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Neither be Afraid

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John 14 New King James Version (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. 
And where I go you know, and the way you know.”
Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

25 “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 
26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. 
27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  source 

The Cat and Mouse Game

Let’s talk about death.
We might as well. It’s inevitable.
Hebrews 9:(NKJV)
27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, source

A two-mile walk is good for spiritual conversation. I took such a walk today and death came up. Actually, I brought it up praying for people who have Covid. 
Death is something satan enjoys.
He actually has plans to kill us all and the more painful the better from his point of view. I imagine he stays up at night figuring ways to murder and torture people to death. That’s his job and he is good at it. Relishes it even I imagine. 

Is it any wonder that 56 MILLION people die each year?
That is according to the website linked just above 1.80 people die EVERY SECOND.
That’s a whole lot of dying. 
So, shouldn’t we talk about it?

From my walking conversation, I have settled in with certain thoughts. 
Every day that we are not mutilated and killed in this evil world with rampant godlessness is a miracle. It is an Act of GOD that you and I are still breathing. 
Just this week a dear and lovely Brother in Christ died. The Father could have kept him here longer, but He didn’t. This time the Father allowed this dear one’s breath to escape and not return to him.

EACH Christian dies when GOD says, ‘You can come home this time’. No doubt on many, many occasions the evil one had desired and planned to kill him and each time GOD said NO. Why did GOD say okay this time? I don’t know. 
This is what I hope for myself. I hope as soon as I have done all the Kingdom work I can do, I immediately get the call to come home
You see I think that GOD is not obligated to keep lost people alive.
I think He is not obligated to stop the evil one from killing them BUT I BELIEVE HE OFTEN DOES. 

Further, I believe that satan can try but until my Father GOD is ready for me to leave this planet nothing satan can do to me will take me out.
I’m not saying there will be no damage or pain or sickness or disease but I am saying until My Father agrees I’m not leaving here.
I believe this for all my brothers and sisters in the Faith too. 

I believe we are protected from all eternal harm; obviously, not all temporary pain but all eternal harm. 
That’s not true for people who have said “no thank you” to the Holy Spirit’s offer of salvation. GOD is not obligated to keep satan from harming them. But testimony after testimony shows in His grace HE often does.
I wonder why. I have a theory. Do you? 

For people continuing to choose to walk their own way, ignoring GOD, ignoring the good plans He has for them, ignoring His offer of eternal life, they may discover they have been subject to the cat and mouse game.
You know how a cat plays with a mouse for as long as it’s fun or until the mouse dies from all the ‘fun’?

John 3:16 (AMP)
16 “For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life. source

Agree

Commitments and Determinations don’t always get the job done. 
Did you ever notice that?
I have.
Because I said I was going to turn off my digital screens every evening at 8 o’clock and wind down with a paper and ink book in my hand and here I am at 10:00 sitting before this digital screen. 

We are asked to make commitments on a regular basis. Even preachers ask us to make commitments. 
Maybe my memory is faulty but I don’t recall Holy Spirit ever asking me to make a commitment to Him. 
I’m serious.
On the day of my salvation, I did not make a commitment to JESUS.
I didn’t commit my life to Him. I didn’t have a life to comitt. I was dead in trespasses and sin. 
I accepted His offer. And He did the rest.
Every good change that has occurred in me since that Tuesday night in 1975 has been ALL HIM.
It’s All His doing.
My role is agreement. Step by step, moment by moment agreement that He is right
Some days I am more successful than others at agreeing with Him. Cause you see when I agree with Him I obey Him.

The Christian life is not about making commitments or determinations or any other such thing that the flesh can muster up to do.
The Christian life is successfully lived when we AGREE with Holy Spirit, moment by moment. 

Now do to-do lists and decisions and guidelines and plans help?
Of course, they do!
But unless they are Holy Spirit prompted and energized, we more often than not fail. At least I do. 

Don’t worry so much. Don’t fret. Don’t beat yourself up. Don’t run yourself ragged. Or run yourself down. 
Just let Him teach you to enjoy His company.
Just let Him teach you about Himself and let Him train you to enjoy agreeing with Him
And you means me here too!

John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”  source

Matthew 26:41 “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. source

Happy Tuesday, y’all.

My Phrase

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Some of us bloggers and even non-bloggers adopt a word or phrase for each new year. 
I have a phrase this year. At least thus far this year.

I’m not participating.

That’s it. That’s my phrase for 2021.
It is my goal, my hope, my quest to participate NOT in the negative, non-productive, demoralizing, sin-filled practices of last year. 
And four days in I already need help to NOT participate.
To be in this world but NOT be a part of it.
To NOT think like the world.
To NOT be afraid like the world.
To NOT compromise like the world.
To live NOT like the world. 

It’s too much for us and that is why Yeshua prayed for us before He left for Heaven. See John 17: 9-26.
And He prays for us now.

Hebrews 7:25  (AMP) 
25 Therefore He is able also to save forever (completely, perfectly, for eternity) those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to intercede and intervene on their behalf [with God]. source

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 

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