Archive for Thought Of The Day

The Last Independence Day

Today is Independence Day. A day we celebrate the freedom our country achieved from Britain. A day when our forefathers stood on their own two feet and declared that we were free to pursue life, liberty and happiness. This day has always been one of my favorite holidays. I love the spirit of camaraderie that we feel together as a nation.

I wonder today however, if it will be the last I am able to celebrate.

Oh don’t feel I am being melodramatic. It is quite a real thought. As I perhaps watch fireworks tonight and celebrate our independence and freedom, will it be the last time I am able to truly do so?

Will this Independence Day be the last time that ministers, who follow the true Word of God and hold unwaveringly to it’s principles, are truly free? In a nation that has essentially declared that if you are a photographer and are unwilling to take pictures of a wedding between two men or two women you can no longer be a photographer. If you are a florist and will not celebrate in a union between a same-sex couple you can no longer be a florist. If you are a baker and will not bake a cake and put a two man cake topper on it, you can no longer be a baker. How can we anticipate freedom then for the ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ who will not perform such unions at all? Not because of hatred, rather the opposite, it is because of our love for mankind that requires us to cry out against the things that are destroying not only their flesh, but their souls!

How long will it be until those who proclaim we should be able to “love as freely as we wish” will in a turn of hypocrisy declare our love to be invalid? I wonder if that is the “religiosity” we will be attacked from. For the early believers, they were attacked initially by the Jews, who feared that their power and standing and the balance with Rome would be shaken. Will it be this new campaign of “freedom” that will actually end freedom for the true believers? We know the day will come when men will persecute us thinking they are doing God a service. If they persecute the true believer they obviously don’t know God. So in a country where people have begun to define “God” in any way they wish, ultimately saying He is all loving and would not punish the evil doer, it is very natural (but hypocritical) that we will be persecuted in the service of this God.
It may be difficult to watch the fireworks tonight with the usual zest, excitement, and love for my country that I have always felt in the past.
God Bless America! But America has already rejected that blessing.
God give us courage and strength to face the troubled times that have been prophesied are ahead.

Bro Trevor

Fitting Friday, Shadowed Saturday.

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GE Fire, 4/3/2015

It’s 3 o’clock here in Southern Indiana. Today it is dark and rainy. Multiple storms have been passing through the area. A large company in Louisville had a major fire at a warehouse. Streets are flooding all around. My drive to work felt like I was going through a war zone or a major catastrophe. Being around 1 mile from the warehouse fire, there was burnt plastic garbage strewn across the parking lot of the office complex from the fire. There was a definite ominous feel to the day.

Flooding

Flooding

Fitting isn’t it? On this day in what was likely A.D. 30, our Lord Jesus was crucified. The world rejected it’s Savior, not only rejected but condemned to die a horrible death.

I have been thinking for the last couple of days on what it must have been like on that day for the disciples and the few who still followed Jesus. How must have they felt? What must it have been like when the earthquake happened, the inner veil in the temple was rent, and the sky darkened because the sun hid it’s face in a total eclipse? It was enough to make a roman soldier cry out “Surely this man was the Son of God”. It must have been much more ominous than my drive to work today!

As I’ve considered how the disciples must have felt, I remembered, not only did they see Jesus crucified on Friday, but NOTHING happened on Saturday for them. We focus on Jesus dying on Good Friday and the resurrection on Sunday. What about Saturday? Because we can watch movies like “Jesus of Nazareth” or “The Gospel of John” in 3 hours time, we can “experience” Jesus’ death and resurrection very quickly. We grieve as we see him depicted on the cross, but it’s OK because in the next few scenes He will be risen! Hallelujah!

And we forget what it must have been like for the disciple on Saturday. All day, all night, nothing but the memories, nothing but the fear, nothing but doubts and frustrations. Their ideas, their plans, their expectations – all dashed to pieces. In one week time from “Triumphal Entry” to Ignominious death. How do they cope? What are their thoughts?

Fitting also we have a blood moon eclipse happening on Saturday morning this year. Fitting because on Saturday morning in A.D. 30 – Jesus was gone. The life giving rays of the Sun on the moon will be shadowed by the world.

Today has been so fitting of a day for remembering the price Jesus paid. Yet, I sit in a comfortable office, surrounded by small catastrophe’s in a fallen world removes me quite a bit from that day in A.D. 30. Tomorrow, I’m going to try to watch some of the eclipse, and endeavor to spend the day thinking about what it must have been like in the Shadow of Saturday.

Thought Of The Day: Busybody

But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.” (I Peter 4:15)

busybody: a person who pries into or meddles in the affairs of others (dictionary.com)

I find it interesting that Peter lists ‘busybodies‘ right beside ‘murderers’, ‘thieves’, ‘evil-doers’.

Are you taking your brothers and sisters to the Lord in prayer, or are you getting on the phone or Facebook and running them down, or sharing things about them that you should keep between you and Jesus?

Paul talked about those who are “not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not” *, and that “there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies” **.

Now, don’t you listen to one foul thing the devil’s got to say. See? If the devil shows you some, or tells you something evil about one of the members of the body of Christ, don’t you believe it. For as soon as you believe it, you mar your experience.” ~ Rev. William Marrion Branham (59-1227E)

1 Timothy 5:13 *
2 Thessalonians 3:11 **

Thought Of The Day: Modest

In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array.” (I Timothy 2:9)

modest [adjective]
1. having or showing a moderate or humble estimate of one’s merits, importance, etc.; free from vanity, egotism, boastfulness, or great pretensions.
2. free from ostentation or showy extravagance: a modest house.
3. having or showing regard for the decencies of behavior, speech,
    dress, etc.; decent: a modest neckline on a dress.
4. limited or moderate in amount, extent, etc.: a modest increase in salary. (dictionary.com)

Day of Imfamy

On this very imfamous day, I bid you to remember history, and remember that unless a warning is heeded. Unless the warning actually makes changes in your life, then the warning can do you no good.

Perhaps there’s parts of the warning you like, but you don’t like the stuff that asks YOU to change.

Then the warning can do no good FOR you, if you don’t want to apply the warning TO you.

I was reading an article sometime ago on the sudden attack on Pearl Harbor. That wasn’t no exactly any unknown attack. They had already been warned that the Japs were going to do that. But the sad part was, they ignored that warning. They had seen signs, and the Japanese army assembling themselves together, and the big ships being loaded with ammunition, and the threat was in the air. And they were just exactly in line for the invasion. But they ignored it.
That’s the way it is today with the Church. The Church is in line of judgment. But they are ignoring the coming of the Lord. So it… You can’t blame Him.
They said when it was noised abroad around in Pearl Harbor that the Japs could attack at any time, and that their big fleet had set out in the waters of the sea and was moving slowly but steadily towards Pearl Harbor, that they only laughed at it, and said, “Oh, nonsense. You gloom builders, you worrywarts, all you think about is some trouble.”
And on the night just before the great attack the next morning, there was a great dance, or a big party given in Pearl Harbor itself. And no matter how much they tried to say that the Japs were coming, they still would not take warning. (58-1012)

Thought Of The Day: Comparisons

My turn!!  My turn!!  Bro Nathan has been posting all these “thought of the day” posts recently and I realized that if I didn’t get in on this action, everyone would think he has been more spiritual than I lately.  I can’t let that happen!!

*cough*

com•pare
verb (used with object)
1) to examine (two or more objects, ideas, people, etc.) inorder to note similarities and differences: to compare twopieces of cloth; to compare the governments of two nations.

II CORINTHIANS 10:12
 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

I started today’s thought out with a comparison.  “People will begin to think Nathan is more spiritual than me lately, because he’s blogging more than me on spiritual matters.”  What’s worse is if *I* begin to make the same comparison myself!

Paul was very cognizant of this very human nature, and quick to tell us we aren’t wise when we do this.

How about a few examples – just see if you can make a comparison in your own life! (I love ironies!)

“Well, I need grace just as much as the next guy of course, but at least I’m not legalistic like those stuffed-shirt-holier-than-thou’s over there.  They think they know everything too”

Not wise.

“I wish I were more like Bro Edwardian.  Wow, what a brother.  One day I hope the Lord makes me as good of a Christian as he is.”

Not wise.

“I’m more passionate about God than anyone else in my church!”

Uh…that’s really nice.  But…not wise.

We don’t compare ourselves to others.  That’s not a mark of anything.  Even our holiness standards sometimes are compared based off the world.  As long as we’re “holier than the general worldly standard” we are obviously holiness people right?  – Not wise.

We should always compare our lives by the Word of God (written and revealed) with the leadership of the Holy Ghost in our lives.  That’s a real comparison.

55-1001  EXPECTATION_  SHAWANO.WI  SATURDAY_
So this woman, finally, she got–fell in love with a man, neighbor. And she left her husband, and run off, and married this man, and continued playing the piano in the church. And after while, she left him and married another one. And she thought she was doing all right.
And then finally, ended up as a common-law wife. What was it? Her soul told her in the beginning, “Don’t do that.” But she reasoned, “Now, if the rest of the woman can do this, why can’t I do it?” But down in her soul was a Spirit that said, “Don’t do that; keep away from that; that’s not right.” But yet, she fought against that, and cast that aside, and she went to reasoning. Don’t you see? Don’t reason, just believe. Believe God’s Word; don’t try to reason it out. Just what God said is the truth. And believe that to be the truth. And don’t go to your reasonings; go to your experience, to Christ in the heart and compare it with God’s Word.”  ~ WMB 55-1001

So don’t compare yourself to others as a measuring stick – that’s very dangerous.  Check up by the Word of God.

Don’t let your spiritual walk come down to proving others wrong by the Word…that’s a comparison too.

What is it that caused this misunderstanding? The answer is, “EXPERIENCE”. We have gone by experience and not the Word. Away with experience as your measuring line. There is only one plumb line, only one rod, and that is the WORD.”  WMB Church Age Book

Just walk reverently and daily seeking Him.

Thought Of The Day: Idleness

Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.” (Proverbs 19:15)

idle (adjective)
1. not working or active; unemployed; doing nothing: idle workers.
2. not spent or filled with activity: idle hours.
3. not in use or operation; not kept busy: idle machinery.
4. habitually doing nothing or avoiding work; lazy.
5. of no real worth, importance, or significance: idle talk.
(dictionary.com)

Has Satan set a trap of idleness for you?

Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
” (Proverbs 6:6-8)

Have you permitted a lazy, lukewarm, Laodicean spirit to take control of your life?

John Wesley wrote in his journal, “It was in pursuance of an advice given by Bishop Taylor, in his ‘Rules for Holy Living and Dying’, that, about fifteen years ago, I began to take a more exact account than I had done before, of the manner wherein I spent my time, writing down how I had employed every hour.”

Whether in the natural, or especially the Spiritual; the Bible refers to idleness as a sin.

But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” (I Timothy 5:8)

Have we found ourselves in a condition where we are no longer providing (naturally or spiritually) for ourselves, or our families?

Are we too lax to read our Bibles and pray like we should?

“You say, “Brother Branham, I’m no prostitute.”
I don’t altogether mean sexually. Prostitution’s on a higher level. You can prostitute your time. How much time do you give to Him?”
‘Pride’ (55-0807A) ~ William Marrion Branham

Have we become so unconcerned that we no longer have a burden for lost souls?

Have we allowed ourselves to become so selfish that we only think of ourselves?

Neither be ye idolaters
Oh, you say, ‘I thank God that I’m not an idolater’. Wait just a minute. Let’s examine it by the Word. Say, ‘I wouldn’t worship an idol’. That doesn’t altogether mean you worship an idol. You just have to be idle, doing nothing. Go to church. Yeah, that’s all right, go back home, do nothing about it. Brother, a real borned again man or woman can’t stand still. There’s something in them. They’ve got to testify. They got to do something. They are bound to do something. They can’t hold their peace.”
‘Corinthians Book Of Correction (57-0414) ~ William Marrion Branham

May these words sink deep into our understanding! May they shake us from our idleness!

My prayer is that God will help us to take account of every moment so that we stop wasting precious moments that could be used for His glory with idle words, or an idle condition, and redeem the time that He has given us. 

Let us then be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait
. “
‘A Psalm Of Life’ ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:16)

Thought Of The Day: Addicted

I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,)
That ye submit yourselves unto such, and to every one that helpeth with us, and laboureth.” (1 Corinthians 16:15-16) 

 Those who lived in Stephanas’ house were addicted to the ministry.

What are you addicted to?

addict (verb)
to cause to become physiologically or psychologically dependent on an addictive substance
to habituate or abandon (oneself) to something compulsively or obsessively
(dictionary.com)

addicted (adjective)
devoted or given up to a practice or habit or to something psychologically or physically habit-forming
(dictionary.com)

Thought Of The Day: Liberty

“… where the Spirit of the LORD is, there is liberty.” (II Corinthians 3:17b)

liberty (noun)
1. freedom; independence
2. impertinent freedom or familiarity
(dictionary.com)

Jesus (quoting Isaiah 61:1-2a) proclaimed that the very purpose of His ministry was to preach deliverance to the captive, liberty to the bruised, receiving of sight to the blind, healing to the brokenhearted, and the preaching of the gospel to the poor.

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
To preach the acceptable year of the Lord
.”
(St. Luke 4:18-19)

If we really believe II Corinthians 3:17 then we must believe that when the Spirit of the LORD is present then liberty will be present as well. Whether we are in a church, in our home, in our vehicles, in prison, in another country, or wherever we are.

If His Spirit truly abides with us then liberty and freedom of Spirit will abide with us as well.

Freedom to worship Him in Spirit and truth.

Freedom to give Him all of our praise.

Freedom to do whatever He leads us to do.  

Liberty!

Give me liberty, or give me death.” ~ Patrick Henry

Thought Of The Day: Conformed

Will you allow the world to conform you to it’s standards?

Will you allow religious tradition to mold you to it’s standards?

Or will you allow Christ to mold you into His Image by His Spirit and His Word? 

 conform: “to be or become similar in form, nature, or character” (dictionary.com)

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:2)

For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son…” (Romans 8:29a)