Category Archives: Gospel of Matthew

An Offer to Read

I have a read for you this morning.

It is entitled The Stupidest Idea Ever. No, I did not write it. 🙂

Is it a political sounding piece? 
It is. 

Is it a call to be an unlawful militant?
Nope.
But it is to encourage those who prize truth and freedom, to know we are not alone, stay in peace and hope, and do what is right. 

Again I say these are the days to be Wise as serpents, harmless as doves, and to study to show ourselves approved.

Matthew 10:16  (NKJV)
Persecutions Are Coming
16 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. source

2 Timothy 2:14-16  (NKJV)
14 Remind them of these things, charging them before the Lord not to strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers.
15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
16 But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness. source

Click HERE to read the aforementioned article by Mario Murillo.

What Do You Mean?

Unguarded and/or mindless conversation is a luxury we can no longer afford. Let me give you a picture.

The time has arrived wherein entering a casual conversation is a potential minefield.
Unless you are well acquainted and/or have prayed with the person with whom we are speaking, ascertaining from whence they have come to the conversation is imperative. See my illustration just there to the right. 

Yeshua told us to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. (Matthew 10:16) We cannot do that if our tongues have no filter. You see, it is not the Government that is responsible, nor should it be, to govern our words – it is we. And for the Christian that Filter must be our Father’s Word, guided by Holy Spirit. 

Yeshua gave perfect counsel always – still does. One day He said this: 
Matthew 7:6  (AMP)
“Do not give that which is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, for they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.  source

Let me give you my 21st Century KWT paraphrase reversed understanding of that verse. When you encounter a soul who has already deemed your beliefs old-fashioned, long out of date, and in this society, even hate-speech – don’t waste your words.
You are already a pig to them, keep talking and they will call the butcher to come for you. 

Does that me we cease to share with others our old-fashioned, soul-saving, keep you out of hell GOSPEL?
Absolutely not! 
But do wait on Holy Spirit to tell you — this one has potential! This one has an open mind and a hungry heart. 

I’m Saying

I am saying it again.
I am not a prophet.
I am not a Scholar.
I am not a Theologian. 
I am a simple woman with some age on her who has been born from above for a few decades. 
I have learned some things but not nearly enough. 

I think life is about to get exciting for the children of the Re-Birth.
We are about to be offered the privilege of suffering for our Beautiful, Holy, Loving Jesus.
For some of us, our own families are going to turn on us. It has already begun.

The open haters of GOD and the religious folk who do not know GOD but think they do are even now stepping up their game to silence us – one way or the other.
Presently people of the Conservative persuasion have been grouped in with us and are being heavily targeted.
It is not going to get better.
Congress and Others in Washington and across the country do not wish to be our friends.
They have more than proven they are not interested in Truth and Justice for all. 

I hope I am wrong; time will tell.
Today I do not see evidence that America is going to heal.
I don’t see evidence the vast divide is going to heal because people only heal if repentance and forgiveness are abundant in the giving and receiving.
Just today I saw hate spewed with glee from the very leaders that are old enough to know better, but they don’t. 

So.
I do get tired of the lies and hate spewed daily and I get tired of the bias and the lack of prosecution of the Elite, but I am praying and I am waiting.
I am certain my Father will do justly when the doing of same will do the most good for the most people.
Nothing gets wasted by Him – not even sin.
He uses it to bring repentance and deliverance to those who will hear Him. 

Back to my initial reason for coming here. 
We are about to be offered the privilege of suffering for Jesus.

Because the sins of the CHRIST-Rejectors and the Religious are increasing, more and more they shall turn on us.
They cannot reach GOD but as the Father allows, they will seek to hurt us.
And we shall be hurt BUT WE SHALL NOT BE ETERNALLY HARMED.
They do not have the power to do that. 

We can and should expect GOD to show up.
We can and should expect miracles that we have heretofore not seen.
We can and should expect Holy Spirit to comfort us, shield us, and supply our every need, every step of the hard and cruel ways that are fast approaching. 
The Devil is mad and so are his people.
He has but a short time (in comparison to what he has had). 

Now because the people belonging to the evil one are driven and controlled by him, they are coming for us – we must not greet them with anger.
Believe me, I KNOW what a tall order that is! 
In the natural (in the flesh) I am a Tennessee hot-head!
I also know this: The anger of man does not bring about the righteousness of GOD. See
James 1:20.

Am I suggesting making ourselves their punching bags? 
Absolutely not!

I am saying seek the Righteousness of our Father in our thoughts and our deeds.
I am saying let Him teach us to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. 

Matthew 10:16  (AMP)
16 “Listen carefully: I am sending you out like sheep among wolves; so be wise as serpents, and innocent as doves [have no self-serving agenda].  source

I am saying our Brothers and Sisters in the Early Church counted all as loss for JESUS. We are about to get that same privilege. They prepared this way: 

Acts 17:11 (NLT) 11 And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth. source

Notice it does not say they read the Scripture for 5 minutes and then ran out the door. 
They SEARCHED the Scripture DAILY. 

And if we want to live well in the coming days, we shall do the same. 

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.

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