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5 Important Truths I’ve Learned (Part 3)

Welcome back to Part 3 of 3 of “Important Truths I’ve Learned”.

You may read Part 1 HERE.

You may read Part 2 HERE.

This is the final installment of this three-part series. In each entry, I have been listing five valuable lessons which the Lord has taught me over the years. Again, I certainly have not “arrived” and still have much to learn, but I hope the following insights will help and inspire you in some way. The truths below are listed in random order.

1.) You will become unpopular and even hated if you stand for truth; but speak it and stand for it anyway. Some people have a huge fear of being unpopular; but it is far better to be unpopular with people than it is to be unknown by God! Woe unto those to whom He will say, “I never knew you… depart from me” (see Matt. 7:23). In scripture, the Bible says that the people hated Jesus without a cause (see John 15:25). It also states this: “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you” (John 15:18-19).  And Mark 13:13 states: “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” Have courage to stand alone and be unpopular, hated, and misunderstood for a season. You see, we’re in a foreign land here, but when we’re home with our Lord, we’ll be fully accepted, understood, and loved for all eternity.

2.) Be a genuinely kind-hearted person and look to make others smile, not expecting anything in return. One of the fruits of the Spirit is goodness (see Galatians 5:22). It is heart-warming and rewarding to be good to people and to show Christ’s love and kindness. We never know what someone else is going through so an act of kindness, no matter how small, can go a long way. Ways we can show kindness is to always show appreciation, give words of encouragement, compliments, and do good deeds – expecting nothing in return. Matthew 7:12 puts it like this: “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.”  Love and kindness doesn’t mean we accept and embrace sin – it simply means we show Christ’s concern and care for those without Him and to continue encouraging other Believers, as well. I like the quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. where he said, I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.

3.) Keep everything in perspective and zoom out! If a photographer has the camera zoomed in to the dirt on the ground, it will magnify each clod of dirt and make it appear as a huge boulder. Also, he will not be able to clearly see and photograph the beautiful, vast world around him if he’s only focused on the dirt. The same applies to life… I often have to remind myself to “zoom out” and look at the big picture of eternity. It’s so easy for life’s problems to appear bigger than life and to become too overwhelming. But we are as a grain of sand viewed from outer space and our God is far greater than our problems. Always remember that, in the end, God will set everything right anyhow – so our momentary affliction or heartache is only temporary. We must remind ourselves of such truths often. Just as Jesus did when He was on the cross… it was for the joy set before Him that He endured the cross (see Heb. 12:2). In other words, He had immense joy to look forward to; and that was what enabled Him to endure. Likewise, the Christian has Jesus to look up to and immense joy in Heaven to look forward to – that is how we endure. It’s like this… “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal(2nd Corinthians 4:17-18). Just as the hymn so beautifully says… 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.” His grace is sufficient, it’s enough to help us endure. May God grant us the wherewithal to look at the bigger picture and zoom out when life gets overwhelming.

4.) God won’t let His children go to Hell; rest assured – and live free from this fear. In this life, friends come and they go – whether by choice, a move, or death. But we must remember that God will never leave us nor forsake us (see Deut. 31:8). But what I am referencing is the fact that He won’t forsake His own children to Hell. There was a season in my life when the enemy tried to fool me into thinking that I wasn’t “good enough” and that I would land in Hell somehow. However, I had to learn to trust that God has a firm grip on the surrendered soul. God is a loyal to us when we are loyal to Him. His loyalty shows toward Israel as a picture of His loyalty to his beloved. “Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands… (see Isaiah 49:15-16). As devout followers of our Lord who walk in the light, we can always have blessed assurance as we rest in Him and strive to please Him. Bible teacher, Arthur Pink, once stated: “Not one for whom He died can possibly miss heaven.” Granted, we must do our part and allow the Spirit to strengthen us to abstain from sin – but as we do so, we can rest in the Beloved. “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God” (1st John 5:13). And Romans 8:16 which states: “The Spirit himself bears witness to our spirit that we are God’s children.” If you are His – He will not let you go. Should you err, He will see to it that you are brought back into alignment through various means which He lovingly yet firmly employs. As the Good Shepherd, He would leave the 99 sheep to search for the one sheep that had gone astray (see Matthew 18:10-14). What love! What assurance we have in Him!

5.) Separate from the world of sin. A line of a popular Christian song says it like this, “Take this world and give me Jesus.” That is my heart’s cry and the cry of Christians around the world. Remember, we live in the world of sin, but we do not take part in it (see John 17:16). Sin brings no pleasure to the child of God that is fully surrendered to Him. Staying pure in God’s sight is a work of the Spirit but also a discipline. Scripture teaches us to guard our heart above all else, because everything we do flows from the heart (see Proverbs 4:23). “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you…” (2nd Cor. 6:17). I have found that abstaining from worldly music, movies, books, activities, etc. makes for a clearer mind and conscience. (See my blog, “Watch What You Watch”).  As Christians, we are crucified to the world, and the world, to us (see Gal. 6:14). To still love the world of sin represents spiritual adultery and lack of loyalty. “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God” (James 4:4). It is disgusting to be lukewarm in our spirituality… be one or the other – good or evil, in or out, hot or cold; because God has said, “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth” (Revelation 3:15-16). Thank God, we’re free from the world of sin!

Remember, the Bible is our safeguard to keep us from being deceived by erroneous teaching. It doesn’t matter if the whole world endorses a particular sin – if the Bible states that it is sin, then it is sin. If the Bible warns to abstain from it, then abstain. Though thousands may ridicule us and think we’re wrong – we must stand our ground even if that means standing alone. As the Scottish author, poet, and Christian minister, George Macdonald put it… “Truth is truth, whether it’s spoken by the lips of Jesus or Balaam’s donkey.”

I hope something I’ve said in these past few posts has ignited your faith and helped you in your walk with the Lord. Until next time, God bless!

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5 Important Truths I’ve Learned (Part 2)

Welcome back to Part 2 (of 3), “Important Truths I’ve Learned”. To read Part 1, please click or tap HERE.

In each entry, I have been listing five valuable lessons which the Lord has taught me over the years. Again, I certainly have not learned everything there is to life, but I hope the following insights will help and inspire you in some way. The truths below are listed in random order.

duw1.) Detach. Unplug. Unwind. This must be done often and without guilt in order to refresh and renew the mind, body, and spirit, as a whole. This is not an excuse for laziness. However, even God rested on the seventh day after He had created the world. (see Gen. 2:3). Also, think of the flowers – they are dormant for a season in order that they may bloom in the proper season. Furthermore, we must remember that Jesus would pull away from the crowds to pray alone. (see Luke 5:16). There is something amiss if we don’t allow time to be alone with our Savior. Sure, it’s fine to worship with others, but there also comes a time when we need to get quiet and alone before the Lord… alone, in our prayer closet. (see Matt. 6:6). Some people say they “don’t have time” but such people will make time to be alone to shower or bathe. If it is important enough, we can make time and make a way for it to happen. “Our religious activities should be ordered in such a way as to have plenty of time for the cultivation of the fruits of solitude and silence” (A.W. Tozer).

tho2.) Don’t worry what other people think of you. As long as you are pleasing God, that’s all that matters.  Oftentimes, Christians are viewed by sinners as “peculiar,” “strange”, “different”… the list goes on and on. But remember, Jesus was hated without a cause … and we are not greater than our Lord. If they hated Him, they will hate us also, as John 15 so plainly states (Also see John 15:25, James 4:4, and Matt. 10:22). But they hate us because we are not “one of them”… we are a new creation in Christ Jesus. Never feel that you must impress the world in order to have friends. Rest assured, you will never be friendless or comfortless as long as you have Jesus. He will care for you and bear you, even into your graying years (see Is. 46:4). When you come to spiritual maturity, the fight to “remain popular” dies and the drive to please God takes over. “Humble yourself and cease to care what men think. A meek man is not a human mouse afflicted with a sense of his own inferiority. Rather, he has stopped being fooled about himself. He knows well that the world will never see him as God sees him and he has stopped caring. He has obtained a place of soul rest. The old struggle to defend himself is over” (A.W. Tozer).

wo3.) If you’re a God-seeking Christian, never ever worry about doing without the necessities of life. Oftentimes, many of us find ourselves struggling financially to make ends meet. Sometimes, times get so rough that we may begin to wonder if we will be able to put food on the table or clothes on our back. But we can be confident in knowing that our Lord cares for us. Several verses in the latter part of Matthew, chapter 6, remind us not to worry about such things. Verses 31-33 state: “Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” The Psalmist put it wonderfully when he said, “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

see4.) When praying and not getting the results you want, always adopt the idea, “Maybe God sees something which I can’t see.” Our Heavenly Father knows best. His Will, His timing, His reasons are for our own good. His ways our higher than our ways and His thoughts are higher than ours (see Is. 55:9). Even in the Lord’s Prayer, we are instructed to pray for His Will to be done (see Matt. 6:10). Before Jesus’ crucifixion, He fell on His face and prayed, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me. Nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. I once heard a story that went like this: A man’s wife died and left him alone to raise their children. He sold everything he had in order to buy a cart and a horse with which he would haul things for people. But his horse ran away. Everybody came and said “What a tragedy.” But the man said, “Maybe it was a tragedy. But maybe it was a blessing.” A few days later his horse came back trailed by a bunch of wild horses.The towns people came to him and said, “You were right. It was a blessing and not a tragedy.” But he said, “Maybe it was a blessing. But it might be a tragedy.” His son was breaking one of the wild horses and the horse fell on him and crushed his leg. Now the people said, “You were right. This wasn’t a blessing. It was a tragedy.” He said, “Who knows….” About that time, the government agents came and took off all the young men from that town to fight in the war, but the man’s son could not go because of his shattered leg. How do we know in our lives whether something painful is a tragedy or a blessing?” Remember Romans 8:28… “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

marr5.) Take the covenant of marriage seriously and make sure of who you are marrying. In the past, I have done extensive research on the topic of marriage, divorce, and remarriage. Please refer to my previous blogs on divorce (linked HERE) and remarriage (linked HERE). I would highly encourage everyone to read these blogs, but suffice it to say that marriage is a serious covenant. Nonetheless, I have heard of instances where there is a Christian wife and (what she thought was) a Christian husband. Later, she finds out he was never truly converted. So while I acknowledge that this can occur, we must do all that is within our power to make certain of who we are marrying and that we have no doubts within, should you choose to marry. Also, I would refer those courting/dating to my previous post HERE.

Again, I hope this was helpful in some way. My final entry (Part 3) will be posted next month, so be sure to check back then. You can also Follow this blog so you don’t miss future entries. God bless each of you!

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5 Important Truths I’ve Learned (Part 1)

The Lord saved my soul nearly 30 years ago when I was a young girl. In the many years I’ve walked with Him, I have found Him to be faithful, trustworthy, and true. I still have much to learn, but I would like to highlight some of the truths which God has shown me in these (almost) 30 years. The list below is in random order, as I feel all of these truths I’ve learned have their own importance.

Since I will briefly expound on each truth, I will break this up into parts. This is Part 1 of 3. I hope something written here will help you in your journey toward Heaven and a closer walk with our Lord.

gf1.) ALWAYS PUT GOD FIRST AND SEEK HIS WILL IN EVERYTHING – If we put God first, everything else falls into place (see Matt. 6:33). The Lord’s Prayer teaches us to pray for God’s Will. Think about it, His Will is done in Heaven and that is one of the many great reasons that it is heavenly, peaceful, and wonderful. As Nazi concentration camp survivor, Corrie Ten Boom, once said, “The safest place to be is in the center of God’s will.”


cp2.) DON’T COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS – This is a lesson that I have to be re-taught often; but find great liberty if I follow this advice. Don’t compare temporary things such as appearance, abilities, success, or finances. Be content with what you have (see Phil. 4:11). But most importantly, never ever dare to compare yourself to nominal Christians who seem to “get away” with sin or a lax walk with God. Remember, God knows and sees all. He sees your obedience and will reward you openly (see Matt. 6:5-6). The Bible even says that it is unwise to compare ourselves to others (see 2nd Cor. 10:2).


fg3.) LEARN TO FORGIVE – Forgiveness is one of the more challenging things we must do in order to maintain a strong walk with the Lord. It is vital that we learn to shrug things off, forgive, and not stew over things. Again, this is a lesson we must re-learn over and over; but we must be able to forgive. Forgiveness does not condone sin or wrong actions of another, but it gives us freedom to love and live freely. As much as it depends on you, the Bible says, we are to live at peace with all when possible (see Rom. 12:8). I like this quote: “To forgive is to set a prisoner free, and discover that the prisoner was you.”


pryr4.) NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF PRAYER – There have been so many times when I have found myself in a quandary, not knowing what to do. I have found that prayer clarifies things for me so much easier than me wracking my brain trying to figure out situations on my own. Inevitably, God will drop a scripture into my mind that will help clarify things for me. Prayer gives me courage, comfort, healing, direction, and deepens my trust in God. Prayer is limitless, you can talk to God about anything! It is a necessity as a Christian. Revivalist, Leonard Ravenhill, once put it like this: “No man is greater than his prayer life.” And the beloved preacher, Charles Spurgeon, once said, “Prayerless souls are Christless souls, Christless souls are Graceless souls and Graceless souls shall soon be damned souls. See your peril, you that neglect altogether the blessed privilege of prayer!”  


cry5.) IT’S OKAY TO CRY IN GOD’S ARMS – Game face. In life, we have to put our “game face” on and be rough and tough, oftentimes, as a means of survival. But, when we come to our Father God, we don’t have to be strong. A broken and a contrite spirit, He will not despise (see Psalm 51:17). We find a safe place of comfort under His wings. There, we can release our stresses, burdens, and heartaches. The Bible even tells us to cast our burdens upon the Lord because He cares for us and He won’t let us slip and fall (see Psalm 55:22). And remember, we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses (see Hebrews 4:15).


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Like Mother and Child

“For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.” ~Psalm 139:13-16

Ever since she was a little girl, she longed for motherhood. She was the best little Mommy to her doll, always taking it with her everywhere she went. Then many years later, the day came when her dream would be realized. Her and her husband found out that they would be expecting their first baby. But, in order for her to be able to carry a healthy baby, there were some changes which the doctor had her make. She had to be very careful what she consumed, take extra vitamins, and get plenty of rest. This proved to be no problem since the Mom-to-be knew it was for the health of the baby she was carrying. She disciplined herself willingly in order to protect the baby she was carrying within.

“Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb?” ~Isaiah 49:15

isscLiken this scenario to the spirit within. Each of us, whether male or female, black or white, rich or poor, single or married – carries within us very precious cargo. That “cargo” is our soul/spirit which will last eternally. We, like the expectant mother, must protect the spirit within. We must be disciplined and oftentimes deny our selfish whims for the health of the spirit. We dare not consume things which would be harmful to our spirit.

A lady that is not pregnant may decide to re-paint her kitchen and proceed to paint it herself. But, the lady that is pregnant must not be around the paint fumes, as it has the potential to cause great harm to the baby she is carrying. As I’ve heard it said before, “Others may… but you cannot.” It’s not punishment but caution to refrain from certain activities which may cause great harm to the spirit within. As the quote says, “There are two freedoms: the false, where a man is free to do what he likes; the true, where he is free to do what he ought” (Charles Kingsley).

“Keep [guard] thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” ~Proverbs 4:23

So, we must ALL guard the spirit within us much like a pregnant mother would protect the child growing within her at any cost; even if it means forsaking herself. As Christians, we are God’s children and He cares for us. But, we also have a responsibility to guard what we allow into our minds and spirits. Philippians 4:7 says, “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Let’s strive to keep our thoughts pure and our lives guarded from evil. In regards to guarding the spirit within, I would also encourage all Christians to read my previous post, “Watch What You Watch” HERE.

“Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?” ~James 3:10-11

Not only do we need to be careful what we allow in but we must also be careful what comes out. One of the fruits of the Spirit is self-control. The book of James speaks a lot about taming the “unruly member” of our body – the tongue.  This is more challenging for some of us than others. Nonetheless, it is what the Bible prescribes and we must willingly crucify our flesh for the greater good of our spirit and for the spiritual health of those around us who may be looking to us as an example. Alas, bridling the tongue is difficult – but attainable for us all. Remember, Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive” (Proverbs 17:28).  So we must know when to speak and when to refrain from speaking. And also note that what we put in will always come out. This is why it is so important that we guard our spirit.

Remember, the Holy Spirit is holy – so we must make our bodies a temple which He can comfortably dwell within. If I had to sum up the point of this entire blog entry, it would be with the scripture found in 1st Corinthians 6:19-20 which states: “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

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A Christian Response to the Election

PREFACE: This post is not against Democrats. This post is not against Independents. This post is not against Republicans. This is not a political post – but rather to be taken as a spiritual one. I grappled with the idea of posting anything about the election since the mission of this blog is certainly not to argue politics. However, in light of everything that is happening in the U.S. post-election, I felt that it was time for a Christian response to the bewildering chaos. We need to be educated about what the Bible teaches so that we can steer clear of danger and so we can lovingly assert Biblical truths to others. Christians need not be afraid.

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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump


“I’ve Never Seen Anything Like This…”

timeAllow me to set the scene for you…

As the vast majority of the world knows, there was recently a Presidential election in the United States of America. After a long and hard-fought battle, the final two candidates were Hillary Clinton (Democrat) and Donald Trump (Republican). On November 8, 2016, millions of Americans cast their vote for the next President of the United States. When it was announced that Donald Trump had won the election, chaos ensued.

Protests and riots began and the hashtag “#NotMyPresident” popped up all over social media. Some of the protests were peaceful, most were not. Some of the protesters even called for the assassination of President-elect Trump. Some protests blocked public highways and the American flag was burned. Still, many are plotting even more sinister activities and protests to carry out on Inauguration Day.

It was reported that there were a few U.S. colleges and schools who offered their students grief counseling, therapy dogs, arts & crafts sessions, “primal scream night”, dedicated crying rooms, and even ponies, so they could process the results of the election. Classes were cancelled and some of the students acted out to show their disapproval of the election results. At American University, the American flag was burned by students in protest to the election outcome. California State University offered students phone numbers for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Because of these special accommodations being made at some public colleges, Iowa State Representative Bobby Kaufmann is proposing the “Suck it Up, Buttercup” bill. This bill would lower funding for state colleges who are trying to use taxpayer dollars for such accommodations (such as election grief counseling, cry rooms, etc.) post-election. Kaufmann believes that coddling the students does not prepare them for the real world. He said, “…in life, when your car breaks down, your kids get sick or you have to take a second job to pay your mortgage, you don’t get to go to a cry zone, you don’t get to pet a pony, you have to deal with it.”

Never in U.S. history has there been such a striving against the Presidential election results. All of this pandemonium about the election has many scratching their heads and saying, “I’ve never seen anything like this…”


God’s Chosen Leaders

Now that we see what we’re dealing with, let’s open the Bible to see what it has to say. After all, what guidelines do we have if we exclude the Bible? John Owen, the famous Theologian, once said, “Without absolutes revealed by God Himself, we are left rudderless in a sea of conflicting ideas about manners, justice and right and wrong, issuing from a multitude of self-opinionated thinkers.” We must rely on the absolutes in God’s Word.

Below are just a few scriptures in regards to who sets up our leaders. I needn’t expound upon these verses, because they speak for themselves. However, for clarification purposes, I have put certain portions of each verse in bold lettering to denote the emphasis.

16618“Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:” ~Daniel 2:20-21

“And he was driven from the sons of men; and his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild asses: they fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven; till he knew that the most high God ruled in the kingdom of men, and that he appointeth over it whomsoever he will.” ~Daniel 5:21

By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.” ~Proverbs 8:15

“I said unto the fools, Deal not foolishly: and to the wicked, Lift not up the horn: Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck. For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another. ~Psalm 75:4-7


Evil Leaders

The topic of evil leaders is more of a side note seeing how most elected authorities are in their position to bring order, peace, and good to the citizens. I just thought it bore mentioning while we were on the topic. But, now we have seen that God rules and that it is according to his divine plan who our appointed leaders are. This is not only true for the U.S. but for the entire world. But, some may ask, “What about evil leaders? Is that in God’s plan?” I will expound on that – but as a whole, most leaders are in such positions in order to have a positive impact and to look out for the well-being of the citizens by upholding the laws.

21796Nonetheless, we find evil leaders in prominent positions throughout history from time to time. Even as far back as Bible times, we find that not all leaders were righteous. For example, we see that Nebuchadnezzar was king although he had wicked ways. We also find that it was God who gave King Nebuchadnezzar this position. “Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory (Daniel 2:37). Amidst everything, God had a purpose for this and many lessons to teach the king and to teach others who read of this account in scripture. For a season, King Nebuchadnezzar was brought low. But in the end, he lifted up his eyes to heaven and his understanding returned to him (see Daniel 4:34). He then said, “Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.”

Of course, God is the ultimate King of kings and Lord of lords – so if an evil ruler commands anything contrary to scripture, we must please God above all and not man. However, this is not an excuse for us to disobey on our whims. Again, allow me to clarify – we must respect and honor those in positions of authority whether we like them or not – and may only disobey if they command us to do what is evil in God’s sight. Just like the example of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. They would not bow to the false gods made of gold which King Nebuchadnezzar commanded they worship, yet, God delivered them even after they were punished for disobeying the king (see Daniel 3).

God has a purpose and a reason for everything he permits. As we see in the biblical account of Job, God is always in control and there are boundaries which the enemy cannot cross. God’s ways are higher than our ways. Perhaps evil leaders are put in such positions to later repent and lead others to righteousness. Perhaps it is to emphasize that mankind cannot save itself apart from God. Perhaps evil leaders are permitted as God’s judgment upon a nation in order to bring repentance (see Isaiah 3:12). Perhaps it is permitted to show the downright depravity of sin and to bring a nation to prayer.

Scripture states: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” 2nd Chronicles 7:14. As long as God has people praying for his divine will and plan to be done, then there is hope.


Showing Honor and Respect

So, how are we to behave toward our appointed leaders – even if we didn’t vote for them? Once again, I will allow the Bible to answer this question:

28269Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? Do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.  ~Romans 13:1-7

Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.” ~1 Peter 2: 13-17


What About the Protests?

In this day and age we live in, evil is rampant. Moral views (or lack thereof) have become political views; thus, the chaos in our land over the election. One side wants their way and vice versa. The protests and uprisings against order are not having a unifying or positive effect. We see many such protesters acting out in physically violent ways. This is not of God and it is the works of the sinful flesh.

Galatians 5:19-26 states: “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

We saw earlier that God sets up leaders and also removes them. Personally, before the election, I had purposed in my heart that whoever won was according to God’s will and that I would honor and respect his or her position as President. I had prayed for God’s plan in the election and I know many other Christians who were praying also. The results came in and our nation learned that Donald Trump had won the election. We, as a nation, (whether Christian or not) must respect the current President as well as the President-elect. It does not matter if we like them or not. It does not matter if we voted for them or not… their position of authority is to be respected.

I leave you with one final and profound, resounding scripture.

“And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.  ~Acts 5:38-39

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“In the School of God…”

Keith Daniel (courtesy of sermonindex.net)

Keith Daniel (courtesy of sermonindex.net)

For those of you who have been following my blog for a while now, you will most likely remember that I have often quoted a man of God by the name of Keith Daniel. His honest teaching and anointed sermons have truly enriched my spirit.

Keith Daniel is an evangelist from South Africa who does a yearly tour to America in the Fall months to preach at various conservative churches. He also visits other countries and locations around the world, sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

In this day and age, it is often challenging to find sincere, humble, anointed, powerful, genuine teaching and preaching from the Bible. That is why I truly enjoy Bro. Daniel’s ministry – he makes certain to base his teachings upon God’s holy word.  We do not exalt man, we exalt God – and I can see the fruit of God’s blessings in the life and ministry of Bro. Keith Daniel.

Not long ago, I listened to one of his classic sermons, “In the School of God”. I found this sermon at SermonIndex.net. I have listened to this sermon more than once and find that it is so insightful and anointed. It is such an encouraging sermon to listen to if you are going through a battle in life. It is my desire for the body of Christ to be encouraged. I truly believe that we must find our encouragement through prayer, worship, scripture, and anointed teaching of the Holy Bible. I believe you will find great encouragement and insight by listening to the short excerpt video below. If you wish to listen to the entire sermon, you can find it HERE.

“In The School of God” by Keith Daniel

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Do You Hear What I Hear?

“And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you: For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” ~Mark 13:5-6

I once heard an anointed man of God, Zac Poonen of India’s CFC church, expound on the scripture above. He pointed out that most interpret the last part of this scripture to mean that there will be many who profess to actually be Christ, the Messiah – and in turn, shall deceive many. However, he pointed out another very plausible interpretation.  He stated that most people, even children, would know better if someone told them, “I am Jesus Christ.” Most of us would not be deceived to believe such non-sense. However, he said that one could come and say, “Yes, Jesus is the Christ” yet, would go on to deceive many by teaching untruths. But since this person said he believed Jesus was the Christ, we let our guard down and take in whatever he says as the Gospel; thus, the deception. Remember, even the demons believe (see James 2:19). So, we must be on guard and filter whose teachings we are listening to, making sure they do not deceive us.

In Proverbs 4:23, scripture teaches, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” In other words, guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. It is not a sin to test the preaching you are sitting under or listening to. In fact, that is wise and the Bible teaches us to do so. Scripture states: “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world” 1st John 4:1.  It doesn’t matter how smart, likeable, charitable, or charismatic a preacher is – what matters most is whether or not he preaches truth.

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What I’ve Heard In My Day

“The truly wise man is he who believes the Bible

against the opinions of any man.” ~R.A. Torrey

I am, by no means, bashing the true and genuine church – for she is the Bride of Christ and she is beautiful. However, I have been to many meetings and/or have heard sermons on TV or online where supposed “preachers” taught fallacies. If they do not correct their wrong beliefs and teachings, we simply cannot afford to partake of their teaching and listen to falsehoods. For, if they will deceive in one area, what is to stop them from deceiving in other areas? Our souls are too valuable to be exposed to such risks.

Below, I’ve listed a few bullet-points of wrong teaching I’ve heard in my time. Remember, this is NOT the teachings of the Bible nor of the true church.

jcrFalse Teaching: “If you are an unrepentant active homosexual, you can still go to Heaven.” (However, 1st Corinthians 6:9 teaches otherwise. I expound on this in my post HERE).

False Teaching/Belief: “There are many ways to God and Heaven.” (However, John 14:6 teaches otherwise.)

False Teaching/Belief: “No matter the reason, if you are divorced, then you are allowed to remarry while your first spouse is still living.” (However, Luke 16:18 teaches otherwise. I expound on this in my post HERE.)

False Teaching/Belief: “If you are in an adulterous remarriage, you can still pastor a church.” (However, Titus 1:6 teaches otherwise.)

False Teaching/Belief: “We don’t need to be childish in any way, therefore the child within us needs to be cast out.” (However, Matthew 18:3 teaches otherwise.)

False Teaching/Belief: “A good preacher or Christian won’t offend anybody by their beliefs.” (However, 1st Peter 2:8 teaches otherwise.)

False Teaching/Belief: “If you have sickness or disease in your physical body, it is because you are in sin.” (However, John 9:1-3 teaches otherwise. I expound on this in my post HERE.)

False Teaching/Belief: “If you give enough money to a ministry, you can be healed of physical ailments and become wealthy.” (However, Matthew 10:8 teaches otherwise. I expound on this in my post HERE.)

False Teaching/Belief: “It’s okay for Christians to have a beer or two, in moderation.” (However, Proverbs 20:1 teaches otherwise. I expound on the topic in my post HERE.)

False Teaching/Belief: “As a Christian, I have the authority on my own to creatively speak things into existence (even money), to command things, and to attract favor to myself by my own thoughts and words.” (However, Psalm 33:9 teaches otherwise. I expound on this in my posts HERE and HERE.)

False Teaching/Belief: “As long as I believe there is a God, then I will go to Heaven when I die.” (However, James 2:19 teaches otherwise.)

False Teaching/Belief: “I don’t have to believe the entire Bible to be a Christian, so long as I make it to church every Sunday.” (However, 2nd Timothy 3:16 teaches otherwise.)

jfAre you hearing any of these above-mentioned false teachings or beliefs in your church or in the sermons you may listen to on TV or online? Sometimes, I can’t believe my ears! What did I just hear that supposed “preacher” say?! Remember, Jesus warned us ahead of time to be on our guard. Beware of the twisting of scripture. We must use scripture in light of the entire context of the Bible.

Also, we must remember that, although few in number, there are still those anointed, genuine, and true preachers of the Gospel who preach the Bible accurately and who deeply care. If anyone’s teaching or preaching aligns with the Bible, then we can whole-heartedly take it in and allow it to nurture our souls. Evangelist Roy Daniel put it like this, “Truth does not change simply because Hypocrites exist. Christ and His word remain a foundation sure and true.”

It is SO important to know the Bible. Lack of knowledge can cause destruction (see Hosea 4:6). It is disconcerting and disheartening to see so many falling prey to false teachings. Let us not be deceived.

My final questions… Are you picking up on false teaching when/if you hear it? If so, what is your response? Are you hearing what I am hearing? Are you honing in on truth and turning a deaf ear to fallacies? I certainly hope so, for your soul’s sake.

Helpful Scriptures

“They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.” 1st John 4:5-6

“If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?” 1st John 4:20

“Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s [money’s] sake. Titus 1:11

“They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.Titus 1:16

“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 2nd Timothy 3:5-7

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What Does It Mean To Accept Christ?

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” ~2nd Corinthians 5:17

To accept Christ, to be saved, to be born-again, to be a Christian… what does it all mean? In this classic sermon by A.W. Tozer, you will learn in an easy-to-understand way what accepting Christ means. I put together snippets for this video but the entire sermon may be found at SermonIndex.net. You can search by speaker (A.W. Tozer) and pull up both parts of this amazing sermon. Sermons are listed in alphabetical order. Please feel free to share this video with others to spread the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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A Christian Perspective on the LGBT Fanfare

Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” ~Proverbs 16:18

Nearly a month ago (in May 2016), the President of the United States, Barack Obama, signed a Presidential proclamation declaring June 2016 as LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Pride Month. Also, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in June of last year (2015) that states can no longer ban same-sex marriage. Ever since then, the news media, social media, and politics have exploded with “LGBT pride” support and rainbow-clad posts. Rainbow flags and cheesy hashtags began to be shoved down our throats.

Then, to further add to the media coverage and constant bombardment with this topic, there was a terrorist shooting at a gay night club in Orlando, Florida earlier this month. The gunman, a “radical” Islamic terrorist entered the Pulse night club and began shooting, wounding some and killing others. Apparently, because of his religious beliefs, he did not approve of homosexuality; thus, he killed them. Now, here’s where we need to pause a moment.

Firstly, let’s pause to clarify a few things. There are other religions that also disapprove of homosexuality; namely the Christian religion. However, there is a vast, vast difference in how the Christian handles such things. This needs to be clarified. As Christians, we do not take matters into our own hands by torturing and killing those who believe differently than we do. Instead, we are mourned because we see the deception and the direction the sinner is heading if they remain in such sins. This goes for the sin of homosexuality (see 1st Corinthians 6:9-11) as well as other sexual perversions; even sins that can occur amongst heterosexual people such as adultery, drunkenness, thievery, etc.

loveSin is what separates us from God – that is why the Christian is saddened when we see people engulfed in sin. We know that we were saved from the same sinful waters and know how to help. The sinner is drowning and we want to assist in rescuing them and pointing them to Jesus; yet, our extended helping hand is often rejected with hatred. Then, we are slandered and called all sorts of untrue names such as “hateful”, “bigots”, “racist”, “unkind”, “unloving”, “homophobic”, and the list goes on and on. In fact, I have a wise, Christian friend who made a very valid point. She said, “How long til modern cult society claims people who reject alcoholic beverages are alcoholphobes; [those] who use and abuse drugs and alcohol as addicts, addictphobes; [and] vegans are animalphobes.” This sinful society tries to label Christians as all sorts of things – to the point it is getting ridiculous. Nonetheless, this was foretold by Jesus. He said, “And ye [Christians] shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved” Matthew 10:22.

You see, scripture instructs us (in Ephesians 5:11) to “…have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” So we are not “judging” or “casting stones” – we are merely obeying scripture. If someone has a problem with it, they have a problem with God – not us. A stern warning does not mean we hate those we are cautioning; rather, we love them enough to care about their souls and to care about others whom they may be negatively influencing. We have a distaste for lies and evil; thus, we push back.

Sinners cry, “Stop shoving the Bible down our throats!” But, don’t they see what they are shoving down ours? At least what we’re “shoving” is good like a vitamin; not toxic like the poison they try to feed us – LGBT agendas, liberalism, abortion, scantily clad women on magazine covers, rainbow flags pridefully waved in our faces at every turn. I believe that it stirs up a righteous anger within the Believer.

It’s not okay with us to watch our nation go to “Hell in a handbasket”, so to speak. It’s not okay with us to see others (even large corporations) support a sin that will send masses to eternal damnation. No, it’s not okay – and we needn’t be afraid to stand up for what is right and say, “Stop shoving!” Stop shoving lies down people’s throats that will send them to Hell. Stop shoving the gay agenda upon the public, forcing us to uncomfortably share a restroom with the opposite gender all in the name of “equality”. Stop shoving new bogus laws upon us which contradict our beliefs. Stop punishing the Christian baker who may not want to support a “gay wedding” by baking a wedding cake for such an occasion. If others choose to defy God’s holy Word and live a sinful lifestyle, that’s their choice; but don’t force the rest of us to accept it as law or to be ostracised and punished if we don’t. Enough already! Just stop. We, as Christians, need to stand up and not cave in to the new beliefs of our society.


See the gallery slides below to see who is doing the most “shoving”.

These are the “milder” images – I could not post some because I did not want to defile my reader’s minds. And the Pride parades – forget it. Way too obscene to share (even though, sadly, some “parents” take their children to these events). Bear in mind, this is only a sample of what is out there and not an exhaustive collection of the images available.

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Disoriented and Deceived

“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” ~Isaiah 5:20

awYou see, in the aftermath of the Orlando shooting at the gay night club, I saw a trend taking place in the media and on the Internet. I saw many individuals and companies come out with rainbow-colored graphics which read, “Love” or “#PrayForOrlando“. Now, I certainly don’t begrudge someone praying for those who may have lost a family member in the Orlando shooting; but to mix the word “Pray” with the rainbow symbol known to openly promote the sin of sexual perversion – well, it just doesn’t match and is contradictory. Also, the word “Love” is so loosely thrown around in the LGBT community that it has almost become their logo. So, if one stands against LGBT sins, they are then viewed as unloving. Do you see what is happening? The sexually-disoriented are trying to disorient what is right and wrong.

I believe this will only escalate Christian persecution. It seems that God is beginning to separate the wheat from the chaff and only the genuine Believers with a backbone will stand.  I think the days of mere bickering and name-calling will escalate to Christians being fined, punished, denied rights, fired from jobs, imprisoned and even killed for their beliefs. We see what is happening with ISIS; Christians are beheaded, buried alive, and drowned for their faith in Jesus and what they believe; yet, this doesn’t get the media attention that Orlando got; most likely because they were not gay and because they were Believers. With all the media hype about LGBTs and such, society is trying to soften our backbone and get us to “lighten up” to believe lies.

If such sinners don’t change their ways and continue to believe lies, the Bible says that they will be damned in the end. “That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness (2nd Thessalonians 2:12). And remember, homosexuality is defined by the Bible as a sin of the unrighteous. “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God” (1st Corinthians 6:9-11). Wake up folks, this is scripture; it is true and eternally-binding! Run to Jesus while there is still time and put away all unrighteousness. That’s the whole point of this blog – to point people to my loving, forgiving, renewing Savior, Jesus Christ! Jesus words were this: “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you” (John 15:13-14).

Jesus Saw This Coming

None of this fanfare and liberation of gays has taken our Lord by surprise. He warned us about it in advance. In 2nd Timothy 3:1-4, the Bible says:

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God…”

God beckons the sinner to come to Him; but He will not always strive with them nor beg them. The door is open wide for all; it is an individual choice whether we accept God and His ways or not. The sinner must turn to God before his or her heart becomes hardened and indifferent. There comes a point when God will give them up to their sins. I implore anyone reading this not to get so deep into sin that you no longer have a conscience to hear God’s wooing. Take a moment to read this important, pertinent scripture found in Romans 1:24-32 below:

“God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenant-breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”

Need I say more? It’s crystal clear what God expects; His desire is to save us from self-destruction due to sin. Please, take deep thought about what the Bible teaches. Assess your life and take some alone time to do some deep soul-searching. Have a clear conscience when you lay your head on your pillow each night, knowing that your life is pleasing to God; for, that’s all that matters in the big picture.

Note: If you wish to read my previous posts on this topic, please click or tap on the links below. God bless!

LGBT Deception

Companies Defiant Against God’s Word

 

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The Silence of the Lamb

He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not his mouth: He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He openeth not His mouth.” Isaiah 53:7

freely-10094-preview-973x649Jesus, known as the Lamb of God, endured the brutal physical torture that led up to His crucifixion; still, He opened not His mouth. He held His peace and remained silent.  But what about when He seems to be silent in our lives? Where do we turn? What do we do when we experience the silence of the Lamb?

By silence, I do not mean that we once heard His audible voice in our ears which is somehow being restrained. By silence, I mean that there’s an emptiness; like He’s not active or “speaking” in our lives. Of course, sin would be an obvious reason for His withdrawal and silence – but what about when we are serving the Lord with all of our heart? Why are there still seasons of silence when He feels a million miles away?

I write this blog post, not from a self-help guru viewpoint. I write from the depths of my soul. I write as one who knows how it feels to yearn for a gesture of hope, yet, to hear nothing but deafening silence. I write knowing what it’s like to hurt; knowing how it feels to be in a deep, depressing pit with no rays of light shining in. I know. In the pit, I cry, “Oh God, please don’t hide your face from me. Give me God, or I die!” Life is meaningless and empty apart from God. But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God” (Acts 20:24 NLT).

Andrew Murray

Andrew Murray

I felt much like Andrew Murray, a preacher of the Gospel in South Africa.  One day, he was walking down the street and he suddenly fell with a gasp. Some that saw him fall, rushed toward him to check on him. The first one to get to him was a policeman. He lifted him up back on his feet and asked him, “What is wrong, why did you fall?” Andrew Murray said, “No, leave me be.” But the policeman insisted that he tell him what was wrong. Murray, realized he was going to have to give this policeman an answer. A tear came down his face as the onlookers were listening. He answered, “Just for a moment…  just for a moment, I lost the consciousness of the presence of God.” This caused him to physically collapse down to the ground. I recalled this account and thought, “Has this happened to me – have I lost consciousness of God?” Or worse – I feared that, maybe, God had lost a consciousness of me. But I knew that couldn’t be true.  His word says, I [the Lord] will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5).  Still, the silence and feeling of being alone in this cruel world began to set in and I found myself with a sense of emptiness and hopelessness. My spirit was dry and almost barren.

Instead of wallowing endlessly in my grief and pity, I decided to take what little energy I had left, which had not yet been zapped by apathy and depression, and use it toward studying this topic. I knew that others had experienced such “silent seasons” in life and I wanted to learn how I could keep my head above water during this time of my life; during a time when my spirit inside longed for revival amidst a land of dead, dry bones. My prayers during this season were, “Oh God, restore unto me the joy of salvation”, and “Please, shine your face upon me and speak to me.” I needed reassurance from Him.

Right before this silent season, I had been noticing my prayer life lacked zeal. I recognized it but didn’t really know how to remedy it completely. I was in a pattern of praying before bed and usually when I was too tired to focus; therefore, my prayers became rushed, rehearsed, and repetitious with very little enthusiasm. Maybe I was to blame for my misfortune by ignoring this nudging to do something about my apathetic prayer life? Nonetheless, I found myself in a deep, dark hole filled with sadness, unfulfilled longings, and immense frustration.

Having endured so many setbacks in life, (chronic health issues, loss of our home, life-altering disabilities, emotional and spiritual wounds inflicted by certain individuals, family members being hospitalized,  loss of loved ones to death, etc.) I found myself becoming increasingly distraught and unable to take much more stress. Many things were stripped away and I was whittled down to the core of my being. It seemed life had turned out all wrong and situations kept going from bad to worse.  It all weighed very heavy upon me, and I guess I just folded under the ongoing setbacks and became apathetic, saddened and overwhelmed. It seemed God went silent and my hope was deferred.  Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life” (Proverbs 13:12).

The more I thought about it, I recognized that God gave me the Bible as His word… so He wasn’t exactly silent. I also realized that He kept speaking to me in my dreams (see my post HERE) so He was still speaking then. But when I realized that His silence, otherwise, was an answer to my prayers – I felt a sense of peace. He knew all along what He was doing even when I didn’t understand. You see, I had been praying for God to give me a hunger and a thirst after righteousness (see Matthew 5:6). I also had been praying for a revival in my battle-weary spirit. Then I realized that His silence only made me long for Him more and more. I truly had a hunger and a thirst after Him, just like the Psalmist, who wrote, “As the deer pants after the water brooks, so pants my soul after thee, O God” (Psalm 42:1).

I recalled a quote by the Revivalist, Leonard Ravenhill, who said:

“There is no such thing as one filling with the Holy Ghost that’s going to last you from here to eternity. There are repeated anointings; there are times when God will withdraw himself and make you feel as though you are dropping into the nethermost hell. He’ll leave you alone to see if you’re going to struggle after his anointing or you’re going to go on in your own eloquence and ability. The Lord thy God is a jealous God.”

Finding Your Way In The Dark

“Trying to be happy without a sense of God’s presence is like trying to have a bright day without the sun.” ~A.W. Tozer

So, what do we do when we find ourselves in such silent seasons? Firstly, we must remember that if we are striving to please God, His silence does not mean His absence.  Also, let us remember that just because He isn’t speaking does not mean that He isn’t listening. Furthermore, it does not mean that He is mad or pouting, as we fickle humans so often do. After we realize that His silence is for a reason, and not to hurt us, we can find some sense of assurance.

darkLook at it like this: We orient ourselves to our surroundings when the sun is shining. When the sun goes down and it is dark, we orient ourselves by recalling how it was when the sun was bright and illuminating our path. When it is dark, we must often walk by faith and not by sight (see 2nd Corinthians 5:7). We must trust that the Lord has sure footing beneath us even though we can’t see it. Just because the darkness falls upon us does not make the sure path beneath our feet disappear, somehow. Just because we can’t see the path, for a season, does not mean that it isn’t there. We must simply go by what we know deep within and what we saw when the sun was shining. This will keep us on course and on the path that leads to life. We remember that it is His Word which is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path (see Psalm 119:105). We find guidance through His word.

When God is silent, it feels so dark, lonely and sad. But we have to go on what we know to be true during these times. It’s not a sin to feel sorrow. God made us with emotions and we are not robotic. But remember this too; His silence is for a reason, only for a season – and it isn’t meant to harm us. Then, when the sun shines again, we will greatly rejoice! We come to a greater appreciation when we hear His voice speaking encouragement into our lives, once again. It is the most soothing feeling on earth!

Please Note:  I wrote what was on my heart in this blog, but have linked a few sermons, songs, and an article below that expound on this topic in an even greater way. I would highly recommend these resources as a source of help, hope and encouragement.

Article: When God Seems Silent (Read HERE).

See additional sermons and songs below. ↓ ↓ ↓

 

Sources:
sermonindex.net
biblehub.com
youtube.com
freelyphotos.com
gettyimages.com
churchm.ag

 

 

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