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.

Dear Mr. President!

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. Romans 1:20, 32 NIV

As I prayed last night, I couldn’t help but feel the urge by Holy Spirit to address our nation’s situation with regard to legalizing sin. Therefore, I write this as an open letter to our president.

President Obama:

You have managed to accomplish much–even with an obstructionist Congress–and everything encompassed with your terms in office will be interred in history books. Some things for the good and some–a very slap in God’s face.

I am not your judge and certainly not your jury, but your actions have demonstrated for many that though you may “know about God” you do not know Him. For to “know Him is to know His Word” and legalizing sin reveals lack of knowledge or “ignorance” as you stated in your address to college graduates on yesterday–about His Word. Of course, that ignorance lies in not knowing what you’re talking about–as you clearly explained and regarding your position on same-sex marriage–you clearly do not know what you’re talking about. I understand you “think” people should be able to love anyone they want to love, but loving is not just about lust and it is the lust of the flesh that has instigated the misguided notion by the LGBT community in their pursuits.

Let me be clear. We are told in God’s Word to love all–unconditionally–but that love–is not a reference to pacifying a sexual need. I could spend an entire day writing about this, but if your heart is not in a position to receive from God, what I say won’t matter. We are also told in The Word that marriage is between a man and a woman–for God’s purposes, not our own. Since the enemy loves to hate what God loves, he has confused the minds of many into believing that God doesn’t have a problem with sin–when He does.

In the interest of being politically correct and gaining the support of the LGBT community, you have allowed the Pandora’s Box of “self-destruction” to spill over into a society that is demoralizing and rotting. The “anything goes” concept to living is wreaking havoc in the minds of children who are further confused by the notion that God makes mistakes--with their biological genders–and they have a right to change and expect the rest of us to simply accept their fickleness and confusion. God doesn’t make mistakes, human beings make mistakes.

Your positions regarding the above-mentioned issues–becomes even more injurious to those who hold fast to their relationship with God when their rights are violated when they won’t obey the laws of the land that are contrary to God’s Word.

Before I ever knew who you were, God had inspired me to write two books pertaining to the end result of what has now occurred. I didn’t understand why He wanted me to write the books, but I wrote them. Now, I understand. I’m sure you won’t take the time to read them, but I’ll provide you with the links anyway and the link for the one that was written after the Supreme Court decision to rebel against God. Those books are myBook.to/Normal, myBook.to/TurningForce and myBook.to/WhatJesusSaid. It’s Not Normal and Turning Force were written a number of years ago, but are prophetic in nature as we can clearly see how events have unfolded. To tell people what Jesus said about “loving others” without understanding why He said anything is promoting lies. And we know that God hates liars, which is why I wrote, What Jesus Said and Why He Said It.

In the beginning, I had a great deal of respect for you and your accomplishment in being the first Black president. Now, I pray that someone will be able to water The Word in your life and eventually, you’ll hear from God and ignore the tricks of the enemy. I cannot imagine how you would feel if one of your daughters was molested in a bathroom by a “pretender” who claimed to be “feeling like a woman” in order to gain access to their prey. Bullying school districts to put kids in danger is not what someone who knows God would do. And your decree about the bathrooms is a bullying tactic when you threaten to withhold federal funding from those districts.

I, like so many others, are wondering if common sense will ever make a comeback in the minds of those who lead others. So far, we have not seen much evidence of that.

Just so you know–I do not hate anyone–not those who choose to be gay or transgender–I love them enough to pray for them, but I also love God and with all I do and write, I try to please Him, more than man. That’s what He has called me to do–please Him. Sometimes, pleasing God means people get angry with me and I can handle that. They don’t have a heaven or hell for me so their opinions don’t matter much. What does matter to me is my obedience–to teach God’s Word whether it’s convenient or not, whether it’s received or not. He won’t hold me accountable for what others do or don’t do, but He will hold me accountable for what I do or don’t do. All I can do is to say what He says.

We–at least some of us–as a nation will continue to pray for our country and all who lead it–that hearts will be receptive to hearing God and they will exercise Godly wisdom in all they do.

Sincerely,

Mary M. Hall-Rayford

Fingerpointing Can Incriminate Self!

“Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted” (Galatians 6:1 NIV).

This admonition from Paul to the church at Galatia is still relevant today. None of us can afford to consistently point out faults in others, when we have our own faults to handle. This is especially true when we can always “see” what others are doing and never see what we are doing.

Several incidents come to mind with this scripture–Jimmy Swaggert condemning the Bakers, Newt Gingrich condemning Bill Clinton, Republicans who are always faultfinding and then being found in their own faults, and on and on. People–human beings–sometimes fall short of being perfect in our eyesight. But then, none of us are perfect so we might as well stop pointing fingers at others. Apparently, we have forgotten when we point one finger at someone else–three other fingers (our own) are pointing at us.

Does this mean that we ignore sin? No, it doesn’t. It means that when a person sins, they are to be forgiven, and restored “when they repent of the sin–turning away from it” and we who are in Christ–should not be so unforgiving that we forget–we too can err.

Why discuss finger-pointing? Throughout social media sites, online pubs, etc. there are multitude of naysayers–who have nothing better to do than to find fault with the President. While I don’t agree with everything he does, I use my time praying for him–not belittling him. After all, my relationship with God won’t allow me to condemn the man, when the condemnation could be directed at me. Instead of being a hate-monger, I’d rather be a prayer-warrior which aligns with The Word. 

Everyone who proclaims to be a Christian and has a right relationship with God should be praying for those with whom we disagree, not condemning them. After all, none of us are perfect and we are all prone to making mistakes–some deliberately, some not. I’d rather love and pray, than hate and condemn. I disagree with many things politicians do–on both sides of the aisles, but it has not stopped me from praying for them. Public humiliation directed at any group actually becomes public humiliation for the one who attempts to undermine others. The world is laughing at us in America because we are so self-righteous in our thinking we are better than all others in the world. It’s time to take a look in the mirror, truly see who we are, and realize–we are not “all that”!

Father, in the name of Jesus, remove the scales from our eyes so we can truly see us for who we are and then create in us a desire to be the people You want us to be.

Teach Me!

As an educator, I am especially delighted when I have students who really want to learn.  I know how to distinguish between those who want to learn and those who are just taking up space.

Those who want to learn come to classes prepared–they have their books, paper, pen, and questions about things they did not understand when they read their assignment.  They are participants, not observers.

Those who do not want to learn, come to classes with excuses as to why they have no book, nothing to write on and nothing to write with.  They have no questions because they didn’t pay attention to the assignment they needed to read.  They had to work late, they didn’t get any sleep because the baby kept them up, the dog was stolen, their car wouldn’t start, their live-in beat them up, they didn’t have breakfast, and this list could go on and on.  They are observers, not participants.

Imagine the frustration felt I feel and I’m sure other educators feel when they have a room full of observers instead of participants. Imagine the frustration the President feels when elected politicians are observers of the problems, not participants in the solution. Then imagine the frustration that God must feel when we are observers of life instead of participants.

We go through the motions, accepting every whim and doctrine that blows our way, never questioning anything, never reading the bible, never participating in anything remotely spiritual and yet always expecting something miraculous to happen.

When the disciples saw Jesus praying, they didn’t feel comfortable in praying themselves (especially after Jesus berated those who pray for attention) so they asked Him to teach them and He did. Whatever we ask of the Father in His name, we will have, if we have faith and doubt not.

When we struggle through life constantly making mistakes and never really understanding what we should be doing in order to have the abundant life He promises, are we asking Him to teach us how to have it?

Father, in the name of Jesus, Teach me, O Lord, how to live a life that is pleasing to You that I may receive all of Your promises and be blessings to others all the days of my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!

Women’s History Month

Women have made phenomenal strides in the history of the United States as well as internationally, but we still have far to go.  Recently, the President renewed the Violence Against Women Act to provide protections against women (and others) who are being physically, mentally, and sexually abused on a daily basis.  The real question to me is why?  Why do we need an act of Congress to protect people from being abused?  Don’t men know they shouldn’t abuse women, children, and the vulnerable?  And why did Republicans hesitate to approve the legislation?  Is it because they are men who abuse and stand the risk of being accused?  Is it that they do not care about those who are being abused?

Apparently, we won’t get the answers from the Congress of “no” but we can move forward as a nation to make sure that mistreatment of women ceases in every arena.  Women are entitled to a fair salary for the same work as men.  Women should be recognized for all of their accomplishments, not just those who tend to make men look good.  I am not advocating women on the front line (I cannot support that one), but there are men who have used the intellect of women to make forward strides in companies and then refused to acknowledge the women’s contributionsmisc and trapped 010.  This has to stop!  Women are human beings and as such, deserve equal magnanimous treatment proffered to men.

Ladies–take a stand–against abuse, misuse, and mistreatment against everyone, everywhere!  And while you’re at it, read a good book and see if you can find yourself or someone you know in it.  Available at amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, xlibris.com and books everywhere.  Enjoy the book and excel in life!