friend and I engaged in small conversation, the subject of my blog came up and Dorothy asked me how she could add a comment to my blog if she so desired. She also did not know she could ‘follow’ me and automatically receive an email notice each time I posted a blog. WOW! I was shocked. Just then, it dawned on me that perhaps some of my other friends were not computer savvy either, and perhaps needed to be informed on how to leave comments or to automatically receive my blogs each week.

THEN I REMEMBERED JUST WHO HAD OPENED MY EYES AND WHO HAD HEARD MY INQUIRIES.

The moral of this story is…Take your burdens…both big and small…to the Lord and leave them there!

Scripture Lesson: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

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God’s Gift…Today, Friday, January 1, 2021, Your New Beginning!

NEW BEGINNINGS FOR 2021

STOP! In the name of love…

Why are you praying that the new year will usher in a new order of business in the world?  Why are you filling up your calendar with new appointments that you hope will bring you different results than those appointments you engaged in during all those months in 2020?  Why are you making new resolutions when more than half of the ones you made in 2020 are still not accomplished?

BAH!!  HUMBUG!!  BOLDER DASH!!

Now, let’s get real.  Since your initial conversation/prayer is addressed to God, why not start off with a little praise and honor and thanksgiving.  Why not solicit his plans for your life to come.  Why not just be still for a moment and wait for him to acknowledge and examine your true heart desires.

Now, let’s start again…

Dear Heavenly Father, on bended knee I come to your sacred throne of grace, sincerely inquiring if You will open the windows of heaven and give me a glimpse of any new beginnings you have assigned to this mere mortal for the coming new year that history will record as 2021.  

I am approaching Your throne of grace at this time so I can begin to examine my faith walk and repent of any and all disappointing thoughts and misdeeds that I might have committed against You.  

For I truly want to faithfully and earnestly be a good steward over any and all assignments that You make me charge over.  I also want You to know that I cherish all of the tasks and obligations that came my way in the past, and hope with all my heart that I was found trustworthy and true.  

Just knowing that in all things accomplished, whether with or without divine understanding, You and You alone was pleased with my efforts would bring comfort to my soul.  For I realize that You were with me then and that You will be with me in the year to come and that You will not fail me.  

So, without any doubt or hesitation, I sing for joy and declare that I fully trust You with all of my tomorrows. 

Amen and Amen!
To My Beloved, from God!

SCRIPTURE LESSON: “You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand! Psalm 139:5-6

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God Is A Lifter Of My Head

Snowstorm in Northeast New England States in USA.

This morning I spared with God.  It happened just after I had finished my telephone devotional time with about 25 other believers from 6-7:00 a.m.  As I lay in bed at the conclusion of prayer time, I turned on my TV to listen to the early morning news.  The first report given was a weather update on the first big snowstorm descending on the upper northeastern states.  I heard the weather announcer say something like this: “Reports are coming in that due to the heavy snowstorm and the automobile pile ups on the highways, the delivery of the Covid-19 vaccine might be delayed.”

WHAT? I exclaimed as I sat up in bed.  No, my Lord, no!  How could You do this?  You just unshackled the government, endowed scientific and medical minds to perfect the vaccine, empowered the regulator committees to approve the vaccine, and harnessed the transportation systems to deliver the vaccine to the first defenders, nursing homes and critical masses.  Now look what You have gone and done! Manufactured more delays. What’ssss Up!

By this time, I was under the covers hiding…expecting God to zap me at any moment.  I glanced to my right and to my left to see if the strong presence I was feeling was to become a live aberration and Jesus Christ Himself would appear with a rod in His hand.  I stayed hidden under the blanket for a while, eyes wide open, nervously unsettled, listening for a squeak in the floorboards, expecting a soft breeze to flutter through my bedroom from the closed windows…and then I regretfully and quietly whispered an apologetic prayer.

“Forgive me Lord, for I have sinned. I changed lanes.  I forgot this was a one-way street.  And You and You alone have the right of way.”

After sliding out from under the covers, I immediately grabbed one of my devotional books and turned, without faltering, to pages 152 and 154 of Susie Larson’s devotional book entitled Blessings For Women (Sub-titled, ‘Words of Grace and Peace for Your Heart’). There I discovered the following 2 verses:

“The Lord gives his people strength.  The Lord blesses them with peace.”  Psalm 29:11 NLTHumble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up in honor.”  James 4:10 NLT

That’s all the Holy Spirit conveyed to me.  That was His complete conversational message. Thus sayeth the Lord…He did not scold me are zap me dead.  He just commended me for returning back into my own lane and allowing God to do His thing.  Once again, I was reminded that God and God alone is in control of this pandemic business, and it ain’t over until He says it’s over. Amen!

Scripture Lesson: “But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me, my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. Psalm 3:3 KJV

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God Stretches People Like Rubber Bands

I’ve got to empty this closet. With it’s rent money, I could donate to a non profit.

At first, I didn’t realize what was happening to me. I did not know that God was in the mix. But when I finally sat down at my computer last night to write my weekly blog, I heard His voice loud and clear. “It’s not about you, my child, it’s about Me!”

Right then and there, our conversation started…

“What’s that you said, My Lord?  Were you talking to me?  Wait.  Wait.  Let me get my head on straight.  I hope I haven’t kept you waiting too long.”

To be honest, I had not prayed like Jabez.  You know that guy in the Bible who prayed for God to enlarge his territory.  But I had been thinking about and agonizing over those families the news commentators were highlighting in stories about the loss of jobs and empty pantries, and homelessness.  I had asked the Lord to search my heart and show me where I could tighten my belt and dig a little deeper to share some of my blessings with those in need.

The first thing the Holy Spirit did right after Thanksgiving was to urge me to start getting ready for Christmas.  I had no idea why.   So, with little thought, I went to my rented storage room and began to pull out storage bins filled with brand new gifts I had received over the years and brand new items I intended to give away but never did.  My eyes got big.  My heart started pounding.  I was surprised at the ‘stash’ I had collected over the years.

How does that taste.

Next, I uncovered bags of brand new Christmas wrapping paper, tissue paper, ribbons and stickers and gift boxes in all sizes.  In the corner of the closet were some never-before-used Christmas tree ornaments and lights.  Good googly-woogly I thought, I can start a Hobby Lobby Store with all this stuff.  “Those are not your thoughts,” I heard a small voice in my head say.  “That was Me,” said the Lord!

It took me several trips to cart all that stuff from the storage unit to down the hall to my apartment.  But with a great big smile, I managed it.  With every step, I was thinking, I know what I am going to do.  Since Covid-19 has all of us seniors pinned down here in our apartments, and nobody is going out to do much shopping, I’ll hold a flea market sale in the lobby and turn ‘trash’ into a ‘treasure’ for someone who can appreciate shopping in safety.

Thank you. You made my day.

In the ensuing days, I heard that my church was also sponsoring a clothing drive for all ages, including furniture and small household items.  They were also collecting on behalf of Mission Arlington.  So I also joined their efforts because Mission  Arlington would be providing a truck to come to the church after the clothing drive to receive everything.

May I suggest, the very next time you handle a rubber band…stretch it…look up…and say…”Lord, do me like you did that blogging lady.”  You too, can make somebody’s day.

Scripture Lesson: “She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.” Proverbs 30:20 KJV

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God Has A Sweet Tooth…I mean, A Discerning Nose

“All I Want For Christmas Is More And More Of You, Lord”

Legend has it (according to Google) that in 1670 a choirmaster named Mr. Schildhaus, who conducted young singers at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany decided to entice them to remain quiet during the Living Creche ceremony (dialogue only, no singing) by awarding them with a stick of homemade sugar candy. On a whim, and in honor of the occasion, he bent the candies into shepherds’ crooks. To learn how the crooked candy cane gets filled with a peppermint stripe, click the website below, next click the peppermint picture, then watch the 2 minute Youtube video.

https://www.history.com/player/21088928?autoplay=true

THERE IS NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN

Well, I had a short conversation with the Holy Spirit and He revealed to me that human beings are not the only ones who use a cane for correction and sweet morsels to pacify. He reminded me of something God set in order before the beginning of time.

For it is written in Exodus 30:23 (RS Version) the manner in which the Israelites should atone for their sins against God. The statute explains how the Israelites were to take their finest spices and perfumes (including cane) and mix them with olive oil and anoint Aaron and his sons and consecrate them so that they might serve God as his priests. God himself refers back to this particular form of atonement when he reprimands his people Israel when they were unfaithful:

“You have not brought me your sheep for burnt offerings, or honored me with your sacrifices. I have not burdened you with offerings, or wearied you with frankincense. You have not bought the sweet cane with money, or satisfied me with the fat of your sacrifices. But you have burdened me with your sins. You have wearied me with your iniquities.” Isaiah 43:23-24 Revised Standard Version

So, during this Yuletide Season, let us all remember how closely connected our dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, is aligned to the Evergreen tree (they nailed Him to a tree); to the newly born (the manner in which He entered the world and the state we must become (as a little child) to receive all of His glorious wonders); the elaborate gifts (we were bought with a price); His journey into Egypt (our life of darkness prior to seeing the light); His journey out of Egypt and baptism into His ministry; our journey out of darkness and baptism by the gift of the Holy Spirit readying us for discipleship; and finally the sweet aroma of the cane preferred by God as an atonement for disobedience; and our penchant for the taste of sweet peppermint to remind us that Jesus is the reason for the season.

ALLOW GOD TO BLESS YOU WITH MORE AND MORE OF HIM

Finally, my friends, my prayer for you today is that you all rediscover Christmas anew. When you dress up in your ugly Christmas sweaters, be reminded to unravel the ugliness that is harbored deep down in your souls. Also, when you wrap those Christmas gifts to send to loved ones, remember to also wrap hope in sunshine and allow your message to penetrate somebody’s dark cloud of despair. And last but not least, when in that shopping check-out line, look backwards into the basket behind you, lift out an item and ask if you can be a blessing today with God’s goodness (even if it means you putting something of yours back on the shelf). Become a candy cane with a sweet aroma and a sweet taste in the mouth of someone to lift the spirits of a total stranger. Amen!

Scripture Lesson: Isaiah 9:6

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(What ?) God Is Leaving You

Finding Solitude and Privately Communing With God

May I ask you 4 questions…no, maybe 5? 

Are you in communication with God on a regular basis?  In your relationship with him, has he promised you certain experiences by his might and all-performing hand?  Has God communicated to you that he will rescue you or a loved one from the jaws of the adversary?  If so, please remember this if all of his promises have not yet been fulfilled:

“I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.  I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to the land.” 
Genesis 28:15

And another thing…

During this virus pandemic that noted scientist have cloned Covid-19, if it has run amuck throughout your family and friends both near and afar, hold on to this promise, too:

“I will not leave you as orphans.  I will come to you.” 
John 14:18

There is more…

Do you find yourself on the receiving end of charity and asking creditors for concessions or lenience during your financial crises?  Are landlords and or financial institutions threatening legal action against you; especially now that you are without employment?  There is no consideration given you even though you have always paid your bills on time.  No compassion given that you have made it a habit to share your lot with the less fortunate all your life!  Well, be reassured that God knows all, and he says:

The wicked lie in wait for the righteous, seeking their very lives; but the Lord will not leave them in their power or let them be condemned when brought to trial.” 
Psalm 37:32

  God sure ‘nuf sees this next plea…

Have you been down on your knees since February 2020, bombarding heaven’s throne; partitioning God to make it plain about lessons his people have failed to realize?  Have you searched the scriptures for comfort and direction and come away wanting?  Have you done everything, including standing in front of your mirror and pointing your extended thumb on your fisted hand backwards?  My comforting words to you are just this; hold on to God’s unchanging hand and remember what he says:

“I am leaving you with a gift of peace of mind and heart.  And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give.  So, don’t be troubled or afraid.” 
John 14:27

Last question…

Do you believe that your life has a goal?  If so, can you identify your goal?  Have you declared “Yes” to your goal?  Especially if your goal is a spiritual one.  Now comes the hard part!  Do you know how to bring your goal to fruition?  Listen prayerfully to the lyrics of the song below: than read the scripture below:

“Let your manner of living be without covetousness, and be content with such things as ye have.  For He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee”; 
Hebrews 13:5

Scripture Lesson: For strength, please memorize all scriptures given in this blog.

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God Desires For You To Keep Your Covenant Vows

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God’s fingerprint…sealing his covenant promises. What does your signature look like?

About 25 years ago, I was asked by the leadership of my church to prepare an assessment tool that members of various outreach programs could use to see if their volunteer services were truly adding value to the ministries that they had committed to support.

The problem the clergy was having was that most of his flock were bench warmers and members whose life-style-fate would end up being like those animals in the children’s fairy tale entitled “The Little Red Hen”.  If you have forgotten this rich life-lesson, just click the website below to refresh your memory.

So, after prayerfully considering my Pastor’s request, I immediately went to work devising a handbook to be presented at a Saturday Workshop for all church volunteers assigned to various organizations that they had chosen to support.

Needless to say, as I sat at my computer this week and thumbed through my files, searching for a subject to blog about, I came across my finished project compiled more than a quarter of a century ago, entitled “Self-Assessment/Covenant Booklet”, and sub-titled (A Self-Evaluation on How to Keep Your Covenant Vows Before God).

The Holy Scriptures reveals to us that God instituted this ‘covenant’ business shortly after he designed the Garden of Eden, formed man and gave him instructions, and deluged the world with the Flood. And to this day, God has not allowed one word to depart from his promises.

Conversely, many Christians made vows (and made confessions of faith) to God shortly after receiving an invitation extended to them by the Holy Spirit. They joined a house of prayer and also made commitments to receive nurturing, abide by certain doctrines, act in the capacity of disciples, and contribute to the well being of widows and orphans.

HOW’S THAT BEEN WORKING OUT FOR YOU?

Listed below are 6 categories of Church Membership Disciplines that you can measure your participation by. Score each category from 1 to 10 as it pertains to your involvement as a member of the army of the Lord’s. A perfect score would be 60 pints. Anything less than that…well, you decide.



1. Participation in personal growth and development.
2. Participation at church activities/meetings.
3. Participation in Worship Services (or Zoom).
4. Participation with other church members.
5. Participation in the Church’s outreach ministries.
6. Financially support the church ministries/budget.

(Choose one frequency and corresponding point for each topic. Add your score plus any bonus points.)

Regularly = 10 points
Sometimes = 7 points
Seldom = 3 points
Never = 0 points

BONUS POINTS: Ask yourself this question: “What did you do to change
the world today? Or, to lead someone to Christ today?
You decide the number of Bonus Points you want to award yourself.


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God is look for your honest answers, your score and your signature.

A word to the wise…do everything as though you are doing it for God and because it is written and sanctioned by his Son, Jesus Christ.

Scripture Lesson: “So when you talk to God and vow to him that you will do something, don’t delay in doing it, for God has no pleasure in fools. Keep your promise to him. It is far better not to say you’ll do something than to say you will and then not do it. Ecclesiastes 5:4-5

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God Wants You To Thrive Not Just To Survive

Covid-19….Hear me now! You wont succeed. We will survive!

There is no doubt about it!  Living with COVID-19 for the past 9 months has caused all of us to live life at a new level.  For one thing, it has deepened our reasoning and understanding of the word survival.  Once upon a time, you may have defined this word as ‘out living’ someone.  Or perhaps you internalized a definition that embraced the thought of ‘escaping’ from a dire situation and rebounding while standing on both feet.

Well, during this world-wide pandemic, that has invaded the United States for soon to be 256 days(*), ‘survival’ has taken on a whole new meaning.  We have been forced to carry-on in spite of hardships, traumas, financial stresses, the loss of family members and friends, just to name a few.  Our resilience has been remarkable for many of us.  But for others, ‘Life for them ain’t been no crystal stair’(**).

The key to being able to ‘thrive‘ while going through the pains of survival is to deal with confidence those things that contribute to the situation. You cannot bury your head in the sand, or pretend that the conditions are a hoax or that no preventative measures need to be instituted. According to Google, a new statistical Pew study tells us that nearly 30% of the USA population are in this frame of mind.

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I‘ll think about it tomorrow. Where’s my remote and bone?

For believers in Jesus Christ, scripture reveals that in most cases, man’s ability to thrive in the Lord is not an external enemy (in this case Covid-19). Nor is it a struggle against our fellowman, or against world leaders, or among domestic rulers, or in the spiritual atmosphere! God has divinely suggested that in order to ward off our enemy we must put on his full armor, so that we may be able to stand our ground (both feet) against life’s threatening temptations from within that lead to (spiritual) death. God does not want us to physically be ‘just barely surviving‘. He wants us to be ‘conquering soldiers‘ with the shield of faith…peaceably thriving against the flaming arrows of destruction. In other words, check out your own character traits! What are you striving for? For whom are you striving to honor and please? YOU, ALONE, MAY BE YOUR WORST ENEMY!!

Poetically…My Own Personal Reckoning in Character building


Mr. Character, your life is an open book. It’s an interesting book extended to all those who care to read it. There is no discrimination; from the smallest child to the oldest human being alive you have a message.

Thus, Mr. Character, I salute you for those unselfish efforts you have attempted to perform in the lives of others. You know, you are really like a mirror…that is, you reflect in every mood. Every experience you encounter is automatically revealed.

For those who can’t read, there are pictures or shall I say reflections that one can pattern after as he or she molds their way of life in this trying world.  For the more advanced reader there is a plot to follow which oftentimes may have you bickering with yourself and causing you to put it aside as if it was philosophy.

Thus, in everyone’s library this book is essential. It is a must to take an interest in Character.  It is a compelling obligation that we must encounter if we are to advance and know truth and enjoy the better things of life.

Conversely, the characteristics one displays depend upon oneself.  The expressions one wears will disclose their disposition.  The moods they dress in will uncover their personality.  The words they send out will reflect their intelligence indicate their knowledge of divine reasoning.

Come unto me, Mr. Character is calling, and I will mold for you the sweetest disposition known.  Come unto me, He beseeches you, and I will shine for you the brightest star of personality.  Come unto me, He is beckoning, and I will give you an understanding and peace of mind. 

I will give you advice…such as pick your friends, but not to death.  Remember to laugh with others, but not at them.  Work with initiative, but not against it. Never put off until tomorrow those things you can do today.

This remarkable Book can be yours for only a glance.  Mr. Character is a reflection in your nearest mirror.  Look it over.  The character you see just might be YOU!
(Written by Sonja F.)Mr. Character pic.jpg Scripture reference: 2 Cor. 3:18  “But we all, with unveiled face [not looking through a glass darkly], beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed [into servant managers] into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, [Who also gives us] the Spirit.”
COVID-19 IS TELLING US SOMETHING…GET RIGHT, GET RIGHT WITH GOD

Scripture Lesson: Ephesians 6:10-18 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”

Notes:  (*)  March 1 thru November 12, 2020   (**) A line borrowed from Langston Hughes’ poem, “Mother To Son”

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God Wants You To Yield To Truth; Not To Temptation

Heavenly Vision of Tears

The moment the Holy Spirit gave me my title for this week’s blog, He also put a song in my heart.  Little did I know that the song, entitled “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus”, was also known as The Heavenly Vision.  The hymn, which was inspired by Isabella Lilias Trotter, a missionary, was actually written by Helen Howarth Lemmel in 1918.  The chorus is widely known today and is based on Isaiah 45:22.  This is an old hymn which has been reprinted in a number of church hymnals (…and caused many a tear to flow).  For your information, I have included the first verse and chorus below:

1. O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free!

Course Refrain:
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.




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The reason why this song means so much to me is because of the first line in the chorus.  I discovered many years ago that whenever I was tempted to veer off into mischief, the first thing that I should do was to turn my eyes upon Jesus.  Naturally, it took a lot of head bumps to accomplish this, but I finally did.  Isaiah 45:22 says, “Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth, for I am God and there is no other.” 

Prior to turning my thought to God, I was turning my thoughts on just how to resist the temptation.  In other words, all I was doing was stroking the misdeeds, implanting them deeper into my psyche.

When we yield to Truth (Jesus Christ) and His teachings, we win!

Did you know that the more you think about not yielding to temptation (the bad things), the more you do think about temptation?  In other words, it becomes an all-consuming fire inside of you.  The thing that is tempting becomes subliminal in your mind.  (“Subliminal” is a marketing technique used to influence a person to act upon something.)  So, you see, you are not helping yourself at all when you think about how to avoid temptation.  All you are doing is reinforcing its strength.

One way to yield to Truth and not to temptation is to practice humility.  The best example to do that is to cultivate a close relationship with a trusted friend.  Someone you can confide in.  Someone you can share your inner most thoughts with.  Someone who will hold you accountable.  Let me be completely frank with you.  It’s okay to show weakness!  For 1 Peter 5:5b says:  “God sets himself against the proud, but he shows favor to the humble.”  Therefore, resist the Evil One and he will flee from you.

If this blog has helped you, I invite you to pick up a copy of Reverend Rick Warren’s book entitled, The Purpose Driven Life.  Read it and weep and allow your tears to wash away all darkness, fears and doubts.  Every word in this book was a blessing and confirmation to me that God truly wants to converse and reveal his Truths to us all. Especially when we have to deal with temptations and emotions that shackle us to this world.

Scripture Lesson:You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us? But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble and oppressed.’ Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you.'” James 4:4-8a

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God’s Domains: Heaven, Hell and the Here and Now

Did you know that our Sovereign God not only has dominion in Heaven, but also in Hell and the Here and Now?  I believe this simply because God made me and He has allowed me to exist in Heaven, Hell and the Here and Now.  And since that is the truth, it follows that God must have absolute power over all three of those dwelling places which can certainly come to pass in my lifetime.

Author:  Charles H. Spurgeon – 1834-1892

I embraced this truth based upon my own personal experiences and conversations with God while under the influence of the Holy Spirit.  For I have been guilty of earnestly and sometimes defiantly questioning my Lord when I lacked an understanding about certain situations in life.  I have even raised my voice, lifted a quenched fist towards heaven, placed my hands on my hips and strutted my goose neck at the Almighty!  It was only by God’s grace and mercy and sense of humor that he smiled down on a mere mortal instead of smiting and scourging me to kingdom come.  I have since repented and prayerfully echoed the title of that 1949 TV sitcom starring Robert Young and Jane Wyatt called, “Father Knows Best”.

What about you?  Have you ever lost sight of God’s sovereignty?  Or maybe like me, you too have been on the verge of losing your cool over situations that you had no control over?  Mr. Spurgeon also had this to say about that:

Spurgeon Quotes - Charles H. Spurgeon

Let’s give God the Glory, folks…

During this season of thanksgiving, dearly beloveds, let us give God all the praise and all the honor and all the glory by digging a little deeper in our acknowledgement of Him. Since God is Sovereign and Lord and the Creator over all, let’s remember Psalm 91:1-2 (NIV): “Whoever dwells (and that’s me and you) in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.'”.

My personal misgivings…

Some years ago, after finishing up a mission trip in Lusaka, Zambia, my team headed out to a little town called Kafue. Along the road trip, two very important incidents happened to me. Our native bus driver stopped at a very small village to get gas, but he advised my team not to exit the bus because this village was very poor and might become too excited if they saw Americans. So we all stayed on the bus. Never the less, small children surrounded the bus and began to beg for bibles and shouted Jesus’ Jesus!

I remember thinking, Lord we need our bibles and there are so many little ones. Immediately, I heard a whisper of wind say…tear pages out of your bibles and hand them out the window to each child. Oh, No! I exclaimed. I will never tear out pages of Your Word, My Lord. That would be akin to blasphemy!

As the bus preceded down the road, the Holy Spirit explained to me that the Lord had a ram in the bush at that village and he could have taken the leaves of my bible from each child and glued them back together, whereby His word would have become divine instructions for all! You refused and denied God to be God.

TO THIS DAY, I HAVE REGRETTED MY DECISION OF BEING DISOBEDIENT AND NOT ALLOWING GOD TO BE SOVEREIGN!

The second incident happened after we arrived at Kafue. As I stood at the front of the small class room where I was to teach, I watched the stream of smiling native men and women crowd into their segregated seats (the men on one side of the room and the women on the other). I said to myself, Lord how am I to relate to all of these people in a personal way. The Lord spoke in my ear and said, ‘As they enter the room, have them write their names on the black board before taking their seats.’ This time I was obedient and the people complied.

During the question and answer time of my presentation, the attendees would raise their hand to speak and (guess what) I would quickly look at the black board and somehow I was able to locate the right name of the responder and addressed him or her by it. This ability to recall and match names with attendees completely surprised me and also the people in the room. The chiefs and witch doctors in the rear of the room that had been sending out signals of doubt and misgivings begin to melt and lean forward in their seats.

All doubts and fears begin to flee the room and a sweet aroma entered in. God was in complete control. My prayer was the following…”Open my heart, Lord, to choose peace in the midst of small inconveniences and major concerns.” Amen!

Scripture Lesson: Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7 (TNIV)

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