Who Do We Trust?

Who Do We Trust?

May the LORD answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you. May he send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion. May he remember all your sacrifices and accept your burnt offerings May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the LORD grant all your requests. Now this I know: The LORD gives victory to his anointed. He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary with the victorious power of his right hand. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm. LORD, give victory to the king! Answer us when we call! Psalm 20 NIV

Trust–by dictionary definition is–“reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence.”

It would appear that 62 million Americans have put their trust into a man who, like the rest of us, is not perfect–but lacks the very basics of human decency–the character traits that makes a great leader. Based upon his actions, his rhetoric and looking at those who surround him and how they enable his dysfunctional outlook  on life and in governance, most of the rest of the 324 million millions know–we cannot trust him and therefore we have no confidence in his ability to lead this country.

Where there is no trust–there is distrust.

Where there is no integrity (adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty)–there is malfeasance (the performance by a public official of an act that is legally unjustified, harmful, or contrary to law; wrongdoing (used especially of an act in violation of a public trust).

Where there is no honor–there is dishonor and disdain.

Where there is no respect–there is disrespect.

Where there is no love–there is hate.

Where there is no truth–there are lies.

There are so many character flaws observable by anyone with eyes and ears that it would take writing a manual to discuss them all in detail. There are some scientific reasons why we see what we see and there are spiritual reasons why the flaws exist.

From a scientific perspective–there is a disconnect in his brain–there is a disruption in the transmission of signals by the neurotransmitters that have led to the non-development of empathy, a sense of reality and honor.

This is recognized in the multiple personality disorders we see displayed on a regular basis: lying about everything, including the lies (pathological liar) because he doesn’t recognize truth. In his mind, he creates truth and nothing else matters.

Narcissism--inability to recognize any importance in anyone or anything other than what he wants (fascination with self and ruled by ego–never accepting responsibility for his actions). Blaming others is as easy as breathing for him.

MegalomaniaPsychiatry. a symptom of mental illness marked by delusions of greatness, wealth, etc.  

I have used each of these terms to describe the PE of the United States–not out of meanness, but out of concern for the nation. Our nation is at risk and no one wants to address it.

Every adjective that he uses in describing himself or his accomplishments radiates qualities that only exist in his mind–and his enablers–those surrounding him–never tell him the truth, but attempt to keep his cognitive disability hidden for their own selfish reasons.

The moral of the story, “The Emperor’s New Clothes” is a perfect illustration of what we see. A delusional king was duped by tailors into spending a large sum of money for a splendid robe and when parading in public for all the world to see his new robe, all the people saw his underclothes, but only a child was brave enough to speak truth and wondered out loud, why the emperor was naked (not literally).

And such is the case with the PE–his delusions of grandeur are so great that people are afraid to confront him with truth because they don’t want to damage his ego. As a result, he has been led to believe he has the moral fiber and fortitude to “Make America Great Again,” because he never recognized its greatness.

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He believes he is a savior and that is evident in his declarations that,”I and I alone can fix it.”

In spite of multiple business failures, he believes he is a great businessman.

In spite of the fact that numerous women have accused him of being a sexual predator, he screams, they lie and blames the “crooked media” for everything.

He has been involved in all sorts of shady, corrupt allegations and according to him, it’s never his fault. And what I’ve noticed is his tendency to project onto others, the very things he’s guilty of–he is crooked, corrupt, a consummate liar, and even when confronted with facts–denies them and blames others when exposed to truth.

So, now lawmakers are in a dilemma–trying to determine the scope of his involvement with Russia and the ethical practicality of his ability to retain this business interests while governing as president. Since most politicians lie simply to get votes, I don’t think we can trust them any more than we can trust the PE to do the right thing.

I foresee a couple of things: A charge of treason or impeachment within the next six months, or a massive nationwide recall of elected officials or courts being tied up for the next two years with lawsuits or even the decimation of our nation by Russian influence.

The problem could easily be resolved with a new election. That would serve two purposes: proving once and for all who the legitimate president is so we can all move forward and it would declare for all the world to see–the mandate of Americans for Americans. We are still a great nation and do not need the taint and stench of corruption hanging over us.

american-mandate

From a spiritual perspective–there is no proof that he has ever known The Lord Jesus Christ, accepted Him as Savior or that he has any knowledge of God’s Word.

Who do we trust? We trust in The Lord and that lawmakers will be the arbiters of integrity and expose truth for all to see.

 

Know The Spirit That Influences!

Know The Spirit That Influences!

Now the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will depart from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and the teachings of demons, through the hypocrisy of liars whose consciences are seared. They forbid marriage and demand abstinence from foods that God created to be received with gratitude by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing should be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, since it is sanctified by the word of God and by prayer. I Timothy 4:1-5 HCSB

If we know that Satan’s job is to influence others in stealing, killing, and destroying, encouraging lying since he is the father of liars, and manipulating deception, why are we surprised by anything that happens in the world?

There are two reigning spirits in our atmosphere: Holy Spirit who speaks to our hearts when He resides within and Satan–who speaks to the mind, causing flesh to react to external forces.

Holy Spirit will only speak those things to our hearts which we have learned of God and in living according to God’s Word, reminding us that it’s all about Jesus!

Satan will tell people to do whatever feels good to you. It’s all about you!

Holy Spirit speaks truth as He leads us to living peacefully among all people, doing all things decently and in order.

Satan is the master of confusion and chaos and he is only concerned with the destruction of mankind.

If we’re honest with ourselves–willing to take a good look in the mirror, shedding the scales that blind us to truth--we’ll see which spirit influences everything we think, say, and do. Once we can see truth about self, we can look at others and see truth about them as well, but until we are able to see and accept truth about self–we will never see truth about others.

This is why we have so many people confused about who the best person is to sit in the White House. When people can support bigotry, hatred, racism, and narcissism in a candidate, they are actually saying those character traits reside in them.

There is no perfect candidate in this election year, but we can seek God and allow His Spirit to direct us in all things and we know–because we know who He is and how He operates, that He will only direct us to the person who is more likely to be living according to His Word–full of compassion and love for all people.

When we begin to understand The Word of God is intended to be a blueprint by which we live, and apply it to our lives on a daily basis, we will see the benefits of living according to The Word. The bible is not just some ancient book of myths as Satan has some believing; it is clear instructions for living a Godly life, a life in which one can expect peace and harmony, and enjoy life while here on earth. When we know God–we know love; when we know love, we will not entertain thoughts of destruction or hate. Mankind is God’s most precious creation and Satan hates us with everything in him and will influence the vulnerable and weak-minded into thinking there is no God of creation, and people can do whatever they want to do.

Remember–Satan is the liar–the influence behind all destruction and confusion, hate and bigotry.

Now, who is influencing what you think, say, and do?

Recognizing The Bullies In The Pulpit!

Recognizing The Bullies In The Pulpit!

For an overseer, as God’s administrator, must be blameless, not arrogant, not hot-tempered, not addicted to wine, not a bully, not greedy for money, but hospitable, loving what is good, sensible, righteous, holy, self-controlled, holding to the faithful message as taught, so that he will be able both to encourage with sound teaching and to refute those who contradict it. To the pure, everything is pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; in fact, both their mind and conscience are defiled. They profess to know God, but they deny Him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, and disqualified for any good work.Titus 1:7-9, 15,16 HCSB (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

If we look around us and pay attention to how people act towards others we can see how some people attempt to bully those who are weaker and smaller than they are. We see people who think because of their “material wealth” they have a right to bully others into accommodating them. And now, more than ever, we see people attempting to bully others through the judicial system. Every time someone wants to draw attention to themselves and make people accept them–they take someone else into court. There are probably more frivolous lawsuits filed in recent years than ever before.

Bullies are arrogant and overbearing and will threaten others, promoting violence, when people don’t cave to their demands. We see them in schools, on playgrounds, on the streets, in our homes, in all of society and in our churches. The bullies are those who are quick-tempered, undisciplined, and narcissistic–because they only care about what they want, not what is best for others.

If we don’t recognize them for who they are and stand up to them–they continue to bluster their way through life–until they meet the one person who forces them to back down--not by violence as is their method, but by sheer determination to not be intimidated by the bully.

We encourage children in schools to stand up to the bullies and to report them and we also encourage students not to become bullies. The sooner they recognize their behavior, the sooner it can be overcome. We encourage parents not to become bullies with their children but to learn to listen and discuss what is appropriate and what is not. We encourage spouses to learn the art of compromise so homes can run smoothly and no one resorts to domestic violence. But what do we do with the bully in the pulpit?

Any time a leader–in any venue–has to resort to bullying tactics they reveal their own insecurities within themselves and in their position. True, Godly leaders never have to resort to bullying because they act on The Word of God. However, if they do not know The Word, they cannot act on The Word and this is how we discern who is in the pulpit.

When the man or woman of God entreats others to help them accomplish something, they know how to explain why something needs to be done–the advantages and disadvanages of the task and the end result. They don’t browbeat people into doing anything and they certainly don’t threaten (and I’ve seen it all) people into doing what they want. 

There are a number of issues that could be addressed when it comes to recognizing bullies, but the point I really want to make is this–when we are secure in the knowledge of who we are, what God has called us to do, and know we operate with God’s wisdom in all things, we will not succumb to the bullying tactics used by others to coerce us into doing what they want rather than doing what God wants us to do.

Know the bullies when you see them and stand up to them with Holy Spirit guiding your every move.