Month: May 2023
My Path to Biblical Cosmology
O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.
1 Timothy 6:20-21 NKJV
I have become convinced that the earth is flat, just like the Bible says it is, but I have also found that it is a major challenge when admitting that to almost anyone. The confession is met with derision, mocking, ridicule, and questions that suggest I must be crazy.
“How could you possibly believe such a thing?”
“Where is the edge?”
“What about all the pictures of the earth from space?”
“How can we circumnavigate if the world is not a globe?”
There are good answers to all those questions, and a lot more. I had to find answers to all of them.
So I have decided to write the story of how I got here.
Finding the Lies
I first gained an interest in so called “conspiracy stories” in 1999 while my husband and I prepared for the presumptive computer crashes of Y2K. As I learned about the powers behind the history of the world, I began to question everything. I learned that the sleeping public, including me, was mostly unaware of the ancient plans behind all that was happening. I learned about the Masons, the Illuminati, the bankers of the world, and that the Federal Reserve is not a government agency. I learned about the Rothschilds, the Rhodes scholars, the Tri-lateral Commission, and The Council on Foreign Relations. I learned that all of presidents, vice-presidents and even those who ran for those offices and “lost”, were all players in those organizations–with the possible exception of Ronald Reagan; he was grafted in later.
I saw that even the entertainment industry is in on the plot, and that the media are almost all owned by the same small group of plotters.
I learned that the founders of our nation were not at all what we had been taught that they were. During that year, 1999, my husband and I took his sons to Washington D.C. I told the boys that we would be watching for the signs of the Masons on the buildings, and the lay out of the streets, as I had learned would be visible. They were. Even the Washington Monument housed a Masonic “bookstore” at the top of the tower.
I realized that we have been deceived by the globalists who had set out centuries, even millennia, ago to control the world. As a Bible believer, I knew that this deception had been Satan’s plan from the beginning. I knew that the book of Revelation has informed us of this plan, and how it all ends.
Not long after this, I did a serious study on Creation vs Evolution. I knew God, a creative, intelligent agent, had been responsible for creation. But as I studied, I learned that evolution, under any sub-title, including theistic evolution, was impossible. I boiled it down to one question, “How could sexual reproduction evolve?” (see my blog: https://gracegloria.com/2019/02/21/created-or-evolved/ ) But when I asked that question of an evolutionist he said, “We don’t know, but it did.”
Even though evolution is not true, it is taught in almost all of our schools. In most of those schools it is required to be taught to the explicit exclusion of creationism. Look at this chart: https://worldpopulationreview.com/state-rankings/evolution-teaching-states
Why? Because the globalists are creating a world where people no longer believe the Bible, or even that God exists.
As a disciple of Yeshua, AKA Jesus, I believe that the Bible is true, and after studying Creationism vs Evolutionism, I believe in the whole Bible, including the literal six-day creation.
I have run into big trouble, and heartbreak, in trying to convey the importance of believing in the Genesis history of creation. Most of my own family, all believers, even those who work in the church and para-church organizations, disagree with me. At one family event I was told not to come back because I had argued for biblical creation with my granddaughter. There has been some reconciliation but the relationships are still tense.
I asked one of my daughters “If you do not believe Genesis, where do you draw the line? At what point do you believe what the Bible says?”
I told her, how I came to believe that if Jesus could create bread and fish ex nihilo, he could create the whole world.
She said, “Maybe he didn’t.”
About the six-day creation, she asked me, “And how could there be light if God didn’t create the sun until the fourth day?”
There’s the problem. If people don’t believe in the miracle of creation, what do they believe?
By the way, God did not need the sun to make light. He is the light. There will be no sun in the new world, the book of Revelation tells us. God the father and Yeshua his son will be the light.
And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light,
and its lamp is the Lamb. Revelation 21:23
After a trip to Israel in 2015 I woke up to the lie of Replacement Theology. This is the doctrine that teaches that the “church” has replaced Israel as God’s people. This lie is so prevalent in the church that even the teachers in the church don’t know that it is there. After I came back from Israel I asked one of my pastors what he thought about replacement theology. He looked at me with his head cocked to one side.
“You know,” I said, “that the church has replaced Israel.”
“Oh,” he said, nodding, “yeah, I guess that’s right.”
He obviously did not even know what I was talking about.
He couldn’t help it. It is just what he had been taught. I had been there, too. It takes a quickening by the Holy Spirit, and a willingness to be changed, to believe something so different from what you have been taught. Mark Twain is quoted as saying, “It is much easier to deceive someone, than to convince him that he has been deceived.”
About that time I asked Tim as we left the church building on morning,
“What is this THING we do on Sunday morning, and why is it so different from what we read in the book of Acts?”
Soon after that, we left the church.
We started studying the Hebrew foundation of Christianity. One of the first things we learned was that word that is translated “church” in our Bibles is, in Greek, “Ecclesia”. It means “the called out ones” or an assembly of the called out ones. The word never meant a building, denomination, or “Christian” congregation.
We learned that Judaism and Christianity were never intended to be separate “religions”. Jesus was a Torah-observant Jew until he died, and he will still be a Jew when he comes back. Paul did not get converted, become a “Christian” and have his name changed by Jesus. He too, was a Torah-observant Jew until he was killed. He was even a Pharisee! And believe it or not, so was Jesus. Jesus would not have been invited to a Pharisee’s home for a meal unless he was one of them. He taught them in the way Jews have always taught each other, with discussion and argumentation. It is the way of the rabbis.
Everything I thought I knew was being challenged. See my blog: https://gracegloria.com/2022/06/13/was-the-law-abolished/
Fast forward to 2020. The “pandemic” hit. President Trump took us to “warp speed” to bring out a vaccine that would save us.
Here is my short history on President Trump
- When I first heard he was running for president my reaction was, “You have got to be kidding?”
- I didn’t know a whole lot about him. I had heard he was a successful businessman worth a lot of money, that he was a womanizer, that he owned lots of properties and that he had had a television show.
- When I learned that he was pro-life and pro-Israel, I got on board with him.
- Then he lost me. With Fauci standing alongside and talking “warp speed”, I realized that Trump is part of the play. He was brought out on stage to appease us conservatives, for a while.
More lies were being foisted on us during the covid crisis. The whole world was being deceived. How could that be? How could the “whole world” be deceived. It makes sense when you remember that Satan is the god of this world. Satan is a liar.
“And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.”
For some reason, probably a Holy Spirit prompt, I looked into the controversy about the moon landing. It never happened. Impossible. Look it up. Think. Here are a couple of things to think about.
How was it possible for manned spacecraft to go there between 1969 and 1972 and have yet they never went back? NASA says they lost all the information from those missions and they can’t re-learn it.
Now NASA is telling us there is radiation called “The Van Allen Belts” that surround the earth and it is not safe to go through them, even for equipment. One of the NASA officials is recorded as saying they hope to figure it out how to get through those radiation belts soon so that missions to the moon and beyond can be planned and executed. So how did the Apollo spacecraft and crew make it through this radiation to get to the moon in 1969 and the early 70’s?
Is the earth flat?
In 2022 I had a hunch to try to figure out why some people could believe that the earth is flat. It seemed impossible to me that anyone could think so. At that time I didn’t dig deep enough to find the truth, I simply wrote the idea off as ridiculous.
Then in 2023, in a Bible study group, we discussed the shape of the tabernacle that Moses was instructed by God to build. One of the ladies showed us a book written by Andrew Hoy entitled “The House of El Shaddai”. In showing us some pictures of the dome-shaped tent Andrew Hoy has promoted, there was also a picture of the flat earth with a dome over it.
“What does the tabernacle have to do with the idea of flat earth?” I asked.
The lady who introduced the book by Andrew Hoy gave me a steady look with a very slight smile that seemed to say, “Hang on, Girl, you are going for a ride.”
Intrigued, I began to look in earnest at the idea that the world is flat.
Incidentally, if the tabernacle was a copy of what Moses had seen in heaven, and it was built to be the place where God would dwell with us, could it also be a model of the domed earth where God will dwell with us for all eternity in the world to come?
I started looking for answers to the questions.
Questions and Answers
- My first question was, “How could anyone circumnavigate the world if it was flat?”
Duh. Look at a flat earth map.
Start anywhere, travel around the world and come back to where you started. The center of the map, and the flat earth, is what we call the North Pole. Circumnavigation is not an issue on a circle.
2. Where is the edge?
The edge of the circle is Antarctica. The ice wall of Antarctica holds the oceans in place and is the edge. No one is allowed access to the continent of Antarctica since a treaty was made in 1959 by 15+ nations, prohibiting private people from exploring it. Why? Good question. Look it up. You will read about Admiral Byrd, the Treaty including the prohibition of traveling south of the 60th parallel by private people, Operation Fishbowl, and Operation Dominic.
3. What about the curvature of the earth?
Read about the supposed curvature of the earth. And look for yourself. It isn’t there. The earth is flat for miles and miles and miles. You only lose sight of something in the distance because of perspective and atmospheric conditions. You will learn that the supposed curvature of the earth is eight inches times the number of miles squared you are viewing.
If the circumference of the globe at the equator is 24,901 miles, as we are told, using the Pythagorean theorem, you can calculate the supposed curvature of the earth https://earthcurvature.com/ This will give you an expected amount of curvature between any two distances. The equation is eight inches per mile squared.
So looking across 10 miles of flat level water, there SHOULD be around a 66-foot drop in curvature to equate for the already given dimensions of the globe. https://flatearthanswers.com/curvature-tests/
100 miles would be over 6666 feet, or over a mile of curvature, putting everything but the tallest mountains out of sight. That is not what we can see. From where I live in Sequim, Washington the Mount Baker Ski Area is 87 miles away. Using the above formula, Mt Baker should be 5046 feet over the curve of the earth. It’s not. We can see the whole mountain from here, from the beach which is sea level obviously, including the foothills.
The global earth model is part of the heliocentric (sun centered universe) theory. The problem with the heliocentric theory is there’s no curvature to be found. ANYWHERE.
4. Does the earth orbit the sun?
The earth is not orbiting the sun.
Biblical hint: If, as the book of Revelation says, there is no night in the world to come, the earth is not spinning, or orbiting the sun.
5. If the earth were a globe, how does the water stay on it?
It could not. Even so called “gravity” could not hold water onto a sphere. Water is always flat, everywhere.
6. What about the pictures of the earth from space?
There are none. The images we have of the global earth as just that, images—computer generated images or CGI, even NASA admits that.
7. Who or what is NASA?
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA, was formed after WWII. It was established with Nazi scientists who were brought to the United States in a “secret” program called Operation Paper Clip.
8. Is space travel outside of our atmosphere even possible?
No. See this word from Caspian Sarginson’s book:
“If the earth were rotating at 1,037 mph, and at the same time the earth was revolving around the sun at 66,600 mph, while the sun was revolving around the center of our galaxy at 514,500 mph, and simultaneously our galaxy was traveling at 1.34 million mph through space,* any space ship that left the earth’s atmosphere into outer space would be instantly left behind, and it could never catch up to the earth to return. First, it would be impossible to calculate a space flight from a point of origination in outer space to the earth while it is rotating, revolving, orbiting with the sun around the center of the galaxy, and while the entire galaxy is moving. Second, no space ship could travel fast enough to catch up to earth again. Sarginson, Caspian. Flat Earth: A Biblical and Scientific Approach: How Important is Truth to You? (pp. 48-49). Sarginson Publishing. Kindle Edition.
*BTW how could anyone ever measure those speeds? Wikipedia speed calculation formula:
Find the distance the object has traveled.
Find the time it took the object to travel that distance.
Divide the distance by the time.
All you need are those two pieces of information.
How can you get that information?
I began to experience “cognitive dissonance”.
“In psychology, cognitive dissonance is the mental discomfort experienced by a person who simultaneously holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values” Quoted from psychologytoday.com
The only place I could find to resolve the problem, and find truth, is in the word of God.
What does the Bible say about the shape of the earth?
The earth is flat. God says so. There are hundreds of verses that explain, or refer to the shape of the earth.
Here is a partial list:
68 Verses on Creation From The Bible – Biblical Cosmology
The first one I hit was Genesis 1:6
The earth is enclosed in a dome, also called a firmament.
Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.”
Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. Genesis 1:6-7 NKJV
God said, “Let there be a dome in the middle of the water; let it divide the water from the water.”
God made the dome and divided the water under the dome from the water above the dome;
that is how it was. Genesis 1:6-7 CJB
Read about the dome, also called The Firmament, in the Word, then check out some of the speculation about it: https://flatearthanswers.com/the-firmament/
Other subjects/verses to consider: There are lots of places to read about these things.
- How could the whole world see Yeshua when he returns if the world were a globe?
- Light was made on the first day; the sun on the fourth, so the earth was not orbiting the sun
- No one knows what “gravity” is. Gravity is a theory. Things fall because of relative density.
- The moon has its own light, and it is cool light. You can measure it.
- Flight paths prove flat earth.
- Tsunamis prove flat earth.
- Look up Blue Marble CGI (computer generated image)
- Ask an engineer if he has to consider the curvature of the earth when planning a tunnel or a railroad—I did. His answer “We never have to consider the supposed curvature of the earth.”
- Look at the sky when both the moon and the sun are visible and figure out how the earth could be casting a shadow in the moon.
- Most importantly ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth to you. Then decide if you are going to believe the literal words of the Bible, or how some people try to amalgamate the Word with the “world” .
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
2 Timothy 3:16
Excerpts from a couple of the books I read:
How Ought Christians to Handle Flat Earth? By Caspian Sarginson
“As a preliminary thought, this is no longer a subject that Christians can avoid, hoping the entire subject will go away so you won’t have to deal with it.
“The subject of flat earth has become a very hot topic, and among many believers and unbelievers the phrase “flat earth” is an emotional trigger that sets some people off. This subject is full of more deception, more misrepresentations, and more slander than any other subject of our day.
“It must also be emphasized that God’s creation story is very important to God as is made clear in the scriptures. Therefore, it ought to be important to us, and at a minimum, we as Christian’s need to know what the true Bible version of creation really is. What Does The Bible Say?”
Scientism Exposed: Hiding the True Creator of Creation, Davidson, Robbie, Kindle Edition
“In the world we live in today, Scientism comes easily, almost naturally, to many of us. If a concept or idea has been proven by science, we immediately take it to be true, even when we neither conducted the experiments ourselves nor analyzed the data obtained from these experiments. In our minds, because science says something has been discovered, it must be true. The Force behind Scientism (and Its Agenda), with all its masquerading as a champion of truth and knowledge, is not so benign. What lies beneath the shiny veneer of research and experiments is the existence of a clear anti-God agenda. This agenda is clear enough to be seen by anybody who looks close enough. It has become clear to me that there is a lot of stuff masquerading as science and there’s a force behind that. This can only be a manifestation of man’s perpetual adversary; whose primary mission is to tell lies about everything and keep people from the truth of God.
“Staunch believers of the Word of God do not discredit science. In fact, they see science as a great thing, if its limitations are acknowledged. They also worry about the spiritual nature of Scientism, since it is a belief system, a religion, and one which has set out to destroy the credibility of the Word of God. Destruction of this credibility leads to the destruction of the credibility of God in people’s minds and makes them doubt the existence of a creator. This sinister agenda is not a new endeavor. Attempts at discrediting God have been in effect from the early moments of history, as far back as the events of Genesis, Chapter 3, when the Deceiver, Satan, tried to plant doubts in the mind of Adam and Eve, and, unfortunately, he succeeded.” Davidson, Robbie; Davidson, Robbie. Scientism Exposed: Hiding the True Creator of Creation (pp. 10-11). Kindle Edition.
“We know they have been lying to us for hundreds of years about the millions and billions of years of ancient history. They’ve been lying to us about the evolution of species and how we supposedly evolved from speechless monkeys.” Ibid. (p. 83). Kindle Edition.
“So deeply rooted the globe has become in our minds that most people laugh when presented with an alternative. . Isn’t this so convenient for those who want to conceal the truth from the rest of the world? To convince the masses to laugh at someone who wants to unveil the truth, instead of opening their eyes and listening?” Ibid. (p. 104).
“If a sufficient number of people have been convinced that the earth is not flat, and a majority agreeing with the round paradigm has been established, the rest of their mission is nothing but a piece of cake. We’re inherently afraid of being rejected, therefore, we’ll keep our mouths shut in front of the charade. People might not choose sides but choosing to stay neutral in this matter is harming to the truth, because the number of those brave enough to expose the lie is limited, therefore, their impact is also limited. You might feel the earth is flat, because that’s what you’re seeing and that’s how you experience life, on a flat level, but where’s the courage to admit it in front of everyone else?
It really does not matter what other people say if you know the truth. Your life will not be influenced in any way if people do not agree with your view.” Ibid. (p. 114). Kindle Edition.
“The Bible should always be your final source in your endeavor to find the truth.” Ibid. (p. 149). Kindle Edition.
I took screen shots of these pictures from the 1958 Encyclopedia Americana
After I saw them, I tried to find a copy of the 1958 Encyclopedia Americana where this article appears. I could not find a copy anywhere. There were editions before and after 1958 on Amazon, eBay and Powell’s Books, but that particular year was not available anywhere I could find.
If you begin searching for information that will support Biblical Cosmology, you will discover this problem nearly everywhere you look. It will also be noticed that when you do find videos or articles that support Biblical Cosmology, there will be a notice on it that says: Fla
“Flat Earth is an archaic and scientifically disproven conception of the Earth’s shape as a plane or disk. Many ancient cultures subscribed to a flat-Earth cosmography.”
This explanation is also attached to what you will see:
“When you search or watch videos related to topics prone to misinformation, such as the moon landing, you may see an information panel at the top of your search results or under a video you’re watching. “Information panels show basic background info, sourced from independent, third-party partners, to give more context on a topic. . .”
So why do the “third party partners” feel the need to censor what we read, or try to re-interpret it for us? Do they not trust us to make good learning choices on our own?
So Who’s Lying?
We learned during the covid pandemic that the information that the public so desperately needed was being hidden by the main line news and social media platforms. We learned that we can’t trust anything we read or view, anything. Censorship went viral, and wild. Who are the ones most likely to be telling the truth, the censored or the censurers? It is fairly easy to ascertain who has more to gain, the censurers. The globalists have an agenda to control the whole world. That control begins with the information that they give or withhold. Go back to evolution vs creationism to see the agenda. They want faith in God and the Bible to be wiped off the face of the earth. Bibles are not allowed in schools anymore. The ten commandments are being taken down from public places, and the world is suffering.
Fortunately there is still a remnant that believes what God says.
The Bible, any translation
Terra Firma: The Earth Not a Planet, Proved From Scripture, Reason, and Fact. David Warlaw Scott. 1901. Copyright 2013 Read Books Ltd.
Zetetic Astronomy—Earth Not a Globe. An Experimental Inquiry into the True Figure of the Earth: Proving it a Plane, without Axial or Orbital Motion: and the Oly Material World in the Universe! By “Parallax” Rowbotham. 1865. Copyright 2017 Martino Fine Books
Graven Image—Why the Earth is Not a Globe. Vincent Rhodes. Made in the USA. Coppell, TX 2023
One Hundred Proofs That the Earth is Not a Globe. W.M. Carpenter. 1885. Copyright 2017 Nouveau Classics.
Flat Earth—Biblica and Scientific Approach. Caspian “Casper” Sarginson, J.D. Copyright 2022-2023. Sarginson Publishing.
Like Clay Under the Seal. Pastor Dean Odle. Copyright 2019. Dean Odle
The Flat Earth Conspiracy. Eric Dubay. Copyright 2014.
Biblical Cosmology. Pauly Heart. Creative Commons Copyright 2019.
Biblical Cosmology Revealed. Timothy Paul Fernhout. Copyright 2022.
The House that Jesus Built. Matt Long.
Pre-Flood. Trey Smith.
Moon Man. Bart Sibrel. Copyright 2021. Bart Sibrel.
Flat Earth. Satan’s Global Plan of Deception. Casper Sarginson. 2022-2023
CONstellations. Biblical Cosmology—Why It Matters. Randy L. Smith. Copyright 2020. Randy L. Smith
Scientism Exposed—Hiding the True Creator of Creation. Robbie Davidson. Copyright 2018. Robbie Davidson
Flat Earth Clues—End of the World. Mark Sargent. First edition published in 2019 by Booglez Limited Fitzroy House – 3rd floor, Abbot Street, Dalston, London E8 3DP, United Kingdom
The Earth is Flat—Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid. Casper Stith. Copyright 2017
The Doctrine of the Shape of the Earth—A Comprehensive Biblical Perspective. Nathan Roberts. Copyright 2017.
Numerous Websites and YouTube videos.
Be aware of the debunkers. Read them, of course, but weigh what they say against the Word.
The Parable of the Roses
When my marriage of 29 years ended in divorce, all I could think to do was plant flowers. I planted a hedge of red roses next to road in front of the house.
I watched those roses through the year. During the summer the roses were beautiful, and bright red. They bloomed all through the fall. By December, though, the flowers had gone; the stems were dry and bare. In February I pruned the stems and waited for Spring to bring new growth. By June, the roses bloomed again.
As I looked at them, I thought, “Wow. Look at that. How did those dry sticks manage to suck up something from the ground and create those magnificent roses?” I knew that God did that, and I knew that what the roses had sucked up out of the earth was horse manure, because I put it there!
Isn’t that just the way of the Lord? He takes the crap of our lives, and grows roses in it.
Toothpaste Tubes, Hearts and Granddaughters
When my granddaughter, Hannah, was two years old, my daughter was reading a childrens’ book to her about the attributes of God. They got to the part about forgiveness.
Hannah asked, “What does that mean?”
Jasona tried to explain the concept to her.
Hannah asked, “Is that like God puts you in time out?”
“It’s more like God calls you out of time out,” Jasona said, as she turned the page of the book.
Hannah flipped the page back. “How does he do that?” she asked.
Jasona turned the page and said, “You pray to him and ask him to forgive you.”
Hannah flipped it back.
Jasona realized something was up, she asked, “Do you want to ask God to forgive you, Hannah?”
“Do you want to pray or would you like me to pray for you?”
Hannah pointed at her mom.
Jasona prayed, asking the Lord to forgive any sins that Hannah had committed.
She turned the page again.
That was not good enough for Hannah. She flipped the page back.
“Do you want to pray yourself, Hannah?” Jasona asked.
Hannah nodded, closed her eyes, bowed her head and started to talk to God.
Jasona realized that Hannah was talking about the toothpaste tube. A couple of days before Hannah had gotten into trouble for squeezing all the toothpaste out of the toothpaste tube.
The remarkable thing about this story, for me, is that Hannah, at age two, had realized that something she had done, had defiled her. She felt the conviction. She found the relief in the grace of the Lord.
My mother had lots of life lessons she passed on to me.
One of them was this: “If you squeeze the toothpaste tube, toothpaste comes out.”
This is true, but what is in the tube may be unknown to us, hidden deep in the heart.
What she was saying is, “Whatever is in you will come out under pressure.”
For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.
One day my daughter reprimanded Hannah, for something she had done to her younger sister, Audrey.
Later Audrey came to the kitchen and asked Jasona if she had ever done something mean to her younger sister.
Jasona answer that yes, she had.
“What did you do?” Audrey asked.
Jasona told her something she had done to Heather.
Audrey responded, “What were you thinking?”
Jasona said, “I don’t know, Audrey. I don’t know what I was thinking.”
After a few seconds, Audrey looked at her mother and said, “You were listening to the sin in your heart”
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins,
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
“Who Was Praying for You?”
My sister, Janie, died in 1986 at the age of 33. She left her husband, two small children, her parents, five siblings and lots of broken hearts behind.
We think she died of pneumonia. She had called for an ambulance because she could not breathe. When the ambulance got there she was lying on the sidewalk in front of her house. She was not breathing. The ambulance crew inserted a breathing tube in her, but then her heart stopped. They got her heart beating again and took her to the hospital on life support.
She never breathed again on her own. She was in a stage four comma for two weeks before her heart stopped again. Hundreds of people came to her while she was in the coma. They wept and grieved with us. She had been working with Afghan refugees; they came to her bedside in droves.
Janie prayed, and served. One day I will write a blog post just about her, but for now, know that she prayed for me, and thousands of others.
When the roll is called up yonder, many, many will say to her, “Thank you for giving to the Lord.”
Before I learned to trust Jesus, I mocked Christians. I was young and dumb. At age 27 I was convicted of my sin, and radically saved. My conviction came when I realized how cruel I had been to my sister, Janie, while we were growing up. I was not just mean; I was cruel. Janie was the first of us six siblings to come to faith in Jesus. I know she forgave me. I give her credit for praying me in. We know that God can cause all things to work together for good for those who love him and are called according to his purpose. He even used my cruelty to my sister to convince me that I needed a savior.
See the blog post about my conversion and the debt I owe to Janie here: https://gracegloria.com/2017/01/03/conversion/
Now, whenever I hear someone tell their story about how they came to faith in Jesus, I love to ask:
“Who was praying for you?”
They almost always know
It occurred to me to ask this question when one day I noticed at the end of the letter Paul wrote to the Romans, as he was sending greetings to everyone, he wrote, “Greet Andronicus and Junia, my kin and fellow prisoners who are well known among the emissaries. They were in Messiah before me. Romans 16:7. Wow! I realized that some people in Paul’s family prayed for him while he was still persecuting the Christians! This is the power of prayer.
Over the years I have heard some great stories in answer to my question, “Who was praying for you?” I would like to tell you a couple of my favorites.
- A man I met while I selling MSM cream at the Puyallup Fair let me know that he had become a believer as an adult. “Who was praying for you?” I asked. He laughed and said, “Back in those days I worked for FedEx. I had a delivery to make to the Tacoma Dome. I found the room where I was to take the package. When I burst through the door, I found the room full of people with their heads down, praying. I apologized for interrupting them. They said, ‘No problem, come and join us. We are getting ready for the Billy Graham crusade.’ I stood back, pointed at the clock, said, ‘That’s the only god I serve’, and left.” Now we laughed together. “Guess who was praying for me?” he said. “Years later, after I had been a Christian for quite a while, the Lord reminded me of that scene.”
- Another man told this story. When he was a teenager, he couldn’t shake drug and alcohol. He would vow that he would never do it again, then his friends would pick him up for a party. The next thing he knew he would be high, and drunk, again. Finding himself in this condition in the back seat of a moving car one day, he hung his head in despair. “I just don’t know what the answer is,” he said to himself. Just then, he looked up and saw a sign that said, “Jesus is the Answer.” Okay, he thought, if Jesus is the answer, then I want Jesus. He was immediately sober, and saved! He knew it was a miraculous act of God. “Who was praying for you?” I asked. “My Young Life leader,” he said. “I went to find him at his college dorm. When he answered the door I handed him the Bible that he had given me and said, “I don’t need this anymore. I’m a Christian now. You can give it to someone else.” We all know what happened next. The Young Life leader invited this young man into his room and began to disciple him.
I love it!
- Then this story: I heard a Muslim background believer tell her story. She had met Jesus in her bedroom when she was only four years old. She endured tremendous persecution from her family and community. Eventually she had to run for her life. She could not be persuaded to give up her faith in Jesus. “Who was praying for you?” I asked. She took time to look around in the room. She pointed her finger at each of us. “Someone I DON”T even know,” she said.
Recently I was reprimanded by the Lord because I stopped praying for someone in my family. I had a vivid dream about it. I shared the dream with my daughter and told her the story about how I had stopped praying for this person. My daughter said, “Mom, how would you like to get to heaven and have the Lord ask you why you stopped praying for her?”
My daughter told me that I need to get intentional about praying for her. She suggested that I use the number of the month she was born, and the date, as a time to set the alarm on my phone as a reminder to pray. I have done that. I wrote a prayer on the notepad on my phone. Every afternoon when my alarm goes off, I read this prayer out loud.
I pray that the eyes of her heart will be enlightened that the light of the glory of the gospel will shine in her heart, and she will know the hope of your calling, Lord. I pray that she will know the truth and the truth will set her free. You are the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except by you. Draw her to you, Lord; You who are able to do exceedingly and abundantly beyond all we can ask or think, to you will be the glory, before all time, now and forever. Amen.
Jesus told us to pray.
Paul told us to pray:
In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak. Ephesians 6:16-20