Stand like Esther

ImageIt amazes me how politics or all things political can create defining barriers between so many people. If you watch the news at all there are so many people drawing lines in the sand, brother pitted against brother, friend against friend, and Christian against Christian.

If you are reading this I want to make myself very clear that I am a Christian. I write believing that the Word of God is just that…the Word of God. It is the final Authority on ALL matters. The Word is inspired (God breathed) and given to us by our Creator. It is profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness; SO that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. (2 Tim 3:16).

The book of Esther has been on my mind and heart lately. I have sat in numerous studies of Esther and have heard similar comments to this one. It would have really stunk to be Esther. She was taken from her home, given to a perverted evil king but God used her in such a mighty way. So, the first part of Esther that didn’t rub us the right way at first was overlooked because everything worked out in the end. I allowed my thoughts to go deeper than a shallow survey of this incredible book God gave us.

Why was Esther in Persia in the first place? Well, her family was taken during the captivity but after the captivity they (her people) where free to go home (there is a lot more to it but that is the simplest form). They stayed. Staying gave a foothold to the enemy. Those who came before Esther set the stage for the enemy and it affected Esther and the Jews currently living there.

What did they do that was so bad? They ignored the enemy. Haman. A man, whose hatred for the Jews ran deep, was in a very powerful position.

Let’s fast forward. Now Esther is the Queen of Persia and Mordecai, her uncle, reveals Haman’s plot to obliterate the Jews. Esther doesn’t want to confront the king about his right hand man. Read carefully what Mordecai says to Esther “Do not imagine that you in the king’s palace can escape any more than all the Jews. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:13-14).  Her reply in verse 16, “…if I perish, I perish.”

Those who are God’s children brought into the family by faith in Jesus Christ are royalty. We as Christians have a responsibility to stand for biblical values, morality, decency, truth. We are Christ’s Ambassadors. Our government is out of control and those who try and hold the White House accountable are mocked, ridiculed and stoned with some of the harshest hate filled language that I have ever heard. The truth has been exchanged for a lie and many are buying into the lie I don’t care who is in the White House. If they are white, black, male, female, Democrat, Republican, Green, Jewish, Greek, or Muslim. If the current administration does not stand for what is right in God’s eyes but does what is evil in the eyes of the Lord he should be removed. We are not to turn the other cheek or be like ostriches and put our heads in the sand. We must stand for what is right. If we are silent…

Facebook is were everyone posts their thoughts, dreams and opinions. No one really has to no anyone anymore and if you don’t like what they have to say you can secretly ‘unfriend’ them and they won’t know it is you. Many political opinions get posted and rebukes and rebuttal’s. No real debate ever seems to happen. What I do read is many rebuking those who make statements against our current President reminding them that Barak Obama is in office because God put him there. I think this statement may make those who voted for an ungodly man feel better. They remove themselves from any responsibility.

God is in control of everything. He is God. I do not dispute this fact that God allowed Barak Obama to be elected. He also tells us to pray for our leaders and such. I must point you toward Abimelech in Judges 9. Abimelech wanted to be king, convinced the people to allow him to rule over them, they gave him money and made him king. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord and in the end God repaid Abimelech for everything thing that he did that was evil. The people chose him.

Let’s not forget about Saul (1 Samuel 12:12-13). God was King over the people but they wanted a human king and “here is the king you have chosen.” The people chose the king. God allowed it yes but the people chose!

Please do not excuse your ungodly behavior by executing your will full right to vote for a man or woman who is ungodly and clearly stands for unbiblical values and claim God did it. God allows these things yes because He gives us free will. We vote. We choose. God allows it.  

Ask yourself these questions. At the end of the day have I stood for truth? Have I stood for biblical values? Do I know what biblical values are? Maybe you have chosen to vote as you always have, like your family does, your community or you don’t vote at all and really don’t care. Maybe you are one of the millions who voted four years ago to be a part of history. If so, don’t think because you have supported this administration that you will not be affected by its policies and ungodliness. You will not be spared what is coming to us as a nation, a country or a people. Ignore the warning signs if you must. I warn you ignorance is not bliss. We have less than 40 days till Election Day. Take heed of what Esther tells her uncle, Mordecai. Gather your people and I will gather mine and together we will fast and pray. I really mean this. Gather your people and I will gather mine and let us fast and pray together. Let us humble ourselves and turn from our wicked ways. Let us pray for God’s will, not ours. No agendas, no party lines just believers in Jesus Christ coming together in the throne room of God asking for forgiveness, mercy, grace and divine direction. The Word of God was given to us to learn from those who came before us. Let us learn from Esther. Let us be able to say that we will stand on the Word of God and if we perish, we perish! Amen.

Grace nothing but pure grace be given to those who love their Master, Jesus Christ.

 

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Keep Digging…

Forgiveness. For me that is one of those words in the English language I would like to remove. For the Christian, I believe it is one of the most powerful tools God gave us. After all it was God who sent His one and only Son to die on our behalf for the FORGIVENESS of mine and your sin. Whether you accept that forgiveness is not the point. The point is He did it knowing many would reject his gift. That is exactly what it is a gift.

When we forgive someone the point is not whether or not they receive it. The point is that we forgive them for whatever they have done. It is a heart issue.  The Bible clearly states that we are to forgive “7 times 70”. I don’t know about you all but I know there is one person in my life that I am pretty sure is at number 399! I think we all have those people in our lives. I am far from perfect. I need forgiveness as well. I don’t always say the right thing or do the right thing and I have to ask for forgiveness.

I have written in my journal, out of the Message Bible from Romans 8, “the best thing to do is give it a decent burial and get on with your new life. God’s Spirit beckons. There are thing to do and places to go.” I confess, I hold on to unforgiveness. I needed to take it and bury it once and for all. That is exactly what I did.

There are two people that I struggle with. One is a distant part of my life and one comes and goes but both I had to forgive. These two people have caused me a great deal of pain. I was holding on so tight. They have inflicted wounds in my children’s hearts that I see when they talk of the relationship. When I would see this in my kids I held on tighter! It was crucial for my relationship with Christ to grow and develop that I forgive these people. You may think I am a crazy person after I share with you what I did. I don’t care…really I don’t. It was a release and freedom I have never experienced in my life!

I took half a day and wrote them letters. It was letters that I knew I would never send. I poured every hurt, every arrow thrown, every dagger drawn, I let it pour out from heart. I didn’t sugar coat anything. I told it exactly how I saw it. I realize there are always two sides to every story. I, at this moment in time, was focused on my side of the story. My hurt. When I got all typed out that was done wrong to me. God spoke to my heart. He spoke to my heart and said, “Now write your part in it”. I stopped and thought about it. I thought about our whole relationship. (I want to quickly say that if you have been abused in anyway, sexually, physically, whatever you did not have a part in that evil act!) There was a lot of things I could’ve done different. There was a lot of times that I just reacted and used no self-control when it came to my own words. Then the biggest part that God revealed to me was my heart. My heart toward these people was cold, hard and just plain ugly. There was no love. I allowed my hurt to harden my heart. God showed me myself. In these relationships there was no reflection of His Son.

I printed the letters, deleted them from my computer, shredded them, placed them in a paper lunch bag and wrote on the outside of the bag ‘FORGIVEN’. I went outside and found my husband’s shovel and proceeded to go into the wooded area of our yard. I started to dig a hole. I dug and dug and dug and dug until I looked at my hole and was satisfied that it was deep enough for the purpose I had intended. God spoke to my heart again and said, “dig deeper”. I dug deeper. I asked, “Lord is this deep enough?” He said, “dig deeper.” I dug deeper. “Lord, is this deep enough?” He said, “yes.” I placed my brown lunch bag with my letters of forgiveness in the hole and I read these words, “Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. For“whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” 1 Peter 3:8-12.

I through the index card that the Scripture was written in the hole and I proceeded to fill in the hole. Packed the dirt down tight and placed some rocks on top of it as a reminder. The reminder was for me. All those things done, feelings, situations are dead. When I see that spot and I may have certain feelings come up in my heart I can say “I buried them, they are dead!” For me this was a physical expression of my forgiveness. Every step was significant and had meaning. Now, don’t get me wrong, I have prayed about this many times but when I physically took part in the forgiveness process it impacted my heart and my life like never before. I left that spot in my yard different. Changed. I felt freedom and it is a wonderful feeling! Forgiveness is freedom. Freedom is power.

Maybe the person reading this needs to forgive someone. Maybe you need to ask someone to forgive you. I pray whatever one you are that you do it and quickly. Remember “God’s Spirit beckons, there are things to do and places to go.”

 

 

Amazing Love

Amazing Love, do you know that song?

Amazing love,
How can it be That You, my King, should die for me?
Amazing love,
I know it’s true.
It’s my joy to honor You,
In all I do, I honor You.

Does it amaze you that Jesus would lay down his life for us? Not just those who believe in Him but for those who never will. That is amazing! Unfathomable! Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!

Jesus gave it all for us. Some ordinary men gave their lives as well. Why? To make Jesus’ name known among all people. The more I learn about them the more their faith inspires me.

This week as I prayed and prepared my lesson for Wednesday I became overwhelmed by the sacrifice of so many before me. Do you know how we got the English translation of our Bible? If you don’t I urge you to do some research. Google® names like John Wycliffe, William Tyndale, Miles Coverdale, John Purvey, William Whittingham. Many of these men died because they believed that it was important for ordinary people (people other than scholars, bishops, the Pope) to have a bible that they could read and understand. A bible that spoke to the people’s hearts.

The simplest way to explain how we got the original Bible (Scripture) is this:God gave us His word through 3 means. Revelation, Inspiration and Transmission.

Revelation is God’s communication to man (Romans 1:18-21).

Inspiration is divine influence (2 Timothy 3.16; 2 Peter 1.21)

Transmission is the process by which the biblical manuscripts have been copied and recopied. I just wanted to clarify between the original and the English version.

God knew all of these things. He foreknew and determined what books would make up what we call the Bible. If you do not believe this than you will be haunted by confusing and destructive doubts. He expressed perfectly and infallibly the truths which God wanted to convey to mankind. The Bible is Truth. The Bible is the final authority.

Going back to Wycliffe, Tyndale and the rest of the men who were martyrs for translating the bible to English. It seems crazy to think in this day and age that anyone would die for wanting people to have the bible in their own language, doesn’t it? I had to ask myself why did these men die? I have an English translation. Many versions as well. Many of us do. So the question could very well be stated, Why did they die for me?

The church felt threatened. Whenever this would happen the church would declare the person a heretic and have them killed. Problem solved. This was more common than people would think. You see, the church wanted the people to come INSIDE to teach them what they wanted them to know. Men like Wycliffe and Tyndale wanted to bring God’s Word OUTSIDE to the people. (Today the people would mean the housewife, the trucker, the police officer, the farmer, the preschool worker, the greeter at WalMart). They wanted the heart of Jesus to be brought to the people in a language that spoke to their heart. The church didn’t like it. They wanted to keep everything inside with them where they controlled it all. The refused to break with tradition. Did you hear that? They refused to break with tradition!

The Good News of Jesus Christ is not meant to be kept locked up tight in a building! Jesus commanded us to Go into all of the world making disciples. Go!

Does this strike a chord with some people? I suppose it will. You may see already where I am going with this. I myself had to repent. I am not a go-er. I find myself comfortable many times right where I am. God has other plans for me and for you. He commands us to go.

What have we done to the word of God that so many died for? I pray as William Tyndale did as he burned at the stack. “Lord, open the King of England’s eyes.” I pray for the Lord to open the eyes of the church (this includes myself). We have made programs, events, and more programs to entice the people to come IN. We have replaced the message of the Good News and the presence of God for showmanship. Shame on us! Jesus and His disciples never gathered at a meeting with the elders in the synagogue to discuss how they can attract people to bring them in. Can you imagine that?

Jesus, “Now Peter what are some of your thoughts on how we can attract people to come to our church and grow our numbers?”

Peter, “Let’s build our synagogue bigger so that the people will notice and want to check it out! ”

Matthew, “I know, I know, we can have sound equipment and get the best of the best singers to sing for us and that will draw them in.”

Jesus, “Sounds good. I will present it to the people as a ‘strategically planned out plan’.”

Ridiculous! I think you get my point. I am not saying there is anything wrong with stragegy it is the way we put it out there that is the problem. We make strategies that don’t involve going and doing something. We must Go. Go into the communities as Jesus did. Lay down our lives for those who haven’t heard the Gospel or the name of Jesus. Help those in desperate need of a Savior. Reach out! Make relationships. Build trust. Share Jesus. Our hearts need to grow a burden for the lost. Jesus said it. I didn’t make it up. Go.

I am inspired by what I have learned about these men and how deeply God has touched my heart with the Truth of His word. It is not for man that I labor but it is for my Master, Jesus Christ. May You, Jesus, always be the One I keep my eyes on. Every day I am more and more desperate for Your presence. I crave Your attention. I seek Your will in all I do. May my words and deed be pleasing in Your sight and hearing. I pray that we all have a burden for those who have not heard the saving name of Jesus.

I pray that many leaders in the body of Christ get their eyes off of themselves and their own agendas and turn back toward You before it is too late. I pray that if community and outreach is not a burden on our hearts that You Lord grow that desire in us. If reaching the lost is not our priority and making Your name great than please Lord bring us down from our position of authority until we are able to submit to You. I thank You for your amazing love Lord, that You would lay down Your life for us. I thank You for the faithfulness of the many before us that gave their life so that Your name would be made known and we are able to have a relationship with Your amazing Son, Jesus. It is in His Holy name that I pray. Amen.

How precious is the gift?

“Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours” 2 Peter 1:1-2 (NIV)

Conversation with God….
I was talking with the Lord one day when I suddenly realized that I do not remember what it was like not to have Him with me. What I mean is the moment you are saved your body becomes the temple of the Holy Spirit. I was saved at the tender age of 6, so, since then I have had the indwelling of the Holy Spirit living on the inside of me.

When I walked away….
Don’t misunderstand me. I know what it is like to walk away from God but HE NEVER LEFT ME! Like I said, I was saved when I was 6 years old. A marvelous day it was and I will never forget it. Unfortunately, as I grew up, the experiences of life and the pain it brought started to lure me away from my love of God. I questioned the character of God. I started to question if there even was a God. When I turned my back from the Truth of who God was and what His Word said I opened the door for more pain than I could ever imagine. I walked into a lifestyle that I thought would help stop the pain but it did just the opposite.

The Holy Spirit was with me….
The Holy Spirit was there every step I took; urging me to turn back to God. “Urging” is too light a word. The pain of my sin before me was so great but instead of repenting I tried to mask that pain as well. Hide it! As if anyone can hide from God. It was an ugly, vicious cycle I found myself in.

Those who bear witness….
When I would be dragged to church (yes, I mean literally dragged) the hand of the Lord was so heavy upon me that I wanted to run. I felt discomfort like I had never felt before. So, what did I do? I would like to say at this point I turned from my sin but I didn’t. I did the what a lot of us do. I avoided church.
Whenever I was around Christians who lived a godly life there was the hand upon me….pressing. I wish I could tell you that I learned from their example and repented. I didn’t. I determined in my own heart that I hated Christians.
I do want to make this one thing known. At this point in my life I had many people around me who called themselves Christians. These Christians lived the same as I did and I never felt the Holy Spirit convicting me of my sin when I was around them.

Repentance equals Freedom….
Fifteen years I played this cat and mouse game with God until I could play no longer. I was tired and there was no more fight in me. I collapse on my face before my Savior and poured all the garbage before Him. All those years I was searching for freedom from all the years of pain and I found it in those few precious moments. God is so patient with us. He was so patient with me. The very thing I was running from should have been the thing I was running to. I was free.

Our faith is precious….
That decision I made so long ago was the best decision I will ever make in my lifetime. Although, at the time I did not know it. I did not value my salvation, my relationship with Christ as something to be valued; precious!
As the realization fully came to me I was in awe. I have never NOT had Jesus with me. The Holy Spirit constantly convicting me of my sin because He knew God’s plan for me and it was so much better than the way I was living.
Oh, precious ones, how I have to rejoice and praise the Lord for the gift of my salvation. It is so very precious!

Digging Deeper….
There is a spiritual lesson to learn here.
Why do you think it was so easy for me to walk away from God?
Dig into the Scripture and see what it says about “falling away”. Hint: Look up Hebrews 3:12-13. See what the Scriptures say about “soil” in Mark 4.

Application….
Do you see yourself in any of these passages of Scripture? How about when you read about the soil? Are there any changes that you need to make in your life? Any sin to confess? Maybe, beloved, it is you that have turned from God and desperately want to be whole again. Turn my friend. Don’t wait as I have done. I wasted so many years. Jesus has His arms wide open waiting for You. He can wash you clean. Run to Jesus. His gift of salvation is precious.

Happy Independence Day!

“I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed, a democracy in a republic, a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect union, one and inseparable; establish upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.
I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.
-Written 1917, accepted by the Unites States House of Representatives on April 3 1918.

“-that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
-excerpt from President Abraham Lincoln, November 19, 1863, The Gettysburg Address.

I remember when I was in Elementary School I had to memorize The Gettysburg Address. It was a daunting task and I hated every minute of it. Little did I know that I was reciting one of the most important address’ in our nation’s history. As we celebrate this 4th of July we must remember the men and women that came before us to ensure our freedom. I think maybe the reason we are losing our freedom and this great country is changing so drastically is because we don’t take the time to remember. Not only that, how can we remember something that we don’t know? Many of us do not know basic US History.
I am no exception. I was given, not too long ago, a list of questions that every American should be able to answer. I wish I could tell you that I knew even half of them. I wish that I could be so proud of myself and say that I knew a quarter of them. I maybe could with confidence answer five! I am embarrassed to say, but yes, five.
The state of our country reminds me of a great nation in the bible. Particularly, the nation of Israel. They were slaves in Egypt, oppressed beyond what any human should be and cried out to God for a deliverer. God through His mercy and grace sent them Moses. Moses went up against the evils of the government with His God at His side directing all of his steps. God spoke, Moses listened, Moses obeyed. The Pharaoh did not listen. His heart was hardened along with his servants and those around him. Why would God allow the top leader of this country to have a hard heart? Why would He allow His people to be under such oppression? In Exodus chapter 10 I believe we have the answer.
“…that I may perform these signs of Mine among them, and that you may tell in the hearing of your son, and of your grandson, how I made a mockery of the Egyptians and how I performed My signs among them, that you may know that I am the LORD.” (vv1b-2).
He says the same thing in verse 9. “Then the LORD said to Moses, “Pharaoh will not listen to you, so that My wonders will be multiplied in the land of Egypt.”
God did these things and allowed certain situations to take place so that they would know that He is the LORD. Scripture also tells us that the mockery of the Egyptians was supposed to be told to the next generation and the generation after that. This they did not do.
Let us look at Judges chapter 2 verse 10. “All that generation also were gathered to their fathers; and there arose another generation after them who did not know the LORD, nor yet the work which He had done for Israel.” I think this is one of the saddest verses in the bible.
I think we can easily draw a comparison from the Israelites to our present day in America.
“It is my duty to my country to love it”
It is hard to love a country that we don’t really know or understand the very fabric that it was founded on. The Israelites children cannot know a God that they are never told about.
“To support its Constitution”
Many people would say, “What is that?” Many of our politicians and justices would say the same thing. For the Israelites God’s Word is Truth and the way that they would pass down that Truth would mostly be from oral communication. Bottom line is that they weren’t passing on the message of God.
“To obey its laws”
This is why it is important to put people in power that believe in the biblical truths of the bible so that the law does not become corrupted. The Israelites were told over and over again to love the LORD there God with all their hearts, mind, soul and strength and to obey His commandments. If they didn’t know the LORD how can they obey Him. They were given the law so they would recognize there sin and their need for a Savior. He gave us Jesus. Jesus did not come to abolish the law, He came to fulfill the law.
“To respect its flag”
I remember after 911 seeing all of the flags on everyone’s vehicle. There wasn’t any place you went that did not have the flag proudly displayed. Did you know that if there is no wind and the American flag cannot fly freely in the wind you are to take it down? It is a symbol of freedom! God’s Word to the Israelite was there freedom. It was instruction and guidance to right living. He would warn do not turn to the right or to the left. Why would He say that? So, that they would not turn their hearts away from Him. It was freedom He was trying to show them but they chose bondage.
“Defend it from all enemies”
The flag, freedom or both? I’d say both. Enemies can penetrate the United States by the people not having knowledge of the foundation this country was founded on, the sacrifice that was made for us, the laws that are supposed to govern and protect the people, and the symbol that represents who we are. If we don’t know or respect any of these things we may end up sleeping with the enemy. Like the Israelites who allowed an enemy into their camp so have the United States. It is the root of Pride.
Let us go back to Judges and look at the 17th chapter. I believe that this makes things very clear concerning our own situation in America. “In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes” (v6).
Our standard should not be “what is right in his own eyes” but what is right in the eyes of God. God’s Word. God should be our standard. His principal, His gospel, His Son. The gospel is so valuable that many men and women have died so that you and I can have the opportunity to know the One that wrote it. Jesus is our standard. He is the Word of Truth. He is the one that died for our sins so that the enemy of our souls does not rain victorious over our lives. That is unless we allow him to. Men and women have died for this country so that you and I can experience the freedom of worshiping our God, the only true God, without government interference, without being told that when we pray do not use the name Jesus. There were two precious men who were told that in the book of Acts. The first martyr of our faith, Stephen. He would not keep quiet about Jesus and either should we.
So, as you are roasting hot dogs, grilling hamburgers, hanging out with friends and family and shooting off fireworks, please remember this. We cannot forget what this country was founded on, biblical truths. We cannot forget the lives lost for our nations freedom and our spiritual freedom. We must not allow our children to grow up in a United States that once was.

Are you ready?

As some of you may know this past week has been one that I do not ever want to go through again. Sunday, May 20th, started out as a day of celebration. I woke that morning to the tune of “Happy Birthday” and my lovely children reminding me that I am almost 40! By that night, 9pm to be exact, I found myself in the ER with my husband who was in the most excruciating pain. Monday morning at 4am we walked out of the ER not feeling any better and went home. As he lay in bed still inpain he would express that he felt like he was going to die! Of course he was unaware that had been a thought I had been fighting in my own mind. I had to know that whatever was going on, if it was going to take my husbands life that he was ready to meet God. So, while he lay there in pain for a brief moment we were eye to eye and I asked him if he died would he go to heaven. Was he ready to meet Jesus? If he wasn’t sure that we can make it right with God right now. No words were said, his eyes slowly closed and he slept for a little while. That afternoon we were in the Surgen’s office, early Tuesday he was in surgery having his gallbladder removed. His liver was shutting down and his kidneys had begun to fail. I have never seen my husband so sick.

I have started to write on several topics for this month and nothing seemed to feel right. I was talking to David (he is feeling much better now) about it and this is what he said, “You know when I was really sick and in so much pain I didn’t think about God or making things right. I thought I was going to die and all I was thinking about was the pain going away. Even when we were sitting in the ER that never crossed my mind. God or heaven. Things were happening so fast that I really didn’t have time to think about it and the pain was so great. When you are in the middle of something like that you don’t have time to think about all that other stuff. So, why don’t you write about that. Are you ready?”

My husband does that kind of stuff to me a lot. Shares this awesome wisdom and insight and yet I am uncertain about the state of his own soul. I leave that between him and Jesus, but I will take his suggestion because I believe what he said was so profound. When you are in the middle of a crisis or looking death in the face….are you ready to die and stand before Jesus. The bible says that every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord (Phil 2:9-11). Life can end at any moment. What are you waiting for? A more opportune time? Do you think submitting to follow Christ is boring and nothing but a bunch of rules? Maybe you have an ill opinion about Christians that keeps you from submitting to follow Christ? I know that I use to think that God was nothing but a rule maker, didn’t want anyone to have fun and those Christians! I’d rather take my chances outside the church. We have an enemy named Satan that wants to use every lie there is to keep us from having a relationship with our Creator. He wants to keep you from the only One that can give you victory in your life. Jesus said that the enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy but I have come to give you life more abundantly (John 10:10). If you have a bunch of dead things in your life it is from the enemy. God is life (Col 3:4). Everything good comes from God (James 1:17). There is freedom in Jesus (Luke 4:18-21). Freedom from our sin, freedom from what others think about us, freedom from our past, freedom from past hurts and rejections. Many of us have been hurt by Christians and I am really sorry for that. I am sad to say that I have probably hurt some people along my journey and if you are reading this and I have hurt you I am really sorry. I pray you forgive me. It is a shame though that more people seem to be hurt by Christians than any other group of people. There is nothing that God does not see and He is our vindicator. He restores the hurt and broken hearted (Psalm 147:3). My part is making sure that my heart is right. My relationship with God has become more important than how some foolish people act.

Most of us when we put our minds to it there is nothing that anyone can say or do that can change our minds. So, I ask you, why allow someone who is acting not the way that they should decide for you whether or not you are going to submit to Christ and have a victorious life? I pray that those who are struggling with this really think about that. I would NEVER go back to my old life! The more I seek Him, the more He reveals Himself to me, the more I fall in love with Him and the more I want to know more about Him. The more I am amazed that God would send His only Son to die on a cross for my sins (John 3:16). Would you submit and seek God today? He promises if you seek Him you will find Him (1 Chr 28:9). The bible says “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation” (Romans 10:9-10). So I ask you one last time. Are you ready?Tomorrow may be too late. ~ Missy

Note: My husband David approved this blog post. XOXO thank you honey for being so open.

Why a blog?

Let me first start by saying this. God has led me on the most incredible journey of my life. The more I listen to His voice and am obedient the more that I learn about Who He is and what His Word says. I am far from being perfect or even thinking that I am. It is the exact opposite. The more I dig into the Scriptures the more I truly realize how little I know and how much I am desperate in need of a Savior. I am so grateful everyday that I serve a merciful God that gave His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for my sin and be my Savior. To be Savior to a world that so desperately needs Him.

I am starting this blog because I believe that one of the most important thing that a believer in Jesus Christ can do is read their Bible and understand what it says. Five short years ago, I walked into a church and sat down at a table with a whole bunch of ladies that I did not know and had my first Bible Study lesson. At first it was hard and took a lot of work and effort on my part to stay committed. I am so thankful I did! It wasn’t all my doing though, the Holy Spirit led me and those ladies help guide me in the Word of God to discover the truth for myself. To discover the truth of God’s Word for oneself, in my opinion, is the best way to read God’s Word. That is what I would like to do. Help other’s discover Truth for themselves.

I want to make it perfectly clear that I am no Scholar of Theology or Doctrin but I love Jesus and the more I learn about God through His Word the more He shows Himself to me and the more His Word becomes alive in my life. I want everyone to discover that. The Bible is as relevant today as it was so many centuries ago. What we have done is taken our lives and then tried to apply or make relevant the Bible.  What we should do is take the Bible and what it says and apply it to our lives, it already is relevant. Make sense?

My prayer for anyone who may read this:

Father God, I pray that your people discover Your truth in the only book that governments cannot silence or man cannot destroy, Your Word. That the love and peace of Christ penetrates their hearts and minds. That the knowledge and truths that You show them does not make them think more of themselves as the wise think of themselves but that they realize how much we really do not know. May the Words of Your Son, Jesus,guide them and transform their lives into shining lamps so full of light that the world wants to know what they have. May we keep our eyes and thoughts on heavenly things and remember that our Lord Jesus will return. In Jesus name. Amen.

“In regard to this Great Book, I have but to say, it is the best gift God has given to man. All the good the Savior gave to the world was communicated through this book. But for it we could not know right from wrong. All things most desirable for man’s welfare, here and hereafter, are to be found portrayed in it.”              Abraham Lincoln