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Day to Day Dedication

Mood music:

 “Centuries” by Fall Out Boy

“Cult of Personality” Living Color
 

Update: happy and blessed in the Lord. Settling in here in Kentucky. We left Baton Rouge about three weeks ago. I’ve really seen the Lord provide amazing ways like to be able to go into but I want to protect other people’s privacy so I can’t go into detail. But we are very blessed the Lord has met all of our needs according to His riches in glory. I have started posting brief audio clips to the Wilderness Well page on Facebook. My husband and I have been reading “My Utmost For His Highest” by Oswald Chambers, and it has inspired me to record the audio clips.

I’m learning a lot from the devotionals, such as being thankful in all circumstances. I’m also trying to be consistent, and finish things I start, like the series of Proverbs posts, on this blog….And….Drum roll….The ebook I am writing, called The Well in the Wilderness. More details about that to follow.

 

Thank you for reading. Please pray for me that I will be able to stay consistent with the important things, and not always be distracted by the seemingly urgent.

 

Here is what is currently inspiring me:

My Utmost For His Highest

Seven Habits of Highly Successful People

“Freedom in the Home” by Frances Allen

 

Have you read any of these? I would enjoy reading your thoughts in the comments.

Building Strong Relationships on a Solid Foundation

I’m going to write a series of blog posts dealing with what the bible has to say about relationships. I strongly believe that the bible is relevant to today’s problems, and no matter what relationship problems you are having, or any problems you are having, for that matter, no matter what you are dealing with, the answer is in the word of God. This series of posts came about after much prayer, and study of the word, concerning my own relationship problems

Good relationships don’t just happen

Properly placed faith in the Cross takes care of many things, but that still doesn’t mean that everything in your life will be automatic or that you will receive or be able to accomplish certain things overnight

We can’t change other people, but we can allow the Lord to change us.

The Lord always makes us better, but many people are afraid to let the Lord change them, afraid of what they will have to give up. Realize thought that the Lord only ever asks you to give something up, when He wants to give you something better. Now I want to look at some things that may cause relationship problems.

Demonic activity

Satan will try to hinder you any way he can, and that includes bringing confusion, misunderstanding, chaos, miscommunication, which can lead to mistrust.

Again, properly placed faith does not mean that relationship problems automatically disappear. The devil will take any opening you give him, and while not all relationship problems are caused by demonic interference, some are, and in those cases we are to take authority over them in the name of Jesus.

Demonic Oppression

Can Christians be oppressed by demons? Scriptural evidence says yes, though there is not a lot of scriptural evidence.

10One Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, 11and a woman there had been disabled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was hunched over and could not stand up straight. 12When Jesus saw her, He called her over and said, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.”…

This passage is from Luke 13, I know that this is debatable, as I said, the bible doesn’t say much about it, but this passage seems to suggest that this woman was a believer, but still oppressed physically by Satan. To say no this is impossible, for a believer to be oppressed, and depressed, because of spiritual forces, is to deny reality. It has been my experience that Christians can be thus effected, and to deny this would be to deny that they are truly Christians, which is not the case. Neither does this in any way deny Christ’s Lordship in the life of that believer. He is still in control, and I don’t know why He would allow one of His children to be oppressed. What I can say is that they should seek the Lord as to the reason, and not psychiatry or drugs. I’m not discounting these things, sometimes there are physical causes of depression, chemical imbalances that require medication. I’m not saying that people who genuinely need medicine should stop taking them–they should continue to take medicines they truly need. But when it comes to depression, there is a spiritual aspect that psychiatry cannot treat. We are living in the last days, and as the bible says, there is an increase in demonic activity against the people of God. That may  be one of the reasons for increased oppression.

The Name Of Jesus

The name of Jesus still has power to heal and set free. That power is still greater than any medication or any psychological method. Those things are new, so what makes anyone think they work better than the methods of the Creator of the Ages? While as I have said, these things have a place, they do not and cannot take the place of the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

The Cross

The cross of Christ is greatly misunderstood. Here is what the cross is NOT:

  • Not a magic talisman: victory of depression and oppression doesn’t come by just saying “Cross, cross, cross,” in every sermon. People need to understand what that means, and just because a preacher doesn’t say the exact words “the cross” in a sermon doesn’t mean they aren’t preaching Christ crucified. You also can’t get victory by visualizing the Crucifixion.
  • Not a gimmick that you need to pay a preacher to teach you. The message of the cross is throughout the bible, and it is free.

The cross is simply the finished work of Christ on the Cross. It is the place He won the victory. Faith in the Cross simply means letting Christ fight your battles because He already won them on the Cross. It’s like trying to fly a plane yourself when you don’t know how, versus letting an experienced pilot fly the plane. So that is our most important relationship–the one we have with Christ. When we are in right relationship with Him, our other relationships will become what they should be.

 

 

 

Why does God allow that?

People often ask why God allows bad things:

Murder

Rape

Premature death

Disease, etc

But they don’t look at it from both sides. God gave us doctors to treat disease, God gave them the intelligence and wisdom they have. He causes all manner of food to grow from the earth to keep us healthy and free from disease. Many diseases are caused by a poor diet. God gave us government to regulate society: police, judges, government officials. Because of the evil hearts of men, these institutions don’t always work as they should, but those are flaws in man, not God.

Too often, the people who want to blame God don’t want the truth–in their heart, they really hate God–they will attack God’s people for standing on the truth, and they refuse to be reasoned with. It comes down to choice, and it is a moral issue–a matter of an evil heart and a reprobate mind.

About The Well In The Wilderness

The Cross is the Well in the Wilderness. Jesus said: “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” John 7:8
To truly believe in Jesus means to believe that He accomplished everything on the Cross: victory over sin, the flesh, and the devil. Those who come to Christ and accept this finished work will have their spiritual thirst satisfied.

This truth was given in the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well:

Jesus and the Samaritan Woman

1When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John, 2(Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,) 3He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee. 4And he must needs go through Samaria. 5Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.

7There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. 8(For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.) 9Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. 10Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. 11The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? 12Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? 13Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

15The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. 16Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. 17The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: 18For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly. 19The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. 20Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. 21Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 23But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. 25The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. 26Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.

The Disciples Return and Marvel

27And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her? 28The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, 29Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? 30Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.

31In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat. 32But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. 33Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat? 34Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. 35Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. 36And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. 37And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. 38I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.

Many Samaritans Believe

39And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did. 40So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days. 41And many more believed because of his own word; 42And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.

There is such a wealth of teaching in these passages. Jesus said “My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.” That finished work is what Jesus accomplished on the Cross, that was His mission. He did heal the sick, raise the dead, and he did many miracles, but His primary mission was to go to the Cross. Our primary mission needs to be to preach the Cross, because “behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.”

Why We Are Upset…Part 2

In my last post, I shared a post from Facebook, and answered the accusations of this so called Christian. In this post, I am going to refute his next point……

“Absolutely nothing has changed in the Bible. God’s law is exactly the same as it was before yesterday.”

I agree with this. Nothing about God’s word has changed. We are to stand strong against the corruption of the world.

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

Matthew 5:13

We are to be salt, so we have a right, and more than that, a mandate to stand against corruption. The Holy Spirit, in this verse, makes it clear what He thinks of those who put their own ways and opinions in place of what Gods word clearly mandates: “thenceforth good for nothing” Is that we as Christians want the Lord to say about us? I’m not giving my opinion, I’m stating what the word says–straight up, no mixture, no watering, no sugarcoating, and no holding back. This is what it means to be salt and light. Have you ever put salt on an open wound? Have you ever bitten your tongue or the inside of your cheek? How does it feel when you eat something salty after doing that? I have…it burns. Salt is supposed to do that. It means it is cleaning that wound.

Before refrigeration, salt was used as a preservative. Why? Because it worked, it did what it was mandated to do. If we follow the ways of the world, we will become like the world. The world’s system is of Satan, and as children of God we are not to be conformed to the world, but be transformed in the image of Christ, by the renewing of our minds.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Romans 12:2

Why We are Upset: A Christian Perspective on Current Events-PT. 1

I was inspired to write this in response to a post that my friend shared on FB. I don’t have a problem with other people having different opinions than mine—for example, I like crawfish, sweet tea, and jalapeños and hot sauce on just about everything, but I’m okay with the fact that not everyone likes those things. But when it comes to the things in the word of God, there is no room for opinion, the bible says what it says, and man’s ever-changing likes and dislikes cannot and will not change the word of God.

Here is that post:

“As a follower of Christ and lover of all people regardless of race, gender, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or game console preference, I’m going to be very blunt with my fellow Christians: why are you so pissed about this change in MAN’s law? Absolutely nothing has changed in the Bible. God’s law is exactly the same as it was before yesterday. The good book said that man’s law wouldn’t always line up with God’s law, so why are you upset that the Bible was correct? If you expect the nation’s legal system to teach your children about Christ then you’re sadly mistaken. God never placed that responsibility with the courts; It’s YOUR responsibility to spread the gospel and love of Jesus Christ.

The law doesn’t force pornography upon your household, but it’s legal. The law doesn’t force twerk videos unto your household, but it’s legal. The law doesn’t force heterosexual sex between two unmarried people into your household, but it’s legal. The law doesn’t force having children out of wedlock unto your household, but again… it’s perfectly legal. Homosexual marriage, like the above mentioned “sins”, does not impede on the basic rights of anyone else. It’s perfectly fine not to condone it, but to condemn it and attempt to codify your beliefs into laws that disenfranchise those with different belief systems is not ok. Here’s a newsflash: Making it legal for gay people to be married by definition of man’s law doesn’t mean the world is coming to an end. This isn’t anything new, by the way, as 22 other countries already recognize same-sex marriage years before June 26th, 2015.

While we’re on the subject, let’s talk about state-sponsored sinful lifestyles for a second: every weekend I buy a lotto ticket from the corner store. I’ve been doing this for years. However, my Bible says to stay away from attempts to get rich quick (proverbs 13:11 and 23:5; Ecclesiastes 5:10). I guess that means I should also be condemned to the depths of Hell upon my death.

Look, there are so many other issues that require our attention as Christians: poverty, racism, genocide, persecution of Christians in the Middle East (while we’re complaining about Christians losing influence in American politics, Middle-Eastern Christians are losing their LIVES), and others that are infinitely more worthy of our outrage than the issue of same-sex marriage in America. Instead of bloviating on social media about how offended you are about homosexuality, why don’t you step out on faith and do some real kingdom work?

In closing, it is quite ironic that the most sin I’ve seen on social media isn’t coming from all the rainbow colored profile pictures, but rather from self-proclaimed Christians shouting “F*ck this fag b.s.” with a disturbing lack of one of the very cornerstones of the Christian faith: Grace.”

I’m going to hold up each point that he makes against the word of God, in this post, and the following posts, and see what the bible has to say–I will put my trust and build my beliefs on the word, not on people’s fickle opinions.

1. He asks this question: “why are you so pissed about this change in MAN’s law?” It is not the change in the law that we are upset about. As Christians, it is our duty to warn people of the judgment that will sooner or later come upon those who persist in their sin.

But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand. Ezekiel 33:6

We don’t warn people out of anger, or because of some sense of superiority, or self-righteousness; we warn people because we do not want to see anyone die in their sins. It is not out of superiority or self-righteousness–one does not become a Christian until they can admit they are a lost sinner, in desperate need of a savior because we cannot save ourselves. It means coming to the cross, where all of our self-righteousness has to die. It is love, the love the Jesus first showed us, which in turn flows through us, to the lost and hurting, to point them to their only hope.

The person who wrote that post on Facebook claims to be a Christian, but he makes a distinctive between himself, and those Christians he condemns. If he is truly a Christian, then he would have used the words “we” not “us” and “them” The body of Christ should not be divided. Also, the fact that he has no desire to share those parts of the bible which address sin, that shows me he really doesn’t care to save the lost FROM their sin, so his admonishment to “step out on faith and do some real kingdom work” is meaningless if you do not also preach against sin; if people cannot be brought to acknowledge their sin, they will never be brought to acknowledge their need for a savior.