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2nd Friday

I don’t think I have much to say today. I just didn’t want to miss a weekday saying hello. 
My soul is bruised and sore but I will heal. 
Politics is a nasty business and a sabbatical is much in order for me at this juncture. It likely does not mean you will see no more ‘political awareness’ category post but for now – no.

It is my aim to absorb Scripture, to pray, and see if can discern The Father’s direction for me for this season.
Discipling comes to mind.
The Bible does say older women are to teach (disciple) the younger women
I’m making it a matter of prayer.  We shall see. 

Here’s to healing this 2nd Friday of 2021.

Perhaps There is Time

First I am set to remind you, those of you who might not know me well enough, I am neither a Scholar nor a Theologian, barely a Layperson. Today’s post is a WHAT IF post. A What if for you to consider prayerfully. A What If post that I hope encourages you to dig for yourself. That’s what I am doing. I dare say many may not like this post. I surely don’t. Let’s begin.

What if learned Scholars and well-studied Theologians have missed the message of Scripture? 
What if what we have believed is not actually borne-out in Scripture? 
What if The Rapture of the Church is not any day now?
What if The Rapture of the Church is not until Revelation 11?
I’m not saying it is, I’m saying What if?
I’m still mulling it over; still asking Adonai to talk to me about it.

What would it mean if this What If is what will be? 
Perhaps you have read my suggestion that 2020 is a trailer to the Tribulation. A means for us to gain more clarity on how the coming days will play. 
If The Rapture is not until after the Last Trumpet, that means we (unless we die prior) will see The Mark of the Beast. UNLESS, of course, the Last Hour is still many years away. 

I am wondering how faithful, how strong would I be? How strong would you be?
Many Churches closed their doors because the Government said close.
The Government said, isolate, put on a mask, shut down your businesses, stay home. 
We did.
We did that for a virus that has at its least rate of survival for aged persons with one or more comorbidities a 94.5% survival rate.  (And don’t forget the Vaccine. It’s already mandatory for some.) 
I am confident what we have done so far is not equal to the Mark of the Beast, but it should tell us something about who we are, shouldn’t it?
How would we tell the Government no I will not let you put that chip in my hand? No, I will not bow to the god of this world even if you starve my children and me to death. The survival rate then is not 94.5%. And surely not 99.997%.
For those caught refusing, 100% die. 

What if? What if many, many of us have been wrong? 
Should we not today start preparing? 
How do we even prepare for such an unthinkable event? 
That’s a good question. 

We have believed, many of us, that this passage is not talking about us because we have believed we won’t be here. What if we are? 
I’m not learned enough to argue either way today. I thought I was. Now I am not so sure. Shouldn’t I be? Shouldn’t you be?  

Revelation 12:11  (AMP) 11 And they overcame and conquered him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, for they did not love their life and renounce their faith even when faced with death. source

I do know this: it is not The LORD’s will for us to be afraid of this.
It is not The LORD’s will that we be sad, borrow trouble, have downcast faces and worried spirits.
It is His Will for us to overcome TODAY by the Word of our Testimony that The Blood of JESUS is enough to cleanse and save a wretch like any of us. 

One more question. How much Scripture do we have sealed in our minds that we could call on it, lean on it and be embolden with it even if we didn’t have a cellphone to look it up or a Bible to hold in our hands to read?
I confess I am lacking BUT perhaps we have a few years to study and show ourselves approved

The Wise Ones

COVID 19.

It was brewing, this COVID 19, but had not become all the rage when I was hospitalized from a Thursday to Saturday with pneumonia. So, when I came home I stayed home until I finished the take home antibiotics the doctor prescribed and then carefully, on the following Friday, I accompanied my hubby to a local chicken place for a meal. I was using disinfecting wipes on the door handle and our table before it was the tending thing to do.  🙂

And from there to the grocery and home again. I’ve been here since with the exceptions of walks in our neighborhood and truck rides with my hubby while he braved the store for needed items.

I do not have even an educated guess as to how many Americans are practicing social distancing but I am thinking a lot of us are. Is it necessary? Is it helping? Is it saving health and lives? Time will tell.

Is what’s happening unprecedented? I’d say yes. It’s the first in my life and I’m old. 🙂

Who brought this virus to be? That I do not know. I know Who didn’t. And here we are. At home.

So, how are we weathering this at home storm? Thankfully, I am actually good with it. I didn’t say happy with it, I said good with it. And I owe that to JESUS. Actually, I owe every good in me and my life to JESUS.  And, yes, I’m glad about it.

So, why? Why are we in this crisis? I’ve said it more than a few times: what its developer meant for evil, GOD means for good. I stand by it; more than standing by it, I am experiencing His goodness – I am experiencing Him and He is good. He is always good and we are always loved. I heard Ann Voskamp say that several years ago. I keep it close.

This morning one of my Facebook posts went like this:

What if churches are closed because GOD is saying that churches have become places about US instead of HIM? The book of Acts gives a true account of what the Church was and was birthed to be.

What if one of the purposes of COVID 19 is to give us opportunities to find out if we really have a relationship with Yeshua (Jesus) or just with the place we gathered from time to time?

What if COVID 19 is here to wake us up to the reality of Scripture?
Like we have now experienced how EASY it will be for The Lawless One, the Man of Sin, a/k/a the Antichrist to come to world power. Right now a virus has commandeered the market, the economy, and distanced us in our homes – for the common good.
And people think the book of Revelation won’t be fulfilled?
One would have to be spiritually blind to not believe now.
The title of this album reads Morning Routine Thought Drops, don’t be fooled, I have them in the afternoons too. 😍

The Book of Acts and the Book of Revelation; perhaps some of us will wipe off the dust and read them.

This COVID 19 will pass. This particular virus will subside and people will cease to die from COVID 19 – however, people will continue to die – there is much in our world to bring on death.

The non-essential stores will open again, restaurants (the ones that survive this season) will open again, businesses of every kind will open again. Churches will open again. But, who will be the people who return to those church buildings? Will we be the same people we were when the doors closed? That’s a decision each and every one of us is now making – today!

I’ve heard this time referred to as a Divine Pause.  I can see that. My Facebook post probably told you I could concur with that.

I’d like it to be more. I’d like it to be a Shabbat. An extended time of coming away to unhindered, unrivaled, non-competitive communion with the Messiah. Those of us who are wise WILL not let this opportunity slip from us. And it is going to go quicker than we think. The clock is ticking –  I can hear it right here as I sit before this screen.

The wise ones, will settle down and immerse themselves in Thus Saith the LORD.
This divine pause is preparatory. Again, this season will pass.
The world will come calling. I want to have answers for them.

Ephesians 5:15  (NLT) 15 So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise.

2 Timothy 3:15-16 (TLV) 15 and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings that are able to make you wise, leading to salvation through trusting in Messiah Yeshua. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for restoration, and for training in righteousness,

Jude 25  (KJV) 25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.   SOURCE

In Defense

2 Timothy 4: 1I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. source

A Question.
If JESUS is going to judge the living and the dead and verse 1 says He is what kind of person having a sure defense to avert the verdict would refuse to offer that sure defense to others? I mean, like everyone!

Heads or Tails

Come. Take a peek over my shoulder at my study notes from a portion of 2 Timothy 3; you just might be able to make heads or tails from them. 🙂

  • Verse 14 BUT as for us, we shall not be deceived (referring to verse 13) if we abide in what we have learned from the HOLY SPIRIT.

14 But as for you, continue in the things that you have learned and of which you are convinced [holding tightly to the truths], knowing from whom you learned themsource

  • Verse 15 You know what is marvelous about this verse? From childhood you have known the sacred writings! Could we even imagine what this earth would be like IF every adult walking this sphere right now had known the Bible from their childhood up? You know that word known is deeper than head knowledge, right?  Try intimately familiar.

15 and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings (Hebrew Scriptures) which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus . . .  .  source

  • Verse 16 Look at the progression.
    Instruction
    Conviction
    Correction
    Training

So the Scriptures that Timothy had learned from his youth til then Instructed him. What did it instruct? That he was a sinner in need of a Savior – gifting him with holy conviction which corrected his thinking and trained him that righteousness is only in JESUS.

16 All Scripture is God-breathed [given by divine inspiration] and is profitable for instruction, for conviction [of sin], for correction [of error and restoration to obedience], for training in righteousness [learning to live in conformity to God’s will, both publicly and privately—behaving honorably with personal integrity and moral courage];  source

  • Verse 17 What does GOD want for us?
    He wants us to be complete – to be whole in all our senses. He wants us to be proficient, that is being well able to voice how we have been made whole. And added to that He wants us fit, made ready and enabled to tell others how they too can be made whole, complete, proficient, outfitted and thoroughly equipped for whatever this life throws at them.

17 so that the man of God may be complete and proficient, outfitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work. source

That’s it for now.

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