“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
I have been so deceived and far from the truth, and I thought I was right. My thinking was so clouded by my sins. The darkness just drew me even deeper into its web. So I understand where the world in general is coming from. We have a very present enemy and he wants us annihilated. He can not stand the thought of anything from God succeeding. To be accurate he is so deceived that he actually thinks that he can win against the God who made him. The only one who can and will win is the one who knows everything and made everything. He made us a manual for living in this crazy life. And how to live it well. I have been studying that manual like my life depends on it. And you know what? It does. Having my stroke was a wake up call. Like I said I was so lost in the web of deception that God shook me and said, “ What are you doing?” Well I almost died in my sins. But God knew that wasn’t me. I was made for so much more. When I came to I had very little left but I did still have my mind. I said, “God why am I here?” I knew I had to survive for the ones who loved me. I knew many people were praying for me. So little by little and day by day I struggled to get my life back. I wouldn’t take anything for granted again. Life is a present and that is why we need to live in the present. It took many years and my mind needed the most work. My body never really came back but that’s not important. We need to renew our minds ever day and put on the armor God gives us to fight our real enemy deception. Satan wants nothing more than to squish us under his foot. But God won’t let him. I of course can give him permission and that is what most of the world has done. They are his slaves and they like it that way because they don’t know better. They see this world through very distorted lenses. I pray for those around me to change, for the spirit to change their hearts before it’s too late.
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of the darkness and into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9
Before the world began God already had a perfect plan. Everyone he created was chosen for a special purpose and each person would have an effect on everyone around them. God knew in advance those that would come to work for him and his purposes. Some may have strayed at one time or another and some strayed very badly. An example of that is the apostle Paul. He was a Jew and knew the law so he thought he knew better than Jesus. But he was God’s chosen man to reach out to the Gentiles. It was God’s very chosen people, the Jews, who he brought about to make an example for us. He would bring his truth to the people through a Jew. It was through them that we first learned about Jesus. The Israelites knew the law and God although they were a mixed up and often fickle people. They followed God’s holy days and rituals. Nobody is perfect and we all mess up but you see how much God loved them and always forgave them. He made a vow which he would never break. To love them, to care for them, and to bless them. At times he had to punish them for a while. As any good parent does, but he never gave up on his children. He used everyone just as they were and showed everyone that you didn’t have to be special or good to be used for a big purpose. He made everyone strong and courageous. David killed Goliath, Elijah took on the prophets of Baal, Samson the Phillistines and Gideon did great things for God. None were special but he used them mightily. The greatest Jew was his very own son. He died for the sins of the world. Saving all who would accept his precious gift of life. The Jewish people are still quite precious to him and he is currently drawing them back to himself. It takes time to help them to see the truth but until everyone that will accept him comes, he is not in a rush. He gives us plenty of time. One day Christ will be coming back for his chosen ones. Every precious one of them and he will gather them from every corner of the earth and bring them to their eternal home in heaven with him forever. Until that day arrives there is still time. Do you wish to be chosen? There is nothing like it.
This morning as I was waking up, the sun was creeping through the blinds on my windows and light was coming from the hallway. I was looking at everything around me. So many amazing things. Technology, talent to make beautiful things, and knowledge to make intricate things. If we were just a random happening evolving from nothing, just dust. Then how could we think and reason and accomplish such amazing things? Why are we different from other animals? Wouldn’t we be struggling just to get by. I remember thinking about cavemen when I was little. I thought how silly it sounded. I looked at the photographs of my children and grandkids all around. My computer, my power wheelchair and every piece of technology in my room. Then I glanced at a painting on my wall. One day when I was shopping for furniture, it called to me from the wall in the store. I stared at it for a long time. I was looking at my childhood in complete detail. When I was a little girl my daddy took me up with his friend in an airplane. I loved it. It’s all I thought of for years after that. I grew up next door to two boys that I played with. It was a picture of three kids building a pretend airplane. We often would build things from all the scrap junk left lying around. That picture had every detail correctly. Even the Fanta orange soda my friends always drank. What are the odds that someone I didn’t know would paint that picture? And that I would happen upon it while trying to find a desk. Just about that time I looked outside and yes it was another absolutely beautiful sunny day. How can that just happen? Back to the photos. I am loved by every one of those people. They give my life so much meaning.. Feelings and emotions. Where did they come from if there is no meaning to life? Random chance is a bigger miracle than anything I was raised to believe. I see great miracles every day because I know the God of miracles, but without him it would take a miracle for anything to make sense or have meaning.
“If you love me, keep my commands.” John 14:15
“Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me.” John 14:21
When you love someone you will do what they say out of love and respect. You don’t see it as unnecessary because they wouldn’t have said it if it wasn’t important. You don’t question love because love trusts. Well the God who created the universe loves those he created and he also knows everything. So knowing what is best for his own creation just makes sense. Because he is God. Now you can not trust everyone. Satan will also try to convince you to trust him. You don’t always know it’s him talking to you. You might just think that it was your thought. But if it isn’t good for you or about you, then you probably don’t want to listen to it. Satan will try to tell you that your bad, useless and don’t deserve things but God would never say anything like that. Everyone was created on purpose and for a purpose. We don’t all accomplish our purposes but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist. God has offered all the help you need. Strength? Wisdom? If your parents had told you things to do or avoid doing and you never did anything they said they would be upset. First they would worry that you might do something and hurt yourself. They would also worry that you were heading down the road to disaster and be worried about your future. You wouldn’t want to make them sad. Now I understand that not all parents are perfect. Nobody is but God. But it is their job to raise you to be responsible and to one day be able to make wise decisions for yourself. To do things that would not harm others or endanger your future. Now suppose your parents had five kids. They would expect you to love and support them and not harm them. Family sticks together, right? This world is just one really big family and we all need each other. There is nothing more important than unity. Because we are much better together. Two can accomplish more than one. The more the merrier. The one who created us wants that more than your parents did. He even wants us to take care of those that may not be able to take care of themselves. What I’m saying is, if you had a brother who was handicapped, you would help him get around and do things for him. So many people just need help out of where they are stuck. When we help and care for others it makes us feel good. We matter and we are loved in return.
“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
What is a conspiracy? The dictionary says it is an evil, unlawful, treacherous, surreptitious plan formulated in secret by two or more persons; a plot. That sounds terrible and it is. But it has been going on since time began. I remember as a child we would play a game in school. The teacher would secretly tell someone something and then that person would secretly tell the next person in line the same secret and it would travel around the room. The last person would then tell the teacher the same secret. By the time that last person shared the secret it was a totally different tale. People tend to hear what they expect to hear and they don’t really listen. But have you ever heard gossip that you quickly passed on? Maybe it wasn’t even true in the beginning but everyone adds their own spin as they pass it. We so easily believe what we hear, and especially read.We want to believe we can trust people to tell the truth. People in power have often told a lie or partial truth to sell something, get someone to side with them, or gain financial support. Hey that’s business, right? Do you ever really think about what you believe and if it really matters to your life? Your parents would tell you things as you were growing up. Were they always telling you the truth or just what would shut you up. Something they had been told. Secondhand information. God has said to be like a little child if you want to get to heaven. Children when they are younger are always asking, why? They are eager to learn everything about life. They also believe what they are told if it sounds reasonable. Or they will keep questioning. We should always keep learning and keep questioning what we hear. How can you believe some things that just don’t make sense? We tend to believe what we wish to believe. We trust teachers, leaders, employers, politicians, doctors. But do they ever have reasons to tell you partial truth. Doctors may know what they have been told will cure something. But maybe there is a better or safer way to do it. Teachers often teach what they are told to teach. They need to be politically correct. Psychologists tell them what they should and shouldn’t talk about. They may be omitting things their students may need to know because they are told their job requires it. Well it’s easy to see that after thousands of years we have heard thousands of untruths. There are truths that have been around for thousands of years and have been proven historically correct. Why would God lie? I would believe God over anyone else. Don’t take my word for it. Truth is very important and you should investigate fully yourself.
“You shall have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:2
Many consider idolatry a harsh word. Oh those awful Israelites serving their false gods deserved God’s punishment. Well idolatry is just putting anything besides God first in your life. The worst form of idolatry in our day is the idolatry of self. What I want! People serve their appetite for things, pleasure, friends, family and money. Our world is going downhill so fast because nobody worries about anything but me, myself and I. It is not acceptable to serve God, read the Bible or pray. God doesn’t care. Well this life won’t last forever. We all die one day. Will what you had to have save you from your tomorrow. What comes after this life? What really matters?
“But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only few find it.” Matthew 7:14
There is a very small remnant of people that will actually make it to heaven. Out of the Billions of people on this planet. Only a few million will actually walk through those pearly gates where they one day dreamed of living. Who you serve in this life does matter. If you are serving yourself it better be pretty great to sustain you forever. This world is not always easy but keeping my eyes always on my goal will keep me moving. I can relax once I am where I am meant to be forever. Then there will be more pleasures than I can imagine and forever to enjoy them.
Morally wrong, bad wicked, harmful, unlawful, evil quality, intention, bad conduct or behavior. These are some examples from the dictionary. It is the opposite of good. Just as there is light and dark, pain and no pain. We don’t know there is one without knowing their opposite. We all want good not bad because we have tasted both. There is good and bad in each of us. But some are more inherently evil and some are more inherently good. We see God as being good and it is not good for God to be bad. But nobody is completely perfect, we have all made mistakes Nobody but God. This can be explained simply by a perfect God who is always good. But man not being perfect sinned and everything went downhill from there. But being a good God he thought up a plan to bring people back into the good category. By sending his very own son down to earth as a man he lived a life perfectly, with help from the Holy Spirit of God. He willingly died in our place. Our debts were paid in full. Once and forever our sins could be forgiven. If we believe in this gift and accept it by accepting him. When he died and rose again to life he sent the same spirit to live in each of us so we could be like him. He comes with such an amazing amount of gifts for us when we turn to him. Not only eternal life with him forever. (Which by the way is totally awesome.) He brings love, joy, peace, power, patience. Do you know that he has promised always to help you with anything you need. All we need to do is ask. He is not just a genie you snap your finger at and he makes things happen, but better. He loves you and actually knows what is best for you. So if he has something that is better for you he might give that to you instead. He doesn’t always answer right away because some things take time.(like changing someone’s heart to do something.) His promises are never failing and there are many. If you think you are basically good and don’t need any help, well you just don’t know what you are missing. Can you honestly say you are very happy and completely at peace? Never need help. I know in this world problems arise every day but I can’t wait to get going each day and when they come I am ready cause I have help. God has never let me down. I was made on purpose for a special purpose and I am greatly loved. Do you know where you will be for eternity? You can know for certain. Once you make your choice. Will it be where there is only good and light forever or where there is only evil and dark forever ? You do have the free will to choose whichever you want.
“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!
“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?
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.