The reason we're having this conversation, is because the God who loves and cares deeply for you, arranged this meeting before the time of creation. After forming this planet and populating it with every life-form imaginable, he placed within it a man and a woman as caretakers. He instructed them to be fruitful and multiply, but inserted a single note of caution: "refrain from eating the fruit of a tree in the middle of a certain garden." The footnote added to this cautionary warning was, "on the day you eat of this said fruit, you shall die."
Now the case could be made, concerning a "loving God." Why would the lure connected with such a dire consequence, be placed right in the center of one's existence? The answer to this question is multi-faceted. The man and woman were given a quest to prove their loyalty to their creator. If the lure to break the loyalty pact is located directly in the center of their existence, this would be a true test of loyalty. Also, if the one demonstrating loyalty was inclined to deviate from the pact, the proximity of the lure would have absolutely no bearing.
The sense of anticipation, among the members of the guardian guild, was extremely intense. They were gathering to attend this very important meeting called by the grand high council. None of the attendees could ever remember a time when such urgency was attached to any event. There was a frenzy of speculation, circulating among the guild members, concerning the intent of this gathering. As everyone in attendance would soon discover, the reason for this meeting was beyond the wildest theory anyone had yet contrived.
The amphitheater where all the guild members were assembling went on as far as the eye could see, in every direction. It was a circular structure, with a gradual upward incline as each row radiated away from the center. The amphitheater was constructed in such a way that allowed for perfect visibility, no matter where you were seated. The center contained an arena with a platform, upon which the members of the grand high council were now positioning themselves.
I want to share what the Lord has shown me concerning the "Disease That Will Destroy Your Destiny." That fatal disease is known as "Procrastination." I'll never forget the words of Mike Murdock, who said, "you'll never advance in the kingdom of God beyond your last act of disobedience." Procrastination is a form of disobedience and defines the difference between forgetful "hearers" and "doers" of the Word of God. This very blog post represents a milestone in my life, because I'm a professional procrastinator. Being a procrastinator allows the enemy of our souls, the "Terminator," to destroy or severely blunt our destiny. Our level of success, is directly related to the level of procrastination in our lives.
A Momentary Lapse In Judgment Can Cause Lasting Consequences
I couldn't help but reflect upon the events that recently transpired, which brought me to this point. The honor guard had just finished folding the flag that was draped over the coffin of my CO. The flag was handed to me and I presented this triangular-shaped banner to the spouse of my fallen commanding officer. The flood of emotions that came over me at that moment were absolutely unbearable. The well-worn cliché, "war is hell," suddenly rang true with resounding emphasis, as the bitter truth of this whole malady finally came home to me.
"Tell me once again, grandfather, about your father and how he walked with God." Young Noah loved to hear the stories of the old times from his grandfather Methuselah. He was eager to know every detail and his grandfather could paint an extremely vivid picture. Besides, the old man loved to revel in the young lad's desire for the knowledge that he was more than willing to share. Most of the youth, these days, didn't seem to care about times past. They were preoccupied with the present and how much enjoyment they could get out of life. They lived like there was no tomorrow and acted as though they would live forever.
The old man could see the changes, which had taken place during the 386 years of his life, were definitely not for the better. The heart of mankind was growing darker with the passing of each successive generation. This downward spiral was only to be expected as people chose to distance themselves from the Creator. This is why it was always so refreshing to converse with the seventeen-year-old youth, whose name meant 'comfort'.
The Lord continues to amaze us as we recognize His hand in daily events in our lives and those around us. "Every time we pray, something happens." These are the words of Jim Moore, the director of the Salem House of Prayer. As we begin to approach our prayer life from this perspective, we'll attach more significant value to our times of prayer. We understand our God as the faithful Father, so we know time spent in His presence is never wasted. If we realized every time we pray, something happens, what would that do to our level of expectation.
Most of us have heard the famous question, "What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail?" How about this? What would we pray for, if we knew it would be answered? Or this? What would we believe for, if we knew God would do whatever we asked? And finally this? How earnestly and diligently would we pray, if we knew our answer was on the way? This is exactly what prayer is all about. Our Father delights in doing wonderful things for His kids, just like any earthly father would.
By: Betty Stam
Vulnerable mountains reaching to the sky,
Clouds of snowy cotton in crystals lakes that lie,
Exquisitely tinted scarlet leaves of fall,
Finest fairy snow-stars, 'twas God who made them all.
Every gem of nature delightful to the eye,
From the myriad's of sparkling stars to little moths that fly.
With that perfect sense of beauty that everywhere we see,
The might God created, by saying "Let there be."
But when the world was finished, and everything thereon,
The silver moon to rule by night, by day the golden sun
Though all the earth was Eden, our God was not content;
Creation lacked the master for whom it had been meant.
Then God in all His wisdom, created mortal man.
He made him in His image, but a little than
The bright celestial beings who watched in praiseful awe
Creation's every creature obey the Father's Law.
And thus was the latest and best of all God made.
Of Him the choicest gifts a heart, a mind, a soul were laid;
The power of understanding (though dimly now, 'tis true)
The wondrous God, and what we owe Him, I and you.
In 1973 the Supreme Court said it was okay to kill unborn babies. Since then, we have killed more than the entire population of Canada. And it continues. A women's choice? Half of those who have died in their mother's womb have been women. They didn't have a choice. It is called abortion. Me? I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That's what Christians do now.
First, it was in dingy, dirty theaters. Then, convenience stores. Then, grocery stores. Then, on television. Now it is the homes of millions via the internet. It is called pornography. Me? I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That's what Christians do now.
They call it no-fault. Why should we blame anyone when something so tragic happens? Haven't they already suffered enough? Half of the marriages in America end this way. The children suffered. The family broke down. It is called divorce. Me, I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That's what Christians do now.
The maker of all human beings is recalling all units manufactured, regardless of make or year, due to the serious defect in the primary and central component, or heart. This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype units, resulting in the reproduction of the same defect in all subsequent units. This defect has been technically termed, 'Subsequential Internal Non-morality,' or more commonly known as S-I-N, as it is primarily symptomized by loss of moral judgment.
Some other symptoms are:
- Loss of direction
- Foul vocal emissions
- Amnesia of origin
- Lack of peace and joy
- Selfish or violent behavior
- Depression or confusion in the mental component.
The manufacturer, who is neither liable or at fault for this defect, is providing factory authorized repair and service, free of charge, to correct this S-I-N defect, at numerous locations throughout the world.
The number to call for the recall station in your area is: P-R-A-Y-E-R.
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)