“Daddy’s shoes… “

“HEAR, ye little children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. For I give unto you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law. 

For I was my father’s son, and only beloved in the sight of my mother.

He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words; keep my commandments and live.

Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline (turn away) from the words of my mouth.

Forsake her (wisdom) not, and she shall preserve thee; love her and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing: therefore get wisdom; and with all thy getting get understanding.

Exalt her (wisdom), and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. he shall give (place on) thine hand an ornament of grace: a crown of glory she shall deliver unto thee.

Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of your life shall be many. I have taught thee in the ways of wisdom; I have lead thee in right paths.

When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened (hindered); and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

Take fast (firm) hold of instruction; let her not go; keep her, for she is thy life. Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.

AVOID IT, pass not it by (do not travel on it), turn from it and pass away.

For they sleep not, except (unless) they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away unless they cause some to fall.

For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence. 

But the path of the just is as a shining light,(bright light)  that shineth more(even brighter)  and more unto that perfect day. 

The way of the wicked is as darkness; they know not at what they stumble.

My son, attend to my words: incline thine ear unto my sayings.

Let them depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

Put away from the a froward (deceitful) mouth,and perverse lips (a bad mouth) put far from thee.

Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.

Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established, Turn not to the right hand nor to the left, remove thy foot from evil.” Proverbs 4

Now that my dear friends, you could say is a crash course on Godly advice that was intended not only for believers but in my belief, also for parents to give to their own children and we now that the words from the mouths of parents or parental figures are also the words that truly shape us, make us or unfortunately break us.

That is nothing new and the hatred and lack of common concern one for another that has been passed from one generation seems to have only worsens with time.

It’s devastation more known at the moment, thanks to the technology we now possess but still the same evil that has always been and it lives and it spreads, and it lives and it spreads mainly impart to the bonds, rather broken bonds between fathers and children. For years it was taught for fathers to “rule” with an iron fist  and that is still common in many parts of the world and it is sickening.

There is nothing honorable or remotely masculine about any man that teaches hatred, violence, and batters  his family. And this was never God’s plan for any of it. He is kind, tender, and beautiful.

Jesus died for all of us, not once did he ask anyone to take his place on the cross, no one else could have, but this was the ultimate act of the Fathers love.

He loves us all and he loves us enough that he came to this earth and died for us.

How can anyone even try to convince another than anything other than respect and kindness toward others could ever ever be something God had designed?

It is not just teaching hatred and bigotry that has so damaged, it is not just the physical abuse that is destructive, it is also the the words and actions that make children feel rejected and unloved that leads to issues and especially in daughters  life long challenges that must be to overcome.

My daughter, like most children, found is so delightful as a toddler to “wear” her Dad’s shoes, it was the cutest thing, she’d wander over by the door, where the shoes were kept and suddenly, I see this huge grin and look down and both feet were standing in her Daddy’s shoes and then she would very careful try to walk in these “grown up” shoes.

Her tiny little feet having to lift the weight of those shoes in order to take each step and yet it was a joy to her, because we all have that need inside of us, to “walk” in our parents shoes. I am sure those of you who have children know exactly what I mean, the look of sheer joy that comes to the face of a child once they master a few steps in those shoes. And when you think of this spiritually, as fathers, a man’s shoes can be a delight for their little ones to grow into or they can be ill fitting and cause those children to stumble.

And that choice is completely up to the father.

Does a man want to honour God and love his family as God teaches, or does he want to have  a devil may care attitude and think only of himself, or does he leave uncomfortable, awkwardly fitting shoes behind because he is indifferent and just does not know what  do so he does nothing.   

Our verses above give perfect instruction on what to do, what to teach including teaching to AVOID the snares and destruction’s that we can easily fall into in life.

So to all of you Fathers on your special day, NEVER think it is too late! It is NEVER too late until you are dead! 

If you have maybe not been a great dad, talk to you child, even if that child is grown and if they will not listen, write them a letter, and try to make peace and TRY to rebuild that relationship and even if seems there is no hope, keep trying, because LOVE, LOVE conquers all and maybe you won’t see the results of that right off the bat, you may not even see the results before you leave this world BUT there will be results, healing and closure for your child. Knowing that you tried will impact their lives for good even if they NEVER get to the place of forgiveness that they are comfortable sharing those thoughts with you.

And hold your children, love you children, let them see your tears you compassion because if you don’t the weight of trying to grow into your shoes, shoes that are even to big for you, will break them because we are all human and we need to not be afraid to show that, it is much harder to retain your temper and forbearance than it is to burst into an angry rage, rage is easy, swallowing “pride” not quite as much.

God blesses us in following his word in all areas of our life, and with that stand, STAND for what is right and speak for those who can’t, the Biblical truth concerning violence against women has always been very close to my heart, and I have always believed if men would call out men, concerning it, it would change, just as it is time for the police to police themselves and tear down that code of silence within the brotherhood that has lead to the tragedies we have now, when three stands by while one kills because they are ingrained with the doctrine that there are lines that must not be crossed.

Finally maybe you are reading this and you had a terrible,terrible father rest assured you do not have to mirror him and you do not have to make the same mistakes, you have a heavenly Father who will love you and teach you his ways and help you grow into who he created you to be.

If you are reading this and you are a mother raising your kids alone and there is no way that their father is ever going to be the father they need, you can pray the blessing of God over your children and yourself, you NEED extra help when you are the mother and the father, the breadwinner, homemaker, and every job in between! 

Read this passage, memorize this passage, and PRAY verse five (in bold) over you and your children every day.

Psalm 68:1-5: “Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered, let them also that hate him flee before him. As smoke is driven away, so drive them away: as wax melteth before the fire, so  let the wicked perish before the presence of God.

But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice.  Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens, by his name JAH, and rejoice before him.  

A father of the fatherless, and a judge (DEFENDER) of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.”

Finally, to my Brothers in Christ, HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

May God bless you and your families and keep praying those blessings for your kids and all the kids who do not have a Godly father to ask those blessing of God for them.

Thanks for reading!

Φλογιζω 2020 ΝBJ//Reverend Nina Brown Johnson

 

Angels, Roses, & True Love part 3 “Truest Love of All”

“As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you; continue ye in my love.

If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his Lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

Ye have not chosen me but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

These things I command you, that ye love one another. 

If the world hate you ye know that it hated me before it hated you.  If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world,but I have CHOSEN you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.”  John 15:9-18   

Love is the most misunderstood word in existence, and love in its truest sense is often left undiscovered.

When Jesus gave us these words, which he went on in verse twenty to remind us to, “REMEMBER the word that I have said unto you…” as He went on to warn them that we can never expect to be treated any differently than he was.

We are truly judged by the company we keep and often once you starting keeping company, as our old Southern sayings go, with Jesus, you will find out pretty fast who your real friends are, which in most cases, will then mean were. 

So often all of us at one time or another have been hit with the old routine of  “If you really loved me…” and you know that is the biggest trap the enemy has ever set. People who really love you will NEVER play that game, they will NEVER use the love that they know you have for them as a tool against you, to manipulate and control you or to coerce you into to bending to their will never caring at all about you or your feelings.

So that my friends is the state of the world, and just as Jesus said, the world, referring to those people, people who do not honor God or his teachings and sure do not want you to honor him, they will hate you. 

Being human will all need to feel love and we need acceptance and the enemy plays on those needs because he knows where our greatest weakness lies. That it why it is imperative to cultivate a relationship with Jesus and of course if you have never excepted salvation, that is where you must start.

Think about that, just as he told us, there is NO GREATER LOVE, the love of God, the one who created you, just as He told the Prophet Jeremiah… “BEFORE, I formed thee in the belly  I knew thee”…  and he knew you, me, and ever other person who was or ever will be created.

And His lovemercy, and grace will never fail, and He gives this freely, openly, honestly, no strings attached, no deals to be made.

He just gives and he gives from the moment He brings you into this world through all the ups, downs, of life until your golden years, He gives that hope, that choice, and that offer to open that door as He beckons for you to open your heart and as He also promises that even as time fades from us that He is there.

Isaiah 46:4: “And even to your old age I am he and even to your hoar hairs (gray hairs) will I carry you; I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.”

Now those are the words of God Himself promising us that even to the end of everything, He will carry us, deliver us, and as He also promised in scripture elsewhere, He will never leave us or forsake us. THAT is Love.   

So you see no matter where you are, where you have been, no of it matters, God wants you right where you are, and maybe the enemy has told you that God has called to many times, or you have went to far or that your family, relationship, or circumstance disqualifies you from ever being able to serve God, again one of the biggest lies of all.

Jesus loves you and He died on the cross to save you, and it is  never too late until you take your last breathe, He will save you, all you have to do is ask him into your heart, because He will not just force you  accept him,  or force you to accept the greatest gift of all, His love the only true love, and a love that will never fail.

And as I leave you, I want to leave you with this question why spend life never knowing what you can not know until you have accepted it?

I know that was a tongue twister, meaning this, never dismiss the thought of the existence of God or the relationship that is waiting for you, a relationship of peace and love, and truly knowing God, until you have at least sought Him.

Before I was saved I did not understand that either.

I always thought of God as just out in Heaven, we could pray to him and I believed in Him but never understood what it meant to know His presence and no one can know that or understand that until they are saved.

This is how it works… you believe, you ask and then you know.

He is not in the business of proving Himself to us before we believe, we believe and then He reveals Himself to us. that is the part the world that he referred to is missing, and they do hate him or rather the belief in Him, because their hearts are so darkened and their minds so blinded that they do not believe in anything, they live in the moment, never believing that there is more.

Falsely thinking that this world, this life is all that there is, and as the Bible teaches us, if we only had hope in this life, and our only confidence was in the things of this world we would be miserable.

He proved how much He loves us, enough to die for us, and there is no greater nor will there ever be a greater love than that of Jesus Christ.

Thanks for reading, sorry that I was running so late with this series that was supposed to be for Valentine’s Day, but God knows everything and His timing is perfect so I hope in some way this will bless you TODAY!

Φλογιζω NBJ 2020/ Rev. Nina Brown Johnson

Series posts: Angels, Roses, & True Love/ Intro

Angels, Roses, & True Love : Part 2 “Angels”

Angels,Roses,& True Love/ part 3 “A rose by only one name”

 

O Jerusalem….. “ROUND ABOUT”

“Then said Solomon, The Lord hath said that he would dwell in the thick darkness. But I have built an house of habitation for thee, and a place for the dwelling for ever. And the king turned his face, and blessed the whole congregation of Israel; an all the congregation of Israel stood.

And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, who hath with his hands fulfilled that which he spake with his mouth to my father David, saying, Since the day that I brought forth my people out of the land of Egypt, I chose no city among all the tribes of Israel to build an house in, that my name might be there; neither chose I any man to be a ruler over my people Israel:

BUT I HAVE CHOSEN JERUSALEM, THAT MY NAME MIGHT BE THERE; ” 2 Chronicles 6:6 

About all that can be said when watching news reports about the outrage concerning President Trump recognizing Jerusalem as Capital of Israel and plans to move the embassy there is one word… WOW.

Everyone, even reportedly the Pope does not want this to happen. As you can read from the verses above, Jerusalem already has an owner, Jehovah God, who said HIMSELF that Jerusalem is HIS CHOSEN.

I am truly glad that President Trump did this, whether there were motives or not because it needed to be done and God also told us that if anyone blesses Israel, He in turn would bless them and likewise if any curses Israel, He would curse them. Sometimes it is hard to see who is who but one look at this mess and it is very easy to distinguish who the cursed shall be.

I also fear the overall implications of what IS being ushered in. I am also blown away by just how many oppose Israel’s rightful claim to Jerusalem, I believe many oppose it, especially the ones who know the truth, not because of political beliefs but they simply wish to delay the inevitable and I would suppose maybe the have reservations concerning what they truly believe in their own hearts or that they fear their own hearts are not ready to stand in the day of the Lord as He takes His rightful place as King over the Earth, and that rule will be from Israel and HIS capital WILL be Jerusalem.

It is quite humorous that squatters would fight over land that they have no real claim to… until the real land owner returns. There is the constant argument about world peace… there IS no world peace… no WILL THERE BE PEACE until He reigns on this earth.

For those who like to argue it, I would like to refresh the world to the words of Jesus Christ himself from two different verses:

Matthew 10:34: “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I am come not to send peace, but a sword.”

Okay, first Jesus truly gives His followers and those who love Him peace and that Is His desire for them, but what we are talking about here, is this sin stricken world, a world that denies His very existence, a world of filth and depravity, and a world that is void of the true peace that will reign as He reigns.

Just because you have a cease-fire and take a brief time out from your ethnic prejudices and stop trying to kill one another for a month or two, does in no way make for true peace any ones heart.

Think about what Simeon told Mary at Jesus’ dedication, Luke 2:35: “( Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) THAT THE THOUGHTS OF MANY HEARTS MAY BE REVEALED.”

That is the sword, a sword to reveal, just as in the days of Moses, who was for God and who was against Him. To reveal those who will stand and those who will cave to their fellow-man. Who will please God and who will please men.

That is thoughts and intents of the heart, as Hebrews 4:12 explains that piercings purpose: “For the word of God is quick (LIVING), and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, PIERCING even to the DIVIDING ASUNDER (cutting in half) of the soul and the spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and IS A DISCERNER (able to judge) OF THE THOUGHTS AND INTENTS (intentions) OF THE HEART.”  

People who live in a fairy tale land of rainbows and flowers and have no enemies would never have a reason to show forth secret hidden anger, rage, and race based hatreds. But let that sword of division weld and the truth of brotherly love is put to the test.  Just as He taught us, it is EASY to love those who love us but when it comes to those who hate us that makes for a different set of rules.

I will be completely honest, there has always been certain groups that I absolutely detest because I never understood how they could hate people they do not even know, or  how they could really believe that they are superior to anyone because of skin color and this was before I knew Christ and I know He had to still be helping me because it dawned on me one day that to hate them because of WHAT they are made me no different from them. Hate is still hate, it’s like the death penalty, take someone’s life because they have taken a life, two murders and no one lives. It is illogical.

But I am not going to pretend I like these people, I don’t and I do pray that they repent.  Luke 12:49-56: “I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, (how I wish) if it (it were) already be kindled?

But I have a baptism to baptized with; and how am I straitened (distressed) till it be accomplished!  Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth?

I tell ye, Nay; but rather division: For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. 

And he said unto all the people, When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is. And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be a heat (hot weather) ; and it cometh to pass.

Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?” 

This is those scriptures that are so easily avoided by the candy coats.

He is telling us in no uncertain terms of what would take place on this earth and it IS and it IS part of the divine plan of reconciling us, humankind back unto Himself once and for all.

When he died on the cross for all our sins, He allowed us through Him to be reconciled back into the Father. And this ALL must come to pass as the wheat are separated from the tares and those who should reign with Him in New Jerusalem are being revealed. And even though this is all leading up to Armageddon, we still have a long way to go even after Armageddon to see the finality of the devils eternal damnation to a lake of fire. He is still yet to be bound one thousand years and loosed one more time to do what he is obviously very good at.. deceiving the nations.

So don’t be hating on The Donald.. it HAS to happen. REMEMBER it IS God who LEADS them into the battle of Armageddon. 

Jesus told us this, Luke 21: 20:  “And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed about (surrounded) with armies, then know that the desolation is nigh (near)  at hand.” 

As all these things come to pass.. let them come because just as Jesus rebuked Peter for speaking that His death should not come, this is much the same. And here is why,  Zechariah 12:1-3: ” The burden (prophecy) of the word of the Lord for Israel, saith the Lord, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundations of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.

Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling (drunkenness or reeling) unto all the people round about, when they shall be the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.

And in that day will I make JERUSALEM a burdensome (very heavy) stone for all people (peoples); ALL THAT BURDEN THEMSELVES WITH IT SHALL BE CUT TO PIECES, THOUGH THE PEOPLE OF THE EARTH BE GATHERED TOGETHER AGAINST IT.”  

He said that very clearly.  And if you would like to see an example of this TODAY, just go search news and check out their protests. They are REELING with anger, DRUNK with hatred and they ARE burdening themselves with a land that the one who CREATED has already CHOSEN FOR HIMSELF! 

But there is so much to this, such as how it is really priming things up for the antichrist to come into play and the final battle.

Love ya and thanks for reading! God Bless you and keep your eyes on the sky!

Φλογιζω Σαλπιζω NBJ 2017