Campaign 4 Life: STep out of ThE ThicKeT

Mark 4:18-19 ~ 18 The seed that fell among the thorns represents others who hear God’s word, 19 but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced. 
 
I’m looking at this passage and God gave me a revelation about it that I wanted to share.  

I have joined a #Campaign4Life on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/Campaign4Life/) and my testimony about the abortion that I had welled up inside of me and I had to share.  I will share it here as well:

I was born in August 1973 to a 16 year old mother who had the option and definitely considered having an abortion. She met my father in a prison while visiting HER father in prison. My father was 19 and she was 15 when got pregnant. Thank God that my grandfather stood up for Truth and said “NO” you will not!#I’mAlive#chooseLIfe

 On September 8, 2001 I did the unspeakable. I committed murder with #complete selfishness and lack of regard for any consequences, only that I didn’t want any more responsibility nor did I want to admit the consequences of my depraved lifestyle. They stuck me 4 times to start an IV. They did an ultrasound before the procedure and I saw a heartbeat…that’s actually the only recognizable trait on the screen. I listened to the voice of others who were just as double minded as me. I had no voice of morality in my life at the time, no righteousness, no Love surrounding me. I was a drug addict and I didn’t know who the father of this baby was. There were numerous possibilities and I wasn’t sure if I could find any of them. The experience was horrible and unforgettable…I ended up in the hospital in Tuscaloosa, Alabama because there was an accident during the procedure. What was so sad is that the waiting room was standing room only and people were in there as if they were waiting for a seat at a restaurant, no silence, the room was filled with laughter and the sounds of careless chatter. Careless chatter…to muffle the voice of God that would whisper in the silence and remind us that this was wrong and that we were snuffing out a Light in the darkness…that we were beholding a treasure, a mystery of God. I accept responsibility for this sin, knowing that I alone made the final choice. No one told me…no one tried to stop me…no one, not even my father. He was with me…


My baby’s due date was February 25, 2002. He/She would be 10 years old.

 The Scripture says the seed that fell among the thorns

Thorns act as a form of protection on a plant. Usually, plants with thorns grow in a thicket or a group.  So here the Scripture tells us that the word of God is crowded out by the worldly things…we look to our “thicket” for the answers or we can’t get out of the thicket.  There is a way out, but it is painful…with every turn and movement you get pricked and scratched and scarred. Thorns are defensive and I have found that many who have had an abortion or are pro-choice are quite defensive.  There is a justification for the sake of self preservation.  Denial is akin to rebellion and denial will never change the truth. The Scripture says no fruit is produced…the fruit is always present in the seed.

This gives much understanding to why there are many who make a decision for Christ (say a prayer, answer the altar call, etc) but fall away.  When temptation, trouble, or tribulation comes, they run to the thicket for answers. It’s the thicket and the thorns.  Satan is crouching and waiting in the dark corners and alleyways to pounce.  He is attacking the fruit, the testimony, the ministry.  See, I hear so many say “what about babies born to those who were raped or products of incest or abuse?” (which by the way is Rape: 0.3% Incest: 0.03%)…THINK OF THE TESTIMONY!!!  We overcome by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.  If we give in to the “worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things”, then he wins.  God’s transcendent glory will take what the devil meant for evil and turn it around for good.  In Genesis 50:20 it says, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.”  OVERCOME!  Don’t just survive, but overcome.  Look at a rose…it’s beautiful and aromatic, perfect and delicate…among the thorns.  The rose is an overcomer and transcendent.

 

Genesis 9:5 – “Murder is forbidden.”
Jeremiah 1:5 – “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb.”
1 Corinthians 6:12-13 – “You may say ‘I am allowed to do anything.’ But I reply, ‘Not everything is good for you.’ And even though ‘I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything…But our bodies were not made for sexual immorality. They were made for the Lord, and the Lord cares about our bodies.”

No discussion about abortion would be complete without discussing forgiveness. There is no sin that God cannot forgive. Whether you have had an abortion or know someone struggling with the possibility of having an abortion, there is room for forgiveness. The Bible is clear that God will forgive sin, and He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for that sin.

1 John 1-9 – “If we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.”

Isaiah 1:18 – “No matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can remove it. I can make you as clean as freshly fallen snow. Even if you are stained as red as crimson, I can make you as white as sand.” 

Thank You, Jesus, for redemption. I will speak up. I will shout it out. I will try to stop you. Here is a song that my brother wrote and performs. This is our Pro-Life mantra. 


I am gathering a group to pray outside of a local clinic to save babies. 

“Seventy-six percent of Planned Parenthood clinics are built in minority neighborhoods,” Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood director turned pro-life advocate. #genocidefoeticide#ChooseLife#Campaign4Life#Houston 
Houston has the largest abortion clinic in the US. Who wants to rally in front of Planned Parenthood Houston and pray for these babies and mothers? Let me know…

I will begin a fast to seek the words and wisdom from the Lord.  Please join me in prayer and fasting to save these babies…they have only our voice.  WE are their advocates because the Spirit is ours. AMEN
 



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Relentless pursuit of an Eternal Prize

Reading the one year Bible today (www.oneyearbibleonline.com)

Here is my personal revelation…get your own!  But feel free to comment on mine. 

Isaiah 30
12 This is the reply of the Holy One of Israel:

“Because you despise what I tell you
    and trust instead in oppression and lies,
(Do we despise what the Lord commands? We are trusting in our fears rather than having faith [oppression and lies])
13 calamity will come upon you suddenly
    like a bulging wall that bursts and falls.
(This isn’t as sudden as it seems.  It’s as if its a birth…it’s been growing and finally the bulging cannot be contained any longer.  All that we harbor eventually be ejected)
In an instant it will collapse
    and come crashing down.
 
14 You will be smashed like a piece of pottery—
    shattered so completely that
there won’t be a piece big enough
    to carry coals from a fireplace
    or a little water from the well.”
(When we are truly broken we are of no use at all.  It is then that we reach out and become dependent on the Sovereign and Almighty God)
15 This is what the Sovereign Lord,
    the Holy One of Israel, says:
Only in returning to me
    and resting in me will you be saved.
(He takes broken things, pieces them together and makes them useful. He saves us to use us.)
In quietness and confidence is your strength.
    But you would have none of it.
(We talk too much.  Our nervous chatter reveals our insecurity. We don’t listen, only wait for our turn to speak.)
16 You said, ‘No, we will get our help from Egypt.
(Why return to oppression and lies?  Our help should come from the Lord.  He is a jealous God and does not take lightly to disobedience or putting anything or anyone before Him.)
    They will give us swift horses for riding into battle.’
(What good is ‘swiftly’ riding into battle if you have no armor and no support? Swiftly riding to your demise.)
But the only swiftness you are going to see
    is the swiftness of your enemies chasing you!
17 One of them will chase a thousand of you.
    Five of them will make all of you flee.
You will be left like a lonely flagpole on a hill
    or a tattered banner on a distant mountaintop.”
18 So the Lord must wait for you to come to him
    so he can show you his love and compassion.
(He doesn’t move toward us…we move toward Him.  No matter how much emotion we drum up, it does not move God.  Our prayers don’t move God.  Our obedience moves Him [if you, then I], our faith moves Him [faith that moves mountains…who moves the mountains?]. His power will be released in our lives to the degree that we are willing to be obedient.  Faithful will a little, He will bless you with much. We make the first move toward Him and then He draws near to us.)
For the Lord is a faithful God.
(Reminds me of 1 Cor 10:13…The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.)
    Blessed are those who wait for his help.
19 O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem,
    you will weep no more.
He will be gracious if you ask for help.
(How can one believe that we don’t have free will?)
    He will surely respond to the sound of your cries.
20 Though the Lord gave you adversity for food
    and suffering for drink,
he will still be with you to teach you.
(Strength is built by resistance and perseverance will outlast persecution.)
    You will see your teacher with your own eyes.
21 Your own ears will hear him.
    Right behind you a voice will say,
This is the way you should go,”
    whether to the right or to the left.
(Allow Him to guide you and lead you.  Listen to His voice.  Notice the Word says the voice will come from behind you.  He’s always got your back! He watches us as we go, showing us the way but allowing us to make the decision whether we go this way or that.)
22 Then you will destroy all your silver idols
    and your precious gold images.
You will throw them out like filthy rags,
    saying to them, “Good riddance!”
Isaiah 31:4-5
But this is what the Lord has told me:
“When a strong young lion
    stands growling over a sheep it has killed,
it is not frightened by the shouts and noise
    of a whole crowd of shepherds.
In the same way, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies
    will come down and fight on Mount Zion.
The Lord of Heaven’s Armies will hover over Jerusalem
    and protect it like a bird protecting its nest.
He will defend and save the city;
    he will pass over it and rescue it.”
(Though He punishes, He protects.  Obedience is God’s method of protection for our lives.  Discipline will bring about that obedience. To discipline is to bring to a state of order, God’s plan. So we see here that even though His strong arm came down lightly upon Jerusalem, just as a mother would nurture her child after a spanking, so God fosters us.) 
Isaiah 32:10

10 In a short time—just a little more than a year—
    you careless ones will suddenly begin to care.
For your fruit crops will fail,
    and the harvest will never take place.
(We should care enough to water and fertilize…it’s our own fault if the crops fail, our own carelessness. We are responsible for the Gospel.  We have been given the privilege of knowing the Truth.  WE are responsible for souls. WE must disciple.  BEGIN TO CARE.) 
 11 Tremble, you women of ease;
    throw off your complacency.
Strip off your pretty clothes,
    and put on burlap to show your grief.
(That assurance that you have, that smugness and arrogance…get rid of it.  He cares about what we do.  Get up and do something today for the Kingdom of God.  And everyday heretofore.)

Galatians 5:1-12

New Living Translation (NLT)

Freedom in Christ

So Christ has truly set us free. [This freedom is being free to do what was impossible before, not free to do whatever we want.] Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law. [‘Tied up in slavery to the law’ sounds bound and emprisoned?? This is burdensome.  There are no special conditions when it comes to being saved. Don’t disqualify yourself. He made us free.]

Listen! I, Paul, tell you this: If you are counting on circumcision to make you right with God, then Christ will be of no benefit to you. [Are you trying to save yourself? by trying to keep certain rules and special conditions and regulations, you are merely separating yourself from God. Paul is saying here that Christ is of no benefit to you.] I’ll say it again. If you are trying to find favor with God by being circumcised, you must obey every regulation in the whole law of Moses. For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God’s grace. [No human effort can find favor with the Lord.  It is only the spotless Lamb of God, Jesus, who has made a way for us to be right with Him.]
But we who live by the Spirit eagerly wait to receive by faith the righteousness God has promised to us. [Sanctification is a process.  His righteousness is imparted to us, but it is still His.  We are clothed in it, yet still flesh.  We will continue to sin which is Paul’s point here: we cannot be made righteous by any effort of our own. But the Holy Spirit that lives in us revives us and brings Life eternal and the righteousness of Christ lives through the Spirit’s guidance.  It’s as if each day we are a soldier awaiting our orders, our call, our mandate.] For when we place our faith in Christ Jesus, there is no benefit in being circumcised or being uncircumcised. What is important is faith expressing itself in love. [How are you expressing love to others daily?  Not just family and those you know, but OTHERS…people who don’t look like you, sound like you, believe like you…they need to see our faith in expression, active and alive through service.]
You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth? [Don’t get tired!  Stay spiritually fit!  Pray, read, and do! Then repeat the same order.] It certainly isn’t God, for he is the one who called you to freedom. This false teaching is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough! [It only takes one person’s influence to ruin and infect an entire group.] 10 I am trusting the Lord to keep you from believing false teachings. God will judge that person, whoever he is, who has been confusing you. [Paul says he is trusting the Lord.  We are to deliver the Truth that we have been entrusted with.  It is the Holy Spirit who convicts hearts.  We are not trying to win an argument here…we are trying to see a soul saved.  This is not a debate…this is a battle and we are plundering hell to populate heaven. So boldy proclaim…fervently pray…and confidently stand.  Don’t get into theological arguments. Speak the Truth plainly and clearly. Let the Holy Spirit vindicate you.]
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<sup class="footnote" value="[b]”> Psalm 63: 1-11

O God, you are my God;
    I earnestly search for you.
My soul thirsts for you;
    my whole body longs for you
in this parched and weary land
    where there is no water.
[David was in the wilderness, alone, at this time.  Don’t you believe that his longing and yearning for God is what God wanted from him all along, it just took him being in the wilderness to accomplish that? He wants us to be parched, thirsty for Him.  Only He can satisfy us. If we pour out each day, empty ourselves of all that is in us, then we will be in this state.  If each day we are truly giving all, we will need Him to refill us daily.]
I have seen you in your sanctuary
    and gazed upon your power and glory.
[Do you remember seeing the power and glory of God?  In this time of trouble and loneliness, desolation and trouble, he was reminded of when he gazed upon the Light of the world.]
Your unfailing love is better than life itself;
    how I praise you!
I will praise you as long as I live,
    lifting up my hands to you in prayer.
[In my weakness, can I surrender and lift my hands and continue to praise you through trouble an tribulation, knowing that you have me in your hands? If I can’t, why?  Is it because of my disobedience? Have I stepped out of your covering and now I am expecting you to move toward me when it should be me drawing unto you?]
You satisfy me more than the richest feast.
    I will praise you with songs of joy.
I lie awake thinking of you,
    meditating on you through the night.
[What keeps you awake at night? Is it thinking on the Lord or the worries of your world?  The Scripture tells us in 1 Peter 5:7 to ‘Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.’]
Because you are my helper,
    I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings.
[When we know we are protected and safe, we can be joyful and have no fear. I see a picture of a child standing behind his father who is standing up for him to a bully and the child is smiling and has not a care in the world because his daddy is taking care of it.]
I cling to you;
    your strong right hand holds me securely.
But those plotting to destroy me will come to ruin.
    They will go down into the depths of the earth.
[Don’t touch God’s anointed.]
10 They will die by the sword
    and become the food of jackals.
11 But the king will rejoice in God.
    All who trust in him will praise him,
    while liars will be silenced.
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