Psalm 91 (NLT)
Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.
For he will rescue you from every trap
and protect you from deadly disease.
He will cover you with his feathers.
He will shelter you with his wings.
His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
nor the arrow that flies in the day.
Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
Though a thousand fall at your side,
though ten thousand are dying around you,
these evils will not touch you.
Just open your eyes,
and see how the wicked are punished.
If you make the Lord your refuge,
if you make the Most High your shelter,
no evil will conquer you;
no plague will come near your home.
For he will order his angels
to protect you wherever you go.
They will hold you up with their hands
so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.
You will trample upon lions and cobras;
you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!
The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.
I will protect those who trust in my name.
When they call on me, I will answer;
I will be with them in trouble.
I will rescue and honor them.
I will reward them with a long life
and give them my salvation.”
How many of us would like a life that is pleasant and free of troubles? I would. Where do I sign up? Most of us make every effort to reduce the stresses and pressures of daily life. We strive to create a lifestyle that is as pleasant and trouble free as possible. Then just when everything seems to be falling into place, some problem comes along and bursts our bubble. Today Jesus shares some straight talk with his followers. He is direct and honest about the challenges they will face. He warns, “In this world you will have trouble.”
When you start to unpack the word trouble, you quickly discover that it carries a lot of baggage. On the eve of His greatest tribulation in this world, Jesus cautioned, “In this world you will have persecution, hardship, suffering, affliction, trials and distress.” The word Jesus used, tribulation, includes all of the different kinds of troubles I just mentioned. The word tribulation packs a powerful punch.
These aren't your run of the mill aggravations. Tribulations are the intense, life-changing troubles that hit with the force of a tornado, hurricane, earthquake or tidal wave. When tribulation strikes, it leaves the good life you were building in ruins. Six months after Hurricane Sandy, there are still people living in shelters and struggling to recover. That’s the intensity of this word tribulation. At times life in this world can be good, pleasant and happy, but it isn't always that way. Jesus encourages his followers to keep their expectations realistic. After all, we are still living in “this world” that has been subjected to frustration by the Creator. We are not experiencing life in the world to come where the “the old order of things has passed away.”
“In this world you will have trouble.” It’s a fact we may not like to hear. Yet there is no reason for Christians experiencing tribulation to fall into absolute despair and hopelessness. Jesus says, “But take heart!” Jesus commands His followers to be cheerful, confident, and courageous when they experience troubles in this world. Now that is easier said than done.
How can you or I be cheerful when our circumstances make us sad and unhappy? How can we be confident when our human hopes and dreams for the life we wanted in this world are in shambles? How can we be courageous when trouble heats up and fear melts our hearts like wax and makes us faint? You change your focus. Instead of staring at the tribulation, you turn away from it and fix your eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of your faith. “Be cheerful! Be confident! Be courageous”, Jesus says. “I have overcome the world.” Through faith in Christ, we find the courage to face our troubles with a confident hope of ultimately overcoming in the life of the world to come.
So how do we put this hope into practice right now? Does sin still beat you up and knock you down? Stop wallowing in guilt. Don’t get depressed and let sin defeat you. Cheerfully turn to Christ. Be confident that His death on the cross forgives every sin. Be courageous and ask the Savior who overcame sin for you to take that sin and remove it from you as far as the east is from the west. Do you struggle to think and act like a person who is following Jesus? Living the Christian life is not an easy or quick undertaking. So don’t get down on yourself and start telling yourself you are a failure. Cheerfully turn to Christ. Be confident that Jesus rose from the dead so that you can live a new life. Courageously ask Jesus to keep on filling you with the Holy Spirit and help you live a new life.
Are your hopes and dreams for life in this world being frustrated? Are you throwing a pity party? Cheerfully turn to Christ. Be confident that the Lord’s plan for you in this world and the next cannot be thwarted. Courageously ask Christ to give you the strength to trust in God like Jesus did in Gethsemane.
Is your faith in Jesus mocked? Are you harassed because your talk about Christ or live your Christian values openly? Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give in to the outside pressure to make your walk with Christ a strictly private matter. Cheerfully look to Jesus. Be confident that the Lord experienced the pressure of persecution and is able to help you stand up under it. Courageously ask Him to give you a spirit of power, love and self-control. In this world Christians will have all kinds of troubles. Yet the tribulations of life don’t have to plunge us into despair. Jesus has overcome the world, and by trusting in our Savior we are more than conquerors too. Instead of dwelling on your troubles, change your focus and cheerfully look to Jesus in your time of need. Be confident that your Savior experienced all the tribulations common to humanity and overcame them all for your benefit. Courageously ask the Lord to help you stand strong with the joy of your salvation and eternal hope unshaken. ~ Pastor H.
Psalm 55:22 (KJV)
"Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved."
Matthew 6:30-31 (KJV)
"Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?"
1 Peter 5:7 (KJV)
"Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you."
Has God left us alone to cope with the trials, tribulations, and temptations of life? I'm glad He has not! Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, has told us in specific terms just what we are to do about worry. The Bible offers a workable formula for care and anxiety. What are we to do about these past, present, and future worries? The Bible says that we are to cast them upon Him. Our guilty past, our anxious present, and the unknown future are all to be cast upon Christ. All of man's burdens and anxieties are wrapped up in these three words: past, present, and future.
For the guilt of the past, God says: "I have redeemed thee" (Isaiah 44:22). "I have loved thee with an everlasting love" (Jeremiah 31:3). "The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin" (1 John 1:7).
For the present Christ says: "I am with you always, even unto the end of the world" (Matthew 28:20). If the burden bearer is with us, then why should we be crushed by our burdens? The French translation of this phrase, "Cast all your care upon Him" is "Unload your distresses upon God." Have you ever seen a dump truck get rid of its load? It would be of no use if it carried its burden forever. The driver simply pushes a button or pulls a lever and the heavy load is discharged at the prescribed spot. We were never meant to be crushed under the weight of care. We push the button of faith or pull the lever of trust, and our burden is discharged upon the shoulder of Him who said He would gladly bear it. Cast your anxious present upon Him, for He cares for you - says the Bible.
The worries of the future are obliterated by His promises. "Take therefore no thought for the morrow.... But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you" (Matthew 6:34, 33). This promise, if we obey it, takes all the aimlessness out of life and puts purpose into it. It brings all life into balance, and earth's hours become so joyous that they blend into the glory of eternity. Boredom, fretfulness, and anxiety are lost in the wonder of His wonderful grace.
* I hope that this excerpt from Billy Graham's book Unto the Hills, has been a comfort to you: PeaceWithGod.net
Matthew 24 (NLT)
1 As Jesus was leaving the Temple grounds, his disciples pointed out to him the various Temple buildings. 2 But he responded, “Do you see all these buildings? I tell you the truth, they will be completely demolished. Not one stone will be left on top of another!”
3 Later, Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives. His disciples came to him privately and said, “Tell us, when will all this happen? What sign will signal your return and the end of the world?”
4 Jesus told them, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, 5 for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately. 7 Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world. 8 But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come.
9 “Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers. 10 And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other. 11 And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people. 12 Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14 And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come.
15 “The day is coming when you will see what Daniel the prophet spoke about—the sacrilegious object that causes desecration standing in the Holy Place.” (Reader, pay attention!) 16 “Then those in Judea must flee to the hills. 17 A person out on the deck of a roof must not go down into the house to pack. 18 A person out in the field must not return even to get a coat. 19 How terrible it will be for pregnant women and for nursing mothers in those days. 20 And pray that your flight will not be in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For there will be greater anguish than at any time since the world began. And it will never be so great again. 22 In fact, unless that time of calamity is shortened, not a single person will survive. But it will be shortened for the sake of God’s chosen ones.
23 “Then if anyone tells you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah,’ or ‘There he is,’ don’t believe it. 24 For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones. 25 See, I have warned you about this ahead of time.
26 “So if someone tells you, ‘Look, the Messiah is out in the desert,’ don’t bother to go and look. Or, ‘Look, he is hiding here,’ don’t believe it! 27 For as the lightning flashes in the east and shines to the west, so it will be when the Son of Man comes. 28 Just as the gathering of vultures shows there is a carcass nearby, so these signs indicate that the end is near.
29 “Immediately after the anguish of those days,
the sun will be darkened,
the moon will give no light,
the stars will fall from the sky,
and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
30 And then at last, the sign that the Son of Man is coming will appear in the heavens, and there will be deep mourning among all the peoples of the earth. And they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he will send out his angels with the mighty blast of a trumpet, and they will gather his chosen ones from all over the world—from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven.
32 “Now learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branches bud and its leaves begin to sprout, you know that summer is near. 33 In the same way, when you see all these things, you can know his return is very near, right at the door. 34 I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass from the scene until all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear.
36 “However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.
37 “When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day. 38 In those days before the flood, the people were enjoying banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat. 39 People didn’t realize what was going to happen until the flood came and swept them all away. That is the way it will be when the Son of Man comes.
40 “Two men will be working together in the field; one will be taken, the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding flour at the mill; one will be taken, the other left.
42 “So you, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know what day your Lord is coming. 43 Understand this: If a homeowner knew exactly when a burglar was coming, he would keep watch and not permit his house to be broken into. 44 You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.
45 “A faithful, sensible servant is one to whom the master can give the responsibility of managing his other household servants and feeding them. 46 If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward. 47 I tell you the truth, the master will put that servant in charge of all he owns. 48 But what if the servant is evil and thinks, ‘My master won’t be back for a while,’ 49 and he begins beating the other servants, partying, and getting drunk? 50 The master will return unannounced and unexpected, 51 and he will cut the servant to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
North of Jerusalem, hidden in a cave, rests the Ark of the Covenant.
Archeologist Ron Wyatt was led by the Lord. For more information, and to watch documentaries of discovering Noah's Ark, the remains of Sodom and Gomorrah, Mt. Sinai, and proof of the Red Sea Crossing, please go to ArkDiscovery.com.
"And now, Lord, what wait I for? My hope is in thee." ~ Psalm 39:7 KJV
Psalm 27:14 KJV ~ "Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord."
"Waiting on God is not passivity; it is active patience that looks to God in hope, and trusts Him to resolve circumstances that you have no control over. Sometimes we feel a strong need to fix things and do something about our circumstances even when the situation is outside of our immediate control. Instead of rushing in and taking steps that are counterproductive and unhelpful, the best course of action is to take it to the Lord. Wait on Him to provide direction, and work in situations that only He has the power to change. Waiting on the LORD isn't passive behavior, because that kind of patience is active in prayer meditating on God's word, and trusting God to work in situations beyond our control and the hearts of other people. While we have a responsibility to do those things God has given us control over, it's far better to wait on the Lord when we have no control, and only God can change the situation or human hearts." ~ Pastor H.
"God loves you, and the Bible says that he sent his Son from heaven to this earth for you. Jesus Christ came into this world to take your sins upon a cross, and he would have died for you even if you had been the only person in the whole world. He loves you! Don't ever forget that He loves you!" ~ Billy Graham
"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." ~ John 3:16 KJV
* please click here: PEACEWITHGOD.net
Shaolin Abbott: I see your talents have gone beyond the mere physical level. Your skills are now at the point of spiritual insight. I have several questions. What is the highest technique you hope to achieve?
Lee: To have no technique.
Shaolin Abbott: Very good. What are your thoughts when facing an opponent?
Lee: There is no opponent.
Shaolin Abbott: And why is that?
Lee: Because the word "I" does not exist.
Shaolin Abbott: So, continue...
Lee: A good fight should be like a small play, but played seriously. A good martial artist does not become tense, but ready. Not thinking, yet not dreaming. Ready for whatever may come. When the opponent expands, I contract. When he contracts, I expand. And when there is an opportunity, I do not hit. It hits all by itself.
Shaolin Abbott: Now, you must remember: the enemy has only images and illusions behind which he hides his true motives. Destroy the image and you will break the enemy.
Parsons: What's your style?
Lee: My style? You can call it the art of fighting without fighting.
Lee: Boards don't hit back.
I found this video of some highlights of Ken Shamrock sharing his life story and his faith in God through Jesus Christ.
Here is the link for a ministry that Ken works with: Lion's Den Ministries
The following is a poem written by Judge Roy Moore from Alabama. Judge Moore was sued by the ACLU for displaying the Ten Commandments in his courtroom foyer. He has been stripped of his judgeship and now they are trying to strip his right to practice law in Alabama.
America? the beautiful,
or so you used to be.
Land of the Pilgrims' pride;
I'm glad they'll never see.
Babies piled in dumpsters,
Abortion on demand,
Oh, sweet land of liberty;
your house is on the sand.
Our children wander aimlessly
poisoned by cocaine
choosing to indulge their lusts,
when God has said abstain
From sea to shining sea,
our Nation turns away
From the teaching of God's love
and a need to always pray
We've kept God in our
temples, how callous we have grown.
When earth is but His footstool,
and Heaven is His throne.
We've voted in a government
that's rotting at the core,
Appointing Godless Judges;
who throw reason out the door,
Too soft to place a killer
in a well deserved tomb,
But brave enough to kill a baby
before he leaves the womb.
You think that God's not
angry, that our land's a moral slum?
How much longer will He wait
before His judgment comes?
How are we to face our God,
from Whom we cannot hide?
What then is left for us to do,
but stem this evil tide?
If we who are His children,
will humbly turn and pray;
Seek His holy face
and mend our evil way:
Then God will hear from Heaven;
and forgive us of our sins,
He'll heal our sickly land
and those who live within.
But, America the Beautiful,
If you don't - then you will see,
A sad but Holy God
withdraw His hand from Thee..
~~ Judge Roy Moore ~~
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