And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.(Genesis 3:15)
And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.(Revelation 12:17)
We see by these texts that the Serpent of Genesis becomes a Dragon by Revelation. He is the enemy of all mankind, the original murderer and tempter, whose task is to alienate all men from God. But the Dragon/Serpent hates women in particular.
Judeo/Christian civilization has recognized the uniqueness of women. A women is elevated, by God, she is the receptacle of new life, salvation would come through the woman. She is different, uniquely made, she has weakness that make her worthy of protection and dignity, she is…
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God is always on time
He is never early, He is never late. He is a punctual God.
He is also a miracle-working God.
We see the evidence of God’s miraculous and perfect-timing in Esther.
Haman’s wrath against Mordecai had grown steadily by the day. This Jew who refused to bow or pay homage to him! How dare he? Who does he think he is anyway?
Finally the day came when Haman’s hatred is unleashed. Queen Esther invites Haman to a feast, and when he, being filled with pride and his own self-importance, is once again confronted by this humble man who will simply not bow to him in the gate, he has had enough!
He builds a gallows with the intention of suggesting to the King in the morning that Mordecai be hanged on it.
Haman goes to bed happily.
But God had other plans….
“That night the king could not sleep….” Esther 6:1
That one little sentence sets the ball rolling for the events to follow. The king not being able to sleep is seemingly insignificant, yet it is the very thing that God uses to set in motion the overthrow of the enemy. But even more than that, that seemingly insignificant event is the beginning of the honouring of God’s servant.
The King calls for the book of records to be read before him. It is found in the records that a man called Mordecai had uncovered a plot by two of the king’s eunuchs to “lay hands on King Ahasuerus”. Mordecai had saved the king’s life.
“Then the king said, ‘What honor or dignity has been bestowed on Mordecai for this?” Esther 6:3
Mordecai had been overlooked, but the king wanted to rectify that.
“So the King said, ‘Who is in the court?’ Now Haman had just entered the court of the king’s palace to suggest that the king hang Mordecai on the gallows that he had prepared for him.” Esther 6:4
We see God’s amazing timing here. We see God’s hand upon His servant, Mordecai. While the enemy was plotting for his downfall, God set events in motion that end up having Mordecai honoured and the enemy being brought low.
“So Haman took the robe and the horse, arrayed Mordecai and led him on horseback through the city square, and proclaimed before him, “Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor!’ Afterward Mordecai went back to the King’s gate. But Haman hurried to his house, mourning and with his head covered.” Esther 6:11, 12
Brothers and sisters, we do not need to fear when we have the Lord on our side. Our Father knows how to look after His own, and if you are a child of His then He will not let you down. Remember that ultimately Haman was killed on the very gallows that he had built for Mordecai. The very thing the enemy is trying to destroy you with will be the very means of his downfall.
Whatever your circumstance is, whatever your prayer need, the God who is outside of time, is always on time.
And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee. Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou…
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American Dirge…pastor bill randles
Take up this Lamentation for the Land of the Free,
America, once the liberator of others, who will liberate you?
Are you really free? Free of what?
You have set your self free alright,
By your social revolution, you are now free from
Marriage, commitment, family, and fruitfulness
Yours is the freedom of the madman,
who observes no conventions, who wears no clothes,
and who breaks all chains, (He will NOT be restrained)
and who now lives among the tombs crying and cutting himself…
Yours is the Freedom of Adam and Eve,
Who broke away from God, and from Eden, and from all that was good…
Do you know what you have forfeited? Do you know what you have lost?
Sing this dirge for America the Beautiful….
America you really were beautiful,
What an idea! A republic based upon self rule,
Limits upon Government power, based…
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It really is okay to be a homemaker, a housewife, a stay-at-home Mum, whatever you want to call it. I was pondering this as I vacuumed my house today.
I reckon this job is the most denigrated job in the Western world nowadays.
And it is a job. It is hard work with absolutely no financial rewards.
And that is what this world values highly isn’t it? Money. Power and prestige go a long way too. But generally what the world values and considers important is the opposite to what God values and considers important.
Being a homemaker has none of those rewards. The work one does is generally thankless. There is certainly no prestige to scrubbing toilet bowls and making shopping lists. And power? Good grief – what’s that?
But I will confess – I love it.
Yes I do. I enjoy cleaning up and keeping my house tidy. I enjoy folding washing and putting it away. I take pride in my home and like sharing it with others. I enjoy growing vegies in my garden and the reward of harvesting them. I enjoy buying trinkets and decorative items for our home. Does this make me shallow and materialistic? Maybe. Yet I will continue to like it anyway. I love being there when my kids are home from school. I love being able to help them with homework and listen to readers. (Disclaimer: I do dislike cleaning the shower and ironing, any ironing…)
Am I a martyr?
I don’t think so. I just have zero ambition in the workplace. Absolutely ZERO. Gosh that even sounds wrong to me to admit to that.
The thought of climbing a corporate ladder does not appeal to me. All that effort and energy going into some impersonal corporation – ew. But the thought of putting effort and energy into my family and kids, the idea that I can build something into them by being with them and making their home lovely gives me pleasure. I AM this kind of “ambitious” when it comes to my family.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have a problem with mums who do paid work. I think they are amazing. I honestly don’t know how they do it. I get that the system is set up so that most families can only survive on double incomes. And single mums? I know lots of them and wow, they are quite simply heroes – carrying the burden of everything at once.
I am here to say that being a homemaker is the exact opposite of that.
It is not pathetic to take pride in your work around the home and with your children. It is a GOOD thing. God’s Word says :
“And whatsoever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord…” Colossians 3:23
You can be a home-maker and intelligent. You can be a housewife and contribute to society. You can be a stay-at-home Mum and be inspired. What we do is just as important as paid work.
For any stay-at-home mums out there, what you are doing is worth more than a billion dollars. You are creating a loving, caring, clean and lovely home for your family. You are building into your children, time, energy, effort, love and there is no way to measure that value.
Take heart, there is someone who sees your hard work and He will reward you one day.
Obedience in everything, even in the least, surrendering up our wills and taking the will of God.
And the next step is purity. God wants pure vessels for His service, clean channels through which to pour forth His grace. He wants purity in the very centre of the soul, and unless God can have a pure vessel, purified by the fire of the Spirit, He cannot use that vessel.
He is asking you now if you will let Him cleanse away part of your very life. God must have a clean vessel He can use.”
Excerpt from Praying Hyde: A Challenge to Prayer