Beauty is only skin deep.

Image result for proverbs 31:30 kjvThis article (linked below) is a very thought provoking read, and I think women should pay attention to the article just as much as men.
We have all been conditioned right from the get-go to be attracted to what society deems as “beautiful”. Next time you are at the shops have a look at all the magazines and their cover models with flawless complexions thanks to professional make up artists, photographers and great lighting; look at who is on your tv screen, actors with flawless complexions thanks to professional make up artists, good camera angles and great lighting. Look at the marketing you see all around you for different products, you’ll notice everyone looking perfect, even the fruit and veg at your local supermarket are all there because they don’t have blemishes or flaws. (The ones that do are dumped.)

We really need to learn to look past outward “beauty” when looking for a spouse. As the old saying goes “beauty is only skin deep”, which is so true. Over time looks will fade, wrinkles will come, skin will sag, and what you are left with is the person on the inside – that will never fade.
If we choose a spouse based on looks alone, we are doomed to a life of misery, and they will be too, because how will they feel when you no longer find them attractive and want to move on to someone younger and prettier?

Yes, being physically attracted to someone is somewhat important, but in the long term you will also need someone you have similar interests as, someone with whom you have things in common and enjoy the same kinds of things, have the same kind of ideals/values/morals/beliefs etc etc. These are the kinds of things that will last long after a person’s looks have faded.

I hope this post and this article  will help you to understand that it isn’t all about what’s on the outside – the inside is just as important, if not more so.

Which denomination is correct?

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“Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.” 2 John 1:9

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Timothy 4:3,4


If all people who call themselves Christian really are Christian, why so many different denominations, and why so many differing beliefs?

If all are Christian, why are there so many different doctrines?
 
It seems that each different denomination has its own doctrine, so which one is actually correct? Is it the Reformed, Calvinist, the Catholic, Anglican, Presbyterian, Mormon, Seventh Day Adventist, Jehovah’s Witness, Baptist, Protestant, the Methodist, the Lutheran, the Church of Christ, Wesleyan etc etc etc?? (That’s already 14 right there!)
Who is actually right? Which one particular denomination has the correct doctrine? And why do people choose the denomination they are in? 
 
This is where I could pick apart a few doctrines, but that would take some time.
My point is though, that denominations are just a system that the Enemy has devised to cause division, confusion, deception and ultimately, death. He has come to rob, kill and destroy and he is, in part, using denominations to do this.
 
I see denominations as a counterfeit to the Body of Christ, because each person within the Body has a different role – some are the feet, some are the hands, some are the eyes etc, but all are meant to work together for Him. See 1 Corinthians 12
Most denominations have their ‘roles’ as well – some speak out against abortion, some are trying to evangelise to the lost, some visit prisoners and the sick, etc.. All of those are great and noble things to do, but when done out of God’s order are works of the Enemy.
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:21-23
 
Not all denominations are working together as the Body of Christ is meant to as detailed in 1 Corinthians chapter 12, and not all those denominations are doing the will of God (see verses above from Matthew).
All of those members of the Body work together, whereas denominations separate and divide.
 
Now this is where this post gets interesting. There is yet another wily scheme of the Enemy to try to prove people like myself **(who are trying to warn others) wrong. There is now a worldwide movement headed by one of the largest “Christian” denominations, and it’s trying to draw all denominations together under “God”. This is a master plan by the Enemy to get everyone believing that they are all worshiping the same “God”, just in different ways. The human leader of this is encouraging “unity” of not only denominations, but religions as well. He is saying that we all worship the one “God” and we are all united. Well, this probably couldn’t be much further from the truth if he tried. There is no such thing in the Bible that sates all religions and denominations are one. In fact, if memory serves, the Bible speaks of major division and a falling away from the true faith.
 
Don’t be deceived, because this plan is a very calculated, smooth one that is designed to lead people away from the One true God.
This leads me back to where I started, that those who do not have the doctrine of Christ are not true, born again Christians. All those different denominations simply cannot be right, because they do not all have the truth. Oh, they may have part of the truth, but the rest of the lies and false doctrine leaven the whole lump!
I hope this has given you food for thought if you are one of those people that believe that everyone who says they are a Christian are, and that denominations don’t matter.
**I just need to add that I’m no theologian nor great Christian, I’m just someone who was once deceived so am trying to warn others about deception.

Is the Church bearing one another’s burdens?

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“Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2

How often in today’s world do we bear one another’s burdens? Probably not as often as we should. In today’s fast paced, hectic, busy and widespread lives, we simply aren’t there for one another as we ought.

I was talking to a friend recently who has had to get help from the govt in order to help with a particular family situation. Rather than relying on brothers and sisters in Christ in the Church, they have had to apply to the govt for help!

When did we get so busy that our own Christian family has had to seek help from the govt? This got me to thinking what God’s word says about this kind of thing.
I don’t know if it does mention anything specific, but the verse above, and others I will post, do seem to say that Christians are a family and need to look out for, and help & support each other rather than having to rely on others.
“Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.
For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.
Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?
And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
“Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11
“We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.” Romans 15:1
Now, I realise that these verses are probably not specifically referring to helping people in the way I am thinking, but the principle I believe is obvious.
We are the Body of Christ, what can the hand do without the arm? What can the foot do without the leg?
“For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. … For the body is not one member, but many. …But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.” 1 Corinthians 12:12,14,18
I know these are referring to ‘spiritual gifts’, but the gifts are to be used in the physical. We need to use our gifts not only to tell/show the world of God, but to help each other as well.

We can join all the “social causes” we like: pay for overseas missionaries, feed and clothe the needy, save whales, keep the planet green etc etc etc, but who is looking after our own? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that these causes aren’t noble in and of themselves, but really, if they aren’t being done in Christ’s name, at His request, who are we doing them for? These verses come to mind when I think of this kind of thing – “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:21-23 (Italics my emphasis.)
The part in italics proves that not all wonderful works (social causes) are of Christ. SO many people believing they are doing things in His name, yet Jesus says He never knew them!
So who is checking on the elderly couple from church? Who is helping the single parent? Who is feeding the poor in their own church? …

How far we have fallen short of bearing one another’s burdens in the Church, in the Body of Christ that we are a part of!
This makes me really sad because in today’s society we have become either focused on our own lives or on ‘social causes’ rather than helping our own.
Is there anything we can do for members of our own churches? Pray, ask the Lord to open your eyes to needs in your church. Speak to people find out their needs and ask if they need any help. God has given us all talents, skills, abilities to use them in the Body, so let’s do it. Let’s get back to being not just hearers of the word and deceiving ourselves, but doers of God’s word. He will make a way where we see none, if we are willing to obey.
Are we playing at Christianity or are we just giving a wink and a nod to God on a Sunday and getting back to our lives during the week? And yes, I’m speaking to myself here as well. I know I fall short, but in my situation I can’t do a lot as I’m an hour away from my fellowship, but I’m doing certain things I can with the abilities I have.

Just one more thing. I know this might seem a bit harsh to some, but really, what are we doing if we aren’t serving one another in the Body/Church? Take Jesus’ example of washing His disciples’ feet. I think this is showing His humility, and that Christians are to serve one another in humility, not ’causes’ in the world.
“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
>By this shall all [men] know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.<“ John 13:34,35
Imagine the amazing witness to God in the world this would be if we went back to the old paths and did this!

Should Christians get down?

You know, life is hard sometimes. I don’t care how many Instagross posts or Fakebook posts, or Twitter posts people do about how fantastic their lives are, because they are living a lie. They are living for likes on their social media posts because they want people to think their lives are full of fun, happiness, love, adventure etc etc, but really they aren’t. It’s a forced life lived for others. They are not really being true to themselves, or their followers. Oh, sometimes they may say that they’ve had a bad day in one post, but the next post is back to all sunshine and bubbles.
You won’t get all those fake fluffy, sunflower and rainbow posts here. Oh, no, I like to be pretty real here.

So many professing Christians say that a Christian should never be depressed or down, because it’s sin. But is that really scriptural? Nope, of course not. Not to the extent that they are saying anyways.
Life is hard. Life is difficult. Even great men in the Bible were depressed and down in certain seasons of their lives.
Chapter 3 in Job was full of grief and sadness over a traumatic time in his life. Peter wept bitterly and was so upset with himself because he denied Christ, something he said he would never do.
I can’t think of any more specific examples right now, but David had a hard time, and ultimately, even Jesus felt inner pain and cried out “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46

But, yes, there it is, there’s usually always a ‘but’ with me.. God knows that we have emotions and we feel deep pain, He has Himself when He regretted creating people for a time, but in those seasons of deep hurt and pain, we are to give thanks. We simply do not know how God is going to use these testing times in our lives for His good.
In the last month or so I keep seeing 1 Thessalonians 5:18. I must happen upon it at least once a week now, so I do think the Lord is trying to tell me something.
“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

This is hard. It’s really hard to give thanks when all you want to do is curl up in bed and never come back out. It’s hard to give thanks when all you see is a dark road ahead with no ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ so to speak. It’s hard to give thanks when you have sinned so greatly that you wonder how the Lord could even look upon you let alone love you and want to bless you.
It’s hard to give thanks when you doubt that God is there. It’s hard to give thanks when people keep coming against you like tidal wave after tidal wave and you feel battered and broken and you can barely breathe let alone speak. It’s hard when you simply do not know what God is doing behind the scenes and won’t even give you a sneak preview let alone show you what He’s doing. It’s really hard when you have a heavy, clouded heart and mind as the picture depicts.
It’s hard. Really hard.
But give thanks we must. We must at least try. God has promised us that He will never leave nor forsake us, so we must in return give thanks. Even if it’s just once to start off with. The more we do it the easier it will get. (This is me telling myself here by the way.)

I’m sure someone drew this picture of me right now, because it is certainly how I am at this point in my life. Things are going from bad to worse and my heart and mind are truly heavy.
I don’t say this because I want attention, I’m saying all this because I know I’m not the only one, and I know I’m not the only one who feels bad for feeling bad. Like I said, many good, solid god fearing men had great sin and pain in their lives, but I believe they are there as an example of what God can do in a person’s life. Even just posting this has encouraged me somewhat knowing that I’m not the only one, and that people far, far greater than myself suffered as well.

I’m still hoping and praying for a miraculous breakthrough for these situations in my life, and if the Lord wills it all, it will be a really encouraging testimony.

I’m sorry this was so long, but I do hope that if you are also suffering, please know that it’s ok, and that you are not alone. God knows what you are going through, and He still loves you. He knew before time began that this very minute you would be hurting, or in great sin, and He still chose you to be one of His regardless.
This season will pass, you may need to just ride it out.
And one other thing I learned yesterday, or should I say, one thing the Lord showed me yesterday, is that when He is quiet, we are probably being tested. If we’ve prayed, fasted, prayed, submitted etc and still we hear nothing, then we could very well be being tested by the Lord. Pray, and ask Him what He is trying to teach you in this hard season.
God bless you. ✝️

Women Pastors?

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“Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.
And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.” 1 Corinthians 14:34,35

“Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.
But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 1 Timothy 2:11-13

I was having a “discussion” with a professing Christian today about a few things, and the topic of women pastors came up. I said that I don’t agree with women pastors as it isn’t scriptural, to which this person replied “I don’t believe that”. I was a bit taken aback to be honest, because this was a man saying this, not another woman. (Although I knew that he was previously affiliated with a church that had/has a woman pastor.)
I told him that we have to agree with the word of God, and that God’s word says that women aren’t to be the authority over men, and that they must be silent in church. I mentioned the verses above as it is what I was referring to. He still didn’t agree and used a verse (see below**) to justify this belief.

If we are to take God’s word literally, these verses mean that women aren’t to be pastors or have leadership/authority over men.
We know that Christ is the head of the Church, which means He is head over the husband, then the husband is head over the wife.
“For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.” Ephesians 5:23,24

This order isn’t just for the family though, it is for the Body of Christ.
Now please, before you start throwing stones at me, I’m not saying that women are of no use to the Body of Christ. We all have our roles, and many women were used in the Bible to further the kingdom of God (Rahab, Esther, Mary etc), but from my understanding, they didn’t have biblical/scriptural/familial authority over men.
Unfortunately there are people that aren’t rightly dividing the word, which means they are twisting scripture to suit their own purposes. There is one certain large denomination that comes to mind right away, but even smaller churches/denominations are following suit thanks to the whole feminism agenda. :/
They use this verse as justification for women pastors/leaders in church:** “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28 (Italics are my emphasis.)
I believe this is incorrectly dividing the word to state that women can be pastors. I believe that this verse, and the surrounding ones, are simply stating that God doesn’t look at gender, status in society, wealth or lack thereof, etc etc in His children. He sees all His children as His children, that’s it. “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:26

I am a woman and I am quite happy to not have to have a leadership/authoritarian role, because I have enough to do as it is. I am quite happy for men to take the lead roles because that is what God’s word says.
Does this make me feel like less of a person or inferior because I’m not meant to be a leader/pastor?
Nope, not at all – because I know God loves me regardless of my gender. We are all equal as His children in His eyes, it’s just that we all have differing roles in the Church/Body of Christ. And I’m ok with that. 
Are you?

 

Click here for a link that is chock full of good information. I don’t usually link to this website due to a certain issue I discerned a few years back, but this article delves much deeper than I do and is a really good breakdown of the scriptures. Should you decide to read further, then please do so with discernment.

Judgment by the sword

“Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;
Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.” James 5:19,20
“Don’t judge me, only God can judge me.” ‘We mustn’t judge others, only God can judge them’.
Just a few more thoughts on the “don’t judge” mindset. (From a previous post on my facebook page.)
How can we tell truth from error if we don’t judge? If this is the case, that we aren’t to judge anyone or anything, then that makes truth subjective, that makes real truth of no meaning because everyone has their own truth. It gives people an easy out from correcting others.
**I have added a comment that someone made on my facebook page below. It is well worth the read as it is well thought out, well written and factual.
Read the verse at the top again and really let it sink in. If we convert someone who has erred from the truth, or strayed from the truth (more definitions at bottom of post), then we have saved a soul from death.
Now, I ask those who adamantly declare that we aren’t to judge, how is one supposed to convert the person who has erred if we aren’t to judge them? How are we to bring them back to the truth if we aren’t to judge them?
If we aren’t to judge their falling away from the truth, how can we lead them back to truth?
I think that perhaps some of these people are actually worried they may upset or offend someone by calling out their sin, which I can totally understand. I get it. Nobody wants to upset anyone.
I also believe, now this may sound harsh, that those people who keep browbeating people with the ‘do not judge’ comments don’t actually know the truth, they don’t know Christ and they don’t know the word. If they knew all these things they would know that it is totally scriptural to judge others in the faith with righteous judgment, in love.
“Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.” Proverbs 27:17
We are to sharpen each other so that we can be more useful to each other in the Body, and more effective in the world for God’s purposes.
We don’t want to be so dull and blunt that we are of no use, and by not judging error and sin according to the word of God is being dull and blunt. It’s not being useful, in fact it’s the opposite.
Another thought on this.

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God’s word is not a blunt tool that has no use. God’s word is sharp, it cuts. It’s not for itching or tickling people’s ears with feel good words, it’s a sword that cuts! But it is to be wielded correctly, not just swung around without care and being mishandled and misused.

If we are not sharpening each other with God’s word, then we are of no real use. We are simply being a blunt tool used by the Enemy to ‘love’ people into hell.
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
**Here is the comment from Jerry T from a conversation on my facebook page.
“I know a lot about the “judge not” heresy as I was once a practitioner of it in a time I lived in sin as a young, immature believer and it is not of God at all. The following was posted by me on a friend’s page after being requested to contribute to a discussion on the topic of Biblical judgement. It is a shame that I have to spell this out for people but the following came after prayer and a Holy Spirit led study of the Scriptures:

1. Scripture makes it clear we can judge but not with hypocrisy or our own thoughts. And it must be done with love just as it must be through the rightly divided Word of God by the leading of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 7:1-5, 2 Timothy 3:16-17)

2. Any time the Word Of God condemns judgement, it is always in the context of unrighteous judgement. It is either prefaced or explained in the preceding or following verses. No where in Scripture is righteous judgement condemned. (Matthew 7:1-5; Romans 1:26-31; Romans 2:1-16; James 4:11-12)

3. Righteous judgement is only for the believer, not the lost. (1 Corinthians 5:9-13)

4. It is done only for the purpose of restoring a brother or sister to a right relationship with the Lord. It is not to tear down nor is it to condemn and it must only be done with Christ like love as it is for the purpose of building up a brother or sister in the faith (Galatians 6:1-5, Ephesians 4:29-32)

5. Righteous judgement protects us from false teaching and unsound doctrines. No where in Scripture are we encouraged to accept anything and everything that claims to be of God. (Matthew 7:15-20, 1 John 4:1-6)

6. Righteous judgement protects us from negative spiritual influences (Proverbs 13:20, Romans. 16:17-20)

7. Righteous judgement allows for the selection of Godly church leaders when used by the leading of the Holy Spirit through the rightly divided Word of God. (1 Timothy 3:1-13, Titus 1:10-16)

8. We can, through the leading of the Holy Spirt in the Word of God discern the difference between Christ-like love and worldly lust. (1 Corinthians 13)

9. Through righteous judgement, we will know the difference between a babe in Christ and a mature believer. (Hebrews 5:12-14)

10. As someone delivered from this heresy, I know the only ones who embrace the “judge not” heresy are the ones who are living in sin and are angry their sins have been exposed. (John 3:20-21)

In closing, righteous judgement must be done through the leading of the Holy Spirit, through the rightly divided Word of God, and only in Christ-like love with the purpose of restoring a brother or sister to build them up in the faith.” ~ JT

 
Definitions of ‘err’: “go astray deceive err seduce wander be out of the way.
Strongs
Definition:
to (properly cause to) roam (from safety truth or virtue)
Thayers
Definition:
1. to cause to stray, to lead astray, lead aside from the right way
a. to go astray, wander, roam about
2. metaph.
a. to lead away from the truth, to lead into error, to deceive
b. to be led into error
c. to be led aside from the path of virtue, to go astray, sin
d. to sever or fall away from the truth
1. of heretics
e. to be led away into error and sin”

Stay out of church?

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Boy, the Enemy sure does have some sneaky ways of keeping people from the Truth!
There is a particular worldwide sect (which shall remain nameless) that apparently believes that the Cross is a slap in the face of Jesus, and they are told to stay out of buildings that have a Cross in or on them. Wow, what a way to keep people out of church!

Now, don’t get me wrong, I know that people don’t have to go to church in order to be saved, but the same is also true for the opposite, not everybody who goes to church is saved. *See below.
Christians are told to fellowship with each other. “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25
And who cares where people fellowship, as long as they do it! I don’t think God cares where believers worship Him and fellowship with others, whether it be in a dedicated church building, a rented room, a home, a PCYC, a town hall, whatever!
* “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
>>Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven;<< but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:20-23

But I digress. The point is, that the Enemy will do anything to keep people from the truth. We know that he will end up in the Lake of Fire, but he will do anything and everything he can to drag many people, including professing Christians, down with him – people who are gullible, naive, undiscerning and do not love the truth. Without discernment people don’t understand the wiles and tricks of the Devil that deceive.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” 1 Peter 5:8

“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].” Ephesians 6:11,12

In these end times and last days, we need to be ever discerning about the tricks of the Enemy so we don’t fall prey to them. We need to be praying for discernment now more than ever, because things are really ramping up spiritually. The world is spiralling out of control and too many people are being deceived and led away from the truth. 😥 (I’ll include a few verses about discernment from God’s word.)
As you can see with my one example, the Enemy will try anything, even something as subtle as telling people (via false doctrine and teachings) not to go to a building with a Cross on or in it.

As you can see from these verses, people have prayed for discernment and asked the Lord for it so they can judge between right and wrong, good and evil etc.
“Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? …  And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;” 1 Kings 3:9,11

“And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.” Ezekiel 44:23

And here is a huge problem, people who believe they are saved but aren’t can’t discern many things for they don’t have the Holy Spirit to help them discern.
“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
” 1 Corinthians 2:14

Sorry, I think I went off on a bit of a tangent here, but that just seems to be how I write. lol
I hope you get what I’m trying to say, but if not, head on over to my Facebook page and continue the conversation. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“God knows my ‘heart’ “. My small account of God’s grace.

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But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.” Genesis 3:3
“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Proverbs 14:12 & 16:12
 
For a few months now I’ve been praying quite fervently about one thing in particular. And for those few months, the Lord has been telling me to wait, to be patient and to trust in His perfect timing.
So what do I do? I go and disobey Him. Did I do something that would be considered a sin on the face of it? No. What I did wasn’t ‘bad’ in and of itself, but it was the “heart“, or “spirit“, behind what I did. I tried to get ahead of the Lord by taking matters into my own hands. I tried to get a situation happening in my favour rather than waiting on the Lord like He told me to. I disobeyed Him – that was what I did wrong. I failed in the flesh.
 
Just as what Eve did wasn’t ‘bad’ in and of itself – she ate something. Adam and Eve still needed to eat, so she ate a piece of fruit. Nothing wrong with that is there? Except that she was forbidden to eat from that particular tree. The Lord told her not to eat from that particular tree in the garden, but her flesh got the better of her and she ate it. The “heart“, or “spirit“, behind her decision was
 disobedience. Yes, she was tempted and tricked in the flesh by Satan, but she could have resisted and said ‘no’, much like I could have. She fell for the lie of Satan, that she wouldn’t die, even though God said death would come. “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:” Genesis 3:4
But neither of us did. We both disobeyed God.
And look at the death and destruction that one simple act of disobedience by Adam and Eve caused!
 
How many things do we do thinking that they aren’t sinful in and of themselves, but are actually sin because we are disobeying the Lord?
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.” Proverbs 21:2
How often do we do things thinking we know best when we are actually ignoring what God says?
How often do we try to short circuit God and get ahead of Him and His ways by doing things our own way? I’ll take a guess and say that it happens far more than we realise, or care to admit.
But the Lord did use this ‘failure of the flesh’ of mine to teach me about His grace, so some good came of it, because “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 and it glorifies God because I am now able to share about His grace with others.
 
But just as we sin, we also have a Saviour that died so that we could be forgiven. Let us examine ourselves and our “hearts” (or spirits) and see if there be any hidden sin that we need to confess and repent of in order to be forgiven. For “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Amen! 1 John 1:9 ❤
One last thing. Here is another post about ‘heart’ issues.

Does God have “do’s and don’t’s”?

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“For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Romans 13:9

I read something the other day about this subject, so I thought I’d just do a brief ‘opinion post’.

I’m sure there are plenty of people who think that I post nothing but “do’s and don’t’s” both on here and on my facebook page. And yes, that would be true from time to time. lol
But there is a difference between doing and not doing when it comes to salvation.
If you are relying on your ‘doing or not doing’ to save you, then you will be sorely disappointed when the Lord tells you that you won’t make it into heaven, because it isn’t out ‘deeds’ nor ‘works’ that save us, but faith in Christ’s finished work of the cross.
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but >>he that doeth the will of my Father<< which is in heaven.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name >>done many wonderful works<<?
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:21-23
A born again Christian knows that their deeds and works will never save them, but they understand that God has plenty of “do’s and don’t’s” in His word. A born again Christian will also try to obey those commands out of reverential love for Him, because they know that God has rules for our own good, and ultimately His glory.
Much like we stop on a red light, and go on a green light, God has similar commands in His word.
But again, if you are following those commands believing that they will save you, you are going about it the wrong way.
First comes salvation, then comes obedience to God’s word out of love for Him.
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10

Slain in the spirit.

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This is just going to be a quick post about being “slain in the spirit” and how it isn’t from God the Holy Spirit.
I will take a quick look at what this means, and will include a post by someone else who goes into detail with scripture to back up why this is unbiblical. I will also link to a previous post of mine with some youtube clips.

First of all, I need to say that I was involved in a ‘home church’ type of group where weird manifestations happened, and I was nearly ‘slain’ twice, so I am not just speaking from a place of ignorance. I am speaking through personal experience. But don’t take my word for it, read on and read the post and look into the Bible yourself. Ask the Lord to reveal HIS truth to you, not man’s. Look into the history of where this movement came from yourself and hopefully the Lord will reveal to you why this is the counterfeit work of the Enemy.

First of all, a few definitions. The first quote is from a comment on the post I will link to down the bottom.  It absolutely hits the nail on the head!
“Slain in the Spirit = murdered in the spirit…. who wants to die in the Spirit? We are to LIVE by the Spirit not DIE.
Drunk in the Spirit? We are not supposed to get drunk why would the true Spirit teach us something CONTRARY to the New Testament?

The person has made an excellent point, so I thought I’d look into it some more.
The definition of “slain” –
> “Webster’s 1828 Dictionary
Slain. SLAIN, participle passive of slay; so written for slayen. Killed.”
> “to kill violently, wantonly, or in great numbers”

I thought I’d also look up the word ‘drunk’ as well. Interesting.
> “dominated by an intense feeling
(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)” 2 Corinthians 5:7
“For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” Romans 1:17
We are not to have a faith based on emotions or feelings, but faith.

> The first case of intoxication on record is that of Noah (Genesis 9:21). The sin of drunkenness is frequently and strongly condemned (Romans 13:13; 1 Corinthians 6:9, 10; Ephesians 5:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:7, 8). The sin of drinking to excess seems to have been not uncommon among the Israelites.
> ” Intoxicated; inebriated; overwhelmed or overpowered by spirituous liquor; stupefied or inflamed by the action of spirit on the stomach and brain. It is brutish to be drunk”
(I guess they call liquor ‘spirits’ for a reason.)

So, to be slain in the spirit is to be killed in the spirit. Did you get that? To be slain in the spirit is to be KILLED in the spirit! Read it again and really let it sink in.
What does the Bible say that God does to our spirits?
“For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth [them]; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.” John 5:12
(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.” Romans 4:17
God does not kill our spirits, He quickens them, or makes them alive.
> Quickeneth/quickens – “Primarily, to make alive; to vivify; to revive or resuscitate, as from death or an inanimate state.”

If this doesn’t make you sit up and take notice, then I truly don’t know what will.
I implore you, if you have had this happen, or if you do this to others, you need to repent. You need to confess this as sin and ask the Lord’s forgiveness and deliverance. (And no, I don’t mean deliverance as a type of exorcism, I’m talking true deliverance from Jesus.) This is not a small thing, this is a huge thing.
Also, if you do this to others, you will have to answer for every single person you have done this to. This is giving credit to the Holy Spirit for something that the Enemy is doing. Please repent.

Another thing..“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance*: against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22,23
*Temperance means ‘self control’. (More definitions below.)

If one of the fruits of the spirit is self control, why would God’s ‘spirit’ cause people to act as if drunk or high on drugs, laugh uncontrollably, writhe around without any control, shake and convulse uncontrollably, or make weird animal sounds uncontrollably etc etc?
Why would God allow one of His children to lose complete control of themselves while being “slain in the spirit” when one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit indwelling the Christian is self control??
It flies in the face of and goes in complete contradiction to His word!

“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles* of the devil.” Ephesians 6:11
*Wiles – ” A trick or stratagem practiced for ensnaring or deception; a sly, insidious artifice.
The Enemy is out to trick as many people as he can to get them away from the truth. Don’t be one of them.

WILE, verb transitive To deceive; to beguile.”

Temperance – again, ‘self control’.
“1. Moderation; particularly, habitual moderation in regard to the indulgence of the natural appetites and passions; restrained or moderate indulgence; as temperance in eating and drinking; temperance in the indulgence of joy or mirth. temperance in eating and drinking is opposed to gluttony and drunkenness, and in other indulgences, to excess.
2. Patience; calmness; sedateness; moderation of passion.”

Here is a post that explains it so much better than I. I urge you to read it and ask the Lord to open your eyes and heart to the truth.
Mythbuster: ‘Slain in the spirit’. *

Click HERE to read a previous post of mine, and watch the youtube clips that go into some more detail.

*Please note, I’m not endorsing the author of the first linked post, nor anything else he writes, I’m only endorsing the post itself because it is truth.