Man’s weakness: God’s strenght.

But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.(Isaiah 40:31)
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me… Who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.- Psalm 103:1a.5.
It is not something strange when our strength fails us even as a youth. But there’s something about God, He does not faint or grow weary. He always supply strength unto His. Both physical and spiritual strength by His Spirit that dwells in us- Roman 8:10-11
Praise God.

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MY WIFE, MY RIB……

MY WIFE, MY RIB……
●Don’t shout at your wife when you are talking. It really hurts her. (Proverbs 15:1)
●Do not speak evil of her to anyone. Your wife will become who you call her. (Gen. 2:19)
●Do not share her love or affection with another woman. It is called Adultery. (Matt. 5:28)
●Never compare your wife to another woman. If the other woman was good for you, God would have given her to you. (2 Cor. 10:12)
●Don’t ever allow her to beg you for sex. She owns your body just as you own her body. (1 Cor. 7:5)
●Be gentle and accommodating. She has sacrificed so much to be with you. It hurts her deeply when you are hash and irritating. Be tender. (Eph. 4:2)
●Hide nothing from her. You are now one and she’s your helpmeet. Let there be no secret you are keeping from her. (Gen. 2:25)
●Do not make negative comment about her body. She risked her life and beauty to carry your babies. She is a living soul not just flesh and blood.
●Do not let her body determine her worth. Cherish and appreciate her even till old age. (Eph. 5:29)
●Never shout at her in the public and in private. If you have an issue to sort with her, do it in the privacy of your room. (Matt. 1:19)
●Thank and appreciate her for taking good care of you, the kids and the house. It is a great sacrifice she is making. (1 The 5:18)
●All women cannot cook the same way; appreciate your wife’s food. It is not easy to cook three meals a day, 365 days a year for several years. (Pro. 31:14)
●Never place your siblings before her. She is your wife. She is one with you. She must come before your family. (Gen. 2:24)
●Invest seriously in her spiritual growth. Buy books, tapes and any material that will edify her and strengthen her walk with God. That’s the best thing you can do for her. (Eph. 5:26)
●Spend time with her to do Bible study and pray. (James 5:16)
●Make time to play with her and enjoy her company. Remember when you are dead, she’s gonna be by your grave but your friends may be too busy to attend your funeral. (Ecc. 9:9)
●Never use money to manipulate or control her. All your money belongs to her. She is a joint heir with you of the grace of God. (1 Pet. 3:7)
●Do not expose her weakness. You will be exposing yourself too. Be a shield around her. (Eph. 5:30)
●Honour her parents and be kind to her siblings. (SOS 8:2)
●Never cease to tell her how much you love her all the days of her life. Women are never tired of hearing that. (Eph. 5:25)
●Grow to be like Christian ,That’s the only way you can be a good and godly husband. (Rom. 8:29) AMEN 👆

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Are you ready

All the signs and happenings around us show that we are very close to the end of this world and rapture could happen anytime from now, are you really prepared? Anyone that misses rapture does it at his or her own peril .immediately the trumpet sounds anyone who misses the rapture has only one of these two options, (1) He/she surrenders himself/herself unto serious torture to death from the antichrist, if he still want to avoid been cast into hell fire (2) He/she will surrender to receive the mark of the antichrist and enjoy briefly with the antichrist which connotes that the person is lost forever and will be in hell fire for eternity revelation 13v8-11. So check your self today ,are you ready for rapture, it could be now as you are reading this message 1 corr 13v5. No matter who you are pastor, church worker, chorister, interpreter, Bible study and Sunday school teacher, evangelist, prophet, religious sinner, unbeliever etc . He will come like a thief in night, are you prepared? GET READY.

PAUL’S EXHORTATION TO BELIEVERS

PAUL’S EXHORTATION TO BELIEVERS

Philippians 2:19-21 says:
19 But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, so that I also may be encouraged when I learn of your condition .
20 For I have no one else of kindred spirit who will genuinely be concerned for your welfare.
21 For they all seek after their own interests, not those of Christ Jesus.

As we study God’s Word it is good to remember that men like Paul, Peter, and John were not only faced with trials from without but from within. There were Believers who seeked not after the things of the Lord (much like today) and made Paul’s ability to minister more difficult.

One of the most notable of those who left Paul was a fellow named Demas. Apparently he was with Paul at Rome.

Colossians 4:14 says:
Luke, the beloved physician, sends you his greetings, and also Demas.

But sometime latter, Demas left Paul. Paul mentions this in
2 Timothy 4:10
10 For Demas, having loved this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica.

So you see that this has been going on for sometime, however God does not want us to withdraw.

1 Timothy 6:12 tells us to:
Fight the good fight of faith ; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

Ephesians 6:10 says:
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. .

Galatians 6:10 says:
10 So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.

Believers in Jesus Christ will experience heartache and disappointment when it comes to other believers and the unsaved, but we are not to get discouraged – God’s Word spoken through the Apostle Paul rings out.

Philippians 1:6 says:
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.

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Lullaby of Peace

Pebbles and Blessings Weekly Blog

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The smell of death is pungent
dementia lurking in the shadows
the air is heavy but with a calmness
the torture will soon be over

Months of sadness give way to silence
eyes speak of better things to come
I hold her hand and sing of day
where memories of this shall be no more

A soft wind blows in fields of peace
gentle is the lullaby that calls her home
release my heart oh soul take flight
realm of glory eternal life

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I have sat and held the hand of precious elderly, prayed in their ear when

their eyes could not open; when they no longer ate because the dementia told them they were already full.

I have sat and sang at the bedside of dear seniors and felt their last breath of life on my cheek as they crossed over into the realm of peace and no pain…

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BE NOT YOKED TO UNBELIEVERS

BE NOT YOKED TO UNBELIEVERS

The whole issue of being yoked with unbelievers goes back to the Old Testament.

Judges 2:1-4 says:
1 Now the angel of the LORD came up from Gilgal to Bochim. And he said, “I brought you up out of Egypt and led you into the land which I have sworn to your fathers; and I said, ‘I will never break My covenant with you,
2 and as for you, you shall make no covenant with the inhabitants of this land; you shall tear down their altars.’ But you have not obeyed Me; what is this you have done?
3 “Therefore I also said, ‘I will not drive them out before you; but they will become as thorns in your sides and their gods will be a snare to you.’ ”
4 When the angel of the LORD spoke these words to all the sons of Israel, the people lifted up their voices and wept.

We see here that the angel of the LORD (which is the pre-incarnate Jesus Christ) had commanded the children of Israel to have nothing to do with the inhabitants of the land and to tare down their alters. To be able to tare down their alters meant that they would have to drive them out. God did not want the children of Israel to be yoked with them in any way.

Then (Judges 2:7)
7 The people served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who survived Joshua, who had seen all the great work of the LORD which He had done for Israel.

But look what happens (Judges 2:10-14)
10 All that generation also were gathered to their fathers; and there arose another generation after them who did not know the LORD, nor yet the work which He had done for Israel.
11 Then the sons of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD and served the Baals,
12 and they forsook the LORD, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods from among the gods of the peoples who were around them, and bowed themselves down to them; thus they provoked the LORD to anger.
13 So they forsook the LORD and served Baal and the Ashtaroth.
14 The anger of the LORD burned against Israel, and He gave them into the hands of plunderers who plundered them; and He sold them into the hands of their enemies around them, so that they could no longer stand before their enemies.

Can you see what was happening? God chose Israel, he gathered them, led them through the wilderness and after forty years finally brought them into the Promise Land. God’s desire was to have a people who were sanctified (set apart) to Him alone. God know that if they began to mingle and get yoked together with these people in the land, that they would forsake Him for other Gods and the pleasures of their culture.

It reminds me of the story of the white terrier. There was a white terrier walking down the street when he suddenly spotted a large mud puddle. Examining the puddle he determined that if he jumped into the puddle, due to his coloring, he would be able to make the mud puddle white like himself. He daringly jumped into the puddle, but alas, the puddle did not turn white, instead the terrier turned muddy.

Being yoked with unbelievers is like jumping into a mud puddle, you won’t make them white, they’ll only make you muddy.

2 Corinthians 6:14-15 says:
14 Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?
15 Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?

We are warned in 2 Corinthians 6:14-15 not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers. Those that do will eventually be seduced into there way of thinking and acting. It will damage their relationship with God and other believers, and set them on a path of broken fellowship and carnality.

Of course we must always be ready to share the gospel with them

1 Corinthians 15:1-4
1 Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand,
2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.
3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.

As believers in Jesus Christ, we must not be yoked to unbelievers, if we do then we will start to look like them and act like them. Rather than fellowship with them, we need to consistently give them the reason for the hope that is in us.

1 Peter 3:15 says:
But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.

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THE VANITY OF LIFE

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Ecclesiastes  6:1 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men:  6:2 A man to whom God hath given riches, wealth, and honour, so that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth, yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger eateth it: this is vanity, and it is an evil disease.  6:3 If a man beget an hundred children, and live many years, so that the days of his years be many, and his soul be not filled with good, and also that he have no burial; I say, that an untimely birth is better than he.  6:4 For he cometh in with vanity, and departeth in darkness, and his name shall be covered with darkness.  6:5 Moreover he hath not seen the sun, nor known any thing: this hath more rest than the other.  6:6 Yea, though he live a thousand years twice told, yet hath he seen no good: do not all go to one place?  6:7 All the labour of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled.  6:8 For what hath the wise more than the fool? what hath the poor, that knoweth to walk before the living?  6:9 Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit.  6:10 That which hath been is named already, and it is known that it is man: neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he.  6:11 Seeing there be many things that increase vanity, what is man the better?  6:12 For who knoweth what is good for man in this life, all the days of his vain life which he spendeth as a shadow? for who can tell a man what shall be after him under the sun?
     

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    What is vanity?: Vanity means that which is vain, futile, or worthless; that which is of no value, use or profit. Ecc:1:2
    
       There are seven points to study.
1: Life is unsatiated,unsteady, inconstant, unstable and unbalanced. You can read Ecc.8:14,James 4:13-15 and Luke 12:11-21.

2: No Satisfaction in this world. Ecc.5:13-16.

3: Life give no Joy. Jhn 15:11,Ecc 2:24;2:26,Prov 17:21,Isa 29:19,Ps 35:9;43:4;51:12,Luk 2:10,Act 2:26 and Rom 5:11;15:13. Is only almighty God that can give you joy through his son Jesus Christ.

4: When life give you new level expect the opposite side. If the new level is from God,it will last and nobody can take it away from you.

5: Life provides riches of sorrow. Ecc 5:13-17;2:17-20 and Mt 16:26.

6: Life is an ordinary shadow. Ecc 6:11-12, 1Chro.29:15, Job 8:9;17:7 and Ps 144:4.

7: There is no permanent in this World. Nothing is permanent on this Earth, both living and not living things we all have a short period to live on this earth.

As a christian you must be cautious. 1: Take your attention away from the things of this world,your attention should be on life after death I mean the things of Heaven. 2: Fear the Almighty God and keep his commandments. Ecc 12:13-14.

I want to use this opportunity to urge you all to accept Jesus Christ as your lord and personal saviour,if you don’t have Christ you lack everything in life and you are living a vanity life.
My prayer for you all is that we will all make heaven in Jesus name. Amen

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FOCUSING ON THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH

FOCUSING ON THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH
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As I look out over numerous bible sites I find that many people are very interested in “End Times” prophesies but very few know the exhortation which the Apostle Paul gave to believers in regards to were we should be focused concerning the Pretrib Rapture of the Chruch.

Titus 2:13-14 says:
13 Looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus,
14 who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.

We are told here to look for the “Blessed Hope” which is the appearing of Jesus Christ (the “Rapture of the Church”). As we do Christ Himself, right at this very moment is in the process of purifying us as His own possession, making us desirous to do the good works which God prepared for us beforehand that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10).

1 Thessalonians 4:15-18 also encourages us in regards to the Pretrib Rapture of the church
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1 Thessalonians 4:15-18
15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep.
16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.
18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

Notice that verse 18 tells us to comfort one another with these words. This is not a request but a command. In the Greek, the word comfort is in the imperative mood, which makes it a command.

We are to be looking for the Blessed Hope, which is the appearing of our Great God and Savior Jesus Christ (Pretrib Rapture of the Church). And while we do this, we are to walk in the good works which God has prepared for us (Ephesians 2:10.). As we walk in these good works, we are commanded to comfort each others in expectation of His soon and imminent appearing.
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FROM FRUSTRATION TO FULFILLMENT

FROM FRUSTRATION TO FULFILLMENT

Colossians 1:9…We ask God to give you a complete understanding of what he wants to do in your lives…

I’d like to point out something in this verse – notice that it doesn’t say that we should find out what God wants us to do and then go out and do it but rather we are to find out what God wants to do in our lives and allow Him to do it.
These are two completely different things! The first scenario is us going about working for God while the other is allowing God to do a transforming work in us so that we can work in union with Him! The first one is difficult and tiring while the other is joyful and energizing!
Have you ever been frustrated in life because although you’ve put much effort into it, you still have not seen much fulfillment of God’s plan for your life? But have you ever thought that some things you desire to do for God cannot be accomplished until He does a work within you first? And do you know what that work looks like?

The kind of work God wants to do in your life is to free you from all worry and fear and give you deep, unshakeable peace. (Romans 8:15) He wants to give you indescribable joy! (Colossians 1:11) He wants you to have assurance that He is for you and will give you success in life. (Romans 8:31) He wants you to understand that no matter what happens in life that His love for you is more constant than the morning sunrise. (Psalm 57:10)

God has preordained a special work for each of His children. (Eph. 2:10) But in order to accomplish that work, we must submit to Him so that we (God and us) can work together in His power! So, today allow God to do His wonderful work IN your life so that His work can be done THROUGH your life. In doing so you’ll find much rest and great joy!

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IF YOU BELIEVE

IF YOU BELIEVE…

Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died… Jesus told her, “Your brother will rise again.” “Yes,” Martha said, “when everyone else rises, on resurrection day.” Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die like everyone else, will live again. They are given eternal life for believing in me and will never perish. Do you believe this, Martha?” “Yes, Lord,” she told him. “I have always believed you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who has come into the world from God.” (John 11:21-27 NLT)

This sounded so much like one of my conversation with the Lord the other day. Having some serious ongoing (and what seems like never ending issues) I boldly yet wearily told Him, “Lord, I know you are the only one who can remedy my situation… and someday things will get better.” The problem with that statement is the part where I said, “someday”.

If faith is “now” then surely my thinking and believing is grossly in error. Jesus said, “I AM” (present tense) the resurrection and the life. Like me, Martha and Mary didn’t catch that either – they were still thinking future tense.

(vs 40-44) Jesus responded, “Didn’t I tell you that you will see God’s glory if you believe?” So they rolled the stone aside…” Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” And Lazarus came out, bound in graveclothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth.

We know that when God makes a promise it is as good as done! He’s more reliable and trustworthy than the finest merchant. It is our faith in Him that kicks things into motion. If things in our life are stagnant then the problem is not with God but with us. God is every present, ever active, ever moving because He is life itself.

If anything is malfunctioning for us it’s our belief in Him. We need to understand that spiritual atrophy can set in if our faith is not exercised regularly. Our hearts can callous over much like the stone that sealed Lazarus’s tomb! But Jesus is alive and well today and He still speaking and breathing new hope into our hearts. So don’t settle for the way things are in your life. Don’t be a spiritual couch potato but get up and stretch yourself a little bit. Move around and exercise yourself in godliness and in your faith in Him!

Today He challenges us, “If you believe you shall see the glory of God!”

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BEWARE OF FALSE TEACHERS

BEWARE OF FALSE TEACHERS

2 Peter 1-2 says:
1 But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.
2 Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned.

2 Peter 2:18-22 says:
18 For speaking out arrogant words of vanity they (false teachers) entice by fleshly desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error,
19 promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved.
20 For if, after they have escaped the defilement’s of the world by the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first.
21 For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn away from the holy commandment handed on to them.
22 It has happened to them according to the true proverb, “A DOG RETURNS TO ITS OWN VOMIT,” and, “A sow, after washing, returns to wallowing in the mire.”

In this portion of scripture there are two groups of people. There are the false teachers, and there are those believers who barley escape (v18).

These teachers are making false promises of freedom to these weak believers, they themselves being enslaved to unrighteousness (v19).

Verse 20 is talking about the weak believers who escaped defilement of the world through salvation, but have now returned back to it.
This state is worse than the first one because they put the Lord Jesus Christ to open shame, and there position in regards to there testimony was better before than after there salvation (v21).

Verse 22 is not talking about losing salvation, but is a description of what will happen when the old sinful nature takes control and is reigning in the believers life.

The remedy for them is to confess their sins (1 John 1:9), and return back to fellowship with God through the continuous filling of the Holy Spirit Ephesians 5:15-18.

15 Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise,
16 making the most of your time, because the days are evil.
17 So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit.

Many ask “what is God’s will for my life?” Verse 17 gives the answer. We are not to be foolish, but instead we are to fulfill God’s will by being consistently filled with the Holy Spirit. We are to stay sober and fix our mind on the things above.

Colossians 3:1-2 says:
1 Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.

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