Worry is Sin- and Can Bring Serious Consequences

 

I am amazed and greatly humbled by so many Christians greater than I, that grace these blogs with words and prayers of encouragement. Thank you all and may the Lord Jesus bless you.

I don’t always, or even usually …know how to handle a difficult situation, but the Lord has to remind me of my place, not to worry about it, but whatever it is….to lay it down before Him and let Him deal with it. To trust Him to work it out no matter what is going on.

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4

That passage of scripture is about not worrying. There was a time when there was a very difficult situation arose that was a matter of life and death. I was worrying, fretting and stewing about it. I was trying to figure out a way to work this out. I was a new Christian, but I should have known better than what I was doing…I was worrying.  Even as I worried, I had no idea just how serious things were about to become, but the Lord, who sees all…knew.

Finally the Lord had to step in, and speak to me. What He said was related to that passage. He told me this: “Have I not told you to be careful for nothing, yet you say, I am not worrying, but you are, because you are thinking about it, and talking about it. You are worrying. And I am telling you to let go! Let go! Because until you do, I can do nothing!  I CANNOT MOVE as long as you continue worrying.

You must let go!”

Finally, it dawned on me just how serious this must be, if the Lord was so adamant in what He was saying. Somehow I realized that I must do this…to stop worrying and let Him deal with the situation. I still had no idea exactly what was going on many miles away in my loved ones life…not until much later.

The Lord means what He says in His Word, and He is bound to honor that. And if we don’t obey, it can be to our hurt, or even bring a serious consequence to a loved one we are praying for. So, why was He impressing it so strongly to me to “let go” of it and stop worrying.  I began to realize that according to His Word, worry is sin, because it is not of faith, and anything not of faith, (in Him), is sin, and more that God cannot look upon sin!

“Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity” Habakuk 1;13

The Father even had to turn His eyes away from the Lord Jesus as He suffered on the Cross. Many wonder why Jesus cried out, “My God My God, why have thou forsaken Me?” https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+22&version=ESV, It was because God can’t look upon sin and the Lord Jesus had been made sin for us there on the Cross, paying that terrible price to save us from the curse of the law of sin and death.

But…even though I began to understand what the Lord was saying, I found it difficult to stop worrying, thinking about the problem, and talking about it. I had prayed and prayed but was not getting the results I so desperately wanted and needed, so for the next week, I continued to stew and fret and try as I might to obey what the Lord was warning me about to let go of it and let Him take over. Finally after a miserable whole week, I was able to get this off my shoulders and give this problem to the Lord. Then within a few days, the answer came.  It turned out to be a life and death situation by the time it was over. There was a desperate phone call from my mother, and I had to leave immediately to go a great distance and pick up both her and my Dad. When I got them both back at my home, I called the nursing agency to come right away to check my Dad. His urine was a very dark brown and he just wasn’t right. He’d had a stroke previously and was in very poor health. Waiting for the nurse to come, I ran for some Pediolyte, feeling that Dad would be scared if I took him to the ER. Soon, the nurse came and checked him and after I told her how dark his urine was, she told me that he might have died if I had not gone and picked them up when I did.  He began to recuperate quickly and responded to the Pediolyte, rest and good food. Long story short,  I found out that the nursing service that had been hired to take care of him where they were at, was not doing the job, and had allowed him to decline. My mother told me that the Lord impressed her to call me and ask me to come and get them.

As I pondered all these things, I realized then, how serious worry can be, and how it can handicap even the Most High God from acting in our behalf.  God is sovereign but He is still bound to honor His Word, and to His children who know His Word, they are also bound to obey it.

That is why He said, “Have I not told you to be careful for nothing”. It means what it says, and sometimes just as seriously as I have described. It can be life or death to disobey.

Should Christians Rebuke Satan?

Have you ever heard a Christian rebuking Satan believing they have been given the authority to do so? I have, many times, and each time.. I realize they have not read the Bible or they would know they indeed do NOT have that authority, since there is no scriptural basis for it. 

Then, what does the bible have to say about it? Specifically….this passage in Jude Chapter 1, verse : 9 “But even the archangel Michael, when he disputed with the devil over the body of Moses, did not presume to bring a slanderous judgment against him, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”

But wait….in context, it says much more concerning the matter.  And so, are Christians who carelessly rebuke Satan aware they are bringing instead an accusation against themselves when they launch into a tirade against Satan? This is to me a scary thing indeed when you read Jude 1 in it’s entirety. Granted, it may be difficult for Christians to think of Satan as being a “glorious being”, but the bible says he is, And further, it says that even Michael the Archangel didn’t “presume” to bring a slanderous accusation against him, so then how is it that Christians believe they can pull this off with impunity? Well, in the context of the entire 1st Chapter of Jude, taken in context, it gives a scathing indictment that these Christians may have fallen into a very unsavory as well as dangerous category, considering the description given of those who dare to do such a thing……”dreamers; rejecting authority; men who have “crept” in unnoticed,  ungodly ones designated for condemnation; slanderers of what they do not understand; turning the grace of God into immorality; hidden reefs in your love feasts; shepherding only themselves; clouds without water; irrational animals; shamelessly feasting with you; traveling the path of Cain; rushing headlong into the error of Balaam and fruitless trees in Autumn; wild waves of the sea; twice dead; wandering stars; discontented grumblers; following after their own lusts; their mouths spewing arrogance, flatterers. Did I miss something? I can scarcely think of any more scathing passing of scripture in the entire Bible indicting those who apparently call themselves the Lord’s people, and who mingle with believers as if belonging in the same flock. And how is it that they were able to “creep in unnoticed”. It would seem that someone, (the shepherd perhaps) wasn’t paying attention, Jude says it was necessary for him to write this section, to warn the ekklesia to earnestly contend for the faith.  We all must do the same…be alert, be awake, and contend earnestly since there is no discharge in this war. 

“Jude 1:3Beloved, although I made every effort to write you about the salvation we share, I felt it necessary to write and urge you to contend earnestly for the faith entrusted once for all to the saints. 4For certain men have crept in among you unnoticed—ungodly ones who were designated long ago for condemnation. They turn the grace of our God into a license for immorality, and they deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

5Although you are fully aware of this, I want to remind you that after Jesus had delivered His people out of the land of Egypt, He destroyed those who did not believe. 6And the angels who did not stay within their own domain, but abandoned their proper dwelling, He keeps under darkness, in eternal chains for judgment on that great day. 7In like manner, Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, who indulged in sexual immorality and pursued strange flesh, are on display as an example of those who sustain the punishment of eternal fire.

8Yet in the same way, these dreamers defile their bodies, reject authority, and slander glorious beings. 9But even the archangel Michael, when he disputed with the devil over the body of Moses, did not presume to bring a slanderous judgment against him, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”b 10These men, however, slander what they do not understand, and like irrational animals, they will be destroyed by the things they do instinctively. 11Woe to them! They have traveled the path of Cain; they have rushed headlong into the error of Balaam; they have perished in Korah’s rebellion.

12These men are the hidden reefs in your love feasts, shamelessly feasting with you but shepherding only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried along by the wind; fruitless trees in autumn, twice dead after being uprooted. 13They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever.

14Enoch, the seventh from Adam, also prophesied about them: “Behold, the Lord is coming with myriads of His holy ones 15to execute judgment on everyone, and to convict all the ungodly of every ungodly act of wickedness and every harsh word spoken against Him by ungodly sinners.”d

16These men are discontented grumblers, following after their own lusts; their mouths spew arrogance; they flatter others for their own advantage.”

Dangers of the 501C3 Tax Exempt Church Status

When Churches decide to go with the 501 C 3 Status in order to gain tax exemptions on donations from their members, in essence they have hooked up with the government and become a corporation. Is this what the Lord Jesus Christ wants for His church? And from His people? Really?

CAN SATAN HEAL? A FORMER BUDDHIST PRIEST SPEAKS

It may be that Satan only appears to heal, when in actuality he is simply removing demonic affliction from the person which gives the illusion they have been healed. This is what I believe happens in Reiki, that has participants convinced they are receiving healing. Nevertheless, Satan never does anything that seems to be beneficial without the intent to impart something far worse to his victim. We are not to be ignorant of his devices of which he has many.

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Can Satan heal? The answer might surprise you.
 
I have a friend, brother Hong who, along with his wife, are now presiding over a church in another province that my wife and I support, who was once a powerful Buddhist priest. His level of martial arts as a master was only aided by demonic spirits, especially in the art of Kung Fu (originated in China). He would explain how that NO ONE reaches the level 6 and then into a higher plane of Buddhist training in the temple other than through demonic power. As he explained to me in great detail, every priest of this art who is considered a “master” does in fact work with spirits. (This is also part of the legend of Bruce Lee and who gained his powers of speed and accuracy through demonic possession)
 
Brother Hong explained how that one of the “powers”…

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The Catholic Church Hasn’t Changed…

 

To Catholics…I am not against you. Not at all. If you were born into a Catholic family, it’s quite understandable that you were raised as a Catholic with all it’s rituals and dogma; it probably seemed perfectly natural as well as “holy”. But my question to you, is, have you ever studied in depth the history of the Catholic church? That is from a non-Catholic source? And, another question….have you ever studied in depth with all seriousness, the Holy Bible? I know…it very well have been that you’ve not been told to do that by your priests, but nevertheless, if you are indeed seeking the truth about Life and the Lord Jesus Christ, would you not want to put the Bible to the test to see why you shouldn’t need to read and study it…? After all, the Lord Jesus Christ has given you a mind and brain to study, to seek Him, and to decide with your conscience, right from wrong, truth from error……apart from religion, teachings, doctrines and traditions of men; but rather, with your spirit.

In the Bible, that was inspired by God, and not men…the Lord Jesus said this to the woman at the well: “God is a Spirit, and He is seeking those who will seek Him in Spirit and in Truth”. That would be a wise and reasonable request of God don’t you think? Since after all, you’re personal conclusions you reach about God and His Son Jesus Christ will affect your outcome for all eternity.

I’m sure you noticed the title of the video I posted, and yes, it would be very true that I am biased against the Catholic church…after having studied in detail it’s history. I came to the conclusion it is a very beautiful but deceptive counterfeit, just as an evil but adulterous and lovely woman would be. Beautiful on the outside, but wicked, devious and hurtful on the inside where it’s hidden. Looking at and studying the history of the Catholic church, and comparing it with the scriptures in the Bible, especially of the New Testament and the gospels of the Lord Jesus Christ…how do they compare? Frankly, they don’t. They can’t, because they aren’t true and holy. So, if the Catholic church has not lined up with the truth of the Lord Jesus Christ, and His Holy Word, and it has done so much evil in the past, do you seriously believe this ancient leopard has changed it’s spots? I dare say…no. It hasn’t changed.

Neither has the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Bible:
      6I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; 7which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. 8But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! 9As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!

10For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.

11For I would have you know, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. 12For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ. Galatians 1:6-11.

The Mystery of the Gospel

1For this reason, I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles…

2Surely you have heard about the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. 4In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5which was not made known to men in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets. 6This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are fellow heirs, fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus.

7I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace, given me through the working of His power. 8Though I am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9and to illuminate for everyone the stewardship of this mystery, which for ages past was hidden in God, who created all things. 10His purpose was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11according to the eternal purpose that He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.

12In Him and through faith in Him we may enter God’s presence with boldness and confidence. 13So I ask you not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory. Ephesians 3

 

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Saturday started out to be a perfectly normal day….I went to the Farmer’s Market, bought some lovely veggies such as squash, and some fresh collards I wanted for a country bean and cornbread supper; a huge 35 lb watermelon that is to be cut up, refrigerated and savored all week. It was starting to get late July desert hot here in New Mexico by the time I headed out of the market, but I had to stop by the Community Garden and water the new plants before going home. Then, one last stop was to be at the Dollar General to pick up some odds and ends so I wouldn’t have to do any more shopping for the weekend.  It was after I went into the DG that the chest pains started. I broke out in a sweat, and thinking somehow this might be a horrible case of heartburn, headed for the Pepto Bismol shelf, cracked it open and took a couple, then over to the check out aisle. The pain was getting worse and I started becoming annoyed at the lady ahead of me taking unnecessarily long checking out.  The thought occurred to me that sometimes, we can try to just be too polite…maybe I should tell her and the checker I’m in serious pain and need to get through the line and out of there. But I didn’t.

Finally, and thankfully, I got out of there, and drove home, got in the door, and started taking the supplements for my hypertension I felt would help to take another dose of, because the Pepto sure wasn’t doing a thing to relief this pain.  I began wondering then, should I call an ambulance? I knew what that was going to mean…a probably lengthy stay in the ER, getting checked out, which I hate. I’d been pleading the Blood of Jesus…and yes, I do believe in Divine healing having been healed many, many times over the years of various things, some of which were serious, and/or life threatening. But this time, I couldn’t seem to lay hold of that instant rebuke of the enemy…and felt that this time I needed to get this thing checked out. Strange…I’ve had these same attacks for at least 20 yrs, sometimes just when I was heading out the door to meet a friend for intercessory prayer. Or, sometimes, when I was just getting down on my knees in my own personal prayer closet. I’d always felt that the enemy was involved in these pain attacks. I always RESIST, just like the word says…but one time it was so bad, I did have my son take me into the ER from where we lived in the country, 15 miles from the hospital. After a ECG, as usual, they found nothing.

So, in any case, the pain was so severe by this time, I was having trouble getting my breath…….I decided to call an ambulance. I’m not big on suffering and pain, but it does take a lot for me to either call an ambulance or go into the ER. Long story short, after a period of time, a bunch of “blood letting” and several ECGS, it was decided I needed to go by ambulance to Las Cruces, a city 74 miles south. 

So, arriving there, it had already been settled by the cardio doctors that I should have a Angiogram, (catheritization)…that’s where they run a scope up an incision in an artery in either your wrist, or your groin, and on up through your arteries as far as your heart to see if there are any blockages, and if there are, they place a stint in, and repair it on the spot. I usually have very little faith, or even need for modern medicine, but this time I felt this might be a good thing to do to rule out some potential problems and to at least see what the was causing these periodic pain attacks for the last 20 some odd years.

So, what was the end diagnosis or result? Nothing except my heart was good as were my arteries. I’m definitely no spring chicken so that was more than good news…it was unusual. Then what was causing these pain attacks? All the tests, the blood work and the Angiogram didn’t reveal anything…….so basically I don’t know, and the doctors don’t know either.

As a Christian, Spirit Filled and Baptized by Fire and the Holy Ghost, I do know the enemy has had it in for me since the get go…there have been times when I know he has come after me in various ways to cause pain, trouble, affliction, and so on. All of you who are Blood bought know how this works and the warfare we go through daily in various ways. There is a saying in the Christian camp…”If it was easy, everyone would be doing it”, and I think this is true. Unbelievers judge us, but they have no idea the difficulties and suffering we go through in this walk. But,  by the same token, they have no idea, the blessedness, the wonder, and simply amazing relationship with the Almighty Reality, the Lord Jesus Christ, God and Creator of the Universe we have either.

Back home…pain free, loving the Lord, life, and fixing up my Country dinner from the Farmers Market produce, I realize how blessed I am every day of my life because I have Jesus and can trust in Him no matter what’s going on at the moment, even when it seems painful or bad…He’s there, holding my hand, never leaving me or forsaking me. He did say “ALL things, work for the good for those that love and serve the Lord”…and He’s not a liar, He said it and He means it. It’s about as simple as this….


1The LORD is my shepherd,

            I shall not want.

      2He makes me lie down in green pastures;
            He leads me beside quiet waters.

      3He restores my soul;
            He guides me in the paths of righteousness
            For His name’s sake.

      4Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
            I fear no evil, for You are with me;
            Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

      5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
            You have anointed my head with oil;
            My cup overflows.

      6Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
            And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Psalm 23

PROPHETS, PIMPS, PSYCHICS AND FORTUNE COOKIES: EVERYTHING THAT’S WRONG WITH THE PROPHETIC MOVEMENT

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“So do not listen to the words of the prophets who speak to you, saying, ‘You will not serve the king of Babylon,’ for they prophesy a lie to you; 15for I have not sent them,” declares the LORD, “but they prophesy falsely in My name, in order that I may drive you out and that you may perish, you and the prophets who prophesy to you.” (Jeremiah 27:14-15)

I believe in prophecy. I believe in the prophetic gifting. I also believe in the office or role of the prophet in the new covenant. Yet I do not believe in what’s being passed off today as having anything to do with the true mark of those who truly walk in the gifting and calling of “prophet”.

I believe there has been a literal hi-jacking of the gift of prophecy by Satanic forces within the church to not only discredit…

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