The Blessing Of Distance

A few years ago at Pacific Coast Camp, I heard Pastor Ray Brown preach an excellent message on overcoming temptations. One of the things I remember was that he likened temptation to a magnet. If something that is attracted to a magnet gets too close to the magnet, well……………………………….. you know what happens. Likewise, if we get too close to the thing that is a source of temptation, we are setting ourselves up for a fall. If we know something is a temptation for us, the wisest course is to stay as far away from the thing as possible.

While musing on this one day, God inspired me with a poem. I’m so thankful that through the power of the Holy Ghost and keeping our distance, we can be overcomers!

 

Keep Your Distance!

 

The tempter is a master of persistence

desiring you to stumble and to fall

but from the things he offers, keep your distance

and you will overcome and still stand tall.

 

Do pray, into the snares you won’t be led

strive to please the Master every day

rebuke bad thoughts that come into your head

from enticements quickly run away.

 

Allurements, like a magnet, they can be

ungodly source that’s pulling at your soul

put space between the hankering and thee

the magnet’s pull will not win the control.

 

Joseph, day by day, he was provoked

Potiphar’s wife tempting him to sin

Running, the response by him evoked

Sometimes that’s what it takes to not give in.

 

To follow his example, we’d be wise

when by sin charmed, we must put up resistance

don’t’ let temptation lead to your demise

between it and yourself, just put some distance.

 

11-30-16

 

Matthew 6:9-13  After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

 

2Corinthians 10:5  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

 

 

Genesis 39:7-12  And it came to pass after these things, that his master’s wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me.

But he refused, and said unto his master’s wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand;

There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?

And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her.

And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do his business; and there was none of the men of the house there within.

And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.

 

James 4:7  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

 

 

 

 

 

Where I’m Going, Where He’s Going

Every once in a while, I like to remind the devil where he’s going and to remind myself where I’m going. Thus, the following poem and Scriptures.

 

He thought he won a victory

When Jesus died upon that tree

Satan knew not, he was done in

Through Calvary’s triumph over sin, that set us free.

 

Though he still works yet to deceive

The hearts of them that would receive

His days numbered, yes, this we know

The Holy Bible tells us so, we do believe.

 

Signs of the times, they do report

The devil’s time on earth is short

And though he seeks to work his will

God shall bring all to a stand still, foul plans to thwart.

 

And so the darkness cannot last

Lucifer, in the fire cast

The truth shall reign forevermore

At last we will reach Heaven’s shore, trials all passed.

 

10/4/16

This type of poem is called a Florette. To see how to write one, click this link, http://www.shadowpoetry.com/resources/wip/florette.html

 

1Corinthians 1:18  For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

 

 

Ezekiel 28:17  Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

 

Revelation 12:12  Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

 

Revelation 20:10  And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

 

1Thessalonians 4:16-18  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

 

Revelation 21:4  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holding On Through The Storm

I know several who are going through some pretty challenging trials right now. Sometimes we don’t understand the circumstances that God allows to take place in our lives, but if we will keep trusting in Him, He is faithful and will bring us through to the other side. Thank God that no storm lasts forever! I am praying for you, my friends.

 

Holding On Through the Storm

 

My heart hurts, knowing now you suffer.

Life for you may seem much rougher.

Truly, I know that God does care.

Daily, I mention you in prayer;

Knowing the Lord, He will be your strength and buffer.

 

Trials of life can oft be hard;

Moments, just catching us off guard.

We don’t know what a day may bring;

A time to cry, a time to sing,

But of your unfolding story, God takes regard.

 

Know that no storm lasts forever.

Hold His hand; He’ll leave you never.

Though it may be a bumpy ride,

Safe, as in Him you abide,

Assured that He’s promised to be with you ever.

 

1/23/17

 

You Might Be On An Extended Fast If…..

You’re at work and 3 people graciously decide on the same day to bring donuts for everyone.

 

The food in the dog bowl is actually looking and smelling pretty good.

 

You’re a woman going through menopause, and you suddenly start having “cold flashes.”

 

The refrigerator is on lock down.

 

Hot water is what you’re drinking just to keep warm.

 

While at a client’s house, you smell something sumptuous cooking in the oven.

 

Your baby face suddenly starts to disappear.

 

And the list goes on .On the more serious side, our church just recently completed an extended fast(for those who were physically able to do it)coupled with prayer, and God is already blessing the sacrifice. We know the Bible has a lot to say about the subject of fasting, but I also found some insightful quotes about fasting too, that I will share here. Believe me, fasting is not one of my favorite things to do, but I know it does make a difference for me personally, and I have seen in the past after a season of prayer and fasting how God has given us spiritual breakthroughs that we desperately needed. I’m thankful that God honors the sacrifice  of prayer and fasting!

 

Fasting confirms our utter dependence upon God by finding in Him a source of sustenance beyond food.

Dallas Willard

 

Is fasting ever a bribe to get God to pay more attention to the petitions ? No, a thousand times no. It is simply a way to make clear that we sufficiently reverence the amazing opportunity to ask help from the everlasting God, the Creator of the universe, to choose to put everything else aside and concentrate on worshiping, asking forgiveness, and making our requests known-considering His help more important than anything we could do ourselves in our own strength and with our own ideas.

Edith Schaeffer

 

Prayer is reaching out after the unseen; fasting is letting go of all that is seen and temporal. Fasting helps express, deepen, confirm the resolution that we are ready to sacrifice anything, even ourselves to attain what we seek for the kingdom of God.

Andrew Murray

 

Prayer is reaching out after the unseen; fasting is letting go of all that is seen and temporal. Fasting helps express, deepen, confirm the resolution that we are ready to sacrifice anything, even ourselves to attain what we seek for the kingdom of God.

Andrew Murray

 

In Shansi I found Chinese Christians who were accustomed to spend time in fasting and prayer. They recognized that this fasting, which so many dislike, which requires faith in God, since it makes one feel weak and poorly, is really a Divinely appointed means of grace. Perhaps the greatest hindrance to our work is our own imagined strength; and in fasting we learn what poor, weak creatures we are – dependent on a meal of meat for the little strength which we are so apt to lean upon.

James Hudson Taylor

 

Our greatest victories are won on our knees and with empty stomachs.

Julio C. Ruibal

 

When the devil, the foe and the tyrant, sees a man bearing this weapon [fasting], he is straight-away frightened and he recollects and considers that defeat which he suffered in the wilderness at the hands of the Saviour; at once his strength is shattered and the very sight of this weapon, given us by our Commander-in-chief, burns him.

Isaac of Syria

 

Do you have a hunger for God? If we don’t feel strong desires for the manifestation of the glory of God, it is not because we have drunk deeply and are satisfied. It is because we have nibbled so long at the table of the world. Our soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the great. If we are full of what the world offers, then perhaps a fast might express, or even increase, our soul’s appetite for God. Between the dangers of self-denial and self-indulgence is the path of pleasant pain called fasting.

John Piper

 

The Touch That Changed Everything

The Touch That Changed Everything

 

Desperately she crawled through the crowd

At the end of her rope, last hope

Reached out and trembling, touched

Border of his garment

Knowing in herself

At that instant

With no doubt

She was

Whole.

 

10/13/16

 

Matthew 9:20-22  And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:

For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.

But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.

 

This type of poem is called a Nonet. Click the link to see how to write one.

http://www.shadowpoetry.com/resources/wip/nonet.html

 

 

 

New Year’s Day Surprise

Yesterday morning we were having our end of the quarter “fun day” during kids’ church. As we were about to have the children start doing the various activities that were set up for them, I noticed the sanctuary door open. I looked up and saw Fernanda, the lady to whom Maria and I have been teaching a Bible study in Spanish. I was pleasantly surprised! I had talked to her 2 weeks prior about visiting our church sometime but had not said anything to her since that time. Earlier that morning I had prayed too that God would continue to work in her heart and that she would come to a service in January. I guess I wasn’t expecting God to answer so quickly. LOL

I thought later about what a big step that must have been for her to come to our church. She is not fluent in English, and the only 2 people she would know is Maria, who is bilingual, and me, who reads and writes Spanish pretty good but has trouble conversing in it. I know God is definitely working in her life, and I’m believing Him to lead her in the ways of repentance and that we will see her filled with the Holy Ghost and baptized in Jesus’ name.

Later on, I also received a phone call and a text from a lady I dearly love who has not been to church in a long time. She promised me that she was going to be in church on Thursday. Another answered prayer!  Thank you, Jesus!!

Luisa’s Baptism

  1. Yesterday was a happy day for Luisa and our church as we witnessed her being baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of her sins. For me, it never gets old to see someone getting baptized or receiving the Holy Ghost. There is nothing like this precious Acts 2:38 new birth experience! I’m looking forward to seeing what God will do in Luisa’s life as she continues to grow in Him!!