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The Great Production

I decided a long time ago (not long enough ago), that I choose to live my life as if it were an epic movie. God is my director, my composer, my screen writer.
Most people seem to think hes like a omniscient being that just gets a ticket to watch our lives. They do not see him when everything is going well, but when the movie takes a turn and the emotion and pain begins to well up they seem to forget that the audience cannot just jump in and fix the situation because they knew what a stupid decision was being made sooner. No matter how much he wants to help, he cannot, because they have not made him director!

You can choose to let God watch your life, or you can choose to let him direct it. Things will be better, life will be sweeter. There will be love, hope, and beauty written into your life in ways that only movies can make look so sweet, with all the graphics, and music and special effects. You can allow your life to be lived to its fullest potential, and with such beauty, or you can choose for your life to have hopelessness, sorrow, and confusion without the promise of beauty and fullness of life. God doesn’t want to watch you fail, he yearns to show you how to succeed. Life is going to have ups and downs, pain and hurt, and unexpected loss. It is how you respond to those things that will make all the difference.

Matthew 11:29

Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

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When God says move…

MOVE!!!!!

Psalm 18:3

You gave a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip.

I know I’ve been MIA for a while, and I must apologize, but God has opened some doors for me and my family. He hasn’t closed the door to the blogging world but I’ve been falling behind for sure!!!! Lets see, in the last 2 weeks I’ve picked up a new business, became a youth leader, and been dealing with many a dramatic and crazy family moment!

Revelation 3:8

“‘I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.

I’ve been trying to find a way to make money from home for ages, and I’ve passed by, or let opportunities pass ME by many times because they “weren’t for me”. Well this time, God said MOVE!!!! I started with the company originally, not to sell or make money, but to use the product to better my health. The results (within 2 days!!!) were immeasurable!!! So I knew right then, that I could help others by selling and giving it out to them! I prayed that God takes this business and multiplies it so that I can use the money I make and the product I earn to help others and be a blessing.

Malachi 3:10

Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.

Luke 6:38

Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

so I’ve been in said business for about 2 weeks and already I am soaring!!!! God is amazing, wonderful and faithful, and if you are obedient to him, he WILL give you your hearts desires.

Psalm 37:4

4 Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.

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When Jesus comes back!!! Do we all just float on up?

There is a very very common theme among Christians I have noticed, and that is the belief that we are going to ascend to heaven as soon as the trumpets sound and Jesus, the messiah returns for his elect.

I want you guys to read this very well first, and then move on:

2 Peter 3:3-4

Knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.”

SO most of us know about the 144,000, the sealed from the 12 tribes of judea. They will be called up, as will those who are dead in christ.

1 Thesalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.

Then revelation 7 describes a different group of people.

9 After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice:

“Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.”
11 All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying:

“Amen!
Praise and glory
and wisdom and thanks and honor
and power and strength
be to our God for ever and ever.
Amen!”

Someone asked who these folks were:

13 Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?”

14 I answered, “Sir, you know.”

And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.15 Therefore,

“they are before the throne of God
and serve him day and night in his temple;
and he who sits on the throne
will shelter them with his presence.
16 ‘Never again will they hunger;
never again will they thirst.
The sun will not beat down on them,’[a]
nor any scorching heat.
17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne
will be their shepherd;
‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’[b]
‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’[c]”

Interesting! If we are suppose to be raptured before the great tribulation, how could we be those who have come OUT of it?

THEN THE TRUMPETS IN REV. 8!!!!!!

The Trumpets

6 Then the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to sound them.

7 The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was hurled down on the earth. A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.

8 The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned into blood, 9 a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.

10 The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water— 11 the name of the star is Wormwood.[a] A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter.

12 The fourth angel sounded his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them turned dark. A third of the day was without light, and also a third of the night.

13 As I watched, I heard an eagle that was flying in midair call out in a loud voice: “Woe! Woe! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the trumpet blasts about to be sounded by the other three angels!”

9 The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss. 2 When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss. 3 And out of the smoke locusts came down on the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth. 4 They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads. 5 They were not allowed to kill them but only to torture them for five months. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes.6 During those days people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them.

7 The locusts looked like horses prepared for battle. On their heads they wore something like crowns of gold, and their faces resembled human faces. 8 Their hair was like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. 9 They had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the thundering of many horses and chariots rushing into battle. 10 They had tails with stingers, like scorpions, and in their tails they had power to torment people for five months. 11 They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon and in Greek is Apollyon (that is, Destroyer).

12 The first woe is past; two other woes are yet to come.

13 The sixth angel sounded his trumpet, and I heard a voice coming from the four horns of the golden altar that is before God. 14 It said to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.”15 And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind. 16 The number of the mounted troops was twice ten thousand times ten thousand. I heard their number.

17 The horses and riders I saw in my vision looked like this: Their breastplates were fiery red, dark blue, and yellow as sulfur. The heads of the horses resembled the heads of lions, and out of their mouths came fire, smoke and sulfur. 18 A third of mankind was killed by the three plagues of fire, smoke and sulfur that came out of their mouths. 19 The power of the horses was in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails were like snakes, having heads with which they inflict injury.

20 The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood—idols that cannot see or hear or walk. 21 Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.

Pay CLOSE attention to what is marked in red. This is the great tribulation, yet those with the mark of God on their foreheads (which will be those with the blood of the lamb) are still here? 

Moving on…

Revelation 10

New International Version (NIV)

The Angel and the Little Scroll

10 Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven. He was robed in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun, and his legs were like fiery pillars. 2 He was holding a little scroll, which lay open in his hand. He planted his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, 3 and he gave a loud shout like the roar of a lion. When he shouted, the voices of the seven thunders spoke. 4 And when the seven thunders spoke, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven say, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said and do not write it down.”

5 Then the angel I had seen standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven. 6 And he swore by him who lives for ever and ever, who created the heavens and all that is in them, the earth and all that is in it, and the sea and all that is in it, and said, “There will be no more delay! 7 But in the days when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be accomplished, just as he announced to his servants the prophets.”

8 Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me once more: “Go, take the scroll that lies open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.”

9 So I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He said to me, “Take it and eat it. It will turn your stomach sour, but ‘in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey.’[a]” 10 I took the little scroll from the angel’s hand and ate it. It tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach turned sour. 11 Then I was told, “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages and kings.”

This rings a bell!!!! Back in 1 Corinthians:

1 Corinthians 15:51-52

51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
This foretells when we will be changed in a flash. We must become the spotless bride of Christ.

2 Cor 5:2,4-5 (NIV)

Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling… For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened… to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

There is so much deception floating around. WHY? Because most choose to listen to what people think and say rather than read the bible itself. I URGE YOU to examine and read the scriptures daily with a renewed mind and a spirit led by the holy ghost. God will give you the truth if you seek it!!! Do not take my word for it, your friends or parents word for it, or even a mega church pastors word for it. In the end, we are all human. ONLY GOD HIMSELF can show us the truth. Also, please dont forget what it says at the end of the book of Revelation:

Revelation 22:18-19

I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.

God is unchanging, as is his true scripture.

I tell you all these things because in the end days, as jesus stated in my first scripture quotes, there will be scoffers. There will be those who will laugh and taunt as we did not ascend with the sealed. Christians whose faith is hanging by a thread, those that believed in watered down gospels and had no real understanding of what God had in store, they will be lost. Jesus also said that there is to be a great falling away before the end.

1 Timothy 4:1 (KJV)

4 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils,

they will give themselves to seducing spirits (false doctrine!), and doctrines of devils. Wouldn’t it be a lot easier to give up your faith if you feel abandoned by the very ‘god’ you believed in the first place? I fear that those who fall prey to the watered down preaching of the bible will fall prey to this. I fear that many will believe the great deception that is not given quarter in the scriptures.

1 Thessalonians 5:21

But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good;

My prayer for you all tonight is that you will examine all things carefully and you are led to the truth by God and the holy spirit. I pray that you will understand this and why I tell you this in such a way. I pray you will hold fast until the end so that you may be clothed in white and walk along side Jesus. I pray you will be given a peace that transcends all understanding during those trying times. In Jesus’s mighty name, amen.

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Yes I am talking about sex!

Sex is highly, HIGHLY, glorified in this day and age. I guarantee that you have not gone a SINGLE day without seeing it or thinking about it every single day since you were old enough to know anything about it. It was a beautiful thing made by God to be between a man and woman in order to procreate. We were blessed to have it also bring us pleasure and excitement from it. We have definitely take it above and beyond that, and we capitalize off of it, we make it the image, we make it the star. SEX is all anyone cares about now. You cannot have a successful television program or commercial without it being in there in some way anymore. Breast feeding, people hugging each other, and even FOOD has been sexualized. I personally believe that sex has become a form of idolatry. There is pressure on everyone to look sexy, and BE sexy.  Worst of all, there are careers in it. A business that capitalizes off of exploiting women, and men, and in some cases CHILDREN!!!!

Galatians 5:19

Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality,

We need to understand that this is not ok! I was treated as a sexual object my whole life, from earlier on in life than most people should know about sex. As women, we need to understand that feeling that way, and being treated that way is NOT OK. As men, you need to understand that women are much more than sexual beings.  We also need to understand that anything we put before God is NOT OK!!!! If you are having sex before marriage, you are putting it before God. If you are looking at porn, you are putting it before God. If you masturbate more than you read the word, you are putting it before God. If you watch shows that are sexual in nature and portraying sinful sexual acts, you are putting it before God. It is very simple.

1 Corinthians 3:16 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?

You cannot be a lover of God, and a lover of sexual immorality. YOU CANNOT SERVE TWO MASTERS. I’ve been there and I have felt the pain and the shame that sin causes. I have been there and felt degraded and worth nothing more than my sexual appeal. Only God can free you from your shame if you repent. You may never say it out loud, but there is a pain you receive as a child of God when you break his laws. If you claim to love God, if you claim to follow him, and yet you are being sexually immoral, you will NOT enter the kingdom.

 

1 Corinthians 6:9

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,

Galatians 5:19-21

Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Now I have heard from people that “pornography is not wrong because you are not actually having sex with anyone.” I know better however, I know that behind pornography is every work of the flesh. I know what Jesus tells me on this matter as well.

Matthew 5:28

But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

 

So in a world TEEMING with sex and slander around every corner, how do we go on as Christians? How do we resist!?

1 Corinthians 10:13

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

The answer to that was pretty clear cut to me. Be faithful to God, and he will be faithful and provide a way of escape so that you will not yield to temptation. I may sound old fashioned, but I know that I am right. Save yourselves for the marriage bed. If you feel you have already committed sexual immorality, make yourselves new in Christ and do not defile your body again.

2 Corinthians 7:1

Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.

1 John 1:9

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Marry for love and wait for your wedding night.

Hebrews 13:4

Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.

Devote your love and your time to Jesus, to doing his will. Have a heart for him and all things will be right.

Romans 12:2

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Philippians

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

 

Those who know my background have called me a hypocrite, but you know what? I am not. If I were preaching this 2 years ago, I would have been, but I am living proof that God can change you, God can heal your wounds, your hearts, and your sins. God can make you feel worth something again.

My prayer for you today is that you will be convicted on this, that sex and lust will no longer hold more of you than God himself. that he will guide you away from temptation and into his loving arms. I pray that you will read the word daily and gain new understanding of our God, his love, and his commandments, and that he will give you the spirit to obey them. In Jesus Christs holy name, AMEN,

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Death to “self”

There is a lot of controversy about what happens when you are saved after you say the prayer of salvation and become a child of God. Some think you must follow strict religious doctrines, some think its OK to just keep living life the way they were. Some even go back and forth.

Galatians 2:20

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

I was “saved” about 5 times in my life, but I didn’t get what it really meant until this past year. I never cared much about my walk with God, but that I did what I wanted and God just kind of “followed” me and I would talk to him when I needed something. Other than that, and the occasional Sunday I would go to church and act like a good girl, I didn’t bother changing the lifestyle I was living, I was happy keeping my “faith” to myself, I didn’t really get worked up about the things of this world that God hates. In fact, I was doing quite a few of those without a care in the world, and this watered down Idea that because I said that prayer, I’m going to heaven anyways. Yeah I was in youth group at church, and I would worship with the rest of them, but all while doing that I was committing fornication with my boyfriend, I was listening to music that slandered our God, and I was using his name in vain, along with many a curse word to boot. I could go on for days and list the sins I committed while I was busy living for myself. I bet you all could identify with most of them yourselves at some point in your lives.

Mark 8:35

For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.

Then God came into the picture and convicted me against almost all of the things that I once loved. He says to me, ” That’s enough Amy, you know this is not my will. Come do my will and I will bless you and your whole family”. My heart shook with many a word and feeling from God as he changed my very NATURE. I still make mistakes, but now when I sin against y father, it breaks my heart and I do whatever it is that I can to not do it again. My heart breaks for what breaks his! Its only something you will feel if you allow it.

Luke 9:23

And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.

however, I have seen the power that my obedience to God has brought me. When I was TRULY saved, I died to myself. God took OVER in my life and made it his. Now I have seen blessings overflowing for us. Financially the lord is providing beyond anything we expected. Anything we receive in abundance, we give away. The more we give away, the more we receive in abundance. the cycle is amazing. We obey God, we follow his word, and we make him our one and only priority, and he makes us his children, he spoils us, and helps us become people that can love the world and the world can be drawn into Christ through us. None can get to the father except through the son.

Romans 6:1-23

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. …

Think about it!!!! How could our work be done at that prayer when there are so many out there who need our prayers, guidance, and support. There are Christians who do not read the word every day and do not live as God wants for them! Its up to us to help them change that. This is much bigger than our “self”, this is the kingdom! This is a whole earth full of eternal lives we are talking about. One day, judgment will fall on us and we will have to account for our lives and what we have done with our God given gifts and talents. What have you done for him? what have you done FOR HIM, and for those around you that you love? Christ does command us to love one another more than ourselves.

 

Philippians 2:1-30

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, …

My prayer for you all today is that you will learn to die to yourself, and live for Christ. I pray that his ways will be your ways, and that his words will be your words. I pray that we will all be renewed in spirit daily so that we are less likely to falter, and faster to get back on track when we do. I pray that we will allow God to be our strength and rock during times of trials and sorrow. i pray that we can be an encouragement and blessing to others through our faith and love for Christ. in Jesus name, amen.

Consolation for the busy!

Today I am very very busy!!! I have a Halloween party I am throwing for my kid and my niece and nephews to decorate, bake, and clean for. Then I have to throw together my shopping list for tomorrow, get lunch and dinner ready for my son and husband, then I have to make sure to check on my garden a few times. There is more but bottom line… I hardly even have time to post this…. but when it comes to God, you cant forget to make time!!!!! So here are some verses to get us all through the day on a busy one like today!!! To make sure you make time for God, just turn on an audio bible as you clean or eat. Say a prayer every chance you get! Turn on your local christian music station and sing his praises! Also, check out these verses! I love them!!! Love and blessings to you all!!! Have a great, safe, and fun, and not too spooky Halloween!!!!

I pray you will all make time daily for the lord and I pray that I too will never forget to spend time with him daily. I pray that we will see the fruits of our labor and the work of our hands be brought to reaping fully  what the lord has for us if we do it all in his name. In Jesus name AMEN!!!!

2 Corinthians 4:8-9

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;

Philippians 4:12-13

I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

1 Peter 5:10

And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.

2 Corinthians 12:9

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Proverbs 3:4-6

So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Romans 8:28

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

James 1:2-4

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

1 Peter 5:8

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

2 Chronicles 15:7

But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.”

Romans 12:2

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

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Love that has no bounds

Have you ever felt a love like that? Completely unconditional, nothing you would or wouldn’t do for someone or something. Nothing in the world could change how you feel?

Generally a love like that is known to be between a mother and her children. As a mother myself I have felt that bond with my child. It is as if he WAS my heart. It seems like no love can compare…. but the love of God is much greater. God loves me more than anyone can comprehend. He loves you just as much. God CREATED love. When you feel it, you know!!!! For what greater love is this, than to give his only BORN SON to save us all from eternal damnation, and all we have to do is LOVE God in return, and have faith in his son Jesus Christ as our savior!!!! That really is it! Even if we don’t take it upon ourselves to be saved by the holy ghost, he still loves you… but to him, you are like the wayward child who wont listen to you or follow your rules. The only thing that has yet to be said, is if YOU love HIM back!!!! When you love God, you gotta love Jesus, and if you love Jesus:

John 14:23-24

23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

It is whether or not YOU choose to love God, and have faith in him and Jesus Christ as our savior. So many times do I hear “well if your God is so loving and great, why would it matter if we believe in him or not? Doesn’t he love us?”

2 Peter 3:9

9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

God does not want us to perish, he wants us to LOVE HIM with NO BOUNDARIES OR EXCEPTIONS. He wants us to obey him and make ready for the day that we will die and go home to be with him. It is man kinds free will that allows us to choose, and it is our STUBBORNNESS that will keep us from inheriting the kingdom of heaven. The lord is waiting on us.

We tend to have this perception of time and understanding of the world we live in. Everything is too soon, or too late. Too hot or too cold. Black or white, night or day. Good things happen to bad people, bad things happen to good people. What we don’t understand is that WE created these extremes. We have made “deadlines” common place, and WE are the ones who allow crooks to walk scot free, and children to be abused and hurt. We have as much power to protect people from those things. Maybe not GODS power, but why would God unveil his great power to a whole group of people who do not believe in him, or care for him.

Think about the story of the plagues of Egypt back in exodus. God exposed himself. He performed miracles of insane power that had every person in Egypt standing in awe of the Hebrew GOD. Even the Egyptians loaded their gold, jewels, and animals onto the carts of the Hebrews as they left!!! You would think that his people would have remained loyal! They did, for a short time. They wandered into the wilderness, and soon their faith grew weak again. They were then yelling at Moses and God and complaining that they would be better off in Egypt than starving in the wilderness. So God then made it RAIN MANNA!!!! They were given so much bread that they were told not to eat or store up leftovers because the next day he would give them more!!! They still stored up leftovers, and that next morning the leftovers had maggots in it because they were told not to save it!!! I wont go into the whole story, but eventually these same folks began building idols and worshiping other Gods.

Now think about what God did for the Hebrews, HIS people who were raised in him, created by him, and were given promises of life and blessings at a time when NO ONE else was. Now think about what most of those same people did for him. They were faithless, and although God had revealed himself to them, they remained faithless, they doubted him, and betrayed him at most given chances. Now that was obviously not ALL Hebrews, but that is what happened with many. Now imagine how much more faithless and doubtful this generation would be. God has revealed himself many times and people don’t even see him when he does!!!! If God were to show himself and come upon the earth and rescue and save everyone, even those who would be faithless and doubtful and cruel given the chance would be sitting in heaven doing what they please, when they please! Now where is the justice in that. Do you not punish your children when they hit you, hurt you, and scorn you? Do you not put them in time out if they were to hit or bite another child? Well why would God allow people to continue to live on richly after death with no repercussion for their actions? Especially after he has made his promise of salvation open to ANYONE who CHOOSES to come to him!!!!!!!!!

Ecclesiastes 12:14

For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.

So here is what I am getting at: God will reveal himself to you if you CHOOSE to believe in him and have faith in him. He loves you no matter what, and to see the lost sheep running around and disobeying his every command causes him to weep, but for those of us who will CHOOSE to obey him, our lives are blessed by him, as are our souls after death. We will be with him forever, and it really is that easy. You love him, and you obey him. Just as you listen to your parents because you love them!!!! It REALLY IS THAT SIMPLE!!!! Don’t expect anything good to happen to you if you refuse to love our God unconditionally even when bad things happen to you…..  Blessings always come after a storm

James 1:12

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

My prayer for you today is that you will understand that Gods love is unconditional, but you can only be SAVED if you love him too. I pray that you do not forget that to love God, and be saved, that no one can get to him except through his son, and our ‘brother’ Christ. I pray that we will all want to follow him and be “Christ-like” in all of our actions. I pray you will have a faith to stand the test of time and that you will love and obey our living GOD with your whole heart, whole mind, and your whole soul. I pray that because of this you will receive blessings that pour out in great measure. I pray that God will justly reward you for your great faith and love for him. In Jesus Christ’s mighty name, AMEN.