Fear of The Lord

😱 Fear of dying, fear of heights, fear of homelessness, fear of the dark, fear of man, fear of beasts, fear of evil, fear of not having what you need for your family, is a Liar. UNGODLY FEAR IS A LIAR, IF, you choose to instead Fear: the Lord, our God, above all else.

The fear of the lord; fearing God, who is without a doubt the scariest in all existence, because He is ultimately THE MOST POWERFUL, AND IS THE SOVEREIGN ABOVE ALL ELSE, makes all other fears seem rather silly when it comes down to thinking sensibly about everything.

Fearing the Lord does not necessarily mean you bust out your front door like the philistine army everytime you have business to take care of, nor does it means you wrestle with tarantulas, or go head on with the devil at a game of life chess, definitely NOT!

FEARing GOD, actually means being obedient to His every commandment, being sensible and responsible to know when to speak and when to silence yourself, choosing battles wisely, practicing self-control and patience, learning to trust God, and realizing it is IMPOSSIBLE for God to break His promises, if you truly love Him, and thus obey Him.

Romans 8:28 All things work together for good, for those that love God.

Lets please Not be like the Israelites in the wilderness whose situation was completely out of their own power to control, and in that matter, they added sin to sin, by completely lacking Faith in God. Hardly believing that He knows how to answer prayers in the midst of extreme hardship.

We are in extreme hardship right now, the whole 🌎 world is… Don’t be foolish, God is watching everything, testing the hearts of humankind, be obedient to Him in this chaos, dont end up ashamed for the path you took after this coronavirus, econimic, national crime -scene -hardship, is all said and done.

God is our Shepherd, WE SHALL have all that we NEED.

Trust God, seriously…HE ALWAYS knows what to do.

Word AND SPIRIT

1 John 1 King James Version (KJV)

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;

(For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)

That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.Love and Hatred for Fellow BelieversWe know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands.Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God[a] is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning.This old command is the message you have heard. Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister[b] is still in the darkness. 10 Anyone who loves their brother and sister[c] lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. 11 But anyone who hates a brother or sisteris in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.Reasons for Writing12 I am writing to you, dear children,
    because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.
13 I am writing to you, fathers,
    because you know him who is from the beginning.
I am writing to you, young men,
    because you have overcome the evil one.14 I write to you, dear children,
    because you know the Father.
I write to you, fathers,
    because you know him who is from the beginning.
I write to you, young men,
    because you are strong,
    and the word of God lives in you,
    and you have overcome the evil one.On Not Loving the World15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father[d] is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.Warnings Against Denying the Son18 Dear children, this is the last hour;and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.[e] 21 I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth. 22 Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son. 23 No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.24 As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is what he promised us—eternal life.26 I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray. 27 As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.God’s Children and Sin28 And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.29 If you know that he is righteous,you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him.Footnotes:1 John 2:5 Or word, God’s love1 John 2:9 The Greek word for brother or sister (adelphos) refers here to a believer, whether man or woman, as part of God’s family; also in verse 11; and in 3:15, 17; 4:20; 5:16.1 John 2:10 The Greek word for brother and sister (adelphos) refers here to a believer, whether man or woman, as part of God’s family; also in 3:10; 4:20, 21.1 John 2:15 Or world, the Father’s love1 John 2:20 

Captivate your thoughts in Christ.


Lessons I learned ( am still learning,) through Observing Coronavirus effects

LEVEL 1:

Isolation is awful.

Isolation causes tension with the people youre living with.

Isolation strikes up anxiety, causing us to become desperate for freedom.

Isolation makes us fear the unknown.

LEVEL 2: Thinking a bit deeper:

Isolation is awful because it suffocates our ability to do what we would normally do. [Add your own reason here, why you think isolation is awful]

Isolation causes tension with others because we all have differences, that are difficult to sort out.

Alright so gonna cut to the chase…because we get it we’re all suffocating here in one way or another.

If Satan is the enemy doesnt that make us afraid of him? And if fear is always a liar doesnt that make those two statements a contradiction?

What about Eph. 6 spiritual warfare?

We werent ready to fully understand that information back then, it was too overwhelming. God is love, let’s breathe and believe in YAHWEH. Let’s believe in humanity ( if we don’t believe in one another, because of past hurt from something that happened, that is now causing us fear, how will we ever believe in God who made us, if we die inside because our own insecurities, doubts, fears, and worries have choked our dreams, the whole world ( a world made by God,) is gonna die ( like it is right now,) if we don’t even believe in He who made it( I mean like fully believe, believe so much that you praise Him and you share the good things you know about Him. Let us have hope. Let us love one another. He wants us to repent of sin for a loving reason. That we need Him to help us realize, pray and repent, and breathe, God is on the throne.

Yahweh is on the throne, be at peace.

God gives grace.

God is the ONLY ONE, that never changes. We as people are dust in the hands of our Great and loving maker, everything is.

I had an epiphany, realization, aka light-bulb( Which is how God often shows us things,( other times He may speak to us through other people( even children and the homeless or broken, especially those( that are lowly in heart;) that this crazy toilet paper hoarding thing, is a funny, but VERY serious way of showing us as people, (who have trusted too much in money over many years in history, to save us out of every situation in life,) and that some have even hoarded ( rich 1-2%), IS SAD. Maybe it’s ok to have/ save some for rainy days, but hoarding is insane.

Sin is serious, sinning purposely without any effort to repent, sinning that grace may abound, is SERIOUS! just like the Coronavirus situation, sin can lead to death. We should not live rebelliously, but should seek God and pray so we are not naive, and must love one another, and love from a distance even, if we can’t be together in one place. Our own sin done on purpose brings ruin.

We must have Faith in God, but we must also remember that as long as their is sin in the world, ***we must seek Godly wisdom.***

God alone can completely wipe out sin, in His kingdom to come following Christ’s return.

( The devil even tempted Jesus while on Earth… He hadnt eaten, and Satan tells Him if you are the son of man turn these stones to bread, [ throw yourself over this cliff, bow down to me and Ill give you all these nations], Jesus tells the devil, ( who was harrassing his mind,) get behind me Satan, do not put the Lord my God to the test….

CAPTIVATE YOUR THOUGHTS IN CHRIST, what would Jesus do ( how would he react), what would Jesus say, in this or that situation.

Another epiphany( God shows us,) Fear is always a liar, ( fear can come from evil movies( whose outcomes are always determined by ungodly imperfect humans, insecurities, worry, too much negative news, worldly songs and wordly advice, nightmares, etc.) the moment we get scared, we do so many irrational things, even the most viewed as stable and responsible people, can start losing touch with reality.

The truth is we as people are not meant to lead each other, because we can’t fully do it perfectly without encountering exceptions to rules, caveats, odd balls, rare situations. Back in biblical times( ቶዳy), God didnt want people to have Kings, He wanted them to pray and seek Him, and wait patiently for Him, and pay attention for His response, testing to make sure whether it was actually from Him or if evil was trying to hack our mind to input a virus of interference so we couldnt hear Him correctly( you know its God when it’s loving( 1st Cor 13:4-8 and is written in the Bible, and read in context.)

The thing is God has everyone’s instruction manuals( it’s ULTIMATELY, His plan and His will, even if we get off track, His Word is truth, and He keeps His every promise EVERYTIME;) since He made all of us, so our own instructions may not be the same as that for someone else, since we are all unique. Love covers a multitude of sins here, because we are all at different stages in our Faith, so we should give each other grace, as God has given us so much grace in our own lives.

The best thing to do when youre worried about (someone you love, someone in leadership, or authorities, or pastors; whomever has to work as a team to help flocks of people in these current times we are living in,) is pray for them, and if stress levels ever get too high, sing to God. 🙂

Ultimately God is on the throne, no matter what happens, God works everything together for good, for those that love Him. Romans 8:28

Seek God now & repent Before time is gone. And share please, all glory to God, because there comes a point in everybody’s life where we just wanted to give up, but encouragement from somebody else, brought hope and hope brought Courage, thank you God, because I have been there, seemingly endless, times. And through it all, I’ve learned:God alone, is 100% good, I’ve been such a sinner, and how awful to blame God for all this mess in the world, who tried to warn us from the beginning of time, and that we must just Trust Him, for our own good.

Cast out Hate with Love

The antichrist and the demons know what words are inside of God’s Word, the Bible. After all, it is there for everyone to have as their own. So how do we know when something is truly the Truth?

You will be able to identify REAL TRUTH, if it is 1st Biblical, and ALSO, (and this is a MUST!) IF IT SHOWS GODLY LOVE. Both are needed to have real Truth.

Godly love is gained through listening to God while under pressure,( pressure can be suffering, depression, anxiety, temptation, a headache, hurt, or anything hard to go through,) remember diamonds are made under intense pressure if the piece of carbon in use can hold up. 

And when Godly love starts to be gained, from this all, the fruits of the spirit will come about: patience, joy, kindness, self-control, mildness( slow to anger,) humility, long-suffering. Basically, the effect of what comes out from conquering sin, over time, by obedience to God, while under pressure are what evil can never gain, and thus will never have, because evil doesn’t seek to obey God while under pressure.

Every bad thing happening today is not only from Adam and Eve’s sin, but likewise from our own everyday sins Galatians 3:10-11 10For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.” 11Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.”

If we put MORE faith in doctors, lawyers, weapons, officers, presidents, kings, man, counselors, pastors, technology, etc. than we do in the Sovereign will and power of YAHWEH,
we are expecting mere humans to always save us from every single problem in existence. Humans can’t, you can’t, I can’t, no one can, only God.

Evil cannot cast out evil, hate cannot cast out hate, anger cannot cast out anger, only the LOVE OF GOD, obedience to Him in heart and deed can cast out evil. Otherwise Christ would have never been necessary, this broken world could’ve saved itself, which is obviously not true.

When we preach, there must be TRUTH & THE LOVE OF GOD ( compassion for people.) We must forgive everyone, knowing and believing Christ already paid for every wrong and every hurt, because though we can become more and more like Christ, we will never be perfect.

Romans 8:18 18I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

Matthew 16:26 26What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?

Adam and Eve didn’t obey God, because they did not understand why they had to, and they didn’t fully trust Him, their unbelief, has caused a chain reaction of an exponentially increasing amount of sin that worsens everytime we commit sin, or anytime we trust anything else in this broken world MORE THAN** God, which is sin in of itself. We must stop trying to fix sin, with unbelief, and more sin; we must trust in the Almighty, the hardest part is surrendering anything that proves to be out of our own hands, to Him.

** In this broken world which will always have sin(until God wipes out sin,) we must of course still obey law and exercise Godly wisdom: 

Ecclesiastes 8:1-3 1Who is like the wise? Who knows the explanation of things? A person’s wisdom brightens their face and changes its hard appearance. 2Obey the king’s command, I say, because you took an oath before God. 3Do not be in a hurry to leave the king’s presence. Do not stand up for a bad cause, for he will do whatever he pleases.

In Conclusion, we do not need to know everything, and never will, but we do need to have faith & trust God. That is what trust is after all, believing in God, even though we don’t fully understand, knowing that He is THE ALMIGHTY, AND HE IS ABLE! Matt.19:26

YAHWEH alone is God, and He alone is good, and He alone knows everything, thus it is He Alone, that deserves: glory, honor, and praise.

Psalm 91:1-11 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 91

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you
    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;

Jesus Already Won the Hardest Battle, Stop Fighting.

Because of our sin and our failure to keep constant Faith in God, law is necessary, and not just law, BUT GODLY WISDOM, IS NECESSARY in this broken world, TO AVOID INTOLERABLE CHAOS. A world that just continues to sin and sin and sin and always will sin, needs law and requires us to pray for Godly wisdom to overcome and survive, until our Savior Christ reigns on Earth; it is then that sin will be obliterated, and perfect Faith in God will be renewed in our hearts through the Holy Spirit.

Matt 19:26 -With God all things are possible, yes this is true… but if there is sin in the midst of stating this, our sin must first be removed:this is accomplished by captivating our thoughts in Christ, knowing that God’s will, not our own, must be done. Or in other words: we must learn how God thinks and identify that concept or thought as Truth( Godly thoughts are: noble, righteous, lovely, pure, and upbuilding. (&1st Cor. 13:4-8), ) We must gain Godly wisdom to overcome all false thoughts and feelings, and never speak them nor act on them. How do we gain Godly wisdom…

Proverbs 9:10 New International Version (NIV)

10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
    and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Sin hardens hearts, and with each sin the heart gets colder and harder and less loving, hence why the love of many has grown cold today. Getting rid of God in every place, Who is Holy and IS LOVE . And substituting God with sin ( which hardens hearts,) is a recipe for disaster of every kind imaginable: sickness, pestilence,(coronavirus), locusts( famine in Africa right now,) nation rising against nation, the love of money ( which basically entails that we are trying to hold on to this false strength that likewise is perishing, out of our own foolish desperation.)

READ. Romans 5 below…

Enduring through any suffering that came about as a consequence of a sin, (either our own, or from the sin of this evil world,) and making the SELFLESS desicion to not fix our broken situation with the easy and obvious answer, another type of sin, AND TO NOT BLAME anyone or anything during these very hard times, but to instead say it doesn’t matter what so and so has done, “Jesus already paid for it..” Is the beginning of getting to know God better, and gaining wisdom and patience, self-control, love, joy, to OVERCOME..

Romans 5 New King James Version (NKJV)

Faith Triumphs in Trouble

5 Therefore, having been justified by faith, [a]we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces [b]perseverance; and perseverance, [c]character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Christ in Our Place

For when we were still without strength, [d]in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

Death in Adam, Life in Christ

12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned— 13 (For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. 15 But the free gift is not like the [e]offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. 16 And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many [f]offenses resulted in justification. 17 For if by the one man’s [g]offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)

18 Therefore, as through [h]one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one[i] Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. 19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.

20 Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, 21 so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?—1 Corinthians 3:3

AT THE END OF THE DAY, WE DO NOT PREACH THE GOSPEL with the primary purport of trying TO SAVE PEOPLE FROM GOING TO HELL, WE PREACH THE GOOD NEWS OF THE GOSPEL BECAUSE WE LOVE ONE ANOTHER, AND WANT to BRING OTHERS THE HOPE THAT COMES IN THE LIGHT OF KNOWING GOD. WE as God’s children, ARE NOT SUPERHEROS THAT CAN SAVE PEOPLE, we are but a Team of servants who are willing to let God use our mouths to preach, our hands to help, our feet to move on his part, with wisdom and holy thoughts that he inspires into our minds, when we learn to hear Him correctly, and not the interceding lies of the devil; THAT IS EXACTLY WHY CHRIST DIED, SO we must STOP TRYING TO CHANGE EACH OTHER, CHRIST DIED FOR ALL OUR SINS: those REPENTED OF and those STILL BEING SANCTIFIED/ WORKED OUT WITH GOD CURRENTLY. WE WILL NOT BE PERFECT WHEN CHRIST RETURNS…WE WILL COME BEFORE THE JUDGE, ALL HAVING COMMITTED CRIME. BUT GOD WILL LOOK INTO OUR HEARTS( SOMETHING NO HUMAN CAN SEE, NOR JUDGE,) TO DECIDE WHO INHERITS HIS KINGDOM. SO let us LIVE LOVINGLY, HUMBLY, AT PEACE, Pray and obey God’s word, be servants, tell others the good news of the gospel in the way God asks to, listening to our conscience He has given us when to speak, and when to exercise self-control, (faith without works is dead,) knowing there are kind and loving, encouraging words, that God once brought to you through a servant that obeyed him and fought fear and shared the love of God ( 1st Cor. 13:4-8, 1St John 4;8, John 3:16,) and those WORDS, BROUGHT LIFE! THE HARDEST PART OF THE FIGHT, though, HAS ALREADY BEEN WON, (John 3:16) GOD IS GOOD.

OUR wake up CALLing

45000 mph, legs moving faster than a cheetah, physical metabolic defiance, if this was a marathon, everyone would be eating my dust

[If you haven’t caught on.. this is Not a snippet from Flash or any Superhero/Marvel 🎥 film]

These were my ridiculously and rather humorous thoughts as a college student riding my bike down the streets of Davis, straight out of class, zooming back to my apartment.

I was probably only going 43000 miles per hour (😝)

But it only took less than 2 seconds before I was actually flying, and then falling straight onto my face HARD, eating gravel from the middle of the street, my nose running in blood, the skin ripped up from both legs, feeling the soreness of being bruised and the sudden weight of the severity of the whole situation, did I just get hit by a car, I’M ALIVE? Oh my gosh I’m in the middle of the street, and I’m too afraid to even move.

Too often, we get caught up in Ourselves, we let our thoughts overtake us so much, that we are all caught up in our own minds, we forget to BREATHE, TO LOOK AROUND, TO LIVE, TO REALIZE THERE IS A WHOLE WORLD that isnt just our own world.

Sometimes it isn’t until something goes BOOM!! That we snap out of some really selfish thoughts that we often have.

Stop looking at commercials, Pinterest, Facebook, Social media in general, radio ads, magazines for some picturesque concept of how life is supposed to look.

Let’s realize…EVERYBODY cries, EVERYBODY has had one of those moments where they probably walk away from an argument thinking, “Well cheese and crackers, I seriously just sounded like Cruella Devil [or other Villain of your choice] my reputation is destroyed…” EVERYBODY has probably had a piece of toilet paper stuck in their rear( it don’t matter how cool you think you are, leave it to good ‘ol toilet paper to stick around uninvited.) EVERYBODY has probably been strutting like they own every lightpole and square inch of green turf they pass on the streets, and then completely tripped off the entire sidewalk, as though they fell off Earth, just to try to keep walking like, “HEY I’M BACK!”

GOD made US ALL! BOOM! WAKE UP! Youre probably gonna fall straight off your seat ( E.T. –grabbing- stuff- hes -not -supposed- to- be touching- from- the- fridge -style) if you don’t get outta your own head!

Stop worrying about the past! Stop worrying about what so and so did! Jesus already paid for it!! Forgive them! Instead why dont you do something miraculous( make heaven rejoice!!)send that person ( you have now forgiven,) a thank you, encouragement for what they are doing right, or pray for them whole heartedly.

Prayer helps, ITs a STRONG force! If our hearts are in the right place.

If you have worries about things you need. If its necessities like food, clothing, shelter? Dont worry about fancy, if you have more than enough give cheerfully, never fearfully; if youre barely hanging on in life focus on things of heaven NOT of Earth, the things of Earth are passing, a genuine smile is sometimes the fanciest thing you can own, it shows your heart is in the right place, and God has got your back, Duet.31:6

You know how they say you’ll know who your real friends are when you go through the really rough times, because they will be the ones that stick around..

God feels the same…treat Him right, everybody runs away from Him when they go through rough times blaming Him for everything, or feeling as though He isnt good cause He isnt blessing instantly..if you are being tested, tried, persecuted, or suffereing as a consequence of sin, run to God, dont run away from Him, straight into the spiritual fire..Its like a firefighter trying to stop a bunny from running straight into the inferno of a forest fire, all around is chaos, so much going on, the stress is intense, the fear is real, patience is being tested, wisdom searched, morals uncovered, the firefighter tries to draw the bunny in to save it, but if it runs the other way[ comparably back to the sin essentially] it will just be burned and sadly not survive if it doesnt get out fast enough.

Being God’s friend is unspeakably worth it, He gives true perspective on what really matters, and the demon bullies don’t want you hanging out with Him or His friends, but He made us, we need Him, so do the bullies, we all do:)

Bible Prophecy right before our very eyes..

Jeremiah 50:41-46 New International Version (NIV)

41 “Look! An army is coming from the north;
    a great nation and many kings
    are being stirred up from the ends of the earth.
42 They are armed with bows and spears;
    they are cruel and without mercy.
They sound like the roaring sea
    as they ride on their horses;
they come like men in battle formation
    to attack you, Daughter Babylon.
43 The king of Babylon has heard reports about them,
    and his hands hang limp.
Anguish has gripped him,
    pain like that of a woman in labor.
44 Like a lion coming up from Jordan’s thickets
    to a rich pastureland,
I will chase Babylon from its land in an instant.
    Who is the chosen one I will appoint for this?
Who is like me and who can challenge me?
    And what shepherd can stand against me?”

45 Therefore, hear what the Lord has planned against Babylon,
    what he has purposed against the land of the Babylonians:
The young of the flock will be dragged away;
    their pasture will be appalled at their fate.
46 At the sound of Babylon’s capture the earth will tremble;
    its cry will resound among the nations.



Matthew 24

As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.

“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

15 “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’[a] spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house. 18 Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. 19 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.

22 “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. 23 At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you ahead of time.

26 “So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 27 For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 28 Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather.

29 “Immediately after the distress of those days

“‘the sun will be darkened,
    and the moon will not give its light;
the stars will fall from the sky,
    and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’[b]

30 “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth[c] will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.[d] 31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

32 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 33 Even so, when you see all these…

The Day and Hour Unknown

36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,[f] but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.

42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

Now is the time to draw close to God, His children…and If you dont know Him/ dont have a relationship with the Almighty, call out to Him & repent.

Ezekiel 36

Hope for the Mountains of Israel

“Son of man, prophesy to the mountains of Israel and say, ‘Mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord. This is what the Sovereign Lord says: The enemy said of you, “Aha! The ancient heights have become our possession.”’ Therefore prophesy and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Because they ravaged and crushed you from every side so that you became the possession of the rest of the nations and the object of people’s malicious talk and slander, therefore, mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Sovereign Lord: This is what the Sovereign Lord says to the mountains and hills, to the ravines and valleys, to the desolate ruins and the deserted towns that have been plundered and ridiculed by the rest of the nations around you— this is what the Sovereign Lord says: In my burning zeal I have spoken against the rest of the nations, and against all Edom, for with glee and with malice in their hearts they made my land their own possession so that they might plunder its pastureland.’ Therefore prophesy concerning the land of Israel and say to the mountains and hills, to the ravines and valleys: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I speak in my jealous wrath because you have suffered the scorn of the nations. Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I swear with uplifted hand that the nations around you will also suffer scorn.

“‘But you, mountains of Israel, will produce branches and fruit for my people Israel, for they will soon come home. I am concerned for you and will look on you with favor; you will be plowed and sown, 10 and I will cause many people to live on you—yes, all of Israel. The towns will be inhabited and the ruins rebuilt. 11 I will increase the number of people and animals living on you, and they will be fruitful and become numerous. I will settle people on you as in the past and will make you prosper more than before. Then you will know that I am the Lord. 12 I will cause people, my people Israel, to live on you. They will possess you, and you will be their inheritance; you will never again deprive them of their children.

13 “‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Because some say to you, “You devour people and deprive your nation of its children,” 14 therefore you will no longer devour people or make your nation childless, declares the Sovereign Lord. 15 No longer will I make you hear the taunts of the nations, and no longer will you suffer the scorn of the peoples or cause your nation to fall, declares the Sovereign Lord.’”

Israel’s Restoration Assured

16 Again the word of the Lord came to me: 17 “Son of man, when the people of Israel were living in their own land, they defiled it by their conduct and their actions. Their conduct was like a woman’s monthly uncleanness in my sight. 18 So I poured out my wrath on them because they had shed blood in the land and because they had defiled it with their idols. 19 I dispersed them among the nations, and they were scattered through the countries; I judged them according to their conduct and their actions. 20 And wherever they went among the nations they profaned my holy name, for it was said of them, ‘These are the Lord’s people, and yet they had to leave his land.’ 21 I had concern for my holy name, which the people of Israel profaned among the nations where they had gone.

22 “Therefore say to the Israelites, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: It is not for your sake, people of Israel, that I am going to do these things, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you have gone. 23 I will show the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, the name you have profaned among them. Then the nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Sovereign Lord, when I am proved holy through you before their eyes.

24 “‘For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. 25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you and

you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. 28 Then you will live in the land I gave your ancestors; you will be my people, and I will be your God. 29 I will save you from all your uncleanness. I will call for the grain and make it plentiful and will not bring famine upon you. 30 I will increase the fruit of the trees and the crops of the field, so that you will no longer suffer disgrace among the nations because of famine. 31 Then you will remember your evil ways and wicked deeds, and you will loathe yourselves for your sins and detestable practices. 32 I want you to know that I am not doing this for your sake, declares the Sovereign Lord. Be ashamed and disgraced for your conduct, people of Israel!

33 “‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: On the day I cleanse you from all your sins, I will resettle your towns, and the ruins will be rebuilt. 34 The desolate land will be cultivated instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass through it. 35 They will say, “This land that was laid waste has become like the garden of Eden; the cities that were lying in ruins, desolate and destroyed, are now fortified and inhabited.” 36 Then the nations around you that remain will know that I the Lord have rebuilt what was destroyed and have replanted what was desolate. I the Lord have spoken, and I will do it.’

37 “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Once again I will yield to Israel’s plea and do this for them: I will make their people as numerous as sheep, 38 as numerous as the flocks for offerings at Jerusalem during her appointed festivals. So will the ruined cities be filled with flocks of people. Then they will know that I am the Lord.”

Worry Warts

We worry when we think something is fully our weight alone to carry, that if we fail, there’s nothing backing us, and that if we fail, the whole world, ( or at least our whole world,) is gonna crumble into zillions of pieces. Or that a particular matter messed up is gonna ruin the rest of our lives or someone else’s life.

God is sovereign.

Whether you fail or whether you succeed.

God is sovereign.

Whether you forget or remember.

God is sovereign.

Whether someone takes your advice or not.

God is sovereign.

Whether you get it right the first time, or it takes a hundred and two tries, before you finally get it right.

God is sovereign.

Whether you love God, you don’t know what to think, or you think you hate Him even though you don’t even know Him.

God is sovereign.

God’s will, will be done for all matters and all lives in this whole Earth.

Man makes plans, but God directs his every step. & Proverbs 3:5

We all have a purpose, if you want to get there, you need God, even if you get lost again and again, you need God to finally arrive at your destination.

If you don’t want God, and you want to keep filling your empty spaces in your heart and life with: alcohol, drugs, sexual immorality, nasty thinking, greed, pleasure, money, wrath, arguing, gossiping, stinking thinking, violence, sports, video games, TV shows, etc…then you should worry, because God will not let His kingdom be a den of thieves and evil-doers, so… Please find Him before you make all of heaven cry …

“Be appalled at this, O heavens, and shudder with great horror,” declares the LORD. “My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.”—Jeremiah 2:12-13

Pray to God: I am sorry for this or that[ fill in the blank] each and every time you fail, and ask Him to help you conquer it and give you holy spirit. If an arrow of the enemy hits you, get back up and pray again, fight temptation, you can overcome anything with God.

You are fearfully and wonderfully made…

God wants you to come back to Him

Psalm 139

For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

139 O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off.
You [a]comprehend my path and my lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word on my tongue,
But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.
You have [b]hedged me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is high, I cannot attain it.

Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in [c]hell, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall [d]fall on me,”
Even the night shall be light about me;
12 Indeed, the darkness [e]shall not hide from You,
But the night shines as the day;
The darkness and the light are both alike to You.

13 For You formed my inward parts;
You [f]covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You, for [g]I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
15 My [h]frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.

17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
When I awake, I am still with You.

19 Oh, that You would slay the wicked, O God!
Depart from me, therefore, you [i]bloodthirsty men.
20 For they speak against You wickedly;
[j]Your enemies take Your name in vain.
21 Do I not hate them, O Lord, who hate You?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?
22 I hate them with [k]perfect hatred;
I count them my enemies.

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
24 And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.

http://bible.com/r/4hL

1st John 2:1-2

God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea
And rides upon the storm.
Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never failing skill
He treasures up His bright designs
And works His sov’reign will.
Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy and shall break
In blessings on your head.
Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust Him for His grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.
His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flow’r.
Blind unbelief is sure to err
And scan His work in vain;
God is His own interpreter,
And He will make it plain.

-William Cowper

Praise alone goes to Jehovah Almighty. 2nd Samuel 22:31

God’s Sovereignty & Our Purpose

God made all of us.

We all have a unique purpose.

God is holy. Evil cannot even come near Him nor approach His throne. Light and darkness cannot mix.

So we cannot even come near His throne in prayer with: evil, impure, or selfish intentions in our hearts. Only can He hear our prayers when we are completely pure in heart.

We ALL need God to figure out our true purpose. He made us, and since He is holy, incapable of evil, He made us all only to do good.

Whether or not we arrive at our predestined purpose, and how we choose to get there ( the journey) aka the God ordained purpose- is up to us. But we will be lost without God and never arrive without Him. He made us, He alone holds our instruction manual.

The path is narrow and very very very hard, there are temptations, tests, demons, and the devil, but with God and a pure heart all things are possible.

Our lives are NOT a game or some movie, don’t let Satan deceive you, you can actually be gone forever if you keep doing evil.

Repent and go to God, let Him fulfill your true purpose.

His plans are only to help us and never to hurt us. We may suffer for our sin, or stubbornness in trying to do our own will and not His will,( He allows persecution to get us to move,) or from evilness trying to stop God’s plans. Romans 8:28 All things work together for those that [TRULY] love God.

Selflessly put your heart in a pure position, by listening to God completely, so that He may hear your prayers today. And remember to pray for others, ‘one simple random act of kindness’ at a time, we are a body of Christ, we need to help one another; Satan can take us out, or even use us to mislead others,( since people can be like sheep that only follow what leads and not think for ourselves, the way God wants us to,) so our shepherd is Christ, and Christ alone, trust Yaweh thru Christ’s example. Yaweh( Jehovah,) our Almighty Father, alone deserves worship.

Let God Heal the World…oh that my people would only humble themselves that I may bless their land

2nd Chronicles 7:14

Summary

  1. You can do things God’s way or Satan’s way, there is no other way, live on the dark side or be in the light, there is no middle.
  2. Everybody in life was born a sinner, because of the mess Adam and Eve chose when not listening to God’s only 1st commandment back then.

3. Because everyone is born a sinner, yes even kids( do you see the evil raging through schools today, because there is no talk of God allowed in schools, ( Harvard and Yale were founded on God, now He has been removed entirely,) most kids are not taught the Truth of how important it seriously is to be friends with God. And toddlers are like sponges, taking in and doing everything they see and hear, most of which is often just the evilness of this world on TV and other media.

4. God is our creator, and the creator of all good things, how else do you honestly explain who made the trees, the ocean, the clouds, the sun? Because He made us, we will always be missing a piece of us, and never feel whole and with real purpose, unless He is on our lives.

5. Every single one of us has gone through difficult times, seen suffering, and unfairness in this life, and we cannot blame our upbringing, family, friends, ‘enemies’, or parents for our current problems in life. God tells us in the Bible, that: it is the responsibility of each individual to come to find and know Him, no matter our current circumstances, raised hearing about Him or not.

Ezekiel 18:20.

The one who sins is the one who will die. The child will not share the guilt of the parent, nor will the parent share the guilt of the child. The righteousness of the righteous will be credited to them, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against them.

5 1/2. Knowing we were sinners, Jehovah ( Yahweh) gave Jesus (His son who is, you can say, the perfect representation of HIM in a form that is visible to our eyes, since we cannot see Yahweh,thus Christ is God in a visible representation, ) (but humans being sin-filled tend to worship everything that they feel is powerful, so Christ came to be called God, though only Yahweh is truly God who should be worshipped. Christ was willing to die for every single bad thing we would ever: think, speak, and do, so that we wouldnt blame each other for anything at all, because Jesus already paid for it all with His own blood, so forgive one another if you want God to forgive you.

6. We will always have problems in this life, whether you choose God or not, blaming others for your current problems is foolishness, we are working for Satan when we do this.

7. There is no human that will ever be able to do everything perfectly, 24/7 all the time, we were all born sinners as a consequence of Adam and Eve’s ( they BOTH ate the illegal apple that showed us evilness, no pointing fingers its what Satan does,) choice to not listen to God, because they felt what they did couldnt be that bad.

8. Because we all make mistakes, we MUST make our GOAL to point others to Jesus Christ, as our example to follow.

9. God’s commandments are Not just the 10 commandments that were given to Moses, His commandments include keeping your thoughts clean, not watching evil, hanging out with those who love evil, not doing or listening to evil music or convo ( gossip).

So how on Earth do we do good if we are such sinners?

10. Confess to God with all your heart all your evilness, He already knows about it anyway so dont try to lie, He sees and knows EVERYTHING, He just wants to see us choosing to put our heart in an Honest and pure place; cry out to him for forgiveness from the bottom of all your heart.

IT BEGINS WITH THE FEAR OF THE LORD AND OUR OBEDIENCE TO HIS EVERY COMMANDMENT…

11. Our tranformation ( sanctification) to becoming more like Christ, is ONLY possible when God sees our hearts are pure and sincerly want His help, then after being ‘ born again,’ which requires you to want to listen to Him, and using your freewill to choose what is good ( in accordance with the Bible,) God begins to give you more and more holy spirit over time.

12. It is with the holy spirit of God in us, that we can have when being fully obedient to Him, as we love Him with all our heart(and God thank you so much for everything, there is no way I could have gotten through the traumatic, difficult, stressful, burdensome parts of this life without you.) that you start to see your old ways being transformed in Christ-like ways

13. If we remain loyal to God, as Christ did, then over time, with the Holy Spirit He gives us, we will develop fruits of His spirit, where there was once always anger and lack of self- control there will now be patience, wisdom, endurance, meekness, joy in struggle( knowing God brings hope and strength and answers even in the darkest of times,)..

14.CRITICAL: CRITICAL: DANGER: Do not come to be close to God and then go back to what the evilness of this world has to offer, there are consequences for all our actions, ( whether you want to do it God’s way or Satan’s way there ARE consequences to our choices,) whether they come immediately like being burned by touching the fire on a stove or later on like mold on a ceiling that worsens with each storm on a tattered rooftop of a house. One can become mentally ill or worse, from deciding to leave God for a bit to take a break, its like poisoning a tree that once gave great fruit, everything rots and its so tragic to redeem. 2nd Corinthians 11:3,

But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the [a]simplicity that is in Christ.

Disobeying God is essentially self-harm, that is why it hurts Him so much when we think we know better than Him and do what He asks us Not to.

14 1/2. Psalm 103:6-10….The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger and abounding in mercy…He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities.

15. Knowing God is about having a relationship with Him, not so much a religion, though other friends of God and guidance will be needed for support, which you will find at a biblically sound church, aka a church that sticks close to God’s Word in the way they preach. Pray to God as much as you text, and read the BIBLE, EVERYDAY. Worship Him in song and praise, it brings life. Share His good news with others, its the most precious gift you can give, life. Do simple acts of kindness for others.

16. God loves us, if a prayer isnt being immediately answered we cannot whine like a spoiled child and say He’s not answering me, so Im gonna go be evil, NO! ITS important to pray for patience and take on the challenge of the trials that He allows to happen as an opportunity to be trained ( like karate kid not fully understanding how waxing cars was part of the process of learning karate,)He knows why He cannot answer certain situations or problems immediately, He knows everything, trust Him. Trust ( Faith) in Him is. a major part of the process.)

17. This life on Earth right now, is only temporary, peace will come after the return of Christ and the destruction and riddance of all evil.

18. Evil and goodness cannot coexist, evilness hurts goodness, and causes it to eventually become evil.

19. Now is the time to seek God, crying out to Him for forgiveness for all you’ve done that hurts His heart, in that He can set you free from guilt, hatred, fear, blame, anxiety, depression, confusion…the Holy Spirit ( the Spirit of God, God’ s Spirit,) does that, it gives inner peace even when the world all around is chaotic.

20. 1st Cor 13 is a core scripture.God is love, you will know real truth if it has both The Spirit of God ( pure first then love,)and His Word ( if it is in the bible, even more specifically the gospel, Matt, Mark, Luke, and John( Jesus is the Word and the Truth) and interpreted correctly from the Bible which is only possible with prayer and a pure heart,)

21. God NEVER uses Fear to get us to listen, He doesnt force anything, He gives us freewill, we must choose good on our own if we want to be protected under His wings. Captivate your thoughts in Christ, dont let evil thoughts or people trick you with fear, blame, insecurity, doubt, lies, worry.. make sure it has the loving and pure spirit of God and is accurately in His Word the Bible. ( The fear of God is completely different from the evilness that fear causes, fearing God is like respecting and wanting to make your Father proud and not leaving the strength of His love.)

22.We NEED God, when you realize that, ( and I learned this the very very hard way,) you WILL LOVE HIM so much with your whole, heart, strength, and mind/[might].

God didnt make hell, but its a consequence we can avoid by listening to Him, just like the sad consequences of this evil world, that all came about only because we choose not to listen to Him, us humans are destroying the Earth, we are causing hatred, violence, selfishness, confusion, envy in all its idolatry, global warming, natural disaster, greed, HURT and pride, warfare, school shootings, sexually immoral chaos, disease, insecurity, identity crises, if it keeps going at this rate all hell will break loose, the bunch of rebels that we’ve all been, shunning love, shunning the ONE who is love and made love, God Almighty, if we play with fire, we WILL get burned… in hell…

God is holy, incapable of evil and God is sovereign, He knows what is ultimately best in the bigger picture of things, as He is always taking every person alive into consideration all at once, so He can allow something to be or choose to block it.

So there is nothing to fear with God being ultimately in control, even if we make an unintentional boo boo.

IMPORTANT: We as humans CANNOT change anybody, that is Not our job, our job is to be ambassadors for Christ and POINT OTHERs TO Him, God takes over from there and begins a process with his Holy Spirit, ( we do not have Holy Spirit to give, we are very unholy sinners,)and a broken vessel cannot take in a lot of heavenly spirit all at once,and often spills it so many times so it is a process, that requires endless prayer, faith in God, reading the Word, and fighting the devil, with God’s help…to help us to become more and more like Christ.

Romans 8:28 All things work together for good for those that love God.

1st John 4:8 God is Love

Matt19:26 All Things are possible with God. Including MIRACLES.

1St You just gotta Believe

And you need to be willing stand up for love and righteousness through God, in that above all His will be done, not ours.