God Is In Control

Copied from Josh Goodwin’s FB page.

Pro 21:30-31 There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD. (31) The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD.
NOTE: This verse doesn’t speak against preparation, but rather puts our actions into perspective.
EXPLANATION: If we are against the Lord, there is no possibility of success. If we are with the Lord, he is where our safety ultimately lies.
This passage gives us a glimpse and reminder of God’s sovereignty. In a year of riots, killings, unrest, moral decay, and political madness we need to remember the almighty, imminent power of a good, wise, loving, holy God.
My personal note. Josh Goodwin is pastor of Maranatha Baptist Church in Sebring, FL, and I have often had the privilege of hearing him preach. He loves the Lord and he loves people. Though the world seems to be spinning out of control as chaos and violence become more and more prevalent in the news, God has not lost control. He is allowing all of this to get us to seek His face, His grace, His mercy, His protection, and His peace. None of these current events surprise true believers in Jesus the Christ. He said it would happen. He even said it will get worse as Satan realizes his time or rule is coming to an end.
God gives each of us a choice: accept His free gift of salvation through the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary, or reject Him. When we accept His sacrifice we are given eternal life, to spend eternity with the God of the universe, who created everything and everyone, and willingly came to suffer and die as no one has ever suffered before or since. He took our punishment. Romans 3:10 tells us that there is none righteous. None of us, not one single person, is good enough (nor can be) to enter God’s kingdom. We all fall short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). Isa_64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

Romans 6:23–For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 5:8–But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 2 Corinthians 5:21–For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Ephesians 2:8, 9–For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. 
Revelation 20:15–And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. If you don’t believe in hell, or if you think it’s a big party place, read the description in Luke 16:19-31–There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
Luke 16:20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
Luke 16:21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
Luke 16:22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
Luke 16:23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
Luke 16:24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
Luke 16:25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
Luke 16:26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
Luke 16:27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:
Luke 16:28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
Luke 16:29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
Luke 16:30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
Luke 16:31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. 
Romans 10:9–That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Romans 10:13–For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Salvation (asking Jesus to save you from your sinful nature) is a free gift. You can’t earn it and once you have it, you can’t lose it. It is eternal. God created language. He has perfect understanding of every word so He says what He means, and means what He says. He is perfect and cannot lie. He is a God who can be trusted. He did not promise to keep us from tragedy or trials, or problems. Every person will go through hard times. It’s a part of life. The question is: do you want to be left on your own to deal with everything when life is at its worst, or do you want a comforter (the Holy Spirit of God) to be with you through everything? To comfort and strengthen you? To give you hope that even if you should lose a loved one, God will see you through the pain, help you heal, surround you with His peace and love? There is NO ONE that God hates. He hates sin. He hates some of the things we do. He hates some of the choices we make. He hates sin. He wants to deliver us from the bondage to sin. Rom_6:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
Rom_6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

Rom 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
Rom 7:19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
Rom 7:20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
Rom 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
Rom 7:25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

Movie Review: War Room

I have seen this movie twice. When it is available on DVD I will purchase a copy. It is the best movie on the power of prayer I have ever seen.

The movie brings out several points:

1) You can go to church and still not really know how to do battle in prayer.

2) A lukewarm Christian has NO access to God’s blessings. Rev. 3:16 says, “So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” This is Jesus the Christ speaking.

3) When we battle with our family members we are leaving God out of the situation and trying to handle it ourselves. No one wins in these situations, and families implode.

4) God has given us weapons in His word to use in prayer to fight the real enemy: Satan.

5) Mercy and grace are freely available in Christ. It is our job to share them. It is not our job to try to change someone else, or to judge and criticize.

6) When you have a burden you really want God to handle, that you really want to change, you need to get out of God’s way and let Him handle it.

This is a call to arms for Christians. We fight the world system with prayer, compassion, mercy, and grace. We show the love of Christ instead of condemnation and criticism.

Children At Play–a new poem by me

Johnny and Judy got up one day,

The day started in the usual way;

They got up, got dressed, and went out to play.

Their mom called them for breakfast;

They sat down to pray—

They bowed their heads and closed their eyes,

But neither of them knew what to say.

Thanks For Prayers–Update

Mom (mother-in-law) is in rehab now across from local hospital. We think perhaps what is making her sick is her anti-nausea medicine. We will be talking to medical staff to see what can be done. When she isn’t feeling nauseuous and/or vomiting, she’s in better spirits and eats a little better.

I’ll be back to writing soon. My spirits are getting better too. May the Lord bless all who have been kind enough to be concerned and praying.

No Expiration Date on Prayer

No Expiration Date on Prayer.

Pressed from “Let’s Talk” on StumbleUpon. Very good devotion on Zechariah’s seeming lack of fatih when the angel Gabriel announced that Zechariah and his wife would have a child (in their old age). This is encouragement for all of us who begin to think, after praying for weeks, months or years for something with no results, to keep trusting and believing God. It reminds us that God is not bound by time as we are, and though the waiting can be arduous, His timing is always perfect.

 

Drowning: A Poem

My house, my life are a mess,

And so to my old self I regress,

Back to reading and playing,

And TV watching, I’m just saying

I’m overwhelmed, I must sit down,

So much to do, I fear I’ll drown

With e-mail, Facebook and blog,

Aimlessly wandering through the fog,

My writing, Tumblr, and Twitter,

Promote my work, I’m all in a flitter,

Somehow I suppose I’ll muddle through,

But Lord, where in all this, do I fit You?

The Empty Tomb Prayer Lesson

Empty Tomb Prayer Kit Pg 10001This is a pocket made of construction paper. The children will glue the praying hands to the outside and put the open hands (Jesus’s hands) on the inside. The Bible verse Phil. 4:6 will be printed on the outside. It reads: “Be careful for nothing, but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

Empty Tomb Prayer Kit Pg 10001 Empty Tomb Prayer Kit Pg 20001Tomorrow (Nov. 9) will be my first Sunday teaching children’s church since we left for the summer back in April. Our snack is called empty tombs. I brush melted butter on crescent rolls, sprinkle with cinnamon and wrap a large marshmallow in the middle. Then I bake them according to package directions. When we take them out of the oven the marshmallow is gone. The “tomb” is empty.

But tomorrow I’m using a different application to the lesson (my husband’s suggestion). The first photo at the top of this page is a pocket made of construction paper. The children will glue their praying hands on the front. The empty hands (representing Jesus’s hands) will be inside the pocket. Each child will put his or her name on the outside of the pocket. The Bible verse at the bottom will be Philippians 4:6 which reads: “Be careful for nothing, but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

The second photo shows the little paper “bubbles” on which the children can write down the things they are concerned about, a sick pet or relative, a test at school, someone being mean to them, etc. They will put those in the pocket with Jesus’s hands so Jesus can take care of those things. Then the child’s heart will be empty of those worries, just as the “tomb” is empty.

We will read lots of Bible verses that show how much Jesus cares about our struggles, and how much He loves children.

Get It Free

Greetings dear friends, followers, and fans. Today is the first day that Mending Fences is available for free on amazon.com. It will continue to be free through October 1. The story is about a Viet Nam veteran turned pastor named Robert McGinn. He loves the Lord and his family but seems to always be away helping someone else when a crisis happens. When his little girl dies, his wife April, decides she no longer wants to be a pastor’s wife. Even his son Jack turns on him. After the funeral Robert moves from their home in Tennessee to Oregon. Seventeen years later he is diagnosed with a terminal illness (a rare disease described on CDC website). Now he has some decisions to make. Amid recurring nightmares of various types of broken down fences, he is trying to decide if he has enough time to mend those broken fences of his life, and if he does, will anyone care?

See the author interview at http://www.indiehousebooks.com.

I am so excited about this. This is a first for me–advertising and/or marketing on the internet. It is also difficult because I don’t like to call attention to myself. This life isn’t about me; it’s about God and how much He loves us and wants to provide for us as a father would for his children. We just have to invite Him into our lives. My prayer is that, through my writing (which is a gift from Him), others will come to know how much He loves them and wants to help them through the struggles, trials, and tribulations that come just from living. If we never had a problem we wouldn’t know we needed God.

Thank you all for repsonding and reading. I promise to try to do better at responding to your comments.

Sincerely,

Aleta Kay

aletakay.wordpress.com