Aug 19, 2017

Aug 19, 2017 Karla’s Blog
Reading today’s message just empowers me. We belong to God, we freely chose to have Him save us from sin. As such, it is His decision how He can best use us to aid His plan to bring happiness and peace to this world. We are His people. We should each use our greatest strengths to further the Word. We are all different and whatever our strengths are, they can be a big part of God’s plan. If we all just give a small portion of what we are to the Great Commission, it would be unstoppable. There would certainly not be chapels in waiting for their cross to be removed, or the bibles taken out, just because it sits on Government property.  It truly infuriates me that a letter that was written to dampen fears of religious persecution, is being used to remove God from as many people as they can possibly get. Next it will be hospital chapels, or military bases that will have to stop having crosses, or bibles to read. When people are in crisis mode through health issues, or military maneuvers, this is when they need God the most. People who might not be one to have, or carry a bible would need to read one at this point to find hope from the Lord. It infuriates me that out of fear, we let our selves be bullied into making drastic changes that will have a huge impact on those who need comfort in the hard times. Be it a test at college, or medical intervention in an emergency,  we have got to make sure these people can have access to God when they need Him, or truly all is lost. They used the threat of lost income as the reason they have taken so many of our southern historical monuments to now be filtered through an approval process if they will be allowed to stay. This is our history, we can’t wipe it away, or pretend it didn’t happen. There were slaves in the bible, should we alter it now so that no one has to be reminded that slavery existed. History is facts, told about what happened, it doesn’t change because some might not want to talk about it. Our Bible is the word from God, and we need access to it every moment we can get it. Slavery has been every color, not just the horrid things done to the African American’s that have attention. However I believe the sex slave trade is coming upon numbers equal to the slavery of the southern states of America. The majority of which is Caucasian women. It’s not in some far off country, it’s in the house around the corner. Like all forms of slavery, it is wrong, and needs to be stopped.
This is just another circumstance that requires Christian people to stand together, every denomination, every color, in every nation. Stand up and follow the Word, do what the Bible tells us to do. Together as a unit we have power to get things done. To change what is wrong. I was just talking to some friends and relatives about a video I shared this morning. A chapel that sits on the university grounds in OK, and people are threatening to sue for seperation from church and state and therefore they are demanding the steeple be removed from the chapel, as well as the bibles removed. We can forward this video but some will be afraid to open it because of wicked viruses at risk. I think we all need to post on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram #Leavethechaplealone if we all took a second to do this, we could get the topic trending and it would bring much needed attention to this issue. An easy way for each of us to help with God’s will.  Please, can you help God for just a minute of your time?
Thanks for sharing your weekend time with me I know free time is a treasure. Please enjoy this devotional from His Victorious Indwelling:

Then I heard the voice of the LORD saying, “Whom shall I send? and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” ISAIAH 6:8 The recompense of the surrendered life is the use God makes of it. The history of Christian experience makes it clear that the surrendered life is the life that God uses. Robert Murray McCheyne was dominated by the desire to be useful, and he yielded his life that it might be the instrument of the redeeming purpose and power of God. Sir Wilfred Grenfell said that he was won to the Kingdom of God not merely by the promise of salvation, but by the prospect of being used by God. The surrendered life recognizes that it is God’s prerogative to choose our place, be it eminent or obscure; to select our task, be it important or insignificant—to run a hospital or scrub its floor, to be married or unmarried, to go abroad or stay at home. Without his instruments the scientist is unable to work, and the surgeon cannot operate; without his tools the workman cannot labor. God also is looking for His tools, His instruments, His means of action. “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Me” is the cry of One in Whose mind a message waits to be communicated, but there is no messenger; an evangel is ready, but no evangelist to make it known. When Isaiah yielded himself to God, “Here am I, send me,” the messenger had arrived, the message had found communication; the instrument had come and the energies of God were set at work. It is the human surrender that releases the divine power. “I give Him everything,” said David Livingstone, “pity I have so little to give”: but no gift is small if God owns it. William Booth confessed, “God always had all there was of me.” Christ was the pattern and the power of their surrender. Let Him be the same to you.
JOHN MACBEATH
If we are not our own, but the Lord’s, it is clear to what purpose all our deeds must be directed. We are not our own, therefore neither our reason nor our will should guide us in our thoughts and actions. We are not our own, therefore we should not seek what is only expedient to the flesh. We are not our own, therefore let us forget ourselves and our own interests as far as possible. We are God’s own—to Him, therefore, let us live and die. We are God’s own; therefore let His wisdom and will dominate all our actions. We are God’s own; therefore let every part of our existence be directed towards him as our only legitimate goal.
JOHN CALVIN

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