A radical idea. :D

BROTHERS AND SISTERS. I’m putting a call out to all of you for next Christmas.
After a conversation with a sister yesterday, and hearing her testimony about what the Lord showed her about Christmas, I have a challenge for all of you. Yep, a challenge. Please hear me out before you dismiss what I am going to say.
Here’s a brief account of her testimony from Christmas 2012.

“I have had a STRESSFUL day – my husband got called into work unexpectedly and our plans all messed up. We had to change venues at the last minute as we were going to have it AT my husband’s work but he got a sober up client sent by the police so we couldn’t have kids in that environment… Anyway, on the drive over – with a full car of kids, loud music etc I’m thinking ‘Jesus where are you in this day for me’? I just felt so sad and hollow that I was riding this wave of stress and busyness and just feeling like what IS this really all about…Anyway – then I drove past this guy on the road that I have seen dozens of times near my husband’s work – he is homeless and lives in a little humpty on the beach…. and I had this OVERWHELMING sense that I need to turn around and give him a gift. I wanted to give him food but I had sent it all with my sister and ALL I had was soft drink and my husband’s present of lollies and chocolates – so I stopped, wished him a Merry Christmas, patted his arm and he was so happy!! His name is Kerry. WOW – I was so blessed! …dont know what my husband will think about me giving away his present HAHAAAHAH – anyway – as I drove off I heard in my heart “That’s where I was in your day Christine”…….. What an awesome Saviour we serve – without Him there IS NO POINT and that is so obvious to me this day – but in that moment – I was blessed far more than Kerry (the homeless guy) because I found Jesus today on the side of the road. Praise God!”

First of all, I want you to think about what Jesus is like as a person. Got it? Right, lets move on.

Now I want you to look at what Christmas truly represents in this modern era. It’s all about presents, decorations, feasting, spending time with people you know, man made traditions and SELF.
Now, toss all those aside and think about Jesus’ birth. Were there any decorations? Any trees, lights, baubles, reindeer, a fat man in a red suit? No, there weren’t. (So why do we have them now?)
Where was he born? In a stable because there was nowhere else left for his parents to stay. He was probably surrounded by animals and not much else. It wouldn’t have been the cleanest and safest birth, especially by today’s standards. Do you see that represented in Christmas today? Me neither. I see carnal desires, greed, keeping up with the Jones’, people thinking about what they want, and a blasphemy of God called Santa.

My challenge might make some of you really angry, it might make some of you glad, it might have no effect on some of you. Some of you might think I’m stark raving mad. Well, I’m not, I’m just really passionate about this topic.

I challenge you all, to next year, drop everything carnal about Christmas and worship Jesus in the manner that truly befits his nature and character.
I’m asking you to forgo the presents, the tree and its trimmings, time with family and all the food. I call it the “Anti-Christmas Christmas”.
I’d like you to think (and pray of course) about serving somewhere that you don’t normally go to. Maybe a soup kitchen, an orphanage, a homeless shelter, an old peoples home or something similar. Die to self and serve others. It’s what Jesus lived his life doing, not decorating his house with a tree and baubles and lights.  (If you think about it, he could have done that, because the pagans were doing these things long before Jesus was born, but he didn’t.)
If you really have to do something at Christmas, and really want to worship him, do it in truth. There is no truth in Christmas, not the way the world celebrates it.
Jesus is the Truth, not Santa or a tree laden with gifts, or getting into financial difficulties because of those gifts.

I will be praying about this and I hope that the Lord will set something up for me to do next Christmas. There are 12 whole months before the next one rolls around, so there is plenty of time to pray about it and for God to organize something for all of us. Even if you think you can’t do anything think about this,  what is impossible with man, is possible with God.

Please consider this prayerfully and see where God leads you.
I really, honestly believe He would rather us worship him in a way that is representative of his nature, not of this world. After all, my friend found Jesus on the side of the road yesterday in the form of a homeless man, not under a Christmas tree.

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Pray for Discernment.

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In these increasingly dark times, we need to be on our guards more than ever.
If you don’t have discernment, PLEASE, pray for it every day.
It’s something that someone taught me a while ago, and now it’s something I do almost every day. (Occasionally, when I’m really tired I forget, but I usually do it with my first prayer in the morning.)

We need to be alert and vigilant, because Satan is roaring around seeking whom he can devour.

There are two sides to the spiritual realm and one is trying to rob, kill and destroy, and Christians are his main target.
Satan hates God and he hates God’s children. Don’t fall victim to ANY of Satan’s deceptions and lies.

I can’t stress enough that we are in a SPIRITUAL WAR and he will use any tactics to make us stumble and fall.
And yes, some Christians will fall for it.
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;” 1 Timothy 4:1

Christians, we need to test the spirits and make sure they are from God. If whatever you are hearing DOES NOT line up with the bible, it is NOT from God.
“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1

I am not saying this because I think I’m better or smarter than anyone else, or more discerning, or even to have a go at people.
I’m saying this because I’ve had people teach me, and I feel the need to tell others, as there are far too many people that fall for these false apostles/prophets/healers etc.

Call me a sceptic, but I don’t trust any of them. I’ve seen and been on the receiving end of too many false healings and false apostles.

Heavenly Father, please give us all wisdom, discernment and the ability to test the spirits each and every day.
Also Father, please help each and every one of us to get stuck into your word more and more so that we can know what you expect of us and what we need to be on the lookout for.
In Jesus’ mighty name, Amen.

Should a Christian smoke pot? (Marijuana)

“That the aged men be SOBER, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.” Titus 2:2

“But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore SOBER, and watch unto prayer.” 1 Peter 4:7

“Be SOBER, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” 1 Peter 5:8

There are many, many more verses that ask us Christians to be sober, but I won’t list them all as I think you get the point.

This post is in reference to drugs, in particular marijuana, pot, dope, weed or whatever you want to call it.
Many people, including Christians, smoke pot for whatever reason. I don’t believe Christians should be smoking it at all, for any reason.
Not only is it bad for you and changes your DNA, but smoking it opens you up for the enemy to take root.*
Even if it’s for medicinal reasons.**

Have a read of this article and see what I mean, as it explains it far better than I can.
I’ll include a couple of quotes to start off with to go with my explanation.

*”Witches and sorcerers specialized in connecting followers with the netherworld by concocting mind-altering substances.” Witches use drugs to access the spirit world and communicate with devils.

**”Assuming marijuana has medicinal benefits, would it not be wiser to pharmaceutically manufacture the components that offer patients relief rather than offer them a bong? Heroin can be used medicinally but I don’t hear anyone demanding that anyone should have the right to mainline.” There are studies that suggest the consumption of the plant eaten raw or juiced is beneficial for ones health, not the smoking of it or eating it in cakes or other cooked foods. Heating it up causes the THC to make people high, whereas juicing it or having it in raw form does not.

http://blogs.christianpost.com/wretched/may-a-christian-smoke-pot-13593/

Are you for God?

“I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth… 19As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. 20Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. 21To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. 22He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” Revelation 3:15,16 & 19-22

You’re either for God or you’re not. There’s NO inbetween. We either be an all consuming Christian or God doesn’t want to know. He will spew us out of His mouth if we are not all for Him.

He knows our works and what we are doing for His kingdom.
If we are not doing His works, then whose works are we doing?

You can’t profess to know God and to be a Christian without walking the Christian path and obeying what He says in His word.
We are to preach the gospel to all creation.
“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matthew 28:19,20

I can’t get out into the world to do it due to my circumstances, so facebook and the internet is the next best thing.

If you aren’t doing this, does that mean that God will spit you out of His mouth?
I can’t say that He will because I don’t know, but I know I don’t want to be one of those that does get spat out, that’s why I do this page and the blog.

*Note.
As I was doing this post, this verse kept popping into my head.
“But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.” Luke 13:27