Monday, August 22, 2016

THE LORD, HE WILL AVENGE HIS CHILDREN!!!

   
GOD always defended the children of Israel when their enemies attacked them.  As long as they depended on HIM, GOD always protected and made a way for HIS children!!!  And HE will do the same for us today because we are HIS children!!!


At one point, GOD threw great hail stones out of heaven down upon their enemies. 


Joshua 10:3-11 (KJV)

Wherefore Adonizedec king of Jerusalem, sent unto Hoham king of Hebron, and unto Piram king of Jarmuth, and unto Japhia king of Lachish, and unto Debir king of Eglon, saying,

Come up unto me, and help me, that we may smite Gibeon: for it hath made peace with Joshua and with the children of Israel.

Therefore the five kings of the Amorites, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, the king of Eglon, gathered themselves together, and went up, they and all their hosts, and encamped before Gibeon, and made war against it.

And the men of Gibeon sent unto Joshua to the camp to Gilgal, saying, Slack not thy hand from thy servants; come up to us quickly, and save us, and help us: for all the kings of the Amorites that dwell in the mountains are gathered together against us.

So Joshua ascended from Gilgal, he, and all the people of war with him, and all the mighty men of valour.

And the Lord said unto Joshua, Fear them not: for I have delivered them into thine hand; there shall not a man of them stand before thee.

Joshua therefore came unto them suddenly, and went up from Gilgal all night.

10 And the Lord discomfited them before Israel, and slew them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, and chased them along the way that goeth up to Bethhoron, and smote them to Azekah, and unto Makkedah.

11 And it came to pass, as they fled from before Israel, and were in the going down to Bethhoron, that the Lord cast down great stones from heaven upon them unto Azekah, and they died: they were more which died with hailstones than they whom the children of Israel slew with the sword.


GOD will do whatever it takes to protect and defend HIS children. 


King Jehoshaphat who ruled over Judah cried out to GOD, when great multitude came out against him and his people. 


2 Chronicles 20:2-4

Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea on this side Syria; and, behold, they be in Hazazontamar, which is Engedi.

And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.

And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the Lord: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord.


THE LORD assured King Jehoshaphat and his people that they would NOT have to fight this great hoard of invaders.  GOD used Jahaziel, the man of GOD to reassure HIS children that HE would indeed fight for them!!!  THE LORD said, for the battle is not yours, but God's.”   


2 Chronicles 20:13-17

13 And all Judah stood before the Lord, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.

14 Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the Lord in the midst of the congregation;

15 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's.

16 To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel.

17 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.


King Jehoshaphat and the people went out against these armies as THE LORD had directed them.  They began to sing PRAISES UNTO THE LORD, and as they stood still and watched, GOD confused these armies so that they began to attack and kill each other.  These armies were defeated!!!  And no man was left alive except GOD’s children!!!   


2 Chronicles 20:22-24 (NKJV)

22 Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated.
23 For the people of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to utterly kill and destroy them. And when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another.
24 So when Judah came to a place overlooking the wilderness, they looked toward the multitude; and there were their dead bodies, fallen on the earth. No one had escaped.



It took GOD’s people 3 days after this great victory, to collect all the treasures that were left by that great multitude. 


2 Chronicles 20:25 (NKJV) When Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away their spoil, they found among them an abundance of valuables on the dead bodies, and precious jewelry, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away; and they were three days gathering the spoil because there was so much.


Time and time again, THE LORD fought for HIS kids and showed the people all around them that HE was GOD, but still some did NOT believe!!! They did NOT fear GOD!!!


When the children of Israel left Egypt, GOD told Moses that HE would harden Pharaoh’s heart and he would purse the children of Israel.  And the king of Egypt did as GOD said and he pursued the children of Israel.  When the children of Israel saw this mighty army coming, they cried out in fear to GOD!!! 


Exodus 14: 4-10 (NKJV)

Then I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, so that he will pursue them; and I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, that the Egyptians may know that I am the
Lord.” And they did so.

Now it was told the king of Egypt that the people had fled, and the heart of Pharaoh and his servants was turned against the people; and they said, “Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?”

So he made ready his chariot and took his people with him.

Also, he took six hundred choice chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt with captains over every one of them.

And the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued the children of Israel; and the children of Israel went out with boldness.

So the Egyptians pursued them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, his horsemen and his army, and overtook them camping by the sea beside Pi Hahiroth, before Baal Zephon.

10 And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after them. So they were very afraid, and the children of Israel cried out to the Lord.


THE LORD told His children NOT to be afraid because HE was going to destroy Pharaoh and all the Egyptians that day!!!  AND HE DID!!!


Exodus 14: 13-14 (NKJV)

13 And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever.

14 The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”


GOD parted the Red Sea so that the waters stood like great walls and HE made the East wind to blow all night so that HIS children could walk across on dry land.  And when the Egyptians followed them into the Red Sea, GOD caused the wheels of their chariots to fall off and every one of the Egyptians drowned, just as GOD had told Moses they would!!!     


Exodus 14: 21-28 (NKJV)

21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided.

22 So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.

23 And the Egyptians pursued and went after them into the midst of the sea, all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen.

24 Now it came to pass, in the morning watch, that the Lord looked down upon the army of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud, and He troubled the army of the Egyptians.

25 And He took off their chariot wheels, so that they drove them with difficulty; and the Egyptians said, “Let us flee from the face of Israel, for the Lord fights for them against the Egyptians.”

26 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea, that the waters may come back upon the Egyptians, on their chariots, and on their horsemen.”

27 And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and when the morning appeared, the sea returned to its full depth, while the Egyptians were fleeing into it. So the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.

28 Then the waters returned and covered the chariots, the horsemen, and all the army of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them. Not so much as one of them remained.


GOD had the writer of Exodus repeat how mightily HE had moved on behalf of the children of Israel that day and how HE had taken vengeance on the Egyptians!!! 


Exodus 14:29-30 (NKJV)

29 But the children of Israel had walked on dry land in the midst of the sea, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.

30 So the Lord saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore.


King David knew all too well that GOD would defend and protect him from his enemies!!!  David depended on GOD!!!  And so should we!!! 


2 Samuel 22:47-50

47 The Lord liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation.

48 It is God that avengeth me, and that bringeth down the people under me.

49 And that bringeth me forth from mine enemies: thou also hast lifted me up on high above them that rose up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man.

50 Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name.



GOD will ALWAYS defend and protect HIS kids!!!  HE warns us that HE will protect and avenge HIS kids when someone does them wrong!!! 


2 Thessalonians 1:6 (CEB) After all, it’s right for God to pay back the ones making trouble for you with trouble


2 Thessalonians 1:6 (NKJV) …it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you


When you make yourself an enemy to GOD’s kids, you make GOD your enemy!!!   


Psalm 94:1-2 (NIV)

The Lord is a God who avenges.
    O God who avenges, shine forth.
Rise up, Judge of the earth;
    pay back to the proud what they deserve.




HE IS THE LORD GOD WHO AVENGES HIS CHILDREN!!!  HE WILL REPAY!!!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

THE LORD GOD, MY AVENGER

   
Don’t ever think that GOD doesn’t see what is happening in your life or what you are going through.  GOD sees everything and HE knows everything.  And HE NEVER forgets what people do to HIS kids!!! 


Deuteronomy 25:17-19 (NKJV)

17 “Remember what Amalek did to you on the way as you were coming out of Egypt,

18 how he met you on the way and attacked your rear ranks, all the stragglers at your rear, when you were tired and weary; and he did not fear God.

19 Therefore it shall be, when the Lord your God has given you rest from your enemies all around, in the land which the Lord your God is giving you to possess as an inheritance, that you will blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. You shall not forget.


Don’t ever think that someone who hurts you has gotten away with it, because they haven’t!!!  When someone deliberately hurts you, GOD knows and HE says that HE WILL REPAY!!! 


Romans 12:19 (ESV) Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”


The WORD says, GOD is NOT mocked.  Whether good or bad, you will reap what you sow. 


Galatians 6:7 (NKJV) Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.


That’s why I try to make sure that I sow good seeds!!!  I try to make it a habit to do good things for people. 


Unfortunately, everyone does NOT have the mind of Christ!!!  Some folks have evil minds and some folks just don’t know GOD.  Evidently, some folks haven’t ever read GOD’s WORD, because if they did, they’d know that GOD has always protected and defended HIS children.


2 Kings 6:8-12 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)

When the king of Syria was warring against Israel, after counseling with his servants, he said, In such and such a place shall be my camp.

Then the man of God sent to the king of Israel, saying, Beware that you pass not such a place, for the Syrians are coming down there.

10 Then the king of Israel sent to the place of which [Elisha] told and warned him; and thus he protected and saved himself there repeatedly.

11 Therefore the mind of the king of Syria was greatly troubled by this thing. He called his servants and said, Will you show me who of us is for the king of Israel?

12 One of his servants said, None, my lord O king; but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedchamber.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

LIVING HOLY!!!


    
Are you kidding me? 


Nobody’s perfect!!! 


How does anyone LIVE HOLY? 


LIVING HOLY is a process.  You don’t just walk in and start living HOLY all at once!!!  It takes time!!!  And it takes GOD’s HELP!!!



If we want to learn to LIVE HOLY, there are 3 very important things that we should be doing as GOD’s Kids!!!  We should be keeping our mouths shut (until HE tells us to speak), we should be praying, and we should be in THE WORD!!!  That means that we should be reading and studying THE WORD!!!     


First, of all, we should pray for ourselves, and we should ask GOD to help us live holy!!!  One of the hardest parts of LIVING HOLY is learning to MIND OUR OWN BUSINESS!!!  


1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 (NKJV)

11 that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you,

12 that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.


That means that we have to ZIP OUR LIPS!!! 


James 1:26 (CEB) If those who claim devotion to God don’t control what they say, they mislead themselves. Their devotion is worthless.


Secondly, we need to stay prayed up!!!  We need to pray for ourselves most of ALL and ask the LORD to help us get right.  We need to get ourselves cleaned up and we have to walk in line with GOD’s WORD!!!  Then we should pray for our loved ones!!!  And finally, after we have taken care of our own business, we can pray for others!!!


1 Thessalonians 5:16-17 (CEV)

16 Always be joyful  17 and never stop praying.


And yes, there are times that we need to stop right where we are and pray for others!!!  Don’t just promise to do it!!!  Do it right then!!!


James 5:16 (KJV) …pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.


Last, but most important of all, we need to know THE WORD!!!  We need to spend time in THE WORD every day!!!  And we need to set aside time to spend with GOD each and every day!!!   


2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV) Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.


2 Timothy 2:15 (CEB) …present yourself to God as a tried-and-true worker, who doesn’t need to be ashamed but is one who interprets the message of truth correctly.


I wonder how many of us know what is supposed to be coming out of our mouths, when we open them.    


THE WORD!!!  PRAISES!!!  ENCOURAGEMENT!!! 


2 Timothy 4:2 (NKJV) Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.


Ephesians 5:19 (AMP) Speak to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, [offering praise by] singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord


Is that ALL we have to do?  Is that ALL
that GOD wants us to do?


Well, no, but this is how we start!!!  We have to start out by getting ourselves right!!!  WE ALL NEED GOD’s HELP TO GET OURSELVES RIGHT!!! 


WE HAVE TO LIVE HOLY!!!    


Romans 1:12 (NKJV) I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Meddling…




What does it mean when a person is meddling in someone else’s business?


Meddling means to interfere in or busy oneself with something that is not your concern. 


What does GOD say about meddling?


GOD says that we should NOT be meddling in other people’s business. 


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.


GOD says
that meddling is wrong and that foolish folks meddle in other people’s business.


2 Thessalonians 3:11 (AMP) Indeed, we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined and inappropriate life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies [meddling in other people’s business].


Proverbs 20:3 (KJV) …every fool will be meddling.


Instead of meddling, we are supposed to be praying!!!  If you see or hear something that YOU THINK isn’t right, don’t run around telling everyone else!!!


If you do that, then you are gossiping!!! 


1 Timothy 5:13 (NKJV) …not only idle but also gossips and busybodies, saying things which they ought not.


Proverbs 20:19 (AMP) He who goes about as a gossip reveals secrets; Therefore do not associate with a gossip [who talks freely or flatters].


Go to GOD and tell HIM what you saw or heard!!!  GOD can and HE will handle it!!!  And HE doesn’t need your help!!!  Turn it over to GOD and allow HIM to give you PEACE over the issue!!! 


Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;

and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.


There is NOTHING; NO NOT ONE THING THAT GOD CAN’T TAKE CARE!!!  GOD IS BIG ENOUGH to take care of anything that concerns you!!!   


Jeremiah 32:27 (KJV) Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?


If someone wants you to know their business, they will tell it to you!!!


When most people ask your opinion, they really don’t want it!!!  They just want to justify what they have already decided to do!!!  And they are hoping that you will agree with them!!!


I can’t tell you how many times, I have heard one person or another say, I don’t know why they asked for my opinion, they don’t want to hear it!!!


And it is the truth!!! 


So, it is truly better to MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS!!!


There is an old song that says it all!!!  It is called Sweep Around Your Own Front Porch!  Here is the chorus and first verse. 


[Speaking]
You know, there are too many people trying to take care of
other peoples’ business and they can't even take care of their own. 

What you need to do is take six months to mind your own business and six months to leave other folks’ business alone. All I'm trying to say is:


[Chorus]
Sweep around your own front porch before you try to sweep around mine

Sweep around your own front porch before you try to sweep around mine

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

JESUS IS COMING BACK!!!



  
I heard Jimmy Swaggart say the other day that we should be glad that CHRIST is coming back!!!!  And I agree!!! 


WE SHOULD REJOICE!!!  OUR LORD and OUR SAVIOR IS COMING BACK FOR US!!! 


But as GOD’s KIDS, do we truly understand what that means? 


I wonder sometimes what we really know about CHRIST’S TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO THE EARTH!!!  


I shall rejoice at HIS COMING!!!  I believe that we ALL should rejoice at HIS COMING!!!! 


If you are saved, then you don’t need to fear HIS COMING!!!  HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS has made us worthy to carry HIS NAME!!!


2 Cor. 5:21 (NKJV)
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.


Do you know that angels told the disciples that Jesus would come back in the clouds? 


Acts 1:9-11 (KJV)

And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;

11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.


You know, HE IS COMING BACK FOR US, SAINTS!!!


Matthew 24:31 (KJV) And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

No, I am NOT quite ready for HIM to come, but that is ONLY because I like being alive today on this earth!!!

I love preaching HIS WORD!!!  I love telling others about HOW WONDERFUL MY SAVIOR IS!!!  I LOVE TELLING THEM HOW GOOD GOD IS!!!

I LOVE TELLING PEOPLE HOW MUCH GOD LOVES THEM!!!

I will be so glad to see HIM when HE COMES!!!  I love HIM so much!!!  And there are days that I wish I could see my Jesus sooner!!!

So, I absolutely do NOT understand why folks want to preach ALL this doom and gloom!!!

I do NOT understand why folks want to scare the children of GOD into thinking that they have to go through the Tribulation Period!!!

What I do understand is that our enemy wants every child of GOD to be very afraid!!!  Our enemy doesn’t want us to rejoice in the coming of THE LORD or to look forward to HIS COMING!!!

Here is another scripture that GOD showed me when some folks kept preaching about how horrible everything was going to get!!!

Luke 21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.


I truly believe that if we have accepted Christ as our savior then we will truly “be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.”


I truly do NOT believe that we as HIS Children will have to go through the Tribulation!!!  As I was writing this statement, GOD gave me this scripture!!!

1 Thessalonians 5:9 (KJV) For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ


Here is what the LORD showed me in the 5th chapter of 1 Thessalonians.

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 (KJV)

1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.

For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.

But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.

For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.


Do you see in verse 4 where GOD tells us that because we are HIS children, WE ARE NOT IN DARKNESS!!!!  HE IS TELLING US THAT WE HAVE NO NEED TO WORRY!!!  That day will NOT CATCH US UNAWARE!!!  It will NOT OVERTAKE us like a thief!!!   


GOD makes it plain in verse 5 that we are HIS children!!!  WE
ARE THE CHILDREN OF LIGHT!!!  WE ARE THE CHILDREN OF THE DAY!!!  We have HIM!!!  We are saved!!!!  There is ABSOLUTELY NO NEED TO WORRY!!!


1 Thessalonians 5:4-5 (KJV)

4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.”

Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.


GOD saved us by sending HIS SON to die for us!!!!  And because CHRIST died for us on that day,
so long ago, nailed to a wooden cross, we will ALL live together with HIM!!!! 


Whether you are on this earth now or whether you are one of those who has already gone on before us, WE WILL ALL LIVE TOGETHER WITH GOD!!! 


1 Thessalonians 5:9-10 (KJV)

For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.


So, PEOPLE, PEOPLE, PEOPLE!  Please STUDY YOUR BIBLE!!! 


DON’T JUST TAKE MY WORD FOR WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN!!! 


Get your Bible out and SEE FOR YOURSELF!!! 


DON’T TAKE SOMEONE ELSE’S WORD for what is going to happen!!! 


FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF!!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

I WILL PRAISE YOU!!!

 
I decided a long, long time ago that I WOULD PRAISE GOD!!!  I decided to worship HIM!!!


I WILL PRAISE HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I WILL WORSHIP HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I WILL PRAISE GOD, no matter what!!!  I WILL WORSHIP HIM!!! 


I WILL PRAISE GOD, no matter where I am!!!  I WILL WORSHIP HIM!!!


NO matter where I go, I WILL PRAISE THE LORD!!!  I WILL WORSHIP HIM!!!  If I go to the grocery store, or the mall, or stop in at the Post Office, I WILL PRAISE THE LORD!!!  I WILL WORSHIP HIM!!! 


I may be in the bank.  I may be in the pharmacy.  I may be in the school house, but no matter where I am, I WILL PRAISE THE LORD!!!  I WILL WORSHIP HIM!!!


I WILL PRAISE GOD, no matter who is around me!!!  And no matter what is going on, I WILL PRAISE MY GOD!!!  I WILL WORSHIP THE LORD!!! 


I WILL PRAISE GOD, I WILL WORSHIP HIM no matter who is with me or who I am with!!!  I WILL PRAISE THE LORD!!!  I WILL WORSHIP HIM!!! 


If you don’t like to PRAISE GOD, and if you don’t like to WORSHIP HIM, then you don’t want to hang around me!!!


I just don’t understand why anyone would object to someone PRAISING GOD!!!  Why would anyone who has any idea who GOD IS, object to someone WORSHIPPING HIM?    


If you don’t like to PRAISE GOD, if you don’t like to WORSHIP GOD, then you will NOT enjoy HEAVEN!!! 


The Heavenly Host and The Angels PRAISE and WORSHIP GOD ALL DAY and ALL NIGHT!!!  They NEVER STOP!!!


Revelation 5:11-14 (KJV)

11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;

12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.

14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.



In Heaven, THE LORD IS PRAISED and WORSHIPPED both night and day!!! 


Revelation 4:6-11 (KJV)

And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.

And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.

And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,

10 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,

11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.


In Heaven, OUR GOD WILL FOREVER BE PRAISED AND WORSHIPPED!!! 
Wow!!!  What a time that will be!!!  What a wonderful place to live; a place where there is a NEVER ENDING PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE!!!   


Revelation 7:11-12 (KJV)

11 And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,

12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.


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I Will Praise You - Rebecca St. James

Joy comes in the morning
The sun is rising
And I wait for You


Streams flow in the desert
There's an oasis
And I wait for You


Whatever the storm
Whatever is lost
Whatever it takes
Whatever the cost
I will praise You
I will praise You


Whatever the storm
Whatever is lost
Whatever it takes
Whatever the cost
I will praise You
I will praise You


Faith, Faith is the substance
Of things we hope for
So I wait for You


Hope, Hope and the future
Are Your plans for me
So I wait for You


Whatever the storm
Whatever is lost
Whatever it takes
Whatever the cost
I will praise You
I will praise You


Whatever the storm
Whatever is lost
Whatever it takes
Whatever the cost
I will praise You
I will praise You


I see the waters rising
I feel the coming storm
When fear is overwhelming
I hear, "Peace, be still"


I see the waters rising
I feel the coming storm
When fear is overwhelming
I hear, "Peace, be still"


Whatever the storm
Whatever is lost
Whatever it takes
Whatever the cost
I will praise You
I will praise You


Whatever the storm
Whatever is lost
Whatever it takes
Whatever the cost
I will praise You
I will praise You


I will praise You
I will praise You
Whatever the storm
Whatever it takes
I will praise You
I will praise You

Monday, August 15, 2016

Lift Me Up



When we feel all alone GOD is with us!!!  HE is there for us!!!

When we feel desperate, HE sees our pain and our heartache!!!


When we feel that ALL hope is gone, HE GIVES US HOPE!!! 


HE lets us know that if we trust in HIM-if we place our hope in HIM-HE WILL MAKE A WAY FOR US!!!


When we fall down, HE is there to pick us up!!! 


HE WILL LIFT US UP!!!


HE WILL SEE US THROUGH!!!


When the enemy of our souls wants to convince us that life with JESUS is a struggle, and a constant mess, GOD lets us know that HE IS STILL THERE for us!!! 


You see, you are going to have trials and tribulations anyway!!!


You always did!!!  No one lives a life FREE from problems!!!


But when you have Jesus, you have someone to help bear your burdens!!!  You have HELP!!! 


You know, I would rather have GOD holding my hand than anyone else!!!


I am so glad that I know the maker of the Universe!!!

   


Lift Me Up – The Afters


(***Warning:  Please be aware that the video that I have linked to the title above is a little rough, and it isn’t for kids.  The 2nd half is very good!!!  However, it is still something that I normally wouldn’t post!)


You lift me up with Your love
You lift me up with Your love
You lift me up with Your love
You lift me up


Waiting for the sunrise
Waiting for the day
Waiting for a sign that I'm
Where You want me to be


You know my heart is heavy
And the hurt is deep
But when I feel like giving up
You're reminding me


That we all fall down sometimes
When I hit the ground


You lift me up when I am weak
Your arms wrap around me
Your love catches me so I'm letting go


You lift me up when I can't see
You heart's all that I need
Your love carries me so I'm letting go


You lift me up with Your love
You lift me up with Your love
You lift me up with Your love
You lift me up


I know I'm not perfect
I know I make mistakes
I know that I have let You down
But You love me the same


And when I'm surrounded
And when I lose my way
And when I'm crying out and fallen down


You are here to lift me up when I am weak
Your arms wrap around me
Your love catches me so I'm letting go


You lift me up when I can't see
You heart's all that I need
Your love carries me so I'm letting go


I can see the dawn is breaking
I am feeling overtaken
With Your love, with Your love


I don't know what I can offer
In this moment, I surrender
To Your love, to Your love


You lift me up when I am weak
Your arms wrap around me
Your love catches me so I'm letting go


You lift me up when I am weak
Your arms wrap around me
Your love catches me so I'm letting go


You lift me up when I can't see
You heart's all that I need
Your love carries me so I'm letting go


I can see the dawn is breaking
I am feeling overtaken
With Your love, with Your love


You lift me up with Your love
You lift me up with Your love
You lift me up with Your love
You lift me up

Sunday, August 14, 2016

“YOU” by Britt Nicole



  
This song caught my attention this evening!!! 


"You"
I've been looking for love in another's eyes
Searching for water, but I come up dry

Thought that I could find
Happiness in the world's applause
Peace of mind in a worthy cause
Yeah, Yeah

Take me back
Take me back

Got to trust in the simple truth
Got to trust all I really need is…

You
I'm coming back to… You
The only thing I know worth living for


Will You take this heart and make it more like
You
I give it back to…
You


It's obvious no one could love me more
I'm Yours
I'm coming, coming back, ye…ah
I'm coming, coming back
Yeah, I'm coming,
Yeah, I'm coming back,


To joy that speaks to my deepest need
To arms never far out of reach


Yeah, how Your love
It calls to me when I lose my way
Holds me close when I feel afraid

Yeah…  Yeah…
Take me back
Take me back

Got to trust that I'm safe and sound
Got to trust that it all comes down to… 

You
I'm coming back to…
You

The only thing I know worth living for
Will You take this heart and make it more like

You
I give it back to…
You

It's obvious no one could love me more
I'm Yours

I'm coming, coming back, yeah, yeah…

I'm coming, coming back
Yeah, I'm coming,
Yeah, I'm coming back


So no more getting caught in the middle
No more waiting for what is unsure
Back to Your love so true and so simple
Don't understate it or complicate it


It's so simple,
Yeah,
It's so simple,


You
I'm coming back to…
You

The only thing I know worth living for
Will You take this heart and make it more like

You
I give it back to…
You

It's obvious no one could love me more
I'm Yours

I'm coming, coming back,

You
I'm coming back to…
You

The only thing I know worth living for
Will You take this heart and make it more like

You
I give it back to…
You

It's obvious no one could love me more
I'm Yours
I'm coming, coming back to
You

I'm coming, coming back
I'm coming, coming back,

I'm coming, coming back to You

I'm coming, coming back to You
I'm coming, coming back to You


Saturday, August 13, 2016

“YOU” by Britt Nicole

   
This song caught my attention this evening!!! 


"You"
I've been looking for love in another's eyes
Searching for water, but I come up dry

Thought that I could find
Happiness in the world's applause
Peace of mind in a worthy cause
Yeah, Yeah

Take me back
Take me back

Got to trust in the simple truth
Got to trust all I really need is…

You
I'm coming back to… You
The only thing I know worth living for


Will You take this heart and make it more like
You
I give it back to…
You


It's obvious no one could love me more
I'm Yours
I'm coming, coming back, ye…ah
I'm coming, coming back
Yeah, I'm coming,
Yeah, I'm coming back,


To joy that speaks to my deepest need
To arms never far out of reach


Yeah, how Your love
It calls to me when I lose my way
Holds me close when I feel afraid

Yeah…  Yeah…
Take me back
Take me back

Got to trust that I'm safe and sound
Got to trust that it all comes down to… 

You
I'm coming back to…
You

The only thing I know worth living for
Will You take this heart and make it more like

You
I give it back to…
You

It's obvious no one could love me more
I'm Yours

I'm coming, coming back, yeah, yeah…

I'm coming, coming back
Yeah, I'm coming,
Yeah, I'm coming back


So no more getting caught in the middle
No more waiting for what is unsure
Back to Your love so true and so simple
Don't understate it or complicate it


It's so simple,
Yeah,
It's so simple,


You
I'm coming back to…
You

The only thing I know worth living for
Will You take this heart and make it more like

You
I give it back to…
You

It's obvious no one could love me more
I'm Yours

I'm coming, coming back,

You
I'm coming back to…
You

The only thing I know worth living for
Will You take this heart and make it more like

You
I give it back to…
You

It's obvious no one could love me more
I'm Yours
I'm coming, coming back to
You

I'm coming, coming back
I'm coming, coming back,

I'm coming, coming back to You

I'm coming, coming back to You
I'm coming, coming back to You


Friday, August 12, 2016

We Need to be Eager to Hear The LORD

  
As I read in Samuel the other night, I realized how eager Samuel was to serve GOD and to do what GOD told him to do!!!



Reading this made me realize that we should also be eager to hear from GOD!!!  We should be quick to respond the way that Samuel responded when GOD speaks to us!!! 


We need to be eager to listen when GGOD speaks and eager to do HIS WILL!!!  We should be eager to serve OUR LORD and Savior any time HE calls us!!! 


It is so important that we know GOD’s VOICE for ourselves, and it is very important that we teach our children and our young people to listen for GOD’s VOICE and to be obedient when HE speaks!!!  


Just like GOD spoke to Samuel at a young age, HE wants to speak to our young people, even the very young ones, but they have to be taught!!!  They have to be taught to read their Bibles, to pray, to fast, and to wait upon THE LORD so that when HE calls they will be ready to hear HIS VOICE!!! 


1 Samuel 3 (KJV)

And the child Samuel ministered unto the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was precious in those days; there was no open vision.

And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see;

And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep;

That the Lord called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I.

And he ran unto Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou calledst me. And he said, I called not; lie down again. And he went and lay down.

And the Lord called yet again, Samuel. And Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And he answered, I called not, my son; lie down again.

Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, neither was the word of the Lord yet revealed unto him.

And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And Eli perceived that the Lord had called the child.

Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

10 And the Lord came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.

11 And the Lord said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle.

12 In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house: when I begin, I will also make an end.

13 For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not.

14 And therefore I have sworn unto the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli's house shall not be purged with sacrifice nor offering for ever.

15 And Samuel lay until the morning, and opened the doors of the house of the Lord. And Samuel feared to shew Eli the vision.

16 Then Eli called Samuel, and said, Samuel, my son. And he answered, Here am I.

17 And he said, What is the thing that the Lord hath said unto thee? I pray thee hide it not from me: God do so to thee, and more also, if thou hide any thing from me of all the things that he said unto thee.

18 And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. And he said, It is the Lord: let him do what seemeth him good.

19 And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground.

20 And all Israel from Dan even to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the Lord.

21 And the Lord appeared again in Shiloh: for the Lord revealed himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the Lord.