Adversary or Advocate?

Adversary or Advocate?

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 5:6-11 NIV

Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. “All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me. “Come now; let us leave.                  John 14:23-31 NIV

I read an interesting article the other day, about why Christians should stop saying that Donald Trump is a Christian.  What the author of the article said was nothing new to me because I have said before, over and over again, but it was confirmation of what I have been saying. And it was refreshing to see what another real Christian had to say about their observations-the lack of any fruit of the Holy Spirit. In fact, the author said, the only fruit they have seen was “rotten fruit.” http://johnpavlovitz.com/2017/02/02/its-time-we-stopped-calling-donald-trump-a-christian/

Only those who have been “brainwashed” by the gaslighting strategy employed by the trump team or so blinded by their agenda of reversing Roe v Wade could believe that Trump has even acknowledged Christ. To be clear–a Christian is someone who follows the teachings of Christ–in all things and when filled with Holy Spirit–is reminded of everything He said and we see the fruit of that development in loving The Lord and loving others–unconditionally.

Again, and I will keep saying this–it is the Evangelical leaders who have set the stage for the mockery of our democratic process–maligned for all the world to see and then they wonder why others keep belittling Trump. Though those same leaders have said they prayed and “God told them Trump was His choice,” I see no evidence of any communication with the God of Heaven, the Creator of all things and without whom nothing was ever created. They communicated with each other and those in leadership positions to determine how they might effect a Republican win for the White House–just to make sure they could “control what women” do with their bodies. They can deny it all they want to, but the evidence is clear. They promoted an illiterate, cognitively impaired egotist to be president–just to have a say-so in the Supreme Court selection.

The god of this world–Satan–knows how to entrench himself in the minds of those who have not submitted to God and give them strong delusions–having them believe a lie because they did not want to know truth. It wasn’t just the Evangelical leaders; it was all those who were gullible enough to believe “anything” Trump said. But because they kept listening–they were gaslighted–not knowing they were being brainwashed to accept the lies and even now–they keep listening to the lies and the liars–choosing to ignore the truth that is displayed before them daily. That’s the effect of gaslighting–psychological manipulation.

We have an Advocate–His name is Jesus–who will plead our case before The Father and when we allow Holy Spirit who dwells within us to lead us–we can be assured the verdict will be, “Well done.”

But then there is the adversary–the prince of this world–who influences weak minds and spiritually weak people, into believing him and this can only happen when we refuse to submit to God and live according to His Word. For the Word tells us to, “Submit to God, resist the devil, and He will flee.” (James 4:7) We cannot “resist” the devil if we keep listening to the lies and more importantly, if we have not “submitted” our thoughts and ways to God, allowing Him to lead us–we place ourselves in jeopardy–giving the adversary room to work in our lives.

I have come to realize that perhaps, not many people reading my daily blog might believe I consult God in what I say, and that’s okay. God knows. For there is never a time that I don’t consult Him about any subject that I write. I honor His Word in the selection of passages used as a foundation for what I say and He honors “my choice” in what I say that aligns with His Word.

Here’s the thing–none of us have to “believe” anyone else, but I choose to acknowledge and support those who demonstrate their love of God by doing what God says–not people. God would not promote a pathological liar to represent Him–but mere mortals with an agenda did and do. And now–the Trump Team has developed a new way to present their lies–as “alternative facts” which are still lies.

So, everyone still has choices. We can be influenced negatively and publicly by the adversary, the devil; or we can live according to God’s Word and know our Advocate will always be by our side. It is “our choice” as to who we listen to and believe and God will honor our choices by allowing the consequences of our choices to overtake–for the good or the worse–we choose.

Who’s Your Daddy?

Who’s Your Daddy?

I am telling you what I have seen in the Father’s presence, and you are doing what you have heard from your father. “Abraham is our father,” they answered. “If you were Abraham’s children,” said Jesus, “then you would do what Abraham did. As it is, you are looking for a way to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham did not do such things. You are doing the works of your own father.” “We are not illegitimate children,” they protested. “The only Father we have is God himself.” Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me. Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.” John 8:38-47 NIV

Truth is truth and a lie is lie and a liar is liar. There is no way to “pretty up ugliness from within.” A common phrase known by many is, “beauty is only skin deep,” and if that’s true, when ugly hits the surface, we know ugliness dwells in the depths of a person’s soul.

You see, I’m not referring to a person’s looks, but their attitude and behavior. I’ve known some very “unattractive” people by “people standards” who were the most beautiful people I’ve ever met. And then I’ve known some attractive people who were downright ugly.

A person’s beauty or ugliness has nothing to do with their physical appearance as far as I’m concerned; nor do I waste my time trying to determine if a newborn looks like its mother or father--a newborn baby looks like a newborn baby–lovable.

But then we grow up and as babies grow and develop–their physical features sharpen, their personality is revealed and for the most part, what we see in a seven year-old is what we’ll see in a seventy-year old if there is no discipline in the child’s life.

For the most part, the frontal lobe of our brains are not fully developed until we’re somewhere between the ages of 23-25 years–give or take a few years. That’s the time we can rationally and logically develop clear and coherent thinking skills and act accordingly. When we see irrational behavior in an adult from ages 26 upwards–we can conclude (accurately in most cases) that there was some developmental delay in the brain or in an older person, brain cells are diminishing or malfunctioning.

From a biological and physiological perspective, when a person’s brain is malfunctioning they have difficulty understanding right from wrong and truth from lies. From a spiritual perspective–either they know and acknowledge God as their Father and speak truth, or they acknowledge the devil is their daddy and speak lies.

We have the son of the devil living in the White House–whether it is #45 or the puppeteer encouraging him to do stupid is anyone’s guess. But when #45 claims to be a Christian–he lies–there is no evidence–no fruit of such an occurrence ever happening. But there is more than enough evidence to find him guilty of being the devil’s son. The lies, the lack of empathy, the callousness, the craving to rule others when there is no evidence he can discipline himself.

Think about it! That’s exactly how the devil acts–always trying to influence people to do evil, thinking he can rule God’s kingdom, and manipulating others into thinking the way he thinks. And those who are easily influenced, are misled and eventually brought to destruction because they allowed evil to guide them, instead of truth.

Now, Jesus is Truth and He is the Son of God, therefore God is Truth. If God is our Father, we should want to speak and live truth. If the devil is our father, we will speak and live lies. So, who’s your daddy? Do you look like your father? Do you act like your father? Speaking truth whether people want to hear it or not–indicates you belong to God. Speaking lies just to get people on your side–indicates you belong to the devil. You know who you belong to–and so does God. And your attitude and behavior–is a revelation for all who pay attention to you.

Lord, help all of Your children to be more like You on a daily basis. Create in us a desire to submit to You and resist the devil and all of his temptations so he’ll flee from us. Keep us strengthened by Your love and encouraged through Holy Spirit to stay in the battle until victory is won over evil.

Fools and Money

Fools and Money

A prudent servant will rule over a disgraceful son and will share the inheritance as one of the family. The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the heart. A wicked person listens to deceitful lips; a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue. Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker; whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children. Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool— how much worse lying lips to a ruler! A bribe is seen as a charm by the one who gives it; they think success will come at every turn. Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends. A rebuke impresses a discerning person more than a hundred lashes a fool. Evildoers foster rebellion against God; the messenger of death will be sent against them. Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool bent on folly. Evil will never leave the house of one who pays back evil for good. Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out. Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent— the LORD detests them both. Why should fools have money in hand to buy wisdom, when they are not able to understand it?A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity. One who has no sense shakes hands in pledge and puts up security for a neighbor. Whoever loves a quarrel loves sin; whoever builds a high gate invites destruction.One whose heart is corrupt does not prosper; one whose tongue is perverse falls into trouble. The wicked accept bribes in secret to pervert the course of justice. Proverbs 17:2-20, 23 NIV

A Wicked Person listens to deceitful lips, a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue!

Why should fools have money in hand to buy wisdom, when they are not able to understand it?

Whoever loves a quarrel loves sin; whoever builds a high gate invites destruction.

The wicked accepts bribes in secret to pervert the course of justice.

One who has no sense shakes hands in pledge and puts up security for a neighbor.

If we lived according to The Word, how much better would the lives of all be? Since we don’t, we continue to have problems and make problems for years to come for those who have had no input into the workings of the world.

When those in authority do not understand setting priorities, they create unnecessary burdens for others to shoulder.

Americans–in order to continue promoting ourselves as a competitive nation and one who harbors concern for all of its citizens–need access to a quality education and healthcare; our older citizens who have paid into Social Security and Medicare need those resources preserved; we all need to be able to breathe clear air and drink clean water.

Taxpayers do not need to pay a wall they cannot use for daily living.

Politicians need to exercise wisdom in all matters–keeping in mind–they work for the people and every decision made should be in the best interest of the people–not their personal agendas–to control others.

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Watching Deceptive Practices!

Watching Deceptive Practices!

Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:1-9 NIV

One of the most interesting aspects of being involved with those who fight for justice against those who attempt to oppress or tyrannize people is the fact that we don’t give up and all we do–is transparent, open to public scrutiny, see in the light–not plotted in darkness or secrecy.

Though there are those who would take the side of the oppressor and rail against us–we keep going–never allowing the banner of freedom and truth to fall by the wayside as so many have done in “giving Trump a chance.”

Many of those who “gave him a chance by voting for him”  are now experiencing “buyer’s remorse” and the saddest part of all is to see those who have said, they regret allowing their emotions–“their hatred of Hillary” to lead them to vote for a person who is so thin-skinned and vindictive that he can’t see why he lost the popular vote.

With the decision to move forward with the pipelines–many have expressed–directly to him through his Twitter account–have disgusted they are with him–to ignore the Native Americans right to protect their land. But don’t take my word for word it. All of this can be seen on the Twitter Page dedicated for those with Trump Regrets found @Trump_Regrets.

Aside from those who are experiencing regret–there are those of us who did not trust him from the beginning because we saw who he really was–long before now.

And those executive orders he’s signing–are simply his way to get back at President Obama–because his insecurities lead him to believe he has to exceed–go beyond–anything President Obama did in an attempt to make himself superior to Obama. His obsession over surpassing President Obama is obvious to anyone with eyes not covered with blinders. I’ve said before that Trump suffers from a cognitive disability that drives his personality disorders and every day–he proves how right many are in drawing the same conclusions. And nothing he does or says will make him even half the man President Obama is. The difference being–President Obama had a heart for all Americans and it showed–even in those things I didn’t agree with him. 

Interviews with those who thought he was going to save them–coal miners in particular who need the healthcare accessible through the ACA, are now worried. And so are others who see “executive orders” issued that will affect their rights.

His moves to blatantly support discrimination are obvious and have ignited a fire under a number of groups who will not allow him to turn the clock back on their rights.

Whether people want to believe him or not is their business, but any time a person in authority has to create “distractions” to keep people off focus to what’s really going on is a sign that we are no longer living in a democracy, but spiraling into the depths of a fascist regime–where one person–Trump–thinks he is the final authority. For those who worship him as their god, so be it. 

For those who believe in the God of Heaven, the creator of all things and without whom, nothing was ever created–our trust is in God and we will do all He puts on our hearts to do. We are the true Believers–the ones who live by The Word–loving all unconditionally, no matter what the circumstance. Those who resist Trump do not hate him–we simply recognize him for the despot he is and are rising against him as people have done for centuries.

We The People–all Americans–no matter what our skin color, politics, religion or gender–will fight to make sure the constitution is upheld by every elected official and no rights are violated simply because of petty vengefulness.

For those who don’t want to see truth–but are giddy with excitement over the “alternative facts” presented–do your thing and just remember this: When there is a ship in the middle of the sea and there are no lifeboats available when the storm rages and overturns the ship, all aboard will suffer the same fate.

The colonists left England to get out from under the thumb of a monarchy. We do not have a one-person or even one-family order of rule in this country and we won’t. The ax will fall and when it does, it will do what an ax does.

Nothing Has Changed!

Nothing Has Changed!

“Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of my pasture!” declares the LORD. Therefore this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says to the shepherds who tend my people: “Because you have scattered my flock and driven them away and have not bestowed care on them, I will bestow punishment on you for the evil you have done,” declares the LORD. “I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and will bring them back to their pasture, where they will be fruitful and increase in number. I will place shepherds over them who will tend them, and they will no longer be afraid or terrified, nor will any be missing,” declares the LORD. “The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The LORD Our Righteous Savior. “So then, the days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when people will no longer say, ‘As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,’ but they will say, ‘As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the descendants of Israel up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where he had banished them.’ Then they will live in their own land.” Concerning the prophets: My heart is broken within me; all my bones tremble. I am like a drunken man, like a strong man overcome by wine, because of the LORD and his holy words. The land is full of adulterers; because of the curse the land lies parched and the pastures in the wilderness are withered. The prophets follow an evil course and use their power unjustly. Both prophet and priest are godless; even in my temple I find their wickedness,” declares the LORD. “Therefore their path will become slippery; they will be banished to darkness and there they will fall. I will bring disaster on them in the year they are punished,” declares the LORD. “Among the prophets of Samaria I saw this repulsive thing: They prophesied by Baal and led my people Israel astray. And among the prophets of Jerusalem I have seen something horrible: They commit adultery and live a lie. They strengthen the hands of evildoers, so that not one of them turns from their wickedness. They are all like Sodom to me; the people of Jerusalem are like Gomorrah.” Therefore this is what the LORD Almighty says concerning the prophets: “I will make them eat bitter food and drink poisoned water, because from the prophets of Jerusalem ungodliness has spread throughout the land.” This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD.They keep saying to those who despise me, ‘The LORD says: You will have peace.’ And to all who follow the stubbornness of their hearts they say, ‘No harm will come to you.’ But which of them has stood in the council of the LORD to see or to hear his word? Who has listened and heard his word? See, the storm of the LORD will burst out in wrath, a whirlwind swirling down on the heads of the wicked.The anger of the LORD will not turn back until he fully accomplishes the purposes of his heart. In days to come you will understand it clearly. I did not send these prophets, yet they have run with their message; I did not speak to them, yet they have prophesied. But if they had stood in my council, they would have proclaimed my words to my people and would have turned them from their evil ways and from their evil deeds. Jeremiah 23:1-22 NIV (Read it all)

The Word of The Lord–Always Speaks Truth and Never Lies!

His thoughts about leaders is constant no matter what title or term is used–when those in leadership lie and mislead God’s people, there are consequences all will feel until those who lied are utterly destroyed.

Truth That Sets Free!

Truth That Sets Free!

So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.” Even as he spoke, many believed in him. To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:28-32 NIV

Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth? Galatians 4:16 NIV

My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins. James 5:19,20 NIV

There is truly something to be said about liberating truth. It sets us free–totally unencumbered from fear of being discovered in falsehoods–or as some are calling lies–alternative facts.

A Lie is A Lie

A Prevarication is a lie

A Falsehood is a lie

A Half-truth is a Whole lie

A White Lie Is an Ugly lie

An Alternative Fact is a lie

By any name you choose,

A Lie is A Lie!

Liars do, what prevaricators do—LIE!

There is no escaping the fact that those sitting in the White House at this moment–are liars all and there is no truth in them.

If they lie about the little things that mean nothing, what will say about the things that matter? They will do what they have practiced doing–lie and then try to spin the lie by lying more.

When we see the lies and recognize the liars for what they are–why should we even pretend there is anything honorable about them?

A lack of integrity–being truthful about all matters–leads to doubt and disdain of those promoting lies and when those promoting lies are advising others in leadership–in this case–the illegitimate president of the United States–who has already established himself as a pathological liar–what is the rest of America supposed to do?

We do what we’re instructed to do in The Word–we tell the truthcalling out the lies and the liars–no matter who they are and we publicize the truth–by any means necessary--so eventually–the scales will fall from their blinded eyes and they will see–truth as it is before them.

We have seen from the campaign cycle that we cannot count on the media to call out the liars when they’re being interviewed–though some are taking a different stance now–we still have to call out the liars–utilizing social media–and pushing the broadcast and print media to do the same.

What we have seen in the past few days is a concerted effort by those in the White House to distort truth because they know they are in the White House–due to the lies and rigged election. Trump is angry because he feels people are trying to delegitimze his presidency when in fact–he is not the legitimate president and he knows it–which is why he is so combative when confronted with the truth.

We have heard the phrase–“he won fair and square” which is a lie by itself. How is a win obtained by promoting false propaganda, lies and interference by Russian hackers a “fair and square” win? It would have been fair and square if Hillary had used the same tactics, but since she didn’t–who’s the corrupt one now? Trump and team of co-conspirators–including Putin. And if the Republicans are found guilty of collusion, they should all be set free from their collective positions in Congress!

There is something seriously wrong in our nation’s capitol–when the toddler-in-chief leads the nation, thinks himself above the laws and policies that have long established for the security of the country and to avoid the appearance of evil–refuses to abide by said policies and no one is checking him! The role of Congress is to maintain a balance of power–and unless Congress steps up and does their job–we now have lopsided government–and no truth shall ever be told by any of them because of their short-sightedness.

However, there is something we–the average American voters can do–we can re-call every elected official that refuses to do their jobmaking decisions that are best for all and keeping the toddler-in-chief in check. If they’re not willing to do their job, they don’t need to hold the position–pure and simple truth. And when they’re recalled, the people will be set free–to elect those who might employ more integrity and honor than those we see at the moment.

So gear up America–it’s time for us to take charge of our fate–by RECALLING EVERY ELECTED OFFICIAL WHO IS NOT DOING THEIR JOB! They are elected to govern according to the needs of the people, not their greed of power and status. IT IS OUR RIGHT AND RESPONSIBILITY TO HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE AND WE SHALL!

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Our Future Is Not Constrained!

Our Future Is Not Constrained!

This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” Yes, this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “Do not let the prophets and diviners among you deceive you. Do not listen to the dreams you encourage them to have. They are prophesying lies to you in my name. I have not sent them,” declares the LORD. This is what the LORD says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 23:4-11 NIV

No matter what has happened or what is happening in our world, our future is secure when we know God’s plans will come to pass. We have nothing to fear in the battle and we shall win!

There though be dark clouds of doubt,

Shadows creeping into the crevices of our minds,

We defeat the enemy and burst his bubble,

Of fame and glory with praise to Our God!

Never think for a moment we are forgotten,

For our God is not man and He never forgets,

Those who love Him and just Believe

He is and He will carry us through to victory,

In Jesus, our banner, and standard for living.

When we know who we are and who He is,

Nothing the enemy does can shake our faith,

In the One who created all things and without Him,

Nothing was ever created–without a purpose for His glory!

Be strong in His might and know

Wherever we go, He is always with us! We’re never alone!

 

 

 

Our Hope In God!

Our Hope In God!

The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth.For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,  because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer. If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe. I Timothy 4:1-10 NIV

Spirit of the Living God, fall fresh on me

Mold me, shape me,

Hold me, Shield me

Spirit of the Living God, fall fresh on me!

What Holy Spirit speaks to our hearts is the best intelligence we could ever receive for He knows the ins from the outs and all around us what is going on in the hearts of men, women and children. When we believe that He is indeed the purveyor of truth to all who will receive, we are fortified against the wiles of the enemy and all the lies he promotes. I am so glad I know The Lord for myself and have no need for any others to convince me of His goodness. For whatever Holy Spirit speaks to my heart, comes to pass, whether I agree with it or not. God’s truth does not change based upon what we believe; His truth is truth in spite of what we believe and He never lies.

And since we know God is not a man that He should lie, and that in fact he hates liars, we do not have to wonder about the beliefs of others who claim to be Christians. If people support a liar, they do not belong to God. If people promote lies, they do not belong to God. If people attempt to malign others based upon the perpetuation of lies, they do not belong to God.

So how is it that many so-called Christians are supporting a demon? And that is what the overaged-tantrum-throwing-toddler–narcissistic megalomanic about to be sworn in as president of the United States is–and only the liars are not willing to admit what they have done. The rest of us know!

Instead of seeing what was behind the “Make America Great Again” slogan, they failed to realize the depths of deception  used by the devil who influenced the rallying cry and those who were despondent and angry chose the devil–totally deceived by the ungodly rhetoric he spewed. The plan–as we who can see beyond any bias can tell–is unfolding daily and soon–if Congressional leaders will not do their job and uphold their oath of office, we’ll be in bed in Putin–simply because he has leverage over the devil elected by sightless people.

Readers beware: I can fully appreciate your engagement with my blogs, but I will not allow any person who puts their pants on the same way I do to influence what I write. I will write as directed by Holy Spirit and if that’s a problem for you–Godspeed!

And while I’m brushing up on enough Russian to oppose the invasion, I’ll be praying that all who truly serve The Lord, and know His Word for themselves, will be fortified daily with a fresh anointing in Holy Spirit and maintain their Hope in God! God still has the last word in all that happens in the land!

Psalm 109:6-8 is a timely prayer for those who live in opposition to God!

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Knowing Your Gift!

Knowing Your Gift!

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Romans 12:4-10 NIV

One of the reasons many people never accomplish what God has planned for them is because they have really identified and refined the gift He has given each and every one of us. Every person has been given at least one gift and many have multiple gifts they have identified and refined–some natural and some spiritual, but we need the spiritual gifts to identify the natural, develop and fine-tune them.

What keeps people looking sideways at others as they move along the continuum of life–envying and coveting the gifts of others— is they have lost their focus and never sought God for understanding of what He has given them. In order for us to walk the path He has designed for us, we must always seek Him, first.

There are times when it appears–to others–that some of us are off track, but that’s because when we do things that seem unusual, we do them at God’s guidance and not man’s and therefore they would not understand. Being obedient to God is not always; especially when the outcome is uncertain and we have to complete an obstacle course, that could be perilous. Nevertheless, if we trust God, we must simply follow through on what He has spoken to our hearts and if others don’t understand–it’s okay.

When we look at Paul’s life and how he started–being a stalwart defender of what he was taught by men–and then after his Damascus Road experience appeared to take a 180 degree turn in his promotion of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He was actively engaged in the community of Believers and non-Believers–inspiring many and even though he lost his life–he was obedient to God.

I know some are concerned with my current direction in actively engaging in resisting a Trump presidency, but they can rest assured, I have spent time with The Lord and know I am obeying what He would have me do in this season. Whatever happens in the interim, I know–what He wants me to do and I know it is for the good of all, not just myself.

We know that in order for evil to reign and change the landscape–good people sit silently and watch it unfold–doing absolutely nothing. My gift is research and writing and then expounding upon the truths found–by any means necessary. That gift is not only meant in teaching God’s Word, but in the secular setting in which we all reside on a daily basis. If I did not research a subject matter, I could not teach it effectively and if I am not teaching effectively, I am not utilizing the gifts He’s given me.

Here’s the thing–man has no ability to gift us with anything other than material items that will rust or fade in the course of time. The gifts God gives us are for our use for as long as we walk the earth. Therefore, I will not allow what people think of me–one way or the other–to hinder my obedience to God. I’m mindful of Noah when people thought he was crazy in building an ark and talking about rain when it had never rained; Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt; Daniel opening the window and praying out loud even though it was forbidden; Esther going to the King without being summoned. The list could go on and on.

The bottom line for me is–man has no eternal resting place for me, but my Father in Heaven does. Guess who I will obey? No matter what what happens, I’ll know I played a part in the historical events unfolding in this season and will hold them dear to my heart.

Lord, open the eyes of those who are blinded by fear and whose hearts are clouded with doubt and uncertainty. Let them see there are more with us, than against us–both naturally and spiritually and that victory in Jesus will be celebrated.

Who Will Enter?

Who Will Enter?

LORD, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain? The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart; whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbor, and casts no slur on others; who despises a vile person but honors those who fear the LORD; who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind; who lends money to the poor without interest; who does not accept a bribe against the innocent. Whoever does these things will never be shaken. Psalm 15 NIV

I am so thankful that God loves me–loves us all–for He did not come down to save just me, but all who would accept the gift of salvation through His shed blood.

There’s a song that many churches–especially in the Black Community –sing, “Down through the years, God’s been good to me,” and when I look back over my life, I can sing that song with reverence because He has been so good to me. Not that I’ve been perfect–there are no perfect people–but because I recognize Him for who He is and I try to live according to His Word.

In order for anyone to live according to God’s Word, they must first know it. When we get into The Word–we learn how God wants us to live–and if we’re honest with ourselves–we see The Word as a mirror–reflecting back to us who we are and where we fall short. Even when we fall short–His mercy and grace–sustain us–renewing our determination to get living right for Him. It is because of His mercy and grace–that we can know without doubting, whether we will enter into His presence at the end of our journey on this side of Heaven.

When David wrote the few verses above, He understood–not because he had read a bible as we know it, but because of the teachings from a child–by his family about God’s goodness and what He had always done for the Children of Israel. David was not a perfect man, but he was a man after God’s own heart in that he recognized when he was wrong and repented, seeking God’s forgiveness.

If a person never recognizes when they are wrong and won’t do anything to correct the wrong, they will never enter into God’s presence.

When John–the Baptizer–was on his journey throughout the region, “crying in the wilderness” as we’re told, “Repent, Repent, for the kingdom of the Lord is at hand.” He was the precursor for Jesus–warning people that they must admit being or doing wrong and setting things right. Though John was beheaded for telling the truth–he knew where he would spend eternity.

Do we know? Can we know? I know there’s a mansion in heaven with my name on the door plate and I have determined that nothing and on one is going to impede my arrival–I will enter my promise–as Jesus told it.  “For in my Father’s House are many mansions.”

Now think about this: we who are laborers for The Lord–the little people–the caring people, the benevolent people, the people who given generously to those in need, the people who give of their time and talents to fight injustice and to defend the rights of the poor and needy, we have a right to enter in and know with assurance we have a place for all eternity as a reward for the sacrifices we’ve made to help others out of obedience to God.

Then there are those who have done nothing for anyone, but expect everyone else to do for them. They are self-centered, thin-skinned and think the world revolves around them. They are quick to criticize others, but get angry when others criticize them. In their minds, they are the only ones who are right and everyone else is wrong. And that’s a description of the Tweeter-in-chief who feels like it is “his right” to be president, when all the evidence surfacing reveals he got to that point–by corruption and deception.

He believes he is above the law and in fact thinks laws were not meant for him and unfortunately, the so-called religious, family values group of lawmakers are doing nothing–at this moment–to correct his thinking. What they are doing is allowing him to think, he can change our democracy into a dictatorship ruled by Putin with him as his puppet.

Will they enter into God’s presence at the end of life’s journey? Not according to His Word. I don’t know where they will spend eternity but I do know that liars will be thrown into the lake of fire for eternity.

Where will you spend eternity? I’d love for all I know to spend eternity with me in heaven, but that is not my choice; it is every individual’s choice and all I can do–is to make sure all I know–have been made aware of their options. Jesus is Lord and He loved us–each and everyone–enough to die for us and I am determined to love Him enough to live for Him. Will you join me?

Father, in the name of Jesus, we thank You for loving us enough to come down from heaven, living in the likeness of man, experiencing all that we would experience in life, and yet willing–with all the flaws you saw in us–looking ahead through the years–and yet still decided to hang a cross for our sins. Forgive us for not understanding how much You love and teach us daily how we’re to live and treat others. Encourage and embolden us to always speak truth as You give it to us, no matter what others may think. And for any who have not already accepted You as their personal Savior, move upon their hearts to receive You, now. In Jesus’ name we pray and thank You, Amen!