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Vipers in the Woodpile

image “And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand.” Acts 28:3 Just as we go through our daily lives….stoking the fires that keep us warm, tending to daily tasks, fueling the strength needed in order to meet the demands of each day….out comes the viper to strike us when we are the most vulnerable. Reaching out, unthinkingly, to perform an act that provides comfort for us and for those in our care…we get bitten.

What has “bitten” you, fellow in Christ? Is it Cancer? Or perhaps an even more debilitating illness? (Yes, there are diagnoses that are more catastrophic than Cancer. But they are not as well known, and so, not in public awareness.)

Have you been struck with the loss of a job? The loss of a loved one? (The loss of a loved one does not have to be through death…many of us have watched our families leave us because of our belief in the Living God.)

The list goes on and on, for the viper takes many forms. It afflicts us. It assails us. It attacks our already decaying physical bodies. It sinks it’s teeth into our thinking, and injects the poison which produces evil thoughts…when our guard is down. (Are you “addicted?” No…you are…”afflicted!”)

2 Corinthians 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 4:8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 4:9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 4:10 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.

Only by leaning fully upon the strong arm of our Lord can we manifest the strength to “shake it off” just like Paul did…(as an aside…this is yet another euphemism that comes from the scriptures!) … as we read about this telling example written down for us.

By remaining steadfast (in Paul’s case; continuing to tend to the fire, in the midst of the rain, the cold, being a prisoner, enduring a ship-wreck, being surrounded by “barbarians” ) as he resolutely feeds the fire despite the “discomfort” of being….”snake-bit” he shows us that we too, can serve as a witness to those who surround us.

Act 28:4 And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live. 28:5 And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm.

He went on to heal many who were ill on that Island of Malta as he spread the good news of The Gospel…fulfilling God’s purpose for him in those less-than-ideal circumstances.

There is never….a perfect scenario for carrying out the plan which is in place for those of us who have elected to move closer to our Lord and Savior. As our bodies become more debilitated, so do our spirits grow stronger in Him. They are in the process of becoming “like Him” as we walk….The Walk.

The world sees our illnesses as “punishment” but we who are in Christ know…that the obvious visible physical decay is but the sign that our Potter is busy with molding a stronger, invisible part of us which will endure forever…when we see our heritage come to fruition in living eternally with The Living God. His purpose is being carried out while our bodies diminish…our example, like that of Paul…providing the unbelieving world with a glimpse of the Very God Who lives within us.

Never give up.

Yield..only to Him.

Keep your focus on Christ Jesus. Let His arms carry you. He is carrying all of us with awesome power that will result in… His glory! And that, dear friend…is what we were originally made for, way back in the Garden of Eden.

Maranatha….

Louise
(This is written by a woman who has experienced the “Big C” firsthand; and who cared for her husband, in their home…until he was claimed by the ravages of the same disease. Brave…she is not. Every little strength comes from above…straight from The Source…of all life.)

Deborah and Jael; Assignments Accomplished

***Article up-dated in order to reference scripture verses; originally posted 08/10/2014***

While reading through the book of Judges in the Old Testament, a rather unusual story can be found in the story of Deborah, and her ensuing song. (Judges 4 and 5)

The Lord elected a woman named Deborah to be the Judge of Israel. She was also a prophetess. In her song, during which she sings praises to the God of Israel…she describes herself first as a mother. This, to her, was her most important role.

***Jdg 5:7    The inhabitants of the villages ceased, they ceased in Israel, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel.

***Jdg 5:12    Awake, awake, Deborah: awake, awake, utter a song: arise, Barak, and lead thy captivity captive, thou son of Abinoam. (Where else do we read this phrase about leading “captivity captive?”)

She goes on, in her song, to speak about the ultimate victory over the Canaanite army and over their commander, Sisera, while she praises God. (When she prophesied to Barak, who The Lord called out to lead Israel’s forces against the mighty Caananites…he told her that he WOULD lead the Jewish offensive, but only if Deborah would accompany him. He would not go alone.)

Deborah willingly accompanying Barak after telling him that the victory would be his, per her prophecy…but he also should know that the person to whom the glory would go for that victory would not be him. It would go to…a woman.

(In those days women were considered chattel. Less than second class citizens. And here we have a woman, Deborah, leading all of Israel..her position being set by God, as all our leaders are chosen.)

***Jdg 4:8    And Barak said unto her, If thou wilt go with me, then I will go: but if thou wilt not go with me, then I will not go.

As a result of his action, in asking Deborah to accompany him, or he would not follow God’s command….both understood that a second woman; also chosen by God, would ultimately bring down the great military leader (Sisera) who had been plaguing the Israelites for 20 years; and that this second woman would be on the receiving end of the accolades due a hero. Or rather…a heroine. Barak would win no acclaim for the victory, a victory which was guaranteed by The Lord Himself!)

***Jdg 4:9    And she said, I will surely go with thee: notwithstanding the journey that thou takest shall not be for thine honour; for the LORD shall sell Sisera into the hand of a woman. And Deborah arose, and went with Barak to Kedesh.

As the tale unfolds, we learn further that there is a member of the Kenite tribe (a desert tribe, of which Moses’ father-in-law was a member) who has set his tent up in an area apart from the rest of his people. This man is serving as a lookout for the Canaanites, and is keeping Sisera aware of the whereabouts of Barak and his men. His name is Heber.

***Jdg 4:11    Now Heber the Kenite, which was of the children of Hobab the father in law of Moses, had severed himself from the Kenites, and pitched his tent unto the plain of Zaanaim, which is by Kedesh.

Israel and Canaan become engaged in battle. The Lord then steps in to win the conflict as He promised He would do, sending a massive rain storm. All the chariots and weaponry of the powerful army led by Sisera…become bogged down in the mud;

***Jdg 5:21    The river of Kishon swept them away, that ancient river, the river Kishon. O my soul, thou hast trodden down strength.

…and those troops are soundly trounced by Barak and his small army. Not only trounced, but each and every one of them is slain.

***Jdg 4:16    But Barak pursued after the chariots, and after the host, unto Harosheth of the Gentiles: and all the host of Sisera fell upon the edge of the sword; and there was not a man left.

***Jdg 5:20    They fought from heaven; the stars in their courses fought against Sisera.

All slain except for their leader, Sisera, who flees, running past the tent of Heber the Kenite.
A woman named Jael, the wife of Heber…stands at the door and invites this mud-covered Sisera inside.

***Jdg 4:17    Howbeit Sisera fled away on his feet to the tent of Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite: for there was peace between Jabin the king of Hazor and the house of Heber the Kenite.
4:18    And Jael went out to meet Sisera, and said unto him, Turn in, my lord, turn in to me; fear not. And when he had turned in unto her into the tent, she covered him with a mantle.

When Sisera asked for water, she brought him…milk. Picture that milk being warmed for him. Doesn’t warm milk induce sleep? She drew a cover over him. Made him feel safe and warm. Made him comfortable. He fell asleep. (She was a picture of hospitality, which was so important in that desert community. She gave him more than he asked for. She was also following the Lord’s lead.)

***Jdg 5:25    He asked water, and she gave him milk; she brought forth butter in a lordly dish.

At the moment he was sleeping soundly …she put her able hands on a tent peg, took a hammer, and applied each in the proper sequence to the proper body part; killing him; driving the peg through his skull. (Note that she used no special tools…no special weaponry. She used the objects with which she was familiar, for the women of that time were responsible for erecting the tents when the tribe moved from place to place. She was adept at placing tent pegs where they needed to go.)

***Jdg 5:26    She put her hand to the nail, and her right hand to the workmen’s hammer; and with the hammer she smote Sisera, she smote off his head, when she had pierced and stricken through his temples.

Then, when Barak came by, searching for Sisera, Jael called him into her tent, and showed him the slain body of Israel’s arch enemy. Dead on the ground.
At the hands of… a woman.

***Jdg 4:22    And, behold, as Barak pursued Sisera, Jael came out to meet him, and said unto him, Come, and I will shew thee the man whom thou seekest. And when he came into her tent, behold, Sisera lay dead, and the nail was in his temples.

Deborah’s prophecy was fulfilled.

As a result of this episode….Jael was called “blessed above women. Blessed shall she be above women of the tent.”

***Jdg 5:24    Blessed above women shall Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite be, blessed shall she be above women in the tent.

Think about it. There is only one other woman in all of scripture who is called blessed. That woman was Mary, the mother of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Deborah…who was first a mother, was also a prophetess and a Judge of all Israel; the woman in charge of her country. The one to whom all came in order to resolve problems. The leader of the Nation Israel.
Jael: probably a mother; unknown to the world at large, residing humbly in a tent.
A woman whose life was spent in the background, as compared to Deborah’s life. Carrying out her day to day duties in relative obscurity.
Yet, ultimately called blessed above women of the tent! By the Holy Ghost, through the pen of the author of the book of Judges.

Do you think that because you are at home, caring for your family, doing the daily, endless tasks that are required of one who is managing the home front…that you may not be called to do great things for our Lord and Savior?

In this age we are told that a woman must subjugate herself to a man. But the bible says that a woman…a wife…must submit herself to her husband. It does not say that women as a whole are inferior to men. In this very example, a woman is chosen to carry out God’s will.

Jael knew exactly what she needed to do, in order to carry out God’s plan for her. And for Israel. All for God’s glory, in the end. Those were far different times, for the battle then was physical, obvious and earthly.

In this dispensation, the battle is unseen, invisible, spiritual and heavenly. But do not think that you cannot be called to carry out a role not usually assigned to women; something not usually a “woman’s thing” per the world’s definition.

We are not privy to knowing HIS plan for us, or for the world, except for what the Holy Spirit reveals to us via the scriptures. Never fall for the messages that you can only “count” for something if you are out there in the world, away from your family…making a “name” in some sort of business venture. That is the voice of “you-know-who” calling to you. The one who is currently ruling the world! Satan himself.

Deborah was a prominent ruler in those days, per the Lord’s election. Think of her description of herself. That she was first, a mother. A “working” mom. Yet, in her case…called out to fulfill her position of leadership by God Himself.

***Jdg 5:7    The inhabitants of the villages ceased, they ceased in Israel, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel.

Then..we have Jael. At home. Carrying out those daily sometimes grinding and thankless tasks.
A “stay-at-home” mom.

Her home was the place God sent the enemy so that she could vanquish him, Right IN her personal space…and then, when her brave task was completed, she was called “blessed above the women in the tents.” (Very brave as well, for she could only have one “shot” at carrying out the work she needed to do. If she had missed the mark, or if her heart and hand failed her, she would have been slain by her intended “victim.” If he lived, and did not kill her, her husband would have been required by the tribal laws to slay her…because there was a man other than her husband in her tent.)

What a huge lesson we read here…to “never discount the small things.” Never let go of the peace of God, which allows for a calm perspective in the midst of a crisis or an emergency. (Jael’s thoughts and actions were focused, precise: under control; powerful.)

Even if our entire life revolves around caring for our family and our home, this story reminds us to “be aware.” To know our surroundings…know what is happening around us. Know when things are amiss. Know..when action is required.

There may be a spiritual “Sisera” just around the corner, who will soon come into your tent. (Who is it that you listen to on radio, or watch on TV? You are inviting him into your “tent.”)
But God will empower you to properly rid yourself of him, for if he is harming you, he is also harming the body of Christ, of which you are a member.
The end result being the “riddance” of a “virtual” Sisera; to glorify God, and then, to strengthen the Body of Christ.

Never disregard the small things.

***Zec 4:10    For who hath despised the day of small things?

The small things. One’s home. One’s familiar tools. One moment in time.

Be strong in Christ. Stand firm. Be confident in His strength.

***Luk 16:10    He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.

Remember…..

***Rom 15:4    For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

***Eph 2:10    For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Maranatha…

Louise Hudson…in His service.

~The following quotes were taken from an internet article…

***””The story of Deborah and Jael is important in the Bible because it teaches us that God delivers His people when they call on Him and that God is not opposed to using women to lead. So maybe we shouldn’t worry too much about what other people will say; instead, we should seek to know God and to obey His directions–even if they seem to be contrary to expectations and cultural norms.”

“While Mary was unquestionably blessed among women, as already stated, Scripture does not say she was blessed above women. Furthermore, she being blessed in this manner is not unique to her alone. Jael is described in a similar fashion.

Blessed above women shall Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite be, blessed shall she be above women in the tent. (Judg 5:24, KJV)”***

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Entry level opportunity to join a Celestially based Organization is being offered to those who are seeking job security with a Well Known provider of eternal salvation.
Job description to be determined by the particular talents given the successful bidder when accepted into The Firm.
Pre-requisites are that an applicant must whole-heartedly accept and believe, by faith…that the Founder’s Son was sent here on a previous occasion…that He suffered, was crucified, died and was then resurrected…living still, while seated at the right hand of God The Father Almighty. (He is…The Boss.)
Once this preliminary goal is met; a third Agent of the Company will personally assess all aspects of your application, and upon His approval….will “indwell” you, so as to provide guidance, education and continued growth in this Family-Oriented Organization.
No matter what gifts or talents are given you at that time, they are to be used to glorify the Leader of this vast conglomerate….and then, to support the fellow successful applicants who have also been accepted into this Body which consists of those who also have stated their belief in the birth, death and resurrection of the Son of the Founder.
(The Three Top Leaders work very closely together: God the Father, Jesus Christ His Son, and the Holy Spirit. In fact, even though being three separate entities, they are often described as being One. That is just how closely they interact as they carry out the duties of The Family Organization; how mutually “in-step” They are as they move forward in achieving the goals that were drawn up before this world was even created.)
Their outreach Agent, the Apostle Paul, has set up the Human Resource requirements, as set forth in his Epistles. In those “books” lie the requirements and duties of each and every hiree who has met the initial requirements of this job offering. (Paul was the first to be accepted into this at-that- time new, mysterious Family of God…he then was inspired by the Holy Spirit to write the manual for all future applicants during this age of grace. The Manual…is to be studied…as if your very life…depends upon it.)
You cannot be fired from your position, which grants you eternal security and a coming life that cannot be described, for the glory of it all. Walking and talking every day with the triumvirate God… Actually, with all Three representatives of that God-Head Trinity…is an additional benefit offered to Their people. The Father. (Our Leader.) The Son (Our Salvation.) The Holy Spirit (our inspirer and the translator of ALL Company policies.)

All of this must be accepted on faith, as the benefit package is yet unseen. (This is often a barrier to those who must see…to believe. For this Company demands that you must believe….to see.)
Anyone who cannot or will not accept the basic requirement…will have their application rejected.
Unfortunately that rejection carries with it an eternal sanction….which places the rejectee into an eternal hot spot of gloom…doom….and total separation from The Father. The Son. The Holy Spirit….as well as from those of us who chose to believe, by faith… the promises offered by this Celestial Organization.
There will soon be a general meeting called…which is titled: “The Rapture” or the “calling up.
The Father will give The Son the ok…and He will step out into the clouds and call us up to Him. We will then be escorted into His presence by His angelic phalanxes…meeting Him face to face for the first time. The Holy Spirit will attend to us, picking us up off of our faces when we are overcome with His brilliance; our insignificance, and the truth of what we had learned from studying the Company Manual.
He…will then introduce us to His Father. Our God. Our Father, as well…since we have been formally adopted (once obtaining our position in the Family Business…) and can claim sibling-ship with The Son….Christ Jesus.
The pay rate, or the reward system..is based upon how we carry out our lives after joining the Company. Is what we are doing for God’s glory? To show Him in all we do? If so…there is a reward coming, in the form of a crown. Much like the Bema Seat award system of old…our actions, our works…will be assessed and graded with the application of fire….the “good stuff” surviving the flames…the “stuff” we did in order to glorify ourselves…burnt up like the chaff that it is. No reward.
There will be many who receive no bonuses. They will not lose their salvation, as per the original job description….but they will be quite sorrowful at all the lost opportunities for bringing glory to the Founder…the Father…through the ultimate sacrifice of The Son…who did all to satisfy The Father’s will…and sadder yet that they refused to accept the Company Policy written by the Apostle Paul…who spelled out, in minute detail…just how to achieve the highest, most valuable rewards.
Rapid advancement is obtainable through the guidance of the Holy Spirit…the Entity who alone lifts the veil of understanding to those who wish to become closer as well as more like the Home Office Directors. The eager, avid, passionate employee WILL be moved ahead.
(However, just as gains are being made in the invisible realm…the physical realm will begin showing a deficit. Family members, friends, cohorts will not understand your passion nor your belief in such an invisible Organization. As such…they will feel threatened by your presence, for your very body exudes The Spirit Who now takes up space in your inner being. They will turn their backs…you will be scorned. By those who you thought were your closest. Your children. Parents. Husbands. Wives. Much like was endured by The Son during His stay on earth…for, we are following in His footsteps. And so…will suffer His pain.

So says Paul…who suffered above and beyond all the Apostles….never letting go of his zeal for the teaching of gospel as it was given to him…by Christ Jesus Himself! Nor did his faith waver as he suffered in his position…as the Ambassador for the risen…Jesus Christ.)

As your knowledge increases…you will be set apart ..human companionship will diminish, as spiritual companionship…grows.
Corporate promises include that your basic needs will be met while you pursue Company Policies. In His time, at His determination of your needs. This demands total reliance on The Leader and on His promises as being true. Taking Him at….”His Word.”
Bottom line: a peace which knows no human understanding…..will overtake you when your application is approved. A certain joy..will invade your heart. A love…an agape love, which is not an emotional thing, but a love that emanates from within…will be evident for all people. Regardless of who they are. (This is the evidence of the Holy Spirit within you….Who has now sealed you forever into this Family Business.)
It is good to study all about the beginnings of your Family..through the reading of the Bible. It is written for your edification and learning. The Human Resource section is in the Epistles of the Apostle Paul….lest you forget.
This position has eternal security.
Application department is open 24/7.
Avail yourself of the opportunity, for the offer will be withdrawn at some future, as yet unknown date…which will be the time of the very first Corporate Meeting. The Rapture.
(Oh, and by the way…the successful applicant must be prepared for the unusual…the supernatural occurrences that will now be a part of daily life. Even dreams will be affected…dreams that must be searched out in the Manual in order to verify their origins. Unusual people will enter your life. Be sure to talk to The Father about these things…to Abba (Poppa, Daddy, as He says we can call Him)…for this relationship goes far beyond that of the usual employer/employee interaction ..His door is always open…His Son…being that door…who by His sacrifice (which you can read of in the Manual) made all of this possible for those of us who once were considered….inappropriate, less than human…unable to become part of The Family because of our innate heathenous qualities.
Does any other business/company/organization come close to offering what is being presented here? (Albeit with many omissions. Because only His Word..the bible…the Manual for His Organization…fully describes the options, the benefits….the total security one achieves after obtaining the “job” that you chose to apply for.)
There is even a “new you” created….a complete make-over of the highest quality.
The…MOST important career choice you will ever make.

Maranatha…
Louise

louhdsn2013-a@yahoo.com

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Perks:
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References:
Acts 22:10
1Timothy 1:1
Ephesians 1:1
Ephesians 3:14-17
Galatians 3: 6-14
Galatians 3:29
1 Corinthians 15: 1-4
1 Thessalonians 4: 14-18