Posted by: cindybythesea | January 8, 2017

Meeting Jesus

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How many of you have heard the phrase “come to Jesus moment“?  A tongue in cheek expression often used (by those in the secular world) to describe a moving or enlightening experience of some kind – usually trivial in nature – so profound (that’s why it’s tongue in cheek, because it’s trivial) it borders on a religious experience. Example: “I had a come to Jesus moment when I discovered “no hamburger in the world compares to one topped with green chile”.  And while I would not use that particular phrase to describe a hamburger, I will say there is no hamburger in the world that compares to one topped with green chile, but, that’s a subject for another day.

Every person who is born again of the Spirit has a time when they came to Jesus. For some it may have been a process – for others more suddenly … a specific moment in time when one realizes that Jesus is both who he said he was and of their own personal need for him. I love these stories and find them as delightful as they are inspirational for each one is unique and speaks of the incredible love Jesus has for each individual. These days you can find many of these stories on the internet …. particularly YouTube and once I discovered these I have not been able to stop watching.

One that really caught my attention this past week was the testimony of a young man by the name of  David Wood. David by his own admission is (or was, I should say) a violent psychopath. It’s an amazing story that still has me shaking my head. How David came to faith in Jesus is as fascinating as it is riveting. And chilling. For the thought of people like David walking the streets is part of our worst nightmare. Yet, he (and those like him) are not too far for Jesus to reach. In dramatic fashion, David takes us with him in to the depths of the New York Subway for the telling of his story. A fitting background for a man caught literally in the labyrinths of hell. A story you won’t want to miss and can watch  here. .

I have also enjoyed immensely listening to the testimonies from One For Israel. Most of these are about ten minutes long and are as incredible in their own way as the testimony of David Wood. For a sample of just a few click here, here and here. Or just go to Youtube and type in One for Israel. And while these in particular are Jewish there are or course a plethora of others out there as well.

For me testimonies are more than just interesting. They are faith building. A reminder to me that it is Jesus who does it all. Individuals we think are unreachable, not so. Our job simply this – go and tell. Jesus will do the rest.

If you would like to share in the comments section how you met Jesus. I would love to hear it. Or if you have a testimony you think others would be blessed by hearing by all means post the link.

And, as always – “pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee”

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

 

 

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Posted by: cindybythesea | January 2, 2017

2017 and the question of Jerusalem

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“When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do? Psalm 11:3

This is a bronze medal I purchased on-line as a gift for my son-in-law for his birthday this past month. It commemorates the six day war when Jerusalem after thousands of years came once again under Jewish control in 1967.  An amazing fulfillment of Bible prophecy under the direction of General Moshe Dayan and Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin who as you can see are engraved on one side of the medal – the other side, the city of Jerusalem.

I’ve been enamored with this medal since I first saw it. The images inscribed on each of its sides amazing in both detail and clarity. In 1967, I was 12 years old. Completely unaware at the time that a historical event of a magnitude I still find hard to imagine had just taken place. Step two in fulfillment of Bible prophecy preceded by step one just 19 years prior when Israel became a nation once again. Answering a question that the Bible itself poses “can a nation be born in a day?” To which, we resoundingly affirm “yes” – as Israel was officially reborn May 14, 1948.

On January 15, 2017 the UN will seek to undo the second of these events by returning Israel to its pre-1967 borders by dividing  Jerusalem and giving the Biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria to a historically non-existent people. If they can accomplish this they have a good shot at undoing step one – which, is the real goal, I might add – as the pre-1967 borders of this tiny country are indefensible – and the so-called Palestinian people as well as the surrounding Arab nations will never be satisfied until the Jewish people are eradicated and the Jewish state ceases to exist. Which is why if the two state solution is ever enacted it will never bring peace.

If this happens this year (and I believe it will) we will see an acceleration of Bible prophecy like nothing we could previously have imagined.

Back to the January 15 date. You will notice that there are 70 nations involved in this decision. Biblically speaking 70 is a very significant number. And can represent judgment or a period of judgment. On this date, which is a Sunday – a mere two weeks from today,  70 nations will meet in Paris regarding the question of Jerusalem and may in the days before the inauguration of the new President impose their will upon the tiny, miraculously born nation of Israel. An exact 8 months and 8 days before the Revelation 12 sign on September 23, 2017. A number which I find to be quite interesting as Psalm 88 is known as the most mournful of all the Psalms. Read it and I think you will see why. You can find it in its entirety  here and from which I quote:

“You have put me in the lowest pit, in the darkest depths ….you have taken from me my closest friends and have made me repulsive to them. I am confined and cannot escape ….Your wrath has swept over me; your terrors have destroyed me … you have taken my companions and loved ones from me; darkness is my closest friend”

When the nations come against Israel it will indeed be their darkest hour. At that time they will have no friends, no allies ….. the Bible has made it clear that the time is coming when all nations will go up against Jerusalem. A terrifying and sad thought  but evidently the only way in which they will finally call out to Yeshua as their last and final hope.  Something Jesus referred to when he said, (speaking to Israel)

“I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” Matthew 23:39

That being said, we know what will happen but how will it play out? Still more questions than answers it seems …. but, I have the sneaking suspicion that before this month is out the glass through which we see darkly will have cleared up just a little. And it may be a little bit different than we had guessed.

“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 1, 2017

A Minute to Midnight

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Clocks around the world are ticking as 2016 slips away in to history. And for many, it will be a welcome departure as 2016 was an exercise in turbulence; a spoiled child relentless in having its own way. We hope the New Year will be better. We pray the New Year will be better.  And by golly, it should be once that spoiled petulant child of a year has been put to bed once and for all. At least we hope.

Each year brings with it its own set of new hopes and fears. Mostly hopes, at least for the first day or so. I’ve always like the new year, it feels like a time for re-set. Goals set for fitness, relationships and employment once unachievable all of the sudden seem achievable in light of the new year. The ten pounds I put on the previous year -that old year all history now – the New Year, says, I can do better.  As if something magical happens between a minute to midnight and one minute after and all the goals I failed to reach the previous year suddenly become possible once again. But this year is different. This year the ten pounds I put on last year hardly seem relevant.

2017 is shaping up to be unique. More than unique. A mere two weeks from now the UN will meet in Paris (Sunday, January 15) regarding the so-called two state solution for middle-East peace and the division of Jerusalem. If this is taken to a vote and passes (and  I believe it will), we will have entered a time period unlike any other. And if you think 2016 was bad, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. This move by the UN will bring about incredible disaster, war, and a shaking of everything that can be shaken. And the United States, who had the power just days ago to veto this potential move will be held particularly responsible.

John Kerry in his address following the back stabbing move by Israel’s once greatest friend made an interesting statement – he said, (regarding Israel) –

“…Israel can either be Jewish or democratic. It cannot be both”

And while he meant it one way ….. in another way, it is completely true. Israel must find who they are and stick to their God given identity. Israel does not need the UN, Israel does not need the United States ….. and Israel does not need men like John Kerry laying out an ultimatum for them. Israel will not concede to this kind of pressure and Jerusalem (as prophesied) will become a burdensome stone to all nations. Israel needs to remember that their greatest King, (King David) needed but one stone to fell the giant Goliath. And while they do not (for the most part) know King Messiah, Jesus yet, they will – for when the times comes it will be he himself who will fight on their behalf.

Hauntingly, the book of Joel puts it this way ….

“Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near ….”

Friends, we are one minute to midnight so to speak. The future is directly before us. The nations have a decision to make and so do we …..

I pray that if you do not know Jesus as Lord, King and Messiah that you will make that decision today. It’s a very simple process ….. just pray this pray from the sincerity of your heart –

Dear God, I recognize that I am a sinner. I have lived my life my own way, by my own rules and I recognize that my sin has kept me apart from you. I ask Lord for your forgiveness. Please cleanse me from all my sin and come in to my life to dwell. Thank you God for your love and your grace 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 | December 25, 2016

The Die Has Been Cast

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“When they had crucified him they divided up his clothes by casting lots”  Matthew 27:35

For most, December 23, 2016 was just another day in the hustle and bustle of getting ready for Christmas. When in reality, the date will prove (and in the very near future, I might add) to be one of the most important and ominous we have ever known. For yesterday a decision was made that will affect all of our futures. If you are convinced this is simply a middle-East thing … you are seriously wrong. For what happened yesterday has been warned about for centuries …. but, as always … God knowing the end from the beginning …. gets it right.

Yesterday, the UN voted on a resolution that will strip Israel of East Jerusalem and rob them of the right to the Biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria. And what is worse, to add insult to injury you might say, the United States had the power to veto that resolution but did not –  an action sanctioned by the departing President whose ego would not allow him to leave office without giving his former nemesis Prime Minister Netanyahu something to remember him by. Shameful if not criminal treatment of a former ally with consequences which are both dire and irreversible. For the knife plunged so deeply into the back of the Prime Minister (and by extension his people) he will find in due time is his own.  The die has been cast.

When the soldiers sat at the feet of the crucified Jesus competing for his probably one and only possession, the very clothes that he wore they had little idea that this was anything more than another dirty job in an even dirtier (in the sense outside the sophistication of Rome) and desolate outpost called Judea. Laughing and talking, they openly mocked the one who had been labeled “King of the Jews” as they rolled the dice for his most personal possession.  Completely unaware as they did so that in their actions – prophecy was fulfilled.

“They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing” Psalm 22:18

Not that they cared about the clothing of a poor itinerant preacher. They didn’t. It was simply something to do until the men on the three crosses expired – something they knew from experience could take some time. May as well play dice.

In the same way, the world looks on waiting for that pesky nation Israel to just go away and die. For as long as Israel exists, the truth of the Bible stares each one of us in the face ….. and that’s a mirror image that many just don’t want to see.

Tired of waiting, the world acts in fulfillment of Joel 3:2-3

“…they ….divided my land. They cast lots for my people”

Knowing in doing so the odds of Israel surviving without defensible pre-1967 borders is just about nil. Bye, bye Israel. With the roll of the dice (as it were) we accomplish what the  Hitler’s and the Haman’s in their day could not.

An action that is sure to bring the wrath of God.

“I will gather all nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will enter into judgment with them ….” Joel 3:2

And this is the state of the world (and where we are headed) in these the last days of the year 2016.

The United States has been on a slippery slope with God for some time now and yesterdays action may well in fact be the last straw.

A post by Michael Snyder who writes a blog titled “The Economic Collapse” says it well. There he asks the succinct question – Is America’s reprieve now over?”  A provocative question and one that deserves some serious consideration as we enter the new year. For those of you who would like to read it you can find it here. For 2017 is shaping up to be a year like no other. As one writer put it… the end is not near … it’s here!

Are you ready? Are you saved?

“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 20, 2016

This Year’s Christmas Photo

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This would have to be one of the most confronting photos of the year. It also epitomises the reason for Christmas.

Sure there have been dozens – thousands – of bloodied survivors and non-survivors photographed around the world.  Victims who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Photographers who happened to be in the wrong place at the right time.

But there is a clinical nature to this photograph today earlier today in Turkey, almost, ironically given it was in an art gallery, artistic about it.  A clean shaven, black suited gunman/police officer lying over the cruciform corpulent corse of the Russian ambassador to Turkey, whom he has just murdered. It has a filmic air to it.

As in the famous photograph of the summary execution of a Viet-Cong member by a South Vietnamese police officer, the still footage is far more shocking than the film footage…

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Posted by: cindybythesea | December 17, 2016

This Will Be A Sign To You

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“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” Isaiah 9:2

It was winter in the Judean country side. Outside the protection of city walls shepherds watched their flocks by night. Dark and cold, they bedded down for the evening never imagining that the world as they knew it would forever be changed that night. And that they (of all people) would be the first to know.

Yes, it was first to these humble shepherds that God announced his greatest gift. Which only makes sense considering it was these shepherds who were responsible for not only  the flock they were caring for but also for identifying a sheep suitable for sacrifice and caring for it once it had been born.

We don’t think about that much this time of year. The purpose for which that babe lying in a manger came.  But from the very beginning, the night the shepherds first received the good news and the heavenly host appeared – this baby was born to die.

Its hard for us to imagine at a time when Christmas (for most) means pretty packages tied up with bows that God’s greatest gift would be not one of pretty ribbons but one of bloody sacrifice.

Born of a virgin, Jesus came into the world for the express purpose of dying.  The God of the Universe loving us so much that he robed himself in human flesh, entered human history as a helpless new born babe in order to do for us what we could not do for ourselves. For unlike Jesus, we were not born to die but to live.

Which is why it says in Isaiah –

“the people walking in darkness …. in the shadow of death … have seen a great light”.

For the shadow of death is sin …. but the light of the world is Jesus.

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”  John 8:12

Wow!

Do you get it?  Jesus was born to die …. so that we could live!

We were born to live … (but because of sin) …. we die!

Oh, people, he is wonderful, oh, people he is good!   He has no desire that we remain in death and darkness ….but rather desires that we come into his marvelous light, and live. A desire so integral to his goodness and his love that he entered time and space to make it happen. No wonder the heavenly host praised him that night  … and so do we!

With Christmas just around the corner, I sometimes find it hard to focus on what its really all about. After all,  Jesus really is the reason for the season. But so busy we get with wrappings and trappings that its easy to forget that God’s greatest gift needs no wrapping or packing at all  …. just the opening of our hearts.

Thankfully, God reminded me of this earlier today through the words to a beautiful worship song which begins like this –

” light of the world, you stepped down in to darkness, open my eyes let me see”

…. and I was moved anew by God’s goodness and his grace …. and the incredible gift, the incomparable gift that he gave of himself.

For those of you who would like to join me in worshiping God through this beautiful song,  you can find it  here.

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 | November 20, 2016

On Him We Have Set Our Hope

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I love the serenity of this photo. A beautiful afternoon with my daughter and two of my grandchildren seaside on the Puget Sound. We had been collecting seashells and found some drift wood that we fashioned in to a cross. It was a special moment for my grandkids and I to ponder the incredible love of Jesus and the marvelous beauty of his creation. It was the kind of moment in time that speaks to the heart that in spite of the craziness of the world about us there is someone who sees, understands and has it all under control. A comforting thought as the days around us become increasingly chaotic. The earth may quake, the mountains fall but by faith in Jesus, we stand firm.  His coming for those who know him and love him perhaps closer today than ever before.

As our country becomes increasingly divided it is tempting to look to a politician to solve all of our problems. Germany looked to Hitler to solve theirs as well as restoring their national pride and we all know how that turned out. So we must be very careful. Wise as serpents, harmless as doves (as the Bible says) for these are not only days of chaos but days of great deception. Imperative now (perhaps more than ever before) that we keep our eyes focused on the one whose very name is righteousness and truth. He will never lead us astray.

I loved our time at the seashore. Our simple cross of driftwood. We laughed and talked. Picked up seashells and marveled at the creativity of our God. We had some time of prayer thanking God for his beautiful creation, for family and friends and most of all for Jesus, in whom our salvation and our hope is found – and as we packed up to leave that evening – our bags stuffed full with shells and sand and wood …. I knew in my spirit that as we left that place, we left that place renewed.

“Indeed in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope …..” 2 Corinthians 1:9-10

“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 30, 2016

Separating Light from Darkness

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“This is the verdict: Light has come in to the world, but men loved darkness instead of light …” John 3:17

I’ve noticed two things over the past few years which have led to the writing of this post. The increasing popularity of Halloween not just with children but with adults.  And the increasing darkness, depravity and lewdness that surrounds it. If you don’t believe me just visit any (especially major city) Halloween parade or party.  You would probably be astounded.

Few would argue that the roots of Halloween are not rooted in paganism. Most of us understand that it is. If you are not convinced,  a quick google on the subject will take you to more information than you would probably want to take the time to read. I could recount it all here but I think most of us already know it on one level or another.

The problem is not so much that we don’t understand it …. but, the more obvious fact that we choose to ignore it ….. under the serious illusion that by skirting the issue it simply no longer exists …. after all, a girl (or boy) just wants to have fun.

Separating Light from Darkness

As Christians, we know that from the very beginning God separated light from darkness. Calling that separation good. This is a major, overwhelming and constant theme throughout scripture ….. making it very plain as it says in 2 Corinthians 6:14-15

“….what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial (the devil) …”

To which of course we must say, there isn’t any. None!  For the true purpose of light is to dispel darkness not to contribute to it. Yet, I dare say the number of Christians who participate in this holiday (Halloween)  are as close in number as to those who are not (Christian).

Listen, it has taken me years to come to this conclusion. I dressed up as a kid and so did my kids. No one came home with a bigger bag of candy than my youngest (and her best buddy, the preachers daughter, I might add) so its not like I don’t understand. But in my walk with the Lord the past few years, I have began to see things much, much differently. The problem is we often want to see what we want to see ….. and  I think that is how it was for me.

COME OUT THEREFORE AND BE YE SEPARATE

But things have changed mightily in the last few years and darkness and outright demonism is engulfing our country (and our world) like never before. The signs are everywhere. If there was ever a time to be salt and light in our world its now!  The time for straddling fences is over ….. if you are for God, say so!  For Jesus has made it plain …. if you are “lukewarm” …..”I will spit you out of my mouth”. One foot in Jesus and one foot in the world is not going to cut it anymore. I can assure you when Jesus comes he will not be carrying a jack o lantern ….. when Jesus comes he will be armed with justice and truth.

When God called Israel out of Egypt he called them to leave all their former “gods” behind. Yet for some reason, we have this penchant for clinging on to ours — because in our minds …. its all in “fun” …. therefore God, by golly, must like it or at least understand. Why? Because we said so.

Hello! This is God we are talking about …. not the fictional easter bunny, will o the wisp or Santa Claus. What part of “its a fearful thing to fall in to the hands of the living God” do we not understand? Yes, God is love. Yes, God has shown us grace through his son …. but, we make God out to be some kind of heavenly fluff ball in the sky …. that exists solely to make sure we have fun. You want to be scared …. skip the haunted house and think about the day you will come face to face with the living God ….. for that day is coming as surely as the sun comes up each morning …. an appointment that every one of us must keep. Think about that the next time you’re tempted for that weak in the knees feeling.

TEACHING OUR CHILDREN

As Christians our greatest responsibility is for what we teach our children. Why when God offers us life would we dress our children as skeletons, skulls or any other image of death, destruction and God’s adversary the devil?

Do we not know the devil comes  for the sole (soul) purpose – to kill, steal and destroy? He wants your children and he wants their souls. And if he can trick you in to thinking its all just in fun … all the better.

Why oh why, then would we want to participate in a holiday that glorifies the very things that God gave his most precious Son to defeat? It surely must grieve him as much as it angers him.

I don’t know about your neighborhood but mine is rife with death images. Graveyards, ghosts, ghouls, headstones, “bodies” hanging from trees, a “severed head” in a bag and so forth.  Witches, black cats, jack o lanterns and various accoutrements of the same. All images that relate to the occult, sorcery and magic …. all an abomination to the Lord.

Yet in spite of this we see an enormous enthusiasm for a holiday that says nothing about Jesus …. in fact, the direct opposite.

JESUS LOVES THE CHILDREN OF THE WORLD

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Jesus said ….. “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them ” …. Luke 18:16.

Did you get that? Do not hinder them. Have we considered that the mixed message we give our children by participating in holidays like this could be hindering, stunting or minimizing their coming to Jesus or walking with him?  If so, then perhaps we should reconsider it.

Jesus had this to say:

“And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. But, if anyone causes one of the little ones who believe in me to sin it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” Matthew 18:5-6

A charge, in my opinion we should all take very seriously.

“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 11, 2016

September 23, 2017 – The Revelation 12 Sign

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” A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head” Revelation 12: 1

The book of Revelation has long been an enigma of sorts. Full of symbols and terrifying apocalyptic language, who could hope to understand it? Nonetheless, it is the one book in the Bible that has a special blessing attached to it for those who take the time to read it,  study it and take it to heart.

“Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it because the time is near.” Revelation 1:3

Interesting words, when you think about it for if one is to “take it to heart“, the obvious implication is that it is meant to be understood.

According to one source there is a total of 1,817 prophecies in the Bible as a whole. If you start at Genesis 1:1 – all the prophecies written were yet future and waiting to be fulfilled … at the appointed time. There is the key ….. many of these were not meant to be understood (in their fullness) until the time that they were near …. then and only then, would they truly be understood. The book of Revelation is like that. The closer we get to the time, the more we will understand.

It is not unusual for God to use celestial signs as markers.  It was the Bethlehem star (as you will remember) that guided the wise men to Christ at the time of his birth. Likewise there will be signs in the heavens that will point to his soon return. The Revelation 12 sign is one such sign – a major (and perhaps final sign) signaling his soon return. This sign will appear over Jerusalem September 23, 2017.

My friend Steve Coerper at Anakypto Forum explains it quite well in an article you can find here.

Friends, we are living in unprecedented times.  The plagues of Egypt were estimated to have lasted 3-4 months or 40 days. It also rained for 40 days at the time of Noah’s flood. Point being – just because Revelation 12 is in the middle of the book (of Revelation) does not mean that its fulfillment is in the distant future because we have not yet seen all of the events of the first 11 chapters as of yet. A lot can happen in 40 days.

As of today, there is 347 days until the Revelation 12 sign appears. A mere 49 weeks and 4 days. The question is ….how will you  … how will I ….spend this time? Will you be ready?  If you do not know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior I urge you to do so today. Religion can’t save you, good works can’t save you, ammunition and the storage of food and water can’t save you either. Only Jesus can! Make sure you know him today.

“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 11, 2016

Blessing in a Time of Cursing

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“They may curse but you will bless …” Psalm 109:28

Is there anything quite as refreshing as an early morning or late afternoon rain shower? Just when it seems the day couldn’t get any hotter or the dust any thicker dark clouds gather on the horizon and the heavens burst forth with delicious, cooling, wetter than wet rain. This is what blessing does. It brings refreshment to the soul and hope for the weary; breaking up and softening even the hardest ground in order that the seed might yield its fruit.

It’s a crazy world we live in these days. Secularism, materialism, and neo paganism have hardened hearts toward the things of God unlike anything most of us have seen before. And like any hard ground it is going to take some effort if it is ever going to bear fruit. And for this reason we must guard against becoming hardened ourselves. In this day and time it is tempting to return cursing for cursing when our faith and way of life is under attack but this is exactly what we must not do.

Yes, there are political leaders we disagree with. Yes, there are policies we find unfair, outrageous and repugnant if not down right wicked. But, we must always, always, always bring to the table the spirit of  love, mercy, grace, prayer for salvation, restoration, regeneration. For such were we until God brought us to salvation.

I don’t know about you but I have seen numerous comments on social media and other places where Christians are as mean-spirited as unbelievers. This should never be so. We must always be conscious and cognizant of who it is we represent and how we are represented.

For example, we may abhor a certain political leader and his or her policies. But name calling, jokes with intentional or unintentional innuendo is never appropriate for us as believers. Or worse yet, using scripture as a way to poke someone …. you’ve seen those bumper stickers

Image result for bumper stickers psalm 109:8

“May his days be few, may another take his place of leadership. May his children be fatherless, his wife a widow” quoting Psalm 109:8-9.

Really? Aren’t we sly? To insinuate blessing when cursing is intended. I always cringe when I see that.

Yes, I know it’s in the Bible. But in this age of grace can we do no less than pray for God’s blessing …. particularly when it comes to salvation? We above anyone else should know that it is God who establishes Kings (and President’s) in places of authority.

Why would God place an ungodly leader over us?  If we are not “listening” we are going to miss the message. God never makes a mistake.

We therefore can  (and must) speak the truth in love, in fact, we are mandated to do so…. but, it must always be with love for there are many eyes and ears watching what we say as much as what we do.

Instead of saying so and so is a “Bozo”  (or worse)…. we can say that we disagree with them on this or that policy and here is the reason why ….  we can also say that we are praying for them that God might bring the great gift of salvation to their lives.

I think it is important …. imperative …. that we begin to live our lives with blessing and not cursing as our narrative. In post-Christian America it is going to become increasingly difficult to live out our faith without becoming anxious and angry. We see and feel our culture changing in a way that is a bit scary. And if things continue as they are I see a day coming when Christianity will not be tolerated in any form. When Bibles are tossed out, Churches closed down and people jailed for violating laws that restrict Christianity …

….. .when that day comes as it surely will ….. should the Lord decide to tarry  ….. will we like Stephen be able to say when that day comes ….

“Lord, lay not this sin to their charge” Acts 7:60

If we cannot bless now ….. how can we possibly expect to bless 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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