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Saturday, September 29, 2018

A Biblical Perspective on Back Stabbers and False Witnesses

When someone back stabs you, or causes you trouble, PRAY about the situation, and PRAISE THE LORD!!

Psalm 35  KJV
11) False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not.12) They rewarded me evil for good to the spoiling of my soul.13) But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth:  I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom.14) I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother: I bowed down heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother.15) But in mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together: yea, the abjects gathered themselves together against me, and I knew it not; they did tear me, and ceased not: 

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Christian Life, Trouble Free?

Does living a Christian life, mean living a trouble-free life?  
Psalm 34  KJV
17) The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.18) The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.19) Many are the afflictions of the righteous; but the Lord delivereth him out of them all

Christians are righteous through the blood of Jesus Christ. *link to a post explaining eternal salvation in Jesus Christ, follow here*  Does this passage of Psalm above,  promise that the righteous will live blessed and trouble free?  NO.

There is a trend that some promote, which proclaims that if you have enough faith, you can/ should live a life free of sickness and trouble, and that things should go your way, because our Father in Heaven loves us and wants only good things for us, and so that is how it should be.

I do not deny that our Heavenly Father loves us with boundless, matchless, never-ending love.  I believe that he does, because He provided for our salvation so that we may spend eternity in paradise with Him in Heaven, WHILE we were still sinners.  Through Jesus Christ, the best is yet to come for all Christians on earth, but:

I contend that the above Psalmist passage rather indicates that the righteous ARE GOING TO GO THROUGH desperate, tearful, hardships ("cry,"  "troubles,"  "broken heart,"  "contrite spirit," "afflictions,") so what is our benefit or reward for being His in Christ, here and now, before eternity in Heaven?

The Lord HEARS His children.
He delivers His children.
He draws near to us when we draw draw near to Him.
The Lord IS our salvation, and
He will deliver us from ALL AFFLICTION.

In the meantime, I/you/we, may live in affliction.

In the midst of the affliction, may we cling to our hope and confidence in Him.  He is God.  He loves us.  He hears us.  He is going to see us through this hardship.

May we live moment by moment, seeking to give Him glory and praise, and grow by the workings of the Holy Spirit inside of us.

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Spiritual Perspective for Hungry Eyes and Ears

As I drove home from work I heard on the radio:

A man fell in a vat of oil...

A bridge in Italy collapsed and a man fell in his car 150 feet...

News news news,
Rarely good and wonderful,
Usually quite dreadful,

Why why why?

Does it help me to know most of this?
Does most of it even effect my political position?
Can I do anything about most of it?

No no no no.

So I wonder...
Why was it posted?
Why was is spread?
Why is it national or world news?

I think I know.

The enemy wants to divert us.

Do you think in the realm of 
Christian journeys,
Christian friendships,
Re-births (in Christ),
Lessons learned,
Prodigal returns,
Answered prayers,
Launches to eternity in paradise,
Relationships rebuilt,
Hope renewed,

Do you think that in that very real realm,
That there are more newsworthy events?

Why don't the good and wonderful events make national news?

The man who fell in a vat of oil made the news.
The man who crashed with a bridge made the news.

Why do not the good and wonderful stories that glorify the author and finisher of our faith, and our healer, and savior make the news?

Again, plan and simple, I believe it is a ploy of the enemy.

People will listen to such worldly news, but they will not listen to "Religious people talk."

They will harken their ear to the sound of doom and gloom of the world sometimes, 
Or even worldly affair or music concert,
But will not listen to the witnesses of Christ tell what He has done for them,
Or take pleasure in music to glorify the one true king,

Especially if...
Such RICHNESS speaks to the emptiness
That they are denying,
Trying to ignore,
Or in their spirit,
Pure and wholesome,
They abhor,

God keep my eyes on YOU!
Please give me mercy and patience towards all,
Like I HOPE I receive from you,

Help me to be a light,
Where the world would project fright,
Help me to be wisdom and warmth,Where the world is foolish and cold,

Lord, I want to look to YOU,
Rest in YOU,
Run to YOU,
Through all that I see and do,

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