Will your Fakebook (I mean Facebook) page stand the test??? Moreover, will Google also play a roll in whether or not your site will come up on searches if your site/name or Facebook, does not “fit the bill?” I’d check it often.
Ya know, I was thinking about how easy it is for us all to see a problem coming. Regardless of what you believe, want to argue or debate; the truth is, we can see what could be perceived as a judgment; certainly a trial or tribulation. Possibly even a death sentence for many. Will it be you?
Back in Noah’s day, people were warned, but sadly, they paid no heed to Noah, nor God. They repented not. And yes, they saw the impending judgment, the rain, the waters of the deep, flood from above! And still, even though they saw the danger, did they repent? Was it too late? Did any humans survive? Only eight…..only eight.
Today, we saw, as sadly as it was, Hurricane Harvey, and now Hurricane Irma, with the possibility of more coming. And as we have seen from the past, Hurricanes, whether manufactured by evil men’s technology, mother nature rebelling mankind- unforgiving to millions, climate change…whatever you wish or have been indoctrinated to imagine; the point is….have you even thought of repenting? Telling God you’re sorry you have flaws, failures, have literally rebelled against Him? What if you repented? What if….the storm was a little more gentler when it comes your way. Ya know, as the days continue it seems the name of Jesus becomes to many a bad word, a name to not mention. Oh we say, “God” (and there’s only One) but it to some it’s vague. Why are so many afraid to even mention Jesus’ name?
And……….yet we can say a thousand times the name of a monster, the name of impending judgment- 😦
Maybe it’s time we call out on that name again. What do you think?
The Lord is coming back and I believe it’s soon….not by and by, but soon. Live every day as if it were as soon as tomorrow.
22 “For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. 23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. 24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. 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; 26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. 27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. ”
26 “And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. 27 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. ”
7 And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass? 8 And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. 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. 10 Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: 11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. 12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake. ”
“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 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).
Find the grace YOU need (LINK)
Planting A Survival Cache – Bug Out Survival
*Thanks to Survival Lilly @ Youtube. 🙂
Never forget; ……these people won’t:
If we think about our own lives as being a journey on a bus, surrounded by a great variety of people, all with particular positions on our bus that relate to where they fit into our lives. Some are right there next to us; some behind us; some in front of us… but all are important in playing some role in how we are “positioned” in their lives, and they in ours.
As I write this I am reminded of the movie ‘Speed’ with Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves – where they were all on a bus being controlled by a maniac demanding a ransom. The truth is that all too often our lives can be like that; out of control, with someone else doing the driving. A fearful situation? Of course it is!
The brutal truth is that so many people are living-out that nightmare bus-ride right now! Out of control – and don’t know what they can do about it.
OK, now you’ve got the scene in your mind. In order to get some perspective on our own lives, we need to move to the back seat of the bus for a while, and become the observer of what is really going on.
We need to observe who the most significant people are, and how they are positioned in our lives.
Are they standing over us because they feel superior? Are they moving forward in their own lives and leaving us behind? Are they falling behind us because we’ve chosen to move forward? Are they walking along side of us in the journey……can we stop agreeing to disagree and get right. Because getting right moves us forward. We have to ask and get answered these questions.
So now we are faced with the important question, ‘Who’s driving your bus?’
Is it someone from your past who has dominated you and what you do, even though they may not still be present in your life now? Are they taking you where you want to go? Do you feel like you would like to the bus to stop and let you off? Now here comes the challenge…
From this rear seat of observation, we need to start to move closer to the driver’s seat. It doesn’t matter how long this takes, and it doesn’t matter how much we are challenged by the people who may be trying to block our progress forward. We have to do this for ourselves… starting right now!
Our goal is to be in the driver’s seat of our own lives! We need to stop letting circumstances dictate our arrival time and our destinations.
It is inevitable that we are going to be challenged, and that’s when we need courage!
Yes – we will all take different lengths of time to move forward… that’s when we need persistence, and patience with ourselves!
Most certainly we will feel daunted at times by this process… that’s when we need to have determination!
We are going to have to ask people to vacate their seats (which can possibly be their dominant positions in our lives) so that we can move forward towards that front seat we wish to occupy. We are going to have to sit in the middle of the bus at times while we learn to muster more courage and determination to move forward again. This is all part of the process, so stick with it because this is all for YOU!
During this process of moving forward we must remain conscious of where the bus is now, and think about where we really want to take it once we’re up front, and in control.
One very important point! At no stage in this process do we tread on someone if they get in our way (as we move forward), simply step around them and move on setting a good moral example as we pass by.
OK – you’ve made it! You have asked the driver to step aside and let you have your turn, and now you’re in the seat. It’s all up to you now!
If you’re not too sure of what to do and how to do it, just stop and park for a while. It doesn’t matter what you do and how long it takes, because this is your game now – so play it your way!
Get crystal clear on where you choose to take your bus now, and very clear on who you wish to accompany you on this new journey.
We all need Someone bigger than us that can see the process, the journey, our intentions and the destination, navigating us through the valleys. It’s in God that we find our map, our seat, our way, our fuel and getting to that place I’ve so often heard of; a place called “there.”
The rest is a process of trusting in God, Creator of all you and I see. Making good sound judgments and decisions. Not all the time will our judgments and decisions bring fruit, but they will get you to the next corner of decision.
God bless . . . and always remember – ‘What other people do or say is their stuff; how we react is our stuff.’
Jer 10:23 “O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.”
Prov 16:9 “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps. “
*more survival tidbits
‘Young adults, people born between 1980 and 1997 (or, Millennial’s) are very different than those of us reared back in the better part of the Twentieth Century.
On the surface, some of these young people may not seem to possess skills useful to survival, but on the other hand, many of these kids are very smart and may just prove incredibly adaptable under adverse conditions.
They are an untested hypothesis—an unknown quantity.
It may serve you well to welcome them into your group if they possess the right personality, rather than the right skill set.
On the other hand, if they seem worthless and completely lost without a cell phone in their hand—they just might be.
Another judgment call.
There are those weak souls out there, often Liberal/Democratic types, who just don’t seem to have a self-preservation instinct. They oppose firearms, national defense, corporations, national borders and mandatory sentencing for violent criminals. They are very trusting souls when it comes to people they really should not trust.
These types are more concerned about their environmental impact than they are about staying alive—but maybe that’s because staying alive has never been in doubt until disaster strikes.
These people could be a terrible hindrance to your efforts. Don’t give these people critical jobs or place too much trust in them. They don’t see the world as it really is.
Given time, the nature they want to protect will chew them up and spit them out. In the meantime, you may have to deal with them.
Building your survival coalition, like friendships, takes a little work, but it’s necessary to the long-term security of you and your family.
Better to find out now which neighbors can help and which can hurt your chances of survival.
“Come together and survive.”
Credit: Frank M.
*More great thoughts from Frank M. Thanks Frank!!!
1 Cor 6:5 “I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?”
1 Cor 10:15 “I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say.”
1 Cor 6:2 “Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?”
1 Cor 6:3 “Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?”
1 Cor 5:13 “But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.”
1 Cor 2:15 “But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.”
Eph. 6:10-11 “Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”
1 Cor 1:10 “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”
Heb 5:14 “But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”
We built an addition on our house. Contractors did the bulk of the work, but to save money, I did a lot of work on my own. I did the siding, including the original part of the house. I put down the parquet flooring in the new section – 1000 square feet of it. In front of the fireplace, I glued tiles that matched the color of the blue stone.
The old part of the house was done in paneling. I replaced it with sheet rock and did the crack filling too. I sanded wood, painted walls, and cut and nailed moldings and baseboards. In the new master bathroom, I cut and glued Formica.
It took more than a year to get the house the way we wanted. I wasn’t a carpenter or a builder. I didn’t have a clue how to do any of it; however, there were how-to books to study and friends to ask.
I made many mistakes during our year of construction. Above the kitchen cabinets, was a portion of sheet rock I couldn’t reach with my drill. A section of it dipped down from a piece beside it. I cracked-filled the gap as best as I could, but it was visible to anyone with a keen eye. To cut the moldings for the windows and doors, I used a wooden miter box. It isn’t as accurate as the modern miter saws the builders use now. I made mistakes and cut some pieces too short. One corner of a window or door would have a gap between the moldings.
There were areas around the baseboards, where gaps could be seen, because I failed to cut the parquet flooring correctly.
‘Michael!’ Georgia would yell, ‘You made a mess of that!’
‘Hun, it’s in the corner! Who’s going to notice? If someone sees that, then they’re too nosy. No one is going to notice!’
Five years later, I was living in a different city. Georgia was back home, trying to sell the house, so she could move to be with me. Potential buyers would come, see our house and notice the mistakes. They walked away. My mistakes were small. I thought no one would notice. They saw every one of them.
We lead good lives and do good jobs, but we make mistakes. Will anyone notice? I thought no one would notice mine, but they did. One day we are going to be judged. We’ll have to admit, we didn’t do our best.
Are you settling for less than Your Best?
CHARACTER – the mental and ethical traits marking a group or an individual
TRAIT – a specific quality of a person
QUALITY – the degree of excellence
ETHICS – a set of moral principles or values
VALUES – something that is important to an individual
MORALS – principles of right and wrong
PRINCIPLES – a code of conduct
People win with character not characters. Character is the mental or ethical traits that mark an individual or a group. A trait is a Quality of a group or an individual and ethics are moral sets of principles or values. A principle is an individual’s code of conduct. A value is degree of importance placed on something by an individual.
To have character, as individuals and as a group, one must first have a code of conduct (principles). This code of conduct is the standard of behavior that individuals and groups hold themselves and friends accountable for (morals). This code of conduct is something that becomes important to the individual and the group or assembly (values).
The task of instilling a set of moral principles and values (ethics) lies in the hands of the leader, elder or teacher. The leader or minister instills the specific qualities that he desires his group to have (traits). With this, the individuals now hold themselves to a higher degree of excellence (quality). Something the world knows little about.
But this is how you win and excel above others-with character and fail with characters. Character is the mental and ethical traits that mark an individual. The following is a list of traits that a godly assembly will know and hold each other accountable to:
14 LEADERSHIP TRAITS
JUSTICE- a reward or admonishment as deserved.
JUDGMENT- the ability to come to a sound opinion
DEDICATION- to devote to a purpose
INTEGRITY- acting honestly and sincerely
DISCIPLINE- being efficient in controlling oneself
TACT- the ability to say something without closing a door.
INITIATIVE- the action of taking the first step or move
ENTHUSIASM- an intense or eager interest
BEARING- the way one carries and conducts oneself in pressure situations
UNSELFISHNESS- showing a concern for the interest of others rather than yourself
COURAGE- the quality of being consistently brave
KNOWLEDGE- how well you understand a specific task
LOYALTY- faithful to God first, then to family, friends, colleagues, and obligations
ENDURANCE- the ability to last and withstand pain, trials and difficulties.
These traits are the road map to character. They separate a group of people with character from people of just characters. A group of characters will never be successful, no matter how gifted they are, because they lack the traits that give them standards for the degree of excellence that they hold themselves and their friend accountable for day to day, hour to hour, minute to minute.
If we teach character, we can go to bed knowing that we sent people into life with the tools to succeed and be a greater blessing impacting the world for God, for good and for the future. Because in the long run, if we are just teaching people how to pretend to be those things, what are we really teaching people?