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.

A Woman of Strength: Continue Reading

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

Origin of Halloween

Leviticus 19:31Leviticus 19:31,Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God.”

 

Occult (in latin “accultus”) means to cover up, hide or conceal.  The purpose is to deceive you.

 

Halloween, also called All Hallows’ Eve, dates back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in).  Today, in the United States, it’s a secular celebration where children visit homes and receive candies and other goodies, after the traditional greeting of “trick or treat.”

 

Let’s look back at the origin of this celebrated day.  About 2,000 years ago, the Celts lived in the area that is now called Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France.

  Continue Reading

Have No Fear

1 Peter 4:12-13 – “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some No Fearstrange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.”

Peter tells us not to be surprised when fiery trials come.  Trust me, when I’m going through trials, I need to remind myself that I’m not the only person going through them.  Many people are going through trials – through persecutions, hardships, loneliness, and so much more.

I’m unemployed right now.  I was laid off three times in the past 2 years.  My mother, grandmother, and grandfather passed away during this time.  I was struggling so much financially; I had to move to my father’s home to get back on my feet.  Then, months later, I was kicked out because my Christianity “disgusted” my family.  Aaaah those fiery trials…..they aren’t fun.

We need to remember trials produce patience and maturity.   If it weren’t for trials, we’d be weak, obnoxious, narrow-minded Christians.  A trial is an instrument to accomplish God’s purpose for you.

James 1:3 – “Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.”  Can you see how God is using these trials to make you pliable?  He’s causing a stiff, unyielding person to become softened, sweet, loving – the way He wants you to be.

Remember, God wants us to know the blessing and the peace that comes from being steadfast and unmovable.  God desires that we may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing – James 1:4.

Be strong my dear friend.  God will never leave you nor forsake you.

Blessed Repentance

Blessed RepentanceRevelation 2:1-5, “To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, ‘These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: 2 “I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; 3 and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. 4 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.”

“Repent”: in Greek, it’s “metanoeo”, means to change one’s mind, to think differently, to reconsider.

Five of the seven churches in Revelation were told to repent.  Repent is a fundamental thing to do.  When you repent, you want to change the way you formulate your ideas. Continue Reading