Happy First Monday of the New Year!

Happy First Monday of the New Year!

If you are like me, you have started a new bible study and have vowed to finally read the entire bible in a year. Seems a little typical and boring, right? Well, not with God by your side! The bible study God lead me to is one that I did about five years ago, before marriage, before babies, and before moving out into the sticks. He shed some light on me then, and He wants to do it again! Last year, and the years before, were by far a few of my most unperfected years. Many things happened, were said, and some of my foundations were shaken out of place, and then miraculously shaken back into place. However, it has taken time. God has had me under His wing, allowed me to choose my paths, and has even allowed me to stray, but His love is greater than Satan’s power. His love has shaped and molded and painted me the very color and form I am today. Without all of the life lessons, I would not have the wisdom I harbor, but you do not have to stray and make mistakes to get that wisdom. All you need is to listen to God. Through learning all of this the hard way, I can tell you that there is an easier way to learn about God’s wisdom.

So, go to your bible and open it. You can start with Proverbs, if you want to read about wisdom flat out, but, doing that, it might seem like a list of rules. God knows how to make anyone’s journey reading the bible fun. He knows you inside and outside and upside down. He knows you better than you know yourself. Just take God seriously, push Satan out of the way, because Satan is really, really good about making the bible feeling boring and chore to read, but if you listen to God, and start the reading plan that God has been whispering for you to read, it will be very fun, interesting, enlightening, and right on cue with whatever you are going through that day, or that week, or that month, or that year. For example, today my bible reading plan said read Job chapters 1 – 5, and right before that I was doing my daily bible study, and I think it literally took me almost a complete half hour to read five pages, and that was all that the bible study was. It felt like Satan had decided to play games with me, when my child would act up, and when I would attempt to calm the situation, I am pretty certain that Satan was making more distractions to escalate the situation, each time, and then making me feel like a failure as a parent, but God does not see me as failure. It’s parallel to Job.

See, my child and I have a cold. We caught it pretty much on New Year’s Day, therefore, we are suffering from a cold. Last night, it seemed as though every single time, I was comfortable and falling asleep, my son would cry, want out of his crib, or the lovely dogs would start barking at. . . nothing. With a cold, it is difficult enough to sleep, and especially when you think you took medicine that might have had caffeine in it, nonetheless, I was able to get in a couple of hours. This morning, when Jason woke up, I think he screamed and cried and screamed and cried and screamed and cried, for about an hour, no matter what I gave him, or did for him, the only thing that cheered him up, was a very long, warm bath with his two new rubber duckies, Epson salt and apple cider vinegar poured in to detox him from some of his illness. Like Job, I have felt like I have been under tests, to take care of Jason, since last night. I think that I failed some, and I aced some. Let’s look at Job Chapter one through five.

So, Job was blameless and upright. You know, Job is a good book to study if you feeling like you are suffering unfairly. God has a reason for everything that He allows in your life. For me, I have been praying to be a better mother for my son. Sometimes, God just want to test your progress. Alright, Job. During the trials of Job’s tests, Job praised God and did not sin. It was not until his three friends showed up, and openly wept for Job and,

“Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him, because they saw how great his suffering was. . . After this, Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.” Job 2: 13 & 3: 1.

After Job’s rant, one of his friends, Eliphaz, calls him a fool for calling to God and cursing his own birth. God wanted to remind Job, and Satan, that a mortal cannot be more righteous than God. This is pride. Thinking that, “you got this” and you don’t, not really, because, “God’s got this,” and God is reminding you to follow him, and if you do mess up in the eyes of your friends, He is reminding them that you are not God, nor are you a god, nor are you even wise. God has his own way to teach a person wisdom. The meaning of a fool is a person who is not wise. Job was a fool. Even though Job was blameless and upright, him cursing his own birth, just proved that he was not nearly as wise as his life made him out to be. His life was pretty perfect and he praised and feared the Lord, but he was not wise enough to understand that God was testing him, not punishing him. God also wanted to prove to Satan, that no one is righteous, not one, except for God.

Each person’s suffering produces a different lesson of wisdom, customized to their specific need. Your lesson may not be the same as Job’s and mine is not the same as yours, but there is a wisdom that God wants you to know, learn, and practice. Maybe mine had to do with a gentle spirit, Job was a fool, what is God trying to show you through your suffering?

 

Dear Lord,

Thank you for inspiring me to do these bible studies each day. I am on track with each of them. Thank you for providing me with two new lessons each day, and for providing a platform to share some of what you teach me. Dear Lord, I pray that anyone seeking your wisdom will open their ears, hearts, minds, and souls to you, start the bible study or reading plan that you have thoughtfully and lovingly picked out for them, and may they stick to it every day, and just be engulfed in your word and wisdom, so they can grow and mature in you.

 

In Jesus Name,

Amen

Rick Warren

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What was He Seeking?

What was He Seeking?

What was he seeking,
when he chased after all those girls back then?
Was he looking for one to replace his mother
or trying to fill a void?
Could there been a hurt so deep that he
thought pretty girls would fix it?
What is it about sex that
entice, entangle, engulf guys so much?
Is it that they are programmed from a young age
to think of women as an object
to be looked at, used, and thought of as pleasure?
Where did this start and,
how do we make it end?

In the garden it began,
When Eve disobeyed God.
When God cursed Eve and her offspring,
taking away the perfection that was promised,
making child bearing painful,
allowing Satan to roam free.
Satan whispered to Eve,
as he whispered to us,
nudging us towards a life of sin;
wanting us to waste away in pleasures
that do not satisfy,
so we seek more and more,
until we are in ruins.

However,
there is one who saves.
One who can
take it all away.

“God gave His only begotten son,
so whoever believes in him shall not parish,
but have eternal life.”
John 3:16

Jesus paid four our sins,
On the cross,
With his life,
in full,
so that all our sins
could be forgiven.

But we must ask for forgiveness
By confessing with our mouth,
and repenting our behavior.
Although, sometimes we need help,
and we ask others to pray with us;
allowing God to move within us,
opening up the deep wounds,
and healing us completely.
Reclaiming our souls,
making them pure.

We feel cleansed from the inside out,
and our lives improve dramatically.

Suddenly, things are just better for us.
Suddenly, it seems silly to not forgive.

As long as God holds our hearts
and we obey His commands,
Satan will be unable to touch us.
His influence will have worn off
and continue to do so,
as long as we stand firm in temptation,
and pass our test.

The more we love God and focus on Him,
the less we will desire what is in the world,
and we won’t feel the need to chase
all those pretty girls.

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Beware of False Prophets

Beware of False Prophets

“For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect.” Matthew 24:24

God has revealed something astounding to me today. He revealed to me that I have been following the teaching of false prophets. You may have seen them, and I have mention one in my earlier blog posts. I thought what I was hearing was good, but it was not. I thought it was good that my one year old son liked to watch her on television, but it was not. You see, false prophets twist the words of the Gospel to fit their own agenda. They are very popular and some of my friends and a family member, I am sad to say, teach and follow her agenda. The main problem is that, the verses are taken out of context to apply that teaching to us, as though we are “mini gods”. Everything in The Bible points us to Christ, and away from our own selfish desires. I hope I have not taken bible verses out of context in my own blog to apply it to whatever point I am trying to convey. I do not intend to be a false prophet.

Just to be clear, I started this blog with a nudge from God to minister since 2009. I made choices between the time God nudged me, to a few months before I began to write, that I believe, that some choices that I had made, are lessons in which He intends for me to use. The lesson are those that I have learned and grown from, and have become closer to God in my times of adversity and trial. I always pray about what to write, and I only write what God has put heavily on my heart. For days or just hours before the blog post is written, I am studying, learning, and listening to God’s word, in The Bible and in prayer.

When you study, interpret, and share scripture, there are three things that you need to check off your list:

1. You pray first.

2. You seek and apply the full context.

3. You realize that God has made a body of believers.

  • Each are equipped with their own spiritual gifts, and you should not rely only on what your interpretation of The Bible is. This is why God has equipped pastors and for believers form small groups, or a group of Christian friends to talk to.

 

What I am not saying is that every single word out of a believer’s mouth is false teaching or is it said on purpose, but when a teacher absolutely believes what they say is true, even when it goes against everything taught in the bible, then they are teaching falsely. Always look up the scripture, and when something feels off, when the person teaching is praised higher than God, when God gets pushed out of the picture, then note, that they are teaching lies, and there could be hidden messages of Satanism coming out of them. In other words Satan holds their heart, not God. God has been pushed out, and Satan has been invited in. When they refuse to answer simple questions about Demons, Satan, Hell, and if they are not clear that Jesus is the only path to The Father, as well as, promoting the self, then they are a false prophet and cannot and should not be followed, but they are an abomination to God.

Resources:
http://www.gotquestions.org/study-the-Bible.html
http://bibleresources.org/false-prophets/
http://the-end-time.blogspot.com/2013/06/examining-beth-moores-statement-bride.html
http://www.setapartpeople.com/7-signs-of-a-false-prophet
http://churchismessy.com/

And various YouTube videos sprung of the churchismessy.com link provided.

This all started with me looking up the age of a female Televangelist.

Please do your own discerning with God about this topic. I do not believe all are evil, but may have just misinterpreted scripture.

“17 I urge you, brothers to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. 18 For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naïve people. 19 Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I am full of joy over you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.” Romans 16: 17-19

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Procrastination is the Devil’s Trap

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Procrastination is the Devil’s Trap

“The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.” Proverbs 13:4

Have your ever fallen into the trap were you want to do something, have the mind to do something, and then it never gets done, until a month later? That was me last month . . . with my blog. I had so many ideas for blog posts, and had even written some in my head, and half of one on paper. However, since I do not write my blog on paper at my parent’s house, I felt out of my element, and the words were not flowing well. It just seems like forces beyond myself, probably the Devil, always stopped me from completing the simple task that God has called me to do. Whether it be that my child is teething again, and I could never get a spare moment when I was not completely exhausted from taking care of him, cleaning the house, gardening, grocery shopping, and cooking dinner. Then, it could have been the traveling, and have a hard time getting back into my grove. Whatever it was, I procrastinated on my blog for almost exactly a month, not good kingdom work, especially since, when I was diligent about my blog, my husband and I did not fight for a solid month straight. I’m not saying all our problems went away, but somehow, God was using my diligence in writing my blog to spread His message, and His blessings cascaded into our marriage. I trusted God more, and my husband’s antics bothered me less, or not at all. Now, it feels as though we are falling back to square one. I slacked off, and God blessed us less. God wanted me to learn that if I am not doing His kingdom work, the way and when He wants it done, then I will feel that effect in my marriage. God did not totally stop blessing us, but He got out of the way, to allow me to feel the effects, and I may have, unintentionally, let the Devil run wild in our lives again. Although, when I noticed the stench of the Devil, I told him to leave our house, in Jesus name, and I invited God back in, and I have done this several times since Sunday.

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Procrastination is a bad pill to take. It could start out as a small break, and then lead to no productivity for the rest of the day. If you forget to do your kingdom work, and procrastinate, you will fall into the Devil’s trap. If you spend all of your time thinking about what you need to get done and do not actually get it done, all you have done is waste your time and God’s because He could have used you to bless someone else.

“15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians 5: 15-17

God has given us all specific gifts to use not only to bless others, but to renew our spirit, to heal, to learn, and to dive deeper into God’s kingdom. They are not meant to burden us or to waste our time, but if we do them and do them well and with diligence, we will find that we have made such better use of our time, than we could if we tried to spend it the way

thought we should. We will not only feel better, but have made someone else feel better, because God’s blessings are abundant. He wants to bless us more, but we have to be obedient and not succumb to fear. We will not always get it right and allow our hormones or our anger to get the best of us, but God will work on us diligently if we are diligent in doing his kingdom work to the best of our abilities.

 
Dear Lord,

 
Please be gracious to us, and forgive us for procrastinating on doing your kingdom work and spreading the Word. Help us to get back on our feet, stand up straight, and walk with you, blessing others as you have blessed us. Give us discernment, for when we should be resting and when we should be working. Help us to say no when we need to and fix our wrongs to make them right. Please bless those who need a hot meal and a warm bed for the cold winter nights. Keep us safe, and help us to remember to pray:

 
Our Father who art in heaven, hollowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.

 
In Jesus name,
Amen

Shun Evil

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Shun Evil

“Fear the Lord and Shun Evil”

Last weekend was Halloween, and how many of you are feeling the lingering sting of the evil one? We watched scary Halloween movies all weekend, no big deal, right? Wrong. The evil one has been attacking me and my family in subtle ways all week. For example, I have not slept a wink at night since Sunday night. The Lord says this is how we should sleep, “24 when you lie down, you will not be afraid: when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. 25 Have no fear of sudden disaster or the ruin that over takes the wicked, 26 For the Lord will be your confidence and will keep you from being snared.” Proverbs 3: 24 – 26 That is not how I slept.

It is not that I didn’t pray or put on Joyce Meyer Ministries, or do all the things I usually do, it is that we gave the devil a foothold, and he used it. Being too tired from not sleeping, meant that, my blog did not get written earlier this week, and I started to feel like a failure because of it. Only the devil can make you feel worthless and trick others into thinking that you are worthless too. This trick worked so well, that my husband and I were not thinking very highly of each other, and that resulted in a type of fight we have not had in over a month. It doesn’t matter how often you tell them how that you love and appreciate everything they do, if the devil has a foothold, none of that will matter. Everything that was forgiven, is suddenly not forgiven, and if a shaky topic is brought up, just count on everything crashing down again, because, “If you give a mouse a cookie, he will ask for a glass of milk,” (Laura Joffe Numeroff). Just as if you give the devil a foothold, he will ask for your heart, and then he will crush it.

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The Lord will never crush your heart. He will heal it and provide you safety. Also, He won’t stop there. He will heal the hearts of those you love, and provide a safe harbor.

“5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. 8 This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. 9 Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; 10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.” Proverbs 3: 5-10

Dear God, help us to shun the devil, demons, and all kinds of evil. May we rebuke them in your name. May you help us to fight off the evil one, before he attacks our heart and the hearts of those we love. May we stand up, in your glory, and fight, and continue to follow your ways and your will until the evil one can touch us no more. In Jesus Name we Pray, Amen.

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Is Halloween a Christian Holiday?

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Is Halloween a Christian Holiday?

Tomorrow is Halloween or “All Hallows Eve”, and is it okay for Christians to celebrate it? After reading about it, and what I have concurred, Halloween has Pagan and Christian origins. Pagan in the way that the ancient Celts’ last day of the year was on October 31st, and they would bring in all their livestock as a way of getting ready for the upcoming winter. October 31st marked the end of summer and was commemorated with a festival called Samhain (‘sow-ane’). The next day, the winter season began. The way they celebrated their Samhain festival or “Summer’s End” festival, is much like spring cleaning in today’s modern context, “it mostly involved eating a lot, cleaning the household, extinguishing the hearth fires and restarting them in a gesture of renewal, commemorating those who had passed away during the year, and dancing around a communal bonfire.” (Sandy Love, the True History of Halloween).

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Furthermore, the day of Samhain was a day in limbo, that it was neither the old year nor the new year, so with much superstition about the changing of the seasons there was the belief there were spirits wondering about, like fairies and ghosts. Therefore, to counteract that, the ancient Celts would dress up in costumes, make loud noises, and parade the streets. This is where the “evil” side of Halloween came from.

The Christian part of the History of Halloween comes from the Roman Catholic Church in 800 AD. In an attempt to combine all three festivals into one, they combined Feralia and Pomona’s Day with Samhain. “Pomona’s Day was originally a harvest festival in honor of the Roman goddess of fruits and trees; this may explain the tradition of bobbing for apples. Feralia was a day for mourning and remembering the dead,” (Love). Therefore, with all these festivals combined into one, it is a no brainer that people felt the need to dress up. All saints day, November 1st, began at sunset the night before. In order to scare away the evil spirits, that the Celtics said were there, people would dress up as Saints to commemorate “All Saint’s Day” also known as “All Hallows Day”. ‘Hallo’ is a word which means ‘Holy’ and ‘ween’ means ‘eve,’ and soon the phrase became known as ‘Halloween’. “A later custom developed where people would go door-to-door on Nov. 2 requesting small cakes in exchange for the promise of saying prayers for some of the dead relatives of each house. This arose out of the religious belief that the dead were in a state of limbo before they went to Heaven or Hell and that the prayers of the living could influence the outcome,” (Matt Slick, Where did Halloween Come From? Can a Christian Celebrate it?) This is an interesting thought, this might be where Tick-or-Treating came from.

All-in-all, hiding from the dead or praying for the dead has been a part of the Halloween tradition for centuries. Whether or not you decide to pray on Halloween or participate in its festivities that is up to you, just remember:

“10 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. 12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD…” Deuteronomy 18:10-12

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Works Cited

  • Love, Sandy. “The True History of Halloween.” All About Halloween: The Complete Source. (2005 -2015) Web. 30 Oct. 2015
    Slick, Matt. “Where did Halloween Come From? Can a Christian Celebrate it?” Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry. Web. 30 Oct. 2015

Pure in Heart

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Pure in Heart

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”
Matthew 5:8

Tomorrow is my son’s first birthday. Would you like to know what my prayers for him have been for the last year, and while he was in my womb? I would pray that he would grow up loving Christ above all else and that he would grow up with a pure heart. That he would respect and honor women and girls, and have no interest in them expect for their friendship or when he meets the one. As well as, he grows up to his fullest potential in Christ, to be the man that Christ designed him to be, doing whatever is God’s will. This is my prayer for my son.

Purity is a big part of the Christian life, and with the way people are becoming so lax with what is being put out there by the media, and by everyday people, it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep one’s mind on Christ and to keep one’s thoughts clean.

“14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:14-16.

God has created each and every one of us in His OWN Image. He desires us to live as clean lives as possible. He wants us to constantly renew our minds by reading and meditating on His word.

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In an effort to help with this ever-growing problem of impurity, the modesty movement has been developing and growing rapidly. However, anything good is always outshone by anything bad, and with that, the movement has not gotten the spotlight that it deserves. By spotlight I do not mean, total media coverage, I mean just enough attention to give Christians a touch of hope in our fallen world. Although, while the modesty movement is good, and I am all for it, I just hope it does not forget to tackle the inner issues, the ones that God truly cares about. The issues of the heart.

Modesty is not just for girls, but for boys as well, because a girl can cover up her body, head to toe, and a guy will still have impure thoughts about the woman. The real issue is not of how much a woman covers up, but the perception of women and girls overall. The fact that we live in a fallen world is no secret, but demanding change in the media is a step closer to the goal of humanizing females again.

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This can be done through fasting and prayer. God will listen to those who give something up, just to be closer to Him. Christian have been anointed, as it was written in the book of Isaiah:

The Year of the LORD’S Favor

61 1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted,
To proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’S favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion –
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness
instead of mourning, and a garment of praise
instead of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the LORD.
For the display of his splendor.

4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins
and restore the places long devastated;
they will renew the ruined cities
that have been devastated for generations.
5 Aliens will shepherd your flocks;
foreigners will work your fields and vineyards,
6 And you will be call priests of the LORD,
You will be named ministers of our God,
You will feed on the wealth of nations,
and in their riches you will boast.

7 Instead of their shame
my people will receive a double portion,
and instead of disgrace
they will rejoice in their inheritance;
and so they will inherit a double portion in their land,
and everlasting joy will be theirs.

8 “For I, the LORD love justice;
I hate robbery and iniquity.
In my faithfulness I will reward them
and make an everlasting covenant with them.
9 Their decedents will be known among the nations
and their offspring among the peoples.
All who see them will acknowledge
that they are a people the LORD has blessed.”

10 delight greatly in the LORD;
my soul rejoices in my God.
For he has clothed me with garments of salvation
And arrayed me in a robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11 For as the soil makes the sprout come up
and a garden causes seeds to grow,
so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness and praise
spring up before all nations.
Isaiah 61: 1-11

There is still hope for purity in, not only our own selves, but in our nation. Many believe that we are too far away from turning back, as individuals and as a nation, or that God is ignoring us, and there is no hope, but no matter what, never stop believing in hope. There is still hope, in you and in our nation.

Just:

Praise Jesus

repent

ask for  forgiveness, to forgive, and for your needs

yield

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