“What’s wrong with the world mama, people acting like they ain’t got no mama!” -Black Eyed Peas
Where to start? With love? Well sure, it is oh so obvious, this world needs love!
But what is love? Who even made love, where did love come from, how did love even start??
Do you want to believe life started with love, or life started with bacteria and energy? The truth is love!
“Father, Father, help us, send some guidance from above..”
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. John 1:1
God. IS. LOVE! 1st John 4:8
Therefore you can conclude if God is love and God is the beginning, love is from God.
No God in this world ( or basically us humans choosing to live as though God doesn’t exist) means what? If God is love.
So is love… whatever pleases us and we should all respect everyones different desires of pleasures, including sexuality and lifestyle?
“Well that’s so stupid, I’m not even gonna read the rest of this article, that is so closed minded, so self-centered, everyone should be free to do whatever they want, this is a free country!” Someone may 😡 pout!
GOD IS LIGHT FIRST, PERFECTLY HOLY, WITHOUT A TRACE OF DARKNESS
Our human wisdom is limited in comparison to God’s unfathomable understanding, it keeps us humans so rightly humble to not understand everything, God’s wisdom will always surpass ours.
So God’s design for family is perfect! He knows what HE is talking about, I’d hope none of us have that much pride to stand before God and tell The ALMIGHTY HE doesnt know what HE is talking about.
Hence Satan. Do you like the world today? Satan said he had a better way, look at the world today.
One man & one woman, and children if it is God’s will. One man working and the woman caring for the children. I mean obviously there are broken circumstances in this broken world, but hopefully we will begin to understand why, and the importance of obeying GOD. And for some God ordained to just draw close to HIM even if single.
If man does not obey God, man is deceived and acts out of behavior absent of love, if man is deceived, he deceives other men, and these men begin to act unlovingly, if an employer happens to be one of these men, he will treat his employees unlovingly and they will in turn go home to their wives and take out their pain on their wives in forms of aggression or verbal abuse. The wife will in turn feel unloved and hurt and act in contention towards her children who will in turn feel unloved and will begin to abuse/ bully other children at school. 1st Peter 3
It’s the saddest chain reaction ever, and it all begins with disobeying God.
If you want to destroy the world starting speaking hatefully to people. Covid isnt worth it, cancer, starvation, bipolar, homelessness, all the effects of sin. and disobeying God are not worth it!
Being still in God, carrying a cross in moments of fire as Christ did, is worth it❤☀🕊
In the midst of this, things get even worse, instead of recognizing we need God as his created and loved people, we turn to the pleasures of this world instead of crying out to God to stop the madness.
We make even more madness by thinking we are supposed to be homosexual or we need a new spouse or we need drugs or alcohol or to mess around….:/ truth is, all we ever needed was God, and to obey HIM by the power of HIS Spirit.
Married couples, you are a team! You got this! Satan wants you to rip each other apart, it is his awful way of trying to destroy God’s work with God’s own created people.
Don’t compare or try to keep record of who does more or who is better…work ❤ together
.. your vibe, as some may call it
Adrenaline- fired anger and speech does not help anything.
Practice what you preach.. Your words and your actions, do they match or are you a hypocrite?
Make it or break!
If you’re gonna question someone, accuse someone, or act like you cannot trust someone, you’re gonna destroy a good thing.
It takes trust to get trust back.
Love is a sacrifice ( John 3:16) the cycle of madness stops when a person decides to make a sacrifice, love covers a multitude of sins.
The truth does not hurt if it is spoken in perfect love and a receiver is humble. Instead the bible says, the truth shall set us free.
Love (1st Cor. 13:4-8)
It’s a God thing. It’s a good thing. It’s where life begins.
We often use words like: lazy, selfish, angry, bitter, envious, rude, arrogant, and depressed; but to use these words without paying attention to what is going on on a deeper level, is ignorance and leads to misunderstanding of what may be really going on in someone’s heart.
‘Selfish’ is a word we use so often, but I think a lot of us are missing the point in a vast blindness of self-righteousness, some of us are forgetting simple things like ‘old fashioned’ manners and chivalry or morals in a world that has made ‘spunky, uncaring’ attitudes seem cool.
Some people who feel others are being selfish may themselves be guilty of such as well.
To be selfless means to actually go out of the convenience of our own lives and schedule to take the time and heart to acknowledge others and serve wherever there is work to be done.
When we do work as God’s kids we do it not just for people, but we are doing a favor for God, so to speak, we are working for God; He fills us with His Spirit, and we allow Him to use our hands and feet ( almost like the movie Ratatouille) to obey Him and do the work He needs done.
Embarrassment and Pride are opposites but are equally as hurtful. If God gave us a gift deep within us or blessed us with possesions or something else heaven-sent, just as everything else in life we must get guidance from God as we obey His direction and wisdom and have a lot of patience and Faith to ensure that we are on track with God’s timing. Basically if God gave us a talent, a dream, a child to raise, other materials or finances even etc to be stewards of, we must obey God on how to carry out or manage or raise or love or bless others with whatever it is He has granted us. To give up on a dream because of embarrassment is as bad a saying I do not fear you Lord I fear what imperfect and broken man thinks of me.
God’s timing is impeccable!🙌 obeying Him requires lots and lots and lots of endurance and perseverance, FAITH, trusting Him, and often taking things just moment by moment, enjoying each and every precious moment of life the way God would have it, and not making our own plans out of God’s will.
Selfishness is deeper than what we even realize, it is the acceptance of false ideas of this broken culture and world and not trusting or fully believing in God; God is sovereign God is still the God of miracles. Stay close to Him, and get rid of idols ( 1st commandment) and let Him help you overcome your fears and you will begin to understand.🙌🍃🕊
In this life, God has determined for us even before time, the very reason He purposed us for, for only good and holy purposes. Life is brutal as many will say, but we are called to ‘carry a cross,’ we are called to serve others where God calls us to, we are called to serve our families even if it means we feel like a complete slave at times, we are called to be selfless, thereby denying the flesh that constantly seeks pity and causes us to boast in our own strengths, that in comparison to the power of God’s Spirit, will fail constantly.
When we choose to follow God the right way, we will see a lot of tribulation, God will use what the devil means for evil to refine us and set us free from the selfish thoughts and burdens that entangle us deep within us from our fears and pains and past traumas. Only the truth can set us free. God is the best physician!
If we can fight through the tribulation we encounter, and allow God to sanctify us by the power of His Holy Spirit overtime, never using our freewill to keep running back to sinful things for ‘ relief’ when we face these fiery trials, but instead choosing obedience to Christ through the viciously hard times, praying and praying, reading God’s Word, and thus captivating our every thought in Christ ( doing what the bible says at all times( possible by the Spirit of God)), God CAN get us to the place and the purpose He intended for us from the beginning of time.
So yes, life is brutal, but if you strive towards holiness by the power of His Spirit, never ever giving up, our dreams that live inside us can come true, the purpose God intended for us, for the glory of His great name can take place!
Matt 6:33 With God all things are possible
Matthew 16:24-26English Standard Version
Take Up Your Cross and Follow Jesus
24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him (A)deny himself and (B)take up his cross and follow me. 25 For (C)whoever would save his life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 For (D)what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or (E)what shall a man give in return for his soul?
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
New International Version
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us -Ephesians 3:20
New Living Translation
Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes- Ephesians 1:4
James 4New International Version
Submit Yourselves to God
4 What causes fights and quarrels(A) among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle(B) within you? 2 You desire but do not have, so you kill.(C) You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive,(D) because you ask with wrong motives,(E) that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
4 You adulterous(F) people,[a] don’t you know that friendship with the world(G) means enmity against God?(H) Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.(I) 5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us[b]?(J) 6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:
7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil,(L) and he will flee from you. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you.(M) Wash your hands,(N) you sinners, and purify your hearts,(O) you double-minded.(P) 9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom.(Q) 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.(R)
11 Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another.(S) Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister[d] or judges them(T) speaks against the law(U) and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it,(V) but sitting in judgment on it. 12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge,(W) the one who is able to save and destroy.(X) But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?(Y)
Boasting About Tomorrow
13 Now listen,(Z) you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.”(AA) 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.(AB) 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will,(AC) we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil.(AD) 17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.(AE)
13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober,(AO) set your hope(AP) on the grace to be brought to you(AQ) when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.(AR) 14 As obedient(AS) children, do not conform(AT) to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.(AU) 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do;(AV) 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”[a](AW)
17 Since you call on a Father(AX) who judges each person’s work(AY) impartially,(AZ) live out your time as foreigners(BA) here in reverent fear.(BB) 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed(BC) from the empty way of life(BD) handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood(BE) of Christ, a lamb(BF) without blemish or defect.(BG) 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world,(BH) but was revealed in these last times(BI) for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God,(BJ) who raised him from the dead(BK) and glorified him,(BL) and so your faith and hope(BM) are in God.
22 Now that you have purified(BN) yourselves by obeying(BO) the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply,(BP) from the heart.[b] 23 For you have been born again,(BQ) not of perishable seed, but of imperishable,(BR) through the living and enduring word of God.(BS) 24 For,
And this is the word that was preached to you.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of all understanding -Proverbs 9:10
Man makes plans but God directs his every step- Proverbs 16:9
|The Sovereignty of God includes** obeying God in every moment as HE directs us and guides us, and provides us with Godly wisdom, sometimes we may be confused and not understand how or why or when or where, but in those moments we must surrender to GOD and have enduring and persevering patience, trusting that GOD will give us wisdom for each decision along the way, OBEYING HIM in the midst of trial. God is sovereign. When times are fiery, that does NOT mean we PURPOSELY CHOOSE SIN, NO! When times are fiery we must use our freewill to strive towards holiness, as God is holy, and pray for HIS spirit where our own strength fails!|
We must trust in God to slowly show us the plan HE has for us *over time, good things require time to grow ( hence patience is vital) so at moments we will not have answers to everything too far ahead in life, but we must sometimes just let God guide us day by day, even moment by moment at times and trust that He is good. Where we fail though, grace exists, Romans 8:28. God always calls the final shots on everything. Especially for His children. He is Sovereign.
New International Version
13 I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord(A)
in the land of the living.
|◄ James 1 ►Berean Study Bible Par ▾ A Greeting from James|
(Jude 1:1–2)1James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,To the twelve tribes of the Dispersion:aGreetings.Rejoicing in Trials
(Philippians 1:12–20)2Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you encounter trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4Allow perseverance to finish its work, so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.5Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6But he must ask in faith, without doubting, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7That man should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.9The brother in humble circumstances should exult in his high position. 10But the one who is rich should exult in his low position, because he will pass away like a flower of the field. 11For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its flower falls and its beauty is lost. So too, the rich man will fade away in the midst of his pursuits.12Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.Good and Perfect Gifts13When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone. 14But each one is tempted when by his own evil desires he is lured away and enticed. 15Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.16Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 17Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, with whom there is no change or shifting shadow.b 18He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we would be a kind of firstfruits of His creation.cHearing and Doing19My beloved brothers, understand this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger, 20for man’s anger does not bring about the righteousness that God desires. 21Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and every expression of evil, and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save your souls.22Be doers of the word, and not hearers only. Otherwise, you are deceiving yourselves. 23For anyone who hears the word but does not carry it out is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror, 24and after observing himself goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25But the one who looks intently into the perfect law of freedom, and continues to do so—not being a forgetful hearer, but an effective doer—he will be blessed in what he does.26If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not bridle his tongue, he deceives his heart and his religion is worthless. 27Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world
Faith and Deeds
14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds?(U) Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food.(V) 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?(W) 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.(X)
18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”
20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless[d]?(AD) 21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar?(AE) 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together,(AF) and his faith was made complete by what he did.(AG) 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,”[e](AH) and he was called God’s friend.(AI) 24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.
25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction?(AJ) 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead
The way, the TRUTH, the life= God
( John 14:6)
God= Truth, purpose, life, direction, and understanding of life.
God= pure 1st, then love. ( 1st John)
To captivate all thoughts in Christ ( 2nd Corinthians 10:5)…
Means to apply, believe, and accept, and carry out ONLY thoughts that are pure 1st and then love ( 1st Cor 13:4-8)
Those are the ONLY thoughts God inspires into us.
Everything bitter, fearful, hateful, grudging, jealous, hurtful, self-pitying, proud, angry, unforgiving, self-hating, sinister, causing evil suspicions, or uncontrolled, etc..are either of our own sin or of Satan trying to deteriorate us and cause us to lose hope and lose life.
Pure 1st and then love( it is how we ‘test the spirits’ 1st John 4:1-5.)
Pray when you feel weak, pray together when you are struggling. It takes humility, but it is how you conquer during hardship.
Some days will be like bootcamp, but grace will ALWAYS come, remember that.
Sometimes as broken people we don’t need judgement or correction, we don’t need to go see a doctor or we do not need to be treated as an uncontrolled beast that belongs in cage..sometimes if humility is there, one may just need: comfort, reassurance, an encouraging word, a hug, a letter of hope, and the reminder that: God will always come through for His people. Never give up!
Link to a bible devotional
by:Stephanie L. Foster
Job 24New International Version
24 “Why does the Almighty not set times(A) for judgment?(B)
Why must those who know him look in vain for such days?(C)
2 There are those who move boundary stones;(D)
they pasture flocks they have stolen.(E)
3 They drive away the orphan’s donkey
and take the widow’s ox in pledge.(F)
4 They thrust the needy(G) from the path
and force all the poor(H) of the land into hiding.(I)
5 Like wild donkeys(J) in the desert,
the poor go about their labor(K) of foraging food;
the wasteland(L) provides food for their children.
6 They gather fodder(M) in the fields
and glean in the vineyards(N) of the wicked.(O)
7 Lacking clothes, they spend the night naked;
they have nothing to cover themselves in the cold.(P)
8 They are drenched(Q) by mountain rains
and hug(R) the rocks for lack of shelter.(S)
9 The fatherless(T) child is snatched(U) from the breast;
the infant of the poor is seized(V) for a debt.(W)
10 Lacking clothes, they go about naked;(X)
they carry the sheaves,(Y) but still go hungry.
11 They crush olives among the terraces[a];
they tread the winepresses,(Z) yet suffer thirst.(AA)
12 The groans of the dying rise from the city,
and the souls of the wounded cry out for help.(AB)
But God charges no one with wrongdoing.(AC)
13 “There are those who rebel against the light,(AD)
who do not know its ways
or stay in its paths.(AE)
14 When daylight is gone, the murderer rises up,
kills(AF) the poor and needy,(AG)
and in the night steals forth like a thief.(AH)
15 The eye of the adulterer(AI) watches for dusk;(AJ)
he thinks, ‘No eye will see me,’(AK)
and he keeps his face concealed.
16 In the dark, thieves break into houses,(AL)
but by day they shut themselves in;
they want nothing to do with the light.(AM)
17 For all of them, midnight is their morning;
they make friends with the terrors(AN) of darkness.(AO)
18 “Yet they are foam(AP) on the surface of the water;(AQ)
their portion of the land is cursed,(AR)
so that no one goes to the vineyards.(AS)
19 As heat and drought snatch away the melted snow,(AT)
so the grave(AU) snatches away those who have sinned.
20 The womb forgets them,
the worm(AV) feasts on them;(AW)
the wicked are no longer remembered(AX)
but are broken like a tree.(AY)
21 They prey on the barren and childless woman,
and to the widow they show no kindness.(AZ)
22 But God drags away the mighty by his power;(BA)
though they become established,(BB) they have no assurance of life.(BC)
23 He may let them rest in a feeling of security,(BD)
but his eyes(BE) are on their ways.(BF)
24 For a little while they are exalted, and then they are gone;(BG)
they are brought low and gathered up like all others;(BH)
they are cut off like heads of grain.(BI)
25 “If this is not so, who can prove me false
and reduce my words to nothing?”(BJ)
Jeremiah 30:18-24New International Version
18 “This is what the Lord says:
“‘I will restore the fortunes(A) of Jacob’s tents(B)
and have compassion(C) on his dwellings;
the city will be rebuilt(D) on her ruins,
and the palace will stand in its proper place.
19 From them will come songs(E) of thanksgiving(F)
and the sound of rejoicing.(G)
I will add to their numbers,(H)
and they will not be decreased;
I will bring them honor,(I)
and they will not be disdained.
20 Their children(J) will be as in days of old,
and their community will be established(K) before me;
I will punish(L) all who oppress them.
21 Their leader(M) will be one of their own;
their ruler will arise from among them.(N)
I will bring him near(O) and he will come close to me—
for who is he who will devote himself
to be close to me?’
declares the Lord.
22 “‘So you will be my people,(P)
and I will be your God.(Q)’”
23 See, the storm(R) of the Lord
will burst out in wrath,
a driving wind swirling down
on the heads of the wicked.
24 The fierce anger(S) of the Lord will not turn back(T)
until he fully accomplishes
the purposes of his heart.
In days to come
you will understand(U) this.
Listen up, we do not need to clean ourselves up to come to be God’s friend. We can come as we are, crying out to God- as broken, sin-scarred, rebels, and God will do the work for us over time.
Sometimes all we see is a disaster, a mess, a situation that today’s culture may call toxic, a ‘story that could never end well’, hopeless, and pointless… But where there ARE HEARTS THAT WANT to obey God, truly, truly OBEY God, over time, though things will be hard beyond imagination, death-like almost, God CAN and WILL make beauty of ashes if you NEVER give up, but instead keep obeying HIM in the hellish storm.
God is here. Watching everything that goes on, trying to speak to you by inspiring within you: thoughts of goodness, and purpose.
Recently inspired by the Spirit to my husband, the fact that the mark of the beast, 666, may be cellphones. Phones/ social media have destroyed our communication and thus love for one another. A chip ‘ held in the hand’ that transfers to the orbs lodged in our ‘forehead’ thus transferring and infecting our brains like a virus, ‘ an idea is the most dangerous thing in existence,’ -Inception ( HENCE WHY WE NEED TO READ OUR BIBLES, TO TRULY KNOW GOD’S WORD AND AVOID DECEPTION FROM SATAN AND TODAY’S CULTURE- CAPTIVATE YOUR EVERY THOUGHT IN CHRIST).
Our real purpose in this life cannot be discovered without God. He made us, no one is an accident. He knew what we were for even while inside our mother’s womb. It takes Faith in GOD and selflessness to have kids in this crazy world, but it is God’s design. Imagine our story written in the Bible if it continued after Revelation, what would be said of your decisions? They supressed the power of the Holy Spirit, worshipping Baal methods of physicians out of selfish desires and unbelief, or they obeyed the LORD on High because HE NEVER changes?
God today is the same God that parted the Red Sea and brought upon wicked Egypt the plagues in order to save HIS people time and time again. Our minds have given up on miracles, that God CAN STILL DO. He can take a complete mess, a complete hopeless looking situation, and do a mighty work in it, that no human could ever do.
When we are weak, we are strong. When we cannot take it, cannot handle it, are ready to give up….cry out to God, HIS Spirit comes upon us, in grace that always comes right before a breaking point( because God never lets us be tempted beyond what we can handle,) God will give us HIS strength right in the perfect moment.
Sometimes all the wisdom in the world, all the reasoning of today’s culture just cannot line-up with the way God chooses to get things done in accordance with HIS own plans, HIS way of doing things sometimes is simply beyond our understanding.
Let me tell you from experience, a lot of the time, God’s way of doing things can look like nothing but a complete mess; seemingly unfair a lot of the time, almost** causing an aneurysm many times, but low and behold you come to realize later on looking back at every little crazy thing: “Wow! That only made me stronger. Wow, HE really does know what HE is doing, God is a genius💜🙌 ( understatement).”
Faith in God a lot of the time is like bungee jumping. The hardest part, the most scary part of all, is letting go…surrendering to God is the same as such; when things are completely out of our hands, we need to surrender, GOD HAS IT, believe it! Even if there is no immediate evidence God has it in HIS hands, if you keep on praying, obeying, and trust HIM, He will show you HE is able, He is real, and HE hears us.
Stop running to more sin to ease your pain! You’re only stopping yourself from discovering who God made you to be. Sin grieves the Spirit and the ability to hear and understand God.
The Remnant of Israel Saved1“At the same time,” says the Lord, “I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be My people.”2Thus says the Lord:“The people who survived the swordFound grace in the wilderness—Israel, when I went to give him rest.”3The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying:“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.4Again I will build you, and you shall be rebuilt,O virgin of Israel!You shall again be adorned with your tambourines,And shall go forth in the dances of those who rejoice.5You shall yet plant vines on the mountains of Samaria;The planters shall plant and eat them as ordinary food.6For there shall be a dayWhen the watchmen will cry on Mount Ephraim,‘Arise, and let us go up to Zion,To the Lord our God.’ ”7For thus says the Lord:“Sing with gladness for Jacob,And shout among the chief of the nations;Proclaim, give praise, and say,‘O Lord, save Your people,The remnant of Israel!’8Behold, I will bring them from the north country,And gather them from the ends of the earth,Among them the blind and the lame,The woman with childAnd the one who labors with child, together;A great throng shall return there.9They shall come with weeping,And with supplications I will lead them.I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters,In a straight way in which they shall not stumble;For I am a Father to Israel,And Ephraim is My firstborn.10“Hear the word of the Lord, O nations,And declare it in the isles afar off, and say,‘He who scattered Israel will gather him,And keep him as a shepherd does his flock.’11For the Lord has redeemed Jacob,And ransomed him from the hand of one stronger than he.12Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion,Streaming to the goodness of the Lord—For wheat and new wine and oil,For the young of the flock and the herd;Their souls shall be like a well-watered garden,And they shall sorrow no more at all.13“Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance,And the young men and the old, together;For I will turn their mourning to joy,Will comfort them,And make them rejoice rather than sorrow.14I will satiate the soul of the priests with abundance,And My people shall be satisfied with My goodness, says the Lord.”Mercy on Ephraim15Thus says the Lord:“A voice was heard in Ramah,Lamentation and bitter weeping,Rachel weeping for her children,Refusing to be comforted for her children,Because they are no more.”16Thus says the Lord:“Refrain your voice from weeping,And your eyes from tears;For your work shall be rewarded, says the Lord,And they shall come back from the land of the enemy.17There is hope in your future, says the Lord,That your children shall come back to their own border.18“I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself:‘You have chastised me, and I was chastised,Like an untrained bull;Restore me, and I will return,For You are the Lord my God.19Surely, after my turning, I repented;And after I was instructed, I struck myself on the thigh;I was ashamed, yes, even humiliated,Because I bore the reproach of my youth.’20Is Ephraim My dear son?Ishe a pleasant child?For though I spoke against him,I earnestly remember him still;Therefore My heart yearns for him;I will surely have mercy on him, says the Lord.21“Set up signposts,Make landmarks;Set your heart toward the highway,The way in which you went.Turn back, O virgin of Israel,Turn back to these your cities.22How long will you gad about,O you backsliding daughter?For the Lord has created a new thing in the earth—A woman shall encompass a man.”Future Prosperity of Judah23Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: “They shall again use this speech in the land of Judah and in its cities, when I bring back their captivity: ‘The Lord bless you, O home of justice, and mountain of holiness!’ 24And there shall dwell in Judah itself, and in all its cities together, farmers and those going out with flocks. 25For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul.”26After this I awoke and looked around, and my sleep was sweet to me.27“Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, that I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man and the seed of beast. 28And it shall come to pass, that as I have watched over them to pluck up, to break down, to throw down, to destroy, and to afflict, so I will watch over them to build and to plant, says the Lord. 29In those days they shall say no more:‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes,And the children’s teeth are set on edge.’30But every one shall die for his own iniquity; every man who eats the sour grapes, his teeth shall be set on edge.A New Covenant31“Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah— 32not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord. 33But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 34No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”35Thus says the Lord,Who gives the sun for a light by day,The ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night,Who disturbs the sea,And its waves roar(The Lord of hosts is His name):36“If those ordinances departFrom before Me, says the Lord,Then the seed of Israel shall also ceaseFrom being a nation before Me forever.”37Thus says the Lord:“If heaven above can be measured,And the foundations of the earth searched out beneath,I will also cast off all the seed of IsraelFor all that they have done, says the Lord.38“Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, that the city shall be built for the Lord from the Tower of Hananel to the Corner Gate. 39The surveyor’s line shall again extend straight forward over the hill Gareb; then it shall turn toward Goath. 40And the whole valley of the dead bodies and of the ashes, and all the fields as far as the Brook Kidron, to the corner of the Horse Gate toward the east, shallbe holy to the Lord. It shall not be plucked up or thrown down anymore forever.”
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Faith is not just walking blindly ‘in things unseen,’ saying ‘God will defend my defiance’, but faith in God is taking the time to hear His voice in our thoughts and seek His direction and guidance and wisdom in all circumstances. We must captivate our thoughts in Christ. God’s Word alone, in all perfectly pure context is the truth. Sometimes we want answers immediately, but the answers come from waiting patiently in trials, enduring through severe hardships, and persevering until God fully vindicates you for the glory of His great name!
It is awful when we as people just washed the dishes, scrubbed the toilet, cooked a five star meal that caught on fire and unfortunately had to be thrown to the racoons outside, (so nobody actually saw it,) and then someone sees you sitting like a lump on a chair five minutes after all that and they say: “Why don’t you ever do anything around here!”
Imagine how God feels, when we say that about Him never doing anything or never answering us, God never stops working on His kids’ behalf. We just need to put our hearts in the right humble place to stop being blind and realize it.
We may not see a way or any obvious solution in certain situations and problems; and it may leave us anxious, depressed, and outraged. But we need to be ok sometimes with Not knowing how to solve something when we are completely at loss for answers. It is in those moments that we are to prove the genuine love for God in our hearts, and just trust Him completely.
God is Holy and never ever fails, and can’t fail. Sometimes all we need to do is know that everything IS GOING to work out, how? We may not know, but we gotta be ok with not having all the answers all the time. We are in the best hands, God’s hands. ( Not Allstate’s 😜, not human’s)
God is always good.💪❤
If you are struggling. Please do not think you are alone. If you are broken- hearted, if your health is in jeopardy, if you do not know where you will find money to pay the bills, if you are so stressed out…. I challenge you to be a warrior, and in your weakness find your strength in God. Surrender it all, just for a moment, believe with all your heart, as if your life depended on it, because it does, that everything is seriously going to be ok. Everything will be ok, because God is very real. And soon God WILL act, maybe not in the way you think He should, but God will move in a way that is GREATER than we could ever imagine, a way that will benefit all His people all at once, a way that no human is capable of ever fulfilling. God will get the glory He deserves. God will reach down and help His people, as He always has, time and time again. Just trust Him. Just trust the Almighty, all Holy God. Put on your armor and fight the good fight, of faith, with: righteousness, love, and peace! Let us overcome! Tell Satan to stand back, Christ will come! Pray, read your bible, pray and pray, and never fear! God comes NOT with a spirit of fear, but with love that overcomes all fear!
Romans 8:5-9New International Version
5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires;(A) but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.(B) 6 The mind governed by the flesh is death,(C)but the mind governed by the Spirit is life(D) and peace. 7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God;(E) it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8 Those who are in the realm of the flesh(F) cannot please God.
9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh(G) but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you.(H) And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ,(I) they do not belong to Christ.
Romans 12:1, ESV: “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” … Let them be a living and holy sacrifice–the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.”
1 Peter 4:12-19King James Version
12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
1st John 2:17
New Living Translation
And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever
Ezekiel 43New King James Version
The Temple, the Lord’s Dwelling Place
43 Afterward he brought me to the gate, the gate (A)that faces toward the east. 2 (B)And behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east. (C)His voice was like the sound of many waters; (D)and the earth shone with His glory. 3 It was (E)like the appearance of the vision which I saw—like the vision which I saw when [a]I came (F)to destroy the city. The visions were like the vision which I saw (G)by the River Chebar; and I fell on my face. 4 (H)And the glory of the Lord came into the [b]temple by way of the gate which faces toward the east. 5 (I)The Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court; and behold, (J)the glory of the Lord filled the [c]temple.
6 Then I heard Him speaking to me from the temple, while (K)a man stood beside me. 7 And He said to me, “Son of man, this is (L)the place of My throne and (M)the place of the soles of My feet, (N)where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel forever. (O)No more shall the house of Israel defile My holy name, they nor their kings, by their [d]harlotry or with (P)the carcasses of their kings on their high places. 8 (Q)When they set their threshold by My threshold, and their doorpost by My doorpost, with a wall between them and Me, they defiled My holy name by the abominations which they committed; therefore I have consumed them in My anger. 9 Now let them put their harlotry and the carcasses of their kings far away from Me, and I will dwell in their midst forever.
10 “Son of man, (R)describe the [e]temple to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities; and let them measure the pattern. 11 And if they are ashamed of all that they have done, make known to them the design of the [f]temple and its arrangement, its exits and its entrances, its entire design and all its (S)ordinances, all its forms and all its laws. Write it down in their sight, so that they may keep its whole design and all its ordinances, and (T)perform them. 12 This is the law of the [g]temple: The whole area surrounding (U)the mountaintop is most holy. Behold, this is the law of the temple.
Dimensions of the Altar
13 “These are the measurements of the (V)altar in cubits (W)(the [h]cubit is one cubit and a handbreadth): the base one cubit high and one cubit wide, with a rim all around its edge of one span. This is the height of the altar: 14 from the base on the ground to the lower ledge, two cubits; the width of the ledge, one cubit; from the smaller ledge to the larger ledge, four cubits; and the width of the ledge, one cubit. 15 The altar hearth is four cubits high, with four (X)horns extending upward from the [i]hearth. 16 The altar hearth is twelve cubits long, twelve wide, (Y)square at its four corners; 17 the ledge, fourteen cubits long and fourteen wide on its four sides, with a rim of half a cubit around it; its base, one cubit all around; and (Z)its steps face toward the east.”
Consecrating the Altar
18 And He said to me, “Son of man, thus says the Lord God: ‘These are the ordinances for the altar on the day when it is made, for sacrificing (AA)burnt offerings on it, and for (AB)sprinkling blood on it. 19 You shall give (AC)a young bull for a sin offering to (AD)the priests, the Levites, who are of the seed of (AE)Zadok, who approach Me to minister to Me,’ says the Lord God. 20 ‘You shall take some of its blood and put it on the four horns of the altar, on the four corners of the ledge, and on the rim around it; thus you shall cleanse it and make atonement for it. 21 Then you shall also take the bull of the sin offering, and (AF)burn it in the appointed place of the [j]temple, (AG)outside the sanctuary. 22 On the second day you shall offer a kid of the goats without blemish for a sin offering; and they shall cleanse the altar, as they cleansed itwith the bull. 23 When you have finished cleansing it, you shall offer a young bull without blemish, and a ram from the flock without blemish. 24 When you offer them before the Lord, (AH)the priests shall throw salt on them, and they will offer them up as a burnt offering to the Lord. 25 Every day for (AI)seven days you shall prepare a goat for a sin offering; they shall also prepare a young bull and a ram from the flock, both without blemish. 26 Seven days they shall make atonement for the altar and purify it, and so [k]consecrate [l]it. 27 (AJ)When these days are over it shall be, on the eighth day and thereafter, that the priests shall offer your burnt offerings and your peace offerings on the altar; and I will (AK)accept you,’ says the Lord God.”
Torch of Christ Ministries
Our body is the temple of God
[Meant to be filled with HIS Holy Spirit]
‘We do not get better to come to God, we come to God as we are, to get better.’
Anything sinful that we allow to fill the temple God has given us, will grieve the Holy Spirit and cause a wide range of issues in our lives. From maritial struggles, mental illness, physical illness, identity issues, self-hatred, covetousness, lusts, legal ramifications, diseases, etc.
Sin brings suffering.
There is a spiritual realm. Phenomena beyond what we see on the surface; there is God, the angels, and the devil and evil spirits/ demons that influence and attack.
Sin causes damage on the spiritual level beyond what we can even see or completely understand, hence why God asks us to obey HIM, so we don’t find ourselves being attacked/ damaged beyond what we may even comprehend.
‘Overcoming the flesh’ [ fully repenting of sins with the help of the Spirit and sincere whole-hearted prayer,] ‘and drawing ourselves closer to God,’ through bible reading, continuing in obedience, and focused prayer from our hearts, will help us be able to know/ understand that God is there even in the darkest of times.
A bible devotion that points out how CRITICAL (and effective), prayer is.
Link to the devotion:
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.
2nd Cor. 5:7
For we live by faith, not by sight.
Hebrews 11:1 King James Version
11 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
We are to walk by faith and not by sight. Though we may only see darkness for a long while, God will never leave the side of those who earnestly seek Him.
Our joy comes from the hope that we have in God and His promises (that never fail, and thus can never let us down,) and through this hope we find purpose, and thus a reason to keep fighting the good fight.
God promised Jesus Christ will return again. Christ IS coming soon.
Whatever we speak of the most, focus on the most, worry about the most, these are our gods/idols. YAH must be our primary focus followed by all other importances of life. For it is God alone that NEVER changes, and God alone that will stand when all else crumbles.
Jeremiah 10-12New International Version
God and Idols(A)
10 Hear what the Lord says to you, people of Israel. 2 This is what the Lord says:
“Do not learn the ways of the nations(B)
or be terrified by signs(C) in the heavens,
though the nations are terrified by them.
3 For the practices of the peoples are worthless;
they cut a tree out of the forest,
and a craftsman(D) shapes it with his chisel.(E)
4 They adorn it with silver(F) and gold;
they fasten it with hammer and nails
so it will not totter.(G)
5 Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field,
their idols cannot speak;(H)
they must be carried
because they cannot walk.(I)
Do not fear them;
they can do no harm(J)
nor can they do any good.”(K)
6 No one is like you,(L) Lord;
you are great,(M)
and your name is mighty in power.
7 Who should not fear(N) you,
King of the nations?(O)
This is your due.
Among all the wise leaders of the nations
and in all their kingdoms,
there is no one like you.
8 They are all senseless(P) and foolish;(Q)
they are taught by worthless wooden idols.(R)
9 Hammered silver is brought from Tarshish(S)
and gold from Uphaz.
What the craftsman and goldsmith have made(T)
is then dressed in blue and purple—
all made by skilled workers.
10 But the Lord is the true God;
he is the living God,(U) the eternal King.(V)
When he is angry,(W) the earth trembles;(X)
the nations cannot endure his wrath.(Y)
12 But God made(AA) the earth(AB) by his power;
he founded the world by his wisdom(AC)
and stretched out the heavens(AD) by his understanding.
13 When he thunders,(AE) the waters in the heavens roar;
he makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth.
He sends lightning(AF) with the rain(AG)
and brings out the wind from his storehouses.(AH)
14 Everyone is senseless and without knowledge;
every goldsmith is shamed(AI) by his idols.
The images he makes are a fraud;(AJ)
they have no breath in them.
15 They are worthless,(AK) the objects of mockery;
when their judgment comes, they will perish.
16 He who is the Portion(AL) of Jacob is not like these,
for he is the Maker of all things,(AM)
including Israel, the people of his inheritance(AN)—
the Lord Almighty is his name.(AO)
17 Gather up your belongings(AP) to leave the land,
you who live under siege.
18 For this is what the Lord says:
“At this time I will hurl(AQ) out
those who live in this land;
I will bring distress(AR) on them
so that they may be captured.”
19 Woe to me because of my injury!
My wound(AS) is incurable!
Yet I said to myself,
“This is my sickness, and I must endure(AT) it.”
20 My tent(AU) is destroyed;
all its ropes are snapped.
My children are gone from me and are no more;(AV)
no one is left now to pitch my tent
or to set up my shelter.
21 The shepherds(AW) are senseless(AX)
and do not inquire of the Lord;(AY)
so they do not prosper(AZ)
and all their flock is scattered.(BA)
22 Listen! The report is coming—
a great commotion from the land of the north!(BB)
It will make the towns of Judah desolate,(BC)
a haunt of jackals.(BD)
23 Lord, I know that people’s lives are not their own;
it is not for them to direct their steps.(BE)
24 Discipline me, Lord, but only in due measure—
not in your anger,(BF)
or you will reduce me to nothing.(BG)
25 Pour out your wrath on the nations(BH)
that do not acknowledge you,
on the peoples who do not call on your name.(BI)
For they have devoured(BJ) Jacob;
they have devoured him completely
and destroyed his homeland.(
Jeremiah 33New International Version
Promise of Restoration
33 While Jeremiah was still confined(A) in the courtyard(B) of the guard, the word of the Lordcame to him a second time:(C) 2 “This is what the Lord says, he who made the earth,(D) the Lord who formed it and established it—the Lordis his name:(E) 3 ‘Call(F) to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable(G)things you do not know.’ 4 For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says about the houses in this city and the royal palaces of Judah that have been torn down to be used against the siege(H) ramps(I) and the sword 5 in the fight with the Babylonians[a]: ‘They will be filled with the dead bodies of the people I will slay in my anger and wrath.(J) I will hide my face(K) from this city because of all its wickedness.
6 “‘Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal(L) my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace(M) and security. 7 I will bring Judah(N) and Israel back from captivity[b](O)and will rebuild(P) them as they were before.(Q)8 I will cleanse(R) them from all the sin they have committed against me and will forgive(S) all their sins of rebellion against me. 9 Then this city will bring me renown,(T) joy, praise(U) and honor(V) before all nations on earth that hear of all the good things I do for it; and they will be in awe and will tremble(W) at the abundant prosperity and peace I provide for it.’
10 “This is what the Lord says: ‘You say about this place, “It is a desolate waste, without people or animals.”(X) Yet in the towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem that are deserted,(Y) inhabited by neither people nor animals, there will be heard once more 11 the sounds of joy and gladness,(Z) the voices of bride and bridegroom, and the voices of those who bring thank offerings(AA) to the house of the Lord, saying,
12 “This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘In this place, desolate(AF) and without people or animals(AG)—in all its towns there will again be pastures for shepherds to rest their flocks.(AH)13 In the towns of the hill(AI) country, of the western foothills and of the Negev,(AJ) in the territory of Benjamin, in the villages around Jerusalem and in the towns of Judah, flocks will again pass under the hand(AK) of the one who counts them,’ says the Lord.
14 “‘The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will fulfill the good promise(AL) I made to the people of Israel and Judah.
15 “‘In those days and at that time
I will make a righteous(AM) Branch(AN)sprout from David’s line;(AO)
he will do what is just and right in the land.
16 In those days Judah will be saved(AP)
and Jerusalem will live in safety.(AQ)
This is the name by which it[c] will be called:(AR)
The Lord Our Righteous Savior.’(AS)
17 For this is what the Lord says: ‘David will never fail(AT) to have a man to sit on the throne of Israel, 18 nor will the Levitical(AU) priests(AV)ever fail to have a man to stand before me continually to offer burnt offerings, to burn grain offerings and to present sacrifices.(AW)’”
19 The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah:20 “This is what the Lord says: ‘If you can break my covenant with the day(AX) and my covenant with the night, so that day and night no longer come at their appointed time,(AY) 21 then my covenant(AZ) with David my servant—and my covenant with the Levites(BA) who are priests ministering before me—can be broken and David will no longer have a descendant to reign on his throne.(BB) 22 I will make the descendants of David my servant and the Levites who minister before me as countless(BC) as the stars in the sky and as measureless as the sand on the seashore.’”
23 The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah:24 “Have you not noticed that these people are saying, ‘The Lord has rejected the two kingdoms[d](BD) he chose’? So they despise(BE)my people and no longer regard them as a nation.(BF) 25 This is what the Lord says: ‘If I have not made my covenant with day and night(BG) and established the laws(BH) of heaven and earth,(BI) 26 then I will reject(BJ) the descendants of Jacob(BK) and David my servant and will not choose one of his sons to rule over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. For I will restore their fortunes[e](BL) and have compassion(BM) on them.’”
The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade. Psalm 121:5
New American Standard 1977
do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.
The stigma is rampant that all homeless people or people struggling severely financially, are: drug addicts, lazy, mentally gone, dangerous, and/ or criminal.
Let me break that stigma right now, because I’m in that struggle and it is horrible, and painfully unnecessary. But yet it’s like a vicious blackhole in the hands of this oppressive self-seeking world. I never stop moving all day, working until my hands bleed sometimes, I am not even kidding, so please do not call me lazy. I have never done drugs in my entire life. I have no criminal record, and on top of this I was valedictorian, and did finish a Bachelor’s degree at a prestigious college, all the erroneously nonsensical criteria that’s supposably gonna land you some kind of high paying dream job (that sure didnt happen, until this day my every job application continues to come back with, “Unfortunately we decided to move forward with our decision, you did not fully meet the qualifications we are seeking.” So often these days, just $3.00 feels like it’s crucial to survival for the month.
This is so WRONG! And NOT just for myself and my own family, but for many, many, MANY, MANY other families out there, that are trying to keep it together on hardly any resources and with hardly any support, just to be judged, and then questioned up and down, and convicted for letting tears roll out in desperation; questioning them like: “Oh my gosh what’s wrong with you, I think they have medication for your pain.”
I have watched a little girl at the flea market, where I tried to sell some used stuff, ask her mom if they had clothes for her, because she seriously looked like hers were overly used, I wish I had her size to just give her, even though I was struggling, because it hurt to see her hurt, and it’s a pain I’ve understood. I have seen the face of a homeless person with tears well up in their eyes from just handing them something to drink. I’ve felt for the little kids that ask their mom and dad why they couldn’t eat out like the other kids, just to watch their parents tug them home in helplessness because they did not have enough.
There are hard-hearted people with more vicious intentions that are filthy rich, well-off, and cruel, than are the drug-addicts on the street. There will always be evil everywhere, until Christ returns. But for those: families, individuals, countries, children, that you can lend a hand to, even if it is just a simple gesture of kindness, even if it is just a bottle of fresh water, or if it is greater because you can easily supply the means to do so, please do so. Please stop living for yourselves, so many people are oppressed, and it makes being a genuine hearted person a whole lot harder, when youre bombarded in woes and outcasted as a bum.
I want to start a GoFundMe to help various, different causes, yes of course including my own family. Please don’t be cruel, if you do not want to donate even a dime, please at least share the link: