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- Wake up America!
4.15.13 This is now the time and season when America must wake up and realize we have enemies who mean to do us great harm, and great harm here on our own shores. We have lived in the luxury of belief that we were big enough and powerful enough, and protected enough, to never experience inward attack and that we were a nation of great protection and safety. No longer is this true. Our enemy comes from within and comes through an ideology and belief system that is foreign, destructive, and explosive to our nation. In reading about God's commands and instructions to Israel, as they journeyed through nations and as they conquered nations, and even as they were infused with those from other nations, they were not to be infected by, nor to embrace willingly, the gods and belief systems of those who came in to their culture. It was demanded and expected that Israel be the influencing force and all those who came into Israel would embrace their culture and their God, Jehovah, or at least live respectfully under that covering. Not the other way around. History is available for a reason, and it is free for all to look into. Israel had a hard time doing this, and it seems, so do we. We are to note, to understand, and to integrate this knowledge into our thinking so as to not repeat the negatives of History. We are to receive and accept those who sincerely wish to enjoy the freedoms of our democracy, but we are not to embrace those who desire to change our democracy and take us over into their belief system. If their belief system is so desirable, why not stay in their own nations? Come. Come into freedom and rest and protection. Come with respect and in propriety and all will be welcomed and embraced. Wake up America! - Pastor Sandi www.olivebranchdiscipleshipministries.com
- God's Promises
1.25.14 2 Corinthians 1:20 "For no matter how many promises God has made, they are 'yes' in Christ." Psalm 145:13b "The LORD is faithful to all His promises and loving toward all He has made." I was thinking about promises today. All the promises made to me - some have been kept and some not. All the promises I have made - some I have kept and some I have not. I don't believe anyone promises without the full intent of keeping the promise; however life happens, circumstances change, pressures come in, and the promise made is dropped or forgotten by us. Mercy is essential. We truly need to be a bit slower in promising things, this is like a vow. I received a word of intent from someone last week and it did not come to past. We must trust Him with the timing and remain faithful to Him, believing His promises will come to past. What a comfort that is! How grateful I am! Let is lean on our God and His faithful and true Word. Let us trust in Him. Let us not be moved, or discouraged or brought to anger over a promise broken from our fellow man. Remember, you break your promises too. Be mindful of your 'promises'! - Pastor Sandi
- What is the Lord doing?
3.1.14 It seems like I am always in a position of patience. Any time I get in a line waiting for service, or entrance, I end up needing patience. Ever have that person in front of you who ends up needing extra attention, extra service? It doesn't even seem to matter if I get in a short, short line. I will still end up waiting until the longer line next to me runs through. Now this isn't always, but pretty close! For myself, I believe the Lord God is teaching me to be patient, to learn to wait, to be at ease if things don't go as quickly as I would like, to learn to manage my time better. We miss a lot when we are in a hurry, impatient, frustrated. We can learn patience in any walk of life, in any circumstance, in any situation. It develops character in us, it helps us to depend on the Lord more, it gives us opportunity to observe. Sometimes it is for our protection, to avoid an accident or situation. Whatever it is, I seem to need to be reminded from time to time that it is not all about my time but more about His time. A great example I see is in driving and traffic backups, etc. Impatience. Frustration, Anger. People in a hurry, thinking about themselves and their agenda. Be at peace. Trust in the Lord, in His timing. He knows where you need to be, He knows what you need to do, He knows where He is sending you, He knows what the plan is. Peace is powerful and settling. In Peace we have the Mind of Christ. We think clearer, we hear better, we process faster. - Pastor Sandi