Fleeing to Petra
Proverbs

Our Brokenness

Our Hands

Jesus, Help Me...Fellows, Let's Roll!

Who is Your Life?

Light vs. Darkness

Malachi 3

You Don't Know How to Live?
What Is So Valuable and Priceless?
I Am that I Am. What Else is There?

 

 

Matthew  24:16-21
 
Flee to the mountains.
 
Our Heavenly Father and Our Lord Jesus Christ are the God of Miracles.  When Israel flees to the mountains, it will be to the old Edomite capitol of Petra ... a place of entrance of about 3 feet, with narrow road to reach, and miles from nowhere. 
 
You enter, through the opening, into an arena like opening; with rock walls reaching several hundred feet.  The diameter of the opening is probably 500 feet ... with no water source and no food source.  There is no other way in or out, totally surrounded by rock walls.  There are a few caves, which extend about 75 feet or less, into the base of rock on one side.
 
I spent about 4 hours walking around, looking and considering the Greatness of our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, the taking of His people to this hiding place, the miracles of water and food. the Divine Protection and Divine Provision, and many other  miracles they have to perform for their people. 
 
Amazing, awe, and wondrous beyond our understanding - how Our God is gonna perform these great miracles.  If you need a miracle, know that God is more than able to perform a miracle for you as well.  It was a miracle that I was able to visit Petra, to ponder how Great is our Heavenly Father and Lord Jesus Christ.
 
Way beyond my comprehension and understanding but, it will happen.  It is same as done already.  Watch, and be ready for the miracle to happen, soon.  Our God is a God of Miracles. 

2002 by (Howard) Vern Nicholson
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Proverbs

Wisdom to Live By

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths."

Proverbs 3:5-6
 
As a child, I had read many times.  I thought I was doing exactly what verse 5 said.  As I grew up to teen age, I still thought everything was right on. The older I became, having experienced many different things in life, I began to realize I wasn't trusting at all.  My own understanding was not nearly what it should have been.  I had over compensated in going forth and was completely off the path set for me.  Big adjustments had to be made, right now.  The path the Lord set for me was straight.  The path I was taking was way off to the left and far off to the right.  My understanding was a long way from His purpose for me.
 
Then came time for obedience to the Gospel.  Being born again was a tumultuous experience.  It took over two years to get my feet on the ground and walking the path He laid out for me.  Great struggles and battles were fought over learning God's Will for my life.  Although, I had been shown it as a child.
 
Then came verse 6, which I thought I had been doing, but was brought to a standstill.  I was doing the first part of acknowledging Him.  But, the understanding of the future, where the paths were leading, wasn't clear to me. Slowly, but slowly, over a period of more than 3 years, the path was taking shape.
 
The burning desire to win souls to Jesus Christ was and is burning hot within.  That is the reason I witness to almost everyone I meet.  I pass out tracts, talk how great they can be, play violin and teach, write poetry and meditations, and help everyone that I can communicate with.
 
He is leading, by the Holy Spirit, and directing my path in which to walk.  Walking with Jesus Christ is the greatest bit of wisdom that I can impart ... the most Blessed life that I have found, after 71 years of living, 20 years schooling, and traveling to all the states and some foreign countries.
 
Proverbs truly is a picture of Wisdom that we, as God's children, live by.  He has laid out the path in which to walk, hand in hand, with Him.
 
2002 by (Howard) Vern Nicholson
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Jesus Christ said, come unto me you that are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Where the Spirit of Christ is there is Liberty.

So many of us are having a difficult time dealing with our brokenness.  Whether it is caused by our own actions, decisions, or  our own weaknesses.  And, of course, in this evil time of abortion, divorce, hatred, jealousy, crime, or other relationships gone wrong; we are deeply hurt and sore in heart.  We need healing, but wrap (the hurts and cuts) up inside of ourselves.  It festers, grows, and erupts until we have lost our freedom to become all that we can be.  Our conscience is crowded by what will others think if they knew, what more do I have to put up with in this life, and other things.

Here is what one of my friends is doing about it.   She read the Bible and asked Jesus to tell her what else she needed to do to be completely whole.  She took a nap, awoke refreshed, and immediately the Lord gave her a vision.  The vision was of a little girl with broken glass all around her.  She reached down to pick up all the broken pieces.  The Lord spoke to her and said, "I'll pick them up for you!"

She immediately knew that those pieces of broken glass represented all the hurts, cuts, and bruises of her whole life.  She wanted so much to get rid of.  She said, "Yes, Jesus.  You pick them up for me, I don't need them any longer, and heal my heart.  I want to be free from all of those hurts.  I want to be free.  Thank you, Jesus."

Our brokenness, is one of the most important things we (as God's People) need to surrender to Him ... so that we can be healed of our brokenness.  Jesus Christ is the only healer and burden bearer that we have.  So, go to Jesus in Bible study, prayer, and surrender all your hurts and brokenness to Him.  He will gladly take all of them.  Please do not hold anything back.  1 Pet.  5:6.

He set me free!  Praise Him, He set me free!  He can you, also.  Come unto Jesus Christ, all ye that are heavy laden, and He will give you rest, healing, mercy and blessings.

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Our hands are great teaching tools.  They have taught me many lessons.  One of them is ...
 
The left hand:  On this hand we have no hope, no purpose, no future, failure, falling way short, broken relationships, sickness, no love, heartache, worry, tension, anxiety, judgment, death, and we don't have to do anything to get all of that.  And, there is nothing worth holding onto.  Proverbs says those that hate God, love death.
 
The right hand:  On this hand we have, hope, purpose, future, success, reaching our ultimate potential, strong relationships, health, love, peace, joy, comfort, abundant living, and more than enough of everything ... every thing worth holding onto.  But we can't, because the more we extend our hand in blessing others, the more we receive.
 
The question is:  Which hand do we want our life to be?
 
Well, every intelligent person always says the right hand!  You are right in saying the right hand is best!
 
But, to have a life like the right hand, one has to have a relationship with the real Jesus Christ!
 
God's Word tells us how to establish and renew that relationship daily.  Make the right choice and extend your right hand, open, intending to obey Him in a relationship, and you have all He has to give you.  And, it is FREE!
 
2002 by (Howard) Vern Nicholson
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Fellows, Let's Roll !!!

 
Famous last few words of Brother Todd Beamer, "Jesus, Help Me.  Fellows, let's roll!" ... A call to faith and action almost unequaled.  We are called to be soul winners and faithful, until the end of this life.  We have a perfect example in Todd and the rest of the men onboard Flight 93.
 
Matthew 4:18,19, "And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon, called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishers.  And He saith unto them.  Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men."  It's a great challenge He gives to each of us today.  Let us be like Peter, Andrew, and Todd Beamer; for there can be no greater calling.
 
In this time of great spiritual warfare, going on all over the world; wars, rumors of wars, murder, mayhem, stealing, lying,  drunkenness, drugs, and many other sins ... we need many men like these three; brave men who will follow Jesus Christ in obedience and love, faithful until the end.  Will you answer the call, and obey Christ, go into all the world and preach the gospel to the lost and dying world?
 
We are the ones He has called for this purpose.  We are to seek the lost, love them into the kingdom of God.  The Bible says teach, baptize, and teach all of mankind.  Tell them of Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father, who loves them more than we can tell them.  You have to experience their love, mercy, forgiveness, faithfulness, and compassion.
 

Will you say, "Jesus, help me.  Brothers, let's roll?

 
2002 by (Howard) Vern Nicholson
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Colossians 3:1, "If Ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.  (2.) Set your affection on things on the earth.  (3.) For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.  (4.) When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in Glory."

 

The question is, "Who is your life?"  If you are then, we have the obligation and ought to obey.  This obeying is to seek those things which are above!  Our minds should be on the heavenly scene of God the Father and Jesus Christ, on their thrones, with all the elders, angels, and witnesses praising and worshiping them in the in the GLORY of the Lord's presence ... radiance beyond words to describe, voices and music loud in praise; excitement beyond words.

 

All of our affections are to be focused on the heavenly scene, living as if we were already home.  Our worship is present, but our minds and bodies are here on earth.  Our priorities and lives are brought into harmony with Our God, with the Holy Spirit working in our lives.  We have peace, joy, happiness, and a most blessed hope in which to live.  The things of earth fade in comparison.  Thus, having put on the mind of Christ, we are able to live abundantly while here, as if we were already home.

 

The reason is, we are dead to this world and our lives are hid in Christ Jesus, our Wonderful Lord.  He is our all in all.  He is our life.  Nothing else matters.  He is in charge of all that we do, say, and are.  He shares all that we experience, whether it be sickness, hurts, diseases, trials, tribulation, or physical death.   We are being prepared for our heavenly home, so we won't be strangers there, but will know all.

 

The great promise: when Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in Glory.  This is a great motivation unto perfecting our lives in harmony with God's will for us.  We make this blessed hope a reality.  We take all steps necessary to obey; to humble ourselves and to grasp on to eternal life.

 

How beautiful heaven must be, great home for the happy and free; praising God for eternity.  Decide, today, to make this scripture yours and live this way.  You will be blessed beyond measure.  Give Glory to our Heavenly Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who makes it all possible.

 

Just who is your life?

 
2002 by (Howard) Vern Nicholson
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Warfare

In Psalms 83, we find the picture of the enemies of God on one side and the Children of God on the other.  This ages old battle is raging at a feverish pitch.  Darkness can't stand light and reacts in lying, cheating, murder, mayhem, evil actions.  They are all anti-God (Heavenly Father and Lord Jesus Christ) and do all in their power to rid the earth of their remembrance.  History is a proof of this, as well as God's Word.

For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head. They take crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.

 
They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.  That is verses 2, 3, and 4 of Psalm 83.  It further lists those are in that grouping and all Moslem or false religionists.

The God of the Jews is our Heavenly Father (JEHOVAH), including Jesus Christ the Christian.  They are the God of the light.  While the false gods (including Moslem) are all in darkness. The false wanna be gods are the children of Satan, whose only reward he can give is death and destruction.  The father of all lies.

We are the children of light.  Ph. 2:15, "That you be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world."  John 8:12, "Then spake Jesus again unto them saying, 'I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.'"

We are in the midst of this warfare.  So, we need to realize who the enemy is and how he works.  Satan and his crowd only know ways of darkness, doing all they can do to rid the world of light.  Never compromise your faith, for it is surrendering unto darkness.  They have religion but not salvation.

But, put on the whole armor of God and walk in victory.  Be on the victory side.  Verse 17-18, "Let them be confounded and troubled for ever, yea, let them be put to shame, and perish: That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, ART THE MOST HIGH OVER ALL THE EARTH.  AMEN."
 
2002 by (Howard) Vern Nicholson
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Will a man rob God?  Good question, and the answer is a loud, "YES!"   Many preachers ask this question in a sermon on raising money.  But, that is not the whole meaning of this question.  Some use it to have members to give more to the Lord's work.  There are other reasons, also.  Some give to escape responsibility of seeking the lost, or soul winning ... or, having a compassionate heart towards the hurting, dying, and spiritual problems; thinking they can't deal with the situation.
 
One of the main ways we are Robbing our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ is to not being willing to share the Gospel; the Good news that God Loves us and has made a way for all of us, regardless of our sinful situation and bondage ... the drunks, drugs, and all the rest of our sinful acts of mankind, that Satan has used to kill and destroy.
 
The whole purpose for the creation of mankind was for our Heavenly Father to have fellowship, and relations with us.  When we fail to seek out the lost sheep, teach, baptize, and teach; we are robbing God!  When we fail to give our time, moneys, talents, and all we have to further the Gospel; we are robbing God!  Many are the ways of Robbing Our Heavenly Father and Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, of the fellowship of mankind.  We fail in our commission 'Go into All the World and Preach the Gospel'.
 
So many of us think, "I gave my dollar, today, and did my duty of just going to church.  Some say, "Let someone else do it.  I am too busy," or, "I am too GOOD to associate with those filthy, dirty, low life."  Some might even think, "I just don't have to do everything God says!  I'll just do what I like and nothing more!"  All kinds of excuses and lies are given to escape full surrender and to become a servant.
 
In what ways are you robbing, not only God but, yourselves of the great times of love, fellowship, rewards, and joys of serving Jesus Christ with your whole heart; the most exciting life you can have on the face of the earth?  Many, many, souls would be added to the Kingdom ... if you would take this responsibility upon yourselves to be a soul winner, prayer warrior, clay in the Master's Hand.
 
Malachi 3 has it correct, when He asks the question, "Will a man rob God?"  What are you gonna do about it?  Acts 2:38, "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."  Acts 2:42, "And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers."
 
It's a picture of what we must do to be saved, s well as what we must do as obedient servants.  Then, you will not rob God, the Father and Jesus Christ, so much ... and many will be saved from His wrath.
 
 
God Bless you and yours.
Become a piece of clay in His Hand!
 
2002 by (Howard) Vern Nicholson
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The way you are supposed to live in the perfect will of God is to obey His Word.  Colossians 3:12-14, "Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering.  Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.  And above all these things put on Charity (love), which is the bond of perfect ness."
 
In this time of great darkness, evil, wars, and persecutions; we are to live according to God's Word.  Because we are His, purchased by His own blood, we are not ourselves anymore.  We have been adopted into the Family of God; a precious privilege to receive and be all that we can be.
 
Our character matters and our relationships ... to ourselves, others, and to our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ,   We are not to take our faith lightly.  It is utmost important that we become servants.  As servants, we will become all that our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ shall make us to be, in their image.
 
Since our great God is LOVE, when we put on Christ we will also love.  This is proof that we are children of the Most High God and partaker in His perfect ness ... another way of saying, "Wholeness, completeness, all that we ever can be."
 
What a great challenge Christ gives to each of us, each day of our lives, to measure up, in character and actions, in Him.  We, therefore, ought to conform to His standard for our daily lives ... for us to live out our lives in His Love and perfect ness.  Then, the peace of God will rule in your hearts, resounding in His Glory.
 
 
May you learn to love everyone, as He loves them.
Now, you know how to live in the perfect will of God!  Amen.
 
2002 by (Howard) Vern Nicholson
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In Psalm 19:7-11, we find the answer.  In verse 10, we find the value, "More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb."   What then is so valuable and priceless?  The answers would take much more than a lifetime to completely understand.  In fact, in the flesh we might not ever come close.  But, in the next life, in eternal life, we will know all about it!
 
In verse seven, we find, "The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple."  The laws of God are many and include all His Spiritual Laws, as well as all the laws we know in this life; the controlling laws of the universe, how they work, and what they consist of, and the laws we must learn to operate wisely in His Kingdom.  They are sure and complete, making those wise who know and apply, when appropriate, in our lives.
 
In verse eight, scripture says, "The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes."  God tells us what our limitations are in our relationships with Him and with others; the guidelines of conduct and operations or doings we are called to perform for Him (such as soul winning, missionary, ministering, etc).  They keep us within the Perfect Will of God for our lives.
 
In verse nine, it says, "The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether."   These cover all our relationships and worship of our great Heavenly Father, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.  It also tells us that we are to be dealt with as sons and that when we sin.  The punishment is to restore us into a right relationship with Him.  We never have to worry about God punishing us severely for a very small sin, but that the punishment will be measured in the degree of disobedience.  He has proved Himself to us in the teachings of His Son, Jesus Christ, of who He is and what He expects from us.
 
These are just a few insights as to why they are to be desired, the value they are to each of us and why we should seek to learn and understand them.  So, at the appropriate time ,we can apply, with all the wisdom that God has given to us, that we might be prepared to return to our Heavenly Home, fully qualified to fulfill the whole purpose that we were created to become.
 
Experiencing our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit daily prepares us to live abundantly, with the most Blessed Hope and power to live to its fullest.  That is why they are so valuable, now and forever, in eternity.  Please test and let God prove to you their value ... to you and to all of us.  He can and will teach you, if you will only desire to have Him show and teach you.  You will have the most Blessed Life you can experience, in this life as well and the one to come!
 
2002 by (Howard) Vern Nicholson
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Our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ say, "I am that I am."  That means that God is!  He is also the creator God.  In Hebrews, He states that the creation was done through His Son, meaning Jesus Christ.  

From God being God, we have an orderly universe.  We have life that is higher than animals, because we are created by Him, in His image.  Christians should know that we get all our laws, justice, righteousness, forgiveness of sins, victory over death, and a system of society that is based on the rule of law.  The society, thus based, receives liberty, freedom, justice, and the value systems that are in harmony with God's law of life and all that pertain therein.

These are the principles that our country was founded; The Constitution, Bill of Rights, and laws of the land based on God's law ... thus, giving everyone equal rights, ordained of God and given to us ... because our freedom is based on His righteousness and His Law.   We, therefore, have a value system of values based upon His Word.  These are undeniable facts that can't be overlooked, unless one is fool enough to face God and say to him, "You don't exist.  Therefore, I am god."

The enemy of God is called humanists!  Their belief is based on and centered on man, as the source of all things.  This philosophy is centuries old; devised by Satan to steal, kill, and rob mankind of their rights, privileges, and knowledge of God the Father and Jesus Christ.

They, in their philosophy, are called many things; such as atheists, socialists, leftist, communists, and all other false religions.  Since their origin, they presume that all things and powers center on man, even with his  unregenerate heart filled with all kinds of evil.  They think that they have the wisdom to create a society which is created and operated by man, thus eliminating God from their lives ... a world without God!  A society without  limits, finite structuring, value systems, or any other reasoning system based on logic.

They love death and hate God so they can create a society free of any hindrances to their actions.  They have no moral system, rights and/or law system, or any structure for their society ... so that every man does what is right in his own eyes.
From this philosophy, you get death, abortion, homosexuality, murder, rape, pillage, thefts, euthanasia of the elderly, and no justice.  You also go on a downward slide into total anarchy and warring against everyone.  They tell us they love us, but only love us to die.

This philosophy is enforced by the courts system of saying it is illegal to teach anything other than humanism in the public school system.  The courts and government state this and you can be arrested for teaching any other philosophy in schools, from post graduate down to kindergarten.  Abortion was forced upon us when 76% were against it.  But, the courts made the law, using the police to enforce it and the judges to rule in favor of  humanist's philosophy instead of rightness.

The  government, courts, and Congress are all anti-God in their philosophy, or they would correct this matter.   This is a war against God and we, as citizens, are caught in the middle of this warfare.  While Christians are on God's side, they leave, vote, and support humanist politicians through ignorance.  They protest abortion and  bad teaching in schools, but don't and won't pay the price for taking a stand for truth.

Unless we know and understand the picture of the warfare, we wind up on the losing side, and God is closed out of many lives ... and the evil will just increase even more: murder, rape, dope, alcohol, stealing, warfare, rebellion, and all that goes with Satan and his rule.

Since God is, man is a fool to disregard all the evidence of His existence and accept a very much lower standard to live by, which is no standard but relative to what the lowest thinker thinks and does.  Our nation is apparently filled with many fools and, sorry to say, they are in places of power and authority.

What can we do to stop the deteriorism by mankind to destroy, kill, and rob us of even life itself.
(1.) Preach the truth.
(2.) Learn about humanist philosophy and their errors in reasoning.
(3.) Understand the total picture of what is going on and how the enemy (Satan) and his followers work to destroy our freedoms, liberties, and our value systems in our country. 
Our rights are God given, not man given.  If we decree God out of our country and lives of its people, you will have no rights, no life, and no justice.   Life with out God is not living.  Get in the battle, which is raging at a fever pitch.

God is!  God is!
 
2002 by (Howard) Vern Nicholson
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