For most of our lifetime, it seems as if we are unceaselessly in search of an exhibition of God‘s mightiness. How sad that is, when in reality, God takes time out every minute of the day, to make powerful things happen. But, like little blind children we overlook a plethera of miracles, that give birth right before our very eyes. Sometimes I cry, when I think about how many of God’s miracles I’ve taken for granted.
Sometimes I cry, when I think about all the things God did for me, without warning and without my unamended approval. So many times I would have done things differently, believing that my way was the best way. Yet time and time again, He proved me wrong and spared me the consequences of my error in judgement. Yes, carefully and methodically, is how God time released events in my life, so as not to give me more than I could bear. He was deliberate, but never elaborate. He was protective, without evidencing his knowledge of my precariousness….
So as a result of his long suffering and uncontested love for me “today I am no longer actively looking for a show of God’s power.” Instead, I am aggressively working to be attuned with Jesus. I’ve chosen to ask for direction and heed his Word. This way I know that it will be God working through me, instead of me trying to work through him. His purpose can only be fulfilled, when we allow him to do the filling.
“I don’t want to be alienated from God, I want to be bound to God.”
What’s in your heart?
- No More Crying: Children’s Bible Lesson (ministerioinfantilusa.com)
- Greetings in the Name of Our Lord Jesus (pttyann2.wordpress.com)
- The Cry Of My Generation (pinkforpeace.wordpress.com)
- Faith (mclwilliams.wordpress.com)
- Vision and Crying Out to God (jimf.wordpress.com)
- Vision and Crying Out to God (j4man.wordpress.com)
- Helping Someone To Cry (godspeaking.wordpress.com)
- The Hearer of Prayer (pttyann2.wordpress.com)
- You my Lord are worthy, you my Lord are worthy (livingfountains.wordpress.com)
- The voice of one crying in the wilderness (deaconjohn1987.wordpress.com)
- Lost (thejournalofalcianajohns.wordpress.com)
- CMA Church-One Hundred Years in Vietnam (enrichedspirituallife.com)
- Deliver Us From Evil (justificationbygrace.com)
I thought about this hard and long, before I decided to post about it. I already know that a lot of preacher’s or religiousleader’s as we call them, have a problem when it come’s to calling out “fellow religious leaders.” But the question is; should they? If every Christian and religious leader believes in God and in the Word, then why would any professed religious leader, be reluctant to set a “scripture supported” record straight? Believe it or not, speaking out or against any religious leader today, can lead to verbal assault or unwarranted anger, between both or all party’s involved. Even though God’s commands are very cut and dry, regardless of whether or not one believes them to be literal or not, they are what they are. Yet, these same leader’s utilize entire sermons in God’s pulpit, defending things that are flesh inspired and amount to no more than trying to prove false doctrine.
How can church leader’s spend 1-3 hours talking about stuff that has absolutely nothing to do with salvation, how to walk with God or when to ask for forgiveness for your sins. Even more important; Why are so many preachers reluctant to admit when a fellow church leader blatantly sin. We learn from each others sins. In essence, how can a man or woman of God be afraid to discuss man’s errors in his ways, when those errors put the salvation of follower’s at risk?
And to make matters worse, some even take time out to explain why you should forgive a church leader whose in error; and unlike Bible scripture, modern church leaders always fail to focus on the specifics of an error. This is a spiritual injustice to God’s people. It’s like church leader’s are intentionally hiding things from the people they lead. Somehow they find it easier to just act like it never happened. But, real Christian’s want truth. They don’t want to be coerced into tolerating and ignoring inexcusable behavior from church leaders, simply because they hold powerful or important positions. Continue reading
6/9/11 Re-Post from my Babe in Christ Blog
For as far back as I can remember, what people mostly remember about Adam and Eve is that they sinned, when they ate from the forbidden fruit tree, which stood in the middle of the garden. Everybody seems to understand that; We all agree that Adam and Eve disobeyed God“, angered Him and because of that, they were cursed and kicked out of the garden.
This curse proved to be the curse of all curses. Parts of the curse consisted of; but was not limited to;
Genesis 3; 16-17 ” To the woman he said,“I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be for  your husband, and he shall rule over you.” 17 And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;”
However, what I want to talk about is the significance of “The Tree of Knowledge.” Because in order for us to understand our predicament today, we must understand what that tree symbolized. Why was it in the center of the garden? What did this tree have on it and in it, that was so sacred it had to be forbidden? Why was God so protective of one tree?
Keep in mind, Adam and Eve didn’t eat from the tree because they were hungry. They ate from the tree because they allowed Satan‘s “spirit of discontentedness” to settle in and they were inquisitive, even thought they were missing out on something. The serpent tricked Eve. She became obsessed with “The Tree of Life.” And since obsession is also a spirit of Satan, once she made a decision to listen to the serpent, it was on! The serpent had powers, but they were dark powers, whereas God was the God of light, which automatically put the two at odds with each other.
Once Adam and Eve allowed an evil spirit to trick them, “making them think the grass was greener on the other side” they lost sight of what was real and what was not.
Therefore, even though they had a perfect life, they wanted more. Let’s talk about that perfect life.
Picture this; God created a perfect man and then made for him, (from him), a perfect woman. And before God did any of this, He created a perfect world. That perfect world was initially without form, empty and darkness was over the surface of the deep. The spirit of God was hovering over the waters. Everything about this creation was deliberate and intricately orchestrated.
The architecture was superb and divine. He separated the light from the darkness. He then named that separation, “day and “”night.” He was what we can imagine as a Divinearchitect” So this Divine architect saw fit to place an expanse between the waters to separate water from water. Water under the sky was gathered to one place and dry land was allowed. And because God was pleased with what He had done so far, He called for land to produce vegetation…He was complete in all He did.
I know you want to know where I’m going with this. So let me tell you.
Considering the fact that God was so deliberate in all that He did, as well as elaborate, particular, intricate and precise, about the makings of earth and the establishment of “The Garden of Eve”, as well as it’s occupants, why would He omit detailed information or knowledge about Adam and Eve’s intimate life? Well, the fact that it was omitted is of the essence. The reason this omission of knowledge is so important, is because God omitted an entity of the institution of marriage, which was and is an imperative and essential form of intimate communication. “Making love” is the ultimate expression of physical love, between a man and woman. This is where it seems apparent that God never intended for “sexual relations” to be a socially promoted or exploited act. Making love or having sexual relations, was obviously created by God, as a private and sensual expression of one’s love for one another. But, man has successfully defiled that.
Here on earth, excuses for criminal, inappropriate and lecherousness sexual behavior, will continue to be accepted. However we will find in the bible that: “God was un-apologetic and aggressive, in his dealings concerning punishment for adultery, unnatural sexual relations and, sexual violations.” Much like what went on during the days of Israel‘s plight, our world has mobilized and joined forces with evil. What God meant for private, the world made public. Too much knowledge…. Individuals who have pretty mates, aren’t satisfied. They keep looking for something prettier. And then there’s the man or woman with the big house, who wants an even bigger one. Like Adam and Eve, they too have a way out, but they choose to keep reaching, until there’s nothing more to achieve, here on earth. God gave us the ability to choose right from wrong. That ability is our weapon against the serpent, which is knowledge. Yes, knowledge became the serpent, once Adam and Eve set it free. The opening of Adam and Eve’s eyes, is of great significance to the essence of what happened in “The Garden Of Eve.”
Just look around today: ” The husband wants a wife who acts like a lady on the street and a prostitute in the bed.” And, that may even be acceptable, because there’s no instruction manual in the bible, for husbands and wives to use, as a reference guide for making love. However, the problem with SEX in general seems to have hatched, when people commenced to pervert and publicize SEX. Think about it; Knowledge is dispersed in many ways. And knowledge is associated with every aspect of life. The serpent has led us to believe that we are remiss, in our quest for seeking and obtaining more and more knowledge. Like Adam and Eve, we believe that we are missing out on something. And like them we won’t quit, until we destroy ourselves. “We are too smart for our own good.” Playboy and Hustler wasn’t enough. Peep shows got boring and prostitution went high-tech! Knowledge is at the root of every perceived piece of progress and over-shadowed by evil. In many instances, what man assumes is progress, is actually a preview of his eventual ruin.
We want to live on the moon, we want to put a monkey’s brain in a human’s head or a dog’s brain in a cat’s head. Then we want to make babies in tubes, breast bigger, stop the aging process, interfere with a young girl’s puberty, by chemically halting her menstrual cycle. The serpent is running ramped and we can’t see him, because he is disguised as knowledge. He’s making the world think they’re invincible and smarter than the average bear….
And then there’s those “weapons of mass destruction” which will ultimately become a weapon against those who created them. Knowledge should make us understand this, but instead its blinding us, with our own arrogance and spirit of discontentedness…”spirits the serpent is most famous for.”
The internet will one day prove to be the world’s supreme serpent of knowledge. With it we see a meticulous breed of immortality festering within it. “Information highway as it is known” is a knowledgeable and sinister force to be reckoned with. A paperless infinite network, which inconspicuously became a catalyst for sexual predators, perverts, scam artists, race haters, and various other criminals deviates. Too bad however; that within the internet’s invisible atmospheric platform of vast and elusive brilliance, that crafty “serpent of knowledge” prevails. “Too much knowledge will be our demise.” And don’t get it twisted. Knowledge within and of itself, is not the serpent. The kind of knowledge that will deliver our demise is that which is entrenched with a serpent’s evil spirit, whose only mission is to seek, kill and destroy.
Once Adam and Eve ate from the tree, they exposed themselves to human nature, problems and struggles. They found out what pain feels like, grief, desire, disappointment and more. Essentially, knowledge became the world’s worst nightmare, and nobody seemed to recognize the nucleus of its wrath. Even though the bible warned us, we still didn’t and don’t get it. Knowledge is like the serpent that tricked Eve into believing God was holding out on her. It’s deceitful and brings with it a wicked and self-serving contagiousness, unless God is in control in your life. The most destructive component of worldly knowledge, is it’s ability to persuade man to challenge and test God.
As an example; people have been persuaded to believe that marriage is not an institution and that book sense, replaces common sense. The most devastating error of worldly knowledge, is that it suggests that spiritual intelligence is inferior to human intelligence. The serpent’s knowledge, is all over the place, it’s oblivious, but can never be omnipotent like God.
(OMG), “how we have angered the Lord!” There are several chapters in the bible which shed light oh how God viewed those who indulged in public, lascivious and obscene sexual behavior. There’s not even one mention of a time, when even a prostitutes described how she serviced her client sexually! There’s just no sexually explicit information in the bible, that depicts, expounds, or reports the cloistered intimate enactment of one’s sexual encounters. This scares me, because in this world “it’s all about SEX.” So how do we as Christians justify this? We’re certainly not making a conscious effort to collectively reject the notion that “sex in the streets is OK.” And what I mean by “sex in the streets” is that society promotes illicit, unmarried and unprotected sex. And just look where this thought process landed us.
Adam and Eve enjoyed a beautiful, unrestrained, shame free existence, before eating from “The Tree of Knowledge.” The tree was named…The key word in the name of that tree is KNOWLEDGE….go figure!
This brings me to another point. As I look back over the years, I can’t help but see the extensive, irreparable moral and spiritual harm that has been passed on to our children. “They can’t see the forest for the trees.” In fact, they don’t even want to think that far ahead. They are the microwave generation, living for today. The word legacy means nothing to them, yet the word SEX means the world to them. Like Adam and Eve they’ve been kicked out of the garden. They have eaten from the tree of knowledge too. “They are too smart for their own good.”
There’s something Satanic about the world and SEX. The importance placed on publicizing it and the prevalence of it, is unusually grievous. Our souls are in danger and eternal salvation is all but impossible for many. Of all the sins that the world flagrantly engages in, the nature and extent of man’s SEXUAL SINS have become particularly distressing for and to Christians. God is gravely grieved.
- Enos, Adam, Eve, Lord God (macjrpublishing.wordpress.com)
- How did Satan get Eve to eat the fruit (wiki.answers.com)
- Biologos clarifies non-position on Adam and Eve (whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com)
- Were Adam and Eve Banished or exiled (wiki.answers.com)
- Genesis 3:9-23 (asorensen.wordpress.com)
- Did God abandon Adam and Eve when they sinned (wiki.answers.com)