ALOHA FAMILY & FRIENDS,  Beloved of God,    John 3:16-18

02/18/2020, by Ken<><
Today’s Scripture       (In my mail box this morning.)
“…You can’t find firm footing in a swamp, but life rooted in God stands firm.”  Prov.12:3

Have Deep Roots
When the ground is saturated, even a big sturdy oak tree with an extensive root system that extends beyond its canopy can be blown over by high winds. That’s because most of its roots are less than twelve inches deep and don’t have anything to anchor to.

It’s the same principle in life. We all have things that come against us—a medical issue, a business downturn, a child gets in trouble. What’s going to determine whether or not you stand strong and outlast these storms is the depth of your roots. The reason some people are always upset, offended, and discouraged is that they only have surface roots. They’re moved by what somebody said or did or something unfair. They’re always being tossed to and fro. But when you have deep roots, when you know that God is in control, you’re not moved by what doesn’t go your way. The winds may blow, but you’re still standing.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for giving me the promise that because my roots are in You, I will not be moved. Help me to sink my roots of faith deeper in You and trust in Your faithfulness. I declare that I am strong in You and in the power of Your might. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Ken’s Thoughts:
My great aunt Tilly was full of Great Depression Kentucky sayings….  One was, “A rolling stone gathers no moss.”  As a little kid I would always think, “Why would anyone want to have moss on them.  I got the part ok about me being a rolling stone, ( I was perpetual motion) even good Bible Eph.4:11-16 but I never made that connection.  But as I got older, one day, when she was rolling that stone out again, I did ask her.  “What do you want moss for???”  And she looked at me with great surprise, “Why green moss is money.”  Another facet of the Great Depression.  But then it seems our society has become one big bunch of rolling stones.  Rolling with the tides of events both good and bad.  My grand daughter Jasmin who was living with us ask if she could have a few friends over for a graduation party.  I said sure.  It got around school and my wife and I got home late that evening and there was about 150 kids in our home.  I had to play policeman until the last one left.  I asked Jasmine about it and she said that she had only invited about 6 people to come…..

So to the subject at hand, In the 70’s with the hippie ministry, we had that same rolling stone itus and had to preach much on letting your roots down in the Holy Spirit and if the Holy Spirit want’s to move you, HE will move you roots and all.  But to not get fearful of responsibilities in the Lord as they do make us grow in the LORD and give us a lot more situations in which to learn to be Holy.  That the LORD is responsible for both open and closed doors.  That we need to grow in faith so that we don’t back down due to fear when the LORD opens a new way in our lives to touch the unsaved for HIM.

Fell asleep in my chair this evening after I got home from Physical Therapy and doing some errands.  Wife Sue came home with hot pizza from Costco but did not feel to wake me up.  I woke up at 7 thinking I got a lot to do today.  Got my trip together went into the kitchen and noticed it was dark outside????  7AM should be light, then I realized it was 7 PM and I still had the night to sleep.  Life can be like that unless we have the sure anchor of Christ Jesus in our lives and stay really close to HIM and the Kingdom.  So much of what we fear, is only fear itself.  We so need to keep our eyes on HIS HOLY light to make it into HIS safe harbor.

And we really do need to take care to sort out our fears.   Much of the time the enemy will make up lies in our mind that when we go for the lies it brings us into fear and we find ourselves manipulated by that fear into saying and doing things that really have no real substance in fact.   We get disorientated as to what is black and what is white and if we make decisions based upon those lies it will usually cause us and others a lot of pain, grief and healing time.  For example we think the stuff we have or have saved is our security?  Actually over ½ the world now has lost their stuff through conflicts.  The stuff did not save them.  And even sometime in trying to save their stuff may cause them to be in more danger.  So if the stuff starts having you rather than you having the stuff in the LORD you might find yourself making poor decisions in order to protect your stuff and end up in a painful situation.  Actually our only security is in our LORD,    Psalms 23

Yours, in HIS great love and wonderful grace and mercy, Ken<><  (Came in today and tied in with the lesson.)
Psalm 27:4-5 One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple. For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.  The world these days is full of bad news, with the coronavirus outbreak, tensions throughout the Middle East, and the natural disasters that continue to take place. It’s a time of trouble all right, and for us believers, it may sometimes be hard to believe – but it never is as bad as it seems. Let me illustrate with a joke I like to share with my messages.  Way out west (in America, of course), a cowboy is driving down a road, his dog riding in the back of his pickup truck, his faithful horse in the trailer behind. As he takes a curve on the highway he suddenly loses control of the vehicle and has a terrible accident.  Sometime later, a State Police officer comes on the scene. A great lover of animals, the officer’s attention is first drawn to the horse. Realizing the serious nature of its injuries, he draws his service revolver and puts the animal out of its misery. Then walking around the accident he finds the dog, also critically wounded, and whining miserably in pain. This grips his heart and he quickly ends the dog’s suffering as well.  Finally, the police officer locates the cowboy, who has suffered multiple fractures and can barely breathe. “Hey, are you okay?”, he says.  The cowboy takes one look at the smoking gun in the trooper’s hand and quickly replies, with unexpected energy, “Never felt better!”  We are pilgrims in this dangerous world, which will wound us at times so badly it will seem unbearable – yet we have this promise from God, “in the time of trouble He will hide me”.  Our true life for us as believers is hidden in Him.  So when the world approaches us with a smoking gun, ready to put us out of our misery, perhaps we can find a supernatural strength, and simply say,  never felt better!”  

    There is but one Church of Christ Jesus and all
who truly Love and Obey HIM are members.

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