Wednesday, April 1, 2015

There is no telling how many times I have read this verse, but today a part jumped out at me, and I felt I should share with you.

Many of our lost loved ones are deceived someway or another.  Either they do not see their need for a Savior, perhaps because they are such good people, or they do not believe in the infallibility of the Word of God, or they have bought into some part of the current ideas on the creation or homosexuality or God's judgment.  Or perhaps they do not feel they can ever be forgiven for the sins they have committed or that God would answer their prayers.  Deception comes in all shapes and sizes.  But Job 12:16 address that:  "With him is strength and prudence.  The deceived and the deceiver are His."

And that's that! 

Friday, March 13, 2015

I know this is my second post of the day, and this is less a raindrop and more of a realization, a dawning, an Aha Moment.  I simply had to share.

Christians seem to throw the word saved around easily, so much so that it has lost its real meaning.  But lately, I have been aware of just how much that word means.

I have been spending time with someone who is very bound by satan, whose life is enveloped in darkness, who is so very lost.  It hit me:  this person needs to be SAVED:  saved from the darkness; saved from the deception; saved from the bondage; saved from being lost.  This person needs to be SAVED from satan and his plans.  This person needs to be rescued, delivered, SAVED!!!! 

I am praying this scripture over this person:  "Cause __________ to call on Your Name, LORD, and save him/her."  (Romans 10:9, 13)

Keep on praying. 
It has been a while, and I am sorry for that.  The raindrops are still coming, and I have one to share this morning.

Hebrews 10:23 says:  "Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)"  (I know that I should have put a period inside that quotation mark, but I had to leave the original punctuation, because it feels like God just winked at me!  He loves me and my prodigal!) 

So I am taking notice of this verse.  It tells me to not let my faith waver in my words.  I am to "hold fast the profession of" my "faith."  The New King James Version puts it this way:  "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

Our words are powerful!  Have you ever told a story from your past so many times that you KNOW it is the truth, but when you tell it in the presence of someone else who was there, they remember it a totally different way?  My sister constantly reminds me that I caused her to brake her tailbone when we were children.  She says that when we were living in Grand Bay, Alabama, I was pushing her on our neighbor's flying jenny way too fast, and she flew off.  The way I remember it is that she was trying to sit on the corner of the bed and missed, falling off and landing on the hardwood floor.  I also remember that the neighbor who owned the flying jenny lived across the street from us in Gordo, Alabama.  We have both told that story so many times, that the details have gotten out of whack, most likely on both sides.

So, back to the scripture at hand.  Let's keep our words full of faith.  I would never want one of us to allow our words to talk us out of believing that God can and will save our lost loved one.  Ephesians 3:20 says that God is able, but only as much as we allow His power to work in us.  Let's read that verse:  "Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us."  We always focus on the first part of that verse, and for very good reason:  it builds our faith.  But if we look at the last part, it seems to say that we can limit what God will do, not can do, by how much we allow His power to work in us. 

Let's confess our faith, profess our faith, and NEVER say that IF God saves our lost, it will be a miracle; or that their salvation seems impossible; or that we see no hope; and so many other negative things we say when we see negative circumstances.  Let's look for those raindrops that point to the promises of God coming true.  Let's use words that build up our faith, that state firmly what God's Word promises and what God has promised us personally.  I KNOW God's promises are true, and that He keeps EVERY ONE OF THEM!!! 

One more verse that is well-known, and I will try to quit.  (It is hard to stop when it feels like God is pouring this all over me and into me!)  Philippians 4:8 says:  "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."  If we think on these suggested things, our words will be as God requires, because "out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks." (Luke 6:45)

Let our words speak faith only, and see what God will do!

Monday, January 5, 2015

The story of Lazarus gave me hope.  I hope it does the same for you.

In "reading the red" in John 11, I found this hope and a stirring in me.  In verse 4, Jesus says, "This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it."  I remembered all the promises that my lost loved one, who is spiritually dead, is really just sleeping, and that God will work all of what is going on now for his good, and God will receive the glory. 

In verse 11, Jesus said, "Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up."  I believe this is in response to the many prayers I have prayed for Jehovah Shammah, The Lord is There, to be with my lost loved one, and the prayers asking Jehovah Sabaoth to send His holy angels, the ministering spirits, with swords drawn, to fight satan on behalf of him.  I believe God Himself is at work in the life of my prodigal to draw him back to Himself.

Verse 23 reveals a very pointed promise:  "Your brother will rise again."  My lost loved one will live in Christ again, and I believe this promise will soon be realized.  Jesus says it another way in verses 25-26:  "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.  And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?"  The answer to His question is, "Yes, I do!!!"

Then Jesus said, "Where have you laid him?" (Verse 34).  My answer is, "I have lain him in the arms of the Savior, the Redeemer, the One Who keeps His promises," and I continue to lay him there daily, praying prayers as the Spirit leads and as I see needs arise.  In the everlasting arms of the Almighty is the best place for my prodigal to be.

When I read, "Take away the stone," in verse 39, I searched my heart to see if there was anything I needed to remove in our relationship, anything that would hinder my loved one's salvation, any offense, or any prayer I may not have prayed.  (Remember, James 4:2 says, "Yet you do not have because you do not ask.")

Then Jesus said, "Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?" (Verse 40).  My heart cries, "I believe!  I believe!!  I know I will see the glory of God in this person's life!!" 

Then verses 41-42 records Jesus' prayer for Lazarus and those around Him.  "Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.  And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me."

Then He tells Lazarus to come forth! (Verse 43)  Lazarus obeys!  Hallelujah!!  I can hardly wait!

Then there is a directive to the witnesses, to those around the tomb.  Jesus tells them, "Loose him, and let him go" (Verse 44).  This pricked my heart.  I hope that when the time comes, I will not be a hindrance in any way my loved one's walk with the Lord.  I hope that I can accept the "all things new" in his life, that I will not say anything that will cause him pain or offense, that I will let God be God in his life and allow God to do the work that needs to be done without my interference or trying to hurry the process along.  I hope I can let him be free to worship God, serve God, and to fulfill God's purposes in his life. 

This passage, although it is talking about a physical death, gave me hope for the resurrection of my lost loved one's soul and spirit.  I believe God's promises!!!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

This scripture touched me this morning.  I thought you might like to read it, too.

"and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.   All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work."  (2 Timothy 3:15-17)

Monday, October 27, 2014

A very poignant promise:     

"Thus says the Lord:   'A voice was heard in Ramah, Lamentation and bitter weeping, Rachel weeping for her children, Refusing to be comforted for her children, Because they are no more.'      Thus says the Lord:   'Refrain your voice from weeping, And your eyes from tears; For your work shall be rewarded, says the Lord, And they shall come back from the land of the enemy.   There is hope in your future, says the Lord, That your children shall come back to their own border.'"   (Jeremiah 31:15-17)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Glass-Bottomed Bridge

My birthday was last Friday!  Our daughter came to meet me in Chattanooga to spend the afternoon with me, and one of the things we did was to walk across a glass-bottomed bridge.  The bridge had three apparent parts. The middle of the bridge was supported by a steel beam, which was obviously opaque.  To the right of the beam, the glass was less transparent, and to the right, it was almost completely transparent.  At first I could only walk on the beam, the solid, opaque (“not transparent or translucent; impenetrable to light; not allowing light to pass through.”— part.  Before we got to the end, I could walk on the slightly transparent (“having the property of transmitting rays of light through its substance so that bodies situated beyond or behind can be distinctly seen.”— part.  On the way back, I forced myself to walk on the clear part. 

The feelings I had just walking above the steel beam were incredible, because it felt like I was walking a high beam.  The adrenaline rush made my stomach knot up, and I was breathing very shallowly.  I was even talking out loud and most likely was groaning, something like, “Oh, my.  Oh, my.  Mmmm.”  I was definitely quibbing out, definitely freaked.  I was walking very slowly.  Everything in me was screaming, “DON’T DO THIS!!!  IT IS UNSAFE!!”  In my head, I KNEW that it was safe because of evidence.  1) Evin was ahead of me and was crossing safely.  2) Others were walking back and forth on it.  3) The city apparently deemed it safe enough to allow the public to use it, but my survival instincts had kicked in big time!!!  It made no sense that I could see through what was under me, as if there was nothing under me. 

When I forced myself to walk on the slightly transparent part, the feelings were just as intense!!  I had a pain in my stomach, a tightening.  I was still moaning and groaning and talking out loud.  I am sure those around me thought it was funny, although some of them may have been feeling the same things I was.  I just happen to be very vocal!  =)

On the way back, I was determined not to let this opportunity pass me by!  I had every intention of walking on the clear part.  Experience had taught me that the bridge would hold me.  Being a person who likes to really experience her experiences, I didn’t want to walk on it and look straight ahead.  I wanted to know what it was like to walk on the “air” and see myself “floating.”  It was very intense to me, but I was so proud that I had accomplished this small feat. 

Now you may be laughing at me.  You might not have had a problem with this!  Some of you may have jumped out of airplanes.  (Have you?)  Some of you may have bungee-jumped!  (Have you?)  Some of you may have gone cliff-diving.  (Have you?)  Some of you may have done really dangerous things. 

There is something about taking a step when there is seemingly nothing under you that causes an intense reaction.  A friend in Pennsylvania told us once in Sunday School that if God tells you to step off a cliff, you better do it, knowing that one of two things will happen:  either God will put a bridge under you, or you will learn to fly.  That has stuck with me.  Sometimes when I am stepping into the unknown, it feels a little like stepping onto that glass bridge, but if God has led me there, I must step out, trusting Him that I will not fall. 

We all know the story of Peter’s walking on the water to Jesus, and we are quick to criticize Peter for sinking, but I will tell you that the fear is real.  I believe in our spiritual walk we are a lot like Peter when he walked on the water and me when I walked on that glass bridge.  What God is telling us to do, where He is telling us to go, doesn’t make sense.  In fact, it goes against every survival instinct that He placed in us.  We are not sure we will survive it.  We may know we will survive, but it doesn’t feel like it.

Let’s talk about that just a minute.  God doesn’t always tell us to jump off a cliff the first time.  Usually there is an opaque walk way, a baby step of faith, but when we get through that, we are ready to walk on the slightly transparent part, because God showed Himself faithful in a little thing.  When God called David to slay Goliath, he said, “Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God.”  (1 Samuel 17:36)  The giant was just another step of faith, based on what God had already done.  God proved that when He asks us to do something, He is right there with us, guiding us, protecting us, working all things out for our good.  (Romans 8:28)

After the slightly transparent step, once again we have proven God to be just Who He says He is, and that He will do just what He says He will do.  We are more ready to jump off the cliff, knowing He will take care of the path.  The Word says, “Order my steps in thy word:  and let not any iniquity have dominion over me. “  (Psalm 119:133)  The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD:  and he delighteth in his way.”  (Psalm 37:23)

The more we walk in faith, the bigger our faith becomes. 

Sunday morning, when we were singing “Oceans,” I thought about that glass-bottomed bridge. 

"Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)"

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You've never failed and You won't start now

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior


Sincerely, why would I fear, because I KNOW God is with me, and I KNOW Him!!!  I know He will never do anything to harm me.  NEVER!!!  I know He will not let me fall if I trust in Him, if I lean on Him.  Deuteronomy 33:27 says, "The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms:  and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them."  

Last month was my daddy’s birthday, and we wanted to surprise him with a ride on a pontoon boat.  He loves motor boats; he loves pontoon boats, and we knew he would love this birthday surprise.  However, he was so worried about what we had planned, and he began to rationalize out loud about possibilities, and one of the things he said was that he knew we loved him and would never do anything to hurt him.  It brought him comfort during the unknown. 

That is the way it is with God.  We may be stepping into the unknown, but we know Him, that He loves us unconditionally and will never do anything to hurt us.  He will never lead us anywhere that will cause us to lose out with Him.  He works all things for our good. 

I believe God is calling us to step out in faith in places and actions we have never approached.  I want to walk deeper with Him.  I want to listen closely, as my pastor preached a few weeks ago, and then take the next step to obey.