Hello and happy 1st day of March! So glad to have you back with us today and if you are new, Welcome to Life of Heritage Corner! Today, I have a devotion for you that’s been on my mind for a few weeks. So, without further ado, let’s jump in! *All Scriptures taken from the King James Bible*
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
“Oh you take the high road and I’ll take the low road and I’ll be in Scotland ‘afore ye…” Anyone else enjoy that old Scottish tune growing up? I love music from Scotland and Ireland and this is probably one of my favorites.
It was said by someone once (I’d rather not say who), “When they go low, we go high.” In the context of which this quote was first made, it’s laughable. But if you take it for what it was supposed to mean, there is a deep message here.
But how can these possibly be a devotion? Bear with me 😉
In life, there are two roads, the narrow “high road” and the broad “low” road. Which one are you traveling on? Generally, we think of this in terms of being a Christian, and I whole heartedly agree. But did you know that there is a high road and a low road for the believer as well?
The high road for a Christian is living your life for Him! It’s getting saved and saying through your life, “I am going to live for Christ and do my very best to serve Him and do His will!” You decided that it’s worth the wait to get the greater reward waiting for you in Heaven!
The low road for a Christian is living your life for yourself. It’s getting saved and saying through your life, “I’m saved. I’m not going to hell, thank God. Now, I will live my life the way I want to.” It may entail being a good moral person, but ultimately you do what you want simply because that’s what you want to do. You want to have pleasure in the here and now.
Taking the high road may mean it will be longer before you get your pleasure and rewards, but the journey will be worth it when you see what your Father has in store for you!
If you chose the high road, you will encounter/observe those taking the low road. It can be discouraging. It can make you wonder if it’s worth it to stay on the high road. That’s when the Holy Spirit whispers to you, “Don’t go low. Soar above the world’s expectations for you. Take mine instead! Serve your Father! It is worth it! Stand for what you know is right. I know it’s hard, but you will see the benefits in God’s time!”
But how can you take the high road?
I could go on, but I think this will suffice for now. Please, I beg of you, take the High Road! The journey may be longer, but what are the temporal rewards here in this life when compared to the eternal rewards our Father wants to give us in Heaven one day? Take the High Road! Let no one pull you down!
Until Next Time,
Hello and welcome to my second devotion! I’m super excited to share this with you ladies specifically. I’m still stuck on my Word of the Year, Stand, so ladies, here is a devotion just for you.
She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
(King James Bible)
We know that our place in the home is under the man; that’s not opinion, that’s God’s Word. End of story. However, that doesn’t mean that we are not allowed to stand for what is right, in a proper, ladylike way and with the proper audience. I could do a whole devotion on that topic alone, but today, I want to point out a few things that we as women in today’s culture need to stand for.
Ladies, stand up for FEMININITY.
Ooooo…that scary word, femininity. Somehow, it often gets confused with the modern feminist movement. In reality, they are polar opposites. It’s sad, but today, we live in a world that says you are not a strong person unless you have been to college, have a successful job (extra points if it is typically reserved for men), don’t marry until you are in your 30’s (if at all) and have maximum three kids (that’s pushing it though. Or, bonus points if you decide NOT to have any).
What a sad society!
Ladies, it’s high time we stand for the calling God has placed on us: “…The young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.” (Titus 2:4b-5, King James Bible)
There is no shame in dressing like a woman. There is no shame in marrying a man and looking to him as your protector and your head. There is no shame in raising children. Don’t let anyone shame you into being anything less than what God has created you to be: A Woman. A Lady. An Embracer of Femininity.
Ladies, Stand up for Femininity by:
-Studying Biblical femininity. (The Bible is the best source of course, but this book and this blog are great resources!)
-Encourage others to embrace Biblical femininity!
Ladies, stand up for LIFE.
What could be more important then human life? Regardless of race, nationality or creed, everyone is born with the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. But where does life begin? People argue about this all the time and sadly, many women will say that life begins after birth. It’s time for us Christian ladies to stand for the unborn and proclaim the truth: Life begins at conception. In fact, if you want to get technical, it actually starts before that! The Bible says, “Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.” (Psalm 139:16, Emphasis added; King James Bible) If God knows and has our members written in a book before they are even formed, don’t you think He considers even the earliest part of the pregnancy life? Who are we to define it differently?
As Christians, we must stand up for the right of the unborn, the elderly and the handicapped. They too have a right to live. We must speak up for those who haven’t found their voice yet and may never get the chance to use it, just as the resistance, the White Rose, of WWII gave a voice to the voiceless (the Jews, handicapped, etc.). Just because the government says something is legal (Germany legalized murdering Jews; America legalized abortion; other countries legalizing euthanizing the elderly/ill) doesn’t mean it is moral or allowed by God, our Supreme Authority.
Ladies, stand up for Life by:
-Talking to others about pro-life when the topic comes up. Remember, don’t argue, but kindly explain the biblical principles of life in Christian Love.
-Do you have a website? Post a Pro-Life themed article!
-Participate in Life Chain Sunday.
(See this post for more on Pro-Life.)
Ladies, stand up for your FAITH.
For years, people have fought Christianity. People naturally push against anything that convicts them of their sin. That is no reason for us to be silent. Now, that’s also not to say that we are to mount pulpits or soap boxes and scream for our religious rights like wild animals! The Bible says, “For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels.” (Luke 9:26, King James Bible)
While we are not called to be preachers, we are called to be witnesses of the Grace of God. We should never be ashamed to speak up for our Lord and Savior and the blessings He has given us. As in everything else, there is a proper way for ladies to stand up for our Faith.
Ladies, Stand up for your Faith by:
-Sharing your testimony with saved and unsaved alike. Your personal salvation testimony may be an encouragement to others to share their testimony or it may help someone else to see how much they need God in their life.
-Are you a writer? Testify for the Lord in your writing! If you are a Christian, this is the most important qualification you have as a writer. Never hide your light for fear of man!
-Share your testimony on your website if you have one! (See mine here)
-Do you have a friend you know is unsaved? Seek them out and share the gospel with them. I know this can be hard, believe me, but there is nothing comparable with the joy of seeing someone come to Christ!
Ladies, it’s high time we Stand for the Right and let our Lights shine in the darkness of this world.
How will you choose to stand today?
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
Galatians 5:1 (King James Bible)
Until Next Time, God Bless!
Hello and welcome to my second post of 2019! (FYI, I updated my December Wrap-Up with the rest of my reads so be sure and check it out!) As promised, I have a devotion for you! It’s time to take a look at my word for the year: Stand. When is it time to stand? Let’s look into our Bibles and find out!
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
King James Bible
It’s Time to Stand up for What We Believe.
I think we can all agree that there is only One God, Jehovah, the God of the Bible. Our Lord and Savior. But sadly, around the world, people worship other gods. Allah, Buddha, Mary and many other “gods” are worshiped as the “one god”. This is not a new issue, as the above Scripture indicates.
So many people tell us it’s not “politically correct” to pray in Jesus’ Name. It’s “offensive” since everyone has their own religious preferences. I’m not saying we need to start a fist fight or a loud protest. But when faced with this situation, we should not back down and say, “That’s fine. I’ll just say Amen at the end of my prayer.” There is no room for compromise.
For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels.
King James Bible
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want God to be ashamed of me. Especially not because I was ashamed to admit that He is my Lord and Savior. After all, Jesus suffered ultimate shame and suffering for us. Isn’t it a small thing for Him to ask us to speak up and declare our Faith?
We Must Stand When it Seems We are Alone.
Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the Lord; but Baal's prophets are four hundred and fifty men.
I Kings 18:22
King James Bible
We know from reading the scriptures that Elijah wasn’t alone in his stand against Baal, but it sure seemed like it! And today it can be the same. You can get discouraged, thinking you are the only one staying true to God from our generation; thinking you are the only one waiting for God to bring “the one” to you if you are unmarried; believing no one cares about God’s standards anymore except for you. It can be lonely. But just as God did for Elijah, He will send encouragement to you! We are not the only people of our day who try to serve the Lord; we are not the only ones waiting for God’s divine order; we are not the only ones trying to have godly standards! We are not alone! But even when we feel that we are alone, God is always there for He has promised to never leave or forsake us! What better company could we ask for?
I wish I could take the time and dig into all the people of the Bible who had to stand in hard times. Or in our History for that matter! Let’s take just a moment and look at a few before I have to wrap this up!
-Moses had to Stand before Pharaoh and demand the release of his people. That’s not easy! Especially when this guy thinks he can outlast God in a contest of wills. Pharaoh had no idea Who he was up against! (Exodus 3)
-Moses called for the men of Israel to stand for the Lord’s side when there was sin in the camp. (Exodus 32:36)
-Elijah had to stand before the prophets of Baal and prove who the true God was. (And he won, of course!) (1 Kings 18)
-Daniel had to stand against those who wanted him to pray to the king instead of God. In this case, he stood by kneeling in prayer to the One True God. (Daniel 6)
-The three Hebrew children stood when ordered to worship a false God. They were thrown into the fiery furnace, walked with the Son of God, and lived to tell about it! (Daniel 3)
-The disciples stood against the priests when they were told not to preach about Jesus. But Peter answered them by saying they ought to obey God rather than men. (Acts 5:27-29)
-Throughout history, Baptists have been ordered not to preach under penalty of imprisonment and death. But they continued on, as did Peter and the disciples.
-The Founding Fathers believed that, among other things, King George was preventing us from carrying out the great commission and refused to let us print our own Bibles. They took a stand for basic human and Christian rights, leading to the American War for Independence.
-During the War Between the States, Abraham Lincoln declared Bibles were contraband of War. Christians in the North took a stand, smuggling money, ink, type, and printing press equipment through the lines to the South so we could print our own Bibles. If they had been caught, they could have been arrested or even executed for smuggling to the “enemy”.
-Hitler declared Jews were not human and that they should be killed. Many Christians and others across Europe risked their lives to save God’s chosen from the concentration camps of the Nazi party. Many died for their stand, but they still stood!
What about you? Will you stand in the face of opposition? Will you be willing to speak up at the prompting of the Lord? It doesn’t matter what man says, but what God says.
Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
King James Bible
It’s Time to Stand. Will You?
Until Next Time,
Merry Christmas Eve, Happy 11th Day of Christmas, and welcome to my official 100th post! Can’t believe I’ve been blogging that long! So it’s fitting to celebrate by giving you the next to last part of Stille Nacht! Thank you so much for joining me today! Let’s go star gazing! (Don’t forget to visit Stories by Firefly for more Christmas Eve Fun!)
Part Seven: The Christmas Star
Rudi grabbed his jacket and hat and followed the boys outside. Sarge stood and followed. “I could use some air.”
Lars and Adler remained at the table, staring into their empty bowls until Marta took them to the sink. Lars chanced a glance at Adler. “What happened to your family?”
Adler let his breath out in a rush. “They, um,” he cleared his throat. “They weren’t able to get out of Germany before the boarders closed. A friend wrote me and said they were transported to a concentration camp called Dachau.”
Lars winced and shook his head. “Do you know if they are still alive?”
Adler swallowed. “Mama died two months after arrival. Papa never made it to the camp. He was gunned down at a transport when he tried to get the others to fight back. I don’t know what happened to my siblings.”
“I…I’m so sorry,” Lars said, his voice low. “My family is gone as well. They died in the Normandy storming.”
“They were at Normandy?”
Lars nodded. “I was fortunate enough to have them stationed in France with me. But I still can’t understand why they had to die, civilians, and I still live, a soldier.”
“Was it a bombing?”
“I never should have gotten into all of this! If I had pushed back, taken a stand…”
“You’d be dead.”
“Maybe. But I wouldn’t have guilt plaguing me on a daily basis.”
Adler nodded slowly. He stood and walked quietly over to Joey. The young soldier looked up at him. “Why’s everybody going outside?”
“Going to look at the stars I guess.”
Joey’s face lit up. “I want to see!”
“Alright, uh…oh, there’s your stuff. Let’s get your coat on and I’ll help you outside.”
Lars put on his coat and offered to help with Joey. They went out and helped Joey get settled on a bench beside Stefan. No one said a word, just stared up at the stars, lost in thought.
Joey smiled as he located Orion, while Stefan hunted for Leo. Lars leaned up against the house determined that this time he would find the little dipper which always seemed to evade his watchful eye. Sarge and Adler gazed up at the north star, mentally trying to map their way back to their lines.
The door swung open and Marta came out, holding Hilde’s hand. “Look, Hilde! It’s the star of Bethlehem!”
Rudi translated for Sarge as the group followed Marta’s pointing. The North Star. The brightest one in the sky.
“Is that the star that shone over Baby Jesus’ house in Bethlehem, Mama?”
Marta smiled. “We don’t know for sure, dear. But we like to think so. But do you know why it shone?”
“It was for the Wisemen to follow so they could give Jesus their presents.”
Hilde paused, then asked, “Mama, I love Jesus, but why did He have to come to earth?”
Adler shifted uncomfortably. Here we go again, he thought.
Marta hesitated. Christians had been stiffly persecuted in Germany, since their teachings contradicted Hitler. Should she risk explaining everything to her daughter in front of her guests? Or should she put Hilde off until it was safer? Marta swallowed hard. I am not ashamed of You, Lord…
“Baby Jesus came to earth and was born in a manger, because He loved us enough to die for us. He knew that since we are sinners, we could never get into heaven. So He lived a sinless life and took our sins upon Himself and died in our place. After He was buried, three days later, He rose from the dead, our eternal Lord and Savior. He did all of that because He loved us.”
“Even Hitler, Mama?”
Adler smirked and crossed his arms, eager to hear this reply. “Yes, even for Hitler, darling, if he will only ask Jesus to forgive him of his sins. He died for everyone, man, woman, adult, child, black, white, German, Jewish, American, all of us.”
“What makes you so sure that Jesus is the Savior, the Messiah?” Adler challenged, though the words lacked the bite he normally intoned.
Marta smiled and quoted, “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. (Micah 5:2) Jesus was of Bethlehem, was He not?”
“Well, yes, I suppose so.”
“Do you know anyone else of Bethlehem that had done as great things as Jesus?”
“If what they say is true, no.”
“Isaiah 40:11 says, He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young. Wouldn’t you say Jesus fits that description? He certainly loved the weak and children. He seems like a shepherd to me.
“Isaiah 49:6 says, And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth. Thus far, I would guess that more Gentiles have come to accept Christ than Jews. And He is our Light.”
Marta wrapped her shawl tightly about her. “There are many more verses that solidify who Jesus is, Pvt. Adler. I challenge you, get a Bible and read the Old Testament. Find the prophecy of the Messiah and see if Jesus doesn’t measure up to every one of them.”
Adler nodded slowly. “I’ll think about it.”
“I’ve got a Bible you can use,” Sarge reminded.
Joey shivered and winced as pain sliced through his leg. Rudi turned to him. “We’d best get him inside. He needs to rest.”
“We all do,” Marta said, opening the door. As they all entered the house, Marta entered a small room and brought out three blankets. “I’m sorry this is all I can spare.”
The soldiers pulled out their own blankets. “We should be able to make do, Frau, thank you,” Lars assured her.
“Then good night,” she said, leading Hilde into the little room.
Joey, Stefan and Harold got the extra blankets. Pallets were made by the fire and each agreed that whoever woke up during the night would chuck on another piece of wood.
As the others faded off to sleep, Rudi checked on Joey one more time. Satisfied that he was sleeping peacefully, he turned back towards their pallets. Lars was looking out the window. “Something wrong?”
Lars shook his head and grinned. “No. I just found the little dipper.”
Be sure and come back tomorrow for the conclusion of Stille Nacht! Have a very Merry Christmas!
Happy Friday everyone and Merry Christmas! As the title suggests, I am going to introduce you to the 12 Days of Christmas Blog party, hosted by Faith Potts at Stories by Firefly! So basically, if you come back here every day through Christmas, you will see a brand new post! That’s right! A Christmas marathon of sorts! And that’s not all! By clicking the link here, you will go to 12 Days of Christmas headquarters where you can read even more posts by participating bloggers! And there’s a giveaway! I’ll go ahead and put it here so you can sign up.
There we go, now, on to a special devotion to kick things off!
Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.
King James Bible
We’ve all heard the saying “Jesus is the reason for the Season!” but the season isn’t the only reason for Jesus. Let’s take a look at some other reasons for Jesus…
Jesus is the Reason to Love. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. John 15:12
Jesus is the Reason to Live. For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. Acts 17:28
Jesus is the Reason to Witness. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Matthew 28:18-19
Jesus is the Reason to Give. Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. 1 Chronicles 16:29
Jesus is the Reason to Sing. Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. Hebrews 2:12
Jesus is the Reason to Hope. Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:1-2
Jesus is the Reason to Believe. That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. Romans 10:9-11
Jesus is the Reason to Stand. And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the Lord, to serve other gods; Joshua 24:16
Jesus is the Reason to Speak. And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them, Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us. Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. Acts 5;27-29
Jesus is the Reason to Pray! And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. Romans 8:27
JESUS is the REASON!
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