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Are We Living in the Days of Herod and Pharoah

ARE WE LIVING IN THE DAYS OF HEROD AND PHAROAH

By Carolyn Dale Newell

For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.

Psalm 139:13 NKJV

I am ashamed of the state I live in, Virginia. It was bad enough when New York passed legislation cheerfully to perform abortions right up until the moment of birth, but the governor of Virginia wants to take it to infanticide. Thankfully, this is not the opinion of most Virginians.

In an interview last week, the Virginia governor stated that once the baby is delivered it should be kept comfortable and resuscitated if the parents desire. Then a conversation would ensue between the parents and the physician to reach a decision. That is post-birth abortion. They would do this in cases where the child is born with something such as down syndrome.

Moses was born during a time when Pharaoh ordered all males born to Hebrew women to be killed. After Herod learned about the birth of King Jesus, he ordered the deaths of all male children under the age of two. This past week’s events are no different.

Why does our government protect animals, but they are happy to destroy a human life? One created in the image of God.

While strolling along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, we came upon a temporary fence protecting a sea turtle nest. Posted on a sign attached to the fence were the penalties for disturbing the protected species. The federal penalties for disturbing a sea turtle, the nest, or the hatchlings include fines and jail time (information from tapeunit.com).

Why do we as a nation place more value on a sea turtle than a human life?

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
(Jer. 1:5 NKJV)

God knew Jeremiah before He formed him in the womb, prior to conception. God purposed the life of this child. Also notice that God formed the fetus. When you abort a baby, you are killing a masterpiece of God. Then God goes on to say that He sanctified Jeremiah in the womb and ordained him as a prophet. What if Jeremiah’s mother had aborted him?

If you have had an abortion, God will forgive you when you repent. We all have sinned. None are perfect, except Jesus.

I plead to the church. To the pastors and preachers. And yes, even to my fellow bloggers and writers. The church must take a stand. We cannot sit silent any longer. I am unashamed to speak the truth of God. I am not concerned about followers or book sales. I write to serve God, not man.

What about you? When you preached Sunday morning, did you take that stand against abortion? Did you tell your congregation it is sin? Have you stood for unborn babies rather then fearing being unfriended? Church, if we don’t take a stand, Satan will. It is already happening.

Copyright 2019 Carolyn Dale Newell.

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Guide Dog Tales: Come Close

Come Close

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:28 NKJV

Two of Iva’s many commands are “Come” and “Close”.” “Come is reserved for times when she is off-leash, and I need her to come to me. “Close” is usually used when she is on her leash, and I want to draw her close to my body in order to position her in a “Sit” and “Down” to tuck her out of the way. For instance, I use it while I sit on the bench at Walmart, waiting for my husband. I like to keep her from laying in the busy aisle.

One Sunday, at church, as I headed to the altar, I noticed Iva’s pace was much faster than normal. Normal for church that is. Then I realized why. My pastor was saying, “Come…come.” Iva thought Pastor Ray was calling her to come to him. But Pastor Ray’s invitation was an extension of the authoritative call to repentance from Jesus Christ found in the above verse.

Jesus welcomed all to come to Him, those who labored under sin’s burden. Those who were heavy laden under hundreds of Jewish manmade laws that had been added to the laws of God. Those who were weary from the burdens of life. “Come to Me,” said Jesus, “and I will give you rest.” Rest from sin’s power. Rest from sin’s penalty. Rest from our heavy load. Rest from the burdens of religious leaders.

Do you need His rest today? Most of us live overloaded schedules and find little time for rest. Why is that? Could it be that we haven’t heeded Jesus’ call to come to Him? Are you living a life under the reign of sin? Jesus says, “Come!” Go to Him with a repentant heart.

Maybe like the Jews in Jesus’ day, you have religion, but you don’t have the relationship. Many denominations, churches, and people are still depending on good works. Works won’t get you to heaven, but the rest Jesus offers will.

Perhaps, you have the right relationship with Christ, but the troubles of life weigh you down. Those are the moments when we need to come close. We need to get in the presence of our Father. We cannot burn the candle at both ends and expect the rest Jesus promised when we have little time for Him. Get in the presence of Jesus.

Do we rush to the Lord with heightened expectancy like Iva scurried to Pastor Ray? Do we linger in the presence of the Holy Spirit soaking in His anointing, His blessings, His grace, His peace, and His joy?

Sweet friend, we have to seek the presence Of Jesus if we long for His rest. He desires to help us carry the load, but we must be close enough for Him to do it.

Go to the Lord in prayer. He is calling you. Seek Him, and give Him all those burdens you have tried handling on your own. Give them to the one who cares for you.

casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. (1 Pet. 5:7)

Copyright 2019 Carolyn Dale Newell.