“I love You, O Lord, my strength”

The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,

My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge;

   My shield and the horn of my salvation,

                      My stronghold.

I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,

         And I am saved from my enemies.

PBS

Last night I was watching “Secrets of Westminster” on PBS when I heard this phrase last night spoken by Ian Hamilton a Scott who was involved in the theft and ultimately the return of The Stone of Destiny to his homeland as he was describing the feel in Parliament about this incident. I thought it was AWESOME!

     ” ….a shiver ran along the benches looking for a spine to run up.….”

Is Fear an Absolute in Our Nature?

Is it in our nature to fear or not to fear? I was watching a movie scene where a person ran across a room while  machine guns bullets tore across it in sync. What makes a person believe they can outrun a deadly shower like that?

Then I thought with God, there is no fear just absolute confidence in success. But how does one obtain that level of confidence when by nature, humans know fear, are comfortable with it and expect Its companionship into the unknown?

But do we always have to expect it? Is fear an illusion, one of the many false conditionings taught by humans for humans that are absorbed into their subconscious? Is fear a part of our nature anymore after we are reborn with the nature of God’s living within us?

Like with any learned negativity, a process of unlearning is required. Can we reprogram a very prominent and specific characteristic that is embedded in every fiber of our being into a permanent hibernation? Even though fear can be conquered, the fact remains It is there to be conquered. How does one eliminate Its root so the process of conquering is eliminated rendering void every particle of fear itself?

Is it like with the sudden urge to vomit when you try everything to squash the urge, push it down in order to rise above the nausea and proceed onward obstructed? How to squash the urge?How to eliminate its entire concept?

When we are reborn every positive characteristic strength is available for utilization. Every form of weakness becomes defeatable. The question is how and can it be as simple as understanding weakness is no longer an option that is to be felt and pondered over?

I believe it is, when clothed in the full Armour of God.

 

Another Cause for Pain and Suffering (pt 2)

Another Cause for Pain and Suffering in the World

The last post relating to the question “what are some causes suffering in the world” we looked at one cause for suffering being the devil. We know although God is Lord over everything, satan along with his angels  rule this world thanks to the sin of Adam and Eve.  We know he will be cast out of this world at the final judgement “Now judgment is upon this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. (John 12:31)  But until then evil is very much alive and present, doing his best to fool you and me into joining him in hell by getting us to act against God. Evil reigns prevalent over the earth and over us and as you can see is doing a bang up job of getting people to embrace the smallest sins announcing them  good for the soul and persecuting those who refuse to adopt their twisted logic.

7 sins

seven deadly sins

Now we move on to some ways we let evil in our life. And this is the truth everyone hates to admit, that we all sin everyday. ( 1 John 1:8) People like to believe sin is reserved for murderers and thiefs, you know only the really bad guys. What kind of person are we? Who we are, how we act, what we think and what we say absolutely has consequences to the kind of life, experiences, relationships, work and family atmosphere we exist in.

…Are you telling me if I cheat on a test or lie to my boss I’m the cause of some bad stuff in my life? …Are you telling me that although  my wife and I  are Christians but because we don’t read the Bible or celebrate God in our house bad things can happen?(well that disqualifies you as a Christian) …Are you telling me, a Christian, that because I haven’t cared that my boyfriends weren’t Christian that that’s why all my relationships have been crap?…….Yup, yup and defiantly yup!

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Without God We Lose the Power that is Contentment

Proof from the lives that so many envy that happiness, fulfillment, completion, validation and power does not lie within all the riches and fame available to all on this earth nor is comfort found amongst millions of adoring fans, followers, tweaters, facebookers and likers.

A very slim list of celebrities who confirm a prosperous life is impossible to win against evil forces without the protection of God that comes with putting Him in charge of it;

Musicians; Amy Winehouse,Kurt Cobain,Jimmie Hendrix
Writers; Ernest Hemingway,Sylvia Plath,David Foster Wallace
Actors; Robin Williams,Philip Seymour Hoffman,Judy Garland
Billionaires; Christina Onassis,Casey Johnson, John Paul Getty 3
Athletes; Erica Blasberg (LPGA) Andy Irons (surfing legend),Len Bias (NBA)

14 TV Reality Celebrities have committed suicide since 2005.

A very slim list of Famous People who were and who have been saved by Jesus Christ

C.S Lewis

Mr.T

Johnny Cash

Alice Cooper

Phil Robertson

Mickey Mantle

A brief look at what Super Bowl Sunday 2014 means to these NFL players.

Some Christian voices in Football;Ray Lewis, Tim Tebow, Justin Tuck, R,J Stanford, Bradie James, Russel Wilson,Clint Gresham,Troy Polamalu, Matt Stover, Kurt Warner
some Coaches; Lovie Smith, Tony Dungy, Dabo Swinney

Who is to Blame for Pain and Suffering and the Best Plan of Defense

trials

Everyone goes through difficult times in their life in various forms of traumas, heartbreaks, sickness,pain, betrayals and disappointments. Maybe your going through a painful time in a relationship, family, work or school. You could be going through emotional or financial loss. You’re hurt confused and angry. Maybe your situation is so dire you’ve been walking around with a leaking faith tank mad and frustrated with God. Maybe you’re wondering why is this happening to you why is God letting you suffer? But just who is to blame for pain and suffering in the world? It’s almost comical how many Christians are so quick to blame God knowing what the Word says from the 100s of hours they spend studying it and without so much a remembrance or reference to the cause of it all, the devil, is worthy of eyeball rolling. We have to remember the Christian life is a life of tribulation.

Why is this? Spiritual gullibility has a lot to do with it. Churches preach dainty, cotton, candy sermons always sunny side up laced with prosperity get blessed quick schemes that makes Christianity feel like an after school club where the requirements of membership is a bowl of potato salad once awhile for the monthly pot luck! If Christianity was that laid back and if God was so easily satisfied and pleased with a no brainer, takes no effort tribute (such has become the twisted modern day tithe) then every person in congregations in America would be millionaires and not just the ministers! God isn’t calling you to prosper materialistically as the church so wants you to believe,God doesn’t want or need our money, He wants our love and obedience. He tells us over and over money isn’t important for us. He wants us to prosper spiritually and we can’t do that if we’re not taught how to fuel our spirit, how to stand firm in it and how to defend it!

free will

What Christians understand;
That for now the devil rules the world, we are all born from sin and have a sin nature and God has given man free will. That’s quite a recipe for evil to prevail. We’re given a choice live for good or evil. And good isn’t easy. And  here in the darkness is where Christianity thrives, we are the lampposts in the world,it’s here in the midst of chaos the strong and faithful are separated from the lukewarm and it is here we prevail and persist to attain to the prize, the awesome gift of heaven. Continue reading

Truth is Power

knowledge without truth is a fools paradise

knowledge with truth is power

truth is power