Posted by: cindybythesea | September 5, 2015

Waking Up the American Church

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Yesterday, Kim Davis of Kentucky was jailed for her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Citing an authority that is greater than any sitting judge or judges, she was ultimately penalized for exercising her religious freedom and the order was given to place her in jail.

This is a sad day for the church and all Americans as the religious freedom fought and paid for by our forefathers has been taken hostage by a minority of people who will stop at nothing to advance their agenda.

And, while many in the place of Kim Davis would have given in, she has stood firm in spite personal attacks on her character, mockery and even death threats. Just read the comments following the new stories about this. They will make you sick to your stomach, they are so vile. You would think she was a baby killer …. not someone exercising her right to religious freedom. But, oh that’s right …. if she were a baby killer, she would be a hero working at Planned Parenthood packaging baby parts for shipment while the big checks roll in.

Can’t say we didn’t see this coming. This train has been coming down the tracks for a while and is now full steam ahead. The enemy smells blood and thinks that it has the church on the run but nothing could be further from the truth.

For the martyred church is a strong church!  And, if there is anything that will wake up the sleeping Laodicean church it would be this. Start jailing Christians and you will finally see some people getting serious about their faith.  And, the church will begin to grow exponentially in a way seeker friendly programs could never produce. For its been said, “the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church” – just ask our brothers and sisters in places like China, they will tell you.

I had originally titled this “Waking up the Church” but realized my mistake and changed it to waking up the American church.. My apologies to all my non-American readers. We tend to be a little myopic in this country. Instead, I would like to ask your prayers for us, the American Church …… as we finally begin to grow up a little.

One more thing … the name Kim means “brave or noble”  …. and, Davis a derivative of David. The mightiest of Israel’s Kings.

Take heart Kim, the Lord is with you and so are we.

And, as always,

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee”  Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!   Cindy

Posted by: cindybythesea | September 3, 2015

A Time For Repose

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“Six days before the Passover, Jesus arrived at Bethany where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Here a dinner was given in Jesus honor. Martha served while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume, she poured it out on Jesus feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of perfume …” John 12: 1-3

Finally, September 2015, the month we have been waiting for. With so much on the very near horizon (prophetically speaking) it can become confusing as we seek to know just exactly what Jesus would have us do in these last hours – whether it be the rapture or a time of great shaking as many have suggested.

I’ve been seeking the Lord about this and was impressed by the latest Luis Vega post on Five Doves titled  “Economic and Spiritual Resets” …. if you have not yet read it, you can find it here.  Luis as many of you know is a wonderful researcher and has blessed us over the past few years with his wonderful insight and studies.  The information I’m drawing from is near the end of one of his latest articles and from which I quote:

“As Jesus approached Bethany, Martha rushed to Jesus and basically lectured Jesus about why he couldn’t have stopped the suffering and death of one of his own and that he loved.

It was Mary; in contrast that was waiting on the Lord, in silence, in humility in brokeness for the beloved teacher. This is the typology of the Bride Jesus wants out of his Church and will get at  the last day and hour in His beloved Bride.

The point is that in this place and time in the Church’s history, she has never been more alert and aware of thie pending secret call that is NOT JUST INDIVIDUALLY SENSED, BUT COLLECTIVELY SENSED, perhaps for the first time ever regarding the rapture event.”

If you didn’t catch that, please, read it again. It is so important what God is showing us through the example of these two women Mary and Martha. We’ve all heard the analogies before in countless sermons and Bible studies but look at it again in a new light …. in regard to the last few days before the catching up of the Bride.

I have been thinking, meditating on and praying about Luis observations since I read them on Sunday. And, now that we have crossed over into September it has been weighing heavily on my mind about what the Lord would have me/us to do. I agree that there is a great shaking ahead. Our sin before the Lord has been blatantly exposed over the summer months with the legalization of same sex marriage and the horrors of Planned Parenthood. It should be apparent to anyone who really knows the Lord that he has allowed our complete vile and nakedness before him to be exposed for all to see. We cannot hide our heads in the sand any longer and profess sorry and lame excuses that we didn’t know …. because we did.  And, what is even worse is that there is no real outcry, no sense of shame and worst of all no repentance.  The chickens have come home to roost my friends and there is no longer any delaying it.

That being said, there is still hope and this is what the Lord has shown me. There is no way we can make up for the deaths of 53 million babies. Just like there is no way we can undo the many collective sins that have brought us to this place. It is only by God’s grace and for his glory that he will forgive us and bring an end to this madness. Which he himself will do, I might add.  And for all our imperfections (the bride) – we were bought at a price and we belong to him. He has washed us white as snow and there is nothing in heaven, on earth or below that will change that.

Which brings me back to this – what does the Lord want from us in these last hours?

The internet is replete with suggestions for prepping. And it is far and beyond to suggest what anyone else should do. And, many of us have prepped and that’s fine. But, there comes a time at least in my mind when enough is enough.

Sit down Martha, take a load off ….. just sit and rest at the feet of Jesus!

I was praying this morning and had this on my mind even thinking perhaps, I should get to the stores and stock up on a few more things, I asked the Lord to speak to me, give me his thoughts on things. “Please Lord, guide and direct,” I prayed.  I randomly opened my Bible to read as I often do and to my amazement opened to this passage from Matthew 26- JESUS ANOINTED AT BETHANY.  Wow, there is no doubt in my mind now as to what Jesus wants me and maybe you to do in these next very important days. Just sit at the feet of Jesus. Love on him like Mary did. He is our beloved groom and he is coming for us soon!

Some practical ways do this – and, I am sure you will have other ideas of your own. But, simplify your life. Turn the television and the media off. Spend more time seeking Jesus in his word, through prayer and meditation, Enjoy the beautiful autumn weather with your family. Get outside and enjoy the blessing of the creation. Make restitution for any wrongs, especially make amends with another brother or sister in the Lord if that is needed. Share with others. Make every day and moment count for we may be crossing Jordan soon and when we get to the other side …. I guarantee you, we won’t be looking back

I really think folks as the day approaches, we’re gonna know. And, maybe, just maybe ….. we already do.

Love and blessings to you all!  And, as always

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee”  Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the very soon return of Jesus!  Cindy

Posted by: cindybythesea | August 24, 2015

Blood of the Innocents

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“There are six things which the Lord hates: Yes, seven which are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that run rapidly to evil, A false witness who utters lies and one who spreads strife among brothers.”  Proverbs 6:16-19

Hate. It’s a pretty strong word isn’t it?  Especially when you consider that the very nature of God is one of love. Yet, this is what the Bible says. These are the things God hates. How then must he feel when the blood of the most innocent and helpless of all his creation cry out to him day after day? When children in the wombs created to cushion and protect instead become horrific and tortuous chambers of death.

On September 28, the fourth and final blood moon of the 2014/2015 tetrad will appear over Jerusalem. It will also be a Supermoon. An unmistakable warning for those with blood on their hands and those too apathetic to care. And while a blood moon derives its name from the reddish/orange hew of a lunar eclipse, I assure you, there is another reason it’s called a blood moon and it has nothing to do with astronomy.

Yesterday in a town of 45,000 people (much more when you count the surrounding communities and outlying areas) we had 60 adults and a handful of kids and babies turn out to protest the most horrific practices one can imagine by the butchery of PP. Yet, thousands, yes, thousands turned out the same weekend to hear a rock musician hosted by a local church who had recently given his life to Christ –  and while I am not knocking that per se …. you have to admit there is a huge disconnect somewhere and by and large – we just don’t get it.

Well, we may not but, God does and the days of easy believism my friends are all but over.

For next month’s blood moon is a game changer. I guarantee you …..  And, then – maybe then – we will.

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy

Posted by: cindybythesea | August 22, 2015

It’s Up to You – and Me

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I like this sign, it’s short and to the point. Yes, it’s up to you (and me) to do something. And tomorrow is our opportunity to stand in protest against Planned Parenthood and the shocking and vile industry they have made out of killing babies. Sorry, for the bluntness but there is really no other way of putting it. A big thank you to Steve Coerper for putting the information on his homework page at Anakypto Forum regarding the nationwide protest that is scheduled for tomorrow August 22 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. A protest that is scheduled to be as prayerful as it is peaceful, I am hoping.

I will be very interested to see the turnout from the local community here. I am praying that it will be significant. And that the apathy that most of us are guilty of will be changed in the wake of the information that has been made public recently regarding the abhorrent practices of PP. (As if the 53 million abortions and counting were not enough).

Most of all, I am praying that the peace and love of God will permeate the hearts of everyone who takes time to attend including those who attend in opposition. And, that in my opinion starts first with the house of God. For without changes in our own hearts and humble repentance on our part it is doubtful that a gathering like this will be anything more than a chance to gather together, talk story and share sunblock.  But, I’m hoping and praying that it will be so much more.

On the upside, there are already some wonderful places that are working tirelessly to make a difference in these numbers. I’m thinking of our own GracePlace here in Farmington and A Place for Women in Waipio, Hawaii where I lived before. And,  there are hundreds more like them across the country. Places where women in crisis can find help, emotionally, spiritually and financially with resources available to help in every conceivable way.

Abortions promise freedom but deliver death.

But out of love comes light and life.

And it is God who is the source of all light, love and life.

With this in mind, I pray that the faces of all who attend tomorrows gatherings will shine with radiant light; the radiant light of the Son in the same way the face of Moses did after he had been with God. For It’s a compelling thing to see – the light, and love of God in the faces of his people. And, I pray that somehow by the grace of God that same love will be transferred to those around us who are so desperately in need of it. And, may we always choose life!

For a list of States and places participating, click here.

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm :6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy

Posted by: cindybythesea | August 16, 2015

A Time to Prepare

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It’s been hot here in New Mexico. And yesterday, I ventured out midday to the annual county fair to see the prize-winning pickles, pies, arts, crafts and livestock of my fellow New Mexicans; San Juan County specifically. It was easy to see how much time work and preparation had gone into each entry. It’s an end of summer kind of thing that Americans all over the country enjoy with carnival style rides for the kids, cotton candy and one of my all time favorites – roasted corn on the cob.

But, that was yesterday August 15. Today (August 16)  begins a new month (on the Hebrew calendar that is) the month of Elul. It’s a very special month that speaks specifically of “harvest”. In fact, that is what Elul means – harvest. It’s the twelfth month on the Jewish civil calendar and the sixth month on the Jewish religious calendar leading up to the end of the Hebrew year 5775.

There are a lot of things interesting about the month of Elul. And one of the things I find most fascinating is from some information I found at Servant of Messiah Ministries.

In an article titled, August: Repentance Month, they point out the significance of the positioning of this sixth month (Elul) between the 4th and 5th months (Tammuz and Av)–  and the 7th month, the month of Tishri.

The 4th and 5th months are months marked by the sin of the golden calf (idolatry) and the 12 spies who gave a bad report and the 7th month, the month of Tishri, the month of judgment.

That leaves the sixth month, (the month of Elul) in between and there is a reason for that.  For the month of Elul is a very special time for preparation for what is ahead and for getting right with God. And to mark this very important month, the Shofar, the rams horn is sounded to serve as a wake up call to all sleepers to wakeup and be ready for the time for harvest (judgment) is come.

Next month as many of you know there will be a convergence of signs as related to Bible prophecy not previously seen at any other time in history. The biggest of which is the fourth and final blood moon ( a super moon, none the less) which appears over Jerusalem on September 28. And, if you don’t know much about that or would like to know more, I would encourage you to take some time to research. The internet is loaded with information on the subject right now with Christians and Jews all around the world watching closely at the many events converging next month.  Mark Biltz, Rabbi Jonathan Cahn and Paul Grevas are three who have done some excellent work in this area and will get you up to speed.

Signs, Signs, Every Where Signs –

Not a biblical sign per se, but, I have been watching with interest the contamination of the Animas River here where I live. On August 5, a variety of heavy metals from the long defunct Gold King Mining operation flooded into the Animas River turning its normally clear waters a brackish shade of yellow/orange. And, while the waters have now cleared up (at least on the surface) there are reports that in addition to the massive contamination of August 5 there are also some 230 old mines in the area which have been leaking heavy metals in to this river and others for years with a reported 40 percent of river headwaters in the West affected by it. Wow!  And no one is monitoring the situation or doing anything about it. Well, given the mining history of the area, its actually no surprise – but, what I do find interesting is this:

The mine: The Gold King Mine

The river: The Animas (Spanish for spirit, soul – our English word animated would be a derivative of it).

The river down stream that it flowed in to likewise contaminating: The San Juan (Spanish for St. John – as in St. John, the apostle and writer of the book of Revelation).

Do you see a picture emerging? Gold, money, wealth, the things of this world polluting and contaminating the spirit to the point of rendering them useless and unfit as far as God’s kingdom is concerned. For the Bible tells us, one cannot serve both God and money. Hmmmm …..

People, the world is in serious trouble – and outside of Jesus there is no way out. The chickens have come home to roost, you might say. The weight of sin on creation, the weight of sin in our lives has reached a crushing level and things cannot and will not continue the way that they have been. Without the intervention of Almighty God, the Bible says that no flesh would survive what is now directly ahead.

Just look around. Massive animal die offs. Fish in the Pacific also dying and grotesquely deformed – think Fukushima. Isis, terror and brutality at an almost unthinkable level. The very real threat of global nuclear war, financial collapse, earthquakes, volcanoes, famines and racial strife. There is no place and no peoples on earth that will not be affected by what is ahead. The clock is ticking and the time to prepare is NOW!

Therefore friends, I encourage you to draw close to him who has the power over your soul. He loves you and has provided the month of Elul as a symbol of the gap between sin and judgment that is bridged only by his grace. If you have never trusted Jesus as your Lord and Savior you can do that now. If you’re not sure how to do that send me a message and I will pray with you and help you in this very important decision.

Until then ….

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy

Posted by: cindybythesea | June 27, 2015

Breaching the Wall

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“As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the son of man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking,  marrying and giving in marriage until the flood came and took them all away.”  Matthew 24: 37-39

Mark this day on your calendars – and mourn – for it is a day from which there is no turning back.

It can be no coincidence that the landmark decision to approve same-sex marriage in all 50 states was publicly announced on June 26, the 9th of Tammuz.  The millennia old Judeo-Christian concept of marriage between one man and one woman giving away to the collective “wisdom” of 5 individuals – who call themselves supreme. In one day, the bedrock of society, the family structure as set apart by God and nature has been swept away. And, the repercussions couldn’t be bigger.

Why is the date of Tammuz 9 important?

On Tammuz 9, 423 BC, Nebuchadnezzar’s troops breached the walls of old Jerusalem and entered the city. Four weeks later on Av 9,  the Holy temple was destroyed and the Jews were exiled to Babylon. Likewise, in 70 AD, the walls of Jerusalem were breached not on Tammuz 9 but eight days later on Tammuz 17 and the second temple was destroyed once again on Av 9 – the same date as the first..

Keep these dates in mind for they are critical to the timing of what may be ahead.

If you follow Bible prophecy at all, you are probably aware that the United States (and, the world for that matter) have been courting God’s judgment for some time. And, many of us have wondered how much longer the Lord would stay his hand before bringing about the justice and judgment that we so much deserve. Well, we need wonder no longer – that day has arrived. Like dominoes set to fall – Tammuz 9 is the first in line to go. Which is fitting as 9 in the Bible is the number of completeness or finality.

What’s the big deal some would say?  Does God really care that much about marriage? Of all the evils that occur in the world, why would marriage between two men or two women be the final straw to draw the wrath of the Almighty?

Well, there are a lot of reasons – one of which, may be demonstrated in the very near future in a very painful way. For Tammuz 17 is also, the American fourth of July this year. And this can be no accident. For besides being the day of the breach of the walls of Jerusalem 70 AD, Tammuz 17 is also the day Moses descended the mountain (Mt. Sinai) to find the people sinning by worshiping the golden calf – a symbol of the life they had left behind in Egypt.

God had brought them out to a life of freedom but, they desired to go back to a life of slavery, where they had leeks and onions to eat – the side benefit to living next to those who lived in luxury even if it meant being a slave. So, what did Moses do when he saw the people sinning like this?  In anger, he threw the tablets of the law – written by the finger of the Almighty himself – to the ground  – smashing them in to pieces. Which was wrong for God’s law must always be upheld!

This is exactly what America is doing. We have been blessed from the foundation of this country with freedom – but, the freedom we have enjoyed is now despised and a freedom of another kind is desired. We no longer want freedom by God, we want freedom from God. For many see the ten commandments as a wall of restriction when they are in fact, intended as a wall of protection. And America in the last few years has been in the process of methodically striking down the ten commandments  and God’s law from every area of life – particularly, the public arena.

“We have no King but Caesar” they say. “The government is our King. It is the government who establishes ( or takes) away our rights at their discretion. Not God.”   Smash!

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With this we have successfully made clear to the creator that we will not be bound or owned by him. In our rebellion and our ignorance we fail to understand that in so doing we have exchanged freedom for slavery – the reality of which will not be realized until it is too late. So, in essence its not just marriage – it is in fact, a final form of rebellion.

I think it is entirely possible that some wall of national security was breached today – Tammuz 9. With reports of Isis just over our very porous southern border this is far more likely than it is far-fetched. And, on Tammuz 17 (July 4) while the nation is reveling in its new freedom from the bonds of traditional marriage – while people are eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage –  we may well feel the pain of that breach in ways we may have never once thought possible – until 9/11.

But, for some reason it was a lesson never learned.

Like Psalm 2, the kings and rulers of the earth have gathered together against the Lord, and against his Anointed One, (Jesus) saying –

Let us break their chains and throw off their fetters“.

To which the One enthroned in heaven laughs, the Lord scoffs at them – and, rebukes them in his anger.

And, you know sometimes, you really don’t want what you asked for. Something we’re about to find out the hard way.

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy

Posted by: cindybythesea | June 21, 2015

From a Country Porch

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I spent a lazy afternoon today browsing through an antique store in the small country town of Bayfield, CO. It was the kind of summer day you remember from your childhood – warm and slightly hazy, clouds flying high over head like pennants blowing in the wind. It’s interesting looking through stores like these …. kind of like going back in time. There were tons of old photos. Men, women and children frozen in somber expressions belying the excitement they were probably feeling at having their photos taken – a novelty at the time. Kitchen ware and gadgets that remind me why I am glad I was not born a century ago. And, beautifully carved furniture – hardwood – meant to last longer, a whole lot longer than the people who bought them.

I went outside for a while and sat in a rocker while my friends were still inside looking. And, I thought this is what contentment feels like. There was a large steamer trunk which made me think of those who made the voyage to this great country to start new lives. A old enamel cooking stove of the kind my grandmother used when I was a kid, the kind that burns coal or wood and makes the best biscuits you ever tasted. An old hand crank ice cream freezer, a horses bridle and an American flag. This and more sharing the porch with me on this beautiful yet ordinary day.

It was a different time and place back then. A hard time, but a better time in many ways. Hard in the sense of survival – you either made it or you didn’t – but, easier in the sense of knowing and understanding the most basic elements of life. For some reason, the modern life that we are living today has imparted a sense of confusion to a whole lot of people. Confusion over gender, sexual and racial identity and more. Questions that a thousand generations before us were simply answered at birth. How strange that at this point in human history things that were previously taken for granted have suddenly become unclear.

Not so in the natural world  – for I never saw a daisy in distress because it wasn’t born a rose. Or a buck standing in the forest who thought he was a doe. The Bible makes it very clear that God created each species to reproduce after its own kind – and, this is what we see in nature – and the Universe, a natural and harmonious order – no stress, no confusion. So, why of all species do we struggle with these issues?  And for a culture bent on obsession with this – if you’re not struggling now – you will!  For “they” won’t be satisfied until everyone questions something about themselves – or is at least in wholehearted endorsement of those who do.

It’s sad to think that there are those who genuinely struggle with these issues today. A number by the way far fewer than they would have us believe, I might add.  But, we aren’t plants and we aren’t animals and the threads that contribute to our mental make-up are complex and many.  But, what is more tragic than this is the leap to conclusion that the best way to deal with these issues is to give ones self over to it. In other words, what ever you think you are – you are! Go for it!  But if this were true, we would see, I believe a dramatic reduction in suicides, depression, alcohol and drug addiction. But, it simply isn’t true – we won’t – and these numbers will unfortunately go up, not down.  And those who sought healing will find they have been sold a bill of goods.

I think of Jesus and how he was trained in the skills of a carpenter. A carpenter understands the framework of his project from the inside out. With loving skill he takes up the wood. He holds it in his hands. He weighs it, he feels it, he examines its grain. He draws from his imagination and determines from his experience and wisdom just what it could be and what it is worth.  I ask you then, my friends – who better then to heal the splintered fragments of our lives?

What we think is impossible is always possible with God …. and,

Jesus is the answer, he is always, the answer,

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy

 

Posted by: cindybythesea | June 13, 2015

Standing in the Surf

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I remember when I first moved to Hawaii back in 1999. I was excited to be living near the ocean for the first time in my life. I knew how to swim but, had no experience with water outside the local swimming pool, where I grew up.

One day not long after I had arrived, I traveled to the North Shore to one of the more popular beaches. It was a beautiful sunny day. The waves were rolling in at a steady pace and I was anxious to get in to the water.  Wading out in to the surf, I had no more than began to enjoy the warm tropical water swirling about my knees and upper thighs,  when, wham, one of the incoming waves, much more powerful than I had expected pummeled me down in to the surging water.

Suddenly instead of enjoying the water, I was under the water caught in a swirl of stinging sand and salt that took my breath away and stung my eyes.  Gasping, I struggled to get up when, wham another wave knocked me down. Again, I struggled to get up. But, before I could get my feet under me, I was knocked back down again.  By the time I finally made it out of the water, my hair was full of sand, my swimsuit (also full of sand) was sagging about me in a most unbecoming way and blood was streaming down my leg from a serious of minor cuts received courtesy of the unforgiving reef. I was a mess and felt like I had just emerged from the spin cycle of my washing machine!  Not the kind of day at the beach I had imagined!

It was not until sometime later that I began to understand that in order to enjoy the water safely, I needed to swim out beyond the breaking surf where the water was deeper and much more calm. Once I figured that out, I  began to have a good time  swimming, bobbing and floating on the incoming swells. But, it was a lesson I had to learn the hard way. In my naïve way, I had assumed the deeper water further out was more dangerous than the water closer to shore. I was wrong.

GETTING OUT OF THE SURF

I’ve been feeling kind of beaten down lately. Have you ever felt that way? I’m sure you have. Two days ago, I came home from my night shift job to find the ceiling of my living room had caved in during the night from a water leak – a virtual waterfall was raining down from the ceiling on to my carpet and furniture. Wow! For a moment it was surreal and I wondered if I had fallen asleep on the way home and was dreaming – a nightmare! But, no, it was real. And, I made a quick call to the manager of the complex I live in who rushed over and got the water shut off for me. Since then it has been a series of disaster crew clean up, plumbers and carpenters coming in to give me estimates on repairing the damage. I also found out I need a new furnace and of course wrangling with the insurance company. Needless to say, I’ve felt overwhelmed.  And, depressed. Wham, that was a darned big wave and I sure didn’t see it coming.

Once knocked down, the waves kept rolling in. Some of my own making. “I hate working nights“. “Why, did I leave Hawaii, it’s not the same here“.  “I‘m tired of being deaf; hearing is such a struggle, it makes everything harder” …. “even with the insurance this is going to cost me so much”  …..   poor pity me …..why, why, why …. and, so on and so on.. Standing in the surf!  Bam, down again!

I picked up my Bible to read this morning and I opened to a passage from Luke. It was chapter 19 and although the context of the passage has little to do with my circumstances, the following verse stood out to me. Here Jesus, addresses Jerusalem just prior to his arrest and crucifixion.

“If you … had only known on this day what would bring you peace”. Luke 19:42

Wow, those words really stood out to me. If I only knew what would bring me peace.

But, I do! I know its Jesus! 

So why am I feeling this way?

And, a little voice inside whispered ” get out of the surf”.  Get out of the surf!  For even as Christians, there are times we insist on standing in the surf.  Struggling and going down fast in the circumstances of our lives …. allowing ourselves to be knocked down again and again ….. instead of swimming towards the deeper, safer water of the Father where he can carry us and lift us up even in the most difficult and times of our lives.

But, if we never go there (towards the Father) …  we can never experience it (the peace he offers )….. it’s a  choice, one we must first recognize  – and then act upon.

A thought that has given me a great deal of comfort as I’ve meditated upon it today …… and though my circumstances have not changed, I know that that is where I need to be and where I want to be …. and, that makes all the difference.

Swimming to Jesus – now!

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!

Cindy

Posted by: cindybythesea | June 9, 2015

Jew Enough For Hitler

Featured image   Eliezer Urbach,

Many years ago, I was privileged to make the acquaintance of holocaust survivor and Messianic Jew Eliezer Urbach and his wife Sara. Eliezer and Sara were living in the Denver area where they were serving with Chosen People Ministries and were in fact, pioneers in the fledgling Messianic movement at that time. Over the years, we were privileged to facilitate a number of speaking engagements for Eliezer in the mountains of Colorado where we were living. It was Eliezer’s passion to share how he a Polish born Jew and holocaust survivor came to faith in Jesus as the long-awaited Messiah of Israel.

Eliezer was always straight forward with his message and had a knack for getting to the point. Of all the things I remember him saying, this one phrase stands out in particular. I was Jew enough for Hitler“.  His passionate response to those who would question his status as a Jew since coming to faith in Messiah. If you heard him say this once, you would know with all certainty, the matter was settled. End of discussion. And, he was right. With that one phrase there was nothing more to be said.

I bring this up for the simple reason that the number of holocaust deniers seems to be growing by the day. Couple that with those who would deny Jewish right to the land even going so far as to question “if Jews are even Jews” and you can see that the state of Israel and the Jewish people are being marginalized at an alarming rate …. even among evangelical Christians, who once provided their broadest base of support.

It seems that everybody today wants to be a Jew. Not that they would ever apply that label to themselves. No, what they covet is the promises given to the seed of Abraham but, not the responsibility. It’s not the Jews who are impostors (for those who would cite Revelation 3:9) but, rather those who claim that the promises and inheritance were never theirs to begin with. Oh, the sneaky subtlety of the serpent. This is not to say that everything Israel does is perfect, of course not, for the majority of the population remains in unbelief. But, that is changing exponentially in numbers not seen since the day of Pentecost and will change in whole, as it says in Zechariah 12;10  and 13:1

“And, I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son. …. On that day a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity”.

We have to remember this is an unfolding story ….. and, while it’s nearing its conclusion, it isn’t finished yet. But, it will be. God’s word assures us of that.

God’s promises are true and brick by brick, stone by stone the land of Israel and its people are being rebuilt in preparation for the grand finale, the return of Jesus to the land and its people. I spent 3 weeks in Judea and Samaria in October 2013 (the West Bank for those who don’t know any better) and, its amazing to see how this rocky and formidable land is blossoming as prophesied under the watchful eye of God. There is no doubt that the recent history of this little piece of real estate sitting in the middle-East is anything but a miraculous fulfillment of his word.

It may not be popular or even politically correct, but, I stand with my friend Eliezer (who has since passed on to be with the Lord) –  who made it very clear in his own distinctive way –

I was Jew enough for Hitler“.

And, that to me, friends, says it all.  Nothing more to say. Case closed.

And, as always ….

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee”  Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy

Posted by: cindybythesea | May 24, 2015

The Solemn Truth

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We live in a time, when the cross of Christ has become culturally irrelevant to many. Resigned to a piece of jewelry, a stylized home ornament or a cemetery marker of days gone by, its influence and presence in the hearts and minds of those who claim the name of Jesus, at least in theory, is waning.

I took a walk through my hometown cemetery in preparation for memorial day. It was interesting to see, even in this sacred place, the shift in culture. I thought back to the missionary cemetery in Honolulu I once visited (actually several times) where stones were replete with references to the cross, hope in the Lord, and Biblical inscriptions of every kind. Today, we find pithy sayings, references to favorite activities or hobbies and inscriptions boasting ones standing in various clubs and organizations (including churches) as our last word and testimony on leaving this earth. The cross of Jesus and the hope it represents traded for worn clichés and the things of life that were never intended to endure

And, while the influence of the cross and the name of Jesus is fading in to the background of American and European culture, surprisingly, it is resurging in the middle-East where Christians today are enduring persecution of the most horrific kind. This today on WND

Isis beheadings spark gospel surge

http://www.wnd.com/2015/05/christian-witness-to-muslims-surges-after-isis-executions/

And, while this seems absolutely amazing it should come as no surprise as its long been said, “the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church (gospel).

And, while many of us wonder what can be done to reverse the current trend – it should be obvious by now, that the only thing left for shaking this culture out its complacency is for the church to experience what is happening in the middle East. We may not want to hear this but, its true. And, we know within our heart of hearts, if we are honest with ourselves that For God to do so otherwise would be remiss.

What the American church today has failed to accomplish with its gimmick programs, watered down gospel and compromising spirit will be only be accomplished when God strips away all the things that have kept us from making our relationship with him the heart and soul of our lives. And, that my friends is the solemn truth.

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee”  Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy

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