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Sunday, October 9, 2016

What Would Love Do?




What Would Love Do?
Part 1

   I asked my neighbor if she minded me telling this story about their garden.  I wasn't trying to make anything happen in order to come up with some good story,  as a matter fact I have never tried to make something  happen in order to come up with a good example.  I wanted her to know my motives were not selfish at all, but my motives were genuine.  
    
I noticed her husband poisoning the grass in their yard, but at that time I didn't know it was because he was planning on putting in a raised garden.  Then I noticed them planting the garden.  It was then that I realized he'd be planting food there. I became concerned whether or not it would be safe to eat.  I thought in my heart should I tell them what I think?  Then I decided I was just being a worry wart and that I should mind my own business.  They could of been using something, I was unaware of, to kill the grass that was safe and usable in a vegetable garden.
     
I guess a few weeks went by and the plants were growing.  Once again I was concerned the food might make them sick or kill them even.  I decided to look for information whether or not using "Round Up"  on the ground, when building a raise garden bed, was safe.  According to the information I read, using  poison like "Round Up" is not a safe thing to use when planting food.  I struggled with the idea of saying anything.  I didn't want to cause any problems with my neighbors.   

Then I had to ask myself, "What would love do?"  "Would love just keep silent, if  it meant something could hurt our neighbors?  The bible says, "Perfect love casteth out all fear."  I decided the right thing to do was to share my concerns with my neighbor, because love would warn them.
   
 When the opportunity came I asked my neighbor if I could ask her a question?  I made it clear that I wasn't trying to be a nosey neighbor, but the reason I was asking the question is because I care about them.  I was concerned for their health and well being.  I then proceeded to ask what kind of poison they used on the grass.  She told me they used Round Up.  I told her what I believed to be true, that the food might not be safe to eat.
    
I didn't have to tell them, but how could I live with myself knowing something could hurt them and not say anything.  To find out later that one of them or both of them were to become sick or die.  I would grieve miserably.  The same way spiritually, I could just stand by, never tell them that there is danger for the person who dies without Jesus.  That there is a heaven and a hell and we will go one of two places when we die.  There's no turning back then. 

Though these words might not be exactly the words that I used, this was pretty much the gist of what I said...  I asked if she would at least go online and check things out for herself and she said that she would. 

Colossians 1:28
Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

Susan Nikitenko
Devotional  Part 1
August 22nd, 2016 ©


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Looking Towards The Morning Sun - Devotional







Looking In Our Hearts Up To God

1 Peter 1:8
Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

Psalms 5:3

My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.  (David may be bowing his head to pray but in his heart he's looking up.)


Looking Towards The Morning Sun - Devotional

Our new neighbors planted some sunflowers in their garden this year.  Some of them seem to be facing our house so I get to enjoy them.  I love sunflowers, I decorate my kitchen with roosters, chickens and sunflowers.

Most of the flowers I plant do not face one way, but there is one in my garden that does.  My neighbor's sunflowers face the morning sun, and my gladiolas do too.  My "glads" didn't do so well this year, but when they do they face the morning sun.  When I notice these flowers facing our house, I know it has nothing to do with our house, it has to do with what's behind us.  The sun is behind us.
Sometimes I see the sunflowers bowing their heads as though they are praying.. but we do not have to bow our heads to pray we can pray to the Lord where ever we are.   When we are looking towards Jesus in our hearts and following the light of his Word.  We will seek the Lord in prayer. 

Psalms 5:3 
My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.  (David may be bowing his head to pray but in his heart he's looking up.)

The bible tells us to seek the Lord in the morning... When I see my "glads' facing the morning sun.  I remember I should be glad in the Lord.  Rejoicing and praising God as soon as possible and making my requests known is a very imporatant part of my day.   Maybe God gave us flowers that face one way to tell us something.  God created things the way they are for a reason.   Maybe these are reminders that Jesus is the only place to look.

The bible teaches us that Jesus - IS The WAY, The TRUTH, The LIFE.  and that no one can have a relationship with God without him.   There are many religions in this world but Jesus is the only WAY to heaven according to the bible.  God tells us not to worship other Gods because they are false and will lead you into  death everlasting.  Which is also called Hell.

I think it would be very strange to see a whole garden of sunflowers facing the sun, to see one turn it's back to the sun.  When people consider other religions, other than the Truth Of God's Word.  (They are looking the wrong WAY.)

Sometimes people are looking for happiness in lots of different places... some people go out and party, drinking alcohol, doing some drugs... anything their heart desires.  (They are looking the wrong WAY.)

The bible teaches that sin brings pleasure for a season and it does, but soon the heart becomes grieved, bitter and trapped.  Then you think God will never forgive you.  Real happiness is not found in those things.  It can bring an evil joy in your heart and also a love of sin,  But God has a holy joy for us that causes us to rejoice over Him... We rejoice over God's Son...He is where to LOOK.  He is the Way to joy unspeakable. 

 1Peter 1:8 
Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:  (Looking To Him In Our Hearts.)  

What if God's people were sunflowers?  We would go to church on Sunday to look to God in our hearts.  Looking at a preacher not because He's the preacher, but because He's speaking for the God who is behind Him.  We are looking toward the Son of God.  To lead us and direct our path.  In agreement all looking  the same direction in unity.  But sometimes one or two might be looking the wrong way, maybe out in left field or something.

I remember something from years ago my daughter had shared with me.  My daughter and her friend were out driving and they went out the wrong exit  while leaving a store.  A foreign lady rolled down her window and with broken English said these words, " Yourlll, going, the wrllllong way!"   For weeks for some reason, I have no idea why, we would repeat what she said with the same accent.  " Yourlll, going, the wrllllong way!"

Hopefully our motives as Christians are first to please God, looking to be led by God, and longing to be used by God.  The only way for that to be a reality is to be going the right way.  
There are those that have never looked Jesus' way.  They only see what they have been taught and blind to the Truth.  They are going the Wong Way.  Our prayer today is that they will (Look towards the SON)...the Son of God.  The hope of salvation to all who will believe and accept that Jesus is the only way of salvation.   He is the WAY.



Susan Y Nikitenko
August 18th, 2016 ©



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And Such Were Some Of You - Devotional




 And Such Were Some Of You

Have you ever heard the bible story about Saul in the new testament?  Saul believed himself to be righteous in living for God as he went about persecuting and killing Christians.  He was a religious man, a Pharisee who had the authority of the Sanhedrin to persecute anyone who  did not uphold their beliefs.  The Christians feared  him and fled at his appearing , but something happened one day that changed  Saul's whole life.  
There was  great persecution against the Christians.  In fear they  scattered throughout Judea and Samaria.  Saul went house to house threatening to kill Christians and persecuting families throwing them into prison.  This was very soon after the stoning of Steven who was stoned to death,  but prayed for those stoning him.   
Christians must have been praying for their deliverance and help from God because God himself confronted Saul on the road to Damascus.  It was the day that Saul's life was changed forever.  Saul believed He was serving God, but instead He was working against God.  Saul was deceived into a wrong religion.  He needed to know Jesus.  Saul was blinded to truth already and  God also blinded him physically  on the road to Damascus.  We are all blinded to truth until God opens our eyes.  Many people believe they serve God and know God but, they are not alive to God. They are still dead in their trespasses and sins.   See Saul (Paul)  thought  He was doing the work of the Lord, but instead He was serving Satan in the name of God.  God was merciful to his children and also to Saul.  
God spoke directly to Saul and asked him why He was persecuting Him.   

Acts  9:4   And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

 He needed to understand that He was wrong and hurting Christ by hurting his people.  Saul was blinded and needed to be lead by the hand.  
Saul believed God and prayed. Then God sent Him Ananias, who was a Man of God.   Ananias called Saul brother, which means He became part of the family of God.  Saul's eyes were opened spiritually to God for the very first time.  He was still blinded physically but his eyes were spiritually opened to the truth of Christ.  Ananias was there to pray over Saul , to restore his site and that Saul would be filled with the Holy Ghost.  Saul became a preacher of God that day.
Saul had problems at first being accepted by Christians because they feared him.  He was known for persecuting Christians.  Many people are known for something before they become faithful to Christ but, because of God's great  forgiveness we are given a new start .  Saul was accepted and forgiven  and was received into the family of Christ.  He became a great hero of the faith that we read about in the scriptures.  God has changed the life of many who once were fooled by false religions or ideas that kept them blind to God and his love.  
We are all guilty of sin and if we remain without Christ, we will be held accountable for our sins.  The payment for sin is death, meaning an eternal death, an eternity in hell.  God does not want that for anyone.  He desires that all people be saved.  
We become righteous in God's sight when we accept Christ.  See true belief will give birth to good works and a desire to please God with our lives.  
In the following verses I especially want you to take notice of verse 11 where it says, " And such were some of you".   

1Corinthians 6:9-11
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?  Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.  And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

Saul was a violent man who had killed Christians
The Christians didn't believe Saul was saved  and they had to be persuaded to accept him into the family of God.  They had to forgive someone who hurt their families and friends.  They prayed and made a decision to forgive.  They did forgive him and He became a great leader of righteousness.


Are you someone who thinks God wouldn't forgive someone like you, someone who wants to know if your trusting in the right things, believing the right things?  Maybe this is your wakeup call.  Saul had a wakeup call and He believed and became a great man of God.  He was given a new name.  Paul, the Apostle of Christ.

Are you someone who has not continued in the faith of Christ, someone who has wandered away from right living.  You're a believer, but you've messed up.  If you were truly his child, He will not leave you alone, He will not let you live at peace with your sin, He will chasten you until you are sorrowful over what sin does.  He chastens those he loves.  He spanks us so to speak, only sometimes worse than that.  It all depends on what it takes to get you home.  It may be a gentle reminder or a near death, a wake up call.  See if you were once his child you are always his child.  He will never leave us nor forsake us. We are sealed until the day of redemption, Once you are born into the family of God, you don't get aborted, The only thing that blots you out of the book of life.  Is the rejection of Christ, because it's what Christ did that saved us and it's what he did for us that keeps us saved.


Devotional: Susan Y. Nikitenko ©
October 9th, 2016
Acts Chapter 9

 2Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.




Poetry And Other Materials On This Site Can Be Freely Used For Christian Bible Centered Non-Profit Ministries, But Must Remain Unchanged In Any Way. All Other Purposes Are With Permission Only. You May Make Requests At "susannikitenko@gmail.com" All My Poem And Stories Are Both Real And Fictional Designed To Illustrate A Biblical Truth. All Rights Reserved. Please Include Site Name And Link Back To This Blog. Thank-You. Images are not all Christian, but put here for the purposes of doing good works of faith, family and country.