I believe one of the trappings of sin is our inclination to the mysterious. We are made by a loving Creator who happens to be the God of the entire universe. As such, He is enormous. He is beyond our healthiest comprehension. And I believe that is mystery enough for us to taste. Anything beyond that, as if such a thing existed into mystical places and magic things is pride luring us to think more highly of ourselves than we ought and thus sin. We may debate semantics, we may wrestle with judgments based on upbringing/environment. But I believe we were created to do a work and worship the Almighty and mysteries of the deep and dark are distractions and pride and as such sin. Many people get stuck in delving into the unknown, trying so hard to justify powerful positions or gain fame when it ends up deep into lies with open doors for demon liars to enter. God is simple in His story and Bible, so long as you have a bit of faith and humble heart. Simple and clear is the message. Laid out in loving truth of the Bible and universe He made. God and good things and truth and love are clear, concise, simple, straightforward, understandable. When you get confusing additions, pridefulinsertions, mysteries, dark alleys, rabbit holes, you are dealing g with lies and thus the evil aspect of humanity and demonic interference. And this is something we should avoid at all cost and certainly not embrace or encourage. Observe the KISS method: Keep it simple, sweetheart. Just say no to the distractions of mystery and mysticism and dark places of unknown. These are traps. Stay in the Bible and humbly pray.❤
Weird story: So, the weirdest thing ever was discovered on July 4th morning. Overnight, we were blessed with an invasion of ants. And a colony had invaded our bathroom and set up house in, of all places, our clear towel rack! We thought they had tunneled through the stupid built in rack holders the genius builders of the 80’s thought was so very clever. And we fumigated and got all but the few and queen surrounding the eggs in the center of the towel rack. This morning, however, there were more in the towel rack and I looked up and they were coming in through the fan as I had killed them on the outside of the house where they were getting in and thus prevented their escape. So, now they are all dead but that was so strange and immediate.
Application: I can’t help but associate that infestation with the infestation of sin. Sin sneaks in little by little by digging the hole and accumulating in unseen, unnoticed spaces of our lives. And when we least expect it and our defenses are down, we are overrun with our complacency and then have to deal with it.
Lesson learned: protect and be defensive, prepared with prayer and armed with sin-killer, a relationship with Jesus.😄 ❤
Jonah 3:4. “Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.” 5. The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth. 6. When Jonah’s warning reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust. 7. This is the proclamation he issued in Nineveh: “By the decree of the king and his nobles: Do not let people or animals, herds or flocks, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink. 8. But let people and animals be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. 9. Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.” 10. When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.”
Today, as we had homeschool P.E. this morning and I coach and knew I in my old age would be exercising with young energetic kids for an hour and a half, used today as one of my 2 days off of walking 3.0-3.8 miles. The other is Sunday, so studying with kids keeps me focused on the Lord. But today, despite the celebration we put on for my daughter’s birthday, I fought feelings of blue. Why? And it just dawned on me as I put her to bed that I missed my intense alone time with God in the morning. I genuinely missed it. I missed Him. I wanted time with just Him. Time to just talk to and listen to Him, share life, worship, celebrate His creation, be strengthened, just be with Jesus and listen to His Holy Spirit. I was blue because I missed my Heavenly Daddy. So I am off to read His Words and talk to Him. May you do the same! Love you and wow, so does He!!❤❤❤
Please join me in spirit. Dear Heavenly Father, please keep safe every person in the path of Hurricane Irma. Please remind them that you, Almighty God, are stronger than any hurricane. Please guide and help all those evacuating and protect those staying. May your will be done. Our life is in your loving, capable hands. We love You and praise Your name forever. Thank you for your protection. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.❤❤❤
So here is what we have been up to. We dug a ditch around the newly screened in back porch. This needed to be done anyway, but Irma sped up the necessity. Now no matter how much rain we get, it has somewhere other than the house to go. So, just now showered after all day up to now digging ditches with Joe (our amazing handyman). Tough work it was, going through roots of our current oak tree and cut down sycamore tree, but I am happy and will sleep well tonight. ❤
When God says to “Be ready for my coming draws near”, He is not talking about having a bug out bad or store of rations or millions of gallons of water stockpiled or firearms and weapons. That is for people not wanting or expecting or ready to be raptured/caught up/taken to heaven before the tribulation (see Revelation in the Bible). There is another list of preparedness we are called to. It is a list you know. 1. Be saved. 2. Confess and repent of sin. 3. Pray and read your Bible to grow your relationship with Jesus Christ. 4. Work on the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23 in the Bible): love joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control. That is God’s idea of preparedness. You follow His plan, and you are ready for anything. He is our Provider and Protection. We want to please Him and not us and we will be with Him forever. Then the details will work themselves out. And rest in His beautiful peace. Don’t get distracted or discouraged, focus on Jesus Christ. Just that. Focus and live for Him and with Him. Pray, pray, pray. Praise God!! ❤❤❤