Back Seat Driver

Are you a back seat driver? You know someone that tries to instruct the actual driver who is driving how to drive. The usual instructions likely being; “Can you drive a little faster, can you slow down, turn here so we can get there faster, watch the road, and etc.” I do understand that being in the back seat can be uncomfortable and the view from the back isn’t as clear as the drivers. When I thought about it I can honestly say I’m not a back seat driver, but then I had to think a little deeper.

As Christians we know that the LORD is our shepherd (Psalms 23:1) which would indicate that we follow Him, He’s in the front and we’re in the back. The journey along the way at times are uncomfortable and can be very confusing to us, so then we want the LORD to move a little faster, or to slow down out of fear. We are looking for things and promises along the way, but they are nowhere in sight. Which may cause us to start to question if we are going in the right direction since our view isn’t as clear as His.

In Exodus Chapter 13, verse 21 the LORD led His people to safety; And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night.  Isaiah Chapter 42, verse 16 states; And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them. Jesus is the good shepherd and He will never lead us astray, He knows exactly what He is doing. Keep following, keep trusting, and keep hoping no matter what it looks like. Psalms 48:14 For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.

All Scriptures are KJV only.

Related Scriptures:

Proverbs 5:21  For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.

Psalms 139:10  Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.

Psalms 23:1-4  “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. {2} He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. {3} He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. {4} Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”

John 10:11  I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

Psalms 32:8  I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

Romans 8:25  But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

Habakkuk 2:3  For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

Job 28:23-24  “God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof. {24} For he looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under the whole heaven;”

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Declutter Your Heart

Decluttering, it may be on a list of things to do for some of us. You know the delightful or dreadful process of removing unwanted or unnecessary things (mess) in order to make a change or to be more organized. Over time we can collect and store things we don’t even need. Similarly, just like our surroundings/space, our hearts can be cluttered in need of a clean.

We know from the Bible that out of the heart proceeds evil thoughts, murderers, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, and blasphemies (Matthew Ch. 15:19). We also know as Christians our lives should be an example of Christ. Christ stated in 1 Peter Chapter 1:16, “Be ye holy; for I am holy.” In Matthew Chapter 15:8 it states, “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.” In Ezekiel Chapter 14: 6 God spoke and said, “Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations.”  We need to live in a way that honors Him and REPENT from those things that cause us to do the opposite.

Our hearts focus should only be on pleasing God, but how can that be with all the other clutter taking up space. Of course, the only one who can declutter our heart is Jesus. I think the process of decluttering can be hard for us if Jesus is trying to clean our heart and we are still holding on to things or doing things we shouldn’t be doing. The Spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak (Matthew 26:41). There are some things we can do to make the process easier. Immersing ourselves in the Bible, getting involved in godly activities, watching and listening to things that will edify our Spirit. In other words, put more of God in your heart where there will be no more room for anything else.

All Scriptures are KJV only.

Related Scripture:

Psalms 51:10  Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Matthew 22:37  “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.”

Ezekiel 18:30  Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.

1 Corinthians 6:15-20  “Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. {16} What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. {17} But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. {18} Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. {19} What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? {20} For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

2 Timothy 2:19-22  “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. {20} But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. {21} If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. {22} Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

The Throne of God

I heard this sermon entitled “You are the temple of the living God” by Pastor Mike Hoggard and I thought it was interesting and wanted to share it. In the sermon, he compares our body to the actual temple of God, showing that God designed us with His temple in mind.

First, he mentioned how the Bible is constructed. The Bible has a total of 66 books, 39 in the old and 27 in the new.  The Bible has a spine and the spine holds everything together. Our backbone has 33 bones, starting from neck to tail. The right side of our body has 33 nerve bundles and the left side of our body has 33 nerve bundles. The whole body has a total of 66 nerve bundles. He also mentioned Jesus was the age of 33 when He died. The number 33 is significant. Numbers represent the order of God Himself.

Revelation 4:2-6 states, “After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. {2} And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. {3} And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. {4} And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. {5} And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. {6} And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.”

The throne of God is your heart and the heart has 4 chambers which represent the four beast that holds up the throne and the sea of glass is the pericardium, a fluid-filled sac around the heart. Ribs surround the heart which represents the 24 elders clothed in white, our ribs are white. The heart operates through electricity which represents the lightning and sounds like thunderings. Our voice box is close to the lungs and heart and it represents the voices. Our right lung has 3 sections called lobes, the left lung has 2 sections, and 2 trachea which equals 7, this represents the 7 lamps of fire burning before the throne which are the 7 Spirits of God.

 

All Scriptures are KJV only.

 

My Father

My Father, it all began with Him. He gave me life. I love my Father very much, but not as much as He loves me, which is clearly demonstrated through His only begotten Son Jesus (John 3:16). There is so much to love about my Father and one of the things I love the most is that He keeps His promises (Titus 1:2). He never lies; He can’t (Numbers 23:19).  I spend time with Him every day and read His inspired word daily (2 Timothy 3:16). My Father is the author of the greatest book to ever be written. A true masterpiece, guides me in all truth (Psalms 119:105).

He has always provided for me just as a good Father should. He knows me so well; He even knows what I’m going to say before I say it (Psalms139:1-4). I can tell Him anything and not be embarrassed. I can openly express all my mistakes and failures and all of my hopes and dreams. I can always ask Him for guidance, just so you know He is always right (Psalms 33:4) and I’m not just saying that because He is my Father. He always knows what to say to encourage me when I’m feeling down or when I’m struggling to understand the why’s of life. I recall His words “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5).

I know my Father has expectations of me and sometimes I know I have disappointed Him, but He never gives up on me. He continues to show me grace and mercy every day. “O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever.” (Psalms 118:1)

I’m so grateful to be blessed with a Father like mine.

All Scripture is KJV only.

Related Scripture:

(John 3:16) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

(Titus 1:2) In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;

(Numbers 23:19) God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

(2 Timothy 3:16) All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

(Matthew 4:4) But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

(Psalms 119:105) “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

(Psalms 139:1-4) “O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me.  {2} Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.  {3} Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.  {4} For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.

(Psalms 147:5) “Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.”

(Psalms 33:4) For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth.

(2 Chronicles 16:9) “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.

(Psalms 68:11) The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it.

(Psalms 119:160) Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

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

 

Awake O LORD!

(Psalms 44:23-26) “Awake, why sleepest thou, O Lord? arise, cast us not off for ever.  {24} Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and forgettest our affliction and our oppression?  {25} For our soul is bowed down to the dust: our belly cleaveth unto the earth.  {26} Arise for our help, and redeem us for thy mercies’ sake.”

In Psalms, 44 verses 22 through 26 David expresses his thoughts to God on needing His help. David describes God as one being asleep, unaware of his dire need for help. “Awake, why sleepest thou, O Lord?  Isn’t this how we feel sometimes when we cry out and plead to God for help on whatever we may be facing. We continually pray and it seems as though we aren’t being heard because nothing has changed for the better, at least from what we can see. “Awake, why sleepest thou, O Lord? Every day we look and hope for what we have been waiting on. “Awake, why sleepest thou, O Lord? I confess there are times when I have asked: “LORD do you even see me”? Even though, like David we have felt this way, there is good news to know that God neither slumbers nor sleep (Psalms 121:4) and Psalms 94:9 states; “He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?”

Please be encouraged to never give up hope, be patient, and keep your faith in our merciful God.

Related Scriptures:

(Psalms 116:5) “Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.”

(James 1:6) “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.”

(Psalms 121:1-8) “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. {2} My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. {3} He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. {4} Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. {5} The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. {6} The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. {7} The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. {8} The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.”

All Scriptures are KJV only.

Sedimentation

I love turmeric tea for its many health benefits. If you didn’t know turmeric is a spice that has been used for thousands of years for many reasons, one being its anti-inflammatory properties. I can go on further of the many benefits of consuming turmeric but I’m not. This blog is actually about what I call “Lessons from the Mundane”, doing common ordinary things that lend lessons of life, so here comes the lesson. I was drinking turmeric tea and it constantly needed to be stirred because all of the turmeric powder settles at the bottom. This process is called sedimentation, when gravity pulls down the solid particles in a liquid. The heavier the particle the faster it will settle.

I then realized this can be a demonstration of our lives spiritually. Day to day life situations and struggles, let’s call it gravity, can have an effect on us and can cause us to become stagnant or comfortable. We can’t let the things of this world pull us down. We need to stay stirred up by daily praying, reading the Bible, and immersing ourselves in things that build up our Spirit. We are called to work for the Kingdom of God, to be fishers of men and live out the life He planned for us.

Related Scriptures:

Luke 19:13  And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.

Hebrews 6:10  For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

Hebrews 13:21  Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

James 5:20  Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

Proverbs 11:30  The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

Philippians 1:6  Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

All Scriptures are KJV only.

 

New Year, New Me?

It’s a New Year and with that comes a new me, at least that is the many notions of people today. The New Year for many represents a time for a change, a time for a new beginning, out with the old, and in with the new. I’m glad to know that my new me didn’t come from a New Year but from a loving God who sent His only begotten Son to die for my sins. The day I made the decision to put my hope and trust in the LORD I was made new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 states, Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.

I know the hope of a New Year excites us all and it should as we reflect on our lives and see the things we would like changed but the biggest change should start with your soul. If you are reading this and you don’t know that you need salvation for your soul and that salvation can only come from Jesus I invite you to read the Romans Road to salvation. The Romans road to salvation begins with the acknowledgment that we all have sinned stated in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” and there are consequences of sin stated in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” You don’t have to die spiritually and spend an eternity in hell because God demonstrated His own love toward us stated in Romans 5:8, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” His death paid the price for our sins. Romans 10:9 states, “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.” For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)

The final aspect of the Romans Road to salvation is the results of salvation. Romans 5:1 states, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:” Romans 8:1 states, because of Jesus we will never be condemned to hell because of our sins, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” The final scripture ends with a promise, “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, {39} Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

I pray that you decide to put your hope and trust in Jesus and become new.

 

Related Scripture:

Hebrews 10:12   “But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;”

Psalms 86:13   For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.

Ephesians 4:22-24   “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; {23} And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; {24} And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”

Colossians 3:10   And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

 

All Scriptures are KJV only.