Category: Encouragement


 

 

Capture Let your hope keep you joyful be patient in trouble - Romans 12-12

Although I was hoping to be able to share a poem with you today, time just did not permit me to have it completed by today. However, I would still like to share a few thoughts with you based on the poem that I was in the process of writing.

Thanksgiving — and many holidays — is a time for many of us to get together with friends and family to celebrate and to enjoy being together. Some come from afar to be with their loved ones, others are separated by choice or circumstances. The holidays can be a very depressing and deeply lonely time for many as they reflect upon joy filled memories from the past, as well as the painful, lonely times that many have only experienced in their past. Some, sadly, spend each holiday alone.

Sometimes it’s only unforgiveness or misunderstandings that puts a barrier between us and loved ones. In these cases it’s only by choosing to forgive by an act of our will, and by the grace and strength that comes from God alone can we choose to forgive. When we make the choice to forgive, whether the person is sorry or not, God is then able to begin a healing in our broken hearts and troubled and confused minds. Unforgiveness only keeps us in a prison without bars as we choose to hold on to the bitterness and anger that fills our hearts and eats away at us, robbing us of any joy that we could have in life.

Sometimes it may be the philosophies and teachings of men that may fill our minds with things that are not true and may cause us to shift the blame for our circumstances upon ourselves, or upon someone in our life who is truly not to be blamed for how things in life have turned out.

Sometimes it truly may be our fault that our circumstances are as they presently exist, and it could be because of pride and rebellion that we continue to struggle day after day, and yet we choose to blame others for our own wrong choices instead of turning to God in brokenness and repentance and asking for His forgiveness and saving grace that comes through Jesus Christ alone.

Then there are those times when physical, sexual, or emotional abuse is the reason why we distance ourselves from those who were supposed to have loved us, and chose to hurt us instead. In these cases sometimes it may be impossible to be with them, but for our sake we must still choose to forgive them before God and to let go of the anger and hatred that is tearing us apart and holding us back from truly living –and loving.

Forgiveness does not mean that we are saying what they did to us is acceptable, because what they did to us may have been truly wrong and heartbreaking, or unspeakably horrific! It just releases us from the bondage of wanting to see them pay for the pain that they inflicted upon us, and allows us to release them to God who alone will be the one to deal with them for what they have done, and allows us to rest in Him and trust that He will have His way in due time.

Maybe you have never personally received God’s forgiveness by acknowledging the fact that you are a sinner — as we all are — separated from a thrice Holy God because of your sin, and maybe you do not realize that you can come directly to Him through Jesus Christ alone, for He is our only Mediator, and the only name upon whom we can call to save us. (1 Timothy 2:5, Acts 4:12)  You cannot come to God through the Virgin Mary, or through any other saint, or by your good works, but by placing your trust only in Jesus Christ — God who came in human flesh — and what He  accomplished through His sinless life as He walked among us on this earth, and what He endured on the cross when He died in your place, and in mine, taking the full wrath that God intended for you and for all of us upon Himself.

He didn’t just die for your sins and all the guilt that holds you in bondage.  The good news is He arose from the dead and will declare you not guilty when you stand before Him on judgment day if you turn to Him with true sorrow for all of the sin in your life and accept His death as full payment for your sins. You will then be covered with His righteousness and be accepted by God and can begin to know His love and truth by reading His Word, the Bible. Christianity is not another religion; it’s being able to have a personal relationship with your Creator!

No matter where you live in this world, the message in this post is for you. May God reveal His love and truth to each and every one of you, and may you each come to the knowledge of the truth through reading His Word, and with true sorrow in your heart for what you have done in life, I pray that you will reach out and receive His love and forgiveness and free gift of grace — His unmerited favor — that is there for you to receive. He will fill the void in your life with true love and He promises that He will never leave or forsake you when so many others may have abandoned you in life.

Thank you very much for stopping by and taking time out of your day to read some of my posts and poems.

Hoping you and your loved ones have a very wonderful Thanksgiving!

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

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RELATED SCRIPTURES

“See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Thessalonians 5:15-18)

“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” (1 Timothy 2:3-6)

“Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”          (Acts 4:10-12)

Capture Cornerstone Baptist Church picturePICTURE ‘QUICK CAPTURED’ FROM CORNERSTONE BAPTIST CHURCH BIBLE CONFERENCE VIDEO

Good morning everyone! While searching YouTube for new Warren B Smith videos, I came across these Bible Conference videos on CORNERSTONE BAPTIST CHURCH’S CHANNEL. I put all of the videos together in a Playlist on MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL,  and I also wanted to share the Playlist with all of you, so I posted it below.

I hope and pray that you will not only learn from these wonderful, Biblical speakers, but that you will also be encouraged and motivated to study and to know God’s Word well!

As Christians we must stand fast in these days of strong spiritual deception; we must learn to discern between truth and error and realize the importance of testing the teachings of pastors and teachers against Scripture, (Acts 17:11) as well as test the teachings of those who are put in leadership positions, and those who write Christian books, so that we will  never be led astray or into mysticism and into the world of the occult.

God’s Word is what we truly need, and the Holy Spirit should be our main teacher. Jesus Christ is the only one we as Christians should be following, and not any man (or woman) and their ministry. 

Some of the topics and speakers for this Conference are as follows:

DAY 1:
Our Enemies Plan – Remove Our Sword – Glen Knudson

False Christ Coming Does Anybody Care? – Warren B Smith

Sufficiency Of Scripture – T A McMahon

Another Jesus Calling – Warren B Smith

Whatever Happened To Repentance? – David Hocking

DAY 2:
Prophets And Fear Mongering – T A McMahon

What’s Wrong With Zion? – David Hocking

What Happened To The Living Water? – Glen Knudson

False Revival – Warren B Smith

Panel Discussion Q&A (All speakers)

The Bible According To Hollywood – T A McMahon

What Happened To The Glory Of God? – David Hocking

DAY 3:
The topics weren’t posted, and I just started watching Part 1, but I am sure they will be as good as the rest of them!

Now back to cleaning and working on completing my previous post before my computer decides to freeze up on me again!

Thank you for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day (although I hope you will also make time to rest and to enjoy your weekend) to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary Dalke/Living3HisGlory

 

RELATED SCRIPTURES

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” (Matthew 7: 13-15)

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men. after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” (Colossians 2:8)

“But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.  For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.” (2 Corinthians 11:3,4)

“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever.  Amen.  I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel– which is really no gospel at all.  Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.  But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned.  As we have already said, so now I say again:  If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!” (Galatians 1:3-9)

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:10-12)

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;”        (1 Timothy 4:1)

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of His appearing and His kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage — with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when  men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” (2 Timothy 3:16,17-4:1-4)

“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” (2 Corinthians 11:13-15)

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:6-8)

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1)

“But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you.” (2 Peter 2:1)

“My sheep listen to My voice; I know them and they follow Me.”                 (John 10:27)

Therefore I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of all men.  For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God.  Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers.  Be shepherds of the church of God which He bought with His own blood.  I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock.  Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them.  So be on your guard!  Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.”  (Acts 20:26-31)

“I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.  My brothers, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you.  What I mean is this: One of you says,  “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”, another,  “I follow Cephas”; still another,  “I follow Christ.”  Is Christ divided?  Was Paul crucified for you?  Were you baptized into the name of Paul?” (1 Corinthians 1:10-13)

“Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” (Acts 17:11)

INTRODUCTION

Life can become extremely overwhelming: a loss of a job, financial problems, relationship problems, health issues, concern for loved ones, desiring loved ones to come to know who Jesus truly is so they might have joy and the assurance of salvation…the list can go on and on! At times it may seem that all we deal with are problems, one after another, many even coming at the same time which may cause us to begin losing our peace and hope! Truth be told, that’s how I’ve been feeling lately. Not only because of certain  circumstances in my life right now, but also because of many of the things I have been writing about recently, and therefore I found the need to express some of my feelings through the following poem.

As always, when I find myself beginning to lose hope, I must make the choice to put aside my feelings and choose to rely on God’s grace that is always sufficient, and His strength that is always made perfect in my weakness. When times like this come, I find my hope, strength, and encouragement in His Word. Soon I am then able to, once again, fight against the battles that rage all around me as I hide myself in Him and make the choice to place my trust in the fact that He is still in control even when the circumstances of life try to say otherwise. It is God alone who restores my hope as I reflect upon His faithfulness to me in the past, and the ultimate sacrifice He made by sending His one and only Son — Jesus Christ, God in the flesh — who lived the perfect, sinless life that I could never live, to become the perfect, once for all sacrifice, by giving His life in my place to reconcile me, a wretched sinner, to a completely Holy God. It is dwelling on the good news of the gospel and the risen Christ, that enables me to once again press on.

If you, dear reader, have not come to the point of placing your trust in the complete and finished work of Jesus Christ’s once for all sacrifice on the cross for your sins, I encourage you to get a Bible and begin reading the Gospel of John, the Book of Romans, Hebrews, Colossians, Ephesians, and wherever else God’s Holy Spirit may direct you. God’s Word, the Bible, is not a book one can understand with their intellect, but rather it is understood spiritually as God’s Holy Spirit opens your understanding to see the truth and to expose false teachings that have blinded you from seeing the truth. Ask God to open your mind to the Scriptures that you might come to know the truth and have hope and strength to face life, one day at a time, and have the assurance of life eternal in heaven.

Thank you for stopping by! And thank you for taking time out of your busy day to read my poems and posts.

God Bless You

~Mary Dalke/Living4HisGlory

RELATED SCRIPTURES

“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” (Romans 15:4)

“We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves, but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and He will deliver us.” (2 Corinthians 1:8b-10a)

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”             (Romans 15:13)

“Whoever acknowledges Me before men, I will also acknowledge him before My Father in heaven. But whoever disowns Me before men, I will disown him before My Father in heaven. Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn ” ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’ — a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’ ” (Matthew 10:32-36)

“I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His suffering, becoming like Him in His death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.  Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”                    (Philippians 3:10-14)

“The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God,  for they are foolishness to him and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14)

“Come to Me, all you 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 easy, and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

“But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9,10)

 

SONGS FOR YOUR ENCOURAGEMENT

STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN – HIS STRENGTH IS PERFECT

TWILA PARIS – WARRIOR IS A CHILD

TWILA PARIS – MY LIPS WILL PRAISE YOU

SELAH – PRESS ON

 SELAH – YOU ARE MY HIDING PLACE

SELAH – BEFORE THE THRONE OF GOD

 

 

rainbow-blue-sky-clouds-1-2-4-1I found the rainbow/ocean picture on Photobucket and used the ‘edit’ feature to add the Scripture.

YOU’RE MY EVERYTHING

You’re my joy in the midst of deep sorrow

You’re my hope when I see no hope for tomorrow

You’re my peace when all of life seems so out of control

You’re my strength that calms my weary soul

Jesus, You’re my everything

You’re my hiding place when it seems like no safe place can be found

You know what weighs heavy upon my heart without me uttering a sound

You’re my Savior, my God, the one who reigns on high

You’re aware of all things; nothing escapes Your watchful eye

Jesus, You’re my everything

Your promise to those who love You, is that You will work all things together for good

Your children, who are called according to Your purposes, rest in this truth as we

should

You’re my provider, my covering, my soon coming King

You’re the only one who now gives me a reason to rejoice and sing

Jesus, You’re my everything

Your Holy Spirit comforts me when I feel I just can’t go on any longer

Your Word gives me wisdom that encourages me and makes me feel stronger

Your sinless life, and the blood You shed unto death in my place, washed all my sin

and guilt away

Your resurrection gives me true hope and assurance, that enables me to face the trials

of each new day

Jesus, You’re my everything

Our world is growing spiritually darker, because many reject what You’re unchanging

Word has to say

All the evidence surrounds us, and not all things will change for the better when we

pray

We can never bring peace to this broken, sin-filled world, no matter how hard we may

try

Your Word is clear; there will be no peace — or unity — until You, the Prince of Peace,

returns and reigns on high

Until my final breath, or until I’m caught up to meet You in the air, from the depths of

my heart I will say

–Jesus, You’re my everything

Copyright ©2015 Mary K. Dalke/Living4HisGlory/Living For His Glory All rights reserved.

Scriptures taken from The Holy Bible New International Version® 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society  Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

 

 

Sadly, we are seeing more and more people leaving their once solid Bible teaching churches and are now churchless, heartbroken, and devastated.  Before leaving, many attempted to first express their concerns to the leadership of their church, but oftentimes all that happened after sharing their heart-felt concerns was the pastor or elder of their church told them things that implied they were simply ‘ungrateful’ or that they have ‘critical spirits,’  and their words were twisted and used against them, and attempts were made to explain away every reason for the validity of their concerns, leaving these people crushed and rejected,  like sheep without a shepherd to guide them in God’s truth.

Gone are the days when many people meet in ‘churches‘  to worship God.  It is commonplace to hear a church referred to now as a “campus.”  And oftentimes worship songs have now been turned into songs that are void of Scriptural truths, and references to God are replaced with the word ‘you’ that make many songs sound like romantic songs with words you could say to your boyfriend or girlfriend.  Ugh! :/

By numerous things I have heard lately, it is clear that many in church leadership have lost not only the respect and reverence for God, but also the fear of God!  I’ll be writing a poem concerning  all these things in the days ahead, but thought it would be very eye-opening to hear from all of you out there to see just how many people have  actually had to leave a church, and how long they were attending before they had to make the difficult decision to leave.  So if you would, please simply click on the circle next to the answer that best fits your response in the poll I posted below, and later tonight you can see the results.  Since the longest amount of time that is allowed for me to allow people to vote is only until the end of the day, I’d appreciate it if you’d kindly pass this post around to anyone you know that had to leave a church so we can have a more accurate picture of the devastation that is happening in the lives of many of you out there who have had the courage to take a strong stand for Biblical truth and leave your church because you have your eyes on Jesus and not on a man and his ministry.  Sadly,  many pastors have not only drifted from God’s Word as the example of how we as Christians are to live our lives, but also many pastors have drifted from relying upon the Spirit of God to grow the church and instead have turned to worldly methods that only end up producing false converts and sadly leave many continuing to travel along the road that only leads to destruction. 

May God bless each of you for ‘earnestly contending for the faith,’ (Jude 3) and may He  heal your broken hearts, and lead you to a solid Bible teaching church where you will find yourself testing everything in light of Scripture because of all that you have been through.  You have now learned the importance of being a Berean as God’s Word shows us we as Jesus Christ’s followers are all to be. (Acts 17:11)

If you are in the process of searching for a new church, please continue to dig into God’s Word while you are searching in order to receive the comfort, truth, strength, and discernment needed in the day that we find ourselves living in; a day of darkness, spiritual deception, and men who ‘preach’ simply to satisfy the itching ears of sinful men and women in the hopes of growing their churches instead of growing and maturing their people in the truths of God and His Word.  And may I suggest to you to consider searching online and watching the pastor’s sermons so you don’t have to waste time traveling there only to find the same problems at that church that you just left behind.

Lord willing, I am hoping to have the poem written within the next week or two.  Please feel free to post a comment explaining your reasons for leaving your church, or if you need some encouragement or just someone to listen to you, please send me a message by using the ‘contact form’ below.  Thank you very much for your assistance in taking part in this pole.

God bless you, and thank you very much for stopping by, and thank you very much for taking the time to read my posts and poems!

RELATED SCRIPTURES

“And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”  (Acts 2:47b)

“As for you, see what you have heard from the beginning remains in you.  If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father.  And this is what He promised us –eternal life.  I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray.  As for you, the anointing you received from Him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you.  But as His anointing teaches you about all things, and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit–just as it has taught you, remain in Him.”  (1 John 2:24-26)

“Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction.  For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine.  Instead, to suit their own desires they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.  They will turn their ears from the truth and turn aside to myths.”  (2 Timothy 4:2-4)

“Therefore I declare to you that I am innocent of the blood of all men.  For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God.  Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers.  Be shepherds of the church of God which He bought with His own blood.  I know that after I leave , savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock.  Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them.  Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.”  (Acts 20:26-31)

 

 

 

FURTHER READING

WHOM DO YOU FOLLOW

LIKE SHEEP WITHOUT A SHEPHERD

WARNING YOU WITH TEARS

LEARN TO DISCERN SO YOU WILL NOT BE DECEIVED

IS YOUR CHURCH SLOWLY BECOMING PURPOSE DRIVEN WITHOUT YOU EVEN REALIZING IT

IS YOUR PASTOR A SHEPHERD OR A WOLF — WOLVES IN THE PULPIT

THE CHURCH GROWTH MOVEMENT — IS IT AFFECTING YOUR CHURCH

OUT OF THE DARKNESS AND INTO THE LIGHT

 

 

 

On January 22nd, two of my three wonderful nephews — born of two separate sisters — will be celebrating their birthdays.  January 22nd is also the day, when in 1973, abortion — what is seen as the murder of an unborn child in the eyes of many — was made legal in our country, even though the debate still continues as to what extent it is still considered ‘legal.’  And sadly, on January 22nd of this year many will be ‘celebrating’ the Courts ruling that gave women this right to abort their child –if they choose to do so.

In many churches across America this Sunday — January 19th 2014 — is set apart as ‘Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.’  Many churches will have guest speakers who run crisis pregnancy centers and homes that take young pregnant women in to provide for their needs if they choose to have their babies instead of choosing to end their baby’s life out of fear, force, or because of the deceptive information and literature they were given at abortion clinics.  At many crisis pregnancy centers they also provide free ultrasounds for these young pregnant women.  And almost 90% of these young women change their minds about having an abortion after viewing their unborn child because they realize at that moment that within their womb is not a “blob of tissue” as they were told by the counselors at abortion clinics, but a living, active baby.

These Crisis Pregnancy Centers also provide information to these young women to consider the option of putting their child up for adoption  if they know they will not be able to care for their child, and they want to provide the best home possible for their child.  Those who work at these centers also assist these young women in this process if  they choose to make this sometimes, heart-wrenching decision.

So with all of that in mind, I will be posting some thought-provoking pictures I found on the NATIONAL PRO-LIFE ALLIANCE’S Facebook page, and tomorrow I will also add some YouTube videos with testimonies of women who have had abortions, women who have survived an abortion, and even testimonies of those who once worked at an abortion clinic as my way of  taking a stand for the lives of these precious unborn babies around the world who cannot speak for themselves.  Millions of babies have been brutally killed by the horrible procedures that end their lives since abortion was made legal (as well as those babies who were savagely killed before it was legal), and millions of women endure years of emotional and mental trauma as a result of guilt and the lies they were told by the abortionist and the counselors who worked at the clinics where these women had their abortions.  And sadly, some of these women not only suffer from emotional and mental trauma, but also many women even die as a result of an abortion –a legal abortion.  There are at least two victims in every abortion; the baby/babies and the woman.

Every life is precious to God, for He is the Creator of each child –no matter how it was conceived, or what disability it may have been born with.

“You have searched me, LORD, and You know me.  You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar.  You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways.  Before a word is on my tongue You, LORD,  know it completely.  You hem me in behind and before, and You lay Your hand upon me.  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.  Where can I go from Your Spirit?  Where can I flee from Your presence?  If I go up to the heavens, You are there; if I make my bed in the depths , You are there.  If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there Your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast.  If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to You; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to You.  For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.  Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.  How precious to me are Your thoughts, O God!  How vast is the sum of them!  Were I to count them they would outnumber the grains of sand–”            (Psalm 139:1-18)

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.”  (Proverbs 31:8)

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VIDEO OF A LIVING FETUS IN AN INTACT PLACENTA

VIDEO WITH A POWER PRO-LIFE MESSAGE…ESPECIALLY TOWARDS THE END

YES, EVERY CHILD DESERVES TO LIVE!

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THE FOLLOWING YOUNG WOMEN SURVIVED AN ABORTION

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WOMEN SPEAK OUT AND SHARE THEIR EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL PAIN THEY EXPERIENCED AFTER HAVING AN ABORTION, AND THE HEALING AND FORGIVENESS THEY FOUND THROUGH JESUS CHRIST

PLEASE STAND FOR LIFE!

FURTHER INFORMATION:

RU-486 DRUG LEADS TO 14 DEATHS OF WOMEN WHO TOOK IT

THE ANGUISH OF ABORTION – WHAT THEY WON’T TELL YOU — BY DAVE FIORAZO

LORD WILLING, COMING SOON:

‘UNCHANGING’ — A poem contrasting the ‘unchanging’ nature of God and His Word, with the ever changing ways of the modern day church and its message.

(**UPDATE 1/23/14 3:38p.m. JUST FINISHED WRITING ‘UNCHANGING’…AM NOW WORKING ON THE ‘INTRODUCTION.’  LORD WILLING, SHOULD BE ABLE TO POST IT BY TOMORROW EVENING, OR MAYBE SOONER).

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INTRODUCTION

First I want to say, “I’m sorry” to all of you for not writing anything lately.  To be honest with you, it’s been rather difficult to find the time to even have a few minutes to concentrate and get my thoughts together to write a post or poem since I lost my job of 13 years at the end of October.  I am still searching for a new job, and have had no replies from anyone on the two sites where I posted my resume’, but in Christ’s strength I continue to press on. 

In spite of everything I have been going through lately, I completely stand in awe of the peace that God has given me, and that’s what inspired me to write the following poem so that I can give God the glory for blessing me with His perfect peace that allows me to rest in Him and sleep peacefully every night.  Yes, I did have a few brief moments of crying out to God for His wisdom on what to do and where to go, and I may possibly still have a few of those moments in the days (hopefully not weeks and months) to come, but because I have built my life on Christ as my firm foundation, my faith and trust in Him has not been shaken.

As I was writing this poem I also thought of the many who do not know Jesus and the hope and peace that comes from having a personal relationship with God through Him…people who have been devastated by physical, sexual, and verbal abuse…people who have tragically lost a loved one to death or an accident, and they have been hurt so deeply that they lash out at God instead of crying out to Him for His comfort and His help…people who hate themselves because of some of the wrong choices they have made and they want to end their lives because they can’t go back and change the past.  With all of that in mind, I addressed these brokenhearted people in the final six verses of the following poem, and pray that if anyone who has been devastated by life’s painful circumstances does find their way to my blog,  that God will somehow use my poem — and especially the Scriptures — to bring hope and comfort to their broken and shattered heart.

Thank you very much for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my poems and posts.

An early ‘Merry Christmas’ to all of you!

God Bless You

~Mary Dalke/Living4HisGlory/Living For His Glory


 

SCRIPTURES FOR YOU TO REFLECT ON

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a child is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father the Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6) KJV

“For  He Himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in His flesh the law with its commands and regulations.  His purpose was to create in Himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which He put to death their hostility.  He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.  For through Him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.”  (Ephesians 2:14-18)

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.”  (Romans 5:1,2a)

“Come to Me, all you 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 easy and My burden is light.”  (Matthew 11:28-30)

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”         (John 14:27)

“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.”  (John 16:33)

“Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all.  The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God,  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  (Philippians 4:6,7)

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A PERFECT PEACE

Amidst deep feelings of rejection, there remains a perfect peace
Untouched by man’s cruel endeavors, I now see as God’s instruments of release
A perfect peace that only comes from knowing that God is in control
His peace silences every fearful thought that comes, and stills my very soul
Like the perfect peace that filled many hearts when Christ was born that starry night
The fulfillment of many prophecies, hope was born and fear gave flight
The Messiah, the Promised One, who came to free us from our sin
And clothe us in His righteousness, and transform our hearts within
He took on flesh so willingly, and willingly laid down His life for you and me
So that those who’d place their trust in Him would be forgiven and set free
Jesus bore the full wrath of God for all our sin, though Pilate fought for His release
So the barrier of sin would be removed, and with God, His Father, we’d then have
perfect peace
A peace beyond human comprehension, no matter what circumstances one may face
His strength made perfect in our weakness, and sufficient is His grace
A peace not based on mere emotion, but rooted in Christ and in His Word
For we stand on Christ, our firm foundation, unshaken by what we see or what we’ve heard
We can have the calm assurance that God works all things together for our good
Even when we pray and trust, and things still don’t turn out as they should
Is your life in utter chaos, do you think He’s unaware…
Of all the pain you hold inside, do you believe He doesn’t care
Do you shake your fist at God, have you even convinced yourself He isn’t real
Have unspeakable tragedies severely affected how you see things, and how you feel
Cry out to God to know what’s true, turn from sin; find sweet release
You’ll receive His healing love and complete forgiveness, and you too can have…a perfect
peace

Copyright©2013 Mary K. Dalke/Living4HisGlory/Living For His Glory All rights reserved.

Scriptures taken from The Holy Bible New International Version® 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society Used by permission of Zondervan.  All rights reserved.
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LET’S NOT FORGET THAT JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON  (CHRISTMAS 2012)

Capture Sheep in a field in Israel“The Word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel ; prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Woe to you shepherds of Israel who only take care of yourselves!  Should not  shepherds take care of the flock?  You eat the curds, clothe yourselves with the wool and slaughter the choice animals, but you do not take care of the flock. You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost. You have ruled them harshly and brutally.  So they were scattered because there was no shepherd, and when they were scattered they became food for all the wild animals.  My sheep wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill. They were scattered over the whole earth, and no one searched or looked for them.  ” ‘Therefore, you shepherds, hear the Word of the LORD:  As surely as I live, declared the Sovereign LORD, because my flock lacks a shepherd and so has been plundered and has become food for all the wild animals, and because My shepherds did not search for My flock but cared for themselves rather than for My flock, therefore, you shepherds, hear the Word of the LORD:  This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am against the shepherds and will hold them accountable for My flock. I will remove them from tending the flock so that the shepherds can no longer feed themselves. I will rescue My flock from their mouths, and it will no longer be food for them.  ” ‘For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I Myself will search for My sheep and will look after them. As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after My sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness.” (Ezekiel 34:1-12)

Even though the Scripture I posted above speaks of the rulers in Israel and their failure to care for their people, and how they instead chose to seek after the best of things in order to satisfy their own needs, this passage of Scripture still came to mind when I was reading some of the comments on THE ELEPHANT’S DEBT one day last month.  These comments were made by many who still attend Harvest Bible Chapel Rolling Meadows (my former church of almost 15 years), as well as by those who have left there.  So many of them were heart breaking, to say the least! 

The first words that came to my mind as I read one of the comments in particular, were, “Woe to the shepherds” because of the obvious hurt and devastation that James and his behavior has caused this person, and countless others.  Could it be that James MacDonald — among many other prominent pastors — has forgotten the responsibility he  has been given by God to not only love and care for his sheep, but also to be there to feed them His Word on a consistent basis, as well as how he is to set a good example for his congregation?  Maybe the fact that one day he will have to give an account to God for how he cared for them has somehow escaped his mind, as well.  Or maybe the pleasures and riches of this world have captivated his heart and caused him to wander, as 1 Timothy 6:6-10 clearly warns us can happen.  (Posted below).

I wondered about the recent Act Like Men Conference.  Was the focus on Christ and magnifying His name, and were the teachings based on sound Biblical theology?  Were men challenged to be strong in the faith and to ‘act like men‘ as God’s Word challenges and commands men to do? The video below seems to indicate that was the main intention of this conference:

However, I read one response by someone who writes on HUMBLE STUMBLE and who attended the ACT LIKE MEN CONFERENCE.’  And although he reports on the fact that he was beginning to “appreciate some solid teaching,” he follows that by giving a very sad and detailed account of the heartbreaking things that happened next that shows the conference — at this particular  location — to be anything but a conference that teaches men how to ‘act like men.’ At least not godly and mature men.  You can read his account, as well as the godly advice he gives, here: MY RESPONSE TO ACT LIKE MEN

And add to that the immature decision of James MacDonald and Mark Driscoll to show up at John MacArthur’s ‘STRANGE FIRE CONFERENCE’ on the way to James MacDonald’s ‘ACT LIKE MEN’ CONFERENCE, (as seen in the ‘quick capture’ below) and you can see that somewhere along the line, sadly, James seems to have lost the ability he once had to be a true reflection of Jesus Christ and to honor God with his life.  You can read more about what happened on that day, below, under ‘FURTHER READING.’

Capture James MacDonald and Mark Driscoll at 'Strange Fire Conference'The sadness that I feel concerning James MacDonald’s (among other pastor’s) behavior over the past five years or so, and the desire to see him once again be the man he once was — a man who powerfully preached God’s Word and never gave into the pressure to conform and use the tactics that so many modern day preachers use today to ‘grow the church’ — as well as the deep concern I have for all of you who still attend Harvest Bible Chapel Rolling Meadows, in spite of the fact that many of you have been harshly treated or ignored by James and those in leadership, and yet still cling to hope that James will change, –these are the things that prompted me to write the following poem.  I am still praying that James, and those in leadership at Harvest, will one day come to realize the downward spiral that they are going in, and that each of them will  truly repent and be restored so that God might once again be glorified at Harvest in every way.

Even though I have posted the following video on a few of my other posts, I am choosing to do it once again, because it clearly demonstrates the shift taking place in many churches today to water down the gospel and to make the church into an organization by using worldly methods and the philosophies of men to grow the church rather than depending on the Spirit of God:

“And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:47b)

“I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.  So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.” (1 Corinthians 3:6,7)

If you have never watched this video before, I encourage you to do so in order that you may realize what is happening in many churches today.  The information will clearly help you understand the dangerous trends taking place today that are causing many to move away from solid Biblical doctrine, leaving many people in a state of confusion and sadly, causing many to leave churches permanently.

Below is the updated and longer version of the video above:

Thank you very much for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary Dalke/Living4HisGlory

RELATED SCRIPTURES FOR YOU TO REFLECT ON

“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.  But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.  Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.  For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure, or greedy person–such a man is an idolater–has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.  Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.  Therefore do not be partners with them.” (Ephesians 5:1-7)

“But godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.  But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.  Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.  For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.  Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” (1 Timothy 6:6-10)

“He tends His flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart; He gently leads those that have young.” (Isaiah 40:11)

“When He saw the crowds He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” (Matthew 9:36)

“For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; He will lead them to springs of living water.  And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Revelation 7:17)

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WOE TO THE SHEPHERDS

Woe to the shepherds who lead their sheep astray

They seek to satisfy themselves, they’ve veered off the narrow way

Their sheep are bruised and broken, from the lack of their shepherd’s care

And God will hold them to account, of this truth they seem to be unaware

Often harsh and immature in word and in deed, and yet they speak of ‘love’ and how to ‘act like men’

Will they ever rend their hearts in grief, and return to Him again

Will they repent of their ways and stand for the truth, content to just preach His Word

Will their hearts turn back to their First Love once again, will they preach the gospel of grace

to those who have not heard

Or will they continue to run here and there, pursuing their own passions and dreams

Desiring instead to be pleasers of men, will they continue on with their fleshly schemes

God’s Word is filled with warnings to shepherds , who reject His firm command

He Himself will somehow remove them, and He will do so by His very own hand

His sheep He will not leave as prey to shepherds, who seek to satisfy their lusts

Their behavior must grieve the very heart of God, and fill Him with disgust

God Himself will rescue His sheep, He will gather them near to His heart

He will rescue the lost and bind up their wounds, and from Him they will never depart

This warning goes out to the shepherds, to fear God and to repent of your ways

For the way you now live brings shame to His name, a life that surely betrays

How many today are like Judas, they appear to follow Christ by all that they do

Tares among wheat who walk the broad path, those who walk the narrow way we are told will be few

Woe, woe to the shepherds, wake up before it’s too late

Repent and return, and give heed to His Words, if you don’t you will seal your own fate

Copyright© 2013 Mary K. Dalke/Living For His Glory/Living4HisGlory All rights reserved.

Scriptures taken from The Holy Bible New International Version® 1973, 1978, 1984, International Bible Society.  Used by permission of Zondervan.  All rights reserved.

FURTHER INFORMATION

MATTHEW HENRY COMMENTARY ON EZEKIEL 34

‘DO NOT BE SURPRISED’ – ACTING LIKE MEN? MARK DRISCOLL CRASHES STRANGE FIRE, JAMES MACDONALD WATCHES

CHRIS ROSEBROUGH – FIGHTING FOR THE FAITH: RECAP OF ACT LIKE MEN –  INDIANAPOLIS CONFERENCE

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LIKE SHEEP WITHOUT A SHEPHERD

WARNING YOU WITH TEARS

INTRODUCTION

The circumstances of life can be very overwhelming at times, even for us who are believers in Christ.  We sometimes think that God will continually bless us because we are His own, and we somehow lose sight of the fact that trials come not only to test our faith, but also to see if our faith is genuine or not. 

The loss of a job, the tragic death of a child or another loved one from some sickness, the end of a marriage…sometimes when tragedy strikes,  we may  be tempted to turn from Him and even doubt His very existence.  

Many things also happen because of sinful choices we have made, or we may suffer from the consequences of the sinful choices that others  have made.  But no matter what the reason may be, we must make the decision to continue to live for Him in spite of the circumstances we see with our limited understanding. 

As the saying goes,  “If you can’t trust His hand, trust His heart.”   God sees the big picture…He sees things with an eternal perspective, and knows what it will take to cause someone with a heart of stone, to eventually have a heart of flesh,  and surrender to Him, even if it takes the death of a loved one to get their attention. 

God’s Word says that sometimes…   “The righteous perish, and no one ponders it in his heart; devout men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil.”  (Isaiah 57:1)  God’s Word also says…’He is not willing for anyone to perish but for everyone to come to repentance.’  (2 Peter 3:9)  Hell is eternal fire and torment, (Matthew 18:7-9, 25:41) (Luke 16:23-31) and because God is omniscient, He has the knowledge of which children will one day grow up and bring unspeakable pain to many, and would never receive Jesus as Savior and Lord to begin with.  So for Him to choose to allow them to die, knowing that because of deep grief others will cry out to Him and receive eternal life, the death of these children  would then be considered as merciful acts, if they are viewed through His ability to know all things.    

Sometimes a marriage will end, not because God is incapable of restoring the marriage, but because He will not violate the free will of the person who chooses to no longer love and stay committed to their partner.  That also holds true in cases when during the course of a marriage, one person becomes a believer and the unbelieving person chooses to emotionally and physically abandon their partner. 

Even though we may never understand why He allows some of the  things that happen to us in life,  we must choose to trust Him in the painful moments.  If we make the choice to draw closer to God, and read His Word during these times of trials,  He will choose to reveal Himself and His wisdom to us, and we will come to know Him in a deeper way than during the times of blessings He allows in our lives. 

It’s in the valley that our faith is not only tested, but also where we have the greatest opportunities to grow.  We learn to turn to Him and see how His strength can be made perfect in our weakness.  We realize we can trust Him, as we take that first step of faith, and see how He delivers us from fear, as we see His faithfulness to give us the courage to deal with the sometimes overwhelming circumstances we face.  We also come to realize that when we pray and learn to let go and trust Him, it is  then that we experience His peace that surpasses all human understanding.  

As we choose to submit and not run from each trial that life brings our way, and allow Him to use them to shape and mold us, He will then begin to build His strength and character in us. One day we will be able to see how we are no longer who we once were, even though  we are  not yet all He desires us to be. 

We can also use these trials as opportunities to share the gospel with others, and allow them to know  how receiving His love and forgiveness through Christ alone, can give them His peace, and the ability to face whatever life may bring their way.

No matter how turbulent the storms of life may be, we will  have His peace and strength if we choose to trust Him and face each trial…resting  in His hands.

 

 SOME SCRIPTURES TO ENCOURAGE YOU AND TO REVEAL HIS PURPOSES 

FOR TRIALS IN YOUR LIFE…

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  If anyone lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”  (James 1:2-5)

“Praise be to the God of our Lord Jesus Christ!  In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade–kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.  In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.  These have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”  (1 Peter 1:3-7)

“But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold.”  (Job 23:10)

 

 Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version® .  Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society.  Used by permission of Zondervan.  All rights reserved.

 

 

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 RESTING IN YOUR HANDS

  

You are the potter, I am the clay,

You continue to mold me in Your own special way,

Using life’s pain and pressure, guided by Your loving hands,

Your will is for me to submit to each trial, for this is what You desire and demand. 

Conforming me to Christ’s image, transforming my mind with Your Word,

Is the goal of each trial that You send me,

Even though that truth  is sometimes ignored and not heard.

I desire for the trial to be over, to see Your blessings and not always feel pain,

But I forget how when I go through each trial, 

A deeper trust and understanding of You is what I gain.

You are always so faithful, to give me Your strength and Your grace,

And when the pressure becomes overwhelming, You become my hiding place.

The battles may rage all around me, attempting to destroy my trust and faith in You,

Because I may not understand why certain things happen,

But cling to You is what I must still choose to do. 

You free me from sin and bondage, so I’ll never be the same,

Your ultimate purpose is not for me,

But that my life would bring glory to Your name.

So Lord, by Your grace I’ll submit to each trial,

And pray and trust You as Your Word commands,

Then I’ll be at perfect peace as you shape and you mold me…resting in Your hands.

 

 

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Written on September 12, 2009 by Mary K. Dalke/Living4HisGlory/LivingForHisGlory

Copyright © 2009

 

 

 

 INTRODUCTION

Since I was a young child, I had a deep love for Jesus, and a desire to know Him.  As much as I appreciate the fact that I learned about God in the Catholic religion, I was never really taught about what Jesus’ death accomplished for us, when He willingly laid His life down.  (John 10:18)  Instead, I was taught about the frightening consequences for my sins; I was told that when we die, we would go to a place called ‘Purgatory,’ where we would burn in fire until we were punished enough for our sins, and then we would be allowed to go to heaven.  Telling that to a child of only seven years old, can be a very frightening thing to hear!  Because of the terrifying images this produced in my mind night after night, I had an extremely difficult time falling asleep, and became terrified at the thought of death.

I remember so clearly, the day I made my ‘First Holy Communion,” as it is referred to.  My heart was filled with joy at thoughts of ‘receiving Jesus into my heart’ went through my mind, as I walked down the aisle with the other children.

Frequently I would have my hands folded in prayer and a smile on my face in the pictures of me as a child.  My mom or dad would take pictures of me and my sisters and brothers, on a Sunday morning after church, and my desire to know and please Him, showed through a  heart  that was filled with love.  I also dealt with a lot of fear as a child, but these kept my thoughts focused on God, and I would talk to Him in my mind to get me through the things I faced.

My desire had always been to try and please God. I remember when my sisters would play a song on the radio, one of them would turn up the songs with a message I heard  as wrong.  She loved to annoy me and enjoyed watching me cover my ears and hearing me  yell to try and drown out the words, as I would run away.

I remember every year when Easter was approaching, it was then I tried my very best to please God in every way.  Unknown to me at the time that being good in our own strength is impossible, I couldn’t figure out why whenever I tried the hardest to be good, it was then I became the worst!  After many years  passed, I  remembered those moments when I read Romans 7:15-25:

“I do not understand what I do.  For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.  And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.  As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.  I know that nothing  good lives in me, that is in my sinful nature.  For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.  For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do–this I keep on doing.  Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.  So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me.  For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members.  What a wretched man I am!  Who will rescue me from this body of death!”

That’s where I was spiritually for much of my young life.  Even though I had a desire to please God, it was humanly impossible to do so.

As I approached my teens, my desire for acceptance and approval by others became more important to me than trying to please God.  I realized that telling ‘dirty jokes’ and causing disturbances in class would make kids laugh, and I would then receive a lot of attention.   I remember deep down inside, I knew I was doing wrong, and I would even find myself saying at times:

“God, I’m sorry.  But everyone likes me when I’m like this.”

As time passed, I searched for love and acceptance in relationships.  I was tired of all the guys whom I would meet who seemed to only have one thing on their minds, and was determined to find one who would love me for who I was, and treat me with respect.

I met someone when I was at the very young age of 16 going on 17.  His life had been very hard, and I cared about him very much.  Time passed, and we become engaged on the day of my Senior prom.   The date was set for us to be married on the day after I turned just 19.  I really thought he  loved me, but his actions towards me later proved otherwise.  A month before we married, something happened that caused me to seriously consider calling off the wedding.  He seemed to be sorry, for what he had chosen to do, and expressed his devastation at the thought of not having me in his life if I were to call it off, so I made the choice to forgive him.

I remember on the day of the wedding, as the photographer took a certain picture of me,  I said a prayer to God, telling Him that I was determined to do everything I could to  make this man whom I was soon to marry, happy and assured of my love for him.

Without going into detail, his behavior showed me he did not love me.  No matter what I did or what I said, his desires were for his friends and his other activities which did not include me.  I was left with the thought that if my own husband didn’t love me, then I must not be worthy of being loved.  I had tried everything I could to make him happy, and make him desire me and want to spend time with me, but continually ended up just feeling like a crumpled piece of paper tossed into a corner; rejected and no longer wanted anymore.

I went into a deep depression, and cried out to God.  I went to ‘confession,’  trying to find my way back to feeling somewhat deeply connected with God.  Ironically, it was my husband who was to bring me something that would begin an amazing healing and transformation to my mind and my life.  He brought me home a Catholic New Testament Bible.  As I began to read it,  I became confused with what I had learned as a young child about ‘Purgatory,’ and with the wonderful things I was now reading in God’s Word.  I read:

“For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”  (Hebrews 8:12) 

As I read this, I remember hope rising in my heart, and I silently cried out to God for an answer, and said:

“God, if Your Word says you will not only forgive our sins but also forget them, then why do I have to burn in Purgatory for sins You say You will not only forgive but also forget?” 

I didn’t hear an audible voice, and I really wasn’t even expecting an answer, but in my mind, I clearly heard these words:

“Are you going to believe the Word of God…or the word of man?” 

It was at this point that my heart was filled with an indescribable joy that permeated my whole being!  I realized at that precise moment, that Jesus had paid the complete pricefor the guilt of my sins, and took the punishment I deserved for my sins upon Himself, when He died in my place — and yours — as He hung on the cross!

I realized that I was forgiven and free of not only sin and guilt, but also the fear of death, and found this verse one day:

“Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death–that is the devil–and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.”  (Hebrews2:15)  

From that point on, as I daily spent time in His Word, I chose only to believe what God’s Word said, and I let go of the things that I had learned growing up as a child, if it did not agree with what God’s Word said.  One day doubt and confusion  tried to enter my mind, about the assurance of heaven I now held in my heart, and I also wondered if God really heard my prayers as I cried out to Him.   God showed me these verses that silenced and removed those types of thoughts:

“God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.  I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.  This is the assurance we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears usAnd if we know that He hears uswhatever we askwe know that we have what we asked of Him.”  (1 John 5:11-15)

God began a deep healing in my mind and heart, and I started to realize that my worth as a person did not come from what my husband or others had said about me, or how anyone treated me, but rather it comes from what God says about me in His Word.

Shortly after I became a Christian, my husband chose to leave me.  I waited and prayed for many years, believing he would repent and return home, but he chose to divorce me.  Even though I never really felt loved in my marriage, I learned what it means to truly forgive, and to love in spite of not being loved in return.   In the midst of the painful circumstances, God chose to reveal His love and truth to me in amazing ways through His Word.   I received the love and acceptance of Someone who promised He would ‘never leave or forsake me,’  (Hebrews 13:5) and I came to understand and see His amazing grace, strength, and mercy in my life, as well as His faithfulness to me.

I pray many will be able to relate to my search for truth and love, and that if you do not know Jesus as Savior from your sins, and Lord of your life, you will consider reading the Bible, and searching for the truth yourself.  If you will seek Him with all your heart, even though life, at times,  will still be filled with hurt and sorrow, you will find a love that will never disappoint you, and the truth that will set you free.

“You will seek Me and find me when you seek  Me with all your heart.”  (Jeremiah 29:13)

All Scriptures taken from The Holy Bible, New International Version®  Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of  Zondervan.  All rights reserved. 

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FORGIVEN AND FREE

 

Hands folded in prayer as I walked down the aisle

Feeling closer to Jesus, caused me to smile

Hair lovingly formed into curls by my mom’s gentle hands

Secured with pins to neatly hold any loose strands

Dressed in white ruffles, and a crown on my head

I was told today I’d receive Jesus in this round piece of bread

As time passed and temptations grew

I was filled with confusion that caused me to wonder

Because of a clearer realization of my sinfulness

This thought I began to ponder…

If Jesus was now in me, how could it be

That I was seeing so much more evil coming from inside of me

Years of sleepless nights, tormented by the story

Of spending an undetermined amount of time after death, burning in the fires

of ‘Purgatory’

Years pass, fears subside

Will someone choose me for his bride

He is handsome, calm, and very charming

Didn’t sense anything alarming

He was caring and thoughtful, this I thought I did see

Two years dating, now in less than a month,  his bride I would be

With tears in his eyes, and sorrow in his voice

He stood before me one night, and confessed a sinful choice

I chose to forgive him, but there would be regrets and revelations tomorrow

For even though he appeared to be sincere

His actions would show, his heart held no true sorrow

Heart calling out in prayer as I walked down the aisle

Commitment blended with hurt, mistrust and doubt, prevented a heart-felt smile

Dressed in white organza and a crown on my head

I was told he’d love me forever on the day we did wed

Crying out for love when no love could be found

My heart shattered to pieces without making a sound

When all attempts to reach him failed, I shut down inside

Depression, in its darkness, without hope I did hide

Looking for peace where no peace can be found

My heart continued to cry for truth without uttering a sound

God heard my desperate, silent cry, and a Bible I was given

His love expressed to me through His death on the cross

Gave me peace, and the assurance of my eternity in heaven

I came to realize Jesus died for my sins in my place

So God’s judgment and wrath I would not have to face

In His Word I found the truth, the truth that set me free

His promise of forgiveness, joy, real peace, hope, and love, for today

and throughout eternity

 

Written in August 2009 by Mary K. Dalke/LivingForHisGlory/Living4HisGlory

Copyright © 2009 Mary K. Dalke /LivingForHisGlory/Living4HisGlory All Rights Reserved.

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INTRODUCTION

After waiting many years, hoping and praying that my marriage would be restored,  sadly my husband chose to end it, and I found myself single again.  My focus was mainly on God, but it was also on getting myself emotionally and mentally healthy, and spiritually strong and prepared for a relationship, if God had someone in mind for me some day.

Going through a Biblical ‘Divorce Recovery’ class was my first step.  Even though I had been separated for a long time before my ‘husband’ even began the divorce process, and by the grace of God, had worked through  all the possible emotions you could imagine, I felt the need for a Biblical understanding of marriage, divorce, and remarriage.

During the final  class, the pastor of the ‘Single Adult Ministry’ came in to share his heart and vision for this ministry with us.  I could sense his deep love for God and His Word as he spoke, and decided I would start attending, once the Divorce Recovery class was over.

Four months after I started going to the  singles group, I met a man, and even though he had a deep love for God, he was seriously lacking  in spiritual discernment.  He shared with me how he was attending a church where there were many unbiblical practices taking place, and even though he was occasionally searching for a new church,  he was still choosing to stay there.  By his own admission, it was mainly because it was just easier to stay, than to continue searching for another church.

As we sat together, other people began to join us, and our conversation.  One woman, who was a friend of his, asked him why he still had not remarried.  First he responded by saying,  “I just haven’t found the right one yet.”  Later he revealed  possibly a more accurate reason why, and his response caused me to sense a strong warning from the Holy Spirit.  He shared how he had been involved with a woman for five years, and she broke off the relationship because she didn’t want to wait any longer.  Not only was he lacking in spiritual discernment and commitment to God, but it seemed like he was also lacking in a desire to commit himself to a person in a relationship.  I was also not totally convinced he was a genuine Christian, because of some of the other things he had said on a spiritual level.

As lonely as we might be at times, those of us who are single believers, must use godly wisdom and discernment and be led by God’s Spirit, and not by our flesh in our choices of whom we should become involved with.  I chose only to help him see the truth about the spiritual chaos he was observing at his church by sharing many Scriptures with him, and I asked God to protect me from getting  involved too deeply with him when it came to my emotions. 

I wrote the following poem at a point when I only saw this man’s love for God and his Word, but never gave it to him.  It was obvious at his refusal to leave his church, even when he knew he should, that he would not be a strong spiritual leader for me to even consider becoming more involved with. 

Even though God did use His Word to finally make him leave his church, there were too many concerns I had about him, especially the strong uncertainty I had of his genuine commitment to Christ.  We were close friends for three years, but I did not allow our relationship to develop beyond a friendship level.

We must trust God to help us choose the very best mate for us by looking at their level of commitment to God, by observing their lives, their interactions with other people, and their spiritual fruit or lack of it in their lives,  among many other things.

Never consider having a relationship with someone you may sense God warning you against getting involved with, just to fill a void in your life.  I came dangerously close to doing just that.

I would like to share some Scriptures with you to reflect upon, that helped me sense God’s love and peace, and directed  me in the many decisions I had to make.  I pray they will bless, encourage, and guide you, and, if needed, bring loving correction to each one of you as well…

 “For your Maker is your husband–the LORD Almighty is His name–the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer, he is called the God of all the earth.  The LORD will call you back as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit–a wife who married young, only to be rejected,” says your God.”  (Isaiah 54:5,6)

“Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”  (Philippians 3:13,14)

“Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.  For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common?  Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?  What harmony is there between Christ and Belial?  What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?”   (2 Corinthians 6:14)

“Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves.  Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you –unless of course, you fail the test?”                      (2 Corinthians 13:5)

“God is light; in him is no darkness at all.  If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.  If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.”  (1 John 1:5-10) 

“My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin.  But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense — Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.  He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.  We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands.  The man who says,  “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him.  But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him.  This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.”  (1 John 2:1-6)

“It gave me great joy to have some brothers come and tell about your faithfulness to the truth and how you continue to walk in the truth.  I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”  (3 John 3)

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”  (Philippians 4:6-8)

“I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.  Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.”                (Psalm 27:13)

“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)

Scriptures taken from The Holy Bible, New International Version®.  Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984  International Bible Society.  Used by permission of Zondervan.  All rights reserved.

Even though this was written in 2004, at a time when I thought God was bringing that certain man into my life, this poem still expresses…

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MY FUTURE HOPE

 

I am yours, and you are mine,

We were meant to be together since the beginning of time,

We both endured heartache, rejection and pain,

But it brought us to the cross, and that’s where we’ll remain,

Steadfast and strong, no matter what we may face,

We’ll press on together by His strength and His grace,

Determined to stand for the truth and not run,

Till we stand in His presence and hear,  “Good job, well done.”

 

Written on October 21, 2004 by Mary K. Dalke/Living4HisGlory/LivingForHisGlory

Copyright © 2009  Mary K. Dalke/LivingForHisGlory/Living4HisGlory

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