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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!” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Prophets FEARED: God’s Response

Hebrews 11:6-8 states: “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 himBy faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went”

All the great prophets of the bible had FAITH! No doubt about it! And I think alot of us tend to forget that. For when evil PREVAILS, many a Christian (myself included at times, I admit) can feel SO depressed and SO disheartened and discouraged that it’s hard to see any light at the end of the tunnel, sort’ve speak. Things can just FEEL so helpless, at times! (Believe me, I know!)

So what are we as Christians to do when it feels like the whole entire world and society as well as certain “life circumstances” are against us? Cause we KNOW from the bible that many of the Lord’s prophets (as listed above) had FAITH but were there ever any times when the Lord’s prophets were AFRAID? And the answer is YES! Let us examine:

1). Psalm 38 (written by David – likely before he was King and “on the run” from King Saul) declares:

O Lord, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure. For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presseth me sore. There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin. For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.

My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness. I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long. For my loins are filled with a loathsome disease: and there is no soundness in my flesh. I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart. Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee.

My heart panteth, my strength faileth me: as for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me. My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore; and my kinsmen stand afar off. They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long. But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.

Thus I was as a man that heareth not, and in whose mouth are no reproofs. For in thee, O Lord, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God. For I said, Hear me, lest otherwise they should rejoice over me: when my foot slippeth, they magnify themselves against me. For I am ready to halt, and my sorrow is continually before me.

For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin. But mine enemies are lively, and they are strong: and they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied. They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries; because I follow the thing that good is. Forsake me not, O Lord: O my God, be not far from me. Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation”. 

2). And then there is the case of Elijah, who was “on the run” from Jezebel (& King Ahab) after Jezebel had threatened his life! We read about this in 1 Kings 19: 1-4

And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time. And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there. But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers”

3). And let us also not forget Jonah, who FLED from the presence of the Lord when the Lord commanded him to go to Nineveh, a totally EVIL city that had been founded by NIMROD (Noah’s great-grandson!)

This is recorded in Jonah 1: 1-3Now the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, ‘Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me’. But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord”

4). Moses – He was AFRAID to go before the people of Israel to inform them that the Lord God told him that He was gonna try to “secure their permanent release from Egypt” by (gasp!) “going before Pharaoh”! Why? Because he was afraid the people wouldn’t believe him, etc.! 

Exodus 3:10 records the Lord’s decree unto Moses: “Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt”. So here, the Lord’s COMMANDING Moses to go to Pharaoh, one of THE MOST intimidating characters in Eygpt! So, understandably, Moses is a just a little bit “nervous” over this. 

Next verse (11): “And Moses said unto God, ‘Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?’

Verse 12: The Lord’s response to Moses: “And he said, ‘Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain”. 

Verse 13: Moses’s response back to the Lord: “And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?”

Verse 14: Lord’s response to Moses once more: “And God said unto Moses, ‘I Am That I Am’: and he said, ‘Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you'”.

Verse 15: Lord’s additional response to Moses: “And God said moreover unto Moses, ‘Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, the Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations”.

So here we got FOUR separate instances in which the prophets of the Lord were either SCARED/AFRAID (David & Moses), FLEEING from ENEMIES of the Lord (Elijah) or FLEEING *FROM* the presence of the Lord (Jonah). And though there may be other instances in which prophets/followers of the Lord were afraid, those are the top three mentioned in the bible. But guess what, folks?

5). EVEN JESUS HIMSELF was AFRAID in the Garden of Gethsemane:

Matthew 26: 36-39Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt“.

 

So here in the above passage, we see that Jesus is (gasp!) AFRAID! This is the ONE and ONLY time throughout the entire New Testament when Jesus is TRULY afraid! Why? Because he KNOWS that soon, when he is crucified for the sins of mankind, that he’ll temporarily be OUTSIDE OF THE PRESENCE OF THE HEAVENLY FATHER (since the Heavenly Father is SO holy, that he can not “JOIN WITH/CONNECT TO” any “sin” – and so thus – when Jesus KNEW that he was to BECOME “SIN”/THE “SACRIFICIAL LAMB” FOR ALL OF MANKIND, He, the Holy Son of God, knew that he’d be temporarily separated from the Holy Divine presence of the Heavenly Father AS he, the Holy Son of God, “BECAME SIN for ALL”).

Not to mention that Jesus was likely afraid of dying! He was BORN into a human lifetime. He was fully God AND fully human. He knew all about living as a “human” and what all humans experience during their “lifetimes”. But what he likely did NOT yet know at this point in time was about the ACTUAL EXPERIENCE OF DEATH! He had been born and lived as a human but yet, he had never DIED as one! He was likely afraid, for this was something he had NEVER, EVER experienced before and likely really didn’t know WHAT all to expect, at that point in time.

Luke 22:44 records: “And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground

 

So here in Luke 22:44, we can see that Jesus was SO deathly afraid and SO anguished, that BEADS OF SWEAT were POURING to the ground, AS he prayed IN ANGUISH and with GREAT, GREAT ANXIETY!

However, WHEN Jesus added the Nevertheless, not as I wilt but as thou wilt to his highly anguished prayer, he was more or less saying that he ONLY wanted the cup of suffering to pass from him IF it was God the Heavenly Father’s will. Otherwise, he more or less said that he was WILLING to go through all the suffering he was about to endure (even AS terrifyingly AFRAID as he was, at that time), IF it was the Heavenly Father’s will, which it WAS! That is what’s known as “having faith in times of fear!” And it’s no doubt something that we ALL need to know and learn how to do!

So there you have it, folks! EVEN JESUS HIMSELF was greatly afraid at ONE point during his time on Earth! So what does that tell ya, people? It tells us that no matter HOW afraid you are, now matter HOW terrified or full of “anguish” that you feel over life/certain life circumstances, and/or no matter HOW disheartened you feel over something/someone, JESUS UNDERSTANDS! The PROPHETS OF OLD understand! JESUS’S DISCIPLES understand! For they THEMSELVES were once in YOUR shoes! So remember that, folks!

[[Let us not ALSO forget that Matthew 26:56 records “But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and FLED“. Translation? EVEN Jesus’s own DISCIPLES were afraid, at one point!]]

But now that we know HOW and WHY the following four biblical characters were afraid (Jesus being one of them), how did God (the Heavenly Father) respond to each of the four? Let us turn to the bible for the answer:

1). DAVID:

1 Samuel 31: 3-4 records: “And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him; and he was sore wounded of the archers. Then said Saul unto his armour-bearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his armour-bearer would not; for he was sore afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword, and fell upon it”. 

Translation? Saul was punished seven-fold for trying to pursue and kill David (the “future king of Israel”). Saul had his “kingdom” stripped from him and given to another (which was David), and fell upon his own sword (dying a most disgraceful death), not to mention many other things.

In fact, in 2 Samuel 3, we read: “Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of David: but David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker“. Translation? There was a long “permanent conflict” between those who were loyal to King Saul and those who were loyal to David. And in the end, those loyal to Saul became fewer & fewer in number, while those loyal to David increased by “leaps and bounds”.

And David, when he REPENTED of his sins, (namely, the sin of “adultery” with Uriah’s wife Bethsheba, and then later having Uriah killed), he is later rewarded with yet ANOTHER son by Bethsheba (which was Solomon), among many other things.

In fact, 2 Samuel 12:8 records THIS: “And I gave thee thy master’s house, and thy master’s wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things”.

Translation? When King David REPENTED of his sins and told the Lord point-blank ABOUT his fear & his anxiety, and had FAITH in the Lord’s forgiveness, the Lord rewarded him seven-fold with long life, a lasting kingdom and “over-abundance”.

Translation? God is there telling David that if what David attained had NOT been enough for him, that the Lord would’ve given onto him MUCH, MUCH MORE! Wow! What a statement! But then again, we only have to flip through the books of the bible to see HOW the Lord God BLESSES THOSE WHO REPENT OF THEIR FEAR(S) AND COME CLEAN ABOUT THEIR FEAR(S) AND/OR THEIR SINFUL ACTIONS!

2). ELIJAH:

1 Kings 19: 5-9 records:And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eatAnd he looked, and, behold, there was a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again. And the angel of the Lord came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee.

And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of GodAnd he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and he said unto him, ‘What doest thou here, Elijah’?”

In 1 Kings 19:14, Elijah responds AGAIN and says to the Lord: “…..’I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away'”.

And the response from the Lord is found in 1 Kings 19: 15-18: “And the Lord said unto him, ‘Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria: And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room. 

And it shall come to pass, that him that escapeth the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay: and him that escapeth from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay. Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him‘”. 

In other words, the Lord here is informing Elijah that he’s not the ONLY ONE who adheres to the Lord’s decrees……..that there are SEVEN THOUSAND Israelites who had NOT bowed down unto Baal, nor had kissed him (as if to imply that those who worshiped Baal actually KISSED his idol/image or something?)

Therefore, the Lord here is letting Elijah know that he’s NOT ALONE! This must’ve been a very, very comforting confirmation for Elijah while he lived out the rest of his days. That no doubt BOOSTED Elijah’s faith in the Lord. And when Elijah knew he was about to be taken from the Earth, he informed his “apprentice”, EliSHAH that he would soon be taken from him. And as he and EliSHAH were on the River Jordan…….

2 Kings 11 records:As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind

Conclusion? Even though this “highly powerful prophet of God” fled for his LIFE from Jezebel, God REWARDED him for “listening to the angel” and “coming back to service for the Lord”. God was SO pleased with Elijah and his faith after that, that he took him up to Heaven (much like Enoch!)

3). JONAH:

In Jonah 3:10, we read:And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not”. 

Okay, so in above passage, Jonah (albeit reluctantly), goes into the city of Nineveh and preaches the Lord’s message to the people! And as a result, THEY REPENT! All of them, EVEN THE KING! Wow!

But yet, Jonah was still a little “perturbed” at that point in time as Jonah 4:1-6 records:

But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry. And he prayed unto the Lord, and said, I pray thee, O Lord, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil. Therefore now, O Lord, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live”.

Then said the Lord, ‘Doest thou well to be angry?’ So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city. And the Lord God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd

Translation? Jonah kind’ve sort’ve takes a “chill pill”, realizes he shouldn’t be so angry and goes to “chill out” while he awaits to see what becomes of the city (if anything) of Nineveh. And the Lord God is SO PLEASED with Jonah for “taking a breather” that he decides to help Jonah stay cool in the hot, humid climate by placing a shadow gourd over his head to help him stay cool. And when Jonah saw this, the bible records that he was EXCEEDINGLY GLAD!

But again, only by FAITH did Jonah go into that dreadfully evil city, in the first place! Even if it was somewhat of a reluctant faith, it was faith nonetheless!

4). MOSES:

Exodus 10:28-29And Pharaoh said unto him, ‘Get thee from me, take heed to thyself, see my face no more; for in that day thou seest my face thou shalt die’. And Moses said, ‘Thou hast spoken well, I will see thy face again no more’“. 

Exodus 14:8 “And the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel: and the children of Israel went out with an high hand”

Exodus 14:10And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were SORE AFRAID: and the children of Israel cried out unto the Lord

Exodus 14: 13-14And Moses said unto the people, ‘Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever, The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace

Exodus 14: 26-31 “And the Lord said unto Moses, ‘Stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen‘. And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.

And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of themBut the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. 

Thus the Lord saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore. And Israel saw that great work which the Lord did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared the Lord, and believed the Lord, and his servant Moses”

5). JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF:

In Luke 22:42, Jesus is SO afraid, that he starts praying the following: Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done”

So how does God respond, you might wonder? The answer comes one verse later, in Luke 22:43! “And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him”.

Therefore, the Lord God Heavenly Father SAW Jesus’s anxiety, HEARD his highly anguished prayer and sent one of the angels from heaven to strengthen him.

In Mark 16:6, we read: “And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him“. So here, we see that Jesus had resurrected from the dead (thus, ending the so-called time of “temporary separation” from God, the Heavenly Father!)

And later on in Mark, we read in Mark 16:19 “So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God”

Therefore, Jesus was blessed with ETERNAL GLORY for all the “submissive” fear and suffering he had endured the night BEFORE his crucifixion, as well as the day OF his crucifixion, as well as the time right AFTER his crucifixion and right BEFORE his resurrection. And the time between his resurrection and ascension up to Heaven, was not only to PROVE his words that testified of God the Heavenly Father but also (I think) for the Lord God to give him some time once more to spend with his “friends”, his disciples.

5). As for Jesus’s disciples, they were no doubt “rewarded” by God for their FAITH by increasing the Lord’s kingdom “by leaps & bounds”. And not only that but their names will be recorded ON THE WALLS of the heavenly city called “New Jerusalem” today! How COOL is that? 😉

FINAL CONCLUSION: ALL prophets of the Lord had times when they fell short of the mark of righteousness. But the preceding 5 biblical characters up above (including the 6th group, the disciples) ALL feared at one point! However, when they REPENTED of that fear (in their hearts) and SUBMITTED to the Lord’s will INSTEAD, they were ALL BLESSED!

David’s kingdom was determined to be eternal by God, Moses successfully lead the ENTIRE nation of Israel out of Egypt, the city of Nineveh was spared God’s Wrath at the preaching of Jonah, Elijah restored people to the Lord and was taken up to heaven, plus Jesus successfully carried out God’s will on Earth by being crucified, etc.! Now just think for a minute if any of those biblical characters, after initially hesitating at the first, had instead acted on their FEAR, instead of their FAITH? Can you IMAGINE? 

So what can get gather from all this? Whenever one FEARS, HAVE FAITH! And remember the prophets that were before you! Even THEY were scared, sometimes! But yet, WHEN they submitted to God/the Lord’s will, they came to find that FEAR IS UNNECESSARY! It serves NO PURPOSE! Plus it actually TAKES ONE *AWAY* FROM GOD!

I close with the following biblical quote in the hopes that it will enlighten you and STRENGTHEN your faith and your spiritual walk in Christ:

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, ‘O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up

 

 

 

 

Dealing With Frustration/Fear/Discouragement

Frustration. Fear. Anger. Discouragement. It’s something we’ve ALL felt in our lives, from time to time. And looking through the pages of Holy Writ (Old AND New Testaments but ESPECIALLY the Old Testament), one might come to falsely believe that the Old Testament kings/prophets never had their fair share of anger/fear/frustration/disappointment. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth! 

King David was known (at times) to be in GREAT DESPAIR (over his sins!) This is evidenced in Psalm 69:

Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul. I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me. I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my GodThey that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away” (Psalm 69: 1-4)

And then there was also Jeremiah (also known as “The Weeping Prophet”):

“For these things I weep; mine eye, mine eye runneth down with water, because the comforter that should relieve my soul is far from me: my children are desolate, because the enemy prevailed” (Lamentations 1:16)

Behold, O Lord; for I am in distress: my bowels are troubled; mine heart is turned within me; for I have grievously rebelled: abroad the sword bereaveth, at home there is as death. They have heard that I sigh: there is none to comfort me: all mine enemies have heard of my trouble; they are glad that thou hast done it: thou wilt bring the day that thou hast called, and they shall be like unto me” (Lamentations 1:20-21)

And let us also not forget Elijah, who FLED FOR HIS LIFE!

And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time

And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there. But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers” (1 Kings 19: 1-4)

Therefore, David DESPAIRED, Jeremiah WEEPED and Elijah FEARED! They were all HUMAN, just like you and me! And truth be told, NONE of the Lord’s Old/New Testament prophets and/or Old Testament kings were perfect, for even THEY made mistakes! They FEARED, they WEEPED, they felt HIGHLY DISCOURAGED at times, like I said! However, nearly ALL of them (with the exception of King Saul & a few others) repented and came back to the Lord! This is evidence of how the Lord “restored” each of them:

David: Psalm 71 and 72 seem to answer Psalms 69 and 70

Jeremiah: Jeremiah 15: 19-21 was God’s response TO Jeremiah, concerning Jeremiah’s “discouragement”

Elijah: 1 Kings 19: 9-18 is the Lord’s “response” TO Elijah’s “fear”/”discouragement”

But if that STILL don’t help you, then let me tell you of my OWN experiences with fear/anger/discouragement:

1). I’m the only Messianic Jewish-Christian in my family and they all think I’m “crazy” for believing in Jesus Christ and “the bible”, etc.

2). I’m one of the only “open believers” at my workplace (a place where many like to “mock Christ” and “mock the bible”, because they think it’s so much FUN/ENTERTAINING/EMPOWERING to do so!)

3). While all of my old High-School and college friends are now pretty much all married with kids, there’s a very good chance that marriage & kids is not in the cards for ME, as far as THE LORD’S WILL seems to go (thus, making ME feel like a sort’ve “modern-day Jeremiah”)

4). Just like Jeremiah in the OT times, it seems the more I try to preach the gospel of Christ, the more people DON’T listen to me, which is HIGHLY DISCOURAGING, to say the least!

5). People in my family, my workplace/etc. make ME feel like the “bad guy” for not believing in “gay marriage”, “abortion”, “gay rights”, etc.

6). I have a couple of “Christian” friends who find absolutely nothing wrong with abortion, gay marriage and Catholic Church “theology” and of whom seem to think I’m such an “awful person” for trying to say that women shouldn’t have abortions for any reason, and that gay marriage and the Catholic Church are NOT of God!

7). I more or less feel like I’m being forced to celebrate “Dec25th” against my will (just to keep the peace in the family), even though I know in my heart and soul what a GODLESS, DISGUSTING holiday December 25th is! My “Christian” friends think I’m the Devil for even doing so much as “suggesting” that “Dec25th” has MAJOR PAGAN ORIGINS and has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH CHRIST! But in fact, THE WORLD makes me feel like such a “you-know-what” for NOT wanting to celebrate it!

But what is the crime, there? Just because EVERYONE does something doesn’t make it “right”, biblically-speaking! If the world worshiped Baal, would THAT make it “right”, biblically speaking? Anyways, I hate myself for being complacent on this one and for not putting my foot down. Not to mention I’m also probably being a a bit “hypocritical” here as well, as in previous posts, I stated that Christians celebrating “Dec.25th”, KNOWING its true connotations were in possible danger of judgement. 

8). Related to #3 above, any time I even “try” to date someone who’s even “remotely” Christian, it NEVER WORKS OUT. EVER. And when I inquired to the Lord about it, the Lord’s response more or less seemed to be: I don’t call EVERYONE to date/get married, ya know? (Hinting that my heavenly “calling” IS to be likened unto a “modern-day Jeremiah”?)

9). A couple of sins I struggle with (hoarding and/or food addiction) are SO HARD to overcome. I go through periods of time where I can “seem” to overcome it for awhile. But then…..I oftentimes seem to subtly go right back to it (nevermind the fact that I’ve tried to pray and cry out to the Lord about it LOTS of times……maybe I just need more faith?)

10). I try to find time each and every single day to “spend time with the Lord” and/or to “read his written word”. But it seems like every single time I try to open up the bible, I get sleepy…….really, really sleepy……or I become SO afraid of accidentally getting a WRONG interpretation from the bible that I’m almost too afraid to read it, sometimes (I know how ridiculous that must sound to some!) 

11). No matter HOW HARD I try to keep my patience at ALL times and in ALL situations, there’s things in my family and ESPECIALLY at my workplace that test my patience TO THE HILT! Working with the general “public” on any given day’s gonna come with customer “complaints”, naturally. And oftentimes, it’s complaints that either I can’t do anything about (as I don’t make the rules there) OR that I consider not even “complainable”.  

For example, if I try to bag a customer’s food in a special way where the hot stuff isn’t touching the cold stuff or if I want to wrap up some small tubs of sauces in a small bag WITHIN the plastic bag so the sauce doesn’t move around in the plastic sack and spill everywhere, it seems like 8 times out of 10, the customer will either COMPLAIN or give me this STRANGE LOOK like “ugh, you’re being WAY TOO nice to me, you’re WAY over-doing it, ugh!” And it REALLY tests my patience, sometimes! Here I am, trying to provide EXEMPLARY customer service TO the customer, and yet, there they are, complaining about EVERY. SINGLE. LITTLE. THING! It’s NUTS! In fact, this is often what I have to deal with on a daily basis!

I kid you not. I’ve had days where ONE customer complained about 5 or more small little things, one right after another, boom, boom, boom! And then, they’d have the gall to complain to ME if MY face looked even just a “little” minorly frustrated at the end of their “spiel”. Or I’ll have customers that won’t complain but they’ll wait until I have everything all bagged up for them, with a long line behind them and then, they’ll ADD things to their “order”. AGGRAVATING! But I have to try to remember to have the PATIENCE OF CHRIST! That’s not always easy in my line of work, folks! In fact, I’ve even had customers complain that I’m TOO nice at times. Well, in MY opinion, being “too nice” is FAR much better than being “rude”, am I right?

What IS it about human nature, that the MORE someone gives to us, the LESS AND LESS we appreciate it? Now I sort’ve know how Jesus Christ must’ve felt on the cross. And even before and after. During the times of the ancient Israelites, The Lord did A TON of stuff for the Israelites: He brought them out of Egypt, he parted the Red Sea for them, he gave them manna to eat from heaven, he miraculously brought forth water from rocks/desert, he oftentimes helped them defeat their enemies and blessed their crops, etc. etc. But it seemed like no matter HOW MUCH he did for ancient Israel, the Israelites STILL turned on Him and were UNGRATEFUL to Him! In fact, it seemed that THE MORE He DID for ancient Israel, the more and MORE they hated Him and turned on Him! HOW SAD! 😦

Honestly, there’ve been days at work when I’ve felt like: “Ok, if the customers want to complain, LET THEM, I’m sick and tired of trying to provide them exemplary service if they’re just going to walk all over me like that!” But ya want to know what the Lord taught me on those days?Treat ALL customers the way the RUDE customers treat YOU, guess what? YOU are then NO BETTER THAN THEY ARE!” Ouch! A hard lesson learned, but learned, nonethess!

Oftentimes, WHEN we are feeling discouraged, it’s because we’re spiritually lacking in something! Do we lack faith? Obedience? Patience? What IS it that we lack, first of all? And secondly, how do we overcome whatever’s LACKING? Answer: Through the Almighty Power & Glory of our Lord, Yeshua Hama’shiach (Jesus Christ Almighty!) His ways are NOT our ways and His divine understanding is NOT our human understanding! Our human nature is to want to get even with those who discourage us! But it’s Jesus’s nature to HUMBLE US!

lt’s not all bunnies and rainbows, folks! There’s going to be times in our lives when we feel MAJORLY DISCOURAGED and feel like throwing in the towel! But we MUST remember:

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

The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all” [Psalms 34: 17-19]

“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” [Isaiah 41:10]

“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” [John 16:33]

“Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved” [Psalms 55:22]

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end” [Jeremiah 29:11]

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” [Matthew 11:28]

“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” [Galatians 6:9]

It is of the Lord‘s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him” [Lamentations 3: 22-24]

And if that STILL doesn’t encourage you or provide hope, then think of it THIS WAY: Satan and his demons are THE ONES who are making you FEEL the way you do right now! And it’s their JOB to make you feel that way! HOWEVER, Revelation 20 and Matthew 25 state that they’ve ALREADY BEEN DEFEATED! They are nothing more than DEFEATED FOES:

“Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” [Matthew 25:41]

“And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever” [Revelation 20:10]

So just remember THIS, folks……When Satan and his demons get you down, just remind Satan of his future! (Revelation 20:10)

So……in conclusion? ANGER NOT, FEAR NOT, BE DISCOURAGED NOT! Why? Because God/Jesus Christ is IN CONTROL! And may you and I never, EVER forget that folks, for the rest of our existence! Amen! 😉

 

When Sin OVERWHELMS You……

DEALING with the deep, dark cloud of spiritual darkness/oppression when feeling OVERCOME BY SIN can leave a person with:

  • Depression
  • FEAR
  • Anxiety
  • Guilt
  • Shame
  • A diminished sense of self-worth
  • A lack of faith
  • A sense of hopelessness, as in, “I am without hope” and “I just can’t seem to do ANYTHING right”
  • Pessimistic thoughts about their life and/or the future
  • Trouble sleeping at night
  • Increased appetite or lack of it
  • Chronic abdominal, back and/or stomach pain
  • Chronic headaches
  • Feeling tired/restless/physically exhausted all the time
  • Anger and/or Resentment
  • A lack of motivation
  • STRESS
  • Feelings of hatred/judgement towards others and/or Jesus Christ HIMSELF
  • Severe jealousy and/or sense of “entitlement”
  • Feelings of UNWORTHINESS and/or feelings of being UNWORTHY FOR FORGIVENESS BY YESHUA/JESUS CHRIST
  • ETC.

Consequently, when sin begins to OVERWHELM US, it’s usually a sign of an underlying spiritual problem:

  • Are we (secretly) mad at Yeshua/Jesus, about something or someone in our lives?
  • Are we jealous of what someone else has?
  • Have we not forgiven someone who’s hurt us in some way, shape or form?
  • Are we blaming Jesus/Yeshua for all the problems in our life?
  • Are we overcome by depression, fear, anxiety, hate and/or despair over the soon-failing economy/the aggressive trans/LGBT/abortion Agenda, etc?
  • Have we become “complacent” in our fight against abortion/the abortion “agenda”?
  • Do we harbor hatred/resentment towards any one person or any group of people (for ANY reason?)
  • Do we fear spreading Jesus’s gospel, for fear of what others might think of us?
  • Have we gotten to the point where we just HATE people (in general), due to what “mankind” has become recently?
  • Have we become SO addicted to something (be it food, drugs, sex, alcohol) that we don’t know how to stop and are BLAMING JESUS for it?
  • Do we ever (secretly) think to ourselves thoughts such as: “There’s no way in HECK Jesus would let ME into the city of New Jerusalem someday, my sins are just MUCH too great” and/or “There’s no way in HECK the Lord’s prophets suffered the same fears/anxieties/turmoils that WE do, TODAY“, etc.?
  • Have we just plain flat-out lost hope and given up on life (in general?)

You might think that NO Old OR New Testament prophets ever struggled with the above emotions but you’re wrong! King David was known (at times) to be in GREAT DESPAIR (over his sins!) This is evidenced in Psalm 69:

Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul. I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me. I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my GodThey that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away” (Psalm 69: 1-4)

And then there was also Jeremiah (also known as “The Weeping Prophet”):

“For these things I weep; mine eye, mine eye runneth down with water, because the comforter that should relieve my soul is far from me: my children are desolate, because the enemy prevailed” (Lamentations 1:16)

Behold, O Lord; for I am in distress: my bowels are troubled; mine heart is turned within me; for I have grievously rebelled: abroad the sword bereaveth, at home there is as death. They have heard that I sigh: there is none to comfort me: all mine enemies have heard of my trouble; they are glad that thou hast done it: thou wilt bring the day that thou hast called, and they shall be like unto me” (Lamentations 1:20-21)

And let us also not forget Elijah, who FLED FOR HIS LIFE!

And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time. 

And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there. But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers” (1 Kings 19: 1-4)

Therefore, David DESPAIRED, Jeremiah WEEPED and Elijah FEARED! They were all HUMAN, just like you and me! And truth be told, NONE of the Lord’s Old/New Testament prophets and/or Old Testament Kings were perfect, for even THEY made mistakes! However, nearly ALL of them (with the exception of King Saul & a few others) repented and came back to the Lord!

In fact, the bible calls David “a man after God’s own heart”. What does that MEAN in plain English, some might ask? It means that David was in despair, not just because of the “hurt” that his sin caused to others as well as himself but also because of the “hurt” he knew he had caused to GOD’S VERY OWN HEART!

Many of us, when we sin, are sorry for our sin afterwards, because of the hurt that it caused US. But not many people are upset over their sin due to the hurt it has caused GOD HIMSELF! Just think of how our hearts are “troubled” the MOMENT we see, for example, our small child or young niece/nephew SEVERELY MISBEHAVING in a busy restaurant, for example. Why are our hearts troubled? Because our “child” is disobeying us. So it is with God. His heart is GREATLY GRIEVED/TROUBLED whenever we “sin”.

And in alot of ways, sin is like a plumbing system. Ignore a little here and there, and soon it becomes a BIG PROBLEM. And ignore a BIG PROBLEM for too long and soon it becomes a VERY BIG PROBLEM and so on and so forth. And just like a plumbing system requires “regular maintenance” to maintain its vitality, so does God require “regular spiritual check-ups” to maintain our SPIRITUAL VITALITY [in this case, the “regular spiritual check-ups” being repentance for sin, prayer, praise & giving thanks]. 

Yet, it’s easy to fall into a sense of hopelessness every once in awhile. You struggle with ONE sin (addiction to food, etc.). And then, if you don’t get a handle on it soon in the name of the Lord, you then quickly develop ANOTHER perpetual sin (addiction to alcohol, etc.) and so on and so forth. And until you get this thing in check, it’s gonna keep going and going (just like the Energizer Bunny – for those who’ve ever seen that commercial, that is). And the more “sin” piles up on your “soul plate”, the harder and harder it’s gonna be to overcome it all! (Believe me, I’ve been there before, folks! I KNOW how it is!)

And it’s SO easy to feel hopeless about something. Yet, it’s SO difficult to have FAITH when it comes to certain sins and situations. But the first step to OVERCOMING SIN is to RECOGNIZE SIN. Sometimes, a person doesn’t even REALIZE that something’s a sin, until the Holy Spirit convicts them of that “sin”.

And then after you RECOGNIZE the sin or sins, CRY OUT TO ALMIGHTY YESHUA/JESUS CHRIST ABOUT THEM! TELL him how much you’re struggling with said sin/sins. TELL him how BADLY you want to overcome them! TELL him how little faith you have and PRAY for more faith! He will ANSWER you and he will HEAR you, MARK MY WORDS! And then REPENT of that sin/those sins. I know it’s hard and that it sometimes doesn’t happen overnight. I know and realize that it’s a PROCESS. But still. If you want to overcome a sin or sins, you MUST try to give it all to God!

Just pray the following prayer:

“Lord, I’m overwhelmed by SIN in my life! I feel hopeless and helpless. I feel like it’s a pointless battle. I’m not even sure if I’ll even be ABLE to overcome these sins on my own. Please help me, O Lord! Please cleanse my mind, heart, body and spirit! Please help me overcome my sin(s) at any and all costs! Please give me FULL faith in YOU and IN your ability to deliver me from said sin(s). Please teach me the biblical alternatives TO my sin(s), while also taking AWAY the sin’s(s) appeal, so that the sin(s) in question WILL NO LONGER BE APPEALING TO ME! I thank you Lord, for helping me overcome this! You are my only hope in the universe and I trust you to deliver me out of “said sin’s” hands! I say this in Almighty Yeshua’s/Jesus’s name! Amen”.

And don’t just PRAY that prayer. BELIEVE IT. Keep praying that prayer as many times as you have to until you can get to the point where you FULLY believe it, having 100% faith that it’ll come to pass and BELIEVE ME, folks, the Lord will help you overcome that sin! But you have to WANT deliverance from that sin…REALLY, TRULY want it! Because remember that Jesus won’t answer “half-hearted” prayers. He ONLY answers prayers that are spoken with 100% humility & faith! 

And just know THIS: Whatever it is you’re struggling with, and whatever it is you’re going through, YOU’RE NOT ALONE, plus there’s nothing too big that Jesus can’t handle! You might think or FEEL you’re “without hope” but as long as you got breath in your lungs, there’s hope!

And if there’s SEVERAL sins you’re struggling with all at once, write them down! Make a list! Also make a list about ways you can overcome those sins! Then make a personal prayer about each one on your list! And remember what was spoken of in Matthew 19:26: But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. Translation? We can NOT overcome our “sin” on our OWN or by our OWN merit, BUT…..with God’s help, WE CAN…….for, in his great heavenly name, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE! 😉 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lord Delivers From Addictions!

I’ve heard and come across many people who were addicted to drugs. And though I’ve never done a hard drug in my life and have NO IDEA what that’s like (selling nearly all you have just for that one “fix” or “hit”), I HAVE struggled (and overcome) OTHER “addictions” in my life.

Drug addiction can honestly be compared to several other addictions like sex, alcohol, porn, food, smoking, shopping, Youtube, masturbating, Netflix, sugary drinks/soda, videogames, gambling, etc. Why? Because the physiological effects are the same! These addictions “reward” the “pleasure center” of the brain and after the brain develops a “tolerance level” to it, it needs more and more and more just to be able to feel the same “pleasure” (high levels of dopamine/endorphins release).

After awhile, the body (and brain) becomes SO used to these “addictions”, that the physical body suffers severe withdrawals if said thing is not had (though drug and alcohol withdrawals are the MOST intense out of ANY of the “addictions” mentioned). But HERE is where the lies of Satan and his demons come in (as a whole): THEY are the ones lying to you in your MIND, saying things like, “You better have more of this addiction right now, or else you’ll DIE!” [And yes, some people who starve themselves COMPLETELY of their “addiction” — during a SEVERE drug/alcohol withdrawal symptom/s — DO die, but that’s a different post for a different day].

Lets say you have a food, sex, porn, or soda addiction, for example. Your body gets SO used to it, that it almost feels like DEATH the moment you try to DEPRIVE yourself of said thing or things. You might even feel like you’re gonna pass out and die if you don’t have it – whatever the “addiction” may be. Your brain says, “I NEED IT! I NEED IT!” While your physical body CRAVES IT! But you have to understand that the ROOT CAUSE of the addiction is not so much PHYSICAL as it is SPIRITUAL! For the true “root” of the addiction problem comes from Satan and his demons “tricking you” into thinking that you NEED that thing/s when you DON’T! 

So what do you DO, in that instance? Answer: Call upon the name of the Lord Jesus/Yeshua, in all spirit and all truth! And don’t just call out to him half-heartedly! Call out to him FROM THE DEPTHS OF YOUR BEING! Call out to him from the pure depths of your MIND, HEART, BODY AND SPIRIT! Tell him how long you’ve struggled with said addiction! Tell him you’re tired of said addiction and that you’d rather own IT, in his great heavenly name, instead of IT owning YOU! And then……..HAVE THE FAITH THAT HE’LL DELIVER YOU FROM SAID ADDICTION(S) AND HE **WILL**, MARK MY WORDS! 

For years and years and years and years and YEARS, I struggled with a SEVERE soda pop addiction! I know that might sound *laughably funny* to SOME, but I’m DEAD SERIOUS! The psychological/physiological effects I suffered from soda pop withdrawal was probably not much different from what an alcoholic suffers when they can’t have their alcohol or when a crack addict can’t have their crack. It was THAT bad.

I would get these TERRIBLE HEAD-SPLITTING MIGRAINE HEADACHES that felt like my head was being crushed AND aggressively pulled apart on each “temple area” on the sides of my head and also behind BOTH EYES! (Not to mention I’d also feel EXTREMELY NAUSEOUS and I’d feel pain from my head to my stomach!) And these headaches would hurt SO BAD, that I’d CRY and moan in AGONY for HOURS! (Even drinking caffeine or taking actual headache medicine didn’t seem to help either, usually!) 

And if people that hadn’t known me saw me, they probably would’ve thought I was going through some type of SEVERE alcohol/drug withdrawal, instead of mere soda pop withdrawal. {What the HECK do they put in those soda pops on the market today, anyways? I wonder if it was the “phenylalaline” ingredient that did that to me? Because I know they put that ingredient in Diet AND Regular sodas……}

However, that was only when I experienced severe withdrawals from having no soda pop [like, when I was younger and my parents refused to buy any or when I was older and forgot to get some at the store and ran out of it, etc]. As long as I had atleast ONE soda pop a day (be it Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, whatever), I was usually fine. But even WITH drinking the soda pop once a day, I’d sometimes STILL get the *withdrawal symptoms* that I’d get when I’d have NONE (Weird, huh?), and again, the process would sometimes start all over again……the head-splitting headaches, the pain, the nausea…..

When I was about 25 or so, I FINALLY discovered a migraine medication that actually WORKED (which was Exedrin migraine). It would knock out my migraines in 15 minutes flat and would help me to go about my day, whenever I started to get a headache or a migraine. However, keeping around a constant supply of Exedrin migraine pills then became a “hazard” for me (spiritually AND physically) because it actually allowed me to dwelve deeper and deeper into my soda pop addiction. It was then that I started drinking 2, sometimes as much as 3 Dr. Peppers or Cokes a day. It became an OUT-OF-CONTROL addiction. And I started gaining weight, as a result.

I still read my bible and prayed at this time and the Lord was showing me so much through his written word in the bible. But I still hadn’t fully understood at around age 20 what I do, NOW: In order to feed THE SPIRIT, we must STARVE the flesh! Because if we FEED THE FLESH/BODY, we are STARVING THE SPIRIT! And if we are starving the spirit in ANY type of way, we are giving heed to SIN! In other words, at around age 20, I was still controlled by my LUSTS (my lust for food, my lust for soda pop, and the occasional lust for the opposite sex).

And it wasn’t really until the end of last year or beginning of this year that I was FINALLY able to permanently BREAK FREE from my soda pop addiction……..the thing that had held me physically and spiritually captive FOR YEARS! “How did you do it?”, some might ask. Answer: Two things! Through the help of the Lord God Almighty and something called Hint bottled water! (Hint bottled water can be ordered at: http://www.drinkhint.com). In other words, the Lord God Almighty (atleast in MY life, anyways) utilized Hint bottled water in order to help ME break my soda pop addiction FOR GOOD! Plus (as a whole) I no longer get the nausea and migraine head-aches that used to come with it! I feel so blessed! 🙂

And now, if I try to drink a soda (even a diet one), it tastes WAY TOO SWEET! (Glory be to God!) Therefore, the Lord has successfully delivered me from THREE addictions last year: lust, alcohol and soda pop! 

The Devil is SO GOOD at telling people LIES: “You’re biologically programmed to be attracted to the opposite sex, might as well act on it”, “there’s nothing wrong with masturbation or porn viewing”, “there’s nothing wrong with drinking sugary soft drinks all day”, “there’s nothing wrong with over-eating!”, “there’s nothing wrong with getting an abortion or being an active homosexual”, “there’s nothing wrong with not reading the bible or not believing in the bible”, “there’s nothing wrong with getting high/doing drugs”, etc.

Basically, his LIE starts out with the 4 words: “THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH ________”. Now think about that. TRULY think about that for awhile. If there was “nothing wrong” with _________, then why is the bible so AGAINST it? Ask yourselves that, folks!

The sad thing with people with addictions is that they feel so hopeless and as if they have “no way out”. But ya know what? According to Revelation 20:10 “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever”. Therefore, we know from this passage that Satan HAS ALREADY BEEN DEFEATED (in the Lord’s future timeline) and is nothing more than a DEFEATED FOE!

So when you hear that little voice in your head that says things like, “You’re gonna get a headache if you don’t drink a soda pop today”, “If you go gambling, you’ll make more money”, “If you get high, it’ll be the best high you’ve ever experienced”, “If you have an affair on your spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend, nobody will EVER know”, “you better have some alcohol or you’ll die”, “there’s nothing wrong with porn viewing and/or masturbation, go for it“, IGNORE IT! For that’s the voice of the DEVIL and/or his demons talking to you, trying to get you to do things that go AGAINST the Word of God! [Please remember that the Word of God is Jesus Christ Almighty HIMSELF and that the bible is considered the WRITTEN Word of God!]

Philippians 4:13 is one of the most beautiful pieces of scripture for it says: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me”. Wow. SO TRUE, people of God! SO TRUE! Each and every time I feel tempted with something, I think about those words and apply them to my life.

Another passage that gives me strength in time of trials/temptations is Isaiah 54:17 which states:No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord”.

So I’ve told you all how I got delivered from soda pop addiction. I went from drinking 2-4 caffeinated, sugary sodas A DAY to now only drinking ONE can or HALF a can of non-caffeinated soda (if that) every Shabbat/Sabbath (Saturday) for my “Shabbat wine” since I don’t really like to drink alcohol OR soda anymore (as a whole).

And yes, I will sometimes drink a can or two of 7-Up every great once in awhile when I’m not feeling good/have a cold or have an occasional Strawberry Welch’s/Diet soda (like, maybe once a month or every other month or so, if that). But that is nowhere NEAR the ungodly amounts of soda I used to drink every single day, when my soda addiction was still going strong. And sometimes, even the tiniest bit of soda I DO drink tastes too sweet for me. So perhaps I might have to switch to tea or water for my “shabbat wine” from now on. Anyways……….

Some of you are probably wondering what I meant about my lust addiction, what all it entailed and how I got delivered from it. Well, the truth is, I hardly ever lusted or watched porn and that sort’ve thing when I was around age 20 or so. But every great, great once in awhile when I DID, it became addicting and out of control! More like “binge porn”, if you will.

And finally one day, I realized something. Most of the people in the porn business (be they male or female) were sexually abused as a child. So when you watch those people in actual sex acts, it’s like you’re watching that child (as an adult) get visually sexually abused all over again. In fact, the Lord showed me visions/mental images of many of those porn stars as children, fearfully crying as they were being sexually abused by their relative or a stranger! And it made my heart absolutely DISGUSTED at porn watching and I just couldn’t watch it anymore! I prayed to the Lord to remove ALL porn viewing from my heart and he did!

That was YEARS AGO and I still hold the same view, TODAY! Porn watching is WRONG! It not only destroys the mind, heart, body and spirit but it destroys relationships and marriages, it has MANY bad long-term psychological effects on the people who view it (such as a reduction of brain cells, according to several scientific studies……but again, why is that surprising?), it makes men disrespect women and women “objectify” men, etc. 

But in fact, the Lord’s now got it to the point in my life where now I can look at a guy and think he’s attractive without wanting to do anything with him physically (as a whole). And yes, I might still have a “lustful thought” from time to time (I’m only human), but I know in my heart and soul that the Lord’s gonna find a way to deliver me out of such things if/when I do and that fact alone pisses the Devil off! Because I know the Devil’s wanting and hoping that I’ll fall back into lust and soda pop addiction again but alas, those things will NEVER HAPPEN, MARK MY WORDS!

Again, the devil becomes SO ANGRY whenever I won’t give in to “temptations”. I know it is a time of “testing” and the Lord’s “refining” in my life. And I am okay with that. Because I know in the end that I will pass nearly every test, for the most part! And I know that if there’s ever a time I fail at such “tests”, that the Lord can help me pick myself up, dust myself off, repent and truly start living for him again once more! For I know as a FACT that it was the Lord of the bible who delivered me from such things (as a whole!) The same Lord that plagued Egypt, parted the Red Sea, closed the mouths of lions and much, much more! 

I KNOW it was THE LORD who spiritually delivered me from such UNGODLY THINGS and it’s the Lord of the bible and ALL creation that I’d like to PRAISE HIGHLY! 

Because I KNOW as a fact that I wasn’t spiritually delivered from these things alone/of my own accord and that the Lord had HIS mighty hand in all of this! There’s no doubt in my mind, WHATSOEVER! GLORY BE TO HIS GREAT, MIGHTY, HEAVENLY NAME! 😉

[On the other hand, women: BE FOREWARNED about today’s guys. And guys: be forewarned about today’s women. Whenever you date them, they WILL try to manipulative you for sex sooner or later. At first, it’s so subtle: they’ll make sexual comments about a movie scene they saw in a general movie or mention about a sexual comment one of their close friends had most recently made or tell a dirty joke, etc. 

And THEN, they’ll start with the common tagline, “But EVERYONE’S doing it……you’re gonna have quite a bit of trouble keeping a guy (if female) or a girl (if male) if you DON’T do it with him/her!” (Which implies said guy or said girl will leave you if you don’t have sex with THEM!) Oh well, just let that person leave you, in that case. They’re not worth it, in that scenario. For if they REALLY, TRULY loved you, sex would be the furthest thing from their mind, as they’d be far more focused on YOU and just merely enjoying being AROUND you and spending time with you and just merely having you in their presence!

And NO, not EVERY single straight guy (and ESPECIALLY straight female) is “doing it”. Some have strong religious convictions. Others tend to be on the Asexual side of the scale. So no, not EVERYONE is “doing it”, as it were. Although it’s probably true to say that VERY FEW are refraining from “doing it” (as a whole). However, if everyone were jumping off a cliff, would YOU do it, too? Just because there’s ALOT of people “doing something” doesn’t make it RIGHT, so remember that, folks!].    

But the point I wanted to make is THIS: If the Lord can deliver ME from MY past addictions, he can MOST CERTAINLY deliver YOU from YOURS! 😉

So why not call out to the Lord of all creation today? Why not call out to him with all your might (your mind, heart, body AND spirit) and TELL HIM how much you want to be spiritually delivered from all your addictions today!

But KNOW this: As soon as you TRY to break free from addictions in the Lord’s heavenly name, the Devil and his demons will fight you ALL ALONG THE WAY! So you gotta be STRONG! You gotta KEEP WITH IT! Don’t give up! Keep going! You CAN overcome it and you WILL overcome it! For if the Lord created the universe and the heavens, doesn’t it stand to reason that the Lord can help ANY one person on this Earth overcome any one THING or THINGS? Think about it, folks!

The Lord’s NOT gonna create the ENTIRE universe and the heavens, and then scratch his head in confusion over how to help a person overcome their addiction(s), am I right? 😉

But again, I’m not really sure why I share all this (all my personal struggles with addictions and overcoming them) but I hope this will help someone out there who’s struggling with some sort of addiction(s), be they great or small. 

And for another post on the subject of addictions, please read the following:

https://yeshua777.wordpress.com/2014/07/27/j/

There’s Hope When…………………

  • Your home is destroyed by a natural disaster

  • Someone dies and you just don’t know how to cope 

  • You lose your job 

  • Your marriage is starting to fall apart 

  • Your faith begins to fail 

  • You start doubting yourself 

  • People threaten you, are cruel to you & persecute you 

  • It seems as though the world couldn’t get anymore eviler 

  • Your finances run dry & you feel like you’re at the end of the rope 

  • You’re addicted to alcohol, sex or drugs 

  • You feel as though there’s no hope 

  • When evil seems to prevail in the world 

  • Abortion “seems” to be on the rise here in America & in the world 

  • Same-sex marriage is now desiring to become “the norm” 

  • LGBT Activists try to force their agenda upon every man, woman and child 

  • Christian and/or Jewish religion is attacked (monetarily, legally, physically, verbally, etc.

  • It “seems” as though society & the world has forgotten about the God of the bible/Jesus Christ Almighty 

  • Polls “say” or “claim” that Judaic-Christian religion here in America is “on the decline” 

  • You’re feeling severely depressed/suicidal/as though no-one understands you 

  • You feel like you’re never gonna be a good witness for Jesus Christ Almighty in these Last Days 

  • People you warn (about the Last Days bible prophecy) don’t seem to listen 

  • You’re the ONLY one in your family that’s a believer IN and follower OF Jesus Christ Almighty 

  • You’ve been homeless for awhile and feel like no-one cares about you/your circumstances 

  • Other world religions (like Islam) “seem to prevail” over Christianity

  • You feel as though Jesus Christ has forgotten about you down here on this sin-ravaged Earth  

  • You come under SEVERE spiritual attack by Satan and his demons 

  • You’re falsely imprisoned due to your faith or some other like thing 

  • Terrible things happen to you that are beyond your control 

  • You can’t seem to break your food and/or hoarding addiction 

  • You don’t “fit in” with all the “cool people” and/or some of your own family members (due to your faith) 

  • You feel as though you’ll be single for the rest of your days 

  • You’ve lost a child, pet or friend 

  • You’re having trouble overcoming same-sex attraction(s) 

  • You’ve been diagnosed with cancer and don’t know how much longer you’ll get to live 

  • You try to help others and it backfires 

  • Your spouse has had an affair 

  • Your home is being threatened to be repossessed/foreclosed by the bank 

  • Your business is being threatened to be shut down by those who don’t love Jesus Christ/the bible 

  • The doctors “say” or “claim” that your unborn child is “not viable” 

  • You haven’t yet had any kids with your spouse but desperately want one 

  • You have to have a limb or limbs amputated to get rid of a bacteria infection/tumor/gangrene/etc. 

  • You or a family member is diagnosed with a degenerative disease 

  • Sin seems RAMPANT in the churches today 

  • People try to write you off as “Old School” when you proclaim the importance of studying Bible Prophecy and the End Times, etc. 

  • Lukewarm Christians all around you insist on following the FALSE PAGAN/ROMANIZED Jesus Christ, instead of the TRUE, BIBLICAL **JEWISH** JESUS CHRIST 

  • Sin runs RAMPANT all across America 

  • A family member or someone else ignores you for no reason 

  • And Many, Many More…………….

Many people think they are “without hope” (for whatever reason) in today’s world……But we must remember ONE thing: JESUS CHRIST ALMIGHTY **IS** OUR HOPE & OUR SALVATION! Whatever physical “ailment” or circumstance in life that you’re dealing with right now, JESUS CHRIST HAS THE CURE!

He created the universe and the heavens, people! So is he REALLY gonna create everything in the universe, and then, scratch his head in confusion over how to deal with the specific sin/problems in your life? OFCOURSE NOT! Trust me, if he created the universe and the heavens, he MOST CERTAINLY knows what he’s doing in your life!

CALL OUT TO JESUS CHRIST IN PRAYER TODAY, TRUSTING THAT HE HAS THE POWER TO CURE YOU, TO HEAL YOU, TO SAVE YOU, TO CHANGE YOU, TO GIVE YOU FAITH, TO REDEEM YOU, OR WHATEVER ELSE YOU NEED (AS LONG AS YOU’RE NOT ASKING FOR THINGS LIKE WINNING THE STATE LOTTERY, LOL). HE **WILL** ANSWER YOU, MARK MY WORDS!

I pray that ALL souls who read this post will find the strength & hope & courage that they need in these Last Days talked about in bible prophecy & that the Lord Jesus Christ Almighty will heal them, save them and bless them for eternity! And remember, folks: When you FEEL as though you HAVE no hope, there IS hope & that hope is in JESUS CHRIST ALMIGHTY! If he created the universe and the heavens, there’s no thing for him too big or too small to fix/heal in your life! Amen! 😉

The Spirit of FEAR: Satan’s Attack On The Soul

Some days, our walk with Jesus Christ/Yeshua is really, really strong and we’re bold and confident in our faith. But then over time, if we’re not careful, fear and doubt begin to grip our souls as Satan and his demons work OVERTIME to make sure that happens in our lives! Many “Christians” out there today think that: “There’s NO NEED to spiritually battle Satan and his demons, Jesus ALREADY won the victory over Satan at the cross”. And my, oh MY, how those poor folks are DECEIVED! For 1 Peter 5:8 states: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour“.

Now, mentally picture this for just a moment. Imagine you are in a forest, and you’re lost and aren’t sure what direction to take. There’s a violent animal in that forest, hiding behind trees and tall brushes of grass, seeking whom he may devour. And that animal’s like a dog: he can smell doubt/fear from a MILE away! And as you’re slowly walking through this “forest”, (the forest of your SOUL, that is), are you going to have faith and call upon the name of the Lord to guide you through safely and “accurately” or are you gonna doubt and start to freak out at the VERY first audible sound of the evil animal (Satan) roaring?

Remember that story in the Old Testament when King Nebuchadnezzar threw Daniel (one of the Lord’s prophets) into the LIONS DEN for his refusal to abandon praying to the Lord ONLY (the only TRUE God of the universe, the creator and maker of all things?) Did Daniel feel fearful at all when placed into the LIONS DEN as punishment? It doesn’t look like it, from how the biblical narrative reads. And what happened as a result of Daniel NOT doubting and having faith that the Lord would protect him? The Lord closed the lions mouth so that they couldn’t even hurt Daniel!

And maybe perhaps the lions lay at Daniel’s feet and Daniel even got to pet the lions (as though they were “pets”) but we’ll never know. The point is, Daniel FEARED NOT! [Daniel, chapter 6 in the Old Testament tells the whole story, while Daniel 6: 16-21 focuses on the main parts of how Daniel was thrown into the Lions Den and then overcame. And that is particularly MIRACULOUS since most people (if they were to be completely honest) would probably cover their eyes and cower in fear. 

I think it was Daniel’s FAITH and TRUST IN THE LORD that saved him! For if Daniel had doubted, those lions probably would’ve been allowed to tear him to bits! There’s many cases in the bible where God wasn’t pleased when prophets doubted during the times of the Old Testament. However, when God returned as Jesus in the New Testament, he was a bit more patient. Still not pleased about the lack of faith but gently telling the disciples how to get MORE of it! 

But in fact, just 3 chapters earlier in Daniel 3 in the Old Testament, we also read about how Daniel’s 3 friends (fellow servants of the Lord of the bible) were THROWN INTO A FIERY FURNACE and didn’t have one single MARK on them! All because they wouldn’t bow down to an IDOL that the King of Babylon had set up for “worship”. The narrative can be read at Daniel 3: 13-24! There, we read how Daniel’s 3 friends WEREN’T BURNT BY THE FIRE ***DUE*** to their faith in the Lord of the bible!  

However, some of the OTHER Old Testament prophets weren’t so lucky. My heart breaks for Elijah when we read the Old Testament narrative of how he FEARED JEZEBEL AND FLEED FOR HIS **LIFE**! Because BEFORE he started to fear, he had VERY strong faith and was doing pretty much everything the Lord had asked him to do. But AFTER Jezebel made a threat on his life, HE FLED! And the arrogant part of me is always thinking: “Why didn’t he just face that old witch HEAD ON and tell her what a piece of sinful filth/affliction she was with the bold declaration to her face ‘ain’t nothing you can do to me, outside of the Lord’s power!” My heart absolutely breaks for Elijah every single time I read that passage [1 Kings 19 in the Old Testament].    

And in general, the fear in our minds, hearts, bodies and spirits starts out so small. “There’s alot of lay-offs going around. What if I get layed off and can no longer support my family?” Or “I feel like I’ve done alot for the Lord lately but what if I haven’t done nearly enough and the Lord’s angry with me?” Or “What if the Lord’s angry with me or has given up on me? What if the Lord hates me, now?” and so and so forth.

It starts out SO SMALL and then over time, those fears can simply become OVERPOWERING, if one does not call upon the name of the Lord to control those thoughts…..It’s that knotted feeling in the stomach, the feeling that something isn’t quite right. It’s that fear that makes us wake up in the middle of the night, unable to sleep. For some, it’s the Lord’s way of drawing that person to a state of repentance for their sins. But for others, it’s Satan’s blatant attack upon their mind, heart, body and spirit.

And in fact, in Luke 21:26, it says: “Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken”.

Truth be told, Satan (as well as all his demons) HATES humans (as well as the entire section of the “heavenly congregation” in heaven that did NOT rebel or “see things Satan’s way”). And he knows he can’t destroy the RIGHTEOUS ANGELS of the Lord, so now, he AND his demons are wrecking havoc upon this Earth to try to destroy as many humans FROM WITHIN as they possibly can!

Many Christians today think that “demons no longer exist” and were only around during the time of the New Testament! HA! DON’T BE FOOLED! I submit to you today that they’re real, and “thriving” in today’s fallen world! Many famous celebrities even become POSSESSED by them (as Satan and his demonoids are NO respector of persons, even those who claim to “worship them”!) Check it out! The “bass playing” in and of itself, right off the bat, sounds HELLISH, as though demons were playing it! The **4:05-4:26** and **6:15-6:25** marks where TORI AMOS IS **CLEARLY DEMONICALLY POSSESSED** SAYS IT ALL!!!

Rather we are a believer in Almighty Yeshua/Jesus Christ or we aren’t, we’ve ALL felt “fearful” at times in our lives. And lets face it, Satan and his demons are NOTORIOUS for getting Christians and Jews to FEAR! We’ve worried about terrorist attacks, our finances, our taxes, the future of this country, etc. And while it’s perfectly normal/common for humans to worry about those things, the bible has a slightly DIFFERENT approach when it comes to FEAR:

2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV) For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind”

Psalm 118:6 (KJV) The LORD is on my side; I will not fear : what can man do unto me?”

Deuteronomy 31:6 (KJV) Be strong and of a good courage , fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee”

Isaiah 41:10 (KJV) 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” 

Matthew 6:30 (KJV) “Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?”

2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV) “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind”

Matthew 6:26 (KJV) “Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?”

Jeremiah 1:8 (KJV)Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD” (I honestly think this one’s talking about **demonic manifestations** of Satan and/or his demons!!! And remember, saints: With 100% faith in Jesus Christ Almighty, we have the 100% power to cast out demons for Jesus has said so!!!!!)

And that’s just a mere “sample”. There’s SO MANY MORE passages on FEAR and controlling/overcoming it in the bible. But for the sake of time & space, I just focused on those particular passages. I hope they will help you in your spiritual walk with God, today!

But the question remains. Do you fear something today? Do you fear a person? A thing? A cancer diagnosis? A lack of faith? A circumstance? Rebuke that fear right now this very second in the name of Jesus Christ Almighty! He CAN and he DOES have the power to wipe that fear AWAY! You just have to let Him!

“LORD JESUS, ANYONE THAT READS THIS POST, I REBUKE THE SPIRIT OF FEAR OUT OF THEIR MINDS, HEARTS, BODIES, AND SPIRITS. PLEASE CLEANSE THEM AND SET THEM FREE **AND** GIVE THEM A NEW MIND, HEART, BODY AND SPIRIT IN **YOU**, LORD! PLEASE GIVE THEM A FAITH NOW THAT’S **SO STRONG**, **NOT EVEN** THE THREAT OF DEATH OR TORTURE CAN TAKE IT AWAY! PLEASE GIVE THEM A FAITH THAT’S **SO STRONG**, THEY’D BE ABLE TO LAUGH IN SATAN’S AND THE DEMON’S FACES WHENEVER THEY MAKE BLATANT THREATS AGAINST THEM! PLEASE PROTECT THEM, BLESS THEM AND KEEP THEM FOR ALL ETERNITY! AMEN!”