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GIVE THANKS

In my lifetime, I’ve had the privilege of travel to countries where a large percentage of citizens are suffering from extreme poverty, and they don’t have what I consider the basic necessities of life. I receive monthly literature from organizations that support those that don’t have the civil liberties that we do in America. For many years I worked in a hospital where I witnessed first-hand the results of diseases, some of which were incurable. Additionally, for the last fifteen years I’ve done a weekly bible class in a nursing home where I minister to people who wish they were not confined to that nursing home. All of these experiences and exposures have helped me to give thanks for when I see the plight of others and know that their situation could be mine, I bless and thank God for His continued kindness to me.

Since many of us take things for granted, let me share some of the things for which we can thank God for throughout our day, starting in the morning when we wake up. First, give thanks because you could have passed into eternity during the night. As you get out of bed give thanks for the use of your limbs and senses (hearing, seeing, feeling, and smelling) being intact. Thank God nothing happened to your home while you slept during the night. Thank God for the clothes and shoes that you have to wear. Thank God you have indoor plumbing, which provides you with a bathroom and kitchen. Thank God for the food that you eat and beverages you drink throughout the day. Thank God that the food and beverages were not poisonous. Thank God for employment and transportation services (car, bus, or train). Thank God for means (phone and internet) to communicate with people. Thank God for his guidance and protection throughout the day, and especially thank Him because He brought you back home safely at the end of the day.

Finally, 1 Thessalonians 5:18 states, “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” I can follow this directive because God is with me in every situation, whether good or bad, He is there to lead and help me, and for this I give Him thanks.

BREATHE LIFE

God formed man, not haphazardly but with precise thought. He created man and gave him skin to cover his body, two hundred seventy bones for structure, support, shape, and protection of vital organs, six hundred muscles for movement, and most importantly along with the above, organs to function in the eleven systems (circulatory, respiratory, digestive, nervous, endocrine, reproduction, skeletal, urinary, nervous, and integumentary) utilized in the human body.

At the completion of this masterful creation, God breathes into man’s nostrils the breath of life and man was morphed from a lifeless mass into a moving, living, and thinking person. The man was given responsibility to be fruitful, multiply, replenish, subdue and have dominion in the earth. Additionally, as a representative of God’s kingdom he was supposed to be a reflection of the culture and lifestyle of God on earth.

Due to disobedience and sin, man fell from his original state and did not fulfill his designed purpose in the earth. However, through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, believers have the ability with the help of the Holy Spirit to function as we should on this earth and to follow the example of our Creator.

As recorded in Ezekiel 37, the Old Testament prophet Ezekiel was taken in the spirit to a valley of dry human bones. Ezekiel was told to walk amongst the bones and then asked, “Son of man, can these bones live?” God told him, “Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord,” which he did and the bones came together with sinews, flesh and skin, but they had no life. Therefore, God told Ezekiel to “Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.” Again, Ezekiel followed the instructions, and breath came into them, and they lived and stood up upon their feet.

Just as God breathed life into man, and Ezekiel speaking the Word of God caused men to live, we, believers have the responsibility and privilege to also breathe life into individuals who are suffering, hopeless, and wishing they were dead. Please know, your positive, directional, creative, healing words can change lives, but lest you doubt this, let me remind you and close this blog with a question and scripture. First the scripture found in Proverbs 18:24a, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” Lastly the question, “How about being a builder of man and not a human wrecking ball?”

TRANSFERENCE OF SPIRITS

Mark 5:9-13 And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many. And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country. Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding. And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them. And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.

Luke 8: 30-33 And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him. And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep. And there was there an herd of many swine feeding on the mountain: and they besought him that he would suffer them to enter into them. And he suffered them. Then went the devils out of the man, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake, and were choked.

The above two scriptures found in Mark 5:9-13 and Luke 8:30-33 recorded the encounter of Jesus with a man possessed with a legion of demons and revealed how they were transferred to swine. This was done because demons wanted a body from which to function, and since none was present they requested to go into the swine.

Ideally, demons that are disembodied spirits will seek to possess, repress, oppress, suppress or depress you, and they hoover in the atmosphere trying to influence the susceptible. Unfortunately, they operate in groups, and they attack in every way they are able. They don’t care that you are a believer; to them, you are a prime target.

At your place of employment, have you ever been in a chaotic environment where there was a great deal of arguments taking place, and when you finally got home in the evening the atmosphere in your home appeared similar to your workplace? Have you listened or been around people who used foul language and when you leave them you experience their language coming out of your mouth? Well, that is because of transference.

Another example of this is seen in our country. As of 10/1419, it has been noted that since our president has been in office he has told 13435 false or misleading claims. Because he does it so often and many times have no need to do so, I have come to believe a lying spirit has possessed him. It is therefore not surprising that those around Him who at one time were known to be honorable and truthful persons are now lying and twisting the truth. Why again is thing happening? It is a transference of a lying spirit.

In conclusion, to help you in your Christian walk, I have included a list of the leading demonic spirits and where they are mentioned in the scripture. Beware of them, learn how they operate, and, most importantly, resist and rebuke them; don’t allow them to be transferred to you, your family, or your home.

Demonic Spirit list is:
Spirit of Jealousy (Numbers 5:14; Proverbs 6:34)
Spirit of Lying (2 Chronicles 18:22; Jeremiah 23:14)
Spirit of Familiarity (1 Samuel 28:7; Deuteronomy 18:10-12)
Spirit of Perversion (Isaiah 19:14; Proverbs 14:2; Proverbs 23:33; Acts 13:10)
Spirit of Heaviness (Isaiah 61:3)
Spirit of Whoredom (Hosea 4:12; Ezekiel 16:28-39)
Spirit of Infirmity (Luke 13:11)
Spirit of the Deaf and Dumb (Mark 9:17-25)
Spirit of Fear (2 Timothy 1:7; Job 4:14)
Spirit of Bondage (Romans 8:15; Exodus 6:9)
Spirit of Antichrist (1 John 4:3)
Spirit of Disobedience (Ephesians 2:2)
Spirit of Slumber (Romans 11:8)
Spirit of the World (1 Corinthians 2:12)
Spirit of Divination (Acts 16:16)
Spirit of Error (1 John 4:6)
Spirit of the Devil (Revelation 16:4)
Spirit of Seduction (1 Timothy 4:1)
Spirit of Sorrow (1 Samuel 1:15)
Evil Spirit (Judges 9:23)
Unclean Spirit (Zechariah 13:2)
Broken Spirit (Proverbs 17:2)
Blind Spirit (Matthew 12:22)
Spirit of Pride or Haughtiness (Proverbs 16:18; Proverbs 13:10)

RUNNING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION

Most of us are familiar with the story of David. He was born into a family of seven brothers, and some historians believed his mother, unlike his brothers, was a concubine. In the family, he was the youngest brother, and therefore while his older brothers got enlisted into King Saul’s army, David was at home watching the sheep.

During a war with the Philistines, David’s father sent him to check on his brothers, and it was there that David encountered Goliath and killed him with a slingshot, a stone, and Goliath’s sword. This act of bravery landed him in the king’s army, where David found favor with King Saul, Saul’s servants and the people. Eventually, due to David’s military successes and prowess, King Saul made David, an officer in his army. All was well with David until after a military campaign; the women began to praise David in a song more than they were praising King Saul. From that time forward King Saul viewed David differently and attempted to kill him twenty-one times.

David had to leave the king’s palace, his wife, Michal, his family, his friends, and his best friend, Jonathan. David was on the run for approximately eight years. During this time David went and hid out in the Cave of Adullam, and God sent word to David by the prophet Gad to return to the land of Judah (Praise) which he did; however, in time with the continued attempts of King Saul on his life he became more and more fearful.

David always had the divine protection of God, but after his last encounter with King Saul, he allowed the fear of Saul to grip him, and he convinced himself that one day Saul would kill him. Instead of consulting God, David ran, and he ran in the wrong direction.
David left Israel, went to the land of the Philistines, and joined himself and his men to King Achish, the King of Gath. The king gave David and his company housing in the town of Ziglak, and the bible recorded that during the sixteen months that David was there, he did not communicate with His God. David and his men pillaged and killed the people of the surrounding nations and lied about their exploits to King Achish.

David came to his senses after Ziglak was burnt to the ground by the Amalekites, and the women and children were taken captive while he and his men were on the military campaign with the Philistines. With their families gone, David’s men talked about stoning him. The Bible says, “David inquired of the Lord,” and God said. “Pursue for thou shalt surely overtake them and without fail recover all. Following God’s instruction, David pursued, and he and his men recovered their families, their goods and the spoils of the Amalekites. When they returned to Ziglak, David was informed of the death of King Saul and Jonathan, and once again David inquired of the Lord, and the Lord told him to, “Go up, unto Hebron.”

As I previously stated, David was on the run for years, and God protected him. When he feared what a man could possibly do to him rather than the power of God who protected him from a lion, a bear, Goliath, and numerous attempts on his life, he ran in the wrong direction. Consequently, David, the mighty psalmist became a murderer, a liar, and a deceiver. God permitted him to experience loss of family and home, and hear the plot of his murder from his men to restore godly communication and relationship.

If you are presently running in the wrong direction and are no longer in fellowship with God, I urge you to be restored to your rightful place in Him. Stop running in the wrong direction because it is going to bring you pain and not the true happiness and protection that God provides for those that trust Him. Learn from the life of David, do the good things that he did, and not the bad, don’t run in the wrong direction.

NO, DO-OVER

After having several conversations this month with individuals, I once again feel compelled to write a blog concerning the rapture. Unfortunately, the individuals with whom I spoke felt that living a life that does not meet God’s standards is alright. They felt their, “I do what I want” is okay. They felt God was pleased with them, and they were in a right relationship with Him even though they disobey His Word.

This philosophy seems to be permeating our culture. The scripture found in Judges 17:6 that revealed the actions of the men that lived during that time could be witnessed today. It says, “Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” However, the scripture found in Additionally, they believe they are exempt from the words of God, “Thou shall have no other gods before me.”

So, I’m shouting to all that will hear, “No, do-over.” The rapture is only going to take place one time. The trumpet of God is only going to sound once, and then comes the rapture where the body of Christ will rise to meet Jesus in the air. Two scriptures that herald this event is 1 Thessalonians 4: 16 -17, “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” and 1 Corinthians 15:52b, “ For the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

Now is our opportunity to make our calling and election sure. Jesus is not going to come again to rapture those who did not go up during the first time. Please note, the book of Revelation, which reveals end-time events, does record a second rapture. Those people who are not part of the rapture have an opportunity to accept Christ during the tribulation, but they will do so under great persecution. And if you study Revelation you will know that you do not want to be living on this earth during the tribulation.

Isaiah 5:14 which states, “Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.” This scripture is for those that choose to do things their way and think their way of thinking is greater than God, and according to this scripture, there are many people in this category because hell was enlarging to accommodate them.

We live, and after our death, we will not be reincarnated. Hebrews 9:27 states, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” so, for all of us we better do our best with the help of God to serve Him with all our heart, soul and strength now while we are yet alive because this is the time to do it. Remember, “NO, DO-OVER.”

 

 

 

MORE THAN TRICK OR TREAT

It is that time of year again where the stores have geared up for Halloween. I believe it may be the celebration of the year that brings stores the highest revenue in candy sales.

When I was a child and young teenager, I looked forward to that day because I knew by the end of the evening, I would have bags full of candy. When my children were little, I took them trick or treating; however, by the time they were teenagers, I learned the meaning of Halloween and what happens in the Satanic cult, and I developed a different perspective of that day. The Bible does not explicitly talk about Halloween; however, knowing its origin and the acts that occur during this time causes me to write this blog.

A detailed description of Halloween can be found in many articles on the internet; therefore, I am only going to share a small synopsis of it, and I suggest if you want more information to google it. The ancient Celtic tribes of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Brittany observed the festival of Samhain on October 31st. (This festival was later called “All Hallow Eve, or Hallowe’en” by the Roman Catholic Church) The participants of this festival that marked the eve of the Celtic New Year believed the spirit of the dead, witches, goblins, and ghosts that resided in Tir nan Og were able to return to earth and mingle with the living. To frighten off these evil spirits, the Celtics wearing masks and costumes would light bonfires to Samana, the Lord of Death, and burn alive prisoners of war, criminals, or animals. After conquering the Celts, the Romans added their own touches to the celebration by making centerpieces out of apples, bobbing for apples, and drinking cider.

In the 1800s, Irish immigrants brought the Halloween customs of costumes, trick-or-treat, carved Jack-o-lanterns to America, and Halloween has evolved over the years to what we now see and experience every year on October 31.

Presently, some groups of Satanists, unfortunately, celebrate Halloween as the Celtics did, for they believe that the blood sacrifice of innocent individuals is a required sign of devotion to Satan during this time. Additionally, some females are impregnated so that their newborn child can be offered as a sacrifice.

With the above information in mind, I pray it causes you to seek direction from God and pray, particularly for those involved in the Satanic occult that they will be delivered. Pray for those that the Satanic cult has appointed to die. Pray that believers will know Halloween means more than trick or treating. Pray for the safety of children as they walk the dangerous streets and pray God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

GOD USES WICKED PEOPLE

I’ve been praying about what I consider our horrifying, unbelievable, national situation, and the Holy Spirit reminded me that God uses wicked nations and people to fulfill His purpose. This fact is seen throughout the Bible, and usually God used these nations and people to punish the Israelites when they continually disobeyed His laws.

As recorded in the book of Judges, the Mesopotamians, Moabite, Canaanites, Midianite, Ammonites, and Philistines were allowed to oppress Israel. Furthermore, as recorded during each of these incidents the oppression lasted for numerous years until Israel repented of their wrongdoings.

After Israel was divided into the northern and southern kingdom, each of them had the opportunity to serve God and obey the instructions He gave them. When the northern kingdom of Israel willfully disobeyed the voice of God, under the Assyrians leadership of Tiglathpileser, Shalmaneser, and Sargon and over a period of years, the capital city of Samaria was captured, resulting in twenty-seven thousand Jews taken captives to Assyria.

The pagan king, Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon was used to chastise the southern kingdom a century later when they followed in the footsteps and ways of their northern kingdom relatives. After seventy years God extended His mercy to them, and under the edict of another heathen king and leadership of Zerubbabel, son of Salathiel, fifty thousand Jews returned to Jerusalem.

After the ascension of Jesus, God used the Romans to slay millions of Jews and place thousands into slavery because obedience to Him was not part of their lifestyle.

As you see, God used wicked people to punish Israel for their disobedience to His laws and statutes. So, I’m thinking seeing how wickedness and lawlessness are prevailing in our country, and believers are assimilating in the actions of the unbeliever. Maybe, God is trying to get our attention, and perhaps if we that are part of His kingdom would humble ourselves, pray more, and obey His Word, God would move on our behalf and restore civility to our nation. What do you think?

WHEN YOU OVERSTAY YOUR TIME

Do you realize that you can overstay your time in a place that will result in a traumatic experience to get you back to where you belong? This scenario was played out in Israel numerous times, and they proved everyone does not learn from the mistakes of others.

A significant example of this is the children of Israel in the land of Egypt. Their story goes like this: God sent Abraham to the land of Canaan and promised to bless him, make his name great, make a great nation from him and cause him to be a blessing. This promise was not just for Abraham but also for his descendants. After spending years in Canaan God informed Abraham that his descendants would leave Canaan and be an alien, become a servant and be persecuted in another land; however, after four hundred years they would come out with great substance. (Genesis 15:13-14).

This happened during the lifetime of Jacob and his family when, during a time of famine, they departed Canaan and went to Egypt. The famine lasted seven years; however, instead of returning to Canaan at the end of the famine they stayed. Joseph, the son of Jacob, was the second in command in Egypt, and his family was treated royally; so they became comfortable and contented. After many years, God allowed another Pharaoh who knew not Joseph to become the ruler, and he did not trust the allegiance of the Israelites, so he made them servants and mistreated them. This ill-treatment caused them to cry, and God responded to them and used Moses to deliver them.

If Israel had not overstayed their time, they would not have experienced hardship. Now, I must ask you, “Are you like Israel, are you out of your place of blessing because of a famine (things not flourishing as you expected)?” Did you go somewhere and get comfortable, but now everything has become chaotic? Have you been depressed and crying because you are miserable? Are you praying and asking God why things are no longer working out for you? Well, your solution is to go and stay in the place where God has assigned you.

For great success, be like Isaac. During a time of famine, Isaac thought about leaving the land of promise with his family, but God spoke to him and said, “Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of: Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father; And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed” (Genesis 26:2-4).

Isaac obeyed God and stayed in Gerar. The result of his obedience was recorded in Genesis 26:26-14a, which states, “Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the Lord blessed him. And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great: For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants.”

So, I close this blog with these thoughts, “There is a blessing in staying, and there is a reward for returning to your promise land.”

ARE YOU PART OF THE KINGDOM?

There are those that believer, in the end, God is going to save everyone, and everyone will be part of His kingdom; however, based on the Word, that is not my belief.

Presently we are the representatives of God on earth. (Other kingdom names for believers are citizen or ambassadors.) As a representative, our assignment is to reflect the culture and lifestyle of God on the earth, and to be fruitful, multiply, replenish the earth, subdue it and have dominion in it. In this Dispensation of Grace, we are called and anointed to function in the earth as long as we live on it. When the next dispensation which is the Millennial Dispensation starts we will have changed into immortal, incorruptible beings living on this earth with Jesus.

During the Millennial Dispensation, Jesus will set up His kingdom on this earth, and the world will acknowledge Him as the sovereign ruler. At the completion of the Millennial Dispensation, every unbeliever will be judged at the White Throne Judgment, and then according to Revelation there will be a new heaven and earth for this present earth will pass away. Additionally, the holy city, the new Jerusalem which was in heaven will come down to the earth (Revelation 21:1-2).

According to Revelation 21:7-8 and 22:11,15, “The overcomers shall inherit the earth but the fearful, unbelieving, the abominable, murderers, whoremongers, sorcerers, idolaters, liars, the unjust, and the filthy will not.” If you believe the Word, you can see there are individuals who will not be part of the kingdom. Revelation 21:8 states, “These individuals will have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone.”

Furthermore, Revelation 22:18-19 cautions believers with these words, “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away from his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” This statement is telling me we cannot change or compromise what the Word is saying. Our actions and lifestyle on earth will determine where we will spend eternity. So, we have a choice to make, and quoting the words of Joshua in Joshua 24:15 I say to you, “Choose you this day whom ye will serve?” and decided according to the Word, “Are you part of the kingdom?”

WHAT IS YOUR WARFARE STRATEGY?

Recently I was talking to a fellow believer concerning the attacks of the enemy they were experiencing and the need to remain focus. I asked them this question, “What is your warfare strategy? This individual named a few things; however, from our conversation, I knew they were not utilizing any of the things they had named.

In the natural, nations will not go to war without a strategy (plan) and knowing what weapons they were going to employ during the battle. These nations knew what weapons they had available in their arsenal, they knew how to utilize them, and they did not wait for a battle to test them.

As it is in the natural, so we believers need to be in the spiritual. We need to be armed and dangerous. So, as I’ve done on several occasions in previous blogs, I will name some of the weapons we are to utilize and how they will assist you:
1. Prayer – tells you about the battle. (2 Kings 19:1-37).
a. Praise – gets you through the battle (2 Chronicles 20:22).
b. Worship – puts God in charge of the battle (Psalm 95:6-7a).
2. Word of God – upholds you in the battle (Psalm 17:4, Matthew 24:35).
3. Blood of Jesus – protects you in the battle (Revelation 12:11).
4. Name of Jesus – gives you power in the battle (Philippians 2:10,
Colossians 3:17).
5. Binding and Loosing – shortens the battle (Matthew 12:25-29; 18:18).
6. Spiritual Armor – equips you for the battle (Ephesians 6:13-18).
7. Fasting – prepares you for the battle (2 Chronicles 20:3).
8. Infilling of the Holy Spirit – fortifies you in the battle (Acts 4:29-31).
9. Praying in the Spirit – secret language for the battle (1 Corinthians 14:2,
Romans 8:26).

Additionally, I have found a careful examination of the battles that are written in the Word can instruct you on which strategy and tool to utilize as you fight the enemy.

Finally, don’t wait for the battle to begin, prepare NOW.