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Tradition or Truth? You decide.

Friday was supposed to be one of the worst days of my life.  That’s what I expected it to be.  And I was actually ok with it.  I was ok with experiencing pain.  I was ok with crying tears.  I was ok with goodbyes that wrenched my heart.  I was ok because I knew God was with me.  He would hold me up.

But let me just tell you: God blew the shutters off my house.  Yes.  If Friday was like a house and the shutters on the house were my expectations of what that day would be — then He blew the shutters right of that house.  Friday wasn’t the worst day of my life or my week or my year.  No, it was one of the best days of my life.

Friday was my last day at a job that I loved.  I was let go.  But God didn’t let me go.  He never has.  He never will.

In the face of financial uncertainty, in the face of having no idea where I was going to go or what I was going to do next, I trusted Him.  And He was faithful.  No, He was more than faithful.  I expected Him to comfort me.  I expected Him to strengthen my heavy heart.  I expected Him to dry my tears.  What I didn’t expect Him to do was to open a door to a new job the very same day that is 100 times beyond what I was asking Him for.

All the while, people have been saying things to me like, “Well, we know God is in control.  The job market is in shambles right now.  I, myself, was unemployed for 14 months.  But God is faithful.”  Now, don’t get me wrong — I understand that the intention behind such a statement is to encourage me that God will never leave me.  But such a statement paints God out to be more like an invisible friend that just stands next to you when times are tough — rather than the One who spoke the vast universe  into existence, who placed millions of stars in the sky, who placed the waters in the ocean and set boundaries for those oceans so that they could go no further, who knit you and I together in our mother’s womb, who planned out our entire lives before one of them came to pass.

For some of these people, I understand that God is treated and expected to behave like an invisible friend.  And for some people, they believe that because of complete ignorance — they just don’t know any better.  For others, that’s who they want God to be.  Either way, our false beliefs and misunderstandings have rendered Him powerless.

Will you come with me to God’s Word?  In Matthew 15, the Pharisees came to point the finger at Jesus.

Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!” Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? (verses 2-3)

The Pharisees couldn’t understand why Jesus wasn’t doing things in the same way that the elders had done things in the past.  Jesus answered by saying this:

“For the sake of your traditions you have rendered God powerless.” (verse 6)

And it’s no different today.  People look to the news or the stock market or their past experience or their neighbor or their own fears for direction in a storm.  It’s no wonder they get stuck there.  People today are relying on tradition.  Every time I turn on the news and listen to reports about the economy, I hear them take me on a journey back to the Great Depression.  I hear them talk about how bad it was then and how long it took to get out of it, and how we can look to that experience to get us out of this one.  What is tradition?  It’s the way things have been done in the past.

Now, I’m not saying all tradition is bad.  But what is bad is trusting in tradition (the ways things have been in the past) instead of trusting in God and what His Word says.  If I were to trust in the traditions of others — what happened for them in the past, I’m certain I’d be unemployed — and for who knows how long.

I’m God’s daughter.  I’m not subject to the economy, the bad job market, the bad experiences of others.  I’m subject to Him and His Word.  Let’s review that what Jesus said in Matthew 15: “Any why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?”  In other words, why do you look away from what God is saying and focus on the way things have been done in the past?

Let’s get back to God’s Word.  What has He promised you?  Whatever your situation is, find out what He’s promised you concerning that situation, then stand on it until it comes to pass.

God’s Word doesn’t return void.  (Isaiah 55:11)

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I’m praying for you, Barack Obama

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God, give this man wisdom straight from You.  We come against the assignments of satan, the agendas of hell and we declare TRUTH over his mind, his heart, his will, his emotions.  God break what needs to be broken.  Shake what needs to be shaken.  Remove any veils of deception and the influence of lies.  Bring him out of alternate realities.  Bring him into YOUR reality — lead him into all truth.  Circumcise his heart.  Purify his intentions.  May he come to know Jesus Christ as his LORD and Savior, and may he bow to no one else — no man, no woman, no world leader, no politician, no evil or demonic influence.  May he rule justly and pass righteous laws.  Safeguard him from the company of corrupt and evil people.  Use him to lead this nation back to YOU, LORD.  Keep him safe.  Protect him.  Give your angels charge over him and his family.

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LORD Jesus, we trust in You and You alone.  You are our refuge, our strong tower.  You are our hope and we lift our eyes to You alone.  Be glorified and exalted again in this nation.

We love You, LORD.  All that we have is Yours.  Truly.

In JESUS’ name…. AMEN.

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Happy Election Day

Aren’t you glad to live in America?  Aren’t you glad we have the freedom to step out of our houses, travel to the polling places, and vote freely – with no intimidation or fear?

Do you support abortion?  I don’t.  But I’m glad we live in a country where we both can have and voice our opinions freely.

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Today I pray for honest elections.

I pray that people are waking up and seeking God concerning who to vote for.  I pray that people have not relied on the media or the newspaper or their neighbor or even their own perspectives or prior opinions to tell them how to vote.  I pray that you go to vote with confidence, knowing that you’ve researched the issues and candidates from every angle and have picked the candidates and amendments and referendums to vote for that will exalt righteousness and truth across our land.

But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD. –Joshua 24:15

I pray that our country will look forward and move forward to the best days America has ever had.  I pray that God would supercede and overcome the failings and weaknesses of whichever candidate is elected.  I pray that the next President will fall humbly before God and seek His wisdom for guiding this country.

Seek the LORD while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near. –Isaiah 55:6

I pray for safety for our next President — physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally.  I pray that those who oppose our country, those who seek to destroy us, would be confounded and thwarted.

No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment will be shown to be in the wrong. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their vindication is from Me,” declares the LORD. -Isaiah 54:17

I pray that satan’s strategies for our country would be exposed and destroyed.  I pray confusion into the enemy’s camp.

Then Saul and all his men assembled and went to the battle. They found [their enemies] in total confusion, striking each other with their swords. -1 Samuel 14:20

I pray for the peace and vindication of Israel.  I pray for a President that will fight and defend Israel, no matter what the cost.

For whoever touches [Israel] touches the apple of My eye. -Zechariah 2:8

I pray for unity for democrats, for republicans, for independents to join together.

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. -Galatians 3:28

I pray a hedge of protection around this nation, around our allies, around those who stand for righteousness and justice.

Those who look to Him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.

This poor man called, and the LORD heard him;
He saved him out of all his troubles.

The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him,
and He delivers them.

Taste and see that the LORD is good;
blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.

Fear the LORD, you His saints,
for those who fear Him lack nothing.

The lions may grow weak and hungry,
but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.
-Psalm 34:5-10

Most of all, I pray that this country will turn back to God.  Hope for this country rests solely in Him.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD.  -Psalm 33:12

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Use Your Vote to Save Lives

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What Science says about life…..

Day 1: Of the 200,000,000 sperm that try to penetrate the mother’s egg cell, only one succeeds. At that very moment, a new and unique individual is formed. All of the inherited features of this new person are already set – whether it’s a boy or girl, the color of the eyes, the color of the hair, the dimples of the cheeks and the cleft of the chin. He or she is smaller than a grain of sugar, but the instructions are present for all that this person will ever become. The first cell soon divides in two. Each of these new cells divides again and again as they travel toward the womb in search of a protected place to grow.

What God’s Word says about life…..

For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.

So whether you look at it from a worldly/scientific standpoint or from a moral/religious standpoint, the facts are the same: Life begins at conception.

All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be? Do you realize how many lives were entirely planned out that never got to be lived? 50 million.

Enough is enough. Vote for life. Vote to end abortion.

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Sources: Psalm 139, www.abortionfacts.com

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Letter to an Undecided Voter

Dear Fellow American,

This is the most important election you have ever voted in.  There are a lot of issues on the table.  The economy.  The war.  Taxes.  Should they be lowered or should they stay the same?  Wealth.  Should it continue to be a reward for hard work, education, perseverance and determination?  Or should we spread it around?

Those are good questions.  Perhaps they’re the questions that have prevented you from making a decision.  Whatever the case, I’m going to pose a question for you right now that’s going to take the “un” off of the decision that you need to make.  A question for which there is no gray area.  A question that will catapult you on one side of the fence or the other.

Which is more important to you: life or your wallet?

Yes, that is the real question at stake in this election.  But let’s be fair.  Let’s look at both sides of the coin.  When I voted, I didn’t know what all of the Amendments and Referendums meant — so I researched them.  I researched the pros and the cons for each one and then I made my decision.

Argument from those in favor of voting for their wallet:

  • Senator Obama promises tax cuts for 95% of Americans.  Cutting taxes will reduce the financial strain on working families, families facing foreclosure, families who have a parent who has lost a job.
  • One of the greatest burdens on American families is a stack of medical bills incurred from a family member with a major illness.  Senator Obama promises healthcare for all Americans, whereas right now, certain families are uninsurable.
  • Senator Obama promises to place a greater tax on the rich, taking a portion of their money to account for others who are unable to even put food on the table.

Argument from those in favor of voting for the protection of life:

  • Senator McCain believes that life begins at conception.

    Of the 200,000,000 sperm that try to penetrate the mother’s egg cell, only one succeeds. At that very moment, a new and unique individual is formed. All of the inherited features of this new person are already set – whether it’s a boy or girl, the color of the eyes, the color of the hair, the dimples of the cheeks and the cleft of the chin. He or she is smaller than a grain of sugar, but the instructions are present for all that this person will ever become. The first cell soon divides in two. Each of these new cells divides again and again as they travel toward the womb in search of a protected place to grow.

  • In the United States it is legal to abort a baby up until the day of birth.  In the next presidential term, at least two to three Supreme Court Justices will retire and new justices will be appointed by the President.  Senator McCain plans to appoint justices that are Pro-Life, in hopes that Roe vs. Wade, a law that has cost 50 million lives, will finally be overturned.
  • In a Partial Birth Abortion (D and X procedure) babies are “partially aborted” so the head is still in the cervix but the body is out. While in this position the live baby is still considered a “non-human” and has no protection under the law. The live baby’s brains are sucked out after being crushed by blunt instruments. Organs are harvested and sold to “researchers”. The baby receives no anesthesia and is alive until killed by the doctor.  Senator Obama supports laws that would revoke a baby’s rights, in the case that he or she is accidentally born during a partial birth abortion, allowing that baby to still be put to death.  The list of laws that Senator Obama supports that promote the aborting of innocent lives is endless.  He plans to make abortions easier and to use government funding to back them.
  • Every day in America over 3,000 babies die painful deaths by suction abortion, dismemberment, being torn limb from limb, prostaglandin hormones and now by being brutally killed seconds before delivery.
  • Since Roe vs. Wade, nearly 50 million babies have been aborted.  If Senator Obama becomes President, he will elect pro-abortion Supreme Court Justices, which will increase that number.
  • Nearly all abortions are done for reasons of convenience, not for any medical or physical reason.

What’s more important?  95% of Americans receiving a tax break — or 50 millions lives, defenseless lives, voiceless lives, lives that are planned from the moment of conception being spared from murder?  But I just lost my job.  What’s John McCain going to do about that, you ask.  I just lost my job too.  Why?  Because of the bad economy.  But I would give a lot more than a job, my wallet, the plummeting of my bank account to ensure that tomorrow, 3,000 tiny little lives don’t have to aborted (brutally killed).

Each and every one of us will stand before God on judgment day to give an account of every decision — good or bad — that we have ever made.  In America, we are blessed to have a political voice.  On November 4th, your vote will either be for or against the ending of abortion.

What’s more important — precious lives or your wallet?  As I said, there is no gray area in this question.  There is no maybe.  There is no undecided.  Ignorance may be bliss, but you are no longer ignorant.  You know the facts.  You know what’s at stake.  So what’s it going to be?

Sincerely,

A Fellow American

Abortion facts compiled from: www.abortionfacts.com

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Prosperity in the Midst of Famine – part 3

It’s not difficult to feel hopeless about the world’s economic state. Especially since the media is always there, just like a faithful friend (or perhaps more like an unwanted enemy) to remind you of the decay and destruction and death that will soon be poured onto your finances. That is why, in times like these, I strongly encourage use of the OFF and MUTE buttons. But shouldn’t I be aware of everything that’s going on right now? You ask. No. Don’t fool yourself. Just as I said on Monday: The righteous walk by faith, NOT by sight (2 Cor 5:7, Hebrews 10:38). That’s not a call to deny reality. It’s a call to a greater reality — God’s Word, because it doesn’t return void.

God said that He’s set before us LIFE and DEATH, BLESSINGS and CURSES. Then He says this: Choose LIFE (Deuteronomy 30:19). He also tells us that there is LIFE and DEATH in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). Don’t declare over your finances and over your life the destruction that you hear radiating from the speakers on your TV (or the internet or the newspaper). No. How we fight this financial crisis we’re in is not be talking about it or reading about it or studying how much worse so-and-so says it’s going to get. You want a real weapon? A weapon that cuts through decay and destruction and death and lies? A weapon that’s stronger than any two-edged sword? Good. Let me pull it out for you to examine.

And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19) Wait, you say, the media’s been telling me that we’re dead meat if we don’t get a President who’s going to provide for us. Don’t look to man. Look to God. He is your source. Use His Word, your weapon, to defeat what’s trying to defeat you. Regardless of who or who doesn’t become President, God is the One who is going to provide for you. LIFT YOUR EYES TO HIM.

Lift your eyes and look to the heavens:
Who created all these [stars]?
He who brings out the starry host one by one,
and calls them each by name.
Because of His great power and mighty strength,
not one of them is missing. (Isaiah 40:26)

Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
look at the earth beneath;
the heavens will vanish like smoke,
the earth will wear out like a garment
and its inhabitants die like flies.
But My salvation will last forever,
My righteousness will never fail. (Isaiah 51:6)

I lift up my eyes to the hills—
where does my help come from?

My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
He who watches over you will not slumber;

Indeed, He who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

The LORD watches over you—
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;

The sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.

The LORD will keep you from all harm—
He will watch over your life;

The LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore. (Psalm 121)

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Wielding the Sword

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

The Bible is powerless in my life if I don’t believe it.  I can hear the truth, I can read the truth, I can copy the truth onto 3 by 5 notecards and tape them on my mirror, I can memorize the truth, I can shout the truth over my situation, but until I know the truth… I will not be set free.

More than anything else in life, I want to know the truth.  I don’t just want to read it.  I don’t just want to hear it.  I don’t even just want to think about it.  I’ve got to know it.  Because when I know it, I will be totally and unquestionably free.  Free from the every lie that tries to creep into my mind.  Free from intimidation and worry and confusion and fear.  Free from every symptom of sickness that ever tries to turn into something more.  Free from debt and insufficiency and lack.  Yes, that’s what I want.  I don’t just want to have the word stored away in my heart.  I want to live it!  Because it’s not enough for me to just read stories of victory and triumph, of nations being won for Jesus in a day, of the dead being brought back to life, sickness and disease vanishing.  I’ve got to live it.  I can’t stand to live another day hearing names like parkinsons and cancer and heart disease and hiv and standing back to make way for them — or seeing others gawk in fear towards them.  No way.  I’ve got to be in a position of such confidence in Jesus, in complete awareness of the authority I have in Him,  that I can stand and look down upon these ugly, horrible names that represent such demonic torment — not looking up at them in awe or intimidation, but looking down upon them in complete hatred and a complete lack of amazement.  They’ve got to be ants beneath my feet.  I will no longer make them to be anything more.  Jesus didn’t.  Jesus was not impressed with sickness like we are.  The Bible says that when He cast out a demon, He refused to even let it speak.  People today are not only letting the enemy speak to them and overwhelm them — they are speaking back.  I won’t stand for it.  Sickness and disease, cancer and hiv, tuberculosis and strokes, colds and flus — they are all Goliaths in our society.  Will we be like King Saul who cowered and fretted over this uncircumcised Philistine?  Or will we be like David? David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.  This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.  All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and He will give all of you into our hands.” I think we’d start seeing a lot more victories in our life if we treated sickness and torment and debt — and all of satan’s devices like David treated Goliath.

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Political Confusion

I was just brushing my teeth… and I had a thought. I haven’t been to the garden in a while. My heart fluttered. How could I go so long without visiting? The garden, unlike the dentist, is not some place I’m supposed to visit every six months (though, if you’re like me, you’ve been meaning to call for the past year and just haven’t gotten around to it). No, the garden, isn’t somewhere I have to or am supposed to visit at all. And that’s a good thing, because… let’s face it: if someone told me that I needed to go, I probably wouldn’t. It’s like cleaning the bathroom. If someone would simply say to me, “Please stop cleaning the bathroom. Please don’t ever do it again!” I would. I would clean the bathroom. Probably that very minute. But instead, I’m always hounding myself to clean it – and well, I rarely do (I am being generous with the word rarely). Or… if my English teacher would have told me, all those years ago, to not bother reading To Kill a Mockingbird. To just take it home and look at the front cover and maybe, maybe read the back cover… but only if I really felt like it, then by golly, I probably would have scoured the whole thing from front to back. Curiosity would have got the better of me. But it was the exact opposite. And curiosity and wonderment had no part in it. As a result, I was drawn into the arms of Spark Notes. I didn’t even read the back cover. Oh, but I did watch the movie (sorry, Miss Aden… thanks anyways for the A though).

But as I said, the garden is nothing like any of the obligatory things I just mentioned. And so, as I set my toothbrush into its little tray and wiped my backwash off the mirror (just being honest), my heart was drawn. I could see Him waiting at the gate for me.

Do you hear that? He whispered. Hear what? I asked. Listen. Do you hear that? He continued. I paused and listened carefully. I could hear it. Something. Something which was very quiet at first, but became louder as I stood there. It was a rushing noise. Like water. And waves crashing. Then I could hear the pounding of rain and the boom of thunder and lightening. I looked around me. This wasn’t the garden anymore. It was a torrential downpour — in the middle of a huge body of water. I was sitting in a small canoe by myself, trying to paddle my way out, but failing miserably. The sky was so dark and the rain was so fierce, I couldn’t see land in any direction. I couldn’t see fifteen feet in front of me.

Where am I? I asked.

Political confusion, He answered.

We were back in the garden. The sun was radiating, casting warmth on my back. We were standing in a beautiful field of tall grass. I collapsed onto my knees — the way I always do when He speaks. The way I do when I want to ask questions, want to change the subject, but can’t. I know what He means. I’ve maybe never heard such a thing in my life, but when He speaks, darkness flees. Confusions flees. Lies flee. There’s no gray area. There’s nothing to question. There’s no confusion. His words cut like a knife — through everything that must be cut away.

I simply stood before Him, my eyes flooded with light, and nodded. Then I walked into His arms. He grabbed me and pulled me tight. I’m so sorry, Daddy.

I didn’t have to pull out a list and name all of the things that had vied to tug my heart away from Him — political opinions, strong political opinions, extremely strong political opinions. Pride. I hate pride. I would like to put another word in its place, but it’s really the only one that fits. No, there was no list. There was no naming names. There was just collapsing in His arms and forsaking it all instantly. How? I don’t know. It’s not that I had such restrain or resistance against these things that I could just drop them and not care to ever go back. No, I like my opinions. But I like Him more. And when He spoke, I couldn’t turn away. Not because I didn’t want to turn away. I was absolutely, physically incapable of doing so. His word cut through everything that would have kept me from Him, from truth.

The political spirit that looms over this country right now is very blinding. It’s exactly like the picture He showed me — of sitting in the boat, the storm so loud that you can’t hear, so dark that you can’t see anything — but yourself. Maybe I started out on the shore, but once I put my boat in the water, the tide pulled me out. I couldn’t resist it. The political spirit is strong, alluring, enticing.

Does this mean I can’t fight anymore? I asked Him this. And do you know what He said? No. What a wonderful Daddy! I can still fight. But He told me to fight from the garden — our secret place, where I can see everything clearly. He told me to stop fighting from that old boat that’s stuck in the eye of the storm. I can’t see anything out there. I can’t tell east from west from north from south. All darkness is the same at night.

So, I will continue to fight — for righteousness, for justice, for a godly leader who will pass righteous laws and stand for justice — for those who cannot defend themselves. 40 million of them. But I will do so from a place of far greater power and influence.

Help me, LORD. Please keep my hands frozen to the sword.

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