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This One’s for the Children

This One’s for the children
I consider you guys to watch this video, there are so many suffering children in these world, and as a body of Christ, we have to do something.  This is the only way I can my impact on the world, but the children need to be reached.  This is God’s cry in His heart right now.  He wants to help heal children that have been hurt and suffer tremendous obstacles in their life.  We as a nation and a people must come together to help children, disabled, abused, and reach out to our neighbors.  Find out who needs our help and find ways to help them.  This is what we must do.  I hope someone reads this.

 

Never Alone – Jordan Knight

This songs are so prophetic, both Joey and Jordan are so prophetic. – I can’t get the youtube uploaded yet, but the lyrics are so powerful.  Sometimes during the darkest times in our lives we feel like God has left us, and we need to know that there is an army of people watching out for us, so I would like to thank Jordan Knight for making this song.

 

Never Alone

(Alone, alone, alone, alone)

You’re fighting for your very life
It’s cold outside
You’re looking for an answer
You took a wrong turn and you lost your way

When it rains, it pours
And you don’t wanna fight no more
Take a look out in the distance
I’ll be the light that you’ve been missing

(Chorus)
I don’t want you to think that you’re here all alone
I know sometimes it can feel like you’re out on your own
I’ll be the rock that’ll never break
Shoulder that you need to lean on
For you, I’m never too far away,
As long as I’m here,
You’ll never be alone
Alone, alone, alone, alone
You’ll never be alone
Alone, alone, alone, alone

You don’t have to be afraid
Or be ashamed
Just be what God made you
Let the world know just who you are

You’re invincible
So you don’t have to hide no more
Take a look out in the distance
Go and see what you’ve been missing

(Repeat Chorus)

When you don’t feel the love
Just know that you’re good enough
You don’t have to walk alone tonight, tonight…..

Alone, alone, alone, alone

I don’t want you to think that you’re here all alone
I know sometimes it can feel like you’re out on your own
I’ll be the rock that’ll never break
The shoulder that you need to lean on
For you, I’m never too far away
As long as I’m here you’ll never be alone
Alone, alone, alone, alone
You’ll never be alone,
Alone, alone, alone, alone,
You’ll never be alone
You’ll never be alone.

Hope for Storms

My prayer is for those that are going through storms – whether there are physical weather or other kind of storms.  Our prayers reach out to you – that our God is with us –

Even though I walk through the valley
Of the shadow of death
Your perfect love is casting out fear
And even when I’m caught in the middle
Of the storms of this life
I won’t turn back, I know You are near

And I will fear no evil
For my God is with me
And if my God is with me
Whom then shall I fear?
Whom then shall I fear?

Oh no, You never let go
Through the calm and through the storm
Oh no, You never let go
In every high and every low
Oh no, You never let go
Lord, You never let go of me

And I can see a light that is coming
For the heart that holds on
A glorious light beyond all compare
And there will be an end to these troubles
But until that day comes
We’ll live to know You here on the earth

Yes, I can see a light that is coming
For the heart that holds on
And there will be an end to these troubles
But until that day comes
Still I will praise You
Still I will praise You

Keep praising God and giving thanks.  Let your church unite in prayer of giving thanksgiving or your family go through a time of thanksgiving of blessings.

Heavenly Father,

We ask based on Psalm 83, to forgive the nation of America for conspiracies against Israel.  Forgive and have mercy upon this nation.  We bless the nation of Israel right now and we pray for favor on the nation of Israel.   You have made Your power known to America.  Divert the plans of the nation against Israel and have mercy upon America.  We know you are working, but we ask for forgiveness.  Thanks for rain where it is needed, but we know that Israel is Your chosen so on behalf of this nation, we Your Church in America, bless the nation of Israel for You said in Your Word, that blessed is those that bless Israel.  Pour out the blessings on all the leaders of Israel, and America and have them line up with Your divine will, Heavenly Father.  Thank You that despite all these things that are going on, You have chosen a remnant in America, and in Israel, who still abide in You, for the rest I ask that they may once again know and experience the love of Christ, and come to embrace the nation of Israel as one of their own.  We know there is a reason, and a plan and a purpose for everything.  Thanks for revealing this to us, and giving us some hope for the future, for Jeremiah 29:11 says Your plans are not to harm us but to prosper us and to give us a future and a hope.

In Jesus Mighty Name I pray,

Amen.

 

 

No Condemnation in Christ for Genuine Believers who walk after the Spirit

I want to sincerely apologize for any of my posts that have brought a sense of condemnation to anyone.  It was not my intention and I realized that I was trying to do Jesus’ job by trying to separate the wheat from the tares myself, when only He can do it.  At the same time, Ezekiel 3 says that if we don’t warn a person of their sins we will die with their blood on our hands.   Having the calling of a teacher of God’s Word is a heavy task, and as it says in James 3 that it should be entered into with wisdom, but we are all learning the profound truths of God’s Word, and more and more about Jesus everyday.  If anyone else does not get this word I will get it for myself, and I really need it.

Sometimes in the Christian walk we go through times of condemnation, where we are so hard on ourselves, and beat ourselves up, and refuse to accept the redemption of the Blood Covenant that Jesus died to give.  We are plagued with these lies that we are these sinners that are so unclean and so vile that God does not want to approach us because He is so holy.  It is true that He is holy and He hates sin, but the Blood of Jesus has redemptive power to cleanse us from all sin.  We are thoroughly washed in the Blood of the Lamb.  But there are times when we sin, and that’s when repentance comes into picture, but it’s the learning of repentance that is what it’s all about.  ACTS 11:18 18 When they heard these things they became silent; and they glorified God, saying, “Then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life.”

Repentance is not saying “I am not worthy to be loved by You.  I am a reject.  I am an outcast.  I am a nobody.  I am so dirty.”  No, not by any means.  Repentance is about realizing who God is and His goodness, that He is merciful and that He loves you, and He loves you so much that He would give His life for you so that you wouldn’t have to be in pain.  He gave His life up for you so as not to see you cry in agony and feel like a reject or outcast.  When Moses was called to lead the Israelites out of bondage from Pharoah, he said, “I am a poor speaker, what if they don’t listen to me?”  He didn’t have confidence in who he was, and who God was that would enable him to speak the words that God had given him out of his mouth.  He doubted who he was, and he was the meekest man or the most humble man, or so it’s said.  But let me tell you who was the personfication of humbleness and that was Jesus who washed the disciples feet and at another time He announced His ministry boldly by declaring Isaiah 61 before the congregation.  Jesus knew who He was and as believers in Christ, we must know who we are.  We must know that despite everything, we are more than conquerors than Christ.

We are sometimes living like chickens when are born an eagles.  If an eagle is around chickens long enough and especially if it’s been there all it’s life, it will start to believe it’s a chicken, when it’s actually an eagle.  So many of us have become chickens, but instead we should be eagles.

We must also fight the good fight of faith.  Believe me there is someone out there who wants to make you into a puddle saying, “Lord, I don’t know if I can follow this Law or obey You completely.  I am a worthless sinner, and there is no way You will accept me into Your kingdom.  I am a lost cause.  Just forget about me.  I am beyond help.”  Until you are so much into a pit of despair that you can’t even begin to see Jesus even if you read the Bible so many times.  You may start out with a level of faith, which is the measure of faith, but that faith has to expand and grow and if it doesn’t then that’s when condemnation sets in.  When you have condemnation you are no good to anybody.  You can’t pray for others because you feel like you are worthless.  You can’t read the Word of God because you think that God is going to fry you because you feel like you won’t have the promise of eternity waiting for you.  Sometimes self-pity even creeps in and says, why don’t you just give up, but you see, friends, that this is all a fight.  It is a fight to the finish because it is a race that we run and we want to make it to the end.  Condemnation can happen to any believer at any time even those who through their spiritual walk have an intimacy with the Lord, but something about not knowing who God is and the Good News of His Kingdom causes you to lose hope and become discouraged in your souls.  When you begin to believe that everything around you has to change for you to experience joy then something needs to change.

The repentance for the Gentiles leads to life.  Jesus died so that we might have life and have it more abundantly.  This doesn’t mean having a huge house, many cars, an air plane, and material possessions- those things are an added benefit, but what’s really important is the quality of the life that emanates from spirit to soul to body.  When we experience condemnation sometimes our souls become grieved and we don’t know how to make peace with God and trust who He is.  We become overburdened with guilt to the point that we can’t take it anymore.  This is what happened to Judas, he couldn’t take what he had done to Jesus.  I’m not calling you a Judas.  I’m just saying that we don’t want to get to that point.  We want to be set free.  That’s why Paul was teaching so much about the Law.  Here’s what  he said in 1 Timothy 1:

5My goal in giving you this order is for love to flow from a pure heart, from a clear conscience, and from a sincere faith. 6Some people have left these qualities behind and have turned to useless discussions. 7They want to be experts in Moses’ Teachings. However, they don’t understand what they’re talking about or the things about which they speak so confidently.

8We know that Moses’ Teachings are good if they are used as they were intended to be used. 9For example, a person must realize that laws are not intended for people who have God’s approval. Laws are intended for lawbreakers and rebels, for ungodly people and sinners, for those who think nothing is holy or sacred, for those who kill their fathers, their mothers, or other people. 10Laws are intended for people involved in sexual sins, for homosexuals, for kidnappers, for liars, for those who lie when they take an oath, and for whatever else is against accurate teachings. 11Moses’ Teachings were intended to be used in agreement with the Good News that contains the glory of the blessed God. I was entrusted with that Good News.

His purpose in saying all these things that he did in the epistles was so that he could set free the conscience of the believers with a pure and sincere heart to those that were doing things that were not according to the ways of God.  Now certain people will put slime on my head just there. For those with heightened understanding will know what I am talking about.

For believers with a pure and sincere heart that follow God and that want to do what He says, and want to walk in His ways, and do not want to grieve Him, then there is no condemnation for them.  Jesus became sin, so why should we have to take it?  Why should we have to carry the burden of sin- those of us who believe in Him?

There are distinctions that have to be made though between Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, and other apostates who have strayed away from the true teachings of God’s Word.  The indisputable facts are Jesus was born of virgin, that He died on a cross, was buried, and rose again the third day.  Those things are vital.  If you believe those you have what it takes to build your faith.  Faith is not just a head knowledge, but it is a heart transformation that also presents itself with power.

Romans 8 says –

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,[a] who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. 10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

The same verses in God’s Word Translation:

1So those who are believers in Christ Jesus can no longer be condemned. 2The standards of the Spirit, who gives life through Christ Jesus, have set you free from the standards of sin and death. 3It is impossible to do what God’s standards demand because of the weakness our human nature has. But God sent his Son to have a human nature as sinners have and to pay for sin. That way God condemned sin in our corrupt nature. 4Therefore, we, who do not live by our corrupt nature but by our spiritual nature, are able to meet God’s standards.

5Those who live by the corrupt nature have the corrupt nature’s attitude. But those who live by the spiritual nature have the spiritual nature’s attitude. 6The corrupt nature’s attitude leads to death. But the spiritual nature’s attitude leads to life and peace. 7This is so because the corrupt nature has a hostile attitude toward God. It refuses to place itself under the authority of God’s standards because it can’t. 8Those who are under the control of the corrupt nature can’t please God. 9But if God’s Spirit lives in you, you are under the control of your spiritual nature, not your corrupt nature.

Whoever doesn’t have the Spirit of Christ doesn’t belong to him. 10However, if Christ lives in you, your bodies are dead because of sin, but your spirits are alive because you have God’s approval.11Does the Spirit of the one who brought Jesus back to life live in you? Then the one who brought Christ back to life will also make your mortal bodies alive by his Spirit who lives in you.

Even though Romans here is talking about the carnal or corrupt nature of man and the appetites of the flesh,  if you have a bad day and you eat a piece of chocolate cake, ice cream, or have a little bit too much chicken tikka masala or lamb curry, God does not want you to feel so bad about it that you go into an eating disorder just to prove a point that you want to honor Him.  God knows you.  God knows you so well.  He knows you so well that He knows what sin you were going to do when you do it.  Yes it was wrong for Eve to listen to the serpent and eat of that forbidden fruit, and it was wrong for Adam to pass blame onto Eve, but what’s even worse, is that they hid from God’s Presence.  He was right there and they didn’t run to Him because they didn’t feel worthy.  He had come to accept them.  He had come to accept them with open arms, but yet it in turn they ran because they were so scared.  God loves you so much, He gave His life after you.

There’s always a way out for every sin.  Every sin has a way out through the Blood Covenant of Jesus as long as you don’t blaspheme the Holy Spirit.  If you do it out of ignorance it’s ok, but if you do it intentionally when you know it’s not right because out of the wrong motive of the heart then that’s something else.

This whole time on earth throughout history God is looking for people who will love Him whole heartedly and will seek after His heart.  To yearn after His beauty and His majesty.  He doesn’t want people to be dismayed and discouraged.  But He wants people to repent and to receive forgiveness out of true humility.

But at the same time there is a warning because the times of the birth pangs are coming, and this is a time when people begin to see God’s judgments to come upon the Earth in the forms of natural catastrophes, and those are the times to trust God.  Because when you come down to it, all you have is Jesus, and you have to know that you have Jesus and He loves you and He doesn’t want to see you hurt.

Heavenly Father,

I pray that you touch the hearts of the people and let them see what a loving and kind and merciful Father you are to them.  Heal the Orphaned spirit, and the spirit of rejection upon the believer’s lives.  Give them life and and life more abundantly.  Give them hope and hope for the everlasting.  Cause them to surrender to You completely and totally to Your will and let them know the plan and purpose You have for their lives.  Cause them to see the light of Your Truth, and give them fresh rhema everyday.  Cause them to see everything beautiful about You.  Let them see that they are loved beyond measure, and that even for unbelievers Your heart reaches out to them so that they may receive the Truth that Jesus died for our sins.  Forgive us Lord if we have strayed away from Your Spirit today, and bring us back to Your fold so that we may see the beauty of Your majesty.  Forgive us Lord if we have not obeyed.  Cleanse us with Your blood today and create in us a clean heart and renew a right Spirit within Your precious saints who long to follow You.  Grant us all wisdom and encouragement and hope to see the everlasting and eternal hope and salvation we have in You.  I thank You for the special anointing You have given me to preach this Word, and may it bring life to those who hear it.

In Jesus Mighty Name I pray,

Amen.

Change your “Never” to “Nevertheless” or “Someday”

There’s a dangerous way of speaking that is going around, and even I catch myself saying it sometimes, but it is the use of the word, “never”.  It is used in the Bible 87 times.  Another word, “Nevertheless” is used over 90 times.  To get a definition of the words I turn to google and I find – Never – “At no time in the past or future; on no occasion; not ever”.  Nevertheless can mean “in spite of that” – and in other cases can mean – “still – nonetheless – notwithstanding – though – however”.  There are some cases where the word “never” is used, but it is not very strongly used, and I haven’t done an in depth study to see how many times it is used.  The statement of Truth, which the word can be applied is that “unless you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior then you can never see the kingdom of heaven.”

Proverbs 18:21  says –

Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit.

Sometimes when people speak they use the word, “never”, and they do not know that they are speaking a word of curse into the person’s life and speaking death into their life.  “You’ll never amount to anything,”

“You’ll never grow unless you do ‘this’ or ‘that’,”

“You’ll never lose weight unless you go to the gym, or go on a diet,”

“Unless you pray everyday you’ll never see growth in your spiritual life.”

“You’ll never understand the Gospel, unless you understand this,” etc.

It’s called a persuasive technique and it is used to motivate people to take action, and even pastors use it from time to time, not knowing what they are doing.  They put a lot of emphasis on that word.   It is a warning for people, and often times they are used with true statements and a call to action, but it takes away the hope from the people, and people start believing, “You mean I have to do it this way or there’s no hope for me.”  There is only one fundamental statement of Truth, to which that applies, “Unless you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you’ll never enter the kingdom of heaven.” We don’t want people to become hopeless or discouraged, we want them to be encouraged.  God rarely used the word, “never”, more often He used, “nevertheless”.  “Nevertheless” in the Hebrew word, “aken”, means “certainly, truly, surely, verily”.

So what’s the best was to take away the hopelessness for the person, whom your speaking to?  It’s to give them hope by saying, “Nevertheless” or “Someday.”

“Someday you’ll do something great.”

“You might seem like your not growing now, but someday you will see tremendous growth in your life.”

“You’re struggling with losing weight, but if you see how much God loves you and is willing to see you to health, then someday you’ll want to change your eating habits.”

“Prayer is really important, maybe someday you’ll see how much.”

“These Gospel concepts are important, I pray that the Lord reveals them to you.”

The reason why the word “never” can have a curse like effect, is because it gives the assumption that people are doomed to fail, unless they carry out the precondition.  Even if that is true, there is a better way of saying it, for example the statements I have given.

Words have power as we see in Matthew 21:19 –

19 And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, “Let no fruit grow on you ever again.” Immediately the fig tree withered away.

I believe Jesus said this for two reasons, to show the power of words, and as symbology in relation to fruit in God’s Kingdom.   Jesus cursed a tree, I don’t believe He cursed people, but He had very powerful words to say.  Words are like a sword, they can cut.  Words can also bring healing.  Hitler changed a whole society through his words and brought destruction to Jewish people.  Just one wrong word uttered to someone can change the course of history.  You might want to also read James 3 as well.

Referring back to the statement of Truth given above, it is not exactly what the Bible says in those exact words using instead,

16 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.”

But it does mention in several different ways that statement of Truth, which I don’t have time to get into right now, but you can study that for yourself.

There are two profound statements in the Word of God, which use the Word never –

23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’This is Jesus speaking, and I often seemed to have trouble with this verse, until I applied the definition of the word never, which can also mean “not ever” – over here it isoudepote – and if you apply the current definition of the word never, which hasn’t changed much in meaning, you get “And then I will declare to them, ‘Idid not ever know you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!”  Or if you apply the Thayer’s Lexicon to the verse, “And I will declare to the, ‘did not ever have any acquaintance with you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!”  As long as Jesus is your friend, or more than a friend in some cases and you have a relationship with Him, then this doesn’t apply to you, but you also have to take into the context the word “lawlessness” – which means unrighteousness -For an explanation of unrighteousness –  being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality,[c] wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving,[d] unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.To be led by the Spirit, means you will avoid doing these things, but when you do find yourself doing these things be quick to confess, repent, and turn to God.  He is quick to forgive.
The other verse is – always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.[2 Timothy 3:7]In context -3 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was.This describes the current situation right now with people in the body of Christ – the doctrines have been so spread apart, and put with different kinds of conjecture that even the people that want to preach the truth, end up believing lies because they have itching ears.  I want to put emphasis on the word, “unholy”  and having a form of godliness and denying it’s power.  Have you ever heard the expression “cleanliness is next to godliness” well this is a secular expression, but some people strictly believe that by being clean they can be godly, but there is no power in being clean.  What’s more important is an inward transformation of the heart that leads to repentance, or turning away from sin.  God is holy, so we should be holy like He is holy, and of course that takes an intimate walk with the Holy Spirit, and bringing yourself to the cross of Christ, and letting yourself go of all wickedness.  There are people including myself who are always learning, and learning is good, but we have to come the knowledge of the truth.  What is the truth?  The word truth in Greek is “aletheia”, and it is the same word which stands for Jesus when He says, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  That truth is Jesus.  So people are always learning and ‘never’ able to come to the knowledge of Jesus.

Those two verses Matthew 7:23, and 2 Timothy 3:7 are very closely tied together and I just made this discovery right now, but they are so closely tied together and when I have some more time I’ll get into the study of the word, truth, but for now I have to say that we have to be very careful with the words we use.  Especially when we are preaching or speaking to people because words have power.

We need to change negative confession and word curses over ourselves and other people’s lives to blessings that bring life.  Under the Abrahamic Covenant that says that “Blessed are those who bless you, and cursed are those who curse you” the believers and Israel is blessed under this blessing.”

Once a curse has taken root in a person’s life it can bring harmful side effects, and the only to reverse that is to speak blessing into their lives.  If someone has cursed you, then speak blessing through the Blood of Jesus upon your own life and reverse the curse.

Here’s a prayer for repentence for negative word confessions:

Heavenly Father,

Forgive me for anything wrong that I have said today, and let my words, thoughts, and attitudes be pleasing to you Lord.  Let my whole heart be consumed by the fire of your love, and let me speak blessings and receive blessings into my life.  Wash me in Your Precious Blood and purge my mouth from any ungodly words spoken today.  Free me from any hopelessness  or destructive path, which has been created by wrong words or actions.  Thank You.

Jesus Mighty Name I pray,

Amen.

Doctrine of Hell, Bible Controversies, Unanswered prayers

There are many reasons why people don’t choose to follow Christ, and after reading someone’s blog I thought it best to post some things that might help people understand a little bit more about Christianity.  I am not saying or trying to force you to choose Christianity, and I am not looking to argue or debate about disputable things, but to have some guidelines for some things in which areas people have concerns with.

1.  The Doctrine of Hell – We know that there are people in the world and the world is full of things that go on the world that you think are just wrong.  People suffer.  God has provided a way to make right the injustices of the world through Jesus Christ. Jesus was in heaven before the foundation of the world, but when He came and took human form there was a place called Hades and it was divided into two parts:  A place of Torments, and a place called Paradise.  It was originally created for satan, the devil, or lucifer, and it was for him and the fallen angels or evil spirits that dwelt with him.  The unrighteous people lived in Torments, and these were people that did not follow the Ten Commandments, and the basic guidelines for living during those times.  Similar to the laws that we have in the Constitution and the ones that break those Laws go to jail based on evidence.  The number one Law that God was concerned with the most was – to have no other gods before Him and the best way to explain that is that is to say that if you are married and you are madly in love with your wife, you wouldn’t want to see her with another man, or if you are a wife you wouldn’t want to see your husband with another woman.  This is the kind of fire of passion that God has.  If you’ve ever seen the movie The Fantastic Four, the man with the fire, something inside him insights this fire and it causes whoever he touches to be consumed by it.  The same way God has a passionate fire of love in His heart and if you are human and you’ve ever had something that just makes your blood boil, then that’s similar to what God feels.  He wanted to be loved and worshipped by the people, and when they didn’t He couldn’t contain His emotions or suppress them.  God could not be put into a box.  Humans are created in the image of God.  The problem was that people would do horrendous things, and God wouldn’t stop it because He would be merciful to the people – you see He is out of time, and He weighs His decisions very carefully and when people do things like steal, cheat, lie, murder, or do anything that you would get mad at, He takes justice, but He is quick to forgive.  Imagine a married couple – let’s say like on the “I Love Lucy” show- Lucy does something that just ticks Ricky off and He gets so mad and just starts yelling, “Lucy, what are you doing?” then she says “Ricky I am sorry” and if he doesn’t forgive her, she cries, “Waah!”  then Ricky is able to say, “Oh, Lucy, It’s ok”  Now if Lucy stole all his money, poked holes into his car, put his hair on fire bleached his clothes, cheated on him with 1000 men, had 250 children with them (I know exaggerated example, but using it to make a point – wouldn’t you think that he would figure out that she wasn’t going to be faithful, and that she probably didn’t really love him or at least had no respect for him?  That’s the way God is.  The Israelites weren’t special, they were just being treated like slaves and they were not being let go by the Egyptians so that’s why God chose Israel, otherwise they were a “stiff necked” people, and He knew that they would disobey Him, but the Egyptians wouldn’t let them go so being like a father judging between two sons, one kept abusing the other, he would have to make an ultimate decision to separate the two, and so that’s what God did.

That brings us back to Jesus – when Jesus was born and after He died and rose again, he descended into Hades and let out the people who were righteous and not being “evil” and raised them to go to heaven.   Now it is up to you to choose Him, if you don’t choose Him, then you will be ultimately deciding your own fate – God doesn’t make you go to hell, – you choose to go to hell if you don’t accept His Son.  This is why it is just – Let’s say you were in a jail, wouldn’t you want keys to take to take you out of it?  If you were drowning because you chose to venture out to dangerous waters wouldn’t you want someone to throw you a life preserver.  I think everyone has a desire to want to live.  Jesus basically paid the bail for your imprisonment.  Now it’s fine if you want to stay in prison, especially if there is a place similar to Guatanomo Bay, but Jesus provided the way out.  Why are you in prison, because you disobeyed the laws, but when you accept Jesus, He pays your bail and then you are freed from the bondage that you were in because of disobeying the laws.

This is a very good link on the subject and I believe it can answer a lot more questions than I can:

http://www.lamblion.com/articles/articles_eternity3.php

Also I’d like to provide a verse here that is pretty encouraging-

Psalmm 44:

O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off.
You comprehend my path and my lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word on my tongue,
But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.
You have hedged me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is high, I cannot attain it.

Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall[a] on me,”
Even the night shall be light about me;
12 Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,
But the night shines as the day;
The darkness and the light are both alike to You.

13 For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;[b]
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.

17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
When I awake, I am still with You.

False assumption #2:

1.  The Bible contains many errors, contradictions, logical absurdities, and moral abominations –

One thing that you will only understand once you have truly accepted Jesus into your heart and have the Holy Spirit guiding you, you will not be able to see the authenticity and rhema or God spoken Word or revelation given by God.  There is an expression that says that you “don’t see the forest from the trees” and the meaning of that when it comes to errors is that you are missing the big picture – the Bible is a whole wealth of spiritual information just waiting at your fingertips and because of a few little technical glitches you can’t see what a wonderful thing it is.  Contradictions – the only way this issue is going to be solved is to have more understanding of Jesus and proper Biblical teaching and guidance, fellowship in a Church and Bible Studies where you can discuss the contradictions.  Ultimately it’s your own personal walk with Jesus that will help you sort out these contradictions.  “Logical absurdities” – God is beyond logic, beyond the Universe – beyond infinity- there is only so much that human beings can comprehend with their minds the rest is God.  Another thing I want to point out is that if you ever go to sleep and dream and remember your dreams.  They tell a story, but it is not logical, yet it is still existant and some people search the whole world to find the meaning to their dreams.  Dream interpretations are given by God.  If you are more of a left brained person you are going to look for the logical side or analytical side of things, and if you are a right brained person you are going to look things more symbolically and metaphorically, and the Bible is more of a right brained book, but there are some cases when you can even apply logical side to it. Moral “abominations” such as the killing of infants, men, women, and children in Canaan:  What seems like abominations in our eyes may not be abominations in God’s eyes.  He has ultimate authority in everything that happens.  Yet again it takes you to accept Jesus and have a connection of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is the key.

Another thing about the Bible is that it is so intricately woven that everything just falls into place.  You may be reading something and then it just applies directly to your situation and if you don’t have eyes to see it, then you won’t get the benefit.  The Bible is the Living Word of God and it really can change your life and transform it.  If you read Psalms – there is a Psalm for every heart issue.  That is what the Bible is there for – to help you grow in God, and to transform your heart.  That’s what it means by:

Hebrews 4:12-

12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

What that means is when you read it – it’s going to affect you in some way.

3)  God does not answer prayer.  God answers prayer:  It is just not when, or where, or how you expect it.  Sometimes He’s testing your faith in how much you will still believe Him, and how much you trust Him.  There are times when you don’t understand why things are happening and why God just “sits by” and doesn’t do anything, but He does do things, and it may even be little things.  If you can start to see how blessed you really are to even have a computer and read this, to have water, food, a toilet, electricity, oxygen, that you are not a bowl of ooze on the floor, then maybe you’ll see something.  Now I can write till I am blue in the face, but unless you come to your own conviction and really begin to see the love of God operating in your life, then there’s nothing I can do unless you choose for yourself.  It is always good  to question your faith and to decide for yourself.  There are testimonies of people that have tried every religion there is and still kept coming back to Christ who is not a religion but a relationship.

There is a certain person this is intended for, and I hope you read this, and if you don’t otherwise I’ll be praying for you, but as for all the others that read this – I hope you find the answers you need for your questions.

Isaiah 55:9 –

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”

God is so beyond our level that is like explaining the internet to an ant, we are all ants, and the Holy Spirit, gives us the Mind of Christ to just have a glimpse.

 

 

When everything falls apart

When we go through hard times and there is nothing and no one that can help, our intimacy and relationship to God is the only thing that can get us through.  When you have been experiencing some rough times – some  Good questions to ask yourself are:  What are you going to do when your Bible is too heavy for you to carry?  What are you going to do when you are not physically capable of using your laptop or computer?  What are you going to do when you try to pray but can’t?  What are you going to do if you’ve lost your voice too?(Not saying that I have)  What are you going to do when you are by yourself and everything around you just seems to be falling apart and you can’t so much lift your hands up or use your voice?  What are you going to do during those times when God is silent or you haven’t “reached” that level of intimacy to bring you close to maturity.  Have you ever thought about these things?  These things are good things to think about.  What does it all depend upon?

Some say it’s obedience and it’s about you reap what you sow, but actually I think in Job, Job got more depressed when other people were saying things like that.  What really matters and what God is looking at more than faith, I would guess is your attitude.  Your attitude while suffering really is a good signal of how mature you are in Christ.  Paul said in Romans 8, “I consider these sufferings of the present time nothing compared to the glory that is about to be revealed.”  If you are able to keep a joyful attitude when suffering then that means you have something that is of value to God.  Sometimes the thing is not whether you are happy or sad, but what goes on in your thought life and how you lift up your heart to Him and just come to that point of surrender in knowing that you cannot do it without Him.  Even Jesus when He was on the Cross probably was not rejoicing and singing and shouting, but He maintained the Word confession out loud, and He surrendered to the sin that He took upon His flesh when He was on the Cross.  We all say we want a deeper relationship with God and a more intimate relationship with God, but do you know what it actually means to take on the nature of Christ?  It means to partake in the sufferings of Christ.  Although it is good that God does not give you more than you can bear, and though sorrow may last through the night and joy comes in the morning, we all have to suffer at some point and our attitude while suffering is important.

There are some kinds of attitudes that are healthy to have while in sufferings:

1)  An attitude of praise – If you are able to not curse God or blame God during the circumstance but to lift Him up and not allow the enemy’s tactics to discourage you and to bring you into self-pity then that is a good attitude to have.  I’ve done a blog post on Praise  –  I forgot what it’s called.  It might be called, “Singing in the Valley”

2) An attitude of communion – If we allow ourselves to acknowledge the fact that Christ has suffered too, and that no one has suffered to the point that Christ has as it says in Hebrews 12, then we will know that no matter what happens we do not have to be discouraged because Christ has already overcome the world, and we know that He has suffered as well.  There’s a verse – I think it’s in Phillipians  where Paul says that he thanks God to know the power of His resurrection, and to partake in the fellowship of His sufferings.  That must be a difficult thing to understand for some people.  I am not saying that you have to suffer that it is a requirement to fellowship with Him, but to say that if you are suffering rejoice because Christ suffered likewise.

3)  An attitude of rejoicing – When you are suffering, good chances are that you are being chastened or being disciplined by God, and even though it says that no disciplining is joyful but is grievous and painful, but the result is peacable fruits of righteousness for those that have been trained by it – We can still choose to rejoice.  We can continually have our hearts lifted up because – we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Romans 5:4

4) An attitude of surrender – knowing that you are too small to fix all your problems is a great thing.  Knowing that there is someone greater and larger that takes care of everything.  It’s good to be obedient to the little that God has called you to do, but even when you have been disobedient and are trying to take control of your life and figure everything out for yourself then that God cannot operate in changing your free will, so you have to come and humble yourself before Him.  Job did that in the last chapter of Job, where He just surrendered to God and repented.  Surrender is a form of repentence – it is laying your will down and making a commitment to change. It is also the ability to realize how Great our God is.

5) An attitude of not complaining – no matter what circumstances you are going through, the less you complain, and murmur, the better it is.  But you can always talk to God and reason with Him.  Jesus is your mediator.  When Job was suffering he cried out for a mediator between God and man.  Aren’t we glad that we have one?

6) An attitude of Prayer – If at all you can pray, and prayer just means communicate to God in some form (I know some people say you have to utter out loud or speak in tongues), but in some cases you just need in your heart to communicate your heart’s desire to God and have that level of faith step in and take over.

7) An attitude of Be Still and Know – “When you have done all that you can do stand” – It says in Ephesians 6.  When we can just rest knowing that God still loves us and cares for us and that our prayers are being heard and answered then maybe that’s all we need.  We don’t need to beat ourselves up for what we have done because God knows and He is there to help you.  Sometimes He just wants you to go and spend time with Him and seek Him.

Sometimes it’s not about all the rebuking the devil that you do, but it’s about your attitude.  I don’t even want to get into all that’s going on right now, but I know God is faithful even when everything falls apart.  The key thing to remember when everything falls apart is that God works out all things together for good to those who love Him.  There’s going to be a blessing out of this situation that you might be going through – that is the peaceable fruits of righteousness.

The unprepared attack

Sometimes your day is going well.  In fact it starts off ok.  You might go to church.  You might sing along with praise.  You might listen to the sermon, but deep down inside you know something is wrong, but you can’t put your finger on it.  You can sense that something is going to happen, but you don’t know what or when or if it will even happen that day.  In my last post I said that God is very smart.  The devil is pretty smart too because He knows when to attack you at your weakest.  When people around you who you have the most impact on are going to look at you and think, “That is not someone who loves Christ and lives by Christ’s principles.”  It is going to be one of those tests, and it all depends on how you react.  Now a mature Christian will have enough character in that type of situation to recognize it before it happens, but when you are still in quite the “adolescent” stage of your spiritual walk and still have a lot of growing to do, you won’t be able to recognize it.  I think two of the most things that help in spiritual warfare, are wisdom, and agape (love).  It takes wisdom on how to deal with Satan and how to deal with others.  It takes agape to walk in your relationship with God, to learn how to love God fully, and to love others fully, and to love yourself fully.  When you are not developed with a proper conscience loving yourself might be hard.  If you have a root of bitterness then loving others might be hard.  And this is an important warning, if you are feeling dead and dry, it is not always good to pray for God to soften your heart because He might do it with a “meat tenderizer” like Joyce Meyer says.  God might try to hammer your dry, hard, steel heart, into something soft and malleable.  So when you see that happen, take some time out for yourself and go to a place where you don’t have any responsibilities to people or things to do, and just sit and worship.  Put some soaking music on and bathe in His Presence, and most importantly wait because He will show up.  It is this daily part of waiting and marinating in His Presence that equips you when these type of attacks come.

Satan likes to make you feel like a victim, and there are days, believe me, there are days, and he has tried everything, I mean everything to get you down and make you blaspheme God, but then the devil might use your own very lips to get you into trouble and get you into victim mode.  It may be with your spouse, or your children, or your parents, or even your friends.  The first initial reaction is usually not the best.  Do NOT let the devil get the best of you on a bad day.  People don’t know when someone is having a bad day.  You can’t tell by the way they look.  Some people seem like they are having a bad day.  Or maybe it is because every time they try to tell you something you end up fighting.  It may be part yours or part theirs, and the problem is communication, and priorities.  For someone a priority may not be as important as you think it is, and for you a priority might not be something that they think it is.  He wants nothing more than for you to be a victim and make you doubt who God is.  Once you know you are in Christ, and have the confidence assured in that faith, and are grounded in love – then nothing by means will harm you.  You can go quoting scripture all day long, but unless you are grounded in love then it is not going to get you anywhere.

When you are weak, be prepared, because even though God is your strength when you are weak, sometimes He lets you go through experiences to make you draw nearer to Him and sometimes, satan takes advantage of the time that you are weak to “make a spectacle” out of you, because he hates the fact that “he has been made spectacle of”.  The best way to fight satan, is not to fight him with your mouth, but to fight him, with your attitude.  He doesn’t like when your attitude in all circumstances, is developed in the fruits of the Spirit, – be that love,joy,patience,peace,kindness,gentleness,faithfulness,goodness and self-control.

God has strange ways of working.  One of His main ways of working is through pain.  He doesn’t like to use pain, but when people hurt, especially people of God hurt, they are more tuned to turn to Him, in their time of need.  Also this is part of the test and trial process.  We all learn through life experiences, which is more knowledge than we can ever get in a book (except the Bible because it is the WORD of God and the main teacher on how to react on these things).  Once we have actually been through something, we know that we have what it takes to get through that situation and come out on top.  In Hannah Hurnard’s book, Hind’s feet in High Places, the main character, goes through trials and tests, and every time she gets through a difficult patch, she create an altar to the LORD, who in this case is identified as the Shepherd.  Even in the Old Testament, the LORD asked people to commemorate altars to signify a victory and God often takes your mess and turns it into Message – [FYI:  In the Message Bible – Message stands for Gospel or Good News].  It’s ok if no one can see your altars or if they are shared on a blog per say, but He always takes the pain that you feel, and the emotions, situations, and circumstances, and turns them around for good.

Sometimes after the trial or test, and you failed miserably, and you grieved the Holy Spirit, God will find a way to let you “escape” and not to bear more than what is necessary.  This is because He loves you.  Come on, He knew you were going to do it to begin with.  Sometimes we are not even aware of the test or trial and how it is happening, so during the trial we may not have the right kind of attitude, but if we learn from that trial the right kind of attitude that we are supposed to have the next time that we go through it then we will at least be a little bit better prepared.  Don’t be surprised if you hear a sermon or preach a sermon, and the very next thing you are tested in that very area in, which you were engaging yourself in.

So if you have been attacked and you don’t know what to do, and you have a battle scar and you want to know how to heal then understand this:  It takes time to heal.  Everyone heals in different ways.  Everyone has different ways to respond to situations.  Even you have different ways you respond to different situations but it will go away.  God will allow you to heal.  The best way to heal – I don’t know if I’ve said it before – is to do something for someone else.  Find someone more weaker than you are and try to build them up through the pain that you went through.  When you feel like there is no hope for you, go to a place where there is no hope for someone else, and let them see the little hope that you do have, that despite what you are going through, you can still be an example of light of Christ.  It may not be to the person or in the same situation you faced the circumstances with, but reach out to someone else.  It is the best way and it is one way to love your neighbor.  So if you fail in one area you are not a total failure if you can use the situation to change someone else’s life, or even if you learn from it.

Oh, by the way, I forgot to mention that some days be may be more spiritually prone to attacks than others because of their spiritual significance.  You can usually tell when those are by doing a little research and keeping your eyes open.  On those days in particular keep your guard up and be particularly nice to everyone because on those days because what you say and do could make a lot of impact.