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19) Are you waiting for Santa Claus or the thief in the night?

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Postscript

I felt urged to add a sombre and sober note to the previous post. 18) Christmas cold turkey

The world is changing at a heart-stopping immense speed. Visible economic, socio-political, cultural and technological changes could be seen in the past and noted from one generation to the next. It has doubled up in speed at every cycle, instead changing from decade to decade, then from every half decade to every half decade and now from one year to the next. Some changes almost appear overnight.

This relentless moving forward and gathering speed, has no sign of stopping, has all safety and brakes removed and with the terminus out of sight, we dare not guess where the next stop will be or when it will be.

It’s very sobering to know that I will be around to experience The Great Tribulation. At current speeds, it would not be outrageous to claim that it will commence within a decade, maybe much sooner.

This shadow has forced my hand somewhat. I can see a line being drawn in the sand.  Many people are already taking their position with the world, with Satan and against God. So I am taking my position for God and being clear that I have no intention of compromising with the fore knowledge that I may not only have to die for my faith but that I may also be punished, ostracised and brutally tortured.

You may find this in bad taste to talk about this on Christmas Eve, that is disturbs the cosiness. Waking up is hard to do when it is so comfortable to doze off in a false sense of peace and security.

Revelation 16:15

Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.

1 Thessalonians 5:2

For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

1 Thessalonians 5:3

For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

Matthew 25:1-13

Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.

They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:

But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.

And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.

But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.

And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.

Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.

But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.

Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

 

We know the following

  1. That Jesus is coming soon and unexpectedly. For no one knows the day or hour.
  2. That we are witnessing the end of the church age. Many churches are falling into apostasy and doctrines of demons while others are operating like a business and letting the world in instead of the Word.
  3. That Christianity is being erased and banned from schools, civic buildings, “Christian” churches and society at large. The bible is now being banned in the Western world.
  4. That all manners of sexual and social immorality are not only being embraced but also promoted and celebrated not only in the world but also in the church.
  5. That children are being targeted in this pernicious onslaught. That they are being sexualized, commodified and abused. They are also pitted against their parents and family at a young age through social conditioning, the media and the degraded education system.
  6. That both men and women are now under attack and that the total obliteration of the family unit has become the enemy’s number one priority.
  7. That many nations are barely keeping their heads above total economic and political collapse. That nations are dividing up against themselves.
  8. That war and nuclear attack are permanently fixed to the horizon.
  9. That the nations are attacking their own people through man-made viruses, dubious vaccines, chemtrailed skies filling the air we breathe with aluminium, strontium and barium. That GMOs are being forced on us as well as crops heavily polluted with glyphosate. That foods are laced with carcinogenic sweeteners such as aspartame. That soon we will all be irradiated by smart meters and cell towers powered by the 5G network. (All thanks to depopulation agendas 21 and 30)
  10. That witchcraft is now the fastest growing religion in America. (There are even people who claim to be “Christian witches”) Paganism, Wicca and Satanism are also on the rise and becoming more publicly visible and promoted to the young, especially through television, films and music videos.
  11. That the natural world is experiencing disaster upon disaster. Fires, earthquakes, tsunamis and floods. Pollution and destruction for profit. Unprecedented and unexplained massive animal deaths occurring throughout the world at a constant rate.

 

If this shocked you to read, maybe that is not such a bad thing. Preparing for what is obviously coming at the eleventh hour will be too late.

If this depressed you, take courage. Jesus is our loving saviour and will win this battle in the end.

However (and this is an importantly big however) in a very small amount of time we will experience the most cataclysmically awful time the world has ever seen. It is written that “Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.” 

Are you ready for it? Do you have the full armour of God? Do you have enough oil for your lamp or are you already falling asleep from the wait?

During tribulation there will be an unprecedented pressure to conform to the world. The grass is green for now however, if you are already in a position whereby standing up for your faith is hard, uncomfortable and embarrassing, how will it be for you in terrible times? If you are ashamed to be a Christian and stand away from the world now when you are in relative safety, how will it be when you are in terrible danger? When all your family and friends and society at large are taking the mark of the beast and so drink from the cup of eternal damnation, where will you be? Will you take the mark too just to fit in? Can you guarantee now that you won’t? If you call yourself a Christian but are still of the world and care what the world thinks you will be sowing the seeds of your own destruction.

It is far easier to escape the yoke with the world now, without the spotlight and pressure to conform beyond a little shyness. You can then, once separate from the world, build up yourself spiritually in the Word so that you can remain steadfast and can overcome and endure the worst test you have ever had to face before.

Are you waiting for Santa Claus or the thief in the night?

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18) Christmas cold turkey

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So I’ve just got off the phone with my sister. My family officially all know now that I am not celebrating Christmas anymore.

“Probably not ever again!” I noticed a silent gulp which the doubt was hiding behind.

I tried clumsily to explain why, by rehashing some of the points I made earlier

here.. 17) Should Christians celebrate Christmas?

I nervously gabbled about the pagan roots, Nimrod’s birthday, the lack of scriptural support of celebrating Jesus’ birth (as well as the weight of scriptural support to show us NOT to celebrate heathen customs and the traditions of men.)

Even in the light of this assurance I crumpled when I heard “But can’t we use it to give God glory as everyone else accepts it as a representational date for Christ’s birth? We can make it about Jesus and we can be good to one another and be the light in the world.”

When someone says all this with a soft and kind heart of course you will waiver! At this point my arguments against celebrating Christmas faded away into a whimper. I felt like a walking hair shirt, denying my family a day when we can all be together. I looked around me for support and found none. It would have been nice if John the Baptist sat on the sofa next to me with his locusts and wild honey shouting “Repent! For the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” Sometimes I feel the urge to shout that too!

If only I could have passed the telephone to Spurgeon to speak steadfastly for me..

“We have no superstitious regard for times and seasons. Certainly we do not believe in the present ecclesiastical arrangement called Christmas. First because we do not believe in any mass at all, but abhor it, whether it be sung in Latin or in English: Secondly, because we find no scriptural warrant whatever for observing any day as the birthday of the Savior; and consequently, its observance is a superstition, because not of divine authority. Superstition has fixed most positively the day of our Savior’s birth, although there in no possibility of discovering when it occurred. It was not till the middle of the third century that any part of the Church celebrated the birth of our Lord; and it was not till long after the western Church had set the example, that the eastern adopted it. Because the day is not known. Probably the fact is that the “holy” days were arranged to fit in with the heathen festivals. We venture to assert that if there be any day in the year of which we may be pretty sure that it was not the day on which our Savior was born, it is the 25th of December. Regarding not the day, let us give God thanks for the gift of His dear Son.

How absurd to think we could do it in the spirit of the world, with a Jack Frost clown, a deceptive worldly Santa Claus and a mixed program of sacred truth with fun, deception and fiction. If it be possible to honor Christ in the giving of gifts, I cannot see how while the gift, giver, and recipient are all in the spirit of the world. The Catholics and high Church Episcopalians may have their Christmas one day in 365 but we have a Christ gift the entire year”.

Yesterday as I trudged up the street in the perpetual night that has fallen on here, I was dazzled by Christmas lights on nearly every other person’s home except mine. At this point the flesh really weakened in me, I felt an otherworldly craving in me. almost like an addict in cold turkey. If there was a one-stop all singing, dancing and be merry outlet on my toes I would have barged in and made Bacchus blush.

I heard a voice in my ear “God and the heavenly angels rejoice when we die to the flesh!”

Harkening back to this voice, it was surprising not to hear Augustine harken back “Give me chastity and continence, but not yet.”

Not yet! Not yet! Not yet!

But if not yet, when?

Instead of trying to be a cut price and muddled polemicist, I could have let my heart speak for me.

“Christmas weighs heavy on her heart”, my heart would say.

We are called to be strangers in this world. Do you not worry when you find yourself being carried along by the world? Do you never hear that little voice inside say “Not that way! This!”

Are you strange enough to reconsider Christmas? To suffer the cold turkey and then eventually give it the cold shoulder?

Ch of Greenville – 120 Reasons Against Christmas

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17) Should Christians celebrate Christmas?

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I actually woke up this morning with those words on my lips..

“Christmas is a lie!”

This is the first year of my life that I won’t be celebrating Christmas. I won’t be celebrating Christmas because this year I became a Christian.

Even before I turned to God and said to His son, “I want to follow you now”, even before this I found the festivities amiss. I thought it was just that I had grown up and the sparkle and the wonder is mainly meant for children. I also didn’t feel the fuzzy glow in my stomach and heart. I guess the crass commercialisation of Christmas was really getting the better of me..

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but it was more than that.

 


A few months ago, I started to research further what I was beginning to already understand. That idea that Christians should not be celebrating Christmas.

Jesus was probably born in autumn, not winter

It started with the realisation that Jesus was probably born at lot earlier in the year, when shepherds were still outside with their flocks, probably September (maybe even September the 11th- let that sink in for a moment). I then discovered that the “Wise Men” appearing at Christ’s birth was an untruth. They found him as a child not a baby and witnessed Jesus in His house with His parents rather than His place of birth.

Nimrod’s Birthday/ Saturnalia

So whose birthday is on the 25th December? Why it’s Nimrod’s birthday or course. It also coincides with Pagan and Druid winter solstice celebrations and what the Roman’s called “Saturnalia”.

As many of you know, the Roman Catholic church simply glued Christianity onto the faces of the well established Pagan and Pantheistic practices. Many of the jewels in the catholic crown, their well famed art collection at the Vatican, the graven images are not of Jesus and Mary but Tammuz and Semiramis.

The same deception occurred when the Catholic church attached the birth of Christ to a pre-existing celebration as they knew they couldn’t be rid of the rituals and celebrations and so they co-opted them.

The hidden old pagan meanings 

Carols were traditionally sung naked and with bawdy lyrics.                                                      The tree is a phallic symbol that you bow down to and then are rewarded with presents underneath.                                                                                                                                            The wreath is a vagina.                                                                                                                        Red holly berries represents the menstrual blood of Diana.                                                        Mistletoe berries represents the semen of the sun god.

If you want to know more about the pagan meanings behind the Christmas traditions and rituals, you can find more information here..(I should warn you that “New Year” is a pagan ritual too.)

 

 

The lies of Santa/ Satan (Krampus)

Another shocking realisation is that Santa is actually “SATAN”! Dressed up in red and white as a mockery of Jesus Christ’s blood and of His robes dipped in blood in the Book of Revelation.

Father Christmas/ Santa is also the first lie that you tell your children. Lying is breaking the ninth commandment and is also sowing a seed of doubt in your child which will grow. Many children have grown up to find out Santa is a lie and then they go onto question everything else. Why should they believe their parents now they know they’ve lied to them? Maybe the child-grown-up will then think “What else is a lie? Is Christianity a lie?” Without realising it, you are putting in a stumbling block for your child. Jesus told us in no uncertain terms what he thought of people who put down stumbling blocks for children…

Just think how much Santa has replaced Jesus in children’s affections. Santa claims to be omniscient (he knows if you’ve been bad or good) and omnipresent (around the world in one night). Who else is omniscient, omnipresent but also omnipotent?

More information on who Santa really is can be found here..

 

So okay, you’ve decided to get rid of all the pagan trimmings from Christmas. You’ve also got rid of your tree..

Jeremiah 10:2-4

Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.

For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.

They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.

Biblical basis for celebrating Jesus’ birthday?

So you’ve got rid of all the pagan trappings and you’re still happy to celebrate Jesus Christ’s birthday on Nimrod’s birth date. I just want you to ask yourself – where in the Bible does it tell us to celebrate Jesus’ birthday?

Birthdays are referenced in the bible but they are never happy occasions (remember that John the Baptist’s head was a birthday present)

If Jesus came back now and walked into your tinsel bedecked house and you happily proclaimed that you are celebrating His birthday, how would he react?

Two scenes from the Bible came to the forefront of my mind when thinking on this issue. I thought of Jesus overturning the money lenders tables angrily and I thought of Moses coming down the mountain to be confronted by a golden calf and the Israelites “worshipping God” in the custom, tradition and celebration style which THEY PREFERRED.

What happened to those Israelites who worshipped the golden calf? Does that give you pause? It should do.

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Scrooges and Grinches

Is interesting that Christmas was not really being celebrated in England prior to the publication of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. He popularised it with this tale and made non-participation in this season synonymous with being a mean spirited, selfish and un-Christian character, a “Scrooge”. Yet was Dickens a Christian himself? He had more than a passing fascination with the occult and its practices.

(A Christmas Carol does not only reference Christianity but also Hinduism, Kabbalah, Alchemy and Ancient Egypt. It would not be a surprise then if Dickens was an Illuminist/ freemason, an older incarnation of the Illuminati. Gnostics believe that human ascendency is made through gnosis/ knowledge and not through the salvation gift of Jesus Christ.

More information on hidden symbolism of A Christmas Carol can be found here..http://www.achristmascarolunwrapped.com/category/stave-1/)

A modern version of Scrooge would be the Grinch.  (Again it would seem that Dr.Seuss was an occultist.)

So we are taking seriously the accusations that non-participation in “Christmas” festivities is morally wrong — by two occultists? Humph..

 

Did you know that the Puritans like the early Christians didn’t celebrate Christmas? Do you think they were Scrooges too?

https://www.livescience.com/32891-why-was-christmas-banned-in-america-.html

Do you value man-made traditions and customs over God? 

We are called to be not of the world. We are called to be separate.

A young child said to his father “Why does the world celebrate the birth of a man they hate?” This young man has made a very moot point and shows discernment beyond his years.

“Come out of her my people..”

To what extent are we still in Babylon? To what extent do we honor God in ways in which WE prefer to what God desires of us?

Some Bible verses to mull over with this in mind..

2 Kings 5:18

In this thing the Lord pardon thy servant, that when my master goeth into the house of Rimmon to worship there, and he leaneth on my hand, and I bow myself in the house of Rimmon: when I bow down myself in the house of Rimmon, the Lord pardon thy servant in this thing.

Proverbs 14:12

There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

Deuteronomy 12:30

Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.


What is a Christian to do with Christmas?

So are we to ignore Christmas altogether? To hide in our house with the curtains closed until it is all over? As always, our best example of how to be in a fallen and pagan world comes from Jesus himself. Jesus knew that even unbelievers’ houses gave opportunity to tell the truth.

Even atheists and the unsaved grudgingly acknowledge that Christmas points towards Christ. Even though we know better now, we can use this connection to Christianity to our advantage!

Now is the time to evangelise! The greatest gift you can give anyone is the gift of the Gospels and share the eternal gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. Any other time of year, this message may be seen as out of place in a fallen world but at Christmas and at Easter, most people will expect it!

Soon Christ will no longer feature in the name of “Christmas”. So many use the word “Xmas” now or other secular and commercial substitutes.

The best way to spend your time would be to talk about Jesus Christ and the wonderful everlasting gift he gave to the world. Doing kind acts and acts of generosity is also important but remember to give credit to God at all times. Plant seeds of faith all around you this season. Tell people of God’s love. Show people your love and tell them you love them because He loved you first.

The truth will set you free. Unburden yourself from the falseness of this pagan holiday. Jesus’ yoke is easy. Give as many people as you can the gift they’ll never forget.

 

 

 


 

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Why a “change of heart”?

 

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During the last few years I have experienced what could be described as a mammoth sea change. Without so much as a word, I left behind the flat I was living in, I walked away from a sizeable community of friends, I abandoned all hopes I had of living in a busy capital city, turned my back on career plans, moved a couple of hundred miles North to live near my family with my new partner.

There was an actual physical catalyst for all this change but underneath, this had all been “a long time coming”.

It will be this sea change that I will discuss here, this period of great personal change and transformation.

During this change I have really and truly found God and am working on my relationship with him, through his son Yeshua, Jesus Christ the Messiah.

I will be sharing with you my experiences, my thoughts, my conflicts and my resolutions through my living and growing personal faith.

I will be more than happy to answer questions either on the site or via personal message and I encourage others to share their accounts of their journey with their Christian faith.

The title of this journal “Change Of Heart” was inspired in part by Anny Donewald’s testimony of leaving her job in the sex industry for a life honouring God. She now has her own bible ministry and explained that many of the women who still work in the industry who hear the word of God through her ministry cannot go back to their work any more. This is because hearing God’s word caused their hearts to change and so they couldn’t continue doing what they were doing. They had a change of heart.

I too have had a change of heart and it has brought me here, sharing with you the good news of this change for the better.

Jeremiah 24:7 (KJV) And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.

Ezekiel 11:19 (KJV) And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:

 

1 Thessalonians 2:13 (KJV) For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 (KJV) Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

2 Peter 3:9 (KJV) The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

 

Psalm 51:10 (KJV) Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

16) Father’s love letter to you

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My Child,

You may not know me, but I know everything about you.   Psalm 139:1 

I know when you sit down and when you rise up.   Psalm 139:2

I am familiar with all your ways.   Psalm 139:3

Even the very hairs on your head are numbered.   Matthew 10:29-31

For you were made in my image.   Genesis 1:27

In me you live and move and have your being.   Acts 17:28 

For you are my offspring.    Acts 17:28 

I knew you even before you were conceived.   Jeremiah 1:4-5 

I chose you when I planned creation.  Ephesians 1:11-12 

You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book.   Psalm 139:15-16

I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live.   Acts 17:26 

You are fearfully and wonderfully made.   Psalm 139:14 

I knit you together in your mother’s womb.   Psalm 139:13 

And brought you forth on the day you were born.   Psalm 71:6

I have been misrepresented by those who don’t know me.   John 8:41-44

I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love.  1 John 4:16 

And it is my desire to lavish my love on you.   1 John 3:1 

Simply because you are my child and I am your Father.   1 John 3:1

I offer you more than your earthly father ever could.   Matthew 7:11 

For I am the perfect father.   Matthew 5:48 

Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand.   James 1:17

For I am your provider and I meet all your needs.   Matthew 6:31-33 

My plan for your future has always been filled with hope.   Jeremiah 29:11 

Because I love you with an everlasting love.   Jeremiah 31:3 

My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore.  Psalm 139:17-18

And I rejoice over you with singing.   Zephaniah 3:17 

I will never stop doing good to you.   Jeremiah 32:40 

For you are my treasured possession.  Exodus 19:5 

I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul.   Jeremiah 32:41 

And I want to show you great and marvelous things.   Jeremiah 33:3 

If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me.   Deuteronomy 4:29 

Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart.   Psalm 37:4 

For it is I who gave you those desires.   Philippians 2:13 

I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine.   Ephesians 3:20 

For I am your greatest encourager.   2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles.   2 Corinthians 1:3-4 

When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you.   Psalm 34:18 

As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart.   Isaiah 40:11 

One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes.   Revelation 21:3-4 

And I’ll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth.   Revelation 21:3-4 

I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus.    John 17:23 

For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed.    John 17:26

He is the exact representation of my being.   Hebrews 1:3 

He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you.    Romans 8:31 

And to tell you that I am not counting your sins.    2 Corinthians 5:18-19

Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled.    2 Corinthians 5:18-19 

His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you.   1 John 4:10

I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love.    Romans 8:31-32 

If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me.    1 John 2:23

And nothing will ever separate you from my love again.   Romans 8:38-39

Come home and I’ll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen.   Luke 15:7 

I have always been Father, and will always be Father.    Ephesians 3:14-15 

My question is…Will you be my child?     John 1:12-13 

I am waiting for you.    Luke 15:11-32

Love, Your Dad.
Almighty God
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15) Calling evil good and good evil.

We are now living in a time whereby society is calling evil good and good evil.

As we know that this is not just a battle in the physical world but also the spiritual realm, Christians are getting attacked on all sides.

Where are these attacks coming from?

Wolves in sheep’s clothing practising doctrines of demons –

Many churches are now falling through losing the love of God or exposing themselves to extra-biblical revelations or doctrines which simply do not measure up with scripture or even the spirit of Jesus Christ’s teachings.

Christians are beset on all sides by false doctrines. These doctrines can be wildly different from one another in tone; they can be aggressively legalistic or can be worldly to the point of being purely pagan in origin. However, whichever direction the falsity is coming from, they all ultimately end with the same devastating conclusion: that they downplay or outright deny the divinity of Jesus Christ. From there onwards they then propose that our salvation is not assured in Jesus Christ or that salvation is not even necessary.

The most important aspect of Christianity IS salvation which can only be found through faith in Jesus Christ. This is where our walk in faith and the Spirit begins as we repent of our sins and strive to live our lives following in HIS holy example, our Lord and Saviour.  Any teaching which undermines or denies this overwhelming necessity of our faith is heretical.

Pressure to conform to the world –

We know that we are to render to Caesar what is his and what is God’s to God but we are also told to not be OF the world but to be IN the world instead. We are to be a separate people as we cannot serve two masters.

We know that God never changes. Jesus did not come to abolish the law but to fulfil it and fulfilled it He did. “It is finished”.

Only by salvation through Jesus and by turning our lives over to His purpose can we be living in the fulfilment of God’s law as Jesus Christ is the only man who ever completely fulfilled the law.

It is only through our salvation through faith that we will be able to stand before God at judgement with our scarlet sins made white as snow through the blood of Christ.

We know this as Christians. It is more important to please God than to please man.

It is true that we are not to judge others, that only God has that right. We must not compromise on our own walk on the narrow path however for when we do, not only are we losing direction and heading towards the broad road of destruction but we may be also leading others towards that road when we give them the wrong example.

We have seen the bible rewritten before our very eyes so that it conforms with the times rather than the times conforming with the Word of God.

Calling evil good and good evil –

Whether the compromises which we are asked to make to our faith are coming from a society at large of unbelievers or from within the “church” itself we know that there is only woe coming to those that call evil good and good evil.

At some point in your life you may be asked to not only stand up for your faith but also to stand by it and stand upon it.

I recently read a very perceptive article which begged the question “Why should we expect unbelievers to behave as though they were believers?” I suspect that we need to be reminded of this fact. The apostles themselves often had to shake the dust off their feet and would not cast their pearls before swine. Sometimes we can only hope we have planted seeds and then we must move on.

I was told to write this article whilst I was in prayer.

I was praying out loud “I know that we are not to judge but to tell the truth in love to believers, but Lord, “WHERE ARE ALL THE BELIEVERS?”

A line is being drawn in the dust. The gap between the broad road and the narrow path is ever growing. It will soon be obvious to others that you are not with them and are not heading in the same direction as they are. It will be obvious not only to strangers who live in unbelief but people in your community and even your church and family that you are sticking to the narrow path no matter how lonely or hard it gets.

“So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” Revelation 3:16

14) New site! For C-PTSD and Narcissistic abuse recovery

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I have decided to start another blog specifically dealing with C-PTSD and Narcissistic abuse recovery (as well as recovery from bullying)

I wanted to share my experiences on this and hope that people who have experienced what I have gone through may find it useful, helpful, affirming and healing.

https://heyhothewindandtherain.wordpress.com

13) High And Low

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I’m a huge fan of foreign films, so I am currently working my way through a very comprehensive boxset of Akira Kurosawa films.

Today I just finished watching the magnificent film  High and Low (天国と地獄 Tengoku to Jigoku, literally “Heaven and Hell”)

I don’t want to give too much away in case you want to watch it (which I highly recommend that you do) instead I want to ask you two questions..

If you had worked, striven and earned your way to finally reaching the financial and corporate heights, would you give it all up and face ruin to rescue your kidnapped son? Would you also do the same for your employee’s son?

These are the moral dilemmas faced by the characters in “High And Low”

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Riches are measured differently in this film; material and financial wealth and status against moral and ethical strengths through compassion, integrity and preservation of community and family.

A man may lose everything that matters in this world through one phone call, one cast of the die and yet he will be able to look at himself in the mirror in the morning, sleep soundly at night and have the support and the respect of his family and community. He will also be doing what Jesus calls us to do in this world: realise where our true riches lie and so give up our material wealth for the sake of others and ourselves.

For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

Matthew 16:26

There is a really shocking moment in the later part of the film whereby one character is defiant in the face of death and unrepentant and boasts that he doesn’t fear hell.

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I found this scene very disturbing in its truth. I have (more often than I wished) myself come across unbelievers with the same defiance and mockery of both death and the thought of hell. What is particularly troubling is how restless these people seem to be, they never find rest, they almost seem haunted.

They boast about their unbelief and mock others for having what they have not.

This is important to note: if they are so happy with what they haven’t got why are they so haunted by our beliefs? Why do they continue to taunt? What does it matter to them?

Is it not because they actually do see the riches we have but are too proud to admit they want these riches too? Too proud to get on their knees to pray for the eternal riches that are freely available to all of us?

There is so much power in His name. If there was no power in His name why is the name of Jesus Christ Our Saviour used as a curse word? Why not Buddha? Or Muhammad? https://mindrenewers.com/2012/11/29/why-is-jesus-christ-used-as-blasphemous-profanity/

Is it not because He Is who He Said He Is?

Please think on these things next time you meet a scoffer or a mocker, maybe they can sense the treasure that they are turning their back on but they want you to miss out on it too.

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

1 Peter 5:6-9

We are called to share the Good News but at times we are met by scoffers and mockers. Sometimes it feels as though there are more of them. Sometimes they kidnap our time and our thoughts, they try to hold our faith and beliefs to ransom.

Remember to hold fast to your treasure, remember its worth. Remember also to share the fact that this treasure is for all, a free gift.

Do you not know that those who run in the stadium all run, but there is one who takes the victory? Run in this way so that you may obtain. But every man who does competition restrains his mind from everything, and these run to receive a destructible crown, but we, what is indestructible.

 1 Corinthians 9: 24-25

 

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

1 Timothy 6:12

 

Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

Revelation 3:11