Blite (early in this case) is this horrible disease my tomato and blackberry bushes acquired from the incessant 3 week rain we had last month. It comes from the dirt splashing up on the plants and is a fungus that eat leaves when the plant can’t dry out. It sucks because it is a death sentence to the leaves but is slow to kill it. The treatment is removal of effected leaves and spray with a baking soda mixture to prevent spreading to good leaves. One tomato plant could not be saved but the other is now thriving again and jury us still up on the blackberry plant. We shall see. But the blite comes on as a few black spots then the outer edge turns black then curls and the death spreads to the next leaf. That is the slow death. The fruit is not effected but the leaves die so there is no nutrition to the fruit and it dies too. Now, I realize we are talking tomato plant here, but how like sin and lies that is for us. Sin and it’s accompanying lies are like blite for us. Sin cannot damage our fruit, our service to God but He can suffocate us with distractions and guilt and sin and lies until our fruit dies from a lack of spiritual nutrition and health. But what we need to remember is that hope is never gone. The Holy Spirit is the cure, the baking soda mixture we need to overcome. God prunes from our lives the dead parts sin caused and spreads medicine on us to cause what remains to thrive even better than before. God has all power and that certainly includes Jesus’ power over sin/blite. All we need to to receive that power and healing is humbly ask Him for it and stop doing n the sin. How awesome is that?!😄❤
John 16:7. ‘”But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8. When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: 9. about sin, because people do not believe in me; 10. about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11. and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned. 12. “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”‘
“Jesus paid it all. All to Him I owe. Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.” I love that hymn. It is a true story.
Simple true story: sin caused and continues to cause a debt rift of holiness (He is holy and now we are not) between us and God. Jesus came to give His life to repair that rift. Death could not keep Him (because He is God) and He rose from the dead and is in heaven now interceding for our benefit. Jesus Paid it all for anyone who calls on His name, humbly asking to be saved. To anyone who humbly and truly asks, Jesus saves from an eternity separated from God (and therefore horrible) and they receive the gift of the Holy Spirit for strength, the amazing fruits of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control) development and character building. It is simple and very cool. And God has worked in my life over and over as proof of this truth. It is beautiful, God is gloriously beautiful!❤❤❤
Other than student loans, which are literally the value of half our house (9 years to be a doctor, oy). Other than that, we have no unusual debts – no credit card debt or store debt and caught up on utilities, etc- and thank God for that blessing. But I must confess that money has never been a priority to me. I have always been ambitious to help people and heal people and encourage their souls toward Christ, but money has never been an issue. I worked hard and always tithed, even when tight on funds, and God always provided what I needed and a whole lot of extras now and again. God is mega rich and He is my Heavenly Father and loves me, so money will always be there when I need it and I am content so want little else. But the debt I owe has nothing to do with money, though sometimes it takes that form. I owe a debt of gratitude to God for all He has done for me in the past, present and future. And whatever I am going through, I don’t have to do it alone for God is always with me. I am cared for. I am secure. Even if I lose everything I own or my life, I have everything I need for eternal bliss with God in heaven. I am assured and He helps along the way every time I humbly pray. So beautiful. And I am thankful for that immense blessing and do my best to live like I am. ❤
My heart tonight was to share and/or reiterate that my precious God, Maker of everything we know including us, Keeper of nature, Maker of Angels, Ruler of our eternal destinies, is NOT an option. He is beautiful in His glory and wealthy beyond measure, wiser than any of our wisdom or what networks we configure. God is All Mighty and All Seeing, has always been, always will be. There is no end to Him as we know of no beginning. And He knows each of us He lovingly hand crafted by name and every minute detail of us, down to the very number of hairs on our heads. And He, loving as He us, is also holy, as we cannot be. So He made a way for us to be holy through the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Ahhh, what a sweet name. Oh how amazing. What love! So, God is not an option. To deny Him is to declare your blind foolishness, your naivity, your deception that makes it convenient to live a life based on animal pleasures. God is who made us. We cannot deny Him. And if we try, we put our immortal eternity in jeapordy of a punishment of hell made for demons who deceive and destroy us, and we are His treasure. I would rather be His treasure than enemy, His beloved child than a proud idiot. God is not an option. And Jesus Christ and His Bible and humble prayer is our only way to Him (because of the holiness). And oh how sweet His Holy Spirit gift is in us when we accept this incredibly generous gift of salvation from Jesus. God is first, most important, worthy of our efforts and energy and resources and worship!❤❤❤
I was raised in a wonderful church that emphasized and maximized the power of God and taught the truth but unfortunately mentioned the power of the Holy Spirit in passing. To make matters worse in this arena, I was transferred from a Christian school to an Assemblies of God school during high school. We attended chapel and saw the speaking in tongues look like foolish babble but presented as more important than any other spiritual gift, making a mockery of the Holy Spirit. And from reading my Bible straight through 7 or 8 times and studying portions also for years and years in church. I know my Bible and was unsatisfied with every church I have been to throughout the country with how the Holy Spirit is presented as powerless and gibberish- speaking. And I am now voicing what I read and know of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ, the Messiah and Savior of all who believe and accept Him as Savior with a humble, true heart, was resurrected from death as prophecied. He was seen by at least 500 people, touched them, ate with them, taught them, loved them. And before he went back to God the Father in the clouds to build Heaven, He left the disciples the promise of the gift of Holy Spirit. And the amazed but scared disciples, fearful for their lives, waited together. And on the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came. He came to live in the soul of every humble believer who follows Jesus Christ as Savior. And that is still true today. And the power He gave these disciples transformed them from cowards to courageous, fearless to joyful, restless to peaceful. That power, because the Holy Spirit is God, has not diminished one iota. And His power allowed everyone to hear the truth of Jesus Christ in their own language. That is speaking in tongues. It was always done for clarity. Clarity. Not babble, not drama, but clarity. And more than that, thr Holy Spirit is our constant companion, comforter, teacher, reminder, peace, joy, love, hope, truth, strength, courage and so much more. The Holy Spirit is why we are never alone and are secure in our identity as God’s children. We grieve Him by choosing to live in sin rather than accept His gifts and/or rejecting Jesus Christ’s salvation. We please the Holy Spirit by humbly listening to Him and allowing Him to be our strength, which He is so good at. And there you have Him. The perfect Gift and helpful Companion full of love and power and very best Friend.❤❤❤
There is a Spirit of revival I van feel now. It is a positive flow of potential and push toward forgiveness and repentence. I see people changing out of old clothes of addiction and into new clothes of peace and hope. Of course many are rejecting this prompting to their own detriment, but the Spirit is flowing and giving opportunity. I feel hope and change and renewal. It is beautiful. Wherever this encouraging, hopeful Spirit finds a home, there is joy and love and peace and I see the fruit of that same Holy Spirit in new places and people, making them gloriously beautiful. Praise God!❤