Can Persecution be a Good Thing?

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, is writing  a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It reaches out the military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, PTSD, and many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides every day. That is almost one every hour. We need to help stop those statistics. Be looking for more details about the new book. Look for updates here.

UPDATE!!  In the final stages of having the book finished. Much of it is already sent off to my editor. The countdown begins!!

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We have a special guest blogger today. Taylor Wilkins ison staff for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. FCA is reaching out to the local high schools in my area, and Taylor (with God) is the reason for all of its success. This post will show you why.

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Signs of Hope- The Honor of Persecution

“they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.” -Revelation 12:10-11

Have you ever been put down, persecuted, or physically abused for your belief?

I’m sure to some extent all of us have experienced this; but for most of us, we don’t consider persecution a blessing—At least not yet!

Throughout this past week God has been highlighting to me Persecution. In John 15:20 Jesus tells his followers; “no servant is greater than his master, if they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.” and again in John 16:33 Jesus says; “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” As I asked God to search me and show me the places in my life that need to grow, the fear of persecution has been revealed to me as a weakness. This is not good because this causes a compromise in my obedience to the Holy Spirit’s voice and leading in my walk with him.

The reason to fear persecution usually comes from a lack of understanding about the treasure behind it. Jesus says that blessed are you when you are persecuted for my names sake. Even when the world comes against us for our faith we are blessed by our father in heaven. The weight of being persecuted by man compared to being blessed by God is of no comparison, yet we often fear the latter!

It could be that what I’ve been describing above is resonating with you—or maybe you have been abused for things completely unrelated to faith. We live in a world that often tears people down better then it builds them up. Your story could be of broken trust, abuse, bullying, an affair, sexual abuse, or abusive parents. My heart breaks thinking of the terrible things that are happening to wonderful innocent people—and often the ones who can’t defend themselves. If your story of persecution is along these lines, I want you to know it is the glory of God to redeem that which was lost. God has been through everything with you and he will not let your tears fall to the ground unnoticed. He loves you, and He will redeem your life.

Today this is a Sign of Hope, that no matter the circumstance you are in, or the breakthrough you need, God is near to you and He has “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Taylor Wilkins

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all….never, ever, give up!

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Are You Sonning Yourself?

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, has written a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It will be reaching out the many military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, and the many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides ever day. That is almost one every hour. Doug wants to help stop those statistics. Be looking for more details about the new book.

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It is time for one of our guest bloggers to join us again. Lynn Mosher has inspired people since she joined us as a guest writer. Today is no exception. Thank you Lynn for sharing your love and compassion for others.

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Are You Sonning Yourself?

“I’ve always wanted to be somebody,

but I see now I should have been more specific.”

Lily Tomlin

I love that line. Makes me giggle every time I read it.

We all want to be somebody, someone of worth and recognition, someone accepted and approved. To achieve this, some strive for importance in the field of literature, music, or film, and others in finances or politics. Among other things.

I wonder: in what do they bask themselves to reach that place of somebody-ness? With what do they fill themselves? Self-gratification of applause, power, money, or physical enhancement?

Unbelievers indulge in outward gratification to fill up their approval-and-worth tank. But in what do I, as a Christian, gratify myself? Do I obsess on outward approval? What really fills my approval-and-worth tank?

When I look into a mirror, what do I see? Do I see someone approved by God and deemed worthy? If so, what image do I take with me when I walk away from the mirror?

If Christ “is the image of God” (2 Cor. 4:4) and spiritual rebirth makes me a new creation in Him (2 Cor. 5:17), and He places His Holy Spirit within me (Rom. 5:5), do I really reveal an approved and worthy image to others? Or have I lost that mirror image?

Sunning on the beach, one will exhibit the effects of absorbing the sun’s rays as a suntan. When I bask in the Lord’s presence, sitting at His feet, I will reflect God’s grace and character as the result of spending time with Him.

Is my approved-and-worth tank filled then, or do I go out and seek the approval of others to fill up my tank?

Am I basking in the Son…Sonning myself? Do others see my Son-tan?

Paul said, “And as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like Him and reflect His glory even more.” (2 Cor. 3:18b NLT) The disciple John said it as well, “He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.” (John 3:30 NLT)

If, after spending time with the Lord, I decrease and He increases, I will regard my approval and worthiness as from Him. It will show.

Let’s stop and think about this. I am some body. You are some body. We are the body of Christ. We are approved and worthy just as we are.

So, be sure you get this: you, my sweet friend, ARE some body! You are “accepted in the Beloved.” (Eph 1:6 NKJV) You are a child of God, loved, cherished, approved, and worthy. I pray you realize you are approved and worthy in the Lord.

Have you spent time Sonning yourself?

From His feet, Lynn

lynnmosher.com

 

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Let Down Your Wings and Listen

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, has written a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It will be reaching out the many military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, and the many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides ever day. That is almost one every hour. Doug wants to help stop those statistics. Be looking for more details about the new book.

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Let Down Your Wings!

 

“And the living creatures kept running and returning,

like the appearance of a flash of lightning.”

(Ezek 1:14 Masoretic Text)

 

Does that sound like you? Running, returning? Running, returning? Is your day filled with kids’ sports practices or games, errands to run, committee meetings to attend, business meetings or home business functions to attend to, chores to do?

 

Do you flap your wings of busyness but don’t seem to get anywhere? Do you go in four different directions at once? Do you flit about but miss out on hearing God’s voice?

 

The above verse of scripture captured my attention lately, but these two verses drew me into deeper thinking…

 

“When they stopped, they let down their wings. And every time they stopped, there came a voice from the crystal sky above them.” (Ezek. 1:24b-25 TLB)

 

Hmmm…when they halted their fluttering, when they stood still and let down their wings, they heard God’s voice.

 

How does this apply to us?

 

With unfurled wings, we flap around in frustration. We flit about doing our own thing. We dart sideways in anxiety. If we continuously flutter our wings of busyness, we have no time for the Lord in our schedule. And we will not hear His voice.

 

Energy is wasted. Time is lost. And eventually, we will wear out if we do not slow down and hit the delete button on a few things in our lives. The saying is so true: Master time or it will master you.

 

Jesus took time to slow down and be with His Father, going off to the solitude and serenity of the mountainside or the gardens to pray. And He rested by the well.

 

Distractions are everywhere. Therefore, we need to let down our fluttering wings. Hush the world’s din and confusion. Rest our harried minds. Get quiet in the presence of the Lord and allow the Holy Spirit to calm the chaos and bring peace and harmony to our frustrated souls.

 

And wait. Wait to hear the Voice of the Ages as He whispers those precious words of love, peace, comfort, and guidance to us.

 

When we sit by the well of stillness to pray, we dip into the Lord’s fount of refreshing Living Waters. As we sit, we may hear Him whisper to us…

 

“Do not rush into My presence looking at your watch. The busyness of life derails your attention. Let down the wings of your disquieted and busy spirit. Prepare by being still. I will be found in quietness and stillness.

 

“If My people would take time to be with Me, they would hear those soothing words of comfort and guidance for which they so desperately yearn. Therefore, be still and know.”

 

Be still and know. Be silent. Silent rearranged is listen. But it also forms the word enlist. When we are silent and listen to the Lord, we enlist His help and support.

 

Oh, how souls sadly lack when they make no time for the Lord. So much more is accomplished, with so little time expended, when one kneels in prayer…and listens!

 

Prayer: Lord, help me to make time to be with You, to block out the discord of the world, to still my spirit before I come to sit at Your feet. As I fold down my wings of busyness, I will hear Your sweet words of grace and peace. Lord, may my time be Yours. And when the world swirls around me, diverting my attention from You, may my heart be drawn back to seek the comfort of Your presence. May I be silent and listen. Amen

 

From His feet, Lynn

 

lynnmosher.com

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What Does the Word Authority Mean?

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, has written a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It will be reaching out the many military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, and the many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides ever day. That is almost one every hour. Doug wanMants to help stop those statistics. Doug sent off his mini proposal, this week, to an agent who is very interested in his concept. We will update you when we hear more.
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It is that time again. It is time for the guest post from Dennis Booth. He is from Australia, and has a different perspective on many of the issues that our world faces. Thank you Dennis for your insight.
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Why is it that the word authority is either abused or never used?

Today sadly there are many who seem to believe they have been given the authority to terrorise others and in the doing commit acts that without that authority would be seen to be catastrophic and brutal.

Yet there is an authority given to men and women that is not meant to create terror but instead to create a more peaceful existence, an existence that sees hope not only here on earth but eternally.

That authority has been handed down by God to His Son, Jesus and in turn to His disciples, in turn to us and of course to the Holy Spirit.

Yet how many appropriate that authority?

And if we are not appropriating it, is it because we see authority as something the people over us in our workplace have, our Pastors and elders in our church ….but not us.

Jesus spoke with authority and such authority drove out demons, healed people and rose people from the dead.

When he sent out His disciples two by two he gave them authority to do as He did and John 14:12 tells us if we believe in the things Jesus did we will do the same…..YEA EVEN GREATER!

But there is another word that goes with this….faith..

You have to have the faith that what Jesus says and wants you to do carries His authority…not just hear the word authority but then start to question whether or where you can use it.

It does not mean going nilly willy everywhere thinking you are Jesus but it does mean exercising it and possibly outside of the area in which you live and work.

Remember Jesus said a prophet is without honour in his home place meaning his town etc.

Why? Because people see a person they have known for years and question who they think they are to be reaching out in the way they are.

Instance how many of us have relatives who are not Christian and though we have been for years they have resisted?

Is this why missionaries going abroad seem to have so much success because they have authority, and no one knew them in the area before they went.

God-given authority also says no when a situation demands it and yes when it also demands it.

 

Dennis Booth

 

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