The Eye of the Storm

The recent onslaught of hurricanes has saddened me to know the destruction that it will cause to many, but at the same time I’m in awe to know how good God is. God is always with us through the storm. In our everyday life, spiritually we go through many storms and just like the many people who prepared for the recent hurricanes we also need to be prepared spiritually.

A hurricane is a storm with violent winds and has a structure that consists of an eyewall, eye, and outer rain bands according to Accuweather.com. I only want to focus on the eyewall and the eye. The eyewall encloses the eye of the hurricane with surrounding thunderstorms. The eyewall is also where the most strongest and dangerous winds are located. In contrast the eye of the hurricane is so calm which I think is very fascinating that something so violent can have calmness. This happens because the now strong surface winds that converge towards the center never reach it. The coriolis force deflects the wind slightly away from the center, causing the wind to rotate around the center of the hurricane (the eye wall), leaving the exact center (the eye) calm.

The storms of life can be likened to a hurricane and it is very important as a believer to be spiritually prepared. We should daily pray, read our Bibles, and recite scripture and so when the storms come we will be ready. God’s word will be our barrier and surround us and deflect the dangerous winds from ever reaching us which will enable us to be in the eye of the storm where it is calm.

Whatever you are going through or whatever you will be going through you must put all of your trust in God and know that He is always there no matter how bad it looks. Keep your focus on Him and not on how big the storm is. Psalms 9:10 states, And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.

Related Scriptures:

2 Samuel 22:3  The God 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 me from violence.

2 Samuel 22:31  As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.

Psalms 91:2  I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

Psalms 91:4  He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Psalms 115:11  Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.

Proverbs 30:5  Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

Isaiah 12:2  Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.

All Scriptures are KJV only.

 

Cited source:

Cochran, M. Hurricane Eyewall Home to dangerous Winds. Retrieved from https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-glossary/hurricane-eyewall-home-to-dang/14454057

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Ice Cream

Well summer is winding down and its been pretty hot. I’m sure a lot of people have been indulging in their favorite ice cream (mine is vanilla in case you were wondering) or other cool treats. Now imagine eating your favorite ice cream on a hot day outside. You know that sooner or later it will start to melt. A drip here, a drip there so you start eating it faster. The attempt you make to eat it faster still doesn’t stop it from dripping and now your hands are all messy.

Life can be messy and you so anxiously want things to change and be better. The many attempts you have tried in your own strength to make it better has failed and made the mess even messier. The only thing now left to do is wait on the LORD after all He controls the weather.

Related Scripture:

Psalms 46:10  “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Psalms 27:14  “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.”

Psalms 130:5  “I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.”

All Scriptures are KJV only.

The Broken Piece

Reflection on Life

I recently ordered something online and when I received it it had a broken piece. Somewhere along its journey it broke due to the bumps along the way. I tried my best to fix it and put it back together, but to no avail. This is life. Somewhere along the journey of life you were bumped, pushed, damaged, and have broken pieces. You may have tried to fix them the best way you know how, but couldn’t. The glue you used wasn’t strong enough, but the one who sets us free (John 8:36) can fix anything and His name is Jesus. He wants us to bring all of our broken pieces to Him so He can make us whole again.

Related Scriptures:

Psalms 51:17  The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Psalms 147:3  He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.

All Scriptures are KJV only.

My Inheritance

I have a hypothetical question to ask, how would you feel if you learned that you had a distant relative that passed and has left you an inheritance of great value? I know you would be more than happy and probably even do a little dance. Who wouldn’t want to have an inheritance, the daughters of Zelophehad stood before Moses, Eleazar the priest, the princes, and all the congregation to request the inheritance of their father (Numbers 27:2-7). God promised an inheritance to the children of Israel; (Numbers 34:1-2) “And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,  {2} Command the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye come into the land of Canaan; (this is the land that shall fall unto you for an inheritance, even the land of Canaan with the coasts thereof:)”. An inheritance is very important to have and is common throughout the Bible.

I have an inheritance waiting for me, we all have an inheritance waiting for us. No it’s not from a long lost or distant relative it’s much better than that. This inheritance is eternal, to be a part of the Kingdom of God (Colossians 1:12,13). Can you just imagine how wonderful it will be, I’m sure our imagination doesn’t even come close.

(Revelation 21:1-4) “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.  {2} And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  {3} And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.  {4} And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”

(Revelation 21:21-27) “And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.  {22} And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.  {23} And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.  {24} And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.  {25} And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.  {26} And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.  {27} And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”

(Revelation 22:3-5) “And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:  {4} And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.  {5} And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.”

(Revelation 22:12-13) “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.  {13} I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.”

I asked a hypothetical question earlier, how would you feel if you learned that you had a distant relative that passed and has left you an inheritance? For us believers it’s not hypothetical, it is a reality, not a distant relative, but the good shepherd, our LORD and SAVIOUR JESUS who gave His life for ours.

In honour of Resurrection Day I wanted us to look forward to our future which was only made possible through the death, burial, and resurrection of our LORD Jesus Christ. For those of you that would like to have an eternal inheritance waiting for you all you have to do as stated in Romans 10:9, That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Related Scriptures:

(Isaiah 45:22-23) “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.  {23} I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.”

(Psalms 33:12) Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

(1 Peter 1:4) To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

(Colossians 1:12-14) “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:  {13} Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:  {14} In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:”

All scriptures are KJV only.

The Dross

(Proverbs 25:4) “Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.”

What is dross? The King James Bible Pure search software defines dross as:

DROSS, n. [G.]

1. The recrement or despumation of metals; the scum or extraneous matter of metals, thrown off in the process of melting.

2. Rust; crust of metals; an incrustation formed on metals by oxidation.

3. Waste matter; refuse; any worthless matter separated from the better part; impure matter.

When I read Proverbs 25 verse 4 I realized this is exactly what God does to our life. He removes all the scum which is anything that prevents us from being like Jesus. Our trials and tribulations are used to separate our worthless and impure parts and changes us into something beautiful and acceptable by God.

I’m thankful to God for removing the dross from my life, I can definitely see the change. I tell Him everyday that I’m so glad that I know Him. I celebrate you LORD God for there is none like you.

Related Scriptures:

(Malachi 3:3)  And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.

(Job 23:10)  But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

(Psalms 44:8)  In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name for ever. Selah.

(Psalms 19:14)  Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

(Psalms 111:1) Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.

All scriptures are KJV only.

Shoelaces

Remember when you were a little kid and you didn’t know how to tie your shoelaces? Your mom or dad would have to tie them for you because if not you would run off and eventually trip and fall possibly hurting yourself. As time passed you started to learn to tie them on your own, but you noticed the shoelaces never looked the same as when your parents tied them. They were always neat and even, but yours was messy and uneven and sometimes came right apart.

In life there are shoelaces and we can call them the shoelaces of life. We have tried over and over to tie them perfectly, but can’t quite do it. We end up trying to walk or run and yes we may be able to manage not stumbling for awhile, but eventually we fall. It is the same as when we were a little kid we still need help tying our shoelaces, but this time the only one that can tie them perfectly is Jesus.

Let Him tie your shoelaces of life He promises He will not let you fall.

(Psalms 55:22) “Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”

(Psalms 29:11) “The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.”

(Isaiah 41:10) “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

All scriptures are KJV only.

Ginger Tea

(Reflection on Life)

I wanted to share my experience in the grocery store because it reminds me of how life can be as a believer in Christ.

I was in the grocery store looking for ginger tea so I decided to ask the manager since he was nearby. He happily escorted me to the aisle and I proceeded down the aisle cautiously not to miss it and I still didn’t see it. I was beginning to notice that it doesn’t look like tea would even belong on this aisle. Did he send me down the wrong aisle? Where is it? Finally I get all the way down to the other end of the aisle and there it was on the top left.

I find this ordinary experience in the grocery store to be a reflection on life. We are going through life looking for something God told us He would give us, but when we don’t see it right away we get discouraged and think we must be going in the wrong direction. We almost turn around, but the Holy Spirit speaks to us and says, “keep going it’s right up ahead”.

(Proverbs 3:5-6) ” Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  {6} In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

All scriptures are KJV only.