Pump House Light

Hello !!

As I have mentioned earlier, I spent the first 16 years of my life on a small farm- It was a great place to grow-up- Lots of room to run and explore and lots of animals to deal with- The place was pretty much self-sufficient- We grew most of our food, raised animals for food and milk, had our own septic system and water well to boot – About the only thing we received from outside was electricity and my dad had contingencies for that as well !!

Anyhow back to the water well and pump- The well was just outside the kitchen window with a pump to draw up the water- My dad had built a small insulated house around the wellhead and pump to keep it warm and out of the weather- We had four seasons with winter being the most intense/longest I think !!! It would get down into the -20’s to -30’s a lot of the time in the winter so dad had to keep the pumps and plumbing warm that was outside,, all in this little pump house !!!

I remember this pump house vividly – In this small house was a single light bulb,,, nothing fancy hanging from the ceiling over the pump- If you touched the bulb,, it could burn you but other then that, it seemed that there was not much heat considering the area inside – I asked my dad once how that small light could keep the pump from freezing- His answer surprised me- He said,,, it is not the heat from the bulb but the light from the bulb- I didn’t quite understand that but it seemed to work to keep the water flowing in the winter so why question it ???

I do remember a couple of times during winters that we would wake up to no water !!! Out to the pump house, we would go and sure enough, the bulb was out and it was black and cold inside this small house !!!! Of course, after a freeze up, it took a while to warm everything up and thaw the pipes so we had water again- That little bulb quickly became pretty important to me as I was the one who had to crawl around in that pump house and get the water flowing !!!!

Now let’s look at each of us- You could look at us as a small, self-contained unit moving around- We have everything that we need to survive most situations,,, give us a little water, food, and sleep and we are pretty much ready to go each day- Of all our organs, which one is probably the hardest working and most needed,,,, I would suggest our hearts ,,,, the pump !!!!

Without this pump working correctly,,, things go south pretty quickly !!!

So how is your pump ???

Is it cold and in the dark and even maybe about to freeze up- I am not talking physically,,, I am talking spiritually ??? Maybe you need to turn on the light !!!!

You note, I did not say install a light,,,, I said turn the light you have “ON” !!! I believe and know, from the bible and in my heart, that we all have the light already installed in our pump house,,, it is the word of God that he has placed in all of our hearts at creation- We just need to turn it on to protect us from the cold, dark world-

So how do we do that, you ask ??

Jesus is the switch that turns on the light inside us all- You seek him and acknowledge who and what he is,,, the only son of God and the savior of the world that came and gave his life on the cross to take on all our sins and be raised by God on the third day to take his place at the right hand of God !!!

You switch on Jesus in your life and you will never have to worry about your pump house being in the dark and freezing cold of the world !!!

Remember,,,, It is not the heat,,,, it is the light (Jesus) that saves !!!

God Bless Everyone !!!

Fear

Good Morning

It seems fear is the word of the day right now- With the COVID-19 spreading around the world, financial markets in turmoil, border closings and lock-downs beginning to happen!!! What sane person would not have a feeling of helplessness and loss of control- Well I just read a good discussion of fear from Hal Lindsey Ministries- Of course this is Bible grounded but I will attest that this is all the truth if you have accepted the Lord Jesus into your life- I do not fear, as such, the virus and all that is happening from my life point because I am at peace about it,,, given by the holy spirit !!! I do fear for all the people that are caught up in all this COVID-19 confusion and have a feeling of hopelessness and worry for themselves and their loved ones !!! If you are saved,,, you know exactly what I am talking about,,, if you have not accepted Jesus into your life then please see below the results of making a decision for Jesus !!!

Hal Lindsey:

I’ve never counted them, but I have read that phrases like “fear not” or “do not be afraid” occur over 300 times in the Bible. Clearly, God does not want us to be afraid. In fact, He commands us not to fear.

That’s because, in many ways, fear and faith are opposites. And Hebrews 11:6 says, “Without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”

And yet, when countries around the world are declaring national emergencies, the temptation to fear can grow. When markets falter, and wealth disappears before our eyes, we might be tempted to feel anxiety. The coronavirus COVID-19 is what Psalm 91:6 calls a “pestilence that stalks in darkness.” We know it’s there, and we know it’s deadly, but we can’t see it.

When we’re tempted to fear, what does God say?

2 Timothy 1:7 says, “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

If your hope is in this world only, then you should be afraid. But if through the finished work of Jesus on the cross, you live in the assurance of heaven, then don’t be afraid. Don’t be moved by any of the things the world is throwing at you.

Cry out to Him as a child would cry out to his dear father – full of faith and trust. Then thank Him for all He has done.

In John 14:27, Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”

These are difficult days. We should be prudent and plan things as well as we can. But panic? Fear? No! Let the Living God keep you in perfect peace.

Believe me, folks,,, this peace is beyond anything you can explain- Through all the ups and downs of my life and even during the times when I am facing the consequences of my sinful actions,,, The Lord has stayed with me and comforted me through them,,, even though he should have just let me destroy myself !!!

As I remarked earlier,,, if you are saved,,, you know what I am talking about- If you have not looked into Jesus,,, I would strongly advise you do- You will never regret it !!!!!!

 

Heartwise – Worldwise

I believe that we all have to deal with two completely different types of Wisdom in this life- I call them Heartwise and Worldwise ??

God has stated in his holy word that he, as our creator, has placed his word into all of our hearts,,, that is the Heartwise Wisdom-

Worldwise is the Wisdom we experience, deal with, compete with and fight with as we live in an unbelieving world,,,,

So what’s the difference ???

Heartwise comes out of Love, forgiveness, patience, and respect- It is based on giving, rather than receiving !! Heartwise results in a positive experience for both sides !!

Worldwise comes out of Selfishness, self-satisfaction, self-glorification and getting all and more then what I think I deserve !! It is based on receiving !! Worldwise usually results in a negative experience for both sides !!

Heartwise and Worldwise do not play well together, in fact, I would say that that they are complete opposites in most cases !!

My personal case in point with these two forms of Wisdom !!

I recently went through a divorce- The particulars aren’t important, just that we both landed at the same conclusion on how we needed to proceed- The Lord laid it on me to deal with this from a Heartwise perspective, and by so doing, it was a respectful, positive process based on Love rather than animosity- It was good for her and my daughter and we can still deal with each other as we need to where our lives are still connected- Still True Friends and that is a big positive after a divorce !!!!

Now here is the downside, from a worldly point of view, of most any Heartwise action,,, the Worldwise response !!!

Sometimes when I let myself get into a Pity-Party, Woe is me depressed state,,, the Worldwise view raises its ugly head !!! What were you thinking !!! You could have got more,!!! You should have taken more!!! Why should she be happy at your expense,,,, you are a bloomin’ idiot !!! I have even had friends tell me that I was dealing with my heart (Heartwise) and not with my head (Worldwise) A kind way of saying,,, I blow it !!!

So did I,,, blow it ???

Certainly not,, without a doubt not !!! I have a peace about this whole life issue that comes only from God because I tried to follow his conviction- There is no better feeling !!! I can look and deal with my ex-wife and daughter with love and joy as I am a part of their new direction in life,,, both with me and without me !!! Isn’t that the point of Love,,, to help and let people soar forward and free in their lives knowing that they have your support and best wishes !!!!

Heartwise Love is not always the easiest path, in this world,,, but it is always the best path!!!

God Bless Everyone of You !!!

 

Gray Areas

Let’s start with a clarification,,,, Gray or Grey ??? I was never quite sure,,, well here it is,,, Gray is more common in the United States, and Grey is more common in the rest of the English-speaking world. Both are acceptable spelling except when used as proper nouns (someone’s name, for instance) or as in Greyhound, species of dog or Grayling, a species of fish- But as for color both are acceptable !!

Thinking back, as I grew up, I can never remember anyone in my family or school or people around me ever using Gray Area to describe a situation- Like my dad, teachers, neighbors and everyone around me, it was pretty black or white,,, i.e,,, Right or Wrong in their thinking- There was never a Gray Area in his judgment,,, it was either acceptable (Right) or Unacceptable (Wrong)- That was that !!! Now don’t get me wrong,,, there was wrong around, but the underlying principle was more that,,, it is wrong if you get caught- Never a question of whether it was wrong or not,,, no Gray Area,,, even with the wrong doer’s in their heart !!

Then I went to college in the late ’60s and early 70’s- This is where the Gray Area came into my world- We were the generation of Lawyers and Doctors and New Age Thinkers ???,,, questioning everything- Is there really a true right or true wrong,,,,, maybe that is a Gray Area (neither all right or all wrong),,, to be explored and taken into consideration ???

So by applying the Gray Area concept,,, nothing could be considered completely right or completely wrong as my parent’s generation viewed it ??!! We were finally free to question everything, and apply our own individual rules to our lives- What a concept !!!

We moved from a God-filled knowledge of Right and Wrong to a Godless filled belief of our own concept of what we felt was right and wrong- All we have to do is look around where we are today to realize the mistake of this Godless filled belief of right and wrong “The we are in complete control of our destiny”,,, the world is a complete and total mess, spiraling out of control and into complete chaos !!!

Who can Rescue us and return us back to the Peace and Well-being and Safety that every heart desires ???

Only the God who placed the knowledge and concept of Right and Wrong in all of our hearts from the beginning that we have run away from !!!

But here is the catch,,, There are no Gray Area’s in God’s word (The Bible) What he says, is exactly what he means and exactly what will happen- If he says “Do Not Steal” that is exactly what he means,, there is no ” do not steal from your friends or during the day or from good people” it is Do Not Steal !!! No outside qualifications and justifications apply !!!

So, for instance, when he says in John 14:6, Jesus told him ” I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one can come to the Father except through me.” That is exactly what he means,,, he does not say this is one way, or there are many ways and many truths,,, no he says “No One” can enter into the Father’s (Gods) Heaven accept by accepting, believing and asking forgiveness of your sins through the son,,, The Lord Jesus Christ !!!

So there is one thing I know for sure,,, we are all going to die at some point !! I also believe 100%, the instant after death, we are in eternity,,, there is no going back and no more choices can be made,,, your fate is sealed- You have to make your choice (Jesus or World) while you are here on earth,, no faith-filled Mother, Father, Grandma, Pastor or Rich Uncle can change that fate once you pass on !!!

If you chose Jesus,,, you will go to God’s Heaven he has prepared for his believers- If you chose the World (No Jesus) or don’t make a conscious decision for Jesus,,, you go to Hell !!

It is entirely your choice (while alive),,, and that is in Black and White and Red in God’s word (Bible) !!

I pray you chose Jesus,,,, TODAY !!!