Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Walls Are Broken Down

...and it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of Heaven.  Nehemiah 1:4 

The walls are broken down!
  What does this mean?  First of all, in the book of Nehemiah the walls of Jerusalem were broken down and the gates were burned with fire.  The wall protected God's children from the reproach of the enemy.
Today, satan is mocking and ridiculing the Christian remnant in America and throughout the world.  It seems like each day we see parts of the wall being laid to waste with laws being passed that blatantly oppose God's word. 
Grievous sin and sinful lifestyles are celebrated in society.  Evil is demanding respect and acceptance today because...
Acceptance is not in line with God's word.
Achievement is measured by secular views.
Accountability is apart from God.
Conformity wants nothing to do with holiness.
Correctness is anything except the Holy Bible.
Dignity is in the eyes of one's self.
Respect is shown for all things that oppose godliness.
Truth has turned into satan's lies.
The list of godless "values" goes on,
 and America Celebrates!
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Isaiah 5:20
Don't get me wrong, this post isn't just about the latest law that was passed.  
The "wall" that symbolizes Christianity has been crumbling way before this week's news headlines. 
The excuse heard from so many today is that we have all sinned, so how can any person call any sin wrong.
 This makes No sense!
  That's like saying that just because a person tells a a lie, then it's okay for someone else to murder someone.  Let us not judge this murderer because we have all sinned, and he has rights.
Yes, this is happening today with a procedure called abortion and  partial-birth abortion. Yes, all this can be forgiven, and even a lie should prick the heart of a Christian to repentance because it is indeed sin.  However, the truth is that people don't care about repentance.  They only want sin legalized so they can freely indulge and feel unashamed.  They know it's sin, but they need to feel that it's okay, so satan happily obliges them.  Our legal system today protects the rights of those who want to feel no quilt about their sins. Since the law was passed legalizing gay marriage,  polygamist and child pedophiles want equal rights to indulge in their sins as well. Using the same tactics used by “gay” rights activists, pedophiles have begun to seek similar status arguing their desire for children is a sexual orientation no different than heterosexual or homosexuals. This is actually going on people!  In the meantime, Christians are labeled as haters because we do not agree with sin.  Being opposed to a person's sinful lifestyle does NOT make a Christian a hater.  On the contrary, true Christians will reach out to help and pray for others.  However, satan has to turn the table around to justify and make sin appealing.  Who better to bear the brunt than those who serve the Lord Jesus. 
But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me. John 15:21
There is no respect for godliness.
There is no respect for godly leaders. People don't respect law enforcement officers who try to maintain order and safety. They rather cause riots and lawlessness not because they demand justice, but because this world craves uproar, sin, destruction, drunkenness, revelings, sexual immorality, moral impurity, and chaos.  
The walls are broken down and are in ruin!
Are we, as the church and as individuals, weeping, praying, and fasting as Nehemiah?
  Who gives it much thought?  If we call ourselves Christians and we find time for
and all sorts of recreational activities,
 then surely we have time to pray.  Thirty minutes to an hour on Sunday isn't enough!  Furthermore, I wouldn't want to waste my time playing games, eating, and listening to a 5 minute Bible story that has been heard a million times on a Wednesday night.  Our young people are not benefiting from all this play time!  Shouldn't we be seeing more of a change in our youth if all these games were actually working? 
We need seriousness.  We need the Word of God being preached and LIVED!
I'm not throwing off on everyone else.  I have been so guilty of squandering precious time needed in prayer myself!
It's past time to wake up! 
 The church is complacent.
  There needs to be A Cry For Revival (Click on title to read that post.)

What did Nehemiah do about the broken wall in his day?

Then said I unto them, Ye see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste, and the gates thereof are burned with fire: come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach.
Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the king's words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work. Neh. 2:17-18

Nehemiah showed godly leadership, but whenever anyone says, "I will arise and build." satan always replies, "Then I will arise and oppose." 
This is exactly what happened.
 He was surrounded by opposition and ridicule.
But when Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, and Geshem the Arabian, heard it, they laughed us to scorn, and despised us, and said, What is this thing that ye do? will ye rebel against the king?

I like how Nehemiah responded!

Then answered I them, and said unto them, The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build: but ye have no portion, nor right, nor memorial, in Jerusalem.

I can hear us, as Christians today, telling the enemy that the God of Heaven WILL prosper us!  You have no portion(heritage), nor right, nor memorial, in our Father's Kingdom! 

To make a long story short, Nehemiah and the people finished the wall in record time, regardless of much opposition.  With God, they came together to defend each other, and worked together!  

Read these few verses below

Therefore set I in the lower places behind the wall, and on the higher places, I even set the people after their families with their swords, their spears, and their bows.
And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of them: remember the Lord, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses.
And it came to pass, when our enemies heard that it was known unto us, and God had brought their counsel to nought, that we returned all of us to the wall, every one unto his work.
And it came to pass from that time forth, that the half of my servants wrought in the work, and the other half of them held both the spears, the shields, and the bows, and the habergeons; and the rulers were behind all the house of Judah.
They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded, every one with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon.
For the builders, every one had his sword girded by his side, and so builded. And he that sounded the trumpet was by me.
And I said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, The work is great and large, and we are separated upon the wall, one far from another.
In what place therefore ye hear the sound of the trumpet, resort ye thither unto us: our God shall fight for us.
So we laboured in the work: and half of them held the spears from the rising of the morning till the stars appeared.
Likewise at the same time said I unto the people, Let every one with his servant lodge within Jerusalem, that in the night they may be a guard to us, and labour on the day.
So neither I, nor my brethren, nor my servants, nor the men of the guard which followed me, none of us put off our clothes, saving that every one put them off for washing.

However, before all this unity and work began, there was weeping, praying, and fasting. Read Chapter 1.
After the walls were restored, there was more fasting, prayer, reading of the Word, confessed sins, and worship. 
a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, forsook them not.Neh.9:17
Many times the Lord delivered His people because He is a gracious and merciful God. We still see His mercy today.
However, He is a God that executes judgement. 

Now will I shortly pour out my fury upon thee, and accomplish mine anger upon thee: and I will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense thee for all thine abominations(SINS). Ezekiel 7:8

Woe to the sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward. Isa.1:4

America, our walls are broken and in ruin! Hasn't our nation provoked our Holy and Righteous God to anger? It's time to look around and see what is lain in ruin.
I can hardly stand to watch the news. I see human trafficking of little children, brutal killings, sleazy and demonic entertainment, increased prescription drug use, riots, increased violence, and so much more.
There can still be a great revival within our country, our community, and our homes! God would have none to perish.
The Bible tells us that there will be perilous days in the end times. We are headed into more persecution. Christians are being sued because more and more laws are against us. 
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31
Jesus has gone to prepare a place for us, and the walls there will never need repair.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

I am so honored to be nominated for the
 Sisterhood of the World Blogger's Award
 by my dear friend Cheryl from Homespun Devotions. I am  also humbled and blessed to be nominated along with  amazing Christian Women bloggers such as:

As part of the award nomination, Cheryl has given me a list of questions to answer.
 So here it goes!

1. Tell us a little bit about your blog...its purpose and your vision for it.
My blog, So Much At Home, was created to glorify God. As a wife and mother, I have written several posts about Christian womanhood, being at home, homeschooling, and more.  I am passionate about supporting stay-at-home mothers, as I was one myself up until this past May.  I believe there is no higher calling for a woman than raising her own children and taking care of the home! Although I am not a minister, I do have several sermon like posts that I pray will minister to others.  I never write these type of posts to promote myself or self righteousness because, apart from the grace of God, my righteousness is as filthy rags Isaiah 64:6.  Instead, I write what the Spirit lays on my heart.
2. What are the events that led you to become a Christian?
I was raised in church most of my childhood.  I remember my first walk to the alter was when our preacher preached from Hebrews 9:27...  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment. I was probably 12 or 13 at the time. It was not until I had children that I began to realize the importance of striving to living a Godly life. I failed miserably, but God's mercies were new every morning. I went through trials, and I strayed away from my Shepherd a few times, but I am so thankful that I could hear Him calling me...And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. Isaiah 30:21.  My Lord, where would I be without Your forgiveness, long-suffering, and mercy?  I shudder to imagine.  His word is indeed a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Every promise in His word is for me, and for anyone who will place his or her trust in Jesus! 
3. How long have you been serving the Lord?
Well, I wish I could say, "For as long as I can remember.", but I can't.  As Paul, I have felt like the chief of all sinners(1 Tim.1:15) I am so thankful that, through Jesus,
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.1 John 9:15
Because He gave His life for mine, I can only hope and pray that my life will be a service to Him for the rest of my days.
4. Who are the most important people in your life?
God has blessed me with a wonderful family.  I love my husband, and my son and daughter are the sunshine of my life! I have a precious grandson, who has stolen my heart.  I dearly love my parents, my brother, and his family.  I am blessed with friends who are as dear to me as family.  They are ALL "most important" to me. I pray for them daily, and they are all in my thoughts throughout my day.  Family is special to me, but others are important too.  I see many people throughout the day that I pray for. I have a burden to pray for patients that I encounter at work.  Just the other day, I met a young girl in the emergency room who was strung out on drugs, and I just wanted to weep for her.  Every soul should be important to a Christian. 
5. What is the hardest thing you have ever been through or had to face?
I have been through a divorce, lost loved ones, and have seen loved ones suffer, but one of the hardest things I have ever been through is the guilt and anguish of my own past sins. I have looked back and wept as Peter did when he denied the Lord three times.  But, the Lord emphasized His compassion for Peter when the angel of the Lord said, "But go your way, tell His disciples AND PETER..." (Read this post here.) The Lord wants to and will reassure us of His unfailing love and forgiveness.  However, satan wants us to live in anguish, anxiety, and depression.  I believe Sin should be the diagnosis and reason for most all of the mind-altering drugs prescribed now days, but sadly it's not. People just don't realize the deadly effects of sin.  It eats away your joy, your health, and is nothing more that poison! But whom the Son sets free is free indeed!(John 8:36) Hallelujah! 

6. How did your walk with Jesus help you cope during that difficult time?
Simply stated, His promise in Isaiah 26:3 is true!
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. His word heals and restores what satan has taken away.
7. If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?
 Well, I've been talking about it since question 3, but I wish I lived a life with more holiness.  We have all heard the expression, hindsight is 20/20. I can see now all the things I wish I would have done differently, but God's grace is sufficient for my past, present, and future.  I look back at the opportunity I had raising and homeschooling my kids. I think about the Bible lessons, prayers, and Christian curriculum, but, I always wish I had done more. I have to remind myself that I am the limited one, NOT God!  I pray that God will take the little good that I might have done and multiply it. 
8. Which one passion would you describe as your driving force?
My one driving passion is "making it"! I pray for the salvation of my family and friends.  I want God to give me the passion to help others.  Again, I remind myself of my own limitations, but God is able. 
9. If Jesus Christ were to visit you in human form, what would your reaction be?
Well, my first reaction to this question was the scripture Matthew 24:23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.  However, if I could see Him, I would probably be as John...and when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. I have always loved the next few verses...
And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:
 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore...Rev. 1:17-18
  I can't imagine what it will be like to be in the presence of Jesus, but my soul burns and rejoices just thinking about it. 
10. What is your biggest dream...what do you long for the most?
My biggest dream is ...
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
And I pray that when I look around at that multitude, I will see my entire family and friends.  

Now I would like to nominate eight other sister bloggers, and I wish I could nominate several more. 
These are in no particular order.

Here is the list of questions for these sister blogger nominees. 

#1.  What is your favorite post, and why?
#2.  What is a favorite post from another blog? Tell us how it ministers or inspires you.
#3. What Biblical person do you identify with or especially like?
#4.  What is one of your favorite scriptures?
#5. Share a praise report from this year.
#6. Do you feel at home in this world? Explain
#7.  List 5 people you would like others to pray for, and their need if it isn't too personal.
#8.  What do you wish you could change in your spiritual walk?
#9.  What do you feel most accomplished about?
#10. Do you think we are living in the last days?

I hope you have fun answering these questions. 
Your blogs have inspired and ministered to me in so many ways.  This nomination is my way of saying thank you.

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