Psalm 23:4 – Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
My mother gave me many lessons during my life with her. She was an amazing cook and seamstress. Seamstress was one of those lessons I did not learn at all. However, there were two lessons that I just recently came face to face with. She showed me how to walk through the valley of the shadow of death and never ignore the white elephant standing in the living room.
1 Corinthians 3:11-15 – For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work. If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.”
I have to learn how to navigate my way around Face book. I am not much of a fan for social media, but because of the path that God has put Bobby and my feet on I have a Face book page.
Unfortunately, I received a message from an individual that has caused me great sadness. At first, I was enraged at this individual. 2 Timothy 4:17-18 – But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength… And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth. And the Lord will rescue me from every evil attack.
Isaiah 43:2– When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
Since January 2013, Bobby and I have passed through the waters of great sorrow. We have passed through the rivers of mighty brokenness and we have walked through the fire of overwhelming persecution.
Bobby and I have been reading Jentezen Franklin’s Book “Right People Right Place Right Plan” as well as his devotion book that goes along with this book.
In Jentezen’s devotional book, he has several devotions about a girl who’s status went from orphan to queen. In reading these devotions, I thought about Walt Disney and his fairy tale character, Cinderella. Jentezen commented, “Yet, God selected this orphan girl, fresh from the hills. Like Cinderella, her foot ‘fit the glass slipper,’ and she found favor with the king.”
What Does God Expect From His True, Genuine Children?
Deuteronomy 10:12-13 – And now, O Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord Your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good.
When God first put this Blog on my heart, I did what I always do when I am being stretched out of my comfort zone. I argue and wrestle with Him.
We have all met individuals with a charismatic personality. These individuals are eloquent, persuasive and smooth talkers with abundant knowledge of God’s Word. They have their Bibles, shirts, necklaces and other outward appearances to sway you into thinking that they are extremely religious. They can even quote many Scriptures and reference other’s religious sayings on social media since Sunday after Sunday they park themselves in their church pews. These individuals can bring the erupting volcano of emotions to convince you that they are true, genuine followers of Christ.
When I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior when I was nine, I have never doubted at anytime that I was going to spend eternity with Jesus. However, I have questioned and even been down right pushy with Him about certain situations and circumstances in my life since I made my profession of faith.
Isaiah 29:13, 15 – The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men.” Woe to those who go to great depths to hide their plans from the Lord, who do their work in darkness and think, “Who sees us? Who will know?”
Isaiah 5:20-21 – Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Woe to those who are wise in their own sight.
Several weeks back Bobby and I received something in the mail that had belligerent, callous, compulsive, deceitful and malicious written all over it. We could tell immediately that it was the crafty slimy foul work of Satan. We saw his defiled paws and could smell his reeking odor all over the outside of the envelope as well as what was on the inside.
2 Corinthians 6:14 – Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?
My mother and I had many troubled years because she yoked herself with darkness. She did not purposely steer her boat in the direction of the murky waters of evil. However, Mother allowed the emotion of loneliness to blind her to a smooth talking flatterer with a strong Jezebel spirit.