What’s Behind the Provocation?


 

James 1

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5

provocation: something that incites, instigates, angers or irritates

I’ve noticed in my walk with the Lord, when things are going exceedingly well, and I am at peace with where I am in Christ, I usually am met with a circumstance which threatens to pull the rug from underneath this confidence. Perhaps, you can relate. So, I’ve learned with every provocation to pause, pray, and respond with patience in a Christ-like manner. This non-offensive response has been a constant on-going practice of self-discipline in the area when anger suddenly takes hold of my emotions and I am tempted to react in the wrong way.  (Matthew 5:38-48, Proverbs 25:21-22)

I’ve noticed politicians use accusations when they don’t want to discuss the issues and have no credible argument. They will look for ways to undermine their opponent’s position with a personal accusation, such as accusing them of being racist, sexist, etc,.
In essence:

“A person who has no “leg to stand on” will look for ways to pull the rug from under those who do.” DF

When it comes to our salvation, Satan is defeated ( Romans 8:1-4 ), so he results to accusations (Revelation 12:10). When it comes to accusations, the enemy (Satan) will look to accuse the child of God, purposely, to avert the attention from Christ. Usually, it occurs though a provocation which is unexpected and catches the believer off-guard.

This is how it works. The enemy, who is Satan will interject a thought to cause anger, doubt and/or suspicion. The person who has the thought, becomes angry, reacts spontaneously and makes a hurtful remark. The one who is accused is on the defensive, and before you know it an argument infuses, and the good thing the Lord had intended, has been stopped.
(Ephesians 6:10-12)

We recognize this in Cain’s anger towards Abel. Abel pleased God with his obedience, whereby, Cain became jealous. God warned Cain about his anger, but Cain held onto it until it resulted in Abel’s death.
(James 1:13-15)

Joseph’s brothers were so jealous of him, they plotted to kill him because he found favor with their father. Their anger resulted in throwing Joseph in a pit, and then selling him into slavery. (Genesis 37)

We recognize how our thoughts can lead to good or bad in how the Apostle Peter reacted to thoughts from the Holy Spirit verses thoughts from Satan. Peter went from confessing Jesus Christ as the Son of God (Savior) to trying to prevent Him from saving the world. So, we can see, as Christians, we need to discern between the voices.
(Proverbs 14:12,  Isaiah 30:21)

When Peter confessed Jesus as the Messiah, the Christ, Jesus responded:
“You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being. Matthew 16:17

But after Jesus explained how He was to suffer and die and then be raised from the dead on the third day, Peter’s response was:
“Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!” Matthew 16:22

Jesus recognized the influence behind  Peter’s rebuke, and addressed it:
“Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns” vs.23
Notice, Jesus did not address Peter, but Satan.

Therefore, with every provocation, the overcomer, knows to pause, and to pray with a forgiving manner, moving forward in the things of the Lord.

I remember there were times when the Lord was working through me I was blindsided by an offense. Instead of comprehending what was occurring, I would internalize the hurt, and without praying, I would throw in the towel and walk away. I have learned the enemy’s tactic, and am not so easily caught off-guard these days. But to overcome, I’ve had to recognize my weakness, swallow my pride and pray.

I vividly remember when I was teaching a Senior High class of teenagers in Sunday School, I had overcome many obstacles with their rudeness and rejections. Things were coming together and I was even learning how to allow them to participate in leading the discussions, when suddenly, I was bombarded with the feeling of rejection  Instead of praying, and taking the offenses to the Lord, I just simply threw in the towel and never returned again. I was overwhelmed later with remorse and regret, but didn’t see it as  my pride at the time.

Now that my spiritual antennas are sharpened, I have also noticed other provocations or distractions such as external deliberate “noise” invasions when I am speaking about the Lord. Such as, when I get with my friend and we’re discussing how the Lord is working in our life, suddenly a noisy helicopter will fly overhead, or grass cutting machines suddenly show up beside us. In all this: I have learned there must be something the Lord is about to accomplish. If I can ignore the offense, move forward in kindness and grace, I witness the reward of seeing the Lord work or hear His awesome voice.
(Psalm 91:3, Romans 8:28)

In the circumstance of Cain, he remained a fugitive-running away from God’s grace and continued to live a violent, unfruitful life.

Joseph overcame the abuse of his brothers, trusted God, and delivered his family, Egypt and many from starvation.

Peter learned to overcome his impetuousness, think things through and pray.
Peter went on preaching repentance, the gospel of Christ’s death and resurrection for salvation, whereby, many are saved.

And presently I am learning how to overcome pride, move forward and in the process witness what the Lord will do.  Which is good, it is always good. (Genesis 50:20)

Then I think how Jesus withstood the onslaught of accusations and rejections while He was speaking the Truth and healing the sick and the lame. But nothing deterred Him from saving, even His worse enemies as He was nailed on the cross. He overcame all the abuses and accusations to save the world. ( John 3:16, Luke 23:33-34)

“For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.” 1 John 5:4

 

 

 

 

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You’re Right Where You’re Supposed to Be


Be Still

As a childbirth doula, I would accompany the birthing mother in the hospital, encouraging her in every stage of labor. These women desired a natural birth, but the moment they stepped into the hospital’s maternity ward, their birth became medically managed, which made it almost impossible to relax, which was vital for dilation to move progressively forward. So thus, was their trial.

But there was one woman I coached who was determined to overcome the unnatural contractions produced by the chemical hormone, Pitocin. She was diagnosed with low amniotic fluid and again there was a reason to induce labor for this woman who was capable of and desired a natural birth. There are ways to increase the volume of amniotic fluid if necessary, but Allie was not given this option.

As in many cases, under the supervision of an OB, there is always a reason to induce labor, making it more convenient for everyone else except for the mother and baby.

What was inconsistent with the diagnosis is the fact they started labor by breaking her amniotic sac, IF it was dangerous for the baby before with the low volume, why would they take the chance of decreasing the volume to start labor prematurely? But when the doctor pierced the sac, Allie began labor immediately. Allie still wanted to have her baby naturally without further medical interventions.  Therefore, she requested more time to dilate before receiving the artificial hormone, Pitocin. This request was interpreted as a threat to the medically managed agenda, and as a result, the nurse said she would have to sign a waiver refusing all medical assistance. This alarmed Allie, so she relented and allowed them to continue the inducement.  When labor is induced prematurely with amniocentesis and Pitocin infusion, the contractions become harder and faster producing unnecessary stress for both mother and child.

But Allie was determined to endure this medical procedure until delivery. At one point, she needed to know where she was in the progression of this strenuous labor, and when she asked the nurse where she was concerning dilation, the nurse calmly and reassuringly said,

You’re right where you’re supposed to be.”

This encouraged Allie to pray,  relax ,and let go.   The reason the nurse didn’t examine her, is for these reasons; if she were only a few centimeters dilated, she would be discouraged, believing birth was a long time away, and if it were closer to completion, she might be disappointed if it didn’t occur sooner than she hoped.  But as Allie focused on the outcome, her baby, she manged to give birth with no further medical interventions and mounted up in her maternal role with *wings.

Those words, “You’re right where you’re supposed to be” resonated with my spirit, and I find myself using those exact words for myself and believers struggling with uncertainty and frustration when there is no answer as to what it is all about and when it will end. (Job 13:15)

There are so many important things occurring between the time the mother starts labor and the baby is born which completes the maturation of the child and equips the new mother for her maternal task.  Interference in the process can result with physical, emotional, and/or psychological problems that appear during the mother’s postpartum and/or the baby’s early childhood.
(Colossians 4:12, Hebrews 6:1-2)

Childbirth is a perfect analogy to how God uses trials and tribulations to accomplish His will on earth and in individual lives.  (Matthew 24:8, Genesis 50:20)

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

When the Lord allows his child to go through a trial it is for the reason of transformation: to increase faith, develop spiritual awareness and to gain strength . During the process much is gained that otherwise would not take place. As children of God we are completed through experiencing difficulties which challenge our faith. And when God’s plan and purpose is birthed we gain the resolve and knowledge in doing His will.
(Jeremiah 29:11, Philippians 3:10-11, Philippians 1:6, 1 Corinthians 10:13, Psalm 121:3)

“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.  And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4

What I witnessed, personally, following a natural birth, was an overwhelming sense of maternal confidence. This confidence transferred over to knowing instinctively how to care for my newborn child. I was full of joy and strengthen by the invigorating experience, and with this confidence I also knew “instinctively” how to breastfeed my child.

With a natural progression, when dilation is complete, there is a rest period before the baby leaves the uterus and enters the birth canal. This is God’s way of allowing the mother to rest from the contractions.  After this rest period, the baby will enter the birth canal with a mother’s “natural” urge to push. If the mother tries to push, prematurely, she finds the 2nd stage of labor very strenuous and exhausting, with complications needing immediate medical help. It’s as though, when the baby’s position is on the pelvic floor, at the right time, the pelvic muscles act as strong hands lifting up and out the baby with a natural thrust.

“It’s an exhilarating moment, when in the trial of labor, the mother sees the fruit of her labor; her child.” DF  (John 16:21)

“Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. *They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:30-31

With my second childbirth, I was in the hardest stage of labor, when in transition the cervix completes dilation. I wanted to have a natural birth because my first medically managed birth didn’t go well. When I knew I could not labor four more hours as the OB had predicted, I called on the Lord, and asked for His help. Immediately, I heard His small still voice: (Isaiah 30:21, Genesis 4:1, Psalm 18:6)

“Relax like a limp noodle from the waist down.”

My concentration switched from resistance to embracing what my body was trying to do.  And as soon as I began to relax, I knew my cervix was complete, followed by the overwhelming urge to push.  Instead of resisting for four more hours, I entered the Lord’s rest embracing what only He could do. Within minutes, Michael was born.

“For all who have entered into God’s rest have rested from their labors, just as God did after creating the world.” Hebrews 4:10

I’ll never forget the worse spiritual trial of my life when I entered a time of judgment, discouragement and despair. God was separating me to Himself, addressing areas in my life I had adopted which were not of Him. He promised me through His Word, I would not be put to shame. It was a time of darkness, but even with the uncertainty and adverse circumstance, I began to understand, I was “right where I was supposed to be,” and at the right time emerged with spiritual wings.
(Isaiah 54, Isaiah 40: 30-31)

And so it is; when we can “remain still” trusting in His omnipresence, omnipotence, omniscience, we will see. Because in Christ Jesus, we are always in His Loving Hands , “right where we’re suppose to be.
(Romans 8:29, Isaiah 43:13, John 10:28-30)

 

 

 

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What’s Behind “the Secret”


 

the secret
What’s God’s Secret?

“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3

If you were a Beatles fan, you might remember a popular song, “Do You Want to Know a Secret”, and in the lyrics, repeated, are “I am in love with you.” That is God’s answer to everyone who wants to know about Him and how He feels about “you”.  But it really is no secret because from the time you were born, He’s been wooing you to Himself.

“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

“The LORD our God has secrets known to no one. We are not accountable for them, but we and our children are accountable forever for all that he has revealed to us, so that we may obey all the terms of these instructions.”  Deuteronomy 29:29


The things of God are only hidden to those who deny His existence and refuse to believe His Words.
(1 Thessalonians 2:13, Romans 10:12, Matthew 13: 54-58, 2 Corinthians 4:4)

“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

It was during the time my father developed lung cancer that I understood the bondage of “unbelief”. He was a self-made man who was self-sufficient in many aspects, boasting agnosticism. But with this disease, he began to look outside himself. The cancer had spread to his bones and he was in pain. During the summer before he passed away, I went over to his home to help with giving morphine injections and to keep him company in his isolation.  It was on one of these occasions while I sat with him in his study, I witnessed God speaking to him in a unique way. My father would have the habit of suddenly dozing off, with mouth wide open to breathe. On this particular day, when he dozed off he awoke with something to say. He began describing what he saw while he was asleep; “There is this man who is imprisoned in his home. There are bars on the windows and locks on the door. He cannot leave because he refuses to believe. Why will he not believe? He then nodded off asleep again in the same way. When he awoke, he said. “The man who was imprisoned is out side walking away.”
I knew the Lord was speaking to my father concerning his unbelief. He’d become a prisoner of himself, and the only way he could be set free was to believe. Those in our family who were Christians tried to witness Christ and His salvation, but dad would just argue with us. But through God’s mercy and grace God reached my dad by sending a hospice nurse who was relentless in telling my dad the consequences of sin and Christ’s salvation.
The last part of dad’s dream became a reality when he confessed his sin and accepted Jesus Christ as His personal Savior. My father repented, believed and was set-free, no longer believing in himself, but in His Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The man he saw in his dream walking outside of his house of barred windows and locked doors, was “he”, the man who believed and was set free!

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

Thousands of years prior to the appearance of Jesus Christ, God revealed His thoughts and ways through prophets (Isaiah 53, Luke 24). God was then manifested in the flesh through His Son. Jesus Christ. All who were present during the appearance of Jesus Christ witnessed His divine nature and unconditional love. It was impossible for them to keep it a secret, but let it be known. And to this day, this Word has gone throughout the world. (Matthew 24:14)

“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.” 1 John 1:1

When Jesus died, was resurrected and then later ascended into Heaven, He sent His Holy Spirit into the heart of all who believe. In this, the believer develops the mind of Christ, whereby He can understand spiritual things.  (1 Corinthians 2:9-15)
The Holy Spirit reveals whatever the Lord wants the believer to know. Where once, He spoke through the prophets, and then His Son, God is now speaking through the indwelling presence of His Holy Spirit according to His living and written Word.
(1 John 2:27, Psalm 119:150, John 1)

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3: 16-17

When Jesus was with His disciples He taught them all they needed to know and promised He would continue to teach them through the gift of His Holy Spirit. He explained to them He had much more to say, but they could not bear it, presently.
(John 16: 12-15)

The Holy Spirit makes known only what comes from Jesus Christ and shares it with all who have accepted Him as Lord and Savior:

 John 16:12-15

 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”

The believer in Christ Jesus knows not to rely on what seems right or logical in this world, but to listen for the wisdom from above, imparted by the person of God’s Holy Spirit.

“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21

Scriptures reveal, “the heart of man is deceitful above all things”, and it is futile to rely on one’s own logic, reasoning or emotions.
(Proverbs 3: 5-6, James 3:17, Jeremiah 17:9)

In contrast, those who are not in Christ rely upon the wisdom of others and themselves. In Oprah Winfrey’s book- The Wisdom of Sundays she says the following:

“Whenever I have felt most tested, lost or unsure of my own direction, these words from “Invictus” that I memorized at eight years old have been a way forward.” Oprah –
The Wisdom of Sundays- 
“I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.”

 When my father was in pain, dying from lung and then bone cancer, he discovered right away he was not the master of his fate and was approaching death and was about to lose his soul.

It appears, Winfrey does not rely on the God in the Bible, but rather creates her own wisdom,  stating, clearly, over and over again in her writings, her reliance on the wisdom of others, and unknown spiritual forces she can not define. Winfrey has embraced the New Age religion whereby there is no consequences for sin, and has embraced herself as her own god.

Within this poem which Winfrey quotes by William Ernest Henley, it speaks of strength not coming from God but unknown gods:

“Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.”

The world’s standard for success is wealth, fame and power. There are no moral standards but only ambition and self-reliance in this philosophy. The philosophy is this: “The end justifies the means”.  God’s law is ignored, while the pursuit of accomplishing one’s own goals according to one’s own moral compass appears to be a “good” thing to one’s own ideology or philosophical endeavor.

When Democratic Senator Harry Reid lied about Mitt Romney’s taxes, saying he didn’t pay them, he admitted he did it because it accomplished the purpose of keeping Romney from being elected. He believed  Republican Romney was the wrong choice for president, and so in order to prevent him from being elected, he lied about his taxes. When he was asked about why he did this, he said, “He wasn’t elected, was he?”

The Word of God says, in order to gain life you must be willing to let go of your own motivation and selfish ambition for Christ’s sake.  Mark 8:34-35
Jesus said: “And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?” Mark 8:36-37

What is God’s purpose for creating mankind? He created mankind for the purpose of having an intimate relationship with Himself, while conforming mankind into His likeness.  (Genesis 1:26, John 17: 20-23, Romans 8:29, John 15)

Jesus Said: “That all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” Vs. 21
 

So, what is the secret and absolute truth to an abundant life which guarantees also eternal life with God? It is not found in any New Age religion, philosophy or any science created by man, but rather, in the unalterable inerrant Word of God written to convey the message of Truth to all who are seeking after God and not themselves.

 Jesus said, “A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

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

There are not many ways but only one way to know the Truth. God came in the flesh through His Son, Jesus Christ to reveal the truth concerning Himself and eternal life.  His Word is Truth. That which was spoken was also written for us in these last days.
(John 1, John 14: 6, Proverbs 14:12, 1 Corinthians 10:11, John 17:17)

“There is a way that appears to be right,
but in the end it leads to death.” Proverbs 14:12

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

New Age philosophy such as the popular book “the Secret”, and all other religions whereby one has to earn their way to heaven, focus on finding the “god”of self, promising happiness, power and wealth centers on good works (self-sacrifice), possessing the things of this world and finding peace through occupation of self or other gods.  But in the process of finding oneself, you also come to the end of yourself, left “by yourself”.

“It is when we seek after God we discover who we are in Christ and His unconditional love.” DF

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:31
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7-8

Satan tried to tempt Jesus to gain the whole world by worshiping him.  He also tried to tempt Jesus to prove He was the Son of God by performing miracles. With every temptation Jesus quoted God’s Word on the subject. (Matthew 4: 1-11)

Jesus came as a servant, even though He was God in the flesh, and came to lose His life in this world for our sake. God promised a Savior who would take on Himself the sins of the world and give everyone the opportunity to receive God’s forgiveness and eternal life. (Philippians 2:7, John 3:16)

“He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” 1 John 2:2

In these last days there will be many who will promise the world to those who follow them. They make merchandise of their followers, while their wealth increases. But their path is the way of self-destruction and anything gained by the quest will also be destroyed.
(Matthew 24: 1-8, Matthew 6:20, Proverbs 14:12, 2 Corinthians 4:18)

Jesus who was perfect and knew no sin, sacrificed His life and took on the punishment of our sins. When He was dying on the cross from the crucifixion, He prayed we would be forgiven. God has answered His prayer. After three days in the grave, Jesus was resurrected. He spent forty days with His disciples teaching them His Word, and His Word is going throughout the world.  And on the day when His disciples were gathered together awaiting God’s commission to witness this Truth, He sent His Holy Spirit to dwell with them and in them giving them the power to witness His name throughout the whole earth. And all who believe, have Christ’s Holy Spirit and their salvation is sealed
( Luke 24, Acts 2, Ephesians 1:13)

“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, 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: 13-14

Therefore, anyone who believes in Jesus Christ and repents of their sin, believing also in His resurrection loses this transient world but gains eternal life in God’s Kingdom. (Romans 10: 8-10)

The thief hanging on the cross next to Jesus recognized his sin and at the same time recognized Jesus as his Savior.  Therefore, Jesus promised the repentant thief eternal life.
(Luke 23: 40-43)

There are ways that seem right but they all end in eternal death and separation from God where there is no escape from eternal judgment.  New Age doctrine, and philosophies, false religions,  do not mention sin or mention a God who judges sin. But there is a day of judgment when God will judge everyone individually.
Jesus’ prayer was for all to be forgiven who call upon His name.  And all who believe in Him have passed from death to life.
(Leviticus 5:17. Luke 23:24, Romans 10:12-13, 1 John 3:14, Hebrews 9: 26-28)

God has provided the only way through His Son, Jesus Christ. He has promised eternal life and all who receive Him have His Spirit and the abundant life which produces the fruit of joy beyond anything this world can offer.
(Proverbs 14:12, John 10:10, John 14:6, Psalm 16:11, John 15:11)

 “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
Isaiah 1:18

The Secret of Obtaining this World while losing Your Soul

Oprah Winfrey’s Words (From the Wisdom of Sundays)
“The meaning of wisdom for me is recognizing the moment when what you know aligns perfectly with what you feel.” The Wisdom of Sundays by Oprah Winfrey, p.80
Question Concerning Winfrey’s quote: Aren’t we limited as to what we know?

God’s Word:
“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.”
James 3:17

Winfrey’s Words (From the Wisdom of Sundays)
Emotional guidance system lets you know the direction to take.”

Question Concerning Winfrey’s quote: Can anyone truly rely on their emotions to lead them in the right direction?
God’s Word:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight”. Proverbs 3:5-6

 Winfrey’s Words: (From the Wisdom of Sundays)
“Each quote you read in the following pages offers a different tool or real-life experience intended to help you tune in more sharply to what your spirit, your GPS, is trying to tell you.”
God’s Words:
“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?”
Jeremiah 17:9
“For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.” 2 Timothy 4:3

Winfrey’s Words: (From the Wisdom of Sundays)
“Every right decision I’ve ever made has come from listening to my gut. Every wrong decision was a result of me dismissing the small, still voice within me.” Oprah (80)

 God’s Words:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight”. Proverbs 3:5-6
“There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.” Proverbs 14:12

 Winfrey’s Words: (From the Wisdom of Sundays)
“Your real purpose on Earth is to become more of who you really are-to live to the highest degree what is pure, what is honest, what is natural, what feels like the real you. Oprah (81)
God’s Word:

“Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” Genesis 1:26

“The Lord does not delay his promise, as some regard “delay,” but he is patient with you, not wishing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9

See –Knowing Jesus

 Winfrey’s Words: (From the Wisdom of Sundays)
“You’ll know you’ve found it when every cell in your body vibrates with your own truth.” Oprah (p.80)

God’s Words:
Jesus Said: I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

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

My Comment: Truth is not Truth if it accommodates itself. There can not be many truths or it is not the Truth. There is only one answer to the source of life, just like you were not born from many mothers, but one, you were created by One creator – Jesus Christ                   ( Genesis 1, John 1)

See – What is Truth?

Winfrey’s Words: (From the Wisdom of Sundays)

“Follow your instincts.  That’s where true wisdom unfolds.”  Oprah (81)

God’S Word:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight”. Proverbs 3:5-6

“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” James 3:17

 

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