Choices To Be Made By All

Joel 2:12-13
12 “Yet even now,” declares the Lord,

“return to me with all your heart,

with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;

13 and rend your hearts and not your garments.”

Return to the Lord your God,

for he is gracious and merciful,

slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love;

and he relents over disaster.
While the date of the Prophet Joel writing this book, inspired by the Spirit of God, is uncertain, it is believed to be from ninth to sixth century B.C., but the message is certainly as valid and meaningful today as it was in Joel’s day.
Each nation was unfaithful to God, including Israel, the chosen people of God.

A number of warnings had been given to Israel, including by Joel to the Priests and Ministers to repent and turn back to God, but to no avail.

God finally gives a direct call to His people to repent and return to Him. He doesn’t want, or call for “things” from people, God wants the hearts of people.
Look at the situation of the world today. In the majority of lives where is any thought of God ranked? As our various governments make decisions that affect millions of people, within their own countries, and around the globe, where is God ranked?
 The end, “The Day Of The Lord”, is approaching. Watch the TV news, read newspapers, listen to World / government commentators; then read God’s Word, the Bible. Realize how up to date the final book of the Bible, Revelations, is.
As the above Scripture says, God wants our hearts, not our things as sacrifices. God does not need things, He wants people, His creation to turn back to Him. 
God is Gracious and Merciful, and He has been waiting for a long time for people to turn to Him, but the time is getting shorter.

God does not wish any to spend eternity in hell. Hell is intended for satan and his demons. God has given every possible opportunity for people to spend eternity with Him in Heaven, even having His Only Son, Jesus Christ come to earth, suffer and die on the cross as punishment for our sin. Only a Perfect Sacrifice could atone for our sins, and Jesus Christ, God Himself, is the only Perfect person to walk on this earth.
Jesus died, but was resurrected from death, defeating death, so death has no hold on all who call upon Jesus for forgiveness of sins, repenting, and choosing to live for Him.

As mentioned above, God has been patient, and desires no one to spend eternity in hell, but we as individuals have to make a choice—a choice to repent and follow Jesus Christ, spending eternity with Him in Heaven, or the choice to refuse God’s offer and invitation to be with Him.
No choice, is still a choice, it is a choice of refusing the offer God gives, and has given for years. No one knows when our life on earth will end, or when Jesus will return to take all Christ followers home to Heaven. The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God, is calling people to Jesus. Some have wandered from their faith, as I did when I was young, but Holy Spirit is calling you back to Jesus. He has not forgotten you.

2 Corinthians 6:2
For he says,

“In a favorable time I listened to you,

and in a day of salvation I have helped you.”

Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

I am calling on all to seriously consider these two options. That is all there is-two options, and the choice needs to be made by each person individually. The choice cannot be made for a spouse, a parent, a son or daughter; we each need to take responsibility for our own lives. 
This is a serious matter. Please consider it that way.

God Bless.

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More Than A Gun

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My heart is shattered today at the news of the pure evil demonstrated last night in Las Vegas.

My prayers and deepest sympathies are with our hurting nation right now, and especially the victims and their loved ones.

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I’ve been hard pressed to peel myself away from the news to write this post.

The level of atrocity and horror that is belching across our television airwaves today is enough to make you want to build a bunker and not come out until the second coming.

There was one thing I was not expecting today though: and that’s what I found when I scanned social media today.

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Honestly, I have been so sickened at the response by much of the public – and much of my Facebook newsfeed.

Instead of calls for prayer and compassion for the victims of the shooting, there is outcry for gun control reform.

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A great word from a blogging friend. Worth your read

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treasure3Continuing my Proverbs thang here, with an exploration, a treasure hunt within Proverbs 2, “the pursuit of wisdom brings security.” I’m reading several different bible translations of each chapter in order to catch any nuances I may have missed.

Right off the bat let me say I love security. I like a roof over my head, the lights on, and food in the fridge. I’ve written many times about the importance of safety and security, emotional and spiritual safety. I think those are somewhat feminine qualities, not always well understood by all men.

“Dave, are you feeling emotionally safe right now?” Is not a question we’re going to hear very often and likely people would be laughing or mocking or both. Yes, men need safety and security too, but there is a different requirement there, different socialization, different culture going on.

treasure2I’ve spoken to many men who genuinely did not…

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God’s Way Gives Success

2 Kings 5:9-12
9 So Naaman came with his horses and chariots and stood at the door of Elisha’s house. 

10 And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored, and you shall be clean.” 

11 But Naaman was angry and went away, saying, “Behold, I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call upon the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place and cure the leper. 

12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” So he turned and went away in a rage.

Naaman did go to see the man of God, Elisha, to be healed from leprosy, but he still wanted to set the conditions. First, Naaman was upset when Elisha sent the messenger, telling Naaman to go wash in the Jordan seven times. Naaman thought he was important enough for Elisha himself to come out, and heal Naaman according to the plan Naaman had fixed in his mind.
Then, when he was told to go wash in the Jordan River, that really threw Naaman off. Apparently there were much better rivers around, according to Naaman, so he got upset and left in a rage.

Let’s honestly look at ourselves. If we go to the altar in church for prayer, do we look for our Lead Pastor to pray of us, or one whom we deem “special” or “closer to God” than others?
If we can’t have who we desire pray for us, do we leave the area, thinking we will wait for another time?

Naaman also did not like the idea of washing himself in the Jordan River. He thought other rivers were better. Again, Naaman wanted to plan it out, having God heal him, according to his own plans, not in God’s way.
When we seek God, do we have a “preferred way”, namely our own way, for God to act? Do we at times pray in a manner, telling God what to do, as well as how to do it?

2 Kings 5:13-14
13 Naaman’s servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!” 14 So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy.

Naaman finally did go to the Jordan River, washed himself, and was cleansed and healed of the leprosy, after his servants convinced him. God’s way worked.
If God did not bend to our way of thinking and planning, and we followed His directions, was there success, was there healing, victory, answered prayer?
What were the feelings like after all that time, anger, frustration passed, and there was victory in Jesus Name?

God’s Blessings.

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Placing Faith In God

2 Kings 5:7

And when the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes and said, “Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man sends word to me to cure a man of his leprosy? Only consider, and see how he is seeking a quarrel with me.”
The king of Israel, God’s Chosen people, did not have faith in God, and apparently did not know of Elisha, the Prophet in his midst, nor did he know of the power of God.But wait: how often do I act similarly? Yet, I have the Spirit of God within me. I have the Word of God, which tells me of miraculous acts of God in the past. The Word of God also tells me of miraculous works He has done through His servants on earth, and the Word of God tells me to ask Him, and He will still do miraculous, wondrous acts during these days, to give Him Glory.

“Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭65:24‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Hebrews 13:8 

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

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Food Requiring Serious Thought

From “Escape The Coming Night” by Dr. David Jeremiah
Hell is not a place where good ol’ boys sit around and drink beer and play poker to pass the time.
But our Lord is compassionate. He does not want anyone to receive the gruesome sentence of eternal hell. He begs “‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil way! Why will you die, O house of Israel?”’   (Ezekiel 33:11).

Likewise, I find no pleasure in describing about the times of terror the unsaved will experience. As Vance Havner said, “The real test of how much we believe of prophetic truth is what we are doing to warn men to flee from the wrath to come . . .to believe the solemn truths of prophecy and then make our way complacently through a world of sin and shame is not merely unfortunate, it is criminal.”

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Sharing Faith

As Apostle Paul, inspired by Holy Spirit, wrote to Philemon, this passage was preserved for each of us to read and be encouraged also.As we share our faith with one another, and with others, our faith will get stronger, will become more powerful in sharing the Love, Good News of the Salvation message of our Lord Jesus.

Also, the more we share our faith, the more imbedded it becomes in our spirit, and the more we will be open and free to share as the Spirit leads.

These few verses below, from various translations, give an understanding of sharing our faith.
God’s Blessings.
Philemon 1:6 YLT
that the fellowship of thy faith may become working in the full knowledge of every good thing that [is] in you toward Christ Jesus;

Philemon 1:6 BBE
That the faith which you have in common with them may be working with power, in the knowledge of every good thing in you, for Christ.

Philemon 1:6 HCSB
I pray that your participation in the faith may become effective through knowing every good thing that is in us for the glory of Christ.

Philemon 1:6 Tyndale
so that the fellowship that you have in the faith is fruitful through the knowledge of all good things, which are in you by Jesus Christ.

Philemon 1:6 ESV
and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ.

Philemon 1:6 Net Notes
I pray that the faith you share with us may deepen your understanding of every blessing that belongs to you in Christ.

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