How Does Your Vote Align with the Word of God?


Which Party’s Policies Align with Your Biblical Faith?

 

“Don’t plead ignorance, Find Out.”


LIFE vs. ABORTION

God’s Word:For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.”  
Psalm 139:13-15

God’s Word: “You shall not murder.” Exodus 20:13

 Our Constitution: The 14th Amendment says, in part, ”… nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

                                                            Party Platforms

Democrats: “We will appoint U.S. Supreme Court justices and federal judges who . . . will respect and enforce foundational precedents, including . . . Roe v. Wade. . . . Democrats believe every woman should be able to access high quality reproductive health care services, including safe and legal abortion. We oppose and will fight to overturn federal and state laws that create barriers to women’s reproductive health and rights.”   Democratic Party Platform2020,39,42

Republicans:  “Accordingly, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to children before birth.”  
Republican Party Platform 2016/2020,13

 Related LINKS:

When does life begin?

President Trump’s Proclamation on the Sanctity of Human Life
Joe Biden’s Views on Abortion

 RELIGIOUS FREEDOM vs. SEPARATION of CHURCH and STATE

God’s Word:   “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (Jn 8:36)

Our Constitution: Amendment 1 of the Bill of Rights 
– Freedom of Religion, Speech, and the Press

“Congress shall make no “law” respecting an establishment of religion or “prohibiting” the free exercise thereofor abridging the freedom of speech or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” (“my emphasis”)

Party Platforms

Democrats: “Democrats celebrate America’s history of religious pluralism and tolerance, and recognize the countless acts of service of our faith communities, as well as the paramount importance of maintaining the separation between church and state enshrined in our *Constitution.”  
Democratic Party Platform 2020,48

*Note: Nowhere in our constitution will you find the words “Separation of Church and State” but rather you will find that government can not “pass a law” to establish a religion or prohibit the free exercise of expressing one’s faith.

Republicans: “We value the right of America’s religious leaders to preach, and Americans to speak freely, according to their faith. Republicans believe the federal government, specifically the IRS, is constitutionally prohibited from policing or censoring speech based on religious convictions or beliefs . . . . We pledge to defend the religious beliefs and rights of conscience of all Americans and to safeguard religious institutions against government control. . . . [W]e strongly support the freedom of Americans to act in accordance with their religious beliefs, not only in their houses of worship, but also in their everyday lives.”
Republican Party Platform 2016/2020,11-12

Links:
Vote Your Values Voter Guide
Democratic Senator’s View on Religious Faith 
What’s Behind the Lost of Our Religious Freedom?
Our Bill of Rights

 

Marriage and Sexuality

God’s Word:  “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”
(Gen 1:27)

God’s Word: But since sexual immorality is occurring, each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each with her own husband.”
1 Corinthians 7:2

God’s Word:  “
Do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.  And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. (my emphasis)

God’s Word:  “A woman must not wear men’s clothing, nor a man wear women’s clothing, for the Lord your God detests anyone who does this.” Deuteronomy 22:5 

Party Platforms

Democrats:  “Democrats applaud this year’s U.S. Supreme Court decision that made clear that employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender
identity violates the law . . . We will fight to enact the Equality Act . . . We will work to ensure LGBTQ+ people are not discriminated against when seeking to adopt or
foster children, protect LGBTQ+ children from bullying and assault, and guarantee transgender students’ access to facilities based on their gender identity.”
(2020 Democratic Party Platform, 42)

Republicans: “Foremost among those institutions is the American family. It is the foundation of civil society, and the cornerstone of the family is natural marriage, the
union of one man and one woman. . . . [We oppose the imposition of] a social and cultural revolution upon the American people by wrongly redefining sex discrimination . . . reshap[ing] . . . our entire society — to fit the mold of an ideology alien to America’s history and traditions.”
(Republican Party Platform 2016/2020, 31, 35)

Links: What’s Behind the LGBTQ Agenda?

Please Watch this Important Video Before You Vote
Church In America – Wake Up!

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Vote Your Values Not the Man




“My people are destroyed from Lack of Knowledge.” Hosea 4:6

The following link and document state the Democratic and Republican Platforms.
Know Where They Stand. Know Where You Stand.

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Voter Prayer Guide

“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote…that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.” Samuel Adams – 1722-1803

Our Founding Father’s Quotes About the Vote

America’s Future is Depending  on You

Discover Your Political Personality

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The True Foundation


Ephesians 2:19-20

“Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
( added emphasis)
Ephesians 2:19-20

A Solid Sure Reliable Rock and Foundation
It is understood that if a structure or building is to stand straight and strong and pass the test of time,  it must be built upon a solid foundation; otherwise, it could begin leaning to the left or to the right and eventually fall down. So, this brings us to a very important point about one’s faith in the real Jesus Christ. What is your faith built upon, and is it reliable and solid enough to remain until He comes?

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
Hebrews 11:1

I find that when I mention Jesus, many will confess they believe in Jesus, but their character and lifestyle speaks otherwise:

“Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness!” Matthew 7:23

The True Foundation and Message about the Messiah – Jesus Christ Identified:
The only One who was sent by God as the Christ-Messiah-Savior-the Son of the living God, has been identified throughout scripture – the Word of God.

“And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He ( Jesus) explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.” (added emphasis)
Luke 24:27

Christ’s Identity Found in the Word of God (Bible):
So if you truly want to know Jesus Christ Whom God has sent, He is identified by the Prophets and Apostles in the scriptures (Bible) from Genesis through Revelation. Jesus told those in His day, who studied the scriptures, but did not believe in Him, the following:

“You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.”  (added emphasis) John 5:39-40

Jesus was identified first of all in the Old Testament by the Prophets. God revealed to the Old Testament prophets, His character and image, where He would be born, and what He would accomplish as His Anointed, and our Savior.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

“The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.: John 1:14

Note: A testament is a written testimony or witness as evidence that something or someone exists.

The Prophets in the old testament testified who the Messiah would be and the Apostles in the new testament who saw Him, Heard Him and  knew Him, Agreed.
(Matthew 22:43-45, Psalm 110:1)

The Old Testament: Prophets’ Testimony Concerning Christ:
( Genesis – Revelation), Examples: Isaiah 53, Micah 5:2, Psalm 22)
Old Testament References to Jesus Christ

The New Testament: Apostles’ Testimony Concerning Christ:
(Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Epistles, Revelation)

The Apostles’ Testimony:
“We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life.  This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was revealed to us.  We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.  We are writing these things so that you may fully share our joy”. (emphasis added) 1 John 1:1-4

So there are the two testaments of Jesus which agree, and then there is the Holy Spirit and God the Father. God gave testimony of His Son, through a sign and His Holy Spirit, so that John the Baptist could positively identify Jesus as the Christ, whom God had sent:

God’s Testimony Concerning Christ:
“As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water. Suddenly the heavens were opened, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and resting on Him.
And a voice from heaven said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased!
Matthew 3: 16-17

Even though John the Baptist heard with his ears and saw with his eyes God’s testimony concerning His Son, he had doubts as he sat in Herod’s prison. So he told some of his disciples to ask Jesus if He was the “One” or were they to wait for another. Jesus referred John back to the scriptures which testified what He would do while on earth:

“Then he told John’s disciples, “Go back to John and tell him what you have seen and heard—the blind see, the lame walk, those with leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor.”
Luke 7:22  (Luke 4: 16-2, Isaiah 61:1-3)  (emphasis added)

There was also another time, God the Father, affirmed and identified Jesus as His Son. During the transfiguration near the end of Christ’s ministry on earth, some of Jesus’ disciples heard God’s voice from heaven:

“While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”
Matthew 17:5 (emphasis added)

Who is the Jesus Christ Whom You Believe:
So, who do you say He is? When Peter was asked this question by Jesus, He replied:
“You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
Matthew 16:16

Jesus affirmed what Peter said, telling Him, he could not identify the Him as Messiah, by his own reasoning or by someone’s persuasion, but His identity could only be revealed by His Father in Heaven. Just as God had proclaimed Him from Heaven, He proclaimed Him to Peter through His Holy Spirit. (John 6:44)

“Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.”
Matthew 16:17

The Believer’s Personal Testimony Concerning Jesus Christ:
So first of all it is important to know Whom you have faith, and the One you have confidence to take you all the way to heaven’s gates. Secondly, you must have faith in what He has done for the sake of your salvation. What did Jesus do to secure your salvation and guarantee you eternal life? He died on the cross, shedding His blood, taking on your punishment for all your sins, and then was resurrected from the grave on the third day guaranteeing all who believe, eternal life.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

Therefore, the scriptures say this concerning how to be saved and there is no other way: (John 14:6, Proverbs 14:12)

“Let me now remind you, dear brothers and sisters, of the Good News I preached to you before. You welcomed it then, and you still stand firm in it.  It is this Good News that saves you if you continue to believe the message I told you—unless, of course, you believed something that was never true in the first place.
I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures saidHe was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said.”
1 Corinthians 15: 1-4 (emphasis added)

The Holy Spirit’s Testimony Assures Our Faith:
Lastly, and very importantly, when you believe in the testimony concerning Jesus Christ spoken and written in scripture by both the Prophets and the Apostles, you will hear in your own spirit and within your own heart, the testimony from God the Father,  and you will know that what is revealed about Jesus, the Son of God, and our Savior, is absolutely true, and His Spirit will remain in your heart as evidence of your faith.

So what do you need to do in order to have eternal life:

“And that message is the very message about faith that we preach:  If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.  As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him.  For “Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.”
Romans 10: 8-13 (emphasis added)

Jesus said we are not to be just hearers of the Word but doers as well. 

Would you consider, a person who goes to college, earns a degree in engineering, but puts that knowledge aside, and never practices engineering, an engineer? Neither is one who professes to know Christ, reads His Word, but never practices or puts what He knows and believes into action, a Christian.  When our foundation is in Jesus Christ, we will not remain the same, our minds and our hearts will be changed, and our actions will manifest His presence in our life:

“Be doers of the word, and not hearers only. Otherwise, you are deceiving yourselves. For anyone who hears the word but does not carry it out is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror, and after observing himself goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the one who looks intently into the perfect law of freedom, and continues to do so— not being a forgetful hearer, but an effective doer— he will be blessed in what he does.” James 1:22-25

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
Matthew 7:24-27

How Do We Identify the true Christ, the Son of God, who gives Eternal Life?

  • He is identified by the prophets and apostles in the old and new testaments of the Word of God – The Bible
  • God identified Him with His Voice from Heaven.
  • God identifies Him to every believer through His Holy Spirit.

How then Can I Receive Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior?

  1.  By believing in the true gospel (message and testimony) of Jesus Christ based on God’s Word ( 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, John 3:16,)
  2. By personally responding to the gospel in asking God to forgive you for your sins,  and confessing Jesus Christ (identified in the Bible) as Lord and Savior. This becomes your personal testimony and proclamation concerning Jesus Christ, the Son of God. (Romans 10: 8-13)
  3.  By believing in the gospel message, you will receive God’s Holy Spirit who gives testimony to your Spirit that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior.
  4. When you receive the Holy Spirit into your heart, through faith,  you are saved, born again, a new creature in Christ Jesus and enter God’s eternal Kingdom.
    (Ephesians 1:13, Ephesians 2:8-9)

Scriptural References:

Foundation of Christ
Old Testament References

 How Can you Know Your Salvation in Christ Jesus is a “Sealed” Deal.                   NEXT – God’s Seal of Grace

 

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Issues and Updates


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“My people perish for lack of knowledge.” Hosea 4:6

Important Update: September 21, 2020
Georgia Right to Life Petition: Say No to COVID-19 Vaccines From Aborted Babies
Please Click on the above link and sign the Petition to stop the development of vaccines using cells from aborted babies: Trump Administration.

GOOD NEWS!  Sanofi Biopharmaceutical Company
“Along with other leading biopharmaceutical companies, Sanofi has made a pledge to uphold the integrity of the scientific process as we work towards potential regulatory filings and approvals of the first COVID-19 vaccines.”

Important Update: September 15, 2020:
Topic: UK COVID Trial Paused:
“The AstraZeneca British Pharmaceutical company is suspending the voluntary vaccination across all trials due to the event of an unexplained illness that occured in the UK Phase 111 trial. The recipient receiving the vaccine is diagnosed with transverse myelitis, an inflammatory syndrome that affects the spinal cord and is often sparked by viral infections.” This vaccine contains the HEK 293 cell line from fetal cells harvested from an aborted baby decades ago in the production of their coronavirus vaccine. The HEK-293 cell line originally derived from kidney tissue taken from a healthy baby girl who was electively aborted in the Netherlands in 1972.” ( This is a report from IFA)
For further information please review the following link and contact your representatives and President Trump reminding him of his commitment to protect innocent human life and to prohibit research and experimentation on fetal tissue derived from aborted babies. 

Contact President Trump

UK COVID VACCINE TRIAL PAUSED–FIND OUT WHY

Date: July 16, 2020:

Topic: Unethical Covid-19 Vaccines

The current development of a vaccine for Coronavirus should be moral and ethical. Two vaccines in the competition are Moderna & the University of Oxford which use the HEK-293 (cell line) derived from an elective abortion – human tissue. This elective abortion took place the same year abortions became legal in the United States in 1973 – Roe v. Wade.

Update: The Previous version of this article:  Unethical vs. Ethical Vaccines and Petition and Contacts incorrectly stated that the mRNA sequence in Moderna’s vaccine was produced using HEK-293 cells. mRNA vaccines such as Moderna’s are manufactured cell-free. Rather, Moderna’s vaccine was developed collaboration from NIAID. NIAID had conducted research using HEK-293 to isolate and study the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein. This article was updated to reflect these facts.

However, this same cell line has been distributed in other countries throughout the world with the permission of the World Health Organization. (WHO)

Please pray these vaccines will be rejected for more ethical and morally produced vaccines.  Please pray God’s blessing in choosing to keep His commandment of  Love in “Protecting Innocent Human Life”. Also, that the present administration and those who head the selection of these vaccines would have no “anxiousness”, but those who are responsible in making this important decision would receive God’s counsel concerning these vaccines. Should anyone profit from the sacrifice off the precious life of an aborted baby?

Note: No believer with a good conscience can expect to profit in any way from the sacrifice of innocent human life, no matter how long ago the abortion took place. This would be a curse on our country, not a blessing. There are other vaccines that our children have previously been inoculated containing these cells. Please join me in asking God for His forgiveness and to stop the manufacture of these vaccines. We don’t know what we are bringing upon our children and this country by profiting from the shedding of innocent blood.

        Knowledge of God’s Word

” Do not Murder.” Exodus 20:13
(Matthew 15:4, 19:18, Mark 10:19, Luke 18:20, Ephesians 6:2-3)

“This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” Deuteronomy 30: 20-21

Do not murder” refers to the destruction of “innocent human life”, not capital punishment which is an execution of a “murderer” justified under the law:

“For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.” Romans 13:3-4

Finally, A Call to Prayer and Thanksgiving to God in Exposing Corruption and Sin:
I am well aware that there are immunizations given to our children that contain the fetal cells. During this time I believe God is exposing the corruption and sins of our nation and promises if we humble ourselves and pray, seek His Face (His Ways) and depart from our wicked ways He will hear from heaven and heal our land. It begins first with the household of God. We have an epidemic of Autism, and mental disorders like violent behavior, bi-polar conditions in very young children which we don’t understand. Maybe we need to look into some practices such as medically managed childbirth and early and corrupt immunizations which we continue to ignore because they are too profitable. We need to ask God to forgive us for neglecting His counsel, abandoning His Word, while looking the other way. Just like in our history’s past when we came together to fast and pray God showed us His mercy and way. He can give us the solution to all our diseases. But we must first look to Him instead of the god of science which many boast of reliance today. Please pray for a revival across our land, to come back to God, receiving His salvation through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.

2 Chronicles 7:14

Resources: Intercessors for America
Abortion Opponents Seek  Ethical Vaccines

Please Contact: Unethical vs. Ethical Vaccines and Petition and Contacts

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Calamity and Grace


 “And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.” 1 Samuel 30:6 KJV

“But David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.”

 I can think of no better encouragement than the encouragement that comes directly from the lord. Many of faith’s giants experienced depression, discipline, accusations, fear, and seemingly utter defeat, sinking in utter darkness, but when they remembered to go to the Lord, He gave them His Word, His Love, and assurance, and they made it through.

In this account in scripture (1 Samuel 30: 6), David had met another challenge, one that almost was his undoing. He had fled from Jerusalem, his kingdom, and Absalom, his son, who had almost all of Israel in his cunning hands. It had all the appearance of a personal prophesy that David knew well, related by the prophet, Nathan, after he had sinned with Bathsheba and committed murder against one of his most loyal subjects, her husband, Uriah.

“ Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’ “This is what the Lord says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Before your very eyes, I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight.”  2 Samuel 12: 10-15

 David and his army found refuge among their enemies, the Philistines, but they rejected him in going to battle with them. Upon returning to the town of Ziklag in the Negev or desert, where their families were kept, they found it burned and desolated and their wives, sons, and daughters were captured.  They wept and were without comfort, for they had lost everything. His men were so upset they blamed David and spoke of stoning him.

So, how was it David turned to the Lord, instead of seeking someone’s sympathy?  Could it have been, God made it impossible, for there to be no greater refuge, than His own?

God does not despise a contrite spirit and one who comes to Him in true repentance. At the same time, His love is meant to “transform” which requires both discipline and grace. His purpose is not to give his spiritual children sunshine and roses but a place to learn His ways.

There have been times in my life while receiving the Lord’s discipline, I would encounter the accusations of the devil upon myself and God. God’s purpose was to transform my heart, while the enemy was to harden it against God. But God has proven His love to me again and again, and so,  I know to go to Him.

The One forming light and creating darkness, Causing well-being and creating calamity; I am the LORD who does all these.” Isaiah 45:7 NAS

He has never failed to encourage me with His Word and His Love. and He always keeps His promises in spite of my many failings.  His only requirement for me is to speak of and recall His faithfulness and to know He is Good.  Yes, as for my testimony, He is always Good.

I dare not speculate concerning anyone’s circumstance whether good or bad and their relationship with God. I can only give an account of my own. What sometimes appears on the surface is not always a true reflection of what is really going on. It is a matter of a person’s heart and their faith or lack of faith in God. (Romans 2: 1-11)

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-5

After David received God’s encouragement, He sought His counsel. He asked him whether he would be successful in overtaking the ones who had destroyed the town and kidnapped their families. God answered Him and assured him to go, and so he rallied his army knowing God would go with him.  Not only was God faithful to restore his family, but he gave him the reign of the kingdom, once more.

I think of the time of Peter who denied our Savior three times, and Satan asked to sift him, to expose his deepest thoughts, but the Lord said He would be praying and on that glorious morning, as Jesus shared the fish and bread, He was restored, and became a rock of strength to many others as they witnessed God’s, unconditional love.  (John 21)

Perhaps, you are facing discouragement and have nowhere else to turn. Remember, God’s mercy and grace and His covenant through His Son, Jesus Christ. We have the promise of His salvation, as we call upon God in repentance, believing in the death and resurrection of His Son,  and we have His promise of comfort, and restoration, no matter our circumstance, no matter our sin. (Ephesians 1: 13-14)

“I, yes I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake and remembers your sins no more.” Isaiah 43:25

Resources:

Bible Hub: biblehub.com

Definition of “Encourage”

David Encouraging Himself in God

 

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The Rescuer


 

Isaiah 53

Rescue – “to free or deliver from confinement, violence, danger, or evil”
dictionary.com

“Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?”Matthew 26:52-56

In the above scripture, Jesus is telling his disciple Peter, He has no need of his rescue, but rather Peter is in need of His.  Jesus was hours away from laying down His life to rescue everyone who would take hold of the Truth, and surrender to God’s way of salvation. Jesus had two options; escape from the Father’s rescue mission or surrender to the Father’s will. His escape would terminate any hope for our salvation and seal the fate for our destruction. For God is Holy, and sin has no place in His presence, and there is no escape from His wrath except through Jesus.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 6:23

They say in order to save a drowning person, you either throw out something he can hold unto, or you jump into the water and pull him to shore. Either way, the drowning person has to do something in order to be saved. In the first case, he must grab hold onto the hand or thing reaching out to him. In the second case, he must give up the struggle, and surrender to the one who is pulling him to shore.

Jesus plunged into the depth of all our sin to rescue us from eternal death, and in the process, gave up His life in return. But He overcame death by His sacrifice and walked out of the tomb in victory. His death means the guarantee of sins forgiven, His resurrection eternal life secured.

“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.” Ephesians 1:13

Jesus rescued Peter in the midst of his doubts and fear.  ( Matthew 14:22-33 )

“ But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

 

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Superficial


Luke 10: 25-37

Shallow

Superficial:  Concerned with or comprehending only what is on the surface or obvious: a superficial observer    Dictionary.com

In my last blog, “The Spiritual Reflux Disease” I used the Lord’s metaphor, “The Vine and the Branches” to demonstrate how a believer must abide in Christ’s love to allow the power of His love to flow through us to others. The analogy of the vein to the branches makes sense in the fact that He uses His vessels (branches) attached to Him to bring the source of His cleansing blood to those who need forgiveness and healing.
Unfortunately, the Venaseal procedure I mentioned for the treatment for the Venous reflux disease resulted in a contraindication called, “Thrombophlebitis” – a blood clot that develops in a surface vein. This is one of the risks of the procedure, along with an allergic reaction to the Venaseal glue. I had both.
The area became swollen, infected, inflamed, and painful, therefore, I lost confidence in going forth with any more procedures.  I also was running a slight fever. I prayed, asking the Lord to give me wisdom on what to do.  So, I called my physician and he prescribed an antibiotic.  I took the medication for two days and was reexamined. The inflammation had spread, and it was determined that I was probably experiencing an allergic reaction to the glue used to seal the diseased vein. He then prescribed Benadryl and compression to the weakened area to allow increased blood flow. The combination of compression and Benadryl produced a decrease in swelling, pain, and inflammation. But the Superficial Thrombophlebitis remained. I am grateful for a physician who listens and is willing to see things from my perspective and do whatever is necessary for the healing to take place.

The word “superficial” got my attention in regard to how I have approached relationships. It’s hard to come clean, but the truth of the matter is I usually approach people from my perspective instead of looking closer and listening, more attentively. I also constrain myself in going only so far in my involvement with them.  That sounds pretty callous, but it’s the truth, and I am sure there are those who sense this about me and turn away. How can I ever think to represent Christ and allow His love to flow into someone’s life if I am not willing to lay down my perspective, and go all the way?

I know I don’t have the gift of discernment in all of this, but Jesus does, and He is willing to share it with me if only I would ask. And what’s wrong in asking for His empathy for someone who is hurting. The story of the Good Samaritan comes to my mind as I reflect on all of this. It was only one who took the time to notice the wounded man and was willing to stop, be inconvenienced,  and then do all that was necessary to help him. He didn’t take the wounded man home with him, but he took him where he could get the care he needed. There was always the risk of losing something in the process, but his compassion told him, it was the right thing to do.

Sometimes it only takes a kind gesture, or word to let someone know of God’s love.  I pray I’ll  be willing to go as far as it takes to bring someone to Jesus, Who is always willing to meet all of our physical and spiritual needs. (Matthew 8: 1-3)

 

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Spiritual Reflux Disease


“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing”. John 15: 5

Scripture Meditation: John 15

Definition: Reflux- A flowing back
Words Related: decrease, decay, waning, lessening, retreat, withdrawal
Dictionary.com

I woke up with the Lord’s voice speaking to my heart. “I am removing everything not of me.” From that time and for many days I experienced a scourging exposing my life pattern and the reasons for the lack of God’s power in my life.

I have been experiencing problems with blood circulation in my legs and feet. Whenever I stand or sit for a long period of time, my feet turn purple.  I become fatigued and there is cramping in my feet. That limits how long I can stand and walk.  Wounds take longer to heal in my legs, and this has been the worse symptom.  I have been diagnosed with Chronic Venous Insufficiency, whereby, some of the blood vessels carrying the blood back to my heart are weak, and lack the ability to return the blood efficiently.  So there the blood lays dormant, while in the meantime, that part of my body lacks the oxygen needed for strength and the blood resource to heal.

The treatment I am undergoing is called Venaseal which works to seal the vein causing the problem, so the blood will start flowing through the healthy vessels, instead. This procedure is uncomfortable and a little painful, but is necessary to bring about healing.

This reminds me of how Christ compared those who believe in Him as His branches. His life’s blood flows through his branches to produce the fruit or result intended. But if the branch is unable to abide in Him, then His life source is unable to be carried where needed. As the blood has to return through the blood vessels back to the heart to be oxygenated and continue to flow, so do we as His instruments need to remain connected. It is not an off again, and on again occurrence,  but an abidance of permanent attachment, whereby the believer and Jesus Christ become one and the believer learns to keep His commandments of love. (John 14:20, 2 John 1:6)

There are things in the believer’s life that block the steady flow. Sometimes it is sin, and other times it is fear or complacency. Whatever stops the flow of the power of His love working in us to bring others to Christ, He must address. In His metaphor of the Vine and the Branches, Jesus says He must remove the branch that quits producing. This is not a permanent removal but a temporary time of isolation, one which brings about healing, and His vessel is made available again. This process of healing takes place through Christ’s discipline Who cleanses and refines our motives and purpose. (Hebrews 12: 5-6)

To become a branch in the Everlasting flow of God’s grace, acknowledge your sin, asking for His forgiveness. Believe in His Son who died on the cross for your sins, and was resurrected from the dead. Then, you will be eternally connected, sealed with His grace, by His Holy Spirit with the living water flowing from His heart to yours.
(John 3:16, John 4: 13-14, Ephesians 1:13-14, John 7:38-39)

By allowing Christ to examine our hearts and expose sin and possible wrong motives, we can have His love flowing through us again, and be empowered to bear the fruit of His character and His work. For “apart from Him, we can do nothing.”
(John 15:5, Psalm 139:23)

Resources:

Bible Hub: biblehub.com

What it means to abide in Christ

Chronic Venous Insufficiency

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Behind the Lost of Our Religious Freedoms


We hear so many times how the phrase, “Separation of Church and State” is used to prevent someone from exercising their religious rights. What they are referring to is the 1st Amendment of our constitution. But did you know there is no such clause found in the religious section of our Bill of Rights? But if we do not bother to read what is actually written, how do we know for sure, and is it possible we have been deceived? We most certainly have! And those propagating this lie are convinced and assured the majority will not bother to find out for themselves. And they are right.

1st Amendment

“Congress shall make nolaw” (my emphasis) respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

People like to also say when referring to scripture that the Bible says, “God helps those who help themselves”. Did you know that quote is nowhere to be found in the Bible? Did you look to find out for yourself, or did you take it for granted it must be there? It is a quote from Benjamin Franklin. But quite the contrary is true. Throughout scripture, it is obvious God’s unconditional love and help comes about not by any self-worth but only through His mercy and grace.

Our constitution has provided the foundation to live a life of freedom which is inherent of all who love righteousness and live a moral life:

Quotes by our Founding Father, John Adams

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

“You will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve YOUR freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.”

John Adams

Diversity and inclusion is the subject taught throughout the curriculums in most of our public schools, colleges, and universities. And our country is made up of many diverse cultural backgrounds. But it was never intended that these cultures once assembled into the American mainstream, remain distinct and separate. But rather, the integration of these cultures would be a “melting pot” whereby they would reflect this country’s ideals built upon the values of Judeo-Christianity.  Nationalism is not a bad word, the responsibility of our elected leaders is not global as some persuade.

Our country’s foundation depended on the unity of culture and ideas. Without the agreement and ratification of the constitution by the states, the United States would have been nonexistent. It was, therefore, the European Culture, Christianity, and a people who cherished freedom endowed by our creator that birthed one nation, indivisible, under God. Currently, this truth is not taught in most of our public schools today, rather there exists an ideology bent on destroying these ideals while taking power from the people and giving it to a corrupt few.  Such idealogues pride themselves on being progressives, and their objective is to destroy our constitution through change.  The push for diversity and inclusion has nothing to do with including all races and genders, but rather to accept and force inclusion of immoral lifestyles, such as homosexuality and transgenderization.

Lack of knowledge concerning God’s salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ will result in eternal death. And ignorance concerning our inheritance as a free nation will result in the loss of that freedom and bondage to an immoral government led by those who depend on our ignorance.

In all things, we are to seek God’s Kingdom and righteousness, and in doing so, we will receive His provision and protection. (Matthew 6:33)

God’s Word is His Truth, and our rights as a people of these United States are guaranteed by our Constitution. There is no excuse to be ignorant of either, for, in this age of access to information, it has been abundantly made clear. To ignore the truth is not ignorance. But rather a choice that is detrimental to life itself. Romans 8: 20

“Then you will know the Truth, and the truth will set you free.”  John 8:32

 

 

Founding Fathers Quotes

Bill of Rights

Separation of Church and State – Wikipedia

History of Separation of Church and State

What does the Separation of Church and State Mean

Everson v. Board of Education

 

 

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Because They are No More


Completed in Heaven

Note: New Important Update at the End of this Article:  (June 6, 2020)

“A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.” Matthew 2:18

The above verse came to me in the early morning during my time of devotions and prayer. As I reflected on the millions of unborn babies who have been slaughtered, and the threat of many more, I mourned, and there was no comfort, because the innocent continue, to be destroyed.

“They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was desecrated by their blood.” (Psalm 106:38)

King Herod feared the birth of Jesus, the everlasting King because he feared the loss of his kingdom and power. (Matthew 2)

Similarly, I believe, those who favor funding abortion with our tax dollars, see it as an investment to hold onto their seats of power, for the execution and the selling of innocent life has become an American commodity.

But How is it possible, men and women who choose death instead of life have been deceived to believe, they will be better off, if they sacrifice their own?

Was it not the fearless parents of Moses who chose to hide him away to protect his life?
Moses’ life was spared, and he grew up as God’s chosen instrument to deliver His people from Egypt. (Hebrews 11:23)

And wasn’t it the unselfish prostitute who gave up her baby to save his life? And in return, she received him back. (1 Kings 3:16-28)

And wasn’t it the virgin mother of Jesus who did not fear rejection or disgrace, and believed God, and bore the Son of God the Most High?
Jesus Christ was born our Savior and took away the sins of the world. (Matthew 1:18-25)

They Do These Things Behind Closed Doors

“For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.” Luke 8:18

Behind the close doors of the abortion facilities across our nation, thousands of precious babies each year undergo the pain and suffering of:

  • dismemberment,
  • burning away of their skin
  • having their brains sucked out before their small, precious bodies, can leave their mother’s birth canal
  • The selling and experimentation on their body parts

Pro-Life Movies: Unplanned, Gosnell, Bella

Information Concerning Abortion Procedures:
Experimentation on Aborted Babies
Partial Birth Abortions
Abortion 24-30 weeks and harvesting body parts for profit.
Methods of Abortion

On Good Friday of this year,  (2020) the governor of Virginia, Governor Northam lifted restrictions on abortion facilities.  See Link: Bill Removing Restrictions on Abortion

During the Coronavirus Pandemic, Governor Cuomo of New York signed into law a bill legalizing late-term abortion. The Reproduction Health Act (S.240) which he signed in January of 2019, allows non-doctors to perform them. In giving women the right to kill their unborn child, they have also been given the right to destroy themselves. Here is the deception: Because abortion is legal, women believe it has become safe.

Making abortion legal has increased the physical risks and sometimes death for women who choose it and years of mental and emotional distress.  Will God continue to protect a nation that destroys the innocent yet protects the powerful corrupt?

The Reproduction Health Act
Memorandum Against the Reproduction Health Act
Late-Term Abortion Legalized in New York

Have we moved so far from God we refuse to hear the cries of our children in death chambers of Planned Parenthood, and other abortion facilities, disregarding in defiance His Commandment “ Thou shall not murder”?

I pray our merciful God will lay it bare before our eyes.”

God has allowed ultrasound prenatal imaging technology to prove that the life of a developing baby does exist within the womb. A heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks gestation, and the developing child feels pain. But though it has been mandated in some states to be given prior to an abortion, abortionists do not advocate for it and many discourage women from viewing their unborn child.

For many years, in these United States, many have prayed the priority in our courts and congress would be about protecting innocent life.

“It’s about protecting innocent human life, not the economy.”

We now have a president who pledges to defend innocent human life. That is why those who profit from their destruction are in fervent pursuit of destroying his presidency.

When will the majority in congress and those who sit on the Supreme Court defend our constitution and speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves?

President Trump’s Remarks on Protection of Innocent Human Life

“Open your mouth for the speechless, In the cause of all who are appointed to die”.
Proverbs 31:8

God’s  Promise and Warnings

“When Solomon had finished the temple of the Lord and the royal palace and had succeeded in carrying out all he had in mind to do in the temple of the Lord and in his own palace,  the Lord appeared to him at night and said:

“I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a temple for sacrifices.

“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people,  if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land
(my emphasis).
  Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.  I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.”
2 Chronicles 7: 11-16

My Prayer

Dear merciful God and Savior, thank you for your Son, Jesus Christ who took upon Himself the punishment for all our sins.  There is no sin that you will not forgive, except unrepentance and unbelief in your salvation through Jesus Christ.  We pray for the millions of women who were deceived, and repented, to receive your forgiveness and comfort and to come to faith in your Son, Jesus Christ for salvation. Lord, please bring us to the place, as a nation,  where all of our eyes are opened to this reality and truth.  And may we refuse to be comforted until the legal destruction of innocent life is “No More”.

Then, may, “God Bless America!”
Please Pray

Important Update: There are presently testimony and affidavits before the Supreme Court right now (June 2020) of how the decision of Roe v. Wade was under false pretenses and lies. Also, women are coming forward with their testimony on how abortions have destroyed both themselves and their children.
(Louisiana Abortion Law Supreme Court Case)

 

Resources:

Jane Roe ( McCorvey Testimony in 2005)

Sandra Cano’s Affidavit ( companion case to Roe v. Wade)

Testimonies of Women Injured by Abortions

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What’s Behind the LGBTQ Agenda?


 



 “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”
2 Corinthians 4:
4

 The Symptoms today of a discontented generation in not knowing who they are is the result of a great deception. I believe, manifested in the permanent tattooing, homosexuality, transgenderization, gender identities, and the unnatural affection towards animals. These are symptoms of people earnestly crying out for affirmation, which invites immediate attention while using extreme methods to disavow the standard for mankind’s authenticity with human nature and sexuality. This is nothing less than Satan’s attempt to destroy the image of God.

Do You Know Who You Are Created to Be?
Genesis 1:27

“So God created mankind in his own image,

in the image of God he created them;

male and female he created them.  Genesis 1:27

 

 When God created mankind, He created us male and female. The characteristics of mankind (male and female) together make-up God’s image. He ordained mankind as overseer of all the creatures and the earth:


“What is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? 
You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” Psalm 8: 1-9

 

Procreation
(Genesis 2: 23-24, Matthew 9:4-5)

“God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Genesis 1:28

It is God’s supreme nature to continue life through procreation and the sowing of seed, thus, He commanded mankind (male and female ) to be fruitful and multiply. He has made this command known throughout creation and spoken it through His Word:

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” Romans 1:20

Therefore, what is at stake, is the knowledge of the truth concerning our Identity as defined by our creator, as distinctively biologically male and female. (Genesis 1:27). What is eroding this truth is the theory of evolution and humanism, making void of God while placing mankind on the same level as animals. These theories undermine God’s purpose for creating man in His image. Therefore, if one is to believe in the humanistic theory, then he/she also believes he/she has no divine purpose and is accountable to only oneself. The sense of right and wrong is, therefore, relative and there are no absolutes.  (Psalm 14:1-4)

Links:

Humanism
Evidence for Creation
Relativism

False Perceptions and Illusions

How sad, some, either do not accept, or know who they are, and try to identify with a false deceiving impression.  For if we don’t know who we are, then there is the temptation to become whatever we perceive ourselves to be. The end result can be disillusionment, disappointment, hopelessness, and many times physical and spiritual death. Our children have been robbed of understanding their identity through the indoctrination in education. Not only is the Word of God in our public schools hidden from them, but also the history of our nation, rooted in the Judeo-Christian belief. It has been said, “if you don’t know where you have come from, neither will you know where you are going.” I would like to add, also, neither do you know who you were destined to be. Therefore, the secular humanists are in position, filling the void and the minds of our children with their destructive beliefs (ideology).

Link:You Were Created with God’s DNA (Divine Nature)

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.  Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.  But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it-not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.” James 1: 22-25

Psychological/Spiritual Disorders

An example of a false perception is found in the psychological disorder – “Anorexia Nervosa”, – whereby, a person perceives themselves in the image of being perpetually overweight. This perception comes as a result of obsessing over one’s physical image. The delusion drives them to recreate an acceptable image of themselves through starvation. The consequence is, many times, irrevocable health problems, and for some, even death, as they find no escape. This delusion is an evil spiritual deception, a stronghold that can be demolished through prayer and focusing off the obsession, by accepting the pure gospel of Jesus Christ, His unconditional love, while meditating on the Truth of God’s Word.

Just as someone suffering from this disorder equates thinness with self-worth, the one suffering from gender dysphoria equates self-worth by becoming the opposite sex. Unfortunately, many psychologists are normalizing and affirming the disorder. They attribute the patient’s emotional distress from feeling rejection, disrespected and misunderstood. Psychologists many times blame others who reject the transgender for their emotional distress, instead of the disorder causing the depression. As a comparison, would it be expected to affirm someone’s belief they are overweight when obviously, they are physically wasting away from (Anorexia Nervosa)? Would you actually refrain from helping them overcome their false perception if it could prevent their death? “According to The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, someone dies as the direct result of an eating disorder every 62 minutes.”

Transgenders are experiencing life-threatening physical and psychological complications from the medical and psychological treatments affirming their dysphoria.  Based on an original Dutch study, the following complications can occur:

“Dangerous health implications have been uncovered”:

How Normalizing Homosexuality led to Transgenderization
(Romans 1: 24-28)

I can specifically recall how my granddaughter spoke of how students in her school were embracing the normalization of homosexuality. It was even becoming popular to affirm oneself as gay or lesbian or bisexual.  Students received affirmation from other students to accept homosexuality and bisexual attractions. If a young male expressed female characteristics in gestures and preferences, they were labeled as such. The same is true of a young female who expressed male characteristics. The problem with this is culture many times determines gender characteristics, rather than sexual. As a child, I can remember a female friend who preferred to associate with the boys and to participate in their sports. She would dress masculine and wear her hair very short and slicked back. It came to my attention she was trying to please her father, a professional baseball player, who made it obvious, he really wanted a boy, after having two daughters. She really looked up to her father and I believe she was trying to conform to this masculine image he desired.  However, years later, I ran into her in a department store dressed very feminine selling cosmetics. I hardly recognized her and was happy to see she made it through her gender crisis. According to most studies, the majority of pre-pubic youth experiencing gender dysphoria will outgrow the dysphoria when becoming adults.

Links:
Sexuality Today
On Transgender Identity

Transformed by Love
(2 Corinthians 5:17)

 “Do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.  And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-11.

Becket Cook, a former homosexual identifies this sexual deviancy as sin. He was attracted to the same sex and had sexual relationships with men until God transformed him, and he became a “born again” (John 3) believer in Jesus Christ. His sexual attraction to the same sex, occurred after he was sexually molested as a child by a friend’s father. In many reported cases,  the sexual perversion can occur after sexual molestation, I believe, because of the evil influence this abuse causes, through temptations. He was delivered by hearing the gospel message, then repenting, and experiencing God’s unconditional love and forgiveness. He confesses he at times is tempted to go back into a homosexual relationship but has determined his affection to be for Christ, alone. He publicly shares his testimony and has written a book, titled, “A Change of Affection”.

Links:
Interview with Becket Cook: Former Homosexual
From Queer to Christ by George Carneal
Former Lesbian’s Testimony
Childhood Sexual Abuse and Homosexuality

Scriptures Relating to Homosexuality and Transgenderization:
Romans 1:26-28, 1John 1:9, 1 Timothy 1:8-11, 1 Corinthians 6: 9-11, Mark 10:6-9, Deuteronomy 22:5

Transgenderization

Today, there is a present illusion of false gender identity resulting from gender dysphoria: People believing they are the opposite gender from their biological sex. Those under this deceitful influence, are attempting to recreate the desired image other than their sexual biological nature.

The result is, some parental, psychological, medical, political, and educational professionals are profiting from affirming these mirages instead of giving people the spiritual counseling and help, they so desperately need. They do not need false affirmation but rather, spiritual and biblical guidance through the direction of God’s Holy Spirit to discover their created identity.
“The gospel message of Jesus Christ, when believed and received has the power to transform our fallen nature into God’s divine nature through the sanctification of God’s Holy Spirit.”

As I have pointed out in my blog; What’s behind those Signs and Numbers Today, Satan’s method is creating a delusion to replicate God’s actions (ex. Exodus 7: 8-13). Gender dysphoria is the god of this world’s attempt to counterfeit God’s power of transformation. This occurs when someone is ignorant or has rejected God as our Creator and is discontent with their human nature. Satan lies to transform a person from what God has created and purposed. The same is true, how Satan planted the deceptive idea in Eve’s heart to reject God’s Word of warning, appealing to her flesh, with the lie, she could somehow be like God by rejecting His Truth. (Genesis 3:1-5)

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12

God transforms a person who looks to Him in repentance, and to His salvation which is through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. When the repentant believer accepts Christ’s sacrifice for their sins on the cross and believes in His resurrection from the dead, his eyes are opened to the truth and he is saved.

“But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,”  that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim:  If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.  As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”  For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”   Romans 10: 8-13

 

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

A Foul Spirit

“A woman must not wear men’s clothing, nor a man wear women’s clothing, for the Lord your God detests anyone who does this. Deuteronomy 22:5 

This delusion comes from a deceitful foul spirit, manifested, whenever a person accepts the false gender identity, and affirmations, confessing it as truth. Walt Heyer, a former transgender, testifies there were affirmations by his grandmother, who would dress him up as a girl and affirm how “wonderful and cute he looked”. With this assertion, he received a lot of attention from her, and became anxious and depressed, believing there was something wrong with him. The delusion was also reinforced by the reluctance of others to dispute the false identity of him being a girl. The affirmation gained reinforcement when he was sexually abused by a male family member.

Walt is now giving testimony of how someone who is experiencing gender dysphoria needs counseling, and how transgender affirmation through hormone treatments and surgery is destroying lives. He has created a web site to reach out to those who want help with this problem and also for those who want to detransition to their biological sex. However, there is an attempt to prevent spiritual counseling and psychological therapy for those seeking help. There is a bill- HB 3872 in Oklahoma waiting to be passed,  which “bans” what LGBTQ activists call “conversion therapy” –  making it illegal for a parent, pastor, doctor, counselor, etc. to speak to or help a child/teen under 18 escape the LGBTQ lifestyle and or gender dysphoria. Similar bills are being passed in other states such as Washington, Oregon, Illinois, Vermont, New Mexico, Nevada, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, making it illegal to help those wanting to transition back to their created identity and biological sex.

Links:
Walt Heyer’s Testimony (YouTube)
Wolves in Sheep Clothing
Trans life Survivors
Walt Heyer Ministries

LGBTQ Indoctrination

What is extremely, disconcerting, is that our children are presently being influenced by this perverse behavior. This indoctrination uses powerful tools of persuasion, coercion and strategic propaganda, marketing through advertisements,  the internet, social media, education, television, books, toys, lobbyists, legislation,  and unethical referrals from medical professionals, who embrace the LGBTQ agenda.

How Far Can Self-Identities Go?

If this identity crisis is allowed to continue, and be protected, how far can it go?  Anyone then will have the legal right to identify themselves in any way they choose. Right now, there is an increasing number of people who tattoo their entire bodies to identify with what they perceive themselves to be. Their bodies, once created by God and beautiful, are now covered with ugly ink.

Another phenomenon that is occurring is the desire to become a favorite animal or fantasy. In my blog- An Unnatural Affection, we see the demonstration of an affection towards animals which goes beyond what it should be. Dogs especially receive a lot of attention when they are seen. The owner can receive the same attention, especially if they say their dog is a “rescue”.  I believe we live in a society where many people crave attention and recognition that was lacking perhaps in childhood, and in family and human relationships, and will demand it in any way they can achieve.

In my research, I discovered some transgenders who were not satisfied to get their attention by changing their gender but decided to transform into the animal or creature they wanted to be.

I also found some people whose desire is to transform into Disney cartoon characters, dragons, and other animations.  Their fantasy was made possible because they were affirmed to become who they wanted to be. The tattoo artists and plastic surgeons are making a wealth of money by obliging their delusions.

If transgenderization is normalized and protected by law, how will it be possible to discriminate in employment or in schools a person who identifies as a non-human being?

Please view the examples of this taking place as we speak. In one case, a male transgenders to become a female then transforms into a hideous dragon. Notice in this first video that in the end, children are encouraged to accept his delusion, much like how children are forced to accept the dragon queens who come to read to them in “welcoming schools”.  The other video shows how a man also transgenders to become a female, then a tiger. Later in the video, watch how nervous a businessman becomes when he is asked if he could hire this tiger- wannabe. Could it be they are choosing to become animals because animals receive so much media and attention? These are two sad, pathetic examples of how through” welcoming” surgeons, and tattoo artists, they were affirmed and led to believe they could be whoever they wanted to be.

Warning: You may find this shocking and very disturbing, but in case you think it could not get any worse, or an impossibility,  I had to include this as proof.
Please do not view this with children.
Links:
Dragon Lady
Stalking Cat
Parrot Man
Stalking CatmanVideo
Plastic Obsessions

Education and Indoctrination

The Following are methods enforcing the LGBTQ agenda, targeting, specifically, our children:

  • The National Library Association is promoting homosexuality and transgender identity; promoting it as “inclusiveness and “diversity”, to include homosexuality and transgenderization as a civil right needing protection. Some libraries celebrate “Diversity Month” by displaying books specifically, targeted for children normalizing homosexuality and transgenderization.

LINKS:

American Library Association: Diversity and Embracing the LGBTQ agenda
A Toolkit from the American Library Association Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table

  • The National Education Association is pushing indoctrination of the LGBTQ agenda throughout the curriculum and encouraging the creation of lesson plans based on the transgender children’s book, titled, I am Jazz, ( Jazz Jennings). Jazz Jennings, born as a male, pursued transforming into the opposite sex, and presently is exploited to normalize transgendering into a girl and now a woman starring in the reality, TV show, I am Jazz.

LINKS:
I am Jazz Reality Show
Wiki Report on Jazz Jennings

  • Schools that embrace the LGBTQ agenda, are called “Welcoming Schools”, whereby, they allow students to use the restroom of their choice, based on their gender identity and invite transgenders to come read to young children explaining how their lifestyle is normal and acceptable. They teach and promote this curriculum without parental permission, and in some cases, parents are not given the opportunity to opt-out. In schools where transgender teachers are welcomed, students are forced to accept the transgenderization of their teachers and if there is any objection they are treated as bullies and called transphobic. Many children are having to deal with the perversion and be quiet how they feel.

Links:
Drag Queen Story Time
Transgender Teachers
Virginia Legislation and Restroom Accommodation
School Policies and Transgender Rights
Target’s Policy on Transgender Restrooms and Fitting Rooms
LGBTQ History Month

Medical and Psychological Treatments

  • Children diagnosed with gender dysphoria are receiving referrals from
    “welcoming” pediatricians and psychologists to start hormonal treatments in an attempt to prevent normal biological puberty from occurring. There are 20 transgender clinics in the United States where children and adults are referred. These clinics profit from unethical endocrinologists, prescribing hormones and referrals for transgender surgery to remove or alter their genitalia. Children are not sophisticated to make these life-altering changes, and as a result, are being exploited and ill-treated.

Links:

Transgender Clinics Page
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Transgender Treatment on Children
Transgender Health Program

 MARKETING AND MEDIA

  • Mattel Corporation is marketing a transgender doll.

Links: Neutral Gender Dolls

  • Movies and TV shows geared for children are promoting homosexuality and
  • transgenderization                                                                          .Anne with an EBeauty and the BeastGender Doll

LINKS & Resources:
Anne with an E- Remake of Children’s Classic: Anne of Green Gables
Beauty and the Beast
Disney Movies  (2020)
Out
Book: Irreversable Damage Irreversable Damage by Abigail Shrier

 Government Legislation

  • Presently, there is legislation constructed to force acceptance and affirmation for all forms of gender identity ( lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual, etc., ). This legislation attempts to coincide gender identity discrimination with the Civil Rights Act of 1963 which protects against race and sex discrimination. This legislation has passed the house with only one republican co-sponsoring the bill (Susan Conners). The Equality Act and the Equal Rights Amendment will make it criminal and discriminatory to reject homosexuality and transgenderization in business, schools, state and federal institutions, and even churches. On Good Friday of this year, April 10th, the Governor Northam of Virginia signed a comprehensive protection bill for the LGBTQ community.  See link:

    Links:
    Virginia’s Comprehensive LGBTQ law
    The Equality Act
    Equal Rights Amendment

States with Sexual orientation/gender identity (SOGI) special rights laws:
California, Colorado, Connecticut, D.C. Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin

Supreme Court Cases Pending:

Link:
Businesses/Faith/Transgenders Employment

Our Identity in Christ Jesus
Our Identity in Christ Bible Verses

Made in the image of our creator and God, (Genesis 1:27), and then redeemed by His Son
(John 3), we can become a “new creation”( 2 Corinthians 5:17), and our identity is no longer in mankind but in our Savior. Our completeness and fulfillment are not found in any gender or race, or any gender or self-identity, but rather in oneness with the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.

“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28

How Can This Happen?

The gospel seed of salvation coupled with faith results in regeneration, by the believer, who becomes “born again” into the Kingdom of God, where Christ reigns. The answer to how do we help those who are confused about their identity is found in the gospel message of Jesus Christ.

“For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.”Romans 3:23

Sin blinds us to our true identity as God’s creation. God promised a savior who would open the eyes of the blind and deliver from the bondage of sin. (Isaiah 42: 6,7, Matthew 11:4-5). Since God is Holy, and without sin, He must remove our sins for us to have an eternal relationship with Him. Jesus Christ, who was God in the flesh, has made the sacrifice for our sins, taking on the punishment and judgment we deserve. This gift of salvation is free to all who come to repentance and acknowledge Jesus Christ as the one who was crucified for the forgiveness of their sin and then resurrected for the assurance of eternal life. All sin is forgiven by the shedding of the blood of Jesus Christ (Hebrews 9:22).

There is no other way to be healed or saved. Jesus is the only way (John 14:6,). All other ways lead to judgment, eternal darkness, everlasting punishment, and destruction (Proverbs 14:12). Christ has made the way for all to come to the knowledge of Truth concerning Himself, and be saved.

Will you make Him your Savior and Lord, today? If you choose Him, you will become a “new creature” in Christ Jesus and will have eternal life.
(Romans 10: 8-13, Ephesians 2:8-10, Ephesians 1: 13-14)

Only God Can Change Us

“So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.” 2 Corinthians 3:18 NLT

 Becoming a New Creature in Christ Jesus

If you do not know who you were created to be you can know right away. If you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you will become a new creature, all old things will pass away and all things will become new. Through faith in Jesus Christ and His salvation, God sends His Holy Spirit into your heart and seals you for salvation. And when you believe, you will be set free from the bondage of sin.

“For in Christ Jesus, the law of the Spirit of life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:2
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” Romans 8:36

Jesus Prayed for All of Us
(Luke 23:34)

When Jesus Christ was crucified, He prayed for us by asking God, the Father, to forgive us. The gospel message opens our eyes to the Truth and when we accept it, we see Jesus, and our identity in Him is forever sealed. In that hour, you will know of His unconditional love.

A Call to Prayer
(2 Chronicles 7:14)

If you know who you are please pray for the deliverance of those who don’t and for our children’s protection; against the evil indoctrination through all forms of media and our schools.
Please pray for our legislators to come to the knowledge of the Truth and legislate freedom, not bondage. Please let your voice be heard to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves, contact your representative about laws which discriminate against sexual morality.
Please pray for our President to have discernment. Please pray for our Supreme Court Justices to rightly interpret the constitution rather than legislate their ideology.

May God give us the courage to speak up, but most importantly, the fortitude to be persistent in prayer, so in time, the Truth will be known to each individual and this stronghold demolished through the power of God’s love.

Link:
Persistence in Prayer

*Updates:

 Important Update: June 15, 2020 – Supreme Court concludes Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 applies to sexual orientation and gender identity, even though neither category is specifically mentioned by the law.

June 12, 2020 The Department of Housing and Human Services finalized a regulation Friday reversing an ObamaCare rule that sought to protect transgender rights and abortion access.

 

Scripture References: Bible Hub – biblehub.com

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What’s Behind the Motivation


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  “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Psalm 139:23-24

Personally, in writing this blog, I was in need of an honest inspection behind the motivation for sharing this biblical truth. Is it because I wish to make a name for myself? Do I believe I possess knowledge no one else has privy (Romans 12: 3-5)?  Or do I sincerely desire to shed light on a subject which may help both you and me. It still may benefit you, if it is the truth, but if my motivation is for the sake of appearance or making a good impression, I will suffer losing my reward found in Christ.
Philippians 1: 15-18

Examples of Wrong Motives
There are two examples the Word gives concerning someone doing what they think is right but with wrong motives. One example is how an unrepentant nonbeliever may do good works and even evoke the name of Christ, but has never come to faith in God’s salvation and Christ’s sacrifice ( Matthew 7:22-23 ). They know about Him, but have never come into a personal relationship with Him. The other is the believer, who testifies of Christ with wrong motives, through self-effort and vain-glory. (Philippians 1:15-19)

Scriptural Examples
Scriptural examples of this are found in both the old and new testament. In 1 Samuel, King Saul tried to battle the Philistines by making his own sacrifice and through self-effort, instead of  trusting and waiting on the Lord. 
The other, is found in Genesis 11; how a people attempted to reach heaven by building a tower, for self- glory, and for the purpose of making a name for themselves. In 1 Corinthians 11 in the new testament, there were Christians who were misrepresenting Christ by continuing to sin, refusing His discipline and unrepentant.
Genesis 111 Corinthians 11: 23-34 ,   1 Samuel 13

 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or empty pride, but in humility consider others more important than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4

Examining Our Self-Motive
Examining our motivation is very important .  In everything there can be a hidden element of vain glory.  I need to allow the Lord to examine my heart to determine my motive, whether it be praying (Matthew 6:6), teaching , or even doing a good deed. It would be prudent of me to first ask myself the question, “who is this really benefiting,  or how is this honoring and serving the Lord?”
(Psalm 127:1 Corinthians 3:11-15, Jeremiah 17: 9-10)

One scripture ascertains to this concept; whereby, even if I were to give everything up and even sacrifice myself in the process, it is in vain, if God’s love and purpose is not the motivating factor.
(1 Corinthians 13:3).

Christ’s Righteousness or Our Own
Our righteousness is nothing compared to the righteousness required to approach a Holy God. But Praise God, we look to Christ’s righteousness alone, who has given us entrance into the presence of God through His sacrifice. All our righteousness are like filthy rags, and I can only be made whole through faith in Christ’s righteousness.
Isaiah 64:6( Proverbs 2:6-9)

Personal Testimony
When I was young I sought to do what was right in my own eyes. In the beginning I just wanted to serve the Lord, content for Him to receive all the glory. Then, little by little pride crept in and God’s purpose paled in comparison to my own. It’s possible to be at times, ignorant of our own desire to serve Christ. The Lord was merciful by allowing all my work to go up in flames, while restoring me back to Himself, once again, cleansing my motivation and purpose.
I would like to say, I never again got off track, but I have, again and again. I realize, I cannot trust my own heart, but try earnestly, to be cognizant of every word and action,bringing all under the Holy Spirit’s scrutiny and examination.
( 2 Corinthians 10:5)
1 John 1:9, Romans 8:1-2  James 7: 13-20
(Isaiah 55:9, Jeremiah 17:9, Proverbs 3: 5-6, Ephesians 2:10, Jeremiah 29:11,
Genesis 11:1-9, 1 Peter 4:18, 1 Corinthians 3: 10-15, Deuteronomy 30

Representatives of Christ Jesus
As never before, as believers and servants of Christ, we need to be in check as to how we are representing our Lord. The best preparation is by reading the Word, Listening to His Voice, and bringing everything to Him in prayer. As believers, we are first accountable to Christ, then ourselves, then the Body, and also to those who do not yet believe.
(2 Corinthians 10:17, 1 Peter 5:5 James 5:16)

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Appealing to the Throne of Grace


Luke 18:1-8

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“And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?”

Today, It is the worse of times and the best of times with a present spiritual revolution in overthrowing the strongholds of principalities and powers on high.
(Ephesians 6:12)

Our Nation’s Strongholds

For a long time, governmental policies, corrupt leadership and power hungry politicians have held an upper hand in dismantling our constitution and perverting justice. But now we are eyewitnesses that in the fullness of time God is hearing our prayers, exposing the darkness as we turn back towards the light.

For many years, God’s people have prayerfully interceded, concerning the false indoctrination in our schools, the lost of innocent human life in abortion mills, the attack on free speech and religious liberty and the perversion of justice in our legislative branch and judicial system. Roles have reversed. Legislators are misrepresenting the constitution and rendering judgments while the Judiciary seeks to legislate law.

The enemy has occupied these high places of authority too long and in the fullness of time God has ordained to act on behalf of our prayers.

A Call to Prayer

Many times, I have heard the call to prayer in the scripture,  2 Chronicles 7: 14 recited with one important phrase left out. Here is the scripture in its entirety:

 “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

To Seek God’s face is to seek His presence. In this verse God promises if we turn back to Him by desiring His presence and repent of our sinful ways, He will hear our petitions and restore us again to live righteously and restore our land.    Where we live is the place where we are to occupy for His purpose and glory. What usually is left out as part of this conditional promise is this phrase:

                   “ turn from our wicked ways”.

How can we begin to intercede for the injustices and sins of our nation when we refuse to acknowledge our own?

Representing Christ

It is a serious matter to say we believe in Jesus and represent Christ and continue sinning. When we accept Jesus Christ as Savior we also except Him as Lord. God cannot hear our prayers when we refuse to hear him. (Psalm 66:18-20)

Many of us in the body of Christ are presently resembling the world. Yet, we are called out of the world’s standards to embrace God’s Kingdom principles:
(2 Corinthians 6:14-18)

“The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Galatians 5:19-21

Not of this World

We are in this world but not of this world and are admonished to come out. We are not to blend in and compromise nor be politically correct in order to save ourselves.  We are to stand firm in our faith representing our Lord by practicing His righteousness. The world is looking for genuineness. If we blend in with the world then we obscure His light and the Truth.  (John 17:15-21)

                                                            His Word is Truth
Many in the body do not read the Word of God and are led astray.
(Hosea 4:6, 1 Peter 2: 2-3).  We need to return to our first love and place Christ first above all ambitions and desires (Revelation 2:4).

God Judges His People

Judgment first begins with the household of God. When we recognize our own sin and repent, we then can see how to intercede for the sin we see in our nation and others.
(1 Peter 4:17, Matthew 7:5)

My Testimony of God’s Grace and Mercy

Almost 40 years ago I was ensnared by the devil by changing my ambitions to serve Christ to serving myself.  It was a subtle process. My heart was to follow Him but along the way I became enamored with building a ministry where I was also tempted to share in His glory. It soon developed into making a name for myself. Like those who began building a tower to heaven, I became confused and my works were burned up while I escaped through the trial of fire and God’s discipline and judgment
( James 5:9, 1 Corinthians 3: 12-15). God had my attention and through His mercy and grace I saw my sins and repented.

“Before I was afflicted, I went astray, but now I obey your word. You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees.” Psalm 119:67-68

No Condemnation is Christ Jesus

Ephesians 1: 13-14

I believed at the time I could lose my salvation and when the devil began to accuse me, I accepted his accusations. I didn’t understand until much later there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus, and when we confess our sins God is faithful to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (Romans 8:1-2, 1 John 1:9) In my trial I experienced God’s judgment and discipline but also His forgiveness and restoration. If we are to be effective witnesses, representing His righteousness, we must respond to His discipline and turn from our wicked ways.  (Hebrews 15: 5-6)

How are we any different from the world when we allow circumstances to shape our faith. Do we doubt and fear? Do we wink at sexual immoralities and excuse it by practicing it ourselves?

This is the time, we, the body of Jesus Christ need to get serious and surrender all for His sake.  We need to truly represent Him and receive the power from on high as witnesses and instruments of Christ to shine as lights to a generation and a world who are seeking to know the Truth.

 

Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father,

Where there is hypocrisy, let there be straightforwardness. Where there is fear, let there be courage. Where there is dishonesty in presenting the gospel, in any way, let there be integrity and your Truth, without compromise.  Lord bring us to the place where it is done not by might, nor by power but through your Holy Spirit. Lord, revive your Body today, in the precious name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, waiting for the Power from on High. to accomplish your will, this hour, this day.

 

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Accepting God’s Perfect Gift is Accepting His Love


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“But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” Romans 5:8

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”. John 3:16

I once thought it’s how I love others that determines whether or not God accepts me at any given time. But I have discovered it has nothing to do with how I love but rather how He loves and He loves me unconditionally. He loved me by sending His Son, Jesus Christ to pay the penalty for all my sins, yesterday, today and tomorrow. Now that I am confident of this truth, knowing there is nothing that can separate me from His love, ever, I feel free to love others. Romans 8: 38-39

I can not add anything to what Christ accomplished on the cross by what I do or don’t do. After He suffered the consequence for every sin, He proclaimed that the work He came to do was Finished. His love was so perfect; His Work so complete that there is nothing I can do to add to His Perfect Salvation. To do so, is to not believe in His work but my own. But all my righteous acts are filthy in comparison to His pure love which has nothing selfish attached. If it required any good works of my own, then it was in vain that Christ died, and therefore the work He came to do in reconciling me to the Father is incomplete.

So what is perfect love. Perfect love is unconditional, complete,lacking nothing. He first loved me. When I accept His unconditional love, by faith in His salvation through Jesus Christ, then I also accept His gift of eternal life. 1 John 4: 18-19

What person after given a perfect gift of love, says, I cannot accept it as it is, it’s not good enough, let me add something to it to make it more acceptable?

But we have not been given an inferior gift, but one which was taken right from the bosom and heart of God – His Beloved Son.

Now I know why the Apostle John referred to himself as the one in whom the Lord loved. He discovered His unconditional love and was content to simply accept it, and was confident in it  lest he forget. “Jesus loves me, this I know.”
John 13:23

There have been occasions while receiving a gift I’ve felt guilty or because of my pride I could not accept it unless I could give something in return. To simply receive a gift and enjoy it is hard for me. I have no problem giving gifts. In fact I delight in it.

God has given His very best through sending His Son, Jesus Christ to die for my sins, and then sending me the gift of His Holy Spirit to guide and direct me in all my ways.
John 14: 16-17

How could I say to Him, no, I can’t accept your gift unless I can give you something in return. What could I possibly give Him to equal what He has given?

What could I possibly give back to God in exchange for His Great Salvation? How could I possibly match His Love?

In all  I do or don’t do, God can’t love me any less or more because His Love is not determined by who “I am” but WHO HE IS. John 8:58, Exodus 3:14

And as I allow His Love each and every day take hold of all I say and do I pray I can express His Great Love to others. John 14: 15-17

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,”
Ephesians 3: 14-17

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Spiritual Conception


“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” Romans 1:20

Spiritual HeartGod’s Word + Faith = New Birth

 “Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3: 3

“He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him, He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,  Children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1: 10-14

     When the angel, Gabriel appeared to Mary, he came with God’s “Word”.  She was to become the dwelling place for God’s only begotten Son- Jesus Christ. Mary was a virgin and did not know how this could be possible.  All the prophets born had an earthly father.   What the angel was telling Mary was that God Himself would be the Father. This was beyond Mary’s comprehension, but she believed and accepted “His Word”.  The moment she believed, God’s Son- Jesus Christ was conceived not only in her womb but in her heart.  If she had not believed she would not have been the dwelling place of the “One” who had left heaven to dwell with mankind. But because God knows all things, He knew she would.

     Jesus is the seed that left heaven to penetrate our heart with the “Truth”. The soil or the heart that receives the seed is the dwelling place for its development.   Every seed contains its own predestination purposed by God (Ephesians 1:11, Romans 8:29).  A seed that comes from a fig tree can only develop into a fig tree and produce fruit.  So it was with the seed that was sown in Mary’s womb – predestined to develop into the “Son of God”. 

Just as Mary received God’s Son and saw the evidence of her faith through His birth, we also, are called to be the dwelling place for God’s Son. As He abides with us and we with Him, He manifests Himself in our life (John 15:4 1:27). Our flawed nature (dna) changes into God’s divine nature (DNA) which is predisposed and predestined to develop into His image (Genesis 1:27).  God’s divine nature begins to mesh with our sinful nature until our sinful nature is less recognized as we yield to Him (Ephesians 5:18). Just as every seed that God has created is predestined to become what He has purposed, so has He predestined everyone who “Believes” to become His child.

      Our part is to believe and receive.  His part is to transform us through the work of His Holy Spirit. The soil that is cultivated by a repentant, receptive and believing heart is the heart that is covered by Christ’s blood. Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin (Hebrews 9:22).  When we receive God’s plan (Word) for reconciliation to Himself a “Holy” God, the “Seed of Truth” will not lay dormant but grow up reaching into heaven and into eternal life.  Just as the womb must be covered with blood in order to receive the implant of the father’s seed meshed with the mother’s seed, thus does it occur, spiritually.

So how does one become born again? How does one leave the dominion of this world and enter God’s Kingdom?

It is “only” through faith in God’s “Only” begotten Son who shed His blood and paid the penalty for our sins. There is only one path to birth, and one birth canal that leads to eternal life – “Jesus is that path ++++++++++++ and the father waits eagerly to “Deliver”. (John 3:16)

“The TRUTH which is conceived in the heart through faith will develop into a “new understanding” of the divine perception, transforming into the very nature of God. DF

 

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16

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Looking Through the Eyes of Grace


“Love hardly notices when someone does something wrong.” (1 Corinthians 13:5)

When I glanced at my great grand-daughter’s face, her sunglasses was a wonderful reminder of how I once felt as a child.  I immediately saw the contrast, the thought came across to me of God’s love; how love is blind or shaded from seeing the faults in others, while the focus is on what only God sees. And children have this ability more than adults, they seldom hold a grudge, are quick to forgive, and accept you with all your wrinkles and gray hair.

The Apostle Paul, knowing more than anyone else, how God’s unsurmountable grace and love covered his sins of blasphemy, violence and persecution, said he was shown God’s mercy and grace, because he was ignorant and did not see to believe.
(1 Timothy 1:12-14)

I remember the day as a child, I sat seated, quietly, listening as my Sunday School teacher told the story of how Jesus Christ died for me on the cross. Then, the class was invited to pray, quietly and privately the prayer of repentance and faith. I prayed that prayer because I believed. And the day I received God’s Holy Spirit, I knew God’s acceptance, as I wrapped my arms around my body not wanting the sheer reality of it all, to go away.

My attitude towards people began to change. God loved them and I loved them too. I simply could not judge, and could see no flaw, no wrong in anyone, only God’s love. It made it possible to forgive, and not hold any grudges, even in the times I was misunderstood and ridiculed for my faith. But just as childhood transforms us into adulthood, so did my vision of love begin to darken and fade.

It makes sense, then, when you receive God’s unconditional love, how you can love others without judgment. It doesn’t mean you condone sin or wrongdoing, it just means you become more resistant or immune, personally,  to the offenses.  Your focus is more on a person’s need for Christ, and the the desire to share the same love you received when you believed, like how:

Jesus prayed to the Father,  “Forgive them, for they know not what they do”, as the soldiers ravaged his body and mockers hurled accusations at Him.

Stephen, while he was stoned for confessing the truth, fell on his knees and cried out, Lord do not hold this sin against them.”  (Acts 7:59-60)

The thief on the cross who recognized his sin and saw His Savior, was able to say,
“We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong,” Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom”.
And with that confession, the thief was able to hear Jesus say:
“Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” Luke 23:41-43

How were they able to see past personal hurt and pain?

I believe, the closer we come to looking into the face of His Word, the more our eyes can see beyond our own limited perspective.
I believe it is when we comprehend how it cost us nothing, but cost God everything to give us His beloved Son, we begin to see Jesus’ love for everyone.

“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Ephesians 2: 4-10

Definition of Love: 1 Corinthians 13

PRAYER: “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,  may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,  and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:17-19

Song: Lord, Open the eyes of my heart Lord, I want to see Jesus.

Resources:
Bible Hub

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Worthy or Worthless


Therefore this is what the LORD says: “If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me; if you utter worthy, not worthless, words, you will be my spokesman. Let this people turn to you, but you must not turn to them.”
Jeremiah 15:19 ( my emphasis)

I felt passionate about finding out what was behind the LGBTQ agenda and the crisis in sexual identity. I read how children were either coerced or indoctrinated through peer influence in social media, indoctrination in welcoming schools while receiving affirmation to think it was ok to be attracted to either the same sex, or believe they were of the opposite biological gender. The issue also involved anyone who opposes this misconception, upholding to a moral standard, targeted as, ignorant, biggotted, homophobic and/or transphobic and potentially ostracized by both peers and teachers. This led to my intense research and writing a blog:
What’s Behind the Identity Crisis/ What’s Behind the LGBTQ Agenda.

There were two recent U S Supreme Court decisions which made same sex marriage legal and non-acceptance of LGBTQs’ in the workplace discriminatory. These two decisions has caused increased hostility and enamored the LGBTQ community to indoctrinate within the Public Schools the LGBTQ concept and push this agenda into private and Christian Schools. You only have to do a little research on the testimonies of adults who have escaped by receiving Jesus Christ as Savior, to realize how these deviant sexual lifestyles destroy innocent lives; former homosexual and Transexual – (Becket Cook and Walt Heyer).

For several months while separated during the COVID-19 shutdown, the Lord emphasized how abiding in His Word was what He wanted me to pursue. So during the months of February-September I would get up around 5:00 am and meditate on the Word while journaling its application to my personal life. My relationship with the Lord grew bittersweet. Simultaneously, God was uncovering His awesome character and love towards me while revealing personal life-long patterns of missed opportunities of speaking up what I knew to be true. I guess you could say I relate to Moses, with his argument in confronting Egypt’s Pharaoh, simply, Lord, but “I cannot speak”.

Then it happened, it was brought to my attention that our local county School Board was voting to make a decision on making October, LGBTQ History month. My first impression was to intercede and pray and to encourage others to do the same. And that is what I began to do. But it wasn’t long before it also occurred to me, I needed to put my mouth where my convictions were, and then I became afraid. But one morning as I opened the mail, I received from a ministry, this emphatic, encouraging Word:

“Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced, therefore, I have set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.” Isaiah 50:7

I became inspired with the conviction, I was to go, So a few days prior to the School Board Meeting, I put together a synopsis to advocate for a “No” vote to the LGBTQ History month, resolution. I didn’t know until the day of the meeting, I would only have 1-3 minutes to speak. When I arrived at the School Board meeting where the resolution would be given a vote, we were told all speakers would have only “1” minute to speak. For someone who speaks and writes in dissertations, this was hard to imagine, I am not given to being pithy in any sense of the word. So I quickly scanned my paper to select the most important things I could say, all the while, I was receiving prompts by the Holy Spirit, to”

“Just say what God had to say.”

Well, I rationalized that might make me appear “religious”.  So when I finally got up to speak, I compromised. I quickly read a couple of important points, in which I stumbled on some of the words, and when I was ready to read the scriptures, my time was abruptly ended. I knew I blew it, and awkwardly went back to my seat. I learned, the board prior to even the beginning of the meeting had decided to take the resolution off the table for the time being. God answered our prayers.

Ussually, when I fail to listen to God, I feel awful and spiritually defeated, and reflect on it again and again. But this time was different. I felt encouraged I went as determined and I learned a valuable lesson and that was to seek God first concerning what He wanted me to say, not what I thought to say. His Word assures me He still loves me and He knows where I am weak and forgives, as he continues to pick me up when I fall, again, and again and again.

So I will remember, it’s more important to speak God’s Word instead of having any doubts or fear.

 He’s sure to give more opportunities and its His Word, not mine that brings conviction, which I am now determined to speak loud and clear:

“As the rain and the snow

come down from heaven,

and do not return to it

without watering the earth

and making it bud and flourish,

so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,

so is my word that goes out from my mouth:

It will not return to me empty,

but will accomplish what I desire

and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

Isaiah 55:10-11

Links:

Sex Changer Regret
What’s Behind the LGBTQ Agenda.
Becket Cook

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