Failure is a word most, or many would just assume skirt around. How many times must we fail? There may be a job and home losses, relationships gone awry, wars, or even deaths of loved ones. God didn’t prepare us for such horrible conditions, as satisfaction had its limits. Only now do we turn to God with outstretched arms and give it all to Him. Don’t you know, in those unsuspected times of remorse, God loves using failures for His glory? Yes! It is time to watch and listen for His message. Have faith in failure!
“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
Our Father chooses those who are NOT perfectly polished and prepared for a purpose. The people you least suspect will be His chosen ones. A perfect biblical example was the Jew called Saul of Tarsus. Saul murdered and tortured Christians, yet as he walked to Damascus, God blinded him with a light, and Jesus appeared before him. Saul converted to Christianity and ultimately became an apostle.
Many people walk the earth today with a torrid past, yet they turn their lives over to God. I am one such example. I went to bed a carpenter and was awakened and told to write His messages to the world. It did not behoove me to argue with the Lord despite being dyslexic. For being a faithful servant, God has adorned me with countless blessings – it was my faith in failure.
Never give up on your faith… this is my best advice. What if the Wright brothers gave up, or Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs, and Henry Ford? Sam Walton filed bankruptcy three times before he started Walmart. Look how their faith amidst catastrophes made them successful. As their failures came, their faith drove their power.
Humanity is born to fail, and it is only by faith that we learn we can do anything our heart desires. Pick yourself up, brush yourself off, pray for answers, and wait for God’s whisper. Adverse events can bring such love if you receive the confidence from our Almighty Father. We can either believe in the lies we are not good enough, or draw closer to God.
Let the Lord fill us with thankfulness and humility. As long as we fail, we know God is in control of our destiny. Stand against the tide in the turmoil of life and watch faith in failure grow more robust than ever.
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Perhaps you are going through storms, trials, challenges and setbacks and you are lamenting and wondering why all these things are happening to you.
I’m here to tell you that what you are going through is not happening to you, but happening for you because God makes everything to work together for the good of those who love Him and are calledaccording to His purpose for them. [Romans 8:28]
So be encouraged knowing that God makes no mistakes, He’s faithful and intentional.
That is a good question. And I like it because it is on an issue which boggles many minds. This is the issue of destiny or predestination.
Can we change our destiny?
Answering this question will clarify many persons, indeed.
I used to wonder who makes us run into trouble.
Who is responsible for our failures?
Is it God who makes us fail? Why would God, who is so good, make us fail? Is it God who gives us a destiny of poverty or suffering?
These are also questions that bother many people.
They used to bother me; but their answers have become clear to me.
God has given everyone of us a free will to make our choices in life.
Life is determined by the choices we make.
These choices determine whether we are successful or unsuccessful, happy or sad, good or bad, wicked or kind.
I know this sounds straight and simple; but it is far more complicated than it appears.
I guess some people will ask: who makes us choose one thing or the other. Is it not God? Can we do something if God does not allow it?
The answer is God has allowed the freedom to choose totally to us. But He assists us if we seek His assistance.
Also, He has given each one of us a Guardian Angel to help, guide and protect us from the devil who is permanently scheming to win us into his kingdom.
Guardian angels are available to come to our assistance whenever we solicit their help.
The unfortunate thing is that many of us turn neither to God nor to our Guardian Angel to get the help we need!
The help and guidance we get from God or our guardian angel must not be taken as a forgone conclusion.
There are conditions under which we get God’s help or the help and guidance of our guardian angel.
God has set the rules for us to follow. If you respect them, God will reward you by giving you what you ask for.
If you do what God asks you to do, God will do what you ask him to do for you.
What does this mean?
It means that if we follow God’s word as contained in the Bible, God will respond to us by rewarding us in some way especially to do what we are pleading with him to do.
The world is made of two forces – good incarnated by God and evil, incarnated by the devil.
If you do good, it means you have opted to go with God. You are on the side of God. You have chosen God over Satan.
God will put you among his friends and you will enjoy the rewards of being his friend. He will give you what you ask him for if it is good for you.
If you do evil, then you fall on the side of the devil who rewards you for choosing him. And what does he give you as reward?
Of course, you can’t give what you don’t have. You give what you have. The devil commands the kingdom of evil. All the evil in the world belongs to him; and that is where he draws from to reward or pay the wages of all those who serve him.
This is how the world operates. God does not cause evil to befall anyone. It is the work of the devil facilitated by the individual by paying allegiance to him.
We keep dancing forward and backward between God and the devil, good and evil is also permanently in our lives.
We are co- workers with God for good in our lives or co- workers with the devil for the evil we have in our lives.
When a good thing happens to us, it is not good luck. It is the result of our collaboration with God.
In the same way, evil is the fruit of your collaboration with the devil. If you do not collaborate with the devil, you cannot have evil in your life.
You may ask: what happens when you do nothing but somebody comes to you and creates a problem for you?
If someone sets out to create you a problem, but you are not in the devil’s kingdom when he comes, he will not do what he sets out to do.
To commit sin of any kind is to take a seat in the Devil’s kingdom. And when you are sitting in that kingdom, any kind of evil can happen to you. The devil is the one who, at that time, decides what to give to you.
You must have heard the quote that the evil that men do lives after them. Yes, when we do evil, we do it to our self. The same evil may not befall us but the devil will reward us. This means we will experience evil in some way.
This clearly tells us that the best thing to do is to stay off evil. Avoid evil and evil will avoid you. Do evil and evil will follow you.
Talking about God’s plan for your life. God has a range of options for your life. He has given you a free will to make choices for yourself. These choices either take you to your purpose or away from your purpose.
Since the world is a dual world, built around good and evil, while God has a plan for your life, the devil also has a plan for your life. This plan is a range of options that you freely choose from.
It is left to you to follow God’s plan for your life or the devil’s plan for your life.
What is the value of your quality of life? Perhaps as Christians, it’s understanding we do not do spontaneous things without putting God first into the equation. Does your quality of life reflect the image of our Holy God? Can we have a good quality of life if we are living in constant sin?
In my childhood years, I thought the quality of life only depended on attending church. We dressed in our finest apparel and polished loafers. Socializing with other members of the church created encouragement and acceptance. But was that ‘quality,’ or was it just an hour of mingling?
Christian living isn’t easy, but challenges and difficulties of life help us grow to have Jesus Christ’s mind and the character of God. He gave us the Bible to teach us the best way to live. However, very few Christians rarely make time to comprehend it. It is a wealth of information on the quality of life because it addresses fruitfulness, success, happiness, joy, purpose, and blessings. So, allow me to highlight some points on today’s topic.
In the New Testament, God relates the quality of life to an assurance of His favor and a sense of doing His will. In some circumstances, material blessings imply much, but the focus is not on physical possessions. Personal greed, lust, and pride are explicitly mentioned as the adversaries of a quality of life, for they create selfishness.
“And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Luke 12:15
So, what is a real quality of life for Christians? It is spending our days in the expectation and hope of eternal life in God’s kingdom. We can start by abiding by the Ten Commandments, which is a firm guideline for morals. Let’s add unity, harmony, and peace with the Lord and others into the equation. It is loving all God’s children, and sometimes using ‘tough love’ in His image. We should remain in constant prayer and often praise His Holy name.
I ask, is there peace inside your heart, soul, and mind? It’s about time that all Christians get off the fence and plow their ground. Respect the written Word of God, for your salvation is at risk. Do not attempt to minimize or change the Laws of God to suit your own needs.
Take this moment to ask God to come and enter your body of flesh and heal your spirit. It’s a temple, so dust off your soul, vacuum your spirit, and cleanse the ungodly thoughts. Now you will begin to find the Christian quality of life.
God bless you!
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As an inquisitive adolescent girl, I used to play in my Mother’s jewelry box. One day, she sat me down on her bed and showed me a beautiful pin. Its beauty mesmerized me because it had a little floating seed in a bubble. My mom was a dedicated Christian, so when she told me this seed had a story in the Bible, I was not surprised by her claim. My Grandmother, who also was a strong Christian, handed it down to her.
After my Mother died, I gently pulled the pin out of her jewelry box. Besides the deep, personal meaning it had to me, I wanted to learn more about the “Mustard Seed” parable.
The Bible tells that Jesus taught his followers the Laws of His Father in parables. You may ask, “What is a parable?” A parable is a story used to illustrate a moral lesson. Jesus spoke them to discover who would seek further understanding of their meaning, or who would try to find a higher interpretation of the Kingdom of God.
Here is The Mustard Seed parable as written in the Bible:
“He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” Matthew 13:31-32
This parable was first told while Jesus preached from a ship to a large crowd of people on the shore. The second time it was recorded took place late in 29 A.D. He was making his way toward Jerusalem for Hanukkah.
Mustard seed in the field can be outsized by many plants – that is until grows. It is then considered the most vigorous plants to live on earth. This parable compares the Kingdom of God to the mustard seed.
Though Jesus believed heaven will start out small, it will eventually grow in large numbers with those who have a strong faith. So, what was the deeper meaning of my mother telling me about the mustard seed at a young age?
It was to say when children (or even adult new believers) begin to love Jesus, their love is like the tiny mustard seed. Our love for God and the church will grow bigger, eventually growing into a strong tree. The tree will be large enough to have birds come sit on its branches. Let me point out who the birds represent in the parable. They denote the demons of Satan, who continuously try to infiltrate the church.
The underlying message of this parable is this:
Love the Lord our God and have powerful faith. Praise His name so the church will grow His Kingdom of heaven. The greatest things start from the smallest beginnings, so always plant those seeds. Do not allow the vultures to sit on your branches… let God’s Kingdom prevail!
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In the previous article, we covered how the so-called ‘cancel culture’ operates, as well as how it has sought to erase history, particularly American history, in an attempt to dissolve the American government and replace it with some sort of Marxist-Socialist model. However, there are still some obstacles remaining to a Leftist takeover of the nation.
A critical obstacle to this is the Christian heritage that definitively shaped American history from the very start. Today this is represented by a severely weakened Left-leaning Christian organizational structure in this nation.
There are two elements of this factor that make it such a necessary foe for the Left to defeat. One element is the inherent connection between this heritage and America’s creation and sustaining until recent times in her history.
Attempting to ‘Cancel’ America’s Christian Heritage
The Left has been engaged in trying to remove or ‘cancel’ any hint of Christian presence or involvement with America’s founding and subsequent history for over five decades. This effort came to initial fruition back in 1962 with two Supreme Court decisions that abolished prayer and Bible reading in the public schools.
The results of this were predictable and many Christian conservatives warned against this though scoffed at by the Leftist elite at the time. The following video by David Barton illustrates this perfectly.
The current push to ‘cancel’ Christianity is a result of events that began shortly after the SCOTUS decisions of 1962-63. In fact, the rioting and demolishing of statues now are attributable to two generations of young people being taught in public schools and especially in colleges that America is simply an evil nation, perhaps the most evil nation ever established.
Is it so strange to discover that the progeny of this system comprise the typical Antifa and BLM ‘protestors,’ who now so delight in trashing America’s heritage? However, statues and monuments have not been the only targets of the destructive Left.
Both churches and synagogues were defaced and visited with terrible destruction in the last month. Strangely, there were no reports of such violations upon mosques in America during this same period.
What could be the reason for such a disparity? Might it be that there is a connection between BLM and folks such as Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam?
Melina Abdullah, the lead organizer of Black Lives Matter in LA and a professor of Pan-African Studies at Cal State, had been very clear about her motive for bringing her hateful campaign to the area. “We’ve been very deliberate in saying that the violence and pain and hurt that’s experienced on a daily basis by black folks at the hands of a repressive system should also be visited upon, to a degree, to those who think that they can just retreat to white affluence,” the BLM-LA co-founder ranted. Melina Abdullah has a hateful record of appearing at Farrakhan and Nation of Islam events and praising the antisemitic hate group and its leader. When Facebook decided to remove Farrakhan over his hateful rhetoric toward Jews, the Black Lives Matter LA co-founder came to his defense.
Moreover, these attacks aren’t limited to property but have been conducted against people as well. One prominent example of such was seen at Grace Baptist Church in the city of Troy in the state of New York.
There is another element of America’s Christian heritage which makes both it and Judaism in the nation targeted for destruction from the Left. That is the strong bond with another enemy of Marxist/Socialist/Leftist Democrats in this country, the family.
The Final Enemy of the Leftist ‘Cancel Culture’ is the Family
The radical Left has also been trying to ‘cancel’ the family unit in western society for many decades. In their view, it is necessary to basically abolish the family for the same reason that the influence of Christianity and Judaism must cease to exist.
They can allow no one person’s loyalty to be fixed higher than the loyalty to the state, or ‘party.’ Thus, devotion to either God or a family, or both, is to be subsumed to the devotion to one’s governing authority under a Leftist “paradise” of Socialism.
This is the same strategy demonstrated in Marxist regimes throughout history. Ultimate devotion to the state or the party is always required.
Therefore, both faith and blood ties are to be either weakened or eliminated for the Leftist dream to come to reality. Because of this factor, faith and the family are the final and most critical obstacles to obtaining the power over others they desire above all else.
Moreover, this also means that the Left will use any tactic, whether illegal or immoral, to achieve this goal. We have already seen this play out historically with the immoral tactic of encouraging children to turn in their parents for non-compliance with the government mandate.
In fact, if one goes to the BLM webpage, as covered previously in this journal, one will find that a stated goal is the elimination of the so-called ‘nuclear family.’ That same desire is a critical component of all within the radical Left, whether groups like BLM, Antifa, or the Democratic party itself.
The ‘Cancel Culture’ can be Cancelled
As we have seen, the Leftist ‘cancel culture’ is a formidable foe to the continuing existence of civilization in the West. How can this pernicious effort be combatted and defeated?
There are some measures that can be taken to halt and turn away the ‘cancel culture’ concept. First, arm yourself with the truth and stand strong in it. This begins with knowing the truth of God’s Word, the Bible, and trusting it to guide us.
We must also seek out good, reliable conservative sources for news and commentary. These are a few suggestions from such sources that I recommend.
Radio, podcasts, and video: Rush Limbaugh, Buck Sexton, Tucker Carlson, Mark Levin, Bill Whittle, Michael Knowles, Matt Walsh, Judicial Watch (Tom Fitton deserves a medal for his efforts), The Daily Wire, One America News, Blaze TV, and The First TV.
All of these can be accessed online via Facebook, YouTube, podcasts or radio for free, or by subscription in the cases of Blaze TV and The First TV. There are several printed sources in digital form that are excellent examples of conservative journalism and commentary.
The best of the lot for straight news and investigative reporting is “The Epoch Times.” They have an app for the cellphone that provides a ton of great reporting, and they put out an excellent printed newspaper with a subscription.
Once the truth is known, it must be defended. Those who are invested in a ‘cancel culture’ are either ignorant of the truth because they are trusting in the malevolent Leftmedia and their favorite social “justice” warriors, or they are aware and intentionally deceive for their purposes.
Defending the truth means calling it out in the midst of Leftist hysteria, and that requires a measure of courage, especially today. The devotees of the Marxist Left cling to their utopian fantasy as if they were members of a religious cult.
Thus when they are challenged with truths they don’t approve of, the response is to berate and belittle the truth-teller and even respond with threats of violence. This is both an emotional response and done by design to discourage and wear down those of us who realize that their goals mean the destruction of liberty in America.
The most important step of all is to place your faith and trust in Christ and rest in His strength. Do not let your heart embrace fear, but instead, embrace the LORD.
When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall. Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident. Psalm 27:2-3 [ESV]
Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001
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Rampant corruption runs deep in our country. We hide in our homes and pray things will get better. Virus, violence, and victory… which one do you stand for?
Corruption and undermining good intentions have progressed as long as life has existed. We can start with Cain and Abel, where hate and greed dominated the soul of a brother. But bigger than this was the man who walked with Jesus named Judas. He betrayed Jesus and sold His soul for thirty pieces of silver.
What’s new today is not new at all because it’s just another viral wave of interruptions. Many people try to ward off the godly intentions of men. Through the course of history, our founding fathers fought feverishly for our freedom. A hundred years later, civil wars brought unrest, and thousands died at the hands of the enemy. Years later, we fought to protect what man deemed worthy of God’s protection.
Today, we watch another wave of hatred. It is still the men who give their sweat defending humanity’s rights from viruses and violence, so we may once again live in victory. Every war had viruses that plagued soldiers. “Agent Orange,” I remember, was the disease that killed so many of my friends who served in Vietnam. Now, COVID 19 is as viral as any war ever seen on our land. It can be said the virus and violence running through the veins of our precious country is just another attack to hinder our sweat equity.
Victory is the vibrant whispers of standing together, believing in one God, and going home to a place of peace, as our Lord Jesus promises us. No viruses or violence will be… just the sweet triumph of living where evil is not permitted behind the gates of Heaven.
I lost a talented friend and follower this week. He stood for the men who wore their sweat on their brow and was the greatest fiddle player in the world, Charlie Daniels. He gave his life to be with Christ while hoping he made this world a better home for America. I hope a comrade, a soldier, or a statue will stand in honor of this good man’s memory. God graced us with his presence. We should all be blessed to call him “friend.”
From virus to victory and all the violence we’ve endured, let us praise God for our strength, for we are stronger in numbers. No virus can claim where eternity prevails! Jesus paid our debt to be free from the sins of the world and non- believers. Rise, my friends! Our Redeemer lives graciously in our hearts and homes.
Virus and violence (is there a difference??) have no home in our hearts or home when we live in victory with Jesus. Praise God, won’t you? For it is He glowing our bright light. Listen to the lyrics, the sweet sounds of victory for God is about to bring us all home.
A Psalm of David (Psalm 108: 1-6; 12-13)
My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make melody.
Awake, my soul!
Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn.
I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples, and I will sing praises to you among the nations.
For your steadfast love is higher than the heavens, and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, and let your glory be over all the earth.
Give victory with your right hand, and answer me, so that those whom you love may be rescued.
O grant us help against the foe, for human help is worthless. With God we shall do valiantly; it is he who will tread down our foes.
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As society sways in and out of the going tide, I reach for answers deep inside my soul. Hatred brands many minds as their evil destruction is so uncharacteristic of God’s original creation. Today we are at the mercy of the town criers who scream, “The world is ending!” Funny, it’s only the unbelievers who are running scared and to such wild extremes. God set on stone tablets the instructional directions that we are to follow – the perfect 10, known as the Commandments.
While rereading these moral laws, can we understand that if everyone lived by them, then crime, hatred, and deplorable sins would barely exist? And of all the alterations to the Bible and God’s Words, never have these laws been touched. Interesting! So, they are my perfect ten, for they are the only laws we need to live a godly life.
In my reverence, I consider what man has done to the essence of society. They removed the Lord from schools; very few believe in Him or attend church, churches are burned down, and social media placed bans on Christian posts. Among the battle cries, we have hateful, godless children and adults who wave their artillery, damning everyone’s life. In their rightful mind, no man will find peace and harmony without the Lord seated in their soul!
As history repeats itself, God sent the perfect ten for the Israelites, His chosen people, to follow because riots and upheavals were commonplace. His commandments, handed to Moses, defined their sin and revealed the difference between the holy and a commoner.
“Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ (Exodus 19:5-6) …”
The Lord also clarified that those defiant in His laws will forever carry the guilt because it is blasphemy. Need I clarify that society, today, doesn’t want any standard of righteousness, rules, or Commandments? People do not recognize their bondage of sin, and sadly, they are doomed. Satan has deceived the inhabitants of this world!
Christians, I ask you to please pray for the lost who dominate our land. May we all soon, see the power of the Perfect Ten. Let us hold close God’s laws and never forget their meaning or value for our eternal salvation.
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As appalling current events unravel before our very eyes, an underlying message lies deep between the lines of the newspapers and social media posts. Christians must understand we need to stand up, today, for the Lord and His written Word. Be followers of Jesus, or live in the sinful realm of Satan!
Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. 1 John 3:7
Are all people not created equal? Did God make one race superior over another? No! He made each person unique in His own light, and an “image of Him.” So, why is there a need for racism?
My first thought in recognizing humanity is the word equality. It engulfs the notion that every person, regardless of religion, race, or gender, has the same rights. I believe this to be true, but many in the United States have a tough time putting it into practice. I think the issue is not about equality, but a varying difference of opinions. Let me give you an example…
In today’s times, the Jews often dispute “the image of God.” They feel strongly that God was referring only to Israel’s nation, for they abide more so by the Old Testament than Christians. The problem with this is God didn’t create people to be more valuable than others, nor more deserving of His love than others.
We must come to grips with the fact that humanity will either accept God’s Word or not and live a life worthy of God. It is an individual choice – one which will be personally answered to before the Lord.
I find the greatest country on earth, oddly enough, is spreading the most immature behavior. Americans are like a box of crayons standing collectively inside a little cardboard box. Our colors bring vibrancy to creativity, yet the mean-spirited are determined to break us in half, creating separation through social justice. We each bring gifts and talents to the table, and all skin colors and religions are equal in the worth that God has given them.
My goodness! Isn’t it time to come together? Yes, I’m aware Satan has control over many; but it shouldn’t deter the rest of our communities from acknowledging the self-worth of man.
In the spirit of recognizing humanity, let us attend church regularly instead of rioting. If you want equality, then put God first. Yes, let’s recognize humanity! Instead of rioting and judging others for their race and religion, let us go to church on Sunday morning and ask for forgiveness. Pray for the lost that they may find solace in the Lord.
It is Satan’s unending motive to disenfranchise us from God, so why are we empowering him? The discrimination of racism begins in the heart, so give it to God! I ask you to recognize humanity for what it is – the Lord’s beautiful creations… born with many differences.
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