I’m speechless, but not

This morning, I can identify with Jonah – a man who refused to leave his home and go to warn the Ninevites to turn against their wicked ways and repent to the one true God.

Even though I don’t know what it was like to be Jonah, I can understand why he would not want to go. Something deep inside him said that it wasn’t worth it, because these people would not listen. These people had their own truth. They thought that they knew who the true god was. It took a man being vomited out of the belly of a fish (their god) for them to take heed.

Is there really anybody out there left that seeks for the truth even if it changes their mind about what they previously believed? Who here truly sees God – his character, his ways, his words. Whose heart is soft enough to accept the real truth and experience the love of God in Christ Jesus? Is there anyone left?

I’ve also recently been reminded about the account of Lot and the signifance it has for us today. What if he had ignored the angels? Obviously, his family loved Sodom, but what we want and love is not necessarily good for us. Lots wife turned into a pillar of salt for looking back. This is all a representation of how important it is to be aware of our sin and to turn from it.

No doubt. We are living not only with the spirit of the anti-Christ but also with the spirit of the Pharaseas. We live in a day when it is offensive to warn someone of danger or deceit.

People want to believe what they believe even if it could be a lie. What they believe is also what they think will keep them in comfort.

Following God can be difficult at tims, but it can also be very easy. But, my friends, despite a virus and the threat of war, we are living in a new spiritual age. In this age, we wage war in the spirit like never before. What we once only battled in the spirit is now being manifested in the physical.

There was a time when people could agree to disagree. Now people try to shut your mouth as if you are not allowed to speak from your own heart, yet they are.

In this age, people don’t want to know the truth about God, because they don’t want to be aware of their own sin. They are comfortable with their gods, but what they do not realize is that one day their god will demand more than they want to give. Satan never demands little. Satan never gives mercy, especially grace, but he will cause you to believe it.

Satan is an imitator of God who seeks his own revenge toward the One True God by snatching up his creation – mankind. Satan hates God, because he wants to be God.

To my fellow followers of Christ, be prayerful about what you do being sure not to greave the Holy Spirit. Don’t break the law when it’s given to you. Be discerning of false teachers and prophets. Don’t fall for anything that goes against God’s Word in its entirety. Many are using God’s Word to justify their actions. Set yourself on the course to understand the WHOLE WORD OF GOD. Not any one verse is meant to be alone in its meaning. Their will be other parts of Scripture that will confirm the true meaning. Nothing should be taken out of context.

Be sure to ready yourself to give an account for the reason why you believe what you believe, and set yourself up to be blameless before God.

And above all else, pray for your fellow followers of Jesus Christ.

Go forth and be blessed, my friend.

My mind is spinning!

Newspapers, articles, blogs, news reports; they all are reports of what is taking place in the world, true or false. They add an element of emotion to catch your attention, and honestly, they are quite good at it, true or false.

They know what you want to hear, and, honestly, they know what you don’t want to hear. They have made it their job to feed you based upon what their goal is.

You look for truth, or, rather, things that make you feel comfortable. When you don’t feel comfortable, you keep reading and searching some some type of information to bring you some sort of peace, something to get you through, a glimpse of hope.

There is no piece of information I’m this world that is going to fill that void and calm your soul except what lies with Jesus. No amount of information, or wisdom, is going to set your soul at ease except for Jesus.

The things you hear from the world are not going to bring you any closer to Jesus. In the Word of God, the Bible, we are told of many kinds of things that will take place before Jesus returns. Why do we continue to look to the world for information? Honestly, none of it is truly relevant other than it all has to happen.

Running to and fro between information here and there does nothing for our souls or even our bodies. What I does do is rob us of our joy. I understand this, because, well, I’ve done it too. We will never be prepared enough for what is coming.

Everything we need to know we can find in Jesus. You may be accused on earth, but those accusers do not have a say as to what takes place in your soul. Your soul cannot be taken from you, but you can willingly relinquish it if you aren’t careful. You are in full control of your soul until you give it to the devil. Let’s not do that; instead, offer your soul to Jesus who is full of grace and mercy. He brings you into the family of God to be co-heirs of our Heavenly Father’s inheritance.

I admit that I have been guilty of letting the news of the world get to me, but I’m taking my joy back! I still have of of life left in me, and so do you.

If you want to take back what belongs to you, the most powerful tool you have is a life in Christ. In Christ, you have the power to command devils. So, instead of letting the devil decide you any longer and steal your joy, look to Jesus and take your joy back.

Romans 8:38-39 (NIV) tells us,

For I am convinced that neither life or death, neither angels or demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height or depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

I once heard someone say,

Even the devil has to do what God tells him to do.

You remember that when things don’t go exactly as you would like. Also remember Ephesians 6:12 (NIV),

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

If God is for us, then who can stand against us.

But you also must remember 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 (NIV),

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men [and women] of courage; be strong. Do everything in love. (Emphasis mine)

One note to a special friend: Thank you – and you know who you are – for helping me to see what I was doing to myself. Because of your encouragement, I can stand in the way that God wants me to.

Go forth and be blessed my friends.