THE ULTIMATE GOAL
LIFE 'IN' JESUS CHRIST
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16 (NKJV)
Seasons of Life In Jesus Christ.
Delicious looking, are they not!! Hello, my friends. Thank you for coming back. If you will allow me, I will continue laying the 'ground-work' of some events that transpired in my life, BEFORE CONVERSION, DURING, REGENERATION. IT MAY HELP YOU TO UNDERSTAND YOURSELF, OR, SOMEONE ELSE.
[See Post 6A, April 3, 2018]
Remember, 'Bad company ruins good morals'. We were tentatively - ALL BAD FOR EACH OTHER!!
[1 Corinthians 15:33] audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Time to learn - as it is written: 'You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. You shall not covet your neighbor's....anything that is your neighbor's'. [Exodus 20:15,16,17]. And, for me, a time to 'choose' God, first. And, it would be a time to learn about the same thing Adam and Eve had to learn - 'the lust of the flesh'; 'the lust of the eyes'; the pride of life'. [Genesis 3; 1 John 2:15-17]
I remember this so vividly, for it was in mid-June, the 'summer' of my 'salvation', 1956 By this time, it was obvious that the Lord was really 'calling me to Him'. Family and friends noticed 'my countenance', and how 'a-glow' I was, like an 'expectant' 'bride-to-be', they said. My Mother and Sunday School teacher, Miss Ada, knew what was going on. I was in 'the process' of the Lord, 'regenerating me', changing my outlook, desires, attitudes, from the inside out. I was about to 'hear His call to Him'. I did not understand it all. I was just 'content', 'happy', 'satisfied', 'loving Jesus', 'loving everyone'. I was 'helpful', 'gentle', 'kind' and nothing seemed to 'ruffle my feathers'. All the 'resistance' and 'struggles' with 'temptations' to do what I knew I should not do, when Mother was not looking, like teasing my brother, was - gone. I had no desire to fuss and argue with him. THIS WAS - BIG CHANGE, for I often wanted to boss him around. [No angel, here. A control freak, for real!] That was all gone, miraculously. And, that made the 'deal with the watermelon patch', more difficult.
Remember this most important - 'fact', 'reality'. Where ever the Lord is working, either to save a person, or to move that person on in His Grace - the enemy, ole Satan, will be there as well, to deter, to counter, to tempt, the person to 'fall'. MARK THAT 'LIFE' PRINCIPLE WELL. It was MID-JUNE, 1956, ABOUT EIGHT WEEKS BEFORE THE SECOND SUNDAY IN AUGUST, 1956, MY 'SALVATION BIRTHDAY'. TIME TO 'RUN THE GAUNTLET'!
In North Carolina at that time, there was the early April, May, June 'wild blackberries' we were contented to search out and pick. The tobacco plants were usually beginning to show some 'height'. And then, there was the 'hidden' watermelon 'patches' planted in the tobacco fields, not in the regular gardens. They were a cash crop as well as the tobacco. And, adults knew that 'kids would be kids'. So, the 'boundaries' were in place by the adults. And, we children knew - 'picking watermelons as picking wild berries, at our discretion', was not permissible.
Sometimes, Uncle Emory would let me accompany him to plant the watermelons, and let me ride the mule. The other children were jealous and always said that 'she is his pet'. I wasn't, but they just would not believe it. I was a hard little worker, and he let me help him, because he knew I would not mess around in the patch when no one was looking. And he certainly 'trusted me' not to 'tell the location'. But, this particular year, I was not able to accompany him, for I was with my aunt and Mother and cousins working the gardens. I did not know where the 'melon' patch was, and, I could not be forced to tell anyone.
This was definitely 'Divine arrangement' going on here. [Job 1-2]
In the afternoons, during the hottest part of the day, all the families would get together for a real 'dinner', like a 'pot-luck'. There was so much food! Country best!! And, yes, the watermelons were In!! After dinner, all the children would get together and play or rest. Such games played were 'hide/n/seek', 'cowboys/Indians', ride bikes, and the like, including 'watermelon hull fights'. All seemed, 'normal', until one day Clauz pulled me aside and asked me where the watermelon patch was planted. I told him the truth, 'I don't know.' But, the rest of the 'gang' did not believe me and they convinced my brother that I must be lying. Then, they had the unmitigated 'gall' to dare Clauz that he could not make me tell where the patch was located! Further, my 'bro' turned on me, and was going to force me to 'tell the truth, Tidy, where is the doggone patch??' Unbelievable! HE KNEW THAT I DID NOT LIE, AT THIS STAGE OF MY LIFE. I HAD LEARNED MY LESSONS WELL WITH THE 'TRAIN SET'! I WAS CONFUSED. I WAS HURT. I WAS BETRAYED.
'What is going on, here?' I wondered why Clauz 'did not have my back?'
Now, I was thinking that 'if they had not 'dared' Clauz and me about that blasted 'watermelon patch', all would have been well!!' [See, 'if they' - not - 'but you did not have to 'give in' to the 'temptation', did you?'] No, in fact, I was being 'regenerated' and would be 'converted' shortly. And, Uncle Emory 'trusted me'. The 'enemy' knew this, and was beginning to cause me trouble with others who were not at this stage, yet. And, they all thought I was still being 'bossy' and 'controlling'. [Matthew 10:34-40; 12:46-50] I was about to begin to learn what it meant to 'consider the cost of salvation'. I would have to make a decision, God first, and foremost, or, others. This 'trial' would be for my good, and ultimately for the good of others, for the Glory of God, for the sake of Jesus Christ. But, I did not fully understand it - at that time.
Remember to always 'search the Scriptures' for yourself. [Acts 17:11]
I shall continue in a few days - the 'watermelon' patch 'temptation'. Would I 'go alone, to get along'? How would I deal with 'conflict' with right and wrong, please my brother, or, face the loss of 'friendship' and be misunderstood? There are no 'safe zones', even in families. Families are fertile soil for the development of 'character'. For real! For all. Amen. Amen.
'The LORD bless you and keep you. The LORD make His face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you. The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace. LORD please put your name upon all who venture into the 'rooms' of 'my house' 'in Jesus' and please bless them, even as you graaciously blessed the people of Israel of old, in the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen. Amen. [Numbers 6:22-27]
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