What would you do?

Being in the Spirit of God is a state of being that a Christian is to ultimately strive for. People thought the apostles & Jesus to be drunk. They were drunk on the Spirit! They were striving for God. They were  praying, fasting, and worshipping God so wholly that they became filled with the Holy Spirit of God. When the Spirit would start to fleet, back to praying they would go. Always grasping, always thirsting for the Spirit.

How would people today respond to seeing someone in the Spirit? Picture: A poor looking man; a man who does not seem to ‘be from around here.’; a man who approaches you to talk about Jesus, to talk about God because he thirsts to spread the Truth – to find any Truth out there. A person who is not interested in talking about something that was seen on TV. A person who is not apart of this world & all the worldly things in it. How would you react? The world today is using mass media to present to people that this kind of person is to be distrusted. This is the type of person media would label as fanatical, crazy, a bum, homeless, definitely a person to be wary of. Correct this statement if it is not so: ‘Most people would just pass this person by, or not answer the door if he/she knocked’. Jesus has a few things to say about such persons who are labeled in such a way:

for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink;  I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.’  Then they themselves also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?’  Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’  These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” – Matthew 25:42-46 NASB

Jesus Christ is our teacher. We know that God is greatly pleased with Jesus, His only begotten Son. Jesus tells us to strive to be perfect like our Father is perfect. We are to wear the armor of Christ, the spirit of God. We are to follow Jesus & his teachings. He tells us that he has no place to lay his head, no home. Jesus Christ teaches us that we are to sell our possessions. Possessing things creates worldliness and dependence on worldly things. How would society take this in modern times? A person who follows Christ – who believes in God – is not to be of this world. Maybe these people who are mislabeled have done something society believes is impossible. Maybe these people that have such labels are following Christ. Maybe society needs to turn down the noise & start listening and discerning. Society needs to wake-up and pay attention. 

And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is. And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass. Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?  Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right? – Luke 12:54-57 KJV

Society – the world – needs to stop relying on TV and media to make discernment about what is right or what is wrong. God gives all the wisdom that one would need for living. God does not wish us to be rich with money. He wants us to rely on Him, wholly. He will provide. We are to be good stewards of our temples. He wishes us to be completely in Him, so that good works can be done. It is only God that does good works – not man alone, but in the spirit.

But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.  And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. – James 3:17-18 KJV

Selling all possessions to follow Jesus should not be hard to do. It is difficult not to become attached to worldly possessions, that is why Jesus warns us against having them. Jesus tells us to stay humble. We are to be humble.

Could you sell all of your possessions? Would you let a homeless person in your home & feed them? Would you help someone who is spiritually or physically imprisoned? Could you talk all day about God? Some insight would be a blessing.

IRS & Jesus… what?

Then render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s. Matthew 22:21

I owed $1600 on my $11,000 income.

I am self-employed. I enjoy working for myself so that I may set my hours, make things that bring people joy, and spend time with my family. I am able to freely speak of my concerns & beliefs in my workplace. I get to travel & I try to spread the light to others when I do. I do not seek to become rich, hence my self-employment, for it allows me to get by, fulfilling all of my needs without government assistance. As stated before, my abode is a small home that I love dearly, and I do not desire to keep up with the rat race that is taking place in society.

I can easily dismiss the distractions that are in the world; however, when the government is on you it is hard to overlook. Last year, I paid an accountant to do my taxes (the government should pay these people for the service of collecting their money). I owed $1600 on my $11,000 income. Let that sink in for a minute. This was indeed a very hard pill for me to swallow. I fretted needlessly. I worried continuously until I was finally able to pay-off my tax (debt) to the government. Of course, they charged interest along the way. The same circumstances have come around again this year. Making such a small income doesn’t really allow me wiggle-room to ‘put back’ the government’s portion of my income for the year to follow. I don’t even know if I will be alive the next year. This is not Big Brother’s concern; however, Healthcare is and now I am forced to have to pay monthly for it, but I digress. I find it ludacris that I am taxed in such a way on such a small amount of income. This, for me, is a stumbling block that I am trying earnestly to overcome. According to the government, I am living in what is known as ‘poverty’. The fact that my tax money goes to things that I do not support, instead of possibly helping other ‘impoverished’ peoples makes me a little upset. I’m in no way asking to be exempt from taxes, I’m just pleading “Why so much?” and “Why can’t I choose its destination?”.

If I were working for a company, and made this amount of income I wouldn’t even have to file taxes. If 22 different people paid me $500, I wouldn’t be taxed on it, I would have earned income credit. But, since I choose to be self-employed I must pay taxes on my meager earnings. Seems the government is confused. Seems the government is hungry for people who want to live outside of the ‘norm’ to have to pay exceedingly.

But again, I digress. I see Jesus’ words at the top of this blog, and I must remember to do just that: Render to the government what is the governments. No matter what happens, God will be with me so long as I have faith, even if it is a small as a mustard seed. God continues to take care of my family & me, and I will give every dollar I ever make if that is what is demanded of me. For worldly things are not my desire, but heavenly things are.

Yet again, Jesus is here to give me guidance that no man nor government can ever be wise enough to say or do on their own. Properly titled in my Bible ‘The cure for anxiety”.

And who by being worried can add a single hour to his life?  Matthew 25:27

So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 25:34

I will continue my lifestyle of living in the Lord. I will not be overcome, but I have, and will continue to overcome the world by the grace of God. I pray that others do not let the small things that are in this lifetime distract and prevent them from living a godly life. Pray hard. Pray unceasingly. And know that by the blood of Christ we are bought, money cannot buy anything that our Father has for us.

Satan & the suffering servant

That old bugger satan really likes to mess around with people all throughout their lives. However, we cannot fully blame satan because God allows satan to do these things. See, the thing is, God wants us to prove our worth to Him. God created Lucifer, and Lucifer wanted to exalt himself above God. There is some evil that God just cannot imagine. So, God cast His angel, Lucifer, who is satan on the earth, out of heaven and into the world. Satan answers to God. Satan can go before God’s throne. God allows satan to mess around on the earth so that us meeklings will glorify God even more, and prove our undying devotion to Him.

Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and satan also came among them. The Lord said to satan, “From where do you come?”  Then satan answered the Lord and said “from roaming about on the earth and walking around on it.” The Lord said to satan “Have you considered my servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man fearing God and turning from evil.” 

Then satan answered the Lord “Does Job fear God for nothing? Have You not made a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side?…. But put forth Your hand now and touch all be has and surely he will curse You to Your face.”

Then the Lord said to satan “Behold, all that he has is in your power, only do not put forth your hand on him.” Job 1:6-12

So, satan departs from God’s throne, and sets off to do horrible things to Job and his family. He can do anything but kill Job. All the while, Job never curses God. He questions God. He wants to die. But in the end, his love for God grows stronger and more intimate.

God’s children are to one day be angels in His army. Why would our Father want a weak army? We are to be suffering servants on earth. God does not want another Lucifer in His army of angels in Heaven. We are tried on earth and refined by fire to prove we are willing to always do what is good by God. If found unworthy of God’s court of angels then to the devil we will go. Surely then man will know that He is the Lord thy God.

It will come about in all the land,” Declares the Lord, “That two parts in it will be cut off and perish; but the third will be left in it. And I will bring the third part through the fire, Refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are My people,’ and they will say, ‘the Lord is my God.'”Zechariah 13:8-9

So be on the alert for that serpent of old. Even through the trials in life, no matter how trying they may be. God is with you and will see you through as long as faith is there. If not, battling with the devil is so much worse. And there is no good ending without God. God does love us. Immensely. Uncorruptibly. He is our Father, watching us rise & undeniably fall. I cannot even imagine His pain. He endures it. He has a plan. We just have to believe with all our being.

Some people may believe that it is cruel for God to let satan try us. They may think ‘surely no loving God would purposely hurt their child.’. Since the very beginning, God’s creation of man has denied Him. God started creating laws for the humans to obey, yet of course they didn’t. They chose to be with the devil in the world and deny Him being their creator, their Father. Throughout the old testement God destroys, and gives His creation another chance. Then another chance. Saying along the way that surely they will recognize by these things that He is God. But still, mankind fails. Always falling for the wiles of satan. Don’t fall for it. God is not an easy way out. He does not just want to be around during hard times. He wants devotion in the best times, too. Pray hard. Pray unceasingly.

God does not want us to be robots. He gives us free will so that we may freely choose to love Him, or deny Him. He gives us free will so that we can be individuals. Of course, humans would freely love God if He would just prove Himself. But what kind of love would that really be? Shallow and selfish. Lacking substance from not being tested by faith. What reward would God have if we love Him because He makes us love Him? He wants us to strive to be perfect as He is perfect. Although no one can ever reach the glory of God, we are to aim to be perfect by obeying Him. By walking in the Spirit. By walking like Jesus.

America, a nation under man.

A nation under God? Really, America, a nation under God? We are under God in the sense that He is above us. He is above every nation. This slogan really needs to be done away with. Maybe this is something the believers and disbelievers can agree on. Stop slandering the name God. It is disgusting.

America is a nation under man! We are under the rule of man that mocks God in every way. What blasphemy! Please, do not see God as being the law in America. Do not believe that God is anything that anyone tells you. Find God for yourself & then really know Him. Really understand everything that is taking place in this world through Him. People tend to destroy things they don’t understand. Don’t let God be one of those things.

O Dry Bones!

MY mind is reeling. The world is spinning. Oh my God, so much evil is taking place.

How long, oh Lord, will I call for help, and you will not hear? I cry out to you, “Violence!” yet you do not save. Why do You make me see iniquity, and cause me to look on wickedness?” Habakkuk 1:2-3

I desperately want the wicked to turn from their ways. So badly do I desire for the world to be at peace. What a deep, vastly deep, feeling it is to know uncorruptible love from the Lord, yet not get anyone to understand or feel it! To think that such love is also a curse, for I must see the hopeless not even try to obtain the hope! Love is not something that can be proven, for everyone experiences emotion differently. God cannot be proven, for God is a personal relationship within. Each person must seek Him themselves. Why are humans so absorbed in themselves that they cannot fathom a higher power? For if one does not know of the higher power in God, they cannot possibly know that it is His adversary that keeps them from searching! What a perplexity!

Evil abounds in this world, no doubt. But a great evil has risen to displace our Christ. I am not against anyone, only against the world. God has told us all things that have taken place, and that are currently taking place. Be on guard. Pray for a hedge to be about you.

Look among the nations! Observe! Be astonished! Wonder! Because I am doing something in your days – You would not believe if you were told. For behold, I am raising up the Chaldeans, that fierce & impetuous people who march throughout the earth to seize dwelling places which are not theirs. They are dreaded and feared; Their justice & authority originate with themselves. Habakkuk 1:5-7

All of them come for violence. Their horde of faces moves forward. They collect captives like sand. They mock at kings and rulers are a laughing matter to them. They laugh at every fortress and heap up rubble to capture it. They will sweep through like the wind and pass on. But they will be held guilty, they whose strength is their god.” Habakkuk 1:9-11

How, Oh God, can people see when they are blind? They are blinded by everything that is in this world. Pour your Spirit upon your people, Lord. Let them grasp for you and find firm hold! How badly I want all souls to be saved, but how earnestly my heart sings “Come, Lord Jesus, come!” It has started. It has all started, so it will have to eventually end.

Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets, that the one who reads it may run. For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; for it will certainly come, it will not delay. Habakkuk 2:2-3

Do you understand?

Sowing Seeds

pray to be delivered from our disbelief.

It’s safe to say that people are a mixture of both good & bad. Society, as a whole, leans on its own understanding. Science tends to create a certainism in what are actually theories & hypothesis on the existence of God. The bible is not just a means of making one feel better, but a true account of events that lead up to a grand finale. The Dead Sea Scrolls (the old testament excluding Esther) are scientifically aged to have been written approximately 408 BCE to 318 CE. These accounts exist. Science cannot create anything that has not already been created. Only God can do that. Faith is non-existant, and that is why God is non-existent.

Existence – The fact or state of existing, being. Specific presence, occurrence.

God makes His existence known to those who know Him & He knows. God’s presence, His occurrence, came while Jesus Christ was on this earth. The gospels are facts & testimonies about Jesus. He was written about in the old testaments that were scribed years and years before He was born. God is not an easy way out. He is not going to simply prove Himself to just anyone.

So have I become your enemy by telling you the truth? They eagerly seek you, not commendably (Not to praise), but they wish to shut you out so that you will seek them. Galatians 4:16-17

The church alone, if at all, cannot solely bring someone to salvation. Salvation has to be grasped for, prayed for, committed to. God gives salvation, but to gain it we must learn what it is, and what it means. Hold church inside yourself. Go to your upper room & clean it out. Pray humbly to God in privacy. Pray to Him unceasingly. Pray to deliver us from our disbelief. Pray to have a pure heart & mind. Pray to be sown on good soil.

The foundation is built on every kind of immorality. The foundation must be firm & true. Media has corrupt the minds of children & adults alike. The world is pushing “No God” not “Know God”. How can anyone of this world expect to feel the Holy Spirit if they do not believe? A temple stained by this world is no dwelling place for such a Wonder as the Holy Spirit. The media works hard, so diligently, to erase God. Everyone must work harder and without ceasing to know Him even more. Let your relationship be kindled & the little light turn into brillance unimaginable. Many seeds are sown. See to it that yours gets tended.

Anyone who hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road. 

The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away.

And the one whom seed was sown among thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.

And the one on whom seed was sown in the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Matthew 13:19-23

Tune Out

It’s no wonder our society is in such shambles with so many prejudices in the world. Everyone is against something that they, themselves, are not. The more & more we descend into the age of technology, the deeper we nose dive into the “generation of selfies”, the more & more prejudice society becomes.

Media definitely promotes prejudices. Media also promotes infinite amounts of immorality. Media shows us all things. Most of the things we read, hear, & watch contain ideas & images otherwise unimaginable to us, whether we want to accept it our not. The concepts are now filed away in our mind. Television, magazines, radio, & social media have become the retina of the mind’s eye.

During the 1950s, television became the primary medium for molding public opinion. Via Wikipedia search Television

Society is a melting pot of good , not so good, & down right evil opinions being spread far and wide over many channels, over many seas, straight into the eyes, hearts, & minds of individuals. The world has turned into a very visual, very selfie-absorbed type of culture that is being advocated everywhere, on everything. This is not a fad. This is a foundation that the future generation is built upon.

For our struggle is not against flesh & blood, but against the rulers, against powers, against the world forces of darkness, against spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12

The only standard of living is that in unity with Christ: peace, purity, righteousness, incorruptible love. Teach the children well. Make TV time Bible time. Forget what media has made you feel about your health, Muslims, Christians, tiny houses, food, relationships, and ‘reality’. Always search for light in the darkness.

As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here & there by waves & carried about by every wind of doctrine, by trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ.    Ephesians 4:14-15