Yes I am still here, walking the walk, and fighting the good fight :o) Glad to see you are here to join me again.
All this business ended up putting me into the spot where I did not make time everyday to finish my Bible Study work or have my quiet times daily with God. I look back now, knowing that I missed Him and want to fix that for this week...
but God is still so good! Last Sunday we were in Genesis chapter 5 touching on Noah's genealogy and we talked about Enoch (his great grand-daddy in verses 23-24). Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him! What makes God want to take someone up to heaven before their appointed time to die?!
We looked to Hebrews 11 : 5-6 that says "By faith Enoch was taken up so that he would not see death; and he was not found because God took him up; for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God. And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him." So he pleased God through faith!
We also talked a bit on the only other man taken up in the Bible - Elijah (2 Kings 2 : 11) and how in 1 Kings 18 :27 he mocked the prophets of baal asking if their god was occupied meaning relieving himself or going to the bathroom!!! LOL!
I have been thinking a lot on who God would want me to be to the point that He would want me so badly to be next to Him in heaven.
I now feel that He has shown me that regardless of any situations I go through in life He would like me to stick up for Him - yes - even if I happen to mock someone else's god!
I recently had an experience feeling like a small lit candle in a place with a whole lot of wind threatening to blow my flame out, it would not be extinguished but it was definitely a testing. Through some of the testing I was fine, but now that I am reflecting on the situation (and remembering this teaching from Sunday) I feel there is a lot more that God would have wanted me to say because He would want me to error in the way of sticking up for Him no matter who I am against! He has called me to be set apart from this world and I want to answer, "Here I am Lord, send me!"
I encourage you to get to a place in your walk that you will stick up for Jesus no matter what... it doesn't matter what man thinks, even if it that "man" is your teacher, your daughter, your brother... your Jesus matter's more if someone is defaming His name.
And now that I am looking at photos of candles in wind I realized a flame that is treatened by the wind can either fight to stay lit or go out completely, but the one that stays lit makes an even bigger flame than one with no wind at all! A-men :o)
Here's the Question for this week: What is your favorite verse to quote when you are scared 0r overwhelmed or angry?...
My Answer: When I am scared I like 1 John 4:4 - He who is in me is stronger than he who is in the world. It's a great reminder to both me and my enemy! :o)