Saturday, August 15, 2015

fearfully and wonderfully made

"By the the 6th month, when the average fetus is a whopping twelve inches long, its fingerprints are formed and fixed for life.,,,,Whatever the process (of how the fingerprint is made), the end result is a mind-boggling amount of variation".  Speaking in Bones by Kathy Reichs.

I was just reading this novel.  There was more on the subject of fingerprints that really got my mind going.  Every person ever conceived or that ever will be has a different set of fingerprints.  It was blew me away to think this.  Why did God do this?  How did He do this?  Scientists don't even know how the prints are formed.  They have theories, but aren't really sure.  A way to I.D. every person, ever.  It is just beyond what my little mind can wrap itself around. 

He knows the hairs on our heads.  He has given each one of us our own set of prints.  He knew us BEFORE the world was made.  He loves us and sent His Son to die for us!  How wonderful is all of that?  Think about it and really let it sink in.  Believe He died to save you and you will be saved!


Psalm 139
13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.
14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.


Sunday, January 12, 2014

The Truth About Angels



THE TRUTH ABOUT ANGELS

Angels have become very popular in our culture.  The common picture of an angel is usually a beautiful female, dressed in lovely robes and of course having wings.  People rely on their “Guardian Angel” for protection.  Some even worship them and pray to them.  But what does the bible say about angels?  Some people may be disappointed when they learn the truth about angels.  Here are a few myths busted by using a KJV bible – God’s holy word.  And since He created them, I guess He knows the truth about them.

Myth 1

 All angels are “good”.  Not so.  Evil angels exist and are at work in the world today.  Satan was the most beautiful of the angles and took 1/3 of them from heaven.   

 2 Corinthians 11:13-15
King James Version (KJV)
13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels among them.

Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

Myth 2

  Angels are female.  Not so.  Every reference to an angel in the Bible refers to angels as a man.  They appear as men to most people and have male names. (angels can also appear as other items too)

Luke 1:10-12
King James Version (KJV)
10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense.
11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.
12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.

Luke 1:27-29
King James Version (KJV)
27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.
28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.

Acts 12:6-8
King James Version (KJV)
And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison.
And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.
And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me.

 Genesis 16

And the angel of the Lord found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur.
And he said, Hagar, Sarai's maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai.

Genesis 22:10-12 (King James Version)

Genesis

11 And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.
12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.

And the ass saw the angel of the Lord standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and the ass turned aside out of the way, and went into the field: and Balaam smote the ass, to turn her into the way.
 Myth 3

Angels have wings.  No mention of this at all.  They just suddenly appear.  Seraphim and Cherubs have wings-not angels.

Seraphim
mentioned in Isa. 6:2, 3, 6, 7. This word means fiery ones, in allusion, as is supposed, to their burning love. They are represented as "standing" above the King as he sat upon his throne, ready at once to minister unto him. Their form appears to have been human, with the addition of wings.

Angel
a word signifying, both in the Hebrew and Greek, a "messenger," and hence employed to denote any agent God sends forth to execute his purposes.
But its distinctive application is to certain heavenly intelligences whom God employs in carrying on his government of the world. The name does not denote their nature but their office as messenger  These superior beings are very numerous.  As to their nature, they are spirits (Heb. 1:14), like the soul of man, but not incorporeal.  As finite creatures they may fall under temptation; and accordingly we read of "fallen angels." Of the cause and manner of their "fall" we are wholly ignorant. We know only that "they left their first estate"  They are possessed of superhuman intelligence and power  They are not to be worshipped

Cherub
plural cherubim, the name of certain symbolical figures frequently mentioned in Scripture.
And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be.
Exodus 25:19-21 (in Context) Exodus 25 (Whole Chapter) Other

And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: and he was seen upon the wings of the wind.

And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.
 Myth 4

 Angels come to us today.  Evil angels may be but God’s angels do not.  They cannot be told apart.  We just have to use scripture to know God does not use angels today.  They are His messengers to the Jews.  We do not need them.  We can go boldly to the throne through Jesus to the Father.  Romans through Philemon are the books directly to believers today-the church the body of Christ.  Few references to angels at all in Paul’s epistles. Paul, who is the Apostle to us, gives a warning:

But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

God is on His throne!

I know so many of my Christian Brother and Sisters-members of the Church, the Body of Christ, are disappointed in the election results this week. For so many reasons, they so wanted Barack Obama out of the White House. I did too and my husband and I were very let down. Mitt Romney was not our best choice, but felt he would be an improvement. On my way to work Wednesday morning, I prayed for our nation. Many thoughts and ideas came to me along with some scripture. God is still on His throne. Thinking of some bible stories, I remembered Joseph. His brothers threw him into a pit and sold him as a slave. He endured years in prison and eventually, became a ruler in Egypt. When his brothers came to him for food, they did not know him. But he did reveal himself to them and told them that what they meant for evil, God used for good. I began to ponder that idea. God used all kinds of people for His purpose. Drunks, loose wpmen, thieves, murders. And that is the whole point of everything-not what we want but what God wants –for HIS purpose. Do we think that God cannot use Mr. Obama for His purpose? Can’t God take this situation which we think is bad, and use it for good? Maybe God has a plan we may not like. Anyone who reads and studies the Bible knows what the future holds. Before the Tribulation begins there is only one event that has to happen-the Rapture of the church, the Body of Christ. I have heard many scholars of the Bible say in their studies of Gods’ Revelation to John, that the United States is not found. I believe the land would still be here, and people would still occupy it, but the Government of the US is not found. IF that is correct, at some time the Government as we know it today would have to be done away with. Who’s to say that this is the beginning of that situation? Just because we don’t like the way the country is headed, does not mean that this is not God’s plan? Just think, maybe we are getting closer to our salvation! How wonderful is that? And remember, as saved people, God has promised that we will NOT suffer His wrath! So pray for our nation! Pray people will be saved! Tell others how to be saved. And do not fear~God is on His throne! But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. Genesis 50:20

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Our Creator

Hubbie and I made a trip to Old Town Spring today and went into a garden store/nursery we like alot.
I noticed lots of bees busy on some of the plants and asked oneof the ladies that work there if they had been having lots of hummingbirds this year. We have had flocks of them at our feeders and so have other folks I know. The lady said they have had a few and proceeded to tell us of a TV show she had seen about hummingbirds and how their beaks are either long or short depending where in the world they are and what flowers are in the area. I made the comment "Well, yes. Their creator new exactly what He was doing when He created them and gave them just what they need." Well! She didn't seem to like that very much. She said it was because they had evolved over the centuries...kind of drifted off and went inside the store and had nothing else to say to us!
She seemed surprised that their beaks were just what they needed for the flowers in the area but it didn't surprise us at all. Of course God would equip them with what they need. He knew it before He created them. Facts like that just serve to prove He created everything from nothing and there were no accidents.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Be still


I have been stressed about a few situations lately. I have prayed about them and tried to give it all over to God. I keep telling myself "Be still and know that I am God", but I just can't seem to quit worrying. This morning, on my drive in, I spent some time praying and stressing. Then this verse came to me:
Mark 4:39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
If He can still the waters, can't he still my heart? Can't He calm me? Bring me peace? I guess only if I let Him. I don't know the outcome of these situations, but I want Jesus to calm them and get honor and glory in them. Lord, help me to be still!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

10,000


My dear friend Theresa was telling me about a job interview she went on recently. "How many people are employed there?" I asked her. "10,000" she answered. For a moment I fell for and said "What?!?!" Until she started laughing and I realized she was just kidding. We got a good laugh. And then, any answer to any question was, of course 10,000. "How much does it pay an hour"--10,000! So you see how the rest of that conversaion went.
This morning I started thinking about it and thought of another time when 10,000 came in to play. Jesus told Peter he could call 10,000 angels to come and save Him from going to the cross. Thank God he didn't! His going to the cross is the only thing that has saved me from an eternity of damnation and hell. And His death is the only thing that will save anyone else, too. If He had called the angels, did not go to the cross there would be nothing I could do to save myself. His death is the only way to eternal life--you must believe it was for YOU he died and that nothing else will do! Thank you Jesus for not calling your 10,00o angels!
Matthew 26:52-54
52Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
53Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?
54But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?

Monday, February 1, 2010

God's Plans

A couple of years ago, Bill and I had taken over the children's ministry at a small church we attended at the time. It was an area that needed help in many ways and to be "churched" was one of them. Each week we had 20+ kids and fell in love with all of them. We so enjoyed Wednesday nights and always looked forward to them and we both spent much time in preparation.

Unfortunately, we had a disagreement with the Pastor and his wife--who had told us to "run the show" and "we will not interfere"--and the hard words and hurt feelings could not be smoothed over and we decided it would be better for us to move on. We had already been studying with a bible class and decided to start to attend all 3 meetings a week. Leaving our "kids" had been heart-breaking and so hard, but we really began to grow and have learned so much where we are now.

We recently ran across an article written by the Pastor at the old church and were amazed at some of the things he seemed to believe and I guess he is now teaching at that church. Some of his points were shocking and he gave no scripture to back up his opinions.

The more we discussed it over the course of the weekend, the more we realized that God has put us right where we need to be. We have grown and learned so much and could have ended up in real trouble if we had stayed where we had been. God's plan was the right one--even if we couldn't see it at the time!