The Fence.

In the spirit I saw a Fence  fencerowky
And it was without end.
I considered my defense,
But I could not judge.

As in my youth, I pled,
My appeal was not heard.
Who has my heart?
Where is my Love?

Then I heard Him from afar
As He came nigh,
“For I am on the Right side of the Fence
To make your paths straight.”

©RevKMarple

Preach the Word. Everywhere.

Witnessing on a public right-of-way is just as biblical NOW as it was in the times of Jesus. However, public being ‘public’ means that we have to share a public venue with religions who may not hold to the very foundation of Christianity. Think of it, all ‘religions’ are in prison ministry, homeless ministry, prolife ministry, etc. Then, what do we do as Christians – evangelize the lost or tell the other religions that come to the same venue they’re doing it wrong?
 
Hold fast, hold true, and hold on! Strike a balance or you are just as guilty as a man-made ‘doctrine’ that soothes the seeker, not save the lost. Always remember your task at hand, don’t sway to conformity, preach the Word.
“v1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, v2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, v3 forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.” 1Timothy 4:1-3
If it is your ‘ministry’ to go to venues and tell everyone they are doing it wrong – not witnessing to YOUR specifications – then you do not do the Will of God. If your are in public ministry as we are, remember the public does not need to see your displeasure with a fellow servant. That will create chaos that cannot be ignored. Remember your venue, remember Who sent you, remember the servant who led YOU to the Lord.
“But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” 2Timothy 4:5
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Babylon Rising, a Word for 2016

Christians will have momentary glimpses of Glory but we will be tested. Despite what many religions and denominations teach, this world cannot get better before Jesus comes. But before He does come, we have to occupy and understand that Babylon is not our home, continue to teach and preach: “Preach the word! BE READY in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and teaching,” 2Timothy 4:2 [emphasis mine].

Babylon is rising and encompassing Christians and non-Christians alike. This new Babylon is forcing people who have lived and worked and raised families for generations away from their home to places they never thought possible. The new Babylon targets Christians to force them to commit to their agenda; this has already been proven true recently with ‘gender identity’ and forced ‘refugee resettlements’ and legalizing unborn child murder for 40+ years. The president has shown repeatedly that he is allowing Babylon to take over, reteach, and then target the non-believers of his agenda to wipe out God and morality. The best we can do as American Christians is BE READY; be ready to lose your home, lose your job, and have your Faith tested like never before. You will lose those who you thought were your closest friends, family members and even other ‘Christians’ will be used against you. Each of us has to BE READY to go, to preach, and to love again. Discernment and the Bible will be your guide.

The validity of the Constitution will be compromised, particularly our fundamental right to bear arms. This slow motion remake of ‘1984’ in plain sight should awaken every American Christian but will not. Self-protection will be considered a threat against the government and anyone associated with a ‘____ lives matter’ hate group, among others. These groups, and others, are marginalizing themselves into self-segregation rather than uniting as they say Christians do not do. Do not be fooled, do not let your guard down. Your Faith will be used against you to exemplify their agenda.

The Church is producing large numbers without basic doctrine taught or heeded. The very acts of abortion and sexual sin [homosexuality, plurality, polyamory, etc.] will be celebrated even more so with the help of the government or they will be targeted and categorized as ‘hate mongering’ for professing the Gospel. ‘Inclusion’ is the new  and only agenda. The new Church will be low in numbers but mighty in Spirit. Jesus said to “Go into all the world”, and this will be played out in this dispensation because they will be NO OTHER WAY. Professing Christ will be hate speech, and has already been classified as such in certain groups and associations, most of whom have government funding.

America has been putting up with domestic terrorism of ‘____ lives matter’ rhetoric, murdering unborn children and persecution. This is not a new ‘ism’, this has been festering for decades. Targeting public places of any kind as places of derision of all things against Jesus is the new ‘normal’, like shutting down major expressways for demonstrations, etc.

Too many Christians are doing NOTHING in light speed believing that God will just show up. Of course God can do anything, but it is highly unlikely He will just show up and drag you out of Babylon without prayer, fasting, supplication, and readiness, “Why are we sitting here until we die?” [2Kings 7:3]. BE READYTake the opportunities He gives you during these times of tribulation, “If He breaks a thing down, it cannot be rebuilt; if He imprisons a man, there can be no release”, Job 12:14. 

Even so, there is GOOD NEWS!

God said [Jeremiah 29:4-14] to continue to have a family, work, cultivate, and worship Him WHILE in Babylon until we are brought back from our captivity. Truly, this part of scripture is for today and that day when we meet Him face to face. We cannot lose hope or our Salvation and purpose, we cannot allow persecution to determine who we are in Him or where our Eternal home is. We cannot allow a faulty government and false gods to keep us from bringing more souls to a risen Savior.

Do not waiver but prepare. Gird up with the Truth, hold on and STAND FAST. If you are pushed away from your home, wipe the dust from your feet and go. If you lose your job, wipe the dust from your feet and go. When your church bows to Baal [government funded and approved God haters], wipe the dust from your feet and go. When Jesus said ‘Go out into all the world’, GO:

v16 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.
v17 But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues.
v18 You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles.
v19 But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak;
v20 for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.
v21 “Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death.
v22 And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.
v23 When they persecute you in this city, flee to another. For assuredly, I say to you, you will not have gone through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.” [Matthew 10:16-23]

MYLIFEASACHRISTIAN

Narrow Way

When we go through this life, it’s not unusual to feel unloved…but some people are displaced and unknown, or so they think. Sin will take you where you never thought you’d go….here you are.

We are not forgotten or forsaken by God [Deut 30:6], and He remembers us even in our worst of times.

God has KNOWN us AND has a plan for us since the beginning of the world [Jer 1:5]!

Do you feel worthless…hopeless…useless? Are you full of strife and pain?

YOU ARE NOT DISPOSABLE! YOU ARE NOT OVERLOOKED!

“Then why can’t I overcome this miserable life?” you say, I’ve said it, too. I had to ADMIT, BELIEVE & COMMIT…ABC. The Plan of Salvation is for EVERYONE, not just an elect few. Your mountain is not too high, your valley is not too low for Jesus.

Are you afflicted? Addicted? Alone?

A = Admit you’re a sinner who needs to be saved.
(Romans 3:23) “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

 B = Believe that Jesus died for you & rose again
(Romans 10:9) “That if you will confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

 C = Commit to accepting Christ as Savior & Lord
(Romans 10:10-13) “For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation… for whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved!

Let Jesus be the LORD of your life today!

 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6

A Prayer of Praise for the Mourning Christian

Though You say You delight in me,
I find no comfort.
Though You say You love me,
I cannot feel.

And through my sorrow I see dimly
Because the enemy seeks me;
I loathe my encompassing skin
And know the serpent is watching.

What of the night, where is the Watchman?
My soul quakes in joy and apprehension.
Where is my Salvation
In the darkest of hours?

While I mourn and lament
Your promises come!
As You have pledged,
I will have peace.

Even through a renewed affliction
I hear Your voice;
Even in the darkest of the day
I have Your assurances!

O Lord, I am not alone and I am not forsaken;
For I am Yours forever and You are mine.

I will Praise You forever!
I am Yours!
My prayers have been answered
In the midst of my mourning.

©revkatherinemarple

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The Prayer of the Sojourning Christian.

I cried, but no one heard.
I was hurt, but no one helped.
I fought alone to no avail,
I waited, but no one came.

I saw, but couldn’t remember.
I heard, but couldn’t discern.
I held out my hand, but it came back empty.
My heart hurt, and no one comforted me.

How can I love when I receive none,
Where is the delight in life?
Is it in the mirror looking back at me
Or is it in the eyes of another?

Lord! Come closer, be near me
Because my fight is harder than ever.
You are my only Joy, my Salvation
From a life of tears and remorse.

I have lost so much and gained little.
This world has spewed me out
But it won’t let me go.
Let me go, world…I am not yours.

But I look up and see my Abundance
In a face I have not yet met.
His beauty is infinite, His love is unmatched.
Just a little while longer, He says, You are not done.

I hold my hands up to Him in Praise
and seek His warmth with sweet tears.
I am yours, I say, I am yours!
Touch me today, Lord…Touch me today!

I am a stranger, a sojourner in this world.
My woes are His, but the consequences are mine.
I look to Him, I Praise His name!
Until I cross that River, I will rest in Him!

©revkatherinemarple

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” [Matthew 11:28]

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The Christian Public Witness

My husband and I were having a conversation about being a public witness. What I mean by ‘public’ is sidewalk ministry at the abortion facility or street ministry at strip clubs, bars, for example. Public means what and where is legal. Public means public, anyone can be there…even the opposition. TRUSTJESUS

In public ministry people love to battle, to justify sin, to embed their superiority. But the truth is they know they’re living a lie out loud, they know way deep down that this lie they live is getting harder and harder to keep up with.

When I remember who I used to be before Christ, I had to keep my justifications in absolute order so that I wouldn’t seem WRONG or in error of a badly lived life…after all, who’s life is it anyway? I thought it was mine alone.

GETTING TO THE POINT: There was not one time that I was ever confronted with a public witness for Christ, not at the abortion facility where my mother forced me to go to OR at the local night life clubs/bars I used to frequent.

Do we know we are a sinner? Yes. Even if we have one shred of ‘morality’, we know that we are failing God and slowly losing our life to sin.

A public witness does what Christ told us to do, “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to EVERY creature”. Being a public witness for Christ is not a comfortable thing to do, people don’t like being confronted with a jealous God.

“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.” James 1:22-25, NKJV

Most people are caught up in a worldly web of deception, a web of discontent…a web they feel they cannot be free of. And like most people, I wanted someone to come along and save me from this horrible life…was I worth more than a glass of vodka and a pack of cigarettes? As I sat in that bar every day….I mean EVERY DAY….I wished for that great guy to come along and save me. And one day He did. But it wasn’t who I expected.

I didn’t believe in the supernatural, I saw only in disparity, what was around me. Never was I told I was better than the next cocktail, the next guy, the next party. I HATED to look at myself in the mirror, I HATED what I saw, I HATED ME. And the reason I hated me was because I allowed it.

Much like the woman at the well [John 4], I gave up. This life is what it is, I can’t change it, my family left me, my children left me, my dignity left me. All I had left to do was die.

But then Jesus came, He didn’t say I feel like going to Samaria or say maybe I’ll go through Samaria…Jesus said He NEEDED to go through Samaria. He met her where she was, at the well. This was her divine appointment with her Savior.

Street preachers and ministers meet people where they are to preach a loving Jesus who wants to save them from this existence of stacking sin in a neat pile. We are all the same, we need a Savior to be saved from this life….we have enough ‘friends’ to help us out with sin.

There is no judgement, just “Go and sin no more”. One day your accusers will go away, one at a time. And Jesus will be there for you. That’s the Jesus I know and that’s the Jesus we preach.

“When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” John 8:10-11

Street preachers/ministers are Christian Public Witnesses, just like the Apostles. Christianity hasn’t changed – we’ve changed it. We keep putting Jesus in a nicely decorated box called the Church. Church was NEVER a building but a concept and a reality since the first century.

Churches are full of people and Pastors that are hearers only. The street affords nothing but the purity of the Word and the intent behind it because I did not get saved in a church, I was presented with the Gospel by a man who was led by God to tell me about Jesus. You see, He came to where I was – at work and hungover.

Thank  you God for bringing Him to me.

30 DAY PARENTING PRAYER CHALLENGE: Day 30

As I wrap up this 30 Days of Parenting Prayer, I am inundated with so many emotions…most of which I brought up during these 30 days. If there is one thing that I can’t say enough [well, maybe two] is that we are parents to our kids forever. They were our children since the beginning of time [Jeremiah 1:5] and will be even into Eternity. The second is that prayer should be the FIRST thing we do, not as a last ditch effort to save the day.

Being a parent is has been the one thing that people take for granted as if it’s a right rather than the privilege that it is. I am PRIVILEGED to be their mother, whether they give a darn or not. It is I that has to answer to God for being their mother, it is I that will ultimately bear the day when I have to answer to God for my parenting.

We take advantage of the system by allowing our own dreams supersede those of our kids; once we do that, we fail. When you hear “You’re pregnant!”, your private, comfortable life is over and a new life is about to embark. We are but vessels, not God.

Secular/worldly feminism has no room in motherhood, but a God-intended feminist does. It’s true: there is such a thing as a God-intended Feminist. She was profiled in the Bible, Proverbs 31. She wasn’t perfect, in fact Bathsheba FAILED…but she was used mightily by God and was blessed to be the intended mother to Solomon.

Bad women do not have to be bad mothers. In other words, I have failed, you have failed…but through the Grace of God we are given chance after chance after chance to do it right. God knows our kids depend on us so He is quite willing to help us to be better. And, IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO BE A BETTER PARENT.

v17 “You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; v18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.” 1Peter 3:17-18

Pray for BALANCE. It’s been a great 30 days of reflection but I certainly see how I can do better, even after all these years. God Bless you all.

30 DAY PARENTING PRAYER CHALLENGE: Day 29

With our adult kids also comes their significant other, and there are times we know that we know that we KNOW something is not quite right. And just because we think we raised our kids right doesn’t mean the significant other’s parents stepped up to the plate. In this instance, they didn’t bother showing up to the game.

Nothing angers me more than a person who pretends to be a Christian to the point of being quite the actress at it. I will never understand how anyone can deal with the bondage of being so deceitful. It’s quite the heavy bag to carry. I am so glad God gave me the gift of discernment. I saw right through her at the onset but hoped for the best that maybe I was wrong…this is one such time I wished I was.

“Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.” Matthew 12:25

So much happened that I will not go into, but suffice it to say that it was TWICE I let my guard down to be burned again. When someone hurts one of our kids, his or mine, I nearly come unglued…momma grizzly here. I will never understand how people can be so evil to each other, especially other Christians. It makes me question their salvation, although I cannot judge it, that is for God to do.

So then I pray. And pray. AND PRAY that God will convict her for how she is trying to destroy our son. He’s got this, He is in control. God wants our son to be victorious and He will get His Glory. So for all her effort to hurt our son, God will gather his sheep, especially the ‘one’. She has no idea that God is working extra hard to help him, not her:

“v12 If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying? v13 And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. v14 Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.” Matthew 8:12-14

Pray today that the one will come back to the fold and be victorious. Be a parent, not a friend…I assure you, they want their moms and dads when all seems so hopeless.

30 DAY PARENTING PRAYER CHALLENGE: Day 26

Many years ago I was forced to leave the area in which I was born to begin a new life. I had to leave my family because of my now ex-husband to do it. My ex, who was raised by hard working never-in-debt church-going family-oriented people, was an adult kid that had a drug, alcohol and gambling problem [that led to domestic violence] which eventually became my problem. I remember so vividly my EX-mother-in-law saying, “You knew him when you married him“. NOT true, I did not know these things…but that really isn’t the point. The point is that SHE knew he had addictions and did not warn me; it was as if she was passing him off to me so she didn’t have to deal with it anymore.

Some of us, who never exhibited addiction, have children who may eventually have an addiction. But should a parent just pass them off? When did they stop being a parent? I have a myriad of cousins that are grandparents already, and they are still battling alcohol, meth, crack, etc. At least half of them are still living with their parents. I know their mothers, not one of them is an addict of any kind.

Dear Mom & Dad: Your children’s poor choices are not your fault. But enabling them to continue their ‘choices’, is. Don’t clean up their messes, pray over them – they need restoration.

There are some parents that have children and practically gift them the generational sin they have. How often have we seen a generational problem with alcohol and claim it’s in the DNA to justify it? Generational sin is passed on through mimicking what we see while we grow up. God has never created one single person that is an alcoholic or addict BUT they are born into sin with the propensity to sin [the sin nature] BECAUSE of the Fall of Adam:

“v1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. v2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1-2

And then:

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2

The answer is that we NEVER stop being a parent. EVER. Ignoring or passing off a problem and acting unaware is just plain evil. However, I do realize we can’t make these kids do anything. But one thing we can do is PRAY and NEVER FLINCH.

Pray to be an open book to your children, not an open checkbook. They need to hear about Jesus incessantly, they are our ministry!