Luke 9:23-25 ~
And He was saying to them all,
“If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself,
and take up his cross daily and follow Me.
FOR WHOEVER WISHES TO SAVE HIS LIFE WILL LOSE IT,
but whoever loses his life for My sake,
he is the one who will save it.
For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world,
and loses or forfeits himself?
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Isaiah 30:9-18 ~
“For this is a rebellious people, false sons,
Sons who refuse to listen
To the instruction of the Lord;
Who say to the seers, “You must not see visions”;
And to the prophets, “You must not prophesy to us what is right,
Speak to us pleasant words,
“Get out of the way, turn aside from the path,
Let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel.”
Therefore this iniquity will be to you
Like a breach about to fall,
A bulge in a high wall,
Whose collapse comes suddenly in an instant,
Whose collapse is like the smashing of a potter’s jar,
So ruthlessly shattered
That a sherd will not be found among its pieces
To take fire from a hearth
Or to scoop water from a cistern.”
For thus the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, has said,
“In repentance and rest you will be saved,
In quietness and trust is your strength.”
But you were not willing,
And you said, “No, for we will flee on horses,”
Therefore you shall flee!
“And we will ride on swift horses,”
Therefore those who pursue you shall be swift.
One thousand will flee at the threat of one man;
You will flee at the threat of five,
Until you are left as a flag on a mountain top
And as a signal on a hill.
God Is Gracious and Just
Therefore the Lord longs to be gracious to you,
And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you.
For the Lord is a God of justice;
How blessed are all those who long for Him.”
Last week I felt prompted to get a fish, which I felt needed to be called “Preach”. So, James (JCSouthwest) and I went to the pet store, where I found this Betta that was the most active one there:
We picked up an inexpensive Tea Jar at Wal-Mart, because I wanted something besides the ole fish bowls that you normally see.
Anyway, after the first day, Preach decided burying his head in the rocks was where he liked to be.
Ummmm, WOW, what a prophetic picture of MOST professing Christians these day . . . who do NOT want to hear the warnings from the Holy Spirit, so they can be aware and prepared.
What’s the point? Might as well not have one, if it’s sticking its head in the rocks and not swimming around.
I was thinking about taking him back to the pet store and getting a gold fish.
Can you see how USELESS to the LORD we are if we don’t do what we were created and called to do AND we don’t Obey the leading of the Holy Spirit?
It’s not only USELESS. . . It’s actually REBELLION against the Creator of ALL things. . . The KING of kings and the LORD of lords.
Are you doing what you were created and called to do? If not, you may be in a season of rest, or training,/refiner’s Fire or REBELLION. Please seek the Holy Spirit to search your heart and to show you ANY area that is unpleasing . . . Sinful . . Rebellious . . Unforgiving, that you may REPENT and be forgiven.
It is possible the Holy Spirit may have you in a place of REST, so you can be ready for your next “assignment”.
OR . . You may be going through some REALLY difficult times right now and are in “The Refiner’s Fire”. . . Testing you in ways you don’t think you can endure, but remember: The LORD is on YOUR side.
ONLY THE HOLY SPIRIT CAN REVEAL TO YOU THE FULL TRUTH, SO SEEK HIM . . . AND OBEY HIS LEADING IN ALL AREAS OF YOUR LIFE.
So, what about the fish called “Preach”? Here’s the good news:
When I found the correct food for him (after the 3rd try of different Betta fish foods), he started eating and perking up.
He is now actually “interacting” when I turn the light on my desk. He is no longer poking his head in the rocks like a dud.
When we seek the FULL TRUTH and not avoid the FULL TRUTH . . . . And when we “Eat” (read) the Bible, we take in spiritual nourishment for our souls, mind, will and emotions. . . For our ENTIRE being. BUT, we MUST choose to “eat” the TRUTH of the Written Word (the Bible) .. , follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, maintain a clean/pure walk with the LORD. . . Repent . . . Forgive and step into our calling. . . For “such a time as this”.
6-26-16 UPDATE about “Preach” the fish:
He had been struggling to stay alive for several days, but finally I found him floating at the top. I provided the proper food, water conditions, etc., but when it was his time to go . . . He went.
It’s also a prophetic picture of the FAMINE of true preaching in the United States. . . It’s basically DEAD in “the church”. ALSO, when it’s our time to step into eternity . . . We go. ARE YOU READY? TODAY could be your last day.
GREETINGS. Considerate comments are indeed welcome. I wish I didn’t have to put the following here, but must:
I do NOT need to hear why you don’t believe what I’m posting here; those comments will be deleted and I won’t go into “debate zone”.
Remember you are visiting me in my virtual home.
PLEASE ———-> Take ALL that I am sharing to the LORD in prayer, particularly the following revelation from the Holy Spirit and I will quote it yet again:
“OBAMA IS THE ANTICHRIST”
Remember, we are Ambassadors of Christ. Let’s act accordingly, for the Heavenly Father IS watching us.
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