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Thursday, October 30 2008

U +ASK=GF

 

The God Factor

 

Years ago, Einstein came up with E=MC2.  The equation was ground-breaking.  If you want to know what this equation means, all  I can do is urge you to an encyclopedia or the Internet.  But, as I am gearing up for the upcoming election, it was on my heart that people have taken God out of the equation…and we need Him factored back in.

 

God has already accounted for the times we are in but we clearly aren’t aware of it.  The Bible teaches God knows the end (of time) from the beginning (of time) Isaiah 46: 10.  He already knew things were going to be going wrong in our country.  Men’s hearts will be crippled with fear Luke  21:25-26.  But, as a child of God, the Bible also teaches “the righteous will never be forsaken in the land of the living.”  Psalm 37:17  At the turn of the century there was a great scare that everything was going to crash.  It was the Y2K scare.  The people I was around and going to church with were stockpiling water, batteries, flashlights and food.  It brought back to mind the bomb shelters people started having built in their homes when I was young.  I thought the bomb shelters were scary because I didn’t understand anything that was going on and the only perspective I had was from the adults I was around.  It was scary then but the Y2K scare was not scary to me in the least.  I knew in my heart that nothing was going to happen.  Through prayer, I had the peace that truly does surpass all understanding.  I had it then and I have it now.

 

But one major thing is missing in this election….the God Factor.  It is as if no one really believes that God has a say so in what is taking place in this country.  

 

Experience is the best teacher we have.  It seems that every time something really bad happens in this country, those of us who believe there is a God run to Him.  So why in the world don’t we give Him a little credit for being God and ASK Him for His advice in this upcoming election?  God, what would you like for me to do as your child?  How would you like for me to cast my vote?

 

One of the biggest and most important things I learned to do with God is ask ...and I mean everything.  There is a scripture in the Bible that is quoted a lot in Christendom and it is found in Luke 11:9-10 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  “ For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

 

The Holy Spirit gave me a revelation early on in my walk with Christ.  He said, “What are the first three letters of those verses?”  Well, it hit me as it usually does when I am revealed something…the word is ASK.  I got it and I haven’t quit asking yet.  I have faced the fact that God is GOD and I am not.  He sees what I can’t, so why wouldn’t I ask Him what to do in any given situation?

 

I am not scared today and I will never be scared of bad things happening because I know in whom I have believed.  We need to learn to put God back into this nation.  This nation was founded on Christian beliefs.  There are many who want to go back to “The Brady Bunch” days.  In order to do that, we are going to have to bring God back into the equation in our nation.  When Madlyn O'Hair pushed through ‘no prayer’ in schools this nation started falling apart.  You can clock it back to that time.  We need God in this country and in our lives.  Things are deteriorating at a rapid pace….

 

My daughter likened it to a four-layer cake yesterday.   She said that the bottom layer was hell, the second layer was the earth where most people walk, the third layer was where we were blessed to walk and the fourth layer was Heaven.  God says in His word that His ways are not our ways and that His thoughts are not our thoughts.  His ways are higher than our ways  (Isaiah 55:8-9).  I have been walking this walk with the Lord for years now and I can tell you that He is real but He needs to be brought into every and any equation in your life and in our nation's life for ground-breaking success.

 

If I were the only one saying this, you might call me crazy (and you still might), but millions upon millions of people from all walks of life and educations are saying what I am saying.  There is a murmur taking place in this country from God’s warriors, intercessors and children….

 

My question to you today is: “Do you hear what I hear and do you see what I see?”

 

What layer are you on?   

In the upcoming election…bring the GF (God Factor) into your decision.  U alone is no equation….

 

Molly

              

 

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Thursday, October 23 2008

 

 

I Wish It Were Christmas

Giving…what a good word but what a hard thing to do.  You know what God says about giving?  It is better to give than to receive.  I like receiving but God has taken this receiver and turned my heart into a giver. I discovered that I cannot out give God, whether it is with my money, my time, my material goods …imagine that!     

 

I was about five years into my first marriage and I was in the Christmas Spirit.  I felt compelled to write a check to “The Christmas Mother’s Fund.”  I felt it was the right thing to do.  I gave a whopping $25.00 that year.  My conscience was cleared so I could enjoy the abundant Christmas I was going to have, from decorations to food, and of course, lots of presents. Whew!  Liked having that clear conscience!! 

 

I was privy to some information last week that ordinarily I wouldn’t have known.  I was informed that The Salvation Army was in need of food.  How can that be?  This organization was formed to help the needy…I mean the desperately needy.  I don’t mean, “I don’t have a brand new car” needy.  I mean the “If the Salvation Army has no food, I will go hungry tonight and so will my children” kind of needy.  How could this be with the amount of churches in our city who are supposed to be “doing God”?

 

My question in this week’s BLOG is how can we be letting this happen?  How can we let the food banks all over this nation even have to cry out to the city they are in for help with food?  Giving to help the needy is a basic principal in the Kingdom of God.  Jesus tells us “if you have done it unto the least of these you have done it unto Me.” I like doing things for the Lord.  He says, “Give and it shall be given unto you.”  Most people would say, “Well, what am I going to get from giving especially in the days we are in?” 

 

I see malls slowing down.  People’s hearts are afraid in the day in which we live but they don’t have to be.  People are plain ‘ole scared of what is coming.  They are tightening their fists when one of the greatest secrets in the Kingdom of God is to give, especially with a glad heart…not begrudgingly.

 

Well, I have a solution.  Why don’t we use some of the millions of dollars we are raising in the upcoming election and help the needy?  Millions upon millions of dollars are being raised and spent on advertising when we could take it and really make an impact on the homeless and needy. Isn’t that what the candidates are saying they want to do with it when they get in office?  Why not start the ball rolling now?

 

My heart is so burdened that we would even allow the Salvation Army to cry out in need to help feed people.  I believe that most of us want to help people don’t we?  Well, we have a local Salvation Army that needs our help.  If we carry the banner of Christ over our heart then why not make an effort to give now unto this need?

 

Tell you what …..why don’t we put our money where it will do some good instead of throwing it on airtime, slandering commercials and building the biggest sanctuary in town?  Did you overlook the scripture about backbiting? 

 

How can we possibly let our brothers and sisters go hungry in the society we live in today?  If you have a bed to sleep in tonight, clothes on your back and food to eat for dinner today, I challenge you to send a check to the Salvation Army to help get them back on their feet.  If we all just put in one dollar, what an impact we could make.

 

Ephesians 4:28  Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.

 

You know it’s funny how people want to be a little nicer and give a little more at Christmas isn’t it?  Well, I say let’s have an early Christmas for people who just need food…. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas……

 

Yours in Christ,

Molly 

"The measure of a man is not measured in his bank account but in his heart.  What will your heart cause your hand to do?"    MP

 

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Friday, October 17 2008

Pro-choice or Pro-life?

The last time I looked, our Father (the Father of us all) did not and will not waiver on the fact that to kill, no matter what the reason, is a sin.  It, however, does not mean that you cannot be forgiven.  If we, as a nation of people, say we know God, walk with God and are for God, then we need to understand that God NEVER changes.  He is immovable on certain issues.

If we say we know God and are pro-choice, then we are being deceived.  We walk around and proclaim to know God and then do not follow what God says in the Word…I know because I was like that.

Our country is headed for disaster if we do not choose the correct man to run this county.  We hear all sorts of verbiage in this hour but you can slice right down to the truth of the matter by knowing what your Father in Heaven says about all this pro-life and pro-choice business.  He did not institute those two options; this nation did.  What are we doing when we say we are doing this in the name of God?

The Bible teaches that God knew us before we were formed in our mother’s womb, so that, in and of itself, tells me God knew everyone who would be conceived…period.  That point alone tells me that this nation has let the devil rule and reign too long in our thinking.  It is time that we stand up and take back what Satan has stolen from us…and it is coming from Satan whether we realize it or not.

There was a time when I was so grief-stricken about my abortions I wasn’t certain I would be able to live with myself.  I started wailing and crying out to God.  It was one of those gut-wrenching, hard to swallow crying times, when you think you won’t be able to stop.  I felt like my insides were being turned inside out.  As clear as a bell, the Holy Spirit spoke to me and said, “Molly, when is it that you think I put the soul in someone, when they come out of the womb?”  Well, that revelation alone cut my heart like a knife and I knew that I had literally killed my own children.  The reason didn’t matter.  I needed to come to terms with the fact of what I had done so I could move forward.  I can tell you that twelve years later I am still in shock over it but yet, if I let it destroy me and keep me down, I will not be able to help anyone else and that is what helps keep me going.

We are in trouble not only in this county, but within ourselves.  WE need a leader who will lead and that, in an of itself, is a tough job.  True leaders will not always be liked because they have to make tough choices and there will always be some that will take offense with the decisions that are made.  

It is time to stand up for what is right and Godly, not for what is popular.  If you will pray about the upcoming election, the Holy Spirit will guide you as to what choice you need to make but if you say you believe in God then be certain He is not a PRO-CHOICE God.

Don't just speak chanage in this country.....BE THE CHANGE!

Deuteronomy 30:19 therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.....

God Bless you as YOU choose,

Molly

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Thursday, October 09 2008

The Football Game

 

Football season is here!!  I know all the men like it.  I did too when I was growing up.  I was thinking about life and how it can be a lot like a football game.  When I was young, my parents’ best friend was an assistant coach at Virginia Tech.  I was a Hokie fan.  We even had a dog named Hokie who lived for seventeen years.  It was all about football at our house.  I could pass a mean football.  I remember playing football in the front of our house..I still like to pass.

I was thinking about this Crosswalk of mine and I started linking it to football.  When I am passed the ball, it is my job to move forward in the things of God (His Spirit) and do what He is telling me to do.  Sometimes I stumble and fumble the ball and the devil (who represents the other team)  picks it up and runs with it in the other direction, causing me to lose some precious time.

The whistle is blown; the referee (Jesus) steps in and I am given the ball and another chance to make a touchdown.  I look down the field and it seems so long at times.  But I know I have to pick myself up and start all over again, running in the direction that God wants me to.  It is hard.  I run and run and I get out of breath.  “Please give me a break, God,” I pray.  Time out is called and I get a breather.  But I know I will have to go back out on the field again.

So, I begin.  Uh-oh, I get knocked down.  Who is that helping me get back up?  (Angels lend a helping hand.)  I run towards the goal of the high calling in Christ.  "You will not get me this time, Satan, because I know your tactics.  I learned from the last time you knocked me down."  What is that saying?  “Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me.”  Gotcha!

So I have the ball tucked firmly under my arm and I am running…there it is…the goal.  I cross over the goal line!  Yeah!  The great cloud of witnesses in the grandstands of Heaven are cheering.  I won!  I won!

Final Score:

Molly 7                   Satan  0

See ya next week! Go team, Go!  

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