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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.)

Positions Available

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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

Additional Company Policies:

All benefits are paid by the Master Plan; No premiums necessary for Health care; Life Insurance – automatically enrolled, no deductions made; Injury Compensation – covered 24/7 whether sleeping or awake.

Perks:
– An army of Angels to guard you in all your ways
– No references needed, or Proof of ID.
– Your past history will not count against you
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

We Never Know…

Once, when I was working in a teaching hospital, a woman was admitted to the ER, having gone into a premature labor with her first child. She was in her 40s; she and her husband had been thrilled that she was able to conceive, and were looking forward to a new life together that would include this miracle baby. They had married only a year prior.
As she labored, things were not going well; the docs had already contacted her husband and he was on his way to the hospital.
Things progressed; her child was still-born.
While she was still in the ER, things having moved along very quickly …no time to admit her to the OB floor …a gurney was rolled past her cubicle and on it…was her husband.
He had been involved in an automobile accident at the intersection next to the hospital proper, and was pronounced dead in the ER.
She saw him being rolled by, as the staff worked on him. He had been rolled in next to her space, so she also heard everything that accompanies a full working code where the staff is desperately doing everything in their power to bring a person back.
The hospital staff did not know he was her husband.
As everything began to be sorted out…and she was told that, yes…it was him…yes, he is gone…no one knew how to approach her.
All words…were trite, meaningless and without comfort.
The Administrators said the only thing they could do was to see that no bills were incurred.
The various docs tried to bring some sort of solace to her, also promising that all the medical services involved would not submit bills. Neither Nursing or Social services seemed able to offer anything but lip service ..
We all cried.
She did not.
I remember her stolid expression, her uncomprehending, staring eyes, and the sense that there were no words that could begin to break through the horror that had just occurred, up-ending her very life. (Her husband’s accident happened at the moment of the baby’s death.)
All she wanted was to go home. Her family came for her, and she left.

Recently, the memory of this little, broken family came to mind.
Did she believe in God? I do not know. If she knew God, did the events of that terrible day strengthen her faith, or make her bitter; turning her against the only true Comforter that she could ever know?

How quickly a life is changed, a life taken, a family torn apart by a crisis, by death.

When their day began, I imagine a man going off to work…perhaps a kiss goodby….a woman beginning her usual activities of the morning. Without a clue of what was to come.

Our days might begin much the same, with no promise that any of us will be here in the evening. Our daily habits carrying us along oblivious to the external forces that are swirling all about us…those unseen and sometimes malevolent powers that rule the earth and affect the lives of all…even those of us who believe.

We are promised trials and tribulations. PROMISED.

** 2Th 1:3    We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;
1:4    So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:
1:5    Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer: **

For, just as we are buried in Christ’s death when we first believe, we, as his body….will also endure and share the pain, suffering, alone-ness, scorn…that He suffered prior to His death on the cross.

We all will suffer. Some greatly, some to a lesser degree. (But who; who on this earth can determine these degrees of tribulation given each who is truly in Christ? Perhaps having a hangnail might hold the same level of travail as one who suffers an amputation! We cannot know this, and so should not compare each person’s burden against another’s, or our own with a fellow child of God. Pride can rear it’s ugly head if one is not careful, for even in suffering there is a human tendency to place one “trial” above another’s…this can happen if we take our eyes off of Christ Jesus.)

One thing is sure. Every iota of pain that one endures…be it physical, or emotional..it is ultimately for God’s glory. It is meant for someone else to see…to witness.

** Rom 5:3    And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

** 2Co 12:10    Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. **

The world is watching us, as each new seemingly endless “problem” hits us. Do we complain? Do we murmur about it? Are we gripers with sad, mournful faces?

Remember the tribes of Israel in the desert. They were given all they needed during that time…their shoes never wore out, their food was provided every day, their clothing never aged, and God walked with them.

** Deu 8:3    And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.
8:4    Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee, neither did thy foot swell, these forty years. **

Yet, they murmured. And grumbled. And forgot how bad things were for them back in Egypt….longing to go back …forever looking behind them and not looking ahead, preparing for all that God has promised them when they started out on their Exodus from the land where they were slaves and prisoners. Ungrateful.

Their reward? All who murmured died in that desert, and until that generation had passed away, no one could pass into the Promised Land. Forty years.

** Num 14:27    How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me.
14:28    Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith the LORD, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you:
14:29    Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, which have murmured against me,
14:30    Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun.
14:31    But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye have despised.
14:32    But as for you, your carcases, they shall fall in this wilderness.
14:33    And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness.
14:34    After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise.
14:35    I the LORD have said, I will surely do it unto all this evil congregation, that are gathered together against me: in this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die. **

Now, we have a promised Land ahead of us, if we truly believe. And we also have been given all that we need, the moment we believed!

** Php 4:19    But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
4:20    Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen. **

** 1Co 2:9    But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. **

We will soon be called up into that Heaven at a time known only to The Lord Himself, and that event is called the Rapture, after which we will be eternally with out our Lord and Savior.

** 1Th 4:16    For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
4:17    Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
4:18    Wherefore comfort one another with these words. **

But there is a judgement that we will face…before the Bema Seat of Jesus Christ, when our deeds on earth will stand the test of fire…are they wheat and chaff..or gold and jewels, which will only be further refined from that tremendous heat…and will determine whether a crown is to be rewarded to us.

If one is a murmurer or a complainer…well, there’s certainly chaff-like fodder for the fire. No reward there. How sad to have lived an entire life as a follower of Christ…and have nothing to show for it…nothing to show to HIM when our “works” …those works done after we are saved….are judged for their truth …done in (supposedly) God’s name!!!

** Rom 14:10    But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
14:11    For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
14:12    So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. **

The time is short. We are commanded to run this race with a goal of being a winner. The Holy Spirit will direct you; this is not a prideful thing, but a command. As we become more like Him, our “fruits” will become more pure, more worthy of Him.

Complaining is not a part of what we are instructed to do. We are to bear our burdens with joy and long -suffering…even helping others within the body as they follow their path, and come to moments of crisis.

If you were that woman in the emergency room on that rainy, sad day….how would you have reacted when all was said and done? Could you have thrown yourself before God and thanked Him for trusting you enough to give you such a burden? Would you have endured the grief and continued on the straight path, with no recrimination? Or …would you have cursed God and become bitter.

We always have a choice. Go for the gold; grin and bear it…or succumb to the sorrows in your life!

Talk to Abba. To PaPa. To Daddy. (I love the story of a French cleric, who, when in prayer, imagines himself climbing into and then curled up in the lap of his very own Daddy.) just as you might have been able to go to your earthly father with your problems…even moreso is our God available to us at every moment. Every single moment, in HIS omniscience!

My prayer is that no one would have to endure such moments, but reality is that they happen. Every day. With no respect of persons.
God is no “respecter” of persons.

** Rom 2:11    For there is no respect of persons with God. **

And I still pray for the woman who faced such a day, so long ago. That she had, and even now has… comfort in The Lord; looking forward to the time that she will finally meet her child, and that the person standing next to her baby…will be the man who was taken up at the same time.

God is good…His mercy endures forever.

Maranatha…

Louise Hudson

louhdsn2013-hf@yahoo.com