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2020: THE DANIEL FAST – MY EXPERIENCES

When I was 18 and a senior in High-School, I struggled with major depressive disorder and started to turn to “food” to “comfort my pain”. And it wasn’t long before the pounds started piling on. I was probably about 185-200 pounds at my heaviest. 

And I worked during the summer of my junior year but the summer of my senior year, I decided not to work and just stayed at home and relaxed the whole time (bad, I know!)

However, the good thing is that since I had nowhere to go, I was ONLY eating one meal a day (dinner, usually) and so I lost some weight (probably about 30 pounds or so). And by the time freshman year of college rolled around and I lived in the dorms, I was walking to and from my classes all the time and lost an additional 30 lbs. in no time! I couldn’t believe it! I was finally at my “normal” weight! And I was happy since I was getting all sorts of attention from the opposite gender! Now, I didn’t really act on any of it, but I just LOVED the attention! It felt great to constantly get noticed!

But fast forward SEVERAL years! I now have a slight beer gut built up over several previous years (back in college when I used to drink more) of beer, wine, previous soda pop addiction and some very bad, unhealthy eating habits! (Note: only most recently in the last year or so have I started to eat HEALTHIER!) 

I’ve tried various “diets” over the years to try to get rid of the “beer gut” but nothing worked! I thought of trying weight watchers, the south beach diet, the Keto diet, the potato diet or perhaps Jennifer Aniston’s taco diet that sounded very intriguing (Note: I absolutely LOVE tacos!) But I ALSO knew that I needed some TRUE spiritual transformation as well, and not just “diet wise” and “weight wise”. And that’s when I came across some web links and some Youtube videos talking about THE DANIEL FAST!

“What’s the Daniel Fast?”, some of you might be wondering. “I’ve never heard of it”. Well, basically it’s the same diet that the prophet Daniel adhered to in the Old Testament when he REFUSED to eat the food that came from King Nebuchadnezzar’s table. Pretty heavy, huh? What WAS this diet and WHY did Daniel REFUSE to eat the food that came from the King’s Table? The answer can be found in Daniel 1:12 and Daniel 10:2-3. The first one is a fast that lasts for TEN DAYS and the 2nd one mentioned is a fast that lasted for 3 WHOLE WEEKS (21 DAYS!)

Okay, so some of you might be wondering……why did Daniel NOT want to eat the food that came from the King’s Table? For wasn’t the King’s Table filled with the most decadent meat and wine, along with the most filling fruits and grapes and figs and desserts? Well, for one, this was ancient Babylon we’re talking about here, folks! Babylon worshiped IDOLS and FOREIGN gods! Therefore, all of their food and drink were “blessed by idols” before consuming, more than likely. And so therefore Daniel did NOT want to eat the food or drink the wine that was sacrificed unto idols.

So instead, Daniel humbly asked the chief eunuch of the princes to WITHHOLD the King’s Food and Drink from him and his other three Hebrew friends and just give them WATER and PULSES (i.e. fruits and vegetables) to eat, instead. And he told the eunuch to then look upon the “countenance” of him and his 3 friends after 10 ten days and then compare them to the “countenance” of those who ate from the King’s Table. And behold! Daniel and his 3 friends appeared MORE HEALTHIER than those who ate from the King’s Table!

Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil” – Joel 2:12-13

So essentially, one can choose to do the 10-day fast or the 21-day fast. Most people recommend starting with the 10-day fast and then later attempting the 21-day fast at a later date. But I highly felt the Lord calling me to do a 21-day fast. So I canceled my meal kit delivery service for 3 whole weeks and just purchased groceries from the store for the 3 weeks (and just completely ordered “vegan items” if I was forced to get food from a fast food place – like, during my short lunch hour at work and what not). And trust me, it is a hard, hard diet to be on! It is nearly IMPOSSIBLE if you’re not used to it!

Here’s a list of foods you CAN eat: fruits, vegetables, nuts/seeds (without salt or that are salted with sea salt), and whole grains (without yeast and sugar). And the ONLY beverage you can have is WATER!

And here’s a list of foods which you can NOT eat: (warning, it is LONG): butter, honey, sugar, artificial sugar (Stevia, sucralose, aspartame, etc.), dairy like milk, ice cream, yogurt, cream, mayo, eggs or cheese, salt (but sea salt is ok), bread/yeast, pizza, pasta, potato or tortilla chips, buttered popcorn (but PLAIN popcorn is ok), meat of ANY kind (so no hamburgers/ground beef, turkey, chicken, etc.), chocolate or candy, queso, 98% of cereals, OJ, fruit juices, bubblegum (even many sugar-free varieties got the fake sugar in them like aspartame, etc.), more than 3g sugar salad dressings, sauces or dips with sugar or fake sugar, fried foods like donuts (even WITHOUT frosting), ONION RINGS, seasoned french fries, etc.

The very FIRST thing you should do, AFTER reviewing all the ins and outs and “rules” of The Daniel Fast and after deciding WHICH Daniel Fast you want to do (the 10-day one or the 21-day one), you’ll have to make up your own rules for the fast. Like, are baked organic tortilla or plain chips okay to eat? Why or why not? What about something that only has 2g or sugar or less? Is THAT ok? Why or why not? Are certain tortillas/flatbreads okay if they don’t have any yeast or sugar in them? Is dairy-free ice cream okay, as long as it doesn’t have sugar and is made with dairy-free milk? Is cranberry juice okay if you’re a woman suffering a possible U.T.I. while on the Daniel Fast? Is it okay if you have “one non-Daniel fast meal”  if your boss suddenly announces one morning at work to the whole office that he/she is taking the entire office out to lunch that day? Only YOU can decide the specific rules for the “gray areas”. But ONCE you do, do NOT break them! And try to stick as closely to the rules you set at the beginning as you can!

“But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly” – Matthew 6:17-18

The Daniel Fast is supposed to last from the morning of the start all the way till the morning of the end. It lasts day AND night. There’s no “Daniel fasting it in the mornings” and then “indulging in a full-fledged 5-course meat-type or pizza dinner at night”. It doesn’t work that way, folks! For if you only do a PARTIAL Daniel Fast, you can only expect “partial results” from your prayers! Please remember that The Daniel Fast and The Daniel Diet are two totally separate things!

The Daniel Diet is ONLY focused on the weight loss that comes from the diet. But the Daniel Fast is concerned more with the SPIRITUAL ASPECT of the fast (answers to prayers/questions/struggles that we’ve had for a long time but have made no progress on, as of yet?) But BY fasting, we are showing Yeshua/Jesus just how SERIOUS we are about fasting to get the spiritual answers to our most pressing questions/concerns!

If you’re prone to drink lots of caffeine, and to eat lots of food, you’re REALLY going to struggle for the first 1-3 days as you get into the routine of NOT eating and drinking what you NORMALLY do! It can be tough! But usually, the caffeine withdrawal headache goes away near the morning/afternoon of day 2! Remember: Don’t use any headache medicine with caffeine in it to cure your headache (that’s cheating!) and try not to use Tylenol extra strength either, if you can help it. Instead, place a nice, cold slightly damp washcloth over your eyes, face and temples right before you go to sleep on day 1, and right after you get up on day 2. By the end of day 2, the headache should subside. If it doesn’t, take a Tylenol extra strength and drink more ice water. Trust me, it helps!

Please note: You will start to feel slightly strange sensations in your stomach on day 3 but don’t be alarmed, this is completely normal. It’s basically just your stomach starting to shrink in size a bit because it’s not getting as much food as it normally gets, that’s all. By day 4, you really start to get into the “groove” of things. Day 5 is kind’ve hard but not impossible. And by day 6, you’ll be tempted to “cheat” like: “Maybe if I just eat organic and baked chips, I can get around the no chips thing!”

Don’t do it! Just because it’s organic and LOOKS baked on the package’s picture doesn’t mean that it actually IS baked, so look out, folks! But if you CAN find chips that are baked AND organic (and not fried in any way – because remember that MOST baked organic chips are baked THEN fried), more power to ya! (And please tell me where I can find them so that when I go on my NEXT Daniel Fast, I’ll know what “chips” I can have!)

“Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?” – Isaiah 58:6

And here’s THE MOST IMPORTANT PART, yet and that’s THIS: KEEP A JOURNAL/DIARY! Record what you ate or didn’t eat (or the times you felt highly tempted to “cheat” on the Daniel Fast – or actually did – and WHY). This is important for SPIRITUAL INSIGHT! Also record anything you have/are praying for! (Trust me folks, this is IMPORTANT!) My journal entries followed a formula like this: I listed my morning prayers (if any), what I had for breakfast (if anything), my afternoon prayers (if any), what I had for lunch (if anything), my evening prayers (if any) and what I had for dinner, as well as any REVELATIONS or INSIGHTS the Lord had given me all day. I included the daily (if any) Revelations near the middle or at the very END of every journal entry.

There were a couple days that I missed in my journal entries since nothing too “exceptional” happened on those days. But thankfully I got all the important days recorded. And what you pray about DURING The Daniel Fast can be ANYTHING from your love life to your work life to relationships with friends/family or pretty much anything, really. Just tell Jesus whatever is on your heart. Be HONEST with Him (even if you feel “hurt” or “angry” about something concerning him). 

Basically, think of your spiritual relationship with Jesus as though it’s a platonic-type romantic relationship. You know how it is when you’re in a relationship (if applicable) and your S.O. (significant other) comes and asks you, “What’s wrong?” and you immediately answer: “Nothing! Nothing’s wrong! I’m FINE” but you’re lying cause you don’t want to get into it right then and there? So it is with Jesus! Just like our significant other can’t figure out what to do to make us feel better if we don’t tell them (they’re NOT mind-readers, you know?), Jesus can’t HELP us overcome whatever is bothering or hurting us if we don’t COMMUNICATE TO HIM about the problem!

Yes, Jesus is all-powerful and all-knowing! But if WE don’t communicate TO Jesus about WHAT we’d like done about our problem or “issue”, then just WHAT is Jesus to do? Jesus is NOT a dictator! He’s a loving, compassionate God (like a loving, doting grandfather, grandmother, father, mother, brother, sister, cousin, aunt, uncle all in one!) But push Him too far, and Jesus DOES have his Wrath and his limits! 

Now, that being said, what happens if you “cheat” on The Daniel Fast? Should you then QUIT The Daniel Fast? Is Jesus mad at you when and if that happens? Are you a total failure if you have a minor “slip up” or two along the way? The answer is NO! It does NOT mean you’re a failure! It does NOT make you a bad person! Jesus is NOT up in heaven waiting to throw a huge heavenly brick down on you, down on this Earth, BELIEVE ME! While Jesus might be slightly disappointed, he’s NOT angry! Jesus knows our human limitations and KNOWS the total depths that Satan will go to to try to “trip us up”, ESPECIALLY on a “fasting quest” as I call it. Because in order to FEED THE SPIRIT, we must STARVE THE FLESH!

Now, don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t mean we are to “starve ourselves for God’s glory”, that just means we have to LIMIT CERTAIN FOODS while fasting! Food – and the love of food – or rather, the love of SUGAR and FATTENING FOOD/BEVERAGES – does nothing more than to serve the flesh, which the bible calls “the pride of life”. And the “pride of life” is a BAD kind of pride – a pride that takes us AWAY from God! But FASTING – a SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINE that STARVES the “pride of life?” IT FEEDS THE SPIRIT! 

Here’s a list of all the WRONG spiritual reasons to go on a fast/The Daniel Fast:

  1. Fasting to be seen by others as a “good Christian”
  2. Fasting with a heart that only focuses on what you can NOT eat and what you LACK in life
  3. Fasting that does NOT focus on REPENTANCE ON SINS
  4. Fasting that ONLY focuses on what you can “gain” from it (i.e. Entitlement, such as “What’s in it for ME?” type attitude)

Here’s a list of all the RIGHT spiritual reasons to go on a fast/The Daniel Fast:

  1. To show REPENTANCE of sins 
  2. To GAIN spiritual understanding of a certain situation/person/thing in your life
  3. To receive guidance and direction (i.e. “Should I go to college in state or out of state?”, “Should I stay in current city or move elsewhere?”, etc.)
  4. To receive a CLOSER spiritual relationship with Jesus and to REPAIR any “lukewarm” attitudes towards Jesus/righteous living/etc.

Notice the difference between the two? The former places the focus on OURSELVES and our own self-image and self-desires! But the latter focuses on JESUS and what Jesus has done for all of mankind and our NEED for a saviour in our lives! 

Now, that being said, I’m gonna sum up what all the Lord has revealed to me during my 21-Day Daniel Fast experience (and even slightly after) – just to give you all an example of the TYPES of things the Lord reveals during a Daniel Fast (although please keep in mind that the Lord’s revelations are specific to each individual).

Also: Pray and Stay Humble. Don’t go INTO this thing DEMANDING that the Lord Jesus give you answers on things in a “if I do this, the Lord has to do that” type of way. Instead, humble themselves and PRAY WITH HUMILITY & GRATITUDE! Thank the Lord for all that he’s done in your life and will continue to do! Pray for Forgiveness for all of your sins! TURN from your sins and TURN to the Lord, instead!

The Lord Jesus (during the 21-Day Daniel Fast) has revealed to me the following types of things:

  • He’s revealed to me about WHY He hasn’t yet given me a professional writing job (Hint: it’s not the answer one would typically expect! The answer goes very deep!)
  • He’s revealed to me about what types of things are “compatible” and what things aren’t
  • He’s revealed that all the “scrutiny” and “bullying” I’ve endured for most my life is TRAINING for later
  • He’s revealed to me that WHEN we fast and pray and put our FULL 100% trust in HIM and Him alone that it serves as a “spiritual block” towards all those who wish us “spiritual harm”
  • He’s revealed the sole cause of my neck pain, back pain and MAJOR headaches from time to time  
  • He’s revealed the reason that He keeps me at my current job – atleast for the time being – is in order to keep me “humble”, being much afraid that a higher-paying job may “spiritually corrupt me” and “go to my head” – and though I almost want to say to myself (in retrospect): “come on Lord, you know I wouldn’t do that”, the Lord knows us better than we know ourselves!!!!!!! 
  • He’s revealed to me about WHY he has me living where I’m living now and that he “had a plan” all along concerning “various spiritual assignments” He’s needed me to do over the years as well as most recently
  • He’s revealed to me that drinking lots of water will “alleviate and/or cure” just about any health issue I might have (such as sinus headaches, rashes from sunburn, sinus congestion, etc.)
  • He’s revealed to me that I need to be more patient with people in general and “less judgmental” from time to time (ouch!)
  • He’s revealed to me that the REASON certain people are so mean to me is because IN my presence (at the times I AM showcasing a proper Christ-like example), that the Holy Spirit is convicting them of their sins/sinful behavior and so the demonic spirits living inside their hearts, souls and minds don’t like it one single bit and act, accordingly! 
  • AND MUCH, MUCH MORE! 

That was what all Jesus revealed to me DURING the 21-Day Daniel Fast. I’ve still gotten a couple of revelations AFTER the 21-Day Daniel Fast (don’t ask me why?) But actually, I’m not sure if these are true, biblical revelations from Jesus or if it’s just Satan trying to trip me up. So another type of Daniel Fast may be in order to figure those additional Revelations out. BUT…..in general…..POST Daniel Fast, the Lord has revealed to me (quite possibly) that he “has some plans” for my life and that I need to “step out in faith” and TRUST him on said “plans”.

But like I said, Satan can be quite the trickster, sometimes! He’s had plenty of millennia to learn how to deceive! That’s why biblical confirmation is of UTMOST IMPORTANCE, folks! For as ALL Christians know, Satan is REKNOWN for putting a telepathic spiritual voice in our minds/hearts that SOUNDS biblical and SOUNDS like something Jesus might say but may not actually be Jesus’s spiritual voice that we’re hearing! Therefore……ALWAYS PRAY FOR SPIRITUAL CONFIRMATION OF THE LORD JESUS’S WILL – ESPECIALLY HERE IN THE YEAR 2020 when things are getting down to the wire (i.e. near the “end of time as we know it”) and Satan knows he has but a VERY short time, now!

Note: I didn’t receive ALL the answers I was wanting during The Daniel Fast. And some things the Lord Jesus revealed to me I was NOT even expecting! His ways are not our ways, and his understanding is not our understanding! He reveals everything in his own due time and in his own due way(s)! But all the things he HAS revealed are the things He wants me currently working on, that I DO know! Please remember to make sure to THANK the Lord Jesus at the END of the fast for all of the Revelations that He’s lovingly given you DURING the fast! For remember, He didn’t even technically HAVE to give you any Revelations but He did so out of his own pure love and compassion for you! 

All in all, the 21-Day Daniel Fast was a VERY DIFFICULT, yet, very REWARDING experience! Like, for example, I never realized JUST HOW MANY THINGS HAVE SUGAR in them or just how addicted I was to those things! I can no longer eat Doritos Ranch chips since they now taste WAY too salty for me! In fact, I now PREFER Sea Salt over table salt, table salt is just too salty, now! I think I now have a much better appreciation of what “Vegans” go through – given as how DIFFICULT it is for a Vegan to eat out or shop for Vegan meals at the store. Honestly? I used to sort’ve judge Vegans a small bit back in the day but NOT ANYMORE! I now have a newfound respect for them.

And I’m gonna try to RETAIN as much of the Daniel Fast diet habits that I possibly can because it felt GREAT feeling TOTALLY healthy for those 21 days! Although I’m NOT gonna give up my chicken, eggs, ground beef, turkey or dairy! I have to have my protein! But I AM gonna make a serious attempt to try to drink as much water as possible from now on! (Even my allergies seemed to have been alot less while on the Daniel Fast – wow! Maybe my chronic allergies are all due to DIET? Who knows?)

Okay, now some of you may be wondering, what types of foods did I eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner on the 21-Day Daniel Fast? For breakfast, I typically had roasted almonds with sea salt OR a banana or apple. For lunch, I oftentimes had salads with 2g of sugar or less dressings, soups, vegetarian chilis, yeast-free veggie wraps stuffed with beans, corn, onion, hummus, hot sauce, etc. For dinner, I oftentimes had a vegetarian taco salad with corn, beans, vegetarian refried beans, onion, guac, salsa and veggie soups or chilis, roasted peppers with black beans, salads with 2g or less of sugar salad dressings, etc.

I also sometimes supplemented with fruit smoothies (all natural fruit, NO pre-made stuff), and lots of snacking on vegetables (say, apples and peanut butter, or peanut butter and celery, grapes, etc.) in between meals. Snacking on vegetables in between and filling up on water helped keep me full. There were a few nights where I was still ravenously hungry right before bed so I went to the fridge to eat a couple small handfuls of over-sized green grapes and that seemed to do the trick (I slept like a baby on those nights, btw!)  

Weight wise, I lost a total of about 10 pounds. But ONE thing you have to be careful about on The Daniel Fast is the first few days BEFORE the fast and the first few days AFTER The Daniel Fast. You need to give your body time to “adjust” to the new fasting diet! A couple days before, you will need to limit caffeine intake and eat less than your normally do in order to get your body ready to eat less, overall during the fast!

And when you END the fast, SLOWLY incorporate things back into your diet: like, for day 1, start re-adding butter or sour cream. And then on day 2, start re-adding cheese or eggs. Day 3, start re-adding chicken and meat. Otherwise, any weight you’ve managed to lose will just pile right back on. Try to keep candy and sweets to a bare minimum. 

Well, that was my experience with the 21-Day Daniel Fast. But again – you have to seek the Lord, pray to the Lord and decide just WHICH type of Daniel Fast is right for YOU – and/or which one the Lord is “calling” you to do. Overall, I’d say my Daniel Fast experience was a total success! I will definitely do it again in the near future! I will now be better-armed with the knowledge of what I can or can NOT eat during the NEXT Daniel Fast I do! 

Also, a short prayer for anyone currently ON or highly concerning a “Daniel Fast”:

“Abba, please help, guide and encourage any person considering The Daniel Fast. Please reveal unto each spiritually seeking individual about what TYPE of Daniel Fast that you’d like them to do and what type is “right” for THEM – And once they DO start the fast – please give them the strength, the will power and the spiritual knowledge to pull through. Please helpfully point out to them at the store what they can and NOT eat! Please help give them strength and renew their dedication to the fast if they accidentally have a “slip up” – and reveal to them the TRIGGER for the slip up so that they don’t slip up again during the Fast – please give them the strength to last all the way till the END of their fast – and give to them the Revelations that they’re wanting and seeking – including the ones that you WANT to reveal to them that they might not even know or suspect about. Please encourage them to repent of their sins and to draw closer to YOU, Lord. In Yeshua’s/Jesus’s name. Amen”.

P.S.: Don’t be surprised if you experience some STRONG SPRITUAL WARFARE right before, DURING and after The Fast! That’s just Satan panicking at the sight of YOU truly seeking the Lord Jesus Christ like you’ve never seeked him before! So don’t panic! Be strong! TRUST IN JESUS! Learn to ENDURE spiritual warfare! And remember, the spiritual warfare you endure NOW at Satan’s hands is just TRAINING for later!

Because please remember, folks: The spiritual warfare we experience NOW is just mere “Training” for the spiritual warfare we’ll soon experience during the soon-coming Mark of the Beast Global Society! The spiritual warfare we’re experiencing NOW will seem like a total cake walk compared to the spiritual warfare that we’ll experience THEN! Believe me on this folks, TRUST ME! I know what I’m talking about, here! 

I hope you all have a safe and joyful weekend and remember: VOTE TRUMP IF YOU DON’T WANT THE USA TO TURN INTO A *SOCIALIST COUNTRY* OVERNIGHT AND IF YOU NO LONGER WANT BLM AND VIOLENT RIOTERS GETTING AWAY WITH ALL THEIR VIOLENT, ANTI-AMERICAN PROTESTS! 

How To Achieve The Fruits of the Holy Spirit:

According to Galatians 5: 22-23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law”.

Okay, now what does this mean, some of you may be asking? When it says SPIRIT, just WHAT type of “spirit” is the passage talking about? I’m glad you asked! The “Spirit” being referenced/referred to in the above bible passage is talking about the HOLY SPIRIT! Now…..for those of you unsure who or what the HOLY SPIRIT is, let me tell you: it is the SPIRIT OF GOD! That’s why it’s called “Holy”.

Okay, some of you might still be confused so I’ll try to explain it a bit better. Look at the “scientific properties” of WATER, for instance (also known as H20). It is the SAME ELEMENT but has 3 different properties (solid/frozen, boiling/steam, and liquid). So it is with God the Heavenly Father and Jesus. It’s the SAME GOD but it’s the same God represented in THREE DIFFERENT FORMS, if that makes any sense?

BEFORE Jesus appeared on the Earth in his FLESHLY incarnate form (by means of a virgin birth) he appeared during the times of the Old Testament in his PRE-FLESH-INCARNATE-FORMS (also known as “Christophanies” – Google it). He was the “King of Salem” that brought out bread and wine to refresh Abram after he won the battle against foreign kings, He shut the mouths of the Lions in the Lions Den, He with the “Son of Man” who was with Daniel’s 3 friends in the Fiery Furnace of Nubuchadnezzar, He was the “Angel of the Lord” besides Joshua at the Battle of Jericho, He was the one who parted the Red Sea, He was the “Burning Bush Not Consumed” that Moses saw, you get the picture…..

Therefore, during the Old Testament times, there was no need for the Holy Spirit because Jesus was there (in PRE-FLESH-INCARNATE form). And during the times of the New Testament times WHILE Jesus was on the Earth, there was no need for the Holy Spirit because Jesus was THERE in fleshly, incarnate form!

In fact, Jesus explained this in further detail to his disciples in John 16:7 when he said the following:

“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you”

And in Luke 24:49, Jesus is JUST ABOUT to ascend back up to heaven….But not before he leads his disciples up into Bethany and lays his hands on them to bless them:

“And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high”

However, it wasn’t until AFTER Jesus left the Earth for good (following his Ascension to Heaven), that the disciples RECEIVED THE HOLY SPIRIT/HOLY GHOST:

And please remember: The Holy Spirit of God is the Spirit that testifies of HIM and His Word! It’s the Spirit that’ll let you KNOW things like: “Yes, this is of God” or “No, this is NOT of God!”

In other words, it’s a Spirit of JOY/SPIRITUAL COMFORT and/of SPIRITUAL CONVICTION/DISCERNMENT! (Note: It is called The Holy Ghost AND The Holy Spirit, depending on what bible version you’re reading).

ACTS 2:1-13:

“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit/Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. 

And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.

And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this? Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine”.

Okay, so in a nutshell, the disciples and many others are sitting around in a room, waiting for the “gift” of the Holy Spirit/Holy Ghost. And this was about 40 days AFTER Jesus ascended back up to heaven through the clouds to be on the right hand side of God the Heavenly Father.

And suddenly, a WHIRLWIND comes into the room and the disciples start SPEAKING on inspiration from the Holy Spirit! And there were Jews from ALL AROUND gathered there at Jerusalem! There were Greek Jews, Arabian Jews, Asian Jews, etc. And they each spoke their own languages (INCLUDING the disciples of Jesus gathered there at Jerusalem!)

So try to imagine for a moment what CONFUSION that must’ve caused them when they HEARD the disciples speaking, but yet, HEARING THEIR OWN LANGUAGE being spoken! In other words, when Peter was up there on podium speaking Galilean (his native language), the Asian Jews didn’t hear Galilean, they heard their own ASIAN LANGUAGE being spoken. The Greek Jews heard Peter speaking in GREEK, the Arab Jews heard Peter speaking in Arabic or Farsi. You get the picture?

And some of the “diaspora Jews” there thought that fact was SO outrageous, that the disciples “must be drunk with new wine”. Even though that might seem like an “innocent” accusation by TODAY’S STANDARDS, back THEN in ancient biblical standards, that was one of THE WORST things you could say or accuse about a person, ESPECIALLY a disciple or one of high-religious-ranking! So imagine how Peter must’ve felt, standing in front of the all those people, being accused of such things!

Yet, in Acts 2:14-21, Peter gives this BOLD RESPONSE:

But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;

And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:

And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved”.

By then, the Jews that had accused Peter and the other disciples of being “drunk with new wine” had realized their mistake and were amazed at the BOLDNESS of Peter in the declaration and sat up and took notice!

But anyways, there’s the whole story and backstory concerning the Holy Spirit/Holy Ghost. So now that you know WHAT and WHOM the Holy Spirit is, we’re gonna go back to the passage in Galatians:

Galatians 5: 22-23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law”.

In THIS instance, “fruit” doesn’t mean LITERAL fruit. It means SPIRITUAL FRUIT. Or in other words, what types of RESULTS are you getting from your spiritual walk in Christ? Are people getting saved? Are people being given information between right and wrong? Do most people consider you a patient, kind person? You get the idea.

But to further break down the process of the “fruits of the Spirit”, I’m going to personally define each one and then give you hints and tips on how to personally BECOME the epitome of each one on the list! 😉

Remember, the Galatians 5:22-23 passage goes directly in line with Matthew 17:16-20, which states:

Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them”

Remember the passage in Matthew 21:18-20 where Jesus is hungry and happens across a fig tree that has leaves on it and LOOKS LIKE it has fruit on it but doesn’t have any fruit on it, so Jesus CURSES THE FIG TREE? That is a foreshadowing of all the “fake Christians” that Matthew 7:21-23 says do the following:

“Not every one that saith unto me, ‘Lord, Lord‘, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?‘ And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity“.

Okay, here’s how to NOT be one of those “fake Christians” who end up ETERNALLY CURSED just like the fig tree that LOOKED like it had fruit from the outside but was ROTTEN from the inside: EMPLOY AND EMBODY *THE FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT* (AKA THE *GOOD FRUITS*)….

Galatians 5: 22-23

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law

Love – an intense feeling of deep affection. (We can ALL love our friends and family. That’s easy. Even our enemies do the same. But how well do we LOVE Jesus? How well do we love OTHER HUMAN BEINGS that are NOT our friends and family? That’s what Jesus means when he says in Matthew 22:37-40Jesus said unto him, ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets”.)

Joy – a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. (Do you obey the Lord because you feel like you begrudgingly HAVE to? Or do you obey the Lord Jesus Christ because you WANT to, out of SHEER LOVE and RESPECT for the Savior? Do you feel JOY while obeying his commandments? Do you feel JOY in his Spirit? If not, you’re doing something wrong and you better pray to Jesus quick to find out what the something IS!)

Peace – freedom from war/disturbance, remaining calm, feeling tranquil/content/relaxed. (Do you feel at peace with your day to day life? If so, why not? Is there something you’re doing wrong in your walk with Christ? If so, FIX IT! And if you DO feel “at peace” with your day to day life in Christ, that’s a good sign, it means you’re on the path that Jesus WANTS you on, in life. If you feel “peace” about a move, a job change, a marriage, it means that Jesus is behind it. Note: If you DON’T feel peace about something, or don’t feel “at peace” WITH Jesus, there’s something wrong! Better examine it while you still have a chance!)

Longsuffering – having or showing patience in spite of troubles, especially those caused by other people. (Do you CAVE at the first sign of pressure? Do you immediately get into an argument if someone hurts you? Or do you try to reanalyze and reassess the situation……..maybe they didn’t mean to hurt you? Maybe they were having a bad day?)

Gentleness – the quality of being kind, tender, or mild-mannered. (Think of children, pets, and old people. Do you hold the door open for old people or help them put things in their shopping basket? Are you gentle and patient with pets and children when they act up? Are you gentle with your spouse if you disagree with them about something?) 

Goodness – the quality of being morally good or virtuous (Please remember that Jesus AND the bible define virtue and “moral good” as those people who SUBMIT to Jesus and his biblical laws! For a person can’t be a “good person” without Christ!)

FAITH – complete trust or confidence in Jesus and/or his promises, even if not (yet) seen (Hebrews 11:6 says: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him”).

Meekness – being submissive, humble and agreeable (but not sinning when doing so – i.e. being “submissive” to God’s Word, not blaming Jesus or others for what’s wrong in your life or in your job, etc.)

Temperance – self-control, abstinence from strong alcoholic drink and/or “all non-sinful things in moderation?” (i.e. eating a “moderate” amount of food instead of over-eating, only watching an hour of TV every night instead of all night, only being on the computer for an hour each night, instead of all night, etc.?)

Self-Application Study Guide Questions:

1). Have you ever failed to show “LOVE” to someone? Who? Why? How? What can you do from now on to make sure it doesn’t happen again? How have you felt before when someone else refused to show “love” to you in a given situation?

2). Who or what do you find your “JOY” in? Why? Would Jesus approve of the said thing or person you find “joy” in? Why or why not? What stories from the bible (if any) give you joy? Why? How can you INCORPORATE some of that joy into your OWN life? Do you feel JOY at the mere mention of Jesus and/or salvation? If not, why not? Are you jealous of other Christians who seem to have much “joy” in their lives, despite all the calamities they face? If so, that’s a good sign for there IS such a thing as “righteous envy” and Jesus can take that “righteous envy” of yours and use it for HIS GLORY! So fret not!

3). Do you feel a sense of PEACE in your life, concerning Jesus and and the gospel? Why or why not? If not, whom or what is holding you back from feeling that sense of peace in Jesus in your life? What steps can you take to recapture that peace in Jesus that was stolen from your life from said thing or person? Note: If someone has stolen your “peace in Jesus”, then that means you’re doing something wrong! That either means you’re either caving in to the pressures of persecution, you happen to be dating or married to a non-Christian or you’ve allowed someone to slowly creep in and rob you of your faith! The only way to have PEACE IN JESUS is to REPENT OF ALL SIN *TO* JESUS and get back on the “battlefield of life!”

4). Remember the parable of the sower? What happens when persecution hits ya? Do you get scared and give up and go running for the hills? Do you back off from your faith and/or your preaching a bit, hoping that the persecution will die down soon? Do you stress and buckle underneath all the pressure you’re under from school, home, work, etc.? Or do you face whatever “trials” come your way head-on, KNOWING that Jesus is with you? If you tend to run away from trials and tribulations, WHY? And what steps can you do to change that from now on? Did you know that even the demons themselves tremble and believe in Jesus? So why don’t YOU?

Longsuffering simply means the ability to remain calm NO. MATTER. WHAT. In other words, a group of people might be spiritually persecuting you. Do you give up and go running away (i.e. change jobs?) Or do you face the persecution head-on, knowing that no matter what, Jesus is with you and they (the persecutors) won’t win? Please remember that our faith is tested by FIRE (i.e. trials and tribulations). So if you can’t stand in spiritual battle NOW, how ever will you be able to stand in spiritual battle later, when the “heat of persecution” INTENSIFIES?

5). Gentleness – How many of us have gotten occasionally impatient with small children, pets or old people? Our young children are acting up, our pet is acting up and not minding us, the old person ahead of us in line at the checkout is taking FOR-EVEEERRRR to pay……Nearly all of us, at some point or another, if we’re being completely honest. But the “fruit” of gentleness just means we need to be PATIENT and GENTLE at ALL TIMES (even during the times when we’re about to LOSE patience). That’s why Jesus says to anger but NOT to sin IN our anger. Trust me, it’s an acquired learning exercise. What types of situations have you been impatient with a young child, a pet or an old person? Why? How? What types of situations in the future can you utilize to be PATIENT and GENTLE with small children, pets and old people?

6). Goodness – Funny how almost every single human on the planet would (in their own mind) define themselves as a “good person”. Because hey, no-one really likes admitting their own failures and shortcomings, am I right? It makes them feel so……..small……like such a “terrible” human being with flaws……..with………sin……….with…….oh my gosh….(gasp!) IMPERFECTIONS! However, the bible (and Jesus) define a good person by how well they RECEIVE the gospel AND apply it to their LIFE!

Have you ever been unkind to someone? Why? How? Did being unkind TO that someone help or hurt the situation? Did you feel guilty at all afterwards, on the inside? Why or why not? We must be “GOOD” (that means be KIND) to ALL people, according to the bible! It’s a part of “loving our neighbor as ourselves”. Noah was defined in the bible as a good man, a righteous man who always tried to OBEY the Lord. And no doubt OBEYING the Lord (on Noah’s part) very likely meant loving OTHER PEOPLE as he loved the Lord and HIMSELF!

7). **FAITH**Hebrews 11:6 says: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him”.

For those people who have actually SEEN Jesus during a Near-Death Experience, faith is nearly automatic! But for those who have NOT seen Jesus during an N.D.E., faith is a little more hard to come by, I know. How much faith in Jesus (if any) do you have? Why? If not alot, why is that? Do you think the universe came to be by mere accident? Do you think that colored illustrated books just produce, write, illustrate and publish themselves?

There is SO MUCH EVIDENCE for Jesus and his existence (outside of N.D.E.’s AND outside of Christian sources, even) that it’s not even funny! In the Old Testament, Saul is told that Jesus prefers FAITH over sacrifice! Also, it was Abraham’s FAITH that was accounted to him for all righteousness! If you don’t have faith or alot of faith, you can always PRAY TO HAVE FAITH! 😉

Your key always opens up the lock to your house/apt., your microwave always turns on when you hit the power button, the TV remote always turns off when you turn it off. Therefore, if you have faith in inanimate things, why don’t you have more faith in Jesus, the one true LIVING GOD? What steps can you take to increase your faith? The bible says that faith comes by hearing and that hearing comes by READING THE WORD (The Bible itself!) So what steps can you take to increase your reading of the bible daily?

8). Meekness – How submissive to Jesus and God’s Written Word (the bible) are you? Do you find yourself “questioning certain parts” or “disagreeing with others?” Do you find yourself “questioning God” or certain biblical characters on a continual basis? If so, why? And/or do you find yourself feeling “superior” to other Christians for all your biblical-based bible knowledge or principles? Why? How?

Do you occasionally find yourself questioning Jesus’s orders? (i.e. “But Jesus………this doesn’t make any sense to me! Why should I print an Op-Ed letter to you when that seems totally crazy to me? I don’t get it. Until I understand why, I’m not doing it!”) Are you “meek” (submissive and humble) towards Jesus, the bible and others? If not, why? What steps can you take to learn to be more meek and humble? Jesus says the meek and the humble SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH (i.e. New Jerusalem talked about in Revelation 21-22!)

9). Temperance – Do you have “modesty?” “Self-control?” If not, why? Whom or what are you addicted to? Why? How? How does this “addiction” play into the fact that the “fruit” of the Spirit REQUIRES us to have “self-control”? Can you see how said “addiction” is taking you AWAY from Jesus and the gospel of Salvation?

If the serving on the package says 1 cup, do you eat 5 cups serving instead? If so, why? The bible condemns drunkenness. Do you ever get drunk? If so, WHY? In my mind, this does NOT just apply to “addictions” like alcohol, drugs, sex, videogames, partying, food and the like. It also means WITH OUR WORDS! Are we able to “self-control” our WORDS? Are we able to “self-control” our ANGER and our ACTIONS?

How many times have you lost “self-control” over something or someone? Why? How? Do you see HOW and WHERE the LACK of “self-control” came from? What steps can you take to overcome said LACK of self-control? With time, prayer, patience and training, YOU can train yourself to have more “self-control” and “self-restraint”.

I hope this has helped someone today know how to apply the 9 FRUITFUL GIFTS of the Holy Spirit/Holy Ghost to their lives! Thanks and have a great evening! 😉

 

 

 

 

When You Feel Like Jesus “Doesn’t Love You”, Etc.

Note: I’ve previously written a similar post on the subject which can be found at: https://yeshua777.wordpress.com/2018/12/28/when-you-feel-like-giving-up-how-to-deal/

Lets face it, even the most “righteous” of Christian can sometimes feel like Jesus is “mad at them”, like he secretly “hates them”, like he is “utterly disappointed beyond compare” with them, and/or like he has technically “given up on them” etc.

And if most of us were completely & utterly HONEST, we’ve ALL felt that way atleast at SOME point in our lives or another, am I right? Some have felt that way for days, some for months and yet others for YEARS, even. But let me ask you THIS: Just WHOM or WHAT is BEHIND those “feelings?” Any guesses? Because it MOST CERTAINLY doesn’t come from Jesus & the heavenly angels!

ALL humans (biological males and biological females) were made in the image of God! And together, the biological male and biological female were modeled on two things and two things, ONLY: traditional marriage AND natural procreation!

And Satan, (as well as demons) as we all know, HATES the true image of God! In fact, that’s the very reason WHY there’s all of this “transgender”, “no gender”, “abortion”, “gay marriage”, “gay adoption”, and “sex change” stuff today,  that’s now even going into OVER-DRIVE! Because Satan is working OVER-TIME to try to DESTROY the image of God!!!!!!!!!!!

The bible says that Satan is here upon this Earth to KILL, STEAL, AND DESTROY! Well, “abortion” does all 3 things in ONE! Not to mention that homosexuals and “transgenders” have a MUCH HIGHER suicide rate than the national average! Therefore, Satan is DEFINITELY “killing and destroying” as much of the true/biological image of God that he possibly can! (And much more ferociously as the years go by, even! If an 11-year old drag queen dancing in a gay bar doesn’t attest to that very fact alone, that I don’t know what does!)

DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) is God’s “authenticated signature” on his creation. So when you got things and people (namely Satan) trying to UNDO that, you’ve got someone who’s desperately trying to THWART the true image of God and God’s “authenticated signature” upon his ENTIRE CREATION!

Therefore, if Satan is THAT willing to try to THWART God’s authenticated signature upon God’s own creation, what makes anyone think that Satan will stop THERE? Satan (and even demons) KNOW that Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to Salvation! They simply KNOW it, there’s NO denying it or getting around it for them! Therefore, Satan reasons within himself, that if he CAN’T destroy Salvation in Jesus Christ for Mankind (in and of itself), his NEXT move is to try to RUIN OUR FAITH IN JESUS!

For if he can get us to QUESTION Jesus or to falsely make us think that Jesus has so-called “abandoned us” then maybe, just maybe (Satan reasons) he can STEAL US AWAY FROM JESUS FOR ***ALL ETERNITY!*** That’s quite a sobering thought, isn’t it, folks? And trust me, that sort of thought process doesn’t happen overnight! It’s a gradual build. It starts out so small, then eventually morphs into something much bigger.

Satan knows he oftentimes can’t get us to question our “faith” in Jesus, DIRECTLY. So he takes a more subtle, long, drawn out approach. He’ll oftentimes try to manipulate our “emotions” to try to get us to “stray” from the gospel (say, a “gay” friend or family member who “whines” that people “can’t help it” if they’re “gay” or the like). Or he’ll bring up past sins we’ve committed that we’re still grappling with (“remember when YOU did such n’ such?”)

Or a 3rd approach he’ll often try is to get us to compromise “just a little bit”, in the hopes that that small “compromise” to sin will soon lead to BIGGER COMPROMISES to sin (and it oftentimes DOES!) For example, you were given back 1 penny too much in change, so Satan tempts you with: “Oh come on, it’s a super hot summer day, do you REALLY want to have to go all the way back into the store, having to walk once again through the SCORCHING HEAT, just to return that ONE measly penny?”

And then, over time, “small sins” will eventually lead to “bigger sins” and once the “bigger sins” start happening, that’s when things start to spiritually spiral out of control! And it’s then and only then that Satan will oftentimes begin the “question Jesus altogether” plan! The following arguments are those often employed by Satan to try to eternally separate us from Christ:

  • “Are you SURE you’re good enough for salvation in Christ?”
  • “Christ isn’t looking to save the SUPER SINNERS like YOU!”
  • “You’re too bad, you’re too sinful, Jesus has ALREADY given up on you, my friend, hate to break it to you”
  • “What? You don’t believe that gay people should have equal rights? What a terrible, terrible person you are! How bigoted! How hateful!”
  • “Ah, so you haven’t heard from Jesus in awhile, eh? That’s because he hates you and has abandoned you!”
  • “It’ll ONLY be a matter of time before I conquer you! You’re so far from Christ that it’s not even funny!”
  • “Just where is your Jesus, now? I don’t see him anywhere around here, do YOU?”
  • ‘Jesus has given up on you! He WANTS you to suffer! He WANTS you to feel miserable and alone!”
  • “Jesus is highly disappointed in you right now! Look at all the FAILURES you’ve had in your spiritual life, lately!”
  • “You’re hardly making ANY difference in people’s lives! Nobody’s interested in hearing the gospel! You should just quit while you’re still ahead!”
  • “You’re a total JOKE! Even the demons think so!”
  • “You’ve committed SO many sins lately, you might as well join the dark side! Ha!”
  • ETC.

And when all of THAT fails, Satan gots more tricks up his “arsenal”, still! If he can’t get us to ABANDON or QUESTION our faith in Christ, or to commit major sins against Christ, he’ll instead try to work on FEAR! 

  1. “Am I really good enough to enter the New Millennial Kingdom someday?”
  2. “Will Jesus someday say to me, ‘Depart from me, I never knew you?'”
  3. “Is what I’m doing here down on this Earth good enough for Jesus?” 
  4. “What if x, y, z person doesn’t listen to me when I preach the gospel of Jesus to them? What is the point?”
  5. “Why DOES Jesus allow so much suffering in my life for? Does he care about me AT ALL?” 
  6. HAS Jesus given up on me down here on this Earth?”
  7. IS Jesus ever returning to the Earth? He certainly seems to be taking his sweet little time! Maybe he’s “changed his mind” about coming to the Earth a 2nd time!”
  8. “Maybe Jesus HAS abandoned me and there’s no hope left for me upon this Earth!” 

Romans 10:17 says: “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God”.

So let us now run through a spiritual “checklist”, if you will, in order to get to the bottom of WHY you feel like Jesus has “abandoned you” or “doesn’t love you anymore”:

  1. When’s the last time you read the bible? (King James version?) Has it been awhile? If so, WHY? And can you see how NOT reading the bible in a really long time has fully aided Satan’s full-thronged spiritual attack(s) AGAINST YOU? 
  2. Have you knowingly (or perhaps unknowingly) brought any “demonic objects” into your heart, home, car, soul or mind? If so, what are these objects and do you now see how these objects have invited “demonic spirits” (such as lethargy, doubt, anger, envy, depression, etc.) into your life, heart, mind, body, soul and HOME?
  3. WHERE do you think the feelings of “Jesus not loving me” are coming from? Do you think Jesus HIMSELF or his righteous holy angels are behind those feelings? And if they’re NOT behind those ungodly feelings, then who IS?
  4. In what ways has Satan “spiritually attacked” you, lately? Do you not realize that feeling that Jesus doesn’t love you IS a mode of Satan’s attack AGAINST YOU, in and of ITSELF? 
  5. If Jesus Christ doesn’t love you, then WHY did he die for YOUR sins (and all of mankind’s sins) on the cross? 
  6. If Jesus Christ doesn’t love you, then WHY did he send you here to THIS very blog post on the internet to reassure you of his love and to warn you of the TOTAL DEPTHS of Satan’s spiritual attacks UPON YOU? 
  7. If Jesus Christ doesn’t love you and if he’s TRULY given up on you the way that Satan “claims”, then why is Satan TRYING SO VERY HARD to get you to abandon your faith in Christ, altogether? Because obviously, Jesus has NOT given up on you in any way, shape or form, which is WHY Satan is fighting so desperately to try to eternally conquer your soul! Think about it, folks! 
  8. Do you realize that you’re not the ONLY one who’s going through these spiritual struggles right now and that MANY have either already gone through them or are now currently going through them? YOU’RE NOT ALONE

Here are SEVEN inspiring verses that I’d like to share with you all, concerning Jesus’s LOVE FOR US:

 

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”

Ephesians 2: 4-7But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus”

1 John 3:1 “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not”

1 John 4: 9-11In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another

Galatians 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me”

Romans 5:25By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us

Romans 8:37-39Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord”

STILL not sure if Jesus loves you or not? The fact in and of itself that you’re even ASKING the question TO BEGIN WITH proves that he loves you! HOW? The fact you even SPEAK his name, in and of itself, and the fact that you even BELIEVE upon his name PROVES that he loves you! For think about it, if Jesus didn’t love you (and I assure you, he DOES), then wouldn’t it stand to reason that he WOULDN’T want his name to be KNOWN to you? Think about it! If Jesus Christ did NOT love the world (as per John 3:16), then A) He NEVER would’ve died on the cross for forgiveness of mankind’s sins in the first place and B) He would NOT want his name to be KNOWN throughout the world! 

But even still, if you STILL don’t feel like Jesus loves you, then I will say a precious prayer for you, dear friend:

Jesus, there’s some unfortunate souls out there today who do NOT feel loved by you for whatever reason – most of those reasons being their own self-doubts brought about by Satan and demons! Please break Satan’s power over their lives! Please help them GET RID OF any demonic objects in their hearts, minds, cars or homes! Please help them to realize that they’re in a SPIRITUAL BATTLE for their VERY SOULS! Please show them the GREAT LOVE you have for them! Please show them the TOTAL DEPTHS that Satan WILL go to, in order to try to deceive them! Please liberate them from Satan’s grasp! Please give them a newfound hope & a future in YOU, O Lord! Please shine your heavenly grace upon them and give them a newfound faith and hope  that can ONLY be found in YOU and YOU, alone! Please give them a newfound faith in you that’s SO STRONG, that NOTHING can break it! NOTHING and NO-ONE! Prepare them for spiritual persecution and spiritual battle, for they will NEED it in these Last Days! Please bless them & keep them for all eternity! Amen“. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When You Feel Like Giving Up: How To Overcome

So have you ever gotten to that critical point in your spiritual walk with Jesus Christ where you “ALMOST” felt like giving up? Where you were just OVERWHELMED TO TEARS with all the stuff for Christ that you have to do in your day to day spiritual walk (note: only Jesus himself knows the particulars?) Where you just felt so HOPELESS, WEAK, POWERLESS? Where you were almost certain that if you were to die today, Jesus would likely NOT (at this point, anyways) welcome you into the eternal heavenly kingdom, someday?

Folks, we’ve ALL been there at some point or another. We’ve all gone through our “dark valleys of spiritual anxiety” from time to time. In fact, our spiritual walk with Christ hasn’t ALWAYS been easy. But folks, realize THIS: our spiritual walk with Christ wasn’t MEANT to be “easy”. For if it were “easy”, then EVERYONE would do it. But BECAUSE it’s hard and not easy, ONLY the Lord’s select few will make it through all the “trials and testings” (and later on receive ETERNAL REWARDS for doing so!)

Many Christians here in the year 2018 and on, say that they are now under a HUGE dark cloud of SPIRITUAL PERSECUTION……..spiritual persecution that’s the WORST SPIRITUAL PERSECUTION OF THEIR VERY ***LIVES!*** In other words, many Christians feel like it’s the WORST spiritual persecution that they have EVER, EVER experienced in ALL OF THEIR EXISTENCE! Basically, every temptation that they “could” be tempted with, many Christians now say they’re being tempted with.

There’s this sense of “spiritual heaviness” over many Christians these days. But I know that it IS a work of darkness brought on by Satan himself and the “demonic realm”. It is an executed attack by which the enemy (Satan) is attempting to throw poison fiery (spiritual) darts at EVERY born-again Christian (myself included) from EVERY which direction! However, I trust in Jesus as Lord & Savior! I have started to learn how to pray in the spirit and it’s VERY empowering!

Therefore, WHENEVER you start to feel hopeless, stressed, depressed, discouraged, full of anxiety/fear, etc., there’s SEVERAL things you need to do:

1). Realize that it’s a SPIRIT you’re dealing with, A DEMONIC SPIRIT and NOT so much a “feeling” or “emotion”, in and of itself.

2). Realize that you have POWER & AUTHORITY over such “unclean spirits” in the name of Jesus Christ!

3). Don’t be afraid to EXERCISE your power & authority against ALL unclean spirits! Say & loudly declare: “I am cleansed by the blood of the lamb slain from the foundation of the world. In the name of Jesus Christ, I REBUKE THEE!

4). Get rid of ALL demonic objects and/or “idols” in your home and car that might possibly be giving Satan/demons the “legal” spiritual right to “spiritually harass” you [Please Note that’s there’s a HUGE DIFFERENCE between spiritual “attack” and spiritual “harassment!”] 

Spiritual attack is defined as Spiritual PERSECUTION/TESTING. Such as, you lose your job, someone in your family dies, you get arrested for sharing the gospel, your bestfriend suddenly turns on you for no reason, etc. In other words, circumstances that are BEYOND your control! However, when you TRUST in Christ, you will have TOTAL CONTROL over the situation!

Spiritual harassment, on the other hand, is an attack by Satan/demons in which you technically DO have control, at the onset. Let me explain. Whenever you WILLFULLY CHOOSE to have “idols” or “demonic objects” in your home (ouija boards, tarot cards, animal carvings/figurines, “Catholic statutes, etc.), that gives Satan/demons the “legal” spiritual right to “occupy your home/car” or wherever the demonic objects are.

And by HAVING the demonic objects in place (in your immediately vicinity, be it your car, home or workplace, etc), you are more or less GIVING Satan/demons LEGAL spiritual control of your “territory” and/or the LEGAL spiritual right to SPIRITUALLY HARASS YOU! Because BEFORE you brought those things into your home, Satan/demons had no real power against you (the born-again Christian believer).

But AFTER you brought those cursed things into your home, you GAVE UP any initial power & authority you might’ve had over Satan and demons in the name of Jesus! That’s WHY you need to get rid of all those things! Get rid of all the demonic objects and IDOLS in your home, pray for Jesus to forgive you of having had such things in the first place and DON’T LOOK BACK! Because DEMONIC ATTACK AND/OR HARASSMENT is a REAL THING, FOLKS! In fact, I can provide SEVERAL examples:

You go into the bathroom and then your shower curtain rod falls suddenly and hits you on the back or head really, REALLY hard for NO REASON, or you see black shadows moving about your house or your radio or TV turns on all by itself or you feel something poking and prodding your feet or body at night when you’re trying to sleep or you have CONSTANT nightmares where demons are harassing you and controlling you, left, right and center, etc.etc.

Therefore, when one INITIALLY had control in the beginning (afterall, each person MAKES a choice to have said objects in their home/car/workplace to BEGIN with, do they not?), AS SOON AS they brought that demonic object into their car/home/workplace, that person GAVE OVER their control/their spiritual power and authority to the enemy (Satan/demons). Do you see where I’m going with this, folks?

Now…….that being said, what sorts of things classify as “demonic objects” and “idols”, you may ask? Let me list them:

  1. Tarot cards
  2. Ouija boards
  3. Incense
  4. Statues or carvings (doesn’t matter if they’re “Catholic” or not – a statue is a statue and a carving is a carving)
  5. Astrology materials
  6. Myths & Legends
  7. Occultic/New Age Artwork
  8. Dolls
  9. Black candles
  10. Anything that glorifies other “gods” other than Jesus Christ
  11. The Book of Mormon, the Qu’ran, The Talmud, etc.
  12. Music that doesn’t glorify Jesus Christ
  13. Movies that don’t glorify Jesus Christ
  14. Books that don’t glorify Jesus Christ
  15. Santa Claus and Easter bunny stuff
  16. Figurines
  17. Hallucinogenic drugs/drug materials
  18. Hard liquor
  19. Crystals
  20. Satanic video-games like World of Warcraft, etc.
  21. Posters of people, animals, places or things (Hint: even a “poster” of Jesus HIMSELF can be an “idol” according to the bible!)
  22. Abstract Artwork (especially with the Kundalini spiral, or “lightning” patterns, etc.)
  23. ETC.

Many Christians today, especially many Americans, let ALOT of ungodly things into their homes (ungodly movies, music, TV, video-games, etc.) and then turn around and wonder WHY the world, as well as their own emotional/psychological/spiritual well-being seems to be going to “HECK” in a hand-basket! Is it because 8 out of 10 homes are NOT keeping watch and NOT keeping “spiritual guard” over themselves, their homes and their families?

Why is it that many Christians today think they ONLY have to keep themselves on full spiritual guard while they’re at CHURCH? What about all the times when they’re NOT in church? Many Christians today report feeling depressed, disillusioned, hopeless, helpless, etc. But WHY is that, do you think? What part have WE, as born-again Christians (as a whole) played in this? Is it because we’re all (as a whole) unwittingly bringing things into our home that we shouldn’t, but yet, we’re so caught up in the things of this world (the lastest movie/TV shows/”technological gadgets”) that we’re not even SEEING spiritually clearly?

Many Christians haven’t read their bibles in a long time. And when they DO try to read it, they notice they feel extremely sleepy and can’t stay awake or something else comes up and distracts them. And many INTERNALIZE IT and blame THEMSELVES for it! But folks: it’s THE ENEMY that’s trying to make you NOT read your bibles! It’s THE ENEMY who wants YOU to feel stressed, depressed, hopeless, powerless, etc.! Just like it’s THE ENEMY who wants YOU to blame YOURSELF for HIS spiritual persecutions against you!

In fact, many Christians, if they were to investigate things further, and peel back all the spiritual layers (much like, peeling back layers of an onion), they’d discover that Satan and demons were the sole cause! They’d discover that Satan and demons were in fact themselves the original “driving force” that very first CONVINCED a person to buy that ungodly video-game or “idol” object to begin with! And then, when that object was brought into the home, Satan laughed with glee as he was then able to get a two-thronged spiritual control over the person!

Remember that last time you were about to do something really huge, something really miraculous for the Lord and Satan tried to stop you dead in your tracks or immediately distract you with something else? That wasn’t coincidence, folks! That was pure, outright, HIGH SPIRITUAL WARFARE!

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” – Ephesians 6:12

But now I want to get into the very HEART of tonight’s message: ALL of the spiritual persecution and/or harassment you’ve experienced BEFORE will be NOTHING like the spiritual persecution and/or harassment that will come from Revelation 13:7:

And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations

So in other words, if YOU thought that the spiritual persecution and/or spiritual harassment you’ve suffered up until THIS point (8:00p.m. central standard time, USA, on 12/28/2018) was BAD, you haven’t seen NOTHING yet, folks!!!!!!!! ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!!! Because as “bad” as things are in the world and in society right now, things are going to get WORSE……..much, much worse! Now…..I know that’s kind’ve a buzzkill and probably not what most of you wanted to hear tonight but it’s the truth!

But lets unpack Revelation 13:7 a bit. What does the bible MEAN when it says power was “given him” to MAKE WAR WITH THE SAINTS? And who are the “saints”, by the way, according to the bible? The bible, in several passages (Romans 1:7, 1 Corinthians 1:2, Jude 1:3, 2 Corinthians 1:1, Ephesians 1:1, Colossians 1:26, Ephesians 2:19, etc.) declares that ALL born-again believers in Jesus are SAINTS!

Now………for the 2nd part of that passage…….What does it mean that power was “given him?” And furthermore, who’s the HIM that the bible is talking about? Answer: the HIM that they’re talking about is none other than THE ANTICHRIST and the reason that power is “given him” is because he HAS no power of his own volition! Whatever “limited power” he has is “green-lighted BORROWED POWER!” In other words, Satan’s “limited power” comes from power that he BORROWED from God the Heavenly Father! Because as we know, God the Heavenly Father is ALL POWERFUL & ALL KNOWING!

Folks, we’re getting really, really close to the fulfillment of Revelation chapter 13, I’m NOT EVEN KIDDING! We’ve got all the TECHNOLOGY in place, it’s just a question of WHEN that technology’s gonna be unleashed on all of mankind SIMULTANEOUSLY AT ONCE! And if you think you’ve ALREADY (as a born-again Christian) experienced the DIE-HARD SPIRITUAL PERSECUTION OF REVELATION 13:7, THINK AGAIN! Folks, we here in America haven’t even gotten CLOSE to the HIGH LEVELS of spiritual persecution that ALL born-again Christians in this country will soon face!

Christians in the Middle East and Asia are being rounded up, imprisoned, tortured and PUT TO DEATH for their faith in Christ! So let that be a preview to us ALL, here in America, and in Christianized Western nations! We in Westernized nations have this overall tendency to think it could NEVER, EVER happen to us………..the same horrible things that are now happening in the Middle East & Asia……….but folks, it’s ONLY a matter of time! Therefore, if you think any type of “persecution” you’re experiencing NOW is bad, JUST YOU WAIT!

Also as well: If you can’t handle what small-time persecutions you’re facing NOW, how will you EVER, EVER be able to handle all the LARGE-TIME PERSECUTIONS as the LITERAL TIME of Revelation 13:7 unfolds? It begs of question!

I KNOW it seems “scary” at the onset. Afterall, there’s always this fear of the unknown. But folks, you must NOT give up, not NOW, not EVER! Because remember: that’s just what Satan wants! Satan WANTS you to give up! Satan WANTS you to throw in the towel! Satan WANTS you to believe in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture so that when it doesn’t happen, you’ll lose faith and take The Mark of the Beast! (In fact, Matthew 24 indicates the COMPLETE OPPOSITE of a Pre-Tribulation rapture!) 

“But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved” – Matthew 24:13

I don’t know why but the Lord Jesus himself has just now (at this very moment) lead me to the parable of the sower! This can be found in Matthew chapter 13, verses 1-23!!!

Basically, in summary, there are 4 different types of “reactions” in one’s heart to a person’s hearing the gospel of salvation:

  • Type 1 – This is a person who hears the gospel being spoken but does NOT understand it. Therefore, because he does NOT understand it, (and my own spiritual take on this has always been that this person likely doesn’t even HAVE a desire to understand it, in their hearts, to begin with), that which they heard is quickly stolen away by the enemy, which is Satan!
  • Type 2 – This person receives the gospel with joy but has no “deep root” of faith within themselves………for when persecution strikes, they give up because they “can’t handle it” and/or “don’t understand why they’re being persecuted”
  • Type 3 – This person hears the word (the gospel), but the cares and riches of this world (i.e. materialism and greed) “choke” the word and this person becomes “unfruitful”
  • Type 4 – This person hears the word (the gospel) AND understands it (AND obeys it and obeys it WITH JOY)…….Therefore, because of this, he/she BEARS MUCH FRUIT!

Folks, what type of person are YOU? For if you’re type 1, 2, or 3, it’s time to re-evaluate and ask the Lord Jesus for some spiritual understanding while spiritual understanding may still be found! We’ve probably all, at some point, been a type 2 or type 3 or combination thereof. But it’s what we DID with that experience that matters. Did we LEARN something from it? I know I did. I’ve learned that not all the money and things in the world will satisfy for ONLY Jesus Christ and having a close spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ will satisfy!

In my much younger day, I didn’t really understand what “spiritual persecution” was all about. I used to think it was just God being “mad” at me, I didn’t know any better. And it’s quite easy to become a type 3 without even trying. For we live in a world and a society where “consumerism” is EVERYWHERE! Have we seen the latest movies or TV shows? Have we read the latest books? Have we bought the most up-to-date “technology?” The list goes on. In fact, as time goes on, it’s going to be harder and harder and harder to BE a type 4! And I really think that’s the message that Jesus wanted me to tell you all tonight!

And when you “feel” like giving up, just KNOW that it’s Satan trying to spiritually knock you down and KEEP you down and out of the count………..just KNOW that Satan’s using his demons to wreck HAVOC upon you! Are YOU going to let Satan and his demons win? Or are you going to let JESUS CHRIST ALMIGHTY – KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS win? 

Whenever you GET to that critical point where you’re thinking: Man! I just can’t TAKE this anymore! This is just…..TOO MUCH! I CAN’T….EVEN…..“, DON’T GIVE UP! Keep a diary or journal. WRITE ABOUT WHAT YOU’RE FEELING!! And then PRAY to Jesus Christ about WHAT you wrote! It works! MARK MY WORDS! Journaling my spiritual struggles has helped me IMMENSELY! Because it allowed me to go back, read what I wrote (from the outside looking in) and then REALIZE what the “trigger” was that LED me to feel occasionally “discouraged” in the FIRST PLACE!

Last but not least, when all ELSE fails, read the Psalms (most written by King David) and about the heavenly city called “New Jerusalem” in Revelation, chapters 21 and 22! And remember Jesus’s words in Hebrews 13: 5-6 Let your conversation be without covetousness (i.e. jealousy); and be content (i.e. happy/satisfied) with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I WILL NEVER LEAVE THEE, NOR FORSAKE THEE’. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me”. 

And lastly, I say a prayer for you:

“Jesus, if there’s anyone out there today who’s struggling with feelings of fear, doubt, stress, depression, anxiety, discouragement, despondency, etc., I pray that you LIFT THEM UP IN SPIRIT and ENCOURAGE THEM and GIVE THEM THE BOLD FAITH LIKE A LION, THE WISDOM OF A SERPENT AND THE GENTLENESS OF A DOVE! I pray that you ENLIGHTEN them to all the “tactics” of the enemy and give them the tools by which to OVERCOME the enemy! Amen”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

James 2:19 = Even the DEMONS *Believe & Tremble!*

James 2:19 “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble“.

The 2nd part of James 2:19 isn’t a passage that most Christians and/or church leaders talk about very often, if at all (or even do so much as think about). In fact, the VERY first time I read that passage at the tender age of 19-21, I was AWESTRUCK! The demons TREMBLE with FEAR at Jesus? F E A R? Why? I had thought at the time. Wouldn’t it make more technical sense for them to react to Jesus with ANGER, rather than FEAR?”

But let us look at two other bible passages in the bible which address this very issue!

Matthew 8:28-29 says: “And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. And, behold, they cried out, saying, ‘What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?‘”

The Matthew 8:29 passage, in my further attempt at fully understanding the “demons’ fear of Jesus” back then, really got me to start questioning everything I “thought” I knew at that point about Satan and demons! Like, I KNEW that Satan and demons were ANGRY things! But little did I know, as per that passage and the 1st passage I listed, that they were FEARFUL, angry things! WHY? Because they KNOW that Jesus has the POWER to eternally judge them! 

Luke 8:28 further echos the sentiment: “When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, ‘What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high? I beseech thee, torment me NOT!'”

When I originally read the Luke 8:28 passage back then, I sort’ve had this “human” mental imagery in my mind of a demon (using the man’s human body as a vessel) kneeling down on his knees in front of Jesus, putting both his hands up in a “I surrender” position and DESPERATELY PLEADING with Jesus to NOT be tormented!

And it was THAT mental imagery in my mind which served as a VERY POWERFUL force of spiritual understanding within my spirit! For just like a human person might hold both their hands up in a “I surrender, I don’t want any trouble” position if there was a gunman who was threatening their VERY LIFE, so did THE DEMON likely do in the presence of Jesus! WOW! PROFOUND!

So therefore, what can we gather from these 3 passages in the bible? Answer: DEMONS **FEAR** JESUS! That’s right…..out-right **FEAR HIM!** So it stands to reason: If DEMONS fear Jesus, how much more does SATAN fear Jesus? Answer: Likely a whole HECK of alot! Why? Because he simply KNOWS that he’s powerless against Him, amongst many other things! Which then even further stands to reason: If SATAN and DEMONS actually **FEAR JESUS**, (despite any major “anger issues” they might have AGAINST Jesus), then why should WE, as born-again Christians/Messianic Jewish-roots Christians FEAR **THEM?** It stands to reason!

There’s yet another bible passage that I’d like to share, which is Matthew 10:28 [New Testament, Book of Matthew, Verse 28] which states: “And fear NOT them which kill the body, but are NOT able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is ABLE to destroy BOTH soul and body in hell”.

In other words, don’t FEAR the spirits and/or the people that have the ability to “kill you” since they ONLY have “ability” to kill your BODY, ONLY but NOT your soul…..Instead, you should FEAR GOD/JESUS since ONLY GOD/JESUS has the power to “kill” both your BODY ***AND*** your soul in hell and/or the lake of fire! OUCH! Therefore, in hindsight, the Matthew 10:28 passage is telling us in NO uncertain terms whom/what we SHOULD and SHOULD **NOT** fear, in the “biblical sense!”

Too many Christians today FEAR! Rather it’s FEAR of “workplace issues”, FEAR of the future, etc. But what they oftentimes don’t realize (myself included, sometimes) is that SATAN AND DEMONS are the driving force BEHIND that “FEAR!” And as long as we don’t have any “idols” or “demonic objects” in our homes (ouija boards, tarot cards, New Age and/or metal music, carved images, witchcraft-themed movies, books, etc.), we have POWER & AUTHORITY in the name of Christ to REBUKE THAT DEMONIC SPIRIT/THOSE DEMONIC SPIRITS OF FEAR!

But yet, here’s the sad reality. As long as a “Christian” has demonic “objects” in their possession, OR consume them (such as movies and TV shows), Satan/demons have the LEGAL spiritual “right” to RULE OVER THEM (**UNTIL** said object is REMOVED or said consumption is FULLY REPENTED OF)! Sad but true! Many Christians today have demonic objects in their home and don’t even know it!

For example, many think that Harry Potter books or movies are “harmless!” And yet others at some point (myself included) attempted to “justify” their watching of “Witchcraft-themed shows” (like Salem for instance) telling themselves that they’re just spiritually educating themselves about the Enemy Satan, so they know how he “works” in the Kingdom of Darkness, etc.!

Folks, let me tell you something. I MYSELF made the mistake of watching some of the “Salem” TV series on Netflix (LONG BEFORE the Netflix BAN was needed on the part of many Christians!) And I even tried to justify it to myself, telling myself that it was somehow OK to watch the show, IF I was only doing it from a “get-myself-educated-on-the-schemes-and-workings-of-the-Devil” type of way!

But BOY WAS I MISTAKEN! Not long after I started watching the 1st episode, I had an “ungodly spirit” that invaded my home! A dark shadow! It oftentimes “slightly” shook the end of my bed at night while I was trying to sleep! It would follow me into the bathroom and would sometimes abruptly make the shower curtain rod fall on me whenever I tried to use the toilet or take a shower! It terrified my cat(s) at night and made them “growl” and “hiss” for absolutely no reason! I’d go out in the hallway and would see my cat(s) growling and hissing at “shadows that weren’t there!”

And at first, I’ll admit, I was in a bit of denial. I mean, you hear about invasion of demonic spirits in movies and on certain TV shows. But not ONCE as a Christian do you EVER think that it will come to YOUR house for something so small as watching a Witchcraft-themed TV show (even if only for “education of how the Enemy works” purposes!)

I honestly thought at the time that if the Lord Jesus KNEW MY heart and KNEW I wasn’t even “remotely” interested in Witchcraft, but that I only wanted to gain a better understanding of HOW the Enemy works, that I’d somehow be “OK” and that demonic spirits would NOT be allowed to enter into my home! But I was WRONG! After about a week or so of “the attacks” and attempting to rebuke the spirit in the name of Christ but getting no results, I asked it outloud one time during one of its “attacks”: “WHY DO YOU KEEP TORMENTING ME?”, and it hissed out (just like a snake) ONE word and one word ONLY: SALEM!”

And that’s when I knew it was the UNGODLY TV-show by that same name that was GIVING this “demonic spirit” the legal spiritual RIGHT to invade my home. And so then when I personally inquired to Jesus about WHY He had allowed this “dark, demonic spirit” to invade my home, and “attack me”, Jesus informed me that it was actually for my own benefit, so THAT I would learn the hard way the TOTAL SPIRITUAL DANGER that goes along with watching ANY type of program that has a “positive view” of Witchcraft in it! NO CHRISTIAN – MYSELF INCLUDED – SHOULD BE WATCHING **ANY** TYPE OF PROGRAM OR MOVIE LIKE THAT – **EVEN IF** IT’S ONLY TO “GET EDUCATED ON THE ENEMY!”

Thankfully, my experience eventually came to a “safe ending”. Once I realized just how SATANIC the show was, (and how it very likely portrayed ACTUAL SATANISM), I IMMEDIATELY stopped watching the Series, I prayed to Jesus for forgiveness, and vowed to never watch a single episode of THAT or any OTHER show LIKE that, EVER, EVER AGAIN! And just like that, the DEMONIC SPIRIT was GONE! No more “end of bed shaking” in the middle of the night, no more shower curtain rod violently falling on me in the bathroom, no more terrified growling & hissing cat(s) in the middle of the night, etc!

Now, I have to make an honest confession, here. Did I somewhat “fear” the “demonic spirit” that kept attacking me, while it was attacking me? At first, I did a little, yeah. Why? Because I didn’t know WHY it was there. I didn’t think at first that there was ANY reason FOR it to be there in my home! And see folks, that’s where ALOT of problems with our spiritual walk with Christ can come in…….when we DON’T have our “full spiritual thinking caps” on and in our “leisure time”: For THAT is the time when we are MOST vulnerable to falling victim to Satan’s devices and he KNOWS it!

Now, if “I”, a teacher of God’s Written Word, can fall that easily to something like that (telling myself that it was OK since I was ONLY watching it to gain more understanding of HOW the Enemy works against believers, etc.), how much easier would it be for a non-teacher of God’s Written Word to fall that easily for something like that? FOLKS, WE MUST REMAIN ON **FULL SPIRITUAL GUARD** AT **ALL TIMES** AND IN **ALL PLACES!”** (And believe me, that goes just as much for ME as it does for anyone else who’s a believer in Jesus!)

But I tell ya, folks: Two of Satan’s MOST BIGGEST spiritual battlegrounds against born-again Christians today is at home/among non-believing family members and THE WORKPLACE! Because if you’re working at a workplace where hardly NOBODY is a bible-believing, bible-adhering Christian, it’s going to get harder & harder to adhere to Christ and his gospel as the years roll by in SUCH a “place!” SO HOLD FAST TO THE FAITH!

The non-believers (or rather, the demonic spirits residing INSIDE the hearts, souls and MINDS of unbelievers) are constantly “testing you”, constantly “sizing you up”, and/or “waiting for you to FAIL!” And this could be manifested in any NUMBER of ways……..They or a manager might attempt to micromanage you, they might try to get you to participate in the “latest gossip”, they might tempt you to work on the sabbath or give you more work than they know that you can do at any one given time and then criticize you when you fail, etc.  

So folks, BE CAREFUL! BE ON YOUR FULL SPIRITUAL GUARD AT ALL TIMES! I can’t emphasize that ENOUGH!!!!!!!! Especially since these “unsaved coworkers” don’t yet even KNOW that they’re being spiritually deceived by demons in all of those things! So pray for them, pray for them, pray for them and don’t ever STOP praying for them folks, MARK MY WORDS! And pray for yourselves as well, since we all know it’s very easy to be “swayed” by coworkers. 

But going back to my main point: Satan/Demons FEAR the name of Jesus! Therefore, why should WE, as as born-again Christians, fear THEM? It stands to reason! For WHEN we fear Satan and/or demons, we are, in all actuality, fearing beings that FEAR JESUS! Now think about that. Truly sit back and think about that for awhile. Let that thought ruminate for a bit in your mind. Because if we FEAR demonic beings that FEAR JESUS, what does that say about US as so-called “born-again believers?”

If there’s ever a time in our lives when we fear Satan, fear demons and/or fear persecution, we’re doing it wrong! That means that something is missing in our spiritual “walk” with Christ! Because NO Christian with the correct, FULL spiritual armour is going to fear the Devil or Demons! (Not for ANY reason!) Instead, they will laugh in Satan’s or the demon’s face whenever they “make threats” and loudly and boldly proclaim: “I rebuke you in the name of Christ, now GO!” without any problems or hesitations! In fact, they will KNOW that they know that Christ has their back, no matter what and they need NOT fear!

Are YOU at the place in your life right now where you have ZERO fear of Satan, demons and/or the future? If not, WHY? And if not, what sorts of steps must you take to NOT be afraid anymore, in the name of Jesus? What it help you to know that Jesus HIMSELF was afraid in the Garden of Gethsemane when he KNEW he’d be facing “human death” for the first time?

And yet, even IN SPITE OF HIS FEAR, he STILL trusted the Heavenly Father? If Jesus could still trust the Heavenly Father during HIS time of trial & tribulation (and FEAR) on the Earth, then so can WE also trust Jesus (who OVERCAME death & the grave) during OUR times of trials and tribulations on the Earth, right folks? IT’S THAT SIMPLE!

Isaiah 41:10 proclaims: “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness while John 16:33 states: “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world“.

In other words, Jesus is telling us here that WHATEVER scary situation we might face in life (being fired from our jobs, a severe medical diagnosis, a death, a traumatic event, severe persecution, etc.), we do NOT need to worry since Jesus IS IN CONTROL OF IT ALL! He’s got the power of the UNIVERSE at his fingertips! He created the universe with just the mere sound of his VOICE!

Therefore, is He REALLY gonna create the universe with just the mere sound of his voice (“Let there be light”, etc.) and then scratch his head in confusion over how to help us deal with OUR life’s “treacherous situations?” OFCOURSE NOT! Jesus KNOWS what he’s doing, no matter what, so we got to remember that, folks! Even though I know sometimes that’s easier said than done. I know it’s “hard” to trust Christ in times of SEVERE TURMOIL in our lives! I know many Christians have the “why me” type questions whenever something bad happens. Just like I KNOW how hard it is to believe that Jesus is CONSTANTLY working things out for the BEST for us that are believers in HIM!

But one thing I DO know is THIS: Jesus is faithful and TRUE! And not once has he EVER, EVER, **EVER** let me down! NOT ONCE! He has ALWAYS and FOREVER been there for me! It is ME that hasn’t always been there for HIM the way I should at various small points in my life! But thankfully for me and for ALL of us, he is a loving and JUST God, who FORGIVES US FOR ALL OUR SINS! We might as feel at times as though Jesus has forgotten about us on this “Earth rock” down here, but believe me, he hasn’t! It’s US who forget HIM!

We as Christians (as a whole) tend to sometimes get slightly “lukewarm” in our faith at certain times in our lives! When severe persecution bears us down and makes us feel exhausted and drained of energy, temporarily giving up seems like the most EASIEST  & most CONVENIENT thing to do! But folks, we can NOT give up! Not NOW! Not EVER! ESPECIALLY IN THESE HERE LAST DAYS OF HUMAN HISTORY! WE ARE THE LAST GENERATION, FOLKS! https://yeshua777.wordpress.com/2018/09/11/we-are-the-last-generation-biblical-proof/

We are the last “100% human species” on this Earth! By the time our children grow up into their 20’s, true 100% humans will be a thing of the past and “cyborgs” will be THE NORM! Quite sobering to think about, isn’t it folks? Yet Jesus says we do NOT need to fear for the future, our salvation is certain (provided we still believe, trust AND obey him and do NOT take The Mark of the Beast for ANY circumstances!)

Jesus Christ HIMSELF tells us in Luke 12:32 “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom”. So lets unpack this a bit. First off, Jesus is telling us NOT to fear. And then the 2nd part is even more beautiful than the 1st part; Jesus is telling us that God DELIGHTS in rewarding us “eternal life” in his “eternal heavenly kingdom”. Therefore, if we DELIGHT in the Lord Jesus AND in obeying him, then someday, the Heavenly Father will DELIGHT in US! What a splendid thought, folks! 

Also: If you have FEAR in ANY area of your life and/or spiritual walk with Christ, WRITE IT DOWN! Then read a scripture in the bible about Jesus overcoming demons, etc. Then go back and read your list and ask yourself if your “fear” is justified! My guess is that it WON’T be, in your mind or heart! However, if you’re STILL unsure rather your “fear” is justified or not, PRAY TO JESUS ABOUT IT! (The most easiest, yet, most OVERLOOKED solution to ANY problem we might have today – PRAYER!) And whatever person, thing or object you fear, fill in the blank with said person, object or thing in the prayer down below!

Pray the following: “Jesus, I fear ________. I’m not sure WHY I fear ______ but I do. I’m not sure what to do about ________. But I know that you DO know what to do about _________ and my FEAR of it! So please Jesus, help me overcome my fear of __________. And make it to the point where someday soon, I will LAUGH at my initial fear of ________ and will fully realize that Satan is a LIAR! Please help me realize that my fear of ________ comes from a DEMONIC SPIRIT and that in YOUR heavenly name, I have authority OVER said “spirit”.

P.S.: Please also reveal to me if there’s any demonic objects in my car or home that are “allowing” the spirit of FEAR to “fester” in my life/home/workplace and help me to GET RID of those objects, if so! Please help give me the necessary tools to get RID of the SPIRIT of FEAR and have it leaving me/my home/my workplace IN NO TIME! Please instead REPLACE the spirit of FEAR in my life with YOUR Holy Spirit, THE SPIRIT OF FAITH AND OF TRUTH! I say this in your heavenly name, Jesus! Amen!” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Problems With Fertility? Jesus Is Your Answer!

Many married couples long for children. And with all the highly processed food and chemical compounds/additives that is being placed in food, beverage and water supplies these days, it’s really NO WONDER that “fertility” (both in men AND in women) has taken a severe hit the last few several years.

Many married heterosexual couples might feel sad, depressed, hopeless……..as though they’re one of the ONLY ONES going through the “infertility struggle”. But guess what, those who struggle with infertility? I got some good news for you! Did you know first of all that there are OTHERS out there, just like you, who either went through (or are currently going through the same thing?) You’re NOT alone!

In fact, even during the times of the BIBLE, there were many married couples who struggled with the issue of fertility. And back in THOSE days, being married and having kids (and thus, starting a “traditional family”) was the end all, be all, EVEN MORE SO than TODAY’S TIMES…..And just imagine the INTENSE pressure those poor biblical folks must’ve felt when they couldn’t have children. Yet, nearly ALL of them had ONE thing in common: they ALL had faith in God and his divine power for MIRACLES! And BECAUSE they had strong faith and BELIEVED in NATURAL PROCREATION MIRACLES, they also RECEIVED! 🙂

In fact, let us turn to the bible to discuss these seemingly infertile (or partially infertile) couples in more detail……

Old Testament:

1). HANNAH – Hannah was “barren” and like Sarah, was “constantly tormented” by Elkanah’s 2nd “fertile” wife, Peninnah, since Hannah had no children. Hannah’s husband, Elkanah, even lamented to her in 1 Samuel: 1-8 Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heart grieved? am not I better to thee than ten sons?“. However, Hannah goes up to the Temple to pray for a child and a Levite priest at the temple blesses her & prays that the Lord will “grant her her petition” and that’s exactly what happened. And thus, the PROPHET SAMUEL was born!

2). SARAH – As stunningly “beautiful” as Sarah was, she was barren. And like Hannah, was “constantly tormented” by what had become Abraham’s 2nd wife, Hagar, the “fertile” Egyptian. Genesis 15:2-3 shows us Sarah’s husband, Abraham, grieving over having no heir: And Abram said, Lord God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus? And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir“. But in Genesis 21:1-8, Sarah conceived and bore ISAAC! 

3). REBEKAH – Rebekah, the bible records, was stunningly beautiful but “barren”. Genesis 25:21 states: “And Isaac intreated [that means prayed to] the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated [prayed to] of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived”. Rebekah bore the biblical twins ESAU & JACOB!

4). RACHEL – Like Sarah & Rebekah, Rachel, the bible records, was ALSO stunningly beautiful………but also barren. She was also the *favorite wife* of Jacob. When the Lord originally saw that Rachel’s sister Leah was unloved, he opened Leah’s womb (while closing up Rachel’s – atleast for that time being) and Leah bore SIX SONS + A DAUGHTER! However, Rachel then became EXTREMELY jealous of her sister Leah & then demanded that Jacob give HER children, also!

Genesis 30:1-2 records the following: And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die!” And Jacob’s anger was kindled against Rachel: and he said, Am I in God’s stead, who hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb?

Genesis 30:22-24 then states, And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and opened her womb. And she conceived, and bare a son; and said, God hath taken away my reproach: And she called his name Joseph; and said, The Lord shall add to me another son”. And she thus gave birth to JOSEPH & then later, to BENJAMIN! 

5). JOCHEBED – She married her own NEPHEW in the Old Testament (BEFORE it was forbidden for aunts/uncles and nieces/nephews to marry). So this, to ME anyways, suggest that she was slightly older in age than her nephew, Amram. Which would ALSO likely mean that she likely conceived pass the typical biblical child-bearing age to birth MOSES, AARON & MIRIAM!

6). MONOAH’S WIFE in Judges 13: 2-3 which says, “And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and bare not. And the angel of the Lord appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son”. 

Judges 13:24-25 then records: And the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson: and the child grew, and the Lord blessed him. And the Spirit of the Lord began to move him at times in the camp of Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol”. 

She was the one who gave birth to the long-haired, exceptionally-strengthed SAMSON!

New Testament:

7). ELIZABETH – The SAME exact Holy Spirit that conceived a son in Mary (a virgin) was the same exact Holy Spirit that allowed Elizabeth to “conceive in her old age”. The archangel Gabriel informed Mary of this in Luke 1:36 when he stated, And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren“. Elizabeth ended up bearing JOHN THE BAPTIST!

So conclusion? It is MUCH, MUCH better to “wait on God/Jesus” than to PREMATURELY take matters into one’s own hands, as both Rachel & Sarah had witnessed! (Note:”Rachel’s son by her handmaiden, Dan, later became the father of a “condemned” tribe of Israel while Sarah’s son by her slave, Hagar, later went on to CRUELLY mock Sarah & Isaac when Isaac was a baby, etc!)

And besides: Jesus is a GOD OF MIRACLES! Therefore, if he could provide ancient biblical infertile women with children, then doesn’t it stand to reason that He could ALSO theoretically provide NATURAL CHILDREN for TODAY’S infertile women? 🙂

Matthew 8:26 states: “And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm”. 

TRANSLATION? HE CREATED THE UNIVERSE AND THE HEAVENS WITH JUST THE MERE SOUND OF HIS VOICE! HE CLOSED THE MOUTHS OF LIONS AND *PARTED* THE RED SEA! NOT TO MENTION HE WAS EVEN ABLE TO **COMMAND THE SEA!** Therefore folks, if he can do all THAT, he’s MOST CERTAINLY not gonna scratch his head in confusion as to how to make an infertile couple FERTILE. He did during the times in the bible many times, and I have a very strong feeling he’ll do it even in TODAY’S TIMES. 

However, on a FINAL, MOST IMPORTANT NOTE IS one thing I need to mention, here. And again, I’m not trying to scare any of ya’ll, so bare with me, here. But we ARE now living in the End times, folks! Make no mistakes about it! And so what YOU infertile peoples may initially see as a downfall (that is, infertility, in and of itself) could actually now prove to be a BLESSING in disguise……You won’t have to worry about how to hide your children from the Anti-Christ beast system authorities if you HAVE no children to hide from them to begin with, correct? 

But then again, IF it’s Jesus’s will for you to have children with your spouse, you WILL have children with your spouse……..the NATURAL WAY……….there’s no need to PUSH the issue, here. And IF that be the case, Jesus Christ WILL provide ways for you to protect your children from the Anti-Christ beast system authorities as long as possible. However, if you find that you can NEVER have children the natural way, even AFTER praying to Jesus about it numerous times, then you need to find peace with that and find a way to SPREAD THE GOSPEL IN THESE HERE END-TIMES (ESPECIALLY ABOUT THE END TIMES AND THE SOON COMING MARK OF THE BEAST SYSTEM ABOUT TO FALL ON THE WORLD!) Without children to distract you, you’ll be more focused.

And in closing, let me just say THIS: EVERY LIFE IS PRECIOUS IN JESUS’S SITE! DO NO ABORT YOUR CHILD, NO MATTER WHAT! EVERY LIFE IS A **GIFT** FROM GOD! SO REMEMBER THAT! Also remember that to DIE **for** Christ (a death of martyrdom for Christ) is GAIN. But to try to HANG ON to one’s life means to LOSE IT (your life, that is) ETERNALLY. So remember that, folks! 

Matthew 16: 24-26 states the following: Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”

 

 

 

 

GENE-EDITING & IVF, ETC. ARE AN ABOMINATION, PART A

Believe it or not, there’s actually several cases in the bible where women conceived NATURALLY in their old age and/or IN their times of infertility. Let us examine all SEVEN of those cases! (And there might possibly be more but these 7 cases are the ones that most Christians recall from the bible…….)

Old Testament:

1). HANNAH – Hannah was “barren” and like Sarah, was “constantly tormented” by Elkanah’s 2nd “fertile” wife, Peninnah, since Hannah had no children. Hannah’s husband, Elkanah, even lamented to her in 1 Samuel: 1-8 “Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heart grieved? am not I better to thee than ten sons?“. However, Hannah goes up to the Temple to pray for a child and a Levite priest at the temple blesses her & prays that the Lord will “grant her her petition” and that’s exactly what happened. And thus, the PROPHET SAMUEL was born!

2). SARAH – As stunningly “beautiful” as Sarah was, she was barren. And like Hannah, was “constantly tormented” by what had become Abraham’s 2nd wife, Hagar the “fertile” Egyptian. Genesis 15:2-3 shows us Sarah’s husband, Abraham, grieving over having no heir: And Abram said, Lord God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus? And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir“. But in Genesis 21:1-8, Sarah conceived and bore ISAAC! 

3). REBEKAH – Rebekah, the bible records, was stunningly beautiful but “barren”. Genesis 25:21 states: “And Isaac intreated [that means prayed to] the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated [prayed to] of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived”. Rebekah bore the biblical twins ESAU & JACOB!

4). RACHEL – Like Sarah & Rebekah, Rachel, the bible recorded, was ALSO stunningly beautiful………but also barren. She was also the *favorite wife* of Jacob. When the Lord originally saw that Rachel’s sister Leah was unloved, he opened Leah’s womb (while closing up Rachel’s – atleast for that time being) and Leah bore SIX SONS + A DAUGHTER! However, Rachel then became EXTREMELY jealous of her sister Leah & then demanded that Jacob give HER children, also!

Genesis 30:1-2 records the following: And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die!” And Jacob’s anger was kindled against Rachel: and he said, Am I in God’s stead, who hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb?

Genesis 30:22-24 then states, And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and opened her womb. And she conceived, and bare a son; and said, God hath taken away my reproach: And she called his name Joseph; and said, The Lord shall add to me another son”. And she thus gave birth to JOSEPH & then later, to BENJAMIN! 

5). JOCHEBED – She married her own NEPHEW in the Old Testament (BEFORE it was forbidden for aunts/uncles and nieces/nephews to marry). So this, to ME anyways, suggest that she was slightly older in age than her nephew, Amram. Which would ALSO likely mean that she likely conceived pass the typical biblical child-bearing age to birth MOSES, AARON & MIRIAM!

6). MONOAH’S WIFE in Judges 13: 2-3 which says, And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and bare not. And the angel of the Lord appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son”. 

Judges 13:24-25 then records: And the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson: and the child grew, and the Lord blessed him. And the Spirit of the Lord began to move him at times in the camp of Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol”. 

She was the one who gave birth to the exceptionally-strengthed, long-haired SAMSON!

New Testament:

7). ELIZABETH – The SAME exact Holy Spirit that conceived a son in Mary (a virgin) was the same exact Holy Spirit that allowed Elizabeth to “conceive in her old age”. The archangel Gabriel informed Mary of this in Luke 1:36 when he stated, “And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren“. Elizabeth ended up bearing JOHN THE BAPTIST!

So conclusion? It is MUCH, MUCH better to “wait on God/Jesus” than to PREMATURELY take matters into one’s own hands, as both Rachel & Sarah had witnessed! (Note:”Rachel’s son by her handmaiden, Dan, later became the father of a “condemned” tribe of Israel while Sarah’s son by her slave, Hagar, later went on to CRUELLY mock Sarah & Isaac when Isaac was a baby!)

And besides: Jesus is a GOD OF MIRACLES! Therefore, if he could provide ancient biblical infertile women with children, He could ALSO theoretically provide NATURAL CHILDREN for TODAY’S infertile women!

But then again, it all goes back to Jesus’s will for people’s lives. Some people (for whatever reason in Jesus’s eyes) just weren’t meant to have children. For some, it might be for genetic reasons (a person might have a terrible disease that runs in the family such as alcoholism/schizophrenia or it might kill the mother outright to carry a child for 9 months). For others, it might be for SPIRITUAL REASONS. ….

It is SO easy to truly focus on Christ when we got NO outside distractions (or people) demanding our attention. But yet, it is SO HARD to focus on Christ when we DO have things such as spouses/S.O.’s or children/nieces/nephews/grandkids that distract us from Christ (believe me, I know).

Also: Gay couples use IVF/surrogacy for various purposes. Therefore, if a “medical technique” allows gay couples to have children, then SHOULD that same medical technique be touted as “OK” or “Acceptable” among today’s BIBLICAL-ROOTS/BORN-AGAIN Christians? It stands to reason. IVF, surrogacy and “gene-editing” (atleast to ME, anyways) are like one and the same. It’s basically “manipulating genes/science” to “bend to one’s will”, PLAYING GOD…..AND….turning babies into a $$$$$$ COMMODITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

But in reality, we, as Christians, should instead be bending to the Lord Jesus Christ’s will, instead of our own. Because truth be told, we humans HAVE NO PLACE manipulating genes/embryos to OUR personal will! That’s SELFISH!

In fact, I’ll even take this a step further. A “genetically-modified ANYTHING” from PURPOSELY genetically-modified genes to genetically-modified FOOD is **OUTSIDE** of the Lord Jesus’s will! Why? Because it messes with HIS natural design! And ANYTHING (and I do mean, ANYTHING) outside of HIS (the Lord Jesus’s) natural DNA design (be it food or otherwise) is AN ABOMINATION! Why? Because it’s like personally saying to God: “We can do better!”

Because remember folks, genetically-modified doesn’t just apply to HUMAN GENES, it can also apply to FOOD GENES, as well! Is it any wonder that many of today’s “GMO’s” cause CANCER in humans and animals and also that MANY upon MANY of today’s “genetically-modified crops” are ALSO getting all sorts of “crop diseases?” Trust me, folks, there’s a REASONING for that! The Lord Jesus Christ knew EXACTLY what he was doing when he designed FOOD GENES and/or HUMAN DNA an EXACT WAY.

And over time, when “liberal scientists” began doing their “experiments”, trying to MANIPULATE and CHANGE THE DNA CODING/SEQUENCING, (first, with food and then later, with rodents in test labs and now – in humans), bad things started to happen. And now there’s high rates of cancer and many “diseases”. Why? Because humans keep rebelling against HIS natural design! Why aren’t more people seeing this fact? Answer: Because Satan, demons and today’s “liberal media” are HIDING the fact!

Folks, it’s time to start CRITICALLY EXAMINING “genetically modified” in ALL its forms (food included). If you’re buying “genetically-modified (GMO) food”, STOP! (Although from what I can gather so far, ORGANIC FOOD is okay because ORGANIC FOOD does NOT use any harmful pesticides, etc. – and ORGANIC food and GENETICALLY-MODIFIED FOOD, from what I understand, are two COMPLETELY different things!) If you’re considering IVF, DON’T DO IT! If you’ve already had an IVF procedure, REPENT of it (in your heart) and don’t do it again!

[And Note: Alot of people don’t realize this but there’s also a SPIRITUAL COMPONENT that goes along with NATURAL PROCREATION. Because not ONE couple in the bible procreated by un-natural means. NOT ONE. And even if the technology had existed back then, my guess is that Jesus Christ/Almighty God would’ve been TOTALLY against it, for various reasons! But still, I wonder………what is the “soul” of a “synthetic baby” like? Oddly and strangely enough, I haven’t yet heard of ONE single born again/zealous-for-God’s-Word Messianic Jew or Christian who was created the “synthetic way”. I wonder why that is. It doesn’t mean they’re not theoretically out there somewhere in the Christian/Messianic Jew world, I just haven’t come across one, yet. Weird? 

I’ve most recently come across a news story where a woman had a military husband who died. They had been planning to have children. So she then wanted to posthumously use IVF to have a child/children by him! And……while my heart goes out to this woman for her pain and her struggles…..(that must be a VERY hard thing to go through and I pray that Jesus grants her heart some healing), the liberal media uses cases like THESE

to evoke some sort of “sympathetic emotional response” from the masses in order to “legitimize” what they’re ALREADY genetically doing in labs all across the world and then, from there on out, it’s all just a slippery slope further downhill (biblical-moral wise).

It almost sounds like (in her mind, anyways) that her having a child by him will be about the ONLY thing that can ‘heal her’. However, ONLY Jesus Christ is the judge on this particular case and ONLY Jesus Christ HIMSEFLF can heal her! It sounds as though this woman has been through ALOT and my heart just breaks for her! I pray that Jesus Christ gives her healing (and possibly a new husband who can still provide her with children, which she so obviously wants!)

Many Christian parents don’t want to adopt since they feel as though “it won’t be the same”, and/or “I’ll never love an adopted child the way I’d love my OWN child” and the like. But the thing with adoption is…….we humans get attached to things VERY easily (even more than we realize……and oftentimes at a much faster rate than we realize).

But in fact, if most infertile Christian couples would just A) give the Lord TIME/a chance to perform a healing and/or fertility miracle or B) consider adoption, I think they’d be much better off, spiritually & otherwise, rather than just prematurely taking matters into their own hands with surrogacy/”gene-manipulation-therapy”/IVF, considering its long-term “spiritual implications”.

Transgenderism: A Mental Illness

Transgenderism is just THE RAGE today, here in America. From books to television to movies to magazine covers……even in public policy debates, it’s EVERYWHERE……But is it “normal”, as the media would try to have us believe?

Down below, a former John Hopkins Psychiatrist-in-Chief CONFIRMS that “transgenderism” is A MENTAL ILLNESS:

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/michael-w-chapman/johns-hopkins-psychiatrist-transgender-mental-disorder-sex-change

WHY is it a mental illness? According to Dr. Paul R. McHugh, it’s really no different than a person who suffers from disorders like “anorexia”, for example. With anorexia, the “perceived body condition” does NOT match the ACTUAL, biological condition of the body. And in many ways, transgenderism is really no different. A man who thinks he’s a woman or a woman who thinks she’s a man does NOT match the “biological REALITY”.

And like Dr. McHugh points out in the article, NO matter of surgery is going to change a person GENETICALLY……..ONLY cosmetically……and for those unfortunate souls that DO go through with “sex-reassignment surgery”, the suicide rate is 20 TIMES HIGHER than it is with non-transgender individuals.

Not to mention that Dr. McHugh ALSO notes that in young children who felt they “might” be transgender, 70-80% spontaneously LOST those feelings over time. Therefore, administering to young children (in general) hormone-blocking “therapies” before they’re fully developed is “close to child abuse”, like it or not. And while it may be “unintentional child abuse”, it is STILL “mental child abuse”, nonetheless. He calls transgenderism a “disorder of assumption”.

But sadly, instead of getting these poor gender-confused folks the psychological/mental help that they NEED, they are instead forced to believe by modern-day society that their “mental perceptions” are normal. But how can that BE? If a girl believes she’s a cat, should we allow her surgery to become more “cat-like?” Or if a man believes he’s a quadriplegic, should we then amputate FULLY HEALTHY LIMBS just to make his “false mental perception” happy?

There are indeed some VERY dangerous long-term implications of the “no gender” movement today. Look at Target, for example. If we erode gender, what’s next? Men can now enter into women’s facilities, PERIOD, they don’t even have to be DRESSED like a woman! Does that SCARE YOU? It SHOULD!

And Target is just the starting point! Soon, MANY public places will want in on the action of the “no gender” movement. I’m surprised and appalled at the number of people that aren’t even offended by such things! Don’t they KNOW and REALIZE just how “dangerous” it is? We are now living in a modern-day world that DENIES BIOLOGY! Boys are no longer allowed to be just boys, and girls are no longer allowed to be just girls. Scary, indeed!

Today’s younger generation is tomorrow’s future. And with the LGBT activists confusing kids at a very early age, it’s NO WONDER today’s kids are so “confused” about their gender identity where no such “confusion” should even exist!

This LGBT/No-Gender Movement is DESTROYING our kids, folks! As Jews and Christians, we need to fight back against the spiritual and moral onslaught. But we also need to realize THIS as well: It’s not just a mental and moral battle, here. It’s a SPIRITUAL ONE:

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” – Ephesians 6:12

Many people don’t realize this, but individuals who believe they’re something that goes against their natural biology are NOT ONLY mentally deceived but SPIRITUALLY DECEIVED as well. Satan wants control of the hearts and minds of people. Why? Because he’s angry and knows his time is short.

Therefore, a person that hasn’t completely given their mind, heart, body and spirit to Jesus Christ/Yeshua are “easy pickins” for the devil. In fact, Satan’s demons have NO PROBLEM deceiving a person who isn’t right with Christ.

Note: If you do NOT believe in demons/demonic possession, check out the following video! It proves BEYOND A DOUBT that demons/demonic infestations are REAL! The people in the audience are just SCREAMING with sheer terror at the 4:05-4:26 mark! This is NO JOKE, folks! She is TRULY possessed and her tongue is GLUED to the microphone! Yes, glued…….in an unnatural/demonic manner:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwhuiPtNciI&w

However, WHEN a “Christian” or “Jewish” individual CLAIMS that they are LGBT and that “Jesus is okay with it“, you KNOW (as a true, biblical believer in Christ), that something’s not right. Because either they’re NOT truly saved in the name of Christ, or they’re a “plant” by the LGBT activist community to deceive Jews/Christians (sorry, but I just had to throw that one out there).

We now live in such a time where NOT ONLY is the LGBT activist community trying to legalize and/or legitimatize homosexuality at ALL levels (especially in gov’t) but also in a time where many of the LGBT “activists” will LIE/STOP AT NOTHING to achieve this goal. Let us examine the following cases:

1). Gay pastor admits he faked homophobic slur on Whole Foods cake

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2016/05/16/gay-pastor-admits-he-faked-homophobic-slur-on-whole-foods-cake/

2). Lesbian Activist’s Surprisingly Candid Speech: Gay Marriage Fight Is a ‘Lie’ to Destroy Marriage

https://www.yahoo.com/news/lesbian-activist-surprisingly-candid-speech-gay-marriage-fight-144222847.html?ref=gs

3). Minister Set Fire To Own Home, Then Lied To FBI About Staged Hate Crime: Prosecutors

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/25/olander-cuthrell_n_4328484.html

4). Kyle Wood Assault ‘Unfounded,’ As Wisconsin Volunteer Recants Claim Of Hate Crime Attack

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/30/kyle-wood-assault-gay-republican-wisconsin_n_2044888.html

5). Aimee Whitchurch And Christel Conklin, Parker Lesbian Couple, Face Charges After Police Say They Faked LGBT Hate Crime

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/18/aimee-whitchurch-and-chri_n_1526610.html

6). Quinn Matney, UNC Student, Allegedly Faked Hate Crime Report

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/12/quinn-matney-unc-student-_n_848372.html

7). 10 Times The Left Pushed Anti-LGBT Hoaxes

http://www.dailywire.com/news/5088/11-times-left-pushed-anti-lgbt-hoaxes-ben-shapiro

 

Sadly, the truth is that ALL individuals that participate in LGBT behavior or have LGBT type “thoughts” are under DEMONIC OPPRESSION. What does that mean in plain English, you may ask? It means that demonic SPIRITS are silently infiltrating that person’s mind, heart, body and spirit. Why? Because Satan’s goal is to kill, steal and destroy.

Look at marriage, for example. A union between a man and a woman where “natural procreation” occurs (if applicable). Satan HATES that. So he created “gay marriage”. Also take a look at the “Traditional Family” in God’s eyes: husband, wife and if applicable, children. Satan also hates THAT. So he created “gay adoption”. Basically, Satan hates whatever God designed! And he wants to PROFANE God’s design! So how does he does that, you may ask? Answer: TRANSGENDERISM!

As more and more people are waking up to the fact that homosexuality IS a mental illness/not biologically natural, Satan is angry and knows he must come up with an EVEN FURTHER MORALLY DEPRIVED APPROACH. So what better approach than the concept of “no gender/transgenderism”, right, folks? Because if you erase gender, WHAT ELSE IS LEFT? It’s just a wide-open question mark…….

What’s next? Will society start printing off textbooks that DENY BIOLOGY and spread full-out biological LIES? BEHAVIOR DOES NOT IDENTIFY BIOLOGY! REPEAT: BEHAVIOR DOES **NOT***, IN ANY WAY, SHAPE OR FORM, DETERMINE ACTUAL PHYSICAL, BIOLOGICAL REALITY!

A man can think he’s a woman or a woman can think she’s a man ALL DAY LONG but at the end of the day, a man is still a man and a woman is still a woman, I’m sorry to say. Not EVEN a sex change is going to change a person’s BIOLOGICAL REALITY!

Therefore, when a person “mentally believes” that they are the OPPOSITE biological gender that they were born as, is it NOT mental illness? And if it’s mental illness, then we, as a society, need to start treating it as one, instead of PROMOTING THEIR MENTAL DELUSIONS! I say that with love, folks. I really do.

PROMOTING their mental delusions does these poor gender-confused people NO GOOD. In fact, it only manages to FURTHER HARM THEM, emotionally, physically, mentally, SPIRITUALLY, **and** psychologically. Would we allow anorexics not to eat? Ofcourse not! So why should we, as a society, further allow gender-confused folks to have/suffer their delusions, when it can be cured through Jesus and psychological/mental therapy?

Because truth be told, ONLY Jesus Christ can set them free from such “delusions”. Jesus Christ can save ANYONE from ANYTHING. The problem though is that alot of people LACK FAITH. They lack faith that he has the POWER to change them. And so BECAUSE they lack faith that Jesus Christ has the power to change them from within, to their own natural/biological reality, they don’t even try. And that’s tragic.

The same goes for homosexuals. Some have claimed that they prayed to Jesus to change them and weren’t changed. But did they REALLY pray and have the faith that Jesus has the TRUE POWER to HEAL THEM? How much of “true faith” did they REALLY, truly have? And how much did they TRULY try to change?

Because truth be told, they have to make an EFFORT to change, as well. They can’t just make a half-hearted meager prayer “oh Lord, change me” and expect to be changed the next day. They also have to truly WANT to change and to put in the effort as well. Jesus Christ  must know that they’re SERIOUS about wanting to change, afterall.

Take a person who’s an alcoholic, for example. One night, they pray to Jesus to NOT be an alcoholic anymore “Lord, I don’t want to drink anymore” but then, they don’t really put any long-term effort into it the next day and on or think about ways in which they can CHANGE their drinking habits or stop, altogether (such as drinking soda instead of alcohol, etc.) Therefore, to Jesus, their prayer is “half-hearted” and “not honorable/humble enough”.

HOWEVER…….if an alcoholic is on his knees, crying, pouring out his heart to Jesus, saying “please Jesus, help me, Lord. I’ll do ANYTHING to stop drinking. I’ll attend AA meetings. I’ll do whatever you want. Just please help me to stop drinking” and then, the next morning, starts making an ACTIVE CHANGE in their life to try to stop drinking, Jesus Christ is going to HONOR that prayer.

So it is with transgender/homosexual individuals. If they start to make an ACTIVE CHANGE in their life while at the same time having the FAITH that Jesus CAN and WILL change them, their prayers will be answered, I guarantee it! And by active change, I mean LONG-TERM change. It doesn’t happen overnight, it’s a process; a process of physical, mental AND spiritual transformation.

But yet, one of the problems today is that people make a “Jesus that they’re comfortable with”, such as “my Jesus would never do this or that”. But the PROBLEM with that, is that WHEN people themselves define what Jesus would or wouldn’t do (WITHOUT the bible as a moral measuring stick), what they then come up with (as a result) is an UNBIBLICAL JESUS. Therefore, if someone says “the Jesus I worship accepts ALL active homosexuals”, they’re sadly not worshiping the Jesus Christ of the bible but a different “Jesus”, altogether. 

And over time, the moral situation in this country (and around the world) is ONLY gonna get worse, folks! So be prepared. And once again, remember: 

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” – Ephesians 6:12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lord Is My Joy & My Salvation! ;)

I can think back on the most happiest moment of MY LIFE! It was when I very first met Jesus Christ for the VERY first time in my life (during a NDE) with NO previous knowledge of him! 😉 

Whenever I look nowadays at the pool steps and look at the very place where he once sat (during my NDE), my soul starts to cry emotional tears of joy and I start to get all joyfully emotional! I can’t help it! 

I think of my life BEFORE Yeshua/Jesus Christ came to rescue me from death that day (in more ways than one) and it seems like my life prior to him was pretty pointless. And then I think about my life AFTER meeting Jesus Christ/Yeshua during my near-death experience and how EXCITING and FULFILLING it was, KNOWING that a) there was a God and that b) that same almighty God really, truly cared about me, no matter what! 😉 I can’t even BEGIN to describe what that feeling is like!

I remember the swimming pool water being extremely cold that day, especially at the point in time when he told me to dunk myself under so he could “baptize me in his great, heavenly name!” I remember the feeling of JOY, ELATION, ESTASTICNESS, PEACE, LOVE, HAPPINESS, HEALING, JUBILATION that came over me as soon as I came back up to the surface of the water! It was the best feeling that my soul has EVER experienced in all its existence!

And when I READ the bible, ESPECIALLY the New Testament, I think to myself with amazement and wonder: “Wow! That is THE JESUS that descended down out of heaven to come save me that day! That is THE JESUS who sat me in his lap and giggled when he splashed water on me! That is THE JESUS who warned me of the End Times and his almighty Judgement! That is THE JESUS who told me I had a pure heart and a dizzying intellect!” And I sometimes feel emotionally overwhelmed. I’ve been known to CRY (emotional tears of jubilation and JOY) when I read certain bible passages about him or spoken directly FROM him!

Though at times in my life I’ve gone through some bad things, and/or have felt extremely anxious and depressed, the Lord Jesus Christ has ALWAYS been there to see me through! Plus (get this!), he EVEN has a SENSE OF HUMOR! I kid you not! Let me share with you one of THE MOST FUNNIEST things he’s ever done:

It was Spring Break 2003. Me and my bestfriend Sarah were heading off to Arizona and New Mexico to see the sites. We drove through severe rain in southern Arizona and by the time we hit Northern Arizona, it was severe blizzard-like conditions. Well, to be quite frank, I was getting quite BORED with the “traditional prayer format” of “Dear Lord, I need this or that. Help me please, Amen”.

So I turned to Sarah and said Hey dude, I got an idea! and started giggling. She was wondering what was up. I then help up a “pretend CB radio with my right hand” while driving and said into the pretend CB radio: “Eagle 1, Eagle 1, this is Eagle 2, over. We need some major help down here. We’re caught in a really bad snow storm right now and there’s about 15 cars or more on the side of the road and we don’t want to become one of them, over”.

I sensed nothing in response so far. So again, I help up my pretend CB-radio in my right hand while driving and said: “Eagle 1, eagle 1, can you hear me, over? 10/4, 10/4, We REALLY, REALLY need your help right now, Eagle 1, I’m dead serious! Do you copy, over?” and just then, Sarah and I heard “static crackle” at what sounded like an ACTUAL CB radio come out of the car’s radio system, along with the audible words: Stop worrying, eagle 2! Help’s on the way, LOOK BEHIND YOU – OVER“. Sarah and I just looked at each other and both said at the same time, “Is that an ACTUAL CB radio? How did they hear us? Weird…?”

Not long after that, Sarah and I noticed a small U-haul truck coming up in the right-hand lane off to our right. And then, all of a sudden, Sarah said, “Dude, I think you’re supposed to get behind the U-haul truck with their emergency flashers on”. So I quickly got in the right lane and we got behind the small U-haul truck.

And then…..Sarah started giggling. I said, “what’s so funny?” She said, “look at where they’re from!” Their license plate said “Washington”.  Washington was the 1ST PRESIDENT of the U.S. and the Eagle is our National U.S. symbol, THUS, “Eagle 1”! 😉 Therefore, the Lord NOT ONLY gave us an actual CB radio response IN RESPONSE to my pretend CB-radio prayer, but he also HUMORED us a bit in the ANSWERING of the prayer! 😉 Hehehe

But that’s just one of MANY instances where the Lord displayed his sense of humor to me! Another time the Lord displayed his sense of humor is when I was at work, and I was carrying a small metal pan. And about 30 seconds after my crush walked by, something made me “drop” the pan on the floor (that I had had a VERY firm grip on) and it made a BOOMING LOUD CLANG (which made my crush look back and laugh) and I could FEEL the Lord LAUGHING at me and the embarrassed look on my face! Though I could tell it was “affectionate/teasing” type laughter and not the cruel kind. hahaha 😉 

The Lord has ALSO done things where he silently encouraged me to go talk to this person or that person (who ended up being some of the very best friends of my life!) He’s been there for me through thick and thin! When I am smiling, HE is smiling! And when I am crying, I can sense that HE is crying, too! Which makes sense, considering that the bible says that it’s not his will that ANY should perish! 

Before Jesus came into my life, I was nothing, I was no-one! But IN him, I am everything, I am SOMEONE! Apart from him, I can do NOTHING! But WITH him, I can do ANYTHING! He’s helped me overcome my anxiety on certain things and my soda pop addition, etc. (some things I thought I’d NEVER break free from!) He’s helped to humble me and to correct me when I need correcting! He’s enlightened me and taught me SO many things about what his word IS and what it isn’t!

He’s taken the spiritual blinders off my eyes and has now shown me his full gospel IN FULL! He’s given me strength when I was depressed, downtrodden, anxious, alone or angry! He’s helped me to overcome the most difficult of situations and people! He’s grabbed me out of Satan’s grasp more than once! He will ALWAYS be there to listen to me whenever I have a problem, struggle or question about something! Basically, he’s the best thing that EVER happened to me in this life and apart from him, I WOULD have no reason for being! I am ALIVE today because of HIM! I am forgiven of all my sins because of HIM and the spiritual sacrifice he made for ALL of mankind! And someday, I’ll get to live with him FOREVERMORE! 

The Lord is MY JOY & MY SALVATION! 😉  

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Difference Between True/Genuine Faith Vs. “Going Through The Motions”

I once had a Christian friend say to me that she “didn’t really like going to church because she felt like she was just *going through the motions*!” And those words really got me, for some reason: *going through the motions*. I sat there and thought about it for awhile, trying to ponder what she meant by those words, exactly. And then it hit me! TRADITION. She’s tired of the same, dull, boring TRADITION that’s taking place in churches today. In fact, I can’t blame her. It was honestly why I myself LEFT “the church system” YEARS AGO!

People get dressed up in their Sunday best, pile into the church, sit in pews, and listen to the pastor drone on for about 35 minutes or so. The rest of the time is spent “singing” and “talking about church budgets”. There’s also the “offering plate”, “communion”, etc.

And I’m gonna be truthfully honest, here. The few times that I actually “attempted” to attend actual church services at the local Lutheran church years and years ago, (in order to feel more like an “authentic Christian”), I LIKED hearing about Jesus but I was bored stiff with the overall “sermons” and found myself looking around the church (at the stained-glass windows, at the church organ, at the side of the wall, at anything BUT the pulpit).

And I’d always ask myself, “Why am I so bored, here? Why does it always feel like the same old, same old?” In fact, I even felt GUILTY for “feeling bored” inside a church. I had thought to myself at the time, “Jesus must be really mad at me, NOW! How offended would he be if he found out I felt bored stiff during church sermons?”

In fact, once as a little kid, I even remember saying to my mom one time on the way home from school, “church is boring!” [I went to a Christian pre-school, even though my folks weren’t church-goers, which was weird. I guess my mom was more “Agnostic” back then, sending us there in a “just in case God’s true” scenario]. My mom asked me why. I said, “because all they say is (speaking in a monotone) “Jesus Christ is Lord”.

Now…..I didn’t make that statement to mock Jesus in ANY way, shape or form! What I was TRYING to draw attention to, on that particular day, is more or less that “pastors make Jesus boring“. But the Jesus I KNOW is NOT boring in ANY way, shape or form! The Jesus I KNOW parted the Red Sea, created ALL living things and has the ability to shake the Earth & the Waters with just the mere SOUND of his VOICE! And as I got older, those words I spoke when I was younger about “church is boring” really seemed to resonate deep within me and my soul!

But in fact, NOTHING about today’s “Modern-Day Christianity” is even biblical! It’s sad, folks but it’s true! Church “buildings” aren’t biblical, church “sermons” aren’t biblical, sitting in pews is not biblical, “offering plates” are not biblical, choirs are not “biblical”, the Sunday Sabbath IN AND OF ITSELF is not biblical, getting “dressed up” for “church” is not biblical, “going to church SERVICE” is not biblical, basically, NOTHING about Modern-Day Christianity is BIBLICAL!

Therefore, all of the people that find church “boring” (rather they realize it or not) are actually ON to something! Something deep, deep within their spirits must “sense” that something seems “amiss” in the “churches” today! For example, God created for 6 days, then rested on and CONSECRATED the 7th DAY! So why do “churches” today unbiblically meet on the FIRST day of the week (Sunday?) For Sunday was the very FIRST day of creation!

For another example, “The Church” celebrates New Year’s, Christmas, Halloween, and Easter. But tell me. What do Easter bunnies, painted eggs, Santa Claus, Reindeer, snowmen, confetti and Halloween costumes have to do with JESUS CHRIST ALMIGHTY? Answer: ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

“But Jesus was born on December 25”, some say. Really? Does it say that in the bible? What bible are these folks reading from? Because MY KJV bible doesn’t mention ANYTHING about it being “winter” when Jesus was born! [However, MY KJV bible DOES mention how we’re supposed to instead commemorate Jesus’s death/resurrection/ascension back up to heaven during what’s known as “The Lord’s Supper”!]  

And that’s just the “Protestant” way of things……..For if a person is CATHOLIC, it gets EVEN WORSE!

Catholics believe in “Purgatory” (NOT IN BIBLE), “Indulgences” (NOT IN BIBLE), “Praying to Saints” (NOT IN BIBLE), “Jesus had no brothers or sister” (BIBLE PROVES HE DID), “Virgin Mary was the ONLY being born by Virgin Birth” (NOT IN BIBLE – AND HOW DOES THAT EVEN COMPUTE, ANYWAYS? For they couldn’t BOTH be surely born by Virgin Birth…….because if so, that would make Mary God and she’s NOT GOD! Luke 1:46-47 PROVES THIS beyond all shadow of a doubt, people!)

But on to my next point………the “difference” between true, genuine faith and what I call “going-through-the-motions”/manufactured faith.

First, we’ll take a look at the example of King Saul in the Old Testament. At the very beginning, he was very humble, down to Earth, and had a STRONG faith in God Almighty! But as the chapters of 1 Samuel 12+ wear on, Saul starts to get arrogant, proud, disobedient and FEARFUL.

He starts out as THIS:

“And Saul said, There shall not a man be put to death this day: for to day the Lord hath wrought salvation in Israel” – 1 Samuel 11:13

Comes to THIS:

“Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and inquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor” – 1 Samuel 28:7

And ends up like THIS:

And the Philistines followed hard after Saul, and after his sons; and the Philistines slew Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Malchishua, the sons of Saul. And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him, and he was wounded of the archers.Then said Saul to his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid. So Saul took a sword, and fell upon it1 Chronicles 10:2-4

So what happened between 1 Samuel 12 and 1 Samuel 28?

The first thing that happened is that King Saul did NOT wait on the Lord’s prophet Samuel to offer a sacrifice unto the Lord. The 2nd thing Saul did was REFUSE to kill all the Amalekites and their cattle/etc., whom the Lord SPECIFICALLY commanded to be WIPED OUT! 

So see……it all started out with what King Saul thought was a “minor thing” and then, over time, his sins became GREATER and GREATER and his faith became LESS AND LESS! In fact, it would probably be safe to say that King Saul’s “spiritual relationship” with the Lord during that time (from 1 Samuel 12 to 1 Samuel 28) became a thing of OBLIGATION, instead of LOVING OBEDIENCE! 

That’s why many people sitting in church pews today feel like they’re “just going through the motions”, because THEY ARE! They’re not truly challenged in their lives to keep the faith and to LOVINGLY obey the Lord and his Written Word! Instead, they’re “spoon-fed” a watered-down/feel-good/cheery message about the bible that doesn’t talk about hell, eternal condemnation, the book of Revelation, bible prophecy, REPENTANCE of sin and/or “getting right with the Lord”. In fact, most church “services” today rarely talk about Jesus AT ALL! It’s more of a “be a good person and that’s good enough” for God type of WATERED-DOWN BLASPHEMOUS MESSAGE! ;(

HOWEVER……an example in the Old Testament of a man who DID have complete and total faith in the Lord is ABRAHAM. Genesis, Chapter 22 in the Old Testament tells us the story of how God TESTED Abraham by telling him to sacrifice his own son, Isaac.

Originally, (BEFORE Genesis 22), Abram (BEFORE God changed his name to “Abraham”) and Sarai (BEFORE God changed her name to “Sarah”) weren’t able to have children due to Sarai being “barren” in her old age. Therefore, it was Sarai’s idea for Abram to marry her handmaiden, Hagar, an Egyptian, which Abram did…..and THAT son’s name was Ishmael. However, Abram was still sad he had no true “genetic heir” and cried out to God in prayer about it. So God opened up Sarai’s womb and him and Sarah had Isaac, the “miracle child” promised by God.

However, in Genesis, chapter 22, Isaac is now a teenager (the bible implies) and God is now worried that Abraham loves Isaac more than he loves HIM (Almighty God). So God decides to test Abraham’s loving, faithful obedience by asking him to sacrifice his “promised son” Isaac!

However, in the biblical narrative, we KNOW that Abraham probably doesn’t like what he has to do, but also that he has FAITH. Because when he and Isaac get to the bottom of Mount Moriah, Genesis 22:5 states, “And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you”. 

Just think of what type of FAITH Abraham have to have had! For it would’ve taken him TOTAL FAITH to do what he did. [And please remember that the near-sacrifice Isaac is a prototype/foreshadowing for what would someday become God’s sacrifice of his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ/Yeshua, for all of mankind! As Abraham didn’t hold back his only son from God, God did not hold back his only son from US!]

However, Genesis 22:10-12 further goes on to state: And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me!” 

Further on, we read in Genesis 22: 13-18 how the Lord decided to BLESS ABRAHAM, as a RESULT of his loving obedience and his faith:

“And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen. And the angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice”. 

So from these two biblical examples, we can learn what having true, GENUINE FAITH is, and what having “lukewarm/going-through-the-motions” faith is. 

True/GENUINE Faith: Knowing that Yeshua/Jesus Christ has your back, no matter what

Lukewarm/going-though-the-motions: “Maybe Jesus will save me someday on the day of Judgement, maybe he won’t”

See the difference here, folks? Many folks ask the fateful question, “Why has God/Jesus forsaken me?” But ya know what, people? It’s US who forsake HIM! 

How? Simple. We don’t have “time” to read our bibles or pray but we DO have time to watch Netflix, text our bestfriend, listen to the radio, etc. We don’t have “time” to donate to the needy because we’re too wrapped up in our OWN lives and “financial woes”. We don’t have “time” to repent of our sins because we got to clean the house, go to work, pay our bills, hang out with our friends, read our favorite novel, pick up the kids from soccer practice, you get the idea……….

So I leave you with THIS: What type of “faith” do you have? Do YOU have the type of faith, where, you knew if you died today, that you’d go to spend eternity with Jesus? Or do you have the type of “faith” where you’re not sure? 

Do YOU have the type of faith that’s SO strong, that not even a person pointing a gun at your head and/or threatening to behead you will make you DENY your faith in Jesus Christ? Or would you “squirm” at the first hint of a threat on your LIFE? 

Do YOU have the type of faith that’s SO strong, that you share your faith in Jesus with others? Or do you tend to “cower” about your faith in Jesus towards others and try to “bury Jesus” in your life by not letting the name of Jesus be well-known in your life to others?

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” – Hebrews 11:6

What type of faith do YOU have? For IF you don’t have a strong, GENUINE type faith, TODAY is the day to pray to GET that type of faith! Pray the following prayer with me:

“Almighty Yeshua/Lord Jesus, my faith has NOT been where it needs to be, lately. I’ve had a lukewarm faith. But please, bit by bit and little by little, please REMOVE my lukewarm faith and replace it with UNBREAKABLE FAITH IN YOU, EVEN IN THE FACE OF DEATH/TORCHURE SOMEDAY. Please give me a faith and trust in you that’s SO STRONG, that NOTHING or NO-ONE can break it! Thank-you, Lord. Amen”

And pray that prayer with all your HEART, SOUL, MIND, BODY AND STRENGTH and MEAN that prayer with ALL YOUR HEART AND SOUL! TRUST IN THE LORD TO ANSWER YOUR PRAYER FOR UNBREAKABLE FAITH AND HE WILL ANSWER YOU! 😉

GREAT AND MIGHTY IS OUR LORD & GOD! HE PARTED THE RED SEA, HE WALKED ON THE WATER, AND HE SPOKE THE VERY UNIVERSE INTO EXISTENCE WITH JUST THE MERE SOUND OF HIS VOICE! GREAT, MIGHTY AND POWERFUL IS HIS NAME! THE NAME ABOVE ALL OTHER NAMES! 😉