Betty Crabtree - Columnist

 I think most people would agree that this world is a mess. In the Message Bible I can’t remember where but it says Jesus came into our mess. And in the back of Psalms 107:11-12 the Passion Translation, we read “For we rebelled against God’s word (let me interject something here, it seems that the Democratic House of Reps. Are courting non believers such as atheists, agnostics and unbelievers and other non believers, more and more christians are becoming targets; what are the results of rebelling against God’s word?) for we rebelled against God’s word and rejected  the wise counsel of God’s word  and rejected the wise counsel of God’s most high. V.12 So he humbled us through our circumstances, watching us as we stumbled with no one there to pick us up. Our own pain became our punishment. V.13 Then we cried out, Lord help us! Rescue us! And He did!”. (What a gracious, loving Heavenly Father we have!) 

       Then in the book of Jeremiah the Bible tells us in Ch. 29:11-13 KJV, “For I know the thoughts that I think towards you (you and me) saith the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon Me and ye shall go and pray unto Me and I will hearken unto you and ye shall seek Me and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart.” Psalms 8:17 in the Amp. Bible says this. “I love those who love Me and those who seek Me early and diligently shall find Me.” (Good, good news) So let me finish with the following taken from the Passion Translation. Psalm 19:9-14, “Everyone of the Lord’s commands is right; following them brings cheer. Nothing He says ever needs to be changed. The rarest treasure of life are found in His truth. That is why I prize God’s word like others prize the finest gold. Nothing brings the soul such sweetness as seeking His living words. For they warn us, His servants and keep us from following the wicked way, giving a lifetime guarantee: great success to every obedient soul! Without this revelation light, how would I ever detect the waywardness of my heart? Lord, forgive my hidden flaws whenever you find them. Keep cleansing me, God and keep me from my secret, selfish sins; may they never rule over me! For only then will I be free from fault and remain innocent of rebellion. So may the words of my mouth, my meditation thoughts, and even movement of my heart be always pure and pleasing, acceptable before your eyes, my only redeemer, mt protector- God.” Amen!

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