FEAR NOT BY TRUSTING GOD!

FEAR NOT BY TRUSTING GOD!

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me? …In God, whose word I praise, in the LORD, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me? —Psalm 56:3-4, 10-11

The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? —Psalm 118:6

So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” —Hebrews 13:6

            Are you fearful of circumstances that surround you? Are you afraid of people? Are you afraid to speak? Are you afraid of death? Yes, we may experience fear, but how do we overcome fear?

            We fear because we are not in control of what may happen that may harm us. How do we get over this? The verses above are clear. “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?” Yes, to overcome fear I put my trust in God; I put my trust in His Word. It is then I understand that circumstances, people and even death cannot do anything to me to take away my eternal relationship with our Lord God Almighty. 

            Speaking of death, which comes to us all at some point, I love this clip from “Lord of the Rings.”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_FmqI7QKck Ahhhhh… let us live with our focus on the Prize! Let us run this race with perseverance while we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus— the Author and Finisher of our faith. When we cross the finish line of death we will be with Him and all who love Him. So, let us “not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to (us)?  When fear grips us let us trust Him and what He has to say. So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” So trust Him. Trust His Word. That is how we overcome fear. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLX83HbefrI

Dear Father may I trust You and trust Your Word that fear will be dissolved.   May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son, Jesus. So be it!

DON’T CARRY YOUR BURDEN

DON’T CARRY YOUR BURDEN

Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved. —Psalm 55:22

Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” —Matthew 11:28-30

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. —I Peter 5:7

            What burden are you carrying today? Why are you carrying it when our Lord has asked us to give Him our burden?   How come you have not done that?   Will you do that? He invites us to do so!

            When we give Him our burdens, He sustains us. He will not allow us to move in the wrong direction, but we will be able to stand firm. He gives us that ability in the most difficult of life’s storms. These storms can weary us. And yes these storms of life can burden us. But the invitation from Jesus is to come to Him because He cares for us and He wants to help us. Will you let Him or will you carry the burden yourself? If you seek to carry the burden yourself you will experience, weariness, a desire not to keep going, discouragement, a heaviness, compass less thoughts, restlessness, a hardness, anxiety and a wondering if anyone cares. This is a dark place to be.

            Jesus wants to carry our burdens. He wants to help us. He is always available to help us. He has always been there. Will you not call out to Him for help? Will you not swallow your pride and acknowledge you cannot do it on your own and that you need Him? He is waiting for you to call out to Him.   Oh that you would do so and allow Him to carry your burden and comfort you.   May it be so!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsQmsEE_2-s

Dear Father in Heaven I am so glad that I called on Jesus back in February of 1979. I thank You that I have always been able to count on Him. I am grateful that even when things happen that I do not understand that I can trust You fully. There is nobody else to go to when only You have the answers. May I trust You in the dark times and when times a not dark and may I do so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son Jesus.   Thank You for carrying my burdens.   May I always heed the invitation and bring them to You.

Come to Him—- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYZw0dfLmLk

GOD’S WORD— DON’T ADD OR TAKE AWAY FROM IT!

GOD’S WORD— DON’T ADD OR TAKE AWAY FROM IT!

You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God that I command you. —Deuteronomy 4:2

Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar. —Proverbs 30”6

I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll. —Revelation 22:18-19

            To claim to be a follower of Jesus and then take away or add to what He says in His Word is a very serious matter. Those who do so will be shown to be liars. Not only that but they are in danger of God’s judgment!

            What are some ways people are taking away or adding to God’s Word?  

  • They take away from God’s Word by denying God’s design for marriage being one man and one woman for life.
  • They add to God’s Word by saying that any other design for marriage is acceptable such as homosexual marriage or any other deviate marriage promoted by man.
  • They take away from God’s Word by denying that God made them male and female.
  • They add to God’s Word by saying that one’s gender is chosen by themselves and what they think.
  • They take away from God’s Word by denying He is forming a child in the womb.
  • They add to God’s Word by saying what is being formed in the womb is not a child and that it is OK to kill it.

Well, the list goes on as to how man is taking away from God’s Word and adding to His Word. “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life” (Galatians 6:7-8). To take away or add to God’s Word only leads to destruction.

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” A person truly is not living unless they are listening and lovingly obeying His Word. My Dear Father may I hear and because I love You may I do what You desire. Help me, please, not to be pressed into the world’s mold as it redefines what You have said and add to or take away from Your Word.   May I be faithful to You by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLX83HbefrI&list=UUf1NPIFOBwzTLVQiEDnq4Cw&index=17

BELIEVE!

BELIEVE!

Yet in spite of this word you did not believe the LORD your God. —Deuteronomy 1:32

            How quick people will believe what they hear from a TV or radio commentator without checking it out for themselves! And really, there is much that we cannot check out for ourselves because we do not have access to the person or first-hand information. Think about it. How much information do we get that is first-hand? How many people just believe what they hear without checking it out for themselves?

            I am afraid that much of the information people have is just the biased regurgitation of today’s communication gods. What they say must be true! I have believed for a long time if you want to manipulate a people you will do it through media. Propaganda communication is nothing new, but do we not learn our lessons from other countries that have done this in history or even today?  

            Many are quick to grasp onto what a TV or radio communicator says, but how quick will they hold to what God says in His Word? Excuses such as “men wrote the Bible” are often claimed to dismiss the Bible.   Was it men that wrote the Bible?   When you write a letter, is it you that really “writes” the letter? No, it is the pen that actually is writing the letter. You convey the thoughts and movements to write the letter, but it is actually the ink in the pen that “writes” the letter. So too men “wrote” the Bible, but only as a pen in God’s hand.   He conveyed the thoughts and movements for the men to write. So yes, men “wrote” the Bible, but only as they were moved by God to do so. He was working through them.

            So there it is— the Bible, the Word of God. Will you read the love letter that God has given us through men?   Will you believe what He has to say?   Or, will you depend on the few men today who spout their biased opinions as journalistic commentary? For those who say they cannot believe the Bible because it was “written” by men, well, I question their intellectually argument when they trust those they do not know with the information they are receiving from them without checking it out. You can check out God’s Word by reading it and coming to a conclusion. God’s not concerned about argument. He puts forth the Truth of His Word. You can come to your own conclusion and you will live with that conclusion for eternity— in Heaven or Hell… depending on your conclusion.

Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” —John 20:30-31

God’s commentary is ready for you to read. Will you? Or will you continue to listen to the feeble arguments of man? It is my hope and desire that you will read His Word.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZD6khv6pGkw&t=37s

Dear Father may all those view this read Your Word and obey it out of love for You.   May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. So be it!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zaaiFp4RSM

HATEFUL AND DESTRUCTIVE

HATEFUL AND DESTRUCTIVE

Your tongue plots destruction, like a sharp razor, you worker of deceit. You love evil more than good, and lying more than speaking what is right. Selah  You love all words that devour, O deceitful tongue.  —Psalm 52:2-4

            We live in a fallen and sinful world. Let us not forget who the god of this world system is and what His goal is (II Corinthians 4:4). Satan hates God and he hates God’s people. He is out to destroy God’s people (I Peter 5:8) and he works through people who need to “come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will” (II Timothy 2:26).  Yes, every single person who does not know Jesus, who has not trusted Jesus, who have not called on His Name (Romans 10:13), are trapped by the devil, taken captive by the devil and they are doing the will of the devil.

            Many of these people help captive by Satan look and act “good” from the human perspective, but they are still in captivity to Satan. Then there are those who are motivated by Satan to “plot destruction” and to work deceit. They “love evil more than good, and lying more than speaking what is right.” It is unfortunate, but that is what happens when guided by Satan.

            What these verses are speaking about is not hard to see at all in our culture.   Go on Facebook and observe the evil and hateful things that are said there. Surely it is very evident that many people’s words are “like a sharp razor.”   They are very cutting and mean.   People just vent their destructive thoughts. It is very sad.

            Yes, there is much speech in our time that is very destructive, but there is coming a time when all this will be gone. Brother and Sisters let us keep focused on the Prize… being with Jesus in that perfect place when life here has past. Shine for Him in this dark world (Matthew 5:14) and run well until you see Him (Hebrews 12:1-2). Yes Dear Father may this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus!

SING PRAISE!

SING PRAISE!

Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, O God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness. 15 O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. 16 —Psalm 51:9-15

            Brothers and Sisters let us not be deceived. Sin breaks our fellowship with God. We should go immediately to God when we have known sin in our lives, confess it and have Him cleanse our heart and then do what is right. Not only is our fellowship broken but we will not have the powerful workings in our life of God’s Holy Spirit.   Sin quenches and grieves His Holy Spirit (I Thessalonians 5:19; Ephesians 4:30). The joy of our salvation is stymied and this will continue until we have a willingness to confess and do what is right. When we truly come to God in repentance and confession then He forgives (I John 1:9). Fellowship is restored. Our heart is cleansed. We can do what is right because the power of His Holy Spirit is working again in and through our life. We experience the joy of our salvation again!

            What we learn in our failures we can teach others so hopefully they will not repeat our failure. We can share with others God’s ways that sinners will repent and return to God.   We will have a loud song in our hearts because of God’s deliverance on our lives and because of His righteousness.   Yes, knowing the mercy and grace of God will open our mouths and lips to declare His praise. Brother and Sister let us be full of joy, thanksgiving, gratitude, and songs of praise because of our Lord God Almighty, King, Creator and Ruler over all. Rejoice in Him! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbILLkOmLdc

Dear Father I am so thankful for Your patience with me. I am also so thankful for Your forgiveness, for your cleansing, for Your fellowship and for the joy of salvation. You do all things well and for our benefit. May I follow You closer and more faithfully. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. So be it.

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE GODLY AND UNGODLY

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE GODLY AND UNGODLY

”But to the wicked God says: “What right have you to recite my statutes or take my covenant on your lips? For you hate discipline, and you cast my words behind you. If you see a thief, you are pleased with him, and you keep company with adulterers. “You give your mouth free rein for evil, and your tongue frames deceit. You sit and speak against your brother; you slander your own mother’s son. These things you have done, and I have been silent; you thought that I was one like yourself. But now I rebuke you and lay the charge before you. “Mark this, then, you who forget God, lest I tear you apart, and there be none to deliver! The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!” —Psalm 50:16-23

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=On-whMoulOM

            Here are some characteristics of people who don’t want anything to do with God.

  • They can be “religious”
  • They hate discipline
  • They cast God’s Word behind them
  • They are pleased with thieves
  • They keep company with the sexual immoral
  • They give their mouth to evil
  • They are deceitful
  • They speak against others
  • They slander others
  • They think God is like them
  • They forget God

These will not see the salvation of God. Only those who worship Him and order their lives rightly, according to His desires, will see the salvation of God. It is interesting when God is silent that people take that silence as an indicator that God is like them. But the day is coming when they will find out that this is not the case.

Salvation has been experienced by all of us who worship our Lord God Almighty. There came a time in our lives where we acknowledged Who He is and started to follow Him. Below is when that started for me. I do not follow Him perfectly, but my desires is to do so.

A LIFE IS CHANGED

By Ted White

I was a junior in High School when my Grandfather died.   It was the first funeral that I had ever been to and it shook me to the core. My Grandfather was a mason, working with stone and brick. I worked with him when I was a teen. He was a hard, rough man. He drank hard and smoked much. Unfortunately he got me started drinking at a young age. He had been warned by doctors to stop drinking and smoking or he would not live very long because of his emphysema. He told the doctors he would live like he wanted to.   He did live the life-style he chose, but he also ended up dying as the doctors told him he would. The last picture I have of him was at the old Hitchcock Hospital when it was in Hanover, NH, tubes running out of his body and a tracheotomy having been established so he could breathe and be attended to.   Tears flooded my eyes when I saw him in that state. A week later he died.

The reality of the finality of death hit me hard at the funeral. People began filing out after the funeral, but instead of going out the door, they turned to pass the open casket. As I passed the casket and looked in, there was my lifeless Grandfather’s body and great emotion welled up inside me. The end of life was not pleasant.

This experience of my Grandfather’s death caused me to start asking questions. Did God really exist? Was there really a heaven, a hell? What was death like? Nobody I knew around me could help me with those questions. It would be another seven years before I found the answers to those questions.

Even though I had started asking questions about life and death after my Grandfather died, my life-style did not change. I really had the same philosophy of how to live life as my Grandfather had. “I’ll live like I wanted and nobody will tell me any different.”   I drank much and often trying to find some reality in life… or to escape it. But, this behavior drove me from reality into an escapism that could have easily led to my death. There are many things I have done that would shame me to repeat and there were more than a few close calls with death. There was this emptiness inside that I just could not fill regardless of what I tried to fill it with. It was always there, a deadness inside. Once I thought suicide was the answer, but the attempt failed and nobody knew about it.

Living a life-style that I knew could have easily ended in death. I decided to enter the military, just to get away from the place and people where I had been living. So I went into the Seabees of the Navy for a four-year hitch, thinking that I would know what I wanted to do with my life by the time I finished the four year commitment. I went in as a heavy equipment operator, something I thought I would enjoy.   Trouble is I brought myself with me.   People and places can change, but if the person fleeing doesn’t change, things remain essentially the same, but just in a different location.

The military did help me in the area of discipline and to acquire some valuable skills, but my life-style did not change. My four-year enlistment passed with much more partying and there were situations that could have led to my death or the death of others.   Then my roommate, Andy, made a decision to follow the Lord. Well, that was good for him, but I didn’t need that stuff. Although, when he wasn’t in the room I would pick up his New Testament that he left on our desk and read it.

Andy had invited me to a church picnic on a Saturday at 7pm and I accepted the invitation. When that Saturday came around I went to the beach in the morning and partied with some friends, but I planned to keep my word and attend the picnic. I went back to the barracks, took a nap and got up in time to shower and get ready. I was at my metal door locker and reached in for a shirt. I hung it back up saying to myself, “No, I really don’t want to go to this thing.” A second time I reached for the shirt only to hang it up again and say the same thing.   Then I reached for it a third time, hung it up and sighed. At that very moment I remembered what I had said before I enlisted, “When I get out I will know what I will want to do with my life.” I would be getting out in less than a month and I did not have a clue what I wanted to do with my life. Immediately after that thought came this impression which I would have told you at the time it was an audible voice which said, “Turn from your evil ways or be condemned forever… and become a priest.”

This shook me to the core. I went over, sat on my bed and was literally shaking… Andy came into the room at that very moment and said he had forgotten something. From his locker twenty feet away he said, “Ted, what is wrong with you! You’re white as a ghost!” (We had been in the Bahamas for 8 months and I spent most of the time operating an asphalt paver and was black from the sun.) He sat next to my bed and I told him what happened and that I was not going anywhere. This really shook me up.

Two days later I talked with a pastor that led services on the base. He shared the gospel with me and revealed a piece to me that I never understood before.   It was about what was really happening at the cross and how it affected me today. When Jesus died on the cross He was taking the penalty for my sin as well as the sin of the whole world. He was dying in my place so I could be forgiven of my sin, come into a relationship with God through Him and become the person the Lord desires me to be. I trusted the Lord in a back side room of the church while it was getting dark. The shadows may have hid the tears that streamed down my face, but they were tears of gratitude and relief.

A short time after I had trusted Jesus my roommate said, “Ted, God could call you into a public speaking ministry.” I laughed and laughed. “No way, not me,” I told him. But, that is exactly what the Lord did. See God is in the transformation business. He can take a person like me who dropped a class in high school because of having to talk in small groups of people I didn’t know and change him to desire to lead and speak to groups of any size. That is what He has done. I have had the great joy to share His love in prisons, nursing homes, at camp grounds, in children’s & Teen groups, at high school graduations, in adult groups, in the U.S., Russia, India, Australia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Guatemala, on tv, on radio and through writing in various venues as well as pastoring a local church.

Who would have thought… when I was in high school… that I would be doing what I am doing today. Surely, I would not have thought it would be so. God does change lives. He surely changed mine. He was not “forced” on me. Neither was it an “organization” that impacted me. It was through the Holy Spirit of God that the Father drew me to His Son (John 6:44). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZD6khv6pGkw&t=31s

GOD DID WHAT MAN COULD NOT DO

GOD DID WHAT MAN COULD NOT DO

Truly no man can ransom another, or give to God the price of his life, for the ransom of their life is costly and can never suffice, that he should live on forever and never see the pit. —Psalm 49:2-9

But God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol, for he will receive me. Selah —Psalm 49:15

            The sin problem which causes the evilness of mankind is ignored by most people. It surely has not gone unnoticed by God as much as many would like to think that is the case. Sin is an immense offense against the God who made us. It is a rebellious shaking of our fist at Him, not wanting Him, the Creator and Sustainer of all, to rule over our lives. “But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’” (Romans 9:20). Your sin, my sin is an absolute affront to God and He will hold each of us accountable.   Sin is man’s problem, not God’s.   Man chose that path away from God.   Yes, God gave man choice and man made the choice to go against God.

For those who have “called on the name of the Lord” to be saved from sin, well, they will appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ to give an account of how they lived.   This judgment is for believers.   They will not be condemned there because Jesus already took their condemnation, but they will give an account of faithfulness toward Him. Believers will be rewarded for faithfulness or lose reward for lack of faithfulness.   For those who do not want anything to do with Jesus, well, they will appear at the White Throne Judgment (Revelation 20:11-15). “Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death—the lake of fire. And if anyone was found whose name was not written in the Book of Life, he was thrown into the lake of fire).” You won’t want to be there! It is an eternal doom.

What is the solution to our sin problem? Even if every person on the planet that has ever lived offered their lives so we would be forgiven, that would not be enough. Actually, there is nothing a person could ever do to be ransomed or redeemed from their sin. No other person could do anything as well. Sin is an eternal issue that condemns a person to Hell forever!

But what man cannot do God did. He Himself provided the way for man to be ransomed or redeemed. “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect” (I Peter 1:18-19). “Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood” (Revelation 1:5). Yes, what man cannot do, God did!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZD6khv6pGkw&t=22s

Dear Father I am so grateful that Jesus was willing to take the penalty and punishment for my sin so I could have a relationship with You through Him. Now may I live faithfully for You by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. So be it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUxI-ynsTnM

THE CHOICE TO BE YOKED WRONGLY OR RIGHTLY

THE CHOICE TO BE YOKED WRONGLY OR RIGHTLY

While Israel lived in Shittim, the people began to whore with the daughters of Moab. These invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people ate and bowed down to their gods. So Israel yoked himself to Baal of Peor. And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel. —Numbers 25:1-3

Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?  What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? —II Corinthians 6:14-16

            Beware! To be yoked with someone who does not know the Lord is contrary to God’s desires.   This is a willingness to be with them when God has stated to do otherwise. This is not talking about those who are married to someone who does not know the Lord. Many times after two people marry who do not know the Lord one of them comes to know Him.   In that case “If any brother has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her. And if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce him… But if the unbeliever leaves, let it be so. The brother or the sister is not bound in such circumstances; God has called us to live in peace” (I Corinthians 7:12-13, 15). 

            To be yoked together is to spend much time together. Think of oxen that are yoked together. Where one goes the other goes with it. These verses above make it clear that a believer and unbeliever have nothing in common and should not be yoked together. Now, obviously, from other parts of God’s Word we know this is not talking about isolating oneself from the lost— “I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world” (I Corinthians 5:9-10). Believers are not to be yoked to unbelievers, nor are they to isolate from unbelievers, but are to associate with unbelievers.   Loving relationships with the lost are what our Lord calls us to, but warns about being yoked with them (Matthew 22:37-40). Being yoked with the lost and associating with them are two very different things.

            Questions to ask:

  • Am I intentionally yoking myself to the unbeliever? That is not God’s desire!
  • Am I isolating myself from the unbeliever? That is not God’s desire!
  • Am I associating myself with unbelievers? That is God’s desire!

Jesus did not yoke Himself with unbelievers. He did not isolate Himself from unbelievers, but He did associate with unbelievers. May we do the same! Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30). Let us be yoked to Him!

Dear Father may I do what Jesus did in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus!          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viYe589KIcw

HE REIGNS

HE REIGNS

Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises! For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm! God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne. —Psalm 47:6-8

            In a fallen world that resists His reign let us rejoice to know Who is really in control. His plans and purpose are being carried out and will be carried out to the end of time.   We read in Genesis chapter 3 how sin entered this world and brought about the mess that we have today. There is so much evil and wickedness in this world, but that does not hinder what God is doing.

            Brother and Sister let us sing and rejoice to Him who sits on the throne.   Let us sing and rejoice that we are part of what He is doing on this planet. Let us sing and rejoice that we know Him. Let us sing and rejoice that we are working His plan as we seek to be disciple-makers. Let us sing and rejoice that we know what happens in the end. Let us sing and rejoice that we will be with Jesus in glory one day and also with all those who love Him. Sing and rejoice!

Dear Father I am so grateful to know You are in control.   Man may think he is, but he is not.   I am grateful to know that You can take any situation man causes for evil and turn it for good. You are working all things out for our good for Your children and Your glory. Oh, that I would keep this in mind always by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. May it be so!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKTqwBetI1I