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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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The Spirit of Fear

THE SPIRIT OF FEAR

By Carolyn Dale Newell

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

2 Tim. 1:7 (NKJV)

I could not believe it. Fear had snuck up on me. I am the one who encourages others not to be fearful. Yet, there it was. I had the opportunity to attend a women’s conference along with many other devotional writers, but I declined because I did not want to come alone. I began receiving e-mails from these wonderful ladies that I had never met, and they were offering to spend time with me. However, the problem really wasn’t that I did not want to be alone, but I am almost totally blind, and I was afraid to ask for help! I thought I had overcome that fear long ago. I am the one who always tells people with disabilities that they are their own worst enemy when they don’t ask for help.

I sent an honest reply explaining the areas in which I would need help. I attended the conference, and a sweet lady accompanied me for the entire day. I had such a wonderful, encouraging time, and I made some new friends. The conference was a great blessing, and I almost missed it because of fear.

Fear does not come from God. It comes from our flesh and Satan. Jesus said that one sparrow does not fall to the ground apart from the Father’s will. “Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” (Matt. 10:31NKJV). Since God knows the smallest details about the sparrows, He certainly knows the details of our lives. What do we have to fear with a loving Father?

Is there something causing you fear? Could it rob you of a blessing? Don’t allow your fear to steal your joy. Meet your fear with faith because God is bigger than anything you fear.

Dear God,

Forgive me for the times when I allow my weaknesses to take over. Help me to focus on You knowing that I have no reason to fear because You are with me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read these verses about fear: Deut. 3:22, Deut. 31:6, Ps. 23:4, Ps. 34:4, Is. 41:10, Is. 51:13, Matt. 10:28, Mark 4:40, and 1 John 4:18.

HIKING THE TRAIL

What causes you fear? Prayerfully study the verses above, asking God to help you overcome your fears.

Copyright 2014 Carolyn Dale Newell.