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Appearances

The Apostle Paul tells us that all scripture is given to us for our edification; the book of Daniel in the Old Testament, gives us a glimpse into what has been, what is now, and what is to come.

Daniel was a Jewish lad who was only a teenager when he was taken prisoner and carried off to Babylon by king Nebuchadnezzar. (Certainly a cruel and formidable ruler, by anyone’s standards.) This king wanted the best that Israel had to offer, the most intelligent…in order to raise them up to be Babylon’s finest.

Now, in reading Daniel’s words most carefully; it is revealed that this ambitious  earthly king was God’s appointed servant. (Jeremiah confirms this.) Israel had been told that if they did not change their ways, if they did not stop worshiping idols…(just one of their fails, along with the big one of unbelief) that they, as a Nation, would be severely punished. Their land made barren.

And so they were, and it…was. The Lord does nothing without first informing the involved persons of His intention.

In any case, despite Daniel’s young age, he was true to His God. Having a death sentence over his head because of a dream which Nebuchadnezzar’s wise men were unable to translate or explain…, he prayed to The Lord about it, and then fearlessly interpreted the dream for Babylon’s ruler.

(In the verses of this book, it seems that a mutual respect develops between Nebuchadnezzar and Daniel. It is even rumored, via tradition, that it was Daniel who took care of the despot when he spent seven years eating grass like an oxen…in punishment for his sin of pride. Somehow, if this tradition is true, it is comforting, because it speaks of two such disparate personalities, both doing what was asked of them while performing the duties that The Lord had assigned them. Daniel’s attitude and perspective remained focused on God, despite being a captive; a stranger in a strange land.)
Daniel never cursed his situation, nor is it written that he moaned about his circumstances. He stood firm, without fear, all the while trusting in God to protect him. And lead him. And guide his words. He spoke to the king with utmost respect while daring to tell him words that could possibly have meant his immediate death when the last word was uttered.

The king listened, taking the interpretation to heart.

Then we come to the fourth chapter of this book within The Book. It is a proclamation sent out to the entire world of that day…penned by Nebuchadnezzar himself, in which he personally tells of his humiliation before the “King of Heaven” whose word is truth and who is able to abase those who walk in pride. (And in whom he now believes.)

Seems that the king, despite being forewarned, praised himself about all his achievements…givng no praise to The Lord above. However, that cruel by-the-world’s standards ruler came to understand, after it was explained again, in God’s manner….that he was only in his position because it was pre-ordained by The Lord.

Babylon’s king then wrote that chapter in the Bible.

(Do you think we will meet him in some future day? All scripture is God inspired and The Word within breathed by the Holy Ghost, through the pens of each scribe. Nebuchadnezzar was a servant of God…and after the end of his grass eating days, returned to greater power than he had before his humbling by The Lord. He …was the scribe of Daniel: verse 4.)
Do you have a Nebuchadnezzar in your life? This writer has several. Do you pray for the forgiveness of that person who is acting out against you? Have you forgiven him or her? (Often a daily duty.) Is it a family member? A neighbor? Your boss? (Just think about who Daniel’s earthly “boss” was, and how he dealt with it.)
And while doing that, think about this story if Daniel had acted out against his captor: had felt sorry for himself when taken from his own land; had retreated into a world of recrimination and blame casting, or had turned his back on God because his world was turned upside down…certainly not going the way a noble son of Israel would have planned.
The Apostle Paul tells us to pray for our enemies. To forgive those who abase us. To love them. Which can only happen when we tap into our abundant supply of Spirit provided agape love. No emotion involved. Observing our “set apartness” which allows us to compassionately deal with those who are sent into our lives.

How do we know if that “little Nebuchadnezzar ” in our lives is not a saved individual and so, anointed/appointed of God.

We don’t.

Actions speak louder than words, it is true…but we do not know what each persons heart holds. Nor can our eyes see past that dark mirror which shows us a partial story…our ears hear only the surface noise and words…so, we must trust in The Lord and follow his instruction whether we understand or not.

Pray for your enemies; if they are not of The Lord it is as if heaping coals are thrown on them. (Although this thought might not be the best one to be mindful of, when we are speaking with The Lord and asking him to have mercy upon our worldly enemies…it bespeaks of duplicity. If they are HIS, then they too, are a part of the Body of Christ which means we are joined to them as solidly as we are joined to Jesus Christ, who is our Head. And so, a joint blessing is received.)
Best to treat all those in our personal circles as fellows in Christ.
We have good examples set before us in HIS manual…HE gives us “case studies” for our study… HE commands us to respect no person above another.

So, despite how we perceive our foes, or accept our friends, everyone should be on equal footing, as far as how we treat them or pray for them or interact with them each day,

Who knows? When the Harphazo occurs, some of them might be right next to us on the big “fly-up.”
Who would have thought that king Nebuchadnezzar would be selected by The Lord to pen a chapter in HIS Book of the Living Word?

May The Holy Spirit lead, guide and comfort us all as He increases our learning; The Lord smile upon us as we grow in Him, and His mercy and peace fill our hearts.
Maranatha…
Louise Hudson

Consider Paul

Where are you today, as you “walk the walk” and “talk the talk” and act accordingly…living the life of one who has given themselves to The Lord?

Where are your thoughts while you take heed to the Holy Ghost…following His guidance….playing out the role decided for you by The Lord….which was determined before the world was even created?

Do you feel physically alone as you study the scriptures….doing the bidding of God as you observe your friends, family, “church” affiliates dropping like flies in their haste to get away from you? (Often with hateful words accompanying their departure from your life…)

Are you living in an area where there is not one Christian with whom you can meet face to face…maybe understanding how Elijah felt when sitting in his cave, fearing that he was the only one left on earth who trusted in God? **1Kings 19**

Consider our Apostle, Paul. Think about his life after the fateful moment on the road to Damascus, when he ….saw The Light. Up close and personal.

He was known as Saul, and was a masterful, zealous, driven prosecutor of the Christians, as well as a hater of Christ Jesus. He was well supported by the Sanhedrin, well funded in his activities, well thought of for his mental capabilities because his education was received at the feet of the best Rabbi known at that time…he was honored for his dedication to his goal of wiping out the Christians and caused many to perish in that he testified against them. He held the coats of those who stoned Phillip to death. He was a man who was moving ahead in the world of Jewish Orthodoxy…a mover and a shaker. A driven man.

Then, he met the living Savior whom he had been persecuting with such a passion. Who asked him point blank just “why” was he doing this? Saul responded by finally recognizing Him and calling him “my Lord”….his life as he knew it was gone. His name as he knew it was gone.

He was now Paul. His powerful friends as he knew them…were gone, and were now his avowed enemies, once he began preaching the gospel to anyone who would listen.

They tried to kill him. They no longer trusted him. The Christian flock did not trust him….after all, he had been their sworn enemy. The Christian leaders did not know him, for he did not go to them in order to learn about his new Master. He instead, went off into the desert wilderness for three years where he was personally taught by The Lord Himself. Not only learning…but “un-learning” what he thought he knew about the bible. (Am wondering if his tale of visiting the third heaven **2 Corinthians 12** doesn’t describe that time, or part of that three year period….when he absorbed the truth…studying The Word….with The Word, who is Jesus Christ.)  **John 1:1**

Paul was set apart. He was anointed. He had been selected for his “job” before the foundation of the earth. He received the gospel message after he left Judaism. Of all the Apostles, his title was given him AFTER Jesus’ death and resurrection. Where there were 12 original Apostles reaching out to the Jews…working together and comparing notes, so to speak….Paul was alone as he reached out to the heathen. To us. To those who were far away from God, and to whom God was reaching out through Paul. (We did not find Him…He found us.)

Consider his afflictions. Having to watch over his shoulder in order to avoid the latest attempt on his life. (Often orchestrated by his fellow Jews, who followed him everywhere in order to stir up the people and have them turn on him.)
“Are they Israelites? so am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? so am I. Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; in journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; in weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Besides those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?” **2 Corinthians 11**

He was stoned and carried out of the city, considered dead. He was flayed and beaten often. He was without food; without water, without rest. He was in “the deep” for a night and a day. His “flesh had no rest” being troubled on all sides …”without were fightings, within were fears.” **2 Corinthians 7:5**

This man Paul was alone when he was appointed as our Apostle. Our guide in this age. The man who wrote a Spirit -breathed manual for us in his Epistles…often in prison, shackled to a guard….yet never giving up no matter how isolated and separated from any other believer he was. (How many of those guards also become part of the Church as they spent their days, chained to the Apostle…hearing his every word. Four different men each day…)

He teaches us that The Lord is always with us. To never let our hope slip away. To study and be wise with God’s wisdom as we learn and grow and fit into the place in which we are destined to function along with every single other member of the August Body…whose Head is the Living Son of God; our Saviour…Christ Jesus.

Just as was Paul….we too, are neither here nor there. Strangers in a strange land; already positioned spiritually in our home above. Bound to earth by our mortal bodies. Supernaturally surviving in an alien and often hostile place.

Consider Paul. His circumstances, endured with thanksgiving and joy as he so zealously carried out God’s plan for his life. We are commanded to follow Paul’s example, even as he himself followed Christ. It is not merely a suggestion, for we will be judged at the Bema seat by how well we followed our command. How well we read our manual, as set down in Paul’s inspired Epistles. God’s words by way of the Holy Spirit, through Paul’s pen.

Know that you…that we….are never alone. Every face surrounding us may be against us, but The Lord is with us. Of whom should we be afraid? We must exhort each other. Provide support for each other. Our fellows in Christ might never be seen by us until the day we are called up. They may be miles away from us. Reached by email and prayers and invisible to us, yet  joined together because we have the same calling. From the same Father.

Keep the faith. Keep the inner joy and love for one another. Keep studying and growing as you become more like our Savior every day. Never alone…already a part of the real church. “The Church, the Body of Christ.” The one that isn’t visible. The one mandated before the world was created. The one that you and I were singled out to be part of in HIM. (Through no merit of our own.)

Stand firm. Rest in His strength and the hope of His soon arrival for us in the clouds. Our armor is defensive armor. To protect us as we battle the spiritual fight…standing in place. Holding fast. No retreating. The Word….is our strength and our singular offense when the adversary strikes. Our…weapon of choice. Sharpened by the Holy Spirit. Honed by The Lord Himself, who is waiting for the “all clear” from His Father…the moment when He steps into the clouds and claims His own.

Us.

(When the hope of our salvation is realized…I wonder if we will hear our names called out, or if we will hear just…”Come up here!”)

Either way, am waiting, eager and ready for the big fly-up. Hope that you are too; I think we will know each other, just as we will know Him…for we will see Him as He is.

Maranatha…

Louise

“Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evildoer, even unto bonds; but the Word of God is not bound. Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sake ; that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.” **2 Timothy 9, 10**

 

Cornered

Are you boxed in and have nowhere to turn?
Is your human intelligence…your superb ability to solve problems…your self-sufficiency…failing you just when most needed?
Having had the same experience, please let this writer commiserate with you, while at the same time recognizing God’s hand in your life.
You see, we must reach the “end” of ourselves if we are to be disciples of The Lord Jesus Christ. HE tells us so.
Left to our own devices, we would NEVER give up those “qualities” that we believe have been so beneficial in our past experiences. Our pride…our vanity…would never stand still to accept those “blows” to our self sufficiency. Even though we think we have put all that behind us.
The Lord know us all too well, and so…HE puts us into a corner. Traps us. No obvious way out. Even paints that corner…black.
But, there IS a way out. All it involves is our recognizing our all-too-human condition. The admission of our self-failure. Finally KNOWING that we need Him to provide the exit from that blocked off space in which we find ourselves.
HE put us there. Why?
So that we would admit our need for Him in all things. Forcing us to rely totally on Him for release from that tight, choking place that holds us.
Let’s see what happens, the moment that we ask Him to take over…admitting our own failure.
Suddenly…a neon, bright path opens in front of us; outlined with airport-worthy landing lights edging each side of it. At the same time, HE firmly takes our hand, and leads us out of the corner where He had placed us…as He waited for just for this moment to occur.
He leads us to safety.
HIS safety. HIS way. Fulfilling HIS promise to us that HE will never leave us, nor forsake us. (By the way…walking in HIS will makes for many less cornering experiences in our lives.)
Remember the apostle Peter? When he walked on water…going toward Jesus? When did he begin to sink! When he took his eyes off of The Lord. When he began to “take in” the fury of the elements surrounding him.
Such a lesson for us…for we need to look at these scriptural examples and bring them forward into the year 2014, applying them with discernment to the circumstance causing our distress.
The entire Book of life (the Bible) is there for our learning and for teaching us about how The Lord wants to rule our lives.
Our souls are with Him even now….but our bodies still walk the earth as we pilgrims set an example to those around us…giving God the glory for each and every “corner escape” that He provides.
Stand firm. Be still. Let Him run the show. Let Him…lay out His awesome safety net all around us.
It is all encompassing. The holes are too small for us to ever slip through. He promised.
Maranatha…
Louise Hudson

References: Deuteronomy, Hebrews, Matthew, 2nd Timothy, Philippians.

Israel

IJohn 4:22 (KJV)

****22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.****

In light of the serious situation in Israel this day…..please….”pray for the peace of Jerusalem!”
Bible prophecy tells us that the worse is yet to come for God’s earthly people, not only now, but also after the soon-coming Rapture…followed by the 7 year Tribulation….the “time of Jacob’s trouble.”

We, who believe Paul’s gospel (1 Corinthians 15: 1-4) that Jesus Christ is the Son of God….born of a virgin…dying on the cross for all sinners…descending into hell, and on the third day was resurrected by the Power of God…(That Jesus, now sitting at the right hand of God, interceding for us against the complaints of the adversary)… We, are indebted to the Jewish people. For right now their eyes of understanding are darkened: they, as a Nation do not know God… which allows us to be brought into the Lord’s heavenly family while they are lo-Ammi. Placed on the “back burner” during this Age of the “Church, the body of Christ.”
Never once forgetting that our Jesus Christ was a Jew in His earthly incarnation, we must remember that we have been adopted by His Father. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. We have a kinship with believing Israel.
But soon…God will once again focus on His earthly people, and unleash His wrath upon them as they are purified by the fire that is just around the corner. Only a remnant will survive. The scriptures tell us what lies ahead for them, as well as for the rest of the world, after we are “taken up.”
In the meantime… We are told that The Lord will “bless those who bless” the Jews…and “curse those who curse” them.
Please keep them in your prayers now and forever more.
Our God….was and is…their God! They need our prayers more than ever right now, and every day moving forward.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

*****”Ps 122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.”*****

*****”Gen 12: 1Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: 2 and I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3 and I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”*****

Please pray also for those who are fellows in Christ…members of His Body…who are living through the terror in their land. We need to ask The Lord to comfort them, in their travail. And please ask that we soon will meet each other in the air.
Soon, Dear Lord. It is getting darker here.

Maranatha…

Louise Hudson

“For I would not, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.” Romans 11:25

Questions

Are you caught in the despair of trying to, say….curb an over-active food-craving appetite that seems to grow more voracious, the more you “work” on the problem?
Well, take your eyes, and so your concentration off of the “problem!” Climb out of that downward spiraling vortex. Your own strength means nothing here. Take the Hand offered to you…climb into the Lap waiting for you….nestle yourself against the God holding you…and give yourself over to Him. He will provide. He will conquer…in His time. Not only is the rest of the world watching to see how we deal with the “hand dealt us”…but the scriptures tell us that the angels are watching as well!

*******1Pe 1:12    Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.
“The angels didn’t know how God’s plan for our redemption would be accomplished but were intensely curious about it as well. In essence Peter said that they learn by watching how God works with us.” gracethrufaith.com)*******

Keep your eyes on only Him, and the rest will fall into place!

Does your mind tell you that you are worthless, and that not even God could love you?
Well…without Him…you/we are. But always remember that He looks upon those who are His and sees only His Son, for we are covered in the Blood of Christ.

*******Col 3:3    For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.*******

Whenever you meet with a fellow believer do you come home and berate yourself for having said all the wrong things…for maybe coming across in everything you said as a “scriptural know-it-all?” Or feeling that you portrayed yourself as being “holier than thou?”
Tell God about it! Put these thoughts into the non-stop, unceasing conversation that we have with Him every day. Let Him take the perceived guilt away.

*******Rom 5:1    Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:*******

*******Php 4:8    Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.*******

Does your excitement at finding a “believer” overcome the evidence of Godly humility within you? Do you verge on actually jumping up and down in excitement as you face each other? Is your proverbial foot in your proverbial mouth at the most in-opportune times?
Forgiveness. Just as we receive forgiveness from Him…we must learn to forgive ourselves.
Take a deep breath. Allow the Spirit to bring the following verse to your mind, before you speak.

*******Php 4:5    Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.*******

Do your very prayers seem self serving…not knowing exactly just what you should be praying for?
Remember that the Holy Spirit knows what you need. And prays in words unintelligible to human ears the truth of our wants and our deepest needs.

*******Rom 8:26    Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27    And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. 28    And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.*******

Do we meet with a person who claims to be a believer and walk away with our spiritual teeth clenched; not being able to reach a point of agreement in our discussion about things spiritual?
How hard it is to remember that we are all at different stages of “knowing” and understanding His Word. As well as being placed we-don’t-know-where in the anatomy of His Body.

*******1Co 12:4    Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5    And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. 6    And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. 7    But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.*******

Are we cast down after offering God’s word to a person who blatantly rejects hearing the words from the scriptures? Perhaps a seed has been planted.
As Paul said…..

*******1Co 3:6    I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 7    So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. 8    Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. 9    For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.*******

How about “loving our neighbors as ourselves?” (For in this act…are all the commandments met.)
We hear the same complaints over and over…hear unkind words…..see unkind acts….help in situations without ever receiving a word of thanks….just think how He is nurturing our patience, understanding, forbearance; while we are quelling our Adamic instincts and instead following Christ’s plan.
In all of these instances, you are not alone. We are not alone. And as such…must remember to reach out to each other in support…not as an “expert” in this invisible battle which is waged within us every day…but as an invisible brother/sister and compatriot who might live in a distant land…in a different country….in a differently toned skin….in a different educational strata….enduring different trials and pain…but placing first our Leader, for whom the battle is fought; our allegiance to Him…and then our unity with each other while we are still on earth.

This writer has faith that at least one person who needs to read these words of support will do so. Our faith is in our unseen Saviour and in His Father, who is our God. He tells us that there is an entire “body’s” worth of the faithful who are out there even now, unseen and not recognizable when trying to discern with our earthly eyes. He also tells us that each have different duties which cannot be understood by us as we try to “mesh” with each other; one who is a foot….might be trying to understand one who is, say….an endocrine gland. (!) Each person has revelation from the Holy Spirit that enhances his or her role in the Royal Scheme of Things.
Paul tells us that even with these differences, we are yet one body of Christ, of which Jesus is the Head.

*******Php 3:20    For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:*******

And so….as a member of that August Body…this writer prays that the Spirit of God is filling you with that deep peace only He can provide, as we go about our daily duties and attempt to live a life that is pleasing to our God while we grow in Him, and also grow….like Him. That God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
The same God who appointed Paul of Tarsus to be our Apostle. This Paul, who tells us how we should live by emulating him, as he emulates Christ Jesus all throughout the Pauline Epistles: words inspired by the Holy Spirit; placed in the Holy Bible for our eyes to see and slowly understand as the Spirit sees fit.

*******Rom 8:1    There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.*******

Dear God…please save us from ourselves, and from our own self-condemnation. Help us to remember that the Holy Spirit is leading us…if we but let him. All revelation of your Word is through Him…in Jesus’ name…amen.

Peace….and Maranatha….
Louise Hudson

Reaching Out

A lot is happening in the world today…wars, hostilities, natural disasters, Nations warring against Nations; brothers fighting against brothers.
It is easy for those of us who are not exposed to these horrors to overlook the desperate situations in which some our fellows in Faith are living, be they enduring physical onslaught, or mental anguish while the god of this world has his way during these end times.
(In the Epistles, Paul reminds us that we who believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins; was resurrected and now lives …are part of a New Creature. A “third” race upon this earth.
We are not Jews, Gentiles, males nor females…in HIM…because we are joined together in the body of Christ…that body of which Christ is the Head.) (1)
As such, we have a duty to each other; to look out for each other, to support each other; to lovingly reach out to and comfort each other while the trials and tribulations of our lives are being played out.
This writer cannot imagine who will be reading the words posted here. In what country a reader may be living. Their reasons for searching out these articles; perhaps only for the knowledge that there are others in this world who belong to Jesus’ Family, some who are isolated, physically alone, relying on the Holy Spirit for all things, yet to whom a word of assurance from another of God’s own…might provide a warming bit of comfort. A “virtual” holy kiss (5) just as the congregants of old greeted each other.
That thought brings to mind the situation of Elijah when he ran to the cave in the mountains; weeping, defeated and thinking he was the only believer left on the face of the earth. (He ran for about 150 miles, forty days and forty nights after eating the meal provided by the Angel of The Lord. Such was the strength given him in his time of torment.)
But God…(ah..those words…) told him differently. There was a remnant preserved in His name, as there always is. True believers who had not bowed to the god of the world. (2)
Was this truth revealed in thundering storm or in the wind??? No. It was revealed in a still, small voice. No drama. A calm, quiet voice that we who believe must train ourselves to hear. A quiet communication. Perhaps not revealed in words alone, but through creation itself.
A prayer is sent up that all of you who are HIS and are in danger; that all with whom the enemy is “engaging” in a fearsome battle will remember to keep all eyes upon Jesus! Intently listening for that quiet “voice.” No matter what is happening! HE will give you the strength you need to see things through at the exact moment that HIS strength and sustenance is needed.
Not too early. Not too late. Exactly on time. It is almost like walking off the edge of a cliff. Placing that trust in HIM which His love and grace imbues us with..knowing that a net is there, catching us as we live out the faith we profess as we display to the world in these moments of crisis…just where our hope lies. (Even like Peter, when he sank into the sea while walking upon the water. Peter; sinking because he took his eyes off of our Lord.) He became aware of the pounding waves and the screaming winds all around him. He became aware of the world! And in losing sight of the invisible, now seeing the visible, he was no longer relying on faith. He..was… sunk!!!
This can happen to us if we lose our focus by looking away from HIM. If we do not pray for that unspeakable strength and power available to those who are HIS! To us…who are adopted into His family.
By thinking only of Jesus, fearsome thoughts cannot invade our mind. We will have the POWER of the very God available to us, fulfilling the promises of the scriptures meant for the true believer. (3)
And so, this is written with a mind for the oppressed, abused and downtrodden members of HIS Royal Family. Wherever you are. You are His body the church. Not a brick and mortar building…but that invisible, heavenly living body of souls who have chosen to accept the free gift of grace in these trying times.
We are all together. We cannot see each other, nor are we privy to actually knowing just who is truly worshiping the triune God. So we communicate to each other by way of devices provided to us…computer, web page, email…enabled to reach out in order that we share the scriptures; fortifying our hope in Christ…the Blessed Hope, reminding our brethren that soon, HE will be calling us to come up there with Him. The Rapture is very near.
Many prayers are with you…please know that others are on their knees, asking that God’s mercy be shown you; that He reach down and comfort you, letting you know at whatever is happening is but for a short time in the overall scene of things. Reminding us that the promise of the eternity to come, to be spent in HIS presence…is far greater than the ills that the world can inflict upon us. These trials are also sent in order to harden us. To give us steel in our backbone. Just as coal becomes a diamond, so are we on the path to, well…becoming a pure white clear beautiful stone. Enduring, surviving the heat and pressure needed for our final refinement.
Jesus prayed that we were not to be taken out of the trials…but asked God that we would be given the tools needed to survive those trials. (Remember when Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were bound and thrown into that fire; flames so intense that the guards accompanying them were burnt to a crisp …those teenagers then being observed to be moving amidst the flames with a fourth man who seemed as “the son of God?” The men outside those flames were killed by the heat. Yet, those young Jewish men walked within the same flames, stepping out of the furnace, clothing and bodies pristine, unsinged… all the while proclaiming their loyalty to the living God. At the exact moment that those men needed fire “insurance”…they were given all the protection they needed; surviving a horrific trial…their hearts did not fail them as they gave God the glory.) (4)
They had faith.
Faith. Belief in the unseen.
We know, because He has told us…that God always has a remnant, and that those of us who truly worship Him are a part of this small group. ( A part of His family, after we were re-born and given Divine DNA.) And as such should know that there are others out there…reaching out in love and charity to each other. And so the need to stand firm; stay focused, stay calm…stand resolved in our reliance on the Lord Jesus Christ is brought into sharp relief.
We are bound together in His power. (5)
May the peace of God, which knows no human understanding…keep your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus!
Maranatha….even so Lord, come quickly….

Louise Hudson

“Even spiritual comforts are not given us for our use alone; they, like all the gifts of God, are given that they may be distributed, or become instruments of help to others. A minister’s trials and comforts are permitted and sent for the benefit of the Church.” (Clarke)

1 Cor 12:13, 14 “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free, and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. For the Body is not one member, but many.”

(2) 1 Kings 8:12 “and after the earthquake a fire; but The Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still, small voice.”

(3) 2 Cor 4:8-11 “we are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair.; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; always bearing about in the body the dying of The Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.”

(4) Daniel 3:25 “he answered and said…Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”

(5) 2 Cor 13:11, 12 “Finally brethren, farewell. Be perfect; be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you. Greet one another with a Holy kiss.”