What do you want for your children?

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Do you tell your children they can be anything they want when they grow up? Do you give them unrealistic expectations to live up to for when they get older?
Do you tell them that they can do whatever they want?
If you do, then you could be setting them up for a life dedicated to themselves and their desires, not the will of God for their lives.

There is only one true hope for our children and that is the Lord Jesus Christ.
“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;” 1 Timothy 1:1
So by bringing your children up to be in the will of God is the safest bet you could ever have.
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

This (below) was posted by someone on facebook so I thought I’d repost it here.

“Debi Ann Whitehouse Young
Instead of telling children they can be anything they want to be, (which sounds so encouraging, but it is not true,) let’s tell them they can be anything God wants them to be. THAT IS THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH! There can only be one President of the United States, one first place winner, and only one person at a time can fill a position on a team. For a Christian, all dreams should be based on biblical truth. God created each one of us ON PURPOSE FOR A PURPOSE–He has a plan in mind for our lives. He knows best how to make His plans happen, and He knows the perfect timing for the success of that plan. There are many adults today who are disappointed with the way their lives have turned out because they dreamed dreams based on unrealistic expectations. I wonder how many of them were given unrealistic encouragement. Each of IS unique, and each of us has a unique part in God’s plan. There can only be one YOU. No one else can beat you out of that position. No one else can do it better. No one but YOU can stop you from being what God wants you to be! Each one of us can accomplish that! If we base our dreams on biblical teachings, work at what we ourselves can do to make them a reality, trust God to bring about His good pleasure, not get our eyes off the fact that whatever happens–God is ALWAYS in control, we will be more able to live a peaceful and happy life. I want that for my children and my grandchildren. I believe in their ability to be and do what God has called them to do.”

Pharmakeia – Drugs in the Bible.

‘pharmakeia’ ‘drugs1‘ Strong’s # G5331 – “medication (“pharmacy”) that is (by extension) magic (literal or figurative)”
‘pharmakeus’ ” Strong’s # G5332 – “a druggist (“pharmacist”) or poisoner that is (by extension) a magician”
 
Link to detailed description of pharmakeia.
Link to detailed description of pharmakeus.
 
“Drugs.
Drug abuse is another precious inheritance the West has received from our enlightened friends, the Hindus. The older among us might recall how the fad really took hold when the Beatles came back from visiting an Indian guru and began to promote drug use as a religious act. Until that time, there had been very little drug abuse in America and other Western nations.
The Rig Veda, a Hindu scripture, presented drug-taking as the greatest spiritual experience ever. One particular drug, soma, was called “the soul and centre of sacrifice.”
 
All the virtues of soma are bound up with the ecstatic experience brought on by its ingestion …. The revelation of a full and beatific existence, in communion with the gods, continued to haunt Indian spirituality long after the disappearance of the original drink. Hence the attempt was made to attain such and existence by the help of other means: asceticism or orgiastic excesses, meditation, the techniques of Yoga, mystical devotion.
 
The quest for a “high” that now destroys the lives of millions of youngsters in every Western nation started right here.”
  Page 96 Ancient Empires of the New Age by Paul DeParrie and Mary Pride.
As you can see, drugs were used in Hinduism to obtain a ‘high’ in order to have spiritual experiences. They believed that by ingesting the drugs they could communicate with their gods and have a religious or spiritual experience (which is based on feelings).
Think of the indigenous tribes that also use drugs to commune with their gods. They ingest potions that put them in a trance like state and they receive ‘messages’ from their ancestors or gods, but really they are communicating with the demonic realm. Their experiences are not based on biblical truth and they are not communicating with God.
Of course, the Bible speaks against such things because the only way to commune with God is through Jesus Christ. He is all that is needed to be able to speak to God, and one can only do this if they have been born again.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6

We also need to remember that biblical meditation is not emptying our minds but filling them with the word of God; and our feelings, or experiences, should not dictate our relationship with God. Just because a person has a “spiritual experience” that has heightened their senses or ‘feels’ really good, it doesn’t mean it is a godly experience.
If you are a professing Christian who takes drugs, for any reason (to get ‘high’, to have a spiritual experience, recreationally etc), I urge you to carefully and prayerfully consider the verses below, combined with the information above, and repent.
I also believe that anti-depressants (and other prescribed mind altering medication) can possibly fall under this context because they alter the chemical make up of the brain. There are many natural ways and means to help with depression rather than relying on synthetic drugs.
Things like diet and herbal remedies can help with many issues such as depression, if it is a chemical imbalance. And lets not forget that it can also be a spiritual oppression by the enemy, which means that no amount of drugs can cure it. It could also just be a carnal reaction to a situation, or situations, and prayer and faith can help with this, and also if it is demonic oppression.
“Idolatry, witchcraft*, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,” Galatians 5:20
“Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries*, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.” Revelation 9:21
“And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries* were all nations deceived.” Revelation 18:23
“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers*, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8
All of these verses are related to drugs in one way or another. (See asterixes and refer to definitions above.)

*I don’t know why, but I just can’t get the spacing between paragraphs right. WP won’t allow me to add spaces between them, so please try to imagine the spaces are there.

Father Christ mass.

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“The word “Christmas” comes from two old words: Christes maesse. It means, “the Mass of Christ.” This comes from the Catholic Mass, the practice where the priest re-offers the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross during the time of Communion.” … Continue reading

Sometimes we don’t give the Devil enough credit.

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I think that sometimes we as humans simply do not give the Devil enough credit. He is far sneakier, far subtler and far more intelligent than we give him credit for. We try to rationalise so many things with our human intellect, and seeing things in the natural, or physical, rather than seeing things through spiritual lenses.
The Bible tells us to be wise as serpents and to “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” 1 Peter 5:8

We are told this because Satan knows every trick in the book and he relies on us not believing the things that he can do.
Remember, he has supernatural abilities because he is an angel, a created angel. He’s not some weak, dumb, ugly red faced, horn headed creature like he is depicted as being. He appears as an angel of light, and apparently was the most beautiful angel created.
Seeing him as the ugly, red faced, horn headed devil makes him appear stupid and makes us think we would recognise him when we ‘see’ him. But what about when he appears as an angel of light?
“And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” 2 Corinthians 11:14
Many professing Christians don’t recognise him because they don’t think he can do the things he has done, and continues to do. He relies on our human rationale/thinking and counts on us not using discernment and being wise to his wiles.

I say this because far too many professing Christians are involved in things that go clearly against the Bible, but they don’t know it because they don’t think Satan is involved in it. But Satan is involved in pretty much everything that encourages us to sin against God and to fall away from the truth.

If Adam and Eve were tricked by him in the garden of Eden, and they had direct fellowship with God, then how much more so are we susceptible to his deception if we aren’t being discerning?!

This is not to say that Satan has all power, because he doesn’t, so please don’t misunderstand what I’m trying to get across here.
I’m just saying that we need to be more aware of the lies, tricks and deceptions that Satan puts before us in order to subtly draw us away from the Truth. We need to get the rose coloured glasses off and realise, and recognise, that there is a spiritual war happening for our souls.
Satan was in the world right from the get go and he knows the Bible back to front and inside out. He was there when it was all written after all. He even played a starring role in many of the events in the Bible.

Don’t be fooled and don’t be deceived by the father of lies. He’s out to devour Christians and if we don’t give him enough credit, we are going to fall for his schemes and the consequences won’t be nice.

The only way to not be fooled is to be spiritually born again, to have the Spirit of Truth, the Holy Spirit within us so that we can discern the lies of the enemy.

(I’m saying all this because I see so many people falling for ungodly, sinful things that go directly against the word of God, and I’m trying to warn people to be careful. To be spiritually complacent and apathetic is very dangerous ground to be on.)

Don’t forget to read this post about people giving the Devil too much credit. I know this may seem contradictory to this, but if you read it you will see what I mean.

Universal church.

The word “Catholic” has a very interesting definition. Have a look then please continue reading, as I am going somewhere important with this. Pay a bit of extra attention to the last one. “of or relating to the Roman Catholic Church: including many different things; broad in sympathies, tastes, or interests; broad or wide-ranging in tastes, interests, or the like; having sympathies with all; broad-minded; liberal; universal in extent; involving all; of interest to all; *pertaining to the whole Christian body or church.” Are you noticing a theme here? The term ‘Catholic’ means universal, all encompassing, broad, wide etc. I have heard and seen many people say that there are many roads to God, meaning there is no one particular way to God or heaven. Here is a quote from someone and a verse to back it up.
“Biblical Christianity is not set by man’s rules, it is God who determines right and wrong, and He has told us in His word that it is exclusive: ‘Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Matthew 7:14′ “
Also: “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6
And:“For [there is] one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;” 1 Timothy 2:5
*Unless you have been under a rock for the last few years, you will notice that many denominations, many churches, many different faiths and people are being seduced into thinking that the RCC is the one true Christian faith. The one true Christian faith that is all encompassing, universal and all accepting, no matter what you believe or do.Another term for it is ‘ecumenical’.
I have even been told that unless a person is a Catholic they are going to hell, especially anyone who claims to be a Christian.
This leads me to my next, extremely important point.
The last few weeks I’ve had the thought of a few verses coming to me (for want of a better term).
I have been thinking about how persecution is going to come from within the “Church”, not from the outside world like many think. Not that the world won’t persecute Christians, because it will, but there will also be professing Christians who will give up others ‘in the faith’ to be put to death. They will be thinking they are doing God’s work, but really they will be persecuting true Christians for Satan’s work.
 
“They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.” John 16:2
“Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” Matthew 24:9-12
“But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake.” Luke 21:12
With many things happening recently in the world where many religions, denominations and people are being led into the universal, all encompassing, ecumenical one world religion, it is only a matter of time before these verses will become a physical reality.
It has happened before in history and we know that history does repeat, especially if the Bible has foretold that it will happen.
If you are someone who has fallen for this ecumenical, broad path, universal, all encompassing “Church”, I urge you to read these verses (and more in the Bible) and see that you are falling for Satan’s trap.You could very well be the one that wrongly puts another person to death, and their blood will be on your hands, so to speak.
All roads do not lead to Rome, and all paths do not lead to God!
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Which Jesus have you put your eternal faith in?

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“For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.” M
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“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” Matthew 24:24
 
“As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” Galatians 1:9
 
God warns us that there will be false Christs in the world, and they will come with another gospel.
I was listening to someone in the car today and he was saying that these ‘false Christs’ aren’t men walking around on the earth in white robes claiming they are Jesus (although there are plenty of those)..
They are another Jesus of man’s own creation.
 
If the Jesus you believe in didn’t do it all on the cross (and is still hanging on the cross and needs be crucified time and time again), then the Jesus you have put your faith in is powerless and impotent and cannot save you, for he is not real. He is a false Jesus made up of man’s creation.
If the Jesus you have put your faith in says that you can be saved and then live a sinful life, then the Jesus you believe in is a false Jesus of man’s creation.
 
If you believe Jesus was/is a created being (even an ‘alien’), then you have put your faith in a false Jesus of man’s creation.
If the Jesus you believe in has feathers falling from the sky, gold teeth growing from out of nowhere and gems falling out of the air-conditioning ducts sky, then you are following a false Jesus, a Jesus of man’s own creation.
 
If the Jesus you believe in is a “consciousness”, then you are believing in a false Jesus of man’s creation.
If any Jesus you believe in isn’t the only begotten Son of God, then you have a false Christ.
 
As with anything good that God has done, Satan tries to counterfeit it, and Jesus is no exception.
If he (Satan) can fool people into believing in any of these false Christs, no matter how often they attend church, no matter how much they read their bible, or no matter how many good works they do, then he is happy, simply because he knows that these false Christs cannot save and people are believing in, and putting their eternal faith in, a lie.
 
I think many of us at some point in our walks with God have gotten things wrong, have had the wrong ideas about just who Jesus is and have done or said things that weren’t of God, but if they have, being led by the Holy Spirit, they will learn the truth and repent.
We can only learn of Jesus’ character, who He was and what He stands for in God’s Holy Bible.
 
It’s eternally imperative that you have placed your faith in the right Jesus, in the only begotten Son of God who died to save us from the penalty of our sins. Any other Jesus is false and will not, and cannot save you.
“And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” Mark 1:15

“And call no man your father upon the earth..”

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I agree with this totally. It doesn’t get much clearer than this, and these scriptures are proof that the Catholic religion is dangerous. It is based on a false Christ.
If you are a Catholic, I urge you to read this I pray that the Lord will reveal His truth to you through this information.
It’s not too late to repent and turn to the true living Jesus who died to save us from the penalty of our sins.
The text below was copied from a facebook friend.

“Here are a few things you may not have considered about Pope Francis when you are attempting to determine his religious authenticity as a man of God.

1. Pope Francis is an athiest. He doesn’t believe there is an Almighty God.

“Athiests acknowledge God through their good works, thereby redeeming their own souls.” Pope Francis

He claims that Jesus and Lucifer are both aliens, and that naive early man thought these beings were “gods” in error. The Vatican’s telescope, the third largest in the world is named “Lucifer”. The catholic church has requested the UN appoint an ambassador to alien life, and have even discussed the possibility of “baptizing” aliens.

2. If you notice in his speeches, he never says…..”God’s message to you is….”, but instead always says “MY message to you is…….”. He comes in his own name…..and not in the name of God.

John 5:43 I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.

3. Pope Francis allows people to call him “holy father”, when this is forbidden by the scriptures.

Matthew 23:9. : for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

4. The catholic church is FULL OF GRAVEN IMAGES………..

Exodus 20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

5. Pope Francis sits on a throne in the house of God with a crown on his head, allowing men to bow down before him. Even angels don’t allow men to bow down before them.

Revelation 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

6. Pope Francis claims the ability to forgive sins…………which is precisely what Jesus Christ was crucified for. Nobody is yelling for him to be stoned or crucified for his blasphemy……..

Mark 14:64 Ye have heard the blasphemy: what think ye? And they all condemned him to be guilty of death.

John 10:33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.

Blasphemy is standard practice for Pope Francis………

Revelation 13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

7. The Popes are titled as Vicars of Christ, aka God on earth, whose title adds up to 666 in Roman Numerals. Vicarius Filii Dei. This is really no different than the ancient Egyptian Pharoahs who claimed to be “gods on earth”.

Revelation 13:18. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

8. As Pope, Francis is the RICHEST MAN ON EARTH . . . The Vatican is ordained in gold, precious stones, and pearls. The priests wear purple and scarlet. While that snake is appealing to the people to GIVE to the church (for the poor) – he is sitting on the world’s largest stockpile of wealth. You could feed a third world country with the cost of his wardrobe alone.

Revelation 17:4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:

The catholic church is guilty of abominations, and spiritual fornication. This means that they have more blood on their hands than Hitler…..and they are supposed to be a CHURCH – but they are warmongers and murderers. They proliferate weapons to promote war, and with their use of the Jesuit order – which is the military arm of the catholic church.

WHY WOULD THE JESUIT ORDER OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH START WARS, TAKE PEACE, INFLICT MISERY AND SUFFERING UPON THE PEOPLE OF THE EARTH??

It’s because they serve the POPE. Their job is to inflict war and suffering, so the people will turn to the CHURCH and the POPE for answers and comfort…….and bring their MONEY into the church’s coffers. Sneaky suckers……….

9. It is FORBIDDEN to communicate with the dead….but it’s a regular practice in the catholic church to pray to dead people – Saints.

Deuteronomy 18:10. There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,

18:11. Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.

18:12. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

10. The catholic church lifts Mary above her son……praying to her, and considering her sinless. Mary was a sinner, and needed her Son to save her just like we need Him to save us. There is no instruction to pray to ANYONE in the scriptures except the Father…..and we also pray to JESUS, who is the Father in a human body.

Matthew 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

11. The catholic church sanctions repetitive prayers, and not prayers from the heart.

Matthew 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

They pray canned prayers, reciting mantras…….the rosary.

12. Catholics bow down to pray before images and statues…….IDOLS.

Leviticus 26:1 Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the LORD your God.” ”

(T. Boone)

Pray for those who are entrapped and deceived by this wicked system–that God would have mercy on them, open their eyes, lead them to repentance, and cause them to come out.

(I don’t agree 100% with Mr. Boone, but he presents a lot worth considering.)

Is God’s word really pure?

“The words of the LORD [are] pure words: [as] silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.” Psalm 12:6

“Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.” Proverbs 30:5,6

If God isn’t powerful enough to keep at least one true translation of His word pure, then what kind of God is that?!
John says: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
So if this is to be believed, that Jesus is the word, and also God, and looking at the verses below, which state that He changes not, then doesn’t that mean that His pure word also cannot change?
“For I am the LORD, I change not; …” Malachi 3:6
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” Hebrews 13:8

Saying that man, demonic powers etc can change God’s (true) word by whatever means, means that those things are more powerful than God, and we know that simply isn’t true.

Yes, man has changed God’s word through various different versions of the bible, and they have used corrupt (false) manuscripts as well.
But to say that God can’t even keep even one translation of the most powerful book in the history of mankind pure and exactly how He wants it, is to say that we do not have a reliable Bible to read, believe and obey.
If we do not have a reliable and true Bible to read, then what?!
If it has been changed, and there is no pure word of God, then we really have no reason to keep reading it and believing it and obeying it.
And for those people to continue to quote from these books that they say aren’t true doesn’t make sense to me.
If it has changed, or been changed, then it isn’t pure anymore and can’t be trusted or relied on.

These are just some of my thoughts on something I’ve seen on fb the last day or two. It is quite upsetting seeing these kinds of things happening in regards to God’s word.
I don’t know, maybe I’m over simplifying it by believing that those verses above are true. Maybe I’m missing something and am completely off the track.
It just seems to me that every other week there is a new thing happening to try to discredit the Bible, and we all know who is trying to do that. It doesn’t take a super spiritual or highly intelligent person to see that Satan is attacking God’s true word. It’s sad to see that people are succumbing to these doctrines of devils though.
It’s naive to think that he hasn’t already done damage in this area, and what I’m reading lately on fb just solidifies this for me. 😦

I say this not to bash anyone, or put anyone down, but to challenge the things they are learning through man, and not the Word of God. When we are too busy learning from man via youtube, fb, blogs, etc we can be easily swayed by these things.
“That we [henceforth] be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, [and] cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;” Ephesians 4:14

If we were to stick to God’s word, with the teaching of God’s Holy Spirit, then we really can’t go too far wrong. (And if we do, the Lord will show us and get us back on track if we are diligently seeking Him.)

 

Here are a couple of my previous posts about Bible versions.
Satan the great counterfeiter counterfeit bibles

Why I use the King Jame Bible

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Help the brethren.

“Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Matthew 25:34-40

I used to attend a church that was heavy on overseas missions. I spoke to the pastor one day about how many they support here at home, and while there are a few, they are all either established church or those who have been from that particular church.
There really seemed to be no desire to plant churches outside of their, for want of a better term, comfort zone. (I don’t say this to be harsh, I’m trying to get to a point.)
The missionaries they support are, by all accounts, doing a great job, and I’m not trying to detract from what they are doing, because generally they do it really tough and have their work cut out for them.

My concern, after reading a couple of things the last few days, has turned to those who are inside the church. How many churches focus on evangelising/witnessing to the unsaved, and making programs for them, tracts for them, sending ‘love packages’ to them, soup kitchens etc, but what about those who are doing it tough within the Body of Christ? They seem to be forgotten.

These verses above are about Jesus’ brethren, not the unsaved. I think we tend to get so comfortable in our status quo that we forget there are those within the Body who are suffering and need help.
From what I’ve seen, it’s generally only when there has been a tragedy or dramatic event in a person’s life that the Church rallies together and prepares meals, helps them in their homes etc. But what about day to day living for those who are disadvantaged in the Body?? There are those who are poor/broke, depressed through circumstances, having trouble with their families etc etc, but they seem to be forgotten or ignored.

This leads me to the next verses after the ones above.
“Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” 41-46

I’m not saying all this to ‘bash’ anyone, just to raise awareness that, while missionary programs are great, witnessing/feeding programs are great for the unsaved, we also need to remember that there are large numbers of our brethren that need help also.
It’s very convicting to me the next lot of verses, because I too have been guilty of not seeing the need within the Body of Christ. I don’t have much, but I would help how and when I could.

Should Christians read their stars?

In a word, NO! Let me tell you why, from an excerpt taken from page 16 of ‘Empires of The New Age’ by Paul deParrie and Mary Pride.

“Divination

   Astrology, the teaching that the stars in the sky guide our lives, is the most popular form of divination in the West. It is the gateway by which many enter the pagan religion. Like all other techniques for predicting the future, astrology puts Nature in control and dispenses with the sovereignty of God.

Divination is completely amoral. The stars never guide you to make righteous choices, or even hint that righteousness exists. The pervert and the upright all receive their readings on an equal basis.
The Bible prohibits astrology, absolutely and completely. In fact, part of the reason for God’s judgment of Babel was the tower built “unto the heavens”.

In ancient times, the future was divined by sheep livers and chicken entrails. The Babylonians devoted thousands of volumes to the “science” of liver divination. To them, these copious observations constituted the pinnacle of science. The number of followers of these practices today — at least in the West — in negligible. Tea-leaf diviners and palm readers, once so popular, are also now on the wane. Instead, the curious and serious both seem to favor Tarot cards and I Ching.

Paul deParrie is a former occult practitioner with a wide knowledge of classical paganism.”

Divination is described as being –

“1. The act of divining; a foretelling future events, or discovering things secret or obscure, by the aid of superior beings, or by other than human means. The ancient heathen philosophers divided divination into two kinds, natural and artificial. Natural divination was supposed to be effected by a kind of inspiration or divine afflatus; artificial divination was effected by certain rites, experiments or observations, as by sacrifices, cakes, flour, wine, observation of entrails, flight of birds, lots, verses, omens, position of the stars, etc.

2. Conjectural presage; prediction.”
It’s basically trying to tell a person’s future by various means. No person (astrologer, medium, psychic) or thing (nature, entrails, tea leaves etc) has the ability to know the future. Only God knows the future because He is the only one who knows all.
Believing that God has made these things to be used for divination is also wrong, because He hasn’t. We are to rely on God and God only to direct our steps, not tell us what’s going to happen in our future.

It is similar to getting prophecies from sources that aren’t of God.
“And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by **soothsaying:” Acts 16:16

**Soothsaying: Strong’s # G3132 – “μαντεύομαι manteúomai, mant-yoo’-om-ahee; from a derivative of G3105 (meaning a prophet, as supposed to rave through inspiration); to divine, i.e. utter spells (under pretense of foretelling:—by soothsaying. – to act as a seer, deliver an oracle, prophesy, divine.”

If you are a professing Christian, and consult ‘the stars’ to divine your future, you are going against the written word of God and you need to repent – understand what you are doing is sin against God, seek His forgiveness and stop. You are messing with the occult by doing it and it’s very serious. The Bible actually calls it an abomination.
“When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, **or that useth divination**, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.” Deuteronomy 18:9-12
Just because it’s in the Old Testament it doesn’t mean that God doesn’t still feel the same way about it!

Please, I urge you to stop because you are dabbling in the occult.

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