Sometimes it's best not to read "signs" into everything. Goodness knows that things are complex, convoluted, and corrupt enough as documented fact these days, without reading something into it every time the wind blows, or you see a crow sitting on a fence where you never saw it before, or just because you "notice" something that maybe you just simply never noticed before. While I do believe conspiracy exists (there's been one for about 6000 years now since mankind was drawn into the Luciferian rebellion), my opinion is that we can save ourselves a lot of grief by not looking for trouble where there is none. Examine your motives and your information. You save yourself a lot of grief with not getting all your exercise by stretching your imagination and jumping to conclusions.
We are created in the image of God. We are deeply, divinely loved and precious to Him beyond imagining. We are also a race fallen from His grace, due to being coerced into complicity with rebellion, resulting spiritually in captivity to the arch enemy of God. But we have been redeemed and have the opportunity to be restored in full! All who receive Christ receive the power to become the sons of God (Jn 1:12) The question then is, where to from here? Self will, or God's will which is this amazing plan of redemption, salvation, and restoration?
Your kindly remarks, questions, or prayer requests are welcome here:
Life is like a washing machine.
It's the agitation
that brings the dirt to the surface.
This is a list of my favorite quotes so far. Some of them are from Scripture, some from general sources, real people, or fictional characters… and some of them come from my own thoughts and experiences.
*There are some things in life that ought to be questioned. Then there are other things not worth getting in a stew about that need not be questioned. Being wise is being able to tell the difference. ~Blaise~
*The root of all mankind’s problems is separation from God and the fact that we exist in a fallen realm in need of receiving its redemption which has been provided in Christ Jesus. ~ Blaise.
*One does well to check and see that the bridge you’re crossing doesn’t lead you out of the frying pan into the fire. ~ Blaise
*Truth matters. ~ Blaise
*Paintings are stories written with colors. ~ Blaise
*A curious glitch in communications often occurs when people are answering a question according to the filters in their head, rather than actually hearing what one is asking. ~ Blaise
*We have been redeemed from darkness, the devil, and deception – freed from it by the blood of Jesus Christ. Therefore, “Coexist” does not exist! Never did. Doesn’t now. Never will. The thoughts and ways of darkness can never co-exist with the Light of Christ. ~ Blaise
*Remember, only real musicians know how to spell A Cappella!
*”This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” ~ John 17:3
*A thought to consider: Each day holds a challenge, but within that challenge lies a blessing. Just as surely as Christ was hidden in a manger and Redemption within the Cross, you will find it if you look for it. Seek it and it will reveal itself to you. ~ Blaise
*”But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.” ~ John 14:26
*If it works, don’t fix it. ~ Author unknown
*The enemy of good is better. ~ Author unknown
*”Lies, damn lies, and statistics.” ~ Mark Twain
*”What object is served by this circle of misery and violence and fear? It must tend to some end, or else our universe is ruled by chance, which is unthinkable.” ~ Sherlock Holmes
*”I confess that I have been blind as a mole, but it is better to learn wisdom late than never to learn it at all.” ~ Sherlock Holmes
“Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.” Song of Songs 2:15 (KJV)
Tender grapes are fruit in its developing stages (as are the blossoms or blooms spoken of in other Bible translations), if you let the symbolism reveal itself. Specifically the fruit of the Spirit. And from where does this fruit come within the follower of Christ Jesus, except from abiding in the vine, abiding in Him?
The little foxes might be the little overlooked and subtle things whose demonic or humanistic mandate is to destroy the connection between Vine and branches. Thus the little foxes must be seen and recognized for what they are, taken, seized, and eliminated from the vineyard.
Much of entertainment couched as humor these days does this. It demoralizes traditional values and godly roles by making respectable people and godly wisdom appear as something to be laughed at and mocked. Characters in these shows are presented as buffoons to be made fun of (especially dads, elders, and other authority figures in general). And they are rated as “safe” for kids to watch. Certainly there may be no bad language or vulgar displays, but the message of disrespect that is sent makes its way into little minds through the disarming feature of so called humor.
There are other subtle trends as well that have crept into the vineyard of families, the churches, and society in general. Can you think of other “little foxes” that you have observed, or that you have uncovered in your own life, which were spoiling your connection to the Vine? We should always be very diligently on guard and prayerful, asking for God’s discernment and wisdom in recognizing what the little foxes look like and how to get them out of the vineyard.