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Again and again I'm encouraged by the fact that God will always speak to us if we have the ears to listen...People rebelled against the prophets because they didn't want to hear the truth....they were too comfortable with life as it was.Personally my eyes have been opened to alot of truth as I read daily,I have had to let go of what I thought God was and let the Holy Spirit lead me to the truth...One thing I have noticed over and over again is that God afflicts us so we may repent and turn to Him,warns us of things to come...If only like Israel we listen....If only like Israel we get rid of our own foreign gods,our foreign fetivals,our own way of worship and let God show us His way.....................................................................................
Congratulations Mae,I pray you continue to delight in the Lord as He delights in you....there will be tough times as well as good times...whatever happens,just know that God always has His eyes on you and everything that happens if for your good.
God bless you all

Today touched me a lot. I think because I have been dreaming a lot about Jesus. How wierd, I know. With the visions of Locusts and Fire, one summer we had a lot of moths and june bugs and it reminded me of the Locusts..it might of not be as many of the Locusts, but it was around the time of when y2k was and everyone was "scared". It was just ironic.

Doesn't everyone thirst for God's word that is why there is so many people that crave for his attention and want to drink from his hand? I know who he is and there are a lot of lost ones out there but how would one just tell another about it without another saying "no, thank you!"

I can't wait for the day that Jesus knocks at my door. But I have one question and normally I never question life. I have a cousin that recently passed away (last year Dec. 8, 2005) he had brain cancer and I was wondering How did he know that he was ready to go? I mean did it just come to him while he laid in bed, I miss him as you see. Which is why I ask this question. I am still saddened. Maybe no one has the answer and I may not ever know the answer til that day that Jesus knocks on my door. But I was just wondering.

I love reading Revelation ...
"I know all the things you do, and I have opened a door for you that no one can shut." I love the metafor "door". The Fellowship church I join is "The Door", we also have one typical song about Jesus who knocks on our door. It's a great song! On the website of our Church you can read "Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep." - John 10:7 ". I really love talking about "The Door". It's defenitly true; no one can keep us from entering through this open door - besides ourselves. I know Jesus knocked on my door plenty of times before I entered. When I look back I think to myself "Mae, why didn't you entered before!!!". Well ... there's just no good answer to that. But why look back, eh? Jesus lives within me now, it's good! It's all good ...

Another beautiful verse ... "Look! Here I stand at the door and knock. If you hear me calling and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal as friends."

Brandie and Mae:
You were refering to Revelations 3:20 Which says "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. NIV
Brandie says, she is waiting for Him to come to the door. It sounds like he is already there,which means he is at the door of your heart. It is now up to you to take the next step and open the door to let Him in. Jesus is always waiting by the door. He won't come in unless we invite Him in.

The reason the lost ones are saying "no thank you" is because of pride. Many people are too proud to allow themselves to submit to God and allow Jesus into their hearts. Before a person is saved they suffer spiritual blindness. Only Jesus can remove those blinders. The book of Matthew speaks about spiritual blindness. See Mt 15:13-14 These verses talk about the Phairisees being blind to God's truth. Those with good spiritual eyesight teach and follow the principles of scripture. In Matthew 20:30 it talks about the blind beggars who could see that Jesus was the long awaited Messiah. While the religious leaders who witnessed Jesus's miracles were blind to His indentity,refusing to open their eyes to the truth. Seeing with your eyes doesn't guarantee seeing with your heart.

Everyone as an individual has to make their own decision about whether or not it is time to open the door and see with their heart. The first step is to admit that you are a sinner and than to repent, ask for forgiveness of your sins and than ask Christ into your heart. See the sinners prayer, review John 3:16. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

After you have prayed the sinners prayer and made a sincere commitment to God, He will come through the door. Christ is in charge of our present plans and eternal destiniy. Believing is both trusting His words as reliable, and relying on him for the power to change. If you have never trusted Christ, let His promise of everlasting life be yours and believe.

Amos 7-9:15


Mike you wrote:

>>I like the beginning of Amos chapter 7 a lot. Here we see Amos praying for the forgiveness of Israel's sins and asking God to forgo the visions of Locusts & Fire. This is a good reminder to each of us to pray for others, and not just only for ourselves.>>


I have been haunted by the image of a person asking/petitioning God to forgive national/generational/ancestral sins which appears repeatedly throughout the Old Testament especially within the prophets. In the United States our history of “independent” living, pulling oneself up by one’s bootstraps (an U.S. idiomatic expression), we fail to take responsibility for our own missteps much less the sins of someone or something that happened in the past. That is a BIG PROBLEM for most citizens of this country. We cry foul when even asked to consider the “sins” of our ancestors, community or country. However, from what I keep seeing in the scriptures it seems we are compelled, even commanded by God to consider our past history even when that past never included us.

Daniel prayed and asked for forgiveness for Israel/Judah’s national sins and for the sins of his ancestors. Josiah, after finding the Book of the Law, asked for God’s forgiveness on his and his forefathers failure to follow the Laws given by God even though he didn’t have access or know that he was breaking the Law. It seems before man declared, “Ignorance of the law is no excuse,” God had already set that edict in motion when it came to His Laws.

Maybe we are to examine the sins of our forefathers and nation so we can recognize them when they show up on our doorstep and not allow them entrance into our lives. I’ve always been fascinated by the following passage.

And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation. (Exo 34:6-7)

Maybe we need to make a practice of asking God’s forgiveness of sins we haven’t committed to keep the “sin” of our fathers from visiting our next generation; and, even if we fail to practice that discipline of asking God to forgive the sins of others, we need to make sure we don’t open the door when sin shows up for a visit allowing it to come in and wreak havoc on our families and loved ones.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

Prov. is right on, as always. Its important to know that the world’s ways and God’s ways are pretty much always in conflict. My Pastor once said,’ if you want to know the right thing to do…do the opposite of what the ‘world’ tells you to do’. Its true, this world and its philosophy is an unorganized mess! I love God’s laws because they show: order, right and wrong, and absolute truth...not to mention peace and rest for our soul. This world is crooked and brainwashed. (they call Christians brainwashed!) God is: reason, logic, order, and common sense. We are all born with a knowledge there is a God…ppl have to be taught not to believe.
Wow! I agree, Amos 8:11-13 is heavy stuff…terrifying to say the least. I can think of nothing worse. Not having God’s word and dying for it. When I think of hell, of course the actual physical torment is an unbearable thought. But worse then pain and heat…the worst thing ever….no presence of God. Being cast away from Him forever, not being able to pray, seek Him, no second chances. That is pure hell right there and the thought brings tears to my eyes!

Rev. 3:16 “So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”
This verse used to make me nervous as a young believer....it confused me a bit, thinking if I wasn’t on fire for Christ all the time, I was considered lukewarm. Now I know since I do know Him and belong to Him, I am sealed in Christ! awesome!
Here's what my study Bible says:
"Nearby Hierapolis was famous for its hot springs, and Colosse for its cold, refreshing mountain stream. But Laodicea had dirty tepid water that flowed for miles through an underground aquaduct. Visitors, unaccustomed to it, immediately spat it out.
The church at Laodicea was neither cold, openly rejecting Christ, nor hot, filled with spiritual zeal. Instead, its members were lukewarm hypocrites professing to know Christ but not truly belonging to Him. "I will vomit you out of my mouth". Just like the dirty tepid water of Laodicea, these self-deceived hypocrites sickened Christ."

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