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The wicked die and disappear, but the family of the godly stands firm (Proverbs 12:7 NLT).
God I ask You in Jesus’ name bless and protect every member of my entire family (those I know and don’t know) and all my friends that has accepted the gift of salvation. May we all come to know You and love You with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength. May each of us allow Jesus to be Lord of All in our lives. May our number one goal in life be to live our lives to please and honor You above all else. May each of us allow You to correct us when we are wrong and repent for our wrong doing. May each one of us allow You to strengthen each of us to live our life to bring You glory in our thoughts, our actions, and the words that we speak. May we each walk in the truth of Your Word and never believe anything that contradicts the Scriptures. May we guard our hearts because everything we do flows from the condition of our hearts. God bless each of us exceedingly abundantly above all we have ever prayed, thought, dreamed, or wanted as we seek to please You. And from the depths of each of our hearts may we praise and celebrate You for who You are. God all that I have asked You to do in this prayer, please do the same for the writer of the prayer. Amen!
Continue To Pray For Your Family & Friends!
Encourager Linda Flagg, M.A., B.A., BCPCLC
Board Certifies Professional Christian Life Coach & Youth Minister
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Hi all. I am feeling week. Here is the post for tonight. An old one but good one. Soo u all in the morning.
Knowing God goes beyond what we think, see or feel. It is an inner knowledge of God that cannot be taken from us. When we have this inner knowledge, nothing outward can sway us from our belief in God. We no longer need evidence to protect our faith. We trust God just as much if He does not give us what we want as we do when He does.
This is just a small paragraph from a Joyce Meyer devotional, but it's the one that stood out to me the most. Folks, this is what our stand is a...ll about. Knowing God. In order to have our marriages restored, we need to get to know the God that created marriage. We need to focus solely on Him. At times when we do this, it's going to feel like we are giving up on our stand. THATS A LIE FROM THE PITS OF HELL! When we are completely focused on God, we really are in the thick of standing for our marriage. We really are doing battle against the enemy and he doesn't like it. So what happens when you focus on our Savior to the point you don't care what God is doing to or in your spouse? Satan throws a curve ball. Your spouse is filing for divorce, your spouse says something nasty, your spouse stops communicating, and so on. DISTRACTIONS! That's what they are! Don't fall for it!
If you are like me, you have already fallen for those and many more. BUT, there is HOPE! Get back up, and dust yourself off. You only stumbled, you did not fall. Get into the Word again. Start asking God what these scriptures mean for you. What does God really mean when He tells you you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus? ONLY God should be answering that! If you are hurting over what is going on, consider this possibility. You are focused on your spouse and not what God is saying or doing with you and you alone. This distraction keeps us from facing the things in our life that we do, say, or think that is not pleasing to God, but that God wants to change. If you cannot face yourself, how will your spouse ever see an example of how they can face their own issues. They are reading us. What do you want them to see? The same old stuff, or a strength that they want to run to for help. The only way they can do this is for us to get to know God.
A quote I once heard Ravi Zaccharias say was, Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.”
King David’s sin took him farther from God’s face than he ever imagined. The greatest pain of his life came during his separation from God’s hand of blessing and favor. He couldn’t bear the thought of losing his relationship with the One he loved the most. We can see this in the prayer David prayed after he had fallen into sin.
David prayed, Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving kindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. (Psalm 51:1-3, 9-12).
When David came to his senses he cried out to God for forgiveness and God graciously forgave him; however that did not erase the consequences of his sins, for David paid dearly for those sins in his life and the lives of his family.
I'm sure if we knew the consequences of our sin before falling to temptation, how many of us would ever follow through with it? If only we could see beforehand the harm that our sins bring to ourselves and to others I'm sure we would not fall prey to them. Remember Peters admonition 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: The goal of our enemy is to destroy us and those we love by setting snares for us which will cause us to fall .
If we desire to live for God and in the blessings of God, He commands us to seek Him and His purposes and plans. We need to look down the road and calculate the cost of our decisions. We must keep our eyes firmly fixed on His path and stay true to Him and conscientiously stay focused.
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, (Hebrews 12:1)
Listen to a short testimony and song by the Cathedrals Quartet
WHEN WILL THE RAPTURE OCCUR?
The Bible does give us a lot of undeniable clues and facts concerning the rapture so that no one should be deceived about the time of its occurrence. There are three popular views of when the rapture will occur. The most popular view is called the Pre-tribulational theory of the rapture. This theory suggests that the rapture will occur before the arrival of the antichrist and before the great tribulation begins. The second view is the Mid-tribulation rapture theory which suggests that the rapture will occur at about the middle of the tribulation period or 3 Â½ years into the tribulation. The last rapture view is called the Post-tribulational view and it proclaims that the rapture will not occur until the second coming of Christ immediately after the tribulation. The rapture is term given for the catching up of the saints who are alive when Christ returns. The question is when will Christ return to rapture and resurrect His elect? Will it be before the tribulation, at the middle of the tribulation, or after the tribulation? For this answer we now turn to the word of God.
THE RAPTURE PARABLE
Jesus gave us a parable about the rapture, or gathering together of the elect, and the correct interpretation of it (Mt. 13:24-30; 37-43). This parable teaches that the rapture will occur at about the same time as the destruction of the wicked (Mt. 13:24-30). The parable talks about a field that has been sown with wheat (the Christian believers) which came up and bore fruit. In the same field, which is really the world, tares or weeds (children of the devil) were also planted along with the wheat. In the parable the field was left to grow until the harvest. The weeds were not plucked out of the wheat but both were left to grow until the harvest. At the time of harvest (the end of the world) the angels would be the reapers. They would gather up the wicked tares and put them in bundles to be burned and the righteous wheat would be gathered unto God. A Pre-trib view would have God pulling up the wheat long before harvest time and leaving only the weeds to grow. A Mid-trib view would also have the Lord plucking out the wheat before the harvest and allowing only the weeds to grow. Only a Post-trib view would allow the wheat and tares to grow until the harvest or end of the age when Christ returns to set up His kingdom. The wicked will be destroyed and cast into hell while the righteous are gathered up and saved unto God.
THE SEVENTH SEAL
According to 1 Corinthians 15:52 the rapture takes place during the last trumpet. The last trumpet is found in the seventh seal. There are seven trumpets that sound under the seventh seal (Rev. 8-11). The last or seventh trumpet that sounds ushers in the second coming of Christ (Rev. 11:15). If the Pre-tribulational view was correct the rapture would have to take place before the first seal which is believed to be the arrival of the antichrist and before the first trumpet sounds. As the trumpets begin to sound the judgments begin to fall upon the earth. Mid-tribulationists would have the rapture occurring sometime after the first seal but not during the seventh seal or the last trumpet. The only view that is biblical here would be the Post-tribulation view which has the rapture and resurrection taking place at the last trumpet, under the seventh seal, when Christ comes to take over the earth.
THE FIRST RESURRECTION
The next question is when will Christ gather His elect in the rapture and resurrection. The Bible calls this the first resurrection but when will it take place? There are only two resurrections. The first resurrection for the righteous happens before the millennium and the other resurrection for the unrighteous happens after the 1000 year millennium. Pre-tribulation adherents have the first resurrection taking place both before the arrival of the antichrist and then again another resurrection and rapture at the second coming. With this view we have three resurrections. The Bible does not teach that there will be two resurrections for the righteous. Mid-tribulation proponents believe that the rapture and resurrection will take place sometime during the tribulation period. The Post-tribulation view lines up perfectly with Revelation chapter 20. The first resurrection takes place at the second coming of Christ, after the tribulation. The souls who were beheaded during the tribulation will be among those of the first resurrection and they will reign with Christ during the millennium. No mention is made about any Pre-tribulationally resurrected or raptured saints. If the first resurrection occurs during the tribulation then why would the tribulation martyrs have to be resurrected later when Christ comes to set up his kingdom?
THE LAST TRUMPET
The Bible is very clear that the rapture takes place at the last trumpet (1 Cor. 15:52). Even those of the Pre-trib view who suggest it would have to be the first trumpet would still be wrong because the antichrist arrives long before the first trumpet. The antichrist arrives during the first seal but the trumpets donâ€™t come until the seventh seal which is when severe judgments are falling upon the earth. A Mid-trib view also would not take place at the last trumpet but somewhere before that. The last trumpet Bible fact connects the rapture and first resurrection with no other view of the rapture except the Post-trib view which takes place at the second coming of Christ.
THE MARRIAGE SUPPER
When does the marriage supper of the Lamb occur? The marriage supper is when Christ meets His bride the church. The Bible tells us that the marriage supper will take place at the midnight hour (Mt. 25:1-13). For many people midnight is when one day ends and another new day begins. What does midnight signify here? Pre-trib proponents would say it means that Christâ€™s people will be gathered together to meet Him before the arrival of the antichrist and the great tribulation. Mid-trib believers would say just before the wrath of God falls upon the earth His people will be gathered. Post-trib adherents would say it means the last and final hourâ€¦the end of this age and the beginning of a new age when Christ takes over the earth and sets up His kingdom. Revelation chapter 19 tells us when the midnight hour is! After the tribulation events are fulfilled the saints in heaven will accompany Christ to the earth at His second coming (Rev. 19:1-14). The midnight hour will end this wicked age of human barbarism and usher in a new age of righteousness under Christ! The righteous souls in heaven will come back with Christ to receive their new bodies at the resurrection and those Christians who are alive and remain will be raptured to meet Christ in the air (1 Thes. 4:14-18). This is the marriage supper of the Lamb.
BEFORE OR AFTER ANTICHRIST?
Will the rapture occur before or after the arrival of the antichrist? Paul answers this question in 2 Thes. 2:1-4. Paul plainly tells us that the rapture or the gathering together of the saints will not take place until after the arrival of the antichrist. We must not let anyone deceive us into believing that Christ will come secretly before these events ( Mt. 24:26; Mk. 13:21). At the mid point of the time of antichrist we still do not find a rapture occurring. Instead Godâ€™s people and their innocent little Children are told to flee from the antichrist (Mt. 24:15-22; Mk. 13:14-20; Lk. 21:21-24). We do find Christ coming with power and great glory to gather together His elect after the tribulation (Mt. 24:29-31; Mk. 13:24-27; Lk. 21:25-28). The blessed hope is going to be a glorious and powerful event unlike a secret appearing of Christ where Christians mysteriously vanish from the earth while the others are left behind.
THE WHITE ROBED SAINTS IN HEAVEN
Where did the large number of white-robed, end-time, saints who were found in heaven come from in Rev. 7:9-17? Are they the Pre-trib saints who were raptured? The Bible says that these saints are those who were killed during the tribulation. There is no mention in the Bible of any large group of raptured Christians in heaven. When the fifth seal is opened the souls of those slain during the tribulation is revealed. They are seen in heaven wearing white robes and told that they should wait until their Christian brothers and sisters, who also would be killed during the tribulation, could join them. Why is it the will of God for His people to be martyred rather than raptured? I believe the answer is because the Lord chooses to try His people and those faithful to Him will be purified by their faith, even unto death (Rev. 7:14). Few Christians today would be worthy enough to be raptured. In this Laodicean era they need the purification that comes from persecution and martyrdom. The Lord knows what is best for His people. There was no rapture for other Christians in China, Russia, and Muslim countries who were killed for their faith in Christ. The Lord never promises to deliver His people from persecution or the tribulation period (Jn. 16:33). Jesus warns us that we must be prepared for such times when they come and be faithful even unto death (Rev. 2:10; 12:11).
GATHERING OF THE ELECT
When will the elect be gathered together or raptured? During the tribulation period there will be many scoffers who will say â€œWhere is the promise of his coming?â€ (2 Pet. 3:4-14) They will say this because of they were taught a Pre or Mid-tribulation doctrine. They would not have any grounds to say that if millions of people had vanished from the earth due to a Pre or Mid-tribulation appearing of Christ. The Bible does, however, give us the answer to when the rapture or gathering together of the elect will occur. Jesus Himself said that the rapture of His elect would only take place after the tribulation (Mt. 24:29-31; Mk. 13:24-27). Pre-trib proponents theorize that the elect mentioned here are millions of people who become converted to Christ during the tribulation despite the absence of preachers, Christian believers, Bibles, churches, or the Holy Spirit. The Bible, however, tells us that the unsaved people during the tribulation will not come to repentance but will become hardened in their sins, having a hatred for God because of the judgments that are falling upon them (Rev. 9:20,21; 16:9,11). Instead of Christians being raptured before the tribulation we see some being imprisoned and put to death for their beliefs while others are fleeing to a place of protection (Mt. 24:9-22; Rev. 9:6-11; 12:6, 13-17; 13:15; 18:24). Christ said for the elects sake He would shorten the tribulation period (Mt. 24:22; Mk. 13:20). The Lord never promised to deliver His people from persecution but he does give them peace in the midst of their trials and tribulations. (Jn. 16:33; 2 Tim. 3:12). Christians are certainly not appointed to the wrath of God but they must always be ready to suffer persecution from an evil world.
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BURNING INCENSE TO FALSE GODS: WHY SMOKING IS A SIN!
Many believe that smoking cigarettes is not a sin. Others try to justify it by quoting verses out of context at random. Then there are those who claim that the Bible has nothing to say about smoking. Yet other people will erroneously say that smoking is not harmful because it calms the nerves and makes them more alert. The fact is that smoking is extremely harmful to ones health and to those who are exposed to their second-hand poison. I will show you why cigarette smoking and tobacco addiction is wrong for a Christian. In principle the Bible does have a lot to say about the sinful habit of smoking.
IT IS HARMFUL
Millions of men and women are dying every year from tobacco related illnesses. Smokers are at great risk to get emphysema, COPD and lung cancer. The World Health Organization has estimated that the use of tobacco was responsible for 100 million deaths during the 20th century. There are over 19 known carcinogens or dangerous chemicals in cigarette smoke. Benzopyrene, acrolein and hydrocarbons are among some of the deadly toxins in cigarette smoke that attach to the bodies cells to kill them or turn them into cancer cells. Tobacco smoke also contains radioactive carcinogens that become trapped and deposited in the lungs, releasing radiation into the body for a long time. The combination of carcinogens, hydrocarbons, and radiation being released into the body through cigarette smoke acts as a deadly poison that slowly begins to break down the bodies immune system, like a slow acting suicide, to enable cancer and other diseases to take hold. Hazardous compounds found in the smoke of cigarettes include carbon monoxide and cyanide. These are believed to be responsible for causing heart damage and for destroying the alveoli in the lungs resulting in emphysema and COPD. Cigarette smoking reduces life expectancy by 10-20 years. The Bible teaches that it is wrong for believers to use anything that is harmful to their health. Their body is the temple for the Holy Spirit. We have a divine commission from God to take care of our health and shun things we know is unhealthy and harmful to our bodies (1 Cor. 6:19; Rom. 12:12) The Lord will hold all accountable who willingly defile and destroy their health (1 Cor. 3:17)
IT HARMS AND OFFENDS OTHERS
Second hand smoke is so harmful to those in its path that it can cause them to have damaged blood vessels, asthma, respiratory infections and even cancer. Second hand smoke kills at least 600,000 people per year. We should never bring harm to anyone just because we want to satisfy a carnal lust (Jam. 4:17; 1 Jn. 3:14). We should never set bad examples before others (Rom. 14:15,16). Smoking is a harmful and offensive habit that must be overcome. Do walk in rebellion to the wishes of your family, friends, church, or your God (Isa. 65:2). We are commanded not to offend anyone in anything (2 Cor. 6:3) Forsake the ways of foolishness and go in the way of understanding (Prov. 6:9). Clear your conscience of having poisoned yourself and others (Heb. 13:18). God does not take lightly such offences to your children and family (Mt. 18:6,7). Donâ€™t put their health at risk. Be a caring Christian and never put those in your home or others in harms way with your toxic chemically-laden tobacco smoke. We must never do anything that could bring potential harm to another (Matt. 10:16).
IT IS AN ADDICTIVE LUST
All bad habits are addictive and enslaving. The devil knows how to make things that are harmful to our health addictive and pleasurable to the senses. He has a dark and deadly plan to ensnare people with harmful addictions and lusts so he can destroy their health (Jn. 10:10). The nicotine drug in cigarettes is a psychoactive chemical that stimulates the nervous system giving the effects of mental alertness and calmness. Over time smokers will experience cognitive decline, reduced memory, brain shrinkage and an increased risk for Alzheimerâ€™s. This drug is far more addictive than cocaine or heroin. Jesus offers an abundant life to those who overcome and make right choices in life. Give this enslaving habit to the Lord and let Him forgive you and restore you. Smoking is a carnal and fleshly lust that must be denied and abandoned. Christians are to never come under the enslaving influence of any addiction or bad habit (1 Cor. 6:12). Sinful and enslaving addictions are to have no dominion over a Christian for such things only lead to death (Rom. 6:12-16). Instead consecrate yourself to God and your body to the fulfillment of righteous living (Rom. 6:13).
IT DOES NOT GLORIFY GOD
The smoking and chewing of tobacco and use of other harmful substances cannot glorify God in any way. A Christian is commanded to glorify God in everything they do (1 Cor. 10:31). A Christian is to please God by not using anything that is harmful or sinful (1 Jn. 3:22; Col. 1:10 ). Because we were bought with a great price we are to honor God by offering to him a body that is healthy and holy (Rom. 12:1,2; 1 Cor 6:20). In this way we can glorify God in our body and in our spirit (1 Cor. 6:20).
IT IS UNFAITHFUL STEWARDSHIP
Wasting money to purchase a harmful product to poison yourself and endanger the lives of others is a perfect example of unfaithful stewardship. Smoking is an expensive habit that burns up money that could be used for a more worthy cause. Donâ€™t forget the expensive medical bills you will need to pay someday as a result of smoking. Donâ€™t become an unprofitable servant who lost his soul because he squandered his time and money on a foolish and destructive habit (Mt. 25:30). Be a faithful servant who uses what the Lord gives him wisely and not wastefully (Mt. 25:14-30).
CONNECTION TO SPIRITISM
Smoking was first introduced as a ritual to contact the spirits by the pagan Mayans who worshipped false gods and practiced human sacrifices. People who practice spiritism, such as Shamans, use the smoking of tobacco as a method to communicate with spirits. They believe that when you inhale the smoke you invite the wisdom and inspiration of the spirits to mix with your body and soul. They believe they can share this wisdom and inspiration they receive from the spirits with others when they exhale the smoke. They believe their exhaled smoke would assist in the purification of those receptive souls in the path of their exhaled smoke. The ritual smoking of tobacco, by the Indians, was considered a sacred ceremony to offer incense to the gods and spirits. The peace pipe was considered a charm to appease enemies and to acquire pledges of friendship. The sacred peace pipe was also used to offer smoke to the demon gods and was thought to possess a supernatural power or charming effect. The one who held the pipe was thought to possess power to change circumstances. Tobacco was considered a sacred plant that brought favor upon those who burned or smoked it, in the eyes of the spirits or gods. The Indians were the first to invent cigars and cigarettes. Their predecessor to the modern cigar or cigarette featured tobacco that was rolled up in corn husks. A Christian should have nothing to do with something that has pagan origins and a connection to spiritism (1 Thes. 5:22). Because cigarette smoking is an act of burning incense to false gods and demon spirits it gives these spirits the legal right to invade your life and attack your health and destroy you (2 Ki. 22:17; 23:5; 2 Chr. 28:25; 34:24,25; Jer. 1:16; 7:9; 11:12; 19:4; 44; 48:35). Avoid cigarette smoking and close that door to demonic attack!
Deliverance from cigarette smoking is extremely difficult. Many have tried over and over but have miserably failed. Deliverance workers testify, in their experience with smokers, that there is a significant spiritual element to consider in addition to the nicotine addiction. Deliverance ministers have found that cigarette smoking opens up doorways for demon spirits to invade the lives of those who smoke. These demon spirits can introduce an emotional and psychological element that supports a personâ€™s need to smoke. They can for instance introduce a spirit of depression or cause a smoker to intensely crave nicotine. An addiction spirit may hold a smoker captive by constantly demanding to be satisfied. Once these spirits are rebuked and cast out the smoker can obtain real and lasting deliverance. Remember that it is Christ who gives you strength to overcome (Phil. 4:13; 1 Jn. 4:4), power to resist temptation (1 Cor. 10:13), cleansing from all unrighteousness (1 Jn. 1:9), and a transformed life (Rom. 12:2). Christ enables anyone to become more than a conqueror from any enslaving habit or lust (Rom. 8:37; 1 Cor. 15:57; 2 Cor. 12:9). You will need to get rid of all your cigarettes and no not frequent places or fellowship with people who smoke (Rom. 13:14). If you repent and commit your ways to God He will give you victory over smoking (Ps. 37:4,5; 1 Jn. 1:6-9). God can give you and other believers the power and authority to break all the powers of the enemy in your life (Isa. 54:14; Lk. 10:19). Break the curses of smoking incense to other gods, the curse of self-destruction, and any ancestral curses back 10 generations on both sides. Seek your freedom from this satanic path of physical destruction and let Christ transform your life!
Prayer for Deliverance
Heavenly Father, forgive me of this bondage to smoking and cleanse me of all my unrighteousness. Forgive me for harming my health and the health of my family and all my offence to others. Deliver me from this sinful addiction and set me free from it. Take away all my desire for smoking. I surrender my heart and life to the Lord Jesus Christ and place this bondage at the foot of His cross. In the name of Jesus Christ I command any and all spirits which entered me from smoking to leave me forever. Help me not to develop any other bad habits or to gain weight. Thank You for delivering me from this evil addiction and I give You all the glory, honor, and praise, in Jesus name, amen
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Has God called you to be a "Noah" for your family? I know He has called me! I have built my ark and my family are all aboard; the winds and the storm has already hit us, we are now just awaiting the sign from the Holy Spirit that our "promised land" is just ahead! Enjoy this devotion from Rejoiceministries.org
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Noah Believed and Obeyed God
"Now the earth was corrupt in Godâ€™s sight and was full of violence. God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. So God said to Noah, â€˜I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out.â€™" Genesis 6:11-14
We all have heard or read in Genesis about Noah and the ark. I always am so thankful when I see the many different items in different stores that have a theme of Noahâ€™s Ark. Last year there was even a new family movie out with a modern version of Noahâ€™s Ark, called "Evan Almighty." Noahâ€™s story has a powerful lesson for the world to learn.
I must share with you that more than twenty years ago, my Lord had me read about Noah and asked if I would choose to be a Noah to build an ark to save my own family. Has the Lord asked you that question? What was your answer?
Today please read the story of Noah in Genesis, (Chapters 6-9) comparing your stand to what God told Noah to do. God chose Noah to do His will. Has God chosen "you" to be Godâ€™s example of a righteous and blameless person in your family? God needed someone to listen and obey Him during Noahâ€™s time and He also needs you and me during our time to make a difference. Obedience is not as easy as we think, especially when we are told to do what is contrary to our culture and the worldâ€™s standards. How are you doing in being obedient to Godâ€™s directions and instructions about standing for your marriage? Are you living by your emotions and feelings or by faith and trust in God?
Noah obeyed God, regardless of what his family, friends or anyone else said. As you read the story of Noah you will see that Noah did not debate or ask a lot of questions. He listened to Godâ€™s voice. Noah followed Godâ€™s instructions and he obeyed God.
"Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with Godâ€¦Noah did everything just as God commanded him." Genesis 6:9,22
If Noah had not obeyed the Lord and followed all His instructions the ark would not have survived the floodwaters that flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days.
Can you imagine the consequences if Noah had not obeyed God and did not go into the ark at the time God commanded or instructed him to go? As I read about Noah again, you and I always think of the pictures of the two different kinds of animals that follow up the ramp to go into the ark. Imagine all those animals listening and obeying God to get on the ark at the right time!
"You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive. You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them. Noah did everything just as God commanded himâ€¦Take with you seven of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and two of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate, and also seven of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth. Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made. And Noah did all that the LORD commanded him." Genesis 6:19-22,7:2-5
I know personally that the Lord told me to pray for Bob before we got the divorce, but the circumstances and comments from my friends that I shared with, confirmed with me what I wanted to hear. I had a right to have a better life and remember, my children. So, I became hardhearted, bitter, resentful and allowed hatred and anger to grow in my heart. I chose to live my life "my way, instead of Godâ€™s way." I chose to listen to others, disobey God and I divorced Bob.
Our Lord did truly hear the cry of my heart and He knew deep down that I "did not" want the divorce, but I did not know what to do â€“ so the Lord sent a messenger with His good news. Our Lord God sends messengers to each of us also even though they may not be a glowing angel. My messenger arrived two months after our divorce at our church. A couple was visiting all day sharing their testimony of their marriage being restored as they sang songs. Ann Downing shared that her husband had been an alcoholic, abusive and a womanizer, but she fasted and prayed for him for five years until the Lord gloriously saved and changed his heart.
That afternoon, I called Bob and said this couple was visiting and their marriage was worse than ours, would he come to church with me that evening. I also asked him to forgive me for giving up on him and the Lord. Bob refused to attend and said our marriage was hopeless, dead and "get on with my life." I went to church that evening, really wanting to hear what Ann had done differently than me. In the evening service they shared their testimony, the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart and said ever so loudly, "You did not fast and pray for Bob. You gave up on Me (God) and on Bob. I havenâ€™t. I need you to repent and you need to start praying for Me to heal and restore your marriage supernaturally."
That was the beginning of my Spiritual Journey. The Lord got my attention first and started changing my heart. The world today says if you have marriage problems, throw in the towel and try another marriage. Statistics show that second and third marriages do not last as long as first marriages. The solution is to believe that your Lord God can touch and change two hearts and the circumstances that you are facing today in your marriage.
"Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you." Jeremiah 32:17
God does restore marriages! What if Noah had not listened or obeyed the Lord, what would have happened to his family? The Lord told Noah specifically how to build the ark. God was the Architect. God told him what to do and how to do it. Has the Lord been giving you scriptures for hope and direction for you, for your prodigal and for your family? Are you choosing to listen, believe and obey Him?
Can you imagine when Noah shared with his wife and children what God told him to do when no one had ever seen rain? It took approximately the next 120 years to complete the ark. Noah also had to be faithful, trusting and believing the Lord for a season of time, just as you have been called to do. Can you imagine the ridicule that the neighbors and friends would say to Noah for such a period of time? How many times did they tell Noah that there had never been rain or a flood? You are you wasting your time!
What if you really did not hear from God? I want to remind you that when the Lord starts speaking to you through scriptures, music, or many other ways, "Do not listen to anyone else! The Lord has told you what He is going to do and what â€˜youâ€™ are to do alone!" Just like He spoke to Noah. God told Noah He would save His entire family and God told Noah His plan. You have been chosen by the Lord and you are the link the Lord has chosen to use to save your spouse, your family and generations to come. The Lord will give you every detail you need to know or do in preparing and restoring your marriage.
You may go to family, friends, pastors, or counselors for confirmation and encouragement for what you are doing. You are told there is not any guarantee that your spouse will come home. You are reminded by others that your husband or wife have their own free will. If you get discouraged, remember the enemy is trying to cause confusion and for you to be doubleminded for you to give up your stand. Your family and friends may not always understand. Do you think Noahâ€™s family understood? I do not think so, but I know that Noah kept on doing what the Lord told him to do.
Noah was a man of faith and that is what the Lord is asking and teaching you to be today. Are you going to listen to the world or are you going to believe what the Lord has told you He will do? God did not change His mind when the ark was half finished. Ask the Lord for another confirmation. It is all right to ask God to confirm what He has said to you previously. But how many times does He have to tell you before you obey and follow His instructions? Today, persevere, donâ€™t give up, seek His face and He will guide and direct your pathway to see your restored marriage and His rainbow!
"And God said, â€˜This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds. I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.â€™"Genesis 9:12-15
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Saul was one of the witnesses, and he agreed completely with the killing of Stephen.
Persecution Scatters the Believers
A great wave of persecution began that day, sweeping over the church in Jerusalem; and all the believers except the apostles were scattered through the regions of Judea and Samaria.
2(Some devout men came and buried Stephen with great mourning.)
3But Saul was going everywhere to destroy the church. He went from house to house, dragging out both men and women to throw them into prison.
4But the believers who were scattered preached the Good News about Jesus wherever they went.
5Philip, for example, went to the city of Samaria and told the people there about the Messiah.
6Crowds listened intently to Philip because they were eager to hear his message and see the miraculous signs he did.
7Many evil* spirits were cast out, screaming as they left their victims. And many who had been paralyzed or lame were healed.
8So there was great joy in that city.
9A man named Simon had been a sorcerer there for many years, amazing the people of Samaria and claiming to be someone great.
10Everyone, from the least to the greatest, often spoke of him as "the Great Oneâ€”the Power of God."
11They listened closely to him because for a long time he had astounded them with his magic.
12But now the people believed Philip's message of Good News concerning the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ. As a result, many men and women were baptized.
13Then Simon himself believed and was baptized. He began following Philip wherever he went, and he was amazed by the signs and great miracles Philip performed.
14When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that the people of Samaria had accepted God's message, they sent Peter and John there.
15As soon as they arrived, they prayed for these new believers to receive the Holy Spirit.
16The Holy Spirit had not yet come upon any of them, for they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
17Then Peter and John laid their hands upon these believers, and they received the Holy Spirit.
18When Simon saw that the Spirit was given when the apostles laid their hands on people, he offered them money to buy this power.
19"Let me have this power, too," he exclaimed, "so that when I lay my hands on people, they will receive the Holy Spirit!"
20But Peter replied, "May your money be destroyed with you for thinking God's gift can be bought!
21You can have no part in this, for your heart is not right with God.
22Repent of your wickedness and pray to the Lord. Perhaps he will forgive your evil thoughts,
23for I can see that you are full of bitter jealousy and are held captive by sin."
24"Pray to the Lord for me," Simon exclaimed, "that these terrible things you've said won't happen to me!"
25After testifying and preaching the word of the Lord in Samaria, Peter and John returned to Jerusalem. And they stopped in many Samaritan villages along the way to preach the Good News.
26As for Philip, an angel of the Lord said to him, "Go south* down the desert road that runs from Jerusalem to Gaza."
27So he started out, and he met the treasurer of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under the Kandake, the queen of Ethiopia. The eunuch had gone to Jerusalem to worship,
28and he was now returning. Seated in his carriage, he was reading aloud from the book of the prophet Isaiah.
29The Holy Spirit said to Philip, "Go over and walk along beside the carriage."
30Philip ran over and heard the man reading from the prophet Isaiah. Philip asked, "Do you understand what you are reading?"
31The man replied, "How can I, unless someone instructs me?" And he urged Philip to come up into the carriage and sit with him.
32The passage of Scripture he had been reading was this:
"He was led like a sheep to the slaughter.
And as a lamb is silent before the shearers,
he did not open his mouth.
33He was humiliated and received no justice.
Who can speak of his descendants?
For his life was taken from the earth."*
34The eunuch asked Philip, "Tell me, was the prophet talking about himself or someone else?"
35So beginning with this same Scripture, Philip told him the Good News about Jesus.
36As they rode along, they came to some water, and the eunuch said, "Look! There's some water! Why can't I be baptized?"*
38He ordered the carriage to stop, and they went down into the water, and Philip baptized him.
39When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away. The eunuch never saw him again but went on his way rejoicing.
40Meanwhile, Philip found himself farther north at the town of Azotus. He preached the Good News there and in every town along the way until he came to Caesarea.
Dear Jesus, I pray that I will never take the Holy Spirit for granted, as Simon did, and that I will always be grateful for Your love and Your priceless sacrifice. I also pray that you would lead me clearly as you did Philip, that I would hear Your voice loud and specific. Give me the strength to love and obey. Thank you. I love you! Amen.
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Paul warned Timothy that the "time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths" (2 Timothy 4:3-4).
That warning proved true in Timothy's day, and it has proved true many times since, especially today, when we have a multitude of ear-tickling preachers. How can we recognize them?
We know that deception is very deceiving and that no one is willingly duped. And we know that no one stands up and says, "What I'm teaching is false doctrine meant to deceive and destroy you!"
We also know that it is arrogant for any one of us to think that we alone have sound doctrine while everyone else is in error.
Yet Paul did not warn Timothy in vain, nor is he warning us in vain, and so we must ask ourselves what, exactly, are the distinguishing characteristics of ear-tickling preachers.
1. Ear-tickling preachers bypass self-denial and the cross. Jesus told His disciples that if anyone wanted to follow Him, they had to deny themselves and take up the cross (see Matthew 16:24; Mark 8:34; in Luke 9:23 He says we must take up our cross daily). And Paul taught that "those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires" (Galatians 5:24).
Saying no to self and taking up the cross â€“ meaning, giving up the claim to our own lives, dying to this sinful world and renouncing its claims â€“ is a fundamental part of discipleship. Yet ear-tickling preachers will not talk about it.
The reason is obvious: It is not what our flesh wants to hear.
2. Ear-ticking preachers go light on sin. Throughout the Scriptures, both Old Testament and New Testament, including the Gospels, Acts, the Letters, and Revelation, there are warnings about the dangers of sin and calls to turn away from sin.
Of course, it is absolutely true that through the death and resurrection of Jesus and by the power of the Spirit we have been given victory over sin. And it is absolutely true that the message of grace, rightly understood, turns us away from sin (see Titus 2:11-14).
But that doesn't mean that as leaders, we no longer need to warn our hearers about the deceitfulness of sin or urge them to vigilant against sin. To the contrary, because so much grace has been given to us, our responsibility before God is even greater (see Hebrew 2:1-4; 10:26-31; 12:25-29).
3. Ear-tickling preachers are loved by the world. In 2 Timothy 3, Paul recounted the persecutions and suffering he endured for the gospel â€“they were frequent and intense â€“ and then said, "Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived" (2 Timothy 3:12-13).
Jesus said that the world would treat us the way it treated Him (John 15:18; Matthew 10:24-25) and that His disciples, like the prophets of old, would be persecuted for righteousness sake (Matthew 5:10-12).
"If you were of the world," He said, "the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you" (John 15:19).
But the world doesn't hate ear-tickling preachers because they are "of the world" in their approach to the gospel.
It is one thing to have a good reputation for integrity and purity and to live out what we preach. It is another thing when our message does not offend sinners. As Jesus warned, "Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets" (Luke 6:26).
4. Ear-tickling preachers tell the flesh what it wants to hear. The Old Testament prophets had to deal with this all the time. As Isaiah wrote long ago, "For they are a rebellious people, lying children, children unwilling to hear the instruction of the LORD; who say to the seers, 'Do not see,' and to the prophets, 'Do not prophesy to us what is right; speak to us smooth things, prophesy illusions, leave the way, turn aside from the path, let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel.'" (Isaiah 30:9-11)
In other words, "Don't make us uncomfortable, preacher! Don't make us squirm! Stop confronting us with the standards of a holy God!"
A friend recently shared with me that he learned that the owner of a local strip club was attending the same church that he and his family attended.
His sister-in-law approached the pastor and asked him about it, and the pastor said, "At least he's coming to church. That's better than not coming at all."
That would be true, except that the pastor never said a word about sin and never said anything that would make the man uncomfortable about his exploitation of young women (and others). And so rather than this man getting convicted of his sins and discovering the life-changing love of God, he went home deceived.
Ultimately, my friend and his family had to leave.
5. Ear-tickling preachers get away from the Word and give way to myths. They may use a verse or two in their preaching, but their sermons are driven by their own worldly ideology â€“ especially if it sells â€“ rather than by the content of the Word.
Some even get into the realm of complete fantasy, preaching alleged heavenly or angelic revelations that titillate the ears of the pseudo-spiritual but do not exalt Jesus, do not turn people away from sin, and do not produce lasting spiritual fruit.
I personally believe there are preachers today who genuinely know the Lord but have bought into a lie about the nature of the gospel, and while they think they are helping people, they are really hurting them in the long run.
May God grant these men and women repentance â€“ especially those who actually are charlatans and deceivers â€“ and may God give us discernment, repentance, and a love for the truth, regardless of cost or consequence.
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to learn, share, love and give of ourselves, coming together
in Brotherly Love...as God's inspiration guides and directs
our daily lives...in a oneness of purpose.")
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inspired by the Holy Spirit. Enter into the 'fold' ...and leave
behind that which is troubling, for here are revealed truths
of which many are being deceived of...I Am, instructed to give
truths of the 'Heart'...for of the Divine Spirit, not of 'worldly teachings.'
Bring into this 'Fellowship' HONESTY OF ONES OWN SELF...
I Am, to receive or rebuke comments of interest...integrity of
true 'Fellowship'...must stand by this...for only then shall be
found help and understanding. 'Spiritual Fellowship' shall be
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Trials and Obstacles
Trials and obstacles in our lives can require different response, depending on their cause and/or purpose. If the purpose is to strengthen us and to instruct us in the ways of spiritual warfare, we need to embrace the trials and learn the lessons God is graciously teaching us with open hearts and willing spirits. If the cause is sin, we need to turn from the sin and receive forgiveness.
When we are going through a calamity there are two ways to look at it. (1) Is God allowing the test for the purpose of taking us to a deeper level of maturity and strength? (2) Is it a result of sin? (3) Is it both?
1…Pray for wisdom (James 1:5) to know if the test you are facing is from the Lord. God allows tests for the purpose of taking us to deeper levels of maturity and strength (James 1:2-4). Tests can also teach us about spiritual warfare (Eph. 6:10-18).
2…Recognize that the present calamity may be a result of sin. Ask the Lord to convict you of any sin in your life. Confess what He shows you, and receive His forgiveness. Pray for deliverance from the problem and complete restoration. Remember, God loves you and He gave His only Son to redeem you.
Remember in every situation God is with you and He is in control.
When You Think Of Me, Please Pray For Me,
Encourager Linda Flagg, M.A., B.S., CPCLC
Professional Certified Life Coach & Youth Minister
*Taken From The Spirit Fill Live Bible Study Notes From the Book of Judges (Judges 2:11-15, 3:1,2)
I am getting ready to leave for Cincinnati for a funeral for a 25 year old that overdosed. This has become all to common in that generation. Heroin is wiping out an entire generation it seems. I am praying for the family of the victim. I pray that the are lead to The Lord to seek comfort strength and peace. I pray if The Lord needs me He will give me His heart, eyes, ears, and words. I pray I walk in His strength.
Lord I ask You to powerfully come into this world of drugs, death, and evil. Lord lead all to You, Lord set these addicts free.
Thank You Jesus Amen
It has been a long time since I posted anything, and if any of you missed me here I am to say sorry. Things have been going good in my life as I lean in to God more. Yes I am still standing for my marriage and God is moving mountains.
Now on with the post titled forgiveness so it must be about forgivness then, right? Nope I'm going to write about baby puppies and little kittens. Yes of course I'm going to write about forgivness.
We live in a world that is extremely unforgiving, every one wants revenge or to get even if someone did something wrong too or around them. Not just that but some people hold a grudge if something good happens to someone else and not them, like if a coworker gets a promotion you wanted or even needed and you were over looked you get angry and upset and if that person gets fired your a little relieved that you get a chance again. Not saying you or I are guilty of anything like this but you get the idea. Its a very cold and unforgiving world out there.
We all know Jesus died on the cross and shed His blood so we can be forgiven for our sins, but what does Gods word say about us forgiving others for their actions?
Matthew 18: 21-22 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, â€œLord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times? â€œJesus answered, â€œI tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.â€
That's a lot of forgiveness towards someone. I have two points to make on why we forgive, the first one recently hit me like a water balloon full of cement, it hurt and left a mark.
Point one we need to forgive in order to be forgiven
Matthew 6:14-15 For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
Ouch is right! Is anything more important than being forgiven by God? NO!!! I was watching a YouTube video the other day that made this point so real to me. In this video a pastor died and an angel took him to see heaven. It was beautiful and everything you would expect from what the bible tells us and so much more. Then the angel took him to hell. And man was it a dark scary picture I wouldn't wish that pain on anyone. It wasn't the image of hell that got me it was what the angel told this pastor that freaked me out. He said to him, "if you where to die today this would be your portion."
The pastor said "there is no way I have lead thousand to the Lord there is no way."
The angel replied "because you didn't forgive you where never forgiven."
I will post a link to this clip here as well.
I tell you what that opened my eyes and I went down a list of every single person that had done wrong in my life and I spoke forgiveness to God. I even forgave myself for my stupidity before Christ.
I don't want to chance losing because of my stuberness
As Paul says we must hold on to our salvation with fear and trembling in Philippians 2:12 and again Paul speaking of losing the prize by making his body his slave in 1 Corinthians 9:27.
Can anyone actually sin against you?
I'll leave this answer to you. As the psalmist wrote
Psalms 51:4 Against You, You only, I have sinned And done what is evil in Your sight, So that You are justified when You speak And blameless when You judge.
To me this verse is saying anything I do wrong is against God. If I am lied to by someone is it a covenant between me and them broken? No its a covenant between God and them, even if they do not know it. Being unforgiving to that person for the lie turns us into a judge and is not anger against someone an action of revenge?
Romans 12:19 Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, "VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY," says the Lord.
So suming it up it is very important to forgive EVERYONE no matter what. For one so we can be forgiven and second its not us who where wronged but God.
I hope this helps someone and I thank you for taking the time to read it. And as promised here is that link.
Thank you and God bless
My Prayer Partners,
I am sure I have blessed you with this prayer in bits and pieces this year. And you are welcome to bless all those you love and care about with this prayer. May God answer this prayer with a Yes, Amen, So Be It in Jesus' name over our lives. Have a blessed Holiday Season and New Year.
Ephesians 3:20: Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.
Prayer Focus-Let's Pray: God I ask You in Jesus’ name bless me with everything that I stand in need of and everything that You want me to have. Bless me to prosper, be in excellent health, and cause my soul to prosper in the Word of God. Bless me with an overwhelming desire to grow in the true knowledge of You God, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. As I grow in my knowledge of You, let my love for You grow. Cause me to fall more in love with You, and let grace and peace be magnified within me.
Bless me God with the greatest love and desire to live my life in a manner worthy of You and strengthen me with the power to do so. Search my heart O Lord; and if You see anything that is not of You, deliver me from it. Deliver me from everything in my life that is not of You. Let every desire I have line up to the purpose You created me for. God let the mind that is in Christ Jesus be in me, and bless me with a heart after Your own heart. A heart that lives and beats to please you, a heart that will do everything that You want me to do, so that I will successfully fulfill my God purpose. God from the depths of my heart may I praise and honor You above all things.
God bless and cause me to be a bold commercial, telling the world about You, while walking in love and excellence in Christ Jesus. God let no weapon ever formed against me prosper. Protect and keep me safe from all hurt, harm, danger, the plots and plans of the enemy of my soul. Confound and consume my enemies, cover them with reproach, dishonor, and cause them to turn back. God bless me exceeding abundantly above all that I have ever asked, prayed, thought, dreamed, or wanted. God all that I have asked of You in this prayer, please do the same for the writer of this prayer, all those I love, and all those I care about. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You Lord Jesus. Amen.
Have A Blessed Holiday Season and New Year!
Encourager Linda Flagg, M.A. B.S., BCPCLC
Psalms 103:3-5: Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases. Who redeems your life from destruction who crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercies. Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that you youth is renewed like the eagles.
Psalms: 107:20: He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
Psalms: 118:17: I shall not die, but, live and declare the works of the Lord.
Revelation 12:11: And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony
God in Jesus’ name I ask You to completely heal me of all diseases (physical, spiritual, and emotional). Redeem my life from destruction. Crown my head with Your loving kindness and tender mercies. Satisfy my mouth with only good things and renew my youth like the eagles.
God engulf me in Your love and presence! Cover me in the blood of Jesus Christ. Let Jesus’ blood run through me, saturating my very being, washing, cleansing, healing, and making me whole in You. God continue to bless me and cause me to walk in excellent health all the days of my life. I believe and decree that "By Your Stripes I am completely healed of all diseases (physical, spiritual, and emotional).
In Jesus’ holy name, I curse to the roots and I cancel every assignment/weapon the enemy of my soul has formed against me: all sickness, all diseases (cancers, heart disease, high blood pressure, etc.), death, pain, heartaches, wounded spirit, poverty, doubt, disbelief, and anything else that does not line up with the precious Word of God in my life. Satan I command you in Jesus’ name to leave my body and my presence. I believe and decree that this day and every day Lord Jesus, Your name will be glorified in my life, for saving, blessing, healing, and delivering me, and for all the miracles that You have done, You are doing right now, and will do in my life. God I will testify of Your goodness and greatness.
God I thank You for forgiving all my iniquities, healing me of all my diseases. Thank You for redeeming my life from destruction and crowning me with Your loving kindness and tender mercies. Thank You for satisfying my mouth with good things (healthy foods and drinks only). Thank You for renewing my youth like an eagle. God I will give You all the Glory, Honor, and Praise in Jesus Holy name. And God all that I have asked of You, degreed, and declared in this prayer please do the same for all those I love, care about, and the writer of this prayer. Thank You Lord Jesus for Your healing power over each of our lives. Amen, so be it, and it is so!
God Is So In Love With YOU!
Encourager Linda Flagg, M.A., B.S., BCPCLC
Board Certified Professional Christian Life Coach
"As a child of God included in your inheritance is the right to good health. Continue to go to the Doctor that God leads you to.
God uses Doctors and medicine to do a great work. When God heals you, the doctor’s report will confirm it. The bottom line, God is the Healer."
Excerpt from the Book: Lord Encourage Me. Copyright © 200l by Encourager Linda Flagg, M.A.,
After being absent for about a year, mood settings are back.
Select your mood from the happy face icon in the upper right of any page. Then click update.
It will show in your profile and posts in various areas. Everyone will now be on notice as to your last known mood.
It also works on mobile - click the 3 bars (menu) in the upper right, then the happy face icon.
They're premade. So there's not really any easy way to add to them.
Example of mood showing on post under the profile picture:
1Jn 4:17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.
Many of us go through life like a pin machine, being bounced from one bumper to another with no real stability in our lives. These are born again believers I am speaking of.
Why is that?
Because we don't know our identity in Christ and also, most churches teach law and grace which keeps us in bondage to the fear that God is angry with us and because He is, He refuses to help us. This is far from the truth.
Jn 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.
Here is a testimony who realized what Jesus has done for her:
This woman was diagnosed as Bi-polar 2 and when she heard a teaching by Joseph Prince on As Jesus is, so are you int this world, she began to confess:
"Just as Jesus brain is, just as His mental health is, so is mine in this world"
She continued, I professed healing like a robot, and I went about my life planning to seek treatment. A few days into it, confessing, As Jesus brain is, as His mental health is, so is mine in this world, she began to notice really odd changes. She had stopped feeling anxious, though anxiety had been part and parcel of her life. As the days went by, she began to receive outstanding knowledge and faith in her heart that she was healed. She doesn't know how it all came about because she was not operating out of faith at all. She is glad to report that it has been 1 1/2 months and she is completely healed. Her mind is completely cleared, her self esteem restored.
Others have taken this verse and said, Jesus, you don't have pain in your body, and neither do I.
Jesus you don't have lumps in your breast, neither do I, for as you are, so am I in this world.
Jesus you don't have eating problems, neither do I, for as you are, so am I in this world.
What ever your need is, Jesus has already dealt with it.
It's not a one time speaking, but it's continual speaking out what Jesus has done and how your body will begin to align to the truth of the one who is truth.
Shalom, shalom (wholeness, soundness, health)
you can go to Joseph Prince's site and read the other testimonies there that will encourage you to press into Jesus.
Joshua 1:9: Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
James 2:26: For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
Let’s Pray: God I ask You in Jesus’ name, encourage me. Let me not give in to worry, fear, doubt, hopelessness, and discouragement. God give me Your strength, faith, courage, hope, and peace to endure the tests, trials, and challenges that You allow to come my way. God don’t let me give up or give in to despair and depression. God quiet me with Your love. Let me know that everything is going to be alright.
God give me a clear vision for the greatness You have for my life and let everything in my life come subject to that vision. Show me my worth and value to You and to the Kingdom of God. Help me to live by faith in You as I continue to work toward fulfilling my God given dreams and goals.
God let me not focus on what I lack or the setbacks, but help me keep my focus on the goodness of the Lord. Help me not to worry about anything but come to You with everything in prayer. God daily let me find myself counting my blessing and appreciating all that You do in my life. God You Are Good and You Are So Good to Me. I prophecy to myself, “ God You are going to come through for me just as You have promised in Your Word.” God You are faithful to Your Word. Strengthen me to always be faithful to Your Word. Strengthen me to continue to honor You with my life, thoughts, and actions. God all that I have asked of You in this prayer, please do the same for all those I love, care about and the writer of this prayer. Thank You Jesus. Thank You Jesus. Thank You Jesus. Thank You Jesus. Thank You Lord Jesus. Amen.
Encourager Linda Flagg, M.A., CS
Certified Life Coach & Youth Minister
... where there seems to be no way.
Even in small things...
Trusting God and having faith in him to work out our problems, even small ones, gives him glory and honor and He will provide a way, a solution, a fix to whatever little or big problem we are facing.
I have been walking by faith for many months now... and just this week God granted me another answered prayer. I am still not receiving my salary, my husband although has a job, his earning is not that much to sustain our needs.
Last month the computer I was using for work, got broken, i prayed and asked for God's help, I prayed he provide the money to buy the parts needed, it took weeks before he answered my prayer, but even if it took long, i waited patiently, and used the slow computer we have, which taught me to become more patient too, as I waiting for site to load takes so long and I have to do admin job at 5 sites. I know in those situation there is something that God wants me to learn... that is to be patient and always have faith.
Through a prayer partner and friend God had blessed me with a new CPU much better and faster than the old one I was using. I only prayed for provision to buy parts to have it fixed, but God gave me more, something better. Talk about trusting a great God :). It was like... hey daughter, throw that away, I will give you a new one, because I have been delighted in you...
The past months, I have desired and praying and working on pleasing the Father, on doing the things that will please him.
These are some of the verses i live by daily...
Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Walking by faith... Believing that God will see me through, in all my trials, in all my needs, in all my hardships.
My mortgage, delay in monthly payments is still gaining as I have not received my salary to pay even for it, but I believe God will help me, will provide for the payments for it, and His help will come in His perfect time.
I got scared the past few weeks thinking about my house, but God said during my devotion .. "do not fear...I will save you" I believe and trust Him.
As for my husband... well we have been going to church weekly, and I see many changes in him, at church he joins praise and worship now, singing during praise and worship, praise God. His spiritual restoration will come soon, God will make a way that he will start serving Him once more.
God's ways are different from our ways, all we have and need to do is to trust Him, to have faith in Him.
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.
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THE COUNTERFEIT SABBATH!
THE GREAT PERVERSION
Why is most of the Christian world keeping a day sacred that has not been sanctified by God? Why have they substituted the first day of the week for the true Sabbath day that God commanded us to keep? Is this not a sign of apostasy in substituting a counterfeit day for the true Sabbath day? Do we not become transgressors of the law when we violate the fourth commandment of God? Why has this perversion taken place? How did a counterfeit day replace the day God has sanctified and commanded to be kept holy forever? This study will show how this great perversion came about and how Satan deceptively changed the Sabbath to Sunday? Because of this great perversion of Satan most of the Christian world is in bondage to the traditions and commandments of uninspired men. Find out now how the satanic agenda to pervert the Sabbath by substituting a counterfeit day of worship came to pass!
WHY DO MOST CHRISTIANS WORSHIP ON SUNDAY?
Christian leaders, who support Sunday worship in place of the Sabbath, tell us the reason is because we now commemorate the resurrection of Christ. But did Christ command us to keep Sunday as the Lordâ€™s day, instead of the seventh day Sabbath? There is absolutely no commandment from Christ in the Bible that authorizes us to do this? Christ instituted the communion to commemorate His death and resurrection., not Sunday worship. Nowhere in the Bible is there any scriptural support for transferring the Sabbath to Sunday. God says He never breaks or alters His word or His covenants (Ps. 89:34). The Lordâ€™s day has always been the seventh day Sabbath (Isa. 58:13). And will remain the Sabbath day perpetually through all generations and forever on the new earth (Isa. 66:22,23). This also discredits those who teach that the Ten Commandments and the Sabbath day were abolished by Christ under the New Covenant. Jesus stated that He came not to destroy or abolish the law but to fulfill it (Matt. 5:18-20). It is not the moral law of God contained in the Ten Commandments that was abolished by Christ but the 640 handwritten ordinances written by Moses, called the Law of Moses (Col. 2:14). It was these 640 ceremonial laws and Sabbath feast days that were nailed to the cross rather than the Ten Commandments (Col. 2:16,17). The New Covenant contains all of the Ten Commandments (Rom. 13:8-10; Matt. 24:20; Heb. 4:1-11). The Apostles taught that the Commandments are to be kept (Jam. 2:10,11), including the seventh day Sabbath (Heb. 4:1-11). Paul taught that we do not abolish the law but establish it in our lives through faith (Rom. 3:31). The difference between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant is that Christ has made a way for us to fulfill the righteousness of the law through the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:1-4). Under the New Covenant we no longer keep the law to be saved but because we are saved (Jn. 14:15). Jesus is the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him and keep His commandments (Heb. 5:9; Rev. 22:14).
SATANâ€™S COUNTERFEIT SABBATH
It all began with Baal worship or Sun worship. Baal or Sun worship is really just an ancient form of Babylonian witchcraft. Nimrod and his wife Semiramis are believed to be the true founders of witchcraft, Freemasonry and Roman Catholicism. Nimrod was worshiped as the Sun-God and his wife Semiramis as the Moon-Goddess. Baal worshippers also believed in the Star gods from which astrology is derived. In the Baal worship witchcraft cults like wicca, the Sun was considered to be the god of nature and the ruler of the zodiac. December 25th was kept thousands of years before Christ by the heathenistic Sun worshippers in honor of their pagan Messiah, Tammuz, who was the son of the Sun-God, Nimrod. Sunday was the day of the week in which these ancient Babylonian pagans chose to honor and dedicate to their Sun-God. Sunday was known by Sun worshippers as â€œthe venerable day of the Sun.â€
HOW SUNDAY BECAME THE LORDâ€™S DAY
If neither Christ nor His Apostles changed the Sabbath to Sunday how did this come to pass? The first known Sunday law was enacted by Constantine I in 321 A.D. The edict called for the magistrates and people to rest and close their workshops on the sacred day of the Sun. Baal worship was widely practiced in ancient Rome during the time of Constantine. â€œSol Invictusâ€ (the Invincible Sun) was a supreme deity of the Roman Empire. It was Constantine who blended together the heathenism of ancient Rome with Christianity to create the Roman Catholic Church. Two very notable Sun worship festivals were â€œChristianizedâ€ by this unholy union. The birthday of the Sun was called Christmas and the Christian Sabbath became Sunday in honor of the Sun worship festival which was dedicated to the Sun-God, who in all reality was the Lucifer, the devil. â€œA few years after Constantineâ€™s (Sunday worship) decree, the Bishop of Rome conferred on Sunday the title of the Lordâ€™s day. Thus the people were gradually led to regard it as possessing a degree of sacredness.â€ (The Great Controversy Between Christ and Satan, E. G. White, p. 44) Bishop Eusebius, who lived during Constantineâ€™s time, proclaimed that the Catholic Church transferred everything applicable to the Christian Sabbath to their new sacred Sunday, which they regarded as more honorable and in which they called the Lordâ€™s day. Sixteen years later the Roman Catholic Church, through the Council of Laodicea, A.D. 337, issued the following church cannon in support of Sunday worship. â€œChristians shall not Judaize and be idle on Saturday (the Sabbath), but shall work on that day; but the Lordâ€™s day they shall especially honor, and as being Christians, shall if possible, do no work on that day. If, however, they are found Judaizing, they shall be shut [â€œanathema,â€â€”excommunicated] from Christ.â€ So this is how Satan, through the Roman Catholic Church, substituted a counterfeit Sabbath that was dedicated to himself through idolatry, for the sanctified seventh day Sabbath that was blessed by God. Satan made war with the early Sabbath keepers who refused to bow to Baal worship. These Sabbath keepers faced severe persecution from Rome and were tortured, imprisoned and killed for their faithfulness to God and His holy day.
BOWING DOWN TO ROMANISM
The Roman Catholic Church claims that Sunday keeping is purely an invention of theirs. â€œSunday is a Catholic institution, and its claims to observance can be defended only on Catholic principlesâ€¦â€ (Catholic Press, Sydney, Australia, Aug. 1900) Catholic Historian John Gilmary Shea, wrote in â€œThe American Catholic Quarterly Review, Jan. 1883, p. 139, that â€œThe Sunday as a day of the week set apart for the obligatory worship of Almighty God is purely a creation of the Catholic Church.â€ Albert Smith, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Baltimore admitted that â€œIf Protestants would follow the Bible, they should worship God on the Sabbath day. In keeping the Sunday they are following a law of the Catholic Church.â€ Priest Thomas Enright, president of the Redemptorist College, in Kansas City, Missouri, penned the following statement: â€œProve to me from the Bible alone that I am bound to keep Sunday holy. It is a law of the holy Catholic Church alone. The Bible says â€˜Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.â€™ The Catholic Church says, No. By my divine power I abolish the Sabbath day and command you to keep holy the first day of the week. And lo! The entire civilized world bows down in reverent obedience to the command of the Holy Catholic Church.â€ The Catholic Church claims they got the authority to change the Sabbath to Sunday from Jesus Christ. The Catholic Church claims: â€œThe Pope is not only the representative of Jesus Christ, but he is Jesus Christ Himself, hidden under the veil of flesh.â€ (The Catholic National, July, 1895)
WHO WILL YOU FOLLOW?
Dear friend you must make a decision as to whom you will follow. Will you follow Christ and keep His commandments or will you follow the commandments of men. If you choose to follow the counterfeit Sunday Sabbath you worship God in vain (Matt. 15:9). Sunday observance is paying homage to the pagan idolatrous practices of Babylon and the Roman Catholic Church. Sunday keeping is a mark of irreverence and disloyalty to Almighty God and an act of worship to the Papacy. To transgress the fourth commandment of God in order to obey a man-made, devil inspired, precept offends God and honors Popery. If we choose the authority of the Pope over Christ we also break the first commandment and commit idolatry. Why desecrate and defile the holy Sabbath that God consecrated for rest and worship for the veneration of a pagan, man-made counterfeit that honors the Sun-God, who is really Lucifer? Awake friend and no longer dishonor God and profane His holy Sabbath! Jesus says to no longer reject the commandment of God for a worthless, man-made counterfeit (Mk. 7:9,13). Repent of this disgrace and disobedience to God and ask Him to cleanse you of this transgression ( 1 Jn. 1:9) and return to His holy Sabbath (Neh. 13:15-22). Our duty to God is to worship Him and honor Him on the day He has established and consecrated (Ex. 20:8-11; Heb. 4:1-11). We cannot have an abiding relationship with Christ if we do not keep His commandments (1 Jn. 2:3-5). Enter into His seventh day Sabbath rest today and reap the blessings of obedience (Heb. 4:10; Isa. 58:13,14)
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Since we have the knowledge of good and evil, from eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, we, as humans, can not deny the basic tenant that doing good is good and doing evil is bad. The one who denies this is very insane with a lie of the evil one. Yet this so basic of a tenant is forgotten so often in what we end up doing because our wicked heart won't agree with our reasoning that tells us good good and evil bad. And our culture doesn't help. Do you like the King of Pop, Michael Jackson? He made it cool to be bad. "I'm bad, I'm bad, you know it... who's bad?" Anyway, not surprisingly, since he's no Christian artist, the rest of the song lyrics reflect the fact that he's saying that a Christian man is not a real man. All I can say is Jesus is the King of Kings, and He'll be the one getting all the glory in the end! So what does all of this mean for you and me? Of course nothing without the trust of our Lord Master and Savior Jesus the Christ at our right side, at our hip so that we can swing away at the foes with the sword of the spirit! And who are our foes? Let's look at Scripture: Ephesians 6:12 "For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world's rulers of the darkness of this age, and against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places." So don't underestimate the powers of wicked forces in others. They are strongly influenced by evil philosophies and rulers if not entirely as with the unsaved. Do your work to extinguish this evil. In the world you will have many troubles, yet fear not for I am ever with you thus says the Lord.
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Foul spirit of Jezebel, I stand against you in Jesus name! It is written in the Word of God that whatsoever I bind on earth shall be bound in heaven and whatsoever I loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Therefore, I bind up the spirit of Jezebel in the heavenlies. I bind up Jezebel with chains from heaven, and I loose Godâ€™s holy warrior angels to battle on our behalf.
Father, we ask that you send forth your angels from heaven to help cast out this demonic spirit. There is no throne for you Jezebel. You are no queen. You are common, and you are a liar. You are not a virgin; you are a whore. You are not tender and delicate; you are an ugly, wrinkled, old witch. I take away & destroy all false idols and all sacrifices destroying the sanctity of marriage. There shall be no sacrifices! I command you to take the millstone and grind the meal. Remove your veil, uncover your locks, lift up the skirt, bare your thigh & cross over the rivers. I expose your nakedness & expose your shame to the world!
I come in the name of the Lord of Israel, the Lord of Hosts. Flee to the isle of Chittim! You, Jezebel, will find no rest for you are defeated in Jesus name! The smoke rises up to heaven, as with Sodom & Gomorrah. You are defeated and your men are destroyed. You shall become a widow in one hour. You shall suffer loss of children. The Lord says He will toss you into a bed & burn you with fire. I pour the Blood of Jesus all over you for it cleanses, purifies and sets the captives free.
â€¢ I take a stand to rebuke, bind, and banish to hell the spirit of Jezebel.
â€¢ I rebuke and cut off the harlots and mistresses of Jezebel and break their power over marriages.
â€¢ I war against this spirits' intimidation & control to set all captives free.
â€¢ I declare in faith that every chain on every captive that this spirit has is destroyed and broken.
â€¢ I break & smash the power, manipulation, lies, denial, and deception caused by the spirit of Jezebel.
â€¢ I rebuke all spirits of false teaching & false prophecy connected to Jezebel.
â€¢ I pray for spouses to be delivered from pride, infatuation, seduction, lust, perversion, rebellion, selfishness, fornication, adultery, whoredom, and witchcraft plotted against them by the spirit of Jezebel.
â€¢ I pray for husbands & wives to be delivered from sexual sin, immorality, and idolatry.
â€¢ I bind up the powers of the witch and seal them.
â€¢ I pray that the wickedness of Jezebel be revealed to whole world. I pray that all corruption, destruction, nakedness and shame caused by Jezebel be exposed!
â€¢ I recognize that wayward men & women covertly operate in a Jezebel spirit.
â€¢ I recognize that this spirit torments menâ€™s souls and that the battle is not with our spouses, but against the spirit of Jezebel.
â€¢ I renounce & remove the spirit of Jezebel from the throne of menâ€™s hearts.
I pray restoration for marriages, in the name of Jesus. I declare freedom, deliverance, healing, joy, and peace for all captives, in the mighty name of Jesus.
I claim this victory through the Blood of the Lamb and by the Word of God. I rejoice with thanksgiving to God & triumph in His glory. In Jesusâ€™ name, AMEN!
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THE LUCIFERIC INITIATION:
SATANâ€™S PASSPORT TO HELL
Is there a dark and diabolical New Age Plan inspired by Satan the devil to indoctrinate and deceive mankind into taking a mark to signify initiation into a New Global Age? What global and spiritual transformations are necessary to enter into this New World Order? Will this monstrously evil plan culminate in the genocidal death and destruction of billions of people, bringing about the most horrible and chaotic times ever seen on planet earth? Has this conspiratorial New Age Plan of Satan been accurately and prophetically foretold in the pages of the Bible?
A LUCIFERIC NEW AGE
There are currently many New Age manuals that provide detailed information about a Luciferic New Age and a coming Luciferic Initiation that will be required by all in order to enter this New Age. Many of these New Age books, such as the â€œKeys of Enochâ€ and â€œThe Rays and Initiationsâ€ were actually written by demon spirits who channeled messages through New Age occultists. The demon spirit known as Djwhal Khul is said to have authored over a dozen unholy Bibles through the occultist Alice Bailey. Other New Age writers claim inspiration from their own personal spirit guides. Prominent New Age leader David Spangler in his book â€œReflections on the Christâ€ describes the Luciferic New Age: â€œLucifer works within each of us to bring us to wholeness, and as we move into a new ageâ€¦each of us in some way is brought to that point which I term the Luciferic initiationâ€¦It is one that many people now and in the days ahead will be facing, for it is initiation into the New Age.â€ Rather than depicting Lucifer as Satan the devil and supreme master over hell and the demonic spirit real, New Agers view this wicked being as â€œthe spirit brother of Christâ€ or the â€œheroic angel of mans spiritual evolution.â€ Lucifer they say is the â€œlight bearerâ€ who awakens humanities desire for divinity and enables people to achieve Christ-consciousness, by crossing the rainbow bridge to self-godhood by obtaining oneness with the â€œcosmic Christâ€ a spiritual being who indwells them and leads them to enlightenment. Christ-consciousness is simply a deceptive New Age term for demonic possession, becoming one with the universal cosmic essence of Lucifer. When enough demonically-possessed New Age Luciferians having the Christ-consciousness converge their psychic powers and awareness it will produce a Paradigm shift in global consciousness resulting in a quantum leap into a Luciferic New Age of peace and harmony. Christians, resisters, and all other New Age unbelievers who refuse to accept the Luciferic Initiation will be permanently removed from society.
NEW AGE TRANSFORMATION
Satanâ€™s ultimate goal is to possess every human being so that they will be damned for eternity and be subject to his own fate and eternal misery. New Age transformation or holism is a counterfeit of the Christian born again experience. A satanic rebirth happens when one becomes possessed by an unholy spirit and receives an â€œawakeningâ€ or self-realization and begins a spiritual journey to be remolded into the image desired by Satan. Communicating with an â€œinner lightâ€ or â€œhigher self,â€ the presence of mystical or psychic gifts, the desire to worship nature or practice occult rituals and the presence of evil spirit-entities are indications that one has been possessed and has undergone New Age Transformation, becoming one with Satan. In the New Age a holistic person is one who has become one with Satan, having a unified relationship with an evil power, possessed by evil spirits and in bondage to Satan. Today many worship Satan under many different names, occult practices, cults, religions, secret societies pagan deities, and false gods and goddesses. Ultimately, Satan, on the day of declaration when he is declared the New Age Messiah, will demand that all mankind accept the Luciferic initiation, take his mark of allegiance and worship him incarnated in the Antichrist world ruler. This Satanically-incarnated man of supreme wickedness will become the evil dictator of a New World Order where Lucifer is exalted and the true God of the Bible is debased. (see Rev. 13)
THE METATRONIC SEAL
Metatron was the name used by the ancient occultists of the Babylonian Mystery Religion for Lucifer. Metatron is an excellent name for the devil because it actually means â€œleft hand of the Father.â€ The seal of Lucifer that all citizens of the New Age must receive is the Metatronic seal. After receiving the Metatronic seal an individual becomes a full-fledged citizen of the New Age. Initiates have become their own Christ and are given the name of their master which is the name of the beast. All who have the Metatronic seal are members of a superior New Age race of gods, united to Lucifer and in which the powers of the universe are made accessible. Is this the seal that the apparitions of Mary urge all faithful Catholics to receive in order to enter the New Age? Could this also be the â€œmark of the beastâ€ of Revelation 13:16-18 that the Antichrist causes all to receive in their right hand or forehead? Will the Metatronic seal be the injectable bio-chip implants that have been mass produced and ready for an Antichrist dictator to utilize at his command and require all to receive through a Luciferic initiation process? Could it be Satanâ€™s plan to demonize humanity by sealing their allegiance to him for all eternity with a mark that will implant within their minds a desire to worship him as God.
THE NUMBER 666
In order to deceive the public New Agers try to falsely depict the number 666 as a good number that represents divine light leading to godhood. The Bible tells us however, that the coming evil Antichrist world ruler can be successfully identified by calculating the number of his name which totals to 666. According to Revelation 13:17,18, no one will be permitted to buy or sell in the global New World Order economy unless he has the mark of the beast, the number of the beast or the number of his name. The demon spirit Djwhal Khul revealed in, â€œThe Treatise on Cosmic Fire,â€ that the number 666 had great significance for the future of man and planet earth. This number would become of vital importance in order to initiate man into the â€œmystery of iniquityâ€ by the New Age Antichrist. Cosmic justice will befall all who refuse to accept this initiation unto their utter destruction, he declared.
THE PLANETARY COMMISSION
Under the Great Commission of Jesus Christ disciples went out into the world to save souls but the Planetary Commission of Satan is when New Age disciples become active in leading people to New Age transformation, damning their souls for eternity. Because of Satanists like J.K. Rowling who authors the Harry Potter witchcraft books over 14 million children are involved in Satanism. If not enough of the spiritually inferior races such as Christian believers are purged of their negative consciousness then a mass Planetary initiation will have to take place, according to New Age teachers. Those who refuse to embrace Lucifer and his New Age are like cancer cells on the body of humanity. Their bad â€œkarmic debtâ€ can only be paid by death. Devoted New Ager, Benjamin CrÃ¨me has declared that people will be able to pledge their loyalty to Lucifer by receiving the Luciferic initiation at â€œrevitalized Christian churchesâ€ and Masonic lodges. The Planetary commission of the New Age calls on all New Agers to unite in converting Christians to the New Age and to help abolish Christianity forever. The Holy Bible must be permanently abolished and replaced with esoteric texts and New Age scriptures. The Christian religion must be replaced with a New Age World Religion that exalts Lucifer. A â€œnecessary and justifiableâ€ destruction of Christianity, they say, is eminent.
THE NEW AGE INQUISITION
The processing of humanity will be the coming great global purification process, instigated by the Antichrist that will determine the fate and destiny of every living individual on the earth. Those who refuse the Luciferic initiation will be sent to detention centers for rehabilitation. Those who cannot be rehabilitated as well as those deemed unfit for the New Age, will be sent to death camps for extermination. Police states like Nazi Germany or a communist Russia under Stalin will emerge in every country. Project L.U.C.I.D (The Beast 666 Universal Human Control System) will then kick into high gear as the book that bears the same name suggests. Bible believers and other resisters will be arrested and their property confiscated. They will then be transported to a detention center or prison camp of some type to be processed, categorized, and/or eliminated. The final and horrible end result, according to Asher, the spirit guide of prominent New Ager, John Randolf Price, will be â€œtwo and one half billion, men, women and children that will be killed.â€ Alice Baileyâ€™s Spirit guide, Djwhal Khul agrees by stating that a full â€œone third of all humanityâ€ who refuse the New Age will vanish from the earth.
AVOID THE PASSPORT TO HELL!
The Bible plainly teaches that Satan does indeed have a New Age Plan to deceive the world into worshipping him and taking his mark by using a powerful world dictator and a deceptive, miracle-working false prophet to accomplish it. the Bible calls this "Luciferic Initiation" the Mark of the Beast. Most of the world will end up worshipping the devil except for the true Christians. Not only will the incarnated Antichrist rule over the entire world but he will make war with the saints and overcome them. All who reject the Luciferic initiation and refuse to worship the image of the beast and take the mark will be put to death (Rev. 13). The Bible also declares that â€œIf any man worships the beast and his image and receive his mark in his forehead or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstoneâ€¦and the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day or night who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.â€ Everyone in the last days will be required to make a choice between Christ or Lucifer. Do you want eternal life or eternal damnation? The Luciferic initiation is a sure passport to the kingdom of hell! Make the right choice and avoid Satanâ€™s one-way passport to hell and be rewarded instead, by God, with eternal life in heaven (Mt. 5:10, 10:28). The choice will be yours!
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THE SHOCKING TRUE IDENTITY OF SANTA CLAUS!
Have you ever wondered just who Santa Claus really is? Is he just a mythical being that someone made up? Does he represent the false Germanic god, Thor, who has very similar characteristics to Santa Clausâ€¦or does he really represent a more ominous being, who is real and familiar to us all? Is he just an imaginary figure made up to honor a popular and benevolent Catholic saint named Saint Nicholasâ€¦or is he really â€œOld Nick?â€ Why do so many people teach their children about Santa? Is Santa really Kriss Kringle, another name for Christâ€¦or could he be a counterfeit Christ? Why is he so popular in the world today, capturing the love and adoration of millions? Maybe it is a good idea to discover just who Santa Claus really is!
ORIGIN OF SANTA CLAUS
â€œWhen the Dutch came to America and established the colony of New Amsterdam, their children enjoyed the traditional visit of Saint Nicholas on December 5; for the Dutch had kept this ancient Catholic custom even after the reformation. Later, when England took over the colony it became New York, the kindly figure of Sinter Klaas (pronounced Santa Claus) soon aroused among the English children the desire of having such a heavenly visitor come to their homes, too. The English settlers were glad and willing to comply with the anxious wish of their children. However, the figure of a Catholic saint and bishop was not acceptable in their eyes, especially since many of them were Presbyterians, to whom a bishop was repugnant. In addition they did not celebrate the feast of saints according to the ancient Catholic calendar. The dilemma was solved by transferring the visit of the mysterious man whom the Dutch called Santa Claus from December 5 to Christmas, and by introducing a radical change in the figure itself. It was not merely a â€˜disguiseâ€™ but the ancient saint was completely replaced by an entirely different character. Behind the name Santa Claus stands the figure of the pagan Germanic god Thor (after whom Thursday was named). Some details about Thor from ancient German mythology will show the origin of the modern Santa Claus tale: Thor was the god of the peasants and common people. He was represented as an elderly man, jovial and friendly, of heavy build, with a long white beard. His element was the fire, his color red. The rumble and roar of thunder were said to be caused by the rolling of his chariot, for he along among the gods never rode on horseback but drove in a chariot drawn by two white goats (called Cracker and Gnasher). He was fighting the giants of ice and snow, and thus became the Yule-god. He was said to live in the â€˜Northlandâ€™ where he had his palace among the icebergs. By our pagan forefathers he was considered as the cheerful and friendly god, never harming the humans but rather helping and protecting them. The fireplace in every home was especially sacred to him, and he was said to come down through the chimney into his element, the fire.â€ [H.A. Gruber, Myths of Northern Lands, Vol. I, New York, 1895, 61] â€œHere then is the true origin of our â€œSanta Claus.â€ It certainly was a stroke of genius that produced such a charming and attractive figure for pagan mythology. With the Christian saint whose name he still bears, however, this Santa Claus has really nothing to do.â€ ---Francis X. Weiser, Handbook of Christian Feasts and Customs (New York: Harcourt, Bruce and World, Inc., 1958), 113-114 [Reprinted from â€œThe Real Story Behind Christmas, Easter, and Halloween, Vance Ferrell, 2003, ps. 37-38]
WHO IS THIS THOR?
Who really is this god Thor and who does he represent? Thor was also known as the Yule god. Yule is the name of a heathen winter festival during the time of the winter solstice or December 25th, which we now call Christmas. Santa Claus is clearly now the â€œYule-godâ€ of Christmas. Those who worshipped this mythical god of fire, who carried a pitchfork and wore a red and white suit, built an altar for him in their homes called a fireplace. This god, called Thor, would descend down the chimney and into the fire of all the homes which paid homage to him, to give presents to the children living there. Another nickname for this god, named Thor, was â€œOld Nick.â€ If you look in the dictionary you will find that â€œOld Nickâ€ is another term for, none other than Satan, the devil! Interesting since the Devil is also depicted as having a pitchfork and wearing red! Satan is also called the great Red Dragon in the Bibleâ€¦perhaps the real reason why Santa is always depicted in a red suit (Rev. 12:3-9). Certainly the Devil would be right at home in the flames of a burning fireplace, which, to him, would be similar to the flames of a burning hell! Santa is seen in paintings and in movies riding through the sky on his sled pulled by reindeer. This is very similar to the god Thor who rode through the sky on a chariot drawn by two white goats. Interesting since the Bible depicts Satan as the â€œprince of the power of the airâ€ (Eph. 2:2). The shocking truth is that Santa Claus originated from a character which can be identified as the devil or Satan!
THE YULE-GOD OF CHRISTMAS
Santa Claus has now taken over the role that the false god Thor previously held. Santa is now the â€œYule-godâ€ of Christmas. It was the Roman Catholic Church that â€œChristianizedâ€ the pagan heathen festival, called Saturnalia, and changed its name to Christmas. Christmas is only a counterfeit holy day established to deceptively honor a false god (Thor, Santa Claus, Satan) rather than Christ. The practice of decorating trees with images, burning candles, drinking and merriment, exchanging of gifts, and adoring Santa Claus and his elves are all pagan customs that originated in Babylon (Jer. 10:2,3). These pagan customs were created to honor the Babylonian god, Baal. Behind all the false gods, whether it is Baal, Thor, or Santa Claus, and all heathen customs, stands the devil called Satan (2 Cor. 4:3,4).
THE DEVILâ€™S TRADEMARK
Why does Santa Claus always announce his presence with the words â€œHo, Ho, Ho?â€ In 1994, the Satire Magazine, â€œThe Onionâ€ carried a parody of Santa Claus titled â€œHo! Ho! Ho! I am Godâ€
â€œI love visiting each and every one of your homes, stuffing your stockings with toys, and enjoying the milk and cookies you leave for me. But mostly I love Christmas because itâ€™s the birth of my son, Jesus Christ. You see, Iâ€™m Godâ€¦ Donâ€™t I look familiar? Iâ€™m old, I have a white beard, I love everyone. Iâ€™m the same God as the one you and your mommy and daddy worship on Sundaysâ€¦ Okay I admit it. Iâ€™m not God, But Iâ€™m better than God. Iâ€™m jollier, and I give you real toys, not boring old Psalms and empty promises you can only collect on when you die. Worship me, not Him! Worship Santa! I am God! (Santa Claus, â€œHo! Ho! Ho! I am Godâ€ The Onion, 29 Nov.â€”5 Dec., 1994, p7)
It was Phyllis Sieker who revealed that the devils trademark is â€œHo! Ho! Ho!â€ â€œIn these [miracle] plays, the devilâ€™s common entry line, known as the â€˜devilâ€™s blusterâ€™ was Ho! Ho! Ho!â€ (Sieker, Phyllis,â€œSanta Claus, Last of the Wild Men: The Origins and evolution of Saint Nicholasâ€ Jefferson, McFarland & Company, Inc., 1997 p. 69).
A COUNTERFEIT CHRIST
There is one being in the universe that has always wanted to be like God. The Bible identifies him as Lucifer the fallen angel who was kicked out of heaven by God and who is now the Devil called Satan (Isa. 14:12-15; Rev. 12:9). Now on the earth, Satan is still deceiving the world and receiving their worship. As Santa Claus, Satan makes himself appear like Christ. Like Christ, Santa Claus appears to the world as a being who has â€œneither beginning of days or end of life but made like unto the son of Godâ€ (Ps. 102:24; Heb. 7:3). Santa passing himself off in the world as one who has the attributes of Christ and making himself out to be Christ with the German name, Kriss Kringle, meaning â€œlittle Christ child.â€ Like Christ he makes himself out to love children and receive them onto his lap, sitting on his royal throne, in malls and stores everywhere (Mt. 7:11; 19:14; 25:31; Mk. 10:13-16). Santa is a carpenter, like Christ was, who lives in the North and makes toys for children (Ps. 48:2; Mk. 6:3; Ezek. 8:14). The white-bearded Santa comes in the night dressed in red and white to deliver his gifts and rewards to good children who have asked him what they want (Mt. 7:7; Rom. 6:23; 2 Pet. 3:10; 1 Thes. 5:2; Rev. 1:14; 19:13-14; 22:12) These are just some of the ways that Satan mimics Christ through the person of Santa Claus.
Another very important clue as to the true identity of Santa Claus is found in his helpers. Who or what are the Elves that help Santa? According to the dictionary an Elf is: â€œA wandering spirit; a fairy; a hobgoblin; an evil spirit; a devilâ€. In the Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft by Rosemary Ellen Guilley, the definition that she gives, on page 115, to the Elves who help Santa is that they are: â€œA host of supernatural beings and spirits who exist between earth and heavenâ€¦Fairies are fallen angels. When God cast Lucifer from heaven, the angels who were loyal to Lucifer plunged down toward hell with him.â€ Wow, so Santa Claus really is Satan, the devil, and the Elves are his host of demon spirits! The Rock star, Ozzy Osborn, confirmed this reality when he claimed that he was possessed by a demon and little elves that lived inside his head.
Yet another clue of Santaâ€™s real identity lies in the anagram. â€œLuciferâ€™s true identity as Satan is revealed as the Anagram, a Transposition of letters, to obscure it. â€˜Blindsâ€™ as esoterics call them, include scrambling the letters of a name to hide the true meaning of the word from the uninitiated.â€ (Gail Riplinger, New Age Versions, p. 52) So according to the Anagram, Santa could be the word Satan scrambled into Santa! Sanat was another anagram used by New Age teachers to disguise their god Satan. Could â€œClausâ€ be yet another anagram for the name Lucas, a code word for Lucifer? Perhaps the name â€œClausâ€ which is also pronounced like â€œClawsâ€ is descriptive of yet another characteristic of Satanâ€¦that he is a roaring lion seeking for victims to capture and destroy (1 Pet. 5:8)
THE SANTA CLAUS SNARE
Santa Claus, alias Satan the devil, comes to the world disguised as a benevolent and kind giver of gifts to mankind. For those who fall into this trap there is an ultimate price to pay. Those gifts that Satan is willing to give to those who ask him, those who adore him and worship him, all have strings attached. The Santa Claus gig that Satan offers to the world is really just another one of his vicious, evil and deceptive snares. The devil is eager to give you what you want in this life, be it wealth, power, thrills, possessions, worldly success, popularity, psychic powers, sexual gratification, or any other desire in exchange for your worshipâ€¦and your soul. The devil even offered to give Christ all the kingdoms of this world, with all their power and splendor, if He would worship him (Lk. 4:5-8). Ex-Satanists testify that the devil will certainly give you anything you want in exchange for your immortal soul. Do you really want to pay that price to have anything you want in this life? The ultimate price that you will have to pay is demonic enslavement in this life and in the next life eternal torment and damnation in the flames of hell! The true God, Jesus Christ, may not give you everything you want in this life, but His gift of eternal life in a place of endless happiness, far exceeds anything Satan can offer!
THE AWFUL TRUTH!
Before I did this investigation into the identity of Santa Claus I prayerfully asked the Lord to reveal to me just who he really is! I can say now with assurance that I know the true identity of Santa Claus! The sad truth is that Satan has deceived the whole world into worshipping him in the form of a benevolent and loveable person known as Santa Claus. Satan has always wanted to be like Christ, so why not choose the same day that Christians venerate the birth of Christ, which is Christmas. We have seen from this study that all the clues given about Santa Claus point to Satan, the devil, who has always wanted to be like Christ and be worshipped as God. We have also discovered the shocking truth that Santa Claus originated from a false god that we can identify as the devil or Satan. Satan is really the creator of all false gods and the one who receives the worship from them. We have discovered also that the devil comes, often disguised as Santa Claus or some other false god, to offer people whatever worldly gift they may want in exchange for their worship and their soul. What is so dangerous about Santa Claus is the fact that parents who allow their children to believe in Santa Claus, are in reality, making a pact with the devil. Do you really want your children to grow up worshipping Satan, alias Santa Claus? Donâ€™t be deceived friendsâ€¦its far more dangerous than you might realize! Forsake the devil, avoid his deceptive traps and snares, resist his gifts and offers and donâ€™t give in to any of his temptations! Satanâ€™s only desire is to lure you away from Christ, steal your soul, and destroy you! Believe in the only true God, the Lord Jesus Christ, who loves and cares about you so much that He sacrificed his own life on the cross of Calvary to purchase your salvation from sin, death, hell, and the devil! Do you want the very best free gift available to mankind? Then believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, turn away from your sins, and accept His free gift of eternal life!
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