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Wine and Spirits

Have you ever walked into a store and asked the question:  “Where are the spirits, I would like to buy some spirits.”

There is a controversy concerning the use of alcohol.  My definition of alcohol, the kind that people consume, is beer, wine, whiskey, bourbon, champagne etc. etc. etc.

Wine and Spirits; I don’t know what the definition of Spirits is there, but I do know a spirit is something that can be Holy or it can be unholy.  The Holy Spirit is sent to and for the benefit of a person who believes is Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord.   A spirit can also be from the dark side.  Spirits must possess a  body to operate in the earth realm.

My parents divorced as a result of alcoholism, a process that began when my Dad was a teen-ager.  It happened that during prohibition, my Dad’s mom died and his father married a woman who had been his school teacher.  She did not like my Dad and made life miserable for him.  The result was that she told him to get out.  He was 16.

There was a neighbor who made “bathtub gin” and he needed runners for it.  My Dad and his friend were hired.  That is where the road to death by alcohol began.  It ended with my Dad dying of cancer, a dry drunk.  The good news is that at the very end he received Jesus as his Savior.

There is a beginning for everything as well as an end.  Nothing is static.  Nothing!

No one is my family was a “teetotaler”.  My grandmother kept blackberry brandy on hand for times when we would get sick.  I recall one time when I was very sick.  She gave me some brandy, I recall it burned in my throat, she heaped blankets on me and said to “sweat it out”.

My uncle and aunt, my mother’s sister, began their process with alcohol with beer.  My uncles first job was driving a beer truck.  From there he had jobs that always involved alcohol in some fashion.  His last job was managing the city liquor store.  At their home alcohol was served before, with, and after a meal.  The end of the story is that, while at first the use of alcohol was controllable, in the end it controlled them.  My aunt became a hopeless alcoholic, dying from cirrhosis of the liver.  My uncle died penniless and sick.

They had lived the high life.  They had no children, by their choice, and their incomes were always spent on being happy.  There was a small house that was their sanctuary.  They had a lot of things, they loved being at the lake fishing, their boat was their pride and joy and there were always fine cars and friends to party with.  But in the end, alcoholism impoverished them and claimed their lives.

My observation is that with alcohol as with many other things such as nicotine and illegal drugs, there is no such thing as just a little.   I believe there is a process that begins when you take the first taste, the first hit.

Again, from my observation, some people take to alcohol instantly, they love it from the first taste.  Some people don’t care for the taste of it but because it is the culture they move in, they learn to like it.  Other people hate the taste and cannot imagine why anyone would want to drink it.  But, this is not the controversy.

The things above are only matters of preference.

Here is the controversy…

There is a group of people who call themselves Christian, who see no problem with alcohol consumption, as long as it is wine.  This is not a matter of taste, they simply believe that the Bible shows that it is acceptable and they have their own vineyards where they grow the grapes to make the wine.  They believe this makes it holy, and thus makes it acceptable.

There are other believers who see the warnings in the Bible concerning alcohol and the resulting bondage that comes with it, and they want nothing to do with it.  Maybe, like me, they have seen what the process has done to their family.

I come from a broken home.  My mother and father’s marriage was destroyed by alcohol abuse.  Because beer controlled my Dad, in the end he could not hold down a job.  My grandmother tried to help as best she could, but with six children to support the county welfare system was asked to help.  In the end they refused to continue support as long as my Dad was in the house.

Every one of my siblings used alcohol when they were young, even though they had the example of what it could do to a person’s life.  Only when they met Jesus and received Him as their Savior and Lord did they forsake that lifestyle and only then did they end the downward spiral caused by alcohol.  To this day, each of us hate alcohol use and abuse.

I don’t know what your stand is friend, but I know that a decision must be made and we will be responsible to God for that decision.  So consider carefully the things I have laid out here.  Ask yourself this question:  When I stand before God to give an account for my life will it have pleased the Lord?  Will He say to me, “Well done, good and faithful servant enter in to the joy of the Lord.”  God and you are the only ones who can answer that question.

My favorite verse from the Bible is this:  “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Sharing the messages God puts on my heart in this forum is done mostsly out of obedience, but also, part of it is my desire to get you to thinking.  God is the judge and the Bible says that He tests and tries the “sons of men”.  That being the case, I suggest that you seriously consider what pleases Him.  From that vantage point make your decision.

May the Lord bless you today with His love.  May His love fill every vacancy in your soul.

Joy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tests and Trying Times

Life is not easy.  I am sure that most of you would agree with that statement.  The Bible says:  “Many are the afflictions of the righteous but the Lord delivers him out of them all.” Psalm 34:19

Trying times prove what is inside of us.  My mentor used the example of a tube of toothpaste when squeezed…what is inside comes out.  Trying times squeeze us and we say and do things we would not during better days.

“This is a test, this Is only a test!” In my youth, many times, I heard this statement on the radio.  When times of testing come to us, and they do to us all, they cause us to stop and consider our course in life or they cause us to react to the circumstances.

If we are believers in Jesus and have chosen to enter into the walk of faith, we have been prepared for the tests that inevitably will come.  God has given us His armor, His name and His blood that was shed on the cross.  We are armed with prayer as a weapon.  All of this is available to whoever will take it up.

Somehow many of us like to believe that a loving God would never let us go through anything hard or difficult.  And yet if we are honest with ourselves, we know that is not a reality of life on planet earth.  Life as a Christian is not only peaceful and pleasant, but also hard and difficult.  We are spiritual people living in a carnal world where the god of this world hates us.  There is persecution because of the Spirit of God who lives within us.  But there is also comfort because of the Spirit of God who lives within us.

I an struck with the reality that most of us do not take the Bible seriously or we sadly misinterpret it.  My cousin said the Bible has a lot of killing; his perspective of God was that He is a hateful God who likes to kill people.  If he had read on further he would have seen that God is love and everything that He does is because of His love.  Sometimes the most loving thing that can happen is to remove evil from the world.  Think capital punishment.  A life for a life under the law.  Only the gospel offers pardon when there is repentance.

God dealt with the nation of Israel through the law and the prophets as recorded in the Old Testament .  God dealt with the Gentiles through the apostles as recorded in the New Testament.  He has dealt with all in His love.  All of it was recorded for our benefit.  But none of it was recorded so that we may pick and choose what we want to accept and what we don’t.  We must accept the whole counsel of God.

Today I am thankful.  I am thankful that I met Jesus as a young person and have been getting more intimately acquainted with Him as I age.  I have experienced some very difficult things in my 81 years but I can truly say that God has been faithful and delivered me out of all my troubles.  His Word is true and He alone is faithful and to be worshipped and praised.  I commend Him to you.

“O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusts in Him.” Psalm 34:8

I pray that you will find Him faithful in all of the circumstances of your life, and if for the moment you are experiencing a difficult time, a test, I pray that you will turn to Him with all your heart and let His love soothe the hurt and wounds you have.  I love you with the love of the Lord and I pray that somehow these feeble words of mine have helped you along the way.

Joy

 

 

 

Rant

It is 2:00 A.M. and I am angry.

I hate the enemy.  He is the enemy of man.  He was Lucifer, the light bearer, but his pride and rebellion got him kicked out of Heaven.  He can’t get at God so he attacks the one that God loves, that would be you and me.

You may know him as the father of lies, a murderer from the beginning, the devil, satan, the dragon, the accuser of the brethren, the god of this world and more.

Lucifer had it all and he lost it all. His hate for God is strong but he cannot touch Him. Because of the fall in Eden and the earth lease he stole from Adam, he is now the god of this world system and he has the legal right to try to gain control of it all through unregenerate man. His way to do that is to deceive with lies.

He has been defeated by Jesus. The only authority he has is what humans give him and that he steals through lies.

He is legalistic, then let the law be stated: The BLOOD OF JESUS has satisfied the laws demands that when a man sins he must die. “If a man will believe in his heart and confess with his mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord he will be saved.”

If a man receives what Jesus did on the cross, the sacrifice of His life as the sinless lamb of God, he is free from the law of sin and death.

Jesus speaking: The thief has come to kill, steal and destroy; I have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

Who is the thief then but the one who comes on mission to kill you, to steal everything you have and ultimately destroy your life and take you to hell, where there is torment forever.

Why would anyone in their “right mind” choose to believe that there is no God, that there is no devil, no Heaven or Hell.

It is obvious that they are not in their right mind. For if they were,
they would see and know that all of the above is evident reality, if they but had eyes to see and ears to hear.

“Having eyes they do not see and having ears they do not hear.”

What then do we do? What then can we think or say to all of this when we see a loved one go down this path?

Pray! Speak up! Fear saying something because they might get mad? Maybe they won’t “like” you? Maybe they will cut you off? Have you not heard this said about salvation? “I was mad, then I was sad and then I was glad.”

A stand must be taken. Satan must be addressed! This is not a simple matter of giving a bunch of pills to a person that already has spirits that travel with them, constantly speaking in their ears.

And while I am at it, how can a person who doesn’t know God, though they have a degree in psychology, give help or direction to a demon possessed person?

Why do we in America think that demon possession does not happen here? Ask anyone from Africa or Haiti if demons are real, they know they are.

Why would an otherwise normal, healthy person lose interest in life and interaction with others. Why would they choose instead to spend hours with a computer or TV on the couch or in the bed?

Why would they choose to be alone or with those who are just like them struggling to find meaning in life? The answer: demons and evil spirits because of choices they made that opened the door to them.

Progression:

My aunt started out as a pretty little farm girl and she ended up hopelessly addicted to alcohol, dying of cirrhosis of the liver. Her husband started out driving a beer truck and ended up dying an alcoholic and alone.

They were young once, very much alive and enjoying life, but choices made the difference. You see, it isn’t how you start your life that matters the most, it is how you end it. It’s always the finish line.

“Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be, the end for which the first was made.” Progression is what I am talking to you about. You are going somewhere. What is your destination?

The person contemplating suicide does not start out thinking they would end up where they are. They made some bad decisions, they chose the wrong friends, they read some lies and believed them to be truth. Now they find their life not worth living. They see no hope and no help. Nothing left to do but to end it all.

Suicide takes the lives of seven young people out of a thousand. Seven who thought life was not worth living, when in fact they had everything going for them.

Three young pastors, each in their thirties, each with a family, each viewed as successful, recently took their own lives. No doubt, they had the thought (not their own by the way, always produced by a demon) that life was not worth living, they had to end their suffering. There was no thought of the suffering that they would inflict upon those who loved them. Suicide is the ultimate act of selfishness.

“In this world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer for I have overcome the world.”

Please hear me on this…suicide is not about you. It is about taking another soul from God. You see, God so loved the world that He gave His Son that if anyone believes and receives Him will have eternal life with God in Heaven.

The alternative to Heaven is Hell. Who was it that said there is an equal and opposite for everything? There is good and there is evil. To deny it is to live in lalaland.

Where can I go from your Spirit? The Bible answers, no where!

“There is a Heaven to gain and a Hell to shun.”

Everything in this world will end. Everything but one thing, people. Human beings are given life by God, they are spirit and soul for whom he makes a body. Psalm 139.

Romans 8:28
What the enemy meant for evil God will take and use for good!

There is hope for the hopeless, it is found in God and His plan for your life. He says, “I know the plans I have for you, plans for good and not for evil to give you hope and a future.”

It is God’s will that “all be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.”

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life and no one comes to the Father except by me.”

If God be God then serve Him! Do not bow the knee to the enemy!
Hell was “prepared for the devil and his angels.” God does not send anyone to Hell, it was never intended for people, they go there by their own choice.

Hell is a place of torment because it is permanent, there is no getting out. It is a place of no light, Jesus said, “I am the light of the world, whoever follows me will not walk in darkness.” There is light and there is dark.

Why are bars dark? “Who named it a bar, named it well for ‘tis a bar to Heaven and a gate to Hell.”

Hell is a place of separation. The only god in Hell is satan, God’s enemy and yours and he is the ultimate dictator.

When you arrive in Hell, then you will know that satan lied and deceived you, because he will tell you “what a fool you are to have believed him.”

You will face eternity with no reprieve, no comfort, only terror and torment forever.

If you don’t believe it, read the books that people have written who went there and were told to tell what they saw, felt and heard. They were told to warn those of us still alive on planet earth about this awful place, so we would not believe the enemy’s lies that he does not exist and that Hell does not exist.

Go online and watch as Bill Wiese tells of the twenty three minutes that he spent in Hell. These people are eyewitnesses.

Don’t be a fool!

It is written:
“A fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God!’”

I have had enough of the lies, enough of the saving face, enough of the pretense. Let the truth be told. Let is be known far and wide. Heaven is real, God is real and so is the devil and Hell.

Raise up the voices long silent, Hell is a real place and so is Heaven. You cannot pick one to believe in and not the other.

I have heard all of the arguments, I am not interested. Make a choice today, is it Heaven or Hell for you?

Isn’t it time, past time, for the church of Jesus Christ to wake up and be the church? Isn’t it time for each person who says they are a Christian to act like the Messiah did when He walked this earth?

Are we afraid of being crucified? When will we stop walking in fear of man and walk in the fear of God; that is, the holy, reverent fear of God…because He is so awesome, so powerful, so loving.

The accuser is not on par with God. He is not God’s equal. He has been defeated by Jesus death on the cross. God is God and there is no other, there is none like Him.

I received Jesus as my Savior when I was fifteen years of age, I began to know Him as Lord when I was in my thirties, I am now in my eighties and looking at the second half of my life. I can tell you that He has been faithful; He has been my God, my life all of these years.

I have traveled to Europe and Scandinavia, I’ve been to Israel twice and I have been to every state in the United States at least once; and I have lived in five states. I have “been a lot of places and I’ve seen a lot of faces”…and I can tell you there is no one like Him, He is a friend “that sticketh closer than a brother”.

I highly recommend that you believe and receive the truth. It will change your life.

Pray for those who struggle with depression. It is a spirit and can be overcome by the Holy Spirit, the power of God. God has given authority to His people. We can rise up and take our place in this generation. It is time for the world to see the people of God loving them to life. And, sometimes telling them the truth, even if it is painful, is the most loving thing we can do.

Choices matter. They have consequences. Tell the young people.

America has given itself to materialism, aberrant sexuality, and abortion. The end of that is death to America. If you want to see America returned to God, mother and country, then you need to pray and you need to vote in the upcoming election.

Stop living out of your mind and emotions. Start seeing with the eyes of the Spirit. God has a plan. Seek His plan and not your own.

Keep it simple sweetie. Those who are led by the Spirit, they are the sons of God.

God of Heaven and earth, you are good, there is no one like you, I know not any. I pray for anyone who may read this to be convicted by your Holy Spirit if they are not walking according to your will and plan for their lives. Have mercy upon us in America and wake us up to Truth. Keep us from falling for the lies of the enemy. Give us eyes to see and ears to hear what you are saying to us.

I pray for those who struggle with depression to see that the focus is on themselves and not on you or others. God, deliver them out of the mind-bending brain fog that envelopes their soul and fill them with your light. May they know the joy of the Lord which gives strength to overcome all obstacles.

Help us, your people, to prioritize our lives. To know the joy of the Lord is to put Jesus first, Others next, and Yourself last. Lord teach us to pray, teach us to worship and praise you, because “praise stills the avenger.” and you “inhabit the praises of your people.”

“May the Lord bless you and keep you, may the Lord make His face to shine upon you and give you His peace. In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen!”

Selah!

CHANGES

My heart is somewhat sad right now because of circumstances in my world.  Not me or my husband, beyond that.

I have a friend who is beyond the 80 years mentioned in Scripture that we can have as humans on planet earth, actually I have a few friends that age.  This friend has recently gone through a bit of a hard time.

She developed a physical problem that worsened over the period of a few days and she ended up in the hospital.  Going through several days there, it was recommended that she go to a rehabilitation facility for a week.

She lost something through this experience.  She is not the same and it bothers me.

I know her to be full of zest for life.  Always one to be ready for an adventure, she would be ready to go at the drop of a hat if any of her friends suggested doing something.

She liked to talk about what was going on in the world, both secular and Christian.  And she longed to contribute something to the world, she wanted to do something, to be involved.

When I visited her at the rehab place she was searching why she was there and came to the conclusion that she was there to bring a smile or some joy into an otherwise dark place.  This she did by visiting people in their rooms and saying,  “Hi!” in the halls as she met people, and always with a smile.

She came “home” to a messy place, but together we made short order of picking it up so she would feel comfortable to welcome her family members who were coming the next day for a visit.

She reported being happy with the way the visit went.

So, what is my problem?  A part of the person that she was is gone, I can’t put my finger on exactly what, but I am sad.  I pray that it will come back, but if it doesn’t I need to accept that.

The consolation, and there always is a consolation with God, is that no matter what happens to my friend or any of us for that matter, who we really are in the spirit will never change, never die and if we are believers we will be together as whole persons forever throughout all eternity, and I praise God for that!

One of my children has gone through a divorce this year.  Never easy and always painful, divorce rips apart two people who made a covenant before God and witnesses to be together in sickness and health etc. “until death do us part”.

The relationship died before the people did.  It did not happen overnight.  It died by increments.  Hurts, wounds, expectations not met, offenses taken and more. Like knives being plunged into flesh, blood flowed, life left and death came.  The  covenant was broken, the end came…separation…then divorce.

Loneliness begins to set in like cold on a 20 degree below zero day and it chills the soul.  All one wants is to be warm again, to feel good again, to be loved again.  It is written:  “It is not good for man to be alone.”  Especially, a young man.  Each man is to have his own wife.  Each woman is to have her own husband.  That is what the Bible says.

Something will fill the void.

My child has chosen a “relationship” that will not lead to marriage.  This is very acceptable in today’s world, it is not acceptable in the Kingdom of God.

The worldly person wants to be accepted, as we all do, but they want you to accept what they do as well.  This a believer cannot do when it disagrees with the Word of God.  Jesus never did that, no one He ministered to left His presence untouched.  Only those who were in rebellion against God were not touched or changed by being in His presence.   He is our example.

How then do we walk this out?

Change is not easy for anyone.  Some accept it more readily than others.  But, change comes to all and many times over a lifetime.

My child is my child.  Nothing will ever change that, not what they say or do, nor where they go, whether alive or dead, they are my child.

Some children choose to walk away from their family.  Others choose to stay in relationship but not walk closely.  Others choose to continue on their pathway, expecting their family to accept who or what they have become.

There are some children who respect and honor their parents to the degree that they will ask for and consider the advice the parents give.  That is called honoring your Father and Mother, a command in the Word of God.

As a friend what do I do?  As a parent what do I do?

Love, unconditional love…first and foremost.  Then “watch and pray” as the Bible says we are to do.  Ultimately though, each of us is responsible to God for himself or herself.

If we are committed to Jesus, then we are to be led by His Holy Spirit.  Being led by the Holy Spirit means that we will be led into what we are to do in each and every situation.  He leads, we follow.  Sometimes that is through the written Word, sometimes through circumstances, sometimes through other people etc.  God is not limited by how He speaks to us.

We have an additional advantage as believers and that is that we are all part of the Body of Jesus Christ.  Therefore, we can turn to another believer for counsel when we cannot see the way.   Our Father, is so good to us.

We do not need to ever second guess our actions when they come from a pure heart of love because God will make sure that all things work together for good because we love Him.  He is a good, good Father!

We do not need to ever receive guilt, accusation or condemnation.  God is not in any of that.  It is a work of the kingdom of darkness.  God is love and in Him is no darkness at all.

The Word of God tells us to Submit to God and resist the devil and he will flee from us.

Stand strong on the Word of God, stay in faith that God is involved in everything that pertains to you and your life because He loves you so much.

When it is all over here on planet earth, there is Life, Love and Laughter for all eternity for those who love God, for those who have received what Jesus did at the cross for them…It is personal.

Amen, praying for you today…. God bless you, Joy

 

 

 

The Message

Love:  Greek;  Agapao  “To welcome, to entertain, to be fond of, to love dearly.”

God so loved the world that He gave…Jesus.   (John 3:16)

Show us the Father and it will be enough! Have I been with you so long and you do not know me. I am in the Father and the Father is in me.  If you have seen me you have seen the Father.    (John 14:9)

The image of Jesus is the image of the Father.   (Hebrews 1:3)

Let us create man in our image and our likeness.   (Genesis 1:26)

From the foundation of the world, I knew you.   (Ephesians 1:4)

All your parts were known to me and planned before the world was made.  In my book every day of your life was written when as yet there were none.  Psalm 139: 1-18)

God IS love.  Jesus is the face of God.   (I John 4: 8-20)  (John 14:9)

Many were offended and left…Will you leave also?  To whom shall we go, you have the words of Life.  (John 6: 66-69)

Eternity….no end.  (Isaiah 57:15)

It is appointed unto men once to die and then comes judgment.   (Hebrews 9:27)

Some men’s sins go before them openly and some follow after to judgment.                 (I Timothy 5:24)

No man comes to the Father except by me.   (John 14:6)

Forgive and you will be forgiven.  If you refuse to forgive then God cannot forgive you.   (Mark 11:24-25)

There are no liars, murderers, idolaters, adulterers, sorcerers, thieves, covetous, drunkards, extortioners…..in God’s Kingdom of Heaven….only those who love God and follow the Lamb of God, slain from the foundation of the world…God had a plan and He executed His plan.  There is no other way to God, to Heaven, except through Jesus.  (Revelation 22:15)  (I Corinthians 6:10)  (Revelation 13:8)  (John 14:6)

When you turn from darkness to light, you are transferred into the Kingdom of Light, the Kingdom of God.   (Colossians 1:13)  (Isaiah 57:15)

Eternity with God in the perfection and completeness of all things.   (Luke 12:37)

Eternity without God.  Complete perfection of darkness and evil.  (Matthew 25:30, 41)

You choose whom you will serve.  No one makes that decision for you.  (Joshua 24:15)

God loved you so much that He made a way for you to be with Him forever.  It is not your way.  It is not the way of any other.  His way is the only way.   (John 14:6)

There is a pouring out.  (Acts 2:17-18)

There is a time for everything.   (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

God gives because God loves.   (John 3:16)

This is not a new message, but it is a message that blinded eyes cannot see and it falls on deaf ears in each generation.  How shall they hear unless someone tells them?  Who will go?  Who will tell?  Who will pray that they may hear? (Romans 10:14)

This is not a message for the mind of natural man.  The message is for the hungering heart, the thirsting soul.  It is for the “whoever will come”.  (Mark 8:34-35)

Broad is the way that leads to destruction, many follow its way.  Narrow is the way the leads to life and few find it.   (Matthew 7:13-14)

Every gate, every door leads to somewhere, something, some way.  A gate may look beautiful, fun, interesting but it may ultimately leads to destruction, death and Hell.  Choices matter for eternity.  (Proverbs 14:12; 16:25)

Jesus said if you are not with Him you are against Him.  (Luke 11:23)

There are many gates, many doors and many choices.  Choices can be made even if you are going the wrong way.  You can turn around and go back.  It is not too late.  As long as there is breath in your body, you can turn around.   (Revelation 3:20)

God calls you to come home, come back to the one who made you, the one who placed your spirit in that little bit of flesh in your mother’s womb, the one who grew and became strong enough to enter into the world of men.  He created you.                  (Genesis 5:1-2)  (Isaiah 43:7; 45;12)

Come home, can’t you hear Him calling?  “I love you my son, I love you my girl, come home.  You are welcome.  It doesn’t matter to me where you have been or what you have done, I love you.  I will clean you up, just trust me, come to me.”          (Revelation 22:17)

Pray:  Father, I come.  Just as I am.  Forgive me.  Thank you for receiving me.  I receive what Jesus did for me.  Thank you for giving me life eternal!                    (Psalm 61:2  62:7)  (I Peter 2:1-10)

If you have prayed to receive Jesus as your Savior and Lord, welcome to the family of God.  It is important for your spiritual growth that you find others who believe as you believe and enter into relationship with them.  It is important that you have a Bible that is written so that you can read and understand it, it is the manufacturers handbook, so to speak, and you need it to know how to live from now on.

The new birth as recorded in John chapter 3, opens the way for God’s Holy Spirit to come to live inside of you.  There is a subsequent (or can be at the same time) infilling called the Baptism in the Holy Spirit as recorded in the book of Acts.

The Holy Spirit baptizes you into the “Body of Christ” and Jesus baptizes you into the Holy Spirit.  These two things are a work of the grace of God, independent of your works.  You cannot earn either one, you just receive.   (I Corinthians 12:13)   (Mark 1:8) (Acts 1:5, 8; 2:1-4)

“Not by works of righteousness that we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us.”   (Titus 3:5)

May the Lord complete that good work that He has done in you.  Amen!

Joy

 

The Kingdom of God

God has a kingdom. The King of that Kingdom is Jesus the Jewish Messiah. His Hebrew name was Yeshua, or Yahoshua, or Yahshua. I have seen it written many ways. It simply means Savior. Many men were named this as the people expected the Messiah to come and they hoped their son would be the one. They did not know God or His ways.

The Jewish people of today are a mixed tribal people made up of all 12 sons of Jacob. What is of interest to me is that many of the Jewish people still know what their ancestral tribe is.

God selected a man named Abraham as the federal head of this race of people. Back in history they were called Hebrews, today they are called Jews. This is predominantly because in the reign of King David, Israel, the name given to Jacob, son of Isaac, son of Abraham, was divided into two kingdoms called Israel and Judah. From the name Judah came Jew. Today we know of the country called Israel and a people called Jews.

People have a way of changing and distorting history to suit themselves. Names and places are often changed. Even here in America this can be seen as many seek to find their ancestors through sources such as ancestry.com.

I see and I dream, not always, but as the Spirit wills. On the 14th of September in the place between sleep and awake, I heard the following words:

God has a kingdom, it is made up of many men, women, and children. He is issuing invitations to people to come in and become citizens.”

Jesus is the king of the kingdom. He is the way to become a citizen.”

Would you like to become a citizen of the Kingdom of God?”

When I got up I wrote the following:

“God has a plan and a purpose for every person on earth. He has given each of us the choice to accept His will and plan or to refuse it.”

“God loves you. He is our Father. (of those who have chosen Jesus) We (all) came from Him to earth on temporary duty. If you choose to accept His offer you will be among a company who will spend eternity in total bliss.”

“The alternative is that you will spend your allotted time on earth as you see fit and will spend eternity in a place bereft of all that is light and good.”

“The choice is yours. God loves you and His plan for your life is for good, not evil, but unless you are a citizen of the Kingdom of God, He has no legal right to send His blessing to you.”

“How do you become a citizen you ask?”

“You receive what God’s son, Jesus, did for you. He came to earth as a human being. His birth was through a woman named Miriam, Mary, a woman whose heritage was from the family of King David, the king of Israel. He was of the seed of Abraham.”

“Miriam was a young girl whom God had prepared to be the carrier of His seed. She was impregnated by the Holy Spirit of God, she was a virgin. This had been told by the prophets centuries before. `Behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, He shall be called Emmanuel, God with us.”

“It is written that Yeshua, Jesus, was crucified on a Roman cross. He died and was buried. He rose up from the grave, from death. Then, as the High priest of God, He went back to His Father; taking His blood He placed it on the mercy seat before the throne of God. Because of this action, anyone can come to the Father in Jesus name and become a member of the Kingdom of God.”

“Jesus was on earth many days after His resurrection. It is my personal belief that prior to His resurrection Jesus appeared to every tribe of people on the earth to tell them about the Kingdom of God and the way to enter in.”

“After His resurrection, it is written that He sat down at the right hand of God. As the King of the Kingdom and as the High priest of the new covenant in His blood, He mediates that covenant, He lives to make intercession for the children of God”

Whosoever will may enter in to the Kingdom of God. It is simply a decision to do so. Jesus is the Way.

Would you like to become a citizen of the Kingdom of God? Ask and you will receive, when you desire it with all your heart.

(There is scriptural back up for what I have told you. If you want it, email me at jentemitt@aol.com)

Love and Prayer

For my house shall be called a house of prayer for all people. Isaiah 56:7

He taught them saying, “Is it not written, My house shall be called of all the nations the house of prayer; but you have made it a den of thieves.” Mark 11:17

More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams.” Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Susie Larson, host of “Live the Promise” says about prayer:

If you’ve been persevering in prayer, I commend you. Do not relent! Hang on to God’s Word no matter what your circumstances are saying to you.”

If until now you’ve only reacted to life’s circumstances as they come your way and haven’t really embraced the idea of forward moving faith, well, I have great news for you! Today is a new day! God has a promise that fits you perfectly. He has a plan for your life and an intended blessing for your soul. He wants to use you in great ways and He wants to reveal Himself to the world through you.”

Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power; who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him.”

Proverbs 24:29 “Do not say, “I will do to him just as he has done to me; I will render to the man according to his work.”

Matthew 7:11 “If you know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in Heaven give good things to those who ask Him! Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”

As a child, I was taught concerning my fellow man, to “put the most charitable construction on all that he does.”

When we evaluate and judge other people, our natural inclination is to ignore our own faults and to make critical judgments of others.” Peacemaker Ministries, Februry16, 2015

Assumption or presumption can get us into trouble. Any circumstance looked at from your point of view only, will miss the mark by a mile. There are a thousand and one reasons why someone may fail you, fail to think of how something will affect you.

We presume that we should be treated fairly by all, in a world that is anything but fair. People will fail us, most do not do so on purpose, which is why we have to “cut them some slack”.  Is it not written: “And whenever you stand praying, If you have anything against anyone, forgive him that your Father in Heaven may also forgive you.”? Mark 11:25

Has someone hurt you? Forgive. It is not a feeling, it is a decision. “When you stand praying forgive.”  Unforgiveness will block your prayers.

When we have to deal with those who are blatantly evil, the Jesus tells us what to do: But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those that curse you, do good to those that hate you, and pray for them who spitefully use you and persecute you.” Matthew 5:44

Critical judgments not only cause wounds to others, they wound your own soul. You can become bitter and resentful with an attitude problem that is evident to all around you; becoming suspicious and gossipy, ever looking for fault in others, talebearers, they are laying the groundwork for the loss of their own soul if they do not repent. These are serious matters to God.

Proverbs 18:8; 26:22 “The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.”

I John 4:16 “We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God and God abides in Him.”

I John 4:8 “The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”

When our attitude and behavior is anything other than loving toward others, we are not being Christlike, and after all, if you call yourself a Christian, then you are, day by day, to become more like Him who went about doing good, who brought healing to those whose life He touched.

Love is the answer to every question.

Awhile back WWJD became a fad in the Christian community. The acronym stood for What Would Jesus Do. Whatever difficult situation you find yourself in today, ask yourself this question, what would Jesus do about this?

Jesus prayed. He was the Son of God yet He needed to spend time in prayer, He needed time to have conversation with His Father. He went often to a mountain to pray. His prayer life was so rich that his disciples asked Him to teach them to pray.

I heard this truth long ago:  “Prayer is the conversation of the believing heart with God.”

Pray without ceasing…”Men always ought to pray and not lose heart.” Luke 18:1

I have a friend that lives and breathes prayer, she literally “prays without ceasing”. She hosts a prayer meeting at her home each week, she is passionate about prayer. It is her hearts desire that the church fulfill God’s mandate to be a “house of prayer for all nations”.

Jesus felt so strongly about this that He went into the temple and drove out the money changers calling them thieves. There was a lot of corruption going on, not simply selling animals for the sacrifices required, these men were not honest, god-fearing people. God hates lying, deceiving, cheating.

Well, what manner of people ought we to be then? If we call ourselves Christian (Christ One), then we are to pray as He prayed, spending time with God in conversation. We come into His presence with praise and worship, we make petition, supplication, intercession for others, making our requests known to Him. We listen to Him as He speaks to us in our human spirit, through His written Word or through others. We thank Him for the many blessings He has given to us.  A love relationship, that is what it is all about.

Today, take time to be with the one your soul loves, the one who gave all for you. He would have done it just for you, that is how precious you are to Him.

God bless you is my prayer. Joy

Theory

 

There’ll be blue birds over the white cliffs of Dover

Tomorrow when the world is free.

There’ll be love and laughter

And joy ever after tomorrow,

Just you wait and see.”

Walter Kent music, lyrics by Nat Burton

The world longs for peace, will give up land for peace, will negotiate with tyrants for peace. Freedom, a word that speaks to the heart of every man. A line in the song above says, “Tomorrow when the world is free.” Volumes could be written about the longing in the heart of man to be free. Free to do what he wants to do, no one telling him what to do. This leads to the rebellion that brings forth dictators who want to be free to have their will imposed upon others. It is their freedom, not the freedom for every man, that they are after preserving. The following examples come to mind:

Napoleon Bonaparte, dictator, tyrant, “A megalomaniac who wrought greater misery than any man before the coming of Hitler.” * Exiled and dead of stomach cancer.

Adolf Hitler, dictator, aspiring world conqueror. Dead in a bunker.

Saddam Hussein, dictator. Dead by hanging.

A day is coming when a man the Bible calls Anti-Christ, will attempt take over the world and when it appears that he may succeed he will be killed. This will be the opportunity, the time that Ha-Satan has waited for, this will finally be the man that he personally can inhabit. At that point Ha Satan will take over his body and this man will appear to rise from the dead having had a mortal wound, the world will be in awe. This is my theory.

One of its heads seemed to have a mortal wound, but its mortal wound was healed, and the whole earth marveled as they followed the beast.” Revelation 13:3, 13:12 ESV

I called this piece “Theory” because the scripture above speaks of what most consider a system of governments united under a charismatic man, a man who will have the answer to world peace.

In my thinking this perfect man, the Bible calls him 666, will be the ultimate dictator; he will come to power and he will rule by peace. But, that is not the end. It is Ha-Satan who will ultimately rule and demand worship as he takes his seat on the temple mount in Jerusalem declaring that he is God.

Heaven, eons ago, Lucifer rebelled against God and thought to take over His throne. It got him kicked out, and he has been trying to find a human being he could use to take over ever since. Those I list above are only a sample of those who have yielded to him. There is a man in Venezuela at this time who is trying to take over that country, though the majority of the people don’t want it. As time goes on there will be others. Control by one human being over another or others is fostered in Hell.

Every man who has supposed that he could take over the world dies. They are mere human beings not God. Because it is written:

It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” Hebrews 9:27

Every dictator, every man aspiring to conquer the world, has been initially ruled by a principality of Ha-Satan and should there arise another aspiring to rule the world, he too will die. There is a time line, God alone can make changes and adjustments, it shall be followed to the letter.

God has given evil a space of time to operate in the world against Him and His creation. He has given mankind a space of time to choose whom they will serve. Time is in the hand of God. It is God alone who “changes times and seasons.”

And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.” Daniel 2:21 NKJV

I Corinthians 10:11 “Now these things happened to them as an example: but they are written down for our instruction on whom the end of the ages has come.” ESV

Therefore, since it is true that God is in control of the time line and the final outcome, what kind of people should we be?

God is God. There is no one like Him. He rules from His throne in Heaven. His Son became the redeemer of mankind, He bought back from Ha-Satan “whosoever will” come to Him in faith; believing that He is the sent one, who paid the price with His own blood not the blood of an animal, mankind can be transferred from the kingdom of darkness, (Ha-Satan) to the Kingdom of Light.

This is Good News!

God bless you with Light. May we never yield to any control but the control of the Spirit of God, that is my prayer for you and me. Amen!

* wikipedia: “Napoleon”

Bible time for Justin and Jacob

“I know the plans I have for you.”  GOD  

There is no one His equal.  He is love.  His compassion knows no boundary.  He has no boundaries known to man.  Except one…your will. 

He will not allow anyone to put Him in a box of any kind.  He will break out of it every time.

He was, He is and He will be involved in the lives of all mankind because He is the creator of all mankind.

All that He is, His power, His love, His majesty, causes anyone who is in His presence to come away filled with awe and wonder.  In His presence all fall on their face.  Pride crumbles.

He loves mankind so much that in His plan, knowing the past, present and future, He sent His Son, His own unique Son, into the world of men as a man.  He came as a man among men.  He displayed God to man.  He came to redeem, to buy back what had been given away by Adam, the initial created by God man, who made the decision not to trust God’s word.

God is love.  Love gives.

Jesus taught His disciples that God is a father, “Our Father who is in Heaven”.  In this dispensation we are the beneficiaries of the last will and testament of God’s son.  He is the mediator of this New Testament.  He came to Earth to showcase who God is. 

God is a Savior.  God is a healer.  God is a deliverer.  God is a provider.  God is a protector.

God is a God of order.  He is not causal or careless.  He is purposeful and intentional.  He is not haphazard.

Corrie ten Boom, author of the book, “The Hiding Place”, tells the story of God’s love for those who abused and murdered her family and the Jewish people.  The Word of God says, “What does it profit if you love those who love you, love your enemies and do good and pray for those who use you?”  Corrie had to forgive the guard, who before receiving Christ as his own personal Savior, had abused her sister Betsey.  She could only do so with God’s love.

Can you pray blessing on one who has “done you wrong”?  Pride can’t, pride won’t.    Unforgiveness is like drinking poison and hoping that the one you hate, the one who offended you, the one who stole from you…dies.  Flesh wants a pound of flesh. 

“Tit for tat, butter for fat, you steal my dog I’ll steal your cat.”

You are only a human being, you are not God.  Apart from His appropriated power you cannot forgive from your heart.  And only truly seeing your own “self” in the light of His love and then seeing your offender through the lens of God’s love, only then are you able to forgive.

“With God all things are possible.  Nothing is too hard for God.”  With you?  Not so much.

Most of your life is ahead of you.  The path in front of me is much shorter.  I am advising you to make the most of each day.  Choose to follow the path least travelled.  “Broad is the way that leads to destruction.”  Many people are walking there.  The surest way to reach your desired destination is to stay on the narrow path, keep focused on the goal.  God is calling you to walk with Jesus, led by His Holy Spirit.  If you do so, you will fulfill your destiny

Religion will keep you satisfied, just a normal, nominal Christian.  Keep drinking that Kool-aid and you will leave this world having made your mark on the world.  “He was a good person.”, they will say.  “Only God is good.”,  Jesus said.  

A Christian is a Christ One.  Christ is not Jesus second name.  Christ means the sent one.  Jesus is the one sent.  His name in Hebrew, the language of the people when He was on the Earth, means Savior.  Jesus Christ…sent one to save, that was who He was.  It was love that sent Jesus. 

Who He is now is King.  A king has a kingdom.  When you accepted Jesus as your Savior you were brought into the Kingdom of God.  You are now looked after, taken care of by King Jesus.  You have to learn the ways of The Kingdom.  The Word of God will teach you the way.

Someone once asked thus question.  “If you were put on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?”  This is something you should consider.

A true Christian will touch the world around him with the love of God, he will impact the life of every one whose life he touches. You have influence. How do you choose to use it? 

Learn to love.   May what motivates you be the love of God.

My prayer is that when you stand before God, the Righteous Judge, there will be more than enough evidence written in the book of your life to hear these words… “Well done good and faithful servant, enter in to the joy of your master.”  Amen!

An Open Letter to Michelle

Can we establish up front that every human being was created by God for God?  Every human being will seek to fill the void in their soul with something or someone.

We were created by God to have relationship with Him, to worship Him and receive our life needs from Him.

When we come to faith in God, through Jesus the sent one, the greatest challenge we face is discerning who is speaking to us.

We desire to relate to God, to know that we are loved and accepted by Him. We want to know what life is all about and why we are here.

Rules versus relationship is key to understanding how to walk through this mine infested world. Identifying the source of what is coming at you will help you. The sources are these:  God, the world, your flesh and the devil, which means accuser.

It is fairly easy to keep the rules when you make up your mind to do so. People can be religious rule keepers and be quite satisfied that they are fine and in tune with God expects of them.

Organized church rules that you should only go to that church and no other.  If you are a rule follower, you will feel guilty if you set foot in the door of another church, even if it were only for the funeral of a relative.

You are also taught to avoid getting too close to anyone of another religion; you certainly shall not marry anyone who is not of your religion.

Some religions go so far as to say that if you are not of their religion you will, by force, be made to follow their religion, or you must pay them to follow your religion or you will be murdered if you don’t follow their religion.

Religion controls your life while Relationship with God sets you free to be the best person you can possibly be, and not on your own, but with the help of His Holy Spirit.

So, let’s look at John 10:10 KJV…Jesus said:  “The thief comes to kill, steal and destroy..”

Who is the thief?  He is the one called the devil and satan; translated these words mean “accuser” and  “adversary.

But, he was not always this. There was a time when he was called “Lucifer”, meaning light bearer. He was basically the worship leader of Heaven.  He was one of the most beautiful of all of God’s creations.

The Word teaches us that He began to look at himself and he became deceived by his own beauty.  Pride entered his heart and he began to covet the worship that was God’s.

He began to say to other created beings that he would exalt his throne above the stars, that he would ascend above the heights of the clouds, that he would be like the Most High.

One third of the angels listened to him, agreed with him and became his followers.  God gave him enough rope and he hung himself.  When his iniquity was full, God kicked him out of Heaven.

There is more to his story, how he became the god of this world system, but I want to focus upon his method of operation in the earth now.

Here are some words that describe his M.O.: deceiver, thief, liar, murderer, destroyer, accuser, adversary, enemy…there is more, but you get the idea.  He is the source of all that is evil in this world.

It is he who deceives the masses of people in the world to follow and worship anything but God.

He hates God, but he cannot touch him.  He has legal authority to do as he pleases with anyone who does not belong to God’s family.

He lies to them that God does not want them because of what they have done.  He tells them that they are different than anyone else and they were meant to be something other than what they are.

He steals their good name, he steals their health, he steals their children, he steals their marriage, he steals their quality of life, all the while telling them that it is God who is doing it.

In the relationship of man and woman he leads them to to exercise their feelings and emotions as needs that must be filled by another person and when that person does not meet the need it is time to move on to someone else. This he calls freedom and all the while it is bondage to the flesh.

Children are especially targeted when they enter their teen-age years.  He accuses the ignorant, innocent teen of their faults and their flaws; no one and nothing about them is right or good enough

Some teens are pressured to blame their parents, the authorities, or anyone for all that is wrong in the world, In their 20’s they become cause oriented protesters against society.

Rebelliousness and hopelessness causes some children to shut down, cutting off relationship with their parents, or anyone that could help. Then the enemy moves in for the kill.  Teen suicide is the result.

Every evil, diabolical work in the world bears his footprint.  He is not redeemable.  His fate is sealed.  Hell was created for him and his followers.

There is a high road to Hell and there is a low road to Hell.  It is paved with good intentions. Those traveling these roads intend to do what is good and right, but without God they are not able.  You cannot “see straight” without God.

The adversary is a counterfeiter.  Government programs that are put in place to “help” people enslave them to the system, become entitlements, moving them from working to provide for themselves and their family as God intended, thus making them dependent upon government not God.

Please understand I am not against helping those in need, we should, it is the responsibility of God’s people to do so.

People walking the high road to Hell have what the world and satan can offer; money, position, possessions, power, fame, authority to name a few. Those who walk the low road to Hell are strung out on drugs, alcoholics, users and abusers of themselves and others.  These two camps scorn each other as the demon spirits who empower them fight among themselves.  The people are pawns in this chess game of the enemy.

Let me give you some examples of the adversaries operation against people

A husband is cheating on his wife with a neighbor.  He comes home and accusers her of having a man in the house while he was gone.  The very thing he is doing, he accuses her of doing.

You and your spouse are having a conversation.  You hear him say something and you get angry that he would say that to you.  You accuse him and he says,  “I didn’t say that.” You say, “I know what I heard.”

You have just been the victims of the prince of the power of the air.  This spirit takes the words from one person’s mouth twists them and when another person hears it, it is not what was said but what that spirit knows will cause strife and division in the relationship.

Anger is a favorite spirit of the enemy.  It will cause the one who is the victim untold heartache as it hurts and wounds the people in his life and drives them from him, but it will torment the one who is influenced by this spirit and would him even greater.

Pornography is a tool that the enemy employs successfully.  Many men, even devout religious men, are caught in the snare of pornography.  It destroys the person sexually as it increases its hold upon them.  Thus a man who is married cannot relate to his wife as he should and a single man will not find a woman who will accept the perversity he wants.

One of the favorite tools that the enemy uses to enslave people is fear.  The scope of this is broad.  Fear raises its head in many areas of our lives, perhaps all areas of our lives.  I dare say that there is not one person alive that has never been afflicted by a spirit of fear.

Fear is a spirit that uses other spirits to blind and bind people so they will not fulfill their God-given destiny.  A few examples are:

Fear of failure…you will not attempt anything because you are afraid you will fail.

Fear of water…you won’t get into a boat or go swimming because you are afraid you will drown.

Fear that no one can love you because you don’t look the way you think you should.

Perhaps the biggest fear of all is being alone.  We fill our hours and days with T.V., pets, people and activities so we won’t be alone.  I am not saying these things are wrong in and of themselves, but if you have the Lord you will never truly be alone.  There is a place of rest and peace in Him.  We need to have our priorities in place.

More and more lies of the enemy, piled high and deep, keep us bound up, all the while Jesus came that we might be free.  It is our choice.  We must make a decision and then receive the freedom.

“I am come that they may have life and have it abundantly.”  John 10:10 KJV

When you receive Jesus as your Savior and Lord, your spirit man becomes new, the old you is gone, washed away in Jesus blood, you were born of water in natural birth and now you are born of the Spirit.  Your sins are forgiven, blotted out, and now you will live forever with God your father.

You have been transferred from the kingdom of darkness into God’s kingdom which is light.  You have a new father, a father who loves you, who will take care of you, who will always be with you, who will never leave you.

You have a soul as well as a spirit, your soul is the heart of you, the center of who you are.  Your will, your emotions, you affections, your mind [intellect] are part of your soul.

Your soul and spirit are entwined and since you have received Jesus, the Holy Spirit has been given to you to help you, to teach you, to comfort you and to counsel you.

You live in a human body on this earth.  This is temporary.  Your body will die, it is made of dirt.  This body is afflicted by earthly things. It is subject to the things of the world and the accuser, and beside that your own flesh will give you trouble.

One last thought:  When you are born of the Spirit of God your spirit is instantly transformed, but the Word teaches us that the soul begins a process, religion calls it sanctification, it simply means that you are set apart and now you will be taught and trained by the Holy Spirit.  He begins to work into you what is pleasing to your Father in Heaven.  He is making you ready for Heaven, for the day when you will see your Father face to face.

If a thing is of God it will bring peace, rest and joy; it will “feel” right in your spirit.  If it is accusing, condemning or hurtful it is of the enemy of God and you do not have to accept it.

Michelle…My thoughts and prayers are with you this morning.  Our conversation yesterday brought great joy to my heart as I heard you say that you are born-again, that you found Jesus.  I thought of these word of Jesus:  “He who is forgiven much loves much.”

May the path that you have begun to walk with the Lord be filled with moments of joy and wonder as you learn who your are, how valuable you are to your Father and how worthy He is to receive your worship.

I Love you,

Joy