ARE YOU PERSUADED?

24 08 2012

Lighthouse Ministries

Romans 8:38-39                                                                     

-Vs. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, -Vs. 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

This morning a man in downtown Manhattan, New York killed a former co-worker, and in the malaise between himself and the responding Police Officers, several other innocent bystanders were shot and wounded.

Let’s roll back the tape a few moments earlier. My daughter was on the phone with me as we chatted and prayed about a decision she needed to make concerning a close acquaintance.

Upon finishing our call, she realized she was running late for her usual morning train into downtown Manhattan. However, she had a “knowing” in her spirit to ‘not rush‘, but instead to ‘be at peace’ with the fact that she’d be a little late to work this morning.

As she emerged from the subway station to the street level, she said there was a kind of quiet in the streets and throughout the standstill crowd that she’d not experienced before; it was eerily quiet.

Arriving a few blocks away to her job, she was immediately informed that there had just been a shooting moments ago. Co-workers were glad to see her safe and sound since all knew her arrival would have been inevitable directly through the zone of the shooting. They were amazed that she hadn’t been in the midst of the shooting frenzy; missing the action by mere minutes.

She quickly called me to assure me that she was safe at work. We praised God and asked His peace upon those who will be receiving tragic news or sustaining injury this day.

We wake up, shower, grab coffee (or whatever) and jump into our day, not truly knowing what lies ahead in the next few moments.

As a baseline for our lives: “Are you fully persuaded?”

If yes; then there is no job that you could lose and have you also lose your sound mind. If yes; then there is no passing of a loved one that could have you lose your sound mind and destroy your own life or that of someone else. If yes; then there is no loss in this world system that can ever be an excuse to act against what you know to be true of your Heavenly Father and His word.

Are you truly… FULLY persuaded?

Let’s Pray: “Heavenly Father, we stop this very moment and once again submit ourselves and our trust to You, Lord Jesus.” Amen

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IF MY PEOPLE WILL…

5 08 2012

2 Chronicles 7:12-14

12the Lord appeared to him at night and said:

“I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a temple for sacrifices.

13“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

On the occasion of the dedication of the first Temple in Jerusalem, after the offering of many oxen and bulls was accepted by God, with Holy fire consuming them on the altar; God promised Solomon:

If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray, and turn from their wicked ways; then I shall hear from heaven; then I shall heal their land.

A multiple shooting and possible hostage situation at a Sikh Temple in suburban Wisconsin was “Breaking News” today as we prepared our family brunch.

A few burnt eggs and half-cooked hash browns later, we learned that several people have been killed and some wounded; including the responding Police Officer to the scene.

Our humble, sincere prayers are offered to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for the families, loved ones and all connected to this horrific situation. We pray for the First Responders, the Physicians and many medical professionals treating the survivors; also for the shocked community and the many officials investigating this tragic, evil act.

We are saddened as well as filled with righteous indignation; pleading: ‘Enough Lord, please help us! Enough of the hate and evil; enough of the divisiveness that pits human being against human being with suspicions due to their color, their religion, their culture or nationality and politically leanings or sexual identity… We say, “Enough, Lord.”

Enough of the ignorance that encourages public figures to make self-serving accusations against innocent people because of race, religion, the circumstances of their birth or the texture of their hair!

Lord God in heaven, we submit ourselves to You and say humbly: Enough, O Lord… we cannot fix it… we pray for You to step in, Father. Just as you shut the mouths of fierce lions set against Your Prophet Daniel because of lies; Father-God, shut the mouths of all those that rage in high places; calling for hate, calling for mistrust, and accusing without a cause. Our land is scorched, are crops fail, we ask Your forgiveness. It is enough Father-God; not another life is worthy of fulfilling this evil quota of intolerance…   Surely, it is enough.”





GOT FRUIT?

1 07 2012

Bearing Fruit is seasonal. Bearing fruit happens within an appointed time. After which there is ripeness; which is dependent upon growth; however that can only occur if the plant is able, or has the potential to bear fruit

 

Ecclesiastes 3:“To ever thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…”   KJV

The above verse lifted from this famous passage of Scripture continues on to describe a variety of times and seasons in life; leaving us to understand that “timing is everything.”

As seen throughout the Bible, the fig tree is representative of various ‘timings’ and forecasts for many of life’s circumstances.

The fig tree represents:

  • Plenty, Potential and Provision
  • Deuteronomy 8:8; I Kings 4:25; Mark 11:13 and Luke 13:7
  •  Warning; (things that are) Uncharacteristic; Untimely; and Out-of-Season
  • Habakkuk 3:17; Joel 1:7; Luke 21:29 and Revelation 6:13
  •  Fear, Destruction and Non-productive
  • Genesis 3:7; Hosea 2:12; Jeremiah 5:17 & 8:13 and Luke 13:7
  •  Rooted and Settled
  • Zechariah 3:10; Isaiah 36:16; Luke 13:6 and Micah 4:4
  •  In-Season and Timeliness
  • Isaiah 34:4; Isaiah 36:16 (again) and Mark 13:28

In Luke 13:7-9, I believe Jesus is allowing us to eavesdrop into the realm of a ‘type’ of conversation between Father-God and Himself (pre-incarnate):

7 Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, ‘Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?’ 8 but he answered and said to him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. 9 And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that[a] you can cut it down.’  NKJV

If you’ll recall, on other occasions, Father-God became fed-up with humanity continually producing nothing but evil upon the earth and decided to destroy His creation, but He repented (to stop and change direction) as He did with Adam and Eve; Noah and the Ark; the Tower of Babel; Moses and the Israelites in the desert; Sodom and Gomorrah; the city of Nineveh; and many other times too numerous for this small space.

Jesus is mankind’s last hope and the only One standing between sinful, spiritually unproductive; unrepentant humanity and God’s decree of eternal damnation. That’s it folks; that is the bottom-line; everything else is simply a symptom of a bigger condition: Unrepentant sin.

Jesus came to the earth to pay for our sins. HE fertilized around our individual ground-scape with His shed blood; while the Holy Spirit ‘digs’ and tugs at the corners of our heart continually.

Jesus stands ever-ready so that if we confess to Him our sin; repent of our sin and decide to move our scrawny little feeder-roots into the refreshing water of His Word as our Savior (Jesus: the Word made flesh); we can be strengthened; we can be healed; we can be SAVED. The potential is within our grasp.

If doing things ‘your way’ hasn’t been working out… Let’s pray this prayer together:  “Lord Jesus, thank you for loving me; forgive me for forgetting that;   I ask that You wipe my sins away and receive me as your child. I commit myself fully to you.” Amen†

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Objects In Mirror Are Closer…

28 05 2012
Uh Oh!

Closer Than It Appears

If the above picture pretty much captures how life’s challenges are ‘bearing’ down on you (pardon the pun) then you’re not alone!

In fact, that’s what I want to share with you today: You truly ARE never alone. Our creator is ever-present and never-changing. Our creator; Heavenly Father; our Lord is not distant. To the contrary, He is only a prayer away.

God never changes… that’s the good news…. however, our perception of Him changes… that should be ‘the better’ news. If the Lord seems more distant than when you last checked; perhaps you’re not giving Him enough of your time and attention? Maybe the Grizzly in the mirror is taking up more space than he deserves? After all; he’s only an image in the rear-view mirror.

Let’s spend more “Selah” time (Selah=Pause and reflect) with our Heavenly Father who never changes His mind about loving YOU.

Some good Bible passages that can help you press the gas pedal a little harder in order to make that bear look a whole lot smaller:

Malachi 3:6

Philippians 2:12-16

Until next time: Be Blessed!

PS: Pop Quiz, “How has the Lord helped you to make your Grizzly small?”

 

 

 

 





Running To and Fro

21 01 2012

With Loving Kindness

Recently, a gentleman asked if I had heard of Tr–s Di–s and mentioned 72 hour weekend “gatherings” networking America and if I was interested. It was basically a recruiting email.  This was my reply to him.

Hi ‘Johnny’ (Not his real name)

After doing an online search of Tr–s Di–s, I must state that in addition to previous (Extensive) experiences with this type of thing, I personally have no interest in these methods. I pretty much stand by the Apostle Paul: “All I know is Christ and Him crucified.” I Cor. 2:2.  My search for an intimate relationship with Christ begins and ends with the Bible. What you or anyone else decides to do is for the Lord to judge.

If I were sitting across my table talking to you, you’d not hear a harsh tone, so I hope these written words do not ring harshly in your spirit-man for they are offered in loving kindness. However, as my dear Texas husband says, “This ain’t my first Rodeo,” (with these types of methods).

Some of the methods I went through beginning in the early 1970’s through the late 80’s while searching for a closer walk with the Lord was: Moorish Americanism,  the Rosicrucian’s, Native American Believer-Groups, New Age Spiritisms, Universalist Groups, Theophostics Gatherings, Emmaus-Walk folks, various Focused Cell Groups, and many others.

So, all this to say: “Been there-Done that” and (for me) nothing is better than your Bible (an edition that you enjoy), perhaps an Amplified or Study Bible close-by; a few well-written commentaries; a Hebrew/Greek Dictionary and a Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance. Add all those things together with a prayerful, reverent heart of loving Praise before the Lord and at least a mustard-grain-dash of Faith and there is NOTHING that the Lord won’t show you through the Holy Spirit.

Thank you for service in ministering to those in prison. For us all, I suggest we use our weekends to feed the poor; drive the sick and shut-in to their appointments; pray for a young couple facing challenges in their marriage; be a friend to a fatherless teen and ask nothing-nothing in return. Let’s take our “covered dish” and contributions to a homeless shelter (I have lived there too) while sharing His word and in this way you will know the closeness of the Lord Jesus as you serve His sheep; then you will grow in your knowledge of Him.  This is our reasonable service. This is Kingdom work. I invite you to read my blog: https://tnlighthouse.wordpress.com.  TN Lighthouse Ministries only comes out three times a week so I don’t become a nuisance to your “inbox.”

You know ‘Johnny’, Jesus spoke in the book of Matthew 24:26 and also see Daniel 12:4~ That in the last days people would run to and fro seeking Him and seeking more and more knowledge (of Him-on their own terms), but He told us “not” to go where they directed; saying “Lo He is in the desert and Lo He is in the inner room.

Bottom-line, that is what I think these types of gatherings. I believe the people involved are probably loving and sincere; I don’t believe the underlying spirit that crafted these methods is of God.

Let’s pray: “Father-God, we ask that the mind of our understanding be enlightened by your Word and that our hearts receive your instructions and directions through your Holy Spirit, who is the Spirit of truth. Please lead, guide and direct my Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus and Lord, please lead me too in your care and keeping, in Jesus name we pray. Amen.    Be Blessed     The Lightkeeper





FEAR NOT – Part 2 of 2

11 01 2012

When we accept and speak thoughts and words; we are in creation-mode just like our Heavenly Father. When we speak Faith-filled words, the power of God given to humankind goes into effect to fulfill those words, since we are made ‘in His image’.  Read the final installment of FEAR NOT – Part 2 of 2. Be Blessed! ~The Light keeper~tnlighthouse.wordpress.com

 








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