Opposite of Our Oponant

Jesus said,

“But I say to you who hear [Me and pay attention to My words]: Love [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for] your enemies, [make it a practice to] do good to those who hate you, bless and show kindness to those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”
LUKE 6:27‭-‬28 AMP

God’s love is bigger than the enemy, it is the opposite of hate.

In this world we’ve become accustomed to conditional love. God’s love is unconditional. 

“For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, it is much more certain, having been reconciled, that we will be saved [from the consequences of sin] by His life [that is, we will be saved because Christ lives today].”                              ROMANS 5:10 AMP

God is unlike us & all we think we know. 
God says,

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

He loves us when we are otherwise unlovable and wants us to share this experience His love even with this world which hates us.

In every opposition may we see the opportunity to keep loving God and others.

If God loved us while we were still enemies  (in opposition to Him) then how much more will we find ourselves overflowing with His love to those who still oppose us!

In Christ,  Beetle 

Our Prayers

God is listening.

He hears and reads our every thought.

He knows what we truly need, how we feel and beyond that He knows how things really are regardless of our feelings.

For we know that the whole creation has been moaning together as in the pains of childbirth until now. 

And not only this, but we too, who have the first fruits of the Spirit [a joyful indication of the blessings to come], even we groan inwardly, as we wait eagerly for [the sign of] our adoption as sons–the redemption and transformation of our body [at the resurrection]. 

For in this hope we were saved [by faith]. 

But hope [the object of] which is seen is not hope. 

For who hopes for what he already sees? 

But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait eagerly for it with patience and composure.

In the same way the Spirit [comes to us and] helps us in our weakness.


We do not know what prayer to offer or how to offer it as we should, but the Spirit Himself [knows our need and at the right time] intercedes on our behalf with sighs and groanings too deep for words. 

And He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because the Spirit intercedes [before God] on behalf of God’s people in accordance with God’s will. 

And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.

 For those whom He foreknew [and loved and chose beforehand], He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son [and ultimately share in His complete sanctification], so that He would be the firstborn [the most beloved and honored] among many believers. 

And those whom He predestined, He also called; and those whom He called, He also justified [declared free of the guilt of sin]; and those whom He justified, He also glorified [raising them to a heavenly dignity]. 

What then shall we say to all these things?

 If God is for us, who can be [successful] against us? 

He who did not spare [even] His own Son, but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things? 

Who will bring any charge against God’s elect (His chosen ones)? 

It is God who justifies us [declaring us blameless and putting us in a right relationship with Himself]. 

Who is the one who condemns us? 

Christ Jesus is the One who died [to pay our penalty], and more than that, who was raised [from the dead], and who is at the right hand of God interceding [with the Father] for us. 

Who shall ever separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?

 Just as it is written and forever remains written, “For your sake we are put to death all day long ; we are regarded as sheep for the slaughter .” 

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors and gain an overwhelming victory through Him who loved us [so much that He died for us]. 

For I am convinced [and continue to be convincedbeyond any doubt] that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present and threatening, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the [unlimited] love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (ROMANS 8:22‭-‬39 AMP)

He is listening & He hears us, nothing can stop Him.

In Christ, Beetle 

Permanent Residence 

God is love. 

When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. 

This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we’re free of worry on Judgment Day—our standing in the world is identical with Christ’s. 

There is no room in love for fear. 

Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love.
1 John 4:17‭-‬18 MSG

As I continue to grow in a  relationship with Christ I gain more & more momentum, less fear & concern for what my future may hold. My standing in the world is identical with Christ’s. I give God the run of the houselove becomes at home and mature in me.

Knowing the love He gives me, and all of us, eases the conflicts & struggling I encounter in this mucked up world.

How good it is to know that, in Christ, we have all eternity and for now, well, for now I’ll let Him work His love in me and through me.

Dr. Charles Stanley & In Touch Ministries  gave a short devoted thought about the process of Sanctification. 
A life of Holiness  (sanctification) is just that, a process and it all begins when we let God move in & take charge of of our homes (our hearts).

Making Christ at home in me assures me that He will clean up this old man and  someday I’ll dwell in His eternal home for me.

In Christ, Beetle 

God’s Got This (He can handle whatever ‘this’ is)

“Christ is all yes all in all”

I’ve found personally that Christ is the answer to my every need.

In good times & bad I will seek Him & praise Him.

I go to His Word for stability,  balance and perseverance.

Today these two verses feed me,1 Peter 5:6‭-‬7.

Here is is in a few translations:

So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you. 1 Peter 5:6‭-‬7 MSG

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6‭-‬7 NASB

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God [set aside self-righteous pride], so that He may exalt you [to a place of honor in His service] at the appropriate time, casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully]. 1 PETER 5:6‭-‬7 AMP

I will depend on Him.

He > i, Beetle 

The Fight We Are In (Battle Ready)

When  doubt, confusion, anger, worry, discouragement and more come our way and we feel  under attack what can we do?

Be strong in the Lord [draw your strength from Him and be empowered through your union with Him] and in the power of His [boundless] might. 

Right now, before the battle gets thicker,

Put on the full armor of God [for His precepts are like the splendid armor of a heavily-armed soldier], so that you may be able to [successfully] stand up against all the schemes and the strategies and the deceits of the devil. 

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places. 

Therefore, put on the complete armor of God, so that you will be able to [successfully] resist and stand your ground in the evil day [of danger], and having done everything [that the crisis demands], to stand firm [in your place, fully prepared, immovable, victorious]. 

So stand firm and hold your ground, having  tightened the wide band of truth (personal integrity, moral courage) around your waist and having put on the breastplate of righteousness (an upright heart), and having strapped on your feet the gospel of peace in preparation [to face the enemy with firm-footed stability and the readiness produced by the good news]. 

Above all, lift up the [protective] shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one . 

And take the helmet of salvation , and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. 

With all prayer and petition pray [with specific requests] at all times [on every occasion and in every season] in the Spirit, and with this in view, stay alert with all perseverance and petition [interceding in prayer] for all God’s people. 

Paul writes,

And pray for me, that words may be given to me when I open my mouth, to proclaim boldly the mystery of the good news [of salvation], for which I am an ambassador in chains. 

And pray that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly and courageously, as I should.

(Taken from EPHESIANS 6:10‭-‬20 AMP)
Psalm 34

I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. 

My soul makes its boast in the Lord ; The humble and downtrodden will hear it and rejoice. 

O magnify the Lord with me, And let us lift up His name together.

 I sought the Lord [on the authority of His word], and He answered me, And delivered me from all my fears. 

They looked to Him and were radiant; Their faces will never blush in shame or confusion. 

This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him And saved him from all his troubles. 

The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him [with awe-inspired reverence and worship Him with obedience], And He rescues [each of] them. 

O taste and see that the Lord [our God] is good; How blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] is the man who takes refuge in Him

O [reverently] fear the Lord , you His saints (believers, holy ones); For to those who fear Him there is no want. 

The young lions lack [food] and grow hungry, But they who seek the Lord will not lack any good thing. 

Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you to fear the Lord [with awe-inspired reverence and worship Him with obedience]. 

Who is the man who desires life And loves many days, that he may see good? 

  • Keep your tongue from evil And your lips from speaking deceit. 
  • Turn away from evil and do good; 
  • Seek peace and pursue it. 

The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous [those with moral courage and spiritual integrity] And His ears are open to their cry. 

The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, To cut off the memory of them from the earth.

 When the righteous cry [for help], the Lord hears And rescues them from all their distress and troubles. 

The Lord is near to the heartbroken And He saves those who are crushed in spirit (contrite in heart, truly sorry for their sin). 

Many hardships and perplexing circumstances confront the righteous, But the Lord rescues him from them all. 

He keeps all his bones; Not one of them is broken. 

Evil will cause the death of the wicked, And those who hate the righteous will be held guilty and will be condemned. 

The Lord redeems the soul of His servants, And none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned.

PSALM 34:1‭-‬22 AMP

Psalm 37
Do not worry because of evildoers, Nor be envious toward wrongdoers; For they will wither quickly like the grass, And fade like the green herb. 

Trust [rely on and have confidence] in the Lord and do good; Dwell in the land and feed [securely] on His faithfulness. 

Delight yourself in the Lord , And He will give you the desires and petitions of your heart. 

Commit your way to the Lord ; Trust in Him also and He will do it. 

He will make your righteousness [your pursuit of right standing with God] like the light, And your judgment like [the shining of] the noonday [sun]. 

Be still before the Lord ; wait patiently for Him and entrust yourself to Him; Do not fret (whine, agonize) because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes. 

Cease from anger and abandon wrath; 

Do not fret; it leads only to evil.

 For those who do evil will be cut off, But those who wait for the Lord , they will inherit the land. 

For yet a little while and the wicked one will be gone [forever]; Though you look carefully where he used to be, he will not be [found]. But the humble will [at last] inherit the land And will delight themselves in abundant prosperity and peace. 

The wicked plots against the righteous And gnashes at him with his teeth. 

The Lord laughs at him [the wicked one–the one who oppresses the righteous], For He sees that his day [of defeat] is coming

The wicked have drawn the sword and bent their bow To cast down the afflicted and the needy, To slaughter those who are upright in conduct [those with personal integrity and godly character]. 

The sword [of the ungodly] will enter their own heart, And their bow will be broken

Better is the little of the righteous [who seek the will of God] Than the abundance (riches) of many wicked (godless).

 For the arms of the wicked will be broken, But the Lord upholds and sustains the righteous [who seek Him]. 

The Lord knows the days of the blameless, And their inheritance will continue forever. 

They will not be ashamed in the time of evil, And in the days of famine they will have plenty and be satisfied. 

But the wicked (ungodly) will perish, And the enemies of the Lord will be like the glory of the pastures and like the fat of lambs [that is consumed in smoke], They vanish–like smoke they vanish away. 

The wicked borrows and does not pay back, But the righteous is gracious and kind and gives

For those blessed by God will [at last] inherit the land, But those cursed by Him will be cut off

The steps of a [good and righteous] man are directed and established by the Lord , And He delights in his way [and blesses his path]. 

When he falls, he will not be hurled down, Because the Lord is the One who holds his hand and sustains him. 

I have been young and now I am old, Yet I have not seen the righteous (those in right standing with God) abandoned Or his descendants pleading for bread. 

All day long he is gracious and lends, And his descendants are a blessing. 

  • Depart from evil and 
  • do good; And you will 
  • dwell [securely in the land] forever. 

For the Lord delights in justice And does not abandon His saints (faithful ones); They are preserved forever, 

But the descendants of the wicked will [in time] be cut off.

 The righteous will inherit the land And live in it forever. 

The mouth of the righteous proclaims wisdom, And his tongue speaks justice and truth. 

The law of his God is in his heart; Not one of his steps will slip. 

The wicked lies in wait for the righteous And seeks to kill him. 

The Lord will not leave him in his hand Or let him be condemned when he is judged. 

Wait for and expect the Lord and keep His way, And He will exalt you to inherit the land; [In the end] when the wicked are cut off, you will see it. 

I have seen a wicked, violent man [with great power] Spreading and flaunting himself like a cedar in its native soil, Yet he passed away, and lo, he was no more; I sought him, but he could not be found. 

Mark the blameless man [who is spiritually complete], and behold the upright [who walks in moral integrity]; There is a [good] future for the man of peace [because a life of honor blesses one’s descendants]. 

As for transgressors, they will be completely destroyed; The future of the wicked will be cut off. But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord ; He is their refuge and stronghold in the time of trouble. 

He is their refuge and stronghold in the time of trouble. 

The Lord helps them and rescues them; He rescues them from the wicked and saves them, Because they take refuge in Him.
(Taken from PSALM 37:1‭-‬40 AMP)

Pull God’s Word off the shelf, unsheth it, grip it tight and stand. 

Continually going back and relying on God’s Word is what helps me keep standing, hold my ground. 

Chip Ingram and Living on the edge gives many good Bible studies & audios for individual or small groups. 
One I listened to this morning gave

3 Principles to follow when personally attacked:

1.) Recognize the source of the opposition. 
(Your battle is not against flesh and blood)

2.) Remember: — 1 John 4:4 
“He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” 
(Put on the full armor of God)

3.) The only way to lose is to give up! 
(Keep Pressing Ahead)

For those who need help in understanding spiritual warfare, see “The Invisible War” in book, CD, or DVD format – available at LivingontheEdge.org

In Christ, Beetle 

Go With God, Divorce Your Old Life 

So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. 

How differently we know him now! 

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 

And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him.

 For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. 

And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” (2 Corinthians 5:16‭-‬20 NLT)

Have you ever fallen in love with Jesus but over time some how lost that spark, left your first love?

Life happens, we get distracted & may find that the true definition of love has been lost as we experience broken love in this life.

As long as we are more attached to our own selfish desires or try to be one with another person who doesn’t seem to care for us or maybe could careless about us the more we find ourselves deeply needing a love that lasts.

We all know what a break up feels like but what if we were to fall in love & become the bride of a perfect groom who is faithful even to the point of after death we’d find our deepest longings & ‘needs’ met in this life as well as the next.

When getting married we say, “until death do us part.” However,  God is able to walk with us daily in a deeper love relationship that is far beyond human compare and remain with us even in the after life.

While we are alive each day is new and our love for Him, as we gain more & more understanding of His love for us, grows in commitment -deeper & stonger.

The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning (Lamentations 3:22‭-‬23 NLT)

Marriage as we know it can be a wonderful bond between two people but if either, or both, lose the love they had for each other it is the perfect example of how we sometimes treat God in our relationship with Him.

We may find ourselves spending less and less time with Him, thinking about Him, talking to Him, thanking about Him and showing Him we love Him.

We don’t need to feel lonely & desperate but if we look only to ourselves or for the deep love of another we come up short and will find dissatisfaction as we strive to be a soul mate to another human being or have expectations in another human being to be everything we really ‘need.

The more we push God onto the back burner the smaller the flame gets.

 We like to try & be self sufficient or depend on another but as humans we will all always come up short.
Thinking we’ll find true satisfaction & complete fulfillment in ourselves or another just doesn’t work.

Psalm 49 puts it well,

Really! There’s no such thing as self-rescue, pulling yourself up by your bootstraps. 

The cost of rescue is beyond our means, and even then it doesn’t guarantee Life forever, or insurance against the Black Hole. 

Anyone can see that the brightest and best die, wiped out right along with fools and dunces. 

They leave all their prowess behind, move into their new home, The Coffin, The cemetery their permanent address. And to think they named counties after themselves! (Psalm 49:7‭-‬11 MSG)

In this world, this life we really can’t love someone or something forever.

We aren’t immortal. We don’t last long. Like our dogs, we age and weaken. And die (Psalm 49:12 MSG).

The phrase “You only live once” (YOLO) has turned into a slogan to live wild & reckless, trying to fulfill all ones self desires of the flesh, rather than finding true fulfillment of the soul that will last even while facing the end of this life.

The following aren’t my words but God’s, 

This is what happens to those who live for the moment, who only look out for themselves: Death herds them like sheep straight to hell; they disappear down the gullet of the grave; They waste away to nothing— nothing left but a marker in a cemetery. But me? God snatches me from the clutch of death, he reaches down and grabs me (Psalm 49:13‭-‬15 MSG).

Once you decide to develop a lasting relationship with God He comes in & gives you a more comfort & complete peace regardless of your earthly circumstances.

Yes, life may still suck from time to time, we will still struggle to pay bills and will face situations that try to break us but through it all we will survive because our hope is in God, not ourselves or anyone here in this world, in this life.

Never forget, you have a future. Although you only live once in this life, there is an eternity to consider and faith in Christ’s resurrection & ability to resurrect you into a life with Him in heaven is something only He can give & do for you.

If you’re not in love with Him now & don’t acknowledge Him now, maybe don’t even fully believe in His power, how will you ever fair to living in a place that only allows His full transformation of  human beings. 

My children asked me, “Why can’t everyone go to heaven.” My simple answer was, “Because then it will be just like earth.”

If everyone were to enter Heaven it would be mixed with people who have no room for God’s ways, just selfish to the point of doing whatever they want rather than a perfect place with order, love, peace, compassion & true joy, that only comes from God & His nature.

This world falls short when it comes to offering real security & safety because we are imperfect & don’t have the ability to care or meet the deepest needs of mankind, soul satisfaction. 

Only God can provide that and change a person who is willing to let Him transform their nature to His.

Heaven is where God, who is perfect, dwells and imperfection can not be tolerated there. 

The good news is that God can make us new & make us perfect as His Son is perfect. While in this life  we can start life over, be born anew.

While living in a relationship with Him He continues to perfect us in a process called Holiness.  As we humble ourselves & allow Him to work in us we find what only He can provide and we become more & more like Him, less and less like this world. 

We are truly aliens in thought & deed as Christ’s Spirit dwells in us & our reactions & decisions are not as they were before we knew God personally. 

When we become more focused on pleasing God than ourselves we find that life has completely different meaning. 

However,  the only source for this type of transformation comes from God not from a self help book, any abilities we think we have or from some guru.

There is no other salvation from the inevitable end of our lives, physically or spiritually and there is no power in this world that will save us from ourselves or our eventual demise.

God tells us,

I, I am the Lord , and besides me there is no savior (Isaiah 43:11 ESV).

The Lord God gives & takes away. He is the beginning, He created it all, and He is the end, He’s in control of all eternity.

He tells us,

Also henceforth I am He; there is none who can deliver from my hand; I work, and who can turn it back?” (Isaiah 43:13 ESV)

God told Jeremiah, who trusted Him,

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord , “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)

Jeremiah pleaded with God. While others choose to turn way from Him God told Jeremiah what he could do if he would just follow His instructions & put his faith in Him.

While others, who were also God’s children, walked away The Lord to Jeremiah to draw closer to Him.

God promised,

“I will save you from the hands of the wicked and deliver you from the grasp of the cruel.” (Jeremiah 15:21 NIV)

So, becoming the true bride of Christ, committed to Him as He has committed His life to you means that you also will be part of that wedding day, living in eternity with your true love, The Lord Jesus Christ.

As an obedient child you will inherit His fortune.

When we go steady with God He remains faithful to us and we experience a love relationship that is constantly new, fresh and progressing everyday.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials (1 Peter 1:3‭-‬6 NASB).

So, once again the musical Psalmist David proclaimed it best and it is right here in black & white for us to read & grasp,

Listen, everyone, listen— earth-dwellers, don’t miss this. 

All you haves and have-nots, All together now: listen. 

I set plainspoken wisdom before you, my heart-seasoned understandings of life. 

I fine-tuned my ear to the sayings of the wise, I solve life’s riddle with the help of a harp.

 So why should I fear in bad times, hemmed in by enemy malice, Shoved around by bullies, demeaned by the arrogant rich? 

Really! There’s no such thing as self-rescue, pulling yourself up by your bootstraps. The cost of rescue is beyond our means, and even then it doesn’t guarantee Life forever, or insurance against the Black Hole. 

Anyone can see that the brightest and best die, wiped out right along with fools and dunces.

 They leave all their prowess behind, move into their new home, The Coffin, The cemetery their permanent address. And to think they named counties after themselves! 

We aren’t immortal. We don’t last long. Like our dogs, we age and weaken. And die. 

This is what happens to those who live for the moment, who only look out for themselves: Death herds them like sheep straight to hell; they disappear down the gullet of the grave; They waste away to nothing— nothing left but a marker in a cemetery. 

But me? 

God snatches me from the clutch of death, he reaches down and grabs me. So don’t be impressed with those who get rich and pile up fame and fortune. 

They can’t take it with them; fame and fortune all get left behind. Just when they think they’ve arrived and folks praise them because they’ve made good, They enter the family burial plot where they’ll never see sunshine again. 

We aren’t immortal. We don’t last long. Like our dogs, we age and weaken. And die (Psalm 49:1‭-‬20 MSG)

That is why I enjoy every breath in this life & every moment with loved ones but hold on to the hope that there is more than what we see here & now.

I rely on God, deny myself, divorce my old way of thinking and unite myself with Him.

In Christ,  Beetle 

The choice is ours, divorce our own selfish desires & join in marriage to God or force God to divorce Himself  from us because of our own unfaithfulness to Him. 

Here is what He said to His first followers, Israel,

“Who will have pity on you, Jerusalem? Who will mourn for you? Who will stop to ask how you are?  You have rejected me,” declares the Lord . “You keep on backsliding. So I will reach out and destroy you; I am tired of holding back.  I will winnow them with a winnowing fork at the city gates of the land. 

“I will winnow (sort, separate) them with a winnowing fork At the gates of the land; I will deprive them of children, I will destroy My people; They did not repent and turn from their [evil] ways.


I will bring bereavement and destruction on my people, for they have not changed their ways.  I will make their widows more numerous than the sand of the sea. At midday I will bring a destroyer against the mothers of their young men; suddenly I will bring down on them anguish and terror.  The mother of seven will grow faint and breathe her last. Her sun will set while it is still day; she will be disgraced and humiliated. I will put the survivors to the sword before their enemies,” declares the Lord .  Alas, my mother, that you gave me birth, a man with whom the whole land strives and contends! I have neither lent nor borrowed, yet everyone curses me.  The Lord said, “Surely I will deliver you for a good purpose; surely I will make your enemies plead with you in times of disaster and times of distress.  “Can a man break iron— iron from the north—or bronze?  “Your wealth and your treasures I will give as plunder, without charge, because of all your sins throughout your country.  I will enslave you to your enemies in a land you do not know, for my anger will kindle a fire that will burn against you.”  

Now, Jeremiah’s plead,

Lord , you understand; remember me and care for me. Avenge me on my persecutors. You are long-suffering—do not take me away; think of how I suffer reproach for your sake.  When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name,  Lord God Almighty.  I never sat in the company of revelers, never made merry with them; I sat alone because your hand was on me and you had filled me with indignation.  Why is my pain unending and my wound grievous and incurable? You are to me like a deceptive brook, like a spring that fails.  

Therefore this is what the Lord says: “If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me; if you utter worthy, not worthless, words, you will be my spokesman. Let this people turn to you, but you must not turn to them.  I will make you a wall to this people, a fortified wall of bronze; they will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you to rescue and save you,” declares the Lord .  “I will save you from the hands of the wicked and deliver you from the grasp of the cruel.”

Jeremiah 15:5‭-‬21 NIV



The below link will safely take you to a video of when a 7th grade writing class at Queen Creek Middle School presented poems for their end of year assignment, one student stood out with a powerful message…


But God told Samuel, “Looks aren’t everything. Don’t be impressed with his looks and stature. I’ve already eliminated him. God judges persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; God looks into the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7 MSG)

Believers, we know God looks at things completely different than this world, society, does but living in this world we feel the tug & pressures society tries to demand of us.
We need to go back to God’s Word in order to reinforce who God is and what He is really like in contrast to the world’s power & persuasions. 

GOD values things entirely opposite when compared with what we humans consider successful.

As we fall in love with Him we realize how great His love is and we find treasures in what mankind can not see with their eyes.

Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look. 

We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don’t look at him that way anymore. 

Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. 

The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! 

Look at it! 

All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. 

God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins.

 God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. 

We’re Christ’s representatives.

 God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. 

We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you.                    (2 Corinthians 5:16‭-‬20 MSG)

God tells us, 

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord . 

 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.  

As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,  so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:8‭-‬11 NIV)

Unlike society, God’s love is unconditional.

The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. (Lamentations 3:22‭-‬23 NLT)

So don’t make judgments about anyone ahead of time—before the Lord returns. For he will bring our darkest secrets to light and will reveal our private motives. Then God will give to each one whatever praise is due. (1 Corinthians 4:5 NLT)

The Word of God explains,

for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized.           (1 Corinthians 11:19 ESV)

As we love as God loves we won’t stick out like a sore thumb, but rather, we will stand out because we are one of the only fingers operating correctly sharing God’s healing touch with those that are bruised & battered.

The apostle Paul cried out to God when he felt the pressures of this life & hindered. He called out time, after time, after time and

Each time He (God) said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I (Paul) am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. (2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT)

We may try to assign labels as to who is important and who isn’t but God gives true value.

On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary;                 (1 Corinthians 12:22 NASB)

For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus. (2 Timothy 1:9 NLT)

May we as believers show the world how gracious God is by being gracious ourselves toward others.

He loves you and others just the way you are.

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. (1 Peter 3:3‭-‬4 NIV)

In Christ, Beetle 

A few years ago I came across a few young people, particularly young ladies but also a few boys who felt like they just didn’t measure up to the standards of their peers. 

I compiled a list of videos that help them see their beauty & how much God values them.

Here is that playlist:

Meeting Beauty: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnjQOVtw61ejOvo6pR7J_mlRo06XO9_P5

Slow Down Everyone 

Why is it so hard for many of us to just simply slow down in this rat race life?

Why do we find it hard to completely “stop & smell the roses” and appreciate the small things?

I watched a video of a guy forming these gigantic, larger than a grown man, bubbles and faster than they are formed they are gone.

See video:

We are just a vapor waiting to pass. Our lives are short, very short, here on earth. 

As believers we have so much more to look forward to but it seems to me like we spend most of our lives here trying to accomplish things, become what the world views as successful & attain all we can buying into the phrase, “He with the most toys, when he dies, wins.”

It’s time for me to slow down & not move so fast that I don’t savor at least a few things.

Being overly concerned or worrying about what we achieve or can’t seem to conquer  won’t add one thing to accomplishing it.

God’s timing is completely different from ours. He allows & prohibits, He gives & takes away.

Too many times we feature a picture of some meal we ate rather than post a Word that fueled us to be a better person to others around us that will also serve to encourage them.

We post, for the world to see on social media, our griefs or a comment on what we are proud of but may rarely,  if at all, give thanks to our creator for tragedies that He ends up triumphing in the end.

Think for a moment about what has come your way and don’t dwell on what could have been.

Look back at situations and circumstances that had consequences that you were spared from or results and debits you had to pay because of mispent choices you made. 

In my past I’ve been to quick to blame God or the devil for things that were purely a direct outcome of me rushing into deciding to do things without considering what is best (God’s will, not my own).

Consider that hope is opposition and opportunity.

I’m counting my blessings & past tasks I’ve completed but I’m trusting that God will make me pleasing to Him regardless of how much I do within my allotted  lifetime, let alone what I get done today.

Be at peace, strive to live pleasing to God more than just pleasing yourself, storing up treasures in heaven, rather than fretting over things that God has already promised He will accomplish in His timing regardless of our feeble attempts.

I think sometimes,  many times, God accomplishes more when we step back & allow Him to fully work, without trying to manipulate situations.

Sure, it is only natural to desire to be in control but it is when we are stripped of power that we fall to our knees and acknowledge we fully need our creator to do supernatural things beyond our own capabilities. 

Perhaps tragedy & turmoil & even death of our loved ones or threat of death to us is the only avenue that causes us to realize that we need more than what we’ve ever considered asking God for. 

The road we are on will always come to a cross road and it is at that time that we either turn to God or just decide to go our own way.

It is not easy but perhaps we can step back, step off a few things and get more done by simply living our lives to Glorify God, pointing to His sovereignty rather that our own self-righteous securities.

Perhaps you also are moving too fast without stopping to ask God for His directions, His will and His way of doing things rather than your own way.

Sometimes it is not what we say that speaks the loudest. It is what we do or don’t do, resting in Him, that shows 

us and 

others who is really in charge.

In Christ,  Beetle 

You can also check out “Inaudible Melodies” by Jack Johnson on Amazon Music


Putting Things Right In US and Our World 

Each morning, especially after getting home from a trip or having guests over it’s time to get the house back in order. 

When a child is born you bring them home and continue to make the home suitable for the child. We put away things that are unpleasant for children and actually throw away things that are dangerous. Months before the arrival good parents start making the home safe (baby proof the place).

When someone important is coming to visit we pick up, clean up and clear the place of clutter so people don’t trip up on things we’ve been walking around.

Sometimes we even furniture is moved to better seat everyone and I always like to spray each room with a nice air freshener.

God saw His creation & those He created quickly become more & more perverted from His intentions & His will. He knew they couldn’t simply follow the rules & laws so He sent Christ to set things right, clean things up and show us there is a better way. 

Christ explained, face to face, that God wants to move into their lives. He wants His Word  to be written on their heart, in their mind & at the door post of their home.

The people of that time who believed & tried to seek & please Him literally attached a small block of Scripture to the outside of a hat they wore. They hung a small portion of Scripture next to the entrance/exit door of their house. They tried (and orthodox Jews still try) to follow His directions so emphatically and yet many times missed out on a personal relationship with Him and became caught up in sacraments and rituals more than developing an on going communication & dedication to God on a personal & deeply meaningful level.

As I read this portion of Scripture I asked God today that He lead my thoughts. May you also allow Him to change things internally for you and may our hearts, our minds, our souls become His home.

Romans 10:4‭-‬10 MSG

The earlier revelation was intended simply to get us ready for the Messiah, who then puts everything right for those who trust him to do it. 

Moses wrote that anyone who insists on using the law code to live right before God soon discovers it’s not so easy—every detail of life regulated by fine print!

 But trusting God to shape the right living in us is a different story—no precarious climb up to heaven to recruit the Messiah, no dangerous descent into hell to rescue the Messiah.

 So what exactly was Moses saying? 

The word that saves is right here, as near as the tongue in your mouth, as close as the heart in your chest. 

It’s the word of faith that welcomes God to go to work and set things right for us. 

This is the core of our preaching. 

Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. 

That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you

That’s salvation. 

With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: 

“God has set everything right between him and me!”
Romans 10:4‭-‬10 MSG


When Christ came into the world He rearranged somethings. He spent time explains what God’s intentions were and how to allow His Word to be fixed to our minds & written on the doorframes/door post of our homes/hearts.

May we allow Him to rearrange things so our mind set is suitable & pleasing to Him.

In Christ, Beetle 

For more post explaining these concepts go to:

3 men and a baby (a short story with a deeper meaning)

He set things right (Bible verses on relying on God)

Prayer For You

God bless you and keep you, God smile on you and gift you, God look you full in the face and make you prosper.
Numbers 6:24‭-‬26 MSG


Regardless of what happens or doesn’t happen God rules, He reigns, He is Sovereign.
We can trust Him & depend on Him. He hears & He answers our prayers.

Remember the answer may be go (yes), slow (not yet), or  simply no (with His reasons).

Trust, keep trusting.

In Christ, Beetle 

Go to 👉 when God says no👈