Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Colored Light

I looked out the door following a late nap to look outdoors and there was a beautiful color to the world. The sunset had colored the clouded sky with warm colors. It was hot and muggy with a scattering of rain drops. 

I have been studying through the minor prophets and am now in Zechariah. He speaks of restoration of the temple, and he also looks ahead to a new world where there will peace in Zion. This peace will not happen until Messiah Jesus returns to earth in Jerusalem for a thousand years. First there will be birth pangs as described by Jesus in Matthew 24.

Mat 24:3  And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? 
Mat 24:4  And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 
Mat 24:5  For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 
Mat 24:6  And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 
Mat 24:7  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 
Mat 24:8  All these are the beginning of sorrows. 
Mat 24:9  Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. 
Mat 24:10  And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 
Mat 24:11  And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 
Mat 24:12  And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 
Mat 24:13  But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. 
Mat 24:14  And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. 

Looking at the planned chaos of sending diseased illegals to our borders, the reality is that pestilence comes with them. Gangs bringing violence and there are enemies within our borders. Satan has organized an offensive on a sleeping America. Materialism has taken the hearts of the people away from God. Troubles and sorrows are ahead for an unprepared world. These are all signs that Jesus is coming back. Look up, keep the faith, endure persecution and may our faith endure the lures of the world. False teachers come and cults knock at our doors. Keep the true faith in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior and share the gospel of Jesus' death burial and resurrection to save us from our sins by faith in his finished work on the cross. 

Friday, July 4, 2014

Ears to hear

On a walk I spied a cat, that was watching me. The shadow reveals a deep secret in his heart. We all have hidden things that need to be seen in the light; some good things, some not so good. We have within us God given gifts to be used for the purpose he has given to us. We must overcome the darkness of sin and fear and walk bravely in the light.

Dan 2:22  He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him. 
Dan 2:23  I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my fathers, who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made known unto me now what we desired of thee:...

Mat 13:34  All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them: 
Mat 13:35  That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world. 

The cat, like us, has ears to hear. I like to use my ears to play and arrange music. But we have spiritual ears as well. Some do not hear in the spirit. The best hearing is spiritual, the hearing from God. 
The eyes are for seeing, good things and also dangerous things to avoid. We have spiritual ears to hear God and this from the Bible and prayer. The favorite part of the cat is the mouth, to eat. I hear cats in the night making terrible sounds like babies crying. Some hear things in the night, even voices, but we are to learn to hear the voice of the Lord and to speak his words.

Isa 33:13  Hear, ye that are far off, what I have done; and, ye that are near, acknowledge my might. 
Isa 33:14  The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings? 
Isa 33:15  He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil; 
Isa 33:16  He shall dwell on high: his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure. 
Isa 33:17  Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off. 

This bunny statue in a church garden has big ears to hear and perhaps she is teaching her children right and wrong. This is why we must have good spiritual ears.

Psa 132:8  Arise, O LORD, into thy rest; thou, and the ark of thy strength. 
Psa 132:9  Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; and let thy saints shout for joy. 
Psa 132:10  For thy servant David's sake turn not away the face of thine anointed. 
Psa 132:11  The LORD hath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne. 
Psa 132:12  If thy children will keep my covenant and my testimony that I shall teach them, their children shall also sit upon thy throne for evermore. 
Psa 132:13  For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation. 
Psa 132:14  This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it. 

Mar 10:13  And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. 
Mar 10:14  But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. 
Mar 10:15  Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. 
Mar 10:16  And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.