May 17, 2020 at 12:50 pm #15698
Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
I wish I could reach out with my words and touch every downtrodden soul on the face of this earth with reassurances of Hope and Light — but that is way beyond my limited capacity. I wish I could positively impact the lives of each and every lost and suffering individual — but this is far beyond my job description as a mortal being. I wish I could do more to uplift humanity and bring brighter days ahead, but I only wind up getting in the way of myself and definitely in the way of God for His purpose for me to make this world a better place. It is so easy to pray to God to save the world, but it is quite a different burden (privilege) when you open yourself for God to use you to do more than you are doing. It takes extra effort, and it is a huge responsibility to perform up to God’s standards. Today, I feel remiss that the time is so short and I just haven’t done enough for God to say “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
Today I feel such an encumbrance upon my heart to ride out on a white horse with a sword in my hand — yet all I can muster are these few lines below in a measly attempt to encourage and console a few hurting Christians out in this cruel world enduring today’s reality. So here is something that is limited in scope to maybe just a few, a couple, or even just ONE person. I don’t know, but I’ll pray that God will again touch whomever it is He wishes to touch. As for me, I apologize for the lack of depth and impact that I seem to be quite lacking today. Anyway, for you ONE person out there, I hope and pray that this tale written about myself helps you in some way.
EACH STEP I TAKE
Each step that I take I must proceed without knowing,
I must venture ahead without the logistics or knowledge of where I’m going;
This whirlwind of life tosses me around like a dilapidated leaf,
The tempests of each day test the limits of my faith and belief.
Do I set sail for the ocean, or do I stand on the shore?
Do I remain in idled safety or advance into action against the ocean’s roar?
I’m such a failure, Lord, what do You see in me?
I’ve failed to reach so many destinations where I should already be.
But You just don’t give up on me Lord, why is this the case?
I have proven again and again that I’m such a disgrace!
Instead of submission to Your daily expectations, I instead tend to wrestle,
With the attempts of Your Holy Spirit trying lovingly to fill my empty vessel.
I’m not worthy to be in the presence of your Holy Throne,
I’m too impetuous, arrogant, and selfish, and accident-prone;
But I thank you every day that through Your Son Jesus Christ my Salvation is ensured,
And that IS the strength that guarantees that each passing day can again be endured.
So please provide me Your insight and guide me in the right direction,
Continue to show me Your Grace and Mercy and lead me to Perfection;
On my own I am nothing, but through you I can attain further heights,
The Rapture is so near, Lord, that we can now behold it within our sights.
Jesus — Please help us, and give us strength, to continue to attempt to bring unbelievers to the foot of Your Cross. This is where salvation begins and and dreams of Heaven can become an eventual reality! I pray the we can help others attain the reality of this dream
Your faithful and weak servant,
May 17, 2020 at 2:41 pm #15701DonnaModerator
~ ~ the spiritual battle? more evident these days global
~~ it is unsettling , on earth this battle that we continue to wrestle . . ~
as weak jars of clay, ~ ~ it remains, yes, today! ~ ~ we stay hopeful ~
~ knowing God’s Heart, we are ever stayed, and ever nestled
~ ~~ still, we ask, “why us God as weakened vessels
so amazingly loved, God’s delight, stayed in Christ’s Light ~
~~ of His Redeemed? our God says: ~ ~
‘You are My masterpiece” . . Ephes. 2:10
Jewels in Christ’s crown! ~ . .
. trusting our God’s Plan and Christ’s immeasurable Sacrifice ~
~ ~ . . “When He cometh to take up His jewels
All His jewels, precious jewels…
His loved and His own
Like the stars of the morning
His bright crown adorning
They will shine in their beauty
Bright gems for His crown
He will gather the gems for His kingdom
All the pure ones, all the bright ones
His loved and His own
Little children who love their Redeemer
All the jewels, precious jewels
His loved and His own…
Bright gems for his crown . “ ~ ~ Allyson Krauss
May 18, 2020 at 8:24 am #15748gratefulforgraceParticipant
May 18, 2020 at 7:29 pm #15781
I am so very happy that the Lord’s word does not return void and that Donna and I could share in His blessing to you this morning. The Lord deserves so much more glory and praise than we mortals can ever give to Him. Hopefully, one day, we will all be in His arms and rejoicing together about the strength, and the wisdom, and the insight, and the blessings that His Holy Spirit provided to us during our tumultuous sojourn here on Planet Earth.
Best of wishes to you any yours in these final days on the opposite side of Paradise.
God bless you!
May 19, 2020 at 9:18 am #15813
May 19, 2020 at 11:00 am #15821
It is an “honour to stand in your company!” also, as well as so many others here at Ritan that are too many to be named because I would leave somebody out and then feel badly about that.
We all congregate together here to uplift each other, and all look forward to our HARPAZO out of this world — which will simply be rapturous!!
Have a great day everyone!
May 19, 2020 at 1:40 pm #15828
May 19, 2020 at 2:10 pm #15831
May 19, 2020 at 3:18 pm #15835
TR – you may have just gotten a “high” (not sure what that looks like for you brother) sign!
The earth has now entered into a Solar minimum, worse yet, may cause a Maunder Minimum (little ice age) – last one known was recorded in 1625, caused famine, increased volcanic activity, arctic temps into the Deep South.
How about evil upon evil: BG pushing ahead w/ fear tactic
NOW — supported by proponents pushing the 10th amendment for societal protection:
Or even yet another Rock Star of the Christian faith has died, like Methuselah before the flood:
Worse yet: Have a super- size cyclone
Oh and that’s just today’s brief summary of escalating events globally
Today is a great day to go see the beloved!
May 19, 2020 at 7:17 pm #15850
May 19, 2020 at 7:43 pm #15852
I know I speak for how thankful we all here are to have a God who never changes, He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. His plans are for our welfare, never for evil! No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor heart of man imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him….
Although it has been a long time coming, we are the blessed generation to see the unfolding of His Word. This is beyond exciting!
May 19, 2020 at 8:40 pm #15858
I think of this verse all the time, ALL THE TIME!! : “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9, KJV)
No matter how much I try to envision how special Heaven is, and how hard I try to dispel the unscriptural vision in my mind about sitting bored on a cloud playing a harp, I come back to this verse to bring me to the reality that I TRULY HAVE NO CLUE how wonderful our Eternity will be — and that God has promised that we cannot even fathom how happy and exhilarated we will be!
Thank you for reminding me of our future Heavenly reality that will put our current earthly reality to shame!
May 19, 2020 at 9:42 pm #15865
May 20, 2020 at 12:43 pm #15885
TR – much more than a mere shadow. We are given a reference of a visualization… but in our finite brain it remains beyond our grasp as to the magnificence of God! My husband reminded me that it is a cube of sorts, can you think of an evil attempt from the dark prince to mimic Gods beautiful creation that was part of a famous TV series? Ok I’ll tell you remember the Borg on Star Track…..
Revelation 21:9b-27 “… Come with me! I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”
10 So he took me in the Spirit to a great, high mountain, and he showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God.
11 It shone with the glory of God and sparkled like a precious stone—like jasper as clear as crystal.
12 The city wall was broad and high, with twelve gates guarded by twelve angels. And the names of the twelve tribes of Israel were written on the gates.
13 There were three gates on each side—east, north, south, and west.
14 The wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were written the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
15 The angel who talked to me held in his hand a gold measuring stick to measure the city, its gates, and its wall.
16 When he measured it, he found it was a square, as wide as it was long. In fact, its length and width and height were each 1,400 miles.
17 Then he measured the walls and found them to be 216 feet thick (according to the human standard used by the angel).
18 The wall was made of jasper, and the city was pure gold, as clear as glass.
19 The wall of the city was built on foundation stones inlaid with twelve precious stones: the first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald,
20 the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst.
21 The twelve gates were made of pearls—each gate from a single pearl! And the main street was pure gold, as clear as glass.
22 I saw no temple in the city, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.
23 And the city has no need of sun or moon, for the glory of God illuminates the city, and the Lamb is its light.
24 The nations will walk in its light, and the kings of the world will enter th city in all their glory.
25 Its gates will never be closed at the end of day because there is no night there.
26 And all the nations will bring their glory and honor into the city.
27 Nothing evil will be allowed to enter, nor anyone who practices shameful idolatry and dishonesty—but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
Chapter 22 is just as amazing! Even then our Father protects us from the riff raff of evil while He deals with Israel and in such beauty… I simply can’t visualize gold as perfect and clear! Can’t wait to go home!
May 20, 2020 at 4:05 pm #15895
Let us not forget those being left behind. Let our hearts be mournful for those who will suffer the wrath of satan, and Christ!
We truly are looking forward towards a glorious future, as we should! But there is coming a day when we won’t be able to look back and consider the fate of family, friends, loved one’s, or the family of man altogether!
Till then, I pray we be mindful that eternity is no respecter of persons.
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