Posts tagged ‘Setbacks’

When Someone Stabs You In The Back……

How many of us have ever had someone proverbially stab us in the back?

A friend? A coworker? An ex-boyfriend/girlfriend? A possible family member? Or even a complete stranger?

And how did we feel when they very first did so?

Our first reaction was likely shock and anger, followed by a sense of hurt, resentment & disillusionment. In our younger day, we might’ve thought of *revenge tactics* to get back at them. But in our older day, we slowly come to realize that two wrongs don’t make a right and also that there’s usually something going on with a person psychologically or emotionally if they hurt someone like that.

But you got to realize something. Nine times out of ten, it’s not ABOUT you. It’s really about them and their character. Sometimes someone is having a bad day and happens to “snap” or say something/do something unkind to you. Sometimes someone else is jealous of what YOU have and decide to take it out on you, somehow. And sometimes, a person doesn’t even REALIZE they’re being mean/unkind to you. 

Many people who feel insecure in their own lives will go about trying to put down other people trying to make themselves feel better. But that doesn’t mean you have to partake in their drama. No. You can be better than that.

When Jesus Christ died on the cross for forgiveness of mankind’s sins, he KNEW how humans would be like after that. He knew the future that would encapsulate the “culture” surrounding the passage of Matthew 24:12-13: And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” Just like he KNEW that many people, in the End of Days, would stab each other in the back and constantly try to “one up” one another (either for the pure revenge of it or just for the mere “fun” of it). 

And though there is the popular saying “don’t get mad, get EVEN”, Jesus Christ would likely say to each of us something along the lines of: “I understand if you’re mad/hurt about this but don’t let your anger get the best of you and do NOT get even”. The Lord God said in the bible in Romans 12:19 (KJV) Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord”

In other words, if we HATE someone that hurt us,  or go out of our way to try to hurt THEM, the only person we’re hurting is ourselves. It takes SO much time and mental energy to HATE someone. But it takes very little time and energy to try to forgive someone. Afterall, we’re all human, we ALL make mistakes.

And besides, that person might not have realized they’ve hurt us. And if they hurt us *intentionally*, well, then it’s really themselves that they’re hurting. Cause no true person in their RIGHT MIND would have to go to such great lengths to hurt someone unless they themselves were hurting from within. Cause remember…the old saying really IS true: “misery loves company”. 

Though some people that LIKE to “one up” people seem to feel pretty good about themselves from the onset. But lets face it. No truly CONFIDENT person would have to hurt someone in order to prove their worth. For if they were TRULY confident in themselves, they wouldn’t HAVE to prove anything, see? Because they’d technically already KNOW their self-worth, without having to prove or justify it.

But I see that type of behavior in people all the time. Female friends try to steal each other’s boyfriends. Brothers try to steal their brothers’ girlfriend(s). Children/teens are rude/mean to their parents or vice versa. Coworkers try to rip each other to shreds when the boss is not looking. Ex-boyfriends and girlfriends acting all “catty” with one another, trying to make one another jealous…Or even people on Youtube MAJORLY mocking others on Youtube, even.

We are now living in the End of Days and what Jesus Christ said in Matthew 24:12-13 (New Testament, book of Matthew, chapter 24, verse 12-13)“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved”.

Proverbs 20:22 says: “Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the Lord, and he shall save thee”

Plus the Lord’s Prayer states the following:

“Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen”

“So what does THAT mean?”, you may ask yourselves. (The part in which I particularly emphasized and underlined, that is).

It means that if WE want to be forgiven by Jesus Christ for all the wrong things that WE ourselves have ever said or done throughout our lifetime, that WE must forgive OTHERS that have said or done wrong/hurtful things towards US.

And I know that’s easier said than done. But the good thing about the Lord Jesus Christ is that he will ALWAYS answer a sincere prayer.

If there’s someone in your life who has majorly hurt you and you’re having trouble forgiving that person, then take it to Jesus. Pray to him the following:

“Lord, I’m still very hurt and angry over this person who has hurt me. Please help me with forgiving this person as I am still struggling with that. I don’t WANT to hate this person or be mad at them anymore. Please help me Lord. Amen”

And the Lord will slowly help you forgive that person. And once you truly forgive a person and are able to move on with your life, it is the most peaceful, happiest feeling in the world. It’s like the Lord Jesus Christ has set your soul free from the *sinful bondage* of hate/resentment/anger.

Note: EVEN IF somebody has already passed on or you’ve lost contact with that person, you can STILL forgive that person or those people and be released from the sinful bond of anger/resentment/hatred. Just pray: “Lord, I know it’s too late at this point to have an Earthly reconciliation with this person, but please cleanse my heart and mind and allow me to fully forgive this person. Thank-you, Lord. Amen”.

And if it’s a case where you just can’t seem to forgive this person, no matter WHAT you do, (be they dead/lost contact with or alive), pray the following prayer :

“Lord, this person has done SO much to hurt me, I’m STILL angry, hurt, disillusioned, scared. I don’t know if I can ever forgive this person or not, on my own. Please heal me and cleanse me from within so that I can someday forgive this person with no sinful burden of anger in my heart. I don’t WANT to hate anymore! Please help me get rid of the hate in my heart so that I can forgive this person. Amen”.

And pray and believe the prayer with ALL your heart, ALL your soul and ALL your mind and the Lord Jesus WILL cleanse you and help you forgive that person/people! MARK MY WORDS!

See, cause if you CONTINUE to hate someone for hurting you without forgiving them, not ONLY will Jesus Christ not forgive YOU for all YOUR sins throughout your lifetime [Jesus said during the Sermon on the Mount that hate is = to murder in our hearts!] but the hate and resentment will just eat AWAY at you, night and day. Sooner or later, you will start to hate everything and EVERYONE. You will become extremely pessimistic and bitter and find no joy in ANYTHING. Your life will hardly seem worth living.

But if you can learn to forgive someone for hurting you (with the Lord Jesus’s divine help, ofcourse), then your soul will be SET FREE from all that *negative energy* trying to weigh you down. You will feel relaxed, as if a HUGE weight has been lifted off your shoulders. You will feel content and free and joyous in the Lord and joyous in your life. Plus you will be better able to start preaching the gospel again and maybe even having some more opportunities to spread the gospel. Your spirit will feel *spiritually revived*.

Sometimes people are depressed and got problems in their life. So they subconsciously try to hurt or lie to others to try to make themselves feel better. Yet, others are sometimes jealous of what we have and what they feel they do NOT have. But regardless the reason, NEVER let it get to you! Not only does Jesus Christ say we must FORGIVE the people that hurt us in our lifetime but we must also PRAY for them.

We must pray that Satan will lose his grip on their souls and that the Lord will open up their eyes and make them see what they are doing and why it is wrong.

[[And ya know what? Many a Satanist, Wiccan, Atheist, Scientist, Agnostic, criminal, etc. were brought to faith in God by the DILIGENT prayers of the loved ones and/or Christians around them. So never say never. For NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH THE LORD! 😉

In fact, remember that section of the Old Testament that talks about Abraham and his wife Sarai and how God told Abraham that his wife Sarai was to have a baby (even in her old age?) And how both she and Abraham laughed at the idea on separate occasions and of how God said in Genesis 18: 13-14: And the Lord said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old? Is any thing too hard for the Lord? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son”.

On the other hand, we should never TOLERATE repeated bad behavior from others. There’s a difference between forgiving someone and getting out of a bad situation.

But no matter the situation, one thing is clear. Jesus Christ hears ALL the prayers of his faithful (those who strive to live by his standards in the bible and beyond).

Even if you DO resent someone right now or you feel like you’re 20 million miles away from Jesus Christ right now, or him from you, pray to be restored to him. Pray that he’ll help you forgive people or overcome whatever sin you’re struggling with right now. Time is of the essence.

The sooner you forgive people in your life, and the sooner you become restored to Jesus Christ again, the better.

I pray for all the souls that read this and pray that each soul that reads this is either brought back to Jesus Christ or comes to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ before it’s too late and their souls are lost for eternity. Amen.

 

 

 

Envy and/or Complaining Will Destroy Your Soul!!!!!

Some people just seem to coast through life and everything seems to go their way. But for others, it’s not so easy. “Why is that?” you may ask yourself. “Why is it that so and so has it so good, while I myself do not? What is so special about THEM?” (Well, first of all, the Lord God has said that we are NOT to envy what others have).

But let me ask you something. Is the “so and so” in your life right with Jesus Christ? Do they even BELIEVE in Jesus Christ? My guess is likely no. Then again, if they DO believe in Jesus Christ and are trying to live a life that’s pleasing to him, then it’s highly possible that the Lord Jesus Christ is *rewarding* them for their efforts and that you yourself may have some sin that needs to be repented of, yet…..Either that or it’s possible that the Lord is soon “planning” to bless you in your own life but hey…..if you keep up the complaining like that, and comparing yourself to others, the Lord Jesus Christ may decide altogether to *withdrawal* your “blessings” and give them to someone else.

“But what if so and so is NOT right with Jesus Christ and keeps getting blessed in their life ten-fold, while I’m stuck here, trying to live a life that’s pleasing to God and I still have NOTHING?”, you may ask.

Well, let me tell you something. While “so and so” may have all the material wealth, friends, jobs, attention, & adoration in the world, “so and so” TRULY gots *nothing* when it comes to “spiritual wealth”. See, one of these days, this world is gonna pass away and everything in it (including all the material wealth). And then immediately afterwards, all humans that have lived on the Earth are going to be standing before Jesus Christ. “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” Revelation 20:15 (New Testament, book of Revelation, chapter 20, verse 15).

So while “so and so” seems to have it all NOW, “so and so” won’t have it so good when it comes to Judgment Day, unless they repent. And same with YOU, my friends, if you don’t get rid of your envy. See, cause all those who put their faith, love and trust into JESUS CHRIST and try to live a life that is pleasing to him WILL be spared eternal punishment in the “flame that never quenches”, WILL be forgiven of ALL SINS (every single wrong thing they ever said, thought or did throughout their lifetimes), and WILL have eternal life with Jesus Christ in Paradise/the “new Earth” someday. In other words, they’ll be eternally “living it up” with Jesus Christ someday. Isaiah 65:17 states (Old Testament, book of Isaiah, chapter 65, verse 15) “Behold, I create new heavens and a new Earth, and the former shall not be remembered nor come to mind”.

So while it might not seem at times like YOU, the Christian(s), has that much in this world right NOW (as James4:4 says that we are to live APART from the world), you WILL have everything you could ever need in the “new Earth” of Jesus Christ someday. See, while you might not realize it NOW, and while you might FEEL as if you have nothing for the moment, in REALITY, you ALREADY HAVE everything you need in Jesus Christ and you’ve already BEEN pre-determined to live in the new heaven and new Earth someday! (Provided that you stay 100% right with God/Jesus Christ, ofcourse…….)

See, when it all comes down to it, the “have it alls” are, according to God “spiritually naked”. This is evident in Revelation 3:17 (New Testament, book of Revelation chapter 3, verse 17) which states: “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”.

Have you ever seen what looked like a luscious piece of fruit at the grocery store that seemed PERFECTLY ripe and so you excitedly bought it and brought it home, not being able to wait to sink your teeth into it, only to find out that the INSIDE of the fruit was rotten, mildewy and MOLDY? So it is with those unfortunate souls who appear to “have it all” on the outside but that do not have ANYTHING on the inside, spiritually speaking.

Jesus Christ searches the hearts, the souls and the minds to see if there’s any good man, woman or child left on Earth who desires to do what is “right” in his site! He formed each of us in our mother’s womb. He knew our every thought, deed and action, even before we thought it or said it. Jesus Christ is like a “heavenly tape recorder/camcorder” that records every single thing we do in this life! So how terrible and TERRIFYING it will be for all those folks out there who never desired to get to know Jesus and/or that CHOOSE to ignore him and/or his commands in the bible [like celebration of the Lord’s 7 Annual Feasts outlined in both Old AND New Testament, the true BIBLICAL Sabbath (Saturday), the TRUE “Easter” (known as Passover), the Sermon on the Mount teachings which expanded on the 10 commandments, etc.etc.!!!!!!!]

Many people out there today whom say they don’t believe aren’t even WILLING to look at evidence that Jesus Christ existed. Many say “well, if I saw some non-Christian sources that confirmed Jesus Christ, THEN I would believe”. Well Atheists & Agnostics, here’s your chance. Examine the non-Christian evidence. Be blessed.

http://factreal.wordpress.com/2009/04/13/nonchristians-prove-jesus-resurrection/

And then, after you get done reading the sources and IF you STILL don’t believe, then you can always PRAY to believe! Pray “Lord Jesus, I’m not totally sure if I believe in you or not but please reveal yourself unto me” and then sit back and wait for the Lord to reveal himself onto you. Also study the COMPLEXITY of DNA and Astronomy and Physics and the laws of Physics. Chances are, if you study the complexity of DNA, Astronomy, Biology and/or Physics in GREAT DETAIL, you will have to admit that we’re not alone in the universe!

Many Atheists want to claim “science” over God but they’re forgetting one vital thing: God IS science. He CREATED science. In fact, science is how God shows HOW he made things, if you want to look at it that way. In fact, scripture itself declares that the universe LOUDLY PROCLAIMS the existence of God/the divine creator:

Psalm 19:1The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork

But going back to the Christians out there who are struggling, who are going through some hard times and of whom think that the Lord Jesus Christ has forgotten about them….Remember in Hebrews 13:5, the Lord hath said: “Let your conversation be without covetousness [envy]; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, ‘I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee“.

Jesus Christ never said our “Christian journey” in this life would be EASY. In fact, he said it would be anything BUT. The Lord hath said in the New Testament in John15:18If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before you. Not to mention in Luke9:23And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me“. He also said in Matthew 24:9Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake“.

However, for those who ARE/end up being persecuted, the Lord Jesus hath also said in Matthew 24:13But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved“. He continues on in Matthew 5:10-12 when he states: 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 exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you“.

Also remember as well that Jesus Christ said in Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter 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 strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto LIFE [Jesus Christ], and few there be that find it”.

But what about the book of Job (pronounced Yob in Hebrew, Jobe or Yobe in other cases) in the Old Testament (the time BEFORE Jesus)? Job suffered all sorts of calamities in one single day or more (including losing his cattle, his children, his land, his wealth, etc.) while the Lord God was testing his faith…..

See, the Devil (Satan) was the one doing all the terrible things to Job, thinking he could get Job to TURN on God and the Lord God was the one more or less saying to the Devil “test him all you want to, he won’t fail me, he’s one of my most faithful servants!” (And oddly enough, Job wasn’t even Jewish!) Well, needless to say, Job “kept the faith” all throughout his trials & tribulations and even PRAISED the Lord God, even through the midst of all his suffering (both praising God for the good AND the bad stuff in his life), and we ourselves need to learn to do the SAME.

Remember: When you got struggles in life, it’s either because you need to repent of something OR it’s because the Lord is wisely testing and/or building your endurance and/or your faith by allowing Satan to spiritually attack you in order to test you. [Remember that Job got back twice or more what he had lost!]

Whenever you feel down and out or are struggling, just remember Job and let Job be the living example of how to keep the faith and how to live right for God, even through the “midst” of it all. And either you need to repent of something and come back to Jesus Christ OR Jesus Christ is allowing the Devil to spiritually test you in order to test you and/or strengthen your endurance or your faith.

If you’re a Christian who’s trying your very best to get right with Jesus Christ and you’re being severely persecuted, praise the Lord in the heavens! For it means that the Devil considers you (at this moment in time) an utter threat to him!

May the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all and may you hunger and thirst for righteousness in the Lord’s TRUE eternal truth, always! Amen.