Saturday, February 28, 2015

Perception Deception

In today's society, people quote "the grass is always greener on the other side" without paying much attention to it when viewing the lives of others. Social media and TV all give a "greener" account, but not the truth, or better said, the whole truth. Yes people are at these places where pictures are taken. Yes they posted that comment or quote. TV states things like "based on a true story", reality shows and dream like movies that touch your heart. But scripts are easy to write and act out when wanting to put on a "greener" show. In real life, there isn't a script.
You might say you understand all this, yeah, yeah we've heard it before. Then why do you compare your life to all those you see on the screen? Why compare your life to those around you?


[2Co 10:12 KJV For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.]

As we look at what people are posting, or watching things from Hollywood (I'd even go as far as reading some books), you find yourself comparing your life to those around you. When will I be able to? How come he or she doesn't treat me like....? If they did this? I never get out. Look at all they get to do. My life seems to be missing something, dull or boring.

These are thoughts that come from comparing others around you to you. But you don't know their "greener" side. As much as I've heard people state that they know it's not real. They still process in their mind as though it were. Example: My friend and I were talking about vampires being make believe. Then she told me that vampires don't go to heaven. I looked at her and said that's because they are not real. She laughed and said right.

You would never do that right. How many times have you heard something and knowing it wasn't true, still acted on it. Ever listen to the news? Do you share what you heard on the news? Then you just did it. The news is made up of a lot of half truths. They tell you as much as they want or deem necessary for you to know that will keep the ratings up. Another example: twenty minutes of an interview turned out to be a couple of different 3 second answers on the news clip. Done in such away that what my friend stated in the interview was represented differently in the clip. You wouldn't have known that except that they were being taped by friends while the interview was going on. But those who didn't watch the 20 minutes, didn't know the "greener" side.

I took a 3 day mini vacation. I posted pictures and posted the cool things I saw. When I go back over this event, I made it sound like it was picture prefect and the best time in my life. The reality was, I almost ran out of gas, because my car doesn't get the millage I was use to in my other cars. I almost got a ticket, I almost was stuck in snow  knee deep, I had to go to bed around 6 pm the first day because I was feeling sick. And because of my finical situation, I could only spend $40 period. I needed the other $20 for the extra gas I was going to need. Yes I had a good time with my friend, when I was able to spend time with her. And yes I took some cool pictures, but I was glad to be home.

How many people say that "I'm glad to be home" after a vacation. Or I'm ready to come home, nothing like sleeping in my own bed, it was fun but....

I'm not saying that getting away is a bad thing. I'm trying to point out that we associate that with a better life. We look at what others are doing and become disappointed with what we are not doing. It seems like everyone else is having this great adventurous life and yours is well so common.

[1Ti 6:6 KJV] 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

You're getting a perception that their grass is greener. But the quote is always right, it seems like it is when it's not. Sometimes its a time thing. You've been married 5 years, you're noting going to be like a couple that has been married 20 years. Doors opened up for this person faster then for you. That doesn't make it greener, it's just timing. Each door holds it's own trails and triumphs.
No two people walk the same path, even if they are on the same road.

[Pro 3:1-13 KJV My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the first fruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine. My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.]

If you are living a life to please the Lord, you have more "green" in your life than the demon wants you to recognize. Are you acknowledging Him; then He is directing your path. The doors are opening up according to what will work out best in your life. Trust the Lord and don't look at others with your perception of what you're not doing. It's greener that way.

Submitted by: Tina Marie


Saturday, February 21, 2015

His five liters

[Psa 139:14 KJV I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.]
In thinking of the blood that Jesus shed on the cross and before it, for us; the thought of how amazing it is. He prayed in the garden as it were great drops of blood. He was whipped and beaten and then hung on a tree. After giving up the Ghost, He then was stabbed so that every ounce of His blood had been poured out for mankind.

Loss of two liters of blood would certainly cause death in a normal human. The typical adult human has about five liters of blood in their circulatory system. Loss of 1/2 to 2/3 liters or 10-15% of total blood volume can be endured without major symptoms. Loss of 2 liters would about to approximately 40% of total blood volume and would certainly cause death if aggressive resuscitation and repid transfusion were no employed. 

Blood performs many important functions within the body including:
  • Supply of oxygen to tissues (bound to hemoglobin, which is carried in red cells)
  • Coagulation, the response to a broken blood vessel, the conversion of blood from a liquid to a semi-solid gel to stop bleeding.
  • Messenger functions, including the transport of hormones and the signaling of tissue damage
  • Regulation of body pH

In humans, blood is the fluid that transports nutrients and oxygen to every cell in the body. It also transports wastes away from cells. Blood keeps our body temperature steady by carrying excess heat from regions of the body to the skin where it can be dissipated. It also fights infection and carries chemicals that regulate many body functions.

He not only shed it so that we could find a way back into the presence of God, to make atonement for sins, and cover our sins. His blood was pour completely out so that all 5 liters could be used by the ministry to supply oxygen to the body. Nutrients, truth of the word to its members for growth and sustaining them. Removal of wastes, the things that bind us, sin that tries to creep back in and the chains of darkness.  Coagulation, the binding of many members together for form one unit, protecting the precious truths of God. Messenger functions, intercessory prayer. The regulation of body PH means that disease can’t live in it; the preached word will increase faith and destroy sin. Faith is in the blood. Body temperature, God never changes, He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Because He maintains temperature, He will cause the fire to heat up when needed and the water to cool off. The Holy Ghost will take over as needed to save the body. His blood keeps things moving in a heaven bound direction.

He purchased you by His blood and then keeps you alive in it. Those 5 liters are renewing its body day by day, year by year until He can bring home into the fullness He created it to be. The precious bride of Christ taken out of His side but in the very vein of His heart beats. [Psa 139:17 KJV How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!]

Submitted by: Tina Marie


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A Sobering Reality

 "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." - Mahatma Gandhi

As I walked into the hospital room and toward her bed I could feel the sobering reality of all things meaningful and true. There was our precious sister laying miraculously alive. Yes, she carried, in body and mind, the memories of the terror's moment, but she was alive! Why does it take tragedy to open our eyes to the true value of life? What is it about this carnal nature that assumes the position of 'death at a distance', as though death and tragedy only happens to other people? How often does misfortune or calamity have to occur before we truly wake up and 'see' beyond the appetites of our fleshly tabernacle? In the big picture of living, if life is but vapor, then why do we so often waste our steam on things of little or no value? So quickly we forget we are more than just earthen vessels of flesh and blood. "We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey." (Stephen Covey)

Art Buchwald said, "The best things in life aren't things." The sobering reality is life is NOT about houses, lands, and material possessions. Life is not about all gaining, getting, and gathering, but life is about relationships. For what is a moment in life if that moment cannot be shared? The true value of living our life comes in the quality of our relationship with God, family, and friends. Though we seemingly know this, it also seems, from time to time, we must be reminded by the reality of life's fragility. One moment you are caught up in the whirling seduction of the flesh and in the next moment you are twirling through the air watching your life pass before your eyes. "We cannot truly face life until we face the fact that it will be taken away from us."(Billy Graham) None of us, no, not one of us has the promise of tomorrow. As a matter of fact, none of us has the promise of the next breath. And if this is true then there is no such thing in anyone's life as an unimportant day. Every breath and every moment has value for these are the deep things that make up the day. I have heard it said that life is not about quantity but more about quality and many times I have witnessed how much quantity always seems to suffocate the quality.

Yes, we weigh in and the scale will reveal the truth about how we lived this last week. But today, I want us to take a moment and meditate on the true meaning of this game (our churches natural “biggest loser” game). Is it to win the pot of gold at the end of rainbow? Is the game just being used to slim down and get 'sexy' so we can gain the attention of flesh? OR is there something bigger at stake...something that far outweighs the measurable pounds lost and the visual manifestation of a smaller version of you? The truth about the contest can only be found within the hidden motives of the contestant. I can tell you and encourage you to 'see' beyond the scale and into a reality that hides behind the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, but only you, the contestant can search your own heart. So it is true we will step on the scale today, and the numbers will tell a tale, but don't forget we are also being weighed in the balances of a sobering reality...life is far more than anything we can see, touch, feel, hear, or taste. Job saw it and said this way, "Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity." (Job 31:6)

When we get on the scale today, I want everyone to take a moment of time and think of our precious Sister Wendy Sowards, who laid in a hospital bed...broken and yet alive! One week she weighed in and entered the contest and the next week her life has brought us back to the only scale that matters in this life and beyond. From that point onward, we dedicated that contest round to her. Why? Because only a life lived for others is the life worthwhile. Although we are losing weight and learning to live a healthier lifestyle, if it is only being done for me, myself and I, then we have lost the point and true meaning of the game. We are doing this because if we better ourselves, we then can become a betterment to the Kingdom of God, our families, and the world around us. “There is nothing we like to see so much as the gleam of pleasure in a person's eye when he feels that we have sympathized with him, understood him. At these moments something fine and spiritual passes between two friends. These are the moments worth living.” (Don Marquis)


Submitted by : Elder David Green
Written in May 2010, updated by Tina Marie Feb 2015

Friday, February 6, 2015

Truth

Truth: a verified or indisputable fact

[2Ti 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.]

[Gen 1:1-3 KJV 1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.] One after another you’ll read “and God said”, His word came forth.

[Jhn 1:1-4, 14 KJV  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. ... 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.]

[Jhn 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.] He was the very word of God robed in a body. His entire being was the same word that was spoken in Genesis that created all things. Truth is the substance from which His character was built. He is the Truth.

You can know a person by their characteristics, but yet not know them at all. How? Think of art work, experts can tell you if it was done by the proclaimed artist or not. Why, their character is revealed in their work. But do those "experts" know that artist? No.

You can quote scriptures all day long and not know Jesus.  [Jhn 15:5 KJV I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.] Until you get past the surface, you just get the character, but there is a passion behind the characteristics.
You need the Holy Ghost..[Jhn 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.]
Without the Holy Ghost, you learn words of truth, but not the substance of it. [Jhn 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.]
[1Co 2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.] The substance of Truth, the passion within the word. [Jhn 3:21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.] [Jas 1:22 KJV But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.] When the word of God becomes your fiber of reasoning, your plumb line for judgment, your course of action and your outward characteristic; then [Jhn 8:32 KJV 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.].
Do you know Jesus or are you just an expert that can tell His characteristics?


Thankful for God called preachers who are still upholding Truth as He is!

Submitted by : Tina Marie