kerfuffle

Lately, I’ve observed way too much “Kerfuffle” going on all over the place.  Too many people professing to be Christian but have no fruit of the Spirit and are forgetting the Characteristics of Christ.

pre-emptive_shh

There’s people bashing each other on public forums.  Wisdom dictates that it is often best to be quiet and wait on the Lord.  It’s not our place to point fingers at those who gave “words from the Lord” and they did not come true!

deception_from_demons

There’s a lot of deception from the sulfur-dwellers, and they can mask darkness to make it look good.  Be very careful that we are not trying to convince ourselves or others that our disobedience is not Sin!  Sulfur-dwellers may try to tell you that certain parts of Scripture don’t apply to you!

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There’s also a strong delusion given from the Lord to those who will not accept the truth. Many will continue doing things the way they want and how they want, while turning away from the calling they once had.  

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Each and every one of us has to give account of what we do.   We must repent any time we are caught up in something that we know is not Christ-Like.  All of us must repent when we sin, no matter what form of sin it is.

im_watching_you

Everyone seems to forget that others are watching our behavior, and if we seem like the rest of the world to them, why would they want to become a Christian?  It’s more important that everyone stay focused on the Lord, repent often and get into the word. Above all pray for guidance.

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Let’s not portray ourselves as hypocrites.


Matthew 15:8-9

8 These people honor Me with their lips,
but their heart is far from Me.
9 They worship Me in vain,
teaching as doctrines the commands of men.

2 Thessalonians 2:10-12

10 and with every unrighteous deception among those who are perishing. They perish because they did not accept the love of the truth in order to be saved. 11 For this reason God sends them a strong delusion so that they will believe what is false, 12 so that all will be condemned—those who did not believe the truth but enjoyed unrighteousness.

1 Peter 5:8  Be serious! Be alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour.

Matthew 12:36 I tell you that on the day of judgment people will have to account for every careless word they speak.

Psalm 51:10 God, create a clean heart for me and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

1 Peter 3:3-4

3 Your beauty should not consist of outward things like elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold ornaments or fine clothes. 4 Instead, it should consist of what is inside the heart with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very valuable in God’s eyes.


“All To Jesus I surrender”

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19 thoughts on “Time To Be Quiet

  1. People are getting buzzed by the constant changes and tumult emanating from society and it translates to lashing out at people who try to reason and keep calm. The gospel is a real anathema for our society that looks for change according to economic trends or current hairstyles or programs or whatever.

    Was it in Isaiah the Lord said; I am the Lord i do not change!

    Based on that statement we can keep our inner peace that passeth all understanding as Christ said because he will always be there and he will always maintain us. So if we live as Christ righteous and peaceful and only confronting injustice like he did(Not personal interest threatening events) we can keep and continue to live an peaceful and fruitful life where our heart condemns us not!

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  2. Daily Devotional — 1/27/17

    The Best Version of You

    Not long ago I boarded an airport shuttle bus to get to the rental car lot. People on the bus are often grumpy from travel and in a hurry to get to their car. No one says much except the name of their rental car company. But not on this bus. The man who drove the bus was an absolute delight. He was scanning the curbside, looking for anybody who needed a ride. “You know,” he told us, “I’m always looking because sometimes people are running late. You can tell it in their eyes. I’m always looking because I never want to miss one. Hey, here’s another one!…”

    The driver pulled over to pick up a latecomer, and he was so excited about what he was doing that we got excited. We were actually cheering him on when he was picking people up. It was like watching Jesus drive a shuttle bus.
    He created such a little community of joy on that bus that people wanted to ride around in the terminal a second time just to hang out with the guy. He wasn’t just our shuttle bus driver — he was our leader; he was our friend. And for a few moments, community flourished. On a shuttle bus for a rental car company — and one person moved toward the best version of himself.

    What happened to that shuttle bus driver can happen in you. Sometimes it does. Every once in a while you do something that surprises you and catch a glimpse of the person you were made to be. You say something inspirational at a meeting. You help a homeless man no one else notices. You are patient with a rambunctious three-year-old. You lose yourself in a piece of music.

    God made you to flourish — to receive life from outside yourself, creating vitality within yourself and producing blessing beyond yourself. Flourishing is God’s gift and plan.

    As you do, you glimpse for a moment why God made you. Only God knows your full potential, and he is guiding you toward that best version of yourself all the time. He has many tools and is never in a hurry. That can be frustrating for us, but even in our frustration, God is at work to produce patience in us. He never gets discouraged by how long it takes, and he delights every time you grow. Only God can see the “best version of you,” and he is more concerned with you reaching your full potential than you are.

    “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Eph 2:10, NIV)

    You are not your handiwork; your life is not your project. Your life is God’s project. God thought you up, and he knows what you were intended to be. He has many good works for you to do, but they are not the kind of “to do” lists we give spouses or employees. They are signposts to your true self.

    Your “spiritual life” is not limited to certain devotional activities that you engage in. It is receiving power from the Spirit of God to become the person God had in mind when he created you — his handiwork.

    “God, you made me, to do the works you prepared for me to do. Get “me” out of the way to allow your work to be done through me.”

    © 2014 by Zondervan. Used with permission. All rights reserved. Visit JohnOrtberg.com for more about John Ortberg’s work and ministry.

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  3. Yesterdays post didn’t allow me to post. The bots are at it again. Good post James and timely. I’ve been invited to a Bible study this morning and wow did the Lord use yesterdays and todays post to give me peace about going!

    I love the video about lazy Christians! God used it to confirm an area of prayer. Traveling and still on the road much over the next days. Asking for prayer hauling a pickup to someone and prayer for ministry in between.

    There was a battle getting material to a pastor and the Lord won! I mean intense! First attempt was a flashdrive that didn’t work, 2nd attempt a mailing and the site was hacked, 3rd attemp with material in hand, I took a very hard fall down some steps and onto the sidewalk but praise the Lord nothing broken and just pressed on in Him until it was delivered. He gave me a word that the town would be changed for His glory, return to Him in fuller measure using this pastor. Wow, learned much just trying to get the stuff there!

    I want to praise Jesus for His healing! The double vision in my left eye is gone and the GI issues that kept sending me to the ER are gone!! He’s so awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!! I want to see everyone healed and free in Him! Not oppressed and/or worse, thinking He doesn’t heal today!!!

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  4. On Armstrong economics was reported that California has appealed for secession from the union. Zechariahs prophecy is moving rapidly. Nations working against Israel will be cut into pieces.

    Praying that people will see the warning signes the Lord is sending.

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    1. Stig, the tactic of secession has happened a lot every time someone new goes into office at the Federal level or when people view laws as unfair. Who knows how everything will unfold — a lot of deception going on all over the place, fake news, organized chaos and many that think one person is going to be the great national & global savior.

      It’s possible that the Lord will have California secede from the Map! Many have had dreams/visions that during the last days — California will split away from the United States and sink into the Pacific Ocean. They’ve seen many coastal states disappear under water after a major earthquake, followed by tsunamis.

      I’ve had people share some very humorous news stories privately. Some journalist will take an event and then twist it to the point where they are trying to convince everyone that lawmakers are doing this thing or that thing. Many times such events are staged and there just happens to be a journalist right there capturing the event?

      There’s only one that qualifies for as our Savior and it’s Jesus Christ.

      We need to stay alert to what is going on around us and also ask the Lord to reveal the truth.

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      1. True all you say JC. But there still is the fact that Zechariah says all WHO burden themselves with Jerusalem will be cut to pieces. That excellent video of lazy christians you put up the other day comes to mind. We can cast our burdens on the Lord he can carry them.

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      2. Very true what you say here James…being alert is key and yes the truth will be made known.
        Prayers for discernment.
        Where is the story about lazy Christians…I missed that?

        Blessings to all,
        Vicki

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  5. Daily Devotional — 1/28/17

    Make the Most of Today
    Matthew 24:36–51

    Recommended Reading: Proverbs 11:30; Matthew 25:14–30; John 9:4; Philippians 1:20–26

    Carpe diem.

    This Latin phrase means “seize the day,” and it certainly echoes a valid objective. We do need to seize each day, because we don’t know whether tomorrow will come or just how much of this life remains for us.

    But what if we did? Imagine if a clock on the bottom of one foot digitally displayed how many days remained before we died. Theologian Francis Schaeffer put it another way: “Life is like a clock with no hands. It’s ticking but you never know when it’s going to strike midnight.”

    What a sobering thought—for those living in the 1st century or the 21st century. Despite all of our advances in safety measures, in both industry and transportation, and all of our progress in the medical field, life still maintains a measure of unpredictability for us today. Accidents still happen, and people still suffer from strokes and coronary artery disease, often seemingly out of the blue. Nearly everyone has a story to tell regarding a friend, family member or coworker who has experienced something like this.

    The 1st century disciples asked Jesus, “What will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” (Matthew 24:3). In the midst of his teaching, Jesus replied, “Keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come” (Matthew 24:42).

    In a way, Jesus urges his followers to “seize the day” because no one knows when he will return. But we do know that each of us will come face-to-face with Jesus and give an account of how we have lived for him. Each of us in large measure determines how that encounter will go.

    Jesus wants us to be ready no matter when he returns—to be “faithful and wise” servants (Matthew 24:45). Who are the faithful and wise servants? Those who are ready—those whom the Master finds doing his will when he returns.

    Are you ready?

    To Take Away
    How would your life be different if you knew you had just a year left to live? A month? A day?
    God gives each of us gifts with which to serve him. Can you identify the ways in which God wants you to serve him?
    Do you think God sees you as a “faithful and wise servant”? Why or why not?

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  6. Daily Devotional — 1/29/17

    SATAN’S ATTACK ON THE BIBLE
    For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. For, “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” 1 Peter 1:23-25a

    Brother Andrew continues his teaching on Satan’s strategic attacks:

    The second prong of Satan’s attack is on the written word of God. He has historically tried to prevent Christians from having access to the Bible.

    Satan understands the power of the Word of God. At the temptation of Jesus, he even made a sly attempt to use Scripture (actually misapplying it) to deflect Jesus from His true mission (Luke 4:1-3). Twisting Scripture is still a favorite tactic of Satan, and we believers need to know the Word so we can respond, just as Jesus did, with a well-applied “It is written…”

    Peter recognized the significant role the Word has in our salvation. In his epistle to Christians passing through “fiery trials” he gives the words of encouragement in today’s scripture above.

    Now you can understand my life’s passion to distribute the Bible, even in places where its importation or distribution is prohibited. Because I’ve gone around the world preaching that message, many people assume that I must have been the first “God’s smuggler.” Nothing could be further from the truth.

    I personally believe that the first Bible smuggler probably was Timothy, the man Paul looked upon as his son in the gospel. This young man of delicate health, but of great spirituality and loyalty, was converted in Paul’s first campaign at Lystra. At the end of his life, when Paul was in prison in Rome, he looked to Timothy for comfort. In a letter to him, Paul asked his friend to bring his books to the prison the next time he visited.

    In 2 Timothy 4:13 it becomes clear Paul was requesting that scrolls of Old Testament Scriptures be brought to him for further study. But how could Timothy get them into Rome and into the jail when, by that time, Christians has already become an outlawed sect? The only possible way would have been to smuggle them in with other items.

    Billy Graham, in his book Hoofbeats, suggests that John the apostle had to write his Revelation secretly, while closely guarded by the Romans. The parchment manuscript pages would have been smuggled off the island of Patmos and Christian volunteers copy them for the churches…

    This world is an enemy-occupied territory filled with souls to whom Christ holds rightful claim. Under Christ’s command, we invade countries by any means that will help us to get in with the Word of God…

    Today I want others to have what makes me grow spiritually—the Bible.

    RESPONSE: Today I will make every effort to ensure that the Bible is available to everyone to read and practice.

    PRAYER: Pray for many believers around the world still waiting for their first personal Bible.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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