10 thoughts on “Faith, Religion, Spiritual

  1. What a beautiful photo in a very lush landscape setting. It so illustrates “Faith, Religion and Spiritual”. The rainbow, sign of God’s covenant, seems to point to/intersect with the cross atop the church, signaling the New Covenant, entered into by faith in Jesus.

    “This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Matt 26:28

    The rainbow also reminded me of a lesson in one of Sara’s retreat books, “Dressing for His Glory”; lesson 6 “Rainbow – Clouds of Rain Bring Showers of Blessing”. In it she asks: “Isaiah 55:10-13. What is the “covenant” we have with the Lord if we accept His invitation to “enter-in” this covenant?” There are any promises in those verses and one Sara suggested to memorize was, “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
    It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”

    1. It seems faith is on the scales being weighed in the balance of time and kind. At times I feel we have entered in the time of goats and sheep parable. (Matthew 25:31-46) Probably not. Maybe just practice of giving thought to this parable since the illustration given of the work of a shepherd with sheep and goats understandably to earth dwellers. “The Son of Man” demonstrates the idea in this parable that humans are one or will be one of the two when he with his angels return robed in His glory to judge the nations.

      I’m sure most of us have watched or read or heard chatter over the impeachment trial of President Trump recently and some may have seen President Clinton’s in years past. The trial where the head judge of these United States robes up and brings assistants to help him judge. Watching this I thought what is he judging the time clock? I believe I heard asked of him if we have a tie vote could you break the tie and he made his little spill no. Ok fine. So here we go politicians of 2 kinds vote. Of course the winner is the side of the party on trial. One from a party spirits his vote giving his reason as his faith. Here sparks the flames of blame and shame. Now faith is on the scales of justice and a thumb from somewhere is tipping the scales. The man that was on trial has been acquitted by his party and he takes to the floor to mock people that pray. People of faith. I just don’t need to quote the words he used about others and their prayers since they are well documented in newspapers across the nations. I’m not writing here because I’m wearing a robe to judge this decision made by others or other trials. Yet, these happenings before our eyes gave me reason to dig a little deeper into scriptures to try and understand how “sheep and goats” might be identified when “The Son of Man” comes with His Angels to judge the Nations. Why the Book of Genesis 8:16 quotes in our blog gives such clear promises and vs 12 stating clearly to “all generations”. And, a cross where Jesus hung confirmed life and love to all that believe and repent.

      Debi in her comments above quotes a verse I had suggested to hold in our memory,
      “…if the Word of God goes forth it will not return void. And, …it will accomplish what His intended purposes are. I must say I’m so happy I don’t wear a judges’ robe. Hopefully a robe of righteousness because of faith. But, that might still need to be determined by The King-Priest-Judge when he returns to judge the Nations.

      Heavenly Father, Please stir up in us a desire to know you, to obey you, love you, to long for the return of Your Son, our judge and King. Help us to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

  2. As we enter love week I’m thinking what is Love? It must be somewhere in the rainbow promise we are pondering from this blog scripture and photo by Jon M as he and Emily were driving by this little church in Hawaii. They had heard that often a rainbow would appear just as a believer approached. There is always hope on a leisure ride. But, wonder how one really feels when God appears with His promises. And, the promise is for all generations.

    It 🌈surely without any doubt can’t be reproduced and sold @ your local WalMart. God appeared in promise over a little country church and pierced the cross for a young couple to see God is love and near to hearts.

    What does this mean for you, me and another? “…love never fails… (1 Corinthians 13:8)?”

  3. What does this mean for you, me and another? “…love never fails… (1 Corinthians 13:8)?”

    I am thinking that when we are able to cooperate with Love and let Love have His way, He never fails to show up.

    Reading I Cor 13, love is defined in action: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

    Seems making way for God’s love to exhibit this character in our lives won’t fail to produce results in God’s time. (fail defines as:” to fall short of success or achievement in something expected, attempted, desired, or approved”

    It also reminds me of the scripture Sara has mentioned several times recently in the blogs…”if the Word of God goes forth it will not return void.” And we are told in John 1: that, “and the Word was God.” And Sara reminded us that “God is Love.”

    Now as I looked at that church in the picture, I thought of the people with unknown faces that cooperated with God and had a part in praying it into existence, funding it, designing it, building it and faithfully maintaining it. And then one day a couple drives by and God shows up…“God appeared in promise over a little country church and pierced the cross for a young couple to see God is love and near to hearts.” That sure is Love in action.

  4. When I saw the beautiful picture of the church and rainbow and the verse from Genesis I had to go find my notes from when Pastor Reggie covered the book of Genesis. I will share some of my notes 📝. ( I hope I wrote them correctly from what he was teaching?😬🤔🥺) “ four points to remember about this covenant from verse 11 in Genesis chapter 9: 1) this covenant is unilateral, made by one, God himself, man has no conditions in this. 2) this covenant is unconditional, to erect, firm, to make stand. Nothing man does that will make God break this covenant. God is doing it and that’s it. 3) this covenant cannot be violated, God always keeps his word, always faithful therefore it can’t be violated 4) this covenant is universal, everybody, every creature. “ then Pastor Reggie gave us a pneumonic to remember the rainbow colors. It’s a pneumonic you may have heard: ROY G BIV- Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. 🌈 I had a few more notes from Pastor Reggie‘s sermon on April 24, 2016. Genesis 9: 14-15. “ The rainbow is a reminder that God will not destroy the earth by water again. God doesn’t a visual reminder. God never forgets his promises. God’s Word is trustworthy. The earth will be destroyed by fire one day. We are in the period of GRACE now.”

    1. Thanks you Tammy, always love to hear the words of Pastor Reggie Webb. You are a great note taker and generous in sharing. 🙏🏻

      I have heard, “ ROY G BIV- Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. 🌈 .” It’s a great way to remember the colors God choose for His Art of Promise. 🌈 I love color and color is power bar food for the energy of my soul.

      Now, to hold near and dear in action the promises.

      1. Tammy, your fourth point that you shared from Pastor Reggie’s Genesis sermon really shows God’s loving care for all: “4) this covenant is universal, everybody, every creature. “

        It reminded me of a verse Sara brought to my attention some time ago … “You care for people and animals alike, O LORD”. (Psalm 36:6)

  5. More often than not I don’t pray for another Nation. Why? Gee, who knows? When I read the news about some I walk around blasting them like I’m in charge. That’s purely dumb. Did you read the rainbow promise? Now look what I read today? “God made the nations so they would seek him, perhaps even reach out to him and find him. In fact, God isn’t far away from any of us. In God we live, move, and exist. As some of your own poets said, ‘We are his offspring.”—Acts 17:27-28 (CEB)

    1. What an all-encompassing verse you read today, Sara. It really gives another depth to “every mortal being…”

      One definition of ‘every’ when I looked it up was, “all possible; the greatest possible degree of”.

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