Posts tagged ‘God’s Anger’

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

And besides: there’s many, MANY cases in the bible where women conceived NATURALLY in their old age and/or IN their times of infertility. Let us examine all SEVEN of those cases! (And there might possibly be more but these 7 cases are the ones that most Christians recall from the bible…….)

Old Testament:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Testament:

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

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

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

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

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

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

But in reality, we, as Christians, should instead be bending to the Lord Jesus Christ’s will, instead of our own. Because truth be told, we humans HAVE NO PLACE manipulating genes/embryos to OUR personal will! That’s SELFISH! In fact, I’ll even take this a step further. A “genetically-modified ANYTHING” (save for organ/blood donation) is outside of the Lord Jesus Christ’s will! It’s TRUE!

Everything from PURPOSELY genetically-modified genes [EXCLUDING ORGAN/BLOOD DONATION – WHICH I’M SURE JESUS CONSIDERS VERY NOBLE, ESPECIALLY IF IT HELPS SAVES THE LIVES OF OTHERS] to genetically-modified FOOD is **OUTSIDE** of the Lord Jesus’s will! Why? Because it messes with HIS natural design! And ANYTHING (and I do mean, ANYTHING) outside of HIS (the Lord Jesus’s) natural DNA design (be it food or otherwise) is AN ABOMINATION! Why? Because it’s like personally saying to God: “We can do better!”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Anger Solves NOTHING!

Anger. It’s an emotion we’ve ALL felt from time to time. The person in front of us at the checkout is taking too long. Someone cuts us off in traffic. Someone at work is micro-managing us. A friend, family member or complete stranger says something insensitive to us. We find that there was a mistake on our tax refund and/or that we’ve been overcharged on one or more of our bills. We’re driving a long distance and one of the tires suddenly has a blowout. The cat hops up on the cabinet (while we got our back turned for just THREE seconds) and helps him/herself to a piece of “sandwich” we’re in the process of making for lunch.

WHATEVER the situation, anger solves NOTHING! Anger will NOT, by any means:

  1. Make the person taking F-O-R-E-V-E-R at the checkout line in front of us suddenly speed up in a jiffy
  2. Make the person who cut us off in traffic UN-CUT us off in traffic or magically make them look over at us and mouth the words: I’m sorry
  3. Make the coworker who’s micro-managing us suddenly STOP, smile and say Sorry….I guess I AM micro-managing you, my apologies, didn’t mean to
  4. Make the friend, family member or complete stranger IMMEDIATELY apologize for their actions and ask for forgiveness
  5. Make the tax refund mistake go away or make the numbers magically change to the correct amount before our very eyes
  6. Make the tire IMMEDIATELY “re-correct” itself so we can keep on driving
  7. Make the cat UN-EAT the bite of sandwich and meow that they’re “sorry” (well….they might possibly meow that they’re sorry, but that’s besides the point………)

It’s pretty much a given that EVERY single human being on the planet is going to experience frustration and ANGER at SOME point in their existence. That’s a given. But it’s how we DEAL with that anger that matters.

Lets say you’re in a work situation. Your coworker Steve is micro-managing you to the HILT! No…..put that April file over here with the February files, that way, we can keep better track of it. So then you do and not 30 seconds later, he “barks” at you AGAIN: No….don’t put it at the BOTTOM of the pile, put it at the TOP of the pile of February documents (even if you’re sitting there questioning like, WHAT?? That makes no sense!!! The TOP of the pile???? Where the file might possibly not be found or be confused with the February or January files? What the HECK???”

And then, just to test your buttons of patience EVEN FURTHER (or so it seems), good-ole “Steve-O” comes at you YET AGAIN: “Put all your most current May and April 2017 folders in the BOTTOM DRAWERS, we NEVER put them in the TOP DRAWERS that are closest within reach, YOU KNOW THAT!

And it’s usually at THIS point in time that our fragile human minds want to scream EXPLETIVES at “Steve-O” and GIVE HIM A PIECE OF OUR MIND! (Which, ironically enough, is likely what Steve-O wants, in the first place. So why give him the satisfaction?)

But folks, we got to realize something, here. Whenever there’s something that “testing our patience to the limits“, it’s because of 2 reasons:

A). Satan and his demons are trying EVER-SO-HARD to BREAK US…….to GET us to FEEL angry, to GET us to FEEL resentful, to GET us to CUSS UP A STORM, SNAP, and/or possibly belittle others in the process!

B). Jesus is “using” the experience to TEACH us “patience”, as odd as that may sound.

Now, there’s TWO types of anger mentioned in the bible. There is what’s called RIGHTEOUS ANGER (Jesus over-turning the money changers’ tables in The Temple) and UNRIGHTEOUS ANGER (Cain’s anger over Abel, Esau’s anger towards Jacob, Saul pursuing David, Moses killing the Egyptian that was harassing a Hebrew slave, Herod’s anger with the 3 Wisemen, etc.)

Now, we can all “claim” that OUR ANGER towards the “sinful behaviors of others” is classified as “righteous anger”. But when’s the last time we honestly got “righteously angry” over the sinful behavior(s) of OURSELVES?

That’s PRECISELY the EXACT issue that Jesus is discussing in Matthew 7: 3-5 which states: “And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye

In other words, we can’t fully “call out/rebuke” the unrighteousness in OTHERS until we first “call out/rebuke” the unrighteousness in OURSELVES………Because Romans 3:23 says: “For ALL have sinned, and come short of the glory of God“. That means that NOBODY is perfect. NONE. None on the ENTIRE EARTH, past, future or present.

The ONLY being that is WITHOUT sin is ofcourse, JESUS CHRIST ALMIGHTY. While he lived on the Earth, he was BLAMELESS and WITHOUT SIN. That’s WHY he was a suitable sacrifice unto God to “take away the PENALTY of the sins of the world/mankind”. Because only one who is completely WITHOUT SIN can be a suitable enough sacrifice to TAKE AWAY THE PENALTY OF ALL SIN (in God’s eyes), if that makes any sense?

Now, lets look at the 7 above “anger-inducing cases” and see what happens when those people DON’T sinfully ACT on their anger:

  1. The person getting “irritated” at person in front of them in line sighs, takes a deep breath, patiently waits and then it’s THEIR turn. Life goes on.
  2. The person was cut off in traffic realizes that there’s a possibility that the person who cut them off did so “accidentally” and doesn’t fret about it. 
  3. The person being micro-managed at work stops, takes a deep breath and realizes that the micro-manager is either highly stressed themselves or only trying to be helpful and doesn’t fret about it.
  4. The person who an insensitive thing was said to rationally realizes that the person probably didn’t even realize what was said was insensitive and just rolls with it. Life goes on.
  5. The person who sees a mistake on their tax refund sighs, takes a deep breath and then calmly calls the IRS phone number to let them know what’s going on. They know eventually they’ll get the check for the correct amount and don’t fret about it.
  6. The person who had a tire blow-out will eventually fix it themselves or stay calm, figuring that help will soon be on the way.
  7. The person who had their kitty eat part of their sandwich LAUGHS about it, instead of gets mad about it, then makes themselves another sandwich cause hey, it’s not the end of the world, right?

Now, we’ve SEEN cases in the bible where people ACTED IMMEDIATELY on their anger 

  1. Cain killing Abel
  2. Esau plotting to kill Jacob
  3. Saul plotting to kill David
  4. Herod killing all boys, aged 2 and under
  5. Moses killing the Egyptian, who was “being brutal” towards the Israelite slave worker
  6. Moses SMASHING the clay tablets of stone with God’s law on them (upon seeing the disobedient children of Israel)
  7. Balaam beating his donkey for what HE thought was “weird behavior”
  8. Jezebel plotting to kill Elijah
  9. Haman being FURIOUS over Mordecai not bowing down to him and giving him obeisance
  10. Jonah got mad at God for NOT destroying the city of Nineveh (after his prophesying) AND for making him preach there in the first place?
  11. ETC.

Just like we can see cases where anger was likely HELD IN……..(and not acted upon):

  1. Abraham was likely secretly resentful/angry of Sarah demanding Hagar & Ishmael’s “banishment” since it was Sarah’s idea in the FIRST place for Abraham to marry Hagar and have children by her.
  2. When Jacob deceived Esau out of his birthright and out of his “patriarchal blessing”, Isaac was likely “silently angry” with both his sons (Esau, for being so “careless” about his birthright/blessing and with Jacob for having deceived Esau AND HIM).
  3. Jacob was likely VERY ANGRY (on the inside) with Laban for deceiving him into marrying Leah, instead of Rachel
  4.  Leah was likely resentful/angry towards her father for making her marry a man, Jacob, who clearly did NOT love HER, the way that Jacob loved Rachel, her younger sister), with Jacob (for loving Rachel more than her, and spending the MAJORITY of his nights with Rachel) AND with Rachel, for “being the favorite” of Jacob, etc.
  5. Jacob was likely resentful/angry (or at the VERY least, highly “annoyed”) with Leah for “buying a night with him with her son Reuben’s mandrakes”
  6. Old Testament Joseph was likely secretly angry with his brothers for selling him off as a slave, etc.
  7. Jacob (as well as Benjamin?) were likely secretly angry with all the other sons, after “initially” discovering the truth about Joseph (that he was initially “sold as a slave in Egypt”)
  8. Shem & Japheth were likely secretly angry with their brother Ham, for acting so foolishly and dishonorable with their “drunken” father, Noah
  9. New Testament Joseph likely felt HURT, BETRAYED, AND secretly angry/disappointed with his espoused, Mary, for what HE must’ve thought was her “going out on him”, BEFORE discovering that she was “immaculately pregnant with the Messiah, Jesus Christ”
  10. Mary’s own parents were likely secretly angry with her for what THEY thought was her “dishonorable behavior” before THEY knew she was “miraculously pregnant with the Messiah”
  11. ETC.

It’s funny how many Christians today sort’ve hold alot of the biblical characters up on a pedestal and act as though they never “thought” or “did” anything wrong. But folks, ALL biblical characters (save for Jesus Christ himself) were FAR FROM PERFECT. And many of them (just like many of us do, TODAY) got ANGRY and IMMEDIATELY ACTED UPON THAT ANGER!

As for all the bible characters that seemed to “hold it in”, for every single time they were able to be patient and hold their anger IN, there was likely a counter time in their lives when they did NOT hold their anger in and acted more like the “insta-charge angerers” list up above.

Now think back to the last time you got angry about something…….TRULY ANGRY. Did it solve anything? Did it make the situation better? Or did it just make things worse? How did it impact the others around you? (And how did it affect your children, spouse, coworkers and even PETS?) Did it turn out to be a worthwhile experience? Did it make you feel happy and fulfilled at all? Did you feel as though the anger was “worth it?” Did you feel as though it pleased Jesus Christ at all?

Because the truth is, anger solves NOTHING and takes away EVERYTHING! It takes away your mind, heart, sanity and spirit! And if left PERPETUALLY UNCHECKED, anger can be the catalyst for you losing your own very SOUL! Anger causes people to do MANY, MANY unrighteous and harmful things (both to themselves and to others). Anger causes hate and violence, rape and murder, ruined relationships and marriages, all sorts of sin and crime. It’s not worth it.

The next time you feel angry (about ANYTHING or ANYONE), just take a deep breath, relax, take ANOTHER deep breath and IMMEDIATELY re-asses the situation. And ask yourself, “is it worth it?”

Anger won’t repair your relationship or marriage……..won’t make things better for you at home or work……..won’t make you a better son/daughter, friend, coworker, spouse, niece/nephew, grandson/granddaughter, etc.

Anger (in and of itself) will help destroy everything you’ve ever worked for. Don’t let it win. Don’t let Satan and his demons win. Remember that WHEN the Old Testament characters unleashed their anger, unchecked, they were PUNISHED for it by God! However…..whenever they held their anger in and did NOT act on it, they were BLESSED FOR IT, BY GOD!

Now, that doesn’t mean that it’s not alright to feel angry from time to time, as anger is a normal, human emotion. It’s just what we DO with that anger that counts. Ephesians 4: 26-27 says: “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil”. So, in other words, when we let anger stew and come out full strength, the bible says we are “giving place to the devil”, meaning, we’re giving him leeway in our lives!  

I want to share my own personal experience here with anger and what all it’s done (or hasn’t done) for me. I’m usually a patient person and it takes alot to get me angry. But when my patience is tested to the hilt, I don’t tend to get just a “little” angry……Without prayer and intercession by the Lord Jesus, I tend (as a whole) to get REALLY ANGRY! And all the times I got REALLY ANGRY in my life, it did absolutely NOTHING for me. In fact, it has DESTROYED close relationships I’ve had in my life! It has taken so much FROM ME and has done absolutely nothing FOR me!

Anger robs the soul of LIFE! It really does. You can even spend your whole entire LIFE being mad at someone (or at God, even). Only to later find that it SOLVES NO PURPOSE! People that were estranged from parents/friends/relatives, for example, and hated them for YEARS? When they DO finally make up with them and start speaking to them again, they’re oftentimes GRIEVED about all that WASTED TIME that they COULD’VE SPENT together, making amends and letting bygones be bygones.

And all the times in my life when I just let my anger go, did NOT act on it, but prayed to the Lord Jesus Christ about it and trusted JESUS with it? Miraculous things would start to happen…….Things at work and home would start to run much smoother……..things that made me so angry before no longer seemed like such a big deal, anymore……the grass & trees looked greener, the sun looked brighter, the singing birds sounded more beautiful, people were nicer, plus I was FAR more content & happier……happier than I’ve ever been, actually…….

So if you’re angry about someTHING or someONE, I want you to ask yourself if it’s worth it. Is it worth all that LOST TIME that you COULD be spending making amends with that person/those people? It says in the bible that we must forgive others if we ourselves want to be forgiven. So what does that entail, one might ask? Well, for one, it means LETTING GO OF ANGER. I know that’s hard to do. I know it’s easier said than done. (Been there, done that, I KNOW how it feels). But if we want to move FORWARD (both, in our spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ AND with each other), then we MUST let go of our resentments/ANGER (anger towards God/Jesus, towards other people, & towards ourselves, etc.)

Even SELF-ANGER (anger at self) is DESTRUCTIVE and serves no purpose. For how can we faithfully serve God/Jesus is we’re too busy condemning ourselves to oblivion? Who CARES about what sin we did 10 years ago, 20 years ago, 2 years ago or 2 months ago? Does that REALLY hold any true bearing for what we’re doing for the Lord Jesus Christ in the HERE and the NOW?

The anti-thesis of anger is PATIENCE…..humbled PATIENCE. Jesus Christ puts us in “long lines”, etc. at the bank or grocery store, etc. to teach us PATIENCE. Jesus puts us in EVERY “patience-testing situation” to teach us PATIENCE. In fact, did you know that Satan the Devil gets ANGRY whenever WE are PATIENT? It’s true. And whenever WE get ANGRY and ACT ON IT, Satan’s happy as a lark! That’s WHY we should never let Satan win in the “war on anger”.

If you or someone you know is currently struggling with the perpetual problem of ANGER, I would HIGHLY encourage you to pray to the Lord Jesus Christ about it, HUMBLE YOURSELVES before Jesus, give your whole LIFE to him, and then, just sit back and watch all the miraculous things he’ll do in your life, when you CONQUER YOUR UNRIGHTEOUS ANGER IN JESUS’S NAME! 😉

And yes, though I DO still struggle with anger in my life from time to time (especially in the work setting), I’m getting much, much better these days at conquering it in Jesus’s name! And I pray that all of you will continue to do the same! 😉

“I can do ALL things through Christ, who strengthens me” – Philippians 4:13

“FOR WHEN THEY SAY PEACE AND SAFETY”….[Donald J. Trump: America’s Last Stand, PART TWO]

“For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and THEY shall not escape” – 1 Thessalonians 5:3

There’s one thing that I need to make EXCEPTIONALLY CLEAR…….JUST BECAUSE Donald J. Trump and Mike Pence are the President-Elect and Vice-President Elect does NOT mean that we’re not STILL living in the End Times!

Let me repeat: Donald J. Trump and Mike Pence (as good as they may “seem” on the Pro-Life surface) will NOT “cancel out the End Times”, as many Christians now popularly believe.

Folks, we’re still living in some of THE MOST TURBULENT TIMES IN HUMAN HISTORY! In fact, many of OUR sins/national sins, here in the year 2016 and on, would make Sodom & Gomorrah BLUSH! Do you REALLY think the Lord’s gonna pull back his Wrath that’s already BEEN upon this nation FOR QUITE SOME TIME NOW, and cancel it out completely and decide to PROSPER this nation, INSTEAD?

While I’m sure there was probably a couple of times in the bible when the Lord was “planning” to execute his Wrath on an entire city or nation, but then held back for a bit when the MAJORITY of that city/nation or a prophet of that nation cried out to HIM (for example, the city of Nineveh who IMMEDIATELY repented at the word of the prophet Jonah and also Moses, who interceded for the entire nation of Israel on top of Mount Sinai), 99% of the time, the Lord did NOT “cancel out or delay his Wrath”.

While 2 Chronicles 7:14 says the following: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land”, do you REALLY think that ENOUGH CHRISTIANS HAVE REPENTED AND SOUGHT TO **TRULY** HUMBLE THEMSELVES AND SEEK THE LORD’S FACE, WHILE HE MAY STILL BE SPIRITUALLY FOUND?

Cause the truth is, today, in the year 2016, most of us are (quite sadly) too busy on our ipads, iphones, social media, and the like. We don’t really have TIME to pray and/or read the bible (as a whole) but we have TIME to do plenty of OTHER things (go out to eat, go to the movies, sleep, spend time with our families, read a novel for leisure, travel to see a friend, etc.), am I right?

In fact, when’s the last time YOU fasted? The BIBLICAL WAY? Washed your face, anointed your forehead with olive oil, FASTED (that means, to have NO FOOD for a period of time — anywhere from 6 hours to 3 days, depending on the “health abilities” and “Lord’s specific will” of a person — though water/etc. is allowed), DIDN’T TELL A SOUL and PRAYED FOR UNDERSTANDING/BIBLICAL INSIGHT from the Lord?

Heck, when’s the last time “I” myself did that, even? Up until most recently, it had been awhile (for me). And only this most RECENT time did I ever attempt to try to do it the “biblical way”. And once more, I even “failed” in the NOT TELLING A SOUL part, since I “accidentally” told a coworker that I was attempting to do a biblical fast and how “hard” it was and how “tempted” I was to start eating things, especially when a migraine head-ache set in, halfway through………

And then I started getting really sick from not eating and felt as though I had to “break my fast” and eat something, so that I wouldn’t faint or pass out. BUT DOES JESUS CHRIST ACCEPT *EXCUSES* WHEN IT COMES TO BREAKING A FAST? I doubt it. Which is why I’ll have to try even harder NEXT TIME……..sigh………….In fact, many others out there also face the same “temptations” to “break their fast” and probably say a prayer along the lines of, “Lord, please give me the strength” and then dive into a thing of nachos/etc. when they feel as though their “growling/sore tummy” can’t take it any longer!

But that’s my whole entire POINT, here……For if I myself have been “slack” on prayer and fasting lately (the “biblical way”), just think of how many OTHER “Christians” and “Messianic Jews” have been. And then, further out from there, just think of how SLACK we’ve been on “prayer & fasting” (the BIBLICAL WAY), AS A NATION. Do we see where I’m going with this, folks?

People today (as a whole) are SO BLIND (SPIRITUALLY!) They can name you the latest movies, celebrities, news articles or videogames, etc., but yet, they oftentimes can’t name you the “smaller” books of the bible or even in what “order” most of the bible books are placed in the bible, or even name off the COMPLETE list of 10 commandments….

And that’s my point. We (as a whole) don’t have TIME for Jesus but we have TIME for OTHER “hobbies” and “activities”, am I right? And our spiritual states, PERSONALLY? Imagine what the COLLECTIVE SPIRITUAL STATE IS of this country……NATIONALLY!

To be frank, we’re not in a “good spot”, folks (spiritually speaking). NOT BY A LONG SHOT! We (as a nation — and even as a collective GLOBAL WORLD) are in what the archangel Michael once called to me during a near-suicide experience “THE RED ZONE”. That simply means our collective HEART is as far from God/Jesus Christ as can possibly be!

And as the years and “collective social culture” wears on, our collective HEART’s becoming EVEN FURTHER drawn away from Him! We’re in a scary place, folks (spiritually speaking). People need to WAKE UP from their spiritual slumber before it’s too late!

We (as a nation — and even as a world) have BEEN ASLEEP (spiritually speaking). We’ve been FAR too busy chasing after “human social ideals” and “politically correct/PC Culture”, than chasing after Jesus! And believe me, this nation (and this world) is soon gonna pay the price!

When Jesus ADMONISHED his disciples for “falling asleep” in the Garden of Gethsemane while he prayed, that was a CLEAR foreshadowing of all the Lord’s people (as individuals AND as a collective whole) that would be spiritually “falling asleep” during the END TIMES!

“But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers” – Luke 12:45-46

“But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth” – Matthew 24: 48-51

And UNLIKE the ancient biblical times when the disciples still had so-called time to repent, we do NOT have that sort of “collective time”, folks! Tomorrow is NEVER GUARANTEED! (Heck, even 5 minutes of your life from now is NEVER GUARANTEED!) Therefore, REPENT, and SPIRITUALLY WAKE UP YOUR SINFUL, DEAD, SLEEPING SOUL, for the ETERNAL KINGDOM OF GOD/JESUS CHRIST WILL SOON BE AT HAND!

And ya want to know what? For MOST people, Jesus’s 2nd arrival upon Earth will come AS A THIEF IN THE NIGHT! (In other words, when they VERY, VERY LEAST EXPECT IT):

For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief” – 1 Thessalonians 5:2-4

“Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame” – Revelation 16:15

Matthew 24:36 – “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only

Revelation 3:3 – “Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee”

Matthew 24:44  “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh”

But about the most troubling thing YET is how many “Christians” and even some “Messianic Jews” or “Jewish-leaning Christians” out there are now debating amongst themselves if Trump could be the “Modern-Day King Cyrus”. But like I said in my previous post on Trump, rather he is or isn’t is BESIDES the point! The POINT folks, is that we’re STILL living in the End Times and need to spiritually PREPARE ourselves for what lays ahead, in the course of global human history!

Also: Try to think about it THIS WAY: People say that Satan and his demons never say anything of “truth”. But that’s not true. They’ll speak “little snippets” of truth or do some “good things” here and there, in order to DECEIVE PEOPLE! For example, The Roman Catholic Church does some EXCEPTIONAL Pro-Life campaigning and protests (if I don’t say so myself)….However, its overall Catholic “theology” (infant baptism, bowing down to idols and images/etc.) is leading many naive/unfortunate souls TO HELL! Do you see how the Devil works, folks? How he inserts just a “small” bit of truth and mixes it up in a BAG OF LIES, in order to DECEIVE PEOPLE?

And to me, it would rather seem that he’s working behind the scenes of both the Pro-Abortion lobby AND in the seemingly “Pro-Life” new gov’t about to take shape. Why? Because if he can successfully deceive Christians into thinking/saying: See? We won! We have a Pro-Life majority now in Gov’t”, that he can ALSO successfully deceive them into thinking that Trump’s a “Modern-Day Cyrus“.

And if Roe V. Wade ever gets overturned? WATCH OUT…….for I believe that’ll be the PRIME VEHICLE that Satan will choose to DECEIVE THE MASSES! Now, don’t get me wrong. Over-turning Roe V. Wade would be a GREAT VICTORY for the Lord Jesus Christ, his people and the hosts of heaven! But it can also lead to potential dangers of deception…

The bible speaks of the End Times in Israel……how…..when they “think” they are “safe and secure” and have “brokered peace”, that they’ll become TOO TRUSTING and LET THEIR GUARD DOWN! And folks…….that’s EXACTLY what’s gonna happen with many Christians/Messianic Jews when THEY let their guards down because: Hey, Planned Parenthood got defunded! Roe v. Wade got over-turned!”

Do you see where I’m going with this, folks? And I’m not saying 100% those 2 things will happen, but IF/WHEN they do, or when OTHER similar like things occur, I know in my heart and soul that Christians/Messianic Jews are gonna be letting their guards down, just because they “think” they’ve won! And that’s EXACTLY what I mean…..we’re in a VERY dangerous, vulnerable spot, folks! WE HAVE TO BE ON OUR BEST SPIRITUAL GUARD, AT ALL TIMES AND IN ALL PLACES!

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

Down below, Evangelist Anita Fuentes of EMOAF Ministries discusses and explains how “Judgement is Not Postponed”. She explains some things on this topic better than I do, which is why I decided to post her video down below. 

“As It Was In The Days of Noah”: Spiritual Probation is CLOSING!

And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. 

Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.” 

Luke 17:26-30

Okay, so what is that passage saying? It’s saying (in a nutshell) that WHEN Jesus Christ soon returns to the Earth a SECOND TIME, he will be coming with GREAT POWER AND GLORY!

HOWEVER……his 2nd arrival to the Earth (in FULLY glorified spiritual form, arriving in the clouds of heaven) will catch MANY, MANY people “off-guard”, ESPECIALLY “Christians!” People, at THAT time, will be MUCH too absorbed with social media, pop culture, their Twitter/Facebook feeds, materialism/love for money, partying, sexing it up outside marriage, to be too concerned with the “signs” of his soon return.

Revelation 1:7 records that their reaction will be like THIS when Jesus returns:

“Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen”

So in other words, IN that instantaneous moment when Jesus returns to Earth from WITHIN the clouds of heaven, the folks (especially “Christians”) that were too busy checking their Facebook, updating their Twitter feed, being obsessed with materialism, pop culture, videogames, partying, sexing it up outside of marriage, etc. will instantaneously REALIZE how “wrong” they were to:

A) NOT be concerned with Jesus Christ and the bible

B) NOT be concerned with the “signs” of his soon return and

C) NOT be concerned with their eternal salvation!

They will then realize that it’s TOO LATE for them and THEIR SOULS WILL MOURN/WAIL!

Jesus FURTHER goes on to describe the “mindset” of ALL people who “took no importance in Him or his divine words in the bible”:

“Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?” [Matthew 7:22]

And Jesus will RESPOND to them by saying, “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity”. [Matthew 7:23] OUCH!

They will ALSO ask him the fateful question(s): Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? [Matthew 25:44]

But again, Jesus will respond with: “Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me” [Matthew 25:45]

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However, lets us go back and briefly touch on the days of Noah. What happened during that time in history? What did those days consist of?

We read about Noah in Genesis 5:28-9:29 [Old Testament, book of Genesis, Chapter 5, Verse 28, all the way through Chapter 9, verse 29]. In Genesis 6:2-3, we read about the fallen angels interbreeding with human women, with their offspring being called “The Nephilim”. The Nephilim were large “giants” who had “superhuman strength”. 

Genesis 6:5-7 further goes on to describe the “fallen state of man”: And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.”

However, in Genesis 6:8-10, it becomes apparent that Noah is “set apart” in the site of the Lord. He is a “beacon of righteousness” in an unrighteous world:

“But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LordThese are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth”

Genesis 6:11-13 FURTHER goes on to say:

The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth” 

Genesis 6:17 is the “official decree” for the “global flood” to destroy all flesh (except Noah and his family):

And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.”

The Lord further goes on to state to Noah in verse 18: “But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee”

Translation? Noah and his family were the ONLY ONES that were “worthy enough” to escape God’s Wrath! 8 people TOTAL(And Note: They most recently found evidence of Noah’s Ark in Ankara, Turkey on top of Mount Ararat, as well as a city close by that was named “the city of 8 people” that is HIGHLY believed to be of that of Noah & his family!) 

We also find a parallel story of “redemption” with Lot, in Genesis, chapters 12-19. Lot was Abraham’s nephew. He lived with/near Abraham for SEVERAL years, until he finally moved to the “wicked city” of Sodom.

HOWEVER, because Abraham had prayed on BEHALF of his nephew Lot and because Abraham’s “righteousness” had obviously somewhat rubbed off on Lot, Lot had IMMEDIATELY invited the two angels to his house for a meal (when such “hospitality laws” were obviously forbidden in “wicked Sodom”), as the following verses in Genesis 19: 1-3 illustrate:

And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground; And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant’s house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night. And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat”.

However, as the chapter further goes on, the men of Sodom were “sodomites” (where the word “sodomy” comes from). And they somehow found out that 2 male “guests” were staying at Lot’s “house”. They came outside the house and said the following:

And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them

Most biblical scholars believe that “we may know them” means “we may sodomize them/know them CARNALLY”.

Anyways, the chapter goes on to say that the angels blinded the men outside so that they could not find the doorknob to Lot’s house.

Verse 19:15 says, “And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city”.

The next morning, the cities were DESTROYED:

“The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar. Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven; And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt” 

Translation? The Lord decided to spare Lot from the DESTRUCTION OF SODOM & GOMORRAH!

Therefore, both Noah and Lots are “archetypes”/”foreshadowings” of the “righteous ones” being REMOVED from God’s Wrath, AHEAD OF TIME!

And true, there’s many OTHER examples in the bible of God sparing his servants from wrath, but those seem to be the MAIN TWO EXAMPLES.

Many people talk about how CRUEL it was for God to destroy the whole world during the GLOBAL FLOOD of Noah’s time. However, many folks are forgetting that these people had 120 YEARS to repent (including the 7 days up until the Ark was sealed shut by Almighty God). But repent….they did NOT! So that is NOT God’s fault, people! They mocked Noah (a messenger of all righteousness) until the very, very end!

“And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the Lord shut him in.” [Genesis 7:16]

My impression from the bible is that RIGHT AFTER the Lord shut Noah in the Ark, it did NOT start raining until SEVEN DAYS AFTER!

“And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth” [Genesis 7:10]

So just think about this for a moment. Luke 17:27 makes it ALL TOO CLEAR…..

“They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all”

They were likely dancing, rejoicing, singing, shouting, mocking and “celebrating” up until the day that God SEALED the door to the Ark SHUT!

THE MOMENT that God SEALED the door to the Ark SHUT, no man, woman or child was able to get inside! Imagine…….

And then, 7 days later, the RAINS BEGAN! I’m sure there was probably LOTS and LOTS of people who then tried to bang on the door to the Ark to try to get in. But the thing is, Noah couldn’t have let those people in even if he had wanted to! That’s the thing! And I’m sure by THAT point in time, many people were starting to wake up and REALIZE they were wrong! But by THEN, it was TOO LATE! And so what Jesus is saying in Luke 17: 27-30 is like how it was in the “Days of Noah”, RIGHT BEFORE THE FLOOD!

In other words, the “days of Noah” were like a PROTOTYPE of how the days “near the End” would BE! Look at society and the world today! People are getting married and “being given in marriage”, etc. Most people today don’t have a care in the world! And they have NO IDEA of the SPIRITUAL STORM that soon awaits them (that spiritual storm being GOD’S WRATH!)

People that talk about the bible, Jesus, salvation, bible prophecy, the End Times are, in most people’s eyes, are “just crazy”. So it was during the times of Noah! People called him “crazy”, a “lunatic”, etc. And THEN look what happened! The flood came and took them all away, the bible says!

In fact, SPIRITUAL BATTLE LINES are now being drawn. Which side will God/Jesus peg you on? Will he place you in the “Ark” of HIS Salvation and HIS Righteousness, or will he CLOSE OFF His Salvation and His Righteousness completely FROM you? 

Here, THIS GUY explains it best:

 

 

 

 

Unanswered Prayers: “Does the Lord have it out for me?”

Many of us have prayed for certain things in our lives. And prayed and prayed and prayed for that person/those things/that one thing, until we felt as though we could pray for it/them/that person no longer.

“Did the Lord even HEAR my prayer? Does he EVEN CARE?”, many of us have wondered.

And the truth is, sometimes the answer we receive back from the Lord is not exactly the answer we’d like to hear.

And at first, we might feel despondent, hurt, angry and betrayed. But we humans ALL have to remember something and that’s THIS: The Lord knows what’s best for us!

Okay ladies: think back to the time of the 7th or 8th grade, high-school or even college. Chances are, there was likely this “one guy” you PRAYED for to be yours, night and day, day and night. And chances are, that “guy” eventually moved on to someone else and left you feeling “crushed”.

And guys: lets face it. Most of you probably had that “one girl” in your life that you had always held up on a pedestal, considered to be your “dream girl” and that you wanted to possibly have babies with someday. And like most guys, when you didn’t make a move on her (because you were intimidated by her beauty) or she was just too shy/nervous around you, period or the Lord just decided he had other plans for her life, that probably left you feeling “devastated” and as though your very heart were bleeding to the ground!

And then you began to feel like the Lord Jesus had it out for you, that he was somehow punishing you for something, since he wouldn’t give you even just ONE chance with this “dream person” you wanted so bad, am I right?

And then, more than likely, you began to silently beat yourself up over it as in, “IF ONLY I hadn’t been so shy and scared to give this nice guy a chance” (women) or “if only I had developed a pair and asked her out and/or asked her to hang out as friends at first so she wouldn’t be so shy around me” (guys). And you began to OBSESS over it, over and over again, asking yourself (as well as the Lord above): “What could I have said or done differently to change the outcome of events? Does this person hate me or something? Is there something wrong with me? And/or what is so and so (people that are already engaged/married to/dating their “dream person”) doing right that I myself am doing so wrong?”

Or perhaps you or someone else you know has some sort of physical ailment/disease that you WISH SO DESPERATELY that the Lord Jesus would CURE! And then, when that ailment/disease DOESN’T get cured, you start to get so angry and despondent against the Lord, wondering if the Lord Jesus CARES AT ALL about you! You began to think thoughts like: “yeah well, if the Lord actually CARED about me, he wouldn’t let this thing happen and he’d cure it outright!”

But we all got to remember something, here and that’s this: EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON!

Okay ladies, so maybe that cute guy from High-School, college or middle school DIDN’T notice you. And while it might’ve hurt like HECK at the time, guess what! It ONLY means that the good Lord above has or had a MUCH BETTER GUY in store for you!

And besides, if you were to now re-examine that old crush of yours today, chances are, he’s the type of guy you wouldn’t even want to be with these days, anyhow! So remember that the Lord Jesus Christ was just saving you from a potential “wrong-for-you” type of guy!

Think of any “nice guys” you’ve run into, lately. A male friend who’s been your shoulder to cry on whenever a guy’s been a jerk to you, a nice nerdy guy that’s most recently admitted his feelings for you. This “unconventional nice guy” may just be THE GUY that the Lord has in store for you, ladies! So give that poor sweet guy a chance! You’ll most likely be glad you did! 😉

And guys: if that “dream girl” never noticed you, that can only mean one or two things: either the good Lord has or had a MUCH BETTER woman in store for you, or you blew your chance with the girl by not manning up and asking her out.

But beware: Sometimes when a girl is shy, she might SAY that you’re not her type BECAUSE she’s super super nervous around you. So ask that girl out TWICE. If she says no the 2nd time in a row, then I think the good Lord has given you your answer on her.

And ladies, if a guy rejects you or tells you the classic line: “I’m not looking for a relationship right now”, take him at his word and move on. I haven’t personally heard of ANY guy on the Earth that’ll reject a woman he really likes (unless he’s a prideful jerk of sorts, and if THAT’S the case, you wouldn’t want the guy anyways, trust me on this!)

And no, it might not be the answer you want to hear but know this: the good Lord DOES have a woman in store for you (guys) or a man in store for you (ladies). You just have to recognize that person when you see them. It could be that cute person next to you in the line at Starbucks, it could be that female friend (guys) or that male friend (ladies) who’s had a thing for you for YEARS! Basically, he/she could be right underneath your nose and you won’t even know it unless you “let go” of the “idea” of the “dream girl” (guys) or “dream guy” (ladies).

And for all the people out there who prayed to have their own or someone else’s physical disease/ailment healed and the Lord Jesus didn’t seem to answer, it’s not that the Lord Jesus doesn’t care. In fact, it’s quite the contrary! Jesus Christ cares more about you than you EVEN realize! He loves all of his creation and wants what’s best for it! But when the human creation acts up and thinks they “don’t need God and/or redemption”, he has NO CHOICE but to pull back a little from their lives and let them hit rock bottom before they realize their NEED for a Saviour!

Sometimes when the Lord Jesus gives us or someone around us a physical disease/ailment or financial disaster, or some sort of other “life crises”, he does that IN HIS OWN MERCY in order to HUMBLE US and to draw us back closer to HIM! Because lets face it, when we have everything we need, that’s the time in our lives when we think we don’t NEED God! BUT….when something bad happens to us or someone around us, THAT is when we start crying to God and praying to the Lord Jesus Christ for mercy, am I right?

So maybe you didn’t get that job or promotion you so desperately wanted. So what. It’s not the end of the world. The Lord Jesus Christ actually has a MUCH BETTER option waiting for you, if you would just wait on him and trust in HIM and HIM, ALONE!

Going back to the “old school crush”, ladies: maybe the Lord Jesus Christ knew way ahead of time that that particular guy was going to turn into a hateful, spiteful, drunken, violent drug addict someday and he didn’t want you going through the pain of dealing with that. Or perhaps he’s currently married with 3-5 kids and has completely OPPOSING viewpoints from you when it comes to politics, religion, foreign policy, etc.

Basically, there was a REASON the Lord knew ahead of time that the guy wasn’t right for you. And so essentially the Lord Jesus was (in the long run) just trying to save you from ending up with the wrong guy someday. While you might’ve been mad about it at the time (the guy rejecting you or going for some other chic who was outgoing), chances are, you likely realize now, looking back, that it was never meant to be between you and Mr. Hot Stuff.

And guys: maybe the Lord Jesus knew that your “dream girl” was gonna be full of emotional baggage/trauma/severe depression/health problems and was just trying to save you from that. Or perhaps it’s not that the Lord Jesus doesn’t want you to be with your “dream girl”, perhaps the Lord Jesus wants to heal her pain/trauma/depression FIRST, and THEN later have her be with you when she’s in a more better state of mind.

As for relationships that didn’t work out (men and ladies?) I guess that’s just the Lord’s way of giving us a sort’ve “test run” and preparing us someday for what will eventually become *THE RELATIONSHIP/MARRIAGE* someday when we DO meet the right person! Because you have to admit it: good relationships and good communication skills are learned by EXPERIENCE! 😉

But going back to the main topic at hand, here: when we pray to the Lord Jesus Christ about something and the prayer is truly genuine, Jesus Christ IS going to give an answer (even IF the answer is no answer).

And the answer we get back from the Lord on a certain prayer is gonna be one of 8 things:

  1. YES
  2. NO
  3. MAYBE
  4. NOT RIGHT NOW
  5. I’LL THINK ABOUT IT/WE’LL SEE
  6. IF YOU EARN IT/WHAT WILL YOU BE WILLING TO SACRIFICE IN YOUR LIFE IF I DO THIS FOR YOU?
  7. IF X,Y, AND Z HAPPEN FIRST
  8. I DON’T KNOW/NO COMMENT/CAN’T GIVE A SUFFICIENT ANSWER RIGHT NOW

And sometimes, the Lord Jesus can later change his mind on his answer, depending on the extenuating circumstances. But for the most part, his answer is solid and we must learn to live with whatever answer he gives us.

Remember that what originally appears to be a downfall in our lives may later turn out to be a blessing in disguise. Case in point: I was always the “shy girl” that never really seemed to fit in with the “cool crowd” back in middle school and high school. But now, looking back, I feel FOREVER BLESSED that the Lord Jesus made me shy since it’s kept me out of trouble! Since I was never invited to any “parties”, I never got into the drug scene, smoking, sexual promiscuity or that sort’ve thing. In fact, it has helped me to remain more “pure” for my future husband someday! 🙂

And yes, at the time, it really hurt, not really fitting in with all the other “cool kids” and being made fun of and laughed at all the time for being so “shy” and “innocent” but looking back, I absolutely LOVE who I am today, and wouldn’t change it for anything in the world! 🙂 And I will be ETERNALLY grateful that he actually SPARED me from all from the “spiritual destruction” that goes on during “parties”, etc.

{{And true, I’m not perfect at all. Just like the rest of YOU on here (dear readers of this blog), I HAVE made some mistakes in life and have sinned from time to time in my life just like the rest of you. However, I can be rest assured in the fact that WITH the Lord Jesus Christ, anything is possible and that I’m more than capable of overcoming any and all sin(s) in my life. Hint: The easiest way to overcome greed is to donate to others less fortunate than us!}}

But getting back on the subject of unanswered prayers: there’s even an old country song with the lyrics: “sometimes I think God for unanswered prayers, just because he don’t answer doesn’t mean he don’t care” and I think that pretty much says it all.

You can listen to the song here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsl_a3Cu4OQ

The answer we hear back from the Lord may not always be the answer we want to hear but it is an “answer”, nonetheless. And lets face it, sometimes no answer IS the answer. But in MY humble experience, no answer usually means “no” on the Lord’s part. We can beg and beg and beg the Lord for things/people. But in the end, only the Lord himself knows if that thing/those things/those people are actually right for us or not.

We draw from our own limited human (mostly sinful) understanding but the Lord Jesus Christ draws from his own spiritual understanding. We HAVE to remember that he’s already well-versed in space and time. He knows everything that’s already happened in our lives, what’s going on in our lives right NOW, and what WILL happen in our lives. And he knows way, way ahead of time what person/thing/things are going to be good for us and which ones aren’t. We just need to TRUST HIM!

Sometimes trusting the Lord Jesus Christ is hard. We look at those around us and think they have it made. But we have to remember: another person’s “success” has absolutely nothing to do with YOU! You are your own unique/distinct individual in the name of the Lord! And if anything, another person’s “success” should give you HOPE! Cause think about it: if it could happen for THEM, it could someday happen for YOU, am I right? 😉

You might think or feel that the Lord Jesus Christ doesn’t care about you sometimes (especially when it seems the Lord Jesus is already “too seemingly” busy providing for/blessing EVERYONE ELSE and not YOU!) But let me tell you something: He cares about you more than anything in the world! And he wants to have a true/deep spiritual relationship with you! But he can’t do that if you won’t let Him!

Ever had one of those days where you felt like the Lord Jesus Christ had forgotten about you, down here on this Earth? I’ve had one of those days most recently (in all honesty). And this is the first song that came on the car radio (and I got my answer); when I very first heard the introduction to the song, I knew I had heard the song once before at work when I was feeling “sad”, so I turned it up so I could hear it a bit better and here’s the answer I got from the Lord and trust me, I was in sentimental tears in SECONDS! lol 😉

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maAyfcO-X3k

Please note, however: while you may get the “impression” that the Lord above approves of all “pre-recorded music” and finds it “pleasing to His site”, let me assure of you of ONE thing: in all honestly, the good Lord’s not really much of a fan of “pre-recorded music” in and of itself! Why? Because to HIM, it’s fake, it’s too commercialized, it’s generic, and it’s not straight from the soul. Secondly, oftentimes, it doesn’t praise HIM, the Lord of all creation, the Lord who gave each and every single one of us LIFE! However, he can USE that same “pre-recorded music” from time to time to REACH PEOPLE with HIS holy, divine messages, as was the case with ME several times!

The Lord above (like it or not) knows us inside and out. He created each and every single one of us in our mother’s wombs. He likely knows our every single DNA cell BY NAME! (For if he knows every cosmic STAR by name, doesn’t it also stand to reason that He likely knows every single individual CELL by name, too?) And he also knows our personalities and our habits. He knows us human creatures can be quite stubborn at times!

He knows we want what we want when we want it (it’s human nature). Just like he knows that we human creatures sometimes “stubbornly” insist on listening to the car radio while driving to work (ahem….guilty, here) and when his “messages” don’t get through by OTHER means, (a Christian documentary, bible passages, messages said through a friend, a dream, etc.), he sometimes USES our own “devices” in order TO reach us with HIS holy, divine messages!

So essentially, it’s not the pre-recorded music he approves of in and of itself but the MESSAGES behind some of the music lyrics that he approves of and can use to communicate to people. He’s quite honestly used music to communicate his holy, divine messages to me more than once. Now, I know some stubborn soul(s) out there is/are going to see this post and say to his/herself: “hey, I heard a song about such and such sin today, that MUST mean the Lord approves of this!”

But the reality is, WHEN a certain song comes on the radio (and the Lord’s trying to communicate a holy, divine message to you), you will simply KNOW it, there will simply be NO DOUBT in your mind! And the message of the song will most definitely line up with the bible and ALL scripture! The song that the Lord used to communicate with me that day is scriptural……Hebrews 13:15 “ Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee is what came to my mind immediately afterwards.

And take THIS SONG, for instance. “Silent Running” by Mike & the Mechanics. Even as a small child back in 1987-1988, I KNEW there was something *quite unique* about this song, though I couldn’t quite figure out at the time what it was. It was only most recently that I FINALLY figured out what the *significance* about this song IS/WAS! For more info., please read the following post that breaks apart the lyrics of this song and talks about the BIBLICAL SIGNIFICANCE of them!

https://yeshua777.wordpress.com/2014/05/01/song-from-the-80s-hints-at-future-wwiii/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

God Will NOT Be Mocked!!!!!!

Most recently, I’ve read more than a couple of news articles that attempted (rather purposely or “accidentally/un-knowingly”) to “poke fun” at Jesus, the 10 commandments, or the Holy Trinity. And it just BREAKS MY HEART TO NO END!!!!!

Because God, the Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ will NOT be mocked!!!!!!!

In the bible, the Lord God LAUGHS at mockers. Yes, it’s true!!!!

Proverbs 1:26 states: “I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh”

“Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly” = Proverbs 3:34

2 Peter 3:3-4 says: “Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation”

When I was around 20 years old, I had made the mistake of “accidentally” mocking Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross without even realizing it. It all seemed like such a “harmless” joke at the time I had made in passing to one of my friends. But the Lord considered it anything BUT harmless! Later that night, there was an extremely loud voice from heaven which cried out: “DON’T MOCK ME!”, followed by an IMMEDIATE “exceedingly LOUD” thunder and lightning storm!

And this neon pink lighting bolt was PERMANENTLY projecting out of this “mobile, big white ball of light”…….right outside in my front yard, just mere FEET away from my bedroom window! That was the Lord’s way of saying to me: “hey, this isn’t no ORDINARY thunder & lightning storm, this one’s JUST FOR **YOU**!”

And the neon pink lighting bolt permanently projecting out of the big white ball of light kept coming CLOSER AND CLOSER to my bedroom window! I was UTTERLY TERRIFIED! I hovered underneath my covers and started hysterically crying in FEAR, fear of my VERY LIFE! It sounded and felt like the End of the World was right outside my window; the ground “shook” a bit and the BOOM of the thunder was SO LOUD!

Whenever I started to “think” that what I had inferred about Jesus earlier that day was “pretty bad”, the lightning bolt would start to MOVE AWAY from my bedroom window and the thunder would die down a bit. However, whenever I started to “think” thoughts such as “oh, come on, Lord, what I said wasn’t THAT BAD, was it?”, the thunder would go BAM! BAM! BAM! BAM! and the lightning bolt would come CLOSER AND CLOSER to my bedroom window!

Finally, the neon pink lightning bolt started to come SO CLOSE to my bedroom window that I just completely broke down and cried harder than I ever probably have IN MY LIFE! I felt SO BAD for what I had done! I begged and pleaded for the Lord to SPARE MY LIFE and promised that I’d NEVER, EVER, EVER “accidentally” mock Jesus Christ ever, EVER again FOR THE REST OF MY DAYS!

I hovered underneath my covers and cried and cried and cried until I could cry no more! And then I suddenly had the “mere thought” of “Ya know what, Lord? You’re right, I DESERVE to die for my misdeed of earlier today! I’m a dirty, rotten, filthy sinner who’s absolutely NOTHING without you and who wouldn’t even BE HERE right now, if it weren’t for the saving grace of Jesus Christ on the cross and beyond! I’m so, so, sorry and ashamed, please forgive me and have mercy upon me, a MOST WRETCHED SINNER!”

And with that, the neon pink lighting bolt started to permanently MOVE AWAY from my bedroom window, and the thunder started to die down. And then, just a few short moments afterwards, the neon pink lighting bolt receded back UP INTO the big white, mobile ball of white light and the big white, mobile ball of white light folded itself up like a scroll of light and then receded BACK UP INTO THE SKY. And when I looked outside just then, there was a “peaceful breeze” blowing outside and I felt the Lord’s presence smiling at me, assuring me that all was forgiven and it seemed that the “peaceful breeze” blowing outside was the Lord’s “sign” to me of that.

And it’s an experience I’ll NEVER, EVER forget FOR THE REST OF MY DAYS TO COME!

Therefore, whenever I see someone “mocking” Jesus Christ/God/the bible (rather seriously or “jokingly”), my heart FEARS for that person for I KNOW the wrath of God will soon be upon that person/those people! Question is, will they be able to handle it?

“For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” – Revelation 6:17

When God/Jesus Christ Seems Distant…….

We go through times and periods in our lives where we feel nothing but joyous, content and very, very close to the Lord, where our faith is rock-solid & unshakeable. But at other times in our lives, God/Jesus Christ can seem VERY distant.

And several questions start running through one’s mind: “is the Lord angry with me?”, “does the Lord hate me?”, “is the Lord unhappy with me?”, “am I being punished for something?”, etc.

We have a human tendency to think that Jesus Christ is distancing himself from US. But what’s REALLY going on is that WE are distancing ourselves from HIM.

It all starts out SO slowly & subtlety.  “I don’t feel like reading any of the bible today”, “I don’t feel like going to work today”, “I don’t feel like cleaning the house today”, “I don’t feel like taking the kids to the zoo today”, etc. And then, it all branches out from there.

And then, before we know it, we don’t feel like doing most of ANYTHING, we start to forget what’s even in the bible in the first place, our faith becomes LACKING, and we’re not even sure what we truly follow anymore. And that’s a very scary place to be in, INDEED.

This is usually the start of the “justification of sin” phase that we Christians can easily fall into.

We try telling ourselves things like: “oh, it’s okay I took a small fountain drink from work without paying for it, the customer before me said I could have THEIR drink since they weren’t going to get the fountain drink that came with their meal” or “it’s okay if I take a penny from the communal change bucket to help pay for something, that’s not stealing, it’s ONLY a penny”, etc. But the truth of the matter is, Jesus Christ is ALWAYS WATCHING US (every move we make, every word we say, even every thought we do so much as “think”). And he uses such experiences to “test us” and to “test our character”.

I’ve seen customers at work that will try to pay for a fountain cup full of ice water because they don’t realize the ice water is free. I’ve also had other customers who came up to actually PAY for a fountain drink refill. And that’s pretty amazing since our fountain drink station is pretty much out in the lobby area, UNMONITORED by any employees at my work. Customers could very easily steal fountain drinks without any employee at my work being none the wiser. (And many do, probably). But the fact that THOSE few customers who were honest enough to actually try to PAY for fountain cups of ice water or for fountain drink refills taught me a VERY valuable lesson about the bible and the importance of APPLYING the bible to our lives directly by HONESTY!

Because lets face it, stealing is stealing in God’s eyes, it doesn’t matter if it’s a pen from the bank, etc. (even though many steal pens mistakenly/subconsciously — though it STILL doesn’t make it okay) or something as small as 1 PENNY!

And trust me, if it was the day of your final hour on this Earth (and nobody knows for sure the very “precise” moment when they will die) and the ONLY thing standing between you, the true, biblical Christian and eternal condemnation was just ONE unrepentant “stolen penny” from the common change bucket (for example), you’d repent and immediately place the penny back in the common change bucket, wouldn’t you?

But in general, we humans are prideful, arrogant creatures. We (for the most part) do NOT like hearing that we are sinners. We LIKE hearing about or thinking about how great we are or how talented we are. But the truth is, we are NOTHING without God, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

God/Jesus Christ is the author of ALL LIFE, and is also the creator of ETERNAL LIFE & ETERNAL CONDEMNATION. Without HIM, we’d have no life/existence, PERIOD, nor would we have any chance of eternal life & Eternal Salvation.

Romans 3:23 states: “For all have sinned & fallen short of the glory of God”. Translation? We’re ALL sinners. Not one of us is perfect. Not one. We are ALL going to sin at some point in our lives and we are ALL going to make mistakes from time to time. It’s how we LEARN from those mistakes that count.

And our spiritual walk with Jesus Christ is NOT always gonna be a smooth one either, so we need to remember that and keep that in mind.

In fact, Jesus says in John 15: 18-23 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin. He that hateth me hateth my Father also”.

In other words, Jesus Christ told us in the bible that we (as true, biblical Christians) would have to go up against much clamour and opposition from “the world” (who’s pursuits are greed, money, materialism, lust, envy, pride, sloth, hatred, godlessness, etc.) He also informed us in the bible that he would be persecuted by the Romans AND the Jews who were loyal to Rome. And because HE was persecuted by the “secular” world of his day, that we true, biblical Christians would ALSO be persecuted by the secular world of OUR modern day.

And because of this, some Christians will give up at the first sign of spiritual struggle. They will say things like: “I knew it was pretty hard to try to gain entry into God’s Eternal Kingdom someday but I never realized it was gonna be THIS HARD, sheesh!” And then, for them, that’s it. They don’t feel like being a “Christian” anymore. And quite frankly, Satan is DELIGHTED when that happens, for these poor people are “easy pickins” for him.

But for those Christians out there who STRIVE their very hardest to try to gain entry in God’s Eternal Kingdom someday? That’s who Satan wants to overcome THE MOST. And he will stop at NOTHING to try to make that happen! He will try to throw just a little tiny bit of DOUBT into a Christian’s mind OR make one OVERCOME with feelings of shame, guilt & fear.

And once Satan manages to harvest some of those negative emotions into a Christian person’s mind, they become “easy prey” for him! He can THEN try to make them feel lazy or depressed or doubtful and from there, getting them to not read their bible every week, and neglecting their house/kids/marriage/self is a walk in the park for him!

And then, once Satan has someone neglecting their house/kids/work/marriage/self/LIFE, getting them to doubt their faith & slowly turn away from God is “no problem t’all”.

But there’s one thing that Satan is VERY, VERY good at and that’s THIS: getting people to get mad at God/Jesus Christ for the actual spiritual havoc, that he, Satan himself, is causing in their lives in the first place!

People will say things to themselves or to close friends like “why does God/Jesus Christ seem to have it out for me right, now?”, “why does God hate me?”, “what does God have against me? I didn’t do anything!”etc. And the sad part is, it’s actually SATAN who hates them, it’s SATAN who “has it out for them” and quite frankly, it’s SATAN who’s punishing them for having previously tried to live a Christ-centered life.

But AS SOON as people start blaming God/Jesus Christ for the spiritual havoc in their lives, Satan is having a ball, while reeling them in on his fishing line in one quick, swift motion! And before a person realized what’s hit them, they haven’t read the bible in 6 months to a year, they couldn’t tell you who Joshua or Caleb was, they haven’t fellowshipped with other believers for quite some time, they’ve quit preaching to others about Christ & Eternal Salvation, they don’t even remember the last time they prayed for forgiveness of their sins or the last time they had an actual date with their spouse or took the kids to the park or the zoo, etc.

And then, some Christians will oftentimes think: “well, I’m already this far gone from God, might as well stay here”. They come to a place of lukewarmness where they are TOTALLY forgetting the fact that Jesus Christ is the author of all life and that he has the power to change any negative thing in their lives for the better! They forget about the miracles of the Lions’ Den, of the parting of the Red Sea, of the turning the water into wine, of bringing back Lazarus from the dead, etc.

In their minds, Jesus Christ is not a God of miracles and of all life. In their minds, Jesus Christ becomes this sort’ve “burdensome taskmaster”. They tell themselves: “it’s too hard being Christian these days………besides, Jesus Christ’s not gonna send EVERYONE to eternal condemnation after they die, right? Only the MAJOR evil people like Hitler & Stalin, correct?” while totally forgetting the fact that EVEN Hitler & Stalin could’ve been saved had they TRULY repented of their deeds right before they died.

And yes, it’s true. The “path” to eternal life & eternal Salvation is a very narrow path, INDEED!

Jesus Christ said in Matthew 7: 13-14Enter ye in at the strait gate: for WIDE is the gate, and BROAD is the way, that leadeth to DESTRUCTION, and MANY there be which go in thereat: Because STRAIGHT is the gate, and NARROW is the way, which leadeth unto LIFE, and FEW there be that find it“.

In other words, it’s a hard and narrow path to find AND be/stay on but with the HELP of Jesus Christ himself, is NOT an “impossible” path to find or be/stay on.

This guy says it best when he mentions we need to read the Holy Bible, King James Version, DAILY. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Not just SOME days of the week but ALL days of the week. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.


If you’re struggling right now in your spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ and are not sure where to turn, turn to a verse in the King James Bible, ANY verse, and start reading. Even if you don’t FEEL like it. And then sooner or later, you will have a desire to keep reading and that’s exactly how Jesus Christ feverishly works to restore us to HIM!

Then again, sometimes the important thing is just letting Yeshua/Jesus Christ know how you feel. TELL him you’re feeling doubt, TELL him that you feel like he’s distant from you, TELL him whatever it is you’re struggling with in life right now, faith-wise or otherwise and he’ll be glad to answer you. You can even PRAY to have more faith and more trust in him!

What do you think the Lord’s gonna say if you pray to him to have more faith? Do you think he’s gonna say NO? If you pray to have more faith, he will GIVE you more faith. He’ll give you situations in which your faith starts to build up bit by bit and little by little. We just got to learn to trust him.

And think of it THIS way: he created the universe and the heavens! So don’t you think he knows what he’s doing in YOUR life? Cause afterall, it’s not like he’s gonna be a type of creator God that creates the Earth and the heavens, and then scratch his head in confusion over how to deal with a mere human’s lifetime! Nothing in our lives will have him “stumped”! He is the author of all life! 

I pray that all souls that read this blog and/or this very post will either come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ or come BACK to the saving knowledge/restored spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ before it’s too late and before their souls become on the path to be lost for eternity. In Jesus’s name. Amen.