Sunday, October 12, 2014

“THE TRUE ENVIRONMENTALIST”

Good Evening to All!

“But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee;  and the fowls of the air; and they shall tell thee:  (8) Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee;  and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. (9)  Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this?  (10)  In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.  
I read the “devotional” that went with this scripture passage and must say I was a bit disappointed.
While I agree that the news media regularly report how the earth’s resources are diminishing rapidly, I do not see the correlation of these scriptures and the subject of her devotional.
The writer said that she had visited friends and one had asked if animals went to heaven. 
It sounded to me as though the writer did not answer her question, but beat around the bush.  She said, “I reminded her man alone is made in the image and likeness of God, and also the recipients  of salvation.  She called it a pat answer, but to me it did not answer anything.  The answer also left her friend unsatisfied and I understand why.  She then continued to offer another verse of “comfort”  “There is no creature hidden from His sight”  (Hebrews 4:13).  According to the KJV it says, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight:  but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
I have yet to figure out what that has to do with animals going to heaven. 
If we look at this realistically  and logically, God breathed His breath into mankind which provided us with a soul.  All other creatures were created, but not breathed into, therefore they do not have “souls”.  It is our souls which enter into the eternal heaven or hell, therefore anything not having a soul will not be entering either place. 
I don’t mean this to sound harsh to animal lovers.  I love animals, and I had a dog who was just like a member of my family.  I wish that I could say I would see her again when I get to heaven, but realistically I know this not to be possible. 
“For in Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth. . . all things have been created through Him and for Him”  (Colossians 1:16).  It’s important to remember that Christ created animals for our enjoyment.  Therefore, be grateful to the Lord. 
This being said, while truthful, I still cannot see what these scriptures have to do with animals entering heaven. 

 What might your opinions be?

Please forgive the "elementary style" of my blog post.  I have been having a lot of problems getting this post established.  I will not be able to post for a couple of weeks at my house, so I wanted to at least get this post out to you.  I pray you won't give up on me.  See you in a couple of weeks.  I have also been unable to retrieve any pictures for my post, so I hope the content will be enough to peak your interest. 

Have a wonderful night and May God Bless!





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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

"BIBLE READINGS AND RAMBLING THOUGHTS"

 
Good Morning to All!



Our “Prayer Connect” group at church is studying the book of Matthew this month. I was just reading chapter 8 where Jesus healed so many people, and cast out devils putting them into swine.



He did ALL OF THIS for these people, yet they begged Him to leave their city. Now that is gratitude for you, isn't it? That is so sad. I guess I will never understand the nature of human beings. We allow such nasty spirits to override the good ones. I know that is “human nature”, but it is also something we must work to overcome.



The Bible tells us that it will be this way in the last days. It seems to me that KNOWING this, it would make us strive to be BETTER people. We have an advantage that the people in Biblical times (or before) didn't have. We have God's written Word. We know what is suppose to happen, so why in the world don't we try and make this a better place? I truly believe that is what God would want us to do. We have His written instructions and if we would follow them, just think about how much better everyone would get along, and live. I know we are not perfect. God knows this as well, but He says we are to “strive” to be perfect as He is perfect. This to me would include be grateful to others for what they do.



Jesus did so much for these people, yet he was asked to leave. It makes me wonder if the people he helped stood up for him and said, “no, he needs to stay”. I rather doubt it. People tend to “go along with the crowd”. That doesn't say much for us now does it. We do the same thing today. Oh, there is a small remnant of Christians that will stand up, but really, if we truly love God as we say we do, we would stand up and speak on His behalf. We would want to make sure to get His Word out. We would not allow anyone to squelch the Spirit of God from spreading throughout the land. We would embrace it and do what we could to increase it. We would welcome Him with an open heart and mind, and not be scared of the wondrous things we see happening.



The thing is, we must be full of God's Word, we must know it because we can be deceived. The devil can do things and make us THINK that it is from God, so we must be aware of the truth. We must NOT BE DECEIVED.



I enjoy the book of Proverbs. We just finished studying that book, but I was reading in my devotional book in Chapter 22:24-25 which says “Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go; lest thou learn his ways and get a snare to thy soul.



In other words if we associate with people who are not so nice, who cause trouble or are a negative influence to those around them, we will begin to act just like them. That is why God tells us to stay away from these type of people and gravitate toward godly people, and people with good spirits. I used to think that if I associated with troubled people, that my good thoughts and actions would rub off on them. Unfortunately, that was not the case. It was I who started acting like them. My husband quickly pointed these problematic attitudes out to me and I had to leave this “friend” behind for the sake of my own soul and husband. 

Something else we might think about.  Children learn what they live.  If we as adults are bad influences to others, then what are our children going to be?   



I hope this didn't sound like the ramblings of an old woman, with a scattered brain, but these are just a few of my thoughts from my readings this beautiful morning.

Just so you know, I have no idea why those words were made into links.  I tried to get rid of them but couldn't figure out how.  I do apologize and will try and figure it out so it won't happen again.



Have a Wonderful Day and MAY GOD BLESS!





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