Posted by: cindybythesea | March 12, 2017

Echoes of a Paradise Lost Revisited

It was sobering this week to see this headline in the news –  “North Korea Could Soon Launch Attack on Hawaii”  – an article you can read here if you have not done so already.  After living in Hawaii on the island of  Oahu for 14 years, I have developed a love for the islands and the people of Hawaii in a way that for me is as close as family. It is my second home.

On February 20th, 2008 I had a very vivid dream which was as disturbing in content as it was distressing in nature. The dream involved a mushroom cloud indicating a nuclear event over the Diamond Head side of the island of Oahu. I was so impressed by this dream that I committed it to memory that night and made sure to write it down the next morning. It was a dream that was hard to forget and even though it has been some years now it is one I have never forgotten.

In 2012, I wrote extensively regarding the dream in a three part series titled “Echoes of a Paradise Lost” after reading that fellow blogger William Frederick at End Times Forecaster had had a similar type dream on Feb 20th (same date as mine) except in 2012 – four years later. For this reason, I thought it might be good (in light of recent headlines) to revisit the subject again. I spoke with William via e-mail this week and he agreed and has re-posted some of his original information and thoughts on the subject on his blog today which you can read here.

For parts one, two and three on my original series, you can find them here, here and here.

As of this writing, I do not have any additional insight in to some of the other components of the dream. Is the word Wisconsin relevant? If so, in what way? Why would William Frederick and I have similar type dreams on the same date but in different years?  Is God warning in advance that our beloved islands could suffer a second Pearl Harbor? An event so terrible that it would eclipse even the original which was so horrific at the time that it was termed by President Roosevelt as “a day that would live in infamy”.

I don’t know. We watch and pray.

Please pray for the safety and protection of these islands …. 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 | February 25, 2017

Under Cover of Darkness

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“I will destroy your witchcraft and you will no longer cast spells” Micah 5:12

Last night there was a call for witches across the country to convene at midnight for casting a spell on President Trump (and all who aid and abet him) in an effort to drive him from office. An indication (as if there were any doubt remaining) that the struggle is not one of political ideology alone but rather a struggle for spiritual control over the nation. The enemy (the forces of darkness) sense an open door and are rapidly mobilizing to take advantage of the opportunity.

I was reading in Jonathan Cahn’s “Book of Mysteries” this week and he points out why in the Bible (and Jewish thought) the day begins at evening. It is our tendency to think that day begins with sunrise and ends in the evening at sunset. But this is not true, at least not in God’s way of thinking ….. for spiritually (if we know God) ….. we never go from light to darkness but rather darkness to light. A telling sign for those who practice their magic arts for those who do so, do so under the cover of darkness. And why – because as the Bible says:

“Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come in to the light for fear that their evil deeds will be exposed” John 3:20

And evil it is. Not just because there are those who dislike Trump (even hate him) but because the platform from which they operate are rooted in rebellion of which darkness is a symbol.

Referencing Jonathan Cahn once again from his”Book of Mysteries” he explains that every time we express the words, “I AM” we are referencing God … whether we know it or not … for “I AM” is the name by which God revealed himself to Moses as and is the name in which Jesus used for himself enraging the Pharisees because they understood that he was saying he was God in the flesh. Therefore, each time we declare – I am anything …. “I am Cindy” …. ” I am going to work” or “ I am going shopping” ….. I am referencing first the name of God, then myself … which spiritually speaking is the proper order of things.

Which if true, (and it is) then the opposite must also be true regarding the words “I will”.  Remember when Lucifer, the fallen angel was cast out of heaven, he used the words, “I will” …. “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the most High“. Which is why, as Christians we often use the words “God willing” in regard to the things that we do or intend to do – rather than, “I will”.   For it is not what we will, but what He wills that matters.

Which also explains then why witchcraft is such a grievous sin – for it is the ultimate form of rebellion as it seeks power from the original rebel himself…. and is rooted in the words, “I will” rather than what the sovereign God of the Universe wills.

Which reminds me of these words from Ephesians 6:11-12

“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 the heavenly places”.

Yes, the enemy words under cover of darkness …. but, we who are of the light be encouraged as we remember this. It takes but the strike of a single match …. and darkness is dispelled. For darkness by its very nature can never over take the light.

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Then Jesus said  unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” John 8:12

May we as children of the light walk in the light and the love of Jesus in these last days.

“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 | February 19, 2017

Quarrying Stones


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“Whoever quarries stones may be injured by them” Ecclesiastes 10

Right now, there seems to be a lot of quarrying of stones out there (along with out and out rock throwing and mud slinging) in social media. The problem with quarrying stones is that they can either be used to build something useful, even monumental or they can simply crush you beneath their weight.

I’m talking about some of most mean spirited, disrespectful and vulgar postings on social media one can imagine regarding those who are currently in political disfavor – including lewd images that would make a sailor blush. Its one thing to express a dissenting opinion … another to slip in to vulgarity that serves no purpose except for the shock value contained within and the humiliation of the one it is aimed at . And far from being harmless as some would argue what postings of this nature do is add weight to an already tense and emotional situation by being destructive and divisive – which does nothing to improve the situation but rather keeps a simmering pot at just below a boil.

I was looking at some colorized photos today of the Civil War. Amazing how much more relevant they appear when changed from black and white to color. Almost as if the photos once changed became infused with a life they previously had not had. Gray ghostly images were suddenly no longer looking in to the camera from the distant past but rather towards the future it seemed – a future not yet written and to a generation who would need the wisdom of the lessons that they had learned in order that the past be not repeated.

And for that reason we can and must resolve to make a difference. For if things continue in the way they are going we are headed to an unthinkable future. Do we really want a Gettysburg in our generation?  A battle that killed or injured as many as 28,000 Americans in three short days. And that was just one battle. I pray not!

So what can we do?  First of all we can lead by example. We must set a standard for ourselves in regard to social media – and when I say social media I am not just talking about Facebook or Twitter but also the comments section of news stories that we read and e-mail that is passed along. We can’t do much about the “professional” media but we can choose to govern our selves and seek to influence that which is within our own personal sphere – which means being thoughtful about both what we post – and what we receive. In other words we need to ask ourselves these questions – is it helpful, is it beneficial, is it accurate and true and most importantly of all – is it pleasing to God?

Are the stones that we quarry useful? Or are we in danger of being crushed beneath their weight?

Something to think about.

“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 | February 13, 2017

Awaken and Watch!

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“The word of the Lord came to me, What do you see Jeremiah? I see the branch of an almond tree, I replied. The Lord said to me, You have seen correctly , for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled”. Jeremiah 1:11-12

If there was ever a time for watching its now! Not only are we watching for the soon return of Jesus but the Lord himself is watching to see that his word is fulfilled. A comforting promise in these turbulent times for nothing escapes his view or is beyond his grasp.

A few years ago, I wrote a post titled “Awaken and Watch, the blossoming of the Almond Tree”.  I will repost it here as the information is as fresh and pertinent as ever as once again it is the season for almonds and almond trees in Israel are currently now in bloom. When we study Bible prophecy, we understand that God uses agricultural metaphors in a number of ways which provide important information in understanding God’s prophetic plan and where we are on God’s prophetic timetable.

Well, here it is: Awaken and Watch, the Blossoming of the Almond Tree

“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 | February 12, 2017

The Color of Love

Image result for valentineIn case you hadn’t noticed it’s almost Valentines day again.  A fact department stores have worked hard to bring to our attention since just about midnight on Christmas day. Yes, Santa had no more than said “and to all a good night” when the elves were shelved, the reindeer put on notice and Cupid notified to start stringing his bow.

Love. Just the word evokes a warm fuzzy feeling. And not just romantic love but love in all of its forms. Love between spouses, love among family, love between friends, love for a pet, love for the things we love. In other words, we just love – love!   And why not, love is a beautiful thing!

The Bible has a lot to say about love. In fact, if it were not for love it would never have been written. For what is the Bible except a love letter from God. And God by his very nature is love. An attribute we share with him by virtue of being created in his image. For as it says in 1 John 4:19 –

“We love because he first loved us”

In other words without God first expressing his love toward us we ourselves would be incapable of loving.  For there is nothing (as opposed to what evolutionists would have us to believe) in crawling out of the primordial slime that would drive us towards love…. in fact, the opposite would be true. For the survival of the fittest would embody the exact opposite of what the Bible tells us about love, which is –

“Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Yes, love never fails. It cannot because he does not. So, when we look around the culture and we see envy, anger, slander, violence, boasting, and pride demonstrated against others we know that the root of such behavior is not rooted in love but in something else. Therefore as tempting as it may be at times we cannot respond in like manner but instead must always remember this:

God demonstrates his own love toward us in this: While we were yet sinners Christ died for us” Romans 5:8

And for that reason we can do no less.

Which is when I think about it the real color of love after all.

“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 | February 7, 2017

The Canary in a Coal Mine Effect

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Massive Jelly Fish Die Off Turn This Australian Beach Blue

It’s been a phenomenon that is just not going away since the Fukushima disaster of 3/11/11. Fish, animals and birds have been dying off at unprecedented rates and in massive numbers all around the world in the past 6 years.  And while attempts have been made to identify the cause there appears to be in most the cases no natural explanation outside the fact that all have occurred since the Fukushima disaster. And now the latest news out of Japan from Tepco, (the Tokyo Electric Power Company) is that radiation levels have now reached the highest they have been since the initial disaster and are in fact at this point in time at unimaginable levels.

According to reports over the past couple of days the levels have now reached  an incredible 530 Sieverts which (according to this report) is “strong enough to kill a machine designed to withstand just such an occurrence in less than an hour”.  Alarming when one considers that just 10 Sieverts in a human is enough to cause death in a matter of weeks making this the worst environmental disaster in history …. and that is just the start …. for the Fukushima disaster is basically unstoppable.

Up until now birds, fish and animals have been primarily affected. I call this the “canary in a coal mine effect“. Remember in the old days (before our current sophisticated technology) when a canary would be taken down in to a mine to test for high levels of lethal fumes ….. the miners knew that if the bird died it was time to get out …. apparently the delicate constitution of the bird caused it to succumb before the humans could be affected –  which I think applies here ….

…. the massive animal, fish and bird die off around the world is a warning I believe that radiation as a result of Fukushima is affecting the entire planet …. for we know that radiation as been leaking in to the Pacific unchecked since the day of the disaster and is even now being carried into the gulf stream and picked up by the atmosphere.  And while it may appear at this time that humans have not been affected one report I read put it this way “as cancer deaths increase in these next few years many will die as a result of Fukushima and never know it” … wow!

The Bible speaks of this in the book of Hosea as well as in the book of Revelation. All related to end time events.

“The beasts of the field and the birds of the air and the fish of the sea are dying” Hosea 4:3

For a list of the most recent animal and fish die offs just google the subject or take a look at this article here.

Friends, our world is in terrible trouble. The Bible has told us ahead of time what to expect. It is only going to get worse. The Fukushima disaster alone is the stuff of our worst nightmares. I urge you to pass this information on to all that you know. For it can and will and is affecting all of us. No one will be exempt. Our world is changing and it will never again be the same.

Friends, if you don’t know Jesus today I urge you to do so. He is wonderful, he loves us more than we can ever know and he is the only way out of this mess.

“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 | February 5, 2017

Rise Up!

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“Taking the child by the hand, He said to her Talitha kum! (which translated means, “little girl, I say to you, rise up!”

From Super Bowl 51 to the heavily charged politics which have polarized the nation in the past few days and months it seems like the slogan “rise up” has become the mantra of just about everyone these days. With words that demand action, it is becoming more than likely that the struggle that the nation has found itself embroiled in will continue long after the struggle on the football field is over tomorrow.

I listened to someone the other day that likened the times in which we are currently living to both 1861 and 1941. The start of the Civil War and the start of WWII. The climate both home and abroad eerily similar to the days that preceded the start of both of those conflicts. We’ve all heard the saying that “history, if we do not learn from it is destined to repeat itself” and sadly, we are dangerously close to that being true. A fact that should give everyone pause for thought …. for a divided nation is a weak nation ….. and our enemies are not fools.

I’ve wondered what a Civil War might look like in our day and time. The Union blues and the Confederate greys, the blast of cannon smoke …. ghosts of the past revisiting our homes, our streets our cities. The conflict as you remember was a bitter one ….. one that pitted sometimes father against son, brother against brother and friend against friend (Facebook) in our day and time. And while now its primarily a war of words it has the become increasingly violent and will continue to be so until the conflict begins in earnest. A thought which makes me very sad and should be troubling to all.

Do people really know what they are asking? (Those who are inciting violence, rebellion and anarchy). No wonder Jesus said, “blessed are the peacemakers”.

I’m thinking now of one of our most endearing Patriotic songs:

O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountains majesties above the fruited plain! America! America! God shed his grace on thee, And crown thy good with brother hood from sea to shining sea!

The thought of this once blessed and fruitful land being torn asunder is heart wrenching. And while I mourn in my spirit the dying of this great nation, I am comforted by knowing that even in these tumultuous times things are not beyond the grasp of our heavenly Father and are in fact, well within his control. A sign I believe, (all things considered) that the bridegroom Jesus is very near to speaking these words to the young maiden who is destined to be his bride and like the little girl he called forth from death to life will say these words – rise up!

My beloved spoke and said to me, “Arise, my love, my beautiful one and come away with me!” Song of Songs 2:10

Yes, friends …. we are going home soon!

“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 29, 2017

A Possible Clue


You’ve Got Mail

I bid on this envelope on E-bay and won the bid for a whopping $3.00! Amazing as I had no idea what it might be worth and was actually just trying my hand at bidding in order to see how it worked.

I was immediately intrigued when I saw it. An unaddressed envelope bearing stamps and dual post marks from May 16, 1948; the first business day following the creation of the new Jewish state of Israel. It’s interesting how on one corner it reads “last day of Postal Service under British Mandate” while the other reads “first day of Jewish Postal Service”.  But what is even more amazing to me is the fact that May 16, 1948 was Pentecost on the Gentile calendar. The dual stamps a subtle nod (I believe) to the history of that day and the changing of the times.

I won the bid on this envelope in mid-December and had given up all hope of receiving it as day after day passed with nothing inn my mail box. I had just about decided that I had been snookered out of my 3 bucks … then all of the sudden just a couple of days ago … there it was! Wow, it had actually arrived and I was so excited. The reason it had taken so long – it was mailed to me from Sweden! I thought that was a little odd but the envelope is very old ….. I have no doubt its authentic. Perhaps, someone in Sweden is a collector of historical paraphernalia of all kinds. But what amazed me the most as I looked at it was the overwhelming realization that I not only held a piece of history in my hand ….. but, the fulfillment of Bible prophecy as well.

One Envelope, two peoples

I’ve thought about the date May 16, 1948 and the fact that it was Pentecost and it seems appropriate to me that the envelope bears stamps of both the former and the latter in light of that particular date ……Gentile, for the country was previously under British authority and Jewish, as a result of the newly born Jewish state. For what was Pentecost but the joining of the two (Jew and Gentile) to make one flesh, the body of Jesus, the body of Messiah. Which leads me to think that the date (May 16, 1948) could be a significant marker in determining the times in which we live ….. particularly, the end of the church age and the rapture of the church. For it was one day and one day only that the two appeared on one envelope … after which, all other postage would bear but one stamp and one postmark … the state of Israel.

Tower of David

It’s interesting also to note that the image of the tower of David is positioned between the two sets of stamps on the top of the envelope. If my typology is correct (one envelope, two peoples) why would the tower of David be the joining factor?

Per Wikipedia:

The tower of David, also known as the Jerusalem citadel, is an ancient citadel located near the Jaffa Gate entrance to the western edge of the old city of Jerusalem. The citadel that stands today dates to the Mamluk and Ottoman periods. It was built on an earlier ancient fortification of the Hasmonean, Herodian-era ….it includes important archaeological finds dating back over 2,000 years including a quarry dated to the First Temple period … the tower was dubbed “David’s Tower” in the 5th century by Byzantine Christians who believed the site to the be the palace of King David. They borrowed the name “tower of David” from Song of Songs 4:4 –

“Thy neck is like the tower of David built with turrets, whereon there hang a thousand shields, all the armor of the mighty men.”

And while this was not the site of David’s palace it was believed to be and the name remains to this day. By Jewish tradition, King David (a type and shadow of Messiah) was born and died on Pentecost and is also found in the imagery of Song of Songs, which also foreshadows the coming of Messiah, the beloved bridegroom for his bride, the Church.


I have to say I have not got it all figured out but it has given me a lot to think about. The Church age is set to wrap up – the signs of the times are every where and maybe, just maybe the Lord has provided us with another possible clue …. mail that came via a slow boat from Sweden ….. it would be fun to think so.

“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 22, 2017

Let It Rain

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“Drip down, O heavens, from above. And let the clouds pour down righteousness. Let the earth open up and salvation bear fruit. And righteousness spring up with it. I, the Lord have created it”.  Isaiah 45:8

This has been a week of high emotion for many people. The rain that fell as Donald Trump began his inauguration speech viewed by some as God’s favor  – by others a symbol of mourning. As one tweet put it “the sky is weeping” and indeed it was but not for the reason you might think.

I guess it all depends upon the viewpoint that you hold.

I have a funny story that relates to this. It involves my five year old granddaughter – the one we affectionately call “Cake”.

It was Friday night this past week and my daughter, son-in-law and the kids were at the grocery store shopping for groceries. The plan was to get their groceries and then pick up a family friendly movie at Red Box to watch when they got home.  A storm had been brewing all afternoon and before they finished shopping it had become a down pour. Torrential rain, thunder and lightning. So much so that the lights in the grocery store went out and the generator had to kick on. Needless to say, they rapidly completed their shopping and started for home. No Red Box movie.

As they were driving home, my five year old granddaughter says to her mom, “Mom, it’s God that makes the rain, right?” “Yes, Cake”, she said. “It’s God who makes the rain.” A few seconds later after she had had some time to think about this Cake said,  “Mom, it’s God, who decides when its going to rain, right”. “Yes, Cake”, my daughter said. “It’s God who decides when it will rain”.  A few seconds later from the back seat of the car where she was sitting, clearly disgruntled, she said – “Then Mom, if it’s God who decides when it is going to rain – then it’s his fault we didn’t get a movie!” Bahhhh … ahh …. ahhh

Oh,  my goodness! The reasoning and logic of a five year old, right?  Yet, this is the same kind of logic that is being practiced across the country right now – not by children – but by fully grown adults. People who cannot accept the fact that things did not turn out the way that they had hoped and are looking for someone to blame.

My daughter explained to Cake that God has a big job in watering the earth. Pointing out to her that its the rain that makes the grass green,  flowers bloom and most importantly the broccoli that Cake loves so much to grow. “Cake”, she said. “God’s plans are bigger than our plans. Do you understand”? Well, no she didn’t and in spite of repeating it  – “God’s plans are bigger than our plans” was not at all convinced. 

The next morning, Cake was up eating her morning cereal and was watching Superbook, the Christian animated series of Bible stories for children on TV. This particular morning it was on creation. As Cake is watching the program, my daughter ask her if she remembered what they were talking about the night before. Perhaps inspired by the dramatic account of the events of creation she was watching on TV  and the drama of the storm the night before, Cake suddenly exclaimed – “Mom, God’s plans are bigger than our plans!” Her face lighting up like the light bulb that had just gone off in her head, she went on to exclaim – “it’s so exciting, it makes my teeth want to fall out of my head!”

Out of the mouths of babes! When is the last time any of us have exclaimed with such child like exuberance our wonder and marvel at God. Yes, sweetie, makes Grandma’s teeth want to fall out of her head too – and not ’cause I need dentures!

It’s sad to think that there are so many for whom that light bulb has not yet come on. So many who do not understand that what they view as restrictive might actually be blessing. That what we want might not actually be the best for us. In fact the Bible tells us –

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. Jeremiah 29:11

Hope and a future …….

The rain softly fell as the 45th President took the podium an indication I believe that the Lord has confirmed his favor ….. not so much upon the man that just took office but upon a people who sought him for a blessing and believed him for an answer …..the man, but the instrument God has chosen in the facilitation of that blessing  ….

…… and, as rain brings forth fruit in its season ….. so is a harvest in coming ….. for his ways are higher than our ways, his plans bigger than ours … and that in the words of a sweet little girl called Cake makes me so excited my teeth want to fall out of my head!

“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!












Posted by: cindybythesea | January 15, 2017

Loves Greatest Expression

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This is a great photo mostly because it’s the type of thing that lends itself to all kinds of captions. “Whoa, that’s a long way down!” Or “whoops!” Maybe even, “how’d you get down there?” I know one thing for sure with my impaired sense of balance leaning over like that would mean but one thing for me – a quick trip to the bottom!

But that’s kind of how we are. Leaning over the cliff’s edge. So mesmerized by what we see below that we lose all sense of perception – completely unaware or unwilling to recognize the danger that we ourselves are in.

In the last few years the world has become an increasingly dangerous place in which to live. It’s not something we like to think about but its true. We hope against hope that as long as we stay perched above it all (like the fella on the cliff) we will somehow escape it. But nothing could be further from the truth.

Right now the nation (and the world) is in turmoil. The conservatives blame the liberals and the liberals blame the conservatives. Everyone points to the other while no one points at themselves. And the truly frightening thing is that we are ready to go to blows to make our point.

“You’ve offended me by what you did!”  “Well, you’ve offended me by what you said!” And on and on we go …. while no one considers that we’ve all offended the one who matters most – and that is God. In the depravity of our minds, we think that we can make up our own rules; call our own shots. No matter how contradictory they are. We deplore “bullying” while we applaud a world who attempts to impose their will on another nation (Israel) and we call “haters” anyone who disagrees with us so much so that we hate them and want their voices silenced.

We throw the blanket of love around yet accuse anyone who disagrees with us as being unloving. Try holding fast to any moral standard particularly a Biblical one and see how fast you are labeled unloving. And as great as love is …. there is something greater. And this is where without a doubt, we hold the higher ground.

“The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple” Psalm 19:7

Let me give you an example. We know from the Bible that God is love. In fact, he loved us so much he sent his son – as Christians, we all agree on that. But ask yourself this question –  which is greater law/justice or love?

My daughter (the one I often refer to as Seven Stars) and I were discussing this the other day. When she pointed out to me what I believe to be the perfect example to that question.

Say a sheriff in a town has a son who commits a heinous crime. The sheriff is grieved because he loves his son but he has been a long time servant of the people and has on oath sworn to up hold the law. What does he do?

He turns his son in.

Why? Because of the nature of his character.

For as much as he loves his son he knows that justice takes precedence over love — which is why lady justice is often depicted as blindfolded.

Now this is important because we cannot fully understand God (nor his love) without first understanding his justice. In fact, it is precisely because of his justice that he is able to express his love towards us.

For the love of God flows forth from the justice of his nature.

Another way of saying that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.

God is grieved by our sin. The justice of his nature demands a penalty (which he cannot dismiss) but because of love, great love beyond our imagining, he took the penalty upon himself.

The world rejects God because they don’t like his law, his standard of justice. So much so that they accuse him (by virtue of those who seek to uphold his law i.e. marriage, sanctity of life and so forth) as being unloving. To accuse us is to accuse him. Can you imagine! The one who meted out justice upon himself in order that we might receive the full expression of his love – accused of being unloving.  What hutzpah! And what a very dangerous cliff on which to stand.

Friends, its like this. Our sin has offended the justice of God. But because he loves us it’s as if the Sheriff in our little story had said – “take me in my sons place”.  God offers that to all of us. He took the penalty of sin on himself and offers it as a free gift to all who will receive – an offer that is available to each of us as long as we have breath. Sadly, if we do not take advantage of his gracious offer before our life ends the penalty for the offense of sin remains on us. Justice will stand.

For justice takes precedence over love – but, it is also what gives love its greatest expression.

*A big thank you to my daughter whose thoughts were the inspiration for this post and to both my daughters for their love of Jesus and who (like Aaron and Hur when they held up the arms of Moses) held up my arms for so many years, when I could not hold them up for myself.

“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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