God Has A Plan For The Proud (And It Ain’t Good)

If you think that because you are human and do not have an All Powerful Being in control of your fate, you have some serious issues. The Pride of man will be his undoing as we have seen many times in the past even recently. Though right now we have many issues that have resulted from people bieng in lofty and high places who thought they could not be caught, they are being exposed and revealed to the world. Sins of man are being brought to light by those who have been victimized. Some have passed the statute of human limitations but God reveals all. The solution, do not give into temptation.

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.       1 John 2:15-16

I myself have had a dark few months recently where temptation had taken hold. Am I suffering for it? yes. Have I repented? yes. Have I asked forgiveness from those I have wronged Physically and Spiritually? Yes. Will I recover? God forgives those who seek Him, Love Him, and return to Him (Think Prodigal Son).

The immoral behaviors of Hollywood which have been rampant for decades are finally coming to light. Fame and fortune do come with a cost. The Idol of money has taken over the lives of many with quid pro quo, bribes, hush money, and even extortion. These are things that man thinks will cover up misdeeds. The love of money called greed will be man’s undoing.

Now as Isaiah points out, there is no escape from the wrath of God. Sometimes He uses people to exact His wrath upon those who sin, and even though they think they can hide, God knows their hearts so they will be found out.

Be aware of those who will try to persecute you or vicitimize you, they will have their day in the heavenly court where they will be seated in the furnace awaiting punishment. Stay in the Word, and if you falter return quickly and repent. Do not let temptation rule your life, I have learned that the hard way. Love One Another Just As He Loves Us. Do not give up hope, He will be returning soon.

Are You of the Spirit or of the World?

MATERIAL SPIRITUALHow often do we hear of people getting rich, living mostly happy lives then dying or becoming destitute all of sudden? This seems to happen to some lottery winners especially in the last 10 years. How about those folks who amassed great wealth and lived long lives, sometimes too long, and thought they could control people by conditionally sharing their wealth to meet their personal desire for mass control? When they go they are either heralded as good or evil men. How many of the wealthy follow God’s Word? How many manipulate it for their own conscious to be satisfied? Throughout Scripture we are constantly reminded how material wealth is deadly while spiritual wealth leads to life eternal.

That being said, why have so many popular pastors fallen into a false material prosperity gospel that does not lead to Spiritual happiness? I mean think about it. Books titled, Your Best Life Now, God’s Formula for Success and Prosperity, God’s Master Key to Prosperity and others have convinced many that God wants you to have materialistic (mostly monetary) wealth. Money won’t buy your place at the banquet table of Christ. This prosperity gospel is irresponsible, promotes idolatry, and is contrary to scripture. Most of the progenitors of this heresy are televangelists who live lavish non humble lives. This ideology goes back to the mid-1960s and needs to stop.

Jesus tells us,  “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  Matthew 6: 19-21

If God based a person’s faithfulness on their amassing of material goods then the poor would never even see the inside of a church. If this was true then Jesus would have welcomed the money traders and sellers of all goods (even sinful ones) in the temple instead of going on a rampage. He would have been more friendly to the members of the Sanhedrin than the poor and destitute. Get the picture yet????

How did the Catholic Church raise extra funds? Before we answer part of that let us look at Psalm 49:5-12.

Why should I fear in times of trouble, when the iniquity of those who cheat me surrounds me, those who trust in their wealth and boast of the abundance of their riches? Truly no man can ransom another, or give to God the price of his life, for the ransom of their life is costly and can never suffice,that he should live on forever and never see the pit. 10 For he sees that even the wise die; the fool and the stupid alike must perish and leave their wealth to others. 11 Their graves are their homes forever, their dwelling places to all generations, though they called lands by their own names. 12 Man in his pomp will not remain; he is like the beasts that perish.  

 

The Catholic Church charged people money for saving a soul while in purgatory. They called it an “Indulgence” which was above and beyond the tithe paid weekly if they had a recently deceased relative. It was not covering burial costs but went into the Bishop’s and Pope’s pockets. Look at verses 7 through 10 again. We cannot ransom a soul.

 

Jesus spoke to us in parables that were clearly understood back in the time of His Ministry. Take for instance the story of the Rich man and Lazarus:

“Once there was a rich man who used to dress in the most expensive clothing and spent his days in magnificent luxury. 20 At his gate had been laid a beggar named El‘azar who was covered with sores. 21 He would have been glad to eat the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table; but instead, even the dogs would come and lick his sores. 22 In time the beggar died and was carried away by the angels to Avraham’s side; the rich man also died and was buried.

23 “In Sh’ol, where he was in torment, the rich man looked up and saw Avraham far away with El‘azar at his side. 24 He called out, ‘Father Avraham, take pity on me, and send El‘azar just to dip the tip of his finger in water to cool my tongue, because I’m in agony in this fire!’ 25 However, Avraham said, ‘Son, remember that when you were alive, you got the good things while he got the bad; but now he gets his consolation here, while you are the one in agony. 26 Yet that isn’t all: between you and us a deep rift has been established, so that those who would like to pass from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’

27 “He answered, ‘Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father’s house, 28 where I have five brothers, to warn them; so that they may be spared having to come to this place of torment too.’ 29 But Avraham said, ‘They have Moshe and the Prophets; they should listen to them.’ 30 However, he said, ‘No, father Avraham, they need more. If someone from the dead goes to them, they’ll repent!’ 31 But he replied, ‘If they won’t listen to Moshe and the Prophets, they won’t be convinced even if someone rises from the dead!’”  Matthew 16:19-31 CJV

What does this tell us? Has the point been driven home yet? It does not matter what you have physically, God wants you to be humble. In the Beatitudes Jesus says that the poor in spirit are blessed. He is speaking of those who are humble in their ways, God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6). For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matthew 6:21).

When we come to God in prayer, we need to understand our own sin, our spiritual emptiness and poverty. We cannot be self-satisfied or have proud hearts, thinking we don’t really need God for successful living. Staying humble and being dependent on the Spirit for our success is more pleasing to God than how much money or stuff we have.

Trust In the Lord Alone

There are many things going on in the world today where people are forgetting whom they need to completely put their trust in. Yes we need to have trust within the circle of family and friends but the trust in them is only temporary and earthly. I am not saying that we need to stop trusting in them, not at all because it is an ingredient in the glue that keeps families and friends together. Putting our trust in God will help keep us focused on Him even in our darkest moments when we feel lost in the temptations of this world. David had fallen into many trappings of the Adversary because He did not want us to succeed. David was now an easy target but as we know today even in his darkest times, David knew where to place his ultimate trust. 

Psalm 52:

Why do you boast of your evil, you tyrant, when God’s mercy is present every day? Your tongue, as sharp as a razor, plots destruction and works deception. You love evil more than good, lies rather than speaking uprightly. You love all words that eat people up, you deceitful tongue! This is why God will strike you down, seize you, pluck you from your tent and uproot you from the land of the living. The righteous will see and be awestruck; they will jeer at him, saying, “This fellow would not make God his refuge, but trusted in his own great wealth, relying on his evil plots.” But I am like a leafy olive tree in the house of God; I put my trust in the grace of God forever and ever. I will praise you forever for what you have done, and I will put my hope in your name; for this is what is good in the presence of  your faithful.

The evils of today have taken many forms as we have gone through the many church ages as spoken of in Revelation (not Revelations) and we are nearing the end. The evil that men do will surely be punished in the next world as it is running rampant in this one. In Psalm 52, the Psalmist speaks first of the evil and vile words that come from the mouth of those who do not know or trust in God. They use words of hate, jealousy, and other ungodly behaviors until the person is given his due on the earth by the devil when he is done with him. When the devil or false gods forsake you or do nothing at all for you, then you are truly damned. The only way is to humble yourself and plead forgiveness in this life while also placing your faith and trust in the only one that truly matters, God.

Of course, if it is not a true, sincere, fully humbling (think like how Scrooge changed) change of ways, the chances of eternal redemption are not so good. Those that see others who are not with God or don’t have Jesus (or however you want to put it), need to be mindful not to condemn but at least make known their folly. It may lead to the persons saving grace. Isn’t that where God wants us to put our trust, into His Amazing, Saving Grace?

The person mentioned above placed faith in something less than God. Things less than God (yes that is definitely including ourselves) cannot be feared as much as God can, cannot save you from eternal damnation like God can, and cannot love you as much as God does.   

Brothers and Sisters, the time is quickly approaching where we should be on the watch for the thief in the night. God will not tell us exactly when (even those who think to read the signs have been completely off), but He will tell us when the time comes. With that said, make yourself right with God. Humble yourself, grant God the full access into your heart that He not only desires but deserves because He is our creator/redeemer and not that human made product that lies their lifeless. Give God His Glory, Love As He Loves Us.   

Weakness of Being Wicked

1 Why, Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?
2 In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak, who are caught in the schemes he devises.
3 He boasts about the cravings of his heart; he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord.
4 In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.
5 His ways are always prosperous; your laws are rejected by him; he sneers at all his enemies.
6 He says to himself, “Nothing will ever shake me.” He swears, “No one will ever do me harm.”  Psalm 10:1-6
God is not fully absent from us right now even though it feels that way sometimes. These first six verses of Psalm 10 we see a worried man who is feeling separated from God as if He was allowing the Psalmist to stand on his own during a time of trouble. Is this God letting the wicked get so bad that they cannot escape from their own undoing? Seems like it doesn’t it. As I was reading this I was convicted into the wickedness of today’s world.
I KNOW I PROMISED NEVER TO GET POLITICAL SO I WILL TRY NOT TO
Many people have now heard of a man named George Soros who is very rich and has been accused of many wicked things. He preys on the weak minded who have turned away from God yet need a savior so he offers large amounts of money with the cost of doing his dirty work or schemes of his design. This man has fed the greed of others while desiring a one world open society absent from God. He believes he is above the law and mostly because he has so many governments in his pockets and he does not fear for his life.
You know what, he will be the first to fall. His kingdom which he is trying to create will diminish with time as people are actually beginning to wake up from the spell they were under. Yes his agents are still out there in plain sight, trying to keep people from returning to moral and upright ways, but they will not succeed.
America is not the only country that is dealing with this. The sickness of sexual immorality has become a world-wide epidemic and he is using it to control them as if to say, “I know what you have done, follow me and tracks will be covered.” He has control of the pedophiles, LGTBQZ, far left feminists, radicals, racists, baby killers, you name it he’s in control. His invincibility will be stripped away just as the previous ultra- rich world controlling families have found out: Money does not happiness make, nor can it save you from eternal damnation. In fact, it just might speed up death no matter how much is spent on trying to stay alive. No one leaves this world unscathed. But those who have Christ in their life will fare better at the judgement. We, not the wicked, will not be shaken. We, not the wicked, will not be moved. We all will suffer but our joy will come.
Be of Good faith, follow God’s instruction and you will live in His arms for eternity. Amen

Worship an idol, lose the soul

IDOL WORSHIP PIC

An Army Drill Sergeant during training used to have to stand in front of a firmly rooted tree and tell it to move using an aggressive voice. Of course the tree did not move on command from the Drill Sergeant but God may have sent the wind to rustle the leaves a little. Ancient Greek and Roman Gods were made of stone or wood and emblazoned in precious metals. Folks talked and prayed to them and it was mostly for their own peace of mind because a carved stone or log cannot grant a petition of prayer. Wearers of crystal depend on the “medicinal values” when it is a mind thing. Jews and Christians have an eternal living being who hears prayers and petitions, takes the matter into consideration and answers either positively or negatively in His timing. What inanimate object can do that? NONE
“What profit is an idol when its maker has shaped it, a metal image, a teacher of lies? For its maker trusts in his own creation when he makes speechless idols! Woe to him who says to a wooden thing, Awake; to a silent stone, Arise! Can this teach? Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in it. But the Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him.” Habakkuk 2:18-20
Wood, paper, stone, crystals, glass, minerals, and metals are used as tools, adornments, and building materials not to be worshipped.
There are many things in this world today that people love. People, material objects, symbols, celestial bodies, otherworldly creatures, comic superheroes, nature, animals, even foods have been worshipped as long as man has roamed the earth. Each thing does have a significance in itself some of which are man-made and some just appear out of nowhere. Some make us feel better and some make us feel inadequate to the point of changing ourselves to be like the worshipped thing. But none of them can do anything that our God can.
So many people are influenced by what they see in the media because their lives are inundated with what they need in life, how they should dress, how much they should weigh, and how they should act, that it has caused a great moral dilemma in society all because some people with money want to be loved by more people so they can make more money. Thankfully there are some popular people who are for the most part morally straight or are attaining to be and have tried their best to live a less fabulous life, some even stay out of the limelight and try to live normal lives when they are not on stage or on screen. Unfortunately we have the good with the bad. Some famous people live such distorted and sinful lives that they believe they are right and push the Adversaries agenda of sinful behaviors on society (unfortunately with a lot of success as of late).
We are living in a time where the Word is getting distorted even by mainstream religious leaders just to get people to come and worship. When you distort the Word you are going completely against Revelation 22:18-19
“I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.”

Some claim they are doing this for progress and the betterment of mankind. The Word is already distorted with the claim that all you have to do is believe in Jesus and forget that we have to live Godly lives as best as we can. Is this not found in the “Woes” of Isaiah 5?
Woe to those who draw sin along with cords of deceit, and wickedness as with cart ropes,
19 to those who say, “Let God hurry; let him hasten his work so we may see it. The plan of the Holy One of Israel—let it approach, let it come into view, so we may know it.”
20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.
21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.
22 Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine and champions at mixing drinks,
23 who acquit the guilty for a bribe, but deny justice to the innocent.
24 Therefore, as tongues of fire lick up straw and as dry grass sinks down in the flames,
so their roots will decay and their flowers blow away like dust; for they have rejected the law of the LORD Almighty and spurned the word of the Holy One of Israel.
25 Therefore the LORD’s anger burns against his people; his hand is raised and he strikes them down. The mountains shake, and the dead bodies are like refuse in the streets.
Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away, his hand is still upraised.
We all know pastors and leaders who have changed Scripture to get people into the church then need to keep their distorted view just to keep them. They have created idols of false words and damaged souls. We need to stop asking the Lord to come quickly and make it visible to all. We need to correct the world from their ideas of what is good and bad. Those who are wise in their own eyes are acting like fools as the drunkards continue to drink. Can we open the eyes of justice so it is no longer blind to the truth of things?
Those who reject God’s Law will suffer and those who refuse to listen will rot. But in all this, God knows His faithful children and will not let the suffering be long. As long as we do not fall into the entrapment of false idols and distorted ideologies, keeping His Word and living like Christ the best we can, we will do fine.
Beware False Idols, even the inanimate ones can kill your soul.

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