Pick a Seat

How do you pick your seat at a general admission event? 

Luke 14

I ask because YESHUA had something to say about it. 
Do you want to know what He said?

When Yeshua noticed how the guests were choosing for themselves the best seats at the table, he told them this parable: 
“When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, don’t sit down in the best seat; because if there is someone more important than you who has been invited, 
the person who invited both of you might come and say to you, ‘Give this man your place.’ Then you will be humiliated as you go to take the least important place. 
10 Instead, when you are invited, go and sit in the least important place; so that when the one who invited you comes, he will say to you, ‘Go on up to a better seat.’ Then you will be honored in front of everyone sitting with you. 
11 Because everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but everyone who humbles himself will be exalted.” 
source 

 

How do you read that? 
What do you think He was saying to them?
And is there any reason He would say differently to us?

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It’s an important matter.
And if we refuse to humble ourselves — He knows how to do it!

I looked for the specific verse of Scripture to state it just the way I thought it was written and I discovered it’s the Whole Counsel of GOD that would communicate that to us. One of those verses would be this one.e11e3ed73d495dcbd5ab3edbdbcc153d

Adonai sustains the humble
but brings the wicked down to the ground.  Source Psalm 147

 

Does that say what I think it says?

Wicked is the opposite of humble?                

Love, Kathie

Zero out of Six

I shared a picture on Facebook. This one. 317806956_508534574584912_2745246140430129741_n I shared it because such clichés may sound good to the people of this time but they are foolish and dangerous. 

1 Listen to your heart. 
Absolutely not! 


3 Trust your gut.
Are you kidding?!

Proverbs 3:5  “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”  King James Version (KJV)

4 feel good about who you are. 
Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

5 Happiness is what matters
Really?  Let’s see what GOD says.

Leviticus 20:7 Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God.

1 Peter 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

1 Peter 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

Romans 3:10 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:” King James Version (KJV)

Psalms 53:3 “Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” King James Version (KJV)

As you can see those clichés are powerless to transform a single soul. BUT GOD!

HE can make YOU new. HE can make YOU clean. HE can make YOU holy and by the way, the way to be HAPPY (as everyone wants) only happens when we are HOLY in position with GOD and learning by practice to live HOLY.  It’s a life-long process.  Yet more than a process, it’s an adventure — like none other! 

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Love, Kathie

See Fit?

I read something today and I think I cannot let it pass without talking about it to somebody.
And y’all get to be the somebody.
Aren’t you glad?

For privacy sake, I am not identifying the author but here is the statement:

 “They were seeking to worship God in a way they see fit.” 

Worship GOD in a way they see fit they say.

GOD is not seeking people to worship Him as they see fit.
No. Nope. Not at all!

True worshippers of GOD, worship Him as HE directs.

There is damnable blindness over people.

John 12:40 “He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.”  source 

These have believed the lies of the evil one that they can live in habitual sin and in this habitual sin they can offer up acceptable worship to a holy, holy, holy GOD. 

It’s a lie, People. 
And you know who is the father of lies, don’t you? Check out John 8:44

We can only worship the one and only holy, holy, holy GOD with clean hands and pure hearts. Check it out. Psalm 24: 1-6

Our hands are neither clean nor our hearts pure when we habitually practice sin. It’s not possible, People. Not possible. 

How about a list?
Even ONE of these sins, ONE time bars us from Heaven.
Check it out. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 and Revelation 21:8

No, my friends, we cannot worship GOD, THE GOD of Creation, as we see fit. 
We will worship Him as He directs or we are not worshipping Him at all.
Albeit said worship will be received — by Satan, the god of this world. 

And who wants to worship a little g god?
Not me!

John 4:24

And with all this is there hope for any of us?
YES!!
His Name is JESUS!

1 John 1:9 

John 8:11

Taking It Personally

Personalizing Scripture. 
Some folks frown upon it. I’m not one of those.
Albeit, some passages of Scripture do not lend themselves to personalizing, but Psalm 23. That one I have taken personally. 

And so this morning, I’d like to share with you my own personal personalizing of Psalm 23.

It is as follows:

You, O LORD GOD, are my Shepherd and because You are I lack nothing.
You provide for me. You provide rest and food. You nourish me. 

You make sure I have what is needed for this life in the here and now and to Come. 
You give me quiet water. Water – vital, essential water. Quiet, not rushing, not stagnant, not diseased but wholesome and quiet – just right for me.

You restore the inner me. The place where I really am. You guide me.
YOU. GUIDE. ME.
Oh, what a thought. YOU, GOD of the universe.  YOU guide me. 

You guide me in right paths. Not wrong turns. Not futile places. But RIGHT Places. Why?
Because You have character that You uphold. You are faithful and You prove faithful ALWAYS. 
Your very Name is at stake with how You deal with me.
By Your very own character and Name, You assure that Your dealings with me are Who You Are. 

Even in this, even when I come to death-threatening, dark, deep places You are with me. Even if I came to these places by unintentionally wandering off the path, You are still faithful to me.
And so I WILL fear no disaster in these places because YOU ARE WITH ME.
(oh help me truly WILL this.)

Your rod and staff reassure me. Your correction, Your Discipline, and Your refusal to leave me in sin reassures me that You really are MY Shepherd. 

You prepare a table for me – a table, a place of nourishment, of communion, of strengthening, of fellowship — even as demons watch, even as those who do the will of demons watch. They watch while You take care of me!
They watch as you anoint my head to remove and heal my hurts, my bumps, and bruises, my thoughts, and things that would harm me.
They watch as YOU groom, tend, and mature me. So amazing! 

Such knowledge overflows me. My cup is full – overflowingly full of YOUR goodness and faithfulness to ME. 

Because of all Your goodness and Your grace to me, I will surely live in Your House, O LORD, for years to come – forever. 

 

There is more. There is always more we could say about HIM and His goodness and grace and kindness – His watch care over us, His needy sheep! 

 

Scripture. 
I encourage you, where appropriate, to take it PERSONALLY. 

Now, time scheduling and efficiency would tell me to save this post and schedule it for tomorrow (as I may not write again today, for tomorrow) but I’m not. 
I’m not because frankly, I just don’t want to wait. I want you to have this today! 

Love, Kathie 

Goodnight

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Or perhaps Good morning, my Friends.

This is the day The LORD has made and we will be glad and rejoice in it. Psalm 118:24

Even though most of this Tuesday is far spent.

Was it a productive day? 
Can we in good conscience say it was a day well-pleasing to The LORD; this is an important question, don’t you think? 

Now for some good news.
To each of us who will/have awakened to a new Wednesday — there is a fresh supply of Father’s mercies.

Perhaps just that thought will make our sleep peaceful tonight.

22 The Lords acts of mercy indeed do not end, For His compassions do not fail.
23 They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.  source

 

Count the Times

Psalm 22

Penned by David. Read by YESHUA and it speaks of YESHUA.

I have to think as David penned the Psalm he was experiencing deep angst. 
And I have to think as JESUS read this Psalm as the GODMAN, He knew He would experience the separation, the agony as written. 

1 My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?
Far from my help are the words of my groaning.
source 

Matthew 27:46 King James Version
46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Mark 15:34 King James Version
34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Do you recognize the Voice?
Me too! 

Verse 3 (or 4 depending on your translation) speaks volumes to me.

4 (3) Nevertheless, you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Isra’el. Source

The verse before describes crying out to GOD and getting no answer – oh what trust it takes to cry and for a moment or two or longer, get no answer and STILL be willing to say Nevertheless, You are holy!

The world needs to see Christians like this!

I hope you will read this Psalm and when you do, take note; look carefully, how many times do you see JESUS in Psalm 22?