The Fountain Day 232: Hope

We have a Hope.  Our Hope is greater than an idea…it’s our God.  Jesus, our living Hope.

We can face each day before us with confidence because we carry the living Hope in our hearts.  God is Winner.  Not only do we carry Hope, but also Victory.  Our God can not be defeated.  The end of this whole story is already written…and the victory belongs to the Lord.

It’s time for us to remember victory.  It’s time for us to remember who we are.  We are not subject to the earth.  We belong to Christ. 

Our desperation in this season should be focused on bringing souls into the Kingdom…not on fearing what’s next.  We know what’s next.  Let’s be confident in our living Hope.  Let’s act like we know the truth. 

We must guard our tongues and only speak God’s truth.  If we don’t, we might be mistaken for the world.  This is a set apart season.  The lost deserve to see our apartness…so they can be drawn to the heart of the Father.  We can no longer afford to be lazy Christians, only concerned with our own salvation.  We must be concerned about saving all the lost.  We are called to it.  We are called to make disciples of every nation.  It’s time to rise up.

We must remember our firm Foundation.  We must remember we have a house built upon the rock, and those who are on sinking sand will be looking to us.  They will look in desperation and we must be prepared to lead them to the Lord.  We must be willing to be His vehicles. 

“Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit.”  Matthew 28:19

We must be willing to lead the lost to Jesus.  That’s more important than many other things we so desperately focus on.  We have the Hope of the world, and we must share the news.  Start at home…then work your way out into the world around you.  Trust God to lead the way and trust Him to highlight different people who are ready to receive the Truth. 

Notice.  Pay attention.  Be aware.  Most of all, be willing.   

“Therefore, everyone who hears these words of Mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fail, because it had its foundation on the rock.  But everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”  Mathew 7:24-27

The Fountain Day 231: Listen

Today, I went for a walk to clear my head, get some exercise, and prepare for a late in the day appointment.  As I walked, I wondered what to listen to on my phone.   I was at a loss…then I felt the Lord.  He said, “Take out the earbuds and listen.”  Suddenly, I was very aware of every sound in nature around me.  I heard lots of birds, gravel crunching under my feet, and then I really noticed the dirt on the ground and felt a strange invitation to crouch down and put my hand on the dirt.  When I did, I felt the Lord asking me if I could feel the heartbeat…

Suddenly, I saw into the earth and could feel its heartbeat.  It felt like the earth was in labor…I know this sounds weird, but the earth is the Lord’s, and the scriptures speak about the earth in ways similar to what I was seeing…in fact, it was Jesus speaking about it…

Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you.  For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.  You will hear of wars and rumors of wars but see to it that you are not alarmed.  Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.  Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.  There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.  All these are the beginning of birth pains.  Matthew 24:4-8

Then I felt the Lord showing me that it’s so important for me to stay in tune with the time.  To always pause and pay attention, so I know what stage of the earth we are in currently.  The labor pains are quite evident if we look around at the events currently unfolding. 

We don’t need to notice the times so we fear…we notice so we can prepare.  When in labor, it’s most beneficial to be aware of the signs that another contraction is coming, so you can focus and relax…so it will do its good work.  This is the same…if we stay in tune with God and His times…we will face each new contraction with peace…relaxing so it can do its good work.  Yes, good work. 

The events occurring now could all just seem negative, that is, unless you are looking deeper.  What’s really happening is God is moving in more and mightier ways right now.  He’s setting things up.  Remember…He can’t lose…so, if you’re only seeing defeat, just know the win is coming. 

This win is going to be HUGE.

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim His name; make known among the nations what He has done.  Sing to Him, sing praise to Him; tell of all His wonderful acts.  Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.  Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always.  Remember the wonders He has done, His miracles, and the judgments He pronounced, you His servants, the descendants of Abraham, His chosen ones, the children of Jacob.  He is the Lord our God; His judgments are in all the earth.  Psalm 105:1-7

The Fountain Day 230: White River

I went to the White River recently.  I love the river.  The drive to the White River is full of so many memories.  The smells of the water in the afternoon make me feel so peaceful.  The fog that lays heavy on the water in the early morning and looks like a mysterious mist as it begins to rise with the sun, always takes my breath away.  The sound of the birds and the boats, well I just love it.  Every time I go, I find myself sitting and staring.  I stare at the water.  I stare at the dam that releases the water.  I stare at the wake caused by boats.  I just can’t get enough, it’s like my eyes crave it. 

I love riding in a boat.  When I was a baby, my parents would go fishing and I’d be nestled safely in the bottom of the boat for naps.  When I was little, I would yell, “Faster daddy!! Faster!!”  I just couldn’t get enough…I still can’t.  There’s a certain kind of freedom I feel when the wind is louder than my thoughts and the beauty is flying by, and we are on the water.  Freedom. 

I ALWAYS hear from God when I’m on the water.  There is never a time that His presence is far from me, but when I’m on the water…it seems ever closer.  He speaks to me through words of love, that for some reason I hear better, when I’m on the water.

In the couple of days before our trip, I kept seeing God holding a little bird in His hand.  This bird had some problems with its wings.  They had been hurt.  Damaged by life.  The bird would go fly a bit, then have to return to the ground because its wings weren’t completely healed yet.  That bird was me.

God spoke to me that it was ok that I was having to make so many attempts to fly well because He was still bringing healing to me.  Each time, I could see Him ever so carefully receiving me back into His hands, as this little bird, and He would simply breathe on the wounded spot…then I could fly better.  I was so grateful when I noticed the wounds were nearly gone…in fact, only a little wing clip was left.  My time is coming, I see that now.  The great release.  I feel it in my bones.

The whole drive to the White River and while we were out fishing, I pondered the bird and asked God to speak to me more about it.  Then we started catching fish…a lot of them.  Beautiful Rainbow Trout…now, that’s why I love to fish the White River.  It’s like each fish carries the promise of heaven on its beautiful rainbow color.  What a delight.  I had a really good fishing day.  Only God can do that…fishing isn’t much about skill for me, rather it’s about…well, luck…but really usually a lesson God is teaching me.  This time was about success.

I caught a slew of Rainbow Trout.  Squealing with delight each time.  “Dad, are you proud of me?” I would say to my dad in the front of the boat. 

Then I hit a lull.  I asked God, “Am I done for the day?  What’s going on?”  To which He immediately replied, almost before I asked…”Great reward is coming”

The reply almost startled me.  I said, “Yes and amen.” Even though I didn’t really know what He meant.

Then I caught the biggest trout…only to be followed by two big brown trout…which are another special treat on these fishing trips.  One of those brown measured the biggest catch of the trip.  Then I received a phone call from my husband.  I decided to answer because he loves the river too and I wanted to tell him about my catch! 

He was so proud of me, I could hear the smile in his voice…then he said, “We both caught a whale today!”  My breath escaped me…”What do you mean?  What did you do?”  He quickly replied that he’d made his biggest sale ever just moments before.  Tears.  Tears of joy, relief, and pride for him flowed down my face.

I cried silently for the next 10 or 15 minutes.  Sitting in our great reward of the day…knowing it was a pre-cursor for more to come…and God desired to sit with me on the river…and heal little daddy wounds while I delighted in the great catch. 

When God desires to heal tender places within us, He often takes us to tender places with many memories of childhood.  Then we must choose, will we cooperate, or will we hold onto the resentment?  You see, those moments when I said to my dad, “Dad, are you proud of me?” to my earthly father in the boat…that was a big moment.  I never talk to him that way, but it’s what I needed.  I talk to God that way.  I talk to my husband that way.  It’s how a daughter should talk to her dad.  When I was saying that to my earthly dad, I didn’t even look to his reply, I was saying it, not for his reaction…no, it was for my freedom.  It was because I was comfortable and confident with myself, and I could enjoy what I was doing.  It was healing. 

As we rode back to the dock, I knew I had been changed.  When we traveled home and I had a few interactions with my earthly dad, I realized something within me had changed and things could roll off my back in a new way. 

We can’t expect people to change…or demand it…in order for us to be healed.  We are each responsible for ourselves, and ourselves alone.  If someone keeps bumping against your feelings, it’s up to you to find healing, not change for them.  Far too often we place the burden of change at all the feet around us and stay stubbornly still.  Acting as if we can’t change if they don’t. 

That is a lie.

I pray today, your heart wakes up to the light of change within yourself.  I pray for the great awakening we are so desperately waiting to see on earth, to begin in your own heart.  Let heaven come.

If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.  Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.  Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.  Philippians 2:1-4

The Fountain Day 229: Plenty and want

I’ve been hearing the words, “plenty and want” for over a year now.  I know I’m to write a book with this title describing the journey of my marriage with Chris…and our walk with Jesus. 

As I mulled over devotional topics, I couldn’t get the phrase out of my mind, and I knew I was to share a portion of this today…

I heard, “In between plenty and want, I found Jesus”. 

This is very true.  In this odd and undefined season of stretching and change, I have found the One my heart yearns for.  I love Jesus.  I mean…I really, really love Him.  I yearn for Him day and night.  I wake up looking forward to meeting with Him.  I speak to Him all day long.  He’s my best friend. 

As we’ve been walking out our day-to-day life and trusting Him at deeper and deeper levels, I have found the most joyous relationship with Him.  I often wonder if I would’ve found this without all the struggles.  I can’t answer that for certain, but I do know that trials seem to always lead me to greater portions of His presence…just like He said in the scripture we read the other day…the testing of faith ultimately leads to being complete.

I have been in many situations that have appeared as want…yet, I have found plenty.  Plenty of His spirit, plenty of His forgiveness, plenty of His provision…what I’ve discovered is that want doesn’t really exist when you live a life full of His Presence…because He turns want into plenty.

The moments when I’ve wondered how we’d buy food or pay bills…He steps in and makes a way.  He is so present.

I’ve also had a different perspective of having more than enough…

The other day, I prayed that God would supply more than enough for us to cover our bills…then I looked at our bank account after using money to pay bills…there was a small amount in it.  I lamented for a second when God said, “See, you have more than enough!”

He was right…we didn’t zero out our account…we did indeed have excess.  No matter how large or small it is, excess is excess, and we should be grateful.  That was the day my bank account lost its influence over me.

Have you discovered the joy of plenty?  I hope today’s devotional gives you a renewed perspective of life and sets you on the path of true gratitude and contentment…I’ll see you there!

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 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 minds in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:4-5

The Fountain Day 228: Even the darkness is as light to Him

As I went for a walk, just before dark, I was startled by a beautiful and breathtaking sight.  I looked up into the still blue sky and saw the moon perched up…looking as if it didn’t quite belong yet.  Now, I’ve often seen the moon in our sky at unusual times, but for some reason this time was different.  I could feel the Lord stirring me as He whispered, “Notice this…and ask Me about it.”  Then I heard, “Even the darkness is as light to Him.”

My breath caught in my throat with a mixture of delight and awe.  What a wonderful God we serve.  He is truly amazing.

This wonderful reminder will be deeply engrained within my heart for years to come. 

Not only was the moon oddly placed for that time of day, but God sent it as a reminder to me that no matter what things appear to be, He can be found, and His plan will overturn all others.  He is Sovereign.

God is Sovereign over every plan and scheme of the devil…no darkness is too dark for Him.  He is Light, therefore wherever His Presence goes, light is found.  We carry His light, therefore wherever we go, there should be light.  God is light and in Him there is no darkness.

He is called the Father of Lights. 

Never be afraid of evil men.  Never bow to evil intentions.  Never worry that God can’t do a thing.  He can do anything.  Do you trust Him?

We are to be carriers of Light…this means at times we will stick out to the world.  Are you willing to do that?

This is a time for the stirring up of courage.  This is a time to step out from the shadows and be light.  The world is desperate for salvation…they are desperate for light.  Let’s be just that…God’s light shining for the world to see and be drawn to Him.

God created light with a word…”Let there be light.”  If His words carry power like that…imagine what He can do right now. 

Speak light to our nation, God.  Speak restoration and deliverance to Your people.  Let it be so because You say it is so.  I trust the power of Your word.  I trust You.  Shine light into every dark place, Lord.  Fill the earth with Your glory.  Let there be light!! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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.  Psalm 139:7-12

The Fountain Day 227: Grace, for grace sake

I had a conversation with someone tonight…this person knew me before I gave my life over to God.  I was saved at 8 years old, but I didn’t learn how to walk with Jesus until I was much older.  This old friend had seen the very dregs of my dance with the world, yet during that time she always met me with so much grace.  As we reflected tonight, I realized that God placed many unlikely people as a guard around me, in that season…and they each offered me much more grace than they would normally with other people.

Only God can do that.  You know why He did that?  He knew how absolutely wounded my little heart was…He knew every sin I’d committed…He knew every sin committed against me…He knew why I was having so much trouble understanding Who He really was, and how my injured state made it nearly impossible for me to receive love. 

I was a live and walking around gaping hole of damage and pain.  Secret pain that the world didn’t know of and could care less about, for the most part…except for the few.  The few who literally loved the hell out of me.  They stood as sunflowers around the graveyard of my heart and kept calling me to something more.  They kept speaking worth over me, when I felt absolutely bankrupt.  I had zero value in my own eyes.  It truly hurts my heart to say that now, but it is the truth.  I saw no value in myself then.

The road to discovering my true value was long and didn’t even begin back then but took a long time to unfold…and could only be discovered after lots of heart healing.  But God was there for it.  In fact, He knew from the beginning how long and twisted I would make the journey, yet He is infinitely patient and unconditionally kind…

Oh, God…sometimes I stand in absolute wonder at Who You are.  You love me so well. 

I wonder…have You felt God’s grace?  Yes, you’re probably saved…but so was I…yet I still hadn’t been able to experience it for so long. 

Sometimes, people get saved and their whole life changes in an instant.  Sometimes, people get saved and the process begins…who are we to judge that?  You won’t find me doing so…not after what I’ve lived. 

God is infinite grace.  I survive on that grace.  I live for it and breathe it new each morning.  Why then, would I withhold it from another?

We are all in dire need of His grace. 

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 to live in 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 them be under God’s curse!  As we have already said, so now I say again:  If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!  Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God?  Or am I trying to please people?  If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.  Galatians 1:3-10

The Fountain Day 226: Marionette

Over time, I am consistently seeing myself released from an invisible force.  The world, if you will.  The parts of life that we’ve always known to just “be the way they are”…with little opportunity for variation.  I continually feel more and more grounded in this season…as if I was once an unwilling marionette whose strings have been cut and freedom has been granted.  A long awaited freedom that I never knew I needed and wanted. 

We are often completely oblivious to the box we live within…that is, until we find our way out of it. 

Religion had been a box for me.  The good and Christian way of doing things had been too…mainly because it wasn’t really the good and Christian way at all…it was really just people’s comfortable idea.  The pull into busyness has always been a fraud and is the first place I ever felt that something was just not right about a life lived jetting around from one place to another, fulfilling everyone’s idea of what a full life looks like. 

We are made for more.

We are made for so much more…but we are hard pressed to find it when we never surrender to the pull of roots.  God given cultivation of deeper roots. 

These roots don’t mean we stay in one place forever and never explore.  On the contrary, these roots enable us to move around more freely and explore with an assurance that we are steeped in Truth, from a position of rest, and partnering with the Prince of Peace. 

Living as a marionette to the ways of the world is over for me…just this week, I keep having a vision over and over again…in it the strings of a marionette are being cut and I have returned to the exact position that God originally called me to.  My only wish is that I had heeded that call in the first place, and not been so caught up in the way we’re told to live. 

There’s a reason for everything though. 

I am content in knowing that the bits of the world’s way of life and church that I’ve partaken, have only given me a greater appreciation of the freedom I now reside within. 

Live simple…God had told me…little did I know that simple would become the call of a generation.  So many others are hearing the same thing, yet I had no idea they were when I began hearing and responding.  Simple is the only way to defeat the attempts of the “one world government”…nobody could’ve convinced me of that previously. 

God has known all along.  He knew exactly where we needed to be.  He placed desires in our hearts.  He knew exactly how long it would take to cultivate those dreams.  What a mighty God we serve…it’s unreal how very involved in our lives He is when we allow it.

I know one world government is prophesied in scripture, but I also know from discernment that now is not the time.  It’s not time yet.

These are the things you are to teach and insist on.  If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, they are conceited and understand nothing.  They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means of financial gain.  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.  But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.  Fight the good fight of the faith.  Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.  1 Timothy 6:2b-12

The Fountain Day 225: Communion

I was asked to write for a daily communion challenge, and I was so taken aback by what the Lord revealed to me that I just had to share it with you here, as well…Here is that posting.

As I take daily communion, I cannot escape thinking about its connection to perseverance…

Perseverance seems to be a largely lost art, as in the world, we so desperately cultivate the easy way…but scripture tells us that perseverance is completely necessary…

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  James 1:2-4

I want to be complete and mature, lacking nothing.  The road to that is perseverance…the same road that Jesus walked as He was on this earth.  It was perseverance that gave Him the grace to walk with mercy in the face of mockers and those who tried to prematurely kill Him.  It was perseverance that stood within Him that longest of days when He was beaten…and eventually was nailed to the cross.  I cannot imagine the suffering of Jesus…I know that allowing myself to be beat beyond recognition, when I knew I could escape at any moment, like Jesus could have…well, the level of perseverance He had is unparalleled. 

Communion reminds me that no matter the cost, I will pay it.  And the decision to pay it happens now…in the day to day.  I will never have the courage in the heat of the moment, if I don’t cultivate that decision daily.

Communion and perseverance…I can’t seem to separate the two.

As one of my devotional readers, I ask if you too will join in on a communion challenge.  Set aside the next 30 days and commit to having communion each day.  It will be surprising how this practice grounds your heart…and also re-connects you with the greatness of Jesus’ sacrifice.

One thing is certain, we can never thank Him enough.  Another thing I’ve noticed is that He is always looking to deepen our connection with Him…but He’s looking for those who are willing.

I am willing, Lord.  Lead me deeper into Your heart and teach me what communion is all about.  In Jesus’ name, Amen

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it, and said, “This is My body, which is for you.  Do this in remembrance of Me.”  In the same way also He took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood.  Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”  For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.  1 Corinthians 11:23-26

The Fountain Day 224: Oily Fire

Many times, lately, I have had a vision of my piano…I keep seeing a fire in the bottom belly of the piano…and I saw from above oil pouring out over it…the oil was feeding the fire.

Day after day, I had this same vision. 

Day after day, God was calling me to worship. 

I love worship…but I have been coming out of a strange season…a season that left me wondering if leading worship was my main calling anymore.  The big question in my life, kept swirling around my mind.  I felt the enemy pressing against me and trying to cause me to question myself…causing me to question where my place is to be…causing me to wonder if I was supposed to be transitioning into another form of ministry.

The resounding answer was that worship is my heart.  It’s the pulse of my life.  I hear songs all day long.  Life is a soundtrack to me.  God has placed songs inside of me…songs He longs to hear.  The answer is that when I worship, things change.  Heaven hears.  Angels join the song.  God delights in it.  Worship is in my DNA. 

We are all made to worship.  But some of us are made to lead it. 

Basically, I’ve been in a season of coming to terms with who I am created to be and allowing God to move me forward in that place. 

I am a voice.  I didn’t ask to be…He told me I was. 

When I operate in the anointing that He’s placed on my life, then it releases a heavenly oil on my life and stokes the fire in my soul. 

When you find your sweet spot, you too will be releasing oil from heaven and stoking the fires of the Spirit…and this is exactly what the world needs right now. 

Believers on fire. 

I encourage you to take time over the next few days or even weeks and press into God’s heart asking Him to reveal to you what you are created to do.  What is the area He’s given you a voice to contribute?  Where does He want your focus to lie?  Then simply say, “Yes”…He’ll work out the details as you go, but your initial agreement is step one.

To humans belong the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue.  All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord.  Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.  The Lord works out everything to its proper end- even the wicked for a day of disaster.  The Lord detests all the proud of heart.  Be sure of this:  They will not go unpunished.  Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the Lord evil is avoided.  When the Lord takes pleasure in anyone’s way, He causes their enemies to make peace with them.  Proverbs 16:1-7

The Fountain Day 223: Old Testament

I have heard many people speak about how confusing the Old Testament is when you look at the nature and goodness of God.  I want to encourage you today to not shy away from the importance of knowing both the Old and New Testaments. 

The Old Testament has so much gold to be found.  It also reminds us that it was Jesus alone Who made a way for us to enter heaven.  It’s His death and resurrection that paid our bill.  We are hard pressed to realize how sinful we are when we avoid the Old Testament.  It tells a great story of falling away and redemption.

It stirs up a sense of gratitude and humility. 

Don’t avoid the very thing that is a catalyst to being open to being changed…to seeing yourself in truth, not in vanity. 

We were born sinners into a sinful world. 

The New Testament is wonderful, and I love it so much, but I can’t rightly read and comprehend it without having also read the Old.  They are together for a reason.  To be joined. 

Never let anyone deter you from the importance.

I’ve heard pastors say they discourage new believers from reading the Old Testament and I think that’s such a shame…but I also now see that’s possibly one reason for the lack of maturity we see so often in the Christian community.  And why we see a generation now of those who refuse to take responsibility for their own actions. 

Yes, read the New…but don’t forsake the Old.  

We must wake up!!  Believers must arise from our slumber and embrace the fullness of God…

We appreciate salvation so much more when we truly realize how wretched we are without it. 

Your Word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.  Your faithfulness continues through all generations; You established the earth, and it endures.  Your laws endure to this day for all things serve You.  If Your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.  I will never forget Your precepts, for by them You have preserved my life.  Save me, for I am Yours; I have sought out Your precepts.  The wicked are waiting to destroy me, but I will ponder Your statutes.  To all perfection I see a limit, but Your commands are boundless.  Psalm 119:89-96