When Evil Frustrates!

When Evil Frustrates!

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good. The LORD looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one. Do all these evildoers know nothing? They devour my people as though eating bread; they never call on the LORD. But there they are, overwhelmed with dread, for God is present in the company of the righteous. You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor, but the LORD is their refuge.Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When the LORD restores his people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad! Psalm 14 NIV

Where are the true Patriots in the Republican party in Washington, DC?

Is there one–just one Republican–who speaks truth any more?

Is there one–just one Republican–who cares about the poor and needy?

Is there one–just one Republican–who is more loyal to country than “pledged loyalty to a man” who has no values other than greed and power?

Is there one–just one Republican–who cares more about their constituents than their party agenda?

Is there one–just one Republican–who is bold enough to stand up and speak out against the atrocious policies being implemented that discriminate against the poor and promote hatred?

Is there one–just one Republican–who is courageous enough to convince the party to put an end to this charade of a presidency that has the world laughing at America?

If there is one–then where are they and what’s taking them so long to stand up and uphold the oath of office they took or does that oath no longer mean anything?

Have they–succumbed to greed and need for power over doing what is best for the entire country?

Where is the  moral outrage of the so-called christians who voted for all the “negligent, obstructionists” who put evil in the seats of government?

It would appear to me, that everything we say–as Christians and Americans–we value has gone out the window with our current leadership and no one seems to care about the people or what they need. No longer do we see integrity and honor ruling in the hearts of those in position of leadership. No longer do we see patriotism honored by elected leaders who have apparently forgotten–the voters who elected them. No longer do we see those who have publicly taken oaths of office–uphold them.

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But we–who truly know God and live according to His precepts and are loyal to Him–understand how God will frustrate the plans of those who frustrate the plans of the poor.

For this reason–there is fear and anxiety–overcoming reason and logic by those who plot evil or won’t stand against it.

For this reason–instability and anger–rests upon those who do not know God and will not obey Him.

For this reason–many Republicans–are afraid to face their constituents and hide from them.

For this reason–the American people–will seek those who care about them and change the political landscape from the red of anger and frustration and greed to the blue of hope and integrity and honor.

The frustration felt by those who have been ignored will result in a tsunami of blue waves that wash across this country in upcoming elections–no matter how much money–the Republicans spend–unless they have chosen to “rig more elections” like 2016.

God knows and He’s watching and His purposes and plans will not be frustrated by evil, for He has overcome evil and evil will be overthrown and cast into the pit of darkness, never to be seen or heard from again. Watch for it!

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Do We Really Trust The Lord?

Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 9:10 NIV

But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. Psalm 13:5 NIV

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. Psalm 20:7 NIV

In you our ancestors put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them. Psalm 22:4 NIV

But I trust in you, LORD; I say, “You are my God.” Psalm 31:14 NIV

But you, God, will bring down the wicked into the pit of decay; the bloodthirsty and deceitful will not live out half their days. But as for me, I trust in you. Psalm 55:23 NIV

in God I trust and am not afraid. What can man do to me? Psalm 56:11 NIV

Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. Psalm 62:8 NIV

There are so many passages from the bible that address the issue of trust that I could not begin to expound on them all. But in the midst of anxiety over local, national, and world events, we need to remember that since we have no control over these things, we must learn to trust God in all things.

Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. Psalm 146:3 NIV But do Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; Proverbs 3:5 NIV

If we truly believe that God has a plan and His plan is for our good, then we need not be overly anxious about anything we hear or see in the media. We need not be concerned about the elections (we do need to seek God, hear Him and vote in obedience to Him, not the sensationalism in the media); we need not be concerned about the terrorists for God also has a plan for them; and we need not fear anything, but stand firm on God’s Word, living it on a daily basis.

If we trust Him, we won’t be afraid of the outcomes; if we don’t trust Him, then our lives will be overwhelmed with anxiety and fear about everything going on around us.

We must be aware of events in our midst so we’ll know how to pray and what to do when opportunity presents itself for us to act. And we must act–do something–for faith without works is dead (worthless). But what we do should only be direction of Holy Spirit who knows more than we shall ever know. Our actions should not be rash, without giving thought to all possible scenarios, but led by Holy Spirit who knows how to direct our steps and to keep us from falling into the pits and snares the enemy has set for us.

Let’s face it–with all we know and have learned–there is too much more for us to know to think we know it all. Trusting God means we acknowledge our shortcomings and allow Him to be God of our lives.

No Anxiety, Please!

” Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6,7 NIV).

Whenever we are anxious about anything, we tend to make hasty decisions or wrong moves. We habitually think we have to know how to handle every situation and when we can’t, we crumble and fall apart.

We don’t have to handle any situation. We must trust God in all things, communicate with Him our desires, our concerns, believe He hears us and start thanking Him for the outcome. If we believe He will do whatever we ask in Jesus’ name, we can rest in His peace, knowing that nothing surpasses His peace, and His peace will guard our hearts and minds against the temptation to become anxious and worry. He created all things that were ever created and He can certainly handle our little problems. Our trust in Him should be demonstrated by our ability to keep moving forward, allowing nothing to anchor us in despair or hopelessness. “Lean not to our own understanding, but in all things–trust in the Lord.” He is able to do all things well and we can relax and wait, with patience to see how He does things.

While we’re waiting, patiently to see the outcome of our answered prayers, we have time to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and all the love that abounds from God through us to others. Wait on the Lord and again I say, wait!

When He speaks to us–have a heart to hear and obey with hands and feet prepared to do whatever He tells us to do or tongues ready to say whatever He tells us to say. If we’re not going to listen to Him and obey, there really is no need to pray. We’re wasting our time and His.

Father, in the name of Jesus, we ask You for wisdom to guide us every day of our lives and the willingness and courage to do all You tell us to do. We thank You for Your love, mercy and grace–for all You have done, are doing and will do in our lives. We thank You for peace in the land, no matter how things look.  We know You can and will resolve the chaos for our benefit and have peace reside in our spirits and hearts.

Time to De-Stress!

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6 NIV).

Most of the time when we become anxious (stressful, fearful) we make decisions that are truly not advantageous to us or others around us. Fear–the tendency to move/act without wisdom (thoughtful deliberation)–creates havoc in lives, in our society, and throughout the world.

If we only operated in love--being more concerned about the welfare of others–we would not have time to fear (perfect love casts out fear and doubt). But then again, we have to remember that fear–like love–is a learned behavior. When people experience things that make them anxious or fearful, the behavior or response to the experience becomes habit.

When people learn to hate–and it is a learned behavior–they pass that experience and their reaction on to others and it becomes a perpetual cycle until someone has the courage to break it. The same is true for those who become over-anxious about things. These are the people who make foolish decisions because they do not know how to think things through before a decision is made. People who commit suicide couldn’t think beyond the moment. People who kill other people won’t think beyond the moment. People who plot and conspire to kill and destroy have been influenced by Satan and are incapable of thinking right thoughts for themselves because they lack wisdom.

The response to all the fear, anxiety and hatred is to relax, de-stress and turn it all over to God. We cannot do anything about people on our own, but Paul reminds us that we can communicate our concerns to Him. And then–we have to be like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego-if God changes the circumstances or not–He’s still God and we should learn to stand on our faith in Him.

So, today–whatever your circumstances might be that have attempted to make you anxious–look them in the face and say, “I have presented my requests to God over you and I will not be anxious about the outcome because God has this covered.” Now, relax–take a deep breath–count to ten and have a praise party all by yourself. He’s worthy!

De-stressed and giving Him praise! Works every time! Hallelujah!