Friday, May 27, 2016

GOD WILL TEACH US!!!




Psalm 32: 8-11 (NKJV)

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will guide you with My eye.



GOD SAYS THE HE WILL TEACH US AND SHOW US WHERE WE ARE TO GO!!!  We just need to listen to HIM!!!  We must pay close attention to HIM!!!




I believe that if we listen closely to GOD, we will begin to see things thru HIS EYES!!!  WE will begin to see things as HE SEES them!!!



Do not be like the horse or like the mule,
Which have no understanding,
Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle,
Else they will not come near you.



Don’t be strong-headed like the horse that always wants his own way and doesn’t want to be lead anywhere!!!  And don’t be like the mule who is hardheaded and stubborn, that pulls back when you try to lead him!!!  They have to have bridles in their mouths, so that they can be lead in the way that they should go!!!  They have no understanding of GOD nor of HIS WAYS!!!



10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked;
But he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him.



Bad things happen to the wicked and because they don’t have GOD, they have no one to turn to during those times!!!  But those who trust in GOD can run to HIM.  HE is a high tower!!!  GOD’s mercy NOT only surrounds HIS CHILDREN, it covers them!!! 



11 Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous;
And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!



Be glad in THE LORD, Child of GOD and rejoice!!!  PRAISE HIS NAME!!!  For you are saved and you are right with GOD!!!  Shout with a happy heart, full of praise and joy, Child of the MOST HIGH; Child of GOD!!!  SHOUT AND SING HIS PRAISE; FOR HE IS WORTHY TO BE PRAISED!!!!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

DON’T BE DISMAYED!!!






Sometimes, I am dismayed by all the things that I want to do and can’t seem to get done!!!




I start out with a simple To-Do-List!!! 





And then the next thing I know, I feel like I am suffocating!!! 





It is because I have piled all this stuff on my list!!! 





That’s when I find myself dismayed!!!





Isaiah 41:10 (KJV)

10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee… 




The answer is so simple!!!   





I can hear GOD saying, You don’t have to do ALL THAT!!!





I can hear GOD saying, DON’T TRY TO DO SO MUCH!!!



Wednesday, May 25, 2016

I WILL GO BEFORE YOU…



Do whatever GOD has called you to do!!!



If GOD has called you to sing, then sing, sing, sing!!!



If GOD called you to dance, then dance, dance, dance!!!



Whatever GOD has called you to do, then do it with ALL your might!!!



Do whatever GOD has called you to do “as unto the LORD!!!”




In my case GOD has called me to preach the gospel!!! 




So, I say to myself, PREACH, KATHY, PREACH!!!  Don’t let anyone stop YOU!!!  Don’t let anyone stand in your way, PREACH THE WORD!!!



When something or someone blocks my path, and I feel that I can’t continue on, I cry out unto THE LORD, MY GOD and HE ANSWERS ME!!!



Here is what GOD TOLD ME!!! 



Isaiah 45:2
(KJV) I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron.



You know, I trust GOD, but I just never really understood what GOD meant when HE said, I will break in pieces the gates of bronze
and cut the bars of iron. 



I guess I just never really took the time to think about it!!!




Anyway, the other night I heard John Gray preach about these same verses, so I looked them up.




And when I read them, I finally understood what GOD was saying!!! 




Isaiah 45:1-3 (NKJV)

45 “Thus says the Lord to His anointed,
To Cyrus, whose right hand I have held—
To subdue nations before him
And loose the armor of kings,
To open before him the double doors,
So that the gates will not be shut:

‘I will go before you
And make the crooked places straight;
I will break in pieces the gates of bronze
And cut the bars of iron.

I will give you the treasures of darkness
And hidden riches of secret places,
That you may know that I, the Lord,
Who call you by your name,
Am the God of Israel.





GOD WAS SAYING TO CYRUS, and HE IS SAYING TO ME, I WILL GO BEFORE YOU!!! 




I, THE LORD, will make your crooked places straight!!! 
I will break in pieces the gates of bronze and cut in pieces the bars of iron!!!




And what does GOD mean by that? 



GOD means that HE WILL REMOVE WHATEVER STANDS IN MY WAY, even if those things are gates of bronze, even if HE has to cut or break in pieces bars of irons!!!



HE WILL GO BEFORE ME AND HE WILL LEVEL THE MOUNTAINS, IF THEY ARE IN MY WAY!!!  (
Isaiah 45:2 AMP)


 
So, look out, devil, here I come!!! 



GOD says, “HE’S NOT GOING TO ALLOW ANYTHING OR ANYONE, NOT EVEN YOU TO STOP ME!!!” 



So, get out of my way!!!    


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Don’t Despise Small Beginnings



 

Some days I feel like I can whip the world!!!



Then there are other times, like today, when I feel small; inconsequential.




Maybe insignificant or unimportant would be better words!!! 



But it is in these times that GOD reminds me that I do NOT and cannot see myself through HIS EYES!!!




In MY FATHER’S EYES, that’s what matters!!!  It’s what GOD thinks of me that matters!!!



Proverbs 30:24-33 (NKJV)

24 There are four things which are little on the earth,
But they are exceedingly wise:

25 The ants are a people not strong,
Yet they prepare their food in the summer;

26 The rock badgers are a feeble folk,
Yet they make their homes in the crags;

27 The locusts have no king,
Yet they all advance in ranks;

28 The spider skillfully grasps with its hands,
And it is in kings’ palaces.



You know, I never really thought of it before, but spiders are indeed even found in King’s Palaces!!! 



And although ants seem to aggravating, pesky little creatures, GOD calls them wise because they are smart enough to store up food for the winter.  



You can knock an ant hill down and they will build it back one small piece at a time, and before you know it they have rebuilt the whole mound.



Don’t despise small beginnings!!!



I have heard it said many times over the last couple of years that we should NOT despise small beginnings, but I had no idea where this scripture was in the Bible. 



I don’t really remember ever hearing anyone preach about this.  So, tonight I looked this up and was amazed at what I found!!! 



Zechariah 4:6-14 (KJV)

Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.

Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.

Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the Lord of hosts hath sent me unto you.

10 For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the Lord, which run to and fro through the whole earth.

11 Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof?

12 And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves?

13 And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.

14 Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.



I found that this scripture was speaking of Gideon, who GOD renamed
Zerubbabel; and made a great leader in Israel.  IN GOD’S EYES, GIDEON WAS TRULY A MIGHTY MAN OF VALOR!!!



This is the same Gideon who hid by his father’s winepress to thresh wheat because he was scared of the Midianites.
  



Judges 6:11-16 (KJV)

11 And there came an angel of the Lord, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abiezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites.

12 And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him, and said unto him, The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.

13 And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the Lord be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt? but now the Lord hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.

14 And the Lord looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?

15 And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house.

16 And the Lord said unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man.



Gideon couldn’t see himself as GOD saw him!!!  GOD saw him as a mighty man of GOD, one who would bring victory and deliverance to Israel!!!




Judges 7:15-25 (KJV)

15 And it was so, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream, and the interpretation thereof, that he worshipped, and returned into the host of Israel, and said, Arise; for the Lord hath delivered into your hand the host of Midian.

16 And he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet in every man's hand, with empty pitchers, and lamps within the pitchers.

17 And he said unto them, Look on me, and do likewise: and, behold, when I come to the outside of the camp, it shall be that, as I do, so shall ye do.

18 When I blow with a trumpet, I and all that are with me, then blow ye the trumpets also on every side of all the camp, and say, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon.

19 So Gideon, and the hundred men that were with him, came unto the outside of the camp in the beginning of the middle watch; and they had but newly set the watch: and they blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers that were in their hands.

20 And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon.

21 And they stood every man in his place round about the camp; and all the host ran, and cried, and fled.

22 And the three hundred blew the trumpets, and the Lord set every man's sword against his fellow, even throughout all the host: and the host fled to Bethshittah in Zererath, and to the border of Abelmeholah, unto Tabbath.

23 And the men of Israel gathered themselves together out of Naphtali, and out of Asher, and out of all Manasseh, and pursued after the Midianites.

24 And Gideon sent messengers throughout all mount Ephraim, saying, come down against the Midianites, and take before them the waters unto Bethbarah and Jordan. Then all the men of Ephraim gathered themselves together, and took the waters unto Bethbarah and Jordan.

25 And they took two princes of the Midianites, Oreb and Zeeb; and they slew Oreb upon the rock Oreb, and Zeeb they slew at the winepress of Zeeb, and pursued Midian, and brought the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon on the other side Jordan.



And because GOD used a man called Gideon, Israel was indeed delivered from the hands of the Midianites and they had rest for 40 years!!! 




Judges 8:28 (KJV) Thus was Midian subdued before the children of Israel, so that they lifted up their heads no more. And the country was in quietness forty years in the days of Gideon.



Gideon was a mighty man of God because that is what GOD said he was!!! 



Who does GOD say you are? 



Who are you in the FATHER’S EYES???

Monday, May 23, 2016

We Are How We Treat Each Other




You can’t fool people!!! 





The world knows THE TRUTH when they see it!!!





It won’t take long before they’ve got your number!!! 





Just give those around you a little time, and they’ll know whether you LOVE others or NOT!!! 





Just open your mouth and you’ll let the cat out of the bag!!!





That’s why JESUS told his disciples, that people would know them by the LOVE that they showed for one another.




John 13:34-35 (ESV)

34 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”





That’s the very reason that GOD told us that we can’t say we LOVE HIM, when we hate those around us!!!





1 John 4:20 New Century Version (NCV) If people say, “I love God,” but hate their brothers or sisters, they are liars. Those who do not love their brothers and sisters, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have never seen.





We can show others how much we LOVE Christ, by showing them kindness.  Sometimes, just a smile will do!!! 





That’s how we show others that we are truly followers of Christ!!!  We show the people that we meet every day and the folks that we are around every day, our LOVE for them and others!!!





Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 

23 gentleness, self-control…





If you want other people to treat you right, then you have to treat others right.  When you treat others with kindness and show that you care for them, you’ll get kindness in return!!!  And you’ll find that others care for you, as well!!!





Luke 6:31 (NCV) Do to others what you would want them to do to you.






As the song says, We are how we treat each other and Nothing More!!!





Nothing More – The Alternate Routes


To be humble, to be kind.
It is the giving of the peace in your mind.
To a stranger, To a friend
To give in such a way that has no end.


We are Love
We are One
We are how we treat each other when the day is done.
We are Peace
We are War
We are how we treat each other and Nothing More


To be bold, to be brave.
It is the thinking that the heart can still be saved
And the darkness can come quick
The Dangers in the Anger and the hanging on to it.


We are Love
We are One
We are how we treat each other when the day is done.
We are Peace
We are War
We are how we treat each other and Nothing More


Tell me what it is that you see
A world that’s filled with endless possibilities?
Heroes don’t look like they used to, they look like you do.


We are Love
We are One
We are how we treat each other when the day is done.


We are Peace
We are War
We are how we treat each other and Nothing More




***I’m a fan of NCIS, and heard this song tonight as I watched one of their reruns.  Here is a little information about this song and why it was written. 




In their video introducing Nothing More, Tim Warren and Eric Donnelly talk about the story behind the song.  They tell tat it was written in honor of Charlotte Bacon, one of the students who died at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  The band’s goal was to raise awareness and funds to help those that were devastated by the shootings and deaths at the school and to help those in the surrounding community.    




“In an effort to raise awareness for the organization Newtown Kindness, the Alternate Routes took to the task of writing some music for the organization's video to be placed on their website. The music became something much more than that…”




”New Single from The Alternate Routes. Nothing More was written for and inspired by the work of our friends at Newtown Kindness. The Nothing More single was featured on the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, as well as the December 17th 2013 NCIS episode titled 'Homesick' (Season 11 Episode 11).”





The video is taken from some old 8mm home movie footage that Tim found of his sister Katie.  Tim Warren is the leader singer of The Alternate Routes.  The original family footage was made in 1981 when Katie was 3 years old. 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

THOSE WHO WAIT UPON THE LORD…





Have you NOT known?  Have you NOT heard how great my GOD IS???  HE IS THE ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD!!!  HE IS THE EVERLASTING GOD; THE CREATOR OF THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH!!! 




Isaiah 40:28 (NKJV)

28 Have you not known?
Have you not heard?
The everlasting God, the Lord,
The Creator of the ends of the earth,
Neither faints nor is weary.
His understanding is unsearchable.





Even tho we are HIS children, we at times get tired, because we are made of flesh and blood, and, sometimes we feel worn out or weary.  But THE LORD IS NOT flesh and blood, and HE DOES NOT get tired, nor does HE get weary!!! 





The New Century Version explains it this way.  




Isaiah 40:28 (NCV)

28 …The Lord is the God who lives forever,
    who created all the world.
He does not become tired or need to rest…





Psalm 121:4 (NKJV) Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.





HIS understanding is unfathomable!!!  And we will never know HIS GREAT WISDOM!!!!





Isaiah 40:28 (NCV) …No one can understand how great his wisdom is.

 



When we will feel weak and tired, HE gives us HIS power!!!  HE strengthens us. 




Isaiah 40:29 (NKJV) He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength.




HE tells us in HIS WORD that the joy of the Lord is our strength.  Nehemiah 8:10




Even those that are strong and young get tired and need rest.  Even young men with great strength and energy grow weary and become worn out!!! 





Isaiah 40:30-31 (NKJV) Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall





BUT THOSE THAT WAIT UPON THE LORD SHALL RENEW THEIR STRENGTH!!!





NOT maybe!!!  NOT sometimes!!!  But THEY SHALL RENEW THEIR STRENGTH!!! 




What does WAIT UPON THE LORD mean???




It means to seek HIM and HIS WILL!!!  It is referring to those who are seeking HIM and who want to know HIS WORD and want to do HIS WILL, no matter what anyone else says!!!





This verse is talking about
THOSE WHO WANT TO PLEASE GOD and no one else!!!  It’s talking about THOSE WHO WOULD RATHER SIT AT HIS FEET AND LISTEN TO HIM rather than spend time with anyone else!!!





And because we are more interested in GOD’s WILL and in WHAT GOD WANTS than anything else, GOD PROMISES us that
we shall mount up with wings like eagles, we shall run and not be weary, and we shall walk and not faint.




Isaiah 40:31 (NKJV)

31 But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.




The Amplified Bible explains it this way!!!





Isaiah 40:31 (AMP)
But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him]
Will gain new strength and renew their power;


They will lift up their wings [and rise up close to God] like eagles [rising toward the sun];

They will run and not become weary, They will walk and not grow tired.




We are to run our race; accomplish the task that GOD has given us; with patience!!!  And we are to ever be focused on JESUS!!!   





Hebrews 12:1-2 (KJV)

1 …let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith





We can do whatever GOD has called us to do as long as we keep our eyes on HIM!!!  As long as we set our face as a flint and we don’t allow our attention to be moved from HIM!!! 





Isaiah 50:7 (KJV) For the Lord God will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.





WE CANNOT BE DERAILED AS LONG AS KEEP OUR EYES ON JESUS AND WE REMEMBER THAT WE SERVE THE ONE TRUE AND LIVING GOD!!!


Saturday, May 21, 2016

Beautiful Day!!!





It’s always amazing to me to see the sun come up and realize how beautiful GOD’s creation is.  How beautiful each day is when the sun is shining!!!



And when I look at things through GOD’s eyes, I can see the beauty in every thing and every one HE created!!! 




If ONLY, we could see everything through HIS EYES!!!  If ONLY, we could see everything as HE sees it!!! 




There’s a saying that BEAUTY is in the eye of the beholder!!! 




HOW TRUE!!!




Every day with GOD, is a beautiful day!!!



Beautiful Day by Jamie Grace



Wake up and smile
‘Cause it's been a while
It's been like a whole day
Since I stopped so you could hold me


This child awaits,
Strong in the faith
Lord, You are the refuge
That I can't wait to get to


Cause I can't let a day go
Can't let a day go by
Without thanking you
For the joy that you bring to my life


And oooooh there's something 'bout the way
Your sun shines on my face
It's a love so true,
I could never get enough of You


This feeling can't be wrong
I'm about to get my worship on,
Take me away
It's a beautiful day.
It's a beautiful day.



When trouble seems
To rain on my dreams
It's not a big, not a big deal
Let it wash all the bugs off my windshield


Cause You're showing me
In You I'm free
And You're still the refuge
That I've just got to get to


So I won't let a day go,
Won't let a day go by
So put the drop-top down,
Turn it up, I'm ready to fly.


And oooooh there's something 'bout the way
Your sun shines on my face
It's a love so true,
I could never get enough of You


This feeling can't be wrong
I'm about to get my worship on,
Take me away
It's a beautiful day.
It's a beautiful day.


I've got no need to worry,
I've got no room for doubt
No matter what's coming at me
You'll always be the beautiful I sing about


There ain't no limitations
To Your amazing grace
Your amazing grace
And there's something 'bout the way
Your love shines on my face


Oh no, I could never get enough of You
This feeling can't be wrong
I'm about to get my worship on
I'm gonna sing a brand new song
Yeah, I'm about to get my worship on
Take me away on this beautiful day


It's a beautiful day
It's a beautiful day
It's a beautiful day
Such a beautiful day.


Friday, May 20, 2016

Grace Wins EVERY TIME!!!



If we listen to GOD and believe HIS WORD, then GRACE can win EVERY TIME!!! 






This is a beautiful song!!! 



I love the following verses because they are so true!!! 





There's a war between guilt and grace
And they're fighting for a sacred space
But I'm living proof
Grace wins every time



There truly is a war between guilt and grace!!! 




We have to know that guilt comes from the enemy.  He’s the one who tells us that we have disappointed THE LORD!!!  He’s the one who tells us that we should be ashamed and that we should hang our heads down low in disgrace!!!  He’s the one who whispers bad things in our ears!!!  




So when we read the verses below, we have to know that these are the things that the enemy of our soul wants us to believe!!!  He wants us to believe that we have embarrassed GOD and that we are to blame for all the world’s problems, especially our own.   






In my weakest moment I see you
Shaking your head in disgrace
I can read the disappointment
Written all over your face



Here comes those whispers in my ear
Saying who do you think you are
Looks like you're on your own from here
Cause grace could never reach that far



But, in the shadow of that shame
Beat down by all the blame



And yes, sometimes, we make a mess of our own lives, but GOD wants us to get up, dust ourselves off, and go on to fight another battle and win another war!!! 






We have to know that every time we get up, dust ourselves off, and go on, we are defeating the enemy!!!   





And it is then, that we know and can say, GRACE WINS EVERY TIME!!!  WE ARE LIVING PROOF THAT GRACE WINS EVERY TIME!!!





When GOD in HIS MERCY, shows us HIS LOVE and forgives us, then we realize HIS MERCY!!! 




Words can't describe the way it feels
When mercy floods a thirsty soul
A broken side begins to heal
And grace returns what guilt has stole



It is then that we realize how precious the GRACE OF GOD is and how wonderful HIS LOVE and HIS MERCY ARE!!! 





And we are thankful that our GOD loves us so much that HIS SAVING GRACE SET US FREE!!!  And again we realize that GRACE WINS EVERY TIME!!!  We know that we are LIVING PROOF THAT GRACE WINS EVERY TIME!!!




Grace Wins – Matthew West



In my weakest moment I see you
Shaking your head in disgrace
I can read the disappointment
Written all over your face



Here comes those whispers in my ear
Saying who do you think you are
Looks like you're on your own from here
Cause grace could never reach that far



But, in the shadow of that shame
Beat down by all the blame


I hear you call my name sayin’ it's not over
And my heart starts to beat
So loud now, drowning out the doubt



I'm down, but I'm not out



There's a war between guilt and grace
And they're fighting for a sacred space
But I'm living proof
Grace wins every time



No more lying down in death's defeat
Now I'm rising up in victory
Singing hallelujah
Grace wins every time



Words can't describe the way it feels
When mercy floods a thirsty soul
A broken side begins to heal
And grace returns what guilt has stole



And, in the shadow of that shame
Beat down by all the blame
I hear you call my name sayin’ it's not over
And my heart starts to beat
So loud now, drowning out the doubt




I'm down but I'm not out



There's a war between guilt and grace
And they're fighting for a sacred space
But I'm living proof
Grace wins every time



No more lying down in death's defeat
Now I'm rising up in victory
Singing hallelujah
Grace wins every time



For the prodigal son, grace wins
For the woman at the well, grace wins
For the blind man and the beggar, grace wins
For always and forever, grace wins


For the lost out on the street, grace wins
For the worst part of you and me, grace wins
For the thief on the cross, grace wins
For a world that it lost



There's a war between guilt and grace
And they're fighting for a sacred space
But I'm living proof
Grace wins every time



No more lying down in death's defeat
Now I'm rising up in victory
Singing hallelujah
Grace wins every time



Every time
I'm living proof grace wins every time


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Grasshoppers, huh?




As I wrote my post last night, it struck me that 8 of the 10 spies that Moses sent out, truly thought that they looked like grasshoppers in those other people’s sight!!!  They really believed this!!!




To be truthful, here in Texas, the word, “grasshopper,” is pretty much a dirty word.  I rarely meet a person that likes grasshoppers and usually, the folks that I find talking about them are talking about killing them!!!   




However, I must admit that my dogs love to eat them!!!  And around here, that’s about all that they are good for!!!  DOG FOOD!!!




So, when I think about grasshoppers, I think about a horrible pest that shows up here in Texas in hoards and eats everything in site!!! 




Because I wanted to understand why these 8 men thought about themselves as grasshoppers, I decided to find out more about grasshoppers.  I thought that maybe in all the info, I would find something that would explain the difference in how we (those 8 men and I) think about grasshoppers.




And again, I came to the conclusion, that IT REALLY IS ALL IN YOUR PERCEPTION OF YOURSELF!!!  You know, it is all about how you see yourself!!!
 



What I found is that most people think of grasshoppers in the same way that I do - as PESTS.   




The 2 following paragraphs were taken from an article that I found on Rodale’s Organic Life.  I’ve included a link to their site.  http://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/garden/how-prevent-plague-grasshoppers




Grasshoppers made it onto the top-10 list of biblical plagues for good reason. During serious outbreaks, says entomologist Whitney Cranshaw, author of Garden Insects of North America, "they'll eat anything. Beans. Roses. Berries. Anything."




I also found some interesting information in the following article.  Please understand that I have ONLY posted small parts of this very long article.     




Grasshoppers in the Field and Garden
by Barb Ogg, Ph.D., and Don Janssen, Extension Educators
http://lancaster.unl.edu/enviro/pest/factsheets/268-95.htm


Grasshoppers can be serious pests of field and garden crops. Biblical accounts of swarming "locusts" described the natural devastation that grasshoppers can inflict on human civilizations.


In North America, there are several grasshopper species that defoliate field crops and garden produce as well as trees and shrubs. Grasshopper injury to plants consists primarily of leaf feeding; however, grasshoppers also feed on stems, blossoms, ripening seeds and fruits...


…Grasses are thought to be the normal food of grasshoppers; still, migrating grasshoppers feed on nearly any kind of vegetation and may destroy every green plant in their path.
 


The female grasshopper lays from 8-25 egg pods, each containing 20-100 eggs. These egg pods are laid in the soil…




I hope you have found this information interesting.  I know that you may already know a lot of this information.  But did you know how many eggs the female grasshopper lay during her life??? 




To me that information by itself is just horrifying!!!  Just thinking about plagues of grasshoppers hatching out and attacking my garden and eating up all of my plants just horrifies me. 




And so when I think about grasshoppers, I think about hoards of pests attacking my land-my garden, my flowerbeds, and my dad’s crops!!! 




So, now you can understand why I don’t think of grasshoppers in the same way that these men thought of them.




If we look at the following scriptures, we find that when the writer speaks of grasshoppers, it is in comparison to multitudes of people. As grasshoppers come in great number, so did these people!!! 



Judges 7:12 And the Midianites and the Amalekites and all the children of the east lay along in the valley like grasshoppers for multitude; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the sea side for multitude.




Jeremiah 46:23 They shall cut down her forest, saith the Lord, though it cannot be searched; because they are more than the grasshoppers, and are innumerable.




ONLY in one verse, does the writer compare the devastation of an army of men to the devastation of the grasshopper.  




Judges 6:5 For they came up with their cattle and their tents, and they came as grasshoppers for multitude; for both they and their camels were without number: and they entered into the land to destroy it.




And finally, in the last verse, we find that GOD is sitting high and looking low. We find that the people of the world look tiny like grasshoppers covering the earth from where GOD is sitting. 

 

Isaiah 40:22 (AMP)

It is He who sits above the circle of the earth,
And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; [It is He] who stretches out the heavens like a veil And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.




Let’s be real!!!  If you sat on the top of the world, and looked down on the earth, what would men look like from way up there??? 




Specks of dust?  Ants?  Maybe bugs or grasshoppers?????




Aha!!!  So, GOD is NOT saying that we look like grasshoppers, but that from the top of the world, we look really small.   




I think that this verse sheds light on how those men (those 8 spies) were thinking!!!






Instead of seeing themselves as a great hoard of people coming in to take the land, these 8 men saw themselves (and the rest of the children of Israel) as very small and very insignificant!!! 




I believe that the Spirit of FEAR had attacked them so viciously, and had scared them so badly, that they truly thought that they could NOT win any battle that they would fight against these great men!!! 




And because they thought this, they decided that the people of the land also thought of them in this same way!!!



Numbers 13:33 (KJV) And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.




We know that these men thought of themselves as so small and insignificant that they could easily be squashed under the feet of the giants of the land!!!





So, I ask you today, what do you think of yourself?




Do you believe that you can take the land that GOD has given you (whatever GOD has promised you)? 




Or are you going to let the enemy whisper in your ear and tell you that you are nothing?

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

How Do You View Yourself?



Do you walk around saying, Oh, poor pitiful me???  Woe is me! 




Or do you say, “Where I am weak, HE is strong!!!  HE is my HELP!!!  I am healed because HE IS MY HEALER!!!”




I’M TALKING ABOUT PERCEPTION!!!  You know, the way you see yourself!  I’m talking about the way you view yourself - the way you really think of yourself!!! 




None of us like for folks to think evil of us, but it is NOT what others think of us that matters!!!  It is how we view ourselves-how we see ourselves!!!  IT IS WHAT WE THINK OF OURSELVES THAT MATTERS!!! 





You know, GOD promised to give the Children of Israel, a land of milk and honey!!!  HE gave it to them, but they refused to stand on what GOD had told them (on HIS PROMISE to them) and take the land that HE had given them!!!




You know, I can pull a $20.00 dollar bill out of my pocket and say, “Here, this is yours,” and hold it there in my hand for you, but if you refuse to reach out and take it, then you’ll never have it!!! 




That’s what GOD did for the children of Israel.  HE gave them this beautiful rich land, flowing with milk and honey!!!  But they refused to take it!!! 




Numbers 13:1-3 (KJV)

13 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel: of every tribe of their fathers shall ye send a man, every one a ruler among them.
And Moses by the commandment of the Lord sent them from the wilderness of Paran: all those men were heads of the children of Israel.



God sent these men of power (these rulers) to search out the land!!!  I truly believe that GOD intended these men to NOT ONLY see how good the land was, but to see what strengths and weaknesses the people of that land possessed so that the children of Israel could out to battle against them and take the land!!! 




Do you see what GOD told Moses in verse 2?





Numbers 13:2 (KJV) Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel…




GOD said, “that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel.”




GOD had already given the Children of Israel this land-the land of Canaan.




When GOD sends spies out, it is always to see what’s going on in the enemy’s camp.  They were to gather information that would help HIS army to win the battle!!!  GOD wants us to be successful in fighting for what HE has given us!!! 




I’ll be truthful to you!!!  I think that Moses messed up when he gave instructions to these men.  This is what Moses told the men that he sent to spy out the land.




Numbers 13:17-20 (KJV)

17 And Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said unto them, Get you up this way southward, and go up into the mountain:

18 And see the land, what it is, and the people that dwelleth therein, whether they be strong or weak, few or many;

19 And what the land is that they dwell in, whether it be good or bad; and what cities they be that they dwell in, whether in tents, or in strong holds;

20 And what the land is, whether it be fat or lean, whether there be wood therein, or not. And be ye of good courage, and bring of the fruit of the land. Now the time was the time of the firstripe grapes.

 

Why do I say that?  GOD had already told them that this land was a good land flowing with milk and honey!!!  If GOD says that it is good, then IT IS GOOD!!!!




Numbers 13:18-20 (KJV) 

18 And see the land, what it is, and the people that dwelleth therein, whether they be strong or weak, few or many…

19 And what the land is that they dwell in, whether it be good or bad…

20 And what the land is, whether it be fat or lean…




Do you see Moses’ words? 




Here’s what I want to know.  If GOD says the land is good, then why is Moses telling them in verse 18, “And see the land, what it is?”  Why” Oh, why Moses, are you telling these people to go see whether the land is good or bad?  I just don’t understand.




Now perhaps Moses meant, “See what kind of land this wonderful land is that GOD has given us,” but that’s NOT what it says he said. 




In verse 19 & 20, these are the words that Moses says to these men that he is sending out!!! 




Numbers 13:19-20 (KJV) 

19 And what the land is that they dwell in, whether it be good or bad…

20 And what the land is, whether it be fat or lean…




Are you kidding me, “good or bad, fat or lean?” 



GOD said the land was good, a land flowing with milk and honey, so Moses dear…  THE LAND IS GOOD AND THE LAND IS FAT!!!




To be truthful, a spy is one who seeks out information so that he can help his side win the battle or the war!!!




I looked this up just to make sure and here is what I found.  A spy is
a person who secretly collects and reports information on the activities, movements, and plans of an enemy or competitor.




So, according to that definition, I can see and understand why the children of Israel needed to know whether the people dwelt in cliffs or in tents, or in an armed fortress.  And I can understand them needing to know how many men there were in each town and whether these folks were great fighting men or goat herders.   



So, why is all this important?  It is very important because some folks are wishy washy in their attitudes!!!  They don’t stand on the word of GOD and say, I believe whatever GOD said!!!  They look all around them at everything that is going on and they chose to believe what they see and hear!!!  Unfortunately, some folks need to be told day-in-and-day-out what to believe!!!  You have to constantly remind them to believe what GOD says!!!




So, with all this having been said, and taken into account, let’s move on!!! 




Here is the first part of the report that these men brought back to Moses and the people. 



Numbers 13:25-27 (KJV)

25 And they returned from searching of the land after forty days.

26 And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and shewed them the fruit of the land.

27 And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it.




If they had stopped there, every thing would have been okay, but some folks have to express their doubts about every thing!!! These men were rulers over the tribes of Israel, and they should have been men of faith!!!  By now they should have learned to speak and walk in FAITH!!!




Numbers 13:28-29 (KJV)

28 Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there.

29 The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan.




These words of doubt and fear upset the children of Israel.  Doubt and fear always upsets people!!! 




Caleb, one of GOD’s men of Faith, spoke up to try to calm the fears and doubts of the people.    




Numbers 13:30 (KJV) And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.





Listen to these words of fear and doubt.  This is truly fear!  These men did NOT even know the men of Canaan or the people round about, so how could they know that these men were stronger than they were!!!  They didn’t!!!  This is fear speaking thru them!!!




Numbers 13:31 (KJV) But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.




Do you see what GOD says about the report these men have given?  Because they chose to speak in FEAR and NOT FAITH, God calls their report evil!!!  



Numbers 13:32 (KJV) And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.





GOD showed me something tonight in verse 32. 




The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof;




Do you see this?  These men literally said, “The land, …is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof?” 




This statement is a lie from the pits of HELL!!!  If you really think about it, it doesn’t even make sense!!!  First, these men list off all the inhabitants of the land and tell how strong every is.  Then they say that the land eats up everyone that tries to live there.



In
verses 28-29, these men tell how they saw “the children of Anak there.”  And then they list off the others that live in this land!!!  The Amalekites, the Hittites, the Jebusites, the Amorites, and the Canaanites.
     



Now, you just can’t have it both ways!!!  Either the land eats up all those that try to dwell there or these folks live there!!!  So, which is it???




I’ll tell you what it is.  It’s FEAR!!! 




They listened to the lies of the enemy rather than walking and standing in FAITH with GOD!!!




And here is what happened because they gave into fear!!!




They began to believe what the enemy told them. 




Numbers 13:33 (KJV) And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.




Because of their FEAR, they saw themselves as GRASSHOPPERS instead of as THE GREAT AND MIGHTY CHILDREN OF GOD that they were!!!




Let’s look at one more passage of scripture because I want everyone to see what the people of the land really thought of the children of Israel.



Joshua 2:1, 4, 9-11 (KJV)

And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot's house, named Rahab, and lodged there.

And the woman took the two men, and hid them…

And before they were laid down, she came up unto them upon the roof;

And she said unto the men, I know that the Lord hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you.

10 For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed.

11 And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the Lord your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath.



Did you hear those words???



Joshua 2:9 And she said unto the men, I know that the Lord hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you.




When GOD told them that HE had given them the land, HE meant exactly what HE said!!!   



Joshua 2:11 And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the Lord your God, HE is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath.





GOD HAD ALREADY MADE A WAY for the children of Israel.    




And HE WILL DO THE SAME FOR YOU!!!




I can hear GOD saying, I have given you the land!!!




Take it!!!




I have given you VICTORY over every situation in your life!!! 




DECLARE YOUR VICTORY!!!  




IT’S YOURS!!!




GOD HAS ALREADY MADE A WAY FOR YOU!!!