Protect Your Soul!

Protect Your Soul!

Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil.  May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. I Thessalonians 5:12-23 NIV

If we need proof–the evidence by which one is convicted or convinced of anything–we have to seek God’s Word to see that those professing to be Christians–lie and they lie about the lies and show themselves to be reprobates with the continued lying.

Who are the lawmakers who claim to be Christians lying to? Themselves and their constituents. Those of us who are not blinded by party ideology see through the lies and know — they make a mockery of what Christianity is supposed to be.

First of all, when Paul talks to “brothers and sisters” he’s referring to the family of Christ Jesus–all who believe and walk according to God’s Word. So, when we see lawmakers and other “pseudo-Christian” leaders do things that are in opposition to God’s Word (no help for the poor) we know they lie. When we see them make excuses for those who publicly do wrong without public admonition, we know they lie. When we see them, not upholding their oath of office just to make the idiot in charge feel good, we know they lie. They have no respect for God’s Word, themselves or those they supposedly represent.

Secondly, for them to use Christianity as a benchmark to claim to be a party “of the moral majority” when they have all fallen short is nothing short of remarkable–or maybe I should say, laughable because they expect people to believe them and the gullible, do.

We watched the GOP rejoice in taking healthcare from millions and yet making sure the wealthy save millions. We watched them preen themselves, congratulating themselves on their accomplishment–assuring early deaths for those who can’t afford healthcare. We watched them hide from their constituents because they didn’t want to answer questions about what they did or hear how their decisions impact “real lives” and not just numbers on a page. We know they lied when they did this because Christ, never would. The giddy law-makers would prefer people die early due to health issues or starve to death because they can’t afford the ever-rising costs of food.

This is what we have in Washington, DC–the cast of clowns pretending to be Christians, which by their actions, demonstrate they are not.

Moving on–we do have choices and whether or not people want to believe it–the Democratic party is the party that cares and they have demonstrated that repeatedly. They care about the poor, the needy and the marginalized and try to write laws to protect them, while the GOP–does just the opposite.

In both the mid term elections in 2018 and the General election in 2020 people have a choice to make and they need to listen and watch all who are speaking, vying for their vote. Real Christians–don’t have to brag about what they do and they take no pleasure in the suffering of others. We must pay attention and seek God before casting our vote–and don’t let our emotions rule over common sense.  We must remember that and guard our souls against the wiles of the enemy.

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Deliverance!

Deliverance!

The LORD detests dishonest scales, but accurate weights find favor with him. When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death. The righteousness of the blameless makes their paths straight, but the wicked are brought down by their own wickedness. The righteousness of the upright delivers them, but the unfaithful are trapped by evil desires. Proverbs 11:1-6 NIV

At this moment–in the United States of America–we need deliverance–from the schemes of a unstable individual in the White House–whose greed for power and wealth may be the destruction of all mankind.

Though the Evangelical leaders in the church-world, proclaimed that he was God’s choice for president, most–who are capable of critical thinking–can see (we’re not wearing rose-colored glasses) this was not true. How do we know? We know by the Word!

  • God detests liars
  • God hates those who cheat others
  • God desires peace among nations
  • God desires the righteous to defend the rights of the poor and needy
  • God is not enamored by those who boast falsely about anything
  • God wants us to be faithful to Him and others in all we do
  • God honors integrity
  • God honors humility
  • God honors the upright (those who walk in His righteousness)
  • God honors those who seek His wisdom
  • God honors those who are quick to listen, but slow to speak
  • God honors those who are compassionate
  • God honors those who are “living epistles” of the love of Christ

This list could go on and on, but I think I’ve made the point–that nothing the #WHidiot has done would be honored by God. He’s in the White House because Republicans have a need to control others–and what they do in their personal lives–and because they think they are superior to any other group of people and they misuse–or rather misstate–their relationship with God in order to justify what they do.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again–and again, and again, and again, until they realize their so-called christianity–is rooted in man’s desire to control others. They are the 21st Century Pharisees who think if “religion” is observed in any way other than the way they observe it–it’s wrong. And that’s the problem with religion–a situation in which mere mortals concoct ideologies and rules for others to obey.

Relationship with God through Jesus Christ is all about a desire to please Him, not men. Within the relationship–we are free to communicate with God through Holy Spirit and the Written Word and seek wisdom and direction without condemnation. Within the relationship–we allow Holy Spirit to control us–not the dictates of men. Within the relationship–we know that God is pro-choice because He has given mankind choice from the garden and will to the end.

Deliverance–comes in being free to worship the God of creation and knowing that all things created were created by Him and without Him, nothing was created. It is through our relationship with God that we know true deliverance and once we understand that deliverance–nothing mere man does can ever hold us in bondage again.

The Deliverer–Jesus Christ–has delivered us from the bondage of sin and everything that God hates and despises–once we accept Him into our lives and willingly give Him control over all we think, say, or do. That’s deliverance! And it’s why I’ll continue to proclaim that the Evangelical leaders lied to people when they said, God chose a president who does not honor Him in any way.

Now, perhaps–just maybe–some will be delivered from the bondage in which they’re held in their faith in man over God by reading my blog posts–angrily or not–and will seek understanding of how God functions in the earth today, through His Word and right relationship with Him.

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About Praying!

About Praying!

“So do not pray for this people nor offer any plea or petition for them; do not plead with me, for I will not listen to you.  Jeremiah 7:16 NIV

Do not pray for this people or offer any plea or petition for them, because I will not listen when they call to me in the time of their distress. Jeremiah 11:14 NIV

Then the LORD said to me, “Do not pray for the well-being of this people. Jeremiah 14:11 NIV

But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ Matthew  18:16 NIV

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. Romans 8:26 NIV

The time has come (if not already past) for us to recognize that “praying for the #WHidiot” is not changing anything. He’s still the same self-centered, narcissist he’s always been; only thinking about what will work best for him, not the masses, and he’s still lying–to Congress and all America–in his attempt to get the media focus off the trumprussia investigation.

No matter how many times church leaders tell people to pray for this idiot–and see no results; they should be able to draw their own conclusions and people should stop listening to the church leaders and listen to God through understanding His Word. For if people continue to pray for him–to change or whatever they’re praying for–and nothing happens, we should know that we’re not praying the will of God, but by direction of mere mortals who are just as fallible as the rest of us.

I’m not wasting my time praying for the #WHidiot for he has already determined to do whatever he wants to do. I will continue to pray that all Americans will wake up and demand that Congress do their job in upholding the oaths of their office and the Constitution and #impeachtrump.

Until Americans–We The People–stand up to the “wannabe dictator” nothing will ever change. Tax payers are picking up the tab for his weekend excursions and already he’s adding to the national debt by launching an “unwarranted” missile strike against Syria, to the tune of almost $90 million dollars, without congressional authorization. Then, he lied about the strike being a matter of “vital national security” and in some interviews and his letter to Congress, “retaliation” both of which are lies.  We don’t need a reactionary in the White House, we need a leader–one who is capable of thinking and rational, logical conclusions. We don’t have that person in the White House.

The pictures did not move him to “horror and grief” for there have been more pictures from years ago depicting the horror suffered by those of chemical weapon attacks. Perhaps, as it has been stated about the idiot–a picture with fewer words will help all to understand the travesty of having this person in the Oval Office.

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No matter what–most of us–who are not blinded by the drama–will push Congress to do their job and we who know The Lord, will keep praying for revelation knowledge of truth for all who have been blinded by the shiny object–so-called Syrian initiative.

Sound Like Any Group You Know?

And in vain they worship Me,
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doctrines the commandments of men. “For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men—the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do.” He said to them, “All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.  Mark 7:7-9 NKJV

How many groups of people, who claim to be “religious” or have an affiliation with God, forget about God’s Word in order to control people with their own traditions?

When people have established rules that forbid men and women to marry in order to serve God, how do they justify what they say? Surely, it cannot be The Word of God since Peter was married and we know this because Jesus healed his mother-in-law.

When people have established rules that forbid women to minister The Gospel as an ordained pastor, teacher, preacher, evangelist, etc. how do they justify what they say? Who are they that they should question God’s call on a person’s life? Did they not understand that Paul wrote explaining that with God–“there is neither male or female, Jew or Greek, free or bond” since He is not concerned about a person’s gender or race. That is man discriminating, not God. Perhaps, it is because they took another passage of scripture written by Paul and tried to make a doctrine of it, not knowing that when Paul said, “women should be silent in the church,”

Perhaps, it is because they took another passage of scripture written by Paul and tried to make a doctrine of it, not knowing that when Paul said, “women should be silent in the church,” he was referring to their constant interruptions when asking questions of the men who worshipped in separate areas. A study of customs at that time would go a long way in dissolving some of the mistaken doctrines men have adopted as commandments from God. 

And speaking of commandments, when Jesus was speaking in this passage of scripture, He mentioned “commandment” singular–not plural. And why is that? The greatest commandment is for us to “love” and if we know how to love, we will not commit sin against man or God.

And then there is a group that forbids family members from associating with other family who are not members of their group. Really? Where did God say we should ignore family in favor of a group of people who obviously do not understand God’s plan for man? And this same group–over the past decades–has changed its doctrine so many times that many people don’t even know what their teaching was from the beginning. I know this group well. At one point in their religious establishment, they disavowed the divinity of Jesus, but now they call themselves, Christians.

Before I start rambling, let me get to the point I was going to make. If anyone is teaching any doctrine other that what is in God’s Word–accurately interpreted–it is the doctrine of men and not of God. God doesn’t care how we dress in a building as long as it is respectful and does not distract from the worship service. Modest apparel covers all necessary parts and does not expose oneself in a seducing manner.

If we simply obey The Word and allow Holy Spirit to guide in all we do, we would never stray from The Word in order to make man-made rules take precedence of God’s Word.

Why Jesus said, “Blessed Are You When People Insult You!”

Why Jesus said, “Blessed Are You When People Insult You!”.

Having Authority!

“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” (Luke 10:19 NIV)

The missionary report from the seventy-two who went out and proclaimed the Good News and healed those who were sick was good, but the Jesus reminded them–they rejoiced over the wrong thing, the submission of the demons to them at the name of Jesus. This they did when Jesus was with them. Now, as a cautionary note, Jesus went on to tell them, rejoice in the fact that their names were written in the book of life–not just in having authority over demons, while He was with them.

They had authority to trample on snakes–unaware of their existence, not by tempting the devil with foolishness--and not be harmed. He gave them authority–to overcome anything the enemy attempted to do them and promised them, nothing would harm them–this He did while He was with them.

Before He left to return to His place in heaven, he told the twelve (notice the reduction in numbers who operated with power), that greater works we would do–after He left, than they did while He was with them.

One of the reasons the Church of Jesus Christ is weakened and often thwarted by the enemy is because we think–the power is in the numbers. The power is not in how many people attend the building, but the power and authority is in the faith of the Believer–individually. Now, where two or three–faith-filled people gather, there is nothing they cannot accomplish when they do all in His name.

The power and authority we have is activated by our agreement with another faith-filled believer and being on one accord with Holy Spirit for the results. When we practice what we say we believe, we see the results of having power through Holy Spirit and know we cannot go wrong when we allow Him to lead.

If we want change in our society, change in our schools, change in our homes and change in our governments, we must practice the authority we have in Jesus’ name by coming into agreement with other Believers, guided by Holy Spirit, and then sit back and watch Him work it out–for our good!

Before we can actively, consciously do anything in order to operate in His authority, we must Know The Word, Pray The Word, and Preach The Word, in season and out, whether people want to hear it or not (Paul’s instructions to Timothy work for us today) and do all we do to the glory of God! That’s Having authority!

The Foundation!

“By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.” (I Corinthians 3:10,11 NIV)

Paul admonishes those who are attempting to “teach doctrine” other than what they learned. He reminds them (the Corinthians) that everything he taught was based upon his relationship with Jesus Christ and who He is. He goes on to tell them in (subsequent verses) that if they attempt teach any other doctrine, their works will be tried with fire.

Now, for clarity’s sake, I must explain that in the subsequent verses, he mentions the building materials that will be tried and possibly burned up with fire. Paul uses the building materials–gold, silver, etc. in a figurative analogy. He does not mean that churches cannot use gold or silver in the buildings, as some have taught.

What is more important–the church (Body of Christ) or the building? I think this is where some err. The body of believers is the “Church of Jesus Christ” and the buildings are simply places where people go to worship, ideally. So, Paul is really concerned about the condition of the believers and the foundational truths they are taught and believe. When we change the foundational truths of God’s Word, then we subject our works to being judged by the fire. EVERY TIME WE CHANGE GOD’S WORD TO PACIFY FLESH, WE ERR AND ARE CREATING AN UNSTABLE FOUNDATION.

When a firm, stable foundation has not been laid for a physical building, it will not withstand, the moves of the earth as it settles and sometimes, the foundations crack, lean, or fall apart, causing the entire building to crumble. When a firm foundation has not been been laid regarding the truth of God’s Word, people lean, fall apart and crumble every time a crisis comes their way–their foundational knowledge is flawed and will not withstand the wiles of the enemy when the attack comes.

We should all aspire to be like Paul–as a wise builder–teaching and proclaiming only the truth of God’s Word so when He comes, we will be found blameless and not guilty of promoting false doctrine trying to make ourselves to be something we are not. God knows the truth of all and He knows when the foundation is His or ours. If we think we can fool Him, we only delude ourselves. Make sure the foundation laid regarding God’s truth–is His Truth!

Do You Know Him?

“Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.” (I John 2:4-6 NIV)

We cannot claim to know God–through Jesus Christ and His Works–if we’re not willing to do as He says in His Word.

Since there is this unity among the three–God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit--if we do not know all three, we cannot know one–because they are one in purpose and will not divide themselves to accommodate mere man.

For those who claim (and it is a claim without foundational truth), they understand that Jesus loves, but cannot believe God meant what He said or that He is yet speaking to us and through us by direction of Holy Spirit–they lie. In the beginning, they all existed (and still exist) and if a person would simply read His Word, with understanding, they would know this.

This is the reason many churches--man-made edifices–are bereft of spiritual guidance–because the leadership denies the existence of an all encompassing God. No one should buy into a “Jesus only” church doctrine–He does not exist on His own and He would be the first to say that without the Father, there would be no Him. We cannot buy into “God alone” church doctrine–if we did, the work on the cross would be meaningless and so would any celebration of the birth of Christ. We cannot ignore the existence of Holy Spirit--it is He who provides us with instruction and guidance when we are willing to hear Him.

When church doctrines–ignore the unity of the Three–they create a great disservice to those who attend the services held at such churches. If the entirety of who God is, is not taught where people attend church services–NO ONE SHOULD BE THERE! We cannot teach a “divided God” and expect to see Godly results in anything we do. When we do  this, we demonstrate a fundamental lack of knowledge as to who God is and we further demonstrate that we DO NOT KNOW HIM!

Do you know Him? If you do, hallelujah!  If you don’t, get into His Word and seek Him for understanding so you will know Him and know–He is all we need–Our Father, Our Savior and Mediator, Our Counsellor–when we allow Him to do His job in us.