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Why Discernment is Essential

“Discernment is not knowing the difference between right and wrong.
It is knowing the difference between right and almost right.”
~Charles Spurgeon

Our world has recently undergone an enormous shift. Ever since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our way of living has been changed and/or threatened to be changed. We have heard the debates about vaccines, masks, and mandates. We have become familiar with phrases such as, “slow the spread”, “shelter in place”, and “essential workers”. Amidst clashing opinions, there is one absolute which we should remember, and that is this:

Discernment is essential!

It seems that deception is far more rampant than any pandemic ever could be. Scripture teaches the Believer to use discernment in many matters we face. We must be “wise as serpents, but harmless as doves” (Matt. 10:16). In this blog study, we will look at some of the top areas in which we must use discernment and wisdom. Don’t be deceived. Don’t be fooled.

Discern the Times

Amongst most Christians, there is a sense of urgency; a sense that our redemption is drawing ever so near. Because of this, many churches are sounding the warnings so that others are not caught unaware. Yet, there are those who do not notice we are in the final hour, because they lack discernment.

The Pulpit Commentary lists three signs which the people of that time (and our time) are not discerning. Namely, the low state of morality, the political situation, and the Heavenly warnings; all of which are quite evident now.

Scripture gives us the characteristics to look for, in people, when the last days are upon us (see 2nd Tim. 3:1-5, 2nd Peter 3:3-4). Likewise, we are also foretold of signs to look for (see Matt. 24, Mark 13:1-13, Joel 2:28-32, Dan. 9:27, Luke 21).

Some of the end time signs may not take place until after the church is caught away to meet the Lord. However, we are seeing many prophetic events which are currently being set up to be fulfilled and/or already fulfilled. Some events we now see are a foreshadow of worse evils to come. Although the ‘last days’ have been ongoing for a great many generations, it now seems that we are imminently close to the end of the last days.

Discern False Prophets

“Run from churches where you’re comfortable in your sins!”
~Carter Conlon

In times of turmoil, humankind has the tendency to look for a leader. The church looks to the Bible, Godly teachers and Pastors; while the world looks to its own. However, we are told that there will be many false prophets arise. Therefore, we must have discernment and a firm foundation based upon the truth of scripture, lest we be led astray.

In 1st John 4:1, we are taught to refrain from believing every spirit, but to “test the spirits” to see whether they are of God or whether they are a spirit of error. This is vitally important so that we are not deceived by those who claim there is peace and safety when there is no peace or safety (see 1st Thess. 5:3). It’s time to be spiritually awake and alert.

Dear Christian, be watchful for wolves in sheep’s clothing; those who disguise themselves as apostles of Christ. Don’t follow phonies who tickle your ears; only telling you what you want to hear. Don’t follow those who are greedy for gain, or those who have only a loose form of godliness; spineless and without strong convictions. Be alert, be vigilant, and be on guard against non-biblical shenanigans that are only for show. Run from those who are disqualified to preach (see Titus 1:6-9). Remember 2nd Corinthians 11:14-15 says, “… for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So, it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness…”

Just as we are to avoid false prophets, we are also warned to reject false doctrines. In 1st Timothy 6:3-5, it states: “If anyone teaches another doctrine and disagrees with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and with godly teaching, he is conceited and understands nothing. Instead, he has an unhealthy interest in controversies and semantics, out of which come envy, strife, abusive talk, evil suspicions, and constant friction between men of depraved mind who are devoid of the truth. These men regard godliness as a means of gain.”

Likewise, do not be deceived by false signs. Jesus warned, “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand” (Matthew 24:24-25). If we are to discern false prophets, it is essential that we stay close to the Shepherd. We must have a robust knowledge of scripture written upon our hearts. We must never stray from what the Holy Bible teaches. Don’t be fooled by deceptive charismatic personalities, empty unbiblical promise-makers, and those who take scripture out of context, using weak human logic to slyly deny scriptural truths.

Discern False Narratives

“Be saved from this corrupt generation!” ~Acts 2:40

The Apostle Paul once said, “Don’t take me for a fool” (paraphrase, 2nd Cor. 11:16). That same sentiment should be said of those of us who are disciples of Christ. Jesus once told his disciples, “You are permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others are not…” (Matt. 13:11). We should be the most discerning of anybody and should be able to see through lies, deceit, coercion, and false narratives.

The Christian must discern between the fake and the genuine – in many areas. One such area is compassion, or lack thereof. We see a false compassion sweeping the world. Suddenly, the rich moguls, politicians, scientists, and media are all about love, acceptance, and inclusion – as long as it fits their narrative, of course. We see censorship running rampant – essentially, telling us what we should think or how we should behave. We see peer pressure and bullying to the highest degree; primarily amongst grown adults. Those who have convictions are called “bigots”, “narrow-minded”, “unloving”, “selfish”, etc. Yet, the bullies are the ones who dare not offend their own – going so far as to initiate an agenda of changing pronouns to describe the gender (or desired lack thereof) of person who is in sexual sin.     

The so-called, “powers that be” try to coerce and brainwash the masses. Sadly, they have been largely successful in this endeavor. However, God has a narrow way – and there are a few of us on this path. Jesus said, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matt. 7:13-14).

We must be willing to stand alone. We must be willing to swim against the tide (Rom. 12:2). We must find our confidence in God – not in man’s approval. Jesus said that, yes, it will be difficult – but we are on the path to life. Anything of eternal value is worth striving for, come what may.

Discern For Your Body’s Sake

NOTE: In this section, we will be discussing Covid-19. Please bear in mind that I, the author of this blog, have the deepest compassion for anyone who has lost a loved one to Covid-19 and those whose health has deteriorated since surviving the virus. I also extend my deepest compassion to the families of those who have lost loved ones due to vaccine injury and those whose health has declined after being vaccinated. For these reasons, I wish to be sensitive to all groups in my approach on this matter. With that in mind, let us proceed.

Before the invention of the Covid-19 vaccine, there was already a great divide between those who vaccinate and those who do not. Generally speaking, those who choose to vaccinate feel that the vaccine(s) will provide health benefits for themselves and others. On the other hand, those who choose to refrain from vaccinating feel that the vaccine(s) ingredients carry more health risks than benefits – and some are instructed to refrain at the advice of their physician. Amongst the so-called, “Anti-Vaxxers”, many may also have a moral objection to how vaccines are studied and/or produced using the cells from aborted fetuses.   

The Wall Street Journal recently posted an article with the headlines, “White Evangelicals Resist Covid-19 Vaccine Most Among Religious Groups”. The article cited a study from the Public Religion Research Institute. The article went on to say that, “Evangelicals of all races make up about one-quarter of the U.S. population…” Many thoughts come to mind after reading such an article. First of all, it could be that the ‘race card’ is being played to pressure a certain people group into compliance. With race tensions (sadly) abounding, this could be a likely scenario. Secondly, if this article is accurate, it is concerning that only about one-quarter of the U.S. population are considered to be Christians. And thirdly, it could be that the reason(s) for such vaccine-hesitancy amongst evangelicals is due to a “gut feeling” that something just isn’t right with taking the vaccine(s). Perhaps, the “gut feeling” is one of human reasoning and logic; or, perhaps, it is one of something much deeper – a discernment coming from the Holy Spirit. These are all things we need to consider. After doing an exhaustive study on other vaccines (found HERE), there are many alarms to bear in mind.

In Pastor Keith Malcomson’s recent sermon, he stated: “Have you noticed in this hour, right across our world, that all the politicians and the doctors and the scientists – they say, ‘We care about your granny. That’s why we want you to get the vaccine. That’s why we want you to get it. That’s the reason – we care so much about you.’ I have never seen so many politicians care about us as much as in this hour… Do you know that there is going to come a religious leader, and he’s going to say, ‘I so care about your granny, and I so care about your children, that I want you to get this literal mark so you can buy and sell – because I care for you. And I want you to have healthy, rosy cheeks. But if you don’t take it, you’ll die.’ That’s how much they ‘care’ about you. I want to warn you, that people are saying they care so much about you in this hour – they [couldn’t] care less about you! Do you see the picture, here, of what we’re looking at?”

Pastor Malcomson felt that even though we have not yet seen the mark of the beast, that maybe, we are being conditioned for it. Could it be that the agenda of masks, mandates, and vaccines has little to do with health, compassion, or safety? Perhaps, it could be more about conditioning us to accept what is being fed to us, so that greater evils can be perpetrated without alarm? It seems that if health were the primary concern, then vitamins (with a proven record for improving health), likewise, should be mandated. It is important that we can see where this may lead us. Again – some things we need to ponder and pray about.

Discern, For Your Children

“I hope we seldom bow the knee without praying for our children.” ~Charles Spurgeon

If you are the parent or guardian of a school-aged child/children, then discernment is a must. God has entrusted us to care for them until they are of age. This generation of children faces challenges and pressures which many of us did not face. Evil is abounding more and more; making it crucial for us to instill God’s Word into their hearts.

While there are exceptions, the public school system is not always a safe place – especially nowadays. Not only are the “Sex Education” lessons being perverted with the LGBTQ+ agenda, but an undiscerning child can be easily led astray with various erroneous teachings and/or peer pressure.

Even in the “Bible Belt” of America, many teachers are gay or lesbian. While that has no bearing upon their ability to teach, it is cause for alarm to discerning, Christian parents. Why? Being exposed to hearing a woman refer to her “wife” and a man refer to his “husband” will condition an impressionable mind to accept sexual sin (see 1st Cor. 6:9) as the norm. Also, do we really want our tender children to spend hours a day taught by an individual who has any type of evil, sinful spirit within them?

The naysayers may chide, “But you cannot raise your child in a bubble!” Ah – but we can do our best to guard their young, growing spirits without throwing all caution to the wind. Proverbs 4:23 teaches us to “Guard your heart with all diligence, for from it flow springs of life.” Yes, we eventually let our children fly from the proverbial nest – but not before it’s a proper time. They need to be strong in their faith and convictions – or the evil world will eat them alive.   

Proverbs 1:8 admonishes, “Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction, and do not forsake the teaching of your mother.” If we are going to teach our children, we must know and practice the unadulterated truth, ourselves. We must also discern the times, discern when we face decisions, and discern how to best teach our children the ways of righteousness.

It’s a Spiritual Thing

Earlier in this blog, we discussed having a “gut feeling” when something just isn’t right. I wish to expound upon that a bit more. For, you see – discernment is a spiritual matter, not one that can be easily understood by the unconverted person or even with the logical mind. Once we are spiritually mature, we have had experience exercising our senses to discern both good and evil (Heb. 5:14).

Scripture teaches that many things are revealed to us (Christians) by the Holy Spirit – the Spirit of truth. We have a huge advantage over the sinner since we are able to receive such revelations. John 16:13 states: “He will guide you into all the truth. For He will not speak from Himself, but whatever He may hear, He will speak. And He will declare to you the things coming.” However, we are only privy to such wisdom by staying close to our Lord and by meditating on His Word. “And as for you, the anointing you received from Him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But just as His true and genuine anointing teaches you about all things, so remain in Him as you have been taught” (1st John 2:27).

We can no longer plead ignorance. We must repent and receive the Spirit of truth. “So having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now proclaiming to mankind that all people everywhere are to repent…” (Acts 17.30). It is of utmost importance to stay in faith. Scripture teaches us (in 1st Timothy 4:1-2) that in the latter times, some will fall away from the faith because they pay attention to deceitful spirits; they listen to liars. This is why it is important to discern what we hear.

However, it is impossible to have discernment without the Holy Spirit of God working in us. It is also a gift of the Spirit – to be able to discern spirits (1st Cor. 12:10). Remember, we do not have the same ignorant, lying, deceitful spirit which the world has. We, as Christians, have the Holy Spirit of truth. This is why we, oftentimes, clash when speaking with a person who is not a true Christian. Scripture even says that, “The natural man does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God. For they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1st Corinthians 2:14). Verses 15 and 16 go on to say this: “The spiritual man judges all things, but he himself is not subject to anyone’s judgment. For who has known the mind of the Lord, so as to instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.”

Persecution for the Discerning

“None of you can be the people of God without provoking envy; and the better you are, the more you will be hated. The ripest fruit is most pecked by the birds…” ~Charles Spurgeon

When the wicked refuse to receive the truth we share, they rebuke us in the form of persecution. All persecution is hard. However, we find some persecution is a bit lighter – name-calling, slander, betrayal, or loss of ‘friendship’. Other forms of persecution are more severe – imprisonment, oppression, threats, injury, torture, or death. If we live for God, we will be persecuted. But we need not be afraid, for we are on the winning side. We must endure like a good soldier until the end; but we have the Holy Spirit to help us do so.

Jesus taught us to not fear those who can kill the body; but rather, to fear and reverence God, who is able to destroy both body and soul in hell (see Matthew 10:28). We needn’t fear the wicked, for everything they do in secret will be exposed in the open. God will judge. We will be vindicated.

Encouragement

“Your love to Christ will never dishonor you; it may bring some temporary slight from your friends, or slanders from your enemies; but live on, and you shall live down their [slander]; live on, and ye shall stand amongst the glorified, honored even by those who hissed at you.” ~Charles Spurgeon

No matter what obstacle we face, God will make a way for his own. Do not give up now… we are so close to the finish line! Even if we must limp in… oh child of God, let’s make it through Heaven’s gate!!

Be encouraged! Should we face a tough decision, God will give wisdom to us generously (James 1:5).

Be encouraged! Discernment from God will guard us and deliver us from evil (Proverbs 2:11-12).

Be encouraged! Those who endure until the end will be saved (Matthew 24:13).

Be encouraged! The God of peace will crush Satan under your feet (Romans 16:20).

Be encouraged! If lonely, remember, we are on the narrow path that leads to life (Matthew 7:14).

Be encouraged! Each day brings us closer to the day of redemption (Romans 13:11).

Never be afraid to stand up for truth, even if the whole world stands against you. Never bend on your scriptural stances and beliefs, no matter what society says. Please Christ, above all; for he is the only One who will matter in eternity.

There can be no compromise when it comes to the truth. Theologian, John Owens, put it like this: “Without absolutes revealed by God Himself, we are left rudderless in a sea of conflicting ideas about manners, justice and right and wrong, issuing from a multitude of self-opinionated thinkers.” God’s Word is the final authority… it is the standard of truth.

Furthermore, the beloved Pastor, A.W. Tozer, once said: “Great saints have always been dogmatic. We need to return to a gentle dogmatism that smiles while it stands stubborn and firm on the Word of God.” Do you have what it takes? In Luke 9:62, Jesus said that “No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

This is why we must discern that the world is eager to make us bow to their mindset; but no, we must resist. We must not bow to their sinful ways. We must not go against the Holy Spirit’s leading within us. “Think about the things of Heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God” (Col. 3:2-3).

We must never give up on our faith in the eternal God due to temporary discomfort. If ever there was a time we need to discern, discern, discern – the time is now.

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When Christians Quarrel

“Avoiding strife is an honor for a person, but any fool will quarrel.” ~Proverbs 20:3

Allow me relay a true story, for example purposes…

Firstly, by way of a preface, I want to be clear that I do not wish to slander or give names in this example. I would never wish to bury a person so deep as to make them feel more like an enemy than a comrade. Also, we know that people can change, and later, see the error of their ways. Once again, this true story is used for example purposes only…

Many will know who I am speaking of by the description of this story; after all, the story is public knowledge that has been freely shared online. The story involves a Christian family who got involved in a family feud over money.

You see, the parents, their Daughter, and Son-in-Law were all part of the same reality TV show. According to the Daughter, her parents (namely, her Father), refused to pay her and her husband the funds which they felt they earned from the show. The Father gave his reasons for withholding payment, but the Daughter and Son-in-Law still didn’t agree. The younger couple sued the elder couple and won back the money in court.

After hearing this story, there are not many who take a neutral position. Some will be on the side of the parents, while others will be on the side of the Daughter. If we look at this court case as any fair juror should – we would not let our personal experiences influence our position. Yet, if a particular juror were to have had bad parents, it’s possible that they might allow themselves to side with the Daughter in revenge toward the parents – living vicariously through the Daughter; grasping for some sort of justice for themselves, also. If another juror had a ‘problem child’ with whom they were estranged, they might side with the parents in an effort to feel some slight rush of vindication and consolation for all they’d been through in their own life. However, it is important that both sides be heard with fairness.

I use this true story as an example for us all. How many times have we, perhaps, balked at an authority figure because of some past trauma with another authority figure? How many times have we, perhaps, treated the ‘underdog’ with disdain in order to make ourselves feel more powerful?

You see, it’s so hard for us to get ourselves off of our minds. The famous singer, Elvis Presley, sang a love song which said, “You were always on my mind”… however, so many could easily sing the song, looking at themselves in the mirror.

The Proper Christian Response

Can we (or do we) allow ourselves to be wronged in order to keep peace among fellow-Believers; committing it to God’s hands, instead?

Not often.

It’s a hard position to take in this dog-eat-dog world. Society teaches us to throw a childish fit when we do not get our way; after all, if it feels good – do it (they teach). Some of the same people shaking their heads in disgust at race riots, in like manner, take part in personal ‘riots’ of their own. They are gossiping, slanderous, unforgiving, and bitter grudge-holders who riot and rail against one another when they feel slighted. And yes, even some professing Christians take part in such behaviors.

Lest we forget amidst the overpowering voices of society, we must recall this biblical truth from 1st Corinthians 6:4-8: “So if you need to settle everyday matters, do you appoint as judges those of no standing in the church? I say this to your shame. Is there really no one among you wise enough to arbitrate between his brothers? Instead, one brother goes to law against another, and this in front of unbelievers! The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means that you are thoroughly defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated? Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong, even against your own brothers!”

When it’s Hard to Forgive

Haven’t we, ourselves, been forgiven much? Yet, when it comes time for us to show forgiveness, grace, and mercy to another – we balk, we resist. Why? Because, we think the other fellow is ‘getting away’ with wronging us.

Rest assured, no one is ‘getting away’ with anything. Jesus said: “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matt. 12:36-37).

Scripture also states: “A hateful man disguises himself with his speech, but he lays up deceit in his heart. When he speaks graciously, do not believe him, for seven abominations fill his heart. Though his hatred is concealed by deception, his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly” (Proverbs 26:24-26).

And remember this scripture: “Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord” (Rom. 12:19).

While we know evil and misdeeds will be punished, let us also strive to live in peace. “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled…” (Heb. 12:14-15).

Another reason why many are not so keen on forgiving is because they feel the offence toward them is too severe to forgive. In truth, the offence may have, indeed, been severe and deeply hurtful. Nonetheless, that does not mean that forgiveness isn’t required; even if no apology is ever offered. This is a hard truth for many of us to ‘swallow’, as it were. Remember, the narrow path that leads to life eternal isn’t always a comfortable one to travel. It can be full of crosses, losses, sorrows, and (what feels like) tremendous injustices. If it were an easy path, everyone would be on it; only a few will find this path and stay on it. Jesus said: “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matt. 7:13-14). As so aptly stated by A.W. Tozer, “It will take some courage at first, but the needed grace will come as we learn that we are sharing this new and easy yoke with the strong Son of God Himself.”

When I think of reasons why forgiveness is not freely offered by certain individuals, I think of this innate self-preservation mechanism most of us have. Some think if they refuse to forgive, it will keep them from being hurt again. However, let’s not fool ourselves… we are doing ourselves far more eternal harm by harboring unforgiveness. In Matthew 6, Jesus said, “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”  Forgiving someone does not mean that we condone their sin. Forgiving someone does not mean that we keep pushing ourselves on someone if they are not apt to restore the friendship/relationship. All we can do is strive to live at peace with all… as much as it lies within us. In Romans 12: 18, scripture teaches, “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.” We can’t control another person’s response – and if the offender is dead, restoration is out of reach. Thus, scripture teaches us to do our part only… “as much as depends on you”.  If we’ve done all we can (according to Matthew 18:15-17) and the sinning Christian friend/relative refuses to hear us, we are taught to no longer regard them as a Christian. Wow! That is serious! This person stands in desperate need of prayer. There, oftentimes, is a rightful distance that will ensue upon this discovery. (Please note, the standard is a bit different for marriage relationships – see 1st Corinthians 7).

Certainly, there are numerous other reasons why people choose to harbor unforgiveness. However, a big reason for unforgiveness is simply because people have too high a view of themselves… this is part of our sinful, human nature. The Apostle Paul was given a ‘thorn in his flesh’ to keep him humbled so he wouldn’t become prideful in the ways that God was using his life. Likewise, the Bible teaches in Romans 12:3, for a person “not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly…”

Meekness Matters

Are we willing to admit when we are wrong? Can we meekly humble ourselves to ask for forgiveness from God and man? Or are we too prideful; too perfect? Even if a person was, indeed, the ‘innocent party’ to begin with – can they not soon become guilty by way of pride and grudge-holding? (Read that again). As the old saying goes, “Two wrongs don’t make a right.”  It’s not up to us to teach people a ‘lesson’ by slandering them, harming them, or giving them the proverbial cold shoulder treatment. God is the Teacher, and a very capable one, at that. We are to be the humble and meek students who follow God’s ways.  Remember, there are Godly ways to resolve conflict (see Matt. 18:15-17, 1st Tim. 5:1-2, etc.) – But, being obtuse, overbearing, and haughty is NOT the right way.

The beloved preacher, A.W. Tozer once said: “Let us examine our burden. It is altogether an interior one. It attacks the heart and the mind and reaches the body only from within. First, there is the burden of pride. The labor of self-love is a heavy one indeed. Think for yourself whether much of your sorrow has not arisen from someone speaking slightingly of you. As long as you set yourself up as a little god to which you must be loyal there will be those who will delight to offer affront to your idol. How then can you hope to have inward peace?”

Tozer continues, “The heart’s fierce effort to protect itself from every slight, to shield its touchy honor from the bad opinion of friend and enemy, will never let the mind have rest. Continue this fight through the years and the burden will become intolerable. Yet the sons of earth are carrying this burden continually, challenging every word spoken against them, cringing under every criticism, smarting under each fancied slight, tossing sleepless if another is preferred before them. Such a burden as this is not necessary to bear. Jesus calls us to His rest, and meekness is His method. The meek man cares not at all who is greater than he, for he has long ago decided that the esteem of the world is not worth the effort. He develops toward himself a kindly sense of humor and learns to say, “Oh, so you have been overlooked? They have placed someone else before -you? They have whispered that you are pretty small stuff after all? And now you feel hurt because the world is saying about you the very things you have been saying about yourself? Only yesterday you were telling God that you were nothing, a mere worm of the dust. Where is your consistency? Come on, humble yourself, and cease to care what men think.”

He concludes, “The meek man is not a human mouse afflicted with a sense of his own inferiority. Rather he may be in his moral life as bold as a lion and as strong as Samson; but he has stopped being fooled about himself. He has accepted God’s estimate of his own life. He knows he is as weak and helpless as God has declared him to be, but paradoxically, he knows at the same time that he is in the sight of God of more importance than angels. In himself… nothing; in God, everything. That is his motto. He knows well that the world will never see him as God sees him and he has stopped caring. He rests perfectly content to allow God to place His own values. He will be patient to wait for the day when everything will get its own price tag and real worth will come into its own. Then the righteous shall shine forth in the Kingdom of their Father. He is willing to wait for that day. In the meantime, he will have attained a place of soul rest. As he walks on in meekness, he will be happy to let God defend him. The old struggle to defend himself is over. He has found the peace which meekness brings.”

Gossip = Division

“Without wood, a fire goes out; without gossip, a conflict ceases.” ~Proverbs 26:20

Have you ever had someone corner you to ‘share some concerns’ about another person (i.e. gossip)? Did you knowingly, or unknowingly, listen to the slanderous claims? If this happens, it’s best to stop it before it goes any further. “The beginning of strife is like releasing water; Therefore stop contention before a quarrel starts” Proverbs 17:14.

If the Gossiper is not a Christian, the slanderous speech is to be expected, yet, stopped. If the Gossiper claims to be a Christian, then we (as fellow Christians) should advise them to follow the Biblical route for handling disputes and conflicts (see Matthew 18:15-17).

In scripture, we find those who gossip described as “tale-bearers” and “whisperers”. In his sermon, “Satan Found a Whisperer”, the beloved evangelist, Keith Daniel, tells many true accounts of how gossip and slander have destroyed many families and friendships. Among the abominable things God hates, one who sows discord (stirs up trouble; a whisperer) among Believers, is on the list (see Proverbs 6:19). Again and again, we are instructed throughout scripture to “Speak not evil one of another, brethren…” (see James 4:11, Eph. 4:29-32, etc.).

In fact, Romans 1:29 groups such evil-speakers/whisperers in the same category as the “haters of God”, “untrustworthy”, “unforgiving” and “unmerciful”, just to name a few! Romans 1:32 goes on to say that those who practice such things are deserving of death – yet continue in their wicked ways and approve of others who practice such wicked ways. Such a person is further described in Proverbs 16:27 -28 as being ungodly and perverse: “An ungodly man digs up evil, and it is on his lips like a burning fire. A perverse man sows strife, and a whisperer separates the best of friends.”

The well-known preacher of the 1800s, Charles H. Spurgeon put it like this: “Satan greatly approves at our railing at each other, but God does not.” And, “He that perverts truth shall soon be incapable of knowing the true from the false. If you persist wearing glasses that distort, everything will be distorted to you.” When people begin believing their own distortions about another person, they soon begin believing their own concocted lies which turns them even more against the person. Seeds of discord may not have an immediate effect; but that seed soon gets watered (oftentimes, by more gossip) and grows into a great division and disdain for another soul.

God Sees Us at Home

“True Christianity follows a man home.” ~Pastor Tim Conway

All too often, many Christians let their guard down at home. They feel more at liberty to behave in the manner of least internal resistance, which is, oftentimes, the way of the sinful human nature. Somehow, the scriptural principle of ‘bridling the tongue’ only seems to apply to them when they are at church or around certain individuals. We are all in need of the Savior’s redemptive work; but it seems that some struggle in the area of self-discipline more than others. For some, the proverbial ‘wagging of the tongue’ seems to be a part of their persona. Others may not be tempted in this area, but will be tempted to sin in other areas.

If there is a besetting sin which we have not yet attained the victory over, let us keep striving to keep our hearts and minds pure before God and man (see Acts 24:16). Never say, “That’s just how I am… I have always been a Gossip.” No, no, no! Strive to gain victory over this besetting sin! If a member of a Christian household is known to have a weakness in this area, the other family members should help guide them to victory through accountability and prayer.

Likewise, if a person with a besetting sin is truly seeking forgiveness for such a sin, let us not grow weary of forgiving. “Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven…” (Matt. 18:21-22). We certainly do not condone the sin – but we should show mercy to a person who may have sinned in a moment of weakness, yet, is repentant.

Without identifying anyone; I will say that there is a certain family in our neighborhood where the Dad often sits outside on his porch, listening to Christian radio. He’s been known, on occasion, to even sing along to the songs of praise, unashamedly, which is wonderful to hear. However, when he is particularly stressed out, he has fits of rage, full of cursing, throwing things, and screaming.

Personally, I will admit that I am not as patient of a person as I should be, and I really have to watch my temperament when I am under stress. Therefore, I don’t mentally judge my neighbor harshly; still, I wonder how sweet and bitter water can come from the same stream? Sure, we all mess up. We all miss the mark, at times. We all need forgiveness and mercy from our Savior. But when such ‘mess ups’ are habitual; well, there is a big problem.

James 3:6-10 states: “And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.”

This entire section could be summed up by the words of the great American evangelist, D.L. Moody… “A man ought to live so that everybody knows he is a Christian – and most of all, his family ought to know.” Let’s not be double-faced hypocrites; for God knows and sees all. Nothing is hidden from Him, as stated in Proverbs 15:3: “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.”

Can’t I Defend Myself?

Short answer… to a degree; but, a much lesser degree than most of us think.

It’s okay to speak about what you said or did in an effort to clear up a misunderstanding and/or to diffuse a quarrel. It’s okay to ask or answer questions, to an extent, in regards to a conflict between you and another person (when speaking one-on-one with the person). However, let’s also remember the tone in which we speak. Remember, “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1).  

Some may feel justified in defending self, after all, didn’t Jesus defend Himself when the money-changers were at the Temple? Nonetheless, let’s remember that He was defending God and God’s Temple. A valuable lesson I’ve learned (online) from Elder Zac Poonen, of CFC church in India, is this: We defend the Gospel and God, just as Jesus did; but we needn’t strive to defend self. “A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God’s truth is attacked and yet would remain silent” (quote by John Calvin). So yes, we must defend the truth of the Gospel while remembering to “turn the other cheek” when we, ourselves, are slapped in the face (see Matthew 5:38:45).

Since the days of Cain and Abel, mankind has been at war. Can’t we, as Christians, lay our weapons down, for once? Shouldn’t we, as God’s children, be the facilitators of peace, when possible? Will YOU take a stand?

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Revealing Truth Today Update

I want to humbly ask all of my readers for their prayers. Unfortunately, I am going to have to go offline until further notice. That means that there will not be any new content, although I will keep the blog up if you wish to read previously written posts. I, regrettably, arrived at this decision due to my poor health. If you see this post, I would like to ask for your prayers and thank you for being a loyal reader.

God Bless You,

Maranda M.
Revealing Truth Today

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Free Christian Christmas Graphics!

Please feel free to use the following graphics for your email header, Facebook cover photo, or simply as a stand-alone graphic to share online. Let’s remember to share Christ this Christmas and all year through!

Right-click and ‘save image as’ on a PC in order to save the graphic(s) you choose. Likewise, you are welcome to take a screenshot of the image(s) you would like. Enjoy these free Christmas graphics – I hope they are a blessing to you and others!

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Thanksgiving in 2020?

“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” ~1st Thess. 5:18

Today’s blog post is a little different style than usual. Normally, I study a topic, plan everything out, and present my findings. However, for this post, I am simply going to type what is on my mind, trusting that I speak as God’s servant to bring insight and encouragement.

For most of the world, 2020 has been a very trying year in light of the pandemic, lockdowns, loss, and lifestyle changes. It’s so easy to feel void of ‘thanks’ when everything is in a stressful state of chaos and unrest. But let’s remember the scripture above… that it is God’s will for us to give thanks. Whether life is going smoothly or whether it is going horribly, the Christian must resolve to always follow God’s will.

In the mid-1800s, Charles Spurgeon spoke words that hold true for us today. He said, “There are times when we run and are not weary, and another when we walk and are thankful that we do not faint; ay, and there are periods when we are glad to go on all fours and creep upwards with pain; but still, we prove that ‘the righteous shall hold on his way.’ Under all difficulties the face of the man whom God has justified is steadfastly set towards Jerusalem, nor will he turn aside till his eyes shall see the King in his beauty.” 

While mourning loss and hardship is necessary, we must never lose hope nor waste time crying over what might have been. Instead, let us redeem our time and spend it thanking God for what is. A person may not have the greatest health, but they can be thankful that they have Jesus and hope of healing, whether in this life or the next. Another person may not have a loving family, but they can be thankful that God has given them amazing friendships. Yet another may have lost their job, but God has given them the health to work two temporary, part-time jobs until they can find a steady full-time job.

While it’s not always easy to maintain an ‘attitude of gratitude’, we find the proverbial ‘silver lining’ to our storm clouds since it is God’s will for us to give thanks in every circumstance. In the book of Ecclesiastes, scripture teaches us that yes, there is a time to weep – but there is also a time to laugh and rejoice. Scripture allows us a time to mourn… and mourn deeply; but it also reminds us that there is a time to dance for joy!

Words by James Easter

Even if our circumstances are not good, God can work them out FOR our good. Romans 8:28 states: “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

My hope and prayer is that we can, as the song says, praise God in this storm. Let’s take this Thanksgiving Day in 2020 to truly honor God. Cooking, eating, and family time are all blessings; but should we have no such traditional Thanksgiving celebration planned, we are still very much able to praise the Lord. We can praise him with our heart, soul, mind, body, and what strength we have left in us. And yes, I am ‘preaching’ to myself… but let’s strive to exude joy and gratefulness to our precious Lord on this Thanksgiving 2020 and every day we are gifted with life.

P.S. Please enjoy the songs below as you worship Jesus today!

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Testimony: A Dream of New Life

“And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams…” ~Acts 2:17

When I was about 33 years of age, I had a dream one night that greatly impacted me. Before I share the dream, allow me to give a short preface.

This dream includes a man named Keith Daniel. He is a preacher from South Africa and one of the few remaining who handle God’s Word properly. He is very reverent and one of the holiest men of God that I have ever listened to. He preaches with such an anointing that has been truly life-changing for me. My walk with the Lord has been strengthened by this man of God’s humble yet powerful sermons (I’ve listened to online). Having said that, let’s continue with my dream… 

In my dream, my husband and I were inside of a church building which we were visiting. Keith Daniel was to be speaking on this particular day which was why we were visiting the church. Before church, he was in an open backroom of the church. I just had to let him know what an impact his ministry had on my life. I went back to say hello and to thank him. In his usual Christ-like manner, he was very humble and directed the glory to God.

As I was walking away and almost out of earshot, he called for me to return. “Ma’am! Ma’am!” he said, regaining my attention. I turned around and walked back over to him. He looked directly and intently at me when he assuredly said: “God is going to open up your waters. You will have a child of your own.” In shock, I couldn’t speak; so, I acknowledged what he said by politely nodding; then, took a moment to take in what was spoken before I turned to walk away.

It was such a vivid dream and it seemed so real – as if it actually happened. I woke up with an excitement within me, but didn’t want to tell anyone in case nothing became of the dream. I certainly didn’t want to disappoint anyone if it didn’t come to pass – but somehow, I just had an assurance that this dream was not ‘just another dream’. Like Mary did surrounding the birth of Christ, I too kept these things to myself and pondered them in my heart (see Luke 2:19).

But, Was it ‘Just Another Dream’?

As the years passed, the dream felt just as real and fresh to me as when I first dreamt it. I always believed God gave me the dream, using Keith Daniel to speak these words, since I trust him to speak truthfully. But now, the dream was about four years old and I was getting to an advanced age, maternally speaking. I began to somewhat doubt the dream’s validity.

When Abraham and Sarah were told by God that they would have a miracle child, it didn’t happen instantly. They had to wait for the fulfilment of their promise. But me? I didn’t view my dream as an absolute promise – I just viewed it as a hope of what might be. I never fully closed the door on my dream coming true, but at age 37 (almost 38) I knew time was not on my side. The proverbial ‘door’ began to get very near closing, and I knew it.

Because of my chronic health problems, always being told I would be a ‘high risk’ pregnancy, our financial situation, and my unspoken fears, my husband and I tried to be at peace with remaining childless. But deep down, I don’t think either one of us were truly at peace. We grappled with this for years.

Since my health seemed to go from bad to worse, I almost gave up on ever being able to enjoy life again; let alone, be a Mother. In my mind, I would just quietly survive for a few more years and drift away without a legacy. I didn’t feel I had much of a purpose and it felt like the best days of my life were behind me. I prayed for years and years that God would show me my purpose – but I never really felt like anything was revealed to me which I could ‘sink my teeth into’ as being ‘it’.

One day, my husband and I were in the car when he asked me a question, out of the blue. He said, “I’ve always wondered if it’s me – you know, if I’m the reason why we can’t have kids? Maybe something is wrong with me?” I quieted his fears and replied, “No, I really don’t think it’s you. It’s probably me since I have so many health issues.” I’m not sure why he brought that up on this particular day – but it got me thinking. Knowing time was not on our side as we were aging, I decided to sincerely pray something I’d, sadly, never had the courage to pray before. I prayed for God’s Will concerning pregnancy and I put it into His hands.

Less than a month after praying for God’s Will, we found out that we were expecting! Our first pregnancy EVER in nearly 18 years of marriage! After we found out we were having a girl, we already had her name picked out. It was a name I chose almost 20 years ago… Clarissa Faith. Her name means, ‘a bright and shining faith’. Incidentally, Keith Daniel has a darling Granddaughter named ‘Clarissa’ also.

Interpreting the Dream

As I sit here and type, our little Clarissa Faith is one year old. What a tremendous blessing she is! I was reminded of the dream I had when I was only 33 years old; four years before I became pregnant. I never knew what was meant by the phrase in my dream, that “God is opening up your waters”… until now.

That is what I want to hone in on; the vast foreknowledge of God and how Clarissa was made for such a time as this. All of the puzzle pieces and questions I’ve had, now fit perfectly and everything is in alignment – just as God had predestined it to be.

Allow me to expound…

I was listening to an online sermon when I heard John 3:5. This scripture speaks of being born of the water and of the Spirit. When the Pastor said “water”, the words in my dream immediately came back to me… “God is opening up your waters.” I did some scriptural research on this word and was led to Genesis – where it all began for mankind.

I was paying extra close attention to the word “waters” in an effort to extrapolate some interpretation for my dream. We find that out of the waters, the earth and life was made. Genesis 1:2 says that the earth was formless and void; that darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.

One Bible commentary rightly stated that creation was “the result of the divine agency acting on the mass of elements”, which (in Genesis) is called “waters”. There was immense fluid and a collection of materials which God had to bring into order to create earth. Everything had to be put in position before mankind could live on earth. It all had to be arranged and adapted by the knowledge which God, alone, possesses. The stars had to be placed in the sky, the trees had to be placed on the ground, and so many details had to be tended to first. One of the most important details was… love.

You see, when the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters – it was much like a bird who flutters lovingly over her nest. One commentary says that it was a gentle, cherishing love which “tenderly and gradually, with fostering care, called for the latent possibilities of a [budding] world.”

Another commentary agrees; that it was this same Spirit which “moved (or brooded) upon the face of the waters to impregnate them.” This moving of the Spirit of God was done when darkness was over the face of the deep. In darkness, it can be easy to lose hope… but we also find a baby is formed in the darkness of its Mother’s womb. Alas, hope springs up out of the darkness!

The Dream Fully Revealed

After careful study, I had my answer! After all of these years, I finally can grasp what the phrase “God is opening up your waters” truly means. I think it had to be a bit of a journey to arrive at this revelation to prove to me that my dream was far too complex for my finite brain to have concocted. It confirmed to me that God had orchestrated the dream and that he had also orchestrated Clarissa’s life, in his perfect timing. 

As the song so aptly states: “From Your act of tender mercy, once again I found my way. Just when I thought my world was ending, You showed me a new beginning.” Clarissa was the new beginning for me. She came from heaven down to earth. Raising her in the ways of the Lord is my purpose and calling.

In God’s creation, he brought life out of the waters. Likewise, a baby is formed in a sac of fluid. The surest sign that the baby will be born soon is when this sac breaks. This is known as the Mother’s ‘waters breaking’.  

Before creation, we also see that the earth was without form; it was void and dark. In the same way, the womb is void and empty before the Spirit of God lovingly prepares it, broods over it, and tenderly places life inside.

In the earliest stages of pregnancy, the baby begins as life cells which do not resemble a human being; in essence, without form – much like the earth was in the beginning. The baby is created in the darkness of the Mother’s womb, just as God created the earth, as we know it, out of a dark, formless void. Psalm 139:15 says, “My substance was not hid from Thee, when I was made in secret, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.”

Pregnancy is truly divine. I was amazed at how the brain, kidneys, heart, bones, and body of our baby formed inside of me to create a living, breathing, thriving human being! I certainly don’t know how to create the electrical pathways for a heart to beat; I have no possible way to knit together the complex bodily systems and vital organs to all work in unison. God is, indeed, the only One who is wise enough to bring such a miracle forth.

God’s Perfect Timing

The creation of the earth and the creation of a baby have so many divine parallels. In keeping with this thought, I wondered if the timing of my dream held any significance. And yes, it did!

You see, I dreamed of my ‘waters’ being opened in preparation for a child of my own when I was 33. The dream was not fulfilled until I became pregnant at age 37 – four years later. I looked in the Bible to see what God created on the fourth day of creation.

It was on this fourth day that God created the sun, moon, and stars (sources of light). Genesis 1:17-18 states: “God set these lights in the expanse of the sky to shine upon the earth, to preside over the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.” When I decided upon the name of Clarissa Faith (almost 20 years ago), I had no idea that her first name means, “bright and shining”. Just like the stars, moon, and sun shine brightly – I believe Clarissa was predestined to be a light for God in this world of sin and darkness. That is my prayer for her. I know she has brought me light and has made me want to strive to know God even more.

Another parallel with scripture I found was this: You see, I always prayed to be more like Jesus. That is not an easy prayer to pray since Jesus was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. But I also knew that I’d rather have God’s Will in my life than to indulge in sin. It was at the age of 33 when Christ was crucified. Likewise, it was at this age that I had my dream and when God had to begin the work of crucifying my Will so that His could be accomplished.

God – the Rescuer!

I had many ups and downs in my pregnancy and had to fight so much demonic opposition in my first trimester. I was told by a doctor at 7 weeks pregnant, when I heard my baby’s heartbeat for the first time, that I should consider abortion. As the doctor proceeded to write down the phone number to that evil clinic, she explained that due to my chronic health conditions, there was a high liklihood that the baby could die and that I could die during childbirth. It is quite alarming to have a medical professional look into your eyes and tell you that you could die. Also, I felt immense guilt that my health problems had the potential to harm my unborn baby, even though it was not my fault. After I received this shocking news, I fell into a deep depression.

In the following days after that harrowing doctor’s appointment, I cried countless tears. As I was alone while my husband was at work, I sat in the bedroom floor and sobbed for hours as I prayed. I looked out the window at the sky on that gray, Fall afternoon and felt as if God were a million miles away. I prayed into the vast, gloomy sky for God to help me somehow. In all my life, I had never been this despondent. Mentally, it felt like I was free-falling into the open mouth of hell itself. Such torment in my mind, body, and spirit. My whole being was shattered.

But then, God…

After days upon days of deep despondency, God rescued me. Somehow, amidst my deepest grief, I had a shimmer of hope and courage rise up within. I dried my tears, took a deep breath, and prayed, “God, I can’t do this. I don’t have the strength to endure what is ahead of me.” I paused as my faith arose, “But God… you do. Will you give me the strength I don’t have?”

Although frightened beyond words, it was my deep desire for God’s Will, my great love for my forming child, and ultimately, God’s supernatural strength that won! Just as Jesus died for us, I decided I was willing to die for my baby, if it came to that. John 15:13 says, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” It’s not that I am so noble – but it was God’s love in and through me that sustained me.

Even though pregnancy was very hard on me physically, by His grace, I had no complications during my pregnancy. God gave me the supernatural strength to deliver our child with no pain medications. Yes, it was still the most physically painful event of my life; but to think… a doctor told me I might die, and there I was, birthing our healthy baby quickly and naturally. When we trust God, all things work together for our good.  When God created my baby, it was truly a dream come true!

I love my daughter beyond words and tell God all the time, “You knew exactly what you were doing.” I marvel at his timing! I thought I was likely too old, maternally-speaking, to conceive. But God’s timing is perfect. God knows and sees all. He can strengthen us and uphold us when we trust. Our peace of mind is only as healthy as our level of trust in God.

I don’t know what your journey looks like. Perhaps, you’ve been devastated by miscarriage. Perhaps, you cannot conceive. Perhaps, you are not married and will have no children. But one thing I know – we are all on our own path; and it’s a path that can make us or break us. The ‘path’ is called life. It can get really hard, yes. It can get really depressing, yes. But God is the Redeemer. Whether here or in Heaven, God will set all things right. But when God gave you life in your Mother’s womb, he had a plan. Your scars are part of your testimony.

Just as God made a lush, beautiful earth out of a formless, void – likewise, he can make a beautiful testimony out of your life. He gave you life… give yours for his glory.

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God Is Faithful!

Now is a good time to remind ourselves that God is so faithful and He will see us through! Please enjoy this song which my Sister and I recorded back in 1999 when I was a senior in high school! Still, it’s a timeless message!

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Coronavirus: Pestilence, Prophecy, and a Philanthropist

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Preface: Although this is a lengthy read, I wanted to cover various angles of the pandemic we find ourselves in. It is not fair to bring people’s names and/or politics into the mix unless it coorelates – which it does. As you read, you will see the proverbial ‘plot thicken’. Although Coronavirus is a real and devastating disease, there is more to it than meets the eye. This blog is also not a racial issue against people of Chinese/Asian origin. The following blog is intended to bring clarity, eye-opening information, and to offer peace amidst chaos. It is my goal to present a biblically-based, factually-based blog and not branch out into unconfirmed notions.  

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
~The words of Jesus, in John 16:33

At the time of this writing, our entire world is in the throes of the Coronavirus pandemic, also known as COVID-19 (I may use the terms interchangeably). Never in our generation has there been such an event that has forced worldwide restrictions, job loss, and closings on such a mass scale. There is also a shortage of the basic necessities and conveniences which so many are accustomed to. Grocery stores are struggling to keep the shelves stocked with paper goods, cleaning products, and food. It seems that our entire world was turned upside-down in just a few short weeks.

COVID-19 took many of us (not all – as discussed later) by surprise. But God was not shocked by this, nor did it strip Him of His power. His word and His promises are still very much true. Nothing can nullify His word.

Before we begin, let’s be sure of one thing: Although certain tribulations happen and are permitted as part of a divine plan, God is not the author of evil, darkness, or confusion (see 1st John 1:5, 1st Cor. 14:33).

Coronavirus Foretold by Jesus?

Mockers of Christianity and the Bible wrongly argue that the scriptures are, at best, historical text only and have no bearing on our lives today. However, that notion could not be further from the truth. Allow me to expound.

You see, Jesus’ words which He spoke while here on earth are still relevant today. Not only is His wisdom and promises true, but we find His predictions for the future are coming true right before our eyes.

One such prediction is in regards to what our world is seeing nowadays. Some 2,000 years after His words were spoken, we see them coming true! Let’s look at what Jesus foretold about the pandemic we find ourselves in today.

In Matthew 24 (and also echoed in Luke 21), Jesus’ disciples asked Him what would be the sign of His coming and of the end of the world. They knew He would return to earth a second time but they did not know when; would it be a few years or would it be far into the future? They wanted to know the hints and signs to look for, should it happen in their lifetime. Although Jesus told them the signs to look for, we find ourselves seeing what He foretold.

He spoke of many end times signs to look for – one of which was pestilences. Jesus said, “For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.” Although we can see how easily a famine, (scarcity of food) could happen during the Coronavirus, let’s pay special attention to this word, “pestilences“.

What is a pestilence?

The original scriptural text we are looking at was written in Greek. The Greek word for pestilences is “loimos” which means, “a plague; disease”.

The dictionary defines pestilence as a deadly or virulent epidemic disease; something that is considered harmful, destructive, or evil.”  The origin of the word “virulent” is taken from “Middle English verulent < Latin vīrulentus, equivalent to vīr(us) poison.”

By this, we can safely say that Jesus did, indeed, predict viruses of epic proportions as a sign of the end times. And here it is, folks… Coronavirus!

It is crystal clear that this virus is a subtle yet loud wake-up call to show that these are the beginning of sorrows which must take place. By God’s mercy, we have all been duly warned to BE READY and make sure that our souls are safe with Jesus.

This warning holds no fear for Christians; and yes, God gives the world ample warnings as shown repeatedly throughout scriptural history. We can stand before our Judge with no fear of negative consequences. If you detect fear arising in your heart at these warnings, please take the time to search your soul and cry out to Jesus for salvation. He will give you a calm assurance if you are one of His children.

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Furthermore, it is highly plausible that this may also be a sign of God’s judgment for mankind’s escalating sin. In 2nd Peter 2, we learn how God punishes sin and how he delivers the righteous. Since God did not even spare the angels who sinned (now demons) — and since God did not spare the ancient world who sinned, (only righteous Noah and his family); and since God did not spare the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah for their sin of sexual misconduct/sodomy (but delivered Lot, who was righteous), then how could the sinful world today expect otherwise? Nonetheless, we see that God also knows how to deliver the righteous.   

God is just but He is also merciful for those who turn from sin. For an example (one of many), let’s consider his admonition to Israel: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land(2nd Chron. 7:14).

Be Prepared

The end could happen when we least expect it; much like the Coronavirus was unexpected. That’s why it’s important for us to be watchful and prepared to meet our Maker. Wasn’t it shocking to see how quickly our world turned upside-down? Likewise, it will be shocking, to many, how quickly Jesus can and will return someday.

Jesus admonishes us to be watchful. He said, “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of man cometh” (Matthew 24:42-44).

Jesus also said, “Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away” (Matthew 24:32-35). Remember, Jesus said when we see “all these things” happen that His coming is near. Please reference Matthew 24 to see what this entails (one of which is pestilences).

By this, we can take confidence in Jesus’ accurate words and scripture holding true in all other instances. This is a fright for the sinner but a comfort for the Christian.

Political Response to COVID-19

The Expositor’s Greek Testament, a commentary on the Bible, says that “famines and pestilences [are] the usual accompaniments of war.” Incidentally, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, posted a message in regards to the Coronavirus, writing: “The world is at war with a hidden enemy. WE WILL WIN!”

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President Trump’s message could have multiple meanings, some of which (or none of which) he intended. Nonetheless, his statement reminded me that there is a hidden enemy, and perhaps, a hidden agenda behind the Coronavirus. The enemy is an evil spiritual force, with Satan at the helm.

“And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams.” ~Acts 2:17

In the book, The Vision and Beyond (published in 2003), the late David Wilkerson of Times Square Church writes in regards to calamities coming upon the earth. He wrote:

“…Can any of this [calamity] be avoided? Yes! Absolutely! I believe we will be given a reprieve if our [U.S.] President proves to be a Josiah. You may well remember Josiah as the king who sought the Lord with all his heart. We all should pray that God would give our President the same spirit that Josiah had; to tremble at His Word.”

The Lord spoke the following to Josiah:

“Thus says the Lord: ‘Behold, I will bring calamity on this place and on its inhabitants—all the words of the book which the king of Judah has read—because they have forsaken Me and burned incense to other gods, that they might provoke Me to anger with all the works of their hands. Therefore My wrath shall be aroused against this place and shall not be quenched.’ But as for the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of the Lord, in this manner you shall speak to him, ‘Thus says the Lord God of Israel: Concerning the words which you have heard— because your heart was tender, and you humbled yourself before the Lord when you heard what I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants, that they would become a desolation and a curse, and you tore your clothes and wept before Me, I also have heard you,’ says the Lord. ‘Surely, therefore, I will gather you to your fathers, and you shall be gathered to your grave in peace; and your eyes shall not see all the calamity which I will bring on this place.’ So they brought back word to the king.” (2 Kings 22:16-20)

Wilkerson continues, “God told the king, in essence, ‘as long as you’re in power, trembling at my word and relying on me, you won’t see the judgments to come. They won’t happen during your reign’. I believe our window of opportunity to respond to God’s call is brief. We all should pray that our nation repents and turns back to the Lord, but our most intense prayers should be for our own hearts.”

No matter your political affiliation, we need God to guide our leaders’ decisions which directly impact us. Whether you are in the United States or another country, the most important thing the Christian can do is to pray for our leaders.  Let us humble ourselves to pray amidst this pestilence.

A Painful Prophecy

COVID-19, a biblically-prophesied pestilence, is a sign of the end times and the beginning of sorrows which must take place before Christ’s return.

We can liken this pandemic to an early, mild contraction for a woman in labor. A lot of suffering and pain has to happen before she can deliver her precious child. The pain will heighten in intensity and frequency as she gets closer to delivering. Likewise, much suffering and pain has to happen since the earth, as it were, is groaning through birth pains (see Romans 8:22). After all is said and done, Christians will be delivered as Heaven will deliver Jesus to us, for His triumphant return to earth!

Jesus stated: “A woman, when she is in travail, hath sorrow because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy, no man taketh from you” (John 16:21-22).

In the Disguise of Philanthropy

This section, and the ones to follow, will be very revealing. There is so much in-depth information that it was needful to shorten (believe it or not, this is the ‘short’ version). However, I will have links provided throughout and at the bottom of this post. This section is intended to get us thinking about the grand scheme of things. It will soon become apparent why this section is very necessary.

Firstly, let’s define the word, ‘philanthropy’. The dictionary defines it as follows:

“altruistic concern for human welfare and advancement, usually manifested by donations of money, property, or work to needy persons, by endowment of institutions of learning and hospitals, and by generosity to other socially useful purposes.”

It would appear a Philanthropist would be a very admirable, noble person with pure motives – but is this always the case? Also, what does this have to do with the Coronavirus pandemic? And could this pandemic lead to the mark of the beast, defined in biblical prophecy? Allow me to explain…

Bill Gates, former CEO and co-founder of Microsoft (a big name in computer technology), just recently stepped down from the Microsoft board. The press release announcing his decision took place in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, citing his wishes to “dedicate more time to his philanthropic priorities.”

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Screenshot from Forbes.com with Bill Gates on the cover

So, how is this news related to COVID-19? Is this news something prophetic? And what does ‘666’ have to do with it? Let’s search a bit deeper into this seemingly unrelated event. Allow me to lay some groundwork…

Gates and his wife, Melinda, are the Founders of The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation who fund partners worldwide. Namely, the Foundation’s ‘Global Health Division’ develops “new tools and strategies” for healthcare and infectious disease in poor countries. They “…work with partners that can help to affect change globally, and then scale solutions to a local level” by developing “vaccines, drugs, and diagnostics.”  (See my post, “Vaccines: A Moral Issue?”

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation also provides health solutions for “family planning” (which includes abortion). Not surprisingly, Bill Gates’ father, a retired lawyer, served on the boards of many organizations; one of which was Planned Parenthood (an abortion clinic). Aborted fetuses can be used in vaccines and for vaccine research. Furthermore, abortion also serves as a form of population control. Vaccines and population control are both heavily supported by Bill Gates. After the Coronavirus outbreak, Bill Gates said, “The world also needs to accelerate work on treatments and vaccines for COVID-19.”

In an article by Ethan Huff, he wrote: “As is usually the case with suspicious disease outbreaks that get the media and academia talking about new vaccines and public-private partnerships, Bill Gates’ fingerprints are almost always hiding in the background. And this is exactly the case with coronaviruses, which could accomplish many of Gates’ expectations for the future, including mass depopulation, mass vaccination and mass consolidation of government power.”  At first glance, such claims seem scathing towards Bill Gates. However, after careful research, they are not outlandish whatsoever, as we will discover.

‘Predicting’ Pandemic?

The first case of COVID-19 in the world, didn’t occur until November 17, 2019. However, in a 2018 article in the New England Journal of Medicine, Bill Gates advocated strongly for quarantine and ‘predicted’ a future pandemic which may be a novel respiratory virus (exactly what COVID-19 is).

Interestingly, there was also an event with the Johns Hopkins Center in October 2019 (a month before the first Coronavirus case) called, “Event 201“. This invitation-only event was designed to discuss how to handle a global pandemic, envisioning a fast-spreading coronavirus. And, yes… this event was in collaboration with The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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This is from the Johns Hopkins website. Notice the name ‘coronavirus’ under the headline. Also, take note of the date of this article. The first case of coronavirus wasn’t until November 17, 2019 — this article is dated for November 6, 2019 and speaks of the event which took place the prior month, in October.

Most so-called ‘fact check’ websites blatantly lie and twist words to protect Bill Gates. But if we simply go to the source, as I did, we find his words typed in black and white (on his own websites, in many cases).

What are the odds of Gates predicting a “novel respiratory virus” and of his Foundation collaborating on an event for a “coronavirus global pandemic exercise” before it ever occurred? This would sound much like a conspiracy theory if it weren’t true. Let the dates of his ‘predictions’ speak for themselves. Could it be that he knew something going on (behind the scenes) in advance?

“For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops.” ~Luke 12:1-2

Let’s take a look at something else quite eyebrow-raising. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation also donates funds to Pirbright Institute, whose mission is to “prevent and control viral diseases of livestock and those that spread from animals to people.”  This Institute also specializes in pandemic control, genetic engineering (altering genes), and they have a patent on Coronavirus.

In a recent press release, Pirbright Institute evaded the truth by saying, “The Pirbright Institute carries out research on infectious bronchitis virus (IBV), a coronavirus that infects poultry, and porcine deltacoronavirus that infects pigs. Pirbright does not currently work with human coronaviruses.” While this statement may be partially true, it is misleading. They claim the Coronavirus they study is only in regards to animals; however, there are two problems with this statement.

1.) Their mission statement (as notated above) would suggest otherwise.

2.) Their patent on the Coronavirus does, indeed, mention human Coronavirus.

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Screenshot from Pirbright Institute’s coronavirus patent (page 40) where it does, indeed, research human coronavirus vaccine (which their press release denied).

This patent PCT was originally filed in 2015 and the patent was granted November 20, 2018; one year before the first case of COVID-19. Funds from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation were then given in late 2019. Pirbright Institute claims these funds were not for the Coronavirus patented work but for ‘The Livestock Antibody Hub’. Given Pirbright’s obvious trickery of words (as proven above) and admitted ties to Bill Gates — well, let’s just say this could merit some suspicion. Furthermore, we can verify through the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) that animal studies and animal products are used in human vaccines; and that funding given by the Gates’ was part of the ‘One Health‘ agenda (think, one-world government/new world order, as we will discover in the next few paragraphs).

Globalization: Setting the Stage for 666

Globalization is simply another term to describe worldwide integration of a particular system. It’s drive is to make everything uniform across all nations of the world. Examples of this could be to have only one global currency, instead of several (such as the US Dollar, the British Pound, Japanese Yen, etc.). Likewise, globalization could be integrated to create a one world government or a new way in which the world operates (New World Order).

If globalization is to succeed, it is important to have the ability to track every human on the globe. People are far easier to track if they are stationary (as in quarantine), yet, it can be done in other ways such as digital identification. We already see family pets being microchipped, so this concept is not so far-fetched.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we find globalization taking effect in its infancy forms; almost as a ‘practice run’ or a ‘drill’ for what is to come. Globally, certain restrictions are mandated and enforced by the governments.

We also learn that Microsoft, whose co-founder is Bill Gates, is a founding partner of the ID2020 Alliance. This alliance is working to create implantable digital IDs to track vaccine compliance (Coronavirus vaccine reasearch and a vaccine is being fast-tracked, as we speak – but what will be injected into us??). The digital ID would also be able to track human identity, location, and much more. The name “ID2020” is quite interesting, given that the Coronavirus pandemic prompting a “better way” heightened in the year 2020 — just some food for thought.

Nonetheless, their goal for this “fundamental human right” (as they call it) is to have everyone on the globe marked within a decade, at the latest. In order to ensure global compliance, the ID2020 Alliance is going to make this mark mandatory in order to receive essential services such as healthcare, education, voting rights, banking, and more.

“He [the Beast] causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.” ~Revelation 13:16-18

The concept of the ID2020 Alliance Digital ID is not a fly-by-night conspiracy theory. On their official website, it states: “In September of 2015, all United Nations member states adopted to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, including their committment to provide legal identity for all, including birth registration by 2030.” And yes, 5G data will play a vital role in the ID2020 Alliance’s goals due to the expanding broadband coverage to facilitate registration, interaction, and personal data collection. Incidentally, Bill Gates once proposed to track newborns and vaccinations through cell phone technology.

Gates believes, “…the world also needs to invest in disease surveillance, including a case database that is instantly accessible to the relevant organizations and rules that require countries to share their information.”

 

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An interesting and disturbing photo of a crucifix on the wall at an ID2020 Alliance gathering. This screenshot was taken directly from their website (ID2020.org).

We can see how easily and rapidly the Coronavirus pandemic caused unprecedented changes and restrictions globally. This pandemic, in my opinion, will be the catalyst to push the agenda of an implantable microchip; all in the name of “better healthcare, vaccine compliance, virus tracking, and human rights.” Globalization (a New World Order) must happen before ID2020 will work.

David Rockafeller once said, “All we need is the right major crisis and the nations will accept the New World Order.” Is it a mere coincidence that The Rockafeller Foundation provides funding and ongoing support for the ID2020 agenda and is an alliance partner with them? Is it a mere coincidence that our world is now, indeed, in a major crisis?

Bible teacher, Irvin Baxter, recently stated: “The Bible prophesies that the Antichrist will ultimately reign over this world government for three-and-one-half years just prior to the Second Coming of Jesus to establish His own world government… The World Bank, the World Trade Organization, the World Health Organization—all of these powerful world institutions are exactly what they say they are. They are all components of the one-world government, the world government prophesied for the endtime 2,000 years ago.” (see Rev. 13:3-7, Dan. 7:23).

Was the timing of Bill Gates stepping down from his position at Microsoft, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, any coincidence? What’s more, Microsoft Corporation is also a private sector supporter of The National Bureau of Asian Research. This Bureau conducts “advanced independent research on strategic, political, economic, globalization, health and energy issues affecting U.S. relations with Asia.” Wasn’t the first case of COVID-19 in an Asian country? Hasn’t COVID-19 suddenly appeared in the U.S. and globally? Could this be something political? Senator Joe Lieberman is a counselor for the Bureau, as well.

As if we can’t already see the writing on the wall, The National Bureau of Asian Research updated their Facebook cover photo in February 2020 reading, “China’s Vision for a New World Order”. I can’t make this stuff up!!

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Screenshot from The National Bureau of Asian Research (Facebook)

Global Depopulation

Before we look briefly into the concept of global depopulation by way of pandemics, I want to make an observation. The U.S. national census so happened to be in 2020, amidst the chaos of COVID-19. The census is mandatory by law and accounts for all people living within the nation.

I also feel that “an enemy is afoot” with this worldwide pandemic. Yes, it was prophesied by Jesus and we were warned of evil forces at work. It is my belief that this attack was not accidental or happenstance. Perhaps, that is what President Trump means by a “hidden enemy” or “invisible enemy”.  It seems to be apparent to me that there was a lot going on behind the scenes, setting the stage for this outbreak, which very few knew about. The goal of such demonic forces is pure evil and, largely, due to greed.

“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
~1 Timothy 6:10

You see, with global depopulation, it is easier to track less people. And, less people means less resources which means more money. Thus, Bill Gates’ drive to bring ‘healthcare’. He said: “…the good news is, that the faster we improve health, the faster family size goes down, and so we can feel great about saving those lives.”  Even China, in recent history, mandated a one-child policy (for a time) to control ‘over-population’ – where couples were only allowed to have one child.

Justice Is Coming

But don’t worry, there will ultimately be justice given by God. Psalm 9:15 states: “The nations have sunk down in the pit which they made; In the net which they hid, their own foot is caught.”

Likewise, Hebrews 10:30-37 states: “For we know Him who said, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord. And again, ‘The Lord will judge His people.’ It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. But recall the former days in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great struggle with sufferings: partly while you were made a spectacle both by reproaches and tribulations, and partly while you became companions of those who were so treated; for you had compassion on me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods, knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession for yourselves in heaven. Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:“For yet a little while, And He who is coming will come and will not tarry.”

As the Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary so aptly puts it… on the Day of Judgment, the judgments will not be “ecclesiastical or political but personal, not temporal but eternal—when all safety and blessedness will be found to lie in being able to ‘Stand before the Son of Man’ in the glory of His personal appearing.”

What COVID-19 Can’t Do

Although we make wise decisions and do our part, let’s not forget that COVID-19 is not all-powerful. God is greater. This pandemic is limited in many ways, some of which are listed below.

Coronavirus/COVID-19 can NOT destroy the soul
Coronavirus/COVID-19 can NOT usurp God’s authority
Coronavirus/COVID-19 can NOT scare God away
Coronavirus/COVID-19 can NOT steal our salvation
Coronavirus/COVID-19 can NOT make us stop loving
Coronavirus/COVID-19 can NOT chase angels away
Coronavirus/COVID-19 can NOT alter God’s promises
Coronavirus/COVID-19 can NOT loosen God’s grip on us

 

Provision Amidst Chaos 

“I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” ~Psalm 37:25

Amidst the personal loss of income for many, due to COVID-19, God still knows what we have need of and how to provide our needs (see Matt 6:32). Just as God provided food for the widow (see 1st Kings 17) and finances in times of need (see Matt. 17), likewise, God will not forsake those of us who belong to Him and seek Him (see Matt. 6:25-34).

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Yet, please remember… sorrows permitted in the world are designed to mercifully warn mankind of a far worse judgment to come for sinners. The true Christian need not fear.

“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” (Luke 21:28).

Peace and Protection Amidst Chaos

Amidst the chaos of COVID-19, God still knows how to bring peace to our hearts. Philippians 4:7 says, “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

“Those who will not hear the messengers of peace, shall be made to hear the messengers of war. But where the heart is fixed, trusting in God, it is kept in peace, and is not afraid. It is against the mind of Christ, that His people should have troubled hearts, even in troublous times… If God opens a door of escape, we ought to make our escape, otherwise we do not trust God, but tempt Him. It becomes Christ’s disciples, in times of public trouble, to be much in prayer: that is never out of season, but in a special manner seasonable when we are distressed on every side. Though we must take what God sends, yet we may pray against sufferings…” ~Matthew Henry

Fear is a symptom… it lets us know that we are not secure in trusting God’s ability to take care of us. However, do not feel condemned if you fear; rather, resolve to conquer fear through knowing that you are loved and cared for perfectly by the Lord. “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love (1st John 4:18).

Some wonderful scriptures of comfort for us to pray over ourselves and our loved ones is Psalm 34:7, 2nd Timothy 1:7, John 16:33, Deuteronomy 31:8, Romans 8, the 23rd Psalm, and the 91st Psalm.

As long as our soul is protected, that is what matters. Don’t fear that which can only kill the body but not soul. No virus or scheme of man can pluck us out of God’s hand or make His ear become deaf to our cries.

As I’ve referenced The Vision and Beyond book in this blog, allow me to close with the words of the author, David Wilkerson. He said, “God has not promised to keep His children from suffering. He has not promised to keep us from facing an hour of need. We have no promise of world peace, tranquility, security, or continuous financial well-being. We are promised peace and security of soul and mind, supernatural provision for every true need, and assurance that we would never have to beg for bread…”

He continues, “God is suddenly going to deliver His true children from his final fury that will be outpoured upon the earth. He will deliver His children from the most gruesome hour of disaster that the Bible predicts will fall upon the earth. Prepared Christians, wake up! Everything is under control and God is at work…”

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***NEWS FLASH*** by Guest Blogger: Christine Hensley

Preface From Revealing Truth Today Administrator: Today, I would like to welcome my Guest Blogger, Christine Hensley. She has a wonderful ministry on Facebook called, “Prodigal Daughter”. For more information about her Facebook page, please click HERE. This post is used with permission. I pray it is a blessing to your heart.


***NEWS FLASH*** by: Christine Hensley

___News Flash___

Some days I take for granted that I’m a pretty good person and other days I just fail so badly that I look at my behavior in utter disgust; that I can react/behave in such un-Christ-like ways. I love being a mum and a wife yet some days my sanity, patience and kind nature seem to abandon me and I become a slightly crazed, grumpy, irritable woman.

Truly, if you could see me in these moments, it would well and truly destroy any false notions that I’m some holy woman of God. I can fly off the handle with the best of them, have zero patience, say things I later regret and lose self-control. Some days I allow my flesh to dictate my feelings and reactions.

***News Flash*** Our flesh is not our friend.

It is corrupted and incapable of leading us in righteousness. Being born again means we are given a new nature which allows us to walk in the Spirit and reflect the fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

BUT we simply cannot manufacture the fruit of the Spirit in our own steam… Anything we do in our own strength is simply behavior modification – which is good but it’s not the same as the work of the Holy Spirit within us, at root level, sanctifying us and leading us in the ways He would have us live.

When I examine my sinful behavior, I ask myself why have I been so quick to anger, so impatient and irritated? It is not my desire to act out sinfully, especially when it affects my family. There’s no justification to sin but it can be helpful to examine how we arrive there.

Today, I had a lightbulb moment and realised I’ve been dealing with the stress and burdens in my life in my own strength.

Worry is a sure sign that we are not trusting, surrendering or submitting to God. We are wanting to be in control and our lack of control leads to worry and anxiety over our circumstances. Not only do we need to confess and ask for forgiveness so the Lord can cleanse us (1 John 1:9), but an important part of repentance is laying down the wrong behavior and trusting/submitting to God.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

If I’m not trusting God with my circumstances, not surrendering my fears and worries but holding onto them, is it any wonder that this will be evidenced in my behavior? If I’m walking in the flesh, of course I’m going to turn into “Mrs. Hyde” and become grumpy, impatient and irritable because I’m not walking in the Spirit.

It’s time (again) I submit to The Lord, trust Him with the matters that weigh on me, admit I cannot do this in my strength and lay my worries at the foot of the cross.

A Prayer:

“Lord, forgive us for those times when we take our eyes off You. Help us to realise this is what we are doing when we allow worry to weigh us down. Father, we know we cannot do this in our own strength and we need you to be our refuge and strength. We thank you that you are faithful and trustworthy and that we are safe to entrust the most vulnerable parts of ourselves to you. Father, please continue Your work in us so we can be more like Jesus, honoring you in what we say and what we do. Thank You for Your grace and mercy. Thank You for paying the price for our sin. Cleanse us and renew us, we pray, in Jesus’ name… Amen.”

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