Ephesians 6:10-12- Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
In most workplaces people refer to division as “discord (contention)” or “conflict.” The commonality within ALL places of employment is that no matter what work is performed by two or more people, the purpose is to work as a team to carry out a common goal set for the company. Can you name the team of three that works together as one without any conflict?
Story Time- About thirteen years ago, the company I used to work for, I observed them getting rid of some of their older employees from the main office in another state. They had sent one person to our city to run the office while he was waiting to retire in the South. He sat down with everyone and said “As I get to know each of you, regardless of your position, I will treat you all equally but different.” Without me being conscious about my mouth, I spoke out loud saying, “that doesn’t make sense to me, equally but different…” Go figure.
Then about eight or nine years ago, the same company hired a new CEO. He came down to visit the local office and to meet with the admin staffers and scientists. While meeting with him he asked each one of us to give him “a brief summary of what we do on a daily basis…” Can you imagine a CEO sitting there listening to about forty-five (45 ) employees and repeating “(insert name), thank you for all that you do to make our place great.” You know where I’m going right? That statement “Thank you for all that you do to make our place great” is a manmade training monkey (mirroring) statement of a tool. As far as I know, no one likes to eat bologna and salmon together between wet bread. Then again, there are a lot of different taste buds out there that accepts what is fed to them and will consume anything.
That statement probably originated from one of those places that have very little experience dealing with people but excel in teaching employers how to work with their employees. We teach dogs how to “sit” and “stay.” I believe telling employees this is disrespectful and an all-out unconcealed lie. Especially when the employee and the employer know that the heart isn’t behind the sentiment and that it is something they have been trained to say to “encourage employees.”
What has happen to old-fashioned honesty and tact between employer and employee? Lawsuits!!! Where were lawsuits when men, women, and children were killed because of their skin color, for being Jewish, and for being a Christian? I’ve also noticed during the last twenty-five years, some of us Americans have very little work ethics and politeness compared to a few foreigners who are non-Christian I’ve had experience working with and also hearing from others from other companies talk about the same observation.(Stop with the Frowns) Alarming!!! Just thinking out loud! Most employees and employers have become nothing but numbers. Satan loves dividing those he can number. It is very imperative that you read 1 Chronicles 21 with a focus on verse 1.
I was just reading the other day an article that stated “Conflict is the new normal in the workplace and church.” I disagree wholeheartedly with that statement. It is definitely devilish division, “New Age” or “It is what it is” mentality gone wild. The Lord warned us of these division tactics by Satan and King Solomon reminds us “…that there is nothing new under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9) I won’t be referring to Colossians 3:22 in this blog, simply because the Spirit leads me not too because it has been used widely in the wrong way. Moving on!!!
In the Workplace
|As a Christian employer or employee, we need to heed the following verses within the workplace:
Bonus Check-Pay Dirt
Titus 3:8 – [This is] a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.
Yes, we can agree that everyone has a different lifestyle and a way to do things per their upbringing, experience, or training when working with others in the job market. My intent beloved, was to share with you some bible verses and my observation(s) that I trust will help when working with both Christians, and non-Christians in the workplace. When God places you in a workplace, rest assured He will remove you when He is ready to do so.
Have you ever thought about the kings and queens of old that people of God were placed under by God to work? Moses and Pharaoh; Joseph and Potiphar; Daniel and Nebuchadnezzar; Elijah, Obadiah, Ahab, and Jezebel; Jeremiah and Zedekiah?
Malachi 3:5(KJV) – And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the Lord of hosts. (This is true)
Whatever wrong is done to you or by you in the workplace, God will be your “swift witness against” ALL of the devil’s division tactics.
I believe the most vital verses in the bible that warns us about the devil’s division skills are in Ephesians 6:10-12- Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
|Divide- v: to separate (something) into two or more parts or pieces: to separate (something) into classes or categories: to give (something) out in usually equal amounts|
|division (÷) (/) is an arithmetic OPERATION|
|Division – n: the act or process of dividing something into parts : the way that something is divided: something that physically divides or separates something else ;mathematics : the process of finding out how many times one number is contained in another|
Ironic… the symbols (÷) (/) used for division. Satan is one of the greatest mathematicians when it involves division. Even renowned mathematicians such as Pythagoras, Leonhard Euler, and Isaac Newton’s skills are lacking in comparison to Satan’s math skills. Satan is also resourceful in using addition, subtraction, and multiplication in his favor. Who would have thought…Satan… a great mathematician? It is a fathomable thought. We must remember that Satan has been around since the beginning watching God, the Master Mathematician and The Creator of Math. I know from experience that if one has a great teacher and dependent upon the student, he or she works to become even greater in a subject that is taught, once the mind and heart is put into it. (TYHS) If you go into deep thought mode, you will discover that math is also a major means of communication. There are four (4) major places that Satan spends his time computing how to divide every second walking to and fro in high places within the Earth’s atmosphere. They are the church, home, workplace and the land of God. The first of these subjects to be discussed is the home, for it is said “Home is where the heart is.”
In the Home
17 But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth.
18 If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub.
19 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges.
20 But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.
21 When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace:
22 but when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.
23 He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth.
24 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out.
25 And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished.
26 Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.
27 And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked.
28 But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
There are many lessons I’ve learned while spending time with the Spirit of God from the above verses. I’ve been led to share three of these lessons with you pertaining to the home. Even though the lessons may be clear as daylight to some, it is something we don’t keep in our minds and hearts as a remembrance of Satan’s division power. Some may not believe so, but the arithmetic operation by Satan is a leading source of divorce. It is a leading source of disobedient and abused children, cunning, weak, and difficult spouses.
One thing I’ve noticed, even as a child is that in many Baptist churches, married couples that are members attend together. In other denominations, I’ve seen married couples whose spouse is a member of another denomination. It’s not my business, but it just seems odd, knowing that couples are worshipping the same God in a household, that are obviously divided on beliefs concerning bible doctrine. Just makes one think, why else would a married couple be attending separate churches? I think too much. Moving on…When facing issues within the home, we need to be reminded:
- Satan does not know our thoughts. My belief is based on the fact that there is only one God and He alone is omnipresent and all-knowing. It is proven throughout the Holy Bible and proven daily in my life. I did not find anywhere in scriptures stating that he has that ability. Satan operates according to our actions because he has the advantage of seeing how the human behavior arithmetically operate. (TYHS) He has thousands upon thousands upon thousands years of experience observing the human race. You may also read the book of Job.
- Satan can be divided against himself. Prayer and fasting adds to our God-given ability and authority in Jesus name to divide Satan against himself. Mark 9:29
- Satan once divided against himself, will call upon more unclean spirits to help him divide our households. In verse 28 we discover how to stop his operation of division within the home. Also read James 4. Be attentive to verses 7-8.
In knowing these three things, we must remember that Satan’s division tactics will come to pass. My beloved flowers…don’t let the devil think that it can’t be done. Let your actions show that you are hearing the word of God and show that you are keeping it. You can make a bold commitment to the Lord as Joshua did for his household (Joshua 24:15). We can, must, and will overcome Satan’s limited power of division. Even when our grown children and elderly parents are being divided and attacked in their own households, we need to be adding their burdens to our prayers. Our families are an extension of us. We are an extension of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. A house divided cannot stand regardless of the house’s location.
Let me leave you with a chuckle from another one of my favorite movies from my 70’s era, Smokey and the Bandit:
Snowman: “Hey, Bandit, me and Fred have a little question for you.”
Bandit: “What’s that?”
Snowman: “Why are we doing this?”
Bandit: “Why not?”
Snowman: “They said it couldn’t be done.”
Bandit: “That’s why we’re doing it.”
And “That’s why we’re doing it.”…because the devil thinks and says it can’t be done once we stray, BUT his division tactics fail when we SHOW that we love the Lord our God with All of our mind and heart.
Here’s a story that just blew my heart to pieces with JOY. May the Lord bless this young man who obviously looked passed his pain and did for children in need of medical care.
Man helps others after wedding is called off
by WTAE – Pittsburgh Videos 1:58 mins
Phil Laboon’s wedding reception was already paid for so when he and his fiancée split, he decided to turn a negative into a positive to help children. Laboon kept his reservations for the event — including the food, alcohol and music. He is selling tickets at $75 apiece and donating 100 percent of the proceeds to Surgicorps International, a Glenshaw-based nonprofit composed of physicians who provide free surgeries and other medical care for mostly children in developing countries. Click here for more information: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/lemonaid-a-fundraiser-for-surgicorps-international-tickets-6873688387
Job 1:21 And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.”
I am certain that I never did grow in grace one-half so much anywhere as I have upon the bed of pain. ~ Charles Spurgeon
God never allows pain without a purpose in the lives of His children. He never allows Satan, nor circumstances, nor any ill-intending person to afflict us unless He uses that affliction for our good. God never wastes pain. He always causes it to work together for our ultimate good, the good of conforming us more to the likeness of His Son (see Romans 8:28-29). ~ Jerry Bridges
I am finishing up the Amos 9 part of my Lent journey. Yeah!!! Beloved, we all know who the “I AM” is in the Holy Bible, the “I AM” of the Beginning and of the End. While journeying through Amos 9 with the Spirit of God, lightning bugs, mosquitos and Lord knows what else was flying around outside at 2 in the morning on my back porch, I was reminded that He is not only “I AM.” He is also the God of “I Will” and “He that”. There are several themes in the bible that tell us about His ability to destroy and/or restore. In the book of Amos, we see what the Lord’s plan is for those inhabitants of the Northern Kingdom of Israel that mistreated the poor and those that lived a life (God-given life, might I add) of selfishness.
Questions…Are you or have you been an eyewitness to the mistreatment of the poor and to the selfish lifestyle of others? Are you or have you been a criminal when it comes to the mistreatment of the poor and have lived or living a selfish lifestyle? Dig deep within your heart for THE truthful answer. If you don’t, may I remind you that “He that” already know the answer will be the “I will” to destroy and/or restore you. (TYHS) It has been said many times before and shown throughout the Holy Bible that God, Our Father and Creator promises are all about His Glory and our salvation. Say what? (TYHS) As for me, it wholly manifested itself while on my journey with Amos, the “burdenbearer” prophet.
According to Amos 1:1, Amos prophesied/forecasted to Israel what the Lord showed him 2 years before the earthquake. I must ask another question here. If you were given 2 years to get your life in order for the Lord, our God, would you do it? Majority of the time we are given warnings and most ignore those warnings until the fly hits the fan. I repeat from the Amos 1-4 blog (http://talkativeangel.wordpress.com/2014/06/14/nakedness-be-aware-of-your-sins-amos-1-4/) “If you are not aware of your sin(s), how can you correct them? I found that an answer lies within the Book of Amos. (TYHS!!!) I Love You.”
Ok, so here we are with Amos and his 5th vision of the Lord standing by the altar and speaking. He confirmed through Amos and confirms through His many signs today, that no matter where you try to run and hide, you cannot hide from or escape from His final decision to destroy and/or restore. If you are anywhere in the vicinity of His atmosphere, you will not escape it, especially those wasting time and money building spaceships to travel to and live in space. It’s not prudent. Now, that’s syrup for your pancakes. Get your milk, to help you swallow that down while reading a brief Godtific aka scientific study about God’s atmosphere.
|Troposphere- the 1st and lowest level and is half of the Earth’s atmosphere( this is where God put us to live)|
|Stratosphere – the 2nd level ( this is where flight takes place along with the flying inhabitants of the skies)|
|Mesosphere- the 3rd level (this is where space meteors and rocks burn…oooh Hot!!! Cold!!!) It is also the layer that scientists know the least about.|
|Thermosphere- the 4th level (this is outer space, where you are NOT meant to live due to low air density and the high activity of the Sun) God allows the space industry to orbit this atmosphere.|
|Exosphere- the 5th level (this is the thinnest layer where things (atoms and molecules) escape into space. It is high above the 1st level. Only God will and can allow you to live here.|
Wow! Now I hope and pray that you can discern who is in charge of the atmosphere. He is the “I AM” God of “I will” and “He that.” Hallelujah Jesus!
Ok Sweet Birds…back to my time with the Spirit in Amos 9… Let us all be reminded as Israel was of the Lord’s power in the following themed verses which began in Amos 1:
- “…I will slay the last of them with the sword…”
- “…thence will I bring them down”
- “…I will search and take them…thence will I command the serpent”
- “…thence will I command the sword, and it shall slay them: and I will set mine eyes upon them for evil, and not for good.”
- “…he that toucheth the land, and it shall melt, and all that dwell therein shall mourn…”
- “…is he that buildeth his stories in the heaven, and hath founded his troop in the earth; he that calleth for the waters of the sea…”
- Praise Remembrance Break- Are ye not as children of the Ethiopians unto me, O children of Israel? saith the Lord. Have not I brought up Israel out of the land of Egypt? and the Philistines from Caphtor, and the Syrians from Kir?
- “…I will destroy it from off the face of the earth; saving that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob…”
- “…I will command, and I will sift…”
- “…will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build…”
- “…the Lord that doeth this…”
- “…I will bring again the captivity…”
- “And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the Lord thy God.”
My 2 cents…When the Spirit of God sends a messenger or message your way…”shut the trap and hear me please” as my grandson Elijah would say, you can not continue to run and hide from the Lord’s destruction and restoration plans.
I dearly Love each and every one of You. This quote concludes my journey with The GOD of “I Will” and “He That” in the Book of Amos. I can’t wait to see what next years Lent journey has in store for me. Can you? :-)
“God never made a promise that was too good to be true.”- D. L. Moody
Photo- Courtesy of Nat Geo
Thus hath the Lord God shewed unto me: and behold a basket of summer fruit. And he said, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A basket of summer fruit. Then said the Lord unto me, The end is come upon my people of Israel; I will not again pass by them anymore.
Ripe – Fully developed; mature: fully prepared to do or undergo something; ready: sufficiently advanced; opportune:
Sanctification – the state of proper functioning; To sanctify someone or something is to set that person or thing apart for the use intended by its designer.
I had stopped by my mom’s to drop off some things earlier on this day during Lent. I had asked her why she doesn’t can food like grandma used to. She said “…here is a book if you want to do it, I don’t have time.” Talk about God working in mysterious ways. As I was studying Amos 8, I sat outside on my back porch from about 7 p.m. til a little past midnight listening to Jesus is Alive and Well, another oldie (http://youtu.be/3Z4CXLX_aGY) There is no one that I have heard since the mid or late 90’s, sing this song like R. Martin, a member of my old church. When my kids were younger in those days, we all used to dance and praise the Lord in spirit on this song during praise break.
As I sat there, I reminisced about my childhood, watching my grandparent’s plant gardens and a group of grandkids helping pick vegetables from the earth and fruit from the trees and off the ground. I love how God can take you back to times in your life. Times that are so clear as if it is happening at that moment. I could still smell the aroma of dirt, trees, and ripe fruit and hear my granddaddy yelling at me as I was telling jokes and not working. Lord, have mercy! Thank you Jesus!
After this session with the Lord, I’ve become interested in canning and freezing items for the winter. Maybe I’m interested in canning some things in life that need to be put on the shelf never to be taken down again??? Something we should all perhaps consider when going through a transformation.
I remember the sweet and earthy smells coming from Grandma’s kitchen and helping her put items in the pantry. She would keep one to two jars out for us after canning, but the other jars didn’t come off the pantry shelf until winter was approaching. Can’t you just smell the aroma of peach, apple, and grape jams? Oh my God, and the essence of preserved figs. OK, now we have all gained 5 pounds just thinking about it. This too, is why I am an old country gal at heart and have no doubt about who I am to God.
According to my present received from my mom earlier, Circular HE-01 Food Preservation in Alabama, canning is the process of sterilizing and sealing foods in airtight containers to preserve them. It is a good economical way to keep foods so that they may be used in seasons when not available fresh. For canning purposes, foods are divided into two groups: acid and low-acid. The amount of acid in a food determines how it is to be processed. (TYHS- this is your shouting moment) Also note, that high acid content boiling temp should be 212 °F and 240 °F for low acid content to destroy bacteria in food.
In Amos 8:1-2, I was reminded that summer is the time fruit, as you know IS at its ripest. There is a mystery hidden in this verse for all Christians to know. May the Spirit reveal to you as He revealed to me what it is.
The Holy Spirit was sent to us as what?(Johns 14:26) His fruits dwell within us. Here are the questions that the Spirit laid on my heart and mind to share with you my loves concerning the process of fruit canning and sanctification. I remind you that you must let the Spirit speak to you the reason for the referenced verses as He did me. I can assure you that He Speaks when you Rend Your Heart to God.
- Are you at a stage in your life that you know that you are or will be fully prepared for the Lord’s return?( Romans 9:21-23)
- Have you settled any current or past issues with others, or have you just put them on a shelf to be resurrected or settled at a later date? (1 Peter 3:15;James 3:9-10)
- Is the time ripe for you to make changes in your life to be in alignment with God’s will? (Numbers 20:12)
The Message- Take a look at the news headlines and events surrounding the four corners of this earth. The season is upon us to choose this very day, this very second, whom we will serve. The time is coming that the Lord will tell some of us that we are no longer an economical way. He will “not pass by” some of us anymore. He will have reached His boiling point and will destroy those who are not in the book of life. (Rev 20:15) Get your canning skills in check and preserve what is in line with the Lord’s will. Sanctify yourselves as the Lord has told many before us, by living according to God’s purpose for your life. When you fall down, keep getting up until you are standing solely on the Word of God and His promises. Sanctification is indeed a deeper boiling stage used by God. It is His way of pruning out impurities through His fruit canning, i.e. transformation process. (TYHS) You are made in His image. In the beginning God created me and you. Determine your amount of acid so that you know how it needs to be processed to be in line with the Lords’ will. Get to know your Designer. Be thankful of what the Lord let other’s do for you in His name.
Here’s the prayer that I prayed after reading Amos 8 that I will share with you, my beloved readers. Yes, I write everything down, so that I don’t forget. And now you won’t forget either. :-P
Father, have mercy on me. Begin in me the sanctification process. I am a sinner. I am your child. Reveal to me what your will in my life is. Show me the ripened fruit in my life that is approaching its rotting stage. If I am controlling or micromanaging, being judgmental towards others in the body of Christ, or possessing any other unfruitful behavior, deal with me in your way. Set me apart from those who think they know it all, are non- communicative, and are self-centered. Transform and preserve me in an airtight container so that evil can’t break the seal. Preserve me so that I may be among those that you do pass by again. I love you Lord. Lord, have mercy on me in the powerful name of Jesus Christ, my Savior. Thank you for this lesson about Amos which you have shared with me to share with others. Amen.
I Love You
Deuteronomy 8:3 – And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every [word] that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.
“Think how nature makes things compared to how we humans make things.” We talked about how animals don’t just preserve the next generation; they typically preserve the environment for the ten-thousandth generation. While human industrial processes can produce Kevlar, it takes a temperature of thousands of degrees to do it, and the fiber is pulled through sulfuric acid. In contrast, a spider makes its silk – which per gram is several times stronger than steel – at room temperature in water.”
“The first law of nature is self-preservation. Cut off that which may harm you. But if it is worth preserving, and is meaningful, nourish it and have no regrets. Ultimately, this is true living and love of self…from within.”
I’ve been hearing this song by Avicii (Lead Vocals- Dan Tyminski) all week on the radio. It really speaks to me. I love bluegrass type music too. For those who just happen to wander here, for my special group of followers in Christ and to those who serve our country, I’d like to dedicate this song to you. May the Lord our God continue to have mercy on us all.
From my heart to yours, please enjoy.
Hey brother, there’s an endless road to re-discover.
Hey sister, know the water’s sweet but blood is thicker.
Oh if the sky comes falling down, for you, there’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t do.
Hey brother, do you still believe in one another?
Hey sister, do you still believe in love I wonder?
Oh if the sky comes falling down, for you, there’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t do.
What if I’m far from home?
Oh brother I will hear you call.
What if I lose it all?
Oh sister I will help you out!
Oh if the sky comes falling down, for you, there’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t do.
1 Peter 4:8
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
I Love You
Hello My Loves. My apologies for being away! Sometimes a healing process takes up quite a bit of one’s time. Nevertheless, I am here to share with you more spirited thoughts/insights on the subject -The Power of Satan. The series will begin in September. Wait for it!
For the Spirit as my guide and helper, it will be an exciting journey, I promise. I know that I sure can’t wait to see what’s in store on this subject. It was put on my heart while in church this past Sunday and on my mind after having a dream about various group division in the Body of Christ later during my evening nap.
Today, August 12th , while reading Mark 1 and listening to a sermon about angels , I am totally ready to delve more into what the Holy Spirit has in the offing for me to share with you.
My 1 cent thought- Most as a child and even as an adult has either had or have a hard time with multiplication (add to) and division (take away). In this series we are going to “Do the Math” (TYHS) concerning the Big D. Break out your calculators!!!
adjective – 1.being the last in a series of infinitely decreasing or increasing values, amounts, etc. 2.(of an item in a series of occurrences, planned events, things used, etc., that is thought of as being infinitely large) being the latest, or most recent.
Idiom- the nth degree /power – (a) a high degree or power (b) the utmost degree or extent.
I will be finishing up my Lent season blogs in the coming days. In the meantime, please enjoy the following quotes and scriptures. May the Spirit be with you and move you! Boom sha-ka-la-ka !!!
Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an evil spirit cried out, “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are–the Holy One of God!” “Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!” The evil spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek. The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching–and with authority! He even gives orders to evil spirits and they obey him.”
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
1 Corinthians 1: 10-13
Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and [that] there be no divisions among you; but [that] ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them [which are of the house] of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?
Romans 16: 17-18
Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
“Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.” – Henry Ford
Can you guess who else is riding high on this quote by Ford? (TYHS)
“The purpose of terrorism lies not just in the violent act itself. It is in producing terror. It sets out to inflame, to divide, to produce consequences which they then use to justify further terror.” – Tony Blair
“One of the main tasks of theology is to find words that do not divide but unite, that do not create conflict but unity, that do not hurt but heal.” – Henri Nouwen
“Nothing has done more to separate and divide human beings one from another than exclusivist organized religion.” – Neale Donald Walsch
“Divide and rule, the politician cries; unite and lead, is watchword of the wise.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Hope and Change has become Divide and Conquer.” – Marco Rubio
“The big divide in this country is not between Democrats and Republicans, or women and men, but between talkers and doers.” – Thomas Sowell
Please take time to listen to the sermons below.
http://www.oneplace.com/ministries/the-alternative/player/a-fathers-love-410423.html ( I just love this view concerning what we call the Prodigal Son)
I’ve heard a lot of sermons on the portrait of a real man and fatherhood. I must say these are the best I’ve heard to date. I just love it when the Spirit speaks through others that don’t bite their tongue when it comes to communicating the TRUTH, the Word of God, especially when it comes to the role of man.
The word of God to me today…a POWERFUL TRUTH when spoken through a messenger of God. Therefore I share these sermons with you if you have not already heard. Hmmm!!! I had never heard of Dr. Evans until today. (TYHS)
True Communication has fallen by the wayside because most don’t like to hurt the sensitive side of others, that can also be labeled the weak side in many. Hence the division in churches, homes, schools, and life period. Communication of the truth to another is NOT about being mean. It is about delivering the Word of God in a way that it cuts through to the heart. (TYHS)
I think that one should be spiritually prepared by God to deliver heart-rending sermons/messages that tear through “joints and marrow.” I guess this is why so many shy away from “telling it like it tis” from behind the pulpit, in the pews, in the home, and in the workplace. It brings to mind that drunk driving advertising campaign of old …Friends don’t let friends drink and drive. And as Bill O’ Reilly said “Friends don’t let friends forget where they came from.” We came from God. Man exist because of God. Man was given life before woman. (Genesis 2:7 )
Let me share one more saying beloved flowers…”A place for everything and everything in its place” meaning things should be kept in order.
God is very orderly. ( Genesis – Revelation)
We must remember that the Word of God is like a two-edged sword. It cuts deep, it hurts, but get this my beloved flowers, through the pain the Word of God heals.
Read Isaiah 49:1-7. Sharing verse 2
Isaiah 49:2 – He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver.
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
May the Spirit of God bring a message to you as He did to me today via these sermons, during my worship time with Him. Men don’t forget the role God has gifted you with. It is so clear in the bible. Don’t shoot me!
I LOVE YOU
Truly, I Love You. Receive your blessings as you read this great post by Pastor Rob. Please follow the series on “To Love As Jesus Loved…”
Originally posted on SettledInHeaven.org Blog:
(John 15:9-14) – “As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and [that] your joy might be full.
This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
This lesson is the first in a series of devotionals entitled “To Love As Jesus Loved”. This series was suggested to me in the poll that was posted on SIH concerning future subjects that would like to be covered. The…
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Courtesy of BC Comic
I couldn’t resist posting this cartoon. It’s a great message. I could just visualize the smile on my face as the devil falls flat on his back while pecking on mine. Just a post to encourage us all to coat ourselves using God’s Teflon coating! I Love You
Jeremiah 46:1-4 This is the word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning the nations: Concerning Egypt: This is the message against the army of Pharaoh Necho king of Egypt, which was defeated at Carchemish on the Euphrates River by Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon in the fourth year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah: “Prepare your shields, both large and small,and march out for battle! Harness the horses, mount the steeds!Take your positions with helmets on!Polish your spears,put on your armor!
Luke 21:34-36 – “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap.
For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”
Ephesians 6:10-18 - Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. n addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.