Archive for August, 2014

Is Gain Godly?

August 19, 2014

How many of us have listened to TV Pastors that say that you should have a lot of things, that is your right and blessing. Ask and it shall be given. So on and so on…  I remember a lady who listened to a particular popular pastor who was into prosperity so she began giving to others. She gave so much that she went into debt and was starving!  She realized that was a wrong teaching for her, or it was out of balance. Regardless, we need to see what the Bible teaches.

As I was reading the Bible it says this in 1 Timothy 6:4-6

5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

But godliness with contentment is great gain.

Need I say more? We need to read the word for ourselves. Is gaining things godly? Not necessarily, according to this passage… but being content is. Being content with what we have now. It doesn’t mean we can’t grow and achieve and get ahead in our life, it means where we are right now to be content with what we have.

We make decisions in our life that ended us where we are right now. We can’t blame anyone, not even God. We need to forgive ourselves for past mistakes, love ourselves, and find peace where we are right now. As we do that, we will see new opportunities in God open for us. It has nothing to do with “stuff” of this world, but the “stuff” of the heart.

Giving is something between you and God, and if you are giving to get, that is the wrong motive and God knows it. Sometimes we keep giving and giving and nothing returns… again… where is our motive? But giving without getting anything in return, now that is unconditional love! And I believe when we get to that place, we can’t help but get something in return – eventually.

 

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We Have No Need To Fear Death or the Dying Experience

August 19, 2014

What a loaded topic!

I have had 2 near-death experiences. I didn’t have a tunnel experience or anything quite dramatic… never really died, but almost, and both of them by water! I share these in an earlier blog… but suffice to say, there was NO fear and NO pain in either instances, only peace.

Well, last night I had the most tremendous dream that I thought I would share. But before I share it, I needed to start by saying that the past week, my husband was experiencing chest pains. I think he had a minor heart attack (if there is such a thing) and he insists it’s indigestion (from someone who never has had indigestion before). Then I was scheduled to travel out of the state, and canceled it to be home with him in case an emergency arose. So now here’s my dream…

I was actually in downtown Sacramento at my old job which sits on the Sacramento river. I was delivering something I think, not sure, but as I was entering the building I noticed people running. I looked around and saw the river rising quite rapidly. I began running too and the river got so large it was like a huge wave was coming at us. There was another lady running with me. I knew in my heart we couldn’t’ outrun the wave, we were going to die. So I grabbed her and asked her if she knew the Lord as her savior… and with that I led her in a prayer. Just having enough time to pray and then we held onto each other as the wave hit. But I NEVER FELT IT… all I remember is standing there, feeling great! I was on the other side… and that lady was there too! I even remember saying, “Father forgive me..” And before I even got the words out of my mouth I heard Him say, “I already have.” I was in heaven!!!

Again, the Lord has given me such insights and experiences in dealing with death. It’s not be feared, even the dying experience. The Bible says that it will not even sting… because Jesus took the sting out of death!!

1 Corinthians 15:54-56

54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.

If we are born again, there is NO sting in death because our sins have been forgiven… because we are His.

I needed to share this with someone today, to help them deal with a lost love, regrets, sin, and fear. There is to be no fear in or of death… the Lord is the DOOR, and His arms are opened wide filled with only love, joy and peace. When we KNOW this, we can live! I remember something the Lord told me… “A person that is afraid to die is a person that is afraid to live.” SELAH…

When Do We Pray?

August 12, 2014

The past several weeks the Lord has been taking me on a cool walk through the garden… figuratively speaking… showing me some insights that are blowing me away. Well, here is one.

As I was thinking about prayer. Prayer is spoken when we can’t do anything about what we are asking for. If I had the ability and whereabouts to do it, I wouldn’t need to pray about it, I would just do it. Of course, I would pray that is’t the right direction, but not for God to do it for me if I am able. It’s when I don’t have the ability and whereabouts to do it that I pray.

For example: I can’t do anything to help those people on the mountain top in Israel, but I can pray for God’s hand to deliver. I can’t do anything to change another person’s heart, but I can pray they find God’s love. Knowing the difference between mercy and grace is also a good thing to know. I realized that Mercy is God’s method of doing something in our lives we cannot do.

Of course, prayer is communicating with God, and I’ve done a lot of praying in my life. But to see things change in this world, I finally understand my role… God’s role…. and other people’s role. The serenity prayer is correct…  O God, give us the serenity to accept what cannot be changed,The courage to change what can be changed and the wisdom to know the difference. And I’d like to add… “And get up and do what I know to do!”

Our prayers will become more powerful when we know what our real role is.

We give people permission to tell us what to do

August 12, 2014

My husband and I were having one of our amazing talks yesterday, and so I wanted to share it with you. I was telling him that as I share stuff with my friends, they give me all kinds of advice. Sometimes they say things like, “But I though you said you were going to do …..” Sometimes, we share too much information with others giving them PERMISSION to tell us what they think or what they would do, or question us. That’s when my husband said, “I don’t tell anyone anything. because I make it their business if I do.”

I love the scripture that says to mind my own business… I suppose that also means to keep my business to myself too!  I’m all for sharing with close friends, so I need to more discerning on WHO my close friends are… Because my close friends support, love and forgive. Acquaintances don’t.  Just something to think about!