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“Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the LORD’s thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is” Deut.10:14
Ultimately, God wants His children to be spiritually and physically prepared for natural and non-natural disasters that will occur in the end times. Being spiritually prepared is relying on God as our protector and restorer in the times of natural disaster, and trusting with full assurance that He will never leave us nor forsake us. Matthew 6:34 states, “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?” God knows all that we need in times of trouble and He bids us to do one thing which is to trust in His promises. God tells us in Luke 21:36, “Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.” To watch is an action word which means to “to keep awake, especially for a purpose”. We have to keep awake in this world so that we do not fall asleep to its temporal pleasures. As we watch with a purpose of the signs of prophecy and world events that God warns us of in His word, we must pray that He helps us to be vigilant, undistracted, and steadfast in faith so that we are not overpowered with fear or doubt.
Physical preparation can be viewed in two ways. Preparing for our physical temples (the body), and to put in proper position our living environment for any natural disaster that may occur. When pertaining to our bodies as physical temples, we must take into account that there will be a short supply of food and water due to destruction. One example that God gives us to prepare for such cases is found in the story of Joseph. Joseph was warned and commanded by God to prepare for an extended drought of seven years that the Egyptians would have to endure by storing an immense amount of food (Gen.41). God tells us to take no thought for tomorrow because He most likely will provide us with the thought of how to take action in preparing for our physical temples when disaster occurs in the end times.
Now how are we to prepare for our physical domains for natural disasters? One of the very first examples that God gives to us is found in the story of “Noah and the Ark”. God told Noah to prepare for the storm that would take place by building an ark (Gen 6). Just as those who where outside of the ark perished, had Noah disobeyed God’s command, he and his family would have suffered death. Furthermore, depending on where one inhabits, he or she must be prepared for tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes, and any other natural disaster that may cause serious physical damage to property and shelter. However, we can never be more secure with knowing if these disasters do occur, our tangible foundation may be destroyed but our spiritual foundation in Jesus will always help us remember God’s power to restore all things. “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:” (Matt 7:24). With God we can have full assurance that He will not only protect us during disastrous times, but that He will supply us with all of our needs and more. Trusting in Him is the first step in this assurance policy!
It was nearly 8:30 pm on Wednesday night, when the message had just been preached. She was impressed by the Holy Spirit to sing, “I have decided to follow Jesus.” As I sat back and listened to the singing congregation, I gained a new understanding for the message behind the lyrics. Though we have sung this familiar song on more than one occasion, today the words to the song really stood out.
“I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back, no turning back. The world behind me, the cross before me. Though none go with me, still I will follow.” Do we really understand what that means?
Noah, Lot, and many of our ancestors did. How do I know? The bible tells of how they were faced with the very same decision. They had to choose to either follow God or get left behind. In the cases of Noah and Lot, they chose to follow God. Then, the world they knew was ultimately destroyed because of its sinful nature. That glimpse into their past, our past, shows us the lesson that hopefully our generation must learn before it’s too late. Any path or lifestyle that is not Christ-like will not lead to salvation but destruction.
As a Christian, you must decide to either get left behind or leave behind the things and people who will stand in your path towards salvation. We were born alone and so shall we be when we face His judgment. God is the only one who ought to stand before us. As Christians, we acknowledge that we are the followers of Christ and no one else.
It means that our parents, siblings, children, colleagues, spouses, friends, NO ONE can stand before us. We are to let no one cause us to get left behind. The end of time is near. Our probationary period is nearly over. Have you chosen a side yet? Christ or Satan? Heaven or Hell? Life or Death? Time waits for no one. Christ is preparing to leave His throne to return for His children, will you be among the ones that will step ahead or get left behind…forever?
With Christmas just one month away, more and more Christians are not only in the stores for gifts–they’re also shopping for a mate. As the winter season inches towards us and the last of the leaves fall from the trees, an increasing number of single men and women are looking for companionship.
And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. [Genesis 2:18 KJV]
In Genesis 2, Adam was responsible for the Garden of Eden. He had named all of the animals and began to notice a pattern. They were all paired–all except him. It didn’t take long for God to create a female companion for Adam, named woman and later Eve.
Companionship is an experience that is wanted by many. There are even those who pray for Jesus Christ to delay His second coming, because they haven’t found their soulmate, gotten married, and had children. The pressures of society and our peers have enabled us to be selfish, lustful, and in hot pursuit of “the one.”
How many of us have decided to take matters into our own hands? How many have even drafted a list of qualities? There’s nothing wrong with the list, but many of us have replaced reality with fantasy. For women, we want a tall, handsome man who is charming, has a car, earns a high salary, and takes care of his family. For men, they want an intelligent woman with a great body, who can cook, and knows how to care for children. He or she may be right in front of us, but because we are not willing to be open-minded and reasonable adults, we remain blind and alone.
Our guide to life, or the bible, we are given examples of what happens to those who have chosen to aggressively pursue their wants and not their needs instead of trusting and waiting on God. Though we may “know” we want this and that, God already saw the outcome of our choices. God gave us free will, he isn’t a dictator. He will do everything in His power to help us avoid pitfalls, but we have to be willing to obey Him.
Let’s take for instance the story of King David and Bathsheba in 2 Samuel 11. David was king of Israel, a nation that was in battle. While his army was away, he remained home. One night, he saw Bathsheba, a married woman whose husband, Uriah was fighting for Israel and King David. Regardless of that, King David slept with Bathsheba and impregnated her. He later tried to cover it up by sending for Uriah and hoping he would sleep with his wife, but he didn’t. Instead, King David had him sent back into the battle and placed in the front lines where it was certain death. Bathsheba mourned the death of her husband, married King David, and later bore his son.
And when the mourning was past, David sent and fetched her to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD. [2 Samuel 11:27 KJV] And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die. [2 Samuel 12:13-14 KJV]. And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon: and the LORD loved him. [2 Samuel 12:24 KJV]
God allowed the child to die because he was conceived through adultery, but God bless David’s second son, Solomon who later succeeded his father as king of Israel. In 1 Kings 11, Solomon followed in his father’s footsteps and had many wives, which displeased God.
But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites: …And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart….And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice…[1 Kings 11:1, 3, 9 KJV].
Not everything that is pleasing to our five senses, especially sight, is good for us. Sometimes it’s just better to avoid temptation and walk away for the sake of our souls and peace of mind. Sadly, too many of us fall victim to our wants and desires. We fail to place God’s wants and desires for our lives before our own. In the end, we’re the ones who reap what we sow.
No shopping list can guarantee the right mate for you. The height or size of one’s bank account cannot accurately reflect true happiness. If God has not revealed to you who he or she is, it’s better to wait. You won’t always have the opportunity to receive store credit, a full refund, or let alone make an exchange.
As Moses led God’s people, the Israelites out of bondage in Egypt, they were relieved and overjoyed at the newfound freedom that was finally within their reach. Sadly, they were blinded to the challenges that awaited them.
Within the verses of Numbers 20, we read the story of Moses and the Israelites in the desert. They were thirsty, complaining, and driving both Moses and Aaron crazy. Despite their previous experiences, they began to blame the brothers for their misery.
Rather than celebrate their freedom, they complained about their discomfort. They had exchanged their home in Egypt for tents in the desert. Their hunger was satisfied with manna and thirst quenched with water from God. Their impatience and frustration showed their lack of faith and trust in the leadership of Moses, Aaron, but more importantly, God.
Leadership is never an easy role for one to play. It comes with its ups and downs. Your abilities and qualifications will be criticized or questioned. You may even experience embarrassment, betrayal, or left standing alone.
Whether we lead at work; school; or church, we face the same scenarios but differ in the end result. The key component–our character. How we lead is what makes the difference between efficiency and deficiency.
Throughout the pages of the bible, God and His inspired scribes have penned the stories of the men and women chosen to lead the chosen people. Some led well like Noah, Esther, and Nathan while others stumbled like David and Solomon.
When we look closely at their stories, we can identify the characteristics needed for leadership. These men and women had faith and trust in God, humility, patience, courage, wisdom, kindness towards mankind, and strength. They were not leaders for the title, but called to take on the responsibility of evoking change for the common good. Nowadays, leaders are only seeking praise for themselves or the financial gain tied to the title. As a result of their misguided responsibility, every one else suffers.
True leaders must be prepared to deal with obstacles, challenging personalities, and even blame. Do you have what it takes to be a leader? Remember, a blameless leader is not a leader at all, because they don’t exist.
Author: Kristia M. Beaubrun
A few weeks ago, I wrote about the role of a Christian man according to the scriptures. This week, let us explore the significance of a Christian woman. In order for us to understand the role of a Christian woman, we must know her origin.
“…but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” [Genesis 2:20-24 KJV]
Eve was the first woman mentioned in the bible. She was the first woman God created to live on this earth. Her responsibility was to care for her family, nurture her children, and maintain the household.
Many of us are familiar with Proverbs 31 which describes a virtuous woman [Proverbs 31: 10-31 KJV]. A woman is wise, strong, trustworthy, loving, a hard-worker, beautiful, kind, and supports her husband in his endeavors. The list of qualities goes on and on, but sadly most women in today’s society do not exhibit half of these characteristics.
Most women have lost their self-respect. They do not know their self-worth, looking for validation everywhere but up above. As God’s children, we are invaluable. In John 3:16, God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son…to die for us. What a way to express one’s love for another!
There are many Christians who have misinterpreted Ephesians 5:22-33, which asks wives to submit themselves unto their husbands. Many of us read the first line and forget about the rest of the text which mirrors our earthly marital relationship to Christ’s relationship with the Church. In verses 23-25, it says “For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;” Submission is not a sign of weakness but respect and love for one another. Woman came from man so man was charged with the responsibility to lead as Christ did. Remember Christ never made His children feel worthless. He did not flaunt His authority and only sought only good for us. In a relationship, both parties must be willing to set aside their needs for the overall benefit of their partner and relationship. Love is selfless not selfish.
Throughout the bible, we are given examples of women–strong yet humble. Ruth, Esther, and Jesus’ mother Mary who stood out from the rest and willingly submitted to God. These women cared for themselves, their family, their nation, but mostly importantly their God. They were called to fulfill a greater purpose. Their lives are lessons for our own lives.
Today, women are portrayed as weak or inferior–the damsel in distress. They are not considered equals to their male counterparts, especially in the workforce. Women have had to fight for equality and respect, from their right to vote to their right to equal pay. Nowadays, most women have deemed themselves independent for a variety of reasons. They have alienated themselves from men altogether. This act was never in God’s plan for our lives. He established a family unit involving one man and one women, then children. He never intended for single-parent households. He never intended for any of His children to be mistreated, violated, disrespected, or worse.
To my fellow sisters, I hope that you will closely study the lives of the women who have lived before us. I challenge you to be a role model. Premarital sex and unplanned pregnancies continue to be rampant issues faced within our churches. These young ladies are in need of someone to encourage and uplift them. We cannot forget the men as well. It is so easy for us to judge others when we’re not in their situation. What if were you who came to church one day, pregnant and unmarried, how would you want to be treated?
I pray that you will be like the virtuous woman described in the book of Proverbs. Let us be obedient to God and submit ourselves to His will, wherever it may lead. You never know what blessings He has in store for you.
Author: Kristia M. Beaubrun
Have you ever just sat back and observed the things around you? the people? Have you ever noticed how we interact with one another and our environment? I am always amazed at how different we are and yet how similar we tend to be in our thoughts and actions.
Though we were raised in different homes and taught different values, we would still react the same way in a dilemma. Though we may have two different beliefs, we agree on what’s right and what’s wrong. Though we may look different, we still have one thing in common–our humanity, but most importantly, our Creator.
I was searching through the scriptures the other day when I stumbled onto a verse that stood out from all the rest on that particular page.
“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” [Ephesians 4:29 KJV]
As I read the above verse, I fell back in awe. There I was working on a project and I stood at a standstill, because that verse spoke directly to me, to my calling as a communications professional. Then I quickly reminisced on how essential it is for Christians to reform the way we communicate God’s word to those of the world. As we witness the end of days, we have seen the morality of the world deteriorate. It’s practically non-existent. Now would be the most opportune time for Christians to minister and spread the gospel. Sadly, we are nowhere to be found.
Is it because we’re still trying to get through our study guide, “The Bible for Dummies?” Or maybe it’s because we’re still doing damage control from the last time we did outreach? How did you approach your neighbor, with judgmental eyes or an open heart?
There are so many ways to communicate with one another, aside from the words that come out of our lips. Our eyes and body language also express our thoughts. What signals are you giving to those who don’t know Him? Aside from your knowledge of the bible, what are you telling non-believers about Christ?
I remember a few months ago when God inspired me with a shocking thought. Have you ever found yourself caught up in the headlines? Have you ever watched entertainment news, trying to figure out who’s who in Hollywood? Who broke up? Who’s hiding secrets? Ever wondered who was doing their pr, because they weren’t doing such a great job to save their client’s public image or reputation?
Now imagine if we were publicists and your client was Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Would they say the same about you? Would non-Christians boldly state that there was no comment from Christ’s publicist? If you were under pressure, would you be ready to speak out for Him? Would you stutter? or cower? Or would you stand firm and proclaim that God is an everlasting god who is the beginning and the end, the alpha and omega, the Lord of everything and everyone?
Time is running out. We will all be faced with a life-changing decision. Whose side will you be on, Christ or Satan?
Watch what you say, because the world is watching and so is He. We have a job to do and we owe it to Him to do it well.
Kristia M. Beaubrun
When a promise is made to you by someone you know and/or love don’t you expect them to keep it? And when they don’t maybe you respond the way I do and become very disappointed in the person and you may even lose your trust in their word. You no longer expect them to come through when they say they will. Your relationship with this person may become stagnant because you no longer have the desire to maintain your connection with them. Well, I would like to give you a word of encouragement and encourage myself to take on a new attitude. So to begin, let’s keep in mind that #1 People Fail, #2 People break their Promises and #3 People don’t keep their word. And the more interesting part is that these “people” include the person that looks back at us in the mirror! We may have every intention in our hearts and our minds to not be a failure, to keep a promise we made or stand by and keep our word, but, our human nature kicks in and we simply can’t do it on our own.
There is clear evidence in God’s Word of why we can’t put our trust in anyone including ourselves. In Jeremiah 17:9 the bible tells us that the heart is deceitful above ALL THINGS and is DESPERATELY WICKED! WHO CAN KNOW IT?? Basically our hearts are not trustworthy. And in verse 10, God clarifies that He searches the heart and He knows it and does/gives to us according to our ways and the fruit of our doings. But it’s interesting, because God gives us beyond what we deserve. But He looks at us and sees what He has placed in us that will bless others, makes us feel blessed, but most of all give glory to HIM. Another scripture that speaks to trusting a man/woman/self is found in Psalm 146:3 where David reminds us to not put our trust in princes, in the son of man, in WHOM THERE IS NO HELP…And David states the alternative, which is the only option actually that will not steer us wrong, to have the God of Jacob (that’s relationship!) for help and our hope should be in the Lord our God. This will bring us happiness and where disappointment is not present and there is (true) happiness there is peace. Please keep in mind that only through God can you or I be trustworthy, not of ourselves, however but through God’s goodness. While there are significant people that God will place in our lives that we will desire to trust, such as a spouse, a parent, a pastor, a sibling, or a friend there is a condition for this trust. We must trust the person with the understanding that we are human and we FAIL, for there is no perfect person (Romans 3:10). So, we must not trust a fellow human being the way we will trust God, for we will be gravely disappointed and hurt. We can only put our complete trust in God, because He knows our hearts, loves us, and is the only one we will not fail.
When God is our potter and we are His clay (Isaiah 64:8), He will mold us into what He would have us to be. He will keep his promises. If we ask anything in His name, according to His will that God may be glorified in it, He will do it (John 14:13). He is faithful and just in all his works (Psalm 111:7 ) and we are the workmanship of His hands (Ephesians 2:10), so He will keep His word. He has made us a little lower than the angels and crowned us with glory and honor (Psalm 8:5). But although God is more than willing to bless us and fulfill our needs, we must surrender over to Him. We must be obedient and keep His commandments. This is plain, evident, and clear when we read Isaiah 55. I pray that you read this chapter in its entirety because it will open your eyes to endless possibilities of what your life would be with a true and grounded relationship with God.
Isaiah 55 talks about how blessed we would be if we would seek God, which we can only do by our own free will, by surrendering, and in surrender we will become so in love with who He is that we will do whatever it takes to have a relationship with Him, which is obedience to His Word, His commandments, and in obeying His word, He will keep His Word, His promise. He declares in verse 11 that HIS WORD from His mouth will not return void unto Him, it won’t be empty, it will be true and come to life with the intent/the purpose that He had for it and will prosper where He sent it. So in essence take this word, as God telling you, though men/women fail you in this life, I am HE that will never fail you both now and forevermore! What a promise! What a word! God’s Word for your life, will not return void unto Him. The question is will you accept it?? For He knows the thoughts and plans that He has for each of us, of peace, not of evil, of hope and to GIVE us AN EXPECTED END. Prayerfully you will continue/begin to trust solely on God and to have a desire to love Him and be obedient to His Word so that He will reveal His Word that He’s customized exclusively for your life.
Many blessings to you & yours !!!
Author: Jenifer M. Wilcher, LMSW