If Satan, Jezebel, the Leviathon, and the other forms of evil spirits were beasts that we form in our hearts like a hard shell that stops love, due to our own deliberate disobedience to God, and they produce bitterness, hatred, greed, lusts, covetousness, bitterness, pain, depression, it’d make sense why the suffering.
The suffering is like heart surgery, painful still, but for a good cause; intended to remove the hardness of our hearts.
Get Behind me Satan! Flick the devil off your shoulder, live by the Spirit not the Flesh.
We must repent every time the Spirit convicts us of sin, and STAY close to God.
2.(in traditional Christian angelology) the fifth highest order of the ninefold celestial hierarchy
Our OWN SIN.
Everytime we deliberately ( purposely) ( knowing what we are doing wrong and still choosing to do it) disobey God either out of lust, envy, hatred, pride, anger, etc we are destroying ourselves and destroying others. Destroying the Earth, disobedience has spiritual ramifications beyond our understanding.
So the Spirit convicts and gives us God- inspired wisdom, (do not worry in that hour it will be given to you. )
Wisdom is needed due to the UNBELIEF ( MOST DANGEROUS PHENOMENA)
that comes with not trusting God and obeying HIM, by not surrendering and just rejoicing in the simple gospel, we hurt ourselves.
To love= to care about, to think about, to feel strongly about, to trust, and find very important, and to fear losing.
To love God means to care about, to think about, to feel strongly about, to trust, and find GOD very important and to fear losing HIS friendship.
To trust someone with something means to fully surrender your influence, control, or ability to someone.
To trust a perfectly HOLY GOD in heaven means to SURRENDER our own will to HIS, almost like floating/swimming.
If God trusts us with a gift, we better put it to good use. If our gift is kids we must raise them to fear HIM, if it’s money we must give to those God leads us to help, whether we’re a millionaire or not. Our situation on earth, will NEVER be perfect. It keeps us humble, so we don’t get so comfortable in a temporary place that we don’t do what GOD asks. If God gave us talent, we should use it accordingly in God’s timing.
To love money or anything else means to care about, to think about, to feel strongly about, to trust, and find _____ very important, and to fear losing it.
God said NOT to have idols before HIM.
If we love or fear or things or people before God, those things are idols, and they are dangerous to our Faith.
Faith without works is dead. If we say we have faith in God/ believe in God, yet we do not even stand up for, and not even ACTUALLY do what we say we believe in, we believe in Santa; basically God is fluff.
If we believe, by the POWER AND CONVICTION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, and TRULY, TRULY believe, then by Zec 4:6 we will do according to God’s will, not our own.
If we have stopped believing, but we’re ‘born again'( by faith thru grace we are saved, all we got to do is believe in God thru Christ with actual conviction by God’s Holy Spirit… sincere trials & suffering in life, prayer & repentance is the means by which this usually happens,) God is never gonna stop chasing us, recklessly, leaving the 99 sheep for us, but we should really stop running from God, and cry to HIM and repent for our own protection and freedom.
When husbands speak to their wives, prayer is especially important beforehand, because a wife in an irrational mood will throw words that cut like daggers. It is important to approach difficult conversations during a time when you can give each other undivided attention, and are both humble and at peace, hence able to speak in the Spirit of God and not the wrathful, sinful, pitiful, covetous, greedy, uncaring, lustful, hateful flesh.
A husband should essentially speak as Christ did in the sense that he should sound like a teacher talking to a student when he is speaking to his wife; patient, trying to take the time to help his wife understand by explaining his unique, puzzle-esque thoughts in a way that his wife can actually follow along. This is loving, not to run a trigonometry level student over( so to speak) with calculus level methods and to make fun of.
Never blame, never bring up old dirt.
Communication ☎️ is terribly complicated.
Much prayer is needed whenever we have a conversation with anyone.
Words literally have the power to bring life or cause death.
I mean…if in the beginning was the WORD
and if all God did was SAY, “Let there be light” and light came to be…
WORDS are of divine origin, archetypical, powerful, and even dangerous.
We must pray constantly to bridle our tongues, season our words with salt, and speak like Jesus did.
Little children, have good days and bad days just like us adults, to teach them to obey us and fear the LORD, we must pray constantly for patience to grow more and more in meekness and gentleness to treat them with love, acknowledging that they too have a mind with their own brilliant ideas, and obedience does not mean to be robotic.
It is difficult enough for us as big people to describe our emotions with words, our little people require lots of grace, knowing that they get the same emotions, but with a limited vocabulary to describe what is going on.
6 Jesus replied, “You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote,
‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. 7 Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.’[a]
8 For you ignore God’s law and substitute your own tradition.”
9 Then he said, “You skillfully sidestep God’s law in order to hold on to your own tradition. 10 For instance, Moses gave you this law from God: ‘Honor your father and mother,’[b] and ‘Anyone who speaks disrespectfully of father or mother must be put to death.’[c]11 But you say it is all right for people to say to their parents, ‘Sorry, I can’t help you. For I have vowed to give to God what I would have given to you.’[d]12 In this way, you let them disregard their needy parents. 13 And so you cancel the word of God in order to hand down your own tradition. And this is only one example among many others.”
14 Then Jesus called to the crowd to come and hear. “All of you listen,” he said, “and try to understand. 15 It’s not what goes into your body that defiles you; you are defiled by what comes from your heart.[e]”
17 Then Jesus went into a house to get away from the crowd, and his disciples asked him what he meant by the parable he had just used. 18 “Don’t you understand either?” he asked. “Can’t you see that the food you put into your body cannot defile you? 19 Food doesn’t go into your heart, but only passes through the stomach and then goes into the sewer.” (By saying this, he declared that every kind of food is acceptable in God’s eyes.)
20 And then he added, “It is what comes from inside that defiles you. 21 For from within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. 23 All these vile things come from within; they are what defile you.”
God did not send Christ to condemn everybody. God never told Christ, make every sinner feel bad about themselves for the sin they have done.
Strangely enough, the ones that are sinning do indeed see already what they are doing wrong (it’s offensive to others when we underestimate their intelligence,) and these sinners though they may scoff in pride in public, sit at home and cry and do not know where to find real answers to set themselves free from guilt, pain, shame, jealousy, anger, bitterness, unforgiveness, stress, emotional distress or mental imbalance.
God is the answer.
God sent Christ not to tell people, “Hey you know you messed up and I wanna point it out about 1000 times, and make you feel lower so you can cry yourself to sleep everyday for the rest of your life till its time for you to go to hell.
NO! NO. NO!
GOD sent Christ for sinners, because sinners need hope, because sinners need second chances. No one is perfect. So we all need what Christ is offering. Hope in the midst of nothing but hopelessness. A bright light in nothing but darkness.
The very, very important thing that we do not realize though, is that like the law of attraction, and physical property of solubility, or the concept that light and darkness are literally incapable of being mixed together… Every sin we PURPOSELY, KNOWINGLY commit, we are becoming filled with more darkness, or more dirt so to speak, and that dirt and darkness is literally, you can even say scientifically separating us from God.
God loves to help us do spring cleaning in our hearts, he may also allow suffering to be like a hefty buffer to take down Jericho Walls of hatred, fear, pride, and wrath that we’ve made with our sinful dirt. After the hefty cleaner, more suffering may be used to scrub deeper, and then He wants to shine us up, if we can just obey Him in the midst of it all. He will make a lot of diamonds out of us from the fire and pressure we all go through. God loves to make beauty of ashes. GOD WANTS TO MAKE PARADISE ON EARTH ( BOOK OF EZEKIEL). We just need to pray to Him from our heart and let Him clean us up with His powerful, Holy Spirit that moves in miraculous ways. Romans 8:28
Goal: to stop fights, never use the word “you” as the first word of a sentence when talking to someone, it indicates and insinuates accusation and blame (/God says not to blame nor keep a record of wrongs(/aka digging up the past), it is a sin too). Such as “You are the reason this happened, or remember when you or you are so lazy…” Instead maybe try saying, I wanted to discuss something… when you said this..it hurt me.. Etc). Also try just focusing on your own wrong, ( it takes two to argue, no one is innocent), and apologize, while NOT pointing out and identifying the other person’s every sin. 🙏 Pray. Let God do His job now, transforming by the power of His Spirit, over time.
One day be a Spring Cleaning day, the next will most likely be filled with grace and rest.
God is so good. 100% Holy
Never give up the good fight of Faith. Cry out to God in prayer from your heart, for exactly what you need help with. Reach out to your brothers and sisters to be a listening and patient ear and a loving and understanding heart. No judgement. Just dependability.
It is complete madness! Throughout human history, history just keeps repeating itself, when will the madness stop?!
When God’s creation finally obeys HIM. When His people Israel finally obey HIM!
If we humble ourselves He will restore our land,
Oh that we would obey, we would have peace like a river and righteousness like the waves of a sea.
True repentance is asking for God’s help to NEVER EVER DO SOMETHING OUT OF HIS WILL AGAIN!
WE are all like children who’s parent said stop doing that, and we say “ok, sorry, sorry.. I’ll be nice,” and we go right back at it and do it again. If you have kids of your own, you know, FRUSTRATING, DEVASTATING!
We are NOT perfect, but sanctification, true prayer, and repentance( basically becoming closer to God as His friend) is the phenomenon of going UP, not up and down like a yo-yo.
where you see a need fill it, Love God and love people, innocent as a dove, shrewd as a serpent
Stop serving other idols before God, including the work of your own hands, live by the Spirit, not the culture and legalism; work has become an excuse to make money for ourselves and not be able to be help others in desperate times, it has become an ” let me see if I have the day off” system. We MUST work, but remember to also do the work of SHARING THE GOSPEL, even if just by a tiny random act of kindest( that is the best, actually) and giving the Glory to God in all things🌷👣🕊
Do you want this????
Joel 1-2New International Version
1 The word of the Lord that came(A) to Joel(B) son of Pethuel.
An Invasion of Locusts
2 Hear this,(C) you elders;(D) listen, all who live in the land.(E) Has anything like this ever happened in your days or in the days of your ancestors?(F) 3 Tell it to your children,(G) and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation.(H) 4 What the locust(I) swarm has left the great locusts have eaten; what the great locusts have left the young locusts have eaten; what the young locusts have left(J) other locusts[a] have eaten.(K)
5 Wake up, you drunkards, and weep! Wail, all you drinkers of wine;(L) wail because of the new wine, for it has been snatched(M) from your lips. 6 A nation has invaded my land, a mighty army without number;(N) it has the teeth(O) of a lion, the fangs of a lioness. 7 It has laid waste(P) my vines and ruined my fig trees.(Q) It has stripped off their bark and thrown it away, leaving their branches white.
8 Mourn like a virgin in sackcloth(R) grieving for the betrothed of her youth. 9 Grain offerings and drink offerings(S) are cut off from the house of the Lord. The priests are in mourning,(T) those who minister before the Lord. 10 The fields are ruined, the ground is dried up;(U) the grain is destroyed, the new wine(V) is dried up, the olive oil fails.(W)
11 Despair, you farmers,(X) wail, you vine growers; grieve for the wheat and the barley,(Y) because the harvest of the field is destroyed.(Z) 12 The vine is dried up and the fig tree is withered;(AA) the pomegranate,(AB) the palm and the apple[b] tree— all the trees of the field—are dried up.(AC) Surely the people’s joy is withered away.
A Call to Lamentation
13 Put on sackcloth,(AD) you priests, and mourn; wail, you who minister(AE) before the altar. Come, spend the night in sackcloth, you who minister before my God; for the grain offerings and drink offerings(AF) are withheld from the house of your God. 14 Declare a holy fast;(AG) call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land(AH) to the house of the Lord your God, and cry out(AI) to the Lord.(AJ)
15 Alas for that(AK) day! For the day of the Lord(AL) is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty.[c](AM)
Or do you want this?????
“I will repay you for the years the locusts(EB) have eaten(EC)— the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm[f]— my great army(ED) that I sent among you. 26 You will have plenty to eat, until you are full,(EE) and you will praise(EF) the name of the Lord your God, who has worked wonders(EG) for you; never again will my people be shamed.(EH) 27 Then you will know(EI) that I am in Israel, that I am the Lord(EJ) your God, and that there is no other; never again will my people be shamed.(EK)
let’s change history, let’s obey God, made possible by prayer to Him for the ability to actually do so. Zech 4:6
They say one’s DNA 🧬 strand can stretch extremely far, and people in certain universities have researched long and hard to discover the mystery of cracking the “code” of a human beings DNA ingredients and the “missing” puzzle piece needed in Lifes equations in order for a person too “Live” forever, and “not grow old” and die..
They found and trieder and errored and kept trying, with whatever methods of operations they deemed possible, yet nothing seemed too avail, too “crack the code” of Life-Ongoingness…
Some story goes on of a certain Christian man rejoicing in the discovery of something interesting found in a human beings DNA, in that it points to something found in what the Bible describes as “the Book 📖 of Life”
Revelation 13:8 says
“All who live on the earth will worship it, everyone whose name was not written from the foundation of the world in the Book of Life of the Lamb who was slaughtered”
This passage is speaking about a last Days “Beast” that will rise up and deceive/coerce people too worship “it”
Says: God so loved the 🌎 World, that He gave His only son, that anyone who believes in him, will not perish, but have Eternal Life.
J.C. is known as the Saviour of the World
No other name, is deemed as such, in all of History, rightly so, as God destined one Saviour for this Planet, and if we listen too God, it will be well with us, Forever
For God knows what’s best, and cannot lie.
Babylon the Great: The World Empire, and False Religion, will be judged one Day, and that day is coming like a freight Train 🚂 broken of brakes, sooner or later, Jesus Christ will return, too take His children Home..
Be apart of His 👑 kingdom, of glory and honor and peace and so much more..
and not the kingdom of “it”
The beast, world system, and false religion
May God bless you all, and keep the Faith of joyous obedience too God and His commandments!
139 O Lord, (A)You have searched me and known me. 2 (B)You know my sitting down and my rising up; You (C)understand my thought afar off. 3 (D)You [a]comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. 4 For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O Lord, (E)You know it altogether. 5 You have [b]hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. 6 (F)Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it.
7 (G)Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? 8 (H)If I ascend into heaven, You are there; (I)If I make my bed in [c]hell, behold, You are there. 9 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, (J)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 (K)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 (L)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 (M)slay the wicked, O God! (N)Depart from me, therefore, you [i]bloodthirsty men. 20 For they (O)speak against You wickedly; [j]Your enemies take Your name in vain. 21 (P)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 (Q)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 (R)lead me in the way everlasting.
A parable on calming the monster called: Fear, inside our minds.
Rule#1 Never let your dragon gaze upon movies filled with violence, corruption, or sexual content- what his eyes take in, travels to his thoughts, and gets planted in his heart, then he may actually attack.
Rule#2 Always read the Word of God to your dragon, otherwise he may get confused about where he is and what really matters, this may result in psychosis or hysteria
Rule#3 Always take your dragon out to socialize with at least one person each day, even if they only see him, and not even compliment him, otherwise you may end up with a nervous wreck of a creature who will never want to go outside ever again
Rule#4 Sing your dragon to sleep and pray with him always when he has insomnia, if he wakes up with nightmares do not scream at him to take a chill pill, simply assure him that not every dream is a Joseph- like God- given hint
Rule#5 Start each day the right way with God’s Word, to set the ground for the Truth of what really matters most, make sure you roll her out of bed early even at 3am if necessary to at least get one scripture in
Repeat, and if she breathes fire, give her grace, and love her still, just don’t hug her until the fire sizzles away unless you feel like being toasted
A damsel in distress bravely rescued from the depths of despair in a dastardly act of love, by some handsome prince riding on a sturdy white charger; Fairy Tales like this is not real life, is just not real love.
A very important lesson that I have learned about romantic love today, is that it is not by any means, always that romantic. Love will take the worst out of you, but when you love someone and you know it deep within your heart, you will fight for your love even if everyone around you thinks you are a bit stupid. If a person truly, truly wants God in their life, marriage will work. God is the answer to the very thing HE created, a more peaceful union in marriage between one man and one woman.
The beauty in romance is enjoying the simple and precious moments of life on the days God gives grace and peace, and surrendering things to God that are out of our control on tumultuous days. The beast of romance is the phenomenon of all of our sins slowly being taken out by our spouse and others around us, and choosing not to be so easily offended by anything, but to learn and to grow. My husband always challenges me, his faith was almost the illusion of jumping off a cliff in full act of surrender to the LORD. My faith was very, very cautious for the longest time and reverently reserved. This is where opposites attract makes complete sense. I was a compliment and balance to my husband’s chaos, and he challenged me to step out of my comfort zone and overcome so many fears, insecurities, and internal struggles. One breezy afternoon driving down a mountain park near home, something musta possessed my husband to feel the absolute need to drive into a monastery that was at the bottom of the hill. “ Let’s go home now, it’s getting late!” I shouted.
“ Jezebel! Job’s wife! You submit!” He piped back.
“ Submit does not mean you behave like Hitler!”
“ Women are to submit to their husbands!”
After that, I did not speak with my husband again for months on end. But even though time may have been needed apart from one another to grow up a little more, I knew my marriage belonged to God, so I swallowed my pride to dust myself off and get back up to try again. And now I can honestly say: God can indeed make beauty of ashes, and diamonds of dust! Our marriage has put us through fire and sent us down the deepest, darkest valleys, but in it all, because we have always sought the light, God stays by our side even when HIS plans are way beyond our understanding.
As God’s people, HE designed every single one of us to WORK ❤ TOGETHER, to build each other up when we are stronger that day and take help humbly when we are feeling weak.
Love One Another
11 For (Y)this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, (Z)that we should love one another. 12 We should not be like (AA)Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? (AB)Because his own deeds were evil and his brother’s righteous. 13 Do not be surprised, brothers,[c](AC)that the world hates you. 14 We know that (AD)we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death. 15 (AE)Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that (AF)no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
16 By this we know love, that (AG)he laid down his life for us, and (AH)we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 17 But (AI)if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet (AJ)closes his heart against him, (AK)how does God’s love abide in him? 18 Little children, let us not (AL)love in word or talk but in deed and (AM)in truth.
19 By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; 20 for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. 21 Beloved, (AN)if our heart does not condemn us, (AO)we have confidence before God; 22 and (AP)whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and (AQ)do what pleases him. 23 And this is his commandment, (AR)that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and (AS)love one another, (AT)just as he has commanded us. 24 (AU)Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God,[d] and God[e] in him. And (AV)by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.
Like a phone with a broken speaker that works to speak into, but is malfunctioning in its ability to hear others….God can try to reach you, convict you, touch your heart, try to encourage you as He catches your every falling tear, but if you are not striving, TRULY STRIVING with all humility and a completely pure heart, broken and contrite in spirit, here in this warzone of life on Earth, to be a servant and not be served, God literally can’t hear you on the 💔 ‘broken phone line’.
It’s like the Chemistry concept of solubility. If we are like greasy gasoline, we cannot mix with pure water.
God is HOLY HOLY HOLY.
The only way to draw close to Him is to STRIVE towards holiness. Zech 4:6
If you believe you had a moment in life where you got saved, or were ‘born again,’ only the Holy Spirit can convince you of such. And yes Christ paid for all of our sin, so we arent in a competition to see who can do the most acts of goodness. But we do have freewill, and we must use that freewill to always make upright decisions, because we LOVE GOD.
If we love someone, and that someone knows very well what’s best for us, but we continuously disobey for our own selfish reasons, we are only acting out of complete selfishness.
An example of freewill:
Peer pressure at school and someone asks you to skip class and go get high with them. Even if we had already had that born again moment, doesnt mean just go ahead and sin that grace may abound. In fact if you give into the peer pressure, you not only are severely damaging yourself, but also your ability to be close to God, your friendship with God, and your ability to reach HIM in prayer, unless sometimes, someone, staying close to God is able to pray on your behalf. Hence why we MUST ask others to pray for us, and/ or why we must always pray for others.
The real Truth about God can take you Higher than any blunt by the way, in a way that will set you free and keep your mind alive and sound and healthy.
Watching an invisible plan unfold requires trust. In order to trust a friend we must not betray them so they are likewise equally there for us. Trusting God requires LOYALTY to HIM. Loyalty to God sometimes does mean always standing up for the TRUTH, in love and humility, even if we look ludicrous, or sound like a weirdo.
Conquer the flesh, its like a spiritual bipolar,we are constantly in a battle to want the evils that the world wants & in spirit to rise above the flesh and walk in Godliness
Book of James & Romans 6
Conquer with the tools God has given us, His wisdom found in His WORD the Bible, Holy Love: Christ’s example, incessant prayer, any gifts/ talents he has given you to help bring others to the light, with output being a sound mind and fruits of the spirit.
“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:
“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”[c](K)
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,
“All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, 25 but the word of the Lord endures forever.”[c](BT)
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.
Learn God’s WORD by studying the bible and praying, so that you may know how to captivate your thoughts in Christ, and recall that God is Holy 1st and then love. Things and thoughts and feelings and motives that are Holy 1st and then love are of God.
Psalm 27:13 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 Ch. One
◄ 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.b18He 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.”
Show me your faith without deeds,(Y) and I will show you my faith(Z) by my deeds.(AA)19 You believe that there is one God.(AB) Good! Even the demons believe that(AC)—and shudder.
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
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!
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.
People think we are not supposed to have trials or something - 2nd Corinthians, Chapter 4 Dismiss