"My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness..." 2 Corinthians 12:9b

Monday, July 30, 2012

Choose Peace

“The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of his heart was only evil all the time.” Genesis 6:5
      You have to be prepared for anything. My daughter is a paramedic and the circumstances when they answer a call are not what any mother wants her daughter to be exposed to. She has had black eyes from drunks, walked in where porn was on the TV, and been treated disrespectfully on more than one occasion. She has seen dead babies, a young woman with a gunshot wound to the head, and a young man thrown from a moving car.
       Our world is a dangerous place to live. People are not getting better with advances in technology and education, they are getting worse. The natural question is “Where is God in all of this? Why doesn’t He do something?”
      God is not blind. He is not an unconcerned observer who set the world in motion and sat back to see what kind of mess man would make of it. He is present, active, loving and grieved.
      When God created man, He let him choose whether or not to obey and live with Him in Paradise, or go his own way and suffer the consequences. Man chose to break the one and only rule God gave him, and has suffered the consequences ever since.
      Paul says, “since they [man] did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, He gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done.” This makes sense in light of the shooting of 71 people, by James Holmes, in a midnight movie preview in Aurora, Colorado this week. It can strike fear in your heart and paralyze you with fear if you let it.
      God judged the world in Noah’s day, and He will do so again, on a day that will come “like a thief.” He will wait as long as possible because “He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
     We may live in a world of evil, but as believers in Jesus Christ, we don’t have to fear. We can have hearts filled with peace, not evil, if we choose to obey God. We have a message of hope to share with a hurting world, the message of salvation from judgment through Jesus. We can share the joy of salvation with those around us.
      Let God change the state of your heart. Choose Him. Choose peace.

© Copyright 2012 by Norma Gail Thurston Holtman and www.normagail-2mefromhim.blogspot.com. All Rights Reserved.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Signs of the End

“For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west,
so will be the coming of the Son of Man.” Matthew 24:27

          Soccer bags littered the field as the rain came down in torrents. I committed the worst faux pax a parent can commit, calling attention to myself, and forcing the end of an important tournament. The bolt of lightning striking the field just behind us and the fast approaching storm left me no choice. With the help of two men who believed their eyes, and my handheld lightning detector, we got the kids and fans to cars until the storm was over.
            My high-schooler was livid. “Mom, I didn’t even know you could run! Are you crazy? Did you ever think that you could be struck by lightning?” When I finally reached the safety of my car, I was attacked by an angry teenager, something almost as fierce as the storm.
             In our family, lightning is nothing to mess around with. My parents have had two different homes struck by lightning. My father was killed by lightning when he was fly fishing.             
            We have a sense of urgency to warn people of the danger and educate them about the safety precautions they can take. Lightning is deadly and too many people pay no attention to it.
             God warns of the end of the world, of a judgment that will touch every person. The question is whether we will live in eternal separation from God, or in heaven with the light of His presence. It will come swift and without warning, like the lightning bolt which killed my dad underneath a clear blue sky, from a storm twenty-some miles away.
             Everyone was concentrated on the soccer games. No one paid attention to the danous storm approaching, yet it was nothing compared to the end of the world. Peter says it will “come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar...” He says God does not want “anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
             Are you ready for the coming of the Son of Man and His lightning-swift judgment? Do you take risks to warn people as if their lives depended on it?
            Determine today to make your salvation and that of those around you a sure thing. Avoid distractions which draw you away from Him. Come to Jesus now. Don’t wait until the storm is upon you.

© Copyright 2012 by Norma Gail Thurston Holtman and www.normagail-2mefromhim.blogspot.com. All Rights Reserved.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Eternal Salvation--God's Way

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 7:21

            I couldn’t help but laugh. One of the squirrels that comes to the patio of our mountain home many times a day, climbed up one side of the wrought iron gate and down the other. It stopped, sitting right next to it, looking around for anything either edible or threatening. After sitting for a few minutes, glued to its spot, it ran underneath the gate it had just taken such pains to climb over, and down the steps.
            The squirrels around our house provide entertainment on a daily basis. They to reach for bird feeders day after day, never seeming to learn they are out of reach. They sniff at the door to the garage, always optimistic that today they will get to the food on the other side.
            How like squirrels we people are. God gave a simple, and direct way to Him, through acceptance of His Son, Jesus, and confession of our sins. Yet reaching God on our own terms, somehow seems more attractive.
            Recently, at a funeral for a man whose children grew up in the same church we did, the oldest son talked about the Eastern religions he is into. He has chosen their do’s and don’ts and lists of steps with no certainty of eternal life over God’s guarantee of eternity with Him.
            The squirrel didn’t gain anything by the complicated way of reaching the patio, it just wasted time and energy, ending up as bad off as it was before. Just as futile, is the idea that mere human beings can gain the acceptance of the God of the universe by performing repetitive actions, or chanting verses over and over, and being good people. Believing in the completed work of Christ on the cross, confessing their sin, and accepting God’s forgiveness, with the assurance of eternal life seems too easy.
            Just as I don’t feed squirrels because they’re vermin, God doesn’t recognize those who choose their path to salvation.
            Lord, help us to trust in you, the Creator and Finisher of all things, enough to follow your simple, but loving plan to salvation. Then teach us to spend our days in meaningful works that show our gratitude for all you have done for us, resting assured that you will keep us safe for eternity.

© Copyright 2012 by Norma Gail Thurston Holtman and www.normagail-2mefromhim.blogspot.com. All Rights Reserved.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Strength for the Battle

“Your castles and strongholds shall have bars of iron and bronze, and as your day, so shall your strength, your rest and security be.”
Deuteronomy 33:25 AMP

All day the scripture kept running through my head. I kept thinking I must be supposed to relate it to something, maybe write something. I hadn’t looked it up yet, but it was there, nonetheless. God was speaking and it was important. I just didn’t know why.
            I’m certain you’ve had it happen before. Someone’s name will pop into your head, you’ll think of a song, a poem, a picture, a scripture, and in a little while you’ll have the uncanny sensation that you were told of something ahead of time.
            No, I don’t believe in hocus-pocus, and second-sight, whatever you want to call it. I do believe in God bringing things to mind when we need them for some reason. I don’t call it coincidence. I call it God’s timing.
            This afternoon I heard from two friends who had received devastating news. One was far away and the assurance of my prayers was all I could offer. The other was down the street and I was able to be there with a timely hug and in-person prayer time. I was able to offer strength and comfort to my friends because God had prepared me ahead of time with strength.
In the days of old, castles and strongholds were built for protection because they knew at some point they would be attacked. They were armed and ready at all times. We too, must be armed and ready. Daily in God’s word and prayer, arms us for battle in a difficult world.
God goes ahead of us preparing our hearts through His word, and the timely whispers of the Holy Spirit. When attack threatens, He reminds us that He has already provided the weapons we need. We can look to Him and rest in Him, knowing that our fortress is ready for whatever onslaught may come, assured we don’t face the fight alone.
            Shore up the defenses of the castle of your heart with His word. Prepare for the coming attack, secure in the knowledge that your heavenly Father has gone before. His weapons of warfare, as well as His provisions for strength to bear up, rest for your weariness, peace of mind, and the secure knowledge that He is in control will be yours.

© Copyright 2012 by Norma Gail Thurston Holtman and www.normagail-2mefromhim.blogspot.com. All Rights Reserved.

Monday, July 2, 2012

The Radiance of the Rainbow

“Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. When I saw it, I fell facedown…” Ezekiel 1:28

“Come quickly!” my husband called, as we stood atop the Grant Tower of Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness. Hurrying to his side, I saw a beautiful rainbow arching from one side of the loch to the other, about a mile wide at that spot. Placing his hands on my shoulders, he said, “Look down.”
            I drew in my breath in amazement. The tower is about 50 feet wide, and the rainbow seemed to originate from the water near one corner and end at the other, forming almost a complete circle. Out of the hundreds of tourists strolling through the castle ruins that day, we were the only two in a position to see it.
            God gave the rainbow to Noah as a sign of His covenant that never again would He destroy the entire earth by flood. When storms threaten, the rainbow is a reassurance that it is not the end.
            A loving father uses teachable moments in the lives of his children to help them grow and mature. In the same way, God prepares unique moments in our lives to reveal Himself in new ways. Those moments help us capture the essence of a God who is far beyond our understanding and hold them in our hearts for the times when He seems far away. They come back to us as reminders of His power and glory when all is dark and He seems too distant to hear our cries.
That unique sight struck a chord in my heart, showing me God in an unexpected way. I can look back on that once in a lifetime event as a reminder that, at any given moment, there is always more to what God is doing than I can see.
Today’s shadows will, in time, give way to a new revelation of God which will grow us and mature us as His children. According to Paul, what we now know only in part, we will someday know completely.
            Are you in a dark place today? Search God’s word for promises which relate to your situation, promises which shed the light of hope for the future. Fall face down and worship Him as one whose love is perfect and complete, full of awe and wonder. Hold those promises in your heart, and trust Him.

© Copyright 2012 by Norma Gail Thurston Holtman and www.normagail-2mefromhim.blogspot.com. All Rights Reserved.