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The Workplace Is A Spiritual Battlefield!

Work. It’s where a good majority of Americans spend the majority of their time. And each individual workplace has a “culture” (both corporately and individually). And nine times out of 10, that particular “culture” is NOT conducive in any way towards Christianity/Jesus/the bible! Let me number the ways!

Out of any given “secular” workplace (and I’m excluding the Christian workplaces, here), only about 5% of employees or less are likely “Christian” in any way, shape or form. And OF that 5% or less that are Christian, only about 1-2% would qualify as “true Christians”. Therefore, the odds are HIGHLY STACKED against any one person who truly desires to live the Lord’s way! 

In fact, several things happen in the workplace that go AGAINST the bible:

1). People like to “gossip” about one another. And if you don’t participate in the “workplace gossip”, people look down on you as though you’re some type of “holier than though Christian.”

2). Christians (as a whole) aren’t allowed to talk about their Christian faith in the workplace. And if they do, they’ll likely be reprimanded in some way, shape or form. Yet, coworkers who are NOT Christian are likely pretty much allowed to mock Christianity to the hilt and NOT get reprimanded for it in any type of way. 

3). Many workplaces are now starting to embrace “liberal theology” with “gender-neutral bathrooms” and the like. If a Christian employee tries to protest, they’re oftentimes fired or formally written up due to “being discriminatory” towards “gender-neutral people”, or at the very least, laughed at and ignored.

4). Non-Christian coworkers (as a whole) are CONSTANTLY keeping secret (even unconscious) tabs on “Christian coworkers” just waiting for them to “slip up”, somehow & just waiting to see how THOSE Christian coworkers live up to the bible’s standards AND to workplace scrutiny (it’s TRUE!) They’re particularly mindful of things such as if a Christian coworker is ever “late” to work, if they take too long for their lunch break or 15min break, OR if they cuss or use strong language when irritated or angry. 

5). Non-Christian coworkers (as a whole) will oftentimes try to “tempt” Christian coworkers into behaving or thinking badly OR will “gloat” about their non-Christian faith in an attempt to “silence” the Christian or “shame them”.

6). Satan himself will oftentimes use CUSTOMERS/CLIENTS/PATIENTS/RENTERS etc. (whatever the symbiotic role is) to get on our nerves, make us irritated & angry, tempt us to gossip about them to coworkers, tempt us TO act out in anger against them, etc.

7). Satan himself (and his demonic spirits working under him) will oftentimes tempt us to do “dishonest practices” (ex: a doctor/lawyer overcharging the patient/client, a person putting down on the time clock sheet that they were on time to work even if they weren’t, a person lying on temp logs if the temperature wasn’t hot enough/were forgotten if working in food service, putting all the trash/crumbs in a room underneath the bed and/or not changing the sheets if a housekeeper, you get the idea……..)

8). There is this IMMENSE PRESSURE (even for those who ARE born again Christians) to “fit in” by going to parties/workplace functions, by watching the latest movies/TV shows, by listening to the latest music, by trying some of the latest drugs/alcohol to hit the market, etc. Most people don’t want to be seen as a complete “square”, right? It’s human nature to want to be “liked” and Satan uses that against us in the workplace, EXCEEDINGLY! 

9). All OTHER faiths are promoted and it’s HIGHLY DISCOURAGING to the Christian. This puts SO MUCH pressure on the Christian (in the workplace setting) to NOT talk about their Christian faith at all.

10). Even amidst all clamour & opposition, those born-again Christians who DO actively choose to the cling to the bible’s principles are oftentimes mocked & ridiculed to SCORN by many of those in the workplace who do NOT share their love of Christ & of righteousness! 

11). When nearly 95% or more of people in the workplace DON’T love or worship Jesus, it becomes really, really, really hard to try to continue to live by the bible’s precepts. Cause like it or not, non-Christian type of behavior DOES seem to rub off on Christian people after awhile. Need proof? Look no further than the case of “Lot”, Abraham’s nephew in the book of Genesis or also how the Hebrew Israelites starting behaving after their “captivity in Babylon”. Our “social & work environment” affects us folks, rather we like it or not! 

12). If ever a born-again Christian DOES try to talk about their faith with a coworker or starts silently praying for one of them, it’s almost like Satan & the dark side pick up on the fact IMMEDIATELY and IMMEDIATELY tries to make grounds to thwart it! Example: a customer will walk up (in food service or retail), a manager will swing by and “distract” by asking for/saying such n’ such, that particular coworker will suddenly seem to go “stark raving mad” (because remember it’s the demonic spirit that’s living INSIDE of them that’s ENRAGED at the gospel), etc. 

13). Satan will oftentimes utilize “temptations of the flesh” to get a born-again Christian in the workplace to fall. And sadly, he’s oftentimes very, very successful at it! 

14). Satan will also use his “followers” to try to “tempt others away from the faith, COMPLETELY” (oftentimes using the tactics called “the emotional response” – as in – “hey, aren’t transgender people, people TOO? Shouldn’t they have “rights”, just like everyone else?” and so-called “rational reasoning” – as in – “So…..ask yourself this…..does it REALLY seem rational that Eve came across a TALKING SNAKE in the Garden of Eden? Come on now, lets get REAL, here!” while ALSO simultaneously repeating the lies of Evolution over and over again in an attempt to make a Christian lose their faith in Creationism/Genesis. 

15). Some non-Christians have even taken to “threats” and “intimidation” of their Christian coworkers (no joke!) In fact, there’s likely been many, many cases of “workplace-related witchcraft” going on against every single, true born-again “Christian”. That’s what they do in workplaces these days, folks. They comb over your social media. They try to figure out your “personal view on things”. They try to figure out your last name, where you live, what types of foods you eat, what types of TV programs you watch, etc. They single you out. And once you’re “singled out” by them, look out. Things could quickly get very ugly, spiritually speaking! Especially if you’re not TRULY grounded in your faith in Jesus! 

16). “Transgender/homosexual/non-binary” employees serve TWO purposes and two purposes, ONLY: A) To try to FORCE workplaces into accepting “gender ideology” and also B) To try to FORCE OUT any promotion of Christianity or a Christian coworker’s right to preach the gospel (ESPECIALLY the part of the gospel that says that homosexuality/transgenderism is a sin)

17). Most workplaces do NOT allow a Christian worker to openly pray or “openly” wear a cross necklace around their neck, etc. Yet, many workplaces now accept a man “wearing lipstick” or a woman dressed as a man or even a person with multiple piercings, oddly colored hair & tattoos all over their body. 

18). Many workplaces do not allow bibles (even during lunch breaks or 15min breaks) because it can “incite violence/complaints/protests” on the part of non-believers. 

19). Complaints of workplace harassment made by Christians (rather verbal, physical, emotional and/or sexual) are oftentimes ignored & swept under the rug, as though they “never happened”. 

20). Christians are oftentimes fired or severely reprimanded for “paying for a customer’s meal”, “offering free lawyer/doctor/medical services to those in need”, etc.

21). VERY, VERY RARELY does a workplace let a Christian/Messianic Jew off for the “biblical Sabbath” every week OR for “biblical holidays” and if they DO, it does NOT come without “consequence”. The Christian/M.J. will oftentimes be “punished” for it somehow, in the workplace. Why? Because Satan and his demons are ANGRY at the Christian for trying to live their lives totally around Christ! The demons CAN’T STAND IT! Satan CAN’T STAND IT! They’re ANGRY with any true Christians because they know their time is short!

(In fact, Satan and his demons will even try to DIRECTLY attack Christians at work, even coming THROUGH or speaking THROUGH their coworkers! The ONLY way to defeat a demon is in the mighty name of Jesus! Remember that!) 

Folks, this is the world we’re living in, today. First, the battlefield starts in the mind. And then, it comes to the home. And thirdly, at work. But out of these three, the spiritual battlefield that rages on in the workplace is THE STRONGEST of these three battles. Why? Because it has the MOST IMPACT. It is basically “temptations GALORE”……

Temptations are MUCH EASIER to beat at the home than in the workplace, am I right? Especially if a bible or a poster of the 10 commandments is close by. And temptations that begin in the mind can more easily be defeated by praying in the name of Jesus. But temptations in the workplace are MUCH, MUCH HARDER to overcome since a Christian must CONSTANTLY stay focused on work and “the current task at hand”. It’s very, very hard for a Christian to mentally concentrate enough TO pray in the workplace setting, am I right? 

Some Christians go INTO the workplace every day DETERMINED to try to share their faith,etc. and then, one hour later after arriving at work, are EMBITTERED, ANGRY, RESENTFUL, STRESSED, etc. So what happened? What happened between the time they left their house/apartment that morning, to an hour after arriving at work? Answer: Temptation happened! For NEVER is the temptation to get frustrated/angry and/or to “gossip” stronger than in the WORKPLACE of all places, am I right? 

The workplace is a NESTING GROUND for Satan & his demons, folks, it really IS! And sadly, ALOT of Christians don’t see that! They see it as some sort of “persecution” but many of them are “spiritually asleep” and do NOT see the “workplace” for what it REALLY, TRULY IS: a SPIRITUAL BATTLEFIELD! 

Satan & his demons are out for blood, folks! Spiritual blood! And the less informed a Christian is, in the work setting, the more hold he has on them! Does that scare you, folks? It SHOULD! 

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” – Ephesians 6:12 

Spiritual warfare is something that Christians RARELY talk about today and it’s just RAGING in the workplaces and in the churches today! RRRAAAGGGGIIINNNNNGGGGG! How do more people not see this fact? In fact, the ONLY REASON that churches AND workplaces today are now catering to the RADICAL LGBT ACTIVISTS?

It is BECAUSE many of the Christians in churches and workplaces today are NOT and WERE NOT already actively engaging in SPIRITUAL BATTLE! And BECAUSE they don’t have their “spiritual shields” on and their “spiritual swords” at the ready, BAD THINGS ARE HAPPENING! BAD *SPIRITUAL* THINGS! Because BELIEVE ME, any workplace/church, and I do mean *ANY* WORKPLACE/CHURCH (no matter WHAT type of workplace/church it is) that PROMOTES OR ACCEPTS *ANY* type of ungodly theology (be it gender ideology or what have ya), is now considered a CURSED WORKPLACE (AND/OR CHURCH) in the eyes of God, like it or not!

Just because a huge bolt of lightning didn’t take out the workplace or church yet doesn’t mean anything. For the Lord is likely holding back his Wrath ON those workplaces for the sake of the “few spiritually pure” that work there. And how much longer those “pure’ workers will continue to work there is both up to them and up to Jesus. 

Because my guess is once those few “pure” workers are gone, those particular “LGBT-affirming” workplaces will be toast, one way or another. In fact, I wonder what the long-term future will be for all LGBT-affirming workplaces. It will be interesting to watch, in the near future. SO MANY businesses are “going under” these days and I’m beginning to wonder if ONE of the reasons SO MANY businesses are going under IS due to God’s Wrath? Just a thought? 

 

 

 

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12 Most Important Aspects of the Christian Faith:

The 12 MOST IMPORTANT aspects of the Christian faith are as follows:

1). TO PRAISE THE LORD & Learning to Overcome Times We’re Feeling UNGRATEFUL/ANGRY Towards The Lord so THAT we become GRATEFUL to The Lord for all that he’s done in our lives!

2). TO TRUST IN THE LORD & Learning to Overcome Times When We’re Feeling DISTRUST towards The Lord or distrust for the fact that he’ll do the things he SAYS in the bible or otherwise tells us he will do!

3). TO FAITHFULLY SERVE THE LORD & Learning to Overcome Times When “We Just Don’t Feel Like Serving the Lord” (for whatever reason……”I’ve got too much schoolwork to do”, “it’s football season”, “work’s been hectic lately”, etc.)!

4). TO BELIEVE *IN* THE LORD & Learning to Overcome A LACK OF FAITH *IN* The Lord! (This one is HUGE! For imagine what would’ve happened to the ancient Israelites if Moses had a COMPLETE lack of faith in the Lord or what would’ve happened if Abraham hadn’t had enough faith in the Lord and had actually GONE through with sacrificing Isaac (the chosen seed) in the Old Testament! Those 2 examples illustrate how just ONE person’s lack of faith can *potentially* have devastating results!)

5). TO READ (AND MEDITATE ON) THE BIBLE **OFTEN** & Learning to Overcome the Times “We Just Don’t Feel Like Reading the Bible”! (Again, this one’s also huge! For if you don’t even READ the bible and know what’s in there, front to back – Old Testament to New Testament, Satan and his minions and all the “false teachers” out there can VERY EASILY deceive you since you won’t have the spiritual discernment to know what’s in the bible and what isn’t! So be careful, folks!)

6). TO STUDY THE BIBLE & Not Just “Know” the Bible! (For Anyone Can Quote Scripture or “Know” Scripture but yet, not EVERYONE is able to take the bible and actually APPLY IT TO THEIR VERY LIVES!)

7). TO PRAY & Learning to Overcome The Times in Our Lives When We Feel Like “I Don’t NEED to Pray to God About Anything In My Life Right Now, For I Already HAVE Everything I Need!” (That spiritual attitude of ours that we get from time to time is DEADLY! For it leads to ALL Sin and UNGRATEFULNESS! Satan is EVER-SO-HAPPY when we STOP PRAYING, because it draws us AWAY from Jesus Christ & makes Satan HAPPY WITH GLEE, whenever this happens in our lives! So don’t let Satan win! PRAY CONTINUALLY IN YOUR LIVES!)

8). TO GET BAPTIZED IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST! (Again, this one’s IMPORTANT: for it’s meant to represent the ceremonial washing away of sins and meant to be a “public declaration” of one’s faith and being “set apart” from the unbelieving/unbaptized world. Now: if someone dies before being baptized, but believed with all their heart, souls and mind in Jesus Christ, will THAT person be saved? I would say yes. But for all the people who HAVE a chance to get baptized — (FULL WATER IMMERSION, NOT “SPRINKLING” SINCE “SPRINKLING” IS UN-BIBLICAL, FOLKS!) — you should get baptized since it’s commanded 7+ times in the bible!

9). TO SPREAD/SHARE THE GOSPEL WITH ALL PEOPLES AND ALL NATIONS ***AND*** TO HELP THOSE IN NEED & Learning To Overcome The Times “We Just Don’t Feel Like Sharing the Gospel With Others”! (Remember all the “lost sheep” out there and remember all the “lost souls” out there who haven’t yet come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, yet. THEY should be your focus. And if they won’t “listen to you”, drop the conversation, move on to another person who might be open to hearing the gospel and then later come back and continually/daily pray for that person. Our God is an awesome God and he answers all diligent prayers of the saints! (that is, to say, you and me). Everyone has a conversion story. What’s YOURS? Share it with the world and don’t wait! (Time is of the essence).

10). TO SPIRITUALLY ENDURE UNTIL HE [JESUS CHRIST] COMES AGAIN ON THE EARTH! (And this is important since, though it’s tempting, we can’t just give up at the first sign of trouble or persecution. For imagine if we were all on a large battlefield and Satan and his demon spirits and ALL non-believers and FALSE TEACHERS were on ONE end of the battlefield and WE were on the OTHER end of the battle field. Okay, now imagine that Satan has given orders for them all to charge at us FULL SPEED AHEAD!

Now imagine that Jesus Christ is standing in the “center” of us, no fear, not moving, not even yet speaking. SOME people on our side are going to become DEATHLY AFRAID (even with Jesus standing right there, in the midst of us) and are going to either run and break ranks or sit down on the ground with their hands up saying “we surrender! we surrender! please don’t hurt us!”while in the meantime, Satan is laughing hysterically with GLEE *AS* he and his demons take the “I surrender” people as “CAPTIVES/PRISONERS OF SPIRITUAL WAR” while Jesus Christ is mourning the loss of them and praying in his great heavenly name for them to come back!)

And SOME folks are just gonna be neutral, not really proclaiming to “fight” for EITHER side (they’re being what’s called “spiritually lukewarm”) and it’s THESE folks that Jesus Christ will be MOST ANGRY at, since they won’t clearly pick either side to “fight” on!

Yet, OTHERS of us on our side of the battle field are going to look over at Jesus, wait for his command and then COUNTER CHARGE with all the faith that they possibly have and can muster. And yes, it being a spiritual battle, they’re likely gonna suffer a wound here, a wound there and might even get knocked down a time or two. Or three. But it’s how they come back AFTER their “wounds” and HOW FAST they come back after their “wounds” that determine if they successfully “stay on course” or not, as the spiritual battle rages on! 

11). To LEARN BY EXAMPLE from the Prophets of Old in the Old Testament and by the Disciples/Jesus Christ/etc. in The New Testament! (Many of us can LEARN from the prophets of the Old Testament and from Jesus Christ & his disciples in the New Testament. The Prophets of Old in the Old Testament had both their strengths AND their weaknesses, which we today can DEFINITELY learn from! Just like we can also learn from the strengths & weaknesses of Jesus’ disciples in the New Testament, as well! Oftentimes we forget that the Old Testament prophets and even Jesus’s own disciples were normal human beings, just like us, with thoughts, feelings, and emotions, and occasionally, YES, sin in their life! And how they each individually DEALT with those sins or had their sins DEALT WITH by the Lord can serve as a powerful reminder and teaching tool to us ALL!)

12). To REPENT OF ALL SIN(S) ***AND*** TO FORGIVE THOSE WHO HAVE HURT US!

Further explained:

1). We should always be praising God/Jesus Christ for all that he’s done (not only for the creation of the world and the universe and the heavens but also for what he’s done for the ancient Israelites during the Old Testament and also what Jesus Christ has done for the peoples of the New Testament, as well as what he’s done for us (and/or other people) in our own lives!)

2). We can’t just PRAY for the Lord to do something, we must TRUST that he (in his own due divine time) will do it! We must TRUST that he knows what’s best for us in our lives and trust and wait on HIS timing and not our OWN timing! For it stands to reason: if he created the Earth & the heavens, he TRULY knows what’s best for us and when, does he not? 😉

3). We must SERVE (& love) the Lord with all our heart, all our mind, and all our strength! We can’t just READ his words in the bible, we must also OBEY them! For Jesus Christ said in John 14:15 “ If ye love me, keep my commandments“. And by serving others (such as, helping out those who are less fortunate than us, for example), we are in effect, serving God!

4). We must BELIEVE that Jesus Christ died for our sins on the cross and that God the Heavenly Father resurrected him on the 3rd day, as it was written and that 40 days later, he ascended back up to heaven to be on the right hand side of God the Heavenly Father (as was witnessed by several of eyewitnesses in the New Testament).

5). We must not just KNOW the bible but we must READ the bible, in order to have TRUE SPIRITUAL GROWTH. For if you don’t know the bible or what’s in there, you’ll be susceptible to just about ANY false teaching there is, out there!

6). We must not just READ the bible, we must also STUDY the bible, IN GREAT DETAIL! (Even the good Lord himself ENCOURAGED us to study the scriptures in John 5:39 “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me” and in 2 Timothy 3:16 “ All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”.

7). We must constantly PRAY for the things we need in life (ESPECIALLY for the forgiveness of our sins)!

8). There are 7+ bible passages which state that baptism is NECESSARY for the “ceremonial” washing away of sins! [1 Peter 3:21, Galatians 3:27, 1 Corinthians 12:13, Romans 6:3-6, Acts 16: 31-33, Acts 8:35-38, Acts 2:38, Mark 16:16, Mark 1:4-5, Mark 28:19-20, etc.) **Note: Mark 3:13-17 and Mark 1:9-11, and John 1:29-33 all show how we are to have a FULL IMMERSION BAPTISM (in a river, bathtub, or swimming pool, etc), NOT A SPRINKLING!!!!!!)

9). Matthew 28:19 states: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost”. In other words, Jesus Christ says we are to SPREAD and SHARE the gospel amongst ALL people and ALL nations! **We’re ALSO supposed to help others that are in need!** During the Great White Throne Judgement, Jesus Christ will judge each and every one of us (not only by our faith) but also by HOW WELL we abided in the bible and helped others in need! So if you see a homeless person somewhere, don’t ignore them!  

10). Matthew 24:13 states: But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved”. In other words, Jesus Christ warned us in the bible that we would have/experience persecution in this world, reminding us that he himself suffered it, first. However, he promises that he will reward the overcomers! So we must spiritually endure and occupy ourselves until he comes to the Earth again!

Remember that everything of this Earth and on this Earth is ONLY TEMPORARY and that someday soon, the Lord God will create a NEW HEAVENS AND A NEW EARTH! Also please remember that as soon as the CURRENT heavens and Earth pass away, the ONLY thing that will matter is your spiritual relationship (or lack of one) with the Lord Jesus Christ! And your spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ or lack of one, or lack of a GOOD one, will determine where you are placed to go, FOR ALL ETERNITY!

And the return of Jesus Christ to the Earth for his saints is IMMINENT! So I pray: if you’re not 100% ready with Jesus Christ today, then please get ready. Time is of the essence! We never know when we’re going to die and/or when Jesus Christ is gonna return for his true “church” (the saints). So we need to constantly pray that we will be ready!

11). It’s funny how modern day Christians tend to look at King David and Samuel and Jesus’s disciples with this sensationalized view, and hold them up on a pedestal, totally forgetting the fact that they all had sins and “faults”, just like you and I. Therefore, actually READING the bible and reading the FULL STORY on each disciple and each Old Testament prophet sort’ve helps put things in true perspective. Not ONE of them was perfect, save for Jesus Christ himself, who was born without sin. Then again, Jesus Christ is more than just a mere “prophet” of God, he’s the Alpha & Omega, the first and the last! The name above all other names! The only begotten Son of God! The True Vine! The Way, The Truth & the Life! The Everlasting God!

12). We must REPENT of our sins in order to have a new life in Jesus Christ! Because without repentance, there’s NO Salvation! For repentance is NECESSARY for Salvation! We must also forgive others who’ve hurt us! For Jesus said in the bible that if WE don’t forgive others that have hurt us or someone close to us, that WE ourselves won’t be forgiven since Jesus can’t let ANY sin into his heavenly kingdom! Holding a grudge against someone = Hate and Hate = Murder in our hearts, according to Jesus Christ Almighty! 

I pray that all souls that read this will either come to know Jesus Christ today or GET 100% ready with Jesus Christ today, if they already know him. In Jesus’s name, Amen.

Faith & Free Will: The Sheep Vs. The Goats

It’s been awhile since my last post on here and for that, I apologize. But I just had a dream yesterday and last night/early this morning that I think can be important indicators relating to the upcoming eternal judgement/placement by Jesus Christ that I wanted to share with all of you.

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Dream # 1:

I was about to head off on a trip in a gray? mid-sized minivan. The driver of the van was what looked like a 40-year old Asian man dressed in white with black hair and glasses. There was also another girl/young woman coming up behind me, getting ready to go on a trip somewhere, too. As I got up to the minivan, the Asian man (dressed in white, btw) gingerly took my bag/purse/whatever I had in my hand, and placed me and buckled me in on the right hand side in the minivan in the middle section of the van.

But as soon as I heard the other girl coming, I thought to myself “I want to sit behind the Asian man, I’d rather sit there right behind him on the left side of the van, then the right side”. As the girl/young woman came closer to the minivan with the open door, she said “I thought I was supposed to sit on the left, but I guess I’ll have to sit on the right hand side, now” and hesitantly got into the minivan on the right hand side and slowly buckled herself in.

And at SOME point in the dream between me being “placed” in the right hand seat and then UNBUCKLING myself and moving over to the left hand seat, the Asian man dressed in white stated to me: “You were originally meant to be placed in the right hand seat, that’s WHY I specifically placed you there. And I know you think the left-hand side’s better for whatever reason but the next time I place you in the right hand seat, PLEASE STAY THERE and stay seated and buckled in there, since that’s where you’re supposed to be and where I want and need you to be” or something along those lines.

And that’s INTERESTING, considering that in the book of Revelation, during the time of what’s known as God’s Judgement, he places the sheep on the right and the goats on the left. The sheep are the saints of God/Jesus Christ while the goats on the left represent those who’ve rejected God/Jesus Christ. The “minivan” represents “the great spiritual harvest” at the times of the End, the minivan being “gray” represents the “gray hazy crossroads” in one’s lives where they actually CHOOSE if they’re going to live for Jesus Christ or not and the Asian man dressed in white, I believe, represents Jesus Christ, symbolically speaking. And the “trip” represented “being placed for eternity”.

But looking around today at some of today’s headlines, I KNOW the harvest is ripe and the days are short. So please. I beg of you. If you’re not 100% right with Jesus Christ right now or you’ve unwittingly abandoned Christ in your life (for whatever reason), then please come back to a saving knowledge & relationship with Jesus Christ before it’s too late and your fate is “sealed” for eternity!!! Because once Jesus Christ TRULY arrives on the scene and places you on the right or the left during his great judgement, there will be NO 2nd chances, NO going back! Those poor folks that are sent to eternal condemnation weren’t placed there but simply CHOSE to go there, so remember that.

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Dream # 2:

I was in what looked like a furniture or Serta mattress type store with lots and lots of windows out front. Me and a few other people were sitting near the front of the store in a wide-open space on the couch or something at what felt like 1pm or so in the afternoon. We were just sitting there relaxing, enjoying the beautiful green scenery of the trees and leaves of the trees right outside the store.

All of a sudden, out of nowhere, this guy with a long beard and sunglasses in military camouflage and black vest and combat boots comes pulling up in front of the store, quickly hops out of his vehicle and bends down on one knee and immediately cranks back the lever on a high-powered assault rifle/machine gun with the barrel pointed towards ME. And there was no doubt in my mind in the dream that this guy was going to kill me if I didn’t make a break for it and quickly. So I looked behind me and quickly scrambled for cover and ducked down behind what turned out to be goalie netting (with holes about 1/4th of a dime or so). Some other people there quickly followed my example and did the same.

And then, without warning, the guy shot off his machine gun (and although the “sound” of all the bullets going off was extremely loud, there was NO sound of shattering/breaking glass or anything…..EVEN THOUGH the glass was clearly shattered AS the bullets were penetrating it through……weird?) and THOUSANDS of bullets were stopped by the netting! And though the “tips” of the bullets slightly came through the netting about 1/2-1/4 of an inch INWARD (with the BACKS of the bullets facing towards US and the FRONT of the bullet tips pointing towards “the gunner”), and the “net” didn’t really sway back at all, as it normally would, as it was strong and durable and only swayed back only about 1/2-3 inches, if that; NONE of the bullets were able to touch me or the 2-3 other people there that had scrambled for cover with me. On the other hand, some of the other people that did NOT scramble for cover (and I’m pretty sure they could see the gunner too, but maybe not?) were “hit” by some of the bullets and I could hear their “moans” as they went down.

But in my interpretation of the dream, the “gunner” was the devil, me and the people who hid for cover were the saints of God/Jesus Christ, the people who REFUSED to duck for cover were those who either didn’t see the devil coming or didn’t care and thus, got “taken out” by him, and the “netting” represented me and the others’ faith that Jesus Christ would SAVE US from the “onslaught” brought on by the devil, the “gunner”.

Which brings to my mind a very important bible passage, concerning faith.

Matthew 17:20 says: “And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you“.

Matthew 13:31-32 states:Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof”.

Here is an image of a Mustard seed. It’s similar to Quinoa seed, as far as size goes:

MUSTARD SEED

And though I don’t proclaim to know for 100% sure if this is a mustard tree/bush or not, (not ALL online pics are identified properly……I saw plenty of OLIVE trees labeled as mustard trees, for instance), here is a picture of what a mustard bush and mustard tree MAY look like:

 

MUSTARD BUSH

Mustard bush

MUSTARD TREE2

Mustard tree (Salvadora persica)

As apparent in my dream, Jesus showed me that even a SMALL amount of faith is better than no faith and that even a SMALL amount of faith can turn out to be (as was my case in the dream) LIFE SAVING! 😉

“So”….some of you may wonder….”what is a person to do when they HAVE no faith?” Well, the simple answer is this: PRAY TO THE LORD JESUS CHRIST FOR FAITH! 😉 It’s so simple that it’s often overlooked. And think about it. We put the keys into the ignition (if we have/drive a vehicle) and TRUST that our car/vehicle will start every single day, don’t we? We push the power button on the remote for our TV’s, having the FAITH that it will turn off. We dial or text numbers on our cell phone everyday trusting (for the most part) that it will go to/dial the proper number we mean to text/dial. We turn off/on our computers, having the FAITH that it will turn on/off. We put the keys into our doors everyday having the FAITH that it will unlock the house/apartment we live in.

So why can we not take the principle of faith we have in NON-LIVING OBJECTS and instead, have that type of faith when it comes to Jesus Christ, the one and true living/everlasting God? 😉

If you pray for faith and STILL struggle, try this: study up on Astronomy, Nature, and/or Biology/Microbiology/Genetics/Physics/Chemistry/etc. IN GREAT DETAIL (you can even use a beginner’s guide or “The Complete Idiot’s Guide To…..” series [[yes, that’s the ACTUAL name of the book series and no, I’m not personally calling anyone here an idiot, just so you know]] if you’re not scientifically inclined) and/or think about all the good miracles God/Jesus performed in the bible or what he’s done for you in your life so far.

And AS  you look more closely and way more in depth into HOW God created things and WHY (trust me, there’s a specific reason WHY he created things they way he did and/or WHY he performed the miracles in the bible/your life he did), you will find that faith starts to come naturally. When one studies the total COMPLEXITY of DNA/RNA/etc., for example, and all its neatly defined properties and behaviors, it’s nearly IMPOSSIBLE not to come to the conclusion that it was all made by intelligent design! 

“Lord Jesus, I kindly and humbly ask thee that any person that LACKS a faith in you will GAIN a true faith in you and that any person that has a WEAK faith in you or WEAK spiritual relationship with you, will GAIN a true spiritual relationship with you from here on out. And please bless them & keep them for eternity. Amen”.

 

 

**VERY IMPORTANT!!! The Coming Tribulation/Persecution: Revelation 2:10**

As more and more Christians in general society and the workplace are being persecuted by those with an agenda of “unrestrained perpetual sin” [i.e. the openly homosexual activists that are currently fighting for gay marriage rights, as well as Atheist and/or Satanic activists who want to stamp out as much of Christianity in public and in private as much as humanly possible], I am constantly brought back in my mind to the words of Revelation 2:10 which state: “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life“.

[Rather or not the 10 days in question is an ACTUAL 10 days or a “figurative” 10 days is up to debate, as many bible scholars think “they” have the answer and the number of their answers are as many as the number of ice cream flavors at Baskin Robbins, if not even more so, lol].

There’s also 3 other bible passages that deal with this topic as well: (Luke 21:12, Matthew 10:19, and Mark 13:11), which I’ll quote down below. Because lets face it, if you’re one of those Christians who thought that going through the great tribulation/testing of your faith met staying at home, indoors, and doing nothing BUT reading your bible and praying all the time, you’re in for QUITE a rude awakening! Truth be told, there WILL be persecution on every Christian…….atleast, every TRUE biblical-roots Christian, that is. Now, the DEGREE of persecution is going to differ from person to person, depending on the circumstances.

But before you go ANY further into this post, please watch the following enactment video called : “Would You Die For Your Faith in Jesus Christ [Yeshua]?” at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fj1d9h7IL0I

Have you ever really noticed how the Devil NEVER, EVER persecutes the WORLDLY CHURCHES? No, in fact, all the WORLDLY churches (such as Joel Osteen’s Lakewood, Texas prosperity church, Benny Hinn’s church, etc.) are some of THE RICHEST churches IN THE ENTIRE WORLD! Why is that, do you think? On other other hand, pastors who do NOT agree with gay marriage etc. oftentimes get reprimanded and/or lose their jobs!

And just like Revelation 2:10, Luke 21:12 states: “But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues [interesting it says TO and not FROM…odd?], and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake“.

However, ONCE a Christian is “arrested” and/or “severely persecuted” for being a Christian (or consequently, for whatever “erroneous charges” that the dark side can come up with as a RESULT of a person being a true Christian who tries to follow the Lord’s will in their lives, NO MATTER WHAT), the bible gives us VERY CLEAR instructions on WHAT we are to do and say WHEN that happens. The following two bible passages command us to do the following:

Matthew 10:19 says: “But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak

Mark 13:11 states: “But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost“. 

And DO you, as a true bible-believing Christian, ever get that creepy feeling in your stomach that somebody (somebody from the dark side of forces) is watching you and just WAITING to punish you somehow for doing the Lord’s will and/or for being a true Christian that follows the bible and supports Israel/Jerusalem/bible prophecy?

Conspiracy theorists talk all the time about concentration camps for Christians someday, while others even suggest that beheading will someday become the preferred form of capital punishment in this country (America). As to how much of that stuff is actually true, one can only guess. BUT…..If I don’t write another post on here in a very long time or you don’t hear back any replies from me for a really long time if you make a comment on here, then that probably means something controversial happened and please pray for me.

Also: Please pray for me and ALL fellow Christians all over the world that are being persecuted for Jesus’s namesake.

However, also please rejoice somewhat whenever a person is persecuted for Jesus Christ’s namesake! For Jesus Christ said the following in Matthew 5: 11-12Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you”.

Romans 5:3-4 state: “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope”.

However, you also might be wondering WHY the good Lord makes us suffer forms of persecution in our lives. That is because he wants to test our faith and even try to strengthen it and make our faith EVEN STRONGER!

It’s really no different than car companies crash-testing cars that they make. They keep crashing them over and over again in the “testing process” to learn how to make them more crash-safe and/or durably crash-free. So it is with Jesus Christ and our faith. He sometimes allows us to suffer persecution SO THAT we will learn *perseverance*.

And then, if/when things get REALLY bad, it’ll then seem “normal” and be like a walk in the park for us, faith-wise, since God will have already given us by then the necessary emotional, mental, physical and spiritual tools to deal with persecution and opposition during the previous “crash-testing” process of our faith. Because lets face it, when we already HAVE everything we need, we feel as though we have no need for God in our lives, it’s a PRIDE thing! But whenever things go bad in our lives, OH HOW WE SURE HAVE NEED OF THE GOOD LORD THEN, am I right? 😉

Therefore, like it or not, God uses suffering as a means to draw us closer to HIM! And he does it for our own spiritual good! (Even if, during the TIME of the persecution, it doesn’t feel or seem like that). Remember the words of God in Hebrews 13:5 which state: “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“. So in other words, draw close to God/Jesus Christ at ALL times (ESPECIALLY during times of suffering) and he will draw close to YOU!

Remember how Abraham was tested in the Old Testament? Abraham loved his son Isaac SO MUCH (the son that God MIRACULOUSLY gave to Abraham and Sarah in their OLD AGE), that God was no longer sure whom Abraham loved more, his son or God. That’s WHY God had to test Abraham and see where Abraham’s heart truly was. And then, after Abraham had proven himself faithful and that he placed God even above his own son, God rewarded him DILIGENTLY.

And let us also not forget Job in the Old Testament. He was a GENTILE, yet God was bragging about how faithful of a servant Job was, all across the board. Satan the Devil was angry and more or less said to God “oh yeah? Take away everything he owns and he will curse thee, I am sure”. So God took Satan up on the challenge and guess what? Job lost everything in one day (his cattle, his 10 children, his money, even the love and respect of his own wife!) But still, Job still kept the faith. And God eventually gave back to him ten-fold what he had lost during the “crash-testing” process of his faith. That’s where the popular saying comes from which states “the more you suffer, the more you gain”.

However, SOME people easily give up at the first sign of persecution and it’s THOSE few people I’d like to pray for, today: someone says something not so nice to them on their Christian witnessing Youtube page, an open homosexual at the workplace calls them out for being so “hateful” towards the homosexual lifestyle, a non-Christian friend, family member or stranger calls them “crazy” for believing in things they can’t so-called physically hear or see, they see more and more things in the News about “Christians” being PUNISHED for their beliefs and so they’re too afraid to profess their “Christian beliefs” in public or amongst their friends.

Then, after awhile, they just stop trying to live for Jesus Christ altogether, thinking to themselves that it’s “too hard”, “too much of a burden” in today’s world, and try to mildly blend INTO the world. They think that as long as they don’t become a full-fledged Satanist/Hindu/Wiccan/Buddhist/Atheist/etc. but still merely “believe” in God, that God will forgive them and that they won’t go to hell/eternal condemnation after they die. But sadly, those folks are mistaken. Because HERE is what Jesus Christ has to say about “lukewarmness” in people and in churches:

Revelation 3: 15-17 states: “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked”.

However, to those that ENDURE persecution and OVERCOME it by MAINTAINING and even STRENGTHENING their faith, Jesus Christ has THIS to say:

“To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne” – Revelation 3:21

“Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life” – Revelation 2:10

“Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him” – James 1:12

 

 

 

How to Witness for Christ: A Shy Person’s Guide

School of-Biblical-Evangelism First of all, this is a MOST EXCELLENT book on the subject! It has some VERY pertinent and TIMELY information in it! A MUST-READ! 😉 [Though ONE thing in the book I DO NOT agree with is when it “claims” that Christians are no longer required to participate in the Lord’s 7th day BIBLICAL Sabbath and BIBLICAL holidays! For we must STILL celebrate those things, people! For the Lord is the same today, yesterday, and evermore! He hails from EVERLASTING!] 

Because lets face it………Matthew 28: 19-20 is probably one of THE MOST difficult bible passages to follow and apply to one’s life, ESPECIALLY when one is “shy” or somehow “socially inept”.

You may reason within yourself : “but people don’t really listen to what I say anyways, so why would they listen to me about the things of God?”

But one thing is for sure……Jesus Christ has commanded us in Matthew 28: 19-20 to “make a disciple of all nations” as the following bible passages illustrate:

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen” [Matthew 28:18-19]


So what’s a shy person to do, you may ask?

Well, the truth is, the Lord Jesus Christ gave each and every one of us specific gifts in life and we are to use those gifts for HIS glory! For example, certain people may be shy and social situations are difficult for them. However, God made them good in OTHER areas in life, in order to make up for it. For example, lets say a person’s REALLY shy. And though they may be extremely shy and socially awkward towards others, perhaps the Lord Jesus Christ gave them the gift of photography, painting, video making, musical instrument making, writing, card-making, drawing, etc.

In other words, you don’t HAVE to stand on a street corner or in front of a Walmart/etc. and preach to people IN PERSON to effectively witness for Christ as there are MANY ways for shy people to witness for Christ. One can buy a webcam and make Youtube videos. Or one can create a WordPress blog (like me) and/or write “Notes” on Facebook, or write “anonymous letters” in the mail to people that need to be saved (just make sure to do so with Christ-like love and NO judgement on your part), or make Windows Movie Maker movies and/or use 3D Magix Creation Software (to create animated Christian movies/short films).

Or you could even custom design your own bible verse business cards/postcards/greeting cards/signs/posters with Zazzle.com to either randomly hand out to people (if you feel strong and brave enough to do so) OR to anonymously place on people’s car windshields or in other random places where people are most likely to see them/etc. And what’s great about Zazzle is that you can place pictures and text on the front AND back of the card/postcard/business card! (Another good site to try if you’re creating custom-made bible verse business cards is Vistaprint.com!)

An additional site that has some really good witnessing materials for sale is Ray Comfort’s ministry called LIVING WATERS! 

HERE, you can view & purchase “gospel tracks”: http://store.livingwaters.com/gospel-tracts.html

OR view & purchase various books on the subject of “Christian witnessing”: http://store.livingwaters.com/books.html

But note: BEFORE you place your “gospel-tract materials”, please make sure to say a prayer OVER the materials: say a prayer that each individual card or postcard will go to the person it’s meant to go to, AND that the said person who receives the card/postcard will become saved in the name of Almighty Yeshua/Jesus Christ. 

And true, some people who aren’t believers in Christ or followers of a different religion just MIGHT get offended at the “material(s)” that you use to witness to them. But so what. Not only does the Lord promise eternal blessings to those who suffer “persecution for righteousness’ sake, but IF you do a sort’ve “place cards and run” witnessing style: A) You won’t have to be there to personally see their “rejection” of your materials in person and B) the Lord Jesus Christ promises eternal rewards to those who suffer for the case of righteousness if they DO see you and bicker about the materials they see you placing there!

In fact, Jesus said in John 5:10-12:

“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you” [John 5:10-12]


Jesus also said in John 15: 18-25:

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” [John 15: 18-25]


So yes, we WILL likely come up against some clamour and opposition during our “witnessing” (even if it’s done in a sort’ve hit and run witnessing style — such as placing custom made business cards with bible verses on car windshields in a parking lot somewhere). Because either someone will actually SEE you place the cards on the windshields/etc. and start to harass you or complain OR the people around you that know you (friends, family, coworker) will start haranguing you for being Christian. But the truth is, if you’re NOT being persecuted in SOME way, shape or form, that means you’re doing it wrong.

(That doesn’t mean however, that non-believers will never suffer from “temptation”, they most certainly WILL…..”hey man, come party with us tonight, bro!”, etc. etc……..SATAN TEMPTS ALL HUMAN BEINGS…….It’s just that the ones who attempt to live by God’s truth/the bible will be EVEN MORE tempted/persecuted than the average person or than the average Christian….

And the reason being is because that person/those people are more of a “threat” to Satan than the average human is. However, essentially ALL humans are a “threat” to Satan. Because humans are God’s most treasured creation and until a human is dead & gone, there is ALWAYS that potential chance that a human might be “Saved” in the name of Jesus Christ, thus, why Satan has to continually tempt ALL humans!)  

I most recently had an experience where someone close to me more or less implied: “Look at you! Look at your life! What good has it done you to serve the Lord when you’re still single/have no kids/have never been married/are still working a part-time job, even though you have a college degree?”

Well, quite frankly, that kind’ve reminded me of the story of Job (pronounced Yobe) in the Old Testament. When the angels came before the great & mighty Lord God to give their “reports” of the humans on Earth, Satan slipped in with them and God bragged to Satan about what a good & faithful servant Job (“Yobe”) was, to which Satan more or less quipped “oh yeah? it actually PAYS him to serve you, look how RICH he is, if you take away all that he owns, he will surely curse thee!”

So God took him up on the challenge and told Satan he could do whatever he wanted with Job’s possessions but that he had to spare Job himself. Well, Job was faithful to God. Satan got pissed. He once again quipped to God “if you take away Job’s HEALTH, THEN he’ll curse thee, for sure!” So, once again, the Lord God took Satan up on his challenge and allowed Job’s health to fail him, giving him painful boils all over his body.

That’s around the time when Job’s WIFE took one look at him and said “WHY DON’T YOU JUST CURSE GOD AND DIE?” I mean, it’s the same principle, here. The message from my relative was “what good has it done you to serve the Lord? LOOK AT YOU!” And I have to be honest, here….I was exceedingly glad when that happened, because it reminded me that to BE persecuted to such a degree signifies that the bible-believing Christian person is living RIGHT for God/Jesus Christ.

But it’s not just witnessing materials that let us witness for Christ and the wonderful gospel of Salvation and Eternal Life. We also witness for Christ by HOW we live our lives. Calling ourselves “Christian” on our Facebook page or on WordPress or at work/etc. only goes so far. What kind of movies or TV shows are we watching? Do we drink or cuss alot? What kind of music do we listen to? Do we have multiple tattoos running up and down our bodies? Are we angry and short-tempered people? Or are we loving, kind, generous, patient, nonjudgmental, genuine/unconditional, etc?

For example, if a person calls themselves Christian but then turns around and holds a MAJOR grudge against someone/etc. and lets it be known to several others, that’s not a very great witnessing tool. For it says to all non-believers “well, I guess it’s okay for Christians to hold grudges against people/etc, apparently since SAID CHRISTIAN is doing so”. But if a person is patient, loving, kind, generous, long-suffering, etc., that paints a whole other picture about just what a TRUE biblical-based “Christian” is supposed to be.

And the truth is, we ALL have our conversion story of how we came to faith in Jesus Christ. What’s YOURS? Tell it! Tell it to the world and don’t wait! Time is running short, people! We don’t have alot of time left before Jesus Christ returns to the Earth and once he does, that’s it, there will be NO second chances!

Someday, the heaven and the Earth are gonna pass away and a NEW HEAVEN and a NEW EARTH will be created and there will also be what’s called “the Day of Judgement” where ALL souls (meaning, ALL souls that have EVER lived upon the Earth) will be judged according to their works. Where will YOU be on that day? What will YOU say before a holy, righteous, pure God?

“Oh, I’m sorry Lord, my sin was just FAR too important to me while living on the Earth, please forgive me and spare me from the lake of fire?” Do you think the Lord Jesus is gonna listen? Despite his hundreds if not THOUSANDS of attempts he tried to make while you were living, to try to draw you close to him?

OF such souls, Jesus Christ will say:Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity [Matthew 7:21-23]

However, the souls that WERE wise, willing, brave and humble enough to follow the commands of Jesus Christ in the bible (10 commandments, Sermon on the Mount teachings which EXPANDED upon the 10 commandments, as well as all New Testament commands, etc.) and that had 100% FAITH and TRUST in him, he will say: (“His lord said unto him) “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord” [Matthew 25:21]

But lets face it. As humans beings living on this Earth, we CARE about what people think of us, what our friends think of us and most specifically what our family, strangers, and coworkers think of us. It’s human nature to want to feel loved & accepted by everyone (or atleast, most people). But this idea of “I need to be accepted before mankind” is a FALSE DOCTRINE from the pits of hell! Because men are fallible but the Lord God himself is NOT fallible!

And think about it folks, who would you rather have mad at you? Fellow men/mankind or God himself? Think about that one for awhile. What’s better? Being temporarily shunned on the Earth by fellow men by being a true biblical-based Christian and then enjoying eternity with Jesus Christ someday OR fitting in with family/friends/people at work NOW by NOT being a “Christian” but then experiencing an ETERNITY in the LAKE OF FIRE, later?

But basically, Christian witnessing comes down to THIS: FEAR or FAITH. Which of THESE do you have? How you answer this question will play into rather or not you can or will be an effective witness for Christ.

2 Timothy 7 says:For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind“.

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

Usually, our lack of effective Christian witnessing comes from our FEAR of witnessing and our FEAR of witnessing comes from a LACK of faith and our LACK of faith comes from NOT FREQUENTLY READING THE TESTIMONY OF THE WORD OF GOD IN THE BIBLE (Old AND New Testaments!!!!)

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

This guy says it best when he explains about how we must pick up our cross DAILY and read the Word of God DAILY in order to spiritually mature & grow.

When you very first start going out on a limb to start “witnessing” for Christ, it can kind’ve be a scary experience (especially if you’re shy and not gifted with the talent of *social gab*). But with some baby steps and some bible reading and some praying and diligently humbling thyself before the Lord, you can learn to become a more effective witness for Christ.

Trusting the “spiritual promptings” of the Holy Spirit is KEY! For example, maybe one day you see an old lady slowly walking down the street in the heat of day and a small, still voice will say to you in your mind: “hey, you should drive by, roll down your window and see if the old lady needs a ride anywhere”. And ya know what? It could later turn out to be one of the best witnessing opportunities of your LIFE! Because the truth is, there are Atheists, Hindus, Muslims, Satanists, Buddhists, Catholics, Mormons all around us.

And when the Lord tells us to act and we DON’T, well, THAT is considered “willful disobedience” and will come at a PRICE! ;( (Perhaps the person you were “supposed” to witness to about Christ that day later died in a car accident later that evening, or your refusing to give the old lady a ride in the hot summer sun caused her to later die of heat exhaustion that very same day!)

However, even though Jesus Christ is “highly disappointed” in us whenever we fail to act on his behalf, he IS always willing and waiting to forgive us if we cry out to him in prayer and vow to never disobey him again! But DO be warned: the Lord’s patience CAN wear thin if we make “willful disobedience” a habit!

Remember the ancient Israelites after they fled the land of Egypt on Moses & Aaron’s promptings and God’s command to Moses? And how much they bickered & complained, in spite of what all God did for them? He got to the point where he wanted to destroy them ALL, save for Moses and his family, but Moses pleaded with the Lord on their behalf and the Lord decided NOT to destroy them all. However, imagine what it was like for the Israelites when MOSES’S patience wore thin……..

And the Lord Jesus Christ will oftentimes gives us an “opening” to witness to such people. Maybe you hear a couple of Atheists debating amongst themselves at work rather God might possibly be theoretically “REAL” or not. That’s when you can interject and tell both of them at the same time “yes, he IS real, and here’s why!” Or perhaps your non-believing coworker comes straight up to you one day and asks: “do practicing homosexuals REALLY go to eternal condemnation in the fire after they die?”

We must try to take advantage of ANY and ALL witnessing opportunities that the Lord gives us, no matter how hard & difficult they may seem! You can EVEN do what’s called a “pre-witnessing prayer”, that is a prayer like the following: “Lord, please give me an opening today to talk about you with others. And please give me the courage, faith and strength to follow through, once so. Thank-you Lord, amen”.

And just remember: whenever you feel afraid, just think of John 16:33: “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”.

I pray that ALL souls that read this will become a more effective witness for Christ and will start witnessing like CRAZY before the Great & Mighty Day of the Lord comes. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

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.