Red sky at night, sailor’s delight!


Last night as I looked up in the sky and saw the beautiful redish sky the thought came to mind from back when I was a child “Red sky at night, sailors delight. Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning.” As I said that God’s Word popped into my head asking if I could interpret the time in which I am living. Looking it up so I can quote it here, I found Matthew 16:3. As I read it I was so surprised at it’s words based on what had taken place last night…

2But He replied to them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ 3“And in the morning, ‘There will be a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times?

–from Matthew 16

Tonight while at a board meeting the topic of the Star of Bethlehem came up, the star that the wise men followed in looking to find Jesus. It’s been over 2000 years since the last time and it is in the news for it will appear in the sky tonight!

When we read about the star we hear about how Jesus was about 2-3 years old as they found Him in His house.

On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

–from Matthew 2

Have you noticed the timing of the blood moons this year?

Jewish Feasts and Blood Moons

Coincidences? Flukes? Or could there be something more to all of this?

Are you ready? What if today was the day? Are you ready? Do you know where you would be?

Setup my phone to do a bit of time-lapse…

http://Time lapse of the sky

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Don’t judge!


Ever seen someone do something that you felt was so unbelievable that you started to question it? Ever seen someone do something and you started to judge them? Do you know their heart? Do you know the reason for it? Do you realize the purpose for it? Do you know their heart? There is usually more to the story that what you can see on the surface!

Let’s consider this with our beginning to today’s reading…

Jesus Is Anointed at Bethany

(Matthew 26.6-13; Mark 14.3-9)

1Six days before the Passover, Jesus went to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, the man he had raised from death. 2They prepared a dinner for him there, which Martha helped serve; Lazarus was one of those who were sitting at the table with Jesus. 3Then Mary took a whole pint of a very expensive perfume made of pure nard, poured it on Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The sweet smell of the perfume filled the whole house. 4One of Jesus’ disciples, Judas Iscariot—the one who was going to betray him—said, 5“Why wasn’t this perfume sold for three hundred silver coins and the money given to the poor?” 6He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief. He carried the money bag and would help himself from it.
7But Jesus said, “Leave her alone! Let her keep what she has for the day of my burial. 8You will always have poor people with you, but you will not always have me.”

The Plot against Lazarus

9A large number of people heard that Jesus was in Bethany, so they went there, not only because of Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom Jesus had raised from death. 10So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus too, 11because on his account many Jews were rejecting them and believing in Jesus.

–from John 12

Ever noticed even those closest to us might judge? Ever noticed that they might even question what is going on for their own reasons and purposes? There is more to what is going on and to what is being said than is on the surface and if you really want to understand you need to dig deeper! In today’s reading it was a preparation what was yet to come, it was about the heart of a woman whose life had been changed, it was about the lack of courtesy by the host, it was about money and greed! Today’s reading starts with many angels and it requires great consideration rather than just jumping to conclusions.

We need our first step to be in LOVE! We need our first word to be in LOVE! We need our actions be out of LOVE! We need our first thought to be sourced in LOVE! LOVE needs to be our reason for what we do and why we do it! Why do we love, because God first loved us! Why do we love, because we have received God into our lives! Why do we love, because God is Love! Let’s consider this as we continue into today’s reading!

God Is Love

7Dear friends, let us love one another, because love comes from God. Whoever loves is a child of God and knows God. 8Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9And God showed his love for us by sending his only Son into the world, so that we might have life through him. 10This is what love is: it is not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the means by which our sins are forgiven. 11Dear friends, if this is how God loved us, then we should love one another. 12No one has ever seen God, but if we love one another, God lives in union with us, and his love is made perfect in us. 13We are sure that we live in union with God and that he lives in union with us, because he has given us his Spirit. 14And we have seen and tell others that the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15If we declare that Jesus is the Son of God, we live in union with God and God lives in union with us. 16And we ourselves know and believe the love which God has for us. God is love, and those who live in love live in union with God and God lives in union with them. 17Love is made perfect in us in order that we may have courage on the Judgment Day; and we will have it because our life in this world is the same as Christ’s. 18There is no fear in love; perfect love drives out all fear. So then, love has not been made perfect in anyone who is afraid, because fear has to do with punishment. 19We love because God first loved us. 20If we say we love God, but hate others, we are liars. For we cannot love God, whom we have not seen, if we do not love others, whom we have seen. 21The command that Christ has given us is this: whoever loves God must love others also.

–from 1 John 4

So do you know God or do you just say you do? Do you know God or do you just know about God? It’s about a relationship! That was the biggest and most eye opening thing that has happened in and transformed through my life! When I realized it was more than just routine, rituals, and religion and that it was all about relationship with Jesus, it transformed and shook my world! It is what changed me even though I felt God pulling at me for years, it was the big aha when I realized it was about having a relationship with God! Talking with Him throughout the day, He doesn’t want us to go through it alone! Hearing from Him throughout the day, He gives us wisdom and peace through every trial and every challenge and every situation we fit! Don’t just go through the motions! Don’t just make up excuses why not! Let’s start making reasons to! Let’s start living our lives for! And see not only ourselves but the world around us be transformed by the glory of God through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

There are many things that will come our way, but God on our side we can make it through it all! Jesus is who we need to stick to and stick with and He will help us get through it victoriously! He is preparing eternity for us! He has already won the victory so we can live this life as winners! Don’t allow the lies of the devil or the attacks of the devil to draw you away from God! His ways are better than our ways! His plan is greater than our plan! And let’s consider it pure joy when we face trials because they help build perseverance through the testing of our faith and when perseverance has it’s completion, it will allow us to be complete and lacking nothing!

Job

1-2I have heard words like that before; the comfort you give is only torment. 3Are you going to keep on talking forever? Do you always have to have the last word? 4If you were in my place and I in yours, I could say everything you are saying. I could shake my head wisely and drown you with a flood of words. 5I could strengthen you with advice and keep talking to comfort you. 6But nothing I say helps, and being silent does not calm my pain. 7You have worn me out, God; you have let my family be killed. 8You have seized me; you are my enemy. I am skin and bones, and people take that as proof of my guilt. 9In anger God tears me limb from limb; he glares at me with hate. 10People sneer at me; they crowd around me and slap my face. 11God has handed me over to evil people. 12I was living in peace, but God took me by the throat and battered me and crushed me. God uses me for target practice 13and shoots arrows at me from every side—arrows that pierce and wound me; and even then he shows no pity. 14He wounds me again and again; he attacks like a soldier gone mad with hate. 15I mourn and wear clothes made of sackcloth, and I sit here in the dust defeated. 16I have cried until my face is red, and my eyes are swollen and circled with shadows, 17but I am not guilty of any violence, and my prayer to God is sincere. 18O Earth, don’t hide the wrongs done to me! Don’t let my call for justice be silenced! 19There is someone in heaven to stand up for me and take my side. 20My friends scorn me; my eyes pour out tears to God. 21I want someone to plead with God for me, as one pleads for a friend. 22My years are passing now, and I walk the road of no return.

–from Job 16

Ever had words come out of your mouth and wonder where did that come from or what did that mean?


Someone ask you a question and the answer coming out of your mouth feel like it is on autopilot? Ever tried to figure out what it means or where it is going? I know it happened to me when I was given two opportunities and then asked the question, “what do you think?” All of a sudden I started telling the story of my time on the board of a home owners association where I had the opportunity to be secretary and then vice president and then president. The entire time I am thinking to myself, why am I telling this story and where is it going? Towards the end I realize God was tell me to go with one of the options as it was important to know and understand the two areas (as I had spent nearly 10 years in one of them) before considering stepping up into the role over both areas. God can use our own words to speak to us and to those around as they help direct our path. It’s amazing what He is able to do in and through us if we choose to be willing vessels of God.

We see something similar take place as today’s reading begins…

The Plot against Jesus

(Matthew 26.1-5; Mark 14.1, 2; Luke 22.1, 2)

45Many of the people who had come to visit Mary saw what Jesus did, and they believed in him. 46But some of them returned to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. 47So the Pharisees and the chief priests met with the Council and said, “What shall we do? Look at all the miracles this man is performing! 48If we let him go on in this way, everyone will believe in him, and the Roman authorities will take action and destroy our Temple and our nation!” 49One of them, named Caiaphas, who was High Priest that year, said, “What fools you are! 50Don’t you realize that it is better for you to have one man die for the people, instead of having the whole nation destroyed?” 51Actually, he did not say this of his own accord; rather, as he was High Priest that year, he was prophesying that Jesus was going to die for the Jewish people, 52and not only for them, but also to bring together into one body all the scattered people of God. 53From that day on the Jewish authorities made plans to kill Jesus. 54So Jesus did not travel openly in Judea, but left and went to a place near the desert, to a town named Ephraim, where he stayed with the disciples. 55The time for the Passover Festival was near, and many people went up from the country to Jerusalem to perform the ritual of purification before the festival. 56They were looking for Jesus, and as they gathered in the Temple, they asked one another, “What do you think? Surely he will not come to the festival, will he?” 57The chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that if anyone knew where Jesus was, he must report it, so that they could arrest him.

–from John 11

So what do you believe? What will you believe? There is so much noise out there! There is so much that people put out there as truth! But what can you depend on? What can you really believe in? What can you stand firmly on without it just crumbling under your feet?

The True Spirit and the False Spirit

1My dear friends, do not believe all who claim to have the Spirit, but test them to find out if the spirit they have comes from God. For many false prophets have gone out everywhere. 2This is how you will be able to know whether it is God’s Spirit: anyone who acknowledges that Jesus Christ came as a human being has the Spirit who comes from God. 3But anyone who denies this about Jesus does not have the Spirit from God. The spirit that he has is from the Enemy of Christ; you heard that it would come, and now it is here in the world already. 4But you belong to God, my children, and have defeated the false prophets, because the Spirit who is in you is more powerful than the spirit in those who belong to the world. 5Those false prophets speak about matters of the world, and the world listens to them because they belong to the world. 6But we belong to God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever does not belong to God does not listen to us. This, then, is how we can tell the difference between the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

–from 1 John 4

There is such thing as truth! Everything isn’t just shades of grey! So will you get to see the world as it is supposed to be? Will you live life as you are supposed to do? Will you live a live that raises the average rather than just living average lives and allow the average to drop? We each have choices in deciding how we will live and what we will do!

17Now listen, Job, to what I know. 18Those who are wise have taught me truths which they learned from their ancestors, and they kept no secrets hidden. 19Their land was free from foreigners; there was no one to lead them away from God. 20The wicked who oppress others will be in torment as long as they live. 21Voices of terror will scream in their ears, and robbers attack when they think they are safe. 22They have no hope of escaping from darkness, for somewhere a sword is waiting to kill them, 23and vultures are waiting to eat their corpses. They know their future is dark; 24disaster, like a powerful king, is waiting to attack them. 25That is the fate of those who shake their fists at God and defy the Almighty. 26-27They are proud and rebellious; they stubbornly hold up their shields and rush to fight against God. 28They are the ones who captured cities and seized houses whose owners had fled, but war will destroy those cities and houses. 29They will not remain rich for long; nothing they own will last. Even their shadows will vanish, 30and they will not escape from darkness. They will be like trees whose branches are burned by fire, whose blossoms are blown away by the wind. 31If they are foolish enough to trust in evil, then evil will be their reward. 32Before their time is up they will wither, wither like a branch and never be green again. 33They will be like vines that lose their unripe grapes; like olive trees that drop their blossoms. 34There will be no descendants for godless people, and fire will destroy the homes built by bribery. 35These are the ones who plan trouble and do evil; their hearts are always full of deceit.

–from Job 15

God’s Promises are true! Let’s take a hold of Him! He is love!


11With these words I make my covenant with you: I promise that never again will all living beings be destroyed by a flood; never again will a flood destroy the earth. 12As a sign of this everlasting covenant which I am making with you and with all living beings, 13I am putting my bow in the clouds. It will be the sign of my covenant with the world. 14Whenever I cover the sky with clouds and the rainbow appears, 15I will remember my promise to you and to all the animals that a flood will never again destroy all living beings. 16When the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between me and all living beings on earth. 17That is the sign of the promise which I am making to all living beings.”

–from Genesis 9


The Word of God is God’s Word! You can bank on it!

God is Love! God’s love is unconditional!


So since God is love, we should be loving others! As God loves so should we love, unconditionally! Have you ever read God’s definition of love?

Love

  • is patient and kind
  • is not jealous or conceited or proud
  • is not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable
  • does not keep a record of wrongs
  • is not happy with evil, but is happy with the truth
  • never gives up; and its faith, hope, and patience never fail
  • is eternal

Love

1I may be able to speak the languages of human beings and even of angels, but if I have no love, my speech is no more than a noisy gong or a clanging bell. 2I may have the gift of inspired preaching; I may have all knowledge and understand all secrets; I may have all the faith needed to move mountains—but if I have no love, I am nothing. 3I may give away everything I have, and even give up my body to be burned—but if I have no love, this does me no good.
4Love is patient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud; 5love is not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable; love does not keep a record of wrongs; 6love is not happy with evil, but is happy with the truth. 7Love never gives up; and its faith, hope, and patience never fail.

8Love is eternal. There are inspired messages, but they are temporary; there are gifts of speaking in strange tongues, but they will cease; there is knowledge, but it will pass. 9For our gifts of knowledge and of inspired messages are only partial; 10but when what is perfect comes, then what is partial will disappear.

11When I was a child, my speech, feelings, and thinking were all those of a child; now that I am an adult, I have no more use for childish ways. 12What we see now is like a dim image in a mirror; then we shall see face-to-face. What I know now is only partial; then it will be complete—as complete as God’s knowledge of me.

13Meanwhile these three remain: faith, hope, and love; and the greatest of these is love.

–from 1 Corinthians 13

So let’s live our priorities based on what will last! Let’s build our lives and build up other’s lives through faith, hope, and love!

Since God is love, that means that

God

  • is patient and kind
  • is not jealous or conceited or proud
  • is not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable
  • does not keep a record of wrongs
  • is not happy with evil, but is happy with the truth
  • never gives up; and its faith, hope, and patience never fail
  • is eternal

Since we are to love, let’s learn and practice love by doing our best to

  • be patient and kind
  • not be jealous nor conceited nor proud
  • not be ill-mannered nor be selfish nor be irritable
  • not keep a record of wrongs
  • not be happy with evil, but to be happy with the truth
  • never gives up; and allow our faith, hope, and patience to never fail
  • Love all the time

Let’s hold on tight to God and His Love and His Word!

Don’t lose hope! Don’t consider it lost! Don’t give up! LOVE!


Today is a new day! Today will have its new opportunities! Take on today prepared for whatever it will bring! Get setup! Get ready! Fill up your tank before you get started so that you are filled to overflowing and can not only have a great day but also make today a great day for others! Don’t let the news get you down! Remember that the battle has already been won! Don’t give up in sharing the good news! Don’t give in because of how things look around you!

This is the day that the Lord has made, let’s rejoice and be glad in it! Let’s put on the full armor of God and be ready!

Let’s consider the sadness, the loss, the despair felt by the people when Lazarus dies and was put into the tomb. Consider how final that seemed to them. But that wasn’t the end of the story! And neither is any setback or loss we face! We know that Christ has already won the victory! We know that in the end times when Jesus comes back, that He wins! So we have reason for the hope that is within us! We have a reason to celebrate the life we have and the life we live, no matter what is taking place in and around us!

Today’s reading speaks to the resurrection power of Jesus! He is able to bring back to life things we think or thought were dead!

Lazarus Is Brought to Life

38Deeply moved once more, Jesus went to the tomb, which was a cave with a stone placed at the entrance. 39“Take the stone away!” Jesus ordered. Martha, the dead man’s sister, answered, “There will be a bad smell, Lord. He has been buried four days!” 40Jesus said to her, “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believed?” 41They took the stone away. Jesus looked up and said, “I thank you, Father, that you listen to me. 42I know that you always listen to me, but I say this for the sake of the people here, so that they will believe that you sent me.” 43After he had said this, he called out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44He came out, his hands and feet wrapped in grave cloths, and with a cloth around his face. “Untie him,” Jesus told them, “and let him go.”

–from John 11

Today where are you at? Don’t give up hope, rather turn to God and give your cares to Him! Cast your cares upon the Lord because He cares for you and He will take care of them! Don’t allow what is taking place around you to keep you from being filled with the joy of the Lord, for the joy of the Lord will be your strength!

Whose rules will you follow? There is one set that will keep you on the narrow road! Don’t allow fear or doubt to rob you of your peace! Don’t allow them to take you off course! Instead, let’s pursue the will of God and do what He asks! Love Him with all our hearts, all our minds, all our strength, and all our soul! Let’s love others as we love ourselves! All the other laws are covered within these two!

Courage before God

19This, then, is how we will know that we belong to the truth; this is how we will be confident in God’s presence. 20If our conscience condemns us, we know that God is greater than our conscience and that he knows everything. 21And so, my dear friends, if our conscience does not condemn us, we have courage in God’s presence. 22We receive from him whatever we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him. 23What he commands is that we believe in his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as Christ commanded us. 24Those who obey God’s commands live in union with God and God lives in union with them. And because of the Spirit that God has given us we know that God lives in union with us.

–from 1 John 3

Fear Not! Don’t worry! Trust God! Just Believe! No matter what is going on around you, put your trust in God! Stay connected to Him and His Word! You can count on God’s Word! He knows what He is doing and His timing is perfect! We all need Jesus! It is only because of Jesus that we can walk without fear and trembling! We have all missed the mark, but we are saved by grace through faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Without Him we are wandering, lost in the wilderness, not sure what to do or where to go.

The Second Dialogue (15.1—21.34)

Eliphaz

1-2Empty words, Job! Empty words! 3No one who is wise would talk the way you do or defend himself with such meaningless words. 4If you had your way, no one would fear God; no one would pray to him. 5Your wickedness is evident by what you say; you are trying to hide behind clever words. 6There is no need for me to condemn you; you are condemned by every word you speak. 7Do you think you were the first person born? Were you there when God made the mountains? 8Did you overhear the plans God made? Does human wisdom belong to you alone? 9There is nothing you know that we don’t know. 10We learned our wisdom from gray-haired people—those born before your father. 11God offers you comfort; why still reject it? We have spoken for him with calm, even words. 12But you are excited and glare at us in anger. 13You are angry with God and denounce him. 14Can any human being be really pure? Can anyone be right with God? 15Why, God does not trust even his angels; even they are not pure in his sight. 16And we drink evil as if it were water; yes, we are corrupt; we are worthless.

–from Job 15