Charlotte was engulfed in a real encapsulating fog. It was the proverbial thick as peanut butter fog. That kind of fog used to make me afraid, until Aunt Ed passed. Aunt Gwen stepped out of the fog to us, in her white fur coat and said, Ed's on the runway. Ever since that moment the fog has reminded me that someone is going home to glory or into eternity. It makes me pray and it makes me rejoice for Heaven's gain.This time it was a tremendous gain for Heaven and a tremendous loss for the earth. Most of America's proselytes can claim their soul salvation to the preaching of this mighty man. What a warrior for men's souls he was and what a symbol of the beauty of a seed sown in faith reaping some thirty, some sixty and some a hundred fold. The entire State of NC seems a more blessed place for having housed and nurtured this heroic family that sent their daddy and husband far and wide to win the lost. The State and the Country are none the worse for his travels. Like Gulliver a giant soul, he preached a very big God. He changed the entire dynamic of evangelism for everyone after him. He boiled the gospel down to the reality of change in the soul and heart. Jesus can soften the heart of a wicked sinner. That is the hardest job in this world. Everything after that can fall into place, once a heart becomes Jesus' home. One soul at a time, in mighty clouds of masses of people came to hear him preach about Jesus. So many became changed that there could be no church to house them all. What a great reception he must have had in heaven!
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Revelation 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.Overcoming is not an exercise in emotional gymnastics. Although, faith is essential, there must be something more...
When I find the more, I will write about it. I believe we will overcome. But I must find the overcoming, by turning over stones in my life...
Monday, February 19, 2018
Psalm 50:23 Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.Praise and Worship opens our eyes to the spiritual dynamic in the world that we live in. Glorify the Lord and you will see the truth that protection from God is sent down daily. Bless the Lord and He will give you the new eyes to see His truth.
What is ordering your conversation aright?That could be my meditation for the rest of my life. I would never come to the end of that correction in my soul. Ordering the conversation of my mouth is a daunting task! Thinking about what I say, before I say it. That is hard!
Choosing words that will accurately depict my message and delivering them without provocation and anger is hard, sometimes. Some people have boiled it down to a few four letter words that they never utter and yet they use Ivy League words to deteriorate and denegrate entire people groups and think that their conversation is ordered aright. I would rather be on the corner with the hoods, foully despising my existence and behavior in real penitence, than sitting on the wall repudiating people in exalted language. I have been in the company of both. If my cursing is the repudiation of my sinful state, it may be an expression of penitence. If my exalted language is an expression of my sense of superiority, I know that God is not impressed at all with me. Finding the right use of the right language for the occasion is my own quest!God, please give me the right eyes to see my pride and vanity and the heart to confess and forsake it,
In Jesus' Strong Name, Amen.
Saturday, February 17, 2018
It takes a long time, sometimes to start trusting Christ again after a devastating blow. Walking is very difficult and questioning in our pain. I have in awe, looked at many strong believers, who take the blows and get right back up and seem not to feel the pain. I cannot relate to that kind of rebound. I walk for months and days in complete unbelief of God, after devastation has hit. My faith is the first to jump off the boat. I don't know why. I have heard people say of others, "He is taking it well or poorly."I have never been able to understand that question or the answers that people give to the questions. I really don't get it!
Then, after they diagnose your pain and your response they start spouting off prescriptions of scripture and diatribes of complements and reasonings that fall to the ground like a pile of rubbish. They all have the answers. They all have a reason for this pain and yet they don't feel it like I do. That makes me angry. I get on my knees and I say "Where are you, God?" Why would you have let me down in this? Where are these people getting all of this counsel from? Is their dagger supposed to heal the pain, because it isn't?Days and months and years pass and the darkness of unbelief is almost some pillow that you never expect to end. Everyone's glances and looks seem painful, as well. You try to hide yourself from the searing pain of eye to eye contact. That is the closest the devil can take any believer to hell. He can't take your soul. It seems he has, though!Jesus cares and He has a wonderful plan even for your pain and sorrow. God is worthy of the praise, in your sorrow. He lifts you up over the clouds of the spiritual and emotional conflict as you engage in the painful discipline of opening your mouth to exalt His name, when your emotions are untoward and unable to even feel. He is using your own words to lift you over the trial to see the greater purpose in your life and in the spiritual conflict that you are engaging in. There is not always a complete answer on this side of Heaven, but there is heavenly intervention to endure. Chapter 10 of the Christian's Daily Walk has some helps and encouragements to get up and think about your Christian responsibility in your adversity and this is the link there.
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Luke 18:7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?The delicate balance of seeing God avenging his elect, who cry day and night and the parable of the publican and the pharisee.
Luke 18:8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?Luke 18:9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:
Luke 18:10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican
I often say, dear Lord, I don't see how there could be faith on the earth, when you come again. There is so much to be angry about and the anger of man cannot accomplish the work of God. It is by grace and through faith. Just as Abraham prayed for his dear family that had relocated into a wicked city and yet he couldn't see that there was no reason on earth that he had been chosen to act as an advocate. None of us can stand in the presence of God. There was a mirroring of behavior that God was doing with Abraham. You gave up everything you knew to follow the Word of God and God did the same to him. None of us can imitate that faith and we must just come under the faith of Abraham through the advocasy of Christ. We must without having seen Jesus, believe that His sacrifice is sufficient to cleanse us and to make us His Holy Church in our advocating for faith on earth. Lord would you allow us to find true faith and unifying faith in Your Holy Church. Lord, would you give us grace to find the common ground in Christ and stop exalting the differences. If we don't we may find that our attachment was not to Christ at all. Lord make us able for the glory of Christ and the victory of His Church on earth. Amen.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
One of the earliest mentions of death in our Bibles...On the subject of departing from the snares of death
Proverbs 13:14 The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death. ￼Many people had died in the scriptures by the time this passage was there.
Proverbs 14:27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
Genesis 21:16 And she went, and sat her down over against him a good way off, as it were a bowshot: for she said, Let me not see the death of the child. And she sat over against him, and lift up her voice, and wept.Hagar was an example of one who escaped early, the guillotine of death for herself and her son, through her faith in God. The subject I am meditating on is "avoiding the snares of death". She was a believer in the true God, in spite of the testimony of the man of God in her generation. Abraham had left them out to die. He had not provided sufficiently for their life outside of his home. God intervened amazingly and made promises to Ishmael for his future life. They weren't woven into the spiritual covenant with Abraham, but they were woven into the covenant of life of the earth as a creature, through faith. It is not surprising that they would have emphasised the activities of consistency as opposed to the heart of religion. They have been deceived for generations because of the bitterness of being the forgotten part of the family and left to die. Jesus ready stands to save the child of the promise and the child of the earth.
Help us Lord, not to miss what you are saying about avoiding the snares of death on either side of the promise. Every promise of life is fulfilled in Christ! If we are deceived on this side of the promise to believe that our goodness has wrought it, we will miss it. If we believe that our having been used and taken advantage of wins the redemption of it, we have missed it also. In Christ the earth is saved for the Hagars and our souls are saved for the daughters of Sarah. Christ, we pray that You will make these promises of life effectual for our ultimate salvation and the improvement of life and healing on the earth, through Your Church for the glory of Christ and for the satisfaction and comfort of His Holy Soul! Amen.
Monday, February 12, 2018
Proverbs 12:3 A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.
Proverbs 12:4 A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.