DYING BUSY

by Dr. Karen Colvin on May 18, 2018

in Word of the Week

 

Leaving Babylon pgs. 87-88

The work of Babylon and her children is obvious to those who will choose to see it. I believe in these current times she keeps humanity blinded through busyness, as we struggle to keep up with the fast pace of our time. I recall a line from a TV show, Touched by an Angel, that said, “The world is moving faster and faster, but the human heart is beating at the same speed.” What a truth that statement is. Never before in human history have we been so mentally and emotionally tired as we try to keep up with the speed Babylon has set for us. Many of us have retreated into addictions and depression, and some have chosen suicide over remaining in the race to keep up. Mercy and genuine care from our fellow man has been lost in a cloud stress.

Babylon seeks to keep us fighting, competing, and trudging along day after day, never giving us time to assess the road we are on. She keeps us ever distracted and busy and pushes us to keep on working and working, knowing that we will never finish. We will die busy.

 

“… And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”  (Philippians 4:7 NIV).

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SHIFTS IN THE HEART

by Dr. Karen Colvin on May 11, 2018

in Word of the Week

The strongman may have been a good Christian, but somewhere along the way he forgot his dependence on Christ.  There was a shift in his heart as his success drove him to love and depend on himself more than on God.  God calls to him, but he is too busy to answer; for his mobile phone is constantly ringing, his blue tooth is ever in place, and there are meetings he must attend. – Sessions in Pain pg. 193

AUTHOR’S COMMENT: In this day and age of where we are inundated by technology and the drive for success, the ‘strongman syndrome’ plagues all of us. We must  fight to spend time with God and to hear Him over the many voices coming at us. Our hearts can easily and gradually shift toward what appears to be urgent, squeezing our Lord out of our lives.

“20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.” (Luke 12:20-21 NLT).

 

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THE FINAL GATHERING

by Dr. Karen Colvin on May 4, 2018

in Word of the Week

The gathering of His people and the leaving of Babylon have been the mission of God since our deception in Eden. The early efforts of this gathering began with a man called Noah. He was a righteous man, who stood for God in the midst of the evil in the world (Gen. 6). God called him to build a tremendous ark—a place to separate all that would be saved from all that would be destroyed. In obedience, Noah followed the call of God to gather two of each kind of animal, his family and anyone that would come into the ark. Noah preached as he built the great ark. In spite of the ridicule of the people, he preached until the day the door of the ark was shut by God. Then came the judgment through  the  great flood.

Throughout history, we see this recurring sequence of events again and again. God raised up leaders to gather us out of Babylon. Kings, prophets, preachers, and teachers, through the ages have come with the same message to humanity—to turn and follow the one true and living God who loves them. Come to Him and be saved from the coming destruction, is the repeated message. Sin can never be separated from destruction. As we embraced one, the other has soon followed. These events of history were only precursors. The final gathering and the final destruction are yet to come. – Leaving Babylon pg. 50

“Two men will be working together in the field; one will be taken, the other left. (Matthew 24:40 nlt) – Jesus Christ

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HEART FOR SALE

by Dr. Karen Colvin on April 20, 2018

in Word of the Week

God gives material possessions to use for our daily needs but, too often, they become items of worship.  You can easily know where you are in God if material possessions and money cause your heart to change toward Him. Sessions in Pain pg. 37

AUTHOR’S COMMENT: What is the cost of your heart? What person, item, amount of money, or position can turn your heart from God or keep your heart from God? We live in a time where people are selling their hearts and souls to the highest bidder. Their banners are raised high, “HEART FOR SALE”. Decisions are made based on “what can you give me?”,  instead of “how can I serve the purpose of God?” Let us re-evaluate ourselves. Let us remember what will matter in the end.

“You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred” (2 Timothy 3:1-2 nlt).

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Embracing the Eternal

by Dr. Karen Colvin on April 6, 2018

in The Autism Times

Leaving Babylon pg. 165

It should be becoming clear to you that as a child of the Most High God, you are a citizen of His kingdom. The kingdom of God is a place where God rules supreme. It is a place that is eternal. You can live in it from this life into the next. It is a place where your behaviors line up with His will and your thoughts are brought into obedience to Christ. In His kingdom, you become passionate for Him as your heart beats in sync with His love. You love as He does and hope as He does. You see humanity through the heart of God. You believe God completely. In His kingdom, you truly live in the peace of God, which passes all understanding (Phil. 4:7). The world will look at you and not understand why you sing in the middle of uncertainties, disappointments, and even tragedies. You come to understand that it is your spirit in communion with His that determines your citizenship in the kingdom of God. You have made a willful and deliberate choice to leave Babylon, and you continually make the willful and deliberate choice not to return.

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HIS HAND IS ON THE GAUGE

by Dr. Karen Colvin on March 30, 2018

in Word of the Week

Many people have difficulty accepting the fact that a God of love would also allow pain to be inflicted.  Either they decide to reject God altogether or live in denial that He allows pain in their lives.  They cannot make peace with a loving God who allows pain in their lives; but there is a resolution to their dilemma. 

Sessions in Pain pg. 27

AUTHOR’S COMMENTS: TRUST HIM! Beloved, if you have  given your life to Christ, His  hand is always on the gauge of your life. He gives and He takes according to His love for you. Through the dark days He remains a good, good Savior; loving you and causing all things to work together for your good. As the Scriptures teach us:

“12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal which is taking place to test you [that is, to test the quality of your faith], as though something strange or unusual were happening to you. 13 But insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, keep on rejoicing, so that when His glory [filled with His radiance and splendor] is revealed, you may rejoice with great joy.”  (1 Peter 4: 12-13 AMP).

 

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CHILDREN OF GOD

by Dr. Karen Colvin on March 23, 2018

in Word of the Week

Leaving Babylon pg.72
Through the years, I have realized the great truth of the Scripture that proclaims, as far as the heavens are above the earth, so are God’s ways above my ways and God’s thoughts above my thoughts (Is. 55:9). He is willing to teach me through each situation of life, regardless of how small it is, if only I would yield my Babylonian ways to His ways. We must truly nail our old selves to the cross and operate in the Spirit as children of God.

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SIMPLY BECAUSE HE LOVES US

by Dr. Karen Colvin on March 9, 2018

in Word of the Week

I believe what is most difficult for us is to have confidence in the work Jesus accomplished for us on the cross.  It goes against the very grain of our fallen nature to accept that He provided this free gift of forgiveness, simply because He loves us.

Sessions in Pain, pg. 86

AUTHOR’S COMMENTS; Why is “Grace” such a difficult concept for us as human beings? Perhaps is it because we come into this world struggling and we continue to battle both the seen and the unseen forces all of our lives to the point of exhaustion. It is all we have known…until Christ. So take hold of the Grace of God, which holds love, peace, safety, and rest – oh, sweet rest!.

” Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28 not).

 

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RUNNING WITH THE HORSEMEN

by Dr. Karen Colvin on February 23, 2018

in Word of the Week

The Word of God was spoken through the prophet Jeremiah that God was going to shake the land, and anyone that was not grounded in God would fall. Jeremiah gave the people of God the warning for them to assess themselves. He asked them the poignant question, “If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, then how can you contend with horses?” ( Jer. 12:5a, nkjv). How will the people of God stand as the rejection of God becomes more intense each day in our societies, when we fail to stand when the ways of God are still tolerated?

Leaving Babylon pg. 66

AUTHOR’S COMMENTS: The days of ‘running with the horsemen’  are upon us. We must run faster and stronger as Children of the Living God. We must pray longer and harder. We must press in stronger and closer to our Lord to remain in the fight until the end.

“Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world” (John 16:33 NLT).

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BLESSED & RESTORED

by Dr. Karen Colvin on February 16, 2018

in Word of the Week

Remember Job’s pain and suffering ended in victory.  He didn’t die alone in a hole, destitute and hopeless, but he left this physical life blessed and restored.  Job came through his suffering stronger, wiser and more intimate with God than before his ordeal.  He died full of years and today is in the presence of the Lord with all of his children.   Sessions in Pain, pg. 96

AUTHOR’S COMMENTS: When God has your life nothing is lost. Somethings  are removed for a moment as growth and development takes place in you; but nothing is lost to Him. He is a most efficient God, using every trial, every pain, and all that our enemy meant for evil, to bring us eventual good and blessings.

“But You, O Lord, are a shield for me,
My glory [and my honor], and the One who lifts my head”

(Psalm 3:3 AMP).

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