Desensitized…much?

By Rev. Nina BrownJohnson

“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

Put away from thee a forward (deceitful) mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. 

Ponder the path of thy feet and let thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left; remove thy foot from evil.” Proverbs 4:23-27

I heard something on the radio, it was just chitter chatter asking listeners their feelings on “automated” restaurant pick ups. The thought being to place their orders on line and then just come to an awaiting box and pick up their order, never having to interact in any way with an actual human, and so many were excited, expressing that they would be thrilled with this, thrilled with the ability to avoid the usual “small talk” that was exchanged while checking out.

I thought, “Man, desensitized, MUCH?”

No one should have to have any qualms when admitting that through the onslaught of technology, we have gone backward socially.

Oh, I know it is called social media, but really how SOCIAL, are those medias?  One meaning of the word social is this, the need for companionship.

But now we have all these outlets to express every single thought that comes to mind, and often being hard “read”, emotion in what is written,leaves many comments and remarks automatically received on the defensive.

While other comments and remarks are meant to be attacks, no hold barred attacks on every single thing about our lives, like thorns  how we look, how we talk, feel, walk, or think and it is so readily spewed forth because it is so easy for our words to cut like knives and attack and bully others when they are often people we do not know, nor will ever meet and certainly will most likely ever have to justify our remarks to face to face.

And it has created a society that often holds absolutely no accountability. And the hatered and bad ideas expressed by others often spread like the venoumous poison that it is, just as the Bible tells us “Be ye NOT partakers of another mans (persons) sin.”

Anyone notice the story about the lady with the flu licking ice cream in Walmart and putting it back, posting that to social media, with what she evidently thought was a cutesy hash tag and encouraging others to do the same?

Well, some did and now we will all pay more for products to be sealed and we will think twice every time we dive into something purchased sans seal.

And for what? Her cheap shot to get some attention while risking making God only knows who deathly ill, because in some cases if those with certain medical conditions had came into contact with her germs they really would have faced life threatening maybe even fatal consequences.

And I could give you a staggering list of scenarios across the board of copy cat instances that harm people and animals or are just degrading, such as sticking cheese to babies for “fun”.

Does anyone not notice that these are not typical “grown-up” behaviors?

And phones are now the most important sole possession of many, or should I say, single most soul possession.

Possession, could be worded as obsession which speaks for itself.

Especially when you consider very carefully, that parents are being warned to put their phones in the backseat with their babies to avoid forgetting the baby because they will remember the phone and while grabbing the phone they will then notice the baby that must be removed from the vehicle.

Now, tell me that you do not find something desperately wrong in a society that will remember an inanimate object while forgetting a living being?

And I am not picking on people, and I am not making light of it and we all forget sometimes, but the numbers of kids that have died in this way, just this year, is horrifying and it just disturbs me to no end that people will go for the phone as a safety net, not to mention the “don’t forget your kid” apps.

And it can be clocked over the period of decades that desensitization started slowly and with pure stealth started creeping into human hearts.

We have now seen so much on television and through movies, murder after murder, robberies, torture, rapes, kidnappings, you name it, most have seen it.

People cursing and using vulgarity like a first language, this was once shunned, but now it seems that spouting “F” this and “F” that and the host of every other crude, lewd, and absolutely rude term is common every day usage.

Abortions and pride in those abortions is now foremost as most imitating these behaviors are imitating those who they “admire”  and if “they” do it, it must be right.

Now we need the added “social” ease of depending on technology to purchase our groceries, goods, and takeout’s and never have to deal with one of those ghastly humans that we may have to actually talk to.

And I think those are fabulous programs for those who actually may need them, but just to avoid human interaction…

Please don’t buy into to more desensitization’s because it is getting to the point that you will not even miss human contact and that should be terrifying.

BTW, some of the adjectives and verbs  according to online dictionaries defining desensitized, speak loud and clear, check it: “numbed, senseless, stunned, anesthetized, drugged, dazed, insensible, cold-blooded, compassionless, merciless, heartless, stony, dead, deadened,” and the Mc Daddy, which is: “Having or showing a LACK of sympathy or tender FEELINGS.”

So… that speaks for itself, but here is the verse that explains the condition this will lead to: “Having the UNDERSTANDING darkenedbeing alienated from the life of God, through the ignorance that is in them (being totally unware), because of the blindness (hardening) of their heart; Who being PAST feeling” Ephesians 4:18,19a

We are quite capable of reaching the point that we are past feeling, no longer have an ounce of compassion, or caring, or even common, human sympathy toward another.

As 1 Timothy 2:2b describes what eventually happens to the conscience, “seared with an hot iron.”

Which gets you right back to being deadened, as described in 2 Timothy 3:3a, Without NATURAL affection…”

Meaning even basic common decency has gone out the door.

And people can really give themselves over and refuse the word of the Lord to the point that they become reprobated, they have crossed the line, to the point of no return, which is the beginning of the walk to Armageddon, and you can already smell the smoke rising.

I know the better part of the world laughs hysterically at us for trying to give the warnings that God left us to give, and are like, “Yeah, seriously some angel dude coming out of a bottomless pit…”

Well, yeah, seriously, and Jesus Christ and the whole Host of Heaven coming down out of the sky, {let that sink in} and then you come back and account for me the beginning of your soul, tell me your memories of being in your mother’s womb, tell me the moment your soul was created and until then, don’t be so sure you know everything, because those points alone, prove that you do not.

And in the meantime, don’t write off humans and human interaction, because we are human and we need those interactions, because once you take the human out of the equation, all you are left with is inhumane.

Φλογιζω NBJ 2019

 

“Bettin’ your Boots”

“My son IF thou be SURETY  FOR THY FRIEND, (vouch for, stand in guarantee for) IF thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger (“shook on it” made a deal with,) Thou art snared with (you are bound by) the words of THY mouth, thou art taken (trapped captive) with the words of THY mouth.” Proverbs 6:1,2

Now, I really can’t plead deep revelation for this post but inspiration came while having my usual breakfast of four cups black coffee to one big bowl of ice cream, now that’ll get ya goin.. or future health issues, not sure yet.. 🙂 but I’ll go with “get ya goin morning goodness”!

Anyway, me and sweetie usually watch morning news but this morning I put it on westerns for him, we have a pretty good deal, I walk by and he is watching something and brains are being splattered by Van Damme or Seagal, or someone being ran through with a sword, the stuff I lived for as former entertainment, and I can’t blame that one on my brothers, they’d be out playing and I would be stuck in front of the TV watching Robin Hood and the Musketeers, and I know if it is staring me in the face, I’ll sit down and end up watching it now and God does not want that, there is nothing productive for the Kingdom in filling our minds with violence, it only achieves the opposite.

But anyway, he would be watching, you know the “classics” but NOW, I’m like.. “OH! My goodness, WHAT are you watching! DON’T let THOSE words in my house, HONEY!” and so we tried closed captions and I walk by, ALWAYS at the right time… and be all “AH, they are STILL coming into my house, even without sound!” “Oh and the VIOLENCE!”

So we are now resigned to faith-based shows, home, family, and of course your old tried and true western’s, which I detested growing up but now how found a special nostalgic place in my heart for their “cleanliness” anyway.. any good western “worth its spit” has to have a good old-fashioned rigged card game set up by some ornery, good for nothin’ swindler, who aims to cheat all the hard-working ranch hands out of even their last hard-earned dime… and in this baby, even their boots.

My inspiration came when one of the main characters finally bought the PERFECT boots, they were grand and he wasn’t even the one WHO WAS gambling, it was his friend, “pardner”, uncle, something like that… you know someone whose OPINION would matter, someone who would have INFLUENCE over the actions of another.

And the one who was DOING the gambling and had lost all his money wanted TO BET the boots of the one who “didn’t even have a horse in that race” and after some slick talkin’ and the young one cottoned up to ‘im.

He LET him BET his boots.

And I thought, that is all kinds of crazy, and in real life, WHY would we ever do that? WHY would we let someone who is obviously not running their own life very well, drag us into their mess and USE what is ours to make even a bigger mess?

But you know what, we do it and we can do it and NOT even realize we are doing it.

Get some clarity going on here… the Bible teaches us to be good to everyone, to share, to care, to help, and to shoulder another’s burdens with them, Jesus taught us that if someone asks us to walk one mile that we SHOULD go the extra step and walk two miles with them.

BUT those teachings are about our brothers and sisters in Christ and those who are in the household of the Lord. And I have friends right now who have helped me and my family out beyond anything we could have imagined during our recent medical issues and one friend in particular who opened a door that I desperately needed and I am forever grateful.

So I want to be clear that what I am referring to is this.. when people are in SIN and deceptive practices, you CAN NOT be part of that with them. God blesses us for helping others with upright causes, but HE WILL NEVER BLESS SIN,OR DECEPTION.

And sometimes there are people who are NOT what you may think and they are NOT who you may think they are and fond feelings for people and hearts of compassion and wanting to help another out can actually lead you into meeting up with “a snake in the grass” and sometimes “bettin’ your boots” and LOSING something that means everything to you.

That is why that scripture WARNS us that if we fall into that trap we will be SNARED by that trap.

No one likes trappers and no one wants trapped, so it is IMPORTANT to watch out for them so that you don’t put your foot in one.

So maybe today, you are in a situation that someone is asking you to so something or help them do something, or be part of something that you KNOW is not good, not right and maybe they are playing on your sympathy or threatening you with the loss of that relationship if you don’t ride that long, dusty trail with them.

But a true friend, someone who is REALLY worth your time, your compassion, your help would NEVER ask you to so something wrong or sacrifice something of yours for the sake of something they DESIRE or a scheme that they have hatched.

Love PROTECTS and love DOES NOT SEEK ITS OWN, that means they would look out for you, not put a price on what you can do for them.

So watch out for it and I am sure the “gambler” who wants to lay bets PAID FOR BY YOU will get mad and have a “burr in his saddle” and maybe even “hit the dusty trail” and “ride on into the sunset” right on out of your life, let ’em ride!

No one needs users and God does NOT want His children used!

1 Timothy 5:22:…..NEITHER BE PARTAKER of (do NOT SHARE IN) OTHER MEN’S (people) SINS: KEEP THYSELF PURE.”

Of course in the show the buddy kept his word and got the dude’s boots back, because cowboys always kept their word.

But life is not a television show and cowboys may not always have their buddies backs and those snakes in the grass can really bite into your life spreading fangfuls of pure poison and the worst part.. you don’t always get your boots backs, usually those babies are lost and they are lost forever, so keep them on your own feet!

Enough said?

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Original post 2017 Revisited 07/25/2019 

“STARSTRUCK”

“These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouths speak great swelling words, having men’s person’s in admiration because of advantage (flattering people to gain advantage).

But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of (by) the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: How that they told you that there should (would) be mockers in the last time (days), who should (would) walk after their own ungodly lusts. 

These be they who separate themselves (cause DIVISION), sensual (worldly) not having the Spirit.” Jude 16-18

I recently read the most bizarre article. The reason I say that it was bizarre is that it concerned the censorship ruckus between Elton John and Vladimir Putin and I am sure all of you have heard about it also.

John was upset and outraged because sex and drug scenes in his movie had been censored in Russia and Putin answered with the most logical words ANYONE has bothered to udder concerning the systematic and completely unnatural brainwashing of young people.

Now, I do realize that Russia also is pretty big on the persecution of many and if I stood there preaching or even writing this blog, I’d probably be on the receiving end of to.

And I am in NO WAY suggesting that anyone for any reason should be persecuted and I truly believe that we all are entitled to FREEDOM in the lifestyle we chose.

(I have a problem when others teach that it is okay with God, because that is absolutely not true.)

But when those lifestyles are as scripture states above, are USED as a catapult for agendas of a much darker nature, then someone SHOULD have the guts to stand up and offer another thought on these subjects, which is what Putin did when he stated “Let a person grow up first before making a choice” “Let the children live in peace.”

No one needs me to tell them just how prevalent all the debates, arguing, and smoke rising  in our society, you can’t even turn on the television without getting an earful of the debate, which is exactly what happened when I flipped on the tv and lo, and behold, Dr. Phil was coming on (and no, I do not watch his show, it was coming on the channel that had last been on) anyway, he was highlighting the upcoming show about a mother and daughter who were at odds with a family member whom they felt had been pressuring their six year old child into making a gender decision too soon and of course the follow up story was to be along the same lines.

Seriously?! The Bible teaches us “When I was a child, I thought as a child” and even for those who are not Christians, what about the old expressions, “Acting like a child” and “Kids will be kids” these are old sayings for a reason!

No other generation has been this far out, this self centered and no one wants kids to be kids because they are so caught up in seeking attention for themselves that the roles of parent/child become more blurred with each passing day.

And with the abortionists heralding it as the right of women everywhere, killing babies is nothing, it is no shock so many are clueless at the true meaning of what it to be a parent. You know the fact that your job is to lead, reach, and protect them.

And mention of which, they can call themselves feminists all they wish, but they are anti-feminist and people follow chanting all the way, led by celebrities and “stars” as they called.

Ever think about that? STAR power, Hollywood STAR, film STAR, stage STAR, Rock STAR, sports STAR, on and on we could go!

And of course, as they were rereferred to in the past “Holly wood IDOL”, “Teen IDOL”, and let’s not forget, even the name of a show, because people desire to attain the status of IDOL.

What is an idol? Something worshipped as a god.

Who is an idol? A person revered to the point of being worshipped.

And people have become completely STARSTRUCK, just as the verse above, if a celebrity or famous person says this, or promotes that SUDDENLY society changes to accommodate those new thoughts, just as Darwin and his theory of absolute stupidy that insults basic intelligence now is taught as truth and yet show me or anyone a species mid change!

Doesn’t exist but people would have a (false) sense of being part of the crowd, so they’d rather side with the lie than to stand alone for the truth.

You can go back through history, books, television, and you will find absolutely that society and what we consider acceptable and “normal” is determined by what media feeds us and children are being “trained up” by hollywood and the god-haters, just as the Bible tells us to “Train up a child in the way he should go.”

We are ALL trained in our thinking by someone, and the environment we are exposed to determines how we will interact, which has been proven time and time again, for better or for worse, can be determined by who and what we are exposed to. Society worshipped these people all the hate, all their pettiness, all the ranting, raving and  whatever they say goes.

And it is believing absolute lies, celebrities are NOT real, they are ACTORS. People often use the expression, “I just love her/him on that show” and characters become dear to us, but again those are CHARCTERS, IMAGIATIONS from the heads of writers.

Anyone think a tv doctor is really going to save you life? Think a hot shot cop on a drama can rescue you? Think that awesome lady lawyer could get out of a bind?

While they are screaming for abortions, HOW do you think they feel about your children?

Should you have chose to abort that “product of conception”? They do not even call them children, so how would they feel about yours? All they care about is THEM, and all the rest of the world hears about is their sex lives and abortion.

They have parades, celebrating the fact that they slaughtered their unborn babies, now touting their “1973” necklaces, beaming with PRIDE that they can take a life. PLEASE tell me again why do people want to follow them?

Oh, yeah, STARSTRUCK, if they say it and if they wear it, or do it, or tell you to, it must be right!

People are so struck in fact that I think many are succumbing to STAR of super evangelist, so many are forsaking the Word of God and teaching things that are so off point and so far out that there is no possible way they are who or what they say they are.

Teaching now to go with the absolute false ones we talk about often, like the good ol’candy coat and now it is being taught that hell does NOT exist and that God is NOT going to send judgment on earth, and we NO longer need intercessory prayer!

These thoughts DO NOT line up with the Word of God! Man’s doctrine and man’s doctrine exists for the same purpose, people are STARSTRUCK and want praise and acceptance from others.

Now, what I would like to know is why will no one say it in our country? Could no one else voice an opposing opinion?

OF COURSE NOT! I will tell why they won’t say it and it has nothing to do with the spoon fed “tolerance”, having your OWN opinion and your OWN thoughts has nothing to do with tolerance, it classifies you as human, created INDIVIAULLY to think for yourself, feel for yourself, and rationalize your own conclusions.

As we celebrate our freedom, forget hollywood, forget the STARS and stand for what YOU really believe and celebrate the real heroes the firemen, nurses, and those who give of themselves every single day to help others. And most of all the soldiers, remembering all those who have fought and those who have died and those, the MIA’s who may never be found.

The men and women who leave family, friends, and homes to protect us and NEVER try to shove their opinions down anyone’s else’ throat. God has to be number one and if you don’t want God, at least recognize the snow job for what it is and if you have to have a hero, at least have a real one.

Oh yeah, one final thought about those STARS…

Revelation 12:3,4-(c):” And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold, a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.  And his tail drew the third part of the STARS of heaven, and did cast them to earth…”

We know that these are the former angels who are now demons, no wonder they were called STARS… many of them STILL are.

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“All that hinders, all that binds,& the lies that trap the mind.”

“He that believeth on him IS NOT condemned: but he that believeth not IS condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten son of God.

  And this IS the condemnation, that the light is come into the world, and men loved darkness more than the light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone that doeth evil hateth the light, lest his deeds be reproved (exposed). But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be manifest, that they are wrought in God.” JOHN 3:18-20

How sad, how sad is it when there are people who TRULY, TRULY BELIEVE that God does indeed exist, that Jesus Christ IS indeed the perfect Lamb of God, who BELIEVE the Gospel and every single precious word of it and yet they chose not to accept that Gospel and choose not to accept salvation. How do we ever minister to them?

As in an earlier post, we know that Jesus compares it to children, who no matter how gentle the message, no matter how hot the flames of the fire of hell is preached, they still refuse to accept eternal life through Him, through in WHOM THEY DO BELIEVE. What is wrong with that picture?

Many are mind trapped the have really bought the lies that for whatever reason, the Gospel is good…..just NOT good for them.

Is it self-esteem, is it self punishment, is it a feeling of true hopelessness, worthlessness? What is it? I would love to ask that. Why turn down the greatest love and mercy ever known? Why not be free, truly free, free in happiness, free in peace, and free to live to live a life your never imagined? Maybe someone, the enemy, or maybe the biggest enemy of all, self has convinced you that you ARE condemned.

But the words above are the words of Jesus and HE IS the ultimate authority on ALL things and HE said “if you believe in Him, you ARE not condemned”.

And if you believe and accept Him, ROMANS 8:1, PROMISES, ” THERE is therefore now NO CONDEMNATION to them that which are in Christ Jesus, who walk NOT after the flesh, but after the spirit.”

Our righteousness (right standing with God) IS as filthy rags, we have all sinned, we are born into sin and people love to remind you of your past and there are always those who love to tell you that you will never make it trying to live for the Lord, but the Bible says “let God be true and every man a liar” there will NEVER be anything we can do to redeem ourselves.

There will never be anything that we can do to undo our mistakes. But the most foolish thing that we can ever do is to stand before the Lord and say to Him, “I know you would have saved me, but I just wasn’t worth it.”

NO ONE is worth it in themselves but we were ALL worth it to Him. It is not His will that any should perish and He gave His life so we would not have to give ours and the thought that we must “make our self ready” for salvation is not  aright thought.

God does not require us to do any of the changing, he requires us to LET HIM CHANGE US! And to analyze, think, plan, and weigh out the options of whether or not we can “give up” this or that and to hold out until we “can live it” is absolutely NOT of God and has nothing to do with true desire for salvation. These thoughts and persuasion are only there to keep us bond and hindered.

What if tomorrow never comes? What if the next breath is the second to your last? Would you accept Him then? What if, without a moment’s warning, half the things in Revelation start to come to pass? What if destruction comes, what if you find yourself on this earth, having missed the ONLY opportunity to flee the trails and tribulations of the last days, by not accepting Christ BEFORE those things come to pass, what happens then? And you STILL BELIEVE?

Well, no one knows the preordained moment of their death, but as sure as we are born, God ALREADY knows the date, hour, second, and millisecond of the moment we WILL leave this earth. We will not be allowed to come back and change our minds and ask for a do over. We are given ONE life here on this earth. “It is appointed ONCE unto man to die” and after that the judgment.

If you believe, then surely you have noticed all those things which are coming to pass, and knowing that you need to know that all that is written, all that has been foretold can happen in  a blink of an eye and even though you may live through the initial things, you will die for your faith, if you are to denounce the beast and refuse the mark.

So now, what hinders you? What is it that binds you?

HEBREWS 12:1″WHEREFORE seeing (since) that we are compassed (surrounded) about with such a great cloud of witnesses, LET US LAY ASIDE (put down) EVERY WEIGHT (all those things that are hindering you) and the sin which doth so easily beset (ensnare) us, and let us RUN with patience (perseverance) the race that is set before us.” 

Jesus said YOU are NOT condemned IF you believe in Him, so why on earth are you condemning yourself? ACCEPT His mercy, His peace, and His salvation while they may be accepted. Renew your mind in Him:

2 CORINTHIANS 10:5: “Casting down (tearing down, destroying) imaginations, and EVERY high thing that exalteth itself against (comes in place of) THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD,  and bringing INTO CAPTIVITY EVERY THOUGHT TO THE OBEDIENCE OF CHRIST.” 

The knowledge that God does love you, God wants to save you, and stop believing the lies and your own thoughts that want to say otherwise and bring all those thought into Him and WHAT HE SAYS ABOUT YOU and be obedient to the fact that His word is the final authority concerning your soul! And if God doesn’t want to send you to hell, why do you wanna send yourself there?

Also consider checking out this post:  “And you are?…”

Φλογίζω Σαλπιζω NBJ 2016  ***Re-post 5/25/2019*** This is a thought to a new series

 

 

Alexander, Jezebel,& letting liars lie

“When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death; And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.

Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself (felt remorse), and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed innocent blood, and they said, What is that to us?  see thou to that  (what’s it to us, that’s your problem)

and he cast down (threw down) the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went out and hanged himself.” Matthew 27:1-5

Most pretty much know that story but what had jumped out at me a few months ago was this, the priests, whom we all know was guilty as sin in having this done trying to cover their sins turned on Judas when his conscience finally started eating away and he thought he could somehow give the money back and no longer be guilty of the blood of Christ.

Doesn’t work that way and the priests answer pretty much said it all, What is that to us? WHY is that our problem? 

Isn’t that the popular answer today? Not my problem, Not our problem, that is YOUR problem.

Of course the priests knew the truth, they PAID Judas to sell Jesus out to them and Judas was devil enough to do it, as Jesus had already said he had called twelve and one of them was the devil.

When we know the truth, when we can come to the defense of those who cannot for whatever reason come to their own defense and we let them be betrayed, slandered, and unjustly accused because even knowing the truth, it is so much easier, more convenient, and cowardly to just ignore that truth and whisper to ourselves “not my problem” and let others be wounded, vilianized, and left twisting in the wind.

Whispering to ones own conscience to quieten down may work for a while but it is not going to work forever. 

Just as Judas conscience finally led him to attempt repentance, I use attempt because we all know he hung himself so even though he may have been trying to forgive himself he failed in the fact that he forget to ask forgive of the ONLY one who could forgive him, the Father.

Judas was not saved because  instead of asking God to save him he was trying to save himself.

The greatest weapon the devil has ever held in his arsenal is lies as Jesus said this: 

“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts (desires) of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode (stands) not in the truth, because there is NO truth in him.

When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own (from his own nature)FOR HE IS A LIAR, AND THE FATHER OF IT.”  John 8:44 

And as scripture tells us lying is an abomination to God and all liars will have their part in hell along with the fearful which means cowards, which go hand in hand, no shock there either.

So what are you to do if you find yourself surrounded by the fiery darts of the devil being shot out of the lying mouths of those who want attention so badly that they are willing to destroy anyone to get that attention and those sympathetic pats of the back?

Well first, consider it an honour, those darts have being flying at the children of God since the devil entered the serpent and all those of the Old Testament had more than their fair share of digging knives out of their backs and the apostles who were accused practically daily.

Certainly most of Jesus, whose “trail” starred the false accusations of others. Even when it hurts and destroys, it turns as a blessing:

Matthew 5:11,12: BLESSED are ye, when men shall revile (criticize, condemn, attack) you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you FALSELY, for my sake. 

REJOICE, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.  

So it is to be expected, does not mean it doesn’t shock us or hurt us when it comes but God gave us so much comfort when He said that.

And it also should not surprise us when those who know the truth could speak the truth but refuse to because it is not their problem.

Where do we go from there?

Well, nothing gets past God and the Bible gives us reassurance that even though they may be laughing now and even though they may think that just because they seem to be “getting away” with it, God is very much aware and the Bible has many teaching on how we are to deal with it.

Here is just a sample, Psalm 37:1-13: “Fret NOT thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity (don’t let them get to you) 

For they shall soon be cut down like grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be feed (feed on HIS faithfulness) 

DELIGHT thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 

COMMIT thy way unto the Lord; TRUST also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. 

REST in the Lord, and wait patiently for him; fret NOT thyself because of him who prospereth in his way because of the man who bringeth wicked devices (schemes) to pass. 

CEASE from anger, and forsake wrath; fret not thyself in any wise (way) to do evil (let go of your anger and don’t try to take your own vengeance). 

For evildoers shall be cut off (DESTROYED) but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.

For yet a little while, and the wicked shall NOT be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be. 

But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. 

The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth (lying and bad mouthing). 

THE LORD SHALL LAUGH AT HIM (laughs at the wicked) FOR HE SEETH THAT HIS DAY IS COMING.” 

And no one can stop those days from coming to the wicked, if they fail to repent, those days come and they come with the mighty hand of God bringing that destruction.

One of the many mercies of God is the invisible hedge that is kept around humans, all humans.

Without that protection NO ONE that is saved today would have lived long enough to be saved because the enemy would have killed us off while we were lost because that is his agenda and people can push it a little too far and kept disregarding the tug of the conviction power  of the Holy Spirit, refusing to surrender to God and accept salvation and they can be turned over to reprobates to wallow in the sin they so love.

They can be lost to the FALSE belief that hell is one big party where they will have all the sin they love here, being deceived into making reservations for hell and others can just kept tormenting God’s children until they are allowed to witness the truth of the existence of the enemy for themselves.

Alexander the coppersmith was such a person, he is mentioned several places and was quite good at stirring up strife for the disciples and attempting to fight the work of God (Acts 19:32-20:1)

I want to give two passages about this, the first Paul warning others to watch out and writing of those who could have and should have but did not speak up on his behalf and giving others hope when they are faced with similar situations:

2 Timothy 4:14-17: “Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works; of whom be thou ware also (also beware of); for he hath greatly withstood our words.

At my first answer (defense) no man stood with me, but all men forsook me; I pray God it not be laid to their charge.  

Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered OUT OF THE MOUTH OF THE LION.”

We see God’s grace and deliverance for Paul so what happened to Alexander? The answer is found here:

1 Timothy 1:18-20: “This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before (the prophecies concerning the calling on Timothy’s life), that thou by them mighest war a good warfare

Holding faith, and a good conscience, which some having put away (have rejected) concerning faith have made (suffered) shipwreck: 

Of whom IS Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have delivered unto Satan,that they may learn not to blaspheme.”

People who are left to the own devices to fend off the enemy can soon learn just how much they NEED God and his protection.

Those mouths that so proudly boast soon have a way of quieting down and learning to be grateful for the mercy that they themselves never bothered to show others.

Now let’s check out one more story about not quite knowing when to give it up and trusting in the ability to save oneself.

The story of king Ahab, his wife Jezebel, and his desire to take another’s inheritance.

It is really long story, so I’ll highlight most of it but it begins 1 Kings chapter 21, you should read it in its entirety, but I want to start with this verse:

1 Kings 21:25: “But there was none like unto Ahab, which did SELL himself to work WICKEDNESS in the sight of the Lord, whom his wife Jezebel STIRRED UP (incited).” 

To get the basics on this story, most know that Jezebel was a pagan, she was evil, mean, and as that verse tells us she was more than happy to stir up trouble and Ahab went right along for the ride, because they were “two peas in a pod”.

The Lord even tells us in book of Revelation that he gave her opportunity to repent, but instead she choose to think she could control the world until God showed her who was really in control.

She was well versed in causing trouble and sparring with the prophet of God but what really nailed her coffin was having a man murdered to appease her whining husband. Ahab had a neighbor who owned a vineyard, and in the desire of thinking he should have everything he wanted he wanted this vineyard to turn into a herb garden close to his house, he offered to trade for it or even buy it but Naboth did not want to sell his inheritance because it had been handed down from his fathers and it was never to sell your inheritance for anyone.

We’ll pick it up here 1 Kings:21:4-5; “And Ahab came into his house heavy (sullen) and displeased because of the word which Naboth the Jezreelite had spoken to: for he had said, I will NOT give thee the inheritance of my fathers. 

And he laid him down upon his bed, and turned away his face, and would eat no bread.

But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said unto him, Why is thy spirit so sad, that thou eatest no bread?”  

So he goes on to tell her his story, and we’ll pick back up here: 

1 Kings 21:7,8: “And Jezebel his wife said unto him, Dost thou now govern the kingdom of Israel? (aren’t you still in charge) arise, and eat bread, and let thine heart be merry: I will give thee the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite. 

So SHE WROTE LETTERS IN AHAB’S NAME AND SEALED THEM WITH HIS SEAL, and sent the letters into the elders and the nobles that were dwelling in his city, dwelling WITH Naboth.” 

So with these letters she concocted a plan to have two men lie and accuse Naboth in the of blasphemies.

1 Kings 21:13: ” And there came in two men, children of Belial (pagans) and sat before the him; and the men of Belial witnessed (lied) against him, even against Naboth, in the presence of the people,saying, Naboth did blaspheme God and the king.

Then they carried him forth out of the city, and stoned him with stones, that he died.” 

So she goes on to tell her husband to go get his vineyard , quite happy now compared to his little tantrum of pouting and not eating because he didn’t get what he wanted but because Naboth was now dead nothing stood in his way.

Jezebel thought she was really smart using her husband’s name and her husbands seal to get the job done but God always sees, even when others may not know the truth, God does and Ahab’s little trip to take possession of “his”vineyard land was getting ready to leave a pretty bad aftertaste in his mouth.

1 Kings 21:17: “And the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite (a prophet of God) saying, Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, which is in Samaria: behold, he is in the vineyard of  Naboth, whiter he is gone down to possess it.

In the verses that follow God sent down the judgments concerning them, and Ahab struck with fear repented and humbled himself to the Lord and the Lord stayed the punishment to the days of his sons, but now Jezebel, she is a different story, as her wickedness spans over time and the fulfillment of the judgment against her for the murder of Naboth takes places here.

2 Kings 10:30-37: “And when Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and she painted her face, and tiered her head, and looked out of a window.

And as Jehu entered in at the gate, she said, Had Zimri peace, who slew his master? (is everything okay with Zimri) 

And he lifted up his face to the window and said, Who is on my side? who?

And there looked out to him two or three eunuchs, and he said, Throw her down.

So they threw her down; and some of her blood was sprinkled on the wall, and on the horses: and he trode her under foot.  

And when he was come in, he did eat and drink, and said, Go, see now this cursed woman, and bury her, for she is a king’s daughter.

And they went to bury her; but found no more of her than the skull, and the feet, and the palms of her hands.

Wherefore they came again, and told him, and he said, This is the word of the Lord, which he spake by his servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying In the portion of Jezebel shall dogs eat the flesh of Jezebel:

And the carcass of Jezebel shall be as dung upon the face of the field in the portion of Jezebel: so they shall NOT say, This is Jezebel.” 

You can’t control liars, and you can’t control what others chose to believe and if no one is willing to stand with you, not ever considering the golden rule remember God does stand with you and remember the teachings of the Bible and rest in the knowledge of this, the lessons learned from the story of Alexander and Jezebel prove what God’s children already know, they might hide it from people but it will never be hid from God.

So don’t ever think lies or letting liars lie with those lies is ever excusable and don’t ever think just because you won’t speak up and chose to let them sleep that will prevent them from one day turning those same lying mouths against YOU.

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“Breaking through the breach”

“And it came to pass at that time, that Judah went down from his brethren, and turned in to a certain Adullamite, whose name was Hirah. And Judah saw there a daughter of a certain Canaanite, whose name was Shuah; and he took her and went in unto (had relations with) her. And she conceived, and bare a son; and he called his name Er .” Genesis 38:1,3

I want to stop right there for a moment before we get into the rest of this story because I need to point out a few things about it to kinda set the stage, if you will.

Notice this is what happened after Judah and his brothers had decided to do away with Joseph.

But Judah was the brother who decided to just sell Joseph rather than let him rot in the pit, which ruined Reuben’s cowardly plan of sneaking back later and freeing Joseph.

There are so many things going on in this story it would take years to point out every little detail.

So for us, we’re just going to look at how bad ideas lead to worse ideas and what we compromise in that process.

So here’s Judah, whose name literally means “praise”, he has gone away from his brothers and went to his friend, who lives in a place that my spellcheck even tried to change to adulterate and once there he ends up with a Canaanite wife, whose name means “crying” and remember the Canaanite’s were the people who the children of Israel were supposed to overcome so that they could possess the land that God had given them. 

So now not only is he going places he should never be but the “praise” of Israel has now mingled with the “crying” of the pagans and that which was produced was anything but good.

“And she conceived again, and bare a son and called his name Onan.

And she yet conceived again, and bare a son; and called his name, Shelah: and he was at Chezib when she bare him.” Genesis 38:3,4

This union had now produced three children, Er, whose name meant “watcher”, Onan, whose name meant “wealthy”, and finally Shelah, whose name meant “blind” who was born while Judah was in Chezib, the land whose name is derived from the words, “disappointment”, “delusion”, “failing”, and “lying”.

So it is pretty easy to see the prophetic going on here. 

We can see just how easy it can be to be led wrong.

Led into that land due to our disappoints and failings and the tears of those lands mingling with our praise until we also can be completely delusional to the fact that no matter what we call our “accomplishments” in those lands, and no matter how we may feel that we are growing or being enriched, if we have “left” our “promised land” for a “foreign field” that God never sent us to, then we are failing because we are “blinded” in that land.

It is really reminiscent of the spiritual state spoken of by Jesus.

Revelation 3:17,18: Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked. 

I counsel thee to buy of me Gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.”

Now we know how Judah got there and what was “produced” there, now let’s see just how far he had to go before he finally saw how “blind” he had become. 

“And Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn, whose name was Tamar. And Er, Judah’s firstborn was wicked in the sight of the Lord; and the Lord slew (killed) him.

And Judah said unto Onan, Go in unto thy brother’s wife, and marry her, and raise up seed to thy brother.

And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother’s wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother. 

And the thing which he did  displeased the Lord (was evil in the sight of the Lord) whereby he slew (killed) him also.

Then said Judah to Tamar his daughter in law,  Remain a widow at thy father’s house, till Shelah my son be grown: for he said, Lest peradventure he die also, as his brethren did. And Tamar went and dwelt in her father’s house.

And in the process of time the daughter of Shuah Judah’s wife died; and Judah was comforted, and went up unto his sheepshearers to Timnath, he and his friend Hirah, the Adullamite.

And it was told Tamar, saying, Behold, thy father in law goeth up to Timnath to shear his sheep.

And she put  her widow’s garments off from her, and covered her with a vail, and wrapped herself, and sat in an open place, which is by the way to Timnath; for she saw that Shelah was grown, and she will still not given unto him to wife.

When Judah saw her, he thought her to be a harlot; because she had covered her face. And he turned in unto her by the way, and said, Go to I pray thee, let me come in unto thee (for he knew not that she was his daughter in law.) And she said, What wilt thou give me, that thou mayest come in unto me?

And he said, I will send thee a kid from my flock. And she said, Wilt thou give me a pledge, till thou send it (something she could keep as a guarantee)?

And he said, What pledge shall I give thee? And she said, Thy signet, and thy bracelets (cord), and thy staff that is in thine hand. And he gave it to her, and came in unto her, and she conceived by him.

And she arose, and went away, and laid by her vail from her, and put on her garments of widowhood.

And Judah sent the kid by the hand of his friend the Adullamite, to receive his pledge from the woman’s hand (to get his staff, etc back): but he found her not.

Then he asked the men of that place, Where is the harlot, that was openly by the way side? And they said, There was no harlot in this place.

And he returned to Judah, and said, I cannot find her; and also the men of the place said, there was no harlot in this place.

And Judah said, let her take it unto her (let her keep it), lest we be shamed: behold, I sent this kid, and thou hast not found her.

And it came to pass about three months after; that it was told Judah, saying, Tamar thy daughter in law hath played the harlot; and also, she is with child by whoredom (harlotry), and Judah said, Bring her forth, and let her be burnt.” Genesis 38:5-24

Interjection time… WOW that is a lot going on and I can’t help think that I probably should have used Judah’s good old buddy Hirah in WITH FRIENDS LIKE THAT.. further proof that when we are headed down the wrong road the enemy always sends someone to make sure we go barreling down it!

So now we are up to Tamar, Judah smuggling blaming her somehow for the fact that his sons died, not once every considering what we know to be true, they died because they did evil in the sight of the Lord, not because of any thing related to Tamar, another one of his misconceptions, just as he thought she was a “harlot” and  in the process he ended up throwing everything her way except what was rightfully hers.

And now she is supposed to be the one that gets “burnt” by the fallout..

The almost comedic irony in this is that when his buddy couldn’t get his possessions back, he decided to just leave it alone so that they would not be shamed in not having kept his end of the bargain in her payment… and yet he is so spiritually blind that it is okay to manipulate and deceive his daughter in law out of her rightful heir and when she is found to be questionably pregnant, he is going to have her killed.

And the truly scariest aspect of the story is just what Judah was willing to sacrifice, without any thought, worry, or fear that he may not get his signet and especially his staff back, which were his very identity and worse that he could so easily state that it could just be kept… kept as payment for “harlotry”. 

That can be taken symbolically as a very spiritual  “adultery”, when we choose to trade-off or just give away the callings, positions, and gifts that God has given us, either for something we want more or just simply through willful disobedience.

But by being in that land and mingling with those of that land he would indeed find himself in the spiritual place of Chezib, where “blindness” had been born and all would lead to the repentant “crying” as his wife’s namesake. Let’s check out his wake-up call with the ending of our story for Genesis 38:25-30:

“And when she was brought forth, she sent to her father in law, saying, By the man, whose these are, am I with child: Discern, I pray thee, (Please tell me) whose are these, the signet, and bracelets (cord), and staff.

And Judah acknowledged them, and said, She hath been more righteous than I; because I gave her not Shelah my son. And he knew her again no more (did not have any further relations with her).

And it came to pass in the time of her travail (when she gave birth), that, behold, twins were in her womb.

And it came to pass, when she travailed, that the one put out his hand; and the midwife took and bound upon his hand a scarlet thread, saying, This came out first. And it came to pass, as he drew back his hand, that behold, his brother came out; and she said How hath thou broken forth? this breach be upon thee, therefore his name was called Pharez. (Breach OR Breakthrough).

And afterward came out his brother, that had the scarlet thread upon his hand; and his name was called Zarah (Zerah, meaning “dawning” and “light”).” It is impossible not see another scriptural truth that would mirror this birth.

1st Corinthians 15:45,46: “And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul, the last was made a quickening (life-giving) spirit. 

Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.

It comes down to this, we have all maybe been Tamar, and we have all probably acted like Judah in one way or another but we can choose to let mistakes and failures hold us back and destroy our relationship with God and others OR we can use those very “breaches” to propel us forward to a breakthrough, the choice is ours.

Thank you for reading and allowing me to share in a little of your day! 

Love & peace till next time!

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And as I looked at the date, I realized today is the anniversary of receiving my calling, 10/16/06 and I am forever blessed and honored that He has allowed me to be…HIS!

 

“Waning under the weight of waiting”

Now that title is quite a mouthful, try saying it fast three times, could be a pretty good tongue twister 🙂 but I am hoping it’ll make for a much better thought provoker!

Hebrews 12:1a: “Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us…”

Used this scripture before, we all have I am sure, but for the moment I want to concentrate on what a weight waiting can be.

Ever think about it? When people or even our own selves come up with every known imaginable reason why we can not serve God or why we can’t accomplish his will or why we can’t live for him… just now, maybe in the future but now we can’t because we are waiting, waiting on some magical, mystical desire to take place or we are waiting on someone else to “come in” then we’ll “get right” with the Lord.

How could ANYTHING of this world be more important than your soul?

How? Never mind the demons, and the spiritual world that surrounds our natural world every single day and if it were not for God’s divine protection do you think you would be so safe from all the traps and snare that are laid for your feet?

Never mind the lack of peace, never mind the constant struggles inside your mind because “to him that knoweth to do good and do it not, it is a sin” completely IGNORING all those things for a moment, how does anyone take the comfort that their eternal soul is secure out of the daily equation, in seemingly “never-minding” that we are never once promised that we have all the time in the world to WAIT while allowing the weight of all those earthly hindrances to steal day after day while we have no promise of the next day. 

It is ALL of the world, the world that scripture warns us and warns us to stay out of. The world can mean many different struggles for different people.

It is not always about money, but it all equates the same. ANYTHING we place above God or the service and ANYTHING that prevents us from following him with our whole hearts and lives completely surrendered to him.

That is why we are told that WE must LAY ASIDE all these weights.

God does not place that weight on us… the world does and we have to be willing to refuse to carry it and we can’t blame that one on God. 

This is one Jesus’ warnings on the subject.

Luke 12:15-20: ” And he said unto them, Take heed, and BEWARE of covetousness: for a man’s life consiseth not in the abundance of things he possesseth. 

And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?”

And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow (store) all my fruits and my goods. and I will say unto my soul,  Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. 

But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?”  

He went on to encourage us to lay up those treasures in heaven because the concerns and desires of this world that became as weights will drag us down. And this is also so clear in his parable of the sower and the seed, AGAIN warning us about this world and getting caught up in it rather that the things of God.

Matthew 13:3-9: “And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;

And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured  them up;

Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth; and forthwith they sprang up, because they had no deepness of earth: and when the sun was up, they were scorched: and because they had no root, they withered away.

And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up and choked them:

But others fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.”  

Do you recognize all the different human conditions going on here?

Think about it, the way side, just going through life, not caring one way or another and those are absolutely devoured because no one is caring if they make it or not.

The stony places in hardened hearts and unrepentant, unyielding, stubborn, and prideful.

Too “shallow” to make the long haul, all for it until the going gets tough and then they gotta get going… their own way, AWAY from God. 

And the thorns of this world, the pain, the sorrow, the hurt, and injustice, all those things that prick, mar, and scar.

BUT Jesus told us this in his word, Song of Solomon 2:1,2: “I AM the rose of Sharon, and  the lily of the valleys. 

As the lily AMONG the thorns SO IS my love among the daughters.”

 For every single human condition there is a relief and cure in God’s word, IF we will seek it and have faith to believe it.

That faith and assurance, NOT in ourselves or our abilities but faith that He is and He will fulfil all his promises to us IF we do what his word tells us to do.

That is that good ground that he cultivates for his seed and to bring forth HIS fruit. And as he told us to “hear if we have ears to hear” meaning if our heart is set on him and our thoughts on things eternal to HEAR him.  

Continuing, Matthew 13:18-23: Hear  ye therefore the parable of the sower. When any one hearth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it  not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth (snatches) away that which WAS sown in his heart. This is which received seed by the way side. 

But he that received the seed into stony places,  the same is he that heareth the word, and anon (immediately) with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth (endures) for a while:  for when tribulation OR persecution ariseth BECAUSE of the word, by and by he is offended. 

He also that received seed among thorns is he that heareth the word : And the CARE OF THIS WORLD, and the deceitfulness of riches, CHOKE THE WORD,  and he becometh unfruitful. 

But he that received seed in the good ground IS he that heareth the word, and understandeth it;  which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”  Those “places” those weights. those are the things that prevent our growth, prevent us from bearing fruit and will certainly crush that precious seed planted by the Lord himself and eventually even crush us under them.

God never told us to wait on this world or to wait for things in this world to change.

We are to FOLLOW HIM and WAIT for him, not this world and we can never carry that weight. We were never meant to.

The only one who can is the only one who already holds it ALL in the middle of his nail scarred hand.

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