Know What the Bible Says!

If you do not know what the Bible says, how will you ever know if someone is misquoting or mishandling it?  Why should we be concerned about this matter?  Do we not have pastors, theologians, and teachers to help us out here?  Sadly, those people have often been the ones misquoting and mishandling the Word of God!  They are, however, fulfilling what Jesus, and then the apostles, warned us about:

“And Jesus answered and said to them, ‘See to it that no one misleads you.For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many.'(Matt. 24:4-5)

“I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them.”(Acts 20:29-30)

“Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them.For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.”(Rom. 16:17-18)

There are many, many more warnings in Scripture about those who would come from within the “church” and deceive those not careful about keeping the Word of God foremost in their thoughts.  You will not be deceived with flattering words if you know Scripture.  May we not be listed among the “unsuspecting” and so be led astray from the Truth ( for God’s Word is Truth – John 17:17)!

I beg you, therefore, take the time to know the whole counsel of God’s Word for yourself.  Make the study of His Word one of your top priorities.  Ask yourself if it is important enough, and hopefully it is, to you to know what the Bible says from start to finish.  Please do not depend on anyone else to tell you what is says.  Find out for yourself!  If you  are not sure where to start, I suggest starting with learning the inductive method of study (you will never study anything the same way after you learn this method).   Precept Ministries (www.precept.org) has tons of free helps for you and a blog to follow for help, too.  Basically they teach you how to slow down and really observe the text of Scripture to see what it says first, before trying to interpret it, because without thorough observation, accurate interpretation is impossible, and without accurate interpretation, how can we correctly apply God’s Word to our lives and help others do the same? As Paul said to Timothy,

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” (2 Tim. 2:15)

Let us be people who accurately handle God’s Word so we will not be numbered with those who will be deceived, especially as we are living in the Last Days when many will go astray and have their ears tickled by false doctrines!  Listen to your pastors and teachers, but also always verify what they say with what the Scripture says.  Let Scripture be your plumbline, not a person, or a church, or a book, or any other form of teachings.  Then you will be guarded from being led astray.

 

 

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I’m Back!

Although I do not have many followers of this blog, for those of you who do follow it, you  may have been wondering where I have been.  I have been “doing life”. 🙂  Life can become so busy and take so much out of a person that writing a blog needs to be put on the back burner for awhile.  That is what I needed to do.  Now I am feeling like I should continue with where I left off in January.  In my last post I encouraged you to be ready for Christ’s return, first and foremost.

Today I want to re-emphasize the importance of knowing you are ready for Christ’s return.  Do you know Him?  Do you love Him?  Do you long to be with Him forever? Do you begin each day with the thought, ” He may come for me today!”?  When you think of His return, are you excited and joyful, or are you hoping it won’t happen “quite yet’?  If you are hoping He holds off coming for a little while longer, what is the reason behind that hope?  Are there loved ones who still don’t KNOW Him, even though they may know OF Him?  Do you have “things” you need to do first before He comes to take you home?  Depending on your answers to all those questions, you will probably know whether or not you are truly ready for that great and glorious day.

But THAT DAY will come, because God always keeps His promises.  Oh that we would be waiting expectantly and eagerly to see Him face to face!

“But of THAT DAY and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.” (Matt. 24:36)

“Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and THAT DAY will not come on you suddenly like a trap;” (Luke 21:34)

“in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on THAT DAY; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing. (2 Tim. 4:8)

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.  Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.  Therefore comfort one another with these words. (1 Thess. 4:16-18)

Please read those references one more time and think about them.  May the Lord stir your heart to be ready for His return!

Are You Ready?

People often ask me, “Are you ready for…?”  In the past month, it may have been for Christmas or New Years celebrations.  In January, it might be for winter storms or maybe a vacation to some sunny, warm spot.  Are you ready?  Getting ready could mean many things to the person in the midst of it, but we all know it means preparing for the expected and the unexpected.  Preparations will, of course, depend on the situation being prepared for.  To me, the most important event and destination to be prepared for is Jesus’ return and  then being with Him forever.  Hopefully, all who read this blog are prepared for Him.  If not, please read my first posts of this blog.  It is a matter of eternal significance!

If we are ready for Jesus’ return and are looking forward to it with eager anticipation, then we need to help others get ready, too!  Share the Good News of salvation with all who will listen!  Time is running out.  One day will be the last day before His return.  Will He find us faithful?  Are we ready to see Him face to face?

Since we are living in a broken, sinful world, things are not perfect.  People “go crazy”, the weather is unpredictable (even for meteorologists), disasters happen, the earth shakes.  How have you prepared?  Most people want to be ready, but their lives just get so busy with immediate issues to deal with, they just don’t have time to think of storing water and food, candles, batteries, etc.  In fact, most people don’t want to even think about it because they superstitiously think it will cause a  bad thing to happen if they do.  Hopefully that is not you.  We have people depending on us.  Let us be proactive in our preparations for emergency situations that are likely to occur in our area.  At least begin thinking of some worst-case scenarios and then work backward at how you might be ready for them.  Check out my website learntothrivedeb.shelfreliance.com and click on “products”, then on “Emergency Supplies”.  That will take you to an emergency planner video to watch and also give you a place to purchase some supplies.  It is a great place to start your preparations.  It will one day be too late to get ready.  Please begin now!

 

 

 

 

New Page Added

I hope you all had a safe and happy  New Year’s celebration and are ready to face the coming new year with God as your strength, hope, and joy!

I have added a new page (in place of the Business page) called Preparedness.  Please click on that, read it and give me feedback.  For now, I will be adding to it from time to time with steps you should take in getting yourself and family prepared for emergencies of any kind.

Finally Starting New Business

I have finally made the plunge into my own business!  You may monitor my learning process right here on the blog!  🙂

Today I became what is known as a “consultant” for the company,Shelf Reliance, and now have my own website(see link in sidebar).  I have mentioned them in my earlier posts, but now I am fully on board and excited to see how God uses this new adventure!

As I venture forth, I am remembering Proverbs 3:5-6, ” Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.”  I pray for His guidance in this new adventure, and that all I do will be done to His glory.  Yes, I am starting this business for added income, but I also see it as something of a ministry,  because I will be helping people be aware of and prepared for emergencies they may face in the near future.  We are living in perilous times and we need to be prepared for hard times.  I would like to be part of the solution in an emergency rather than part of the problem, so I want to have food, water and emergency supplies for my family, as well as others who might be in need.  Shelf Reliance is the company that has done a wonderful job at helping people like me get started doing just that, so I want to pass that on to everyone who might listen and want the same for their families.  I think it is a good place to be involved in at this time.  Let the adventure begin! 🙂

Something to Think About

German Hanukiyah

menora story

Take a look at the above picture and then click on the “menora story” to read about how this picture came to be taken and what happened to the candlestick later on.  It is chilling to think about when the photo was taken and then what happened in the next 10 years!

I just read this today.  I want to think about it more, but I just had to post it for my readers to think about, too.  If time permits, I will share my thoughts soon.

Dealing With The Unexpected

I hope you all had wonderful Thanksgiving celebrations.  No matter what our circumstances, there are always things we can thank the Lord for.  Even when the unexpected occurs, we can be thankful.  Our Thanksgiving morning took a quick, unexpected turn when a dog fight broke out between our Corgie and my daughter and son-in-law’s Border Collie.  My son-in-law tried to separate the dogs, but before that happened, our dog lunged at his dog and his hand was in the path of her mouth, resulting in the tip of his little finger being bit off!  We went to the ER at the nearby hospital, still in jammies and I in my sweatshirt and sweat pants.  Needless to say, the day turned out differently than we had planned!  Hopefully surgery will not be needed, but there is a chance it will be.  So, we pray and seek God’s mercy on my son-in-law.  Yet, in it all, I could see God’s goodness, grace and mercy.  He heard our cry for help and kept my son-in-law strong through the whole ordeal.  Even the giant needle for the numbing of his hand while they cleaned it up didn’t seem to weaken him.  I was so impressed with his calmness and fortitude!  He would agree, though, that the Lord Jesus was His Rock and strength.  I am truly thankful they are now home safely and seeing a surgeon on Monday in their home town.

We just never know when our world will be turned upside down, but we can be prepared for the unexpected by staying close to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  He is our Support, He is our Sovereign God, knowing the beginning from the end and all the in between time, too.  I can’t encourage you enough to know His Word, in your heart and mind, and to look to Him for help in all that is unexpected and expected, as well.

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