Friday, November 20, 2015

Soul Sisters aka Sisters-in-Christ aka GLOW

I came across this devotion by Julia Bettencourt and it has GLOW all over it.  I just have to share it with my Soul Sisters aka Sisters-in-Christ aka GLOW!

Soul SistersJulia Bettencourt

"And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul."  1 Samuel 18:1


I've always loved the story of Jonathan and David's friendship and recently when I read in 1 Samuel, that part about their "souls" struck me. It says "the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David". You know, I hear so much about "soul sisters", "soul mates", and what we consider those "deep friendships". I began thinking about my relationships and friendships with other Christian sisters in the Lord.

I think the friendships between Christian sisters can be so much more than what the world can offer. Talk about soul sisters! Our hearts and souls belong to the Lord so we can have wonderful, encouraging, deep and meaningful relationships like the friendship of Jonathan and David. Those Christian women in my life and who I've known over the years are some of the people who've encouraged me and motivated me the most.
  • S---Silly.

    When thinking about my sisters in the Lord, what sticks out the most to me? Well, I have some sisters that are just silly. Not a serious point to start with but I think it's so important that our friends bring some laughter and a little humor to our lives. I know some sisters that just make me laugh and sometimes I just need that laughter so much.

    "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones."   Proverbs 17:22

    I think part of it has to do with the joy in their hearts. The Lord gives us that joy and sometimes I think it bubbles out of some people more than others. I love being around people like that, don't you? Especially my sisters in the Lord. I also love the fact that they allow me to be a little silly myself sometimes.

  • I---Inspiring.

    I love those sisters in Christ that inspire. They make me want to do more, do better, and sometimes just get involved in something. Sometimes it's not by what they say but what they do. It might not even be an inspiration to do something spiritual. It just might be by how they are organized or even how they keep their house.

    I need all that inspiration for my spiritual life that my sisters give to me as well. I need to be encouraged to love Christ more, read the Bible more, pray more, and all those things from my sisters that inspire me to be a better Christian.

  • S---Strong.

    I've had many sisters in Christ that seem to have such a strength. So many Christian women I've known and met over the years have had some real struggles and heartache in their lives. I always think that mine seem so small and trivial when I see what some women go through.

    I appreciate all that strength they have found in the Lord to just keep going on and on and I love it when they share some of that strength with me.

  • T---Talkative.

    I couldn't pass up how much we women like to talk. It's not a bad thing. It's one of those good things. When we don't talk and share, there's something missing from our lives. Talking about things out-loud with our sisters helps us to cope.

    Communication is so important. How can we fellowship without talking and sharing? When we share our joys and struggles with each other, it builds us up. And what comes along with that is my sisters listen to me as well.

  • E---Encouraging.

    Praise the Lord! I love it when my sisters in the Lord encourage me. I, like everyone else have days that I'm down and there's nothing better than when a friend and sister in Christ comes along and cheers me up, perhaps gives me a pep talk, and brings me that encouragement that I am so in need of.

    Using people in our lives to encourage us is one of the wonderful ways in which God works.

  • R---Real.

    One of the things I love about my sisters in the Lord is that they are real. I need some real friends to keep me grounded. Have you ever been around superficial people? It makes me so uncomfortable to be around people like that. I need my friends to be real and genuine and that's what other sisters in Christ are to me.

  • S---Saved.

    One thing that all of my sisters in the Lord have in common is that they know the Lord. They've been saved by the power of Christ's blood. Isn't it great that our sisters in Christ are all in one family? We all have our Heavenly Father in common and that makes our sister relationship special.

(Did you notice her points spelled 'Sisters'?)

Conclusion:
I trust I'll be that soul sister that my sisters in Christ need around them. I really don't know what I'd do without my sisters in the Lord. I don't really think it's all about being good "soul sisters" as much as it is about being good for each other's souls. My sisters in the Lord encourage me and keep me grounded by their faith, friendships and love.

So, sister, have you been good for another sister's soul lately?

Copyright ©20010-2013 Julia Bettencourt

((hugs)) and Blessings
MaryJane

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Gog-Magog & Armeggedon

As I watched the news last night my mind once again went to Bible Prophecy.  Specifically, the Gog-Magog War.  I've sturdied this in the past and have listened to many scholars teach from Ezekiel about this coming traumatic event.  But I wanted a 'refresher' so I went into research mode and found this interesting article.  It's such an easy read on a very deep subject ~ really shortens it down to the basics.
I found this article at this web-site,

http://www.raptureforums.com/EndTimesEvents/gogmagogvsarmageddon.cfm

 I have never heard of the author, Chris Schang, but he did answer some questions I had and refreshed my memory on this subject.


You might find this article interesting too.



Gog/Magog of Ezekiel 38-39 vs. Armageddon

Differences and Contrasts
By Chris Schang

A topic of great importance in the Bible prophecy community is whether the conflict mentioned in Ezekiel 38-39 is the same one as mentioned at Armageddon in the Book of Revelation. In order to draw an accurate conclusion of this topic the serious student of Bible prophecy will analyze and compare the two conflicts for differences or contrasts before reaching a conclusion. In order to aid the student of Bible prophecy, we have compiled a list of major differences or contrasts between the two conflicts to show once and for all that these are two different events that occur at two seaprate times in the future.


Major Differences or Contrasts between Gog/Magog of Ezekiel 38-39 and Armageddon

1. Virtually most respected Bible prophecy scholars today place the timing of Gog/Magog before or at the beginning of the seven year Tribulation period. Armageddon on the other hand occurs at the end of the seven year Tribulation period.

2. In Gog/Magog specific enemies are mentioned as invading Israel. In Armageddon the entire world will invade Israel.

3. The main direction of the Gog/Magog conflict is coming from the North, whereas the Armageddon war will have enemies coming from all corners of the globe.

4. The purpose of Gog/Magog is to take a spoil and prey, while the purpose of Armageddon is to destroy Israel once and for all.

5. Russia leads the coalition of Gog/Magog, while the Antichrist leads the battle of Armageddon.

6. After Gog and Magog the dead will be buried. At Armageddon the dead will be left on the field of battle to become food for birds of prey.

7. The weapons of Ezekiel 38-39 are used for fuel for 7 years, which is not possible during the Millenium Kingdom as God will be providing everything we need. He will provide everything we need on the newly renovated earth.

8. The bodies require 7 months to be buried. The MK starts after Armageddon with a newly renovated earth, not people being buried for 7 months.

9. Gog/Magog of Ezekiel 38-39 talks of what is described as nuclear weapons clean up, again this would not be necessary in a newly renovated earth immediately after Armageddon.

10. The armies of Gog/Magog of Ezekiel 38-39 are destroyed on the mountains of Israel likely around the northern borders. In Armageddon the enemies are destroyed in the plains of Meggido.

11. In Gog/Magog of Ezekiel 38-39 the armies are destroyed supernaturally by God using his classic tools of fire, brimstone, hailstones, etc. At Armageddon the Lord will defeat his enemies with his Word.

12. During Gog-magog Israel is dwelling safely and at rest, while at Armeggedon Israel and the whole world is ravaged by the tribulation.


 


I hope this list has been a help to you in discovering the truths of God's word from the Holy Bible.

God bless.

MaryJane