Aug 21

ALIGNING HEAVEN AND EARTH

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No one knows when the Jesus will return. Even Jesus did not have an answer when his disciples asked him, saying

“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. (Matthew 24:36)

What Jesus did say was for us to prepare for that day.

You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” (Luke 12:40)

We are to repent, turn away from sin and turn toward Him. We are to remain faithful and introduce other people to Jesus. But He will remain with us always (Matthew 28:20).

Today in North America, many people will step outside to observe the marvel of a total solar eclipse. Throughout history, people have believed that such a darkening of the sky signaled bad things to come. Myths abound in ancient cultures about dire consequences of such a startling celestial happening.

Below are a few verses from our Holy Bible that discuss similar solar events having taken place and still to occur. Whether today signals the end of everything is not my place to determine. My job, as Jesus said, is to remain faithful to Him.

So today, I’ll don my cardboard solar eclipse sunglasses and step outside along with several other million people (and Nasa scientists) sprinkled across the country. I’ll “ooh” and “ahh” and thank God for our universe and for keeping all those celestial bodies in their proper places.

But I’ll leave the when of the end times up to Him, thanking Him for already doing everything that needed to be done through Jesus so that I will be safe in Heaven with Him when that end time finally occurs.

Wherever you are today, and whenever the solar eclipse occurs over your particular place on this small blue globe, it’ll be the perfect opportunity for you also to thank God for His perfect plan in creating the heavens and the earth, for giving us a place on earth today and assuring a place in heaven forever.

Thank you, Jesus!

♥ ♥ ♥

For the stars of heaven and their constellations Will not flash forth their light; The sun will be dark when it rises And the moon will not shed its light. Isaiah 13:10

Who commands the sun not to shine, And sets a seal upon the stars; Job 9:7

“Let the stars of its twilight be darkened; Let it wait for light but have none, And let it not see the breaking dawn; Job 3:9

Before them the earth quakes, The heavens tremble, The sun and the moon grow dark And the stars lose their brightness. Joel 2:10

“It will come about in that day,” declares the Lord GOD, “That I will make the sun go down at noon And make the earth dark in broad daylight. Amos 8:9

before the sun and the light, the moon and the stars are darkened, and clouds return after the rain; Ecclesiastes 12:2

“And when I extinguish you, I will cover the heavens and darken their stars; I will cover the sun with a cloud And the moon will not give its light. Ezekiel 32:7

The sun and moon grow dark And the stars lose their brightness. Joel 3:15

“But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Matthew 24:29

“But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light, Mark 13:24

“The sun will be turned into darkness And the moon into blood Before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes. Joel 2:31

‘The sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood, before the great and glorious day of the Lord shall come. Acts 2:20

I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood; Revelation 6:12

because the sun was obscured; and the veil of the temple was torn in two. Luke 23:45

“All the shining lights in the heavens I will darken over you And will set darkness on your land,” Declares the Lord GOD. Ezekiel 32:8

“There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, Luke 21:25

Aug 14

I AM EVE: Part 7

 

 

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Each month this year, I have shared some of the lessons we modern women can learn from the character and circumstances of Eve—the first woman God created. These are simplified thoughts from my longer study of Eve as part of the With Faith Like Hers Bible study series. Here are a few thoughts to consider this month.

 

I Value Modesty

God made us naked and then declared us “very good.” Satan, however, can use the beauty of a woman’s body to encourage sin. Being modest in our dress and actions is therefore a way we women can protect ourselves and others from being used in a sinful, lustful way.

How does your concept of modesty compare with what society sees as modest? How can you encourage modesty in others?

I Trust God’s Word

When Satan argued with Eve, he misquoted what God had said, changing only one word. Whereas God had said not to eat from the tree (of knowledge of good and evil), Satan quoted God as saying not to eat from any tree. That misquotation led Eve to question what God had really said and her understanding of it.

Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar (Proverbs 30:5-6, NIV).

Have you ever misquoted God? What happened when you learned that you had? What new truth did you learn?

If you would like to study the character and circumstances of Eve in greater depth, please look into I am Eve, a study in the With Faith Like Hers Bible study series, available at Amazon.com.

EVE FRONT COVER

Later this month, I will be announcing the release of my latest study in this series, I am Rahab. Imagine the lessons we might learn from the Old Testament prostitute who helped God lead His people into the Promised Land and became part of the lineage of Jesus, our Savior.

Stay tuned!

RahabFRONT COVER

Aug 07

TEMPLE: Looking Ahead; Looking Behind

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My focus word for 2017 is temple. When it comes to these physical bodies, it often feels impossible to do what is needed to maintain, improve or recover good health.

Some of us become motivated, sprint toward a health objective and never look back. Others start off, have set backs and struggle with maintaining any forward motion. Others continue to move forward but with such slowness that we feel like we are making no progress at all.

Until we look backward to where we began and see how far we have come.

It is now August—the eighth month into 2017. Like me, many of you set health goals for 2017. Like me, many of you have struggled with those health goals. But hopefully, like me, many of you have taken the opportunity to look backward to where you began and see how far you have come.

With only four months left to achieve my health goals this year, I still have my work cut out for me. But I also recognize the fabulous progress I have made in certain areas. For motivation’s sake, I am not focusing on the fact that I only have four months left to achieve my goals. Instead, I keep in mind my nearly eight months of successful, improved health habits to keep me going in the right direction.

Often it is not the diminishing stretch toward the finish that spurs me on; rather it is looking back toward the progress I have already made. It’s not about: “I’m almost there;” it’s about: “Wow, I’ve come so far!”

WHAT ABOUT YOU? Do you focus on what is left to do for your motivation or do you congratulate yourself on what you’ve accomplished as a reminder of what you can still do?

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