12:15 a.m….This afternoon, I started trimming another oleander. We have one at the corner of the house that had gotten huge and out of control. I needed a saw since the branches are kind of big for clippers. Couldn’t find one, so I got out the chain saw on a pole That thing will take out a bush in no time. And trees. I went outside a little while ago to admire all the trimming we have done over the last few days. Looks good. But it made me want to get out the chain saw again. I heard it calling to me. There’s a tree I want to take out.
The Unit was GOOD tonight, and NCIS. Tomorrow….Criminal Minds! I’m glad the new season has finally started.
Steve’s jury duty is over. They convicted a crack dealer. Well….actually they only convicted him of possession. They couldn’t absolutely prove he was dealing, but everybody knows he was. He’ll post about it.
1 Cor 10:13……13 But remember that the temptations that come into your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can’t stand up against it. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it. NLT
I just have something on my mind that I am praying about. When a Christian gives in to a temptation that they should not, when a sin is so inviting to us and we give in knowing we should not, God will warn us. If he doesn’t get our attention with gentle warnings, the severity of the warnings will increase until He does get our attention.
That is the whole idea behind the tribulation after the rapture. Each judgement will increase in severity in order to get the attention of those on earth who are still refusing to accept Jesus.
He could take things out of your life….things that were a blessing. That could be a gentle warning. Has He taken anything away lately? Put any pot holes in the road you’re traveling lately?
We cannot just sin “a little.” Satan knows our weaknesses, and he will get his hairy toe in the door, until he gets his whole leg in, then an arm, then his body. When his whole being is in the door, that sin consumes us and ruins our lives.
Don’t let that happen. That scripture tells us plainly that when we are tempted, God provides a way out of the temptation. But you have to work with Him here. You can’t put yourself where you know the temptation is, and expect God to just take away the temptation. He CAN, but He usually doesn’t work that way. You have to walk away from the temptation. It’s not easy….it’s very difficult. But if you trust God, and you get up and walk away, He will greatly bless.
Try it. Walk away and see if the blessings are not restored. Maybe even more so.
If you do not walk away, things will get worse. And you have no idea how much your life can be ruined.
Rest assured that somebody that loves you very much has been praying for God to get your attention. Pay attention. Heed the gentle warning before it gets severe.
Beth has the next MadLib up.
One month till our 28th anniversary.
Looks like we stand a real good chance of having a Tropical Storm in the Gulf by next weekend….just in time for the air show.
I have to sing on October 14. I think this is the song I’ll do, unless God tells me different. I haven’t done it in a while. I sing at a lot of funerals, and this is a favorite for that.