Glue

Thursday last week I was admitted to the hospital for 5 days due to an extreme asthma attack brought on by bronchitis.  A CT scan was done and it was determined that the lower lobe of my left lung had partially collapsed.  I had a bronchoscopy done on Sunday afternoon –  a procedure that normally takes ten minutes ended up taking an hour.  What it entailed was sticking a scope into my lungs and suctioning out mucus from around the aveoli, the grape-like cluster in your lungs that oxygen transfers through into your blood.  The doctor had to go in seven times to clean out my lungs.  Amazing how much easier it was to breathe afterward.

It was a scary few days, but apparently more so for my husband than me.  He was awesome, staying by my side through it all.  He told me that he didn’t want anything to happen to me because I’m the glue that holds the family together.

I got to thinking about what he said and how I consider my own mother to be the glue who keeps all our family together.  I discovered something.  It’s not each of as individuals who are the “glue,” it’s the Holy Spirit in us who is the glue holding us together.  In my mom, and in me.  People seem to depend on us, family members specifically, to keep things running smoothly, to be there for them, to take care of them.  Yes, I could do it on my own, but without the Holy Spirit guiding me it would be much more difficult.  He gives us grace, patience, knowledge and wisdom, as well as love and understanding, to do what needs to be done.  I couldn’t function without his presence in my life, and am so glad that I don’t have to.

I thank God for being with me this past week and a half.  I thought it might be my time to go, but obviously it wasn’t as I am still here.  I have work to do, and am looking forward to what he has in store for me.

Leaning

Jesus is coming soon.  How reassuring and comforting are those words in the midst of the chaos and evil that envelopes this world.  Jesus is the only one we can rely on.  He’s the only one who can save.  He’s the fourth person in the fiery furnace.  He’s my rock and my strong tower.  He knows what lies ahead.  Nothing is unknown to Him and nothing is out of His control.  I’m leaning on the promises of God.

Jesus is coming soon.

 

The antichrist

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

18 Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us. 20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know. (1 John 2:18-20 NASB)

The word that is translated from the Greek that is rendered as “antichrist” in the New Testament is “Antichristos.” It is made up of two words, “anti,” which means “instead of or against,” and “christos,” which means “anointed one.” The “anti” prefix may be reference to “substitution or opposition.” The word “antichrist” is found only…

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And then the end shall come.

A Call To The Remnant

The Apostle Paul, referring to the coming evil day, said, “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand”(Ephesians 6:13).”

This is what the Lord has burned into my spirit and bones. The phrase ” stand fast,” is what I have been using to end many of the words the Lord has given me lately. I believe our calling in the last days is to simply stand fast and there will be nothing simple about it. When persecution comes everything will be stripped away, and the process has already begun. It wont be about ministries and reputations and theologies, it will be about loving God and loving His Word and being willing to stand upon it, willing to live it and willing to die for it. When the winds of religious and secular…

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