Saturday, July 23, 2016

What Does It Mean To Be Yoked?


GOD showed me some things about what it means to be yoked together with someone, so I know that HE will help me explain it!!!                                                                   



I want you to think about this!!!  To be yoked to someone or something means to be tied or harnessed or bound to that person!!! 


Yoke - A wooden crosspiece that is fastened over the necks of two animals and attached to the plow or cart that they are to pull. 


Harness - A piece of equipment, including straps for fastening it, used to control an animal such as a horse or attach it to a load to be pulled.


In our day and age, we find the following definition of a harness used most often.  A harness is a set of straps that are put on a horse so it can be hitched to a wagon or a carriage. 


When folks went everywhere on horse back, in a buggy, wagon or by stagecoach, their teams (sometimes horses, sometimes mules, and sometimes oxen or cows) were harnessed together.  You know, like when you watch old westerns and see the horses that are pulling the stage coaches.  Those leather reins and lines are harnesses that distribute the weight of the stagecoach and keep the teams of horses pulling together.   


Back then farmers used oxen, horses, and mules to plow their fields.  In some of the old shows, you will see a wooden yoke fastened across the top of the shoulders of 2 oxen.


That’s where we get the term,
“To Be Yoked Together”, as well as the term “To Be Unequally Yoked.” 


You never hear of animals being equally yoked because that is included in the concept of yoking a team of animals together!!!  A wise farmer would never even consider yoking 2 animals together that weren’t equal in strength and ability!!! 


When you take 2 animals and yoke them together, they both need to be very strong, so that they can pull together with equal force.  If one is weak or hurt or sick, that makes it harder for them to work together!!!  It means that one of them will have to work harder than the other one, even though they are yoked together!!!  As a matter of fact, it would be much easier to take the yoke off of the weaker animal and just allow the stronger animal to pull the load!!!


Strength and compatibility are NOT based on the color of the animal, or on how it looks.  With the exception of how tall or big an animal is, its appearance has nothing to do with how strong it is or whether it will work well with another animal. 


The only reason that an animal’s height or size matters is because you can’t easily yoke or harness a smaller animal to a larger animal!!!  Doing that would cause a problem because the animals would be mismatched in strength, and ability!!!  As a matter of fact, if you look at the horses that are pulling a stage coach, you will see that in many cases, they are different colors, but they are very closely matched in size. 


And if you look closely at the horses’ harnesses, you will see that each horse has a blinder or blinker next to each eye.  This blinder keeps the horse from seeing all around them and getting scared or distracted.  It keeps them focused on what’s ahead of them and the work that they are doing. 


GOD showed me that when you are married, you need to be married to someone who can and will help you carry or pull your load!!!  They need to be willing to help you fulfill or complete whatever assignment GOD has given you.  That’s where compatibility comes in.   


It doesn’t matter what that other person looks like and because GOD doesn’t use a physical harness, or yoke, it doesn’t even matter how tall or big a person is!!!  What matters is that GOD knows what you need in a partner and if you allow HIM to do the choosing, you’ll be equally yoked with that person!!!  


The person that GOD chooses for you will be the best partner you could ever have imagined!!! 


Mark 10:7-9 (NKJV)

7 “‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife,

and the two shall become one flesh’; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh.

Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”

C'est la vie!!!



Just A Note!!! 


I have busy days like anyone else!!!  So, there are times when I miss a day and don't get a post written. 


As some of you know, I often try to make up for missing a day!!!  But sometimes, that is simply NOT feasible!!! 


Sometimes, I must just say, C'est la vie!!! 

Not to be rude or anything, but if you are like me, you don’t read french!!!  So, just in case, you have no idea what that is or means, I’ll explain!!! 


To start with, in “Texan” this is pronounced “Say lah vee!!!”  And in this post, C'est la vie means these things happen sometimes or “Stuff Happens!!!” 


Anyway, here is the true meaning in French!!! 


"C'est la vie", a French phrase, is translated as "That's life" or “Such is life!!!”


That being said, sometimes I have several things on my mind and I feel to write about them all, but of course, I can ONLY write about one thing at a time!!!  And at other times, GOD says, Write this, and HE gives me a message!!! 


Anyway, no matter how it happens, I know that GOD has made this blog a success!!!  I say that because I am seeing links to my posts show up in searches!!!


I truly believe that if I can help just one person by writing these posts, then every moment I spend doing this, is well worth while!!! 


So, now you know that when I say that GOD is good, I truly mean it!!!  And I can tell you how GOOD GOD IS ALL DAY LONG!!!  But anyway, I better NOT get started because I have 2 posts to finish!!!   


I want to THANK EVERYONE!!!  I want all of you to know how much I appreciate your patience, and your continued support!!! 


I ask one last thing of everyone.  Please be patient in the upcoming month, because I have to send my laptop off!!! 


My great friend, and prayer partner, a truly godly woman in Christ Jesus, has come into agreement with me over this matter.  Therefore, I know that everything will be just fine!!!


I will be posting from another computer and possibly from my phone (well, maybe), so please, just bear with me as I go through laptop withdrawals!!!  LOL  NOT!!!

Never claim anything you don’t want to see happen!!! 

So, again everyone, THANKS!!!! 
Kathy 


Friday, July 22, 2016

The Word, “Yoke” in The Bible



What does the word, “yoke” mean?


I started my search by looking up this word.


And here is some of what I found on Dictionary.com.  http://www.dictionary.com/browse/yoked   


”Yoke”

noun (pl) yokes, yoke


    1.   a wooden frame, usually consisting of a crosspiece with two
         bow-shaped  pieces, for attaching to the necks of a pair of
         draft animals, especially oxen, so that they can be worked
         as a team


    2.  a pair of draft animals fastened together
         by
a yoke: five yoke of oxen.

   
    3
.  something resembling a yoke in form or
         function, such as a frame fitting over a
         person's shoulders for carrying buckets,
         one on each end

    4.  something that ties or binds together; a bond or tie.



verb (used with object), yoked, yoking.


    1.  to
put a yoke on; join or couple by means of a yoke.


    2.  to
attach (a draft animal) to a plow or vehicle:  to yoke oxen.


    3.  to
harness a draft animal to (a plow or vehicle):  to yoke a wagon.


    4.  to
join, couple, link, or unite.


    5.  to
be or become joined, linked, or united.



When I did a search for the word, “yoke” in the Bible, I found information on a site called, ChristianAnswers.net.  You can go to this site by clicking on the following link.   http://www.christiananswers.net/dictionary/yoke.html


This site featured the WebBible Encyclopedia, and that is where I found the following information.


YOKE -

   1.  Fitted on the neck of oxen for the purpose of binding to them the
       traces by which they might draw the plough, etc. (Num. 19:2;
       Deut. 21:3).  It was a curved piece of wood called 'ol.

   2.  In Jer. 27:2; 28:10, 12 the word in the Authorized Version
        rendered “yoke” is motah, which properly means a “staff,” or as
        in the Revised Version, “bar.” These words in the Hebrew are
        both used figuratively of severe bondage, or affliction, or
        subjection (Lev. 26:13; 1 Kings 12:4; Is. 47:6; Lam. 1:14;
        Lam. 3:27). In the New Testament, the word “yoke” is also
        used to denote servitude (Matt. 11:29, 30; Acts 15:10;
        Gal. 5:1).

    3.  In 1 Sam. 11:7, 1 Kings 19:21, Job 1:3 the
         word thus translated is tzemed, which
         signifies a pair, two oxen yoked or coupled
         together, and hence in 1 Sam. 14:14 it
         represents as much land as a yoke of oxen
         could plough in a day, like the Latin jugum.
         In Isa. 5:10 this word in the plural is
         translated “acres.”


I looked up these scripture references, and found some really good scriptures!!!  However, ONLY some of these scriptures fit what we are talking about!!!


You see, there are all kinds of people who come to Jesus!!! 


Many times, people will tell you that they found GOD at just the right time, but the truth is that GOD was there watching and waiting all the time!!! 


They didn’t find GOD!!!  No one finds THE LORD!!!


Truthfully, this is what happens!!! 


We run and run until we are exhausted!!!  Sometimes, we don’t even know that we are running from GOD because we have been taught that everyone is supposed to just do their own thing!!! 


Finally, we reach the end of our rope and find that we have messed our lives up!!!  When we find that we are in a world of trouble, and we can’t get out of it by ourselves, we come to the realization that we desperately need for GOD to intervene!!!


So, GOD steps in and HE saves us from ourselves and HE gets us out of our mess!!! 


This isn’t the way that everyone gets saved, but it is pretty true for most people!!! 


And yes, I know that there are some folks who have lived for Jesus most of their lives, and I applaud them!!!  I think that is wonderful!!!


But then there are some folks like me that really needed saving!!!  They were on “The Highway to Hell.”  I can guarantee you that that is where I was headed!!!  And I knew better!!!!


Many ears ago, after I got saved and began living for THE LORD, I ran into a girl that I had known back in the day!!!  She had hung out at the same bars!!!  When she found out that I had gotten saved, she said, “Kathy, if GOD can save you, HE can save anybody!!!”  And she was absolutely right!!!


I thank GOD that HE stepped into my life and saved me when HE did!!!  If HE hadn’t, I truly don’t think I wouldn’t be alive today!!!


You see, I had yoked myself to a lot of things, and I couldn’t get loose!!!!  NOT by myself!!! 


But I found that when GOD saves us, HE SETS US FREE!!!  And HE tells us NOT to go back into sin!!! 


Galatians 5:1 (KJV) Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.


Christ tells us that HIS YOKE IS EASY AND HIS BURDENS ARE LIGHT!!! 


Matthew 11:28-30 (AMP)

28 
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened [by religious rituals that provide no peace], and I will give you rest [refreshing your souls with salvation].

29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me [following Me as My disciple], for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest (renewal, blessed quiet) for your souls.

30 For My yoke is easy [to bear] and My burden is light.”



We must realize one thing!!!  When we become one of GOD’s kids, we give our lives over to HIM!!!  It is then that GOD wants us to begin giving HIM all our burdens!!!  And HE wants us to continue giving them to HIM every day!!!


Truthfully, everyone goes through trials and tribulations.  If you are living and breathing, then you are going to have problems!!!  NO matter what!!!  Rich or poor, male or female, no matter what color you are, no matter where you live (in the city or in the country), you will always have problems and you will always face trials and tribulations!!! 


But let me tell you, when GOD is with you, those trials are so much easier than facing them by yourself!!!


When you have GOD on your side, you have someone to fight your battles for you!!!  The Bible says if GOD is for us, who can be against us?  Christ has made us more than conquerors!!! 


Exodus 14:14 (KJV) The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.



2 Chronicles 20:17 (KJV) Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you.



Romans 8:31, 37 (KJV)

31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

37
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Made NEW!!!

CHRIST SAVED ME!!!  HE made me NEW IN HIM!!!  HE CHANGED ME!!!  HE CHANGED MY LIFE!!!  And all that OLD STUFF is gone!!!  (It died when the OLD MAN that was me died.)
 

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


When Christ died on the cross for us, HE took our sins, sicknesses, our human frailties, and our all that was the old man with HIM!!!  ALL those old things died with HIM on the cross!!! 


When HE rose from the dead, HE brought forth new life!!!  HE brought forth NEW LIFE for each and every person who has declared Him as Savior and LORD of their life!!!


With the NEW Life that HE has given us, HE has given us HOPE!!!

Romans 15:13 (KJV) Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.


GOD LOVES US!!!  GOD IS LOVE!!!  And if we are GOD’s KIDS, then we LOVE others!!!  HIS WORD says, that if we don’t LOVE others then we don’t know GOD!!!


1 John 4:7-16
(AMP)

Beloved, let us [unselfishly] love and seek the best for one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves [others] is born of God and knows God [through personal experience].

The one who does not love has not become acquainted with God [does not and never did know Him], for God is love. [He is the originator of love, and it is an enduring attribute of His nature.]
By this the love of God was displayed in us, in that God has sent His [One and] only begotten Son [the One who is truly unique, the only One of His kind] into the world so that we might live through Him.
10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation [that is, the atoning sacrifice, and the satisfying offering] for our sins [fulfilling God’s requirement for justice against sin and placating His wrath].
11 Beloved, if God so loved us [in this incredible way], we also ought to love one another.
12 No one has seen God at any time. But if we love one another [with unselfish concern], God abides in us, and His love [the love that is His essence abides in us and] is completed and perfected in us.
13 By this we know [with confident assurance] that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given to us His [Holy] Spirit.
14 We [who were with Him in person] have seen and testify [as eye-witnesses] that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.

15 Whoever confesses and acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.

16 We have come to know [by personal observation and experience], and have believed [with deep, consistent faith] the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides continually in him.


GOD’s LOVE perfects us and it sets us apart from others!!!  We show LOVE and we have compassion when others don’t!!!


John 13:34-35 (AMP)

34 I am giving you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too are to love one another.

35 By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you have love and unselfish concern for one another.”



***
The song below and the video that is linked to the title of this post are both inspired by GOD!!!  Don’t just listen to the words, but hear them in your heart!!! 


"Made New"  -  Lincoln Brewster

You're calling me over
You're pulling me close

With love You surround me
You give me hope

Yeah, Yeah

Yeah…

You're taking me deeper
You're making me whole
With grace You redeem me, Yeah
You restore my soul

Now I'm made new
Because of You

Yeah!

You hold my head up
You remind me who I am

You hold my head up
I'm alive in You again

I'm made new
I'm made new

You're making me stronger
You're healing my heart

With Your hands You hold me
And…  You set me apart

Now I'm made new
Because of You

Yeah!

You hold my head up
You remind me who I am

You hold my head up
I'm alive in You again

I'm made new
I'm made new

You are my salvation
I will not fear
You're the strength of my life
I won't fear

You are my salvation
I will not fear
You're the strength of my life
I won't fear… No


You hold my head up
You remind me who I am

You hold my head up
I'm alive in You again
… I'm alive in You again (in background)

I'm made new
I'm made new

Whoaaaa…   Yeah…

You hold my head up
You hold my head up
You hold my head up

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

He Who Finds a Wife…



For many years, I have heard, “The man who finds a wife finds a good thing.” 


Hmmmmm…


None of the Bibles that I looked in said exactly that, but maybe I am splitting hairs at this point!!! 


We will see!!! 


Here is what the King James Version says
, Proverbs 18:22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing…


So, I guess that saying,
The man who finds a wife finds a good thing” is NOT too far off from the original.


However, I believe that the Amplified Bible gives the truest and best interpretation of this scripture. 


Proverbs 18:22 (AMP) He who finds a [true and faithful] wife finds a good thing…


If a man wants to find a true and faithful wife, he should be praying and seeking GOD. 


He should be asking GOD to bring him just the right one.


After all, isn’t
“finding” the right woman that important!!!  Isn’t finding the woman that you want to spend the rest of your life with, so important that you want to seek GOD!!!


And ladies this goes for you, too!!! 


A long time ago, I began praying and seeking GOD because I wanted to make sure that I married the right man.  I decided to trust GOD to pick out my new husband, because who I spend the rest of my life with, is that important to me!!!  I’d rather be by myself, than be married to the wrong man. 


And to be truthful, GOD promising to bring me the right man, has nothing to do with some man deciding that
“he has found me.”


I am NOT a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow to be sought after!!!  I am NOT a fish to be lured with bait and I am NOT big game to be hunted down!!! 


However, I have, at times, felt like a deer that someone has spotlighted, so they can shoot and kill it!!!  And on occasion, I have felt like I am caught in the headlights of someone’s pick-up truck!!! 


Guys, you can’t just decide that you want a certain woman!!!  You shouldn’t decide that some woman looks good or that she seems good!!!


If you do, you could find yourself in serious trouble!!! 


Ecclesiastes 7:26 (CEV) Here is what I discovered: A bad woman is worse than death. She is a trap, reaching out with body and soul to catch you. But if you obey God, you can escape. If you don’t obey, you are done for.


Ecclesiastes 7:26 (AMP) And I discovered that [of all irrational sins none has been so destructive in beguiling one away from God as immoral women for] more bitter than death is the woman whose heart is [composed of] snares and nets, and whose hands are chains. Whoever pleases God will escape from her, but the sinner will be taken captive by her [evil].


The wrong woman can lead you away from GOD!!!  Falling in love with the wrong woman can actually destroy your life!!!  You may think it is love, but whatever you call it, it can destroy everything you have worked so hard for!!!


The same goes for women!!!  Falling in love with the wrong man can destroy everything you have, even your self respect!!! 


This is why THE WORD of GOD tells us NOT TO DEPEND ON what we see, think or feel!!!  That is what GOD means when HE says, Lean NOT to your own understanding. 


We need to seek out THE LORD’S PERFECT WILL FOR OUR LIVES IN EVERY AREA OF OUR LIVES!!!  We need to learn to depend on GOD for everything and that includes bringing us the right spouse!!!


Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.


Proverbs 3:5-6 (AMP)


5 Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart And do not rely on your own insight or understanding.

In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him, And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].


Let’s be real. 
Being married to the wrong person can make your life miserable.  The wrong person can make your life a living HELL!!!


We all need to stop looking around at every Tom, David, Harriet and Jolene that walks by!!! 


The bottom line is that each and every child of GOD should be praying to GOD and seeking HIM, and TRUSTING HIM to bring them that special someone at just the right time!!! 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Hear my cry, O God; Listen to my prayer!!!


Psalms 61:1-4

61 Hear my cry, O God;
Attend to my prayer.

From the end of the earth I will cry to You,
When my heart is overwhelmed;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For You have been a shelter for me,
A strong tower from the enemy.

I will abide in Your tabernacle forever;
I will trust in the shelter of Your wings.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

You Have To Know How To Hear From GOD For Yourself!!!


If you spend time with GOD, HE will talk to you!!!  THE LORD will tell you ALL you ever wanted to know, if you will just take time for HIM!!!


You can’t wait on every passing Prophet or Minister to “give you a WORD  from THE LORD!!!”  You can’t expect other folks to tell you what GOD says about your life!!! 


Some folks are always seeking out someone else to tell them what GOD says!!!  And you can certainly do that, but that’s NOT what GOD wants for you or for me!!!


Jeremiah 17: 5 & 7 

Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord.

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.


Eventually, you’ll run out of folks to go to for “a WORD!!!”  GOD isn’t going to allow you to do that forever!!!


GOD wants each and every one of us to seek HIM for ourselves!!!  HE wants us to seek HIS WILL!!!  HE WANTS TO TALK TO US!!! 


Isaiah 55:6 (NKJV) Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near.


I’m NOT saying that you aren’t supposed to go to church and hear what the preacher says. 


I’m saying that if you study and pray, GOD will talk to you just like HE talks to the preacher!!!  HE will even give you the same message that HE has given the preacher!!!


And yes, sometimes when you go to a service, the HOLY SPIRIT will speak through the preacher or another person, and HE will tell you ALL about your life!!!  GOD, THE HOLY SPIRIT will tell you things that you’ve never told anyone else!!! 


But that doesn’t happen every time you go to church and you shouldn’t expect it to happen during every service!!! 


We are NOT supposed to go around seeking the signs and wonders of GOD!!!  We are NOT supposed to follow after the miracles or the miracle workers. 


John 4:48 Then Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe.”


We have to learn how to spend time with GOD and how to hear from GOD for ourselves!!! 

If GOD will tell someone else, HE will tell you!!! 

GOD is no respecter of persons!!!  That means that HE treats every one the same!!!  HE LOVES each and every one of HIS KIDS!!!  And HE treats us ALL the same!!!



Acts 10:34-35 (KJV)

34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.


That means that no one is special in HIS eyes except those who take time to seek HIS FACE!!! 


Psalm 105:1-4 (NKJV)

105 Oh, give thanks to the Lord!
Call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples!

Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him;
Talk of all His wondrous works!

Glory in His holy name;
Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord!

Seek the Lord and His strength;
Seek His face evermore!


When you seek HIS FACE, HE WILL TALK TO YOU!!!  When you DILIGENTLY SEEK HIS FACE, HE WILL REVEAL HIS SECRETS TO YOU!!!  HE WILL REVEAL THE SECRETS OF HIS WORD TO YOU!!! 


Hebrews 11:6 (KJV) …without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.


Hebrews 11:6 (AMP) …without faith it is impossible to [walk with God and] please Him, for whoever comes [near] to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He rewards those who [earnestly and diligently] seek Him.


GOD WILL REVEAL HIS WILL TO YOU, IF ONLY YOU WILL SEEK HIM!!!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

When Someone Is Angry With You…



What does GOD want me to do if you are upset or angry with me? 


HE wants me to find out why you are mad and try to work it out with you!!!


Matthew 5:23-24 (NKJV)

23 Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you,

24 leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.


And if I have offended you, then I need to apologize to you!!! 


In some cases, GOD will have me apologize to you, even if I didn’t offend you. 


For instance,  sometimes, I speak sharply without thinking about my tone of voice.  I have had GOD tell me to apologize to the person that I am speaking to because of my tone of voice.


So, sometimes even when I feel that I. am NOT wrong, HE’ll say, you go apologize to that person!!!


You know, it never hurts me to say, “I am so sorry that I caused you pain or upset you!!!” 


You see, I don’t want any one to suffer because I did them wrong!!! 

I don’t want anyone to be so hurt that they’ll leave a church and never come back, when I can simply apologize!!!! 


Yes, I may have to swallow my pride, but isn’t even one soul worth that!!!

Friday, July 15, 2016

When Someone Sins Against You…



You know, I go to church to praise GOD and to hear THE WORD!!!  


But every church has people in it!!!   


Any time you are dealing with people, there are going to be problems!!!  I am NOT speaking evil, I am just telling the truth!!! 


So, any time you are having to deal with folks, pray and seek GOD!!!  


Before you do anything else, always pray and ask GOD for direction!!!  HE will lead and guide you!!!  HE will tell you exactly how to deal with folks!!!! 


From time to time, people get hurt by someone else in church.  It happens to everyone at some time or another!!! 


I know that when it happens to me, it seems worse than when it happens to someone else!!!




And I am sure that it the same for each and every one of you!!!

When we are hurt, we want everyone to know!!!  We want to tell everyone we know how much that other person has hurt us!!!  But we aren’t supposed to do that!!!


We want an apology, except we don’t want that person to talk to us!!! 


Some of us will stick up our hand in that person’s face!!!   


Yes, that hand and we will say, Talk to the Hand, and we will turn our head away from them!!!  And we may add because the ears ain’t listening!!!  Or the head ain’t listening!!! 


Yeah, uh huh!!!  I’ve been there!!!


You know, at least that person is trying to say they are sorry or make some kind of amends!!!  At least, they are trying to talk to you!!!  At least, they know that they have offended you!!!  And hopefully, he or she wants to work things out!!! 


Then there is the person who doesn’t think what they’ve done is even wrong and they don’t try to make amends!!!  Cause you are mad for no reason!!! 


What???  Are you kidding me???


Now that just burns me up!!!  Cause I know that I have NOT imagined or just made up something in my head!!!  To me, that is truly insulting!!!  Don’t try to play me for a fool!!!


I don’t know which is worse, the person who thinks that what they are doing is okay or the person who doesn’t even truly know why you are upset!!!  


To be truthful, I hate dealing with either one of these types of people!!!  But I have to deal with them and so do you!!! 


We have no choice!!!  GOD will NOT let us escape!!! 


HIS WORD tells us how to handle these folks!!!  GOD gives us instructions on what we are supposed to do, when someone sins against us!!!


So, when someone (whether a sister or brother in THE LORD) has hurt you or angered you, remember these scriptures. cause they tell us exactly what we are supposed to do.


Matthew 18:15 (AMP) If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens and pays attention to you, you have won back your brother.


Now we all know that this also goes for a sister in THE LORD!!!


Matthew 18:15 (NIV) If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.


Most folks want to work things out, because most folks don’t want anyone to be upset or angry with them.  True followers of Christ, would NOT hurt you intentionally!!!  And a true follower will work things out with you!!!


Anyone who is trying to be right with GOD wants to do things right!!!


Unfortunately, there are some folks who are hardheaded and stubborn!!!  They think that the things they do are okay and that GOD is pleased with them!!!  And nothing you can say will change their minds!!! 


Besides praying and interceding for them, here is what THE WORD says to do, when you encounter these folks!!!    


Matthew 18:16 (NIV) But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.


Before you go to someone with witnesses, every one of you need to pray that GOD speak to this person’s heart!!!  This stubborn hard headed person needs for GOD to speak to them!!!


Truthfully, I have never had to go to someone and take others with me, but I know that there have been instances where this has happened!!! 


And usually, it is NOT just a misunderstanding or a disagreement!!! 


From what I understand, this usually ONLY happens when someone is committing a sin!!!


However, I know that there are some hardheaded people out there!!!


So, if someone has done something wrong and refuses to admit that they are wrong and make amends, then you must pray and ask GOD who to take with you.  Then you must go again to that person with your witnesses and try to reason with them.  You must try to work things out, so that both of you can go along with life!!!


After all this, if they still refuse to listen, then THE WORD tells us to bring the matter before the church!!!  And let the church deal with it!!!


Matthew 18:17 (NCV) If he refuses to listen to them, tell the church. If he refuses to listen to the church, then treat him like a person who does not believe in God or like a tax collector.


Now folks this is very serious!!! 


If a matter has to be taken to the church as a body and they have to deal with such a person, there is going to have to be a lot of praying and fasting!!!  This is nothing to be taken lightly!!! 


I’m NOT sure that I have ever heard of this happening!  I would hate to have to be a part of something like this, but matters must be taken care of!!! 


We are NOT supposed to just allow folks to say they are one of Christ's followers and a member of our church, but live any kind of way!!!  Unfortunately, that is what some folks are doing!!!  And no one wants to go to them and say, you just can’t do that!!!  Very few people have that much holy boldness!!!


However, we must be lead of GOD!!!  NO matter what, we have to be lead by GOD for ONLY HE knows the heart of a man!!!


Jeremiah 17:9-10

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

10 I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.


ONLY GOD knows what’s in a man’s heart!!!


1 Kings 8:39 Young’s Literal Translation (YLT) …whose heart Thou knowest, (for Thou hast known -- Thyself alone -- the heart of all the sons of man)



Thursday, July 14, 2016

PRAISE YE THE LORD!!!


I had fallen asleep reading THE WORD, and when I woke up my Bible was open to this psalm!  As I began to read, I realized that the writer didn’t leave any one or any thing out!!!


This Psalm says it ALL!!! 


Psalm 148:1-14 (KJV)

148 Praise ye the Lord. Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise him in the heights.


Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.

Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.

Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.

Let them praise the name of the Lord: for he commanded, and they were created.

He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass.

Praise the Lord from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps:

Fire, and hail; snow, and vapours; stormy wind fulfilling his word:

Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars:

10 Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl:

11 Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth:

12 Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children:

13 Let them praise the name of the Lord: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.

14 He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto him. Praise ye the Lord.


As I was writing this post today, this scripture came to my mind!!!  Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess!!!


Philippians 2:9-11 (KJV)

Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.


PRAISE THE LORD!!!  Every one and every thing in heaven and in earth,   PRAISE YOU, THE LORD!!! 


Psalm 150:6 (KJV) Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

“BUSYBODIES,” Always Butting In...



The other day, I walked into church and some folks were having a discussion.  I heard what they were saying and I weighed in.  These folks had NOT asked me what I thought, but I told them, anyway. 


And to be truthful, I was right.  Well, at least what I said was right.


But that doesn’t matter because I was being a busybody!!!  I was meddling in someone else’s business!!!


1 Peter 4:15 (KJV) But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters.


1 Peter 4:15 (WEB) For let none of you suffer as a murderer, or a thief, or an evil doer, or a meddler in other men’s matters.


Just an hour or so later,
a comment was made about me weighing in, and I can tell you, that I honestly didn’t appreciate that comment because of the tongue in cheek manner in which it was said.


Of course, I probably wouldn’t have appreciated any comment, because I had already realized that I should have kept my mouth shut!!  I was upset with myself for butting in.


THE LORD allowed me to see that although I was right, I should NOT have given my opinion.  And HE had me apologize to the lady that had started the discussion.


If these folks had asked for my opinion, that would have been different!!!


To be truthful, until now, I wasn’t even ready to admit I had been being a busybody or a meddler in other’s affairs!!!   


The other night, as I was getting ready to go to bed, I was griping to the LORD about some folks that had been discussing me!!!  Their discussion of me has caused a problem that I am going to have to handle. 


2 Thessalonians 3:1-2 (KJV)

1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:

And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.


So, now, I am waiting to find out from THE LORD exactly what I should do and say.  ONLY GETTING DIRECTION FROM GOD AND KNOWING EXACTLY WHAT HE WANTS ME TO DO, can and will solve this problem!!! 


2 Thessalonians 3:5 (KJV) And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.


To be truthful, it still bothers me that these folks were discussing me in the first place!!!  And I was telling THE LORD that they should have been minding their own business!!!  They should have been taking care of their own business instead of discussing me!!! 


It was then that THE LORD let me know that I also should have been minding my own business, instead of giving unwanted advice to someone who didn’t ask!!!


Your behavior comes back to bite you sometimes, doesn’t it?  Dang, I hate that!!!  That’s one of the many reasons that I want to learn to live right
ALL THE TIME, NOT just most of the time!!!


1 Peter 1:15-17 (KJV)

15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work…


G
OD is right, and I was wrong!!!  Of course, I knew that, but NOW I am admitting it!!! 


Therefore, I am asking MY FATHER, GOD to help me NOT be a busybody or a meddler!!!


2 Thessalonians 3:3 (KJV) But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.


GOD allowed me to realize and know that just as these other folks were wrong in talking about me, I was wrong to butt in and give my opinion when it wasn’t asked for.


The Bible lets us know that we should be busy working for Jesus and doing what GOD has assigned us to do!!!  We should be tending to our own households, and NOT involved in other folks’ business!!!


1 Timothy 5:13-14 (KJV)

13 And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.

14 I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.


OUR FATHER wants us to be tending to HIS BUSINESS, NOT everyone else’s business!!!


2 Thessalonians 3:12
(KJV) Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.


There is an old song that says all this very plainly.



It says, Sweep around your own front porch and I’ll sweep around mine!!! 


I just love that verse!!!
 


Because it is so very plain!!!


You handle your own business and I’ll handle mine!!!



We all know folks who have their fingers in everyone’s pie!!!  And we all know folks who always have an opinion about what everyone else is doing!!! 


2 Thessalonians 3:11 (CEB) We hear that some of you are living an undisciplined life. They aren’t working, but they are meddling in other people’s business.


And if everyone told the truth, they’d tell you that they would rather NOT see these people coming!!! 


You know, I just don’t want to be one of those people!!!


Do you??????????????