Day 16 of The Giving of Thanks.
The violets and more represented in this picture give me reasons to give thanks. These purple lovelies are a gift from one gone to Heaven. The framed watercolor of a fine Artist I call my friend. The shell gathered longer ago than I remember walking the beach with JT. The glass shelf, a labor of love. Memorabilia. When it brings us to thanks, it’s a really good thing.
19 Now the people came up from the Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and they camped in Gilgal on the east border of Jericho. 20 And those twelve stones which they took out of the Jordan, Joshua set up in Gilgal. 21 Then he spoke to the children of Israel, saying: “When your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, ‘What are these stones?’ 22 then you shall let your children know, saying, ‘Israel crossed over this Jordan on dry land’; 23 for the Lord your God dried up the waters of the Jordan before you until you had crossed over, as the Lord your God did to the Red Sea, which He dried up before us until we had crossed over, 24 that all the peoples of the earth may know the hand of the Lord, that it is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever.” source
And so today my desire and my hope are in days very soon that all the peoples of the earth may know the hand of the Lord, that it is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever.”
As JT was leading us in prayer this morning, the following began to form. So, even before making the bed or grabbing some breakfast, I picked up a digital screen and began to write. For what it is worth to you it is this:
Of all the enemies that have arisen, America today faces combined forces, most fierce.
As Nations would arise against Israel to take her captive, America now faces enemies from within; fighting with all their might to bring Americans to subjection and captivity.
From within have arisen, people that know not GOD.
People who have rejected the Law and rule of GOD.
People who have rejected Law and Order created for the health and well-being of mankind.
People who have devised wicked, treacherous, murderous schemes to overturn and topple this Nation.
All their evil plots and actions have been to capture Liberty; to strangle, pull-down, and thrust The Lady in The Harbour into the sea of poverty of soul and material for the common man but opulence for the Puppet Master and his Minions.
This is not just a squabble. This is a fight to the death. Who will die?
Will it be Lady Liberty or will it be the Trojan Horse?
From sea to shining sea there are Patriots, Apathetics (I realize that is not a proper word, but you get my point), and Mercenaries.
Some of these Patriots are Believers, following the GOD of Israel; some are not, but they LOVE America.
Some Apathetics have named the Name of Christian; some have not.
And the Mercenaries?
Need I say more? They are easily recognized.
So, now I have to ask, Do you know who you are?
The Hebrews left Egypt by the Hand of the Lord and in time came to the Promised Land. (See Exodus 12 and Joshua 4)
And then there is Deuteronomy 6: 23.
23 But he brought us out from there to bring us in and give us the land he promised on oath to our ancestors. source
And now centuries upon centuries, here we are.
It is my considered opinion that the Promised Land is not figuratively or comparatively or any other ly, Heaven.
We were not delivered from Egypt (or shall we say hell) straight into Heaven – Heaven is a PROMISED LAND to us but the promised land of Scripture does not sound like Heaven to me – It’s full of giants, enemies, sickness, diseases, miracles, victories, memorials and accomplishments and the list goes on. From salvation to Heaven we pass through a land, foreign and hostile, yet with His Promises for every step we make. He brought us out not for us to do our own thing but to learn His Ways (so we will not stick out like a sore thumb in Heaven when we get there 🙂 ) and in the mean time have one holy blast of adventure after another until we arrive HOME. O! the stories Joshua will have to tell us when we all get to Heaven! Come to think of it! I want some stories of my own! Stories of victories and miracles and giants slain and sicknesses healed and folks delivered!
How’s your journey so far? Still working on that sore thumb image? Me too!
Joshua 24: 14 “So fear the Lord and serve him wholeheartedly. Put away forever the idols your ancestors worshiped when they lived beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord alone.
15 But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.” source
Please allow me to paraphrase this KWT style.
A public expression of faith in JESUS CHRIST (Adonai YESHUA) signals to the kingdom of darkness to place an extra bullseye square on your head and the heads of your children and grandchildren, even great-grandchildren. So, let me give you a word of counsel — for your sake and the sake of all those you love, either get all in or get all out with this spiritual warfare! The stakes are too high to mess around with this Christianity.
The bottom line is each and every one of us is already in one camp (Light or darkness) or the other; today is the day to make your election sure.
It’s time to choose, and our daily behaviors give a preponderance of evidence which we have chosen. I’m just being real here with you, Folks.
May the HOLY SPIRIT of GOD convict and convince you and me to daily choose JESUS.