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All Things New

I ended the last post with the thought that— the best time to “judge” may be when we can do so at our own expense, for the sake of others.

If this is so, it is only because the Judge of the world is already in the process of making all that is broken— new again.

Broken people. Broken hearts. Broken words.

What “word” of any language has not been broken by misuse—to the point that every word of any dictionary or bible, including the word “judge”, could be understood and made new—by the way a crucified and resurrected Word would use it?


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  1. SFDBWV says:

    I am not really a linguist, but I do know that some languages do a better job being pointed and clearly descriptive than English.

    But English is the only language I speak.

    What language do you suppose is spoken in heaven?

    Words can be like bullets or like nourishment.

    How you chose them and use them reflects “you”.

    Once shot by someone you understand that person clearly, once fed by someone the same applies

    God didn’t create us to be ignorant. Unless you believe that being able to know the difference between right and wrong condemns us.

    23 degrees with snow flurries and gusty wind.

    Steve

  2. poohpity says:

    Thank you Mart for the redirection of the last topic on Judgement. If I understand what you are saying that the One who has every right to judge did it so that He could bring restoration not condemnation. Often when I judge another I do not know their heart so my judgement is only in appearance or only superficial and it may in the form of one broken person telling another broken person how broken they are but that does not bring any health or healing just comparison or as a means to put another down to feel better about myself in some form or fashion.

    Understanding the different ways that judgement can be used sure does open us up to a better understanding since the scriptures were written originally in a different language and in a different culture it helps to know about those things before one uses it’s words against others rather than using them for healing or restoration of relationships rather than a means to tear people and relationship’s apart.

    “And I heard the altar reply: “Yes, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are Your judgments.” Rev 16:7 Yes He placed His judgements but they were for bringing healing to a broken people, with broken lives not to make them more broken.

  3. poohpity says:

    God’s judgement and condemnation were against the prince of the this world.

  4. poohpity says:

    Who brought death to our very souls by causing separation from the only One who could bring us into a new life of restoration.

  5. Regina says:

    Good Morning, All
    Pray all is well with you… At home right now because I needed to take some medication (with food) for a sneezing and a runny nose. Was busy last week as usual and I just finished reading the previous blog topic… Want to to make one more visit to the Spirit of Truth blog topic… forever & beloved, I’m so glad that my post on the picture Mart chose for the “Spirit of Truth” blog was a blessing to you! forever, what you shared about the swing in the picture is so spot on… Love the “swinging like a child with child-like faith” analogy! Beloved, what you shared about the heater was a good thought and something to ponder too…
    And you’re welcome, Mart, I love sharing my thoughts on the BTA blog! :-)

    43 degrees (right now) — 69 degrees (high temp) in my neck of the woods…

    Love to all,
    Regina

  6. Regina says:

    Btw, Beloved, it’s good to be back and have a little more time for fellowship with you all…

  7. Beloved says:

    Hello Steve,I hope you and pearl didn’t get buried by the storm out there. Up North we’ve had only a couple inches so far, but winter has only just begun!

    You mention knowing the difference between right and wrong maybe condemning us. It reminds me of the tree in the garden which did condemn us all. I think if we put our thoughts on and emphasize to others not what they have done wrong but what Jesus has done for us all finally and forever if we trust in His atonement we will be better able to forgive and let-go. I know it’s a process of time for me to do that. Maybe all the days of my short life but it’s ok, there is no biblical mandate on time or timeliness, since as part of God’s Kingdom on earth we are hooked into eternity. Right?

    On a personal note I’m having once again to work through forgiving someone who promised one thing then delivered the opposite, someone in the church. Life is a roller coaster it seems to me. But we’ll all end up at the same place, together eventually.

  8. Beloved says:

    Pearl it was so good to read your thoughts on the last topic also. I do hope also that Pat returns if she’s not buried under piles of snow !

  9. SFDBWV says:

    Joyce if I could possibly help you at all with my “words” I would. It is written that we will be judged for every word we have ever spoken, even grunts and babble.

    Yes judged.

    We are exposed as I said earlier by what we say (write).

    We have the Holy Spirit to aide us in seeing beyond sight and seeing meaning comprehending more than we see or hear.

    How many times have people told you they loved you when in fact they never meant it? Just empty words.

    The last subject wasn’t up long at all and yet we have gotten used to subjects up for 10 or 15 days. Where they are chopped into mincemeat and the conversation turned into indistinguishable babble.

    Harsh words? Perhaps, but without being able to comprehend the world around us we would just be lifeless stones without thought or soul.

    Joyce, people will always disappoint us. One reason is because we put expectations on them they cannot fulfill.

    We could be called cynical if we expected people to let us down, or we could be called wise in being prepared.

    Do we need to forgive people for not fulfilling our expectations?

    In being Christ like and forgiving all, did Jesus forgive Judas? Maybe, though it isn’t written as such, He had harsh words for Judas, just as He had harsh words for many others.

    I have to think about whether I agree with Mart that God is already making the broken things of this world new again.

    There is a lot of heart ache, pain and suffering going on, and I for one don’t believe that death is a victory against the evils of this world.

    Steve

  10. Beloved says:

    Thanks Steve, but evil was already judged at the cross, right? I think that’s our starting point when it comes to forgiving. I so appreciate your vulnerability and honesty here, and your stories from home. Aren’t we so blessed to have the Spirit of Truth teaching us?!

  11. Beloved says:

    Interesting you mention lifeless stones Steve, as I’ve been thinking about Lots wife turned to a pillar of salt for disobeying. Chilling and I think there is a lesson in it for me. Maybe that focusing on sin paralyzes us? Thanks again.

  12. Beloved says:

    Steve people disappoint me when my unmet needs from childhood come up. Which are most of them. Why I struggle in the world, the pain for me is as real as if I still was a child. Thankfully the adult that I’ve become has learned how to love and cherish the brat within. Only because of Jesus who gives me room to grow. I need more than most- love and room to grow. This broken reed has not been crushed or tossed aside by God but loved! Loved! He’s amazing!

  13. Beloved says:

    Our Daily Journey has some beautiful thoughts regarding All Things New today.

  14. jeff1 says:

    I agree Steve the evils of this world bothers me and I have to ask ‘why’ does it bother me so and I have come up with the answer that God still needs warriors as well as peace makers.

    I have a son who is following in my dad’s footsteps in that he says he will never start a fight but he won’t walk a way from one either.

    Each of us still have choices to make in this world and that means using our judgement and only time tells if we made the right choice or the wrong one and the consequences of wrong choices causes pain for others as no one is an island.

    I don’t see this world as my home anymore but that is because I have spent my life at war and many have not been able to come to terms with our violent past so it is difficult to move forward to look forward to the future and I see it as a move for the younger generation and not ours.

    I do believe that Sir Winston Churchill was right when he said if we do not learn from the past then we are doomed to repeat it as that is what happened in my country so there is a big responsibility on the next generation to learn from the violence of the past and I have a lot of faith in them doing that as I do believe they have the will to learn where our generation were products of our time and found ourselves in a war we inherited from our forefathers.

    There is a real hope for the future generation and God will be with them in their endeavours while I need rest as war does take its toil and I am not getting any younger and thank God that I have found a peace in my latter years without trying to understand why those who promote hate and violence can rise to positions of power in this world that I would not have believed possible.

  15. street says:

    Broken people. Broken hearts. Broken words.

    What “word” of any language has not been broken by misuse—to the point that every word of any dictionary or bible, including the word “judge”, could be understood and made new—by the way a crucified and resurrected Word would use it?

    seems like yesterday i said how much i hated the english language, my native tongue. it’s words can mean anything to anyone, at anytime. so frustrating, even my own words. i called it the language of the canaanite’s. i see now this is a symptom of something much more profound. it is a symptom of a condition of my own flesh/soul/heart/mind/strength. remembering the verse,” do we not rightly say you are a samaritan? this was said to Jesus and they were wrong. if we had said it of ourselves we would have been right. this gentile understands that even jews had become broken and unfruitful. this Jesus gives hope and healing to those who come to Him. even this is done with great difficulty. number your days, and weigh the words you use. even in this, God grace is supplied abundantly. to Him be Glory and Honor Forever.

  16. street says:

    I do believe that Sir Winston Churchill was right when he said if we do not learn from the past then we are doomed to repeat it

    forest gump,” stupid is as stupid does.”

    thinking they will always use the same building materials in the dark, till they are changed by God Himself.

    the devil is truly more deceptive and conning than man gives him credit for. when we think ourselves wise, we should became fools.

    1 Corinthians 1:20
    Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?

    1 Corinthians 3:18
    Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, he must become foolish, so that he may become wise.

  17. street says:

    What “word” of any language has not been broken by misuse—to the point that every word of any dictionary or bible, including the word “judge”, could be understood and made new—by the way a crucified and resurrected Word would use it?

  18. street says:

    I’m also finally ready to see how important it is to know that, in the days of King James, translators chose the word “judge” from a word that had a range of meaning that included “to distinguish”, “to assess”, “to decide”, “to test”, “to judge”, or “to condemn”.

    So, I think I may finally be hearing something that rings true to the Teacher who did nothing that wasn’t loving. Now I hear the love judge saying, “Why should you be angry with me for healing a man on the Sabbath? Look beneath the surface so you can judge correctly” (John 7:23-24 NLT).

    when we look beneath the surface what do we see? if we don’t like what we see what vantage point are we looking from? there are only two vantage points, ourselves or God’s. the seat of moses or the foot stool. few find the foot stool.

  19. narrowpathseeker says:

    Somehow I can’t accept the notion that condoning or accepting acts or attitudes that go against God’s Directives or Laws is better than “judging” or trying to help another to SEE the light. If God had drawn an actual map showing us step by step, road by road, how to get to Heaven and also showed the way to Hell…would we try to steer others without a map down the right road? And suppose they said they didn’t believe God drew the map right and they were choosing to go any which way they desired…would God be pleased with us to tell them that maybe they were right…..God probably didn’t know what He was doing because He drew it so long ago…before this present generation got to be such geniuses? !!!! Somehow I don’t think that is very loving. Moreover, I will have enough to answer for without adding…… changing His Directives to suit those that feel they interfere with their way of life. Anyway …that is the way I see it, but that could be wrong, so as usual, I will continue to ask for Forgiveness and Mercy on us all. I confess my sins and ask for Mercy daily because I can’t understand why Jesus would have said, Matthew 7:21-23, if just believing in Him was a bingo for spending eternity with Him in Heaven.

    Joyce, thank you. Not much snow here…didn’t cover the ground, but plenty up in the NC mountains and a friend in Alabama said they got 5 inches!!!

    Steve, I hope the snow removal wasn’t too hard on you. As I told Joyce we didn’t get much…but I know the mountains get hit hard. Hope you are sitting back by the fire and enjoying it from the inside looking out at it. :-)

  20. jeff1 says:

    From Sunday morning reflections this song reminds me that whatever life brings heaven will be worth waiting on.

    Verse 1
    My mommy and daddy talked about going home
    Since I was just a babe on their knees
    They said that nothing compared to what was waiting up there
    how one day we would finally be free
    Well, I’ve never seen it but I keep on believing it will be a place like
    I’ve never known
    I keep my eyes on the sky ’cause my soul wants to fly
    Lord, my heart is ready to go

    Chorus:
    I want to know how it feels
    To make my way down the streets of gold
    I want to know how it feels
    To have a talk with the saints of old
    I want to know what it’s like
    To rest my feet by the River of Life
    I’ve heard of heaven and I know that it’s real
    I want to know how it feels

    Verse 2
    Sometimes I get weary from this life that I live
    It seems that peace is something I’ll never find
    I try to lighten my load when all I’ve got to show is seven hundred things on my mind
    Well, I’m seeing visions of a crystal clear river
    Where sin’s forgotten without a trace
    More than I’ve ever dreamed my eyes long to see the look of love on my Saviour’s face

    Chorus
    I want to know how it feels
    To make my way down the streets of gold
    I want to know how it feels
    To have a talk with the saints of old
    I want to know what its like
    To rest my feet on the River of Life
    I’ve heard of heaven and I knew that it’s real
    I want to know how it feels

  21. jeff1 says:

    Should be:

    I’ve heard of heaven and I know that it’s real

  22. street says:

    Somehow I don’t think that is very loving. Moreover, I will have enough to answer for without adding…… changing His Directives to suit those that feel they interfere with their way of life. love can interfere like no other. a very rare thing in this world. “-or ever loving rival?”
    “making all that is broken— new again.”

  23. street says:

    Matthew 7:21-23
    21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’

    John 6:28-40
    28 Therefore they said to Him, “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.” 30 So they said to Him, “What then do You do for a sign, so that we may see, and believe You? What work do You perform? 31 Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread out of heaven to eat.’” 32 Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven. 33 For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.” 34 Then they said to Him, “Lord, always give us this bread.”

    35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen Me, and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 39 This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day. 40 For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.”

  24. street says:

    All Things New
    looking at the picture, reminds me, Jesus makes all things new out of the cold and dark.
    brokenness required.

  25. Beloved says:

    I Corinthians 4:20 NLT For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.

  26. poohpity says:

    I believe in making all things new that judging our own motives, thoughts and actions comes at our own expense, the expense of our pride so we know that we are not all that but broken people living in a broken world. It is hard to look within but much easier to look around at others yet the very things we judge them for are usually the very areas we ourselves struggle in. When I judge myself that is a benefit in my relationship with God and others because I ask God to show me forgiveness, mercy and grace and so I will want that for others and show it to them as well.

    I have to see and understand the very problem within me before I can apply the solution, the gift of God’s grace. The more time we spend with the Lord the plainer we see ourselves and that our old life is leaving us and is being transformed into a new life, with new desires, with new thoughts about matters usually resulting in new reactions to circumstances and people. Being made new seems to be a journey but if the prince of this world has us stuck in the past by unforgiveness we can not move forward.

    It would seem the easiest way to identify unforgiveness for ourselves is whether we find it hard to forgive others or show them grace or mercy then Jesus’s gift to us is either glorified or dishonored.

  27. poohpity says:

    As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. Eph 2:1-9 NIV

  28. SFDBWV says:

    In the garden when Eve responded to the serpent, she added to what God had actually said.

    This was in the beginning of mankind.

    Here we are many thousands of years later and still up to the same practice.

    If we want to change what is written in the “Word” we simply change what the word means and make it sound more like what we want to hear.

    It isn’t God making all things new, it is an old trick of mankind’s that falls right into Satan’s trap.

    Sin ruins every good thing. Including the meanings of the words we use.

    Want to see when God makes all things new, look in the Book of Revelation 21:9 -:27 and on to Revelation 22:1-21.

    True when a person is born again they become a new creature able to receive the Holy Spirit, but the time when “all” things are made new has a very dark and terrible season to pass through before it comes to “all” things.

    28 degrees and cloudy.

    Steve

  29. poohpity says:

    Eph 4:24; 2 Cor 5:17; Gal 6:15 NLT

  30. poohpity says:

    Unless one is born again into this spiritual life apart from the flesh they can not understand the new life and things of God. John 3:3,5,6,11,12

  31. narrowpathseeker says:

    Good Morning All…I haven’t much time nor the physical ability(seemingly carpal tunnel has temp reign of my right hand)but wanted to stop by to say I didn’t post my thoughts to offend nor debate anyone on the topic.

    I have difficulty fully understanding much of scripture, but when some of it, at least, seems very clear to me…I stick with it…and Matthew 7:21-23 seems pretty clear to me…those were people who believed in Jesus and they were being rejected…that keeps me praying, searching myself, asking for help, forgiveness and mercy for myself and others.

    I spent much time in vine’s expository dictionary of biblical words this morning trying to understand scriptures that seem to make everything we do and say ok as long as we believe. Maybe I am dense but I just don’t get it, so I will continue to pray for understanding, but praying for mercy will remain a priority for me for now.

  32. Beloved says:

    Reading Isaiah this morning I came upon this:
    Isaiah 11:3-4New International Version (NIV)
    3 and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.

    He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,
    or decide by what he hears with his ears;
    4 but with righteousness he will judge the needy,
    with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.
    He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth;
    with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.

    I am convicted of how I judge others by what they say or do. I will be judged the same way Jesus said. Righteous judgement is so different from the way I look at it. Sometimes I have to ask myself, Who is this Jesus anyway? Emmanuel!

  33. Beloved says:

    Pearl I’m asking God to give you wisdom as you are trying to figure this out. Blessings, Joyce

  34. jeff1 says:

    The struggle between good and evil is still playing out on earth and that means I still have to make choices that are difficult and the darker the world gets the more difficult it is to make those choices.

    I am weary of all the hatred and violence in this world because I know I cannot change it so to my way of thinking trusting God who has overcome the world is still the best choice and by that I leave it in His hands rather than trying to figure it our or worry about it which I have done in the past and ended up broken and still not pleasing God because my thoughts are not His thoughts and my ways are not His ways.

    I can not be a winner this side of heaven because only God’s power can change me from this creature that I am.

    The Spiritual war that is not seen or understood by us is raging and the bible speaks of this so it should not worry us if we are still trusting God who has promised to deliver us.

    If I do not have a clear vision then wait patiently and allow God to have His way as and when He wills and I will find a peace that comforts me when I need it.

    When my mind is in turmoil I make bad decisions so I must refrain from allowing Satan to disturb my peace as that is what he thrives on.

    When I remember that God is a match for Satan and that I am not then I find myself not just saying I trust God but allowing Him to fight the battle that I alone cannot won.

  35. poohpity says:

    There is so much power in the name of Jesus that people can “use” His name to do many things like cast out demons but that does not mean that they believe in or know Him they are just “using” His name to benefit themselves in some way. One such place in the bible is when one man was doing that very thing to gain prestige in Acts 8:9-25

  36. street says:

    11 God was performing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, 12 so that handkerchiefs or aprons were even carried from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out. 13 But also some of the Jewish exorcists, who went from place to place, attempted to name over those who had the evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, “I adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preaches.” 14 Seven sons of one Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. 15 And the evil spirit answered and said to them, “I recognize Jesus, and I know about Paul, but who are you?” 16 And the man, in whom was the evil spirit, leaped on them and subdued all of them and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. 17 This became known to all, both Jews and Greeks, who lived in Ephesus; and fear fell upon them all and the name of the Lord Jesus was being magnified.

  37. Mart DeHaan says:

    narrowpathseeker, I think I hear your honest frustration. But I don’t want to misunderstand. Are you concerned that we not misuse the love of God? Have you seen “false love” used in a self-centered way?

  38. Mart DeHaan says:

    If so, am wondering whether you and others who share this concern resonate more deeply when you hear Paul say in 1Thessalonans 5:12-15, “Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.”

  39. poohpity says:

    It seems Paul also warned that among the believers were those who wanted the people to follow after them rather than the Gospel that Paul was teaching. “Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. 29 I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; 30 and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. 31 Therefore be alert Acts 20

  40. Beloved says:

    Pooh those Paul were warning about were not believers but Judaizers who would come in after he left and try to dissuade the flock from following Christ, the teaching Paul gave therm.

  41. Beloved says:

    Oops they were Jewish Christians. “The Judaizing teachers were a group of Jewish Christians who taught that converts to Christianity must first be circumcised (i.e. become Jewish through the ritual of a proselyte) in order to observe the Law of Moses (as well as the oral traditions of the authorities making the proselyte ritual mandatory for Gentiles to …”
    Judaizers – Wikipedia
    Wikipedia › wiki › Judaizers

  42. SFDBWV says:

    I for one am glad Mart to see you join in the conversation. Whereas it is not my place to answer for Pearl, I can say that she has some serious carpel tunnel pain and has to type with her left hand slowly if at all.

    One of the things I don’t do Mart is try and counter one verse of Scripture with another. I hate that kind of “battle” and desperately try and avoid it.

    There are plenty of stern Scripture from Paul addressing wolves in sheep’s clothing who disrupt the fellowship and I am certain you are more aware of them than I.

    There is no one among us who haven’t witnessed false love or pretentious people, who for a list of personal reasons behave in such manner.

    Where it is written that Jesus left the 99 in pursuit of the 1, He never intended to put the 99 in jeopardy because of one that may cause harm to the 99.

    Remembering that there is a vast difference between forgiving and condoning.

    When we recognize pseudo Christian behavior we are to challenge it. We can’t challenge it without first recognizing it for what it is. That isn’t to say we approach it without compassion and love, but when it ignores its own need to “change” we are left with backing up and protecting ourselves and others who can be hurt by it.

    There is language in Scripture for the excommunication of such people from the “flock”.

    A last resort for protecting all.

    If strife isn’t addressed, anger will turn to confusion and confusion to division and division being the greater harm.

    Once again I too believe we are to forgive, but there is a difference between forgiving and condoning.

    This has taken me all morning to write, just one of those days I am needed elsewhere.

    It is snowing as I write at 28 degrees. It is the season for it and I know the sky resorts around me are happy.

    Peace and love to all.

    Steve

  43. Beloved says:

    Sorry about that. You were right pooh about them being believers, however I have not heard any such thing occurring on this blog.

  44. Beloved says:

    Here is scripture speaking of those who would desecrate the flock: . Titus 1:10-13 For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision party. They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach. One of the Cretans, a prophet of their own, said, Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons. This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith.

  45. Beloved says:

    @11:36 was for pooh.

  46. Beloved says:

    As I said before pooh, the description does not fit any goings on here, except in the imagination perhaps.

  47. Beloved says:

    Steve I understand also what you are saying, so good to be living in the age of grace isn’t it? While no one wishes anyone ill when we’ve lost patience Gods grace is always sufficient when ours isn’t.

    We’re in cold 10f temps today after 3 inches of snow yesterday, leaving icy messy roadways and parking lots. I’m staying inside with hot coffee, Bible, and soft fluffy orange cat on my lap!

  48. jeff1 says:

    Thinking how my dad was never fooled at those preaching to their own truths and not God’s truth and he warned me against it but I blinded myself because I wanted to believe what I was being preached.

    I learned the hard way that all who preach God’s word are not necessary aligned with God’s truths and why today I find trusting those other than those I know well to be very difficult for me.

    My dad didn’t change God to fit his purpose but looked to God to align his will with God’s purpose and in light of his obedience had God’s truth and not his own or the truth of the cultures of his day.

    Thankfully it is God who intervenes and when I take my blinkers of and see the error of my ways I have learned that it is by staying closer to Him that I don’t fall prey to wolves of any kind.

  49. jeff1 says:

    My above post is in relation to Pooh’s post 10.17 am

  50. street says:

    All Things New

    how are all things New?

    “could be understood and made new—by the way a crucified and resurrected Word would use it?”

    made new in Christ Jesus.

    not by law or self examination, but new, by faith in the One Who Saves. His grace and mercy are indeed great. He is able to comfort those in any circumstance. yes, the elect are saved with great difficulty, how much harder things are for the wicked? if we confess our sins He is faithful and just to cleanse us from them. if any come to Him He will in no ways cast out. many have not come to Him, but walk by the light from the torches they have made. Jesus is the true light of the world. let us enter His rest.

  51. narrowpathseeker says:

    Mart..so sorry…gone most of day for medical help with arm…still painful to type..must hunt and peck with left hand.

    Have increased study, prayer, meditation, and time spent in each. The evil and outright foolishness that has enveloped this country…the world…is frightening and seems to coincide with last day forewarnings…..I want to be prepared and want my many loved ones to be prepared as well..so many seem content with what the “world/society” accepts and poo poos God’s laws and directives as void and outdated.. and it scares me…I too accept too much of the world’s concepts of what is acceptable..

    I take those warnings very seriously….I pray for ALL Christians everywhere ..to be strengthened and empowered to be a good example for the lost….. to glorify His name… but when I see Christians being openly rude and downright mean to other Christians or being deceitful and claiming it’s ok because they are saved and quote scripture to support themselves…and refuse to be convicted of any scripture to the contrary…it scares me …

    “We are to love our enemies and do good unto them….well the best I can do is to encourage everyone whether loved dearly or not so much to examine themselves carefully and to pray for help, mercy, forgiveness…(“not so much” would be those I am praying to love but trying to do right by them while waiting for His love to take over) can’t type anymore….again..not trying to be offensive….just believe all scripture is important!!

  52. poohpity says:

    Beloved, my comments were not directed at anyone on here but were addressing the topic and later Mart’s other comment.

    Viv, I do not know how that applied in relation to the 10:17 comment?? Most of the things I write come directly from scripture because I am not as smart or wise as they are and they are my foundation. I point people to listen to the Lord through them and not so much to me. Sorry to disappoint you. I know not many are aware of that because they are not aware of the scriptures themselves but if they were they would see that. Not my words but I feel and think God’s words are important to be used as He meant, not to prove any point I would like to make.

  53. poohpity says:

    I know more than anyone else that in many areas I fail but I will still share His Word, so people will look to Him because there is not that much to see from me only that I am so very thankful for His grace. I have to know how broken I am and my life is to recognize how amazing His grace, mercy and forgiveness truly is.

  54. poohpity says:

    Although I may get accused of many things I have never lead any one to believe that I am something I am not nor have I mislead people about what the bible says. If or when I do misapply scripture in some form or another I am very accepting of correction because it is very important to me to share the truth as is taught through the Holy Spirit and the word. That in no way means that I do not struggle with being obedient to it nor do I always live up to what it teaches that is why I have such empathy towards people who also struggle with it and therefore can not tell people how to act but I do feel that I can admonish someone when they teach something other than what the bible teaches and I do that by sharing scripture.

  55. poohpity says:

    My life was made new that includes changing what I desire, listen to in music, to what I watch on TV or movies, reading the bible which I never even gave that a minutes of thought before, going to church, attending bible studies, who I hang around and not one of those things did I desire before God gave my a new life. I certainly never gave it a minute of thought to share the Gospel until after my relationship with the Lord started. I could not wait to share what Jesus did for me and in my life.

  56. Beloved says:

    Christ is all that matters in this New Life!
    Col 3:11NLT

  57. jeff1 says:

    Why is it that the person I see as a Christian is the one who shares verses of encouragement from the bible.

    I can remember my dad when I was in a psychotic episode taking me to his minister and that man quoted me scripture of Jacobs ladder and angels ascending and descending in order to bring me comfort and calmness showing that minister’s consideration for a broken believer.

    Being broken myself is all the more reason for being sensitive with God’s word so that I build up and not tear down other maybe even more broken members especially as it is God’s grace, mercy and forgiveness that I am sharing.

  58. poohpity says:

    Whenever someone is facing a difficulty, struggle, grief in life I would never share scripture. I would listen to them, give them a hug or a tissue but not throw scripture at them. But on a blog that we are talking about scripture and other such topics I share scripture or personal experiences because it is appropriate for this place because we asked to think about such things.

  59. poohpity says:

    That was what this blog was about until someone changed the direction because of their own personal agenda which I found was because they may not have understood what the topics were about. So now it is different that does not mean it is bad just different with different intentions.

  60. Beloved says:

    Pooh I think you forget this is Marts blog, and being a spirit filled believer I know he trusts God about the direction the blog should go. Trust God and believe in Him. Mart is a grace-filled follower with more grace than I certainly deserve. His writings show that. Apply more grace to your fe!low bloggers and you might get more back sometime I think.

  61. Beloved says:

    Everyone has their own personal agenda. However Gods agenda doesn’t fully appear until the self is crucified. Takes being made “new” to begin the process. Only Jesus can do that. I know you know that. Be merciful as God has been merciful to you.

  62. Beloved says:

    We all can do better when it comes to interactions on a blog or elsewhere, it just simply takes more grace! And we know where that came from!

  63. Mart DeHaan says:

    Narrowpathseeke (and all), I’m sorry about the pain you are dealing with and appreciate the physical and emotional effort it must take just to stay involved in the conversation.

    Even without pain, thinking patiently through matters together, asking for clarification, being open to the thoughts of others, while being aware that we/I might be wrong about a matter is as hard as it is necessary and helpful.

    Just think in how many ways over the years we have seen that even inspired words, including those spoken by our Savior, can be heard in so many different ways– and for so many different reasons.

  64. SFDBWV says:

    Good morning Mart. We both are just about the same age and whereas reason would say we should be slowing down, I think we would agree there is no future in that.

    Up at three and out to plow off the hill and my neighbors, clean off the back walkways all the while communing with God. I love morning like this. My heart doctor says whatever I am doing that it’s working, so I will keep my life of stress and little rest going.

    I hired a fellow to plow the entire town’s streets and alleyways who had spent some years behind bars and turned his life over to Christ. He is a good hearted fellow and eager to show his appreciation for our trusting him.

    While I was out last evening plowing off my “corner” I went over town to find and talk with him. He said he had gotten his first “complaint”, and it was from a woman he attends church with. She was nasty insulting and rude, but he laughed it off as I had prepared him for such behavior from people he was serving.

    They worked out their differences. As I had told him it is always better to have the high ground. When people are rude and ignorant to you, be a gentleman to them.

    He was shocked though to be set upon by a person in his church. He has a lot to learn about the people who set in a pew, sing hymns and try and look and sound as though they are “Christian”.

    Am thinking about how it is written that God is the same, yesterday, today and tomorrow. Wondering why we would think what words He has used in the past may mean something different today.

    Pearl is right to be concerned, as it is so easy to get swept up in group mentality. It is important to pay attention to that small voice in our hearts that sometimes scream at us when danger looms in the form of “smooth talk”.

    Best advice if unsure, is to back up to the beginning and stay close to what brought you to Christ in the first place.

    09 degrees windy with flurries, 6 inches of snow.

    Steve

  65. jeff1 says:

    Pooh, mental illness is feeling isolated and alone and unfortunately it is very much about me because in a psychotic state I am so out of it and so gripped with fear that I do not feel at all.

    My dad took me to the minister because I was in such hysteria that I believed God had forsaken me and I was in hell.

    I was freezing cold and shouting and screaming and my dad was at his wits end knowing what to do and in his wisdom rather than taking me to the doctor where they drug you with drugs that leaves you like a zombie he took me to his minister from when he was a child and he helped me understand that God would not leave me and that in this world I would not understand all that God was doing and that heaven is real but only God knows the order of the angels ascending and descending from heaven to earth and that no matter my fears God would never leave me.

    I knew this minister to as I had often attended my dad’s church and he was what I call old school his service was always biblically rooted and he being such a gentle nature spoke God’s word with a sensitivity that always calmed a fearful soul.

    I appreciate a person sharing scripture with me for the right motives and when they do I find it as the right results but I spent a my younger days with people sharing scripture with me for the wrong motives and my country is proof that it had the wrong results.

    Demons do consume my mind and I have episodes of psychosis but in my clearer moments there is no doubt in my mind that my dad’s minister spoke the truth to me because it is in those moments that the Spirit that dwells in me recognises the Spirit of truth when spoke from a minister who was chosen by God to deliver it.

  66. poohpity says:

    Beloved, do you not think I show grace when after I listen to this group’s opinions of me, name calling, accusations often and not responding in kind by sharing the same is not grace?? Grace is giving someone what they do not deserve so to say I am not shown grace because I do not show grace totally defeats the whole meaning of grace. Not to rehash an old problem about the blog but Mart did put up comment guidelines back then so why would he have to say them again when the conversation went off topic?? I know it does not apply to now since he pulled away from being connected to the ODB ministry so it does not matter but I do try to still follow them anyway because they were to prevent causing harm to others. How many of you did follow them when they were here?

    On to the topic. How many lives were changed and made new at conversion? Can anyone tell, can you tell? How do you feel inside before and after? For those who were changed, I bet the way you look at God, other people, yourself and life is different even though some of the rough edges are still there because we all know we were never made to be perfect and that stops us from expecting others to be perfect. So to keep a watchful eye out for whether someone else is living a Christian life is really counter productive and takes our gaze away from God and our own failures in that area.

  67. poohpity says:

    I have never felt qualified to judge the heart of another or to say whether they have given it to God or not. I have always thought that in heaven I will be surprised to see some there and horrified that others I thought would be there aren’t, that is because that is not a job I was given to know what is in someone’s heart only to pay attention to what is in mine.

  68. poohpity says:

    The thing that matters most in my heart is whether I have faith in God, to depend and trust in Him. Yes there are times when I have to say that I have a hard time trusting God to deal with things and try to do them myself which most always results in a lack of growth or makes matters worse. To be open to listening to His voice over the voice of others and to be open to His correction so that I will admit when I am wrong and that will even come from those who do not have my best interest in mind but their own selfish ambition but it can be a learning experience for me no matter where it comes from and it can test my faith.

  69. poohpity says:

    Viv, I understand mental health issues because it is in my life and my family and I also went to college to study how to work with those who struggle in that area. Then I worked in the field until I became disabled. I worked a crisis hotline, one on one counseling, went to colleges and shelters to teach about it doing community outreach, went to pick people up off the street to get them into a program during crisis interventions also a medical assistant in a mental health hospital when I was going through school. That is a passion of mine because not many people understand the problems and issues people face. I still work in that area but on a volunteer basis because I am not physically able to do a 40 hour work schedule. So I understand what you have been talking about since you began commenting on here.

    I lead a bible study group called “Hope Keepers” for people with invisible illnesses which includes mental health because no one can see what goes on inside. Like I said before not many on here know what I do besides writing on here, they just do not know me but accuse me of things like they think they do. That was where the Lord lead me after this journey with Him began, to minister to those many walk past or turn their noses up at.

  70. poohpity says:

    My life is all due to the Lord and the what He has done in my heart.

  71. poohpity says:

    Do I do it all perfectly by no means that is why I cling to His grace.

  72. poohpity says:

    So what it means to me to act like a “Christian” is to believe, trust and depend on God. Now that is for each person to say whether they do or not, it is not living up to a moral standard which everyone will fail at but it is about who we believe in. I know many say they believe but do they live their lives in faith that God can do what we are unable to do ourselves? Does one really trust God? or trust in what only they can succeed in or do themselves leaving God out of it or as an after thought?

  73. Beloved says:

    I don’t really think that on a blog where words are used only for communication it matters what one does at home. The problem, as Mart says is in communicating these words in a way that Jesus thinks and communicated to us. Broken healers or healing broken we must look at Jesus to find healing. A good resume is meaningless, ask Paul. It’s living with Christ in us that matters. In Matt 5 Jesus’s teaching should be our resume in the new life we’ve been given.

  74. Beloved says:

    Pooh I’m glad God has changed your life so much. He is life-changing!!!

  75. Beloved says:

    I’m guessing you would not be around to bless so many through the years if He had not come into your life.

  76. jeff1 says:

    Pooh, my mum and my brother had mental illness so it is my cross to bear as it was there’s. I was working when I first became ill but had to give up work as it became too stressful an environment for me.

    I know when I was at work others used to talk of people with mental illness and refer to them as nutters and say unkind things but it was out of ignorance on their part and not out of a personal attack on me as I knew many of them did not know I had a history.

    Time has been a healer and I do not take personal what others say but listen to what God is saying.

    There are people I feel I can trust in disclosing my mental illness to and there are people I would not because of their attitude towards it but even my dad had difficulty dealing with mental illness and my GP who had been my doctor during my pregnancies walked out of the surgery and handed me over to another GP because he could not deal with it.

    It is not a case of people turning their noses up but more that they feel out of their depth in dealing with it and not all will admit to that and since I am not always that good at admitting when I fail to understand then who am I to comment.

    As I see it God leads us to our strengths because its where we can best be used to His purpose.

    I volunteer to visit elderly and work in a charity shop and I do a couple of hours paid work a week for our church printing notice boards and a monthly parish news.

    I know from experience that when my symptoms are bad I suffer from paranoia and find it hard to trust my best friend so having had time to understand my illness means that I now know that it is my mind that is unwell and not that my friend is plotting against me.

    The mind is a minefield when it comes to thoughts and when damaged I find that it is music, all kinds of music but especially gospel for me that soothes it and makes it possible for me find peace be it sometimes temporary but then everything in this life is temporary for known only to Him are the great hidden secrets which I am thankful for as my mind could not cope with all that entails.

  77. poohpity says:

    Viv, thank you for sharing your personal struggles for a better understanding of them and that listening to music seems to ease the symptoms. I agree that people often avoid that which they do not understand that not only applies to mental illness but homelessness, and people of color or different cultures, it is called prejudices which it seems is born from ignorance but often changes when one sits down with those they are prejudice against to understand they are only human beings with different appearances internally and externally.

  78. jeff1 says:

    Having been brought up in a country divided by our religion I see the consequences of prejudices and there are no winners because it is handed down from one generation to another and each side believes God is on their side when my dad was correct in saying it is for me to be on God’s side and not He on mine.

    I believe our prejudices come from ignorance of God and not of each other and the reason I say this is that my dad was oblivious to a person’s status/religion/culture in life and in my ignorance I never understood why but now I believe it was because he had the right relationship with God which consequently made his relationships right with others.

    Salvation is a gift from God but discipleship takes obedience to God and I believe my dad’s stability of mind being his strength enabled him to be consistent in his walk while mine is fraught by instability which causes inconsistency in mine.

  79. Beloved says:

    What we do with our feet and hands I believe is the outcome of Christ’s making all things new. We can change culture by following in His footsteps, as servant leaders in a broken world.

  80. poohpity says:

    I know several people who say they believe in God but still have prejudices. Those prejudices were taught from family, community or due to peers pressure. If you watch little children they do not have prejudices but as they grow they develop them. The ignorance I am talking about is without knowing the person they already have developed an opinion about them. The definition of ignorance just means lack of knowledge or information which is basically what causes prejudices(definition is preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience), if we know someone and do not like them that is something else altogether different.

  81. jeff1 says:

    Yes, Pooh, so do I, and I struggle myself with prejudice but that does not make it right. It just says how much I need Jesus to change me.

    People will go by appearances and make assumptions which are incorrect but again that is learned behaviour as I used to be afraid of bikers with leather gear, earrings and tattoos.
    It was not until I was on a boat coming home from Scotland and we got talking to them that I found they were perfect gentlemen and it would have been my loss if I had not made that discovery.

    We are all human and we all have to be re programmed to a new way of thinking when it comes to putting away our prejudices and it takes time and patience which it seems to me that God’s grace covers.

  82. foreverblessed says:

    Jeff, I was really touched by your story, December 13?
    Thank you so much for sharing it. For describing your ordeals! That must be horrific! But what great help you got, and knowing that angels come down the stairs,bto assistant you!
    God is always with us, no matter what happens!
    Thank you Jeff!

  83. foreverblessed says:

    Pooh, I am at a loss at communicating with you.
    A few months ago I was at a stage to quit here, and I went to my hairdresser, and she gave me a peace of paper when I left, it said: “With God all things are possible!”

    And that really struck me, as if God was saying: do not give up.
    I have never said anything in anger at you, as have a few here, even Jeff sometimes gets so frustrated at you, but very good that in your grace you still communicate with her.
    ( Well, I only asked you to shut up about Europe)

    But I never did! I only have asked you questions, and you took them as an attack. Which I did not mean as an attack at all, but you took them as an attack!
    And then you strike back at me.
    The worst thing was you saying ” bla bla bla ” about me.
    That was when I asked you an honest question, why you would use my real name, as I had clearly stated which name to use. That was really so I comprehensibld to me. You took that as an attack on you, a really bad attack. Which it was not! I had no intention to attack you at all! None the least! You often say: nobody knows my heart. And that also counts for you: you do not know my heart!
    I wanted to understand.

    And now comes something came in my mind:
    Black and white thinking
    Grey areas are not possible
    Only one way of interpreting Bible verses
    Clear instructions: saying use this name is not enough, I should have said: do not use me real name

    This belongs to the realm of autism.

    And now I ask you question, and my motive is love, there is no attack meant in my question:
    Has it ever occurred to you that you have some form of autism?

    If there is no doubt about it, it is clear that you do not have it:

    Could you then please do not see my questions as an attack?
    Please, I beg you.

    And if you still see them as an attack, maybe you could consider treating me with grace even if I have not deserved it.

    Just as you so often talk about God, who treated you with grace, when you had not deserved it.

    May God bless us all, and when I say this I realy mean it with all of my heart, and I believe that it is with love in my heart, but I pray: God, give me more love!

    But it is reconciliation I aim at!

  84. foreverblessed says:

    It was so incomprehensible to me…

  85. foreverblessed says:

    What also is incomprehensible to me is:
    Psalm 27:4
    To gaze upon the Beauty of the Lord
    And to seek Him in his temple.

    Well, it is the first part, that we are so thrilled by Who Jesus is, by What He is,
    That with Him only: Grace, Love, Peace, Patience

    Just imagine that it is all peace within you, so calm and quiet. Not a rimple of distress.

    And yet when we are close with God, this will be possible!

    I have another issue with a family member, one who does not show repentance. But instead strikes back with the same thing he has done to me. He is a Christian.
    Yesterday I asked for prayer for hearing the Holy Spirit what to say to him, as the aim is: love, and reconciliation!

    The woman that prayed for me saw something like a soap bubble in my heart, it moved about, unsure, but it didn’t burst. Then she saw it became bigger, and stronger and it stayed in place, more firm.

    That was such an encouraging picture:
    We say we love, but our love is frail, and feeble, especially when someone treats us badly. Our love shrinks.

    There is only one remedy:
    Ask for more love! And then wait.

    And: Gaze upon the beauty of the Lord.

    Start praising Him, sing Psalms and Hymns, bless the other person and believe that God will act on your prayer!

    ” With God all things are possible”

  86. jeff1 says:

    It has been my life Forever, that I am never closer to God than when I am fearful or tearful.
    God’s word from a man who knew it instinctively as did my dad and the Spirit in me recognised the truth that angels ascend and descend from heaven to earth and only God knows the order.

    I had listened to another man who was versed in God’s word and he was speaking to a work college who was telling us of finding a feather after the death of a loved one and he also warned that it is only God who knows the order of the angels.

    There is great peace in knowing that God is still in control because I mess up so often and I see others messing up too that I want to know that God always clears up the messes I or others leave behind.

    A beautiful song from Charlie Landsborough who is doing a tour next year and I will go to see him when he plays at our local theatre.

    MY FOREVER FRIEND

    Everybody needs a little help sometime
    No one stands alone
    Makes no difference if you’re just a child like me
    Or a king upon a throne
    For there are no exceptions
    We all stand in the line
    Everybody needs a friend
    Let me tell you about mine

    Chorus:
    He’s my forever friend
    My leave-me-never friend
    From darkest night to rainbow’s end
    He’s my forever friend

    Even when I turn away He cares for me
    His love no one can shake
    Even as I walk away He’s by my side
    With every breath I take
    And sometimes I forget Him
    My halo fails to shine
    Sometimes I’m not His friend
    But He is always mine

    He’s my forever friend
    My leave-me-never friend
    From darkest night to rainbow’s end
    He’s my forever friend

    If you still don’t know the one I’m talking of
    I think its time you knew
    Long ago and far away on a cross
    My friend died for you
    So if you’d like to meet Him
    And don’t know what to do
    Ask my friend into your heart
    And He’ll be your friend too

    He’s my forever friend
    My leave-me-never friend
    From darkest night to rainbow’s end
    He’s my forever friend

    He’s my forever friend

  87. poohpity says:

    forever, I never said such a thing to you like blah blah blah to you being upset about saying your name. I happen to be an adult not a child. I did apologize and said I did not remember you ever telling me not to. If there hadn’t been such an over the top response from you then no one would have ever known that it was your name that I said since it was only one word that was written with a multitude of meanings. You gave us a hint a long time ago about what your real name was, I just picked up on the hint.

    As for the accusation about autism I do not have that but so what if I did? What are the problems you struggle with, there must be some mental health issues as observed from your writings? I ask that out of love not attacking. The only thing that most need to concern their selves about is their own behaviors, thoughts, feelings and relationship with God and others, no one else. God can change you if you let Him because nothing is impossible with Him.

  88. poohpity says:

    Mart said, “What “word” of any language has not been broken by misuse—to the point that every word of any dictionary or bible, including the word “judge”, could be understood and made new—by the way a crucified and resurrected Word would use it?”

    The term “with God all things are possible” as Jesus used it was in reference to who can enter the Kingdom of God when He addressed the rich young ruler; “Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” 25When the disciples heard this they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?” 26Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” With God those who we would never think can be saved, can be. Our thoughts about people and through different religions seem to put up a wall against people just like prejudices do from sharing that we can have a personal relationship with God. It is not about what we can do but about what God can do.

  89. poohpity says:

    What I find so amazing is that none of the NT was written before they had received the Holy Spirit then the Gospel writers wrote their experiences or testimonies with Jesus. They wrote from their new life. Paul also did not write but from His new life in Christ but he wrote telling us as he compared his old life with the new as did the others.

    So many today write by way of the flesh or the world and not from the new that was given to them by God’s grace. It seems one foot still stuck in the old life while the other just barely touching the new. I like to think of it like people who are entering a pool or water of any place, some test the water by putting a toe in then a foot then slowly go further in while others just jump in. The most important thing is not how you get in but that just you do. It is hard to give up control and let go of the old to try something new.

  90. jeff1 says:

    Perhaps it is because the past comes back to haunt us that many are stuck in it. There are too many wrongs in the world that have not been put right and God did not put us in this world to ignore those wrongs but to be His hands and feet in recognising and fighting against them.

    Our destiny is the same but while one’s pathway may be one of peace making another’s may be that of war.

    The bible speaks of tough times in the end times and God did not make this our training ground to whisk us of to heaven and leave the world to Satan’s forces so with all due respect Pooh, I will be focusing on Christ’s leading rather than whether I am ready to put my toe into the water or not.

  91. Beloved says:

    Good morning Forever, I’ve been thinking of you and your participation in the Messiah. You know what? I was corrected yesterday after I made a couple posts here. It was an article by a well known theologian about how to detect evil, one with a heart of evil. The thing that corrected my thinking was when he said its wrong to give grace to evil. Yes! That makes sense now. Remember evil can come across as an angel of light in actions etc. But its true colors come out in various ways; manipulation, truth bending to meet its own needs, even distorting scripture. It lacks true love and respect for God, and only seeks what’s good for itself, causing endless relationship difficulties. This is known as narcissism, not autism. A malignant narcissist has troubles with the law: murder, stealing, extortion etc.

    I noticed this years ago on here and even talked about it but nothing was done so just assumed, like you, that the answer was more grace! And felt guilty when I failed. Its evil and evil gets no grace from God, that would be blasphemous! God blesses the humble, the child-like, the repentant. Because we want to see the good in people we get excited when we hear of good things people do, however, real change only comes from God. Fake change is like fake news, time will tell because God IS in control of His world, even though evil abounds.

    Paul said to be careful as the very elect can be deceived and fooled into believing a false gospel. Remembering a chilling statement made here, that God does not command or demand our love. (Poohpity) Pure evil.

  92. Beloved says:

    So thanking God for using a devils advocate on this blog to teach me discernment of His ways. Like Job and many others yes God uses His enemy even for good, the good of His followers because in all things God works for the good of those who love and are committed to Him.

  93. Beloved says:

    It seems the word “grace” is also misused and misapplied in today’s culture.

  94. Beloved says:

    Viv I had an encounter with bikers myself when I was very young when God protected me. My friend was molested right in front of me but I was not touched. Later, I found myself at the home of one of them and he came to the door without a shirt and said sit down. I sat down and he left the room. When he came back he looked upset and said to me “Get out of here, you’re too good for me”. I left stunned.

    Today I look back thankful for Gods protection then and many other times in my life. I think its good to focus on Him rather than the bad times. I think He’s always been in charge :-)

  95. narrowpathseeker says:

    Good Morning Friends.. I came back here a few days ago with good intent…If there was a serial killer on the loose in my neighborhood and I saw someone that resembled the composite drawing of the suspect…I would certainly warn all of my neighbors…friend or foe…especially those that thought themselves safe from harm for some reason. Well my intent was to warn/encourage all here that I felt we are living in the last days and that we ALL need to examine ourselves closely and stay close to the Lord and open to His directives.

    Vivian…you hit the nail directly on the head…PRETENTION is a totally worthless effort. Only the TRUTH can set us free from ourselves!! I think most of us here know where we fall far short and ask the Lord to change us…

    I think most of us also know that EVERYBODY falls short and that most of us feel bad and want to do better. I also think that most of us are honest about ourselves and remorseful when we offend anyone and are readily forgiven by fellow Christians…it is NOT easy to forgive one that constantly defends their SELF and blames everybody else…when one PRETENDS and DENIES and POINTS at others….they become a stumbling block for others to forgive.. it takes away from what is right and good and like leaven…brings out the worst in others…. OK…I have said what I believe needed to be said…and I must take leave again as the response from one is distracting and I need more cleansing.

  96. poohpity says:

    Viv, I think again you totally misunderstood my reference to living the new life by the example of giving only a small part of our lives(a toe) over to God’s guidance. Are you following God’s leading in the hate or being His hands and feet to others? Don’t you think we should look within our own lives before we point a finger at anyone else?

    Beloved thank you for sharing your perspective of me again which again just shows the condition of your own heart not mine. David Jeremiah this weekend taught that we see in others what we ourselves are guilty of in our own lives. So if we go by that which is also in scripture(Romans 2:1) then who is the one who is overcome by the evil one? Are you committed to following the Lord? If so then why is it not evident in your speech? That should be the only one you really need to be concerned with.

    As Mart put it, “the best time to “judge” may be when we can do so at our own expense”. That to me means to judge our own thoughts and actions rather than those of others. Jesus also taught that only His judgement is truth and it is done with grace, so if we accuse others of things wouldn’t that be putting ourselves in the place of God only without the knowledge of the heart, or the real truth and not even covered by any grace at all?

  97. poohpity says:

    It would be nice if y’all joined together about sharing God’s word, the teaching of Jesus and His love as easily as you do with being my judge, jury and executioner.

  98. Beloved says:

    You’re welcome pooh.

  99. Beloved says:

    God is your judge, pooh.

  100. Beloved says:

    Isaiah 5:20 What sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil, that dark is light and light is dark, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter.

    Matt 6:22-23

  101. Beloved says:

    The attitude of a Christian towards the providential order in which he is placed is to recognize that God is behind it for purposes of His own. Biblical Ethics, 99 R

  102. street says:

    I like to think of it like people who are entering a pool or water of any place, some test the water by putting a toe in then a foot then slowly go further in while others just jump in. The most important thing is not how you get in but that just you do. It is hard to give up control and let go of the old to try something new.

    10 “Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

    John 10:9
    I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture.

  103. street says:

    John 10:8-10

    8 All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. 9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

  104. poohpity says:

    Beloved, can you share with me where it is considered a spiritual gift to accuse, find fault, criticize or pick out the faults we find in others because we think it will help them grow? Where does it give us those instructions? That is exactly how the people who live by the flesh or of the world behave. 1 Peter 4:10 NLT Those who are growing closer to the Lord usually are more aware of the areas they themselves fall short and those who are not close to the Lord look for the areas others fall short which is just what everybody else in the world does. Isn’t there enough of that all around us everyday, people over the internet giving out unsolicited opinions, name calling, ugly remarks? Is that what Christ Jesus wants us to do? Certainly not the Lord I know.

    If you believe God is my judge then why do you continue to do it? Do you think you are God?

  105. poohpity says:

    How would you know what the attitude of a Christian should be?

  106. poohpity says:

    street, those verses have nothing what so ever to do with the point I was trying to make about not committing our lives fully to Christ which I represented by getting into the water either partially or fully. 1 Cor 3:1-3 is more in line with what I was talking about especially verse three.

  107. poohpity says:

    When we understand what Jesus taught through John in 1 John 1:8 and Paul taught in Romans 3:22-24 then we know that we have NO room to talk about anyone else. That is only when the grace of God shines through us to others.

  108. Regina says:

    Good Afternoon All

    Pray all is well in your lives… Been a busy week for me, and I’ve been looking forward to some time to chat with yall this weekend… Couldn’t resist stopping by for a moment though to share some news that I just read on Yahoo… I quote:
    “FCC votes to kill net neutrality rules that ensured free and open access to the internet; could completely change how digital landscape is regulated”
    That means we may have to pay a fee in the future to use the internet! How sad that would be… :-/

    62 degrees and sunny in my neck of the woods…

    Love to all,
    Regina

  109. street says:

    To those who are the called, beloved in God the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ: 2 May mercy and peace and love be multiplied to you.

    3 Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints. 4 For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

    5 Now I desire to remind you, though you know all things once for all, that the Lord, after saving a people out of the land of Egypt, subsequently destroyed those who did not believe. 6 And angels who did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode, He has kept in eternal bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day, 7 just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, since they in the same way as these indulged in gross immorality and went after strange flesh, are exhibited as an example in undergoing the punishment of eternal fire.

    8 Yet in the same way these men, also by dreaming, defile the flesh, and reject authority, and revile angelic majesties. 9 But Michael the archangel, when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses, did not dare pronounce against him a railing judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” 10 But these men revile the things which they do not understand; and the things which they know by instinct, like unreasoning animals, by these things they are destroyed. 11 Woe to them! For they have gone the way of Cain, and for pay they have rushed headlong into the error of Balaam, and perished in the rebellion of Korah. 12 These are the men who are hidden reefs in your love feasts when they feast with you without fear, caring for themselves; clouds without water, carried along by winds; autumn trees without fruit, doubly dead, uprooted; 13 wild waves of the sea, casting up their own shame like foam; wandering stars, for whom the black darkness has been reserved forever.

    14 It was also about these men that Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord came with many thousands of His holy ones, 15 to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” 16 These are grumblers, finding fault, following after their own lusts; they speak arrogantly, flattering people for the sake of gaining an advantage.

    17 But you, beloved, ought to remember the words that were spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, 18 that they were saying to you, “In the last time there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.” 19 These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit. 20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life. 22 And have mercy on some, who are doubting; 23 save others, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment polluted by the flesh.

    24 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, 25 to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

    Hosea 4:4
    Yet let no one find fault, and let none offer reproof; For your people are like those who contend with the priest.

  110. street says:

    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.

    The wise will inherit honor, But fools display dishonor.

    Doing wickedness is like sport to a fool, And so is wisdom to a man of understanding.

    The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But a wise man is he who listens to counsel.

    A fool rejects his father’s discipline, But he who regards reproof is sensible.

    A rebuke goes deeper into one who has understanding Than a hundred blows into a fool.

    Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs, Rather than a fool in his folly.

    A fool does not delight in understanding, But only in revealing his own mind.

    A fool’s lips bring strife, And his mouth calls for blows.

    Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man, But any fool will quarrel.

    There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise, But a foolish man swallows it up.

    Do not answer a fool according to his folly, Or you will also be like him.

    Answer a fool as his folly deserves, That he not be wise in his own eyes.

    Like the legs which are useless to the lame, So is a proverb in the mouth of fools.

    Like an archer who wounds everyone, So is he who hires a fool or who hires those who pass by.

    Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

    Though you pound a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, Yet his foolishness will not depart from him.

    Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

    If you have been foolish in exalting yourself Or if you have plotted evil, put your hand on your mouth.

  111. jeff1 says:

    Pooh, I believe in God’s providence and that God knows best and I do not trust in my own understanding. I listen to clergy that I know speak God’s truths as I have learned to recognise the difference having spent my younger years being naïve. I spend time with people who share my beliefs and I spend time with people who do not and now look for the best in people and I usually find it.
    If you look for the worst in people you will find that too as we all being human have that side to us.

    God will make a way for us in this world as He loves us more than we can ever understand regardless of how broken most of us are and we can all look forward to being new creations in the next when there shall be no more death, pain or suffering and that to me is what faith is because regardless of what religion a person is we are all looking forgiveness from the same God and when we remember that then we are more likely to see each other as being equally in need of His guidance.

  112. street says:

    thinking the law is a mirror that shows us how well we are doing. shifting our focus from the law to Christ solves many problems, but does not solve the tribulations we will face in the world. thinking of daniel’s prayer in Daniel 9 and how would that prayer be different in the church age?

    Matthew 6:9-13

    seems like the same boat to me.

    “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. …

    Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions.

    As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.

    and forgive Your people who have sinned against You and all their transgressions which they have transgressed against You, and make them objects of compassion before those who have taken them captive, that they may have compassion on them

    Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all transgressions.

  113. foreverblessed says:

    Good morning everyone!

    His blessings are new every morning!

    That was the line that is in my head, a d then I remember now: the Bible verse says:
    His mercies are new every morning!

    I stretch my heart to Him, that I may gaze upon His beauty!

    By a mere coincidence of topography, I am able to be the first to greet you in the morning.

    So Steve, welcome to the world of awekeness, I pray you have a blessed day, and for all whom you care about.
    Say warm greetings to Matt and Glenna!

  114. foreverblessed says:

    Thanks Jeff for the forever friend song, I took it as personal, a d ask God to make my heart so for everyone I meet.

    Beloved, the Messiah was terrific! With over 800 singers. All these Bible verses that you sing, much better than
    mumbling them!

    One song stood out, and came back at night many times:

    and He shall purify the sons of Levi
    That they may offer an offering in righteousness

    If you look it up in youtube, it is Messiah nr 31

    I find this peculiar, God is busy purifying us, that’s what the text is saying! We are priests of the most High, 1 Peter 2:9

    So we have to obey what Christ is teaching us:
    Matthew 18:15-16 so that is what I did, and then Pooh denies with an half truth, that she said bla bla bla about me talking to her. And so does not say sorry.

    And then here I do step two:
    you all are witnesses, you have read it too.
    Can you tell her what she said to me?

    This is about His wanting us to be reconciled to each other.
    We talk about God showing grace to us, and here we should show grace to each other.

    So Pooh, you must know I have forgiven you.

  115. foreverblessed says:

    I want to add a little, as I have just written this, the song in my head gets louder and louder:
    He shall purify

    Beloved, you say, do not show mercy to evil.
    I do agree, with the demonic world, send them away.
    But the people who are captivated by evil, we will approach them.

    Street posted 2 Peter 2-19 immediately followed by Jude 18-23

    It says…. to others show mercy.

    So as long as God shows a way, we will always hand out to people. To Narrow God says, come to me, and then you withdraw, and seek the peace, the Rest, that is only found in God.
    But when there is no internal unrest because of adverse reaction, but still a quiet trust in God, that in Him everything is possible, we obey the next step He shows us.

    Jude 24-25
    To Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy-
    To the only God our Saviour be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.

  116. foreverblessed says:

    He will purify the sons of Levi
    Malachi 3:3

  117. jeff1 says:

    Yes, Forever, it is God who will purify and until then we will struggle because the demonic world is real and that is what we are here for to help those held captive by demonic forces because there are many captives of evil and in my head I know what that feels like.

    God does not allow suffering in this world to walk away and allow it to continue and this is our training ground and God has His reasons for training us for His purposes.

    The followers of His day knew they may suffer for righteousness and they did and today we do the same as followers because that is the cost of being a disciple in a world that does not know its God.

  118. jeff1 says:

    Forever, I struggle to see Jesus as a friend as I have been indoctrinated to see my self as a servant and when I sin not so much in deeds but in thoughts and in what I have left undone, then I feel so unworthy because as the songs says I am not always His friend but I have always found Him to be mine.

    For me faith is knowing God’s forgiveness when I need it and drawing on that forgiveness.

    Most unbelievers see God as a controlling freak trying to spoil their fun because man over the ages has changed God to their image when we are to be changed to His image.

    Only the power of God can change that and until then we fight the good fight in a world that is now looking to science and technology to answer the questions they so desperately are seeking to find.

    God can and will intervene when the time is right to do so and until then we know that He is with us in as He keeps His promise that He will not forsake us in whatever circumstances we find ourselves in.

    It is the fear of God forsaking me that makes me unwell and the mind is a minefield of thoughts and my struggle is to think the right ones and song and music has a way of doing that for me.

    I am so very happy that you enjoy the songs that I listen to as it helps me to think I am helping another when I post them.

  119. poohpity says:

    forever, when did you ever come to me one on one and not in front of many people as in a public scolding? Do tell what is the sin I committed against you or anyone else on here? Is disagreeing a sin? Is sharing another view point a sin?

  120. SFDBWV says:

    Viv speaks of her music and I have to agree that music can express what we can’t put into words and speaks to our soul.

    Zeroing in on Marts one sentence, “Broken people. Broken hearts. Broken words.”

    There is no shortage of broken people or broken hearts and whereas I may disagree with the word broken words in favor of “misused words”, there is no shortage of that either.

    We live now in a world where we aren’t allowed to use words that the “group” deems offensive. Yet the group is allowed to abuse our Christian faith without regret.

    There just is no doubt that the end of the age is upon us.

    An old friend died this past week, he was 74. His only son died when he was 17 as his throat swelled shut in the emergency room at the hospital before they could save him. A good Christian family who did only good for the people who knew them and shared their life.

    God speed you Lonnie on your way home, I pray you and your son are together again.

    Steve

  121. poohpity says:

    If I did say blah, blah, blah maybe it was because people talk a lot about many things but their hearts are far away from God as shown by their words or scolding which are more often than not worldly in manner and substance thinking they have been given the right to scold based on their perspective. When I see someone caught in a sin I will go to them one one one to help guide them back to the Lord that is the only reason to go to them because often when someone is caught in a blatant sin they will walk away from God. As Paul used that example was because in the church in Corinth a man publicly was having an affair with his father’s wife and that was a sin, so Paul gave that wisdom on how to address it. It was not based on differences in personalities but on principles of sin against God.

  122. jeff1 says:

    Forever, sometimes we have to walk away from someone who is not listening as I think Steve as said, or it damages us more than we already are and I believe you are right that Pooh is more like myself (in that she has a mental disorder) than she would admit to and the reason I say this is that when I am very unwell my paranoia takes over my thoughts and I see things from a very different perspective than those around me and as far as I am concerned I am right and everyone is wrong which is my mind playing tricks on me which I know now but at the very beginning of my illness I could not understand this.

    I am convinced that even those who love me want to harm me in some way. I can remember the only person I would listen to was my dad because he was the only person that I have every truly trusted when I was unwell.

    It is a chemical imbalance which the doctors say can be caused by stress which is why I have to be careful or I can become psychotic which is a very terrifying ordeal and thank God I now know my symptoms and now look for help before it develops into full blown psychosis.

    I know that Pooh twists your words Forever as she does others but because of my own illness I understand her mind better than most and just as I am convinced that people want to harm me who don’t then I believe she believes our words are saying something they don’t and only an expert in the field of psychology could say why she does that.

    This is just my opinion and I could be entirely wrong but I certainly find her words condemning or if not her own words she chooses passages from the bible to condemn and then in the next sentence she is telling us how we need to forgive ourselves and that is coming from a twisted mind and I should know because my sister says that is what I do to them when I am unwell.

    Would love to see reconciliation but Steve is right please know for your own sake when to walk away, I have failed to walk away from people I should have and I am suffering for it now so Steve as a wise head on him and it pays to listen to those who are wiser than ourselves.

  123. Beloved says:

    Good morning here in the US. Forever it must have been a wonderful experience! I love singing scripture also and singing prophecy it goes me chills. How blessed we all are to have the written word to teach us. Thank you yes I read what street wrote.

  124. Beloved says:

    Oops posted too soon.

  125. Beloved says:

    There certainly is a lot of drama here and I agree with you Viv it’s time to be done with it as we keep going round and round with the same old same old.

  126. poohpity says:

    Viv, your comment at 7:02am was beautiful. I know from experience even when I am at my worst God still sees the best in me because I am clothed in the righteousness of Jesus. I know it does not seem right and I understand I do not deserve it but that is how it is when one becomes a child of God. It is not about our love for Him but His love for us.

    “How He Loves”
    (originally by John Mark McMillan)

    He is jealous for me,
    Love’s like a hurricane, I am a tree,
    Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy.
    When all of a sudden,
    I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
    And I realize just how beautiful You are,
    And how great Your affections are for me.

    And, oh, how He loves us, oh,
    Oh, how He loves us,
    How He loves us all.

    And He is jealous for me,
    Love’s like a hurricane, I am a tree,
    Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy.
    When all of a sudden
    I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory.
    And I realize just how beautiful You are,
    And how great Your affections are for me.

    And, oh, how He loves us, oh,
    Oh, how He loves us,
    How He loves us all

    Yeah, He loves us,
    Oh, how He loves us,
    Oh, how He loves us,
    Oh, how He loves.

    And we are His portion and He is our prize,
    Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes.
    If His grace is an ocean, we’re all sinking.
    And Heaven meets earth like an unforeseen kiss,
    And my heart turns violently inside of my chest.
    I don’t have time to maintain these regrets
    When I think about the way…

    That He loves us,
    Oh, how He loves us,
    Oh, how He loves us,
    Oh, how He loves.

    Yeah, He loves us,
    Oh, how He loves us,
    Oh, how He loves us,
    Oh, how He loves.

    Yeah, He loves us,
    Oh, how He loves us.
    Oh, how He loves us.
    Oh, how He loves.

  127. Beloved says:

    Thinking about the word evil that I brought up yesterday. Did you know Jesus called us all evil? ◄ Luke 11:13 ►
    If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? Yep he sure did. So why get so upset about it? I’m evil, we all have hearts, minds, and mouths of evil. Yet Jesus makes new out of evil. Amazing. Some here need to get over themselves (Deborah Johnson) and just agree without always having to defend and deflect. You can’t change what you can’t admit to, humbly. HUMBLY!

  128. Beloved says:

    Street I certainly agree I’m a fool more often than not.

    Blessed LORD have mercy on me a sinner claiming your grace.

  129. poohpity says:

    Have any of you ever considered that you have formed a gang with the mentality that gangs often show by bullying people who do not belong to that gang and feed off of each other’s misinformation, false accusations and twisted thinking? Where I come from 7 against one is cowardliness to say the least but it sure does not show that those 7 hearts belong to anyone other than the prince of this world. Keep up the good work, y’all should give each other a pat on the back. Hope your reward in heaven will be outstanding. Matt 15:8-10 NLT

  130. Beloved says:

    Lol!

  131. poohpity says:

    Beloved, since you shared my name I am from Mesa Arizona if any of you would like to know me better you can look me up on facebook for more information about who I am.

  132. Beloved says:

    Pooh where you come from has nothing to do with your new life in Christ. If you have one, that is.

  133. poohpity says:

    Back to the topic Paul describes what the new life in Christ is like in Colossians 3;

    If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

    5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming. 7 In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. 8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.

    12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

  134. Beloved says:

    Great Pooh! So now you know what the new life in Christ should look like! God bless your efforts to live up to this marvelous gift of grace, and may God bless us all.

  135. poohpity says:

    I already know what it says that is why I shared it but I pray that it will help others to look within at themselves which will keep them from looking at others. It is not for you to judge whether I am living up to that or putting effort in because I know it is not by my efforts that count because my effort is only filthy rags but those things are achieved by believing, trusting and depending on the Lord to work in a person’s life and I realize that He has much work to still do in my life so that stops me from pointing my finger at anyone else.

  136. poohpity says:

    Beloved, you might give that a try too.

  137. Beloved says:

    Always, thank you.

  138. Beloved says:

    You say you posted it to help others, yet you know your presence here causes much strife. Do you really believe that others will trust anything you say or post, even if it’s scripture? Or are you just trying to impress with your knowledge? Or just to put yourself out there to feel good about yourself? Lots to think about I know. Take it to the LORD Jesus in prayer if you dare trust Him enough.

  139. Beloved says:

    Filthy rags: works without faith.

    Effort: obedience

  140. narrowpathseeker says:

    Good Evening…just stopped by to encourage you all to PRAY, PRAY, and PRAY some more. Please do not let your Love, Joy, and Peace be robbed from you. I can’t believe what goes on more and more here….I am praying for you and I thank those of you that are praying for me and others as well.

  141. Beloved says:

    Thanks pearl for your support but trust me we’re all praying fervently here. Joy comes in the morning after the darkest night. Bless you.

  142. Beloved says:

    Answer to prayer:

    Colossians 3:13New International Version (NIV)
    13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

  143. Beloved says:

    When we forgive others we are also forgiving ourselves. Powerful!

  144. jeff1 says:

    In God we trust, because in our hearts we know it is only God we can trust.

    Precious Lord, take my hand
    Lead me on, let me stand
    I’m tired, I’m weak, I’m lone
    Through the storm, through the night
    Lead me on to the light
    Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home

    When my way grows drear, precious Lord linger near
    When my light is almost gone
    Hear my cry, hear my call
    Hold my hand lest I fall
    Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home

    When the darkness appears and the night draws near
    And the day is past and gone
    At the river I stand
    Guide my feet, hold my hand
    Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home

    Precious Lord, take my hand
    Lead me on, let me stand
    I’m tired, I’m weak, I’m lone
    Through the storm, through the night
    Lead me on to the light
    Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home (lead me home)

  145. SFDBWV says:

    I have been trying this morning to find the right words that can express what I want to say. In so doing I realized once again that the only words I know come from my life experience.

    There is a term in the world of language called “usage”. It refers to how we use words.

    Because we live in a very different world than that of any time connected to our Bible, much of descriptive language is left open to the imagination of our seeing it different today. Maybe.

    There are terms or words and even cultural practices that don’t seem to apply today in a world that is vastly alien to the world of Abraham, Moses, Nebuchadnezzar, and certainly of Jesus.

    What for instance, aside from the words used to describe, was the ‘wheel” that Ezekiel saw? Found in Ezekiel 1:4-28 KJV it is described in great detail, but somehow we are left to wonder what else it might look like using the experience of today in describing it.

    It doesn’t change a single word, but different words may today be used to explain what was seen.

    The same could be ask of what it was that Elisha describes as Elijah was taken up into heaven in 2 Kings 2:11 KJV.

    What about the “Mount of Transfiguration” or of the “Assentation”? Words used to describe what was witnessed, words used by people whose experiences empowered the words they used.

    From my own experience the word “judge” means one of two things. A judge; a person who oversees judicial proceedings, or the practice of determining any experience to be what it is.

    The vast difference between how we judge and how God judges is that we know some of the facts and God knows every detail.

    I strain to see how God is already making all things new, when it looks more like the world is perverting all things to look like it wants things to be seen.

    Nothing new at all, just another misuse of truth in order to sell the lie to an eager hungry world.

    24 degrees and cloudy with flurries, warmer weather on the horizon.

    Steve

  146. Beloved says:

    Good morning steve, I just read you post and it reminds me of how the disciples must have felt immediately following the crucifiction. Hang in there, morning is coming! May God give you eyes to see what He saw when Jesus rose from the grave. Blessings, Joyce

  147. SFDBWV says:

    Good morning Joyce, agreeing here that we can see beyond today with spiritual eyes to when all things will be new.

    On my wall aside my back door are the words of Hebrews 11:1 KJV as a reminded to me there is an answer coming, a new day dawning and joy in the morning.

    I hope your weather has improved some and your day is blessed above our understanding of just how good it can be.

    Steve

  148. Beloved says:

    Steve our weather has been OK as far as winter goes. Winter solstice is coming soon with days beginning to lengthen little by little.

    Speaking of spiritual eyes here’s a lovely thought from master story teller Max Lucado. He is so good at speaking peace into tired lives. Hope you enjoy.

    God Dances Amid the Common

    There is one word that describes the night he came – ordinary.

    The sky was ordinary. An occasional gust stirred the leaves and chilled the air. The stars were diamonds sparkling on black velvet. Fleets of clouds floated in front of the moon.

    It was a beautiful night – a night worth peeking out your bedroom window to admire – but not really an unusual one. Nothing to keep a person awake. An ordinary night with an ordinary sky.

    The sheep were ordinary. Some fat. Some scrawny. Some with barrel bellies. Some with twig legs. Common animals. No fleece made of gold. No blue-ribbon winners. They were simply sheep – lumpy, sleeping silhouettes on a hillside.

    And the shepherds. Peasants they were. Probably wearing all the clothes they owned. Smelling like sheep and looking just as woolly. They were conscientious, willing to spend the night with their flocks. But you won’t find their staffs in a museum or their writings in a library. No one asked their opinion on social justice or the application of the Torah. They were nameless and simple.

    An ordinary night with ordinary sheep and ordinary shepherds. And were it not for a God who loves to hook an “extra” on the front of the ordinary, the night would have gone unnoticed. The sheep and shepherds would have been forgotten.

    But God dances amid the common. And that night he did a waltz.

    The black sky exploded with brightness. Trees that had been shadows jumped into clarity. Sheep that had been silent became a chorus of curiosity. One minute the shepherd was dead asleep; the next he was rubbing his eyes and staring into the face of an alien.

    The night was ordinary no more.

    The announcement went first to the shepherds. They didn’t ask God if he was sure he knew what he was doing. Had the angel gone to theologians, they would have first consulted their commentaries. Had he gone to the elite, they would have looked around to see if anyone was watching. Had he gone to the successful, they would have first looked to their calendars.

    So they went to the shepherds. Men who didn’t have a reputation to protect or an ax to grind or a ladder to climb. Men who didn’t know enough to tell God that angels don’t sing to sheep and that messiahs aren’t found sleeping in a feed trough.

    The angels came in the night because that is when lights are best seen and that is when they are most needed. God comes into the common for the same reason.

    His most powerful tools are the simplest.

  149. poohpity says:

    If God did not make all things new for the here and now, the way we experience His presence, read scripture, look at others and the world around us by His Spirit living within us, then what is the use of having His Spirit within us or being born again? If we just live the way we have always lived consumed in the ways of the world and the flesh then we may question that a chariot of fire is not really a chariot of fire or the words in scripture are not really what they say which shows a complete lack of faith or believing in what they teach, so the scriptures are meaningless, right? Maybe that is why so many do not give God the time of day to read them because people come along and tell them it does not say what it says while those who are devoted to God tell others do not listen to what I say but read the scriptures for yourself.

    If one has placed their faith in God then most often He leads them to read His words which He blessed us with so that we can grow to know Him better that could be one of the many reason that book has stood the test of time and remained for thousands of years. Upon hearing them many have come to believe because the OT talked about the coming of Jesus and the NT talks about what happened while He was here on earth and the change in people’s lives when He left this earth so that the Holy Spirit could come so we could be taught His word and know the truth. John 2:22, 14:17,26, 16:12,13; 1 Tim 4:1

  150. poohpity says:

    Those beautiful words of Max Lucado came from a heart that was changed into a new life in Christ. Was he there when the Child was born, no, but He heard from someone who had read it in the scripture. Those words often just mean what they say and Max shares what His eyes were opened to beyond, to think about the circumstance more deeply which the Lord will do. The Lord will take us to places we never thought we could go, to see and hear things clearer than we thought we would know. As Mart put it, “could be understood and made new—by the way a crucified and resurrected Word would use it?”

  151. poohpity says:

    Read the book of Ephesians which explains the difference in the old life and the new life in Christ asking the Holy Spirit to guide you.

  152. jeff1 says:

    Its trusting God in the darkness of this world that is our purpose because Jesus says we are not of this world but must be His hands and feet in it.

    I wander from God’s truths because of my weakness to not submit and not by failing to ask the Holy Spirit to guide me because it is all the work of God and not of my own will but His will which requires my submission.

  153. jeff1 says:

    Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
    Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
    Heir of Salvation, purchase of God,
    Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

    Refrain:
    This is my story, this is my song,
    Praising my Saviour, all the day long;
    This is my story, this is my song,
    Praising my Saviour all the day long.

    Perfect submission, perfect delight,
    Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
    Angels, descending, bring from above,
    Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

    Perfect submission, all is at rest,
    I in my Saviour am happy and blest,
    Watching and waiting, looking above,
    Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.

  154. Beloved says:

    Viv I thought you might like this Psalm, a prayer of Moses, the man of God.
    Psalm 90:1-17NLT. Verse 14 made me think of you and your testimony here.

  155. SFDBWV says:

    Often I am reminded of the passage that states we are held accountable for every idle word spoken. Matthew 12:36 KJV

    Followed by a warning, Matthew 12:37 KJV, that by our words we are justified and or condemned.

    Some several years ago when BTA was out there and fed to everyone on Our Daily Bread’s email list Mart broached the question whether there were any differences between Jesus’ teaching (words) and Paul’s.

    The above Scripture references are quotes from Jesus.

    Over the years I have pondered why we would be held accountable for every idle word spoken. As sometimes we speak in anger, sometimes in haste, sometimes we lie, sometimes we say some pretty outrageous things. Sometimes we are right and sometimes we are wrong, but to think that every idle word is judged causes me to consider never saying another word again.

    What about those who can’t speak?

    I assume that this statement of Jesus’ translates over to anything we may write or even think, but it isn’t recorded as such.

    I understand that we are judged by what God sees and knows concerning our heart, our intent and as for our sins against Him and man even though we are guilty, Jesus took our punishment to the cross.

    So what is it about “idle words” and what we say that brings such attention and dire warning from Christ Himself?

    Though with our words we can bring healing and blessings, also sometimes by our speaking the truth, it isn’t our words that bring condemnation, but rather “truth” that condemns.

    It is apparent to me that “mere” words aren’t mere at all, but possess a power we don’t truly appreciate.

    They seem to have power here on earth and power in that unseen world around us, as what we may say here may also affect that spirit world.

    Psalms 141:3 KJV, “Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.”

    30 degrees and clear this morning.

    Steve

  156. poohpity says:

    The verses that Matthew quotes of Jesus if left in the context of the whole we understand about idle words. Verses 33-35 say; “A tree is identified by its fruit. If a tree is good, its fruit will be good. If a tree is bad, its fruit will be bad. 34 You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. 35 A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart.

    Then it goes on to say; 36 And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. 37 The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.”

    When we stand before God on judgment day we will give an account of how we used our words for good rather than for evil. “People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water? Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? No, and you can’t draw fresh water from a salty spring.” James 3:7-12 NLT

    “But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.” James 3:17-18 NLT

  157. poohpity says:

    Today’s devotion from ODB talks about our response to others with our words and quotes; “Scottish author George MacDonald says, “[God] would not hear from [us] a tone to jar the heart of another, a word to make it ache . . . . From such, as from all other sins, Jesus was born to deliver us.” Jesus can change the way to talk to each other and the words we choose to say.

  158. narrowpathseeker says:

    Good Morning Friends… For some reason I put my basket of devotional materials on the table and seemed drawn to the pc.

    Steve, reading your message this morning, I think I know why I was to come here first ….to be reminded to pray for a guard on my lips…thank you Steve. It reminded me also how I was afraid to talk when I was very young….even to family..but especially strangers…I would get a lump in my throat and nothing would come out….it seems now that MAYBE I knew something about those scriptures that I forgot as I blended into the way of the world!! I need to get back to that mode of silence… Thank you Steve

  159. poohpity says:

    Steve, there were times when Paul admitted that he was only giving his opinion on some matters, that it did not come from the Lord.

  160. SFDBWV says:

    Most all of us get those annoying phone calls from some form of aggressive attempt to get money from us or even to aid them in pushing an agenda through our elected officials.

    Three ways to handle them, hang up, listen or speak with them, or get angry then hang up.

    I would bet most are like me and have done all three.

    I try very hard to be polite if there is a human on the other end and just quickly explain I am not interested and move on. The robot calls are easier, I just hang up. However there are some who even after you try and be polite, they push and push and push until you get angry. Better to have just hung up and not listened in the first place.

    Because getting angry has so many negative effects on us. If we could see our faces it is twisted into a scowl, our blood pressure rises and that nasty emotional feeling settles into our stomach and chest.

    The aggressive negative behavior of the offender has then taken us into a place of their choosing and whatever peace and joy we may have been enjoying has been stolen from us.

    We are given two choices, one to stand and do battle the other to avoid the conflict and stay safe behind our armor on in our bunker.

    When tempted by the devil Jesus said to him “get thee behind me” and walked on. I always try and do the same always believing God always provides an escape and prefers that to “verbal warfare”

    I am happy that my post this morning was of use to you Pearl, I always try and write when inspired, not prodded.

    Steve

  161. jeff1 says:

    You know my thinking, Beloved, which is that I cannot change that which God has predestined.

    God is the greatest Director on a world stage where each must play their part. I often wish He gives me another’s role but then I hear their testimony and I realize that God knows best.

    He knows my strengths and weaknesses and loves me as it is His gift to His child and not about my faithfulness to Him.

    I often fail to recognise I am His child but He never fails to recognise me and it is in my moments of submission that I know He means good to me and to prosper me but my weakness is not to submit and so it is momentarily but those moments are what I hold onto when back in the darkness of this world as they are the light shining in the darkness of my days and they are the proof that God will not forsake His children no matter how far they wander from His keeping.

  162. Beloved says:

    Pearl and Steve I’m in complete agreement. I was reading 2 Corinthians 2:5-11 and noticed Paul said to forgive and restore a repentant and sorrowing person to not give Satan a foothold. Forgiveness IS key to fellowship but not without remorse, otherwise calamity ensues not unlike any other I’ve ever seen except on this blog.

    Steve have you ever thought of starting a blog? Your life and faith are both interesting. And I really am tired of the years I’ve wasted here dealing with the same issues year after year. Until there is repentance nothing changes, nothing is made new without it, Jesus still hangs on the cross in agony over the soul that refuses to submit. I could cry.

    Providence Viv? Probably and we are living in a fallen world among all sorts of fallenness, but God is purifying His church, His church. That gives me hope and peace that I can always look up and away from the absurdity and nastiness around me. Just think Viv, those who are in Christ have been made new, isn’t that exciting!!

  163. Beloved says:

    Viv hhen I have days where I think my life is somehow worse than others I think of Hebrews 11:35 Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. 36 Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were put to death by stoning;[e] they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— 38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground.
    It helps to gain perspective.

  164. SFDBWV says:

    After things settled down here this morning I went to the spring and replenished our water, I keep 12 one gallon jugs of water and when they empty I refill them.

    The spring is a very spiritual place for me a so many times I have encountered God there.

    I plowed off the area to get to it so others can get water easier. On the way past the Veterans park I seen that there was a problem with the flag, so I stopped and repaired it on the way home.

    Soon after getting the water jugs put up it was time to get Matt into the shower. As is his habit, after showering he reads his daily devotional that Pearl sent us. He is having a little nap now and so I sat down to see what may be up in the world and on BTA.

    Joyce I have to smile at your suggestion I have my own blog, as so many people have told me I need to write a book.

    Truth is I have no desire to have my own blog and wouldn’t have any idea as how to create one. I have always enjoyed being a part of Mart’s BTA in spite of the troubles communicating here have been.

    I do appreciate you kindness toward me though. I have often stated that my life, my experiences have always been seen by me a journey with God. Sometimes he straightens things out for me, sometimes He lets me fall, but always He is with me and blesses me, especially when He may use me to accomplish His will or communicate to others.

    The trick is recognizing Him in our life and giving Him credit, not blame.

    Last evening I watched a little of C-Span Book Reviews with Greta Van Sustren (not sure of the spelling). She was discussing that we take back the world of social media.

    Take it back from the trolls, fake news and sinister things that have corrupted it and use it as the wonderful tool it can be.

    I would suggest that if Mart wants to continue his BTA that we all take it back from the dark forces that come against it and once again let it bless any and all who participate or pass through it.

    We each of us have the power to do just that. That power is the power of Christ and if we exercise it nothing can stand against it.

    Thank you Joyce for your light and courage and place here. Just like God told me as this season of my life began “stand fast”. I would suggest we stand fast and stand up for all that is Holy and good and decent in the world and proclaim Jesus as Lord in word and in deed.

    A good day to all as my time here has ran out for today, unless led by God to say more.

    Steve

  165. Beloved says:

    Steve thank you so much for your kind words about me! You have made my day sir. I’m blessed!

    I was just rereading the blog from the last 3 days and recognizing how little I know. Made me laugh at myself. Laughter is good medicine and so are friends! Also thinking how since I moved here 2 years ago I’ve made 18 new friends (I gave them all Xmas cards is why I counted), when I worked I could count on 2 fingers the number of friends, I’m amazed how God has blessed me as the years roll on. Standing firm here also in the graces I’ve been given. Which are totally undeserved.

  166. jeff1 says:

    Yes, Beloved, it is keeping the right perspective that matters and that is whenever I have doubts or fears leave them with God and continue to trust Him because no matter the circumstances He is bigger than them.

    He is always there in my times of need as He keeps His promises and when God is for us then who is against us and when I keep that in mind I have peace of mind that surpasses understanding.

    Just back from our Carol Service and I think the last line of this carol says it all.

    In the bleak mid-winter, frosty wind made moan,
    Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
    Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
    In the bleak mid-winter, long ago.

    Our God, heaven cannot hold Him, nor earth sustain;
    Heaven and earth shall flee away when He comes to reign.
    In the bleak mid-winter a stable place sufficed
    The Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.

    Enough for Him, Whom cherubim, worship night and day,
    Breastful of milk, and a mangerful of hay;
    Enough for Him, Whom angels fall before,
    The ox and ass and camel which adore.

    Angels and archangels may have gathered there,
    Cherubim and seraphim thronged the air;
    But His mother only, in her maiden bliss,
    Worshipped the beloved with a kiss.

    What can I give Him, poor as I am?
    If I where a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
    If I where a Wise Man, I would do my part;
    Yet what I can I give Him: give my heart.

  167. Beloved says:

    foreverblessed says:
    December 15, 2017 at 5:37 am

    Beloved, you say, do not show mercy to evil.

    Forever he said do not give grace to evil. One of streets scriptures says to be merciful with an evil person with fear. The sons of Sceva found this out when they got beat up for confronting evil. It is very dangerous.

  168. Beloved says:

    Thanks for sharing that beautiful hymn Viv.

  169. SFDBWV says:

    The Eastern Orthodox Christian theology suggests that the reason God doesn’t speak to the world today, as He did in the days of the prophets in Scripture, is because He has already said all He needs to.

    I always smile at that comment.

    We all pray and ask God to speak to us, and yet here is a simple response that points us back to Scripture.

    Picking up on Mart’s wondering how a “crucified and resurrected Word would use it.” Referring to the word “judge”.

    I have to look at what all of the epistles have to say concerning it, as if we believe all of Scripture to be inspired, then a resurrected Christ is behind it all.

    Then there is Revelation 2:1-29 and Revelation 3:1-22 where Jesus judges the churches. Or as some may believe church ages or even each Christian.

    God judged man guilty of disobedience, and let a man be executed for all of mankind.

    The man being Himself. Jesus of Nazareth, the Messiah, the Son of God and Lord.

    How then does Jesus use the word or tem “judge”.

    Perhaps He looks at what we do with our lives after His sacrifice for us. Knowing all too well our weaknesses, by judging our heart more than our actions, yet still holding us accountable for them.

    Yes we are all safe from eternal punishment from the Father, because of Christ. However we all can do better as a representative of Christ today on earth.

    Do you suppose He will judge us for our intent or for our lack of acting upon them?

    34 degrees under cloudy skies.

    Steve

  170. jeff1 says:

    I believe Steve that being held accountable has its own punishment and God in His mercy will see that and save us from ourselves as much as from this world we live in.

    I spent my younger days as a believer but other than that I was ignorant of God while I had a dad whose trust and obedience to God give him insight in a dark world that was God given and not man driven.

    If I had listened to my dad instead of the politicians and preachers of the day I too would have had God’s righteousness and not be blinded by man’s deception.

    Life for me has been a learning curve and the more I learn the more I see my need of Christ and perhaps it is recognising that need of my own that leaves me out of my depth in representing Christ on earth because my dad was oblivious to His need of God because he was aligned to God’s will by trust and obedience and representing Christ on earth was like second nature to him.

    When my dad’s minister calmed my fears by reassuring me that heaven was real he told me of Jacob’s ladder and angels ascending and descending from heaven to earth and this Cannon as he was knew his bible as he was old school and I never heard him preach a sermon that was not rooted in the bible while today I listen to ministers whose sermons are not necessarily rooted in the bible.

    It is God and only God who knows the order in heaven and on earth as He establishes His Kingdom on earth and my dad was not wrong in his belief that it was not for him to understand but to trust and obey while it was my weakness to question God’s providence it was not my dad’s and I know who was right in knowing God better and it is not I.

  171. poohpity says:

    God still speaks today to those who listen and that are searching for Him. However many are being lead by other spirits that lead people into darkness, hate, evil because God’s enemy speaks so much louder through the things of the flesh and the world that it drowns out His voice. The good news is that there is still hope for those who ask, seek and knock.

    As far as Steve having his own blog, he already does, it is right here and has been for many years.

    Yes God will judge us for the intent and content of our hearts and there is no way to hide that from Him. So when we have ugly thoughts about others and lead others to follow those thoughts, God sees and knows because nothing is hidden from Him.

    If anyone wants to know what Jesus says about judging it is written and you can read it. If anyone wants to know what Jesus says about dealing with His enemies or sinners it is also written that He died on the Cross for us. Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.

    The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. May the grace of our Lord Jesus be with you. Watch out for people who cause divisions and upset people’s faith by teaching things contrary to what you have been taught. Stay away from them. Such people are not serving Christ our Lord; they are serving their own personal interests. By smooth talk and glowing words they deceive innocent people. Romans 16

  172. Beloved says:

    Debby downer speaks from the heart. Cheer up, it’s Christmas! Look a Savior is born!

  173. Beloved says:

    Jesus makes all things new!!!

  174. poohpity says:

    Have you ever wondered why someone would fight so hard against the word of God being shared, so hard that the messenger is slashed to pieces by words, name calling, innuendo’s, false accusations? I would think that is exactly what someone who is against Christ or anti-Christ would do. Those who truly know God would recognize His word or voice when it is spoken as Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” Isn’t that what it is after all about not following after people but following after God, searching and seeking Him?

  175. Beloved says:

    Debby you are thinking and preaching from an evil mentality. This is not a competition, and though when you told me years ago your intent was to get Steve kicked off the blog I knew then your heart was not right but I hoped God would change it. I’m sure Marts patience is rooted in that hope also.

    You are still thinking like a gang leader wannabe, which is not how our Savior taught us to live. Your fruits are rotten, spoiled and stinky. The fruit of the Spirit is peace. What peace do you convey in your writings? Preach Christ ONLY then and stop criticizing, feeling sorry for yourself and jealous of the attention others get.
    UFFDAH

  176. Beloved says:

    BTW, UFFDAH is a Scandinavian expression for exasperation!

  177. poohpity says:

    Joyce that is nothing but a big lie. I would not expect any less from you though. My desire has never been to get any one kicked off this site ever. There is nothing I would have to be jealous for or about from anyone on here.

  178. Beloved says:

    No lie, why would I? I’m not part of any club here or anywhere. Just speaking truth. You are being exposed for who you really are, finally. I prayed you would change, God changed me to be more forthright and honest and hopeful in my relationships instead. oh He is so good!

  179. poohpity says:

    I have however written to Mart and apologized about my behavior but never have I written to him about anyone else, like a little child does, with the intent of him kicking anyone off of here. My maturity level precludes that.

  180. Beloved says:

    Every key stroke sent on the internet remains forever, even if deleted. Even private messages. Think about it. Repentance brings freedom and makes all things new.

  181. Beloved says:

    I never said you wrote Mart about getting Steve kicked off here.

  182. Beloved says:

    I did, however, inform Mart years ago of your intentions toward Steve after you told me what they were.

  183. Beloved says:

    @10:05
    If people can’t hear Gods “voice” when you preach it I wonder who’s fault that is? Are all anti Christ’s because of the preacher? I hope not, but yes His sheep hear His voice. Silence is best sometimes to hear the Spirit although the still small voice of God comes and goes like the wind, not ever knowing from which direction it comes, but it does come.
    Sometimes through a song, a scripture verse, a mountain view or maybe even a blog, but softly and quietly He always comes.

  184. street says:

    19
    Let it be to him as a garment with which he covers himself,
    And for a belt with which he constantly girds himself.
    20
    Let this be the reward of my accusers from the Lord,
    And of those who speak evil against my soul.

    21
    But You, O God, the Lord, deal kindly with me for Your name’s sake;
    Because Your loving kindness is good, deliver me;

    9 And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. 10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying,

    “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night. 11 And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.
    28
    Let them curse, but You bless;
    When they arise, they shall be ashamed,
    But Your servant shall be glad.
    29
    Let my accusers be clothed with dishonor,
    And let them cover themselves with their own shame as with a robe.

    30
    With my mouth I will give thanks abundantly to the Lord;
    And in the midst of many I will praise Him.

  185. Beloved says:

    Thank you street for going deeper, Pooh I’m praying for your release.

  186. poohpity says:

    How funny is that lie when you plainly admitted it was you Joyce and probably Steve and others who have written to Mart to get him to kick me off, I would never think about doing such a thing to anyone. Like I have said in the past many times that people accuse others of what they themselves are guilty of.

    “Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done. 29 Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. 30 They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning……. 31 They refuse to understand, break their promises, are heartless, and have no mercy. 32 They know God’s justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they do them anyway. Worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too.

    You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things. 2 And we know that God, in his justice, will punish anyone who does such things. 3 Since you judge others for doing these things, why do you think you can avoid God’s judgment when you do the same things? 4 Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?”

  187. poohpity says:

    Thank you street for those verses.

  188. Beloved says:

    Wrong, I never tried to get you kicked off here, only expressed my concerns about what was going on with the regulars here. You twist things and hope you understand what the Spirit is teaching you in the scriptures.

  189. Beloved says:

    Please let go of your “street smarts” (sorry pastor street, no pun intended) and stop thinking like an outcast. It may be cool and all with those in your support group but it’s anything but Christ-like.

  190. Beloved says:

    Behold all things are made new, the old is passed away.

  191. Beloved says:

    @4:41 I need to reword what I said. What I was saying is: You twist things. I hope you are understanding what the Spirit is teaching you in the scriptures.

  192. saled says:

    I love this short, 4 paragraph topic, All Things New, and the idea that the Judge of the world is in the process of making all that is broken new again. There is so much that I want to see made new, and my own efforts seem to make things worse, not better. My hope is in Jesus.

    Steve, thanks for the description of your getting water at the spring. Writing like that is why I keep coming back here to read. Yes, you could have your own blog. You write with an authentic voice. But I’m glad you choose to keep sharing with us here. I have a book to write someday. But it may never get done. Do you remember the movie Mr. Holland’s Opus? Our greatest work is being faithful to the everyday responsibilities that we are called to.

    Steve you ask the question, “Do you suppose he will judge us for our intent or for our lack of acting upon them?”

    All the news about the secret sins of celebrities has me wondering about the judgement. I have been taught that all will become known by everyone. Turning on the news makes me sick. I do not want to know everyone’s sins. And isn’t there a verse about God not remembering our sins? I like Mart’s thought about the best time to judge may be when we can do so at our own expense.

  193. street says:

    sorry to burst your bubble beloved. i am not ordained or licensed pastor. i do understand we are to become a Kingdom of Priest. Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.

    thinking of Jesus command to His disciples in Gethsemane, to watch and prayer. thinking sheepherders do a lot of watching and praying. Jesus owns the sheep.

  194. foreverblessed says:

    Good morning all here!
    I want to tell you, all is fine with me. Thank you Narrow for encouraging us not to let our joy be stolen.
    Guard your joy! That is only done by turning to Jesus!
    Have my eyes fixed on Him.
    Give all my burdens to Him and leave it there!

    That is a disciplinary thing, we do it over and over again, and slowly do it easier.

    And I must say: I really felt joy all along!

    And Jeff, thank you for your explanation! So paranoia is part of your problem. It is good you understand others. Because I don’t understand. So thanks for your descriptions!
    May God strengthen you!

    Beloved, what are you doing, telling me to let it go, why don’t you do it?

    The word that strengthens me is this:

    ” With God everything is possible”

    Leave it with Him.

  195. foreverblessed says:

    And about the bubble:
    When a lady prayed for me, she saw a bubble in my heart, small and going places. But the bubble grew, and stayed in its place.

    I have told you about it, and this vision greatly encouraged me. As I thought that the bubble of love had bursted when someone else does not say sorry to you. But it didn’t, it was feeble but still there.

    So about judging, or evaluating, we can only look inside ourselves, and see if everything we do is out of love, Godly love!
    If everything we write here is out of love!

  196. SFDBWV says:

    My dad used to tell me if you want to teach a child to lie, punish them for telling the truth.

    From Genesis to Revelation the entire story presented is a story of people’s lives and God’s interaction with them.

    Our best testimony is never going to be about how much Scripture we can quote, but rather our lives with God.

    Yes Saled I too have read that there is a time coming when we will know every single thing about each other. I don’t really want everyone to know about the embarrassing things of my life, and like you I really don’t want to know about others as well. However we already possess a little of such “power” in being able to sense or see beyond our normal senses.

    Also like you Saled I have great difficulty watching the news, as there is little news any more, only hyped and slanted views of political banter. And the character assassination of whomever is vulnerable.

    A closer look and nothing is new under the sun, (Ecclesiastes 1:9 KJV) I would also suggest reading on in Ecclesiastes 1:10 KJV and Ecclesiastes 1:11 KJV.

    Jumping way ahead to Revelation 21:4 KJV we see all the former things are done away with and in Revelation 21:5 we see God makes “all things new”.

    As to the subject of pooh and her campaign to discredit and abolish my commenting here. Let me just say that many years ago when it began I did ask Mart for help. Not in blocking her commenting just in toning it down, when things continued as were, I just left the blog for a few months. I wrote Mart and said I would try again and have since found the only way I can participate here is to ignore her insults and attacks and let her show herself for what she is.

    I apologize for my part in the mess, but I can’t control her actions any more than I can anyone else’s. I refuse to let her dictate my actions or influence my comments.

    I would suggest that all of you continue to be yourself, represent your place with Christ and share your thoughts about Mart’s subject and not allow her or anyone else to distract you from it.

    Take the higher ground and the Holy Spirit will bless you for it.

    39 degrees, windy and cloudy.

    Steve

  197. poohpity says:

    Oh Steve I have never tried to discredit or abolish your commenting on here but I have corrected somethings that you said were from the bible that weren’t and that caused a problem. It was not done to put you down in anyway because we all make mistakes or do not know things. Have I not said repeatedly over and over again how much respect I have for what you do in your home and community? I did enjoy when we used to communicate by phone but I have never been against you in anyway just some of the things you teach and that is not a personal insult at least it isn’t to me when I am corrected. It is just part of us all thinking for ourselves and can promote some good conversation if not taken personally. It isn’t me who does the insults and attacks. When have I ever called any of you names or accused you falsely of something you have not done?

    I do not take things to Mart because I would rather try and work them out between the person and myself and he is fully aware of what goes on here from just reading the comments. He has stepped in but no one was listening or paying attention to what He said because he did not direct it at any one person but to the group as a whole including himself but few really listen to what Mart has to say.

    But they do listen to you Steve and you get them focused on one person to be the recipient of the attacks that y’all stand together behind pointing your arrows at. But I still do respect you but when your ego is bruised one tends to attack, that is human nature the flesh at it’s finest, not the nature that God has put in us.

  198. poohpity says:

    Steve, As I have written to you years ago in private that you have the following on here and with that comes a great responsibility to lead down a path that brings Glory to God. Is that what you do?

  199. poohpity says:

    When I did write Mart I pleaded with him to leave up this blog because not many of you go to church or read your bible or go to bible studies or listen to worship music and this is the closet you get to those things.

  200. Beloved says:

    Forever blessed I could not figure out what you were saying about me telling you to do something, so I reread yesterdays surge and I think I found the problem. When I wrote to pooh about keystrokes remaining forever I was speaking of for all time. No you, forever blessed. Is that what you are referring to?

  201. Beloved says:

    Street I thought you had your own church at one time so assumed you had been the pastor. Ha ha it was a very insignificant bubble. My there is a lot of grumpiness again today, however I guess everyone should have their turn, FA LA LA LA LA, LA LA LA LA. I’m having a great day!

  202. cbrown says:

    Good morning all!My church had our annual Christmas outreach to prison Each of the 1500 inmates and guards received 16 homemade cookies filled with love and a coke.It is humbling to present the Gospel to those who are prisoners.

  203. poohpity says:

    Wow very very cool Chris!!! It is humbling to present the Gospel to anyone because we are telling God’s story about a love that is immeasurable, infinite and restoring. That is 24,000 homemade cookies, WOW! I can not even imagine the work that went into that, it would have to done with love for sure.

  204. Beloved says:

    Words made new:
    Luke 6:35
    But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them, expecting nothing in return. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.

    I believe this is part of Gods judgment. David didn’t quite understand it back then, as we do now. To ask God to punish and condemn others is to curse them. God told me once very clearly that He cannot hear my prayer if a curse from me is in place upon a person.

  205. Beloved says:

    Romans New Living Translation
    Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them.

    That upside down kingdom thinking again.:-)

  206. Beloved says:

    Words do definitely matter. Especially truth spoken in love. Still working on this thank you LORD.

  207. SFDBWV says:

    I have reached a place and point in my life where thinking back across my life is like looking at someone else’s life, like that wasn’t me at all.

    Very little of it seems to matter much as the troubles of the day and the work at hand is all that matters.

    I think at the end of the day as darkness comes and we lay down to rest that the day is finally over. Barely reminding myself that tomorrow is another day fraught with its own trials and tribulations, successes and joys.

    A new day.

    I am not sure why Mart thinks that God is already making all things new, unless he is looking ahead with faith to that place where today is yesterday and tomorrow our new day dawns and all of our pain and suffering, heartache and brokenness finally comes to an end.

    35 degrees under partially cloudy skies.

    Steve

  208. poohpity says:

    Steve, being a caregiver 24/7 I have heard from others is a very heavy load to carry without any breaks. My heart breaks for the situation you are in especially in an area where they do not have anything like respite care to give the caregivers a break. It must be a very great challenge to say the least. :(

  209. poohpity says:

    I have the utmost respect for you as I have told you over the years.

  210. poohpity says:

    And Glenna too.

  211. jeff1 says:

    Thinking, Steve, of the song ‘one day at a time’ and I believe that God intends us to live in the present and not in the past or looking at the future because the past we cannot change and the future is unknown to us.

    God is with us and that is what encourages us that there is a better world to come trusting in His word rather than what I have come to believe, is many, too fond of the sound of their own words in having their say in this world.

    I’m only human I’m just man/woman
    Help me believe in what I could be and all that I am
    Show me the stairway that I have to climb
    Lord for my sake teach me to take one day at a time
    One day at a time sweet Jesus that’s all I’m asking from you
    Give me the strength to do every day what I have to do
    Yesterday’s gone sweet Jesus and tomorrow may never be mine
    So for my sake teach me to take one day at a time

    Do you remember when you walked among men
    Well Jesus you know if you’re looking below it’s worse
    now than then
    Pushing and shoving crowding my mind
    So for my sake teach my to take one day at a time
    One day at a time sweet Jesus that’s all I’m asking from you
    Give me the strength to do every day what I have to do
    Yesterday’s gone sweet Jesus and tomorrow may never be mine
    Yes just for my sake teach me to take one day at a time

  212. Beloved says:

    Steve and Viv I’m thinking this one Day made all things new. Its the hope we a!l who have had difficult lives cling to, the hope of a better Day coming and strength enough for this day, this one day we were given. Tomorrow isn’t promised. Thanking God yesterday is over, and for the both of you who make coming here worthwhile.

    God rest ye merry gentlemen
    Let nothing you dismay
    Remember Christ our Savior
    Was born on Christmas Day
    To save us all from Satan’s pow’r
    When we were gone astray
    Oh tidings of comfort and joy
    Comfort and joy
    Oh tidings of comfort and joy.

  213. Beloved says:

    Sometimes singing helps me to get through the day!

  214. SFDBWV says:

    Joyce I couldn’t agree more about music being an important part of my life as well.

    Viv I seen a piece of trivia a few days ago concerning Elvis Presley. It stated that the only album he put out that won an award for selling the most was Gospel music. When I read that I immediately thought of you.

    All the while I am at the computer I have “You Tube” on and play a list of music it has remembered for me that I like. Leonard Cohen has many that I like, “Show Me the Place”, “The Window”, “Halleluiah”, Come Healing” to name a few. Then there is “The Rose” by Bette Midler and many, many more that helps set and sooth my mood.

    It is all very spiritual and as such what I like to call relaxing time with God, not thinking, just relaxing.

    Art is a gift God gave us to enjoy and if we open our eyes we can always see Him somewhere in it all.

    Remember to keep praying for Bubbles, she needs our support.

    Blessing to all today.

    Steve

  215. jeff1 says:

    Yes, Steve, when I think back of how I was only a child when I started listen to Elvis’s gospel music and how over the years it has soothed me when I was at a low ebb.

    He also was being advised at the time he made the gospel albums against it but his Baptist upbringing never really left him and I can remember watching a programme of how on the night before his death he was reading his bible and I thought that he knew who to turn to when everyone else failed him.

    Elvis was the rags to riches who proved that it takes more than fame and fortune to make a person truly happy.

    He had a voice like an angel and that is God given in my book and Michael buble also said he had a voice kissed by God.

    Some leave an impact on this world that gives the rest of us a reason to look upwards and I believe he was one of them.

    Bubbles has not been posting and I do pray that she is ok.

    God Bless

  216. Beloved says:

    In Isaiah 40 God speaks thru the prophet Isaiah;
    “To whom will you compare me?
    Who is my equal?” asks the Holy One.
    Look up into the heavens.
    Who created all the stars?
    He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name.
    Because of his great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing.
    O Jacob, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles? O Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights?
    Have you never heard?
    Have you never understood?
    The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of all the earth.
    He never grows weak or weary.
    No one can measure the depths of his understanding.
    He gives power to the weak
    and strength to the powerless.
    Even youths will become weak and tired,
    and young men will fall in exhaustion.
    But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
    They will soar high on wings like eagles.
    They will run and not grow weary.
    They will walk and not faint.

  217. street says:

    the best time to “judge” may be when we can do so at our own expense, for the sake of others.

    thinking “judgement” is rarely if ever done for the sake of the condemned.

    thinking about, Micah 1 :13
    You who live in Lachish,
    harness fast horses to the chariot.
    You are where the sin of Daughter Zion began,
    for the transgressions of Israel were found in you.

  218. SFDBWV says:

    We received a little book of Proverbs from Our Daily Bread Ministries. I would suggest if any of you did also that you read them.

    Read what wisdom has to say.

    The idea put forth in this subject of “All Things New” is that Jesus has changed the word “judgement” to mean something other than what it implies, or from a point of view that changes it.

    I think some of us may have never heard the comment, “I would have thought you could have shown better judgement than this.”

    The comment says that the offender/accused/condemned did not make a good choice in whatever course of action they took.

    They showed poor judgement. They were “unwise”.

    Without the God given ability to decipher between right and wrong we are at risk and vulnerable to every disaster imaginable.

    Strange isn’t it that without that knowledge of the difference between good and evil just how vulnerable we are.

    Why do you choose Jesus? Is it because without that choice you are condemned to an eternity of torment?

    Or is it because Jesus shows us a better way to live, a way of pleasing God?

    Whatever reason you have, it is decided by judging between the choices and acting upon them.

    Judgement has been given a bad rep, by those who fear being judged for their actions, instead of being ashamed of their actions and asking forgiveness for them from those offended and of God.

    They use the word as a weapon against those with the ability to see right from wrong and yes good from evil.

    And worse they never change themselves, only want to change the meaning of “judgement” in an effort to escape it.

    19 degrees under clear skies.

    Steve

  219. poohpity says:

    I think the way Mart used judging at your own expense is the same way Jesus taught with the same measure you use judgement against someone else that is how you will be judged as well. Matt 7:1-2 NIV If I judge my own thoughts and actions compared to the ways of God, I most often find I have no room to judge another. When I listen to God and follow after Him I find forgiveness, mercy and grace but when I listen to the dark forces of this world I find condemnation and shame. Romans 8:1-2 NIV

    Judging another seems to be a means to distract myself from myself. How can I admit I am not living up to God’s ways when I have placed myself on His thrown to tell others they are have missed the mark when in that judgment it is I who has missed the mark but I do not realize it because I am to busy evaluating someone else? So then it would seem that it is pride that lends to judging others, to overcome that pride I need to judge at my own expense.

  220. poohpity says:

    How can I ever embrace the grace of God if I think I do nothing wrong? I can’t!

    What He came for really has no meaning whatsoever if I do not realize my need for redemption and my continued need to know I still need that redemption all the days that I have in this flesh. Salvation is something that needs to be worked out all the days of my life until I go to where my salvation is kept far from the decay of this world. Oh the joy that fills my heart even though I go through all kinds of garbage and trails here and now, God is with me to see me through.

  221. SFDBWV says:

    I only have one more thing to say today as the day is beginning to get very busy for us.

    I am not accusing, I am stating the truth. It is always the truth that condemns, not the truth teller.

    The accursed world took the man that epitomized the Word Truth and nailed Him to a cross.

    The guilty never want to hear the truth, and always crucify the one who tells it.

    Indeed look inward and see if it is you looking back or God, as what you then say will come from one or the other.

    “The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.”

    Steve

  222. poohpity says:

    But the Truth did not come to condemn or judge but to save. John 3:17, 8:15, 12:47

  223. poohpity says:

    Only through the truth do we see that we are broken, living in a broken world, not what we see as truth because none of us as human beings knows the whole truth but only seen through our own broken perspective. Only God knows the truth nothing but the truth because He is truth and His truth is shown in/by His grace. He would not have to give us grace if we were ever able to be perfect, His kind of perfect not what we think but we are covered by the only perfect One.

  224. Beloved says:

    John 8:32
    I John 5:20
    I Peter 2:16
    James 2:17

  225. Beloved says:

    Judging at the expense of ourselves…

    It’s not about us, it’s about Jesus.

    Therefore I say, not God but me, Joyce, leave other people alone and go after Jesus Himself if you want True freedom.

  226. Beloved says:

    1 John 3:8New International Version (NIV)
    8 The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.

  227. jeff1 says:

    God knew that down through the ages man would change Him to their image while it is God’s will to change us to His image. God will continue to be with us because of His love for us and not because of our righteousness because we were never going to be perfect and some of us have been believing that if we try hard enough it will happen but the more I try the more I fail because sin gets in the way and I end up feeling guilty and hiding from God.

    I have often thought having been brought up in a country divided by religion that Roman Catholics had the better religion because they have confession and I have heard Protestants say that after confession those Catholic’s feel free to sin as much as they like and I thought to myself that us Protestants were doing the same except we were confessing to God. I said to my friend when she said that they were going to hell that strangely enough that is what they are saying about us.

    Religions have made God to suit their beliefs which is why God looks so different depending on which denomination you are but the God of our forefathers is still the same God and we can be thankful for that because I don’t care what a person’s religion is as we are all worshipping the one God when we take our blinkers off long enough to see it.

    I have also heard Christians say how the Jews crucified Christ and how God will never forgive them and I made up my mind after that to believe God and no one else because what troubles me about human nature is our inconsistency, double standards and selective memory because we are still resembling our first parents much more than we care to admit and that to my mind means we need a Saviour as much today as we ever did and when we take our blinkers off for long enough that is when we see it.

  228. narrowpathseeker says:

    Good Afternoon All. I hope this finds you all well. I have something I would like to share but it may have to wait until tomorrow as my arm is acting up again. However, I DO need to say …”STEVE, your morning post was incredibly on target and so filled with Wisdom..so very clear that even a small child could understand!!” Well done!!

  229. street says:

    He saved us while we were still sinners… come to mind? we have not embraced an incorruptible body yet, but we have received a New Spirit with New affections. we are warned to maintain these affections and not continue in old habits that will end in ashes or even embarrassment. learning to live in this Spirit should be easier than this. the old man dies hard. Thank You for you generous grace, in Christ Jesus. it’s getting closer to Christmas and it is going to get real busy with family and the Holiday, Wishing you all a Joyful Christmas with the Peace that Christ gives.

  230. bubbles says:

    Jeff1, hello. I have stopped posting here. I am ok, thank you. I hope you are well. Take care.

  231. Beloved says:

    Bubbles I’m still thinking of you and wish you a merry Christmas.

    I’ve decided to stop posting here also, I don’t like where my lack of patience is taking me anymore, looking for a different hobby now, one that doesn’t need as much brain power and more helpful to those around me. Merry Blessed Christ-mas, Joyce

  232. jeff1 says:

    Yes, bubbles, I am glad you are OK, life can be a struggle at times and its knowing that God does not forsake us is what matters. He cares when sometimes I feel I have given up but the more I need Him the more I find He is there which proves that no matter what other people tell us God won’t leave His child which is all I have feared that God would tire of my wanderings but in my heart I know that God will not tire because it is me that has the weakness and not Him.

    It is when I am silent before God that He speaks so clearly and then in the noisiness of this world its so difficult to focus but His presence is there even when I cannot feel it. I know He cares so no matter how little I understand the circumstances He just wants me to trust Him in them and I will find a peace that is beyond understanding.

    Sorry to hear you are not posting but glad to hear you are OK.

  233. foreverblessed says:

    Good to hear from you Bubbles, and Narrow! I have been thinking about Bubbles a lot, since I got that vision of a bubble that did not burst, but got stronger and stronger. So I started to pray for Bubbles, let her life in you may become stronger and stronger!

    Jesus prayed for Peter, I prayed that your faith might not leave you.

    We must become e strong IN Christ first! As Jeff said, become still before Him.

    If posting here unsettles us, better take a leave.
    But…. if we stay calm in Jesus, then why not stay?

    I have seen this blog as a good training ground for, as Street often talks about: killing the old man.
    I remember Steve saying, if people keep pushing and pushing and you end up angry….

    It sounds like the pushing of people is the boss.
    But…. In Christ we are told to kill the old man: if I feel I get angry: stop!
    Take every thought captive.

    It was Paul who said that in Corinthians somewhere, he also said he trained himself, so that after he had brought the Gospel everywhere, he himself would not fall short.

    The stopping of negative thoughts, f.i. about a person who does not show remorse, is a training we have to do ourselves, God will not stop the thought for us.
    Stop it, and immediately start praising God! Focus on Him.

    It is getting better and better with me, till there’ll be day it would not disturb me at all anymore, and instead I feel the love and thoughts of God about that person.

    There will be a whole lot of much more difficult people we will have to deal with.

    I am not judging anybody who withdraws, it is better to withdraw, and get stronger in Christ.

    I am just saying there is a time and season for everything.

    A time to withdraw, a time to train, a time to kill the old man, a time to praise God!

  234. foreverblessed says:

    Bible verses to previous post:
    2 Cor 10:5
    1 Cor 9:25-27

  235. foreverblessed says:

    This verse of 2 Cor 10:5 was used in a sermon I heard last Sunday, it was given in connection to Rom 12:2
    Be made new in the inner man

    Be renewed in your mind.

    Made new!

    And then the preacher went on to say that we have a part in it! If your thoughts remain on the negative side of things about people, your situation, your country, then we are the ones to stop it, and the he cited 2 Cor 10:5.

    Made new!

  236. poohpity says:

    Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. 15 He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.

    16 So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! 17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

    18 And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. 19 For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. 20 So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” 21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.(2 Cor 5:14-21 NLT)

  237. bubbles says:

    This place causes stress and I cannot have stress in my life. It’s not worth it.

  238. poohpity says:

    bubbles, God has a message for you, “He’s waiting”.

  239. Beloved says:

    Dear bubbles, I am done with this blog also because of the stress. The LORD told me when I first started that the internet caused my stess, but I didn’t listen. I’ve felt so much better the past couple days. Last night He showed me it was my “family of origin” my dysfunctional birth family I’d found here and have been trying for years to do it over to make it better. You can’t change what is, or what was, but we can walk in the newness of life God gifts us with today. I pray for God’s healing for you. Blessings, Joyce

  240. Beloved says:

    Dear bubbles I thought I was through then I read this and thought, I’ve got to share this with her!!!!

    God is Crazy About You
    “Because he delights in me, he saved me” (Ps. 18:19 NCV).

    And you thought he saved you because of your decency. You thought he saved you because of your good works or good attitude or good looks. Sorry. If that were the case, your salvation would be lost when your voice went south or your works got weak. There are many reasons God saves you: to bring glory to himself, to appease his justice, to demonstrate his sovereignty. But one of the sweetest reasons God saved you is because he is fond of you. He likes having you around. He thinks you are the best thing to come down the pike in quite awhile. “As a man rejoices over his new wife, so your God will rejoice over you” (Isa. 62:5 NCV).

    If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it. If he had a wallet, your photo would be in it. He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning. Whenever you want to talk, he’ll listen. He can live anywhere in the universe, and he chose your heart. And the Christmas gift he sent you in Bethlehem? Face it, friend. He’s crazy about you.

    By Max Lacado

  241. bubbles says:

    WAITING FOR WHAT? ?! Maybe He is waiting for you to learn how to stop sowing seeds of discord.

  242. bubbles says:

    No. I never once thought God daved me because of decency, attitude, or anything else. I am a dirty sinner who deserves to be srudk dead by God. I am grateful that He saved me even though I am horrible. We canot do anything to earn our salvation or the love of God.

  243. Beloved says:

    Do you think God rejoices over you the way Max Lucado talked about?

  244. Beloved says:

    Not trying to upset you, just curious. For me, I know I’m special to God but when I look in the mirror I wonder why I’m so special to Him, especially when the most important people in my life treated me like garbage. I’m thinking the making new is from God’s vantage point not mine. I suppose that’s where faith comes in?

  245. cbrown says:

    Good evening all!If we have accepted Christ then God sees Christ.People who have not accepted Christ see garbage and that is what the flesh is.Love to all!

  246. poohpity says:

    bubbles, I guess you will have to ask God what that means.

    Joyce, you will be able to see the new if it is there or ask your family or friends if they notice anything new about you. Faith is something God gives us to trust in Him where change in us can be seen and heard.

  247. Beloved says:

    Merry Christmas to you Chris!

  248. Beloved says:

    Thanks Chris was having a senior moment there. Ha. Garbage in garbage out!

  249. Beloved says:

    The Holidays make me sad when I’m alone without family around. Can’t help it but this too shall pass. Chris you are always a bright light here and I so appreciate you. Thanks

  250. cbrown says:

    Joyce continUE to trust God and pray for your children.

  251. Beloved says:

    In God alone do I trust!! I’m OK about my kids, they have their own children, businesses, employees etc to deal with besides traveling 3 hours one way to come here with weather advisory this weekend with forecast highs of minus 10 F it will be brutal. I am not alone I’ve got good friends here but I should have said lonely for family. May volunteer at community meal if my car starts,ha. Its being held at my church this year.

    My daughter is a committed Christian my son is still angry at God but at least he’s not denounced Him. I believe God is working in his heart in ways I can’t even imagine.
    Thank you again Chris.

  252. Beloved says:

    You know what Chris? I’ve just finally realized that its not all about me. I’m very insignificant in the grand scheme of things although the internet can make anyone feel Like a star with an audience. But its all a lie and obscures the message Jesus left those who truly follow Him. I’ve not been a very good follower but want to change that. I want to hear, “well done, good and faithful servant” when the day of reckoning comes, reconciling this life with eternity I mean.

    I guess what that means for me now is hitting the mute button on voices that detract and cause undue stress drawing me into places that don’t heal me but bring chaos.
    Thanks for listening.

  253. Beloved says:

    I think judging myself as very special to God is a good place to start my makeover.

  254. Beloved says:

    Dear pooh,
    I must clarify something I said, but didn’t MEAN. What I said was that you were trying to get Steve ‘kicked off’ this site. What I was thinking and meant to say is you wanted him to leave because you felt he was trouble here. I often shorten my thoughts into sound bites of info thinking people will understand my meaning. Its pure laziness on my part, but when you perceived it as slanderous- which I can now understand why you felt the need to defend yourself from- I was taken aback. My apologies to you and all others for my mistake, my sin, really. Sin creeps in very sneakily and I must be more careful with my words here. I’m more careful face to face as reading body language tells me when I’ve spoken incorrectly, but it is much harder with just words on a screen. Please forgive me for slandering you here as it was not my intent, just to bring out old stubborn fighting issues that have gone on far too long here, with hopes of healing and forgetting. Moving on and past eventually!
    Joyce

  255. Beloved says:

    One more thing, (I hope).

    I must apologise to Mart and Pooh for gossiping about you, Pooh to Mart. I really thought I was helping, but I see now that I was engaging in gossip, ugly un-Christlike behavior. I should have just taken it to our LORD immediately, or left the blog. Please forgive me, I am sorry and will try to do better in the coming year, if the LORD willing He gives us more time here. Joyce

  256. poohpity says:

    I accept your apology and more often than not understand your meaning even when it is in short bites because it is very clear. I never wanted anyone to leave this site, that is not who or how I am. This is Mart’s blog and I am only a guest here so I have no right to try and push anyone away, I would rather work things out. I harbor no ill will towards anyone.

    I defend myself because in those times I am not trusting the situation to God and want to be understood. If someone dislikes likes me that is OK but dislike me for something I do, not something that is from your own perspective or made up, that is not true or misunderstood or twisted, that would be disliking me because of a lie.

  257. poohpity says:

    Once lies get started it is like a fire storm, it keeps moving just like gossip and slander. Then more climb on board and the one who started it is actually the one at fault because of their own insecurities or biases and others never seem to want to know the truth. That is the problem with group think now-a-days, not just on here but it is very common in the world we live in, not many think for themselves any more but what they are told to think by people they think they can trust because they use flowery speech or what the people want to hear. If people are bent on the negative whether real or imagined then others bent on seeing the negative are easily lead astray like sheep with no minds of their own. Nothing new there.

  258. Beloved says:

    Can’t underestimate the power of God in the lives of others. Prayer brings God’s power to accomplish His will, not mine. His will be done, hallowed be Thy name.

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