L. Kathleen Cline's Blog
Below is a selection from the commentary of Dr. Whitby on the Lord’s Prayer.
Today is Tuesday of Thanksgiving week, and I want to praise God for His comfort. Due to the gathering rules or fear of traveling, many are going to be alone this Thanksgiving. You probably don’t want to read another post on being grateful. Maybe your heart is heavy with loneliness, or you are dreading the hours by yourself. My husband deployed for many holidays, so I understand the sadness. One holiday, I watched an entire Japanese movie with subtitles. That can fall into the “You know you are bored when” category.“Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is comfortable, and My burden is light” Matthew 11:28-30.
Please talk to God about your emotions. I did not say whine. Have an adult conversation and allow God to guide you through this long weekend. Don’t allow yourself to pray hollow or fake words of gratitude; that just must insult God to no end. Trust God with the burden of loneliness. I can praise God for His comfort because I have a first-hand understanding of Him changing a grumpy spirit into laughter. Not sure how He does it, but He does.
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Thank You, God, for reminding us that nothing in this world is a surprise to You. Thank You for helping us to be confident in Your leading as we walk these very precarious times. May this week be filled with remembering how You have moved in our lives so that we can praise Your holy Name always.
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Do you believe that it will take a miracle by God for Donald Trump to have a second term? So when God does put President Trump back in for a second term, those who criticized, will you revisit your public judgments? "If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then will his kingdom stand? If I by Beelzebul cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? For this reason, they will be your judge," Matthew 12:26-27. I am not asking for a friend; I am appealing to my siblings. Either you will have to admit the miracle of God to give a second term to the most pro-life, pro-Israel, and pro-Christian President ever to serve, or Satan removed the most pro-choice (till the ninth month) President-elect. As Jesus said, "Any kingdom divided against itself is laid to waste." As we prayerfully watch God our Father, let's encourage each other by the good hope of grace.
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Isolation is one of the cruelest things evil can do to people. It does not even have to be actual separation from people but instead emotionally. That feeling you don’t have anything to offer, so you don’t speak. Soon, you begin to believe you are not wanted, so you stop participating. The ultimate hopelessness is that you don’t feel like you matter, so you want to fade away. When you become mentally detached from all opportunities to be loved or touched, it becomes a slow, painful death on the inside. Many suffer from the silent killer of feeling all alone.
When you say your prayers tonight and many future nights, please remember those that silently suffer. It is not required for you to understand depression for you to seek God on their behalf. Satan will cause chaos in any form he can. It is our job to be God’s watchman on the wall. If you suffer from feeling secluded, call out to God. He will answer you.
And I said to the nobles, the officials, and the rest of the people, “The work is great and extensive, and we are separated on the wall far from one another. At whatever place you hear the sound of the trumpet, assemble to us there. Our God will fight for us” Nehemiah 4:19-20.
If I do not see results immediately, it is easy for me to get discouraged. What has helped me is setting short-term goals along with long-term goals. When it comes to spiritual obedience, there are no self-appointed goals. What do you do?We all put up safety nets of some sort, whether they are mental or physical. Those go-to thoughts or visuals that reassure you that everything will work; you are safe. For Christ-followers, we need to engage one word, "Remember." "Thus the sons of Israel did not remember the LORD their God, who had delivered them from the hands of all their enemies on every side" Judges 8:34.
The practice of recalling God's word and all His deeds is what steadies my anxious mind. It is stunning to me how fast one group of discouraging words can ripple through my mind and cause uneasiness. If I entertain the words too long, frustration can kick in because I can't see any hope. If there is no hope, then the fatigue of waiting can appear; my prayers are useless. At that one point, I have allowed the enemy to achieve its purpose: to kill, steal, and destroy. Seriously, Satan is so wearing mentally. It reminds me of all those times when my sister kept poking me while mom was not looking till I finally snapped. Then I got in trouble for going ballistic on her.
If we could train our minds to stay focused on God, none of this would be an issue. Maybe, just maybe, that is why Paul reminded Timothy that "God has not given us a spirit of timidity (fear) but of power and love and discipline." The end of 2020 will task all prayers warriors. Please do not give up the fight. Continue to intercede on behalf of our nation, asking God to reveal all that is hidden. Do not let yourself get overwhelmed with emotions. This battle is God's. All we need to do is remember Who He is and What He can do and proclaim it. Also, stop listening to those that say give up. I will stop when God has declared victory.
The verse of today's topic is a repeat because the pressure to go along with the crowd is extreme. It is curious how society condemns bullying but uses it as the primary weapon of control. Very few people enjoy being the odd man out, so I think that is why evil pushes that inclusion button often. God has every watchman on the wall and intercessors reminding His people to stand firm in faith and watch and pray.
I remember once reading about a gentleman that had a prophetic gift. He would get so frustrated because people would constantly ask him, “Do you have a word for me?” This one particular night, a lady came up to him and asked him the question. In his irritability, he grabbed the Bible and said, “Read this.” The lady took that as a calling from God. When the man visited a few years later, the lady’s knowledge of God’s word was known throughout the town.So, what’s next in your life? Are you looking for that prophetic word to be spoken over you? Do you want that “special” spiritual gift so bad you can’t stand it? Are you waiting for that “Big bus of unique” to come rolling into your life? How do you see God and your relationship?
“For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the Lord and to practice it, and to teach His statutes and ordinances” Ezra 7:10.
Before anything spectacular can take place in your life, you have to commit or set some goals. I don’t care if you believe or not believe in God; if you want success, you have to work. Why not invest in your eternal life? God won’t fail you.
God’s word gives us clear words on prophecy. Like many things of God, Satan has a shadow version so he may deceive society. Since modern predictions scare me, if you are like me, I just mind my own business and do what God asks me to do. Is that thoroughly Biblical? Did God’s word say in Acts 2:17-21 that His people shall prophesy in the last days? If so, then why do God’s people recoil if someone mentions a prophetic word? What can we do about it?These past few days, I have stood firm on most prophecies concerning the election. Why? Because the ones I am looking at require God’s people to seek God for intervention. Nothing about that goes against the will of God.
I guess the next question is, “Am I setting myself up for disappointment?” The last time I questioned God, He brought me to the words of Hebrews 10:38. “MY RIGHTEOUS ONE SHALL LIVE BY FAITH: AND IF HE SHRINKS BACK; MY SOUL HAS NO PLEASURE IN HIM.” The all caps are from the New American Standard Bible and not me. During these turbulent times, it is your free will choice on where you stand. I believe that is the whole point. As a church, we are looking everywhere to fill our spiritual cups except God. We have Americanized God to the point that if we do not get an answer to prayer immediately, we walk.
In my quiet time with God this morning, I was pleading for clear direction, so I do not fail Him. God guided me to read Ezra 5 and 6. Please read it for yourself, but I will sum it up. When the prophets prophesied to the Jews, God’s people arose and began to rebuild the house of God. Then in verse 14, it says they were successful in building through the prophesying, and they finished building according to the command of the God of Israel.
I would recommend all of God’s people to continue in prayer concerning voter suppression, corrupt computer programs, and illegal votes. If God had His people prophesy to seek His face concerning this issue, then you have to make up your mind what you believe and what you will do. God will hold all of us accountable for our actions or lack thereof. God told us that we would appear foolish to the world. How else will Satan get you to stop obeying God? He appeals to your emotions because he knows it usually works. If that doesn’t, then evil attempts to intimidate, but that is another lesson altogether.
Suggested reading: 1 Corinthians 1:18-31, Romans 14:16-23, Ezra chapter 5 and 6
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The story of Abraham has always been a sense of inspiration to me. When I hear the Bible story, I can visualize the process Abraham took. God gave Abraham an order. Abraham packed his supplies, traveled three days, gave his servants instructions, loaded up his son and supplies, and stepped forward to complete his ordered mission from God. It was a process of time. As a little girl, when I heard the story, I thought Abraham went that moment to sacrifice his son. It was not that way. There were days in which Abraham had to maintain his faith. There were days; he traveled burdened with the task at hand. Could you imagine what was going through his head? The strength and courage it took not to bolt? What would you have thought while you walked that three-day path? I bet you are considering those thoughts right now.