Posted by: cindybythesea | February 2, 2016

Nothing Hidden

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There’s no escaping it. Guaranteed, no matter where you go – someone, somewhere is watching you. With phones that double not only as computers but camera’s – chances are that you and I have been, will be or are the unwitting subject of someone else’s photos at any given moment – wherever we may go.  Add to that the cameras we encounter (knowingly or not) in the many workplaces, restaurants and businesses that we frequent and that’s a lot of watching eyes. Not to mention, my own personal favorite – live stream web cams.

I have to admit, I have become a little addicted to live stream web cams. I’ve found I can now watch the waves roll in from my favorite Hawaiian beaches without leaving the comfort of my sofa. I can watch as surfers paddle out to catch the next biggest wave without spilling a drop of coffee and watch as tourists lather on sunscreen with no fear of extra radiated skin myself and, perhaps best of all —- not having to worry if I can still fit in to my bathing suit.

And not only that …… I’ve also found I can now travel world wide with just the click of a button. Times Square ….. never been there, but with the help of a well-positioned web cam, I can watch as people walk across the square going about their business completely unaware that people like myself are watching as they open their umbrella, zip their coat or sit on a park bench to eat their lunch. It’s really quite fascinating.

I can also watch the eruption of Old Faithful via the Yellowstone Web cam, watch as barges float down the mighty Mississippi on another and skiers as they make their way down Alpine slopes on yet another (camera).  With the help of all these eyes, I’ve become a first-class world traveler without the imposition of cramped airline seats, TSA pat downs or exorbitant air fares. Not a bad way to travel, don’t ya think?

Who would have thought even ten years or so ago that such things were possible? I can remember wondering (not that long ago) how it would be possible for the two witnesses from the book of Revelation to be seen by everyone on earth. I knew of course that with television it was possible – but, I never imagined that some day in the future – it would not just be something we might see on the six o’clock news but, something we could view in real time, like it is now.  In fact, the Jerusalem web cam at the Western Wall is one of my favorites for watching.

And because of this, we are living in a time when the old saying “you can run but you can’t hide” is now more true than ever. And the idea of privacy – well, that is pretty much out the window and is fast becoming something only the oldest among us will remember.  And while personal privacy is valuable and we lose it to our own detriment, it is well to remember that where God is concerned – our lives have always been an open book – and that there is nothing from his eyes which is hidden from view.

“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account”  Hebrews 4:13

But, unlike the camera which can only record our actions, God sees much deeper judging even the thoughts and intents of the heart.

“I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.” Jeremiah 17:10

“For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” 2 Chronicles 16:9

There’s a song by Annie Meadows that I like titled “He’s watching You” The lyrics go something like this –

“he’s watching you, God is watching you – his eyes they range through out the earth”.

It’s a beautiful song and once I heard it, I was immediately captivated by it. But also sobered to think that all I do, say and think is open before him to whom I must give account.

But, also comforted to know that because of his watchful eye, his careful gaze – there is also no injustice, no abuse, no crime left unjudged, and no single tear that falls that he also does not see.

Yes, (by virtue of technology today) all the world is a stage and with the eyes of all those well positioned cameras, we can watch as others go about their daily lives like actors on a stage. But, we must be careful to remember that they are not actors (nor are we) – but, rather flesh and blood people whom God loves -and to whom, by virtue of his holy and righteous nature, we must also give account. For there is nothing hidden that will not come to light.

Have you received Jesus as your Lord and Savior?  If you have not, I encourage you to do so today. …. for as the Bible says, “without faith (in Him and the provision of his Son) it is impossible to please him”. (Hebrews 11:6)   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 | January 31, 2016

What Does the Bible Say? Part 3

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“But what about you?” he asked (speaking to the disciple Simon Peter). “Who do you say that I am?”  Mark 8:29

The Most Important Question

Without a doubt, the man called Jesus altered history in a way no other has or ever will again. Amazing, considering he was a simple Jewish carpenter who lived and died over 2,000 years ago in an out of the way and obscure place called Judea. With a rag tag group of followers, his life and his ministry came to an abrupt end late one Friday afternoon in 33 A.D. when he was put to death on a cross (along with two others) on a lonely hill outside Jerusalem.

But this was not the end as many expected (of this man Jesus) but rather just the beginning. For which, the question (by virtue of the stone rolled away from the grave) remains today – “who do you say that I am?”

WHO DO YOU SAY THAT I AM?

For some Jesus is seen as a good man. A wise teacher, an ascended master perhaps, who like Buddha manifests periodically through out history for the purpose of enlightenment. Others believe that he is the archangel Michael. While still others believe that he is just one of the many spirit children of God – but, one for whom a special task was chosen when it was deemed that intervention on planet earth was needed. But as always, its important in the midst of these various ideas, religious teachings and speculation that we go right to the source and ask ourselves.

What does the Bible say?

JESUS – FULLY MAN AND FULLY GOD

The book of John makes clear from its first chapter that Jesus is unlike any other. He is both man and God.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God …. the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us”. John 1:1 & 14.

To take away from Jesus either his humanity or his divinity is to create a Jesus that does not exist. For a Jesus apart from the revealed word of God is no Jesus at all but rather the work of ignorance and imagination or the result of twisted and distorted Bible teaching by those who (for their own nefarious purposes) seek to sell a Jesus, who is no Jesus at all.

So, lets make certain as we study this out that the Jesus, we love, follow, preach and serve is the Jesus of the Bible and not some other.

 Jesus, the man

The humanity of Jesus (though born of a virgin) is easy to see. He came in to this world the same way we all did by virtue of a woman in labor. He ate, he drank, he slept and felt hunger and pain just as we do.  He was also a man who felt sorrow, anger and joy even weeping at times in deep compassion for the pain and suffering of others.

Yet, he was more than this. He was not just man, not even an extraordinary man. He was God clothed in flesh. Something he himself proclaimed and demonstrated throughout the duration of his ministry.

Jesus, God manifest in flesh

In other words – God came down.

I like the simplicity of this statement. God came down. Yes, God came down! When we could do nothing for ourselves. When we were hopelessly lost in sin ….. God came down! Is this not the epitome of love?  The greatest love ever – demonstrated in the most powerful way possible? God came down!

Religion will tell you that we must find a way to make ourselves acceptable to God. If we follow this person, or that person or adhere to a prescribed way of living, we may (if we are lucky) find ourselves acceptable to God. If we adhere to the practices of religion, if we do enough good works, if the scales weigh in our favor when we die – perhaps then, we will be acceptable to God.

Religion tells us we must reach up – Christianity tells us that God reached down.

Friends, if you are reading this today and find yourselves on that particular train (reaching up) you are heading the wrong way. God came down to do for us what we could not do for ourselves. The Bible says that there is “none righteous …. no not one”. A sobering statement, when considered. For that tells us that there is nothing righteous about us, nothing good enough about us to make us acceptable to God. Yet he loved us anyway and did for us what we could never do for ourselves by dying a sinless death on the cross. For only someone sinless (God) can pay the price for sin. You see, that is why it was so necessary – that God come down.

So, with that in mind – lets step back a minute and see what the Bible says …… what Jesus, himself says about who he is.

Think about the miracles of Jesus. They show us both his humanity and his divinity. His humanity by his compassion. His divinity by the miracles themselves. Healing the sick, the deaf, the lame and the blind. Driving out demons, cleansing lepers and raising the dead.  These are the attributes of God, the creator – yet, Jesus demonstrates over and over again the same power – explaining with these words – “I and the Father am one” John 10:30

Consider also, how he calmed the wind and waves. How he walked on water and fed the five thousand.  And greatest of all, how he emerged from the tomb on the third day proving that death itself could not hold him.  Yes, God came down.

And, last but not least –

When Jesus is worshipped, he accepts it . No Jew or Rabbi with the keen understanding of Jewish law (that Jesus would have) would ever accept worship – it is strictly forbidden – as worship is ascribed to God alone.  Therefore even angels are careful not to do it. Yet, the scripture tells us –

“When they saw him, they worshipped him”. Matthew 28:17

In fact, this is why they (the Jewish leaders) sought to kill him?

We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.” John 10:33

Yes, God came down.

So, as you can see, the question Jesus ask Peter, he asks of us all?

“Who do you say that I am?”

And truth be told, when we reach eternity, it will be the only question that matters.

I ask you then, what will you say?

*If you have never received Jesus as your Lord and Savior. I encourage you to do so now . And by way of explanation, the question Jesus asks “who do you say that I am”  is not so much a text book question – as it is a question of relationship.  For if you indeed know who he is, why have you not made him Savior and Lord?

**What does the Bible say – part 4 coming soon – the Holy Spirit and the triune nature of God.

“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 | January 8, 2016

What Does The Bible Say? (part 1)

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“My people perish for lack of knowledge” Hosea 4:6

We live in a day and time when Bibles are more readily available than they have ever been at any other time in history.  From the heavy black book that many of us remember from our childhoods – you know, the one with the gold lettering that our grandparents so carefully penned our family histories into – to the electronic pocket size version that many carry with them today; now more than ever the Bible is readily available in one form or another for anyone interested in reading it. Yet in spite of the veritable explosion of Bibles in every conceivable form, there is (in my opinion) an obvious lack of knowledge and a good deal of confusion when it comes to understanding it.

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT AND WHY SHOULD I CARE?

Good question!

In today’s world (at least in this country) most people would categorize themselves as either Christian, Spiritual, but not “religious”, Agnostic, Atheist or of another religious persuasion altogether. By many the Bible is viewed as archaic, narrow or hopelessly out of touch with the times. But is it?

Before we can address that question, we must look at what the Bible says about itself for it makes some very tall claims. First of all, it claims to be the very  word of God. Did you get that? The very word of God – not the word of the President, the words of a great Philosopher or the words of some other highly esteemed individual, but of God!  And, secondly, it claims that there is one way and only one in which to reach God, which is through his son,  Jesus Christ. So, no matter what your religious persuasion, spiritual or not, the claims of the Bible are so big, so profound that they cannot be ignored

SEPARATING TRUTH FROM FICTION

Everyone has an opinion …. which is natural but when it comes to spiritual things most people seem to have a patchwork of beliefs.  A little of this and a little of that. Something they learned in school, heard on a talk show, read in a book or was taught by one religious organization or another. A hodge-podge of ideas that for one reason or another have resonated with that particular individual over time. But, belief (even sincere belief) in something (whatever it is) does not make it necessarily so. And that is what we want to examine today (and through this series which I have titled “What Does the Bible Say?”).  Here I want to examine some of the questions people may have regarding the Bible (and the Christian faith) in order that they might begin to sort truth from fiction. But in order to do that we must first establish the reliability and authority of the Bible itself by asking this question – can the Bible be trusted?

CAN THE BIBLE BE TRUSTED?

“Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”  2 Peter 1:20-21

This verse establishes the important point that the scriptures though penned by men were written by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. No individual bias was interjected in to the script. The words of the Bible are therefore God breathed.

It would stand to reason then that if the Bible is as it claims to be” God breathed” it would be the most important document ever created. A document so special, so unique, so profound that it could never be equaled by anything else.  A document as eternal and unchangeable as God himself;  a point which is missed by those who claim the Bible to be altered, mistranslated or suspect for errors.  For the Bible, by its own admission (in order to be the word of God) must therefore be as perfect and inerrant as God  – and as perfect, as Jesus, who lived a sinless life was perfect – for the Bible tells us that Jesus was the word made flesh.  Therefore any attempt to discredit the word of God is an attack on Jesus himself – for they are one and the same.

HISTORICALLY SPEAKING

The Bible is 66 books compiled in to one volume (the Old and New Testaments) written by 40 different authors that ranged from Kings to shepherds and everyday fisherman and covered a period of 1500 years. Yet the theme of the whole (regardless of who was writing or the time period in which it was written) remains remarkably consistent. In fact, the most ancient manuscripts in possession today show little to no variation from the copy you will find sitting at home by your bedside or on the shelf at your own local Christian bookstore. For the manner in which scripture was copied in those days was extremely laborious and intricate in detail requiring the whole thing be started over from scratch should even one letter be copied in error.

ARCHAELOGICALLY SPEAKING

The Bible is provable by archaeological evidence. And new evidence is being discovered all the time.  Unlike fables, myths or fantastical stories that have their roots in legends, the Bible is meticulous in its accounts of people, tribes, cities, monetary units, genealogical histories and so forth in order that they might identifiable – unlike legends, which are more fiction than they are truth and have no basis in fact.

PROPHETICALLY SPEAKING

The Bible is the only book that is able to determine what the future holds  with 100% accuracy.  Try applying this standard to any fortune teller, sooth sayer or so-called “prophet” we have today (past or present)  and you can see why the Bible, by its own high standards ( 100% accuracy) stands alone in its ability to meet this requirement.

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I know that I have only began to touch on this subject. Obviously there is much more that could be written. And, I know for many of you reading that this is not new information. I hope though that you will bear with me as I seek to establish through this series just exactly what it is the Bible says for those who may not know or may have questions regarding a particular subject.

Therefore, I have in mind to pose a number of questions which I will try to answer to the best of my ability. I plan to start out with very foundational things but, if you have a particular question you would like to see me address, please leave it in the comments section for future consideration. I cannot say at this time how long this series may or may not be as I may interrupt it from time to time for commentary on current events.

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 | January 6, 2016

Doubling Up On Change

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By now, the party hats and noise makers have been put away or swept in to the dust bin. The previous year already fading from memory like the discarded coat of last years season. Not many looking back with longing on that one. Marked with an increase in terrorism, weather disasters and changes to laws that left most of us scratching our heads, we can only imagine what the coming year is going to hold.

I’m not a prophet and I don’t have a crystal ball. But, I do know what the Bible says. And, I have to tell you – it’s not looking good.

Which does not mean I’m without hope. I have great hope. I just don’t have hope for the future of this country and the world at large outside of the hope that I have in Jesus Christ.

As we start the New Year many are hoping that the coming election will provide a change from the direction in which we have been headed the past eight years. To get the country back on track. To make America what it used to be once again. A country that instead of shrinking back stands tall among the nations. But, the reality is this – no leader can provide what is inherently missing from among its own people.  For the leader, whether President or King is no better or worse than the people for which they serve, so if you are expecting great things from the next election (if there is one), you will most likely be disappointed. For change cannot come to a nation whose individuals are not willing to change themselves.  And from what I can see that is not happening.

Yes, we moan and groan about the state of things. But individually and collectively we are no better than the politicians we deplore. For we cannot point our fingers at others while harboring the same sin in and among ourselves.

Are we greedy? Are we immoral? Are we lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God?  Do we excuse our own bad behavior in order to justify ourselves and the unholy way in which we live? Do we really care that 50 million babies (and counting) have been slaughtered in order that we might chase the American dream unimpeded?  Does the knowledge of the sale of their body parts for profit shake us to our core? If it doesn’t, then there is some thing terribly, terribly wrong.

And, perhaps, the most inditing of all ….. do we want a fix to the problems that we face today, so that we can continue to live as if there were no consequences to our actions at all?

We want terrorism to go away. We want economic prosperity. We want to live in freedom and we want to live our best lives now ( in the words of Joel Osteen). We want, we want, we want ……. but, what we do not want …. is to change.

People, we are headed for a fall.  For the patience of God – though longsuffering- is beginning to wear thin.

If you hate the change Obama brought to America ….. just wait ….. you have not seen anything yet …… for God himself has promised change, and, I guarantee, it is not one that anyone is going to like.

If you want to know what is in store for America ….and, in the not too far off future, I might add ….. read Revelation 18, where it is spelled out quite clearly.

So, as we enter this New Year …… I encourage you …. do not put your hope in any political party or leader. But, rather put your hope and trust in Jesus Christ. Making every effort to live (as the word says) holy and blameless  before him in order to bring honor (and not shame) to his great name in these last days. And, if you are not already doing it ….. ask God where you need to change. He will be more than happy to help you.   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 | December 8, 2015

The Greatest Lie

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“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in high places” Ephesians 6:12

Frustrated by the rise in terrorism and the latest mass shooting in California, the New York Daily News shocked the nation on December 3 with this headline, “God Isn’t Fixing This“.

Strange when you think about it as God has not been welcome in the public and private lives of most Americans for the better part of the last thirty years or so and now, we have the audacity to complain that God is not fixing this?

Crazy, I know. And as strange as that may be, even stranger is the accompanying article by Rich Shapiro which begins with this statement- “prayers aren’t working”.   (You can read his article here).

According to Shapiro, he is growing weary of politicians (particularly, the GOP) who mouth platitudes of prayers and condolences in the wake of the latest mass shooting or terroristic act without any real plan of action to back it up.  Hence, prayers aren’t enough ….  “prayers aren’t working”.

No matter that the Dems offer no solution of their own with the exception of implementing and tightening existing gun control laws ( a plan which he seems to be in favor of) which prove nothing except that law abiding citizens will no longer have the ability to defend themselves.  Laughable really, if it were not so serious.

In some ways, I can understand Shapiro’s frustration. From the vantage point of someone who does not know God, it appears that someone must seize the reigns and take charge.  And, it’s true that simple platitudes while nice are just that – platitudes. For prayer, is not wishful thinking, nice thoughts directed upwards or anything of that nature as some might imagine. True prayer is the most powerful and important activity a Christian can engage in. And that is what Mr. Shapiro fails to understand.

I was thinking about this as I was walking this afternoon and it occurred to me that it is exactly because prayer does work that the enemy would seek to belittle and diminish its importance. Remember, we are in a spiritual war as much as a physical one. And for this war to be won, it must first be won in the spiritual realm. No plan Democratic or Republican can succeed without it.

The enemy knows that prayer is our most powerful weapon which is why it was necessary to demean it in the very public NYT.  So, for someone to say “prayers aren’t working” as Rich Shapiro did is to give voice to the greatest of lies.  For Ephesians 6 :10-18 has this to say about spiritual warfare and prayer in particular.

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Stand therefore having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having your feet shod with the gospel of peace, above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one, And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the Saints”.

There we have it, the importance of prayer.  No one goes into battle without being prepared and protected.  Therefore, put on all the armor of God and PRAY …..

Pray in the name of Jesus. Pray confessing and repenting of personal and collective sins (of the nation). Pray asking God for his divine intervention. Pray in sincerity – trusting God for his response whatever it may be. Pray in thankfulness for who God is and for what he has done. Pray giving God the glory for which he is due.

Pray and then, pray some more. And, never, ever doubt the importance and effectiveness of prayer.

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“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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Posted by: cindybythesea | November 18, 2015

WHEN THE DEVIL COMES CALLING

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For the hundreds of fans gathered for an evening concert death was undoubtedly, the furthest thing from their minds. No one would have believed as they lined up for entrance that night that before the first song had ended dozens would be laying dead, dying or wounded – the refrain to the words of the song “Kiss the Devil” still on the lips of those who just moments earlier had been waiting happy with anticipation for the evening to begin.

The California band “Eagles of Death Metal had just taken the stage. Eager concert goers smiled for cameras holding hands high in the air with “Devils Horns” as the band struck up the chords to the popular first song. And, as the band got going the enthusiastic crowd began to sing along.

“Who’ll love the Devil?   Who’ll sing his song?  Who will love the Devil and his song?   I’ll love the Devil, I’ll sing his song, I will love the Devil and his song”

“Who’ll love the Devil? Who’ll kiss his tongue? Who will kiss the Devil on his tongue?  I’ll love the Devil, I’ll kiss his tongue, I will kiss the Devil on his tongue”.

Ah, they just don’t write music like they used to, do they? But, I digress.

I think its a safe guess to say that most of the concert goers were neither Satanists nor Devil worshippers, although some may have been – not exactly unheard of these days. But, more than likely the majority of them were simply caught up in the lyrics of a popular song that had no more real meaning or relevance to their lives than the Halloween costumes they had donned just a few weeks earlier.  Just fun and games, nothing serious.

And, I am certain that given the opportunity, the Isis death squads would just as readily enter a church where people are singing “Hallelujah, to the King” as they would a heavy metal rock concert. You don’t have to be singing songs to the devil to be on their hit list.  For you see, the Devil is no respecter of persons, he cares little whether you love him or hate him. His game is death and destruction. And, for him, humanity is nothing but a pawn to be used in the real game which is his intense hatred for the God of Israel and his son, Jesus Christ.

And that is what this is really about.

We would like to think that all we need to do is get together a large army, a few big bombs and go in and smash them.  But this is about more than radical Islam and their ideology.  They won’t be destroyed that easily for the root is far deeper than that. There is a supernatural force that is driving this and it cannot be fought and won with conventional means.

Now that is not to say that I am advocating sitting on our thumbs for that is what our current leadership is doing. What I am saying is that when we lost sight of God, when we ejected him from our public and private lives, we also lost the real tools necessary for winning this fight. For the best of intelligence, the biggest bombs and the most determined armies are nothing when God is not in it. And, with that being the case ….. we will undoubtedly, see more of what happened in Paris and on a much larger scale.  That’s not a guess …. that’s the reality of the situation.

So, where do you and I sit in all of this?

As I mentioned, the Devil cares little whether you love him or hate him. He hates you and that’s enough. When he comes calling, the way he sees it, he’s only coming for what he’s due. By rejecting God, we put ourselves in his game and he is more than happy to come and collect.

I hope if you are reading this that you are putting your trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. And that should our lives be called for – the last words on our lips would not be an anthem to the Devil but, one in praise of the Lord Jesus Christ, the one who love us, gave his life for us and is coming again.

The beautiful twenty third Psalm –

“The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul;  He leads me in the paths of righteousness — for His names sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of death, I will fear no evil;  for You are with me;  Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.  You prepare a table for me in the presence of my enemies;  You anoint my head with oil;  My cup runs over.

Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;  And I will dwell in the house of the Lord, forever …. Amen!”

*A big thank you to blog site Now the End Begins for their post this morning  which provided much of the information and inspiration for this post.

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

Waiting and watching with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by: cindybythesea | November 16, 2015

Eyes To See

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The world remains in a state of shock at what happened in Paris on Friday night. The gruesome images on the television conveying to our eyes what our minds find difficult to believe – the senseless shedding of innocent blood.

It’s difficult for us to imagine the mentality of anyone who would coldly and systematically carry out the murder of innocent victims. So brutal in their actions, so committed to their goals that they are not moved in the least by the humanity of their victims. And, while most of us would call these people monsters, to others they are heroes.

Yesterday morning, the aftermath of Paris still fresh and heavy in the minds of anyone who had tuned in to their television sets the night before. I gathered downtown with a few others in peaceful protest of a carnage of another kind;  the systematic killing of the unborn. The tens of millions of unseen victims, whose blood though not visible in the public square runs river wide through every city and hamlet in this country and beyond.

And I wondered, if we might feel differently, if the camera captured for the nightly news the blood of these victims in the same way they did for the people of Paris. Would we be outraged? Would we be sad and sickened? So grieved that Facebook and other social media would see sweeping changes as people change their profiles in support of the sanctity of life …. all life.

The Bible tells us in Proverbs 6:17 that God hates the shedding of innocent blood. And for God to hate is a very strong word because his very nature is love.  Therefore for life to have value …..  all life must have value.  It cannot be up to one group or another to decide who should live and who should die based on their own individual agendas.  For the jihadist, the killing is justified by his view of life. For the abortion provider, the same. And each holds fiercely to their own agenda, while the blood continues to flow.

Friends, the Bible tells us that we reap what we sow. And, we have sown the seeds of blood for far too long. As I write this, France is justifiably at war with Isis ….. and with Isis in Syria this means a very good chance of putting France and its allies at odds with Russia, who is in Syria to back up Assad. Not to mention the foregone conclusion that Isis will strike hard and fast at any Western country or city in retaliation.

Make no mistake about it … blood is in our future. There is no good outcome …… with the exception of the coming of Jesus Christ for what is about to transpire.

If you are touched by the spirit of God today and you are not sure of what the future holds for you in these tenuous and tumultuous times. Please pray this prayer with me:

Father, I come to you in Jesus name. Please forgive me for all my sin. Help me Father to change and to live my life in a way that is pleasing to you. Fill me with your Holy Spirit and come in to my life. Prepare me Father for what is ahead with peace, comfort and wisdom. Help me to know that no matter what happens, the enemy will not prevail for Jesus has already won the victory. I thank you Father that because of Jesus my sins are forgiven and when my earthly life comes to an end, I will be found in heaven with you.  In Jesus name, Amen!

“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 | November 7, 2015

The Red Cup Canary

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She stood within two feet of me holding “the cup“. You know, the plain red cup Starbucks is issuing this holiday season.The one without so much as a snowflake or a sparkle on it to indicate that the holidays are here. Nothing, nada …. with the exception of its plain red exterior that is, if you want to count that. Not that Starbucks ever contributed anything to the real reason for the season anyway, but, at least their cups had sparkle.

I wanted to ask her, the young woman holding the cup. “Did you notice the new cup? It’s just plain red, nothing for the holidays on it“.  But, I didn’t say anything. I’m not all that outgoing anyway, when it comes to striking up conversations with strangers, but, I kept looking at the cup and wanting to say something. But, I didn’t.

What did I think was going to happen?  Would her wrath explode on me for pointing out the deficiency of her cup? Would she have said, “mind your own business” or perhaps looked at me blankly as if I had just arrived from some other planet?  For in this politically correct world, who, am I to say anything about her cup, good, bad or otherwise anyway.  Although most likely she would have said, “Oh, really, I hadn’t noticed” or something to that effect.

The point is political correctness is killing this country. No longer need we worry about someone taking our freedom  from us …. we’ve voluntarily surrendered it! 

First, we couldn’t say Merry Christmas, lest someone be offended, so we switched to Happy Holidays!  Well, apparently that isn’t enough. Maybe, we shouldn’t acknowledge the holidays at all ….. that way no one is offended.

Everyone equal, everyone on the same footing, the plain red cup …. welcome to the USSR, comrade.

And, in some ways that might just be better. For the way things are going now, we’re headed for a repeat of Nazi Germany, where folks are encouraged to spy on each other and to report to authorities real or imagined infractions.

Take any business or job in America and with the right words and the right accusations, any employee can be fired with little or no recourse, the business closed, and the proprietors facing jail time. And it’s  just a short hop, skip and a jump until the same thing effects churches, private homes, (Christian or otherwise) and schools.

You’re teaching Johnnie what????  Next thing you know, the state has removed your child from your home and you’ve been forced to relocate to a new one …..this one with bars.

We’re letting this happen people. We’ve poked God in the eye, sat on our thumbs and arrogantly thought, “hey, this is America, we deserve the good life, let the good times roll.”   And as long as the beer flows and our team wins …. who, the **** cares.

Indeed.

Its very late in the game people. The Starbucks red cup is the canary in the coal mine, in my opinion.  And this is why ….. because its really not about Christmas. It’s about the subtle cleansing of the culture of any vestige of Christianity. And, just like gay marriage is not really about marriage this really not about Christmas …. it is just another means to an end.

It’s so simple and yet so diabolical.

In order to exercise tolerance ….. intolerance must be exercised first.

In other words, until there is no right, wrong, good, bad, male, female, or anything else –  true tolerance ( as they see it) can never take root  ….. therefore, anyone who says otherwise cannot and will not be tolerated.

Once those who resist have been eradicated …… then, tolerance, true tolerance can be established and the utopia of truly equality realized..  No moral identity, no racial identity, no sexual identity, no cultural identity, no religious identity, no spiritual identity. Everyone the same.

First you blur the lines and then you erase them altogether.

The plain red cup.

It’s communism and Nazism repackaged. Same devil, same lie …. new strategy.

Strange as its being “sold” as exactly the opposite. “Eat this bread”,  the devil says and “live”.

Prepare for what’s ahead folks. Circle the wagons. Stop the bread and circus that is going on in so many churches and tell your pastors that its time to prepare God’s people for the hard times ahead. For this time there is no Churchill, no allied army coming to the rescue. Before this one is over folks, it will take the second coming of Jesus to make things right.

“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 | November 2, 2015

A Year For Signs

Image result for asteroid looks like skull   Asteroid 2015 TB145

“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity of the roaring and tossing of the sea” Luke 21:25

As if scripted by Hollywood, skull shaped Asteroid 2015 TB145 came hurtling towards earth just in time for a Halloween scare. And, while it passed within 300,000 miles of the planet (which in space terms is close), it was just far enough away to pose no real threat passing much closer to the moon than it did to us.

Thought now to be a dead comet rather than an asteroid, the 400 meter rock was discovered on October 10 by scientists in Maui, Hawaii and quickly made headlines for its eerie likeness to a human skull. Fitting I suppose for a dead comet passing our way on the spookiest night of the year.

What timing!  As if the heavens had joined in on this colossal party called Halloween. For what could be spookier than a close encounter with a skull shaped rock with the potential (should it stray off course) for wiping out a city the size of New York. And on Halloween, none the less! I tell you, you just can’t make this stuff up.

I find it interesting that this dead comet should appear unexpectedly arriving within just days of its discovery. So, much for the assurance of forewarning regarding these rogue pieces of molten rock hurtling throughout our solar system. One of which according to the book of Revelation at some point will make impact. But, I digress ……

For the timing of this one (Asteroid 2015 TB 145) to appear on Halloween with the face of a skull is highly unlikely in my opinion to be coincidence.  For this has been a year for signs.

First of all, we had the Bethlehem star configuration that appeared earlier this year. Then, the culmination of the blood moon tetrads which finished with a supermoon over Jerusalem and now the Halloween skull. Wow, that is quite a plethora of heavenly signs.

That is quite a lot in one year and when you think of all the world events playing out at this time, there is no way that this could be coincidence. And because comets have long been considered to be a bad omen, I can only wonder what the passage of a dead comet might mean, and one with the appearance of a skull to boot?

As I was thinking about this, I remembered how Jesus was crucified at the place of the skull – Golgotha.

“Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). John 19:17

Isn’t that interesting? Jesus was crucified at the place of the skull. For a skull represents death. How fitting then that the one who conquered death would be crucified at the place of its very representation. Therefore, I can’t help but think that this sign (the skull comet) was given as a dire warning to a culture who embraces and practices death.

If Ron Reese is right, we are headed for sudden destruction and the start of the tribulation on 11/11/15. Eleven short days, I might add from the passing of this comet on October 31. (If you are not familiar with Ron’s writings, you can find them here. Just scroll down till you find the name of Ron Reese). The number 11 for those of you who might not know symbolic in the Bible of disorder, chaos and judgment.

I have to be honest here. I fear for a culture that is so steeped in death that they not only practice it but they celebrate it. My five-year old granddaughter said to her mother on the day following the blog I wrote about Halloween (which my daughter had not even read yet), She said,

Mom, Halloween is bad. It’s not for nobody and God is not pleased.”

And, while you can chalk that up to a little girl who knows from her mother they do not participate in Halloween, what struck me was the wording. “It’s not for nobody” …. very similar to the words by which I ended my Halloween post (which she knew nothing about) where I wrote, “Halloween, it’s not just for kids any more …. it isn’t for anyone”.

I have to tell you folks that I am very concerned that we continue to practice things that God is not pleased with. He has given us multiple signs this year that should give us cause for deep thought and repentance …. and, yet the party goes on.

It’s possible that Ron is right. And if so, we have eleven days. Eleven days ….. to be ready. And, if that’s the case …..what will you do with those days? What will I do with those days?

It could be our last chance, our last opportunity to get right with God, if we have not done so already and to share with the ones we love.  A very, very serious thought.

“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 | October 29, 2015

Failure to Obey

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“God blessed them (male and female) and said to them, be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it …” Genesis 1:28

As the photo above depicts, Europe is in a crisis. The number of Muslim immigrants saturating and overwhelming the culture at an alarming rate. The United States bracing for the same. According to this report by Breitbart dated July 16, 2015 –

” the United States admits roughly 100,000 Muslim immigrants legally each year”. …..  A number according to Pew Research that will double over the next two decades from 2.6 million in 2010 to 6.2 million in 2030.” 

And while that number compared to the current population of over 318 million (according to census 2014) seems relatively small, it is nonetheless alarming.

Couple that with the shift away from Judaic/Christian values and we can easily see why Europe and the United States is in the mess that it is. And one of those reasons is failure to keep God’s first and most basic commandment.

Be fruitful and multiply ….

and the way things are looking failure to do so will not be without a cost.

In the days before the sexual revolution and the championing of Women’s rights families were big. My dad was number 8 out of 10 children which at that time was common. And while most of those families were large by default ( no way of preventing pregnancy except by abstinence), they were nonetheless, keeping the first commandment to be fruitful and multiply for according to the Bible, it is God, who by his choice opens or closes the womb.

But in the days since the turbulent 60’s everything has changed and most families (if they have children at all) limit themselves to 2 children. In America, as it is in Europe, these low birthrates along with the scourge of abortion means that we are barely even replacing our selves, if that. Throw in gay marriage which is non child producing and we can see that the demographics are set to shift dramatically …. a fact, that as mentioned above is going to cost us dearly. For Muslim families are by design large. Just do the math –  for unless these numbers change (and at this point it is probably too late) – the demise of western culture is a foregone conclusion.

If Christians had not bought in to the present cultural propaganda of limiting family size, perhaps, we would not be in the trouble we are today. If Christians had continued to have large families, the American culture might have stood a chance at stabilizing itself. For every Christian child that was never born is one less child growing to adult hood who by virtue of their very presence would have provided pushed back against the cultural war which has been waged against Christians and family values since the 1960’s.

I have to give my daughter (Seven Stars) the credit for opening my eyes to this. I myself had only two children by choice. My husband and I believing at the time (mid-70’s) that all we could most likely afford was two children. Not realizing that this kind of thinking is contrary to God’s word for it is completely faithless. For if God chooses to open the womb will he not also provide?

We (Christians) have unwittingly bought in to the anti-God propaganda that has been flooding the culture for the last 50 years.. With the advent of things such as birth control and easy access of the same, we have chosen (by limiting family size) economic gain over the scriptural mandate to go forth and multiply. I see nothing in the scripture that tells us to do otherwise – to down size families as a way of ensuring there is bread on our table.

If this sounds counter to conventional secular wisdom it is – but, we trust God and his word – for it is and always will be contrary to what this world would have us believe. The world said, the lame will never walk again, but God said otherwise, the world said, the blind will never see again, but God said, otherwise. The world said, the dead will never live again but, God said otherwise and Jesus lives today. This is the basis of our faith. What is impossible with man is always possible with God and if he chooses to open the womb in response to his own command to “go forth and multiply” we believe, (or should believe) by his word that he will provide.

As we approach increasingly difficult days ahead, I think that we will see that failure to obey has probably as much as anything contributed to the circumstances we find ourselves in today.  And before we go and blame anything and everyone else including the crazy, decadent and increasingly immoral culture that surrounds us, we must first look at ourselves.

Do we really believe the Bible is the inerrant word of God? Do we really trust God and by so doing exercise what we believe by faith? if so, what excuse do we have for not doing it?  Seems to me that the finger we point at others should be pointed back at ourselves. For if we are truly honest, we pick and choose out of the Bible how and what we will believe and practice as much as anyone else. And that my friends is to our disgrace and shame.

“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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