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TAKE THE TIME TO MAKE CORRECTIONS

There are so many experiences that I have had in my life that I wished that I could erase and do over. There are things that I have said that after saying them, I wish I had not. These things cannot be changed, but there are some things though time-consuming can be changed.

I posted a blog on October 6, 2018, titled “WHEN YOU HAVE THE TOOLS,” and it was about using the Grammarly software to correct the blogs that I had previously written and posted. Last month while I was making some changes on my computer I realized that I had not utilized all of the checking tools of the software; therefore, there remained things that possibly needed correcting on the previously posted 271 blogs and the 25 newly posted blogs.

I had a decision to make; leave things as they were or take the time to go back and recheck the 296 blogs. I choose to recheck. Yes, it was time-consuming; I stopped posting blogs and took three weeks to recheck everything, but in the long run, it was worth it.

Now, I can feel comfortable with everyone reading my blogs. I realize the average reader probably wouldn’t notice the mistakes, but I want to appeal to more than the average reader. Someone might read a blog I have written and be so impressed that they want to aide me in other endeavors. So, I am thankful that there are tools available to assist me in writing. I am learning to be aware of my common grammatical mistakes and not to make them.

Finally, since we are helpers one to another for those of you that are writers, I highly recommend utilizing the Grammarly software. If Grammarly can enhance my writing, which it has, it will do the same for you.

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NEGLIGENT PARENTING

NEGLIGENT (adjective) The word has 2 senses: 1. characterized by neglect and undue lack of concern. 2. marked by insufficient care or attention
Synonyms: delinquent; derelict; neglectful; remiss (failing in what duty requires);
lax; slack (lacking in rigor or strictness); hit-and-run (involving a driver of a motor vehicle who leaves the scene of an accident); inattentive; neglectful (not showing due care or attention).

PARENTING (noun) The activity of bringing up a child.

Many of us failed to realize that God requires more of parents than just feeding, housing, and financially supporting their children. He expects parents to take on the grave responsibility of a teacher. From the child’s birth onward, God expects parents not only to model an excellent lifestyle but to teach their children His Word. Additionally, this responsibility of teaching is placed on the elders in our midst.

The following scriptures found in the Old and New Testament emphasizes God’s requirements for parents, elders, and leaders:

Exodus 24:12 And the Lord said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them.

Leviticus 10:11 And that ye may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which the Lord hath spoken unto them by the hand of Moses.

Deuteronomy 4:9 -10 Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons; Specially the day that thou stoodest before the Lord thy God in Horeb, when the Lord said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children.

Deuteronomy 6:1, 7 Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the Lord your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

Deuteronomy 11:19 And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

Ezra 7:25 And thou, Ezra, after the wisdom of thy God, that is in thine hand, set magistrates and judges, which may judge all the people that are beyond the river, all such as know the laws of thy God; and teach ye them that know them not.

Ezekiel 44:23 And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.

Matthew 28:19 – 20 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Titus 2:3 – 4 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children.

If you question the validity of teaching, look at our perfect example. The New Testament scriptures reveal that the majority of Jesus time of ministry on earth was spent in teaching the people:

Matthew 4:23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.

Luke 13:22a And he went through the cities and villages, teaching.

Teach, teach, teach is the mandate given to parents, leaders, and elders, and as I previously stated above, many parents have been negligent in this part of their assignment. Regrettably, as we look at, and listen to our Millennials and Generation Z, we observe the consequences of the absence of sound teaching.

The book of Judges details the continued downfall of Israel and the reason was partly disclosed in Judges 2:10b “And there arose another generation after them, which knew not the Lord, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.” I concluded that this occurred because the parents, elders, and leaders were disobedient to God’s instruction and did not adequately teach their children.

Unfortunately, the scriptures also revealed that God became angry with this new generation and He delivered them into the hands of spoilers, and He sold them into the hands of their enemies. Please don’t be fooled, the same thing that happened to Israel can happen to our children and future generations if we are negligent parents. Please share this message with parents, elders, and leaders. Let’s be bold and persistent in teaching our children. Let’s not let the enemy of their soul, and the world be the ones to influence them but let us who have the Word of God do our job as we declare, “We are not negligent parents.”

A VISIT TO THE HOMELAND

From my studies on kingdom principles, I understand God created the heavens for Himself and the earth to be an outpost or colony for his citizens and ambassadors (Isaiah 45:18, Psalms 115:16). Therefore, believers who are the ambassadors and citizens of the kingdom of God have a responsibility to expand God’s authority and influence from the supernatural realm to the earth. Additionally, though settled on this earth, we remain citizens of heaven and are subject to the laws of the kingdom of heaven.

Just in case you do not understand what I am saying, let me give you an example. The Caribbean Island of Nevis is under the rule of Great Britain, and the natives of that island must follow the laws legislated by Great Britain. They may never visit or live in Great Britain, but they are a citizen of Great Britain who will care and provide for them as needed.

Unlike the natives of Nevis that never leave the island, believers will visit their homeland. As the bride of Christ, all believers when the rapture takes place, our bodies will be changed immediately. We will be like Jesus, we will be transported with Him to the homeland, which is in heaven, and we will enjoy this honeymoon spot for the length of the tribulation.

What a privilege Jesus’s bride will experience as we see and experience the majesty of heaven, and we are in the presence of the Ancient of Days. We will see heaven in all of its glory; we will see the throne of God, His angels, living creatures, seraphims, and cherubs. Without sun, moon or stars it will never be dark. We will live in the mansion that Jesus prepared for us, and we will never experience hunger as we eat fruit from the tree of life. No longer will we experience grief, pain, or disease, for we will have immortal and incorruptible bodies. Also, as the bride of Christ, our marriage in heaven is not to earthly mates but to our King Jesus, who has brought us to the homeland for a visit. Our visit to the homeland ends after the tribulation, and we will return to earth with Jesus and be there reigning and living with Him forevermore.

Finally, and most importantly, I am looking forward with great anticipation to my homeland visit, how about you?

GOD’S LOVE REQUIREMENTS

Everyone wants to be loved, and most people desire to have a significant other with whom they share intimate love. I believe I can say that every one that is in a loving relationship wants it to be fulfilling and lasting, and most people can state how they want to be loved and appreciated. Well, God, the creator of mankind, shares the same sentiment. He does not want to be in an abusive relationship. He does not want to be a second fiddle, an afterthought, or sometime lover. God has His love requirements, and He shares it with mankind so that we will know what He expects from us.

In the book of Deuteronomy, the forty-years wilderness journey of the children of Israel is coming to an end, and Moses is reiterating the laws, statues, and commandment that God had given to him to give to the children of Israel. First and foremost, the reason for these laws was that the children of Israel had lived in Egypt for 430 years under the dictatorship of the Egyptians, so all they knew was the ways of that nation. While in Egypt, their population had increase mightily, and as God chosen people, they needed rules with the same requirements for everyone. So no one would be able to decide what they thought was the appropriate thing to do; God left nothing to their imagination or decision. He gave them specific rules that covered every area of their lives.

In these rules He incorporated His love requirements as stated in Deuteronomy 6:5 “And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” The Message Bible states it as follows, “Love GOD, your God, with your whole heart: love him with all that’s in you, love him with all you’ve got!”

God, who is a jealous God, wants to be the center of all our thoughts and actions. He wants us to love Him wholeheartedly, and to serve Him and worship Him willingly, enthusiastically, and reverently. Plus, when we neglect Him, we will experience unnecessary problems which could have been avoided if we followed His requirements.

So, I end this blog today encouraging you to love the only one that loves you unconditionally, that always has you on His mind, and can do for you and to you what no one else is capable of doing. Don’t forget His love requirements.

THE WORST IS YET TO COME

Matthews 24:21 “For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.” (New International Version)

This week after listening to the news about the mass flooding and the barrage of tornadoes in the Midwest part of our country I prayed for the safety, emotional well-being and support of all those who experienced hurt and damage. Also, I thanked God that where I lived did not share a similar experience. I even went as far as thinking surely tornadoes would not come into our area. Well, I was sorely mistaken for that Tuesday evening we had tornadoes in the state of New Jersey. I had my television on in the evening, and I heard a weather alert for people to immediately get to a safe place in their home for the following cities and there was my city in the list named.

My conclusion to this experience is that there is safety nowhere, and it made me think about the climate and atmospheric events that will occur to this world in the future, as stated in the bible.

There are those that don’t believe in climate change despite all the evidence that researchers have presented, but I can clearly see that in the years that I have lived on this earth our climate is changing. Also, because I study eschatology, I realize these changes in our climate must happen and will get worst.

In Matthew 24:6-8, 29, Jesus shares with his disciples the events that will happen before His return to the earth. It states, “ And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.”

Besides the horrific events that will happen as stated in Matthew 24:6-8, 29, lest you don’t know or possibly forgotten let me share some more events that will be happening not locally but worldwide. Along with the famines, pestilences, and earthquakes, hail weighing approximately 120 pounds plummeting to the earth, volcanoes, poisoning of our water sources, ozone layer depleted causing the sun to scorch the earth, all the sea life dying, rivers polluted, and all the islands in the world completely wiped out. (FYI. Detail information about end time events are located in my blog archive on Revelation – 1/2/2012 – 5/3/2012)

As our world progresses to the return of Jesus to this earth, and we continue experiencing atmospheric and climate changes, I believe prior climatic occurrences, will cause man’s heart to become hardened during the tribulation. They will not think the catastrophes occurring on the whole earth are judgments from God but rather the results of man’s negligence in caring for the planet.

So, what are we to do as things get worse? Knowing and understanding the times in which we are living is paramount. Praying for the salvation of humanity is necessary and rejoice in the knowledge that God does a plan for those that love and serve Him.

DON’T STOP, KEEP MOVING

I recently revisited my blog archive and was surprised to find out that I’ve been blogging for over seven years. The first blog that I posted was part of a series on the book of Revelation, and since that time, I have done eleven series and over seventy-five uncategorized post covering various subjects.

On last Sunday one of the associate ministers of my church preached, “Shake It or Drop it” and I was inspired to go home and pull up notes that I had on the eagle and do further research. (You can see this message on YouTube under the Bethlehem Community Church, Evangelist Eleanor Davis- 5/19/I9.)

I thought that I would have completed gathering information, writing, and posting a blog on the eagle on today; however, in developing the blog, I realized I needed more time. So, this brings me to today blog which is a reminder that some things take a longer time to complete and rather than rushing and not doing justice to your project, slow down and take your time.

Even God, according to the scriptures, took six days in creating this earth and at the completion of each day, He saw what He had done was good. Therefore, I encourage you as I encourage myself to remain consistent, keep moving even though you may not be going as fast as you desire, for eventually you and I will get our task completed and prayerfully be satisfied with the results.

Additionally, besides this series, I have some other series that I have begun preparing to blog, so I solicit your prayers, and may God continue to bless you.

HIS KINGDOM

Adam and Eve’s rebellion in the Garden of Eden resulted in the loss of the Kingdom government of heaven on earth. In place of the Kingdom government, the government of Satan was established, and humans were led by the dictates of their flesh. Accordingly, through all of the dispensations from Innocence to Grace, man continued to fail in keeping God’s laws but then came Jesus.

During the lifetime of Jesus, Israel was looking for a Messiah who would come and deliver them from under Roman dictatorship. When Jesus came on the scene He performed miracles, preached and taught about the kingdom of God and men wanted Him to become their earthly king; however, His presence on earth was to redeem man back to God through His death, burial and resurrection. The time to set up His kingdom on earth would be in the distant future.

In John 18:33-37 prior to His crucifixion Pilate questioned Jesus in the judgment hall concerning being labeled “King of the Jews” and Jesus informed him, “My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.” In His reply, Jesus informed Pilate that there existed a superior kingdom with a different culture and values that were not part of Pilate’s world system.

Furthermore, after His resurrection and before He ascended into heaven the disciples asked Him, “Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?” and he replied, “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power” (Acts 1:6-7). Previously, Jesus had told his disciples that he was going away to prepare a place for them, and he would come back, and where he was, they would be (John 14:3). So, from their question, I believe they thought Jesus was going to establish His kingdom on earth at that present time despite the teaching and insight He had given them of their future.

It has been over two thousand years since Jesus ascended into heaven and soon His bride will be raptured to ever be with Him. First, His bride will be with Him in heaven and then back to this earth to reign with Him during His millennial reign, and finally living in His glorious kingdom in the new earth.

There are many scriptures that are found in the bible that describes His kingdom which will be universal, political, visible, peaceful, prosperous and spiritual and for your edification I have included some of them that you may read at your leisure. They are: Ps. 72:8; Isa. 2:1-4; Isa. 9:6-7; Isa.11:1-10; Isa.16:5; Isa.24:23; Isa. 29:18; Isa. 30:23; Isa. 32:1,14-15; Isa. 33:24; Isa. 35:1-2,5-7; Isa. 40:1-11; Isa.42:3-4; Isa. 44:3; Isa.52:7-15; Isa. 55:4; Isa. 65:20; Jer. 31:12; Ezek. 34:25-29; Ezek. 39:29; Dan. 2:35,44; Dan.7:14,27; Joel 2:21-29; Amos 9:13-14; Micah 4:1-8; Zech. 9:9-10; Zech.14:16-17 and Revelations 19-22.

Just thinking about His kingdom causes me to be excited knowing as Paul stated in 1 Corinthians 2:9 “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him,” and I pray you too feel the same as I do.

THE SPIRIT OF FEAR

Merriam-Webster gives the following meanings for the word fear: dread, fright, alarm, panic, terror, painful agitation in the presence or anticipation of danger.

In our society, the word phobia is often used to express the various fears that individuals experience and these fears (phobias) are divided into three major categories: specific, social, or open spaces. Additionally, our fears or phobias can be obtained genetically, culturally, or through life experiences. If you google the word, “phobia” you will be supplied with a list of the fears humans experience. I found a list of over 100 phobias, and sadly, it appears that humans fear almost everything.

Of course, I believe some fears are healthy for they often preserve our lives but notably from our birth onward the enemy seeks to plant within each of us the Spirit of Fear (phobia) via our life experiences, and for some of us, those fears grip us and hold us hostage. I am sure each one of us has our own story that we can share on how and where our fears began, and even how they have magnified over the years.

The great news for all of us is found in 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” In attempting to get to the essence of this scripture, I looked up the keywords of this verse and found the following:
Fear = (deilia-Gk) timidity
Love = (agape-Gk) God’s love, affectionate regard, good-will, benevolence
Power = (dunamis-Gk) ability, abundance, strengthen, mighty work
Sound mind = (sophronismos-Gk) discipline, self-control, sound judgment

In Genesis 1:28, God commissioned humans to subdue and have dominion, and His edict has not changed. Hence, as believers, we do not have to lack confidence and question whether we can overcome the Spirit of Fear. Rather, in its place, we have God’s love that permits us to love those who we once feared. We have the ability and strength not to succumb to the terror we may be feeling, and furthermore, we have the ability to make sound judgment, practice self-control, and think correctly.

The Spirit of Fear is real, but the power of God is greater. So, I encourage you to use the spiritual tools that have been provided to all believers and put this spirit under your feet.

DOES THE LORD KNOW YOU?

Matthew 7:21-23 Not everyone 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.

We are living in an age where many people acknowledge that the things they have obtained are by the help of God, and they openly express their thanks to God; however, their lifestyle is questionable. I believe God requires more of us than words; I believe He is expecting us to live a godly life 24 hours a day.

In the above three recorded verses of Matthew 7:21-23, Jesus is coming to a close of His sermon on the mount, and He makes some pertinent facts, and they are:
1.Anyone can acknowledge Jesus as Lord.
2.Entrance into the kingdom of heaven is not granted because you acknowledge Him.
3.People can prophesy, cast out devils, and perform miracles and yet be denied access to the kingdom of heaven. Entrance to the kingdom is not granted solely on your works.
4.There are requirements to enter the kingdom of heaven.
5.Despite all that you have done in the work of the ministry, there is a possibility you were never recognized as a candidate for the kingdom.
6.God has a standard of living which requires a believer to be righteous and holy. Iniquity, when translated from the Greek, means lawless, transgressor, wicked, and unrighteousness. Candidates of the kingdom of heaven will not be called any of these.

Though some are teaching that grace will cover the believer’s ungodly lifestyle, this is not true. Please know Romans 6:1-2, 15-16, 22-23 repudiates this claim. It states, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord,” Because of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus we have obtained power and freedom from the penalty of sin. We are to move on from sinning and embrace a lifestyle of servanthood to God. This servanthood requires obedience and allegiance that ultimately renders us eternal life.

No doubt, Jesus shared the verses in Matthew 7 because many will stand before Him at the White Throne judgment declaring the works that they have done, but they will hear the fatal words of Jesus, “I never knew you: depart from me.” Therefore, today, we have the opportunity to confess our sins, enter into a right relationship with God, and daily seek His help in being an overcomer. Finally, I pray this blog has helped and encourage you to live a life that is well pleasing to God.

CHERISH THE WORD

Living in America may have its challenges, but one of them is not religious freedom. We are so privileged that we can decide which religious group with whom we want to affiliate, we can change from one denomination to another, we can be agnostic, or an atheist. We have taken these religious freedoms for granted and fail to realize that a large portion of the world’s population does not have the same privileges as we do. Many are being imprisoned, tortured, and killed for acknowledging a belief that is contrary to the belief of the government in which they reside. Thus, every time I think about this fact, I say, “Thanks to God.”

Besides having religious freedom, we have the right to own religious material. In my library, I have all kinds of Bibles to which I have access 24 hours a day. I can display them, read them, hold them, and talk about them freely. Unlike those that live in the world’s most difficult and dangerous mission fields, I don’t have to hide my Word. I don’t have to read my Word secretly by candlelight or in the dark of night, and I can read the whole Bible from Genesis to Revelation and not a tore out page of the Bible that someone covertly gave me.

Being able to read affords me the opportunity to know that the Word cleanses, cuts, discerns, sanctifies, protects, builds me up, guides, converts, satisfies, causes growth, builds my faith, teaches, reveals the will of God for my life, and reveals the love of God and Christ. Additionally, I don’t have to question others for answers or take their word as truth; I can read the Word for myself.

Besides the many hard copy Bibles I have, I also have the Word on tape, CDs, my smartphone, iPad, and Kindle. Unfortunately, the use of the equipment to hear the tapes and CDs have become obsolete, and the use of our present-day techno gadgets can be cut at any time if we have a power grid failure. So, it is wise to own and keep a hard copy of the Bible.

Finally, with the realization of all the Word provides and how the Word could vanish for those that only have it on their gadgets, my prayer today for you and me is that we daily read the Word and most importantly cherish it.