Do you have a writing project that could use my attention? One that could use someone to breaks things down into simple terms for anyone to understand?
I’ve got a discerning mind that never takes things at face value. I’m forever questioning and wondering if there’s another angle; possibly one less known.
Along with my experience, you also get someone who has a natural ability to listen to others and investigate truths.
I live to keep things real. 😉
Hey there neighbor!
Grab a seat and talk with me a spell; if you’ve got the time.
Would you like some lemonade while we visit?
Wow…who doesn’t love front-porch sitting and visiting with dear neighbors who’ve become great friends?
I guess, maybe, there are those who don’t enjoy it. Possibly some with severe allergies or those who don’t like the view from their porch. Personally though, porch sitting brings me great joy.
When I sit here in the evening, I can reflect on the events of the day. When I sit here first thing in the morning, I can review my plans for the day. When I get to sit here in the middle of the day, while I eat my lunch, I get to enjoy the sights and sounds that surround me.
It doesn’t matter what time of day it is really, front-porch sitting allows me time with God. I enjoy my one-on-one time with Him. I pray. I research. I listen. I thank Him. My heart is just truly content during the time I spend with my Savior.
I’d love to share with you a couple of passages I read today and my thoughts on them, of course; if you don’t mind.
Okay, first-up is the passage from Habakkuk 3:3 (NLT):
I see God moving across the deserts from Edom, the Holy One coming from Mount Paran. His brilliant splendor fills the heavens, and the earth is filled with his praise.
This is the same passage, Habakkuk 3:3, from NKJV:
God came from Teman, The Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah His glory covered the heavens, And the earth was full of His praise.
The second passage is from Habakkuk 3:13 (NLT):
You went out to rescue your chosen people, to save your anointed ones. You crushed the heads of the wicked and stripped their bones from head to toe.
This is the same passage, Habakkuk 3:13, from the NKJV:
You went forth for the salvation of Your people, For salvation with Your Anointed. You struck the head from the house of the wicked, By laying bare from foundation to neck. Selah
Just for some background for you, I own and use several Bibles. I read, verse map and research from each of them. I use a
- New Living Translation (NLT),
- New International Version (NIV),
- New King James Version (NKJV), and
- King James Version (KJV).
Along with those, I also use a Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance. I generally prefer large-print editions of anything I read or use for research these days because, at almost 55, my eyes are getting tired!
The book of Habakkuk is a relatively short book in the Bible. I highly encourage you to read the full text of Habakkuk’s prayer, it’s absolutely beautiful.
These two scriptures, in particular though, speak to me about what’s happening around the world today. Do they you?
The good news is, as always, God tends to His flock.
Who exactly are God’s flock? His children. We are His children; His flock.
God created us in His image, with the intention that we would go to Heaven and praise Him forever.
Our choice, of course, is to accept Him…….or not. He doesn’t want us to go to hell, even though we are deserving to burn in hell forever.
I’m sure some are wondering why I would choose to say that we are deserving to go to hell. I say that because we are. And, I mean that in all sincerity. We are sinners. Sinners deserve to go to hell. Sinners certainly don’t deserve to go to Heaven, now do they?
Up until recently, I hadn’t considered that concept; that we were deserving of going to hell.
Jarrin actually opened my eyes to that fact when I read a social media post he made after having a discussion with a friend of his about that very same thing . I prayed over that concept for several days afterwards and discerned that it was truthful.
We aren’t deserving of Heaven. God sent his son, Jesus, to pay the price for our sin so we don’t have to pay it; so we don’t have to die. Jesus took our place on the cross and made that ultimate sacrifice for each of us.
He loved each and every one of us so much that He was willing to die for us. Who does that? Really, who does that?
He does. Our Jesus does, that’s who. And, that’s why He did it. He loves us too much to let us burn in hell. I certainly don’t think anyone else loves me as much as that. Do you?
Even though we don’t have to pay the price of death any longer, we still have to make a choice. That choice is completely up to us. We can either choose to go to hell, or CHOOSE to go to Heaven.
Choices became a “thing” for us in the Garden of Eden when Eve chose to believe satan and took a bite of the apple. To read how cunning the devil was in order to deceive Eve; read the 3rd chapter of Genesis.
Eve and Adam collectively chose to believe satan over God. Does that mean Eve and Adam were uneducated or inept? Absolutely not. I don’t feel they used discernment though. I say they didn’t use it because Eve spoke to the serpent and repeated what she knew God had said about the fruit from the tree that was located in the middle of the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve both knew not to touch it or eat from it; otherwise it would cause them death.
But, the serpent was able to deceive Eve by the words he spoke to her. By Adam and Eve not using discernment, they were able to be duped.
I believe as Christians we should ALWAYS be discerning; about every single thing we hear, watch or read. Our discernment comes from God and I believe He expects us to use it every day and in every aspect of our decision making.
Twisting words and creating lies though is the devil’s strength. And, neighbor, let’s face it, the devil is well versed in the Bible. And, because he knows his time is short…….he will use every possible way to deceive us so that we choose him, his lies, and his ways over God. The devil makes sin appealing; does he not? If it wasn’t appealing none of us would choose it. Am I right?
God sending his Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for us gave everyone an opportunity to choose God over the devil. We can freely choose to be saved through Christ Jesus. We also can freely choose to walk away from Jesus. Every single one of us has the right to choose.
The book of Habakkuk today made me realize that God gives us every opportunity to choose Him. Just like God has provided deliverance; repeatedly, to the tribe of Israel. He is first and foremost a Father. He loves His children. That’s why He is forgiving and gives us plenty of chances to see the error in our actions, our words and our thoughts.
God is attentive and hears us when we pray in the name of Jesus. He hears our cries in the wilderness; cries for deliverance and rescue. He heard the cries of His flock in the Old Testament, the New Testament and still hears our cries to this very day. Wouldn’t you agree?
And, dear neighbor, I believe God hears our cries over the things that are coming out into the open; that were being done in the dark…while we, the American people, have obviously been distracted.
Don’t ever take satan at face value and don’t ever take him for granted. He’s a master at deceit and cunning. He’s a master of enticement and at twisting things into perversion.
The devil has used every possible angle to try and destroy America, just as he’s done with every Country on this planet.
He’s twisted and perverted the minds of the innocent for decades now. And, most of us have just had our eyes opened about those perversions in recent years.
He’s twisted and perverted the minds of adults for decades now as well. Again, some of us recently became aware of some of those horrific perversions.
What are the things the devil has twisted within the minds of our youth, you ask? Let me phrase it in this way; God made us in His image, He didn’t make a mistake and create us in the wrong body.
I’ve watched the hard-press to make children feel that they’ve been born as the wrong gender. In my opinion, children need to be allowed to remain innocent, for as long as possible. They shouldn’t be allowed to make permanent decisions about their bodies while their minds aren’t able to fully grasp the impact it will have on the rest of their life. When they are an adult, if they want to make a transgender change, then that will be their God-given right to make that choice. Children, however, need to be protected at all costs; as does their innocence.
Shall we talk about the twisted perversions of adults?
- Sex trafficking
The depth of the perversions listed above just makes my heart hurt. The devil’s grasp on so many adults is absolutely heart breaking. Wouldn’t you agree? But, to be quite honest, I want to talk about those things exclusively at another time. For right now and for this post, I just want to give you, as a reference, the adult perversions that hurt my heart.
Can those perversions be stopped? Absolutely. It will take God intervening. It will also take us, you and me, being willing to stand up and speak up.
And, those things I’ve mentioned above my dear neighbor, is the reason the book of Habakkuk spoke to me today.
God hears the cries of His flock. He hears our prayers for the children. He sees our fight to save them and shelter their innocence. He can bring deliverance.
I’ve been watching the Holy Spirit move within God’s flock. The wave of Christians taking a stand against evil and being bold in their Faith by being bold in their words and their actions is inspirational.
We, you and me friend, have been quiet for too long. We’ve allowed the devil to come in with a foothold and gather strength among us. We’ve worried about hurting someone’s feelings. We’ve been concerned about what others will think of us if we have a different point of view on something. And, dear friend, let me be blunt here..we’ve kept Jesus out of our businesses. We’ve kept our Faith hidden and kept Jesus from others. Why would we ever have thought it was a good idea to keep Jesus hidden? It’s not a good idea. And, we need to stop that pattern right here today!
Can I just say again; God hears us. And, if I may be so-bold as to give a spoiler alert…….God wins.
Pray for discernment dear neighbor. Pray for the Holy Spirit to guide and direct your eyes to see, your ears to hear and your tongue to speak. Pray for God to work within you and your community. As I pray for all of those things myself.
Be bold dear neighbor. Be bold. We are stronger together. The devil knows that and that’s why we need to continue getting bolder with our Faith, bolder in our walk with Jesus and our studying of His word.
And, consider this for just a moment dear friend, if the devil didn’t realize the difference we can make, he wouldn’t work so hard to come against us; now would he?
If the devil isn’t working against us then we’re not on his radar; which means you and I need to pray and discern why that is. Only we know the reason for each of us. And, we need to bring that up with Jesus.
Do you know Jesus personally? If not, please ask God to forgive you of your sins. Tell him you know He sent Jesus to the cross to die for your sin. Then ask Jesus into your heart. Pray in the name of Jesus just means you say: In the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, I pray. Amen.
It doesn’t have to be difficult to ask God to forgive us. It doesn’t have to be difficult to ask Jesus into our hearts and to recognize that He died for our sins so we don’t have to die for them.
Choosing to die and burn in hell forever is a big choice. Don’t let the devil steal your life. Be discerning in all things friend.
I’m so glad you joined me on the porch today. And, I hope you come back to visit with me again soon.
Until then, may God Bless you abundantly. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.