Mind – The Connection To Knowledge

Daniel 12:4 KJV  “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.”

Knowledge will increase at the time of the end. We say last days or end times, knowledge will increase. Many shall run to and fro. Shall means it will happen but it hasn’t happened yet. Put yourself in Daniel’s shoes. God tells you, many shall run to and fro, what would you think? People running around on their feet?

I believe God was referring to transportation. If you sit back and look at the movement of the people in the world today, 2017, it looks like people are running to and fro, catching flights, trains, buses, traveling in cars, boats, airplanes. Daniel knew only foot transportation and horse or camel as a means of transportation.

Sure people experimented and invented means of transportation, but it was at the turn of the 20th century when knowledge increased. Knowledge exploded. For thousands of years man walked or rode a horse or camel. Could you image some of the snowflakes today using a horse for their transportation?

We have seen the steam engine for trains, to automobiles, speed boats, airplanes, rockets, hovercrafts and now, flying cars. And all within a short 110 years. Compared to the last 6000 years, one can not deny, knowledge has increased just as God said it would. But where did that boom in knowledge come from? And why now? Were the people of the 20th century smarter than their predecessors? Were the 20th century people more imaginative? More creative? I think not. Then look at robots, computers, smart cars, smart appliances, the Internet. Today it is called IoT,  Internet of Things.

You see, God teaches man knowledge.
Psalm 94:9-10 KJV  “He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?
[10] He that chastiseth the heathen, shall not he correct? he that teacheth man knowledge, shall not he know?”

Scripture also says there is a spirit of knowledge. Remember,  there is the physical world and the spiritual world. And in Isaiah 11:1-5 KJV  “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
[2] And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord ;”

Knowledge is a head thing. Another words, a soul attribute. Knowledge is information you decipher in your mind. Then you decide if you believe the information and then act on the information. 

So why does knowledge increase in the last days? Why didn’t God give knowledge before? He did but in the last days, God gave a lot of knowledge and not just for matters of life in this world, but also in understanding of passages in the scripture. Spiritual knowledge.

But, knowledge can have a problem. Just like in the days of Babel. 1 Corinthians 8:1-3 KJV  “Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.
[2] And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.
[3] But if any man love God, the same is known of him.”

People begin to trust knowledge over God not realizing, it was God who gave them the knowledge. People start thinking they are smarter than God or they can work the matter out themselves. Then they start turning away from God in pursuit of knowledge. Remember,  Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived. Solomon had wisdom and knowledge, 2 Chronicles 1. And in the end, he turned away from God.

Paul says, knowledge puffeth up in 1 Corinthians 8:1. He also says, knowledge will vanish away in the same book chapter 13:8.

I saw an example of God giving a believer knowledge. Towards the end of Paul Crouch’s life, he explained how TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network) got into satellite tv. Paul said he was talking to God about the small tv station he started and Paul explained he heard one word from God, satellite.

When you think of the transmitters and receivers and some of the first electronics having tubes and then look at the integrated circuits of today, aka IC chips, and satellite technology,  I could only imagine what Daniel or John must have thought. Trying to describe something years in the future (the 20th & 21st century) in 70AD terminology. Before those things were ever invented.

And how God gives believers today, understanding of the terms Daniel and John used is amazing. Knowledge can be a good thing but when people start believing the knowledge more than the Creator who gave that knowledge, they are treading on dangerous ground.

Knowledge is a “mind thing”. A soul attribute. Knowledge will show you good and evil, death and life and it all starts in your mind first. Until next time.

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Mind – Who Gets Access

It is no surprise, what you think about, you act on. So how do you determine who can access your mind and place thoughts into your mind? Some people take everything into their mind and thoughts. Good or evil they let everything into their mind. Others filter what they allow into their mind. You can control your thoughts.

We know if we look at the big picture, there is God and then those who oppose God. We call it a battle between good and evil. Scripture tells us the devil  works against us and against God. When it comes to man (mankind) God tries to get through to man to cause him to want to choose good, choose God, choose life. God says-

Deuteronomy 30:19-20 KJV  “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
[20] That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”

And later we see God’s people, telling others, to make a choice –

Joshua 24:15 KJV  “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord , choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

We know from scripture, the word of God is seed. So if we chose good over evil, we chose God over the devil, we chose Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, we have the seed of God’s word inside us.

The parable of the sower, Luke 8, explains the seed. If we plant seeds in our yard, where does the seed get water? Yes, God provides rain. When the seed, God’s word, is planted inside us, where does it get water? Seeds can not grow without water. Remember in John 3 when Jesus was explaining the new birth to Nicodemus?

John 3:10-12 KJV ” Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?
[11] Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.
[12] If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?”

And look at what Paul tells believers in
Ephesians 5:26 KJV  “That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,”

So how is the seed, God’s word, watered inside us? Isaiah 44:3 KJV  “For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring:”

The Lord waters the seed. God the Holy Spirit gives us understanding, comfort and teaches us as Jesus said in John chapters 14, 15 and 16.

God may trim us or prune us but it is only because he wants us to bring forth much fruit, not punish us. When you trim your trees do you do it to punish the tree? No.

But into the seed and mind let’s look at where God’s seed is planted, in the heart according to Luke 8:12. And what is the seed going to teach us? The mysteries of the kingdom of God (see Luke 8:10). But notice verse 12 – the devil can take away seed from someone’s heart. You realize this is saying the devil can take something away from you, right? Let’s read it –

Luke 8:10-12 KJV  “And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.
[11] Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
[12] Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.”

We have to ask, what about the mind? Where does the mind and our thoughts come in to play? Notice the 4 examples in Luke 8. Jesus gives 4 types of people and notice the fourth. They, with a good and honest heart, heard the word and kept the word and bring forth fruit with patience. How do you keep the word? Jesus is not speaking about the law. The law is not even mentioned in these verses. So what is keep it?

Jesus warns in Luke 8:18 – take heed how ye hear. Remember when Jesus told several people, according to your faith it is so? Believers and denominations have a tendency to read and study scripture but when they get to a verse or chapter that does not line up with their teaching or their denominational doctrine, people tend to dismiss the scripture, not believe the scripture or even pigeon hole the scripture.

Which brings us right back to Luke 8. You hear the word of God, seed, in your ears and mind. Your mind decides to believe it or not. Your decision settles it in your heart until questions come up about your decision. Once you settle it in your heart, the seed is planted inside you.

Even with things in life, it works the same way. An example? Matthew 5:28 KJV  “But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”

You see, your flesh wants one thing that is against God but your spirit is now alive unto God (if you are saved) and the seed, God’s word lives and grows within you. That is what Galatians 5:17-21 tells us.

But notice, in Luke 8:12, the devil can take seed out of your heart. Why does the devil do that? Lest ye believe and be saved. What if you are already saved? Lest ye believe. The devil knows, if seed gets planted in your heart and grows and brings forth much fruit, he looses.

So the devil goes after your mind, your thoughts and tries to get you to not believe what the seed is teaching you. Your old man disobeyed God, didn’t believe God, did things the way you wanted to do things, did things based on what you think. But the new you (as a believer) listens to the seed, the word of God.

Transformation takes time. The seed inside you does not grow up over night. So how do we grow up? How do we transform?

Ephesians 4:22-32 KJV  “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
[23] And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
[24] And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
[25] Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.
[26] Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
[27] Neither give place to the devil.
[28] Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
[29] Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
[30] And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
[31] Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
[32] And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

From the inside out you transform.

Romans 12:2 KJV. “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

What you think, how you think, the way you think has to be changed. You now have to think like God thinks and you have his seed, the word of God, to teach you how to think and what to say.
Until next time.

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Mind – What Do You Think

If you were to stand back and observe what is going on around the world today, you might ask, has everyone lost their mind? We ask why do terrorists kill innocent people? Why do children shoot up schools? Why does neighbor help neighbor after a hurricane when they didn’t speak much, before the storm?

Something happens to a person to cause them to do good or evil. You can plant good seeds in to people yet some decide to follow evil, why? Whether people follow good or evil, a thought is placed into their mind and they make a decision based on what they think usually. People make decisions based on information provided to them, from an outside source. It doesn’t matter if it is a nation going to war, applying for a job or deciding where to live, all decisions are based on information.

Information comes in to our mind and we make decisions based on that information. When you look at an overview of life, you realize there is good and evil. Some would say you need evil to have good. That is not accurate because God is good and God created all things. Satan chose to disobey God and tried to overthrow God. God gave freewill, Satan chose evil. But that topic is not my focus here.

I had someone say, if I look at your life, why would I want to be a Christian? Granted, they are only looking at an outward appearance but it was a good question. So I considered their comment and I see it as, their perceived information about the Christian life is based on what they see, in this world. It is like people look at someone’s possessions, or their wealth or their influence and decide, from what they see with their eyes, if that person is successful. I use to do that as a young adult in my early twenties. But no longer do I believe everything my eyes see.

So based on their thoughts of what success or wealth is, they determine if someone is successful by what they see with their eyes, in this world. The question is, where did they get their information on what success or wealth really is? Who defined success or wealth to them? Success or wealth can mean one thing to one person and something completely different to another person. Why? Does the definition of success or wealth change in the dictionary? Why can one person see something completely different than another person?

Now that we have laid some ground work, let us look at how information can make us or ruin us. How information can promote us or condemn us. How information can save us or destroy us.

One of the hardest things for man to do is control our thoughts. We are bombarded with information all day, every day. We are hit with advertising, news, thoughts of sin, thoughts of fear, thoughts of anxiety, anger, hatred, love, comfort and yes, thoughts of good and evil. Thoughts of country, politics, leaders. Thoughts of God, church, spiritual matters. When this information comes to us, we either receive or reject the information and we make decisions for our life based on the information we receive.

Remember when Moses sent out 12 spies to spy out the land God gave to Abraham in Numbers 13:17? Moses sent out 12 spies. All 12 spies saw the exact same thing. So why did only two of them, Joshua and Caleb, know God delivered the land unto them and the other 10 spies did not know? All 12 spies had the same information.

Numbers 13:25-33 KJV. “And they returned from searching of the land after forty days.
[26] And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and shewed them the fruit of the land.
[27] And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it.
[28] Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there.
[29] The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan.
[30] And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.
[31] But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.
[32] And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.
[33] And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight”

Even though all 12 spies saw the same thing, because two of the spies, Joshua and Caleb, did not agree with the majority in their conclusion, the people wanted to stone Joshua and Caleb.

Numbers 14:6-10 KJV  “And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of them that searched the land, rent their clothes:
[7] And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land.
[8] If the Lord delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey.
[9] Only rebel not ye against the Lord , neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the Lord is with us: fear them not.
[10] But all the congregation bade stone them with stones. And the glory of the Lord appeared in the tabernacle of the congregation before all the children of Israel.”

We know, God got upset with the people and made them wander 40 years in the wilderness until they died off except for Joshua and Caleb and Moses. One would ask, how is it fair that Joshua and Caleb had to suffer 40 years of wandering when they believed God. Joshua and Caleb had to submit to God’s judgment on the people and submit to Moses’ authority. But God is a righteous judge and Joshua and Caleb were blessed.

We see similar actions today. Believers sometimes have to suffer through things because of other’s unbelief or lack of action.  But God is a righteous judge and protects and blesses those who trust him.

The question is, why did 12 spies all see the same thing but only 2 spies saw victory? All 12 spies made a decision based on the exact same information. The answer is in how all 12 spies processed the information. And where do we process information? Our mind. So 10 of the spies were defeated in their mind. They let their mind defeat them and convince them they could not win. The 2 spies, Joshua and Caleb, knew they could not defeat the people but their trust was not in themselves. They believed God. They believed what God said and God would deliver to them the land.

A few posts back I mentioned how people try to manage the things in their life. But when a hurricane comes along,  you can’t manage the wind, you can’t manage what trees fall or where they fall. Only God can manage the wind.

When you face things that seem impossible or hopeless remember,  you win or loose based on your mind. You can say scripture but if you do not believe in your mind and heart the scripture, you let your mind defeat you.

God has plenty to say about our mind. Let’s look for real answers together. Until next time.

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Irma And Daddy

Although I plan on using these verses in reference to Hurricane Irma, I wanted to point out a few things. So here are the verses.

Deuteronomy 10:17-22 KJV ” For the Lord your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward:
[18] He doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger, in giving him food and raiment.
[19] Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.
[20] Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave, and swear by his name.
[21] He is thy praise, and he is thy God, that hath done for thee these great and terrible things, which thine eyes have seen.
[22] Thy fathers went down into Egypt with threescore and ten persons; and now the Lord thy God hath made thee as the stars of heaven for multitude.

Notice God is telling Israel he is the one true God of all gods? He is the Lord of all lords? What did Jesus say about himself? King of kings and Lord of lords in Revelation?  Clearly, Jesus is God manifest (made known) in the flesh.

Notice how many people went to Egypt? Three score and ten. A score in scripture is 20. So three score is 20 times 3 or 60. So three score is 60, plus ten, is 70. When Joseph’s family came into Egypt because of the famine, 70 people came. These were Jacob and his family plus handmaids and workers of the family.

God prospered them and when they came out of Egypt they came out 430 years later. So from the time of Jacob and his family coming into Egypt to be with Joseph until the time Moses led them out of Egypt was 430 years and we know those who came out were 600,000 men plus wives and children according to Exodus 12.  And, Israel came out of Egypt with the wealth of Egypt. Why? Egypt stole Israel’s wealth when they took Israel into bondage.

Relating to Hurricane Irma now, I would like to update you. From the point of the flesh and this world, Sunday night about 6 or 7pm we started experiencing an uptick in winds. There is a hedge row of large trees  behind our home. I considered some trees may fall. Because the storm was projected to be a Cat 1 or 2 near me, we did not evacuate.

Many of you know I had moved into my mom’s trailer park, with her, when she was diagnosed with heart issues and then breast cancer. Because I sold everything to move in with my mom, when she went home to the Lord, I stayed living there.

Her mobile home is a 1986 meaning it did not have wind fortifications like newer mobile homes are required after Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Needless to say, I was concerned with the structural integrity of the home. In a Cat2 we could expect 80-100 mile an hour sustained winds with gusts to 110 to 120mph. Plus, we would be nestled between two mobile homes that would help break the wind.

Starting about 8:30 pm Sunday night, the lights started to flicker off and on again. Then at 10:30pm the power went off and stayed off. Around 12:30 am we heard trees started to fall around us. We sat with flashlights on and were talking about how we would handle a tree hitting the house. The wind was howling, the trees cracking or falling, the house literally shook.

Naturally, I had prayed, thought of the storms the disciples went through with Jesus and thought of Paul being shipwrecked three times. I asked God to dispatch his angels to put protection around the house and especially the roof. Suddenly we hear this loud thud on the roof and I knew a part of a tree or a tree had hit the roof. Then I reminded God how he is the father to the farherless.

I always thought I was trusting the Lord with my life. I have made decisions at times that I did not want to make, but I knew God wanted me to make a different decision than I wanted. So I thought I was trusting God. I didn’t have ear plugs so I wadded up some toilet paper and put those in my ears so I would not hear the storm. Hearing the storm is what causes fear.

I had no control over the storm but I could control how I responded to the storm. So I plugged my ears and started quoting scripture back to God on how he protects his children. Then I thought of the scripture where God tells us, we cry Abba Father. Abba is like saying daddy. I never had a father and I fall into the promises of God to the fatherless.

So I said to God, Abba Father, daddy save me, daddy save us. It was at that moment I realized, my life was truly in God’s hands. Normally we try to help God with our life by trying to manage things. But this time, I could not manage the storm. I could not manage the trees coming down around me. I could not manage the power outages or if the house would blow apart from the wind or a tornado. I could not manage anything other than how I responded to what was happening. So I chose to cry out, daddy, save me, daddy, save us.

I thought of times I said that to my mom when I was growing up, mom save me from ….. Mom would always come to the rescue. But I never had a dad, a daddy, so for me to say, daddy save me meant I had to fully trust my Heavenly Father to show me I could trust him to respond like my mom responded. Another words, God would rescue me and He did.

I got about 3 hours sleep Sunday night and when dawn broke Monday morning, my son and I went out to survey the damage. There were large trees down on both sides of my house. There were three parts of trees down on the roof but they did not penetrate the roof. I had a cracked window, no power and my bougainvillea, along with other landscaping was now ground cover.

Because there was a rash on ice and supplies, and I forget to make ice before the storm, all the food in the fridge is not edible and must be thrown out. And I just stocked up before the storm.

For me, God showed me how, as my Heavenly Father, I can truly let go and let him manage my life. How many times we do things from habit or from trying to control people, events or circumstances in our life and never think about asking daddy to save us, to protect us. We prepare for hurricanes here in Florida but we can not control the impact they have on us, our family or our property, only daddy can.

As I have said before, Florida and Floridians know how to deal with hurricanes and hurricane aftermath. I’ve heard half of the state has no power. With a population of about 18 million, that means 9 million in the dark. Neighbor works with neighbor in cleaning up, businesses and churches give away free food and drinks to residents, you see gas stations gerry rigged to provide fuel, supermarkets have only half of their lights on because they are running on generator back up. People give to cops and power crews free drinks and sandwiches. People truly work together including local radio.

Local radio stations broadcast information from electric companies, fuel, ice and food information and people call to inform others and officials what is going on in their neighborhood. There is no arguing, pushing or rudeness. People pray together and work together. It is a wonderful thing to see and experience.

Sure, you get those complainers or those who get angry with power companies because they don’t work as fast as the complainer wants. Those people need to learn compassion for others. And you get the traditional thieves who break into businesses or homes to steal. God is a righteous judge.

Then you realize your preparations pay off. You put containers in your bathtub filled with water and a capful of bleach so you can gravity flush your toliets. Your battery operated LED lights and solar lights for your yard provide indoor lighting at night. Then recharge solar lights in the daylight, courtesy of God. The water you stocked up on before the storm and you filled your car with fuel as preparing work. You have a TV antenna so when power comes on partly, you can get free over the air stations for news with your radio because your cable provider lost power too.

You sit in your car charging your smart  phone so you can notify people you are okay, check your email and write a post for your blog. You remembered to get extra Clorox bleach for sanitizing surfaces, put in your toliets  and to purify your water. You get large containers of Clorox wipes to clean your hands after the bathroom and keeping surfaces clean. You bought non perishable foods and a bag of your favorite candy.

The propane was filled and you can use your grill to cook and the burner to boil water. And you remembered to put tap water into baggies and seal them and put them in the freezer to freeze before the storm. So when the power goes out, your baggies will preserve your food in the freezer. You move perishables into the freezer with the frozen water baggies. Food left at 40°, after 6 hours, must be thrown out per the health department officials. 

You picked up any prescriptions before the storm. And you always have a first aid kit incase of an injury. These are all things you can manage. Then you wait for the storm. Then God manages.

Through the storm, God has shown me I can trust my daddy, even though I do not see him. Never having a father because he abandoned us, you will never understand the fatherless unless you are fatherless. The fatherless do not know how to trust fathers. Nor do they have any father to teach them how to be a good father. So God teaches them. And God has a special place in his heart for the fatherless and for widows and his word, the scriptures, clearly explain that.

As Floridians including myself, try to get back to “normal”, I pray you will pray for the people of Florida to see God’s mighty hand in keeping us safe and providing for us. Until next time.

Here is a picture of one of the uprooted trees on one side of my house. Three different trees came down in that area. Notice how close those trees came to the house. The Florida room is 8 or 9 inches from the trees. But they missed.

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Hurricane Irma

Many of our regular readers know we are located in Florida near The Villages. I thought I would take this time, while we have power, to update our readers.

Florida has a population of about 18 million people. With the uncertainty of Hurricane Irma, people evacuated from south east Florida only to discover later, the storm is targeted in the location they evacuated to.

Three people in the Florida Keys have died according to news reports. Signs are up for looters that say, “You loot, we shoot”. Irma will impact the entire state due to her size. Tornadoes have popped up in the squall areas. The reason the right side of a hurricane is the worst is because the winds go counter-clockwise causing tornadoes with heavy rain and storm surge.

Florida is swampy so there is fuel on land and water for hurricanes and with a sandy ground, we do not hold flood waters like Houston. Additionally, Florida’s infrastructure is designed with hurricanes in mind and drainage is factored in.

All local television stations interrupt programming and go 24/7 hurricane coverage and point out where flooding and tornadoes are, warning people. I remember during Hurricane Frances our local newsman said a tornado was spotted on a specific road which was located behind us. We went into our home shelter and we heard the tornado behind us. I am grateful to the newsman for his report because we were able to go into our shelter.

I have lived all over Florida for the past 30 years. I have experienced more hurricanes living “inland” than living on the coastline. Maybe it is time to move to the coast again. Most of Florida is under a tornado watch and warning.

Irma is suppose to hit our area overnight tonight but tornadoes are an all day and night possibility. Current projections show Cape Coral / Ft Myers to take a direct hit, then Tampa. We’ve heard a crane in Miami is dangling from a building and there is some wind damage. When you consider our entire state is 60-90 miles wide and Irma is about 450 miles in diameter,  you see how the whole state can feel the impact.

Not sure if we will loose power and if so, for how long so I wanted to update you on the situation. One thing for sure, Florida has experience with hurricanes and our state has a great hurricane program in place. Over 1 million people already with no power and the storm just left the Keys. And yes, all tourist attractions are closed until Tuesday including Disney, Universal, Sea World, Legoland and the state has everything closed including supermarkets, gas stations and all businesses. Curfews are in place to prevent looting.

I have posted our latest advisory for you to see. The information is from Fox35 out of Orlando, Florida. We are about 50 miles northwest of Orlando. The east coast is getting tornadoes from the feeder bands. I will try to update you later. God is in control and it is time for people to repent in our country and turn back to God.

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Are Hurricanes From God?

Many believers study the signs in the heavens including eclipses and the moon. Scripture even tells us there are signs God sends us. It has been reported the blood moons are a warning to Israel and the solar eclipse is a warning to Gentile nations. Whether you believe that or not is not the point.

We don’t hear much news from Israel unless we go to news sites from Israel. So evaluating the blood moons takes time. Additionally, we have the jubilee of Jerusalem coming up September 23, 2017. War is on the horizon for Israel because scripture tells us war is coming to Israel.

When we look at the events since the “celebrated” eclipse, we have to acknowledge there has been a shift. We see brush fires in the American west, the largest solar flare in years, Hurricane Harvey’s impact on Texas, an 8.1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico City yesterday triggering a tsunami, Hurricane Irma targeting Florida’s entire state. It would not surprise me to see ice storms and blizzards this winter in America’s north and northeast.

Global warming is not the cause for these events, God may be shaking things up. When you look at the sin and filth on public television and cable, America has been feeding on ungodliness and so have other nations.

Anyone who has studied scripture knows these types of events may come from God to get people to repent. To turn from evil and wickedness to the Lord. Believers should be standing in the gap repenting and praying for their community, their state and their country. We need to be salt and light, not worldly and act like the heathen.

Many of our regular readers know we are in Florida. When you think of the storm that came up when Peter walked on the water or when the disciples woke Jesus up because they feared the storm (Matthew 14:22-31 KJV  ” And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.
[23] And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.
[24] But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.
[25] And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
[26] And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
[27] But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
[28] And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
[29] And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
[30] But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
[31] And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?”)

Notice how Jesus responded to their fear of the wind.  So when you look at hurricanes, God gives us wisdom but when circumstances prohibit your actions, like the disciples were in a boat on the water and could not get out of the way of the storm, you have to trust the Lord and have faith.

Even Paul was shipwrecked 3 times. They lost the ship in the storm but God saved them, their life. We are in the new path of Hurricane Irma in Florida. One of my first thoughts? Elijah going up to heaven in a whirlwind. How cool is that. And if we get “shipwrecked” we are in good company.

My prayer is God be merciful to the state of Florida. Yes, I have been praying and repenting for my lack of prayer for Florida over the years. Disasters bring people to God and Lord willing, the recent disasters in America bring Americans back to God. For Americans to repent and become salt and light again. Until next time.

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Proverbs 10:1-25 KJV  “The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.
[2] Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death.
[3] The Lord will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the substance of the wicked.
[4] He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.
[5] He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.
[6] Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.
[7] The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.
[8] The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.
[9] He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.
[10] He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall.
[11] The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.
[12] Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.
[13] In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.
[14] Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.
[15] The rich man’s wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.
[16] The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.
[17] He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.
[18] He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool. [19] In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.
[20] The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.
[21] The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.
[22] The blessing of the Lord , it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it. [23] It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.
[24] The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.
[25] As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more : but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.”

Hate groups are not our ancestors, they are groups pushing an agenda that does not line up with scripture. Time to take a stand and get involved and ask them if they believe God and the Scriptures. Then ask, does God support vandalism?
Does God support hate?

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