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Recognizing Toxic People and How to Deal with Them

Posted by Tami Baker on February 16, 2019 at 8:50 PM
Toxic people do more harm than good, because they have so much poison inside them from their conflict with God and themselves that it spills out in emotional, spiritual and physical damage to others. They leave you feeling emotionally drained, exhausted and can even leave you feeling distant from God. These people are emotionally immature, narcissistic, and constantly try to manipulate others. ~ Scripture Says~ Ro. 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you; live peaceably with all men. Even toxic people need to be loved. It is our duty {as christians} to pray for those that despitefully use us. Matt. 5;44 But I say unto you, Love you enemies, bless them that curse you, do good the them that hate you, and pry for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you. That being said, sometimes toxic people will not live at peace with you, no matter how hard you may try: we must try our best....BUT Living with Peace does not mean we have to associate with them and let them into our lives. It means we have to forgive them in our hearts and let God. handle the rest.. Ro. 12:17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. {Give careful thought to do what is honorable in everyones eyes. Ro.12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath; for it is written, Veneance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. ~ HOW TO DEAL~ First acknowledge that you cannot fix toxic people. Only God can. Next, acknowledge that you didn't cause it and you can't cure it. The only person that can change a toxic person is God and they will only change if they are willing to let God change their heart. It's really hard to cut people out of your life, especially if they mean a lot to you; but; there comes a point when it's time to rid the negativity in your life and focus on your mental, emotional and spiritual health.. ~HOW DO YOU DO THIS~ Focus on keeping your heart at peace, with God and with yourself. Let them know how you feel, but, stick to your decision. Toxic people can be manipulators, so don't let them try and win you over, and change your mind. It can happen easily when you're in a vulnerable position. You must be very clear; let your yes be yes, and your no be no! Set boundaries, build a fence for you to stay in and them to stay out. Be clear about what is acceptable and what isn't. It's your decision {with God's guidance} what you will allow in your life. Stick to your decision. {easier said then done}. Stay true to your word or toxic people will walk all over you again and again. Say what you mean and mean what you say {this is my mottoa in a lot of areas of my life}. You owe it to your happiness to get rid of the negativity for good. Pray about it. Prayer is the most important thing you can do.{ It;s the best revenge} It's our job to be good, do good, and love our neighbors; God will be the judge and he will handle the bengence accordingly. Do what you need to do to get away from the toxic relationships and God will do the rest. Ro. 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

Time

Posted by Charles Holsinger on January 31, 2019 at 10:15 PM

Time has been labeled as one of our most valuable assets and I have found that to be true.  The older I get the more precious time is becoming and time wasted is becoming my biggest regrets.  The Bible tells us to redeem the time because the days are evil. Time should be dealt with carefully because once it is gone it is over. Now that our boys are all teenagers I have found myself asking questions such as "where has the time gone" or "I wish time would slow down". I can still remember my boys, who are quickly becoming young men, being babies in my arms. I feel pretty confident that we have made the most of our time together as a family but regret is always lurking in the shadows around time. I don't think there's any of us that wouldn't like to have one more conversation with a loved one taken from us seemingly too soon or another oppurtunity to watch a child perform in a recital or play in a basketball game. 

If we are not careful we will spend more time regretting over lost time instead of living in the time we have. A riddle asks the question, "What is harmless but can kill you"?  It's amazing how quickly time goes by during the weekend or on a vacation doing something you enjoy but how seemingly slow time goes by during the work week.  Time will either fly by quickly or move really slowly based upon what you are doing with your time.  For example one minute talking to someone you love will be over quickly but one minute having dental work done will seem like an eternity.  

Time is too short not to live it completely and totally in the purpose of God. When you find your purpose and work in it for the Kingdom of God your life will take on a whole new meaning.  When one fulfills their purpose in the Kingdom all other areas of your life will reach its full potential.  Use your time wisely!

Start Your Day With Jesus

Posted by Joseph Green on January 2, 2019 at 9:15 PM

As I get older I find I enjoy a good cup of coffee more often than I used too. Maybe it’s that boost of energy and awareness that it gives me. I certainly need more of that nowadays, but I enjoy the flavor too. That first bitter taste of a hot beverage in the morning tends to open my eyes as I prepare for a new day each and every morning. We make a fresh pot almost every morning and by noon it’s depleted and sometimes a second pot is made. Our household is a household of coffee drinkers. I like a good hot cup of coffee while everyone else tends to enjoy iced coffee. I like mine black while everyone else like different kinds of sweetness and flavors. I guess you could say that if there is one appliance that our family centers on it’s the coffee maker. Some mornings we cook breakfast on the stove, sometimes in the oven, and sometimes in the microwave. But the coffee maker is almost always on every morning. We have worn out a couple of coffee makers but we are always quick to find replacements.

As much as I enjoy the coffee maker, I love our Creator more. He loves me. He paid for me a debt that I could never repay. I was judged, found guilty, and condemned to damnation, an eternity, in a flaming pit. But Jesus stepped up and took the punishment that was intended for me. Willingly He allowed Himself to be nailed to a tree where His crimson blood flowed and washed me clean of all my evil doings.

I know this because His eternal Word has told me so. Yes that’s right, I read all of this wonderful news in my Bible. It’s all in there, Holy Ghost inspired words put into print by many authors. Written by men called of God to bare witness to the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ our risen savior. Some people might read this and say that the Bible is just a book, mere words printed in ink on paper bound in leather, vinyl, or paper binding and therefore couldn’t possibly last forever. They might even say that times have changed and that it’s impossible to live by the words written in the Bible. I would beg to disagree with them. I’m not writing this to debate, but to introduce some to the truth.

Ecclesiastes 1:4-11

4 One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.

5 The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.

6 The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits.

7 All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.

8 All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.

9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

10 Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.

11 There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.

King Solomon was inspired to tell us that there is nothing new under the sun. Does that mean that Solomon had a coffee pot? No, I doubt he drove a Cadillac either, but the people who lived in Solomon’s time suffered similar issues that we face today. Those same choices that people were making then are some of the same choices presented to us today, and the temptations remain the same. Addiction was still addiction, debt was still debt, etc… etc. The issues haven’t changed and God hasn’t changed.

Malachi 3:6

6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

He is still in charge, He still has the answers.

Hebrews 13:8

8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

We can ask ourselves questions about how we are gonna get through the day or why do these things happen to me but why ask ourselves questions we have no answer of. Why not turn to the One who has all the answers.

Psalm 118:24

24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Can I make a day? Of course not. If this is the day that the Lord has made, why not start out with the Lord?

I know every morning the things I would like to accomplish. Some days I don’t feel able to accomplish much. I guess I’m getting old and my body is beginning to break down. But no matter what challenges I face most mornings I like to face them with Jesus. I go before Him prior to going to the coffee maker. I find that the Word of God and a talk with Jesus gives me a boost that I desperately need. He gives me a boost of energy and an awareness to get me through the day. Oh I have tried to get by without my coffee in the morning but most people wouldn’t want to be around me. And I have started my day without Jesus also, and I can tell you things go better when Jesus is involved.

Remember the old Folgers Coffee slogan: “The best part of wakin' up... is Folgers in your cup.” What if we would apply a slogan to Jesus, how would it read? “The best part of getting out of bed… is having Jesus in my head.” I kinda like that, it works for me. Our first thought of the day should be Jesus. Things are just so much better when Jesus is involved. Have you ever done something that you really enjoyed and wished you would have had a friend to share it with? Or have you ever had a problem that you would have appreciated a friend to help out with. That’s who Jesus is to me, my best friend. He is there to share in all those most memorable moments and He has been there in my most dreaded days. I have been blessed with a lot of wonderful friends. Some have shared in a few of my fondest memories, and a few have shared in my darkest hours. My dear wife has been through a lot with me and I with her, but Jesus has been there through thick and thin. He has never failed us, He has never left us or forsaken us. Even in times when we failed Him, He has never given up on us.

We have been through many cans of coffee of different flavors and brands, and we have worn out a few coffee makers, and though it may seem to us that there are days that we just wouldn’t be able to get going without our java, I would give it up if it came between me and Jesus because I cannot live without my Savior!

John 14:6

6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Wouldn’t today be a good day to start out with Jesus? I promise you, that if you will go to Him before you start your day, He will help you get through those things that you need to get through. Why not sit down with the “Good Book” and a hot cup of coffee and spend the morning with Jesus?

 

Our Best Praise

Posted by Charles Holsinger on December 30, 2018 at 9:25 PM

Another year has come and gone and a new year is just hours away. This is always a good time of year to take spiritual inventory of our lives. No doubt there are things on your to do list that have not been checked off in 2018.  Some of those things will simply move over to the list of things we hope to accomplish in 2019 and other items will simply be left undone. As we have been in church this week for our end of the year revival I have been challenging the people of Wings of Healing to make sure they have given their best praise of 2018.  True praise comes from a heart of gratefulness to God for what He has done through the work on Calvary.  Praise is one of the spiritual weapons in the arsenal of believers. You cannot fully enjoy the presence of God without creating an atmosphere of praise. Great things happen when we surrender to God and praise Him. Chains are broken, Lives are restored, Healing is manifested in the presence of the Lord. Every time you enter into a Spirit filled service and you begin to Praise and Worship God your life is changed for the better. 

So now would be a good time to ask yourself have I given God the best Praise and if not I definitely would not simply allow that to be undone.  In the last hours of 2018 I'm going to make them count. In the last hours of 2018 I'm going to lift my best praise to God.   

Thanksgiving Every Day

Posted by Susan Green on November 17, 2018 at 9:00 PM
Every November we are reminded to give thanks. For some the holiday has been reduced to ''Turkey Day'', the emphasis being placed on the traditional meal of turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie, etc.. For some it means gathering with family and friends that we don't see often, telling stories of childhood and times gone by. And for still others, it has simply become the day before ''Black Friday'', when the frenzy of Christmas shopping really begins. But do we really need a holiday to remember to give thanks ? Should we ? When we have so much to be thankful for every day ? When His goodness and mercy are new every morning, and have given us another day ? Lamentations 3:22-23 22) It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23) They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. I read something once that really gave me pause. . . . It said ''What if you only had tomorrow what you thanked God for today ?'' Wow ! That really rocked me ! It caused me to ask myself, ''How thankful am I ?'' As Christians, we are called to be thankful . . . . Psalm 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. We're to be thankful to Him for everything He does, for all His blessings, in front of others . . . . 1 Chronicles 16:8 Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people. We're to pass it down to our children and our children's children. . . . Psalm 79:13 So we thy people and sheep of thy pasture will give thee thanks for ever: we will shew forth thy praise to all generations. We're to give thanks in everything we do . . . . Colossians 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. We're to give thanks for others who perhaps aren't thankful themselves . . . . 1 Timothy 2:1-2 1) I exhort therfore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2) For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. We're to give thanks because it sets us apart. It makes us recognizable as His people. . . . Psalm 97:12 Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous; give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness. Psalm 106:47 Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the heathen, to give thanks unto thy holy name, and to triumph in thy praise. Psalm 140:13 Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shall dwell in thy presence. We all have something to be thankful to God for every day ! If we're breathing, we should thank God ! We live in a country that allows us to serve God, churches where doors are open for us to enter into His house, where we can read and share His Word ! We have a Savior, and a blessed hope for eternity ! We have been given the revelation, and have received the good news of the gospel ! We have been saved, sanctified, and filled with the Holy Ghost ! Our Lord Jesus is coming back for us to take us home to be with Him forever ! 1 Thessalonians 4: 16-17 16) For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17) Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with him in the clouds, to meet him in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. And lastly, as Christians, we seek His will. . . . 1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. We can never truly thank Him enough for His love, His sacrifice, His mercy, His goodness, His Word, His promises ! If He never did another thing for me, I could still never do enough to thank Him for all He's already done for me ! I never want to take Him or His gifts to me for granted ! I want to always be thankful, not just on Thanksgiving day, but Every Day ! A Thankful Heart Take nothing for granted, for whenever you do the ???joy of enjoying??? is lessened for you - For we rob our own lives much more than we know when we fail to respond or in any way show our thanks for the blessings that daily are ours . . . The warmth of the sun, the fragrance of flowers, the beauty of twilight, the freshness of dawn, the coolness of dew on a green velvet lawn, the kind little deeds so thoughtfully done, the favors of friends and the love that someone unselfishly gives us in a myriad of ways, expecting no payment and no words of praise- Oh, great is our loss when we no longer find a thankful response to things of this kind, for the joy of enjoying and the fullness of living are found in the heart that is filled with thanksgiving. Helen Steiner Rice

Personal Sacrifice

Posted by Joseph Green on October 9, 2018 at 3:30 PM

At a recent O.A.S.I.S. (Older Adults Sharing In Service) meeting, the Lord Had laid it upon my heart to talk about sacrifice. In studying for the meeting, He kept back to David's sacrifice of water from the well, (1 Chronicles 11). Of how badly David wanted that drink of water, and all that his  mighty men had risked to get it for him. And then he just poured it onto the ground. So, I began to ask, "Lord, why are you showing me this? What are you trying to teach me through this?" And I started to think about everthing I know about David.
He was a man after God's own heart. Why? Because he would do whatever God asked him to do.

Acts13:22
22 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.

David was not perfect, There was sin in his life. He dealt with lust, we all know what happened with Bathsheba, and what he did to her husband to make her available to him. But even when it hurt, David obeyed God! Even when it hurt, he sacrificed! He was fearless when it came to doing what God wanted him to do! Even in the face of Goliath!

1 Samuel 17:36
36 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.

 His love for God was such that no matter what God asked of him, he did it! Even in the face of losing his own life! How long did Saul seek to kill him?! And twice, David was right there, he could have been angry, frustrated, he could have gotten rid of the threat right there and taken his throne. But he held back because God forbade him to stretch forth his hand against His annointed.

1 Samuel 26:1-11

In due time, God made David king, but he went through a lot untill then. And during that time, he failed. We all fail, we're human. But David's heart was after God through it all.
I always want to say, "It's all in the want to!" None of us are perfect, none of us will ever be good enough, but if we strive to be good enough, God honors that "want to". He honors that desire to pleasse Him. God knows whether our efforts are real or not, He understands our mental thoughts and the thoughts of our heart. We cannot fool God.

Hebrews 4:12
12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and
spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Getting back to David's sacrifice of the water... He'd fought long and hard, and he really wanted that drink! I believeThat if he hadn't wanted it badly, he would have never mentioned it to his mighty men. Because he had to know that his men were so loyal to himthey would have done anything. They would have gotten him anything. So they risked their lives, they risked everything for David, because of their love and loyalty for thier king, to bring him this drink of water, and watched him, out of sacrifice for his God, pour it out on the ground.
I think of this in terms of ourselves. We have to be willing to risk everything, like those mighty men did, for their king. To risk everything! To risk our life, our livelyhood, our day to day doings, every thing in our life! Not just on Sundays, not just on Tuesdays or Wednesdays or whenever mid-week service falls, but everyday!
We have to be willing to sacrifice like David did! To sacrifice those things that we want more than anything in the world! The things that look good, the things that taste good, the things our hearts long for, we have to be willing to give up for God! Because the essence of sacrifice is not, "Well' Here God, I'll give you what i don't really care for", or "I'll give you what I don't really want, what's not important to me". No, that's not what sacrifice is....
Sacrifice is letting go of that one thing you really want to hold on to! Merriam Webster Dictionary defines it as "destruction or surrender of something for the sake of something else."
I heard a minister say something once that has always stuck with me. He said, "God will never ask us for something we don't have, but He will almost always askus for something that we would like to keep."
If we look at Abraham, He prayed for a son, and they were blessed with Isaac. Isaac was their joy, he was God's promise to them. God asked Abraham to sacrifice him on the mountain! Abraham never question or hesitated, he just got ready and left. His love and faith in God was such that he just obeyed and trusted God for the journey. In Abrahams obedience, in his sacrifice, his willingness to give up the thing most precious to him, God did not require it of him.
When we were youth directors, I used to tell the kids that there were going to be things in their lives that they wanted, that they longed for, but when we pray in God's will, we need to be willing to give it up if it's not part of His will. That's what sacrifice is.
In our Christian walk, sacrifice is something we are all going to be called to do. It may be the smallest sacrifice, it may be a huge sacrifice, but we have to be willing to do whatever is God's will. It's always going to be "Jesus first"! He has to be the priority, He will never be second! Sometimes that means sacrificing family time, sometimes that means sacrificing a better paying job because it takes you away from church. Sometimes it's sacrificing a good time with friends because they are doing things that you don't believe in.
There are all kinds of sacriffice and God honors even the smallest one if it's done for Him, and always with thanksgiving and praise....

Hebrews 13:15
15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

        Continually, even in the worst of times. It's praising and thanking Him no matter what comes, in good times and bad. That's why it's a sacrifice, because you do it even in the hardest times, even when you don't feel like it, even when it's not easy.

 God will always honor our sacrifice, no matter how small. He will honor it. Just as He sacrificed everything because of His love for us, He will honor whatever sacrifice we make because of our love for Him. Because of our love for Him! It's not about what anybody else thinks, or how the world sees you. God knows our hearts and He knows how big that sacrifice is for us. He knows! And He will honor it!

Sister Susan Green

He Will Keep His Promises

Posted by Charles Holsinger on September 17, 2018 at 8:25 PM

There is many seasons and changes in life.  Some are welcomed and anticpated and others are feared and rejected.  However, one can be certain that life will have many changes.  It is often necessary that in order for new things to happen there must be a change or a shift.  During the changing of times and seasons there is always room for challenges. Those challenges, while usually unwelcomed, is necessary to prepare us for the next season in our life.  We often have to learn to be faithul in the darkness before we walk in the light of a new day.  There is times that we must stand faithful in seasons of want before we are able to walk in plenty. The struggle often exists in the transition from glory to glory or even from valley to valley. It is during those times of transition that we cannot forget the promise or the word that was spoken to us in previous days.  I have learned to expect battles and trials.  Some may say that's a lack of faith but I say that's a realization of God's word.  Jesus said in John 16:33, "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.  In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world". Along with every trial, along with every tribulation there is a promise attached to it that God will in fact see you through.  He will keep his promises! 

May God Bless You!
Pastor Chuck Holsinger
September 17, 2018

  

He Hath Made Everything Beautiful

Posted by Charles Holsinger on July 21, 2018 at 9:55 PM

I was just sitting in my office looking out the window. As I was preparing to study my Bible I began meditating on on God and all of His wonderful creations outside my window. As I looked up I saw the gorgeous blue sky peeking through the puffy white clouds. I watched for awhile as the clouds passed by gently rolling and conforming into various shapes and sizes. I began to wonder why these shapes? Why do the sizes range so differently? Why are they white? Oh I know science can give some explanation to these questions. I know that clouds are really just water vapor and their shape and size is determined by air currents and their white color is from the way like is refracted as it passes through the water vapor. These things are all proven scientifically and is considered fact. This has all been taught to me in school. The question still rolls through my mind, why?

As I watched the clouds a movement in the corner of my eye caught my attention. Several starlings flew past and landed in the neighbors yard and began to fuss over some bread crumbs that he had tossed out for the sparrows. I focussed my attention upon these and other birds flying into the commotion the starlings where causing. I love to watch birds. Science tries to explain the behavior of animals like birds but I find that you can’t explain all of their actions. Oh sure certain birds have different behavior traits. Eagles are far different from humming birds in more ways than just size and color and diet. They have different attitudes and personalities, or should I say avianalities. Why is this so?

Looking out the window into our backyard I can see the Rose Of Sharon with its white blooms and rosey centers. A hanging planter full of dark pink petunias decorates the fence. On the other side of the yard some colorful flowering vines are climbing the fence. There is beauty as I look out my window. Colorful flowers, birds and butterflies, trees and bushes and a garden full of vegetables under the cover of blue skies and fluffy white clouds all exhibit the beauty of God’s wonderful creation.

Many people tend to look at the world as a place of ugliness and injustice. The home of terrible acts of violence, homeless and starving people, abused and neglected children, nations in the midst of or on the brink of war and destruction. How do we go from peace and beauty to the ugliness exhibited in this world? There is an answer to this question but I am not sure that we are capable of understanding. I don’t believe we should even try to understand. I believe God cries out for us to trust in Him, not for answers, but for the knowledge that He has our best interest in His hands. Did I lose you? Let me show you what God has to say.

Genesis 1:31

“And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”

 

God is the same God today as He was at the creation. He was well pleased with His work. The Bible says it was “very good”. God settles for nothing less than perfection. We can say that we are not perfect but we are made perfect by the blood of Jesus. Though we yet fail we strive to attain perfection and we should strive daily and never give in to imperfection. We can say this world is imperfect but God made it this way and allotted us the toil and trouble of this world. We are not here to simply exist but to labor in it so that we will not be content in it, that we should desire something better. God has given us a promise of something better and therefore we work towards that prize. Do you see the perfection of His plan? No? Then let me continue.

 

Ecclesiastes 3:10

“I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.”

 

Solomon says God has given the sons of men travail and we are to be exercised (labor) in that trouble and travail. Maybe we should be a little more grateful that God has given us this gift. I know all of this sounds crazy but really, don’t you want something better? We shouldn’t be content with this world, it’s just a temporary holdover to a more permanent destination. We should take joy that we have a God that cares enough about us to give us a shove out the door so we can continue towards home. Complacency is an enemy to us, to become “used to” our surroundings and the events that happen around us is not what God wants of us.

 

Ecclesiastes 3:11

“He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.”

 

God has made “everything” beautiful in “HIS” time! We can’t expect to understand all of God’s how’s and why’s when everything is created according to “HIS” will and design. He spoke all of creation into existence except us. He took great care to mold us into who we are with His bare hands then breathed the breath of life into us and we became a living soul. He has set eternity, a better place, into our hearts so that we can look beyond this fleeting routine we call life, but no man can know the work that God does from from beginning to end. We will always fail to completely understand why God does what he does. It is not for us to know the times or seasons of things but God’s word says;

 

Ecclesiastes 3:1

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:”

 

Acts 1:7

“And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.”

 

God gives us His word that it’s not for us to understand everything he does but many times He tells us to “fear not”. We can trust Him to know what is best for us, after all he made us. He has a plan for us, it includes some things that we may not want to do or be apart of, but remember He has our best intentions in His hands. Jesus set the example for us when he carried the cross to Calvary, as tragic as it was for Him to give his life on the cross, He did it so that we could have the assurance of life with Him. That’s the beauty of God!

Remember how I wrote about all those beautiful things at the beginning? God gives us a glimpse of the beautiful wonders of this Earth that He has created. I can only imagine what it must be like to walk by Jesus’ side, to walk in the splendid beauty of Heaven and see the glory that emanates from the very throne of our creator, to taste the sweet waters that flow from His throne. Oh how wonderful it will be! No more pain, no more suffering, no more tears and no more death. So praise God through all the storms we have to go through while we are here because it will keep our focus on the treasures that have been laid up for us! This world is really a beautiful place and I am thankful for this time I am here because I can see a far greener pasture on the other side of Jordan!

 

Brother Scott Green

Faithful in the Nothing

Posted by Charles Holsinger on June 11, 2018 at 1:30 AM

Luke 1: 8-11

8 And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his course,

 

9 According to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.

 

10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense.

 

11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.


After reading this particular chapter in the book of Luke I noticed something that I've never seen before.  We often skim over parts of the Bible to get to the more interesting details.  This is one of those chapters.  This is a pre-show to the Birth of Christ, what could be greater than the Birth of Christ.  However, while I'm not trying to under emphasize the Birth of our Messiah I do want to take a few moments to look at a couple of people who faithfully served during a very tough season in their life.  

In our text we read about Zacharias a Priest who had the job of Burning the Incense in the temple.  He and his wife, Elizabeth, are described in scripture as righteous and blameless in keeping the ordinances and commandments of God.  However, in spite of their faithfulness we find out that Elizabeth was barren and unable to have children. 

I guess I find this inspiring and a little disheartening at the same time. 

Let me take care of the latter first.  I find it disheartening that in spite of their faithfulness to the house of God their prayer had not been answered.  It seems a little unfair at times when those who are faithful and righteous live their life without having such a request answered.  Don't get me wrong I do not believe that we should have total access to anything that we can ever think of in the flesh. But this was not a selfish request.  

I also find it even more inspiring!  Why? Because in spite of the fact their prayer had not been answered Zacharias served faithfully in the temple.  Burning incense would have been a very involved process.  While incense was being burned inside the temple and smoke would fill the room the smoke and aroma of the the incense would eventually come out the top of the temple and enter into the heavenlies up to the throne of God.  People would gather outside the temple and pray while Zacharias would burn the incense.  The Bible speaks about his precision when burning the incense and each time he did it he done it according to the custom or the instructions that he was given.  The Bible just doesn't say he casually burnt the incense but rather he executed it before God.  Even though there would not have been an audience inside while he burnt the incense he executed with percision every time! 

For years he and Elizabeth longed to have a son and years came and went without that petition being answered.  Now I'll let you in on a little secret.  They will eventually have a son and will call him John.  We know him as John the Baptist he will be the forerunner of Christ. 

But the purpose of this blog is to highlight the faithfulness that we read about during the time that their prayers were seemingly going unnoticed before the Lord.  While they lived through their season of nothing they still served faithfully.  It is really easy to serve God during the something's in life but the true testament to a person's character is what you do when there is nothing.  Do you serve God based upon what you have received from the Lord or do you serve God because you love Him. 

There will be many seasons in life where there is seemingly nothing and our reaction and response to the nothing will often lead us to the something's in life.  Zacharias being faithful in the nothing allowed him to be able to receive one of the greatest blessings in his life.  Had he stopped serving faithfully in the temple he would have disqualified himself from receiving the miracle from God. 

Maybe you have not received your miracle.  Maybe you have prayed for a long time.  Don't stop serving God faithfully when you are in a season of nothing.  The nothing will lead you to the something!   

My Box Of Chocolates

Posted by Susan Green on May 22, 2018 at 2:15 PM

   There was a movie that came out in 1994 that everyone is familiar with called Forrest Gump. And in it, his mother told him that "life is like a box of choc'lates Forrest, you never know what you're gonna get."                               

 I guess that little nugget of wisdom is true for anyone without a relationship with Jesus Christ. To them, each day is uncertain, a toss up if you will. Constantly trying to defend themselves against what life is continually throwing at them. Like trying to balance on driftwood as the waves crash over them from every direction. They are without a lifeguard on the sea that is life.        

   For me, it's different. I have an anchor in life's ocean, and my Lifeguard walks on water. My life may be a box of chocolates, but because of my relationship with Jesus Christ, I know exactly what I'm going to get. 

    I get a Savior ! He gave His life to save me from a life of sin ! He rescues me in every situation !

2 Samuel 22:3

The God of my of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest from violence.

    A Redeemer who paid the cost for my soul . . . .  

Isaiah 48:17 

Thus saith the Lord; thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the lord thy God which teacheth thee by the way that thou shouldest go. 

   A Friend who gave His life for me . . . .  

John 15:13-14 

13) Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

14) Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.  

    A Father who wants the best for me . . . . 

Luke 12:32 

Fear not little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 

   My advocate who pleads my case . . . . 

1 John 2:1 

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:  

   A Comforter, the Holy Ghost, who is with me at all times . . . .

John 14:18  

I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.  

    My Guide who leads me . . . . 

Psalm 32:8 

I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

    My Hope for tomorrow . . . . 

Romans 5:2  

By whom also we have access by faith into this wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of god.  

   Who is my Strength . . . . 

Psalm 27:1 

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear ? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid ?  

   We know that life is fleeting, a vapor . . . . 

James 4:14

Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life ? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. 

   Grass that withereth . . . . 

Peter 1:24

For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away.  

    Being a Christian doesn't mean that life will be perfect, that we will never suffer. But it does mean that, in every situation, Jesus will be there, all that we need. It means that we are never alone or forgotten. 

2 Corinthians 4:8-9  

8 ) We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

9) Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.   

    Life is uncertain, to be sure, as day turns into night and night into day. But it is possible to face each day without fear, with peace.  

John 14:27  

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 

Philippeans 4:7

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

   So, my life may be like a box of chocolates, an assortment of good, bad, happy, sad. But because of my relationship with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, because of my life in Him, I'm not afraid of what I'll get. Because I know that He holds each piece in His hand, and it's wrapped in His love. 

Susan Green  

5/22/18


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