Friday, November 7, 2014

Self Interest vs. The Father's Business

Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
Colossians 3:5 (New King James Version)

The Greek word underlying "
covetousness" is pleonexia, which means "the desire to have more." This is among the ugliest of sins because it involves idolatry as well as its effects on others. The Greeks defined it as "the insatiable desire to have what rightfully belongs to others." It is further described as "ruthless self-seeking," the kind of attitude that the arrogant and callous person has, assuming that others and their things exist for his own benefit.

The desire for more money can lead to theft; the desire for more prestige, to evil ambition; the desire for more power, to tyranny; the desire for a person's body, to fornication and adultery. Paul identifies covetousness as idolatry because, in the place of God, it puts self-interest for illicit things. A man sets up an idol in his heart because he desires to get something from it. So he serves it to get that something rather than to obey God's commandment. That, very simply put, is idolatry.

The essence of idolatry is to get for the self in defiance of God. However, we have to give ourselves to God if we want to overcome illicit desires. Paul says to "mortify" (KJV) or "put to death" (NKJV) whatever is sinful. That does not mean to practice ascetic self-discipline—it means to kill. The Christian must kill self-centeredness. In his life, he must make a radical transformation, a shift of the center of his life. It is the same principle as described by Matthew 5:29. Everything that keeps a person from fully obeying God and surrendering to Jesus Christ must be surgically excised from his conduct.

The tenth commandment, then, has a function similar to the first. They both act as governors, controlling whether we keep the others. *Which is in compliance with the New Testament (see 1 John 2:7).*— John W. Ritenbaugh

Monday, October 27, 2014


Okay I got under some people's skin with the whole Halloween subject... I am going to say this and then I will let it rest.
1. Satanists adopted Halloween as a holiday within the last 60 years.
2. Halloween means--- Saints Eve. It is a Catholic celebration The 1st of November is "All Saints Day" for Catholics and has been for centuries.
3. Satan can claim anything... and so can I!
4. I can tell you that the internet and FACEBOOK is evil and I'd be correct, it is full of pornography, lies, hatred, theft and murder... So I ask you why are you on it! Get off of the internet and keep your children away from it because Satanist use it to deliver the message of evil! If Christians allow their children to use the world wide web they are allowing their kids to use the tools of the devil.
DOESN'T THAT JUST SOUND STUPID?
The internet for me AND MANY OTHERS is a place of fun with family and friends where I also share my faith in Christ. (JUST LIKE HALLOWEEN duh!)
Genesis 50:20 - But as for you, you thought evil against me; but God meant it to good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
I remember when Christians said that secular music was of the devil and anyone who listened and allowed their children to listen were damned. I remember when Christians wouldn't allow drums in their congregations because they felt the music was evil and that any congregation that allowed it was DEMONIC. They believe that drinking, smoking, dancing, tattoos, piercings, women wearing make-up, women in pants, and all kinds of external things are demonic and people who do such things are damned. JESUS NEVER SAID OR SOUGHT OUT SUCH THINGS. He lived to serve the Father and love & serve the people no matter who and no matter their condition.
When Christians get away from serving God and others and get into the business of investigating evil, satan and darkness... then the focus is no longer on Love... but the promotion of fear. When Christians spend more time pointing out darkness than letting the Light of the Lord shine and when Christians are running about battling the devil... we must then consider the word of God which says "they are having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. - 2 Timothy 3:5
In effect they are denying that Christ has already given us the victory over darkness. Have we forgotten:
-The gates of hell shall not prevail against the Church.
-Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for He
who is in you is greater than he who is in the world
-I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.
Stop denying the CROSS and get out there and let the Light of Christ shine. Focus on Love and not on wickedness. Stop spreading fear and hatred... BE LOVE!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Lightly Salted Church

Was Gandhi right????
I have always loved this quote. For a long time I would not say that I was a Christian, because I did not want to associate myself with the legalism, hypocrisies, the conservative political movement, the moral majority (eye roll), greed, holier than thou attitudes and the bigotry that plagues most churches. BUT I matured and I realized pretty fast that I AM A CHRISTIAN and all light does NOT shine and salt that is tasteless adds nothing to savor. Therefore the world remains skeptical regarding the Light of the world and the Salt of the earth.

Jesus said....“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven" ----Matthew 5:13-16

***The Church keeps crying that Jesus is the Light of the world... when Jesus has declared THAT WE ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.
"FOR GOD'S SAKE.... BE LIGHT!"

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Be My Rescue -Billy Graham's The Reason For My Hope

God has provided the way for every soul who desires to be rescued, turning from sin to be redeemed. Jesus said, “[I have] come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). What are we rescued from? The sin that so easily plagues us. Sin leads to death and ultimately eternal separation from God . . .

. . . Only the Lord Jesus can redeem the soul that is steeped in guilt and shame. This baggage weighs us down until we accept Jesus’ gift—the gift that liberates souls from sin’s power.

We cannot forgive sin because sin is against God. Only He can forgive and set us free. Good deeds will not bring comfort to the soul because the bad and hurtful things we do to others are ultimately done against the One who created our souls.

Your soul belongs to God. He is the only One who can redeem your soul.
It is God who made your soul.
It is the Lord Jesus who died to redeem your soul.
And it is the Holy Spirit who can fill your soul with God’s love and guide you through life.

This is the way to have victory over sin.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

My Prayer for This Day

Heavenly Father,

How great You are and how wonderful the life plan that You've plotted out for those who love and trust Your direction. Today we are filled with gladness as we rejoice in this day created by You!

Lord teach us to tap into the great reservoir of Your Love that resides in us through Your Holy Spirit, that we'd mete out that same Love and that Love ONLY to all others. It is through You that we learn to Love what seems unlovable to us in our own humanity and to forgive what our reasoning defines as unforgivable. Oh Lord surely Your Thoughts and Way exceed anything that we can fathom... yet Your Grace and mercy is intercession for our ignorance. Father show us Your Ways that we can walk more closely with You and therefore become merciful and loving to all mankind.

When we fall into our human judgements of others, remind us of our own wretchedness and the places that we found ourselves before our encounter with the Cross and the places that we've fallen to even in the midst of our own salvation. Give us the hearts and minds to examine ourselves, that we'd mind to the great business of working out our own salvation while "LOVINGLY" forgiving others their shortcomings. In this we will be a great witness and light to a dark world; truly we will reflect Your light from within.

Forgive us for our falling short of Your Glory and grant us today a fresh anointing and a renewed spirit. Teach us to BE LOVE!
With thanksgiving we receive these things by faith. Be glorified and magnified in our lives in the name of Jesus.... AMEN!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

DEATH AND THE BEARING OF FRUIT

In John 12:24 the Lord Jesus said, "Unless the grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit." Life is in the grain. However, there is a shell outside of the grain, a very powerful shell. As long as this shell does not break open, the grain cannot grow. "Unless the grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies." What is this death? It is the action of the temperature and moisture of the earth upon the grain which results in the breaking of the shell. When the shell breaks, the grain grows. Therefore, it is not a matter of whether or not the grain has life, but whether the outer shell is broken. The very next verse says, "He who loves his soul-life loses it; and he who hates his soul-life in this world shall keep it unto eternal life" (v. 25). According to the Lord the outer shell is our own life, and the inner life is the eternal life that He dispenses. In order for the inner life to be released, the outer life must suffer loss. If that which is outward is not broken, that which is inward cannot be released.

Among all the people in the world, some have the Lord’s life within them. Among those who have the Lord’s life, we find two different kinds of conditions. With the first, the life is bound, surrounded, and locked up. With the second, the Lord has opened up a way and the life can be released. The problem with us today is not how we can have life, but how we can allow this life to flow out of us. When we say that the Lord has to break us, this is not a figure of speech or a doctrine. Our very being has to be broken by the Lord. The Lord’s life is well able to spread over the whole earth. However, it is locked up within us! The Lord is well able to bless the church, yet His life is imprisoned, contained, and blocked in us! If the outer man is not broken, we can never become a blessing to the church, nor can we expect the world to receive God’s grace through us! ~Watchman Nee

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Psalm 63:1

A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah. You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek You; I thirst for You, my whole being longs for You, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.