As I write, our Facebook feeds tell us one is dead and one injured; our major Interstate (North and South for miles) is closed; HazMat has relieved us with news: no hazard substance to fear.
Of this I am certain this dear man did not step up into his vehicle this morning expecting to die today. Earlier this morning, JT and I attended the funeral of a sweet friend’s mother.
People. Death. Is. Certain.
The testimony given at the service this morning assured me my friend’s mother safely arrived in Heaven on Sunday. The Minister explained well the way of Salvation. Jesus paid it all. Paid for all the sins of mankind. We could say He wrote a blank check for each of us. There’s no catch but there is a condition. We must individually accept the check, endorse it, and take it to the Bank.
We accept the check by faith, knowing we NEED The Savior, that we cannot pay our own sin debt. By faith we endorse that check with our mouths confessing our faith in the LORD JESUS CHRIST not just as the Savior of the world but MY Savior; and we take that check to the bank when we say Thank You LORD JESUS for saving me.
Death is certain.
Individually we choose.
Romans 10: 9 because if you acknowledge and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord [recognizing His power, authority, and majesty as God], and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
10 For with the heart a person believes [in Christ as Savior] resulting in his justification [that is, being made righteous—being freed of the guilt of sin and made acceptable to God]; and with the mouth he acknowledges and confesses [his faith openly], resulting in and confirming [his] salvation. (Amp) Source
Abba, I am confident and certain that You love the people of Houston and all in Texas; I am specifically coming on behalf of those affected by the storm. Thank You for the lives You have already saved. For the homes and belongings You have spared and for those not, I pray they will believe You for better than they lost. People who say they know have said it will take years for Houston to recover. I pray You will bring a full recovery sooner than expected and more than they can imagine. You know I am especially thinking of Beth and her family. I pray she will get safely home to them soon. Comfort and woo the people to Yourself by Your kindness and with the kindness of Your people taught and led by You, Holy Spirit. Help us help them in Jesus name.
I read a statement; I do not know the Author, nor can I quote verbatim.
In paraphrase, the jest is this: So how senseless is it to let this present conflict escalate into another Civil War fighting about the last one? The one that ended 152 years ago! Will another one undo the last one? Make it un-happen? Erase it? Change it?
Abba, this is an unholy scrimmage and I am asking you to squelch it before it goes nationwide. Thank You for every sweet fellowship we enjoy and our encounters with people in our world whose skin colors vary but Your Spirit within us is always the same. I remember her. So do You. We never saw her before in our lives but right there in the isle of Wal-Mart we parted with hugs. You did that! I am so grateful! Cause it to happen all over this nation, please. If people will cooperate with You it will happen. Holy Spirit do what only You can do for the glory of the name of Jesus and the good of we the people. I pray for peace in America.
Papa, I am so grateful You let me be Your daughter; thank You. I have done nothing to deserve You; it’s all Your grace. I admit to You I am alarmed and stunned at the foolishness and the unholiness I see and the hatred and the for lack of better words down right dumbness and dullness displayed day after day. And so in the words of You, Yeshua, Father, forgive them for they know not what they do. Holy Spirit, please lavish us with strong conviction for sin and bring we the people to repentance. I am asking You for an awakening to who we have become as a people and what will befall us if we do not repent. I pray You will fill pulpits with courageous people and the pews with the same and that sinners and saints will repent. I pray for the zeal of the Apostles to be infused into every son and daughter You have on this planet. I don’t expect it overnight but I ask that it steadily grow until You are pleased and evil is curtailed in this Land.
I ask You to defuse and disband the hate groups that are loudly and violently demanding their own way.
I pray for President Trump and all his cabinet that they will give You their attention. I pray for wisdom and protection for them. I pray You will speak and make Your will known to each man and woman sitting in places of leadership.
I pray for safety and protection for the people in the path of this hurricane bearing down on Texas. Thank You for how You will glorify Yourself and help people through this tragic happening.
I pray for unbelievers across this country that they will have an encounter with You that turns their hearts and opens their mouths to speak truth.
Papa, I pray You will forgive the flat-out stupidity that is rampant and that You will raise up men and women of wisdom to outshine and overcome this blight on America at this time.
I pray Holy Spirit that You will revive us. I am thinking that we Your people are a lot sicker than we think we are; move us to find out just what the truth is about ourselves and more importantly just what You expect of us. I don’t think we know. We either don’t know or we have gotten distracted by the world and we have forgotten why we are here. Forgive us, Abba, and renew and revive us quickly I pray.
Shabbat Shalom, my Friends
I invested a few minutes looking at some pictures of early elementary school students. Clearly the colors of their skin did not matter to them. So, I am pitching this out for consideration.
Why teach them otherwise? Why expose and indoctrinate them with violent attempts to sanitize America’s history? The very act of sanitizing history introduces hatred. Why not tell them the truth; the whole truth and nothing but the truth? Why not learn the truth ourselves? Why not do valid research and learn just how many people groups have been slaves and who are still slaves? And while we are researching let’s not limit it to slavery, let’s look at the coming to America; who came and why, what they found, the sins they committed, the good they did. Let’s be honest, let’s be human about it and seek The Creator to understand it all; and added to this, let us not forget the framing of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Through it all, let us use the old documents to tell the real story, not the opinions of some 20th and 21st century authors whose aim it is to re-write history.
We cannot undo what has been done but we can learn from the past and we can do better today and tomorrow.
To continue stirring and spreading this present hatred will not change the past but it will destroy the future.
We can help. We can stop posting unwholesome, non-edifying, strife-building stories, videos, pictures on Facebook, Instagram, snap-chat, etc. etc.
IF IT WILL NOT HELP US APPRECIATE EACH OTHER, DON’T POST IT.
Ephesians 4:29 (AMPC) 29 Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it. source