Oceans of Thoughts led to The Ark

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While sitting on the shore of the Indian Ocean, in Tanzania Africa, my thoughts began to wander, mesmerized by the toss and turn of the waves…

Before long, I began to imagine what it might have been like for the people who perished in the day that the great flood came…

Advanced warning was provided, but no one took it seriously.

Mankind repeatedly were warned “Repent”  but they continued in their wickedness.

God spoke to Noah, and in intricate, methodical detail, directed him step by step to build an ark.  We call it today ‘Noah’s Ark.’

Provision was provided for whoever believed  and acted upon the way of escape… but only a handful were pure in heart.

A remnant remained.

No one knew what RAIN  was then, for no rain ever fell upon the earth while Noah was following God’s instructions, building the Ark.

Eventually, the day came.  The Ark was loaded.  The door closed.  And the rain began.

Forty days and forty nights, the Ark, and all contained within, tossed and turned in the pouring rain.

This image is the one that my mind reflectively focused on, sitting on the beach shore in Tanzania… watching the old boats rock gently in the waves…

My mind visualizing the moment of realization for those who chose NOT to repent, who chose to remain in sin…

I imagined their cries for help that were deafened by the pitter patter of the rain,  crashing waves against the side of the Ark, possibly the animal noises drowning the very cries of drowning souls…

And it fueled my passion even more to grab hands of those with one foot in the fire of hell back into the safety of God’s salvation, while there is still time…

Gods Word never changes.

God is our shelter and Jesus is our  ark of safety.

God never leaves us or forsakes us.

He doesn’t move.

Yet, He will permit us to drift away from Him, if we choose.

It’s so important to stay connected to Him, the Vine.  To Him, the Word.

Our enemy, the devil roams around like a lion, seeking whom he may devour.

He’s subtle, and manipulative. He is patient. He is crafty,  conniving.

He will plant a suggestive seed of doubt, and will try to lure you away from the Truth gradually… like a boat that lost its anchor…

The further away you drift, the harder it will be to return to safety.

Like a rowboat without a paddle leaving the shore… Drifting further and further away…the shore doesn’t leave.

It stays firm. But the drifted rowboat on the waves of water without an anchor leads you into trouble, and eventually to your demise.

Don’t let the devil deceive you.

Gods Word is STILL God talking to you, is STILL the answer for all of life’s troubles, is STILL the anchor for our faith.

Just because the world is full of sin and unholy lifestyles doesn’t mean we have to live the worlds way.

Noah’s life must have preached the most profound sermon series to everyone around him without even  a word spoken, simply by him living a life of faith.

Noah’s obedience to what God commanded him to do, and his commitment and faithfulness, preached… but no one listened.

Noah, his wife, his three sons and their wives- made it safely through the flood.   They were hidden safely in the ark of safety, which got them through the storm to the other side.

My husband and I was blessed by our children for Christmas with tickets  to the Ark Encounter (full biblical scale replica of the Ark), and The Creation Museum, in Kentucky.

We will blend our 32nd wedding anniversary vacation with ministry in Ohio, and touring the Ark in Kentucky… I’m excited to see a glimpse of what the Ark might have looked like…but for now, my imagination based on scriptural account has painted a picture…

And it haunts me.  The missionary in me…the Evangelist in me… FEELS for those who ridicule God, refusing to take God’s Word seriously, because of the eternal consequence of their choice…

The Spirit of God is leading me to throughout lifelines & safety rings, by going, and speaking the good news.

Today is, sadly, not much different than the days of Noah.   Truth be told,  we have started down the  slippery slope of days worse than the days of Noah.  We are in the last of the last days…

People are perishing, floating and drifting further away from safety, without an anchor of God’s Truth to hold them steady.

Heres a good word:  Get planted firmly in a local bible-teaching church.

Associate with other believers, especially ones more mature and solid in their faith to help mentor and guide you.

Watch your associations- some can be deadly.

If you desire a wholesome life, find a wholesome group of people to befriend.

It may lead to your future soulmate, and future family God has planned for you.

Put Gods Kingdom first.

Fall in love with Jesus, enjoy TODAY and serve Him, and joy will follow.

Don’t drift.

There’s safety onshore, in THE ark of safety… His Name is Jesus.

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Faith…we all have it. Don’t we?

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Make up your mind!

Make up your mind!

We ALL have faith in something.

And, there’s two types of faith:

“Natural Faith”, and “God-kind of Faith.”

Truth is, we CHOOSE what we have faith in by what we put our attention to, and the more attention we give to something, the more faith comes…

“Natural Faith” comes by our 5 senses, what we see, feel, touch, hear and smell.

“God-kind of Faith” comes by the Word of God, by hearing and hearing and hearing, and by meditating on the Word. (Romans 10:17, Joshua 1:8).

When problems come, (and they will. The Word of God tells us they will) the devil uses them to distract us, to trap us, and to lure our minds into worry, anxiety, panic, fear. IF WE LET HIM. IT IS OUR CHOICE WHERE WE PUT OUR ATTENTION TO.

God tells us to ‘hold every thought captive and bring the into the obedience of Christ’ (2 Corinthians 10:5). BUT HE WON’T DO IT FOR US.

But do we?

God also tells us ‘NOT to worry, NOT to fret, NOT to have anxiety over anything’ (Philippians 4:6-7) but to ‘cast ALL our cares to Him, for He cares for you effectually’ (1 Peter 5:7)…

But do we?

God also tells us WHAT to think upon “whatever us TRUE, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, THINK ON and weigh and take account of these things (FIX YOUR MINDS ON THEM)” (Philippians 4:8 AMP)… BUT HE WON’T DO IT FOR US.

But do we?

And, what is “US?” What is “WE?” The REAL us? What is REAL?

We are a 3 part being, made in the image of God. We ARE a Spirit, we live in a temporary, physical body, and we possess a soul (our mind, reasoning, emotions, intellect, memory.)

We can never meditate on this truth long enough-

When we are born again, we become a new creation, with a BRAND NEW SPIRIT. “Therefore, if any man is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old things are passed away; behold, the new have come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV)

Our SPIRIT is made new, but our flesh is the same, and our mind is the same-they weren’t born again-and they are where we get entangled in the web of lies and sin with the devil…

God tells US that WE have to guard our heart (Proverbs 4:23), to avoid ‘ungodliness and worldly, sinful lusts of the flesh’ (Titus 2:11-13) and to ‘not conform to the pattern of the world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds’ (Romans 12:2).

I have to remind myself often that when I got born-again, I lost my mind! (And gained the Mind of Christ!)

And, we are told to do this DAILY.

Because, you see…we ALL have faith in something…
And, there’s two types of faith:

“Natural Faith”, and “God-kind of Faith.”

Truth is, we CHOOSE what we have faith in by what we put our attention to, and the more attention we give to something, the more faith comes…

So, what ARE you thinking on? Where has your mind wandered to? What are you ALLOWING your thoughts to linger on, to dwell on? Are they bringing you peace, or are they bringing you havoc? (this is a good self-check to see which faith you are in-and we ALL waver between the two…)

Faith ACTS!