I’ve Fallen into a Rut

The Bible tells me that ever since my birth, evil has been in me. Psalm 58:3 CEV. This has been proven true by my placing a thumb tack on a girl’s chair in junior school, stealing candy, lying, and cheating on test. I did it all. I have continued to sin throughout my life and even today try as I might not to, I sinned again by engaging in gossip. I cannot avoid it until either I die or I am transformed for heaven.

So, like it or not, and for the record I do not, I understand that non-believers and especially I as a Christian, will be tested continually by Satin, the ruler of this world. It’s his kingdom and he is in control for the time being.  

Today is no different than in the Old Testament times. All throughout God’s word people have struggled just the same as I am. I read example after example of kingdoms rising to full glory (when God is praised, honored, and obeyed). Then I read of kingdoms falling into total despair (when evil is rampant and there is an overall disregard for God). Unfortunately, I believe that at the present we are another falling nation and sadly, at times I am a part of the downfall.  

Everywhere, chaos, lawlessness, resistance to good and embracing what we know in our hearts is wrong. Jeremiah 10:23 AMPC I am guilty of acting by myself in evil desires but I strive to walk with Jesus. Evil is all around and even though God is real, I don’t see him and slowly I let my feelings override common sense. I begin to make my own plans, chose my own direction, solve my own problems and feebly take over control of my own life. Proverbs 14:12 AMP Thank goodness for God’s mercy.

God’s word is the foundation to every successful nation. As a child we stood and recited the Lord’s prayer every morning in school. The ten commandments were cast in bronze and embedded in the walls of banks, government buildings and on display in public parks. Oh, “The Good Ole Days” do you remember them? I do. Value was placed on home, family, and friends. Together we played sports, camped out in nature, attended summer vacation Bible school. We helped one another. Sunday was truly honored as the Sabbath. Families and friends grouped together for church, gathered in parks and restaurants for fellowship and drove the back roads admiring God’s natural wonders. Mom and dad, the kids, maybe grandma and grandpa and sometimes aunt, uncle and cousins, joined together at home for a shared meal or an afternoon of board games and music or of reflections on the past. We were in touch with each other, grounded in good values and morals.

But gradually, Satin has had “The Ten Commandments” torn down, prayer and Bible readings have been removed from schools. He has introduced greed to open stores and malls for an extra day of profit. He has us working on the Sabbath, stop attending church regularly and there is no time for family and friends.  

We, and I included, have become ignorant of what is right and what is wrong. I stopped pursuing the truth when I presented with a Facebook post. Lazily I waited for someone else to take the lead and I followed along based on my feelings. Feelings without knowledge and understanding has proven to always be wrong. Without knowledge I am easily misled. When misled I am made to believe wrong is right and right is wrong. Then when I realize we have been deceived I become angry and what happens then is, I lose my ability to think and reason. It’s rage over reason. Proverbs 15:1 ESV This proverb, I am guilty of not obeying especially on Facebook. I found myself trusting in my own feelings and spouting off at the mouth. I push the “like button” on social media or share the post without any further thought or investigation.       

I have been praying for wisdom and I believe that my prayers have been answered. This scripture made me aware of my folly. Proverbs 14:15 ICB    Ouch!

I must stop sharing titles, logos, slogans and catch phrases based on my feelings. I mean, I don’t judge a book by its cover, I read it first so why not do the same on Facebook.

Are you guilty of following along in my same footsteps? Pray and ask Jesus as your teacher to give you wisdom.

Watch Out! They’re Here!

Who’s here? False prophets, false teachers. Satin and his goonies, wolves disguised as sheep. The Bible warns that in the end days, lies and deception, chaos and trouble, pride and disobedience will be everywhere.  (Matthew 7:15 NIV) (2 Timothy 3:1-9)

Who can trust the news nowadays? Everything is distorted, every story is twisted to the favor of whoever presents it. Pastors, ministers, reverends, rabbis and priest, don’t all have good track records. We all have been made painfully aware of a church with a dark and dirty secret. Many Christian’s have a misconstrued twist on the truth.  So, what about the teaching of God’s word? Can we trust everything we hear about the Bible? Is your church leading you or misguiding you? How are we to know?

I’m the kind of person who wants to know where you got the story, you’re telling me. I’m the first one to run to the library or jump on the internet and search for some form of validation. I have always been like that. Ever since I was a child, I have been accused of asking ridiculous questions. My mother once told me that after gazing up and out the car window for quite some time, I asked her, “Which one of those five electric cables on the service poles is the one that feeds our toaster in our home”? She told me it was the bottom one. My father was the one who would finally put my mind to rest. He explained that it was not any of them that in fact they were just transporters of energy to each of our homes. He showed me in the house where the energy entered and how it was split up among many outlets. He then showed me that the toaster would work on any one of those outlets. So, mom lied and dad told the truth. Today, I still demand the truth and the proof to support it.

God has provided us with the Bible. It’s our manual for life. It’s better than the internet, it’s better than any book at the library. The Bible is the only source of truth that we have. Everything else is corrupt with one thing or another. The Bible is the only tool that we can use to discover who the false teachers are or which preachers are the wolves dressed in sheep’s clothing.  

I asked myself if the pastors I allow to teach me, are the real deal or they feeding me their own version or the truth. I mean everyone else does so why should I trust in my Church leaders. I think we owe it to ourselves to screen our ministers for the truth. After all what we are taught affects us personally.

  1. When I watch an online pastor or my own church pastor, I have to ask does he/she teach me the entire Bible or at least the majority of it. Am I receiving a tiny portion that suits my pastor or am I also being taught the things I don’t particularly like and the pastor may feel uncomfortable pointing out to me?  (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV) If I am only being taught the best parts, do I really want to continue on with this pastor?
  2. Does your pastor use scripture in the sermons given? Are the scriptures used frequently or rarely? I personally think the more the merrier. I want to be saturated so that I can grow.
  3. As much as I do not want to hear about my sin, consequences and Hell, the place designed for sinners, I want my teachers to educate me on these undesirable topics so that I can identify and avoid them. Do your preachers warn you and prepare you with knowledge of these? (2Tomothy 4:2 NIV) Believers have the Holy Spirit in them to convict them of their sins. Unbelievers do not have the Holy Spirit and many of the sins they commit they may think are okay. They must be warned, they must be taught.
  4. “The Laws of Attraction”. Here is dangerous territory. Are we being led to believe that by focusing on the good we can have or attract whatever it is we desire? I witnessed this through an online Christian video. This is NOT found anywhere in the Bible. What we think and believe has nothing to do with how we will be rewarded.
  5. Are you being suckered into the Prosperity Gospel? Yikes! More dangerous territory! Simply this is being taught only what you want to hear. The priest will preach that if you have enough faith you will have financial security, good health, happiness and safety. All you have to do is have enough faith to make it happen. (2 Timothy 4:3-4 NIV) Who does not want to hear that they can be rich, famous and healthy if they have faith. The trouble is, when it doesn’t happen. We lose our faith in God because we’re told we will achieve these things and we know we had all the faith in the world; or, we feel guilty because we think that we are unworthy of God’s blessings.
  6. Some false teachers DENY, that Jesus is the ONLY way to heaven. This is completely opposite to what the bible teaches. The entire Gospel or Good News may as well not have been written. These teachers may lead you believe that you only go to heaven if you do good deeds and earn your entry. Access to Heaven is not works based it is Jesus based. Run from these false teachers.

I hope that this blog will help you to identify who the real prophets are and who the demons of Satin are. Satin will do whatever he can to deceive you and keep you from gaining access to heaven. He is a sore loser and he wishes to take everyone down with him in the end.

This is not by any means a definitive list. Read your Bible daily. Join a small group. Get to church. Choose friends who are morally sound. Pray and ask.            

Enough is Enough

In the beginning, the pandemic frightened me and I was only all too eager to comply with every rule and piece of advice, in order to assure the safety of everyone I care so deeply for. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little concerned about my own safety as well, but fairly early into the lock down I proclaimed that this virus would have no power over me and I have the power of our Creator on my side. (Faith, April 18th, four paragraphs from the end) Although this virus is very real and it is a killer, it is not and has not been the devastating end of the world, mother virus of all viruses.

For the vast majority of us our jobs were deemed non-essential. Right when fear, panic, uncertainty and anxiety came upon many, everyone could forget seeking Hope, Love and Support from their church as spiritual help was deemed non-essential. While, God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, were deemed non-essential, abortion clinics were deemed essential. Food banks and services providing meals for the homeless were deemed non-essential but alcohol and beer was deemed essential. Criminals were released from prison because they could be at risk but the backbone of our country, the entrepreneurs were being jailed for trying to save their life’s investment in their businesses.  

How did it come about that we are equal to convicted criminals? Convicted criminals do not have to spend time in jail but can serve their sentences in the comfort of their home. We are sentenced to the same house arrest but have not been convicted of any crime.

Big Box department stores were deemed essential but not the family business. The all-mighty multinationals were given favor and the entrepreneurial spirit was forced to close. So many small businesses have collapsed and many more are struggling. Unfortunately, others have sustained such financial loss that in due time they will also close their doors.

On a personal level we had our freedoms stripped away, our families isolated from each other. Our social groups were diminished and our friends scattered, we’ve been patient and we’ve complied, only to be deprived in uncountable ways, ordered to follow a slew of new protocols and threatened sever punishment for non-compliance. We cannot gather our family let alone our friends within our own homes. We are ordered not to hugg or shake hands, and to maintain a distance between one another. The life we knew is gone and we are told to expect a new normal.

Advice has changed by the hour and news began to seep out as to what is really going on and when we wanted to share the publications, suddenly they were not available any longer.

Some of us were fortunate and even content to stay at home and be paid a government emergency paycheck. Some have found it so luxurious they have decided not to return to work. Some of us who have our heads pulled out of the sand realized the unfairness of this new socialistic society. After a life-time of paying unemployment insurance premiums, health insurance and into government pensions and plans, and municipal, provincial and national taxes; how is it that others who have contributed absolutely nothing to society in any way shape for form, are receiving the same amount of emergency funds as we the workers, who funded it? Why were students who have never worked and still under mom and dad’s care getting our same benefit? Locally, some of them have been reported out on the golf greens playing demolition derby with expensive golf carts.

What on earth are we witnessing? It is none other than Socialism at it’s finest. In Marxist theory socialism is a transitional social state between the overthrowing of capitalism and the realization of Communism. Wow! And what is communism? A political theory derived from Karl Marx, advocating class war and leading to a society in which all property is publicly owned and each person works and is paid according to their abilities and needs.

Do you see it? It’s all been planned from the very beginning. As sloppy as it was in its presentation, we have lapped it all up like dehydrated puppies presented a fresh bowl or cold water on a sunny day with no shade.

How easily we can be misled. (2 Timothy 3:13 NLT) How trusting we are of our fellow man. (Psalm 146:3-5 NLT) How cunning is our enemy? (Genesis 3:1 NIV)

Harassment and Bullying

Bullying

Harassment and bullying are not always obvious. They are serious actions that can be very damaging to the victim(s). It’s most important to report either of these offensives right away before they escalate in any manner. Falsely accusing someone of bullying or harassment can be equally damaging to the accused and could also lead you into serious trouble. So how do we know how to identify true bullying and true harassment and what can we do about it when it is identified?

I wrote last week about shenanigans going on at a Christian charity, where I work. Sadly, no workplace is exempt from illegal behavior. This past week I found myself feeling attacked it became time for me to recognize the warning signs and what my options are.

A very good church friend started me off on the right foot and I simply must share his advice. Before doing or saying anything, go straight to the Lord our God in prayer. 1 Chronicles 16:11 (KJV), Philippians 4:6 (NIV). It’s not your fight. 2 Chronicles 32:8 (NIV)

If you prayed, using those verses as a guide, you can be sure God is already at work on the problem(s).

You must know how to recognize bullying and harassment and know what you can do about it. I was very surprised to learn that I have been being bullied and harassed on a regular bases without knowing it. Only because it has now reared its ugly head and shown itself much more aggressively and even violently with some other employees, have we taken notice.

If you feel that you are being bullied or harassed or even better yet; before it becomes apparent, do your due diligence and research these silent and offensive actions. Here are two sites I found helpful to identify how I was being bullied and harassed. These sites also offer advice on actions you may take to prevent or protect yourself and others.

https://i-sight.com/resources/11-types-of-workplace-harassment-and-how-to-stop-them/

https://www.inc.com/amy-morin/top-25-tactics-of-workplace-bullies-in-order-of-most-to-least-popular.html

Pray for the person who is offensive to you. Matthew 5:44 (NIV). Don’t let yourself be destroyed by hating. Leviticus 19:17 (RSVCE) Forgive the aggressor just as you have been forgiven. Matthew 6:14-15 (NRSVA)

Trouble Within the Ranks

Forgiveness

Over the past two weeks some disturbing stories have come to light at my place of employment. Stories of verbal and mental abuse. Stories of a plot to undermine and discredit our boss. Stories of the abuse of power and position being held over others. Stories of the society being robbed of time and taken advantage of. With a snake in the grass stirring the pot and acting as a go between, setting the stage of negativity on multiple fronts; Satin has slowly and surely crept into our tight little family of love, respect and support and turned it to one of fear, resentment, hurt feelings and a lack of trust.

I work at a Christian Charity, dedicated to the poor and under privileged. We continue the good work of our founder, to the glory of God. How is it possible that no one saw this coming? It’s because we are all guilty of burying our heads in the sand. It’s because even though we are a Christian non-profit Society, we cannot legally draw attention to God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the Bible or the power of prayer and faith. This opens the door for Satanic scum to move in and about. Just like schools, workplaces, businesses and everywhere else in North America, the population trust in themselves and sets their own standards. Then it becomes all about rights and if rights just happen to violate others rights, so what. One person’s rights should never supersede another’s for any reason. There are responsibilities to others that must be considered before one can claim their own rights. Oh my, did Satin forget to mention that?

I have big news for everyone, worldwide and I hope some of my co-workers are reading this post and will take particular notice. IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT YOU! IT’S ALL ABOUT GOD! You are not in control, God is. You have your job because God has granted it to you. Everything you have ever achieved is because of God’s grace, not your own futile efforts.

You do not have the right to gossip at work or anywhere. This is a gutless cowardly slimeball move, supported by Satin and his goonies. It is disrespectful from the very start, Jesus referred to gossip as committing murder in your heart. Manipulation seems to have married with gossip in this case and for the snake in the grass slithering around behind everyone’s back, this is appalling. Are you working with us or against us?  

No one has the right to insult another person by name calling. Let’s leave this to immature and poorly raised little children. Out and out profanities being yelled in public not only degrades your fellow employee but strikes all innocent parties within hearing distance. As if this act isn’t evil enough, the fact it is coming from an employee of a religious charity is downright shocking. Do you have any moral standards what-so-ever?

Making a public vow to bring down your boss and threaten to damage that person’s reputation with a secret letter to specific parties, with the goal of having that person fired is just down right yellow bellied cowardice.

Mulling around and wasting time to avoid more work while being paid, is stealing. Stealing is stealing in God’s eyes but I just can’t help thinking that stealing from a religious charity that is honoring God might be one place to avoid going. It’s a slippery and steep slope that leads to Hell. One may want to avoid stepping onto it.

Personal phone calls at the charities expense and on the Society’s, time is again a form of stealing. Personal banking, and other business while being paid an hourly wage? Stealing.

Sitting back and stalling while others do all the labor and eating when co-workers have not eaten and are trudging forward without your help, shows a complete lack of respect and is totally not fair.

Pumping yourself up presenting yourself as God’s gift the employer, knowing all that your guilty of. I’m not sure what to call that without offending God. I’ll gently refer to it as supremacy, pride and deceit otherwise known as lies.

Blaming others for what you are responsible for? Self-serving lies.  

Two employees quit and moved on because of various types of abuse feeling that they did not have a voice because they were yet, rookies. Two more employees struggled and finally found the courage to speak out about their abuse but now will work in fear of retaliation.

How do two beaten down and abused rookies keep face and resist retaliation? I would have to suggest that they can’t. They need the all mighty power of God to step in and defend them. Here’s the problem! I do not believe that either of them is saved, I do not believe either have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. If not, they are still filthy with their own sin and God is not with them. They must accept Jesus and invite Christ into their hearts, believing in him. They must believe and know that Jesus has taken their sins upon himself and forgiven them. They have to know that their sins have condemned them to death but Jesus took their sins and died on their behalf. They must know that Jesus’ suffering and death is the only acceptable sacrifice that God our Father in Heaven would accept in order to see them cleansed of their sins. Only then can they stand in the presence of God and ask for His help.

It is so important that the Gospel or the Good News is shown to everyone because without it they are on their own.

Will you share the Good News to unbelievers before it’s too late? Before they find themselves in a predicament where they need God’s mighty right hand but they do not qualify? With God all they would have to do would be to stand back and refuse to argue or defend themselves so that God would be clear to step in and fight for them.

I’ll try my best to get through to these two co-workers. I could use your prayers for courage and the correct words to speak.     Thanks in advance.  

I Believe

rupture

All week I have struggled to write a blog to post on, “The Two-Year-Old Christian.” I have many entries throughout my journal but not one stood out, as a contender to be expanded upon for this week. Today I am past my due date for posting and still I have nothing.

During my morning routine of praying and reading God’s word, I believe The Holy Spirit set up today’s post for me.

The past two months of lockdown has certainly given everyone ample time to reflect on their lives and pursue personal interest. As you might have figured, I dove deeper into God’s Word, watched endless hours of sermons from pastors around the globe, and searched for answers to my own personal questions.

Throughout the old testament, we, God’s special creations have turned against Him. Time and time again we have abused His love, His generosity and His patience. We have refused to keep our promises to Him. We have blasphemed him, ignored Him and disobeyed Him. The worst of the worst is when we turn to other gods and worship them. We have shunned His warnings repeatedly and then He turns His back on us. At this point we exhibit no more guilt, we govern and live for ourselves, our behavior is justified, crime is legitimized, good becomes bad and bad becomes good.

The state of our planet shouldn’t be any great surprise to anyone and the quality of our lives shouldn’t be a surprise either. If you’ve ever wondered if history repeats itself, the answer is a resounding. “YES.” Look around! Do you see what I see? Do you like what you see and are you okay with it? We have got to be the absolute worst civilization ever. Each civilization has become more corrupt and with worse sins than the previous ones. How many times can we turn to our own understanding and push God out of our lives? How much worse can we become than what we are today? Have we finally passed the point of no return?

I believe we are in the end times and I believe we are a lot closer than what most of us think we are. I believe we have used up all of our “second chances.” I believe that we believers who have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and savior and have repented of our sins will be raptured. I believe that this will be followed by the revealing of the antichrist and then the seven years of tribulation will begin.    

This morning before reading the scriptures, I prayed as I usually do. My prayer was more of a verbal pondering and sorting out of my thoughts, than it was of praising God. Everything as far as I can see has lined us up for the perfect storm. I questioned the timing of the rapture and considering the events happening around the world, I prayed for the rapture to come sooner than later. Until the rapture does come, I asked Jesus what I can do to help glorify God and I offered myself to His service. I asked how I may contribute to building the kingdom of God. I wondered out loud, should I be personally evangelizing in addition to submitting blogs for each of the two, Christian websites I now write for. I wondered how much time I have to share the Gospel with others, and lead them to be saved in Jesus Christ.

I opened my online Bible and the first thing to greet me right after my prayer was, 1 Thessalonians 4: 16-17 ICB.  Out of the blue just like that, the verse of the day just happens to be about the rapture. This is God speaking to me. I do not believe in coincidences or pure chance but I do believe in spiritual guidance and confirmation.

I believe that by reiterating the rapture immediately after my praying about it, God Himself, has confirmed that the rapture is very close. When exactly, is not for us to know. His angels will not know until He orders it. When we do push that last button and tip Him over the edge, I believe He will give the order and it will be enacted immediately. How close do you think we are to the end of all things as we know them on this side of eternity?  

Accept that you are a sinner. Believe in Jesus Christ and what he did for us. Call out to Jesus and be saved.   

Covid-19th’d to Death

Are you Covid-19th’d to death yet? The news media has profited profoundly by spreading fear, hopelessness, doubt, and negativity. Through it all, I am at peace, I am not stressed, I am not afraid of becoming infected or sick, I have never lost so much as a wink of sleep because of this overly politicized and scripted pandemic.  

Is this virus real? Absolutely! Am I laughing at this virus? Absolutely not! Does it spread and kill? We know it does! Should it be ignored? No way! But we do not need to be afraid and live in fear. It’s time to break free of the news media’s fear mongering. They don’t own us so why are we allowing them to lead us into negativity.  We have another option. Shut off the television, tune out the dooms day parade and look up.

Exchange fear for faith. The world has fed us lies, conspiracy, fear, confusion, anxiety, and doubt. Do you honestly believe in your heart everything that you have been told by the media?  Well, golly gee it seems to me there is nothing left to live for. Thank God, that I have Him in my life because with God, I have everything to live for and all the bunk on the television and in the papers is nothing more than a buzzing in the background.

God is perfect in every way. Psalm 18:30 (NIV) God does not lie. Titus 1:2 (NIV) God cannot break His promises. Hebrews 6:18-20 (MSG) He can take the negative and use it for good. Genesis 50:20 (NIV) God is truth. John 8:31-32 (MSG) Now, which would you rather follow? The world or the Word?

We can continue to place our faith and trust in, scripted, misguided and deceiving media gibberish and be corralled, panicked, and deceived or we can place our total faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. When we do, you’ll not be disappointed nor will you be shamed with anymore lies, propaganda, political nonsense and conspiracy theories. (Romans 10:11) For the scripture says, “Whoever believes in him, will not be disappointed.” (Isaiah 49:23) Those who “hopefully” wait for me will not be put to shame.

The day I gave my life to Jesus was the very day when I began to wake up. Since then my life has changed for the better. I invite you find peace in these additional promises of God and in every promise ask yourself if the world can promise you the same.        

God promises to always be with you.  (I will not fear)

John 14:16 (ESV)And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, to be with you forever.

Genesis 28:15 (ESV) Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.

Matthew 28:20 (ESV) Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

God Promises, He is in control. No one else. (I will not doubt)

Revelation 4:11 (ESV) “Worthy are You, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by Your will the existed and were created.”

Psalm 66:7 (ESV) Who rules by His might forever, whose eyes keep watch on the nations—Let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah.

Philippians 4:19 (ESV) And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

God promises, He is always good. (I will not despair)

Psalm 145:9 (ESV) The Lord is good to all, and His mercy is over all that He has made.

Mark 10:18 (ESV) No one is good but One, that is, God.  

Nahum 1:7 (ESV) The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; He knows those who take refuge in Him.

God promises to Always be watching. (I will not falter)                                                                                                 

Proverbs 5:21 (ESV) For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the Lord, and He ponders all his paths.

Psalm 34:15 (ESV) The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous and His ears toward their cry.

Jeremiah 1:12 (ESV) Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it.”

Other than through God is there anyone or anything that can make these promises to you and would you trust the promises not be broken?  

To be a Fisherman; (of souls)

fishing souls

Man, the local news, regional news, provincial news, my very own countries news, international news and world news could not line up with the Bible any better than how it has right now. Watching the daily news unfold is like witnessing the Old Testament being resurrected and being relived once again.

Everything that is happening, has already been recorded. It’s almost predictable what the next major news event will be. If you have not accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Now, is the time. Like it or not, we are in the end days and there is no stopping what is coming. Keep believing in yourself and the values of this world or give your life up to Jesus. Don’t you see it? All that is happening and what is to come are nothing more than birth pains and minor inconveniences. We have not seen nothing yet! Be afraid, be very afraid because if you are not saved, if you have not accepted Christ; the dreadful horrors that are coming, you cannot even begin to imagine.

I am at peace because I will not be here but my heart will bleed sorrow for those who refuse Jesus. I will cry as I watch unfathomable suffering, the kind of suffering where people will beg for death. When will this happen! Ten seconds from now, tonight while you sleep, next week while grocery shopping, a year from now? I don’t know, only God knows. Fear the Lord our God, come back into His family before He says, “Enough is enough”

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank you for choosing me and inviting me to follow along. Thank you for your patient teachings of your ways. Thank you for building in me, the passion to share, reaching out to people everywhere and showing them the Gospel. I trust and believe that this passion is God given and that there is an urgency to go fishing right now. The harvest has never been so ripe and ready. With your help Lord Jesus, I pray for a bountiful harvest to further God’s Kingdom.

Lord I ask that if this passion is not from you that you redirect me where you want me to be.

But lord, if this passion is from you, take my ambitions and push me further than what I could ever imagine, push me to lengths that only You can see.

Don’t let fear hold me back. I trust that you will guide and coach me in pursuing my fullest potential.

Focus me on individuals, reaching one heart at a time and offering whatever services I have to give for their needs.  I ask that you take the amount of time that I have to offer whether a little or a lot, and use it for what You can. Direct my focus so that I can be productive with what I have to give.

Lastly, Lord, I offer myself to You, all of me. Sort out the undesirable parts of me and help me to build the blessed parts that keep me connected to Your Spirit. Ignite my words, ignite my excitement and help keep me focused on You and nothing else.

Give me the patience Lord to always place others before me and to cheer on their successes and may nothing stand in my way in serving You.

In Your mighty and powerful name, Lord Jesus, I pray. A-men.

If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, it so, so easy to do. All you have to remember is ABC.

“A” is for, Acknowledge your sins. Admit you are a sinner. Romans 3:10, Romans 3:23 and Romans 6:23 ICB.

“B” is for, Believe, in your heart that Jesus Christ is Lord. Romans 10:9&10 ICB (Notice it reads “WILL” not might, could or should).

“C” is for, Call upon the name of the Lord. Romans 10:9&10, Romans10:13 ICB (emphasis on ANYONE or ALL and WILL)

Now, in the best way that you can, express this new knowledge to Jesus, from your heart and begin to experience the love and peace that only God can give.      

Questioning My Prayers

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Prayers can be confusing and intimidating to pray! A good number of prayers are scripted but most seem to be on the fly; made up at the moment, depending on the circumstances. I find it confusing if not overwhelming as I try to decide how to pray, what to pray and who do I pray to? Are there specific points that I should always include? When should I pray and can I pray in a wrong way? Some of my friends so naturally include the most meaningful and appropriate things in their prayers. I wish I could as well.

I suspect I’m doing okay but for one reason or another I’m being inspired to find the answers to my questions. Today, I aim to discover the who, what, when, why, where and how, to prayer.

First of all, Who, do I pray to? Do I pray to “our Father in Heaven”, “our Heavenly Father”, “Dear God”, “Dear Father” or “Dear Abba”? Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes and yes!  What about, “Jesus”, can I pray to him? Yes! And the, “Holy Spirit”, Can I pray to him? Yes! There you go, and this is just the beginning.

Each are involved in my prayers. Jesus pleads to the Father and gives me access to God.(Ephesians 2:18) and (Psalm 119:19) The Holy Spirit lives in me and intercedes on my behalf (Romans 8:26) and God the Father is full of compassion (Psalm 145:8-9) I can pray, “Dear God”, “Dear Jesus” or “Dear Holy Spirit”. All are one, making up the Godhead. (John 10:30) (John 15:23) (John 14: 9-11) God the Creator (Genesis 1:1), Jesus the Savior (Luke 2:11) and the Holy Spirit is the Enabler (Ephesians 3:20). What makes a difference, is that I pray. God knows what’s going on in my life, Jesus sits at His right-hand making intersessions for me and the Holy Spirit was sent to live in me and enable me.

Okay so now;

What do I pray?  Pray about everything, and worry about nothing (Philippians 4:6 NLT) Seek God’s mercy and ask for His grace to aid me when I am in need. (Hebrews 4:16 ICB) Tell God my concerns and what is making me anxious (1 Peter 5:7 ESV) Offer thanks. (1 Thessalonians 5:18 ESV) Pray for healing and change (James 5:16 ICB)

When do I pray? Pray all the time no matter what happens and give thanks (1 Thessalonians 5:16-17 MSG) Pray even when I don’t know what to say when I am overwhelmed with sadness, grief or pain. Just try and the Holy Spirit will fill in the blanks and groan what words cannot say. (Romans 8:26 GNT)

Why should I pray? God wants us to courageously talk to Him and He has promised to hear our prayers because he loves us. (1 John 5:14 GNT)

Where should I pray? Wherever you are. Aim for complete oneness with Him. (James 4:8 NIV) and (Psalm 145:18 TLB) Pray privately. (Matthew 6:6 ICB)

How do I pray? Prayer is just talking with God. Approach in confidence because God can’t lie and must keep His promises to hear and listen. Out load or silently in our hearts (Hebrews 4:16 NLT) (Hebrews 6:18 ISV)

Pray to Abba, Heavenly Father, in the power of God the Spirit, in the name of or by the authority of God the Son. This is the trinitarian structure for prayer in the Bible.

Is there a wrong way to pray or things not to include in prayer? Definitely!

I think it would be foolish to think that God will accept any request from anyone in any format. Am I not repenting a sin but still expecting God to hear my request? (Proverbs 15:8 GNT) God is the only judge so I must be careful not to pass judgment on others in prayer. I must not put on a show and pray for attention (Matthew 6:5 NIV). Don’t use a lot of fancy words and useless phrases, being insincere and avoid superstitions and repeating over and over the same prayer (Matthew 6:7-8 NIV). Praying for selfish motives the Bible says won’t be realized (James 4:3 GNT). I must honor my spouse otherwise I have disrupted the connection of my prayer to God (1 Peter 3:7 GNT).

Well, I am much clearer on the content of my prayers, I you are too. Practice makes perfect. Blessings to you my brothers and sisters.

Me Vs. God

When I first came back to Canada, I had a pretty good idea of the things I needed and wanted to do. I was organized and focused on reestablishing my life. It would be a cinch. After being overseas for the greater part of a decade, I would secure employment, find a church and volunteer somewhere. As I already had a place to live, in my mind it was done, in a couple of months I would have my life under control. I have written before that what I think, what I want, what I need and how I will do it is all to often a far cry from what God has planned and what He knows that I need.

I see myself a bit like the apostle Peter. Without much of a plan or much thought we both would just dive in head first and accomplish the task. Peter was like, “Oh, I’ll never deny you lord”  and  “Hey, I’m going to walk on water, too.” Me, I’m like, “Move, job, church, volunteer, live.”

Just as Christ shook his head in bewilderment at Peter, he shook his head at me. We both needed maturity and guidance.

First, Jesus placed me in near isolation for 5 months. I didn’t plan this, I certainly didn’t want this, I needed a job. But no, Jesus sat me down to study, think and plan which was a totally new concept for me. During this time, I started this website to share my thoughts and new found knowledge.

Second, someone planted in my mind the big idea to clear out my stash of groceries and give them away. What! So, what am I going to eat? Hello, these groceries cost money and I don’t have a job yet! You can be sure this was not from me.

Third, Jesus sent me on a church shopping spree and after two strikes I found my new church home and family. Still no job and money is getting tight but Jesus thought church was more important.

Fourth, well of course, I need to be in a small group in addition to church. Now, why didn’t I think of that? Oh, I know, maybe I am seeing a real urgent need to find a job so that I could maybe say, EAT! Well God, You, know best and I do have all that I need and even more.

Fifth, I have absolutely no idea why I am volunteering, serving others and working for free when I really need a source of income. Once again, apparently, my priorities are not the same as God’s.

Sixth, finally step one of my plans was addressed. I have been hired and I scoop it up fast. I agree without thinking, it’s what immature young Christians do, right Peter?  I’m just so happy that I finally have employment. Why the heavy heart? Why the doubt? Where is this coming from? I quit my job the day before I was to start. Jesus said, “it’s not the one I have planned for you.”

Seventh, after a few weeks, more carefully this time, less eager about the money, I am called for an interview. Another two weeks pass and I accept an offer to work casual/part time, at minimum wage. Say what? Jesus said, “yes, this is the one.”

I work at a religious charity. I never worked as a casual employee but worked full time hours from the very first day. Within two months I was hired full time, after three months I was eligible for the societies health benefits package and received a raise in pay. I traveled for three weeks back overseas but most importantly I work with some really amazing employees, volunteers and board members, many of which I am now friends. Jesus brought about everything on my plan and so much more than I could have imagined but also in the perfect way. Money, which was my main concern cannot buy the blessings that God has given me.