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

praying

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.

Two Loves

I used to think I was Dr. Love. No one could love like me. Who could resist me, my money, my security, my guilty pleasures always satisfied? I had it all figured out and I bathed in it. I feasted on it and drank it until I became drunk, daily. I slept comfortably, soundly and secure in my lovely self. My obsession with self-love at quite a young age became an addiction for the better part of my life. I would never have stopped except this is where Jesus found me.

Why should I feel guilty, I mean you have to love yourself, right? The world loves themselves and I’m just another part of the world! How was my love different than others? How did it come about that I began to feel guilty for loving myself? Why was I picked out from the rest of the crowd? Jesus said, you did not choose me, but I chose you… (John 15:16 ESV {in part})

My inward love became draining, it was sucking the life out of me. It became too hard to hang on to. What I kept, just died, rotted and withered inside of me. Love was the poison I drank everyday of my life. Love within myself turned to greed and selfishness. I enjoyed taking but hated to give. When I gave, I always kept the best for myself and gave away the scraps. I would give just enough to the poor to satisfy any guilt I might have. When I became sick or suffered a loss of any type, it was the worst. Whatever others suffered; it was nothing compared to my sufferings. Self-pity reigned in my life. Love made me proud and my favorite topic was, me. A puffed up me beyond who I was. Everyone else was suppressed by my greatness. There was no chance to be as great as thou. My ideas were better, my achievements greater. What an enviable, stellar citizen I had become.      

Jesus stepped into my life suggesting that the gift of love was made, not to hoard but to be given away. He has shown me how the love I diverted into myself was love that I robbed from those around me. Love that was needed and desired by others to thrive and exist. All my selfish love ever did was create misery and suffering everywhere I went.

Every person who has ever suffered, been humiliated, grieved or hated has been deprived of love. Every person who is bitter, been dealt an injustice or is in despair has been the victim of a self-loving but outwardly loveless person of the world.

How often have we, the people of the world full of self-love known of an abused man, woman or child and stood by in silence? How many of us are so in love with our careers that we don’t have time or even try to make the time for a parent, a grandparent, great aunt or other past loved one, who sits alone loveless at home or in an old age home. How many of us self-loving fine and upstanding people know of someone who has committed suicide? How many of us proud individuals know of a family in need of food, clothing or simply some friendship, reassurance, or an invitation? How many beauty queens and self-proclaimed models loathe the fat woman, the disfigured man or the misbehaved child? How many times have you stood by as someone was reprimanded unfairly? Do you know the husband or wife who is cheating on their marriage? Do you know of someone in prison? What have you done about it?  How about the unemployed person? Have you thought how you could help by hiring him for a day, or referring her to an employer? Have you ever considered supporting the starving family overseas?

There are so many ways to feed our hunger for self-love and in every case, we support and contribute to pain, suffering, inequality, injustice, discrimination, grief, and hatred. The way I see it, self-love is the leading disease supporting the broken world we live in. And yet, we dare to blame God for allowing it all to happen. We say, why doesn’t He fix it?

We were made with love, by love and to love. We know it too, but we pretend not to.  1 John 4:7-12 NIV

Earth is our classroom and it’s here where we must learn to love, not ourselves but God and each other. If we learn well, train ourselves in the subject and carry out God’s plan, then our final examination upon death will be easy. There are two loves and I have discovered that to choose between them is to really live. 1 John 2:10-11 NIV Will you choose to love yourself or to love God and one another? Matthew 6:24 NIV

Faith

Faith is the ability to completely trust in someone or something. We are told throughout the Bible to place our faith in God and when we do, He will reward us in one way or another. Read, Hebrews 11:1 ICB and Psalm 120:1 ICB.

I believe in God whole heartedly and I have seen His graces poured out on me, time and time again. The main theme of this website, is my testimonies or records of God’s favors upon my life, since becoming a new born Christian. Read, Mark 11:24 ICB.

Up until this very day all the post that I have submitted have been written after the fact, after I have prayed and received God’s blessings. Anyone can write a testimony, but today I submit my declaration in faith to God, before you the reader. I have not yet received His blessings and you will witness for yourself God’s response to my prayer. In essence, I am presenting a future testimony in the making.  Read, Matthew 6:33 and Hebrews 11:6.

I would like to share my prayer and I invite you to take part in this faith building exercise. Believing that Jesus Christ is your lord and savior, John 8:24. Look up to Heaven, raise your arms above your head and from your heart with complete trust, place your life in God’s hands. Read, Matthew 21:22 ICB.

Dear Heavenly Father:  An invisible enemy has come to my doorstep in the form of a deadly virus. Thousands of people worldwide have had their lives cut short. I am no different than any of those people except for the fact that I may be more vulnerable than some of them. (list your weaknesses) I am pushing sixty years old, I am overweight, I have high blood pressure and sleep apnea.

Abba, with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ beside be, (Psalm 16:8 ICB), Your Holy Spirit within me, (1st Corinthians 3:16 ICB), and You, watching over me from above, (Proverbs 15:3 ICB) I renounce all power of the Corona virus over me. I claim Your promises to provide for me and to protect me. I have honored you and will continue to praise you. Psalm 50:15 ICB, Isaiah 41:13 ICB and Jeremiah 29:11 ICB. Dear Lord Jesus keep your promise and protect my family and I from this Novel Coronavirus, John 14:13-14 ICB.

With all the faith I have within me I declare dominance over this virus, it will not take me down and I will overcome any attacks it may try to make against me. Matthew 17:20 ICB. The only effect this virus will have on me will be to keep me even closer to you. I thank you in advance Heavenly Father for the victory you have granted me. I rest in Your perfect love and I will not fear this virus. 1st John 4:18 ICB. You are in charge Dear God and already the world has seen how you have saddled this beast and used it to bring many of your children back home to You. Most importantly Abba I seek Your will, for Your superior plans to be accomplished in me. Whatever Your will is for me I gratefully accept.

All power and glory to You, God our Father, for ever and ever. I pray this prayer in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, A-Men

Jesus’ Claim, Defended

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All of Christianity is based on two main events, “Christmas” and “Easter”. The Old Testament prepares us for the delivery of Jesus Christ who is to become our savior from all sin. The New Testament delivers Jesus to us, proves he is the prophesied Messiah and we see the foundations of our Christian faith laid out.

 The other day I outlined my own account of Easter week, day to day. However, something was amiss. Jesus’ claim that he would be raised after three days and three nights did not add up. (If you have not read the blog, “What’s it all About” you may want to read it right below this one, before continuing on).

Was Jesus mistaken? Are the accounts in the Holy Bible wrong? The Bible is God’s written word, it stands for truth, hope and love. If the Bible is false then there is no such thing as Christianity. We are living a big lie.

I am not a theologian and the answer to this dilemma is deep. To find the truth it involves a lot of reading and referencing throughout the Bible. I am sure I will loose most of my readers if I were to try to explain why Jesus was correct and not mistaken.

Thank you, Abba for leading me to a very simplistic chart that makes all the research more easily understood, even by one such as myself. I do not have permission to replicate this chart but there is a reference to its true designer in the bottom right hand corner. If I am asked to remove this chart by the owners I will.    

Please search and read the Bible references given for a more thorough understanding.

Christianity stands strong. The integrity of, “The Holy Bible” stands strong. All Christians can still have faith in Jesus and know we will all live together in eternity because of this Easter season. Hallelujah, praise God.  

Imagen taken from www.ucg.org/beyond-today/beyond-today-magazine/