Category: Walking in Light

Song, Testimony, Story Of Walking In The Love Of God By Taking Care Of The Least Of These; Michael Ketterer’s Life Story

Song, Testimony, Story Of Walking In The Love Of God By Taking Care Of The Least Of These; Michael Ketterer’s Life Story

This is a beautiful reminder to all that when we meet people and they don’t quite fit our idea of what a Christian man/woman should look like, we should not be too quick to dismiss them. I want to add I do not know about his personal life other than what they write about him. If he is lukewarm, pray he will be truly saved in the end and that he endures. If he is having other problems pray for the family. It is not exactly easy taking care of that many children that had their own problems. The reason I posted this was to reinforce faith in people that maybe there are many more that have taken in foster children and given them the love they needed; that they have taken in the handicapped that nobody else wanted. We need to pray for all and his wife needs prayer too. I pray God blesses those that do take in the unwanted and abandoned and does save them all. I like the song and how they came about bringing these children into their home because that was God pointing them in that direction and they rose up to the challenge. It is hard though and very stressful at times I bet.

Kenneth Taylor-Mosley1 month ago

This young man has adopted so many kids, and now is singing on America’s Got Talent, yet this video shows who he really puts first…

What a song! What a singer! I hope he wins AGT, but even if he doesn’t, He’s already WON with what really counts in this life….. He has GOD, and his awesome Family !!!

https://youtu.be/1Ko4yroBP0A

“Spirit Lead Me” (Official Video) – Influence Music & Michael Ketterer

Verse 1
This is my worship, this is my offering
In every moment, I withhold nothing
I’m learning to trust You, even when I can’t see it
Even in suffering, I have to believe it

Chorus
If You say it’s wrong, then I’ll say no
If You say release, I’m letting go
If You’re in it with me, I’ll begin
And when You say to jump, I’m diving in
If You say be still, then I will wait
If You say to trust, I will obey
I don’t wanna follow my own way I’m done chasing feelings Spirit lead me

Verse 2
It felt like a burden, but once I could grasp it
You took me further, further then I was asking
Simply to see You, it’s worth it all
My life is an altar, let Your fire fall

Chorus
If You say it’s wrong, then I’ll say no
If You say release, I’m letting go
If You’re in it with me, I’ll begin
And when You say to jump, I’m diving in
If You say be still, then I will wait
If You say to trust, I will obey
Teach me how to follow in Your way
I’m done chasing feelings Spirit lead me

Bridge
When all hope is gone and Your Word is all I got
I have to believe You still bring water from the rocks
To satisfy my thirst, to love me at my worst
And even when I don’t remember
You remind me of my worth
I don’t trust my ways, I’m trading in my thoughts
I’d lay down everything, cause’ You’re all that I want
I’ve landed on my knees, this is the cup You have for me
And even when it don’t make sense
I’m gonna let Your Spirit lead

Spirit lead me, Spirit lead me Spirit lead me, Spirit lead me

Chorus
If You say it’s wrong, then I’ll say no
If You say release, I’m letting go
If You’re in it with me, I’ll begin
And when You say to jump, I’m diving in
If You say be still, then I will wait
If You say to trust, I will obey
You’re the only Truth, The Life, The Way
I’m done chasing feelings Spirit lead me (repeat)

Wow I didn’t even realize there is still people like this in the world. Everyone is so caught up in themselves and their cell phones and social media. It’s me,me,me,me,me. Just speechless with what this couple has done here. I salute you.
During my 30 years in various rungs of the Christian music industry, I have befriended 5 different musicians from Knoxville. 4 of the 5 know Michael Ketterer. They all, to a person, say the same thing. This dude is the REAL DEAL. Nothing you see on AGT is an exaggeration or a put on. What you see is what he is.
I am not a believer in any of the organized religions… BUT I have the utmost respect for the Ketterer’s beliefs and how it guides them in their lives.
He is a doer not talker. He is truthful. I love that about him and doing with super human love and strength. That is true wealth. Money can not buy true LOVE
When I heard your story at Agt I knew you belong to Christ. I could just see the humble heart that you have and the love that you shared. I was like “this man is for sure a believer,” and I was right.
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MAY THIS INSPIRE YOU TO BELIEVE HOW GREAT OUR GOD TRULY IS: ENJOY THE SONGS!!! (Ms. Sophie)

MAY THIS INSPIRE YOU TO BELIEVE HOW GREAT OUR GOD TRULY IS: ENJOY THE SONGS!!! (Ms. Sophie)

FOR ALL MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS TO LIFT YOUR SPIRITS UP TODAY!!

I WANT TO SHARE THIS WITH ALL ABOUT HOW WONDERFUL OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN TRULY IS. THIS IS A MIRACLE CHILD THAT HAS COME SUCH A LONG WAY AND IS ON FIRE TO SHARE GOD WITH THE WORLD. HE WAS BORN AUTISTIC AND BLIND AND HE SPEAKS OF HIS LIFE IN ONE SHORT VIDEO BELOW. I WANT TO SHARE THIS TO INSPIRE YOU AND HOW THIS IS A CHILD OF GOD THAT LIVES BY FAITH AND NOT BY SIGHT.

THIS IS HOW ALL OF US SHOULD BE LIVING AND THIS IS BELIEF THAT THERE IS SOMEONE BIGGER THAN US, SOMEONE WHO LOVES US VERY DEEPLY, SOMEONE WHO GAVE US HIS SON AND SOMEONE WHO NEVER GAVE UP ON US. HIS SON TOOK THE FALL TO MAKE A WAY IN FOR US. DO YOU KNOW WHAT HIS NAME IS AND WHAT HIS SON’S NAME IS? IT IS GOD (YAHUAH) AND JESUS (Yahushua or Yeshua).

REMIND YOURSELF THAT EVEN IN THE DARKEST OF DAYS AND TIMES, THERE IS THE LIGHT BECKONING YOU TO COME HOME TO HIM. JUST BECAUSE WE CANNOT SEE HIM JUST YET HE IS ALIVE AND HE IS THERE SO LET FAITH BE YOUR DRIVING FORCE IN THE END DAYS. HIS LIGHT WILL SHINE AS MIRACLES AND HEALINGS WILL OCCUR DURING THE DARK DAYS COMING ALSO AND MANY THEN WILL BELIEVE AND BE SAVED.

I LOVE HOW THIS YOUNG MAN LIVES BY FAITH AND NOT BY SIGHT (LITERALLY AND FIGURATIVELY) AND HAS SO MUCH PEACE. LET HIM BE YOUR INSPIRATION AND HERE ARE SOME SONGS TO ENJOY AND REMEMBER GREAT IS OUR GOD!! HE IS AWESOME AND LET US GIVE HIM ALL THE PRAISE AND ALL THE GLORY!! IT IS SO WORTH COMING BACK TO GOD MY FRIENDS. HE IS AWESOME AND LOVES US ALL SO MUCH; JUST REPENT AND LET HIM SHOW YOU JUST HOW LOVING HE REALLY IS. HE CAN’T DO IT FOR YOU UNLESS YOU LET HIM IN AND ACCEPT HIM AS LORD AND SAVIOR FOR HIS KINGDOM IS VERY SOON TO COME!!

ENJOY THE SEVERAL SONGS AND LAST SONG WAS DONE EXCEPTIONALLY WELL AT A CHURCH AND IS JUST AS GOOD AS THE ONE CHRIS TOMLIN DID IN CONCERT

HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY EVERYONE AND ENJOY! LOVE TO ALL, MS. SOPHIE

Christopher Duffley (Soul Singer) was born on May 19, 2001(age 17) in Florida

Before fame

His first performance was singing the Star Spangled Banner in first grade at a Memorial Day assembly. He went viral on the internet at 10 years old.

Trivia

He was named one of 10 Amazing Individuals with Autism who Shined by Autism Speaks in 2013. He launched a podcast called Mission Possible in 2016.

Personal life

He was born prematurely in Florida, where he entered the foster care system. He was later adopted by a family in Manchester, New Hampshire. He began singing at the age of four, before he could hold a conversation. His sister Grace also sings with him and is featured on his second album Believer. She is also featured in some of his most popular YouTube videos.

NOTE BY MS. SOPHIE: He has improved a lot over the years and is a gifted child for sure. He is an international hit too and notice how much he has really gotten into it. Even does duets now. I heard him sing in Italian and I believe he picks up languages in no time at all. A Blessing for all and a testimony of what God can do in one’s life!

https://youtu.be/XqgVGYm6jHQ

life story of his birth at 1pd.

https://youtu.be/UQsVFrqyApc

autistic and blind and singing with his sister Grace

https://youtu.be/mXYTHbS3-RU

AWESOME HOW THEY DID THIS SONG IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES AND THERE IS A MENTALLY CHALLENGED YOUNG LADY IN THIS TOO DOING SIGN LANGUAGE; LOVE IT!!

 

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Warning! Temperature Is Rising! (JcSouthwest)

Warning! Temperature Is Rising! (JcSouthwest)

Warning! Temperature Is Rising!

by jcsouthwest

This is a warning for all professing to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

Satan is out to destroy all those that truly know the Lord.  He is using many tactics and that includes using “professing Christians” to attack and destroy ministries.

Hello everyone!  Nobody is perfect!  All of us make mistakes.  Be very very careful, for the judgments you use against others, will be returned back unto you if you don’t repent.

Lift up fellow believers in prayer.  Instead of bashing them, come to them with a loving heart.  If you have already “condemned” someone in your heart, you need to repent!  Conviction comes from the Holy Spirit; where condemnation comes from Satan.  Read the word;  see where it tells us how to lift up someone who has strayed from the path.

If the Holy Spirit leads someone to share something and you immediately use your own understanding to judge them;  you have just proclaimed yourself to be equal to the Heavenly Father and His Only Son, Jesus.  Take what others share with you to the Holy Spirit;  pray for confirmation, lift them up in prayer. 

When the Lord returns, where do you want to be?  Do you want to be with those the Lord says, “Welcome, my good and faithful servant”

or do you want to be with those who the Lord says, “Depart from me, I never knew you”!

Seek the Lord now while you can.  We need to stay armored up and use the power and authority over the enemy given to us in the name of Jesus.  The Lord is not seeking perfection from us, he is looking at our hearts.  Nobody on earth is perfect, all of us truly make mistakes.  We will not make it into the Kingdom by our works;  the nicest person with a generous heart can still hear the words “Depart From Me, I never knew you”!

This is about a personal relationship with the Lord.  Pride will not enter into the Kingdom.  Rebellion will not enter into the kingdom.  Unforgiveness will not enter into the Kingdom.  False Witness, False Accusations, Lies, Deception and much more will not enter into the Kingdom!

Repent, Repent, Repent!  You could draw your last breath any minute!  This is not a time to fear.  Instead it’s a time to stay humble and draw strength from the Lord.

Keep lifting up prayers for all those people coming against fellow believers.  Don’t give up on them.  Pray for restorations of friends, family members, neighbors, co-workers, etc.;  as all things are possible. Remember the story of the Prodigal Son.  Love fulfills the Law.

Matthew 13  (HCSB)
The Parable of the Sower

On that day Jesus went out of the house and was sitting by the sea.  Such large crowds gathered around Him that He got into a boat and sat down, while the whole crowd stood on the shore.

Then He told them many things in parables, saying: “Consider the sower who went out to sow.  As he was sowing, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and ate them up.  Others fell on rocky ground, where there wasn’t much soil, and they sprang up quickly since the soil wasn’t deep.  But when the sun came up they were scorched, and since they had no root, they withered.  Others fell among thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them.  Still others fell on good ground and produced a crop: some 100, some 60, and some 30 times what was sown.  Anyone who has ears should listen!”

Why Jesus Used Parables

Then the disciples came up and asked Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”

He answered them, “Because the secrets of the kingdom of heaven have been given for you to know, but it has not been given to them.  For whoever has, more will be given to him, and he will have more than enough. But whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.  For this reason I speak to them in parables, because looking they do not see, and hearing they do not listen or understand.  Isaiah’s prophecy is fulfilled in them, which says:

You will listen and listen, yet never understand;
and you will look and look, yet never perceive.

For this people’s heart has grown callous;
their ears are hard of hearing,
and they have shut their eyes;
otherwise they might see with their eyes
and hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts
and turn back—
and I would cure them.

“But your eyes are blessed because they do see, and your ears because they do hear!  For I assure you: Many prophets and righteous people longed to see the things you see yet didn’t see them; to hear the things you hear yet didn’t hear them.

The Parable of the Sower Explained
“You, then, listen to the parable of the sower:  When anyone hears the word about the kingdom and doesn’t understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the one sown along the path.  And the one sown on rocky ground—this is one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy.  Yet he has no root in himself, but is short-lived. When pressure or persecution comes because of the word, immediately he stumbles.  Now the one sown among the thorns—this is one who hears the word, but the worries of this age and the seduction of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.  But the one sown on the good ground—this is one who hears and understands the word, who does bear fruit and yields: some 100, some 60, some 30 times what was sown.”

The Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds

He presented another parable to them: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field.  But while people were sleeping, his enemy came, sowed weeds among the wheat, and left. When the plants sprouted and produced grain, then the weeds also appeared.  The landowner’s slaves came to him and said, ‘Master, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Then where did the weeds come from?’

“‘An enemy did this!’ he told them. “‘So, do you want us to go and gather them up?’ the slaves asked him.

 

 

“‘No,’ he said. ‘When you gather up the weeds, you might also uproot the wheat with them.  Let both grow together until the harvest.

At harvest time I’ll tell the reapers: Gather the weeds first and tie them in bundles to burn them,

but store the wheat in my barn.’”

The Parables of the Mustard Seed and of the Yeast

He presented another parable to them: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field.  It’s the smallest of all the seeds, but when grown, it’s taller than the vegetables and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the sky come and nest in its branches.”

He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into 50 pounds of flour until it spread through all of it.”

Using Parables Fulfills Prophecy
Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables, and He would not speak anything to them without a parable,  so that what was spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled:

I will open My mouth in parables;
I will declare things kept secret
from the foundation of the world.

Jesus Interprets the Wheat and the Weeds
Then He dismissed the crowds and went into the house. His disciples approached Him and said, “Explain the parable of the weeds in the field to us.”

He replied: “The One who sows the good seed is the Son of Man;  the field is the world; and the good seed—these are the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one,  and the enemy who sowed them is the Devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.  Therefore, just as the weeds are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age.  The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather from His kingdom everything that causes sin and those guilty of lawlessness. They will throw them into the blazing furnace where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s kingdom. Anyone who has ears should listen!

The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and of the Priceless Pearl
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure, buried in a field, that a man found and reburied. Then in his joy he goes and sells everything he has and buys that field.

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls.  When he found one priceless pearl, he went and sold everything he had, and bought it.

The Parable of the Net
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a large net thrown into the sea. It collected every kind of fish,  and when it was full, they dragged it ashore, sat down, and gathered the good fish into containers, but threw out the worthless ones.  So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will go out, separate the evil people from the righteous,  and throw them into the blazing furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

The Storehouse of Truth
“Have you understood all these things?” “Yes,” they told Him.

“Therefore,” He said to them, “every student of Scripture instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who brings out of his storeroom what is new and what is old.”  When Jesus had finished these parables, He left there.

Rejection at Nazareth
He went to His hometown and began to teach them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, “How did this wisdom and these miracles come to Him?  Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t His mother called Mary, and His brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas? And His sisters, aren’t they all with us? So where does He get all these things?” 

And they were offended by Him.

But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his household.”  And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.

“Unto The Least Of These”

“When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder”

“Leaning On The Everlasting Arms”

“When We All Get To Heaven” – Pipe Organ (Diane Bish)

All are welcome here on the blog. Give all praises to the Lord, as he is worthy to be praised.

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Testimony Of Sharing God’s Love To One Of The Least Of These (Matthew 25:40)

Testimony Of Sharing God’s Love To One Of The Least Of These (Matthew 25:40)

A TESTIMONY FROM A FRIEND OF MINE: He asked his name not be used and give all glory to God so Haleluyah to our Father in heaven!!

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NOTE FROM ME: AMAZING HOW GOD PUTS US JUST WHERE WE NEED TO BE AT ANY GIVEN TIME AND HOW WE ARE TO LOVE THE LEAST OF THESE AND OUR NEIGHBORS AS OURSELVES: SHARE GOD’S LOVE TO THOSE IN NEED IF YOU HAVE THE MEANS TO DO SO AND IF YOU DO NOT, MAY YOU BE THE RECIPIENT OF SOMEONE’S KINDNESS!

MATTHEW 25:40 KJV And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

Last night we went to get groceries pretty late and really didn’t need to – Carmella wanted some ice cream, so away we went. Cold and snowy night. As we arrived at the grocery store I noticed someone huddled up way from the snow a little ways away (not panhandling, just sitting out of sight beside an adjacent store that was already closed). We went in the store and got what we needed and I also grabbed a sub sandwich, some pastries and a quart of milk for who was outside…

We drove over to him and asked if he was hungry? He was very hungry and jumped right up. We gave him the bag of goodies and told him God told us to do that for him and that He really does love him. We talked a bit and he mentioned that his feet were so cold. We have a bag of warm sock and gloves at our house that we bought to give to those that need it. We told him we would go get him some socks and gloves and be right back… When we returned, we gave him a few pairs of warm socks and warm gloves and he really lit up. I don’t think he expected us to come back as it took over 20 minutes… We talked some more and found out his wife left him a couple weeks ago. He was in his late 20’s I think and he had a snow shovel with him (which he has been trying to make enough to eat, live).

As we talked more with him he mentioned a pastor had bought him lunch last week and invited him to his church. We mentioned that God really loves him and wants to help him out and bring him into relationship with Him. That he should try praying, and give God the chance to respond to him. He then said that he prayed for the first time yesterday! Now when he was freezing cold and hungry – a couple of God’s people show up with food, warmth and encouragement. We put some water on that seed that pastor planted – God works in ways we can’t see in advance.

 

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Underground Churches In China..A Rare Video Clip Of People In PURE True Worship (strongtower27)

Underground Churches In China..A Rare Video Clip Of People In PURE True Worship (strongtower27)

We will have to go underground soon here in America and this is a video I posted several months ago and here it is again to show you how much power is in these: See the Difference of how The Holy Spirit overflows in these; this is PURE Worship And these people had NO Bibles

Kaff2319 months ago

Wow what a truly humbling video! This is what’s church service is all about. This is what’s missing in many American churches. It’s not about health wealth and financial its about connection with God and finding ultimate JOY in his presense! Amen to that!!!

Danielle Smith3 months ago

America needs WHAT THEY HAVE!!!! Under so much persecution and self sacrifice of even their own lives to worship Jesus Christ. You can see the Holy Spirit with them all! What a blessing it is to see this raw authentic love of Our Father Yahweh!!!

apryl aka kadance3 months ago

What a precious video….. “LORD! Why am I so happy so filled with joy? I have no money. I have no home no family. Surely this joy COMES FROM HEAVEN ” BLESS GOD HALLELUJAH THANK YOU LORD JESUS.

Renee Young3 months ago (edited)

Their singing is beautiful. Pure worship to God, not like the “worship” services in American churches. It’s shameful how full of deception the churches here are. These are true Christians and I am so proud to be their sister in Christ. Praying for their safety. Come quickly, Lord Jesus.

 

 

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Two Poems: If You Have No Faith In Me & Show The True Power Of Love (Brian E.)

Two Poems: If You Have No Faith In Me & Show The True Power Of Love (Brian E.)

AS THE NEW YEAR APPROACHES, THERE ARE GOING TO BE SOME REALLY TOUGH TIMES AND WE MUST REMAIN IN THE FAITH. WE CAN’T WALK AWAY FROM BELIEVING NO MATTER WHAT THAT MEANS. JUST REMEMBER ALL THOSE IN OTHER COUNTRIES THAT STOOD FAST TO THE END, HOW THE APOSTLES AND ALL THOSE THROUGHOUT HISTORY STOOD STEDFAST SO DO NOT GIVE UP! WE MUST RISE UP AND BE FISHERS OF MEN AND BRING THE LOST IN SO THAT THEY MAY BE FOUND AND JOIN US IN THE KINGDOM TO COME.

Pastoral Meanderings: God's Call Is to Serve

If You Have No Faith In Me

Four fishermen were washing their nets and they were quite distraught
Having fished all night and not a single fish had they caught
Yahusha said to them, drop your nets in the deep and fish I guarantee
Now here Simon Peter, how can I help you if you have no faith in Me?

The pharisees to test Yahusha, they asked Him for a sign
For His words throughout the land they had begun to shine
But He is just the son of a carpenter, how can these things be
You hypocrites, how can I help you if you have no faith in Me?

My words you say you hear while your eyes they do not see
For I AM the Promise, the Light and I do hold the key
Don’t you see My purpose, I’m here to set you free
But how can I help you if you have no faith in Me?

Yahusha knelt down in agony, a bit overcome with fear
He prayed to His Father Yahuah for that time it was so near
You do know You must endure, for You alone are the nominee
For Son, how can I help them if you have no faith in Me?

My words you say you hear while your eyes they do not see
For I AM the Promise, the Light and I do hold the key
Don’t you see My purpose, I’m here to set you free
But how can I help you if you have no faith in Me?

How can I help you if you have no faith in Me?
If you have no faith in Me, if you have no faith in ME!

Image Gallery jesus and disciples

Show The True Power Of Love

Among the long lost tribes the apostles they were sent
And to never charge a fee no matter where they went
To cast out evil spirits, that power they now did possess
As well as cure sickness and diseases they could so impress.

But before their adventure there were lessons to be learned
For there would be persecutions until the Son of Man returned
Now filled with the Holy Spirit to guide them so not to go astray
They remembered Yahusha’s words as they went on their way.

My special twelve I’m sending you, now be fair with all you meet
Do bless all your enemies, just wipe the dust off your feet
Now be cunning as a serpent but you be harmless as a dove
And throughout your commission do show the true power of love.

You are now ready, teach all the Good News, never be afraid
And be always ready to serve and one day you’ll be repaid
It will not be easy but not impossible for you
And in the end you will win no matter what some do.

My special twelve I’m sending you, now be fair with all you meet
Do bless your enemies, just wipe the dust off your feet
Now be cunning as a serpent but you be harmless as a dove
And throughout your commission do show the true power of love.

And throughout your commission do show the true power of love
Show the true power of love, show the true power of LOVE!

 

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Scripture & Prayer: Heavenly Father, Please Deliver Us From The Spirit Of Offense! (Jolie)

Scripture & Prayer: Heavenly Father, Please Deliver Us From The Spirit Of Offense! (Jolie)

” ‘Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!'” (Matt. 18:7). NKJV

 “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them” (Ps. 119:165). KJV

Offended couple standing with crossed arms in studio and looking at camera.

Heavenly Father, please deliver us from the spirit of OFFENSE. It’s a very prevalent issue with many, many of us! Being offended means that we get upset, annoyed, resentful (or much worse) when we feel that someone has insulted us or done something wrong against us.

Some of us get offended easily. OR, if we’re honest, we’ll admit that we’ve been horribly offended at something and we have not truly dealt with it yet. 

Maybe someone has called us names or ridiculed us.

Maybe someone has rejected us, excluded us, or deserted us.

Maybe someone has mocked us, or persecuted us.

Maybe someone has lied about us, betrayed us.

Maybe someone even looked at us wrong…

There are countless ways that we can be offended. But the questions is, what have we done about it?

For many of us, Lord, we try to pretend that we’re “fine,” and that it didn’t hurt. Because we’re Christians, we tried to rise above the offense and act like what the person did against us didn’t affect us – when it really did! We try to shove it way down and act like the offense isn’t there.

But that’s pride! Forgive us, God. Usually, when we have the “I’m Fine” attitude, the root of that is pride. It can often mean that we’re covering up something. So in this instance, saying “I’m fine” when we’re actually offended, prevents us from confronting the hurt and dealing with it and moving on.

Lord, You want us to understand that the reason why offense is such a big deal, is because if we hold onto it, it leads to other sins. The sins connected to offense are unforgiveness, hatred, resentment, bitterness, rage, gossip, slander… Some people hold onto an offense for years, even decades. And in the process, they’ve opened themselves up to a whole host of evil spirits (some are listed above).

Lord, as a self-assessment, we should ask ourselves:

Do we get angry when thinking about certain people?

Do we or have we gossiped about them?

Do we have a hard time praying for them?

Do we avoid certain people, ignore their calls, or try to steer clear of them?

Do we feel jealousy  or other sinful thoughts towards them?

Do we (deep down inside) wish them harm?

Do we find it hard to rejoice when these people are blessed?

If we answered “yes” to any of these questions, then we very likely have unforgiveness (and other sins we must repent of and be delivered from) that came in through an offense.

Lord, please show us our true nature. Open our eyes to the true condition of our hearts. Please reveal to us ANY one we need to forgive for how they’ve offended us in the past (through any thing they’ve either said or done to or against us).

Set us free, Lord God, from the spirit of offense. 

As we forgive and renounce all resentment and anger towards people, Lord, we can then receive deliverance from the tormenting spirits that came in with the offense.

Deliver us, Lord God, from the spirit of offense! We don’t want to be offended. May we be so in love with You, Lord, and so aware of Your deep, DEEP love for us, that anything anyone says or does against us – doesn’t move us. Lord, You said that offenses must come. It’s inevitable to live in this world and not be offended. However, may we be so focused on You that we can easily let go of all offenses. May we be so aware of who we are in YOU, that we are secure and able to quickly withstand offenses and get back on track with You, our precious Lord! Also, You said that those who love Your law (the Word of God) have great peace, and NOTHING shall offend them. So we believe that, Lord. We declare in great faith that NOTHING shall offend us as we truly find all our safety, love, satisfaction and refuge in Your holy Word and under the shadow of Your wings. In Jesus’s most holy name, amen.

 

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The Judgment Seat of Christ – by Leonard Ravenhill

The Judgment Seat of Christ – by Leonard Ravenhill

The Judgment Seat Of Christ

The Judgment Of Believers

 Seat of Christ

by
Leonard Ravenhill

 
“For we shall all stand before the Judgment Seat Of Christ.” Romans 14:10 KJV
 

I want to tell you a story about when I was a young boy going to school. You know, I didn’t mind school too much, but in those days I was very envious of the school Captain. His name was Renton, and he sat just across the aisle from me. He was the best soccer player in the school and that’s what I wanted to be. He was the best at cricket, and I liked cricket. He was the best runner we had, and I liked running. He was not only an excellent athlete, but a very good artist as well. And on top of all that, he was the smartest guy in the whole school.

If I could ever save up my stomachaches, I’d save them until the day before the final exam. But my mother was smart. She knew I was saving them up. I don’t know how she knew, but she always did. I’d get up that morning and say, “Oh mother, I don’t feel good at all. I think I should stay home today.” But she’d always say, “You can stay home tomorrow – but not today.” But staying home tomorrow wouldn’t do me any good because today was the day of the final exam. Today was the day of judgment!

I know Renton never felt like that because whenever we had a test, as soon as the questions were put down on the board, he would get his paper and dash through them. He was through the first two or three subjects before I’d even gotten the thing read. He and another fellow used to say, “Oh boy, exams!” They knew they’d be first and second in the class when the grades came out, and so they were excited about taking the test. Final exams didn’t scare them. These boys were always at the top. They were not afraid of the Day of Judgment. They were not afraid – because they were prepared for it.

QUALITY NOT QUANTITY

For we are Gods fellow workers; you are Gods field, Gods building. According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building upon it. But let each man be careful how he builds upon it. For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man builds upon the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each mans work will become evident; for the day will show it, because it is to be revealed with fire; and the fire itself will test the quality of each mans work. (I Cor. 3:9-13)

The above scripture is talking about the day all believers will stand before the Lord. When every follower of Jesus will account for his life and his deeds before all of heaven itself. Notice what it says very carefully, “…the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work.” Not how much work, but rather what kind of work. Not the quantity but the quality. This scripture is speaking of your whole life’s work. In other words, your life’s work can be wood or hay or straw – or it can be silver, gold, or costly stones. And on that day, the fire will put it to the final test. What fire? The Bible tells that God is love, but it also tells us that He is a consuming fire as well. (Heb. 12:29)

Paul continues by saying, “If any man’s work which he had built upon it remains, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved, yet so as through fire.” (I Cor. 3:14-15) This illustration would be extremely significant to the people of Corinth that Paul was speaking to, because not too long before this was written, their whole city was devastated by fire. They all knew firsthand what damage fire could do. When the fire swept through Corinth, every house that was built out of wood, hay, or straw, was devastated and left in ashes. But the more wealthy people there had houses built with beautiful pillars of granite and some even had houses built totally out of marble. These houses made of costly stones were still standing after the fire swept through, though they were obviously very badly scorched.

YOUR LIFE INVESTMENT

Let’s visualize it another way. One man is given $10,000 and he invests it in wood – maybe some lovely mahogany. So this man’s entire life work is made out of wood. It’s very beautiful, but when the fire goes through it, what do you have? All you have is ashes, maybe up to your ankles, and that’s all there is left. The next man is given $10,000 and he invests it in hay. Another man given the same amount invests all of it in straw. Does that sound foolish? Well, people do it every day. Why? Because if you put $10,000 into hay or straw, it looks like you are getting a lot for your money. You could probably buy half the straw in Texas for $10,000, but boy you’re going to have a mess when the fire gets to it. Instead of ashes to your ankles, or ashes to your knees, it’ll be up to your nose maybe. But that’s what some lives are going to be like: wood, hay, stubble – then ashes.

Now let’s look at a few people who made much wiser investments. There’s a man over here who has $10,000, and he invests it in gold (he won’t get much at $400 an ounce, will he?). The next man invests $10,000 in silver, and another man invests the same amount in costly stones. Each of the six men I’ve just spoken of had the same amount of money, but they all chose different things to invest it in. Now, we are talking about your life’s work. Do you get the picture? Our whole life, from the very moment we begin to witness for Christ, including all of our service and our labor for Him, is going to be tested by fire. We must be very careful to make wise investments, or in the end, all that will be left is ashes.

ETERNAL VALUE

Will our life’s work stand the test of the fire when we come before the Lord? Will it have lasting eternal value – or will it end up in ashes? There’s an interesting difference between wood, hay, straw – and gold, silver, and costly stones. Wood, hay, and stubble are found above the ground. They catch the eye, just like many people’s ministries do. They are quite plentiful and easy to find. On the other hand, silver, gold, and precious stones are found below the ground. Nobody sees them – again, like many people’s ministries. They’re not just lying around in a field somewhere for anyone to pick up. They are much harder to come by, in fact it takes a lot of hard work to get them. That’s why they are so expensive. They are of much higher quality than many other things, and much more rare, too. Again, it’s the quality, not the quantity that sets their value. Many things are difficult in the Christian life, but we should desire to acquire those things which will hold their value, not only on earth, but in heaven as well.

MINISTRY AND MONEY

Every person’s life, including all of his ministry, is going to pass through the fire. There’s a lot of public ministry that’s going to go down in flames on that day, my brothers. The fire is going to take the big showy life of every man and burn it until only a bunch of ashes is left. I’m tired of seeing these fellows begging for money on television. I believe every dime that comes into any ministry will need to be answered for before the Judgment Seat of Christ one day. Jesus talked about these men who’d go and take widows’ houses. (Luke 20:46-47) Well, that’s what many are doing now. And they’re not satisfied that you give while you’re living, they ask you to hand over your house and all the rest to them in your will. They’re going to give an account to God in that day, but I believe we’re are also going to give an account.

A brother was telling me this week that when he got baptized and went down into the water, he suddenly realized that he had his wallet in his pocket. Not many wallets get baptized! We kind of say, “Lord, You look after my sins. I’ll look after the rest.” You’ll give an account to God for every penny you’ve earned since you became the property of Jesus Christ. He doesn’t just take your sins – He takes all of you.

Oh yes, many may want to get filled with the Holy Ghost and get a bank balance, but how many of you are big enough to say, “Lord, in this crucial hour in human history, let me fill up with the sufferings of Christ”? Can He share His sorrow with you? Are you prepared to challenge demon power and say, “Listen, I’ve moved into the place where the Apostle Paul was when he said, ‘I glory in tribulations and necessities and reproaches’”? Watch out though, because if you’re going to get mature in God, all the dwarfs around you will criticize you and sneer at you and say, “Trying to be holier than the rest of us, huh? So you don’t have time for basketball or going to see a baseball game?” No, maybe you don’t, but that’s nobody’s business but yours and God’s.

Do you get so near to the heart of God that you share His grief over the world and over the backslidden church that we have today? One of the most famous preachers in the country recently called at nearly midnight and said, “I’ve come to this conclusion: God Almighty has already taken His hand off America – for the simple reason that we’ve had so much light and we’ve rejected it!” It’s not only true that we live in a world of bankrupt politics, we live in a world (this is the most tragic part of all) of a bankrupt church.

WILL CHRISTIANS BE JUDGED?

I heard a woman say not long ago, “Well, praise the Lord. I’m glad I don’t have to account for anything when I go to heaven. There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Wait a minute, you can never isolate a scripture by itself. There’s no condemnation for our past sins, and I’m sure we are all mighty glad of that. But God was always saying to Israel, “Remember when thou wast a bondsman in Egypt… remember your sin… remember your iniquity.”

You might say, “It doesn’t say the Christians are going to be judged out of the books.” Yes, I think it does. Where? In Malachi. (Mal.3:16) It says that God has a Book of remembrance, and I think it would do you good before you go to bed every night this week to ask God, “What did You put in Your book today for my life?” It doesn’t have to be some outward act. You can worship God on a tractor. It may not be the best way, but you can do it.

The Bible says that “we shall all stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ.”(Rom. 14:10 KJV) I think that scripture means just what it says.

THE HOLY DEAD

A hymn writer says, “From earth’s wide bounds and ocean’s farthest coast, through gates of pearl, stream in a countless host, singing Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, Hallelujah.”

All the saints of all the ages are going to be there. There’s another old hymn and probably not very many of you could recite it, but I’ll bet most of you know the chorus: “Oh, when the saints go marching in.” You know, they dance to that every night down in New Orleans. They shuffle their feet along Bourbon Street and have a great time, but that song is not for them, it’s for the REDEEMED. It says, “When the saints go marching in.” The saints will march into heaven in a multitude which no man can number.

I can’t wait to see all the saints of all the ages. Man, I’ll be thrilled to look at Isaiah and Jeremiah and those major and minor prophets. We’ll be looking around and saying, “Hey, there’s Abraham. I didn’t think he’d look quite like that.” But he’s going to be there, all right. And just think of seeing Matthew and Mark and Luke and John and everybody in Acts. Won’t it be wonderful to see those men who walked with Jesus!

Let’s think about Paul for a moment. He gave his intellect to God. He wrote about 14 epistles and traveled all over Asia Minor. He was lashed at the post 195 times. He was in weariness and fastings and pain and tribulation and distress and famine and nakedness. He was subjected to false brethren and to perils of the deep. What do you think his reward is going to be for living a life like that? GRACE is free, but REWARDS are not free. You might say, “But you’re talking about works.” Sure I am – because God did. Jesus did!

COSTLY STONES

Silver, gold, precious stones. What are the precious stones? When I read that, I think of the breastplate that was on the priests in the Old Testament. It was divided by four rows of stones – three stones in each row. Each stone was different. Each stone stood for the name of one of the 12 tribes of Israel. The priest wore the breastplate over his heart as he went into the Holy Place to pray for the sins of the people. How do you handle this? Do you enter the holiest place of all to make intercession for the sins of the people? Do you enter into intercession at all? This is only possible through the blood of Christ and the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

Intercession is our job now. We don’t need to send a priest into the Holy of Holies. We can go ourselves! The New Testament tells us that we are all priests – that we are a part of the Royal Priesthood. (I Peter 2:9) Do you wonder why the world is poor and sick outside? Because we really don’t know how to pray, that’s why! Because we’re satisfied that we’ve left our lousy living and we don’t drink or lust or damn ourselves every day. We’re Christians now…and we’re so content and so happy and so satisfied.

SILVER

The silver… what is the silver? I guess you can interpret it in different ways. But I like to think of the scripture in the book of Proverbs that says, “The tongue of the righteous is as choice silver.” (Proverbs 10:20) I believe that the silver may signify the words that we speak. I believe that God has an eternal record of every word we have spoken since we’ve been saved. That may be embarrassing. Oh, we won’t be ashamed of the good things we’ve said, but what about our idle words? You know, the gossip, the slander, the criticism, the prejudice. What about the time when somebody upset you and instead of being quiet, you just spilled out everything that was on your heart at that moment? And can you think of all the awesome words we’ve preached to thousands of people over the years? We’re going to answer for every word – and the fire is going to be put to them. Will they be wood, hay, or stubble – or will they abide the fire?

GOLD

What is gold a sign of? I believe it’s a sign of our devotion to God. If I could have a small melting pot here, I’d put your $10,000 worth of gold in it and melt it down. What happens when you burn gold? Nothing! It just changes from solid to liquid, but you don’t reduce it. Can you see all the saints standing in heaven? And there’s Leonard Ravenhill – standing before Christ whose eyes are filled with holiness. The whole place is breathing holiness. There in the presence and the majesty of an awesome God, the record of my poor life is read before all the saints of all the ages. And He puts the fire to my devotional life. Am I just a good showman? I sure like to preach because God called me to preach. I don’t care how I preach, and I don’t care whether you believe me either. I’m not responsible for that. I preach out of my heart all I believe, and I’d die for it. But say, am I just a showman? What’s my secret life like?

I’ve said it many times and I’ll say it again – no man is greater than his prayer life. I don’t care how big his organization is. Let me live with a man awhile and share his prayer life, and I’ll tell you how tall I think he is, or how majestic I think he is in God. What’s your devotional life like right now? Would you like Gabriel to hand down the book of your devotional life for the last month so it could be read out loud at church this Sunday? The gold is going to be tried through our devotional life.

GREAT MEN OF PRAYER

You’ll discover this: The men that have been the most heroic for God have been the men with the greatest devotional life. America has produced some of the greatest prayer warriors in the world. John Hyde was one of them. I knew someone who had prayed with him, and they said it was just awesome when this man went into prayer. There s a little book out on him called “Praying Hyde” that would be well worth your reading. Edward Payson, better known as Praying Payson of Portland, was another great prayer warrior. He used to kneel at the side of his bed and pray and pray and pray. When they washed his body for burial, they found great big pads on his knees like a camel has. Tradition says that James had camel’s knees but it’s a living fact that Payson had them. When they were washing him, somebody said, “What abnormal knees. They’re heavy with callouses.” That’s because he used to pray at the side of his bed with energy – and he wore two grooves about six or seven inches long into that hard floor where he used to pray and make intercession.

One day I was in the Bible School of Wales and there was dear Mrs. Rees Howells (her husband was dead now). We stood on the terrace and she turned and said, “Do you see the room there?” I said, “Yes, I see that room.” “That door?” “Yes.” “Daddy (meaning her husband) went through that door at six o’clock in the morning and he stayed there until six o’clock at night every day for 11 months except the one day that his mother died.”

Let’s preview eternity and look at all the apostles and all the saints of all the ages. Look, there’s Charles Finney with his amazing revivals. There’s William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army. There’s John Wesley. Here are all the great heroic figures we’ve all read about, and they are all watching while the book is handed down and somebody’s going to read the record. Would you volunteer and say, “Well, I’ll be happy to read my record to this multitude”?

Suppose I say, “Gabriel, hand me the record for the year of 1724.” When I open the book to that year and go to the “B’s,” I find the name, David Brainerd. He was a young American who died at the age of 28. All he possessed was a cowhide that he wore with a rope tied around it. He used to ride over the Susquehanna River to follow the Indians. David had a severe case of tuberculosis and only weighed about 95 pounds. I remember reading his diary once. He said, “I got up this morning and the Indians were still committing adultery and drinking and beating their tom-toms and shouting like hell itself. I prayed from a half hour after sunrise to a half hour before sunset. There was nowhere to pray in the Indian camp. I went into the woods and knelt in the snow. It was up to my chin.” No, he didn’t have a heater with him or anything else. He was just there in the frigid snow, tuberculosis and all. He continued, “I wrestled in prayer until a half hour before sunset, and I could only touch the snow with the tips of my fingers. The heat of my body had melted the snow.” What amazing intercessory prayer!

Well, God pity us. We can’t even get people into our churches to pray, and we have velvet cushions on the seats and nice stuff on the floor so our darling little knees won’t get hurt. David Brainerd, Praying Payson of Portland, John Hyde, and Rees Howells – when God puts the fire to their devotional life, I don’t think there will be anything lost. It won’t be wood, it won’t be hay, and it won’t be stubble.

TRUE JOY

I’m embarrassed to be part of the Church today because I believe it’s an embarrassment to a holy God. Most of our joy is clapping our hands and having a good time and then afterwards we talk all the nonsense of the world. We’re overboard on laughter and happiness. There’s an old saying in the world, “Laugh and the world laughs with you.” I change it and say, “Laugh and the Church laughs with you, but weep and you weep alone.”

Because there isn’t enough real joy in the house of God, we need entertainment. Entertainment is the devil’s substitute for joy. Because there isn’t enough power in the house of God, people are always looking for something to take its place. We point the finger at the world, but we need to turn to the Church and say we’d better all get sackcloth and ashes and humble ourselves and say “Almighty God!” When I see the Church in the New Testament, they didn’t have stately buildings or paid evangelists or a lot of money (they couldn’t get on television and beg!) But I’ll tell you what they turned the world upside-down!

Have you ever seen the little plaque that reads, “Only one life, ‘twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last”? Well, that’s not what the poet wrote. The poet wrote this: “Only one life, ‘twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last. And when I am dying, how happy I’ll be, if the lamp of my life has been burned out for Thee.” Do you think all Christians die happy? Not on your life! Some of them die as miserable as sinners. Why? Because they’ve misused their time and wasted their lives. Many of you have laid dying on a hospital bed and prayed, “Lord, if You would only spare me I’ll do this, that, or the other.” Well, have you done it?

I discovered this poem the other day and I want to share it with you.

“His Plan For Me”

When I stand at the Judgment Seat of Christ
And He shows His plan for me,
The plan of my life as it might have been
Had He had His way – and I see
How I blocked Him here ,and checked Him there,
And I would not yield my will,
Will there be grief in my Savior’s eyes,
Grief though He loves me still?
Would He have me rich and I stand there poor,
Stripped of all but His grace,
While memory runs like a hunted thing,
Down the paths I cannot retrace.
Lord, of the years that are left to me,
I give them to Thy hand;
Take me and break me and mold me,
To the pattern that Thou hast planned!

-Author Unknown

The only thing that will tie me in victory continually, through the blood of Christ, is that I give Him my adoration and my tribute every day. It’s more than my service. It’s more than giving money. But I need to love Him, magnify Him, and adore Him. I need to take Him, as it were, by the feet and worship Him. If we will do this, then we will experience real joy and lasting happiness.

CROWNS, CROWNS, CROWNS!

I don’t believe there will be any envy in heaven, but I could remind you that there are at least five crowns to be given in reward. Paul says the Lord will give him a crown of righteousness, which he says the Lord will not only give to him, but to all those who love His appearing. (II Tim. 4:8) There’s a crown for the martyrs – those who have died and those yet to die. Crowns, crowns, crowns! We won’t all be the same in heaven. There will be great distinctions there. When you see a political convention, you see people holding up signs from California or somewhere. Well, maybe there will be signs in heaven. “These are the Prayer Warriors.” “These are the Great Sufferers.” “These are the Travailers.” “These are the Missionaries.” “These are the Failures.” All kinds of people are going to be listed in that Great Day. There will be great distinctions between people in heaven.

There was a little woman in Ireland who had two shops. She paid all the family expenses with what she made from one shop and she saved all the money that came in from the other shop for missions. She ended up sending four of her children to the mission field and she financed each one of them. Man, she’s going to have a reward some day, isn’t she? Because she was doing it as unto Him!

Take a look at the dying thief. Oh, he’ll be in heaven all right because Jesus said he would – but he wasted his life. Then look at John Wesley for example. He was saved soundly when he was 35 years of age, and he served the Lord for the next 53 years. You couldn’t think that the dying thief, a man who got in at the last tick of the clock, is going to have the same reward as John Wesley, could you? Wesley made an awful lot of money. Do you know what he did with it? He built orphanages and churches. He printed Bibles and hymn books. There was no time wasted in his life. He was methodical and systematic. He went to dinner with the greatest man in English literature and the man said, “Now you’ve finished dinner, let’s fold our legs under the table and have a nice time of conversation.” Wesley said, “I’m sorry, I have to go.” “But it’s not yet nine o’clock, why are you going?” Wesley said, “I have an appointment in the morning at four o’clock.” At four o’clock tomorrow morning?” “Every morning of my life,” he said. “With whom?” “With God.” He disciplined his life. He disciplined his body in eating. He disciplined his hand in his pocket.

He’ll stand at the Judgment Seat of Christ… an awesome prospect for any of us.

THE FRAGRANCE OF WORSHIP

I heard the story for years, about the woman who came to Jesus with an alabaster box of ointment, – before I understood it – before I realized that she came for one reason only. She came to worship Jesus. How do I know? Because she brought the most sacrificial gift she had and because she never said a word while she was there.

How do I know? Because she didn’t wash His feet with water, but with her tears. She didn’t dry His feet with a towel, but she dried His feet with the hair of her head. And she poured out that costly fragrance and then wiped His feet. So what happened? The fragrance she poured out on Him came back on her.

Do you wonder why your life isn’t more fragrant? It’s because you don’t take time to be holy. You don’t take time to be with Jesus. Because you think all the knowledge you get at Bible school is enough. Oh no, God isn’t going to measure your intellect. He’s going to try your life with His fire. Did you get up this morning and thank God you were pure? Did you thank Him that He broke that devilish fever you used to have for sniffing cocaine or something? Are you really glad you’re not a prostitute anymore, but now you’re a part of the Bride of the Lamb instead? Are you glad He removed your bad temper and all those creepy horrible things that used to master you?

I think again of a statement A.W. Tozer made to me once. He said, “Len, you know, we’ll hardly get our feet out of time into eternity that we’ll bow our heads in shame and humiliation. We’ll gaze on eternity and say, ‘Look at all the riches there were in Jesus Christ, and I’ve come to the Judgment Seat almost a pauper.’” For God had not only given us Jesus Christ – He has with Him freely given us all things. (Rom. 8:32)

A DIFFERENT PEOPLE

I remember crossing a square in the city of Bath in the 1940s. I saw two very fine young ladies – well, one was a young lady and the other was only a girl. They were beautifully dressed and as they marched across that square I thought, “There’s something different about those girls.” Then I discovered that they were princesses. It was our present Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth, and her sister, Margaret. They were part of English royalty, and you know, there was a dignity about them very different from anybody else who walked there. Well, as Christians, we are part of GOD’S Royal Family, and it should be evident to all that we meet that we are a different type of people. If we can’t live as a different people on this earth, we’ve no right to live here. We shouldn’t be affected by changing customs or changing styles or changing opinions, or whether the stock market goes up or down, or whether the clouds are gathering for war. Those things don’t make any difference. We ought to live every day as though we’ve come out of another world into this world – but with the power of that world still upon us. We should live and speak and move in that power, and have our whole being in Jesus Christ!

BAPTISM OF OBEDIENCE

That final day is going to be awesome. Have you figured how you’ll get on when you stand there? You and I will stand there alone on that day and be judged for every aspect of our lives – for our praying, our giving, our talking, and our doing. I still believe in the majesty of that eternal court, with the King of kings and the Lord of lords and the Judge of judges. You see, there’s no possibility of any rehearsal, and what’s more, there’s no possibility of any repetition. Because, again, this is the Final Judgment, and to some God will say, “Come, ye blessed,” but to others He’ll say, “Depart from Me.” No, it’s not so simple to be a Christian after all. It’s a majestic thing.

We ought to live our lives conscious of eternity – ready to be cut off at any moment. If you were to stand before the Lord at this very moment, would you like your life story read by all the millions in eternity? None of the outcasts of hell are going to be there. Won’t it be wonderful – or will it? Or do you think you might shrink a bit when you hear how God used David Brainerd or John Wesley or some little washer-woman that had a life of intercession?

There’s no burden too heavy, or no situation too hard for the one that you love. If we are love controlled, love motivated, and love energized, it will be all right when we stand up there, because if there’s anything about love – it’s obedient. We need to become a people who are baptized with obedience. We need to be submissive to the total will of God, not concerned about human opinion, and not asking for more to spend on ourselves. We need to say, “Oh God, I want this life of mine to glorify You, so that when I stand in Your awesome presence, as John says, I shall not be ashamed at Your appearing.” (I John 2:28)

Leonard Ravenhill, 3/20/2012

Except where otherwise noted, all Scriptures are quoted from the New American Standard Bible, © The Lockman Foundation 1977. Scripture quotations marked KJV are from the King James Version.

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I AM BACK; SORRY BUT I HAD A MAJOR COMPUTER GLITZ TODAY! Divine Intervention Or ?

I AM BACK; SORRY BUT I HAD A MAJOR COMPUTER GLITZ TODAY! Divine Intervention Or ?

I apologize for not posting earlier today but there was a glitz in the computer system and it would not let me on here so here I am back. But I also have a great thing to share with all of you.

I figured if I can’t get on the computer I will go run my errands and as I drove by this intersection there was a bunch of people with signs to end abortion. Well I had to go in the parking lot by them and the Holy Spirit prompted me to go join them. So I went and they came from all over, even from different states. I held up the signs with them and the people driving by were very receptive to us and it was a very peaceful event going on. Satan hates when we all stand in unity and are not bickering with each other. He can’t defeat us when we are in unity and love.

There is more. One lady starts to sing so I decided to stand by her and sing and the lady on my right started to sing too. It was nice. The one that was singing invites me to a Right to Life meeting end of October in my town and gave me her phone number to call her. So at the end there is a short prayer and everyone is leaving but this other lady starts to talk with me that was from Ohio. I think she said Columbus Ohio. Anyway, she was telling me about how the Holy Spirit has worked in her life, she hugs me and gives me her email and I give her the information to come on this site. I gave several people that information to come visit here. She was very nice also and nothing happens by accident. Divine meetings, appointments or whatever one calls them happen a lot when the Holy Spirit wants you to meet someone.

It is amazing how God moves us in different directions and for some reason I am thinking He is now moving to join in the fight to end abortion and to stand up for the unborn who do not have a voice. So I will go on this journey because He never steers me wrong and looks like I might just have met a new local lady friend and one farther away. Some of these people travel to all different states together and this is nice also.

Looking forward to a new direction and a new chapter in my journey with the Lord! He is awesome! I wonder now if the Lord took me off of this computer today so I could be led to do what He needed me to do! hmmm, Because it is working fine now and my computer buddies said there was nothing wrong internally on their computers but just on this one.

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