Consequences of Complacency

Isaiah 32:9-11, “Rise up, you women who are at ease, hear my voice; you complacent daughters, give ear to my speech. 10 In a year and some days you will be troubled, you complacent women; for the vintage will fail, the gathering will not come. 11 Tremble, you women who are at ease; be troubled, you complacent ones; strip yourselves, make yourselves bare, and gird sackcloth on your waists.” NKJV

The word complacent is used three times in verses 9, 10 and 11.  It means, self-satisfied and unconcerned, a sense of having arrived of not needing much else.

קֹמְנָה

qō me nā(h);  to raise up, to arise

Isaiah 32:9, “Rise up, you women who are at ease; hear my voice, you complacent daughters; give ear to my speech.”

Why does Isaiah say this? Isaiah ministered in a day when his people needed the courage of hope, just as we do today.  Isaiah addressed a group of women in Jerusalem who cared little about the political signs of the times, which was the threat of Assyrian invasion.  They weren’t worried about anything. They represent the kind of happiness that will kill us—earthly contentment, with no longings for God. They lived their lives of unrestrained gratification and perceived peace when God’s Spirit had identified turmoil. Continue Reading

Be a Woman of Strength

“My friend, I don’t know what you’re going through, but look to see if God is trying to direct you, inspect you, correct you, protect you, or perfect you.”  ~Anonymous

Acknowledge the wonderful resources you have in the Lord and then bear down physically and mentally like a soldier, and calmly and determinedly, endure life’s challenges as they roll in and out.  Your attitude in prayer should not be to “give in”, “give up” or “quit”, but of forgiveness, endurance, hopefulness.  Be a woman of strength.

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The Thanksgiving Lord

 Thanksgiving Lord

God be gracious to us and ‍bless us, and ‍cause His face to shine ‍upon us — ‍Selah.  2 That ‍Your way may be known on the earth, Your salvation among all nations.  3 Let the ‍‍peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You.  4 Let the ‍nations be glad and sing for joy; for You will ‍judge the peoples with uprightness and ‍‍guide the nations on the earth. Selah.  5 Let the ‍peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You.  6 The ‍‍earth has yielded its produce; God, our God, ‍blesses us.  7 God blesses us, ‍that ‍‍all the ends of the earth may fear Him.” Psalm 67

Thanksgiving is a time to truly praise the Lord for his blessings.  It is a time to strengthen relationships we share and to reach out to others.  God’s blessings to us is not only for our own benefit, but He wants us to share and pass along the good gifts He brings our way. Continue Reading

The Puritans and the Christians Today

Puritans 1 Peter 2:12With Thanksgiving fast approaching, I thought I’d share some thoughts regarding the Puritans.

When you hear the word, “Puritan”, what comes to mind?  Is it an image of self-righteous, obnoxious, narrow-minded, humorless, witch-hunting, killjoy kind of person?  I used to think that way, until I became a believer!

In sixteenth-century England, the Puritans were concerned about bringing Christian values to bear an increasingly secular nation.  The Christians today have the same problem.  What was the Puritan’s solution back then?  Go to America and create a purely Christian society for the world to see and follow. Continue Reading