Praise for God – the Devil Hates it!

Praising God seems to be a lost art for most people, particularly Christians! We get so busy with the things of this life that we count it great victory when we get through another week, unscathed! Life, according to God and His Word, was never meant to be so hard and all consuming.

Proverbs 13:15b (KJV) 15  … but the way of transgressors is hard.

God says that the way of the transgressor is hard, not the way of the saints. You see, God has a “secret” weapon for us to counter the attacks of the enemy and it’s called PRAISE. Note the following scriptures:

Psalm 8:2 (KJV) 2  Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

Matthew 21:16 (KJV) 16  And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?
Psalm 18:3 (KJV) 3  I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

As we praise the Lord, we set ourselves up for deliverance from the enemy because the devil hates when we praise the Lord and flees so that he doesn’t have to endure our praise.

Notice what happened when the Israelites sang and praised the Lord:

2 Chronicles 20:22-23 (KJV) 22  And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.
23  For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another.

The enemy turned on each other and the Israelites didn’t have to fight!

What does it mean to praise the Lord? It means to be thankful and recognize Who He is and His majesty. We see how much David praised the Lord in the Psalms.

Talking to God and telling Him how thankful and appreciative we are of all that He’s done for us and for all that He is, is praise.  And, I might add, many answers come to us as we cast our cares upon the Lord and worship and praise Him.

It doesn’t take much to look around and see all that God has done for us. We should be eternally grateful for His grace and mercy toward us!

Cast your care upon the Lord, worship and praise Him with thanksgiving, and watch your focus change and joy come forth!

Nehemiah 8:10b (KJV) 10  … for the joy of the LORD is your strength.

Psalm 150:1-6 (KJV) 1  Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.
2  Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.
3  Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.
4  Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
5  Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.
6  Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.

Pamela

And it Came to Pass…

This phrase, and it came to pass, is written many times in the gospels. It came…so it could pass! What a statement! Thinking about it this way will alleviate many fears and worries if you let it.

I am reminded what Abraham Lincoln said, “This too shall pass!” He probably got it from the Bible because God said it so many times in His Word.

One of the things that stirs in me is that in one hour things can change. I heard a man of God say that and it has stuck with me for decades. And, I might add, that I have seen it play out many times in my life and in the lives of others. It came—so it could pass!

2 Corinthians 4:18 (KJV) 18  While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

1 Corinthians 10:13 (KJV) 13  There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

Brothers and sisters, we need to do our utmost to never worry or stress about anything that confronts us because God has promised that He will make a way of escape for us. BUT, we have to believe Him and rest in His Word.

Remember, fear and worry will negate your faith – cancel it – and it won’t produce your desired results. Stick with God’s Word and watch His miraculous power manifest in your life!

Pamela

What is Going on?

2 Timothy 3:1 (KJV) 1  This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

All you need to do is to look around you and you can see that we are indeed living in perilous and very dangerous times. And it seems to be getting worse daily. So what is really going on and what can we do about it?

First of all, it’s not our place to pronounce judgment on the evil doers we see perpetrating their evil agendas. But we know One Who is the Judge and we can be sure He will judge righteously.

Psalm 9:15 (KJV) 15  The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken.
Proverbs 5:22 (AMP) 22  His own iniquities shall ensnare the wicked man, and he shall be held with the cords of his sin.

Notice that the wicked people will ensnare themselves as they try to trap others. This is the Word of God and know for sure that God’s Word is alive and well on planet earth.

As you witness the lies and destruction taking place in the USA (and right before the November elections, I might add), watch and see what happens to the wicked. They’ll trap themselves. Their own evil actions will trap them.

So, what is our part?

Isaiah 60:1-3 (KJV) 1  Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.
2  For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.
3  And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

Habakkuk 2:14 (KJV) 14  For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

Our part as born-again, Spirit-filled, Bible-believing Christians is to continue to do the will of the Lord and let our light so shine that the unsaved will be drawn to Him. We can’t quit or give up just because the devil has raise his ugly head and tried to indoctrinate us with his fear. We are the redeemed and we are overcomers, more than conquerors!

We are the army of the Lord. Let’s do our job!

Romans 8:37 (KJV) 37  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
1 John 5:4(KJV) 4  For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

Pamela

Who Determines Your Results?

Mark 9:22-23 (KJV) 22  And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.
23   Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

The father besought Jesus to help him, if He could. Jesus didn’t even answer that question but rather told the father that it was up to him (the father) what he (the father) would believe. All things are possible to him who believes.

Too many times Christians go to God a-wishin’ and a-hopin’, and a-beggin’ Him to help them. This is not what we’re to do. God is a faith God and everything He does is in and by faith. We’re made in His image and we’re to walk by faith and not by sight. That’s what believing is. We’re to believe that what God has already promised is what He wants to do.

Our part is to believe and receive not beg God. It’s like they’re begging Him to keep His promises! We don’t have to beg Him. It’s His good pleasure to give us the kingdom.

Remember, all God’s promises are YES! It’s never a question about whether or not He will give; He’s already given. It’s a matter of whether or not we’ll receive!

Hebrews 11:6 (KJV) 6  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
2 Corinthians 5:7 (KJV) 7  (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
Luke 12:32 (KJV) 32  Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
2 Corinthians 1:20 (KJV) 20  For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

Pamela

Does the Word of God Offend You?

What? How can I even ask such a question? Because many Christians are offended at the Word of God and I’m going to show you how deadly that is.

Mark 4:16-17 (KJV) 16  And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;
17  And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.

Notice that these people heard the Word of God and received it with gladness. But they were not rooted in the Word so when affliction or persecution arose for the Word’s sake, they were offended. Just what does that mean?

The word offended in verse 17 comes from the Greek word skandalon which means a trap, like the one used to trap animals. Obviously this is the devil trying to trap a person so they don’t believe the Word of God.

So how does this happen? Let’s say you are afflicted with some kind of sickness. You pray and pray and nothing seems to get better. People try to tell you that God’s Word doesn’t work and you start on believe them based on your experience. You have become offended and even angry because you didn’t get the results you were expecting.

Or, suppose your Christianity comes into question and you’re called one of those people? Do you take offense? This happened to me soon after I got saved. I was teaching sixth grade and one of my students came to me to report that another student had called me a Jesus freak. He wanted to know what I would do about it. I said, “Tell him thank you very much,” showing that it was an honor that someone noticed my love for Jesus! That’s what you must do instead of taking offense when someone tries to belittle you for being a Christian and taking your stand against the evil that’s being perpetrated upon you.

You see, if the devil can get you offended, he is well on his way to getting you to compromise the Word of God and what you believe. And know this: what you compromise to get, you will lose!

Brothers and sisters, we need to fully commit to standing on God’s Word no matter what the circumstances look like or what people say. God’s Word is true and is forever settled in Heaven.

Psalm 119:89 (KJV) 89  For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.

Pamela

Are You Discerning the Signs of the Times?

2 Timothy 3:1 (KJV) 1  This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

As someone once said, “It’s later than we think!” And how true this is and getting truer every minute!

So what are the “signs of the times” and should we know them and can we know them?

Matthew 16:3 (KJV) 3  And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?

Jesus was speaking to the Pharisees and Sadducees and called them hypocrites because they couldn’t discern the signs of the times. So that tells us that we are well able to discern the signs of the times because Jesus would not have rebuked them if it weren’t possible to do so.

2 Timothy 3:1-5 (KJV) 1  This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3  Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4  Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5  Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

Yes, brothers and sisters, we definitely are to discern  – recognize – the times we’re living in because so much is happening at such a rapid pace and we need to be aware of it so we can prepare ourselves. And As Rick Renner says, God doesn’t tell us these things to scare us but to prepare us.

Looking at II Tim. 3:1-5 [above], we see that perilous times are upon us. It doesn’t take much observation to know how true this is. Rick Renner defines perilous in the Greek – chalepos – as vicious, ferocious, fierce, unruly, uncontrollable, and unpredictable. Sounds like the days we’re living in!

So what do we do? Read and meditate the following scriptures that show how graciously God has provided for our every need. Our part is to commit totally to Him in everything and watch His glory manifest in our lives! There a many more scriptures but these will get you started.

Romans 8:37 (KJV) 37  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
2 Corinthians 2:14 (KJV) 14  Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.
2 Corinthians 2:14 (AMP) 14  But thanks be to God, Who in Christ always leads us in triumph [as trophies of Christ’s victory] and through us spreads and makes evident the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere,
Psalm 1:1-3 (KJV) 1  Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2  But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Hebrews 13:5b (KJV) 5  … for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
John 16:7 (KJV) 7  Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
John 16:13 (KJV) 13  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
John 14:26 (KJV) 26  But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Isaiah 54:17 (KJV) 17  No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.

James 4:7 (KJV) 7  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
1 Peter 5:8-9 (KJV) 8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9  Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

Deuteronomy 28 – all

Last Days Survival Guide by Rick Renner – a must read

 


 

Traditions – Are They Good or Bad?  

Traditions, traditions, traditions! We all know what these are and we probably engage in some ourselves. But, in the whole scheme of things, are traditions good or bad? And how do we know?

According to the dictionary, a tradition is a custom handed done from one generation to another but a more insightful definition from the American Heritage dictionary is: a tradition is a set of such customs viewed as a coherent precedent influencing the present. This is very interesting because it shows how ingrained these traditions can be.

So, I ask you, are they good or bad? It depends on what they’re based. If they’re based on godly, Biblical traditions like family prayer and Bible study time, giving thanks at mealtimes, church attendance, etc., then they’re good.

But if your customs/traditions are based on things that aren’t true – like Santa Clause, The Easter bunny, Halloween, or even talking to loved ones who have died [like at the cemetery], then these traditions are bad and make the Word of God of no effect.

Mark 7:13 (KJV) 13  Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.

We should never teach our children to believe something to be true when it isn’t. That will confuse their believing the real truth about Jesus and cause them to question whether or not what we tell them about God is actually true.

The bottom line is that we need to examine what we believe or do as our traditions and customs based on the Word of God. If they contradict God’s Word, we need to separate ourselves from them and live our lives according to what God has said. Then and only then, can we be confident that victory is ours!

Pamela

 

 

 

 

Many False Witnesses Today!

Proverbs 19:5 (KJV) 5  A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.

Proverbs 19:9 (KJV) 9  A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish.

Deuteronomy 33:29b (KJV) 29  … and thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon their high places.

These are the last of the last days as anyone who is observant can see. Things – evil things – are happening all around us at an alarming rate,

2 Timothy 3:1 (KJV) 1  This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

As you can see in the above scripture, one of the signs of the end times is that people will be trucebreakers – liars! People will lie to protect their own hide or to discredit others. Yes, this has been happening all down through the ages but has accelerated at a vicious rate in these days.

This is all too evident in the USA today. Our president has been so maliciously maligned that it’s the grace of God that he hasn’t thrown up his hands and just left the Office of President. But, thank God, he hasn’t because he loves this country too much to watch it go down the tubes.

Just look at the lies that have come out recently regarding the Covid-19 pandemic and its widespread consequences of global economic shutdown, which shows that there’s more to the pandemic than the virus. It’s about control by fear!

Lies are being perpetrated against all human beings but through it all, God’s Word still stands. He says that those who perpetrate lies will perish. They will not escape exposure and will be brought down by the truth.

Brothers and sisters, we need to be on our guard and not blindly believe everything we hear, no matter who says it. We need to check out the facts and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit so we can prosper and be the light God has called us to be!

 Matthew 10:26b (KJV) 26  … for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.
Matthew 5:16 (KJV) 16  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

— Pamela

God is More than a Bail-Bondsman!

How many of you know people who claim to Christians but only go to Him when they’re in trouble and need help? God is more than a bail-bondsman! Sure, He wants to help us but there’s more to it than that. We have our part to do.

Heb. 11:6 says that without faith it’s impossible to please God. So, why would a person – a Christian – choose to live their life void of pleasing God and then expect Him to “jump” when they snap their fingers? This is a good question because there are multitudes of people in this category.

As you know, God is not a respecter of persons. He doesn’t choose one over the other at His whim. He is a faith God and He responds to faith. That’s how He has set it up and that’s how it will be throughout all eternity.

People who “do their own thing” without regard for God and His Word, shouldn’t wonder why their prayers never get results. You can’t live and act and go about your life ignoring God and His Word and then shoot up a prayer when you get into trouble. No wonder you don’t get your desired results. God is not obligated to answer the prayer requests of those who aren’t committed to Him.

 Am I saying that you have to be perfect? No way! We aren’t perfect and never will be this side of Heaven but we can have a heart toward God and walk by faith and not by sight.

Remember, brothers and sisters, with God it’s always a heart issue! We can fool others but no one, and I mean no one, can fool God!

Hebrews 11:6 (KJV) 6  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Romans 2:11 (KJV) 11  For there is no respect of persons with God.
2 Corinthians 5:7 (KJV) 7  (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

Pamela

In God I Trust!

Have you ever been at a crossroads in life when you had to make a decision but weren’t sure which way to go? If you’ve been on planet earth for any length of time, the answer is yes! It seems that decisions are a daily way of life. So – what do we do? What should we do? Good question.

Then there are the times when we made a decision, a choice and it turned out to be the wrong one! This is very unsettling because it can make us hesitant about ever making another decision. But it doesn’t have to be that way!

Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV) 5  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (AMP) 5  Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
6  In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.

As you can see from the above scriptures, God already has a plain path for you to walk in but you have your part to do. His plans don’t just fall on you like ripe cherries off a tree.

John 16:13 (KJV) 13  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

Our part is to trust the Lord to do what He said He will do – lead  us and guide us by His Holy Spirit. Of course, most Christians will say that they trust the Lord but in actuality, when push comes to shove, they don’t. They rely on themselves, their doctor, their counselor, their friends, etc.

How do I know this? Just stand back and observe. When someone you know has a tough decision to make, to whom do they go? When you have decisions to make, to whom do you go? Whom do you seek for the answer? Who is the source you choose to help you make that decision?

You see, God is the only One Who can show you the perfect way to go. He has to be the Source you turn to. He has to be the first One you turn to, not an afterthought! It’s okay to get godly input but God has to be your ultimate and final Source.

I know about making wrong decisions and don’t want to ever make the wrong ones again. I used to consider the “pros and cons” of what I was deciding to do because that was what I was taught. Then I just did what I thought would be best. That’s how I made my decision.  But when I finally got “enlightened” to the fact that I could actually hear from God for myself and He would show me what to do, life became a whole lot better.

John 10:14 (KJV) 14  I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
John 10:4-5 (KJV) 4  And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
5  And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.

You see, Jesus is the Good Shepherd and we are His sheep. And – He said we know his voice! How ‘bout that? If Jesus said we know His voice, then it’s true that we know His voice. But it takes practice. We have to learn how to recognize His voice because it sounds so much like us.

[Note: There are lots of teachings on how to hear the voice of the Lord and it would behoove you to study this because it’s one of the most important things you’ll ever learn.]

But in the meantime, start putting your trust in God as your Source for everything and acknowledge His wisdom and His Word in all you do. Your life will never be the same!

 — Pamela