And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” Jesus answered, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting..” – Mark 9:28-29
I didn’t write the following, it was just so good, I wanted to repost it here. Link back to original site/author, below.
Anonymous asked a question:
I want to cut my brother out of my life because it’s hurting my faith & self-esteem. i wanted to know your opinion on taking bad influences like him out of your life … am i a bad person for even wanting this? how should i get past this whole ordeal?
Dear friend, first please know that cutting people out of your life is absolutely acceptable as a last resort. I say this with hesitation, since we’re all so quick to find reasons to give up on others (me included), but there’s no rational reason to stay in a place of abuse and endangerment. We must discern the difference between finding someone unpleasant and running from someone tyrannically cruel. If the person we’re talking about is mercilessly manipulative or physically abusive, then much of what I’m about to say must be cautiously applied, or even withheld. And forgiveness doesn’t have to mean friendship.
When it comes to family, the dynamics make it brutally difficult to exercise boundaries. Family is tangled with history and an almost helpless weight of loyalty. If conflicts with friends are firecrackers, then family is like defusing an atomic bomb.
Please allow some grace as I try to give unbiased advice both to you and myself.
1) Keep distance, but leave the door open as wide as possible.
I really believe having some space between you and your brother is a totally acceptable move. You are not a bad person for needing that distance. It’s the same way you need space from friends, from your spouse, even from your children. The amount of space is almost directly proportional to the hurt and healing process. In other words: you take as much time as you need.
But with family, it’s not really a space that can remain permanent. The phrase “cutting them off” is reserved for moochers and abusers and freeloaders. If your brother is lying, stealing, cheating, and basically all around a parasite, then of course you can cut him off: but for a season.
That season lasts about as long as your brother is acting a fool. But if he comes around again, whether for help or for the holidays, keep an open door. Severing ties with family should never be a one-time-for-all decision. Yes, he may be lying again: but having an open door absorbs the risk of that possibility.
Carrying hurt-baggage into the next cycle of life after your brother has changed (and I believe he can) will adversely affect your heart more than someone else hurting you, long after the trial is over. A grudge poisons at an imperceptible rate, drip by drip, until you’re closing doors at even the best people in your life. Those who are cold to their family have built walls that are impossible for others to climb. So please be wary of that and endeavor to keep the door of grace open.
2) Have the awkward, uncomfortable, straight-up talk.
If you simply walk away from your brother — which again, for a season you can — but then don’t tell him why, he’ll have nothing to consider. Even if you think he might know and he’s heard it from you before, it would be wise to tell him exactly what you’re doing and why.
There are some who would advise against this. “You don’t need to tell him a thing.” Or some would go hyperbolic and say, “Let him have it and then cut him off!” But as graciously as you can — preferably face to face though a letter works too — tell him what’s up. Encourage him with how things could be, but tell him how it really is.
Please believe me that when I was cut off before, I was told exactly why and I’m appreciative. At the time I hated hearing it and I came up with reasons why they were wrong and I was right. But I couldn’t escape the undercover truthfulness of their words. At times they would echo in my mind: If I don’t cut you off, you’ll end up nowhere. And later I found out they were right. I’m grateful they were honest.
I’m never grateful when people cut me off without a word. In fact, that’s really doing a disservice to someone if you don’t tell them what’s wrong. As hard and awkward as it’ll be, please succinctly prepare that in your mind.
3) Bad influences are bad. God is badder.
There are plenty of Bible verses about bad influences and wolves: we should be cautious around them. Light has no fellowship with the dark. Expel the immoral brother. There are wolves among us. Right?
But we must balance these with verses about the prodigal, the tax collector, and the whore. There is grace and mercy for them. As much as bad influences might “infect” us, there’s also a mission in which you, the good influence, have come to be a light like a city on a hill. Like C.S. Lewis says, you’re pretty much the good infection.
That will require more strength than you can muster on your own. Lots of prayer, which I’m sure you’re doing. Lots of saturation with the Bible, with other Christians, getting counsel (even through a blog like this), and dare I say being able to vent to your friends.
It’ll require daily forgiveness. Absorbing some of the pain he has caused you. Regrouping and replenishing when he’s been selfish. Pleading with the Holy Spirit to change him, but also change you. In short: when someone begins to cut into your faith, you’ll need to go back to the author of that faith and power-up again. Which brings us to the last thing.
4) In the end, this is not about you and him, but you and Him.
It’s possible your brother might never change and that the situation will stay the same. But God intends to keep working in you.
Your brother is not so much an enemy on a battlefield as he is a self-selected slave on a minefield. Of course you know it’s not your job to rescue him, but I do believe one day he’ll run his life dry and you’ll be the steady beacon that was always there. In the meantime, it will have been up to you to examine your own heart in this and grow in humility.
Your brother will remember your patience, if you were patient. He’ll remember your graciousness, if you were gracious. And even if he doesn’t recognize that, you will recognize that. God does too. Pray hard about what God is doing right now, because I believe He is definitely doing something — and He always works for your good and His glory. Believe that.
- One of the most common questions I get from agnostics is:
“Why doesn’t God just kill the devil or kill wicked people immediately?”
- The 2nd most common question is: “Why is there suffering in the world?”
- And the 3rd most common question is: “How do we know it’s Jesus and not another?”
I believe the foundation of these answers are in the Book of Genesis. Even the rational for COVID situation I believe is in the Book of Genesis.
See why it is important to have a good foundation?
“If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Psalms 11:3
Lots of believers have allowed “theistic evolution” to overtake their exegesis of the first chapters of the Bible. Now biotech is on the way and taking its grab and people are looking for answers, and we have nothing, because we as the people of God have failed to believe in the fullness of the Word of God. And failed to express the fullness of His Word, with truth AND love. (John 4:24)
I know there are people who have turned their faces and rejected even genuine expression of Christ, but judgement begins in the house of God. First and foremost, simply put, sin is the problem. What sin in this case? Then we can say much of the dilemma we are in can be said to be as a result of the inadequacy found in how we have been treating others and inevitably ourselves.
“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Matthew 25:40
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by Johnny Enlow
Though I am often called Prophet by others, my primary gift is apostolic. My prophetic gift supports that gift but is not my primary. Without further explanation, I want to speak out of that apostolic perspective on the matter of this election and what the prophets in some kind of consensus spoke. To remind all, there has never been such a prophetic agreement on a matter and this includes many prophetic voices from especially Australia and Africa— but really the whole world. It is not “ironic” or “coincidental” that beginning in the year 2020, where prophetically “the decade of the mouth” was highlighted (associated with understanding the Hebrew calendar 5780-5789), that the whole world becomes wrongfully masked, churches are forced to shut down as non-essential and the prophetically consensus passage of the year was 2 Chronicles 20:20— where hearkening to His prophets to prosper, while overcoming an invading enemy of staggering proportions is the theme. Beginning January 20, 2021 the Jezebel spirit resident in the Body of Christ began attacking the prophetic in an unprecedented fashion with some of the most inane statements imaginable coming from even significant leaders. They will have their own consequences and “learning curve” with God and I will just leave it at that. Meanwhile, please read below.
YOU DIDN’T NEED PROPHETS FOR THIS ONE
The anti-prophet insanity is aggravated by the reality that this last election and the present process doesn’t even require prophets to get it right. God in His kindness has spoken through them anyway— BUT YOU DIDN’T NEED THIS, IF YOU USED ANY DISCERNMENT AT ALL. YOU STILL DON’T IF YOU WILL USE YOUR SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT.
Next, I am going to give you truth from 3 points that continue to make it obvious how you are to respond to election matters and it is for sure NOT about giving your strength to attacking/correcting the prophets or the prophetic. What a pawn of darkness if you remain in that mode.
POINT #1: DJT’S TRACK RECORD
You may have not appreciated our president’s tweets or confrontational style but if you stick to sheer legislative matters we have never had a more righteous leader. He is not someone who just did the pro-life talk but he actually marched with the pro-lifers ( a first for a POTUS), brought in 3 pro-life Supreme Court Justices, hundreds of other judges, amended every legal thing he could towards that end including defunding the evil-operated Planned Parenthood organization.
He also became the most pro-Israel president on record and did the incredibly courageous thing of recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, as well as multiple other mini-maneuvers that strengthened their capability to defend themselves. He also was the engine behind the unprecedented “Abrahamic Accords” that occurred right in the midst of the “hit jobs” on him of the deep state through the virus and through the related attempts on the global economy.
He also became a world hero for believers around the world with his pro-religious freedom stands. You have no idea how large this matter looms as Christians around the world are now in fear of what it means that he is not yet visibly in power.
DJT advanced in taking on sex trafficking, human trafficking and routing the drug trade as no president in history. Even the released “official” numbers of those rescued is at 10 times the best of any other presidency, but real numbers will come out that exponentially dwarf those numbers.
His pro-economic freedom for us and the nations was also unprecedented, all the while holding off the deep state from killing the world economy. The truth of this goes far beyond the record unemployment numbers, record Wall Street numbers, record employment for blacks and really all minorities— but those numbers at least speak into it as well.
For times sake, I won’t go into about 10 more significant legal acts, emergency orders and otherwise just or righteous moves that he made. If you are a believer and you do not see that DJT was and is a gift from God for us you are beyond deaf and blind and fall in the category of brainwashed and programmed. Of course, NONE who are such know they are, but only await the day the bucket of cold water is thrown in their face. It did not nor does it require a prophetic word to know he was God sent and that he is not done, and if not, seeing the good he did could get literally undone in a matter of months.
POINT #2: BELIEVERS AND PATRIOTS RESPONSE TO GOD AND RIGHTEOUSNESS
Now beyond the above point, there is the matter that never in world history have so many millions believed, prayed, repented, marched or otherwise contended not for a cult-personality but for a man who represented Justice, Life, Freedom, Prosperity, Patriotism and general godliness. The sheer numbers involved in this push for good is staggering going beyond 100 million at a national level and approaching that number on the international level as entire Christian populations such as of China, and of Iran fasted and prayed for our president to return to power that they might hope to see a day of greater freedom. THERE WAS NO LACK OF PRAYER AND REPENTANCE and that lie needs to stop being peddled. If desperately wicked Sodom and Gomorrah would be spared for 10 righteous even in Old Testament times where is the logic for tens of millions and perhaps hundreds of millions being ignored!!! STOP BLAMING PROPHETS FOR AGREEING WITH THIS!!
POINT #3: BIDEN’S PERSONAL CORRUPTION, POLICIES, AND THEFT
If the above two points were not enough to convince that YOU DIDN’T NEED PROPHETS for this one then consider the “new administration” of JB. When Kim Clement prophesied of “two presidents” and called one a “double-minded” man, not sure but that he might have been seeing that he was in fact a “double” as neither his face features, his walk, or his signature match from past years and POTUS himself was pointing that out to us for some reason. For those believers who voted for JB please go see his executive orders, his family corruption, his being bought by China and his involvement in the most blatant and criminal electoral fraud in world history and tell me why was it alright for you to partner with raw evil in this fashion? There is a difference in being imperfect as DJT was and is and being an enabler and direct participant of the most nefarious level of evil imaginable. DJT reportedly lost up to two billion dollars of his net worth by accepting the presidency and J.B. seems to have gained at least that from Communist Party sources from China. DOES IT TAKE A PROPHETIC VOICE to know what is right here? And you want prophets that hang on to what God has said — never mind the Holy Spirit-sense to JB being out and DJT being in, to apologize because evil seems presently to still have a hold?!!! You are either a blind guide as Jesus called the Pharisees or projecting on to the prophets your present disappointment with God. Snap out of it!
LET’S COME TOGETHER
Admittedly, you will sense a significant degree of righteous indignation in my post that does not always tend towards reconciliatory interaction. However, I am here going to attempt to shift from apostolic corrective mode to brotherly entreating of you who bash the prophets to properly funnel your anger and disappointment into what is beneficial. I won’t even ask you to believe the prophets. We already lost you there. How about just believe in a God who champions Life, Liberty, Justice and Freedom. How about believe in a God who does hear the prayers and cries of His saints and is still willing to move— even when it seems too late. Is that not His essential trademark? He doesn’t rescue Israel until Pharaoh is so on their heels that Israel turns on their Prophet Moses— and says “Why did you ever make us hope?”. People not willing to be honest with God turn on the prophet who fed their hopes. Sound familiar? He didn’t heal Lazarus when He could so that He might resurrect Lazarus. He had Elisha and Elijah both resurrect promised children— rather than just keeping them from dying. Jairus’ daughter was not “healed” until she was dead. And so forth and so on. If January 20 was a “death” day for you how about getting back into the saddle of faith in a good God who is always still at work no matter what the date is?
How about believing in a God who doesn’t just wink at massive fraud, corruption and criminality in a voting process? God doesn’t always say “obey governmental authority”. Our nation would NEVER have been formed if that had been followed. In Acts the apostles were clear “we are going to obey God not man” even if they faced death. Daniel and the three Hebrew children were not just going to bow. Mordecai would NOT bow to Haman— though he was “government” to him. Even if you don’t believe in prophets this present fake, evil and unsanctioned by God administration is to be resisted at minimum in every spiritual and verbal and voting way possible.
If you can’t believe with the FAITHful that God still has a Cyrus that is not yet finished— and behind the scenes being positioned for the next part of his assignment— then at minimum turn your fury away from the FAITHful and target Satan and his evil destructive agenda for USA and the nations. STOP CONGRATULATING JB!!! Rescind any congratulations you have previously given! It is personally way more serious TO YOU than you know. You cannot congratulate blatant evil! Wake up!! The LEAST important matter presently on the planet is “prophetic accountability” and you are allowing yourself to be tool of the enemy if you don’t see it. Can you not see the “bigger fish to fry”? Can you get back into contending for your nation and save the bashing of prophets still contending for your nation— for a day when your very nation’s free existence is no longer at stake? If the ground around you unexplainably shakes know that God is pointedly giving you a sign to heed this message.
God has known all along who would fail us, but we’re not trusting in any man, we’re trusting God. This is a vision the Lord gave me this summer and asked me to keep it to myself, but on my birthday He told me to get it ready. God has not deviated from His plan, He will never fail!
A GUARDIAN, THE WHITE HOUSE , A SNAKE AND A SWORD
Many months prior to the election of November 2020, the Lord gave me a very vivid vision of the White House. As a test, I was told not to share the vision. Many times, as things were shaken and people were fearful, I wanted to release it. But as I sought the Lord for His permission, the answer was always no. I finally stopped asking, reasoning that if or when He wanted it released, He could surely tell me. I was given increased revelation about it recently, and I saw that it meant more than I’d previously understood. And finally, I’ve been given permission to now share it.In the vision, I saw an enormous snake coiled around the base of the United State’s White House. It brought intense demonic pressure, increasing its hold over time. As I watched, the snake unexpectedly rose up against the side of the building and opening its massive mouth, prepared to strike down on the White House. Paralyzing it with poison, it seemed it would finally take possession of it.Yet suddenly, an enormous eagle appeared and struck it with a giant rock. Again and again, I saw the eagle propel rocks at the snake, stunning it repeatedly so that it would not be able to strike against the White House. This represented the prophetic intercession of the body of Christ as it continuously released the decrees of the Word of the Lord Jesus against it.I realized the eagle could not continue to just stun the serpent, as, inevitably, it would rise again to put the White House in jeopardy. Then, the Lord expanded the vision for me and I could see, towering behind the eagle, there was a gigantic guardian angel. It made the White House seem very small in comparison as it stood three times as tall. He stood behind the building watching the actions of the serpent and eagle. When at last it seemed the eagle had grown too weary to continue, the angel suddenly drew its sword, raising it above his head with both hands, he prepared to strike at the serpent.With all his might, he drove the sword deep into the head of the serpent. It collapsed with its head sliced open, the pulsating sword driven through it. Its hold on the White House was immediately released and its attack foiled.
I asked the Lord for an interpretation and He revealed the serpent’s name was OPPORTUNIST. A spirit of compromise had hung over the White House, waiting for an opportunity to strike. Betraying all sacred vows, it would strike like Judas betrayed Christ – at the moment when help was needed, it instead turned to attack what it swore to protect. I saw that the pain of shock and betrayal would have brought incredible damage to the nation. Yet, God was never once unhappy or afraid about the attack against the White House. He seemed overjoyed as the opportunist would have to expose itself as it raised its head to strike. In fact, God said, “It’s good.”
Father God always knows what’s in the heart of man and all He had to do was wait for them to make their move, for He knew that it would bring about His plan. For the sword would bring healing to the nations and its name is Sarah. It is powerful, bringing much needed healing after a time of upheaval and devastation.Like a mother, the sword of Sarah will bring JOY to the heart of the nation, as prophecies are fulfilled giving new life and purpose to it! Indeed, like Esther, it will bring deliverance and much needed medicine for the restoration of the nation…and so much more. The sword of Sarah will be driven into the head of the serpent, assuring its destruction – devouring its hold.It is God’s good pleasure that this sword will prepare the people for the days ahead and it will bring much needed preparation for the battles that are yet to be fought. Every treasure we gain comes at a cost, yet our treasure is found not at the end of the journey. Indeed, it will be found in the journey itself.Faith and JoyPeople say America is finished, but, truly, America has not even begun to fulfill the destiny God has prepared her for. Only as the church rises in FAITH and JOY will we see the kingdom of Heaven invade with its prophesied righteousness.Through the years, what I’ve found in serving God is that He is a mystery. His prophecies are mysteries for us to search out the meaning of and, in our searching, we find His heart. Most of the time, He tells us what we’re able to handle at that time. Then, as He begins to manifest His plans for us, He reveals more. It is with a new level of grace we’re able to handle the greater revelation He brings. Though there is weeping in the night and we are awoken by the terror of the enemy, we will rejoice in the disappointments of the opportunist. We have to understand that God is mysterious. He loves to turn back all plans of the enemy, releasing His glory for our good. Though our enemies rage all around us, we are not powerless. Indeed, we are strongest when we are weak, for it is only in seeing our human limitations that we turn to the ONE Who holds the stars in His hand, who can hold the oceans in His palm. And in His victory, we will learn to give glory to God!Indeed, He is an enigma, but what a joyous journey we are on with Him! The prophecies many had given up on will be given new life. He’s making a garment for America of great dignity and triumph and HE IS TURNING OUR FORMER SHAME INTO HIS GLORY AND OUR LOSSES INTO HIS VICTORY!We will start fresh and anew, and He will prepare us to lead other nations into even greater victories that lie ahead. For, though our enemies attack us, it will not be because God is judging America. It will be because God is using America to bring His judgment against our enemies. Be assured in this: God truly loves America and is fighting a war in the heavenlies for us and HE WILL WIN! It will be through the battle that the glory of God will arise on the bride of Christ! God will pour out His mercy on this nation – not because we deserve it, but because we’ve asked for it. We’ve cried out to Him and He has heard us! Though, in the past we trusted in the strength of our UNITY with other NATIONS, building a monument to our unity and allowing them to usurp the glory and worship due GOD’S NAME, it is after seventy years of disfavor that He will now restore America to Himself.America belongs to God! Indeed, the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof. Yet, He wants to be wanted and desired, that’s what He’s been waiting for. Would He deny you victory when what you’ve asked for was HIM? Truly, we will no longer glory in the strength of man. OUR GLORY WILL BE IN OUR GOD! For, it is IN GOD WE TRUST and it is our God we want! In the wilderness, we’ve discovered our barrenness and we see that all we thought was great was a fallacy, a distraction and a side show. A cry has arisen from even the very young: We want God, we want what is genuine. We want the pure design of God to be accomplished on the earth and in this nation.The sword of JOY will penetrate the heart of the great liar himself, the father of lies, and he will have to let go! This you will see!
Second Vision – A Rug of a Nation!
The Lord also reminded me of a vision of America He shared with me many years ago. The Guardians – Michael, Gabriel, Uriel and Raphael – stood at each corner of America. I saw the United States of America as though it were a giant rug and, as the angelic held each corner, they began to shake it out. I saw the angel Uriel holding the corner of the rug near Washington state, Michael held Southern California, Gabriel held it at Florida and Raphael at Maine. Brilliantly vivid and majestic, these great warriors rejoiced as they shook out the rug of the United States of America.It sounds startling, but it wasn’t a bad thing. It was bringing new life and shaking off the old dead things that were hindering the beauty of our nation and restoring it to its genuine glory. It was shaking off the declarations of darkness and transforming it to its former great-strength, returning its focus back to God! As the angelic continued to shake, I saw warriors were rising up on the rug. I saw buildings representing ministries, which had been held down under the demonic declarations of the enemy, were now suddenly rising up and gasping for a breath of fresh air. Many ministries that were well known but under terrible attack were given much needed victories over the darkness attacking them. But surprisingly, I also saw many ministries which had not yet risen to prominence were now able to. The former ministries which had taken the brunt of the current demonic attack were now given help and relief by the newly released ministries. Working together, they brought peace to those who were afraid of the chaos occurring in this nation and restored honor and integrity to the house of God.As the angels continued, freeing the rug from the spiritual dirt and debris from the demonic declarations of darkness, they rejoiced, exclaiming “It’s a new day!” Jubilant over the great advances they were making for the kingdom of heaven on the earth, they shouted gleefully “It’s Invasion Day!” And they laughed, reveling in their triumph as the kingdom of heaven pervaded the earth.Even though many were startled by what was happening, the angels celebrated the chaos, for they knew terror would soon be turned to faith, and tears would release great rejoicing. “It’s a new day!” I kept hearing them say. “Out with the old wine skin! Behold the Father has purchased A NEW RAIMENT to replace the old! A garment of JOY! Victory! Faith and Righteousness!”Beloved, this is the day the LORD HAS MADE, proceed and advance with shouts of JOY
Vision from Victoria Boyson, January 2, 2021
One of the reasons why I can believe what she, Sidney Powell, is saying is through personal testimony. In 2016, when I knew nothing about Donald Trump, only thing I knew about him was that he has a lot of financial wealth and told people “you’re fired”. I also knew nothing about Hilary Clinton, I don’t think I even knew she was Bill Clinton’s wife. I had a dream about her in 2016 that she was going to win her candidacy through means of witchcraft. The following year, it came out that she was indeed involved in witchcraft and there were charges against her that she cheated her way ahead of Bernie Sanders.
People are trusting the news who are swimming in the flow of the entertainment industry and believing them when they report “no voter fraud”. Yet, 4 years ago, when their preferred candidate did not win, they claimed it was because of election meddling and fraud. Cannot have it both ways. Do we actually know our 2 times table? There was a time when the news reported facts. Go back to years ago when Joe Biden was caught in the act of plagiarism, it was reported and he dropped out of the race. Today, not so. Or go back to 2006 when CNN actually reported on the concerns of the Smartmatic software. (See reference videos below.) As a software engineer, I cannot begin to tell you how easy it is to fraud the system in a matter of seconds.
No one will ever be able to convince me that the Corona virus is not some multi-dimensional attempt to destroy God-given freedom of choice and speech. Ultimately, it’s an attempt to play God. There can only be one spirit behind this attempt. Years ago, a Christian missionary told me that China is the devil’s footstool. That was hard for me to hear at the time because I have sort of “soft spot” for China. But if I am being honest, and I put my feelings aside, and look around in China, it is obvious. “Dragons” are everywhere. I remember standing in the subway station in Beijing to be greeted by signs that said “In education we trust”. Their government in their anti-God agenda has allowed for a spirit that is not of God to guide them. When you have little to no standards, you open up yourself to demonic influence.
Years ago, I had a dream about a nation under tyranny by its government. The people were starved and malnourished in the dream. I had some more dreams about this nation and I found out subsequently this nation was North Korea. It came to my attention later on that North Korea indeed has an issue of how they supply food to their people. They have state media propaganda and government is worshipped over God.
I don’t believe God is pleased with either Republicans or Democratic. But I am certain that His angers burns hotter against the party that promotes sexually immoral practices and the party that promotes killing the innocent child in the womb. I believe God is more interested in exposing corruption than He is about simple party wins. For people it’s just about their political party, I believe for God it is about a lot more than that: revival of His Church, getting people saved and His Word that will never pass away.
If you’re glued to the narratives of the main stream news outlets, those are the false doctrines you need to be aware of. Do your own organic research. Get unpopular opinion. Check it with God and His Word. We’ve come to a place where we like things to be microwaved and laid out for us. Those days are gone for the main stream media has been infiltrated by the enemy. It was a gradual process much like the little foxes which spoils the vine. We live in a “domino effect” society. If our leaders are trusting the false information from the “news”, then how can they make wise decisions? But God. Time to look up, since yesterday we were supposed to be looking up.
I don’t know for certain what God is going to do with America or allow to happen to her. But I know what I believe He showed me, some of which I will hold to myself until confirmed through physical manifestation. As someone who sort of hid inside the church as my safe space (I was wrong to do this, in God is where I should have hid and continue to hide), I have never been so upset at what I am seeing happening in the church. A kind of sickening complacency that is stifling the work of the Holy Spirit, much like those masks that we are wearing today. CPR: The church needs CPR. Compassion, Prayer and Repentance. And once we grow in these practices, I trust by God’s grace we will develop discernment. God is looking for bold warriors, willing to stand unashamed of His Word, spoken in love and seasoned with grace. We should be ashamed to say that we have gone so spineless that a bulldozer of a man called Donald John Trump had the quality of boldness that is lacking in the church. But I have hopes for him too, that he won’t just be Donald, but also be John.
We should keep praying for not only our own immediate needs, but interceding for others. Even if we think they don’t deserve it, it’s really nothing compared to what Christ did for us on the Cross. And I believe in praying for our “enemies”, we truly reflect Christ. At the end of the day, that’s where we are aiming. That’s who we are looking to, the Lord Jesus Christ.
I was watching this video the other day and I laughed. I don’t believe I was laughing at him, but how he was talking. I then heard a voice “don’t laugh at him”. I knew immediately that this was God by the nature of delivery of the message. It didn’t come to my head, but my heart. “Still small voice”, audible, but still not audible. God, who reads hearts, knew the condition of my heart when I laughed. I felt immediately convicted and repented.
People will say that Democrats and Republicans are cut from the same cloth. Perhaps so as human beings are the author of the parties. Yes, God used a baby killing Pharaoh to show forth His power. Yet, that was the situation the people were already in. On the other hand, if we have the choice to choose religious freedom over barbaric acts of baby killing, and sexual perversion, why are we throwing up our hands, saying “God is in control” and not playing whatever part we need to play in the body of Christ?
I am deeply saddened and discouraged by the division in the body of Christ concerning things that are clearly written in the Word as wrong. All because we have chosen to look at external appearances. No choice, I believe, is a choice. I am saddened that some leaders of churches have not noticed in their spirit the urgency of what’s happening. And I don’t mean fret. Anyhow, is it because we are divided in our hearts among ourselves within our walls, so we are not in tune to what’s about to come against the church and ultimately the dissemination of the Gospel? Or is it a much greater spiritual issue? God knows. I know however, I am not alone in my thinking. And while that doesn’t mean my thinking is factual, it doesn’t mean false either. I saw this written by a faith leader, and I tend towards agreement with what he is saying, though the rebuke sounds quite harsh.
Let me be clear, I do not mean tell people who to vote for, but leaders I believe have a responsibility to the people to point out what the Word of God says and point people to the platform that more closely aligns to His Word. Ultimately, people have been warned and they choose what they choose in the end. Hopefully, those people don’t complain when curses fall on the land due to sin running rampant which was legalized by their choices. If as individuals we cannot do anything physically, we as the church can always do something spiritually (1 Thessalonians 5:17). It’s called praying. I pray that all evil altars set up deep in the political fabric of the US will continue to be exposed. That there will be repentance and revival will overtake the land. And all the wealth that nation has stored up will be further used to advance the Kingdom of God. Maybe like Sodom, she has gone too far, I don’t believe that, but let me leave that there for those who do. Yet, didn’t Abraham still intercede for the people?
I believe people need to be careful with what they hear (1 John 4:1). Even coming from those they trust. I am now convinced that the main stream news is on an anti-God agenda. It’s a form of state programming that we find in communist nations like North Korea, with the mother of communism being China. I believe that people’s minds are being targeted by this form of “polite” indoctrination, having an appearance of light but denying the power of God. I believe the same spirits that promote the violence and perversion in many of the Hollywood films and music industry are also behind main stream news outlets like CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and many more. It’s sad, who can we trust? We can trust God. We hear something, we ought to pray about it and align it with what we read in the Word of God. Seems obvious, but actually hard to do. We are being bombarded with information. We come from different cultures and our experiences shape how we view things. When I pray about unsettling issues, I ask “God am I wrong, what am I missing?” Without even looking, He quickly sends a message on the very question I was pondering. God doesn’t want us wandering in confusion. That’s not His style. When we put aside our own wants, and keep open to God’s agenda and correction, we get answers, clear ones.
Yes, the Lord Jesus absolutely is in control. And He gives us choices. The debate among churches when it comes to God’s sovereignty and free will is unsettling (1 Timothy 1:4). The two can exist just fine. Anyhow, we shall without a doubt reap what we sow. Let’s not grow weary of doing good. Be blessed!
These guys finishing the hospital in a matter of days reminds me of the Tower of Babel and what man can do together when united. Lots of people have figured it out. You’ll often hear there’s no “I” in team. Speaking of which you may have heard of United Airlines, Manchester United, United Health Care…to name a few.
When there is some conflict in my life, I am propelled to find a resolution because there are two things that are very dear to me, probably my most important “ambitions”, if I can call them that.
- To imitate Christ
- To hear from God
I like to speak often on the subject of love because of the examples God illustrated throughout the Bible. And I want to imitate Godly love as much as I can while on earth. The Bible says the greatest of these is love, and that God is love (1 John 4:8). God is holy (Revelation 4:8, 1 Samuel 2:2). I cannot imitate Christ in His holiness and ignore His mercy, ignore His long suffering etc. Then I would have no holiness at all (James 2:10). In my understanding, they are all involved with one another; God’s holiness, love, mercy, long suffering, justice (Galatians 5:22-23)… You try to keep from sin and forget to show others mercy and love without prejudice, can make you come across as self-righteous (Luke 18:11). We all know how God spoke to self-righteous people, particularly in the New Testament. See John 8:44. Yikes.
I am convinced that harboring ill against people in our lives is one of the quickest way to our own down fall. God told us specifically if we have something against our brother to go solve that issue first then come back to the altar (Matthew 5:23-24). That would seem that such emotions can hinder our interaction with God. And if we fail to follow that command then how can we do what He is about to say next? Or at least do it with a peace of mind without the anxiety/concerns of the broken relationship. You might say easy to say. Of course it is easy to say but hard to do. Easy to say that I want to build a company, but building one is very hard to do. Anything worthwhile hardly ever comes easy or without cost (2 Samuel 24:24). Except for the free gift of salvation to us. Except for Jesus, it costed Him a lot. So still, costly.
I sort of made it my business to pursue peace, even when the other person appears wrong or is wrong. It isn’t my job to punish anyone (Romans 12:17-19). I can let them know they have hurt me and pray for God’s strength to move on. After all, as long as l am here in this body, I will from time to time fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). And I will in turn need the other person to show me mercy. Don’t wait for an apology. I know, it is rough. When someone hurts us, we want them to come make the first move. But they may never. Our part is to protect our relationship with God at all costs; protect what He has blessed us with from being stolen from the enemy. Strife makes us more susceptible to sin. Sin can lead to a foothold, and a foothold can lead to a stronghold (Solomon 2:15). Let other people be responsible for their part. Don’t let your part be dependent on someone else first fulfilling their part. I am not talking about “forgiving and forgetting” in a situation like this. I am just talking about forgiving. Forgetting part has to do with trust. And trust once broken can only be rebuilt when both parties do their part. At least so it appears to me, as we do not have the ability to read hearts and unless we see a different pattern of actions or attitude from the one who wronged us, trust is very hard to regain. But we can forgive and we ought to in fact. Joseph forgave his brothers (Genesis 50:20). Jesus forgave us.
Once we have done our part, God gives us the peace to move on even if the other person still hasn’t made amends (Matthew 10:14). But we will never get that peace unless we complete our part.
The more each of us strive for protecting our relationship with God by doing our part to live peaceably and so keeping with our quest to imitate Him, the more unity we can attain. The more unity we attain, the more we can do together for each other, and for others “outside our circle” who also need help. We can build/sustain our “hospital”, the Church, faster when we are united in thought and purpose; when we are united in love. And love isn’t just saying ‘I love you’, or giving gifts when times are good. Love involves sacrifice. And a relentless pursuit to bring about healing, even when the coughs of sickness seek to devour, kill and destroy. The sickness may have been brought about by bad diets, and an appetite for what may not be good. But get the hospital up and running anyways. Pursue peace, healing, forgiveness and in doing so, fulfill the ultimate purpose in being imitators of Christ.
“Be imitators of God, therefore, as beloved children, and walk in love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant sacrificial offering to God” – Ephesians 5:1-2
“For I want you to know what a great conflict I have for you and those in Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh, 2 that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” – Colossians 2:1-3
I don’t watch a lot of sports. I am aware of some of the stars through the tele, internet and even through my elder brother.
I was wondering what was the purpose of Kobe’s death at this very time. We are all appointed to die and then a judgment (Hebrews 9:27). But what was the point? It occurred to me that because he was so popular it must be because through it, people will consider eternity. There’s tragedy in various parts of the world. When tragedy occurs in what’s important to us, it’s more than likely to cause us to think deeply. If one tragedy doesn’t affect us, another most definitely will. We’re all going to die at some point. In Kobe’s, what seems to us early death, he’s still going out with a final grand act. If I may say so.
May God comfort all those who are mourning because of his death and the death of the others on the chopper with him, as well as others who are mourning/hurting for other reasons in life. And may that grief drive us closer to Christ or into a relationship with Him. At the end of the day, the most important legacy we can make for ourselves is the one which drives the question “what did you do with Christ?”. Hopefully the answer that will be given based on our fruits and the confessions of our mouths is “(S)He lived for Christ”.
I am not going to get deep into the why Jesus over other faiths debate. I think it is obvious that it’s either Jesus or nothing at this point. No other faith is as attacked and ridiculed as Christianity. One might say that’s because it is the most popular faith in the world, but it is attacked in regions where it is not even popular. It is attacked in television shows, in real life, and on a daily basis. Satan doesn’t spend time fighting what’s false. He’s not going to fight against his own projects. They are distractions, filled with confusion. If he gets you caught in one of them, then his purpose fulfilled.
So don’t get caught up in the distractions.
Consider your eternity. Consider Christ. And if you have already done those, good for you. Keep on with the upward press towards the goal of that high calling in the one and only Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ. It’s not easy, but more than worth it!