Hello World…In Deed and Truth

             Are you God’s Child?  If you are, He has a word for you:  

You are my Child by faith, and your faith shows itself in how you live. Your deep faith in Me causes you to act to serve a brother or sister in need, to offer a second chance to someone who has offended you, to go where I send you.  And because of My willing sacrifice for you, faith even motivates you to be willing to lay down your life for a friend.     I can see in your heart that your love is more than words..It shows up in your life,  your actions, your reactions, your attitudes.  Your desire to serve Me, honors Me. As you love in deed and in truth, you show a watching world my kind of love……love that lasts.      HC

We should heed His Words of love to us. We should read it daily and we should obey as He calls us to His Father heart.  Life would be so much better in this old world if people could get the vision  God wants to give to us daily. We should be glad and rejoice.    Abba, Thank you for loving us. Your love is amazing!   Let me not forget that sometimes we entertain angels unaware.  Clothe me in obedience as I walk in your amazing love.

1 John 3:18

Hello World. . doubt to Belief, Choose

Where are you in the doubt / belief area?   Do you doubt everything until you see it, or do you believe by faith that all things are possible?  Are you a doubting Thomas or have you stepped into Faith is my name, Hope is my game?

 Well, girls and boys, it is time to make a decision and get off the fence of doubt and get into the game of life and begin living as if today is the last day of your life. 

 Manna is the food of angels; God sent it down to the children to eat and their shoes didn’t wear out for 40 years. Are you ready for that kind of living?   Oh, you say; that was just a fairytale.    Doubt!    Well, it just can’t be true, how many people do you know that has shoes that are 40 years old?   Doubt.   (I have dresses that are 40 years old, and a doll that is 57 years old.)  Wake up, children.  With God all things are possible.

 We are the children of God and it is His job to take care of His Children.   Remember, He knows everything  there is to know about us. He created us, He chose us to become His children and He provided the Way to come home if we will just believe, repent and receive.      Faith or doubt, it is your choice.

 You want to know something that I found out when I became His child?    He not only knows everything there is to know about me, I cannot hide even the smallest thought from Him.  And you know what else, I cannot hide my doubts, anger,  frustrations, or fears from Him.   He knows and He loves it when I know that and share my doubts, anger, frustrations and fears with Him openly and honestly. 

He knows when you lie and tell Mom and Dad something to keep you out of trouble.  He knows when you do something that will cause you harm and pain.  When you are honest with Him and out loud with your self  — things change.

 Father God wants to take you into His arms and teach you about Himself and about yourself.  He loves it when you are open and honest with yourself and with Him.  He wants to take you from doubt to belief and on a journey with Him that last your lifetime and through eternity. But this journey can only take place when you choose belief over doubt.  When you choose to follow instead of run amuck in life.   When you choose life over death and Him over self.  The journey begins when you choose to rest in Him and His decisions for your life; when you decide that you can allow Him to make decisions for your life that are best for your life and put aside all your fears and follow.  That is a lot of ands and choices, don’t you think?  Well, if He gives you a lot of ands and choices, don’t you think He can  take your doubts and make them into beliefs once you choose to get into His boat of life?

 Father won’t chide you for having doubts.  No, He will encourage you to look at your doubts and share them with Him because He can expel doubts by new revelations of WHO He is and what He is about to do for you.  When you know Him and as He reveals more of Himself to you, doubts will flee, faith will rush in and give you new revelations of Him and His ability to get it done in your life as you submit to His authority and obey His Word.

 Walk up, boys and girls, Mom and Dad’s, Granny’s and Papa’s   and begin to ask questions to the One true God who already knows all your questions, doubts, belief’s and sin.   He is just waiting for you to ask, seek, knock and watch Him open the door wide and invite you into the new life of FAITH. 

 Go head and try honesty, trust and faith and see your life change right before your eyes.

Hello World….Exploring Spiritual Depth Precepts…#6

…..I knew he was having his first conversation with my Father and that he was entering into the new life that was there all the time for him. Three months later he died of a massive heart attack.  God is faithful.

Mom, who had joined a church when I was 6 or 7 years old, a ‘tail’ believing she was a ‘head’, was devastated by dad’s sudden death.  She was in denial from the day I had to explain to her what happened and for almost five years. She dropped out of all family gathering, she wanted no part in any holiday gatherings, and as far as us kids were concerned, ‘take care of yourself’ and leave me out of this~  We did and missed a lot of fun things together because she could not bring herself to believe Dad was gone for good. She never remarried or had anything to do with another man. She continued to work until she retired at age 65. Then she came back to us. We began to have Christmas at home again, Thanksgiving Dinner’s together and birthday parties at her house. She began to take care of her great grand children and do things with them. We were all glad for the transition, but it still was not the same. She never went to Church after dad died. She said it wasn’t necessary any more. One of my nephews, who was the life of all parties and the more good-hearted child growing up became her pet project. Whatever he needed, where ever he needed to go, a home? come live with me, Life came back into her and she began to take care of the other grandkids too.  We watched the change and began to see a strange thing…She didn’t care what bad thing any of the grandchildren did –it was alright with her. Drinking, drugs, drunk as a skunk, No discipline to any  of them, not even a word that it was wrong.. When I tried to talk to her about it, she gave me the ‘it is none of your business’ speech — I could not believe what I was seeing and hearing. A mom who was so disciplined with us now letting her grandchildren run wild and giving them money to do it with???? I prayed for wisdom but found that I could not keep my mouth shut. I became the outcast of the family because I wanted everyone on the same page…no drinking, no drugs. Happy family.

Years past and my younger sister, all her children, their friends… drinking and drugs.   My dead brothers children, drinking and drugs.  This was going to take a lot of prayer because it seemed that the family curse was being reaped like a whirlwind. Mom said she didn’t approve of the way they were acting but she was not going to interfere in their lives Prayer was the only way I had to go.  So I prayed. I prayed for 15 years and then a suddenly happened to the family. The most beloved grandchild who was an alcoholic and drug addict went to rehab for the 5th time and got saved while in rehab. I had spent years talking to him about Jesus and who He was and what He could do to make his life better and on this trip to re-hab, they met face to face. He came out of rehab with a word for me. An apology for all the things he had said about  me and to me in reference to the Lord. His testimony was beautiful and I was so happy for him. It was a true confession of faith. He had become a ‘head’ after all these years.

Tomorrow continued with his testimony of heads……

Hello World….. Exploring Spiritual Depth Precepts #2

 I picked up her bible and handed it back to her and said, “You need to study a  little more and get more comfortable with heathens than you are now so that we can’t shake you up like that. It won’t be so bad the next time you try if you know more about what you are trying to say.”  She left crying and I never forgot how sad she looked as she left…

I wondered why I had just sat there and said little to nothing. I wondered if she felt defeated in her quest to lead people where she wasn’t sure she was; and I wondered if this was the last of that…. My brother really gave it to dad for letting her in the house after she left and he asked me a direct question. “What did you mean about that remark about heathens?  You think I’m a heathen?”  I looked him directly in the eye and said, “Yes I do heathen—- Heathen’s are unbelievers and you are one and so is Dad and so am I. So don’t go getting up on your high horse and start on me, cause I know what I am talking about even though she wasn’t real sure about what she was talking about.”

“How do you know she didn’t know what she was talking about?” he queried.  I stamped my foot and turned toward him with a mean look, “She wasn’t sure how to talk to us about what she believed. I not even sure she knows what she believes. You know some people think they know but when it comes down to brass tacks they don’t have a clue.”  ‘And you do?’ my brother continued. ” I wanted to smack him up side the head! “I don’t have a clue what she believes but I know that church don’t get you saved no more that dunking in a lake gets you saved. And the reason I know that is, Granny said ‘salvation is a mystery and it only revealed by somebody name Holy Ghost.’   My brother continued, “and just what is a holy ghost, is that something like the ghost we see on tv in the movies?’ “No dummy, I don’t know what that is or even what granny was talking about, but I heard her tell Aunt M that nobody gets saved by going to the building every week or going to the lake to get dunked. You know granny knows what she is talking about. Have you ever heard her cuss or seen her drink like the rest the people we know?  No! you ain’t and won’t cause she told me – When you get the Holy Ghost, you change and you ain’t the same no more.” “SO, smarty pants, why did you call me a heathen?” Because you are! dummy!” and I left the room because I didn’t want to argue with him any longer. He was making me madder and madder and if I didn’t leave – he might wind up with a pinch to his nose.

Mom and I had sat on the porch on Sunday afternoons listening to the singing coming from the Church building next door and those people could sing. The music was wonderful and the people shouted and sang to high heaven. It lasted late into the night sometimes and Mama never got tired of listening to the music. She never went to the church but would sit for hours listening to the music coming across the street and the shouting during the service. She always made me go to bed around 9 p.m. because  of school the next morning. Mom would look teary eyed at the church sometime and say, ‘Sometimes I miss going, but your daddy……”  and I knew the reason we didn’t go to church was my daddy was a first class heathen that cussed, drank, smoked and did all kinds of stuff that mama said was going to send him to hell if he didn’t change his ways.  I was nineteen when I got my first taste of someone witnessing about something they did not even understand themselves.

Continued tomorrow…………

Hello World….. Exploring Spiritual Depth Precepts #1

How interested are you in exploring Spiritual depth? Would you say you believe half what you see and nothing of what you hear? What if I told you that according to your faith be it done to you….. I can hear you asking me      What does faith have to do with spiritual depth?   If I told you that it is the basis for all spiritual depth would you believe me?

Let us begin with researching the meaning of a couple of words.  Meanings of these words taken from  The New College Edition of the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. We all need to be on the same page and understand what the words mean before we begin to unlock this mystery….don’t you think?

 Depth:   1. the condition or quality of being deep. 2. the extent, measurement or dimension downward, backward or inward. 3. the middle, inner, or most remote or inaccessible part.

Precepts:  1. a rule or principal imposing a particular standard of action or conduct.

Spiritual:  1. of, relating to, consisting of, or having the nature of spirit, not tangible or material  2. of, concerned with or affecting the soul  3. of , from or pertaining to God.

Now that we all have the exact meaning of the words we are going to explore, let us begin with a question.  Are you the type person who only believes in what you can see, hear, smell, taste or feel  or are you the type person who has an understanding of faith that believes without sight and yet you can hear an inner voice speaking to you about certain things in your life?  Where shall we begin?  Why not, let us take the two together and compare between them as we go. I know that I have been and am on both sides of this coin and I know what it means to have no faith in anything and only believe what I saw, heard, smelled, tasted or felt….I know what it feels like to be on the other side of that coin and have faith, beginning with, many years ago, a little faith, that over the years has grown to where it is now….of which I will share some things that will probable knock your socks off as far as believing goes.

Let’s do the ‘heads, you are in faith’ and ‘tails, you are not in faith’. We will start with tails, not in faith first….becasue that is where I was 39 years ago, let go back to 41 years ago when my dad and brother and I were in the living room of my dad’s home and a witness came to his door and he invited her in to witness to us about her faith. You must remember that all three of us were tails at that time and she was heads…. alone she was with three tails who had no faith and no church upbringing and no bible knowledge, but lots of worldly knowledge and bold, brassy ability to give you hell if you didn’t know what you were talking about and didn’t have the answers to back it up.

She began with her name and affiliation with a local church and an invitation to visit them. Then she began to ask questions: ‘Are you saved?’  ‘From what’?, my brother asked. “You know. …”  and before she could finish, he proceeded to tell her he saved all his money and was going to buy a motorcycle soon. ….then he laughed…She said, “do any of you attend church?”  we all said “NO” at the same time and my dad began to tell her that church was for people who didn’t go fishing on Sunday’s or play golf with the guy’s like he did. She dropped her head and I almost felt guilty letting her sit there being ridiculed by my brother and father, yet I kept quite until she asked if we died were we sure where we were going and my brother told her if she was going to bring up hell she could just leave because he had just come home from hell and didn’t want to discuss it. She said, “Hell is not on this side, it is on the other side” and he proceeded to tell her that Viet Nam was hell on earth and he had just spent a little over a year in hell so not to try to tell him anything about hell. With that, I spoke up and asked her to leave before she got to crying. Tears were in her eyes as she dropped her head and said, “I’m sorry that I bothered this family. All of you have a lot to find out and I am not the one to tell you, I can see that right now.”  I picked up her bible and handed it back to her and said, “You need to study a  little more and get more comfortable with heathens than you are now so that we can’t shake you up like that. It won’t be so bad the next time you try if you know more about what you are trying to say.”  She left crying and I never forgot how sad she looked as she left…

Continued tomorrow……

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