Interactive Flash presentation of the Gospel:

Monday, September 19, 2016

Satan does not tempt us to sin

Satan does not tempt us to sin.

Wow! Quite an eye-opener, is it not?

Satan tempts us to think differently -- to think that what God has given us with our rebirth / regeneration, we will lose.

Satan tempts us to change our point of view.

When we are saved, we believe we are a child of God. We are valued by Him.

But Satan seeks to control our mind, our every thought. He makes us doubt our value, our worth before God.

Because we feel worthless, it must be so. Afterall, Satan said so.

But we have forgotten. We are children of God, not of Satan.

We must repent, turn back to our First Love -- The Lord Jesus Christ. He is where our true allegiance lies.

We must turn away from mindless thinking, groping in the dark, and reach for the Light -- the Light of Jesus, who cleanses us from all unrighteousness, all wrongdoings, all sin.

"...I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen, repent and do the first works..." - Revelation 2:4-5

(c) Cathy Orrick Luders

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Taking control of our every thought

Thoughts --

Where do they take you?

Is it down back alleyways of despair and discouragement, fear and anger?


Is it through avenues of encouragement and hope, always a brighter tomorrow?

I'm betting on a combination. We want good thoughts, but sometimes in the midst of whatever is going on in our lives, our good thoughts seem to run away and our bad thoughts take over.

God tells us to Trust Him for everything every time, to Thank Him for whatever comes our way, good and bad, so we can become a better person through Him. God says to reject the negative or sinful thoughts and confess them to Him.

By controlling our thoughts this way, negative turns to positive. Our minds are kept on the Lord Jesus, we are abiding in His Presence and He will guide us along the path best for each of us.

I John 1:5b-10 ...
"...God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have no sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us." 

Luke 1:79 ...
"To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death. To guide our feet into the way of peace."

Saturday, May 14, 2016

God wants us to stay connected to Him

God tells us not to fear our limitations - whatever they may be, and not to measure what we have to get done for the day against our own strength.

God wants us to stay connected to Him - through prayer, through His word - to trust Him for everything, to depend on Him for His limitless resources.

We cannot handle every difficulty that comes our way. We think we can.

Without God, there is nothing. We are nothing. We can do nothing. We think we have untold strength, but we do not. We are powerless alone.

It is only God that equips us to handle the difficulty we travel through. He is STRONG. It is His STRENGTH that we must rely on to accomplish all of our difficulties in every part of life.

"For with God nothing will be impossible."  
 Luke 1:37

"My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness."    
 II Corinthians 12:9

Saturday, May 7, 2016

"Be a glimmer"

I was writing in my journal, "The Race," this morning. Generally when I write there, it makes it way to the blog of the same name. "The Race" was begun in 2015 when my husband, Jim, was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. But this morning, as I kept writing, I realized this wasn't so much for "The Race" as it was for the "Journeys" blog. 

The Scripture for "The Race" was taken from Hebrews 12:1-2a, which says, "Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith." 

I was thinking about The Race To Run With Endurance. 

It's not just about health, but also our whole life is a race. Keep going. Persevere. Push past every pain, every struggle.

God set us apart to be different, to show the world His Way, His Truth, His Life. 

If we're not showing His Way and delivering His Truth, then we most certainly are not living as He. 

We have succumbed to a lower power to whom we have bestowed more greatness than the God of the universe and The Son who died to set us all free. We have given Satan free reign over our lives and he will never bring us to gloryland. He will control us. We will hear and believe every negative. We will live and die in bondage. We will forget to whom we truly belong. We will think the lust of the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of our thoughts and wants and desires are what is important; are all that matters. 

Satan is the destroyer - one person at a time. He has destroyed many. 

Will he, is he destroying you too? 

God allows events to unfold. God gives us each free will. The choices we make now will determine the outcome of future events. 

Remember His love
Turn Back - Turn Around
Before the hour gets later
Before there is no time

Don't be a statistic ... 

Be a glimmer
a glimmer of light amidst the darkness

"To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet unto the way of peace." ~ Luke 1:79 NKJV 

Friday, May 6, 2016

Thoughts to Think About

  • Have you stepped away from God
  • Have you stopped believing in Him and His Word?
  • Does the life path you follow lead to fulfillment or destruction?
  • Have you placed the Lord on a back burner instead of at the center of your life?
  • Where is your love placed - is it upon your wants or God's desires?

Thursday, April 21, 2016

He delivers, He commands, ... but we?

Based on Psalm 116 

What do you give to the Lord?
He delivers your soul from death
He hears your voice
You find trouble and sorrow
You cry out to the Lord, "I beg You, deliver my soul!"
The Lord - He is gracious and righteous and merciful
He has delivered your soul from death,
your eyes from tears
your feet from falling
You say, "I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living."
You say, "I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving."
You say, "I will pay my vows to the Lord." 

But do you walk (live) with the Lord?
Are you thankful for the Lord's blessings?
Have you obeyed the Lord's commandments?


Based on Genesis 2-4

In the beginning
God made man
and from him, woman
and they joined together,
united as one

In the midst of the Garden of Eden -
a place of continuous delight,
fellowship with God
and human companionship -
sin called

Sin gave rise to the thought
that if something was desirable and pleasant,
what was wrong with possessing it? 

The ways of the serpent,
who represents Satan / Sin,
are cunning.
Did God really say no?
Will you really die?

That which you don't have
you see as good and pleasant and desirable
and you must have it

So what is not yours to have, you take.

God has said, "Of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat,
for in the day that you eat it you shall surely die." (Gen. 2:17)

And so you disobey. You die - spiritually. You no longer have fellowship with the one who created you. You are separated from Him. He who gave you life, love, fellowship, companionship, wasn't enough. You wanted what He said was forbidden. 

You want more and more, all of everything. Your mindset is not on the good, you are not satisfied with what you have. You are focused on what you don't have ... you give in to temptation. You see only what is wrong with life and life situations. You are outside the boundaries laid by God.  You care only about yourself. 

Just as Cain, son of Adam and Eve, said to the Lord about his brother, Abel (whom he had killed), "Am I my brother's keeper?" (Genesis 4:9b)

You are filled with shame and guilt. You want to hide - yourself and what you have done. But in your sin responsibility for it rolls off your back and onto another. All that is wrong is of no consequence. You will do what you want and blame your faults on another.

You live in a darkened world not of God's making.

"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend." (John 1:5)


G O D ' S  W I L L 

G God is for us
O Obedience His desire
D Daily coming into His presence
S Salvation His eternal gift

W Walking (living) in faith with the Lord
I Iniquity brings pain
L Longsuffering (patience) perseveres
L Love overcomes

Monday, March 7, 2016

Questions asked ... March 7


Why do I insist on doing things my way? 

Why do I say one thing the night before and do something totally different the next morning?

Why do I think I can handle whatever comes along?

Why do I not pray and when I do, why aren't my prayers consistent? 

Am I ever thankful? 

Do I appreciate what the Lord has given? 

Why when the choice is before me do I say I should but then I don't?

Why when others offer reasonable advice do I let it go in one ear and right out the other without much thinking about it? 

Why am I angry? 

Why do I do things to please myself only? 

Why do I say things I don't mean, whether good or bad? 

When will I do what I say I'm going to do? 

When will I include the Lord in everything I do and say and everywhere I go? 

When will I see the trials of life as gifts from God so I will see my need for Him in every aspect of my life? 

When will I trust Him? 

When will I believe the answers I need are in Him? 

When will I reach out to Him?

"When I remember You on my bed, I meditate of You on the night watches. Because You have been my help. Therefore in the shadow of Your wings, I will rejoice." ~ Psalm 63:6-7

"Count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience." ~ James 1:2-3 
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will direct your paths." - Proverbs 3:5-6