Thankful

It is so good to be back home after dealing with all that goes along with evacuating for Gustav. I was reading my Bible recently and was reminded of some things that Jesus said about the last days pictured in the life of Noah.

Luke 17:26-27

 

26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.

 

27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.

KJV

Jesus told us to look to the lessons in Noah’s flood for insight in these last days. He told us that men’s heart was wicked and was consumed with evil almost constantly. The Lord really had to do something because of the deterioration of mankind. Today is no different than the days of Noah. The wickedness of man is crying out for judgement.

Noah experienced the grace of God to spare him and His house from the coming judgement. Gen.6:8

8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

The Lord revealed Himself to Noah by the grace of God. Today, He is revealing Himself to a remnant by His grace.

The grace or favor of God brought several things to Noah.

1. It brought protection  through the ark.

2. It brought a great migration of beasts, A type of the great migration of souls to Christ in the last days

3. God remembered Noah and sent His wind. Gen 8:1
Genesis 8

8:1 And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters assuaged;

What was Noah’s response? After the water receded Noah brought an offering of thanksgiving to the Lord. Gen 8:20-9:1

20 And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.

21 And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.

22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

All of us can learn a lesson from Noah. We are
kept safe by the grace of God. He is preparing a harvest for us. He has sent the wind of the Spirit in these last days. What can we do? Bring an offering and give thanks to the Lord.

Blessings,

Frank

One Reply to “Thankful”

  1. It was so awesome to return to church after all the mess Gustav caused. I was so happy to see my friends there. To me, it was like a family reunion, except I knew other people’s names. 😛 I also go to Olive Branch Ministries, a small church near my house. There, I shared my own testimony of the storm. My mom had the radio set to news on Gustav for probably 12 of the 18 hours of the evacuation to San Antonio. Well, a few days back, I was praying and reading the Bible, even fasting from video game-playing (a bad addiction I want broken) for a day just to pray and read the Bible. Anyway, back to the car, my mind was absorbing so much news of Gustav that my mind began jumping to conclusions and I ended up breaking down in tears. I called my pastor from Olive Branch, and he prayed for me. When I look back on that, it reminded me of when Peter walked on the water. He sank when he took his eyes off of Jesus and focused his attention on the storm around him. But, I did have the moment where it seemed like Jesus saved me from going under. Later that night, and from then on, when I prayed to the Lord, I ended up thanking Him for so much that He had done for me and my family. Later, last Thursday, my family came home to find our house unscathed.

    When Katrina struck 3 years ago, I was not as faithful in the Lord as I am now, and I felt that part of the reason our house was flooded was because I did not pray at all or trust in the Lord prior to the storm. Worse, I was fooling myself into thinking that it was going to be like every other aftermath I experienced: leave for a bit and return home to same old same-old. I did not trust in the Lord, but rather on past experience. This year, I vowed not to make the same mistake twice. I cannot thank Him enough for what the Lord has done for my family during Gustav. I’m looking forward to writing down a testimony that is much greater than any hurricane. I plan to send it to Olive Branch’s newsletter after Ike passes.

    Praise be to God!

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