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AFTER YOU SUFFERED AWHILE

1 Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

Everyone that is born in this earth will experience some pain, discomfort, misery, trouble or coining a keyword from the above verse, “suffering.” Job told his friends in Job 14:1-2, “Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not” (KJV). In case you don’t understand this verse, let me share this verse with you using the Living Bible, “How frail is man, how few his days, how full of trouble! He blossoms for a moment like a flower—and withers; as the shadow of a passing cloud, he quickly disappears.”

Though we complain about our plight in America, as compared to many nations in this earth we have nothing worthy of which to complain. Thank God, for the most part our suffering has nothing to do with our religious choices but rather the daily cares of life and our interaction with people who disturb our peace. Unlike many nations, we have numerous civil liberties that grant us our freedom in various areas. Wikipedia describes civil liberties like this, “Civil liberties or personal freedoms are personal guarantees and freedoms that the government cannot abridge, either by law or by judicial interpretation, without due process. Though the scope of the term differs between countries, civil liberties may include the freedom of conscience, freedom of press, freedom of religion, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, the right to security and liberty, freedom of speech, the right to privacy, the right to equal treatment under the law and due process, the right to a fair trial, and the right to life. Other civil liberties include the right to own property, the right to defend oneself, and the right to bodily integrity. Within the distinctions between civil liberties and other types of liberty, distinctions exist between positive liberty/positive rights and negative liberty/negative rights.”

I believe most Americans are focused on themselves and only a few thinks about the daily hardship that people outside of America experience. If you listen to the various news media outlets that share news about third world countries, you will soon realize living in America is terrific for most of our civil liberties described above is absent in these countries.

The lives of the citizens in the third world countries resemble that of Paul who described his sufferings for the gospel in 2 Corinthians 4:8-9, 6:4-5, and 11:23-27. Some of the things he suffered were being troubled on every side, in hunger and thirst, persecuted, beaten, imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in afflictions, in necessities, in weariness, in painfulness, and journeyings. Additionally, he was in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by his own countrymen, in perils by heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, and perils among false brethren. And despite all of these things Paul in Romans 8:18 said, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

Finally, lest we become discouraged in our sufferings, Peter mentions four things in 1 Peter 5:10 that eventually suffering accomplishes. Accordingly, we are made perfect (to be completed thoroughly, repaired, restored or adjusted), stablished (to turn resolutely in a specific direction, to confirm, steadfastly set), strengthened (increased in spiritual knowledge and power), and settled (erect in a foundation).

I pray that if you are suffering, now that you have read this blog, you are feeling better.

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LION SLAYER

On some weeks I know what I am going to blog and post, and then there are others like this week when I was struggling with a topic and clueless but thank God, He gave me a useable topic in the nick of time. On yesterday He reminded me of a vital fact as I was reading the September 6, 2019 article in the Simply Christ Newsletter titled “The Lion Tamer.”

It was this illustration in the newsletter that prompted this week’s blog. “A man shares his house with a wild hungry lion. This man happens to be a “lion tamer” so he knows how to keep the lion at bay. He seems to be in full control of the lion as he uses the tools of his trade, a whip, and chair. He can make the lion back away. He can make the lion sit. He has power over the lion. As great as this “lion tamer” is, there is one thing he cannot do. He can never close his eyes in rest. If he does, all his power over the lion becomes useless, and the “lion tamer” will be devoured. As long as he lives in this house, this man can have no rest until the lion is dead or until the lion is taken away.”

This illustration reminded me of the scripture in 1 Peter 5:8, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” To be sober means to be serious, to show self-control, and solemnity. To be vigilant means to be keenly watchful to detect danger, ever awake and alert. Therefore, knowing this scripture and definitions, I must continuously be on my guard for my enemy who has similar characteristics of a lion is ready to pounce on me when I let my guard down.

Besides knowing the lion to be a symbol of strength, power, and courage, let me share some pertinent traits about a lion to help you understand better its movement.

1. Lions live in a group, or pride which consists of several generations of lionesses, their cubs, and a smaller number of breeding males.
2. Lions are carnivores; they eat flesh.
3. Lions have excellent night vision which is an asset in hunting prey.
4. Lions usually rest in the day while it is hot and become active at night when it is cooler.
5. The lion’s roar can be heard up to five miles away, and it is usually done in the evening before a night’s hunt or in the dawn before getting up.
6. Using intelligent hunting tactics, the lionesses working as a group slowly sneak up on the prey, then pauses, crouches and hides until they get close enough to attack. As a group, they knock down the prey and kill it with a bite to the neck or throat.

David said this about killing a lion to King Saul in 1 Samuel 17:34-36a “Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear.” David understood he could not allow the lion to devour the sheep because if not stopped, the lion would think the sheep were easy prey and David’s flock was where it received its daily meal.

Additionally, David knew human attacks against him could be likened to that of an attack of lionesses for he stated in Psalm 27:2-3a “When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear.” Like the attack of the lionesses when the enemy attacks he bombards us in multiple areas to oppress us and make us feel hopeless. He will use generational curses and events to bring us down. He will attack us when we are experiencing dark periods in our life and when we can’t see clearly. His voice in our ear with negativity will be loud to cause us to be intimidated. While in a lethargic state and our guard is down the enemy sees our weakness and vulnerability and plots our demise. And please remember when things are hot the enemy becomes less active; however, when things cool down he becomes active again.

I pray the information I shared in this blog is helpful to you, as I remind you, you do have an enemy that wants to devour you, and your plan of defense requires you to be sober and vigilant.

FORGET NOT TO ASSEMBLE

Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

The book of Hebrews, which many deemed to be authored by Paul was written to the Hebrew Christians with the purpose of enlightening them to the fact that Jesus fulfilled the prophecies and symbols of the Old testament. Additionally, Jesus was greater than the angels, priest, and prophets, and He provided a better covenant and ultimate sacrifice for sin.

In chapter 10:1-25, Jesus, the perfect sacrifice was compared to the sacrifices offered in the Old Testament. The Old Testament sacrifices were made daily; whereas, Jesus’ sacrifice was done once and need not be repeated. This finish work of redemption by Jesus provided believers with a threefold invitation to boldly draw near to God, hold fast to their confession of hope and consider one another by fellowshipping with other believers. It is the last part of the invitation (verse 25) that I would like to lift up in this blog.

There is a purpose for believers gathering together, which is to share love, wisdom, strength, encouragement, and for collective worship. The writer of Hebrews knew persecution, trials, mishaps, and afflictions would occur in the lives of the believers as they navigated through their Christian walk, and they would need the support of fellow believers. Also, as the approach of end-time events happened, believers would need to band together to withstand the onslaught of the enemy for together they could do more than alone.

With the above in mind, I close this blog cautioning all believers not to be fooled by the strategies of the enemy. He has convinced many that assembling together is not necessary. Missing worship, times of fellowship, prayer service, Sunday school, and bible class is no big deal. Doing things on your own and interpreting the Word on our own is commonly seen in this present generation; nevertheless, all believers are responsible for adhering to the Word which was given for doctrine, correction, reproof, and instruction. If we do this, we will not forget to assemble.

SUICIDE – THE SILENT KILLER

Have you noticed that the Spirit of Suicide appears to be abounding in the earth?
This Spirit is not only in the world but increasing in the Church. The enemy is fighting God’s chosen, and depression is overwhelming them and making them feel like they want to die. Unfortunately, some believers in desperation have taken their own life leaving family and friends feeling despair, grief, failure, anger, and confusion. With this in mind, I have given the title of this blog, “Suicide – The Silent Killer” because people who commit suicide or have suicidal ideations are doing it quietly and alone. Regrettably, they are not sharing their thoughts, emotional pain, turmoil, and shame with others. They are suffering alone without help, and that is why we have the increasing mortality statistics.

Merriam-Webster defines suicide as the act or an instance of taking one’s own life voluntarily and intentionally. Marcia Purse, in her article “What Is Suicidal Ideation?” defines suicidal ideation as wanting to take your own life or thinking about suicide. Additionally, she states, “There are two kinds of suicidal ideation: passive and active. Passive suicidal ideation occurs when you wish were dead or that you could die, but you don’t actually have any plans to commit suicide. Active suicidal ideation, on the other hand, is not only thinking about it but having the intent to commit suicide, including planning how to do it.”

It has been researched, and recorded suicide and suicidal ideation cuts across socio-economic status, gender, race, and age; no one is exempt. Given the right situation and feelings of hopelessness, anyone can be affected. The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention gave the following 2017 report on suicide. It stated, “Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the US. In 2017, 47,173 Americans died by suicide, and in 2017, there were an estimated 1,400,000 suicide attempts.”

If you read the Bible, you will realize thoughts of suicide, and the act of suicide is not a new occurrence. Moses (Numbers 11:11-15; 32:31-31), Job (Job 3,7,10), Elijah (1 Kings 19:1-4), Jonah (Jonah 4:2-3), and Jeremiah (Jeremiah 20:14-18) had thoughts of suicide. Samson (Judges 16:29-30), King Saul (1 Samuel 31:4-5), Ahithophel (2 Samuel 17:23), Zimri (1 Kings 16:18) and Judas (Matthew 27:3-5) carried out the act of suicide.

Today I am grateful for supportive church programs, 911, online forums, suicide hotlines, hospital emergency services, concerned family members, and trained counselors that are available to all those that need help. Moreover, though the Spirit of Suicide is prevalent in the land, for believers, I declare it will be a defeated foe for we have God and His Word to sustain and keep us. Thus, I close this blogs with words of encouragement to you:

Psalms 34:17-20 – [The righteous] cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all. He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.

Psalms 50:15 – And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

Psalms 118:17 – I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.

Isaiah 41:10 – Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

John 10:10 – The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 – What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

1 Corinthians 10:13 – There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it].

Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

THE DOCTOR TREATS BUT GOD HEALS

Maybe it is because I am presently in my senior years, and my peers are the same that I’ve been hearing about so many of them who are sick. Also, I do acknowledge that as individuals become older, they are more susceptible to disease, and their bodies do not function as good as they did in their youth. So, as I was thinking about this fact and healing, last week, I heard these words in my spirit, “The doctor treats but God heals” to which I responded, “Yes, Lord.”

Most of my professional career was spent in the medical field; first as a nurse and then as a medical social worker. Notably, during my field placements, when I was a student nurse, I saw medical conditions that blew my mind. One of my student nursing field training was in the Children’s Hospital in Boston Massachusetts where I saw children with Polio, Spina Bifida, and all types of Cancer and when I did my field training in a Specialized Rheumatoid Hospital I saw adults and children who were severely crippled due to disease in their joints and limbs. Undoubtedly, divine healing was needed in all of these conditions.

Many times we blame the doctor because they are unable to diagnose our symptoms; however, they only know what God permits. Doctors only possess the wisdom that God gives them; they are not omniscient. Moreover, when I worked in the hospital, they had morbidity and mortality rounds for the doctors to discuss the patients that expired due to possible misdiagnoses. This once again reminds us that the doctors treat, but God heals.

When you pray, and you are not healed immediately, please don’t think that you can go to the doctor and he will cure you. Again doctors treat, but God heals. To this end, I want to close with a few healing scriptures on which you can meditate and confess (A greater list of healing scriptures can be found on the internet:

For I am the Lord that healeth thee. Exodus 15:26b.

And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless thy bread and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee. Exodus 23:25

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases Psalm 103:2-3

He sent His word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. Psalms 107:20

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalms 147:3

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:5

Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live for righteousness: by whose stripes you were healed. 1 Peter 2:24

LESSONS FROM THE SHUT-IN

If you are reading this blog, you probably also read the story of Noah but have you stopped to consider the many lessons that can be learned from Noah’s time in the ark. Let me first remind you of his story and then share some things that I noted about his time in the ark.

The story of Noah is found in Genesis 6 – Genesis 9, and it opens, revealing that God was not pleased with His creation. Genesis 6:5-7 states, “ And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.” Just reading these verses makes me wonder in the present lawless, corrupt state that our world is in, how is God feeling toward us?

Fortunately, there was a man named Noah that had a relationship with God, and God decided to save this man and his family from the destruction that He was going to mete out on the earth. God gave Noah specific instructions on building an ark of gopher wood. He gave him the length and width of it, which is equivalent to 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. There were to be rooms, three stories, one window, and one side door. It took Noah over 100 years to complete this task, but he did it according to all that God commanded.

God told Noah the purpose of the ark was to save him, his family, animals, fowls, and creeping things that would accompany him from the floods that would destroy all of the earth inhabitants. Additionally, God told Noah to gather food and take on the ark to feed his family and all the animals that accompanied them.

After the completion of the ark and seven days before the flood started Noah took of every kind: seven clean male and female beast, two unclean male and female beast, seven male and female fowls, and two of every creeping creature into the ark. When all was securely in the ark, God shut the door and caused it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights, and every living thing that He made that was not in the ark were destroyed from off the face of the earth.

The Bible informs us the waters prevailed upon the earth a hundred and fifty days, and then it began to decrease on the earth. Furthermore, Genesis 8:13-17 states, “And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry. And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried. And God spake unto Noah, saying, Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons’ wives with thee. Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth” So Noah and the inhabitants of the ark had remained in it for one year and seventeen days because Genesis 7:11 previously stated, “In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.”

Now that I recapitulated the story of Noah let me share with you lessons on the shut-in, but allow me to begin by stressing obedience to God’s instruction is vital for your survival. No matter how detailed or long it might be, follow God’s instruction. Your obedience to God will not only benefit you but your family. Additionally, God will give you the strength, skills, and guidance to complete your assignment.

Now to the cruxes of this blog; lessons and expectations of a shut-in:
1. Before a shut-in God will give you the logistics.
2. God allowed Noah to build the object that saved him from pending destruction. What are you building now that will save you in the future?
3. View your shut-in as a place of refuge
4. A shut-in requires sacrifice.
5. A shut-in requires leaving people, places, and things.
6. God may place others in the shut-in with you. Noah’s family accompanied him, and at the appointed time, God sent the exact amount of animals, fowls and creeping things to go into the ark.
7. Shut-in entails a period of pressurization and obscurity.
8. In a shut-in, the conditions may not be convenient or pleasant.
9. As things are release in the shut-in, it will become stinky.
10. Things may not be smooth in the shut-in, expect movement
11. There is an atmosphere of peace in a shut-in. (There was no conflict between the humans, nor animals)
12. A shut-in provides protected from the storm which is raging on the outside.
13. As days pass in a shut-in, you will be elevated.
14. In the shut-in, God will feed you. (God did not tell Noah how long he would be in the ark nor how much food to take into the ark. God allowed the food not spoil and to last for the whole time; He is a provider.
15. Don’t leave the shut-in until God says, “Go forth.”

Finally, I want to close with these two nuggets. First, today’s preparation prepares you for tomorrow’s opportunity. Secondly, when Noah and his family came out of the ark, the first thing that he did was build an altar. When you come out of your shut-in, don’t forget to build your altar.

THERE IS A REWARD FOR STAYING

Several weeks ago, I was praying about a situation, and the Holy Spirit ministered these words to me, “There is a reward for staying, you inherit all.” Also, I was directed to the parable found in Luke 15 of the prodigal son and his brother.

In Luke 15, Jesus shared the parable of two brothers with the focus placed on the younger brother, who is named the prodigal son because of his careless and foolish actions. Customarily, a child would receive their inheritance at the death of their father with a double portion going to the eldest; however, the prodigal son requested his father to give him his inheritance ahead of time. As recorded in the Bible, the father complied to his request and gave both of his sons their legacy.

After receiving his inheritance, the younger son leaves his father’s home while his older brother remains at home working with his father. No doubt this young man wanted freedom and adventure, and he felt that he was capable of managing his affairs. However, while at home there were some wisdom he did not gain and skills that he did not learn for he squandered his inheritance and did not have a profession that he could resort to in the time of need.

When famine came to the land, his money gone and new freeloading friends disappeared the prodigal son ended up working on a pig farm, and it was there that he had an epiphany. The young man realized how retched he was, his father’s servants were in a better state than he, he needed to go home and admit his error, and willingly accept the consequence of his actions.

Two commentaries on Luke 15 that I read described the prodigal son appropriately. William MacDonald in the Believer’s Bible Commentary states, “The young man was looking for a good time, but he did not find it in the far country, He found it only when he had the good sense to come back to his father’s house,” and Liberty Bible Commentary states, “The younger son’s conduct can be summarized with nine key words. His rebellion resulted in riotous living as he hit rock bottom before his realization to repent and return, where he experienced reception, reconciliation, and rejoicing.

According to the parable, the eldest son became bitter when his brother returned home, and his father held a celebratory party for him. The eldest son felt devalued, unrecognized, and unappreciated by his father.

When their father noted that his oldest son was not participating in the celebration he found his son and entreated him to come in but he said, “Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf,” to which the father replied, “ Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.”

I understand that this parable revealed the love, concern, and happiness of a father for a child that was restored, and it also showed how someone could be overtaken with jealousy because they did not receive accolades for their obedience, servanthood, commitment, dedication, and faithfulness. This was the case of the elder brother.
Hence, I believe the father’s words to the eldest son concerning his status is paramount for believers who work in ministry without applause or public recognition. You stayed when others left, and you filled in the gap that had become void. You continued to work hard, long, and willingly. Your father knew you were responsible, and he could count on you.

Now, don’t be fooled and exhibit unforgivingness, hatred, and a negative attitude to the prodigal when he returns home. Your reward is not altered; your reward for staying is, you inherit it all.

THE DIRECTIONS ARE IN THE MANUAL

Last week I went to the supermarket to purchase a watermelon, and while I was there, I looked for someone in the produce department to advise me on how to pick a good watermelon. Unfortunately, no one was available to instruct me, so I took my phone, and googled, “How do you select a ripe watermelon?” In turn, I received instructions and YouTube videos to watch. With the assist of the goggle, I was able to pick a ripe sweet watermelon that my friends enjoyed, and I was able to share the instructions on how to choose a good melon with them.

As google had the solution to my problem, so, is the Bible for all believers. The Bible is our manual, and we can go to it and find out the answer and solutions for our problems and various issues.

Many years ago, the Holy Spirit ministered to me that is I searched the Bible I would find the answer on how to respond and what to do in every issue that I would encounter. Since that time, I have been amazed at how the Word, when researched, prayed over, and applied, has led me to success.

Also, I am reminded that many times we receive a manual for something that we purchased, and we do not use it, we refuse to follow the directions, but we attempt to do things on our own, which usually leads to things going wrong. This places the blame on us for not taking the time to read and get an understanding of what is needed to be done.

The dictionary defines, “manual” as a book of instructions, especially for operating a machine or learning a subject; a handbook. God graciously inspired the writing of the believer’s manual, the Bible, to enable everyone who would read it, and follow the direction, the opportunity to be successful.

So, I end this blog encouraging you to read the Bible for, in it, you will find the direction that you have been seeking and as stated in Joshua 1:8b, “You will make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”

WHEN GRACE IS GONE

For believers, the word, “grace” means God’s unmerited favor and goodness toward mankind, and despite man’s propensity to sin when you read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, you witness God extending His grace to His creation.

Additionally, theologian, in their study of bible history have divided the Bible into seven dispensations, and according to their division, we are presently living in the Dispensation of Grace, which is also called the Church Age. During this dispensation, God reaches beyond His chosen people and offers salvation through the death of His Son to the Gentiles. For those that accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior they are privileged to be adopted into God’s family (John 1:11-13; Acts 2:38–39; Ephesians 2:8–10; Galatians 3:23–29).

When the Dispensation of Grace concludes the tribulation period will begin and according to the scriptures, God’s focus will be on the saving of His chosen nation, Israel. During the tribulation, Gentiles will turn to God; however, they will experience hardship and pain as never been seen or experienced in this world.

God loves us all, and He desires that all should be saved and none perish, but He is also a holy God, and He does have requirements that His citizens must follow. Yes, there is coming a day when our false proclamations, excuses, and lukewarm relationship with Him will be evaluated. Please, remember these two scriptures, “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth” Revelation 3:15-16, and “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” Matthew 7:22-23.

If you are one of the people that believe you can live ungodly, and God does not hold you accountable, you are sadly mistaken. God gives believers the ability to overcome. He gives us power and direction. If you choose to ignore what is available, the consequence of your actions is on you.

The Spirit of Deception, Spirit of Seduction, and Spirit of Blindness are in full blossom in our world. As it was in the days of the bible judges, everyone is doing what is right in their own eyes and leaders in their attempt not to offend people are adopting the spirit of Eli who failed to restrain his sons for their evil works. It is the responsibility of believers to be a living witness, to tell the world of God’s love and ultimate desire for them, and to urge them to come to God before grace is gone

To this end, my prayer for you and me is the words of David in Psalm 51:10, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me,” and “Father, help us to get it right and answer while Jesus is yet knocking at our door.”

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.