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.

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JESUS SAID… “My kingdom is not of this world”

In early March I posted about Vice President Pence meeting with Pope Francis…

VP MIKE PENCE MEETS WITH POPE: “FELT LIKE COMING HOME”

Now we hear about President Trump’s conference call on Saturday with over 600 Roman Catholic leaders, including New York City Cardinal Timothy Dolan…

“In his opening remarks, the president thanked Catholic educators for their efforts in distance learning during the pandemic, as well as the spiritual support they are providing to families. Citing his own childhood of growing up next to a Catholic parish and school in Queens, New York, the president characterized Catholic schools as ‘a source of strength, hope, opportunity for communities across the country.’” (Source cruxnow)

We look at the Democratic Party and see support for abortion, the murder of babies.

We look at the Republican Party and see praise for Roman Catholicism, the murderer of souls.

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: … John 10:10

We are to pray for those in authority, but our confidence and hope is only in Jesus, remembering that Jesus said…

My kingdom is not of this world… John 18:36

This beautiful portion of Scripture comes to mind…

2 Samuel 22

1  And David spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul:

2  And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;

3  The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.

4  I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

5  When the waves of death compassed me, the floods of ungodly men made me afraid;

6  The sorrows of hell compassed me about; the snares of death prevented me;

7  In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears.

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