Sunday, January 17, 2016

Those who are PROUD of their Lives

[the world's advice above, if you know how F. Scott Fitzgerald ended up you can see where it took him]

1 John 2:16King James Version (KJV)
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

Pride in life is growing.

The bible says the pride of life is not of the Father.

When I read this verse it blew me away. I had been hammered by those who were proud of their lives and telling me I had nothing to be "proud" of. Pride of life was everything to them.

I have noticed that showing one self as having a "good life" has become a contest too, with the bucket list and acquisitions and more. Pride in life has grown IMMENSE.

Are you PROUD of your life?

What if you have a life you cannot brag about? What if you are homeless? What if you are a sick person or childless or life is a wreck and you barely are staying afloat? One pain that can come to people is feeling like they do not "measure" up. Years ago I had someone very wicked I later departed from tell me, that I had "nothing to show for my life". I had no trophies, or special awards or vacations or possessions to brag about.  Into late middle-age I had not "made a name" for myself, I was a "nobody" in my new community. They actually said to me, "You own nothing.".

Today a family member called, it's one of the few I am in contact with and bragged about how they were going on this trip and another trip and another family member was going to go to London, with 6 members of their family in tow for Spring Break. They brag about this present and that one, and this activity. They know I am poor, my contact with them is very limited but it feels like Chinese water torture. I want to talk to two nephews, so I am friendly on the phone, but it's painful. Even this last connection may ebb away.

I'm one of those people who has gotten called "loser" too much in the land of competition. And trust me it's tough out there.  In my case, I did get through college and had semi-professional jobs, for a time so how is it for someone who due to certain circumstances never made it through high school?  Many people suffer from the proud hammering them with the "measure up or else's standards.

One burden the church Pharisee's are laying today is the false moral paradigm of USA materialism. What you own or "do" is what you are worth. The Pride of Life. 

Satan holds out the "lure" of now "You will be SOMEBODY" tm and in competitive American society it doesn't let up. The lure of riches is a big one. The desire to have things, to fill an empty hole inside keep many running. Even if it's not about money, its about other forms of success, travel and popularity.

So much of the Christian world sees God in a certain way. Some point to the ATM machine but some seem to see God, as their "magic genie" at their beck and call. Recently I have been dealing with many unanswered prayers and illness, some definitely have seen some of those themes expressed on this blog. It's a challenging time but perhaps one of learning.

In the churches, I noticed a developing theme and yes I have talked about this with the BEST LIFE NOW articles, that there seemed to be a theme taught even in non-prosperity gospel churches, that if you were a good person and did "everything right" that you would be "blessed". This was touched upon in the poor in church article. If you were tormented or sick, or life was crumbling, it was your fault and God had deemed you "unworthy".You did not have the favor of God. If someone faced poverty or illness, many taught indirectly that it was a result of "sin" or they had lost the favor of God.

This belief influenced me, as I thought by becoming a Christian, that God would solve many of my problems and while I never believed in the prosperity garbage, I believed in some small way that blessings would flow and not just in the next world. I held out for healing and change, and a new vista, which we know in American society, they push this dream of  always striving ,that influences us all. The focus on self-improvement can be itself a trap.

All my churches told me if I had enough faith , God would cure me of my severe health problems. While God gave me longer to live then I expected there was that nugget of a dream inside. I believed one day God would solve my household's financial problems or at least stabilize them. In the churches, many a pastor would preach that if you obeyed God, that you would be blessed in this world too. Inside, I had this thought that one day, I would be deemed a "worthy" person too, and would see some of these blessings, not just financial, but this idea of an "easier" stable life.  These were all things that ended up being challenges to my faith and not supportive of it.

Of course the question came to my mind, what about those martyred apostles and those who lost their lives in the Inquisition who refused to do idolatry or succumb to Rome? What about innocent children killed in war or camps? By all ways they weren't "measuring" up to the system either. See how they have set this up to deceive?

The churches all support the American dream in the USA. Very few question the premises of it.  The ideal is that you are to have the nice suburban house and consumerism rules. Even the church system's clinging to Christmas or "presents" and "shop until we drop" day shows this. The pride of life is what has many showing off their lavish homes, children, hobbies, vacations and more online and elsewhere. Look at me! Look at what a great life I have! The pride of life, is leading many church people to support wars and more that supposedly will prop up the American way of life.

Some Christians get stuck in a GIMMME approach to God. All the Santa Claus garbage influences in a bad way. God is supposed to answer our prayers and give us a "good" life. What if this does not happen? What does scripture say about these things? Scripture warns of mourning in this life. It does not promise riches.

Historically these things have been a long time in coming. False teacher Calvin even taught a vision of earthly success which impacted the history of Capitalism. Success and money became intertwined with a "pride of life" where material success in this world became equated with a sign of God's blessings. The Bible teaches the complete opposite:

1 Timothy 6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, andinto many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

You see the people now where "pride of life" has become everything, where they desire, attention, fame, and adulation. The churches teach a "pride of life" to their members and some even demand this "pride of life" for one to be acceptable in their pews.


Anonymous said...

Wow - excellent article BB!
I have been called a loser by my family. How am I supposed to become successful if I am always battling poor health. But they have no empathy.It never ceases to amaze me..
But even before my health was poor I was never very materialistic or ran after money..
I actually stayed away from this church which had an elder who had a visible illness. I sensed that they might prop him up and say, "see he is working for the church and he's really ill". I have very little energy and lots of other problems besides my health. I figured they probably would not take into consideration that his wife probably does a lot for him and he may not have other problems as I do, and I have almost no one to rely on to help me..
Anyway, I realize that this was just conjecture or a hunch, a fear. But totally possible.
The elder who was sick was actually a very good person. I admired him. I just didn't want to be expected to be him.. I was very leary of churches expectations.. And possible lack of empathy on their part..

Anonymous said...

That was leery not leary...

Anonymous said...

1 John 2:15 and I remember what Paul said in 2 Corinthians 12:5-9 - Don

Anonymous said...

Amen Bible Believer. You could not have been more truthful here. May our LORD be with you.

Anonymous said...

Right on. I am not on defacebook, but my mother is. And she sees people that constantly brag. They are so proud of their children, so proud of themselves for doing this or that. I was taught not to brag or show off as a kid. Yet adults, even older adults do not know better? I see "pride" bumper stickers, and all I can think of is that "pride goeth before destruction..."
Even people in the Christian circles think pride is ok. I know people who clean church bathrooms, then announce it to everyone. I think to myself, "you have your reward."
It pretty much boils down to those who call good evil and evil good.
Remember: those that are first on earth will he last in heaven.

Anonymous said...

That stuff is posted all over by Facebook "Christians". Postings filling my wall, such as:

"Repost this if you have a son you are proud of!"

"Repost this if you have a daughter you are proud of!"

"So proud of my son serving our country overseas in our military"

"My wife sang her heart out at the church outreach this weekend! So proud of her!"

And on and on and on.....

It makes me cringe everytime I see it. And if I were to make a comment about even one of them, I'd have to do it dozens of times a week.

And if I did comment on it, I'd be called "hateful" for saying the truth that it's a terrible expression to use the word pride for anything. And it's always "Christians" posting it. Yet another mass population of "Christians" that don't know the Bible at all, and don't have any idea what the Lord has to say about pride.

Anonymous said...

It took me a while, but I finally got this as well. I never felt like I fit in with my large church and of course thought it was just me, being a single middle aged woman with no kids and not a lot of money. This church even offered financial classes and courses to get our finances set straight. Of course their goal in this is to get their donations up and keep people in this "Bless me God" culture. Even the course itself cost over $200. But as I was reading your article, I realized that Satan is so crafty that he is blessing people that are stuck in this "pride of life" deception of money and lifestyle and possessions equals happiness. These people actually think that it is God that is blessing them, just because they believe in Jesus and live a fairly moral life. This is just so sad that they are so deceived that they will never see it. If God wants their attention, He will have to take it all away and bring these people to their knees. The Celebrate Recovery program is thriving because this just keeps people in their sin. They think the act of going and discussing their addictions and sins in a group setting that they are being set free. There is no focus on repentance at all! It would be a great place to have deliverance, but that is not even considered. Imagine if I told them that? That they needed to repent and cast out the demons afflicting their souls through sin? Another reason for the Lord God of Heaven tells us to "come out of her my people" I no longer feel bad about any of my afflictions or troubles because I know the Lord is with me and that is the greatest gift of Shalom of all.

Bible Believer said...

Hi Thanks first anon.

I'm sorry you got called a loser by your family too. It's true health problems make it hard to be successful. I lost two mainstream teaching jobs in the early 90s from failing medical exams. One job they were picking between two candidates, me and someone else. People who are too sick, aren't able to make the same amount of money. It's true many have no empathy. I am glad you were not materialistic. I have seen others work their way into good graces in churches and other organizations. What if you lack the energy? One person may have some health problems but not the same ability to do that, and sometimes as we age, we can lose ability to keep up. Some may be able to volunteer more in the early years of disability such as once a week and not be able to as they decline and age. If he has a wife caretaking and cooking and cleaning this will allow him more time and energy to do other things. Sometimes you get two ill people together and well, there goes even more energy out the door and if you are on your own too. The elder who volunteers a lot of time and energy probably is a good guy but it's not fair the others will expect the same out of every other person. I am noticing there are high expectations and more demands more and it can feel like egg shell walking time for any disabled people out there. It is enough to make us leery. I will pray for you. One pride of life, I see going, and this elder could be humble man so I am talking in general is people do not want to show off their works. I have noticed some work themselves literally into the ground to buy love and attention and status in churches.

Bible Believer said...

Thanks Don and Anon. Good bible verses.

Bible Believer said...

Oops I meant do want to show off their works.

You have to know there is some human suffering behind the scenes where some are thinking, "I am as only as good as what I get "done" or "accomplish" for others."

Bible Believer said...

Facebook yes can be one big brag fest. It seems to many the children are trophies. Yes that is true with the pride parades and stickers. I agree that many do think pride is a good thing, and do brag of all their works to others, and it's true you do get your reward then.

Oh I agree about those who are so proud of their children, accomplishments and other deeds. You see those stickers, "I am so proud of my children" etc. It gets scary I have seen some of this stuff where their crow about everyone of their children's good grades, sports trophies and rest, you think of the poor children and then what if they fail or struggle? What if they are average? Certainly some types like this see their children only as reflections on them. So I cringe too. Yes it is usually Christians posting this stuff more. Doing the pride of life and showing the cookie cutter "perfect" lives they have to the world too.

Bible Believer said...

Hi Last anon, sorry you felt you did not fit in with your church either.

LOL I agree those financial classes are to get the money up and running and more donations. Probably more David Ramsey junk where they will tell people they are poor from bad behavior and budgeting and like middle class jobs can be picked off trees. David Ramsey in my opinion has led to a lot of the hatefulness towards the poor in the churches. I never had time to write him much just a few mentions. They CHARGE that much for the course? They may as well hang a sign on the door, Only Middle Class and above welcomed. Working class and poorer people aren't going to have 200 bucks to spend on a "life improvement" course.

Most of those people do think it is God blessing them because they have lived moral lives and believe in Jesus. You are so right. They see the poor as all sinful creatures, who drank or had children out of wedlock or drugged their way right into poverty.

Celebrate Recovery I don't know much about but definitely have my reservations about the 12 step programs.

I am glad you don't feel bad about your afflictions and have drawn closer to the Lord in them.

Anonymous said...

Pride can be dangerous. I know what you're saying. I have to stop myself when I feel that competitiveness rise up in myself, and I have to beat it down as it brings out a terrible uneasiness in myself. But you are the real success in this world as compared to those who belittle you. God knows you love him and that is most important. Plus, you're now one of the few sites I have to turn to when I'm feeling completely alone with how I choose to live my life with regards to not following the ways of the world. You give me so much hope that there are others like you out there In this mad, mad world. No worldly successful person has done for me what you have and I'm sure the many others out there that look forward to your new writings as I do. You are a success in this life in the ways that matter most. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

We can expect 'pride' from the world/from unbelievers for this is the way of sin. It should come as no surprise to us who are born again of the Spirit of our LORD; for we see it everywhere - business, entertainment, the arts, in homes.

With that said, does not our LORD say that judgement begins in the 'house of the LORD." What worldly and carnal mess has the organized church become here in our land? Do the lives of those who wear their Christianity with their mouths, their clothes, their jewelry, their bumper stickers, or any other 'personal advertisement', differ from those with whom they believe are unsaved? Seriously?

Do those who profess Christ with their mouths live any different than those labeled as unbelievers, yet many, many unbelievers exhibit more fruits of the Spirit and do greater works? Have we not met unbelievers who love people and would give their right arm to help when in need, are kind, generous, giving, caring, compassionate, empathetic, and appear blessed in so many areas. Contrast this to most of whom we encounter in institutional churches who hate people, gossip about them when something bad happens and never lift an arm to help let alone offer up a prayer to the Father, who are unkind, unloving, uncaring, uncompassionate, place themselves first in the church temples, boast and brag of their giving, their talents, their religiosity with their noses held high and their chests puffed out.

Seriously, Bible Believer, I have met more people who love Jesus and exhibit more of our LORD's spiritual fruits OUTSIDE of the institutional church system than I have encountered within those walled religious courts. The pride of life is mainstream within the Christian synagogues and the lifestyle of humility is all but a fossil.

To encounter a genuine humble Christian is a rare, very, very rare jewel amongst church goers. Churches have become the "see me, see me, see what I am doing for the lord (a false Jesus), for I am important, and I will be the first to tell you and show you just how important I am to this church!"

And then Jesus comes in and He sees the state of our hearts, knows the condition of our minds, and sees how we live when we are not sitting in the pews. Could the phrase that came out of His mouth in His day, "You brood of vipers" be applies to us today? Churches are all about leadership/pride of this life, are they not?

Jesus, have mercy upon those who have been humbled in this life, not making a big show of their faith in You, alone. To You, oh LORD be the glory.

Anonymous said...

One thing we have to keep in mind as believers. It is our identity in Jesus Christ and the inheritance that we have and the future we have that far surpasses anything this world can offer. The relatives of which you speak have their reward and they will have nothing but suffering in the next life. THEY are the losers. They could be winners also, but they have allowed the pride of life to choke out the really important decisions in life, that of their eternal destiny.

We should expect nothing less from the world. We should pray for those who misunderstand us and treat us callously such as parading their accomplishments and worldly pursuits with no compassion for those who are in less fortunate circumstances.

BB, you may consider yourself poor by the world's standards, but you are rich in what you have in Christ. The next time you have such a conversation, perhaps you can say that although you don't have the means for such activities that you are spiritually rich and express your joy amidst your circumstances. This would serve as a witness for Christ if you can show joy in your lack in a worldly sense.

Perhaps it would be edifying and encouraging if you were to do an article on who we are in Christ and the blessings that have nothing to do with financial or other kinds of earthly status. It would be a good reminder for all of us, whether rich, poor or inbetween financially.

Most of the world is caught up in achieving and competing. Our society is set up that way. It takes a conscious effort NOT to get caught up in it and take pride in accomplishments. There can be satisfaction for a job well done, but tha it different. The Christian is to do all to honor Christ, not themselves. That is the difference between believers and non. We should truly pity those who are prideful because they are on a fast track to hell. Unless one is a believer, any good works they may do are of no account.

Remember, even though you are poor financially, you are RICH in Christ!

Anonymous said...

BB I believe the Lord is speaking to all of us. I just finished writing about Jealousy and Selfish Ambition because it is epidemic in our culture as well as in the body of believers. It is no respecter of persons when it comes to competition and comparing ourselves among each other. I sent it to you before I even opened up your blog site. Pride is the kernel in which selfish ambition and greed grow from. The roots grow out in jealousy therefore the quest goes on to fight your neighbor whether it is in the work place or christian gathering. The demeaning and beating down of others stem from jealousy and a covetous spirit. Society is taught through board and computer games that they must win at all costs. To be a loser is to be a nobody, a winner...the most admired and respected. The world doesn't even care if the winner are villains as long as they are on top of the game. The higher you sit on a pinnacle, the greater the fall. We as children of God are of royalty. We don't have to get entangled with civilian affairs but look to the Author and Finisher of our Faith to finish this race. What I truly pray is that our testimony will always bring glory to God and not to ourselves, to be vessels of honor and use.

Anonymous said...

Dave Ramsey was speaking at a church and he suddenly opened up a red umbrella pointed the devil's horn sign several times at the audience. Very strange and odd behavior.

Anonymous said...

The mention of Facebook is appropriate to the issue of pride. Getting "Likes" I guess is good?
You get "friends" and then you "unfriend" them. What a joke! And the majority of people cave to this testimony to the flesh, even churches and Christians organizations. The end justifies the means. I have heard more Christians justify themselves on being on Facebook - follow the herd. Never mind the data-mining and all the bad fruit that comes from it - social media. Cyberbullying - kids committing suicide. It is a wicked web, a trap. People don't even do personal e-mail anymore and if you are not on FB you are often left out of the family loop.

It is based on pride. What are YOUR favorites, who are YOUR friends, all about what YOU are doing. ME ME ME !!! That throws all biblical principles out the window!

Anonymous said...

Dave Ramsey is ecumenical for sure. He does give good principles for good stewardship. The red umbrella is not necessarily a wicked omen. The umbrella represents financial protection. Often what is perceived by some as a "devil sign" is a quite innocent position of the fingers with no evil intent. Ramsey may or may not know the sign he is making - but we can't judge that, can we?

I think the most dangerous thing about the man is his ecumenism and disregard for sounmd doctrine. But again, he is in the business of financial counseling. But instead of bringing in a big name, why not use a wise person from the church who does not cost people a small fortune?

Anonymous said...

Church and so called religious Facebook sites are the absolute worst! To see and read grown adults, many of who are in that beloved 'leadership' position of sorts, loving the sounds of their own voices/comments acting like teenagers trying to win a popularity contest is blatant idolatry.

How many 'ministry' websites boast and brag, "over one million hits!" We have obesity issues of the physical body in this country of prosperity, and yet, the obesity of the heart and mind far outweigh our physical issues.

Did not Jesus say that those who desire to be first here on this earth will be last in His Kingdom? Would love fellowship with humble Christians, but they are hard to find.

Bible Believer said...

Thanks anon for saying I am the real success in this world. I have faced so much belittling lately I've had to pray to God more about this issue. I am glad my blog has helped you and give you hope. It gives me hope to meet others like me who see what is going on and admit it. Thanks for your comforting words. I needed it.

Yes the churches have gotten beyond prideful. Even beyond the clothing, and religious d├ęcor and "junk" how about the travelogues and more? It's scary to be a Christian and have hidden thoughts like, "Why are non-believers nicer?" Yes I'll admit it, of course then I think well most of the churches are false. Some have been so burned badly by "Christians" in name only and I've met these people they fear Christians, and why wouldn't they? I was abused by some cruel Christians when I was a non-believer, I wrote an old article on here called, "Why are Christians so mean?"from 2011 or 2010.

I know loving unbelievers, and well they sure outdistance the "judgmental" crowd in kindness. So yes, I have met those people too. Some are Christians who are outside the system and well they have good fruits. The churches wore me out with all the expected "busy work" [that is a requirement that gets harder on someone who is aging with disabilities] and the "see me" and the endless focus on works, and programs and the rest. Yes all the leaders and pastors all going on about how indispensable they are and those "leadership schools" are all based on pride of life stuff.

Bible Believer said...

Please pray for me, I have had some severe faith tests lately. Even coming out of IFB permanently has been a big deal. I had a Christian believer elsewhere help me, in reminding me what scripture said about those who gloried in this life and it's achievement and wealth. There are people being crushed by this stuff now. Thanks for the reminder too anon, that we have our identity in Jesus Christ and our real life is with Him and in eternity with Him.

The relatives spoken of reject the gospel and yes have their reward. The pride of life matters most to them. Because I was so lowly in status and wealth they cast me out long ago. I swear some act like they will live forever, even the older ones. I think some of the life pride stuff leads into strange delusions now. I agree we need to pray for these people.

I agree about finding joy even in this kind of circumstance. It would be a good reminder. We know this world will work on "wearing out the saints". I have prayed to God to free me from these false judgments bringing me down. Many of the "pride of life" types can seriously damage our hearts if we allow it to happen. It is something I am fighting against and it got intense, in the last several months. They released this news article about Generation X now in its middle aged dying so young and the suicide rates skyrocketing and think this has a lot to do with it. The pride of life and the whole message to a generation of "you didn't measure up" and for the millennials it will be worse as the economy implodes.

Yes we need to focus on the other blessings. For our spiritual survival. Sadly I know people being crushed by these things and the competition and more. Jesus Christ warned of and preached against all of this. How many are caught up in this world and it's status seeking?

Bible Believer said...

Yes you are right about the whole society being caught up in it, we are to honor Jesus Christ not ourselves. Even this constant competition, I believe is destroying relationships. Everyone tested and told they are not measuring up by a vast variety of NWO false moral constructs.

I am glad you wrote against Jealousy and Selfish Ambition, it definitely is. The whole world is in on the comparison game. The churches are not run according to what Jesus Christ mandated which was the last should be first and lowliest man given the highest seat in the banquet. You are right that much hate and strife can come out of this. I have faced my own envy or sins with those in better circumstances. It can lead to bad places. Even now in society you can see the divisions they have set up all over the place. The constant competition is breaking up social relationships. Even the families compete. {I don't think 50 years ago it was the norm to ostracize someone within a family simply for not succeeding at an expected level, the families joined together and pooled resources] There was no such thing as a woman inheriting a million dollars, and then ditching an adult daughter for being too poor. There was no one family living in a McMansion hating the relative living in a trailer.

Yes everything is about "be a winner, be EMPOWERED" [lust for power] and more. Oprah and pals preach all that garbage. The recovery movement teaches being on top and "recovery" seems to be very financial in nature. Look this country is insane enough to almost elect Donald Trump, talk about putting a total sociopath in the driver's seat just because he is a WINNER.

Bible Believer said...

Well a Winner for now, a "LOSER" in hell unless he repents and probably chances are he is a reprobate and part of the luciferian system though one of their puppets.

I have struggled with sins and despair over not being a "winner" and being called a loser. No Christian should be put there, we have victory in Christ that matters. The Bible warns of how the poor are treated even that the poor man will have less friends [in the book of Proverbs] Here is a place we have to make sure we get clear minded and not let Satan or his servants get their way in. This world hates even things like humbleness. Being humble is a virtue in the Bible, we don't see that anywhere in this world do we?

I believe Dave Ramsey does a lot of psych ops against the poor. He basically says in his articles, that the poor deserve their station and did not work hard enough. He ignores how the job market is run too. I see this all over the right wing. Even Zero Hedge, I figured out had commenters that were astro turfers that just post the usual right wing garbage mocking anyone who is short on cash. I saw them do it today on a post having to do with student loans, calling people stupid who didn't see through the college scam. It used to be considered bad luck to open an umbrella indoors, I don't agree with that superstition but seems he did it as some kind of sign. Yes devil's signs are bad news.

I agree the pride stuff is being pushed online and on Facebook. Maybe a few people on there do real conversations but half the place is probably "influenced" to death and most is about showing off. Look at my vacation, look at this and that.

I think yes one has to be careful with finger signs that are by accident. I have seen people who make a lot of hand gestures, and some could "fit" but it's more waving the hands around. The ones who do it make sure to freeze frame their devil's signs at least a little bit.

With David Ramsey, sure he is one of those ecumenical para-church types helping run the ecumenical train uniting the churches in the right wing poor hate a thons, and making tons of cash, that could be used to help the poor in the churches instead in the first place. I had a near local friend tell me their church is having a financial seminar, not sure if it is a Ramsey one and she said it cost 200 bucks per person. I said they may as well put a sign on the door that read "Middle Class and above only". Think about this 30 people in a church signing up and that is 6,000 bucks, and imagine that money going to the poor instead.

Sure tons of ministry websites, go on about their hits and popularity. How many never stay home because they have to go get attention and money? With obesity they are fattening up America by design and chemical but that's a whole other subject matter.

Yes I would love fellowship with humble Christians too. There are rare ones out there.

Anonymous said...

The important thing is to stand guard; guarding our hearts and minds. We see the adversary bringing in his crew of defiled speakers, auctioneers, marketeers to hear lies coated in chocolate so our taste buds can't detect poison. Infiltration of every evil organization has happened and now believers are sitting peacefully content to embrace the anti-Christ. What a hoax! Where is our first love? Because we value the "worlds" view and opinions the tide takes us in and out to unloose our anchor to the Lord. Then once we have drifted from truth, the waves take captive our thoughts rather than the word of God. We are tossed to and fro which is exactly what the enemy wants. We wrestle not against flesh and blood so we must not wrestle with the lies the demonic realm plants in our thoughts. Once we open the gate, we allow deception to cast shadows and doubts of God's faithfulness and love towards us. He is our Defender, Vindicator, our Righteous Judge. He will not allow the wicked to go unpunished. Our strength is in His Name, God Almighty!

Anonymous said...

In November 2 weeks before Thanksgiving I came down with bronchitis. Most people don’t even have a second thought when this happens. But with me it is different, I have hereditary emphysema and chronic bronchitis, with maybe 18% of lung function at this time. I became very ill to the point my wife and I were making plans for a will and medical power of attorney. I was to the point that I thought this is the time that I will be going home to heaven in a week or so.

But that did not happen. I recovered somewhat to where we thought I would be over this in a few more weeks. But this last Monday, January 22, 2016, morning there was a setback. I coughed up about 3 tablespoons of junk from my lungs and I could barely breathe. The bronchitis had come back with a vengeance. My wife called my doctor and he prescribed a different antibiotic this time. I started taking this Monday night. Now today, Friday, I am much better. Still a little congestion in my lungs, but nothing that is even close to what I was having before. I thank God for His mercy in this time.

Matthew 10:27-28 "Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

We are to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ even when we are sick. We can be a witness for Jesus to those that are not saved by Blood of the Lamb of God. We are not to worry about the consequences whether they reject or accept what we have to say. We are commanded to do this, voluntarily.

When I prayed and asked God to heal me of this illness, this was the answer. Job 38:2-5 "Who is this who darkens counsel By words without knowledge? Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me. "Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it?

I went to the scriptures again and read about Jesus in the garden before the cross. I read about Paul going to God three times asking for healing.

Luke 22:41-42 And He was withdrawn from them about a stone's throw, and He knelt down and prayed, saying, "Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done."

Anonymous said...

Joel, continued

God did not spare His only Son from His intended purpose. It was planned before time began.

John 3:14-17 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

2Corinthians 12:8-9 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

I praise God even though I am sick. I praise Him for the salvation I have through Jesus. I give God praise for the tender mercies He gives me. I praise God because only His ways are better than anything I could think of.

Psalms 8:4 What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?

Job 42:2-6 "I know that You can do everything, And that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You. You asked, 'Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge?' Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. Listen, please, and let me speak; You said, 'I will question you, and you shall answer Me.' "I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, But now my eye sees You. Therefore I abhor myself, And repent in dust and ashes."

God is still in control of everything and I am nothing. I pray now that it is God’s will and not my will that is to be done in my life.

Why do we worry about who did or said to us that we did not like. Didn’t Jesus tell us that the world would hate us as much as they hated Him first? We are to be a witness of the compassion of our Lord and Savior. How can we have compassion in our hearts when we have even a little animosity in the same place?

Numbers 11:23 And the LORD said to Moses, "Has the LORD's arm been shortened? Now you shall see whether what I say will happen to you or not."

Numbers 23:19 "God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

What I am trying to say in all this is that if you call yourself a child of God, a Christian, a Follower of Jesus Christ, then you are His period. We are to do His will, not what we think is His will. But His will alone, by His rules and commandments. Isaiah 55:8-9 "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," says the LORD. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.

Trust only in the Lord, anything else will fail.


Anonymous said...

Interesting about Donald Trump. He and his family attended Marble Collegiate Church, Norman Vincent Peale's church. Peale influenced Robert Schuller and Schuller influenced Rick Warren. Peale was the author of The Power of Positive Thinking. - Don

Anonymous said...

Beautiful Joel, I praise our LORD for you and the Word/Words He brought forth to your mind to share with us through the power of His Spirit. In prayer for you and your family during this time of sickness and suffering. Our LORD is with you.

Thank-you Don for this truth. Now everything makes perfect sense as to the vain philosophies of Trump. My republican household and former church system loves this man for "Trump tells us like it is." Oh, how religion loves its politics and its pagan theatrics.

Anonymous said...

We cannot expect those running for political secular office to not of this world. We CAN expect them to be of this world and the world's system. As citizens we have to evaluate them in the light of who will do a better job of protecting our freedoms as believers so we can live in peace and go about our Father's business. Thata should be our perspective - to not vote for those who are blatantly immoral and untruthfull.

We should not be overly occupied with the candidates and get caught up in the hype. We are to use wisdom. None of them are going to be Mr. or Mrs. Genuine Christian. They should respect religious freedoms and other policies that protect the citenry and allow us to live out our lives in honor to the Lord.

Ben Carson seems to be a decent man, but he is of the 7th Day cult. We are electing a President, not a religous leader.

Anonymous said...

What I wonder is this: If David Ramsey encourages helping the poor by giving your wealth away, yet calls the poor stupid, who is he aiming to help, and who stupid?
Does that make sense? I have recently listened to one of his lectures, and he referred to broke people as stupid over and over and over, so I am not putting words in his mouth.

Bible Believer said...

Yes stand guard. they are bringing in all sorts of things including their latest thing is a TV show called Lucifer where the devil is a hero. One of the co-creators is this guy Gaiman, there was some book I saw of his at the library and it was total MK ultra land. The Coraline book was so horrific

The world is hurting some of us very badly, I know the world is working to unloose my anchor to the Lord. Please pray. So thank you for this warning. It can bring sin. The enemy is out to hunt us down and destroy. Often I think some of the worse damages is coming from the fake Christian world. Many are having the world call them names and treat them like worms or turning them into throwaway people. As far as this world is concerned some of us, our lives [in this world] are being destroyed. Thank you for this warning. Yes many doubt God's faithfulness and love and grow disheartened. I am paying prices for this blog, I can't even talk about on here. Please everyone here pray for me.

I am sorry you are sick and will pray for your health. I relate to lung problems and have severe COPD myself. It could be related to another rare disorder but my lungs went when I was young, so I understand personally the fear of not being able to breathe. I am so sorry you have faced these things. Ill health especially over long periods of time can take a huge toll on people. Praise God you were healed and have gotten more time.

Yes that is a good verse from the book of Job and it's true even Jesus prayed please take this cup from me.

Thanks Joel for the reminder of the world hating us and other verses.

Hmm that is interesting about Trump. I haven't had time to study him much but he is definitely full "Illuminati" and part of the system. Peale and Schuller were like false "Christian" flavored warlocks. I saw a video where it said the Simpsons predicted a Trump presidency in 2000 probably more predictive programming. In the cartoon, I think I remember Hitlery actually being turned into his running mate.

Yes the church people around here love Trump too, the divorces and obvious greed, materialism and sociopathy don't matter because he supposedly will put America first, fight Isis, etc etc. The right wing politics makes me want to throw up even more intensely.

I have seen David Ramsey insult the poor too right on his website. He says things like the poor do not read books or plan ahead. He blames people for not having money and acts like jobs can be picked off trees. It makes me sick how his seminars are all over the churches here.

In a latest seminar he is selling "generational wealth" and forming a "legacy". I had a great-grandfather who was a multimillionaire. What does it mean for my life absolutely nothing.

Talk about loving the money and riches of this world.

I'm going to give it straight, people sell out into evil for money, especially BIG MONEY.

Ramsey is actually teaching LOVE of MONEY which is against the Bible.

Anonymous said...

To Anonymous 5:09 P.M.,

What I personally have observed during political rallies, speeches, appearances and such, as well as researching the policies of the former candidates that I have supported and voted for in the past; based on all of this, there has not been one, no, not one single candidate that has spoken what the Bible calls 'truth.'

All political candidates lie and this is a fact. They lie with such ease and natural ability that one is easily taken in with their charm; I was. My household and former Baptist church system still believes that Bush is a Christian and when an individual disagrees with their blind belief system, the fruits of God's Spirit are thrown out the window and the believer becomes the victim of verbal abuse. What I found interesting within this 'conservative church itself' was this; all the while (myself included at that time until Christ delivered me out of the pagan political realm, ALLELUIA!) we were criticizing, condemning, mocking and laughing at the democratic party and their antics, the republican party was enjoying the very same wickedness! The emails I received from our 'republican elders' were equally as distasteful, disgusting and evil as their democratic counterparts. And this example is only the tip of the iceberg. If George Bush, another example, was so against abortion like he verbalized, he could have easily done away with this during his presidential terms, but in fact, he is not as 'pro-life' as we were led to believe. Hypocrisy knows no political party, and neither does satan.

Experienced this inside the church walled synagogues and oh, how Jesus must be weeping over us.

Bible Believer said...

Nope not one of them speaks the truth.

I believe the majority are narcissists and sociopaths, well even those personality traits people seem to love in leaders like charisma, fills the pulpits up with them too. The 'worship' of the "strong man" has reached it's peak. Hey they still were praising Reagan at that last church I left as a good Christian man, I wanted to throw up. I tried to warn a few in my first IFB, thought I made some headway but the pastor is even ready to vote for that Canadian Cruz. All I can do is look at that guy to see total "EVIL".

Anonymous said...

Facebook is a tool of the devil. Satan has rewarded Zuckerberg for his wickedness.

Anonymous said...

Amen Bible Believer, Amen.

I agree with your 7:11 comment, completely.

Anonymous said...

I believe the bible says that you are a very special person to go through all those issues you are having. You have much faith. He only gives that much trouble to his very special vessels.

Bible Believer said...

Thanks I will check out that Zuckerberg link.

I hope I am not having more trouble sent to me. LOL I usually do not see God as the source of the trouble but the devil trying to attack and outcomes of the fallen natural world.. Lately life has gotten to a place where I feel rather ground down, and having to pray away sad feelings. I should do a post warning not to give in to bad emotions about life on this earth. I don't think I am special, I have had a weird life but have many faults. Some of the wicked people I have dealt with scare me. Please pray for me nontheless thanks.