Building Plans…..

Luke 9:23 “If anyone will come after Me, let them deny
themselves, take up their cross daily and follow Me.”

Building Plans

What if Noah lived in the United States and had
to build an Ark in 2009 .
The Lord speaks to Noah and says: “In one year I
am going to make it rain and cover the whole earth
with water until all is destroyed. But I want you to
save the righteous people and two of every kind of
living thing on earth. Therefore, I am commanding you
to build an Ark.”
In a flash of lightning, God delivered the specifications
for an Ark. With Faith, Fear and trembling, Noah took the plans
and agreed to build the Ark.
“Remember.” said the Lord, “You must complete the
Ark and bring everything aboard in one year.”
Exactly one year later, a fierce storm cloud
covered the earth and all the seas of the earth went
into a tumult. The Lord saw Noah sitting on his front
porch weeping.
“Noah,” He asked, “Where is the Ark?”
“Lord please forgive me!” cried Noah, “I did my
best, but there were big problems. First I had to get
a permit for construction and your plans did not
comply with the codes. I had to hire an engineering
firm and redraw the plans. Then I got into a fight
with OSHA over whether or not the Ark needed a fire
sprinkling system and floatation devises. Then my
neighbor objected, claiming I was violating zoning
ordinances by building the Ark in my yard, so I had to
get a variance from the city planning commission.
I had problems getting enough wood for
the Ark because there was a ban on cutting trees to
protect the spotted owl. I finally convinced the U.S.
Forest Service that I needed the wood to save the
owls. However, the Fish and Wildlife Service wont let
me catch any owls. So no owls.
The carpenters formed a union and went out on
strike. I had to negotiate a settlement with the
National Labor Union. Now I have 16 carpenters on the
Ark, but no owls.
When I started rounding up the other animals, I
got sued by the animal rights group. They objected to
me only taking two of each kind aboard.
Just when I got the suit dismissed, the EPA
notified me that I could not complete the Ark without
filing an environmental impact statement on the
proposed flood. They didn’t take kindly to the idea
that they had no jurisdiction over the conduct of the
Creator of the universe.
Then the Army Core of Engineers demanded a map of
the proposed new flood plan. I sent them a globe.
Right now, I am trying to resolve a complaint
filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
that I am practicing discrimination by not taking
godless, unbelieving people aboard!
The IRS has seized all my assets, claiming that
I’m building the Ark in preparation to flee the
country to avoid paying taxes.
I just got a notice from the state that I owe
some kind of user tax and failed to register the Ark
as a recreational water craft.
Finally the ACLU got the courts to issue an
injunction against further construction of the Ark,
saying that since God is flooding the earth, it is a
religious event, therefore unconstitutional.
I really don’t think I can finish the Ark for
another 5 or 6 years!” Noah wailed.
The sky began to clear, the sun began to shine
and the seas began to calm. A rainbow arched across
the sky. Noah looked up hopefully. “You mean you are
not going to destroy the earth, Lord?”
“No,” said the Lord sadly. “The government
already has.”

All joking aside, the flood was real and so are satan’s attacks!

Gen 6:11,14-16 “The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth
was filled with violence…Make yourself an ark of gopher wood, make
rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch.
And this is how you shall make it; The length of the ark shall be
three hundred cubits (450 ft estimate), it’s width 50 cubits (75 ft est),
and it’s height 30 cubits (45 ft est).You shall make a window for the
ark and you shall finish it to a cubit (1 1/2 ft) from above; and set
the door in the ark in it’s side. You shall make it with lower, second
and third decks.”

I Pet 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil,
as a roaring lion, walks about seeking whom he may devour.”

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Wisdom….God’s Way.

Look carefully and listen carefully on how God views the wisdom of our world.

Isaiah 55:8,9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways,
and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Joshua 24:15a “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you
this day whom ye will serve;…”

WISDOM – GOD’S WAY !

World = I have my rights!
God = 1 Cor. 6:20 “For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

World = Trust your instincts!
God = Phil 3:3b “…rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.”

World = Pride in yourself in mandatory to feel good about yourself!
God = Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”

World = Speak boldly of your accomplishments!
God = 1 Peter 5:5-7 “Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”

World = You are good!
God = Romans 3:10 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: “Isaiah 64:6 “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”

Is it ok to feel good about yourself? Yes, as a believer I am special because of Jesus in me!
2 Cor. 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

World = Strength in self brings security and strength!
God = 2 Cor. 12:9 “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

World = Find yourself and be true to yourself!
God = Luke 9:23 “If anyone will come after Me, let them deny themselves, take up their cross daily and follow Me.”
Mat 6:33a “But seek you first the Kingdom of God and it’s righteousness…”
2 Peter 3:18 “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and
Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.”

World = Believe in yourself!
God = Phil 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

World = Hard times should not happen to me, I deserve better!
God = Romans 8:28″And we know that all things work together for good
to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

World = Live for today for who knows what tomorrow may bring!
God = 1 Thes. 5:1-6 “But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.”
If you are interested in what tomorrow really will bring read the remaining portion of I Thes 5 and Rev 19, 20, 21, 22.

World = Fear comes from within, you can control it!
God = 2 Tim. 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. “

Don’t you find it amazing that what our world and what our inner self thinks and teaches is so contrary to God’s ways and thoughts? There is a logical explanation. Why is it that the world’s ways are so much different than Gods ways?

Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man,
but the end thereof are the ways of death.”

Therefore….

Joshua 24:15a “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you
this day whom ye will serve;…”
Look carefully and listen carefully on how God views the wisdom of our world.

Isaiah 55:8,9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways,
and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Joshua 24:15a “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you
this day whom ye will serve;…”

WISDOM – GOD’S WAY !

World = I have my rights!
God = 1 Cor. 6:20 “For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in
your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

World = Trust your instincts!
God = Phil 3:3b “…rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.”

World = Pride in yourself in mandatory to feel good about yourself!
God = Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”

World = Speak boldly of your accomplishments!
God = 1 Peter 5:5-7 “Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”

World = You are good!
God = Romans 3:10 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: ”
Isaiah 64:6 “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses
are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”

Is it ok to feel good about yourself? Yes, as a believer I am special because of Jesus in me!
2 Cor. 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

World = Strength in self brings security and strength!
God = 2 Cor. 12:9 “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

World = Find yourself and be true to yourself!
God = Luke 9:23 “If anyone will come after Me, let them deny themselves, take up their cross daily and follow Me.”
Mat 6:33a “But seek you first the Kingdom of God and it’s righteousness…”
2 Peter 3:18 “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and
Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.”

World = Believe in yourself!
God = Phil 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

World = Hard times should not happen to me, I deserve better!
God = Romans 8:28″And we know that all things work together for good
to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

World = Live for today for who knows what tomorrow may bring!
God = 1 Thes. 5:1-6 “But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.”
If you are interested in what tomorrow really will bring read the remaining portion of I Thes 5 and Rev 19, 20, 21, 22.

World = Fear comes from within, you can control it!
God = 2 Tim. 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. “

Don’t you find it amazing that what our world and what our inner self thinks and teaches is so contrary to God’s ways and thoughts? There is a logical explanation. Why is it that the world’s ways are so much different than Gods ways?

Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man,
but the end thereof are the ways of death.”

Therefore….

Joshua 24:15a “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you
this day whom ye will serve;…”

The Real Cold War…..

The real cold war is not dead! I fear many of us who know and believe in God may be sleeping on the topic of the enemy. Yes, satan is alive and well. He cannot be seen, so like Thomas I fear we do not believe. Or worse yet, we are doing so little for Jesus Church and work that the enemy does not need to spend anytime fighting with us!!!

The Old Testament was recorded so we could learn from it. It is as relevant today as it was 2000 years ago. God and our enemy do not change down through the years like technology does. So we can count on the principles of battle in the OT working for us in the New Testament times.

Listen to how the enemy acts today.

Job 2:2 “And the Lord said unto Satan, ‘From where do you come?’ So satan answered the Lord and said, ‘ From going to and fro on the earth and from walking back and forth on it.’
And one of God’s warning about him.

I Pet 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about seeking whom he may devour.”

Our God is a loving God. The war will not go away until Jesus returns a 2nd time to put an end to sin. Until then our main weapon of warfare is…..

James 4:7 “SUBMITT yourselves therefore unto God, RESIST the devil and he will flee from you.”

He is!

He is!

Ex 3:14a “And God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM,’

He is the Alpha and Omega, the First and Last, the Beginning and the End!
He is the keeper of Creation and the Creator of all!
He is the Architect of the universe
He always was, He always is, and He always will be…
Unmoved, Unchanged, Undefeated, and never Undone!
He was bruised and brought healing!
He was pierced and eased pain!
He was persecuted and brought freedom!
He was dead and brought life!
He is risen and brings power!
He reigns and brings Peace!
The world can’t understand him,
The armies can’t defeat Him,
The schools can’t explain Him, and
The leaders can’t ignore Him.
Herod couldn’t kill Him,
The Pharisees couldn’t confuse Him, and The people couldn’t hold Him!
Nero couldn’t crush Him,
Hitler couldn’t silence Him,
The New Age can’t replace Him, and
Donahue can’t explain Him away!
The ACLU cannot eliminate Him.
He is light, love, longevity, and Lord.
He is goodness, Kindness, Gentleness, and God.
He is Holy, Righteous, mighty, powerful, and pure.
His ways are right,
His word is eternal,
His will is unchanging, and
His mind is on us.
He is my Redeemer,
He is my Savior,
He is my guide, and
He is my peace!
He is my Joy,
He is my comfort,
He is my Lord, and
He rules my life!

I serve Him because His bond is love,
His burden is light, and
His goal for me is abundant life.

I follow Him because He is the wisdom of the wise, The power of the powerful, The ancient of days, the ruler of rulers, The leader of leaders, the overseer of the overcomers, and The sovereign Lord of all that was and is and is to come.

And if that seems impressive to you, try this for size.
His goal is a relationship with ME!

He will never leave me,
Never forsake me,
Never mislead me,
Never forget me,
Never overlook me, and
Never cancel my appointment in His appointment book!
When I fall, He lifts me up!
When I fail, He forgives!
When I am weak, He is strong!
When I am lost, He is the way!
When I am afraid, He is my courage!
When I stumble, He steadies me!
When I am hurt, He heals me!
When I am broken, He mends me!
When I am blind, He leads me!
When I am hungry, He feeds me!
When I face trials, He is with me!
When I face persecution, He shields me!
When I face problems, He comforts me!
When I face loss, He provides for me!
When I face Death, He carries me Home!
He is everything for everybody, everywhere, Every time, and every way.
He is God, He is faithful.
I am His, and He is mine!

My Father in heaven can whip the father of this world.
I’ve read the book and I know Who wins!!!!!!

So, if you’re wondering why I feel so secure, understand this…
He said it and that settles it.

God is in control, I am on His side, and That means all is well with my soul.

Everyday is a blessing for GOD Is!

Isa 44:6 “Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and His Redeemer, the Lord of Hosts, and there is no God besides Me.”

Ex 3:14a “And God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM,’