Good and Evil

“That you may be children of your father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” Matthew 5:45

The Lord loves everyone even if they don’t love him in return. That is not something people of this world understand. God has made it clear that he wants us to love each other. When someone does something unkind or evil it comes from the pain and hurt inside them. They don’t even realize it. They do these things because someone else has done those same things to them so they feel it is ok to do them. They do not know that God loves them and that everything good is a gift from him. He wants the very best for them and he knows best. The sun comes up new every day and we all get a fresh new chance. A beautiful sunset or a flowering bouquet. A child’s laughter or a juicy steak. A mother’s unconditional love. These are all God’s way of saying ‘I love you.’ He is not a God of rules or punishment. In fact he is the one who gave us free will to choose just what we want, whether that’s good or bad for us. If he gave us the punishment we deserve, he would have destroyed everyone in the flood. The End. But he cares very much and wants us all to care to. To be like our Father. He just gave us things that we could do to have the best life here as possible. That perfect life he wants for us. When you do love someone you will want to do things that make them happy. To show them that you love them. The very best thing he gave us is his precious son. He willingly died a horrible gruesome death on the cross to pay our debts in full since there was nothing we could do to save us. We will live with him forever in a place where there is no evil. Unless we accept that gift, the gift of forgiveness we will spend everyday forever in a place where there is no light, or good only evil. Think of your very worst day lasting for billions of years. No Thank You!

Good vs.Evil

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18

This world is just what you perceive it to be. There is unbelievable beauty all around us. We have been given so much by our creator. We tend to take our eyes off of the good and focus just on the negative so we are seldom satisfied and always wanting more. Do you realize that there is so much more to this life than what we can see? There is a continual battle going on around you and you are right in the middle of it and you know nothing about it. I am on my tablet all day long so I see the games and ads. Things that will make your life better and more relaxed taking your mind off of problems. There are so many games about kingdoms and so called make believe lands. All of that may sound exciting but it already exists and you just aren’t aware of it. There are two main kingdoms. Good and evil. Satan has bombarded human hearts with his ideas and schemes to convince you that you have to have more. If there is a God he expects you to go out and get all you can. Whatever will make you happy. If it’s fighting unknown kingdoms with skill and power. Make believe creatures that you can live through who create more and more. Where did we come up with these things? Could it be that the one who created it all, created a desire in your heart for something more that will never be satisfied until you realize it is him that you desire. Satan does not ever want you to realize that. It is his desire to do as much damage to all that was created as he can. He does not want you to know that there is someone who loves you and wants so much more for you. The very best. He already created everything we would ever need to make us extremely happy right here. But he is the biggest part of that. Because spending your time with him will open your eyes more to what you already have. Satan is really a toothless lion. His roar is bigger than he is. He can’t do anything that God doesn’t allow which is evil, unless you allow him and partner with him. He will use you to further his plans. So if you aren’t partnered with good you are partnered with evil. I have read the end of the book and evil loses. Do you want to lose everything?

Evil Abounds

The world was once very good. God doesn’t make anything but perfection. He didn’t want evil for us but man thought they knew better. Satan is alive and well and everything evil comes from him and his team. They only want to kill and destroy. They will do anything to hurt God and his children. You see at one time the devil was a beautiful angel singing and praising God. But he became proud and wanted power. He thought he could be better than God, the one who created him. God cast him out of heaven and many angels went with him. When Jesus came to earth they thought, oh boy now he is on our turf. Let’s destroy him. When they persuaded the religious leaders to get rid of him, they thought they were winning. But Gods precious son did not put up a fight. He went willingly to his death. Oh he could have. He could have had thousands of angels attending his every need in a minute. But when he died on that cross Satan thought he had won. I’m sure there was a celebration in hell. But that was God’s master plan. Sin could not be dealt with in any other way. Because God is Holy, something innocent had to die. And the only one that was perfect was Jesus. This was their plan even though it would be horrible . Jesus followed that plan perfectly. Three days after he died God said, ‘Got ya!’ I now hold the keys to sin and death. Now all my children can come live with me forever. The end of this world is coming soon and a new world is coming. We don’t know when that will be but we can see the signs and it’s soon. Evil will one day be gone for good. If you are one of God’s true children that should excite you because there will be no more pain, suffering, death, crying or evil. If you aren’t well evil is all you have left.

Cinderella

I have always been drawn to the Cinderella story, but what girl hasn’t. The movies where the unlikeliest girl finds her Prince Charming and lives happily ever after. To bad fairy tales are just dreams. Well we all have a Prince Charming that wants to give us everything we can imagine. A full and an exciting life. People just can’t fathom that Christianity could be anything but hard work and giving so much up. They don’t want to give up the crumbs they have right now for the unknown. I want what I want. But what if you could have so very much more? Most stroke victims have memory issues and brain fog. When I first came to after my stroke I had nothing. I could not move, speak, or even open my mouth. I was locked in. But I did still have my mind. I prayed that I would not lose that. Anything else I could live without. I slowly did get a lot back but accepted the losses. But living in a nursing home forever? That took a lot of time to accept. But it is now my home and my safe place with people who love me. But I have gotten to know my Prince Charming and he has overwhelmed me. Just when I start thinking things are good. They get so much better. He likes to do that. He has promised to do more than I could ever imagine, so he does. My life gets more fulfilling every day. I wake up excited. Ok what’s today, Lord? I do keep my part done, but you couldn’t keep me from spending time with him because it’s the best part of my day. Just talking about anything and everything. When you really know someone you can just spend a lot of time with them. He knows the things that are important to me and it might not be much. But it’s always more than I expect. So I do have my happily ever after.

What about you?

What Is A Savior

“Come quickly to help me, my Lord and Savior.” Psalms 38:22

Anyone who saves is a savior. But there has to be reasons why you need to be saved first. My dictionary actually says “A Title of God, especially Christ,” only he knows how much we definitely need a savior. He knows every thought in your head. He knows every evil thing. He is a Father to everyone. And parents know their children aren’t perfect, even though they don’t always catch them in the act, but God does. The punishment for doing wrong is death, but he totally agrees to forgive charges so that we can have our lives back. That sounds very fair to me. You just need to acknowledge the Savior himself, that’s Christ Jesus. That’s accepting the gift that he bled and died for. So most people choose to keep their sin and evil. They like their life just the way it is and choose to be in charge. That’s good and well but you still have to die one day, we all do. But we don’t know when that day will be but only God knows that. Whether you will be young or old. You have chosen your position. You didn’t want a savior so your life will be void of saving, forevermore. Most of us can’t fathom infinity but it’s a really long time. The absence of God means only evil, no good. So that means no good ever again. Never a good day, ever. So now do you realize why you needed a Savior, especially Christ?

In The Pig Pen

“We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:6

I was praying one morning and I was asking God how people have gotten so deceived and out of control? And he said that just like pigs in a pen love rolling around in the mud and eating slop. It’s just what they know. Doesn’t sound very pretty does it. That is all they know and they think that’s all they need or want. Nobody likes change and it’s uncomfortable, at least at first. They are used to it and don’t have any idea what they don’t have. Imagine that same pig is a precious pet. Whose owner would do anything for them. Clean them up and maybe put a cute outfit on them. Put them on a soft, silk, pillow and give them treats to eat. Do you think that pig would complain? They only knew what they knew. If you only knew hate and evil you would be much like that pig and learn to accept it and live with it. We are all created by a loving God who wants so much for us. The problem is that he will not force that on anyone. That pig can’t choose for itself. But God loves us and respects us enough to let us do it our way. Even if that way might bring us so much pain and regret. If you only knew what you were missing. Most people think they know what will make them happy. A secret I have learned over the last few years is that only God, the one who created you and knows all about you, everything you have ever done, said or thought, he does know what is very best for each of us. He has even given us a manual to teach us everything we will ever need to know to have an awesome life. I have tried it his way. He has never ceased to amaze me. Everything he says really works and nothing fails. A lot of it might not even make sense to my simple mind but it does work. There is a whole other world out there that I didn’t know existed. I am now sitting on that fluffy pillow enjoying treats all day long. Satan still tries to bring evil into my little world but I have put up a wall around myself and it’s getting harder and harder for him to get through. Because Jesus paid for every one of my sins with his life.

Precious Gift

“…darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.“. Genesis 1:2

The very first thing before the world began was the Spirit. He was always here. Nothing exists without him.

“I wish all of the Lord’s people were prophets and the Lord would put his Spirit on them.” Numbers 11:29

Moses talked face to face with God and he had a very special and unique relationship. But God’s chosen people were nothing special. He had called Abraham and Abraham obeyed everything and his faith was righteous before God. But as generations separated them from God they were a stiff-necked people.

The Spirit will come powerfully on you, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person.” 1 Samuel 12:6

The Spirit changes us into people God can use mightily. With it comes wisdom and anointing. I know the Spirit speaks through me as I write because I can read something years later that I wrote and it still makes me weep. It has also made me extremely bold and there is so much joy in my life and I have never felt more alive.

“And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” Ezekiel 36:27

When you are filled with the Holy Spirit he will guide you and prompt you in which way to go and you never want to do anything that might hurt him.

“I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy.” Joel 2:28

He wants all people to have this gift.

“I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” Matthew 3:11

John the Baptist told of this great gift to come, with amazing power. I have noticed in my prayers such boldness in asking just what I need because he promised and he is faithful.

“…how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.” Luke 11:12

He wants all people to have this gift.

“…for God gives the Spirit without limit.” John 3:34

All the power you need.

“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for these are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is Spirit, and his worshipers must worship him in the Spirit and in truth.” John 4:23-24

We must worship the way God asks to receive the kind of answers and responses we desire.

“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” John 14:26

“But in the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people.” Acts 2:17

We are definitely in the last days. So this is not promised to disciples just in Jesus day. We need this power more now than ever.

“Peter replied, repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38

“…they placed their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.” Acts 8:17

“And if the Spirit of him that raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of the Spirit who lives in you.” Romans 8:11

“In the same way the Spirit helps in our weakness. We don’t know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” Romans 8:26

It is so good to know that when you just can’t put into words what would be God’s will. The Spirit speaks for you just what you need to say.

“The person without the Holy Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Holy Spirit of God but considers them as foolishness, and can not understand them because they are discerned only through the Holy Spirit.” 1. Corinthians 2: 14

Don’t doubt it till you try it. The Lord will be proven right every time.

Nuggets of Truth

“So do not throw away your confidence, it will be richly rewarded.” Hebrews 10:35

One thing that I know for sure is that God knows how to richly reward. Double, triple and more than we can imagine. I don’t know about you but I love to be rewarded by God.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1-2

We are in a race, not just to run but to win. What we are doing is very important. We can not let things such as sin ruin our effectiveness. It’s a matter of life or death, literally.

“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who are trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11

Being told what to do just seems wrong, but when you realize it is coming from someone who loves you so very much and that it’s for your good, helps. After a while you see fruit, righteousness and peace are such wonderful feelings. They are a medal worth wearing.

“Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels.” Revelations 3:4-5

This town had grown complacent and had stopped serving the Lord. I want to stay strong till the end. I don’t want to barely get in the gates. Regretting all I have missed. I may be in heaven but what could I have had here on earth?

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” Revelations 3:20

He wants to come in and fellowship, to be a part of our lives. To help us with all our needs and to carry our burdens.

“You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.” Revelations 5:9-10

Jesus is the only one who was ever perfect and also human, so he was able to purchase us back from sin and death. He knew that ultimately this was what his Father wanted most. Not just Israel but everyone everywhere. There are no exceptions. Then once we come to him , we serve, then he gives everything to us to reign with him forever.

“For the lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe every tear from their eyes.” Revelation 7:17

That is such a beautiful picture of God making everything right. Everything we have been holding on to and reliving over and over. Causing ourselves more grief than necessary. He will one day make it all ok. Give it to him now.

“They were not allowed to kill them but only to torture them for five months. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes.” Revelation 9:5

The people who are left after the rapture have nothing to look forward to but misery. The wrath of God will finally be released and all things will be made right. People will wish to die but death won’t come. I am so glad I’m apart of the family of God.

Nuggets of Truth

“But there is a place where someone has testified: what is mankind that you are mindful of them? You made them a little lower than the angels; you crowned them with glory and honor and put everything under their feet. In putting everything under them, God left nothing that is not subject to them. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them.” Hebrews 2:6-8

Why does God even bother with us. We are a mess and imperfect. Humans are trouble because of their sin nature. Even Jesus was a man but God gave him complete authority. He has given everything to humans to control, although we have lost control and our world is in a mess because of sin, selfishness and pride. But God still loved us that much.

“Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are tempted.” Hebrews 2:18

Jesus knows what we go through. He was tempted just like us, but he stayed strong because he wanted to do what his father wanted. He will show you a way out if you listen.

“Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it.” Hebrews 4:1

Rest is so important to finishing our race. God has shown us how important it is. We can get burned out trying to do good. Trials can weigh us down. We need to rest in God physically and spiritually by spending time alone with him.

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

Every word of the Bible can teach you something if you are open. If you really focus on what God is trying to tell you, he will speak and your attitude will be obvious. Some of the words can strengthen and encourage you, give you peace and hope, and convict you. It is alive.

“But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” Hebrews 5:14

The word of God is our food and we need it regularly. Just like our bodies need fuel to survive. If we want to thrive we will eat regularly. Chew slowly.

“God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain,”. Hebrews 6:18-19

Jesus is there behind the curtain, it is no longer separating us from God. We can come to God anytime in Jesus name because he is our personal high priest. One of the joys of being his children.

“How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God.” Hebrews 9:14

Because Jesus willingly died as a sacrifice for us, perfect and spotless. We have been forgiven and our consciences can be free from the burden of sin. How can we serve God with that burden still on us?

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25

That day is approaching, the signs are all there and we need to be lifting each other up and supporting each other. Now more than ever we need to be drawing others to our savior. They don’t have much time.

Freedom

Freedom! What is that exactly? We all want to be free to do what we want. But many do not understand that our desires and wants are what really enslave us. Always needing something more or something better. It’s overindulgence that enslaves us.

‘It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1

“Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

I have come to realize that fighting on the right team is so important. What army are you aligned with? I personally know the supreme commander of my army and he is the ultimate fighter for freedom and peace. He equips all of his soldiers with the best armor and the very best weapons available. I’ve never known true freedom until getting to know my commander personally. He has told me to let him know all of my needs and wants because he wants to make sure I have everything I really need. He has also taught me how to fight. There is a real enemy out there that wants to take over the world and he is extremely vicious and devious. But he doesn’t really have the power he thinks he has and is most successful with the weaker ones that don’t know the true commander. He has pulled the wool over their eyes and they are loosing and they don’t really realize they need to fight. I don’t want to sit back and watch soldiers that are so blinded by their surroundings that they have turned on their own team and are busy trying to destroy everything and everyone around them. So make sure you are fighting the right fight and with the supreme commander of your army.