The Real World

The whole world will be celebrating from now till December 25; perhaps even longer. Stores started displaying trees back in September. 
Isn’t it strange The GOD the world rejected when He came as The GOD MAN Baby more than 2000 years ago is now purportedly the reason for all these festivities? 

Sentimentality abounds this time of year. So do depression, anxiety, and the feeling of being alone in a crowded room, all the while we pretty well idolize snow and 
hot chocolate
evergreen trees
candy canes
holly wreaths
egg nog
feasting and drinking — lots of parties
Christmas Movies 24/7 for 2 plus months and 
buying, buying, and more buying (for giving to people we love, of course) — oh and we dare not forget the red-suited fat man who has god-like powers.

What does any of this have to do with The GOD MAN who actually has The Power today to save a world of people from the eternal destruction they deserve because of their very own sins? 

And Merry Christmas. What do we mean when we say it? Do we mean anything at all — is it just a tradition?
Well, we have been saying it for a while now. A certain URL address says we have been saying Merry Christmas since the 1500s. I wonder what was said before then? If you’d like to check out the page — click HERE.

What do we mean when we say and do any of the traditions we have come to accept as CHRISTMAS?

I know, the likelihood of changing any of these traditions observed by the world is — well, it’s not happening.
Changing it I mean. 

So, why am I here writing about it? 
Not because I expect to change the world.
No. I just want to give a few dear people something to ponder.
To ponder how involved shall we stay in matters of earth that do nothing to advance The Real World — The Kingdom of our Father.

Perhaps from now until the end of the year, we will meditate on what we celebrate, what we hold sentimentally dear, asking ourselves does this bring The LIGHT of the WORLD to the people of my corner of the world? .jpeg1
It’s a hard question.
It may not be pleasant to answer. I am speaking from my present experience. 

Love, Kathie 

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Not Piddling

As I have been piddling with laundry, coffee-sipping, and the like, my thoughts were here and there. One of those places was 2021. It is just days away. 
I’ve decided – if I shall get it accomplished is yet to be seen – I have two phrases I’d like to speak most in 2021. 

One. I love you.
Two. The Bible says in:

So. Let the practice begin!

The Bible says in John 14  (NKJV)1 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.
In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.  source 

People of Ephesus

Ephesians 3. Verse 13

13 Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.  source 

He actually asked them to NOT lose heart? Like that was an option for them?

And it was. And it is. And why was it? And why is it? 
Do you see that word, THEREFORE? Long ago I was counseled when I read the word THEREFORE in Scripture that I should immediately ask why is that word THEREFORE, there for? 
So, I do.
To get the reason for the therefore in verse 13 we need to back up to verse 8 and read again through verse 13. Here’s a link for you to do that. Ephesians 3:8-13

A sentence that spans 5 verses. He has written longer sentences.

And then he prays for them. And what a prayer! 

Ephesians 3:14-19  (AMP) 14 For this reason [grasping the greatness of this plan by which Jews and Gentiles are joined together in Christ] I bow my knees [in reverence] before the Father [of our Lord Jesus Christ], 
15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name [
God—the first and ultimate Father]. 
16 May He grant you out of the riches of His glory, to be strengthened and spiritually energized with power through His Spirit in your inner self, [
indwelling your innermost being and personality], 
17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through your faith. And may you, having been [
deeply] rooted and [securely] grounded in love, 
18 be fully capable of comprehending with all the saints (
God’s people) the width and length and height and depth of His love [fully experiencing that amazing, endless love]; 
19 and [that you may come] to know [practically, through personal experience] the love of Christ which far surpasses [mere] knowledge [without experience], that you may be filled up [throughout your being] to all the fullness of God [so that you may have the richest experience of God’s presence in your lives, completely filled and flooded with God Himself].  source 

So Christ may DWELL in your hearts.
Don’t miss that.
Don’t just breeze over it.
DWELL. It means what it says. 

HOLY SPIRIT, please help us believe this DWELL.
Believe it so much that we MAKE ROOM for HIM to dwell and live and DO in us. 

And I see in this that if we receive, accept, and believe that GOD LOVES US, I mean REALLY loves us, then tribulation does not cower us in fear or steal our faith or our joy.
If we are going to BELIEVE GOD, the first and most crucial fact we must believe is THAT HE LOVES US ALWAYS AND FOREVER. 

I’m just gonna put my name on that and accept that HOLY SPIRIT is going to answer this prayer on my behalf just as much for me as He did the Ephesians. 
You too?

One For Every Day

Yesterday’s post was First Promise
I’m not here to write about the next Prophecy fulfilled by YESHUA. Truth is I’m not versed enough to do that. 
However, there are Folks who are. 
So, for those of you interested, I have a webpage for you!!
If you visit the link below you will find:

365 Old Testament Prophecies Fulfilled in Jesus Christ

The beauty of the aforementioned Webpage is the Author has linked the Old Testament Prophecy and the New Testament Fulfillment in one place. SO EASY TO READ without having to leave the page. 

Check it out! 

Three Hundred and Sixty-Five. 
Hey now! One for every day. 

First Promise

We have moved into a long-established Season. A season purportedly to recognize, remember, and celebrate that GOD came to dwell among men

Matthew 1:23  (AMP) 23 Behold, the virgin shall be with child and give birth to a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel”—which, when translated, means, “God with us.”  source 

But why did HE come? 
Please think about that before proceeding to the remainder of this offering.

Why did HE come?
HE came to deal with a vast and eternal reaching devastation that happened
in a Garden.
(There’s something about a Garden – big things happen there.)

A Perfect Place.
A Place where GOD walked with man. (Genesis 3:8)

Enter the Snake. There’s a reason snakes are feared and not well-liked.
This was an ordinary snake until Satan chose him for his own vile purpose.

What was Satan’s vile purpose?
That’s a good question.
Can you answer it? 

What method did he use to tempt Eve? 

Did GOD say?

And there we have it. The Root. 

And what did GOD do? 
HE immediately gave us a promise. Genesis 3:14,15
The very First promise that HE would come to dwell among man again

Think about that. 
Are you thinking? 
Are you remembering the Holy Account? Are you remembering that Adam and Eve walked with GOD in the Garden until they refused to BELIEVE GOD?
That’s what Sin is .  .  . refusing to BELIEVE GOD.
Are you remembering that when they sinned, they were removed from the Garden?
No more Walks in the Cool of the day. 
Do you remember why?  See Genesis 3

And here’s the First Promise that JESUS is coming to deal with this vast and eternal reaching devastation that Adam and Eve perpetrated on all of us. I don’t blame them though — I would have done no better. 

14 So the Lord God said to the serpent:

“Because you have done this,
You are cursed more than all cattle,
And more than every beast of the field;
On your belly you shall go,
And you shall eat dust
All the days of your life.
15 And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed;
He shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel.”source

How many of you know women don’t come equipped with seeds? 🙂
Yeah. I’m going to leave it right there .  .  . for us to ponder.