Posts tagged ‘sin of pride’

Be Careful Whom Ye Trust

Have you ever noticed that sometimes the person you’d LEAST expect to betray you, betrayed you? How is that? What were the warning signs? How could you not see ahead of time what all the warning signs were? Let us examine….

It all begins with flattery. We think when a person constantly flatters us, that that must automatically mean that they like us. (And there’s actually a difference between flattering and complementing). But what’s underneath the surface of “false flattery?” Let us turn to the bible for the answer!

A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feetIn the transgression of an evil man there is a snare: but the righteous doth sing and rejoice” – [Proverbs 29: 5-6]

The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes. For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hatefulThe words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to do good” – [Psalm 36: 1-3]

“A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin” – [Proverbs 26:28]

Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues. For their heart was not right with him, neither were they stedfast in his covenant” – [Psalm 78: 36-37]

Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face. For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open grave, they flatter with their tongue” [Psalm 5:8-9]

They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speakThe Lord shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things: Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?” – [Psalm 12: 2-4]

“They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah” – [Psalm 62:4]

“The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords” – [Psalm 55:21]

So in other words, the person who “flatters you” all the time should immediately be made suspect, according to the bible! Why? Because the bible says that their heart is “double speak”. Meaning, they appear to be flattering you on the outside, but on the INSIDE, their heart is full of nothing but deceit!

I’ve had such an experience before, in my life. Someone had kept on flattering me, telling me how much better I was than another whom they disliked. (This should’ve been my FIRST red flag that something was “spiritually amiss”, there!) They kept making me think that they had my best interests in mind, etc. In fact, my own “pride” made me felt somewhat reassured to think that atleast ONE other person (“the flatterer”) had my best interests in mind.

And then, when I least expected it, they had started to flatter ANOTHER person in front of me all the time, while occasionally putting ME down (So goes the saying “Thou take prideth before a fall”). However, that being said, the spiritual equation at play here is that one person keeps getting pitted against another, notice the pattern there, folks? 

Another form of “false flattery” that I’ve learned in my spiritual walk to look out for is (gasp!) “false empathy”. I’ve had more than one case in my life where a spiritual enemy had swooped in, pretended to care about me and then betrayed me when I least expected it. How did they do it? False flattery, packed with FALSE EMPATHY: “Oh, you’ve been working too hard, you need to take some time off and RELAX“. 

Okay folks, now lets think about that last statement there in SPIRITUAL CONTEXT “Oh, you’ve been working too hard, you need to take some time off and RELAX“. And what do ya get? That’s pretty much Satan’s argument to Eve in the Garden of Eden, VERBATIM….The viewpoint that God’s being such a “jerk” by making her and Adam “work so hard at righteousness” but that her and Adam deserved the *best things* – i.e. some *relaxation* from having to work so hard at *being good & righteously productive*”, and that only HE (the Devil/unrighteousness itself) could give her/them “the relaxing REST and peace of mind she/they been looking for”. Notice the striking similarity there, folks?

[[Note: It’s really the “relax” part that gives it away. One of the devil’s best-kept lies is that we should just “kick back and relax” all the time in today’s world! But the brutal reality is that the Lord Jesus Christ and his angels never take a “break” from righteousness, so why should WE? Yet, that’s how the Devil tries to get us to effectively get us to “relax” our righteousness in today’s world! “You’ve been working too hard, lately. You need to focus on YOU for awhile!”]]

In fact, Matthew 6:21 puts it THIS way: “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”. Translation? That simply means that the “things” and “people” they are MOST interested in determines WHERE their “heart is” in life, WHAT their “heart” is currently “focusing on“. So if you’re a Christian and your “flatterer” doesn’t have much of a heart for Jesus, then it’s highly likely that that person also doesn’t have much of a heart for YOU!]] 

And also: when it comes to fellow Christians, just because a person “appears” to have the love of Christ in them does NOT mean that they do!

Remember what 1 John 4:1 says. “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world”

Also…..Matthew 7: 15-20 states:Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolvesYe shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them”

In other words, a person can “say” that they’re a “Christian” or that they have your best “spiritual” interests at heart, but if their actions aren’t lining up with their words? It may be time to reconsider the situation and reassess rather or not you want that person in your (spiritual) life or not.

We must remember that we’re living in the Last Days. Matthew 24: 12-14 gives a very clear picture of just what TYPE of “Last Days Society” that we’re now currently living in, in 2018 & beyond: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. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come”

Please remember that Satan (and his demons) don’t come in at full speed ahead. Rather, they’re more subtle. In Genesis 3:1, part A, it records: “Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made”.

Translation? Satan didn’t come out at Eve with full spiritual guns blazing. The bible says he was more subtle. He waited until she was NEAR to the forbidden tree! For what good would it have done if he had tried to come at her when she was far, far away from the forbidden tree (as in an out of site, out of mind type of thing?) Think about it, folks!

That’s what “the false flatterer” did. They waited until they were alone with me before they started to “flatter me” over someone else. (And like I said, this should’ve been my FIRST clue that something was spiritually amiss in my workplace. For “dissensions”…..trying to pit one person against another…. is the very FIRST sign of demonic, spiritual warfare that’s going on!)

And now, not surprisingly, sometime later on, they had nothing but praises for YET ANOTHER…….while trying to make “me” feel small again…..Just goes to show ya. That’s how Satan rolls. He comes in subtly, attempts to gain your trust, and once he feels as though he’s gained your trust, BAM! HE STRIKES! That’s why we must NEVER, EVER (as a born-again Christian) trust a “constant flatterer!” 

But then again, it all goes back to “pride”. We’re human beings. It’s human nature to want to feel loved and accepted by others, right? But at what price, folks? At what price? For if our wanting to feel love and accepted by CERTAIN others causes us to spiritually FALL in our walk with Christ? It’s time to let that person go (as well as the “idea” of that person altogether, go!) Because our “worth” should ONLY be wrapped up in Christ and righteousness and NO OTHER! 

Romans 3:4 states: “God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged”

Most recently at my job, they also started what I call a “sticker campaign”. Whenever someone does a good job on something, they get a sticker. And then people “pride” themselves on the number of stickers they get and compare themselves to others by how many stickers they get, etc. And then, there’s these workplace “drawings” where a worker wins prizes, etc. See how Satan works, folks? He wants all the employees at my workplace to get all bent out of shape over “stickers” and “prizes”. It’s crazy, really. What are we all, in the 4th grade or something? “Here’s a sticker”. 

Well, I most recently decided to rebel by NOT wearing the “sticker patch”. And what happened? My boss tried to tell me I’d get my department in trouble if I didn’t wear the patch. So there was this “immense pressure” at work for ALL employees to wear their “sticker patch”. This also got me to thinking: “Should we be more concerned with the praises of Jesus/God or the praises of men?”

Once I started caring more about the praises of Jesus, INSTEAD of the praises of men, being forced to wear that “new sticker patch” by management no longer bothered me. Don’t get me wrong though, employee appreciation is a good thing. I just wish it was done in such a way where it didn’t feel like such a “competition” but that’s another post for a different day. 

I’ve also noticed as well that many times, my good, hard work there goes unnoticed by others (though I know THE LORD NOTICES….) and that all my mistakes (which actually aren’t very many) are blown way out of proportion and focused on ALL DAY LONG! Whereas, another coworker could make the same exact types of mistakes, and it’s laughed off like it’s nothing, etc. But again, I’m sure MANY people out there (both Christian AND non-Christian) have experienced similar things at the workplace.  

So what does that tell ya, folks? Satan’s attacking a good majority of humans at their jobs today; left, right and center and wants to make THEM feel small! Well, as true Christians, we should NEVER back down from a spiritual fight! So whatever Satan spews at us at our respective workplaces, I say BRING IT! For 1 John 4:4 proudly proclaims: “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because GREATER IS HE THAT IS IN YOU, THAN HE THAT IS IN THE WORLD

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

– [Matthew 5: 11-12]

So to draw this all to a close, what all have we learned today, folks? Satan is subtle. He comes in the most LEAST unexpected ways, oftentimes through “false empathy” and “false flattery”. People who flatter us all the time are NOT to be spiritually trusted, according to scripture! And furthermore, our self-worth must come from CHRIST HIMSELF and NOT from man/mankind! And lastly, REJOICE when you are persecuted in ANY type of way for your faith in Christ! For, as Matthew 5:11-12 states: “GREAT IS YOUR REWARD IN HEAVEN” 😉 

I hope this has helped somebody today who’s gone through, will soon go through or IS going through the situation of “false flattery” and being betrayed by someone when you LEAST expected it! But trust in Jesus Christ, ALWAYS! No matter what, folks! For JESUS is the ANSWER and the SOLUTION to whatever problem you’re going through right now!

He is the author and creator of ALL life! The maker of the heavens and the universe! He is most certainly NOT gonna scratch his head in confusion over how to help you OVERCOME any and all situations! WITH JESUS CHRIST YOU CAN BE VICTORIOUS, IN ANY AND ALL SITUATIONS, NO MATTER WHAT! 😉 

I love each and every single one of you and hope you have a blessed evening, in the name of the Lord! And remember: Put Jesus FIRST and all other things shall follow! Put Jesus FIRST and the enemy will NEVER, EVER be able to conquer you! PRAISE JESUS! 😉 

 

Rise of the “Selfie” & “Self-Worship”

Back in the 90’s, if you took a photographic “selfie” of any sort, it generally meant you “had no friends”. But here, in the year 2017, the concept of the “selfie” has turned into a whole other meaning, completely. In today’s society & culture, if you DON’T take a “selfie”, it socially means that you have no friends or that you’re “not cool”.

But what exactly is “the core” of a “selfie”? Answer: SELF-WORSHIP/WORSHIP OF SELF! I think alot of people are forgetting that. Today’s culture is all about me, me, me…..How will this or that make ME look? How will such n’ such benefit ME? What’s in it for ME? How does this relationship/job/friendship/etc. benefit ME?

Not to sound too brash here but today’s people are just IN LOVE WITH THEMSELVES! You go to someone’s Facebook page, for instance, and they have a bazillion photos of themselves from every which angle. And just think: They have to personally download/upload EACH and every single one. Plus some of the photos are even duplicates!

Now, don’t get me wrong here……I’m not saying that EVERY single person on Facebook is self-absorbed or that Facebook is the Devil or anything like THAT….But, over time, Facebook has evolved from its very humble beginnings to slowly becoming a more and more “self-absorbed media platform/narcissist’s dream”, as time goes on.  

And then you have Youtube. People that both “worship” Youtube (as though it’s some sort of “god”, I kid you not) and people that “utilize” Youtube to BE worshiped by others. Just think of all those videos from what I call “the million viewers club”. If they get over a million views on their video, then they’re eligible to be a Youtube partner and get payed a cut from “each” and every view of their videos (from how I understand it?) Basically, Youtube has become a “fame gone mad” type thing.

And these people that make millions of Youtube videos each year and make money off them………am I judging them? No. Not at all. But I DO kind’ve feel sorry for them in a small sense. Because when they say things like, “I’d like to think my subscribers”, or do crazy/dangerous things because their “subscribers asked them to”, etc., it’s like they’re turning to PEOPLE/SUBS for fulfillment, instead of to something much bigger and greater than them (i.e. Jesus Christ/Salvation) for fulfillment. And it just breaks my heart! They have NO IDEA of what they’re missing out on! 

But again, it’s really no different than the feeling that many famous celebrities feel when people “worship them”. Over time, they start to feel invisible and start worshiping THEMSELVES! And personally, Satan couldn’t be more the happier when that happens for it means just one more for the “eternal burn pile”, someday.

Think of Satan like the bad kid that acts up in class. He KNOWS he’s going to get in trouble with the teacher for “being bad” and be punished “real bad” afterwards but he wants to try to corrupt as many of the “good kids” in the class that he possibly can so that THEY get punished, too. His stealthy “warfare tactics” know no bounds! 

Self-worship is something that Satan was originally guilty of, up in heaven, during “The Fall”. So now, Satan wants humans to be like HIM: a self-deluded, self-worshiping creature! A creature who’s ANGRY with God/Jesus Christ, ANGRY with the bible & its commandments/decrees and ANGRY with everything that’s righteous & holy!

He’s likely full of “silent fear”. I think deep within the depths of his being, he KNOWS he can never be equal to God/Jesus Christ and he fears losing! But he likely masks that fear with DENIAL & DEFIANCE! For, he likely reasons, if he can mask his fear with denial & defiance, perhaps no-one (especially humans) will ever know how secretly “running scared” he is, underneath it all.

But going back to the concept of what I’ll call “selfie worship/self-worship” among the human race. Narcissism/Vanity & Pride are two of Satan’s top traits and now he’s trying to make as many human beings like this as possible! Why? To take them away from Almighty God/Jesus Christ/Salvation!

Because believe it or not folks, OUR suffering (physical, emotional & spiritual) pleases Satan! In fact, he’s quite HAPPY knowing that several humans will be thrown into the lake of fire at God’s Judgement, someday! He’s HAPPY knowing that several people are being snatched from Jesus Christ on a daily basis! He’s nothing short of evil/evil-minded!

Not to mention that people are SO hung up on taking “the perfect selfie” photograph these days, that several people have even DIED or gotten SERIOUSLY injured from it! This is NO laughing matter, folks! This is very, very serious!  

http://list25.com/25-people-who-died-while-trying-to-take-a-selfie/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_selfie-related_injuries_and_deaths

But the point I’m trying to make is THIS: Folks, we’re all being preconditioned on a VERY LARGE MASS SCALE to think/do the following:

  1. Worship Self/Be “Selfie-Obsessed”
  2. Worship Other Humans (i.e. Celebrities, Youtube “stars”, etc.)
  3. Accept the LGBT Agenda
  4. Accept the Trans Agenda
  5. Accept the G.S.A. Agenda
  6. Accept the New World Order SYSTEM
  7. Accept Abortion
  8. Accept “Gay Marriage/Gay Adoption/Gay Families”
  9. Accept Anti-Bible Rhetoric & Sentiments 
  10. Accept Mockery of Jesus & Christians
  11. Accept Drugs/Drug Use As “Socially Acceptable”
  12. Accept Any and ALL Liberal/Social Justice Causes
  13. ETC.

In fact, sadly, many of today’s problems have to do with “Social Justice Causes”. And while many “Social Justice Causes” might “seem” good on the surface, most of them are about as evil as can be! They MOCK Christ, they MOCK the bible, they MOCK the traditional family, they MOCK Christianity, plus they align PERFECTLY with Satan’s Will, NOT God’s Will!

For example: Abortion. “Social Justice Warriors” make it “seem” as though the “fight for abortion” is the “fight for women’s rights”. But lets peel back the layers a bit. What DO abortion procedures actually DO? Essentially, they make a pregnant woman an “unpregnant woman” (or rather, the mother of a “dead baby”). And how do they do that? They either stop the babies heart and/or RIP the baby out of the womb with forceps, LIMB BY LIMB! 

And just like selfies, abortion can even be likened to a FORM of “self-worship” (worship of oneself over one’s baby). Now tell me…..Why should women have the right to MURDER their babies? Especially considering that THEY THEMSELVES weren’t aborted in the womb and received the right to life! A baby’s heartbeat starts beating at just 21 DAYS after conception! 3 weeks, folks! 3 weeks! Plus research has shown that babies as young as 8 weeks (and probably even less) can FEEL PAIN! 

And yet, some of these “Social Justice Warriors” are trying to advocate for abortion at ANY point during pregnancy, even up until birth! THAT’S SPIRITUALLY DISGUSTING, FOLKS! What a “murderous/narcissistic spirit” we have roaming here in America, today! 

When a person decides who lives and who dies (think Euthanasia, for instance), that could be considered “playing god”. So how is abortion any different? If a woman’s right to “convenience” trumps a baby’s right to live, the woman (in a direct sense) is “playing god” (rather she realizes it or not). She’s worshiping her own body/reproductive system, rather than the one True God [Jesus Christ Almighty] who CREATED her reproductive system for marriage/children purposes! 

Selfies and vacation pics (in and of themselves) aren’t inherently evil, it’s oftentimes the intent behind posting them on social media that makes them evil. If I, for example, have a friend take a picture of me in front of a building in Germany and me and that friend/immediate family members are the only ones that see it, that’s one thing. But if I’m posting it on social media to “brag” about and “showcase” my so-called Germany vacation to the world wide web, that’d be quite another thing, altogether.

Now, if I were to somehow give glory to Jesus Christ FOR the so-called Germany vacation and showcased THAT thankfulness on social media under the picture captions or something, that would be ONE thing. But lets face it. Most people who post HUNDREDS of images on social media of, for example, their vacation to France, want other people to see “how great their life is”. Am I wrong, here? 

Which reminds me of some of the Youtube vloggers. Some of them are showcasing their entire lives on Youtube (everything from the first date to the kitchen sink and everything in between). And true, they might possibly be making money from those videos (which might be why they do it in the first place) but what many psychologists are saying these days is that these people are unfulfilled in their normal day-to-day lives. So for them, Youtube/social media is like an alternate universe where they can be something, be “someone”.

But folks, that’s what the sad thing is, really. Today’s “secular culture” (especially among young people) is UNFULFILLING. Today’s young people keep searching for that someone or something that will make them feel complete:

  1. “If I get a million subscribers on Youtube, I’ll feel complete”
  2. “If the U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of gay marriage, I’ll feel complete”
  3. “If I meet that special someone, I’ll feel complete”
  4. “If I get that raise or become famous, I’ll feel complete”
  5. “If I get that movie or TV part, I’ll feel complete”
  6. “If I get so many likes on my Facebook post/status, I’ll feel complete”
  7. “If I get married and have 1-3 kids, I’ll feel complete”
  8. ETC. 

But THEN what happens, folks? What happens when the thing happens? They’re STILL not “complete”. There’s a big gap of RESTLESSNESS in their lives and that gap can ONLY be filled/fulfilled by Jesus Christ Almighty! It sounds cliché but it’s true! 

Selfies and worship of self are not just about “vanity”, “pride” and “fitting in”. They’re about “popularity”. They’re about finding fulfillment IN people/social status, rather than in Jesus Christ. Just like Social Justices causes are about finding fulfillment in everything BUT Jesus Christ. 

The next time you or a loved one goes to take a “selfie” or do a Youtube video or post your “vacation pics” on Facebook, ask yourself the following three questions:

1). WHY am I doing this? What is my PRIME motivation?

2). AM I doing this to be “popular”, “seem cool”, or to “get attention?” 

3). Does what I’m doing bring glory to Jesus Christ at all? If not, then why am I still doing it?

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men SHALL BE LOVERS OF THEIR OWN SELVES, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are goodTraitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of GodHaving a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away” – [2 Timothy 3: 1-5]

SIN PRIDE: THE CANCER DESTROYING AMERICA & THE WORLD FROM WITHIN

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, PROUD, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of GodHaving a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away”

–  2 Timothy 3: 1-5 [2nd book of Timothy, chapter 3, verses 1-5]

 

What is SIN? It is defined as: an immoral act considered to be a transgression against divine law

What is DIVINE LAW? Answer: a law that is believed to come directly from God. 

And what is PRIDE? Answer: a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.

In short, “sin”, in and of itself, is the DELIBERATE OR UNINTENTIONAL violation of God’s law (the 10 commandments, etc.) Therefore, “sin pride” is TAKING PERSONAL PLEASURE IN SIN and being PROUD of it. (Do the words “Gay Pride” ring a bell, for example?)

The gay/transgender movement is the SPIRITUAL CANCER WHICH HAS TAKEN OVER THE LAND, HERE IN AMERICA AND AROUND THE WORLD. Look at any Gay Pride rally today (which should effectively be called SODOMY PRIDE, since what they’re advocating is SODOMY) and what do you SEE? The following:

  GAY PRIDE8 GAY PRIDE10 GAY PRIDE21 GAY PRIDE11

But ask many people today what “sin” IS or what the 10 commandments even ARE, many have never even HEARD of such things!

And what many people DON’T realize is that the whole entire Gay/Transgender Movement (in and of ITSELF) was DESIGNED by Satan and his demons in order to tear apart the concept of “traditional marriage” and the “traditional family”. It’s TRUE, folks……..Examine the following:

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http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/04/29/lesbian-activists-surprisingly-candid-speech-gay-marriage-fight-is-a-lie-to-destroy-marriage/

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https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/foremost-uk-gay-activist-admits-there-is-no-gay-gene

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Plus we are also now witnessing the “Me Generation”. During the 90’s and early 2000’s, parents were instructed to fill their kids with self-esteem, etc. But NOW, it’s come as a SEVERE price. Today’s young generation now feels ENTITLED….(as a whole). It’s all about THEM…..What THEY want, what THEY feel, what THEY think……..it is no longer about God/Jesus Christ and God’s written Word/the bible….

The elite falsely got many Christian parents back in the 90’s and early to mid-00’s to think that it was better if they did NOT raise their child in the faith from the time they were very little, but instead “let the child decide, when they got older”. And look where that got us, folks! A new generation of young people that does NOT have the fear OR honor of God/Jesus Christ in them, etc.! Scary, indeed!

Not to mention that many of those parents in question had lukewarm faith to begin with, which is WHY they ended up not raising their child in the faith, from the time when they were little. And by the time many of these parents DO try to talk to their kids about the faith/salvation in Jesus Christ, it’s too late, the child, at 12-18, has already made their mind up that there is no God, etc.

So essentially, what was happening there, is that the child, WHEN they were very young, saw firsthand that their parent(s) were a “nominal Christian” and didn’t really consider Salvation in Jesus Christ that important enough to teach them. And maybe some of these children even WANTED to learn about Jesus Christ from their parents/pastors but society, at that time, was trying to dumb down the schools/education system and dumb down the faith……even trying to go so far as to proclaim teaching your young child about faith when they were little was somehow “child abuse” of sorts.

So many parents and pastors caved in and complied with “secular society’s” demands, many having lukewarm faith themselves. So many a child in question grew up thinking,Well, I guess faith in Jesus Christ isn’t that important. I guess all people will go to heaven, someday, so it’s not really a big deal and that was that. The child then grew up to have a SECULAR view of the world and of Christian religion. Who’s fault is that, folks?

Facebook, Youtube and Instagram (in general) are just LOADED with “boasting statements” of “I have such a wonderful husband”, “I have x amount of subscribers”, “my kid graduated at the top of his class”, etc. And lets be honest. Most of us don’t even stop to think about what it really means (behind the spiritual scenes)……and that is, ONE person in the human race, by making those types of boasting statements, are (intentionally or even unintentionally), pitting themselves ABOVE others……as if to be “seen” by them in an extraordinary way…..

In fact, my soul weeps bitter tears for those with daily vlogs/those who undertake dangerous “Youtube challenges”…..especially when they make verbal statements such as “you guys are awesome”, “you guys are what I’m doing this for”, etc. In short, these poor people are the living, breathing example of John 12:43 which states: For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God”

But again, even if someone had a CHRISTIAN daily vlog, I’d have to wonder at their motivations for doing so. Because Jesus Christ tells us in Matthew 6:1 “Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven”

But IF ONLY these poor souls realized how much Jesus Christ loves them. For John 3:16 SPECIFICALLY states the following: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life“. And if they’d put their faith, trust and love into Jesus Christ, INSTEAD of in Youtube or mankind, they’d find that the eternal love of Jesus Christ FAR SURPASSES any form of “temporal love” or appreciation given by man/mankind. For though those many subscribers help them rake in the $$$ and feel “valued”, those subscribers can NOT save that person’s soul from hell. ONLY Jesus Christ can do THAT….

Which brings me to my next point. The people of today are TOTALLY NARCISSISTIC (as a whole). They don’t CARE about the “sin(s)” in their life……There’s no sense of GUILT or SHAME, anymore……People are even OPENLY going to adultery sites these days, such as Ashley Madison, etc. Many young people today are bragging about how “drunk” they can get or how many people they’ve “layed”, or what hard-core drugs they can do, etc. People (as a whole) don’t seem to care about WHAT they do or WHO they hurt, in the process.

In fact, the following three articles HIGHLIGHT this point:

Teacher blames school for not stopping her year-long affair with teenage student

https://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/32165804/teacher-mary-beth-haglin-blames-washington-high-school-cedar-rapids-iowa-for-not-stopping-her-sexual-relationship-with-teen-boy-17/#page1

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Teacher gets pregnant after affair with boy, 13, claims that boy’s parents were OK with affair

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/teacher-gets-pregnant-after-affair-with-boy-13-9xvxt5scm

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‘Affluenza’ DUI Case: What Happened Night of the Accident That Left 4 People Dead & Beyond

http://abcnews.go.com/US/affluenza-dui-case-happened-night-accident-left-people/story?id=34481444

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(Plus, some people don’t even know what “sin” IS, sadly)….but in fact, the ones that KNOW they’re sinning against God/Jesus Christ? They’re PROUD of it……They FLAUNT IT…….they see NOTHING wrong with it and worse still, they JUSTIFY it, while also thinking that they’re ENTITLED to it…….yes, ENTITLED…….examine any “gay pride rally”, like I said or any of the following headlines down below: (Headlines that shock and horrify the “biblical mind”)

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http://abc30.com/news/police-son-charged-with-incest-tried-to-save-mom-from-abuse-in-clovis-new-mexico/1466105/

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/brother-and-sister-reveal-incestuous-relationship-live-on-spanish-tv-a6985356.html

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What REALLY gets me about the news articles up above is THE DEGREE that the people in them JUSTIFY their actions and feel ENTITLED to them. Oh, we can’t help it, therefore, we should be able to INDULGE in one another/in our “sin” of incest! THE SIX PEOPLE ABOVE HAVE NO SHAME!!!! And the “secular world/society” is saying, Why SHOULD they have any shame about their deeds? What they are doing is RIGHT and JUST, in the world’s eyes!”

Reminds me of the passage in Isaiah 5:20-25 which states: “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitterWoe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink: Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him

Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the Lord of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of IsraelTherefore is the anger of the Lord kindled against his people, and he hath stretched forth his hand against them, and hath smitten them: and the hills did tremble, and their carcases were torn in the midst of the streets. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still”

 

And remember, it’s a sign of the times that we’re living in the LAST DAYS, when people start calling good (i.e. the 10 commandments/God/the bible) “evil” and evil (i.e. sodomy/lust/incest/murder) “good”.

In fact, the devil’s even got a new buzzword for what society is now slowly starting to deem “justified incest”: G.S.A. (which stands for Genetic Sexual Attraction). Because the devil wants YOU, the reader, and EVERY human out there, to come to the mindset of, Oh….they can’t really help it…..it’s not like they were raised that way……oh…….I guess technically that they should be able to do this then, since they can’t help it“. [CAN’T HELP IT? REALLY??? ARE YOU SERIOUS? IS SOMEBODY POINTING A GUN TO THEIR HEAD, SAYING “PARTAKE YOURSELVES **NOW** IN INCEST OR ELSE?”] What comes NEXT, folks? Will people also soon start justifying cases such as the following?

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/man-shares-details-sexual-relationship-dolphin-article-1.1825434

They’ve ALREADY started justifying BIOLOGICAL MEN going into WOMEN’S RESTROOMS (Target, Obama administration) and vice versa. Plus I won’t even mention about the NO GENDER/GENDER-FLUID MOVEMENT, as most biblically-minded people realize that it’s a DIRECT ATTACK on God Almighty/the bible/the “traditional family”.

Folks, it’s not just SIN that’s taken over our nation here in America (and across the world) but rather, the PRIDE of sin. And in God’s Almighty eyes, the PRIDE of sin is practically worse than the sin ITSELF. Because to do something bad is ONE thing. But to do something bad and to FEEL GOOD/JUSTIFIED/ENTITLED about it? That’s a whole other thing, altogether.

Let us think back on the story of Cain and Abel in Genesis. And think about Cain’s “haughty” response to Almighty God in Genesis 4:9 “And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper? Notice the PRIDE and the ARROGANCE in such a statement! Think how much DIFFERENTLY it would’ve been for Cain if he had fallen on his knees before the Lord and HUMBLY ADMITTED HIS SIN! Things might’ve played out differently, then.

Obama once remarked in one of his speeches that “we are no longer just a Christian nation”, which would imply “we are no longer a Christian nation”. In other words, he was stating that we are now a “multi-faith nation”. Think about those words for a bit. Think about the LONG-TERM spiritual implications, there. What he’s REALLY saying, behind the scenes, is that this great American nation, NO LONGER honors God/Jesus Christ the way it once did. That should send shivers down the spine of EVERY God-fearing American in this country (and even around the world!)

For NOW, we (as a nation) and even as a WORLD, have become likened unto CAIN, who sheepily replied onto Almighty God, I know not, am I my brother’s keeper? At ONE time, we were a God-fearing, God-honoring “ABEL”. And the Lord was pleased and BLESSED this nation. But now that SIN and more specifically, the PRIDE OF SIN, has overtaken this country and this world, we are now likened onto a “CAIN”. And the Lord’s Wrath was upon Cain. And so NOW, the Lord’s Wrath is upon America (and the world)…..ofcourse, it’s BEEN on America (and the world) for QUITE SOME TIME NOW and will soon reach a BOILING POINT (assuming it hasn’t, already!)

SATANIC KALI IN NY RAINBOW COLORS ON WHITE HOUSE, END IS NEAR1

But again, humans are prideful by nature. We WANT to feel good about ourselves, our jobs, our talents, our families, etc. We don’t WANT to believe that a holy, righteous God (Jesus Christ) would have the audacity to send US to hell over OUR sins against Him and against one another. However, when a person says to themselves MY Jesus would NEVER send a normal, everyday person to Hell, what they’re really doing is creating a FALSE JESUS THAT THEY’RE COMFORTABLE WITH. And that “false Jesus” is NOT biblical, and provides NO SALVATION. NONE.

Hebrews 12:29 states: “For our God IS a consuming fire”. 

So what does that MEAN, some might ask? It means that Jesus Christ (the true, BIBLICAL Jesus Christ of the bible) is HOLY. He has the power of the universe at his fingertips. And the FIRES OF HELL speak to HIS righteous holyness. Because in HIS righteous judgement, he will send ALL those whose names aren’t written in the Lamb’s Book of Life to the LAKE OF FIRE. However, a person that dies between now and then (whose name isn’t written in the Lamb’s Book of Life) will open up their eyes and discover their soul in HELL. But the fires of hell are NOT eternal…….Revelation 20:14 states: “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death”.

Translation? The fires of hell will merge INTO the LAKE OF FIRE. And the Archangel Michael once informed me (during a near-suicide attempt at age 19-21) that the fires of hell are about 10,000 times hotter than the flame from a small lighter and that the LAKE OF FIRE is 100,000,000 times hotter than the fires of hell. Therefore, using spiritual and deductive reasoning, we can then know that the LAKE OF FIRE is about 1,000,000,000,000 times hotter than the flame of a small lighter. And lets face it…….the flame from a small lighter (if you hold your hand up to it) is INTENSE….So imagining something that’s a TRILLION times hotter than that, while also imagining the following two passages? I can’t even………

Matthew 13: 41-42 “The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth

Revelation 14:11 “And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up FOR EVER AND EVER: and they have NO REST day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name

This November should be a very interesting “election”, INDEED……if they even HAVE “the election”, that is. I can only imagine HOW MUCH worse it’s gonna get and HOW MUCH CLOSER JESUS’S 2ND ARRIVAL TO THE EARTH REALLY *IS*!

And with Jesus’s soon 2nd arrival on the Earth again being that much closer, so is the ANTICHRIST’S ARRIVAL on Earth (in fact, he’s probably already here!) The book of Revelation gives some VERY dire warnings in Revelation 13: 16-17:

And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name”

And OF these individuals that take/took The Mark, it is said the following, in Revelation 14:11….

And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name

So in conclusion, God’s WRATH is upon America & upon THE WORLD! And bad things are gonna happen, as a result……REALLY, REALLY BAD THINGS……(Terrorism, executions, famine, pestilences, FAILING ECONOMIES/FAILING WORLD ECONOMY, the stripping of free speech ALTOGETHER, earthquakes/other natural disasters, job firings, persecution, etc.) And out of the MIDST of those bad things, a one world global leader’s gonna arrive on the global stage. And he’s gonna “appear’ to be the answer to EVERYONE’S PROBLEMS!

EVERY single person that DOES NOT place their faith, trust and love into Jesus Christ Almighty WILL be deceived by this global leader. He might even look like Jesus, sound like Jesus and even CALL himself Jesus, but he will NOT, I repeat….will NOT BE the BIBLICAL Jesus Christ from the bible! And ALL the world’s inhabitants that aren’t of Jesus Christ WILL think this man is the Messiah:

1). Muslims are awaiting the 12th Iman or the Madhi 

2). Jews (as a whole) are awaiting what THEY think will be their “Messiah” and don’t realize that Jesus Christ WAS/IS their prophesied Messiah

3). Buddhists are awaiting the 5th Buddha

4). Hindus are awaiting reincarnation of Kali/Shiva?

5). Christians are awaiting the Anti-Christ

Do you see now where I’m going with this, folks? ALL non-biblical Christians and other religions and people of NO RELIGION **will** be deceived by this man. And he **will** require ALL inhabitants of the Earth, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark on their right hand or forehead, in order to be able to buy or sell. And whomever does NOT take this mark WILL be imprisoned/killed and/or beheaded. 

But let me reassure you: to die for Christ is GAIN…but to live for the Devil and the Mark of the Beast is ETERNAL DEATH IN THE LAKE OF FIRE…….So what if you go hungry or starve to death, while refusing the mark of the beast……..the Lord Jesus Christ shall SUPERNATURALLY SUSTAIN YOU, in mind, heart, body and spirit, if you continue to cry out to him, pray to him, obey him and trust him with ALL YOUR HEART!

And besides……buying food on the Anti-Christ’s “dime”? I wouldn’t recommend it. Cause who knows what types of chemicals, etc. will be in the Anti-Christ’s food. Even right now with all this “genetically-modified food” on the market, it’s really making me start to wonder. Because isn’t messing with the DNA of ANYTHING (be it an animal or a grain of corn) AGAINST God’s will? Think about it, folks! Plus it’s also funny that research is now showing that GMO’s cause cancer. Big surprise. We now live in a world where they (the elite) place $$$$ over consumer safety. Welcome to the world of the End Times, folks. And it’s ONLY gonna get worse, MARK MY WORDS! 

Therefore, you got to make a decision. Are you going to live for Jesus Christ and be made fun of, ridiculed, possibly fired from your job/persecuted/killed? OR are you going to “cave” to secular society’s demands that you feel PRIDE over your “sin(s)” and NOT feel any guilt or shame over them, thus, joining the MILLIONS of people who will soon be taking the Mark of the Beast, in order to feed themselves and their families (thus, DAMNING THEIR SOULS FOR ETERNITY?) The choice is up to YOU, folks! But don’t say I didn’t warn you! 

HERE…..in the link down below, a guy by the name of David J. Stewart goes into MUCH FURTHER DETAIL than I have and has written a MOST EXCELLENT ARTICLE on today’s topic of the PRIDE OF SIN/SPIRITUAL CANCER:

http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Evils%20in%20America/terminal_cancer.htm

“Lord, please give all your people strength to endure in these End Times. Please sustain them physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. Please keep them at ANY costs from taking the Mark of the Beast, ESPECIALLY parents with small children. Please protect them, guide them and watch over them, at ALL times. And most importantly, please give them the strength & endurance to suffer whatever persecution may befall them, in whatever form it may take, rather verbal or physical. Please bless them and keep them for all eternity. In Jesus’s name, Amen”. 

 

 

 

 

We Must Be Humble & Let Go of Our Pride!!!!

Ever heard the paraphrase: “thou take prideth before a fall?” It’s based off of Proverbs 16:18 which states (in the KJV version) “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall”. Humans are sinfully prideful by nature. And AS humans, we like to think that our good looks, our talents, our abilities, our bank accounts, etc. are based on our OWN accord, instead of on Jesus’s accord. We take pride in our jobs, our families, our “new house”, our “new car”, our money, our talents, and the list goes on and on.

Look at any major celebrity today, for example. At some point or another, nearly ALL of them have been humbled by some experience or some “scandal” in their lives. Sometimes multiple times. While celebrities are under both the popular media’s AND God’s “microscope”, we average lay people here in America are constantly under “God’s microscope”, sort’ve speak, like it or not. If we go back through the bible there’s TONS of stories about what happened to ancient peoples who really thought they were something.

There’s the “implied arrogance” of Joseph (the favorite son of Jacob), the arrogance of the descendants of Noah (who wanted to build the Tower of Babel), the total arrogance of King Nebuchadnezzar & King Saul, etc. And we only have to turn through the pages of Holy Writ to know the “outcomes” of such narcissists! 

However, as the narrative later goes, Joseph goes on to be sold as a SLAVE in Egypt! And he resides in prison for 2 years or more before being released to be Pharaoh’s agricultural and monetary advisor! And it was during that time in prison that God used to FULLY HUMBLE Joseph and his “seemingly implied” somewhat arrogant character and instead, turn him into a humble servant of the Lord! And AFTER Joseph FULLY humbled himself before the Lord, the Lord allowed Joseph to be elevated to a VERY, VERY HIGH ruling position in Egypt! So it just goes to show ya. Suffering and/or humbling thyself comes NOW, blessing comes LATER! ;))

When I look at videos on Youtube and Facebook today, and most of today’s authors, musicians, and movie stars, I am just totally amazed at the LEVEL of prideful arrogance that I see! People just BRAGGING about how many subscribers they have, or asking people to “please subscribe” or “please press like” and the like. Or people making all these Youtube videos JUST TO get attention. It’s sickening, really…….People are SO prideful, SO arrogant, SO hateful towards others and towards God & the bible, SO spiteful, so uninformed & SO mean.

In fact, just reading some comments below this one girl’s pro-life video, explaining why she was against abortion after having one, I was just AMAZED at all the hateful comments she received from people! What do pro-choice people CARE if she shares her story on Youtube? What are they so scared of? Are they still secretly suffering from their OWN abortion(s) and so, they want to ensure lots of other women have abortions TOO, so they feel as though they’re not the only one who had an abortion or what? That’s just crazy!

Some of those folks (famous and otherwise) remind me of Revelation 3:17 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”. Another passage in Matthew 16:26 reads: “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?“. Proverbs 3:34 suggests that God mocks mockers! “Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly”.

So in other words, when we flee from God and think we don’t need him, he hides his presence from us. But when we seek God in our lives, God makes himself known to us in our lives. And yes, I know it might seem at first glance that I’m judging these people but I actually feel sorry for these people. For these prideful/arrogant/famous and pro-choice people have been BLINDED by Satan into believing that “sacrificing one’s soul for fortune/fame is okay”, “being one’s own god is okay, “killing innocent babies is okay”. It’s DEFINITELY a sign of the times we’re living in!

However, there’s some good news. Jesus Christ forgives ALL sin and so if these people turn to Jesus Christ before it’s too late, they CAN be saved! 😉 Believe me, I pray for such people every single day. Because remember, all you true Christian believers out there, YOU were once an “unbeliever” TOO, before Jesus saved you! So remember that! All the unbelievers out there you see today are like the person you USED to be, before getting saved!

Plus, keep in mind that when we have EVERYTHING we need (or at the very least, “feel” like we already have everything we need in life), our need of God/Jesus Christ Almighty/the gospel/salvation is very small. But when something bad happens in our lives or when we DON’T have everything we need, oh how much we “feel” like we need Jesus Christ THEN, am I right?  

But just remember, the next time you start feeling prideful and arrogant about something (“I’m so good looking”, “I’m such a good writer/painter/comedian/artist/etc/”), remember WHO it is that gave you those “good looks” or “those talents” in the first place and don’t forget to give Jesus Christ the full credit that’s due! Because remember that HE is the Almighty God who created everything in the universe, including YOU! HE is the one who gave you your looks and your talents! HE is the one who gave you everything you have in life! SO don’t ever, ever forget that!

Because the moment you DO, you’re one step closer to a fall (a spiritual fall, that is). And how DREADFUL it will be for all those poor folks someday who “fall away” from Jesus Christ FOR ETERNITY! Please don’t become one of those! Put all your faith, trust and love into Jesus Christ Almighty! He died on the cross for forgiveness of mankind’s sins. He rose from the dead just 3 days later. He defeated sin and death. He’s ALREADY overcome death and sin.

So if you don’t believe in Christ, PRAY to believe in Jesus Christ. And if you’re MAD at Jesus Christ (for whatever reason), pray NOT to be mad! Bow down on your face and pray for forgiveness of your sins! Romans 3:23 says: “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”. Translation: Nobody’s perfect, we’re ALL sinned at some point in our lives.

Ever stolen anything? Lusted after someone you weren’t married to? Told a lie? Wanted something that belonged to someone else? Cussed or said the Lord’s name in vain? What does that make you? A thief, an adulterer, a liar, a coveter/envier, and a blasphemer and that’s just FIVE of the 10 commandments! Imagine what would happen if you were to be found guilty of all TEN of them! But the GOOD NEWS is that Jesus Christ has already payed the penalty for mankind’s sins.

But one must have FAITH in Jesus Christ and the gospel. For we are saved by grace through faith. But it doesn’t just stop there. Jesus Christ says in the bible that we must LIVE for him by OBEYING his commandments in the bible. In the New Testament, Jesus not only talked about the 10 commandments, he EXPANDED on them by talking about their “intent” [See Jesus’s “Sermon on the Mount” in Matthew, chapters 5-7]. Plus Jesus also said in the New Testament “if you love me, obey my commandments”.

In the New Testament, we read in Matthew 7:21-23: 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”

And in Matthew 7:13-14, we read: “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, and few there be that find it”

Luke 12:32 states: “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom”

Alright, so what can we gather from the 3 above passages? We know that MANY people (specifically “Christians”) will demand to get inside the gates of the new heavenly city, someday [called New Jerusalem]. But VERY FEW will actually BE ABLE to enter into the heavenly city, someday? Why? Because they did NOT do the Heavenly Father’s will, while they were still living on Earth. They worshiped Jesus in name ONLY, not in DEED/ACTION!

Meaning, they did NOT truly worship the Jewish/BIBLICAL Jesus Christ of the bible but instead, worshiped a FALSE/PAGANIZED JESUS that they were “comfortable with!” (Perhaps a false Jesus that EMBRACED things that are seen as SIN in the bible — such as divorce, abortion, homosexuality, etc.)………

But the few Christians that worship the BIBLICAL Jesus Christ are VERY FEW……that’s why Jesus Christ calls them in Luke 12:32 a LITTLE FLOCK!

Plus think of the many “Christians” today in “modern day churches” (as a whole) that stubbornly and even sometimes ARROGANTLY cling to their “traditions” and REFUSE to see THE TRUTH about what biblical Christianity REALLY is and what it ISN’T…..That’s what I mean when I say we must HUMBLE OURSELVES AND LET GO OF OUR PRIDE! We must humble ourselves before God and LET GO of the “Paganized man-made traditions” in today’s modern day “Christian churches”: The modern Christian church is DEAD! The modern day Christian church is as blind as a bat! The modern day Christian church doesn’t know its right hand from its left hand!

That’s why WE — the TRUE church — the body/assembly of believers in Christ — need to HUMBLE OURSELVES BEFORE THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, LET GO of the false, man-made “Paganized traditions” of the modern-day Christian “church”, EMBRACE the Jewishness of Jesus Christ & the apostles and start PARTAKING IN the 7th-day *sanctified by God* BIBLICAL SABBATH (Saturday) and the 7 Annual Feasts of the Lord (Pentecost, Tabernacles, Passover, etc.) For it’s only THROUGH the lens of “ancient Judaism” that the TRUE, BIBLICAL [*JEWISH*] Jesus Christ & his TRUE gospel can be known! 

 


    

 

  

Self-Sabotaging: I Never Knew……Until NOW….

Self-sabotaging.

It can come in many other forms besides just drugs, crime, self-cutting, etc.

It took me awhile to see this, but I have most recently discovered that I am my own worst enemy; meaning that I am the only one who’s sabotaging myself and my life. And trust me, that was a hard pill for me to swallow.

Most recently, the Lord Jesus has shown me just how MUCH I’ve been self-sabotaging myself and my relationships in my life and also just how MUCH my life would be different if I were to lean on him and TRUST him, instead of just always trying to do things MY way.

I’ve seen Christians judging other Christians right and left and I always used to say to myself “I’ll never be like one of those”. Looking back however, it kind’ve reminds me of the parable/story in the bible where two men go to pray. One of them says “thank you Lord that I am not like THOSE men” while the other man said “oh Lord, please have mercy on me, a sinner!” The first man was a Pharisee and the second man was a poor man. And in my own self-righteousness in my past, I became like the Pharisee (something I had always sworn to myself that I’d never become).

But anyways, back to the story. So due to my employment struggles and life struggles, I began to feel disillusioned and like the whole entire world was against me (even those close to me). I began to think negative thoughts of myself and others over time (I admit this to my shame) and then, it wasn’t long before the “resentment” started to eat away at me and consume me. I then became VERY pessimistic of a person and even downright “irritated” with people who were happy and joyous in life or that trusted the Lord completely. (Though deep, deep down, I was jealous. I wanted to trust the Lord as much as THEY did and to also feel the joy that THEY feel, being right with God). But the Devil kept tearing away at me night and day saying “you’re already too far gone, there’s no hope for you” and “Jesus hates you now”.

And for awhile there (I also admit this to my shame), I started believing the Devil’s lies. And it wasn’t long before I wasn’t able to trust anyone or ANY THING in my life. Whenever someone was friendly with me, I’d say to myself “yeah right, they’re being fake with me”. Whenever a guy would try to innocently look at me or ask me out, I’d say “yeah right, he probably only wants one thing”. Whenever I had a friend say to me “don’t worry about your past friends that stabbed you in the back, I never would”, I’d think “yeah right, you’re probably just as bad if not WORST than my other friends”. And whenever I’d get a job interview and wouldn’t get the job, I’d assume the worst and just start to automatically shut down and give up saying to myself “my gosh, if THIS place won’t hire me, then probably NOBODY will hire me!”

It even got to the point where I was even starting to get paranoid, fearing that people were talking bad about me at the grocery store, at the gas station, etc. And I even started to blame the people most close to me for all the things that were going wrong in my life, even.

Only most recently did Jesus Christ open up my eyes by more or less spiritually saying to me “Ya know what? Next to Satan, you’re your own worst sabotager and own worst enemy that I know”. He then raised his voice a little in the dream and more or less asked “WHY WON’T YOU WAIT ON ME AND TRUST ME? DON’T YOU THINK I KNOW WHAT I’M DOING? ESPECIALLY SINCE I CREATED THE UNIVERSE AND THE HEAVENS AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN? WHY WON’T YOU TRUST ME? I **DO** HAVE A PLAN, AFTERALL….IF YOU WILL ABIDE IN ME, THAT IS….” (there seemed to be some sort of doubt or hesitation in his voice about rather or not I would abide in him or not).

But one thing is clear: the only person responsible for all the actions in my life (rather good or bad) is me, myself and I. It’s not my loved ones’ fault that I’m depressed and having trouble finding employment these days. It’s not my loves ones’ fault that none of my relationships have been successful so far. All of it is attributed to ME. Because the truth is, I’m depressed, having trouble finding employment and have yet to have a successful relationship DUE to the fact that I had most recently strayed from the Lord. And this is just the Lord chastising me.

The Lord had said to me “write this person a letter and apologize”. I didn’t do it for the longest time. The Lord said “ask this person the question ‘what are your thoughts on life & God?’ ” and I didn’t do it. The Lord said “apply for this part-time job or perhaps that one”. I didn’t do it. Instead, I just sat around and wallowed in my own self-misery for a long time, with a “woe is me” attitude. And look where that got me! It got me absolutely NOWHERE!

So please…..I beg of you! DON’T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE I’VE MADE, MOST RECENTLY! Don’t sabotage the good things in your life out of distrust or fear. Don’t refuse to obey the commands of the Lord. TRUST JESUS AND WAIT ON JESUS CHRIST and have the total FAITH that he will see you through, no matter what! Do NOT make the same mistake I did and find yourself in front of the face of Jesus in a dream with Jesus turning to you and saying that next to Satan, you are your own worst sabotager and greatest enemy!

Moral of the story? TRUST JESUS CHRIST ALWAYS……..NO MATTER WHAT. Faith is EVERYTHING. For we can not enter Jesus Christ’s “New Earth” someday without faith. Faith is the thing that will either make us or break us in the end. So please, I beg of you. If you don’t have faith, PRAY to have faith. Pray to have more faith with ALL your heart, ALL your mind, ALL your body, and ALL your spirit and it shall be granted you. MARK MY WORDS!