Thursday, May 23, 2013
He may be smiling at you, but he's smiling through the pain.
He may be walking tall, but it's taking him a lot of energy and concentration to ignore his pain or discomfort.
Just because he's not bent over, howling in agony, doesn't mean he's not suppressing his cries of anguish.
Just because he said he's fine, it doesn't mean he is. He's just telling you that it could be worse, so why bother you AGAIN about a situation that -barring a miracle-will not change?
He's not acting sick, because he doesn't want to be centre of attention. Because it won't change anything anyway. Because he's waiting till he gets home where he can break down in private. Because he doesn't want you to worry.
There are different types of chronic invisible illnesses-pain, lung damage, inflammation, digestive...
And one day they will all be done away with by the one who knit us and knows every bone. By the one to Whom our trials are not invisible. The All-seeing God sees the pain. He sees those lungs filling up... And He urges you to smile through it, to walk tall because He's walking with you. And He also permits you to fall into His arms, to break down because He will catch you.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Martin Luther was a Protestant. He fought many of the lies that the papacy taught its followers. One of these lies was that the dead go immediately to heaven or purgatory or hell etc. There is no such lie in the Bible.
Luther was seemingly the father of the Protestant Reformation, yet so many Protestants continue this lie of the immortality of the soul. Only God is immortal, we will only gain immortality when He comes to take us home. Before I quote what the Bible says, let’s see what Luther wrote.
“Another place proving that the dead have no ... feeling. There is, saith he, no duty, no science, no knowledge, no wisdom there. Solomon judgeth that the dead are asleep, and feel nothing at all. For the dead lie there, accounting neither days nor years, but when they are awaked, they shall seem to have slept scarce one minute.”—Martin Luther, Exposition of Solomon’s Booke Called Ecclesiastes, page 152.
So, what does the Bible say? My question is-why would we have a resurrection if the dead are already up in heaven? Why would Jesus have said the little girl was “asleep” if she was conscious in heaven?
Eccl 9:5 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.
1 Cor 15:52-54 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
1 Thee 4:16-18
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: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. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
Let us keep protesting the lies taught by the Papacy and rest in the promise-FROM GOD-of the resurrection that will unite us with those who are already asleep.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Friend A and B talk about backsliding. About irreverence. About the lukewarm state of the church. They are saddened. They want their friends to “make it.” They talk about their weaknesses, their own struggles, their imperfections. Their desires to become better. They search for ways to improve themselves. They think of how far they themselves are from reaching the standard.
Friend B talks about backsliding. Exults in proving how wonderful he and Friend C are. Exults in “being hated for” Christ’s sake. Friend B will point out in church during a sermon, how short Sister P’s skirt is. Friend B thinks believes everyone else is wrong.
Friend B has not asked for eye-salve as counselled in Rev 3. They are so busy comparing themselves to the ‘rebellious’ folk that they have taken their eyes off the Perfect picture. They do not realise how imperfect they are because they aren’t looking in the Mirror. They spend such little time in the Word that they compare themselves to the world and think they’re better than others.
Self-righteousness is a terrible foe. Look at the pharisees, it was one of their biggest problems. So big a problem that they ended up thinking they were better than Jesus Himself and KILLED Him. Pride really will lead to destruction. As I stated elsewhere, if we could become “God” for a day, there’d be mayhem because so many people would be bound for hell. We’d forget how to be ‘merciful’ and only focus on our brand of ‘justice.’ Thank God HE is God. Let’s not forget where we have come from. And let’s not forget that Christ forgave all and sorrows after those who don’t love Him back. He will never exult. Never crow.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
“So if women are thus permitted to have their heads uncovered and to show their hair, they will eventually be allowed to expose their entire breasts, and they will come to make their exhibitions as if it were a tavern show; they will become so brazen that modesty and shame will be no more; in short they will forget the duty of nature. Further, we know that the world takes everything to its own advantage. So, if one has liberty in lesser things, why not do the same with this the same way as with that? And in making such comparisons they will make such a mess that there will be utter chaos. So, when it is permissible for the women to uncover their heads, one will say, ‘Well, what harm in uncovering the stomach also?’ And then after that one will plead for something else; ‘Now if the women go bareheaded, why not also bare this and bare that?’ Then the men, for their part, will break loose too. In short, there will be no decency left, unless people contain themselves and respect what is proper and fitting, so as not to go headlong overboard.”
There are some people even within the church who state that knowing how close we are is not important. That we should be ready anyway. These people seemingly don’t pay much attention to the writings of one of our pioneers.
“Though no man knoweth the day nor the hour of His coming, we are instructed and required to know when it is near. We are further taught that to disregard His warning, and refuse or neglect to know when His advent is near, will be as fatal for us as it was for those who lived in the days of Noah not to know when the flood was coming." GC ch.20
I always wondered how the Vatican would ever work together with the US. How it could ever work. After all, the US is a Protestant nation, how could its citizens and politicians ever extend a hand of fellowship to the beast that brought about the Dark Ages and will bring about a law forcing us all to worship on the first day of the week?
Another question I had was “how” did it happen that all the signs were that close to being fulfilled in the 1800s when Ellen white said the coming was near in HER time? Were the US and the Vatican close back then?
One answer lies in the Website of the US State Dept. itself.
The first question is answered in these lines-“The United States and the Holy See consult and cooperate on international issues of mutual interest, including human rights, inter-religious understanding, peace and conflict prevention, development, and environmental protection.”
My second question is also answered “The United States maintained consular relations with the Papal States from 1797 to 1870 and diplomatic relations with the Pope, in his capacity as head of the Papal States, from 1848 to 1868, though not at the ambassadorial level. These relations lapsed in 1870 with the loss of all papal territories during the unification of Italy. From 1870 to 1984, the United States did not have diplomatic relations with the Holy See. Several U.S. presidents, however, designated personal envoys to visit the Holy See periodically for discussions of international humanitarian and political issues. In 1984, a revised Concordat was signed defining the relations between the government and the church within Italy. The United States and the Holy See announced the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1984.”
Folk, I have been saying, and will keep on saying it. Jesus is coming soon. Have you made the necessary practical arrangements? Are you working towards reaching those goals-off the grid, out the city etc? I know it’s not easy, believe me we’ve been praying for it for years, but God answers the prayer of a righteous man..His time will be right.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
As asked in the Bible- “Can two walk together except they be agreed?”
When God says “Do this” because we love Him and want to walk with Him, we say “Of course,” knowing full well that not only does He tell us what to do, but he gives us the power to do it.
I want to be like Enoch. Walking with Him here on earth, so I can walk with Him in heaven. I want my desires, my attitude, my deportment..everything to mirror Him. I want people to be able to tell that He is my Friend. I want Him to be able to say “We are agreed, let’s keep walking.”
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Nor will I ever.
But it doesn’t mean we aren’t parenting other people’s children.
But seriously. Sometimes you just don’t fit in anywhere. I always have to bite my tongue when people tell me of a “homeschool group” in my area. Nope, I just don’t fit in. I’ve tried but I was too different-and that had nothing to do with my skin colour.
Our values are different, our principles are different, the reasons we do it are different, the methods we use are different, our financial status is different…
Then you go online and join homeschool groups but there too is a mismatch. I don’t enjoy taking pot shots at the SA education system-after all I don’t do this because I hate the government. I don’t share the same values with them either. I’m not competitive..etc
And..I can’t answer their questions about how they handle people who question aka criticise their choice to have a ‘quiverfull.’ For those not in the know, it’s basically when you just go with the flow when it comes to have adding children to your family. I’m scared to describe it lest I irritate those who have ‘large’ families but my one friend-who is of the quiverfull persuasion- said it’s basically conceiving with the understanding that if God allows it, then it MUST be the right way. That God didn’t give us the responsibility to use our own minds to decide how many children to have. The way these questions are phrased in these groups, it’s as if it’s a given that if you’re homeschooling your children, you’re OBVIOUSLY not using any method of conception prevention.
To each their own.
But as for me and my house-we won’t be growing biologically any time soon unless something goes ‘wrong.’ And to be made to feel abnormal for that, is sad. And so I continue to carve my own path. Not fitting in anywhere. But not minding either. I’ve always been a rebel.