Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas...


Having several friends who share with me their reasons for their love of the holiday that comes every year on the 25th, I have decided to post 120 reasons I don't. Perhaps you've heard them before, perhaps not. But those who love the LORD Jesus Christ and want to serve and worship Him in spirit and in truth should be careful about this as about every other aspect of their Christian walk. We cannot let our feelings or tradition dictate what we believe and practice. We must base all we do simply on the pure Word, the oracles of God. Is it really about Jesus Christ? Are we as Christians called to observe Christ-Mass? Prayerfully consider each point in light of Scripture.

For those who don't celebrate, its always good to have a refresher on why we do what we do because the world is daily warring against us and we do not want to turn back from the truth. Lets walk therein it!

. . . the LORD condemns using pagan religious practices in His worship (Deut 12:29-31).
. . . the LORD condemns adding to or taking away from His commandments (Deut 12:32).
. . . the LORD condemns doing anything under green trees in His worship (Deut 12:1-4).
. . . the LORD condemns the heathen use of decorated trees at a solstice (Jeremiah 10:1-4).
. . . the LORD commands us to separate from and not touch pagan religion (II Cor 6:14-18).
. . . the LORD commands us to come out of Roman Catholicism and her sins (Rev 18:4).
. . . the LORD condemns turning to the left or right from His commandments (Deut 5:32-33).
. . . the LORD told the apostles to teach us to observe only His commandments (Matt 28:20).
. . . the LORD rejected David's worship for a small detail and killed Uzzah (II Sam 6:1-10).
. . . the LORD rejected and killed Nadab and Abihu for offering different fire (Lev 10:1-7).
. . . the LORD rejected Moses from seeing Canaan for a slight modification (Num 20:12).
. . . the LORD rejected Cain's worship simply for bringing an alternative sacrifice (Gen 4:7).
. . . the LORD rejected Saul forever for noble intentions in a modification (I Sam 15:22-23).
. . . the LORD rejected Uzziah and gave him facial leprosy for a new idea (II Chr 26:16-21).
. . . the LORD rejected and killed Ananias and his wife for fudging a large gift (Acts 5:1-11).
. . . the LORD requires reverence and godly fear in worship to avoid His fire (Heb 12:28-29).
. . . the LORD seeks true worshippers to worship Him in truth, not superstition (John 4:23-24).
. . . the LORD commands us to earnestly contend for the faith once delivered (Jude 1:3).
. . . the LORD requires us to esteem all His precepts but to hate all other ideas (Ps 119:128).
. . . the LORD commands us to prove all things by Scripture and reject the bad (I Thes 5:21).
. . . the LORD expects us to be noble and search Scripture to know true worship (Acts 17:11).
. . . the LORD gave Scripture to perfect us, which does not mention Xmas (II Tim 3:16-17).
. . . the LORD curses any gospel different than Paul's, and he didn't preach xmas (Gal 1:8-9).
. . . the LORD condemns fellowship with men having only a form of godliness (II Tim 3:5).
. . . the LORD condemns loving pleasure more than God as perilous times (II Timothy 3:4).
. . . the LORD condemns anything different from His Word as dark ignorance (Isaiah 8:20).
. . . the LORD abominates anything popular with the world and esteemed by it (Luke 16:15).
. . . the LORD condemns friendship with the world as becoming His enemy (James 4:4).
. . . the LORD condemns traditions in His worship as evil and vain hypocrisy (Mark 7:5-13).
. . . the LORD hates the polluting of His glorious name with pagan idolatry (Ezekiel 20:39).
. . . the LORD condemns the superstitious idolatry and blasphemy of the Mass (I Cor 11:26).
. . . the LORD condemns bringing any item of false religion into our houses (Deut 7:25-26).
. . . the LORD commands us not to set up any image, which He hates (Deut 16:22; Ex 20:4-6).
. . . the LORD hates religion that goes under green trees (I Kings 14:23; Isaiah 57:5; Jer 3:6).
. . . the LORD condemns adopting any practices of the pagans around us (Leviticus 18:1-4).
. . . the LORD condemns sun worship (Deut 4:19; 17:3; II Kgs 23:5; Job 31:26-28; Eze 8:16).
. . . the LORD endorses only apostolic traditions, and they never celebrated it (II Thes 2:15).
. . . the LORD is honored by gifts to Him rather than a selfish exchange of gifts (Matt 2:11).
. . . the LORD teaches us to remember His death rather than His birth (Phil 3:10; I Cor 15:3).
. . . the LORD gave baptism and His supper to remember His death (Rom 6:3-5; I Co 11:26).
. . . the LORD resents the hatred of pagans who exchange gifts against His men (Rev 11:10).
. . . the LORD condemns "the spirit of Christmas" as another spirit He hates (II Cor 11:1-4).
. . . the LORD condemns a mother and child wearing halos as another jesus (II Cor 11:1-4).
. . . the LORD condemns a tradition glorifying sun worship as another gospel (II Co 11:1-4).
. . . the LORD loves us to give up dear things as proof of our love to Him (Matt 10:37-39).
. . . the LORD did not come to bring peace on earth but rather a dividing sword (Mat 10:34).
. . . the LORD blessed giving over receiving, but Xmas is selfish exchanging (Acts 20:35).
. . . the LORD calls Jewish holy days matters of liberty, but not pagan holidays (Col 2:16).
. . . the LORD calls Jewish holy days matters of liberty, but not pagan holidays (Rom 14:6).
. . . the LORD considers the birth of His Son worthy of honor rather than folly (Heb 1:6).
. . . the two chief New Testament ordinances - baptism and the Lord's supper - pertain to His death, not His birth.
. . . celebrating Christmas sincerely is identical to Jeroboam's two calves (I Kings 12:26-33).
. . . Aaron led Israel to worship the LORD with a golden calf to their judgment (Ex 32:1-5).
. . . it breaks the first commandment by having other gods - the sun god Mithra (Ex 20:3).
. . . it breaks the second commandment by having images - a Christmas tree (Ex 20:4-6).
. . . it breaks the third commandment by taking His name in vain - "Christmas" (Ex 20:7).
. . . it breaks the fifth commandment by promoting children's greed over parents (Ex 20:12).
. . . it breaks the tenth commandment by promoting covetousness to children (Ex 20:17).
. . . many Baptist martyrs gave their lives to oppose Catholic superstitions and traditions.
. . . it was a crime to observe Christmas in America, when our country truly feared God.
. . . it was a crime to observe Christmas in England, when that country truly feared God.
. . . all the God-hating, Christ-denying, and sin-loving pagans get excited about this day.
. . . Santa Claus is a pagan mockery of God the Father with white hair, grandfatherly image, eternal, lives in the North, unlimited resources, omniscient of children's behavior, omnipresent for a night, hears confessions, comes as a thief, blesses children, and distributes judgment for works.
. . . the name Christmas came from "Mass of Christ," and Christians hate the Catholic mass.
. . . every sincere birthday party honors the one born that day rather than all the mere guests.
. . . a gift exchange dictated by a calendar is not a message of love but a ritual of obligation.
. . . a gift exchange at the winter solstice was invented by pagans to celebrate the sun god.
. . . Christianity is giving gifts unexpected without obligation to reciprocate (Luke 14:12-14).
. . . secular encyclopedias will gladly tell you that Christmas came from pagan sun worship.
. . . the first state in our Bible-oriented country to make it a holiday was Alabama in 1836.
. . . a little drummer boy did not travel to the manger to play his drum for the infant Jesus.
. . . for the two centuries following the Pilgrims, Christians in America called it "popish."
. . . English parliament under Oliver Cromwell outlawed it in 1644 and punished violaters.
. . . loving Jesus Christ is keeping His commandments, not decorating a tree (John 14:15).
. . . you cannot do unto the LORD what the LORD has condemned (Deut 12:1-4; 12:29-32).
. . . Christmas is not a matter of liberty left up to our consciences and/or heart preferences.
. . . true followers of God will not follow a multitude or majority to false worship (Ex 23:2).
. . . Xmas is most adored by women, whom God calls silly and weak (II Tim 3:6; I Pet 3:7).
. . . a time of unbridled greed, covetousness, and materialism cannot honor Jesus Christ.
. . . this unique holy day in the Roman Catholic calendar is exalted by three profane masses.
. . . the world loves a jesus helpless in a manger, but God's Christ is the LORD and Judge.
. . . on Christmas Eve the Pope of Rome conducts a special mass seen by much of the earth.
. . . godly parents don't lie to their children about a Roman Catholic myth named Nicholas.
. . . the Bible is totally silent about using this day or any such celebration to honor Christ.
. . . the gospel according to Christmas tradition, cards, and plays corrupts the Bible facts.
. . . the Pilgrims in 1620, seeking to worship God in truth, formally banned the holiday.
. . . the Puritans in 1659, seeking to worship God in truth, set a 5 shillings fine for keeping it.
. . . the modern Christmas tree was not introduced to this country by Germans until 1821.
. . . Jesus was not born in December, for one-half year back from Passover is rather October.
. . . Jesus was not born in December, for shepherds did not stay in the fields during winter.
. . . Jesus was not born in December, for taxation would not have been in the dead of winter.
. . . Jesus was not born in December, for wise taxation would have been shortly after harvest.
. . . Jesus was not born in December, for careful calculation of the priest's courses exclude it.
. . . the Roman feast at the winter solstice was to the sun god Mithras from the Persians.
. . . the Roman, extended feast prior to the winter solstice was to Saturn, god of agriculture.
. . . so many consider Christmas a "sacred cow" and beyond questioning or condemning.
. . . our past lives suffice us for lusts, excess of wine, revellings, and banquetings (I Pet 4:3).
. . . Emperor Aurelian picked December 25 for this holiday in 274 to worship the sun god.
. . . pagan sun worshippers had a great festival to the sun at the winter solstice before Jesus.
. . . it would be wrong to have a golden calf with candles to worship the Lord our Strength.
. . . the public schools in Boston were still open for classes on December 25 as late as 1870.
. . . the "birthday of the invincible sun" (dies natalis Solis invicti) was this date in Rome.
. . . December 25 was chosen by being the date of the winter solstice in the Julian calendar.
. . . Satan uses this pagan feast to steal glory from the Son of God for ignorant sun worship.
. . . Christmas American-style is oppression of parents by greedy children (Isaiah 3:1-5, 12).
. . . Jesus promised that the majority are on the wrong road leading to death (Matt 7:13-14).
. . . Charles Spurgeon, the most popular Baptist minister, preached against it as late as 1871.
. . . all the unique customs of Christmas may be traced individually to pagan religious rites.
. . . Hindus, Jews, Mormons, Pagans, and other cults celebrate it while despising Jesus.
. . . using Scripture's silence to justify anything not expressly forbidden will lead to Coke and chips for the Lord's supper and ouija boards for difficult decisions.
. . . it creates the most foolish, hectic, stressful, guilt-ridden, and unproductive time of year.
. . . the LORD is a jealous God and will judge any playing with other gods (Ex 34:12-16).
. . . New Testament charity may accommodate weakness, but it cannot error (Romans 14:1).
. . . the moderation taught in the New Testament is temperance or self-discipline (Phil 4:5).
. . . it would be identical to offering incense to the brasen serpent of Moses (II Kings 18:4).
. . . the only day observed by the apostles was the Lord's day (Rev 1:10; Acts 20:7; I Cor 16:2).
. . . we choose to emulate Jacob, who put away family idols to worship God (Gen 35:1-5).
. . . we choose to emulate Jehu, who defiled Baal worship to please God (II Kings 10:26-28).
. . . we choose to emulate Josiah, who defiled all pagan worship to please God (II Kings 23:1-37).
. . . we choose to emulate Asa, who defiled his mother's favorite idol (II Chron 15:12-16).

Saturday, December 20, 2014

What For?

"And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?"

1 Samuel 17:29

Do you remember what was happening when David said these words? He had gone down to Saul's camp when they were up against the Philistines and had heard the blasphemous words of the giant and with zeal assayed to go out against Goliath! He couldn't believe the lack of courage that the army was displaying because they had JEHOVAH on their side!

Now I fast forward to now... to this generation. What is different about today than about that day? Jesus Christ, the promised seed has been to earth, lived a sinless life and then sacrificed that life for His Father's elect and He will never lose one of us!

If David, for the love of the LORD JEHOVAH, could face the philistine giant... can we, no, can I, for the love of the Lord Jesus Christ, face this life, its trials, the world and temptation and stand? Yes! The LORD helping me I can! And so can you! Pray for it.

If we let the trials of this life rule our spirit and our passion for living zealously for our God, we have not truly understood the consequences and there is a verse or 2 about that... About counting the cost. There is a cost for the cause, but if we count it and surrender ourselves to it, to Him, then we can live victoriously for Him! If we do not then we will be waylaid!We will become dead weight to the Kingdom of Heaven at best... We will become as blasphemers of our Lord at worst! LORD keep me in Thy Way!

I have been rejoicing in the mercy of God... He gave me His truth, a zeal for it... He gave me such passion to say with David so sincerely "Is there not a cause?!"... but then, because of life, the trials sent, etc. I can and have become discouraged, cast down and have failed to tell my spirit to hope in God!but yet there is a promise, one given to Israel which I can lay hold of by faith that says, "I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely, for mine anger is turned away from him. I will be as the dew unto Israel. He shall grow as the lily and cast forth his roots as Lebanon..." It goes on with more sweetness (I typed that from memory may not be word for word from Hosea 14) He will heal any backsliding when we acknowledge it and repent!

Now, is there not a cause to find our first passionate love and rekindle it with fire from above!?! I believe there is! Jesus Christ and His goodness and mercy are enough to live for without anything else in this world! He is completely and fully satisfying! Nope, don't read that as redundant because our English language fails to adequately state His nature! Were we able to speak in the tongue of angels it wouldn't give Him justice!

The things in this life tend to distract us from the Cause and when we have hopes disappointed here we grow weary in well doing and sometimes become as the Psalmist saying "There is no reward for the righteous..." But oh there is! And we ought not to forget it! The problem lies in where we put our hope... the things in this life? Or the things above... Jesus Christ!

What for? What do we live for? Jesus Christ! Let us not grow weary in well doing for in due season we shall reap if we faint not! Call upon Him, He will hear you, be with you in trouble, deliver you... and finally be looking for that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ! Who gave Himself for us!!!

My mind's been full... this is a little of what has been in it... perhaps more will come :)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Baby...

Don't you love babies?! I do :) They are so adorable... and God made them! They have such tiny teeny features... of course each looks a little different than another, but they are all sweet in their own way.

My dear parents have had 8 babies... and actually they have had 9 counting the little one the LORD decided to take before he/she was born. Bryant was born in 1990 to a young couple of 19 and 20 years... they had 6 more babies... a girl, a boy, a boy, a girl, girl and another girl...then the baby was born October 21st 2010... to the same couple now 39 and 40... They named him Berean Jehu: ( I couldn't find an infant picture... but here's where I'll start:)

The hope and prayer for Berean is that he will grow to be noble, to listen attentively and carefully to the preaching of God's Word with an open heart to hear the truth, then to search the depths of Scripture to find out whether those things are so:

"And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so."
Acts 17:10,11

Here he is afraid of his shadow :) he tried to run away from it that day...it was adorable

Another prayer for him is that he would be so zealous for the LORD with a fervency that others can see and know him for it...

"And he said, Come with me, and see my zeal for the Lord. So they made him ride in his chariot."
2 Kings 10:16

Now a random assortment of photos of our baby...not such a baby anymore...but always my baby brother! I will miss these days, remembering them fondly, when he comes in in the morning and throws back the covers, "its mo'ning Bwytni! Get outta bed!" :) Or his hugs and kisses and "I wuv you"s...so precious!




 Berean with Bellhannah

Berean with Grandpa and then at Bryant's wedding as the baby of honor :)

 Berean likes tight spaces :)
 On the way home from church...he's my seat buddy in the van

 Berean with Grandma-->
 There's a "B" missing cuz he's married :)
 that face!!! :) What a good little brother letting Bellhannah use you for a pillow :)
Nothin beats the chocolate ice cream on the 4th of July!

And NOW:




 Yes, to answer your question... He does melt my heart :)

I love you Berean! I am thankful for the 4 years he's allowed you to be in my life and I pray He will give us many more to glorify him together with!



Saturday, September 27, 2014

Rejoiceth in the Truth

"Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;"

I love it when the LORD tells me exactly what I am supposed to do or be... don't you?! He has told us what love does/is not... now He is telling us what love does/is!

Love will rejoice in the truth! This particular phrase brought many verses to my mind, a few of them are: "The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable...", "...worship Him in spirit and in truth.", "Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:" etc.


Friday, September 26, 2014

Rejoiceth Not in Iniquity

"Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity"

Love will never be happy at another persons downfall. It will not have pleasure but will grieve with the person. Love will rebuke a sinner, not in pride but in humility, to help keep the brother from further sin.

It made me think of Nathan telling David of his sin with Bathsheba. He did not gloat in his own righteousness or taunt the King with what he had done, he simply presented the truth to bring the king to repentance. He wanted the LORD to be pleased with David, Nathan was not trying to exalt himself, but help the king. He also did not just leave him in the sin for fear of rebuking the great king, but boldly told him of the evil to keep David from further sin and worse consequences than he had.

We should grieve with those who have sinned and work to help them be restored in righteousness before the LORD. This is real love and affection!


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thinketh No Evil

"Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;"

When someone says something or does something we can do one of two things...

1. We can construe that the meant to hurt us, that they are doing something deceptive and are guilty of something bad

2. We can believe that another has good intentions, does not mean to hurt anyone, is innocent of any evil in what they are doing/saying.

Love does not surmise evil, it does not backbite or countenance back biting, it does not dig up past sin, it does not make a man an offender for a word. Even jealousy will not dwell in love, because love trusts others and is not thinking evil of them.

Love will at least hope good of others if it cannot absolutely believe.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Not Easily Provoked

"Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked"

*Ohy!!!

Similar to Suffereth Long, Charity will be abused a long time before ever reacting. It is not easily annoyed or angered; it is not easy to ruffle her feathers.

If we become angry easily, then we prove we are a fool. Fools who are easily provoked are critical of others, they think they need to "teach them a lesson!", they are loudly opinionated, never agreeable, become indignant if corrected because they are "always right".

Love will have a humble response to provocation. Love is humble and therefore overlooks personal offences because she thinks herself to unimportant to worry about.

We need to think before we speak and keep our selves cool inside so we will not be angry quickly and sin in our anger.

*Ohy- a sound I make when convicted by something... in this case the words NOT easily provoked. I want to be good and sweet... not easily angered... LORD help me!



Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Seeketh Not Her Own

 "Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own"

Love is not selfish, it is selfless. Love will seek the good and pleasure of others before ever considering its own. It will spend and be spent for others happily and cheerfully. It will invest in others never asking for something in return... It will always remember that a relationship is about what you give, not what you get out of it.

Love will give up its own opinions and personal preferences to accommodate agreeably, others desires. It is sincere in its consideration of others.


Monday, September 22, 2014

Unseemly Behavior

"Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly,"

Love will behave appropriately in every and all situations at all times. Unseemly behavior is the opposite.

Unseemly behavior can be actions as well as the words you speak. Gracious speech and proper behavior are what love will exude.

Love avoids offending others by unsuitable, unconventional, behavior. Love will not "speak its mind" but will speak only that which is good to the use of edifying, that which is pure, honest, lovely, of good report, virtuous and praiseworthy. (remember, what flows form the mouth is a reflection of what is in one's heart... so if we think on these things {Phil. 4:8} that is what our speech will be comprised of.)

Love will conduct itself in a perfect way at all times with a pure heart. Her words will be like apples of gold in pictures of silver. (Pr. 25:11) Her neighbors will love her because she never overstays her welcome or presumes upon others. (Pr. 25:17) She will be discreet and chaste for the good of those around her. She will be a tree of life to others, for her words are always fitting and appropriate.


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Puffed Up

"Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up"

Similar to vaunting ones self, puffed up is rather the attitude behind the actions. Being filled with high thoughts of ones self... the common word for puffed up would be proud. Pride is the root behind a lot of uncharitable thoughts and deeds. Being puffed up will keep one from admitting faults, honoring others and seeking forgiveness.

Love finds it easy to apologize, easy to praise others, to change conduct, etc. Love gets down beneath others and has a meek and quiet spirit. Love controls the thoughts of the heart and head to root out the pride and replace it with humility.

This one is not easy... but if we can master our pride, put it down and exalt humility in our lives, the love that flows from us will be untainted and unlimited. We must remember that even if it appears that we are humble in our actions, the LORD sees and tries the heart. We must be careful! Take every thought captive in obedience to Christ! He humbled Himself to the death of the cross and came in the form of a servant... What are we?! Just air-blown clay... Let us humble ourselves before Him and before our brethren to serve them with charity today.


Friday, September 19, 2014

Vaunteth Not Itself

"Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself,"

Vaunteth is not a word that we commonly use these days, but it describes a deficiency in character that is very common in today's world that centers itself on self love and promotion (rather than love of others)...

~It is to speak vaingloriously of one's self, to brag about one's own accomplishments or worth. It is to boast and put yourself forward.

We as Christians are to make our boast in the LORD, not ourselves. (Psalm 34:2)

If we love as we ought, we will seek to praise others and talk about their accomplishments and abilities. We should promote others, not ourselves. We should, as Jesus taught, take the lowest position instead of presuming the highest. (Luke 14:7-11)

Don't talk about yourself! Ask others about themselves...
Don't volunteer information about your achievements, praise someone else for theirs...

Love will truly desire to put others up and forward and leave off the arrogant assertion of it's own presumed superiority of ability or prowess.

Love will get down.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Envieth not

"Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not;"

Envy is a discontented, resentful, longing for another's possessions or qualities.

Love will not have a burning desire to equal or exceed others in an ungodly form of emulation. Instead love will be excited and rejoice at the advantages of others... The LORD is the one who makes men to differ (1 Corinthians 4:7) and blesses according to His good will and pleasure. When we envy others and resent them we are truly setting ourselves up and replying against God.

Let us get excited TODAY for others when they receive praise, when they get something new, when they get a raise at work, when they are smarter, prettier, taller, more naturally talented etc. when they receive good at the hand of the LORD, we rejoice!


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

And is Kind

Charity suffereth long, and is kind;

We all desire affectionate, *benevolent, sympathetic and gentle treatment from others... We would say such a person was, oh so kind!

If we are going to treat others as we ourselves desire to be treated then we must learn how to be and embody kindness.

If we are kind, we will not cause others trouble (or, if we do, we'll quickly and genuinely seek forgiveness and reconciliation).

Kindness will liberally devise good things to do for others, holding nothing back. It will listen with care and concern, weeping with those who weep, rejoicing with those who rejoice; never critically or with malice, envy, or maliciousness. (Sympathetic should probably be taken to the next level word, empathetic.) There will be no harshness, violence or forcefulness shown in word or manner. It will show an amiable spirit of pleasant good-naturedness (<That isn't a word). Doesn't that sound beautiful?!

The proverbs 31 woman is said to have "the law of kindness in her tongue" and what a comfort such a woman would be! A good and faithful man with a kind tongue would truly and rightly be called a prince.



*Benevolence is a disposition of doing good for others, generosity or being filled with goodwill toward others.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Suffereth Long...

Charity suffereth long...

It considers others as more important than one’s self and so gives up self and tolerates many personal offences while yet continuing to love and serve the offender(s).

Humility is a key in this, as well as the other phrases in 1 Corinthians 13. If we put ourselves down (where we belong) then it is easy to forgive and forget again & again & again &... the offences of others toward us.

Sometimes we wonder how long is long? (Uhm, is that a humble question? How would it sound if we said it like this... "How long do I have to wait until I get to slap them back and it will be okay?") Well, if we look at the LORD's longsuffering toward us, we get an answer to our question. We daily sin against a Holy, Holy, Holy, God and yet He does not fry us... We deserve a frying because He is HOLY. Our neighbor doesn't deserve a frying for "hurting" us because we are NOTHING. How long do we want to LORD to suffer us?

Suffer... it does not sound like a pleasant word, so we know that it will be difficult because of our pride and flesh... but we are to SUFFER long... Put off the Pride and Forsake the Flesh.

Forgive.
Forget.
70 x 7= 490 (Nope, that doesn't mean count 'til we get to that # ;))

The LORD has forgiven us so much, what can we not forgive our brother?


Monday, September 15, 2014

Title of my blog^

How do we sojourn here in fear? (1 Peter 1:17)
By keeping the LORD's commandments!

What are they?

#1 Love the LORD your God with all your heart, mind, soul & strength;
#2 Love your neighbor as yourself. {All other laws hang on these two.} (Matthew 22:38-40)

(#1) We are to gird up our minds, taking every thought captive in obedience to Christ and hoping to the end for the grace that will be given when Jesus Christ appears. (1 Peter 1:13)

(#1) We are to be holy as God is holy, (1 Peter 1:16)
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(#2) We are to love our brethren (1 Peter 1:22)
   (Love=Charity)
What do we know about charity? a lot :) But here are a few things:

a. Paul taught in 1 Corinthians 13 an in depth definition of loving our neighbor as we love our self.

b. Charity is greater than faith and hope, faith and hope abide and are good, but charity is better (1 Corinthians 13:13)

c. All the sign gifts, which were wonderful and glorious and miraculous pass away, but not charity! (1 Corinthians 13:8)

d. It is better and above giving all your goods to feed poor people, having faith enough to move mountains, even giving your body to be BURNED... if you do all these things, that ARE good, but have no charity they are truly of NO, absolutely NO profit.

If we desire to please the LORD, take hold of the plough handle and never look back, to sojourn here in fear as He has called us to do (because we call on Him we must! and He will judge each of us without respect of rank, station, money, etc. for our life{actions and thoughts}), then we need to learn how to have and live charity.

I want to! So I want to take one phrase at a time from Paul's definition of love and reflect upon it, write about it and try to put it into practice in a way I have not done before. (over a stretch of time to be determined)

You can come along with me and look over my shoulder... You would be very welcome and I would be delighted if you would join me by adding your thoughts in the "comments box" of anything you have thought of to add to each aspect or facet of charity that I may miss!

This is just my introduction... soon I will begin upon the phrases. I named my blog "Sojourning Here in Fear" and I want to continue to live it and to live it better than ever before!


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Light Affliction

"Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution."

2 Timothy 3:12

When we think of persecution of Christians, we generally think of the immense suffering of the flesh being tortured, torn apart, imprisoned with barely the necessities of life for years on end, being killed in ferocious ways... burning, drowning, boiling in oil, beheading, etc. The LORD has given His dear children the grace to pass through these trials with their faith in tact. They even went cheerfully singing to these hideous, tortuous, deaths. but the LORD has not called all His children to suffer these persecutions...

But in light of 2 Tim. 3:12, if we are living godly, we will be persecuted. I have often wondered how and what that persecution would taste like. My family has seen some of it when my father has decided to follow the truth of God's Word rather than mens' opinions. Being shunned by family for decisions made, being cast out of a church for doctrine believed, even being branded in some circles as "No brother of Christians"... but still, that was for my father's decisions. Have I been persecuted for my own living?

I have pondered this often and thought about what it might include... but this morning when I checked my inbox and read a notification I got on Google+, this verse "and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." came directly to mind. Granted, it is very light. But still the name calling and rude words of my persecutor comforted, yes, COMFORTED, me. If I do not have any form of persecution, it worries me. Can people tell I am different than the world? Do they know I believe the Word of God and will choose it over the vain things of this world?

What was I being persecuted for... in truth, I had to go back and look at what I had said, because it was in April that I commented on the post of a video of a friend of mine. The video was of a sweet little girl, Amira Willighagen, singing a lovely song (not a hymn). She was 9 years old and singing on one of those talent show things I believe. Here is what I commented, which my friend who had posted the video agreed with:

"I told my little sister Bethany (9 yrs) that this girl was 9 also... here is her eye's: o.O lovely voice :) the LORD has certainly blessed her with that... I hope she glorifies Him with it. It is always sad to see a voice wasted on insignificant things :)"

And I believe what I said... God gave some people such amazing talents! Think of some modern day singers or olden day ones that you enjoy their voices but cannot or will not listen to them because what they sing does not glorify the LORD. *disclaimer* I knew my friend to be a Christian, I knew he would understand what I was saying, I knew that he would agree and I knew that if he hadn't thought about it before he would certainly do so in light of God's Word having submitted to the Bible before when I presented it to him.*

Okay, so that being told, what I got in my inbox this morning from someone who calls him/herself "Beverage Guzzler" made me turn a little pale at first, made me want to answer him with some righteous indignation, and then finally conclude not to cast pearls before swine or answer a fool according to his folly lest I be like him... I am going to now put what he said here... but I am going to edit the "bad" words a bit... though he posted it all typed out... Don't read it if crude language makes you ill...

"+Brytni Jade "It is always sad to see a voice wasted on insignificant things"  So says the overly stiff prude Christian b***h. It looks like someone ( yourself ) hates freedom of expression and speech so as long as a voice is not used to worship your God then it is deemed according to you as "insignificant"  Just who the f**k are you to judge other people's expressions and feelings and life stories outside of your religious confines as "insignificant" Miss Theocrat ?!? answer me that. My suggestion to you is to pull your head out of your Christian a**, live and let live."

I didn't know that when you comment on someone's post of a video on Google+ it uploads it as a comment on YouTube, but I guess it does and what I said offended this person. Now, like I said, this was quite a light bit of persecution... I almost didn't want to call it that. But there are those who truly hate God and do not want to acknowledge Him and His authority in any, let alone all their thoughts.

I'll end this by saying, I am thankful for this comment I got this morning. It caused me to have some good thoughts and a good communing with my LORD.

I hope that should the persecution get a little stiffer, harsher, heavier, in this country, that I shall just as thankfully be able to endure it...just like this very light affliction.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

In light of total depravity, or rather in proof of it, Romans 1 describes the baseness of men’s natures when the LORD lets them go. But the list of sins for which He gives them over to a reprobate mind are not all what we might call “egregious sins” (as in the murder, fornication, inventing evil things, etc.)but some are sins common to every man (proud, boasters, disobedient to parents, backbiters, envious, etc.).

(btw: all sin is egregious because we daily commit it against a Holy God Who has done everything for us.)

The LORD has shown us that despite the fact that we are just as sinful as those the Lord lets go of, He has put in us the desire to do better, the ability to repent for and of the sin and to press on choosing to put off this old man and on the new, to select good things to do…which will truly be deemed righteous acts because they are robed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ! Therefore,

From beginning,

His choosing us before the foundation of the world when we were yet sinners, to dying for us before we even were born or cared, to regeneration, to conversion in our daily lives in the practical outworking of our salvation… it is ALL Him and nothing of us. But that is not it…

to the end,

There is an icing on the cake… that is not ALL He will do for us! We will drop the sinful flesh and not have the temptations from the sins which here so easily beset us. We will be thoroughly purged from all sin to be perfectly holy in His presence forever! “This robe of flesh I’ll drop, and rise, To seize the everlasting prize.” We’ll drop the robe of actual corruptible skin and it’s imperfection, but better yet is the dropping of the “flesh”, that sinful warring member within us! Thank you LORD!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Salvation's Free!

Believer here thy comfort stands,
From first to last salvation's free;
And everlasting love demands,
An everlasting song from thee.

Because the LORD elected us before the foundation of the world to be made alive in Christ, making salvation a free gift, not one we chose to receive, but one He chose to give, then we owe Him our praise! Jehovah is worthy of our praise:

" Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." 
Revelation 4:11

Jesus Christ is worthy of our praise:

Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever." 
Revelation 5:13,13

The very rocks would praise His name... and we are no rocks! The everlasting love He bestowed(s) upon us should cause our mouths to open in His praise! Let not our lips in guilty silence lie, leaving His glory unuttered, but open up and sing the Lord who came to die!


Monday, July 14, 2014

Swallowed Up!

O love! How high thy glory swell!
How great, immutable and free;
Ten thousand sins as black as hell,
Are swallowed up, O love, by thee.

"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
Romans 5:8

What a glorious thought! We did nothing to deserve or purchase His love for us, yet He chose to sacrifice His Son to save sinners... even me! His love doesn't change toward us, for He elected us before the foundation of the world! What, but daily conformity to Christ Jesus, obedience, adoration and praise, can we render to our God for all His kindness shown?!


Friday, July 11, 2014

Christ and His Bride

Then, in His love and His decrees,
Christ and His bride appeared as one,
Her sin, by imputation His,
While she in spotless splendor shone.

Just as we are imputed Adam's sin, so are we imputed Christ's righteousness! It is not just as if we'd never sinned alone, but just as if we had never sinned AND just as if we had lived every single day of our lives as righteously as Christ did! Thank you LORD!

So then, we are presented to our Bridegroom without spot or wrinkle... Only by His election and grace... only by His decree!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Sun's Refulgent Ray...


Long ere the sun's refulgent ray
Primeval shades of darkness drove,
They on his sacred bosom lay,
Loved with an everlasting love.


Refulgent: Shining Brightly
Primeval:of or resembling the earliest ages in the history of the world.

Jeremiah 31:3
“The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”

Ephesians 2:4,5
"But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)"



Wednesday, July 9, 2014

His Own Elect...


"Twas with an everlasting love.

That God his own elect embraced
Before he made the worlds above,
Or earth on her huge columns placed."


The LORD chose us in Himself, of Himself, unto Himself... in eternity past before He created the earth! No choice on our part, no merit or deserving... His pure and matchless grace and love! Jesus Christ Died for His elect and DID not... WILL not... lose one of them! Thank you LORD!




Thursday, June 26, 2014

Hope in God…

 

 

This morning I was looking for a crochet pattern that I have used before to send to a friend who wanted to make it...


I ran across a similar pattern that was being used to raise money $1 dollar at a time for a dying  5 year old girl named Brylee. I was curious about her so I went to her blog Brylee in 5. The little girl had just died on May 19th of this year.
I read just the post about her dying, and then I skimmed over a couple other posts. There was no mention of the LORD, or His help! This woman said she didn't know how to live without her little girl... I don't know how she lives either.


I am thankful that I have the LORD! I am His and He is mine! If I had something as difficult as the death of a close family member, I would have Him to turn to for comfort and peace and hope for the resurrection to come! Thank you LORD for knowledge of you!


I don't want to take Him for granted. I want to live daily in conformity and obedience!

Psalm 121,1

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Deception & Prophecy

 

Last week on a Wednesday evening I heard again the prophecy of Daniel of the 5 Kingdoms found in chapters 2 and 7. To hear the prophetic language, that confuses some and leads people to believe such outlandish ideas as “Left Behind” supports, explained in clear concise and logical ways, rejoiced my heart. I have heard it gone over before, but because of the confusion about prophesy and all of the lies being taught round about, I believe it to be the most difficult subject to not only retain but regurgitate to others. (for me anyway :))

HOWEVER, after Wednesday’s presentation in the form of a slideshow, with scriptures and pictures (making the topics cemented in my photographic memory) I do now think that I can longer retain the truths of Daniel’s prophesies and interpretations. Because of the work of a Man of God too, I can restudy the subject at any time! Thank you LORD!

I was thinking about the scariness of people disappearing leaving razors in the sink (The Thief in the Night), people being beheaded, etc. and how much more comforting the knowledge of the truth about the identity of the little horn (chapter 7) coming out of the fourth beast (Rome)! But then came the memory that that little horn reigned with much more ferocity than just putting people on the guillotine… The Roman Catholic Church persecuted the LORD’s children with unspeakable harshness, hatred and brutality. They murdered oh so many children of God! “Foxes’ Book of Martyrs” is a volume full of such records of this savagery. Oh how awful to go through! And yet so many saints stood in the face of that persecution.

(Martyrs being tortured and killed in various ways)

Then my thinking took a different direction… I was so thankful that I did not live at such a time with such cruelty, and do not get me wrong, I am still utterly grateful! BUT we perhaps, live at a more dangerous time than the martyrs. They were in danger of their lives, it is true, but Jesus instructed us not to fear them who are able to kill the body, but Him who is able to cast us body and soul into hell! We live in a time where it is more dangerous on a spiritual level. The martyrs were not deceived as to the identity of the little horn and his church…That same Mother of Harlots though not shedding the saints blood, is now deceiving the hearts of the simple and causing whoredom to abound.

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(Bishops bowing to pope at their ordination)

It turns my stomach to see or read about the torture and deaths of the martyrs… I praise the LORD that He has not called me to go through such trials. I pray that I take not that mercy for granted, but that I live all the more carefully, soberly & wholeheartedly for the LORD. He gave so much to me, He has graciously revealed these things to me, but a babe of His, even while keeping it from the wise.

My soul, be on thy guard;
Ten thousand foes arise;
The hosts of sin are pressing hard
To draw thee from the skies.

O watch, and fight, and pray;
The battle ne’er give o’er;
Renew it boldly every day,
And help divine implore.

Ne’er think the victory won,
Nor lay thine armor down;
The work of faith will not be done,
Till thou obtain the crown.

Fight on, my soul, till death
Shall bring thee to thy God;
He’ll take thee, at thy parting breath,
To His divine abode.

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