Heaven’s Grocery Store (POEM)

“I was walking down life’s highway
a long time ago,
and I saw a sign that read:
Heaven’s Grocery Store

As I got a little closer,
the door came wide open,
and as I looked intently,
suddenly I was standing inside.

I saw angels,
they were standing everywhere.
One handed me a basket and said,
“My child shop with care.”

Everything a Christian needed.
was in that grocery store.
All you could carry that day;
and can return the next day for more.

First I got some PATIENCE,
and LOVE was in the same row.
Further down was UNDERSTANDING,
which you need everywhere you go.

I got a box or two of WISDOM,
a bag or two of FAITH.
And I didn’t want to miss out on
the HOLY SPIRIT; He was abundant in this place.

I stepped to get some STRENGTH and COURAGE,
to help me run the race.
By now my basket was getting full,
but I remembered I needed GRACE.

How could I forget SALVATION,
for salvation, well, that was free!
So I tried to get plenty of that,
there was enough to save both you and me.

Then I started up to the counter,
to pay my grocery bill.
I thought I had everything I needed
to do my Master’s will.

As I went up to the last aisle,
I saw PRAYER and grabbed some,
for I knew when I stepped outside,
I would run right into sin.

PEACE and JOY were plentiful,
they were on the last shelf.
SONG and PRAISE were standing near;
so I helped myself.

Then I said to the angel,
“How much do I owe?”
He smiled and said,
“Just take them everywhere you go.”

Again, I smiled at him and said,
“How much do I really owe?”
Again, he smiled and said,
“My child, JESUS PAID ALL THAT YOU OWE,
HE PAID YOUR BILL A LONG, LONG TIME AGO.”

Have you gone shopping lately?

-Author, UNKNOWN

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Speaking of Floods

But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.” ( Genesis 6:8 )

The word “grace” can be seen the first time in the King James Bible in the Old Testament- Genesis 6:8.

Noah, like many of us today, living among the most heinous evil society that world known up to that point, but Noah found grace. God favored him with His intentions about how He was going to destroy the earth- His just judgment how he would be saved and a part of new beginnings on earth.

Genesis 6:8 shows us Noah’s character. “Found” is a simple actionable verb, not a passive one. Noah found favor—grace—in God’s eyes because he was actively looking for it.

Similarly, Adam found no helpmate from among the animals that was suitable for him (Genesis 2:20), and Noah’s dove did not find rest for the sole of her foot (Genesis 8:9). Laban did not find his household images that Rachel had stolen and hidden (Genesis 31:35), and Hilkiah the priest found a book of the law of the Lord given by Moses.

(Ref. 2 Chronicles 34:14-15). God could have used a passive verb as He did in reference to Noah, but He didn’t.

What can we learn from this great man of God?

God intended for us to learn from those of ancients, and most of all, God’s record of events about them:

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

Noah’s life was righteous—in spite of the horrible condition of mankind’s hearts and deeds in the world of his day. He was looking for God’s direction and for the answers to his heart’s quest/questions.

Noah wasn’t just hanging around waiting for the inevitable destruction the flood of water, the judgment that he knew was coming as a result of the awful rebellion and perverted sin that surrounded him. Noah was anticipating a response from God—and when God gave him instruction, Noah “found” the favor that he sought!

Recipient of Grace

Many centuries later, God warned Ezekiel of future judgment that would happen to the land of Israel because of its wickedness. God identified three men—Noah, Daniel, and Job—as examples of the best “righteous” men in history (Ezekiel 14:14, 20). If that comparison has any meaning, Noah was much more than a mere chance recipient of God’s grace.

Job:

Job was “His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.” (Job 1:3).

Job’s livestock resources were enormous. That certainly meant that he was a successful breeder of animals as well as a possible trader/ broker and possibly a source for prized stock. He had a large house/household and land—so much so that “bands” from nearby nations were in want to destroy his wealth.

God had labeled Job “And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?” (Job 1:8). Job was much more than a “nice guy.” He was probably the wealthiest man of his day, and yet he was of such godly character, mind, and heart that God pointed him out him to satan, showing him that men were more dedicated to God and goodness than evil in spite of Job’s wealth, Job stood the test of time and satan looked like a fool- and a fool he is!!

Daniel was one of the king’s descendants and nobles from Judah taken captive by Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 1:3). The account of Daniel and his three godly friends is well known among most Christians, but the experiences of Daniel often overshadow the long life that he led as the leader of the “learned men” of that day. He was commissioned as a “great man” by Nebuchadnezzar and “sat in the gate of the king” (Daniel 2:48-49). Daniel served in some form of senior advisory position for six kings over some 70 years. Not bad for a captive!

God said of Daniel as a “man greatly beloved” (Daniel 10:11). He was privileged to have unusual spiritual insight given to him from God, which he could have used to his personal advantage. But he always made it clear that he was gifted by God’s grace—to whom he always gave credit. Furthermore, God used Daniel to record several of the most remarkable prophecies in all of Scripture. Students of the Bible still discuss the book of Daniel. He was a significant person indeed!

If the comparisons of the righteous men listed in Ezekiel 14 are to be genuine comparisons, Noah must have been a person of significance in his region—if not well known throughout the world of his day. He clearly possessed or had access to the resources and skills needed to accomplish the monumental task that was assigned to him.

The pre-Flood civilization was certainly advanced enough for such an enterprise. The evolutionary cloud has mesmerized most of the world into relegating the “ancient” world into some sort of pre-human existence—living in caves and grass huts with animal skins for clothing; and not much more than that.

The Bible paints a much different picture! There were cities during Noah’s day, as well as developed technology that included metallurgy and the skills to build musical instruments (Genesis 4:17-22). Somebody had to construct the habitations for the growing population, and someone had to coordinate the distribution and development of those manufacturing places that produced the products needed by that society.

The world of Noah was very wicked, but it functioned with much the same needs as our current world. When the Lord Jesus wanted to emphasize the suddenness of the destruction in the coming end-times judgment, He did it by drawing a comparison with the “ordinary” life of the populations around Noah.

And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.” (Luke 17:26-27)

Noah found grace, Noah was fully dedicated to the work of God during his life.

Walked with God

The Bible says that Noah was one of only two men in all of history who “walked with God” (Genesis 6:9). The other is Enoch, who may be more well known since he was taken by God’s and was found no more (Genesis 5:24). Efforts by some to portray Noah as a bumbling, drunken hypocrite are simply not true. God’s commentary is that Noah was “just” and “perfect” (upright, without blemish). The Creator entrusted him with a monumental task that is unique in all of history.

Noah was “just.” That simply means that he was known for his equitable dealings with others, fair and moral. Even in the wicked world that disgusted the Creator, Noah was “justified” in his ways, deeds, thoughts and character- Behaved righteously before God (Genesis 7:1).

Noah was “perfect.” That precious reputation, at least from God’s perspective, means that he was a man without condemnation. His “just” dealings resulted in a “blameless” record. Whatever the wicked people of his day may have said behind his back, they knew that Noah was above reproach. Just as folks today often resort to rumor-mongering and distortion of facts to cover their own guilt or boredom, those around Noah no doubt employed some of the same practices to discredit righteous Noah. He may well have had that kind of treatment, but God saw that he was “perfect.”

Preacher of Righteousness

Peter called Noah a “preacher of righteousness” (2 Peter 2:5). Think of what that means in the context of Genesis 6! The whole earth was “filled with violence” and “every heart” only thought of evil. The social condition (as is today) must have been a real mess. Yet Noah had the guts to stand up publically for the righteous and moral behavior that just about everyone else openly and loudly rejected.

Maybe his extended family and friends were under his influence, but by the time the judgment of God fell, only Noah, his wife, and three of their sons and their wives were willing to follow his leadership into the Ark. Many would consider a ministry with such results a failure today, and yet God insisted that Noah’s “…became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.” (Hebrews 11:7)!

We are not told in Scripture what Noah preached about. Enoch (the other man who walked with God) preached about the return of the Lord in judgment (Jude 1:14-15). Noah may well have preached about the coming judgment of the Flood and the desperate need of the world’s people to turn back to their Creator God for salvation. Whatever he may have preached and however he implemented his heart’s desire, Noah was labeled a “preacher of righteousness” by the only Judge that ultimately counts.

God’s grace is always available. It is not hidden from anyone. But it must be “found” by God’s servants as we “come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

Credit: in most part to Henry M.

In analysis of parts of this write-up, it’s clear about three things: one, We need mercy. Two, we need to find grace in the Lord Jesus; cry out to God and ask for forgiveness. And three, judgments and apocalyptic-style scenarios are happening all around the world. Some judgments are being implemented and it’s time that we seek God’s grace and/ or remember the Lord for His grace and mercy being administered in our lives. The end is not yet; you have time, but don’t wait too long- NOW is the time!. -Moraldiplomat

Luke 21:9 “But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.”

Luke 21:25 “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;…..”

More terrible days are ahead for earth; it’s time to repent, trust God to get us through them and by His grace, avoid some (if not all of them) of them (days).

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A Man After God’s Own Heart

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Wouldn’t it be cool if God spoke that about you?

The Lesson:

When faced with difficult decisions, should we act like King David or King Saul?

Proverbs 3:5 and 6 (King James version ) encourages us to: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”

King David and King Saul are as antithetical as any two people in the Bible. If we look at some of the defining moments in their lives, we see two men with drastically different outlooks on life.

The Observation:

When faced with a decision, Saul’s first thought was basically, “Is this pleasing to me?”

King David’s first thought usually was basically, “Is my choice pleasing to the Lord?”

Let’s look at some examples: When preparing to fight the Philistines, King Saul was impatient, disobedient and showed contempt for the Lord when he failed to wait seven days for Samuel to come and offer the sacrifice at Gilgal. Though he knew it was against the law, he went ahead and offered it himself! (1 Sam. 13:12)

David, on the other hand, exercised patience, obedience and reverence for the Lord throughout his life, actually waiting for years resting in the Lord’s timing for his kingdom to be established.

Saul was disobedient when he spared king Agag and the best of the livestock of the Amalekites. (Partial obedience is disobedience).

David was careful to follow the commands of the Lord, even during battle.

Saul made rash proclamations that he did not follow through with. For example; Saul commanded that no one eat any food on the day of a battle. He said cursed be any man if they did. His son, Jonathan, not knowing about the order, ate some honey. Saul, at the urging of the people, did not follow though with his rash proclamation.

David was careful about the promises he made. He kept his promises. Even after King Saul’s son, Jonathan’s, death, David kept his promise, treating Mephibosheth, Jonathan’s lame son, well.

Many times before making an important decision, Saul did not seek or inquire of the Lord. Nor did he, on a regular basis.

David was constantly inquiring of the Lord for guidance.

Saul was more interested in what the people thought of him than what the Lord wanted him to do. We see this time after time…. offering the sacrifice before Samuel arrived…. sparing Agag…. saving the best livestock…. eating at the witch of Endor’s house etc.

David, on the other hand, was much more interested in what pleased God. When Shimei, the Benjamite, threw stones at David, David did not retaliate but understood it was part of the punishment for his sin concerning Uriah the Hittite and Bathsheba his wife.

In Contrast:

Another interesting contrast between these two men was how they responded when they had sinned. Both said “I have sinned”. Saul did not show sincere repentance when he said to Samuel the priest in his next breath, “I Have sinned, but honereth me before the people.”

When David sinned and then repented, the Bible says that in his remorse he did not even allow servants to attend him. He had a changed heart.

Our Application:

How can we apply this to our lives? What can we do to avoid being a “Saul” and be more like David, a “man after God’s own heart”?

We should acknowledge the Lord as well as inquire of Him in all situations.

We should fear, honor and reverence God and not treat Him or His grace as something common or unholy.

We should trust the Lord and not give in to fear.

We should obey the Lord with our whole heart, not just partial obedience or an outward showing.

We should be careful in what we promise and do that which we said. If we are doing something out of obedience to the Lord, we should not worry what others think. We should care more what God thinks.

When we do fail, we need to be truly repentant, not just before men, but before God.

Honoring and obeying the Lord should be the first thing we do, not the last thing we think of.

Acts 13:22

“And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.”

Credit:  Tom B.

Thanks Tom!

Strong Women vs. Women Of Strength

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A strong woman works out everyday to keep her body in shape…
But a woman of strength builds relationships to keep her soul in shape

A strong woman isn’t afraid of anything…
But a woman of strength shows courage in the midst of fear.

A strong woman won’t let anyone get the better of her…
But a woman of strength gives the best of herself to everyone.

A strong woman makes mistakes and avoids the same in the future…
A woman of strength realizes she makes mistakes but God will turn an issue into blessings, because she loves and trusts Him.

A strong woman wears a look of confidence on her face…
But a woman of strength wears grace.

A strong woman has faith that she is strong enough for the journey…
But a woman of strength has faith that it is in the journey that she will become strong.

Which one are you?

Credit: Caroline, Ireland

Thanks Caroline

Eph 6:10 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

Deut 31:6 “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

1 Cor 11:8 “For the man is not of the woman: but the woman of the man.
1 Cor 11:9 “Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.

Airplanes And Airports

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This is surely one of the easier subjects that I will touch on. Airplanes are part of our everyday life. It does not have a direct impact on our everyday life, but most of us have traveled in one, or if not, wished that there was an opportunity to get into one and feel how it feels to be so high in the air. The topic came to me in prayer this morning. The Holy Spirit made it so clear to me while I was praying / pleading for my sister and her family.

If we look at an airplane, it is beautiful and also technologically very, very advanced. While it is flying, one can only wonder at the design and power that keep this steel bird in the air. One crucial thing about these steel birds is that after every flight, they need to be checked up; the engines, the wheels, the body, every part. This is for safety reasons and to prolong the usable life of the plane.

The plane cannot be serviced or fixed while it is in the air. It needs to land at an airport. At the airport there are technicians, mechanics, workshops, in actual fact, at most airports there is every conceivable service available to get a plane airworthy again. It can be serviced, refueled, cleaned and be ready to depart again. With a loaded tank, the plane will be able to reach almost any destination on earth, but every plane is limited to the amount of fuel it can take in the tanks, which means that it cannot make every destination in one continues flight. It needs to put down to fill up again.

In my life, and also in everyone else’s lives, we need a place where we can refuel, where we can be repaired and fixed. In our lives, God is our airport and we need to frequent the airport for refueling, for repairs, for cleanups etc.

How often do we take off without having enough fuel, without a proper service? Like at the airport, where everything is available, God has everything that we need to use (flying off). God has every answer for every question.

How often do we stop for a service? Even people that have been walking a long way with God need to refuel every day. The closer your relationship is with God, the more often you will refuel; the more often you will stop for the check-up, for those repairs that need to be done before the faulty part will cause you to fall / crash.

One thing you need to remember is that the airport will never move. The plane needs to get back to the airport to be able to land and to be serviced. If the plane has an emergency, it can do an emergency landing, because at the airport there are people trained for emergencies, there are fire trucks ready to assist and there are procedures for emergency landings.

How often do we expect God to come to us, to rescue us from problems? We need to remember that we have to return to God. We can make emergency landings because God is ready and geared for every situation.

With a crippled plane, the control tower will guide the plane and direct it as to help it as much as possible to land safely. So will God always try and help His children to get back to Him. He is the only one that can fix the problem; He is the only one that knows exactly where a problem exists and what the perfect solution is for it!

In actual fact – God loves our emergencies, because it brings us to Him so He can work wonders, so He can fix to perfection. He doesn’t need our advice nor does He need our help to fix the problem. He is eagerly awaiting our return to Him. We need to start refueling more often, we need to allow repairs to small parts, to major parts, and just allow ourselves to stand in the hanger and get a proper cleanup and fix up.

Do you have regular checkups? How often do you go back to God for His advice, for His cure, for His help? Where is your airport and how well is it equipped? Is the manufacturer of your plane available or do you allow ‘unqualified’ mechanics to work on your plane? (It is like taking your Mercedes to a Toyota garage to be repaired!) Can it handle everything?

Can your airport handle traffic regardless of weather, storms, darkest nights or even raging tornadoes? Are all the lights on your landing strip working? Is your airport available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 day a year? Do your mechanics ever report being sick or tired?

I know that my God never slumbers or sleeps. He never tires and is there whenever you need Him! Where can you find someone more qualified than God to help you, to give you rest and to repair whatever is damaged regardless of how badly damaged you are?

Do you have to pay the people at your airport to keep them working? I know that God gives to me when I ask. I don’t need to wonder because God knows all my thoughts – even before I know them myself! You can never out think or out-give God.

How far away is your airport? God is only a prayer away – He is right there! There are so many verses in the Bible that tell us about God’s grace and abundance, His mercy and how He cares for us. Won’t you allow God to be your portion, your rock, and your Saviour? God created you – He knows you better than anybody else, He know exactly where and how to repair and what is necessary for the repairs!

Do you want to fly high? Do you want to fly ‘free’? Do you? God is waiting for you to stop for the ultimate repairs at the only airport where your repairs will not cost you and where you’ll be able to refuel with the “living water” that only God can give to you.

He will give to you in abundance and He is will provide in full. God never leaves a job half finished. He always completes what He started and God never made anyone that was not worth His attention or that couldn’t come to Him! Take the murderer on the cross, when he asked Jesus to forgive him. Jesus did it without any questions asked! God invites everyone that is tired to come to Him to be revived! Make the decision and take the right action, right now is the best time there will ever be!

Credit: Chris P.

*Thanks Chris! Well said!

We Just Have To Believe

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One night my brother and I sat in our basement discussing our problems, one in particular, our father. Our father had just recently turned himself in for stealing.

He had stolen from us, (his own sons, which totaled to be quite a large sum), other family members and who knows who else. You see my father has a compulsive gambling problem, which has lead him to lose everything in his life including his family.

But that night as my brother and I talked, I mentioned to him that although our father has done so many terrible things, I still loved him greatly. My brother said he felt the same but this greatly confused me and made me feel lost.

As we talked, I brought up the Bible, God, and Jesus Christ. I told him there was a passage I wanted to read to him. So I went and retrieved my Bible from my bedroom. I couldn’t remember exactly where the passage was but as I was searching, I came across a passage that has forever changed me. It was “2 Corinthians 9:8”

As I read the passage I realized why God can forgive and love us even after we have committed such harsh sins. I don’t believe I had stumbled onto this passage by accident. God shows his meanings to all of us, we just have to believe.

2 Corinthians 9:8 “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: …”