WATCHING JESUS

“Let your gentleness be known by all men.” Philippians  4:5

 

Each one of us have  ‘short wick spots’ within our emotional make-up. 

The more reflective B type personalities have their own deficits too, but we who are A personalities tend to be highly deficient in our ability to endure the thoughtless actions of others when they interrupt our full and tight schedules. 

To those who view our tense goal driven thrusts, we must appear to be cold and mean.  But that summary really isn’t properly  descriptive of what we are feeling within ourselves. Never-the-less, God has a Word for US that says that He understands us, and at the same time He advises us to, “Cool it.”

As an A personality I and have received much reprimand from Christian Brothers and Sisters who are more laid back and slower moving.  They have called me, “Fiery,”  when I was being only focused, and determined, and true to my intentions .

I doubt that our Brand A intensity communicates to friends, children, parents or spouses, our love and concern for them IF we are too consumed in our goal orientation.  We may, and most likely do, perform for them many supportive services and yet, they continue to feel less than important to us.  I believe that to be one of the B Brand deficits.

There is no way to mesh us together into one shape and to erase the differences that are innate in our personalities.  God has made us different, and He likes each of us just like He made us.

I recall my brother Adriano, who was born into another culture.  He had been an American Citizen for quite a long time but to him Christian women were not to be leaders nor to voice opinions forthrightly.  

Adriano and I were members of the same Prayer Group for many years, and for many years he corrected me; he tried very diligently to get me corrected, to make of me a “Godly behaving, gentle, proper Christian woman.”

 We were observing a Passover Celebration on the particular day to which I refer: in the process of prayer time Adriano began to laugh loudly and inappropriately.  After the prayer was finished he spoke to the Group saying that the Lord had told him to leave me alone.  He said the Lord told him, “I made her fiery; I like her fiery.”  That was great news to me!   It took a burden off Adriano also.

However, that did not mean that the Lord liked all my behaviors. 

I have learned to tamper my inner drive, to be patient with myself and with others if I don’t get all my list completed;  not that I have arrived, but the path is becoming clearer.

The Lord spoke to me on one occasion, when from behind the windshield of my car, I called another driver a “stupid jerk!”  I could feel His hurt, so I apologized to Him but followed it with, “I don’t know what is wrong with it though, they deserved it!”  He spoke to me saying, “It is just that it does not show a gentle spirit.”

“A tranquil spirit is of great value in the sight of the Lord.”

The world in which we live requires great and applied Wisdom so that we are not deceived as we walk out our  lives.   All at the same time, we must be applied to working and accomplishing things, and still, to be loose in our inner self with a peace; a peace that generates the ability to be accepting of ourselves.

We tend either to project our failures to be the fault of those around us, or we will inner accuse and grow impatient and discouraged with ourselves, and with those around us also.

We may think that to “Watch Jesus” is not applicable to our experiences.  After all, He is God and He can do anything He wants to do.  Isn’t that right?   No; not actually; when Jesus wanted to do many things while here on Earth, He could not do them for various reasons; unbelief of those around Him was a deterrent.  Rejection of His Presence was often a deterrent, such as when He wanted to spend some time in Samaria, but the Samaritan’s  said, “No!”  

Jesus did not say, “Now look here, I have a job to do and you will not get in My way!”  What He did was simply go to another place.

“The Devil has a habit of pointing at me, accusing me of what he is, and wishes me to be.” 

That is a Truth to which we must be alerted at all times.  When we are of a driven personality, or a laid back personality; when we are whatever we are innately, the devil has watched us and knows the buttons to push to bring about negative, accusing, unpleasant responses from us, causing a destructive atmosphere that squelches creativity and productivity, peace and happiness.  This is not pleasing to the Lord Who is a God of Love and Peace, and yet Who is unimaginably creative and productive.

“The servant of the Lord must NOT strive with men.”                II Tim. 2: 24

“A tranquil spirit is of great value in the sight of the Lord.”       II Peter 3:4

“Let your gentle, patient moderation be known by all men.”   Philippians  4: 5                          

Amen.

 

Ramona: 07/11/2013

 

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A TIME TO BE QUIET

 

“When you are in bed, look deep down inside yourself, and be silent”  

(Psalm 4: 4b)                   

 David was encouraging  himself

as he sat in the fields and played

his harp, with only God to hear

his words and to understand

what he had to say.

 

Reflecting there before his Maker,

he would so honest be,

remembering how that

God, was always there for him

and how that the people, and he,

were so filled with sin.

 

He began to ask questions,

asked in God’s behalf,

“How long will you serve

what will surely fail you?”

“How long will you pray to

handmade gods?”

 

David comforted himself

by saying, “God has set

the righteous apart;

but we must be careful

to keep  vigilant watch

over our heart.”

 

“When you are angry, do not sin.”

To make sure of this,

look deeply within;

and when on your bed

be quiet, and evaluate feelings

that hide deep inside of you.

 

Gain some understanding of why

you feel like you do.  Judge it

yourself  in the Light of God’s Word.

Confess your sins and start over again:

this is a wonderful way to end the day.

Sins have a way to hid His face,

unless we confess those sins. (Isa. 59:2)

                     

So be pure in motive and  in word,

and then, have the assurance

that when you pray to God,

you will be heard;  

and “If you are by Him heard,

you will have that for which you pray.”

(I John 5:15)

 

 

 

 Ramona Cook,      6/29/2008 11:35:43 PM

SPEAK OUT!

I’ll write it for my eyes to see

if no one cares to hear me.

They say, “she speaks too

AUTHORITATIVELY!”

 

I’m left to wonder

what the problem really is

for in every other kind of biz

we speak decisively

to get the POINT across;

we speak dynamically,

colorfully, with verbs so

strong, but when speaking

of religious things,

compelled I am to be

one who suggests and speaks

with gentle passivity.

 

So let me say, like for real,

because with souls of men I deal,

I’m breaking out of this seal,

I’m going to tell it like God says it;

does no one see, God never

measures His words by the

yard stick of politically

correct hooey phooey?

 

Even politicians don’t use

that measure, just in case

not to offend, they speak out boldly,

loud and clear, with intense fervor

so all can hear the message that

they bring; but when it comes to

life and death, I am supposed to be

gentle, non-confrontational,

loving and kind; acting as if I have

no real thing to say. 

 

Trying to suggest,

that maybe you should consider

there may be a heaven and a hell,

sounding so complacent, being a true bore;

Go away!  I will tolerate it no more!                

 

RAMONA :  07/09/2013

Going Home On A Different Path

When the men of the city brought the woman taken in adultery to Jesus to quiz Him about what should happen to her for her sinful behavior they were, according to the Scripture text, not really concerned about the woman’s spiritual or physical condition, but their question to Jesus was an effort to entrap Him in a public disagreement with Jewish Law.  John 8: 3

Getting rid of Jesus was their primary concern.

What Jewish Law really said is that she and the man involved must be stoned to death.  A notable observation is that the man was never presented to Jesus for His view on this matter.  More notable is the fact that Jesus seems not to be overly interested in the sin that had occurred.  All He said was that the person among the accusers who had no sin in them should cast the first stone at her.

Two actions of Jesus are prominent in this account.  One is, that saying nothing more, He simply began to write some type of information on the ground.  Based on what then happened we can assume that He wrote the sins of each one of the woman’s accusers in the dirt, because one by one, beginning with the oldest to the youngest, they all walked away.

Jesus then spoke to the woman asking her, “Where are your accusers, did none of them condemn you?”

She answered that no one had condemned her.  Jesus’ response to her was, “Neither do I condemn you.  Go home now and stop your sinning.”

Jesus’ primary concern for us is to stop our sinning; whatever type of sin that maybe.  We may be forgiven of anything, but the proof of our acceptance of that forgiveness is that we walk on a different path thereafter.

The men of that city, the accusers, also went home on a different path than that on which they had arrived.  Their own sin had been exposed and they recognized that they were not worthy to accuse or to execute judgment on anyone else.

This is the story of us today as well.  Jesus is concerned for us to stop our sinning.  He has no desire to hurt us for what we have done, but only that we cease from the doing of it.  Because Jesus knows that the effects of sin will bring its own crushing hurt to us, and that is what He does not want us to experience.

“If we would judge ourselves, we will not be judged by God.”  I Corinthians 11: 31

If we will confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”   I John 1: 9

The challenge for us is identify our sins and we cannot easily do that without exposure to the Word of God.  Our Path to “Home” must be filled with the Presence of God accessed by the study of His Word as found in The Holy Bible.

From reading the Scriptures we can become as did the accusing persons, who saw their sins exposed and realized that they must acknowledge their own sins, as well they understood that they could not condemn anyone else.

From reading the Scriptures we may also be as the woman, taken in the serious sin of adultery, who found that God did not wish to kill her for her sin, but rather, He wanted her to cease the sinning.

Everything God asks of us to do, or to not do, is for our protection.  He truly is a God of Love.

When we refuse His Path and His forgiveness, we have placed ourselves in a position for experiencing the judgment that sin will execute upon us.  “Man chooses his own way and then complains  against God for the outcome.”   Proverbs 19: 3

We have no choice but to walk on some path; good judgment is to take the best road “Home.”

The Good News is this: today you and I may choose a different path if we need to do so, and be on the Protected Path that leads us “Home.”  Jesus wants us to be free, happy, and blessed; those are benefits shed like gentle showers over the Path of Righteous Living.

Ramona:  07/06/2013

Appalling Arrogance

Accounts of happenings of the past, called history, documented interactions between God and those of our kind, humans, shows some appalling arrogance on our part. I am referring to Scripture as accounted in Jeremiah, chapters 43 and 44.

As it is reported, some of the Israelites had taken to the practice of offering drink offerings to the “queen of heaven.” They knew fully well that the act was the worship of a god that was no god; however, they found so they thought, wealth and blessings in the process.

A gracious and merciful God did what He always does, He sent prophets to warn them, in this case specifically Jeremiah. As they were usually prone to do, they were arrogant at the warning and informed Jeremiah that they would do “what their own mouth said.” They further informed him that they had been blessed in this practice, and that all their kings and their princes and their men and women had engaged in this practice, and they were not going to cease. In the vernacular of today, “Every body is doing it!” “It is acceptable for today.”

“Things have changed, you know, there are not like they used to be.”

Follow the text and you will see that this did not work out very well for them.

Hear the Word of the Lord: “nothing has changed with Me.” “I am the same God today as I was yesterday and will be tomorrow.”

I like to ask this question of those who say the things the Israelites were telling Jeremiah, I ask them, “What’s new?” If the sun was in the sky this morning as you walked out of your house, have you any idea how old that is? Yet, it is current in our today. Are babies still born in the same way, from a mother and a father? Do trees and other vegetation still reach for the sunlight? Do you still need lungs to breathe air and a heart to pump your blood through the vascular system that is in your body? Have you any idea how old all this is and yet, it is the same today as it has always been? Not much has changed that is vital to life. Certainly, we have new discoveries and inventions, all made from what was already in existence.

So the Israelites persisted in their adamant decision to continue what they were doing, also making accusations against the Lord God, that He was not taking care of them, so God through Jeremiah explained to them what was really happening.

Verses 3 – 11 of chapter 44: this is God speaking in first person, “ Because of their wickedness, which they have committed to provoke Me to anger, in that they went to burn incense, and to serve other gods, whom they knew not, neither they, you, nor your fathers. However, I sent unto you all my servants the prophets, rising early and sending them, saying, “Oh, do not do this abominable thing that I hate,” but they listened not, nor inclined their ear to turn from their wickedness to burn incense to other gods. That is why My fury is poured out, and was kindled in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem; and they are wasted and desolate unto this day.

(Take heed of history, the Lord would say, “the things that I did before, I will do also again, if you of this current day will not hear Me, and if you insist on provoking Me to anger by your evil deeds; am I a respecter of persons?”)

Consider this, says the God of hosts, the God of Israel, (the God of the Christian Church) “Why do you commit this great evil against your souls, to cut off man, woman, and nursing baby, out of Judah, (or wherever you are living now) to leave you none to remain?” In that you provoke Me to wrath with the works of your hands, burning incense to other gods in the land of Egypt, where you have gone to live, that you might cut yourselves off, and that you might be a curse and a reproach among all the nations of the earth?”

How do we do this type of act today? We cheat, rob, abuse others, work ourselves to exhaustion for the dime, and do not tithe to God His rightful portion. We do not take care of the orphans and widows and we do not tell the truth and see to the just treatment of the helpless. Any yes, some of us practice witchcraft and bestiality, adulteries, and all kinds of perverse behaviors such as sex with children, refusal to feed the off-spring of your own body and to protect them.
The list is too long to enumerate.

Take heed to these historical facts. God again speaking: “Have you forgotten the wickedness of your fathers and the wickedness of the kings of Judah, and the wickedness of their wives, and the wickedness of your own wives, which they have committed in the land of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? They are not humbled even unto this day, neither have they feared, nor walked in My law, nor in My statutes, that I have set before you and your fathers. THEREFORE THIS SAYS THE LORD GOD, WHO IS YOUR GOD, “I WILL SET MY FACE AGAINST YOU FOR EVIL, TO CUT YOU OFF FROM JUDAH,” ( or from YOUR LAND)

God continues to describe what He will do against them for the arrogance of their decision to disregard the laws and statutes that He has given to them.

What do you suppose they expected? Did they, or do we, think that God is helpless? Must He simply set on His Throne and whimper because we will not do right? God is JUST and RIGHTEOUS, He is KIND and MERCIFUL, and He warns them and us, “MY PATIENCE WILL NOT LAST FOREVER.”

As you might suppose, Jeremiah’s message was not a popular one. The message of the Scriptures on this subject are also not popular for today, but the wrath of God that spills forward is still the same as before, and He warns and pleads for us to repent and change our ways, and to walk in the paths of righteous living. IF we will repent, says the Scriptures, then God will change His mind and repent Himself of the evil He had intended. Sometimes Israel did repent and God stayed the terrible destruction that would have otherwise come to them from HIM. It is also true for us today as well.

In the Church of today, one of the most refused messages of the Scriptures is that God is ever a God of fury. We have heard all about the love of God, and it seems that Christians want to divorce God from any characteristic except the, “I wouldn’t harm a flea” kind of love. Hear it! That is NOT Who God says He is. God is a God of love, true; and if you think about it, He has made us in His image and we have more than one emotion. To attribute to God more than one emotion is not to humanize God, but rather to admit that God has made us like a little chunk of Himself. Scriptures tells us of God’s various emotions. His wrath does not spill forward quickly, as ours does, nor is His love conditional, as ours often is. God ALWAYS acts upon JUSTICE after longsuffering patience and pleading and warning. The truth is that WE have a part to play in what happens to us!

Two Wagons of Will
I’ve got,
one called “I Will”
one called “I Will NOT.”
It’s up to me to decide
which Wagon of Will
I will ride.

HOW TO REPENT:

A: acknowledge that you have sinned and are lacking in the ability of reaching God’s requirements of perfection.

B: believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, (that means to recognize that He is LORD, that One we call Jesus, and that He is God’s Anointed and Chosen sacrifice for us and that His spilled blood is for the remission, or taking away, or blotting out our sin)

C: confess WITH YOUR MOUTH the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead and YOU SHALL BE SAVED. (a promise from God)

Follow-up: Tell someone about it! Get into a body of believers (a Church) and study Scripture. Pray, (talk to God.) Live as best you can in doing God’s ways. Become a Disciple of Jesus.

Rx for “those who are already believers:”

REPENT OF YOUR WRONG ACTIONS AND STOP THEM AS YOU BEGIN TO DO WHAT YOU KNOW GOD WANTS OF YOU. Otherwise, be prepared for judgment, FROM GOD. Don’t be calling your horrible experiences the devil’s work. When you have been playing on the devil’s playground, you can expect your Daddy to yank a knot in you.

06/30/2010 RAMONA

SIMON SAYS

English: Jesus ascending to heaven

English: Jesus ascending to heaven (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is locked into the heart of our human nature to desire to ascend. We aspire to increase in stature, in wealth, beauty, power; there is no limit to list of accomplishments we envision. Why then, does so little of the accomplishments we would do, ever happen for us in actuality?

There are steps required in the getting and doing of everything. It is not possible to get a drink of water unless we engage the proper procedures to so. It is not possible to build a house unless we assemble the necessary items for building a house.

Too often we dream a dream and place no credibility in that vision; therefore, we fail to look for the path to the realization of the dream.

Sometimes we have dreamed a thought not worthy of birth; but we may have whatever we allow the mind of our hearts to formulate, Jesus said so.   Jesus advised us many times in the Scriptures to be careful of the thoughts we think and the words we say. What does He know about the power of process regarding the employment of those activities?

We are not on this earth without the power to “bring into existence” either good things or bad things. The responsibility is ours to be discerning, and prayerfully thoughtful in the living of our lives.

We must have a “plan,” a goal, or else we float with every breeze that blows against us. More often than not we then find ourselves placed where we never wanted to go. Perhaps we find ourselves in a marriage we simply slipped into, or living in a place we do not enjoy, or suffering illness because we did not recognize the need to order our lives in healthy ways.

Some will eventually find themselves in Hell, and The Lord knows they never planned to go there.

There are “steps” we must take and plans to be made if we want to avoid the ditches of life. That is true of the dimension we live in currently, and also true of the dimension we will live in after the here and now.

Jesus said, “Come to Me,” “I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and no man comes to the Father except by Me.” “He who comes to Me, I will never cast out.”

Now, those are some steps we must all take to plan for a future that is beautiful and wonderful, and lasts forever and forever.

The chances of residing in Heaven are not, as some have said 50%/50%, because there are two places to go.  By the time we leave this life, the odds are 100%; we will reside in Heaven most assuredly, or in Hell most assuredly; it all depends on the steps taken now to “plan” the course.

This is a proclamation of good news! We are all invited to live with God forever in the joys of Heaven, only it requires of us to take the “Step” of calling out to Jesus for the Salvation He has provided to us and pleads with us to receive.

Step Up now!

Ramona: 05/12/13

AGREE WITH GOD!

As a  child I promised myself everyday that when I grew up I would never again eat milk and cornbread.  In those days there were no lunchrooms at the schools.  We walked to school and then back home for lunch and back to school again.  

My mother lacked imagination, I thought, because she could never think of anything to prepare for my lunch except milk and cornbread. 

Later, in my own years of being a mother, I have realized that a quick lunch was the order of the day.  I never thought about the full dinners she prepared on a coal burning stove and the time that required.

For the record, I do eat milk and cornbread in my adult years, although it isn’t much fun now either but for a different reason.  I have dietary restrictions about the “fat” in the foods I consume.  Milk that has the fat removed isn’t so delicious as that which is whole milk.  

I recall that as a much younger student of the Scriptures I read that God required the Israelites to cut the fat from the meat and to offer it to Him as a burnt offering.  I must admit that I suspiciously thought, “God wanted the good stuff for Himself.”  It seems that we humans innately suspect God of bullying.

I have later come to know that God, as He always does, asked for them to sacrifice that which would be harmful to them.  We can always look to the restrictions God places on us and understand that He has placed those restrictions there because of His love and concern for us, being the Protective Father that He is in fact.

It is our nature to think that the rules God has for every area of our lives are designed to “restrict” the fun things.  The truth is that God gives us those rules to keep us safe. 

The act of being temperate is laborious and requires of us the self-discipline we do not like to apply to ourselves.  If our dieting is for weight loss or for weight maintenance, we cannot permit ourselves to allow food to be the focal point of our thoughts.  Our focus is to eat to live, and if possible to enjoy what we do eat to the end result that we may live longer and healthier lives.

Self-discipline regarding food is more difficult than self-discipline in any other matter of personal consumption.   If one does not eat, one cannot live.  Compare food with other available over-indulgences, such as alcohol, or tobacco, or drugs, which are not required elements for survival, and it is easy to understand that food and dieting are truly one of life’s challenges.  With other areas of self-discipline, to simply not touch the forbidden thing is much easier; we must touch food.

Temperance, in those things which God approves for our use is His requirement of us; not so that He can rule us, but rather so that we may live longer and better.

Indeed, God is on our side.  He’s by far wiser than we; it truly stands to reason then that with Him we must agree!

Ramona:  08/05/2012