Author Daneille Snowden
- DANEILLE SNOWDEN
- I have been happily married for 26 years to my best friend, soul mate and partner in the ministry-Brad. Graced by God with three wonderful children of whom I have home schooled for 19 years. I am also an ordained minister and love to teach God's Word as well as lead worship in our churches we pastor. Oh and yes, my dh and I have Pastored for over 22 years and thank the Lord for using us.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
God's Word Not Violated
Or Not Transgressed
by Daneille Gray Snowden
Psalm 89:34 "My covenant I will not violate, Nor will I alter the utterance of My lips."
We hear and see God's Word and even His Name being violated on a second by second basis in this world. Especially in our media; i.e. t.v. shows, news, music and social networks.
The other night, I was in a separate room from my family as I heard a t.v. show that we frequently watch in the back ground. We had even seen this certain episode before; yet listening and not watching it caused my stomach to curdle and my spirit to grieve. It was going on and on about not just homosexuality, but certain acts of it almost in detail. [It was turned off too!]
Growing up not just in a godly home, but as well in a pastor's home my heart and mind has been filled with God's Word. Knowing what was right and wrong quickly became instinctual. Many of my fellow generation attended church, although the '70's did burst forth with the revival of humanism and a just 'gotta have it my way' revolution.
Yet, many knew the rights and wrongs that our Loving Heavenly Father laid out for us all in His Word. Still, as time has ticked on; the boldness and fortitude of Christians has dwindled down to a trickle of saints who still hold to the truth of God's powerful instructions for His human creation.
In that, God's Word rubs against what 'feels-good' to the flesh sometimes, thus 'man-kind' has done two things: 1.) A small minority has oozed out their agenda for how life should be lived and ran. 2.) The majority of folks (who are Christians) loosing the boldness and tenacity to live out as well as speak out (again-with love) the truth of how God has instructed us to live.
What is sad is how many sweet Christians have adopted the deadly philosophies of
satan's agenda thus, being blinded to it. I have one's tell me that support abortion; that it is not fare if someone gets raped and has to have her rapist's child. I have many in the church either living with their lovers (co-habitation) and or say that times have changed and it's ok. One time in one of our churches we had; 1/8 of the church attending actually were living this way.
Quote from Barna: "... in spite of our "Christian" self-descriptions, more than one-third of America's adults are essentially secular in belief and practice."
Remembering the 10 Commandments, Beatitudes (Matt. 5), Book of Leviticus, as well as the Epistles; God has made it clear and simple on how our thought life, words, and hearts should be. He has set out the reciprocation of what happens if we steal, lie, cheat, commit adultery and or fornication, etc. Yet, the battle for these to be adhered to especially now in the United States has been vehemently on-going. As I wrote in my last blog post I quickly mentioned the top two fought and argued political (and ethical) policy brought forth in our political arena is homosexual marriages and abortion. We must also add on to this: euthanasia (right-to-die) and a new one: Post Birth Abortion (after a child is born).
I truly believe now .... TODAY is the time for those who serve God with all their hearts to pray for Holy Boldness, coupled with the pure and powerful Love of Christ to stand apart from these false teachings and speak out the truth! It's time for all of us to sincerely pray through, interceding for our country and loved one's who have been swept up to ungodly thought and life styles. As we do, God's Spirit will indeed fill us with a great boldness and sweet anointing to minister in this capacity.
It's time we pray for a revival of repentance and turning back to what God intended for His People. Jesus is coming ever so soon, meanwhile time is running out. Laws will be changing that will try to quench God's laws, His teaching and plan for mankind. Those who are Christians will be facing persecution, as well as being made to comply to the opposite of what we believe in. More and more lobbyist are pushing for laws that will come against pastors preaching all of the Bible, plus fighting when and where we can pray, how we can discipline our children as well as what we are allowed to teach our children. It's out there now, and we all are so busy! Just busy living life, and the enemy is sneaking up behind and over-power our once upon a time Christ centered and founded country.
I just want to challenge my brothers and sisters in Christ to truly seek God, dig in His Word and start having family devotions sharing with your kids the pertinence of a godly life. In addition, get really involved with your churches; help with out-reach ministries, invite friends, relatives, co-workers and neighbors to church. Really do this...and don't stop!
One day, we all will stand before the Great Throne of God; we will be standing accountable for our lives and even for the souls that were placed in our lives. May our God say to us: "Well done thou good and faithful servant, thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord." [Matt. 25:23] Too many are truly afraid of what their friends and peers will think, that fear is deadly! We must be so full of God's Love and boldness that we are not hindered to be what He truly CREATED us all to be!
Go forth, go preach the amazing GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST! Not just pastors but all who call themselves children of God! The reward is truly worth it!
Also, be ready for persecution and the difficult days that are ahead for all those who serve Him. But, know it's so worth being in the fire --- for Jesus will be right at our sides (and they will see Jesus)! [I.E. story of 3 Hebrew Children in the fiery furnace - Dan. 3.] Don't bend - but stay strong to all God has taught us on how we are His children are to live!
WE WILL NOT BOW DOWN! WE WILL LIVE FOR GOD!
Dan. 3:18 "But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image which you have set up!"
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
by Daneille Gray Snowden Nov. 4, 2014
As I shared a particular passage of scripture today with my facebook friends, this revelated into my soul! Two words that have been lost in the shuffle of our culture (compromise & righteous), and it seems as we stop to evaluate those around we see the battle of uncompromising God's standard of righteousness is waning. Today, this world needs: stubborn (YET LOVING) Christians, raising the standards high and not backing down, although they feel more and more alone in the fight. Unfortunately, it does at times feel as if it is a fight. The Word of God says "...we war not against flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." [Ep. 6:12]
Today, here in America we vote for our political leaders. Being a democracy, thankfully we still have this freedom and privilege to do so. Obviously, uncompromising Christian/Biblical standards is a MUST as we vote for those who stand with God's written decree on how men and woman should live. Without delving deep; as we stand for the top two decrees of Biblical Marriage and Life in the Mother's Womb (i.e. not abortion). These two have been on the forefront of political dispute for well over two decades. Watching our states crumble under the self-centered (self destructive) desire of yes, the ungodly to gay marriage is disheartening. What is very sad is those who attend church, as well as large denominations that were founded on holiness and belief in the total truth of God's Word have 'bowed-down' to these false gods. Churches being 'seeker-friendly' have watered the Truth of God's Word so it can fit into the life styles of all men and woman. When in fact the opposite is what God intended.
What is truly sad is the fact that men and woman think it's for their best to live the way they want to. But, "There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death." [Prov. 14:12]
THEME VERSE: Ps. 5 v.4 " For You are not a God Who takes pleasure in wickedness; neither will the evil [man] so much as dwell [temporarily] with You.
6 You will destroy those who speak lies; the Lord abhors [and rejects] the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.
9 For there is nothing trustworthy or steadfast or truthful in their talk; their heart is destruction [or a destructive chasm, a yawning gulf]; their throat is an open sepulcher; they flatter and make smooth with their tongue.
11 But let all those who take refuge and put their trust in You rejoice; let them ever sing and shout for joy, because You make a covering over them and defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You and be in high spirits.
12 For You, Lord, will bless the [uncompromisingly] righteous [him who is upright and in right standing with You]; as with a shield You will surround him with goodwill (pleasure and favor)."
If you know Jesus Christ as your Lord (Ruler of your heart), then please delve into God's Word; study it through and through. God's Word will become a part of your own personality. What you dwell on, what comes out of your mouth and even what you do. It will be automatic how your standards will be HIS (God's) standards. With that, know that GOD WILL BE ON YOUR SIDE!
Don't be afraid of the ARMY THAT STANDS BEFORE YOU! ["Don't be afraid. Stand firm and see the LORD's salvation He will provide for you today; ..." Ex. 14:13] If INDEED more of God's Children stood strong, unwavering: maybe we could be used to usher in His Salvation for our country. It starts with prayer, praying for a revival. A cleansing from within our own churches, families, schools, and yes our governments. God help us!
In social media, I know I have observed the lifestyles of Christians that are no different than that of this world. Clinging to things that cause sin to be raised plus observed and not righteousness (morally right, and just). This is leading to a darker world for our children and all the generations to come. Yet, there is hope for all when we : "... which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." [2 Chron. 7:14]
Allow me to challenge you today; be - UNCOMPROMISINGLY RIGHTEOUS and in turn the Lord WILL BLESS & SHIELD you with pleasure and favor!
GOD BLESS AMERICA! PRAY FOR THE U.S.A.!