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God’s Great Love For His Strays.

I once knew someone who had a dream of making a cat house, a sanctuary for stray cats. Well I it came to mind all of the sudden that in a way, this is what God has in mind for his strays.
Jesus said, ” 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

Luke 19:10 – 
He also spoke to His disciples before His hour came to atone for the sins of the World and it’s strays,
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.” (John 14:1-4)
17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. (John 14:17-18 )
Jesus knew these people were helpless, he saw them as “sheep without a shepherd.” (Mark 6:34)
Yet the way some people are found pf stray cats, God to must have compassion on His creature, human beings.
Though human beings are not to lovely, they claw, they hiss, they flee from their maker not understanding who he is. Like ferrel cats that claw and hiss as one may try to rescue it, so often the lost fearful soul that does not recognize God for His love and grace may too fight against efforts to capture them.
Once when I was around 17 or so, my sister brought home a cat she found at a Walmart. We named him cinco. 
Well one night Cinco somehow got into the vent that has an opening on one end in my sisters room and another in my room. I woke up that night to frantic cat meows, and discovered Cinco had fallen down and was trapped in the vent. The vent cover to my sisters room had been taken off, so he had somehow managed to fall into it and get trapped. 
I had a set of tools, and unscrewed the cover of my side of the vent and set him free. Cinco took a fondness to me that day on and we were close as could be.
Yet this is to what our Savior does for us, we do not know how desperately we need Him until we finally realize how trapped we are in our sins and foolish ways. Jesus came to set the captives free!
We see Jesus on several occasions show compassion to people suffering. The religious leaders who showed little compassion for people, even they seemed to have compassion on their animals.
7 If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent. 8 For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.” Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to bring charges against Jesus, they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?” He said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? 12 How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”

Matthew 12:7-12 – 
When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God. Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue leader said to the people, “There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.” The Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Doesn’t each of you on the Sabbath untie your ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water? 16 Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?” Luke 13:12-16
We live in a time where animals are often more loved by people then people love each other. Yet Jesus has compassion on both, Jesus does not just discard His care for man and woman because we sin, but rather He comes to set us free and show this Love.
Because it is true of us all
For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

1 Peter 2:25 – 
What happens every time Jesus Christ adopts by His grace a new stray?
4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. (Luke 15:4-7)
Praise God for his richness and mercy! Praise God he has more concern for us then we have for ourselves even. He knows we are not truly fulfilled with the ticks of guilt and the fleas of our shame and ways that don’t work for us. So he comes to save us!

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What’s In Your Storage?

I pass by a “Climate Controlled Storage” place on my way to work everyday, address 11925
Psalm 119 speaks so much on treasuring the Word and storing it up in our hearts and minds.
Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors. I am laid low in the dust; preserve my life according to your word.

Psalm 119:24-25 – 
Because I love your commands more than gold, more than pure gold, and because I consider all your precepts right, I hate every wrong path. (Psalm 119:127-128)
How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. (Psalm 119:9-11)
Jesus spoke himself much on the matter of storing up things, He said
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19-21)
Jesus is not against us owning possessions or having things, yet things are temporal and nothing can compare to the Eternal treasure of knowing him.
Jesus warned: 

And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ 18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’ 20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ 21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.” (Luke 12:16-21)
It was not sin he was rich but he was so wrapped up in wealth and possessions that he forfeited His soul and was not “Rich toward God”
At the end of the day only few things are forever 
The Word– Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

Matthew 24:35 – 
Souls of People: 
For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?

Matthew 16:25-26 – 
God Eternal and Christ Whom Brings Eternal Life:
27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.” Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”

John 6:27-29 – 
40 For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.” At this the Jews there began to grumble about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” They said, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I came down from heaven’?” 43 “Stop grumbling among yourselves,” Jesus answered. 44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day. 45 It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from him comes to me. 46 No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father. 47 Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died. 50 But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. 56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them. 57 Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” (John 6:40-58)

The Arrangement That Should Have Ben Hadn’t Been Made.

Sermon: An Arrangement That Should Have Ben-handn’t Been Made. The Tale of Ahab and Ben-Hadad. 1 Kings 20
Now Ben-Hadad king of Aram mustered his entire army. Accompanied by thirty-two kings with their horses and chariots, he went up and besieged Samaria and attacked it. He sent messengers into the city to Ahab king of Israel, saying, “This is what Ben-Hadad says: ‘Your silver and gold are mine, and the best of your wives and children are mine.’” The king of Israel answered, “Just as you say, my lord the king. I and all I have are yours.” The messengers came again and said, “This is what Ben-Hadad says: ‘I sent to demand your silver and gold, your wives and your children. But about this time tomorrow I am going to send my officials to search your palace and the houses of your officials. They will seize everything you value and carry it away.’”

(1 Kings 20:1-6)
Every time I read about ole Benny, I think of a story sometime ago of an individual who got mixed up with the wrong person and stayed in his house for some time. Then when the individual wanted to leave, the guy said “Your belongings are under my roof, your laptops mine, your cats are mine.” 
Well fortunately everything was retrieved with assistance of the authorities but every time I read about Ben Hadad I chuckle because he says this to Ahab.
God sends the prophet to tell Ahab that the Lord will deliver Ben Hadad’s army over the Israel. Thus it goes, and Hadad escapes.
Then the prophet warns Ahab that Ben Hadad will rear his ugly head the followinf spring.
Afterward, the prophet came to the king of Israel and said, “Strengthen your position and see what must be done, because next spring the king of Aram will attack you again.” (1 Kings 20:22)
Guess who’s back, Ben is back, guess who’s back, Ben Shaddy is back. 
Here is where Ahab sins and seriously blows it. God defeats the Aramean army but Ben Hadad grovels for mercy and Ahab makes a treaty with him, contrary to the prophets instructions.
The next spring Ben-Hadad mustered the Arameans and went up to Aphek to fight against Israel. When the Israelites were also mustered and given provisions, they marched out to meet them. The Israelites camped opposite them like two small flocks of goats, while the Arameans covered the countryside. The man of God came up and told the king of Israel, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Because the Arameans think the Lord is a god of the hills and not a god of the valleys, I will deliver this vast army into your hands, and you will know that I am the Lord.’” For seven days they camped opposite each other, and on the seventh day the battle was joined. The Israelites inflicted a hundred thousand casualties on the Aramean foot soldiers in one day. The rest of them escaped to the city of Aphek, where the wall collapsed on twenty-seven thousand of them. And Ben-Hadad fled to the city and hid in an inner room. His officials said to him, “Look, we have heard that the kings of Israel are merciful. Let us go to the king of Israel with sackcloth around our waists and ropes around our heads. Perhaps he will spare your life.” Wearing sackcloth around their waists and ropes around their heads, they went to the king of Israel and said, “Your servant Ben-Hadad says: ‘Please let me live.’” The king answered, “Is he still alive? He is my brother.” The men took this as a good sign and were quick to pick up his word. “Yes, your brother Ben-Hadad!” they said. “Go and get him,” the king said. When Ben-Hadad came out, Ahab had him come up into his chariot. “I will return the cities my father took from your father,” Ben-Hadad offered. “You may set up your own market areas in Damascus, as my father did in Samaria.” Ahab said, “On the basis of a treaty I will set you free.” So he made a treaty with him, and let him go.

1 Kings 20:26-34 – 
As a result, the prophet rebukes Ahab.
By the word of the Lord one of the company of the prophets said to his companion, “Strike me with your weapon,” but he refused. So the prophet said, “Because you have not obeyed the Lord, as soon as you leave me a lion will kill you.” And after the man went away, a lion found him and killed him. The prophet found another man and said, “Strike me, please.” So the man struck him and wounded him. Then the prophet went and stood by the road waiting for the king. He disguised himself with his headband down over his eyes. As the king passed by, the prophet called out to him, “Your servant went into the thick of the battle, and someone came to me with a captive and said, ‘Guard this man. If he is missing, it will be your life for his life, or you must pay a talent of silver.’ While your servant was busy here and there, the man disappeared.” “That is your sentence,” the king of Israel said. “You have pronounced it yourself.” Then the prophet quickly removed the headband from his eyes, and the king of Israel recognized him as one of the prophets. He said to the king, “This is what the Lord says: ‘You have set free a man I had determined should die. Therefore it is your life for his life, your people for his people.’” Sullen and angry, the king of Israel went to his palace in Samaria. (1 Kings 20:35-43)
What can we learn here? First of all, some people have no business being in your life. As Christians, we are not called to literally cut people down out of our life with a literal sword, but too easily if we are not cautious we make treaties with people in friendship who will cause us problems or lead us away from God. Ben Hadad also is representative of some sinful habits we should show no mercy in severing out of our life. Temptation seems to spring up in the spring when we may be at ease and enjoying fair weather of life and comfort. David was tempted to “in the spring when kings go off to war” and as a result of such temptation he committed grievous adultery.
Make no friendly terms with sin friends or people who tempt you into it. For it says “Walk with the wise and grow wise but a companion of fools suffers harm” (Proverbs 13:20)
Though we are called to be kind, merciful and share the good news with people who do not know Christ, we must be careful not to put ourselves in a situation that would lead to sin. That would both discredit the message and our profession of faith as well as damage our own souls in the process. Then we are neither good to be much light to those who need Christ and we are harming also ourselves.

Sun and Shield

For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. Psalm 84:11 – 
We see the Lord God depicted as both a “sun” and “shield”
God is both a strong refuge of protection to those who seek Him as well as a source of light that guides us, illuminating our paths.
The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble. (Proverbs 4:18-19)
Jesus also used similar metaphorical language saying,
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

John 8:12 – 
Though life takes us down dark roads, through trials and troubles, we never need be without the light of His guiding presence as well as the hope that shines so bright in us!
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)
When the unbelievers suffers in shadows, they do not have this hope we have, that is why we must be a light to them as God shines his light on us. We must be like the moon on a dark night, that reflects the glorious light of the sun. Those in the dark night of the soul do not see the sun, yet they see the moon’s reflective light and can know the sun exists because it reflects a light from the sun that is elsewhere. That is why it is important that we reflect Christ Jesus as we should so that those who do not yet know Him can see Him in us. We must never try to be the light, otherwise we eclipse the Son and become darkened ourselves. For the moon is not a producer of it’s own light but bears the light of a glory greater then itself, that is the sun. Jesus rightly says “Apart from me you can do nothing”
And apart from taking our place in the presence of Christ, the image of the invisible God, we are useless to show the world what light it needs. Thus, we must reflect His character and the light of the goodness of The Christ of God so that we are not what the world sees, but rather we mirror what we see in Him. To the praise of the glorious God who through His great love, grace, goodness, has transferred us from realm of the night
 “For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (Colossians 1:13-17)

Sneaky Strategy Of Balaam, And His Fatal End

“They were the ones who followed Balaam’s advice and enticed the Israelites to be unfaithful to the Lord in the Peor incident, so that a plague struck the Lord’s people. (Numbers 31:16)
Earlier on, Balak, king of Moab tried to entice Balaam to curse Israel. God prevented him from doing so. An outright attack on Israel could not go through because God intervened to keep Balaam from doing so.
It seems that Balaam did obey God, and at first glance you may think he was righteous for doing so yet later on in the New Testament, Balaam is referred to very negatively and not seen as someone who belonged to God at all.
Part of the reason why is the shift in Numbers 31:16. Balaam who obeyed God reluctantly and was prevented from cursing Israel outright, used another tactic hear to create serious problems for Israel. He advised the women of Midian to seduce the Israelites to commit sexual immorality with them. As a result God sent a plague on the camp.
Balaam at last is put to the sword. 
They fought against Midian, as the Lord commanded Moses, and killed every man. Among their victims were Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur and Reba —the five kings of Midian. They also killed Balaam son of Beor with the sword. (Numbers 31:7-8)
Though it was not as if God had not given Balaam mercy a few times and ample opportunity to respond and repent of his sin. In Numbers 22 God spared Balaam’s life and opened his eyes to see that the Lord was very angry with him.
Then the Lord opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road with his sword drawn. So he bowed low and fell facedown. The angel of the Lord asked him, “Why have you beaten your donkey these three times? I have come here to oppose you because your path is a reckless one before me. The donkey saw me and turned away from me these three times. If it had not turned away, I would certainly have killed you by now, but I would have spared it.”

(Numbers 22:31-33)
Balaam though hardens his heart to this as we see later on in Numbers 31 and creates temptation for the Israelites, bringing a plague on the assembly.
What can we learn? First the devil and the world’s people cannot destroy our lives by outright “curse” if God be for us, “If God be for us, who can be against us” (Romans 8:31) and “God works all things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
Moses said, “For they did not come to meet you with bread and water on your way when you came out of Egypt, and they hired Balaam son of Beor from Pethor in Aram Naharaim to pronounce a curse on you. However, the Lord your God would not listen to Balaam but turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the Lord your God loves you. (Deuteronomy 23:4-5 – 
So how did Balaam cause them true harm? By enticing Israel to sin. Through sin, yes through that there is far more damage done then outright attacks of the foes. 
The Philistines were powerless to subdue Samson until a woman did it for them by tempting his flesh and eyes.
If the devil cannot succeed in destroying a man or woman through hardship he won’t give up on his attacks but may subversively tempt instead. So we too must be on guard and pray so we do not fall prey.
Secondly, we can learn how Balaam had been shown enough grace over time yet still was bent on sin, therefore he met his end. God does not contend with a man forever to get them to repent, we see that with Pharaoh who kept hardening his heart until it says finally “God hardened his heart”
Meaning God gave up on Pharaoh entirely and charged him with a unrepentant hardness that he would not find repentance for. God closed the door on him so he was hardened beyond remedy.
Whoever remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed —without remedy. (Proverbs 29:1)
See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end. As has just been said: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.” Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt? And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies perished in the wilderness? And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed? So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.

(Hebrews 3:12-19)
If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. (Hebrews 10:26-27)

Suffering For Salvation Unto God’s Glory!

(John 12:27-28)

“Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.”

Jesus instead of wanting to remove the suffering he knew he must endure, he rather prayed, “Father, glorify your name.”

Jesus did not shrink away from His task, His mission, God’s plan. Yet he said “Father, glorify your name.”

We too are called to “For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him, since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.

(Philippians 1:29-30)

Suffering is unavoidable in life. It is true also as Christians, we are not spared from suffering, for not even God’s own Son was spared, and he embraced his mission with, “Father, glorify your name.”

We ought to learn from His example. When suffering or persecution, or trial or tests come. We ought to pray that Christ’s name is glorified in us, so people will see that light and too come to salvation. That is why Christ came, to save sinners, as we too once were. Now that Christ is ascended into Heaven, he calls us to model his example.

He calls us to allow Him to shine through us. So others can also be saved and enter eternal life!

True Happiness Is From Within From Him.

Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless. (Ecclesiastes 5:10)

So true. Ever wonder why some who are extremely wealthy try to make more and more. Because more money is never enough for those who love it. Making money for many is just as much of a thrill as having money. The human soul cannot be satiated by external things.

Ever wonder why ancient kings took so many women as wives, it could be easily said that also lust, never has enough!

We were created for God and fellowship with Him. Anything less of that leaves hollowness and void. Why?

“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”

Revelation 4:11

From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’

Acts 17:26-28 –

Many have it all in this life, popularity, status, wealth, and many men brag about how many women they can get and many women draw thrill from the number of men that they can get to drool over them. Yet this truly is not sufficient for a hungry soul. Only God sized pleasure and happiness can quelch the thirst of the soul.

As the Lord said to Abram, “Behold I am your shield and exceedingly great reward”

To find joy in the Almighty is to find meaning of life. To commune with the Creator of your mind, soul and body and entire being brings real life. Nothing else can give us purpose, meaning or what we truly crave.

Though wealth can be a blessing, though physical beauty can be blessing, though influence or popularity may be blessings- without God and Christ they become cursed by sin and can become idols that enslave men and women to do their bidding.

Every good gift and blessing is a tool, a resource, but such things are terrible masters!

Frail Human Love Poem

Don’t be foolish and sacrifice those who care about you to try to obtain love from those who care nothing about you.

Thats insanity at a high level.

Some people won’t care about you just because there is something wrong with who they are.

By all means don’t treat God’s love as second best either by becoming so engrossed over who loves you or not.

“Human love can be a spider thread, at it’s best, it can still be severed when they are dead.

God is eternal and His love has no end, turn to Him and he will receive you and call you friend.

Though He is superior, he treats you with value and bestows upon you grace. Don’t you long for the warmth of His smiling face?

Or will you turn from that and trust the flimsy arm of flesh. Though good intentioned maybe, yet still so weak at its very best.

Those who you look to for aid, may be willing but impotent to render aid, and those who could would not lift a finger or be of use for shelter or shade.

Yet to turn to Him who is good and able, this does keep ones soul so stable!

Trust not what is weak or ill, trust not man who has by sin become poisoned will.

What is man, but borrowed breath, that will go down to the grave and sleep in death.

Trust not the wealthy or powerful man, for what does he have? He thinks himself strong as iron but is as frail as sand.

When winds of loss or strong gust of his latter days sweep forth and devour his flesh, he will grow weak in dying breath. He goes down in weakness and mortal pain, then everyone forgets his power and great fame.

To the dust he returns, just as the still born does, just like a animal that dies, or a bird fallen from the air on high, so too does the strong man die. Though he soars in the clouds and may be caught in winds of pride, his wings give way in his time, and he falls to the earth and abandons his sky.

The mighty man may feel he is an oak, and stands immovable and rests secure, yet when he mightily falls, they that thought him a invincible oak see how quick he goes up in smoke. Fires of old age consume his vitality and he too comes to nothing.

Yet the man whose roots go down in his God, become stronger still, they bear fine fruit inspite of winter chill.

They grow strong and stand tall, for they grow into firm soil of the Lord Himself and He is their mighty upholding hand. They do not trust their roots to soil that is much like sand.

God is alone eternally strong and great, to lay our roots in Christ we will to share in His eternal estate.

Fragile Humanity Poem

Even the most mighty of man can surely attest, he too at once was a helpless infant at his mothers breast.

People grow strong and feel they have power, yet what is man? Any of us could die within just an hour.

None of us are as fortified as we think, because at anytime into the ground we too can sink.

You were born from a confined space, yet we too will be lowered into a confined place all the same.

Live for Him and retain your self. Don’t live for vanity, fame or wealth.

For you do that, you will be forgotten and just be some memory on some “years ago” shelf.

That person once did that, they now are dead. Yet even if you have great fame at death, the dead don’t enjoy what living splendor they thought they did possess. You cannot do that as a corpse but only if you have in you your living breath.

To live for self is to forfeit soul. For the only thing you share with those who are “less then” is you too go down into a hole.

Live for Him who died for you, for then you will live a life that will last and be fully true!

Obstacles Or Opportunities

Some see obstacles or hardships as hindrences to success, but maybe they are more like weights in a gym to help you develop into all God created you to become.

Ever went through an obstacle course? Well what actually is happening is you go through a serious of potential barriers but are training your body to overcome.

I have a dear friend who is a soldier, he can probably attest that his training in the military involved some physically strenuous excercises.

A good soldier is not made on a couch but forged in training and a battle field.

Therefore, let us look at challenges as growing opportunities and “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13)

Spiritual struggle and persevering develops character. Character is what enables us to be firm and mature in our faith!

Press on good soldiers!