It was a valid offer. He offered Jesus the kingdoms of this world. They belonged to him...... they had been handed over to him by Adam's disobedience..... until the second Adam (Jesus) refused the same offer and took them back by His obedience to Father. And now......"The kingdoms of this world, they have become the kingdoms of our God and of His Christ". Jesus took them back, making it possible for us, by His life in us, to make that same choice, refuse Satan's offer by choosing to obey Father as well.
Got into our busy mode for the past week, so I haven't had time to post anything. Darryl and Martha were here from Impart Ministries. They input one of the local churches.... and stay with us here in the B&B..... they have been doing this for several years now and we have become good friends. Had some great discussions about how we see the church, how it functions (maybe some things about how it should function.... :)
I've done quite a few fasts over the past 40 years....spiritual ones.....health ones..... weight loss ones..... the one common denominator was that at the end of the fast whether it was 3 days, 7 days. 10 days. I was hungry! I agree with Mumford's saying that "my stomach was ready to eat my shirttails" :)
See.... the problem is...... we really, really want to control everything around us. Every situation, every circumstance, our future, our destiny, every single thing that goes down in our lives as well as all the things that we would like to have go down in our lives.
Way back during that Adam/Eve/Serpent thing, something very significant happened. There are a bunch of lies Satan tells them.....but they appeal to Adam and Eve. Things really would have been different if they had made a different choice. Here they were, walking and talking in the garden in the cool of the evening with the creator of all things.... them and God.... chatting away....enjoying their relationship. All they had to do was what God had told them to do and humanity would have been a completely different experience. Instead...
I hope it is obvious by this time, that I am determined to live openly and say what is really happening in my life and not play et's pretend Philip is wonderful every minute of the day! :) I believe it is very important to live openly. I think it is also just as important for me to live accountable to some people ..... people I trust.... that I've asked to speak into that openness at any time ....... I don't want anything to fall thru the cracks. :) You are also welcome to take a shot at it!
I told you about the Allied forces using Rhino Tanks to break thru the hedgerows in Normandy after the invasion in 1944.
"From the steel obstacles placed by the Germans on the beach during the landing, the Americans made many-pronged, sharp, tusk-like objects to attach to the front of their Sherman tanks. This method of cutting through hedgerows was extremely effective...."
One of the other things I saw thru the window at the Lake, was also something the Lord started talking to me about..... is still talking about, actually. At the end of our property, the land drops pretty much straight down 6 or 8 feet to the road.... across the road one can see the Lake. We have worked at clearing the view to the Lake..... at least on our side of the road... :)
In my last posting, I referred to all the work I had left to do on Monday once we were finished serving breakfast. I got up there about 11am, worked hard for 3 hours, called Ellen and told her I was going to have some lunch, then be on my way back home. My head is buzzing about all the things I still would like to do up there. I enjoy landscaping. The Lord just shows me things we could do and I get all excited about them. In 15 minutes, I have worked my way thru a peanut butter sandwich and a banana, get up and I'm ready to buzz along.
Sunday afternoon, having no guests checking in to the B&B, we did a spur of the moment thing and drove up to our Lake Cottage to check out all the work that was done up there and stay over night. What a neat time..... to actually take my own advice, kick back and do nothing but enjoy each other and this incredible place that the Lord has blessed us with. We did a sleep over! :)