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September 2, 2017 / Mike

I Have Seen The Strong

On the morning of August 25th, 2017 Hurricane Harvey made his presence known and felt. A category 4 hurricane packing winds up to 145 mph. Five days later rainfall of up to 52″ had been recorded. Corpus Christi, Rock Port, Victoria and many other cities south of Houston were decimated by the high winds and storm surge. Many families lost all that they had to the storms fury. As Harvey begun to move east, his eye on the counties east of Corpus, the rainfall intensified. Counties were declaring emergencies; while the storm raged, rescue operation were put into action to help save lives, human and livestock.

Within just a few hours and totally unexpected the high amounts of water would soon become a higher threat and start causing more damage. Water containment and impoundment quickly became a higher concern than previously anticipated. Dam gates to the north were opened to relieve the amounts of water that were accumulating, and as a result of the high volumes of water from lakes and tributaries, communities started to come under extreme distress and shortly began to flood.

In just 7 short days cities from Corpus Christi to Orange Texas and from the shores of the Gulf of Mexico up to 200 miles inland; towns, cities and counties were destroyed by winds or by flooding. Harvey has left his calling card. This hurricane called Harvey has dealt the biggest blow to the State of Texas that has been recorded in recent years.

The Strong

Once the storms fury had passed families were still being rescued. People from all over the United States had assembled to offer assistance. Volunteers from all walks of life. People were donating time, money and using their public or political influences to raise support for those who were impacted by the storm. Race, financial status, political views, ethnic boundaries disappear. As stated by Sandra Bullock in a news article, “politics don’t exist in 8′ of water”. Thank you Sandra for your donation of $1 million dollars to the flood victims!

Private and Federal militaries flew into action. The Coast Guard, The National Guard even a private group called “the Cajun Navy” as well as the private citizen became a heavy presences in the rescue operations of  the people and pets.

Seeing all that transpired in just a few short days is almost overwhelming. Families were weeping because they had lost everything they had worked so hard to obtain.

September 1st 2017, families were returning to their homes to survey all of the damages caused by wind and water. Their thoughts racing through their minds, how will we ever rebuild this? How will we  be able to put our lives back together again. Husbands, wives, children weeping and holding each other and being over come emotionally. It just seemed to be too much to take in. Even as those thoughts were in their mind and it seemed that they would lose themselves something began to happen.

With resolve and with one goal in mind people begun to work. Friends showed up to help their friends. Neighbors  begun to help each other. Logistical boundaries were not an issue, past relationships were not an issue, past feelings were not an issue. People helping people using their perspective skill or knowledge to guide them. I talked to so many people during this time that stated, “I have never had this happen before” and yet to watch what was transpiring before my eyes, was nothing less than spectacular.

Husbands and wives, brothers, sisters, cousins, uncles, aunts and friends working with a common goal, to help each other get to a better place as soon as possible.

In my humble opinion I feel that while this storm was a true disaster, just a few weeks ago our world seemed to be so full of negative energy, it took this to bring our focus back into reality and that is, we need each other.

There are so many bad things that happened during this hurricane, but I want to focus on the positives that did happen; President, Vice President, high-profile figures, and those of us who are just “normal” people have put aside differences and worked towards a coming goal.

The storm called “Harvey” was not what this writing is about, this writing is about people. Because shortly after Harvey had gone on his way that’s when “I Have Seen The Strong”.

God Bless America!

February 25, 2016 / Mike

The Fourth Watch of The Night

“It’s darkest before the dawn”. I started hunting when I was in my early 20’s and as a young man I would spend many hours in the woods after dark or go into the woods in the early morning a few hours before daylight. I understand what it means when someone uses the old phrase, “it’s darkest before the dawn”. There is no doubt in my mind that the darkest hours of the night are truly the ones just before the breaking of day. One of my favorite western writers, Louis L’ Amour, wrote stories about cattle drives in the old west. In those stories the riders would all take turns riding watch at night. Some would take the first watch and another the second watch the third and finally the fourth watch. I would like to take you on a journey and share with you the thoughts of my heart. Stay with me for a little while and read about “The Fourth Watch of The Night”.

The bible doesn’t say too much about what kind of day that it was but as we read the story we know that the terrain was described as wilderness. There was a huge crowd of people who had followed Jesus out into this wilderness and had watched him perform miracle after miracle, healing their sick. When the hour was growing late and darkness had begun to fall the disciples pressed Jesus to send the multitude away but The Lord wanted to feed the throng of people. Jesus asked his disciples, what do you have? The reply came; just five loafs of bread and two fish. In that setting the bible records what I consider one of the greatest miracles ever performed by Jesus. The Lord took the small portions, looked to heaven, blessed it giving thanks and began to break the bread and the fish into pieces and distribute them to his disciples who then began to distribute the meal among the people. After everyone had eaten, The Lord commanded the disciples to take up what was left so nothing went to waste. The disciples collected twelve baskets full of the food that remained.

Having witnessed the miracles of healing and having seen the miracle of the loaves and fishes this crowd of men were so astonished that they began to declare among themselves “this is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world”. When Jesus perceived this he turned to his disciples and constrained them to get in their ship and cross over the Sea of Galilee, which they did and Jesus departed into a mountain alone. It was past evening, darkness had fallen and the time was well beyond the first watch.

So that everyone is clear about knowing the timing of the watches, they are as follow. The first watch is 6pm to 9pm, the second watch is 9pm to 12 o’clock midnight, the third watch is 12 o’clock midnight to 3am, and the Fourth Watch is 3am until dawn.

When the disciples had entered into their ship and started across the Sea of Galilee it was well after dark, but these were men who had spent all of their lives on this body of water. Men of the sea that was well able to handle themselves even though it was well after dark. The wind begun to blow and still there was little concern because they had been in situations like this before. The storm begun to intensify with higher winds and the associated elements, but onward they would continue to row. The time was growing late, well into the third watch and as they were fighting and rowing they were even remembering all that they had witnessed just hours before; the miracles of healing and the miracle of the loaves and the fishes. Even though they recalled all of those wonderful things they continued to battle the wind and the waves. Somewhere late in the night their hearts began to be fearful; they begun to be concerned that their ship would not make it through the storm and that they would be lost at sea. Perhaps their thoughts were around growing up maybe they had seen this happen to a few of their friends they had known in their life. After hours of fighting against the storms power, forgotten was the miracles, forgotten was the healings and the wonderful things from the evening before. Fear had gripped their hearts and no longer were they the same strong men that they were just hours before. Now these men who knew who their master was, these men who had seen Jesus raise the dead and open the blinded eyes were gripped with total and complete panic. The bible said that when they had rowed 25 or 30 furlongs felt like they had not made any progress and that all hope was lost. The book of Mathew 14:25 records these words, “And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea”. Then they were troubled, saying, it is a spirit and they cried out for fear. Straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. John 6:21 records these words; “Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land”.

I have to say that as I have been reflecting over the past few weeks of my own personal dealings in life but also seeing some battles that some of my friends and family members are going through. I can see the similarities in what I have been studying in the bible. Life, spiritual and emotional storms are real and carry a real weight behind them along with the feeling of helplessness and not knowing what to do. Things that some people are very skilled at or skilled in all of a sudden become helpless as babies and begin to feel the pressure of these storms in their lives. We have all seen or  experienced miracles in this life that Jesus has performed but still the storms of uncertainty have created that level of fear so that we no longer trust who or what we use to believe. I have personally prayed with and for my friends that have family members battling cancer. I have personally witnessed God provide jobs for some of my friends and also bless families with new homes; those who would have never believed that they would be able to have these blessings in their lives. I have witnessed The Lord put families back together again and we rejoice in this because we know that only he can do something of this magnitude. We feel helpless when it comes to facing such large, immovable giants such as these in our life and we all depend on a great big God for strength, encouragement and direction. The trouble I see in some situations is that instead of trusting in the one who should be the center of our spiritual renewal and instead of recalling all the great things we have witnessed we look at the elements of the storm and fear has gripped our hearts, so we stop trusting the one we know has the answer.

Look back with me if you will in this story to just a few hours before the disciples boarded their ship to make that journey across the Sea of Galilee. The bible records the number of the multitude as 5000 men with women and children. That means that with just five loafs of bread and two small fish our Lord fed somewhere between 8000 to possibly 10,000 people. Can you even imagine the magnitude of a miracle such as this? It is no wonder that those men after witnessing all the healing and then seeing Jesus divide those small portions that they wanted to take The Lord and set him us as King. But just keep in mind all the men in that ship , that were caught in the middle of the storm, had witnessed those same miracles and yet just a few hours afterwards had lost all their courage and their faith had all but diminished to nothing. That is what looking at the physical elements surrounding us can do to our trust in God instead of focusing on him and exercising faith.

After some research and searching I found that the Sea of Galilee is a little over 3 miles wide and reading where the disciples were launching from and sailing to, the 25 or 30 furlongs, equates to right at 3 miles. It was at this point (25 or 30 furlongs) when the disciples saw Jesus come to them walking on the water; they being so full of fear and despair felt that they were not making any progress in their efforts; the disciples where not aware of their location because they were so focused on the storm. When Jesus spoke to his disciples and the winds and storm subsided the bible says in John 6:21, “and immediately the ship was at the land”.  In that one moment I can see those men looking around once the storm has subsided, realization coming to them that they were so close and yet could not see where they were because they were so full of fear and focused on the elements of the storm instead of trusting in what they knew. Isn’t that what we do? Focus on our surroundings and forget all the times that God has walked right beside us. How is it that we can’t recall all the trials and all the dark places of our past battles and those difficult roads in our life that we have been down knowing that we were not there alone but our Lord was right there with us. I reach out to some today and would say this, refocus your eyes on the things you have witnessed The Lord do for you and remember the master of the sea, The Lord Jesus, who has brought you through so many storms in life. God sometimes let us start our journeys when the sun is setting and evening is coming on. It may be that the winds start to blow in the first watch and the struggle continues into the second and third watch, but always remember that God said he would never leave you, nor forsake you. He will come to you. In the storm it may be dark all around and you can’t see your way but trust the master. Yes I can say this; it is always darkest before the dawn. God will come to you in your storm and he will speak the words, it is I; be not afraid. Do not despair, trust in God. You may look up and the storm is raging but you will see Jesus walking towards you. No matter the time of the watch; it could be the first, second, third or it may even be in The Fourth Watch of the Night.

 

 

 

January 22, 2016 / Mike

After the Trial

“All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, what doest thou?”

It’s a rare occasion that you find anyone, especially a King that will be transparent and open concerning their personal persecution or afflictions but today I would like for you to take a look with me at a King that is willing to share his experience with the world. I love the Book of Daniel. In just a few short chapters so many of life’s experiences are written about. The book of Daniel tells us about some of Gods children being taken captive after the fall of Jerusalem. Taken captive to the city of Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar. In Babylon, the faith of Gods people was tested and they were made to do things that were against their spiritual beliefs and values; they also faced opposition that made decrees that opposed their values, decrees that they knew would challenge a man called Daniel. His enemies knew that his faith would not allow him to do what they had decreed and were willing to watch him fall even if it took him all the way into the lion’s den and they watched him die. Following all of his writings early in the book, Daniel then writes concerning visions he was having about the later days. Signs and wonders that others would see. Daniel talked of apocalyptic wars that would take place. I must admit when my thought for this blog inspiration came to me I was recalling the story of King Nebuchadnezzar and the vision he had in Chapter Four. If you continue to read you will read my thought for today, “after the trial”.

Thursday night is our regular church night and as I was sitting and listening to the preacher deliver his message, my mind drifted for a little while and I began to ponder over the past year of what seemed to me to be one of the longest spiritual dry spells that I have gone through in a while. As I was pondering the thoughts of days gone by I was recalling in a moment of time it seemed all the past days of happiness and joy and yet at the same time all the days of stress, sadness and heartache. Isn’t the mind a marvel? How easy and quickly you can internally see and remember things in a moment of time. It was at this time that God moved on my heart in more ways than one and gave me the thought for this writing.

In Chapter Four of the Book of Daniel, King Nebuchadnezzar was a sleep in his palace and had a vision while he slept. The vision was so disturbing that he sought for those who could interpret his dreams. After searching and finding no one, the King, knowing that Daniel was a teller of dreams called for him. Daniel provided the interpretation of the vision to the King. The vision was a warning to the King about his pride concerning his vast empire and kingdom. After twelve months had passed, it seemed that the vision and the interpretation of the vision had been forgotten by the King and time continued to move on. On a certain day and at a moment of relaxation and reflection the King, who had forgotten about the vision or its interpretation made a statement, “is not this great Babylon that I have built”. In that moment and without warning the King heard a voice cry out and was instantly reminded of the warning which he had received twelve months ago by Daniel. The Kings life was forever changed at that moment of time, and his life story would become what seemed like a fairytale for others to read and decide if the tale of history was real or just a tale.

The events that happened to the King unfolded and was recorded in just a few short verses but the bible said that the King stayed in the fields, eating grass like livestock and living like the oxen in the field “till seven times had passed”. Through some reading these “seven times” were representative of seven years. So for seven years royalty lived like an animal. Thrust away from his throne for this time, the King had to be displaced by a successor or maybe an heir to his throne. His family was left in disarray and shock, his kingdom was at risk of falling. The elders that were around him were no doubt shocked at what had transpired with their King; and the people who were protected by this royal giant were now living in fear. Their King was living like an animal, like a beast in the field. Imagine if you will, folks all over the country could be heard talking about the disgrace that had befallen the King. Imagine how difficult it must have been for the Kings family to hide what was happening. The kingdom could be destroyed and torn apart if other countries found out what had happened to the King of the great city of Babylon. However, all the fear and concerns were to come to nothing because the vision had also revealed that this would only be for seven times.

After seven years the bible says in Daniel 4:34, “And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto Heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his Kingdom is from generation to generation”.

In my mind’s eye I can see this King reinstated to his royal power. I can see him back with his family loving them. I can see the King surrounded by his royal subjects that are so excited that he is back where he belongs. The people rejoicing that their King was once again made whole like before. The Threat to the kingdom is gone. The heart of pride he once had has been melted. King Nebuchadnezzar was back to his normal self, but his mind and thoughts have changed forever. He is not the same man as he was before he heard the voice say “cut it down”. He is not thinking like he use to think. He does not praise himself the way he praised the works of his own hands in the past. No, for he has had an encounter with a powerful God. He has been face to face with the one who is able to lift someone up or put them down.

What an awesome story! This example is real and is so representative of the loving power and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. I would love to read what the King wrote in The Book of Kings. I can imagine it read something like Daniel 4:37, “Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of Heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgement: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase”.

There may come a time that you do have those days that The Lord wants to talk to you, and yes maybe it is through a preacher or a praying saint, trying to get your attention with his word. Life can sometimes get in the way of really seeing who God is and what he is trying to say to you. He may even have to put a Nebuchadnezzar experience in your way to get your attention. The trial and test for the King was not easy for him or anyone around him to endure but the joy that everyone experienced afterwards was infectious. The end of the trial was when the revelation and understanding came and everything was understood by the King why this had to happen. As with all trials or experiences when living for God, they are part of the lesson God uses to talk to those who will listen and can be a painful lesson for those who will not. As I sat in church Thursday night and marveled at all that I had gone through over the past year, and I do feel that I have walked in that place of discouragement and testing, but what was a revelation for me made my heart skip a beat (metaphorically speaking) was that I realized in that single moment all the mental anguish that I have been dealing with over the past few months was gone. All of the emotional ups and downs that I could not explain were gone. I feel like I have totally been restored back to where I was in days gone by. There is a song in my heart, a praise on my lips and happiness within me because I know that God has restored me to my former joy and that he has brought me through this time of testing; I know that he will do the same for others as well. It may be a season or time of testing,  but rest assured it will not be long before you will be singing and praising God, After the Trial.

July 11, 2015 / Mike

The Way to Hell and The Chambers of Death

Once again this morning the thoughts in my head are racing. As I woke this morning I felt this strange feeling inside me. A feeling that I had done or was about to do something I would regret. Now you would have to know me to understand that when that happens the first thing I do is start praying because I know that feeling is straight from the pits of hell. So, I immediately began to pray and call upon the name of The Lord. After making a cup of coffee I walked over and started reading my bible; and so this is what I read and here are my thoughts today. I hope and pray this will help someone on the road of life.

It doesn’t matter who you are in this world, whether big or small, rich or poor you were made in the image of God and because you were I have news for you, you are hated by Satan. Wait, I have scripture for this, “Genesis 1:26 &27; and because of this there is an attempt being made by the spirits of hell to do spiritual harm to every man and woman in this world. Saved or not saved Satan wants to destroy our lives so that we will not have a relationship with Christ. 1 Corinthians 10: 1-5 declares there is a spiritual battle going on every day in the life of those who would try to walk after Christ. Ephesians 6:12 the Apostle Paul states very clearly that we do not “wrestle” against flesh and blood, but against “spiritual wickedness”. The power to overcome this type of spiritual attack can only come by submitting our lives to the One True God (Jesus Christ), and be filled with his spirit.

In my reading this morning in the book of Proverbs the 7th chapter; the writer was giving out wisdom and issuing a warning to the reader. His last words in the chapter is what caught my attention so strongly. “Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death”.

In this short story you read of a young man who was being enticed by a woman of ill repute. She lied to the young man and painted a mental picture of pure joy and ecstasy. As I read this, in my mind’s eye, I could almost see the setting. A dark street, a woman standing all alone and here comes this young man when she begins to beckon unto him. She was very deceptively trying to lure him. As the reader I had the feeling that in his life he had nothing going on, idle, just walking around late at night so the situation was perfect for a set up. The authors writing was a warning of being put into this type of situation. This has the similitude of a trap being set for those who are venerable, idle or not committed to anyone of anything in life . The author said, “many strong men have been slain by her”.

Now we all know what an allegory is right? The author in the paragraph above was painting a picture of what sin does or can become in our lives. Name the sin what you want to but this is what the scripture calls it, “the works of the flesh”. In Galatians 5:19 the scriptures calls the work of the flesh, “adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry…” and so on. Please read these for yourself, and if you find yourself in any of these then it’s time to pray for The Lords help.

In the bible, 1 John 2:15, the writer says, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the father is not in him. Verse 16, “for all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life , is not of the father but is of the world”. These are the scriptures that came to me as I was praying and reading this morning. Reading of that moment of temptation, the allegory of the story all came together in a moment of time. It is my contention that God tries to help us in many ways but we have to be the ones who listen and are receptive to his offering of help.

I do believe in a place called heaven so in turn I must believe that hell is just as real. I know that God has given to us the way of escape from Satan and victory over his temptations. There is power in the Name of Jesus Christ and victory over sin with the blood of Jesus covering our lives. Read if you will about the promise and find his revelation to be true and his gift to be just as true. After walking with the disciples for three and a half years Jesus told them in Luke 24:49 of a promise that would come to them. A promise from heaven that they would receive shortly.

When we read again of the disciples gathering together is in the book of Acts as they were instructed to do by The Lord. In the book of Acts 2: 1-38 you will read of the disciples receiving the Holy Ghost that was sent from heaven. This was the power that Jesus told his disciples of in Luke 24:49; he said, “tarry in Jerusalem until you be endued with power from on high”. On that day, after receiving the Holy Ghost, the Apostle Peter stood up and began to preach that the people who had received this gift should then be baptized in the name that is above all names, Jesus Christ. The rejoicing over the gift of God rang out in all the streets around Jerusalem and the noise was spread abroad all throughout the region so that many more people were filled with this precious gift of God.

When a person receives this power from on high there will be a life changing, life altering metamorphoses comes over them. This is the power that all of hell is afraid of. This gift of God is the guiding light so that you will no longer have to walk in spiritual darkness ever again. The scriptures state in the book of John 16: 13 “When he, the spirit of truth is come, then he will guide you into all truth. What is the scripture inferring? It is merely saying that he (The Holy Ghost) will not only guide you into all ways of truth and righteousness but he will also guide you away from the things that will harm you. As a Christian you can focus your spiritual eyes on the prize of heaven. The spirit of truth, the Holy Ghost, will also guide you away from sin and keep you from being another soul that has fallen and entered The Way to Hell and The Chambers of Death.

July 4, 2015 / Mike

The Seventh Seal

“And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour”

As I start to write this today my heart is full of emotions. I was praying yesterday when the inspiration for this writing begin to move on me. So once again I prayed and sought guidance for what I wanted to write.

Over the past few years our world seems to have changed drastically to me. In my eyes or maybe my mind it doesn’t look the same as it did when I was a little boy. There was a time not too long ago that I could go to the store or just run about town and not worry about the things I worry about now; things such as watching my back or looking out for the kids to make sure no one tries to harm them. I see some shady character(s) or get put in a certain situation and instantly I am on full alert. Our world that we live in today has changed from what it used to be. I think that social and political pressure being applied has changed the values and morals of so many. Really to be truthful if it wasn’t for the peace of God and knowing that he is in control, I would not want to go out in public at all, but I know I must, so I put my trust in God and just move on with daily stuff.

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Lately, I have been spending time in prayer and have asked The Lord to give me some direction and inspiration in my bible reading time. These past few months have been a real inspiration because what  I have been reading has had an impact in my heart, and the scriptures line up so well that it has been amazing how much they correlate to what is happening in our world and in our lives today. Scriptures like Mathew 24…”and ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars”….”for nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom”. Even reading in the book of Job and the trial that he went through. Jobs faith was real, his test was real and if I or someone else were to take out the name of Job and insert our own name, the situation would be a perfect fit. My point here is that the scriptures are real and accurate for our lives today and also provide insight and inspiration to the reader.

The Revelation of Saint John The Devine; this is how my King James version bible titles the Book of Revelation. The past weeks I have spent some time reading this book, not because I am an apocalypse nut or anything like that, but only for inspiration and because I love to read the bible. John the Revelator, other than being a great apostle, was a normal human being just like you and I. The Apostle John, being able to see God in his Holiness and being able speak with the angels of heaven, and he, having a first hand glimpse of what some of heaven is going to be like is awe-inspiring.

It is not difficult for me as a reader to understand in the message to the “Churches” (Revelation, chapters 2&3). Christ is warning the saints of churches to return to the way they were when salvation was once received (The Book of Acts). The reader must understand that this message (vision / prophecy) was in the past but was given for the future and therefore should be received as such. The method of the warning given (the vision) to the church could make one think they are reading a story of fantasy for another time, but you are not, this was a long ago vision and message for a present day (2015) spiritual condition.

There is nothing more important to our Lord as the saving of a soul; for this cause he came to sacrifice his life so that we might have the spiritual power to overcome sin, that we might be saved. All through our lives we have read and heard of salvation through Jesus Christ, and have read this book, (The Bible) our road map to reach that heavenly place so that we might have a clear understanding of what salvation is all about.

Walk with me in the imagination of your thoughts for a moment. Imagine being a new mother or dad. You and your spouse just gave birth to a brand new baby. Oh the joy and happiness that this little one has brought into your lives. Now here you are two or three years into parenting you find you have to go away from your family and child. Because of the location of the assignment you cannot bring your family along with you. Let’s say you are on this assignment for two years; could you imagine the longing that would be in your heart to see your spouse and child again? I would have to say this is just a small taste of what has taken place in the spiritual world. We (you and I) are in this world to be one day reunited with our father, The King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He has sacrificed himself and taken great care to give us the road map of salvation and the keys to the door into the Kingdom of Heaven. He has placed his “prophets” throughout this world to help guide and show us the way. His word is clear, his map is clear and his direction is clear. I have no doubt of his love and how he longs to see us in that heavenly place by his side. On this journey back to our father we have spiritual dangers that we face; we have an enemy against us. There are spiritual trip hazards along the way. We must never forget what our goal is. The word of God has reminded us to not forget who the enemy of our souls is, and has also revealed snares and pitfalls to us by his prophets and preachers.

When you are reading the bible pay close attention to the good things that the Word of God speaks of, and special attention to the warnings of forgetting who and where we are; The Church is not home yet. The Apostle John wrote letters to churches in The Revelation and warned the churches of a spiritual condition; the warning was against becoming cold in prayer and lukewarm or dead spiritually in our hearts. The admonishment was to continue to stay alert and live the way we did when we were first saved. The words of admonishment are “repent and do the first works”.

Don’t let this world steal your joy; don’t let this world steal your trust in God and don’t let this world put you to sleep spiritually and forget who you are. In the near future, Christ is coming back for his bride (The Church) and his bride is going to be extremely excited to be with him. Oh what a time that will be, when my savior I shall see!

If you will continue to read after the messages to the churches  and you will see the prophecy concerning the seven seals. The depiction of the first four seals are somewhat reflective of past events in our world and what looks like the time that is at hand. You will read of the seals being opened one by one and of the judgments of when the seals are opened; but take special note when the sixth seal is opened and you read about the suffering of the saints and then you will read when the last and final seal is opened. The scripture records that there will be a time of silence in heaven about the space of half an hour and then there will be a great rejoicing. There will be a loud joyful praise go up before the throne. This shout of joy and praise of thunder will be from The children of God who have made it home, The Saved, The Redeemed! What we as the Children of God should be looking forward to is the last and final seal to be opened, The Seventh Seal.

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