CONSIDER THE LILIES

I was looking over my older posts and came across something I wrote when I first started blogging in 2007. I reposted it in 2012 and then again in 2016. I was encouraged as I reread it, so I’m reposting it again (with some minor editing). We should never lose faith or hope, or give up praying for that “someone”, no matter how long it takes or how bleak the situation may look. For with God nothing shall be impossible. Luke 1:37 Press on, and be encouraged!

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Matthew 6:28-30 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 

When winter comes all the lovely flowers of the garden are gone. Certain plants and bushes are cut down to the ground, while others shed all their beautiful leaves and flowers and look like wooden skeletons throughout the entire winter. They look dead and gone forever.

But then Spring comes and this incredible miracle happens. The lilies that seemed to be gone forever bloom again and we behold their beauty for yet another season. And that shrub that we were ready to cut down, because we thought it had died during the winter, because it was slow to bloom, suddenly becomes the most beautiful shrub in the whole garden.

Sometimes certain situations in our lives look like that shrub we thought was dead. But our God, who is the God of triumphant resurrection life, gives us hope in those situations that we thought were beyond hope. And while we patiently wait in faith for Him to answer prayer, and work in our lives, we come to know Him as the God of all comfort.

2 Corinthians 1:3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

Psalm 39:7 And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.

Psalm 62:5 My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.

Psalm 130:5 I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.

Isaiah 4:6 And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.

Isaiah 25:4 For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.

Isaiah 32:2 And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.

Jesus brings Division not Peace On Earth

Edifying post by Helen at Grain of Wheat.

Grain of Wheat

16186-luke-2-14-angels-800x400Are you aware that Jesus Christ said the following statements?

“Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth?  I tell you, not at all, but rather division.”

 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.

“I came to send fireon the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!”

One thing is clear, Jesus never sought to be popular or to be “politically correct!” He never merely said what people wanted to hear.  He always spoke only the truth from His heavenly Father.

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ANTITHETICAL

I was thinking about my blog and other Christian blogs. How we speak about things like the exclusivity of Christ, that one must be born again if they ever hope to see heaven, the false doctrines of Roman Catholicism (a topic not addressed in many (most?) of our churches), and all the other Biblical topics we blog about.

I was thinking that many in the world are highly offended by Biblical truths, and would label us intolerant, strange, and even call us haters if they came across our blogs.

Truth offends.

Jesus said…

Matthew 11:6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

As I was pondering these things the word “antithetical” came to mind. I looked it up and this is what I found…

an·ti·thet·i·cal:

directly opposed or contrasted; mutually incompatible.

synonyms:

directly opposed to

contrasting with

contrary to

contradictory to

conflicting with

incompatible with

irreconcilable with

inconsistent with

at variance with

at odds with

The world view is diametrically opposed to the word of God,… to Jesus.

Jesus said…

Matthew 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

John 15:18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.

And we find in 1 John 3:13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.

2 Corinthians 2:15-17 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things? For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.