How the Power in Forgiving Enemies betters Our World

 

 

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How to forgive and pray for your enemies isn’t a course offered in grade school curriculum.  If we’re lucky enough to have wise parents to teach us both why and how to forgive are we able to react without hesitating.

Forgiving and praying about my enemies wasn’t something I ever thought about prior to being reborn. I got the forget part down though. I would choose not to think about those who’ve betrayed me, those who’ve caused so much damage to my life and those who have tried to kill me. I just emptied their existence from my thoughts until they ceased to be. I was good at blocking things out. That’s how I coped with the never ending cycle of psychological warfare that was afflicted upon me every single day of my life . The  fact that I wasn’t allowed to ever feel any thing about any event, traumatic or wonderful, let alone process the situation, made it easy for me to act like it was no big deal and that nothing could hurt me no matter how bullied I was. Forgiving them wasn’t even on my mind. I didn’t know about the power of forgiving and praying for enemies. I didn’t know just how important both are to the victim and the criminal.

It wasn’t until I receive the Holy Spirit did I learn what prayer and forgiveness can achieve.  This is just one aspect of truth that He makes known to you that helps raise us out from the lies of the human world. In mans world their idea of rehabilitation hasn’t yet advanced out from the dark ages. You can put criminals in jail for punishment and forget about them but evil abounds where evil exists.  What difference is it when an evil person serves decades in jail only to be released as he was or worse? That punishment serves no purpose. It allows the crimes to be repeated upon others. What justice is there if the criminal repeats the crimes? Over 40% of convicts released are jailed again for the same crime or worse. A spouse that cheats will cheat again or they will live in denial. The verbally abusive boyfriend doesn’t stop with the next person. The lazy worker, the mean boss the delusional selfish politician believe only in their cause and can see nothing wrong with it. Killers and sex criminals claim to have no control over their urges and  no amount of punishment will cure them.

Until the day when Americans finally realize violence begets violence and humans when treated like animals will act like such, prayer and forgiveness is a power we all possess and the best weapon against evil .

God works in people and one way I believe He decides to impart the Holy Spirit within people is by the prayers of others requesting it. Philippians 4:6 says to make your requests known to God and James 5:16 says to pray for one another that you may be healed. Anything is possible through prayer. God takes the impossible and makes it possible. He sees promise where we see hopelessness.  The Holy Spirit has given me answers and insight to areas where my mind was  closed too before.
I understand what blindness  does to unbelievers and those who are fake Christians, I know because I used to be one. But when they’re reborn some of the  worst kinds of souls make the best hero’s in history. And when there is tremendous change there is such strength and dedication and passion that even a lot of average life long Christians haven’t yet matured into. Look at Paul of tarsus. An evil and most hateful man. What a transformation to the  apostle responsible for most of the new testament writings and along with the other apostles, for changing the world and bringing hope, life and salvation to us through the words of Jesus Christ.

C.S Lewis became one of the most influential contemporary Christian apologetics after rejecting God for over  half of his life. “”Now is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance. It won’t last forever. We must take it or leave it.”

 Charles Colson who during the Nixon administration was labeled by Slate magazine writer David Plotz as “the evil genius of an evil administration” and Nixons hard man. He did a lot of bad/dirty stuff in politics. But after reading Mere Christianity by C.S Lewis his whole life changed and in 1973 became a Christian and then become a leading evangelical Christian leader  dedicating  his life to the Lord.  In 1974 he went to jail and in 1976 after prison he created  Prison Fellowship , which today is “the nation’s largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their families.” He received 15 honorary doctorates, wrote 30 books and was the recipient of some of the Salvation Armies top civic award and the worlds largest cash prize award the Templeton.

Colson was famously quoted in contemporary Christian music artist Steven Curtis Chapmans song Heaven  in the real world as saying;

“Where is the hope? I meet millions of people who feel demoralized by the decay around us. The hope that each of us has is not in who governs us, or what laws we pass, or what great things we do as a nation. Our hope is in the power of God working through the hearts of people. And that’s where our hope is in this country. And that’s where our hope is in life.”

These men whose hearts were once black came to know Christ and went on to make the world a better place in the name of God.I want all enemies to have a radical transformation and go on to better our world. I want to be a part of praying for that chance. Do I forgive my enemies? Do I pray for them and that God will work in them? Absolutely! I don’t forget about them and act like nothing happened anymore. I do the best thing I can for them and the best most powerful thing that I can do for all of us , I hope and pray for their salvation not for their downfall.  It is that simple.

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Remember what World is life

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Each day is a  welcomed challenge to remember upon waking what each of us has known from birth and what each Christian must hold on to.

To remember that this world man calls reality is nothing more than fantasy

a world comprised  of rules and trials, traditions and rituals

of holidays and vacations and  schedules

tasks kept in time on clocks made from human hands

tick toc- tick toc; ticking away our day  demanding obedience of our conscious and our hearts

chipping away at our life in a constant  symphony of distractions,

souless activities of which the ends provide nothing of salvation and prosperity

but instead beg us to exchange that eternity by coaxing us to listen away Power and Truth

with the hot breath of streaming lies used for

weaving temptations  into dances and waltzing us straight into hell

Every Day the Cross

Though the enemy is all around me

I live in victory

standing, washed by the blood

My Savior gave and

died to save me

free me from

everything mans world thrives to destroy us in

he folds His arms around me

Strengthens me with His grace

it burns so boldly within me

protecting me from the evil this world so eagerly embraces

i was drowning in

brought  down by

smothered in

lies

selfish neediness

swimming in pools of human cells

listening to the diseased vocabulary

spewed out

spilled forth from

deceitful lips

hiding behind beguiling smiles

a kind of ugly makeup

covering up nothing greater than

the wisdom

fools prides themselves kings of

believing fortune is found within mankind

there is no rebirth in fairy tales and wallstreet

it’s  found at the feet of the cross

The Man, the Son of God sent to save us all

our sins cleaned up white

a new creature

a bold new life

that old life disgusts me

the sins I used to indulge in

while saying out loud

what a good person I am

The Spirit opened my eyes to the truth

it’s a new world i walk in

shrouded in

a simplicity of beauty missed by so many

who are burning out

chasing after a quick fix to satisfy a moment, a person, a trend, a belief, a statement, a law ,a rule

another man or women

this fleeting life

make it burn bright

outside of yourself

the real prize is beyond our needs

don’t be a slave to lists ,institutions and religions  that dictate the day to you

give up the chains

see beyond the obessive greediness

give graciously

temporary is any  personal pleasure, accommodation , jewel or stock

there isn’t any power in the tangible

it all means nothing when death constantly hovers over you

waiting to take you back

naked as the day you were born

you can choose

this is His gift to you

eternity in Heaven or hell

immortality

an existence in unimaginable fulfillment

or in unimaginable  constant pain

Miss you and Thank you Paul Crouch

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Now, on Trinity Broadcast Network, is the memorial to Paul Crouch Sr. creator of TBN broadcasting, where it has been for over 40 years reaching and touching the live, of hundreds of millions of people, one of them mine, through 5,000  television stations, 70 satellites, internet and 1,000’s of cable systems around the world, broadcasting into countries bringing the Good News, where no other technological innovations exist.  As of 2010 they are the 3rd largest over the air television group in the country -passing CBS, FOX and NBC. TBN is a relief aid mammouth, and the aid it had inspired  countless other  institutes to create for ..is massive!

He and his wife Jan have been such an inspiration to countless millions, sharing the Good News, bringing millions nothing but good News!!!  They have helped save millions and millions sharing the Gospel in all of its glory and simplicity .

They are very special to me! It has been through the programs they broadcast about the Bible that I learned the  truth! And everyday is a new learning experience with TBN. Watching TBN is like going to Bible College. There is no better a place to learn the Good News! I love Travel The Road ( a Christian reality experience) Drive Through History (Awesome!) with Dave Stotts, Billy Grahams Always Good News, Not a Fan with Kyle Idleman, Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah, In  Touch Ministries with Dr.Charles Stanley (love his NO Nonsense sermons!) Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyers, and soo many more shows to numerous to name, along with Music Video stations, and all of the awesome movies and other programs they broadcast!  This is the only feel-good-all of the time station, it is the only station that has what every human needs.

It has been very emotional for me, learning this news of last Saturday. It is emotional watching this tonight. He was a friend coming into your home every night with the daily news he shared with his son. It is very odd seeing Paul and knowing there won’t be any more broadcasts with him live.

Miss you and Thank You,

Dr. Paul Crouch Sr.

 

Waking Up

you pushed me so far

wanting me to end up right where you are

bloody and bleeding in absolute misery

I had no idea the game was so easy

broken, lost, flying high

I was dying just to feel alive

I was so blind and did not see

the One with the power

was always beside me

now here I am

reborn again

made new in Him

you all stabbed me

then  blamed me

played me in your seedy schemes

you left me with demons and laughed at the scene

deep in darkness heavy within pain

that is when I had everything to gain

I found His strength

the power of the only One

now what has started

can never be undone

now here I am

reborn again

made new in Him

He is everything you can never be

I see all  your foolishness

all the lies and deceit you reaped upon me

I’ve no more anger because I know what’s true

and  He, yes, will  even save you

wake up and see

and have courage enough to just beleive

The God Way misunderstood

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“ug christians, they’re all such losers, what a bunch of whiners, I’m hurting, I’m sad, I’m broken.” …Yes I’ve heard people say that living God’s way is for losers. And to that I say , well show me one human on this earth who are not “losers.” We all have stumbled, we are all stumbling and we all will stumble sometime before we die. What human has not felt: pain, sorrow, regret, anger, disappointment, frustrations and confusion? We are all broken because none of us can claim perfect as a label. Following the path of God does not mean “giving up a fun life” on the contrary it is only when we discover the truth about God, Jesus and the Word that we also discover true freedom, liberation from the binds of modern  and historical influences that chain our minds to narrow and selfish thinking. The power that comes with discovering the Word does not mean you will be instantly invincible, that you will never feel pain or sorrow again. It means that you will have a brand new way of dealing with what ever life throws at you, and that may mean more sorrows, because when your eyes are open you are able to see all the phonyness around you and you know that no amount of love or support you give out-that some people, maybe even some you love just will not “get it” and your just throwing caring words against brick walls. So you move on, you pray and ask for the blind to see and you go out there in the world with your armor made from the Word of God  ready, steadiying  yourself against those souls who achingly believe that to follow God is weakness—just walk on by and pray that someday their eyes will open to the freedom and power and awesomeness that it is and that they will get excited and inspiried by a new life which enables your Spirit to soar above the fog that keeps us stuck in the mud and stuck in the luke warm “religious” person syndrom.