Parental rights under attack in America…
The Lord led me to stop celebrating Christmas quite a few years ago. I don’t remember exactly when but it has been a very long time. So what have I learned, and where am I at present in this whole Christmas thing. I’ve learned that as the years have gone by any desire I’ve had to conform is gone. At the same time the gap it creates with family members is still painful. But I can also say that the Lord has filled that gap and that is as it should be. Jesus first, Jesus only, Jesus my Savior, Jesus my Lord. Jesus my Hiding place.
Nothing teaches us about the preciousness of the Creator as much as when we learn the emptiness of everything else.” ― Charles H. Spurgeon
Psalm 27:5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.
The meaning here is, that God would admit him near to Himself; He would take care that he should be protected as if he were one of His own family;
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.
A refuge and a hiding-place from every storm – – adverse circumstances sweep upon us, and His mighty hand is put down there as a buckler, behind which we may hide and be safe.
‘Rock of ages, cleft for me, Let me hide myself in Thee.’
Psalm 31:20 Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.
The presence of God is their protection, he himself is a wall of fire round about them.
Let not any yield to unbelief, or think, under discouraging circumstances, that they are cut off from before the eyes of the Lord, and left to the pride of men. Lord, pardon our complaints and fears; increase our faith, patience, love, and gratitude; teach us to rejoice in tribulation and in hope. The deliverance of Christ, with the destruction of his enemies, ought to strengthen and comfort the hearts of believers under all their afflictions here below, that having suffered courageously with their Master, they may triumphantly enter into his joy and glory.
Remember that Jesus Christ is the Hiding-place, and that to flee to Him for refuge is the condition of security, and all they who thus, from the snares of life, from its miseries, disappointments, and burdens, from the agitation of their own hearts, from the ebullition of their own passions, from the stings of their own conscience, or from other of the ills that flesh is heir to, make their hiding-place -by the simple act of faith in Jesus Christ – in the light of God’s face, are thereby safe for evermore.
Remembering my dad, Giuseppe Lino…
A man who didn’t know my Father spoke at his funeral service. This was not my choice but that’s the way it happened. (Jesus said “my kingdom is not of this world” and therefore we pilgrims suffer.) The words spoken by this stranger were typical funeral formalities with bits of information given to him about my dad thrown in. The words spoken that day in no way revealed to anyone who my father was, the reality of his life, nor the battle that transpired for his soul. To the undiscerning my father was just an old man that died. But there was so much more to his life and death. I want to tell some of that story here.
My father first heard the Gospel when he was in his 70’s. He did not respond favorably. He did not like the conflict and division caused by God’s Word within the family. He was born in Italy where the Roman Catholic Church “rules” and he told me he had never before heard the words that I was sharing with him from the Bible! Even so, as a result of the Gospel witness he received, he began to read the the Scriptures, and that’s a very good thing.
My father never said the words I wanted so badly to hear … “Don’t worry about me, I am saved, and I will go and be with the Lord when I die. I’ll see you again on the other side.” He didn’t say that. Oh how I wanted him to say that, but he didn’t. I was disappointed, and the Lord knows that.
The Lord gave me such an intense love for my dad in his latter days. I believe it was truly a work of the Holy Spirit in my heart. My father heard God’s Word until his last dying hours. On a Sunday night in March, in the year 2010, on his death bed, a few short hours before my father entered eternity, my husband was whispering the Scriptures into his ear. And that is how it ended.
A Scripture came to mind as my father’s life was quickly coming to an end. That Scripture was… Psalm 89:1 – I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.
I believe the Lord was saying … “Trust Me”. Surely I do trust Him.
God is good … all of the time.
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee,
Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Mark 13:37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.
I say unto all, Watch – This command was proper, not only for those who were expecting the calamities that were soon to come upon the Jews, but for all who are soon to die and to go to the judgment.
We know not the time of our death. We know not how soon we shall be called to the judgment. The Son of man may come at any moment, and we should therefore be ready.
If we are his friends; if we have been renewed and pardoned; if we have repented of our sins, and have believed on him. and are leading a holy life, we “are” ready.
If not, we are unprepared, and soon – probably while we are not expecting it – the cold hand of death will be laid on us, and we shall be hurried to the place where is weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth.
Oh how important it is to be ready, and to escape the awful sufferings of an eternal hell!
Our duty is to watch and pray. Our Lord Jesus, when he ascended on high, left something for all his servants to do. We ought to be always upon our watch, in expectation of his return. This applies to Christ’s coming to us at our death, as well as to the general judgment.
We know not whether our Master will come in the days of youth, or middle age, or old age; but, as soon as we are born, we begin to die, and therefore we must expect death.
Our great care must be, that, whenever our Lord comes, he may not find us secure, indulging in ease and sloth, mindless of our work and duty. He says to all, Watch, that you may be found in peace, without spot, and blameless.
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I witnessed to my mom for many many years before she came to the Lord. It was an amazing thing for me to see her witness to my father. One day she just blurted it out and told my father he needed the Holy Spirit if he wanted to be in heaven with her and me and my husband. I nearly fell off my chair when I heard her say that. She was so excited that day. A baby Christian in her old age, but nevertheless a Christian.
You can read about her road to the Lord at the link … MY MOM
Just keep on praying and witnessing … only the Lord can do the saving 🙂