Thursday, July 15, 2021

Doubt your Doubts by Nina Keegan

No more doubting! 


Mark 8:12-21

New Living Translation


12 When he heard this, he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, “Why do these people keep demanding a miraculous sign? I tell you the truth, I will not give this generation any such sign.” 13 So he got back into the boat and left them, and he crossed to the other side of the lake.

14 But the disciples had forgotten to bring any food. They had only one loaf of bread with them in the boat. 15 As they were crossing the lake, Jesus warned them, “Watch out! Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and of Herod.”

16 At this they began to argue with each other because they hadn’t brought any bread. 17 Jesus knew what they were saying, so he said, “Why are you arguing about having no bread? Don’t you know or understand even yet? Are your hearts too hard to take it in? 18 ‘You have eyes—can’t you see? You have ears—can’t you hear?’[a] Don’t you remember anything at all? 19 When I fed the 5,000 with five loaves of bread, how many baskets of leftovers did you pick up afterward?”

“Twelve,” they said.

20 “And when I fed the 4,000 with seven loaves, how many large baskets of leftovers did you pick up?”

“Seven,” they said.

21 “Don’t you understand yet?” he asked them.


How many times have we all seen God do exceedingly abundantly more than we can ask or think? How many times has he been so faithful and shown up in our times of distress and trouble? But yet, when a trial arises… Do we go back and re-count the goodness and the faithfulness of God? Do we pray and then trust him, or do we instead panic, worry, fear,

and go straight into anxiety mode?


I'm always astonished at different parts of the Bible where whether it's the disciples, or the Israelites, that were literally seeing miracles on the daily… And yet they would worry and fret over the very things they saw Jesus do and provide!


In the scripture above we see the disciples arguing over not having brought enough bread to eat… Yet they were in the very presence of Jesus who multiplied loaves and fed the masses in front of their eyes! 


I often thought about the Israelites… Because of their grumbling and complaining and doubting , they spent 40 years in the wilderness on  what should've been a less than two week trek.


The Israelites literally had bread fall from the sky each and every day 'and yet'.....


How many "and Yet" moments are we going to allow to wreak havoc in our lives before we figure out that nothing goes unnoticed by God… That he is still the same sovereign God that wants to bless us, heal us, redeem us, restore us, vindicate us, and protect us… and provide all we need for life and godliness. When we pray all of heaven springs into action… The Bible says that God inclines his ear to hear us and if we know he hears us then we shall have what we ask… When we pray according to God's will, there is nothing that can stop what God wants to do in our lives!

We are doubting and we are living subpar in our faith… Faith is the substance of things hoped for, it is the evidence of things not seen and God longs to do exceedingly abundantly more than we could ever ask or think!


Is anything too hard for God? God owns it all ,has it all, created it all and He will always provide… 


It's time to change our mindset and come from a place that it's already ours… every thing we will ever need has already been bought and paid for by the powerful blood of Jesus and nailed to the cross in anticipation of every need we would ever have... God did not hold back his one and only son from us… Why then would he hold back anything else?… That would make those things more important to God than his only Son!


God wants us blessed… It's time for us to receive all that he has for us, it's time for us to know, that we know, that we know, that he has us in the palms of his hands and he will never let us fall!


In the scripture above the final verse 21 says 

"Don't you understand yet?"he asked them..


It's time for us to believe it's time for us to never have to have God ask us this question… 


Do you understand yet..?


God bless you all!


Psalm 37:4 

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.


Jeremiah 29:11 

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.


Malachi 3:10 

Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.

Psalm 1:1-6 

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; ...


Matthew 6:33 

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.


Philippians 4:19 

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus


Ephesians 1:3 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,



Tuesday, July 6, 2021

What will you choose? by Nina Keegan

This is such an important story and I love how the Bible is so relevant today...

The vision of the prophet Nahum 
The Lord’s Anger Against Nineveh

Nahum 1:1-5
2 The Lord is a jealous and avenging God;
    the Lord takes vengeance and is filled with wrath.
The Lord takes vengeance on his foes
    and vents his wrath against his enemies.
3 The Lord is slow to anger but great in power;
    the Lord will not leave the guilty unpunished.
His way is in the whirlwind  and the storm,
    and clouds  are the dust of his feet.
4 He rebukes the sea and dries it up;
    he makes all the rivers run dry.
Bashan and Carmel wither
    and the blossoms of Lebanon fade.

The mountains quake before him
    and the hills melt away. 
The earth trembles at his presence,
    the world and all who live in it.

This passage is concerning the state of the world at the time ..The world had lost boundaries and rules for living an established by God life… But men and women regularly flaunt these regulations, hiding their interactions or overpowering others and declaring that "might makes right"!
God calls this sin, he calls it willful disobedience and rebellion against his control or empathy. At times it certainly does seem as though the violators succeed.. it's like no fouls are being called and individual dictators, and an evil agenda rule. The truth is, however, that ultimately justice will be served in our world… God ultimately will settle all accounts!

Nineveh was a city in Assyria which was the most powerful nation on earth at the time. They were very proud in their self-sufficiency and haughty in their military might. They plundered, they oppressed and slaughtered their victims. But it was only 100 years earlier that Jonah had preached in the great city of Nineveh and  the people received God's messages and turned from their evil ways… But then, generations later, evil was again reigning and the prophet Nahum pronounced judgment on this wicked nation…

In the Word, Nineveh is called a city of murder, a city of cruelty, and the Assyrians are judged for their pride, Idolatry, murders, lies, treachery and social injustices .He predicted that this proud and powerful nation would be utterly destroyed because of its sins and because of their turning away from God and the end   most assuredly came within 50 years.

In this declaration ..God is judging a sinful world. The message is clear, disobedience, rebellion and injustice will not prevail but will be punished severely by a righteous and holy God who rules over all the earth. I Love that as you read the book of Nahum you sense God's wrath as he avenges sin and brings about justice.
There is ultimately a turn around and they decide to live under God's guidance and within his rules, commands and secure guidelines for life.

God would ultimately judge the city of Nineveh for it's Idolatry, arrogance, and oppression although Assyria was the leading military power in the world, God completely destroys  this" invincible" nation
.. it's important to understand that God allows no person or power to scoff at or mock his authority!

Anyone who remains arrogant and resists God's authority will ultimately face his anger. No ruler or nation will ever get away with rejecting God. No individual will ever be able to hide from God's judgment…those who keep trusting God and seek his will first in all things will be kept safe forever.

Remember it is God alone that can truly rescue us from any fears and oppressions ..We must place our confidence and trust in him because he alone rules all of history, all of the earth,and all of the world .
 Ultimately it will be His will that will be done.

God will not allow sin to go unchecked forever. When people wonder why God doesn't punish evil immediately, we must all remember that if he did, none of us would be here. We can all be thankful that God gives people time to turn to him that he is merciful and a just God!

Nahum 1:1-7 , 13, and 15

7)The Lord is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes. He's close to those who trust him. But he will sweep away his enemies in an overwhelming flood. He will pursue his foes into the darkness of night.

13)Now I will break the yoke of bondage from your neck and tear off the chains of Assyrian oppression.

15)Look, a messenger is coming over the mountains with good news! He is bringing a message of peace for your wicked enemies will never invade your land again .

No person on earth can safely defy God the Almighty Creator of the entire universe.. to the people who refuse to believe, God's punishment is like an angry fire. To those who love him, his mercy is a refuge, supplying all their needs without diminishing his supply… The relationship we have with God is up to us. What path will you choose?

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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

A Lying Spirit by Nina Keegan

Praying against evil and a lying spirit! 

Micaiah Prophesies Against Ahab

18 Now Jehoshaphat had great wealth and honor, and he allied himself with Ahab by marriage. Some years later he went down to see Ahab in Samaria. Ahab slaughtered many sheep and cattle for him and the people with him and urged him to attack Ramoth Gilead. Ahab king of Israel asked Jehoshaphat king of Judah, “Will you go with me against Ramoth Gilead?”

Jehoshaphat replied, “I am as you are, and my people as your people; we will join you in the war.” But Jehoshaphat also said to the king of Israel, “First seek the counsel of the Lord.”

So the king of Israel brought together the prophets—four hundred men—and asked them, “Shall we go to war against Ramoth Gilead, or shall I not?”

“Go,” they answered, “for God will give it into the king’s hand.”

But Jehoshaphat asked, “Is there no longer a prophet of the Lord here whom we can inquire of?”

The king of Israel answered Jehoshaphat, “There is still one prophet through whom we can inquire of the Lord, but I hate him because he never prophesies anything good about me, but always bad. He is Micaiah son of Imlah.”

“The king should not say such a thing,” Jehoshaphat replied.

So the king of Israel called one of his officials and said, “Bring Micaiah son of Imlah at once.”

Dressed in their royal robes, the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah were sitting on their thrones at the threshing floor by the entrance of the gate of Samaria, with all the prophets prophesying before them. 10 Now Zedekiah son of Kenaanah had made iron horns, and he declared, “This is what the Lord says: ‘With these you will gore the Arameans until they are destroyed.’”

11 All the other prophets were prophesying the same thing. “Attack Ramoth Gilead(E) and be victorious,” they said, “for the Lord will give it into the king’s hand.”

12 The messenger who had gone to summon Micaiah said to him, “Look, the other prophets without exception are predicting success for the king. Let your word agree with theirs, and speak favorably.”

13 But Micaiah said, “As surely as the Lord lives, I can tell him only what my God says.”(F)

14 When he arrived, the king asked him, “Micaiah, shall we go to war against Ramoth Gilead, or shall I not?”

“Attack and be victorious,” he answered, “for they will be given into your hand.”

15 The king said to him, “How many times must I make you swear to tell me nothing but the truth in the name of the Lord?”

16 Then Micaiah answered, “I saw all Israel(G) scattered on the hills like sheep without a shepherd,(H) and the Lord said, ‘These people have no master. Let each one go home in peace.’”

17 The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “Didn’t I tell you that he never prophesies anything good about me, but only bad?”

18 Micaiah continued, “Therefore hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne(I) with all the multitudes of heaven standing on his right and on his left. 19 And the Lord said, ‘Who will entice Ahab king of Israel into attacking Ramoth Gilead and going to his death there?’

“One suggested this, and another that. 20 Finally, a spirit came forward, stood before the Lord and said, ‘I will entice him.’

“‘By what means?’ the Lord asked.

21 “‘I will go and be a deceiving spirit(J) in the mouths of all his prophets,’ he said.

“‘You will succeed in enticing him,’ said the Lord. ‘Go and do it.’

22 “So now the Lord has put a deceiving spirit in the mouths of these prophets of yours.(K) The Lord has decreed disaster for you.”

23 Then Zedekiah son of Kenaanah went up and slapped(L) Micaiah in the face. “Which way did the spirit from[a] the Lord go when he went from me to speak to you?” he asked.

24 Micaiah replied, “You will find out on the day you go to hide in an inner room.”

25 The king of Israel then ordered, “Take Micaiah and send him back to Amon the ruler of the city and to Joash the king’s son, 26 and say, ‘This is what the king says: Put this fellow in prison(M) and give him nothing but bread and water until I return safely.’”

27 Micaiah declared, “If you ever return safely, the Lord has not spoken through me.” Then he added, “Mark my words, all you people!”

Ahab Killed at Ramoth Gilead

28 So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah went up to Ramoth Gilead. 29 The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “I will enter the battle in disguise, but you wear your royal robes.” So the king of Israel disguised(O) himself and went into battle.

30 Now the king of Aram had ordered his chariot commanders, “Do not fight with anyone, small or great, except the king of Israel.” 31 When the chariot commanders saw Jehoshaphat, they thought, “This is the king of Israel.” So they turned to attack him, but Jehoshaphat cried out,(P) and the Lord helped him. God drew them away from him, 32 for when the chariot commanders saw that he was not the king of Israel, they stopped pursuing him.

33 But someone drew his bow at random and hit the king of Israel between the breastplate and the scale armor. The king told the chariot driver, “Wheel around and get me out of the fighting. I’ve been wounded.” 34 All day long the battle raged, and the king of Israel propped himself up in his chariot facing the Arameans until evening. Then at sunset he died.(Q)


This is an amazing passage of scripture… What stands out to me the most is when it says in verse 22 the Lord has put a deceiving, lying, spirit in the mouths of your prophets for the Lord has pronounced your doom...

When you want to please or impress someone, it is tempting to lie to make yourself look good. His 400 prophets did just that, they were always telling Ahab only what he wanted to hear. They were then  rewarded for making Ahab happy. Micaiah, however, ALWAYS told the truth and then he was promptly  arrested. Obeying God doesn't always protect us from evil consequences. Obedience may in fact, provoke them. But it is always so much better to suffer from people's displeasure then from God's wrath Matthew 10:28


Matthew 10:28, ESV: "And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. ... Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell."


If you are ridiculed for being honest, remember that this can be a sign that you are indeed doing what is right in God's eyes. 

We must remember that the truth will set us free and we should not back down from it… In this age where it seems that everything evil is good and everything good is evil… It seems that evil is winning and that the truth is nonexistent… But we know that God has plans for the wicked… And that God knows the truth… 

We should not obsess over the seemingly "winning" of evil!  We must not back down from the truth.  The gates of hell shall not prevail! 

I believe we will be held accountable for the things we do and the things we don't do.

We must stand firm! 


As a Christian we have big shoes to fill… People are watching to see if we will cave under pressure or back away from the truth because it's not popular.


We must test the spirits and we must do our own research… Ask the Lord to show you the way… The truth… He will always make a way for us not to be snared in sin and evil. He always gives us a way out. The lying spirit is a picture of the false prophets entire way of life. Many things that are happening in our world today are lives built on lies, coverups scandal… And allowing people to only hear a one-sided skewed, manipulating agenda.


We know that lies will eventually catch up to you. Leaders will be certainly troubled if they surround themselves with advisers whose only thought

Is to please them…  eventually all who spread malice  will be caught in their own snares.


We are in the world but not of the world!


We must continually live lives steeped in  integrity and following God's word… Persecution is real.. 

We must know the truth about God's word and its relevance to the narratives being played out.


God fulfills His will despite the defenses people try to erect. As in the above biblical account, God can use anything even an error, to bring His will to pass. This is very good news for God's followers because we can trust Him to be faithful to work out his plans and keep his promises no matter how desperate our circumstances are or how bad things look in the natural…


We are God's believing believers… We will speak truth!


Fear the Lord and judge with integrity for the Lord our God does not tolerate perverted justice, partiality or taking bribes

2 Chronicles 19:7


Yes indeed God will hold us accountable for the authority that we exercise.. realize that you are not doing the judging for God, be impartial and honest, be faithful and act only out of fear of the Lord not man… The fear of man is a snare.


Let God's word be truth and every man a liar… We will see the goodness of the Lord here in the land of the living… We will not grow weary in well doing and we must remember to give God praise… Give thanks to the Lord because his faithful love will endure forever! I love the scripture that says at the very moment they begin to sing and praise, the Lord caused the enemy armies to start fighting among themselves. Not a single one of the enemy had escaped!


God is our vindicator… When we do what is right the Lord himself will fight for us and bring us victory and rest on every side!


Live a life steeped in integrity and truth!  God honors truth! 

Truth always wins in the end! 


2 Chronicles 20:30

So Jehoshaphat's kingdom was at peace, for his God had given him rest on every side.


Proverbs 12:22 – The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.


Luke 16:10 Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.


Proverbs 10:9 – Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

A call to holy living by Nina Keegan



1 Peter 1:13-20
13 So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control. Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. 14 So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. 15 But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. 16 For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.” 17 And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites. He will judge or reward you according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of him during your time here as “temporary residents.” 18 For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. 19 It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. 20 God chose him as your ransom long before the world began, but now in these last days he has been revealed for your sake.

The old testament prophets, writing under the Holy Spirit's inspiration describe the coming of the Messiah. The New Testament apostles through the inspiration of the same spirit preached the crucified and risen Lord. The eminent return of Christ should motivate us to live for him. This means we need to be mentally alert and think clearly and be disciplined and using self control. We must be focused and look forward. Are you ready to meet Christ, living as God's obedient child?

The God of Israel is holy, He alone sets the standard for morality.
He expects us to imitate him by following his high moral standards and by being both merciful and just.
After believers commit their lives to Christ, they sometimes still feel a pull back to their old sinful ways. But Peter tells us to be like our Heavenly Father … Holy in everything we do. Holiness means being totally devoted or dedicated to God, set aside for His special use and set apart from sin and its influence on us. We are to be set apart and different, not bowing and blending in with the crowd.

God's qualities and presence in our lives make us different. Our focus shifts and our priorities must be God's priorities. All of this is in direct contrast to our old ways… As a believer we should desire to do better… We may not be where we want to be but we must praise God and thank him that we're not where we used to be. We cannot become holy on our own, but God is the one who gives us his holiness, his Holy Spirit to help us obey and to give us power to overcome sin. We have help!… God doesn't expect us to do it alone… Call on Him, ask Him to help you! We must stop excusing away sin… We must rely on God's power in us to help free us from sin's grip!
God ransomed us from the Tyranny of sin not with money but with the precious blood of his own son Jesus, we cannot escape sin on our own.. only the life of God's son can free us. Jesus Christ's sacrifice for our sins was not an afterthought, it was not something that God decided to do when the world spun out of control. This plan was set in motion by the all knowing, eternal God long before the world was ever created. What a comfort it must've been to Jewish believers to know that Christ's  coming and the work of his salvation were planned by God long before the world ever began.
We can be assured that we don't live by the law but by the coming of Christ as part of God's eternal plan… It is all part of God's sincere and unconditional love for us all… There is only one way… And his name is Jesus!!

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Saturday, April 3, 2021

Grace versus the Law by Nina Keegan

Grace versus the law

In the book of Galatians Paul writes a letter to outline the dramatic differences between the two approaches to God... one approach is Grace the other is the law…
 In Galatians 4:21, Paul speaks of the law once again and the experience of Abraham... he addresses the false teachers foundational respect for Abraham and the Galatians infatuation with living under the law.

The Galatian believers, under the pressure from Jewish legalists, we're considering rejecting the gospel of grace and reverting back to dependence on the law for salvation.

Here are the two differences...

LAW...

The Law is based on works, it is incapable of resulting in justification,  it makes Christ nothing,  it is the way of the flesh, the law is a curse. The law was intended to be only a means to an end. The law results in estrangement from Christ, it keeps one a slave, it results in bondage, it depends on human effort. The law is motivated by pride and centered on circumcision.

GRACE...

Grace is based on faith, it justifies sinful men, it begins and ends with Christ! Grace is the way of the spirit, it is a blessing, it is God's desired end for his people. Grace results in intimacy with Christ, it makes one a son and a daughter of God and an heir of Christ. Grace brings liberty. Grace depends on the power of the Holy Spirit. Grace is motivated by love and centers on the cross of Jesus Christ!

Paul wanted the Galatian believers to fully believe and know the spiritual truths, he wanted the believers to know who they are in Christ and to stand fast in the liberty of not having to keep the law of Moses in order to be saved. The Galatians were on the verge of becoming enslaved to the law again.
Paul talks about this in this next verse… This is one of my favorite verses… We never have to be entangled in bondages and strongholds again… Because we have liberty... liberty in Christ Jesus...

Galatians 5:1-4
Standfast therefore in the liberty( freedom)  by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing. And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law. You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law, you have fallen from grace for we through the spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.


Galatians 6:16
And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God