Utterance.

I considered what some might think to be ‘out loud’ Christianity – or boldness of spirit. Interestingly, we typically hear from loose cannons instead of those that are of sound doctrine. Or we hear from armchair preachers that only have opinions, not knowledge.

“And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them UTTERANCE.” Acts 2:4-6

Ah – there it is. Our boldness is from the Holy Spirit that gives us UTTERANCE not just in spirit but to be heard. Maybe it’s my fault for reading and believing the entire Bible as it is written?

“I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all UTTERANCE, and in all knowledge.” 1Corinthians 1:4-5

Now that makes perfect sense of what is wrong today; we are not saying out loud our knowledge of Him who died for us. We aren’t confessing Him daily and with strength to not just the unsaved, but those that don’t show fruit of being saved by the Blood.

“Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and UTTERANCE, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also. I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love.” 2Corinthians 8:7-8

Our utterance of His Word makes the devil and his demons flee. Our words of Faith through UTTERANCE and prayer are what we are expected to do but it blesses each and every one of us beyond measure!

“And for me, that UTTERANCE may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” Ephesians 6:19-20

I take my Christianity seriously knowing that good people are going to hell because no one told them the truth. I speak up because no one else will. Our unborn die silently every day and the Church says nothing. Men and women in nursing homes wait patiently for death, but does anyone ask if they know the Lord?

“Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of UTTERANCE, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.” Colossians 4:2-4

Ask God for the right words to say – I ask God to give me what I need from Him to impart to another. But truly we are expected to give an account and to bold in our speech and countenance.

What about LIFE?

I am a deep thinker or maybe even a ponderer of things not usually thought of. I don’t require much, just the palette that the Lord gave me – His Holy Word.

How big is God?

God made everything…EVERYTHING. Scientists, philosophers and figure-heads have tried since the beginning of time to build a case against God being the Creator of Life and the universe. What a daunting task trying to unseat God!

Can a person assume to understand God’s completeness? Would a mere human understand that the Greatest Story ever told needed a beginning and end, not just the juicy middle that everyone only conveniently remembers? If you cannot grasp the beginning and end, then you cannot assume to understand the vastness of God and LIFE.

In the ‘known’ universe, there are thus far 70 sextillion stars…that’s 21 zeros after 70. The most current estimates guess that there are 100 to 200 billion galaxies in the Universe; it’s been estimated that about 10% of stars have planets which would mean about 20 billion solar systems in our galaxy alone.

This is where men like Stephen Hawking comes along; trying to unseat God by giving us the ‘Big Bang’ THEORY….everything is here by some kind of extraordinary accident. What God has created with His immeasurable love has been deemed an accident.

We are by no means AN ACCIDENT. God cannot make accidents otherwise He would not be perfect. While we ponder Life and its beginning, middle and end, there is Jesus who God gave us to show us our imperfections, that were are teachable, and that we are eternal with Him if we choose to be.

Truly, Life is quite simple. We have the vastness of the universe to show us how important we are to God to have something so incredible. And, we have Jesus, who God gave us to prove His compassion, not His dispassion:

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

God’s greatest blessings even on a bad day.

I stood in front of about 100 people at my local 40 Days for Life closing rally speaking on behalf of post-abortive women. I felt that I did a mediocre job although friends and family said otherwise. Would they have said that I did not?

On a very bright sunny day I stood there and saw darkness as if a great storm is about to deluge us. I could hardly see and the wind was fierce, so much so it was hard to talk. It was as if I saw only death around me, not Life.

I have a burden for Catholics which is who typically comes to prolife functions, and they seem to like me. I wonder if they think they can proselyte me…hardly; I came out of that bondage a long time ago. But the good thing is that I get the gist of their ‘faith’ when a priest says the rosary and such, while they look at me in wonderment and believe I’m the one going to Hell. Most of my family still calls Catholicism their ‘faith’ and NEVER go to church…they love the arrogance of saying they are Catholic. Even though Catholicism is saturated in false doctrine, at least these Prolifers walk the walk.

But I’m getting off subject here…let me reiterate that I literally saw death that day, so much so that I couldn’t raise my eyes to meet the gazes of those that came to hear me! God was letting me know that even though I love to see their fervor, they are still in darkness doomed to a fiery Hell and that I need to watch my back or that darkness can consume me, too. Christ is the way, not the way of Catholicism.

No wonder most of the world hates God – the world looks to religion to get to know God and that simply cannot happen. Religion killed Jesus Christ and religion will bring Him back in the not so distant future.

The Prolife Christian

After a recent arrest of an abortion ‘doctor’ in Philadelphia, Prolifers have come out from the woodwork screaming ‘DEATH PENALTY’. True, this doctor did horrible gruesome things to children and women, but who is in charge of Life and death?

It’s hard to see people that say prolife but have a different view when the rubber meets the road. All Life is sanctified and given by God only and it is up to Him when death is necessary. These ‘Moderate Prolifers’ are the fair-weather friends of Life.

Many, many Evangelical Christians are in favor of the Death Penalty, even some that I know personally. If we give man the authority to kill, what have we to preach about? Life when it’s proper and lawful? How can that be when the Bible says ‘Thou shalt NOT kill’?

Does God judge through man?

Yes, in Genesis 9:6 He plainly said: “Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed; for in the image of God He made man.’

What is being taught in the pulpit, Life or death?

Christians love to bring up the Old Testament ‘eye for an eye’ mentality but the reality is that we are in a new covenant WITH Christ, ‘you shall love your neighbor as yourself’.

Scripture balances Scripture.

Confusing? No, if God judges a man or woman to death, He will use whom He will use. However, if a man or woman takes the Life another, Leviticus 19:18 says, ‘You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.’

God is LORD. Just God. Through Him justice comes:

  • At the altar – for forgiveness and restoration
  • At the ‘woodshed’ – those he loves he chastises; sickness, finances
  • Through His mercy – die prematurely

Christians should never believe in the death penalty BUT accept it as law, as Scripture says in Romans 13:

Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.

The Everyday Christian

Can we be so unaware of what life is doing to others every day around us? Jesus said the poor (of spirit and of circumstance) will be with us always, until the end. Christians aren’t supposed to step over them to get to church. But life is happening every minute of every day and nothing is getting done by the Church to put a dent into issues like abortion, homelessness and hunger – and that’s the short list.

I believe in correct doctrine 1000%, absolutely. Christians should have proper teaching from the pulpit regarding the Word of God that we can go out into all the world, as the Bible says, and preach the Gospel to EVERY creature. It is our commandment from Christ to be aware of correct doctrine that we would evangelize the lost. Nevertheless, His other commandment is this: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Should a church have walls? The answer is yes and no.

The Bible says, ‘And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.’ We are commanded to strengthen each other so that we can endure until the end, whether that is our natural death or the Rapture. We need to worship together and fortify our love for the brethren. But is going to church more important than extending a helping hand to those that need it? Some say yes.

“Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me…. Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.”

While re-re-re-re-re-re-rereading the Gospels, I am impressed by the Holy Spirit to take notice of the many good works that Jesus did and gave us power to do. He didn’t sit on His doctrine. I was also impressed with the way Jesus and the Apostles evangelized and taught; they went to the people. What Jesus taught and what Paul continued to teach is this: a Christian’s pulpit is in ‘all the world’ every day. Our works are set before us and was known even before we were born. We are intended to be an Everyday Christian, every day.

 “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!”

 

Abortion has a face.

You can call it choice all you want but in the end abortion has a face. Is that face yours? It was mine.

Since Roe v. Wade, over 50 million children have died due to abortion, surgical abortions only…that’s a lot of hurting women in the world and in the Church. Over 35% of post abortive women are classified as Christian. I always thought it was bad enough that secular women would choose to abort, but Christian women?

We have preconceived notions that only really bad women would choose to kill their unborn child but the world catches up with all of us when we rely on anything or anyone else but Jesus Christ.

We have to put Jesus first in everything and take all of our requests to the altar and not the secular world…no matter how much that guy says says he loves you.

First things first.

This is a random account of my ceaseless pursuit of joy in this life as a Christian woman. However, I couldn’t have done this alone – I met Jesus Christ on December 13, 2001 and my life has spiraled in directions I never thought I would ever experience. Thank God.