Beware Man’s Devises

Reblogging…

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My warning to be careful in what you open yourself up to is a very valid one. And I direct this to the charismatic group as well as the contemplative/emergent one, and any group that will teach “do this” to “experience God”. It is irrelevant that we live in a post modern society or that we have been given so-called “prophetic” words that God is “doing a new thing”, or that we are in some particular “season”.

Titus 1:16 They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him being abominable, disobedient and disqualified for every good work.

Our God in unchanging. In all times and seasons He remains the same. We are told to be ready to preach the gospel in season and out and to be watchful in all things – 2 Timothy4:2, 5.

When man devises a way to gain knowledge or have an experience, to…

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Holy Spirit Manifestations

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Just a note:  This is not intended as a complete article on the Holy Spirit. It is quite long, but don’t let that intimate you or keep you from reading all it has to say, even if you need to make more than one visit.  

While I chose to call it Holy Spirit Manifestations, it’s really an article in argument as to the truth of the Holy Spirit.  So while it’s purpose is to address those strange bodily manifestations we get all excited about, it does so in light of the scripture as a comparison to what is claimed by man and taught by God through His word. 

As God will not violate His character or His word I felt it was important to look at not only manifestations, but also the fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit.   When we see the truth as a whole it is easier to recognize…

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Death and Hot Fudge

Today I learned that a friend of mine lost her son. There was no warning or previous illness; his death was as unexpected and shocking as most deaths.

I was reminded of a moment long ago and a dear friend who, within a short time after learning of my daughter’s death, was at my house within a short time. It was still early that day when she came to my side as cancer was eating her body. Her own needs aside, she came without breakfast with a special love and kindness as we retreated to my kitchen to make juice together.

Some days later, she called to asked me out for a hot fudge sundae. After all, ice cream and chocolate, especially hot fudge, cures just about anything, at least momentarily. But I was proud, and I was distant. I told her I would probably throw it up, and that all I wanted to do was to scream and cry. With laughter, she again offered and to join me as a participant in all three of my concerns. But I would not go. I could not.

Later that same year, I lost my friend to cancer.

So in remanence, I long for a do-over moment with her, that one rare moment to share laughter and tears with someone who loved me. After all, what’s a little barfed hot fudge between the best of friends?

Serious Concerns Regarding The Passion Translation

John at The Word Like Fire offers some resources exposing erroneous doctrines of The Passion Translation, the famed New Apostolic Reformation “bible” If you or someone you know has one, please watch the video and see the information contained on his blog because it is not any where near the same as the words of a true bible.

https://thewordlikefire.wordpress.com/2020/06/05/more-on-brian-simmons-teaching/

The Cycle of Violence and Abuse

It’s been quite some time since I posted anything regarding violence and abuse. I have read that that abuse and the number of its victims has increased since the imposed Covid19 lockdown, and wanted to offer some help for anyone out there who may need it. 

If you are in a dangerous situation please get in touch with the National Abuse Hotline by calling 800-799-7233 or contacting the informational website and chat line even if you don’t feel that you are ready to leave. There is help available. Please don’t let your fear cause you to become a statistic!

It is of the utmost importance that you understand that abuse, no matter the form is not God’s will for your life no matter who you are. You are not responsible for the actions of another person regardless of your gender, age, or religion!  As a Christian woman, it is not your calling to stay in the home to save your husband, even though you may have been told this by clergy. That is a lie. 

The cycle of violence isn’t always something everyone understands. However, the more you study it, the more you do understand. The cycles of violence happen when a cycle of events happens in an abusive relationship.

The stages don’t all happen at once and it’s not all done the same way in each relationship. Sometimes it can happen within a couple of hours, while other times, it may take up to a year to complete the cycle. Continue reading to understand the cycle of violence.

The Cycle of Abuse

The following link is a blog dedicated to the awareness of domestic voilence and church abuse written from the perspective of a born again Christian woman. 

Because It Matters, Freedom From Abuse

Kept From the Hour

An excellent end-times teaching from Charles Cooper. If you believe in the pre-tribulation rapture of the church, as I once did, please be prepared to ask why you believe it to be true, and watch the video!

The Pre-Trib Rapture is Dead

From his site:

There was only one passage in the N.T. that forms the basis for it. This is the opinion of their greatest teachers. Now that Rev 3:10 no longer can be used as support for an explicit teaching for the Pretribulation rapture, the position has no scriptural support. There are no other passages that support it. The Pretribulation rapture doctrine is dead! Only those who do not want to be bothered with the facts can ignore it.

Signs in the Heavens

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Updated for clarity- 5/25/2020

I’ve been pondering and doing some research regarding the recent US solar eclipse, the date of September 23, the 12th chapter of Revelation, and the many claims, theories, and warnings of supposed biblical signs from the Lord regarding future disasters. 

We need to be careful and clarify what exactly constitutes biblical signs and what does not. I don’t come to the same biblical conclusions surrounding these theories even though they have become quite popular and taught by people I once respected. 

The Solar Eclipse 

Many people believe the solar eclipse last month on August 21, 2017, was a warning from the Lord regarding an impending period of judgment while claim it was a warning for repentance given before the onset of His divine judgment. I have searched the scriptures and have yet to find even one passage that clearly states the Lord will send a solar…

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Patience and its Perfect Work

Greetings.

James 1:2 My brethren, count it as all joy when you fall into various trails, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

Few among us, if any, can recall the days of the Great Depression, the period of uncertain times as the country was plunged into an era of too few jobs, bread lines, and street living. I wonder if we are about to witness similar times on a worldwide scale.

CovID19 has the world turned upside down, and it may only be at its beginning. Threats of illness and possible death from the virus abound. People are segregated and secluded to their homes, apart from family, social functions, unable to work, and earn money needed to eat, pay the mortgage, car payments, and insurance. All information conflicts previous reports of numbers of those who are ill, those who have died, and the actual severity of the virus itself. We do not know the truth from propaganda, and the conspiracy theorists are in their heyday. The Government assures us it will be ok, we will get through it. Patriots proclaim that America the Great will overcome this battle, just as it has risen to overcome challenges of its past. The powers that be, the creators of the pandemic shut down, are also the savior.

We are, in fact, citizens of a brave and free country. Yet we have become idle yes men as our rights under the US Constitution vanished overnight in one quick swoop. Did you see it? We gave no fight, no debate but went along, all in the name of safety, after all, the Government has our best interests at heart, does it not?

Does it?

I am not going to play the rebel. I’m not going to encourage my brothers and sisters of the land to rise up against the recommendations and restrictions of the US Government. Or for any Government for that matter. To do so would be wrong, sinful in the eyes of our Lord. As a believer in Christ I, we, are admonished in scripture to obey the governing authorities.

1 Peter 2:13 Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, 14 or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good.

This is, of course, unless we are instructed to refrain from speaking the gospel. That is the exception.

I will tell you, do as Jesus also said to us. And that is to “watch.” To watch and pray. Because surely just as simply as the shut down of CovID19 took over the world, the one that is to come will do the same. He will not bring war, he will bring peace and assurance to those who tremble in a world gone mad.

Revelation 6:2 And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out to conquering and to conquer.

UNION UNION UNION

 

My mother often told me that she thought I was the woman or the persona of Norma Rae. If you aren’t familiar, Norma Rae is the character portrayed by Sally Field in the title of the same name. Norma Rae Webster was a high-spirited, determined woman who, in 1978, worked tirelessly to bring a union to the unfit working conditions of the textile mill she and proceeding generations were employed. And not gainfully, I should add. My mother had a way of reminding me of who she understood me to be even at my most dire moments. I lost her several years ago unexpectedly and as many of you can relate it is not a separation easily accepted.

Even so.

My other identity rests upon the inkling of one brother, who as I realized my first apartment after divorcing, connected my earnest desire to rise above my circumstances to womanly success and attributed my convictions to Mary Richards. This character was portrayed through a successful sitcom also in the 1970s by Mary Tyler Moore. Again, a woman, high spirited and determined, even successful. You remember the song – You’re gonna make it after all.

The truth is, I didn’t bring a union, and I didn’t make it after all, as far as the world’s standards, that is. But in these present times, unprecedented times which of us can claim any real fame. As followers of Christ, who would care? After all, are we not called to bring Him glory?

So here I am at 2 am in complete rebellion to sleep, writing a new type of blog post, with The Help for the billionth time playing in the background. I seem to gravitate toward stories about teachers, writers, overcomers, or some sort of combination. I struggle with my laptop keyboard because of a broken and unattended fingernail, which throws my typing equilibrium entirely off-balance.

I gave up my Mary Richard’s-like life in pursuit of what I believed my life’s dream. I packed, moved, tried, failed, and in the process spent lots of money. Life, even with its basic demands, is expensive. I moved again, found a job with THE worst employer-management company to walk the earth, and nearly lost my sanity and my health. I quit, thinking I would quickly find one more suitable. I was wrong. More failure, more loss, more expense.

So while you, the good people of the world, now struggle with financial issues due to loss of gainful employment, while stuck to endure some form of quarantine-shelter at home-border restriction order, I realize that I already have experience in these limitations. After all, when we aren’t employed we don’t spend, travel or celebrate. So in a sense, I’m about 6 months ahead of ya’ll in the quarantine horror.

I have been able to secure a temporary position in an “essential” position. Still, next week that will end, and afterward, I will again join you in the ranks of unemployed, uninsured, wondering what will be my, our next gig.

We are in this together, and I, for one, will attest that the Lord will be right there to support, protect, and provide as He always has for His people according to all He has promised. Come what may.

Never doubt. Stay close.