Can I lose My Salvation?

December 21, 2021

Good morning!

I have heard many debates on this issue; one side just as adamant as the other on the subject. Just as quickly as the question is asked the answer is quickly given in an “absolutely!” or an “absolutely not!” It amazes me how one book can lead to so many different opinions.

Imagine being a child and your family standing depends on your behavior. If you are good today, you can stay; but if you misbehave tomorrow, you have to leave. The love of your parents is then conditional. As a child you would be a neurotic mess; teetering on a tightrope where one misstep would be fatal.
Unfortunately, there are some Christians today who are walking that tightrope, in near despair because they fear losing their salvation, and being kicked out of the family of God.

If you have been born again, you are part of God’s family regardless of your behavior. But, by the same token if you are truly born again, it will show in your behavior. If you belong to Christ, you are part of the family of God and can enjoy the emotional security our Heavenly Father wants us to experience.

Jesus said in John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me, and I give unto them eternal life; 28 And they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
Believing that one can lose one’s salvation is like saying that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross was inadequate; that all His suffering and His dying was not enough to provide eternal security. On the cross, Christ said in John 19:30 It is finished. These words mean that our sin account was paid in full. He paid the full price. If you truly have accepted the gift of salvation, you are fully forgiven – for sins past, present and future sins. There is a difference between having a relationship and true fellowship with God. Relationship is established by birth, and fellowship is established by life. A Christian out of fellowship may be chastened, but he cannot lose his relationship established by the new birth. Jesus wrote that in blood on the cross.

Corinthians 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

Notice that Paul places our works in 2 categories; ones that are nonflammable and those that readily burn. Our works on earth will be tried and what things are good and pleasing to God (gold, silver, precious stone), will stand and only be purified by God’s refining fire, but those that are of not edifying to ourselves or the kingdom (wood, hay, stubble), will be burned and we will suffer some sort of loss but we will still be saved. However, any form of loss when it comes to the kingdom is a dear loss indeed!

This is not a blanket grace that can be thrown over a multitude of sin; but it is knowing that if we INADVERTENTLY sin we can come to God with a repentant heart and receive fellowship again.
1 John 5: 20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

So how do you know that you know? If you believe on the name of Jesus you are as good as there! You cannot then go out and willfully commit sin without suffering loss, but your salvation will be secure in Jesus.

The Apostle John wrote of our Advocate in 1 John 2 beginning in verse 1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. 3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

In the middle of these verses there is an “if”. If we keep his commandments. Jesus summarized the commandments when asked by a Sadducee which was the greatest commandment. Matthew 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Paul gives us a second witness to this in Romans 13 beginning in verse 9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Jesus is our Advocate in the times when we do not follow Him as we should; we all need Him in this role as our Advocate!

Noah Webster defines advocate as: “One who defends, vindicates, or espouses a cause, by argument; one who is friendly to; as, an advocate for peace, or for the oppressed.” We would call Him our lawyer today. He stands for us when we are accused by the evil one; pleading His own blood as our covering. For a detailed look at the word propitiation, visit our page The Vocabulary of Salvation on our WordPress site http://www.bloggingfortheglory2 it is number 4 in the list.

If you are not sure of your salvation and that Jesus died for you, ask Him into your heart today, turn from your sin, and trust Him for the rest. If you need someone to pray with you, please leave your contact information with us and we will get back to you soon.

Take my word for nothing; go to the Source and read it for yourself. And as always to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be all the Glory forever.

Jesus and Isaac

Good morning!

Today I’d like to share the comparison of the stories of Isaac and Jesus and how the love of their fathers saved us all.

Genesis 22:1 “And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. 2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.”

The word “tempt” here actually means to try. God was testing Abraham’s faith in Him. Image what Abraham must have been thinking at this point. He had always known God to be a God of mercy that was repulsed by the pagan religions that sanctified human sacrifice, but now God was asking the unthinkable of Abraham. Isaac was the product of a miracle and God had already promised Abraham that through his descendants He would be the father of many nations. But Abraham did not question God. Just as Isaac was Abrahams beloved son so was Jesus God’s beloved. Here too is the first mention of the word love in the Bible.

Matthew 3:17 “And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” God was not asking Abraham to do anything that He Himself was not willing to do.

Genesis 22:3 “And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up , and went unto the place of which God had told him. 4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off. 5 And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.”

Without hesitation or trying to put off the day Abraham rises “early in the morning” to be about the business of God’s command to him. Notice that Abraham tells the men with them that “I and the lad” will be back! Abraham may not have known how it would all play out, but he had faith that God would be true to His word. It is said too that this very spot, called “the land of Moriah” in verse 2, would later be the place where Jesus was crucified for us all. Abraham could see the place “afar off” where sacrifice would be perfected; far off in land, and far off in time, but the shadow of that great day of sacrifice had already been cast. This is the first mention of the word “worship” in the Bible as well.

Genesis 22:6 “And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.”

The wood is placed on Isaac’s shoulders to carry just as Christ carried His cross. Just as Abraham stayed by the side of his son as he walked up the hill to be sacrificed, God was strengthening His Son for the time appointed to Him.

Genesis 22:7 “And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? 8 And Abraham said , My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.”

Again, the faith of Abraham shows that He trusts God to provide a fit sacrifice even though he had already been told Isaac was to be the sacrifice. Isaac’s only question in all of this is, where is the lamb? They had undoubtedly performed this ritual several times together, but this time was different.

Genesis 22:9 “And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. 10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.”

Notice that Isaac never struggled or cried out to his father just as our LORD Jesus did as the Bible tells us in Isaiah 53: 7 “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.” Even though Abraham was well over 100 years old at this time and Isaac being in his youth could have struggled and fled, yet in obedience to his father he laid down as commanded.

Genesis 22:10 “And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. 11 And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. 12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.”

Perhaps Abraham knew that God was able to raise Isaac again unto him, or perhaps he believed all along that God would somehow stop him. In either scenario Abraham was acting in great faith, and this great faith was about to be rewarded. We cannot overlook the parallel here between Abraham’s “only son” and the sacrifice of God’s only begotten Son. In mercy God stopped Abraham; in mercy He completes the sacrifice of His Son. Only the blood sacrifice of Jesus is sufficient.

13 “And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.”

Imagine the relief they must have both felt when the ram appeared. Once again Abraham’s faith in God to provide the sacrifice as he had told Isaac verse 8 held true.

Genesis 22:15 “And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, 16 And said , By myself have I sworn , saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: 17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore: and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies ; 18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.”

How was it that Abraham’s “seed” or descendants blessed the entire world? From his only son Isaac came Jacob and his twelve sons that would be the twelve tribes of Israel. One of the sons of Jacob (Israel) was Judah, and out of Judah came the Messiah, Jesus Christ our LORD.

God still demanded a sacrifice that day, but He provided the perfect sacrifice on that day. Through this Old Testament story, we can clearly see the story of the Perfect Lamb of God and the love of the Father that completed the task.

Isaac’s picture of Jesus becomes even clearer when we consider these points:

· Both were loved by their father.

· Both offered themselves willingly.

· Both carried wood up the hill of their sacrifice.

· Both were sacrificed on the same hill.

· Both were delivered from death on the third day.

God expects obedience from His children; obedience is love. If faced with this, could I do what Abraham was asked to do? I shudder to think of it. This was given for an example for us, to show the love that God has for us that he would give His only begotten Son for us.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

Abraham so loved Isaac, but the love of God for His children surpasses any notion of love we may even consider.

Take my word for nothing, go to the Source and read it for yourself. And as always to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be all the Glory for ever.

Praying for the Tornado Victims

We are praying for all those families who have lost loved ones and all their possessions in this terrible tornado outbreak. We have heard folks say that it all happened in a matter of seconds and they did not have time to prepare. Everything they held dear in this life was gone in an instant. Our hearts break for them.

We cannot help but to compare this to the reality that Christians live with; we are always to be prepared. As the Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 6:1 “We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. 2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)”

Faster than the winds of any tornado, our LORD will return one day for His Bride. I Corinthians 15:51 “Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”

Tornado sirens blared in the night, but how many heard? When the last trump sounds, how many will hear? We are sounding the alarm right now in this evil day. The signs are all around us if we have our spiritual eyes and ears open to see. Don’t wait. Be prepared. Watch: for the day is fast approaching.

Take my word for nothing; go to the Source and read it for yourself. And as always to our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ be all the glory forever.

~Terrie~

The Seasons of Life

Good morning!

As you can see from the archives, David and I have had this page for a long time. It has been a blessing to find that it is still here after all this time. I have been reading through some of my old posts on Facebook as well and came up with this post from 2011. It is a personal one for me and brought back a lot of memories that I would like to share with you all.

August 18, 2011

August has been a month of changes for me. At the first of the month I was coming to grips with my mother’s health issues as she approaches the winter of her life. She has always been there for me when I have needed her, without fail, but now there has been a shift in our roles with each other. As our parents age there is a slow releasing of the reins that steer their lives and we as their children pick them up. At first it is that both of you have a rein and you try to both steer, then you find that they rely on you more and more until finally they agree that it is time for you to take over. It is still early in the winter season for mom, but we see it coming and are preparing.The middle of the month has found me having one of those milestone birthdays and I realize that I am in the early stages of autumn. Every morning there is an older woman staring back at me in the mirror. As the outside is aging, the inside has recently gone through renewal. Even though the outside is in fall, the inside is in a glorious springtime! More on that later!August has found my daughter, Courtney still enjoying mid-summer. We are waiting for her to have our first grandson. She has already been the bearer of 3 daughters and is as healthy and vibrant as the best part of summer. The shift has already started with our relationship too. Where once I was needed by her, now I am watching her soar from my safe spot on the ground.The end of August our middle granddaughter will be starting kindergarten and our oldest will be in second grade. They are in the springtime. They are just little sprouts starting to shoot forth into life, with all the potential and possibilities that it holds. It is the natural order of things, but it has a way of creeping up on you. You are so busy with your own life and then you begin to realize that a good chunk of it is behind you, but you are right where you are supposed to be!

Ecclesiastes 3: 1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 2 A time to be born , and a time to die ; a time to plant , and a time to pluck up that which is planted ; 3 A time to kill , and a time to heal ; a time to break down , and a time to build up ; 4 A time to weep , and a time to laugh ; a time to mourn , and a time to dance ; 5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together ; a time to embrace , and a time to refrain from embracing ; 6 A time to get , and a time to lose ; a time to keep , and a time to cast away ; 7 A time to rend , and a time to sew ; a time to keep silence , and a time to speak ; 8 A time to love , and a time to hate ; a time of war, and a time of peace. Yeah, just add the Turn! Turn! Turn! and you have the Byrds song from the 60’s! There is indeed a time to every purpose under the heaven. Embrace life at whatever season you find yourself in!

And as always to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be all the Glory for ever.

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We’re Back!

It’s been a long time since we were on this site, but we are breathing new life into it! Come and join us for Bible Study, singing and a whole lot more!

We look forward to being with you again!

David and Terrie Isom

Love Not the World, but the Word.

Good morning!

I hope you all are off to a great start on your weekend.  David and I will be sharing the Word of God in song today with some fine folks at the assisted living in Herrin.  The people there really are a blessing to us.  Riches can be found in all areas of life, and in some unlikely places when we have the right frame of mind.

This morning I would like to share some Scripture with you about the dangers of being too concerned with the things this world has to offer, and what the world sees as wealth.

1 John 2:15 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.  When Jesus was tempted in the wilderness the devil had this to offer: Luke 4:6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. 7  If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.   There are one or two possibilities here; either Satan was trying to deceive Jesus into thinking he was in control of the world, or Satan truly is the one in control of this world. I don’t believe Jesus could have been deceived by Satan, and a quick read of the news headlines leaves little doubt as to Satan’s grip on this world.  What can this world offer that we would owe it our love?  Jesus knew that all this world is going to come to nothing.  Everything here is subject to destruction.  All the gold, fame, and fun this world has to offer will be meaningless when we are called into eternity.  The most disturbing part of this verse is that the person who loves the worldly gains does not have the love of the Father!  Jesus was asked in Matthew 22:36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  There is no room in the human heart for love of the world when God is our first love.  God has placed our feet on a journey’s path.  We are just passing through this world; we are citizens of a different world.  Paul gives us some advice on how to cope in this foreign land.

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.  To be “conformed” to this world means to accept this present world with all of its wickedness.  To become comfortable in this world is a real danger.  Little by little Satan has been on the attack in our nation.  The book of Genesis says that he is more subtil, (as the KJV states) or subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made.  He is crafty and persistent in his attempts to turn this world into his playground.  If it had been a sudden change it would have been thwarted, but he has slowly achieved his goal of conforming our country to what he wants.

Paul says the only way to combat this is to be “transformed” by the “renewing of your mind”.   To be transformed is to undergo a dramatic change into a new creature.  God is the One who transforms the heart and mind of His people.  The mind is the battlefield.  How can we renew our minds?  Paul knew well the struggles of trying to live for Christ in a body of flesh.  Without focusing our minds on the things of God, we would soon be conformed to this world.  By studying His Word we can “prove” or experience the good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.  God’s will in all things is for the good of His people.  The trials and troubles of this world may seem insurmountable, but He is always in control.  Seek His will in your life.  Jesus’ only defense that He used against the temptation of Satan was the Word.  It will do the same for you!

Take my word for nothing; go to the Source and read it for yourself.  And as always to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be all the Glory forever.

Hebrews 13:20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21  Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

The Trip Home.

Good morning!

It has been a while since my last post.  David and I went to spend some time with our daughter and grandkids in Ohio.  It had been almost a year since we had seen them and the Lord blessed us with a wonderful visit.  It was the trip home that I would like to share with you all this morning.

We got a late start leaving our daughter’s house.  It was 4 p.m. our time and 5 p.m. her time, which is the beginning of rush hour on  Friday evening so let’s just say we were not the only ones trying to get out of the city. As we traveled westward the skies became more ominous as well.  I checked the radar several times for Indiana and saw that they were having heavy rains right across the area we would be going.

As we left Ohio and crossed into Indiana the sun was setting below the thunderstorm clouds in  magnificent shades of orange and red.  Traveling as we were due west it was straight ahead of us.  The lightening was the kind that splinters and spider-webs across the sky tracing the outline of the clouds.  I tried to get pictures of it but my camera could not do it justice. It was tempting to just pull over to witness the incredible show the Heavens were displaying.   David and I talked about the power that was behind the sunset and the lightening for quite a while; both of us exclaiming our amazement  at each lightening bolt.  People all around us were flying by on the highway as if we were standing still; the speed limit seems only a suggestion to some.  Of course I do not know what the other travelers were thinking as they headed toward the sunset, but it made me wonder how many were actually thinking of the power of God being displayed around them.  We were all traveling the road for a reason.  Some like David and I were trying to get back home; some were no doubt leaving home for another destination.  We all had a plan in our own minds of where we wanted to end up, but was it God’s plan?

On the highway not far from Courtney’s house there was a lighted information sign about the number of highway deaths in Ohio this year.  We passed the sign several times on our visit with her and watched the number steadily climb.  We passed it as we went to the local mall, to her spa appointment, and to get gas.  Each time we had a plan as to where we were going.  We would get in the vehicle and head out with no fear.  We were as certain that the setting sun would rise again that we would make it to where we intended to go, but we do not know for sure.  Each one of the people represented by a number on that sign thought they were going somewhere else; they never expected to be on the highway to eternity.

I have heard people ask for a sign from Heaven that God is for real; friend, the signs are all around us.  From the magnificence of the setting sun, to the flash of lightening the universe proclaims the power of our God.  I know that without it being His will for us to make it home we would have been a number on that highway sign.  Is that hard to come to grips with?  Maybe for some.  But I understand Who has made me, and by His will I draw my next breath.  This life is uncertain to us, but there are no surprises in Heaven.  Trust in the Lord to guide your footsteps.  Pray to be always in His will.

Take my word for nothing; go to the Source and read it for yourself.  And as always to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be all the Glory forever.

Moscow Road Revisited.

Good morning!

The human mind is an amazing thing.  While on a scooter ride yesterday my mind went back into the dark recesses of things I had not thought about for years.  A ride along a country road sent me back in time to when I was young, and times were less complicated.  My dad’s sister Louise and her husband Walter owned a farm on Moscow Road that my brother Steve and I would visit on the weekends during the summer when our parents went out and did whatever it was parents did when not encumbered with kids.  The old farmhouse is gone now and replaced by a modular home, but the lay of the land was still familiar.  One of the best words to describe my Aunt Louise is spunky.  She is the oldest of my dad’s siblings and dad was the youngest.   As the eldest of 4, a good chunk of the responsibility of the other kids fell to her.  Dad told me once that he thought most of his young life that he had two mothers. Most of the time when a knee was scraped or his feelings hurt he would go to Louise.  Her life was far from easy growing up.  Louise and Walter never had children of their own, but we had “cousins” that they fostered.  The ones that I remember were Gloria, Gilbert, David and Judy. Louise loved them as her own.  David and Judy were the two that were closest to mine and Steve’s ages.  David and Steve became buddies in all sorts of mischief and gave Aunt Louise plenty of grief.

My first memory when we passed the farm on our scooters was of Steve and David riding a mini-bike.  They had tried to get me to ride it too but I was scared to death; yet here I was 40+ years later zooming by on a scooter!  I think they would have been proud of me.  It is hard to believe but both David and Steve are gone now.  They died entirely too young.

Aunt Louise even had a hand in the raising of the second generation of kids.  Judy and I both had daughters only a couple months apart.  Our daughter Courtney and Judy’s daughter Tracey were the female version of David and Steve.  They too were “cousins” but felt a genuine bond; they too gave Aunt Louise fits.  They often spent the weekend hours together at Aunt Louise’s house now in town; the farm had been sold years earlier.

As I rode along I started thinking about how Aunt Louise and Judy were like Naomi and Ruth in the Bible.   They were not blood kin either, but they shared a love for each other that was thicker than blood.  Ruth 1:16  And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: 17  Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me. 18  When she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her.  Aunt Louise was a devoted mother figure to my dad, to Judy, and even to my own daughter.  Judy in turn could not  be a more devoted daughter.  Aunt Louise loved not because she had to, but because she wanted to.  She did not take these children in out of obligation, but love.  This is the love of God perfected.  Judy has now taken the role of caretaker with Louise; not out of obligation, but the same love shown to her.

It is amazing to me that the Lord led us back to Moscow Road today.  As I am typing this it is actually Monday night.  I have just pulled up Tracey’s Facebook page to get her birthday.  The top post on her page is an announcement of Judy’s diagnosis of cancer.  The post is now 9 hours old; about the time I was riding past the old farm reminiscing about the days gone by.  I spent hours thinking about the times that we spent at the farm not knowing what was going on in Judy’s day.  I am saddened beyond words.  Cancer has been an all too familiar word in our family.

This sure did not end as I had intended, but the message is the same.  With age comes wisdom.  As I have aged I can see things clearer than I did before.  I can see the unconditional love between people that did not have to love, and I can see that the world would be a much better place with more people like Aunt Louise.  I wish I would have appreciated my extended family more.

To Judy:  I am praying that God’s healing hand be on you, and that we will forever be cousins.

Alone With God.

Good morning!

On my way to church yesterday morning I had a lot on my mind.  For personal reasons David stayed home.  I am not used to being in the car by myself, David is my constant companion wherever he goes; I go.  That is just how we are, but anyway…I switched on the radio in an attempt to hear some good Sunday morning preaching.  I found what sounded like a good message, and the pastor was even using King James!   In the beginning, reception was perfect, but as I traveled on the signal began to fade depending on my location.  It wasn’t just going to static, but a loud rock station was trying to overtake it.  I tried to ignore it at first and thought it would eventually be where I could hear the pastor again.  Though I strained to hear, I switched it off in frustration.  That is when this message came through to me.

Our church sets 8 miles from town on a rural highway with hills and dense woods on the sides of the road so reception through some areas is difficult.  The highway that leads the Christian to the Kingdom of God is one of hills and dense woods as well.  When we first begin the reception is perfect.  God places His Spirit in our hearts and minds; we are in tune with Him.  As we travel down the highway we come to hills where the times of rejoicing occur and God’s still small voice is ringing in our ears.  But, hills are followed by low spots in the road where times of trial may try to obscure the voice of God.  The hard rock station was like the voice of the world that tries to drown out the voice of God in our hearts and minds.   We may strain our spiritual ears trying to hear the voice, but want to give up in frustration.  Even in times of level ground there is always on the side of the road dense brush that tries to obscure our sight from our intended destination.  If we keep our focus on the road ahead we will see the Kingdom of God.

I made it to church in plenty of time.  The frustration of losing the station was gone and replaced with a joy that only comes from hearing the voice of God in real-time.  I had been searching for God’s voice that was coming from a fallible man, but received instead the message of my Savior.  If David had been with me this would not have happened, we seldom listen to the radio, we had rather talk to each other.  There was a reason I was alone, God has a plan for EVERY situation in our lives. I shared with David what the Lord had given me when I got home and that I need to find a Scripture to go along with it.  This morning when he woke up he said good morning and Isaiah 35:8.  I knew exactly what he meant.  We are a team, but sometimes we just need to be alone with God.

Isaiah 35:8   And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.  Don’t be foolish and give up!  Stay steady and strong in the Lord!

Take my word for nothing; go to the Source and read it for yourself.  And as always to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be all the Glory forever.

The Cost of Discipleship.

Good Sunday morning!

I pray that this finds you happy, healthy and ready to face a new day the Lord has given us.  David and I would like you all to be in prayer for us.  We feel the Lord may be preparing us for a different road.  We always want to be sure of His direction before taking the first step which brings us to our study here today.

This morning’s Scripture was part of our Sunday school lesson, but it really struck home with me.  In these difficult times our nation and world is going through we need to be especially careful and considerate of the voice of God in our lives.  The law of physics could apply here as well as Sir Isaac Newton said: to every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Luke 14:25  And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, 26  If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. 27  And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.  That is a hard statement! Yet many who “bear His cross” have had to apply this statement to their lives.  “Hate” in this context does not mean loathing, but rather loving one less than the other.  Jesus expects His true disciples to “hate” or hold anyone who does not follow after the precepts of God in less esteem than Him. He should be our top priority in life.  This is especially difficult when dealing with unbelieving family members.  Now, what about “and his own life also”?  Are we willing to lay down at His feet the things we hold dear in our lives?   Are we willing to stand for God and His Word no matter what the consequences?  Are we willing to stand against falsehood wherever we find it, even if it is from the pulpit of our own church?

28  For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? 29  Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, 30  Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.   Before we ever decide to take the name of the Lord and call ourselves Christians we must weigh the cost of perhaps having to leave our family behind.  If we do decide the price is not too excessive then we can finish the course He has set before us.  But, proclaiming Christ and then turning away when the road gets rough leads the unbeliever to “mock him”.  One of the favorite words of the unbelieving world is hypocrite.   A hypocrite is not merely a Christian who has stumbled in their walk; it is hiding behind the grace of God to live a continual lifestyle of sin.   Weak and backhanded Christians bring a bad name upon the church of God.

31  Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?  32  Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. 33  So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.  The Bible never promises that our walk will be easy or even pleasant, but we will never do it alone.  Our battle with the world and its principalities will not be an even match.  The unbelieving army is greater in number than the ones who stand for Christ, BUT if God be for us who can be against us!  Do you want to be a true disciple of Christ?  Have you weighed the cost?  The awards that awaits the faithful servant far outweighs the things of this world. 

1 Corinthians 2:9  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  What a day that will be!

Take my word for nothing; go to the Source and read it for yourself.  And as always to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be all the Glory forever.

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