I’ve Got A Secret and I Cannot Keep It

This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now it’s out in the open.

God wanted everyone, not just Jews, to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out, regardless of their background, regardless of their religious standing.

The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in you, so therefore you can look forward to sharing in God’s glory.

It’s that simple.

That is the substance of our Message. We preach Christ , warning people not to add to the Message. We teach in a spirit of profound common sense so that we can bring each person to maturity. To be mature is to be basic.

Christ! No more, no less.

That’s what I’m working so hard at day after day, year after year, doing my best with the energy God so generously gives me.
Colossians 1:26‭-‬29 MSG
http://bible.com/97/col.1.26-29.MSG

Answers when we ask

One day he was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said, “Master, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.” So he said, “When you pray, say, Father, Reveal who you are. Set the world right. Keep us alive with three square meals. Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others. Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.”

Then he said, “Imagine what would happen if you went to a friend in the middle of the night and said, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread. An old friend traveling through just showed up, and I don’t have a thing on hand.’ “The friend answers from his bed, ‘Don’t bother me. The door’s locked; my children are all down for the night; I can’t get up to give you anything.’ “But let me tell you, even if he won’t get up because he’s a friend, if you stand your ground, knocking and waking all the neighbors, he’ll finally get up and get you whatever you need.

“Here’s what I’m saying: Ask and you’ll get; Seek and you’ll find; Knock and the door will open.

Don’t bargain with God. Be direct.

Ask for what you need. This is not a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in.

If your little boy asks for a serving of fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? If your little girl asks for an egg, do you trick her with a spider?

As bad as you are, you wouldn’t think of such a thing—you’re at least decent to your own children. And don’t you think the Father who conceived you in love will give the Holy Spirit when you ask him?”
Luke 11:1‭-‬13 MSG
http://bible.com/97/luk.11.1-13.MSG

All the army officers, led by Johanan son of Kareah and Jezaniah son of Hoshaiah, accompanied by all the people, small and great, came to Jeremiah the prophet and said,

“We have a request. Please listen. Pray to your God for us, what’s left of us. You can see for yourself how few we are! Pray that your God will tell us the way we should go and what we should do.”

Jeremiah the prophet said, “I hear your request. And I will pray to your God as you have asked. Whatever God says, I’ll pass on to you. I’ll tell you everything, holding nothing back.”

They said to Jeremiah, “Let God be our witness, a true and faithful witness against us, if we don’t do everything that your God directs you to tell us. Whether we like it or not, we’ll do it. We’ll obey whatever our God tells us. Yes, count on us. We’ll do it.”

Ten days later God ’s Message came to Jeremiah. He called together Johanan son of Kareah and all the army officers with him, including all the people, regardless of how much clout they had. He then spoke: “This is the Message from God , the God of Israel, to whom you sent me to present your prayer.

He says, ‘If you are ready to stick it out in this land, I will build you up and not drag you down, I will plant you and not pull you up like a weed. (See Matt. 13)

I feel deep compassion on account of the doom I have visited on you. You don’t have to fear the king of Babylon. Your fears are for nothing. I’m on your side, ready to save and deliver you from anything he might do. I’ll pour mercy on you. What’s more, he will show you mercy! He’ll let you come back to your very own land.’ Jeremiah 42:1‭-‬12 MSG http://bible.com/97/jer.42.1-12.MSG

God hears us. We may go to someone else & ask them to pray for us. We may go to Him directly. We may not even know how to pray or what to say but He can read our hearts & minds (See Romans 8).

When God answers, remember He may say ‘go, slow, or no’ for more go to: When God said no.

If you’re really struggling with God’s answers & just having an exceptionally hard time in your relationship with Him and Him saying no perhaps this other post will help shed more light onto those shadows of doubt or troubled times. Remember, where there is a shadow there is a light.

Go to:DEALING WITH GOD SAYING NO

One thing we can be sure of, there is ONE GOD who loves us, cares, listens & answers.

If you believe in Him, give Him the credit for all creation & control you need not fret or fear anything or anyone else.

Bust the Box

God shouldn’t be put into a box in the first place; however, if you, your ‘church’ group or family have put Him in a box it’s time to bust the box.

“And when you come before God, don’t turn that into a theatrical production either. All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, hoping for stardom! Do you think God sits in a box seat?
Matthew 6:5 MSG
http://bible.com/97/mat.6.5.MSG

Bust up the theatrical performance. Listen more than you speak, letting God steal the show.

CHRIST IS THE LIGHT

Wise?

Do you want to be counted wise, to build a reputation for wisdom? Here’s what you do:

  • Live well,
  • live wisely,
  • live humbly.

It’s the way you live, not the way you talk, that counts.

  • Mean-spirited ambition isn’t wisdom.
  • Boasting that you are wise isn’t wisdom.
  • Twisting the truth to make yourselves sound wise isn’t wisdom.

It’s the furthest thing from wisdom—it’s animal cunning, devilish conniving.

Whenever you’re trying to look better than others or get the better of others, things fall apart and everyone ends up at the others’ throats.
James 3:13‭-‬16 MSG
http://bible.com/97/jas.3.13-16.MSG

God’s Word not mine.

Nobody cares how much you know. They want to know how much you care.

A simple prayer

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
Psalms 143:10 NLT
http://bible.com/116/psa.143.10.NLT

Life is not really about trying to be a good person. It’s not about pleasing myself or others.

When Jesus walked the earth He taught so much. His Word remains today. As I look at this Psalm today I make it my prayer too…

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing. Psalms 143:10 NLT

Matthew 6 records Christ’s teaching on prayer…

“Be especially careful when you are trying to be good so that you don’t make a performance out of it. It might be good theater, but the God who made you won’t be applauding. “When you do something for someone else, don’t call attention to yourself. You’ve seen them in action, I’m sure—‘playactors’ I call them—treating prayer meeting and street corner alike as a stage, acting compassionate as long as someone is watching, playing to the crowds. They get applause, true, but that’s all they get. When you help someone out, don’t think about how it looks. Just do it—quietly and unobtrusively. That is the way your God, who conceived you in love, working behind the scenes, helps you out. “And when you come before God, don’t turn that into a theatrical production either. All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, hoping for stardom! Do you think God sits in a box seat?”

Jesus went on,

“Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace. “The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this: Our Father in heaven, Reveal who you are. Set the world right; Do what’s best— as above, so below. Keep us alive with three square meals. Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others. Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil. You’re in charge! You can do anything you want! You’re ablaze in beauty! Yes. Yes. Yes. Matthew 6:1‭-‬13 MSG http://bible.com/97/mat.6.1-13.MSG

Again, today’s verse: Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
Psalms 143:10 NLT

I’d like to include one more specific teaching of Jesus here…

“Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor.”

Jesus continued,

“Don’t be flip with the sacred. Banter and silliness give no honor to God. Don’t reduce holy mysteries to slogans. In trying to be relevant, you’re only being cute and inviting sacrilege. “Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This isn’t a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in. If your child asks for bread, do you trick him with sawdust? If he asks for fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? As bad as you are, you wouldn’t think of such a thing. You’re at least decent to your own children. So don’t you think the God who conceived you in love will be even better? “Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them . Add up God’s Law and Prophets and this is what you get. “Don’t look for shortcuts to God. The market is flooded with surefire, easygoing formulas for a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time. Don’t fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do.

The way to life—to God!—is vigorous and requires total attention.

“Be wary of false preachers who smile a lot, dripping with practiced sincerity. Chances are they are out to rip you off some way or other. Don’t be impressed with charisma; look for character. Who preachers are is the main thing, not what they say. A genuine leader will never exploit your emotions or your pocketbook. These diseased trees with their bad apples are going to be chopped down and burned. “Knowing the correct password—saying ‘Master, Master,’ for instance—isn’t going to get you anywhere with me. What is required is serious obedience— doing what my Father wills. I can see it now—at the Final Judgment thousands strutting up to me and saying,

‘Master, we preached the Message, we bashed the demons, our God-sponsored projects had everyone talking.’

And do you know what I am going to say?

‘You missed the boat. All you did was use me to make yourselves important. You don’t impress me one bit. You’re out of here.’

“These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit—but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock. “But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach. When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it collapsed like a house of cards.”

When Jesus concluded his address, the crowd burst into applause. They had never heard teaching like this. It was apparent that he was living everything he was saying—quite a contrast to their religion teachers! This was the best teaching they had ever heard. Matthew 7:1‭-‬29 MSG http://bible.com/97/mat.7.1-29.MSG

So, once again I join in prayer with the Psalmist and apply the way Jesus taught us…

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
Psalms 143:10 NLT

Amen, Beetle

Indeplorable

Before you clean yourself up, previous to your lack of denial, sooner than you can even plead forgiveness and plot your apologies the Lord not only loves you he misses you, wants you, but most importantly has faith in you.

Source: Indeplorable

Bull To The Bully

You say, “I’m calling this meeting to order, I’m ready to set things right. When the earth goes topsy-turvy And nobody knows which end is up, I nail it all down, I put everything in place again. I say to the smart alecks, ‘That’s enough,’ to the bullies, ‘Not so fast.’”  Psalm 75:2‭-‬4 MSG http://bible.com/97/psa.75.2-4.MSG

🔥 Ps. 97:6

The heavens announce that he’ll set everything right, And everyone will see it happen—glorious! Psalm 97:6 MSG http://bible.com/97/psa.97.6.MSG

🔥 Mt. 3:11-12

“I’m baptizing you here in the river, turning your old life in for a kingdom life. The real action comes next: The main character in this drama—compared to him I’m a mere stagehand—will ignite the kingdom life within you, a fire within you, the Holy Spirit within you, changing you from the inside out. He’s going to clean house—make a clean sweep of your lives. He’ll place everything true in its proper place before God; everything false he’ll put out with the trash to be burned.”  Matthew 3:11‭-‬12 MSG http://bible.com/97/mat.3.11-12.MSG

Ever feel like the  underdog, pushed around and put down, even when doing the right thing? When we look at Jesus and the obstacles He overcame, even from His birth on we begin to see that God, in the flesh, went through life on the earth in order to show us, tell us, “I know it is a struggle but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world and if you are in me you too will overcome the world.” God could have kept His distance made the choice to come and dwell with mankind first hand. Our choice is now do decide if we believe it or not. If we believe then we can trust Him to be in our corner and fight for us.

When we depend on Him suddenly we realize that any self-confidence we have turns into a complete dependence on Him. He is our sure thing. Nothing we have done or can do will protect us from bullies or self destruction. Only through His power, might, mercy and grace can we find Salvation.

He fights for us.

He alone is my ROCK and my SALVATION, Beetle

24/7 Help (God’s Got His Ears & Eyes On)

The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.

The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.

For the Lord protects the bones of the righteous; not one of them is broken! Calamity will surely destroy the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be punished. But the Lord will redeem those who serve him.

No one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.
Psalms 34:17‭-‬22 NLT

http://bible.com/116/psa.34.17-22.NLT

Then you will ask in my name. I’m not saying I will ask the Father on your behalf, for the Father himself loves you dearly because you love me and believe that I came from God. John 16:26‭-‬27

NLT http://bible.com/116/jhn.16.26-27.NLT

I look up to the mountains— does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord , who made heaven and earth! He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps. The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.

The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon at night. The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life.

The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever. Psalms 121:1‭-‬8 NLT http://bible.com/116/psa.121.1-8.NLT

EXTRAS

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In Christ, Beetle

Press this -THE STORY, “FAIR SCIENCE”

Source: THE STORY, “FAIR SCIENCE”

“Fair Science” – a short story of a weird, crazy but brilliant scientist who invites three children into his mansion and his mind.

I’m seeing my love for nature coming out in many of the stories I wrote over 10 years ago, as well as, in brand new ones I am writing now.

A few good national geographic specials and I find myself inspired to create and as I listen to what nature is saying I find myself being some type of voice for her.

So many things around us are shouting, “LIFE, LIVE, LOVE, SURVIVE, THRIVE!” and I am truly thankful to be alive and do all the above.

Recently i’ve recorded the reading of a few of the stories, not an easy task, and i’m looking forward to hearing one of them read & recorded by my oldest daughter who is teaching Middle School English.

As my four daughters grow I miss my son (Alexx) and wish so much that he was still alive to enjoy life with us.

In his memory and in honor of my children & step children who remain here i’ll continue to write. Although handicapped, disabled, an invalid (whatever word one may use to describe my oppositions) gives me the opportunity to write even more.

My deepest thanks to my wife Rhonda for the love we share in every season of life.
Also to all of my dear children: Kyri, Alexx, Olivia, Madi, Abbey, Christopher and Carol-Ann who remind me of the simple childlike faith God desires, as well as, my whole family and friends for all their support.

YouTube playlist of stories being read: My stories: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnjQOVtw61eiFv27rv2rhA3-8U8EyDXya

For a list of other stories go to: https://tombeetlebailey.wordpress.com/stories-poems-and-art/

Thanks for reading, Beetle