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The Lunatic Spin Cycle II And how to get out of it!

When I was a child, I spake as a child, thought as a child, but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

Well, y’all, it’s me, Della again sharing my thoughts on the culture we live in. I don’t know if you read The Lunatic Spin Cycle I or not, but if you haven’t you might want to give it a spin–sorry, couldn’t help myself! Here: Has the World Been Thrown Into a Lunatic Spin Cycle? What is wrong with people?

What’s wrong with people? Where is all this lunatic vagueness coming from. In Lunatic Spin Cycle I, I shared where I thought it hailed from. And I gave some thoughts what we could do about it. We all know that it has gotten so bad, so toppsy-turvy in our culture out there that bad has become good and good is now bad. And don’t you dare speak any real truth, especially Godly truth, or you will be vilified, called names, shut down on social media, and some have been killed! And, some of our family members have kicked us to the preverbal curb! Yeah, it’s bad.

Why is this happening? Why, why, why? Well, it has gotten so bad, and deep that no one solution will stop it, or even hinder it. We are in a long road of hard work to bring back Godly righteousness into the world. Everybody and his brother now has their own “my truth,” whatever that means. We all know that judgement begins at the house of God, right?

1 Peter 4:17 For it is time for judgement to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?

Let’s talk about that for a bit. First; the house of God. What is that…exactly? A building or a body of believers? We do know this: The body of Christ Jesus is a group of people that have repented of their sins and invited Jesus into their hearts; they are the true Church, Ekklesia. Church means this: The Greek or Latin term for the Christian Church as a whole.

So, if this is the meaning of Church, what does it mean to ‘go to church’? Some say this is it: Hebrew 10:24-25 And let us consider one another in order to stir up the love and the good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much more as you see the Day approaching.

Okay, so according to history, for over 300 years after Christ died, all believers assembled, gathered together, or met at a believer’s house, their own home, not a building off to the side somewhere that nobody knows who really owns. What changed? I’ll tell you what did not change…God, Jesus or Holy Ghost! What did not change was the gospel according to Jesus, the center of the gospel. What did not change was prayer and following Christ Jesus, even through persecution.

So what changed? Without going into a lot of historical detail, I can tell you that the first “church building” was given to the believers in Rome, Italy when a man called Constantine became the ruler. Before him, only pagans worshiped in an offset building, besides the jews who had worshiped in Solomon’s temple or Herod’s rebuilt temple that was torn down after Jesus was crucified, just as he said it would be, by the way. Does that imply something to you about the growing body of Believers, at that time. One worship place destroyed; another growing by becoming believers in Jesus, the Messiah, bodies whose hearts are now filled with Holy Spirit; the body of Christ. Our bodies now have become the temple, the covenant now resting in us, through the forgiveness of sin.

Why am I saying all this? Because I want to ask you one question, and it is this: Do you believe that going to Church on Sunday is how you truly serve the Lord as a Christian? Do you believe that building is the true “house of God,” the true “Bethel,” which means house of God?

We have to assemble ourselves…right? Let’s take a look at what that verse doesn’t say. It doesn’t say what day of the week, or how many times a week or month to assemble. It doesn’t say where to assemble. It just says assemble yourselves together. It doesn’t say to assemble to serve the Lord. It says to exhort one another. Exhort means to lift each other up and strongly encourage someone to do something. When Paul wrote this scripture about assembling, believers were assembling in each other’s homes encouraging each other by talking about Jesus, the gospel, and how wonderful he was in their lives. Assembling with other believers, encouraging each other is great, but the rest of the week is where the rubber meets the road. Are you following Jesus with your cross on your back the rest of the week?

What does this all have to do with the Lunatic Spin Cycle of evil in today’s culture? I’ll tell you. I believe that pressing people to come to church and allowing them to believe that this is serving the Lord, has left us powerless and wide open to Satan’s evil, persuasive spin on serving Jesus. He put Adam and Eve in the Lunatic Spin Cycle by spinning God’s commandment, His word to them in the Garden and caused them to sin. They knew what God had told them, but he, Satan, that old Serpent, gave them an alternate choice that sounded really good…but wasn’t, was it?

Want to learn more about our choices and who is behind them? Click here: Do we call God a liar with our choices? What choice of fruit are we picking?

Here is what Jesus said about following him: Matthew 16:24 And Jesus said to his disciples, “If any man will come after me, he must deny himself, pick up his cross, and follow me.

Jesus doesn’t live in a church building, but in the hearts of his believers/followers. We are now the temple of Holy Spirit. Jesus said this: John 16:33 “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

In most churches today, not all, but a good percentage, they sweet-feed the sheep. They do not teach about sin or hell. Most are seeker friendly and condone certain sinful lifestyles. There is a slackness about keeping the real word of God, the gospel being preached, so there is no conviction of sin, and therefore no salvation being given and the true gospel is put on a shelf to gather dust.

On a side note: When my daddy used to stall a calf or steer, (lock him in a stall or stable) he gave him sweet feed to fatten him up before he took him to the slaughter house. Let that sink in.

Why am I saying all this? What does this have to do with the Lunatic Spin Cycle of this crazy culture? How can we fix any of it?

Because of such lax morals today, many now take the broad, easy way of life, even if they go to church. Fighting the good fight of faith is left out on many levels of Church. Is anything wrong with going to church? I would say no. I love going to church, but for the right reasons, to be exhorted and to exhort others. But that is the easy way. So if it is, what is the hard way?

It is not as hard to go to church now as it was 50 years ago. Why? They don’t preach the gospel. When the gospel was preached, the power of God was there. When the gospel was preached, people became convicted of their sin beneath the power of God. As a result, a lot of people did not want to go. Being under the conviction of their sins was very uncomfortable. They wanted to keep the comforts of their sin. But many who heard the gospel eventually came to Christ because they did not want to go to hell.

Church in today’s Lunatic Spin Cycle culture is all about self-centeredness, what God can do for them, not how to pick up their cross and follow Jesus. Jesus is not the center of churches anymore. It is all about what Jesus can do for the individual and how he is supposed to answer all their prayers, give them money and position and power to live their life their way in all the comforts the world can provide. They make no pretense about it. They believe that is what Jesus is all about, doing for them, following their thoughts and ways. They believe that if you are persecuted and not receiving a wealth of material blessings you aren’t living right for God somehow, when in fact, it is the other way around. As it is plainly written in the Bible. If you are persecuted it is because you ARE living for Jesus, preaching the gospel and witnessing His truth to people, aka, the lost. And if you pick up your cross, which is your life, and deny yourself and follow Christ Jesus, you will be persecuted. Satan will see to it. On this I can testify. You will be called names: hate filled, non-inclusive, religious nut, racist, xenophobe, homophobe, too hard, too blunt, blah, blah, blah, and etc., etc., etc.

We can only stop the lunatic spin cycle one person at a time. Not growing in Christ is not growing up in the spirit to become a spiritual adult minded person. A spiritual adult can eat the meat of the Bible, the truth. We no longer have to drink milk. Remember: “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I thought and understood as a child; but when I became a man, I put childish things aside. Only a child thinks he is supposed to get what he or she wants all the time.

We must put aside the childish notion that going to a church building a few times a week is serving Jesus or God. We must begin to follow Jesus as the rock, the cornerstone of our Christianity and take to heart living a life based on God’s truth, not what the culture says. There is no truth is this lunatic spin cycle culture that we live in. We have to grow up and put aside childishness and be spiritually adult people and parents to set an example for our children and grandchildren. We must stand up, and stand our precious Godly ground and be able to speak God’s truths anywhere to anyone he, the Lord Jesus, wants us to. We have to get back to serving Jesus as the Bible says, and not the ultra modern churches of today who are a willing part of the lunatic spin cycle culture.

Grow up, stand up, stand your ground, and speak God’s truth into a lost, hurting and loveless world. These may even be your own family who are in the spin cycle. They are starving for God’s truth and love and don’t even know it.

Jesus said this: All authority in heaven and on earth has been given unto me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, even unto the end of the age. Matthew 28:18-20

I will tell you this, going to church is not the number one way to serve Jesus or God. Sharing the gospel, just as Jesus commanded them to here in Matthew, is number one! Going to Church on Sunday is easy, and in a lot of ways good for God’s people. Don’t believe that you are serving God by going there if you are not sharing the gospel with as many people as you can, and growing into a spiritual adult outside of these meeting called, “Going to Church”.” Outside of the church walls is where you will do most of your growing as an adult, spiritual person who can not only eat the meat of the gospel, but you will be able to share it to those who are spiritually starving for it. This is how you become the person God’s wants you to be. If you pick up your cross and follow Jesus, he will grow you and give you direction.

This is how we overcome the Lunatic Spin Cycle of the culture; by overwriting it with the gospel, saving as many souls as you can, and teaching them the real truth; to obey everything Jesus commands us to, just as he told his disciples right before he ascended into heaven on a cloud of God’s glory in front of them. All authority in heaven and on earth has been given unto me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, even unto the end of the age. Matthew 28:18-20

When I was a child I spake as a child, thought as a child, understood as a child, but when I became a man, I put childish things aside.

We must choose not to follow Satan and his childishness in this Lunatic Spin Cycle culture. Let us put childish things aside. God is and always will be the adult in the room! We must choose to follow Christ, even in the face of persecution, or loosing the material things in this life; even loosing people that mean something to us. We must choose to let go of this world, culture and cling to Jesus. To learn more about our choices click here: Do we call God a liar with our choices? What choice of fruit are we picking?

To learn more about becoming a responsible adult, click here: Are You in the Pressure Pot of Responsibility? Parenting? Are you toiling and boiling and don’t know how to get out?

To God be the Glory! Great things he has done!

I love y’all! Thank you for sticking to the end of this blog.

With love, from Romance & the Homestead

Della

If you would like to see choices in action and the results of the difference between Godly choices and choices based on self and fear, you will thoroughly enjoy my last published book in my series, Snowflakes, Carolina Snowflakes, In Loving Katie Marie.

Pastor William Gallagher had just lost everything, through no fault of his own. But he vowed he was not going to lose his daughter Katie Marie. So he ran with her. Was it the right choice? If they found him he knew he would lose her too. But what choice did he have? And why couldn’t he forget the beauty, Lilly Noel who had been so kind to him and Katie Marie?

Lilly Noel had been waiting on the right man all her adult life. When William entered her life, she thought he was the one. But when his truth came out, Lilly found herself in a heartbreaking position. If she stood with William’s enemy, as she felt God was leading her to, she would lose him and her heart would break. But if she stood with William, she would have to go against her faith, and her heart would break. What choice did she have? What choice did she choose?

Come find out the choices both Lilly and William made that would spin things around. Could they find their way to love and keep their true faith?

Come find out, In Loving Katie Marie. You will love the ending.

Find it here now in both eBook and paperback.

In Loving Katie Marie: Snowflakes #5

5 ***** reviews

One review: For me, this was a page turner. I was up most of the night needing to see how it would all end.

For more life choices, romance, and love, you will also love To Love Thine Enemy, in this series.

In this love story, LaBelle, Lilly’s sister, made a hard, life changing choice that she thinks may have cost her the life of her husband, Chase, and their son, Charlie Chase’s, a father. As the guilt beat at her every day, she prayed and needed God to answer her question: Did I make the wrong choice, Lord?

Enter in John Paul Emanuel, Chase’s ex-military buddy. LaBelle knew he could have her answer. Only one problem…he hated her and blamed her for Chase’s death.

John Paul knew he should give LaBelle Chase’s letter, but chose not to because he did not believe she deserved it. But was his stance softening as he heard her sweet voice singing?

What will the outcome be from their choices? Will LaBelle’s prayer be answered? Can love find a way as these choices drew them together on a battle line both were not willing to lose?

Can Chase, her deceased husband, have the answer to their battle because of a choice he made?

Come find out in, To Love Thine Enemy:

To Love Thine Enemy: Carolina Snowflakes

Author Della's Blog, Inspiration for Love!

Has the World Been Thrown Into a Lunatic Spin Cycle? What is wrong with people?

When I was a child, I spake as a child, but when I became a man, I put childish things aside.

This probably will not be a popular blog… But, I feel it is a necessary one. Don’t hate me when I say the things I’m about to say.

Hey y’all, it’s me, Della again. I’ve been trying to put some thoughts out there about the things, important things, I’ve learned over time…my life. With all the things going on in the world, in today’s time–I learned certain people are threatening nuclear war!!! Can you believe it? Yeah, I can. Has the world been thrown, or purposefully drawn, into a lunatic spin cycle? What is wrong with them? Where is all the “lunatic vagueness” coming from.

Well, to start with, from a Christian world view, which is supposed to be truth from the lens of God, who is the truth, by the way; what is wrong with people today is that they are choosing the wrong meat to eat. Which, by the way, is a wrong CHOICE. (If you want to learn about our choices and where they come from, click here: Do we call God a liar with our choices? What choice of fruit are we picking?

I believe the unto fore unheard of irresponsibility of today’s population is at the root of it. Or should I say “the rot” of it? What do I mean? Let’s break it down. Again, Don’t hate me!

I could probably write a book about how this irresponsible behavior began in and around the 1960’s era when Flower Power, rock-n-roll, free sex and hallucinogenic drugs began to flow like a free wheeling river into the cultures. They talked about the power of love, but I believe it was anything but.

Since then almost every child has been led to believe that drinking alcohol, taking drugs and having as many sex partners as you want is a right-of-passage, even in Christianity. It’s as if, out of some dark hole, the culture is spewing something like this: You don’t need integrity, morals, or responsibility towards others. Live totally for yourself! Be anything you want! If if feels good, do it! Is this, or is this not lunacy? I leave that question here for you to answer for yourself.

But I believe–as having been through that culture myself–that we were and are being led down a broad, dark alley into a black trap that is almost impossible to get out of.

When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child. But when I became a man, I put away childish things. 1 Corinthians 13:11

Not only do the people who believe you don’t need integrity, morals, or be responsible towards others, want you to believe it, they want want this to be who you become, your everyday actions. What they don’t want is for you to conduct your life in any kind of responsible, respectful, or moral, Biblical manner. If you do, you will get a shaming beat down. They will say you are the most un-inclusive, extremist, racist, xenophobe, hate filled, etc, etc, etc. On and on they will go with the shaming, name calling. But we know we are not these things, and we have to vigilantly stand, and hold our ground, because it is a righteous ground.

Are we in a lunatic spin cycle? Do you feel as if your head is spinning? Where did this confusion come from? What can we do about it?

I’ll tell you where it didn’t come from. For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints. 1 Corinthians 14:33. Satan is the author of confusion because of his lies. Jesus called Satan the father of lies. Lies cause confusion; they muddy the clear waters so people cannot see to the bottom of the water, the important things in this life, real truth about life and what we are supposed to become, and be.

What are we supposed to become? How do we get out of the lunatic spin cycle of Satan’s lies? Where do we start?

We start with individual choices…and the word of God.

Again, if you want to discuss more about our God-given choices, click here: Do we call God a liar with our choices? What choice of fruit are we picking?

The Bible says that when we repent of our sins and accept Jesus into our heart we become a new creature in Christ. The old man (person) passes away and we become a new person. That new person is now under the Kingship of King Jesus. Satan is Beelzebub, PRINCE of darkness. Not a king; a PRINCE, not a king, and is ruler over a PRINCIPALITY, not a kingdom, and certainly not The Kingdom of God! Although, he and his puppets, his bobble-heads who do his evil bidding, would have you to believe otherwise.

But YOUR allegiance as a new creature in Christ (King) Jesus, is to start becoming what he created you to be, (which is now your main responsibility) when he planned you to be born from the foundation of the world; when he wrote a book about you. As such, God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit expect you to let them lead you into all truths; truths about yourself and who He created you to become, and about your fellow man, your neighbor and your family. He created you to become a RESPONSIBLE adult believing and living God’s truths. God said, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 1 John 7:4-10 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is God, and whoever loves has been born of God, and knows God.

How do we start to do that? To start becoming a responsible adult in the truth, you first have to recognize the lie. What lie, you might ask? This one: It is a lie that as teenagers it is okay, and expected, for you become drunken and into the impurity of sexual sin. It is a lie that you are expected to rebel against your parents and treat them with disrespect and meanness. God’s truth is this: Exodus 20:12 and Ephesians: Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right; honor your father and mother that it may go well with you, and you may live long in the land. Romans 13:13 Let us behave properly, as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. Listen y’all, this kind of behavior is childishness, only serving the spirits of selfishness and self-centeredness, which is of Satan. It is a LIE. Let me repeat: It is a LIE. It is confusion. We should tell ourselves, our children, and grandchildren that these things are a lie from Satan and his satanic culture that has worked hard to bring to pass.

Also: Exodus 21:17 Whoever curses his father or mother shall be put to death. This one is a hard one and now this law comes under Jesus and his authority to carry out the judgement. If you’ve ever cursed your parents or cursed at them, and you are having a hard time in life, you are living under the judgement of that curse. Repent of this immediately so your life may right its self through Jesus’s forgiveness. This is why he died for us, to forgive us here on earth for our sins and to move us forward into his righteousness and an adult, and God into blessings us with blessings only an adult can handle. Cursing your father or mother is breaking one of God’s Ten Commandments, so yes that is a grievous sin. It is a crime (sin) against The Kingdom of God, and also childishness.

As a responsible adult we should never mistreat our parents, but honor them. Also as an adult and parent, it is our duty to discipline our children, in the Lord. As a result of the toxic lies coming out of the devil’s black hole of lies, honest, everyday, sane parents began, in the 80’s, to be ridiculed by the media and the government for spanking and disciplining their children. Then they had an arm of the law come in and take peoples’ children just for spanking them. But according to God, and His word, His truth, we parents, who were not abusing our children, but disciplining our children, as parents had for thousands of years, were doing what God expected us to do.

I’m not saying abuse wasn’t out there, cause it was. But mudding the waters by saying spanking was abuse, and vilifying everyday, sane, and loving parents, to me, took away from real abuse by troubled and toxic parents, and put everyone’s attention on spanking and left the real abuse and abusers on the sidelines. But that is just me.

Proverbs 13:24 Whoever spares the rod, hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him. Proverbs 29:17 Discipline your son and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart. I could go on and on with the scriptures that tell us to discipline our children. I’ll ask you this and then leave this part here. Did you believe the culture’s lies that if you spanked or disciplined your child that you were an abuser? Or did you, as a Christian, a believer of Jesus Christ and God the Father, a believer of the Bible as God’s word, go with God and his word?

The toxic culture who led us to believe that alcohol, drugs, sex, and partying, were a right-of-passage, ingrained that lie into all our children, and even us through movies, video games, schools, and colleges. This is natural, they said. Lie. The real damaging thing this culture also taught us was to just look the other way. And even as moral, Godly people, most of us did. When we believed them and did this, we did a grave, immoral injustice to, not only ourselves, but also our children and every generation after us. We, as Christians first, then parents, need to deeply repent of this and begin to abide by God’s word again. It’s okay to realize and say we were wrong. It’s the first step to repentance, recovery, and reconstituting God’s word and law back into the land. Put God, and His principles, His word back into the land and He will heal it.

If my people, who are called by my name shall pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and forgive their sins and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14. Here, wicked ways are sin. It means to repent and repent means turn from the way you are going, and go in a different direction.

When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, and I thought as a child. But when I became a man (adult), I put my childish ways aside.

So, here, I have dealt with the word responsibility and how it will help you grow into becoming an adult, a Godly person and a sane, righteous parent raising your children as God expects you to do. I touched on how to begin to turn away (repent) from Satan’s lies and stop the insanity spin on your life and, through God’s word, not only let your life begin to right its self, but become a sane thinking adult. Putting Satan’s lies aside, which God views as childishness, and rebuking Satan will begin to clear some of the muddy waters in your thinking, your view of yourself and the insane spinning of this world’s satanic mindset around us. If you would like more information about adulting and responsibility as a Christian, here you go: 1. Are You in the Pressure Pot of Responsibility? Parenting? Are you toiling and boiling and don’t know how to get out? And here: 2. Are You in the Pressure Pot of Responsibility? Parenting? Are you toiling and boiling and don’t know how to get out?

In the next blog, I will talk about other things we can and should do to stop Satan’s spinning lies and how to overcome some of the childishness he has tried to ingrain in every culture. We will bring Satan’s lies beneath the light of God and His love for us and expose Satan for who and what he is: The Father of Lies!

Thank you for hanging in there with me on this longer and rambling blog!

I love you all and so does our Lord, Jesus.

If Jesus is NOT your Lord and Savior today, why not let him become your savior. Just tell him you are sorry for breaking God’s laws and you want him, Jesus to come into your heart. If you do your part, he will do his! He loves you so much and I know if you are reading this he is drawing you near to him because he wants to give you the eternal life he promised us all. But in order to get it we have to come to it through and by him.

Let me know if you did. I would love to hear your comments or testimony about how Jesus has changed your life and exposed Satan’s negative lies in your life!

With love, from Romance & the Homestead,

Della

If you would like to see and example about the wrong way to discipline a child compared to God’s way, you will love my first book in the second set of stories in my Snowflakes series, Carolina Snowflakes.

No one knew the depth of darkness in Chase Boudreaux but Chase. Or why it was there, but him. No one knew how much he wanted to get out of that darkness and live a different life, but Chase and God. No one knew the answer to his heart cry, but God. And no one knew the depth of his despair at how far off the mark he knew he had failed, not even him, even though many loved him and tried to help him. Why did he believe that true redemption was for everyone but him?

Come find out about Chase, his struggles and the people who truly loved him and laid down their life to help him, especially his faithful, loving, and beautifully loyal wife, LaBell Noel Boudreaux. Chase’s story will make you smile, break your heart and make you cry, but through his story your faith in a loving God will be reaffirmed! Plus you will fall in love with the love and romance in this story between Chase, LaBelle and Chase’s marine buddy, J. P. in, To Love Thine Enemy!

Purchase your 5 star rated copies now, in eBook or paperback, at a discounted price, click here: https://www.amazon.com/Love-Thine-Enemy-Carolina-Snowflakes-ebook/dp/B07D6SSDM1/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3AEJQZH6NZSQU&keywords=della+m+strickland%2Fto+love+thine+enemy&qid=1666366940&qu=eyJxc2MiOiIwLjM3IiwicXNhIjoiMC4wMCIsInFzcCI6IjAuMDAifQ%3D%3D&sprefix=To+love+thine+enemy%2Caps%2C92&sr=8-1

5 ***** reviews

One reviewer wrote: This is the 4th book in Ms. Strickland’s Snowflake series. In the Nevada Snowflake series, descriptions of the countryside brought back memories of when I lived in the high plains. I could smell the dust! I have greatly enjoyed all these books, but “To Love Thine Enemy” is my favorite so far. In all her books, she uses enough description for the reader to picture the scene but not so much as to get bogged down in excess words. “To Love Thine Enemy” is a very different kind of story with surprises thrown in. Without giving too much away, the “grave reminiscin’s” were a very pleasant surprise. It makes you think differently. And I actually cried at the end, which I rarely do when reading a book. Great job, Della!

Here is the first in my Snowflakes series, Snowflakes in Nevada.

The Love of the Caretaker: Snowflakes in Nevada

5 ***** reviews

Author Della's Blog, Inspiration for Love!

Do we call God a liar with our choices? What choice of fruit are we picking?

Do we call God a liar with our choices? Did Satan tell Eve that God was a liar in order for her to pick the wrong fruit? What choice of fruit are we picking as Christians? How do we combat picking the wrong “fruit” for our lives? Did Eve quote scriptures to Satan, as Jesus did in the wilderness in his hour of temptation?

Upon waking every day, we start making choices: to get up, what to wear, what’s for breakfast, and so on. Choices, it’s what we do…all day long. Don’t you think it’s kinda strange that Adam, in the garden, was only given choices by God? Well, he was. But also, he was given a “not to do” that was not a choice, not to eat of the forbidden fruit from the forbidden tree. You will notice that the only OTHER choice given to Adam and Eve was by the serpent. It was, and became, a bad choice. It wasn’t that they did not remember God’s words to them not to touch it or eat of it, because Eve did repeat God’s word to the serpent.

The woman said to the serpent, “We many eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.'”

And like Jesus in the wilderness fasting for 40 day and nights, when Satan presented him with a different choice than what Jesus knew God wanted him to do, Jesus quoted scriptures back to Satan, the serpent, using God’s words, just as Eve did. The difference was that Jesus did not succumb to Satan’s persuasive argument the first time, second time, or even the third time, even though he was tempted.

But, Adam and Eve, unfortunately DID succumb.

Well, you might say, they didn’t have any scriptures to quote from.

Well, yes they did. Not written, of course, but what is written scriptures but the spoken word of God, just as God’s word to them, Adam and Eve, in the garden was not to touch or eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Written or spoken, if God speaks, it is His word and it will not bend, break, or change.

But, you might say, wasn’t Jesus different than Adam? or Eve?

No, he wasn’t. Both were created by God, one straight from the ground, and one in Mary, Jesus’s mother’s womb. They were both directly created by God. They were and are the only two. Adam and Jesus were not created by man. Eve was created directly from the man, Adam. Every other person born on earth are from man, either from a womb or cloned. God created Jesus in Mary’s womb without a man’s sperm.

Jesus became the “seed of the woman” that God prophesied to the serpent, that old serpent Satan, when he brought a judgement to Satan in the garden, after he brought a judgement to both Adam and to Eve. You see, God did not blame the serpent alone for their wrong choices of disobedience made at that tree. He singled each one out for their own individual choice to go against Him, God. They each broke a word from God, and His word is law. But note this here, God will also singe each and every one of us out for our disobedience to His word, our crimes (sin) against heaven.

“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” Genesis 3:15 NKJV

Note the pronouns of “he” and “him” here; a person. You see, when the serpent, Satan, which means adversary, tempted Eve, he did essentially called God a liar.

“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

Satan did the same with Jesus in the wilderness. Subtle, subversive, persuasive, and evil incarnate, Satan will always give us a choice that calls God a liar, himself the truth, even though he is the total opposite of truth.

When Adam and Eve decided to be disobedient to God, their father, they were essentially saying, with their actions, He was wrong, misspoken…a liar. We do the same when we disobey God’s word, choose a different path. Most of us don’t realize that a different path other than God’s will, is a choice given to us by Satan.

That is why Jesus was always one hundred percent obedient to his Father…God. Jesus, through disobedience, would never call his Father, God a liar.

The moral of the story…every time we as individuals are disobedient to God, we are essentially calling God a liar. Because God’s word is true. And we become the liars.

Jesus said this, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 NKJV

Let God be the truth, and every man be a liar. Romans:3:4

Jesus was and is the living word of God…the truth. God is the truth. That is why God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit are one-in-the-same. They are truth! God can never lie, because truth can never lie. The truth will always be the truth whether we are obedient to it or not.

Jesus also said this. “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father in heaven. Matthew 7:21 NKJV

How many of us today, if we challenge ourselves truly, can say we are doing the will of our Father, God? I will tell you this…the first order of business in our lives to do the will of God is to accept Jesus Christ as our savior. This choice IS THE BEGINNING OF DOING THE WILL OF FATHER GOD!

If you have not, repent of your sins today, quit calling God a liar, and ask Jesus to come into your heart. If you say you don’t need Jesus and can go to heaven some other way, you ARE calling God a liar.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that WHOSOEVER believes in him shall have everlasting life.” John 3:16 in any version of the Bible.

If you are sincere, and accepted Jesus as your savior, he will come into your heart and give you eternal life with him and our Father God. And praise the Lord!!!

Please leave me a comment and tell me what you think. If you accepted Jesus please let me know so I can rejoice with you and the angels in heaven. Every time a sinner repents, the angels in heaven rejoice.

With love to you,

From Romance & the Homestead,

Della

In my books, the Snowflakes Series, each of my characters learn that each of them are a unique individual created by God. Just as a snowflake is. Guess how many unique snowflakes are in a snow storm? Can’t guess? Well, no one can. Just as no one can guess the number of Abraham’s children. Why? God told Abraham that his children would be as the sand of the seas, and the stars in the heavens. It was God’s promise, His word to Abraham. If you are a Christian, you have been adopted into the body of Christ, and as such, because Jesus was a Jew, an Israelite, a descendent of Abraham, you are too! If you are not, you are still a unique creation of God. And God created you for a reason. That first and number one reason is to come to God through Jesus.

It is not God’s will that …any should perish, but all should come to repentance.

In each of my stories my characters have circumstances where they too have to make choices; to do God’s will, or not to. Just as we are in life. And as such, they have to deal with their struggles and the outcome of each choice, just as we do. Because that is what a Christian life is all about, trials in life where we have to make a choice. It is best to always choose to be obedient to God, even if we think the outcome is not going to be what we want.

In my first Snowflake story, The Love of the Caretaker, the main character, Molly, has some difficult choices to make, to give up the love of her life, Dance, rodeo champion, or be obedient to God!

Come find out what choices Molly makes and the final outcome of her choices in The Love of the Caretaker. And the hard choices Dance had to struggle with to come into the will of God and find true love.

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In book two of my Snowflakes Series, Sandy Iris has to make a choice of running from her past still, or confronting it. She certainly cannot bare her soul to the wealthy, and ultra handsome Lucas, or can she? Could she change her opinion of him? Could he of her? And what about that first kiss? Could it change everything? Could true love be in the air at the Jake & Jewel Ranch?

Come find out what choices Sandy Iris and Lucas make in, Journey into Love.

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In book three of Snowflakes, Cindy has led a troubled life, and rejected the same man twice. But when she is at her rock bottom, can she go back and bare her soul and trust the same man, Luke, whose heart she had broken twice, to give her a brighter tomorrow? One she has always dreamed of, but could never attain on her own? Was it God’s will to go back, or just her desperation? Would Luke ever give her the time of day again.

Luke certainly didn’t trust her and had good reason not to as he wondered what nefarious reason Cindy was back at the Jake & Jewel Ranch. Even knowing God required him to forgive her, he didn’t want to.

Come find out the hard choices Cindy and Luke had to make in their struggle if they were going to pursue the will of God for their individual lives and find true love.

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What I Found Out The Bible Was All About. It Wasn’t What I Thought!

Inspiration for Love

Did you know what the Bible would be all about when you first started reading it? I sure did not when I first started reading it years ago. But I did fall in love with it, and really did not know why until much later in life. But let me tell you in hindsight what I discovered about the Bible and myself. We had a lot in common, and you will find out you have a lot in common with the Bible too after you read this blog!

First, I fell in love with the Bible because I REALLY liked all the great stories: love stories, war and hate stories, stories of great courage, family dramas and on and on I could go! And they were raw and real, let me tell you! There were good people, evil people and Godly people, and I loved their stories! Plus, I was an avid reader; I read everything my eyes came in contact with, even the ingredients on food labels. Y’all, I even read the ingredients in shampoo and conditioner for your hair. (Note: I still do today. Can’t help myself.)

But, the Bible was unlike any other book I had ever read. It was as if I could never finish it and come to that happy ending I so loved in novels. I could not find the end of it, the Bible. Until one day–and this is by God revelation, I know–I did find one satisfactory ending; one where it felt as if I finally had something in common with, not only the Bible, but God Himself. Which sounds strange to me even now, and I know you probably think it sounds strange too, even weird…until you finish reading this blog!

The Bible…it’s complicated, I know. But I’m going to give you a sort of…hop, skip and jump quickly through the Bible to the common core of what I found out.

First we go to Genesis 1:26: Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

This is a pretty personal and intimate thought of God towards us! To look like Him and have dominion over things like Him, in other words, to think and have an eternal soul, like Him. Wow! But, why? Why would He do that? He didn’t have to. God is good all by Himself.

To make this blog shorter, and make sure I don’t go down any rabbit holes, which I’m known for, we are going to a man called Abram. You know, God changed his name to Abraham, which means, the father of many nations. Why did God want Abraham to father nations, and be known for it? Especially with only one wife and one promised son born in their old age?

Genesis 17:3-5: And Abram bowed down with his face to the ground, and God said unto him, “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of a multitude of nations. No longer will your name be Abram. Instead, your name will be Abraham because I WILL make you the father of a multitude of nations.”

Well, today we see that God did cause Abraham to father many nations: The Jewish nation, the Arab nation (from Ishmael, Abraham’s son of Hagar, Sarah’s Egyptian handmaid) and also, the Christian nation that includes people of every color and culture around the world. (From my last research Christianity was the only religion, if you will, where Christians were found to live in every nation, island, tributary, and place where people live on this earth. Unless there is some place I haven’t researched yet. (If you know a place where the gospel hasn’t reached yet, please let me know.)

From here, I’d like to take you to the word ‘nation,’ and what it means. Well, nations were built first on tribes. What were tribes built on? Were they built on lands, hills, valleys, tributaries, continents, or on planet earth in general? They were, but…was that what God was talking about blessing Abraham with? I’m pretty sure God liked His creations…and this planet because He said at the end of the sixth day…“God saw all that He had made, and it was good…” Genesis 1:31.

Back to the tribe thing… Here the words tribe and nation break down to the word…yes, you guessed it by now…FAMILY!

Family is what the core of the Bible is all about!

It is what you and I and God have in common. What do we and billions of other people in the world today love the most in this life? Our FAMILY! Well, so does God. He loves family the most. God created it all for the sake of family…a family He could one day call His own. And that is why God sent Jesus into the world of man, to begin to gather His, God’s family together. So I leave you with this: John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but through me.” This is what Jesus, the only begotten son of God, said.

Jesus started gathering God’s family to God over two thousand years ago. He’s still gathering today. If you haven’t already, please come be a part of God’s family by accepting Jesus as your savior. It is so easy. Just say you’re sorry for breaking God’s commandments and ask Jesus to come onto your heart. And he will.

If you just did, welcome my brother or sister to the family of God! He’s has been waiting on you a long, long time. And He loves you so much that He sent Jesus to die for you. And yes, salvation, being saved, becoming born again, it is a personal and intimate thing, just as it was when God created Adam and breathed the breath of life into his nostrils and made him, Adam, the first man, the first person of this, God’s family, a living soul. Just like God, who is a living, eternal spirit.

Hope you got truth from this Inspiration for Love blog, because God’s truth is what matters most.

I love you, and I leave you with peace, love, hope and faith.

From Romance & the Homestead,

Della

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Here are my latest inspirational love stories.

If you lost everything, and everyone you knew and loved turned against you, could you work your way out of it without hate or malice working its way into your heart?

William Gallagher, once beloved pastor, never thought in a million years he would have to find out the answer to that question the hard way. But in every bad situation God gives a person one constant to hold onto. Right? For William, that constant would be his daughter, Katie Marie. But what would he have to do to keep her? Would he be willing to lose the one woman whom he had fallen for, who helped him find his way out through the saving grace of her heart, a heart filled with love and faith in an Almighty God he had shunned for the last five years?

Lilly A’mour had waited, dreamed, and been oh so vigilant for the man of her dreams; a romance of love with a story to tell. But when William Gallagher entered her life, the story that would unfold would test her faith, and priorities in a way she never dreamed. Would she have to choose between her faith and the man of her dreams? Could Lilly pass this test for love?

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John Paul Emmanuel, ex-soldier, wounded veteran whose life was adrift, knew he could not go forward until his mission was finished. He had to complete his promise to his soldier buddy who now lay cold in the grave. And he knew who was responsible for putting him there, Chase’s evil wife. J. P. intended to keep his promise to Chase Boudreaux and exact his righteous revenge on her, a woman he had never seen. Then J. P. thought he would be free to figure out where his life would go. Love never entered his mind.

Yes, LaBelle Amie mourned her dead husband, Chase. But questions, emotions tore at her heart and mind, and her guilt. Did she cause his death? Their marriage had been so volatile in the end. But the question that tore her most was, “Chase, my love, did we win, and are you free now?” As she prayed, she wondered if she would ever find out the answers…until an ex-soldier buddy of Chase’s showed up at the Pearlisque Fountain, her family’s motel at Myrtle Beach, where she worked. Could she hope? Dare she brave the hate for her she saw deep in his eyes to find out? Could this man have the truth that would set her free…finally? Falling for love again never entered her mind.

As J.P. and LaBelle’s life merged in a volatile intersection of time, love and hate met, and warred, their ammunition a war of words where strength, faith and unbidden desires could save them or destroy their lives.

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It’s Morning Glory Time! Is it Yours?

It’s Morning Glory Time!

Morning Glory & Knockout Rose

Y’all, you know it’s almost fall when the morning glories start blooming. The grow, wind, and twine on anything they can grab hold of! Then they start blooming; knowing Autumn is coming, they have to seed out. Even though I love them, they are invasive and will take over everything! They are almost indestructible.

Here are some beauties that I captured while on my walk-about-the homestead this morning, still recovering from Covid.

Small ones, big ones, even tiny ones!

I love wildflowers. Nature cultivates them. Not anyone else. No one tends to them…except, maybe…God? And they, the wildflowers, bloom as if their lives depend on it, and bloom whether anyone is watching them or not. It’s as if they bloom because they know our Heavenly Father is watching them. And is pleased by them. They bloom right where they are planted, in whatever soil, in whatever conditions, and never complain. If they have to struggle…they struggle. But they still bloom!

And…they bloom for God.

In doing so, I take a lesson from the morning glories; the wildflowers.

If you have to struggle, then struggle…with every intent in your heart to bloom and produce seed as God intended you to do. Struggle to bloom for Him, to please him, be obedient to Him in your calling.

The morning glories were called to bloom now in this, their season, for they know they must put out seeds for the long winter that is coming, knowing they will live on in their seeds come spring.

How are we blooming as Christians, followers of Jesus Christ? When you bloom and have seeds to scatter, whether it be wisdom, knowledge, influence, children, grandchildren, Biblical knowledge, or whatever God has gifted you with, or blessed you with, what are you scattering? What kind of seeds are you leaving behind that may cause someone to bloom when they awaken to the springtime, new beginnings in Jesus Christ.

Is it morning glory time for you?

I believe it is morning glory time for me. What kind of seeds am I planting to keep the true Gospel of Jesus Christ alive; planting it in the hearts and minds of people to germinate; sprout so they can bloom in the light and glory of God in their time?

So, Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3

Romans 10:9 …if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things had passed away; behold, new things have come.

If you are reading this and you have not accepted Jesus into you heart and mind to be you savior, I beg you to. Just bow your head and tell him you are truly sorry for your sins and ask him to forgive you and come into your heart.

I leave you with these: Matthew 6:28, Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin. And yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. And I hope I have scattered some seeds of hope in your heart and mind.

With love and hope, from Romance & the Homestead,

Della

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Whose Territory Are You In?

Today, I’d like to share some important information that you may or may not know!

It’s been on my mind lately about–not the right way, or the wrong way–but the way God’s says to glorify Him. I’d like to start out by just saying it this way: Enter His gates with thanksgiving, into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name. Psalm 100:4.

This is not just something you read, have faith in, or roll around in your mind as a good thing. This is something you actually do! As in, begin to talk to God and thank Him for the things, situations, and blessings in your life. Also, begin to praise Him, for who He is! Example: I praise you God, for you are God, alone! There is no other God but you. Holy is your name. I praise you Father, Son, and Holy Spirit! You are God! You own the cattle on a thousand hills. The heavens are your throne and the earth is your footstool! For this is your kingdom, your power, and your glory! Do this continually, every day if you can.

This sets a precedent between you and the Father–God–that you are his child and a saved sinner. This truth will bring you closer to God and into His presence. This is also putting your faith into action, not to get you material things, or “more saved,” but to move your mind, heart, and body closer to Him, and closer to everything He has for you: peace, love, wisdom, and even answers to questions and truth you may have been seeking.

Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. James 4:8

BUT REMEMBER, IT MAY ALSO BRING ON THE ATTACT OF THE ENEMY!

Satan, the adversary; Beelzebub, the prince of darkness, hates anyone drawing close to God. He will begin to attack you with every negative thing he can. He will show you the glass half empty, so to speak. And he will blame that emptiness on God in any way he can. He will drag up the past and every person that hurt you, or used you, or stole from you, etc. He will say things, such as: If God loves you, why didn’t He stop that. If God loved you, He would not let those people hurt you. He will attack the very essence of God and who He is–love! He wants to drag you back into his territory, the territory of anger, pain, hate, lies, and darkness–dark thoughts against God, the Father. He wants you to be a rebel against God, and be like him, the devil.

But remember this, you are created in the likeness and image of God!

And God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…” Genesis 1:6

Satan wants to remake you in his image to be evil, like him, because he cannot create anything but evil. The only followers he has are the ones who fall victim to his lies and deceit. You see, Satan never created a single person or thing.

Stand your ground! Continue to be prayerful to God, thankful of all things, praising God as your Sovereign God and Father, Jesus as your Savior, and Holy Spirit as the power of God that lives in you. Being thankful to God, and praising Him for who He is in your life will keep you on solid ground, and it will be close to impossible for Satan, our adversary, to pull you into his darkness and dark thoughts against God and His people–meaning you, if you have Jesus in your heart.

As a blood bought child of God we should always want to be in God’s territory–the light–and under his umbrella of love and redemption and forgiveness. Not in Satan’s territory, the darkness of evil.

One tip here: to begin to be prayerful and thankful, go first into your secret prayer closet. This is powerful!

But when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut the door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. Matthew 6:6

Going to a place where you can be alone with God; He is already there waiting for you. He will see in secret and reward you openly. This is why Christianity is a personal relationship with God, the Father, God the Son, and God, Holy Spirit.

There is only two things we can be: One, a servant in the house of God through Jesus Christ, or a slave to Satan, Beelzebub, the devil and his darkness. There is no “in between.”

I pray you find this helpful in your daily fight to keep your soul in the territory of God, His holy light!

Peace and love to you,

Della

I will praise the Lord at all times; His praise will continually be in my mouth. Psalm 34:1

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Are You in the Pressure Pot of Responsibility? Parenting? Are you toiling and boiling and don’t know how to get out?

THE PRESSURE POT OF RESPONSIBILITY II

Are you toiling and boiling and trying your darnedest to be a good parent in this toxic world where what used to be good is now bad, and what once worked, for thousands of years as parents and grandparents, is now deemed abusive? Are you deemed, as a parent outside the bounds of the law, abusive just because you discipline your children? Do you feel the burn, the scorn of society because of it?

Well, so did I, and a lot of other parents…until I began to learn what the pressure pot of responsibility was all about. Now in Pressure Pot I, I go into how our parents and grandparents put us into the pressure pot of responsibility, what it was, what it was like, and how it affected us all in the beginnings of our lives. If you would like to start at the beginning with an informative and insightful read, CLICK HEREAre You in the Pressure Pot of Responsibility? Parenting? Are you toiling and boiling and don’t know how to get out?

When we left off with The Pressure Pot of Responsibility I, we were at the point when I wanted to delve into God’s idea of a pressure pot! So here goes!

Like I said before, pressure pots have very distinct and unequivocal directions on how to properly use them, requirements if you will, for your safety. If you don’t diligently adhere to them, I promise you, you will have an explosion on your hands; a very dangerous one. You could lose your life!!!

You may think the pressure pot of responsibility is not as dangerous, but I would argue that it is even more dangerous if not done properly; and I would add, Godly.

Responsibility. It has been an ugly word for a long time now. Sitting in a room, on a computer, playing video games and what-not is not the real reality of life, but is unfortunately a lot of today’s children’s realities. And while I understand it is very dangerous these days to let your children play outside, if not watched over by mature adults, or parents, not teaching them the real reality of life is just as dangerous. Statistics say at least 800,000 children go missing in America every year. Just think about that, and try to consider what the people who have abducted them are doing with them. Why isn’t the news, mainstream media talking about this? It’s outrageous that they don’t! Why?

Okay, I’ll try not to get off topic again. Let’s go back to responsibility, and being a responsible parent. After I had worked with children for five years in the school system, I was horrified that most children didn’t understand some of the most elemental basics of life. For instance: They did not know where their food came from. They thought it magically appeared in the supermarket. I’m not kidding you when I say this. I could go on and on!

But I will not. Here, now, I’d like to share my testimony of my pressure pot of responsibility to my own children.

When my two children became teenagers, I thought I was doing a good job of being a mother. But in my prayer time, the Lord began to deal with me and convict me about some of my so called “good” mothering ways. I got the feeling he didn’t approve of them, much to my dismay. This caused me to pray even harder. I was confused, thinking I had been giving them good advice…direction.

Then came the day when the Lord shocked me to my core. To make a long story short enough for this blog, I will just explain it this way. The Lord basically told me I could no longer tell my children what to do! What? How could I continue raising them without telling them what to do; correct them?

In our culture, most children do not respect their parents, and this is a result of having an “entitled” mentality. You can’t spoil a child with too much love, but you can spoil them with too many possessions they have had no part in earning. Earning “stuff” is hard work, something a lot of children in this toxic culture know nothing about.

So…I had been teaching my children the right concepts…or so I thought. Now, I didn’t know what to do, so I kept praying. Then came the kicker that put me in the pressure pot!

Get this! The Lord told me I could only correct my children and tell them what HE told me to say!! Whaaaat?? Now in those days, I was really having a hard time discerning the voice of the Lord. But I was learning, when the Lord wanted me to hear his voice, it was loud and clear. No doubt there.

From that point, I began to know, through experience, not mental knowledge of concepts, what the pressure pot of God was all about. Can you guess how many times my mouth opened to tell my children what to do? But I couldn’t. I had to watch them struggle, even as I struggled, to understand my new role as the Lord’s spokesperson to my teenage children. I had to learn to watch them make mistakes, struggle in the culture, wanting to become part of it. Even though I felt a lot of their decisions were wrong, I couldn’t say a word. Can you imagine that? If you know me, you would laughingly say, “No!”

Let me tell you, I began to be more on my knees, my head in the Bible, and learning to discern the Lord’s voice among all the chattering thoughts in my head, for the sake of my children, and them learning right from wrong; God’s ways.

I was in the pressure pot cooking, torn, confused, and wondering if I was even hearing the voice of God!! But I learned to discern his voice. I learned that even if I didn’t get it right the first time, he wasn’t angry. But lovingly encouraged me to keep on going.

In my pressure pot, God began to bring out the servant in me, waiting on HIM to give ME direction to my children!

I began to be grateful, and gracious, and eternally thankful as I watched God’s direction to me begin to play out for the betterment of my children in mine, and their everyday life.

Did I get it wrong sometimes? Yes, yes I did. Did I fail to deliver the Lord’s words in the right way sometimes? Yes, yes I did. But in my defense, consider this: Jesus discipled grown men for three and one half years! Guess what? They still didn’t get it. That is, until, the day of Pentecost. When the Light, the Truth, the Comforter came, he continued to disciple them. Meaning, they had to adhere to the risen Lord leading them and guiding them in the responsibility of their individual lives, and work for the Lord, ministry, his servants, if you will.

I want to say this about my pressure pot of responsibility; I learned to hear his voice, and I became his servant. And…this is a big one…I gave him the honor for his word. I told my children that I heard from the Lord, and then I gave them HIS words, not mine. And they began to see the richness of his word in their lives. They saw me struggle, pray, fast, and wait on the Lord for his word for our family, for their lives, and for our future.

Then, the most amazing thing began to happen! They began coming to me in the middle of their problems and asking me to pray to the Lord for direction. I would always say yes, and many, many times, I would tell them they needed to pray with me. And they began to.

As I began to give God the honor, praise, and glory for his precious words of instruction and wisdom into our lives, it was as if someone hit the pressure gage, and pressure I didn’t even realize I was under began to be released. Anxiety, fears, and other toxic feeling where my children were concerned began to be released from my spirit, toxic spirits that had caused my mind to be in bondage to them.

The Lord put me in a pressure pot of responsibility. Then he brought my children into it. And eventually my husband. We were all in this pressure pot of responsibility, and we learned to let the Lord lead us and guide us.

We all began to get to know the Lord and he strengthened our relationship with him and each other. It also brought us into new levels of faith we didn’t even know existed, except for the stories in the Bible.

I give him all the praise and glory for it. And I did, and still do, in front of my family.

In that pressure pot of responsibility, I learned the difference between being a good mother and a Godly mother. My Bible, my prayer, and fasting became my foundation for living.

1 Corinthians 10:24 (BBE)
24 Let a man give attention not only to what is good for himself, but equally to his neighbor’s good.

I sought the Lord for the benefit of my children. But the benefits I never dreamed of became our way of life, living as servants of the Lord.

Now if you have a problem with being a servant, listen to what Jesus says about it. Mark 10:45 (BBE)
45 For truly the Son of man did not come to have servants, but to be a servant, and to give his life for the salvation of men.

If Jesus came to be a SERVANT, and we, as Christians, are supposed to be modeling ourselves after Christ Jesus, aren’t we supposed to more concerned about becoming HIS SERVANT than anything else?

Think about this: 1 Corinthians 4:1 (BBE)
1 Let us be judged as SERVANTS of Christ, and as those who are RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SECRET THINGS OF GOD. 

IN MY PRESSURE POT OF GOD, the Lord brought me close, trained me to hear his voice, and began to teach me about my responsibility towards my children. When he felt he could TRUST me, he began to REVEAL the secret things about my children that he and he alone knew. In order to do that, I had to be patient and confident, with faith towards him, the Lord, that he knew what he was doing. Through me, his servant, he wanted them to know that he knew them better than they knew themselves. Know why? Because our toxic society wants us to be cookie cutter people. Even the church sometimes has this mentality. But God does not!!! Because we are not cookie cutter people. We are each one uniquely, and one-of-a-kind created by God, for God’s purposes alone.

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So, if you feel as if you are in God’s pressure pot of responsibility, suffering, even in physical pain, know this: The bottom line in your pot is three things: 1. Become obedient, and do it as quickly as you can, without delay. 2. Acknowledge, accept, and underscore, in your mind, that you are being trained to become a SERVANT of El Elyon, the God Most High; Elohim, God, the Creator of all things! 3. Acknowledge, and rebuke, most persistently, any and all rebellious spirits that try to cause you to kick against the pricks! Allow God to bring you to a point of praise and worship from the heart. And when you begin to genuinely do this, you will begin to see the Lord hit the pressure valve and let off the pressure.

But know and understand this, in God’s Pressure Pot of Responsibility, you will have to deal with yourself and the toxic spirits Satan has tried to bind you with, to enslave you to him. But God wants you to be free.

John 8:36 (KJV)
36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

Satan wants you to be in bondage, a slave, bound in the chains of sin. God wants you to be free. That is why he sent his son into the world, to save us from slavery and sin to Satan, into becoming free to serve God. After all, that is what we all were created for.

It is our duty, our responsibility to serve Adonai, our Lord!

Jesus said to pray this way: Our Father, who art in heaven… Abba, our Father.

Speaking as a parent, is it really our responsibility to teach our children about the Heavenly Father, God?

What is the big deal about “giving God the honor, praise, and the glory?”

Why should we give Him, God, the credit when it is us who are working our tails off down here on earth to survive?

Ever wondered these things? Well, we are going to cover this in God’s Pressure Pot of Responsibility III!

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Are You in the Pressure Pot of Responsibility? Parenting? Are you toiling and boiling and don’t know how to get out?

Are you desperately trying to find that one release valve? Is there such a thing as God’s pressure pot?

Do you know what a pressure pot is? Ever used a pressure pot? No? Maybe? Yes?

I’ll share one thing with you: I have. One thing you first learn about a pressure pot is…it can be very dangerous if not done properly.

You have to know your altitude. You have to know how much poundage to put on the pot for the content; what you are cooking up. You have to know how to crank the heat up properly and then adjust it, and keep it adjusted. And then you have to know how to properly vent it and let it cool down, release the pressure so it doesn’t blow up in your face when you take the lid off.

Now, I have the new “pressure pot” on today’s market. It’s called Instant Pot, or “Instapot” with all the convenient bells and whistles: pre-times settings, push button controls, and easy venting. You really don’t have to know anything, just add a little water, put your food inside, set your pressure valve one way, and then lock the lid, set it, and let it go. Wahla!!0

Now the InstaPot is not for canning for long time preservation of food. It’s just for a quicker cook.

But neither of these is the pressure pot I’m talking about. I’m talking about God’s pressure pot. The pot He puts us in and cranks up the heat. Still don’t know what I’m talking about? Let me describe it this way: The pressure pot of responsibility our parents put us in when they were teaching us how to be responsible could be a parallel likeness.

“Oh,” you say? “My parents didn’t teach you how to be responsible like that.”

Okay, I understand. You’re of that generation where we, as parents, were told how bad, cruel, and abusive we were if we put pressure on our children in the form of parental control. And we were told our children should run the household. If utter confusion set it, we were bad parents!! Uh…and then there was the ugly word, or should I say the word that soon became the ugliest word of all… Uh…let’s whisper it. “Spanking.” Oh no! You’re a bad parent!

Oh, but the word “spanking” wasn’t the word they used to “guilt” us into believing we were abusive if we disciplined our children with a “spanking.” The word they used with a horrified tone and insinuation of abuse went this way: “You “struck” your child? How horrible. It’s abuse!! Ten times over it’s abuse!” Afterwards went like this: RED ALERT!! RED ALERT!! ABUSE! ABUSE! GET THE POLICE!! PUT THEM IN JAIL! TAKE THE CHILDREN!

Now let me tell you, this confused a lot of parents, me included. Was I abusive if I spanked my children?

No, I’m was not. To say I was was, was catamount to accusing not only me of being an abusive parent, but my parents too, and also my grandparents, and great grandparents, and great, great grandparents of being child abusers. All the way back to Adam and Eve probably. And then to God! Think about that.

Isn’t it a good thing all these so-called child experts came along at the right time to tell us parents who were “spanking” their children we were being abusive, contradicting thousands of years of parents and grandparents correcting their children! Whew! And just in time! (Sarcasm here!)

My parents spanked me. They were not abusers. They raised us with discipline, work, and they ran our home as parents parenting; as leaders. And let me tell you, we were not the easiest bunch to bring up. But they did, and you know why? Because their parents raised them with discipline, as their parents did before them. Now when I say discipline, I don’t mean beating your children half to death, which is abuse. I mean discipline in the form of adult leadership, adult guidance, adult supervision, and adult behavior. Yes, my parents and grandparents practiced what they preached. We children did not dictate what went on in my parents’ home, our parents did. We did not dictate anything to our parents because we respected them and their roles as adults. We did not dictate or demand as if we were “entitled” to anything, even though we worked hard, as they did.

Respect is taught, and earned, not given out just because someone thinks they deserve it, or should I say, “entitled” to it. I respected my parents, and still do even though they’ve gone to be with the Lord.

Let me tell you, we were raised on a single family farm, which was our sole income. My momma and daddy built it from a scrap of land with only one barn on it. We learned to work hard for the roof over our head, food on our table (that we mainly grew) and the clothes on our back. We were taught the essentials of life: food, shelter, clothing, which were the tangible things. We also learned the intangible things: respect, obedience, and whether we hugged or kissed each other, which we seldom did, we understood the intangible spirit of love that bonded us from the top down; from our parents down to each of us. Everything else was just icing on the cake, so to speak.

So I was raised in the pressure pot of responsibility. It was hard sometimes. Did we children groan, complain, get mad, and rebel against it at times? Yes, yes we did. Did we get a spanking for it sometimes? Or a whipping? Yes, yes we did. But we were in Momma and Daddy’s pressure pot cooking. They knew how much pressure to put on our behinds. They knew how to adjust the discipline to meet the offence, which consisted of talking back, disrespecting them, and not doing what you were told. And they knew how to let the pressure off when we got a “whoopin’” on our behinds.

Did we ever “blow our lids?” Oh yeah, we vented, we just did not “blow up” in their faces. Let me tell you, there were a few trees in the woods that I cussed out over and over; vented on them my anger at the injustice, or what I thought as a child was injustice, at getting my spanking for bad behavior. And one misbehaving little monkey was not going to stop the show, or the work on the farm! Work on the farm was catamount to eating. And let me tell you…we ate good, real good. I sure would love to have some of that homegrown, nutritious food I grew up eating.

Let me tell you, on the farm, with yard work, housework, field work, animals and youngun’s to feed, it wasn’t about how we “felt” on any given day. Knowing we would get a spanking, knowing they would get angry at us, knowing we had to do our chores, our school work, and contribute to the work, put pressure on us to buck up to being responsible every day. We didn’t realize at the time that Momma and Daddy were not just growing beans, corn, tobacco, other crops, cows, hogs, chickens, goats, cats, and dogs, they were growing seven children into respectable, hardworking, caring, and responsible adults. They were growing us into adults who became ready, willing, and able to leave home knowing how to buck up every day, work, and take care of ourselves and our own families as we faced the challenges of everyday life.

You know why? I’ll tell you. Because bucking up to the pressure our parents put on us made us strong. When you prune the vine–cut out the excess and sometimes dead wood of bad behavior–you make the vine stronger. It was the beginning of bringing out of us what God put in us. In standing up to that pressure, and discipline it made us strong people who could stand up to the difficulties that we would encounter in the world we were going to be released into one day as adults. We were raised to view our options, make critical choices, and use self discipline to do it.

Iron sharpens iron. My parents were iron, and they sharpened us, the tools in their “shed of life.” As their parents did before them and theirs before them, and so on and so on.

My parents’ daily pressure pot of responsibility bonded us as a family as it brought out the good and bad in us–just like a pressure pot does with food. They tried to shape the good, and make us fight our own undesirable behavior to become self-disciplined. Don’t think for one second we were not told when our behavior was unacceptable, and they did not spare our “feelings” or the “rod” when it came to correcting that bad behavior as we learned right from wrong; real right from wrong. Not the hogwash that is being promoted in the world today: right is now wrong, and wrong is right! It is lies, and I’m sad to say too many have bought into these lies. Our children are paying the price through confusion, not knowing or understanding the basic necessities for life, and having an entitled mentality. This is not of God. And God is not pleased with our parenting today.

This blog in no way is bashing any of you as parents. I’m only saying what I have lived and observed over the years of change in this world, culture, and so called modern way of thinking. And let me say this: The basics of life have not changed, just the thinking around it. What do I mean? Basics: food, shelter, clothing, family love, and God’s love. Our children’s understanding of the basics of life fly around objects, having everything the world of possessions’ has to offer; and have it right now!! This is confusion.

1 Corinthians 14:33 (KJV)
33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

With too many pressures from culture, media, social media, schools, and colleges, too many of us, as parents, have so relaxed our morals, let go of our standards, and given in to the pressure pot of the world, the culture, and too much “like-ism,” wanting everyone and everything to “like” us so we can all be “alike” in the world. No individuality; cookie cutter people. No competing with our own bad behavior, or facing it. No “real” right from wrong, excluding God and His word.

In other words…we, as parents, are dull iron today. We sharpen no one. We, as pressure pots, are useless. And lots of our children are venting back at us; putting pressure on us to help them get everything they want…and now!! No learning the basics of life, no self-discipline, and very little real happiness, and no liking themselves because of inner integrity, which is what God requires of us; integrity in His morals.

Let me confess here: My husband and I were one of these kinds of parents too, I’m sorry to say. And our children too, at one point paid a high price under the pressure pot of the changing culture.

In the King James Version of the Bible it says:

Proverbs 13:24 (KJV)
24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.

The Bible in Basic English says it this way:

Proverbs 13:24 (BBE)
24 He who keeps back his rod is unkind to his son: the loving father gives punishment with care.

What could be the remedy for all this? The “proverbial” rod? (Pun intended here!) More than just the good old fashioned rod, the possible answer could, of course, be God’s pressure pot. But how do we, as parents, bring our children, in this toxic culture, into God’s pressure pot for His type of responsibility?

Well, we’ll cover that in The Pressure Pot of Responsibility II!

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Are Fans of America’s Favorite Sports Being Played?

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Our great American past times; baseball (NBL), football (NFL), racing (NASCAR), and…BOYCOTT? WHAAAT? Why are we boycotting ourselves? Should we or shouldn’t we? Well, as a devout non-sports-competition-of-any-kind person, I think…ah…maybe…we should NOT!!! And here’s why….

In light of what’s going on in these United States of America, that I dearly love, by the way, today, I have never seen SUCH A SMALL FRACTION OF OUR COUNTRY TRYING SO HARD TO DIVIDE THE REST OF US!!! I don’t even know why. Well…maybe a little, I do. But one thing I have deduced is this: We are stronger together than apart.

But in the cases of boycotting games, our past times that started in the past, meaning our history, I am appalled! Why? Why would our country, who loves our competitive sports boycott them because of a few, and I mean a very few people, who are bowing down to…what? Are they bowing to God, our national anthem, the people who gave their lives for this country? Taking a knee to something or someone means you’re, in my honest opinion, serving them.

Okay, okay, I know what they are saying. But I’d like to dig a little deeper. Why are some of these same people tearing down our historical monuments?

Why are they hell bent on destroying our past? So they can create a new, and different future for our beloved America, I ask you?

But really, is it all part of a sinister plot? Why have our colleges turned our children into American hating citizens?

I submit to you that they are trying to change America from the inside out. I have watched it happen over the years.

It’s racist; you’re a xenophobe, a supremacist! They shout all these accusations everywhere.

And I believe, in more ways than one, we are bowing down to this culture of hate; hate for America and all Americans who love this country. When they hate us, we are trying to hate them back! NO, WE SHOULD NOT!

So here is my take on it: I love this country and all the people in it. People from other countries love America and want to come here; legally and illegally. Here’s a thought: Maybe we should accept the American loving immigrants and deport the America haters! No, just kidding.

But they are hatefully trying to steal, kill, and destroy parts of this nation. They are tearing down our cultural statues. These are works of art as much as they are history. They belong to all of us, not just the few haters who want to destroy them.

Now all that I have said up until now is just stating the obvious, but what I am about to say is not obvious, but subterfuge.

All these kneeling people…are SUBTERFUGE. They are there stirring you up to hate! AND TO HATE THE VERY THING YOU LOVE—SPORTS!! And also hate other parts of our history and heritage.

We, as Americans, have loved OUR sports for a long time. Could it be that the same behind-the-scenes people who are paying rioters to riot, loot, and burn are the same people paying these America haters to take a knee? Are these same behind-the-scenes people trying to tear down more of our culture, heritage, and and indelible part of us, as Americans, people of these United States of America, our great past times? Aren’t the NFL and NASCAR born and bred in our country? Aren’t they part and parcel of our history…us?

I submit to you this: DO NOT BOYCOTT PARTS OF US, OUR HISTORY AND PRESENT THAT WE LOVE!! FIGHT BACK AND FIGHT BACK IN AN UNEXPECTED WAY THAT WILL CROSS OUT THEIR SUBTERFUGE, OR SHOULD I SAY SUBTERFUDGE! Go to your sports games and sing our national anthem as loud as you can. Raise hell by jumping, shouting, and acknowledging we love this country, we love our sports, and we love our culture, and will not let these sneaky, conniving, commie lovers make us destroy part of OUR America, our competitive sports. Ignore the knee-takers, the very, very few haters.

Go to the NASCAR races and wave our flags, shout out our love for America and support the ones who love America too!

LETS GO TO THE GAMES AND SUPPORT EACH OTHER AND AMERICA, THE AMERICA THAT WE LOVE!!!!

I’m not a competitive sports fan, but it breaks my heart to watch those evil you-know-what’ers making us destroy our heritage ourselves with their subterfuge. So please take my advice, my slant on things and don’t let them use us to destroy our great country! Don’t let them make us destroy the things we love! There of millions of us compared to the very pitiful few of them. If they kneel, ignore their butts, and yell all the more for your team, for America, for each other, and our children!

REMEMBER THIS: The love of the many outclass, out weigh, the hate of the few!

WE THE PEOPLE NEED TO GO to all our favorite sporting events and raise loving hell at these events and show our love for our America!!!! We need solidarity for each other, our righteous America loving leaders, and our great nation!

While you’re at it, let’s pray for our nation, our leaders, and most of all our enemies while we are praying for ourselves, families, and each other. Remember what Jesus said:

Matthew 5:44-45 (KJV)
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

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GOD BLESS AMERICA! God bless the USA!

With love from my heart for you and our great nation, The United States of America,

On Romance & the Homestead,

A fan of the fans of America’s sports,

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Who’s on the Lord’s side…come on…

“Anything God can do, I can do better! I can do everything better than Him!”

I ask you, “Can you imagine Satan, the devil formerly named Lucifer, the ‘dawn bringer,’ chanting this as his mantra, his logo of propaganda, his lies, trying with his fake powers to get people to believe he is more powerful than God?”

“Well…I can believe he would do this. He is the devil, the liar, and original sinner,” you tell me.

“Okay, then,” I reply, “welcome to the third chapter in this series entitled:

Dispensations, Divisions, and The Kingdom of God III

“Well…we’re moving on past Noah and his family to his children’s children and beyond. We come to a man called Abraham, who had a son called Isaac. Isaac had two sons, Esau and Jacob. A lot went on between the two brothers. But for the next great division in this dispensation of time, we’ll be talking about Jacob, whom God renamed Israel. He had twelve sons, and as the story goes, they wound up as slaves in the mighty empire of Egypt. God had promised their forefather Abraham that when they did, he was going to send them a deliverer. He did, and his name was Moses.

“So here comes Moses and he does deliver them from the ironclad fist of Pharaoh with all the plagues. Then he lead them through the sea that parted for them to walk across on dry land.”

“Yeah,” you say, “I know that story. I see this dispensation of time. But where is the great divide come into play. Was it God dividing them out of Egypt?”

“No,” I answer. “Even though God did deliver and divide them from Egypt, the dispensation divide came later. You see, these were God’s own chosen people. He first chose Abraham and took him from the land he grew up in, the land of Er of the Chaldees and lead him to a different land. Abraham didn’t know where he was going, just that he followed God each day until God told him, “This is Canaan, the land that I’m giving you and your children, which will be as innumerable as the stars in the heaven, and as the sand of the seashores.

“Well…Moses and the children of Israel were part of that promise. But to understand this dispensation and division, and what Satan was doing here, I have to give you a little backstory about him, the old devil, that old dragon, Satan.”

“A backstory?” you ask. “We’ve come straight from heaven to earth, to the garden and beyond. What back story is left?”

“Good point. Glad you brought up the garden. Because in the Garden of Eden where innocence reigned  and sin had not yet been conceived, there was a tree. This tree was aptly named, the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, where the snake hung out. We know this story and how the forbidden fruit was plucked off and eaten. Then came the word of the Lord in the cool of the evening and had Adam and Eve to come out of hiding. They confessed of their sin, disobedience. Well, sort of.

“But sin they had, so God had to carry out the punishment he had warned them would happen. Adam would now have to work by the sweat of his brow. Eve would bear children in pain and sorrow. But the snake, old Satan himself, who was behind the breach, God made him a promise-punishment. Let’s read it.”

Genesis 3:14-15 (KJV)
14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

“Now, old Satan heard a very solid promise of God: There was coming a seed of the woman that was going to bruise his head!! When Eve had Cain and Abel, he Lucifer, now Satan, had to wonder if it would be one of them. Abel seemed the most righteous, as God even called him righteous. So what did Satan do? He caused Cain to kill his brother, Abel. But time went on, and Satan realized Abel was not the promised seed. So Satan, through the dispensation of time keep trying to kill special men in hopes he would get the right one. You see, God never told Satan the true name of that promised seed of the woman.”

“So,” you interrupt, “Satan didn’t know Jesus was coming?”

“He knew someone was coming. But he didn’t know when or who it would be. But he could sense when someone special was going to be born, and he tried to kill him, even by killing a generation of babies. When it was time for Moses, the deliverer to be born, Satan came against the Egyptians to kill all the new born males.”

Exodus 1:15-16 (KJV)
15 And the king of Egypt spake to the Hebrew midwives, of which the name of the one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah: 16 And he said, When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools; if it be a son, then ye shall kill him: but if it be a daughter, then she shall live.

“But God caused Moses to grown up right under Satan and Pharoah’s nose, who, by the way, claimed he was God, just as Satan wants to be.”

“Just goes to show you God is Sovereign,” you say.

“Absolutely!” I agree vehemently. “But to get back to Moses and this great divide, we have to move along to Pharaoh’s army now drowned in the Red Sea. The Israelites have traveled to the great Mt. Sinai and Moses is on the mountain fasting and praying for forty days. God carves out a set of tables and with His finger writes on these stones his Ten Commandments.

“But while he is up there, Satan is at a diabolical work with a few people, lying to them that Moses isn’t coming down. They were better off in Egypt. Satan caused them to murmur and complain, even giving them a dissenting leader. He was a little more subtil this time. They wouldn’t worship him directly, but through an Egyptian idol, a golden calf, that Aaron, Moses’s brother crafted as the people pressured him to.

“Then Moses came down and found them worshiping the idol and not God, threw down the tables, breaking them. While they still partied, worshiping the idol, Moses broke the golden calf, ground it to powder and sprinkled it on the water. And here comes the great divide. God told Moses to call out to the people:

Exodus 32:26 (KJV)
26 Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the LORD’S side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him.

Then God showed Moses to tell the Levites to strap their swords on and go throughout the encampment and slay all those still reveling, (partying) worshiping basically, Satan. Remember, Satan’s plan is to get us to kill each other, because he is a spirit, not flesh, he cannot literally kill us, only make us HATE each other enough that WE will KILL EACH OTHER. HATE being the operative word here. Listen to what Jesus said:

1 John 3:14-15 (KJV)
14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. 15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

And this:

Mark 12:31 (KJV)
31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

“Satan caused this divide in this dispensation of time, the time of the Israelites as a nation governed by God and His own laws of The Kingdom of God coming down to mankind.”

“I see this now. Satan is causing the divides in each dispensation of time. And division, hate, and death follow him, Satan wherever he goes.”

“Yes! Absolutely right. God is calling people to come out of Satan’s darkness and sin sick nature, and into the light of God’s love and forgiveness.”

Now, the Lord gave me a “word” less than six months before this posting. He told me the flux was coming. I didn’t know what it was, but as I delved into this meaning, it simply means the flux built up over our eyes, like a metal crust, is being broken and blown away. Not just to see things going on around us better, but first for us to look at ourselves, and reflect on our own thoughts and behavior. Remember what the Lord said? No? Let’s visit his words again.

Matthew 6:21 (KJV)
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

So, where are our hearts today?

Where was Abram’s (Abraham’s) heart? His heart was stayed upon the Lord his God, and to do God’s will. He left everything and almost everyone he knew and wandered to a foreign land, not knowing where he would end up.

Where was Moses’s heart? His heart was stayed upon the Lord his God, and also God’s people Israel, to do the Lord’s will. His goal was to help God deliver God’s people and get them to the promised land.

These ancient men of God gave their all, living by faith, guided by the Lord, to accomplish God’s will for mankind on the earth. Satan tried many times to thwart God’s plan, but he miserably failed! God WILL accomplish HIS will on the EARTH despite Satan’s evil chaos he tried to perpetrate against God. Remember, Satan’s war is against God, we’re just his pawns if we let him use us.

For our take away point in this chapter, you have to ask yourself this, “Who’s on the Lord’s side, come on over!” Whose side are you on? God’s? Satan’s?

There is only two sides: Remember The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil?

God is good. Satan is evil. 

So… Who’s on the Lord’s side, come on over!

As you reflect on yourself, ask yourself this: Who or what is trying to divide me away from God, my heavenly Father?

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Della